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Looking for the man who handled cattle. Turns out to be H. J. Chinn...
Bolton Township 1880:
H. J. Chinn, 50. Also listed, female, S. C. Chinn, 30.
C. R. Chinn, 22.
Bolton Township 1882:
C. R. Chinn, 24. No spouse listed.
R. P. Chinn, 24. No spouse listed.
                                                     NEWSPAPER ITEMS.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 29, 1879.
Mr. Chinn, an uncle of Rudolph Hoffmaster, from Muscatine, Iowa, has rented J. C. Topliff’s place.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 26, 1879.
A brown horse about 13 hands high with star in forehead, heavy mane, silver colored tail, with saddle marks, blind in left eye, and 9 years old this spring. When last seen had on a webb halter. I will give a liberal reward to anyone who will deliver the same to Mr. Chinn, on the Topliff farm. M. L. SMITH.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 26, 1879.
                                                      CATTLE HERDING.
HOFFMASTER & CHINN are preparing to herd cattle in the Territory, at Twenty Cents per month.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 18, 1882.
Mr. Chinn,  of Bolton, sold 29 head of fat hogs last week.
Carlton R. Chinn marries Maggie Fleak...
Arkansas City Traveler, February 8, 1882.
MARRIED. At the residence of Rev. S. B. Fleming, the officiating clergyman, in this city, on Thursday, Feb. 2, Mr. Carlton R. Chinn and Miss Maggie Fleak, both of this county.
(Carlton) Richard Chinn marries Maggie Fleak...
Arkansas City Traveler, February 15, 1882. Editorial Page.
Richard Chinn has gone to Harper County, for the purpose of buying a herd of sheep.
MARRIED. Mr. Richard Chinn, of this neighborhood, and Miss Maggie Fleak, of the Territory, were married on the 2nd inst.
H. J. Chinn...
Arkansas City Traveler, March 22, 1882.
FOR SALE: 76 Cows and 68 Yearlings. H. J. Chinn.
Richard (Dick) Chinn...
Arkansas City Traveler, May 3, 1882.
Dick Chinn was badly taken in the other day. He sold his team, wagon, and harness to a party who passed over $200 counter­feit Missouri National notes on him. The party non est.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 3, 1882.

A Mr. Wright (?) has been staying in this vicinity lately, and amused himself by trading for a team belonging to our towns­man, Mr. Chinn, paying for the same in Requisitions for Missouri Defense Bonds. After Mr. Wright’s departure, Mr. Chinn became doubtful of the value of the Bonds, and dispatched an officer after the man and team, both of which returned to town in custo­dy. It is claimed the trade was an attempt to defraud.
H. J. Chinn, veteran...
Arkansas City Traveler, August 23, 1882.
Among the Veterans of Bolton, the following names, with rank and Regiment, are on the muster roll to attend the reunion at Topeka, Sept. 11th to 16th, 1882.
                                                H. J. Chinn, Private, 14th Iowa.
R. P. Chinn marries Mira J. Andrews...
Arkansas City Traveler, November 15, 1882.
                                                          Double Wedding.
At the home of the young ladies in Bolton township, on Thursday, November 9th, 1882, Rev. Fleming officiating.
MARRIED. Mr. R. P. Chinn and Miss Mira J. Andrews.
MARRIED. Mr. Carlos Thomson and Miss Lizzie Andrews.
Mr. Chinn [Which one not given]...
Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.
                                                      Stockmen’s Meeting.
Pursuant to call a number of stockmen met at the office of C. M. Scott, in Arkansas City, Kansas, and organized by calling Mr. John H. Tomlin, of Winfield, to the chair and C. M. Scott, Secretary.
The following gentlemen were present: W. J. Hodges, John Myrtle, John Love, J. M. Love, Weathers, Tipton, Chinn, Wicks, D. Warren, Hugh McGinn, J. H. Saunders, Moorehouse, Dr. Carlisle, and others.
On motion a committee of three was appointed to settle all claims of stockmen with the parties proposing to fence, or any other whose interests might conflict.
Committee: W. J. Hodges, Chairman; Drury Warren, and C. M. Scott.
Mr. Weathers thought the Oil Company had no right in the Territory, and did not believe in adjusting matters with them. Thought they should not be recognized in the meeting at all.
Mr. Hodges thought if they paid the tax and complied with the law, they had as much right as anyone to the unoccupied range, and that we should not expect the range to lay idle, and that it would not, and anyone claiming it and paying for it would be protected, whether they were of Kansas, Pennsylvania, or England.
Mr. Chinn said if a man paid, he had no protection against Texas cattle, to which Mr. Hodges replied; only through the Stock Association.
Mr. Warren didn’t see any harm in the Oil Company occupying the range as long as they interfered with the rights of no one legally there.

Mr. Love is on the west side of the range they propose to fence. He hasn’t paid his tax. When he stopped there, he did not expect to remain long—was going farther west, but finally concluded to remain. He then rendered payment to the Treasurer of the Cherokee Nation, and his offer was refused, although he was first on the ground, and had conflicted with no one; and after they had refused, the grant and privilege was given to Mr. Gore. He did not believe in discriminating in favor of a monopoly, and that too, when they were not on the ground, and have not yet a hoof of stock on the range. He said there was no fairness in it, and that the Oil Company were only acting fair since they could do no better. That they had tried to shut out all alike and would have done it if they could, and he appealed to the stockmen to stand by him as he had stood by them.
Mr. Hodges thought Mr. Love’s case one of merit, and that his right would not be ignored.
On motion the meeting elected Mr. Tomlin, Mr. Love, and C. M. Scott a committee of three to forward the grievance to Major John Q. Tufts at Muskogee, Indian Territory.
On motion Drury Warren, Mr. Wicks, and Mr. Weathers were appointed a committee of three to attend the meeting of the Cherokee Strip Stock Association, to be held at Caldwell March 6, 1883.
The following resolutions were introduced and passed.
Resolved, That it is the sense and desire of this meeting that no quarantine ground be established east of Bitter Creek.
Resolved, That no through Texas cattle be permitted to be driven along the State Line east of Bitter Creek, or within four miles of the line during the summer months and that we will use our best endeavors to prevent such doing.
Resolved, That each and everyone of us become a member of the Cherokee Strip Association, and that we stand by one another in the protection of our rights.
On motion the meeting adjourned.
Richard (Dick) Chinn...
Arkansas City Traveler, April 25, 1883.
                                                             Bolton S. P. U.
At the annual meeting of the Bolton Stock Protective Union at the Bland schoolhouse, last Saturday, the following gentlemen were elected officers for the coming year: A. J. Gilbert, Captain; J. W. Patterson, 1st Lieutenant; Dick Chinn, 2nd Lieutenant; and A. Ramsey, Orderly Sergeant. This organization has done first-class work in the past, and under the gentlemen just elected its efficiency will be fully up to its record.
H. J. Chinn...
Arkansas City Traveler, March 4, 1885.
DIED. Died March 1st, infant child of Mr. and Mrs. H. J. Chinn.
Mr. Chinn [name not given]...
Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.
Mr. Chinn has removed most of his cattle from J. Gilbert’s to the ranch in the Territory.
H. J. Chinn...
Arkansas City Traveler, May 20, 1885.
                                                       Election Proclamation.

I, Franklin P. Schiffbauer, Mayor of the City of Arkansas City, county of Cowley, and state of Kansas, by virtue of the authority vested in me by law, do proclaim and make known that there will be a special election held in the said city of Arkansas City on the first day of June, A. D. 1885, for the purpose of submitting to the qualified voters of said city of Arkansas City, a proposition for said city to subscribe to the capital stock of the Kansas City and Southwestern Railroad Company to the amount of Twenty Thousand Dollars ($20,000). [See Mayor’s proclamation.]
There will also be held on the said 1st day of June, A. D. 1885, a special election of the qualified voters of said city of Arkansas City for the purpose of voting for or against a proposition for said county of Cowley to subscribe to the capital stock of the Kansas City and Southwestern Railroad Company to the amount of One Hundred Thousand Dollars ($100,000).
The form of the ballots to be used at such special election for and against the proposition to take stock and issue bonds therefor, as above recited, shall be in the following form, to-wit: the ballot in favor of such proposition shall contain these words, “For the railroad stock and bonds of the Kansas City and Southwestern railroad company,” and the ballot against said proposition shall contain these words, “Against the railroad stock and bonds of the Kansas City and Southwestern railroad company.” The places for voting at such election will be: 1st ward, at the office of Will L. Aldridge, North Summit Street; 2nd ward, at the office of Thompson and Woodin, Star Livery stable, east 5th avenue; 3rd ward, at the office of J. H. Hilliard, 5th avenue livery stable, west 5th avenue; 4th ward, at the office of Fairclo Bros.’ livery stable, West Central avenue. And I hereby designate Timothy McIntire and J. P. Eckles as Judges and J. B. Walker, O. Grimes, and John Sheldon as Clerks of said election in 1st ward; and Chas. Bryant and Ira Barnett as Judges and J. J. Clark, Dell Plank, and John McGill, as Clerks of said election in 2nd ward; and M. C. Copple and John Love as Judges, and James Benedict, W. B. Kirkpatrick, and H. L. Lundy as Clerks of said election in 3rd ward; and H. J. Chinn and A. A. Davis as Judges, and Wm. Henderson, Alexander Wilson and S. C. Lindsey as Clerks of said election in 4th ward. The polls will be opened at 9 o’clock a.m., and will be closed at 5 o’clock p.m.
H. J. Chinn...
Arkansas City Traveler, December 9, 1885.
                                                      Destructive Prairie Fire.
The prairie fire in the Territory on Friday was terribly destructive, sweeping the entire region of country from Chilocco Creek southward to Stewart’s ranch, on the Salt Fork. Besides the destruction of thousands of acres of prairie, large stacks of hay were burnt, and we hear that some cattle were caught in the flames. Among the sufferers by this wanton act of incendiarism, are Winfield Cattle Co. (Formerly Tomlin & Webb’s), and Pettit, who pastured his herd on the above named ranch, is also a severe loser. The ranches of Hill & Allen, Beach & Pickens, H. J. Chinn, and M. P. Johnson are also burnt over. A furious gale blew at the time of the conflagration, and the flames were carried with railroad rapidity. This leaves a gloomy prospect for carrying the herds through the winter.
Laura Chinn...
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 5, 1885.

In accordance with a notice to that effect, a meeting was held in Masonic Hall Wednesday evening for the purpose of instituting a Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, Past Grand Master, Wm. Cowgill, presiding. Mrs. Linnie A. Thompson was chosen Worthy Matron; Jas. Ridenour, Worthy Patron; Mrs. Matilda Bird, Worthy Associate Matron; Mrs. Mary Hess, Secretary; and Mrs. Hattie Gooch, Treasurer. After several votes on a name, it was decided to call it “Myrtle Chapter.”
The Worthy Matron then appointed the following officers.
Conductor, Cornelius Chapel.
Associate Conductor, Etta Kingsbury.
Warden, Minnie Huey.
Laura Chinn, Adah.
Olive Mantor, Ruth.
Eva Woodin, Esther.
May Newman, Martha.
Elected, Maggie Pickering.
Sentinel, H. Endicott.
On motion it was decided to hold the regular meetings of this chapter on the second Wednesday of each month. There were 62 charter members. After remarks by Bros. Cowgill and Bonsall, the chapter was closed to meet on Wednesday.
Jacob Chinn. [Could this be H. Jacob Chinn?]...
Arkansas City Traveler, January 6, 1886.
                                                 COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS.
                               Our City Fathers Perplexed With An Empty Treasury.
Council met at 7 o’clock on Monday evening, Mayor Schiffbauer in the chair; Councilmen Bailey and Hight absent.
The bill for services to Jacob Chinn, $29, was cut down one-half; services to Mrs. J. B. Matlack, $26, the same reduction; services to Mrs. Harper and child ($80), held over for two weeks, in order that the claimant might explain.
H. J. Chinn...
Arkansas City Republican, January 16, 1886.
A number of cattle were frozen to death in this vicinity. Mr. Botts, who has a range on Wolfe Creek lost two; M. Johnson, who has a range at the mouth of Deer Creek, lost quite a number; H. J. Chinn lost one; and Dan Feagins of Bolton Township six.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 5, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
H. J. Chinn came up from his ranch down on Deer Creek in the Territory this morning and informs us that he had a valuable dapple gray horse stolen Wednesday night. He offers a reward of $20 for its return.
LATER. The animal has been recovered.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 21, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
H. J. Chinn has removed his cattle to the vicinity of New Salem, where he intends keeping them during the winter weather.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 26, 1887. From Monday’s Daily.
H. J. Chinn, whose home is here, but who is now stopping at New Salem, where he is wintering his cattle, was over to see the booming sand hill city today.


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