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T. J. Harris

                                              Business Locations in Winfield.
Winfield Courier, April 4, 1878.
Real Estate Transfers.
              Thos. Harris and wife to A. Dietrick, part of se. 15 and 23, 32, 4; $2,300.00.
Winfield Courier, April 18, 1878.
M. L. Read and wife to Anna A. Harris, lots 11 and 12 in block 87, Winfield, $500.00.
C. M. Bradish to Anna Harris, lot 18 and part of 17, block 110, Winfield.
First indication that Harris has moved to Winfield: selling sewing machines...
Winfield Courier, February 27, 1879.
T. J. Harris has moved the headquarters of the St. John Sewing machine on to Main street.
Mrs. Anna Harris (wife of T. J. Harris) opens millinery 2 doors north of Bliss & Co., at Winfield...
Winfield Courier, March 13, 1879.
Mrs. Anna Harris has succeeded Misses Olds & Curry in the Millinery business. Mrs. Harris is a first-class milliner and persons desiring goods in that line should call on her.
AD: Mrs. Anna Harris, Milliner. Having purchased the millinery stock of the firm of Misses Olds & Curry, I shall put in a New Stock of Goods, and shall keep a full line of First Class Milli­nery Goods and Fancy Notions. Hats and Bonnets Trimmed. Dressmaking. Remember the place: two doors north of Bliss & Co.’s. Winfield.
Winfield Courier, March 27, 1879.
The following is a list of the principal business firms of Winfield.
MILLINERY. Mme. Roland, Mrs. Stump, Mrs. Kretsinger, Mrs. Anne Harris, Miss J. E. Mansfield, Mrs. Whitehead.
SEWING MACHINES. F. M. Friend, T. J. Harris, D. F. Best.
Mrs. Anna Harris moves next door to Reil building and adds addition...
Winfield Courier, November 20, 1879.
Mrs. Anna Harris is building a brick addition to the Reil building, on Main street, which will be used as a millinery store.
Winfield Courier, December 4, 1879.
Mrs. Harris has removed her millinery stock to the new building next door to her old stand.
F. M. Friend and T. J. Harris: partners in sewing machine business...
Winfield Courier, April 15, 1880.
Messrs. Friend & Harris have formed a co-partnership in the sewing-machine business. Verily, “the lion and the lamb shall lie down together.”
J. H. Doty starts cigar and tobacco store in Anna Harris’ old millinery shop...
Winfield Courier, June 17, 1880.
Mr. J. H. Doty has opened an exclusive cigar and tobacco store on Main street in Mrs. Harris’ old stand.
Note: Nothing is said in paper about Friend and T. J. Harris dissolving their partnership in sewing machine business. Not certain what happened!

F. M. Friend still handling sewing machines and opens up millinery store after taking goods from Mrs. Roland, Mrs. Anna Harris, and Mrs. Kretsinger: opens shop up in Mrs. Kretsinger’s old stand...
Winfield Courier, October 21, 1880.
Notice Friend’s ad in this issue. He’s got the largest stock of millinery in southern Kansas.
Dealer in Millinery & Milliner’s Dry Goods.
Notions, Sewing Machines, etc.
Miss Clara Brass remains in charge of the Trimming Department.
T. J. Harris: Partnership with T. R. Bryan. Location: Rear Room Winfield Bank Building...
Winfield Courier, March 17, 1881.
T. R. Bryan has removed his office to the rear room in the Winfield Bank building and has formed a partnership with T. J. Harris.
Cowley County Courant, November 17, 1881.
Office in Winfield Bank building, first floor. Entrance on 9th Avenue.
Judge Samuel Bard buys T. R. Bryan’s interest in the real estate business...
Winfield Courier, August 3, 1882.
Judge Bard has purchased Mr. T. R. Bryan’s interest in the real estate business of Bryan & Harris. Messrs. Bryan & Harris have built up an excellent business during the time they have been at work, and in the change of firm it has fallen into good hands.
Bard & Harris move. Rented room back of Harter’s drug store, formerly occupied by Trump’s tin shop...
Winfield Courier, February 1, 1883.
Bard and Harris have rented the room back of Harter’s drug store, formerly occupied by Trump’s tin shop, and will move their real estate office to that location soon.
Winfield Courier, February 8, 1883.
Bard & Harris are now cosily fixed up in their new office back of Harter’s drug store. This firm by liberal advertising and obliging treatment of customers are gaining an enviable reputation as land and loan agents, and are gentlemen with whom it is a pleasure to do business.
Winfield Courier, February 22, 1883.
Bard & Harris have covered the front of their office with an immense land sign. It shows off well.
Bard retires from Bard & Harris: leaves it in the hands of T. J. Harris...
Winfield Courier, February 21, 1884.

Mr. Bard has retired from the real estate firm of Bard & Harris, leaving the business in the hands of Mr. Harris.
Frank G. Willson: buys an interest in business of T. J. Harris...
Winfield Courier, March 6, 1884.
Mr. F. G. Willson, from Barnard County, Illinois, has been visiting in this city with his uncle, Mr. W. H. Thompson.
Winfield Courier, March 13, 1884.
Mr. Frank Willson, a gentleman recently from Illinois, has bought an interest in the real estate and loan business of T. J. Harris.
Winfield Courier, April 17, 1884.
Harris & Willson have recently put in a new safe, repainted their real estate office, and now have very neat and convenient quarters.
Winfield Courier, May 8, 1884.
The COURIER job office has turned out this week a neat four page real estate bulletin for the Southwestern Land Office of this city, descriptive of the firm’s business and Cowley County. Messrs. Harris & Willson are gaining an enviable reputation as real estate brokers and their sales are very heavy. Courteous and honorable dealing, together with judicious advertising, always have their reward.
F. G. Willson, partner of T. J. Harris, drowns in whirlpool at Tunnel Mill...
Winfield Courier, June 26, 1884.
Our community was shocked Tuesday afternoon by the drowning, in the whirlpool near the Tunnel Mill, of Frank G. Willson, one of the most promising young men of the city and a member of the real estate firm of Harris & Willson. He and C. C. Harris went to the river to bathe about three o’clock that afternoon and had been swimming in the water for some time when the accident occurred. The water in this pool is very deep and swift, though, with a little care, is not considered dangerous when the river is in a normal condition. It has several currents in a depth of fifteen feet and flows with a whirling motion, the current continually eddying around the pool. Frank and Mr. Harris had started down the current to swim around, the latter considerably ahead. When Frank got about half way through, he called for help and immediately went under. The current prevented Mr. Harris from swimming upstream to his rescue and the only thing to be done was to circle around and come down to him. But the body was held down by the undercurrent and only rose once after the first submersion, making all efforts at rescue fruitless. The alarm was immediately given and in a few minutes many willing hands were searching for the body. The swift, deep, and eddying water shifted the body in such a manner as to prevent its recovery until it had been submerged fifty minutes. Drs. Wright, Pugh, Taylor, and Wells were on the ground and everything within human possibility was done to resuscitate the body, but in vain. Its spirit had flown to the inevitable and voiceless Eternity. It is supposed that cramp or strangulation by a back-water wave caused the terrible result. Those acquainted with the water at this place don’t attribute it to the suction, though this undoubtedly increased the helplessness of the victim. It is hard to estimate the number of persons that have been drowned in this pool—fifteen or twenty. This alone is sufficient to brand this place as dangerous, and should warn people to go elsewhere to bath.

Frank G. Willson was about twenty-five years of age. He came to Winfield some seven months ago and associated himself with T. J. Harris in the real estate and loan business. During his short residence among us he won the esteem of all with whom he came in contact. His only relatives here are the family of his uncle, Mr. W. H. Thompson. His parents reside in Jacksonville, Illinois. They were immediately telegraphed the fate of their son and answered, requesting his remains to be sent home for interment, which was done yesterday. The father is a prominent banker of Jacksonville. Frank was one of those bright, progressive, and substantial young men whose future indicates great usefulness and advancement. The writer had many pleasant conversations with him and found him possessed of those finer feelings which indicate morality and refinement and are always agreeable. Nothing is sadder than the snatching away of a life buoyant with bright hopes for the future. Truly “in the midst of life we are in death.”
John R. Clark, relative of A. J. Thompson from Ohio, joins T. J. Harris...
Winfield Courier, August 7, 1884.
John R. Clark, from Butler County, Ohio, a relative of A. J. Thompson, associated himself last week with T. J. Harris in the real estate and loan business. Mr. Clark is a young man of vim and ability and with the daisy land seller of the West, Mr. Harris, the firm will keep in the lead in its line.
Winfield Courier, August 21, 1884.
The Southwestern Land office, Harris & Clark, proprietors, have commenced on their fall sales and have sold in the last few days about $15,000 worth of real estate, including farm and city property.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 12, 1885.
                                                      HARRIS & CLARK,
                                                  Winfield, Cowley Co., Kans.
                                          Office on Avenue, East of Post Office.
Harris & Clark, land and loans, 104 e 9th
Harris T J, real estate, res 319 e 7th
Clark J R, real estate agent, res 718 e 7th.
Harris & Clark...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 25, 1885.
The Farmers Bank has purchased, through Messrs. Harris & Clark, the J. P. Short corner, where Harter’s drug store is. They get seventy-five feet of the lot for $7,500. They will immediately begin the erection of a fine two story bank building. J. P. Short will also build three two story buildings, one fronting on Main street and two on Ninth Avenue.
T. J. Harris’ office: Plans, Kansas National Guards Association armory and hall...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.

The Kansas National Guards Association, of Winfield, has bought the northwest corner of 10th avenue and Millington, the Mrs. Parker place, for armory and hall purposes. The hall will cover the whole lot, 50 x 140 feet. The books are now open at T. J. Harris’ office, who is treasurer of the Association. The certificate of one hundred dollars will be paid as follows: Ten percent, when issued, and 20 percent in ninety days. The Association assures this as a good investment, as not more than sixty percent of the shares will be required to complete it, and which will in a few years be worth their full face value.
Harris & Clark office purchased by A. P. Johnson: to be moved...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 13, 1885.
The J. P. Short landmarks were all sold Monday and will be moved off to make room for an imposing block, an honor to the city. A. P. Johnson bought the Headrick building, $87; the Harris & Clark office, $100; and the Bliss & Wood grain office, $51. A. H. Doane got the harness shop, $101; and H. G. Fuller got the little tin shed, $5. The buildings will likely be moved onto residence lots. Work on the bank and Short lots will commence at once. The Harter building will be moved over in Ninth avenue.
Harris & Clark: moved to rooms at Winfield National Bank...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 20, 1885.
Messrs. Harris & Clark will occupy the rooms of the Winfield National Bank until the new extension is finished, when they take its first room.
Harris & Clark: take in a new partner, Captain P. A. Huffman...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 10, 1885.
Harris & Clark, our real estate firm, have taken in a new partner, Captain Huffman, who is well known here to be a good businessman and a rustler. The old firm stands upon a solid basis as live real estate men, and with the new acquisition will be still stronger. They will make real estate hum in this part of the world. They will make loans a speciality and will furnish money to parties desiring it in any amount as cheap as anybody.
Harris & Clark: in new office, Winfield National Bank extension...
[Note that Winfield Courier left out the name of P. A. Huffman.]
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 10, 1885.
Harris & Clark are now located in their bright, new office in the Winfield National Bank extension. It is large and well lighted and well furnished. They ought to be able to talk a land seeker blind in two minutes in such an office.
P. A. Huffman, J. R. Clark, T. J. Harris: seek electric light franchise with others...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 4, 1886.
At the last meeting of the city rulers, a petition was presented by P. A. Huffman, J. R. Clark, T. J. Harris, C. A. Bliss, B. F. Wood, and E. S. Bliss, asking for an electric light franchise. These gentlemen look to the system being put in by Wichita, Newton, Emporia, and other towns of our size.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 18, 1886.
The office of Harris, Clark & Huffman has a wildcat staring out of the window with wicked mien. It was killed in the Territory, sent to a Cincinnati taxidermist, and comes back a fine basis for a menagerie. It stood, when killed, over three feet in its socks.
Firm change: Harris, Clark & Thompson. Huffman out! A. J. Thompson in!...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 11, 1886.
A. J. Thompson has bought the interest of Capt. Huffman in the real estate business. The firm now stands Harris, Clark & Thompson, and will make things hustle this spring.
A. J. Thompson, Harris, Clark & Thompson...
                                                         “GRAND VIEW.”

                     A. J. Thompson’s New Addition.—Beautiful Sites for Homes.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 18, 1886.
What man hasn’t looked with admiring eyes on the A. J. Thompson tract of land, including about everything vacant between the city limits and the mounds. Preempting this “claim” in the pioneer days of Winfield, when everything lay entirely in the uncertain and unfathomable lap of the future, the city has gradually spread until now it has reached this tract on every side. Though just platted and placed in the hands of Harris, Clark & Thompson, under the very pretty and appropriate name of “Grand View,” it is already going rapidly. No part of the city affords such desirable residence property. Embracing eighty acres between the city and the mounds and Fifth and Twelfth avenues, it certainly affords a “Grand View” of the city and must become permanently the most valuable residence portion. With a gradual slope to the business portion of The Queen City, lying on the city’s principal boulevards, adjacent to the Methodist College, all in a good state of cultivation, with splendid drainage and agreeable surroundings, only ten blocks from Main street and on the street railway routes, it will at once become popular for homes. It will locate, before the summer is past, at least four hundred people, the number it will comfortably accommodate. And the residences will be of the best, those that will rapidly popularize “Grand View.” In addition to “Grand View,” the Southwestern Land Office still has on sale many desirable lots in Highland Park, which abuts the Methodist College grounds, and extends from there to Main street and from Fifth to Cemetery avenues. Already this tract contains many fine homes, and others are rapidly going up. Its view is commanding and very desirable for “villa” homes. We might as well remark right here, parenthetically, that the firm of Harris, Clark & Thompson stands in the van of real estate firms of Winfield and Cowley County. One of the oldest firms in the city, with a few variations in the name, and by honorable dealing, strict integrity, a watchful vision for both buyer and seller, together with a keen appreciation of judicious advertising—as their half page ad in THE COURIER attests—they have thoroughly established themselves in the public confidence. Their list of farm and city property is very large and their sales reach enviable proportions.
Harris, Clark & Thompson share room with Bliss & Wood in Farmers’ Bank basement...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 25, 1886.
Harris, Clark & Thompson and Bliss & Wood will occupy the first room of the Farmers’ Bank basement. It will make them an elegant office. Mr. Haltiwanger, the new cigar and tobacco retailer and jobber, will occupy the rear basement room.
NOTE: From the last item (March 25, 1886) I gather that they are referring to Bliss & Wood, who lost their grain office on Short lot, sold on August 10, 1885.


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