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Baird Family

                                               Albert E. Baird. Eugene Baird.
The Winfield census of 1878 lists A. E. Baird, age 31, and his wife Maggie, age 27. It also lists W. F. Baird, age 40, and his wife Emma, age 21.
The Winfield census of 1880 added Alex Baird, age 74.
Tombstones in the Union Cemetery in Winfield show:
Albert Eugene Baird, born 1843 in St. Charles, Illinois, died February 19, 1925.
Margaret M. Baird, wife of A. E. Baird, born in 1847, died July 5, 1912.
Albert E. and Margaret M. Baird left four children: Pauline Baird, Waldo Eugene Baird, Flora (Mrs. P. G. Dalton), and Mamie (Mrs. A. E. Johnson).
                                                     NEWSPAPER ITEMS.
Winfield Courier, June 22, 1876.
Attention is called to the new firm of Harter Bro.’s & Baird, of the New York Store. They have added about forty feet of shelving and otherwise improved their store. They are selling their goods as low as the lowest.
AD:                                      THIS SPACE IS RESERVED FOR 
                                                  HARTER BROS. & BAIRD,
                                                        Dealers in Everything.
                                                 At the NEW YORK STORE.
Winfield Courier, July 27, 1876.
We learn that our much respected friend, A. E. BAIRD, has sold out his store at Elk City and removed to Winfield, where he purchased an interest in the large mercantile house of Harter Brothers. We are well acquainted with Mr. Baird, and know him to be one of the very best businessmen in Kansas, and we heartily congratulate the Harter Brothers upon their good fortune in adding to the firm so valuable and worthy member. We also congratulate the people of Winfield and Cowley County upon the addition of so good a merchant and citizen. May you never regret the move you have made, “Gene.” Courant.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 9, 1876.
ARRIVALS at the Central Avenue Hotel during the week ending Tuesday, August 8, 1876.
J. C. Franklin, G. S. Manser, and A. E. Baird, Winfield.
Winfield Courier, September 28, 1876.
MR. BAIRD, of the New York Store, we understand, has pur­chased the Saffold property and is making sundry valuable im­provements. The house is being repainted and a new barn is being built. He evidently came here to stay.
Winfield Courier, October 19, 1876.
                                                                 E. S. C.,
                                           Which means “Evening Star Club.”

The above named social organization is just making its debut in Winfield’s fashionable “upper-ten” society. The need of a similar association has long been felt in this community. “Hoodlum dances” have become the rule instead of the exception and are growing very monotonous. Social lines are now to be drawn, and a new order of things will soon take the place of the old breeches-in-boots regime. “Hoe-downs” and their concomitant evils will pass into oblivion, and the big nosed “caller” who used to sing out, as he buckled on to the red-haired girl him­self, “Grab pardners for a quadrille!” will be a thing of the past. Kid gloves and waxed moustaches are not to take the place of all these old frontier familiarities, but a jolly, fun loving, respectable class of our citizens who have been reared in the higher walks of life, resume their position in the social scale, and propose to conduct these entertainments in a manner that will reflect credit upon the management and the city at large. The world moves and we must keep pace with the hour, socially, morally, and otherwise.
The charter members, so to speak, of the Club are Messrs. Frank Gallotti, Esq. Boyer, E. W. Holloway, T. K. Johnston, R. L. Walker, J. B. Lynn, W. P. Hackney, C. C. Black, J. O. Houx, and A. E. Baird, as they were its organizers.
      The election of officers following, W. P. Hackney was chosen president; J. B. Lynn vice president; A. E. Baird, treasurer; J. O. Houx, secretary, and T. K. Johnston, C. C. Black, and
F. Gallotti as directors.
Winfield Courier, December 21, 1876.
Messrs. Harter Bro. & Baird have moved into Manning’s new brick building. It is the finest storeroom in the Walnut Valley.
Winfield Courier, March 8, 1877.
                                                            Another Lodge.
A new organization has sprung into life in our midst—a secret society called Knights of Honor, having for an object the promotion of the interests and welfare of the members, and to establish a widows’ and orphans’ benefit fund, out of which will be paid, on the death of a member, to his family or whom he may direct the sum of two thousand dollars.
     The first lodge in Kansas was organized at Winfield, Febru­ary 20th, 1877, by A. E. Keyes, Past Supreme Director of the Supreme Lodge, having twenty-three charter members.
On the same evening the following offi­cers were elected and installed.
W. G. Graham, Past Director.
Alonzo Howland, Director.
W. C. Robinson, Vice Director.
Frank Williams, Assistant Director.
J. L. Rushbridge, Chaplain.
T. R. Bryan, Guide.
Geo. W. Robinson, Reporter.
Henry E. Asp, Financial Reporter.
F. F. Baldwin, Treasurer.
A. E. Baird, Guardian.
Charles E. Love, Sentinel.
Lodges have also been organized at Arkansas City, Oxford, and Wellington. The plan of this organization is a feasible one and we bespeak for it success.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 3, 1877. 
                                                WINFIELD CITY OFFICERS.

The election of city officers at Winfield last Monday resulted in the following vote: For Mayor—R. L. Walker, 119, Dr. Davis, 82. Police Judge—J. W. Curns, 197. Councilmen—Wilson, 201; Jackson, 195; Baird, 197; S. C. Smith 122; Cliff Wood, 106; Charles Black, 88; S. H. Myton, 89. The first five were elected.
Winfield Courier, April 5, 1877.
Harter Bro. have sold their interest in the New York Store to a brother of A. E. Baird. The firm is now Baird & Bro.
Winfield Courier, April 5, 1877.
The city election on Monday resulted in the choice of the following officers for the ensuing year: For Mayor, R. L. Walker; for Councilmen, A. G. Wilson, S. C. Smith, A. E. Baird, C. M. Wood, and H. Jochems; For Police Judge, John W. Curns.
As usual in all elections of Winfield, there was consider­able pulling and hauling over a part of the ticket, but no bitter feeling exhibited. The business matters of our little town can safely be entrusted to the officers selected.
Winfield Courier, April 12, 1877.
The “ad” on the fourth page, as will be noticed, has been changed from Harter Bros. & Baird, to Baird Bros., the Harters having sold their interest in the immense stock of dry goods, groceries, etc., to Mr. W. F. Baird, of Elk City. The latter named gentleman is a young man who has for some time past been in business in Elk City, Montgomery County, and who comes to our midst well recommended, and we therefore recommend him, as also the house with which he is connected, to our readers and the many patrons of the old reliable New York store.
AD:                                                 BAIRD BROTHERS,
                                                                 Dealers in
                                                                    At the
                                                      NEW YORK STORE,
                                                     WINFIELD, KANSAS.
Winfield Courier, April 12, 1877.
                                             WINFIELD, KAN., April 6, 1877.
City Council met at the Mayor’s office pursuant to a special call of the Council April 6th, 1877.
Present: R. L. Walker, Mayor; A. G. Wilson, H. Jochems, A. E. Baird, C. M. Wood, and S. C. Smith, Councilmen; B. F. Baldwin, City Clerk.
The Clerk read the call for the special meeting and the Council proceeded with the special business by electing S. C. Smith President of the Council.
The Clerk read the following appointments made by the Mayor for the subordinate city offices for the year: City Attorney, J. E. Allen; City Clerk, B. F. Baldwin; City Treasurer, J. C. Fuller; City Marshal, J. D. Cochran.

B. F. Baldwin thanked the Mayor for the appointment of City Clerk, but owing to business of his that employed all his spare time, withdrew his name and suggested the name of Henry E. Asp to the Mayor, who was appointed.
On motion of Councilman Wood, the council proceeded to vote on the confirmation of appointments by ballot, resulting in the unanimous confirmation of the appointments except that of Henry E. Asp, as clerk, which stood three for and two against. A majority having voted for all the appointments, they were de­clared duly appointed.
The Mayor appointed three standing committees for the year, as follows, to-wit:
Finance Committee. S. C. Smith, H. Jochems, and A. G. Wilson.
Committee on Streets and Alleys. A. E. Baird, H. Jochems, and C. M. Wood.
Fire Committee. C. M. Wood, S. C. Smith, and A. G. Wilson.
There being no other business for which the meeting was called, on motion the Council adjourned. B. F. BALDWIN, City Clerk.
Winfield Courier, August 23, 1877.
Mr. “Tuck” Southard, with the Baird Bros., at Winfield, was in our city last week. He reports the Bairds as prosperous. Also, Wm. C. Robinson, as great a Sunday School worker as ever, and very popular; and Mr. T. E. Gilleland as having sold out his boot and shoe business and going into clothing. All prospering. Independence Courier.
Winfield Courier, September 13, 1877.
A. E. Baird has returned from the east, having brought piles of goods which will be on hand in due time.
Winfield Courier, September 20, 1877.
Baird Bros. are filling their store with their fall stock of goods. They are thorough businessmen and realize the fact that next to printer’s ink a good stock of goods is the best advertisement.
Winfield Courier, October 25, 1877.         
                                         BAIRD BROS., At the New York Store,
                           Want 1,000 families to call and examine the largest stock of
                                                 DRY GOODS, CLOTHING,
                                  Boots, Shoes, Hats, Caps, etc., in Cowley County,
                                                    where everything is sold at
                                                         Grasshopper Prices.
                                                        Remember the place.
                                            You can save money by buying of us.
Winfield Courier, November 15, 1877.
On Friday evening of last week a literary society was organized at district No. 21, with W. W. Limbocker as president; J. H. Curfman as vice president; Miss Mattie Baird as secretary; and Miss Belle Curfman assistant secretary. The question for debate on Friday evening of this week is, “Resolved, That ladies should be given the ballot.”
Winfield Courier, December 13, 1877.
                                                          Winfield Socially.

The coming winter bids fair to be the most pleasant, socially, that Winfieldians have ever experienced. Many changes have taken place in the circle of young folks since the good old frontier days. New and attractive young ladies and gentlemen have settled amongst us, giving to Winfield an air of city life and gaiety when they meet “in convention assembled.” The recent Thanksgiving ball was followed so closely by Miss Kate Millington’s “dancing party,” and both so largely attended, that the indications are that those “who look for pleasure can hope to find it here” this winter. The last mentioned party, to use a stereotyped expression, was a “brilliant success.” Probably of all the gay and charming gatherings that have “tripped the fantastic,” etc., in our city, this was the most pleasant. The music was excellent, the refreshments good, and the polite and attentive demeanor of the fair hostess most agreeable.
The following persons were fortunate enough to be present at this party: Judge W. P. Campbell, of Wichita; W. W. Walton, of Topeka; Herman Kiper, of Atchison; Fred C. Hunt, W. C. Walker, Bert Crapster, Ed. P. Greer, Charley Harter, J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. J. Holloway, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Green, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Harter, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Earnest, Mr. and Mrs. James Kelly, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Thompson, Miss Ina Daniels, S. Suss, Josephine E. Mansfield, G. E. Walker, Mary McGaughy, M. B. Wallis, Fannie Wallis, Wilbur Dever, Maggie J. Dever, W. C. Root, Jennie Hahn, W. Gillelen, Mattie Coldwell, J. N. Harter, Carrie Olds, T. C. Copeland, Katie McGaughy, O. M. Seward, Nora Coldwell, Dr. Strong, Amie Bartlett.
Of course, they one and all enjoyed themselves; wished the occasion might be often repeated, and voted (in their minds at least) Miss Kate to be the most “social campaign organizer” in the city.
Winfield Courier, January 10, 1878.
There was a public installation of officers of the Knights of Honor at the Courthouse last Friday evening. Rev. J. L. Rushbridge delivered an address. The officers of the organization for 1878 are as follows: Past Dictator, A. E. Baird; Dictator, E. P. Kinne; Vice Dictator, Geo. W. Robinson; Assistant Dictator, J. L. Rushbridge; Chaplain, S. H. Myton; Guide, John W. Curns; Reporter, H. D. Gans; Financial Reporter, A. Howland; Treasurer, W. C. Robinson; Guar., H. Brotherton; Sent’l., J. F. Snyder.
Winfield Courier, January 17, 1878.

There was a certain man in Winfield and he played a joke upon the clerks in the post office. He went into Baird’s store and procured two mice which had been caught and killed, and laid his diabolical plans. He wrapped the mice in paper, placed them in a paper box, directed them to “Winfield,” and, when he thought no eye was upon him, he slipped them in the post office, stole silently away, and laughed and chuckled and told the “boys” what a joke he had played. But there had been an eye upon him, and those wicked clerks laid a counter-plot deep and dark. They sealed the mice up in a different box, put on some old stamps, filled out half a dozen receipts, and that evening a “certain” man received notice to apply to the register clerk for a registered letter. He applied, and while going through all the formula necessary to procure a registered letter, and considerable more than wasn’t necessary, quite a crowd had accidentally (?) gathered around. That man was eager; his hands trembled, and his face beamed with silent expectation. He paid a fee of ten cents, but he didn’t care for that. He wanted to know what was in that box awful bad, and when he lifted the cover he found out. The crowd howled, and those wicked clerks danced and hooted. That man had immediate business out doors, and when last seen was journeying toward the setting sun.
Winfield Courier, January 24, 1878.
                            COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. Claims allowed Jan. 10.
Fuel and merchandise: Wallis & Wallis, $1; Baird Bros., $3.10; W. Brown, $5; Mullin & Wood, $10; A. Brown, $4.50; S. H. Myton, $210.50.
Winfield Courier, March 7, 1878.
Messrs. Baird Bros. are closing down their stock at exceedingly low prices to make room for their new spring stock. They propose to put in a stock that will be fully up to the wants of the best county in the state.
Winfield Courier, March 7, 1878.
Mr. Baird, of the firm of Baird Bros., at the New York store, started East Monday morning to purchase their spring stock of goods. They expect to bring on a large stock and are said to be close buyers, and will have a splendid line of dress goods, notions, trimmings, etc. Parties will do well to wait for their grand opening before buying elsewhere.
Winfield Courier, May 2, 1878.
Lost, on the 14th ult., in or going from the Presbyterian Church in this city, a lady’s gold neck chain with a Maltese cross-charm. The finder will be suitably rewarded by leaving it at the store of Baird Bros. J. F. HOLLOWAY.
Winfield Courier, May 16, 1878.
Miss Libby Curry, who has been visiting her sister, Mrs. Eugene Baird, for the past few weeks, has returned to her home in Linn County.
Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.
See the new sign of Robinson & Mosley on the south side of Baird’s store.
Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.
On last Saturday, June 1st, about four o’clock p.m., Jay Page, saloon keeper of this place, was shot and killed by L. J. Webb, attorney, and member of the House of Representatives of the State. Crowds of men immediately assembled around the scene of the transaction and great excitement prevailed. At the time of the shooting Mr. Page was standing against the counter of his saloon in conversation with Frank Manny, when Mr. Webb entered from the back room; and walking up to within about twelve feet of Mr. Page, drew a revolver from his pocket and fired—the ball entering Page’s left breast about five inches above the nipple. Page ran out the front door, blood gushing from his mouth and nostrils, crying that Webb had killed him. He ran along the sidewalk perhaps 100 feet and fell. He was taken up, bleeding from the mouth profusely. He expired immediately. No word was spoken in the saloon by either Webb or Page. After firing the shot Webb turned to the counter, where he handed his pistol to J. L. M. Hill, deputy sheriff, and went out in custody of Hill.
Coroner W. G. Graham caused to be summoned before him by J. H. Finch, deputy sheriff, a coroner’s jury, composed of W. Q. Mansfield, B. F. Baldwin, A. A. Jackson, H. Brotherton, A. E. Baird, and W. Gillelen. Frank Manny, Newton Ball, and Jesse Herndon, eye-witnesses to the transaction, were sworn and testified to the facts as above stated.

The jury returned a verdict to the effect that Jay Page came to his death by a shot from a pistol fired in the hands of L. J. Webb.
Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.
                                                    THE GREAT STORM.
                                                   Unprecedented Fall of Rain.
                                                High Water — Great Damages.
Baird Bros. suffered from water and kerosene damage in their cellar of at least $800.
Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.
                                                      A Threatened Famine.
C. A. Bliss, G. S. Manser, A. B. Lemmon, E. P. Kinne, J. C. Fuller, M. L. Read, T. R. Bryan, W. M. Allison, J. W. Curns, C. C. Black, D. A. Millington, E. S. Bliss, E. S. Torrance, A. E. Baird, J. B. Lynn, M. G. Troup, M. L. Robinson, J. C. McMullen, E. C. Manning, and probably many others, all with their wives, will make a raid upon Arkansas City, the steam boats, and Newman’s dam on the Fourth. They will seize all the provisions they can find in the city, capture both the “Aunt Sally” and the—the—well, Amos’ steamship, will rip out Newman’s dam, and steam up the Walnut to Winfield, driving a large herd of catfish. Bliss and Harter & Harris will load the steamers with flour at their mills. The party will start at about 9 o’clock a.m.
Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.
                                                   That Trip on the Aunt Sally.”
We “let off” our surplus patriotism on the Fourth by going to Arkansas City and taking a ride on the “Aunt Sally” beneath the classic shades of the “raging Walnut.” The said “Aunt Sally” is not exactly like the Sound steamers that ply between Fall River and New York. We did not see the elegant staterooms, dining-hall, furniture, and such; but she paddled along just as well as though arrayed in gay plumage. The passengers stood up on deck and sweltered in the heat; taking two or three small showers for variety; then the whistle made most unearthly screams and the band played patriotic airs. The boat was manned by Channell, Sleeth, Swarts, Farrar, Mowry, and many others of the old sailors of Arkansas City. Many Winfield ladies and gentlemen were on board with us, exhibiting more enthusiasm, we thought, than did our “seaport” friends. When we returned to the landing, Bonsall was on hand with his camera to take a picture of the boat and its passengers, but we shall never believe he got a good picture until he furnishes us with a copy. When that infernal whistle shrieked, it was with difficulty that we prevented our unsophisticated Winfielders from following the example of the Indians down the river by jumping off and wading ashore. Troup jumped about 18 feet, Harris 14, Baird 12, Bliss 10, McMullen & Lemmon 3, Hudson 2. The rest of them were on the other side of the boat and we were not able to record their feats of ground and lofty tumbling.
Winfield Courier, August 29, 1878.
Col. James D. Snoddy, of LaCygne, has been visiting his brothers-in-law, the Baird Brothers, in this city, this week. Col. Snoddy has long been one of the most prominent lawyers and politicians of the state.
Winfield Courier, September 5, 1878.
Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Baird have gone to Linn County to spend a few weeks with Mrs. Baird’s parents.

Winfield Courier, September 26, 1878.
Mr. Eugene Baird, of the firm of Baird Bros., returned last Friday from the east, where he has been purchasing goods.
Winfield Courier, September 26, 1878.
Our enterprising merchant, Will Baird, is building a fine residence on the Loomis addition, in the southeast part of town.
Winfield Courier, September 26, 1878.
The great dry goods house of Baird Bro.’s will be fully established this week in the room in Manning’s block, next door north of the one they have heretofore occupied. They make this change to get more room. Mr. A. E. Baird has lately returned from the East where he has purchased a stock of goods of such magnitude that they could not be crowded into the former store.
Winfield Courier, December 5, 1878.
                                                               Baird Bros.
This firm carry the large stock of Southern Kansas. They have almost everything that can be wanted in large quantities, and at low prices. The New York Store is widely known and is as widely popular. Their storeroom is perhaps the equal of any in the State in size and convenience. No one coming to Winfield to trade can afford to pass this house by.
Winfield Courier, January 2, 1879.
BAIRD BROS., keep a stock of general merchandise that would surprise an eastern man. They have one of the largest establish­ments in “Southern Kansas” and the amount of goods they dispose of is immense. They are gentlemen who please their customers and have a full corps of obliging salesmen, among whom are Mr. T. Southard and Mr. J. F. Holloway.
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1879.
Baird Bros. have changed the display in that wonderful window of theirs, and it now looks as gaudy as a peacock in June.
Winfield Courier, June 12, 1879.
Messrs. Kinne, Baird, and Graham are attending the Grand Lodge of the Knights of Honor, which convenes at Emporia this week.
Winfield Courier, June 12, 1879.
’Tis sad but it’s a fact, that whenever Tuck Southard leaves town something always happens. He started to Elk City for his “better half” last week, and had hardly got over the Alexander mound before Baird Bros. delivery wagon upset, spilling dry goods and groceries all over the street; and before he returned, one of the clerks got sick and left the country, a coal oil barrel leaked all over the cellar floor, and a boy appeared with nine baking power tickets and demanded a chromo. If Tuck returns safe, his fate is sealed for he will never be allowed to leave town again under any circumstances.
Winfield Courier, July 24, 1879.
Mr. C. W. Jordan has returned from his visit to Ohio, with his health greatly improved. He will probably resume his old position with Baird Bros.
Winfield Courier, July 31, 1879.

Messrs. Baird Bros. purchased the entire bankrupt stock of Turner Bro’s. at Sheriff’s sale last week. This stock is nearly new, and is first-class throughout, having been bought new, and selected by experienced hands. It makes a great addition to their already large stock and offers the best line for buyers, both in quantity and quality, in the city. Baird Bros. are bound to be the head of the mercantile business in Winfield, and if their trade keeps on increasing as it has for the past year, they will soon have the largest business of any firm in the southwest.
Winfield Courier, August 14, 1879.
Lynn & Gillelen have closed to invoice their stock, when the firm will be dissolved and one of them will retire. During the last two years this firm has been known far and wide, and have perhaps sold more goods than any firm, with the exception of Baird Bros., in the southwest.
Winfield Courier, September 11, 1879.
Elk City Cor. Capital: Judge Baird sold out his household goods Saturday last, prior to removing to the house of his son in Winfield. The loss of his wife is a sad bereavement, and the sympathies of his old friends and neighbors will follow him to his new home.
Winfield Courier, December 11, 1879.
Among the many enterprises being pushed forward in our thriving city, the one just commenced by Baird Bros. deserves no small mention. They have purchased from C. A. Bliss the lot on which Dr. Graham’s office now stands, and will soon begin the erection of a mammoth dry goods building. It is to be 25 x 100, two stories, with basement. The first floor will be used as a retail department, the second floor as a wholesale department, and the basement as ware rooms. This enterprise, considering the amount of capital that will be invested in the building and stock, will be one of the largest in the Southwest and is entirely in keeping with the enterprise of the firm that is pushing it forward. The wholesale business now being done by this firm is large, and with the increased facilities which the new build­ing will afford them, they will soon command most of the jobbing trade of our neighboring counties.
Winfield Courier, December 18, 1879.
The excavation for the buildings of Messrs. Morehouse and Baird Bros. is being pushed forward, notwithstanding the frosty weather.
Winfield Courier, December 25, 1879.
On Tuesday Mr. C. W. Jordan injured himself quite severely while descending the stairs in Baird’s store. He cut a large gash in his head, and will be laid up for repairs for some time to come.
Winfield Courier, January 1, 1880.
Mr. Frank Greer, one of the clerks at Baird Bros., starts for a visit in the north part of the State Thursday morning.
Winfield Courier, January 15, 1880.
We are informed that Ed. Holloway and Ed. Lemmon have gone to Salt City to run Baird Bros.’ store in that place. They are bright, active, reliable young men.
Winfield Courier, January 22, 1880.

Baird Bros. let the contract for the stone work on their new store building last Monday to Messrs. Bullene & Co.
Winfield Courier, January 29, 1880.
The work on the Morehouse-Baird building is going forward rapidly. Bullene, the contractor for the stone work, is employ­ing a large number of hands and the foundation walls rise as if by magic.
Winfield Courier, February 12, 1880.
                                                       The New York Store.
                                   BAIRD BROTHERS, POST OFFICE BLOCK.
Winfield Courier, February 12, 1880.
Winfield Courier, February 19, 1880.
Last Tuesday we were shown the plans for Baird Bros.’ new store room. If the building is finished according to plans laid down by the architect, Mr. John M. Bannon, it will be one of the finest store rooms in the city.
Winfield Courier, March 4, 1880.
An army of workmen are engaged on the Morehouse-Baird building. It will be put up as rapidly as possible.
Winfield Courier, March 4, 1880.
Mr. Eugene Baird is in the east laying in a mammoth stock of goods for the New York store.
Winfield Courier, March 11, 1880.
The way the walls on the Morehouse and Baird building spring up is a surprise to the oldest inhabitant. There seems to be a race between the two contractors to see who can do the best job in the shortest time. We will watch the work and let our readers know who comes out ahead.
Winfield Courier, March 11, 1880.
The jobbing trade of Winfield is getting to be a matter of no small importance. Situated as we are with competing lines to Kansas City and St. Louis, the smaller towns east and west will naturally become tributary to us, and in fact are already buying most of their goods of our merchants.
Spotswood & Co. and R. M. Snyder are putting forth special efforts toward securing this trade, and have been in a great measure successful. Baird Bros. are also doing considerable in the jobbing line, and are supply­ing several of the largest stores in our neighboring towns with dry goods, notions, etc. Our merchants are live, energetic men, and have the capital; and by buying in large quantities for cash, they get such reductions both in cost and freights as enable them to compete with Kansas City in the jobbing trade of this and adjoining counties.
Winfield Courier, March 25, 1880.

This institution is becoming the special pride of our citizens. Messrs. Clarke & Dysert have gone on quietly, with an abiding faith in the town and country, putting in new appliances and machinery, until the excellence of their work begins to bring our citizens to a realization of the fact that Winfield can successfully compete with Leavenworth, Atchison, or Kansas City, in anything made of iron. The columns and plates just finished for the Morehouse-Baird building are far ahead of anything yet furnished here. The columns are firm, solid, of elegant design, and weigh 550 pounds each. The plates for the doorsills bear the imprint of the foundry, and are lettered “W. S. M.” and “Baird Bros., 1880.” After the contract for the columns had been let to Clarke & Dysert, parties representing the Atchison foundry scoffed at the idea of our foundry being able to complete the job, and asserted that “it took them six months to turn out their first columns.”
This somewhat shook the faith of the architects, and the fear of being delayed troubled them greatly. But Clarke & Dysert knew what they were doing, and the discouraging words only made them redouble their efforts to turn out work that would prove what they themselves knew, that they could compete with any foundry in the country both in quality and cheapness. The result has fully demonstrated their ability to do this; and where our citizens have heretofore doubted, they are now thoroughly con­vinced that the Southwestern Foundry and Machine Shops are no myth. We sincerely hope that they will lend all the help possi­ble, in the way of work toward building up and sustaining this institution, thereby encouraging other manufacturing interests to center here.
Winfield Courier, April 1, 1880.
                                             A STARTLING OCCURRENCE.
                          Mr. George Miller, one of our Prominent Citizens, Implicated.
Just as we go to press we learn of an occurrence which will cast a shadow of gloom over the entire community. It seems that of late many crimes have been committed in the northern part of the state, the perpetrators of which are still at large. Late this (Wednesday) morning Marshal Stevens went to the place of business of Mr. Geo. Miller and asked him to go with him to identify a man who had worked for him several years ago, and who was supposed to be one of the parties wanted up north.
After looking around among the stores for some time, Marshal Stevens pointed out a man with his back toward them and said that “he thought this was his man,” requesting Mr. Miller to go around and come in on the other side of him so as to get a sight of his face, at the same time admonishing him to be careful and not let the criminal see that he was being observed.
Mr. Miller, in order to reach the other side, went down the alley back of the Opera House, coming into the street through the gap between S. H. Myton’s buildings, and quietly picked his way along until he reached a pile of prints in front of M. Hahn & Co’s., and with the utmost caution slowly raised his head above the barrier to see if he recognized the man.
This proved to be a movement that will be regretted by Mr. Miller for many days to come, for the suspected person seemed to be expecting an attack from that quarter, and was looking square­ly at the pile of prints. As Miller’s head appeared above them, their eyes met, a sign of recognition seemed to pass between them, when, with a blood curdling shriek, Miller sprang from behind the prints, darted past the intended victim, and was, in all probability, saved from an untimely end by the interfer­ence of the bystanders.

He had discovered at the last moment that he was about to be implicated in the arrest and perhaps the conviction and imprison­ment of—Baird’s wooden dummy.
Winfield Courier, April 15, 1880.
The finish on the Morehouse-Baird building is being greatly admired. It is the handsomest building in the city.
Winfield Courier, May 6, 1880.
Winfield Courier, May 6, 1880.
Baird Bros. have decided to dissolve partnership, in conse­quence of which they are selling their goods at cost in order to reduce the stock before the trade is made. Eugene Baird will continue the business.
Winfield Courier, May 13, 1880.
The Baird building is about ready for occupancy, and perhaps before we issue again, their goods will be transferred from the old building to the new. This firm has always stood in the front rank of our mercantile establishments, and with an elegant new building, new stock, and presided over by the senior member, will assuredly meet with success. We shall next week give a detailed description of their new building.
Winfield Courier, May 13, 1880.
Tuck Southard, after serving many years in the employ of Baird Bros., has transferred his services to Levi, the clothier. Tuck is one of the best clerks in town, faithful, efficient, and well and favorably known by the trading public. If we do not miss our guess, Baird Bros. will find that they have made a mistake in allowing Tuck to go.
Winfield Courier, May 20, 1880.
Baird Bros. removed their goods into their new store room last Tuesday. The room is one of the finest in the city, and when illuminated by gas, presents an elegant appearance. The enterprise and energy of this firm is truly commendable.
Winfield Courier, July 1, 1880.
Baird Bros. new stairway is one of the finest in the country.
Winfield Courier, July 15, 1880.
Mr. and Mrs. Will Baird had the misfortune to lose their little daughter last Thursday. The funeral was held from their residence Friday afternoon, attended by a large circle of friends.
Winfield Courier, July 15, 1880.
REMOVED. The New York Store can be found one door south of Bliss & Co’s. store. With no rent and less expense, we can sell cheaper than any store in Winfield.
                                                            BAIRD BROS.
Winfield Courier, August 19, 1880.

Winfield is partly depopulated by the great exodus to the Knight Templars triennial reunion in Chicago. Last Saturday and Sunday the trains were loaded with excursionists, many of whom were taking this opportunity to visit friends in the east with the excursion rates for fares. A great many went from here whose names have not been given us, but the following are some that we know of: Dr. W. G. Graham and wife, Capt. S. C. Smith, E. P. Kinne, J. E. Conklin, Capt. James McDermott, Rev. J. Cairns and wife, Rev. J. A. Hyden and wife, J. D. Pryor, R. D. Jillson and daughter, Mrs. D. A. and Miss Jessie Millington. C. C. Black and wife, J. W. Johnson and daughter, J. P. M. Butler and wife, Miss Jennie Melville, G. H. Buckman, J. C. and Miss Ioa Roberts, Will Baird and wife, Mrs. N. L. Rigby, Jacob Nixon and wife, J. S. Hunt, and T. R. Bryan.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 1, 1880.
                                            CIVIL DOCKET. SEVENTH DAY.
                                               Dye Bros. & Co. vs. Baird Bros.
Winfield Courier, December 2, 1880.
Baird Bros. bought the full Williams & Jettinger stock of goods for $7,750 cash. They sold out the groceries to J. A. Earnest. It is considered that this will pay off the chattel mortgages and 67 percent on the other liabilities of the late firm.
Winfield Courier, December 2, 1880.
Baird Bros. had a grand run at the Williams & Jettinger store last Saturday. The house was crowded all day and ten salesmen were kept busy.
Winfield Courier, December 30, 1880.
With the earliest settlers of Winfield, came Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington, since which time their hospitable home has been a favorite with our society people.
At their reception last evening an unusually happy and enjoyable time was had. Mr. and Mrs. Millington, assisted by their daughters, Misses Kate and Jessie, were truly at home in the manner and method of receiving their friends, with a smile and a pleasant word for all. No wonder the hours passed so quickly by. All restraint and formality was laid aside for an evening of genuine good feeling and pleasure.
Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. N. L. Rigby, Mr. and Mrs. McDonald, Mr. and Mrs. Hackney, Mr. and Mrs. Spotswood, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Baird, Mr. and Mrs. Bedilion, Mr. and Mrs. Moffitt, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. McMullen, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. H. Brown, Dr. and Mrs. Black, Mr. and Mrs. Hickok, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. Troup, Mr. and Mrs. Scovill, Mr. and Mrs. Lundy, Mr. and Mrs. Lemmon, Dr. and Mrs. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Short, Mr. and Mrs. Kretsinger, Mr. and Mrs. Shrieves, Mr. and Mrs. Roberts, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Millington, Mrs. Huston, Miss McCommon, Wirt W. Walton, and J. R. Conklin.
Refreshments were served to the satisfaction and praise of all, and not until a late hour came the “good nights” and the departure of friends for their homes, each of whom will not soon forget the pleasant evening with Mr. and Mrs. Millington. Daily Telegram.
Winfield Courier, January 27, 1881.
MR. AND MRS. J. C. FULLER. Socially this has been one of the gayest winters in the history of our city. Almost every week has been made pleasant by a social gathering of some sort or other. One of the most pleasant of these was the reception by Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller last Friday evening. The guests were many and the arrangements for their entertainment were complete. 

Among those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Loose, Mr. and Mrs. James Harden, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. Hodges. Dr. and Mrs. VanDoren, Mr. and Mrs. McMullen, Mr. and Mrs. Eastman, Rev. and Mrs. T. F. Borcher, Mr. and Mrs. T. R. Bryan, Dr. and Mrs. Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Baird, Mr. and Mrs. Short, Dr. and Mrs. Graham, Mr. and Mrs. Boyer, Mr. and Mrs. Trimble, Mr. and Mrs. Moffitt, Mr. and Mrs. Speed, Mr. and Mrs. Doane, Mr. and Mrs. Kretsinger, Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Shrieves, Mr. and Mrs. Millington, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. Scovill, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Carruthers, Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Black, Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Hamil­ton, Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Fuller, Rev. and Mrs. Hyden, Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Williams, Mrs. Mansfield, Mrs. Mullen, Miss Mary Stewart, Miss May Williams, Father Kelly, O. F. Boyle, and Charles Fuller.
Winfield Courier, January 27, 1881.
The Ladies’ Library Association met at the library rooms on Tuesday, January 25th, and elected the following members as directors. Mesdames D. A. Millington, T. R. Bryan, T. G. Ticer, W. R. Davis, W. O. Scovill, J. C. Fuller, J. Swain,          Eastman, J. P. Butler,           Raymond, W. P. Hackney,           Wallis, A. E. Baird, M. L. Read, E. S. Bedilion,           Doane, G. Emerson, J. A. Hyden, A. T. Spotswood, C. S. Van Doren, J. W. McDonald, J. S. Mann, J. S. Loose, J. A. Earnest. The six last hold over under the constitution. The three first are re-elected.
Winfield Courier, February 3, 1881.
Charley Bahntge is making arrangements to build a handsome residence near Will Baird’s on 12th avenue.
Winfield Courier, May 26, 1881.
Baird Bros., of the New York store, are preparing for a large business this year. This firm is one of the most substan­tial and prosperous in our city, and have built themselves up from a small beginning. They have done much for the town in the way of improvements and their beautiful store building is suffi­cient evidence of their faith in the future prosperity of Winfield. We always like to record the success of our business­men when they are successful through honest work and fair deal­ing. We hope that Messrs. Baird Bros. will go on prospering and enlarging their trade until even their present commodious quar­ters will be too small.
Winfield Courier, June 2, 1881.
Monday evening Mr. C. A. Bliss was purposely invited out to tea, and, returning home at about 8:30, found his parlors filled by about fifty of his personal friends.
When he entered, the Rev. Mr. Cairns, on behalf of the guests, in an appropriate address, presented him with twelve richly-bound volumes of standard literature. Mrs. Bliss, though absent, was remembered with a magnificent illustrated volume.
Mr. Bliss responded in a feeling manner: after which the leader of the surprise was himself made the victim of a surprise, by the presentation by Captain McDermott, on behalf of friends, with a splendid volume of “The Life of Christ.”
Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Mann acted the part of host and hostess; and ice cream, strawberries, cake, etc., were served amid music and general social enjoyment.
The whole affair was a neat recognition of the Christian, social, and business character of the recipients of the mementoes, which they so justly merit.

The married couples present were Mr. and Mrs. Wright, McDermott, Story, Johnson, Hendricks, Trimble, Wilson. D. Bliss, Baird, E. H. Bliss, Gilbert, Cairns, Jarvis, Adams, Tipton, Silliman, Stevens, Tresize, and Fuller. There were also present Messrs. Borchers, Arment, Applegate, Rigby, Wood, F. Finch, and Mrs. E. S. Bliss, Mrs. H. Bliss, Mrs. Jewell, Miss S. Bliss, Miss Smith, Miss Corson, and others, whose names we failed to obtain.
Winfield Courier, June 16, 1881.
A considerable number of the citizens of Winfield met on Monday evening on the steps of the Winfield Bank to provide for raising funds for the immediate relief of the sufferers caused by the cyclone Sunday evening. Mr. Crippen called the people together by music from the band.
                                              Baird Brothers contributed $10.00.
Winfield Courier, July 14, 1881.
Mr. A. T. Spotswood has purchased the Will Baird residence, on Twelfth avenue. Judge Baird has also purchased lots in this locality, and will erect a residence during the summer.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 20, 1881.
                                                    SOLDIERS REUNION.
                                       WINFIELD, KANSAS, JULY 14, 1881.
To the Union Soldiers of the late War:
We, the undersigned, your comrades and survivors of the late rebellion, believe that a reunion of the old soldiers now resi­dents of Cowley and surrounding counties, would meet your approv­al and serve to renew and strengthen a patriotic and brotherly feeling in the hearts of all old soldiers and lovers of the Union, we would, therefore call a reunion at Island Park, Winfield, Kansas, for the 7th and 8th of October, 1881.
For a more complete organization and the successful carrying out of this plan, we would ask all old soldiers residing in the limits above named, to meet at Manning Opera House, on Saturday, July 23rd, at 2 o’clock p.m., at which time to effect a permanent organization, and the appointment of such general and local committees as the meeting may deem proper, essential for the ultimate success of this—an old soldiers’ reunion—at the time and place above mentioned. The county papers are requested to publish this call.
                       One of the Old Soldiers who signed call for reunion: W. F. Baird.
Winfield Courier, August 4, 1881.
A meeting of businessmen of Winfield was held last Friday evening and again Tuesday evening at which a board of trade was formed and will be incorporated under the laws of the state. The objects are stated: For the purpose of promoting and encouraging manufactures and manufacturing interests in Cowley County. The charter will expire August 1, 1890. The board of trustees consists of J. C. Fuller, M. L. Read. W. C. Robinson, A. E. Baird, C. A. Bliss, Robt. E. Wallis, and J. S. Mann.
Winfield Courier, August 11, 1881.
The board of trade of Winfield filed its charter yesterday. The trustees for the first year are J. C. Fuller, M. L. Read, W. C. Robinson, A. E. Baird, C. A. Bliss, Robert E. Wallis, and 
J. S. Mann. Topeka Capital.
Winfield Courier, August 25, 1881.

Mr. A. E. Baird, successor to Baird Bros. New York Store, has gone to New York for a large and complete stock of fall and winter goods.
Winfield Courier, September 22, 1881.
Elbert L. Benbrook, from Fayetteville, Arkansas, called on us Monday. He is a bright young man and will remain as a sales­man with Baird Bros.
Winfield Courier, November 3, 1881.
                                               CIVIL DOCKET. FIFTH DAY.
                                            Adolphus H. Green vs. William Baird.
Winfield Courier, November 10, 1881.
The Misses Curry, sisters of Mrs. Baird, are visiting here this week. Their home is at Mound City.
Winfield Courier, January 12, 1882.
                                                   HARD ON THE D. B.’S.
                  The Businessmen Talk, Eat, and Prepare to Harvest Unpaid Bills.
Last Saturday evening a large number of the businessmen of Winfield met at the Brettun House and organized an association that will be of more practical benefit to businessmen and the trading public generally then anything that has yet been proposed. The matter has been talked of for some time, but recent events brought it to a focus, of which the “Merchants” and Business Men’s Protective Association” is the outcome. The following gentlemen were present and assisted in the organization.
A. H. Doane, R. E. Wallis, J. A. McGuire, Will Hudson, A. E. Baird, W. J. Hodges, H. Brotherton, J. M. Dever, J. P. Baden, J. L. Hodges, R. E. Sydall, Lou Harter, Ed. P. Greer, J. B. Lynn, A. B. Steinberger, C. A. Bliss, D. L. Kretsinger, A. T. Spotswood, S. W. Hughes, J. S. Mann, W. B. Pixley, W. R. McDonald, A. D. Hendricks, Col. Wm. Whiting, J. G. Shrieves, J. W. Batchelder, J. L. Horning, T. R. Timme, J. L. Rinker, J. P. Short, B. F. Wood, J. A. Cooper.
A committee consisting of the officers and a committee of eight or ten members were appointed to draft constitution and by-laws to be presented at the next meeting to be held at A. H. Doane & Co.’s office Thursday evening. The object of the organization is for mutual protection against the class of men who obtain credit at one place as long as possible, then change to another, and so on around, and for heading off dead-beats of every kind. A list of all those who are in arrears at the different stores will be made out by each merchant and filed with the secretary, who will furnish each member with a complete list of all who obtain credit and the amount. Then, when a person desires to buy goods on time, the merchant can go to his list, find out how many other firms in town he owes, and how long the account has been running. If he finds that the person desiring credit owes every other merchant in town, he can safely make up his mind that he is a D. B. On the other hand, if he finds that the person asking for credit has paid his bill and is reckoned good by the other merchants in establishing his credit, he will find no trouble in getting all the advances he desires. It will weed out the dishonest fellows and protect those who pay their debts and show a disposition to deal honestly.

The above, as near as we can state it, is the object of the association. Here alone, good, honest, straightforward men all over the county have failed to get credit because there was no way to establish their standing while others who were no good have run annual bills all over town and never make an effort to pay. This will stop all that business and place them in a very unenviable light until their bills are paid.
After the adjournment of the meeting all repaired to the dining room of the Brettun and ate oysters and celery, drank coffee and cream, told vigorous stories of dead-beats and bill-jumpers, and treated each other to little bits of business experience that furnished points for future action. The supper was nicely served and thirty-nine sat down to the long table and took two or more dishes of “Oysters-loony style,” with fruit and lighter refreshments thrown in. One of the most unfortunate features of the supper was that there were no toasts. Nothing is so delightful after a nice supper as to sit back in your chair and note the writhings of the poor mortal who has been selected to tell about “The great American eagle, who laves his bill in the Atlantic and dips his tail in the Pacific,” and to see him squirm when he finds that he has forgotten the piece and got the proud bird’s tail in the wrong pond. We were very anxious to see this duty performed and had about concluded to call out J. L. Horning or A. T. Spotswood, with W. J. Hodges and R. E. Wallis as possible substitutes, when the thought struck us that it might prove a boomerang and our desire for toasts immediately expired.
Among the ladies who graced the occasion were Mrs. W. R. McDonald, Mrs. J. L. Rinker, Mrs. J. B. Lynn, Miss Sadie French, Mrs. W. J. Hodges, Mrs. S. W. Hughes, Mrs. J. A. Cooper, and Mrs. W. B. Pixley.
Cowley County Courant, January 19, 1882.
The Merchants’ and Business Men’s Protection Association met Thursday evening at the office of A. H. Doane & Co., president Spotswood presiding. The committee on constitution and by-laws tendered their report, which was received and taken up for action by sections, after which it was adopted as a whole, and the secretary instructed to have the same printed and furnish each member with a copy. The following firms became members of the association.
A. T. Spotswood & Co., J. P. Baden, B. F. Cox, Wallis & Wallis, McGuire Bros., J. S. Mann, Hendricks & Wilson, Hughes & Cooper, Hudson Bros., Miller & Dix, J. L. Hodges, A. H. Doane & Co., S. H. Myton, W. B. Pixley, A. E. Baird, Whiting Bros., Shreves & Powers, Cole Bros.
The by-laws provide that any firm in the city may become members by complying with the by-laws, rules, and regulations, and that each member will be furnished with a pass book contain­ing a list of doubtful and bad paying customers, professional beats, etc. From the reading of the constitution and by-laws of the organization, it is evident that the business men are in earnest, and that they propose to protect cash and prompt paying customers and to give doubtful and bad paying customers, and especially dead beats, a wide berth. The method adopted by the association for equal and mutual protection is sound and reason­able, and will bring to its membership every business firm in the city. The result will surely prove satisfactory to both buyer and seller.
Winfield Courier, February 23, 1882.

A. E. Baird and wife went east on the morning train for a three weeks trip among the large cities (Chicago, New York, and St. Louis) for the purpose of buying a new stock of goods.
Winfield Courier, April 6, 1882.
Winfield is to have another new business building this spring. J. E. Conklin will erect a brick storeroom eighty feet deep on the site of the old Bliss storeroom, next to Baird’s. The building, when finished, will be occupied by Hendricks & Wilson’s hardware store.
Excerpt from lengthy ad...
Winfield Courier, April 13, 1882.
And if you do not wish for groceries at cash prices, we will give you orders upon the best and most responsible houses in the town, which will be received as cash in payment for goods. Our arrangement includes the exclusive dry goods houses of A. E. Baird, J. B. Lynn, and the Bee Hive Store, Messrs. Smith Brothers and W. C. Root & Co., the only exclusive boot and shoe houses in the county. In the hardware, Horning, Robinson & Co., Hendricks & Wilson, and S. H. Myton, and in other branches of trade or labor, the very best of their class.
Winfield Courier, May 4, 1882.
                                                        Council Proceedings.
                      COUNCIL CHAMBER, CITY OF WINFIELD, MAY 1, 1882.
Councilmen met in regular sessions, Mayor M. G. Troup presiding. Present, Councilmen Read, Gary, McMullen, and Wilson, City Attorney, and Clerk.
Minutes of last meeting read and approved.
Petition of A. E. Baird and six others for the construction of a gutter on Main Street was read; and the following resolutions concerning the same were adopted.
Resolved, That the City Council deem it necessary to provide by ordinance for the laying of a stone gutter five feet wide along the west side of Main Street, commencing at Seventh Avenue and running thence south to Tenth Avenue; also on the east side of Main Street, running from Seventh Avenue to Tenth Avenue, and that said gutter-stone be set on edge and be not less than six inches in thickness and laid adjacent to the sidewalk.
Resolved, That unless a majority of the resident owners of the property along said proposed line of improvement, subject to taxation for the same, do not within twenty days from the publication of these resolutions file their protest with the City Clerk, then each improvement shall be ordered.
Cowley County Courant, May 25, 1882.
The social party at the residence of Dr. and Mrs. Emerson Thursday evening was one of the most enjoyable affairs within the history of Winfield. The Dr. and his estimable wife seem to thoroughly understand the art of entertaining their guests, and on this particular occasion, they were at their best, as it were. 

The guests present were Miss L. Curry, Miss Andrews, Miss I. Bard, Miss I. McDonald, the Misses Wallis, Miss F. Beeney, Miss Jennie Haine, Miss A. Scothorn, Miss I. Meech, Miss Sadie French, Miss Julia Smith, Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Will Robinson, Ivan Robinson, Harry Bahntge, Eugene Wallis, W. H. Smith, W. A. Smith of Wichita, E. C. Seward, O. M. Seward, C. Campbell, C. H. Connell, Sam Davis, Capt. Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Baird, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Bedilion, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Bahntge, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Harter, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Harter, Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Speed, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Barclay, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hunt, W. A. Walton, and Henry Goldsmith.
Winfield Courier, May 25, 1882.
Mr. Eugene Baird was taken quite ill Monday evening.
Winfield Courier, June 1, 1882.
W. H. Clark, from Baird’s store, starts east this week to Pennsylvania to remain all summer. He expects to return in the fall and take his old position.
Cowley County Courant, June 8, 1882.
Ed. Nelson shows up boss behind the counter of Mr. Baird’s splendid store.
Winfield Courier, June 8, 1882.
Miss Lena Curry, who has spent the winter here with her sister, Mrs. Eugene Baird, returned to her home near Mound City on Monday morning. Miss Curry has many friends here who regret her departure.
Winfield Courier, July 20, 1882.
Hendricks & Wilson have for the past week been gradually transferring their stock from the old store to the new brick Conklin building, next to Bairds. They are now thoroughly established in the new quarters, and have one of the finest, most commodious stores in the city.
Winfield Courier, August 10, 1882.
Wanted. A girl to do general housework. Inquire of A. E. Baird.
Winfield Courier, August 10, 1882.
                                                           IT IS SETTLED.
                        We Are to Have a Creamery, the First and the Best in the State.
           The Stock Made up and the Work to Begin at Once. The Town is “Waking Up.”
Last Saturday the final subscription to the Creamery stock was made and the enterprise became an assured fact. We fully believe that it will prove one of the best investments made in the county and furnish a valuable market for the dairy products of Cowley.
Mr. M. W. Babb, the originator of the enterprise, came here about a year ago and, after visiting various creameries throughout Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri, came home with the necessary papers and information and went to work, aided by a few of our public-spirited citizens; among whom Mr. J. P. Baden was first and foremost, with the success before mentioned. The following is a list of the stockholders.
                                                     A. E. Baird, 1 share, $50.
Winfield Courier, August 31, 1882.
Mr. A. E. Baird started for New York last week to purchase his fall stock of dry goods. During his absence Mr. Nelson, his gentlemanly and efficient assistant, will have charge of the store.
Winfield Courier, September 14, 1882.
A. E. Baird has returned from New York.
Winfield Courier, September 21, 1882.

AD. AGAIN THE DOGS OF WAR ARE LOOSE And while the Arabs of the East are murdering humans in cold blood, we will devote our talents to the more human business of simply SLAUGHTERING PRICES!
We do this knowingly and willfully because the people demand it, and the way we buy our goods justifies it. You can’t be disappointed in our stock of FALL AND WINTER GOODS. It’s immense! Every department full to overflowing, and so nicely selected that the most fastidious will be unable to find fault with the quality of the goods or the inducements we are offering. It will be to your detriment if you fail to see us. We are LEADERS IN DRESS GOODS, DRESS TRIMMINGS, SILKS, SATINS, VELVETS, LACES, EMBROIDERIES, AND HOSIERY, In fact, everything belonging to a first-class dry goods establishment. We certainly have a royal line of goods at BED ROCK PRICES.
We are agents for Foster’s Kid Gloves and Mme. Demorest Patterns—the only reliable pattern in use. Call and get a Fashion Book free. A. E. BAIRD, NEW YORK STORE.
It appears that a son of A. E. Baird attended this birthday party...
Winfield Courier, November 9, 1882.
                                                        Little Folks’ Party.
A large number of little folks gathered together at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor Monday afternoon to celebrate with little Mamie her third birthday. The crowd was the jolliest and liveliest we have seen and each of the little folks seemed to take in the full measure of enjoyment. A splendid repast was set for them which they attacked with a relish. Little Mamie received a large number of elegant presents from her young friends. The following is a list of the presents and of those present: 1 silver set knife, fork, and spoon; 2 Majolica plates; 2 gold sash pins; 1 gold ring; 1 child’s decorated china wash stand set; 1 child’s dinner castor; 1 hand painted mug; 1 porte-monnaie; 5 China cups and saucers; 2 China mugs; 1 glass mug; 1 doll’s parlor suite; 1 autograph album; 1 photograph album; 1 wood tea set combination table and cupboard; 1 Brittania tea set; 2 child’s glass sets; sugar bowl; butter dish, etc.; 3 dolls; 2 doll’s canopy top phaetons; 1 doll and carriage; 2 picture books; 1 flat iron and stand; 1 bell cart and span of goats; 1 bouquet; 1 basket of flowers; 1 satin puff box; 1 panorama egg; 6 elegant birthday cards; 1 little brown jug; 1 necklace of pearl beads; 1 shell box; 1 photograph with frame; 2 China match safes; 2 bottles perfumery; 1 card receiver (Kalo Meda); 2 handkerchiefs (embroidered); 1 collar; 1 tooth-pick holder.
Present: Misses Birdie Wright, Edna Glass, Blanche Bliss, Blanche Troup, Stella Buckman, Mamie Black, Frankie Black, Mary Spotswood, Maggie Pryor, Edna Pryor, Muriel Covert, Annie McDonald, Clara Austin, Pearl E. Snyder, Maggie Johnson, Emma Johnson, Bernice Bullen, Beryl Johnston, Nina Nelson, Nona Nelson, Lube Myton, Josie Myton, Ethel Carruthers, Mary Brotherton, Bell Brotherton, Nina Harter, May Harter, Maud Miller, Gertie Lynn, Effie Lynn, Edna Short, Alma Miller, Mollie Trezise, Lillie Trezise, Fannie Bryan, Flossie Bullen, Ollie Newcomb, Edna Fitch, Maud Cooper, Daisy Clark.
Masters Eddie Greer, Eddie Thorp, Ralph Brown, Roy Robinson, Bertie Silliman, Vere Hollenbeck, Charles F. Green, Charlie Sydal, Henrion McDonald, Dolphi Green, Clare Bullen, Bruce Carruthers, Edgar Powers, Charlie Lynn, Paul Bedilion, Codie Waite, Zack Miller, Willie Trezise, Carl Farringer, Walter Baird, and Willis Young.
Winfield Courier, December 14, 1882.

A. E. Baird has put up a handsome gilt sign in front of his dry goods house.
Winfield Courier, December 28, 1882.
Every lady should go to the New York Store and look at those new patent lace kid gloves in all colors. Something new. Does away with all hooks and buttons. Please call and examine them. They are just what you want. A. E. Baird is sole agent.
Winfield Courier, January 4, 1883.
Will Baird was over from Fredonia this week.
Winfield Courier, January 11, 1883.
Look for a change in A. E. Baird’s ad. next week. Mr. Baird is one of our pioneer merchants and has long made use of the columns of the COURIER to present his superior inducements and attractions to the people. By his judicious advertising, wide experience, and strict business integrity, he has gained for the New York Store a reputation and patronage excelled by no exclusive dry-goods house in the Southwest. His storeroom is one of the neatest and most convenient, and his salesmen are always courteous and obliging to customers. . . .
                                               COUNTY LEGAL NOTICES.
Winfield Courier, January 25, 1883.
Recap of Claims Submitted in report of Commissioners Proceedings given by J. S. Hunt, County Clerk of Cowley County.
                                                       Talesman: A. E. Baird.
Winfield Courier, January 25, 1883.
A. E. Baird presents some interesting facts this week for the consideration of our readers.
AD. THE GOLDEN OPPORTUNITY. Don’t wait for another invitation; we may forget it. GREAT CLOSING SALE -AT- HEAVY SACRIFICE! Special inducements to the trade of Cowley County in our annual clearance sale of WOOLENS AND WINTER GOODS.
We simply suggest for you to look through the several stocks in Winfield and then step into the NEW YORK STORE DRY GOODS EMPORIUM and see dazzling “Eye-Openers” that stare you in the face. 
In order to make room for spring stock, the Goods Must Be Disposed Of At Bargains Unparalleled and Prices Unheard Of.
Come in and see for yourselves. No trouble to show goods; we won’t be mad if you don’t buy. If you have anything to trade, we will trade for it. Wood, corn, wheat, oats, “balking horses, sucking cows, kicking mules, squealing pigs, crowing cocks, dogs, or anything you have to trade.” A. E. BAIRD, NEW YORK STORE.
N. B. This is not a shoulder strike, but the “dead weight of fifty thousand pounds of dry goods that fell with a crash.”
N. B. No. 2. Carpets, trunks, boots and shoes, gloves and mittens at your own price.
Winfield Courier, February 1, 1883.
                                                      A Monumental Fraud, 
                              With an Attempt to Make Anti-Prohibition Capital, 
                                          And Establish Glickeries in Winfield.
                                                 A PETITION AND REPLY.

The following petition was circulated last week by Frank Manny, taken to Topeka, and presented by him to Senator Hackney.
WINFIELD, KANSAS, January 23, 1883.
HON. W. P. HACKNEY, State Senator, Topeka, Kansas.
Inasmuch as the Prohibition Amendment, as enforced, has always resulted in injury to the material development of our town—it having signally failed to accomplish the object sought, the suppression of the sale and use of intoxicating drinks—we would respectfully urge upon you the necessity of so providing for the enforcement of the law that its application shall be uniform throughout the State. If this is impossible, don’t sacrifice our town on the altar of inordinate devotion to an impracticable principle.
                                                 A. E. Baird signed the petition.
Winfield Courier, February 8, 1883.
The following is the verdict of the Coroner’s jury.
“An investigation began at Winfield, in Cowley County, Kansas, on the first day of February, 1883, and continued to February second, before me, H. L. Wells, Coroner of said  county, on the body of Charles Cobb, there lying dead, by the jurors whose names are hereunto subscribed. The said jurors, upon their oaths, do say, That the said Charles Cobb came to his death on the morning of February first, 1883, by being hung by the neck from the R. R. bridge of the K. C. L. and S. R. R. across the Walnut River, in Cowley County, Kansas, at the hands of parties unknown to the jury. In testimony whereof the said jurors have hereunto set their hands, this 2nd day of February, 1883. T. R. Bryan, A. E. Baird, James A. Cooper, S. C. Smith, Henry Brown, A. D. Hendricks.
“Attest: H. L. Wells, Coroner.”
Winfield Courier, May 17, 1883.
                                                Where the Money Came From.
The following are the cash contributions to the general editorial entertainment fund. More was raised than was used and those who subscribed first took more than their share, so that others had to be somewhat limited in their contributions to give others a chance.
                                                          A. E. Baird: $2.00
Winfield Courier, June 14, 1883.
                                                      Businessmen’s Meeting.

The businessmen and clerks of the city met at the COURIER office Wednesday evening and organized by electing Col. Whiting chairman and Ed. P. Greer Secretary. Mr. Brooking stated the object of the meeting to be to effect a mutual arrangement to close the stores at eight o’clock in the evening. Mr. Spotswood spoke in favor of the proposition, and was desirous that an arrangement be made by which both clerks and proprietors could get a little time for rest and social enjoyment. Mr. Mann accorded heartily with Mr. Spotswood in the matter, as also did Mr. Cooper. Mr. Webb desired to know how long the arrangement would hold, and after general discussion it was decided to make it between the 11th day of June and first of October. On motion of Mr. Hall a committee consisting of Messrs. Shields, Copeland, Hendricks, and Fleming were appointed to draw up an agreement to be presented all merchants in the city for their signatures. They reported the following.
We, the undersigned, hereby agree to close our respective places of business at 8 o’clock p.m., of each evening in the week, except Saturday, commencing June 11th, and continuing until October First, 1883. The time of closing to be indicated by the ringing of the city bell. This agreement made on the express conditions that all persons carrying conflicting lines of goods join in the arrangement.
On motion of Mr. O’Meara, duly carried, the chair appointed the following committee to wait on merchants not present with the agreement: Messrs. O’Meara, Cooper, Hendricks, Baird, and Fleming. On motion of Mr. Goodrich, Col. Whiting was added to the committee in behalf of the clerks. After discussion regarding the formation of a permanent organization, the meeting adjourned. It is to be hoped that the objects sought by the gathering will be accomplished, which can only be done by all uniting. It is understood that about every merchant in town with two exceptions, is in favor of closing. If there is any set of men in town who need rest and out-door exercise during the hot summer months, it is the over-worked clerks and merchants. In no other occupation is a man compelled to put in sixteen to eighteen hours per day—every minute of his time when awake. It is a matter of simple justice and humanity that everyone should recognize.
Unknown whether the following applies to A. E. Baird or not...
Winfield Courier, June 21, 1883.
Baird, the Peanut man, has a new steam peanut roaster which is run by a little engine. It has a whistle and no smoke stack, and attracts considerable attention.
Cowley County Fair...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 19, 1883. Front Page.
                                                     SPECIAL PREMIUMS.
The special premiums offered below will be assigned to special location in the main building, or on the grounds, and will be under the management and control of the General Superintendent. Entries must be made as in other classes, but the Secretary’s card shall indicate for whose special premium the exhibit will enter for, and the exhibitors must be governed by the restrictions named in the special premium. Payment of premiums will be made by the parties offering the same, on the certificate of the awarding committee, said committee to be appointed by the executive board of the association.
                                         Lot 4. BY A. E. BAIRD. DRY GOODS.
TEN DOLLAR DRESS PATTERN. For the best pair of hand knit men’s all wool socks, by any lady in Cowley County. Three or more to enter. Dress pattern on exhibition at my store thirty days before the Fair. The prize socks to remain on exhibition at my store.
Winfield Courier, September 20, 1883.
The rush of the fall trade has made another salesman necessary at the New York Store. Mr. Baird has secured the services of J. B. Hagin, recently from Illinois, a brother of Mrs. John Cairns, and brother-in-law of V. M. Ayres, the Arkansas City miller.
Winfield Courier, September 20, 1883.

NEW YORK STORE. This Palace Store is being filled with the largest and most carefully selected stock of DRY GOODS, Notions, Hats and Caps, Carpets, and Oil Cloths, Boots & Shoes, ever before opened in Winfield. Don’t fail to call and see the NOVELTIES,
and secure some of the extraordinary bargains. The rush this week abbreviates this ad., but next week things will be in good shape to itemize a few of the inducements. A. E. BAIRD.
Winfield Courier, September 27, 1883.
MARRIED. We learn of the marriage, at her home in Mound City, on the 16th inst., of Miss Lena Curry to Mr. J. H. Madden. Miss Curry was, not long since, a saleslady in the New York Store of this city, and is a sister of Mrs. A. E. Baird. During her residence here she made many warm friends, whom we know will enjoy the following notice of her marriage, taken from the Mound City Clarion.
“A very quiet but elegant wedding took place last Sunday at the residence of J. T. Curry. About thirty guests were assembled to witness the marriage of Miss Lena Curry to John H. Madden. About 6:30 p.m., the simple, impressive marriage ceremony was performed by the Rev. W. B. Poinsett. Following this came a bountiful supper, the bridal party leaving soon after for Pleasanton, where they took the train for Kansas City and the east. They will be absent a few days, visiting Chicago, St. Louis, and other cities. Miss Lena Curry, both in her vocation as teacher and in social life, is much loved for her many graces of mind and person. John H. Madden is the County Clerk of Lynn County, and in both public and private live is highly esteemed and respected wherever known. The best wishes of a host of friends, to whom they have endeared themselves, go with them in their new life. Many handsome presents were bestowed upon the happy couple.”
Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.
                                                              THE FAIR.
     There were about forty pairs of knit socks competing for A. E. Baird’s special premiums.
                                                     SPECIAL PREMIUMS.
By A. E. Baird: A $10 dress pattern, for the best pair of men’s knit wool socks, was awarded to Mrs. G. A. Woodruff, of this city, over twenty-four competitors.
Winfield Courier, November 22, 1883.
The Catholic Fair to be held November 27, 28, and 29 promises to be a grand success. Several articles of use, ornament, and value to be disposed of during the three days. Some of the articles are for raffle and some are to be voted to prominent citizens of Winfield. Among the many things to be disposed of is a pair of Piebald ponies which will be raffled off at $2 a chance, or number. A lady’s fine gold watch worth $150, beautifully and richly set with rubies, in fact the finest lady’s watch ever brought to Winfield by Hudson Bros., the part donors thereof. The watch is to be voted for the contestants or candidates, being A. E. Baird’s charming little daughter, and D. R. Green’s charming Lucy.
Winfield Courier, November 29, 1883.

Dr. Taylor discovered an incipient fire on Tenth Avenue last week that might have proved very destructive. Someone had thrown hot ashes out in the alley running from 10th to 9th Avenues near the rear of Hendrick & Wilson’s hardware store. The live coals in the ashes ignited some loose trash and the whole was just ready to break into a blaze when the Doctor passed by and gave the alarm. Had it got started, the row of wooden buildings between the Torrance-Fuller block and Baird’s would have certainly gone, and while it would not have been much of a loss to the city, it would have been severe on the owners and occupants. The moral which adorns this tale is, don’t throw live coals out until they are dead, or strangle them before you leave them.
Winfield Courier, November 29, 1883.
The most delightful entertainment of the season was given by Dr. & Mrs. Geo. Emerson on Tuesday evening of this week. The guests present were: Mr. & Mrs. Geo. Ordway, Mr. & Mrs. J. Wade McDonald, Mr. & Mrs. E. A. Baird, Mr. & Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. & Mrs. 
M. L. Robinson, Mr. & Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, Mr. & Mrs. G. H. Allen, Mr. & Mrs. A. H. Doane, Mr. & Mrs. C. F. Bahntge, Mr. & Mrs. W. J. Wilson, Mr. & Mrs. D. A. Millington; Mrs. F. Mendell of Texas, Mrs. H. P. Mansfield of Burden, Mrs. Perkins, late of Australia, Mrs. Frank Barclay, Mrs. C. L. Harter; Misses Lizzie Wallis, Margie Wallis, Jennie Hane, Florence Beeney, Nettie R. McCoy, Huldah Goldsmith, Cloyd Brass, Sadie French, Julia Smith, Jessie Meech, Caro Meech, Jesse Millington; Messrs. M. J. O’Meara, D. L. Kretsinger, W. H. Smith, W. A. Smith of Wichita, E. H. Nixon, L. D. Zenor, W. C. Robinson, Geo. W. Robinson, E. Wallis, G. Headrick, F. F. Leland, H. Bahntge, E. Meech, Jr. It was an exceedingly lively party and the host and hostess had omitted nothing which could add to the general enjoyment. Mr. and Mrs. Emerson stand at the head of the list of those in Winfield who know how to entertain their friends.
Winfield Courier, January 17, 1884.
                                                           The Masquerade.
The members of the Pleasant Hour Club have made the winter thus far very pleasant in a social way. Their hops have been well attended, and the utmost good feeling and harmony has prevailed. Their masquerade ball last Thursday evening was the happiest hit of the season. The floor was crowded with maskers and the raised platforms filled with spectators. At nine o’clock the “grand march” was called, and the mixture of grotesque, historical, mythological, and fairy figures was most attractive and amusing. Then, when the quadrilles were called, the effect of the clown dancing with a grave and sedate nun, and Romeo swinging a pop-corn girl, was, as one of the ladies expressed it, “just too cute.”
The following is the list of names of those in masque, together with a brief description of costume or character represented.
                                                          A. E. Baird, Priest.
Winfield Courier, January 17, 1884.
                                                              OUR FAIR.
                                   The Stockholders Meet and Elect a New Board.
                                                         A Splendid Record.
On Monday afternoon the stockholders of the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association met in the Opera House for the purpose of re-organizing the Board of Directors for the year 1884, and receiving reports of the condition and doings of the Association for the year. About seventy-five stockholders, representing nearly all of the subscribed stock, were present.
                                                      A. E. Baird: One Share.
Winfield Courier, February 28, 1884.

Mr. A. E. Baird started Monday morning for the eastern markets to purchase a large spring stock for the New York Store. During his absence the boys will make some big reductions in prices, to make room for new goods.
Winfield Courier, March 13, 1884.
A. E. Baird has returned from his purchasing tour in the east, and his goods are now following.
Winfield Courier, April 17, 1884.
                                     NEW YORK STORE AHEAD AS USUAL!
Everybody exclaims, upon viewing our immense new stock of Spring and Summer goods just opened, consisting of all the standards and novelties in DRY GOODS, CARPETS, Trimmings, Corsets, Hosiery, GLOVES, LACES & EDGINGS, HAMBURG AND SWISS EMBROIDERIES, Ladies’ and Gent’s Furnishing Goods, WHITE GOODS, etc. a specialty. We are going to “wake them up early and keep them up late,” and are determined to make our stock as well as prices the 
                                                           “TOWN TALK.”
We do not hesitate to mention that our object is to convert our splendid stock into cash, and if you object to paying two prices for things you must have, just drop in and try to comprehend our “drop in prices.”
DON’T WAIT ANY LONGER, for the time has come. We bought our spring goods with a view to the demand for reduced prices that we knew would come this season, and we made manufacturers “come down.” The bargains we secured for cash are now ready for everybody.
“We Want Your Trade,” and shall offer every inducement and devote all our energies to accomplish this end. A glance through our immense stock and a comparison of our phenomenally low prices will convince you that we are the concern you
                                               HAVE BEEN LOOKING FOR,
and that an active trade is always conducted on a small profit plan. Don’t allow it to escape your memory that none but special bargains would compare with the extraordinary low prices at which our stock is being sold.
                                                             A. E. BAIRD.
N. B. Mme. Demorest’s Reliable Patterns always on hand. Catalogues sent free on application.
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1884.
                                                      A Novel Entertainment.
The gentlemen of the Presbyterian congregation will give a “Leap-year Basket social” in lecture room of the church, on Friday evening, April 25th. A good time is anticipated, and all are invited. The following named gentlemen will compose the various committees.
Chief Cook: H. T. Silver.
2nd Cook: G. S. Manser.
Dish-washers: Messrs. S. S. Linn, A. T. Spotswood, and T. J. Harris.
Baskets: Messrs. S. A. Cook and H. Beck.
Door: John Curns.
Checks: Hop Shivers.
Sundries: Dr. Kirkwood and J. Croco.

Waiters: Messrs. George Buckman, J. H. Bullen, and M. J. Troup.
Reception and General oversight: Messrs. A. E. Baird, Jas. Simpson, and T. B. Myers.
Winfield Courier, May 8, 1884.
The ladies of the Presbyterian Church are re-carpeting the aisles of the church, for which they last week bought a large bill of fine carpet of A. E. Baird.
Winfield Courier, June 12, 1884.
Miss M. E. Chamberlain, of Humboldt, an old acquaintance of Mrs. A. E. Baird, is in the city and proposes organizing a class in painting. Specimens of her paintings will be on exhibition today and tomorrow at the New York Store. Her friends and work recommend her as a highly cultured artist. She gives a term of twenty lessons for ten dollars.
Winfield Courier, June 19, 1884.
Mrs. Chamberlain will begin her class in Painting Tuesday afternoon, June 24th, in the room over Mr. A. E. Baird’s store. The ladies of the class are requested to meet at that place at half past two o’clock.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, July 30, 1884.
The Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association will hold its Second Annual Exhibition at Winfield, Kansas, September 23 to 27, 1884. This Association comes before the public with more attractions and better facilities than any like Association in the State. It is a well established fact that our grounds are the largest and best in the State, our buildings, stables, and stalls ample and commodious, thus affording the exhibitor more comfort, pleasure, and money than any Fair Association in the State.
                                      A. E. Baird listed as one of the stockholders.
Winfield Courier, September 18, 1884.
Miss Hattie Fisher has resigned her position in J. P. Baden’s store and accepted one with A. E. Baird at the New York Store, where she will be pleased to meet her friends and customers.
Winfield Courier, September 18, 1884.
Mr. A. E. Baird returned last Friday from America’s great mart, New York, where he struck the dry goods market at its lowest, and secured such bargains as will soon make the New York store even more popular than heretofore. Mr. Baird buys all his goods direct from headquarters and gives his customers the “middle man” benefit. His goods are rolling in and the store is getting “fuller’n a goat.”
Winfield Courier, October 9, 1884.
Everybody read A. E. Baird’s advertisement this week—a grand chance to get a beautiful silk Russian circular for nothing. It is on exhibition in the New York Store window.
AD. Don’t Forget that You Get a Chance -IN THE- $60 Russian Circular -AT THE-

NEW YORK STORE for every two dollars’ worth of goods you buy for CASH; and don’t forget that we will give you more “HONEST” GOODS for less money than you can get of those who claim to be (sneak) importers and sell smuggled goods. We are no violators of the law; we don’t smuggle goods or any anyone smuggle for us; neither do we buy our goods from second-hand bankrupt auction houses; but we will give you a straight deal. Don’t fail to come in and see the DAILY APPROVAL OF GOODS. We can please you in anything you want. Come in and look through our stock of Dress Goods and Trimmings. Come in and look at the HEAVY 50C. GROS GRAIN SILK. Velvets and Velveteens in all shades. A beautiful line of Brocaded Colored Silk Velvets! The largest stock in Southern Kansas. We call special attention to our COTTON FLANNELS. Do not fail to come and see them.
                                           A. E. BAIRD, NEW YORK STORE.
Mme. Demorest’s Patterns for Fall and Winter just received. Fashion papers and books free.
Winfield Courier, December 4, 1884.
The beautiful crazy patchwork quilt exhibited at the County Fair by the Winfield Reading Room was drawn last Saturday evening by ticket 141, the owner of which is yet unknown. Mr. A. E. Baird kindly handled the tickets and in all there were $31.50 worth sold.
Winfield Courier, December 18, 1884.
A very pleasant entertainment was given by Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, at their splendid residence in this city, on Thursday evening, December 10th. About sixty to seventy guests were present, among whom we remember by name the following.
Rev. and Mrs. W. R. Kirkwood, Prof. and Mrs. E. P. Hickok, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Schuler, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Read, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Horning, Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Buckman, Dr. and Mrs. Geo. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. Rogers, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Ordway, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Harter, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Mann, Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Williams, Dr. and Mrs. W. T. Wright, Mr. and Mrs. O. Branham, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Hunt, Dr. and Mrs. C. S. Van Doren, Mr. and Mrs. H. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington, Mrs. Frank Williams of Wichita, Mrs. J. H. Bullen, Mrs. W. H. Albro, Mrs. Whitney, Mrs. Arthur Bangs, Miss Nettie McCoy, Miss Anna McCoy, Mr. W. H. Smith, Mr. Lew Brown, and Mr. W. C. Robinson.
Notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather, made up of rain, mud, snow, and cold, the guests enjoyed themselves to the utmost, and after partaking of a magnificent supper, music, and mirth, the guests separated with warm thanks to their host and hostess, who had afforded them so much pleasure, and with the aid of Arthur Bangs, most of them, we presume, found their own domiciles in due time.
Winfield Courier, December 18, 1884.
Be sure and read the advertisement of A. E. Baird this week, something new. Come and buy two dollars worth of goods and get a chance on the beautiful silk Russian circular, worth sixty dollars. [Skipped ad.]
                                            A. E. Baird. The New York Store.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 1, 1885.

Among the pioneer merchants of Winfield, none have figured more prominently than Mr. A. E. Baird, and the New York Store has ever been a household word in Cowley County. Baird Bros. opened up in the building now occupied by McGuire Bros., as early as 1878, in general merchandise; as their business grew, they sought more commodious quarters—first in the present postoffice stand, then in Eli Youngheim’s present stand, and finally in 1880 their business had reached such proportions and their confidence in our city became so firm that they built the handsome and roomy brick and stone block now so familiar as the New York Store. Their stock was then confined to dry goods and boots and shoes. In 1881 Mr. W. F. Baird retired and the business has since been carried on by the present proprietor. Mr. Baird’s experience in dry goods is extensive and as a careful buyer in the eastern markets he has no superior, as is plainly attested by a glance through his splendid stock. His stock embraces carpets, oil cloths, gents’ furnishings, boots and shoes, and everything pertaining to a first class dry goods establishment. He pays special attention to fine and fancy dry goods and never fails to please the most fastidious lady.
                                                   Tin Wedding Celebration.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 8, 1885.
On Wednesday evening of last week, Mayor Emerson and lady threw their pleasant home open for the entertainment of invited guests, it being the tenth anniversary of their wedding. Among those present were: Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Mann, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. O. Branham, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Harter, Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Webb, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Webb, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Ordway, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Schuler, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Williams, Mrs. D. A. Millington, Mrs. J. E. Saint, Mrs. Perkins; Misses Sadie French, Margie Wallis, Jessie Millington, Josie Baird, Nettie McCoy, Anna McCoy, Mattie Harrison of Hannibal, Mo.; Messrs. E. H. Nixon, R. B. Rudolf, M. H. Ewert, M. J. O’Meara, and Ezra Meech. Each bore a token of respect and good will. Under the royal entertainment of Dr. and Mrs. Emerson, all passed the evening most enjoyably and departed with the old year, heartily wishing the “bride and groom” many anniversaries of their wedding, down to the one of diamonds, with its silver tresses.
                                         The New York Store’s Prize Drawing.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 8, 1885.
The drawing for the beautiful sixty dollar Russian circular offered as a prize by Mr. A. E. Baird came off at his store on New Year’s Eve and Mrs. John Stalter, of Rock, was the lucky holder of the winning ticket, number 2206. Two uninterested parties did the drawing to the satisfaction of the large number present.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 22, 1885.
                                                           Great Excitement
                                           FROM THE SCENE OF TRAGEDY.
                                     THE GREAT “ROBBER OF THE PEOPLE”
             Was caught and arrested, and to keep him from doing further mischief we have
                                                       SHOT AND KILLED
                  him. We will frankly admit that we have murdered prices, and will gladly
                  devise the time to showing you how we did it. We feel confident that we
                               can prove to your satisfaction that we have an immense
                                               HARVEST FOR THE PEOPLE.
Owing to the great depression of the trade we have determined to put prices within the reach of everybody, which the following prices will show. (Space will only permit of a few enumerations.)
Brocade Silks and Satins, $1.30, worth $1.75.

Brocade Silks and Satins, $2.00, worth $2.50.
Heavy Gros Grain Silk, 50 cents, worth 75 cents.
Heavy Gros Grain Silk, 75 cents, worth $1.25.
Guinet’s Standard Gros Grain Silk, $1.05, worth $1.50.
Guinet’s Extra Heavy Gros Grain Silk, $1.50, worth $2.25.
Ottoman Silk, $1.25, worth $1.65.
Cashmeres, 37 inches wide, 30 cents, worth 50 cents.
Heavy French Cashmeres, 55 cents, worth 85 cents.
Extra Heavy French Cashmere, 75 cents, worth $1.15.
Superfine French Cashmere (17 count), 90 cents, worth $1.25.
Silk Velvets, $1.80, worth $2.25.
Brocaded Silk Velvets (20 inches), $1.50, worth $1.75.
Chenille Fringes, in all colors, 55 cents, worth 75 cents.
Fine Dress Plaids, 12 ½ cents, worth 20 cents.
Fine Dress Plaids, 15 cents, worth 25 cents.
Fine Dress Plaids, 25 cents, worth 40 cents.
Fine Dress Plaids, 7 cents, worth 12½ cents.
Brocaded Dress Goods, 12½ cents, worth 20 cents.
Brocaded Dress Goods, 15 cents, worth 25 cents.
Best Prints, 4 cents, worth 5 cents.
Lonsdale (make) Muslin, 9 cents, worth 12½ cents.
Androscoggin Muslin, 9 cents, worth 12½ cents.
Hercules’ Shirting Muslin, 8 cents, worth 10 cents.
Indian Head Sheeting, 7 cents, worth 10 cents.
Dwight Sheeting, 7 cents, worth 10 cents.
                                   These prices will be continued until Feb. 1, 1885.
                                                             A. E. BAIRD.
P. S. Everybody owing me will please call and settle their accounts by January 1st, without fail.
                                                  A DELIGHTFUL PARTY.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 29, 1885.

The beautiful, commodious home of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller was the scene of a most pleasant gathering of our young society people on last Thursday evening, the occasion being in honor of Miss Mattie Harrison, a highly accomplished young lady of Hannibal, Mo., who is visiting here. The pleasing entertainment of Mr. and Mrs. Fuller, gracefully assisted by Miss Harrison and other members of the family, banished all restraint and made genuine enjoyment reign supreme. Miss Harrison made a beautiful appearance in a lovely evening costume of white Nuns-veiling, entrain, and a number of elegant toilets were worn by the ladies. Those present were Mayor and Mrs. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Webb, Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Cole, and Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Fuller; Mrs. W. J. Wilson and Mrs. J. Ex. Saint; Misses Jessie Millington, Anna Hunt, Nellie Cole, Emma Strong, Jennie Lowry, Hattie Stolp, Mamie Baird, Lena Walrath, Mattie Kinne, Alice Dickie, Maggie Taylor, Sarah Kelly, and Alice Aldrich; Messrs. Ezra Nixon, T. J. Eaton, M. J. O’Meara, M. H. Ewert, Ed. J. McMullen, B. W. Matlack, F. F. Leland, Everett and George Schuler, Lacey Tomlin, James Lorton, Louis Brown, W. H. Smith, D. E. Kibby, and Frank H. Greer. At the proper hour a splendid repast was spread and received due attention from the joyous crowd. The “light fantastic” keep time to excellent music and the hours flew swiftly by until the happy guests bid adieu to their royal entertainers, feeling delighted with the few hours spent in their pleasant home.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 5, 1885.
The Young People’s Social and Literary Society was delightfully entertained last Friday evening at the pleasant home of Miss Mamie Baird. A splendid social and literary program was rendered and a large number of young folks were present.
                                       THE BONHAM TRIPLE HOMICIDE.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 19, 1885.
Arthur Bangs, A. E. Baird, Bert Crapster, James McLain, F. M. Freeland, and others, whose names we did not get, were subpoenaed from here to testify in the murder case of Frank Bonham at Independence. Bonham is charged with the most revolting murder that ever stained the annals of Kansas. As we noted last week, the mother, sister, and brother of Bonham were found in bed at their home near Radical City, Montgomery County, one morning recently covered with blood, having been brained and stabbed to death with a hatchet and butcher knife, probably while asleep. Frank Bonham claimed to have been in Winfield on the night of the murder, but the sheriff of Montgomery County, on investigation, found that he was not here for two days afterwards, when he sat up one night in the office of the Brettun and registered the next day at the Commercial. He also bought some articles in the New York Store and talked with Mr. Baird. These circumstances were what led to the subpoenaing of the parties from here. The trial was continued to the 26th, when our folks will have to make another trip. James McLain says that nothing but Bonham’s previous good character keeps him from “pulling hemp.” Bonham is a youth of twenty-two. Developments seem likely to fasten this crime upon him.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 26, 1885.
The witnesses in the Bonham murder case, Messrs. A. E. Baird, Arthur Bangs, Bert Crapster, F. M. Freeland, and Jas. McLain, left this morning for Independence to appear at the youthful murderer’s preliminary hearing.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 12, 1885.
                                                     PRO BONO PUBLICO.
                                                             A. E. BAIRD
                                                  Will continue (by request) the
                                               FAMOUS SLAUGHTER SALE
                                                       DRY GOODS, ETC.,
                                                         Otherwise Ordered,
                                                 At figures that has “astonished”
                                                       90 Cents on the Dollar.
       We have a few pair of White Blankets and a few Cloaks left which we will close out at

                                                     Fifty Cents on the Dollar.
                                             Come early before they are all gone.
                                                      NEW YORK STORE.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 23, 1885.
The Young People’s Social and Literary Society met last evening with Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Curns. Dr. Kirkwood gave a sketch of the life and works of J. G. Holland, with a selection from his writings; beautiful instrumental and vocal music was given by Misses Mamie Baird, Pearl Van Doren, and Laura Hendricks, and voluntary performances of a literary and musical character were presented by others. Mrs. Curns provided palatable refreshments and entertained the company in a manner most agreeable.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 30, 1885.
                            DRY GOODS, CLOTHING, BOOTS, SHOES, ETC.
                                                       SPRING ARRIVAL
                                                                -AT THE-
                                                      NEW YORK STORE.
                                                     We are now receiving our
                                                   Spring Stock of Dry Goods.
                                       We have one of the most complete stocks of
                                                           DRESS GOODS
                                                   WHITE GOODS, LACES,
                          Embroideries, Hosiery, Gloves, Handkerchiefs, Notions, Etc.
              ever brought to Winfield. Please call and examine our stock and get prices on
                                                They are the cheapest in the city.
                                                             A. E. BAIRD.
Excerpts from lengthy articles...
                               MEMORIAL AND DECORATION SERVICES.
                  The Program Entire as Adopted by Winfield Post No. 85, G. A. R.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 14, 1885.
Committee on Invitation: J. S. Hunt, chairman, J. B. Nipp, J. C. Long.
On churches: E. S. Wilson, chairman, T. H. Elder, D. S. Sherrard.
On speakers: S. C. Smith, chairman, F. S. Pickens, W. E. Tansey, J. M. Fahnestock.
On decorations: A. B. Arment, chairman, B. J. States, W. H. Cayton.
On music: Geo. H. Crippin, chairman, F. E. Blair, J. E. Snow.
Seating and ushering: H. H. Siverd, chairman, John Flint, J. N. Fleharty.
Committee on girls and boys: F. H. Bull, chairman, J. A. McGuire, A. E. Baird.
On marking graves: Samuel Parkhurst, chairman, Wm. Sanders, B. B. Wells.
On Flowers: D. L. Kretsinger, chairman, W. W. Painter, J. W. Millspaugh, F. M. Lacy, J. C. Roberts, Adam Stuber, M. S. Scott, J. W. Fenway, H. H. Harbaugh,        Farnsworth, D. L. McRoberts.
Decoration of Catholic Cemetery: T. J. Harris, S. Parkhurst, Ed. Haight, Jno. Gill.
Decoration of Vernon Center Cemetery: H. H. Siverd, W. W. Painter, J. W. Millspaugh, Thos. Thompson, J. M. Householder.

By order of T. H. SOWARD, J. J. CARSON, H. H. SIVERD, A. H. LIMERICK. T. A. BLANCHARD, Executive Com.
                                                     DECORATION DAY!!
                 Winfield Celebrates it in a Grandly Appropriate Manner—A Perfect Day!
                                                 HONORS TO THE DEAD!
              The Patriotic People of Cowley Turn Out En Masse—Music, Speeches, Etc.
                                     A BIG DAY IN WINFIELD’S HISTORY.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 4, 1885.
                                                   GRAVES DECORATED.
The service of grave decoration then began. The garlands were deposited by a bevy of Misses and boys, in charge of Mr. A. E. Baird and Dr. F. H. Bull, and composed as follows: Maude Conrad, Alma Rogers, Maggie Hendricks, Hortense Kelly, Maude Cooper, Lottie Caton, Lottie McGuire, Mattie Paris, Lulu McGuire, Winnie Limerick, Katie Beck; Master Charley Stewart, Robert Scott, Clifford Stubblefield, Clyde Albro, Johnnie Scott, Robbie McMullen, Waldo Baird, Charley Greer, Harry Hunt, George Carson.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 17, 1885.
                                                       COWLEY CO. FAIR
                                              Everybody is requested to visit the
                                                      NEW YORK STORE
before going home from the fair or circus. You will see one of the cheapest and handsomest lines of
                                                       DRESS FLANNELS,
                                                          DRESS GOODS.
                                                    SILKS, CARPETS, ETC.,
ever brought to Winfield. Our stock is now complete, and as goods are advancing, now is your time to buy your fall supply.
                                   Dry Goods Never were so Cheap as this Fall.
           Don’t fail to come in and take a look and get our prices before buying elsewhere.
                                                             A. E. BAIRD.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.
                                                       COWLEY CO. FAIR
                                              Everybody is requested to visit the
                                                      NEW YORK STORE
                                         before going home from the fair or circus.
                             You will see one of the cheapest and handsomest lines of
                                                       DRESS FLANNELS,
                                                          DRESS GOODS.
                                                    SILKS, CARPETS, ETC.,
                                                     ever brought to Winfield.
                             Our stock is now complete, and as goods are advancing,
                                          now is your time to buy your fall supply.
                                   Dry Goods Never were so Cheap as this Fall
     Don’t fail to come in and take a look and get our prices before buying elsewhere.

                                                             A. E. BAIRD.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 1, 1885.
                        The Last Day of The Cowley Co. Fair—A Grand Success.
Among the fine art attractions was a lovely landscape painting by Miss Pauline Baird. This is Pauline’s second effort and most creditable it is indeed. The colors blend beautifully and the objects are fine in proportion. She takes much interest in art, and starts out with an aptness that insures success.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 1, 1885.
                                                        TOTAL ECLIPSE!
Of all competitors prices will be seen by going through the Splendid stock now on exhibition at the
                                                      NEW YORK STORE.
We eclipse them not only in prices, but in the beautiful and varied selections recently made in the eastern markets at prices that rent the “rocks” asunder and we “scooped ’em up.”
                                                         DRESS GOODS!
Dress flannels in plain, fancy and plaids; cashmeres, black and colored; ottoman cloth, black and colored; velontines, bourettes, in plain and fancy designs; canvas suitings and an unlimited quantity of cheap dress goods. Dress trimmings in all the latest novelties, a large and varied selection of fancy
                                                            DRY GOODS
and notions. Special drives in white and linen goods, table linens, demarks, napkins, towels, towelings, stamped tidies, scarfs, and toilet sets. In
                                                        WOOLEN GOODS
the stock is complete, with flannels, cassimeres, jeans, suitings, and a large lot of blankets, white and—“the celebrated Jacksonville blankets and flannels a specialty.” Woolen cashmere, and Persian Shawls. We again remind you of those Springer Brothers’ cloaks which down them all for neatness and fit. We call special attention to the
which are simply elegant and attractive beyond belief. Be sure and come in and say “Howd’ye, if you don’t buy. We are always pleased to see you. Remember the NEW YORK STORE, 921, Main street.
                                                             A. E. BAIRD.
P. S. We offer no baits, expecting to beat you on something else to make it up, but give you low prices on everything in the store.
                                                           QUITE SLICK.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 8, 1885.

Thursday a couple of strange women entered the New York store and were waited upon by Mr. Baird. Mr. Nelson was out collecting and only Mr. Baird and the boy were there. The women seemed to be quite respectable and Mr. Baird did not think it necessary to watch with an eagle’s eye. The women soon went out. Mr. Nelson, upon coming in, noticed that a particular shawl was “nix cum rouse.” This reminded Mr. Baird that he noted a shawl upon her arm that corresponded with the lost one. The kid was sent out to run them down and they were found down street. Mr. Nelson asked the woman where she got the shawl. She replied in Illinois, but finally she owned up that probably she might have made a mistake and picked up a new one instead of her old one. Coming back to the store, she searched for her old one, but couldn’t find it. The women are supposed to be some campers in the west part of town. At least they made rapid tracks for that part of the city—not to return.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 22, 1885.
                                                       THE COLD WAVE,
                                                      PREDICTED BY THE
                                                      NEW YORK STORE,
Is here, and to remind you that we are “on top,” as usual, we want you to come in and look through the
                                                        WOOLEN GOODS
department, in which we offer extraordinary inducements for this week.
                                             COMPLETE LINE OF YARNS,
in Llama, Saxony, Spanish, German Knitting, Germantown and Standard Yarns, of all colors. Don’t forget to see those fine
                                              Springer Brothers Newmarkets.
                                                             A. E. BAIRD.

                                            [Start again with November 1885.]


Daily Calamity Howler, Tuesday, October 6, 1891.
Mrs. A. E. Baird and daughter, Pauline, went to Mound City, this state, Monday evening.


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