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A. J. Gilbert

                     [Farmer, Cattleman, “Jack of All Trades.” Bolton Township.]
Gilbert, A. J., 36; spouse, S. E., 36.
Gilbert, Jacob, 64. No spouse listed.
Gilbert, Andrew J., 38; spouse, Sarah E., 37.
Gilbert, Jacob, 66. No spouse listed.   
Mrs. Gilbert, of Iowa, and A. J. Gilbert...
Arkansas City Traveler, September 4, 1878.
Mrs. Gilbert, of Muscatine, Iowa, and mother-in-law of Rudolph Hoffmaster, is here visiting relatives. Her husband, it will be remembered, died on the plains several years since, while on a buffalo hunt with the editor and others.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 25, 1878.
A. J. Gilbert, of Muscatine, Iowa, is visiting Rudolph Hoffmaster  and friends, and will probably locate in this section. Jack is the kind of man we are glad to have with us. He does not eat so much as his brother-in-law Rudolph.
A. J. Gilbert...
Arkansas City Traveler, February 5, 1879.
Mr. Gilbert, of Iowa, a brother-in-law of Mr. Hoffmaster, who bought the Rockhill quarter last October, arrived here a few days ago. He will commence improving his place as soon as the weather permits.
A. J. Gilbert...
Arkansas City Traveler, March 19, 1879.
Rudolph Hoffmaster has just returned from Iowa and reports everything frozen up when he left there. Teams crossing the Mississippi on ice. The people want to come to Southern Kansas.
Rudolph brings back with him the family of A. J. Gilbert, his brother-in-law, who are well pleased with the country, and of course he could not come back without a fine team of horses.
A. J. Gilbert...
Arkansas City Traveler, May 25, 1881.
RECAP ONLY: In Justice Court, Cowley County, before I. H. Bonsall, Justice of the Peace in and for Cresswell township, in said county and State: James L. Huey, Plaintiff vs. Rudolph Hoffmaster, and A. J. Gilbert, defendants: NOTICE IN ATTACHMENT.
On May 16, 1881, I. H. Bonsall issued an order of attachment against Rudolph Hoffmaster, defendant, for $60.10; said cause to be heard on June 21, 1881.
C. L. SWARTS was attorney for plaintiff, James L. Huey.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 30, 1881.
In the last three weeks some ten men have left our city for Texas, with a view to purchasing cattle: James Henderson, A. M. Smythia, Jack Gilbert, Harry Genthner, Lincoln Small, the Fairclo brothers, Bill Henderson, and Messrs. Tyner and Pond.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 1, 1881.

Mr. A. A. Wiley was in town yesterday on his return from Texas, where he has been buying stock. He reports that Messrs. J. Smythia, H. Endicott, A. J. Gilbert, J. W. Ledlie, and James Henderson, with 1,100 head of cattle, are now on Deer creek, where they will be held till disposed of. Mr. Wiley was on his way to the Nation with supplies to establish a ranch.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 24, 1881.
                                                               FOR SALE.
Forty-five fat Texas cows. Also 80 acres of good farming land to rent; apply to A. J. Gilbert.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 7, 1882.
Mr. A. J. Gilbert, of Bolton Township, has had a revelation in the way of an enclosure for hogs, the result of which is that he now claims to have a fence that even his chickens won’t go through. Mr. Gilbert set out posts 16 feet apart, and upon them fastened four barbed wires, the first 4 inches from the ground, the second 10 inches, the third 18 inches, and the fourth 30 inches, which is the height of the fence. The wire used was the Chicago Galvanized Barbed Wire, and was purchased of the Howard Bros., of this city. Mr. Gilbert says it is the best fence in every way that he ever saw, and recommends it to all as cheaper and more efficient than lumber or rail fences.
[Note the discrepancies between Traveler and Courier articles below. Believe that the Traveler is correct. It should be “Charles Snyder, Clerk,” rather than “C. Cipher, clerk” and “W. Feagins” as constable rather than “J. W. Fagan.” MAW]
Arkansas City Traveler, February 14, 1883.
The township election in Bolton Township resulted in the election of the following gentlemen as officers for the current year: P. A. Lorry, Trustee; A. J. Kimmel, Treasurer; Charles Snyder, Clerk; A. J. Gilbert, Justice of the Peace; and Messrs. Al. Ramsey and W. Feagins as Constables.
Winfield Courier, February 15, 1883.
                                                         Township Elections.
The following township officers were declared elected by the Board of Commissioners at their canvass of the vote on Tuesday.
BOLTON: P. A. Lorry, trustee; C. Cipher, clerk; A. J. Kimmel, treasurer; A. J. Gilbert, J. P.; Al Ramsey and J. W. Fagan, constables.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 25, 1883.
                                                             Bolton S. P. U.
At the annual meeting of the Bolton Stock Protective Union at the Bland schoolhouse, last Saturday, the following gentlemen were elected officers for the coming year: A. J. Gilbert, Captain; J. W. Patterson, 1st Lieutenant; Dick Chinn, 2nd Lieutenant; and A. Ramsey, Orderly Sergeant. This organization has done first-class work in the past, and under the gentlemen just elected its efficiency will be fully up to its record.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 2, 1883.
LOST. On the road south of Shoo Fly, between A. J. Gilbert’s and three miles west and one mile north to W. Lorry’s, a wagon tire. Finder will confer a favor by notifying.
                                                               F. LORRY.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 23, 1883.

                                                             Leland Hotel.
Among the arrivals at the Leland Hotel, now under the management of Mr. A. W. Patterson, we find the following.
                                                              A. J. Gilbert.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 6, 1883.
The S. P. U. of Bolton will meet at Stony Point schoolhouse Saturday evening, June 15th, 1883, for the transaction of any business of the company’s. All members are requested to attend. A. J. GILBERT, Capt.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 10, 1883.
We are glad to see our old friend and subscriber, A. J. Gilbert, once more on our streets. Jack had quite a bad spell of sickness, but we trust is now on the high road to permanent recovery.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 14, 1884.
The S. P. U.’s of Bolton Township will hold a meeting at the Bland schoolhouse on Saturday next, May 17, for the election of officers, and for other important business. All members are earnestly requested to be present. A. J. GILBERT, Captain.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 28, 1884.
S. P. U. At the last meeting of the S. P. U., of Bolton, the election of officers took place with the following result: A. J. Gilbert, captain; A. Ramsay, 1st Lieutenant; A. Green, 2nd lieutenant; R. M. Turner, orderly sergeant; Wm. Turner, treasurer.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 25, 1885.
                                                          Bolton District 98.
Mr. Jack Gilbert, accompanied by Theo. Parvin, started with two loads of corn, for Red Rock. It’s pretty cold weather for freighting, ain’t it, Jack?
Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.
Mr. Chinn has removed most of his cattle from J. Gilbert’s to the ranch in the Territory.
Arkansas City Republican, March 21, 1885.
A. J. Gilbert, an energetic farmer of this vicinity, has 140 acres of good land sown to wheat. Monday he informed us that he made a careful inspection of his crop and discovered that about one-half of the wheat was winter-killed. We hope Mr. Gilbert’s discovery will not prove so bad as he informed us.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 7, 1885.
A. J. Gilbert has had for a guest the last few days, his brother-in-law, A. J. Silas, of Muscatine, Iowa. We find him a genial, well informed gentleman, and are pleased to learn from him that he is favorably impressed with this city and its surroundings.
Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.
The county commissioners have assessed the following damages against the K. C. & S. W. Railroad for farmers through whose land the road passes in going to the state line: C. J. Beck, $600.50; W. J. Conway, $133; John Myrtle, $350; A. C. Williams, $525; H. J. Donnelly, $307; Alfred Hurst, $150; Chas. Cypher, $410; Wm. Pike, $433; H. B. Hollowell, $258; Will Mowry, $227.20; and Jack Gilbert, $400. The farmers are kicking and say the assessments are much too low.

Nellie Gilbert marries A. M. Scott...
Arkansas City Republican, January 16, 1886.
The following marriage license has been issued: A. M. Scott, Nellie Gilbert.
Arkansas City Republican, January 16, 1886.
MARRIED. Bolton Township society is enlivened this week by a real genuine case of elopement. The participants were A. Scott and Miss Ella Gilbert, daughter of A. J. Gilbert. It was brought about by the old story of stern parents not allowing true love to run along smoothly. The parents were opposed to their daughter marrying Mr. Scott, but when that young lady attained her majority, she did as her heart dictated. The wedding occurred last Tuesday night at the residence of Rev. Vie, in Bolton Township. Last Tuesday evening Mr. Scott went to the home of his lady love to take her to a social gathering at a neighbor’s; instead, the couple went and were united in marriage. Immediately after the ceremony was performed, the happy couple went to the home of Mr. Scott, which he had prepared to receive his bride, and commenced house-keeping. The groom is a young man, industrious, and is the owner of a good farm. The bride is one of the most estimable young ladies in Bolton Township. The REPUBLICAN hopes their life will be one long dream of wedded bliss.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 2, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.
                                                  The Shooting of Jack Gilbert.
Yesterday afternoon between the hours of 4 and 5 o’clock, word was brought up from the railroad camp of Taylor & Gilbert that the former had shot the latter. The camp is about 45 miles down in the Territory; the shooting occurred at about 8 o’clock in the morning and was about the division of some tools. They were going to dissolve partnership on the completion of their contract on the S. K. Road. Gilbert claimed that he owned the tools and Taylor thought he was entitled to them. In the dispute which followed, Gilbert struck at Taylor, when the latter pulled his revolver and fired three shots at his antagonist, only one taking effect, and that in the shoulder. The quarrel was interrupted here by parties. Gilbert got on his horse and rode to his camp some two miles away from where the shooting occurred. Dr. J. A. Mitchell went down to attend the wounded man; officers also went down last evening to arrest Taylor. Gilbert’s wound is thought not to be serious.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 2, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.
T. J. Taylor, the man who shot Jack Gilbert, is still at large. A reward of $50 is out for his capture. He skipped out soon after he did the shooting.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 2, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.
Jack Gilbert, the man who was shot by Taylor down in the Territory Monday morning, was brought up last evening to his home in Bolton Township. He is in a bad condition. As yet the ball has not been found by the physician. The swelling is so great in his throat that he is unable to take food except in liquid form. He has not partaken of food since the shooting occurred. The wound is liable to prove more serious than at first anticipated.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 2, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
Reports from Jack Gilbert inform us that he is recovering from the pistol shot wound quite rapidly.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 2, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.

Information was received here this afternoon that T. J. Taylor, the man who shot Jack Gilbert, has been arrested at Fayetteville, Arkansas.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, October 20, 1886.
Winfield Courier the 15th: Capt. Rarick went south on this morning’s Santa Fe, having just returned from a trip to Arkansas City after the shooter of Gilbert, which occurred in the territory some weeks ago. The Captain, contrary to his usual practice, failed to bring his bird back with him, but says he has him caged and will soon have him.


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