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Alvin Bisbee

                                       Winfield. Boot and Shoe Manufacturer.
Winfield 1873: A. Bisbee, 27. No wife listed.
Winfield 1874: Alvin Bisbee, 28; spouse, Lucy, age not given.
Kansas 1875 Census, Winfield Township, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.
Name                     age sex color    Place/birth Where from
A. Bisbee               29 m     w      Maine                     Iowa
Lucy Bisbee           19 f       w      Iowa                      Iowa
Winfield 1878: Alvin Bisbee, 32; spouse, L., 22.
Winfield 1880: Alvin Bisbee, 33; spouse, Lucy, 24.
Winfield Directory 1880.
Anderson, M., shoe maker, A. Bisbee; bds. City Restaurant.
Bisbee, Alvin, bootmaker, Main, e. s., bet 9th and 10th; r 9th av., bet Loomis and Fuller.
McDonald, Mike, shoe maker, A. Bisbee, boards Mary McDonald.
Bisbee, A., shoe maker, 9th avenue, n. s. between Main and Millington.
Note: Bisbee’s shop would not have been seen in 1879 Photograph.
At the time that 1879 photograph was made, Alvin Bisbee, Boot and Shoe manufacturer, was located on the east side of Main Street between 9th and 10th avenues. His shop would not have been shown in 1879 photograph as he was one block south.  In 1880 Bisbee moved to 9th avenue, north side, between Main and Millington. By 1886 he was on Millington Street.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
No address given in the following ad...
Note also that early newspapers called him “Albert” rather than “Alvin.”
Cowley County Censor, October 21, 1871.
Cowley County Censor, October 28, 1871.
Albert Bisbee, the French boot and shoe maker, has moved into the building formerly occupied by G. Triplett.
Winfield Messenger, June 28, 1872.
Mr. Bisbee has built himself a neat shoe shop on Main street near Bliss & Co.’s store. It looks very cozy, and we expect he will make the shoe-pegs hop around lively.
Winfield Messenger, November 1, 1872. Front Page.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 16, 1873.
CIVIL DOCKET. SECOND DAY. Smith and Boswell vs. A. Bisbee.
Winfield Courier, March 20, 1874.
A. BISBEE, BOOT & SHOE MAKER. Makes a thorobred boot. Works the best French brands of calf, and kip, and all work warranted. 
2 doors north of Bliss & Co.’s on Main St., Winfield, Kansas.
Winfield Courier, May 22, 1874.
Al Bisbee got married last Sunday.

Winfield Courier, June 5, 1874.
Marriage License issued during the month of May.
Alvin Bisbee to Lucy Bates.

Winfield Courier, July 10, 1874.
Armstrong Menor and wife to Alvin Bisbee, L 1, Blk. 92, Menor’s Addition to Winfield, $100.
Winfield Courier, January 20, 1876.
Bisbee is preparing to build on 9th Avenue, east of Main street.
Winfield Courier, April 20, 1876.
BISBEE, the shoemaker, has started for the Black Hills.
Winfield Courier, February 28, 1878.
Notice the new card of Alvin Bisbee, maker of boots and shoes. He is a mechanic who has attained an enviable reputation for strict attention to business, good work, and good fits.
AD: ALBIN BISBEE, Manufacturer of Boots and Shoes to order from the best material.
Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.
Alvin Bisbee and wife to John Q. Alter, lots 10 and 11, block 168, Winfield.
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.
BISBEE, A., makes boots and shoes in the best style and of the best material. He “gives them fits.”
Winfield Courier, March 27, 1879.
The following is a list of the principal business firms of Winfield.
Alvin Bisbee, August Kadau, W. Kelley, Geo. W. Martin.
Winfield Courier, May 8, 1879.
Last Friday a small boy stepped into Bisbee’s shoe shop with four-pound cowhide boots under his arm that looked as they might have been an heirloom in the family for several generations, and asked him to “stretch ‘em out a little,” which he proceeded to do by cutting a slit in the instep and inserting a patch. After the job was finished the boy pulled a solitary nickel from his pocket and offered it in payment for the work. Bisbee couldn’t see the point, and reaching for the boots, cut out the patches and returned them to the boy with the remark that “time was money, and he wasn’t one of your five-cent men.” The boy took the boots, looked at them for a moment, and then, as a quizzical expression came over his features, said: “Say, mister, I don’t like to take nuthin’ offin a man: suppose you jest pull out them thar holes what you cut in them insteps!” It won’t be safe to ask Bisbee anything about it for some time yet.
Winfield Courier, July 1, 1880.
Al Bisbee has opened a new shoe shop near Fahey’s saloon.
Winfield Courier, February 16, 1882.
Bisbee traded his house for a farm.
Winfield Courier, October 26, 1882.

DIED. Alvin Bisbee’s little girl died Monday and was buried Tuesday. She was a bright little child and her loss is deeply felt by her parents.
Winfield Courier, March 29, 1883.
ALVIN BISBEE, FINE BOOT AND SHOE MANUFACTURER, Ninth Avenue, Winfield. I “point with pride” to a long and successful career as cobbler to the denizens of this place. When I build a pair of boots, I am bound to satisfy my customers—for my professional reputation is worth more to me than silver and gold. My prices are such that I can do good work and make a living and no more.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 18, 1886.
The rookeries off the First National Bank corner are being set back where their unsightly presence will be less of an emetic. Fred Kropp moved two of them to lots on west 9th today, and one on Millington street, next to Bisbee’s shoe shop. A little mud don’t stop Fred; his caravans run just the same.
[Note: The above item was the last that I found on Alvin Bisbee.]


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