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Robert D. Jillson

                                                [From New York to Winfield.]
1880 Winfield Directory.
Stump, Alice, milliner, Mrs. E. F. Stump.
Stump, Mrs. E. F., millinery and notions, Main, e. s. between 10th and 11th avenues, r. same.
Stump, Phillip, miller, r. Main, e. s., between 10th and 11th avenues.
1880 Winfield Directory.
WILLIAMS HOUSE. This is one of the leading hotels of Southern Kansas, and was built and opened by its present proprietor, Frank Williams, Esq. It is a handsome brick structure, located on the corner of 10th avenue and Main streets.
WILLIAMS HOUSE, Frank Williams, proprietor; Main, n. e. corner 10th avenue.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Courier, August 1, 1878.
Mr. Jillson, of Hornersville, New York, is about to build a large, two-story building on Main Street, lot next south of the Boyle Store.
Winfield Courier, August 29, 1878.
Mr. Jillson is building a two-story store 24 x 48 on the lot next south of the Boyle building.
Winfield Courier, August 29, 1878.
Real Estate Transfers.
Linus S. Webb to Robt. D. Jillson, lot 3, block 130, Winfield; $350.
Winfield Courier, September 12, 1878.
Mr. R. D. Jillson’s new two-story building, just south of the Boyle stand, is nearly finished.
Winfield Courier, November 21, 1878.
Mr. R. D. Jillson, late of Hornersville, New York, has built a fine large store on Main street in this city, and has moved his family here for a permanent residence. He has been engaged in railroad business for the last ten years, in the ticket office at Hornersville, and has enjoyed various important offices and the respect and confidence of the people of that city and county. We gladly welcome him and his estimable family to this place, and congratulate ourselves on such a valuable acquisition to our society. We clip the following from the Hornersville Times: “Robert D. Jillson and family are located at Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas. They leave hosts of friends here who will speak for them the good will and esteem of their new neighbors in the far West.”
Winfield Courier, November 21, 1878.
To Let. After Dec. 1st, 1878, my NEW STORE on Main street, suitable for Grocery, Dry Goods, or Hardware, will be to rent. Also ONE ROOM, 20 x 22, upstairs, entrance from the front, outside. This room is light and airy and very convenient for an office of any kind. Building entirely new. Enquire on the premises, three doors south of Williams House, for terms. R. D. JILLSON.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 2, 1879.
The following is a list of new buildings erected in the city of Winfield since January 1, 1878, with the name of owner and cost of building.

R. D. Jillson, store room, frame: $1,200.
Winfield Courier, February 27, 1879.
McGuire & Crippen are moving their stock of goods into Mr. R. D. Jillson’s building, south of Horning’s. Their customers will follow them.
Winfield Courier, June 26, 1879.
Mr. R. D. Jillson is fitting up rooms in his building and intends going into the loan and insurance business.
Winfield Courier, August 28, 1879.
Mr. Felix Aubuchon has rented the Jillson building, and intends to open a grocery store. He is from Iron Mountain, Mo.
Winfield Courier, August 28, 1879.
The Williams House occupied Jillson’s building as a sample room Monday and Tuesday, owing to the rush of commercial travel­ers. This house is becoming very popular with the traveling public.
Winfield Courier, August 28, 1879.
A commandery of Knight Templars was instituted in this city, last evening, starting out with the following charter members, comprising some of the best citizens of this city, Oxford, and Arkansas City: John D. Pryor, W. G. Graham, Robt. Allison, Joseph Conklin, Chas. C. Black, S. P. Channell, K. F. Smith, Jas. L. Huey, Jas. Ridenour, A. J. Chapel, Benj. F. Smith, Ansel Gridley, Jas. M. Stafford, R. D. Jillson, A. A. Newman, J. Cairns.
The Commandery will work under dispensation, with the following officers.
E. Commander, W. G. Graham; Generalissimo, Jas. Huey; Captain General, R. D. Jillson; Prelate, Rev. J. Cairns.
Winfield Courier, September 18, 1879.
The County Convention of Democrats met on Saturday, the 13th, at 11 o’clock a.m., at Manning’s Opera House, in this city.
It was called to order by Hon. A. J. Pyburn, Chairman of the Central Committee. Dr. D. V. Cole was elected temporary chair­man, and J. C. Keenan, secretary. Judge T. McIntire, H. S. Silver, I. D. Hon, E. P. Young, and Wm. Moore were appointed a committee on permanent organization. R. D. Jillson, Robert Hanlon, and L. Weimer were appointed a committee on credentials.
A Central Committee was chosen, consisting of one member from each township. This committee subsequently organized by the appointment of the following executive committee: R. D. Jillson, chairman; J. C. Keenan, secretary; A. J. Pyburn, E. P. Young, and T. McIntire.
Winfield Courier, October 9, 1879.
Mr. R. D. Jillson has accepted a position as assistant freight agent for the A., T. & S. F. at this place.
Rented Jillson building as a grocery store: Felix Aubuchon...
Winfield Courier, September 18, 1879.
Mr. Aubuchon, whom we spoke of some time ago, has opened his grocery store in the Jillson building, and engaged Mr. B. E. Johnson as head clerk.

Winfield Courier, November 6, 1879.
Mr. Aubuchon has purchased the Gillelen residence for $2,000.
Winfield Courier, January 8, 1880.
Mr. Quincy A. Glass, late of Brown & Glass, will in a short time open a drug store in the Martin building, next to Aubuchon’s. He started east on Tuesday to purchase his stock. Mr. Glass is one of our most popular druggists and will be followed to his new quarters by many of his old customers.
1880 Winfield Directory.
GLASS, QUINCY A., druggist, Main w. s. bet 10th and 11th avenues,
r. Manning w. s. 2nd north 8th avenue. [? Residence address very odd.]
[Note: There was obviously a gap in Winfield Courier. Either that or they just failed to report that Aubuchon left town abruptly. It also appears that the “Jillson Building” was left idle for some time or else paper failed to tell who started renting it.]
R. D. Jillson and daughter...
Winfield Courier, August 19, 1880.
Winfield is partly depopulated by the great exodus to the Knight Templars triennial reunion in Chicago. Last Saturday and Sunday the trains were loaded with excursionists, many of whom were taking this opportunity to visit friends in the east with the excursion rates for fares. A great many went from here whose names have not been given us, but the following are some that we know of: Dr. W. G. Graham and wife, Capt. S. C. Smith, E. P. Kinne, J. E. Conklin, Capt. James McDermott, Rev. J. Cairns and wife, Rev. J. A. Hyden and wife, J. D. Pryor, R. D. Jillson and daughter, Mrs. D. A. and Miss Jessie Millington. C. C. Black and wife, J. W. Johnson and daughter, J. P. M. Butler and wife, Miss Jennie Melville, G. H. Buckman, J. C. and Miss Ioa Roberts, Will Baird and wife, Mrs. N. L. Rigby, Jacob Nixon and wife, J. S. Hunt, and T. R. Bryan.
Winfield Courier, December 9, 1880.
Mayor Lynn, R. D. Jillson, and C. C. Black called at this office last Monday to consider measures for the relief of the poor and destitute in our midst. After consideration, it was decided to call a meeting of the citizens to be held at the city council rooms, on this Thursday evening at 7 o’clock, to take steps in the matter, appoint committees to canvass the city and find out who are in need, to collect money and supplies, and to properly distribute them. The commissioners have a place for the county’s poor and require that they shall be moved to that place or not receive aid from the county. There are many in our city who are in need, but temporary assistance would help them through, to whom a removal to the poor house would be disastrous. Let us find and help them. Please turn out to the meeting.
Winfield Courier, December 16, 1880.
A meeting was held in the council rooms last Thursday evening to consider means for temporary assistance to those in want in our city.
John B. Lynn was made chairman, and James Kelly, secretary.
By a vote of the meeting the city was divided into four wards by Main street and Ninth avenue, and committees were constituted as follows.
Northeast ward:  Mesdames T. R. Bryan, Dr. Graham, and Rev. J. Cairns.

Northwest ward:  Mesdames McDonald, McMullen, and Miss Service.
Southwest ward:  Mesdames Spotswood and Jillson, and Miss Mary R. Stewart.
Southeast ward:  Mesdames Hickok, Silver, and Swain.
Committees to solicit contributions were appointed as follows.
Northeast:  Mesdames Holloway, Linticum, and Troup.
Northwest:  Mesdames Short and Dr. Davis and Mayor Lynn.
Southwest:  Mesdames Earnest and Landers, and Mr. R. D. Jillson.
Southeast:  Mrs. Rigby, Miss L. Graham, and Mr. W. A. Freeman.
Winfield Courier, January 20, 1881.
On last Sunday the two cars of coal donated to the poor of Winfield by the Santa Fe road arrived, and is now being distrib­uted under the direction of Mr. Jillson.
Winfield Courier, February 24, 1881.
“It is a girl,” said R. D. Jillson last Friday morning in our office, “and weighs ten pounds.”
Talk about confusion! Mrs. Jillson opens coffee/lunch room in building formerly occupied by Star Bakery...see first news item about her move followed by new item in October 1881 about Star Bakery being located on 10th Avenue, east of the McDougall building...
Winfield Courier, December 8, 1881.
Mrs. R. D. Jillson has opened a coffee and lunch room in the building formerly occupied by the Star Bakery. In making a delicious cup of coffee, Mrs. Jillson has never had but one equal in Winfield, and that was Mrs. Frank Williams.
Dever moves again: now located on 10th Avenue, east of McDougall building...
Winfield Courier, October 6, 1881.
Mr. Dever keeps the Star Bakery rolling, and has brought up this time on his own premises on 10th Avenue, east of the McDougall building.
Next item shows that Mrs. Blackaby has rented restaurant of Mrs. Jillson...
Cowley County Courant, April 6, 1882.
Mrs. Blackaby, recently from Illinois, has rented the restaurant recently conducted by Mrs. Jillson on South Main street.
Winfield Courier, May 25, 1882.
Program. Following is the program of the literary and musical entertainment to be given in the Opera House on Thursday evening, June 1st, by the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of Winfield.
Reading: Mr. Jillson.
Winfield Courier, August 17, 1882.
Democratic Convention.
RECAP: Amos Walton, Bolton Township, chosen chairman; Samuel Davis, of Winfield, elected Secretary.

S. L. Gilbert, Winfield; Rudolph Hite, Dexter; Henry S. Rouzee, Beaver; Samuel Davis, Winfield; Richard Courtright, Cedar; Timothy McIntire, Arkansas City; I. D. Harkleroad, Silverdale; Amos Walton, Bolton.
ALTERNATES: R. D. Jillson, Winfield; J. O’Hare, Winfield; R. Stanton, Dexter; E. G. Cole, Winfield; J. Smith, Cedar; W. J. Conway, Bolton; C. W. Rogers, Fairview; R. B. Pratt, Silverdale.
Winfield Courier, December 28, 1882.
The Spy of Atlanta. The Committee on behalf of Winfield Post No. 85, G. A. R., and St. John’s Battery of this city, wish through your paper to express our high appreciation of the presentation of the Spy of Atlanta given here on the evenings of December 14, 15, and 16 by Col. L. D. Dobbs. Col. Dobbs gave us a first-class entertainment, surpassing the expectation of everyone who witnessed it; and causing our best judges of theatricals to pronounce the Spy of Atlanta the most interesting entertainment ever given in our city.
Mrs. R. Jillson was as fine a conception and presentation of the character of Maud Dalton as could be wished; natural, graceful, and original. She won the hearts of the audience and gave to the character of “Maud” a sublime pathos that melted and moved our hearts and tears at her bidding. The Post and Battery most cordially thank her for contributing so much talent for our benefit.
Winfield Courier, January 18, 1883.
Mrs. R. D. Jillson returned from a few days’ visit among friends in Kansas City, Wednesday.
Jillson Building...
Winfield Courier, February 15, 1883.
Taylor & Taylor will remove March first into the Jillson building, two doors north of their old stand.
Winfield Courier, February 15, 1883.
Skipped long poem, “Reflections,” written by Mrs. R. D. Jillson.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 18, 1886.
Agent Kennedy, of the Santa Fe depot, hands us a copy of the Syracuse (New York) Daily Journal, containing the following regarding an old citizen of Winfield. “Robert D. Jillson, formerly Pullman Palace car agent at the Westshore depot in this city, having charge of the Northwestern, Delaware & Lackawanna and New York, Ontario & Western Pullman Service, has been transferred to Columbus, Ohio, in charge of the company’s interest at that place. Mr. Jillson’s many friends here will be glad to learn of his promotion to this position, His family will remain in Syracuse.”
Note: Paper never did indicate that the Jillson Building was sold or rented after the February 15, 1883, entry. MAW


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