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James E. Jarvis

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James Edmund Jarvis was born in Illinois, August 24, 1850. In 1869 he married Nancy Ann Fugate, and in 1871 came to Cowley County. They became the parents of eight sons and one daughter. Two of the sons died in infancy. For the next 12 years he was engaged in farming and stock raising. James Edmund Jarvis died December 29, 1930, and is buried in Highland Cemetery. Nancy Ann Fugate was born August 26, 1850, and died September 9, 1931, and was buried in Highland Cemetery.
The Sheridan Township census of 1873 lists James E. Jarvis, age unknown, and unmarried. The 1880 census lists him, age 29, and his wife, Nancy A., age 29.
The following are the names of those drawn to serve as petit jurors for the March, 1874, term of the District Court. J. E. Jarvis, Sheridan Township.
A son, Martin Fugate Jarvis, was born January 4, 1875, and died September 21, 1957. The other children living in 1928 were J. C., living in Wichita; Walter, living in Arkansas City; H. M., living in Winfield; G. L., assistant cashier of the First National Bank of Winfield; Frank E., engaged in the lumber business; and Permelia, wife of Horace Wright, of Winfield.
The book “Winfield and the Walnut Valley” states J. E. Jarvis moved to Winfield in 1883 and devoted himself to finance.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 31, 1884.
J. E. Jarvis of Winfield visited the Cowley metropolis Friday last.
Farmers Bank of Winfield was in existence in 1884 with P. H. Albright as Vice President. He was the only local owner. He disassociated himself with the bank in 1886.
            (This bank was located on a site later used by Pierce’s Book Store in Winfield.)
The bank name was changed to Farmers State Bank of Winfield and was purchased in 1891 by J. E. Jarvis. In 1894 Martin Jarvis was employed by his father as a bookkeeper.
The Farmers State Bank of Winfield bought the Cowley County National Bank June 3, 1896, and moved into its location at the northeast corner of Ninth Avenue and Main Street. Martin Jarvis was promoted to assistant cashier and in 1902 he became the cashier.
On October 14, 1902, Martin Jarvis married Nina E. Harter, a daughter of J. N. Harter, for over forty years a druggist at Winfield, whose death occurred in 1927, when he was seventy-eight years of age.
The 1903 Winfield City directory lists the Cowley County National Bank with a capital of $50,000, surplus and undivided profits, $25,000. The officers were J. E. Jarvis, president, J. M. Keck, vice-president, J. F. Balliet, cashier, and M. F. Jarvis, assis­tant cashier.
Martin and Nina had one child, a daughter, Janet E. Jarvis, who was born September 30, 1904.
On November 22, 1922 the Cowley County National Bank purchased the First National Bank of Winfield and moved to its loca­tion. Martin Jarvis became the cashier and one of the directors. The name of Cowley County National Bank was discontinued.
Martin Fugate Jarvis died September 21, 1957. His wife, Nina Harter Jarvis, died December 9, 1942.


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