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Fitch Families

                                               [Winfield and Arkansas City.]
There was no Fitch Family listed in the Feb. 1870 census of Cowley County.
The Federal census of Cowley County for 1870 lists E. J. Fitch, age 43, from Maryland.
The Kansas State census for Cowley County lists E. J. Fitch, age 47, male, white, born in Maryland, coming from Illinois, and Mary Fitch, age 83, female, white, born in Ohio, coming from Illinois.
The Creswell township census of 1874 lists E. J. Fitch, age 46, and his wife Mary, age 32.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Messenger, October 4, 1872.
                                       Class R—Millinery, etc.—Sixty-five Entries.
Premiums to Mrs. W. Q. Mansfield, Miss Mary Deming, Mrs. A. McClellan, Mrs. M. Fitch, Mrs. C. M. Wood, Mrs. Hiram Fisk, Miss Maggie Harper, Miss M. Stewart, Mrs. L. Lowry, Mrs. E. C. Manning, Mrs. A. A. Jackson, Mrs. Luella Blandin, Mrs. E. Maris, Miss E. Davis.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 4, 1873.
The directors of the Agricultural Society will meet at the Fair Grounds, Saturday, Sept. 6th, 1873, at 2 o’clock P. M. They earnestly desire that the Superintendents of all the departments meet with them to acquaint themselves with their duties. The following are the names of the various Superintendents.
Capt. E. Davis; A. Walton; J. H. Churchill; J. P. Short; John R. Smith; E. B. Johnson; W. K. Davis; A. S. Williams; Will S. Voris; S. H. Myton; Samuel Darrah; James Stewart; Jas. H. Land; T. B. Myers; Geo. W. Martin; W. M. Boyer; Max Shoeb; John Swain; S. C. Smith, Mrs. L. H. Howard; Mrs. J. D. Cochran; Mrs. E. Davis; Mrs. J. C. Fuller; Mrs. C. A. Bliss; Mrs. Fitch; Max Fawcett; J. O. Matthewson; H. B. Norton; D. A. Millington; E. B. Kager, C. M. Wood; T. A. Wilkinson.
The Superintendents are desired to study carefully the rules and regulations of the society so they may be able to render assistance to exhibitors.
Winfield Courier, September 25, 1874.
Mrs. Fitch, late of Arkansas City, has opened a shop on the corner of Main street and Tenth Avenue, where she advertises to do dress-making and plain sewing.
Winfield Courier, October 15, 1874.
MRS. M. FITCH wishes to inform the Ladies of Winfield and vicinity that she is prepared to do Dress Making in all the latest styles, also all kinds of plain sewing. Their patronage solicited. Rooms one door south of Bliss’ store.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 12, 1876.
MRS. FITCH has gone after her spring stock of millinery goods, and upon her return will open the finest assortment in that line ever brought to Cowley County. She invites everybody to come and see for themselves.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 26, 1876.

MRS. FITCH wishes to inform the ladies of Arkansas City and vicinity that she has just opened a large stock of millinery goods at her old stand, at the north end of Summit street. She wishes the ladies to call and examine them.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 30, 1876.
E. J. FITCH went to his farm three miles north of town, last Wednesday, and was taken suddenly sick with congestive fever, which assumed so violent a form that he could not be moved to his home for several days.
Winfield Courier, September 14, 1876.
JONESBOROUGH is the latest candidate in the county for public favor. It’s a new burg on the Grouse, one and a half miles below Lazette. It has a dry goods, grocery, and general country store, run by C. W. Jones, for whom the town is named, a steam saw mill owned by Ward & Fitch, Carpenter shop by Mr. Gates, a blacksmith shop by ____, and hotel in process of erec­tion by Mr. Craft. This hotel is 20 x 40 feet, has a large dining room, parlor, office, kitchen, and eight bedrooms. When completed it will make a comfortable house to stop at. There is considerable travel on the Independence road at this point, which makes Jonesborough a good trading post. Its nearness to Lazette prevents it from having a post office.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 20, 1876.
MRS. FITCH will have some new fall and winter millinery goods this week. Call and see them.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 27, 1876.
A mule team took fright near Mr. Fitch’s yesterday afternoon, and ran up the street. Three ladies were in the wagon and two leaped out, leaving Mrs. Chafey and her babe alone. With remarkable presence of mind, she laid her child down, took up the lines, and ran the mules into a fence, and stopped them. Mrs. Crow, one of the ladies, had her shoulder thrown out of joint. Mrs. Andrew Brown had the back of her head badly cut, and her child had its leg broken. Several parties ran to assist them, and got their shins peeled.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 18, 1876.
THE SIDEWALK is completed on Summit street as far down as Mr. Fitch’s.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 8, 1876.
MRS. FITCH is now receiving a new and beautiful stock of millinery. Hats from $1.50 to $20.00. Call and see them.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 6, 1876.
MRS. FITCH has rented the building south of Benedict’s, and will remove her millinery store thereto.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 20, 1876.
                                      New Years Festival of the M. E. Church.
                                                 Programme of Committees.
                                                      TABLE COMMITTEE.
Mr. & Mrs. Porter, Mrs. Alexander, Mrs. Fitch, Charles Swarts, Harvey Grimes, Mrs. McMullen, Mrs. Wood, Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. Hoffmaster, Mrs. Endicott, Mrs. Collins, Mrs. Lizzie Mitchell, Wm. Gray, Mr. & Mrs. Ward, Mr. & Mrs. Godehard, Mr. & Mrs. Purdy, Mr. & Mrs. T. Mantor, Mrs. Morgan.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1877.
There will be a Lady Washington tea party given in honor of Washington, on his birthday, Feb. 22, by the ladies of the M. E. Society, for the benefit of the M. E. Church. Managing Commit­tee: Rev. J. J. Wingar, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. McMullen, Mrs. Alexander, Mrs. Fitch.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1877.
PROGRAMME of proceedings at Lady Washington’s tea party, held in the interest of the Ladies’ Society of the M. E. Church of Arkansas City.
Martha Washington - Mrs. Dr. Alexander.
George Washington - C. Swarts.
Columbia - Miss Josie Howe.
                                                        INVITED GUESTS.
                                 Bridget and little daughter - Mrs. Fitch and daughter.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1877.
MRS. FITCH will remove her stock of millinery to the build­ing just vacated by Mr. Newton.
Winfield Courier, July 12, 1877.
                                            County Commissioners’ Proceedings.
                                             Judge of Election: E. J. Fitch, $2.00.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 3, 1877.
MRS. WATSON, an English lady of Leavenworth, has purchased the millinery store of Mrs. Fitch’s, and will have a large stock of winter goods in a few days. She comes well recommended.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 21, 1877.
                                   TWENTY-SIX BUILDINGS UNDER WAY.
A BUILDING ASSOCIATION WAS FORMED A FEW WEEKS AGO, and entered into by twelve parties, agreeing to build a house each. Since then fourteen more have declared their intention to build. The original twelve were:
S. P. Channell, W. M. Sleeth, A. A. Newman, L. H. Gardner, O. P. Houghton, Gardner Mott, H. P. Farrar, Silas Parker, J. L. Huey, C. R. Sipes, R. C. Haywood, James Wilson.
The additional fourteen are:
J. C. McMullen, Thomas Baird, J. Dodwell, Mrs. Dean, C. C. Wolf, E. J. Fitch, Mr. Ray, Wm. Speers, T. A. Gaskill, D. Logan, J. T. Shepard, Kendall Smith, Jas. Benedict, David Finney.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 26, 1877.
MR. FITCH intends removing to Washington Territory. Those who left here last summer for that place report themselves well pleased.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 23, 1878.
Mr. Fitch has moved again back to his house on Summit street. L. W. Currier goes into the house he vacated.
Winfield Courier, April 18, 1878.
                                                     Real Estate Transfers.
                     E. J. Fitch and wife to Jas. S. Dean, s e 12 34 3, 160 acres, $1,017.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 1, 1879.
Mr. Fitch, who formerly resided at this place and moved to the Pacific slope in quest of fortune, has returned to remain with us. Sensible.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 7, 1880.
Jewelry at Fitch & Barron’s.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 7, 1880.
Fitch & Barron have the finest stock of Spectacles and Sewing Machine Supplies in the County.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 25, 1880.
Mr. Fitch, senior partner of the firm of Fitch & Barron, is in the city for a few days.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 17, 1880.
The attention of our readers is called to the ad. of Fitch & Barron, which will be found in this number of the TRAVELER. We had the pleasure of examining the stock of this firm and can vouch for the fine display and excellent quality of the many varieties of goods carried. Our readers who wish anything in this line will here find the best.
AD: THE FINEST Stock of Embroidery ever brought to the City at Fitch & Barron’s.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 26, 1880.
The Millinery store of Mrs. Henderson, of late on the corner of Central Avenue and Summit street, has been moved to the west side of North Summit street, next to Mr. Fitch’s residence.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 30, 1880.
FIREWORKS & FIRE CRACKERS at Fitch & Barron’s.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 25, 1880.
Mr. Fitch, of the firm of Fitch & Barron, was bitten by a common black spider a few days since, from the effects of which he was confined to his bed for several days. All O. K. now.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 25, 1880.
E. J. Fitch has opened up a restaurant and boarding house just north of Kellogg & Mowry’s drug store, where he invites the patronage of all lovers of a square 25 cent. meal. See his card.
CARD: FITCH’S RESTAURANT, One door south of Kellogg & Mowry’s Drug Store.
Meals at all Hours. Day board at reasonable rates. Single meals 25 cents.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 15, 1880.
Fitch & Barron will move from their present quarters next week, into the building formerly occupied by Wilson’s “Solid Rock Store.” We are glad to welcome them downtown.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 22, 1880.
Fitch & Barron will move into their new room, on West Summit street, today.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 22, 1880.
                             GOT EM!  GOT EM!  Hoopskirts at Fitch & Barron’s at
                                                         Wilson’s Old Stand.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 29, 1880.

Fitch & Barron, of the notion store, have removed their stock into the room vacated by Mr. Wilson, where they will be glad to see their friends. This is the place to go for what you cannot get elsewhere in town. They keep everything.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 27, 1880.
Mr. Theoron Houghton will shortly open out a stock of saddlery and harness in the stone building lately vacated by Fitch & Barron.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 10, 1880.
                                                     White Sewing Machines.
                                                      FITCH & BARRON’S.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 1, 1880.
                                          COWLEY CO. DISTRICT COURT.
Trial docket for December term, commencing on the first Monday (6th day) of December, A. D., 1880.
                                            CIVIL DOCKET. SEVENTH DAY.
                                                W. H. Fitch vs. T. M. Maddox.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 8, 1880.
Miss Linda Christian has been engaged in the notion house of Fitch & Barron.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 10, 1881.
Read Fitch & Barron’s new “ad,” and don’t forget to call and see the White Shuttle Sewing Machine.
                                          EVERY LADY SHOULD SEE THE
                                                        WHITE SHUTTLE
                                                       Before Purchasing a
                                                     SEWING MACHINE.
                                            SEWING MACHINE SUPPLIES
                                                      INDIAN TRINKETS
                                                 IN SOUTHERN KANSAS.
                                                      FITCH & BARRON,
                                 West Side Summit St., Arkansas City, Kansas.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 7, 1881.
A dance was held at the Central Avenue Hotel last Friday evening in honor of Miss Julia Deming, of Wichita, who is now in the city, a guest of Miss Mattie Mitchell. Among the happy throng we noticed the following ladies and gentlemen.

Misses Julia Deming, Mattie Mitchell, Kate Hawkins, Lucy Walton, Mary Parker, Belle Cassell, Lizzie Wyckoff, Susey Hunt, Alma Dixon, Lilly Chamberlain, Ella Bowers, ____ Wouzo, Effie Tate, Mrs. R. A. Houghton, Mrs. C. R. Sipes, Messrs. S. D. Longsdorff, W. Cline, R. P. Hutchins, Chas. Hutchins, C. Swarts, ____ Ellis, A. H. Fitch, M. B. Vawter, C. C. France, C. Holland, C. M. Swarts, Chas. Swarts, C. R. Sipes, R. A. Houghton, J. Vawter, Ollie Stevenson, F. Farrar, and J. Kroenert, who merrily chased old Father Time till past the midnight hour.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 5, 1881.
New Goods at Fitch & Barrons.
AD:                           NEW GOODS AT YANKEE NOTION STORE.
                                                     SEWING MACHINES,
                                          BEING RECEIVED CONSTANTLY.
Please call and Inspect our Goods and Prices before purchasing elsewhere.
                                                       FITCH & BARRON,
                  The Old P. O. Building, West Side Summit St., Arkansas City, Kansas.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 7, 1881.
A. H. Fitch is down with a bad sore throat.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 15, 1882.
                                                             A. C. Schools.
HISTORY, A: J. W. Warren, 97; Emma Theaker, 93.5; F. C. McLaughlin, 96; Sarah Randall, 91.
HISTORY, B: Alvan Sankey, 98; Hannah Gilbert, 91; S. E. Fitch, 93; W. C. Edwards, 90.
GRAMMAR, B: Hannah Gilbert, 93; J. W. Warren, 93; Etta McConn, 92; Jessie Norton, 93; Anna Bowen, 92; Alvan Sankey, 91; Cora Pettit, 90.
GEOGRAPHY, A: Alvan Sankey, 99.5; Charley Randall, 97.5; Fannie Peterson, 96.5; Jessie Norton, 95.5; Hannah Gilbert, 95; Joseph Bell, 93. C. T. ATKINSON, Teacher.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 22, 1882.
E. J. Fitch was on our streets several days of last week.
Cowley County Courant, March 2, 1882.
Mr. E. J. Fitch, of Winfield, has been in the city the past week looking after his interests here. He says he shall move back to Arkansas City in the spring. Democrat.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 31, 1882.
Spectacles from 25 cents to $10.00 at Fitch & Barron’s.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 7, 1882.
W. J. Canfield and family are now occupying, as a residence, the Fitch property, on Northwest Summit street.
Winfield Courier, August 3, 1882.
                                    Fitch, of Fitch & Barron, go in the calf business.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 16, 1882.
Summer Goods of all kinds at Fitch & Barron’s.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 27, 1882.
Full line of DRY GOODS at Fitch & Barron’s.
Winfield Courier, September 28, 1882.

                                                               THE FAIR.
                     A Complete Summary of the Premium Articles and Their Exhibitors.
                                            “CLASS G”—MECHANIC ARTS.
This class was the most closely contested on the grounds. The competition in churns, sewing machines, washing machines, and such like is always lively. J. E. Mitchell carried over the first honors for best washing machine, and T. A. Miller the second. The 1st premium for best churn was awarded to Brotherton & Silver, and the 2nd to Geo. Bull and John D. Pryor. The high honors on sewing machines were easily won by D. F. Best with his “Silent No. 8.” Fitch & Barron, of Arkansas City, got the second prize. For the best twelve brooms C. E. Smith got 1st and J. A. Grop 2nd premium. The display of buggies by Albro & Co., of the Winfield Carriage Works, and the Columbus Buggy Co. of Ohio, was very fine and resulted in a complete victory for the home institution, Messrs. Albro & Co., taking 1st premium for best top buggy and best display of buggies.
Winfield Courier, November 9, 1882.
                                                        Little Folks’ Party.
A large number of little folks gathered together at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor Monday afternoon to celebrate with little Mamie her third birthday. The crowd was the jolliest and liveliest we have seen and each of the little folks seemed to take in the full measure of enjoyment. A splendid repast was set for them which they attacked with a relish. Little Mamie received a large number of elegant presents from her young friends. The following is a list of the presents and of those present: 1 silver set knife, fork, and spoon; 2 Majolica plates; 2 gold sash pins; 1 gold ring; 1 child’s decorated china wash stand set; 1 child’s dinner castor; 1 hand painted mug; 1 porte-monnaie; 5 China cups and saucers; 2 China mugs; 1 glass mug; 1 doll’s parlor suite; 1 autograph album; 1 photograph album; 1 wood tea set combination table and cupboard; 1 Brittania tea set; 2 child’s glass sets; sugar bowl; butter dish, etc.; 3 dolls; 2 doll’s canopy top phaetons; 1 doll and carriage; 2 picture books; 1 flat iron and stand; 1 bell cart and span of goats; 1 bouquet; 1 basket of flowers; 1 satin puff box; 1 panorama egg; 6 elegant birthday cards; 1 little brown jug; 1 necklace of pearl beads; 1 shell box; 1 photograph with frame; 2 China match safes; 2 bottles perfumery; 1 card receiver (Kalo Meda); 2 handkerchiefs (embroidered); 1 collar; 1 tooth-pick holder.
Present: Misses Birdie Wright, Edna Glass, Blanche Bliss, Blanche Troup, Stella Buckman, Mamie Black, Frankie Black, Mary Spotswood, Maggie Pryor, Edna Pryor, Muriel Covert, Annie McDonald, Clara Austin, Pearl E. Snyder, Maggie Johnson, Emma Johnson, Bernice Bullen, Beryl Johnston, Nina Nelson, Nona Nelson, Lube Myton, Josie Myton, Ethel Carruthers, Mary Brotherton, Bell Brotherton, Nina Harter, May Harter, Maud Miller, Gertie Lynn, Effie Lynn, Edna Short, Alma Miller, Mollie Trezise, Lillie Trezise, Fannie Bryan, Flossie Bullen, Ollie Newcomb, Edna Fitch, Maud Cooper, Daisy Clark.
Masters Eddie Greer, Eddie Thorp, Ralph Brown, Roy Robinson, Bertie Silliman, Vere Hollenbeck, Charles F. Green, Charlie Sydal, Henrion McDonald, Dolphi Green, Clare Bullen, Bruce Carruthers, Edgar Powers, Charlie Lynn, Paul Bedilion, Codie Waite, Zack Miller, Willie Trezise, Carl Farringer, Walter Baird, and Willis Young.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 11, 1882.
Fitch & Barron will sell King’s Combination Spectacles for $1.00 per pair.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.
                                       Arkansas City Council M.—National Union.
This lodge was organized with 22 members, last Monday night, by Dr. W. G. Graham and C. H. Wilson, of Winfield. This lodge is very similar to the Knights of Honor and A. O. U. W., save that they have a different and, it is claimed, much superior plan of insurance. The officers elected for the ensuing year are as follows: N. T. Snyder, P; W. V. McConn, F. S.; Maude E. McConn, S; Sarah E. Kellogg, T.; O. S. Rarick, V. P.; T. V. McConn, S. P.; H. D. Kellogg, E. P.; E. A. Barron, C.; Theo Fairclo, U.; W. E. Moore, S (al) A.; A. H. Fitch, D. K.; H. D. Kellogg, Med. Examiner; R. C. Lent, T. V. McConn, O. S. Rarick, Trustees.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.
No. 533 drew the Writing Desk at Fitch & Barron’s Jan. 1st.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.
We understand that Messrs. Fitch & Barron have made arrangements for the purchase of the building they are now occupying.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.
Piece Dry Goods positively at cost at Fitch & Barron’s.
Winfield Courier, February 1, 1883.
                                                      A Monumental Fraud,
                              With an Attempt to Make Anti-Prohibition Capital,
                                          And Establish Glickeries in Winfield.
                                                 A PETITION AND REPLY.
The following petition was circulated last week by Frank Manny, taken to Topeka, and presented by him to Senator Hackney.
WINFIELD, KANSAS, January 23, 1883.
HON. W. P. HACKNEY, State Senator, Topeka, Kansas.
Inasmuch as the Prohibition Amendment, as enforced, has always resulted in injury to the material development of our town—it having signally failed to accomplish the object sought, the suppression of the sale and use of intoxicating drinks—we would respectfully urge upon you the necessity of so providing for the enforcement of the law that its application shall be uniform throughout the State. If this is impossible, don’t sacrifice our town on the altar of inordinate devotion to an impracticable principle.
                                One of those who signed the petition: Edwin G. Fitch.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 21, 1883.
Read Fitch & Barron’s specials in this issue.
Bird Cages at Fitch & Barron’s.
Best stock of Notions and Fancy Goods in the city at Fitch & Barron’s.
Full line of spring and summer hats at Fitch & Barron’s.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 18, 1883.
New line Lace Collars and Gloves at Fitch & Barron’s.
Latest Styles lace and embroidery at Fitch & Barron’s.
Hats, Caps and gents’ furnishing goods of all kinds at Fitch & Barron’s.
Best $1 corset in the city at Fitch & Barron’s.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 18, 1883.

We call attention to the new “ad.” of Messrs. Fitch & Barron in this issue. These gentlemen carry a full stock of everything in the way of notions, etc., and their large stock must be seen to be appreciated.
Winfield Courier, July 26, 1883.
Sewing Machine Contest: At the sewing machine contest at the Commercial Hotel last week the Improved White was awarded the superiority for its simplicity, light running and noiseless qualities over the Silent No. 8, Davis’ Domestic and Household. For sale by Fitch & Barron, Arkansas City, and Dollar Store, Winfield.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 1, 1883.
Read Fitch and Barron’s sewing machine special in this issue.
Notice. Sewing Machine Contest. At the sewing machine contest at the Commercial Hotel last week, the Improved White was awarded superiority for simplicity, light running, and noiseless qualities over the Silent No. 8, Davis, Domestic and Household. For sale by Fitch & Barron at Dollar Store, Winfield, and at Arkansas City. Winfield Telegram.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 22, 1883.
Read Fitch & Barron’s ad. in this issue. They have something new to say to our readers every week in regard to their immense and varied stock of dry goods, notions, etc.
I C U C I That we have the finest line of BIRD CAGES, NOTIONS, TOYS, AND FANCY GOODS ever brought to Arkansas City, and which we will sell cheaper than any other house in the county. FITCH & BARRON.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 29, 1883.
I C U C I. That we have the etc. about the usual items...such as bird cages, notions, etc. Almost impossible to make it out when it is upside down. FITCH & BARRON.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 19, 1883.
A. H. Fitch, of Arkansas City, the well-known White sewing machine man, has been in this vicinity about two weeks. He is going into the sheep business, it is thought, as soon as he can dispose of a few machines that he has on hand. He has already purchased a flock of sheep and will soon be as well posted on sheep as he now is on sewing machines.
Cambridge News.
Winfield Courier, September 27, 1883.
                                                         COWLEY’S FAIR.
              Magnificent Displays in Every Department and all Expectations Fully Realized.
The first annual exhibition of the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association opened Tuesday morning last with extensive preparations and a clear sky.

On the west side of this hall is the array of our dealers in musical instruments—and sewing machines, Messrs. Friend, Stimson, Best, Roberts, and Fitch & Barron. The exhibitors of musical instruments have an attraction in good vocal and instrumental music, while the sewing machine gentlemen have to depend entirely on the oiliness of their tongues.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, October 3, 1883.
There are Lots of People In this world, and it takes Many Thousands of Articles To satisfy the craving appetite. There is no doubt but FITCH & BARRON, The General Notions men, come about as near to having everything wanted in this world as mortals can. If you want anything, don’t waste any time, but come at once to THE GENERAL NOTION STORE.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 24, 1883.
We call attention to the new “ad” of Fitch & Barron. These gentlemen have a large and first-class stock of everything in their line. Call and see them.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 5, 1883.
Knit Hoods, Sacques, and Nubias cheap at Fitch & Barron’s.
Willow Work Baskets from 40 cents to $6 at Fitch & Barron’s.
                                               SCHOOL COMPOSITIONS.
Winfield Courier, December 6, 1883.
The pupils in Miss Crippen’s room, West Ward schoolhouse, were shown a picture of a boy and rabbits and requested to each write a composition on the picture. The following are some of the results. The compositions are given verbatim et literatim et “punctuatim.”
                                                        THE PET RABBITS
I see a little boy and his rabbits. He has seven little rabbits. He is hugging them. He is feeding them carrots. The little boy has rosy cheeks. And golden hair. He has a red dress on. His sleeves are rolled up. The rabbits are on a table. I will call him willie. O Hattie come here and see this little boy and his rabbits. His rabbits are white.
                                                     Elda Fitch. Age 9 years.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 2, 1884.
Glassware cheaper than ever offered at Fitch & Barron’s.
Winfield Courier, January 31, 1884.
Fitch & Barron, dealers in White, New Home, Domestic, Diamond, and other sewing machines, have removed their office to F. V. Rowland’s Bargain Store, two doors north of Wallis & Wallis’ Grocery Store, where they will be pleased to see those wishing a First Class Sewing Machine for cash or easy terms.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, February 13, 1884.
Arkansas City Republican, February 16, 1884.
The finest lot of Embroidery in the city at Fitch’s & Barron’s.
Arkansas City Republican, February 16, 1884.

AD. The Boom Still Continues, -AND- Fitch & Barron Have concluded to make a Grand Clearance Sale in order to make room for spring goods. Dry Goods, Yarns, Heavy Woolen Goods, Hats, Caps. And many other things to numerous to mention, at cost and less than cost. Come early and don’t forget the place.
                                                       FITCH & BARRON.
Winfield Courier, February 21, 1884.
Removal. Fitch & Barron, dealers in White, New Home, Domestic, Diamond, and other sewing machines, have removed their office to F. V. Rowland’s Variety Store, two doors north of Wallis & Wallis Grocery Store, where they will be pleased to see those wishing a First-class Sewing Machine for cash or easy terms.
Arkansas City Republican, February 23, 1884.
We had a pleasant call from Mr. W. N. Knapp, agent for F. M. Friend, of Winfield. Mr. Knapp deals in musical instruments and sewing machines. He will have to be first indeed, if he distances our men, Fitch & Barron.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 2, 1884.
Read Fitch & Barron’s specials.
Ad. New Goods at Fitch & Barron’s.
Ad. Full line of Straw Hats at Fitch & Barron’s.
Ad. All the Latest Novelties at Fitch & Barron’s.
Ad. Neck Wear and Hosiery in the latest spring styles at Fitch & Barron’s.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 2, 1884.
Our old friend, E. J. Fitch, has moved down from Winfield to his place north of this city, and will put in his time this summer raising the best of grapes and other small fruits for the gratification of the public palate.
Winfield Courier, April 3, 1884.
Frank Howland made a flying visit to Winfield. Frank has been a salesman with Fitch and Barron at Arkansas City for some months past.
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. Hickock 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. Clevenger, Mrs. Klopf, 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.
E. L. McDowell, formerly of Conneautville, Pennsylvania, but late of Cleveland, Ohio, arrived in the city Thursday, and has accepted a position with Fitch & Barron in their jewelry department. He has recently been in the employ of J. M. Chandler & Co., wholesale jewelers in Cleveland.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 14, 1884.
Mr. E. L. McDowell, a practical jeweler, formerly of Cleveland, Ohio, has established himself in this city and can be found at Fitch & Barron’s store.
Arkansas City Republican, May 31, 1884.
THE BOOM STILL CONTINUES! -AND- FITCH & BARRON Have concluded to make a GRAND CLEARANCE SALE In order to make room for spring goods. DRY GOODS, YARNS, HEAVY WOOLEN GOODS, HATS AND CAPS, And many other things too numerous to mention, at cost and less than cost. Come early, and don’t forget the place. FITCH & BARRON.
Arkansas City Republican, June 21, 1884.
Fitch & Barron sold their storeroom on Summit Street Wednesday to J. T. Hoffman. They will not give possession for six months. Consideration, $3,500.
Arkansas City Republican, June 21, 1884.
Lace embroidery, cheaper than ever at FITCH & BARRON’s.
Get your watch and clock repaired at FITCH & BARRON’s.
Buy your fancy goods for the 4th at Fitch & Barron’s.
Arkansas City Republican, July 12, 1884.
Read the new advertisement of our energetic notion dealers, Fitch & Barron. They do as they advertise and are now selling goods at cost. When you want anything in their branch of business, you can make money by calling upon them.
                                                   AT FITCH & BARRON’S.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 30, 1884.
                                                         A Handsome Block.

In the spring we understand that Kimmel & Moore and Howard Brothers intend raising their store room another story. The building occupied by Fitch & Barron, between the two buildings, will be moved out and replaced by a two story brick store room. In fact, the two firms mentioned above have entered into an agreement with Frank Hoffman, the owner of the Fitch & Barron site, to make such improvements, he to put up a similar business room. Kimmel & Moore had intended to make the improvement this spring, but learning that Mr. Hoffman contemplated building, they concluded to postpone their own on account of Mr. Hoffman desiring to put a cellar under his room.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 17, 1884.
Read Fitch & Barron’s specials.
Ad. Goods lower than ever at Fitch & Barron’s.
Ad. Great Reduction in Fine Laces at Fitch & Barron’s.
Ad. Full line of Jewelry and a first-class Jeweler at Fitch & Barron’s.
Ad. Don’t forget that Fitch & Barron are selling a great many goods at actual cost.
Arkansas City Republican, September 20, 1884.
Pitts Ellis and Mr. Armstrong raised on the old Fitch place north of town, this season, over 1,500 bushels of sweet potatoes.
Arkansas City Republican, September 20, 1884.
AD. Full line of jewelry, watches, and clocks just received at Fitch & Barron’s.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 8, 1884.
Following is a complete list of stockholders in the Arkansas City Woolen Manufacturing Company, mention of which was made last week.
                                       Among list of stockholders: Fitch & Barron.
Arkansas City Republican, October 18, 1884.
Mrs. E. J. Fitch returned from Cadiz, Ohio, last week, where she has been on a several months’ visit to relatives.
Arkansas City Republican, October 25, 1884.
Fitch & Barron tell our readers this week what goods they are selling at cost. After pricing some of their goods, we concluded that they mean just what they say. Notions, laces, embroidery, hosiery, etc., all going at cost. This is an excellent opportunity for the ladies to improve if they desire any notions.
AD. AT COST! Notions, Underwear, Hosiery, Table Linen, Yarns, Clothing, Overalls, Lace, Embroidery, and our entire stock in the Dry Goods Line at actual cost.
                                                       FITCH & BARRON.
A Full Line of Jewelry, Clocks and Watches, Rolled Plate, & Solid Goods. REPAIRING NEATLY & PROMPTLY DONE. ALL WORK GUARANTEED. FITCH & BARRON.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 3, 1884.
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 Republican, December 20, 1884.
                                                        ARKANSAS CITY.
                                  Her Business Firms and Their Establishments.
                                                         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.
                                                       FITCH & BARRON.
The proprietors of the Notion Store is headquarters for Santa Claus. They are not exactly Santa Claus themselves, but they love to gladden the hearts of everyone. Toys of every description for the children, vases, toilet sets for the girls and boys, sewing machines for the mother, musical instruments for the family. In fact, there is nothing usually kept in a first-class notion store that they are not displaying for the holidays. At present they are closing out their dry goods at greatly reduced rates. Everything to please you will be found in this establishment arranged neatly and at prices to suit the times.
Arkansas City Traveler, Supplement, December 24, 1884.
                      SANTA CLAUS Will load up as usual at FITCH & BARRON’S!
                                                    A Present for Old People!
                                                  A Present for Young People!
                                                       A Present for Children!
                                                 -AT- FITCH & BARRON’S!
Do not fail to see their stock of Vases, Toilet Sets, TOILET ARTICLES, PLUSH GOODS,  Mugs, Mustache Cups, T O Y S !
And hundreds of articles we have not space to mention, for HOLIDAY GIFTS!
                   -ALSO- PIANOS  -AND- ORGANS -AT- FITCH & BARRON’S!
                      Everything in the DRY GOODS LINE at cost at the Notion Store.
                                          EVERYBODY COME AND SEE US.
Arkansas City Republican, December 27, 1884.
Holiday goods of all kinds at Fitch & Barron’s.
Arkansas City Republican, December 27, 1884.
AD. Santa Claus, As Usual, will make his Headquarters at Fitch & Barron’s, Where you will find a large and well selected stock of everything in the line of PLUSH BOXES, STATIONERY ARTICLES, VASES, MUSTACHE CUPS, DOLLS, SHELL BOXES, WRITING DESKS, ALBUMS, And hundreds of other articles we have not space to mention.
Remember FITCH & BARRON Still sell everything in the Dry Goods Line AT COST.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 7, 1885.

We call attention to the advertisement of Fitch & Barron in another column.
                                                        FOR THE SALE OF
Dry Goods, Clothing, Notions, Gent’s Furnishing Goods, Hats, Caps, Fancy Goods, Glass and Queensware.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 7, 1885.
The auction sale of Fitch & Barron has been largely attended, and a good many goods disposed of.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 21, 1885.
Fitch & Barron are rapidly closing out at auction their immense stock of notions and dry goods. The “how much” and “sold” cries of the auctioneer alternate in rapid succession. Everything is going at very low prices, and those who miss the opportunity to save money will regret it.
Arkansas City Republican, January 24, 1885.
Notice. To all the voters in Creswell Township, outside of the city limits, that there will be a township election held in said township at Fitch’s house, north of Cal Swarts’, on Winfield road, on the First Tuesday in February. All the township officers will be to elect.
                                                  GEO. WHITNEY, Trustees.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 28, 1885.
Arthur Fitch, while enjoying the beautiful sleighing Sunday, met with quite a mishap. His sleigh struck a rock, and the whiffle tree broke. Fitch held on to the lines and made a hurried exit over the dashboard without stopping to make proper adieus. After plowing a furrow with his nose about ten rods, he succeeded in stopping his team. No particular damage was done, and after an hour’s delay, the ride was continued. To the best of his recollection the snow was cold as it crowded its way quite unanimously down his shirt collar and drifted into all unoccupied cracks and crannies.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 31, 1885.
T. R. Houghton has leased the building now occupied by Fitch & Barron. He will move in the first of March. Fitch & Barron will retire from business. Mr. Houghton is selling his harness, saddles, bridles, etc., at rock bottom prices to keep from moving them. He wants to reduce his stock as low as possible between now and the first of March. He has goods marked at cost.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 4, 1885.
T. R. Houghton is making arrangements to open up an extra large spring stock of harness, saddles, etc., in the room which Fitch & Barron now occupy. He has leased this building, and will fix it up to suit his business.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, February 18, 1885.
BIG AD. AUCTION -AT- FITCH & BARRON’S AT 2 P.M. AND 7 P.M. EACH DAY for the sale of Dry Goods, Clothing, Notions, Gent’s Furnishing Goods, Hats, Caps, Fancy Goods, Glass and Queensware.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 18, 1885.
                                                    MAMMA HUBBARD.

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.
                                  One of those who attended the dance: A. H. Fitch.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 25, 1885.
Fitch & Barron have purchased [???] D. Hollenbeck [???]. Mr. Hollenbeck will go to Florida [??].
Arkansas City Traveler, February 25, 1885.
E. A. Barron has made some notable improvements in and around his residence on Central Avenue. He has repainted his house, erected a new fence, and made other beautifying alterations.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 4, 1885.
Fitch & Barron moved their stock into the store building formerly occupied by T. H. Houghton yesterday. They expect to devote their time to the sale of organs and Sewing Machines especially.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 4, 1885.
T. R. Houghton removed his stock of harness into the old Fitch & Barron building yesterday. He has now one of the best locations in the city.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.
                                                            Hotel Registers.
The Windsor shows the following arrivals.
TUESDAY: S. D. Oliphant, Sell, Missouri; John Covingless, Buffalo; C. M. Sheldon, Burlingame; T. W. Reinhart, Cincinnati; Edward J. Fitch, Winfield; F. H. Hawkins, D. C.; C. Ferguson, Winfield; L. F. Sugg, Winfield.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 21, 1885.
Pianos and organs at Fitch & Barron’s.
                                                           LAND SLIDES.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 2, 1885.
W. R. Owen and wife to Fitch & Barron, lot 8, block 17, Arkansas City. $50.00
Lizzie H. Benedict to Fitch & Barron, lots 12, block 73, Arkansas City. $75.00
Arkansas City Republican, April 11, 1885.
Pianos and organs at Fitch & Barron’s.
Arkansas City Republican, April 11, 1885.
Fitch & Barron still have a great many notions and fancy goods which they are selling almost at your own price.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 30, 1885.
The Arkansas City Democrat, issued Friday, launched the following items too tempting to resist THE COURIER scissors. . . .

“The Winfield COURIER in a recent issue pays high and deserving tribute to our young friend, Dr. F. A. Howland, who for some time was in the employ of Fitch & Barron in this city. Dr. Howland has just completed his medical course and has begun practice at Cambridge. Frank is an able and enterprising young man and we wish him success in his profession.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 7, 1885.
A. H. Fitch was up from the Canal City today.
                                                           LAND SLIDES.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 14, 1885.
Wm. L. Krebs and wife to Arthur Fitch and Edward Barron, pt of 1-35-3 e, 32 acres: $750.
Adolphus G. Lowe to Fitch & Barron, lots 25, 26, 27 and 28 blk 115, Arkansas City: $200.
                                                           LAND SLIDES.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 28, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds yesterday.
Adolphus G. Lowe to Fitch & Barron, lots 25, 26, 27 and 28 blk 115, Arkansas City: $200.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 10, 1885.
THE WHITE IS KING! IT IS THE BEST MADE, LIGHTEST RUNNING, QUIETEST AND SIMPLEST IN THE WORLD. Self-Setting Needle, Self-Threading Shuttle, Automatic Bobbin Winder, and Only Perfect Embroiderer. Ne Plus Ultra. Do not buy any other before trying the White. AGENTS WANTED. Needles, Oils, and Parts for all Machines. For Catalogues, Prices, and Terms, address White Sewing Machine Co., 13 N. Fourth St., St. Louis, Mo. For sale by FITCH & BARRON, Arkansas City, Kansas.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 18, 1885.
WANTED. A half dozen nests of young mocking birds. Will take them as soon as they get their eyes open. Mrs. E. J. Fitch, over Lynn’s store.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 11, 1885.
                                                              City Council.
County bill of A. M. Fitch for $14, approved. [Could this be A. H. Fitch?]
Arkansas City Republican, August 1, 1885.
Frank Balyeat & Co., will open a drug store in the room occupied by Fitch & Barron in about one month.
Arkansas City Republican, August 15, 1885.
Holloway & Son have moved their drug stock out west. Fitch & Barron have occupied the room vacated by the drug store with their notion stock, and Frank Balyeat & Co. occupy the room vacated by Fitch & Barron with a drug stock.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 19, 1885.
Fitch & Barron have moved their furniture warehouse to Hollaway’s drug store on Fifth Avenue.
                                                           LAND SLIDES.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 20, 1885.

The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds since our last issue.
Arthur H Fitch to Giles F Gilliland, lot 14 blk 76, A C: $125
                                                           LAND SLIDES.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 3, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds since our last issue.
A H Fitch et al to John F Huffman, sw qr ne qr 24-34-4e: $750.
Arkansas City Republican, September 19, 1885.
Fitch & Barron have dissolved partnership. Mr. Barron retires and Mr. Fitch will continue the business.
                                        WE REPRODUCE MR. FITCH’S AD.
                               Supt. Myer’s Protest. A Few Facts by Mr. Friend.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 1, 1885.
“The White is again crowned King among sewing machines. It is victorious in fair and square competition at the Cowley County Fair, with the Davis over which so much blate and blow has been made. Mr. A. H. Fitch, of Arkansas City, the sole agent of Cowley County, got the first premium on best sewing machine for family purposes; on best general work; best display of work; and best display of sewing machines. He exhibited nothing but the famous White and its work. Mr. Fitch was assisted in showing his machines by Mr. W. H. Seavy, of Kansas City, general agent of the White sewing machine company. In the awarding of the premiums, in competition with the Davis, were: The lightest running; less noise; general durability; finest line of attachments and general finish. The White is clear above any other machine on the market, a fact thoroughly demonstrated—not only at this Fair but in its everyday work—in its universal satisfaction and popularity with every household it enters. Mr. Fitch has established an agency in Winfield, at the Dollar Store, and will have no trouble in placing the White in every home needing a machine. Mr. Fitch had a very fine display and carried off the premiums most worthily. It was a big triumph—one deserving, a result always attainable by the celebrated and popular White.”—Mr. Fitch in Friday’s Courier.
After the award was made, Capt. T. B. Myers, superintendent of Class M., entered the following protest on class book.
“It is my opinion that in this award the judgment was not fair and impartial, and would recommend that the diploma be withheld until the matter is investigated. T. B. MYERS.”
The Davis Sewing Machine Co. have for years advertised a reward of $500 to any machine that could equal them in their range of work. The Domestic has twice accepted their challenge, but has each time reconsidered and withdrawn before the time set for work. The Vertical Feed, found only in the Davis machine, will stand all tests, where an under feed fails. The Davis Co. make their own attachments and fit them to the machine and they are the only company that make and warrant their attachments. “The Davis” always courts examination and test by experts as to material and workmanship. The 1st cost at factory of $5 to $7 more than the White for similar style of machine. This difference is in material and skilled finish, which will tell in years of use. Respectfully, F. M. FRIEND, Sole agent for the Davis in Cowley and Sumner counties.

The opinion of all who know the facts in this case is that there is something radically wrong. One judge was selected by Fitch and one by Friend, these two to select the third. The third was selected against the protest of Friend’s judge, and afterwards proved to be an old acquaintance of the White family. That the Davis exhibit was superior, all acknowledge. H. W. Darling, general agent of the Davis Sewing Machine Co., was here from Chicago to practically demonstrate the superiority of his machine. The expression of all is that the two prejudiced judges had their judgment made up before entering the investigation. Had justice been done, the Davis would certainly have got the blue ribbons, as everyone familiar with the two machines can testify. In everything considered, the Davis stands head and shoulders over the White.
                                                           LAND SLIDES.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 8, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds since our last issue.
Arthur H Fitch to Edgar A Barron, lot 20, blk 121, Torrance, and hf lot 12, blk 73, lots 25, 26, 27, and 28, blk 115, and lot 8, blk 17, lots 24 and 25, blk 37, A. C.: $450.
A H Fitch et al to Henrietta Branson, lots 26, 27, and 28, blk 30, A. C.: $600.
Winfield Courier, December 3, 1885.
Matrimony was away up yesterday, three in one day, the biggest grist for a month. Lewis P. Barnett and Elizabeth E. Foley; James W. Whooper and Minnie Orrill; John M. Hayes and Teresa A. Fitch got licenses authorizing them to sail off on the sea of double bliss.
Winfield Courier, December 3, 1885.
John M. Hays and Teresa A. Fitch were united in the ties that bind, last night. He is from Texas and the bride and family recently from Abington, Ohio. Mr. Hays and Miss Fitch were school mates in Abington and have been engaged for years, waiting to get old enough to consummate their love. They are a most happy young couple. Elder B. C. Swarts, the family’s old pastor, came over from Anthony to perform the ceremony.
Arkansas City Republican, March 27, 1886.
                                                            China Wedding.
Rev. Buckner and wife, P. F. Endicott and wife, H. C. Endicott and wife, L. Baugh and wife, D. G. Carder and wife, A. J. Carder and wife, E. H. Carder and wife, C. L. Roup and wife, Uriah Spray and wife, Amos Spray and wife, E. J. Fitch and wife, Joe Garris and wife, H. C. Endicott, Sr., G. P. Endicott, Harry Getner, John Moyer, E. W. Compton, and C. C. Endicott assembled at the residence of T. H. Tyner in the second ward and assisted Mr. and Mrs. Tyner in celebrating the twentieth anniversary of their married life. The guests presented them with a set of china dishes, Rev. Buckner making the presentation speech. With them the visitors brought refreshments and at the proper hour a bounteous lap supper was spread. All persons enjoyed themselves hugely. Mr. and Mrs. Tyner return their thanks for this neighborly treat.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 28, 1886.

Self-Setting Needle, Self-Threading Shuttle, Automatic Bobbin Winder, and Only Perfect Embroiderer. Ne Plus Ultra.
Do not buy any other before trying the White.
                                                       AGENTS WANTED.
                                       Needles, Oils and Parts for all Machines.
For catalogue, prices, and terms, address WHITE SEWING MACHINE CO., 921 Olive Street, St. Louis, Mo.
                                  For sale by A. H. FITCH, Arkansas City, Kansas.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 21, 1886. From Saturday’s Daily.
Little Miss Elda Fitch, north of the city, sends to the REPUBLICAN with her compliments, a sixty pound watermelon. This takes the cake for the season. Thanks, Elda.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 1, 1886.
Our fellow townsman, Mr. Fitch, had a lively adventure in Dexter last week. He had sold a sewing machine to the family of J. R. Miller, residing there, and when pay day came round, was met by Mr. Miller, who presented a gun, instead of the greenbacks, at him. Mr. Miller was arrested and fined $10 and costs for breach of the peace.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 11, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
A war cloud about the size of a man’s hand and the shape of his mouth recently passed over Dexter. One Miller went hunting on the streets for a Mr. Fitch of Arkansas City. The only injury done was to Miller’s pocket book. Burden Eagle.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.
At Fitch’s music store is the place to buy Christmas goods.
                                             [Note: Now calling it a music store!]
Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.
A. H. Fitch is selling Ladies’ underwear at less than cost.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.
Go to Fitch’s music store for Holiday goods and notions.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.
Have you seen the writing desks, dressing cases, and albums at Fitch’s music store?
Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.
The 5, 10, and 25 cent counters are an attractive feature at Fitch’s music store.


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