(Worked as a clerk for J. B. Lynn, Winfield.)
TISDALE TOWNSHIP 1874:
J. W. Batchelder, 26. No spouse listed.
J. W. Batchelder, 30; spouse, Mrs. Batchelder, 30.
Kansas 1875 Census, Winfield Township, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.
Name age sex color Place/birth Where from
J. W. Batchelder 27 m w Illinois Illinois
Letitia Batchelder 27 f w Ohio Ohio
Harry [S or L]. Batchelder 3 m w Illinois Illinois
WINFIELD DIRECTORY 1885:
Batchelder John, grocer, 113 e 9th, res 810 e 9th
FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Courier, April 5, 1877.
Jim Holloway last Monday took the place of Bachelder [Batchelder] in Lynn’s store. Jim is a jolly, good, and sociable fellow, and we cannot help but think that Mr. Lynn could not have made a better selection.
Winfield Courier, April 5, 1877.
Bachelder [Batchelder], who has been in the employ of J. B. Lynn & Co., of this city for a long time, is now making his headquarters at Wellington. He will hereafter deal out to the people of Wellington and vicinity the extensive stock of dry goods and groceries which were moved from Elk Falls to that place last week.
Winfield Courier, April 12, 1877.
Jim Holloway, Lynn’s chief clerk, is living in the residence on 8th Avenue, east of Main street, formerly occupied by Mr. Batchelder.
Winfield Courier, September 6, 1877.
The bright, smiling countenance of John Bachelder [Batchelder] is again behind the counters of Lynn & Gillelen’s store.
Winfield Courier, October 18, 1877.
J. W. Batchelder is about to build a residence in the northwest part of town.
Winfield Courier, April 11, 1878.
Real Estate Transfers.
J. W. Batchelder and wife to Cordelia Belchett, se 6 33 5, 160 acres, $500.00.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 2, 1879.
The following is a list of new buildings erected in the city of Winfield since January 1, 1878, with the name of owner and cost of building.
J. Bachelder [Batchelder], residence, frame: $650.00.
Winfield Courier, January 2, 1879.
The Courier feels proud of its list of advertisers. No county newspaper in the state can boast a larger list or one made up of better, more honorable or more enterprising men. Here they are in alphabetical order.
LYNN & GILLELEN have one of the great general stocks of goods which are sometimes found in larger cities, and they are dispensing them in large quantities. John B. Lynn is the mayor of this city and is an able and genial business man. Warren Gillelen is a careful, active manager and skillful accountant. They are assisted by a corps of attentive and gentlemanly salesmen, among who are Batchelder, Shields, Carr, and Rowland. Everything wanted is quickly found in that long store.
Winfield Courier, September 2, 1880.
Mr. John Batchelder, who has been confined to his bed for the past ten days with bilious fever, we are pleased to learn is fast recovering.
Winfield Courier, November 11, 1880.
One of Lynn & Loose’s clerks is bound to be a bachelor all his life. You see that is his name. Telegram.
He is not a bachelor, has been married many years, and his name is not bachelor, but Batchelder.
[KNIGHTS OF HONOR LODGE.]
Winfield Courier, December 30, 1880.
The Knights of Honor lodge met and elected officers Monday evening. The officers elected were:
Dictator: A. P. Johnson.
Vice Dictator: W. J. Hodges.
Assistant Dictator: S. S. Lynn.
Chaplain: H. D. Gans.
Reporter: W. C. Root.
Financial Reporter: A. Howland.
Treasurer: E. F. Kinne.
Guide: J. W. Batchelder.
Guard: W. C. Robinson.
Medical Examiner: Dr. G. W. Graham.
Dr. Graham was also elected as delegate to the state lodge, which meets soon.
Winfield Courier, January 13, 1881.
Mr. M. Wickersham, who will be remembered by many of our citizens, died very suddenly at his home in Montrose, Iowa, New Year’s Day. His wife died only a few days before. Mr. Wickersham was a father of Mrs. Batchelder, of this city.
Winfield Courier, April 14, 1881.
J. W. Batchelder has purchased the Dickerson property on East 11th street, which he will fix up in good style for his future home. The sale was made through the agency of Bryan & Harris.
[RELIEF FOR THE SUFFERERS BY THE FLORAL CYCLONE.]
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.
Rev. J. E. Platter was chosen chairman and made one of his neat and impressive speeches followed by Messrs. Hackney, Troup, Beach, and others.
A committee of ten gentlemen was appointed by the chair to canvass for subscriptions, consisting of Messrs. C. C. Black, J. S. Hunt, J. B. Lynn, M. G. Troup, D. A. Millington, D. L. Kretsinger, J. P. Short, R. E. Wallis, W. H. Smith, and H. D. Gans.
J. W. Batchelder contributed $1.00.
Courant and Courier differed on some of the officers of Knights of Honor:
Courant showed J. S. Hunt, V. D.; Courier showed J. S. Hunt, T. A.
Courant showed J. W. Curns, T. R.; Courier showed J. W. Curns, F. R.
Courant showed T. R. Bryan, T.; Courier showed T. R. Bryant, T.
[Turned out that “T. R. Bryan” is correct. Have corrected Courier. MAW]
Cowley County Courant, December 29, 1881.
At the annual meeting of the Knights of Honor, held on Monday evening, the following were elected officers for the coming year. W. C. Root, D.; J. S. Hunt, V. D.; R. E. Wallis,
A. D.; Jacob Nixon, C.; J. W. Batchelder, G.; C. F. Bahntge, R.; J. W. Curns, T. R.; T. R. Bryan, T.; H. Brotherton, Guardian; D. Berkey, S.
Winfield Courier, December 22, 1881.
At the annual meeting of the Knights of Honor in their hall Monday evening, the following were elected as officers for the ensuing year: W. C. Root, D.; J. S. Hunt, T. A.; R. E. Wallis, A. D.; Jacob Nixon, C.; J. W. Batchelder, G.; C. F. Bahntge, R.; J. W. Curns, F. R.; T. R. Bryant, T.; B. Brotherton, G.; D. Berkey, S.
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 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.
J. W. Batchelder was one of those who signed petition.
Winfield Courier, March 22, 1883.
McD. Stapleton has sold his store at Cambridge to John Harden, and has purchased lots in Winfield on which he will erect a residence and remove to this place. He purchased the lots adjoining Batchelder on East Ninth Avenue.
Winfield Courier, September 20, 1883.
John Batchelder has been enjoying a visit from his mother, Mrs. C. Batchelder, and a sister, Mrs. Swift, and her daughter Hattie, of Alton, Illinois, for a few weeks past. The mother and Miss Hattie will remain all winter, but the sister will return soon.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 17, 1885.
Winfield is spreading rapidly—getting way out like a hen on thirty-two chickens, with little vacant space under the wings. Now we are to have another touch of the metropolitan. John Batchelder has bought the frame building on Wallis’ lot, where Tyner’s grocery has been, and will move it to the lot adjoining his residence, eight blocks east on Ninth avenue. He will fix it up and put in a stock of family groceries—a complete suburban store. This is certainly a novel move, and John thinks success is certain. East Winfield is the principal residence portion of the city, and its grocery patronage, if it can be caged, will be no small things.
Note: The 1885 Winfield City Directory listed J. W. Batchelder as a grocer.