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Fouts Family

File made by RKW...
NOTE: I have a file on “Pink Fouts,” under “cattlemen” category. MAW
There is no person by the name of Fouts in the February 1870 census of Cowley County.
The Windsor census of 1873 listed D. B. Fouts, age 28, and his wife Jane, age 25.
COURIER, SEPTEMBER 16, 1875. Cowley County District Court.
The following is a list of cases that will stand for trial at the September term of the District Court, to be holden on and from the 27th, and have been placed on the Trial Docket in the following order.  James H. Spraelin [Spradlin] vs. D. B. Fouts, et al.
TRAVELER, DECEMBER 7, 1881. We received a pleasant call from Mr. Pink Fouts, of Willow Springs, Indian Territory, on Monday last.
TRAVELER, JULY 5, 1882.  Trix Fouts, brother of Pink, has gone down to Willow Springs to assist in manipulating the great herd of sheep held on that range.  "Trix" is a second Pink, which is sufficient introduction for him to gain the hearts of our people.
TRAVELER, JULY 19, 1882.  Mr. Wesley Fouts and wife, with their daughter, Miss Dora, of Waynestown, Indiana, are visiting their mother, Mrs. Peed.  They will be in the city several weeks.
TRAVELER, JULY 26, 1882.  Miss Dora Fouts, who is visiting her grandmother, Mrs. Peed, has been quite sick for the past nine days, but is now convalesc­ing under the care of Dr. Chapel.
TRAVELER, AUGUST 2, 1882.  Mrs. Fouts and her daughter, Miss Dora, are at Geuda Springs testing the restorative qualities of these far famed mineral waters.  They will stay with Mrs. Fouts' brother, the Hon. C. R. Mitchell.
TRAVELER, OCTOBER 4, 1882.  Parties wishing ponies or horses wintered will do well to communicate with the undersigned.
                                             Pink Fouts, Arkansas City, Kansas.
 Traveler, February 14, 1883.  Ad.  Willow Springs Sheep & Stock Ranch.  PINK FOUTS, Proprietor.  Horse Brand, F on left shoulder.  Information given of strays of above brand will be rewarded.  P. O. Address, ARKANSAS CITY, KS.  Ranch at Willow Springs, Indian Territory.
Traveler, March 21, 1883.  Messrs. Hays & Fouts have sold the Willow Springs ranch to Roberts & Co.  The latter will run the stage station at the Spring, and in addition build a bridge across the stream at that point for the accommodation of travel.  Willow Springs is out of our bailiwick, being directly south of Arkansas City.  Still, we are glad of the change, because it will make travel more convenient in the eastern portion of the Strip.  Caldwell Commercial.
Traveler, May 30, 1883.
Ad.  WILLOW SPRINGS STOCK RANCH.  Sheep, Horses & Cattle, PINK FOUTS, MANAGER.  Horse Brand: O I L on left hip.  Cattle brand:
O I L on either side.  Information given of strays of above brand will be rewarded.  P. O. Address, ARKANSAS CITY, KS.  Ranch at Willow Springs, Indian Territory.

Traveler, June 27, 1883.  John Love & Son vs. Standard Oil Co., P. Fouts, manager, was next heard.  Plaintiff moved for a continuance.  Motion refused, and the Board decided that as plaintiff had no tax receipt, or other evidence that they had range privileges, and there being nothing to show that they had a range, therefore, plaintiffs had no rights before the Board.  The representatives of the defendants protested against the name “Standard Oil Co.”  It was therefore ordered by the Board that the same should be changed to “Roberts & Windsor.”
Traveler, October 3, 1883.  AD.  WILLOW SPRINGS STOCK RANCH.  Sheep, Horses & Cattle.  PINK FOUTS, MANAGER.  Horse Brand: O I L on left hip.  Cattle Brand: O I L on either side.  Information given of strays of above brand will be rewarded.  P. O. Address, Arkansas City, Ks.  Ranch at Willow Springs, Indian Territory.
Traveler, December 19, 1883.  MARRIED.  In this city, on Monday evening, December 17, 1883, by Rev. J. O. Campbell, Mr. Pink Fouts to Miss Lydia B. Beck.  Mr. Fouts and his bride have the best wishes of their many friends in this community for a long and happy life in which the TRAVELER heartily joins.
Traveler, February 6, 1884.  It is almost impossible to get a brand for stock different from any other brand.  In looking over the Northwestern Live Stock Journal, published at Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory, we notice Pink Fouts’ “F” brand on the horses up there; R. A. Houghton’s hat brand, and Drury Warren’s boot
Arkanss City Republican, March 29, 1884.
                                                      A Trip to Willow Ranch.
Last Wednesday evening it was our good fortune to receive an invitation from Dr. Jamison Vawter to accompany him on a professional visit to Willow Ranch, 17 miles south of the city in Indian Territory.    We found Mr. Fouts, the proprietor of the ranch, suffering greatly with neuralgia and malarial fever, but the doctor administered a remedy that soon relieved his pain, and leaving more medicine to be taken during the night, we retired.  The next morning we found Mr. Fouts’ health much improved, and after the doctor had given full direction as to the further treatment of the case, and assured Mr. Fouts that he would soon be able to attend to business again, and we had partaken heartily of an excellent breakfast, we started on our return, and were soon home.  The trip was a pleasant one!  The Doctor knows just how to entertain a fellow bachelor, and we shall always remember Mr. and Mrs. Fouts and the boys employed on the ranch for the kind and hospitable treatment received from them while at the “Willows.”  Mr. Fouts is the proprietor of two ranches; the Willow Ranch, containing 35,000 acres, and another containing 12,000 acres, and both are well-stocked with cattle, horses, and sheep.  He has been in the stock business several years, and has prospered, and everything now about him shows prosperity.  As to the Territory, we can say the same as everybody else that it is a fine country to remain idle as it now is.  On our way home we saw hundreds of prairie chickens and snipes, and could have easily killed a great many of them from our buggy if we had taken a gun.
Traveler, September 10, 1884.  BIRTH.  The haste with which Dr. Vawter climbed into a buggy and started for Willow Springs, at 11 p.m., last Sunday, led us to infer that our friend, Pink Fouts, was dangerously ill.  But he is better now, and happy as a lark over the advent of a brand new little girl.  Pink says the government doesn’t object to such improvements as this in the Territory.
Traveler, September 17, 1884. Mr. Wesley Fouts, of Waynetown, Indiana, is now in the city upon a visit to relatives and friends.
Traveler, March 11, 1885.  We are informed by Pink Fouts that a negro soldier was shot dead in his pasture near the Willows.  The soldiers said it was accidental.  No particulars are learned.

Brand on the sides of steers that range on the Sweet Water.  Every letter in the alphabet and almost every figure is represented somewhere, besides houses, bells, scissors, keys, etc.  Some are branded with but a dot, while others are branded all over.  The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, in New York, sent a committee to Texas recently to try to license the stockmen to adopt some other mode of marking stock, but the old burning principle is held to still.


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