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Dr. W. A. Irwin

Richland township census of 1878 lists W. A. Irwin, age 24, and living in the Floral area.
RKW labeled this as “South Richland.”...
Winfield Courier, April 17, 1879.
D. Read is building a large store at Floral and will soon be ready to stand behind the counter “with a pod of pepper and a bunch of knitting needles,” ready to wait on his customers.
Addie Turner is quite low with the heart disease; the Dr. calls twice a day during the week and three times on Sunday. We think it likely she will recover.
Dr. Irwin likes the smell of the peach blossoms around Mr. Craig’s. Father Beck and family will soon move to Washington Territory. Mr. Pixley and Family of Winfield have moved to this neighborhood.
Winfield Courier, June 5, 1879.
                                          SOUTH RICHLAND, JUNE 2, 1879.
Messrs. Jarvis and Hedrick have just disposed of their large wheat crops of last year, at a good price, and therefore have stamps in abundance. Floral is putting on airs. Mr. Reed’s large stone building is rapidly being completed. A new M. D. has arrived with the intention of permanently locating. Ex-doctor Irwin has found that the people of this vicinity want bread rather than medicine, and has consequently set up a corn mill for custom grinding.
Winfield Courier, November 6, 1879.
Dr. Irwin runs the Floral drug store.
Tisdale township census of 1880 lists W. A. Irwin, age 39, and his wife M. J., age 24.  (Note?Margarite Jane Graham, second wife and daughter of Joseph Graham.)
Richland township census of 1881 lists W.A. Irwin, age 38, and his wife Maggie, age 24.
Winfield Courier, June 9, 1881.
                                                            JUNE 3, 1881.
Mr. Irwin, the road overseer, is making quite an improvement on the roads this spring.
Winfield Courier, June 23, 1881.
Dr. Irwin is afflicted with erysipelas.
Winfield Courier, August 18, 1881.
Mr. Daniel Tildon Allen has sold a part of his farm to Mr. N. L. Yarbrough; also Mr. Wm. Irwin has sold his farm to Mr. Jack Yarbrough. This looks as if it paid to deal in sheep.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 6, 1881 - FRONT PAGE.
Below will be found the proceedings of township meetings, organizations, and muster rolls as far as heard from. The last week before the reunion we will publish the muster rolls

                                         OLD SOLDIERS OF NEW SALEM.
                                        W. A. IRWIN, CO. E, 1ST MICH. CAV.
Winfield Courier, November 3, 1881.
Dr. Irwin’s boy had the misfortune to put his wrist out of place, but his papa carefully and speedily replaced it.
Winfield Courier, December 15, 1881.
Dr. Irwin, of New Salem, has resumed practice and will open a drug store at the new railroad center.
Winfield Courier, December 15, 1881.
The New Salemites are a wonderful people. They concluded some time ago to have a depot and switch, and made a proposition to the railroad company to do the grading if they would lay the track. The people did the grading at a cost of over $1,000, and the switch is laid. A depot is being built, several buildings are going up, and a general boom is about to take place. Sam Allen will open up a coal business. Dr. Irwin will run a drug store, and deal out physic, and Dan Read will keep the grocery. Who will be the “village blacksmith?”
Winfield Courier, January 5, 1882.
Dr. Irwin has stocked up with drugs again.
Winfield Courier, February 9, 1882.
Dr. Irwin sent off for virus fresh from a cow and is prepared to vaccinate any who wish, or will furnish them so they can do it themselves.
Winfield Courier, February 23, 1882.
Mr. W. A. Irwin, the New Salem physician and postmaster, was arrested for forging a promissory note with the name of Stephen Grimes. He had a preliminary examination before ’Squire Crow, and was held to bail in the sum of $200. Mr. Irwin claims that he was authorized to sign the name. Henry E. Asp has been retained by the defendant.
Cowley County Courant, April 20, 1882.
                                                         TRIAL DOCKET.
The following is a list of cases that will stand for trial at the April term of the District Court, commencing on the 25th day of April, A. D. 1882.
                                           CRIMINAL DOCKET, FIRST DAY.
                                                     11. State vs. W. A. Irwin.
Winfield Courier, April 20, 1882.
Mrs. C. C. Crow has been on the invalid list for a long time. She is now receiving treatment from Dr. Irwin and declares herself much better than she has been for many months.
Winfield Courier, April 20, 1882.

George Williams, who lives one mile east of Floral, was seriously injured on Sunday evening by a vicious cow. His right arm was broken and he was cut and bruised badly. Dr. Irwin was promptly called and at this writing he is doing well.
Winfield Courier, May 18, 1882.
Dr. Irwin’s pony took a French leave a short time ago, but he found it at its old stamping ground.
Winfield Courier, September 21, 1882.
Dr. Irwin has several fever patients at Floral. At last accounts they were mending.
Winfield Courier, January 4, 1883.
Well, the Christmas trees were all well attended in our vicinity. Dr. Irwin brought on a large and fine assortment of holiday goods and was well patronized by “Prairie Home” and New Salem east; and then the people living near the station and the Dr. and his friends had a fine tree in the store, we learn, and had a very gay time. We of New Salem the 1st had a very fine time. Everything passed off quietly and all seemed pleased with their gifts and professed themselves highly entertained. We all fared very well in the way of presents.
Winfield Courier, January 18, 1883.
Dr. Irwin is putting up ice for future use.
Winfield Courier, March 1, 1883.
Dr. Irwin has his hands full at present, as so many are down sick. Measles, mumps, and scarlatina are the prevailing maladies.
Winfield Courier, March 29, 1883.
Dr. Irwin is prescribing for and waiting on the sick in this vicinity.
Winfield Courier, April 12, 1883.
                                                       New Salem Pencilings.
As Olivia met with a sad accident, I will try and write for her, but am a poor apology for a writer.
There seems to be quite a number sick at this writing. Mrs. Hoyland, we learn, is improving slowly. Mrs. Rief has been very sick and had Drs. Irwin and Davis. Is getting along nicely now. Mrs. Watsonberger has been quite sick but is better. Olivia was visiting at Chappell’s Thursday, started for home after enjoying herself with their company most all day, and the horse she was riding had been standing in the stable for some time, so of course he was ready to go. She was unable to hold the horse, and after running half a mile, she was thrown near Mr. Dalgarn’s. We fear she is worse than anyone supposed. Hope she will soon be able to perform this dreadful task. Mrs. John Walker’s little boy is not expected to live. Everyone is complaining of bad colds. I will not bother you longer with my scribbling for I think I am too old for a newspaper man. PANCAKE JIM.
Winfield Courier, May 17, 1883.

Dr. Irwin is prepared to fill prescriptions on short notice and wishes the Salemites to give him a call.
Winfield Courier, May 31, 1883.
Dr. Irwin has a new supply of drugs. Come to New Salem to get your prescriptions filled.
Winfield Courier, September 6, 1883.
Mrs. Wolf has been quite sick, but under the treatment of Doctor Irwin of Salem, is recovering her former health rapidly. We believe all the patients under the care of both the Salem physicians are convalescent, if not entirely well.
Winfield Courier, September 20, 1883.
Mr. S. R. Chapell has been quite ill for some time. Dr. Irwin is treating him, and he is improving as fast as people usually do when down with a combination of diseases.
Winfield Courier, October 18, 1883.
Mr. King still continues to kill the fat bovine and deal it out to Salemites, but sometimes it fails to put in an appearance at the right time. Dr. Irwin, I hear, has plenty of practice.
Winfield Courier, November 1, 1883.
If a cyclone should come, Dr. Irwin could skip into his new flour chest. It’s a nice, big one.
Mrs. Griever has been very ill, but under the treatments of Dr. Irwin, is recovering. A little gentleman that cannot speak the English language has come to board with them.
Mr. Irwin, a brother of the Doctor, has quite recently arrived in Salem. He and Doc talk of going into the drug business on an extensive scale, or at least keep a full stock in that line. Hope they will do so.
Winfield Courier, January 10, 1884.
Doctor Irwin has quite a full little store now, and the Post Office is fixed up in quite an artistic manner.
Winfield Courier, March 13, 1884.
Dr. Irwin and brother have lumber on the ground for building a new drug store on Main Street.
Winfield Courier, May 15, 1884.
Mr. J. W. Hoyland is suffering from neuralgia of the kidneys and Dr. Irwin is waiting on him. He mends very slowly.
Dr. Irwin...
Winfield Courier, September 25, 1884.

Mr. Hartman had a serious time with his nasal appendage. Was taken with nose bleeding and bled till he is still very weak. Dr. Irwin was called.
Joseph Irwin (brother of Dr. Irwin?)...
Winfield Courier, September 25, 1884.
TO BE MARRIED. Mr. Joseph Irwin went back to Pennsylvania some weeks ago and has taken a claim, intends to bring said claim to Kansas. May his eastern bride find her Kansas home all she anticipates. Happiness and prosperity attend them.
Winfield Courier, November 6, 1884.
Messrs. Calvert and Joseph Irwin are each erecting a pretty cottage. Salem is growing fast, not in wickedness alone, but Sunday schools and churches seem to be in a flourishing condition, and most of its citizens are good law abiding people. When we visit the widow and orphan, let us take them something good to eat or wear, and not go on Sunday, but give them one day of rest.
Dr. Irwin...
Winfield Courier, October 30, 1884.
Burglars broke into Dr. Irwin’s drug store at New Salem last Thursday night and got away with money and valuables.
Winfield Courier, November 6, 1884.
Doctor Irwin’s store was broken into, his safe blown open, money and jewelry taken, and the damage to building and Medicines destroyed by explosion, all combined to make the loss foot up to very nearly four hundred dollars. Is our nice little town, “Salem,” meaning “peace,” to rival Wichita in robbery, etc.? If there is plenty of work and everyone kept at it, perhaps they will not have time for making plans and carrying them out. Satan finds plenty of work for idle hands and heads too.”
Winfield Courier, November 20, 1884.
Mrs. Wolfe is suffering from a hard spell of pneumonia. She is under the care of Dr. Irwin.
Dr. Irwin, Irwin brothers and families...
Winfield Courier, December 18, 1884.
Dr. Irwin offers 50 cents per dozen for rabbits, in pretty things from his store.
Mrs. Terry, of Iowa, is visiting her brothers, the Irwin brothers and their families. Is quite well pleased with Kansas but did not find it as sunny as she anticipated; remember the sunshine after the rain.
Dr. Irwin...
                                     NEW SALEM PENCILINGS. “OLIVIA.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 5, 1885.
Mr. William Starr is suffering with inflammatory rheumatism; is under the care of Dr. Irwin. Mr. McMillen is also under his care and is quite sick. Mr. James Chapell is down with rheumatism. Mrs. G. D. Vance is convalescing from her recent sick spell.

Dr. Irwin...
                                     NEW SALEM PENCILINGS. “OLIVIA.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 19, 1885.
Dr. Irwin now keeps baking powder to raise (not his patients) your cakes and biscuit higher than a kite, and with each package you can draw something pretty and useful. Some pretty silverware are among the articles to be drawn. He has a number of patients on his list, some of whom are recovering rapidly. Mr. Starr is now skipping around. Mr. McMillen when suffering recently, became worse, and Dr. Emerson, of Winfield, was sent for. Mr. McMillen is now convalescent. OLIVIA.
Dr. Irwin...
                                     NEW SALEM PENCILINGS. “OLIVIA.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 5, 1885.
Mr. Watsonberger drew a set of silver plated knives with his can of baking powder. The Doctor now has garden and flower seeds to sell and says all the neighbors can find plenty of good seed there this spring and thus save themselves the trouble of sending off or going to the metropolis. I think, Mr. Editor, that Dr. Irwin will give you a free seat at least, to witness the drawing of pretty articles you have advertised free for him. Pass around the powder.
Dr. Irwin...
                                                 ANOTHER HEAVY DOSE.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 12, 1885.
The trial of W. L. Pridgeon for illegally selling liquor some time ago in the Blair building came off in Justice Buckman’s Court, Monday. A jury of twelve found the defendant guilty on two counts, and fines of $100 on the first and $200 on the second, with costs of suit, were assessed: an aggregate of nearly five hundred dollars. Pridgeon gave notice of appeal and his bond was fixed at $800, which at the present writing has not been furnished and the defendant seems likely to languish in durance vile. County Attorney Asp informs us that but one more liquor case remains on file under the old law, the case of the State vs. Dr. Irwin, of New Salem. The man silly enough to undertake violation of the new prohibitory law, which went into effect Tuesday, will strike the ceiling of justice with a thud that will shake his frame with remorse deep and awful. Our County Attorney has on his armor and will make it sultry for every violator; but we think the whiskeyites have grasped the situation and will accept water in peace.
J. F. Irwin and V. I. Irwin (?)...
                                                           LAND SLIDES.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 2, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers for the past week, as taken from the official records, and furnished the COURIER by the real estate firm of Harris & Clark.
                       J. F. Irwin to V. I. Irwin, lots 12, block 4, New Salem. $200.00.
Valena L. Irwin...
                                                           LAND SLIDES.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 2, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds yesterday.

                          Valena L. Irwin to Eli Read, lot 12, blk 4, New Salem: $3.00.
Dr. Irwin...
                                                   FIRE AT NEW SALEM.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 23, 1885.
New Salem had a blaze Wednesday at eleven o’clock. It destroyed Dr. Crabtree’s store building and drug stock and the entire post-office fixtures, books, etc., in the back part of the store. There was $1,000 insurance on the store and stock, which were worth $1,600. The fire is supposed to have caught from a lamp explosion, though nothing definite is known. A lighted lamp had been left on the counter when the store was closed. Salem is temporarily without a post-office. Dr. Irwin is postmaster, but has been in California for some time, leaving the office in charge of his deputy, W. H. Lucas.


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