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S. H. Foss

                            [???, Geuda Springs, Bitter Creek, Indian Territory.]
Note: Could not find any background on Foss, who evidently handled cattle and horses in Indian Territory. He also bought property in Cowley County and probably elsewhere. MAW]
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 11, 1882.
Mr. Foss has built an ice house that will hold 200 tons of ice, but has no ice yet to put in it. He will commence his elegant two story residence in about two weeks hence. It is to be 36 x 40 with wings, and two stories high.
Cowley County Courant, April 6, 1882.
A Geuda correspondent of the Arkansas City Democrat ventilates himself to no small extent, and winds up his letter with the information
That Mr. Mitchell has sold his property in Arkansas City, and is going to move to Geuda Springs.
That Foss is building a large store to be rented to F. L. Davis, who intends to fill it with groceries.
That Mart Bixler is about ready to move into his new store at Geuda.
That Wm. Berkey has a new awning in front of his store. Take notice ye loafers.
That Foss has gone to east St. Louis after thoroughbred cattle; also is going to bring a fine Percheron Norman stallion.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 26, 1882.
Geuda Springs.
Cutler has a very neat drug store.
Geuda Springs are simply booming.
Mr. Foss has put up a new business house.
F. L. Davis has had his residence completed sometime.
McIntire & Ferguson are building a large addition to their livery stable.
Buildings are being completed, almost every day, and are occupied as soon as completed.
Visitors are here from most of the states in the Union, and all claim to be highly pleased with the waters.
Rev. Post, P. E., from Wichita, has just commenced building a residence, and will soon be down with his family.
Mrs. Howard is building a summer residence here, and D. A. McIntire has also just commenced building his residence.
J. A. Notestine has about completed his boarding house, and A. W. McCarty is building his as rapidly as men and money can do it.
Geo. W. Riley, of Caldwell, is building a good business house, which will be occupied as a store by Mr. Hubbell, formerly of Caldwell. Riley has also bought the O. J. Ward ten acres at $80 per acre.

We need a large hotel badly. Someone with capital can here find an investment that will pay more interest than any we know of. It is only a question of a short time when capitalists will take hold of a large hotel here, as a house with 200 rooms would be filled to overflowing in thirty days, and would remain full the year round.
A. W. Patterson’s house is about completed, as well as many others too numerous to mention. G. W.
Excerpts from a lengthy article...
Caldwell Commercial, Thursday, March 15, 1883.
We, the undersigned persons of competent age, do hereby associate ourselves together for the purpose of forming a private corporation under and by virtue of the laws of the State of Kansas, the purpose of which is and shall be “the improvement of the breed of domestic animals,” by the importation, grazing, breeding, sale, barter, and exchange thereof.
The name of such corporation shall be “The Cherokee Strip Live Stock Association.”
SECOND. The purpose for which the corporation is formed is the improvement of the breed of domestic animals by the importation, grazing, breeding, sale, barter, and exchange thereof.
THREE. The principal office and place of business of the corporation shall be at the city of Caldwell, in Sumner County, Kansas, but its place or places of and for holding, breeding, grazing, selling, bartering, and exchanging the domestic animals for the improvement of the breed of which the corporation is as aforesaid organized shall be wherever the same can be in the opinion of the directors or such other body of the stockholders or members of such corporation as may be authorized to act for the corporation most advantageously located.
The following are the names of members of the Association so far as we have been able to obtain them.
McClain & Foss were included on the list of members.
Caldwell Journal, July 12, 1883.
The Board met on the 5th day of July. The first case, Windsor & Roberts vs. Hodges & Stewart, compromised.
Next in order was the continued case of Blair, Battin & Cooper vs. Windsor Bros. The board decided that the plaintiffs were entitled to all the lands in controversy.
The next in order was the case of H. Hoskirk vs. McLain & Foss. Settled by agreement.
Foss and Wilson...
Arkansas City Traveler, June 20, 1883.
Messrs. Foss & Wilson, two B. I. T. Men, were in the city last week and purchased of Howard Bros., two car loads of wire, with which to enclose their Territory range south of this city.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 8, 1884.
We were informed that S. H. Foss had all his hay in the Territory burned last week.
Geuda Springs News.
Well, it was Mr. Foss’ hay, and if he wanted it burned, whose affair is it?
Arkansas City Traveler, November 19, 1884.

Below we give the registers of the different hotels in the city for Saturday, November 15, 1884. Nothing we could say would show, so clearly, and unmistakably, the bustle of activity and the appearance of business of our little city.
WINDSOR HOTEL. S. H. Foss, Geuda.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 4, 1885.
S. H. Foss, of Geuda, was in the city Saturday.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 23, 1886.
Bitter Creek.
On Friday last J. H. Castle killed two wild geese, weighing fifteen pounds each, and measuring five feet three inches from tip to tip of wings.
Mrs. D. F. Coggins is suffering from a severe attack of rheumatism.
O. H. Marshall was out sleighing Friday afternoon. Mollie goes fine single.
Mr. Dean lost several fine hogs during the late cold spell.
I. Sands is marketing his wheat at 80 cents.
F. Ellis is expected home from the east soon, where he has been on a business trip.
The protracted meeting at the Johnson schoolhouse has closed. Brother Brink has returned to his home at Geuda.
Geuda people are awakened to the fact that they are to have a “railroad.” You would have thought so had you been to town the day following the election.
Mrs. Watson, of Indianapolis, Indian, who has been visiting her daughter, Mrs. O. H. Marshall, the past summer, will return home soon.
Mr. Johnson lost a valuable brood mare last week from colic; also Mr. Harlan lost a number of sheep by the storm.
Mrs. Crocker, who has been very sick, is able to be around again. We are glad to hear of her recovery.
Henry Nichols is hauling corn into the Territory. He gets 85 [?] cents per bushel. [NOT SURE OF MONEY AMOUNT.]
Mr. Anstine is building on his new farm.
Mr. Runyan and family were visiting relatives and friends in the city on last Sunday.
A. A. Dean shipped two car loads of his fat hogs last week.
Mr. Foss was in Wellington last week on business. He says that railroad is not running right.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 11, 1886.
Mr. Crocker, on Bitter Creek, has a force of men on his range in the Indian Territory putting up hay for himself, and another force putting up 1,500 tons at one dollar a ton on the ground for Mr. Foss.
Arkansas City Republican, May 15, 1886.
The Land Slides of the Week.
One acre of land in Harmon’s addition was sold to J. Gilbert from S. H. Foss for $500.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 5, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
S. H. Foss made a shipment of a carload of ponies to St. Louis this morning.
Foss Ranch - Indian Territory...
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 15, 1887. From Friday’s Daily.

We are informed that a farmer over in Sumner County went down into the Territory one day this week and took 80 rods of wire fence from the Foss ranch and conveyed it to his farm, using it to build a hog corral. Foss can do nothing with that man, although he knows who took it.


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