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Holmes Family

                                     [RKW DID THE FOLLOWING WORK.]
The Windsor township census of 1878 lists G. W. Holmes, age 33, and his wife M.  J., age 31. (With the postoffice of Cambridge).
The Arkansas City census of 1893 lists Charles Holmes, age 37, and his wife Mary, age 30. It also lists C. A. Holmes, age 37, and his wife, Mary, age 21.
The Maple township census of 1882 lists Lawson Holmes, age 35, and his wife, Susan, age 35.
The Omnia township census of 1880 lists C. H. Holmes, age 28, and his wife, S. A., age 25. Their postoffice was Rock, Ks.
The Pleasant Valley township census of 1881 lists A. M. Holmes, age 56, and his wife, Julia, age 56. It also lists H. M. Holmes, age 21, and unmarried.
The 1893 Arkansas City directory lists the following:
C. A. Holmes, brakeman on AT&SF railroad.
Frank Holmes, plumber.
Frank Holmes, machinist.
George Holmes, butcher.
George Holmes, teamster.
Holmes Miss Lydia, dressmaker, rooms 1000 Main.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 21, 1878.
Lucius Holmes, of Winfield, was surprised a few days since by the appearance on the scene of the mother of six children, all his own too, demanding support. Now Lucius had so far forgotten the existence of these little urchins and their mother as to marry another woman, a buxom widow of Sumner County, named Strickland. For this forgetfulness, he was arrested; but wife No. 2 came to his relief with a hundred dollars in cash, with which wife No. 1 was bought off. The poor woman also secured for her famishing children a secured promise of eight dollars per month. With the cash and bond she retired from the field, leaving Lucius in the loving arms of his latest acquisition. Wellington Press.
Winfield Courier, August 21, 1879.
Channell & McLaughlin have purchased from Van R. Holmes, of Emporia, a half interest in 500 lots in Arkansas City. The transfer was made in one deed and took eight record pages of solid description.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 17, 1879.
There have been more bona fide real estate transfers in Arkansas City during the past two weeks than in any other town in Southern Kansas. The main transfer was that of Mr. Van Holmes’ lots to Messrs. Newman, Channell, and McLaughlin, each of these gentlemen purchasing a third, the entire number realizing the neat sum of seven thousand dollars. As a result of this transac­tion nearly all the lots in Arkansas City are owned by residents of the town—not for speculation merely, but for sale to parties wishing to build and improve the town. Messrs. Channell & McLaughlin will sell desirable lots on time to responsible parties, provided they will put up good, substantial buildings.

Winfield Courier, February 5, 1880.
Married by N. J. Larkin, at his office in Richland township, on the 24th of January, 1880, Mr. Hiram A. Stalter and Miss Anna E. Holmes.
Another John Holmes???
Winfield Courier, April 15, 1880.
Mr. John Holmes, for some time an attache of the A., T. & S. F. Co., at this place, left for Kansas City, where he had been tendered a position by the company last week. Mr. Holmes has by his gentlemanly and courteous conduct won many friends who regret to see him leave.
Winfield Courier, April 29, 1880.
Last Tuesday evening the marriage of Mr. George Robinson and Miss Ella Holmes was celebrated in the Methodist church, which was filled to overflowing by the friends and acquaintances of the parties. The church was handsomely decorated, one feature being a large horseshoe in evergreens with the initial letters, “R.” and “H.” on either side. Mr. Wm. Robinson and Miss McCoy acted as bridesgroom and bridesmaid. The ceremony was performed by Rev. Hyden, assisted by Rev. J. E. Platter. Thus was joined in the bonds of wedlock two of Winfield’s brightest lights.
Excerpts: Mr. Holmes & Co. [Stone Quarry]???...
Winfield Courier, June 30, 1881.
                                          ARKANSAS CITY,  June 15th, 1881.
On Tuesday I took a run up to Winfield to pass the after­noon, and succeeded in doing so to my entire satisfaction. Winfield is a nice place. It has broad streets, and trees, and sidewalks, and nice houses, and above all, a hospitable community of intelligent enterprising citizens. Just now, it being an off year in politics, the attention of the public is devoted to the improvement question, much the same as Topeka has been. Like Topeka, Winfield has “boomed” all the Spring, and business has been good and the citizens have felt like putting their money into those things which attract and hold the admiration of strangers and conducive to the happiness and health of the residents.
There is a long drive and a promenade along the waters’ edge, covered by the shadiest of trees, and allowing glimpses of charming scenery upon either bank of one of the most beautiful of Kansas streams. Other drives run at all angles in and about beautiful groves, affording a ride of more than ten miles within the enclosure. The trees are full of birds, which are protected and fostered. A speaker’s stand will be placed for the 4th of July, when the park will be used for celebration purposes. This stand will consist of a stone twenty feet square, placed upon pillars of masonry, and will be donated by the proprietors of the celebrated Cowley County stone quarry, Messrs. Holmes & Co. The river affords a fine boating course, and boats will be placed upon it at once. A steamboat is being secured, which will make excursions up and down the river. Riverside Park is certainly a great improvement.
Winfield Courier, June 30, 1881.

Hugh M. Holmes on Tuesday was crossing the railroad about two and a half miles south of the city with a span of mules and mowing machine, when a train suddenly came in view around a bend. Holmes whipped up his mules and they jumped forward suddenly, separating themselves from the machine, leaving it on the track. The train ground the machine very fine. No other damage done.
Winfield Courier, August 4, 1881.
Mrs. Sylvia Holmes, a cousin of the senior editor, is visiting in Winfield. Her husband is one of the leading sheep men of Russell County. They moved to Kansas from the Green Mountain state in 1876 and we think they made a mistake in not coming directly to Cowley. Guess they think so too.
Winfield Courier, August 11, 1881.
The senior editor and his wife visit Independence today in company with their visitor, Mrs. Sylvia Holmes, who is returning to Cameron, Missouri.
Winfield Courier, October 27, 1881.
Mrs. Geo. W. Robinson is enjoying a visit from Mrs. M. A. Holmes, of Indianapolis, Indiana.
Winfield Courier, December 15, 1881.
A few days ago Messrs. Holmes, Clark, and Carson returned from Wisconsin with a fine herd of over a hundred head of young blooded stock, chiefly of the Shorthorn, Ayrshire, and Holstein breeds. This herd will prove to be a valuable acquisition to the animal kingdom of this locality.
Cowley County Courant, January 12, 1882.
Dr. F. E. Allen, of Thornton, Indiana, has located in our city, and thinks of opening a dental office in the McDougal building. The doctor is an old acquaintance of the Holmes.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 5, 1882.
                                                        A Cherokee Tragedy.
A few days ago, in the Cherokee Nation, Horace Johnson and his brother-in-law, George Brewer, had in their custody a man named Holmes, who was under indictment for murder. While acting in this capacity, Johnson, who is a brother of Albert Johnson, sheriff of Sequoyah district, became involved in a quarrel with Brewer, and shot him dead. Holmes, the prisoner, and Johnson fled after this tragedy, and the former is still at large. Johnson has been arrested.
Winfield Courier, May 11, 1882.
The Cottage Home, or residence of Messrs. Croco, Holmes, and Ware, are fast taking shape and proportion, and we deem them worthy ornaments of enterprise and thrift.
Winfield Courier, August 24, 1882.
A. M. Holmes of Pleasant Valley brings in the premium potatoes so far. His are very large, choice and fine, and yield about 400 bushels per acre on uplands.
Winfield Courier, August 24, 1882.
                                   Special Horticultural Meeting. August 19th, 1882.
Met at COURIER office. Minutes of last meeting passed to regular. Messrs. Taylor and Mentch appointed as Committee to report on fruit on table, who reported as follows.

Your committee find exhibited on table by A. J. Thompson very fine old Mixon Cling, and an extra fine seedling from the Crawford, deep flesh, small red, fine flavor, and a very desirable acquisition to prolong the Early Crawford season by a succession.
G. W. Robinson, a supposed seedling of Early Crawford, with same merits as last; also Wilson’s seedling peach, fine flavor, small to medium size.
Wm. Butterfield, Cling peach, fair size.
De Turk, fine Conrad and Clinton Grape, best exhibited for 1882, showing the benefit of thorough cultivation and judicious pruning.
M. L. Read, fine L. B. De Jersey and Duchesse D’Angonieme pears.
J. L. Darnell, extra large white Dent corn; also Hybrid flint corn, grain well hardened.
A. J. Thompson, New York Flour corn, very good.
Henry Hawkins, Maiden Blush apples, very large.
I. N. Davis, Butcher corn, large ears, very good.
N. J. Larkin, wild plum, good.
A. M. Holmes, extra large Early Vermont potatoes.
Members and visitors present partook of fine Nutmeg musk melons presented by President Martin. Signed, Taylor and Mentch, committee.
On motion Society adjourned until next Saturday. J. F. MARTIN, President.
JACOB NIXON, Secretary.
Winfield Courier, February 15, 1883.
                                                         Township Elections.
The following township officers were declared elected by the Board of Commissioners at their canvass of the vote on Tuesday.
HARVEY: E. Holmes, trustee; H. Glaves, clerk; W. F. Hall, treasurer; W. Smith and
A. M. Moon, J. P’s.; G. W. Wingert and S. D. Moon, constables.
Winfield Courier, August 23, 1883.
A Committee met with the Baptist Church of Winfield last Wednesday for the purpose of examining Prof. Trimble with a view to his ordination to the work of the ministry. After a thorough examination, the committee unanimously voted to ordain, in the following order.
Sermon, Rev. Harper, Wichita; ordination prayer, Rev. Cairns, Winfield; charge to the candidate, Rev. Merrifield, Newton; hand of fellowship, Rev. Pennington, El Dorado; Prof. Hickok, Rev. Rice of Augusta, Rev. Clark and Rev. Ferguson, with brethren Culture and Holmes, also took part. Benediction by Rev. Trimble. REV. PENNINGTON, Moderator.
REV. RICE, Clerk.
Arkansas City Traveler, Supplement, December 19, 1883.
Prof. L. L. Davis, one of the TRAVELER’s friends at Pawnee Agency, was in the city last week and favored us with a short but pleasant call. The gentlemen with Messrs. Woodin and Holmes made a raid upon the holiday goods in our stores, carrying away with them nearly $150 worth.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 19, 1883.
Mr. A. B. Holmes, superintendent of the Ponca schools, spent several days in our city last week.

Note: It appears there were two John Holmes. The one in Rock township was identified usually as “John B. Holmes.” Believe “John Holmes” lived in Winfield, but I just do not know. MAW
Winfield Courier, January 17, 1884.
                                                              OUR FAIR.
                                   The Stockholders Meet and Elect a New Board.
                                                         A Splendid Record.
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.
Following is a list of Shareholders and Number of Shares Held.
                                                     John Holmes: One Share.
Winfield Courier, February 7, 1884.
The following MARRIAGE LICENSES have been issued during the week.
Geo. R. Holmes to Mary C. Boomershine.
Excerpt: Holmes of Beaver Township...
Winfield Courier, February 21, 1884.
                                                     BEAVER TOWNSHIP.
                                         (Ruf Wich Tannyhill Ish De Kounty seat.)

Dis vorld beats all de blaces I efer leeved in fur sum dings I tells you loud mity quick. Sum peeples likes burty dings so vell dey pay mosht enny brice to see a whirlegig on dere farm. Wm. Carter ub Vernon (vich ish yust north uv Tannyhil) its hisself a pig weel ever his vell, und ven de vin plows he says dot ish frist rate to pe sure. Und E. B. Gault he dells his frow dot he gits von uv dem dings too. Und he promises, py shings, it shall votter his poys, his horses, his pigs, his cows, und churn de putter, und do de veeks vashin’, und grind de corn, und he vot take tree hundred dollars fur dot wind engine. Und he ish happy. Und Mr. Holmes he bustles around and de first ding Yawcub knows he sees von ub dese dings at this house und him sayin’ his garden vill receive many a soaking’ dis summer ven dre ish no rain widin a dozen miles ub Tannyhill. Und den Shon Bower he gets lazy, too, und orders a mill, pig parrel, pipe, trough, und milk house und ebery dings vot’s nice, und his vife she likes him vell as eber, only a leedle more so. Und his neighbor, Shon Rupp, he dinks dey make von fine observatory, und he puts one at his farm, und on nice days he climbs to de top and flaps his vings und looks ober into Indiana to hear de dogs bark. Und Wm. McCullock, he says, “Vell den I set me down in de shade und reads de news vile dot kind of a machine goes round and round de tree tops and vaters de stock.” Und dot makes Warren Wood to hand ober de greenbacks, und py one too, before it gits away. Und Fader Clark he dinks cracious peeters dis will nebber do, und up goes a nice leetle whirlegig on his farm. Und Benson Rupp he says, “I vish von berry fine leetle chap, but I puts up de highest pole in de bishiness, und den ven I climbs to de top I ish as pig as enny body.” Und his nabur, Mr. Ginn, gets von like id, and his vife vas bleased pecause the vawterish to be garried de house indo. Und den Mr. Myers has von put up peside his elegant new home, und vile dis ish pein’ done, Mr. Fisher, uv Belle Plaine, comes to Winfield und dakes fife more, vich vas doin’ gude service in dot logality. Und I does peleve de Aera Vind Mills are goin’ to shtop de vind bishness dis sring und dot drouthy Kansas vill be vell vawtered hereafder. I shust dells you dis shtate vas von pig ding. She has money to py most ebery dings. Und Yawcub sthands reddy to say dot bishness ish lively in dis thoroughfare, und uf Baden vould only quit gathering all de eggs, peoples vould haf more to eat, und uf de Telegram vould turn de water works on to de narrer gage flame, der vould pe more room in Vinfield columns fur such promisin’ riters as YAWCUB.
Winfield Courier, June 26, 1884.
Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Doane are enjoying a visit from his aunt, Mrs. Holmes, of Topeka, with her son and daughter.
Winfield Courier, July 3, 1884.
Will Holmes, cousin of A. H. Doane and late of Topeka, has taken a position in the grocery establishment of John C. Long.
John Holmes???...
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.
The following is a list of the stockholders of the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association.
                                            Listed as a stockholder: John Holmes.
Arkansas City Republican, December 6, 1884.
Geo. A. Holmes, of Vinton, Iowa, who has been employed on the Hasie block for the last three months, returned home Thursday afternoon. Mr. Holmes will return here to make this his future home ere spring rolls around.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 31, 1884.
A. B. Holmes and family were up from Ponca Saturday.
[UDALL. “O.”]
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 1, 1885.
                                      The growth of Udall for the year of 1884.
                                   [Structures listed are followed by Valuation.]
                                                           Holmes: $300.00.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 8, 1885.
                                                        PONCA AGENCY.
Mr. and Mrs. Holmes have charge of the Ponca (Indian) school as principal and matron respectively.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 29, 1885.
WANTED. A competent cook—man or woman, to cook for a school mess of nine persons. Wages $4.50 per week. Apply to A. B. Holmes, Ponca Agency.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.
                                                             NEW FIRM!
                                                            NEW ROOM.
                                                 WE HAVE JUST RECEIVED
                                                           A large invoice of
                                                     Salt & Smoked Meats,
                      bought very low, which we will retail to our customers accordingly.
Bacon—Sides ........................................................    10 cents
Bacon—Breakfast ................................................    12½ cents
Hams—Sugar Cured ...........................................    12½ cents
N. Y. Shoulders .....................................................    10 cents
Picnic Hams ...........................................................    10 cents
Picnic Boneless Hams ...........................................   10 cents
Lard .......................................................................    10 cents
Job lots of 50 pounds or more a specialty.
                                                            Holmes & Son,
                                                            South Main St.
                                           Free Delivery to any part of the city.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 20, 1885.
Once more we are happy to chronicle the event of being banqueted to as fine a watermelon as the children ever sat down to. Holmes & Son are the benefactors. Long may they live. They have our thanks.
                                                   THE DEATH RECORD.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 20, 1885.
Mr. Holmes, residing on the dairy farm just southwest of the city, died last night, and was laid away in the Vernon cemetery today. He got hurt last winter, and being an old gentleman, could not survive it.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 10, 1885.
Miss S. Weigle has opened a dressmaking establishment over Baden’s store, in the room formerly occupied by Miss Holmes. She has had experience in eastern cities. Cutting and fitting a specialty. Call and see her before going elsewhere. Prices reasonable.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 5, 1885.
A very happy little party of ladies dropped in on Mrs. John Keck last evening in celebration of her birthday. It was strictly a female party—no measly men around. Men are very much out of place around where women are anyway—they can’t talk enough. The occasion in question was one of the liveliest. The merry chatter was sandwiched at the proper hour by delicious oysters and nice delicacies. Among the ladies present were Mrs. F. M. Friend, Mrs. G. L. Rinker, Mrs. W. H. Albro, Mrs. Capt. Whiting, Mrs. Fred Whiting, Mrs. Ed. Nelson, Mrs. Copeland, Mrs. J. A. Cooper, Mrs. Walters, and Miss Lydia Holmes.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 5, 1885.
Miss Lydia Holmes has returned from Colorado and will spend the winter in the home of Mrs. Keck.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 31, 1885.
Mrs. H. L. Holmes, from Homer, Illinois, is visiting her daughter, Mrs. W. L. Mullen.
                                                           LAND SLIDES.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 4, 1886.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds yesterday.
                   A V Polk et ux to A S Holmes, lots 7 and 8, blk 19, Wilmot: $125.00.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 18, 1886.
Mrs. H. L. Holmes, of Holmer, Indiana, grandmother of A. H. Doane, is here for a visit.
H. L. Holmes...
                                                      SOCIAL WINFIELD
                    Indulges in the Fashionable Novelty of Five O’clock Luncheon.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 25, 1886.
The most fashionable novelty is five o’clock luncheon, a full-dress reception of ladies only, for tea and an hour or two of social chat, such as only ladies, when untrammeled by the awkward presence of men—who were never made to talk—can enjoy. Last evening Winfield had the first full-fledged introduction of this pleasurable novel. It was a reception by Mrs. A. H. Doane and Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, two of the city’s most delightful entertainers, at the home of Mrs. Doane. A little after four the invited guests began to arrive and by 5 o’clock the parlors were a scene of the liveliest mirth and social freedom, the following prominent ladies being present: Mesdames C. H. Taylor, C. L. Harter, Ray Oliver, George Raymond, George Rembaugh, J. F. Balliet, G. H. Buckman, O. Branham, W. H. Albro, Ela Albright, E. M. Albright, J. J. Carson, L. M. Williams, J. A. Eaton, J. C. Miller, Col. McMullen, J. F. McMullen, B. W. Matlack, C. C. Collins, Henry Brown, Lewis Brown, J. H. Tomlin, E. P. Young, J. N. Young, Dr. Van Doren, M. J. Darling, W. H. Shearer, R. E. Wallis, D. A. Millington, Wm. Mullen, H. L. Holmes, W. P. Hackney, Dr. Brown, M. L. Robinson, Geo. Robinson, S. D. Pryor, Dr. Emerson, M. L. Whitney, J. L. Horning, J. D. Pryor, Geo. W. Miller, Edwin Beeny, Frank Doane, and Miss Lena Oliver. At the appointed hour a luncheon of choice delicacies, with a sprinkling of appropriate substantials, was bounteously and gracefully served. It was one of the happiest gatherings imaginable. The ladies were all handsomely and fashionably attired. By half past six all had departed, realizing the pleasantest reception for many a day. The main object of the “five o’clock luncheon” is to dissipate the inconveniences of the “fashionable call,” where all is prim form, with little opportunity for forming genuine friendships. It is certainly a most admirable mode of widening friendships among the ladies of the city, as all will attest who experienced the very agreeable hospitality of Mrs. Doane and Mrs. Kretsinger, on this occasion.
                                                   PROBATE PROBINGS.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 15, 1886.
With this week began the April term of the Probate court and Judge Gans has already turned out the following grist.
Isaiah Holmes and Flora Byfield are the latest matrimonial victims.
I. B. Holmes, now living at Rock...
Daily Calamity Howler, Wednesday, October 14, 1891.

I. B. Holmes, of Rock, was over last Sunday looking after his claim west of Wilmot.


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