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T. J. Gilbert

Arkansas City Traveler, July 26, 1876. Front Page.
                                               KAW AGENCY, July 17, 1876.
It was on the occasion of the Kaw pensioners receiving their pay at Hiatt’s store, a few days since, that a young squaw pensioner and her husband were at the counter, trading out her pension money. Two other squaws, the wives of another Indian (we will designate them as No. 1 and No. 2), claimed that pensioner owed them, and demanded their pay, which was disregarded. Thereupon squaw No. 1 picked up a brass kettle that pensioner had bought, and walked away with it, saying she would take that for her pay; but the husband of pensioner followed, and taking hold of the kettle, a tussle ensued, during which he wrenched it from her, and she set up a yell. This created an excitement, as there were several Indians in the room, and pensioner and husband started out, she following close behind him. As he stepped out the door, squaw No. 1, with a wild scream, assaulted pensioner, catching her by the hair, and throwing her down, her head strik­ing a block of wood. At the same time squaw No. 2 kicked her in the face. The husband turned around, and helping his wife on her feet, told her to go for them, which she did with a vengeance, grasping a stick of stove wood and at the second or third blow felling No. 1 to the floor.
By this time the excitement and confusion had become so great, and the cries and blows so gener­al, the bystanders could not give further particulars; but Mr. Gilbert, the clerk, who had been spell bound from some cause or other, regained his self-possession, and ordered the Marshal to take them out. It may be well to add that No. 1 got the worst of the affray, as she had to be carried home in a wagon, and have her wounds dressed. For a short time fears were entertained that she would not recover, and summary punishment was threatened pensioner and her husband, by the friends of No. 1, in case she should die; but fortunately her wounds proved not fatal, and she is convalescing. Peace and good will are now restored between the families, and pensioner sits and nurses her assailant. WM. HUNT.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 9, 1876.
ARRIVALS at the Central Avenue Hotel during the week ending Tuesday, August 8, 1876.
T. J. Gilbert, Kaw Agency, Indian Territory.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 15, 1876.
Tom Gilbert, of the Kaw Agency, went to Dexter, Kansas, last Saturday, and at night accompanied some young folks to a party. Tom had no acquaintances in the burg, and when he went to settle his hotel bill next morning, he missed his pocket book; and not until the girls whose acquaintance he had courted so earnestly the night before told the landlord that they would see the bill paid, could he get back into the nation. Indian Herald.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 29, 1877.
MARRIED. August 19th, 1877, at the residence of the bride’s parents, near Emporia, Mr. Thos. Gilbert, of Kaw Agency, Indian Territory, and Miss Anna Thompson of Emporia. Mrs. Gilbert has a large circle of acquaintances, all of whom unite in wishing the happy couple future prosperity and happiness. Emporia News.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 5, 1877.

Thomas Gilbert, of Kaw Agency, and Mr. Stubbs, of Sterling, Kansas, arrived at this place Saturday evening. Mr. Gilbert’s wife will join him in a few weeks. Mr. Stubbs is to take charge of the schools at the Agency.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 17, 1878.
MR. MORRIS TISDALE, of Osage, and Mr. Gilbert, of Kaw Agency, were in town last Friday. In the absence of the editor, the foreman of the office did the newspaper hospitalities—i.e., smoked at their expense, and honored them with his company on the streets.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 12, 1878.
                                                  Small Pox at Kaw Agency.
                            KAW AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY, June 1, 1878.
We have three cases of small pox here at the agency, viz: Miss Thompson, of Emporia; Mrs. Gilbert, and Miss Hunt, daughter of the Superintendent of the school. Miss Thompson was the first case. She was ill three or four days before it was decided that she had the small pox. Dr. Hunt made this decision on Friday the 17th ult., and the school was closed on the following Monday. The teacher and cook, with two sons of the doctor, established themselves in a small cabin on Beaver Creek, while the Superin­tendent of school, Martin, and Laundress took refuge in the mill. It is pretty certain that the disease will spread among the Indians, as a number of them have already been exposed to this much dreaded scourge.
                                             Very Respectfully, URIAH SPRAY.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 12, 1878.
DR. HUNT, of Kaw Agency, reports two very severe cases of small pox at that place, one of which (the daughter of Superin­tendent Hunt) he thinks will prove fatal. Mrs. Gilbert’s case is more favorable, though the crisis had not passed at that writing.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 7, 1878.
BIRTH. OUR READERS of the last issue know that Tom Gilbert, of Kaw Agency, was in town last week, but they didn’t know all of it. The armful of whistle, rattles, and small, peculiarly shaped pins that he took back with him tell the rest of the story. Saturday, July 27th; a girl.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 24, 1878.
Gen. McNeil, Mahlon Stubbs, and Tom Gilbert were all up from the Territory last week.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 26, 1879.
Messrs. Stubbs and Gilbert of the Kaw Agency gave us a call last week. Come again.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 7, 1880.
Mr. Thomas Gilbert, trader at the Kaw Agency, was in town on Saturday last. Mr. Gilbert is a good businessman and is well liked by the Kaw people.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 3, 1880.
DIED. We are pained to hear of the death of Mrs. Thomas Gilbert, at the Kaw Agency, on the morning of the 28th ultimo. Her remains were brought to this city last Sunday and shipped to Emporia for interment.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 12, 1881.

T. J. Gilbert, trader at Kaw Agency, was in town yesterday. Mr. Gilbert says the weather has been a little cold in the Nation, and in corroboration of the statement remarked that he was putting up some thirty tons of ice for use during the heated term.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 13, 1881.
Mr. and Mrs. T. Gilbert, of Kaw Agency, spent Wednesday of last week in our city.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 4, 1881.
T. J. Gilbert, of Kaw Agency, was in town last Saturday.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 22, 1881.
Our old friend, T. J. Gilbert, of Kaw Agency, was in town on Saturday last, as also Mr. Puckett, farmer at the above named agency, whom we had the pleasure of meeting for the first time.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 6, 1881.
Thos. Gilbert, of Kaw Agency, is in town.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 23, 1881.
T. J. Gilbert, the gentlemanly trader at Kaw Agency, was in town last week, as usual, chuck full of business, stocking up with winter goods for the benefit of his patrons at the Agency.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 25, 1882.
T. J. Gilbert, trader at the Kaw Agency, was in town last week, as usual laying in a stock of supplies for the accommoda­tion of his dusky patrons.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 1, 1882.
Mr. T. J. Gilbert, of Kaw Agency, is in town replacing the Lures and Penates lost in the fire last week.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 1, 1882.
                                                       Fire at Kaw Agency.
Shortly after 12 o’clock on the afternoon of Feb. 20th, 1882, the residence of Mr. T. J. Gilbert, government trader at the above Agency, was discovered to be on fire. The alarm was first given by an Indian, but almost before any efforts could be made to extinguish the flames, the roof was totally consumed, and the building being constructed of lumber and lined with wall paper, all efforts to control the devouring element proved useless on account of the rapid combustion, and the most that could be done was to attempt to save the household goods. In this, however, they were but partially successful as all the bed furniture and wearing apparel were consumed while the furniture that was saved was more or less damaged. Mr. Gilbert’s estimated loss including building will reach somewhere in the neighborhood of $700.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 5, 1882.
T. J. Gilbert, of Kaw Agency, was in town last Monday.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 14, 1882.
T. J. Gilbert, the Kaw trader, was in the city last Monday, on business, as usual. Mrs. Gilbert accompanied him.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 21, 1882.
Tom Gilbert, the Kaw trader, was in town last Saturday. Upon his return he was accompanied by Mrs. Thompson and daughter, of Emporia, who intend spending several weeks visiting Mrs. Gilbert.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 12, 1882.

Agent L. J. Miles, of Osage Agency, and T. J. Gilbert, the Kaw trader, were in town last week.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 26, 1882.
Mr. Gilbert, wife and niece, of Kaw Agency, were in the city last week. Mrs. Gilbert was en route for Emporia, where she is now visiting friends.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 2, 1882.
Tom Gilbert is again in town.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 25, 1882.
Tom Gilbert and wife, of Kaw Agency, were in the city last week. We had the pleasure of taking a walk with T. G. around town, and viewing the site upon which he proposes to erect a residence next spring.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 29, 1882.
Tom Gilbert, the irrepressible trader at Kaw Agency, loomed in our sanctum in his usual welcoming fashion, last Monday.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 20, 1882.
T. J. Gilbert, of Kaw, took in the city yesterday.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 20, 1882.
T. J. Gilbert is no longer trader at Kaw Agency, having sold out his stock to Tom Finney, who is now the licensed trader of the Kaws. We wish Tom Finney as much success in the position as our friend, Tom Gilbert, has reaped therefrom.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.
BIRTH. To Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Gilbert, of Kaw Agency, Indian Territory, on the evening of the 11th inst., a boy. Both mother and child are doing well. Tom is as light hearted and jubilant as a newly elected J. P., and challenges the world to produce the equal of that 10 pound lad.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.
Messrs. Tom Finney and T. J. Gilbert, of Kaw, were in the city the past week.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.
T. J. Gilbert will put up a $2,500 residence upon his lots on the corner of Ninth Street and Fourth Avenue.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.
Messrs. Beecher & Son have secured the contract for the erection of Mr. T. J. Gilbert’s new house in the South part of town. This house, when completed, will cost over $2,500, and will be an ornament to our town, and we have no doubt a credit to the contractors. Our building boom still booms.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 14, 1883.
Tom Gilbert was in the city yesterday.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 11, 1883.
Messrs. Gilbert and Puckett, of Kaw Agency, were in the city last week and favored us with a call. They report stock in that part of the B. I. T. in first-class shape.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 18, 1883.
We call attention to the cattle and horse brands of Messrs. Gilbert & Puckett, which appear for the first time in this issue.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 25, 1883.
T. J. Gilbert’s new residence now loometh up nobby and is one of the prominent features of the southwest portion of our city.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 2, 1883.
T. J. Gilbert’s new house is now ready for the plasterers.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 2, 1883.
Tom Gilbert was in to see the circus Monday, and took us over his new residence now in course of erection. We do not wish to flatter the gentleman.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 9, 1883.
Messrs. Allen & Braggins are the most busy men around town just now. They are now painting residences or stores for the following gentlemen: Messrs. Barrett, Pearson, Rarick, Holloway & Fairclo, Grady, Canfield, J. Hill, Lugin, Stanton, Barron, T. J. Gilbert, and H. Godehard, to say nothing of lots of paperhanging, kalsomining, etc.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 6, 1883.
Mr. T. J. Gilbert now makes his home in our city and is only waiting the completion of his handsome residence to bring his family here also.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 6, 1883.
T. J. Gilbert’s home property on Fifth Street, under the artistic manipulation of Allen & Braggins, makes a nobby appearance. These gentlemen are now engaged in painting and graining the interior and we are satisfied will make a boss job as usual.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 13, 1883.
It was a ghastly joke on T. J. Gilbert, which was embodied in the red man’s soliloquy upon the new house Mr. Gilbert has just built in this city.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 8, 1883.
Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Puckett, of Kaw Agency, spent several days of the past week in our city visiting with Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Gilbert.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 8, 1883.
We received quite a pleasant call from Dr. Bird, of Kaw Agency last week. The Dr. and Mrs. Bird were in the city upon a visit to Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Gilbert.
      Arkansas City Traveler, August 8, 1883.

Big Lease. Last week was consummated the final arrangements between the Kaw tribe of Indians and our townsman, T. J. Gilbert, by which the latter gentleman becomes the lessee for ten years of one-half of the Kaw Reservation, a tract of land embracing some 50,000 acres of fine grazing land. This will be of great benefit to the Indians as they will now realize a rental of about $2,100 per year whereas heretofore they have not realized over $300 per year from this land. The other half of their reservation will be fenced in and used by the tribe as a stock range. At the meeting of the council of the tribe to take action on this matter, the following was submitted, which will explain itself.
“Our reasons for asking that this lease be made are: 1st, we do not or cannot occupy it or cultivate it; 2nd, it will effectually keep out objectionable persons who would otherwise occupy it; 3rd, we will thereby receive the greatest possible remuneration for use of said tract of land.”
Arkansas City Traveler, August 22, 1883.
The little three year old son of Mr. T. J. Gilbert fell down last week and broke his arm near the shoulder. Under the care of Drs. Shepard, Westfall, and Kellogg, the limb was set and the little sufferer is resting as well as could be expected.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, August 29, 1883.
Wellington Press: T. J. Gilbert, of Arkansas City, last week completed arrangements with the Kaw Indians in the Indian Territory to lease half of their reservation for a period of ten years. The lease embraces over 50,000 acres of fine grazing land, for the use of which the lessee pays a rental of $2,100 per year.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 29, 1883.
We received a pleasant call last week from Mr. Hunt, of Emporia, who with his wife and family have been visiting Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Gilbert.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 26, 1883.
Mr. and Mrs. Thompson, of Emporia, are in the city and will spend the holidays with their daughter, Mrs. T. J. Gilbert.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 2, 1884.
Mr. Gilbert’s fence, enclosing twelve miles square of the Kaw reservation, is almost completed.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 27, 1884.
Mr. Gilbert’s polled bulls have come on, and are being held in Newman’s pasture on the Arkansas River near this place. They are beauties. Rube Houghton expects to have a couple of car loads of the same kind here soon.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 12, 1884.
T. J. Gilbert & Co.’s new cattle brand appears in this issue. Attention of stockmen is called to the same.
Ranges on the Kaw reservation, Indian Territory. Post Office address: Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kansas.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 19, 1884.
                                                 Osage Live Stock Association.
At the meeting of the Cherokee Strip Live Stock Association at Caldwell, last week, the lessees of the Osage, Ponca, and Nez Perce reservations met at the Southwestern Hotel and organized the Osage Live Stock Association. Mr. Crane, of Independence, was chosen president of the association and W. J. Pollock secretary. The following cattle firms were represented.
 1. Florer & Pollock.
 2. Hewins & Titus.

 3. Crane & Larimer.
 4. Wait & King.
 5. Carpenter & Leahy.
 6. Soderstrom & Shoals.
 7. Osage Brown & Son.    8. Joe Hurd.
 9. T. J. Gilbert & Co., Kaw Reservation.
10. R. A. Houghton, Nez Perce Reservation.
11. J. H. Sherburne, Ponca Reservation.
This association will work in harmony with other organizations of the same kind, yet it shall be a distinctive body. It is their intention to admit the Indian cattle owners into membership, giving them all the benefits and protection enjoyed by their white brethren. Nothing further than an organization was accomplished at this meeting, when they adjourned to meet again on Saturday, May 29, at Osage Agency. The men comprising this association are each and all large cattle owners, are men of influence and wealth, of enterprise and business acumen, and we doubt not that the Osage Live Stock Association will soon rank as high and favorably as does its sister, the Cherokee Strip Live Stock Association. Success to it.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 2, 1884.
M. C. Copple, having sold his residence, will immediately put up a new one west of T. J. Gilbert’s house.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 2, 1884.
Mr. J. P. Holloway of Atchison County, Missouri, paid the TRAVELER a pleasant call last Monday and stated his intention of making this his permanent home. He expects to bring his family to our city in a few days. The gentleman is interested in the stock business with T. J. Gilbert of our city, and we gladly welcome him and his to our social circle.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 23, 1884.
We are glad to notice the arrival last Monday, from Atchison County, Missouri, of Mr. Holloway and family, who have temporarily secured a part of T. J. Gilbert’s house and propose to make their future home with us. Mr. Holloway is interested in the stock business with T. J. Gilbert & Co.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 30, 1884.
Ira Barnett left for Chicago yesterday morning with two car loads of cattle, which he has been feeding this winter. Ira says Kansas City is not offering the cattle men as good a market now as is Chicago, but that he does not intend to be forced into a low market; hence he goes to Chicago. He is accompanied by T. J. Gilbert.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 30, 1884.
Mr. T. J. Gilbert has leased of the council of the Kaw Nation, a half mile strip on the north of their reservation and joining the state line with an area of about 3,140 acres. This is a good enough thing for the Kaws and reflects credit upon the management of Mr. D. D. Keeler, acting superintendent of the tribe and their council.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 30, 1884.

 2. W. J. POLLOCK.
 4. J. N. FLORER.
 5. N. W. PARVIN.
 7. J. C. TOPLIFF.
11. C. M. SCOTT.
12. BURKE & MARTIN   - P. O. Address, Red Rock, Indian Territory. Range on the Cimarron river, south of McClellan’s. Horse Brand: [?] on left shoulder. Cattle are branded on both sides. [B & M]
13. T. J. Gilbert & Co.
14. J. B. NIPP.
Range on Turkey and Possum creeks, west of Ponca Agency, I. T.
Horse brand same as cattle.
Ear marks—Smooth crop on left and smaller fork and over-bit on right. LOOKED LIKE Sh with bar underneath on cattle depicted.
16. T. E. BERRY & BROS.
Arkansas City Republican, May 10, 1884.
T. J. Gilbert and wife, who have been visiting in Emporia, are expected home today.
Arkansas City Republican, May 24, 1884.
Mr. J. P. Holloway and family, who for the past few weeks have occupied a portion of Mr. T. J. Gilbert’s residence, moved Thursday into the home of Mr. Schooley.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 11, 1884.
Mr. A. A. Wiley and Mr. Thomas Gilbert were callers at this office Tuesday. Mr. Gilbert holds a lease on the Kaw reserve east of the Arkansas River, and wishes to increase his range stock by purchasing one or two thousand one- and two-year-old steers. Mr. Wiley is over on the same business. They want through Texans, and are willing to pay the market price for them. Caldwell Journal.
Arkansas City Republican, June 21, 1884.
Miss Lizzie Gilbert, who has been, for the past nine months, a pupil of excellent standing in our High School, returned to her home at Dexter, last Saturday. She is a niece of Mr. T. J. Gilbert, of our city, and a most estimable young lady.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 25, 1884.
                                                         From Kaw Agency.

The tiresome monotony of our usually quiet village has been somewhat relieved the past few days by an occasional business transaction and the presence of one or two strangers.
T. J. Gilbert, of your city, was here one day last week transacting business with the Kaw council relative to his lease. Mr. Gilbert purposes raising feed inside his enclosure on the Kaw reservation, and was here asking permission of the council to cultivate some of the land.
The permit was granted, Mr. Gilbert paying in addition to the grazing price, 50 cents per acre for all the land cultivated.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 2, 1884.
A prominent Democrat in Silverdale Township says the peace and prosperity of the Republicans of that neighborhood were threatened last Monday by a large band of Ku-Klux. We are informed that there are several hundred wearing the ominous, cabalistic letters, “K K K,” on—well, we believe T. J. Gilbert & Co.’s brand is on the right side.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 2, 1884.
                                                    DOUBLE DROWNING.
                             Two Men Drowned While Crossing Cattle at Rock Ford.
Last Sunday afternoon an attempt was made to drive a bunch of cattle—something over 400 head—belonging to T. J. Gilbert & Co., across the Arkansas River at what is known as Rock ford, four miles southeast of this city. This ford is not an especially dangerous one, but for several weeks the Arkansas River has been very high—too high for anyone to think of crossing—and the men have been holding the cattle there, waiting for the river to fall. A fall of two or three feet being noticed by Sunday noon, it was thought safe enough to cross, and consequently the cattle were driven in. They soon began milling, and Messrs. Garretson, Edwards, and Burdette started in to stop it. There is considerable quicksand at this place and it is supposed the horses got into it, and thus became unmanageable. Garretson, as soon as he discovered his danger, left his horse and climbed on to one of the cattle, from which position he was rescued by parties in a boat. Edwards and Burdette, however, were in some manner drawn under the water, and were never seen to rise. Their hats were all the boating party could recover, nor could any trace be found of their bodies. Their ponies swam out about fifty yards below the ford, and no doubt if the unfortunate men had only stuck to their ponies they would have got out alive. Edwards was stripped ready for this kind of work, but Burdette had on his heavy clothes, leggins and all. Every effort was made Sunday night and Monday morning to recover the bodies, but up to this writing they have not been found. We understand that Burdette has one or two brothers living in Winfield.
Arkansas City Republican, July 5, 1884.
DIED. A tragedy occurred Monday on the Arkansas, fourteen miles below our city. From T. J. Gilbert, we obtain the following facts.

The herders were endeavoring to drive the cattle across the Arkansas at a point where a sand bar rendered the water shallow. In the midst of the stream, the cattle began “milling”—running round and round—and the herders endeavored to break this as the cattle inside were soon crowded under the water. In endeavoring to make the cattle cease, two of the men—Edwards and Eli Burdette—were encircled by the cattle and engulfed in the stream. Their companions endeavored to render them aid, but in vain. The persons lost were respected laboring men of our city, and their loss is deeply deplored. At the time of writing, the body of Edwards had been recovered.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 16, 1884.
T. J. Gilbert & Co. received notice last Saturday that their recent purchase of 1,570 head of cattle had arrived at Caldwell. These consist of ones and twos, 750 of the latter, and 350 cows. They will be driven over as soon as high water permits.
Arkansas City Republican, August 2, 1884.
                                                      Arkansas City, Kansas.
T. J. Gilbert & Co., who range on the Kaw Indian reserve, are just in with 1,570 head of through Texans. They have 750 two’s and 350 cows.
                                      Regular Correspondent in K. C. Indicator.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 6, 1884.
Mr. Thomas Gilbert with his wife and family left on Monday’s train for Emporia to visit friends. Before returning Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert intend to spend several weeks in Colorado. We wish them a pleasant trip.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 6, 1884.
                                                          A Shooting Affray.
An unfortunate shooting affray occurred last Saturday afternoon on the range of T. J. Gilbert & Co., whose headquarters are about twelve miles from this city. Gilbert & Co. have just received a large bunch of cattle from a Mr. Mackey, who drove them through from Texas. It seems that Mackey was accompanied on the drive by Mr. Holloway, one of the firm of Gilbert & Co., and that they had had several quarrels on the route, of the merits of which we know nothing. In the settlement, however, Mackey claimed he was worsted in some way, for which he blamed Holloway, and on last Saturday proceeded to hunt him up for the purpose of having a row. Mr. Holloway was setting at dinner when Mackey came in the house and commenced the row by shooting. He emptied two revolvers, but was so excited that his aim was wild, resulting in no harm. He then proceeded to use a Winchester, but this was wrested away from him by Seth Holloway, a nephew of the senior Holloway, and placed in a wagon. Mr. Mackey’s two companions promised that there would be no more shooting. Mackey soon got possession of the gun, however, and discharged it, the ball lodging in Seth Holloway’s left leg, just below the knee. Mackey and his friends then made their escape, and the wounded man was brought to this city, where under the care of Dr. Westfall, he is rapidly improving. Mackey has not yet been found, but his comrades are now under arrest.
Arkansas City Republican, August 9, 1884.
T. J. Gilbert & Co., contracted 1,000 head of cattle from Mackey, of Texas, to be delivered on the Kaw Indian Reserve. High waters impeded the delivery of the cattle, and when settlement was reached, Mackey claimed $900 for extra expense, which Mr. Holloway refused to pay. Shots, commenced by Mackey, were exchanged; and Seth Holloway, a relative of Mr. Holloway, was wounded in the leg. Two of the fellows were arrested and their trial set for August 15.
Arkansas City Republican, August 9, 1884.
Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Gilbert started a few days ago for a visit to Emporia and Colorado.
Arkansas City Republican, August 30, 1884.

Willie Wing and C. Gordon, the young men arrested for the shooting affray on Gilbert’s ranch, started for Texas with a drove of ponies Monday.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 3, 1884.
Mr. Tom Gilbert and family returned to our city last week after quite a lengthened visit in Colorado and at Emporia. He reports the trip as having been a jolly one, but says our city is the liveliest place he struck in his travels.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 1, 1884.
T. J. Gilbert has shipped two car loads of cattle to Kansas City this week; G. L. Kirkpatrick shipped four; and Ira Barnett has shipped two cars of cattle and one of hogs.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, October 8, 1884.
We last week had the pleasure of attending the meeting of the Osage Live Stock Association, held at Osage Agency, Indian Territory, a full report of the proceedings of which will be found elsewhere in this issue. Our special thanks for hospitalities and courtesies extended are tendered to Mrs. Jane Benvenue, of Salt Creek, and to Messrs. Wistmeyre, Hamilton, and others of Osage Agency, whose kindly offices helped to pass pleasantly the time occupied by Bird Creek in getting on a high. Mr. T. J. Gilbert, of our city, kindly loaned his team and buggy for the trip, and with Mr. Bob Puckett in charge of us, the time on the road was most agreeably passed, thus making this one of the most enjoyable excursions it has ever been our luck to make.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 8, 1884.
                                                 Osage Live Stock Association.
Quite a number of the stockmen of the Osage Nation and vicinity met in the council rooms at Osage Agency September 30, 1884, for the purpose of taking steps toward forming an association having for the object the mutual benefit and protection of those engaged in stock raising on the Osage and contiguous reservations.
The meeting was called to order by the temporary chairman, Col. H. H. Crane, with Col. W. J. Pollock at the secretary’s table.
On motion, the above named gentlemen were unanimously elected as permanent chairman and secretary, with Mr. J. N. Florer as treasurer.
Motion of Mr. Florer: That the membership fee to this association be $2. Adopted.
Motion of Mr. Hewins: That any member of the Osage Nation, any Indian owning stock, or any person rightfully occupying ranges on the Osage, Kaw, Cherokee, Ponca, and Nez Perce reservations may become members of this association upon payment of $2 to the treasurer. Adopted.
Membership fees were then paid by the following named stock men and stock firms, who were enrolled by the secretary upon the books of the association.
NAME                         POST OFFICE ADDRESS.
W. J. POLLOCK                                      PONCA AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY.
JANE BENVENUE                                   KAW AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY.
B. F. CHILDS                                     ARKANSAS CITY, KANSAS.
GUS CHOTEAU                                       OSAGE AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY.
LOUIS ROGERS                                      OSAGE AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY.

JUDGE T. L. ROGERS                             OSAGE AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY.
HEWINS & TITUS                                   CEDARVALE, KANSAS.
W. S. BROWN & SONS                          INDEPENDENCE, KANSAS.
CRANE & LARIMER                         INDEPENDENCE, KANSAS.
H. ROBERTS                                            KAW AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY.
W. P. MATHEWS                               OSAGE AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY.
J. H. SHERBURNE                                   PONCA AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY.
WAIT, KING & PUGH                             ELGIN, KANSAS.
ELGIN CATTLE CO.                         ELGIN, KANSAS.
T. J. GILBERT & CO.                         ARKANSAS CITY, KANSAS.
R. A. HOUGHTON                                   ARKANSAS CITY, KANSAS.
E. M. MATHEWS                               OSAGE AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY.
C. N. PRUDOM                                        OSAGE AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY.
On motion of E. M. Hewins, Col. W. J. Pollock was appointed a committee on constitution and by-laws, to report at the next meeting of the association.
On motion of E. M. Hewins, J. N. Florer was authorized to get up a brand book, to include the brands of all members of the association who send their brands to him on or before November 10, 1884. Any person owning stock, not a member of this association, desirous of having their brands inserted in the brand book, under the head of “Miscellaneous brands,” can do so by sending description of brand and four dollars to J. N. Florer, treasurer of the Osage Live Stock Association.
On motion of Mr. Hewins, Mr. Florer was appointed a committee to give the stock men of the above reservations and others interested notice of this action of the association in such manner as he deems best.
On motion of E. M. Hewins, the chair appointed the following gentlemen delegates to attend the national live stock convention, which meets at St. Louis on November 17, 1884:
Col. W. J. Pollock, L. C. Wait, ____ ____ Carpenter, J. N. Florer, W. S. Brown, and W. H. H. Larimer.
On motion of Mr. Hewins, the chairman, Col. H. H. Crane, was added to the above delegation as an honorary member.
On motion of Mr. Florer, the meeting was then adjourned to 9 o’clock a.m., of December 29, 1884, to meet at Osage Agency, Indian Territory. W. J. POLLOCK, Secretary.
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.

T. H. McLaughlin, Arkansas City Bank, Frank J. Hess, Wm. Sleeth, H. P. Farrar, Landes, Beall & Co., Sanborn & Gordon, H. Endicott, A. Walton, J. A. McIntyre, I. D. Harkleroad, W. E. Gooch, F. W. Farrar, A. A. Wiley, R. A. Houghton, T. J. Gilbert, A. Campbell, G. W. Cunningham, Schiffbauer Bros., A. [?] Andrews [Not sure of first initial.], Fitch & Barron, S. Matlack, J. B. Nipp, A. A. Newman, James Hill, E. H. Parker, T. D. Richardson, Benedict & Owen, D. Warren, J. H. Sherburne, J. N. T. Gooch, Uriah Spray, Theo Fairclo, H. D. Kellogg, Ira Barnett, A. J. Chapel, S. F. George, G. W. Miller, P. F. Endicott, Jamison Vawter, Kimmel & Moore, N. C. Hinkley, L. McLaughlin.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 22, 1884.
Dr. and Mrs. Bird, of Kaw Agency, were in our city several days of last week visiting their friends, Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Gilbert.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 19, 1884.
W. Holloway, of the stock firm of T. J. Gilbert & Co., who has been away from the city for several weeks, returned to his home here last Saturday.
Arkansas City Republican, February 28, 1885.
BIRTH. A lady visitor arrived at the residence of T. J. Gilbert last Tuesday morning. Although not very large, she requires considerable attention from papa and mamma. Weight 13 pounds.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 4, 1885.
BIRTH. Born to Mr. and Mrs. T. J. Gilbert, Tuesday, Feb. 24, a daughter.
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 Traveler, April 1, 1885.
                                                 Osage Live Stock Association.
Pursuant to call the above association met at Osage Agency on March 17th, 1885, with the following members of the association present or represented: G. M. Carpenter, L. C. Wait, Wm. Larimer, Virgil Herard, J. H. Pugh, Julian Trimbly, John Soderstrom, T. J. Gilbert, J. N. Florer, H. N. Hampton, P. Revard, P. M. Matthews, Gus Choteau, W. J. Pollock, A. C. Stitch, E. M. Hewins, R. T. Hampton, T. L. Rogers.
In the absence of the president and secretary, L. C. Wait was elected to the chair, pro tem, and H. P. Standley, acting secretary pro tem.
Meeting called to order and minutes of previous meeting read and approved.
The report of committee on by-laws received and action taken upon the same section as read, after which they were adopted unanimously as a whole.
In accordance with section 3 of the by-laws, the president appointed the following gentlemen as the Executive Committee for the transaction of the general business of the association until its regular meeting Sept. 30th: W. J. Pollock, G. M. Carpenter, H. H. Crane,
Julian Trimbly, Virgil Herard, Judge Rogers, and E. M. Hewins.
On motion the acting secretary was elected as honorary member of the Association.
On motion of J. N. Florer, seconded by T. J. Gilbert, it was decided for the purposes of the spring round up, that the Osage reservation should be divided into five districts, and the Kaw reservation into one, and each district send one man, each leaseholder on the reservation to send one man, and Messrs. Brown and Herard each to furnish four men for the round up, to meet at Osage Agency on Monday, May 18th, 1885.
On motion of J. N. Florer, seconded by T. J. Gilbert, that the Arkansas City TRAVELER be the official paper of the Osage Live Stock Association. Carried.
After the transaction of some other minor business, the meeting adjourned.
Below we append, by request, the names and addresses of the members of the association at this writing.

Florer, Gould & Ayres, Kaw Agency, Indian Territory.
Col. W. J. Pollock, Ponca Agency, Indian Territory.

T. J. Gilbert & Co., Arkansas City, Kansas.
Mrs. Jane Benvenue, Kaw Agency, Indian Territory.
B. F. Childs, Arkansas City, Kansas.
Virgil Herard, Elgin, Kansas.
Elgin Cattle Co., Elgin, Kansas.
Wait, King & Pugh, Elgin, Kansas.
Gus Choteau, Pawhuska, Indian Territory.
Louis Rogers, Pawhuska, Indian Territory.
E. M. Matthews, Pawhuska, Indian Territory.
C. H. Prudom, Pawhuska, Indian Territory.
Pat Rogers, Pawhuska, Indian Territory.
Hewins & Titus, Cedar Vale, Kansas.
W. S. Brown & Sons, Independence, Kansas.
Crane & Larrimer, Independence, Kansas.
Hy Roberts, Kaw Agency, Indian Territory.
Harrison H. Hampton, Bartlesville, Indian Territory.
J. H. Sherburne, Ponca Agency, Indian Territory.
C. M. McClellan, Otoe Agency, Indian Territory.
R. T. Hampton, Bartlesville, Indian Territory.
Drury Warren, Arkansas City, Kansas.
Peter Revard, Elgin, Kansas.
Harkleroad & Irons, Arkansas City, Kansas.
Jos. Greenlee, Kaw Agency, Indian Territory.
John Soderstrom, Farm Creek P. O., Kansas.
C. W. & W. W. Sholes, Fredonia, Kansas.
Arkansas City Republican, June 20, 1885.
Gilbert & Co., have purchased the boat belonging to parties at Salt City and removed it down to Rock ford on the Arkansas near the mouth of Chilocco. A boat run at this point will be of considerable convenience to cattlemen.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 11, 1885.
                                                              Bolton Items.
Gilbert & Co., have placed a ferry just south of the state line in the Territory, for their own accommodation and the public in general. It is a great convenience for eastern Cowley along the line where Grouse is up.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 18, 1885.
                                                  DOWN THE ARKANSAS.
         The “Kansas Millers” Takes a Delegation of Businessmen Down the River Tuesday.

Monday an excursion on the “Kansas Millers” down the Arkansas by the businessmen was originated as the next day’s programme. Bright and early two bus loads of our citizens wended their way to the Harmon’s Ford landing and boarded the steamer. All together there were some 60 passengers. At 8:10 the steamer heaved anchor and in a very few moments we were out of sight of the many spectators who came down to see the excursionists start. We steamed down the river at a lively rate. In twenty minutes we were out of the mouth of the Walnut. On entering the Arkansas the speed of the vessel was increased and in a few minutes we were steaming along at the rate of 18 miles per hour. The passengers gave themselves up entirely to the enjoyment of the trip. All were inclined to be jolly and forget business cares one day at least. Cracking jokes, perpetrating harmless tricks, enjoying the beautiful trip down the Rackensack. The steamer had a canvas awning put up to keep out the scorching rays of the sun, and as the cool breezes came up the river, one and all felt it was good to be there.
At 9:15 we landed at the Grouse Creek ferry, about 20 miles downstream, to put off some freight which V. M. Ayres had shipped to Gilbert’s and Newman’s ranches. This was the first consignment of freight to the “Kansas Millers.” It consisted of 50 bushels of corn and several hundred weight of flour. The passengers, full of life, took the place of deck hands and soon had the cargo landed.
Once more we heaved anchor and steamed down the river about five miles, and landed in a beautiful grove on the Kaw reservation. When the steamer had been made fast, all clambered ashore, and ran and jumped like school boys. While ashore C. A. Burnett took advantage of our absence and in a short time had spread a picnic lunch. All ate their fill. It was a splendid bill of fare, and Charley and his efficient cook deserve mention for their efforts to refresh the inner man. After partaking of the bounteous feast and the remnants being cleared away, we steamed up the river for home.
Capt. Moorhead ran the boat across several sand bars to show the passengers that it was impossible to stick the steel-bottomed steamer. After this had been fully demonstrated, the passengers were called to order by A. V. Alexander and a meeting was held for the purpose of organizing a stock company to build steel-bottomed barges. Mayor Schiffbauer was chosen to preside and N. T. Snyder was chosen to be secretary. Mayor Schiffbauer made a few remarks stating what great advantages Arkansas City would gain by having navigation opened on the Arkansas. He stated that Capt. T. S. Moorhead informed him that coal could be bought in quantities for $2, and laid down in Arkansas City so that it could be sold by dealers for $5 or $6 per ton. It was good coal, better than that which we had been paying $8 per ton for. Over 12 tons of the coal had been burned on the “Kansas Millers” and out of that not a clinker had been found. He spoke also of lumber trade with Arkansas. Jim Hill next occupied the attention of the passengers. He was followed by T. S. Moorhead, Dr. Kellogg, Judge McIntire, and several others who spoke in glowing terms of the steamer and the navigation of the river. After the question of building barges had been thoroughly discussed, the meeting proceeded to subscribe stock. Shares were taken until over $2,000 had been subscribed. The sum needed was $5,000. The meeting adjourned then until 7:30 p.m., when they met in Meigs & Nelson’s real estate office to finish up the $5,000 stock company.
After the adjournment of the meeting, the crowd gave themselves up once more to enjoyment. At five o’clock we anchored at Harmon’s Ford. Getting aboard Archie Dunn’s busses, we were soon uptown. And thus ended a day of great recreation and profitable pleasure.
The sun was very warm coming upstream, compelling all passengers to seek shady nooks.
Alexander was the story-teller. He was not a success—cause audience went to sleep.

Spencer Bliss, Dr. Evans, and J. W. Millspaugh of Winfield were down and took in the excursion.
Frank Greer, of the Courier, and Prof. B. T. Davis, of the Tribune, were the representatives of the Winfield press and were busy all day with paper and pencil.
The REPUBLICAN office furnished the bill of fare cards.
                                                NAVIGATION COMPANY.
Searing & Mead, Wood & Bliss, of Winfield, V. M. Ayres and the Arkansas City Roller Mill Company compose the navigation company. V. M. Ayres is president and C. H. Searing Secretary. These four milling firms, having practicably demonstrated that the Arkansas is navigable by steamers on the pattern of the “Kansas Millers,” and having used $7,000 to further the enterprise already, naturally turn to the town most benefitted for assistance in the furthering of the enterprise. The directors are B. F. Wood, Maj. W. M. Sleeth, and James Hill.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 2, 1885.
L. Oursler, of Indianapolis, has been spending a week with the family of T. J. Gilbert. He returned home a few days ago.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 16, 1885.
                                                        Delegate Convention.
The primaries were held in this city and in Creswell Township on Saturday evening, notwithstanding the severe rain storm. The proceedings were orderly and the selection of delegates was gone through with as a routine matter.
Third Ward. The meeting in the ward was held in Hilliard’s Stable, L. E. Woodin presided, Ed. Kingsbury, secretary. Following is the list of delegates and alternates. Delegates: L. E. Woodin, T. J. Gilbert, C. S. Searing. Alternates: Ed. Kingsbury, G. W. Cunningham, N. T. Snyder. In this ward a committeeman was elected, N. T. Snyder being the member chosen.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 19, 1885.
                 The Delegates to the Republican Convention to be Held at Winfield Today.
Last Saturday evening the Republican primaries were held in the four wards of Arkansas City and Creswell Township. The following are the delegates chosen.
THIRD WARD. The voters assembled at the REPUBLICAN office. L. E. Woodin was made chairman, E. L. Kingsbury, secretary. L. E. Woodin, T. J. Gilbert, and C. H. Searing were elected delegates while Geo. Cunningham, E. L. Kingsbury, and N. T. Snyder were designated to serve as alternates. The convention also chose N. T. Snyder as a committeeman.
      [Note: Traveler stated meeting at Hilliard’s Stable; Republican, at their office.]
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 19, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
Holloway & Gilbert will run a special train of ten cars of cattle to Kansas City Monday.
Arkansas City Republican, July 24, 1886.
                                                        Grouse Creek Items.
                                                             July 21, 1886.
Gilbert and Warren shipped six carloads of cattle to Kansas City today. JUMBO.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 7, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.

Gilbert & Holloway received six car loads of stock this morning from Kansas City.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 13, 1886.
To Farmers and Stockmen. Lost on the 5th inst., at the Santa Fe stock yard in this city, two Colorado steers, 3 or 4 years old, one light and the other dark colored, the property of the Arkansas City Cattle Co. Any person having such cattle in his possession will confer a favor by notifying A. A. Newman, or the undersigned. T. J. GILBERT.
Arkansas City, Oct. 10.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 23, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.
Hollaway & Gilbert shipped in last evening 23 carloads of cattle from Colorado. They are to be placed on their ranch in the Territory.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 11, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.
The little six-year old son of T. J. Gilbert has a severe attack of pneumonia.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 12, 1887. From Thursday’s Daily.
T. J. Gilbert’s little child dislocated one of its shoulders last evening by falling. Dr. Geo. Westfall attended the case.


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