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S. P. Channell

                                                        ARKANSAS CITY.
Kansas 1875 Census Creswell Township, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.
Name                           age sex color   Place/birth Where from
S. P. Channell               31    m     w               Canada            Canada
E. A. Channell        31     f      w              Canada
? ? Channell                           f      w              Kansas
Creswell Township 1873.
Chanell, R. P. [Should be “Channell, S. P.”], age not given. No spouse listed.
Cresswell Township 1874.
Channel, S. P. , age 30. Spouse: Ellen Channel, age 30. [Should be “Channell.”]

The Commonwealth, May 24, 1870.
                          THE OSAGE AND KAW INDIAN RESERVATIONS.
         “An Open Letter” From Lieutenant Governor Eskridge to Senator Pomeroy.
                    CRESSWELL, COWLEY COUNTY, KANSAS, May 20th, 1870.
EDITOR COMMONWEALTH: Knowing that the enclosed letter from Lieutenant Governor Eskridge to Senator Pomeroy embodies the sentiments of the settlers on the Osage Indian reservation; and believing that by giving it a wide circulation, it will do much toward hurrying congress to speedy action in our behalf, we request you to publish it.
                                                          MAX FAWCETT,
                                       SEWELL P. SKANNELL [CHANNELL],
                                                      EDWIN THOMPSON,
and many others, actual settlers on the Osage Indian reservation.
                                         EMPORIA, KANSAS, May 16th, 1870.
Hon. S. C. Pomeroy—

DEAR SIR: Having recently returned from a trip through the Osage Indian reservation, I feel it to be my duty to call your attention to the necessity of speedy action on the part of the government for the removal of the Indians. The best lands are now all occupied by settlers, and the Indians should go, nor “stand upon the order of their going, but go at once.” If I understand the situation rightly, the Indians desire to go and the government, in part, at least, desires to have them go, but the difficulty lies with congress in not being able to agree upon a plan for the disposition of the land after the Indians are gone. Any reasonably fair plan, looking to the interests of the settlers on the lands and others who may go there hereafter, whether it embraces railroads or not, with the school interest protected, it seems to me, would be acceptable. Any plan which just and honorable men might agree upon would be better than no plan at all. The end of the law is justice; when congress through its tardiness fails to do justice to any portion of the people, it does injustice to all, and, committing the sin of omission, in failing to act, defeats justice and breaks the law. Hence the popular branch of the government, failing to meet the just demands of the people, and being unable to keep up with the advancing interests of the country, which it should anticipate, fails of its object and sinks in popular favor. The common people, who make no pretensions, see right where the wrong lies, and rush upon these lands, believing, conscientiously, that were justice done, as good and efficient government contemplates, there would be no question as to their right to do so. There are now ten or fifteen thousand people upon this reservation. It will not do to say that they have gone there in violation of law. They have gone there in justice and for the best interests of the state and country, and to be “ordered off,” would be a most flagrant outrage against which the whole state would protest. Whether it is so or not, the people believe that these Indians would be speedily removed, if our delegation at Washington, or congress, would wipe off the leeches that have fastened themselves on every proposition which has been made for the purpose of this reservation. A united effort in favor of the immediate removal of the Indians should be made, the government being the purchaser of the land. Then while congress wrangles over the disposition of it to various individuals and corporations, the people can go in and take possession of it with more security than under existing circumstances, having now to confront both the government and the Indians.

The Kaw Reservation in this (Lyon) and Morris Counties ought years ago to have been opened for settlement. A mere remnant of a tribe, insignificant in numbers, holding the finest portion of two counties, in the heart of the state, and against loyal citizens desiring homes, is not only a wrong, but an outrage—an increasing outrage, when we consider the fact that the Indians want to leave, and the government, in part, at least, is ready to provide for them elsewhere. Yet, not to be definite, I will say, congress appears unable to agree upon any plan for the disposition of this little tract of land after the Indians are gone. These counties, bearing burdens of taxation which they have taken upon themselves to secure railroads, need the aid of this tract to lighten these burdens. Justice, beyond a doubt, demands the immediate removal of these Indians and the opening of the land to settlement on some terms. Again I repeat the end of the law is justice. Congress, failing to do justice, breaks the law, and the people have a right, in justice, to take possession of the reservation. And why should they not take possession of this, as well as the Osage reservation? A railroad traverses it. It is surrounded by heavily populated counties. It is of no benefit to the Indians, as there is no game upon it. It is now unsettled, uncultivated, and untaxed. Will such a demonstration have to be made, as can only be made by a general uprising of the people, before our representatives and congress will open their eyes to the justice of their demands? It is to be hoped the time will not come, through the tardiness of congress, when the settlement of this reservation will be attempted to be maintained by the militia of these counties. But in many instances “forbearance ceases to be a virtue.” The people have “possessed their souls in patience” for many years, and witnessed the sale of reservations to private parties and corporations, in a wholesale way, and have noted the rapidity with which they have been put through congress and fixed up by the “department,” but have failed to see any brought into “market” upon terms which met the circumstances of the poorer classes. This congress ought not to adjourn leaving these matters as they are. One measure put through is worth more than a dozen bills introduced or twenty amendments offered and lost in the rubbish of the clerk’s desk. Hoping that you, with your colleagues, may be successful in procuring the immediate removal of these Indians, I am,
                                                          Respectfully yours,
                                                         C. V. ESKRIDGE.
The Commonwealth, June 24, 1870.
                                                FROM COWLEY COUNTY.
                   A Correction—Growth of Creswell—Crops, Improvements, Etc.
                                          Correspondence of the Commonwealth.
                            ARKANSAS CITY, (CRESWELL) Ks., June 15th, 1870.
Your recent correspondence from this county is hardly complete or correct in its statements. The letter from Winfield stating that that town was chosen county seat by “a vote of two to one over its ambitious little rival, Cresswell,” is certainly wonderfully cool in its suppressions and mis-statements.

In the first place as to the “little.” Arkansas City has now the following places of business in actual operation: Norton & Co.’s store, general stock; L. P. Goodrich’s store, groceries and clothing; E. D. Bowen’s, general assortment; C. Sipes, a fine and complete stock of hardware; four stores in all. In addition, J. C. Eskridge, a brother to the lieutenant governor, has completed a building for a boot and shoe store, and his stock will probably be opened before this reaches you.
The buildings for Page’s meat market and Woolsey & Beck’s bakery and restaurant, are also nearly completed. Smith, Channell, & Thompson’s lumber yard is in operation, doing a good business. Sleath [Sleeth] & Bro.’s steam saw mill is now in operation, overworked. Mr. Spears has just arrived with another steam saw-mill, of fifty horse power, which will also be running in another week. Woolsey’s shingle mill has more orders than it can fill. Some forty buildings, including a large drug store, a clothing store, a livery stable, and a variety of shops and residences, are now under contract or partially completed. Beedy & Newman, of Emporia, have contracted to build and have running by October of next year, a first class water, grist, and sawmill upon the Walnut here, where they have a water-power hardly equaled by any other in southern Kansas. Tisdale & Parker have just commenced running a tri-weekly stage from Eldorado to this point, which is the southern terminus of the line. They will at once erect extensive stables here. The Woolsey House is so far completed that it will be open to the public by July 4th. It has a front of fifty feet on Summit street, our main business thoroughfare. When the buildings now going up are completed—certainly within thirty days—we shall have the largest town in the Walnut Valley, Eldorado alone excepted. I should add that the buildings described above are almost all good frame structures finished with pine. Mr. Truman, of Americus, is now here, at work upon his ferry, which will speedily be running across the Arkansas.
The buildings at Winfield are as follows: One log house, used as a store by Col. Manning and Dr. Mansfield; the upper story which is the “town hall” and “Court House” of which so much has been said; one small frame residence; one empty log house, intended to be used as a hardware store; one stable. That is positively all. There is no hotel, no sawmill nearer than Arkansas City, nor any other building of any sort on the town site, although it is some six months older than Arkansas City. The “water-mill” proposed to be built on Dutch Creek is to be a sawmill. As to the election of May 2nd, it was notoriously a most illegal farce. The Winfield precinct reported more votes than all the rest of the county. J. E. Brown, who went up from Creswell to challenge illegal votes, was set upon by a lawless mob, who threatened his life and drove him into the woods, where he remained till the following morning. Large numbers of illegal votes were cast, his challenges being totally unheeded by the judges, during the time he was allowed to remain at the polls.
The other precincts of the county cast a vote of nearly three to one for Cresswell, but Winfield reported more votes than all the rest.
This election was an epitome of all the villainies ever practiced at county-seat elections on the border. The question will come up again in November.
Business is brisk; everything looks prosperous; settlers are pouring in—the Arkansas valley and the creeks on the south side of it offering the best openings.

This region will soon be known as the garden of the state. Rains have been abundant throughout the season. Let settlers who desire cheap lands, having an unequaled adaptation to corn, fruit, and live stock, take a look at the rich alluvial bottoms of the Arkansas valley.
We are to have a big time here on the Fourth of July. Hon. J. Stotler, Lieutenant-Governor Eskridge, Professors Kelly and Norton, of Emporia, Gen. Ellet, and others, will be heard from. A grand ball at the Woolsey house will wind up the festivities.
One word as to the names of our town. It was first called Cresswell, after our postmaster-general, but it so happened that a post-office in Labette County was recognized under that name a few day’s ahead of us; hence the change, and Arkansas City, which was made by Senator Ross.
I ask for the publication of this, simply because, wrong and one-sided statements have been allowed a place in your columns. We are perfectly willing that our neighbors should glorify their town to their heart’s content, providing that they avoid misrepresenting us.
If I am late in my explanations, please attribute it to the fact that we have heretofore had no mail service, and the handsome and welcome face of the COMMONWEALTH was very slow and uncertain in its visits. N.
                 [Professor Norton often used “N” to designate messages he sent.]
Emporia News, June 24, 1870.
                                           ARKANSAS CITY, June 14th, 1870.
EDITORS NEWS: We are having frequent and terrific rains here now. Our town is improving rapidly, forty more houses are under contract, and are being built as fast as lumber can be obtained to build them with. Mr. W. H. Speers, of Peoria, Illinois, has a new thirty horse power stationary steam saw mill on the way, which will be here in a day or two. Mr. Speers has had a number of years of experience in the mill business, having run mills in Iowa, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Illinois. When his mill arrives we will have two mills. Mr. Wolsey [Woolsey] has his shingle machine in operation and is turning out six or eight thousand first class shingles a day.
Our four merchants are doing a staying business. C. R. Sipes tells me that he sells four times as much as he expected when he commenced, and our other merchants, Norton, Bowen, and Goodrich, are not behind him in sales, and all sell at reasonable rates, nearly or quite, and sometimes below, El Dorado prices. Our carpenters are all busy. Messrs. Channell, Smith, and Thomson [Thompson], carpenters, have just finished a neat, roomy cabinet shop, and are running a lumber yard in connection with their other business. Channell starts for Emporia tomorrow for the purpose of bringing back his better half.
Emporia News, July 15, 1870.
                                                  ARKANSAS CITY ITEMS.
The following are among the more than fifty houses now being built, or under contract to be built in Arkansas City.
Norton & Co., a dry goods and grocery store.

Mr. Sleeth, one neat residence finished and another commenced.
Livingston & Gray, a clothing store, building 18 x 26.
S. P. Channell, a dry goods and grocery store.
H. O. Meigs, a building 20 x 32, two stories, with cellar under the whole building.
T. A. Wilkinson, building to rent.
Beck & Woolsey, restaurant and bakery.
E. I. Fitch, millinery and dressmaking establishment.
Mr. Walker, dry goods and grocery store.
D. Lewis, stone store building, 21 x 31 feet.
S. A. Moore, paint shop.
Mr. Johnson, carriage shop.
Harmon & Endicott, a building 20 x 50 feet, two stories, the lower for a store; and the upper for a hall.
Paul Beck, blacksmith shop.

C. E. Nye, harness and saddle shop.
A. D. Keith, drug store.
Dr. Alexander, office and drug store.
Mr. Groat, a restaurant. [Name was misspelled: Should be Grote.]
F. H. Denton, store 18 x 24.
Mr. Bridge, a hotel and bakery.

Pond &. Blackburn, of Emporia, have established a real estate agency here. Persons wanting to buy or look up claims will find it to their interest to call on them. They are accommodating, and are well posted as to the location and quality of nearly all the claims that are vacant, and those that are for sale. They are honest and upright young men. They are building a neat office.
Emporia News, September 2, 1870.
                                                  FROM ARKANSAS CITY.
                                                  Arkansas City, July 31, 1870.
Messrs. Channell and Thompson are still pushing the work they so nobly began, as architects and builders. To the three Thompson brothers, Channell, and Capt. Smith, belongs the credit and honor of building the first several buildings on the town site, and like the first volunteers who went into the army without bounty as an inducement, they should properly be regarded as the veterans of the cause.
Winfield Messenger, July 19, 1872.
Board of County Commissioners met in the County Clerk’s office, July 15, 1872.
Present: Frank Cox, O. C. Smith, and J. D. Maurer.
The following equalization was made in Creswell Township:
Creswell Township: S. P. Channell was raised from $390 to $780, on the S. W. quarter of 7-34-4, and S. W. quarter 24-34-3, from 45,00 to 56,25 and S. E. corner of N. W. quarter of section 32-34-4 from $59.00 to $70.00.
Winfield Courier, January 16, 1874.
                           The Kaw Agency. Cuteness of Arkansas City Officials.
A short time ago I had occasion to visit the Kaw Agency and if you will permit me I will give you a few of the observations that I made.
Speaking of the half breeds brings to mind the facts that S. P. Channell of Arkansas City, was down there at the time that we were, to see one of these half breeds, Fredrick Handy by name, the one that created such confusion among the merchants of the City a short time ago. Mr. Channell, I believe, had better success than did the officials that were sent down a short time before, to decoy this poor untutored child of the plain out of his native fastness into the jurisdiction of white man’s law. As the officials exercised so much shrewdness, as they thought, I will relate the circumstances as told to me.

The city marshal and a constable of Arkansas City went to the Agency armed with warrants, summons, and “sich,” to bring Hardy to grief before the tribunals at the city. In order to make things work, it was essential that their victim should be decoyed within the limits of the state. To do this, in the morning the two officials started from the Agency, and before they got to Hardy’s house, one of them dismounted and gave his horse to the other one to lead, and told him to go to some agreed place, on the line, and he would bring their man there. So he started off towards Hardy’s limping, and when he arrived there he told Hardy that he was a cattle man and had a drove of twelve hundred head up near the line which he wished to visit, but was so lame that he could not walk, and he wished to get Hardy to take him up there with his team.
Fred readily consented to go, and drove up to where the official directed. The house where they stopped is situated near the line, and Fred instead of taking his team into the state, left it across the line. They went into the house, ate dinner, and after dinner Fred heard the officer state that the people of Arkansas City would have to give him credit for a great deal of shrewd­ness, in getting the half breed out of the Territory. But he had no sooner said it than Fred was again free, having crossed over the line at a bound, and that is why the scheme set on foot by the victimized merchants to get this man where they could make him “fork over” failed.
Winfield Courier, April 1, 1875.
Several people from Arkansas City were in town last Satur­day. Among the number we noticed H. O. Meigs, S. P. Channell, Mr. Haywood, and E. P. Kinne, Esq.
Winfield Courier, April 8, 1875.
                                                   Items From the Traveler.
In several reports we have seen Cowley County credited with thirty-five carloads of provisions. We have not received one-third of that amount.
CITY OFFICERS. The following city officers were elected on Monday, April 5th.
For Mayor: S. P. Channell.
Councilmen: H. Godehard, E. D. Bowen, J. H. Sherburne, Dr. Shephard, and I. H. Bonsall.
Police Judge: T. McIntire.
Winfield Courier, September 16, 1875.
                                   TO THE VOTERS OF COWLEY COUNTY.
This is to certify that we, whose names are hereto sub­scribed, do most heartily recommend for our next County Treasurer, FRANK GALLOTTI, who has for the last year and a half faithfully and satisfactorily performed the duties of said office while acting in the capacity of Deputy; and we do hereby further certify that his character during that time has been such as to fully entitle him to the recommendation. The records of said office kept by him, bears ample testimony of his capability and efficiency. We consider him well qualified to fulfill the duties of said office, and therefore cheerfully recommend him to the voters of Cowley County as well worth of their cordial support, and who, if elected, will most faithfully and systematically perform the duties of said office.

Jno. D. Pryor, E. D. Kager, H. C. Irvin, H. D. Gans, E. S. Bedilion, A. J. Pyburn, B. F. Baldwin, J. M. Fahnestock, W. M. Boyer, T. K. Johnston, G. S. Manser, C. A. Bliss, J. E. Saint, N. Roberson, W. G. Graham, S. D. Cochran, W. D. Mowry, W. J. Mowry, H. Godehard, W. H. Walker, K. F. Smith, I. H. Bonsall, E. D. Eddy, E. J. Hoyt, J. C. Evans, Henry Mowry, Albert Horn, J. I. Mitchell, R. Page, L. C. Wood, L. W. Currier, John C. McMullen, H. P. Walker, James S. Simpson., Chas. Harter, A. T. Shenneman, S. Darrah, T. J. Jones, J. A. Beck, C. M. Sloan, P. Hill, Geo. Youle, A. F. Tryon, J. P. McMillen, Joseph Requa, A. N. Deming, R. L. Walker, D. M. Hopkins, J. N. Beaman, J. W. Curns, J. Manley, Jas. L. M. Hill, H. Brotherton, J. W. Johnston, P. J. Copple, Allen B. Lemmon, David S. Brown, T. A. Wilkinson, Peter Paugh, Chas. E. Love, R. Rogers, C. L. Bliss, Philip Stump, M. L. Robinson, M. L. Read, W. C. Robinson, S. H. Myton, H. P. Farrar, T. C. Bird, D. M. Purdy, E. M. Bird, W. E. Gooch, Jno. N. J. Gooch, A. H. Buckwalter, Antonio Buzzi, W. G. Kay, Frank Lorry, Thomas Baird, G. W. Harmon, Samuel Kuhns, John Annis, W. E. Chenoweth, Alfred Pruden, C. R. Sipes, A. W. Burkey, W. S. Thompson, E. R. Thompson, C. J. Beck, Charles Gallert, Alfred B. Woolsey, J. C. Topliff, S. P. Channell, W. M. Burkey, M. Y. Hurst, G. H. McIntire, W. H. Speers, D. R. Baird, R. Hoffmaster, Chas. R. Williamson, B. A. Davis, George L. Walker.
Winfield Courier, November 18, 1875.
                               THE RAILROAD MEETING AT ELDORADO.
Last Friday, Nov. 14th, a large and earnest railroad meeting was held at Eldorado. Messrs. Meigs, Channell, McMullen, and Christian, from Arkansas City; Millington and Manning of Winfield, and Holmes and Lee, of Rock Township, were the repre­sentatives from Cowley County.
A large turn-out of active men of Butler County were pres­ent, and C. V. Eskridge, P. B. Plumb, E. P. Bancroft, and others from Emporia, and Messrs. Danford and Schenk of Osage City, and C. K. Holliday and Lakin, of Topeka, were present.
The meeting organized at 2 p.m. by choosing Neil Wilkie, of Douglass, as chairman. Mr. Bancroft, of Emporia, in a clear and comprehensive manner, presented statistics showing the advantage to the people and company of constructing a narrow gauge railroad in comparison to a wide gauge road.
Gov. Eskridge then spoke at some length demonstrating the ability of the people along the line to build and own a road from Emporia into the Walnut Valley.
Interesting speeches were made by Col. Plumb, D. A. Millington, and others.
Finally the citizens of Butler County present selected eight persons to cooperate with the representatives of Cowley in drafting articles of incorporation for a railroad company. After several hours of conference the two counties by their representatives agreed upon a charter form road beginning at Emporia, and run by the Walnut Valley to the south line of the State below Arkansas City.
The following named gentlemen were chosen directors.
P. B. Plumb, H. C. Cross, and A. A. Baker: Emporia.
J. C. Becker: Chelsie.
T. B. Murdock and A. L. Redden: Eldorado.
E. L. Akin: Augusta.

A. Cox: Walnut City.
Neil Wilkie: Douglass.
J. E. Platter and J. C. Fuller: Winfield.
J. C. McMullen and S. P. Channell: Arkansas City.
The corporation is named the Walnut Valley R. R. Company.
The directors are to meet in Emporia on 23rd inst., to put the enterprise in motion. Of their action, we shall keep our readers posted. If possible, we shall attend the meeting.
Winfield Courier, December 2, 1875.
Directors present:
P. B. Plumb, H. C. Cross, A. A. Baker—Lyon County.
A. L. Redden, Neil Wilkie, T. B. Murdock, and J. C. Becker by T. B. Murdock as proxy—Butler County.
J. C. Fuller, S. P. Channell, and J. E. Platter, by E. C. Manning as proxy—Cowley County.
On motion E. C. Manning was chosen chairman and T. B. Murdock secretary of the meeting.
Resolved to construct, equip, and operate a railroad from Emporia and to Arkansas City by Oct. 1, 1877, on most practicable route.
P. B. Plumb, Emporia, President.
J. C. Fuller, Winfield, Vice President.
H. C. Cross, Emporia, Treasurer.
T. B. Murdock, Eldorado, Secretary.
Excerpts from the following...
                                               THE WINFIELD COURIER.
                            [Covering Period January 6, 1876 - December 28, 1876.]
                                                     CENTENNIAL ISSUE.
                         WINFIELD COURIER, THURSDAY, JANUARY 6, 1876.
                                                            VOL. 4, NO. 1.
                          PRODUCED EVERY THURSDAY BY E. C. MANNING.
                                          HISTORY OF COWLEY COUNTY.
                                                            Arkansas City.
[NOTE: For some reason, Wirt Walton, historian who gathered the data, failed to mention S. P. Channell being in Arkansas City in 1870.]
In 1870 the following enterprises were established and were the first of the kind in the city: C. R. Sipes’ hardware store; Sleeth & Bro. saw mill; Richard Woolsey, hotel; Newman & Houghton clothing house (first in the county); Paul Beck, blacksmith shop; E. D. Bowen grocery store; Keith & Eddy drug store; J. I. Mitchell Harness shop; T. A. Wilkinson, restaurant and boarding house; Wm. Speers, first ferry across Arkansas River.

The first bank and brick residence were built by J. C. McMullen in 1873. The first temperance meeting was held Feb. 21, 1871. W. P. Hackney was the first lawyer; Dr. John Alexander the first physician; Mrs. S. P. Channell opened the first millinery store. The first Sunday school was organized in Rev. B. C. Swarts’ cabin, T. A. Wilkinson, superinten­dent; first jeweler, Perry Woodyard.
Creswell Grote, born October 5, 1870, was the first native of the town. On the 20th day of July, 1871, the town site was entered at the Augusta land office. June 10, 1872, it was incorporated as a city of the third class. First city election took place July 1st, 1872. A. D. Keith, mayor; Amos Walton, police judge. The office of mayor is successively filled by A. D. Keith (second term), H. O. Meigs, S. P. Channell. Judge Timothy McIntire has been police judge since April 8, 1873.
                                    [Note: Wirt Walton had “Creswell” Grote.]
Winfield Courier, January 6, 1876.
                                                     Our “Courier” Patrons.
In beginning the “Centennial year,” with an enterprise like the one we have engaged in this week, it is but right and proper that we make honorable mention of the men who, by giving us their patronage, have greatly helped us in the “financial” part there­of.
CHANNELL & Co., hardware merchants, Arkansas City, have the reputation of being fair dealing men. They have the best store in the city and hence have the largest trade. S. P. Channell is the present mayor, one of the “antique” fellows, and his partner, R. C. Haywood, is a live business young man.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 26, 1876.   
                                                      Channell & Haywood’s.
More goods given away for less money than at any store in Cowley Co. Groceries, Stoneware, and Woodenware, Shelf and Heavy Hardware, Grainite Water. Agricultural implements of every kind! A carload of Studebaker Wagons just received. 150 Gang and Sulky Plows, and Common Breaking and Stirring Plows, will be in by January 1st, 1876.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 26, 1876.   
                                   AT L. LIPPMANN’S MILL On Grouse Creek.
All bills or orders left at S. P. Channell & Co.’s filled as promptly as the weather will permit, and any kind of good stock taken at market prices.
Soft Lumber, $14.50 [?] per thousand, when taken by the thousand; Oak, $2.25, under fourteen feet; Walnut $.50 to $3.25.
                                                   Grists Ground At Any Time.
                                                      And good meal insured.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 26, 1876.
                                                 For Sale or Trade at a Bargain:
The livery stable, known as the Woolsey barn, on Sixth Avenue. Water at the door. Barn in good repair. Anyone wishing to engage in the livery business cannot find a better location. Inquire of S. P. CHANNELL.

Excerpts from long article...believe author was C. M. Scott!
Arkansas City Traveler, January 26, 1876. Front Page.
                                              ARKANSAS CITY, Jan. 4, 1876.
On the first day of the new year, Channell & Co. broke ground for a new stone house and every day since except Sunday the men are at work with plows and scrapers cleaning out the cellar; even the water laying in pools from the late rain is not frozen over, the prairies all around covered with wheat fields looking as fresh and green as in early spring. One can scarcely realize that it is now mid winter, that season of the year so faithfully described by the poet Burns in two or three of his pieces commencing:
“As cold November’s surly blast,”
“As January winds were blowing cold,”
“When biting Boreas fell and doure,”
“Sharp shivers through the leafless bower.”
But such is the fact. I am sitting in my office, writing without a fire. I see men on the streets and around town at work with their ordinary clothes on and some in their shirt sleeves:  stone masons and carpenters working away as if it was indeed the spring. To say the least, it looks odd to me.
In my last letter I informed you that Newman & Co. were building a fine brick store room 25 by 100 feet. The fine weather or some other cause has struck S. P. Channell & Co. with the same fever, so that they are now at work digging out the basement, to erect a new brick store room alongside of Newman’s, 25 by 100 feet, same style and finish; and from the way that Houghton & McLaughlin look across the street and see those two splendid brick stores going up, I shouldn’t be astonished if they caught the fever also, and by spring another new brick store will go up on the opposite corner. “Example is a wonderful teacher.”
Pitch in gentlemen, the investment is a safe one, in the opinion of a casual
Arkansas City Traveler, February 2, 1876.
The man who stole an iron beam, Canton Clipper stirring plow from Channell & Haywood’s store last Monday night had better return it, and save trouble.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 9, 1876.
                                                         Railroad Meeting.
A MEETING of the citizens of this place was held at H. O. Meigs’ office, on last Wednesday evening, to elect delegates to the Railroad Convention to be held at Topeka Monday, February 7th, and canvass matters concerning railroads generally.
Judge Christian was elected Chairman, and C. M. Scott, Secretary.
A letter was then read by Hon. S. P. Channell, and remarks made by Rev. S. B. Fleming, Dr. J. T. Sheppard, and others.

On motion S. P. Channell and H. O. Meigs were elected delegates to attend the Convention at Topeka, and L. McLaughlin, Rev. Fleming, O. P. Houghton; T. H. McLaughlin, James Benedict, L. C. Wood, Judge Christian, C. R. Mitchell, C. M. Scott, Wm. Brown, Geo. Harmon, P. J. Davis, J. W. Hutchinson, I. H. Bonsall, and some others, delegates to the mass Convention at Winfield. On motion the Band was invited to go, and a Committee appointed to see that their expenses were defrayed. After some discussing of different projects, the meeting adjourned.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 9, 1876.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 9, 1876.
S. P. Channell, Mayor of this city, is at Topeka, looking after our railroad interests.
Winfield Courier, February 10, 1876.
J. C. Fuller and S. P. Channell have gone to Topeka to look after railroad matters.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 16, 1876.
S. P. Channell returned from Topeka, last Thursday, where he had been as a representative of this place on the Narrow Gauge proposition from Kansas City and Emporia to Arkansas City. On the way he met Mr. J. C. Fuller, who represented Winfield, and the two represented Cowley County. Owing to a bill pending before the House of Representatives in the State Legislature, to amend the bond law, it was deemed best not to organize the company until the result of the bill was known; and the matter, for the present, is postponed. Mr. Fuller states that the people in the northern part of the State express more confidence and assurance that we are to have a road, than we ourselves do, but that is not to be wondered at, as they have not experienced so many buncomb propositions. All agree we are to have a road soon.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 16, 1876.
SEVEN car loads of agricultural implements were received at the depot during the past week. One car load went down into Cowley County. Beacon.
Three cars were for Channell & Haywood, of this place.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 15, 1876. Front Page.
                                                   From the Spirit of Kansas.

As another evidence of the prosperity of our farmers along the line, one firm in this city—Channell & Haywood (and they are not Grange agents, either)—sold during the past summer and fall 25 wagons, 85 plows, 42 reapers and mowers, 45 cultivators, 3 threshing machines, 10 wheat drills, 6 seeders, 15 sulky rakes, 2 sorghum mills, 10 fanning mills, besides a large number of small farming implements. It is no uncommon sight to see forty or fifty farm wagons in our town in a day.
And every once in awhile, our merchants send large amounts of flour into the Indian Nation to feed the noble red man and his interesting family. In one week, Channell & Haywood, the firm above alluded to, sent over 20,000 pounds of flour to the Sac & Foxes. Newman & Co., the same week sent 25,000 pounds on an 800,000 pound contract with the Osages.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 15, 1876.
                                           ARKANSAS CITY, March 13, 1876
Adjourned regular meeting.
Present, S. P. Channell, Mayor; J. H. Sherburne, H. Godehard, and I. H. Bonsall, Councilmen.
Report of Finance Committee, on report of Treasurer, re­ceived and accepted, and Treasurer’s report found correct, was, on motion, accepted. Moved and seconded that an ordinance be passed to pay for printing 2,500 circulars ordered by previous meeting; also to appropriate money to pay E. B. Kager for servic­es as city attorney in adjusting back taxes on lots deeded to the city by the Town Company; also an ordinance for general purposes. Carried by unanimous vote. S. P. Channell, Mayor, recommended W. J. Gray for City Marshal. Moved by J. H. Sherburne, seconded by H. Godehard, that he be confirmed on condition that he serve as Marshal without salary further than the fees of the office; carried by unanimous vote. Moved and seconded to adjourn, carried.
                                                   S. P. CHANNELL, Mayor.
I. H. BONSALL, City Clerk, attest.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 15, 1876.
NOTICE is hereby given that an election will be held at I. H. Bonsall’s photograph gallery, in the City of Arkansas City, on Monday, the 3rd day of April, A. D. 1876, for the election of the following city officers, to-wit: One Mayor, five Councilmen, one Police Judge. S. P. CHANNELL, Mayor.
I. H. BONSALL, City Clerk.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 5, 1876.
The election of city officers passed off very quietly last Monday, with the following result.
                     H. D. KELLOGG,  24 VOTES.

                                            Whole Number of Votes Cast: 73.
The city officers now are: S. P. Channell, Mayor; T. H. McLaughlin, W. M. Sleeth, Dr. H. D. Kellogg, Dr. J. A. Loomis, and James I. Mitchell, Councilmen; Jas. Christian, Police Judge.
Cowley County Democrat, April 6, 1876.
                                                      Arkansas City Items.
The school is having a vacation, and Prof. Hulse and pupils are having a few weeks recreation.
The Arkansas River is higher than it has ever been since the white man settled in its valleys. In some places it only lacks a few feet of running over its banks, and is still rising. It is thought if it rises much more, the bridge south of town will be materially damaged.
After some little excitement, caused by the whiskey ring of this place, the following officers were elected to the respective offices.
Mayor: S. P. Channell.
Councilmen: T. H. McLaughlin, W. M. Sleeth, H. D. Kellogg, Dr. J. A. Loomis, J. I. Mitchell.
Police Judge: Judge Christian.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 12, 1876.
The old Council retired last week, and the new members were sworn in to fill their places. During their admin­istration we know of nothing that has been done by them but what has been for the general good, and met with the sanction of the majority. Their aim was to benefit the city and promote prosper­ity, which, we are happy to state, was done as well as it could be. S. P. Channell, Mayor, Dr. Shepard, J. H. Sherburne, H. Godehard, E. D. Bowen, and I. H. Bonsall composed the body.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 26, 1876.
                                                       COUNCIL ROOMS,
                                            ARKANSAS CITY, April 19, 1876.
Called meeting. Present, S. P. Channell, Mayor; H. D. Kellogg, J. A. Loomis, J. I. Mitchell, Councilmen.
Moved and seconded that Dr. J. A. Loomis be elected Presi­dent of the Council; carried.
I. H. Bonsall was recommended as City Clerk by S. P. Channell, and confirmed by unanimous vote of Council.

E. D. Eddy was elected Treasurer by a unanimous vote.
The following committees were appointed.
Finance Committee: T. H. McLaughlin, W. M. Sleeth.
Committee on Ways and Means: Dr. Kellogg, J. I. Mitchell, J. A. Loomis.
Committee on Public Improvements: T. H. McLaughlin, Dr. H. D. Kellogg, J. I. Mitchell.
Adjourned to meet at 8 o’clock Thursday evening, April 20th, to receive report on sidewalks from Committee on Public Improve­ments, and all other business of a general nature that may be brought forward.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 26, 1876.
                                                           NEW HOUSES.
More new houses are under construction in this place now than we have seen since the second year of its settle­ment.
NEWMAN and CHANNELL & HAYWOOD are building two two-story store rooms, with fifty feet front by 100 feet deep, of brick.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 17, 1876.
                             ARKANSAS CITY, COWLEY CO., April 29th, 1876.
DEAR STANDARD: Of late I have been somewhat remiss in giving you items from this section of the State. In fact, there was but little to write about, and items of news are like cat feathers, few and far between.
Our town is decidedly dull; you can scarcely see a farmer in town, and when they do come, all the talk is about wheat har­vesters, reapers, droppers, headers, and such like.
Our merchants are doing little, except Channell & Haywood, and the Benedict Brothers, agricultural implement dealers. They seem busy putting up machinery for the farmers. Our streets are blocked up with great big things that look like walking wind mills, but there will be a demand for them all. You can have no conception of the enormous amount of wheat to be cut in this county, besides rye and barley.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 17, 1876.
MR. AND MRS. CHANNELL will rusticate this summer in the East. Also, Mrs. Newman.
Cowley County Democrat, May 18, 1876.
                                                            Arkansas City.
Newman, Channell, and Haywood’s brick buildings swarm with workmen and are rising every day.
Winfield Courier, May 18, 1876.
                                             Republican District Conventions.
                                                     From the 89th District.

The Republican convention for the 89th district was held at Dexter, on the 13th. On the assembling of the delegates, J. B. Callison, from Spring Creek, was chosen temporary chairman, and T. H. Aley, from Otter, was chosen secretary. The permanent organization resulted in the choice of T. R. Bryan as chairman, and T. H. Aley as secretary.
The delegates chosen to represent the district in the State convention May 24th were S. M. Fall, of Windsor, and S. P. Channell, of Arkansas City.
     Alternates: A. A. Wiley, of Spring Creek and Fred Brown, of Beaver. The following persons were chosen Republican Central Committee for the district: Hon. James McDermott, chairman, C. R. Mitchell, C. W. Jones, T. H. Aley and C. J. Brane.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 24, 1876.
The Republican Convention of the 89th Representative Dis­trict assembled at Dexter, May 24th, 1876, and organized by electing J. B. Callison, of Spring Creek Township, temporary chairman, and T. H. Aley, of Otter Township, temporary secretary.
On motion, the following committees were appointed: On credentials, L. Lippmann, T. H. Aley, and James McDermott. On permanent organization, Jas. McDermott, James England, and A. A. Wiley.
The committee on permanent organization reported the name of Hon. Thos. R. Bryan for permanent chairman and T. H. Aley for permanent secretary.
The Convention then proceeded to the election of two dele­gates and two alternates to represent the 89th Representative District in the State Convention to be held at Topeka May 24th, with the following result. Delegates, S. M. Fall, of Windsor; and S. P. Channell, of Creswell. Alternates, A. A. Wiley, of Spring Creek, and F. Brown, of Beaver.
Central committee for the district: Jas. McDermott, of Dexter; C. R. Mitchell, of Creswell; C. W. Jones, of Windsor; T. H. Aley, of Otter, and C. J. Brane, of Pleasant Valley.
                                                THOS. R. BRYAN, Chairman.
T. H. ALEY, Secretary.
Winfield Courier, May 25, 1876.
The “brick block” at Arkansas City is still progressing. Messrs. Channell & Haywood will only build their half one story high for the present.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 14, 1876.
GONE EAST. Mrs. Newman, Mrs. Haywood, and S. P. Channell and wife left for oriental quarters this week.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 14, 1876.
S. P. CHANNELL left last Monday in charge of his wife and baby, two ladies, one child, four Saratoga trunks, three band-boxes and baskets, besides parasols, shawls, etc. We sympathize with him at the times of changing cars, and when the demands for cold tea, hot coffee, and the numerous little wants are made known.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 28, 1876.
MR. BIRD has apples seven inches in circumference. S. P. Channell also has some apples on his trees.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 5, 1876.
CHANNELL & HAYWOOD were awarded the contract to supply ten plows, ten sets of harness, and other articles to the Kaw Indians.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 5, 1876.

CHANNELL & HAYWOOD’s new store room will be completed, and the goods moved in within the next two weeks. Mr. Newman expects to move in his new room this fall.
Excerpts from Walton’s rendition of history...
Cowley County Democrat, Winfield, Kansas, Thursday, July 13, 1876.
                                                         [VOL. 2, NO. 34.]
                                                      COWLEY COUNTY.
                  Read at the Centennial Celebration, July 4th, 1876, at Winfield, Kansas.
                                                    BY WIRT W. WALTON
                                                        ARKANSAS CITY.
On January 1, 1870, the first stake was driven in the town of Arkansas City by the town company. On March 1st G. H. Norton built the first house on the town site. It was occupied as a residence and store. G. H. Norton, appointed in April, 1870, was the first postmaster.
During the year of 1870 the following enterprises were established, being the first of the kind in the city.
Sleeth & Bro’s saw mill; C. R. Sipes’s hardware store; Richard Woolsey, hotel; Newman & Houghton, clothing house; Paul Beck, blacksmith shop; E. D. Bowen, grocery store; Keith & Eddy, drug store; J. I. Mitchell, harness shop; T. A. Wilkinson, restaurant; Wm. Speers, the first ferry across the Arkansas River.
The first temperance meeting was held February 21, 1871. W. P. Hackney was the first lawyer; Dr. John Alexander, the first physician; Mrs. S. P. Channell opened the first millinery store. The first Sunday school was organized in Rev. B. C. Swarts’ cabin, with T. A. Wilkinson as superintendent. Creswell Grote was the first child born in Arkansas City. The date is October 5, 1870. The town company magnanimously deeded the little native a lot. On the 20th day of July, 1871, the town site was entered at the Augusta land office. On June 10, 1872, it was incorporated as a city of the third class. At the first election, held July 1, 1872, A. D. Keith was chosen mayor and Amos Walton police judge. The office of mayor has been successively filled by A. D. Keith, H. O. Meigs, and S. P. Channell. Judge Timothy McIntire has been police Judge almost continuously since April 1873.
Mrs. H. B. Norton made the first American flag in Cowley County. It was used at Arkansas City, July 4, 1870.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 26, 1876.
CHANNELL & HAYWOOD’s new building will be formally opened next Friday night, and a jolly good time will be had. Come one, come all.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 26, 1876.
As is generally known by this time, a harvest dance will be given in Channell & Haywood’s new building next Friday evening, July 28. All persons who take pleasure in tripping the light fantastic toe should avail themselves of this opportunity to enjoy the good social time guaranteed. Numbers can be purchased of Billy Gray for only seventy-five cents each.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 16, 1876.
WELL! Who’d ‘a’ thunk? S. P. CHANNELL, our City Pap, returned from the Centennial last Saturday, bringing his large and interesting family with him, much improved by the trip.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 23, 1876.
FALL BARLEY. Some choice fall barley for sale at Houghton & McLaughlin’s and S. P. Channell & Co.’s. Call early and secure it at once.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 30, 1876.
THE STORE ROOM OF CHANNELL & HAYWOOD’s is now completed and the goods will be moved in this week. It is one of the neatest stores, and comprises one of the largest stocks of hardware to be found in the Southwest.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 30, 1876.
A new dry goods store is to be started in the building vacated by Channell & Haywood. The gentlemen are from St. Joseph, who are to engage in the business.
Winfield Courier, August 31, 1876.
                                                              Fall Barley.
Some choice fall barley for sale at Houghton & McLaughlin’s and S. P. Channell & Co.’s, Arkansas City.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 6, 1876.
CHANNELL & HAYWOOD occupy their new building as a store room now.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 6, 1876.
A meeting was called to form a Hayes and Wheeler club on Friday evening, September 1, at E. B. Kager’s office. Wm. Sleeth was chosen chairman of the meeting. On motion S. P. Channell was elected President of the club; C. M. Scott, Vice President; C. R. Mitchell, Secretary; I. H. Bonsall, Corresponding Secretary; W. S. Hunt, Treasurer.
Wm. Sleeth, E. R. Thompson, and H. P. Farrar were appointed as committee on constitution and by laws.
On motion E. B. Kager, Geo. Allen, Wm. Sleeth, A. W. Patterson, and W. D. Mowry were appointed an executive committee.
On motion E. R. Thompson, H. G. Bentley, and W. D. Mowry were appointed a committee on music, with power to form a glee club.
Moved and seconded that the proceedings of this meeting be published in the TRAVELER; also a notice of the next meeting of the club, and an invitation extended to all Republicans in the country adjoining to join the club.
After listening to remarks from Messrs. Kager, Scott, Rev. Thompson and others, the meeting adjourned, to meet Thursday night, September 7. S. P. CHANNELL, Pres.
C. R. MITCHELL, Sec’y.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 13, 1876.
                                      A HAPPY DAY FOR ARKANSAS CITY.
                     Indian Contracts Awarded to Newman, Channell & Haywood,
                                          To the Amount of $40,000 and over.
We learn by letter that the bids of A. A. Newman, Haywood (of Channell & Haywood), and McLaughlin (of Houghton & McLaughlin), for flour and transportation to the different Agencies south of us have been accepted as follows.

For Sac and Fox Agency, delivered there in indefinite quantities, at $2.48 per 100 lbs., and the following quantities to be delivered at the respective agencies:
For the Kiowa, 220,000 lbs. at $3.29.
For the Wichita, 80,000 lbs. at $3.29.
For the Pawnees, 200,000 lbs. at $2.23.
For the Cheyennes and Arapahos, 260,000 lbs. at $2.97.
For the Osages, indefinite quantity, at $2.19 per 100 lbs.
This will give a cash market for wheat at our very doors, freighting for a number of teams, and employment to many men, and build up for the town a business greater than known before.
Mr. Thomas Lannigan, of Fort Smith, Arkansas, has the contract for beef, and will purchase largely in Cowley and Sumner counties. His contract is for beef on the hoof, at $3.73½ for Kiowa and Comanche, 2,650,000 lbs.; for Cheyenne and Arapaho, 3,000,000 lbs.; Wichita, 550,000 lbs.; Osage, 500,000 lbs.; Pawnee, 1,500,000 lbs., at $3.56.
With the prospect of the Walnut Valley Railroad, the steam­boat that is now on its way, and the general prospects for good crops, we look forward to a bright dawn of the future.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 13, 1876.
                                                            NEW STORE.
Mr. M. S. Faris, of St. Joseph, Mo., is here refitting Channell & Co.’s vacated room ready for his dry goods. He will open within the next two or three weeks, due notice of which will be given.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 13, 1876.
PARTIES wanting graining or marbeling will do well to call on Geo. Allen, who has an engagement with Mr. Wm. Parker, a painter of some experience, and who never fails to give satisfac­tion. The work on Channell & Haywood’s new room was done by him.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 27, 1876.
                                                            MASHED UP.
S. P. CHANNELL and H. P. FARRAR had a mash up in their buggy, as they left town Thursday evening, to attend the steamboat meeting at Theaker’s.
The particulars of Channell and Farrar’s accident was something like the following: They started out about dark, and going down the slope near Dr. Leonard’s, the king bolt of the buggy broke, letting the fore wheels from under the front, and throwing the occupants on their heads to the ground. Mr. Channell had one rib broken, and Mr. Farrar was bruised. Silas Ward was riding horseback a short distance ahead, and when the horses were running, could not get out of the way quick enough, and was struck in the back with the buggy pole, and landed on his head. His horse then jumped in a post hole; and it, too, elevat­ed its heels in the air. For a second, three men and one horse were wrong end up and in a bad condition, but finally all settled down with no serious injury, except Mr. Channell, who probably laughed more at the fun than all the rest.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 4, 1876.
CHARLEY LISH’s dog jumped through the glass in the door of Channell & Haywood’s new store, Saturday. Damage, one V.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 4, 1876.

CHOICE FALL BARLEY may be had at Houghton & McLaughlin’s, Channell & Haywood’s, or of the undersigned, at $1.00 per bushel. Now is the time to sow.
                                                            J. C. TOPLIFF.
Excerpts from long article...
Arkansas City Traveler, October 18, 1876.
                                             COWLEY COUNTY POLITICS.
                                               A Sample Republican Leader.
                                                [From the Lawrence Standard.]
                             ARKANSAS CITY, COWLEY CO., October 1, 1876.
ED. STANDARD: As you are doubtless aware, there is a war among the roses in this County—Manning and anti-Manning, E. C., who has lain still since the Caldwell bribery bile was punctured, and raised such a stink all over the State. But the double deal in this Senatorial term, was too great a temptation for his venal nature; he saw a fair opportunity in the future to borrow some more money at a low rate, of some Senatorial candidate. So he concocted a scheme that was seconded by a few select friends, had himself nominated by the Republican party before the regular county convention was called or the great mass of the party was aware of it.
Several of our citizens were called on to prove the truth of Scott’s charges. Mayor S. P. Channell and Judge Christian, formerly of your city, both testified to the point. Judge Christian objected to being called on in a family quarrel. He did not come there to speak, but to see the fun, as he knew the old adage, “When rogues fall out, honest people generally find their dues.” He stated what he knew of Manning’s conduct at a certain railroad convention; but of his general character he knew much, as he had known both Clarke and Manning for many years as public characters. While he did not remember of ever hearing that either of them had committed felony, they were both consid­ered tricky.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 25, 1876.
S. P. CHANNELL sold his interest in the hardware store to R. C. Haywood last Monday.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 25, 1876.
NEW STORE, NEW GOODS!  CHEAP GOODS! Come and see how cheap you can buy goods with the cash at the Cheap Cash Store of
                                                       M. S. FARIS & CO.
Our stock is full and complete, consisting of a full line of
                               DRY GOODS, CLOTHING, BOOTS, SHOES, etc.
Don’t fail to call and see us at the old stand of Channell & Haywood, opposite the Post Office, at Arkansas City, Kansas.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 1, 1876.
A yoke of oxen were driven in town last Saturday and offered for sale. As the owner was leading them along, E. B. Kager asked S. P. Channell: “What will you give for those oxen?” “Sixty-five dollars.” Kager stepped over to where they were and bought them for $60.00; and then turned them over to Mr. Channell, making $5.00 on the sale. Mr. Channell then traded them to Al Woolsey for a mule team, giving some boot, and Woolsey sold them to Mr. Logan for $70.00. The trades all took place in a few hours. Beesnees.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 1, 1876.
The firm of Channell & Haywood is this day dissolved by mutual consent. R. C. Haywood will in the future conduct the hardware business, and collect all accounts and pay all indebted­ness of the late firm. S. P. CHANNELL, R. C. HAYWOOD.
Arkansas City, November 1, 1876.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 29, 1876.
DR. KELLOGG, S. P. CHANNELL, and T. H. McLAUGHLIN are the School Board of District No. 2. The first is Director. The second is Treasurer. The last is Clerk.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 13, 1876.
                            DIXIE, BOLTON TOWNSHIP, DECEMBER 10, 1876.
Mr. Wm. Randall is building a nice frame residence on Mr. Channell’s farm which, when completed, will be a credit to the Township.
Polk Stevens sold his farm to S. P. Channell for $800. Polk contemplates moving into the Indian Territory and starting a ranch.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 13, 1876.
J. K. STEVENS traded his farm of 150 acres to S. P. Channell for about $1,800.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 20, 1876.
Festival to be held at Newman’s new building, on Christmas night, Monday, December 25, 1876. Everybody and his wife are expected, and cordially invited to come. Besides the Christmas tree, there will be a charade acted by the ladies and gentlemen of Arkansas City; a Yankee kitchen in “ye olden style” with pumpkin pies and baked beans one hundred years old, fresh and nice, and a supper of modern times, with all the luxuries of the season. Fresh fish from the fish pond, caught on the spot, to order, and oysters from the Walnut. Now, young ladies, remember leap year is drawing to a close, and only a few days are left, and you should not lose the last chance you may have for four years to come. Who knows what fate may have in store for you, or what the fish pond may produce? And everybody should remember that but few of us will be on hand to attend the next Centennial festival, and make the most of this opportunity.
Come, everybody, and have a good time. The Christmas tree will be decorated in the afternoon, and persons wishing to have gifts put on the tree will please hand them to someone of the committee before 4 p.m., as there will be too much to attend to in decorating the hall to receive packages after that hour.
The committee appointed to decorate the tree is as follows:
Ladies—Mrs. Sipes, Mrs. Breene, Mrs. T. Mantor, Mrs. T. H. McLaughlin, Mrs. T. R. Houghton, Mrs. Dr. Hughes, Mrs. Dr. Shepard, Mrs. R. A. Houghton, Miss Mattie Thompson, Miss Kennedy, Miss F. Skinner.
Gentlemen—S. P. Channell, W. H. Gray, James Benedict, I. H. Bonsall, L. McLaughlin, Al. Mowry, L. C. Norton.
Anything left at Bonsall’s photograph gallery before the 25th will be taken care of and put on the tree by the committee.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 20, 1876.
BORN, to Mr. and Mrs. S. P. Channell, Sunday, Dec. 17th, a daughter. Weight nine pounds. Dr. Hughes was the attending physician.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 20, 1876.
                                                    MASONIC OFFICERS.
The following persons were elected and appointed officers of Crescent Lodge, No. 138, at their last regular meeting, held at the Lodge room in Benedict’s Hall, Saturday evening, December 16, 1876.
Worshipful Master: Clinton Robert Mitchell.
Senior Warden: Kendall Frank Smith.
Junior Warden: James Benedict.
Treasurer: Charles Raymond Sipes.
Secretary: Harry Pearce Farrar.
Tyler: Rudolph Theodore Hoffmaster.
Senior Deacon: Cyrus McNeely Scott.
Junior Deacon: James Irvin Mitchell.
Senior Stewart: Sewell Peasley Channell.
Junior Stewart: Henry Bear Pruden.
Public installation will be conferred on the parties elect­ed, at the First Presbyterian Church, on St. John’s Day, (Wednesday, December 27th), at 7 o’clock p.m. Members of the order are especially invited to be present. After installation, refreshments will be served. Tickets to supper, 75 cents each.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1877.
CHEAP FOR CASH. M. S. FARIS & CO., are anxious to close out their winter clothing and gents’ underwear, and will offer bargains worth looking after. Their stock is full and complete. Store opposite the Post Office in Channell & Co.’s former place of business.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 21, 1877.
S. P. CHANNELL has been appointed a Notary Public for Cowley County.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 21, 1877.
Real Estate agents have loomed up like mushrooms within the last two weeks. Mitchell & Channell, Walton & Hoffmaster, W. S. Hunt, J. L. Huey, and some others have expressed the determina­tion to engage in the business. It is a branch of business that has been somewhat neglected heretofore, and we are glad to see the institution well represented.
Series of articles re proposed railroad...
Channell was involved with the narrow gauge propositions...
Did not give all of the articles printed on this subject. MAW
Arkansas City Traveler, April 3, 1877.
A committee composed of Wm. Allison, Cliff. Wood, Frank Williams, Rev. Platter, E. C. Manning, and Dr. Mansfield from Winfield visited this place Tuesday, March 27, for the purpose of combining an east and west railroad proposition with the Walnut Valley project. A meeting was held in Pearson’s Hall in the afternoon, and a committee of seven elected to meet and confer with them, composed of Amos Walton, James Benedict, Frank Lorry, S. P. Channell, C. R. Mitchell, J. C. McMullen, and C. M. Scott.

The committee from this place agreed to unite the two propositions if they could be voted on at the same time on the same ballot, and if it was not legal to vote for both on the same ballot, then they wanted the Winfield people to vote for the Walnut Valley project first, and our people would give them every reasonable assurance and pledges that they would support the proposition offered, or any definite project from the east.
No positive agreement could be made and the matter was adjourned.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 3, 1877.
                                                         Railroad Meeting.
A meeting was held at Pearson’s Hall on Tuesday, March 27th, to consult with a delegation from Winfield on railroad matters. S. P. Channell was elected chairman and I. H. Bonsall, secretary.
Rev. Platter requested Col. Manning to address the meeting, and explain a proposition he had with him for an east and west road; also to inform our citizens of the actions of meetings held at Winfield on railroad matters. He said that Winfield wished to avoid a clash, if possible, and to come to some understanding with this part of the county in regard to railroads. Mr. Millington and himself were sent by the people of Winfield to the eastern part of the State, to see what the prospects were for an east and west line. They went to Fredonia first, and found things too uncertain there to make it worthwhile to wait on the uncertainty; from thence to Parsons, where they found the people holding a conference with Eastern contractors; from there they proceeded to Oswego, and found the situation such as to give no hope of help from that quarter. They then returned to Parsons, and had a full conference with the Parsons men, and found as good prospects for a road from that point as from Emporia.
Col. Manning admitted that a proposition he read for the Parsons road had not been accepted by the railroad company, but that he would make the company accept it.
They returned by the Parsons route proposed, and in their estimation found a good route. The franchise is being worked up as far as the east line of Elk County.
In Elk County the peti­tion had been signed by a sufficient number, but they preferred to change the proposition from town­ship bonds to county bonds, as the recent change in the railroad law made it possible to carry county bonds.
Winfield feels that an election for railroad bonds at this time would be premature, and prefers to wait until the other counties have voted and secured a line to Cowley County.
Rev. Platter thought Col. Manning had given a true version of the case as it now stood, and said that Mr. Hamilton, a civil engineer, wanted Winfield to call an election for the Parsons road. He believed that the present proposition of the Emporia road was such as would not be sustained at all, there being clauses which, in his estimation, could not be changed to suit at all.
He said Winfield wanted an east and west proposition submit­ted at the same time that the north and south proposition was submitted, and that if Arkansas City wanted a north and south road, she must consent to an east and west road to secure the support of Winfield.

C. M. Scott moved to appoint a committee of seven to confer with the Winfield delegation, and see if a compromise could not be agreed upon. After considerable discussion, the motion was seconded, and the following committee appointed: Frank Lorry, of Bolton, Amos Walton, C. R. Mitchell, S. P. Channell, James Benedict, C. M. Scott, and Col. McMullen.
On motion meeting adjourned, to give the committees time to confer.
                                                 S. P. CHANNELL, Chairman.
I. H. BONSALL, Secretary.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 11, 1877. Editorial Item.
                                                         Railroad Matters.
The committee who went from this place to Augusta, learning that Mr. Young and Gov. Eskridge intended going to Winfield to confer with the people of that place, at the urgent request of one of the citizens and a member of the Railroad Committee of Winfield, sent word for a delegation to come up to agree to a new proposition. A number went, but upon their arrival, found that no agreement could be made, as the Committee of Winfield had stated they could not entertain any proposition from the north, as they had one from the east. Mr. Young and Gov. Eskridge then came to this place and submitted the proposition to Creswell Township to build their road down the west side of the Walnut by Township aid. The same proposition will be submitted to Rock, Nennescah, Vernon, Beaver, Creswell, Bolton, and probably Pleasant Valley Townships, and if the aid is rendered, the road will be built.
In the evening a large and enthusiastic meeting was held at the church, during which a stirring speech was made by Mr. Eskridge, and remarks by Mr. Young, Rev. Fleming, Judge Chris­tian, Amos Walton, Mr. Channell, and others, after which a committee of eleven were appointed as follows, as Managing Committee, with power to appoint Finance, Canvassing, and Sub-Committees: Dr. Hughes, O. P. Houghton, C. M. Scott, A. A. Newman, James Christian, J. C. McMullen, S. B. Fleming, M. R. Leonard, Amos Walton, R. C. Haywood and S. P. Channell.
The Committee then elected Dr. Hughes, President, J. C. McMullen, Vice President, Amos Walton, Secretary, and R. C. Haywood, Treasurer. The hour being late, the Committee then adjourned.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 11, 1877.
                                          A Farmer’s Opinion of the Railroad.
                                              FLORAL P. O., March 25, 1877.
MR. SCOTT: Although not a constant reader of your paper, I see it occasionally, through the friendship of my old Kentucky friend, James Christian, of your place. I see your people are advocating a railroad down the Walnut valley, and I saw your petition and signed it last week, but at the time I told Mr. Christian that I would vote against it. But as I have been considering the matter over in my own mind, and have come to the conclusion to vote for the bonds.
Nearly all the people in my neighborhood favored an east and west road, and we are still in favor of one of that kind if we could get it; but I see no hopes of one soon. I am an old man, and have lived here on Timber Creek six years. I am getting tired waiting for a railroad, and will now favor this one, the first tangible proposition that I have seen, and shall advise my neighbors to do likewise.

Cowley is a big county, and all cannot have a road to their door yard. I find that by an examination of the little maps that Mr. Christian gave me that not a man in ranges 3, 4 and 5 (the best half of the county) will be more than 10 miles from some point on that road. This is near enough in all conscience for any of us. We can start from home in the morning with a load; go to the railroad, and be back home before night to do our chores, feed our stock, etc., as no farmer ought to be away from home after night if possible.
I am a Republican, and a believer in “the greatest good to the greatest number.” I further find from that little map that in the three ranges the west half of the county contains 7,401 population, while the three east ranges contain only 2,720—a little over one-third of the population of the county. So that the proposed road down the Walnut valley will accommodate two-thirds of the present and prospective population of the county.
I am now fourteen miles northwest of Winfield, but eight miles will take me to Little Dutch P. O., on the line of the road, and I have no doubt but we will have a station at that point or near it; so you see we will not be badly injured if we do not get an east and west road, provided we get one up and down the valley. What first put us in the notion of an east and west road was that nearly all the surveys that were made run up and down our creek. Two of them run across my land. But I am not so selfish as to contend for a road by my own door, to the injury of any neighbors. A road east from Winfield must run up our creek to the head of Grouse in order to cross what is called the flint hills, leaving all the balance of the Grouse Creek valley out in the cold, for we cannot have two east roads in our day.
Therefore, let us be generous and accord the greatest good to the greatest number by going in heart and soul for the Walnut valley road. It takes us five days to make the trip to Wichita and back, and live like hogs while on the road at that. Yours Respectfully, L.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 11, 1877.
Cowley County is divided on her railroad projects. Arkansas City and the north part of the county are in favor of the Kansas City, Emporia & Southern road, while Winfield is opposed to it and wants only an east and west road. If this road cannot get through Cowley, it will have to go round it and into Sumner, where the people are ready and anxious to get it and will doubt­less vote the requisite aid. Emporia News.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 18, 1877.
Col. Vliet, R. R. engineer, favored us with a call last week. He is looking over the proposed railroad route. Col. Vliet is confirmed in his opinion, from an intimate knowledge of railroad affairs, that we, by proper work, may secure a road during the present year.
The local directors of the railroad company met and perfect­ed their organization on Tuesday last. The eastern point of beginning was changed from Oswego to Independence, and the number of directors raised to eleven. The next meeting of the directors will be held in Sedan on Saturday, April 28th, when a full attendance is desired.
Mayor S. P. Channell, and J. H. Sherburne, of Arkansas City, were in town on Tuesday to attend the meeting of the railroad directors. They report Arkansas City and the Southern part of Cowley County as being in full sympathy with us, and ready to cooperate for an east and west road.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 18, 1877.
WE, the undersigned, being more than two-fifths of the resident taxpayers of the municipal township of CRESWELL, in the county of Cowley, . . . .
[Recap: Above pertains to asking for a special election to be held not later than May 22, 1877, for a proposition to subscribe to the capital stock of the Kansas City, Emporia & Southern Railroad Company. Amount: $26,500, payable in 30 years at 10% interest. Road to be built from Douglass, in Butler County, to Arkansas City. Entire railroad to be a narrow gauge (3 feet 6 inches), which would run from Kansas City to Emporia; thence to Eureka; and from Eureka to Augusta and Douglass; and thence to Arkansas City.]
Arkansas City Traveler, April 25, 1877.
Messrs. Channell, Walton, Houghton, and others, of Arkansas City, represented that city before the Board of County Commis­sioners, in the North & South Railroad matter.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 2, 1877.
                                           South Kansas & Western Railroad.
In pursuance to adjournment of a previous meeting, the Directors of the South Kansas & Western Railroad Company met at Sedan, Saturday the 24th of April, and proceeded to organize by electing Wm. Floyd, Chairman, and H. B. Kelley, Secretary.
PRESENT: Thomas Kelo, Wm. Floyd, S. P. Moore, E. B. Hibbard, A. B. Kelly, C. M. Scott, and S. P. Channell, by proxy.
On motion of C. M. Scott, it was moved that the officers of the local company should consist of a President, Vice President, Treasurer, and Secretary.
Mr. E. B. Hibbard then nominated Mr. Channell for President. On motion of H. B. Kelley, S. P. Moore was nominated Vice Presi­dent, and E. B. Hibbard Secretary. S. P. Channell, C. M. Scott, S. P. Moore, and H. B. Kelley were appointed as committee to draft constitution and by-laws. On motion of Mr. Hibbard, Dr. Wagner, of Dexter Township, was appointed to fill the vacancy if Mr. Miles failed to qualify. After discussing matters of general interest, the meeting adjourned to meet at Sedan, May 12th, 1877, at which time it is expected a proposition will be made to the people of Chautauqua and Cowley counties for the speedy construc­tion of a standard gauge road from Independence, Kansas, to Arkansas City. WM. FLOYD, Chairman. H. B. KELLEY, Secretary.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 9, 1877.
                              Did the Representatives of the K. C., E. & S. R. R.
                                               Offer to go Through Winfield?
                                                  Letter from Gov. Eskridge.
                                           EMPORIA, KAN., April 30th, 1877.
S. P. Channell, Esq.
DEAR SIR: Your letter of the 27th inst., with copy of Cowley County Telegram, containing a statement of the R. R. committee, of Winfield, came to hand this morning.

You call my attention to the statement of the committee and suggest whether a reply would not be appropriate. I answer, respectfully, no. The high regard I have for the committee forbids a dispute with reference to details merely. It is enough for the people of your county to know that after four different efforts by Mr. Young, and others, to secure the cooperation of the people of Winfield in the construction of the Kansas City, Emporia & Southern railroad, we failed to accomplish the object.
It is sufficient to say that upon the last visit made by Mr. Young and myself, the railroad committee, through its chairman, Mr. Smith, informed Mr. Young that they had one railroad proposi­tion before them (the east and west road) and they did not at that time wish to entertain any other. As near as I can remem­ber, those are his exact words.
The provisions of the modified proposition may have still been objectionable to the committee, but its rejection by the committee, so far as we knew, was on the ground solely that they did not wish to entertain it. The committee did not even invite us to its room to hear its conclusions, but sent its chairman to us at the hotel to inform us (if he reported truly, and I have no doubt he did) that they didn’t wish to entertain it.
Mr. Young thanked the chairman for his prompt answer, and in a short time thereafter we left town. It is no use to multiply words. Those who have been acting for the people of Winfield know very well why a proposition to aid this road via that place was not agreed upon.
Say to the people of the townships, in which the proposi­tions are now pending, if they want the road, vote the aid and they will get it. Greenwood County has carried the proposition and the survey will commence this week, and then work for the con­struction will be prepared as fast as possible.
The truth will do to stand by. Mr. Young will be here Wednesday next to commence the location of the route. Truly yours, C. V. ESKRIDGE.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 9, 1877.
On and after May 20th, 1877, I will have native lumber for sale at my place 1½ miles northeast of Arkansas City. I wish also at that time to sell a large quantity of fire wood, and will let contracts for cutting and hauling the same. Parties wanting anything in the shape of native lumber or wood can apply to me personally, or leave their orders at the office of Mitchell & Channell. WM. COOMBS.
Winfield Courier, May 10, 1877. Editorial Page.
Arkansas City has gotten up a moonshine railroad company to cover a line from that place to Independence. S. P. Channel is president. A hefty concern!
Winfield Courier, May 10, 1877. Editorial Page.
                                                         THE LIAR’S DEN.
The denizens of Arkansas City who are out over Cowley County are the most unblushing liars on earth; or else the reports that come to Winfield are terribly exaggerated. This charge may not be true of all those itinerants who are roving the county in an effort to defeat the bonds for the east and west road but we believe it is true of some of them. We enumerate the following as a part of the stories that come to us as having been told by Arkansas City men; they say:

S. P. Channell said at the Rock post office store the other day that the Winfield committee went to Arkansas City and refused to aid a north and south road except to the extent of $80,000 and that they would only vote them four days after the east and west vote was taken.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 6, 1877.
                                                      BOUND TO COME!
                                         Southern Kansas to Have a Railroad.
By a letter from E. P. Bancroft, of Emporia, to S. P. Channell, of this place, we learn that the contract for the grading of the Kansas City, Emporia & Southern Railroad in Lyon County will be let on the 15th inst., and the bridge for the Cottonwood River has been ordered, and is now being made at Chicago. Judge Peyton, of Emporia, has been appointed right of way commissioner for Lyon County, to adjust claims. The contract for the stone work of the Cottonwood bridge will be let this week, and work commenced on it as soon as the water will permit. The work will be pushed rapidly until the south line of Butler is reached.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 18, 1877.
S. P. CHANNELL purchased the hardware store of R. C. Haywood yesterday, and is now ready to serve all in need of anything in his line. Mr. Haywood will devote his time to collecting ac­counts due him, for awhile.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 18, 1877.
MR. HAYWOOD desires to thank his friends for the patronage he has received, and retires from business with the best of feelings towards all.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 18, 1877.
MR. CHANNELL invites all his former patrons to try him again, and assures all he will sell as cheap as anyone in South­ern Kansas for cash.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 25, 1877.
NEW ADS. L. McLAUGHLIN’s and S. P. Channell’s new adver­tisements appear this week, and Berry Brothers and Houghton & McLaughlin have made a change in theirs.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 25, 1877.
                AD: This space reserved for S. P. Channell’s announcement of Hardware.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 25, 1877.
Every day new machinery is sent out by Channell and Bene­dicts. On the corner of Benedicts’ the sidewalk is blocked with fanning mills, hay rakes, etc.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 25, 1877.
MR. CHANNELL has engaged a large space in the paper this week to tell the people what he has in the hardware line. He will go north soon to replenish his stock, and when it arrives, he will have one of the largest supplies of wagons, machines, and farming implements to be found anywhere in the Southwest. Mr. Channell always bore the reputation of selling the best hardware for the least money, and his many friends will be glad to learn that he is again in business.
                            [For some reason the ad referred to was not printed.]
Arkansas City Traveler, August 22, 1877.
                                                           LAMP BURST.

Early Monday evening, Mr. Gates went to the door of Channell’s hardware store for the purpose of buying something, and found the door locked and the inside of the store in flames. While it was being talked over how they could get in, T. H. McLaughlin came to the rescue, and planting himself back on his patent leg, gave such a kick that would shame a mule, and sent the whole pane of glass in the door in a thousand and one pieces. This made an opening large enough to get in and out of very easily, and in a few minutes the lamps were lowered and carried out, and the flames smothered. The cause of the disas­ter was from a lamp bursting. The only damage done was the breaking of the lamp and scorching of a plow handle and the floor. The oil from the lamp had spread over the floor, and had it not been discovered soon after, the building would have been endangered. Only a few persons were present at the time, but among them we noticed two or three candidates.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 26, 1877.
S. P. CHANNELL has returned from Kansas City, where he went to witness the different tests of farming implements and machinery.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 10, 1877.
One of the most comfortable and convenient carriages to be seen is Channell’s phaeton that arrived last week.
Winfield Courier, October 18, 1877.
                              GRAND LODGE KNIGHTS OF HONOR OF KAN.
This grand body was organized in this city September 28th, by Past Supreme Dictator, A. E. Keyes, of Mansfield, Ohio, with the following officers.
Alonzo Howland, Past Grand Dictator; Dr. W. G. Graham, Grand Dictator, Winfield; C. W. Rambo, Elk Falls, Grand Vice Dictator; E. Maris, Eldorado, Grand Assistant Dictator; B. F. Smith, Oxford, Grand Chaplain; Henry J. Walker, Grand Reporter; S. P. Channell, Arkansas City, Grand Treasurer; R. W. Stephenson, Wellington, Grand Guide; H. O. Lystre, Cedar Vale, Grand Guardian; James Fogy, Douglass, Grand Sentinel.
The following were elected Trustees: H. O. Lystre, E. Maris, R. W. Stephenson, R. F. Smith, and L. F. Chandler.
The Grand Dictator appointed the following committees.
On Appeals: E. B. Kager, L. F. Chandler, and W. C. Robinson.
On Printing and Supplies: The Dictator, Vice Dictator, and Reporter.
On Laws and Supervision: A. Howland, R. F. Smith, and H. J. Walker.
On Finance: E. Maris, W. C. Robinson, and F. Sowers.
On Mileage and Per Diem: Thos. Osborn, H. O. Lystre, and A. E. Garrison.
On Returns: E. B. Kager, C. W. Rambo, and Dr. Lewis.
On State of the Order: H. J. Walker, A. Howland, B. F. Smith, J. W. McWilliams, and L. F. Chandler.
Upon motion the Grand Lodge adjourned to meet the second Wednesday in June, 1878, in the Knights of Honor Hall, in Eldorado, Kansas.
The first Lodge of the Order in this State was organized February 20, 1877, in this city. There are at present twelve subordinate Lodges working in the State, all in a good prosperous condition, having an aggregate membership of about 240 members.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 31, 1877.
                                                   FOR GETTING TABLES.

O. P. Houghton, S. P. Channell, Mr. Hutchinson.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 31, 1877.
PINE LUMBER. I have added pine lumber to my stock of Hardware, and will be pleased to furnish the same to anyone wishing to buy at Wichita prices—freight added. Call and see me before purchasing elsewhere. S. P. CHANNELL.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 14, 1877.
ONE new Coles Stalk Cutter to trade for hauling. S. P. CHANNELL.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 21, 1877.
                                   TWENTY-SIX BUILDINGS UNDER WAY.
A BUILDING ASSOCIATION WAS FORMED A FEW WEEKS AGO, and entered into by twelve parties, agreeing to build a house each. Since then fourteen more have declared their intention to build. The original twelve were: S. P. Channell. W. M. Sleeth, A. A. Newman, L. H. Gardner, O. P. Houghton, Gardner Mott, H. P. Farrar, Silas Parker, J. L. Huey, C. R. Sipes, R. C. Haywood, James Wilson.
The additional fourteen are: J. C. McMullen, Thomas Baird, J. Dodwell, Mrs. Dean, C. C. Wolf, E. J. Fitch, Mr. Ray, Wm. Speers, T. A. Gaskill, D. Logan, J. T. Shepard, Kendall Smith, Jas. Benedict, David Finney.
Mr. Gaskill has his house almost enclosed, and the founda­tions and preparations are being made for several others.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 28, 1877.
CHANNELL’s new house goes up this week.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 28, 1877.
MR. CHANNELL has the lumber on the ground for his new house.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 19, 1877.
The following persons were elected officers for the ensuing year, of Crescent Lodge No. 133, A. F. and A. M., at their hall in Newman’s block, on Saturday evening, Dec. 15.
Worshipful Master: Clinton Robert Mitchell.
Senior Warden: Orin C. Smith.
Junior Warden: Sewell Peasley Channell.
Treasurer: Charles R. Sipes.
Secretary: Isaac H. Bonsall.
Tyler: Steven C. Wintin.
The following officers were appointed by the Worshipful Master, on Tuesday evening following.
Senior Deacon: James Benedict.
Junior Deacon: Harry Pearce Farrar.
Senior Stewart: Henry Bear Pruden.
Junior Stewart: William J. Stewart.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 16, 1878.
S. P. CHANNELL has received two car loads of machinery for the spring trade. He is determined to have them here in time.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 16, 1878.

                                                         SOCIAL DANCE.
One of the most pleasant parties of the winter was held at Newman’s hall on Monday evening, under the direction of two or three good citizens of this place. Music was furnished by C. R. Sipes, James Steiner, and Ret Berkey, and the floor managed by I. H. Bonsall and S. P. Channell. A good number were present, and the company enjoyed themselves exceedingly. It was the best selected audience we have seen in Arkansas City since the good old days of long ago, and the secret of it was there was no distinction made on account of surrounding circum­stances. A similar party once every two weeks would add greatly to the social enjoyment of the place.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 23, 1878.
A good large work horse to sell or trade. S. P. CHANNELL.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 30, 1878.
                                    Kansas City, Emporia & Southern Railroad.
The following letter will be read with great interest by the friends of the K. C., E. & S. Railroad.
                                              EMPORIA, KAS., Jan. 24, 1878.
S. P. Channell: Dear Sir: Your favor of the 22nd inst. was received this morning. It has been impossible to reach the south line of this county by Feb. 1st, 1878, for the following reasons.
1st. The talk of repudiation so brief in many of the old counties of the State has frightened capital away from Kansas investments, which are dependent on popular favor.
2nd. The unbehaved character of the weather of the past two or three months.
3rd. The delay of the Greenwood county bonds. No other county or township except yours are affected by this. We have one year under the vote in this and Greenwood to reach the south line of this county. The failure to reach that point by Feb. 1st has not and will not make any difference in the prevention of the work, but finding some time ago that it could not be done, the company did not think it advisable to keep a large force on hand, when they could not work to advantage more than 10 to 15 days a month. Work is progressing regularly every day that the weather and ground are favorable. The company pay cash promptly every month, and as soon as we have suitable weather, it is my opinion they will show us a specimen of railroad construction not yet seen in this country. We have until Feb. 1st, 1879, to reach the north line of your county, but I do not think we shall need more than half the time. Having so much money already invested, it will be the interest of the company to push the construction with all possible dispatch. With the inauguration of a large line from Kansas City to St. Louis, now almost a certainty, and the splendid success of Capt. Eads at the mouth of the Mississippi, the early construction of our line becomes doubly important to every man within reach of its influence, and also to the company. The time for reaching Eureka and the north line of your county as specified in your vote is ample. We have no doubt that the people of Cowley county will do the fair thing when the proper time comes. No one here who is conversant with the facts has for a moment doubted the success of this great enterprise. For myself, I hereby invite myself to your next Christmas dinner, and expect to come all the way by D. H. passage on the K. C., E. & S. R. R. Yours Truly,
                                                         E. P. BANCROFT.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 30, 1878.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 27, 1878.
MR. S. P. CHANNELL delivered a temperance lecture at the First Presbyterian Church Monday evening.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 13, 1878.
List of the petit jurors for the May term of the District Court.
                           One of the jurors named: S. P. Channell, Creswell township.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 13, 1878.
                                       S. P. CHANNELL’S ADVERTISEMENT.
NOW, WHEN THE MURPHY MOVEMENT IS THE RAGE, AND ALL are anxious to don the “blue ribbon,” would it not be well to step into S. P. CHANNELL’s Hardware and Implement Store, and examine the large assortment of Implements of all kinds that have been wearing the blue ribbon awarded to them for superiority at the different trials all over the land? Among them you can see the
                                             “HAINES’ ILLINOIS HEADER!”
Decidedly the best in the market. This Header is 500 lbs. lighter than the one made last year, and has many other important improvements. You can see the
The first Harvester made to elevate the grain on a table for binding, and it is the best and lightest draft today. Also, the
                                                     DEWEY HARVESTER,
                                          The old and reliable Buckeye Machines,
                              “WARRIOR” AND “MEADOW LARK” MOWERS,
                            J. I. CASE and N., S. & Co. VIBRATOR THRESHERS,
                                           Gilpin, Corr, and Skinner Sulky Plows,
                                JOHN DEERE GANG PLOWS, CULTIVATORS,
And all kinds of first-class farming tools that you may need.
                               S. P. CHANNELL is agent for the new and wonderful
                                              ST. JOHN SEWING MACHINE,
Every lady should examine this before purchasing any other machine, as it has some improvements not yet reached by other machines. It makes no difference whether it is run backward or forward—the work will always run from you, with no loss or change of stitch.
    Remember the Place: Two doors south of the Post Office, Arkansas City, Kansas.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 20, 1878.
The funeral procession of Capt. Smith was one of the largest we have seen at this place. It was formed of Masons on foot preceding the remains, followed by vehicles and horsemen. Mr. S. P. Channell was master of ceremonies, with Mr. John T. Grimes as marshal. The procession and funeral ceremonies were very imposing.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 27, 1878.
CHANNELL has one of Marsh’s self-binding harvesters in his store. It is a curiosity to see it binding straw, old bags, or anything it can get hold of.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 27, 1878.

A mistake was made Sunday evening in administering medicine to Bessie Channell that might have resulted in the death of the child, had it not been that violent vomiting set in. The mistake was made in giving the wrong medicine.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 3, 1878.
S. P. CHANNELL sold his hardware store to Agent Williams last week, and will give possession in May or June. Mr. Channell is a man of many friends, and all regret to have him quit business.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 3, 1878.
That Maltese cross of S. P. Channell’s, indicating he is a member of the Knights Templars, just cost $23. Mr. Ridenour ordered it.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 3, 1878.
Another new farm implement is a harrow made entirely of iron. One can be seen in front of Channell’s store, and about forty in his cellar.
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.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 17, 1878.
Agent Williams is expected to take charge of his hardware store recently purchased of S. P. Channell some time in May. Mr. Channell will spend the summer in the mountains.
Winfield Courier, April 18, 1878.
                                                  Commissioners’ Proceedings.
We are indebted to W. R. Stivers, the efficient assistant of the county clerk, for the following report.
The board of commissioners of Cowley County met in regular session at the county clerk’s office on the 8th day of April, 1878. Present: R. F. Burden, W. M. Sleeth, and George L. Gale, commissioners; James McDermott, county attorney, and M. G. Troup, county clerk.
Frank Jennings and S. P. Channell were appointed to assist the Probate Judge to count the funds in the county treasury.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 24, 1878.
GOODS uncalled for at the Express office in Arkansas City. Parties will please call and get them. JAMES CHRISTIAN, Agent.
                                                   S. P. Channell, 3 packages.
Winfield Courier, April 25, 1878.
                                                     Real Estate Transfers.

David Thompson and wife to Ellen A. Channell, se. of nw. of no. 23, 34, 3, and 11 lots in Arkansas City, $1,000.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 1, 1878.
The harvest of wheat will begin in three weeks. Already Channell, Benedict, and Sipes are sending the machines on to do the work.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 1, 1878.
Eighteen teams crowded the streets last Sunday. Some were loaded with groceries, some with agricultural implements for S. P. Channell, and others were going to and coming from Pawnee Agency. In the afternoon a long file of Ponca Indians with pack ponies passed through town on their way north.
Winfield Courier, May 2, 1878. Editorial Page.
The following is the regular jury for May term of the District Court: G. W. Martin, James Jackson, R. S. Thompson, John Harden, S. P. Channell, John M. Gates, J. M. Mark, Thessius Mayginnis, B. B. Vandeventer, J. H. Mounts, Stephen Elkins, Abijah Howard.
Winfield Courier, May 2, 1878. Editorial Page.
                                                       DISTRICT COURT.
Mr. E. S. Bedilion, District Clerk, furnishes us with the following list of cases which will probably be for trial at the next term of the District Court commencing on Monday, May 6th, 1878.
                                               CIVIL DOCKET. THIRD DAY.
                                                   S. P. Channell v. L. Maricle.
Winfield Courier, May 9, 1878.
                                                  District Court Proceedings.
Monday, May 6th, 10 o’clock a.m. His Honor, W. P. Campbell, on the bench. Present: C. L. Harter, sheriff; E. S. Bedilion, clerk; Jas. McDermott, prosecuting attorney; attorneys C. Coldwell, W. F. Hackney, Henry E. Asp, J. E. Allen, D. C. Beach, E. S. Torrance, J. M. Alexander, A. J. Pyburn, N. C. Coldwell, Jas. Christian, G. H. Buckman, S. D. Pryor, J. Wade McDonald, C. R. Mitchell, J. D. Pryor, C. C. Black, R. C. Story, L. J. Webb, W. M. Boyer, F. S. Jennings, and D. A. Millington.
The docket was called.
                                     Case dismissed: S. P. Channell vs. L. Maricle.
Winfield Courier, May 9, 1878.
Saw S. P. Channell yesterday. He says the steamboat runs nicely between Arkansas City and Salt City. Salt will come down of course. He says the steamer took on a new pilot at Salt City, who ran the steamer aground. The piles are being driven for the bridge across to Bolton.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 15, 1878.
                                                        Court Proceedings.
                                           [From the Cowley County Telegram.]
The following is a report of the disposal of the cases which have come up so far during this term.
                               Sewell P. Channell vs. Loudowick Maricle, dismissed.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 22, 1878.
Our town at this time faithfully illustrates the lines of the Irish poet:
“The rich may ride in chaises,
But the poor must stay at home, be J____s.”
During the past week some ten of our leading businessmen’s wives have gone east and north to spend the summer: Mrs. O. P. Houghton, Mrs. J. L. Huey, Mrs. R. C. Haywood, Mrs. A. A. Newman, Mrs. H. P. Farrar, Mrs. M. Rexford, Mrs. David Thompson, Mrs. Ed. Thompson, Mrs. Wm. Sleeth, Mrs. S. P. Channell.
                                                     Real Estate Transfers.
Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.
                        S. P. Channell to James H. Griffith, 72 acres off se. ¼, 13-35-3.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 5, 1878.
ALL persons indebted to me on back accounts will please call in at once and settle the same by note or cash, as I expect to leave in a few days. S. P. CHANNELL.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 5, 1878.
Arkansas City takes a holiday trip today. Maj. Sleeth and wife go to Ohio; Mrs. Channell, Mrs. Thompson, and David Thompson go to Canada; Mrs. Newman and Mrs. Haywood go to New England; Charles Gallert and others go to California; S. P. Channell goes to Oregon; and Dr. Shepard and wife go to Missouri. Courier.
What a lonesome time Scott will have now he is left are all alone. Eldorado Times.
We don’t propose to be left. We’ll excurt and visit the sunny clime of the Lone Star State. You had better come along, Mr. Times. We’ll sleep you in the open air and share our grubs with you, for the sake of your company.
Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.
Indian Agent, A. C. Williams, has bought the Channell hardware store at Arkansas City, and proposes attending personally to the business after the 4th of July.
                                                Commissioners’ Proceedings.
Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.
                                                   MONDAY, JUNE 3, 1878.
Board of county commissioners met at the office of the county clerk.
Present: R. F. Burden, G. L. Gale, commissioners, and M. G. Troup, Clerk.
Allowed the following Jurors’ fees.
                                                       S. P. Channell, $4.00.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 12, 1878.
A conclave of the Grand Knights of Honor is held at El Dorado today. S. P. Channell represents the order of this place.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 12, 1878.

HAVING PURCHASED THE ENTIRE STOCK OF HARDWARE, etc., from S. P. CHANNELL, we would respectfully call the attention of our friends to the fact that they can buy Farming Implements, Hard­ware, etc., at the old stand, and can do fully as well as at Winfield or any other town south of Wichita. Those wishing Grain Drills and Plows for this fall’s work can do as well by buying of us as of anybody. We will handle this fall the celebrated Sucker State Grain Drill, and we will warrant it to give perfect satis­faction in every respect. Respectfully, SCHIFFBAUER BROS. & CO.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 26, 1878.
That enterprising and reliable firm, Schiffbauer Bros. & Co., are moving their stock of groceries and queensware across the street to their new quarters, this week, and will soon be settled in the room formerly occupied by S. P. Channell. Talk about a caravan of goods! The amount of lumber, hardware, etc., received by this firm in addition to their supply of groceries, is simply immense. They are determined to control the trade.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 10, 1878.
H. P. FARRAR and S. P. CHANNELL started for the East last Saturday morning—Mr. Farrar for the State of Maine, and Mr. Channell for the province of Canada. They expect to return in a couple of months, with their families.
Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.
                                                   That Trip on the Aunt Sally.”
We “let off” our surplus patriotism on the Fourth by going to Arkansas City and taking a ride on the “Aunt Sally” beneath the classic shades of the “raging Walnut.” The said “Aunt Sally” is not exactly like the Sound steamers that ply between Fall River and New York. We did not see the elegant staterooms, dining-hall, furniture, and such; but she paddled along just as well as though arrayed in gay plumage. The passengers stood up on deck and sweltered in the heat; taking two or three small showers for variety; then the whistle made most unearthly screams and the band played patriotic airs. The boat was manned by Channell, Sleeth, Swarts, Farrar, Mowry, and many others of the old sailors of Arkansas City. Many Winfield ladies and gentlemen were on board with us, exhibiting more enthusiasm, we thought, than did our “seaport” friends. When we returned to the landing, Bonsall was on hand with his camera to take a picture of the boat and its passengers, but we shall never believe he got a good picture until he furnishes us with a copy. When that infernal whistle shrieked, it was with difficulty that we prevented our unsophisticated Winfielders from following the example of the Indians down the river by jumping off and wading ashore. Troup jumped about 18 feet, Harris 14, Baird 12, Bliss 10, McMullen & Lemmon 3, Hudson 2. The rest of them were on the other side of the boat and we were not able to record their feats of ground and lofty tumbling.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 11, 1878.
H. P. Farrar was informed of the bank robbery while rusti­cating; and S. P. Channell has been down with fever.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 2, 1878.
O. P. Houghton and S. P. Channell returned from the East last Friday afternoon, with their families.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 4, 1878.
See the real estate card of Channell & McLaughlin.
AD: S. P. CHANNELL.                                  T. H. McLAUGHLIN.
                                             CHANNELL & McLAUGHLIN,
                           Pay taxes for non-residents. Correspondence solicited.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 11, 1878.
                                               NEW REAL ESTATE FIRM.
S. P. CHANNELL and T. H. McLAUGHLIN have formed a partnership, and last week opened an office in the building formerly occupied by the Tonsorial man. We know of no two men we could more highly recommend to the public than these gentlemen. They came here in an early day, and are familiar with the county, and consequently know where the cheapest and best lands are. Messrs. Channell and McLaughlin are both thorough businessmen, and we can safely recommend them to the public generally.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 11, 1878.
The following officers of Crescent Lodge, No. 133, were elected at the last regular meeting, Saturday evening, Dec. 7th, 1878.
Sewell P. Channell, W. M.
James Benedict, S. W.
Jas. I. Mitchell, J. W.
Henry P. Farrar, Treasurer.
Isaac H. Bonsall, Secretary.
Lafe McLaughlin, Tyler.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 8, 1879.
Our enterprising townsmen, Channell & McLaughlin, have issued from the TRAVELER office a Real Estate Bulletin, giving quite a complete list of farms for sale in this locality, and also a general description of Cowley County.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 22, 1879.
At a regular communication of Crescent Lodge No. 133 A. F. and A. M., held in Masonic Hall at Arkansas City, Jan. 18th, 1879, A. L. 5879, the following preamble and resolutions were adopted unanimously.
WHEREAS, It has pleased the Grand Architect of the Universe to remove from our midst, our late brother, E. B. Kager, and
WHEREAS, It is but just that a fitting recognition of his many virtues should be had. Therefore be it
Resolved, By Crescent Lodge No. 133 of Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, that while we bow with humble submission to the will of the Grand Master above, we do not the less mourn for our brother who has been taken from us.
Resolved, That in the death of E. B. Kager, this lodge laments the loss of a brother, whose voice of sympathy and helping hands were ever ready to extend aid to the needy and distressed of the fraternity, an active member of the society, whose exertions were for its future welfare and prosperity, a friend and brother who was dear to us all.
Resolved, That in token of our brotherly love and friendship we sincerely sympathize with his family in their affliction.
Resolved, That these resolutions be spread upon the minutes of the Lodge, and a copy be furnished to the family of the deceased brother, and to each of the newspapers of the county.
                                                   S. P. CHANNELL, W. M.
I. H. BONSALL, Secretary.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 22, 1879.

The following were duly installed as officers of the Knights of Honor for the ensuing six months on the first Tuesday in January, 1879.
James Benedict, P. D.
S. P. Channell, D.
I. H. Bonsall, V. D.
Thos. L. Mantor, A. D.
O. P. Houghton, Chaplain.
T. H. McLaughlin, F. R.
E. R. Thompson, R.
Manson Rexford, Steward.
I. M. Ware, Guardian.
G. Mott, Sentinel.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 29, 1879.
Chas. Mummert’s place was sold last week by Channell & McLaughlin to a gentleman from Illinois.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 5, 1879.
We copy extensively this week from the Real Estate Bulletin, published by Channell & McLaughlin, of this city.
                                         [From the REAL ESTATE BULLETIN.]
As the result of a seven years orchard planting, the statis­tics of the county show 196,554 peach and 5,754 bearing apple trees.
Now is the time to buy land in this vicinity, for as we shall have a railroad and a line of steamers within a few months, the price of property of all kinds cannot help but materially
While, of course, there are some farms to rent in this county yet, as is invariably the case in new countries opened up under similar circumstances, improved places are, as a rule, occupied by the owner.
Sheep raising has been followed extensively in the county with success. Our seasons are as a rule dry, and consequently the finest wool can be obtained at the minimum of cost. Foot-rot is unknown, and if anything goes wrong, the owner, and not the country are to blame.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 26, 1879.
S. P. Channell and C. M. Scott returned from Topeka last Monday.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 23, 1879
Laf. McLaughlin is building a room between Matlack’s and Channell & McLaughlin’s office.
Winfield Courier, May 15, 1879.
                                    REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS [CITY ONLY].
S. P. Channell and wife to W. S. Houghton, lot 24, blk. 66, Arkansas City. $55.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 21, 1879.
S. P. Channell is the boss gardener of the city, dining on new potatoes and green peas on the 16th.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 21, 1879.

Mr. Ridenour has moved his stock of jewelry into the room on the south side of Channell & McLaughlin’s real estate office.
Winfield Courier, May 22, 1879.
                                   REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS [IN THE CITY]
                   H. M. Kinne to Channell & McLaughlin, lot 13, blk 69, Arkan­sas City.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 28, 1879.
                                                     Real Estate Transfers.
M. G. Troup, Co. Clerk, to Channell & McLaughlin, lt. 9, block 24, lts. 14, 13, and 2, blk. 146, lt. 28, blk. 145, lt. 1, blk. 146, lt. 27, blk. 143, lt. 15, blk. 128, lt. 15, blk. 129, lt. 24, blk. 67, lts. 15 and 16, blk. 103, lts. 26 and 27, blk. 59, lt. 16, blk. 27, lt. 24, blk. 48, lot 29, blk. 59, lt. 25, blk. 48, lt. 8, blk. 24, lt. 15, blk. 27, lt. 14, blk. 52, lts 1, 5, 6, 7, 13, and 12, blk. 24, lts. 15 and 16, blk. 48, lt. 14, blk. 24, lts. 1, 3, 8, 27 and 28, blk. 50, Ark. City.
H. H. McLaughlin to S. P. Channell, und. ½ lt. 9, blk. 8, Ark. City.
Channell & McLaughlin to W. S. Houghton, lt. 13, blk. 69, Ark. City.
S. P. Channell and wife to T. H. McLaughlin, undivided _ of lots 3 and 4 and e ½ of s.w. 1/4 s7 t35 r3.
M. G. Troup to Channell & McLaughlin, lot 26, blk. 27, lot 4, blk. 28, lots 1, 2, 3 and 4, blk. 56 and lots 12, 13, and 14, blk. 139, and lot 16, blk. 52, lot 7, blk. 67, Ark. City.
H. M. Kinsie and husband to Channell & McLaughlin, lot 13, blk. 68, Ark. City.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 28, 1879
S. P. Channell presented his wife with a Mathenshek piano.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 18, 1879.
FOR SALE. 80 acres of good land on State line convenient to timber and water, forty acres in good cultivation. Price $350 one half cash balance on time. To be sold in sixty days, if sold at all. CHANNELL & McLAUGHLIN.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 25, 1879.
CRESCENT LODGE NO. 133, A., F. and A. M., will take part in the Fourth of July celebration at Arkansas City, and hereby extend a cordial invitation to all Masons in good standing to join with us, also to lodges in this vicinity to join in the procession.
              By order of Lodge. S. P. CHANNELL, W. M. I. H. BONSALL, Secretary.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 9, 1879.
Channell received sweetening enough last Saturday for all of Cowley County, consisting of some three hundred pounds of genuine maple sugar, all the way from Canada. It is “lappin’ good truck,” and we only wish we could have been in the woods last spring watching the making of it.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 9, 1879.
500 acres of first-class land for rent, for cash or on shares. Extra inducements offered.
                                              CHANNELL & McLAUGHLIN.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 16, 1879.
S. P. Channell and family started for Iowa last Sunday morning to attend Mrs. Channell’s father, who is not expected to live.
Winfield Courier, July 17, 1879.

                                           ARKANSAS CITY, JULY 13, 1879.
S. P. Channell and wife started for Iowa this morning, being summoned by telegraph to attend the sick bed of Mrs. Channell’s father, David Thompson, who is very low and not expected to recover.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 13, 1879 - Front Page.
                                                        ARKANSAS CITY
In the Chicago Commercial Advertiser of July 31, we find the following account of our thriving city. While the correspondent speaks in glowing terms, he says nothing more than the truth, of which anyone can be convinced by paying us a visit. After commenting upon other points of interest, he says:
They have some fine commercial buildings, notably the Newman block, 22 x 100 feet, with O. P. Houghton’s heavy general stock below and the elegantly finished and furnished Masonic hall, jointly occupied by the Blue Lodge and Chapter, above. The Channell & Haywood stone building, 24 x 100 feet, with basement, and occu­pied by Schiffbauer Bros., with general hardware, is in many respects the finest mercantile building in the valley.
Schiffbauer Bros. & Co. have a very heavy and complete stock of heavy and shelf hardware, stoves, tin and copper ware, and kindred goods. Their aggregate sales are heavy, and they are pronounced one of the strongest mercantile concerns of the county. In the
                                             REAL ESTATE AND BANKING
department of the city, there are some very strong concerns, two of which I am especially pleased to notice.
Channell & McLaughlin, whose card will be found in our real estate column, have one of the strongest, most active and well-directed land agencies in Southern Kansas. They have also a real estate and loan brokerage, and are placing many important loans upon unencumbered real estate for eastern capitalists. They are giving careful attention to commercial collections, tax-paying, and abstracts, and will be pleased to correspond or confer with parties who want information respecting Arkansas City, Cowley County, or the Indian Territory. They have very complete lists of town and country property, are gentlemen of high character, liberal means, and splendid business abilities. I remember them both among the old settlers and staunch merchants of the town, known and honored of all men in this region. Mr. Channell was formerly mayor of the city, and almost from its inception has been an inspiring worker in its behalf. The Advertiser gives this firm joy of their fortunate location in the land business and leaves them a wish for long years of prosperous trade. Better land agents or more royal men may not be found in the land of the jayhawkers.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 20, 1879.
S. P. Channell and George Howard drove up to the end of the railroad now building in the county Monday evening. George returned, but S. P. has gone up the road.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 20, 1879.
Money to loan in sums from $300 to $5000 on improved farms. Special inducements offered to parties wanting money at a low rate of interest by
                                               CHANNELL & McLAUGHLIN

                                                      Arkansas City, Kansas.
Winfield Courier, August 21, 1879.
Channell & McLaughlin have purchased from Van R. Holmes, of Emporia, a half interest in 500 lots in Arkansas City. The transfer was made in one deed and took eight record pages of solid description.
Winfield Courier, August 28, 1879.
A commandery of Knight Templars was instituted in this city, last evening, starting out with the following charter members, comprising some of the best citizens of this city, Oxford, and Arkansas City: John D. Pryor, W. G. Graham, Robt. Allison, Joseph Conklin, Chas. C. Black, S. P. Channell, K. F. Smith, Jas. L. Huey, Jas. Ridenour, A. J. Chapel, Benj. F. Smith, Ansel Gridley, Jas. M. Stafford, R. D. Jillson, A. A. Newman, J. Cairns.
The Commandery will work under dispensation, with the following officers.
E. Commander, W. G. Graham; Generalissimo, Jas. Huey; Captain General, R. D. Jillson; Prelate, Rev. J. Cairns.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 3, 1879
Charles W. Samuels, a prominent merchant of Cedar City, Missouri, paid our city a visit last Monday, and was so well pleased that he concluded to make this his home. He purchased some business and residence lots of Channell & McLaughlin, and intends to build as soon as he can return home and get his business in such a shape as to leave it. He will engage in the dry goods business, and as he is a man of large capital, we gladly welcome him to the boss town in the Southwest.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 17, 1879.
Messrs. Newman, Channell, and Searing, of Arkansas City, were in Wellington on Wednesday. While here Messrs. Newman and Searing made arrangements with Messrs. Hickman and Hunter, of this city, for 100,000 pounds of flour, to fulfill their flour contract at the Wichita Agency, Indian Territory. The water in the Walnut River is so low at present that Mr. Searing has partly shut down his mill near Arkansas City and is now making some needed repairs. Wellington Vidette.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 17, 1879.
There have been more bona fide real estate transfers in Arkansas City during the past two weeks than in any other town in Southern Kansas. The main transfer was that of Mr. Van Holmes’ lots to Messrs. Newman, Channell, and McLaughlin, each of these gentlemen purchasing a third, the entire number realizing the neat sum of seven thousand dollars. As a result of this transac­tion nearly all the lots in Arkansas City are owned by residents of the town—not for speculation merely, but for sale to parties wishing to build and improve the town. Messrs. Channell & McLaughlin will sell desirable lots on time to responsible parties, provided they will put up good, substantial buildings.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 24, 1879.
We are informed that the town lots recently owned by Finley, of Emporia, have been purchased by A. A. Newman, Channell & McLaughlin.
Winfield Courier, October 2, 1879.
                                                      Notice to Contractors.

Bids will be received for the construction of three stone or brick business houses. For specifications call at the office of Channell & McLaughlin, Arkansas City, Kansas.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 8, 1879.
                                             NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS.
Bids will be received for the construction of three Stone or Brick business houses. Specifications can be seen at the office of CHANNELL & McLAUGHLIN, Arkansas City, Kansas. Sept. 29, 1879.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 15, 1879.
S. P. Channell has gone to Leavenworth to attend a meeting of the Masonic Order.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 29, 1879.
S. P. Channell has the Boss dooryard fence, and it adds much to the good appearance of his place.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 12, 1879.
A select party met at Mr. S. P. Channell’s hospitable mansion last week, and were so well entertained by the host and hostess that they will all want to go again.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 26, 1879.
Dr. Kellogg has exchanged his farm south of town with S. P. Channell for the property formerly occupied as a residence by L. B. Kellogg.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 3, 1879.
TO ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN: A regular communication of Crescent Lodge No. 133, A., F. and A. M., will be held in the hall in Arkansas City, Saturday evening, Dec. 6, for the purpose of electing officers for the ensuing year. S. P. CHANNELL, W. M.
I. H. BONSALL, Secretary.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 3, 1879.
J. L. Huey has tax roll for 1879, in the office lately occupied by Channell & McLaughlin. Tax receipts given when money is paid. Fee 50 cents.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 10, 1879.
                                                THOMPSON & CHANNELL,
                               Call and see us and get prices before buying elsewhere.
                                          Also CONTRACTORS & BUILDERS
                                 Office opposite City Hotel, Arkansas City, Kansas.
                           We also have some rare bargains in LAND & CITY LOTS.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 10, 1879.
COMMITTEE ON ARRANGEMENTS: Mrs. N. B. Hughes, Mrs. Huey, Mrs. A. A. Newman, Mrs. McClung, Mrs. James Benedict.
SOLICITING: East side of city: Mrs. W. Benedict and Mrs. C. R. Sipes. West side of city: Mrs. Hutchison, Mrs. J. T. Shepard. East Bolton: Mrs. Denton, Mrs. Dr. Carlisle. West Bolton: Mrs. Guthrie, Mrs. Marshall. East of Walnut: Mrs. E. Parker and Mrs. N. Kimmell.

FANCY TABLE: Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. L. McLaughlin, Mrs. Berger, Miss Annie Norton, May Benedict, Linnie Peed, Carrie Benedict, Annie Hutchinson, Mary Theaker.
SUPPER TABLE:  Mrs. J. I. Mitchell, Mrs. R. C. Haywood, Mrs. Dr. Chapel, Mrs. S. P. Channell, Mrs. C. Schiffbauer, Mrs. Matlack, Mrs. Howard, Mrs. E. B. Kager, Mrs. Dr. Kellogg, Mrs. T. H. McLaughlin, Mrs. J. T. Shepard.
PROCURING TREE: Mr. W. D. Mowry, C. H. Sylvester, F. Farrar, Charles Swarts.
RECEIVING PRESENTS: Mrs. I. H. Bonsall, Miss Clara Finley, Mr. Cal. Swarts, C. H. Sylvester.
DECORATING TREE: Mr. and Mrs. Bonsall, Mr. and Mrs. Scott, Miss Eva Swarts, Hattie Houghton, Flora Finley, Angie Mantor, Ella Grimes, Mattie Mitchell, Kate Hawkins, Alma Dixon, Blanche Marshall, Emma Hunt, Susie Hunt, Mr. B. Matlack, F. Farrar, W. Gooch, Mr. Rose, G. Howard, B. Maxwell, W. D. Mowry, F. Hutchison, E. LeClare, L. Norton, Mr. B. Parker, C. McIntire.
PROCURING STOVES: C. R. Sipes and James Benedict.
PROCURING LIGHTS: Dr. Shepard and Dr. Loomis.
COLLECTING DONATIONS: Mr. Hutchison and J. J. Breene.
TEA AND COFFEE: Mrs. Coombs and Mrs. Norton.
OYSTER TABLE: Mrs. Sipes, Mrs. W. Benedict, Mrs. T. C. Bird, Mrs. T. Mantor, Mrs. J. H. Sherburne, Mrs. C. Parker, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Watson, Mrs. Anna Patterson.
PROCURING DISHES AND TABLES: Mr. and Mrs. O. P. Houghton, Mr. and Mrs. Lafe McLaughlin, Mrs. Sipes, Mr. J. C. Topliff.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 24, 1879.
Bennett Chapter of Royal Arch Masons elected the following officers at their last regular meeting:
High Priest:  S. P. Channell.
King:  A. A. Newman.
Scribe:  C. R. Mitchell.
Treasurer:  O. P. Houghton.
Secretary:  J. L. Huey.
Captain of the Host:  J. I. Mitchell.
Principal Sojourner:  Jas. Benedict.
Royal Arch Captain:  K. Smith.
Master of 3rd Veil:  Jas. Ridenour.
Master of 2nd Veil:  C. M. Scott.
Master of 1st Veil:  L. McLaughlin.
Tyler:  George Russell.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 7, 1880.
The City authorities caused the arrest of Lewis for trans­porting lumber last week from the depot to S. P. Channell’s yard. Lewis has no license though he is not in the regular transfer business. We understand that a suit against the city will grow out of the transaction.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 28, 1880.
Mr. Shilby has purchased a four acre lot of S. P. Channell south of town.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 4, 1880.
                                                            Wedding Bells.
GOOCH - HOUGHTON. Married on Wednesday evening, February 4th, at the First Presbyterian Church in Arkansas City, Mr. Wyatt Gooch and Miss Hattie Houghton, by Rev. McClung.
The groom and bride have resided in this city for several years, and have a large circle of friends. Mrs. A. A. Newman held a reception at her residence from 9:30 to 11:30, receiving a large number of friends from this city, Wichita, and Emporia. An elegant repast was served during the evening, and friends were coming and going until after midnight. This was one of the largest receptions ever held in this city, and was enjoyed by all.
                                                       LIST OF PRESENTS.
                                         Mr. and Mrs. S. P. Channell, plant stand.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 11, 1880.
S. P. Channell and family intend to pass the coming season in Colorado.
Winfield Courier, February 26, 1880.
Messrs. I. H. Bonsall and E. P. Channell came up from Arkansas City Monday to see the parade.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 10, 1880.
S. P. Channell has sold his residence to Samuel Hoyt.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 10, 1880.
                                            A Rare Chance to Make Money!
I have a few choice city lots, several good farms, one and some suburban property that I will sell below the market price for the next thirty days. Time given if required. I will also sell very cheap my household furniture, stoves, etc., for cash or on time. Do not fail to see me before purchasing. S. P. CHANNELL, Arkansas City, Kansas.
March 9th, 1880.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 24, 1880.
                                                        CASH ACCOUNT.
Amount of cash received by the City Clerk since March 15th, 1879, to March 14th, 1880, both inclusive.
1879. June 19: S. P. Channell for quit claim deed, $5.00
1880. Jan. 15: Thompson & Channell, lumber for street crossings: $21.61
Arkansas City Traveler, March 31, 1880
Mr. S. P. Channell disposed of his household effects last Monday preparatory to starting for the mountains and mining regions of Colorado.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 31, 1880
S. P. Channell has disposed of the most of his property in this section and will remove to Colorado. Mr. Channell is one of our oldest and best citizens as no country can boast of a more worthy man. During the long years he has resided in our midst, he and his family have endeared themselves to a large circle of the best society and wherever they go, friends will gather to them again. The people of this vicinity universally regret the departure of our fellow townsman.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 14, 1880.
Daniels and Harry have moved their Picture Gallery across the street into the room formerly occupied by Channell and Thompson.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 14, 1880.
S. P. Channell and family left on the train this morning for Colorado Springs, Colorado.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 2, 1880.
S. P. Channell writes us from Denver, and says that so far he does not like Colorado as a place to live in, but expects to start for the Gunnison country within a few days and will write us again should anything interesting transpire. His letter concludes with the remark that he “would advise the boys to stay where they are if they are making a living.” This is undoubtedly good advice, for notwithstanding that money is plenty, yet the immense immigration that has been flocking to that State must necessarily bring all kinds of labor down to barely living rates.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1880.
Our former townsman, S. P. Channell, accompanied by Mr. Mullen, arrived in the city last Saturday on a business visit. S. P. is now residing in Minneapolis, and we are pleased to learn that both he and his family have been benefitted by a removal to a colder climate than falls to the lot of Southern Kansas.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1880.
S. P. Channell left for Minneapolis on Monday last in time to spend Christmas with his family.
A very confusing entry...
Arkansas City Traveler, April 6, 1881.
Mr. J. M. Sample, who has been occupying the Channell House, in this city, the past year has removed to his former home in West Bolton.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 13, 1881.
We learn that S. P. Channell, a former resident of this city, but now living at Minneapolis, Minnesota, who left this city on account of ill health, has been suffering from chills and fever all winter; but, to use his own words, “they are getting lighter every day.”
Arkansas City Traveler, April 27, 1881.
Mr. J. E. Miller has rented and is now occupying the Channell house. This property is one of the best improved in town, and will make a charming summer residence.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 30, 1881.
Mr. S. P. Channell bade adieu to his many friends on Monday last, leaving on the 3 p.m. train for Minneapolis, where he now makes his home.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1883.
The friends of Mr. S. P. Channell will be glad to learn that since his removal to Minneapolis, Minnesota, he has been very successful in real estate speculations, and has realized about enough to withdraw from the toils and turmoil of a busy life.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 11, 1883.
We understand our former townsman, S. P. Channell, has been elected an alderman of Minneapolis, Minnesota. Civic honors well become S. P., as we know from experience.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 10, 1883.

Mr. W. B. Kirkpatrick has purchased from Mr. S. Hoyt the Channell residence property, and will renovate and improve for his own occupation.
Arkansas City Traveler, Supplement, December 19, 1883.
Our old time friend and former townsman, S. P. Channell, now of Minneapolis, gave us a genuine surprise last Friday by putting in an appearance at this print shop. The gentleman is accompanied by his wife and family, and we are glad to learn they are making quite a visit in the city. Their hosts of friends will see that the time does not hang heavily while in our midst.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 26, 1883.
Mr. and Mrs. S. P. Channell and children are guests of the Perry house.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 9, 1884.
The leap year ball given by the ladies of Arkansas City last Friday night, in honor of Mr. and Mrs. S. P. Channell, was a most delightful affair. Although the night was bitterly cold—the coldest experienced in this latitude for years—the Highland opera house was filled by the elite of our society, attesting their esteem for our honored visitors, and proving conclusively that “when a woman will, she will.” Messrs. Hoyt, Speers, and Griffith furnished the best of music, which was seconded by the good calling of “mine host,” C. U. France, of the Leland. The ladies deserve great credit for the success of the entertainment, and for the good judgment displayed in inaugurating a system of earlier hours for meeting and adjourning.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 9, 1884.
Mr. and Mrs. S. P. Channell and children, who have been in this city the past two weeks visiting former friends, started on last Monday’s train for Memphis and eventually New Orleans. Their departure so soon was caused by the ill health of their children, it being deemed desirable to take them to a warmer climate. We in common with their hosts of friends hope the change may have the desired effect, and that a pleasant time awaits them in the sunny South.
Arkansas City Republican, December 20, 1884.
                                                        Real Estate Transfers.
The following are the real estate transfers of Arkansas City for December 12 to December 19, as reported by Miss Anna Meigs.
S. P. Channell and wife to T. H. McLaughlin and wife to Wyard E. Gooch and wife, 1 1, b 49, Arkansas City.
Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, June 17, 1921.
                                            CHAPTER TO CITY RECORDS
On April 7, 1875, S. P. Channell was elected mayor.
In April, 1876, Mr. Channell was again elected mayor.


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