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W. J. Hodges

                                      [Hodges handled hogs, sheep, and cattle.]

Kansas 1875 Census Pleasant Valley Township, Cowley County, 3/1/1875.
Name                           age sex color    Place/birth        Where from
W. B. Hodges              28   m    w Kentucky               Kentucky
Susan Hodges              22    f     w      Kentucky               Kentucky
Beaver Township 1873.
Hodges, Samuel, 47; spouse, Narsisses (?), 39.
Pleasant Valley Township 1874.
Hodges, J. L., 26; spouse, Nancy L., 21.
Hodges, W. B., 29; spouse Susan H., 27.
Pleasant Valley Township 1875.
Hodges, W. B., 29; spouse, Susan H., 22.
Spring Creek Township 1880.
Hodges, J. L., 33. No spouse.
Spring Creek Township 1881.
Hodges, J. L., 33; spouse, N. S., 28.
Tisdale Township 1878 or 1879.
Hodges, W. J., 42; spouse, Mrs. C. Hodges (?), 42.
Winfield 1878.
Hodges, N., 78; spouse, Sarah, 72.
Hodges, Wm., 30. No spouse.
Winfield 1880.
Hodges, W. J., 44; spouse, Catherine, 43. Also: Sarah Hodges, 21.
[NOTE: Trying to figure out the jig-saw puzzle of Hodges is most difficult. This much I was able to determine. The future cattleman, W. J. Hodges, evidently came to Cowley County in 1877 from Green County, Wisconsin. He had a son, Charles, and a daughter, Sarah, who became a school teacher, and married Fred C. Hunt. Later May Hodges and Willie Hodges are mentioned as his children.]
                                                     NEWSPAPER ITEMS.
The following Hodges preceded W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Messenger, July 19, 1872.
Board of County Commissioners met in the County Clerk’s office, July 15, 1872.
Present: Frank Cox, O. C. Smith, and J. D. Maurer.
Petition of Hodges and others for section line road, was presented, and granted, and road ordered opened 50 feet wide.
Winfield Courier, June 26, 1874.
We are indebted to Curns & Manser, real estate agents and proprietors of Abstracts of Titles to all lands in Cowley County, for the following transfers of real estate.
James L. Hodges and wife to Mary Ann Seely, s w ¼ sec 21 tp 33 s of r 4 e; 160 acres $900.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 22, 1876.
Winfield Courier, March 30, 1876.
MR. J. MASON, formerly of Scotland County, Missouri, has purchased the farm of W. B. Hodges, in Pleasant Valley Township.
The following are related to W. J. Hodges...
Sarah Hodges...
Winfield Courier, August 9, 1877.
The following are the teachers attending the Cowley County Normal.
Winfield. Misses Ella C. Davis, Mary Pontious, Fannie Pontious, Miss C. Johnson, Alice Pyburn, Lusetta Pyburn, Mattie E. Minnihan, Lissie Summers, Mattie E. Walters, Rachel E. Nauman, Alie Klingman, Alice A. Aldrich, Genie Holmes, Ella E. Scott, Ella Hunt, Ella Wickersham, Emma Saint, Mollie Bryant, Ella Freeland, Maggie Stansbury, Amy Robertson, Lizzie Kinne, Sarah Hodges, Jennie Hare, Sallie Levering, Effie Randall, Sarah E. Davis, Ina Daniels; Messrs. O. S. Record, Frank Starwalt, M. H. Marcum, J. D. Hunt, J. A. Rupp, C. C. Holland, J. B. Freeland, N. N. Winton, A. B. Taylor.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 15, 1877.
The following are the teachers attending the Cowley County Normal.
Winfield. Misses Ella C. Davis, Mary Pontious, Fannie Pontious, Mina C. Johnson, Alice Pyburn, Lusetta Pyburn, Mattie E. Minnihan, Lissie Summers, Mattie E. Walters, Rachel E. Nauman, Allie Klingman, Alice A. Aldrich, Genie Holmes, Ella E. Scott, Ella Hunt, Ella Wickersham, Emma Saint, Molly Bryant, Ella Freeland, Maggie Stansbury, Amy Robertson, Lizzie Kinne, Sarah Hodges, Jennie Hane, Sallie Leavering, Effie Randall, Sarah E. Davis, Ina Daniels; Messrs. O. S. Record, Frank Starwalt, M. H. Markcum, J. D. Hunt, J. A. Rupp, C. C. Holland, J. B. Freeland, N. N. Winton, A. B. Taylor.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 12, 1877.
The following persons were qualified to teach in Cowley County at the last examination.
GRADE “A”: Misses Mina Johnson, Alice Aldrich, Emma Saint, Sarah Hodges.
Winfield Courier, September 13, 1877.
                                                      The Normal Institute.
The following is a list of teachers who received certificates at the examination.
Winfield. Grade “A”. Misses Mina C. Johnson, Alice A. Aldrich, Emma Saint, Sarah Hodges.
Winfield Courier, December 13, 1877.
                                                TEACHER’S DIRECTORY.
                                       Miss Sarah Hodges, Dist. No. 19, Winfield.
Chas. Hodges...

[Communication from “LYCURGUS” - Tisdale, Silver Creek Township.]
Winfield Courier, January 3, 1878.
The Tisdale school, under the teaching of E. A. Millard, is going steadily on. The enrollment of fifty-six pupils, not a few of whom never attended school before, make business lively. Among the best scholars we notice Miss Rosa Rounds, Mr. Abe Conrad, Mr. Geo. Wright, and Chas. Hodges.
Wm. J. Hodges, of Wisconsin...
Winfield Courier, January 17, 1878.
Mr. Wm. Hodges, of Wisconsin, is feeding one hundred and forty Texas cattle, for which he is buying all the corn he can get, and pays a good cash price.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 6, 1878.
                                                    TISDALE, Jan. 24, 1878.
Our township is improving very fast. Look in any direction you choose and you will see new houses, either in course of erection or completed. Should you visit us, you would miss many of the old faces that were around in the time of Tisdale’s infancy. Our old friend, Jim Young, for instance, has sold out and gone. We have in his place a first rate man (no disrespect to Jim Young, for a better man in many ways is hard to find), Wm. Hodges, by name—a practical farmer, and a gentleman; last, though not least, a man of means and enterprise. He is now feeding quite a herd of cattle, buying all the corn he can get, and paying a fair price; minds his own affairs, and will be pretty certain to make money.
Winfield Courier, February 14, 1878.
                                             PICK-UPS BY OUR RAMBLER.
W. J. Hodges, late of Green County, Wisconsin, has 140 head of fine cattle which he is stall feeding. He has bought about 4,000 bushels of corn at 20 cents and will take 2,000 more at same price.
Wm. Hodges and son, Charles...
Winfield Courier, February 14, 1878.
Mr. Wm. Hodges has gone to Wisconsin to attend to some property matter. His son Charles is caring for the stock. It looks as well as any in the county.
Winfield Courier, February 28, 1878.
Mr. Hodges returned from Wisconsin last week.
Winfield Courier, March 28, 1878.

On Friday eve Center grange conferred the good degree—I don’t know its number—on ten recruits, ending with a splendid supper, which my poor pen cannot describe owing to its variety and number of dishes. But the dance, oh! it was jolly. Our fun loving friend, Mr. Hodges, was floor manager and so everything went off nicely. The old and young folks enjoyed a rare treat and look toward when a like scene will be acted. Why do the ladies of the grange get up such fine suppers? Please explain.
Sadie [Sarah] Hodges...
Winfield Courier, April 4, 1878.
Last Friday, March 29th, was the last of the school at No. 19. Miss Sadie Hodges taught the school and gave universal satisfaction. The school was full and a very regular attendance until the last month when the spring work took several of the larger pupils out; however, they all turned out en masse, and their parents with them, the last day, all bringing dinners, and what a dinner! It was just splendid. It makes one’s mouth water to think of it, at least, so saith our informant. There were three prizes given in spelling. Two young ladies in the large class, Miss Annie Keorber and Miss Dora Crane—who had the same number of head-marks—received two copies of Mrs. Mary J. Holmes’ works, viz: “Lena Rivers” and “Hugh Worthington,” which delighted them immensely. Miss Clara Stephens took the prize in the second class, also a very handsome book.
Samuel Hodges...Have no idea who he was!
Arkansas City Traveler, April 10, 1878.
W. M. Allison’s claim of $16 against Samuel Hodges, de­ceased, was allowed.
Sarah Hodges...
Winfield Courier, April 11, 1878.
School began this morning, Miss Sarah Hodges officiating. All predict a first class school this summer.
William J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, April 18, 1878.
                                                       Cowley County Fair.
A public meeting will be held at the courthouse in Winfield on the 11th day of May, 1878, at 2 o’clock p.m., for the purpose of organizing an agricultural society, and to take into consideration the propriety of holding a Fair during the coming fall. All are invited to attend, and it is hoped that all interests appropriately connected with the enterprise will be represented.
J. E. Platter, B. B. Vandeventer, J. B. Lynn, T. B. Bryan, C. A. Bliss, E. P. Kinne, H. D. Gans, E. E. Bacon, Winfield; J. B. Holmes, W. White, W. J. Funk, Rock; S. M. Fall, R. F. Burden, Windsor; N. J. Larkin, A. Kelly, Richland; Charles A. McClung, J. S. Wooley, Vernon; Dr. Holland, G. Teeter, Beaver; W. B. Norman, Adam Walck, Maple; Dr. A. S. Capper, Ninnescah; Ira How, Liberty; William J. Hodges, C. G. Handy, Tisdale; J. B. Callison, Spring Creek; D. W. Wiley, Cedar; E. Shriver, Sheridan; Jonas Messenger, Omnia; J. A. Bryan, Dexter; R. Stratton, Harvey; S. B. Adams, Creswell; J. M. Sample, D. P. Marshall, Bolton; G. W. Herbert, Silverdale; D. B. McCollum, S. Watt, Pleasant Valley.
Sarah Hodges...
Winfield Courier, April 18, 1878.
                                           COWLEY COUNTY TEACHERS.
                                                               GRADE A.

                                                       Tisdale. Sarah Hodges.
Wm. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, April 25, 1878.
                                       Proceedings of the Tisdale Greenback Club.
Club met per adjournment and proceeded to business.
1st. Enrolling members resulting in twenty names.
2nd. Electing officers: O. P. West, president; Dr. J. M. Wright, vice president; E. A. Millard, secretary; J. A. McGuire, treasurer; and Wm. J. Hodges and C. G. Handy, delegates to central club.
Moved and carried, that Dr. Wright procure a speaker for next meeting, April 19th.
Moved and carried that the secretary be instructed to furnish a copy of the proceedings of the meeting to each of the Winfield papers for publication. O. P. WEST, President.
E. A. MILLARD, Secretary. April 12th, 1878.
Sarah Hodges and W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, May 2, 1878.
The Tisdale school is progressing finely under the management of Miss Hodges.
Ive Carson has moved his heard of cattle to Emporia. Mr. Hodges started this week for the same point with a herd of beef cattle.
The Greenbackers of Tisdale listened to a couple of good speeches delivered by Messrs. Payson and Coldwell, of Winfield. The club now numbers 38 members.
Winfield Courier, May 2, 1878.
                                    COUNTY GREENBACK CONVENTION.
Pursuant to a call for a county convention, the Presidents of the various Greenback clubs in the county and two delegates from each, convened in convention at Winfield, April 28, 1878, for the purpose of effecting a county organization.
Mr. T. A. Blanchard was called to the chair and C. C. Krow elected Secretary of the convention.
Committee on credentials appointed as follows: A. S. Williams, S. B. Hunt, and C. G. Handy. The committee reported the following persons entitled to seats in the convention.
                            Tisdale Club: J. M. Wright, C. G. Handy, Wm. J. Hodges.
The next entry refers to J. L. Hodges, druggist...As time goes by, it is apparent that he is related to W. J. Hodges. Have no idea if he was a brother or a cousin!
Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.
Mr. Hodges has sold his interest in the drug store to J. M. Napier. It will soon be moved out of town.
Sarah Hodges...
Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.
                                                TEACHERS’ DIRECTORY.
                                          Miss Sarah Hodges. District 46, Tisdale.
Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.
                                                        Real Estate Transfers.

             I. W. Randall to Wm. J. Hodges, lots 1, 2, and 3, block 73, Winfield; $1,050.
             Wm. Hodges and wife to Rachel Randall, lot 12, block 167, Winfield, $1,300.
Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.
                                                      The Normal Institute.
The Normal Institute opened with the following teachers in attendance.
From Winfield: Margie K. Wallis, Lewis Brown, Pella Bradish, Nannie McGee, Mattie E. Walters, Ella Hunt, Henrietta King, Alice Pyburn, Lusetta Pyburn, Any Robertson, C. C. Critz, Maggie Stansbury, T. J. Floyd, Sarah E. Davis, Sarah E. Aldrich, Ray Nawman, Mary A. Bryant, Ioa Roberts, Mattie E. Minnihan, John Bower, R. A. O’Neill, Lizzie T. Wallis, Sarah Hodges, Alice Bullock, Ella Freeland, Mina C. Johnson, W. Trevett, J. D. Hunt, G. B. Richmond, Nellie M. Aldrich, Hattie F. Finch, Celina Bliss, Samuel Davis, Ida Carey, Ella Stewart, Allie Klingman, Fannie Pontious, A. B. Taylor, M. D. Snow.
Sarah Hodges and Wm. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.
                                                    TISDALE, July 12, 1878.
Harvesting done and threshing commenced. Wheat good quality and fair yield. Farmers plowing for wheat and intend sowing in August. Roasting ears getting hard.
The Fourth is among the things of the past. The Tisdaleites celebrated at the schoolhouse. Miss Hodges’s school gave its closing entertainment, consisting of essays, declamations, and songs. Mattie West’s recital of “The Bridal Winecup” was real good. The scene was vividly portrayed and stamps Miss West as a splendid declaimer. Lula McGuire’s “Dressed for Meeting” and “Out in the Snow” brought the house down. Others deserving special notice are Sada Davis, Nettie Handy, Hannah Davy, and Lula Handy.
The Tisdale school has been a grand success this summer. Miss Hodges is an “A” teacher in all respects. I understand that the board have engaged her for the next term The district certainly cannot do better than to retain her for some time at the head of the school.
After closing the literary exercises, we had dinner, croquet games, and a dance in the evening. It made me feel young again to see A. T. Gay, Wm. Hodges, A. C. Davis, and Arb. Tanner be boys again and lead the dance.
Sarah Hodges...
Winfield Courier, September 5, 1878. School Items on Back Page.
                                              WINFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOL,
                                   WINFIELD, COWLEY COUNTY, KANSAS.
                                          GEO. W. ROBINSON, PRINCIPAL.
SCHOOL BOARD: James E. Platter: Director. E. P. Kinne: Treasurer. John D. Pryor: Clerk.
                                                DEPARTMENT TEACHERS.
                                         Miss Sarah E. Aldrich, Grammar School.
                                          Miss Emma Saint, Second Intermediate.
                                           Miss Sarah Hodges, First Intermediate.
                                           Miss Allie Klingman, Second Primary.
                                             Miss Mary A. Bryant, First Primary.
Winfield Courier, October 10, 1878. Back Page.

                                                  TEACHERS’ DIRECTORY.
District No. 1, Winfield: Geo. W. Robinson, Emma Saint, Sarah Aldrich, Sarah Hodges, Mary Bryant, Allie Klingman, Ioa Roberts.
Reference to Hodges...
Winfield Courier, November 28, 1878.
On Saturday last this part of Tisdale Township was visited by a prairie fire of the most vehement kind; in fact, we were favored with two fires, one from the south, which did not do any great amount of damage that I heard of, and one from the north, which has done more toward wiping out the Greenback party then all the campaign speeches. The fire started two miles north of town, coming south and slightly east. The veering wind gave it a broad front, which headed for George Divilbliss’s hay stacks and house, but was here stopped by Messrs. Gould, Burleston, and Moses. A small point crossed the road west of Divilbliss’s house and was burning slowly down a ravine, guarded on each side by breaking. Here it was stopped by Napier, Wilson, and Gould. After that was checked, we went back and back-fired against it on the line running west and between John King’s and Mr. Divilbliss’s farms. While at work there we saw a signal flag, started for the danger, and found the fire had crossed the line again and was burning on Mr. Hodges’ north quarter and running south across Mrs. Newton’s farm. Knowing that the buildings on Newton’s farm were not burned around, we put our horses to the run, hoping to get there in time to save the barn, in which was Mrs. Newton’s wheat (nearly 70 bushels); Mr. Armstrong’s harvester; and about 100 bushels of corn belonging to Mr. Bush. In spite of the speed of our horses—and they were good ones—the fire drove us south of the barn; but here we got ahead, and passing the fire rode back and began firing. Just as we began to hope all was safe, another head-floe struck us fairly, drove us from the work, and caught the barn and granary (the granary was covered with straw and the barn was a Kansas concern, built of poles, with straw sides and top); so the only thing left was to sand away and think of the flames that lit “the battle’s wreck.” Then we fired around the house and saved it. A summary of the loss sustained on these two places gives the following: 70 bushels wheat at 45 cents, $31.50; 100 bushels corn at 20 cents, $20.00; 1 harvester, nearly new, $150.00; granary and barn, $45.00; hay burned on the two farms, estimated at 65 tons, $97.50; E. A. Millard, 1 coat, pair of gloves, etc., $7.00; A. T. Gay, 1 pair pants and pair of boots, $8.00; total $359.00. Besides this, corn burned in the field, hedge and fruit trees killed will make an aggregate of $500.00. As the fire passed on toward the south it again
                                              “Wrapped the ship in splendor wild
                                                   And caught the flag on high.”
That is, it burned a hay stack for J. A. McGuire. I have not been able to learn of any other damage, and do not know who set the fire out.
The following could be either W. J. or J. L. Hodges...
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.
                                            J. Hodges, residence, frame: $1,000.

W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, January 16, 1879.
Board of County Commissioners met in regular session [Janu­ary 6, 1879]. Present: R. F. Burden, W. M. Sleeth, and G. L. Gale, commissioners, James McDermott, county attorney, and M. G. Troup, county clerk.
Among other proceedings had, bills against the county were presented and passed upon by the board as follows.
Juror’s fees: Geo. Emerson, C. M. Wood, S. F. Miller, W. J. Hodges, A. A. Jackson, E. C. Seward.
Sarah Hodges...
Winfield Courier, January 30, 1879.
                                                       Teachers’ Directory.
District No. 1: WINFIELD.
Geo. W. Robinson, Emma Saint, Sarah Aldrich, Sarah Hodges, Mary Bryant, Allie Klingman, Ioa Roberts
Winfield Courier, April 17, 1879.
At a meeting of the stockholders held in this city on the 14th inst. the following were elected officers of the Walnut Valley Fair Association.
R. F. Burden, President; E. P. Kinne, Vice President; J. M. Alexander, Treasurer; E. E. Bacon, Secretary.
Directors:   W. J. Hodges, A. A. Wiley, S. R. Marsh, John Stalter, H. B. Pratt.
Chief Marshal: P. M. Wait.
Chief Police: Jno. C. Roberts.
                                                         E. E. BACON, Sec.
Wm. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, May 1, 1879.
The following is a list of cases that will stand for trial at the May, A. D. 1879, term of the District Court of Cowley County, beginning on the first Monday in May, and have been placed on the Trial Docket in the following order.
                                              CIVIL DOCKET. TENTH DAY.
                                             Wm. H. Gould vs. Wm. J. Hodges.
Winfield Courier, May 22, 1879.
                                   REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS [IN THE CITY]
                     C. L. Harter to Wm. Hodges, lots 7, 8, 9, blk 187, Winfield. $402.
Winfield Courier, June 12, 1879.
At a meeting of the directors of the Walnut Valley Fair Association, at the office of Col. Alexander, last Thursday, it was decided to hold the fair October 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. The following appointments were made:
General Supt.: J. L. Horning.
Chief of Police: J. C. Roberts.
Chief Marshal: P. M. Waite.
                                               CLASS SUPERINTENDENTS

                                                      Class D.: Wm. Hodges.
Winfield Courier, June 26, 1879.
W. J. Hodges started to Wichita to-day with another large drove of hogs, some 700 in number. Messrs. Mullen and Wood will also start about July 1st with a drove of 1206. The total of the many droves which have been taken out since Jan. 1st will be over 4,500 and the average price paid has been about $2.50 per hundred pounds. The price is now $2.90, nearly equal to Wichita prices. The gentlemen above named have been dealing largely in hogs and have been content with a small margin, thereby making a good market at home and keeping money here that would otherwise be carried out of the county.
Sarah Hodges...
Winfield Courier, June 26, 1879.
At a meeting of the School Directors on Monday, June 16th, F. S. Jennings in the chair, the following appointments were made for the coming year: Principal, Prof. E. T. Trimble, of Illi­nois, who takes the place of Mr. G. W. Robinson, resigned; Helen E. Meach, of Chicago, who takes the place of Miss Aldrich in the grammar department; Miss Sarah Hodges, who takes the place of Mrs. Moffit, resigned—second intermediate; Miss Minnie Johnson, a new appointment, 1st intermediate; Miss Allie Klingman, returned, 2nd primary; Miss Mollie Bryant, 1st primary. The Chair appoint­ed the committees for the ensuing year, to-wit: M. G. Troup, Finance; N. L. Rigby, Ways and Means; I. W. Randall, Care of School property. The first Monday in July was set for the next meeting of the Directors. The fall term of school opens Septem­ber 1st.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 9, 1879.
The following young folks came down from Winfield on the Fourth: Dave Harter and Miss Minnie Bacon, Bret. Crapster and Miss Bonnie Anderson, R. W. Dever and Miss Jennie Hane, Will Houser and Miss Maggie Dever, Fred Hunt and Miss Sarah Hodges, A. D. Speed and Miss Thompson, W. C. Robinson and Miss Minnie Capron, Jas. Miller and Miss Minnie Hyden, A. V. Wilkinson and Miss Cora Hyden.
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, October 9, 1879.
Last Saturday ended the most successful fair ever held in Cowley County. The display, especially of blooded stock, was large, and shows that our people are awake to the advantage of well-bred over common scrub stock. We hope this may result in rooting out the old scrubby breeds that are so numerous at present.
The competition for premiums in this department was very lively. The display was so large and the different crosses so near alike, that it was difficult for the judges to decide which was better than the other.
The exhibit of Mr. S. S. Holloway, of Berkshire and Poland China, crossed, was very fine, and received much notice. He has taken great pains in the selection and crosses of the different breeds, and has a good lot of hogs.
The thoroughbred Poland China boar, owned by Mr. Wood, carried a whole tail full of blue ribbons, and was a magnificent hog.

Mr. N. F. Wright exhibited several of his thoroughbred Berkshire hogs, which were considered the finest lot there. One boar, 11 months old, and weighing 300 pounds, with not enough hair on his skin to make a tooth brush, attracted as much atten­tion as any hog on the grounds, hardly excepting the 1010 pound hog belonging to Mr. W. J. Hodges.
Mr. C. C. Pierce also exhibited several of his fine Poland China hogs, of which breed he has the best in the county.
Winfield Courier, December 4, 1879.
Last Sunday morning W. J. Hodges shipped twenty-five car loads of hogs by special train to Kansas City. This is the largest lot of stock ever shipped from Cowley County at one time.
Winfield Courier, December 4, 1879.
The train of twenty-five cars of hogs shipped from this place last Sunday morning by W. J. Hodges was the largest ever shipped from any one point in Southern Kansas at one time. The hogs were all bought, delivered, and loaded between Monday morning and Saturday night. This is hog business on a large scale.
Winfield Courier, December 4, 1879.
W. J. Hodges is receiving considerable notice from the Kansas City papers in consequence of his immense shipment of hogs to that market last week.
Next article states “W. G. Hodges.” Believe this is really “W. J. Hodges.”
Winfield Courier, December 25, 1879.
Last Tuesday W. G. Hodges purchased the Curns store room, being the north room in the union building on North Main street, paying $1900 cash for the same. We understand that Mr. Hodges has rented the building for two years to Brotherton & Silver for fifty dollars per month.
The man who stole cattle from W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, January 1, 1880.
Mr. Rhonimus, proprietor of the “North end meat market,” and a hired man, Henry, were arrested last week for stealing cattle. It seems that these gentlemen, in order to make the meat business as profitable as possible, have for some time been systematically stealing the beeves that supplied their market. It has been known among the stock men of this and Elk counties for some time that thieves were operating among their herds, and the matter was placed in the hands of Sheriff-elect Shenneman, who shadowed the above-named gentlemen, and at last caught them killing one of the missing beeves near the fair ground and promptly arrested them. Mr. Jones, of Windsor, has lost fourteen head of cattle by these depredations, and parties on the line of Elk County have missed as many more. It seems that the gentlemen were not partial as to the kind of meat taken, and sometimes stepped aside from their regular line of business to gobble a hog or two, and sometimes three, from the large herds of W. J. Hodges, at the stock yards, near the depot.
A preliminary trial was held before Justice Buckman, last Friday, but the case was continued till this week, and the prisoners remanded to jail in default of bail.
Sarah Hodges and Ella Hodges. Unknown: parents of Ella Hodges.
Winfield Courier, January 1, 1880..

Mrs. M. L. Robinson, on Mencrest, between Twelfth and Blandin, assisted by Misses Ella Holmes, Sarah Hodges, and Allie Klingman.
Mrs. O. H. Herrington, at her residence, corner of 6th and Manning Sts., assisted by Miss Ella Hodges and Miss Allie Herrington.
Reference to “Mr. Hodges” starting a drug store...Probably J. L. Hodges.
Winfield Courier, February 5, 1880.
                                                 MAPLE CITY, Jan. 29, 1880.
If you think Maple City is dead, you are just a little off; that’s all; for she is still improving.
She has doubled her population in the last year, and that is more than can be said of any other town in the county, I think.
We have two stores, which are doing a good business.
We understand that Mr. Hodges will put in a stock of drugs here in the spring. Hurrah for him! Then we can get the genuine rye for “snake bites,” and John, you can save your wine for the boys.
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, February 19, 1880.
W. J. Hodges has purchased in the southwest part of town sixty acres of ground, of which he is using ten acres for a sheep corral. There is a small lake of pure water and sufficient shelter for the sheep in the brush. Early this month he pur­chased from John Stalter six hundred head of graded Colorado sheep. They are in splendid condition and without a blemish of any kind. They cost him $4.35 a head, which is an advance of two dollars on the price of a year ago. Mr. Hodges is fattening them for the New York market, and expects to ship them some time next month. Adjoining the sheep corral, there is one for hogs, on which he has nearly five hundred head. Monitor.
Follow-up on thief who stole from W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, February 19, 1880.
Last week Sheriff Shenneman got on the track of Rhonimus, the escaped cattle thief. Rhonimus had relatives in Elk City and dropped in to see them; but the constable had been notified of his escape, and was on the lookout for him. As soon as the constable learned of Rhonimus’ presence in the vicinity, he laid his plans to capture him. Rhonimus, hearing that he was in a bad fix, made a break for his horse, but was compelled to leave it and take to the timber on foot. The constable telegraphed to Sheriff Shenneman, who started at 1 o’clock Friday night and by Saturday was on the thief’s trail. After following for some time, all trace of the thief was lost, and Mr. Shenneman returned home Sunday. The horse, belonging to Mr. Henderson, was recov­ered; but was too lame to bring along and was left at Elk City.
Winfield Courier, April 8, 1880.

W. J. Hodges has leased one of the stone quarries east of town and on Tuesday shipped a car load of flagging to Kansas City, where it will be put into a sidewalk. The stone sent was dressed here, each slab four feet square, and jointed ready to be laid down. Mr. Hodges has been talking up the merits of Cowley County stone in Kansas City for some time, and now proposes to demonstrate to the denizens of that burg that it is cheaper and better to put down durable stone walks than to be everlastingly patching up old wooden ones. The first piece of stone sidewalk in Winfield was put down eight years ago; and is as good today as it was then, and has cost for repairs 40 cents.
Winfield Courier, April 8, 1880.
Tuesday passed off very quietly. There was considerable “scratching” on both tickets resulting in the election of a mixed ticket. The following are the official returns.
                                                            THIRD WARD.
J. W. Hodges:              118 [Think this should be “W. J.” Hodges.]
S. H. Myton:                  76
Arkansas City Traveler, April 21, 1880.
At the annual meeting of the Walnut Valley District Fair Association, the following named persons were elected as officers for the ensuing year:
President, Hon. E. P. Kinne, vice-president, Hon. J. W. Millspaugh; treasurer, J. L. Horning “76,” secretary, E. E. Bacon, general superintendent, Hon. W. J. Hodges, chief of police, John C. Roberts; Directors, Hon. A. A. Wiley, Hon. R. F. Burden, Hon. S. R. Marsh, Hon. W. W. Limbocker, Hon. P. B. Lee.
                                              EUGENE E. BACON, Secretary.
Unknown: Whether the Hodges of “Hodges & Moore” was W. J. Hodges!
Winfield Courier, April 29, 1880.
Messrs. Hodges & Moore shipped several additional cars of flagging to Kansas City last week. It is meeting with much favor there.
Winfield Courier, July 1, 1880.
W. J. Hodges took in Hunnewell last Sunday.
Winfield Courier, July 8, 1880.
I understand that Mr. Hodges of Winfield was in the neigh­borhood last week buying hogs, and shipping them from Burden. Burden is a very convenient shipping point for us at this place.
Sarah Hodges...
Winfield Courier, July 15, 1880.
The Normal Institute for 1880 has opened with a large attendance of teachers. Four instructors have charge of the divisions, and the aim of all is to make this summer’s work especially practical. The morning exercises begin at 7:30, in the courtroom, and the recitations end at 1 p.m. There are at present enrolled 79 teachers as follows.
Winfield: Ella Freeland, Mrs. W. B. Caton, A. E. Hon, Nannie McGee, Estella M. Cronk, Iowa Roberts, Maggie Stansbury, Ella Hittle, Fannie A. Pontious, Ray E. Newman, Amy Robertson, Mary J. Melville, Rosa Frederic, Lincoln McKinley, Mattie Gibson, E. L. Cook, Anna F. Cuppage, James Lorton, Alice Aldrich, Lena Bart­lett, Nellie Aldrich, Ida G. Trezise, Nettie B. Porter, Sarah Hodges, Grace Scovill, Lou Lee, Lutie Newman, W. B. Dickerson, J. J. Stevens, Lena McNeil, Alice Bullock, Mary Randall, Hattie Andrews, A. B. Taylor, Ed Farringer, Ella Kelly, Mrs. A. M. Gillespie.
Winfield Courier, July 29, 1880.

A large party of young folks consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Robinson, Misses May Roland, Nettie McCoy, Sarah Hodges, Kate Millington, and Miss Westgate, and Messrs. Will Robinson, Will Wilson, Roland Conklin, Fred Hunt, and W. A. Smith made Salt City lively by their presence the other day. Some of the party took dinner with Mrs. Holloway, and the rest repaired to the beautiful grove east of the town, and partook of a picnic dinner, thus spending a very pleasant day. Salt City is fast becoming a very popular resort; there were between twenty and twenty-five teams there Sunday, from Winfield, Wellington, and Oxford.
Hodges & Moore...
Winfield Courier, August 26, 1880.
Hodges & Moore are filling a contract for Winfield flag stone to be shipped to Chanute.
Sarah Hodges...
Winfield Courier, August 26, 1880.
The Young Ladies Archery Club will meet with Miss Sarah Hodges, Thursday evening, at 5 o’clock sharp. It is desired that all the members be present.
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, August 26, 1880.
W. L. Mullen shipped three cars of hogs and W. J. Hodges shipped two car loads of the same kind of fruit on Tuesday.
Winfield Courier, September 9, 1880.
W. J. Hodges has succeeded in gathering in two more car loads of hogs.
Charley Hodges...
Winfield Courier, October 7, 1880.
Messrs. John Randall and Charley Hodges left Tuesday for Manhattan to attend the Agricultural College at that place.
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, October 21, 1880.
Our friend, J. S. Stafford, called on us Monday, looking happy and healthy. He has 4,000 lambs at Kingman, and will sell half of them. They are just from Colorado, but they are graded improved stock, just the kind wanted in Kansas. He expresses the opinion that 200,000 sheep have been driven from Colorado to Kansas within the last ninety days. He has just sold 500 to W. J. Hodges.
Winfield Courier, November 18, 1880.
                                                     Winfield, Nov. 16, 1880.
This statement I make to show the farmers that I have been handling hogs in this county in very small margin. I have shipped to Kansas City and Chicago the following number of hogs from Cowley County. October 1st 1879 to November 1st, 1880, 18,224 head, 4,268,087 pounds, cost $168,250.85. W. J. HODGES.
Sarah Hodges...
Winfield Courier, November 25, 1880.
The Winfield schools are underway with ten rooms occupied and ten teachers, viz:
Miss Sarah Hodges, second intermediate, second ward, north room, second floor.
Charles Hodges...
Winfield Courier, December 23, 1880.

Messrs. Jack Randall and Charley Hodges returned Saturday evening from Manhattan, where they have been attending college. They were met at the depot by a delegation of friends who were glad to welcome them home once more.
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, December 30, 1880.
Messrs. W. J. Hodges and Charles Snow had a “slight onpleasantness” at the “corners” last Saturday, over a hog trade. Charlie had his nose peeled and W. J. carries a skinned ear. Two panes of glass, a bottle of arnica, and $12.50 apiece were the damages.
Winfield Courier, December 30, 1880.
The Knights of Honor lodge met and elected officers Monday evening. The officers elected were:
Dictator:  A. P. Johnson.
Vice Dictator:  W. J. Hodges.
Assistant Dictator:  S. S. Lynn.
Chaplain:  H. D. Gans.
Reporter:  W. C. Root.
Financial Reporter:  A. Howland.
Treasurer:  E. F. Kinne.
Guide:  J. W. Batchelder.
Guard:  W. C. Robinson.
Medical Examiner:  Dr. G. W. Graham.
Dr. Graham was also elected as delegate to the state lodge, which meets soon.
Charles Hodges...
Winfield Courier, January 6, 1881.
Charles Hodges returned to Manhattan Monday. A party was given in his honor during the holidays.
About this time the Winfield paper referred to “M. G. Hodges.” Have no idea who this might be. The next item could refer to “W. J. Hodges” or “M. G. Hodges.” Most confusing!
Winfield Courier, January 27, 1881.
MR. AND MRS. J. C. FULLER. Socially this has been one of the gayest winters in the history of our city. Almost every week has been made pleasant by a social gathering of some sort or other. One of the most pleasant of these was the reception by Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller last Friday evening. The guests were many and the arrangements for their entertainment were complete.

Among those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Loose, Mr. and Mrs. James Harden, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. Hodges. Dr. and Mrs. VanDoren, Mr. and Mrs. McMullen, Mr. and Mrs. Eastman, Rev. and Mrs. T. F. Borcher, Mr. and Mrs. T. R. Bryan, Dr. and Mrs. Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Baird, Mr. and Mrs. Short, Dr. and Mrs. Graham, Mr. and Mrs. Boyer, Mr. and Mrs. Trimble, Mr. and Mrs. Moffitt, Mr. and Mrs. Speed, Mr. and Mrs. Doane, Mr. and Mrs. Kretsinger, Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Shrieves, Mr. and Mrs. Millington, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. Scovill, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Carruthers, Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Black, Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Hamil­ton, Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Fuller, Rev. and Mrs. Hyden, Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Williams, Mrs. Mansfield, Mrs. Mullen, Miss Mary Stewart, Miss May Williams, Father Kelly, O. F. Boyle, and Charles Fuller.
Winfield Courier, February 17, 1881.
A man applied to Mayor Lynn for aid Monday, stating that he lived on East 8th avenue. The Mayor referred him to Councilman Hodges, and he was afterward furnished with provisions by Coun­cilman Freeman. Marshal Stevens investigated the matter and found that he did not reside in the city at all but lived off Mr. Service’s place east of town. It was also discovered that he was the possessor of a team and had an able-bodied son twenty years old; that they had twice been offered work with their team at $2.50 per day but had refused the job, preferring to live by charity. From what we saw of the man, he seemed as able to work as hundreds of others who make their living by honest labor. There are dozens of widows in Winfield with large families to support who struggle along without asking charity, but who are more entitled to it than this applicant.
Winfield Courier, March 17, 1881.
Dempsey Elliott, Esq., one of the best farmers in the Grouse Valley, was in the city last Sunday night, having brought up twenty head of fat steers for Hodges, of Winfield. Mr. Elliott has undoubtedly the finest farm along the Grouse.
J. L. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, March 31, 1881.
The grocery and drugstore of J. L. Hodges is the favorite resort for the populace to get good bargains in groceries. J. L. is a thorough good man and does business on the square. About 800 dozen of eggs were brought in town today, yum, yum.
Following article refers to “M. G. Hodges.” Have no idea if they meant “W. J. Hodges” or some new Hodges, not formerly mentioned in paper...
Winfield Courier, April 7, 1881.
On last Thursday evening was gathered in the magnificent salons of M. L. Robinson one of the largest parties which have assembled in Winfield this past season. The honors of the occasion were conducted by Mr. and Mrs. Robinson and Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Spotswood in the most graceful and pleasing manner, making each of the guests feel delighted and happy. A new departure was made in the hour for reception which we cannot too highly commend, that of substituting 7 o’clock for the late hours which usually prevail, but the habits of some were so confirmed that they could not get around until nine o’clock. The banquet was excellent beyond our power of description. Nothing was wanting to render it perfect in all its appointments. At a reasonable hour the guests retired, expressing the warmest thanks to their kind hostesses and hosts for the pleasures of the evening. The following are the names of the guests as we now remember them.

Miss Nettie McCoy, Mrs. Huston, Mrs. S. H. Myton, Mrs. Mansfield, Mrs. Eastman, Mrs. Ticer, Mr. M. G. Hodges, Mr. C. A. Bliss, Mr. W. C. Robinson, Mr. W. A. Smith, Mr. W. J. Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Loose, Mrs. Herrington, Mr. and Mrs. Van Doren, Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Linn, Mr. and Mrs. Wallis, Mr. and Mrs. Lemmon, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. Platter, Mr. and Mrs. J. Harden, Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Hackney, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. Black, Mr. and Mrs. H. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Hodges, Mr. and Mrs. Hickok, Mr. and Mrs. Conklin, Mr. and Mrs. T. R. Bryan, Mr. and Mrs. Dever, Mr. and Mrs. Bedilion, Mr. and Mrs. Holmes, Mr. and Mrs. Barclay, Mrs. W. F. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. Mann, Mr. and Mrs. Allen, Mr. and Mrs. Doane, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington, Mr. and Mrs. Horning, Mr. and Mrs. Troup, Mr. and Mrs. F. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. McDonald, and Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Read.
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, May 5, 1881.
      Statements of Businessmen of Winfield and Leading Citizens of Cowley County,
                                          Kansas, in Relation to the Situation.
                                                           W. J. HODGES,
Stock dealer. The acreage of corn planted this spring in this county is twenty to twenty-five percent greater than it was last year, and what is particularly noticeable, the work is better done. It has all come up and is looking splendidly. If nothing unusual happens to prevent, the crop will be one-third greater than ever before. My shipments of stock for the market are about the same as they were a year ago. In the last three months I have shipped: Fat hogs, 65 cars, 4,259 head, $48,813.33; fat sheep, 3,413 head, $15,944; fat cattle, 100 head, $4,500. Total amount paid, $69,307.33.
Winfield Courier, June 2, 1881.
W. J. Hodges shipped a flock of sheep and a carload of cattle to St. Louis Tuesday.
Winfield Courier, June 16, 1881.
A considerable number of the citizens of Winfield met on Monday evening on the steps of the Winfield Bank to provide for raising funds for the immediate relief of the sufferers caused by the cyclone Sunday evening. Mr. Crippen called the people together by music from the band.
                                                        W. J. Hodges $10.00
Excerpts including statement re Charley Hodges...
Winfield Courier, July 7, 1881.
                                                 THE EVIDENCE IN BRIEF.
Mr. Miller was then asked what he had drank at Manny’s. He stated that he had called for “ginger” and that he probably got what he called for. That it was about the color of barnyard drainage, that he had bought a quart, and had paid twenty cents for it, that he had never become intoxicated on it, and had never drank more than two glasses at a time. He was then asked when he had heard that “ginger” was being sold there.
The defense objected, but the objection was overruled. The witness then said that it was about the middle of May. He stated that he had never seen anyone become intoxicated on this drink. That he lived several hundred feet from the brewery; that it had about the same effect as lemonade.

                                                       CHARLEY HODGES
had obtained from Mr. Manny a drink known as “ginger.” Color dark red, darker than beer. Did not know whether it was intoxi­cating or not. Had no effect upon him. Had drank three or four glasses at once. Had drank beer but had no effect on him. Did not know whether “ginger” was fermented liquor or not. Did not know what fermented liquor was. Had foam like beer. Went out to brewery because wanted something to drink. “Ginger” was not a common drink.
Cross examination: Had foam something like cider or soda water.
Sarah Hodges...
Winfield Courier, July 28, 1881.
A merry party consisting of the gayest of her gay young people assembled at Miss Roland’s on last Saturday evening and proceeded to the residence of Mrs. A. T. Spotswood for the purpose of a complete surprise party to Miss Nettie McCoy, who leaves this week for a visit to her home in New Jersey. The following were present: Mr. and Mrs. Albro, Mr. and Mrs. Bahntge, Mr. and Mrs. George Robinson, Dr. and Mrs. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. George Whitney, and Mr. and Mrs. Garvey; Misses Amelia and Clara Garvey of Topeka, Jennie Hane, May Roland, Allie Klingman, Sarah Hodges, Louise Crapster, Ida McDonald, Amanda Scothorn, Margie Wallis, and Jessie Millington; and Messrs. Davis, Dever, Hunt, Baldridge, Harris, W. A. Smith, W. C. Robin­son, Dr. Gunn, and Bahntge.
Charles Hodges...
Winfield Courier, August 4, 1881.
Charlie Hodges has accepted a position with the K. C. L. & S. railroad as baggage master at this station.
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, September 1, 1881.
Mr. W. J. Hodges brought over samples of coal two feet thick from a new discovery in Chautauqua County. He, with S. H. Myton, and H. S. Silver, have formed a company, bought the land, and are going to put their money in to win. When such men invest, it is a sure thing, you may depend. The coal has been tested by Mr. Legg in his forge and he says, “It gets away with the Rock Hill coal badly.”
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, September 8, 1881.
John Moffitt moved east two months ago and Mr. Freeman resigns and moves out of the city this week; therefore, the first ward of this city is without a councilman. Consequently, the City Council have called an election to fill the two vacancies, and citizens of the first ward are considering whom they shall select to fill the vacancies.
A considerable number of them have suggested J. C. Fuller to succeed Moffitt, and Dr. W. S. Mendenhall to succeed Freeman. After carefully looking over the whole ground, we conclude that Fuller and Mendenhall will fill the bill exactly.

The second ward has had and still has a powerful representa­tion in Read and Hodges, who have absolutely run the City govern­ment just as they pleased. What has ever been good in the city management, they will get credit for; and whatever has been bad, must rest on their shoulders.
Moore & Hodges...
Winfield Courier, September 15, 1881.
Someone objects to J. C. Fuller for Councilman because he resists the sale of certain lots in this city for sidewalk taxes, from which it is inferred that he is opposed to making stone sidewalks in this city. Last year under the ordinances, about a thousand dollars worth of sidewalks at city contract rates were assessed against lots belonging to J. C. Fuller. He let the contracts to build all these sidewalks to two men at 7½ cents per square foot. Moore & Hodges were also contracting for sidewalks, were competitors of Fuller’s contractors, and succeeded in monopolizing so many of the workmen and so much material that Fuller’s contractors failed to get all their work done before the council let a part of his work to Moore & Co., at 18 to 20 cents per square foot.
Fuller does not desire to avoid paying for the work, but objects to paying 70 cents for work worth only 7½ cents per foot, and has taken steps to contest this matter in court, which is of no particular interest only to the parties affected by the action.
Fuller has paid vastly more money for sidewalks in this city than any other man, has done more to encourage the building of sidewalks, has signed more petitions to the council for side­walks, and built more sidewalks without ordinances of the coun­cil, than any other man. He signed the petition for the side­walks in controversy.
It may be a habit of some to call him close and tight in money matters, and it is true to a certain extent. He is careful not to squander money on the thousand things of little or no use which come along, but when a matter of real benefit to the city is before him, no man is more liberal. It is this carefulness to save useless and unnecessary expenses, as well as his judicious liberality in matters of moment; which makes him specially wanted in the council at this time, and considering his clear cut sense, unfailing judgment, financial ability, and devotion to the interests of the city, many think it particularly desirable that he be elected as councilman. No one need imagine that he desires it. If he can be prevailed upon to accept it, is all that can be hoped.
J. L. Hodges...druggist and groceries...
Winfield Courier, October 6, 1881.
Mr. J. L. Hodges has opened a grocery in the old Monitor building on ninth avenue.
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, October 6, 1881.
The council is again in running order with the new members, Messrs. Gary and Mater duly installed. The senior democratic member is responsible for the following, which we clip from the proceedings.
On motion of Mr. Hodges the fine of Logan Hundley [?] was remitted “on account of his impecuniosity and the Mayor directed to discharge him after delivering to him an euphonious speech looking towards his early departure from the city.”
Winfield Courier, October 13, 1881.
                                                             September 4th.

Bound for Southwestern Missouri, the land of the free and home of the brave, brave James boys, and free whiskey. The Hon. W. P. Hackney was on board the train, Messrs. Myton, Hodges, and Silver boarded the train and got off at Grenola. I am informed that they have a bonanza coal mine near there, a two foot vein. Mr. H. E. Asp, of Winfield, has become so elated that he intends quitting the law practice and manage the mine at Elk Falls.
We saw three barrels of empty beer bottles marked E. M. Trimble. What are the initials of our worthy Professor Trimble?
Sarah Hodges marries Fred C. Hunt...
Winfield Courier, October 27, 1881.
Wednesday at 12 o’clock, Mr. Fred C. Hunt and Miss Sarah Hodges were united in marriage at the residence of the bride’s father, in this city, Rev. Father Kelly officiating. The assem­blage was one of the largest ever gathered to witness a marriage ceremony in this city. The bridal party left on the afternoon train for a short trip in the east. The following is a list of presents from their friends.
Bedroom set, bride’s father, W. J. Hodges.
Silver spoons, Mrs. W. J. Hodges.
Silver fruit knife, May Hodges.
Silver knives and forks, Charley Hodges.
Large parlor lamp, Willie Hodges.
Handsome chair, Capt. and Mrs. Hunt.
Silver and cut glass berry dish, Miss Anna Hunt and Etta Robinson.
Oil paintings, from groom.
Silver cake stand, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson.
Set fruit plates, from Mr. and Mrs. Garvey and Mr. and Mrs. Spotswood.
Handsome clock, Mr. and Mrs. D. Severy.
Individual salt cellars, Allie Klingman.
Pair silver goblets, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller.
Majolica salad dish, Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Hickok.
Silver butter dish with plates, W. C. and Ivan Robinson.
Silver jewel case, Miss Ida McDonald, Anna Scothorn, Jennie Hane,
and Jessie Millington.
Silver and glass vase with hand painting, Dr. Wilson and Mrs. Bullock.
Silver and cut glass bouquet holder, Mr. and Mrs. Randall.
Silver napkin rings, W. J. Wilson and W. A. Smith.
Card receiver and bouquet holder, Mr. and Mrs. C. F. Bahntge.
Silver pickle dish, Mrs. C. A. Bliss.
Silver and cut glass fruit dish, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Robinson.
Silver butter knife and pickle fork, Miss A. and Nellie Aldrich.
Silver butter dish, Miss Bird Godfrey, of Wellington.
Individual castor, R. W. Dever.
Darned net apron, Miss Kate Millington, Las Vegas, N. M.
Handsome book, “Beautiful Ferns,” Henry Goldsmith.
Pair dining room pictures, Mr. and Mrs. Mann.
Panel picture, C. C. Harris.

Silver and cut glass flower vase, Mr. and Mrs. Ed P. Greer.
From the COURIER COMPANY, a life subscription to the Winfield COURIER,
A handsome present from Miss McCoy.
Will Robinson couldn’t be present at the wedding, but sent his regrets; and hoped “if they
must encounter troubles, they be little ones.”
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, November 10, 1881.
COAL MINERS WANTED. At the C. V. C. & M. Co.’s coal mines, eight miles south of Grenola, Kansas. (Formerly Binyons mines.)  Inquire of, or address W. J. Hodges or S. H. Myton, Winfield, or W. O. Johnson, Supt., Grenola, Kansas.
J. L. Hodges...
Cowley County Courant, November 17, 1881.
J. L. HODGES. STAPLE AND FANCY GROCERIES, PROVISIONS, FEED AND GRAIN. Store on 9th avenue, one block east of Main street.
Cowley County Courant, November 24, 1881.
                             J. L. HODGES, STAPLE AND FANCY GROCERIES.
                             Store on 9th Avenue, one block east of Main Street.
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, December 1, 1881.
Messrs. Hodges, Myton, Rinker, et al., who invaded the Territory last week in search of game, returned Monday, bringing with them eight-seven wild turkeys and a deer. They report one of the jolliest trips on record and resolve to go again soon.
Winfield Courier, December 22, 1881.
W. J. Hodges starts tomorrow for Harper to bring his two thousand head of sheep and two goats in this county to winter.
Cowley County Courant, December 22, 1881.
                                           WINFIELD, DECEMBER 19, 1881.
Council met in regular session. The president of the council, Mr. Read, presiding, in the absence of the mayor. Present: Councilmen Read, Hodges, Platter, and Gary, city attorney and clerk.
Ordinance No. 153, changing the name of Court House street to Riverside avenue, was read and on motion of Mr. Hodges was taken up for consideration by sections. Sections 1 and 2 were adopted. On a motion to adopt as a whole on the final passage the vote stood as follows: Those voting aye were Messrs. Hodges, Gary, and Mater; nay, none, and the ordinance was declared adopted.
Petition of Frank Barclay and 55 others, asking that the stacking of hay be prohibited by ordinance within the city limits, was presented.
Remonstrance of W. T. Roland and 62 others, against the passage of such an ordinance, was also presented.
On motion of Mr. Hodges, the petition and remonstrance were referred to the committee on fire department.
The following bills were allowed and ordered paid.

James Lobdell, street work, $17.50.
Wm. Moore, stone and crossings, $30.00.
Wm. Moore, stone and crossings, $10.20.
     M. L. READ, Pres. Council, Acting Mayor. Attest: DAVID C. BEACH, CITY CLERK.
Cowley County Courant, December 22, 1881.
S. H. Myton, W. J. Hodges, and H. Silver visited their coal mine in Chautauqua County last Wednesday. They found Superinten­dent Johnson reposing on an oriental divan and smoking Havana cigars, and the coal tumbling out of the mine and loading itself into the wagons; Superintendent Johnson knows how to run a coal mine. W. J. Hodges, the president of the company, came back highly indignant. They made him crawl on his hands and knees about five hundred feet into the mine, and told him it was quite likely the whole thing would tumble in any minute. Those who saw the knees of his pants when he came out thought he had been through a long and earnest season of prayer. . . .
Charles Hodges takes over “Hoosier Grocery” management with Rinker...
Winfield Courier, December 29, 1881.
W. J. Hodges is one of our most active businessmen. He buys hogs when there is a market in it, runs a big sheep ranch, and last week purchased an interest in the “Hoosier Grocery.” His son, Charlie, will take hold of this branch of the business, and he and G. L. Rinker will continue to hold the fort at the old stand.
J. W. Hodges. Think the next item should state “W. J.” Hodges...
Winfield Courier, January 5, 1882.
J. W. [W. J.] Hodges brought in his flock of 2,000 graded Colorado sheep, last week, and will feed them on Jap Cochran’s place.
Winfield Courier, January 12, 1882.
                                                   HARD ON THE D. B.’S.
                  The Businessmen Talk, Eat, and Prepare to Harvest Unpaid Bills.
Last Saturday evening a large number of the businessmen of Winfield met at the Brettun House and organized an association that will be of more practical benefit to businessmen and the trading public generally then anything that has yet been proposed. The matter has been talked of for some time, but recent events brought it to a focus, of which the “Merchants” and Business Men’s Protective Association” is the outcome. The following gentlemen were present and assisted in the organization.
A. H. Doane, R. E. Wallis, J. A. McGuire, Will Hudson, A. E. Baird, W. J. Hodges, H. Brotherton, J. M. Dever, J. P. Baden, J. L. Hodges, R. E. Sydall, Lou Harter, Ed. P. Greer, J. B. Lynn, A. B. Steinberger, C. A. Bliss, D. L. Kretsinger, A. T. Spotswood, S. W. Hughes, J. S. Mann, W. B. Pixley, W. R. McDonald, A. D. Hendricks, Col. Wm. Whiting, J. G. Shrieves, J. W. Batchelder, J. L. Horning, T. R. Timme, J. L. Rinker, J. P. Short, B. F. Wood, J. A. Cooper.

A committee consisting of the officers and a committee of eight or ten members were appointed to draft constitution and by-laws to be presented at the next meeting to be held at A. H. Doane & Co.’s office Thursday evening. The object of the organization is for mutual protection against the class of men who obtain credit at one place as long as possible, then change to another, and so on around, and for heading off dead-beats of every kind. A list of all those who are in arrears at the different stores will be made out by each merchant and filed with the secretary, who will furnish each member with a complete list of all who obtain credit and the amount. Then, when a person desires to buy goods on time, the merchant can go to his list, find out how many other firms in town he owes, and how long the account has been running. If he finds that the person desiring credit owes every other merchant in town, he can safely make up his mind that he is a D. B. On the other hand, if he finds that the person asking for credit has paid his bill and is reckoned good by the other merchants in establishing his credit, he will find no trouble in getting all the advances he desires. It will weed out the dishonest fellows and protect those who pay their debts and show a disposition to deal honestly.
The above, as near as we can state it, is the object of the association. Here alone, good, honest, straightforward men all over the county have failed to get credit because there was no way to establish their standing while others who were no good have run annual bills all over town and never make an effort to pay. This will stop all that business and place them in a very unenviable light until their bills are paid.
After the adjournment of the meeting all repaired to the dining room of the Brettun and ate oysters and celery, drank coffee and cream, told vigorous stories of dead-beats and bill-jumpers, and treated each other to little bits of business experience that furnished points for future action. The supper was nicely served and thirty-nine sat down to the long table and took two or more dishes of “Oysters-loony style,” with fruit and lighter refreshments thrown in. One of the most unfortunate features of the supper was that there were no toasts. Nothing is so delightful after a nice supper as to sit back in your chair and note the writhings of the poor mortal who has been selected to tell about “The great American eagle, who laves his bill in the Atlantic and dips his tail in the Pacific,” and to see him squirm when he finds that he has forgotten the piece and got the proud bird’s tail in the wrong pond. We were very anxious to see this duty performed and had about concluded to call out J. L. Horning or A. T. Spotswood, with W. J. Hodges and R. E. Wallis as possible substitutes, when the thought struck us that it might prove a boomerang and our desire for toasts immediately expired.
Among the ladies who graced the occasion were Mrs. W. R. McDonald, Mrs. J. L. Rinker, Mrs. J. B. Lynn, Miss Sadie French, Mrs. W. J. Hodges, Mrs. S. W. Hughes, Mrs. J. A. Cooper, and Mrs. W. B. Pixley.
J. L. Hodges, druggist and groceries...
Cowley County Courant, January 19, 1882.
The Merchants’ and Business Men’s Protection Association met Thursday evening at the office of A. H. Doane & Co., president Spotswood presiding. The committee on constitution and by-laws tendered their report, which was received and taken up for action by sections, after which it was adopted as a whole, and the secretary instructed to have the same printed and furnish each member with a copy. The following firms became members of the association.
                                                              J. L. Hodges.

The by-laws provide that any firm in the city may become members by complying with the by-laws, rules, and regulations, and that each member will be furnished with a pass book contain­ing a list of doubtful and bad paying customers, professional beats, etc. From the reading of the constitution and by-laws of the organization, it is evident that the business men are in earnest, and that they propose to protect cash and prompt paying customers and to give doubtful and bad paying customers, and especially dead beats, a wide berth. The method adopted by the association for equal and mutual protection is sound and reason­able, and will bring to its membership every business firm in the city. The result will surely prove satisfactory to both buyer and seller.
Charles Hodges, son of W. J. Hodges...
Cowley County Courant, February 2, 1882.
Rinker & Hodges, of the Hoosier grocery, are fixing up a handsome show window.
W. J. Hodges...
Cowley County Courant, February 2, 1882.
In our issue of yesterday we noticed the arrival of the first car of Cana Valley coal. Our limited space at the time forbid a more extended notice of the coal or a more liberal mention of the parties who are interested in the company. The COURANT is ever ready to advance the interest of Winfield and Winfield men. It will be remembered that this company, consist­ing of Messrs. Hodges, Myton, Silver, Jennings, Asp, and others, was organized in October last, since which time the company have expended over $5,000 in the purchase of land leases, mining tools, and the development of the mines which are located eight miles south of Grenola in the Cana Valley. Like all new organi­zations they have had everything to contend against, and at times failure seemed to stare them in the face, and but for the indomi­table pluck of Messrs. Hodges and Myton, the Cana Valley Coal Company would long since have been numbered with the dead. Today the company is on a solid basis with a bright and glorious prospect ahead.
From a scant vein of 14 inches, the show is now 20 inches, and a much better grade of coal. From a wagon load a day, their capacity has increased to 500 bushels. They are now able to supply the retail demand at the mines and ship from five to ten cars per week. Since the arrival of the Cana Valley coal to this market, our people have had time and opportunity to test its quality. It is pronounced by many that the Cana coal is far superior to any other grade of soft coal mined in the southwest. The coal is free from rock and slate, burns clean, and leaves only a white ash. There is no offensive gas which escapes from the stove; and no accumulation of soot in the pipe or flue. The company have very wisely made the reliable coal firm of A. H. Doane & Company their agents in Winfield, and will keep them supplied at all times with Cana coal, putting it in the market at the price of other soft coal.
Winfield Courier, February 2, 1882.
A car of coal from the Caney Valley mines came in Thursday and was distributed among our citizens at $7 per ton. The coal is of excellent quality and is clear and firm. The company is taking out now about 300 bushels a day, part of which they sell at the mines for 15 cents per bushel. They expect to ship about three carloads per week hereafter. It looks as if Messrs. Myton, Hodges, Jennings & Co., will yet become black-diamond aristocrats. They have put considerable money into this enterprise and we are glad to see it turning out so well.
Charles Hodges...
Winfield Courier, February 23, 1882.
                                                         The Catholic Fair.

“A little fun now and then is relished by the best of men.” The Catholic Fair, which closed Friday evening, Feb. 10, was the source of much amusement to the people of Win-field. Everything in the way of pleasure was there, and the citizens did not fail to patronize the good work. The businessmen when called upon for contributions responded liberally, as did the ladies, in donating the various articles for a supper and refreshment tables. The fancy articles which were donated were duly appreciated, and served to decorate the booths nicely. We do not pretend to name the several articles; however, we will give a few. The china set of one hundred and fifty seven pieces, which was won by Mr. J. B. Lynn, who afterwards presented it to Father Kelly, occupied a prominent position on one of the tables. A handsome family Bible, a fine gold necklace and bracelets, donated by Mr. P. Lavery; a wax cross, a silver castor, donated by Mr. Schroeter; a silver butter dish and knife, the gift of Hudson Bros.; an artificial flower pot, given by F. Manny; a large wax doll, a silver pickle castor, and two silver goblets, donated by Mr. and Mrs. C. Buckley; a Kalo-meda set, given by Johnson & Hill; a pair of vases, by Harter Bros.; lace curtains, by Mr. Hahn; a box of fancy note-paper, by Mr. P. Buckley; a handsome album, by Mrs. Charlie Allen, of Wichita; a pair of vases, by H. Goldsmith; a pair of gentleman’s slippers, by Smith Bros.; pin cushions, tidies, toilet sets, mats, pillow shams and numerous other articles, which decorated the fancy tables over which Mrs. J. C. Fuller and Mrs. Pierce presided. The refreshment stand was taken charge of by the Misses Healey, McGonigle, and Kelly. The supper table was superintended by Mrs. Dockery and Mrs. Lanbener. Miss Kate Healey was postmaster and distributed many letters and valentines to the young folks. Mrs. Charlie Allen, from Wichita, took care of the oyster table. Our friend, Capt. H. H. Siverd, was the winner of the hanging lamp and pickle castor; he deserved them for his energy in trying to make the fair a success. Dr. C. C. Green won the horse. The ball, though last, was not least. It was conducted with so much propriety that many church members were tempted to “tip the light fantastic toe.” Capt. C. Steuven was floor manager. There were many visitors here during the fair. Mrs. E. Woolheater, Mr. Buck, from Newton, Miss D. McDoigle, from Leavenworth, and Mrs. Charlie Allen, from Wichita, being noticed. Nearly all the young folks of Winfield were out. The young men were very gallant and generous in taking chances on all articles to be disposed of in that way. Capt. W. Whiting, Dave Harter, Ad Powers, Willie Smith, C. Hodges, J. Hyden, Fred Whiting, Ed and H. Cole, C. C. Harris, J. O’Hare, H. Seward, and A. D. Speed were among the many who assisted in making the fair a success, both socially and financially, and we feel sure the Catholics will feel grateful for the kindness of all those who contributed toward the good work.
Moore & Hodges. Still do not know if this was W. J. Hodges.
Cowley County Courant, March 2, 1882.
Mr. William Moore, the proprietor of the Cowley County flag stone quarries, worked by Moore & Hodges, came over to this city last week and spent three days among our people. He succeeded in selling some stone and will, we hope, succeed in selling more, as he is a reliable gentleman and honorable dealer. He returned home Saturday evening. Wellingtonian.
W. J. Hodges...
Cowley County Courant, March 2, 1882.

W. J. Hodges, during the slippery time, undertook to step up a sort of a mound at his house, when his feet went out from under him and he slid clear across the lot into the fence. W. J. presented a beautiful appearance.
Will Hodges, son of W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, March 2, 1882.
                                                     Longfellow’s Birthday.
The pupils of the high school have for a long time been preparing an exhibition to celebrate the anniversary of the birthday of the renowned poet, Henry W. Longfellow, and on Monday evening the 27th a large audience assembled at the Opera House to witness the result of their efforts. A fine entertainment was afforded. Those who were in attendance heard songs and recitations composed by Longfellow and several essays upon his life.
Entertainment began with the song, “The Hemlock Tree,” by Miss Anna Hyde, which was well rendered. The greater part of the evening was given to the rendition of the Courtship of Miles Standish, recited by Miss Hattie Andrews, Mate Lynn, Bertie Stebbins, Anna Hyde, Josie Pixley, Ella Roberts, Minnie Stewart, Lizzie McDonald, and Rosa Rounds. “The Death of Minnehaha,” a duet, was sung by Misses Josie Bard and Lutie Newman and was highly appreciated. The recitation of “Hiawatha’s wooings,” was given by Carrie Cronk and was well rendered. James Cairns, Will Hodges, and Alvah Graham also gave recitations, which were excellent.
Hodges mentioned unknown...
Winfield Courier, March 2, 1882.
Mr. Hodges shipped two carloads of corn from Salem last week.
Charles Hodges...
Cowley County Courant, March 16, 1882.
A suspicious circumstance happened at the Hoosier Grocery that may furnish some clue to the high handed raid on Mr. Jennings’s hen coop last Sunday night. A lady accosted Charles Hodges and inquired the price paid for chickens, which Charles informed her was eight cents per pound for fat and young chick­ens, dressed. The lady then produced from under her apron a large dressed chicken weighing seven pounds, which Charles pur­chased, and which upon critical examination, proved to be a fourteen year old rooster and tougher than the head of a base drum. The spring chicken will be on exhibition for a few months and we advise Mr. Jennings to call around and see if he can recognize the departed.
The next article refers to the chicken raid mentioned above...
Cowley County Courant, March 16, 1882.

Mr. S. P. Jennings, who lives on the old Holmes place south of town, was last Saturday night the victim of one of the most bold and daring robberies and of the most dastardly character that is recorded in the annals of crime. During the night a band of separate and hungry men forcibly entered the chicken coop and stole eighteen chickens, cleaning out the ranch, and leaving it as desolate and chickenless as the grave. Age or sex was not spared; the old and the young, the low and the high, the tough and the tender, were swooped down upon by the invaders and torn from their peaceful and happy home. The outrage stands out in the light of the nineteenth century a dark blot upon American civilization. Brave roosters and fair hens were cut off in the plentitude of their existence. The penitent and impenitent were alike taken. The repentant hen who had gone to sleep happy in the resolution that she would lay more eggs in the future, and the belligerent rooster who had promised himself a free fight in the morning, shared alike the horrible fate that awaits stolen chickens in general. Such a sack was never seen since Rhoderik Dhu laid waste the pleasant hamlets of the Lowlanders, or the itinerant preachers of Indians struck terror to the yellow legged chickens of the backwoods. Never before has such a case of “fowl” play been brought to our notice. There is every reason to think that Jesse James and his villains are at the bottom of this. The last train robbery at the Blue Cut brought but little money, and these hunted desperadoes are probably at some rendez­vous on the Walnut, tearing those innocent and unfortunate victims of their red-handed crime, limb from limb. The coop that once held a happy family is now desolate and empty, and where once resounded the happy cackle of the rooster and the clarion notes of the hen is heard nought but the mournful echoes of the passing sounds. Mr. Jennings has the heartfelt sympathy of the entire community in this prostrating blow that has left his heart and hen coop such an aching void.
W. J. Hodges...
Cowley County Courant, March 23, 1882.
W. J. Hodges has returned from St. Louis from his first shipment of sheep. The remainder of his large flock will soon be placed upon the market.
Cowley County Courant, March 30, 1882.
Mr. Fred C. Hunt and Mr. W. J. Hodges went to St. Louis last Saturday, to be gone perhaps a week. Having retired from THE COURANT editorial corps, Fred. has taken this trip as a matter of recreation. Fred is one of the best and brightest young men we have ever known, and we were never associated with anyone who so fully filled our mind’s eye as he. THE COURANT is indebted to him for the larger portion of its best productions, and it was not without regret that we let him retire.
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, April 6, 1882.
                                                              City Election.
The City election last Tuesday passed off pleasantly and quietly, but there was strenuous work done. As usual, the successful candidates are happy and the unsuccessful feel a little sore. There were no party nominations and the contest, so far as there was a contest, was mainly on the prohibition issue. The anti-prohibitionists on Monday evening made up a good strong ticket largely of prohibition candidates with the evident main object of beating Buckman for Justice, Siverd for Constable, and whoever might be nominated in the first ward for councilman by their opponents. The prohibitionists accepted their nominations so far as suited them, but substituted other names for five principal offices, as appears below, to make up a complete ticket. The long and short term candidates for school board happened to get reversed on the two tickets, which occasioned the votes for full term and vacancy for the same candidates. Every man on the prohibitionist’s ticket was elected by majorities ranging from 55 to 180. The average vote on contested candidates in the whole city was 245 prohibition to 145 anti, or 100 majority. This is the way we look at the matter, but others may view it differently. The following is the vote in full. Those names prefixed by * are elected.

*J. C. McMULLEN: 168
  W. J. Hodges: 6
  W. H. Smith: 1
*B. F. WOOD: 95
  A. H. Doane: 72
  W. J. Hodges: 2
Winfield Courier, April 20, 1882.
Pursuant to call, a number of gentlemen interested in the organization of a Cowley County Agricultural Society, met at the Court House Saturday, April 15th, 1882, and were called to order by T. A. Blanchard. Thereupon, J. W. Millspaugh, of Vernon Township, was elected Chairman and T. A. Blanchard, Secretary. F. H. Graham stated that the object of the meeting was to organize for the purpose of holding a county fair this fall. On motion of J. B. Jennings, the meeting unanimously resolved to hold a fair, and a committee of six gentlemen consisting of J. C. Roberts, W. P. Hackney, W. J. Hodges, J. W. Millspaugh, J. L. Horning, and W. A. Tipton was appointed to draft articles of incorporation and report at the next meeting. The meeting then adjourned to meet on Saturday, April 22, 1882, at 2 o’clock, at which time all feeling an interest in the fair are requested to attend.
Cowley County Courant, April 20, 1882.
Pursuant to call, a number of gentlemen interested in the organization of a Cowley County Agricultural Society met at the Courthouse Saturday, April 15th, 1882, and was called to order by T. A. Blanchard. Thereupon, J. W. Millspaugh, of Vernon town­ship, was elected Chairman and T. A. Blanchard, Secretary. F. H. Graham stated that the object of the meeting was to organize for the purpose of holding a county fair this fall. On motion of J. B. Jennings, the meeting unanimously resolved to hold a fair, and a committee of six gentlemen, consisting of J. C. Roberts, W. P. Hackney, W. J. Hodges, J. W. Millspaugh, J. H. Horning, and W. A. Tipton, was appointed to draft articles of incorpora­tion and report at the next meeting. The meeting then adjourned to meet on Saturday, April 22nd, 1882, at 2 o’clock, at which time all feeling an interest in the fair are requested to attend. All Cowley County papers requested to copy.
Cowley County Courant, April 20, 1882.
                                                 COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS.
Council met in regular session, Mayor M. G. Troup presiding. Present, Councilmen Read, Gary, Mater, and Hodges, City Attorney Seward, and Clerk Beach.
The minutes of the regular meeting of April 3rd, and of the meeting of April 7th, to canvass the votes cast at the general election held April 8th, were read and approved.
Col. J. C. McMullen and Mr. R. S. Wilson, Councilmen elect, being present, were then inducted into office; Messrs. Hodges and Mater, vacating their offices.
May Hodges, daughter of W. J. Hodges...
Cowley County Courant, April 27, 1882.

Saturday while Miss May Hodges was playing with some other children at Mr. Conner’s, who went to push the door shut and ran her hand through the glass, severely cutting both hand and arm. Dr. Wright dressed the wounds and Miss May is doing as nicely as could be expected after such an accident.
Winfield Courier, April 27, 1882.
Miss May Hodges had one of her hands severely cut by running it through a pane of broken glass Saturday.
Unknown: Hodges’ family referred to in next item...
Winfield Courier, April 27, 1882.
Mr. and Mrs. Hodges, who have been spending the winter at Mr. M. Jackson’s, started for their home in Illinois last week. They won many warm friends while here, who were reluctant to part with them. We think they were so well pleased with our beautiful valley that they will come again.
Item concerning Charles Hodges...
Winfield Courier, May 4, 1882.
Hodges’ delivery horse ran away again last Thursday and fell flat on its back on the sidewalk in front of Eli Youngheim’s.
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, May 4, 1882.
The officers elected for the Fair Association are W. A. Tipton, president; T. A. Blanchard, secretary; J. W. Millspaugh, Treasurer. The Directors are J. C. Roberts, J. J. Johnson, H. B. Pratt, P. M. Waite, W. A. Tipton, Chas. Schiffbauer, S. Phoenix, H. Harbaugh, W. J. Hodges.
W. E. Hodges [William Elmer Hodges]: probably a son of W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, May 4, 1882.
                                                  High School Commencement.
The third annual commencement exercises of the Winfield High School will be held in the Opera House Friday evening. The exercises will commence promptly at 8 o’clock, after which the doors will be opened only during music. Those who desire reserved seats can have them marked on the chart by calling at Goldsmith’s.
Program giving names only of participants.
Rev. J. E. Platter, Rosina Ann Frederick, William Elmer Hodges, Leni Leota Gary, Charles Israel Klingman, Ida Geneva Trezise, Hattie Eva Andrews, Anne Electa Rowland, Charles Francis Ware, Haidee Augusta Trezise, Lizzie M. McDonald, Rose Amelia Rounds, Mary Lottie Randall, James Alexander Cairns, Minnie Francis Sumpter, Rev. P. F. Jones.
Winfield Courier, May 4, 1882.
                                                  High School Commencement.
The third annual commencement exercises of the Winfield High School will be held in the Opera House Friday evening. The exercises will commence promptly at 8 o’clock, after which the doors will be opened only during music. Those who desire reserved seats can have them marked on the chart by calling at Goldsmith’s.
Program giving names only of participants.

Rev. J. E. Platter, Rosina Ann Frederick, William Elmer Hodges, Leni Leota Gary, Charles Israel Klingman, Ida Geneva Trezise, Hattie Eva Andrews, Anne Electa Rowland, Charles Francis Ware, Haidee Augusta Trezise, Lizzie M. McDonald, Rose Amelia Rounds, Mary Lottie Randall, James Alexander Cairns, Minnie Francis Sumpter, Rev. P. F. Jones.
Winfield Courier, May 11, 1882.
                                                        Graduating Exercises.
The Graduating exercises of the Winfield High school, on last Friday evening, were well attended and the program was very interesting. Each member of the class did well, and altogether it was a highly creditable affair. The opening prayer, by Rev. Platter, was followed by a “Greeting Song” by the class, after which the Salutatory, “Is Our Destiny in Our Own Hands?” was rendered in an excellent manner by Rose Frederick. Next was a well delivered address, “Nobility of Industry,” by William Hodges, and then Leonta Gary’s “Tablets of Memory,” which sparkled all over with bright thoughts, left us in a pleasing frame of mind to enjoy the music which followed. Charlie Klingman’s “Electricity” showed careful thought and was succeeded by a rendition rich in sentiment, “Beyond the Alps Lies Our Italy,” by Ida Trezise. Hattie Andrews’ “Watch” was excellently delivered as was Anna Rowland’s neat rendition of “Character is Power.” After music, that “Storms Strengthen the Oak,” was demonstrated by Charles Ware, and then in a clear, distinct voice Haidee Trezise showed the consequences of being “Weighed and Found Wanting.” Lizzie McDonald proved the necessity of constructing our characters of substantial material in “We Build Our Own Monuments.” The results of “Home Influence,” were shown by Rose Rounds. Then came more music, and after that “Delve Deeper,” by Mary Randall, and “The Value of Books,” by James Cairns. Then came the Valedictory: the farewell to school-mates and teacher, the severing of the final link that bound the class together, which was rendered in a creditable manner by Minnie Sumpter. After music was the presentation of diplomas, accompanied by words of advice and commendation, by Prof. E. T. Trimble, and with the farewell song by the class and the benediction by Rev. P. F. Jones, the exercises were ended and the class of 1882 had passed from the happy days of school life into the busy, active life of the outside world. Each member received a profusion of bouquets from appreciative friends, and deserved all the praise bestowed upon them as eager ones gathered around and congratulated them.
Cowley County Courant, May 11, 1882.
The third annual commencement of the Winfield High School was well attended last evening, the opera house being crowded to its utmost capacity, and a goodly number had to go home, not being able to get inside of the building.

The exercises opened with music, and a prayer by Rev. J. E. Platter, followed by the greeting song by the whole class. The salutatory, “Is our destiny in our own hands?” by Miss Rosina Frederick, was splen­did. “Nobility of Industry,” by W. E. Hodges, was good and was followed with “Tablets of Memory,” by Miss Leni Gary, which was excellent. Charlie Klingman came next and his “Electricity” seemed to take the whole audience. This was followed by “Beyond the Alps lies our Italy,” by Miss Ida G. Trezise and “Watch,” by Miss Hattie E. Andrews, both of which were rendered clearly and distinctly, and were very good. Miss Anna E. Rowland fully demonstrated that “Character is Power,” and Charles F. Ware told us how “Storms strengthen the oak.” May Charlie have to pass through few storms, but yet be able to compare his strength with that of the sturdy old oak. “Weighed and found wanting,” by Miss Haidee A. Trezise, was splendid. Miss Trezise has a fine voice and rendered her part very clearly and distinctly, as did Miss Lizzie McDonald in her rendition of “We build our own mountains.” “Home Influence,” by Miss Rose A. Rounds, was excellent, as well as “Delve Deeper,” by Miss Mary L. Randall. James A. Cairns taught us “The value of books,” and was followed with the Vale­dictory, by Miss Minnie F. Sumpter, which was fine and well delivered.
The presentation of diplomas by Professor Trimble made each graduate’s heart glad and the Profes­sor proved that his class of 1882 had done so well. The exercises were interspersed with music, and last came the “Farewell song” by the whole class, in which every heart and voice joined. The benediction was pro­nounced by Rev. P. F. Jones and the audience dismissed. Each one was fairly showered with bouquets and richly deserved the honors. In one minute after the dismissal, the stage was crowded with proud and joyous friends who were eager to congratulate the class of 1882 for having done so nicely. May their troubles and difficulties through life be surmounted as easily as those of their school days, is the wish of THE COURANT.
W. J. Hodges...
Cowley County Courant, May 11, 1882.
The board of directors of the Agricultural and Horticultural society met at the Courier office, in Winfield, May 6th, 1882, at two o’clock P. M.
Present: J. C. Roberts, R. B. Pratt, P. M. Waite, W. A. Tipton, W. J. Hodges, S. W. Phoenix, and J. W. Millspaugh.
The following officers were elected for the ensuing term: W. A. Tipton, President; Henry Harbaugh, Vice President; T. A. Blanchard, Secretary; J. W. Millspaugh, Treasurer; W. J. Hodges, Superintendent.
The following committees were appointed.
Finance: W. J. Hodges, J. C. Roberts, James Vance, J. L. Horning, James Schofield.
Printing: T. A. Blanchard, E. P. Greer, W. A. Tipton.
Grounds: W. J. Hodges, J. C. Roberts, J. W. Millspaugh.
Bylaws: W. A. Tipton, F. S. Jennings, Henry Asp.
Committee on grounds were directed to meet May 8th, 1882.
Committee on premium list, the board.
The secretary was directed to procure a rubber stamp seal bearing the legend, “Cowley County Agricultural and Horticultural Society Seal.”
The Secretary was directed to publish the proceedings in all the county papers.
Adjourned to meet May 20th, 1882. T. A. BLANCHARD, Secretary.
Winfield Courier, May 11, 1882.

The Board of Directors of the Cowley County Agricultural Association met at the COURIER editorial rooms Saturday afternoon for the purpose of organizing and getting into working order. The directors present were Messrs. J. C. Roberts. R. B. Pratt, P. M. Waite, W. A. Tipton, W. J. Hodges, S. W. Phoenix, and J. W. Millspaugh. The following officers were elected for the ensuing term.
W. A. Tipton, President.
Henry Harbaugh, Vice President.
T. A. Blanchard, Secretary.
J. W. Millspaugh, Treasurer.
W. J. Hodges, Superintendent.
The Treasurer was required to enter into a bond of $2,000 and to have the same ready for approval at the next meeting.
The following committee was appointed.
Finance: W. J. Hodges, J. C. Roberts, James Vance, J. L. Horning, James Schofield.
Printing: T. A. Blanchard, E. P. Greer, W. A. Tipton.
Grounds: W. S. Hodges, J. C. Roberts, J. W. Millspaugh.
By-Laws: W. A. Tipton, F. S. Jennings, Henry Asp.
Committee on grounds were directed to meet May 8th, 1882.
Committee on premium list, the board.
The Secretary was directed to procure a rubber stamp seal bearing the legend, “Cowley County Agricultural and Horticultural Society Seal.” The Secretary was directed to publish the proceedings in all the county papers. Adjourned to meet May 26th, 1882.
                                               T. A. BLANCHARD, Secretary.
Winfield Courier, May 18, 1882.
                                                              A Big Picnic.
The A. O. U. W. Society of Winfield are making arrangements for a grand basket picnic in Riverside Park, May 25th. Twenty-five neighboring lodges have been invited, special trains will be run, and a general good time indulged in. The following committees have been appointed.
Devotional exercises: Revs. Platter and Cairns.
Reception: J. S. Mann, W. R. Davis, J. F. McMullen, C. A. Bliss.
On grounds: Wm. Hodges, A. B. Snow, B. F. McFadden, John Burroughs, S. G. Gary, Wm. Caton, T. J. Harris, D. Dix.
On music: W. C. Carruthers, B. F. Wood, G. S. Manser, Chas. Green.
On Finance: B. M. Legg, A. D. Hendricks, J. N. Harter, H. S. Silver.
On invitations: E. T. Trimble, W. J. Hodges, G. F. Corwin.
On Printing: A. B. Sykes.
The committees are hard at work perfecting arrangements, and intend making this a memorable event in the history of their Society.
J. L. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, May 25, 1882.
                     COUNCIL CHAMBER, CITY OF WINFIELD, MAY 23, 1882.
Council met pursuant to adjournment. Mayor Troup in chair.
Roll called. Present, Councilmen Read, Gary, McMullen, and Wilson.
Bond of Benjamin F. Herrod as marshal, with Geo. T. Wilson, J. L. Hodges, and J. A. McGuire as securities, was presented and on motion of Mr. McMullen was approved.

W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, June 15, 1882.
For Sale. A second-hand Randolph Header, in good condition, for sale cheap.
                                                           W. J. HODGES.
Cowley County Courant, June 8, 1882.
The United Workmen have learned a secret outside of their lodge room, and that is, never postpone a picnic to beat the weather. If the weather proves bad on the day set, adjourn sine die. The Winfield Lodge of United Workmen took every step needful to make their picnic a success. It was evident on Tuesday night that the skies would not be propitious on Thursday, the 25th, the day first named, whereupon the committee on ar­rangements concluded to postpone the picnic till Tuesday, and at once either wrote or telegraphed the postponement to every lodge that had been invited. The Workmen lodge at Leon and the Select Knights of Wellington failed to receive the notice, and sent delegations over for Thursday. They had no picnic, but took the opportunity to go over Winfield and take it in under an umbrella. Monday afternoon everything looked favorable, and Tuesday morn­ing, the day last appointed, promised fine weather. All the committees were alive and put things in shape for a gala day at the Park. The stand was decorated with wreaths of flowers and emblems of the order. D. F. Best allowed the lodge to use one of his splendid organs, and that was taken to the stand. There were swings and croquet provided, and the Archery Club commenced to gather in their marksmen and women of the bow. The stands stood loaded with refreshments and the Park in its dress of green looked lovely enough for a section out of Paradise, and the Workmen were happy. At 11 o’clock a.m., the procession was formed on Main street under the leadership of W. J. Hodges, marshal of the day, and took up its line of march to the Park. Oxford and Arkansas City Lodges A. O. U. W. were in the ranks. The Good Templars of this city, with their band of hope, joined in. But soon after the Park was reached, black clouds began to darken the sky in the southwest, and low, threatening peals of thunder alarmed the gathered crowd, and it soon became evident that the picnic there must be given up. Announcement was then made that the program of exercises would be gone through with at the Opera House, and thither repaired all of the picnickers who did not go home. Baskets loaded full of good things were opened in the hall, strangers present invited to refresh the inner man, and the situation endured as well as possible. About half past 2 o’clock a broken program was carried out, while the rain was falling heavily outside. Rev. C. H. Canfield made the opening prayer. There was a song rendered in the usual excellent style by the Grace Church choir. Prof. Trimble addressed a few words in welcome to the visitors. The main features of the afternoon were the two fine addresses delivered, one by W. R. Sheen, of Lawrence, Kansas, Grand Master Workman of the order in the State, and the other by E. M. Forde, Grand Recorder. These we hope to give our readers soon in print.

A social and reception was called for in the evening and all Winfield invited to come, and that proved to be an enjoyable affair. From 8 o’clock to 12 o’clock crowds of young and old promenaded in the hall, partaking of ice cream, or of that even more delicious reflection, soft things whispered in contiguous ears, evolving rosy blushes and sparkling eyes. Between 9 and 10 o’clock the seats were put in place, and J. F. McMullen, Master Workman of the Lodge, and J. Wade McDonald entertained the audience with brief impromptu speeches. The audience resumed their promenading, flirting, chatting, etc. There was also some impromptu music and harp and banjo playing till a late hour when the affair broke up. Picnicking in an Opera House is much like skating on a parlor floor—a poor substitute for the real thing. Yet the Workmen did the best they could under the circumstances. An amphitheater or pavilion at Riverside Park would have been worth “millions” to them yesterday. When can we have it?
Charles Hodges...
Cowley County Courant, June 22, 1882.
Among those who especially exerted themselves in the boats and water for the recovery of the body of the drowned boy, Charlie Austin, we noticed Mr. Colgate, Frank Finch, Tom Myers, Charlie Hodges, Capt. Smith, Dr. Wells, Ben Cox, Sydal, Sid Majors, Hank Paris, Bert Freeland, and a number of others who were strangers to us. Those in the river were ably assisted by those on the banks. Horses and teams were freely tendered for conveying implements to be used in the search for the body, everyone seeming desirous of doing their part.
Will Hodges...
Cowley County Courant, June 29, 1882.
Winfield is going to have a band. Wednesday evening a number of young men met at THE COURANT office, and organized a cornet band, with the following members: Ed. Farringer, R. I. Mansfield, Frank Barclay, Ed. McMullen, Will Farringer, Will Hodges, Ad. Brown, Chas. Dever, and Will Ferguson. The boys are all young, active, and composed of the right kind of material to make an excellent band. All they need to do is to practice diligently, and we have no fears that the day is not far hence when Winfield can boast of one of the best bands in the state. In order to make the organization strong, it will be necessary for the businessmen of Winfield to do all in their power to help the boys along. By unanimous vote of the members, it was decided to christen it THE COURANT BAND.
W. J. Hodges...
Cowley County Courant, July 6, 1882.
Notwithstanding the failure of the committee on the 4th of July celebration, and now that the thing is over, we will say they were wholly and utterly inexcusable. A large crowd gathered at Riverside Park, to enjoy themselves in exercises peculiar to the day. The first thing on the program was singing by the Glee club, composed of Messrs. Buckman, Snow, and Blair, and Misses Bard and Tresize, with Miss Nettie McCoy as organist, which of course insured the best of music. After prayer by Rev. J. Cairns, the declamation of Independence was read by W. C. Robinson, in a clear, forcible manner. Then came the oration by Samuel Davis, Esq., this being his first effort, or as it is generally written, “maiden speech.” Sam astonished everybody except those who knew him best. Few young men are born with so much ability, and fewer still put it to so good account. Mr. Davis comes of pure Kentucky stock, and closely related to some of the greatest orators that state ever produced, which is saying a great deal when we remember that Clay, Murhall, Breckinridge, and Crittenden were natives of Kentucky. Sam will yet make his mark.

After more music an eloquent speech was made by Judge J. Wade McDonald, followed by Judge Tipton. We will not stop here to particularize, for it is not only expected, but understood, that these gentlemen always acquit themselves with distinguished credit.
The main feature of the day was the baby show. The meeting appointed three of the very best men that could be found for judges, namely: Will C. Robinson, Henry Goldsmith, and Hon. S. C. Smith. Mr. Robinson took his appointment as he should, of course, philosophically, and stood his ground like a man. But Smith and Goldsmith, terrorized by the array, not of the babies, but of the babies’ mothers, weakened at the last moment, and took to the woods. But the irrepressible W. J. Hodges followed and brought them back. The committee was then duly organized and then the baby show proceeded.
The first little cherub shown was the child of David and Mrs. Wilson. This was handed to Mr. Robinson, who took it more or less gingerly in his arms and acted to all outward appearances as if he had never held one before. The next one came to Henry Goldsmith, who exhibited all the signs of being perfectly famil­iar with the whole baby subject. But when it came the turn of our worthy County Commissioner to hold the third one, he evinced every symptom of baby phobia. He took it on his right arm, then on his left, then on his knees, then with both hands he held it to his bosom, and with a smile, too ghastly to last any time at all, made believe to kiss it. Only one premium being offered, it soon became painfully evident that the judges were lost. The first premium was however awarded to the baby of Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, but just what for the judges themselves couldn’t say. What to do with the others now became a very serious question. Will had shown his good sense and judg­ment in getting the first premiums for the one he held, for then he could get it off his hands, literally and metaphorically, with a good grace. Then Mr. Hodges came to the rescue, offered to pay the second premium out of his own pocket. That disposed of Mr. Goldsmith’s baby.
Now came the overpowering climax of the entire show. S. C. couldn’t return his little responsibility, olive branch of affection, for, in his consternation and confusion, he had lost track of its mother, and the mother, presumably mad because her darling failed to receive a prize, repudiated the little angel. Here was confusion worse confounded for our friend. At last, in his anguish, he pulled out a brand new silver dollar and offered it as a third premium. Now if S. C. had ever in his life under­stood this baby business, or had any experience whatever, or had his wife about him, he would have known that the lady he offered the premium and the baby to, was not its mother, never had been, and to all appearances never would or could be.
What was the man to do. There he was with a six months old baby on his hands, before the assembled wit and beauty of Winfield, and he an old bachelor. Do you wonder that the cold clammy sweat of outraged innocence and bashfulness coursed down his back? That was two o’clock in the afternoon, on the 4th day of July, the thermometer just 106 in the shade. He tried several motherly looking females but to no avail. When W. J. Hodges, always on hand, came to the rescue, and relieved him of both the baby and the dollar, and in his facetious way said, “Here is Smith with a baby on his hands, and willing to give a dollar to any lady who will mother it,” the effect was electrical. We may not be just accurate in our exact notings of the performance, but in the main are correct. The day was one of unalloyed enjoyment to those who participated and will be long remembered in the hearts, minds, and thoughts of our people.
Winfield Courier, August 10, 1882.

                                                                 The Fair.
The superintendent, W. J. Hodges, is fitting the race track up in good shape for the use of the steppers that will be on hand for the honors of the turf.
The association has recently built, at a large expense, a new bridge across Timber Creek a short distance above the ford leading to the grounds, thus providing both an entrance and exit gate, which will prevent the jam and commotion that would otherwise result from the great number of teams that will be continually going and coming from the fair grounds.
May Hodges...
Winfield Courier, September 7, 1882.
The Misses May Hodges and Ella Randall are rusticating in Salem at present, visiting the Hoylands, Vances, and Pixleys.
J. L. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, September 21, 1882.
A disturbance occurred Monday between Ansel Gridley, Jr., and Mr. Hodges, the Ninth Avenue grocer, over some rent, in which they came to blows, with no serious results except a bloody nose.
Winfield Courier, September 28, 1882.
J. L. Hodges, the 9th Avenue grocer, recently purchased the R. H. True property on East 9th Avenue. Mrs. True will soon join her husband in Florida, their future home.
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, October 19, 1882.
The Board of Directors of the Agricultural Fair Association met at the COURIER office last Saturday to close up the business of the late fair. Present: Judge Tipton, president; T. A. Blanchard, secretary; J. J. Johnson, J. C. Roberts, W. J. Hodges. After transacting such business as came before it, the Board adjourned until Saturday, October 28th, which is the regular meeting.
Charles Hodges...
Winfield Courier, October 19, 1882.
MARRIED. The marriage of Mr. Will O. Whiting and Miss Maggie McClain, which took place at the Baptist Church last Thursday evening, was an unusually brilliant one. The church was filled with friends, who had gathered to see the ceremony performed, and the church was beautifully decorated for the occasion. The ceremony was performed by Rev. J. Cairns, in his most impressive manner, and the happy couple retired to the residence of Col. Wm. Whiting to receive the congratulations of their friends, of whom about fifty were present and partook of an elegant repast, after which the bride and groom were driven to the depot to take the westbound train for an extended bridal tour. The bride was attired in a handsome steel gray grosgrain silk, elegantly trimmed in cream Spanish lace and orange blossoms. Miss Cora Berkey, the bridesmaid, was dressed in pink silk with white over-dress, pink flowers, and Spanish lace. Mr. Jack Hyden was best man for the groom, and Messrs. Fred Whiting, Chas. Hodges, and Jim. Berry acted as ushers. We extend congratulations to the happy pair and hope they may live long and prosper.

A wee bit confusing! Charles Hodges was managing grocery store for his father, W. J. Hodges, with Rinker. Not apparent if Charles will now continue with Cochran...
Winfield Courier, November 2, 1882.
The firm of Hodges and Rinker has been dissolved, Mr. Hodges retiring, and Jap. Cochran taking his interest.
W. J. Hodges...
Arkansas City Traveler, December 20, 1882.
                                                      Stockmen’s Meeting.
                                          ARKANSAS CITY, Dec. 18th, 1882.
Pursuant to notice published, calling a stockmen’s meeting at the Central Avenue, on Monday last, about thirty stockmen responded, and the meeting was called to order at 1 o’clock p.m. Mr. Hodges was called to the chair, and O. O. Clendenning was appointed Secretary. The Chairman then read an article from a Cherokee paper, stating what the Cherokee Council had done to prevent Eastern Companies from fencing, and thus depriving the stockmen of the several ranges for which they had paid and held license to in the Indian Territory.
Mr. J. E. Snow, Attorney of Winfield, then read a series of resolutions prepared by himself and W. P. Hackney, the acting attorneys for the stockmen. The resolutions are too lengthy to be inserted here, but the sum and substance was that the stockmen there assembled pledged themselves to abide by and aid each other to the utmost extremity in resisting the action of the fencing monopolies which are attempting to illegally force them from their ranges.
The resolutions were adopted and signed; and the following gentlemen, Messrs. F. M. Stewart, D. Warren, and W. H. Dunn, were appointed a committee to act in the premises and decide as to the action necessary to be taken to enforce the resolutions as adopted.
A motion was put and carried that the minutes of the meeting be published after which the meeting adjourned subject to a call of the committee.
Winfield Courier, December 28, 1882.
A couple of our hog buyers, Dave Frew and W. J. Hodges, had a set-to on the street Thursday, which resulted in no blood-shed and ten dollars to the city treasury. The boys must pay for their circus. The only bad feature about it is that the fellow who gets licked has to contribute just as much as the fellow who licked him.
Winfield Courier, January 4, 1883.
Winfield Lodge No. 18, A. O. U. W., held its regular election of officers on Friday, December 29, 1882, with the following result.
M. U., C. C. Green; F., W. J. Hodges; O., A. B. Snow; Rec., E. F. Blair; Fin., J. F. McMullen; R., G. S. Manser; G., S. J. Hepler; O. W., J. E. Snow; I. W., B. M. Legg; Trustee, W. J. Hodges; Representative, D. M. Legg.
It could well be that J. L. and J. W. Hodges were related, as indicated by next item.
J. L. Hodges and J. W. Hodges, partners, Hodges & Hodges...
Winfield Courier, January 18, 1883.

W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, January 25, 1883.
Recap of Claims Submitted in report of Commissioners Proceedings given by J. S. Hunt, County Clerk of Cowley County.
                                                     W. J. Hodges, Talesman.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.
                                                      Stockmen’s Meeting.
Pursuant to call a number of stockmen met at the office of C. M. Scott, in Arkansas City, Kansas, and organized by calling Mr. John H. Tomlin, of Winfield, to the chair and C. M. Scott, Secretary.
The following gentlemen were present: W. J. Hodges, John Myrtle, John Love, J. M. Love, Weathers, Tipton, Chinn, Wicks, D. Warren, Hugh McGinn, J. H. Saunders, Moorehouse, Dr. Carlisle, and others.
On motion a committee of three was appointed to settle all claims of stockmen with the parties proposing to fence, or any other whose interests might conflict.
Committee: W. J. Hodges, Chairman; Drury Warren, and C. M. Scott.
Mr. Weathers thought the Oil Company had no right in the Territory, and did not believe in adjusting matters with them. Thought they should not be recognized in the meeting at all.
Mr. Hodges thought if they paid the tax and complied with the law, they had as much right as anyone to the unoccupied range, and that we should not expect the range to lay idle, and that it would not, and anyone claiming it and paying for it would be protected, whether they were of Kansas, Pennsylvania, or England.
Mr. Chinn said if a man paid, he had no protection against Texas cattle, to which Mr. Hodges replied; only through the Stock Association.
Mr. Warren didn’t see any harm in the Oil Company occupying the range as long as they interfered with the rights of no one legally there.
Mr. Love is on the west side of the range they propose to fence. He hasn’t paid his tax. When he stopped there, he did not expect to remain long—was going farther west, but finally concluded to remain. He then rendered payment to the Treasurer of the Cherokee Nation, and his offer was refused, although he was first on the ground, and had conflicted with no one; and after they had refused, the grant and privilege was given to Mr. Gore. He did not believe in discriminating in favor of a monopoly, and that too, when they were not on the ground, and have not yet a hoof of stock on the range. He said there was no fairness in it, and that the Oil Company were only acting fair since they could do no better. That they had tried to shut out all alike and would have done it if they could, and he appealed to the stockmen to stand by him as he had stood by them.
Mr. Hodges thought Mr. Love’s case one of merit, and that his right would not be ignored.
On motion the meeting elected Mr. Tomlin, Mr. Love, and C. M. Scott a committee of three to forward the grievance to Major John Q. Tufts at Muskogee, Indian Territory.

On motion Drury Warren, Mr. Wicks, and Mr. Weathers were appointed a committee of three to attend the meeting of the Cherokee Strip Stock Association, to be held at Caldwell March 6, 1883.
The following resolutions were introduced and passed.
Resolved, That it is the sense and desire of this meeting that no quarantine ground be established east of Bitter Creek.
Resolved, That no through Texas cattle be permitted to be driven along the State Line east of Bitter Creek, or within four miles of the line during the summer months and that we will use our best endeavors to prevent such doing.
Resolved, That each and everyone of us become a member of the Cherokee Strip Association, and that we stand by one another in the protection of our rights.
On motion the meeting adjourned.
Caldwell Commercial, Thursday, March 8, 1883.
The third annual meeting of the Cherokee Strip Stockmen’s Association met in the Opera House on Tuesday, March 6, 1883, at 11 a.m., and was called to order by the president, Ben S. Miller, who made the following remarks.
It becomes my painful duty to call this Association to order again. Painful, because it will be a rehash of what we have done, the past year, some of which has come to light, and some of which may never show up. On looking to my right, I miss the face of one who, in life, was one of the best supporters the chair had, and whose council and suggestions were always so timely. I refer with sorrow to our friend and brother, A. H. Johnson, who was stricken down in the prime of life last summer, without a moment’s warning, by the Power that controls the elements. He has gone to a place where “scattering,” “gatherings,” and “round-ups” are no more. Whether to a range that is fenced or open, we know not; but we do know that if it is fenced, no Congress, Secretary of the Interior, or Indian Commission can tear it down at their pleasure.
On re-assembling at 2 p.m., the committee on credentials reported the following list of new members, which report was accepted.
D. R. Streeter, Northrup & Stephens, C. W. Blaine, F. M. Stewart, R. B. Clark, R. H. Campbell, W. J. Hodges, G. A. Thompson, S. A. Garth, W. H. Harrelston, W. M. Dunn, G. B. Mote, Crutchfield & Carpenter, Walworth, Walton & Rhodes, W. B. Lee, W. W. Wicks, J. A. Emmerson, John Myrtle, J. H. Hill, A. J. Snider, A. G. Evans, R. W. Phillips, E. W. Payne, Tomlin & Webb, H. W. Roberts, E. P. Fouts, W. W. Stephens, A. Mills, C. M. Scott, H. P. Standley, Lafe Merritt, J. N. Florer, D. W. Roberts, C. H. Dye, M. W. Brand, Drury Warren, W. P. Herring, S. T. Tuttle, E. W. Rannols, N. J. Thompson, W. H. Dunn, E. A. Hereford, J. Love, Johnsons & Hosmer, S. T. Mayor, D. A. Streeter, M. H. Snyder, S. P. Burress, C. C. Clark, J. C. Weathers, G. V. Collins, and H. H. Campbell.
Mr. Hodges asked leave to file paper for consideration of the convention at the proper time concerning Oil Company troubles. Paper was read and discussed.
Mr. Gore, representing the Company, supposed to be the Pennsylvania Oil Company, stated that it was not a part of said company, but was a private enterprise, and that they were willing to agree to anything reasonable concerning the ranges.
Mr. Hewins thought the paper should go to the committee on arbitration.

W. J. Hodges...
Caldwell Commercial, Thursday, March 15, 1883.
                                               LAST DAY’S PROCEEDINGS.
                                                       Charter and By-Laws.
                                       FOURTH DAY—MORNING SESSION.
The meeting was called to order by President Miller at 9 o’clock a.m.
President Miller announced the appointment of the following committees as having been appointed by the Board of Directors on the evening previous at its meeting.
BRAND BOOKS. M. H. Bennett and W. E. Bridge.
FINANCE. M. H. Bennett, S. Tuttle, and J. W. Hamilton.
ARBITRATION. H. W. Timberlake, W. M. Corzine, and D. R. Streeter.
TRAILS, POST ROAD, AND QUARANTINE GROUNDS. H. Hodgson, W. B. Helm, O. Ewell, W. J. Hodges, and John A. Blair.
INSPECTION. A. M. Colson, J. Will Carter, and Marion Blair.
ASSESSMENT AND TAXATION. M. H. Bennett, A. M. Colson, W. P. Herring, A. Drumm, and E. W. Payne.
CLAIMS. S. Tuttle, Ben Garland, and Charles H. Moore.
Caldwell Commercial, Thursday, March 15, 1883.
We, the undersigned persons of competent age, do hereby associate ourselves together for the purpose of forming a private corporation under and by virtue of the laws of the State of Kansas, the purpose of which is and shall be “the improvement of the breed of domestic animals,” by the importation, grazing, breeding, sale, barter, and exchange thereof.
The name of such corporation shall be “The Cherokee Strip Live Stock Association.”
SECOND. The purpose for which the corporation is formed is the improvement of the breed of domestic animals by the importation, grazing, breeding, sale, barter, and exchange thereof.
THREE. The principal office and place of business of the corporation shall be at the city of Caldwell, in Sumner County, Kansas, but its place or places of and for holding, breeding, grazing, selling, bartering, and exchanging the domestic animals for the improvement of the breed of which the corporation is as aforesaid organized shall be wherever the same can be in the opinion of the directors or such other body of the stockholders or members of such corporation as may be authorized to act for the corporation most advantageously located.
FOURTH. The terms for which the corporation is to exist shall be for forty years.
FIFTH. The number of the directors of the corporation shall be nine, and the following named stockholders are appointed directors for the first year, viz:
E. M. Hewins, whose residence is Cedarvale, Kansas.
J. W. Hamilton, whose residence is Wellington, Kansas.
A. J. Day, whose residence is Caldwell, Kansas.
S. Tuttle, whose residence is Caldwell, Kansas.
M. H. Bennett, whose residence is Caldwell, Kansas.
Andrew Drumm, whose residence is Caldwell, Kansas.

Ben S. Miller, whose residence is Caldwell, Kansas.
E. W. Payne, whose residence is Medicine Lodge, Kansas.
Chas. H. Eldred, whose residence is Carrollton, Illinois.
Which said charter was on said date duly transmitted, postage pre-paid to the Honorable Secretary of State at Topeka, Kansas, and on said date the by-laws for the regulation of the business of said corporation were by your said committee formulated, and that thereafter to-wit: On the 8th day of March, 1883, the board of directors of said corporation, met in pursuance of the provisions of said charter and in conformity of law elected Ben S. Miller, one of said board of directors, president of said corporation, and at the same time appointed John A. Blair as secretary and M. H. Bennett as treasurer thereof, and duly ratified and accepted the by-laws herein before referred to, wherefore we respectfully suggest that our action in and about the matter aforesaid, be approved and accepted as the fulfillment of the duties by you imposed upon us as your committee for the purposes aforesaid, and that we be now discharged from further duty.
                                                               ARTICLE I.
SECTION 1. The name and style of the corporation shall be “The Cherokee Strip Live Stock Association.”
SECTION 2. The object of the Association is to provide for and promote the improvement of the breed of domestic animals by all lawful means, such as providing for the purchase, importation, barter, sale, and exchange thereof, at such place or places, within or without the territorial limits of this State, as shall be or seem to be, most conducive to the advancement of the interests of the Association; in pursuance of the purpose and object of which the same has been and is as aforesaid organized inclusive of the right by which and on behalf, of said Association to purchase any and all of whatsoever kind of domestic animals it, the said Association, may see fit or desire to purchase, or in any lawful manner acquire, together with the right to purchase or lease any or all parcels or tracts of land, where-soever situated, as may be necessary for the holding, keeping, grazing, breeding, handling, selling, bartering, or in any lawful manner whatsoever exchanging any or all of any or all kinds of domestic animals so as aforesaid purchased, imported, handled, bred, grazed, obtained by barter or exchange by or on behalf of said Association.
All persons, corporations, or companies who now occupy undisputed range in the Cherokee Strip, and who agree to pay the assessments to which may be hereinafter levied upon them by authority of persons empowered by the Association to make levies for any and all purposes, may be eligible to membership in this Association upon the payment of the membership fees, as hereinafter provided.
All corporations, stock associations, or companies becoming members of this Association, shall do so in the name of the corporation, stock association, or company by which they are known, and in all elections or business which is to or may be decided by votes of members of this Association, such member or representative of any and all other corporations, stock associations, or companies being members of this Association shall be entitled to one vote, and no more.

Any party holding an undisputed and prescribed range, whether of one person, a company, corporation, or pool, shall be entitled to one membership; that is to say, if one person holds a certain prescribed range alone, he shall be entitled to one membership, and the same rule as to corporations and companies if, for convenience, two or more individuals hold each a prescribed range, and hold such range in common, each of such ranges shall be entitled to one membership, and each membership shall be entitled to one vote. Any person possessing the qualifications hereinbefore mentioned, and desiring to become a member of this Association, shall first pay to the treasurer the sum of ten dollars ($10), and take said treasurer’s receipt therefor, and upon presentation of said receipt to the secretary of this Association, and subscribing to the by-laws, shall be entitled to a certificate of membership, which said certificate shall thereupon be issued in the name of this Association; provided that persons owning ranges or holding cattle contiguous to the range occupied by the members of this Association in the Indian Territory, may be elected honorary members of this Association upon the recommendation of the board of directors.
All transfer of ranges by purchase or otherwise shall be recorded by the Secretary of this Association in a book to be by him kept for that purpose.
All members of this Association are required within thirty days from their admission to membership to furnish to the secretary a plain and accurate description of the “marks and brands” of all domestic animals owned or held by such member; which said description of said marks and brands shall be plainly and fully recorded by said secretary in a book to be by him kept for such purpose.
                                                BOARD OF ARBITRATION.
A board of arbitration shall be appointed, to consist of three members of the Association, such board to be appointed by the directors and to hold their office during the pleasure of said board of directors, who shall have power to settle all questions in dispute between members of this Association, and from the decision of such board of arbitration either party in interest may appeal to the board of directors by giving, upon the rendition of said decision, immediate notice of his intention to so appeal, and by entering into and undertaking to the opposite party in such sum as said board of arbitrators shall deem sufficient credentials for the payment of all costs and expenses necessarily incurred by reason of such appeal. In the event of the decision of said arbitrators being affirmed by said board of directors, thereupon the chairman of said board of arbitrators shall immediately notify the board of directors of the pendency of such appeal and state the time and place when and where said board of directors shall meet to hear and determine the same; which time shall not be less than ten nor more than sixty days from the time of taking such appeal, and the time and place of sitting of said board of directors to hear said matter shall be at such point as said board of arbitrators may direct; provided, always, that in no event except by consent of parties shall the place of the sitting of said board of directors for such purpose be other than at the city of Caldwell, in Sumner County, Kansas, or at some well-known and convenient ranch upon the grazing lands of the Association; and the chairman of the board of arbitrators upon the giving an acceptance of the appeal bond hereinbefore provided for, immediately notify the parties in interest of the time when, and the place where, the board of directors shall be called to meet to hear and determine and appeal; and the decision of said board of directors shall be final.

The following are the names of members of the Association so far as we have been able to obtain them.
Blair, Battin & Cooper, E. W. Payne, for Comanche County Pool, T. F. Pryor & Co., S. T. Tuttle, S & Z Tuttle, R. B. Clark, W. H. Harrelston, H. Hodgson & Co., John Myrtle, McClellen Cattle Company, Johnsons & Hosmer, G. A. Thompson, C. M. Crocker, Robert Eatock, Wm. Corzine, M. J. Lane, Hammers Clark & Co., McGredy & Harlen, Walworth, Walton & Rhodes, D. P. Robinson & Northrup, Windsor Bros., H. A. Todd, Wicks, Corbin & Streeter, W. B. Helm, N. J. Thompson, Bates & Payne, E. W. Rannells, S. P. Burress, W. W. Wicks, Dean & Broderick, Shattuck Bros. & Co., H. H. Campbell, Briggs & Wilson, John Love & Son, J. C. Weathers & Sons, Ewell & Justis, A. M. Colson, W. S. & T. Snow, Dominion Cattle Company, Theo Horsley & Co., Southern Kansas Border Live Stock Company, J. W. Hamilton, manager, G. W. Miller (W. M. Vanhook in charge), B. H. Campbell, Drury Warren, L. Musgrove, A. A. Wiley, Tomlin & Webb, Geo. V. Collins, J. F. Conner & Co., Cobb & Hutton, A. J. & C. P. Day, Moore & Rohrer, Carnegie & Fraser, M. K. Krider, Texas Land and Cattle Company (limited), W. C. Quinlon, Ben Garland, Ballenger & Schlupp, A. T. & T. P. Wilson, A. Mills, H. W. Timberlake & Hall, Stewart & Hodges, Drumm & Snider, Williamson Blair & Co., Charles Collins, Ben S. Miller, Gregory, Eldred & Co., W. R. Terwilliger, M. H. Bennett, Barfoot & Santer, Hewins & Titus, Sylvester Flitch, D. A. Greever, Stoller & Rees, Crane & Larimer, Dickey Bros., McClain & Foss, E. M. Ford & Co., Dornblazer & Dole, J. C. Pryor & Co.
HONORARY MEMBERS: W. E. Campbell, L. C. Bidwell.
J. L. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, April 12, 1883.
                                                Meeting of the Fair Association.
The annual meeting of the Cowley County Fair Association met at the Courthouse Tuesday afternoon. W. A. Tipton called the meeting to order, and announced the first business in order to be the election of nine directors for the ensuing year.
The following persons were elected directors.
C. M. Scott, Creswell; R. W. Stevens, Richland; Jas. B. Schofield, Winfield; J. L. Stewart, Ninnescah; Henry Harbaugh, Pleasant Valley; R. B. Pratt, Fairview; Jas. F. Martin, Vernon; J. L. Hodges, Winfield; B. F. Wood, Winfield.
An election for officers resulted as follows: Henry Harbaugh, president; B. F. Wood, vice-president; Ed. P. Greer, secretary; J. W. Millspaugh, treasurer.
The time for holding the Fair this year was fixed on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, October 3rd, 4th, 5th, and 6th. Messrs. Wood, Hodges, and Greer were appointed a committee on purchase or lease of Fair Grounds. The directors were notified to meet at the COURIER editorial rooms on Saturday, April 28th, at 2 o’clock p.m.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 25, 1883.
                                Cowley County Agricultural and Horticultural Society.

Winfield, Kansas, April 12, 1883. At the Annual meeting of the members of the Association, held at the Courthouse in this place Tuesday, the following persons were elected Directors for the ensuing year: R. B. Pratt, Fairview; Jas. F. Martin, Vernon; J. L. Hodges, Winfield; B. F. Wood, Winfield; C. M. Scott, Creswell; R. W. Stevens, Richland; Jas. B. Schofield, Winfield; J. L. Stewart, Ninnescah; Henry Harbaugh, Pleasant Valley. A quorum of the Board being present, the following officers were then elected: President, Henry Harbaugh; Vice President, B. F. Wood; Secretary, Ed. P. Greer; Treasurer, J. W. Millspaugh. A meeting of the Board of Directors was called for Saturday, April 28, at 2 o’clock p.m., at the Courier editorial rooms. It is important that every member of the new Board should be present and qualify. ED. P. GREER, Secretary.
J. L. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, April 26, 1883.
Mr. J. L. Hodges lost a fine cow Tuesday evening. It is supposed that she ate too much grass or poisoned weeds. She died in great agony and pitched and tore around viciously.
Winfield Courier, May 17, 1883.
                                                Where the Money Came From.
The following are the cash contributions to the general editorial entertainment fund. More was raised than was used and those who subscribed first took more than their share, so that others had to be somewhat limited in their contributions to give others a chance.
                                                         J. L. Hodges: $1.00.
It appears that W. J. Hodges had a partner: F. M. Stewart...
Caldwell Journal, May 17, 1883.
                                                    STEWART & HODGES.
Range on Turkey and ’Possum Creeks,  Northeast of Ponca Agency. P. O., Winfield, Kansas.
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, May 24, 1883.
We publish in full below the Charter and By-laws of the Fair Association. The organization is now complete and at work. Every farmer should read this carefully and be ready to suggest any changes necessary at the next regular meeting.
The undersigned do hereby voluntarily associate ourselves together for the purpose of forming a private corporation under the laws of the state of Kansas, and do hereby certify:
That the name of this corporation shall be “The Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association.”
That the number of directors or trustees of this corporation shall be seventeen (17), and the names and residences of those who are appointed for the first year are:
A. H. Doane, Winfield; A. T. Spotswood, Winfield; D. L. Kretsinger, Winfield; J. B. Schofield, Winfield; C. C. Black, Winfield; W. J. Hodges, Winfield; E. P. Greer, Winfield; W. S. Mendenhall, Winfield; Sam Phoenix, Richland Township; S. S. Lynn, Vernon Township; G. L. Gale, Rock Township; Henry Harbaugh, Pleasant Valley Township;       R. F. Burden, Windsor Township; E. B. Nicholson, Dexter Township; J. W. Millspaugh, Vernon Township; J. B. Nipp, Creswell Township; J. F. Martin, Vernon Township.
That the estimated value of the goods, chattels, lands, rights, and credits owned by the corporation is ten thousand ($10,000) dollars; that the amount of the capital stock of this corporation shall be ten thousand ($10,000) dollars, and shall be divided into two hundred (200) shares, of fifty ($50) dollars each, non-assessable above face value.
Winfield Courier, May 31, 1883.

Last week W. J. Hodges bought of C. C. Wood a fine bull, which is a half-brother to “Kansas Queen,” the Mammoth cow now on exhibition with Forepaugh’s show. The price paid was eighty dollars.
Winfield Courier, May 31, 1883.
By virtue of a previous call, the citizens met to devise ways and means for a 4th of July celebration at Winfield. Capt. J. S. Hunt was elected President, and O. M. Seward, Secretary.
Hon. C. C. Black stated the object of the meeting, and Col. Whiting moved to celebrate. Carried.
On motion Mayor Emerson was elected President of the day, and Col. Whiting, Marshal, with power to select his own aids, and have general charge of programme for the day.
On motion the following committees were appointed.
Finance: J. P. Baden, J. B. Lynn, M. L. Robinson.
Grounds: S. C. Smith, D. L. Kretsinger, E. P. Greer.
Programme: J. C. McMullen, J. L. Horning, H. D. Gans.
Committee on Indians: W. J. Hodges, N. C. Myers, Col. Whiting.
Special Trains: Kennedy, Branham, H. E. Asp.
Amusements: C. C. Black, T. M. McGuire, John Keck, Jas. Vance, A. T. Spotswood, and J. Wade McDonald.
Fire Works: Henry Goldsmith, J. P. Baden, M. O’Hara.
Music: Crippen, Buckman, Snow.
Military Display: Capt. Haight, Dr. Wells, Col. Whiting.
Speakers: Rembaugh, Millington, Hackney.
Will Hodges...
Winfield Courier, June 14, 1883.
Frank Robinson and Will Hodges are home from the State University during vacation.
W. J. Hodges and Frank M. Stewart: Ranch in Territory...
Winfield Courier, June 14, 1883.
Drury Warren and J. J. Beach had a set to with carving knives at Hodges and Stewarts ranch in the Territory Tuesday evening. Drury had his shoulder and part of the muscle of his left arm cut, but not seriously.
Hodges and Stewart...
Caldwell Journal, June 21, 1883.
                                          THE BOARD OF ARBITRATORS.
                                                       Decisions Rendered.
The Board of Arbitrators of the Cherokee Strip Live Stock Association, convened on the 12th, inst., adjourned on Friday, and on Monday resumed the task of settling disputes over ranges and range lines.
The case of Windsor & Roberts vs. Hodges & Stewart, owing to the absence of the defendants, was continued until the next meeting of the Board.
The first name or initials of “Mr. Hodges” were not given...
Arkansas City Traveler, June 27, 1883.
The body of Green Wise was recovered last week but a short distance from where he rode into the stream and was buried at Caldwell by Mr. Hodges, a cousin of the deceased.
W. J. Hodges...

Winfield Courier, June 28, 1883.
Last Friday a young man rode hurriedly in town and reported that he had been robbed at Limbocker’s ford on Dutch Creek by two men. On receipt of the news, Sheriff Gary became greatly excited. Here, at least, was a chance to achieve fame and glory, and show the world that he was in truth and in fact a valiant and active officer, by starting out at once and bringing in the robbers, alone and single handed. But hold! As he buckles on his trusty revolvers and girds about his loins a fresh belt of cartridges, a change comes over the spirit of his dream. He remembers that robbers are bold, bad men, and he remembers reading in a dime novel in the long years ago about bandits who laid in ambush for their pursuers and sometimes captured them and carried them away into the fastnesses to die of starvation. As he thought on these things and wondered what raven would feed the widow and orphans when he was gone, he grew sad, until finally he decided to raise a “posse” to defend him in case the robbers refused to be arrested peaceably. No sooner was the decision made than it was carried into effect—and right here was brought actively into play our sheriff’s wonderful power as an organizer. In less than two hours he had fourteen men, seven double-barreled shot guns, and twenty-two revolvers on their way to the scene of the robbery, three miles out. The order of march was as follows.
Frank Finch, with hand cuffs and shackles.
Charlie Limbocker, accompanied by a double-barreled shot gun.
Ben Herrod ditto.
F. M. Burge ditto.
A. B. Taylor, deputy sheriff, carrying in addition to his own, part of the Sheriff’s armory.
Johnny Riley, double-barreled shot gun and two revolvers.
W. J. Hodges and Johnny Hudson, Aids-de-camp to Sheriff and Ex-Captain S. G. Gary.
Ammunition wagon.
Owing to the limited time and the absence of Capt. Haight, the battery was not called out, but “held in reserve.” Arriving at the scene of action, the “posse” was halted and Sheriff Gary advanced cautiously to the front, where he discovered Constable Siverd with the alleged victim.
Mr. Siverd had been on the ground some time, examined for tracks, found none, and concluded that the robbery was a canard. He so informed the doughty sheriff, which seemed to revive his drooping spirits and the “posse” was allowed to disperse while the Sheriff returned to Winfield by way of New Salem.
It was an active and valiant struggle to defend the rights of an injured citizen, and we take pleasure in commending Sheriff Gary for his energy, and for the rare power of organization he displayed in getting such a large force of men, fully equipped and on the road in such a short space of time. We tremble for the result should a bonafide robbery occur within his jurisdiction. The expenses of conveying the “posse” were only $12.50, which the county can well afford to pay.
“Because Sheriff Gary performs the duties of his office in an energetic but quiet and unostentatious manner, Greer becomes disgruntled and wants the Sheriff to make more noise and fuss. Capt. Gary is not that kind of man, Ed.” Telegram.
W. J. Hodges...

Winfield Courier, July 12, 1883.
The one hundred and seventh anniversary of the Nation’s independence was celebrated in grand style last Wednesday. The people commenced gathering before sunrise, and from that time on until eleven o’clock every road leading into Winfield was crowded with teams, pedestrians, and horsemen.
At ten o’clock the procession was formed on Main Street by W. J. Hodges, Chief Marshal, and marched to Riverside Park, headed by the Courier Band.
Hodges and Stewart...
Caldwell Journal, July 12, 1883.
                                               BOARD OF ARBITRATION.
                                                           Second Session.
The Board met on the 5th day of July. The first case, Windsor & Roberts vs. Hodges & Stewart, compromised.
J. L. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, July 19, 1883.
Mr. J. L. Hodges lost a pocket-book containing fifty-two dollars, Saturday morning. He had it in his pocket in the morning, and missed it about nine o’clock. The finder should be honest enough to return it.
W. L. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, September 13, 1883.
The following superintendents of their respective departments will please meet with the secretary at his office as early as possible on the first day of the Fair, Sept. 25th. The duties of the superintendents will be to have charge, under the general superintendent, of the departments to which they are assigned, and to select judges to award the different premiums. Those who find it impossible to serve will notify the secretary as early as possible that others may be appointed in their stead.
                                                        Hogs, W. J. Hodges.
“Davie,” son of J. L. Hodges.
Winfield Courier, September 13, 1883.
Davie, the nine year old son of J. L. Hodges, was thrown from a horse while racing on the fair ground track Sunday evening and lay senseless for a time, though not injured seriously. Dolphie Green also received a fall from his pony Saturday, which laid him out for a few moments. Parents can’t be too careful about letting boys of this age use horses as they please. Being very venturesome, injurious results are apt to follow.
Hodges of Winfield...
Arkansas City Traveler, September 19, 1883.
      The Winfield “Nine” went down to Arkansas City Wednesday to play her club a game of base ball for the county championship. Victory is ours, saith the Winfield lites. Courier.
The tide of events proved the “Winfieldites” to be “off their “base” just about as bad as the “Nine” were. Our boys scooped ‘em bag and baggage, as will be seen by a perusal of the score of the game in another column.
                                                        That Base Ball Game.

Winfield has a fly base ball club, with fly suits, much assurance, and a reputation well calculated to strike terror to the hearts of the insignificant ball tossers in the rural districts. This club has vanquished everything in the county, and finally concluded to wind up their march of victory by giving the good people in this neck of the woods an exhibition of their perfect playing. Our boys have no club, and none of them have played for several years, still they agreed to take up a few scribs and give our Winfield friends a trial—only daring to hope that they might be able to get hold of the ball often enough to make it interesting for their shoulder striking visitors. In the first inning the raw recruits of the sand hills succeeded in making only eleven runs; the magnanimous nine from the county seat didn’t want any this time, and proceeded to go out in the order in which they went to the bat. Then our boys rested a couple of innings in order that their opponents might catch up. In the fourth and fifth innings our boys scored ten and nine respectively, bringing the total score up to thirty—the Winfield boys close behind them with a total score of five. At this point our catcher was knocked out of time, and in the remaining innings the gorgeous uniforms ran their score up to twenty-two, while our ambling haybinders modestly retired with fifty-three marks to their credit. Below will be found the score in detail.
ARKANSAS CITY: F. Gage, c.; C. Baxter, p.; G. Wright, s. s.; O. F. Godfrey, 1st b.; Ollie Stevenson, 2nd b.; John Shelden, 3rd b.; E. Gage, l. f.; McNulty, c. f.; C. Hilliard, r. f.
WINFIELD: Conner, c.; Williams, p.; McMullen, s. s.; Freeland, 1st b.; Austin, 2nd b.; Hodges, 3rd b.; Hughes, l. f.; Moore, c. f.; Sherman, r. f.
FINAL SCORE: Arkansas City, 53; Winfield, 22.
Frank Schiffbauer, Umpire.
It is the intention, we believe, to play the return game on the fair grounds in Winfield next week.
Will Hodges and “Mrs. Hodges from Wisconsin”...
Winfield Courier, November 15, 1883.
Mr. Will Hodges was the guest of Joe Hoyland last week.
Mrs. Hodges of Winfield, but lately returned from Wisconsin, is the guest of the Hoylands and seems perfectly delighted to get back to spend the winter here.
J. L. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, December 6, 1883.
A Mrs. Bailey was arrested last Friday for taking $1.50 from J. L. Hodges’ grocery store. She plead guilty and was fined $10 and costs. She had been pilfering small sums at different times.
Winfield Courier, December 20, 1883.
J. L. Hodges was arrested on four counts for violation of the prohibitory law last week. The case was tried Monday and Tuesday but the jury failed to agree.
Chas. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, January 17, 1884.
                                                           The Masquerade.

The members of the Pleasant Hour Club have made the winter thus far very pleasant in a social way. Their hops have been well attended, and the utmost good feeling and harmony has prevailed. Their masquerade ball last Thursday evening was the happiest hit of the season. The floor was crowded with maskers and the raised platforms filled with spectators. At nine o’clock the “grand march” was called, and the mixture of grotesque, historical, mythological, and fairy figures was most attractive and amusing. Then, when the quadrilles were called, the effect of the clown dancing with a grave and sedate nun, and Romeo swinging a pop-corn girl, was, as one of the ladies expressed it, “just too cute.”
The following is the list of names of those in masque, together with a brief description of costume or character represented.
                                                Chas. Hodges, School Teacher.
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, January 17, 1884.
On Monday afternoon the stockholders of the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association met in the Opera House for the purpose of re-organizing the Board of Directors for the year 1884, and receiving reports of the condition and doings of the Association for the year. About seventy-five stockholders, representing nearly all of the subscribed stock, were present.
                                                      W. J. Hodges: 2 Shares.
Frank Stewart of Stewart, Hodges, and Snyder...
Arkansas City Traveler, January 30, 1884.
Mr. Frank Stewart, a stockman of 14 years’ experience, has been in town the past few days. He is senior member of the cattle firm of Stewart, Hodges & Snyder, and has just completed arrangements securing their lease to 43,095 acres in the territory for five years. Mr. Stewart has had a rare experience in the West, Northwest, and Southwest, having been in every state and territory west of the Mississippi.
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, March 27, 1884.
W. J. Hodges sold his farm in Tisdale Township Tuesday for seven thousand, five hundred dollars.
Winfield Courier, March 27, 1884.
DIED. Mr. John Shaughnessy, brother of Mrs. W. J. Hodges, died last week. He has been in poor health for some time. The funeral took place at the residence of J. W. Hodges on Sunday afternoon, Rev. Gans officiating.
Winfield Courier, March 27, 1884.
A Card. We desire to express our gratitude and thankfulness to those friends who so kindly gave us their comfort and assistance during the recent visitation of death in our family. Their kindly offices cannot be forgotten. Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Hodges.
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, April 3, 1884.
The election for city officers Tuesday passed off quietly, only about 550 votes being polled. The following is the result.
                                                         SECOND WARD.
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE: G. H. Buckman, 205; J. E. Snow, 131; L. L. Beck, 96.
CONSTABLES: H. H. Siverd, 146; T. H. Herrod, 128; Jas. McLain, 121.

COUNCILMEN: W. J. Hodges, 120; S. J. Hepler, 97.
Stewart & Hodges...
Arkansas City Traveler, April 16, 1884.
On Wednesday evening, April 2, during a heavy north wind, a prairie fire came down on Kirkpatrick & Nichols’ range at the mouth of South Coon, on the Arkansas, and though the herders were in a measure prepared for such an emergency, before the cattle could be got off the heavy grass, six head were burned to death and many more or less scorched. Stewart & Hodges also lost some, though the exact number is not yet known. Nothing but the hard, effective, and quick work of Mr. Kirkpatrick’s herders saved him from the loss of his entire herd.
Stewart, Hodges & Snyder...
Arkansas City Traveler, April 30, 1884.
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.
J. L. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, May 1, 1884.
I have sold my grocery business to Poindexter & Windsor and am closing up old scores. All persons indebted to me will please call at once and pay up. J. L. HODGES.
M. H. Snyder, partner of J. W. Hodges in cattle business...
Winfield Courier, May 1, 1884.
M. H. Snyder, a partner of W. J. Hodges in the cattle business, while coming down the bank to the ford near the Tunnel Mill Saturday on his way from Arkansas City, had a serious mishap. The pole of his buggy broke, throwing himself and little boy out and bruising them up considerably. The horses crossed the creek in a mighty few minutes and paid the city a rapid visit on their own hook. The buggy was about used up.
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, May 8, 1884.
                                                   The City “Dads” in Session.
The regular meeting of the City Council occurred Monday evening.
A committee of three, composed of Councilmen Hodges and McGuire and the City Marshal, was appointed to see about either building, or renting at less expense than the one now used, a permanent place for fire department apparatus.
Quarrel: Cattle firm of Stewart, Hodges & Snyder...
Arkansas City Traveler, May 21, 1884.
The cattle firm of Stewart, Hodges & Snyder seem to be having a little family quarrel just now. Mr. Snyder has applied to the courts, and Mr. S. G. Gary, of Winfield, has been appointed receiver. All parties seem to desire a dissolution of partnership, and are unable to agree among themselves; hence the receiver. It is to be hoped their difficulties may be arranged without forcing a public sale of cattle.
W. J. Hodges...

Winfield Courier, May 29, 1884.
W. J. Hodges is improving his residence with another story on the front.
J. L. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, May 29, 1884.
J. L. Hodges is adding a fine two story front to his residence on east Ninth Avenue.
Cattle firm of Stewart, Hodges & Snyder...
Arkansas City Traveler, June 4, 1884.
The cattle of Stewart, Hodges & Snyder are being rounded up preparatory to an inventory. There seems to be a regular three-cornered fight in this firm, which is much regretted among their friends, and it is hoped their differences will be settled without recourse to a forced sale or further difficulties among themselves.
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, July 24, 1884.
                                                     Talesman: W. J. Hodges.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, July 30, 1884.
The Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association will hold its Second Annual Exhibition at Winfield, Kansas, September 23 to 27, 1884. This Association comes before the public with more attractions and better facilities than any like Association in the State. It is a well established fact that our grounds are the largest and best in the State, our buildings, stables, and stalls ample and commodious, thus affording the exhibitor more comfort, pleasure, and money than any Fair Association in the State.
                                                   Stockholder. W. J. Hodges.
Cattle firm of Stewart, Hodges & Snyder buys out W. J. Hodges’ interest...
Arkansas City Traveler, July 30, 1884.
The cattle firm of Stewart, Hodges & Snyder has been dissolved, Mr. Stewart purchasing Hodges’ interest for $10,000. Messrs. Stewart and Snyder now contemplate organizing a stock company and purchasing more cattle for their range. There is money in such a scheme, and we would like to see them succeed.
W. J. Hodges...
Arkansas City Traveler, July 30, 1884.
Strayed or Stolen From Capt. Nipp’s pasture about the latter part of June, a bay Texas horse, 15 hands high; saddle marks; sore back; lame; branded on left shoulder [S over H over Bar]; five or six years old. Liberal reward for information leading to his recovery.
                                                           W. J. HODGES.
Winfield Courier, August 7, 1884.
Notice by the Winfield Gas Company that they had finished the system of gas-works as contemplated by Ordinances No. 176 and 177, was referred to a special committee consisting of Councilmen Hodges, McDonald, and McGuire.
P. Hodges...Have no idea who this might be.
Winfield Courier, August 14, 1884.
The drawing of the petit jury resulted in the selection of the following.

                                                         Tisdale. P. Hodges.
Stewart & Snyder [successors to Stewart, Hodges & Snyder]...
Arkansas City Traveler, August 20, 1884.
WINFIELD AND ARKANSAS CITY. Range on Turkey and Possum Creeks, north of Ponca Agency, Indian Territory.
Horse brand same as cattle.
Ear marks: Smooth crop on left and swallow-fork and over-bit on right.
Chas. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, August 28, 1884.
A party of young folks consisting of Messrs. Will Stull, Clint Austin, Charlie Hodges, and Misses Susie De LaMeter, Anna Hyde, and Mary Majors, took a flying trip to Arkansas City Friday evening and “took in” the masquerade skating. A pleasant time is reported.
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, September 18, 1884.
Owing to the absence of Councilmen McDonald and McGuire, the former in Virginia and the latter Chicago, the city government has been “all broke up” since August 4th, as far as meeting was concerned, until Monday evening last, when they ground out the pending grist.
Petition of A. G. Wilson for appointment as city weighmaster for the semi-annual term ending March 6th, 1885, was laid over, and Councilmen McGuire and Hodges were appointed to examine into the matter.
A. J. Hodges [I have no idea who this might be] and W. J. Stewart...
Winfield Courier, September 25, 1884.
                       Cowley County District Court, First Tuesday, October 7th, 1884.
                                            CIVIL DOCKET. SECOND DAY.
                                          17. A. J. Hodges vs. H. H. Martin et al.
                                             CIVIL DOCKET. FOURTH DAY.
                                       41. Wm. J. Hodges et al vs. F. M. Stewart.
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, October 9, 1884.
The Democratic-Greenback Hosts Meet Again Saturday to Paralyze the Opposition.

The fusion of Democracy and Greenbackism assembled again at the Opera House Saturday to consummate plans whereby the Great and Grand Old Republican party of Cowley should turn up its toes to the daisies. Instead, they turned their own up. A funeral pall overspread every noble Democratic brow. The office went stumbling around through the little assembly after the man, but he was only partially found after a long, wearied hunt. The office seemed perfectly devoid of prospects and in its blind stumbling even tried to imitate a few Republicans. There was a terrible dearth of political aspirations. The thought of facing the Republican giants of Cowley in an official tussle terrified all. In vain did the more hopeful endeavor to work up a little enthusiasm. Speeches of rejectment poured in from all quarters: “I thank the convention for the great honor conferred upon me in the proffered nomination, but it would be perfectly impossible for me to make the canvass, or attend to the duties of office if elected!”
After loud and long solicitations, the following nominations were made, with prospects of a few of them withdrawing: Jos. O’Hare, county attorney; L. L. Beck, probate judge; John R. Smith, State Senator; W. J. Hodges, Legislator; Ed. Bedilion, district clerk. Realizing the ghostliness of a Democratic competition with Prof. Limerick, they endorsed him for County Superintendent. Thus is the campaign in Cowley virtually ended, as far as Democracy is concerned.
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, October 23, 1884.
The city Legislature failed to legislate Monday night, owing to the absence of councilmen McDonald and Hodges.
Winfield Courier, October 23, 1884.
                                                             District Court.
                 W. J. Hodges et al vs. Frank M. Stewart: costs paid and case dismissed.
Unknown which Mr. and Mrs. Hodges the following refers to...
Winfield Courier, November 6, 1884.
Mr. and Mrs. Hodges of Winfield were guests of Joe Hoyland on Monday.
Winfield Courier, November 13, 1884.
Notwithstanding the intense excitement caused by the Presidential uncertainty, Winfield was free from dangerous passions and fatal results until Saturday night, when the deadly revolver, in the reckless hand, took the life of Charlie Fletcher (colored) and gave Sandy Burge (white) a death wound. Excitement had been at a fever heat during the evening, but had vented itself up to eleven o’clock only in civil hilarity, playing of bands, and other harmless modes of jollification. But at that hour the celebrating portion of the crowd had mostly exhausted all enthusiasm and departed to their homes, leaving the ground in charge of the more boisterous. The Democrats had been celebrating during the evening the supposed elevation of Cleveland; and though loud denunciation of disciples of both parties had been indulged in, this sad ending is thought by all to have no political significance, but merely the result of whiskey and undue recklessness. However, we present the evidence at the Coroner’s inquest, from which all can draw their conclusions. The affair is very much deplored by members of both parties, as anything but an honor to our civilization and the good name of our city.
Coroner H. W. Marsh was summoned, impaneled a jury Sunday afternoon, and held an inquest on the body of young Fletcher.
The jury was composed of Messrs. John McGuire, J. B. Lynn, George Emerson, T. H. Soward, W. J. Hodges, and James Bethel, who brought in a verdict that Fletcher came to his death by a pistol shot from the hand of Sandy Burge.
Will Hodges...
Winfield Courier, December 18, 1884.
Will Hodges and Sam Aldrich, two of our most promising boys, came in from the Lawrence University, this week, for a vacation.
J. L. Hodges...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 29, 1885.
The jury in the case of Tom Hawkins, the “blind tiger” man, recommended mercy from the Court owing to the defendant’s peculiarly hard position financially and because the evidence indicated him only a minor partner in the guilt—30 days in jail. J. L. Hodges has been arrested as one of the principals.
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Hodges and Charles...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 5, 1885.
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Hodges returned from Bartow, Florida, Sunday, having had a most pleasant trip via the World’s Fair. Charley is getting robust and corpulent and will remain in Bartow for some months.
W. J. Hodges...
Arkansas City Republican, February 7, 1885.
Wm. Hodges, of Winfield, was in the city Tuesday. He has just returned from Florida. He reports fine weather and plenty of all kinds of vegetables, etc.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 11, 1885.
W. J. Hodges was in the city Thursday.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 12, 1885.
The annual masquerade party of the Winfield Social Club has been the crowning social event of every winter for years past, and the one at the Opera House last Thursday evening was all that past successors could have spoken for it—in fact, many pronounce it superior to preceding ones in selectness and refinement of conduct. It was free from the promiscuous crowd and jam that usually characterize such gatherings, there being just maskers enough to fill the floor nicely and make dancing most enjoyable. The characters represented were varied and unique, elicited much admiration from the large number of spectators, and we regret our lack of space to mention each in detail. Following are the names of the maskers and the characters represented.
Gentlemen: B. W. Matlack, Jumping Jack; Dr. C. C. Green, Monkey and Dude; Everett Schuler, British Artilleryman; Eli Youngheim, Humpty Dumpty; Eugene Wallis, Noble Red Man; Ed. McMullen, Phillip’s Best; F. F. Leland, Double-action Pussy and Flying Dutchman; George Read, The Devil; Fred Ballein, Hamlet; D. A. Sickafoose, Page; Frank Weaverling, Mexican; A. B. Taylor, Indian War Chief; Charles Roberts, Old Uncle Joe; W. J. Hodges, Highlander; Jos. O’Hare, British Officer; Addison Brown, Highlander; J. E. Jones, Sailor; George Schuler, Page; Tom Eaton, O’Donovan Rossa; M. H. Ewart, Page; Jake Goldsmith, Clown; M. J. O’Meara, Humpty Dumpty; S. Kleeman, Black Dude; Laban Moore, Monkey; John Hudson, Clown; Frank K. Grosscup, Spanish Cavalier; A. Snowhill, Prince; A. Gogle, King Henry; Frank H. Greer, Beggar’s Student.
Will H. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 12, 1885.
A jolly crowd of Winfield’s best young men, composed of Robt. Hudson, Addison Brown, Jas. A. Cairns, W. L. P. Burney, R. J. Brown, Will H. Hodges, Robt. Rogers, James Lorton, and George Reed spent Sunday last in Wellington. Their comparison is largely in favor of the Queen City of Southern Kansas, Winfield.
W. J. Hodges...

                                        OUR MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENT.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 26, 1885.
The City “Dads” held an adjourned session Monday evening. Petition of August Kadau and sixteen others for sidewalk on the west side of lots 1 and 26, block 222, and along the south side of 3rd avenue fronting on lots 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 in same block, was referred. Councilmen McGuire and Hodges were appointed to investigate as to the amount of money in the city treasury and the amount yet to be collected with a view of adjusting the city order of Winfield Water Company, issued in July, 1884. The committee previously appointed to report territory for incorporation recommended that the city attorney commence legal proceedings at once to have the following described tracts of land added to the city’s corporate limits: Beginning at the northwest corner of the Moorehouse property, near the railroad crossing to the Tunnel mill; running along the township line to the southeast corner of Howland’s quarter, then north to the northeast corner of same quarter, then east 80 rods, then north one mile to the northeast corner of same quarter, then east 80 rods, then north one mile to the northeast corner of west half of Dr. Davis’ quarter; then west three-fourths mile to northeast corner of Vandeventer quarter; then south to Manny’s brewery; then following on south side of Dutch Creek and east side of the Walnut to west line of right of way of the Santa Fe railroad; then following railroad south to corporation line. The report was adopted, and the city attorney will proceed at once to file the proper petition before Judge Torrance and the hearing is set for the 20th of April. The petition of Frank Manny to be taken into the corporate limits was granted and the proper ordinance ordered. Bills of Leon Doroshee, work on streets, $2.75; J. M. Keck, team and carriage, $2.00, were ordered paid. Bills of City Clerk Buckman, railroad fare for Lida Vandermark, a pauper, $7.50, and J. P. Baden, goods furnished numerous paupers, $53.40, were referred to the County Commissioners for payment.
May Hodges...
Arkansas City Republican, April 4, 1885.
Misses Ella DeBruce, Amy Landes, and Jennie Snyder, the latter formerly of this city, were guests of Miss May Hodges last week. They returned to their homes in Arkansas City Saturday evening. Winfield Tribune.
W. J. Hodges...
Arkansas City Republican, April 11, 1885.
The election in Winfield was very quiet and resulted as follows: W. G. Graham, Mayor; W. H. Turner, Police Judge; Jno. D. Pryor, City Treasurer; Geo. W. Robinson, Treasurer, School Board; H. H. Siverd and T. H. Harrod, Constables; Councilmen, First Ward, Jas. W. Connor and W. R. McDonald; Second Ward, A. H. Jennings and T. B. Myers; Third Ward, W. J. Hodges and G. H. Crippen; Fourth Ward, J. P. Baden and J. N. Harter. Members Board of Education: A. G. Wilson, W. O. Johnson, J. S. Mann, Geo. Ordway, W. C. Robinson,
Jas. H. Bullene, B. F. Wood, and W. H. Smith.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 23, 1885.

The Mayor and Council have been wrestling with the problem of the appointive officers for a week. The old Council met in secret session early in the week and recommended Joe O’Hare to the new Mayor for mercy. W. J. Hodges and others of the Council are working the wires for Joe’s retention as City Attorney. Their claim is based on the fact of his having won the old script case in the U. S. Court. This was a good strike on Mr. O’Hare’s part, but probably an accident, as any lawyer who has talent enough to win a case of that magnitude on its merits would certainly be a subscriber to THE DAILY COURIER. He will probably receive the appointment. There have been about a hundred candidates for Marshal. As Mayor elect Graham retired to his down couch after a severe strain upon his (patience) (patients)—take your choice, reader; his fitful dreams were broken by the supplicating voice of the vigilant candidate for Marshal. He finally hit upon a plan to escape them, and calling a “secret caucus” of the members elect to the new Council, put the matter before them and asked them to say who they wanted. While not exactly according to Hoyle, as the statute makes the Mayor responsible for these officers and gives him the only power of appointment subject simply to the approval of the Council, still it seemed to result all right. The meeting adjourned without final action, but with the general feeling that W. E. Tansey of Vernon township would receive the appointment unless something unforeseen should happen. The other officers were not discussed.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 23, 1885.
                              PROCEEDINGS OF LAST NIGHT’S COUNCIL.
The old City Council met last night in regular session for the last time.
The following bills were allowed and ordered paid.
W. J. Hodges, one log-chain, $1.50.
The new mayor and councilmen were then sworn in, composing the Council as follows:
Mayor, W. G. Graham; Councilmen first ward, W. R. McDonald and James Connor; second ward, A. H. Jennings, T. B. Myers; third ward, W. J. Hodges, G. H. Crippen; fourth ward, J. P. Baden, J. N. Harter. Councilman Crippen was unanimously elected president.
Mayor Graham announced the following standing committees for the year.
Finance—McDonald, Jennings, and Baden.
Street and Alleys—Hodges, Connor, and Myers.
Public Health—Crippen, Harter, and Myers.
Fire Department—Myers, Harter, and Crippen.
The appointments of W. P. Hackney, City Attorney; G. H. Buckman, City Clerk, and B. McFadden, Marshal, were unanimously confirmed.
A committee of four, composed of the Mayor and Councilmen Hodges, Jennings, and Crippen, were appointed to receive the State Board of Charities on their arrival to locate the Imbecile Asylum.
Lloyd Hodges [Believe this is J. L. Hodges]...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 30, 1885.
Lloyd Hodges plead to the first case against him for selling liquor under the old law, and was fined $100 and costs.
W. J. Hodges...
Arkansas City Traveler, May 6, 1885.
W. J. Hodges, of Winfield, has been appointed trader to the Poncas. This will relieve Joe Sherburne of his present feeling of lonesomeness.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 7, 1885.

Mr. W. J. Hodges has received notice of his appointment, by President Cleveland, as Post Trader for the Ponca reservation, thirty-five miles in the Territory, embracing the Ponca, Otoe, and Nez Perce tribes of Indians. Mr. Hodges has done this thing very quietly. While others in Southern Kansas have been puffing and fuming in solicitation of positions of less personal import, he has got his credentials without the least trouble, though the applicants for the place were numerous. It is a valuable position. He has the exclusive franchise for trading with these tribes. All supplies obtained otherwise than from the government must come through him. Mr. Hodges returned yesterday from a survey of the premises, and will soon commence business there. The family will probably remain here. Mr. Hodges has received about the first Presidential appointment for this section.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 20, 1885.
Mr. Hodges, the newly appointed trader at Ponca, is putting up a store opposite the schoolhouse. It is a story and a half building, 20 by 40 feet, and will be lathed and plastered.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, May 27, 1885.
                                                              Stock Notes.
The Cowley County Cattle Co., with a capital of $150,000, is the latest addition to our
moneyed interests. The officers of the company are Wm. J. Hodges, President; R. A. Houghton, Vice President; Geo. Kirkpatrick, Treasurer; Wm. M. Snyder, Secretary and General Manager. The present Board of Directors are R. A. Houghton, Wm. M. Snyder, Geo. Kirkpatrick, A. C. Wright, and Wm. J. Hodges. The P. O. Address of the company is Arkansas City, with ranch and range on the Nez Perce Reservation, Indian Territory.
W. J. Hodges and Charles Hodges...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 28, 1885.
W. J. and Charley Hodges are erecting buildings at Ponca for the business of post trader for that reservation. Mr. Hodges takes charge next week.
W. J. Hodges...
                                    COWLEY COUNTY CATTLE COMPANY.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 28, 1885.
The Cowley County Cattle Company with a capital stock of $150,000, has been formed. It is composed of W. J. Hodges, of this city, W. C. Wright, of Lyon County, and Geo. Kirkpatrick, R. A. Houghton, and N. T. Snyder, of Arkansas City. W. J. Hodges is president and N. T. Snyder, secretary and general manager. The company holds the lease of 40,000 acres on the Nez Perce reservation, all under wire fence. The Charter of the corporation runs twenty years, and the lease ten years from July 1st, 1884. Geo. Kirkpatrick is treasurer. The cattle now owned by the company run way up into the thousands, and the number will be largely increased.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 4, 1885.
The rulers of the city met in semi-annual conclave last night with Councilmen Myers, Jennings, and Hodges absent.
J. L. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 4, 1885.
J. L. Hodges is in from Clark County.
W. J. Hodges and wife and J. L. Hodges and wife...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 4, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds yesterday.
W J Hodges and wife to William Gates, lot 8, blk 98, Mansfield’s ad to Winfield: $350.00
J L Hodges and wife to F S Jennings and A M Jennings, lot 12, block 149, Winfield: $3,200
W. J. Hodges...
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 13, 1885.
                                            Arkansas City Live Stock Exchange.
An organization was effected at the real estate office of Snyder & Hutchison to be known as the Arkansas City Live Stock Exchange. The company was formed for the purpose of buying and selling all kinds of live stock on commission, where can be found on file all the leading live stock journals of the east, west, and south. It is intended to make the office of this company the headquarters of stock men when in this city. All parties, having stock in the territory for sale, will place a list on file in this office and any parties at home or from abroad wishing to purchase horses and cattle can always find what they want by consulting this list. This is a want long felt by our stock men and will be greatly appreciated by them. The officers are W. J. Hodges, of Ponca, Indian Territory, president; W. M. Snyder, of Nez Perces, Indian Territory, treasurer; and N. T. Snyder, secretary. All communications should be addressed to the secretary at Arkansas City.
J. L. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 25, 1885.
To contract to have cut and stacked 300 tons of hay in the Territory: 100 at Ponca Agency, 100 at Otoe Agency, 25 tons at Pawnee, 50 tons at Cave Springs, and 25 tons at Cimeron. Inquire of J. L. Hodges or C. Ferguson.
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 25, 1885.
Mr. W. J. Hodges is up from Ponca. He has his store building, as trader for the Ponca reservation, up and a residence for his family constructed. The family will move down next week, to make that their future home. Our people regret the departure of Mr. and Mrs. Hodges and family. Their property interest being largely here, however, this will yet be the center of attraction, with frequent visits, to again reside in Winfield some time in the future.
W. H. Hodges and family...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 2, 1885.
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Hodges and family got off Saturday for a permanent residence at Ponca.
W. J. Hodges was not mentioned in the following activity...
Arkansas City Republican, July 4, 1885.

As per announcement in REPUBLICAN, those interested in the stock trade met in room No. 3 in the Hasie Block last Saturday for the purpose of organizing a live stock exchange. W. M. Snyder was chosen chairman and Frederic Lockley, secretary. After considerable discussion of the benefits of a stock exchange by those present, a motion was made and adopted to appoint a committee on organization and the Chair appointed Geo. E. Hasie, H. P. Farrar, and N. T. Snyder. Amos Walton, Maj. M. S. Hasie, and T. L. Hill were selected as a committee on constitution and by-laws. N. T. Snyder, W. M. Snyder, and Pink Fouts were chosen as a committee on the furnishing of the room. No other business coming before the meeting, it adjourned until Saturday.
W. J. Hodges and Tonkawa Indians...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 9, 1885.
Mr. W. J. Hodges came up from Ponca Tuesday, accompanied by seven Tonkawa Indians, who took back loads for him. The chief, Sam Houston, was along. They were intelligent, more than average in looks, and patterned rudely after the American style of dress. They are a band of two hundred who were removed, a few weeks ago, from Ft. Griffin, Texas, to the Ponca reservation, where Mr. Hodges is trader. Photographer Rodocker got their “phizzes,” after much importuning. They were afraid the camera would kick.
May and Charles Hodges...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.
Miss Anna Hunt opened her pleasant home Thursday to our young society people. The occasion was most enjoyable, distinguishing Miss Anna as a successful entertainer. She was very agreeably assisted by Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Hunt in doing the honors of the evening. Those present were Dr. and Mrs. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. O. Branham, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Oliver, Dr. and Mrs. J. G. Evans, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Hosmer, Mrs. Frank Balliet; Misses Bertha Williamson, of Cincinnati; Clara Lynch, of Wichita; Corinne Cryler, of Parsons; Edith Hall, of Burlington, Iowa; Nona Calhoun, of Maysville, Kentucky; Mollie Brooks, Sarah Bass, Sarah Gay, Bert Morford, Jessie Millington, Nellie Cole, Mary Randall, Lizzie McDonald, Maggie Harper, Ida Johnston, and May Hodges; Messrs. R. B. Norton, of Arkansas City; M. J. O’Meara, T. J. Eaton, M. H. Ewart, Lacey Tomlin, S. D. Harper, J. R. Brooks, Chas. Dever, Addison Brown, Everett and George Schuler, James Lorton, Chas. Hodges, and Frank H. Greer. With a bright moon, balmy atmosphere, and vivacious young folks, the lawn, adorned with Chinese lanterns, was indeed a lovely scene. Restraint was completely banished by the charming entertainment. Social promenade, music, a banquet of choice delicacies consisting of ices, cake, etc., the “light fantastic,” with cribbage and other games made the evening fly very happily, to remain among the pleasant memories of the participants.
Will Hodges and sister, Mrs. Fred C. Hunt...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 6, 1885.
Mrs. Fred C. Hunt returned Saturday evening from two weeks with her parents at Ponca, accompanied by Will Hodges, who went back today.
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 6, 1885.
The rulers of the city met Monday in regular semi-monthly commune. Present: Mayor Graham and Councilmen McDonald, Connor, Myers, Crippen, and Harter. Absent: Councilmen Jennings, Baden, and Hodges.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 20, 1885.

The rulers of the city met last night in regular semi-monthly session, Mayor Graham presiding and Councilmen Connor, Jennings, Myers, Crippen, and Baden present; absent, Councilmen McDonald, Hodges, and Harter.
W. J. Hodges...
Arkansas City Traveler, September 9, 1885.
Geo. O. Griffins, chief clerk at the Osage Agency; E. M. Ganse, from the Sac & Fox Agency; R. K. Puckett, superintendent at the Kaw Agency; and W. J. Hodges, Ponca trader, registered at the Leland last Friday.
Charles Hodges...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 10, 1885.
Charley Hodges came up from Ponca Sunday.
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 10, 1885.
The City Fathers met in regular session Monday night, Mayor Graham and Councilmen Connor, Jennings, Crippen, Harter, and Baden, and city clerk Buckman, present; absent, Councilmen McDonald, Myers, and Hodges.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 23, 1885.
Col. Pollock, J. H. Sherburne, and Mr. Hodges came up from Ponca on Sunday to attend the meeting of cattlemen.
May and Will Hodges...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.
Misses Mary Randall and Mary Majors came up from Ponca Thursday afternoon, after two weeks visit with the Hodges. May and Will Hodges accompanied them up. May will remain to attend our high school.
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds since our last issue.
                    W J Hodges et ux to W J Cochran, hf lot 7, blk 10, Winfield: $1,100
Will Hodges...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 15, 1885.
Willie Hodges is now one of the First National Bank force.
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 15, 1885.
W. J. Hodges came up from the Territory Sunday.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 21, 1885.
It is talked on the street that Trader Hodges, at the Ponca Agency, has got himself into trouble buying cattle from the Indians that were issued by the government. A letter from a government employee at that agency has been shown us, which gives the following details of the affair. The agent has made an investigation of the business, and sent his report on to Washington. The Indians went clear back on their trader. They said he bought the cattle of them, and knew they were of government issue when he bought them.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 28, 1885.
W. J. Hodges, the new Ponca trader, came to town on Monday.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 28, 1885.
Isaac Ochs has been appointed postmaster at Pawnee, and W. J. Hodges takes the place of J. H. Sherburne in handling the mail at Ponca Agency.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 5, 1885.
The rulers of the city met in regular commune Monday night: Mayor Graham in the chair and councilmen McDonald, Jennings, Hodges, Baden, and Harter present; absent councilmen Myers and Crippen.
Charles Hodges...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 19, 1885.
Charley Hodges came up from Ponca yesterday morning and returned last evening. He says things are lovely in the Territory.
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 10, 1885.
W. J. Hodges came up from Ponca yesterday. He says the big Territory fire was not so bad as reported, though fearfully destructive. Only eight head of cattle, mostly calves, have yet been found burned to death. Tomlin and Webb have 200 tons of hay left, but all their buildings, fences, etc., were swept away. The ranches of Hill & Allen, Beach & Pickens, Dick Best, Botts, and others lost about all their feed, fences, etc. The range is all burned off and the cattle will have to be brought to the State. The loss of cattle was badly exaggerated. Lacey Tomlin and Ed McMullen went down to Tomlin & Webb’s ranch yesterday, but have not yet returned. T. & W. have 2,500 head of cattle.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 17, 1885.
The Rulers of the city met in regular semi-monthly conclave Monday night. Present: Mayor Graham and Councilmen Connor, Jennings, Myers, Crippen, Hodges, Baden, and Harter; absent, Councilman McDonald.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 23, 1885.
The Poncas held a council on Monday, the object of the meeting being to prepare a petition to the great father in Washington, asking him to revoke the license given to the new trader, W. J. Hodges, whom they do not take kindly to, and to renew the license of their old trader, Joseph H. Sherburne, so that he may continue his stay amongst them.
May and Will Hodges...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 24, 1885.

The G. O. Club met Thursday eve in the very agreeable home of Miss Mary Randall. It was a thoroughly enjoyable party of our liveliest young folks, proving conclusively that the young ladies are adepts in arranging social gatherings. Those who enjoyed the occasion were: Misses Josie Bottom, of Ponca; Margie Wallis, Hattie Stolp, Leota Gary, Emma Strong, Jennie Lowry, Nona Calhoun, Bert Morford, Eva Dodds, Minnie Taylor, Ida Johnston, Nellie Rodgers, Anna McCoy, and May Hodges; Messrs. Harry Dent, of Ponca; P. H. Albright, Chas. F. and Harry Bahntge, Willis A. Ritchie, P. S. Hills, Ed. J. McMullen, George Jennings, Will Hodges, Fred Ballein, Harry Sickafoose, Frank N. Strong, Lacey Tomlin, Addison Brown, Livey Buck, and Frank H. Greer. The admirable entertainment of Miss Mary Randall, nicely assisted by her sister, Miss Ella, made all perfectly at home, with genuine jollity supreme. Cards, music, “the light fantastic,” supplemented by a choice luncheon, filled up the evening splendidly. The young ladies made an unique “hit” in this club. It is the alternate to the Pleasant Hour Club, managed by the boys. But there is more hearty sociability about it. Meeting at the homes of the members gives better opportunity for widening friendships. The Opera House, where all is form and dancing, gives a perceptible stiffness and chilliness that never exhibits itself in a private home. Yet the Pleasant Hour Club has succeeded in banishing much of this restraint—in trying to melt the cast that is always likely to exhibit itself at such parties. The social life of our young folks is more general this winter. Entertainments and parties are thick—something about every evening in the week.
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 24, 1885.
The city rulers met in regular session Tuesday night. Present: Mayor Graham and Councilmen Connor, Jennings, Crippen, Harter, and Baden. Absent: Councilmen McDonald, Myers, and Hodges.
May and Will Hodges...
               The Marriage of Mr. B. W. Matlack and Miss Gertrude McMullen.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 7, 1886.
Misses Minnie Taylor, Josie Pixley, Ida Trezise, Lena Walrath, Alice Bishop, Mary Bryant, Mary Berkey, May Hodges, Hattie Stolp, and Leota Gary.
Messrs. Judge Jay J. Buck, of Emporia; George and Everett Schuler, Will Hodges, Robert Hudson, Eli Youngheim, Jos. O’Hare, S. and P. Kleeman, Henry Goldsmith, E. Wallis, Addison Brown, Tom J. Eaton, Lacey Tomlin, Dr. C. E. Pugh, Frank Robinson, Lewis Brown, Will Robinson, James Lorton, Amos Snowhill. Livey J. Buck, Harry Sickafoose, and Frank H. Greer.
Silver pitcher and goblet, Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Rembaugh, Mr. Will C. Robinson, Mr. G. D. Headrick, Mr. M. Hahn, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Doane, Dr. C. E. Pugh, Mr. Addison Brown, Mr. Will E. Hodges, Mr. Eli Youngheim, Mr. E. G. Gray, Mr. F. H. Greer.
Silver and glass berry dish, Leota Gary, Hattie Stolp, Minnie Taylor, May Hodges, and Ida Johnson.
Will E. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 7, 1886.
                                                          THE G. O. CLUB

started the ball on a highly spirited roll New Year’s eve, in its party in the very pleasant home of the Misses Lizzie and Margie Wallis, whose admirable entertaining qualities are highly appreciated by all who have ever spent an evening in their home. Those present Thursday eve were: Misses Ora Worden, of Garnett, Mary Randall, Anna Hunt, Leota Gary, Anna McCoy, Minnie Taylor, Hattie Stolp, Bert Morford, Nona Calhoun, Ida Johnston, Nellie and Kate Rodgers, Maggie Harper, Mary Berkey, Julia Smith, and Eva Dodds; Messrs. Eugene Wallis, Frank N. Strong, Chas. F. and Harry Bahntge, Everett and George Schuler, Lacey Tomlin, Ed J. McMullen, L. J. Buck, Frank Robinson, F. F. Leland, G. E. Lindsley, L. B. Davis of Chicago, Addison Brown, Will E. Hodges, Harry Sickafoose, Tom J. Eaton, A. F. Hopkins, and Frank H. Greer. Restraint, under the pleasant entertainment of the Misses Wallis, is always unknown. So it was on this occasion. Everybody “turned themselves loose” and ended the old year in supreme jollity. Dancing, cards, a choice repast, with unadulterated “Gab Only,” made the evening fly on rapid wings, with the wish for many more just like it.
The large attendance at the wedding interfered considerably with New Year’s calling. It interfered with the formal banquet of many who would otherwise have kept formal open house. But the enjoyment was all the greater. Too much form spoils fun. About fifty callers were out, the two largest parties being “The Young Men’s Kerosene Association,” composed of Ed. J. McMullen, Tom J. Eaton, Frank F. Leland, Will E. Hodges, Addison Brown, Frank Robinson, and Livey T. Buck, and the “Great and Only Original Order of Modern S. of G.’” composed of D. H. Sickafoose, J. W. Spindler, A. F. Hopkins, E. Youngheim, R. Hudson, L. T. Tomlin, F. H. Greer, O. J. Dougherty. J. Lorton, and Q. A. Robertson.
Will Hodges...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 7, 1886.
Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson entertained a very pleasant little party of friends Wednesday eve. An evening in their spacious home is always most delightful. Those participating last night were: Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Robinson, Dr. and Mrs. Geo. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, and Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Hunt; Mrs. Mary Whitney; Misses Nettie and Anna McCoy, Julia Smith, Libbie Whitney, Nona Calhoun, Bert Morford, and Anna Hunt; Messrs. Chas. F. and Harry Bahntge, W. H. Smith, Will and Frank Robinson, Will Whitney, Lacey Tomlin, A. F. Hopkins, and Will Hodges. Various amusements, supplemented by a choice collation, followed by dancing, in which the “old folks” took a lively part, passed the evening very agreeably. The graceful entertainment of Mr. and Mrs. Robinson always makes perfect freedom and genuine enjoyment.
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 7, 1886.
The City Fathers held their regular conclave Monday night. Present: Mayor Graham and Councilmen Connor, Myers, Crippen, Baden, and Harter; absent, Councilmen Jennings, McDonald, and Hodges. A petition to close general merchandise stores on Sunday was tabled. Petition to fix the road to west bridge, ditto. The following bills were ordered paid.

Q. A. Glass, coal, $3.25; J. C. Fuller, rent council room, January, February, and March, $30; J. C. McMullen, rent fire department building, Dec., $25; City Officers salaries Dec., $129.98. Bill of Water Company for $1,572.50, hydrant rental from July 5, 1885, to Jan. 15, 1886, was found correct and the clerk ordered to issue an order for the amount, bearing 7 per cent interest. Bills of Hose Co. No. 1, $40; Hose Co. No. 2, $33; W. H. Clark, chief fire marshal, $4.00; Black & Rembaugh, $23.50. Treasurer’s report for quarter ending Dec. 15th, 1885, was found correct. City Clerk was instructed to ascertain cost of lumber to re-floor west bridge. The finance com. was instructed to deduct, as usual, the moonlight nights from the Gas Company’s bill, and the city attorney was instructed to carry the case of Winfield vs. the Gas Company to the Supreme Court. The marshal was ordered to have the K. C. & S. W. railroad fix its crossing on North Main. The curb-stones around the gas posts, where they interfere with water hydrants, were ordered fixed. The City agreed to furnish rock for crossing to Bliss & Wood’s mill, that firm agreeing to lay the same. The Marshal was ordered to have Mr. Croco lay his walk according to ordinance.
Will Hodges...
                      Mr. Lewis Brown and Miss Lena Walrath are Joined In The
                                            Matrimonial Bond.—A Big Event.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 14, 1886.
                                                            THE GUESTS.
Rev. and Mrs. Kelly; Rev. and Mrs. Reider; Mr. and Mrs. A. Gridley; Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Young; Mr. and Mrs. Blackman; Mr. and Mrs. Dalton; Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Silliman; Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Park; Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor; Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Finch; Mr. and Mrs. O. Branham; Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Vance; Mr. and Mrs. A. Graff, Wellington; Mr. and Mrs. H. Brown and Ralph; Mr. and Mrs. J. C. McMullen; Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Doane; Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Read; Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Myton; Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Wood; Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington; Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller; Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Hackney; Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Robinson; Mr. and Mrs. Frank K. Raymond; Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt; Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Carson; Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Miller; Mrs. M. L. Robinson; Mrs. T. H. Soward; Mrs. B. H. Riddell; Misses Mattie Harrison, of Hannibal, Mo.; Lola Silliman, Leota Gary, Anna Hunt, Alice Thompson, Ida Ritchie, Clara Wilson, Julia B. March, Ida Johnston, Nellie and Kate Rodgers; Ora Worden, of Garnett; Nellie and Alice Aldrich, Minnie Taylor, Nellie McMullen, Lou Gregg, Maud Kelly, Mattie Reider, Hattie and Mamie Young; Messrs. W. C. Robinson, Will Hodges, Addison Brown, Jas. Lorton, L. J. Buck, Everett and George Schuler, W. A. Ritchie, C. E. Pugh, Chas. H. Slack, Jno. Brooks, Frank H. Greer, Will Brown, Harry Caton, Lewis Plank, P. S. Hills, J. L. M. Hill, Ed J. McMullen, and M. Hahn.
Silver and pearl agate water service, Rev. and Mrs. B. Kelly, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Read, Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Myton, Dr. and Mrs. Van Doren, Misses Nellie and Alice Aldrich, W. C. Robinson, A. F. Hopkins, and Will E. Hodges.
W. J. Hodges...
Arkansas City Republican, January 23, 1886.
The Cowley County Cattle Company held their annual meeting last Monday evening in Judge Pyburn’s office and elected the following officers. President, W. J. Hodges; vice president, W. M. Snyder; secretary, R. A. Houghton; treasurer, W. M. Snyder, and manager,
G. L. Kirkpatrick.
May Hodges...
                                   Bal Masque at the Opera House Last Night.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 28, 1886.
Miss May Hodges was an unique representation of a school girl, with her jump rope and roguish hat.
Will E. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 4, 1886.


The G. O. Club gave one of the most pleasurable parties of the winter series in the commodious home of Misses Nellie and Kate Rodgers, Thursday evening. It was a bad night, but with the excellent hack facilities of Arthur Bangs, the elements were conquered and by nine o’clock the following very jolly crowd were present: Mrs. M. Hite, Mrs. A. D. Hendricks and Miss Laura, Misses Sallie Bass, Ida Ritchie, Mattie Harrison, Nona Calhoun, Bert Morford, Ida Johnston, Lizzie and Margie Wallis, Leota Garry, Nellie Cole, Maggie Harper, Anna McCoy, Mary Randall, Eva Dodds, and Mary Berkey; Messrs. G. E. Lindsley, F. and Harry Bahntge, Frank N. Strong, P. S. Hills, A. F. Hopkins, R. E. Wallis, Jr., Will E. Hodges, Everett T. and Geo. H. Schuler, Lacey Tomlin, Wm. D. Carey, and Frank H. Greer. For novelty, all were accompanied by a sheet and pillow case, and the first half hour witnessed only ambling phantoms, whose ghostly presence was weird and mysterious. But a little of the ghost business was enough, and soon all were happily mingling in their natural array. Music, the light fantastic, cards, and various appropriate amusements, with an excellent luncheon, filled in the time most enjoyable until 12 o’clock. The Misses Rodgers are very admirable entertainers, graceful and jolly, and made a genuine freedom among their guests most acceptable.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 18, 1886.
Certainly there could be no happier occasion than that at the elegant and spacious home of C. F. Bahntge, Thursday. It was the bi-weekly party of the G. O. club. The popularity of Misses Bert Morford and Nona Calhoun and Messrs. Chas. F. and Harry Bahntge as entertainers was fully sustained—warm-hearted, graceful, lively and free, a manner that completely banished all restraint and made supreme gaiety unalloyed.
The guests were: Dr. and Mrs. Geo. Emerson, Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, and Mrs. B. H. Riddell; Misses Ida Ritchie, Mattie Harrison, Sallie Bass, Jennie Hane, Anna Hunt, Mary Randall, Mary Berkey, Emma Strong, Leota Gary, Nettie and Anna McCoy, Ida Johnston, Nell and Kate Rodgers, Nellie Cole, Hattie Stolp, Eva Dodds, and Lizzie and Margie Wallis; Messrs. J. L. M. Hill, P. H. Albright, G. E. Lindsley, Will E. Hodges, Byron Rudolf, Everett T. and George H. Schuler, Ed. J. McMullen, Lacey T. Tomlin, Tom J. Eaton, Willis A. Ritchie, Harry Sickafoose, Wm. D. Carey, Frank N. Strong, Frank F. Leland, Ivan A. Robinson, Addison Brown, and Frank H. Greer.
The appointments of this richly furnished and very agreeable home are splendidly adapted to a gathering of this kind. The Roberts Orchestra was present with its charming music and the joyous guests indulged in the “mazy” to their heart’s content, mingling cards and tete-a-tete. The collation was especially excellent and bounteous. Nothing but the ancient “wee sma” hours abridged the gaiety, when all departed with warmest appreciation of their delightful entertainers.
And right here we can’t quell the remark that the young ladies have made a brilliant success of the G. O. Club. It is one of the most pleasurable sources of amusement yet inaugurated in the city—one giving the young ladies ample scope to exhibit their superior qualities in the entertainment line. It is a very pleasant and successful alternate to the Pleasant Hour Club. Of course the P. H. has long since delivered the prize to the G. O.
Will E. Hodges...
                                                          THE GERMAN.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 18, 1886.

No dance affords as much well-bred hilarity and genuine enjoyment, for an evening, as the German. It is purely a social arrangement, mingling novelty most acceptable. Highly pleasurable indeed was the “German” reception of Miss Ida Johnston last night. The appointments of this richly furnished and truly elegant home, for such an occasion, was perfect. The large double parlors, with their canvas-covered floor, gave ample scope for the many amusing figures of the German. The figures were admirably led by Willis A. Ritchie and Miss Mattie Harrison, assisted by Frank F. Leland and Miss Ida Ritchie, and, though some were quite intricate, went off without a break. Besides those mentioned, the guests were: Mr. and Mrs. B. W. Matlack, Mrs. B. H. Riddell; Misses Jennie Hane, Sallie Bass, Lizzie and Margie Wallis, Nellie Cole, Nona Calhoun, Anna Hunt, Bert Morford, and Maggie Harper; Messrs. Byron Rudolf, Chas. F. and Harry Bahntge, Addison Brown, M. J. O’Meara, Will E. Hodges, Everett T. and George H. Schuler, Lacey T. Tomlin, Tom J. Eaton, Ed. J. McMullen, and Frank H. Greer. The ladies were all in beautiful costume and the gentlemen brought out the swallow tail for the first time this winter. Master Archie Olmstead furnished the piano music and his excellent time elicited much appreciation. The favors were numerous, “cute” and appropriate. The excellent collation formed a very interesting supplement. Miss Johnston is an admirable entertainer, easy, genial, and graceful, and, agreeably assisted by her mother, afforded all one of the pleasantest evenings of the winter. This home is one of the most complete and commodious in the city, giving splendid opportunity for receptions. This was the first German of the winter. It proved such a delightful novelty that others will likely be given before the “light fantastic” season is ended. To those familiar with the various “round dances,” the German is the acme of the Terpsichorean art, fashionable, graceful, and gay.
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 18, 1886.
W. J. Hodges is up from Ponca. He struck swollen streams and waxy mud that made the trip anything but relishable.
Will E. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 25, 1886.
Monday Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Miller entertained, in honor of Mr. Miller’s forty-fourth birthday, a large number of old folks. Last evening their pleasant home was again open, on behalf of Joe C. Miller and Jno. R. Brooks, and was the occasion of a very happy gathering of young folks. Those whose presence contributed to the gaiety of the evening were: Misses Anna McCoy, Minnie Taylor, Leota Gary, Anna Hunt, Josie and Lulu Pixley, Mary and Eva Berkey, Ella Randall, Nellie McMullen, Mattie Reider, Ida Ritchie, Mattie Harrison, Margie and Lizzie Wallis, Jennie Hane, Maggie Harper, Hattie Stolp, Bessie Handy, Bert Morford, Nona Calhoun, Ella Wilson, Sallie Bass, Alma Smock, Carrie Christie; Messrs. Elder Vawter, W. E. Hodges, Ed J. McMullen, Lacey T. Tomlin, Thos. J. Johnston, Willis A. Ritchie, Addison Brown, Everett T. and Geo. H. Schuler, Jas. Lorton, Frank H. Greer, Chas. Slack, Eugene Wallis, J. W. Spindler, Geo. Lindsley, Phil. Kleeman, F. F. Leland, C. F. Bahntge, Harry Bahntge, Dr. Stine, and A. L. Schultz.
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 4, 1886.
The rulers of the city met in regular bi-weekly session Monday eve, with Mayor Graham presiding, and Councilmen Connor, Jennings, Myers, Crippen, Baden, and Harter present; McDonald and Hodges absent.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 11, 1886.
The city council held an adjourned session Thursday, with Mayor Graham in the chair and councilmen Crippen, Myers, Connor, Jennings, Baden, and Harter, present; absent, McDonald and Hodges.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 11, 1886.
The city election occurs Tuesday, April 6th. The officers to be elected are: One councilman from each ward, two justices of the peace, and four members of the school board. The out-going councilmen are: W. R. McDonald, 1st ward; T. B. Myers, 2nd ward; W. J. Hodges, 3rd ward; J. N. Harter, 4th ward. The retiring members of the school board are W. D. Johnson, 1st ward; George Ordway, 2nd; W. C. Robinson, 3rd; and W. H. Smith, 4th. The principal skirmish will be over the justices and the 1st and 2nd ward councilmen. But every place to be filled is important to the welfare of a progressive and prosperous city like Winfield, and much care must be exercised in getting men who will fill them acceptably and creditably to themselves and the city.
Will E. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 18, 1886.
The G. O. Club gave another of its very enjoyable parties last evening in the agreeable home of Miss Anna Hunt. The juicy consistency of real estate didn’t interfere in the least with the attendance. Cabs were out and annihilated any weather inconvenience. Those participating in the gaiety of the evening were: Dr. and Mrs. Geo. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Balliet, Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Cole, Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Webb, and Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Hunt; Misses Nettie and Anna McCoy, Lizzie and Margie Wallis, Ida Ritchie, Nellie Cole, Maggie Harper, Ida Johnston, Mary Berkey, Eva Dodds, Hattie Stolp, Minnie Taylor, and Leota Gary; Messrs. C. A. Bower, A. G. Haltinwanger, Frank F. Leland, Addison Brown, Charles F. and Harry Bahntge, Otto Weile, Willis A. Ritchie, Lacey T. Tomlin, H. D. Sickafoose, G. E. Lindsley, P. S. Hills, James Lorton, Eugene Wallis, Will E. Hodges, George Schuler, and Frank H. Greer. The graceful entertainment of Miss Anna, appropriately assisted by Capt. and Mrs. Hunt, was most admirable. With various popular amusements and the merriest converse, supplemented by choice refreshments, all retired in the realization of a most delightful evening, full appreciating the genial hospitality of Miss Hunt. The G. O.’s will probably have but one or two more meetings this season. Successful indeed have been its parties during the winter, affording a very pleasurable alternate to the Pleasant Hour Club. The young ladies have certainly shown themselves adepts in the art of entertainment. The boys readily deliver the laurels.
W. J. Hodges...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 18, 1886.
Councilman W. J. Hodges, being up from Ponca, surprised the city “Dads” with his presence Monday. He hadn’t met with them for six months.
                        [This is as far as I have progressed. Feb. 13, 2002. MAW]


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