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William Greenlee Family

                                                         Winfield, Kansas.
[The Greenlee family came to Cowley County in 1872 and settled south of Winfield.]
Note: Daughter Jennie was a well-known teacher in Winfield.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Messenger, June 28, 1872.
Mr. Greenlee has been in Independence to receive his family. He installs them in their new home in Cowley.
Winfield Courier, Saturday, January 11, 1873.
Found. A case of surgical instruments was picked up on the streets and can be had by calling at the office of Greenlee & Co., and proving property and paying for this notice.
Winfield Courier, December 12, 1873.
The following is a list of teachers who were granted certif­icates at the examination held at Arkansas City, October 17th, 1873.
(Those marked with a star are entitled to first grades after having taught in the county one term.)
FIRST GRADE. Miss E. J. Greenlee*, Winfield.
Winfield Courier, March 6, 1874.
Minutes of the Teachers’ Association, held at Winfield, Friday, Feb. 27th, 1874.
The Teachers’ Association of Cowley County, Kansas, met in the council room of the Courthouse, according to published arrangement, Supt. Wilkinson presiding.
The following teachers were present: Miss Jennie Greenlee, Miss Mary Graham, Miss Allie Klingman, Miss E. Fowler, Miss Ellen Wickersham, Miss Jennie Hawkins, G. W. Melville.
The association proceeded to business by electing G. W. Melville Secretary pro tem. The constitution and by-laws being read, the election of officers for the coming year was then taken up, and resulting as follows.
H. H. Martin, President.
Miss Jennie Greenlee and Miss Jennie Hawkins, Vice Presidents.
Miss Mary Graham, Treasurer.
G. W. Melville, Secretary.
Mrs. Mina Hawkins, Cor. Sec’y.
Organization of classes and method of conducting recita­tion—Miss J. Greenlee.
A general discussion of the following topics:
Uniformity of text books in our schools, bad wood, etc. Participated in by Miss Wickersham, Miss Greenlee, and others. Some very good ideas were brought out.
Parents and friends visiting schools was well discussed, and it would have been well if parents generally could have listened to what the teachers said upon that subject. It was said, and on good grounds, that if parents would visit the schools more frequently that there would be less fault found with teachers.

The question was then asked if it were right for teachers to offer an inducement in the way of a literary exercise once a week to induce parents to visit the school? Miss Millspaugh taking the side that it was wrong, that parents who took so little interest in the schools that they had to be coaxed there by a treat of something outside of the every day exercises, that there ought not to be any trouble taken by the teacher to induce them to come.
Supt. Wilkinson made the suggestion, or rather requested the teachers of Cowley County, to teach the map of the county by townships and ranges, and gave the method of doing it.
The following subjects were merely touched upon:
Neatness in children, indicative of intelligence in parents. Teaching as a profession, or as a stepping stone to something higher.
Committee on programme for the morrow to report after the lecture in the evening.
Committee: Mrs. Mina Hawkins; Miss Jennie Greenlee; Miss E. Fowler; Miss Ellen Wickersham; Miss Mary Graham
Adjourned. G. W. MELVILLE, Sec’y, pro tem.
Winfield Courier, April 3, 1874.
On Friday evening, March 27th, I had the pleasure of attend­ing a school exhibition at the schoolhouse in district No. 9. The school was conducted by Miss Jennie Greenlee, to whom great credit is due. The exercises were opened with singing, in which the greater portion of the scholars took a lively part. Declama­tions, essays, and select reading were next in order, and were good; the subjects were well chosen, and they were delivered in a manner to elicit praise.
A number of pleasing charades and tableaux were acted next, among which was one entitled “Scenes now being Witnessed in our Eastern Cities,” in which a number of men were represented playing cards and drinking, around whom were a group of women in the attitude of prayer; the scene was very interesting and impressive. The exercises were quite lengthy, lasting until nearly half past 10 o’clock. At the close everybody shook hands with everybody else, each having a good word for his neighbor, plainly indicating that they were all actuated by the spirit of concord, and as I took leave of my friends, I whispered to myself, “It is good for me to be here,” and then I departed. A SPECTATOR.
Winfield Courier, April 3, 1874.
The ladies of school district No. 9, two miles south of Winfield, will hold a necktie festival on the evening of April 7th, at the residence of Mr. R. Anderson. The public are cordially invited. Plenty of the best of refreshments will be served during the evening; the proceeds of the festival will be used to furnish the Sabbath school with books and papers.
Winfield Courier, July 24, 1874.
While carelessly handling a revolver last Tuesday morning, Miss E. J. Greenlee, accidentally discharged one of the barrels—the ball of which entered her thigh, inflicting a severe flesh wound. The ball was extracted by Dr. T. G. Peyton and the wound, under the Dr.’s skillful treatment, is doing well.
Winfield Courier, October 2, 1874.

Programme of the Literary and Musical Entertainment to be given at the Courthouse in Winfield, in connection with the Teacher’s Institute, for the benefit of the Public School Organ fund, on Wednesday evening, October 7th, 1874.
Listing participants only.
Prof. E. J. Hoyt, leader, orchestra; Glee club; poem by W. W. Walton, essay by Miss Melville of the Emporia State Normal School, song by Mrs. Russell of Wichita and Prof. E. W. Hulse, essay by Miss Jennie Greenlee, duet and chorus by Mrs. Kelly and Mrs. T. A. Wilkinson, instrumental music by Miss Ora Lowery and T. A. Wilkinson.
A farce in one act, “Specter Bridegroom, or a Ghost in Spite of Himself,” was put on by T. A. Wilkinson, James Kelly, W. W. Walton, V. B. Beckett, A. H. Hane, Fred C. Hunt, Mrs. James Kelly, Mrs. Flint.
Single tickets 50 cents; 75 cents for gent and lady. Children half price.
Winfield Courier, October 9, 1874.
The Literary, Musical, and Dramatic entertainment came off Wednesday evening as advertised. The music was good. W. W. Walton’s “Philosopher of Paint Creek,” was hard to best. Miss Melville followed with an essay which indicated deep pure thought in the preparation of it, and it was well received and fully appreciated by the audience. Miss Jennie Greenlee’s rendition of “The Launching of the Ship,” was excellent, and by far the best we have ever heard. Mrs. Russell of Wichita, whose fame as a sweet singer had preceded her here, sang some beautiful songs which completely entranced her hearers and elicited storms of applause. Prof. Hulse of Arkansas City also sung a few of his excellent songs, which as usual delighted his hearers. The proceeds amounted to something over $67.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 15, 1874.
Miss Greenlee’s class drill in primary arithmetic was short, but excellent and to the point. It was something that we needed—how to teach primary arithmetic. Her plan was new and simple. She commenced her work energetically, and by being greatly interested herself produced a like interest among her pupils.
Oct. 7th, 1874. Institute called to order by Miss Greenlee.
[Similar matters were covered on October 8th, the last day of Institute.]
The following teachers were present at this Institute: Lizzie Landis, Anna Mark, Justus Fisher, J. C. Armstrong, T. B. Hall, E. G. Water, Nellie M. Aldrich, Estella Thompson, Lillian Norton, Ida Daggett, Nettie Porter, E. J. Pepper, Wm. Lee, C. H. Eagin, Wm. E. Ketchum, N. S. Mounts, Ettie Fowler, S. Bucher, R. B. Corson, Mary Graham, Lizzie Graham, J. W. Tullis, Jennie Hawkins, E. W. Hulse, J. S. Stratford, E. A. Small, Gertie Davis, Thomas Maginnis, W. C. Robinson, T. J. Conner, S. E. Aldrich, Addie Hollister, Lizzie Ireton, Annie Melville, M. E. Dudley, E. A. Millard, W. H. H. McKinnon, H. J. Sandfort, E. J. Greenlee, E. A. Goodrich, Katie Fitzgerald, Carrie Morris, R. C. Maurer, Carrie Dixon, Libbie West, Lizzie Stine, E. C. Seward, Mary Huston, G. W. Melville, A. K. Stevenson.
Winfield Courier, October 22, 1874.
C. C. Harris has departed for his old home in Ringgold, Georgia, where he will spend the winter. He was accompanied as far as Illinois by Miss Mary Greenlee.

Winfield Courier, January 7, 1875.
We regret to learn of the severe illness of Mrs. Greenlee, four miles south of town. Her daughter, Miss Jennie Greenlee, has been relieved of her duties as a school teacher, for a time, by Miss Mollie Bryant, in order that she may give her entire attention to the care of her mother.
Winfield Courier, January 14, 1875.
DIED. On Friday evening, Jan. 8th, after a lingering illness, Mrs. Margaret Greenlee, wife of Wm. Greenlee, Esq. The funeral took place last Sunday, at the residence of the family, four and a half miles south of town. The services were conducted by Rev. J. E. Platter. “Blessed are the dead that die in the Lord from henceforth; Yes, saith the spirit that they may not rest from their labors and their work do follow them.” P.
Winfield Courier, January 28, 1875.
A Winfield correspondent of the Traveler says that the teachers in the public schools of this city are Prof. Robinson and Miss Greenlee. That correspondent is well posted. Miss Greenlee teaches school four miles south of town. The Winfield teachers are Prof. Robinson, Miss Melville, and Miss Aldrich. Better change correspondents, Scott.
Winfield Courier, March 18, 1875.
No. 499. Hitchcock & Boyle, vs. William Greenlee, et al.
Winfield Courier, March 25, 1875.
Disposition of cases in the District Court up to Wednesday night.
499. Hitchcock & Boyle, vs. William Greenlee, et al, judgment for plaintiff.
Winfield Courier, July 22, 1875.
The Winfield school will commence in the September with Prof. A. B. Lemmon as principal, Miss Jennie Greenlee in charge of the intermediate department, and Miss Ada Millington the primary.
Winfield Courier, August 12, 1875.
Thanks. To Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Klingman and their fair and accom­plished daughter, Miss Allie, for their kind and generous treat­ment and well appreciated hospitality to their visitors of last Tuesday evening: Will S. Paul, Miss Kate Millington, A. B. Lemmon, Clara L. Flint, Jno. D. Pryor, Jennie Greenlee, O. F. Boyle, Annie Melville, Will C. Robinson, Ella Silvers, J. E. Saint, May Deming, D. Frank Baldwin, Ada Millington, James Simpson, W. W. Walton, and Miss Dollie Morris. They desire to express their sincere thanks. May they live long, enjoy life, and always be as happy as were their visitors of last Tuesday evening, is the wish of their friends enumerated above.
Winfield Courier, September 16, 1875.

Of so much importance are the schools of this county, that a Normal Institute was established in this city, to perfect the teachers of the several schools for the coming year. The Insti­tute closed its labors yesterday, after the end of three weeks term distinguished by its able faculty, and highly successful results. It was conducted by Prof. A. B. Lemmon, Principal of the Winfield school, whose educational acquirements have already procured him the tender of a professorship in Washburn College; Prof. E. W. Hulse, Principal of the Arkansas City school, a refined scholar and gentleman; Prof. T. A. Wilkinson, the able Superintendent of Cowley County; and Miss L. A. Norton, principle assistant of Prof. Hulse, in the Arkansas City school. Of Miss Norton and Miss Jennie Greenlee, principle assistant of Prof. Lemmon, I must take the liberty to draw a contrast, effected here within a very recent period.
Winfield Courier, October 28, 1875.
Miss Jennie Greenlee has introduced a new feature in her department of the Winfield schools. She is teaching the geogra­phy and topography of this township; the difference between a municipal and congressional township, and the manner in which sections, townships, and ranges are numbered. This is something that we have long advocated. A pupil should know in what county, township, and range he lives before being taught the tributaries of an unknown river in South Africa. Not because we are a draughtsman and map-maker do we say this, for any teacher ought to be able to make a map that would answer the purpose, but children should be taught early in life that which hereafter will be of practical service to them.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 15, 1876.
CALLED. John Pryor and Mr. Baldwin, accompanied with Miss May Deming and Miss Greenlee, spent last Sunday at this place.
Winfield Courier, March 23, 1876.
JOE GREENLEE’s bob-sled, with cow-bell and dog attachment, was the most Granger-like of any of the turn-outs during the sleighing.
Winfield Courier, June 1, 1876.
Last Saturday, pursuant to call, the citizens of Winfield met at the Courthouse and organized a meeting by calling D. A. Millington to the chair and electing C. M. McIntire secretary.
Committee on Decoration: Frank Gallotti, John Swain, I. Randall, Mary Stewart, Jennie Greenlee, Ada Millington, Mrs. Rigby, Mrs. Mansfield.
Winfield Courier, June 1, 1876.
Our Winfield Schools. The Winfield Public Schools closed a nine month’s term last Friday. To see how the “rising generation” was taught to shoot ideas in our city, we visited, in the order named, the Higher, Intermediate, and Primary Departments last Thursday. The school never having been visited by an “item chaser,” it is not neces­sary to say that one was not expected at that time. We found the “house in order” however, and the floor occupied by Prof. Lemmon, and a corps of handsome young ladies engaged in a hand-to-black­board contest with “tenths, hundredths, thousandths,” and that little “period” that causes so much trouble with amateurs in decimal fractions. They soon proved themselves mistresses of the situation. . . . We next paid a visit to the INTERMEDIATE DEPARTMENT, presided over by that successful teacher, Miss Jennie Greenlee. . . .
Winfield Courier, July 6, 1876.

THE SISTERHOOD OF STATES, agreeable to a suggestion of ours made a few weeks ago, was represented by about fifty ladies on horse-back. This, without doubt, was the most interesting and attractive part of the procession. The ladies, be it said to their credit, without a single exception, rode well, although several of them had not been in a saddle more than once or twice for years. They managed their steeds with an easy grace, entirely surprising to that male portion of the lookers on, who, so vainly imagine that they alone can sit and guide a horse correctly.
Among the ladies who represented their respective States or Territories by costume suggestive of the wealth, products, or peculiar characteristics of the people, we find, taking them in the “order of their admission” (we don’t want to get into any trouble) that Miss Jennie Greenlee rode a horse completely enveloped in a green cover, to indicate her preference for Vermont.
For Tennessee, Miss Mary Greenlee bore a banner with the “Home of Jackson, Polk, and Johnson” printed in large letters upon it.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 15, 1876.
JOHN PRYOR, one of Winfield’s most promising young lawyers, in company with Miss Greenlee, paid this place a flying visit last week. They stopped at the popular Central Avenue, of course.
Winfield Courier, December 7, 1876.
MRS. JAMES KELLY was presented with a handsome silver cake basket by the members of the Presbyterian choir recently. The choir consists of Mrs. W. D. Roberts, Mr. and Mrs. Swain, Misses Jennie Greenlee, and Annie Newman, Frank Baldwin, John Pryor, and John Roberts. The basket is a beauty, and is highly appreciated by the recipient, the choir leader. Mr. Baldwin made the presen­tation speech, and it is said, by those who heard it, to have been in his happiest manner.
The following item indicates that there was another “Mr. Greenlee.”...
Winfield Courier, December 7, 1876.
Thanksgiving. This day was quite generally observed by our citizens. There was union service at the Courthouse in the morning which was quite generally attended. In the evening, service was conducted by Rev. Platter at the courthouse and Rev. Rushbridge at the stone church. Several dinners were gotten up for the purpose of entertaining special friends, and we believe nearly everybody in town tasted turkey during the day. The tables of Messrs. Mansfield, Millington, Greenlee, Bedilion, Black, Manning, and many others were spread for many more than the total number, while excellent dinners were served at the hotels and restaurants for regular boarders and their invited guests. There was but little business done in town and our streets wore a Sunday-like appearance.
Jennie Greenlee marries John D. Pryor...
Winfield Courier, February 15, 1877.
MARRIED. Mr. John D. Pryor and Miss E. J. Greenlee were married by the Rev. J. E. Platter at the Baptist church last night. A crowded house witnessed the ceremony.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1877.

We notice by the Telegram of last week that John D. Pryor and Miss Jennie Greenlee were married by Revs. Platter and Rigby, on Wednesday, the 21st past. Mr. Pryor is a young man of considerable distinction, and has secured one of the most estima­ble ladies of Winfield’s society.

Winfield Courier, March 15, 1877.
Mart. Greenlee returned one day last week from an extended trip through Illinois and Iowa.
Winfield Courier, April 12, 1877.
We regret seeing the following named gentlemen leave our midst last Tuesday morning, en route for the Black Hills: N. C. McCulloch, John C. Roberts,  Joe Carter, F. Williams, T. A. Blanchard, Will Clark, and John and Joe Greenlee.
Winfield Courier, August 19, 1880.
Joe Greenlee has returned from his three year sojourn in Colorado. He did not tell us how many millions he has made.
Winfield Courier, December 23, 1880.
Joe Greenlee sent us up a specimen of ore which he found in the territory. He is of the opinion that there is mineral in quantities in the Wichita mountains, and will prospect some before returning.
Winfield Courier, December 30, 1880.
The Rev. J. A. Hyden invited to dinner on Tuesday last all the old men in the vicinity. Quite a gay party met and did full justice to the magnificent tables loaded down with turkeys, hams, cakes, pies, coffee, and the many et ceteras, got up in the best order and with the best taste.
During and after dinner the guests and host entertained each other with many pleasant stories and reminiscences of the past. Mrs. Hyden and her sons and daughters furnished charming music. Mr. Hyden made a short and very entertaining address, and the guests made short speeches of sentiment and thanks.
Among those present:
William Greenlee, born in Washington Co., Pennsylvania, August 3, 1816; went to Ohio in 1861, to Illinois in 1871, and came to Cowley in 1874.
Cowley County Courant, March 30, 1882.
Mrs. Busby and Miss Greenlee have opened a dress making and ladies furnishing store, the first door north of the old Williams House. They make a specialty of Kensington work and have pat­terns for stamping anything anyone may require in that line. The ladies are requested to call and see them.
Winfield Courier, January 25, 1883.
Messrs. Tomlin & Webb, our enterprising grocers, have purchased the Greenlee ranche and cattle in the Territory, and also several other small bunches from other persons, which they have consolidated into one herd. Mark Greenlee will have charge of their stock.
Winfield Courier, February 8, 1883.

The report came up Tuesday that Mark Greenlee and another young man had frozen to death in the Territory at the Jones cattle camp. The person who brought the news said that the boys had been riding their range, got very cold, and returned to the dugout, where they found the fire out and no matches, and finally becoming exhausted, laid down and were frozen, and their bodies were found next day. Mr. Greenlee, Mark’s father, thinks the rumor a mistake as Mark is not at the Jones ranch but at Tomlin & Webb’s camp. Joe Greenlee went down to learn the facts Monday night.
Winfield Courier, February 15, 1883.
Joe went down and found Mark Greenlee all right and looking very lively and active for a dead man. The rumor of his having frozen to death was without foundation.
Mr. William Greenlee dies...
Winfield Courier, March 27, 1884.
DIED. We are again called upon to chronicle the sudden death of another of Cowley’s most respected pioneers, Mr. William Greenlee, which occurred at his home in this city on last Friday afternoon, of heart disease. Mr. Greenlee was long a salesman in S. H. Myton’s hardware establishment and well known throughout the county. Two weeks before his death he was taken slightly ill with pains in his side and concluded to leave the store to recuperate for a few weeks, but was only occasionally compelled to keep his bed. On Friday afternoon he came in from the yard, fell upon an ottoman, and expired in a few moments.
The writer remembers well when Mr. Greenlee came to Cowley, in the spring of 1872, and settled with his interesting family on a farm three miles south of town. He was a man of few words, but an earnest Christian and of sterling worth to the community. He was a Presbyterian for many years and one of the Charter members and oldest Elders of the Winfield church. In 1875 he laid away in the South cemetery his gentle little wife, which was a hard blow to the family, and now he is sleeping the last and long sleep by her side. The family soon after moved to town. The deceased was in his sixty-eighth year, and leaves behind five children, men and women who are held in high esteem for their many excellent qualities, four of them living in this city, and one is in the cattle business in the Territory. Nothing is more touching than the death of the young, hopeful, and strong, but in the serene death of the old there is something tenderly appropriate. When the duties of life have all been nobly done—when the sun has touched the western horizon and the evening twilight falls upon the present, the past, and future, then, surrounded by kindred and friends, death comes—whether suddenly or expected, like the soothing sleep. The journey has been long, the road weary, and we gladly welcome the entrance to a brighter world. The funeral services of Mr. Greenlee took place at the Presbyterian Church on Sunday at eleven o’clock, conducted by Dr. W. R. Kirkwood, and the remains were followed to their last resting place by a large concourse of people.
Winfield Courier, September 11, 1884.
Jim McLain was the recipient Monday of a handsome solid silver star and badge of tasty design and neatly executed. It was made and presented to him by Messrs. Fred Greenlee and John Hudson. It is needless to say that the gift is highly appreciated.
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 & Larimer, 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.
[Note: The above item was the last one found on Wm. Greenlee & family.]


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