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Berry Brothers

(NOTE - These brothers originated the Cross-Bell Brand. This brand, and ranch, were figured in the “Mullendore Murder Case” which happened in the near past.” RKW)
Another note by RKW follows:
The book “The Mullendore Murder case” by Jonathan Kwitny states that one of the Berry brothers was George Berry. He was farming near Stillwater when he brought his sister Jennie to the farm to be his housekeeper. George was later elected Lieutenant Governor and served for eighteen years. Jennie married Erd C. Mullendore in 1897.
[Notes by MAW. I only found five of the Berry Brothers: Thomas Embry Berry, Andrew A. Berry, Isaac K. (“King”) Berry, Robert Berry, and George Berry. There were supposed to be six brothers. I also found one sister: Susie Berry. There was a news item which inferred there was more than one sister.]
The following “Berry” families not related to Berry Brothers...
Ninnescah Township 1874.
Silas Berry, 26; spouse, Anne, 24.
Ninnescah Township, 1880.
G. Berry, 40. No spouse.
S. A. Berry, 32; spouse, A. M., 30.
Unknown if the following was one of the Berry brothers...
Arkansas City 1893.
S. W. Berry, 38; spouse, Della, 36.
It appears that Berry Brothers arrived in 1877...
Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1877.
                                                         NEW GROCERY.
Mr. Berry, of the firm of Berry Brothers, of Pulaski Co., Ill., has arrived and will open a large and fresh stock of groceries, queensware, and glassware, in Pearson’s building in about two weeks. The young men are enterprising and accommodating and will soon meet the favor of all who patronize them.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 7, 1877.
BERRY BROTHERS’ stock of groceries began coming in last Monday. The teams were all well loaded, and there were a number of them. Call up and examine them—store opposite the Cowley County Bank, in J. H. Sherburne’s old stand.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 14, 1877. 
The first hogshead of sugar ever at Arkansas City came in for Berry Brothers, last week.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 14, 1877. 
BERRY BROTHERS give seven inches of smoke for five cents. Their long horn cigars measure over half a foot.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 28, 1877. 
Bids received March 26, 1877, for breaking 800 acres of prairie at Pawnee Agency, Indian Territory, to be completed by the 15th of June.
L. C. LONGSHORE, 800 ACRES AT $2.50.
A. W. PATTERSON, 200 ACRES AT $2.75.

BERRY BROS., 200 ACRES AT $2.74.
BERRY BROS., 200 ACRES AT $2.65.
BERRY BROS., 200 ACRES AT $2.50.
M. E. GARNER, 200 ACRES AT $2.50.
R. A. HOUGHTON, 200 ACRES AT $2.50.
T. R. HOUGHTON, 200 ACRES AT $2.50.
DAVID JAY, 150 ACRES AT $2.60.
W. D. SHOW, 100 ACRES AT $5.60.
J. REED, 150 ACRES AT $2.60.
Several others from Cowley County had previously offered to break at $3.00 per acre.
Breaking to be done in a good and workmanlike manner, and as such accepted by the agent, who will present duly certified vouchers for payment to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs.
The work was awarded to the lowest bidders, in the order of the bids, except the bid of Mr. LONGSHORE, who did not wish to contract for a part only.
Frank Ward, 200 acres.
M. E. Garner, 200 acres.
R. A. Houghton, 200 acres.
T. R. Houghton, 200 acres.
[Note: Paper had Long Shore....believe this should be Longshore and changed it.]
Arkansas City Traveler, April 3, 1877. 
BERRY BROS. sold over $200 worth of groceries to the Pawnees last week.
First Berry Brother to be mentioned: Thomas E. Berry...  
Arkansas City Traveler, April 3, 1877. 
THOS. E. BERRY purchased A. O. Porter’s house yesterday.
“Berry” mentioned in the next article...
Arkansas City Traveler, May 9, 1877. Front Page.
                                                          Coal at Salt City.
                                            SALT CITY, KAS., April 28, 1877.
At a meeting called for the purpose of taking action with regard to the organization of a coal company at this place. On motion Mr. L. Small was elected Chairman and W. E. Chenoweth, Secretary.
A letter was read by Mr. Wm. Berkey, from Todd & Royal, with regard to their proposition, on the shaft already begun. Short speeches were made by the following named persons, concerning the past, present, and future goal prospects: Messrs. Foster, Broadbent, Acton, Mills, Ward, Berry, Chenoweth, Berkey, Reynolds, and Lewis. A lively time was had.
On motion of Mr. Wm. Berkey, an election of five directors for a coal company was ordered. This resulted in the selection of the following gentlemen: George Reynolds, I. H. Hudson, Robert Mills, L. Small, and Wm. Berkey.

Moved and seconded that H. B. Pruden be the Treasurer of the company. On motion, W. E. Chenoweth was chosen Secretary.
Messrs. Berkey and Mills were instructed to confer with Todd & Royal and make arrangements with them on a proposition to proceed with the old shaft.
Motion made by Mr. Lewis that the two men who confer with Todd & Royal meet the Board of Directors on Saturday, May 5th, 1877, at 10 o’clock a.m., and give their report of the result of the conference, and that they invite Todd & Royal to meet the board at that time in the schoolhouse at Salt City.
Motion carried that there be a meeting of the citizens of the vicinity, and all interested parties, at 2 o’clock p.m., at the same place, May 5th, 1877.
Moved and carried that the Arkansas City TRAVELER, Winfield Courier, and Oxford Independent be requested to publish these minutes.
On motion the meeting adjourned. L. SMALL, Chairman.
W. E. CHENOWETH, Secretary.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 9, 1877.
MILLET SEED in large or small quantities at Berry Bros.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 16, 1877.
MARRIAGE LICENSES. The following are the marriage licenses issued by the Probate Judge during the months of April and May.
                                               Thos. E. Berry and Helen Wright.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 6, 1877.
                                                            NEW TOWN.
BERRY BROTHERS are having a building erected on the south side of the Arkansas, near the bridge, and intend placing half of their large stock of groceries over there. Mr. Woodard will open a blacksmith shop, and an effort is being made to have Dr. Cormack locate on that side. If all parties go, they will make quite a little village.
Unknown if “B. K. Berry” was one of the Berry brothers...I rather doubt it!
Arkansas City Traveler, July 4, 1877.
                                           MAPLE TOWNSHIP, June 26, 1877.
A heavy thunderstorm passed over Maple Township yesterday. Hailstones fell as large as hen eggs, though fortunately few in number. The house of Mr. John Gayman was struck by lightning, and a young lady sitting by the stove had her shoes torn from her feet, but was not personally injured.
A stable belonging to Mr. Butler was lifted from its founda­tion and turned partially around. Mr. B. K. Berry had a valuable horse killed by the lightning. No serious damage was done to the crops. Wheat badly damaged by rust; all ripe and ready at once for the sickle, ground too soft to run the reapers. Health good. Harvest hands plenty. RED BUD.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 4, 1877.
ALL persons indebted to P. H. Woodard, will please call at Berry Brothers for settlement.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 18, 1877.
FOR SALE CHEAP AT BERRY BROTHERS—One set Blacksmith’s tools, good Bellows and anvil.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 25, 1877.
AD: BERRY BROS. Continue the Grocery Business at SHERBURNE’S OLD STAND, -with a full line of- GROCERIES, QUEENSWARE, STONEWARE, AND CUTLERY. Remember the “Opposition Store.” BERRY BROTHERS.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 25, 1877.
REV. SWARTS will preach at the M. E. hall, over Berry Brothers’ store, next Sabbath morning, and at the Centennial schoolhouse in the evening.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 15, 1877.
                                                    INDIAN CONTRACTS.
It will be seen by an article copied from the Lawrence Journal, that Berry Brothers & Finney, of this place have been awarded the contract for furnishing 2,700 bushels of corn at Pawnee Agency.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 15, 1877.
Bids for supplies for the Indians were opened at the Central Superintendency, Monday and contracts were awarded as follows.
Berry Bros. & Finney, Arkansas City, 2,700 bushels corn, 58 cents. Lawrence Journal.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 15, 1877.
LAST CALL. Persons due P. H. Woodard are notified that their accounts will be sued upon as work and labor debts unless settled at once. BERRY BROS. Consignees.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 31, 1877.
THOMAS BERRY started to Kentucky with Ambrose Gaunt, his brother-in-law, last Monday. Mr. Gaunt spent a few weeks at this place, but as the fatal disease of consumption had gained such a hold on his system, he had to return. Mr. Berry expects to be absent about three weeks, and will bring his mother back with him when he returns.
Susie Berry mentioned in the following...
Arkansas City Traveler, November 7, 1877.
Annie Norton, Mattie Mitchell, Emma Mitchell, Nellie Swarts, Mary Theaker, Anna Hutchinson, Linnie Peed, Linda Christian, Flora Finley, Laura Gregg, Susie Hunt, Susie Berry, Belle Adams, Mary Wintin, May Benedict, Cassie Benedict, Carrie Cramer, Sarah Randall, Mary Holloway, Jerry Adams, Lewis Coombs, John Parker, James Lorton, Fred. McLaughlin, Peter Trissell, Charles Holloway, Beason Gardner.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 21, 1877.
MR. BERRY returned from Southern Kentucky this week, bring­ing his mother and two younger brothers with him. He was away back in that country where they call mush, “pudding,” but for all that, the most hospitable people on God’s footstool.
Susie Berry and Robert Berry are mentioned in the following...
Arkansas City Traveler, November 28, 1877.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 12, 1877.
HOUSES ARE IN DEMAND. Benedict & Bro. have contracted to rent their house that is to be built next to Berry Brothers, before the foundation was laid.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 12, 1877.
Berry Brothers’ new store building adjoining Wilson’s cheap cash store is looming up like magic. The foundation was begun Saturday, and today it is nearly completed.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 12, 1877.
The Berry Brothers, an enterprising grocery firm that came here about a year ago, are erecting a commodious frame store room, 24 x 50 feet, one story high, on the lot south of Wilson’s dry goods store.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 19, 1877.
BIRTH. Early Monday morning, as we took our seat at the writing desk, we noticed two fine cigars, with matches close by. Upon inquiry we learned that T. E. BERRY had placed them there, to be smoked in commemoration of a new-born son.
Interesting! Berry mentioned in the singular with respect to grocery store...
Arkansas City Traveler, December 26, 1877.
BERRY has moved his grocery to the new building.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 16, 1878.
Do you smoke? If you do, buy the Cowley County home made cigar, manufactured by R. Birnbaum, of Winfield, Kansas, branded “Our Boys,” or the “La Magnolia.” They are made of Connecticut tobacco, and have an excellent flavor. Hermann and Berry have them, and all the tobacco dealers will soon have them, regardless of the big tales the runners tell against them.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 16, 1878.
A new dry goods store has been opened in Pearson’s building, in the room formerly occupied by Berry Bros., by Mr. J. M. Read, of Hutchinson, Kansas, and conducted by Mr. Riddle, a merchant of known integrity and an accommodating gentleman. He has a fine stock of all kinds of dry goods, clothing, boots, shoes, hats and caps, and proposes to sell at figures that all can buy. His stock of prints is very large and placed on revolving shelves so that you can go in and examine every price yourself. Call and see him.
Berry Brothers: Thomas E. Berry, Andrew A. Berry, Isaac K. Berry...

Arkansas City Traveler, January 23, 1878.
                                                   Complaint in Attachment.
Thomas E. Berry, Andrew A. Berry, and Isaac K. Berry, partners doing business under the firm name of Berry Bros., plaintiffs, against Loudowick Maricle and David Maricle, defendants.
Plaintiffs demand two hundred dollars and interest.
NOTICE is hereby given that on the 9th day of January, A. D. 1878, I. H. Bonsall, a Justice of the Peace of Creswell township, Cowley County, Kansas, issued an order of attachment in the above entitled action, for the sum of two hundred and fifty dollars, and that said cause will be heard on the 16th day of February, A. D. 1878, at two o’clock p.m. of said day. BERRY BROS., Plaintiffs. C. R. MITCHELL, Attorney for Plaintiffs.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 23, 1878.
A shot gun went off in Berry Bros. store last week and bored a hole in a shelf and spread three boxes of boot blacking around promiscuously.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 13, 1878.
The partnership heretofore existing between Thomas E. Berry, I. K. Berry, and A. A. Berry, is hereby mutually dissolved, Thomas E. Berry continuing the business. All persons owing the old firm will please call and settle at once, without further notice.
                                                            BERRY BROS.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 13, 1878.
                                                     THOMAS E. BERRY.
Having bought the entire interest of Berry Brothers, hereaf­ter I will endeavor to keep a Large Stock of GROCERIES, QUEENSWARE, GLASSWARE, CROCKERY, CUTLERY, ETC.
Call before Buying Elsewhere. Yours, Respectfully, Thomas E. Berry.
Susie Berry and George Berry mentioned...
Arkansas City Traveler, March 6, 1878.
                                          AM JUST GOING TO LIST NAMES:
GIRLS: Annie Norton, Mattie Mitchell, Emma Mitchell, Nellie Swarts, Mary Theaker, Linnie Peed, Linda Christian, Flora Finley, Laura Gregg, Susie Berry, Mary Wintin, May Benedict, Carrie Benedict, Carrie Cramer, Sarah Randall, Mary Holloway, Stella Swarts, Mollie Christian, Clara Morgan, Annie Brown, May Hughes, Emma Theaker, Albertine Maxwell, Annie Hutchinson, Belle Birdzell.
BOYS: Jerry Adams, Lewis Coombs, John Parker, James Lorton, Fred. McLaughlin, Peter Trissell, Charles Holloway, Harry Finley, Willie Edwards, George Berry, Benny Dixon, Alvin Hon, Sammy Swarts, Frank Randall, Charlie Randall, Linton Hunt, Frank Swarts, Charles Swarts.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 13, 1878.

SMOKE THE CELEBRATED LILY CIGAR. Beats the world for 5 cents. T. E. Berry has it.
Question: Who was “Mr. Berry and brother”...
Arkansas City Traveler, March 27, 1878.
MR. BERRY and brother, with James Morgan, went to the Territory last week and took possession of the white girl claimed by Pawnee Pete. The Indians at first refused to give her up, and when they saw the officers were determined to take her, drew their knives and prepared for a fight. After some parleying they consented to let her go, provided she would be taken to Pawnee Agency, and the matter left with a council of their men whether they should give her up or not.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 3, 1878.
The election of city officers took place last Monday with the following result.
COUNCILMEN: J. T. SHEPARD, 63; WM. SPEERS, 59; THOS. BERRY, 63; C. R. SIPES, 58; I. H. BONSALL, 61; S. P. CHANNELL, 40; A. A. NEWMAN, 37; H. P. FARRAR, 37; E. D. EDDY, 37; T. H. McLAUGHLIN, 40.
                                                 Total number of votes cast: 98.
It is generally supposed that the officers elected will favor granting a saloon license on a proper petition.
Names of “Berry Brothers” not given in following item...
Arkansas City Traveler, April 10, 1878.
The Berry Brothers go to Pawnee Agency to take charge of the trading post at that place.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 10, 1878.
BERRY BROTHERS sold their grocery store to Frank Speers and Joseph Hoyt last week. Joe and Frank will make lively dealers, and will always be found up to the times.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 10, 1878.
BERRY’s is the only place in town where you can get a good dollar tea for 60 cents.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 10, 1878.
                                                  Special Offer for 30 Days.
I have a large stock of glass and queensware which I will dispose of as low as any house in town, on 60 and 20 days’ time on bills of $5 and upwards to responsible buyers.
                                                         THOS. E. BERRY.
Thomas E. Berry named as the Pawnee Agency trader by Editor C. M. Scott...
Arkansas City Traveler, April 24, 1878.
                                                  A Visit to Pawnee Agency.
We made a hurried visit to Pawnee Agency last week, in company with Mr. Thomas E. Berry, the newly appointed trader at that place, and felt well paid for the visit. . . .
Arkansas City Traveler, April 24, 1878.
THOMAS EMBRY BERRY made a trip to Kansas City last week to purchase a stock of Indian goods.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 24, 1878.
Agent Searing, Stacy Matlack, trader at Pawnee Agency; Mr. Manington, the hotel man; and King Berry were are all here last week.

Thomas E. Berry a member of the Arkansas City Council...
Arkansas City Traveler, May 8, 1878.
                                                         New City Council.
The new City Council met on Monday, April 29th, and orga­nized by appointing the following committees and officers.
Committee on Finance:
J. T. Shepard, Chairman.
I. H. Bonsall.
T. E. Berry.
Committee on Ways and Means:
C. R. Sipes, Chairman.
W. H. Speers.
T. E. Berry.
Committee on Public Improvements:
J. T. Shepard, Chairman.
C. R. Sipes.
W. H. Speers.
Committee on Ordinances:
I. H. Bonsall, Chairman.
J. T. Shepard.
T. E. Berry.
Thomas E. Berry, it appears, will no longer be a member of Arkansas City Council...
Arkansas City Traveler, May 15, 1878.
THOMAS E. BERRY, one of the city fathers, has removed to Pawnee Agency to take charge of the trading post at that place. He expects to make visits every few weeks, but we object to his legislation after he has resided among savages any great length of time. He can’t expect to palaver Pawnee within the sanctity of the council room. None of his “skuts-ga” etc., for us.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 12, 1878.
T. E. BERRY, trader at Pawnee Agency, was in town last Monday looking after the interests of the late firm of Berry Bros. He reports times at the Agency as pretty dull, caused by the lack of the filthy amongst Sammy’s wards.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 26, 1878.
THOMAS E. BERRY, the genial trader among the Pawnee braves, came up last Sunday, and spent a couple of days with civilized people.
Believe “King Berry” refers to Isaac K. Berry...
Arkansas City Traveler, July 17, 1878.
KING BERRY, of Pawnee Agency, has been in town for the past week.
The following must apply to Andrew A. Berry...
Arkansas City Traveler, August 7, 1878.
A. BERRY came up from Pawnee Agency last Saturday.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 14, 1878.

Thomas Berry, the trader at Pawnee Agency, stopped a few days at this place while on his way to Kansas City to purchase goods. Mrs. Berry came up to remain awhile for her health.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 25, 1878.      
Agent Whiteman, Gen. McNeil, Gen. Hammond, Ed. Finney, Mr. Hartford and lady, and King Berry, all of the Territory, were here this week.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 20, 1878.
The smiling face of Tom Berry, trader at Pawnee, is with us. Dr. Dougan, physician at the same place, was with him.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 29, 1879.
King Berry, of the Pawnee Agency, paid us a pleasant visit last week.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 5, 1879.
Thomas Berry, trader at Pawnee Agency, was in town Monday.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 12, 1879.
King Berry, of the Pawnee Agency, is in town.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 26, 1879.
King Berry, from the Pawnee Agency, paid our city a flying visit Sunday and Monday—says things are lively down there. The new Agent has not yet arrived.
I have corrected news account of the following item to reflect that the name was “Hiatt” and not “Hyatt” as written up in Traveler by Editor Nathan Hughes...MAW
Berry and brother at Pawnee Agency mentioned...
Arkansas City Traveler, April 2, 1879.
                                             Our Trip to Sac and Fox Agency.
Last week we made a trip to the Sac Agency, and met on our way many pleasant incidents. The first night after leaving town we stopped at the Ponca Agency where we found “the boys” of our acquaintance busy boosting the red man up the hill to civiliza­tion. Col. Whiteman was sick and we failed to meet him. Sherburne & Houghton are traders at the Ponca, and from the number of red blankets that hung on the noble sons of the forest, we conclude they are doing a good trade. Geo. Allen and Hank Nelson are drawing the brush in the schoolhouse, and giving cast [?] and complexion to the work.
From there we crossed the Salt Fork, and at 2 o’clock p.m. were at the Pawnee Agency. At this place, Berry & Bro. are in trade, and have done a large business in dealing in Indian supplies. We met Maj. Williams, acting agent, also Dr. Dougan who feels the pulse of the sick, Wm. Alexander, carpenter, Wm. Coffin, miller, and Chief of Police Westfall, all good men in the right place.
At night we accepted the invitation of the Agent, and with Dr. Dougan, had the plea­sure of visiting the Manual Labor School. Here we met, for the first, the Supt., Prof. Hiatt, and daughter, also the Misses Waltons, all earnest, active teachers in the school. The school took us by surprise. We did not dream of the like anywhere south of Kansas.

The music was excellent, while perfect time and order made everything complete. If the Department secures the services of the Misses Waltons and Miss Hiatt for a while longer, the Indian boy will soon be a peer of the white lad, and the problem of civilization will be solved. Visit this school of 147 pupils and then say, if you can, that nothing has been done to advance the cause of the Indian.
The next morning we left for the Sac Agency and reached there in due time. The country between the Sac and Pawnee Agencies is fit for nothing but pasturage, though in this, it excels. The Red man’s game now holds possession of that vast domain, and the deer stops short to look and wonder at the face of the white man.
Believe that “Mrs. Berry” refers to the mother of the “Berry Brothers.”
Arkansas City Traveler, April 9, 1879
The young folks had a pleasant time at Mrs. Berry’s on Thursday evening last “Tripping the light fantastic toe.”
Arkansas City Traveler, April 16, 1879
Chas. Schiffbauer has purchased the Berry property.
It appears that Andrew A. Berry was the brother who assisted Thomas E. Berry at Pawnee Agency.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 16, 1879.
A. A. Berry and Mrs. Thomas Berry, of Pawnee Agency, spent a few days in the city last week, and of course A. A. paid his respects to the TRAVELER. Call again.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 23, 1879
King Berry is up from the Pawnee Agency.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 23, 1879.
                    PAWNEE AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY, April 14th, 1879.
The Steamer Dardanelle landed at this place today on her first trip up the Arkansas. She is a small boat, built especial­ly for the upper Arkansas trade: draws eight inches of water empty. The steamer belongs to Cotton Bros. & Co., Dardanelle,  Arkansas, who are engaged in running a large flouring mill at that place. One of the firm is Captain on the boat, and means to load her down with wheat to supply his mill. Yours truly, T. E. BERRY.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 18, 1879.
Mr. Tom Berry, and King, were up from the Pawnee Agency last week. They report everything quiet in that locality.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 9, 1879.
Mr. Coffin, Mr. King Berry, and Mr. Andrew Berry, with the Misses Hiatt and Coffin, of the Pawnee Agency, are the most patriotic people we have heard of this year. They came seventy-five miles to celebrate the Fourth in the liveliest town in Southern Kansas, and returned firmly convinced that Arkansas City folks take the lead in hospitality.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 28, 1880.
The Berry Bros., accompanied by Miss Susie Berry, came up from Pawnee Agency last Monday en route for Lawrence, where George, Robert, and Miss Susie will attend school the coming year.

From the following item, it appears that Andrew was a brother to Susie, George, and Robert Berry. If that is the case, it now appears that the Berry Brothers consisted of the following persons: Thomas E. Berry, Andrew A. Berry, Isaac K. (King) Berry, George Berry, and Robert Berry, with Susie Berry being a sister of the brothers. [Article refers to sisters. Thus far, only Susie has been mentioned.]
Arkansas City Traveler, May 26, 1880
Andrew Berry, of Pawnee Agency, made his semi-annual visit to this city last week. He came up to meet his sisters and brothers, who came down from Lawrence, where they have been attending school.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 26, 1880.
T. E. Berry, the trader at Pawnee Agency, has established a branch trading post at Pawnee ferry, on the Arkansas river, for the accommodation of the Osages who are camped in that vicinity. He has secured the services of Daniel Grant, of this city, who left last Monday to take charge of the new post.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 9, 1880.
S. W. Scott goes to Pawnee Agency this week to put up a building for Tom Berry.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 7, 1880.
Tom Berry of Pawnee gave a dance to the white folks of that Agency in his new store room last Saturday night. Some of the Ponca Agency folks went down and paid their respects to the Pawnee trader and wife by participating in the hop.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 11, 1880.      
Agent Bowman and T. E. Berry, of Pawnee Agency, were in town Monday.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 1, 1880.
King and Andrew Berry, of Pawnee Agency, were up among the white folks a few days last week.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 8, 1880.
Thomas Berry, of Pawnee, was in town this week.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 8, 1880.
Thomas Berry, licensed trader at Pawnee Agency, has been in town a few days, for the first time in four months. Tom is always welcomed by his many friends.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 5, 1881.
Our former townsman, Thomas E. Berry, now Indian trader at Pawnee Agency, spent several days in the city last week, having a good time with his many friends here.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 23, 1881.
Our genial friend, Tom E. Berry, of Pawnee Agency, has been in town the past few days.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 11, 1881. Editorial Page.
Thomas E. Berry has been reappointed Indian trader at Pawnee Agency, for another year. The appointment is a good one, and will be satisfactory to both the whites and Indians.
                                                               C. M. Scott.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 11, 1881.
Mr. Thos. E. Berry, of Pawnee Agency, was in town Saturday and Sunday, on his return journey from a month’s sojourn in the East.
First mention of “Berry Brothers” being involved in holding stock in the Territory...
Arkansas City Traveler, May 11, 1881.

The keeping of stock in the Indian Territory has, of late years, assumed quite considerable importance as a business, many of our best citizens being engaged therein. Among the Cowley County men now holding stock in the Territory, we may mention the following: On Red Rock and Black Bear creeks are Messrs. Eaton, Potter, Estus, Libby, Wiley, and Warren; while in other parts of the Territory are Houghton, Henderson, Nipp, Walker Bros., Berry Bros., Dean Bros., Shriver, and others.
“Anderson Berry” mentioned in next item. Could this be a son of Thomas E. Berry?
Arkansas City Traveler, June 8, 1881.
Mrs. McAlister and family, Mrs. Tom Berry and Anderson Berry, all of Pawnee Agency, are in town upon a visit.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 6, 1881.
Albert and Cal. Dean are up from their camps on Otter creek. King Berry returned on Monday, and Gibson McDade, Fred Whiting, Thos. Hill, and Drury Warren linger awhile with us.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 14, 1881.
                                           VISITORS FROM THE NATION.
Quite a number of familiar faces from the Territory were on our streets last Monday.
Among them were Mr. O. J. Woodard, of Cheyenne Agency, with W. T. Darlington, J. A. Covington, in charge of Cheyennes and Arapahos going to the Topeka Fair; Thomas and King Berry of Pawnee Agency; Kendall Smith, wife and child, and Mrs. Beard from Ponca Agency, and Col. Pollock, U. S. Indian Inspector; Jake Zalloweger, with his Indian wife and babies, and twenty-five Indians attired in attractive style were the center of attrac­tion. Among the Indians going to Topeka were Black Coyote, Flaces, Tall Left Hand, Walter Matches, Doctor Little Chief, Flying Young, Bull, Warrior, Watan, Lizzard, and fifteen others with ponies, tents, and equipage enough to fill two freight cars. The Topeka party left yesterday morning on the 5 o’clock train.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 5, 1881.
I. K. BERRY                             THOS. BERRY                         A. A. BERRY
                                                          BERRY BROS., 
                                        P. O. Pawnee Agency, Indian Territory.
                                                     Raisers and Dealers in
                                            CATTLE, HORSES AND HOGS
                             Cattle Brand: Cross on right side and B on right hip.
                                            Horse Brand: B on Left Shoulder.
                            [ILLUSTRATES A STEER AND A HORSE IN AD.]
                Brands as above; any information of missing stock will be rewarded.
                                                             [Please Post.]
Arkansas City Traveler, October 26, 1881.
BIRTH. Thomas E. Berry, of Pawnee Agency, is jubilant over the advent of a new cow- boy at his ranch, weight 10 pounds. October 17th was the auspicious day. Heap good.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 7, 1881.
Dr. McCoy and Thomas E. Berry, of Pawnee Agency, spent Sunday in the city.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 1, 1882.
Tom Berry came up through the storm on last Monday.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 8, 1882.

Our friend, Thos. E. Berry, accompanied by his wife and children, were in the city last week.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 5, 1882.
Andrew Berry and a younger brother were up from the Territory last week after corn and other supplies. Andrew was one of our boys in the olden time, and is always sure of a welcome here whenever he can spare time from his duties in the land of “Lo.”
Arkansas City Traveler, April 19, 1882.
Thomas E. Berry passed through the city, last Saturday, en route for the Pawnee Agency, Indian Territory, with six head of thoroughbred bulls. The Berry Bros. have quite a large herd and are evidently determined to keep up the grade of their stock.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 17, 1882.
Mr. Thomas E. Berry, of Pawnee Agency, came up last Saturday and spent Sunday in the city with his friends. He left on the afternoon train Monday for Topeka.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 24, 1882.
Our friend, Thomas E. Berry, trader at Pawnee, arrived in this place last Monday from Kansas City, whither he had been to replenish his stock of goods. He leaves for his home in the land of “Lo” tomorrow morning.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 14, 1882.
Mrs. Thos. E. Berry, of Pawnee Agency, is in the city visiting friends.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 14, 1882.
King Berry went to Kansas City last week with four hundred head of fat steers.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 14, 1882.
Stacy Matlack has dispatched several loads of lumber to the Pawnee Agency, where he intends to open up a trading store, to do which he is licensed by the U. S. Department of the Interior. This will give Pawnee Agency two traders, Mr. T. E. Berry and Mr. S. Matlack.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 21, 1882.
Thomas E. Berry, wife, and Miss Berry, all of Pawnee Agency, were in the city last week, but returned to their Territory house the latter part of the week.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 5, 1882.
King Berry, one of the most successful cowmen of the B. I. T., was in town this week and remained during the Fourth.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 19, 1882.
We received a pleasant call last week from King Berry and Mr. Little, of Pawnee Agency, who were in the city on a short visit.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 9, 1882.
T. E. Berry with his wife and children passed through the city en route for Shawneetown, Indian Territory, at which place Mr. Berry occupies the position of Government trader.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 27, 1882.
Andrew and George Berry were up from Shawneetown last Saturday with a herd of good average Indian ponies. They sold a few here, and then went on to Winfield.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 4, 1882.

Andrew Berry, one of our old time boys, was in the city last Monday and helped us to pass a few moments very pleasantly by recalling the good old days of “auld lang syne.” Mr. Berry was on his way home from the north, where he had disposed of a herd of ponies.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 29, 1882.
Our old friends and former townsmen, Tom, King, and Geo. Berry, of Shawneetown, Indian Territory, arrived in the city last week. They drove up 154 head of fat steers and 340 head of hogs which they intend to feed in this vicinity during the coming winter.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 6, 1882.
T. E. Berry, of Shawneetown, Ind. Ter., left on Friday’s train for St. Louis and Kansas City.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 6, 1882.
WANTED 600 bushels of Corn at Searing & Mead’s Mill, for which will pay Arkansas City current prices. Berry Brothers.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 27, 1882.
                                                          THOS E. BERRY
                                                       -Jobber and dealer in-
                                             HORSES, HOGS, CATTLE, AND
                                                    General Merchandise, etc.
                                                  Will put up stock for drovers.
                                                    Correspondence Solicited.
                                                      Shawneetown, Ind. Ter.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.
T. E. BERRY, I. K. BERRY, A. A. BERRY...BERRY BROS., Brands as above; other brands, Bow & Arrow on left side, also 3 M on right side, Post Office, Pawnee Agency, Indian Territory.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.
THOS. E. BERRY, Jobber and dealer in HORSES, HOGS, CATTLE, AND GENERAL MERCHANDISE, etc. Will put up stock for drovers. Correspondence solicited.
                                                Shawneetown, Indian Territory.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1883.
King Berry, last Thursday, shipped to Kansas City 182 head of cattle and two car loads of hogs, which we see by the stock report he sold to good advantage. King has been feeding the above stock near Searing & Mead’s Mill, in this vicinity, and we are glad to hear of his success in the venture.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 7, 1883.
Thos. E. Berry, of Shawneetown, Indian Territory, arrived in our city last Sunday, with a number of teams, which he proposes to load for the Indian country.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 14, 1883.
Thos. E. Berry, of Shawneetown, Indian Territory, after spending several days in our city, and attending the marriage of his brother, King Berry, left for Kansas City on Thursday last.
Marriage of Capt. Nipp’s daughter to Isaac K. (King) Berry...
Arkansas City Traveler, March 14, 1883.
                                                           Wedding Chimes.

MARRIED in this city on Thursday, March 8th, 1883, at the residence of the bride’s parents, by Rev. W. H. Harris, Mr. Isaac K. Berry, of Shawneetown, Indian Territory, to Miss Laura B. Nipp. The ceremony was consummated at about noon and the happy pair left on the 3 o’clock train for the East to spend the honeymoon. The wedding was witnessed by a few invited friends who partook of an elegant collation spread in honor of the occasion. The groom, a former merchant of this city, but now engaged in the cattle trade in the Indian Territory, was one of the most popular of our boys, and in taking to himself Miss Laura Nipp, has robbed our city of its chiefest ornament but we trust only to share with her a life of happiness and wedded felicity. Under the circumstances we’ll forgive you, King, and join heartily in the congratulations of the many friends of yourself and fair young bride for your future happiness and prosperity.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 21, 1883.
Mr. and Mrs. King Berry left on the stage going south Monday last, for the Territory, where they will make their future home.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 6, 1883.
Col. J. C. McMullen, of Winfield, was in our city last Wednesday to receive 300 head of stock he had purchased of Thos. E. Berry, of Shawneetown, Indian Territory.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 6, 1883.
Agent Miles, of Osage; Mr. D. D. Keeler, of Kaw Agency; Agent Carter, of Sac and Fox; Thomas Berry, of Shawneetown; and Wm. Little and wife of Sac & Fox Agency, were all here last week.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 13, 1883.
Thomas E. Berry, of Shawneetown, Indian Territory, is again with us for a short time. He has been in Kansas City a short time, and left for home yesterday.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 20, 1883.
Mr. King Berry, of Shawneetown, Indian Territory, was in our city last week after taking in the Stockmen’s meeting at Caldwell.
Mattie Berry mentioned. Possibly a sister of the Berry Brothers...
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, July 4, 1883.
                                                              The Normal.
The County Normal Institute opened last week with about sixty-five teachers in attendance. Prof. Davis, of the State Normal school, acts as conductor, and Profs. Gridley and Trimble as instructors. The work starts off nicely and promises a most prosperous session. The following is a list of those in attendance at present and their grades.
Grade A. Alice A. Aldrich, Mattie Berry, Leander C. Brown, Will C. Barnes, Frank A. Chapin, Laura Elliott, Rosa Frederick, Anna L. Hunt, D. W. Ramage, Lida Strong, Mary E. Hamill, Silas Overman, Allie Klingman, Fannie M. McKinley.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 1, 1883.
Mr. and Mrs. King Berry are at present making their headquarters in the city.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 1, 1883.
The firm of Thos. E. Berry and Bros., of Shawneetown, and other points in the Indian Territory, has been dissolved by mutual consent,  I. K. Berry retiring. The business will be conducted as heretofore under the firm name of Thos. E. Berry & Bro.

Dissolution Notice. The firm of Thos E. Berry & Bros., of Shawneetown and other points in the Indian Territory has been dissolved by mutual consent, I. K. Berry retiring. The business will be conducted as heretofore under the firm name of Thos. E. Berry & Bro.
                                                                July 1883.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 5, 1883.
Our old friend and former townsman, T. E. Berry, of Shawneetown, Indian Territory, has been in the city for several days past, shaking hands with the boys and blending business and pleasure in his usual happy style.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 5, 1883.
Mr. Thos. E. Berry and R. E. Grubbs were on the passenger train which collided with a freight train at Osage City, last week. The engineer and fireman were badly injured, and a baggage and express car demolished, but otherwise no damage was done. This was indeed a narrow escape for Arkansas City’s two representatives.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 12, 1883.
Mr. and Mrs. K. Berry, who have been staying in the city for several weeks past, started yesterday for the territory, where Mr. Berry intends to run the trading store at Sacred Heart Mission at the Pottawatomie Agency. We wish them success and a pleasant home at their new location.
Note: George Berry in charge of stock at Shawneetown...
Arkansas City Traveler, October 10, 1883.
We call attention to the new cattle brands of J. N. Florer, of the Osage Nation, and of the Berry Bros., of Shawneetown, Indian Territory, which appear this week.
AD. J. N. FLORER. Cattle Brands: F E [E on side] on both sides and circle on jaw. F on both sides and circle on jaw.
Horse Brand: J E on left shoulder.
Ranch in Indian Territory; P. O. Address, Kaw Agency, I. T.
AD. T. E. BERRY & BROS. (Geo. Berry in charge.) P. O. Address, Shawneetown, Indian Territory, or Pawnee Agency, Indian Territory.
Cattle Brands: Cross and bell on left side.
Young cattle brands: With cross and bell on both sides.
Old stock: B cross on right side and cross bell on left side.
Other brand: bow and arrow on right side.
Horse Brand: Cross bell on left shoulder.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 5, 1883.
Another one of the Berry brothers was in the city last week. This makes six of them we have met, but they are of good stock and there can’t be too many of such kind of men in the country—barring their politics.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 30, 1884.
Our old friend, T. E. Berry, of Shawneetown, was in the city last Monday and of course favored the TRAVELER with a pleasant call.
Arkansas City Republican, March 1, 1884.
Mr. I. K. Berry, trader at Sacred Heart Mission, was in town this week. He visited us in our office. While here he fully sustained his widespread reputation for geniality.
Arkansas City Republican, March 29, 1884.

Andrew Berry, of Shawneetown, Indian Territory, paid THE REPUBLICAN a pleasant call while in town this week.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 2, 1884.
That puny specimen of manhood, Andrew Berry, whose life in the Territory has so worn upon him that he only weighs about 200 pounds, dropped into the city of surprise last Wednesday and spent a few hours looking up old friends. Andrew says he has been sick, which in a measure accounts for his present condition.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 30, 1884.
 2. W. J. POLLOCK.
 4. J. N. FLORER.
 5. N. W. PARVIN.
 7. J. C. TOPLIFF.
11. C. M. SCOTT.
12. BURKE & MARTIN   - P. O. Address, Red Rock, Indian Territory. Range on the Cimarron river, south of McClellan’s. Horse Brand: [?] on left shoulder. Cattle are branded on both sides. [B & M]
13. T. J. Gilbert & Co.
14. J. B. NIPP.
Range on Turkey and Possum creeks, west of Ponca Agency, I. T.
Horse brand same as cattle.
Ear marks—Smooth crop on left and smaller fork and over-bit on right. LOOKED LIKE Sh with bar underneath on cattle depicted.
16. T. E. BERRY & BROS.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 16, 1884.
T. E. Berry, of Shawneetown, Indian Territory, is in the city this week. Tom has sold out his store at Shawneetown, and now gives his attention solely to cattle.
I have corrected the item that Republican had re one of the Berry Brothers.
Capt. J. B. Nipp’s daughter married Isaac K. (King) Berry...
Arkansas City Republican, July 5, 1884.
Mrs. I. K. Berry, of Osmit, Indian Territory, is in the city visiting her parents, Capt. and Mrs. Nipp.
Capt. J. B. Nipp returned Wednesday from an extended trip to Winfield and the Territory.

Arkansas City Republican, July 19, 1884.
T. E. Berry has sold his store in the Territory, and is presently staying in town. He thinks of locating in the state, and we can assure him that should he decide to make our city his home, he will meet a hearty welcome.
Arkansas City Republican, July 19, 1884.
Adam Clark, of Sac and Fox agency, has purchased the trader’s post at Shawneetown, Indian Territory, from Mr. T. E. Berry, and hereafter will transact business at that post. He is a gentleman of genial ways and excellent business qualifications.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 30, 1884.
Thos. E. Berry, a member of the firm of T. E. Berry & Bros., stock raisers of Shawneetown, Indian Territory, was here Saturday looking up the opening for an elevator. He was well pleased with the location and outlook, and may return and settle with us. Mr. Berry seems to be much of a gentleman and we hope that he will conclude to go into business at this place. Udall Sentinel.
Arkansas City Republican, August 2, 1884.
                                                      Arkansas City, Kansas.
ARKANSAS CITY, July 21, 1884. Inasmuch as my last letter was copied into several of the local papers, I feel sufficiently encouraged to write again. 
Tom Berry, of Shawneetown, Indian Territory, has sold out his store and will devote his time exclusively to cattle.
King Berry shipped five car loads of beef steers from Tulsa, Indian Territory, to St. Louis last week. He gets his cattle through for $50 per car from the Territory, while we in the state have to pay $40 to Kansas City.
                                      Regular Correspondent in K. C. Indicator.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 6, 1884.
A post office has been established at Sacred Heart Mission, called “Osmit,” with our old time friend, King Berry, postmaster. Heretofore the mail matter for the Mission has been sent from a neighboring office, but the increased matter required a regular service. Mr. Berry is also trader at Osmit, and has been some time working for the establishment of the mail line, and now that his untiring efforts are crowned with success, he deserves no little credit from the patrons of the new office. Cheyenne Transporter.
Thomas E. Berry moved to Wellington...
Arkansas City Traveler, August 20, 1884.
Tom Berry, of Wellington, was in the city Monday, looking with surprise at our boom.
Arkansas City Republican, September 20, 1884.
I. K. Berry is up from the Territory this week, looking hale and hearty.
Berry listed in the following article is Isaac K. (King) Berry...
Arkansas City Republican, November 22, 1884.
                                                           A New Winfield.

The new town of Ashland, in Clark County, is getting to be one of the “infant Wonders” of western growth. It was laid out by a party of Winfield gentlemen some four weeks ago. There are now thirty houses up and foundations being laid for others as rapidly as the lumber can be got on the ground. The town is on Bear Creek, at the intersection of the two great western trails. Already a newspaper is running in full blast. It has hotels, restaurants, and almost every modern convenience. Every deed given by the Town Company provides that should intoxicating liquors be sold on the premises, the deed becomes null and void. It is to be emphatically a temperance town. Mr. W. R. McDonald, of this city, is president; and Messrs. Fipp, Hughes, Cooper, Taylor, Averil, Gibson, Bullene, Kinnear, Hall, Berry, Gridley, Hudson Bros., Greer, and several others constitute the town company. It is located near the center of Clark County, and will be the county seat when the county is organized. The settlers are pouring into the county and claims are being taken rapidly. The land is good and the general lay of the country smooth. A very large number of Cowley County people have taken claims around the new town. Many other persons from this vicinity are going out to take claims or engage in business. Winfield Courier.
Back to Berry Brothers...
Arkansas City Traveler, Supplement, December 24, 1884.
 4. B. F. CHILDS.
 8. T. E. BERRY & BROS.
10. C. M. SCOTT.
11. J. C. TOPLIFF.
14. W. J. POLLOCK.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 21, 1885.
Thos. Berry is in Washington testifying in the land lease cases.
Unknown: Which Berry the following article applies to...
Arkansas City Republican, January 10, 1885.
                                                        Frost Bitten Boomer.

Frank Martin, of Hutchinson, Kansas, went with Capt. Couch to Oklahoma about five weeks ago with the intention of securing himself a home. On arriving there Dec. 16, he went out hunting, lost his bearings, traveled two days and nights without fire or food, and, becoming completely tired out, laid down and fell asleep. When he awoke he found that his feet were frozen. But being determined to save his life, he pushed forward till he came to Berry’s ranch, arriving there on the 18th. Here he was provided with a pony and he reached Couch’s camp the same day. He received medical treatment for two weeks and then came to Arkansas City and placed himself in charge of Dr. Sparks, who amputated four of his toes. He is at this time doing well although his feet are in a fearful condition and there is some danger of blood poisoning. He has been well provided for by our humane trustee, Geo. Whitney.
T. E. Berry still located at Wellington...
Arkansas City Republican, February 28, 1885.
T. E. Berry, formerly in business here, then at Pawnee, but now located at Wellington, is in town this week.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 4, 1885.
Thos. E. Berry, of Wellington, made us an appreciated call last week. He fixed up with the TRAVELER and ordered some work done.
The Boomers and the Cattlemen...
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 21, 1885.
                                                      The Oklahoma Country.
WASHINGTON, March 13. In answer to a telegram from the secretary of war, relative to the exact condition of affairs in Oklahoma, Gen. Hatch telegraphed from Caldwell, Kansas, that no trespassers were now on the Indian Territory. About 1,200 settlers, he said, were camped in Kansas, near the territory border. They were threatening to go over the line, but as yet had taken no steps of that kind. Troops are stationed in the territory, the general said, and will drive out any invaders who may attempt to settle on the lands.
At a meeting of the cabinet yesterday, the Oklahoma question was considered at length. It was said the impression prevailed among those who contemplated an invasion of the territory that President Arthur’s proclamation relative to the trespassing upon the Indian lands had become inoperative with the end of his administration. To prevent such action by the invaders as would naturally arise upon the prevalence of such impression, it was thought best that President Cleveland should issue a proclamation similar to that issued by President Arthur while chief executive. The following is
                                                    THE PROCLAMATION.
By the president of the United States of America—a proclamation.
WHEREAS, It is alleged that certain individuals, associations, persons, and corporations are in unauthorized possession of a portion of the territory known as the Oklahoma lands, within the Indian Territory, which are designated, described, and recognized by the executive authority thereto, as Indian lands, and
WHEREAS, It is further alleged that certain other persons or associations within the territory and jurisdiction of the United States have begun and set on foot preparations for organized and forcible entry and settlement upon the aforesaid lands and are now threatening such entry and occupation, and
WHEREAS, The laws of the United States provide for the removal of persons residing or being found upon such Indian lands and territory without permission expressly and legally obtained of the interior department.

Now, therefore, for the purpose of protecting the public interest, as well as the interests of the Indian nations and tribes, and to the end that no person or persons may be induced to enter upon said territory, where they will not be allowed to remain, without the permission or authority as aforesaid, I, Grover Cleveland, president of the United States, do hereby warn and admonish all and every person or persons now in occupation of said lands, and all such person or persons as are intending, preparing, or threatening to enter in or settle upon the same, that they will not be allowed to remain thereon, and that if due regard for, and voluntary obedience to the laws and treaties of the United States this admonition and warning be not sufficient to effect the purposes and intentions of the government as herein declared, the military power of the United States will be invoked to abate all such unauthorized possession, to prevent such threatened entry and occupation, and to remove all such intruders from said Indian lands.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be affixed. (Signed) GROVER CLEVELAND
By the President. [L.S.] T. F. BAYARD, Secretary of State.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 21, 1885.
                                             The Boomers and the Proclamation.
ARKANSAS CITY, March 14. The president’s proclamation was received at noon today. Great disappointment and indignation was manifested among the boomers here, who expected the action to be favorable to their cause. A meeting was called at 3 o’clock this afternoon to decide what course to pursue.
At a meeting held at the camp ground this afternoon, over a thousand colonists present; the president’s proclamation was read, and the following resolution was adopted without a dissenting voice.
WHEREAS, Payne’s Oklahoma colony in Arkansas City have received with surprise and astonishment the full text of the proclamation issued by President Cleveland on the 13th inst., wherein it is asserted that we have organized for a forcible entrance upon the aforesaid Oklahoma lands; and
WHEREAS, The law of the United States which provides for the removal of persons residing upon Indian lands, cannot in any way apply to the aforesaid Oklahoma lands; and
WHEREAS, At the present time large numbers of cattlemen and cattle syndicates are occupying these same lands with permanent improvements, for grazing and farming purposes, among whom might be mentioned Berry Bros., Burke & Martin, Fitzgerald Bros., McClellan Cattle Co., Hewins & Titus, Williams Bros., Standard Oil Co., B. H. Campbell, J. Sanderson, Belle Plain Cattle Co., John Purcell, Butler Co., Ben Keith, Quartermaster Clerk Hauser, and the same are not, nor have been disturbed or ejected from the lands, we can see no justice or reason for the enforcement of the order in the case of actual settlers which is not enforced upon the cattle men who continue to hold thousands of cattle upon these lands; therefore be it

Resolved, That in our opinion President Cleveland has not been made acquainted with the full status of the situation which we had hoped and believed would be done before he made any public utterance, and we yet demand a thorough and speedy investigation and explanation as to why the settlers are ejected and the rich syndicates allowed to remain, and further we condemn the misrepresentation of Gen. Hatch in stating to the secretary of war that there were no trespassers now in the Indian Territory. To our knowledge and also to that of General Hatch, the above named cattle men are holding large herds upon these lands.
Be it further
Resolved, That we demand of President Cleveland an explanation of the laws and treaties governing said Oklahoma lands by which he claims said lands are Indian lands and we impatiently await a most speedy reply, and we instruct our president to forward these resolutions by telegraph to President Cleveland.
These resolutions were immediately forwarded to President Cleveland.
Capt. Couch said it was to be hoped that every man would remain until an answer could be received. As no further business was offered, Col. Crocker of Iowa, who represents several hundred boomers of that state, was called for and made a brief speech. He said he had much disappointment and indignation in him. He could give a clear argument but would speak on the Oklahoma question tomorrow (Sunday) afternoon.
The meeting then adjourned subject to the call of President Couch.
Isaac K. Berry: has moved to Ashland...
Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.
The job department of this paper turned out a complete set of job work for Berry Bros., of Ashland, Clarke County, Kansas. They knew where to come for good work.
Arkansas City Republican, March 21, 1885.
King Berry, of Ashland, was in the city the first of the week. He left for Ashland Tuesday.
Note: Hatch and his troop are told to destroy permanent improvements of the ranches of Berry Brothers and others...
Arkansas City Republican, April 11, 1885.
                                                        Cattle Men Must Go.
KANSAS CITY, March 25. A Times Arkansas City correspondent telegraphs that Gen. Hatch has ordered a troop of cavalry to proceed at once to Oklahoma and destroy the permanent improvements of the ranches of Berry Bros. & Burke and the Martin cattle men who for some time have been established in that country, and require them to leave the territory. This is construed as the inauguration of the policy of the interior department for the removal of all unauthorized stock men in Oklahoma.
According to the next item Thomas E. Berry has moved to Ashland...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 19, 1885.
The Clark County News, of Ashland, says: “Mr. E. S. Miner has sold out his stock of dry goods to Thomas E. Berry, who will hereafter conduct the business at the same place. We are sorry to see Spence go out of business. He has been a pillar of strength to our town, and we hope he will yet conclude to remain with us.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 10, 1885.
Capt. J. B. Nipp, treasurer of Cowley County, came in Thursday evening on the coach from Dodge. He is here on a visit to his son-in-law, King Berry, and will remain with us a week or ten days. Ashland Herald.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 17, 1885.

Capt. Nipp got in last night from a two weeks visit with his daughter, Mrs. I. K. Berry, at Ashland. The Captain says Ashland has made a wonderful growth and is now a sprightly little city of six hundred inhabitants, with three newspapers and a metropolitan air most creditable. Ashland has many formerly of Winfield folks, whom the Captain reports as prospering finely. The approaching winter has lessened the western influx, but great things are expected with the opening of spring. Veteran and Richfield, the latest results of Winfield enterprise in developing the new west, are also flourishing finely and have bright futures.
Andrew Berry mentioned in next article...
Arkansas City Traveler, March 31, 1886.
The Sac and Fox Agency Live-Stock Association, through its executive committee, have decided to begin round-up work on May 1st, 1886. They have divided their territory into districts, appointed captains, and set dates for beginning the drive in each district as follows.
1. Canadian and Little River District, Sam Clay, captain. Meet at Sacred Heart Mission, on May 1st, and drive west, working all the country as far south as the Canadian river, and as far north as the water shed between Little River and North Fork.
2. North Fork District, Dick Hartshorn, captain. Meet at Davis’ store, at Arbeka, on May 14th, and drive west, working both sides of North Fork and all the tributaries of that stream as far as necessary.
3. Deep Fork District, Walter Martin, captain. Meet at Sac and Fox Agency, May 25th, and drive west, working Deep Fork and all its tributaries as far west as necessary.
4. Cimarron District to include the Cimarron River and its tributaries as far north as the Cherokee Strip. This district is to be worked in the general round-ups, with the foreman of each range as captain while his range is being worked.
The order and dates of the general round-ups are to be fixed by the executive committee at Sac and Fox, on May 25th, as they can then be filed with greater accuracy and to better advantage. This being the day on which work begins in the Deep Fork District, due notice of the remainder of the work will be given.
The following regulations will be sustained, viz.:There is to be no card playing or gambling of any kind, no horse racing, no buying or trading in cattle by anyone, unless he be a member of the association or an employee.
Executive committee: John Whistler, Andrew Berry, H. W. Burke, Chris Boyer, E. B. Townsend, Jos. Reginer, Steve Pensenean, Moses Keokuk, C. C. Pickett, Chairman; V. B. Paine, Secretary.
Geo. Berry...
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 12, 1887. From Monday’s Daily.
Geo. Berry came up this morning from the Berry Bros. Ranch down on the Cimarron River. He brought 150 head of hogs up with him. He will take them over in Sumner County to feed.


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