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Andrew Gordon

                                                      Blacksmith. Winfield.
Winfield 1873. Gordon, Andrew, 35; spouse, Elizabeth, 23.
Kansas 1875 Census, Winfield Township, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.
Name                     age sex color    Place/birth    Where from
A. Gordon        36  m     w      Kentucky               Missouri
E. M. Gordon         26    f      w      Illinois               Missouri
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Messenger, October 18, 1872.
Mr. Gordon has weather boarded his residence on north Main street.
Winfield Messenger, November 1, 1872.
AD: BLACKSMITHING. KIRK & GORDON. HORSE SHOEING AND PLOW REPAIRING. Shop at south end of Main Street, Winfield, Kansas.
Winfield Courier, May 8, 1874.
We take pleasure in calling the attention of our readers to the new advertisement of Kirk & Gordon. These gentlemen are first class workmen, and should be patronized by everybody who wants their blacksmithing done right.
Winfield Courier, May 8, 1874.
They believe in the principle of Good work at Low Figures.
Shop on Corner of Main Street and 8th Avenue.
Winfield Courier, May 8, 1874.
We called at George Brown’s wagon factory the other day and found him busy making wagons, harrows, etc. George is a good workman, and uses the best Indiana and Michigan well seasoned timber, and the fact that Kirk & Gordon does the iron work, is sufficient guarantee that it is done well.
Winfield Courier, May 29, 1874.
The work on Andy Gordon’s new house on 8th avenue is rapidly progressing.
Winfield Courier, August 12, 1875.
Inquire at the Blacksmith Shop of KIRK & GORDON,
Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas.
July 4th, 1870, was a great day for Winfield. The first celebration in the county of our national birth day was held under a large bower in the rear of the Old Log Store, and Prof. E. P. Hickok was the orator of the occasion. Soon after this G. W. Green built and moved his family into a little house near where Mr. Gordon now lives, and Max Shoeb moved his family into the nucleus of the house he now lives in.
I. O. G. T.

Winfield Lodge was organized in March, 1874, by N. K. Jeffries, D. G. W. T. On the evening of the organization, Rev. J. McQuiston was chosen W. C. T. and Mrs. A. Gordon, V. T. The lodge was organized with twenty charter members. It now contains ninety members in good standing. There are also two other organizations in the county. One located at Little Dutch, the other at Darien, in the Walnut Valley.
Winfield Courier, June 15, 1876.
ANDY GORDON and F. M. FREELAND are reported to be on their way home from the Black Hills.
Winfield Courier, June 29, 1876.
Andy Gordon is in with Max Shoeb now. He never looks up nor “talks back” when you mention Black Hills to him.
Winfield Courier, August 17, 1876.
For some time past the friends of Andy Gordon, of the firm of Shoeb & Gordon, blacksmiths, and the friends of McDonald, the horse shoer of the Southwestern Stage Company, have been discuss­ing the merits of Andy and Mc., as to which was the fastest workman. The question was settled last Friday by a contest between the two, lasting one hour. Andy came off victorious, heeling and toeing seventeen shoes while Mc. quit at fifteen. For the information of the uninitiated we will say that ten shoes an hour is “boss-work.”
Winfield Courier, October 5, 1876.
DISSOLUTION NOTICE. Notice is hereby given that the partnership heretofore existing between Max Shoeb and Andrew Gordon is hereby mutually dissolved. All accounts due the late firm must be settled within thirty days from date, with Max Shoeb, who has charge of said accounts.
Shoeb will continue the business at the old stand.
Winfield Courier, February 8, 1877.
HURRAH FOR TUCKER! THE WINFIELD WAGON AND CARRIAGE SHOP is doing the best business and best work in this line ever done in Cowley County. All kinds of FARMING IMPLEMENTS, WAGONS, CARRIAGE, SULKYS, ETC., PUT UP ON SHORT NOTICE. Repairing a Specialty. SATISFACTION GUARANTEED.
Shop in connection with Kirk & Gordon’s Blacksmith Shop.
Winfield Courier, May 3, 1877.
Andy Gordon and Andy Cochran have gone to the Hot Springs of Arkansas for the benefit of their health.
Winfield Courier, August 29, 1878.
Andy Gordon has some of the finest ripe apples raised in his garden we ever saw.
Winfield Courier, September 19, 1878.
William Keyes, who used to work with Andy Gordon in this city, has had a severe run of typhoid fever at the residence of Isaac Howe, of Maple City.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 2, 1879.
The following is a list of new buildings erected in the city of Winfield since January 1, 1878, with the name of owner and cost of building.
Andy Gordon, residence, frame: $200.

Winfield Courier, May 22, 1879.
It has been rumored about town for several days that Andy Gordon had died at Leadville with the mountain fever. We hope that it may prove only a rumor.
There were no more items re Andy Gordon being dead or alive. William Keyes [later entry showing “Will Keys”] could not be found in any of the early censuses. Next item indicates Keyes or Keys rented the Andy Gordon shop. First time that newspaper indicates that Gordon had set up his own blacksmith shop. Have no idea what the location was. I tried to check on Keys or Keyes and got nowhere! MAW
Winfield Courier, July 17, 1879.
Mr. Will Keys has rented the Andy Gordon shop, and has jumped into a rushing business. Will is a good blacksmith and we hope he may succeed.


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