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May 15, 1879 - Courier - We were pleased to meet Mr. John Howe, of Independence, last Saturday evening. Mr. Howe represents the well - known firm of Baden Bros., of Independence, and came here to locate a branch house. He came in Saturday afternoon, was taken in hand by our enterprising land and loan agents, Messrs. Gilbert and Jarvis, and before supper he had rented a building, the lease was drawn up, all the business transacted, and he was ready to start back for goods. The firm which Mr. Howe represents is one of the largest wholesale and retail houses in the southwest, and supply most of the retail firms throughout Montgomery, Elk, and Chautauqua counties. They will open out in the Martin building, on South Main street, sometime during next week.
May 22, 1879 - Courier - Mr. (J.) P. Baden left for home last Thursday morning, having rented the Bahntge building, of which he gets possession the First of August. This is one of the finest store rooms in the city, being 25 x 120, with a basement under the whole building.
June 3, 1879 - Messrs. Baden Bros., the big merchants of Independence, have rented the first floor and basement of the Bahntge building and will open up here about the first of July. They will probably keep a branch store at Independence for some time yet, as that burg still has a few sparks of vitality left. Men of enterprise always want to be where things are "booming".
July 10, 1879 - J. P. Baden took charge of the Bahntge store last Friday and expects to move his dry goods stock into the front part about the first of August. Mr. Baden has been connected with the firm of Baden Bros., Independence, and is one of the most successful businessmen in the southwest. His long experience with the people of Elk, Chautauqua, and eastern Cowley has made him acquainted with their wants; and we commend him as a gentleman of integrity and one who will do just what he advertis­es.
July 31, 1879 - J. P. Baden moves his dry goods stock into the Bahntge building next Friday. He intends putting in a complete stock and keeps everything wanted by the people.
MOVED. J. P. Baden has moved his stock of dry goods, notions, boots, and shoes into the Bahntge building. It will be remem­bered that a short time ago he purchased the Bahntge stock of groceries, at the same time renting the front part for his dry goods department. He is now in the east buying a large stock, and before many weeks will treat the people to some rare  bargains.
Courier, Mr. J. P. Baden started east last Monday to buy goods for his store. Mr. John Howe, who is by the way, one of the most popular and energetic businessmen in town, has charge of the stock during his absence.
Courier, August 5, 1880 - Courier - They say Leadville is unhealthy, but Baden is not satisfied. He has shipped a car load of cucumbers to that delightful burg. That will finish them.
Courier, March 17, 1881 - Baden shipped eighteen hundred and ninety dozen eggs Tuesday afternoon. He pays the highest price and offers a market for all that are brought in.
Winfield Courier, March 30, 1882.
J. P. Baden received a car lot of Colorado cabbage Tuesday. One head weighed over ten pounds and was as nice and sweet as any we have ever seen. J. P. keeps his market stocked with the very best.

Courier, March 17, 1881 - The egg business is assuming gigantic proportions in Winfield. J. P. Baden, the largest shipper, keeps from five to eight hands packing continually. He shipped last week 74,520 eggs, for which he paid in cash and trade upwards of nine hundred dollars. These are large figures, but they can be verified. Mr. Baden is always prepared to pay the highest price for produce of any kind, and his large shipments and constantly increasing market enables him to do so. If you have butter, eggs, or produce for sale, take it to Baden.
March 31, 1881 - J. P. Baden is removing into the building vacated by Lynn & Loose.
March 31, 1881 - J. P. Baden made the boss shipment of produce on Monday. It was the largest ever sent out at one time by any Winfield dealer. The shipment consisted of twenty-six hundred and seventy dozen eggs, six boxes of butter, and one basket of poultry. Mr. Baden has worked up a splendid business in produce and is now reaping the benefits of his labors.
May 5, 1881 - BADEN & CO., General merchandise. Our trade is about the same as it was a year ago. Then we had a great amount of orders from men engaged in building the rail­roads, which we have not got now. Our trade in butter, eggs, chickens, etc., is immense. This city is shipping more of these kinds of produce than any other city in Kansas, and we will undertake to show it from our books if anyone doubts it. Most of our shipments are to Colorado and New Mexico. This is the best county in the West.
May 26, 1881 - J. P. Baden was next interviewed. He reported shipment of 1,750 pounds of butter, 1,200 dozen eggs, 24 dozen chickens, and 40 baskets of vegetables. While talking with Mr. Baden he remarked that he had paid out, on Monday, over eight hundred dollars for butter and eggs alone. We were inclined to scoff at this assertion, until Mr. Baden brought out his books and showed us stubs in his check book for $761.38 cash paid out, and charges for over $100 in goods. We count this a pretty good day's work. The total amount of eggs shipped Tuesday was 1,800 dozen, for which our farmers received $180. The total number of pounds of butter was 2,371, worth $308; thirty dozen chickens, worth $75, and eighty baskets of vegetables, worth $50. Total cash value of shipments, $613, and this was only an average day for butter and eggs.
[AD:  MAY 26, 1881.]
                                                           You will now find
                                                                 -IN HIS-
                                   NEW AND COMMODIOUS STORE ROOM,
                                                                -ON THE-
                                         CORNER MAIN AND 8TH AVENUE
                                                   IN BLACK'S BUILDING.
Remember the place.
                                                             J. P. BADEN.

Nov 3, 1881 - And now comes J. P. Baden, the conductor of the big Dry Goods and grocery house and game depot, and deposes and says it's a boy, about ten pounds, and exceedingly handsome. We believe all he says and will smoke at his expense at our earliest convenience.
Nov 10, 1881 - Baden had twenty-five men at work Monday undressing chickens and turkeys for shipment west.
Winfield Courier, April 20, 1882.  Baden has his two stores connected by telephone now, and he can transact business at both places from his desk in the north store.
Traveler, January 14, 1885. Saturday last Baden shipped to Boston a carload of Cowley County products, consisting of game, butter, and eggs. The top of the refrigerator car was filled with ice, just the same as though it was summer weather. This was to keep the produce--not from decaying but from freezing. This may seem strange, but it is a fact that no matter how cold it may get outside, the ice in the car will keep the temperature above the freezing point.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 16, 1885.
Notice. I want about 20,000 turkeys for Christmas, delivered here between the 12th and 18th of December. Will pay the highest market price for same.     J. P. BADEN, Winfield, Kansas.
Winfield Courier, November 30, 1882. A Winfield Institution. If any of our people have not visited the store of J. P. Baden since his busy shipping season commenced, they should do so at once. We dropped in on Monday and found twenty-three persons at work. Back of the store has been built a shed in which the chickens and turkeys are picked. Five persons are constantly at work picking. Around the outside are piled coops of fowls as high as you can reach, and other men are at work packing the picked birds ready for shipment. In a ware room nearby three men are constantly at work “candleing,” and packing the eggs for shipment. The butter business is in the hands of three men, who take the fine butter rolls as they come from the hands of the country ladies, wrap them in linen cloths and pack them in boxes and buckets, in which they are transported to the hungry miners in Colorado and New Mexico. The business done by Baden in this line is immense. He has paid this year in express charges alone a snug fortune, and has done a produce business amounting to over one hundred thousand dollars. Think of it! One hundred thousand dollars paid out in one year for poultry, butter, and eggs—and all gone into the pockets of our farmers for something that a few years ago would hardly command any price in the market.
      Winfield Courier, December 21, 1882. Well Advertised. We received a telephone message from J. P. Baden Tuesday to report at his store immediately. Upon arriving there we found the proprietor in a high state of excitement. He said, “I tell you the COURIER is the best advertising medium in the state of Kansas, and if you don’t believe it, go out to my warehouses and see what those poultry advertisements have brought in!” We went out and found the warehouse alleys and adjacent lots covered with poultry, while a large force of men were unloading wagons, packing dressed turkeys, labeling baskets and boxes of nude fowls, while a lot of fellows were stringing live turkeys up by the legs and snatching the feathers off in great handfuls. A turkey was picked by one of the expert feather grabbers in less than a minute. After looking over the very animated scene for a few minutes, we reluctantly concluded with the proprietor that his advertising in the COURIER did count for something and that the people certainly read them and profited thereby.

Mr. Baden has frequently used the columns of this paper in building up his immense business, and he seems to be most highly pleased with the result. We certainly are satisfied.
Winfield Courier, January 11, 1883.
Mr. F. Hayden, an intelligent Illinois fruit man who visited this county two weeks ago, writes of Kansas in the Alton Telegraph, from which we clip the following extract.
“At Winfield we strike the rich bottom of the Walnut river and find successful farmers. Winfield is a remarkable little city of 3,500 inhabitants, beautifully located on the left bank of the Walnut river. Its trade is extensive. Its merchants are enterprising and carry their trade to all points of the great mining and grazing regions west, southwest, and south. One of its principal merchants, J. P. Baden, many will recollect as an old resident of Alton Yet quite a young man, his trade with Colorado, New Mexico, and other distant points amounts to $100,000 yearly—in butter, eggs, vegetables, and fruit mainly; all sent out on orders C. O. D. He assured me he received as high as six to ten dollars per bushel for peaches at Leadville, or fifteen to twenty cents per pound. The soil and climate are well adapted to fruit raising. One man informed me that he sold his crop of Bartlett pears for ten cents each, net. It was the first crop from 75 trees.
Winfield Courier, June 7, 1883. Baden shipped thirty thousand pounds of butter last week. His immense butter cellar is filled with tiers of butter buckets and it takes six men constantly employed to take care of it.
      Winfield Courier, July 12, 1883. The Creamery. J. P. Baden has obtained a majority of the stock in the Creamery, and with C. C. Black and a few others, will pay off the debt and put the institution in the best condition for business at once. Baden will run the machine and his well known energy and business ability will insure its future success without any further trouble. He will pay for cream the price that farmers would get for their butter even if first rate and in good condition, and thus farmers can save the churning and the trouble and expense of working ice, etc. The Creamery will have facilities for always making the best butter and keeping it in the best condition in any weather. Baden has made arrangements by which he will send it to New York by the car load packed in ice at a cost of a cent and a half per pound, instead of four and five cents as formerly, and he will be able to pay much higher prices than in former years and yet make fair profits on the business. We do not doubt that the farmers will avail themselves generally of these superior facilities and furnish Baden with cream until he “can’t rest.” J. P. is one of the best men for this county that any county ever had. The tremendous amount of butter, eggs, chickens, turkeys, fruits, and vegetables of all kinds which he makes a market for is of unestimated value to this community.
Winfield Courier, August 9, 1883. J. P. Baden shipped a car load of watermelons west last week and another Monday. He never fails to find a market for everything raised in Cowley County.
Winfield Courier, September 13, 1883.
J. P. Baden wants 10,000 bushels of choice budded peaches for which he will pay the highest prices in cash.
Winfield Courier, December 6, 1883.

During the next 30 days, and until closed out, we will sell our entire stock of GROCERIES, QUEENSWARE, GLASSWARE, WOODENWARE, STONEWARE, ETC., REGARDLESS OF COST!
I have decided to CLOSE OUT this store, and will make such PRICES as will enable me to do it quickly. We have just received two car-loads of Choice Apples, car-load Stoneware, also an enormous stock of Queensware and Glassware for Holiday trade. Our stock is all
FRESH AND THE LARGEST IN THE CITY. -AND- RARE BARGAINS can be had during our sale. We will continue to take Butter, Eggs, and Poultry in exchange for goods at highest market value. No goods sold on credit after this date, Nov. 24, 1883.
We intend to be out every dollars worth of goods in the house by January 1st. Show cases, counters, and scales for sale as soon as closed out.
Positively no goods sold on time.
                                                             J. P. BADEN.
All accounts due this house must be SETTLED AT ONCE. A word to the wise is sufficient.
Winfield Courier, December 13, 1883.
AD. 20,000 Turkeys wanted by J. P. Baden; must be delivered on or before the 18th.
Winfield Courier, March 20, 1884.
A Big Shipping Business.
J. P. Baden’s fame as a produce dealer has reached New York City and is spreading to the uttermost parts of the earth. A man came direct from New York City last week and bought of him three carloads of eggs, 40,500 dozen, and bargained for more. Another carload goes today. Baden has sold $13,500 worth of eggs alone in the last two weeks. He has rented, in addition to his other buildings, the old foundry on North Main, and has thirty men constantly employed packing eggs. He has made a market in Winfield for produce second to none in the west. He gets produce from nearly every county in Kansas and ships it all over the United States. He will put his immense business under one roof as soon as the additions to the McDougal Building are finished.
Winfield Courier, July 2, 1884. J. P. Baden shipped two car loads of butter to New Orleans, Louisiana, last week. The Southern Kansas railroad has built a lot of refrigerator cars for him in which Cowley’s butter and egg crop will be transported all over the south.
J. P. Baden is arranging to remove his entire business under one roof in the McDougle block about July 14th. He will occupy lots of room and when he gets the different parts together, will have the biggest institution in Southern Kansas.
Winfield Courier, July 31, 1884.
                                           A MAMMOTH ESTABLISHMENT.
                     J. P. Baden’s Immense Mercantile Stocks All Under the Same Roof
                                                      In the McDougall Block.
[Note: Ads, etc., before this, I believe said “McDougal”....???]

J. P. Baden and his large corps of clerks have been busily engaged this week in removing the North End store to “headquarters” in the McDougall Block and are now almost straightened out. The magnitude of J. P. Baden’s business can be more fully realized now that he has his stocks all under the same roof. On entering his establishment now you at once pronounce it the largest mercantile house in Southern Kansas. Its arrangement is very “citified.” Every department is to itself with a special salesman in charge. The first room contains, systematically arranged, everything in the line of dry goods, notions, boots and shoes, etc., while in the back room, fronting on 10th Avenue, is the clothing and gents furnishings. The room south of this and the cellar of this wing are the produce departments. The second large building contains the large and superior stock of groceries, queensware, glassware, etc. Between the main buildings is a large archway in which is the cashier’s desk. Kansas doesn’t possess a larger or a more complete establishment than J. P. Baden’s “Headquarters,” and every citizen of the county should feel proud of it. Mr. Baden has worked up by his wonderful energy, judicious advertising, and honorable dealing, a reputation and business worthy the personal pride he takes in them. He is known all over the country as the largest produce shipper in the west, and the benefit he has been to Cowley in creating a profitable market for her garden produce, poultry, eggs, etc., is incalculable. Everyone should take a look through Baden’s Headquarters. Nearly 28,000 square feet in one building covered with salable wares isn’t to be seen in every city of the west. Winfield is gradually taking on metropolitan airs and in a few years will not take a back seat for even Kansas City.


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