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Ben F. Harrod

                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 23, 1873.
The following were elected to hold the respective offices until the next meeting.
C. M. WOOD, President.
Wm. H. H. McARTHUR, 1st Vice President.
A. D. KEITH, 2nd Vice President.
BEN F. HARROD, 3rd Vice President.
JAMES KELLY, Secretary.
T. A. BLANCHARD, Assistant Secretary.
Dr. W. Q. MANSFIELD, Treasurer.
J. W. MILLSPAUGH, Color bearer.
Winfield Courier, November 3, 1881.
CIVIL DOCKET. THIRD DAY. Harrison Harrod vs. Benjamin Harrod et al.
Winfield City Marshal: Ben F. Harrod...
Winfield Courier, June 8, 1882.
Marshal Harrod has concentrated his street force on east Ninth Avenue this week, and by his excellent work has greatly improved the condition of that street. This is becoming one of the most popular thoroughfares in the city, and the pleasure riding public can greatly appreciate the good work that has been done thereon.
Winfield Courier, September 7, 1882.
B. F. Harrod, 57 Ind., Co. H.
Winfield Courier, August 9, 1883.
A Card. August 1st, 1883. To Alexander Cairns of Tisdale Township: We, the undersigned Republican voters of Cowley County, Kansas, do hereby petition you, Alexander Cairns, to become a candidate for the office of County Surveyor of said county, subject to the action of the Republican Convention.
J. H. Mounts, J. D. Mounts, M. N. Chafey, A. D. McHargue, J. O. Barricklow, G. W. Barricklow, Joseph Barricklow, William Duncan, Jonathan Duncan, S. W. Chase, James Williams, A. Gafney, John Chase, James Perkins, Henry Denning, Walter Denning, V. P. Rounds, W. L. Pennington, Jeff Benning, J. F. Crow, Lewis Myers, O. R. Bull, H. Chance, H. Fry, J. A. Priest, Joseph Fry, H. B. Trueman, I. N. Denning, Geo. B. Rounds, B. F. Walker, F. H. Conkright, E. M. Brown, John H. Cox, E. E. Moore, B. F. Harrod, R. D. Rising, Thos. Walker, N. W. Gould, Ira Fluke, N. R. Jackson, A. H. Hetherington, D. A. Mounts, J. Anglemyer, G. Bonebrake, George W. Reed, I. M. Deming, I. A. Cochran, James A. Cochran, Lincoln Caster, S. Y. Caster, John McKee, Wm. Lefter, J. D. Moore, I. H. Moore, Jas. Greenshields, N. S. Mounts, W. M. Summerville.

Winfield Courier, May 8, 1884.
The following bills were allowed and ordered paid.
B. F. Harrod, salary for April, $45.00.
B. F. Harrod, hauling dogs, etc., $4.50.
Winfield Courier, July 3, 1884.
Remove Your Hogs. Notice is hereby given to all persons keeping hogs within or adjacent to the corporate limits of the city to remove the same at once, or suffer the penalty of the ordinance governing such cases. B. F. Harrod, Marshal.
Winfield Courier, July 24, 1884.
City Marshal Harrod has issued a notice of his intention to rigidly enforce the ordinance against the throwing of sweepings, waste paper, dirt, and filth into the streets and alleys. This is a step in the right direction.
Winfield Courier, October 30, 1884.
Marshal Harrod has had a strong corps of men cleaning up and draining the streets this week, a move we should like to have had an opportunity to commend ere this. There are still many places which are breeding disease. Enforce cleanliness in all quarters and malarial fever now so prevalent will abate.
Winfield Courier, November 13, 1884.
The testimony of Marshal Harrod was introduced, as follows. “I took a pistol away from Sandy Burge last night just after the shooting and took one from the hands of the colored man while he yet lay in the street. (Here the balls from the wounds and the pistols of Fletcher and Burge were produced in evidence, the balls fitting exactly their respective pistols.) There was two shots out of Burge’s pistol and one out of Fletcher’s when I got them.”
Winfield Courier, December 4, 1884.
The following bills were allowed and ordered paid.
Bill of B. F. Harrod, moving city pauper, $4.30, and Whiting Bros., goods furnished city pauper, were recommended to county commissioners for payment.
Lizzie Harrod (daughter of Ben F. Harrod???)...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 8, 1885.
Willie Triplett and Lizzie Harrod have been granted certificates of matrimonial bliss since our last.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 8, 1885.
Ugh! How the cold weather hangs on!
Dr. Rising has again invested this neighborhood, his victims this time were Wm. Triplett and Miss Elizabeth Harrod, the affair occurred on New Year’s day. Still they go and the new crops come on. Mose has lost a daughter but has got triplets.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 29, 1885.

Russell True, representing himself to be “wild and wooly and full of fleas,” raised a disturbance on Lynn’s corner, Saturday, and after flourishing his revolver around awhile, paid his “full” respects to Mr. T. R. Bryan in a way that prompted Marshal Harrod’s custody. He wanted to “take the store” because the glare ice on the step gave him a fall.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 29, 1885.
The vein of revenge in the human frame is pretty vigorous. Last week Lott Basden made complaint against Barrow Brothers for stealing three hundred pounds of millet, and a trial before Justice Snow found them guilty and brought a fine and costs of forty-two dollars. This week John Barrow made complaint against Basden for the obscene and boisterous manner in which he besieged his premises last week in accusing him of the hay peculation. Basden sensibly plead guilty when brought before Justice Snow by Marshal Harrod and got off with ten dollars.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 5, 1885.
The City “Dads” held their semi-annual commune Monday evening. The following bills were referred to the County Commissioners for payment: G. H. Buckman, transportation of Mrs. Cessna, a pauper, $21.75; B. F. Harrod, same, $4.78; M. L. Read, et al., rent for Mrs. Quarrels [Quarles?], a pauper, $24.00.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 5, 1885.
An account book containing as owner the name of U. O. Case has been found and left at this office by Marshal Harrod. The owner can get it by calling.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 9, 1885.
THE DAILY COURIER may not be overly large, but it will be like the W. C. T. U., says Marshal Harrod—full at least twice a week.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 9, 1885.
Bills of W. A. Lee, rent for fire bell tower, $8; B. F. Harrod, services as deputy marshal, August, 1883, $37.50, were rejected.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 23, 1885.
B. F. Harrod, moving nuisances, $1.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.
The excavation is being made for the extension of the Winfield National Bank. It will be seventy feet, back to the alley, contain four store rooms twenty-five feet deep, with offices in the upper story, and will represent over five thousand dollars. Chas. Schmidt has the full contract, sublet to John Craine, brick work and plastering; Hank Paris and Ben Harrod, excavation of cellar, and Willis & Sons, carpentry. It will be whooped right up and when finished will be a big improvement to West Ninth avenue business appearance.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.
The following claims were allowed in July.
Guarding jail, B. F. Harrod, $3.00.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 3, 1885.

Ben Harrod and Hank Paris have the contract for excavating the Eaton-Short cellar on the corner of Ninth and Main. They are making things hum.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 3, 1885.
The excavation for the new Farmers Bank block is progressing right along. Paris & Harrod are throwing the dirt. Architect Ritchie gave us a glimpse of this block this morning. It will be the champion block of the city. The first seventy-five feet will be three stories, with Mansard roof and crested cornice. The corner entrance is artistic. The stairway entrance is central, from Main. The block is metropolitan in everything, with beautiful interior and exterior finish. The construction contract will be let next week.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 17, 1885.
Hank Paris and Ben Harrod, the contractors, finished the Farmers’ Bank and Short excavation Friday. Eighteen hundred cubic yards of dirt were taken out in twelve days. All the contracts, except painting, in the building’s construction, have been let. Conner & Sons have the mason work contract, McKay & Pettit the carpentry, and John Craine the plastering.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.
Paris & Harrod, excavators of the Curns & Manser, Wallis & Wallis, and Hunt cellar, are almost done with their work, and the mason work will soon commence. The block will be a seventy-five foot front and eighty feet deep; three stories high. When completed the building will fill the vacancy between Mater’s blacksmith shop and the millinery store, which has so long been an unsightly place and a wilderness of sunflowers and other weeds. This is not all. The corner below the second hand store of Ira Kyger is owned by men of capital, who are arranging to erect a fine building thereon. And still we boom, notwithstanding the wail from other towns that times are close and nothing doing.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.
Delegates: H. H. Siverd, Frank Finch, C. E. Steuven, John Nichols, T. J. Harris, A. H. Jennings, W. B. Caton, Henry E. Asp, W. T. Madden, T. F. Axtell, A. J. Lyon.
Alternates: Greene Wooden, C. M. Leavitt, Hank Paris, Archie Brown, B. McFadden, James McLain, Walter Denning, W. R. McDonald, J. H. Taylor, A. B. Taylor, Ben Harrod.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 1, 1885.

The pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Shearer, 917 Mansfield street, was the scene of a most happy gathering Monday evening. The occasion was the celebration of the 20th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Shearer. Though the rain interfered with the attendance of a number, by nine o’clock over eighty were present, in their happiest mood. Soon after nine o’clock the “bride and groom” were presented and re-united in the bonds whose sweet and bitter they had thoroughly experienced. Rev. J. H. Reider re-tied the knot in a novel and jolly ceremony, the groom consenting to all the compulsory vicissitudes of a “hen-pecked” husband, and she to clothe, feed, protect, scold (in foreign language) until death. After the ceremony and hearty congratulations, a collation of choicest delicacies was served in profusion and most thoroughly enjoyed. The presents were handsome and valuable, the most prominent being an exquisitely painted china dinner set. It embraced a hundred and twenty-five pieces—the handsomest thing obtainable in china ware. It was a token from the following persons: Rev. and Mrs. J. H. Reider, Rev. and Mrs. B. Kelly, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Wood, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Soward, Dr. and Mrs. F. M. Pickens, Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Gilbert, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Dalton, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Bliss, Mrs. R. B. Waite and Mrs. Hartwell, Mrs. E. M. Albright and family, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Silliman, Col. and Mrs. Wm. Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Nelson, Prof. and Mrs. I. N. Inskeep, Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Burnett, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Arment, Dr. and Mrs. H. L. Wells, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Mann, Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Finch, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. D. Taylor and Miss Minnie, Mr. and Mrs. A. Herpich, Mr. and Mrs. L. Conrad, Mrs. A. Silliman and Miss Lola, Mrs. C. Strong and Miss Emma, Mrs. Dr. Bailey, Misses Fannie, Jessie, and Louie Stretch, Miss March, Misses Mattie and Mary Gibson, Nettie and Anna McCoy, Lydia Tyner, Maggie Herpich, Maude Kelly, Ida Johnston, and Maude Pickens, Mr. and Mrs. C. Collins, and Miss Lena Walrath. Among the other presents were: Fruit holder and saucer, by Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Burgauer; individual pepper and salt holders, Miss Burgauer; cup and saucer, Wm. Statton; fruit dish, Dr. and Mrs. C. Perry and Mrs. Judd; China Plaque, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Balyeat; soup bowl, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Newton; pickle dish, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Harrod; fruit plate, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Lynn; fruit plate, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Johnston; fruit plate, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. R. Bates; fruit plate, Geo. D. Headrick; fruit plate, John Roberts and Mrs. Reed; fruit plate, Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Randall; cut glass fruit and pickle dish, tooth-pick holder and finger bowl, Mesdames G. H. Allen, D. L. Kretsinger, A. H. Doane, C. S. Van Doren, and John Tomlin; plate, bowl and pitcher, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Bullene; water pitcher, Mr. M. Hahn; cake stand, Kate Shearer; $20 gold piece, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Shearer of Geneseo, Illinois. A good majority of the donors were present, and under the agreeable hospitality of Mr. and Mrs. Shearer, nicely assisted by their daughter, all passed the evening most enjoyably, departing at a late hour, wishing that the bride and groom might have many more such happy anniversaries, clear down to the one of gold, with its silvery locks and ripened years.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 15, 1885.
The following bills were ordered paid:
Paris & Harrod, dirt on streets, $111.70.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 15, 1885.
The contract was awarded Saturday to Paris & Harrod for the excavation of the Methodist college building. They took it for twenty cents a yard, ten cents below the estimated and regulation price. Several foreigners were here for competition and got nicely downed by our house men. It will take twelve days to throw the dirt out. It began to fly today, and will have no let up, till finished, when the foundation walls will go up at once.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 22, 1885.

Chaperoned by Architect Ritchie, behind his bay flyer, our reporter enjoyed a spin to College Hill, the “Phool school,” and other places Wednesday. Paris & Harrod are throwing dirt lively from the college excavation and will have it done next week. Every time you visit this location, you are more forcibly imbued with the grandeur of its views. A prettier location for such an institution couldn’t be found in the land. Winfield, as it nestles in this lovely valley, embowered in leafy verdure and skirted by the meandering wood of the Walnut river and Timber creek, presents an entrancing sight. Then an ascension of the mound gives a grand view for miles and miles around. The excavation for the Imbecile Asylum is about done. The charm of this location is almost equal to that of College Hill. We were in good time yesterday to avoid the rush and get a choice room. The last big boulders are being lifted from the basement by the crane and crampoons. The excavation has been a gigantic job. It was a continual blast through the hardest of lime stone: almost as hard as flint. The whole grounds are strewn with the immense boulders that have been taken out. Much of the stone from the excavation is being worked up for window and door sills, the foundation, etc., though it is too hard to be used altogether. Contractor J. Q. Ashton says he can lay down, all worked up ready for use, the softer stone from the regular quarries for less than he can dress the hard stone from the excavation. The walls will begin to go up Monday morning. Much of the stone is prepared and waiting use. When the Imbecile Asylum and our magnificent college building are finished with a street car line, which will be inevitable, these places will be a popular resort for visitors and a big thing in spreading the fame of our city. Couple these with our numerous and valuable private improvements, and our splendid railroad prospects, and The Queen City’s future surely presents a roseate hue.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 7, 1886.
The bus racket still waxeth. Al Terrill, one of Bangs’ drivers, backed into Hoyland’s bus the other day, skinning the legs of the latter’s horses and making him exceedingly hot. Hoyland then had Terrill arrested. Harrod also ruffled the quiet and peace of Hoyland and was arrested. Both cases were passed in Snow’s court today, till the attorneys are ready to take them up. McDonald & Webb are attorneys for the defendants.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 25, 1886.
Early Monday morning it was discovered that the north wall of the Jennings-Crippen building, occupied by J. J. Carson & Co., was sinking, caused by the excavation for the McMullen building. It had sprung about one inch and a quarter when Fred Kropp was put to work, and by means of heavy timbers, forced the wall into place. It seems that the foundation of the building is only about three feet below the sidewalk when it should be at least seven, and has no cellar, so when the dirt was dug away, the sloping wall of earth that was left, being very soft and spongy from the winter’s drip of the old roof of the buildings that formerly stood there, afforded no support for the lone building. No fault can be found with Harrod & Paris in excavating as it was done according to orders, but the fault was in the foundation of the Jennings-Crippen building. Col. McMullen will go to work at once and put a solid and proper foundation under the sinking wall. This is quite a difficult job, and has to be accomplished by jack screws, and will probably cost $300. This will delay the work on the McMullen building some, but everything will go ahead all right in a few days.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 25, 1886.
Ben Harrod bought a fine pair of white mules Saturday, from an Arkansas City man, for $325.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 11, 1886.

COURIER, the 9th: “Sheriff McIntire, Ben. Harrod, Jim Bethel, and Jim Hybarger got back last night from Ponca, with the horses stolen from the Holiness camp meeting, July 28th, belonging to Billy Dawson and Hybarger. The thieves had traded them to an Otoe Indian. McIntire had captured the horses the thieves had traded for and returned them to the Indians today, so all the original owners are saved and one of the thieves is in the bastille.”


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