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Howard Brothers

                           CHARLES A. HOWARD AND GEORGE HOWARD.
                                                            Arkansas City.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 20, 1879.
Charles and George Howard have bought the lot adjoining the old Mitchell building, and will build a store room to be used by them in the hardware business. They are energetic boys, and will do a lively business.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 20, 1879.
S. P. Channell and George Howard drove up to the end of the railroad now building in the county Monday evening. George returned, but S. P. has gone up the road.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 27, 1879.
The Howard boys have concluded to put up a brick store room adjoining Mr. Matlack’s. Work on both these buildings will commence immediately.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 17, 1879.
The Howard boys expect to put up their first story in fifteen days after the foundation is ready. They have bought their stock of shelf hardware, and secured the services of Mr. Rexford, whose experience in that line of trade makes him a valuable acquisition to the store.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 24, 1879.
Mrs. C. A. Howard and daughter, Miss Blanche, arrived from Phillips, Maine, last Saturday. Charley has been “one of us” for the past year and a half, and we gladly welcome the better part of him to their adopted home.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 15, 1879.
The brick walls on the new building of Howard Bros. are being laid with rapidity, and their store house will soon be one of the ornaments of Summit street.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 12, 1879.
The Howard brothers are plastering and will soon fill in their stock of hardware. The boys know how to make things move.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 19, 1879.
The Howard building will be finished in a few days.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 26, 1879.
Howard Bros. have completed one of the finest brick build­ings that can be found in Cowley County. The joiner work was done by Silas Parker and would do credit to any mechanic.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 3, 1879.
Remember that on Saturday next the new firm of Howard, Rexford & Howard will open out their new stock of Hardware.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 3, 1879.
Parker and Canfield are finishing the shelving in Howard Bros. new brick, and if any town in the Southwest can show a better job, just trot it out and we will call and see it. The frontis to this building is very attractive. Beat it ye who can. No need to call on workmen from other towns for the best jobs. We have them right here.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 3, 1879.

The space in the TRAVELER left for Howard, Rexford & Howard, will be filled with an ad. of their large stock of hardware, which they will open out on Saturday next, and offer to the public at remarkably low prices. Step in and see for yourself.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 10, 1879.
                              THE NEW NICKEL NIMBLE HARDWARE STORE
                            HOWARD, REXFORD & HOWARD, PROPRIETORS.
Have just opened up a new and complete stock of all kinds of
                               BUILDING HARDWARE, Table and Pocket Cutlery,
                                                    Iron Nails & Horse Shoes.
We have the celebrated SELF REACTION REVOLVER, that is warranted to shoot 63 times a minute. Also a full line of WAGON WOOD WORK which we can sell cheaper than any house in Southern Kansas.
Remember our goods are all new and bought for cash, so we can compete with any house in the Southwest. Call and see us before purchasing elsewhere.
                                          HOWARD, REXFORD & HOWARD.
Mrs. Howard...
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 10, 1879.
COMMITTEE ON ARRANGEMENTS: Mrs. N. B. Hughes, Mrs. Huey, Mrs. A. A. Newman, Mrs. McClung, Mrs. James Benedict.
SOLICITING: East side of city: Mrs. W. Benedict and Mrs. C. R. Sipes. West side of city: Mrs. Hutchison, Mrs. J. T. Shepard. East Bolton: Mrs. Denton, Mrs. Dr. Carlisle. West Bolton: Mrs. Guthrie, Mrs. Marshall. East of Walnut: Mrs. E. Parker and Mrs. N. Kimmell.
FANCY TABLE: Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. L. McLaughlin, Mrs. Berger, Miss Annie Norton, May Benedict, Linnie Peed, Carrie Benedict, Annie Hutchinson, Mary Theaker.
SUPPER TABLE:  Mrs. J. I. Mitchell, Mrs. R. C. Haywood, Mrs. Dr. Chapel, Mrs. S. P. Channell, Mrs. C. Schiffbauer, Mrs. Matlack, Mrs. Howard, Mrs. E. B. Kager, Mrs. Dr. Kellogg, Mrs. T. H. McLaughlin, Mrs. J. T. Shepard.
PROCURING TREE: Mr. W. D. Mowry, C. H. Sylvester, F. Farrar, Charles Swarts.
RECEIVING PRESENTS: Mrs. I. H. Bonsall, Miss Clara Finley, Mr. Cal. Swarts, C. H. Sylvester.
DECORATING TREE: Mr. and Mrs. Bonsall, Mr. and Mrs. Scott, Miss Eva Swarts, Hattie Houghton, Flora Finley, Angie Mantor, Ella Grimes, Mattie Mitchell, Kate Hawkins, Alma Dixon, Blanche Marshall, Emma Hunt, Susie Hunt, Mr. B. Matlack, F. Farrar, W. Gooch, Mr. Rose, G. Howard, B. Maxwell, W. D. Mowry, F. Hutchison, E. LeClare, L. Norton, Mr. B. Parker, C. McIntire.
PROCURING STOVES: C. R. Sipes and James Benedict.
PROCURING LIGHTS: Dr. Shepard and Dr. Loomis.
COLLECTING DONATIONS: Mr. Hutchison and J. J. Breene.

TEA AND COFFEE: Mrs. Coombs and Mrs. Norton.
OYSTER TABLE: Mrs. Sipes, Mrs. W. Benedict, Mrs. T. C. Bird, Mrs. T. Mantor, Mrs. J. H. Sherburne, Mrs. C. Parker, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Watson, Mrs. Anna Patterson.
PROCURING DISHES AND TABLES: Mr. and Mrs. O. P. Houghton, Mr. and Mrs. Lafe McLaughlin, Mrs. Sipes, Mr. J. C. Topliff.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 4, 1880.
                                                            Wedding Bells.
GOOCH - HOUGHTON. Married on Wednesday evening, February 4th, at the First Presbyterian Church in Arkansas City, Mr. Wyatt Gooch and Miss Hattie Houghton, by Rev. McClung.
                                                       LIST OF PRESENTS.
                                                 Mr. and Mrs. Howard, server.
      Arkansas City Traveler, February 4, 1880.
Geo. W. Cunningham, formerly with S. H. Myton, Winfield, has opened an Agricultural Implement House in this city, and will sell plows, cultivators, and all other farm implements, from the well known manufactories of the Weir Plow Co.; John Deere Plow Company; Furs & Bradley manufacturing company; Champier, Wood, and Adams & French harvesting machines; Nichols & Shepherd threshers; Bain and Mitchell farm and spring wagons.
               Repairs for all kinds of machines. Office with Howard, Rexford & Howard.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 18, 1880.
Messrs. Howard, Rexford & Howard have the excavation made for putting in a wagon scale in front of their new store building on Summit street.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 3, 1880.
Last week we overlooked the fact that Howard, Rexford & Howard have erected the finest platform scales in the city. Farmers, when you come to town with hay, corn, pork, wheat, or produce, try the new scales and you will find they will balance to the weight of a hair; besides the firm is one of the best west of the Great Father of Waters.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 10, 1880.
Howard, Rexford & Howard for merchandise, $6.49, received, read, and on motion ordered paid.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 17, 1880.
                                                   LEAP-YEAR CATCHES.
                                                        ARKANSAS CITY.
                                                       By an Old Bachelor.
                                                       GEORGE HOWARD.
A Brignolia; chuck full of music; sings like a nightingale; splendid form; a graduate of the regular army; loving; can be had. Give George a chance, ladies.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 24, 1880.
                                                        CASH ACCOUNT.
Amount of Scrip issued by City Clerk from March 15th, 1879, to March 14th, 1880, both inclusive:

                     March 3, 1880: Howard, Rexford & Howard, merchandise: $4.89.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 28, 1880.
Stoves and Tinware. Messrs. Howard, Rexford & Howard desire to inform the Public that they intend to keep in stock a full line of the above goods and will be prepared to fill all orders in about three weeks.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 12, 1880.
The “Nimble Nickel” hardware boys, Howard, Rexford & Howard, are out with a new “ad” this week. Call and see them if you want good treatment, and the worth of your money.
                                             Howard, Rexford AND Howard,
                                                           TOOLS, IRON,
                                                   NAILS AND CUTLERY.
                     Also, Wagon Wood and everything kept in a Hardware Store.
We have none but New Goods, and will sell as cheap as any house in the Southwest.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 9, 1880.
Messrs. Howard, Rexford & Howard, the enterprising propri­etors of the “Nimble Nickel Hardware Store,” shipped two wagon loads of hardware to Ponca Agency last week for the use of the Indians.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 23, 1880.
George Howard and Ben Matlack are going to the El Dorado of southern Sumner, Hunnewell, this week, the former with a stock of hardware from the firm of Howard, Rexford & Howard, and the latter will take over a supply of clothing and furnishing goods for Houghton & Speers. If there is going to be any boom over there, the boys are determined to reap the benefit while it lasts.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 30, 1880.
Messrs. Howard, Rexford & Howard have opened a branch establishment at the above named place, and all persons needing anything in the general hardware line should give them a call.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 14, 1880.
Anything in the hardware line can be found at Howard, Rexford & Howard’s well stocked store on west Summit street.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 14, 1880.
George Howard came in from Hunnewell last Sunday night, considerable the worse for his short stay in the new metropolis. A few days among friends will bring him out all right, however.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 4, 1880.
Howard, Rexford & Howard last week discontinued their branch store at Hunnewell, building at that point having about stopped.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 15, 1880.

Messrs. Howard & Rexford have just received a choice selec­tion of firearms, among which are included the Evans magazine gun, a perfect gem for sportsmen, capable of being fired twenty-six times without taking from the shoulder, and the celebrated new patent Merwin & Hulbert revolvers. These goods are in various styles, and cannot fail of giving satisfaction to all who can appreciate a perfect and accurate weapon.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 22, 1880.
THE EVANS Magazine Gun can be fired 26 times without being taken from the shoulder. For sale at Howard, Rexford & Howard’s.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 10, 1880.
Hunting is all the rage now. Last Monday morning a party of six started out, consisting of Eugene Eddy and nephew, Mr. Charles Crosswell, son of ex-Governor Crosswell of Michigan, R. A. Houghton, Frank Speers, Charley Howard, and Mr. Worthley, a brother-in-law of the Howard boys visiting them from Maine. They will be joined at Ponca Agency by Joe Sherburne and Mr. George Reed, a relative of Mr. Sherburne who arrived from the land of Platisted [?] last Friday—the entire party expecting to return Saturday night. May good luck attend them.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1880.
Manson Rexford has sold his interest in the “Nimble Nickel” hardware store to the Howard Bros., who will conduct the business henceforth. Notwithstanding the fact that Rex told us he was “going to start a paper,” we wish him success, and hope he will still make his home with us.
George Howard...
Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1880.
                                                      CHRISTMAS TIME.
The names of the various committees having in charge the Christmas tree festivities to be held at the Presbyterian church, were handed in last week, but were unavoidably crowded out, and are presented in this issue, as follows.
Committee on Procuring Tree: Messrs. John Walker, M. B. Vawter, S. B. Reed, A. Gardner, R. Hutchison, C. L. Swarts.
Committee on Receiving Presents: Misses Clara Finley, Alma Dixon, Kate Hawkins, May Roland, May Benedict, Lizzie Guthrie, Mary Thomas, and Messrs. F. W. Farrar, C. M. Swarts, Dr. Vawter, Robert Maxwell.
Decorating Committee: Mr. and Mrs. Searing, Mr. and Mrs. Matlack, Mrs. Haywood, Mrs. Shepard, Mrs. Cypher, Misses Mary Parker, Angie Mantor, Carrie Benedict, Annie Norton, Mattie Mitchell, Linnie Peed, Flora Finley, Albertine Maxwell, Sadie Thomas, Linda Christian, Annie Hutchison, Mary Theaker, Emma and Susie Hunt, Ada Easterday; Messrs. E. G. Gray, W. D. Mowry, John Kroenert, J. D. Houston, George Howard, D. Cunningham, James Leonard, Will Peed, J. C. Topliff, Dick Chamberlain, Irving French.
Distributing Committee: Mr. and Mrs. Standley, Mr. and Mrs. Bonsall, Mr. and Mrs. Gooch, Mr. and Mrs. Sleeth, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mantor.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 2, 1881.
THE GILBERT DOOR LOCK, a marvel of simplicity, elegance, strength, durability. Construction on an entirely new principal. For sale by Howard Brothers.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 9, 1881.

Our champion hardware men, the Howard Bros., inform us it is their intention to shortly put in a large assortment of first-class tinware. The stock is already purchased and will be on hand very soon, when all needing anything in their line are invited to call upon them.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 9, 1881.
Fresh lot of tinware coming at Howard Bros.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 25, 1881.
That for Hardware, Tinware, Stoves, etc., Howard Bros. and C. R. Sipes keep the lead.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 22, 1881.
Howard Bros. hardware store now rejoices in a brand new tip top awning, just the thing for style, and O. K. for use. Messrs. Noee and Wolf were the builders, and the job does them credit.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 6, 1881.
Howard Bros. have just received a large and elegant assort­ment of SILVERWARE and table and pocket CUTLERY. They also have on hand a full line of REVOLVERS.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 10, 1881.
George Howard left yesterday morning for Maine, to visit old friends. He takes advantage of the cut rates.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 10, 1881.
                                                       SALT CITY ITEMS.
                                           SALT CITY, AUGUST 7TH, 1881.
Editor Traveler:
Dear Sir: We are still right side up with care. There is quite a crowd in town today—comprising citizens of Wellington, Winfield, and Wichita, besides a large delegation from the Terminus, who came over to take a bath to rouse their systems from the nervous prostration caused by the excessive heat.
The following is a list of the visitors at the Geuda Springs Bath House for the week ending August 7, 1881:
Mrs. H. P. Farrar, Arkansas City.
Mrs. C. A. Howard, Arkansas City.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 24, 1881.
                                                             FRUIT CANS
                                                           at Howard Bros.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 14, 1881.
                                                      DIAMOND EDGE AX
The best in the market, guaranteed and warranted perfect in every respect at          Howard Bros.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 12, 1881.
Geo. Howard returned from Maine yesterday. He looks well.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 2, 1881.
Our enterprising Hardware Firm, the Howard Bros., come to the front this week with a new “ad.” Read it and be satisfied that for quality of goods and low prices, the firm cannot be beaten in Southern Kansas. Give them a call.
AD:                                              HOWARD BROTHERS,
                                         DEALER IN GENERAL HARDWARE,

                                                     GUNS, PISTOLS, ETC.
                                        TINWARE OF EVERY DESCRIPTION.
                                     Good Goods and low prices will ever be found
                                                         at our establishment.
                                                    HOWARD BROTHERS.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 30, 1881.
Last Thursday morning Mr. Samuel Hoyt, in alighting from a load of hay in front of Howard Bro’s. store, slipped and fell to the ground, severely shocking himself and producing unconscious­ness. Dr. Kellogg was promptly on the spot however, and we are pleased to say the old gentleman received no permanent injury.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 21, 1881.
George Cunningham has commenced work upon the foundation for his new business house on Summit Street and a big opening now foreshadows what is to be in the future. The structure will be of stone with brick front and will be 25 x 75 feet in length. We understand the Cowley County bank has bought one-half interest in the north wall, they owning the lot between the proposed new building and Howard Bros. brick, and if the necessary arrange­ments could be made no better location could be wished for a city hall than the second story of these three lots which would allow of a room 75 feet square.
Mrs. Howard...
Arkansas City Traveler, January 4, 1882.
                                                  MASQUERADE PARTY.
The social event of the Holiday week was the masquerade party held at the residence of Mr. James L. Huey on Friday evening, December 30th. A large number of invitations had been sent out, which were almost universally responded to, thus making the party a glorious success. The residence of Mr. Huey is one of the largest, and most commodious, in town; and as the merry throng of maskers promenaded the handsomely appointed salons of the mansion their costumes showed, to perfection, in the bril­liant light of the glittering chandeliers. The guests were received by Mrs. James L. Huey, the hostess, assisted by her sister, Mrs. Fred Farrar, and it is needless to say, that under their hospitable care, every attention was shown “the motley crew” that claimed their cares. Refreshments in the shape of many tempting kinds of cake, sandwiches, teas, and coffee were liberally provided. Music lent its aid to the other enjoyments which coupled with the many unique costumes, and the cheering hum of voices lent a charm never to be forgotten by those who were fortunate enough to take part in the festivities.
The following is a partial list of the guests with the characters they represented.

Mrs. Cunningham, Flower Girl; Mr. Cunningham, Imp; Mrs. Howard, Miss Prim; Mrs. Farrar, City Belle; Mrs. Searing, “Boss” Flour; Mrs. Matlack, “Straight” Flour; T. R. Houghton, Blazes; Alma Easterday, Bridget; Mrs. Grubbs, A Lady; Mrs. Nellie Houghton, Dreadnaught; J. Kroenert, “Lo”; C. M. Swarts, Chapeau; R. E. Grubbs, Widow Pudge; Miss Haywood, Queen Elizabeth; Mrs. Norton, Widow Bedott; Miss Guthrie, Incognita; Angie Mantor, Fat Woman; Jerry Adams, Bashful Maid; R. A. Houghton, Judge; I. H. Bonsall, Minister; Mrs. R. A. Houghton, A Bride; Mrs. Ingersoll, Quakeress; Mrs. Sipes, Quakeress; C. U. France, Uncle Toby; W. Thompson, Father Time; A. D. Ayres, Irishman; Mrs. A. D. Ayres, Anonyma; Mrs. Mead, Languedoc; Mr. Mead, Ghost; Mrs. T. Mantor, Mask; T. Mantor, Mask; J. G. Shelden, Cow Boy; Mrs. Watson, Old Maid; Mrs. Chandler, Night; C. R. Sipes, Uncle Tom; Miss A. Norton, Sunflower; Miss S. Hunt, Sunflower; Miss M. Parker, Sunflower; Miss Peterson, Nun; Miss A. Dickson, Sister of Mercy; Miss L. Wyckoff, Sister of Mercy; J. T. Shepard, Guiteau; J. H. Walker & wife, German Couple; C. H. Searing, XXXX Flour; J. Gooch, Private U. S. A.; C. Hutchins, Private, U. S. A.; Mrs. Haywood, Dinah; Mrs. Newman, Topsy; Dr. J. Vawter, Prohibition; C. L. Swarts, Post no bills; W. D. Mowry, A Bottle; Clara Finley, A Lone Star; R. C. Haywood, Fat Dutch Boy; Ben Matlack, May Fisk; M. B. Vawter, Fireman; O. Ingersoll, Big Mynheer; Mrs. Shepard, Japanese Lady; Miss Cassell, Red Riding Hood; Mrs. L. McLaughlin, Mrs. J. Smith; Mr. Matlack, “Pat” bedad; Mrs. Gooch, Equestri­enne; R. J. Maxwell, Priest.
Among the ladies and gentlemen who were present, unmasked, were Rev. Fleming and wife, W. E. Gooch, H. P. Farrar, Mr. Chandler, Mr. and Mrs. Bonsall, Mrs. Mowry, and many others whose names our reporter failed to receive.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 11, 1882.
Messrs. Howard Bros., our popular hardware men, have com­pleted all arrangements for the erection of a 25 foot addition to their already large store, the same to be occupied as a tin shop. They also have now on the road a full line of stoves, tinware, etc.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 11, 1882.
                                                 STOVES AND TINWARE.
A full and elegant line of latest pattern stoves and every­thing in the Tinware department now on the road for Howard Bros.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 18, 1882.
Howard Brothers commenced work upon the building for their tin and stove shop last Monday morning. When completed, it will materially add to the convenience of their already handsome store room.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 25, 1882.
Last Saturday witnessed quite a delegation from Phillips, Maine, some of whom come only upon a visit to Sunny Cowley, while some have finally decided to cast their future lot in our city. Among the latter we may mention Mrs. Sumner Whitney, mother of the Howard boys, and her daughter, Mrs. Albert Worthley, Bert Worthley and daughter, and Geo. Read. We extend to them a hearty welcome and trust they may find in their new associations nothing to cause regret for the step they have just taken.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 25, 1882.
                                                         BARBED WIRE.
We have just received a carload of barbed wire, which we will sell by the rod instead of by the pound, so that an exact estimate of what is needed can be made beforehand. We have in stock both the galvanized and painted wire. Howard Brothers.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 8, 1882.
Howard Bros. store is overflowing; they have fencing wire enough to fence in Cowley and Sumner counties.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 22, 1882.
J. L. Huey and wife, Mr. Ordway and wife, Wm. McConn and lady, Stacy Matlack, Major Searing, Mr. Ingersoll, Conductor James Miller, Samuel Hoyt, Michael Harkins, H. P. Farrar, C. M. Scott, H. Godehard, Wm. Speers, Mr. Roberts, Chas. Hutchins, Chas. Howard, W. Wolfe, S. Longsdorff, Herman Wyckoff, Pink Fouts, Mr. Abbott, Chas. Holloway, and J. M. Bell, were among the number who braved the storm and went to Winfield on the special train to hear the Governor lecture on temperance last Sunday.
In spite of the fearful storm, the excursion train to Winfield last Sunday left on time with about sixty passengers to attend the temperance lecture by J. P. St. John. After they had taken possession of the hall, they were informed that the Commit­tee of Arrangements had decided not to have the Governor speak until evening; but when the Governor learned that the Arkansas City delegation had arrived, he determined to speak, and before he reached the hall the seats were all filled and many were stand­ing. Those who were fortunate enough to attend the lecture will never forget it and much more never regret it. The lecture was a clear, strong, able argument, and delivered in a very able manner, the effect of which was plain to be seen from the many handkerchiefs that were brought to the faces of even strong men. Gov. St. John is an orator; and his reputation is spreading throughout the whole land.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 15, 1882.
Work upon Howard’s addition to their store is being pushed rapidly toward completion, and a few more days will see it in presentable shape for the reception of their new goods.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 5, 1882.
Lost on the road last Friday south of town, a Round Iron Bar, 5½ feet long, broad and thin at the sharp end. The finder will please leave it at Howard Bros., who will pay them well for their trouble. Z. Carlisle.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 26, 1882.
                                                           Geuda Springs.
Mrs. Howard is building a summer residence here, and D. A. McIntire has also just commenced building his residence.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 31, 1882.
                                                             FINE GUNS.
We have just received an assortment of fine double barreled Shot Guns in latest styles with all improvements, and of first-class quality. Call and examine them. Howard Bros.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 7, 1882.
Mr. A. J. Gilbert, of Bolton Township, has had a revelation in the way of an enclosure for hogs, the result of which is that he now claims to have a fence that even his chickens won’t go through. Mr. Gilbert set out posts 16 feet apart, and upon them fastened four barbed wires, the first 4 inches from the ground, the second 10 inches, the third 18 inches, and the fourth 30 inches, which is the height of the fence. The wire used was the Chicago Galvanized Barbed Wire, and was purchased of the Howard Bros., of this city. Mr. Gilbert says it is the best fence in every way that he ever saw, and recommends it to all as cheaper and more efficient than lumber or rail fences.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 12, 1882.
                                                            FRUIT CANS.

We have a large stock of first-class Fruit cans, one and two quarts, which we will sell as cheap as the cheapest. Give us a call and save money. Howard Brothers.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 2, 1882.
Charlie and George Howard have been putting in some choice pumps for Messrs. Deweese and Gamble, of Bolton Township.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 9, 1882.
We call attention to the specials of Howard Bros. in this issue, in which they announce their new arrival of general sporting goods. They have a full assortment of everything in this line and sportsmen will do well to give them a call.
AD:                                              HOWARD BROTHERS,
                                         DEALER IN GENERAL HARDWARE,
                                                     GUNS, PISTOLS, ETC.
                                        TINWARE OF EVERY DESCRIPTION.
Good Goods and low prices will ever be found at our estab­lish­ment.
                                                    HOWARD BROTHERS.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 23, 1882.
Charles Howard has just returned from a trip through Arkan­sas; he went south almost to the Louisiana line. From his report of the country and people, we don’t think he will emigrate to that State.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 30, 1882.
Howard Bros. sold to the Dean boys last Monday over 45,000 rods of barbed wire, which will be used to fence in their stock range south of here in the Territory.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 6, 1882.
Dean Bros. are fencing in their range in the Territory. Howard Bros. furnished the barbed wire therefor, and still have enough left to fence a few thousand miles.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 25, 1882.
Our people have been worrying for nails for some time past. They will be happy now, for we saw Howard Bros. receive a big lot yesterday.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 15, 1882.
The Howard Brothers keep glass and putty in stock now.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1883.
How long, Oh, how long, will George Howard live?  A. V. Democrat.
George still lives, and set up the cigars yesterday like a little man.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.
Stoves. Base Burners for hard or soft coal. Heating Stoves for wood and coal and combination Heaters burning, either wood or coal, just received at Howard Bro’s.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 21, 1883.
If you want to see something pretty, call and look at Howard Brother’s new stock of bird cages.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 16, 1883.
Howard Bros. received a car load of barbed wire on Monday last.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 30, 1883.
The Quick Meal Gazette, published by Howard Brothers of this city, is the latest thing out, and we think will supply a “long felt want” at least during the summer months.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 6, 1883.
Howard Brothers yesterday sold to Messrs. Wiley & Dean a car load of fence wire, all of which will be delivered this week. This will finish the fence around the above gentlemen’s ranch in the B. I. T.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 20, 1883.
Messrs. Foss & Wilson, two B. I. T. Men, were in the city last week and purchased of Howard Bros., two car loads of wire, with which to enclose their Territory range south of this city.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 8, 1883.
Read Howard Bros. Specials this week.
Fruit Cans at Howard Bros.
GUNS. An elegant line of Breech loading shot guns now on hand of the celebrated makers Parker, Remington, Bonehill, Colt, and Scott. Call and examine them if you want a good weapon at a reasonable price. Howard Bros.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 7, 1883.
There is an immense amount of wire fence building going on in the Indian Territory now. Messrs. Howard Bros. sold five car loads of this needful article last week—and this is only a drop in the bucket to what will be needed this winter.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 21, 1883.
Mrs. S. Whitney, mother of George and Charles Howard, who has been spending the summer in Maine, returned to this city last week, and will make her home during the winter with Mrs. Worthley.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 26, 1883.
Our streets were liberally jammed with wagons loaded with corn last Friday. For a couple of hours a constant stream rolled on to Howard Bros.’ scales. These facts tell their own story.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 2, 1884.
Sad Accident. An accident of the most distressing nature befell Mr. and Mrs. Leach, of West Bolton, as they were crossing the Arkansas bridge west of town last Wednesday afternoon. It would appear that Mr. Leach’s team became scared at the foam blown by the wind below the bridge, and while attempting to pass a buggy, in which were seated Messrs. Chas. Howard and Sam Burress, commenced to back, breaking the railing and falling backwards into the water. The wagon fell upon Mrs. Leach, and had it not been for Mr. Burress, who immediately jumped to the rescue, and Mr. Leach, the lady would have drowned. As it was, she remained insensible until she arrived in the city, when she was placed under the care of Dr. Reed, who, upon examination, found one of her legs was broken above the ankle, the ankle being badly bruised, the left arm was broken, also a rib, and the skull badly bruised. At this writing the unfortunate lady is doing as well as could be expected, and we hope may speedily recover from her injuries. The railing of the bridge should be strengthened in some way, for as it now stands, it is no protection at all.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 23, 1884.
Messrs. Howard Bros., our leading hardware men, last week sold to parties in the Territory over five car loads of fence wire. This is one of the liveliest business firms in the Southwest, and be the order large or small they can give rates as low as the lowest, which fact is fully borne out by the amount of business done at this establishment by the prominent stockmen of the B. I. T.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 16, 1884.
                                  ARKANSAS CITY AND SURROUNDINGS.
                                                     Her Live Businessmen.
Howard Bros., and G. W. Miller & Co., are well prepared to meet all wants in this department. The “Howard Boys,” as they are familiarly called, carry the largest stock of latest pattern stoves and at the lowest rates in the southwest. They are noted for low rates and superb articles. All kinds of hardware, iron, nails, horse-shoes, tools, glass, and putty can be found in their establishment. Barbed wire is a specialty with them, and they supply most of the trade for the Territory. They have deservedly attained their present lucrative business by upright and honorable dealing.
      Arkansas City Republican, February 16, 1884.
A fine stock of BARB WIRE always on hand.
We sell the NATIONAL IRON FORCE PUMP. Call and see it.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 5, 1884.
               Stockholders of the Commercial Building Association, Arkansas City.
This association, of which we gave particulars in a former issue, is now in readiness for active work, all its shares being taken, as will be seen by the following list of stockholders.
                                                      Name, Shares, Amount.
                                                 Howard Bros., 5 Shares, $500
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, March 12, 1884.
                                             [Established 1849. Wagon No. 33.]
COLE BROS., MANUFACTURERS AND DEALERS IN LIGHTNING RODS -AND- PUMPS, Green Castle, Indiana. WAREHOUSES: Mt. Pleasant, Ia.; St. Louis, Mo. SATISFACTION GUARANTEED. Orders left at Howard Bros.’ Store will receive prompt attention. HOWARD & COONROD, AGENTS, ARKANSAS CITY, KANSAS.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 2, 1884.
Thos. Van Fleet, late of New York, has secured a position with Howard Bros., of this city, and will hereafter remain with us. He has spent many years of his life in the hardware trade and will thus prove a valuable assistant in looking after the large business of this house.
Arkansas City Republican, April 5, 1884.

Hon. A. J. Pyburn: Though aware of your repeated refusal to become a candidate for any office; and the determination to devote your time to your profession, and although cognizant of the fact that an election and acceptance would involve to a certain extent the sacrifice of personal interests, yet we request and urge that you permit your name to be used in nomination for the position of mayor of Arkansas City, feeling as we do, that in your election, you will represent the whole people regardless of politics, issues, or business, and have only at heart the best interests of the place, and welfare of the citizens.
                                    One of those who signed request: C. A. Howard
GENTLEMEN: Your call upon me to allow my name to be used in nomination for mayor of the city, is before me. Coming as it does from representative businessmen of our city, irrespective of party, I assure you of my profound appreciation of the motives that prompted it. And could I, in duty to my private and personal business interests, I should feel bound to accede to your demands, but this I cannot do, and must therefore, respectfully decline to become a candidate. Very Respectfully, A. J. PYBURN.
Mrs. C. A. Howard...
Arkansas City Republican, June 7, 1884.
The teachers, patrons, friends, and pupils of our schools have decided to dispense with the literary entertainment, for the present, and substitute a social and festival. Accordingly the Perry House has been secured and active preparations are making for an agreeable and pleasant time. The young ladies of the school secured a considerable sum from our businessmen. This amount will be expended in strawberries, ice cream, lemonade, and other delicacies. The following committee on arrangements has been secured: Mrs. W. M. Sleeth, Mrs. A. Worthley, Mrs. H. P. Farrar, Mrs. J. L. Huey, Mrs. Beall, Mrs. C. T. Atkinson, Mrs. J. C. Loveland, and Mrs. C. A. Howard. The committee itself is sufficient guarantee for an excellent supper.
The supper, consisting of cold meats, cold chicken, cold turkey, light bread, rolls, buns, pickles, etc., will be served for 25 cents for each person. Ice cream and strawberries will be 10 cents a dish, extra. Gentlemen are requested not to wear buttonholes bouquets, as Misses Edna Worthley and Lida Whitney will preside over the flower stand, and be able to supply all wants. All are cordially invited to attend.
Mrs. C. A. Howard...
Arkansas City Republican, June 14, 1884.
                                                            School Festival.
One of the most decided successes of the season, was the school festival, given by the teacher and pupils of the high school and grammar departments at the skating rink, last Tuesday evening. The school labored earnestly, but much of the praise due, must be given to Mrs. Beall, Mrs. Klopf, and Mrs. Atkinson, who directed the movement, and toiled incessantly the entire Thursday for the undertaking. These ladies worked with untiring zeal from early morn to late at night. In the afternoon and evening, they were joined by Mrs. Baird, Mrs. Howard, Mrs. Armistead, and Mrs. Chenoweth. Too much credit cannot be given each one of these ladies for their unwearied efforts. Evening brought an immense crowd. The evening passed in social enjoyment, and at a late hour the actors passed from the scene, well pleased with their evening’s entertainment.
Arkansas City Republican, July 26, 1884.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 6, 1884.
One of the best lines of pocket cutlery in the city can be seen in the show cases of Howard Brothers, where most any kind of a cutting weapon of all sizes and prices can always be purchased.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 3, 1884.
Charles Howard is rusticating out West.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 3, 1884.
Howard Bros. have just completed a 22 x 30 addition to their hardware store, to make room for the stoves and nails they expect to sell this fall and winter.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 30, 1884.
During the past twelve months, Howard Brothers have bought and sold 84½ carloads of barbed wire. This forms a good mathematical problem. For instance: In one spool of barb wire there are about 1,500 feet; in every carload there are about 800 spools; multiplying we have 750,000 ft. in one carload. In 84½ car loads, we have 63,375,000 ft. sold. Dividing the above number of feet by 5,280, we have 12,003 miles and a fraction over. Dividing by 2 we have the number of miles of fencing, which is 6,001½ miles. Most of this wire was sold to stockmen in the Territory. Thus one of our hardware firms has been the means of furnishing 6,000 miles of fencing, besides what other firms have been doing in the same line.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 30, 1884.
                                                         A Handsome Block.
In the spring we understand that Kimmel & Moore and Howard Brothers intend raising their store room another story. The building occupied by Fitch & Barron, between the two buildings, will be moved out and replaced by a two story brick store room. In fact, the two firms mentioned above have entered into an agreement with Frank Hoffman, the owner of the Fitch & Barron site, to make such improvements, he to put up a similar business room. Kimmel & Moore had intended to make the improvement this spring, but learning that Mr. Hoffman contemplated building, they concluded to postpone their own on account of Mr. Hoffman desiring to put a cellar under his room.
Arkansas City Republican, August 30, 1884.
Howard Bros., are building an addition of 25 x 30 feet to their already mammoth store room. It will be used for storage, thus giving ample space in their business room to customers.
Arkansas City Republican, September 6, 1884.
Chas. Howard visited some of the western counties the first of the week.
Arkansas City Republican, September 13, 1884.
Howard Bros. have repaired their scales.
Arkansas City Republican, September 20, 1884.
Howard Bros., have adorned the front of their store with a fresh paint finish.
Arkansas City Republican, September 20, 1884.
Howard Bros, advertise the Jewel Base Burner stove in this issue of the REPUBLICAN. It is either for soft or hard coal. This stove is said to be the only successful attempt at using soft coal in a base burner.

AD. THE JEWEL BASE HEATER. The First and Only Successful Application of the BASE HEATING Principle to Soft Coal Heating Stoves. Surface Burning BASE HEATING Stove. FOR HARD AND SOFT COAL. HOWARD BROS., Arkansas City, Kansas.
Arkansas City Republican, October 4, 1884.
Howard Bros., have some unique “giant mouse traps.”
Arkansas City Traveler, October 8, 1884.
                                                   The Maine Cattle Company.
A stock company under the above name has been organized by men having their headquarters in this city, and their range on the Ponca reservation. The company is composed of Messrs. N. C. Hinkley, S. P. Burress, Burt Worthley, H. P. Farrar, J. H. Sherburne, Howard Bros., and Bradford Beall, with a capital stock of $50,000, and a thousand head of one-, two-, and three-year-olds to start with. The range line south of the Salt Fork and east of the Otoe road, containing 35,000 acres of good grazing land, with plenty of water and timber—all fenced with a four-strand barb wire fence. When fully stocked up, which will be done as rapidly as possible, these gentlemen will have between 2,000 and 3,000 head of cattle. Another item is the 3,000 acre hog lot on the range, on which will be put about a thousand head of fine hogs. The Maine Cattle Company purpose grading up their cattle to a high standard, and shall purchase high grade Hereford, Durham, and Galloway bulls. The officers have not yet been elected, all hands being busy this week moving their cattle from Chilocco to their new range, but as soon as this is done, the company will be regularly organized under the laws of the state and officers duly elected. The name is singularly appropriate, as all the gentlemen, with one exception, are from the state that will furnish our next president.
George Howard...
Arkansas City Republican, October 11, 1884.
G. W. Cunningham, Geo. Howard, and Harry Noble, of Winfield, went to St. Louis Tuesday to attend the exposition.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 22, 1884.
The Maine Cattle Company met last Monday night and organized by electing the following officers.
N. C. Hinkley, President.
George S. Howard, Vice President.
H. P. Farrar, Secretary and Treasurer.
S. P. Burress, Manager.
Albert Worthley, Assistant Manager.
Directors: N. C. Hinkley, G. S. Howard, H. P. Farrar, S. P. Burress, Albert Worthley, Chas. Howard, B. Beall, and J. H. Sherburne.
The capital stock is $50,000.
Arkansas City Republican, October 25, 1884.

The Maine Cattle Company has received their charter. Monday evening they elected the following officers: President, N. C. Hinkley; vice-president, Geo. Howard; secretary and treasurer, H. P. Farrar. The directors and stockholders are N. C. Hinkley, Geo. Howard, H. P. Farrar, Bradford Beall, Chas. Howard, Albert Worthley, S. P. Burress, and J. H. Sherburne. S. P. Burress will be the manager, and Albert Worthley, assistant manager.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 19, 1884.
Don’t ask Geo. Howard how New York is. He knows but he won’t tell.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, November 26, 1884.
Howard Bros. sold 20,000 pounds of wire to Hunnewell and Cedarvale last week.
Arkansas City Republican, December 13, 1884.
For sale cheap, one span of good horses and an almost new spring wagon and harness. Enquire of W. P. Wolf or Josh Moore at Howard Bro.’s store.
George Howard...
Arkansas City Republican, December 13, 1884.
Geo. Shepard, of Galveston, Texas, is here this week visiting Geo. Howard. The two Georges were formerly old friends when they resided down east. Mr. Shepard will remain about two weeks.
Arkansas City Republican, December 27, 1884.
The Jewel Base Heater. The First and Only Successful Application of the BASE HEATING Principle to Soft Coal Heating Stoves.
                               HOWARD BROS., ARKANSAS CITY, KANSAS.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 24, 1884.
We had the pleasure of meeting Mr. G. Shepard, of Galveston, Texas, who is now in the city visiting George and Charles Howard. The boys were old time acquaintances at Lowell, Massachusetts, ere they started westward in the wake of the “star of empire.”
Arkansas City Traveler, December 31, 1884.
Geo. Howard and Geo. Shepard took a whirl through the country last week, visiting Wellington, Wichita, Topeka, and Kansas City.
George S. Howard...
Arkansas City Traveler, January 7, 1885.
                                                          Knights of Pythias.
Triumph Lodge No. 116, of Arkansas City, Kansas, was instituted last Friday night, with the following members.
Judge A. J. Pyburn, T. J. Sweeny, G. W. Miller, C. C. Sollitt, T. H. McLaughlin, F. W. Farrar, G. S. Howard, J. J. Clark, J. M. Ware, W. E. Moore, H. P. Standley, H. P. Farrar,  J. L. Huey, J. A. McIntyre, W. B. Higgins, W. D. Mowry, C. Mead, O. Stevenson, Jr.
The lodge was instituted by the following members of the Newton lodge.
John S. Haines, Chancellor Commander.
G. W. Holmes, Past Chancellor.
P. J. Mathis, Past Chancellor.
Henry E. Brunner, Vice Chancellor.
H. Godfrey, Master at Arms.
A. R. Ainsworth, Isaac Levy, and J. A. Heilman.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 4, 1885.
                                         BILLS ALLOWED. Howard Bros.: $.42

Mrs. Charles Howard...
Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.
                                                       BEETHOVEN CLUB.
Initial steps were taken a week ago last Wednesday for the formation of a musical society, and culminated last Wednesday in the formation of the Beethoven Club. The officers elected are as follows.
Geo. E. Hasie, President.
Mrs. Frank Beall, Vice President.
Mrs. Geo. W. Cunningham, Treasurer.
Stacy Matlack, Secretary.
R. W. Campbell, Librarian.
The following is the constitution and by-laws adopted.
1. The name of the society shall be the Beethoven Club, and be limited to 40 members.
2. The officers shall be President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Librarian, all of whom shall be elected annually by a majority of the members in good standing. There shall also be appointed by the officers of the Club an Executive Committee, which shall serve for one year, unless removed before such time by a majority vote of said officers.
3. The President shall preside at all the deliberations of the society. The Vice President shall preside in the absence of the President. The Secretary shall keep the minutes of the Society. The Treasurer shall take charge of all the funds and pay out same only on bills approved by chairman of Executive Committee. The Librarian shall take charge and safely keep music books and music belonging to the society and have them when needed at the places of rehearsal. The Executive Committee shall have general management of the affairs of the society, and constitute a board of directors with the President and Vice President, who shall be ex-officio members thereof.
1. Any member of the Executive Committee shall receive applications for membership from singers only; and, if approved by a majority of said committee, shall present same at the next meeting of the Club for its action; and it will require a majority of the members present and in good standing to elect anyone to the privileges of the society.
2. The membership fee shall be $1.00, payable in advance, with quarterly dues of 25 cents.
3. Rehearsals will be held from 7:30 to 10.
4. Order of Business: Reading and approval of minutes of last Meeting.
    New Business.
5. Members absent for two regular meetings without excuse from Executive Committee will be fined 25 cents; and for an absence extending over four meetings, will be dropped from the roll unless otherwise determined by a vote of the directors.
6. Members two quarterly dues in arrears will be suspended until they can present the Treasurer’s receipt for said dues paid in full.
7. Fifteen members will constitute a quorum for the transaction of business.

8. The Constitution and By-Laws may be amended by a two-thirds vote of the members of the Club.
The executive committee appointed are S. B. Fleming, C. L. Swarts, F. K. Grosscup, Mrs. H. P. Farrar, Mrs. E. D. Eddy.
The charter members are: Wm. M. Sleeth, F. K. Grosscup, Mrs. Geo. Cunningham, J. O. Campbell, Mrs. C. H. Searing, Mrs. E. A. Barron, Miss Rosa Morse, C. L. Swarts, S. Matlack, R. W. Campbell, Mrs. Morse, Allen Ayres, Miss Peterson, S. B. Fleming, W. D. Mowry, Ella Love, Mrs. Allen Ayres, Mrs. Chas. Howard, Mrs. N. T. Snyder, Mrs. E. D. Eddy, F. B. Hutchison, Mrs. W. E. Gooch, Mrs. A. A. Newman, Mrs. H. P. Farrar, Mrs. N. S. Martin, Geo. E. Hasie.
George S. Howard marries Mrs. Mary J. Cypher according to the next item.
The Republican refers to her as Miss Mary J. Cipher.
                               I do not know which is correct: Cypher or Cipher.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.
Married March 31, at 2 o’clock, p.m., at the residence of Ira Barnett, Mrs. Mary J. Cypher and Geo. S. Howard, Rev. S. B. Fleming officiating.
The mystery of the long issued marriage license is now explained, and Frank Hutchison accordingly rejoiceth. Notwithstanding all the worry of deferred curiosity, we join heartily in the congratulations awaiting a chance to be poured upon their heads.
Geo. is one of our most popular young businessmen, and it has long been a matter of surprise that the matrimonial noose has so long missed him. Mrs. Cypher, it is needless to say in this community, deserves the best to be found here below. She has been among us for several years, and no lady is more highly respected or more generally liked.
The newly married couple left on the 3 o’clock train for an extended tour in the East.
George S. Howard...
Arkansas City Republican, April 4, 1885.
Under the new law the next term of the district court in this county opens the first Saturday in April. The following persons have drawn as petit jurors: Wm. H. Buckles, Winfield; Samuel Wilson, Omnia; John Ross, Walnut; Jo McMillen, Richland; Geo. S. Howard, Creswell; Daniel Bunnell, Silverdale; A. H. Havens, Dexter; S. G. Philips, Pleasant Valley; O. P. Pierce, Silver Creek; W. A. Stewart, Creswell; R. L. Condiff, Spring Creek; C. A. Peabody, Dexter; J. T. Rittenhouse, Windsor; D. D. Kellogg, Ninnescah; J. M. Fleaharty, Silverdale; J. A. Patterson, Walnut; Wadsack, Richland; M. H. McKune, Pleasant Valley, Samuel Eslinger, Winfield; S. C. Roberts, Walnut; G. W. Yount, Walnut; L. E. Woodin, Sr., Creswell; J. O. Reed, Silver Creek; W. W. Underwood, Dexter.
                                        [INITIALS OF ONE MAN LEFT OUT.]
Arkansas City Republican, April 4, 1885.
MARRIED. Last Tuesday afternoon Geo. S. Howard and Mrs. Mary J. Cypher were united in marriage at the residence of Ira Barnett, Rev. Fleming officiating. Mr. and Mrs. Howard left on the afternoon train for the east where they will make an extended visit. The bride and groom are well known by our citizens and all wish them much joy.
Charles A. Howard...
Arkansas City Republican, April 4, 1885.

                                                     Judge Pyburn for Mayor.
The following is explanatory within itself.
HON. A. J. PYBURN, We, the undersigned, citizens of Arkansas City, Kansas, herein respectfully request and urge the use of your name as a candidate for the office of mayor and pledge you our best support.
T. H. McLaughlin, C. A. Howard, John Landes, J. P. Musselman, S. Matlack, J. W. Sparks, A. D. Prescott, Thos. Van Fleet, T. R. Houghton, T. Kimmel, Jas. Ridenour, S. P. Gould, W. S. Thompson, M. S. Hasie, Geo. E. Hasie, H. C. Nicholson, F. K. Grosscup, J. R. L. Adams, T. L. Mantor, S. B. Reed, E. M. Multer, G. W. Cunningham, P. Pearson, J. M. Collins, Archie Dunn, S. B. Adams, Frank J. Hess, Ira Barnett, Wm. M. Jenkins, Uriah Spray, Wm. R. Smith, J. L. Henry, W. E. Gooch, M. S. Snyder, A. P. Hutchinson, R. P. Hutchison, Frank D. Austin, G. W. Miller, C. C. Sollitt, F. W. Farrar, O. G. Shelden, J. L. Howard, H. H. Perry, J. D. Hill, F. B. Hutchinson, E. L. McDowell, A. W. Alexander, P. Wyckoff, L. McLaughlin, E. E. Eddy, Geo. H. Heitkam, S. F. George, O. P. Houghton, O. Ingersoll.
Our space being limited, we are unable to publish a full list of the petitioners, but there were about 360 more names appended to the different petitions circulated in all.
Charles A. Howard...
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, April 11, 1885.
Thursday morning the Johnson Loan and Trust Company was formed. The company starts off with a cash capital of $100,000. The incorporators are: A. B. Johnson, J. P. Johnson, A. D. Prescott, H. P. Farrar, Maj. W. M. Sleeth, Calvin Dean, J. L. Huey, and C. A. Howard. The company is formed for the purpose of making loans on real estate and to negotiate loans in the New England states. Several of the incorporators reside in that section. The company’s office will be in the vacant room in the rear portion of the Cowley County Bank building. They will be ready for business about May 1, 1885.
Arkansas City Republican, April 11, 1885.
Building materials, locks, nails, etc., at Howard Bros.
Mrs. Charles Howard...
Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.
Mrs. Chas. Howard left for the East last Monday, where it is her intention to spend the summer months in the cool latitude of her Maine home. We wish the lady a pleasant trip and a safe return to her home and many friends in our thriving city.
George Howard...
Arkansas City Traveler, April 22, 1885.
Our old friend, George Howard, put in an appearance with the boys last evening in the most approved style, after quite an absence on his wedding trip. Mrs. Howard is visiting with friends at Wichita, but will return to her home in this city the latter part of the week, from which time on dear George will behave himself.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 18, 1885.
                                                        Council Proceedings.
                               Bill of Howard Bros., of $3.70 for hardware, allowed.
Arkansas City Republican, July 25, 1885.

Tuesday afternoon we came near having another conflagration. A pile of straw and paper lying back of Howard Bros. Hardware Store was set afire by someone throwing a lighted cigar down, and it is supposed to have fallen among the trash and set it afire. It was extinguished with several buckets of water before the building caught.
Arkansas City Republican, August 1, 1885.
Thos. Van Fleet, Howard Bros.’ efficient hardware clerk, left on a visit to the old folks at home in New York City last Tuesday. He will be gone several weeks.
Mrs. George Howard...
Arkansas City Republican, August 15, 1885.
Mrs. Geo. Howard returned home Wednesday evening after making a short visit in the town of Kingman.
Arkansas City Republican, August 29, 1885.
Thos. Van Fleet’s jovial countenance once more illuminates the hardware store of Howard Bros. He returned Wednesday from his trip back to New York.
Mrs. George Howard...
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 10, 1885.
                              Marriage of Ed. L. Kingsbury and Miss Etta M. Barnett.
The groom, Ed. L. Kingsbury, is one of the proprietors of the City Book Store. Young, enterprising, industrious, sober, and affable. May he never regret the step he has taken.
The bride, Miss Etta M. Barnett, is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ira Barnett; is young, intelligent, warm-hearted, and will make Mr. Kingsbury a frank and loving wife.
The following is a list of presents.
                                Mrs. Geo. Howard, bed spread and pair linen towels.
George Howard...
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 31, 1885.
                                                   ALMOST ONE MILLION
             Dollars Worth of Improvements Made to Arkansas City This Building Season.
The following is a partial list of the improvements made in Arkansas City since March 1, 1885.
                                               Geo. Howard, residence: $3,000
George Howard...
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 31, 1885.
                                                      A Citizens Committee.

Last Monday evening several of our leading citizens met in the office of Judge Pyburn, for the purpose of organizing a citizens committee, its object to be to protect and promote the interest of Arkansas City, in any way that would tend to help and sustain the rapid growth of the Border City. A. J. Pyburn was called to the chair, and M. N. Sinnott was elected secretary. A temporary organization was made and an adjournment was taken until Tuesday evening at the same place, when a permanent organization was made by electing A. J. Pyburn, president; H. D. Kellogg, vice president; M. N. Sinnott, secretary; N. T. Snyder, assistant secretary; W. D. Mowry, treasurer. A finance committee was also appointed consisting of the following: A. A. Newman, H. O. Meigs, and W. D. Kreamer. Also an executive committee as follows: G. W. Cunningham, Wm. Sleeth, Amos Walton, H. D. Kellogg, N. T. Snyder, T. H. McLaughlin, W. D. Mowry, A. D. Prescott, and F. P. Schiffbauer. Committee made an assessment of $5.00 on all members and it was also decided that any citizen of good standing could become a member by paying the same fee.
The following are the charter members.
Names selected by the committee: Chas. Sipes, Geo. Howard, Geo. Cunningham, Wm. Mowry, Rev. Fleming, F. P. Schiffbauer, A. J. Pyburn, H. O. Meigs, Jas. L. Huey, Wm. Sleeth, W. D. Kreamer, A. A. Newman, A. D. Prescott, Jacob Hight, T. H. McLaughlin, O. S. Rarick, Jamison Vawter, J. P. Johnson, H. D. Kellogg, Ed. Grady, O. P. Houghton, M. N. Sinnott, Geo. W. Miller, N. T. Snyder, Amos Walton, Jas. Ridenour.
George Howard...
Arkansas City Traveler, November 4, 1885.
                                                 CITIZENS’ COMMITTEE.
                               A Popular Movement to Advance the City’s Interests.
On Monday evening of last week, about a score of our prominent citizens held a meeting in Judge Pyburn’s office to consider the most practicable means of advancing the interests of this city. The views expressed were that in a rapidly growing country, where incoming population is apt to seek new channels, and business interests are created by the changing tide of affairs, it is necessary for every city that seeks growth and prosperity to be on the alert and lend its hand in shaping matters to its own advantage. It was agreed that to put the forces of a community to the best avail, it is necessary to have some organization to depute some number of men of good judgment and business acumen to watch the changes in the kaleidoscope of social life, and suggest means for turning them to proper advantage; to perform the duty of a picket guard in the army. In fact, holding themselves in an advanced position, and watching every movement that comes under their notice. As an initial step to the organization sought after, the meeting chose of the persons present, Messrs. A. A. Newman, A. D. Prescott, G. W. Miller, N. T. Snyder, and Amos Walton as an executive committee, with power to add to their number, and report to a public meeting to be held in the Opera house the following evening.
On Tuesday the Buckskin Border Band stationed outside that popular place of amusement, gave notice to the public that business was to be done by playing several choice airs in their usual artistic style. Several score of people gave heed to the summons, and by 8 o’clock there were about a hundred assembled. The meeting was called to order, Mayor Schiffbauer was chosen chairman, and our new postmaster, M. N. Sinnott, appointed secretary. Amos Walton, on behalf of the originators of the movement, was called on to explain the object of the meeting. He told what had been done the evening before, and handed to the secretary a list of names selected by the committee to add to their number, and said he would then ask the sense of the meeting on the choice made. The secretary read the following names.
C. R. Sipes; G. W. Cunningham; Rev. S. B. Fleming; A. J. Pyburn; H. O. Meigs; W. M. Sleeth; Jacob Hight; O. S. Rarick; J. P. Johnson; Ed Grady; Geo. Howard; D. Mowry; F. P. Schiffbauer; James Ridenour; Jas. L. Huey; W. D. Kreamer; T. H. McLaughlin; Dr. Jamison Vawter; Dr. H. D. Kellogg; O. P. Houghton; M. N. Sinnott.

Mr. Walton said he commended the object of the proposed organization because it gave our citizens the benefit of the counsel and services of two dozen of our most experienced citizens (He wished to exclude himself from self commendation.) who would be on the lookout for opportunities to turn to the public good. The plan as he sketched it was for those two dozen sagacious men to mature among themselves whatever movements would advance the public good, and then call a public meeting to whom their plans could be unfolded and action taken on them. On motion the list of names read by the secretary was approved.
Several other speakers followed in like strain.
Frank Austin preferred to have the organization placed on a broader basis. It had been called a board of trade by some speakers, and he wanted it made one in fact. He wanted membership thrown open to all eligible persons, and stated times of meeting. To create a fund for any sudden use he would have an initiation fee and an annual subscription.
But this proposition was generally opposed on the ground that it was taking the organization out of the hands of those who framed it. The meeting having nothing further before it, adjourned.
At a subsequent meeting of the executive committee, on the 29th, an organization was effected by electing A. J. Pyburn, president; H. D. Kellogg, vice president; M. N. Sinnott, secretary; N. T. Snyder, assistant secretary; W. D. Mowry, treasurer. It was also decided to increase the membership by admitting any fitting person on payment of $5 initiation fee. The following committees were appointed.
Finance Committee: A. A. Newman, H. O. Meigs, W. D. Kreamer.
Executive Committee: G. W. Cunningham, W. M. Sleeth, Amos Walton, H. D. Kellogg, N. T. Snyder, T. H. McLaughlin, W. D. Mowry, A. D. Prescott, F. P. Schiffbauer.
Mr. and Mrs. Charles A. Howard...
Arkansas City Traveler, November 11, 1885.
Chas. Howard and wife returned home on Saturday after a summer’s residence in the east. The first named says the dullness of manufacturing in the eastern states affects all classes, although signs of improvement are visible. Arkansas City he pronounces the busiest place he has struck in his travels.
Arkansas City Republican, November 14, 1885.
C. A. Howard and wife arrived home from Maine last Saturday. They have had a most pleasant sojourn through the eastern states, but are glad to be back in live, bustling Arkansas City once more. There is no place equal to it.
Arkansas City Republican, November 14, 1885.
Chas. A. Howard brought home with him from Maine a curiosity in the shape of a flint-lock pistol. It is over 100 years old, and was used in the revolutionary war by one of Mr. Howard’s great ancestors. It is a rare relic and can be seen on exhibition at Howard Bros. Hardware Store.
George Howard...
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

Prof. Ned Parker has been in town this week. He gave entertainments at the opera house Wednesday and Thursday evening. He advertised to loan money for 99 years without interest. This feature caught the eye of Frank Hess, A. B. Johnson, Fred Farrar, and George Howard. Instead of borrowing money of Prof. Ned, each of the above individuals loaned him $1.20 for 99 years and in return the professor donated a small box of the celebrated brass pen which he is selling.
George Howard...
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 16, 1886.
Messrs. A. A. Newman, T. H. McLaughlin, H. T. Sumner, Geo. Howard, Jas. Hill, W. B. Wingate, Dr. H. D. Kellogg, Frank Austin, Geo. Cunningham, Hermann Godehard, W. D. Mowry, S. P. Burress, and F. B. Hutchison went over into the townships in Sumner County along the line of the proposed G. S. & C. Road Tuesday and worked like Turks to secure the carrying of the bonds. Elsewhere we give the good results of their labors. Wonderful stories are told by the boys as to how they walked mile after mile over enormous snow drifts, and how Hermann Godehard captured the German vote and also about A. A. Newman’s big speech on the tariff question. ’Tis no wonder that Arkansas City booms, when she has such patriotic and enterprising citizens pushing at the helm. These gentlemen realized that the carrying of these bonds was a necessary factor in the future welfare of Arkansas City, and accordingly went over to the contested territory, through the piercing winds and snow, and put their shoulders to the wheel. A great deal of credit is due the above mentioned gentlemen for what they did for Arkansas City last Tuesday.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 16, 1886.
                                         REPORT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD.
Statement of the amount of orders issued, to whom issued, and for what purpose issued, on the bond funds for the building of the Central or Stone School Building, between June 24, 1884, and December 19, 1884; and orders issued to teachers from October 1, 1884, to June 3, 1885. Also, amount orders issued on the Incidental fund from July 10, 1884, to June 3, 1885. This is the best the present board can do. Not having any receipts recorded on the district clerk books, drawn from the county treasurer, we can give nothing but the one side.
                             AMOUNT OF ORDERS ISSUED JANUARY 8, 1886.
Sept. 1, 1884     Howard Brothers.                 Lock, screws, etc.                        $1.75
George Howard...
Arkansas City Republican, January 23, 1886.
Triumph Lodge. No. 116, of the Knights of Pythias, at the last session appointed a committee of three, consisting of T. H. McLaughlin, George Howard, and James Parks to look up an available business lot for the purpose of erecting a building for the organization in the spring. The K. of P. boys are bound to aid in Arkansas City’s great building boom. This is the kind of an organization that will aid to tie to—one that will aid in building up your town. There are over 50 members in this lodge.
Charles Howard...
Arkansas City Traveler, February 24, 1886.

We mentioned in our last issue that Bradford Beall left town with J. H. Sherburne, intending to pay a visit to the Maine Cattle Co.’s ranch. On reaching Ponca he found the ice on the Salt Fork broken up, and the ferry boat lying high on the opposite bank. On that side of the river there were Charles Howard, on his way home from the same ranch, and several others just as anxious to pass over. There were several tons of ice frozen solid within the boat, and with the deficient appliances at hand, launching the vessel was no easy matter. But they worked like good fellows all Saturday afternoon and the whole of Sunday, until their exertions were rewarded by getting the ferry afloat. This enabled them to open communication, and those that were detained on both shores went on their way rejoicing. In justification of their working on Sunday, these pious citizens will probably urge that their ox was in the pit.
George Howard...
Arkansas City Traveler, February 24, 1886.
                                                           Coal Indications.
A meeting of the board of trade was held in the council chamber last Monday night to consider various matters of interest to the city. Among other business introduced, was an alleged coal discovery on James Fenton’s farm, across the Arkansas, by J. H. Flood, a mining expert, who has been prospecting in this section for some time past for that mineral. Being called on to state his case, Mr. Flood declared his belief that coal underlies this locality, but it was to be found below the bed of the Arkansas River. In various places he had found out-croppings of shale and fire-clay, which he regarded as sure indications of coal, and he then exhibited a number of specimens of these substances, taken from the locality above named. He gave it as his opinion that a coal seam could be found 300 feet beneath the surface, and the cost of boring that distance should be $350. He stated that there are generally three strata of coal, separated from each other by intervening earth, the lower strata being thicker and stronger than the uppermost stratum.
The importance of a home supply of coal was enlarged upon by several members, and it was deemed advisable to bore to the depth named at the place where the out-cropping was found, and $50 was subscribed by several members toward paying the expense.
George Howard spoke in opposition to the erection of a stand pipe in the middle of Summit Street, as assented to by the city council, and a motion was adopted to petition the council to re-consider the matter, and not allow a stand pipe to be placed on any street in the city.
The meeting then adjourned.
Arkansas City Republican, April 24, 1886.
                                                         New School House.
The contract for the new school building was let Monday evening by the school board to the following parties.
J. E. Beck & Co., agrees to do the excavating and lay the basement walls ready to receive the brick for $595.70.
Geo. Haysel was awarded the contract for cutting the stone for the building. His bid was $413.
Baer & Endicott was awarded the contract for the brick work; their bid was $2,108.
H. H. Hyatt bid $1,100 for the wood work and received the contract.
Ferguson & Thomas received the contract for the painting. Their bid was $340.
G. B. Shaw & Co.’s bid on lumber was the lowest, and the contract was let to them. They put in a bid of $2,125.

Howard Bros., agreed to furnish the hardware for $90, and the nails at the rate of $3.50 per keg.
G. W. Miller received the contract for the tin-work. Their bid was $28.42.
The site selected to erect the building is in the 2nd ward, near the residence of Edward Grady.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 28, 1886.
                                                  Meeting of the School Board.
There was a meeting of the school board on Monday, the 19th last, at which a slight breeze was blown up. The president of the board, before that body convened, suggested that a secret session be held, but no such resolution was adopted by the board. In the early part of the session, William Gall, the architect of the proposed schoolhouse, entered the room, but was requested by the president to retire, as the board was in secret session. He made a hasty exit. Others also entered, who on receiving a similar notification, also made themselves scarce. Finally Prof. Weir presented himself, and was requested by Rev. Witt to retire; but that gentleman thought he had a right to be present, so he took his seat and remained there during the meeting. Some delay in the work will be caused by this bluff practice on Mr. Gall, as it is his duty to notify the contractors whose bids have been received of the fact. He naturally feels annoyed, and says the next time he is invited to leave a meeting he has a right to attend, he will know what authority he is dealing with.
The following are the bids that were accepted.
J. E. Beck & Co., basement complete, $595.70.
Baer & Endicott, brick in walls, $2,108.
H. H. Hyatt, carpenter work, $1,100.
G. W. Lacey, lathing and plastering, $650.
George Haysel, cut stone, $413.
G. B. Shaw & Co., lumber, $2,125.
Ferguson & Thomas, painting, $340.
Howard Bros. Hardware, $90.
G. W. Miller, tinwork, $28.42.
Total (exclusive of nails): $7,450.12
Measures will be taken to condemn the site for the building in the second ward.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 11, 1886.
                            GLASS AND PUTTY AND ALL KINDS OF STOVES.
                          Wood, Coal -or- COMBINATION -at- HOWARD BROS.
George Howard...
Arkansas City Republican, May 15, 1886.
F. W. Farrar, G. S. Howard, and A. D. Prescott purchased four lots in Leonard addition Thursday. The consideration was $1,600. This is the highest price paid for resident lots in any addition.
George Howard...
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, May 22, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.
A. D. Prescott, A. B. Johnson, Geo. Howard, and H. P. Farrar visited Maple City Sunday.
Charles Howard...

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, May 29, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.
Chas. Howard took a drive out into the country north of the city this morning. He reports the wheat crop looking badly from the lack of rain. The best field of wheat was upon the farm of Wm. Green. The heads were well-filled and very large considering the dry weather. The wheat crop east, south, and west are looking badly.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 5, 1886.
Building materials, locks, nails, etc., at Howard Bros.
Charles Howard...
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 19, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
The jury in the Brubaker case failed to agree and were discharged this morning by Judge Kreamer. Seven were for conviction and five for acquittal. The jury was composed of T. H. McLaughlin, J. F. Hoffman, Chas. Howard, G. Cunningham, W. D. Bishop, J. F. Smith, A. C. Gould, Jas. Benedict, T. B. Oldroyd, Geo. Allen, Dugal Owens, and W. S. Upp. A new trial will be had, commencing next Tuesday. This trial consumed two days and the jury was out overnight.
George Howard...
Arkansas City Republican, July 17, 1886.
Geo. Howard went to St. Louis the first of the week. He went via the Frisco. Over in Wilson County he fell in with Lawyer Kirkpatrick, of Fredonia. Between Fredonia and Neodesha, George kept noticing what he supposed to be groves of catalpa trees. Finally he came to a field, which he thought was very large, and turning to his companion he remarked, “Great Heavens, man, don’t you fellows over here do nothing but plant and raise catalpa groves! That is all I have seen in the county.” With a guffaw equal to a steam calliope, Lawyer Kirkpatrick informed him all those beautiful groves were fields of castor beans. Oh, George, we are ashamed of you.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 17, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
Geo. Howard came home from St. Louis Saturday evening a wiser man. He has knowledge now of great fields of “castor beans” in Wilson County. George tells us that the corn crop prospect in the eastern part of the state, from Cherryvale west, and in Western Missouri is very poor. Rain is needed very badly.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 24, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
Geo. Howard recovered sufficiently from his attack of sickness to go down in the Territory to attend to the branding of his cattle this morning.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 7, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.
A party consisting of Mr. and Mrs. G. S. Howard and Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Thompson, visited Geuda today. Mr. and Mrs. Thompson are visiting in this city from Wichita.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 21, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
Jas. H. Park is now selling pumps to the people of this vicinity, having purchased that business from Howard Bros., the hardware men. Jim is the man that will do the square thing with everyone with whom he has dealings.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 18, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
Mrs. Ed Beavers, who is stopping at the home of G. S. Howard, is quite sick.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 9, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.

Farmer Witt, who resides north of Winfield, was in the city today with a load of corn. He hauled it right through the streets of Winfield to Arkansas City. In that town he was offered 30 cents per bushel; in this city, 37 cents. Theo. Hill bought the corn and it was weighed on the scales of Howard Bros.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 9, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.
Rev. Witt and wife, accompanied by Mrs. C. A. Howard, went up to Wichita this afternoon to witness the laying of the cornerstone of the Garfield Academy.
Mrs. George Howard and mother, Mrs. Beavers...
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 16, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
Mrs. Geo. Howard and her mother, Mrs. E. S. Beavers, are in Kingman on a three weeks’ visit.
George Howard...
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 30, 1886. From Saturday’s Daily.
The rain has no effect on our real estate boom. Snyder & Hutchison closed the following sales yesterday.
F. W. Farrar and Geo. Howard, two lots on South Summit Street, to G. C. Scott, of Iowa, for $4,000.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 6, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
The increase in value of property in Arkansas City is really wonderful to note. But a few months since Geo. Howard and F. W. Farrar purchased some lots on South Summit street for $1,600. They sold them two weeks since for $4,000. The parties to whom they sold disposed of their purchase for $5,000 to Wm. D. Mowry a few days after. And now Mr. Mowry has sold them at $6,000.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 13, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
Yesterday afternoon Nightwatchman Currier shot a mad dog in the yard of Geo. S. Howard. The animal had been lying under the house, and from its very peculiar actions, it was thought it was mad.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 18, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.
Fred Ellsworth, of Phillips, Maine, is visiting in the city. He is a brother of Mrs. Charles Howard.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.
Fred Ellsworth, brother to Mrs. Chas. Howard, N. C. Hinkley, and William French, all of Phillips, Maine, arrived in Arkansas City last week, to study the real estate situation.
George Howard...
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 15, 1887. From Saturday’s Daily.

The Knights of Pythias of this city hope soon to produce a company of drilled Knights that will be a credit to the state. The organization of the Uniform Rank K. of P., of which we made mention a few days ago was consummated last night and the following officers were installed: Wm. Wright, Sir Knight Commander; G. W. Miller, Sir Knight Lt. Commander; G. S. Howard, Sir Knight Herald; J. R. L. Adams, Sir Knight Recorder; Thos. Van Fleet, Sir Knight Treasurer; J. J. Clark, Sir Knight Guard; and H. C. Deets, Sir Knight Sentinel. Members of the Newton Lodge were present and assisted in the installation exercises. At their conclusion 14 knights took the Oriental degree.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 5, 1887. From Tuesday’s Daily.
Lowe, Hoffman & Barron sold 28 lots in Summit addition to Geo. Howard and Fred Farrar; the consideration was $1,500.
Mrs. George Howard...
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 12, 1887. From Tuesday’s Daily.
Mrs. E. Beavers, mother of Mrs. Geo. Howard, is quite sick.
George Howard...
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 19, 1887. From Friday’s Daily.
Last night the following officers of the U. R. of the K. P. organization was elected and installed.
Sir Knight Captain, Wm. Wright.
Sir Knight Lieutenant, G. W. Miller.
Sir Knight Herald, Geo. S. Howard.
Sir Knight Recorder, J. R. L. Adams.
Sir Knight Treasurer, Thos. Van Fleet.
Sir Knight Guard, J. J. Clark.
Sir Knight Sentinel, R. C. Deets.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 5, 1887. From Tuesday’s Daily.
Block of lots in McLaughlin’s 2nd addition, to Howard Bros.: $3,600.


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