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Dunkard Mills

Winfield Courier, April 21, 1881.
The Dunkard mills are having a fine trade and make first class flour and sell it cheaper than any other mills. Give them a trial.
Winfield Courier, April 28, 1881.
                                                CIVIL DOCKET: 120 CASES.
                                       Jostin [?] Hollister vs. John L. Morton et al.
Winfield Courier, June 9, 1881.
The dam of the Dunkard mill has been repaired and the mill is again running. They do excellent grinding and have a large custom.
Winfield Courier, June 9, 1881.
William Palmer is running a boss blacksmith shop at the Dunkard mills.
Winfield Courier, August 18, 1881.
Mr. R. B. Morton of Dexter has removed to Missouri.
Winfield Courier, September 1, 1881.
Mr. Morton has moved back to Missouri.
Winfield Courier, October 20, 1881.
John Smalley has bought the Morton farm and is building him a new house to winter in.
Winfield Courier, November 3, 1881.
                            Cowley County, Kansas, November A. D. 1881 Term.
                                                             THIRD DAY.
                                          Justin Hollister vs. John L. Morton et al.
Cowley County Courant, November 17, 1881.
COWLEY COUNTY DUNKARD MILLS, Little Dutch, Kansas. The Dunkard Mill is now in full blast with improved machinery, making custom work a specialty. Grinding wheat for one-eighth and corn for one-sixth. Wishing to live and let live, we solicit the farmer’s patronage. Flour and feed on hand at the lowest price. Cash paid for good Wheat.
                                                         J. J. Marion, Miller.
Winfield Courier, January 26, 1882.
Note references below to “Little Dutch”...
Our worthy County Surveyor is playing smash with the supposed lines about Little Dutch. The Government lines having by some means disappeared, Surveyor Haight has been employed to establish corners and in every instance he is running wide of the supposed lines, throwing out full grown hedges, cutting through orchards, and in one instance running through a house. Moral: Look out for the government corners and do not let them get lost.

DIED. Mrs. John Jones was buried at the Little Dutch Cemetery last Saturday. She was one of the pioneers of this Township.
Now we get to Dunkard Mills...
There seems to be quite a lively tussle who is to be the boss at the Dunkard Mills when the present proprietors [? DO NOT KNOW IF ONE OR MORE...THEY HAD NO APOSTROPHE] lease closes. Several parties are trying to secure the mill for another year. It would seem to an outsider as though there must be some money in milling. All the interest we farmers have is for an honest man to secure the prize.
It appears that this township had a multitude of problems...
Township election will soon be here, aspirants for honors seem to be scarce. The offices are not worth much in our Township. For our new justice elected last year a new docket was purchased, and he has never yet had an opportunity to spoil its looks with ink. The motto of our people: honesty. We elect officers only to comply with the law. RALPH.
Evidently J. J. Morton is the “Morton” involved with Dunkard Mills...
Winfield Courier, January 26, 1882.
AD. Feed for Sale, by the hundred or by the ton at the DUNKARD MILLS, LITTLE DUTCH.
Also Flour and Meal at the lowest prices. J. J. MORTON, Miller.
First reference to Harrider...called Dr. Harrider!
Winfield Courier, February 16, 1882.
                                                              A Field Day.
Monday was a field day for local news. A horse ran away with a girl. Hilary Holtby was adjudged insane. Town full of notables. Lots of land buyers. Taylor farm in Vernon sold for $4,000, offered for $3,000 a year ago. Mrs. Dr. Black offered $2,000 for her residence and wouldn’t take it. Churches putting stone sidewalks around their buildings. Other matters of interest in regard to Sunday services. Return of Prof. Trimble from Topeka. W. R. McDonald bought Jochem’s residence. Bisbee traded his house for a farm. Hackney & McDonald sold Keffer farm for $2,000. John Easton started a new blacksmith shop. Bobbett, of Maple City, moved here and opened out a feed stable on East Ninth Avenue. The boys had a grand drunk on receipt of the news that a section of the liquor law was unconstitutional. Dr. Harrider of the Dunkard Mills in town looking up a lot on which to erect a large flour and feed store for the Dunkard Mills. Abe Steinberger returned from Howard. Bob Mitchell in town. J. W. Pugsley sold his residence to W. P. Gibson for $1,600. And there were various other matters of interest to readers.
Winfield Courier, February 16, 1882.
                                                     Teachers’ Association.
EDS. COURIER: In accordance with instructions, the following report of the fifth Northwestern Teachers’ meeting is submitted for publication.

The teachers met at Udall Friday evening, Feb. 30. Udall’s school mistress, as usual, had fled to parts unknown; but there were a goodly number of teachers and people present. President Wilson failed to put in an appearance, leaving the teachers like sheep without a shepherd, but Vice President Corson made a very good “hireling.” A part of the teachers had not seen the program in time to prepare the work assigned them, but impromptu exercises from them and some of Udall’s citizens supplied the deficiency. The welcoming address by P. W. Smith was full of characteristic wit and energy. The response by A. Limerick showed a good comprehension of the educational question.
IN MEMORIAM. It becomes our painful duty to chronicle the departure of our late lamented President, Porter Wilson. About dark Friday evening he was seen wending his way toward Udall, musing on Mistakes in Teaching. Coming to the Dunkard mill-dam, Luna’s rays cast a silvery gleam on the sheet of water. Mistaking the reflection for ice, our honored president ran plump into the water and sank, to rise no more. When last seen he was sweeping over the mill dam. May his good deeds follow him, and his spirit hover around at the next meeting. L. M.
Winfield Courier, February 16, 1882.
Mr. D. Harrider is looking up a location on which to erect a large flour and feed store for the Dunkard Mills.
Cowley County Courant, March 16, 1882.
         Morton, formerly of the Dunkard mills, has gone to Missouri.
Messrs. Huston and Nichols have taken charge of the Dunkard mills. As Mr. Nichols is an experienced miller, and David Huston a boss hand to jerk sacks around, we predict success for the new firm.
Winfield Courier, March 16, 1882.
Messrs. Huston and Nichols have taken charge of the Dunkard Mills near Little Dutch. Mr. Nichols is an experienced miller and will keep the mills up to the highest notch.
Winfield Courier, April 6, 1882.
The Dunkard Mill, of which Messrs. Harader and Nichols are the present proprietors, is fast becoming famous for its just and honest dealing, its prompt execution of work, as well as the quality of said work.
Winfield Courier, April 13, 1882.
All goods retailed at the very lowest prices, and delivered to any part of the city.
COUNTRY PRODUCE Taken in exchange for goods, or will be paid in cash.
Cowley County Courant, May 4, 1882.
Hiram, or “Harry” Hopkins, as he is generally called, who was hurt Monday at the Dunkard mill by being caught on the shaft while fishing, had his right arm below the elbow and both legs broken. He is the eldest son of Daniel M. Hopkins, formerly a resident of Nennescah township, but now a resident of Vernon, a leading Republican of Cowley County. He has the sympathy of all in this family affliction.
Winfield Courier, May 4, 1882.

Dr. Capper, of Seeley, was in town Tuesday and gave us an account of the accident which befell Hiram Hopkins at the Dunkard Mills Monday. After his clothing caught on the shaft, he was whirled around as much as a hundred times before the wheel could be stopped. Both his legs are broken in several places and some of the bones crushed. The bones in one of his arms are splintered terribly.
Winfield Courier, May 4, 1882.
We learn of  a serious accident at the Dunkard Mill, near Little Dutch, Monday. A young man by the name of Hopkins was fishing with a dip net near the wheel when his clothing was caught in the shaft and an arm and both legs broken.
Winfield Courier, May 3, 1883.
Mr. Wylie, across the Walnut River, has taken charge of the “Dunkards’ Mill.”
Winfield Courier, November 8, 1883.
                                    HO! STOP—THE BOTTOM FALLEN OUT!
GOODS WAY DOWN -AT- N. E. DARLING’S GENERAL STORE, AKRON, 2 miles East of Dunkard Mills.
Winfield Courier, January 10, 1884.
                                    HO! STOP—THE BOTTOM FALLEN OUT!
                                                     GOODS WAY DOWN
                                         N. E. DARLING’S GENERAL STORE,
                                            Akron, 2 miles East of Dunkard Mills.


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