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Wm. Butterfield

                                                       Silverdale Township.
Silverdale Township 1874: Wm. Butterfield, 53.
Kansas 1875 Census, Silverdale Township, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.
Name                           age sex color    Place/birth           Where from
Wm. Butterfield            53  m     w      Virginia?                       Missouri
M. Butterfield               53    f      w      Massachusetts        Missouri
W. Butterfield         16  m     w      Missouri                       Missouri
Nathan Butterfield   13  m     w      Missouri                       Missouri
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Courier, February 13, 1874.
Silverdale grange: B. A. Davis, Wm. Butterfield, S. C. Winton.
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1874.
Election Judge: $2.00.
Note: In the early days Silverdale was known as Silver Dale...
Winfield Courier, April 22, 1875.
SILVER DALE SENSATION: Materialized Spirit Caught.
For about a year past there have been spiritual meetings held by Major F. Strout, formerly from Gridley, Illinois, at the houses of Esq. Butterfield and a Mr. Adams, living on Grouse Creek, near Silver Dale, and claimed to have very strange and mysterious demonstrations in the way of “Materialized Spirits,” appearing in life-like form, and conversing with friends on earth. A number of persons in that vicinity have frequently been invited. Fifteen attended their meetings and conversed and joined hands with the materialized forms of their departed friends, and for those who could believe all they saw, it was a grand entertainment, and made lasting impressions on their minds by being honored by the returning spirits of departed friends.
But there were some in the neighborhood who were slow to believe all they saw; consequently, it was talked up by a few to put it to the test—to prove it to be a fraud or true.
So on the night of the 14th inst., there were quite a number invited to attend a meeting at Esq. Butterfield’s, among whom were Messrs. Lippman, Blendin and brother, Allison and lady, Harlow, Hilton, Darnall, and myself, and several others besides their own circle. We went prepared with lamp and plenty of matches, and with an understanding that when the signal was given that we make a rush.
When the medium, Mr. Strout, was put under control of the spir­its, there was considerable discussion as to the propriety of so large an audience, as it was feared they would not be able to produce satisfactory result; but at length all were admitted, and seated by Esq. Butterfield, who gave a brief lecture as to how we should conform to certain rules and laws during the exercise, in order that satisfactory results might be produced.

Then it was voted that I should witness the tying of the medium in an adjoining room, with a curtain hung over the door. After he was securely tied in his seat by Mr. Butterfield, the curtain dropped, and the music commenced. In about three minutes something commenced poking at the curtain and calling through a French harp to lower the lights, which was in the main room in rear of the audience, and also doubly curtained. At first the spirits seemed very shy, but as one and another scene seemed to produce the desired effect, and was undisturbed, they became more bold, and showed some wonderful scenes, provided the same were Heavenly spirits and the medium still bound in his seat.
But that was the question we wished to solve. So at about the usual time, the controlling spirit called for a quick step by the musicians, and there would be an Indian spirit in material form come forward and dance the war dance, which was done to the satisfaction of the audience, he coming forth dancing and waving his war club, letting the curtain drop behind him, and coming out in the main room among the audience.
At this moment the signal was given and there was a grand charge for the spirit, which did not vanish into the ethereal regions, but fought manfully with his club and pulled hair.  There was hurrying to and fro, upsetting seats, lighting matches and lamps, women screaming, and cries of don’t kill the medium, etc. When the room was sufficiently lighted, I saw some of the boys kindly caressing the stranger from the happy hunting ground, but it turned out to be the materialized form of Major F. Strout, instead of the Indian dancer. On the opposite side of the room, I saw another person lopping against the wall. It was Butterfield and it seemed as though some fellow was feeling his coat collar.
If there were any spirits or angels hovering around there that night to behold the exposure of the fraud, I am quite sure they turned away in disgust when they heard the benediction pronounced on the head of Strout by those who had grasped his clammy hand instead of (as  they supposed) a father, mother, sister, or brother, who had long before departed. In the closet overhead was found left open a board in the ceiling, that slipped in its place very readily, and there is where he kept his spiritual trimmings. J. G. TITUS. April 20th, 1875.
Winfield Courier, September 14, 1876.
Township Conventions.
SILVERDALE. Delegates to the County Convention, L. Lippman and Wm. Butterfield, and to the District Convention at Dexter, B. A. Davis and L. Lippman.
Winfield Courier, September 21, 1876. Editorial Page.
The committee on credentials being called submitted the following report: Your committee on credentials find that the following named gentlemen were duly elected as delegates to this convention, and all are entitled to seats therein.
Silverdale: L. Lippman, Wm. Butterfield.
Winfield Courier, September 21, 1876.
This time, “as usual,” Leon Lippman came up from Silverdale. His colleague was Esq. Butterfield.
Lon Butterfield??? Possibly a brother of Wm. Butterfield...
Winfield Courier, November 9, 1876.

LON BUTTERFIELD, of Silverdale Township, visited one of the stores in Arkansas City last week, and the proprietor said to him, “A man that would vote for E. C. Manning ought to have his throat cut.” Mr. Butterfield climbed down from the counter and started for him, when he immediately “took it back,” apologizing, by saying he was “only in fun.” There are “vagabonds” in Silverdale that would fight for their principles.
Alonzo Butterfield???...
Arkansas City Traveler, November 1, 1876.
At a meeting of the citizens of Silverdale Township, without regard to party, the following action was taken. The meeting was organized by L. Lippman being called to the chair, and Mr. Anderson, Secretary. Upon motion, it was voted that the selec­tion of trustees be made by ballot. B. A. Davis and Daniel Grant were then placed in nomination, the result being Mr. Davis received thirteen votes and Mr. Grant three. Mr. B. A. Davis was declared the nominee. The following officers were chosen by acclamation: S. Cattrell, Clerk; Wm. Estus, Treasurer; Justices, W. S. Coburn and D. Francisco; Constables, W. I. Gilman and H. L. C. Gilstrap. Road Overseers chosen as follows: 1st Dist., Mathias Hoyt; 2nd Dist., H. W. Chancey; 3rd Dist., J. B. Splawn; 4th Dist., Alonzo Butterfield; 5th Dist., J. P. Musselman.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 8, 1876.
The following officers were nominated in the different townships, and most of them are probably elected.
Silverdale Township. For Justices of the Peace. W. S. Coburn, D. Francisco; for Constables, W. I. Gilman, H. L. C. Gilstrap; for Township Trustee, B. A. Davis; for Township Treasurer, Wm. Estus; for Township Clerk, S. Cattrell; for Road Overseers: Dist. No. 1, Mathias Hoyt; Dist. No. 2, H. W. Chancey; Dist. No. 3, J. B. Splawn; Dist. No. 4, Alonzo Butterfield; Dist. No. 5, J. P. Musselman.
Lon Butterfield...
Arkansas City Traveler, November 15, 1876.
LON BUTTERFIELD, of Silverdale Township, visited one of the stores in Arkansas City last week, and the proprietor said to him, “A man that would vote for E. C. Manning ought to have his throat cut.” Mr. Butterfield climbed down from the counter and started for him, when he immediately “took it back,” apologiz­ing, by saying he was “only in fun.” There are “vagabonds” in Silverdale that would fight for their principles. Winfield Courier.
The above is another of the Courier’s unmitigated and slanderous lies, as every citizen cognizant of the fact knows, and, as we believe the writer knew, when he wrote it.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 29, 1877.
We have been requested to state that the Republican primary meeting to elect delegates to the county convention, in Silverdale Township, will be held at Esquire Butterfield’s house, on Saturday, September 15th.
Winfield Courier, August 30, 1877.
The Republicans of Silverdale Township will hold a primary meeting at the residence of William Butterfield, on Saturday, Sept. 15th, 1877, at 2 o’clock p.m.
L. Butterfield...
Arkansas City Traveler, October 17, 1877.

A CALL. The voters of Silverdale Township are requested to meet at Mr. Butterfield’s, on Saturday, October 20th, at two o’clock p.m., for the purpose of nominating township officers for the coming year. L. BUTTERFIELD, Chairman.
J. O. WILKINSON, Secretary, Township Com.
W. Butterfield; T. Butterfield(???)...
Arkansas City Traveler, November 7, 1877.
SILVERDALE, Oct. 23, 1877.
A slight flutter was caused in our quiet neighborhood by the meeting at Mr. Butterfield’s, on the caucus for the nomination of township officers. The results will be found below.
Trustee: J. B. Musselman.
Justices: D. Francisco, W. Butterfield.
Clerk: S. Cattrell.
Treasurer: W. T. Estus.
Constables: I. Tipton, T. Butterfield.
Unknown correspondent from Winfield gives list of jurors: Wm. Butterfield...
A. W. (Alonzo? W.) Butterfield...
Winfield Courier, November 15, 1877.
Silverdale—D. Grant, Trustee; W. T. Estus, Treasurer; S. Cattrell, Clerk; D. Francisco, W. Butterfield, Justices; A. W. Butterfield, W. S. Gilman, Constables.
W. Butterfield and W. A. (???) Butterfield...
Winfield Courier, November 22, 1877.
Claims for election services: W. Butterfield; W. A. Butterfield.
Wm. Butterfield...
Arkansas City Traveler, December 5, 1877.
Court Proceedings.
WINFIELD, KAN., Dec. 3, 1877.
I send you a list of all the jurors for this term. Wil­liams, the negro who stole Coryell’s horse, has been arraigned, and plead guilty; has not been sentenced yet. He seemed the best humored criminal I ever saw. When called up, he looked as smiling as if going to a frolic.
LIST OF JURORS. Wm. Butterfield, Chas. Roseberry, Add Smith, E. Baldwin, J. W. Ledlie, Lafayette Baldwin, G. W. Bennett, G. B. Green, P. C. Clark, N. E. Newell, R. R. Longshore, Thos. Hart.
(?) Butterfield...
Winfield Courier, January 17, 1878.
Monday, the 14th. New board: R. F. Burden, chairman; W. M. Sleeth and G. L. Gale. Appointed John B. Lynn and Frank Williams to assist Judge Gans in counting the county funds; appointed Jas. L. Huey trustee of Creswell Township, vice Leonard, resigned; let the pauper contract to Butterfield, of Silverdale Township; let the medical attendance to Dr. Shepard, of Arkansas City.
W. Butterfield...

Winfield Courier, January 24, 1878.
Juror: W. Butterfield, $11.60.
Wm. Butterfield...
Winfield Courier, April 18, 1878.
Wm. Butterfield, pauper bill.
Winfield Courier, August 1, 1878.
Poor House. Our reporter stopped at the house of Wm. Butterfield at the mouth of Silver Creek; and after testing the bill of fare and the manner of treatment of its paupers, he concluded that Mr. Butterfield does not keep a poor house by any manner of means. He has only three paupers on hand: Henry Arnds, aged 80; Madison Waite, aged 42; and Miss Maggie Algen, aged 27. The latter is helpless from paralysis caused by an accident.
Mr. Butterfield has raised about 20 bushels of apples this year. He sent us a specimen Missouri Pippin 11 inches in circumference grown on a tree which had been completely girdled by rabbits about two feet in length up and down and the bark had been replaced by the bark of an elm tree, which was placed around and fitted to the apple tree bark as well as possible, and which incorporated into and became a part of the apple tree. This tree is flourishing and is his best tree for fruit.
Wm. Butterfield and W. A. Butterfield...
Arkansas City Traveler, November 13, 1878.
Trustee: I. D. Harkleroad.
Clerk: J. Sheridan Cattrell.
Treasurer: J. P. Musselman.
Justices: A. D. Edwards and Wm. Butterfield.
Constables: J. N. Fleharty and W. A. Butterfield.
W. A. Butterfield...
Winfield Courier, December 12, 1878.
Among the substantial citizens of Cowley County who have favored the COURIER in the past few days by payments on subscription, W. A. Butterfield.
Wm. Butterfield...
Winfield Courier, January 16, 1879.
Wm. Butterfield, pauper bill.
Squire (?) Butterfield...
Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1880.
One Fogg, a boy aged about sixteen, was hired by Dan Bunnell, of Grouse Creek, to herd cattle a short time since, and last week the young sinner ran off with one of his employer’s ponies. It is needless to say he was soon overhauled at the Kaw Agency, and an interview with Squire Butterfield resulted in his going to jail for six months.
W. Butterfield...

Winfield Courier, April 7, 1881.
J. Parks and W. Butterfield have sold their farms, prepara­tory to removing to Colorado. Others are talking of falling into line.
Esquire (?) Butterfield moved to Geuda Springs...
Arkansas City Traveler, January 11, 1882.
Esquire Butterfield’s residence is completed.
Judge William Butterfield...
Winfield Courier, February 16, 1882.
J. Cessna, Judge: $44.80
William Butterfield, Judge: $2.00
L. Bartholomew, Judge: $2.00
Jeff Darnell, Clerk: $2.00
S. Cattrell, Clerk: $2.00
L. J. Darnell, of Silverdale, purchases the Butterfield farm...
Winfield Courier, August 24, 1882.
Corn Samples. A good many persons have left with us during the week sample ears and stalks of corn which indicate a yield as satisfactory as that of our wheat crop. Mr. L. J. Darnell, of Silverdale, brings us a bunch of ears from his field on the Butterfield farm. The corn was pure white, ears from 11 to 12 inches long, and six of them weighed a fraction less than nine pounds. We counted the grains on the largest ear and there were 960 of them.
Wm. Butterfield...
Winfield Courier, August 24, 1882.
Wm. Butterfield, Cling peach, fair size.
Wm. Butterfield, Indian Cling, Butterfield’s favorite, and seedling peaches. Jonathan apple, and four varieties unknown, wrongly labeled.
Wm. Butterfield, Silverdale...
Winfield Courier, September 21, 1882.
Horticultural Matters.

MR. EDITOR: Being appointed to report the display of fruits made at the Courthouse, from which to make selections for the State Fair, it would be desirable to give the names of all the contributors; but being appointed at a late hour, and many who contributed brought their fruit and told some member who forgot to properly label (trusting to memory), and thus the name of the donor was lost, I am unable to do so. We desire to give credit to all; yet if, under the circumstances, we should fail, we hope there will be no hard feelings; for, Mr. Editor, if you had seen the deluge of fine fruit and the crowd of visitors, you would certainly commend us for the work we accomplished as a society. I must be content to present the names of those who brought their offerings to the Courthouse, as far as I was able to obtain them, with the name of each variety of fruit (and it will be needless for me to say there were no inferior specimens) and present the reports of special committees as far as they have been handed in.
Wm. Butterfield, Silverdale, brought Ben Davis, Wine Sap, White Pippin, and Rome Beauty apples.
Charles C. Butterfield...
Arkansas City Traveler, July 18, 1883.
Recap: Case in District Court of Cowley County, Kansas. Charles C. Butterfield, plaintiff, vs. David Jay, Cindarilla Jay, and W. Marsh Kasson, Defendants. A. J. Pyburn, attorney for plaintiff.
(?) Butterfield...
Winfield Courier, August 9, 1883.
The Republicans of Silverdale Township will meet at Butterfield’s, the usual place of holding elections, on Thursday, August 30, at 2 o’clock p.m., for the purpose of selecting four delegates to attend the County Convention, and to select a member of the Central Committee. A full attendance is desired.
L. J. Darnell, Chairman, Township Central Committee.
Winfield Courier, August 16, 1883.
Republican Primaries.
The Republicans of Silverdale Township will meet at Butterfield’s, the usual place of holding elections, on Thursday, August 30, at 2 o’clock p.m., for the purpose of selecting 4 delegates to attend the county Convention, and to select a member of the Central Committee. A full attendance is desired. L. J. Darnell, Chairman, Township Central Committee.
C. C. Butterfield...
Arkansas City Traveler, October 3, 1883.
CIVIL DOCKET. FIFTH DAY. C. C. Butterfield vs. David Jay et al.
Winfield Courier, October 11, 1883.
Foreclosure: By C. C. Butterfield against David Jay.
Wm. Butterfield...
Winfield Courier, February 21, 1884.
Judges: Jonathan Cessna, Wm. Butterfield, D. J. Coburn.
Clerks: P. F. Raines, Monroe Felton.
(?) Butterfield, druggist...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 9, 1885.
On the 31st day of March all the druggists in the county holding permits filed the applications of the persons to whom they had sold liquor with the probate judge, as provided by the new prohibitory law. The sales only covered part of the month, as the law did not go into effect until the 13th. Each druggist filed with his bunch of liquor applications an affidavit setting forth that they covered each, every, and all sales of intoxicating liquors made by him from the date on which his permit was granted to the 31st of March.

Druggists mentioned: S. A. Steinberger, Mowry & Sollitt, Theo. Fairclo, Kellogg & Coombs, R.   . Butterfield, Grimes & Son, E. D. Eddy, at Arkansas City; J. N. Harter, L. M. Williams, Brown & Son, Q. A. Glass, at Winfield.
(?) Butterfield, druggist at Arkansas City...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 14, 1885.
The first full month of business under the new prohibitory law ended on May first. Owing to the enormity of the task in figuring up these returns, THE COURIER is late in presenting them. When and as presented they furnish much food for reflection on the part of persons who care to observe the effects of whiskey on prohibition or prohibition on whiskey. The first bunch of statements tackled was that filled by S. E. Steinberger. It was a very extensive job. He filed five hundred and seventy-five statements, covering 407 pints of whiskey and 159 bottles of beer. Fifty gallons of whiskey in thirty days. This is a rattling good business. Many flourishing saloons would be proud of such a trade. The Chicago market report published in our news columns quotes whiskey as “firm at $1.15.” This is about the kind of whiskey Mr. Steinberger probably sells at never less than seventy-five cents per pint or six dollars a gallon. If it costs him two dollars a gallon, he has cleared at least two hundred dollars on his whiskey and twenty-five on his beer—a nice thing. The most probable thing is that his net profit on his beer and whiskey business was over three hundred dollars for the month. Steinberger this month as last heads the list. The sales at Arkansas City are as follows.
Steinberger, 575 sales, 407 pints whiskey, 150 bottles beer.
Grimes & Son, 438 sales, 172 pints whiskey, 120 bottles beer.
Butterfield, 226 sales, 156 pints whiskey, 8 bottles beer.
Fairclo, 206 sales, 100 pints whiskey, 76 bottles beer.
Mowry & S., 241 sales, 161 pints whiskey, no beer.
Kellogg & Co., 237 sales, 245 pints whiskey, no beer.
Total sales: 2,007. Total pints whiskey: 1,315. Total bottles beer: 581.
Thus it seems to take four barrels of whiskey and nearly six hundred bottles of beer to keep the city of Canals, boomers, and ineligible councilmen in good health for thirty days.
C. E. Butterfield, druggist, Arkansas City...
Arkansas City Republican, June 20, 1885.
A Fire. Thursday afternoon at about 2 p.m., the dreaded alarm of fire was sounded. Smoke was seen issuing from the Fifth Avenue Laundry and here the excited multitude wended its way very quickly. In the course of five minutes, there were 300 persons at the scene of the conflagration. A goodly number came around with hand grenades and buckets. Everybody worked with a will to aid in the extinguishing of the fire, for everybody realized that if the dreaded element got the least headway, our town would go.
Within five feet of the building was another frame building, occupied by C. E. Butterfield as a drug store. It was soon realized that the laundry building was past saving from the flames. Men with axes fell to and hewed it down while other willing hands fastened ropes to it and pulled it out into the street. By thus scattering the debris, the flames were kept down and a liberal supply of water saved the adjoining building.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, July 29, 1885.
Ed Butterfield...
Arkansas City Traveler, July 29, 1885.
Ed Butterfield returned home last week looking bronzed and rugged. He took a drove of ponies and other stock into Northern Kansas, and succeeded well with his venture.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 11, 1885.
                                                        ARKANSAS CITY.
Names             No. Sales.        Pints Whiskey.        Bottles Beer.
Steinberger             575                        407                        159
Grimes & Son        438                        172                        220
Butterfield               226                        156                        000
Fairclo                    206                        100                          76
Mowry & Son        241                        164                        126
Kellogg & Co.        237                        245                        000
Eddy                              84                          71                        000
Total:                    2006                      1315                        581
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 13, 1885.
Some other “medicine” venders at A. C. are looking for lightning bolts. Judge Gans means to choke off every “medicine” man who gives convicting evidence of irregularity.
Chas. Holloway, who succeeded Butterfield in the drug “biz” at Arkansas City, was refused a permit and has determined to “git up and git” for a western county, where he thinks permits are easier to get.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 11, 1886.
Ed Butterfield was in town a few days last week. He is running a drug store in Eldorado, and speaks well of his business.
[Note: I stopped checking on “Butterfield” after above entry. MAW]



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