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Blubaugh Family

                                                            Arkansas City.
Early newspapers often spelled this name as “Bluebaugh” instead of “Blubaugh.” I was convinced for some time that “Blubaugh” was incorrect. I was wrong!
I have corrected items in newspapers relative to spelling.
It appears that this family arrived in 1884.
Burial record at Riverview Cemetery shows only one name:
Baby Blubaugh, born 1885, buried in section 1, lot 11, block H, Old Add.
[Note: The daughter of “Buckskin Joe” Hoyt married Eddy [or Eddie] Blubaugh. It is not known what relationship, if any, that E. Blubaugh had to Frank or David Blubaugh. Ella Hoyt was born March 5, 1868. She died on August 20, 1907. She was married again to T. H. Turner sometime after the 1893 notice given next. This information came from Larry Rhodes, Arkansas City historian.]
Arkansas City Directory 1893.
Blubaugh, Ella, widow, r 126 n 3rd st., Arkansas City, Kansas.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 26, 1884.
Henry Mowry and O. F. Godfrey have sold their billiard room to Mr. Blubaugh.
Arkansas City Republican, April 19, 1884.
David Blubaugh recently arrived from Danville, Harper County, Kansas, and will make Arkansas City his home.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 9, 1884.
                                                        Council Proceedings.
                                         A Full Statement of the City’s Condition.
The council met in regular session last Monday night, with every councilman present.
After reading the minutes of the last meeting, bills to the amount of $119.81 were presented and allowed.
Ordered that an order for $100 be drawn on the treasurer, payable to H. P. Farrar, the same being the amount appropriated for repairing the road south of town.
The reports of James Benedict, C. R. Sipes, Jas. Moore, and W. D. Kreamer were received and placed on file.
CITY CLERK’S REPORT. Received from Blubaugh license, Godfrey & Mowry, Reeves, street license, Police Judge, W. D. Kreamer, room rent, Police court, Occupation tax license, Dog tax...TOTAL: $2,076.41
Arkansas City Traveler, September 17, 1884.
The case of the city against Blubaugh, for selling liquor contrary to law, was dismissed by the city attorney last Monday, there being no ordinance applying to his case. The sheriff, however, immediately took Blubaugh and friend under his protecting wing, and the county will find something covering their case.
Winfield Courier, September 18, 1884.
                                                         The Prohibition Mill.

Justice Buckman has had his hands full during the past few weeks in entertaining Arkansas City unlawful dealers in the ardent, introduced by Sheriff McIntire and his assistants. So warm has the atmosphere of the Terminus become for whiskey vendors that few of them have had time to look back as they made a hasty exit into the Territory—what few escaped much costlier justice. E. C. Mason, who appealed a case to the district court two weeks ago, was re-arrested again Monday. He deposited seventy-five dollars and the case was continued to give him a chance to raise the remaining fines and costs. W. N. Lewis lies in the county jail awaiting a trial next Friday, aside from a fifty dollar fine in Judge Kreamer’s court at Arkansas City. One Blubaugh is also in the toils. This onslaught of justice cast consternation among the other violators and Barcaw, Griffith, and others of the Terminus skipped for the dark recesses of the Territory.
Arkansas City Republican, September 20, 1884.
At the trial Monday afternoon of Blubaugh for selling liquor illegally, he was dismissed by the city; but the state placed him under arrest and he was taken to Winfield and placed in jail.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 24, 1884.
The case against Blubaugh for selling liquor was dismissed by the county attorney last week.
Arkansas City Republican, October 18, 1884.
The room occupied by Mr. Blubaugh with his billiard tables, is being refitted for an oyster saloon. Mr. Blubaugh will open out his billiard hall in the basement of the Commercial block.
Arkansas City Republican, December 6, 1884.
John Gibson moves his barber shop in the front end of Blubaugh’s billiard hall next week.
Arkansas City Republican, December 20, 1884.
                                                      Sporting Men Attention!
Christmas day a shooting match will occur in the suburbs of the city for a 750 pound hog and 200 nice fat turkeys. For any further information, call at Blubaugh’s Billiard Hall under Commercial Block. 
Sportsmen can now have a chance to show their skill with the rifle. The fun will commence at 2 p.m. Come out and take a shot.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 24, 1884.
Mr. Blubaugh visited Wichita last week.
Arkansas City Republican, January 3, 1885.
                                    A Happy Christmas for a Widow and Orphans.
Mrs. Nancy Myers is a widow lady residing in Arkansas City. For quite awhile her health has been very poor. In fact, so bad she was unable to earn her daily bread. A number of our citizens, realizing the wants of the family, clubbed together and gave unsparingly from their larders. Mrs. Myers and family desire to return their heartfelt thanks to the donors through the following card.

“God never forgets those who put their trust in Him. He is the father of the fatherless and judge of the widows, and we do feel happy to bless his holy name when we know He judges us aright. I have been afflicted for the past three months, but God has not forgotten me and the four fatherless little ones. He will not leave us lonely and forget us. Thanksgiving day came and the little ones enjoyed a present of a nice fat hen and other things accordingly. Then Christmas came along and happy day it was, for we realized that our friends did not forget us. Four nice chickens already prepared for baking, candies, nuts, cakes, apples, canned fruits, crackers, nice prunes, raisins, figs, and everything that was nice. There were articles of dry goods, which were gratefully accepted. We especially extend our thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Sweeny, and Mr. Smith, Mrs. Crane, Mrs. Blubaugh and daughters, Mrs. Cue, Mrs. Norton, Miss Katie Bloom, Miss Minnie Sweeny. There are several who gave us supplies whose names are unknown to us, but we are thankful to one and all who realize ’tis more blessed to give then receive. There are large and charitable hearts in Arkansas City and many kind people. In our thanks to God, we will remember them.”
                              Respectfully, MRS. NANCY MYERS AND FAMILY.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 27, 1885.
                                                      DECORATION DAY.
                           Programme of the Services in Commemoration of the Dead.
Pursuant to order the committee on arrangements appointed by Post No. 158, G. A. R., and a committee of ladies to confer with them from the W. R. C., held a meeting on Monday, May 25th, at which time the following programme was adopted.
The members of the post to meet at their rooms promptly at 9 a.m. sharp, and as soon as equipped to march to Highland Hall, where the two organizations will unite in the public services laid down by the service book of the order. It is the request of the Commander that the best of order be observed during our memorial exercises.
                                                     ORDER OF THE DAY.
1. Assemble at Highland Hall.
2. Prayer by Chaplain.
3. Address by Commander Mowry.
4. Music.
5. Reading orders of the day.
6. Line of march.
7. The procession will move to the cemetery from in front of Highland Hall and proceed there in the following order.
    1) Band.
    2) Decoration wagon with cenotaph and flowers.
    3) Invited organizations and secret societies.
    4) Woman’s Relief Corps.
    5) Decorated wagon containing little girls and boys.
    6) Arkansas City Post G. A. R.
    7) City officials in carriages.
    8) Citizens in carriages, wagons, and horse back.

At the cemetery the procession will proceed directly to the cenotaph or unknown grave, where the greater part of the cemetery services will be held, conducted by such officers of the post as are prescribed by the department regulations. A salute of eight guns will be given at the conclusion of the services at the cemetery. The procession will be under conduct of Col. M. N. Sinnott, marshal of the day. It is hoped that good order will be observed on the return from the cemetery. When the parade arrives in front of Highland Hall, it will be dismissed by the officer in charge for rest and refreshments.
The Post, Relief corps, Military, and all organizations as well as citizens, are requested and cordially invited to assemble in Highland Hall at 3 p.m., where the memorial services will be concluded. Addresses by Judge Sumner and others, also Post exercises and select readings.
By order of Committee.
G. A. R.: F. Lockley, H. T. Sumner, C. R. Fowler, A. A. Davis.
W. R. C.: Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Blubaugh, Mrs. Davis, Mrs. Hubbard.
                                               COL. SINNOTT, Chief Marshal.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 29, 1885.
TWO DEATHS. An infant child of J. W. Robertson died in this city on Sunday, and the following day Mr. and Mrs. Frank Blubaugh lost an infant child.
Arkansas City Republican, August 1, 1885.
DIED. The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Blubaugh died Monday afternoon.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 13, 1885.
Arkansas City’s feminine population was well represented in Winfield today. Eighteen of her Woman’s Relief Corps were up for a picnic with the Corps of this city. The trains were inconvenient, and they drove up. Arkansas City has had no rain, and they started with big picnic expectations. The rain here made our beautiful Riverside Park too damp to receive the party. The visitors were taken to the Brettun, and dined, as the guests of our Corps. Capt. Nipp, always perfectly at home as a “ladies’ man,” decoyed our modest reporter into the Brettun parlors, before this array of ladies. The Captain’s encouraging whispers and the pleasant reception given, were big cards in our composure. We noted the following visitors: Mrs. J. Q. Ashton, president of Arkansas City’s Corps; Mrs. S. Mansfield, senior vice-president; Mrs. E. Taylor, junior vice; Mrs. J. Cooper, secretary; Mrs. R. J. Hubbard, treasurer; Mrs. May Daniels, conductor; Mesdames S. A. Smith, H. Blubaugh, S. H. Davis, H. M. Guthrie, A. R. Randall, E. H. Bishop, L. H. Rarick, M. S. Jones, H. R. Hopps, A. E. Maidt, and Miss Sadie Pickering. They are all ladies of good appearance, intelligence, and zeal “just such as enter into every good cause. Our corps, led by its officers, Mrs. E. P. Hickok, president; Mrs. Samuel Dalton, secretary, Mrs. W. B. Caton, and others, were busy entertaining. A meeting at the G. A. R. Hall, this afternoon, was addressed by Judge Soward, and a source of much profit and pleasure. Such visits are most acceptable. The visitors returned this evening.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 15, 1885.
The following are the names of the ladies composing the W. R. C., who visited Winfield Wednesday: Mrs. J. Q. Ashton, president; Mrs. S. Mansfield, senior vice president; Mrs. E. Taylor, junior vice president; Mrs. J. Cooper, secretary; Mrs. R. J. Hubbard, treasurer; Mrs. May Daniels, conductor; Mesdames S. A. Smith, H. Blubaugh, S. H. Davis, H. M. Guthrie, A. R. Randall, E. H. Bishop, L. H. Rarick, M. S. Jones, H. R. Hopps, A. E. Maidt, and Miss Sadie Pickering. The Courier says of them: “They are all ladies of good appearance, intelligence, and zeal—just such as enter into every good cause.”
Arkansas City Republican, August 15, 1885.

D. Blubaugh was arrested Wednesday by Capt. Rarick on the charge of selling intoxicating liquors. He was taken to Winfield Thursday morning and taken before Justice Snow.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 19, 1885.
                                                            Visit to Winfield.
ED. TRAVELER: The ladies of the Women’s [??? SOMETIMES THEY HAVE “WOMEN’S” AND SOMETIMES THEY HAVE “WOMAN’S”] Relief Corps, a short time ago, received an invitation to visit the Relief Corps of Winfield, which they accepted and accordingly they made a raid on that city last Wednesday.
It was decided to go in carriages as the time of the trains was inconvenient. Eight o’clock found eighteen ladies with three teams ready for a start. They drove through dust, but soon found mud, as the Centre had been blessed with a bountiful rain. For this reason the ladies of Winfield were not expecting them, so they drove to the Brettun House, where they found the courteous proprietor ready to receive them, he having been notified by telephone that they were on the way.
After a sumptuous repast they were waited upon by our old townsman, Capt. Nipp, in company with the Courier’s reporter. The Winfield ladies having been notified of the arrival of the A. C. Ladies, soon had a committee ready to receive them and escort them to the G. A. R. Hall, where they were right royally entertained. Capt. Nipp again called around and brought with him Judge Soward, Prof. Limerick, and others of the G. A. R. boys, who favored the ladies with pleasant and appropriate addresses. They then escorted both corps to the ice-cream parlors, where they were entertained with ice cream and cake.
Both ladies and gentlemen accompanied them to the hotel and started them safely on their journey home, where they arrived at a late hour, well pleased with their visit, and feeling assured that more such days of pleasure would make life happier.
The ladies of Arkansas City relief corps desire to return thanks to Major Soward and Captain Nipp for the polite attention they received at their hands; and also to the ladies of the Winfield corps for the hospitality extended to them. ONE OF THE CORPS.
Arkansas City, August 14th.
Below we give the names of the ladies who composed this pleasant excursion party.
Mrs. J. C. Ashton, president.
Mrs. S. Mansfield, senior vice president.
Mrs. E. Taylor, junior vice president.
Mrs. J. Cooper, secretary.
Mrs. R. J. Hubbard, treasurer.
Mrs. Sarah Davis, conductor.
Mrs. May Daniels, guard.
Mesdames S. A. Smith, H. Blubaugh, S. H. Davis, H. M. Guthrie, A. R. Randall, E. H. Bishop, L. H. Rarick, M. S. Jones, H. R. Hopps, A. E. Maidt, and Miss Sadie Pickering.
Frank Greer, of the Courier, with his customary elan, made a pleasant mention of the visit of our fair towns women, and very politely says of them, “They are all ladies of good appearance, intelligence, and zeal—just such as enter into every good cause.”

This is rather better manners than was shown by our neighbor of the Republican, who insulted our lady visitors from Wichita by declaring that “we failed to see a handsome fan” (misprint for face) among them.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 20, 1885.

The Blubaugh liquor case drew like a mustard plaster, the following gentlemen from Arkansas City being in attendance Saturday: S. M. Land, Frank Thompson, H. M. Maidt, Hugh Gallagher, J. T. Dinwiddie, E. F. Balyeat, W. A. Moffett, R. Courtright, C. R. Fowler, W. D. Kreamer, J. T. Armstrong, O. S. Rarick, J. W. Secrest, and P. H. Franey.
                                                   BEFORE THE COURTS.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 20, 1885.
                                                          JUSTICE SNOW.
State of Kansas vs. D. Blubaugh, charged with selling intoxicating liquors without the proper license. Trial set for tomorrow morning.
                                               BLUBAUGH DISCHARGED.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 20, 1885.
The case of the State against D. Blubaugh came to a final in Judge Snow’s Court Monday, after two days trial. He was charged with violating the law in keeping on ice and selling extract of malt over the bar of his billiard hall at Arkansas City, at thirty-five cents per bottle. This extract of malt is a cute subterfuge for beer. It is nicely labeled as a medical beverage, good for everything under the sun. One man drank several bottles of it daily for his “kidneys and bad digestion,” and when these were well, he drank it to “cool off.” He drank beer—when he could get it—for the same purposes. The evidence showed that the beverage was drank as a substitute for beer—to fill up the beer vacuum. It is just as near beer as anything possibly could be—without being beer. Frank Manny’s tester was turned loose on it, and showed six percent alcohol; the same tester showed beer to have but five percent of alcohol, while it made simple, gentle champagne cider that isn’t considered strong enough to make a little spider-legged dude “full,” to contain seven percent of alcohol. The court decided that either Frank or his tester was badly off. No evidence that anybody ever got drunk on this stuff could be deduced. This was the point. If it wasn’t intoxicating, it was from under the law’s ban. It is sickening truck. Nothing but a cast-iron stomach could take in three or four glasses of it. Our reporter tried a spoonful, and had to get a twenty-pound weight to hold it in his interior department. It is worse than Arkansas’ river water—regular slop. But they can’t get beer, so the nearest thing to it, this slop, must be gulped. They must have something. It couldn’t be proven intoxicating, however, and was turned loose. Blubaugh was happy, and will soon be rich, if he sells as much of that truck as the dozen or two witnesses said he had been selling. However, he is liable to get taken in on the beer substitute—if it gets too strong. It will be well for him to “luke a leedle oud,” and keep all boozy fellows from his premises.
Arkansas City Republican, August 22, 1885.
D. Blubaugh, the billiard hall man, arrested last week for selling intoxicants, on trial was acquitted. He proved that he sold nothing except malt, a substitute for beer, which is, it is claimed, not intoxicating. Blubaugh was advised to keep all drunken individuals away from his hall.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 30, 1885.

My child was operated on her cross eyes about one month ago by Dr. Turner, on his first visit to this city, and his treatment gave entire satisfaction. MRS. BLUBAUGH, Arkansas City.
Arkansas City Republican, October 3, 1885.
W. H. Merritt, a man from Wilson County, who has been down in the Territory for some time, passed through Arkansas City this week. While enjoying the society of two boon companions, Thos. Molone and T. Richards, the trio became considerably inflated with “budge.” They went into Blubaugh’s billiard hall to play a game of pool and during the game became involved in a dispute. The quarrel waxed warm between Molone and Merritt, and finally resulted in the former knocking the latter down with a billiard cue. The marshal arrested the combatants, and then Merritt had a state warrant made out for the arrest of Molone and Richards, charging them with relieving him of $70. Molone and Richards were searched and on their persons were found some $60. They were held in custody until Thursday morning when they were taken before Judge Kreamer for trial. This ended the matter. The prosecuting witness, Merritt, failed to put in his appearance, he having skipped out. This made Justice Kreamer mad, and he forthwith sent the constable in pursuit of Merritt, who overtook him about five miles north of town and brought him back. The Judge made him pay all costs and turned the prisoners loose.
Arkansas City Republican, October 17, 1885.
                                                           A Surprise Party.
Last Sabbath was my 20th wedding anniversary, and on the evening of the following day a surprise party was given at my residence in honor of that event. Of course, I did not expect anything of the kind and consequently had made no arrangements to entertain company. On the evening mentioned, a rap loud enough to have aroused the soundest sleeper came at the door, and, upon opening it, to my surprise I saw a number of ladies standing on the step. They came in two by two until both rooms and the kitchen were filled. Certainly I was prepared to receive callers, for I had my best apron on. In five minutes after their arrival, you wouldn’t have known I had ever worn an apron, but the ladies can tell you where it went better I can. I guess they intend to make a crazy quilt. After wraps were cared for and all were seated, I was invited into the next room, and then I was again surprised by being presented with an elegant toilet set—twelve pieces. You can imagine how I felt, as my “better half” was gone and I had to face the music all alone. But the ladies will remember how I looked, for on every side was a smiling face watching me; some peeping from behind the chairs, some peeping over the shoulders of others to see what I would say and do. I would say to the ladies that I thank them sincerely for their kindness, and that, at some future time, I hope to return the same compliments to each and every one.
                                            Respectfully, MRS. D. BLUBAUGH.
The following is a list of the names of those who were present.
                       [NOT SURE I CAN READ...VERY SMALL, FAINT PRINT]
Mrs. J. Q. Ashton, Mrs. Sarah Davis, Miss Mary Duncan, Mrs. Hon, Mrs. M. Sinnott, Mrs. Nelson, Mrs. D. R. Cooper, Mrs. Chapman, Mrs. O. S. Rarick, Mrs. Chas. Bryant, Mrs. F. Blubaugh, Mrs. Armstrong, Mrs. Riley Blubaugh, Mrs. Sophia Davis, Mrs. Sue Mansfield, Mrs. Philip Jones, Mrs. Oliver Stevenson, Mrs. R. E. Grubbs, Mrs. J. F. Smith, Mrs. Frank Reed, Mrs. Randall, Mrs. Bishop, Mrs. Dunn, Mrs. T. D. Richardson, Mrs. E. Knidman, Mrs. Theo Fairclo.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 21, 1885.
On Saturday William Skinner was fined $10 for feloniously cutting Harry Gage. The two were friends, and while Gage was in Blubaugh’s billiard saloon the evening preceding, his assailant entered, and without warning or provocation attacked him with a knife, cutting him in the wrist and hollow of the arm. Whiskey was the cause.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 24, 1885.
On Saturday evening, Oct. 17th, Rev. and Mrs. J. P. Witt were completely and pleasantly surprised by some of their friends, who brought with them some very valuable and useful presents, Judge Bryant and wife constituting the van guard. Then followed Mr. and Mrs. Bailey, Mr. and Mrs. Hyatt, Mr. and Mrs. Pile, Mr. and Mrs. Craig, Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Adams, Mr. and Mrs. A. V. Alexander, Mr. and Mrs. D. G. Lewis, Mrs. Grimes, Mrs. Ed. Pentecost, Mrs. J. M. Ware, Mrs. Strong, Mrs. Theo. Fairclo, Mrs. Frank Speers, Mrs. Wm. Gray, Mrs. Franey, Mrs. Chapel, Mrs. Blubaugh, Mrs. Pickard, Mrs. Mansfield, Mrs. Murphy, Misses Sadie and Mary Thomas, Clara Bryant, Nina Pickering, Fannie Harding, Lou Murphy, Mr. E. Baldwin, Mr. Walter S. Pickering, and Mrs. C. R. Sipes. The evening was spent sociably, enlivened with vocal and instrumental music. All seemed in love with life and will long remember the very pleasant hours spent together on that occasion.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 4, 1885.
                                                        Poker Room Raided.
Some excitement was created on Saturday evening by the arrest of Frank Blubaugh for keeping a poker room, in the basement under the Commercial block. Information was lodged with City Marshal Gray, by one Jones, who admitted he was running the game for a commission paid by Blubaugh, but there being no city ordinance imposing a penalty for such offense, the case was placed in the hands of Constable Frank Thompson, to proceed against under the state law. On Saturday evening he visited the place, and arrested the proprietor, entrusting him to the custody of an assistant, while he proceeded to take in others implicated. But the prisoner eluded the vigilance of his custodian, and issuing from the hall, set out for parts unknown. This misadventure seems to have stayed all further proceedings.
Arkansas City Republican, November 7, 1885.

It has become patent among our citizens that Arkansas City is infested with a gang of second rate gamblers. It has been developed that Frank Blubaugh has been keeping the rendezvous for this gang in a room over Godehard’s storeroom. Last Saturday afternoon Constable Frank Thompson, armed with warrants, made a raid on the poker room and arrested Blubaugh. Having no jail in which to incarcerate the prisoner, the officers deputized one Chas. Ashley to guard the prisoner for the night. Sometime during the night Blubaugh made his escape, whether from a lack of vigilance on the part of the guard or a bribe was used, we cannot say. At any rate, he has not been seen since the evening of his arrest. Blubaugh’s arrest created quite a stir among the gang and all—15 in number—sat up all Sunday night in a room of one of the city hotels waiting for the early morning train to take them to Wichita. By Blubaugh’s escape a stop was put to further proceedings. It is to be hoped our city officers will not allow the matter to drop at this stage. The REPUBLICAN would advise the hotel where these individuals are stopping to purge itself of such questionable characters if it does not desire to be mixed up in the matter. A word to the wise is sufficient.
Arkansas City Republican, November 14, 1885.
Last Saturday night, we are told, a disgraceful carousal occurred on the streets of Arkansas City. A lewd woman, intoxicated, was prancing our streets over. She commenced to paint the town red at about 11 o’clock by first pinning the skirts of her dress up around her waist and dancing jigs in an eating house on South Summit street, while a number of lascivious brutes gazed upon the sights presented. Growing tired of this amusement, she came down to the New England Kitchen, and demanded cider, cursing voluminously when told that they had none for her. But the proprietor soon put a stop to that and fired her unceremoniously. She left and went up and stood in front of Blubaugh’s billiard hall. By this time it was about one o’clock. She stood there, sang, swore, and raved by turns, for quite awhile, until one of our citizens went and found the night policeman and told him to arrest her and he would appear against her as prosecuting witness. Instead of arresting the degraded being, he went to her and told her he would give her 15 minutes to get off the streets. Before the 15 minutes had expired, she disappeared. She should have been arrested and prosecuted.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 2, 1885.
For quite some time paper played up Dr. Turner from Independence, who came to Arkansas City on a regular basis, printing all sorts of testimonials. The latest batch had the names of M. Greenabaum, L. Augley, Geo. Childres, Mrs. Blubaugh, James Phillips, and Mrs. R. Robins.
“Dr. Turner will be at the Leland Hotel, Arkansas City, Oct. 21 and 22, and Nov. 4 and 5, and every two weeks on Wednesday and Thursday thereafter.”
Arkansas City Traveler, December 30, 1885.
Charles Basaw and Matson drank too fully on Christmas day, and while in Blubaugh’s billiard saloon, the two friends fell out with each other. They were ejected, and in front of the saloon Basaw attacked Matson with a pocket knife, but the blade bent with his thrusts, no serious harm was done. No arrests.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 30, 1885.
The Women’s Relief Corps of this city held their annual election of officers on Saturday, the 26th. The following were elected.
President: Mrs. Ashton.
Senior Vice President: Mrs. Guthrie.
Junior Vice President: Mrs. Randall.
Chaplain: Mrs. Chapin.
Treasurer: Miss Sadie Pickering.
Conductor: Miss Nina Pickering.
Guard: Mrs. Blubaugh.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 2, 1886.
The Woman’s Relief Corps of this city held their annual election of officers on Saturday, Dec. 29th. The following were elected.
President, Mrs. Ashton.

Senior vice-president, Mrs. Guthrie.
Junior vice-president, Mrs. Randall.
Chaplain, Mrs. Chapin.
Treasurer, Miss S. L. Pickering.
Conductor, Mrs. J. F. Smith.
Assistant conductor, Miss Nina Pickering.
Guard, Mrs. Blubaugh.
Arkansas City Republican, April 24, 1886.
DIED. WHEREAS, It has pleased the Great Ruler of the Universe to remove from her household the beloved daughter of our sister, Mrs. Jones, be it
Resolved, That we, the members of the W. R. C., of Arkansas City, sincerely condole with our sister and her family on this dispensation of Providence and we commend them for consolation to Him, who orders all things for the best and whose chastisements are sent in mercy.
Resolved, That these resolutions be transmitted to the afflicted family as a token of our heartfelt sympathy and to each of the papers of Arkansas City.
MRS. CHAPIN,            Committee.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 26, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
Little Miss Effie Blubaugh is quite sick with malaria.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 31, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.
Yesterday afternoon Marshal Gray pulled five “joints,” under the new city ordinance for selling intoxicants. They were located as follows: Blubaugh’s Billiard Hall; basement Nickle Plate Restaurant; Billiard Hall in the basement of the Creswell block; the upstairs of the Godehard block, and the upstairs of the Grady block. The names of the proprietors we are unable to give, because before Police Judge Bryant they answered to the names of John Doe and Richard Roe. They were fined $50 and costs each. They paid.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 18, 1886.
On Saturday Sheriff McIntire, with his deputy, Tom Herrod, aided by City Marshal Gray, raided a number of joints in this city, and captured several prisoners. The parties taken in were Frank Blubaugh, J. W. Hall, W. D. Johnson, and Ed Leonard, alias W. B. Bartholomew. Blubaugh was admitted to bail, the others were carried to Winfield and committed to jail, to await trial, which is set for today. Frank Miller and Van Skoid, owners of the billiard hall, in the Sherburne building, escaped arrest and have left the country. The charge against the accused is selling intoxicating liquors in violation of law, and the County Attorney is said to have proof to convict. There are seven counts against Johnson and four against Leonard.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 21, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.

Sheriff McIntire came down from Winfield Saturday and late in the afternoon, assisted by our city police, ran in five jointists. Chas. Stanton was arrested for running a joint in the basement of the Creswell block; Meade Johnson and Frank Blubaugh, in the basement of the Commercial block; a clerk was arrested in the one in the upstairs of McLaughlin’s building; also in the basement of the Sherburne building. The proprietor of the last named went out of the back door as McIntire came in the front. The prisoners were all taken to Winfield, where they will await trial in the county bastille, except Blubaugh, who gave bond and is back attending business at the old stand.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 27, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
Frank Blubaugh, under arrest for running a joint in this city, had his trial yesterday at Winfield and was acquitted. The jury was out only 12 minutes in coming to a decision.
Arkansas City Republican, August 27, 1886.
                                                               Gala Picnic.
The Woman’s Relief Corps, of Winfield, having invited their sister corps of Arkansas City to enjoy a festivity with them yesterday, the following ladies responded to the call.
Mesdames Ashton, Guthrie, Mansfield, Ruby, Taylor, Lewis, Chapin, Blubaugh, Nelson, Neil Shields; and Miss Pickering.
Arriving at their destination, they were met by their entertainers, who conveyed their guests to Winfield’s beautiful park near the placid waters of the Walnut, where they were greeted by some 60 co-workers in that grand old regiment—Relief.
The sociability and encouragement of these ladies with each other was pleasant to behold. And when the hour for dinner arrived, quite a number of Winfield’s veterans of 61 and 65 came down to the happy throng to assist in doing away with that bountiful repast, which was spread upon a table rock, 12 x 20 feet, and which seated about forty persons. The dinner was simply immense and the ladies of Winfield with Mesdames Walton, Beach, and Thompson at the head, spared no pains to make this social gathering one to be long remembered by their guests. The quarter-master and chaplain of the Arkansas City post were also present to keep a protective eye on the ladies (as it were). And the ladies (oh my) didn’t they do themselves proud in catering to the wants of the inner man, a day long to be remembered by ONE WHO WAS PRESENT.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 29, 1886.
                                                            Stabbing Affray.
A serious stabbing affray occurred in this city on Saturday evening, whereby one of the revelers got badly cut in the abdomen. Half a dozen roughs having spent the evening in Blubaugh’s saloon, withdrew at a late hour by the rear entrance. In the alley four of the party made an attack on John Grogan, all being under the influence of liquor, he supposed with the intention of robbery. He drew a knife in defense, and cut J. J. Burns, one of his assailants above stated. The whole riotous crowd was taken in, and Burns was placed under the care of Dr. Morris, who found the wounds serious, but not really dangerous. On Monday the party held an interview with Judge Bryant, who assessed four of them $5 each and costs; Grogan was tried on a state charge before Justice Kreamer, County Attorney Swarts prosecuting. Yesterday the prisoner was released, the judge holding that the evidence tended to show the cutting was done in self-defense.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 2, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.

Some of the “boys” had a big time Saturday night; and this morning they are paying the penalty. John Grogan, James Hamilton, Chas. Welden, Pierce Doyle, and Jas. J. Burns were in Blubaugh’s indulging in drink, billiards, etc., when they adjourned to the rear of Newman’s dry goods store and there had a fight. It seems the crowd was endeavoring to do Grogan up and he objected and used a knife to advantage on his opponents. The result was Burns was pretty badly cut in the stomach by Grogan. This broke up the fight. Burns’ wound was sewed up by Dr. Morris. All were arrested except Burns. The four were fined $5 and costs each for drunkenness by Judge Bryant. Grogan is held by the state for cutting Burns.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 2, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
Mr. and Mrs. Frank Blubaugh returned last evening from their trip back in Ohio.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 29, 1887. From Monday’s Daily.
Oscar Halsell and Frank Blubaugh were arrested Saturday charged with gambling. They were taken before Judge Lindsay. Halsell plead guilty and was fined $10 and costs. Blubaugh will be tried tomorrow. He gave bond for his appearance.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 26, 1887. From Tuesday’s Daily.
Hubbard & Wolf have sold their restaurant to Blubaugh Bros.



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