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B. F. Childs

Arkansas City Traveler, August 22, 1883.
The old Capt. Norton place, for the past nine years the property of Mrs. A. Gray, was sold Monday to B. F. Childs, of Kansas City. Mrs. Gray will build in some other part of the city.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 10, 1883.
Mr. B. F. Childs, the gentleman who lately purchased Mrs. Gray’s property, arrived from Kansas City last week. It is his intention to build as soon as possible.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 13, 1884.
The Hasie brothers, late of Denver, arrived in the city last week, and will soon commence the erection of their business and residence houses. As is pretty generally known, these gentlemen purpose establishing a wholesale grocery house in Arkansas City, for which they have secured the lots south of Cunningham’s new building, and will erect thereon a hand-some fifty foot front building. They have also purchased the north half of the old Norton property of Mr. Childs, for residence purposes. The Messrs. Hasie are thorough business gentlemen, and we trust they will meet with an encouragement commensurate with their enterprise.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 14, 1884.
B. F. Childs has his cattle brand in this issue of the TRAVELER.
B. F. CHILDS, Arkansas City, Kas. Range on Salt, Antelope, and Elm creeks. Ranch two miles below the forks, Osage Nation. Brand on either or both sides. Holes in both ears. Reward for return of strays. A. J. HENDERSON, Foreman.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 8, 1884.
                                                 Osage Live Stock Association.
Quite a number of the stockmen of the Osage Nation and vicinity met in the council rooms at Osage Agency September 30, 1884, for the purpose of taking steps toward forming an association having for the object the mutual benefit and protection of those engaged in stock raising on the Osage and contiguous reservations.
The meeting was called to order by the temporary chairman, Col. H. H. Crane, with Col. W. J. Pollock at the secretary’s table.
On motion, the above named gentlemen were unanimously elected as permanent chairman and secretary, with Mr. J. N. Florer as treasurer.
Motion of Mr. Florer: That the membership fee to this association be $2. Adopted.
Motion of Mr. Hewins: That any member of the Osage Nation, any Indian owning stock, or any person rightfully occupying ranges on the Osage, Kaw, Cherokee, Ponca, and Nez Perce reservations may become members of this association upon payment of $2 to the treasurer. Adopted.
Membership fees were then paid by the following named stock men and stock firms, who were enrolled by the secretary upon the books of the association.
NAME                                     POST OFFICE ADDRESS.
W. J. POLLOCK                                PONCA AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY.

B. F. CHILDS                               ARKANSAS CITY, KANSAS.
GUS CHOTEAU                                 OSAGE AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY.
LOUIS ROGERS                                OSAGE AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY.
HEWINS & TITUS                             CEDARVALE, KANSAS.
W. S. BROWN & SONS                    INDEPENDENCE, KANSAS.
H. ROBERTS                                      KAW AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY.
J. H. SHERBURNE                             PONCA AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY.
WAIT, KING & PUGH                       ELGIN, KANSAS.
ELGIN CATTLE CO.                   ELGIN, KANSAS.
T. J. GILBERT & CO.                   ARKANSAS CITY, KANSAS.
R. A. HOUGHTON                             ARKANSAS CITY, KANSAS.
C. N. PRUDOM                                  OSAGE AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY.
On motion of E. M. Hewins, Col. W. J. Pollock was appointed a committee on constitution and by-laws, to report at the next meeting of the association.
On motion of E. M. Hewins, J. N. Florer was authorized to get up a brand book, to include the brands of all members of the association who send their brands to him on or before November 10, 1884. Any person owning stock, not a member of this association, desirous of having their brands inserted in the brand book, under the head of “Miscellaneous brands,” can do so by sending description of brand and four dollars to J. N. Florer, treasurer of the Osage Live Stock Association.
On motion of Mr. Hewins, Mr. Florer was appointed a committee to give the stock men of the above reservations and others interested notice of this action of the association in such manner as he deems best.
On motion of E. M. Hewins, the chair appointed the following gentlemen delegates to attend the national live stock convention, which meets at St. Louis on November 17, 1884:
Col. W. J. Pollock, L. C. Wait, ____ ____ Carpenter, J. N. Florer, W. S. Brown, and W. H. H. Larimer.
On motion of Mr. Hewins, the chairman, Col. H. H. Crane, was added to the above delegation as an honorary member.
On motion of Mr. Florer, the meeting was then adjourned to 9 o’clock a.m., of December 29, 1884, to meet at Osage Agency, Indian Territory. W. J. POLLOCK, Secretary.
Arkansas City Traveler, Supplement, December 24, 1884.
                                                         BRANDS LISTED.

 4. B. F. CHILDS.
 8. T. E. BERRY & BROS.
10. C. M. SCOTT.
11. J. C. TOPLIFF.
14. W. J. POLLOCK.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 31, 1884.
B. F. Childs was confined to the house several days last week with malaria.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.
                                                 Osage Live Stock Association.
Pursuant to call the above association met at Osage Agency on March 17th, 1885, with the following members of the association present or represented: G. M. Carpenter, L. C. Wait, Wm. Larimer, Virgil Herard, J. H. Pugh, Julian Trimbly, John Soderstrom, T. J. Gilbert, J. N. Florer, H. N. Hampton, P. Revard, P. M. Matthews, Gus Choteau, W. J. Pollock, A. C. Stitch, E. M. Hewins, R. T. Hampton, T. L. Rogers.
In the absence of the president and secretary, L. C. Wait was elected to the chair, pro tem, and H. P. Standley, acting secretary pro tem.
Meeting called to order and minutes of previous meeting read and approved.
The report of committee on by-laws received and action taken upon the same section as read, after which they were adopted unanimously as a whole.
In accordance with section 3 of the by-laws, the president appointed the following gentlemen as the Executive Committee for the transaction of the general business of the association until its regular meeting Sept. 30th: W. J. Pollock, G. M. Carpenter, H. H. Crane,
Julian Trimbly, Virgil Herard, Judge Rogers, and E. M. Hewins.
On motion the acting secretary was elected as honorary member of the Association.
On motion of J. N. Florer, seconded by T. J. Gilbert, it was decided for the purposes of the spring round up, that the Osage reservation should be divided into five districts, and the Kaw reservation into one, and each district send one man, each leaseholder on the reservation to send one man, and Messrs. Brown and Herard each to furnish four men for the round up, to meet at Osage Agency on Monday, May 18th, 1885.
On motion of J. N. Florer, seconded by T. J. Gilbert, that the Arkansas City TRAVELER be the official paper of the Osage Live Stock Association. Carried.
After the transaction of some other minor business, the meeting adjourned.

Below we append, by request, the names and addresses of the members of the association at this writing.
Florer, Gould & Ayres, Kaw Agency, Indian Territory.
Col. W. J. Pollock, Ponca Agency, Indian Territory.
T. J. Gilbert & Co., Arkansas City, Kansas.
Mrs. Jane Benvenue, Kaw Agency, Indian Territory.
B. F. Childs, Arkansas City, Kansas.
Virgil Herard, Elgin, Kansas.
Elgin Cattle Co., Elgin, Kansas.
Wait, King & Pugh, Elgin, Kansas.
Gus Choteau, Pawhuska, Indian Territory.
Louis Rogers, Pawhuska, Indian Territory.
E. M. Matthews, Pawhuska, Indian Territory.
C. H. Prudom, Pawhuska, Indian Territory.
Pat Rogers, Pawhuska, Indian Territory.
Hewins & Titus, Cedar Vale, Kansas.
W. S. Brown & Sons, Independence, Kansas.
Crane & Larimer, Independence, Kansas.
Hy Roberts, Kaw Agency, Indian Territory.
Harrison H. Hampton, Bartlesville, Indian Territory.
J. H. Sherburne, Ponca Agency, Indian Territory.
C. M. McClellan, Otoe Agency, Indian Territory.
R. T. Hampton, Bartlesville, Indian Territory.
Drury Warren, Arkansas City, Kansas.
Peter Revard, Elgin, Kansas.
Harkleroad & Irons, Arkansas City, Kansas.
Jos. Greenlee, Kaw Agency, Indian Territory.
John Soderstrom, Farm Creek P. O., Kansas.
C. W. & W. W. Sholes, Fredonia, Kansas.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, September 2, 1885.
                                              CATTLE LEASES DISCUSSED.
Senator Dawes in behalf of the Senatorial committee, who visited the territory lately to inquire into the operation of the cattle leases, has written a letter in which he takes sides with the administration in its war upon the cattlemen. Secretary Teller is made the target of severe criticism, the Massachusetts statesman declaring that “the late administration of the interior department is as much responsible for the present demoralized and deplorable condition of affairs on the leased Indian reservations as if it had set directly about producing it. That department is the only responsible author of it, and its files are full of the evidence.” Senator Dawes avows his faith in the purpose of President Cleveland to manage the affairs of the Indians wisely and equitably, and thus surpass his republican predecessors in his conduct of that troublesome race.”

As Mr. Dawes’ personal inquisitions into the condition of the red race were confined to the Indian Territory, we wish to ask where he found the condition of affairs so “demoralized and deplorable” as he would have us believe. Certainly not among the five great nations. They have their national councils to remedy and adjust any wrong that exists, and their law courts to punish offenders. As a matter of fact, the leases granted by the Cherokees, the Creeks, and the Chickasaws are satisfactory, the lease money is paid promptly, and all are benefitted.
It is true trouble exists with the Cheyennes; but when was that turbulent tribe ever without trouble? A portion of the members grew uneasy at the presence of the cattlemen, and Gen. Sheridan recommended the president to order the herds and the cowboys to leave. But this was against the wishes of the entire Arapaho tribe and the greater portion of the Cheyennes; and it is clear to see that yet worse trouble impends now the rations of both tribes are cut down one-third, and they have no lease money to help out short commons with the trader. It is known that the former agent of the Cheyennes and Arapahos negotiated the leases in the interest of those tribes, it being his belief that the presence of the herds and their attendants would wean the Indians from their devotion to their worthless ponies, and cure them of their antipathy to “spotted buffalo.” And the sound judgment of Agent John D. Miles and his philanthropic interest in the advancement of the red race are too well known to need insisting on.
If we go to the inferior tribes, we see no demoralization there. The Poncas have sent a petition to the president, signed by every male member, asking that their lease be undisturbed. Not long since we published a letter (couched in original phrase) from a Ponca to B. F. Childs, offering him upwards of thirty “cattle-cow” for sale. It is a fact that the more progressive Indians raise little herds of their own, which they sell with all the avidity of their white rivals. The Cheyenne Transporter tells of two Arapaho chiefs, Powder Face and Left Hand, who are putting up neat two-room dwellings. The materials they paid for out of their own means, and the money was derived from the cattle industry.
Senator Dawes is not a sound authority on the Indian question. He is possessed of the idea that the unscrupulous stock-raisers are oppressing and defrauding the unsophisticated reds, and because he spent a week in the territory he thinks he knows the whole thing. We give the president credit for acting in good faith; but we venture this prediction, that before his present term is expired he will have the affairs of the territory in such a hopeless mix that he will curse his unlucky stars he ever laid hands on it.
See the ruin impending over the Chilocco school as an evidence.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 4, 1885.
Farmers wishing steers to feed call on B. F. Childs, Arkansas City.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 30, 1885.
B. F. Childs advertises a handsome base burner for sale.
Ad. An “Art Garland,” square, base heater—a beautiful stove cheap. Have furnace, therefore no use for it. B. F. CHILDS.
Mr. and Mrs. (?) Childs...
Arkansas City Republican, December 19, 1885.

A Magazine and Review Club was organized at Mrs. Childs’ Wednesday evening. The magazines and reviews taken are Harper’s Weekly, Century Magazine of American History, North American Review, St. Nicholas, The Decorator, Lippencott’s Eclectic, Art Journal, and Atlantic. Members are Mr. and Mrs. Childs, Dr. and Mrs. Parsons, Maj. and Mrs. Searing, Mr. and Mrs. Meeker, Mr. and Mrs. Campbell, Mr. and Mrs. Nelson, Mr. and Mrs. Ingersoll, Miss Thompson, Prof. and Mrs. Weir, Dr. and Mrs. Mitchell. Mr. Childs was elected secretary and treasurer.
Arkansas City Republican, March 6, 1886.
Last evening a number of the progressive euchre players of the city assembled at the residence of B. F. Childs and whiled away several pleasant hours by indulging in that fascinating game.
Arkansas City Republican, March 13, 1886.
Dr. S. B. Parsons and B. F. Childs, acting for the Greeley Town Company, closed a contract on Thursday of this week for the erection of a commodious livery stable, with thirty head of horses at Greeley Center, the new town in Greeley County, Kansas, and putting on of a daily line of coaches, with headquarters at Greeley Center, to run between that town and Syracuse on the Santa Fe and Fort Wallace on the U. P. Railroad to accommodate the great influx of land seekers now going to Greeley County. The Town Company have erected a fine hotel at Greeley Center, which opened for business last week.
Arkansas City Republican, March 27, 1886.
The Coterie met last Monday evening at the residence of B. F. Childs.
Arkansas City Republican, April 17, 1886.
Wanted: 100 head of yearling heifers. B. F. Childs, Arkansas City, Kansas.
Arkansas City Republican, May 8, 1886.
B. F. Childs came home from Chicago Tuesday.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, May 22, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
B. F. Childs went up to Hutchinson today.
Arkansas City Republican, May 29, 1886.
Wednesday night will be remembered by all having the pleasure to attend Miss Nellie Thompson’s reception, as “a pearly in memory’s casket.” Although following one of the hottest days of the season, the evening was not extremely warm—thanks to our climate. We will not attempt to describe the costumes of the ladies, indeed, all present showed good taste in dress, while many of the trousseaus were elegant. The company was musically entertained by Miss Hamilton, Mrs. Meeker, and Mrs. Nellie Wyckoff, discoursing waltzes, which were enjoyed by all, and utilized by those who delight in the “mazy.”
Following are the parties who were present.
Mr. and Mrs. Hess, Mr. and Mrs. Meeker, Mr. and Mrs. Kingsbury, Mr. and Mrs. Coombs, Mr. and Mrs. Snyder, Mr. and Mrs. Daniels, Mr. and Mrs. Wyckoff, Mr. and Mrs. Childs, Miss Love, Miss Theaker, Miss Thompson, Miss Fannie Cunningham, Miss Berkey, Miss Eva Hasie, Miss McMullen, Miss Young, Miss Hamilton, Miss Grosscup, Miss Kingsbury, Miss Walton, Miss Guthrie, Miss Martin, Miss Funk, Miss Beale, Miss Gatwood, Miss Wagner; and Messrs. Adams, Balyeat, Behrend, Burress, Chapel, Coburn, Deering, Gould, Hoover, Hutchison, Hawk, Rhodes, Salisbury, Love, Wagner, Rogers.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 19, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.
B. F. Childs went up to Hutchinson on the afternoon train.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 3, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.

Dr. Parsons and B. F. Childs returned to Arkansas City this morning after spending about a week in Greely. They are both very enthusiastic in their praises of Greely Center. We hope to have them with us often in the future. Greely Center Gazette.
Mrs. B. F. Childs...
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 25, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.
Mrs. B. F. Childs and Mrs. E. E. Meeker departed for Saratoga to spend Christmas. An unusual season to go to a watering place, but Saratoga is in sunny Kansas instead of bleak New York.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 25, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
The Security Investment Company is a new real estate firm with office quarters in the room at the rear of No. 33 drug store. The company is composed of F. P. Schiffbauer, president; B. F. Childs, vice-president; H. D. Kellogg, treasurer; James Benedict, secretary; and C. G. Thompson. The capital stock is $25,000.
Story that tells about Mrs. Parker...tied to B. F. Childs in next article...
Arkansas City Traveler, December 8, 1886.
                                                  IN A WHOLE CITY FULL.
                A Neglected Wife Gives Birth to a Child and Dies of Want and Exhaustion.
DIED. One of those painful accidents happened in this city last week which the charitable care of the community fails at all times to avert. A Mrs. Parker, whose husband seems to render her no support, having two young children, a boy 2½ years old and a girl babe of 13 months, and who was again about to become a mother, rented an underground apartment in the first ward—a miserable cellar 8 by 10 ft., and exposed to the icy north wind, wherein she and her children made their abode. How long this poor neglected creature had inhabited this noisome den we are not informed, but on Friday night last (the coldest we have experienced this winter), she gave birth to a child, and the next morning was found dead from exhaustion and exposure. Strange to say the babe survived, and is now being cared for by some good Samaritan, whose name we have not learned. The deceased woman was respectably connected, and on her miserable death becoming known, a sister put in her appearance from Butler County, who carried the corpse away to bury it, and put the new born babe out to nurse. The children were temporarily disposed of by G. F. Gray, the owner of the tenement where the woman died, taking charge of the boy, and Mrs. Salmon assuming care of the little girl. The above facts we gather from Mr. Randall, deliverer for Houghton & Upp, who visited the place while the corpse lay unattended, and who describes the sight as one fit to sicken humanity.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.
                                                    Not As Bad As He Seems.

The news item published in the TRAVELER last week of the death, in the first ward, of a poor woman from neglect and exposure, seems to have been written from insufficient information. We gave at the time our authority, but have since learned that our informant was himself mislead. The husband of the poor woman, Charles Parker, is represented to us by B. F. Childs and others as an industrious deserving man, who is employed by B. L. Means and George Gray in their quarry. The cause of her living in a cellar without windows is explained by the fact that Mr. Gray was moving his house at the time. The basement in the new site was built, and Mrs. Parker was carried there with her two infant children, as the best provision that could be made for her. There was a fire in the room, food was provided for her, and the open window frames were filled in with cloth. Proper provision was not made for a woman in her delicate condition; but Parker is a poor man, earning low wages, and he had done the best he could for his wife. During November he worked nineteen days, there were four Sundays in the month, the rest of his lost time was devoted to his sick wife.
This correction is cheerfully made, because unintentional injustice was done to a deserving and grief stricken man in our report, and also because it relieves our city of the reproach of allowing a wife and mother to die of suffering and neglect.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 29, 1886.
The Security Investment Co., chartered under the state laws, has commenced business in this city. Its office is on Fifth Avenue, in the rear of Kellogg & Chapel’s drug store. Following are the directors: C. G. Thompson, James Benedict, H. D. Kellogg, B. F. Childs, and Frank P. Schiffbauer. They loan money, buy securities, deal in real estate, and take life and fire insurance. The officers and directors are well known in our midst, have ripe business experience, and are sure to win success.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 12, 1887. From Thursday’s Daily.
L. E. Rose, Cashier of the Southern Michigan Bank, Coldwater, Michigan, and C. H. Peckham, of Wichita, were guests of B. F. Childs yesterday and were shown the “lions of the city,” by the Security Investment Co.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 26, 1887. From Friday’s Daily.
B. F. Childs went out to Medicine Lodge last evening. He will be gone several days.
Childs’ block???...
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 26, 1887. From Monday’s Daily.
C. P. Jeffries commenced the erection of a $8,000 residence on his lots in the Childs’ block, on 4th street. Work began this morning.


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