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                                           Arkansas City and Geuda Springs.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 29, 1876.
FIRE. Some clothing and other articles took fire at Mr. Coombs’ house, last Saturday, and for awhile required consider­able exertion to subdue it. Mr. Coombs is living on Major Sleeth’s farm, in what is known as Pat Somers’ house.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 29, 1876.
DIED. On Tuesday, March 18th, of paralysis, Mrs. Judith Dent, aged 76½ years. Mrs. Dent was stopping with Mr. Coombs, and had come from Wenona, Ill., but a few weeks since, enduring the journey remarkably well, and expressing herself much stronger thereafter, until taken with this, the second and last stroke of the dreaded disease.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 27, 1876.
MR. WM. COOMBS has returned from the East and the Centenni­al, improved in health by the trip.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 13, 1876.
Mrs. W. J. Mowry, Mrs. Wm. Coombs, Mrs. J. W. Hutchinson, Mrs. L. Theaker, Mrs. W. Packard, Mr. A. A. Newman, Mrs. R. L. Marshall, Dr. Shepard.
Winfield Courier, February 1, 1877.
CLARENCE E. HARRIS and CHARLIE W. COOMBS, of the Traveler force, gave us a very pleasant call, and left their cards, last Saturday. We would be pleased to have them call every day.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1877.
MR. WM. COOMBS has been disabled for several days from an old sprain in the back.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 7, 1877.
MR. WM. COOMBS has some extra fine Brahma chickens on his place, and being desirous of introducing the breed more exten­sively in this section, he offers the eggs for sale, for setting purposes. These chickens were brought from the East, and are of superior quality. Our farmers could not do a better thing than invest in a few of these eggs, and raise first class poultry.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 28, 1877.
MR. WM. COOMBS lost a fine large mare on the road to Wichita last week.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 9, 1877.
MR. WM. COOMBS will have native lumber for sale next week, and will contract for the cutting and hauling of fire wood.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 9, 1877.
NOTICE. 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.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 23, 1877.
For the past ten days heavy rains have been falling through­out this section and the streams are gradually rising. On last Friday the Arkansas was noticed as being very full, and on Saturday the rise was very rapid, bringing with it drift wood and live trees. Some of the latter being cedar, supposed to have come from the mountains. This would go to prove that the rains had extended to the mountains, or the immense body of water caused by the melting of snow.
Until Saturday night no apprehensions of the destruction of the bridge were entertained until large trees came floating down and the water began to flow around the approach. The Township Trustee then engaged a number of men with poles to push the floating logs under the bridge; but they came so thick and fast, and the night being very dark, it was deemed useless, and they abandoned the work at eleven o’clock at night.
At three o’clock Sunday morning, Wyard Gooch and others went down, and found all but four spans of the bridge gone. They then sent back for rope and tied the remaining span on the north side to a post and a tree about half as thick as a man’s body. Not long after a very large tree with heavy branches came sweeping past, and striking the span, carried it away. After being swept from the piles on which it was built, it swung around to the bank, and the force of the current caused the post to break and left it swinging on the one rope tied to the tree. This soon began to crack, and in a few seconds, the tree was pulled out by the roots and the structure went with the current. Those who were on the river bank most of the time say that large pine branches and portions of other bridge timbers could be seen every few minutes, supposed to have belonged to the El Paso and Wichita bridges.
The bottom lands on the Arkansas present a wonderful specta­cle. Whole fields of wheat and corn opposite Arkansas City are completely inundated, and the country around almost under water. Nothing is left between Carder’s house and the Arkansas River except the sand hills, and the only way to reach the bank of the river is by boat.
We made an effort to cross to the ridge just opposite where Davis’ house stood, on horse back, and the horse was compelled to swim. Wm. Coombs, James Wilson, E. D. Eddy, and others, while making the attempt earlier in the day, mired their animals, and had to wade ashore. On the island we found a dog, and every few feet noticed rabbits, gophers, ground moles, or snakes that had gathered there for safety.
The current of the river is fearful, and the waves roll two feet in height.
From the overflow at this place, we should judge the city of Wichita to be flooded with water, and the country adjacent to the river in Arkansas City completely deluged. The losses from bridges alone will be considerable, to say nothing of the great destruction of grain fields.
The bridge at this place originally cost $13,000, and the damage to it cannot be replaced short of $4,000 or $5,000. An effort will be made to rebuild that portion that has been carried away at once, or to have a ferry run until it is done.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 6, 1877.
LIPPMAN’s mill is now at work sawing lumber for Mr. Coombs.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 20, 1877.

NATIVE LUMBER. Wm. Coombs has secured the services of W. L. Lippman, late of Grouse Creek, who now has his saw mill in full blast on Mr. Coombs’ land northeast of town. Mr. Lippman is a thorough master of his business and all needing lumber will do well to see him. He expects to cut out a large amount of lumber during the summer, will keep on hand all kinds of sawed material, which he will sell at low rates. Go and see for yourselves.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 20, 1877.
MALARIA. CHARLEY COOMBS, one of the office boys, was compelled to go home yesterday morning, he having an attack of intermittent fever, which will probably invalid him for the balance of the week.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 27, 1877.
SICK. ED. G. GRAY, foreman of the printing office, has been confined to his room for several days, and Charley Coombs, one of the main helps, has just recovered from an attack of fever. The responsibility of the office for awhile rested entirely on Clarence Harris, who managed it manfully.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 18, 1877.
We overlooked the mention of the picnic held in Coombs’ grove on the 4th. Those who attended it all speak in high terms of the pleasant time that was enjoyed.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 8, 1877.
CHARLES COOMBS, one of the employees of this office, expects to leave to attend school at Lewiston, Maine, this month.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 22, 1877.
CHARLEY COOMBS, who has been employed in this office for the past two years, took his departure for Maine this morning, for the purpose of attending school for one year. Charley has been a faithful hand with us, and learned “the art of all arts” very rapidly for one so young. After his school term, he expects to come back and finish his apprenticeship.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 31, 1877.
The following committees have been chosen by the Ladies’ Sewing Society for their Thanksgiving Festival.
TEA AND COFFEE. Mrs. Dr. Hughes, Mrs. Coombs.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 7, 1877.
On the list: Lewis Coombs.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 14, 1877.
Someone, evidently in fun, took Mr. Wm. Coombs’ team that was standing in front of the church on Tuesday night of last week, and tied it some distance off where he could not find it. The result was that Mrs. Coombs had to walk nearly two miles home, while she was in terrible health, and the horses had to stand out all night in the cold. Other parties have complained of being disturbed after night by boys, and in some instances, property has been damaged. The city marshal has been requested to arrest the parties if the like occurs again.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 21, 1877.

PROGRAMME for the Literary Society next Friday evening.
Declamation: Ella Grimes.
Dialogue: Nellie Swarts, Annie Norton, and Lillie Mitchell.
Select Reading: I. H. Bonsall.
Declamation: Emma Mitchell.
Select Reading: Mary Pickett.
Essay: Will. Alexander.
Declamation: Lewis Coombs.
Debate: I. H. Bonsall, Amos Walton, Ed. Thompson, and Judge Christian.
Reading of the minutes.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 28, 1877.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 12, 1877.
Programme for the Literary Society next Friday evening showed the following participants: Annie Norton, Chas. Swarts, Miss Pickett, Arthur & Archie Coombs, W. D. Mowry, Edwin Thomp­son, Ella Grimes, Clarence Harris, Miss DeCoo, Peter Trissell, Amos Walton, and L. Norton.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 12, 1877.
The programme of the Literary Society last Friday evening was very amusing. Among other recitations was a declamation by Lewis Coombs, select reading by Miss Frankie Hyde, and a song of “Write Me a Letter from Home,” with guitar accompaniment, by Albert Wells.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 9, 1878.
We neglected to mention that Mr. Wm. Coombs had his throat severely injured by drinking a few swallows of lye. It had been caught in the water pail and left on the kitchen floor. The hired man noticed it and sat it on the table where the water pail usually was placed, so that in the morning he drank it before discovering his mistake. He had presence of mind enough, howev­er, to immediately drink some vinegar, and Mrs. Coombs then administered the white of an egg, so that the effects of the lye were counteracted before serious injuries were inflicted.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 6, 1878.

BOYS: Jerry Adams, Lewis Coombs, John Parker, James Lorton, Fred. McLaughlin, Peter Trissell, Charles Holloway, Harry Finley, Willie Edwards, George Berry, Benny Dixon, Alvin Hon, Sammy Swarts, Frank Randall, Charlie Randall, Linton Hunt, Frank Swarts, Charles Swarts.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 1, 1878.
CHARLIE COOMBS, a former typo of this office, who has been spending the winter in Maine, is expected back this week. He will entertain the boys relating his exploits for the first ten days.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 8, 1878.
CHARLEY COOMBS is here from Maine.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 22, 1878.
A TWO HORSE WAGON for sale cheap or trade; suitable for one yoke of oxen. Inquire of Wm. Coombs, 3 quarters of a mile northeast of town.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 17, 1878.
TOMATOES. MR. WM. COOMBS left us some thoroughly ripe specimens of the above vegetable on Tuesday of last week, July 9. They were the first of the season, and of excellent flavor.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 4, 1878.
Wm. Coombs has rented the Bowen building, and intends opening a meat market. L. H. Gardner also intends keeping all kinds of fresh meat in the room adjoining Benedict’s store.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 31, 1878.
Mrs. Coombs returned from Wenona, Illinois, last week.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 31, 1878.
FIRE.  At the dead of night, during a strong, cold breeze from the south, the cry of fire awoke our citizens and a general rush was made to the place of conflagration. The TRAVELER office was out in full force with its extinguisher, as well as the proprietor of the Central Avenue. As we sped on the way we could see men and women rushing about thinly clad and full of excite­ment. One long-haired beautiful woman glided by at a gait of 2.30, with a half dozen chickens under each arm, while a few feet ahead was another one with something on her back. An enterpris­ing merchant stepped from the jump off in the rear of the hotel, and landed flat on his provender reserve behind the stable nearby. Jumping up again he knocked over a cow, and finally got a fair start and worked his way to the flames out of breath, out of water, and out of danger.
The fire was in the saw dust in the ice house owned by Jacob Rentschler, and is supposed to have been set fire, as on one night previous it is said someone threw coals of fire on the bedding of Clarence Harris and Lewis Coombs, who were sleeping there. Boon Hartsock had a boat and two seines in the building, worth about $10, that were destroyed; and the loss to Mr. Rentschler will reach $150. The haystack close by belonging to the Harris boys was also consumed.
By the time the crowd gathered, the whole building was so completely in flames that nothing could be done to save it. Had the wind been from the north, the hotel and other buildings adjacent would probably have gone.

The town is poorly protected from fire, and unless great caution is used, the whole place may be consumed. It is a good plan for every house to be provided with a barrel of water near the door. For the past three years, we have always had a barrel of water upstairs ready for emergencies, and a fire extinguisher below.
Winfield Courier, November 14, 1878.
List of Jurors drawn Nov. 4, 1878, to serve at the December term of court, 1878, in the District Court of Cowley County: J. J. Jackson, Windsor; W. G. Hill, Winfield; William McCullock, Beaver; C. S. Smith, Vernon; A. J. Thomas, Sheridan; J. R. Perry, Creswell; William Coombs, Creswell; H. Harbaugh, Pleasant Valley; Joseph Cole, Liberty; William Moore, Dexter.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 12, 1879.
The following are names of scholars who have been absolutely perfect in attendance, punctuality, deportment, and good in scholarship.
Mollie Christian                  Mary McClung
Mattie Mitchell             Linnie Peed
Mary Theaker                    Emma Theaker
Charlie Grimes              Fred. McLaughlin
Walter Patterson
The following are deserving of honorable mention for dili­gence, good behavior and nearly perfect attendance.
May Benedict                     Laura Gregg
Jessie Finley                       Anna Hutchison
Susie Hunt                    Stella Swarts
Annie Norton                     Jessie Sankey
Jerry Adams                       Lute Coombs
George Endicott                 Samuel Reed
Wm. Randall                      Charlie Randall.
   C. H. SYLVESTER, Principal.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 5, 1879.
John Sankey, Seymore Goff, John Garris, Arthur Coombs, Archie Coombs, Manford Walch, Frank Theaker, Angie Small, Fleeta Cox, Ella Hoyt, Maggie Ford, Lillie Mitchell, Annie Speers, Laura Holloway, Myrtle McNelly, and John Howard. M. L. ELA, Teacher.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 4, 1879.
Charlie Coombs, one of our boys, is at work on the Daily Telegram. Charlie is a good typo and should have a situation in accordance with his merit.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 11, 1879.
DIED. A child of Mr. Johnson’s, residing on the Coombs’s farm, died last Wednesday night.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 9, 1879.

The young folks had a dance and supper at the residence of Mr. Coombs on the night of the fourth. Between twenty and thirty couples were present, and what with good music and plenty of refreshments, we are disposed to credit the unanimous assertion that they had a splendid time.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 19, 1879.
A slight mistake came near causing a fatal tragedy in the family of Mr. Coombs on Sunday last. It seems that in getting some horehound for mixing with candy, Mr. Coombs received a paper of stramonium, which was mixed with the candy when made, and of which the family partook. For a time it was a very serious matter with the two little boys, but we understand that they are now getting better. We have heard as yet no blame attached to anybody in the matter.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 10, 1879.
TEA AND COFFEE: Mrs. Coombs and Mrs. Norton.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 17, 1879.
Lewis Coombs took up the round knife in Peed’s harness shop one day last week, and in attempting to learn the art of butchering leather, cut the end of his index finger off. Lute thought to unite the parts and tried the old experiment, but nature kicked and he will go through life with one finger a little short.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 14, 1880.
Mr. William Coombs and family are making arrangements to go by private conveyance to California. This is a long route to travel with teams though thousands have gone that way before, without any loss of health or enjoyment.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 21, 1880.
REAL ESTATE FOR SALE. The following property will be for sale till Saturday evening the 24th inst.
My home place ¾ of a mile northwest of Arkansas City, consisting of ten acres. Good brick dwelling, Stable, Hennery, Carriage House, etc. Five hundred bearing peach trees, 80 apple trees, and every variety of small fruits in abundance. Also ten acres of cultivated land adjoining the above. Also 40 acres of timber land on the Walnut near Newman’s mill. A bargain is offered in the above property. Inquire at my residence. WM. COOMBS.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 28, 1880.
The sale of household goods at the residence of Wm. Coombs on Saturday last was well attended and everything, we are in­formed, was sold off at satisfactory prices. Mr. Coombs and family started yesterday for California, where he goes in the hope that his health, which has been very poor for some time past, may be benefitted by the change of climate.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 28, 1880.
LOST: The gloves left in the wagon to which the horse was tied, at Mr. Coombs’s sale, Saturday. Please leave them at the Post Office.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 12, 1880.

DIED. As most of our citizens know by this time, Mr. Coombs, who left here with his family some two weeks ago, bound for California, sank rapidly on reaching Wichita, and died in that city on Monday of last week. A post mortem examination was held, and a tumor weighing between three and four pounds was taken from his stomach. This tumor had obstructed the passage of food, and our friend had literally starved to death. Mr. Coombs was well known throughout the county, was a warm and generous hearted man, and had many friends here who will regret to hear of his death. His family will remain in Wichita for the present.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 2, 1880.
Charlie Coombs, who is now making his home at Wichita, was in town last weekend.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 16, 1880.
Mrs. Wm. Coombs and family have returned to this city, and will henceforth make their home with us. Her son, Lewis, has secured a position as clerk in the drug store of Kellogg & Mowry.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 16, 1880.
Mrs. Coombs has rented the house owned by E. W. Hulse. She proposes establishing an industry that will be appreciated by the people generally. Having no other use for her splendid body of timber on the Walnut, she will convert it into cord wood, of four-foot and stove lengths, and will have it corded at her residence, where it can be procured by parties needing it.
AD: FOR SALE. Cheap, a new Kansas wagon; will take a good cow in part payment, and balance in cash. MRS. WM. COOMBS.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 7, 1880.
Charlie Coombs, of the Wichita Eagle, is spending this week with the home folks at this place.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 4, 1880.
We understand that Mrs. Coombs proposes taking a few day boarders. Mrs. Coombs has had an extensive experience in con­ducting hotels and private boarding houses, is a thorough mis­tress of the art of cooking, and we bespeak for her a successful career. Her place of residence at present is two doors north of the Central Avenue hotel, in the house formerly occupied by Prof. Hulse.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 18, 1880.
Owing to the cheap rates of Saturday last, quite a crowd took advantage of them and started for Chicago or way points. As far as we could learn, the Arkansas City list comprised Mrs. Matlack and child, Mr. and Mrs. Searing, Mrs. Henderson, J. L. Huey and family, Will and Henry Mowry, Mrs. Coombs and two children, J. D. Houston, J. B. Walker, and Mr. McConn. Messrs. Huey and McConn will attend the Knights Templar conclave at Chicago, while the others took this occasion to visit various points in Iowa and Illinois. The fare was ten dollars from Winfield to Chicago and return.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 15, 1880.
Mrs. Coombs has fitted up the Shepard property, and will make her residence here this winter. We understand she will take a few day boarders. A better table cannot be found anywhere than that which Mrs. Coombs will supply, and anyone wishing to board in a good private family will take our advice and patronize her. All who have partaken of her hospitality will endorse our sentiments.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 23, 1881.

Chas. Coombs is working on the daily Capital and doing well. Charley is a good and rapid type setter.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 30, 1881.
Mrs. Coombs has removed from the city to her place adjoining the northwest part of town.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 30, 1881.
Charlie Coombs has returned from Topeka, where he has been working the past three months.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 6, 1881.
Charlie Coombs is en route for Colorado by the overland route.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 1, 1881.
Lute Coombs has been down sick since Sunday last, with an attack of bilious fever.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 6, 1881.
C. W. Coombs is now in Durango, Colorado, where, we presume, he is all right and at work, as we are indebted to him for a copy of the Democrat of June 25th inst.
Mrs. S. E. Coombs marries Henry W. Stuart or Stewart. Traveler stated that the name was Stuart. Republican said that the name was Stewart???...
Arkansas City Traveler, September 14, 1881.
MARRIED. At the residence of Dr. Alexander, in this city, September 11th, by Rev. J. Cairns, assisted by Rev. L. F. Laverty, Henry W. Stuart [Stewart?] and Mrs. S. E. Coombs. May happiness and prosperity ever be theirs and the bonds of affection, which now unite them, ever increase with the passing years.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 14, 1881.
Charlie W. Coombs arrived in the city last Friday from Colorado. He was en route to New York, and stopped over to see the folks. In company with his brother, Lute, he resumed his journey on last Monday morning.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 14, 1881.
W. C. Moore and Chas. Coombs, both live paragraphers, arrived in the Capital last week, from Durango, Colorado. They have, until recently, been connected with the Daily South-western in that place, which paper is looked upon as “The” paper of Durango; this reputation being greatly due to the exertions of the above-named gentlemen.
Santa Fe (New Mexico) Democrat.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 12, 1881.
The following were neither absent nor tardy during the past month: Hattie Franey, Annie Speers, Archie Coombs, Ella Hoyt, Emma Redden, Sarah Hill, Arthur Coombs, Johnnie Garris, Nettie Johnson, Libbie Fouke. JENNIE PETERSON, teacher.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 2, 1881.
Charley Coombs is now rusticating at Great Falls, New Hampshire.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 30, 1881.
Charlie Coombs writes us from Providence, Rhode Island, and says he is thinking of going to New Orleans.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 30, 1881.

L. W. Coombs, who has been rusticating with friends back East for several months, dropped into our sanctum last Monday. While he has had a tip top time while away, he still says the sand hills look homelike and for the future they are good enough for him.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 15, 1882.
Charlie Coombs dropped into our sanctum quite unexpectedly last week. He holds cases on the Capitol and is now paying a visit to his mother and friends in this city.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 30, 1882.
Charley Coombs is spending a vacation with relatives in this vicinity.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 6, 1882.
Charley Coombs returned to Topeka yesterday.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 4, 1883.
Charlie Coombs, a former typo of the TRAVELER, is back again from New England to remain awhile at home. Charlie will have a good time among his many friends.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 8, 1883.
Lute Coombs went over to Geuda Springs last Monday to take charge of Dr. Cutler’s drug store and business generally during that gentleman’s absence in the East.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 15, 1883.
A Drunken Coward. Last Tuesday night a young man riding a dark roan horse left Arkansas City for Geuda Springs pretty much under the influence of liquor. As he passed by the residence of Mrs. H. W. Stuart [Stewart], he met Arthur and Archie Coombs, and drawing a revolver, stopped them and asked several questions, but the boys did not like to talk to a man with a drawn revolver, so they took to their heels and ran into a corn field until he had passed on. The gentleman (?) had gone but a short distance when he met Mr. and Mrs. Stuart [Stewart?]. He again drew his revolver and stopped them. After talking a minute Stuart [Stewart?] started on, when the cowardly wretch turned in his saddle and shot at them at a distance of about six yards, the ball just passing over their heads. As soon as he fired the shot, he started his horse on a run toward Geuda, when two shots were fired at the fleeing man by Mr. Wade, who had heard him fire the first shot, and thought it was somebody in his melon patch, trying to bluff him. It is evident the fools are not all dead yet.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 3, 1883.
More Base Ball. The return game of ball between the Winfield club and the Actives, of this city, was played on the fair grounds at the county seat last Friday, for the championship of the county. It will be remembered that some two weeks ago the whole-souled athletes of Winfield gave our boys the game “just to encourage them,” after which the visiting club was entertained at the Leland Hotel at the expense of the home nine. For the game of last Friday, great preparations were made by the Winfield nine, five new players from the county at large being obtained to make the defeat of our boys more crushing. They fought hard, and the following table shows the wonderful success attending their efforts.
ACTIVES. Wright, Gage, Stevenson, McNulty, Coombs, Shelden, Hilliard, Baxter, Godfrey.

WINFIELD. Davis, Williams, Clarke, Phraner, Foster, Bangs, McMullen, Austin, Sherman.
Five minutes after the game there wasn’t a Winfield ball player to be seen, and our boys made a Dutch treat of it and took dinner at the Brettun. Before supper Mr. Williams, captain of the county seat club, their best player and a perfect gentleman, came around and redeemed Winfield’s reputation for hospitality, and the rival ball tossers separated with the best of good feeling prevailing.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 7, 1883.
Quite a pleasant party of young people, consisting of Messrs. Hawk, Hess, Thompson, Coombs, Gage, and Wyckoff, with the Misses Johnson, Smith, Peed, Phillips, Christian, and Walton took in the fount of healing waters at Geuda last Sunday. Such a merry group could not fail in having the enjoyable time they report.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 9, 1884.
New Enterprise. We understand that Messrs. C. W. Coombs and J. J. Clark intend putting in a complete outfit of presses, material, etc., for the running of a first-class job office in the rooms under the new Cowley County Bank. Mr. Coombs has had some experience in the business, while Mr. Clark furnishes the capital. We wish the boys all the success in the world and if the business acumen displayed in discerning this long felt want does not dessert them, the enterprise will doubtless bear good fruit in due season.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 20, 1884.
Last Saturday witnessed the advent of the Arkansas City Republican upon the sea of journalism. It is an eight page, six column paper, published by Messrs. Coombs, Clark & Atkinson. The papers were liberally scattered around town, thus affording our people an opportunity for judging for themselves as to its excellencies, etc., and rendering comments from us unnecessary. We sincerely hope their success will be commensurate with their anticipations.
Newspaper started on Saturday, February 16, 1884, with Charles W. Coombs, J. J. Clark, and C. T. Atkinson, Proprietors.
Charles W. Coombs marries Miss Mae Hamilton...
Arkansas City Traveler, March 5, 1884.
MARRIED. At the residence of Mrs. E. H. Denton, in Bolton Township, on Saturday, March 1, 1884, by Rev. Phillips, C. W. Coombs to Miss Mae Hamilton. Congratulations are extended.
Winfield Courier, March 6, 1884.
MARRIED. Charley Coombs, of the Arkansas City Republican, and Miss May Hamilton were married in that city on Saturday evening last.
Winfield Courier, March 6, 1884.

The Company from Arkansas City to attend the Carmilla Urso concert Tuesday evening were Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Newman, Mr. and Mrs. Beall, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Searing, Mr. and Mrs. Landes, Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Farrar, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Coombs, Mr. and Mrs. Kroenert, Mr. and Mrs. C. R. Sipes, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Ayres; Misses Abbie Hamilton, Beck and Anna Hunt; Ed. G. Gary [Gray] and Miss Fowler; Ed. Kingsbury and Miss Barnett; C. M. Scott and Miss Gardiner; J. C. Topliff and Miss Walton; F. J. Hess and Miss Johnson; and George Cunningham. The party represented Arkansas City’s best people, and all seemed to enjoy the visit and concert immensely. They spoke in the highest terms of their entertainment at the Brettun. The accommodation train on the Santa Fe was held for them and all returned that evening.
Next item shows that Coombs sold his one-third interest to C. T. Atkinson...
Arkansas City Republican, March 29, 1884.
A change in ownership of THE REPUBLICAN has taken place since our last issue. Much job work required the attention of Mr. C. W. Coombs, and he offered his one-third interest to either of his partners, for a sum commensurate with his exertions expended upon the newspaper. His interest was purchased by C. T. Atkinson. As a job printer Mr. Coombs has no superior, and hereafter he will devote his entire time to his special work.
LATER. Yesterday evening C. T. Atkinson purchased C. W. Coombs’ interest in THE REPUBLICAN job office.
Next item shows another change: Coombs retains interest in job office of the newspaper only...
Arkansas City Republican, April 5, 1884.
After consideration last Saturday, C. W. Coombs decided to retain his interest in THE REPUBLICAN job office. The newspaper is now owned by John J. Clark, one-third interest, and C. T. Atkinson, two-thirds interest. It is the determination of the proprietors to make THE REPUBLICAN the best weekly in southern Kansas. In order to do this, they would ask the friends of the enterprise to send us the names of their friends and acquaintances, that samples may be mailed to them.
Arkansas City Republican, April 19, 1884.
Lost. On Friday, April 18, on the road between Geuda Springs and Arkansas City, a morocco pocket book, or wallet, with the name C. W. Coombs printed in gilt letters on the inside. The book contains a deposit check, memorandum book, and other papers of no use to anyone but owner. The finder will be suitably rewarded by leaving it at this office.
Arkansas City Republican, April 26, 1884.
The Baptist Sewing Circle of Arkansas City, this week, issued invitations to persons at Winfield and at home, to a social gathering to be held yesterday, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. N. T. Snyder. Many, both from Winfield and at home, responded to the invitation.
From the former were Rev. Cairns and wife; Mr. Johnson and wife; E. H. Bliss and wife; Mr. Hickok and wife; Mr. Gilbert and wife; Mr. Hunt and wife; Mr. Silliman and wife; Mrs. Collins, Mrs. Hendricks, Mrs. Mann, Mrs. Branham, Mrs. Hall, Mrs. Wait, Mrs. Shearer, Mrs. Albright, Mrs. Herpich, Mrs. Capt. Whiting, Mrs. Will Whiting, Mrs. Nelson, Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Dressy, Mrs. Phenix; Misses C. Bliss and Tyner.

The following were from this city: Mr. Stacy Matlack and wife; Mr. Geo. Cunningham and wife; Mr. Wyckoff and wife; Mr. Allen Ayers and wife; Mr. H. P. Standley and wife; Mr. C. W. Coombs and wife; Mrs. Matlack, Mrs. Clevinger, Mrs. Klapf, Mrs. Landes, Mrs. C. T. Atkinson, Mrs. Loveland, Mrs. Hilliard, Mrs. T. C. Bird, Mrs. C. C. Hollister, Mrs. B. Goff, Mrs. Cypher, Mrs. H. W. Stewart, Mrs. Taylor, Miss Taylor, Miss Chapin, Miss Blaine, Miss Fitch, Miss Anna Hunt, Miss Jennie Upton, Mrs. Lent, Rev. J. O. Campbell, Rev. Wood and wife. Twelve came from Winfield, in the bus, and the remainder in carriages. They expressed themselves as very much pleased with the appearance of our city. At one o’clock, a delicious “lap-a-mince,” consisting of dessert, cake, and ice cream was served. The guests are under obligations to Mr. and Mrs. Snyder for a very enjoyable time. The receipts were about $25.00, which will be placed in the general fund for building the new Baptist Church in this city.
The editor of this paper regrets that school duties forbade his attendance, but trusts that dame fortune may yet be kind enough to grant him the acquaintance of so many clever and cultured people.
Arkansas City Republican, May 3, 1884.
The complimentary programme at the Constance Stanley and Edwin Clifford dramatic company, issued by Clark & Coombs, proprietors of THE REPUBLICAN Job Office, were decided by the best of critics to be the finest work ever executed in this city. The boys have about $1,800 invested in their office, and can, on that account, give a variety of forms and design unattainable by proprietors of limited material.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 28, 1884.
The Baptist Ladies Mite society will give an ice cream social and supper, at the residence of Mrs. Charley Coombs, Friday, May 30, 1884.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 4, 1884.
Bill of Chicago Lumber company for $36.54 was allowed and ordered paid; also bills of J. M. Moore, Ed. Malone, and Clark & Coombs were allowed and ordered paid.
Arkansas City Republican, June 7, 1884.
The bill of Clark & Coombs for $1.25 for printing notices was allowed, and ordered to be paid.
Coombs retires: Clark & Atkinson purchase his interest in the job printing office. They also play up their foreman, R. C. Howard....
Arkansas City Republican, June 28, 1884.
A Change. The world goes on, and so do we. Since our last issue a change has been made in the proprietorship of THE REPUBLICAN. Mr. Coombs wished to retire, and Messrs. Clark & Atkinson purchased his share, and then so equalized their shares in both newspaper and job printing office, that the two latter gentlemen are equal partners in both departments. The change is important, as it adds much strength to the firm, simply because it will now be one firm instead of two, and in unity there is strength. We claim to have the finest job office in southern Kansas, and our foreman, R. C. Howard, is the acknowledged peer of any printer in the state. Our efforts in the past have been met with a success surprising even ourselves. We sincerely thank our friends for their cordial aid, and desire that they may patronize us in our new branch of the business.

Arkansas City Republican, July 12, 1884.
Lute V. Coombs...
Arkansas City Republican, July 19, 1884.
L. V. Coombs has gone to Chicago to purchase a stock of drugs for the new firm of Kellogg & Coombs.
Arkansas City Republican, July 19, 1884.
Blaine and Logan Club. At a meeting called for Monday evening, July 14, 1884, to be held in Judge Bonsall’s office, by the chairman, C. T. Atkinson, who was appointed by the county convention at Winfield last Saturday, I. H. Bonsall was chosen secretary. The following pledge was signed by the persons whose names appear below:
We, the undersigned, agree to support James G. Blaine and John A. Logan for president and vice-president, and we further agree to work and vote for their election, and we pledge ourselves to do all we can in an honorable way to favor their interests.
I. H. Bonsall, C. T. Atkinson, J. B. Nipp, C. W. Barnes, O. Ingersoll, J. H. Punshon, L. H. Braden, W. R. Wolf, F. E. Pentecost, J. E. Pentecost, W. R. Owen, Jacob Terwilliger, Chas. Bryant, C. W. Coombs, L. V. Coombs, R. C. Howard, Byron Wagner, W. D. Mowry, F. M. Vaughn, D. C. Duncan, John M. Roberts, J. H. Martin, W. B. Higgins, A. E. Kirkpatrick, J. C. Topliff, Mahlon Arnett, H. C. Deets, C. M. Scott, John S. Daniels, John J. Clark, R. B. Morton, N. P. Laughton, Dell Plank, A. Leonard, S. A. Daniels, F. H. Gage, M. J. Capron, N. N. Abernathy, Ira Wilbur, J. P. Musselman, A. H. Dodd, David Shields, John J. Breene, David McPherson, G. W. Martin, Joe Sheff, H. G. Vaughn, J. C. Harnley, Frank Landes, R. R. Ottman [?], J. A. McIntyre, F. C. McLaughlin, F. E. Burnett, W. S. Thompson, Ed Horn, J. H. Hackleman, Alvan Sankey.
The following committees were appointed.
Band: F. H. Gage, John S. Daniels, and W. P. Wolf.
Music: S. E. Northey, B. A. Wagner, and D. C. Duncan.
Uniforms: J. J. Clark, A. E. Kirkpatrick, and W. D. Mowry.
After music by our band the club adjourned to meet at THE REPUBLICAN office, Monday evening, July 21, at 6 o’clock, at which time all companies are requested to report. A captain, 1st and 2nd lieutenants will be elected. Only members and those desiring to become members are expected to be present. C. T. ATKINSON, Chairman.
I. H. BONSALL, Secretary.
Arkansas City Republican, August 2, 1884.
We understand that Lute Coombs, a former schoolmate of the writer, and Dr. Kellogg, of Arkansas City, have opened up a first-class drug store in the above city. Lute is one of those enterprising go-ahead young men that is bound to make his mark in the world.
Sedgwick Pantograph.
Arkansas City Republican, August 30, 1884.

Kellogg & Coombs, the new drug firm to be, have commenced ordering their stock. They hope to be able to open their store the last of September or sometime in October.
Arkansas City Republican, September 6, 1884.
Lute Coombs left for Kansas City Monday, to look after business.
Arkansas City Republican, September 6, 1884.
Ed. Kingsbury and Lute Coombs have each purchased an elegant bicycle suit. They made their first appearance last Saturday evening.
Arkansas City Republican, September 13, 1884.
Chas. Coombs has come home from Florida and talks alligators and crocodiles.
Arkansas City Republican, September 20, 1884.
Lute Coombs “Wichitawed” Sunday.
Arkansas City Republican, November 8, 1884.
L. V. Coombs has rented one of the Building Association’s cottages. His mother has rented her property southwest of the city and will move to town and keep house for Lute. So he says.
Arkansas City Republican, November 8, 1884.
L. V. Coombs went to Wichita Wednesday to hear the election returns.
Arkansas City Republican, November 15, 1884.
Kellogg & Coombs will move into Newman’s brick next week. Their handsome new show cases have already arrived, and when they open you will see one of the handsomest drug stores in Kansas.
Arkansas City Republican, November 15, 1884.
Chas. Coombs, at present, is foreman of the Wichita Eagle. The former foreman got severely cut with a knife in the hands of an employee of the office, and Charley is acting as “Sub.” His wife, Mrs. Mae, went up the latter part of last week. They have rented rooms and are boarding at the residence of a private family.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 19, 1884.
Kellogg & Coombs will move to their new quarters next week. They have received a good part of their stock, and the room they now occupy is filled to overflowing.
Arkansas City Republican, November 22, 1884.
L. V. Coombs is now an uncle. He reminds us of a pea-fowl since the event. A handsome little boy babe came to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Coombs, of Wichita, last week, and they do say it is the very picture of its “pa.”
Arkansas City Republican, November 22, 1884.
Kellogg & Coombs will get to No. 33 next week.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 3, 1884.
Earnest McDowell, who has been with Fitch & Barron for the past six months, will put a stock of jewelry in the Newman building with the drug stock of Kellogg & Coombs.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 3, 1884.
Dr. Chapel informs us that he has rented a room at the rear of Kellogg & Coombs’ drug store, which he has fitted up for an office and where he invites his friends and patrons to call upon him. The gentleman took possession of the new office this morning.
Arkansas City Republican, December 6, 1884.

The back end of No. 33 has been partitioned off and two nice rooms made thereby. One has been fitted up and will be occupied as a sleeping department by L. V. Coombs and E. L. McDowell. The other will be occupied as an office by Drs. Mitchell and Chapel.
Arkansas City Republican, December 6, 1884.
No. 33. At last No. 33 is open and everything arranged in apple-pie-order. Perhaps kind reader, you do not know where No. 33 is located and what it is. Well, to begin, No. 33 is located in the brick building across the street from the Cowley County Bank. Take a walk across and enter and you will find a handsomely arranged drug store, with Kellogg & Coombs as proprietors. Also just to the left of the door, as you go in, you will find Ernest McDowell. Generally he is astride of a jeweler’s stool. He has a handsome line of jewelry and clocks. As a workman in repairing, his work is his recommendation. But to resume with No. 33. The shelving has been remodeled and painted, new drugs are placed on them, and the entire make-up of No. 33 points to tastefulness and enterprise everywhere in that room.
At the rear of No. 33 you will find a handsome prescription case. The front is adorned by a large mirror, which by the way will prove a great convenience to the ladies.
The firm is well-known. Dr. H. D. Kellogg has been here ever since there was an Arkansas City. Over fourteen years ago he cast anchor here, since which time he has lived as he commenced—as a good citizen. L. V. Coombs, well now, we would like to see a man or lady who is not acquainted with Lute, and especially the latter. Trustworthy in every respect, we, the REPUBLICAN, predict a lucrative business for the firm. The Doctor lends the sturdiness and steadiness necessary to business, while Lute furnishes the energy of vigorous youth.
This space reserved for the No. 33 Drug Store in Newman’s corner block. KELLOGG & COOMBS, Proprietors, who are opening up a large stock of New Drugs, Medicines, Paints, Oils, and Everything pertaining to the Drug Business.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 10, 1884.
Dr. Chapel will be glad to see his patrons and friends at his new office in the rear of Kellogg & Coombs drug store.
Arkansas City Republican, December 13, 1884.
Chas. Coombs, of the Wichita Eagle, was down from Wichita, Wednesday. He is moving his household effects there. Charley says the baby can’t talk yet.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 17, 1884.
Charles Coombs, of the Wichita Eagle, was down last week. He says he is located there permanently now, and expects from this on to stick to type setting from night till morning. Charles is a good typo and deserves success.
Arkansas City Republican, December 20, 1884.

NO. 33, located in Newman’s corner brick, is one of the neatest arranged drug stores in the state of Kansas. It will not do to pass by this house in search for presents. No. 33 has a splendid selected stock of goods. It affords the gentlemanly proprietors much pleasure to be able to supply their customers with a superior class of goods. There are odor and dressing cases, plush mirrors, pocket-books, albums, writing desks, vases, lamps, cologne sets, ink stands, and various other articles suitable for a present. Their holiday goods consists of presents that are useful as well as ornamental. A lady or gentleman can easily find a present at No. 33 that will suit the taste of the most fastidious. Dr. H. D. Kellogg and L. V. Coombs are the gentlemanly proprietors. Messrs. Kellogg & Coombs are so well known to our readers that it is almost unnecessary for the REPUBLICAN to endorse them. They have been in the business so long, especially the senior member of the firm. Call and examine the stock of No. 33 and you will discover that we have not told the one-tenth part. You will find it a pleasure as well as a benefit to stop at No. 33.
E. L. McDOWELL. Among the latest but by no means less important of our business establishments is that of E. L. McDowell, the jeweler. He came out here last spring to take charge of the jewelry establishment of Fitch & Barron’s store, but is so well pleased with the country and the kind treatment he has received at the hands of the people of this place, that he has decided to locate permanently, and accordingly rented part of Kellogg & Coombs’ room December 1, where he has displayed a very fine stock of clocks, watches, jewelry, etc. Mr. McDowell learned his trade in the east and is a practical workman, and having had experience in both the wholesale and retail jewelry trade, is enabled to keep up with the times. He hopes by fair and honest dealings to gain a foothold among us, and we wish him success. He has a handsome line of holiday goods.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 24, 1884.
No. 38, Kellogg & Coombs, have their stock arranged second to none. Dr. Kellogg and Lute Coombs are rustlers and make things hum in their line.
Arkansas City Republican, December 27, 1884.
Buy Palacine coal oil. The family safety light at No. 33 drug store.
Arkansas City Republican, December 27, 1884.
Ad on Page 5:
Kellogg & Coombs. [DR. H. D. KELLOGG/L. V. COOMBS]
This space reserved for the No. 33 Drug Store in Newman’s corner block. KELLOGG & COOMBS, Proprietors, Who are opening up a large stock of New Drugs, Medicines, Paints, Oils, and Everything pertaining to the Drug Business.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 31, 1884.
BIG AD. [Dr. H. D. Kellogg   /   L. V. Coombs.]
Kellogg & Coombs, At The No. 33 Drug Store, in Newman’s old stand, opposite Cowley County Bank, are now opening up a Large and New Stock of Drugs, Paints, Oils, Toilet Articles, Perfumery, Patent Medicine, Painter’s Supplies, and everything pertaining to a first-class Drug Store. Prescriptions Carefully Compounded Day or Night.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 31, 1884.
L. V. Coombs and Miss Nellie Nash, Charles Chapel, and Miss Minnie Stewart, Mr. and Mrs. Woodson, Miss Lynch, Miss Clara Thompson, and Capt. C. G. Thompson and wife tripped the light fantastic at the residence of J. H. Hilliard Monday night of last week, to the excellent music furnished by Miss Clara Thompson.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 31, 1884.

The report that an earthquake shock was felt yesterday by the people in the vicinity of Fifth Avenue and Summit Street is without foundation. The rumor was started by the enemies of Lute Coombs, who happened to see him suddenly double up like a pocket knife and sit down uproariously on the part of the knife known as the hinge.      
Arkansas City Traveler, December 31, 1884.
XMAS BALL. A most enjoyable time was had in Highland Hall, Christmas evening, by the lovers of the Terpsichorean set. Notwithstanding the failure of the musicians engaged, very good music was had by the energetic rustling of Lute Coombs and Ed. Kingsbury after the arrival of the crowd. All present made the most of the occasion and went away eulogizing the committee, which consisted of C. C. Sollitt, L. V. Coombs, F. K. Grosscup, P. L. Snyder, and E. L. Kingsbury.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 7, 1885.
Chas. Coombs, wife and boy, came down from Wichita Tuesday, to visit friends and relatives.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 7, 1885.
The Episcopal ladies were overrun, New Year’s afternoon, with visitors, who came to enjoy their hospitality—which is renowned in Arkansas City. The names of the ladies who received were: Mrs. W. E. Gooch; Mrs. R. E. Grubbs; Mrs. Nicholson; Mrs. M. S. Hasie; Mrs. Frank Beall; Mrs. John Landes; Mrs. J. H. Hilliard; Mrs. A. J. Chapel; Miss Jennie Peterson; Misses Hasie, Etta Barnett, Mame Stineman, Minnie Stewart.
The names of the principal callers we append below.
Maj. M. S. Hasie; Mr. Nicholson; I. H. Bonsall; Dr. H. D. Kellogg; T. S. Moorhead; Dr. J. A. Mitchell; A. D. Hawk; Rev. J. O. Campbell; J. H. Hilliard; Chas. Chapel; Phil. L. Snyder; Ed. L. Kingsbury; Lute V. Coombs; Leavitt Coburn; Frank M. Grosscup; Richard L. Howard; B. E. Grubbs; S. Matlack; C. Mead; John Kroenert; Sam P. Gould; Dr. A. J. Chapel; Wyard E. Gooch; Dr. G. H. J. Hart; C. H. Searing; G. W. Cunningham; F. P. Schiffbauer; Charles Schiffbauer; O. Ingersoll; Sam Wile; Al. Levy; Frank Beall; C. R. Sipes; R. C. Multer.
The ladies received royally, and a royal attendance was the result.
Arkansas City Republican, January 10, 1885.
Chas. Coombs and family came down from Wichita Wednesday to bask in the sunny smiles of relatives for a few days.
Arkansas City Republican, January 10, 1885.
C. C. Sollitt, E. L. Kingsbury, L. V. Coombs, Chas. Chapel, and several others have arranged for one of their social balls in Highland Hall next Thursday evening. The committee secured musicians from a distance to furnish the music for the occasion.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 14, 1885.
Kellogg & Coombs and E. L. McDowell have just hung up their new window curtains with an attractive sign in each.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 14, 1885.
The Favorite Social Club will give a select ball at Highland Hall tomorrow night. Committee: C. C. Sollitt, P. L. Snyder, F. K. Grosscup, L. V. Coombs, E. L. Kingsbury, G. W. Cunningham.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 17, 1885.

Edwin Dalton (Union man)                                D. D. Dobbs
Edward Sinclair (Southerner)                            J. H. Johnston
Park Sinclair (Edward’s father)                               P. L. Snyder
Charlie Dalton (Edwin’s brother)                             L. V. Coombs
Farmer Dalton (Northern Union man)                      E. L. Kingsbury
Jake Schneider (fat Dutchman, true blue)  S. V. Devendorf
Capt. Mason (U. S. A.)                                          J. J. Clark
Pete (colored gentleman)                                        B. F. Cooper
Gen. Sherman (U. S. A.)                                        S. C. Lindsay
Gen. McPherson (U. S. A.)                                    W. D. Mowry
Gen. Logan (U. S. A.)                                            L. D. Davis
Maj. Wilber (U. S. A.)                                           C. C. Sollitt
Col. Harrison (U. S. A.)                                         T. J. Stafford
Sergeant Bates (C. S. A.)                                       Pat Franey
Corporal Ogden (C. S. A.)                         N. T. Lawton
Maud Dalton (wife of Edwin)                                  Miss Nellie Nash
Carrie Dalton (sister of Edwin)                                Miss Minnie Stewart
Mrs. Dalton (wife of farmer Dalton)                        Miss Etta Barnett
Little Willie (Edwin’s brother,
    the drummer boy)                                   Willie Rike
Little Annie (daughter of Edwin and Maud)                           
Schneider’s volunteers; Citizens; Soldiers; and 14 young ladies for tableau.
Arkansas City Republican, January 17, 1885.
Kellogg & Coombs have put up a unique sign for No. 33. Look for it on the corner of the awning of No. 33.
Arkansas City Republican, January 31, 1885.
Kellogg & Coombs at the No. 33 drug store carry a full line of wallpaper.
Arkansas City Republican, January 31, 1885.
Four Star Lectures to be Delivered in Highland Hall.
Opening with George R. Wendling Monday Evening, February 9.
Anna Dickinson, Robert L. Cumnock, and Frank W. Smith to Follow.
J. Allen Whyte, a representative of the Slayton Lyceum Bureau at Chicago, was in the city Tuesday making preparations for the delivery of four lectures. H. P. Farrar, T. H. McLaughlin, Jas. Ridenour, Mowry & Sollitt, Sam Wile, and Kellogg & Coombs effected the necessary arrangements, and Arkansas City will be visited at dates fixed by the committee for these four star lectures.
The first lecture will be given on February 9: one week from Monday evening. It will be delivered by Geo. R. Wendling. His subject will be “Personality of Satan.” A number of citizens have heard Mr. Wendling in his celebrated lecture answering Bob Ingersoll. They were captivated by Mr. Wendling by the delivery of that lecture and will be equally so when they hear him in his “Personality of Satan.”

The next lecture in this course will in all probability be by the Queen of the platform, Anna Dickinson. Miss Dickinson will deliver her masterly and eloquent eulogy on “Joan of Arc.” In the homes of the poor, in the palaces of the rich; all over this broad land—from the Great Lakes to the Gulf, from the extreme limits of the continent—nearly all the people are familiar with this brave, fearless, and remarkable woman and her “Joan of Arc.” This lecture alone is worth the price of admission charged for the entire course. This may be Miss Dickinson’s last season on the platform and one and all should hear her before she makes her exit from the American rostrum.
Robert S. Cumnock, who recognizes no peer as a reader, comes and spends one evening with us giving select readings.
Frank W. Smith, the grand old hero of Andersonville prison, will deliver his lecture on “In and out of Andersonville.” This, besides being interesting to everyone, is doubly so to every old soldier.
For this entire course of lectures but $4.50 will be charged. Remember Geo. R. Wendling will be first. His lecture, “Personality of Satan,” will be delivered Monday evening, February 9. Tickets can be procured for the course of either of the above named parties or at Ridenour & Thompson’s jewelry store.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 18, 1885.
The most successful of the season’s social events occurred last night at Highland Hall under the auspices of the Favorite Social Club. A large and select party of maskers were they, who glided about the hall in the many intricacies of the dance. A feast for the eyes was the many colors as they glided in and out in serpentine movements or moved along stately in massed colors. The beautiful costumes of the ladies, the grotesque and glaring ones of the gentlemen, called up scenes of oriental splendor and was soothing and calming while yet exciting to the lookers on. The names of those who were invited to the Ma Hubbard, were, so near as we could learn as follows.

C. H. Searing and wife; S. Matlack and wife; H. P. Farrar and wife; F. W. Farrar and wife; E. L. McDowell; W. D. Mowry and wife; C. C. Sollitt and wife; J. V. Hull; Frank Austin and wife; John Kroenert and wife; Al Heitkam; C. O. Harris; Dr. Westfall and wife; John B. Walker and wife; Matt Aldridge and wife; C. R. Sipes and wife; John Ingliss; Will Griffith; A. A. Newman and wife; Wyard Gooch and wife; L. N. Coburn; A. V. Alexander and wife; Dr. J. Vawter and wife; Geo. Schmidt; J. Landes and wife; Frank Beall and wife; C. G. Thompson and wife; J. H. Hilliard and wife; Joe Finkleburg; J. A. McIntyre and wife; E. L. Kingsbury; F. K. Grosscup; A. D. Ayres and wife; Thos. Kimmel and wife; Will Moore and wife; Ivan Robinson; J. C. Topliff; Will Thompson; R. E. Grubbs and wife; Chas. Schiffbauer and wife; L. H. Northey; O. Ingersoll and wife; Chas. Chapel; Lute Coombs; P. L. Snyder; J. W. Heck and wife; Frank Thompson; Sherman Thompson; W. A. Daniels; F. B. Willitts; Jerry Adams; Sept. Andrews; Will L. Aldridge; A. J. Pyburn; S. B. Reed; Dr. S. B. Parsons; Dr. M. B. Vawter; Dr. J. A. Mitchell; Isaac Ochs and wife; H. Nicholson; Frank Hutchison; R. P. Hutchison and wife; Herman Wyckoff; T. J. Sweeney and wife; J. L. Huey and wife; R. B. Norton; Chas. Hutchins and wife; Cal. Dean and wife; C. M. Scott and wife; Frank J. Hess and wife; R. U. Hess; R. L. Howard and wife; Dr. H. D. Kellogg and wife; H. P. Standley and wife; E. O. Stevenson and wife; H. H. Perry and wife; G. W. Cunningham and wife; J. G. Shelden and wife; Sam Wyle; Maj. M. S. Hasie and wife; Chas. Hilliard; Tillie Crawford; J. W. Duncan; A. H. Fitch; James Ridenour and wife; J. R. Rogers and wife; Tip Davenport and wife; E. W. Weston, of Wellington, Kansas; Ed. Cole and wife; Lafe Tomlin and wife; Ed. McMullen, of Winfield.
Arkansas City Republican, February 28, 1885.
We are glad to have no twin brother. As an example: Archie and Arthur Coombs. Which is which we do not know. But during Robinson’s administration at Highland Hall this week, Archie was to be taken to witness the performance by a friend. Of course, Archie told Arthur. To make a long story short, Arthur met Archie’s friend on the street after supper and inquired if he was ready to attend the theatre. The gentleman responded in the affirmative and took Arthur. Archie waited patiently for his friend to come around, but he waited in vain. The gentleman did not discover the trick until Archie informed him of the fact.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 4, 1885.
Kellogg & Coombs have painted up the front of their Palace drug-store in nobby style.
Arkansas City Republican, April 4, 1885.
Painters, Attention. Kellogg & Coombs have received one of the largest invoices of brushes and painters’ material ever brought to Arkansas City. Call and see at the No. 33 drug store.
Arkansas City Republican, April 4, 1885.
Chas. Coombs, and wife, came down from Wichita Saturday last to visit home folks.
Arkansas City Republican, April 11, 1885.
Kellogg & Coombs have fitted up a room at the rear of No. 33 drug store in which to display their stock of wall paper.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 27, 1885.
Lute Coombs is again with us after his trip to New Orleans. He says he had a way up time and we do not doubt it.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 27, 1885.
City Council Proceedings. The city council was late in getting together on Monday evening. Capt. Rarick, having resigned; and Mr. Davis deeming himself without the necessary property qualification to hold his seat, the body is reduced to little more than a quorum. Mr. Hill was also absent, having left on the afternoon train. The mayor and four councilmen waited till 8:30, and no quorum appearing, the marshal was sent after Archie Dunn, who promptly responded to the summons and then the business began.
In accordance with city ordinance No. 125, a license of $25 a day had been demanded of G. G. Matthews for selling a bankrupt stock of dry goods, thereby demoralizing the trade of our home merchants; but he refused to pay the tax. This was reported to the council in writing, and after some discussion, the matter was postponed indefinitely.

Mr. Hight reported in behalf of the sanitary committee. A new vault should be dug at the Windsor Hotel and better provision made for carrying off waste water. Mr. Stedman, owner of the bath house, was required to make the same provision. The water spout on Kellogg & Coombs’ drug store should be removed to a more suitable place, and the privy in the rear of their lot removed. The portion of the alley in the rear of the Arkansas City Bank should be filled up, and certain manure piles at different points mentioned removed. Also some hog pens and stagnant pools in the first ward required attention. The report was accepted, and the attention of the street commissioner called to the various nuisances named.
The mayor stated to the council that Night Watchman Dunckell had resigned; and on recommendation, his honor had appointed Mr. Johnson to fill the vacancy. He submitted this action for the approval of the council. Mr. Yount’s name being also mentioned for the office, a ballot was taken which resulted in two votes for Johnson and three for Yount. The latter was approved as night watch without cost to the city.
Mr. Hight asked for the report of the water works committee. Capt. Thompson, the only member of the committee present, asked further time, which was granted.
W. L. Dockson then presented himself before the city council asking to be heard. He set forth that he was a professional house numberer, had numbered the houses in Wichita, Sedgwick, Winfield, and other places, and asked the passage of an ordinance by the council giving him the right to number the houses in Arkansas City. He was followed by Bert Risdon, who asked that the privilege be accorded him, and engaging to employ Mr. Ferguson, one of our own citizens, to do the painting. Referred to the committee on ordinances.
The committee on streets was instructed to report a system of guttering and curbing for action by the council.
Some discussion arose over the purchase of four lots by the city, where the springs, which furnish the water supply, are located. There is a mortgage of $75 on the property, while the rent paid by the city is $25 a year. It was urged that if the city pays the mortgage, it will acquire title to the property, and thus save the cost of rent. Referred to the finance committee.
The next business in order was the consideration of ordinances, and the ordinance imposing an occupation tax was the first to come up. But it was now ten o’clock, and members suggested it was too late to take up so comprehensive a matter.
At this moment, Mr. Collins, of Wichita, attorney for Mr. O’Neil, presented himself and asked if the council was willing to grant definite terms to his client. The franchise granted by the former council allowed 90 days for furnishing the plant to supply the city with water; that time was two-thirds gone, and his client had been hindered from prosecuting the work because of the refusal of the present council to carry out the contract of their predecessors in office.
Mr. Dean inquired if the company Mr. O’Neil represented was willing to go on and do their work without bonds.
Mr. Collins could not say as to that. His client had spent months here, had supplied the city with water, paying for fuel and necessary help, and had incurred other expenses. He now wished to know whether an arrangement could be made with the council so that he could go on and fulfill his contract.
Mr. Dunn said O’Neil had collected water rent from the Leland House and Mr. Geo. E. Hasie, but this the latter emphatically denied.

Some show of feeling was developed during the discussion, which the mayor endeavored to suppress. At 10 o’clock the council adjourned to meet the following evening.
Arkansas City Republican, June 27, 1885.
Lute Coombs went to Grenola Wednesday. Several young ladies’ hearts were away below par until he returned. They feared he would not come back alone.
Arkansas City Republican, July 4, 1885.
L. V. Coombs has bought one of those handsome Tiffany Spring buggies of D. L. Means.
Arkansas City Republican, July 4, 1885.
Mrs. A. Williams this week sold her lot on North Summit street, opposite Shaw’s lumber yard, to W. D. Bishop, for $1,100. Mr. Bishop will erect a business room on his purchase. Mrs. Williams bought lots in the fourth ward of L. V. Coombs and has moved her house on them. Meigs & Nelson consummated the sales.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 11, 1885.
Lute Coombs and Frank Wright tossed the festive base ball a few times on Summit street yesterday. On being taken before Judge Bryant, they plead guilty and were fined $2 and cost each, amounting apiece to $6.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 11, 1885.
Chas. Coombs, wife, and baby were down from Wichita over the Fourth. Charley is working on the Beacon.
Arkansas City Republican, July 25, 1885.
John Stafford, the new night watch, made his first arrest Wednesday night. Will Avery got drunk and created a disturbance. Stafford took him in about 9 o’clock, rushed up to the Police Judge’s office, and sent for Bryant. It was some time before he could be found, and Avery became tired waiting. In order to get away, he leaped from Judge Kreamer’s window onto the awning and from there to the hard ground, a distance of about 15 feet. Stafford took after him, but did not catch him before he jumped. R. E. Grubbs and other bystanders gathered up Avery and took him into Kellogg & Coombs’ drug store, where he received treatment for his bruises. His knee was badly hurt. By the time he had recovered to some extent, Judge Bryant was found. Avery was taken before him and fined $5.50 and costs.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, July 29, 1885.
Office in rear of “33"—Kellogg & Coombs’ drug store. Residence, Central Avenue hotel.   Arkansas City, Kansas. Consultations Solicited.
Orders may be left at Eddy’s Drug Store.
Arkansas City Republican, August 1, 1885.
Dr. A. J. Chapel comes to the front in this issue of the REPUBLICAN with his professional card. Read it.
CARD. DR. A. J. CHAPEL, Physician & Surgeon.
Office in Kellogg & Coombs’s No. 33 Drug Store.
Residence—Room No. 2, Central Avenue Hotel.
Consultation solicited.
Arkansas City Republican, August 1, 1885.

Phil. Snyder, Ed Kingsbury, Herm Wyckoff, Lute Coombs, Leavitt Coburn, John Ingliss, Frank Freeland, Owen Sheppard, F. C. Deering, and W. H. Nelson went down to Ponca Agency Wednesday night to witness the sun dance by the Ponca tribe next day. They were doomed to disappointment. The dance comes off today.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 8, 1885.
The Liquor Traffic. The liquor trade of the county for July seems to have been an exceptionally good one; in fact, the best since the inauguration of free whiskey. The total number of statements filed for last month is 3,079, against 3,052 for May and 2,607 for June.
Compared with last month Arkansas City has dropped a little—very little—in number of statements while Winfield has pulled up a notch or two. The former phenomena may be accounted for by the burning out of brother Grimes, who had latterly stood well to the front in amount of whiskey disposed of.
These 3,079 statements are divided among the various towns and dealers as follows.
Winfield: Harter, 122; Glass, 132; Brown & Son, 259; Williams, 208. Total: 711.
Arkansas City: Steinberger, 536; Fairclo, 208; Eddy, 208; Mowry & Sollitt, 236; Kellogg & Coombs, 290. Total: 1,584.
[1,548 - 1,478 = 70 less than paper shows!]
Burden: Woolsey, 355.
Grand Summit: Avery, 155.
Dexter: Phelps, 182.
Cambridge: Rule, 20.
Udall: Martin, 69; Roberts, 103.
These statements represent a nice little harvest to the probate judge for this month of $159.95. Winfield Telegram.
In justice to our druggists and the name of our city, the REPUBLICAN announces that it is informed by Judge Gans that fully one-half of the statements filed by our druggists are for parties residing in the Territory. While the Winfield men claim we drink so much, the fact is we do not consume as much liquor as the inhabitants of the Hub. Our Territory trade is all filed from Arkansas City.
Arkansas City Republican, August 22, 1885.
Kellogg & Coombs have the largest stock of brushes, paints, oils, and wall paper in Arkansas City.
Arkansas City Republican, August 22, 1885.
Kellogg & Coombs, at the No. 33 drug store, carry a fine line of wall paper, decorations for ceilings, etc.
Arkansas City Republican, August 22, 1885.
John G. Cook, of Bowling Green, Kentucky, arrived in the city the latter part of last week. Mr. Cook is a friend of L. V. Coombs and is a druggist. He has accepted a position in S. F. Steinberger’s drug store. Mr. Steinberger, we are informed, has obtained the refusal of Frick Bros. new business room and if he accepts it, will move in as soon as the room is completed.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 10, 1885.
Marriage of Ed. L. Kingsbury and Miss Etta M. Barnett.

Again has one of Arkansas City’s maidens gracefully yielded to the old, old story, soft and gentle now as in days primeval, whispered first in Eden, and rippling down the centuries of time, ever forming the destinies of a maiden. Cupid has shot his dart once more with an un-erring alto. What a mighty lever is love! A glance from the eye of a chosen one thrills to the inmost core, and the gentle accents of the being upon whom a man had linked his highest hopes falls upon the ear like a chime of bells at eventide. It was ever thus and will be until time eternal.
The marriage of Miss Etta Barnett to Ed. L. Kingsbury on Wednesday evening last at the residence of the bride’s parents calls forth the above musings. The ceremony took place at 8:30 p.m., and was performed by Rev. J. O. Campbell before a number of invited guests, composed of intimate friends and relatives. The bride and groom were looking their best, as is usual on such occasions, and they bore themselves bravely during the trying ordeal, which made them one. Hearty congratulations from those present followed. Then came the repast to which full justice was done and many encomiums were showered upon the hostess for thus furnishing such an elegant repast. At the conclusion of the merry-making, the guests departed for their respective homes and the newly married couple repaired to their abode at rooms in the Chapel building, which had been made ready to receive them by the groom.
The groom, Ed. L. Kingsbury, is one of the proprietors of the City Book Store. Young, enterprising, industrious, sober, and affable. May he never regret the step he has taken.
The bride, Miss Etta M. Barnett, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Barnett; is young, intelligent, warm-hearted, and will make Mr. Kingsbury a frank and loving wife.
The following is a list of presents.
Eva Phillips, of El Dorado, set of hand painted satin tidies.
Mr. and Mrs. O. Ingersoll, silver card receiver.
Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Davis, bread plate.
Mr. and Mrs. Cal. Dean, linen table-cloth and one dozen napkins.
Charles Chapel and Minnie Stewart, silver sugar bowl and creamer.
Effie Barnett, Des Moines, Iowa, pair linen towels.
Lute Coombs and Annie Meigs, parlor stand lamp.
Mrs. Geo. Howard, bed spread and pair linen towels.
Frank Barnett, silver pie and cake knife.
Mrs. B. L. Kingsbury, Burlington, Kansas, linen table cloth and one dozen napkins.
Mrs. Martinez, Newark, New Jersey, linen towel.
Lizzie Kingsbury, Burlington, Kansas, silver butter knife.
Mr. B. L. Kingsbury, Burlington, Kansas, check for $500.
Mr. and Mrs. Ira Barnett, chamber set.
Mr. and Mrs. Uriah Spray, canary bird and cage.
Lewis V. Coombs and Anna Meigs announce they will be married...
Arkansas City Traveler, October 14, 1885.
To be Married. The marriage of Lute Coombs with Miss Meigs is set for next Wednesday, and we also learn that F. A. Neilson will shortly return to his former home to join the order of Benedicts.
Arkansas City Republican, October 17, 1885.

TO BE MARRIED. Cards are out for the wedding of Lewis V. Coombs and Miss Anna Meigs on next Wednesday evening at the residence of the bride’s parents.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 22, 1885.
Lewis V. Coombs and Anna J. Meigs; John M. Maxwell and Lizzie Wilson; George Sheets and Anna Engles have received matrimonial documents from Judge Gans since our last report. The knot tying business is looming up immensely of late.
Arkansas City Republican, October 24, 1885.
MARRIED. Once again the REPUBLICAN is called upon to chronicle the oft repeated story that shy Cupid has pierced two hearts with his heavenly dart. A public acknowledgment of this union of hearts, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Meigs, was made last Wednesday evening, at 8 o’clock, in the presence of invited guests, by Miss Anna Meigs and L. V. Coombs. By the sacred tie of marriage, Rev. J. O. Campbell, in his most approved style, joined this most estimable couple in a new and holy relation.
At an early hour of this auspicious evening the invited guests began to assemble at the residence. As each one arrived some elegant token of friendship was stored in the present room labeled with the donor’s name. At the appointed hour the joyous couple assumed their positions in front of Rev. Campbell, who soon pronounced them man and wife. Then the congratulations began and lasted until one and all had wished the newly married couple God speed on life’s journey.
After many and many blessings bestowed upon them, the wedding supper was announced. Here our faber fails us. We cannot paint the glorious scene at the festal board. Let it suffice for us to say that the eatables presented to the guests were fit to grace the table of any royal family, and ample justice was done to them by the happy throng. Until a late hour the merry-making was kept up, the bride and groom participating with a hearty good will.
The groom, Lewis V. Coombs, is so well known in this community by all that it would only be an expenditure of labor for us to pass any encomium on him. We wish him well and know he will be happy with his new wife for he made a wise choice.
Miss Anna Meigs, like the groom, has grown up in our midst from childhood. Being the daughter of one of our most respectable families, she is what she should be—a lady. Handsome, honest, frank, and an affectionate disposition are requisites she possesses to make Mr. Coombs a good wife.
The following is a list of the names of the donors and their presents and will show in what high estimation the receivers were held by their many friends.
Gold watch and chain from groom.
Hanging lamp: Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Houghton.
Clock: E. L. McDowell.
Statuary and Salts: Miss Grace Bidwell, Mrs. A. W. Brokaw, and Frank Bidwell, of Wichita.
Silver cake basket: Miss Linda Christian and W. A. Daniels.
Solid silver napkin rings: Archie Coombs.

Silver ice pitcher and goblet: Arthur Coombs.
Silver butter dish: Mr. and Mrs. T. H. McLaughlin.
Silver cut glass jelly dish: Maud Meigs.
Silver cake basket: Mr. and Mrs. Ed Kingsbury.
Silver spoon holder: John G. Cook.
Silver and glass set: sugar bowl, cream pitcher, spoon holder, cruet, and toothpick holder—M. L. Read and L. N. Coburn.
Silver and cut glass breakfast castor: Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Stuart.
Set silver knives and forks: Dr. and Mrs. Chapel.
Silver and glass berry dish: Mollie Christian and Phil Snyder.
Set silver knives, forks, and spoons: Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Stuart [Stewart?]..
Chair tidy: Miss Estelle Kellogg.
Silver butter knife: Bert Meigs.
Bible: Mrs. J. West.
Bedspread: Mrs. H. O. Meigs.
Amberina water set: Mary E. Meigs.
Table cloth and napkins: A. A. Newman & Co.
Chair: Dr. and Mrs. Kellogg.
Deed for one-half block in the city of Anthony: H. O. Meigs.
$10.00: J. W. Clendenin, Pratt, Kansas.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 28, 1885.
MARRIED. The marriage of Lewis V. Coombs and Miss Anna Meigs has been reported in the papers, and the congratulations have been said by their friends.
Arkansas City Republican, November 28, 1885.
MARRIED. Miss Eva Dent, of Wenona, Illinois, who visited in the city at various periods during several years past, was united in marriage Thursday of last week to Mr. Guy Richey. Mrs. Richey is a cousin of L. V. Coombs.
Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.
Mr. and Mrs. L. V. Coombs have gone to house-keeping, in their resident property in the fourth ward.
Arkansas City Republican, December 19, 1885.
Mrs. Charles Coombs is visiting relatives in the city this week.
Arkansas City Republican, January 2, 1886.
Chas. Coombs, wife, and baby are visiting relatives in the city from Wichita. Charlie is holding cases on the Eagle now. They will remain here until after the bal masque of the Coterie.
Arkansas City Republican, January 16, 1886.
L. V. Coombs traded his resident property in the 4th ward for that of A. G. Lowe’s in the 1st ward. Mr. and Mrs. Coombs will reside in their new property.
Arkansas City Republican, March 20, 1886.
L. V. Coombs has purchased a half interest in the drug store of S. F. Steinberger. The firm name will be Steinberger & Coombs.
Arkansas City Republican, April 3, 1886.

Elsewhere appears the advertisement of Steinberger & Coombs. Both these gentlemen are well known to our readers. They have a first-class drug store and are doing a large business.
AD. WANTED! The citizens of Arkansas City and vicinity to know that the place to buy their Drugs, Medicines, Notions, Oils, Gasoline, Cigars, Tobaccos, etc., -IS AT- STEINBERGER & COOMBS PHARMACY. Corner Summit Street, Fourth Avenue.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 28, 1886.
                                            PRESCRIPTIONS A SPECIALTY.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 28, 1886.
John Carter makes announcement of his new barber shop, on north Summit street, in our advertising columns.
AD. TONSORIAL ARTIST. My old friends and patrons will find me at my new stand on South Summit Street (opposite Steinberger & Coombs’ drug store), where they can enjoy the luxury of a good, easy shave for ten cents, and a stylish hair cutting for 25 cents.
Low rates and ready cash my motto. Give me a call. JOHN CARTER.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 28, 1886.
The Frick Bros. are putting up a substantial awning in front of their brick store, occupied by Steinberger & Coombs.
Arkansas City Republican, May 8, 1886.
Steinberger & Coombs have rented the new room of Dr. Shepard and will remove their drug stock there next week.
Arkansas City Republican, May 29, 1886.
 STEINBERGER & COOMBS will remove to Dr. Shepard’s room next to Dailey’s Shoe Store June 1st.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, May 29, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
O. J. Dougherty, of Douglass, has been in the city for several days past. Mr. Dougherty has concluded that there is no place like Arkansas City. He will open up a drug establishment in the room to be vacated by Steinberger & Coombs in the Creswell block.
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 5, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
The Shepard room is being handsomely refitted and shelved ready to receive the drug stock of Steinberger & Coombs, which will be removed in a few days.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 5, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
Mrs. L. V. Coombs is partaking of the waters of Geuda this week.
Arkansas City Republican, June 5, 1886.
Thursday afternoon a fight occurred on the highway in the vicinity of the south Arkansas River bridge. It was between Wm. Brinker and John Phillips. The fight grew out of a dispute over a pair of oars. They are fishermen and had been down in the Territory until Sunday. They had been fishing in the Arkansas south of town since. Yesterday Brinker met Phillips on horseback and the quarrel began. The former was going after the oars and the latter objected. The result was Phillips pulled his pocket knife and made a slash at Brinker, striking him in the forehead with the point of the blade and passing down the side of his nose and through his upper lip. Phillips slipped from his horse and was continuing the carving when passers-by separated them. Brinker was cut up pretty badly. One gash in the back, another in the back of his head, and his face cut as stated above. Phillips came to the city and told Brinker’s acquaintances that he had cut his heart out. They went down and brought him up to Steinberger & Coombs’ Drug Store, where Drs. Geo. Wright, J. A. Mitchell, and E. Y. Baker dressed and sewed up the wounds. Phillips as soon as he told what he had done disappeared and has not since been seen. It is told of him that he killed a man over east of here in this county sometime ago by hitting him on the head with the butt end of his revolver. Brinker will pull through all right.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 12, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.
Steinberger & Coombs have moved into their new store room. It is handsomely fitted up.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 12, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
Yesterday Steinberger & Coombs had their opening in their new quarters in the Shepard block. Handsome shelving and counters have been put in. This drug store is more elegant than ever.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 12, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
Mrs. L. V. Coombs returned home from Geuda today. Mrs. C. C. Sollitt still remains, and is being greatly improved in health by the springs.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 3, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
Chas. Coombs, wife, and child came down from Wichita on the noon train today. They will make Arkansas City their future home. Mr. and Mrs. Coombs are the proud parents now of a boy and girl. The latter was born some three weeks ago.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 3, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.

The following persons will compose the Canal City base ball club, which plays the Geuda Springs nine tomorrow: Sam McNulty, Dan Lockwood, Ery Miller, Chas. Hilliard, Chas. Kirtley, W. Wingate, Chas. Coombs, J. A. Maxwell, and Frank Perryman. A purse of $50 is to be given to the victorious club.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 10, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
The little baby boy of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Coombs is quite sick.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 17, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
Chas. Coombs has accepted a position with the Traveler printing office.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 17, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
Steinberger & Coombs have just completed their new prescription desk. It is probably the handsomest in the city. The front contains a large mirror in the center, while on each side are large panels of red French plate glass. It is a beautiful ornament.
Arkansas City Republican, July 24, 1886.
THIS IS -TO- CERTIFY -THAT- STEINBERGER & COOMBS is the place to buy Drugs, Medicine, Cigars, Notions, Trusses, Oils, Paints, etc.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 24, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
Dr. Florence Holden has located in the city. Her office can be found in rooms above Steinberger & Coombs’s drug store.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 7, 1886. From Saturday’s Daily.
We are informed that Chas. Coombs has purchased W. J. Williard’s one-third interest in the South Haven News, and now owns a controlling interest in the stock, having purchased several shares a short time since. The REPUBLICAN wishes Charles a brilliant newspaper success and the making of a mint of money.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, August 11, 1886.
Are now in their new quarters, with a large and carefully selected stock of Drugs, Chemicals, and Druggists’ Sundries. They invite their friends and the public generally to give them a call. All drugs warranted. Prescriptions prepared at all hours.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, August 11, 1886.
A fine line of chemicals and drugs always kept in stock by Steinberger & Coombs.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 11, 1886.
Businessmen Who Do Their Best To Ruin the Town.
One day last week a heavy box of paper stock was delivered to the drug store of Steinberger & Coombs, which that enterprising firm had ordered of some Denver house to meet the coming school demand. At the first leisure moment Lute Coombs set himself to unload the package, and when he had taken out and checked off all the goods ordered by his house, he found a heavy remainder of goods at the bottom. Unpacking this and laying it on a separate table, he found a whole raft of job work had been consigned to that firm for distribution to the various parties who had ordered it.
Following is a list of the work.
Leland House: 5,000 envelopes and 5,000 note heads.
Mowry & Sollitt: 3,000 prescription blanks.

Hasie & Co.: 6,000 salesman’s tickets.
Kimmel & Raney: 1,000 statements; 1,000 note heads; 1,000 envelopes.
It is safe to say that everyone of the business firms named above receives a call, at least once a week the year through, from a solicitor for one of our city printing offices canvassing for advertising or job work. There is a keen competition here. If a merchant wants cheap work done and will state his wants, he will find a home printer ready to take his order at the lowest possible margin.
But the competition introduced by these printing offices in other states is not a fair one. They send round a smooth talker who dilates on the advantages of steam machinery and improved facilities, puts on imposing airs, and offers a cut on large lots. A TRAVELER or a Democrat man goes to the same merchant, and he can only draw a small order, the plea being thrown at him that favors must be divided up evenly.
The job printing for the Leland Hotel has been done at this office since Jan. 1st. When note heads or envelopes [NEXT TWO SENTENCES ARE GARBLED], and only the best quality of goods would be accepted. We have furnished the best quality of Florentine packet, 7 lbs. to the ream, an expensive article, because Mr. Hill, the business manager, would take nothing poorer. The shipment made to Mr. Kirker, the present proprietor, is of 4 lb. note, and a heavy writer will send the pen point right through the sheet.
The terms of payment are different also. This consignment is cash on delivery, and the money is sent away to benefit other communities. Home printers get their pay the best way they can; trade it out for family use or pay orders to their workmen. Mr. Perry’s business during the 5½ months this office worked for him amounted to $112, of which sum $96.45 was taken out in meals, and only the slight remainder ($15.55) paid in cash. Let Mr. Kirker figure up the quality of paper he has received, and the difference in the mode of payment, and we will wager a silver dollar that he has made no saving.
The quality of the paper used in Hasie & Co.’s salesmen’s checks is of the poorest imaginable. The pulp made of chopped straw, unbleached and uncalendered; it suggests the idea of “workhouse” to the most careless beholder. He is swindled on them no matter what price he pays. The wash lists used by M. W. Sawyer, which fall into everybody’s hands, were printed by the TRAVELER, 5,000 for $4. They are cut from heavy print paper (90 lbs. to the bundle), good quality, well printed, and measure 12 x 4 inches. If the Messrs. Hasie pay $2 for their 6,000 guide tickets, they pay more than they are worth.
Further than all this our merchants have the home papers with them to boom the town, to work for them when times are dull, and help along every public enterprise.
It is the daily experience of a newspaper reporter to be called in to note some improvement in store or stock, some heavy sale, or some novelty on show. He asks no pay for this. Setting the types and running the press cost money, but the journalist is contented to render gratuitous service because his reward is derived from the prosperity of the community. But he will have poor heart to act the part of champion and advocate if his scant pay is to be stinted, and every dollar withheld from his hand that can be expended elsewhere. And we repeat the assertion that no saving is effected. The TRAVELER office will engage to duplicate any bill contained in this shipment of job stock from another state, giving as good quality of paper and better work.

Arkansas City Republican, August 14, 1886.
Dr. Florence B. Holden. Late Professor of anatomy in the Women’s Medical College of St. Louis, will be in Arkansas City during the summer, and solicits the patronage of any afflicted with diseases. Office & Residence over Steinberger & Coombs’ Drug Store. Office hours: 8 to 10 a.m., and 4 to 6 p.m. Calls answered at all hours.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 14, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
Chas. Coombs came over from his new home at South Haven Saturday. He removed his family over to that burg today. The REPUBLICAN wishes Charlie a grand success in his undertaking.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 14, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
Last evening the initial number of the South Haven New Era, under the new management, came flitting into our sanctum. It is an able exponent of South Haven’s interests, and the REPUBLICAN sends its best greetings to Messrs. Branscomb & Coombs, the editors.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 18, 1886.
The South Haven New Era is now edited by C. A. Branscomb and C. W. Coombs. Charley moved his family and household effects to South Haven the early part of last week and has now settled down to the case and the tripod. We wish him abundant success.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 8, 1886.
The popular drug store of Steinberger & Coombs was dissolved Monday by Lute Coombs retiring. Dr. Morris has associated himself with S. F. Steinberger, and now the style and title of the house is Steinberger & Morris. Long may they wave.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 11, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
This morning Dr. G. S. Morris purchased the interest of L. V. Coombs in the drug store of Steinberger & Coombs. The new name of the firm will be Steinberger & Morris. The REPUBLICAN congratulates Mr. Steinberger upon being so fortunate as to have a so well qualified gentleman to succeed Mr. Coombs. We wish all parties success in their future undertakings.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, September 15, 1886.
SOUTH HAVEN NEW ERA: Mrs. C. W. Coombs was taken suddenly, last Tuesday, with a congestive chill, and being alone with her little baby, she started to call help; but on getting into the yard her strength gave way and she sank to the ground insensible. Mrs. Olinger, seeing her fall, at once went to her aid and sent for a physician; and although every possible means was used to restore the heart’s action, it was some time before any perceptible change was effected.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 22, 1886.
C. W. Coombs, editor of the New Era, was in town on Saturday. He reports his wife still prostrated from the effects of her congestive chill, and her recovery he fears will be long and painful.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 2, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
Chas. Coombs, of the South Haven New Era, came over to the city on the Sand hill Saturday evening. He returned this morning.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 9, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
Chas. Coombs came over from South Haven Saturday and remained over Sunday.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 16, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
We are informed that Chas. Coombs has sold his interest in the South Haven New Era.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 23, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
Branscombe & Coombs have sold their South Haven New Era to Geo. W. Halferty, of Oskaloosa, Iowa. Mr. Halferty has already taken possession of his newspaper property. Mr. Branscombe goes to Missouri this afternoon. Mr. Coombs will remove to this city.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 20, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
Buy Lots IN Coombs’ Addition. These lots will double in 60 days. On Sale at Bonsall, Stuart & Rosenstein, Land, Loan and Insurance Brokers.
Corner Summit Street & Central Avenue, Arkansas City, Kansas.
I. H. BONSALL, U. S. Com. and Notary Public.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 20, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
LOWE, HOFFMAN & BARRON, REAL ESTATE, LAND, AND INSURANCE BROKERS. Farm and City Property For Sale & Exchange. Make Collections, Pay Taxes, and Collect Rents, etc.
Office in west room of First National Bank Building, Arkansas City, Kansas.
Office one door East of Post Office.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 24, 1886.
Arthur Coombs is now engaged in Harry C. Dent’s drug store. He is will known to our citizens, and is esteemed for his diligence and obliging manners.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 11, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.
BIRTH. And now L. V. Coombs, three days after the event, announces that he has a baby down at his house. It was born Saturday night and is a girl. Weight 8½ pounds.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 5, 1887. From Tuesday’s Daily.
L. V. Coombs, Harry Donnelly, and Oscar Titus have gone out to “No Man’s Land” for the purpose of taking up 160 acres of land.


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