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O. O. Clendenning

                                                           Baxter Springs.
O. O. Clendenning was not a cattleman. He did, however, act as secretary at a very important meeting held by area cattlemen.
Clendenning, came in from Baxter Springs...
Arkansas City Traveler, October 11, 1882.
Our genial friend, Clendenning, came in from Baxter Springs yesterday and will make a stay in our city again for awhile.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 8, 1882.
Mr. O. O. Clendenning is once more with us.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 20, 1882.
                                                      Stockmen’s Meeting.
                                          ARKANSAS CITY, Dec. 18th, 1882.
Pursuant to notice published, calling a stockmen’s meeting at the Central Avenue, on Monday last, about thirty stockmen responded, and the meeting was called to order at 1 o’clock p.m. Mr. Hodges was called to the chair, and O. O. Clendenning was appointed Secretary. The Chairman then read an article from a Cherokee paper, stating what the Cherokee Council had done to prevent Eastern Companies from fencing, and thus depriving the stockmen of the several ranges for which they had paid and held license to in the Indian Territory.
Mr. J. E. Snow, Attorney of Winfield, then read a series of resolutions prepared by himself and W. P. Hackney, the acting attorneys for the stockmen. The resolutions are too lengthy to be inserted here, but the sum and substance was that the stockmen there assembled pledged themselves to abide by and aid each other to the utmost extremity in resisting the action of the fencing monopolies which are attempting to illegally force them from their ranges.
The resolutions were adopted and signed; and the following gentlemen, Messrs. F. M. Stewart, D. Warren, and W. H. Dunn, were appointed a committee to act in the premises and decide as to the action necessary to be taken to enforce the resolutions as adopted.
A motion was put and carried that the minutes of the meeting be published after which the meeting adjourned subject to a call of the committee.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 27, 1882.
Mr. O. O. Clendenning left for Baxter Springs on Monday’s morning train, to be absent five or six weeks.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1883.
Mr. O. O. Clendenning is making headquarters at the Stewart Hotel.
O. O. Clendenning, of Baxter Springs...
Arkansas City Traveler, June 13, 1883.
The friends of O. O. Clendenning, of Baxter Springs, will be glad to know that he has recently taken unto himself a wife.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 12, 1883.

Our old friend Clendenning was in the city last Saturday and of course rounded us up in his usual impressive and genial manner. Since last we saw the gentleman, he has taken unto himself a wife and his present appearance would indicate the change as a good one for him. We hope to see both Mr. and Mrs. Clendenning in our city ere long.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 13, 1884.
The report of the death of O. C. Clendenning is contradicted by the gentleman himself, and although not corroborated by further proof, we are under the circumstances fain to accept the evidence and smile thereat.
Clendenning, of Baxter Springs, looking up grocery store location...
Arkansas City Republican, May 17, 1884.
Mr. Clendenning, of Baxter Springs, Kansas, has been in the city during this week, looking up a location for a grocery.
                [Note: The above was the last news item re Mr. O. O. Clendenning.]
Conclusion: O. O. Clendenning, of Baxter Springs, evidently visited Arkansas City from time to time in the early days. He was probably asked to take minutes for the Stockmen at the meeting in Arkansas City held on December 20, 1882.


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