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J. W. Johnston

Unknown: which Johnston the article is referring to...
Cowley County Censor, July 1, 1871.
FINE WORK. Ira Kellogg has just finished plastering Mr. Johnston’s building and we have not seen a better job in the State. We don’t know which to congratulate most: Mr. J. on having so fine a house, or Mr. K. for knowing how to finish it.
Unknown: Whether W. Johnston refers to J. W. Johnston...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 20, 1873
                                                        Presbyterian Church.
The following were elected, and duly inducted into office, as a Board of Trustees of the Presbyterian church in Winfield, to serve for one year and until successors shall have been appointed, viz: Capt. S. W. Greer; D. N. Egbert, M. D., S. Darrah, Enoch Maris, W. Johnston.
This church was organized on the 19th day of January, by Rev. A. R. Naylor of Indiana, and its membership has doubled already. It promises soon to become self-sustaining. They contemplate erecting a house of worship soon, in which improve­ment it is hoped the citizens of Winfield and vicinity will manifest an interest.
First clear indication that J. W. Johnston was an early Winfield resident...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 13, 1873.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 13, 1873.
                                                       MARCH 9TH, 1873.
Board met in county clerk’s office. Present: Frank Cox, O. C. Smith, and J. D. Maurer.
                                       J. W. Johnston, repair co. off. desk: $14.40
Winfield Courier, December 12, 1873.
                                            GRAND MASONIC FESTIVAL!
To be given for the benefit of Adelphi Lodge, A. F. & A. M. At the Courtroom, Winfield, Kansas, Dec. 25th, 1873.
There will be a public installation of officers of the Lodge at the Baptist church at one o’clock P.M. After the Installation there will be a few short addresses by members of the order.
Dinner will take place at the courtroom at five o’clock P.M.
A cordial invitation is extended to the public.
After dinner a grand ball will be given at the courtroom. Good music will be in attendance. A cordial invitation is extended to the fraternity to be present. Special invitations will be given by the Committee to those not members of the order.

The following is the list of the committees appointed for the occasion.
COMMITTEE OF ARRANGEMENTS. A. A. Jackson, T. A. Rice, J. E. Saint, W. M. Boyer, L. J. Webb, J. C. Fuller.
SOLICITING COMMITTEE. A. T. Stewart, S. H. Myton, I. Bing, A. T. Shenneman, J. A. Simpson, J. Swain, T. A. Blanchard, R. B. Saffold, John Rhodes; Mrs. Flint, Mrs. McMasters, Mrs. A. H. Green, Mrs. Brotherton, Mrs. Tousey, Mrs. Limbocker; Miss Jennie Stewart, Miss Lowry, W. W. Limbocker.
RECEPTION COMMITTEE. Dr. Graham, M. L. Read, A. Howland, P. Hill, J. P. Short, Mrs. A. A. Jackson, Mrs. P. Hill, Mrs. Robin­son, Miss Ella Quarles, J. L. M. Hill.
TABLE COMMITTEE. A. T. Stewart, J. F. Paul, T. A. Rice, W. M. Boyer, J. E. Saint, J. D. Cochran, J. C. Fuller, John Swain, J. A. Simpson, A. T. Shenneman, A. S. Williams, J. P. Short, Mrs. J. P. Short, Miss Read, Miss Mary Stewart, Mrs. Geo. Oakes, Mrs. J. F. Paul, Mrs. E. Maris, Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mrs. W. M. Boyer, Mrs. L. R. Paul, Mrs. L. J. Webb, Mrs. J. C. Weathers, Mrs. Newman, Mrs. Howland, Mrs. Hickok, Mrs. W. G. Graham, Mrs. J. D. Cochran, Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Miss Parmelee, Miss Lizzie Graham, Miss Yount.
VOCAL MUSIC COMMITTEE. Mrs. Hickok, Mrs. Brotherton, John Swain, H. Brotherton, Mrs. Green, Miss Newman, Miss Parmelee, Miss Bryant.
TICKET AGENTS. C. A. Bliss, J. Newman, J. C. Weathers.
COMMITTEE ON INVITATION. L. J. Webb, J. F. Paul, T. A. Rice, W. M. Boyer, J. C. Fuller.
FLOOR MANAGERS. A. A. Jackson, L. J. Webb.
Instrumental Music for the Day: J. W. Johnston, J. A. Simpson, J. E. Saint.
Winfield Courier, January 2, 1874.
Yesterday we stepped into the furniture shop of J. W. Johnston, three doors south of the post office, and were surprised to see his excellent stock of furniture of all descriptions suited to this country. We know Mr. Johnston to be a first-class workman, and as he manufactures the most of his stock himself out of the best of timber, anything purchased of him can be relied on as good and durable. He doesn’t advertise to sell at cost, but he does sell at terrible low figures.
Winfield Courier, March 20, 1874.
J. W. JOHNSTON. Retail dealer in FURNITURE. Cabinet-Maker and Undertaker. CALL AND EXAMINE THE STOCK.
                             SHOP three doors south of post office, Winfield, Kansas.
Winfield Courier, March 27, 1874.
Everyone who visits this office exclaims, “What a beautiful picture,” when they look at a chromo which was presented to this office by J. W. Johnston. Mr. Johnston has a large stock of handsome pictures on hand which he is selling cheap.
Winfield Courier, May 8, 1874.

Children’s carriages, picture moldings, and a general assortment of everything kept in a first class furniture store, at Johnston’s. Being a practical workman of over 25 years experience, having worked in some of the best establishments in the United States and Canada, Mr. Johnston has a right to think he can do as good work and sell as cheap as any other establishment of this kind in the Southwest.
Winfield Courier, June 26, 1874.
We are indebted to Curns & Manser, real estate agents and proprietors of Abstracts of Titles to all lands in Cowley County, for the following transfers of real estate.
John Swain to J. W. Johnston, lot 10, block 129, City of Winfield; $325.
Winfield Courier, October 22, 1874.
The following is a list of bills allowed by the Board of Commissioners of Cowley County, Kansas, at their regular session, commencing on the 5th day of October, A. D., 1874, and ending on the 9th day of October, A. D. 1874.
                                               J. W. Johnston, furniture: $25.00
Winfield Courier, August 19, 1875.
                                                 Adelphi Lodge Resolutions.
                                  HALL OF ADELPHI LODGE, A. F. & A. M.,
                                                    August 13th, A. L. 5,875.
At a special Communication held on the 13th inst., the following was adopted.
WHEREAS, In the dispensation of an All-wise and Overruling Providence, the families of our worthy brothers, M. G. Troup and Perry Hill, have been afflicted by the death of each of their eldest children since our last Communication; and while we submit with becoming Christian resignation to the decree of an All-wise God; yet had it been agreeable to His Divine Will, we would that they could have been spared this great trial.
Resolved, That we tender to the bereaved brethren and their families our sincere, Christian and brotherly sympathy, and our humble and fervent prayers to God that they may be sustained in this, their hour of trial.
                  Committee: W. G. GRAHAM, ENOCH MARIS, J. W. JOHNSTON.
Winfield Courier, September 16, 1875.
                                   TO THE VOTERS OF COWLEY COUNTY.
This is to certify that we, whose names are hereto sub­scribed, do most heartily recommend for our next County Treasurer, FRANK GALLOTTI, who has for the last year and a half faithfully and satisfactorily performed the duties of said office while acting in the capacity of Deputy; and we do hereby further certify that his character during that time has been such as to fully entitle him to the recommendation. The records of said office kept by him, bears ample testimony of his capability and efficiency. We consider him well qualified to fulfill the duties of said office, and therefore cheerfully recommend him to the voters of Cowley County as well worth of their cordial support, and who, if elected, will most faithfully and systematically perform the duties of said office.
                           J. W. Johnston was one of those who signed above petition.
Winfield Courier, November 25, 1875.

J. W. Johnston has a fine lot of picture frames, wall brackets, what-nots, and the like ready for the holiday trade.
Winfield Courier, December 30, 1875.    
The following are the recently elected officers of the Winfield Chapter of R. A. M.’s.
M. L. Read, H. P.
J. D. Pryor, K.
B. F. Baldwin, S.
W. C. Robinson, Capt. H.
A. Howland, P. S.
W. G. Graham, R. A. Capt.
J. W. Johnston, G. M. 3 y.
P. Hill, G. M. 2 y.
S. H. Myton, G. M. 1 y.
J. A. Simpson, Sec.
F. Gallotti, Treas.
N. C. McCulloch, M. Cro.
This is one of the thirty Royal Arch Chapters of Masons in this State, and as a citizen of Winfield we are proud that she, only a five year old, supports it.
                                               THE WINFIELD COURIER.
                            [Covering Period January 6, 1876 - December 28, 1876.]
                                                     CENTENNIAL ISSUE.
On the 15th of March, 1875, a dispensation was granted M. L. Read, H. P.; M. C. Baker, K.; John D. Pryor, Scribe; W. C. Robinson, C. H.; A. Howland, P. S.; W. G. Graham, R. A. C.; J. W. Johnston, M. 3rd V.; P. Hill, M. 1st V.; A. A. Newman, member. October 19th, a charter was issued to them under the name Winfield Chapter, R. A. M., No. 31; and on the 26th of the same month the Chapter was instituted by J. C. Bennett, of Emporia. A list of the officers for this year was published last week. This branch of Masonry here is in good working order and in a healthy condition financially.
JOHNSTON, J. W., cabinet maker, built the first shop in the city; does good work; is reliable; came here to stay; is glad of it. Bully for Johnston!
Winfield Courier, March 23, 1876.
Note: Council met March 20th; adjourned until March 21st.
                                                   City Council Proceedings.
                                           WINFIELD, KAN., March 21, 1876.
City Council met in adjourned session, March 21st, A. D. 1876.
Present: D. A. Millington, Mayor; N. M. Powers, C. C. Black, and M. G. Troup, Councilmen; B. F. Baldwin, City Clerk.
On motion of M. G. Troup, the Council recommended the County Commissioners to pay the two bills of W. L. Mullen, against Cowley County for rent of house occupied by Mrs. Bishop, a pauper of Winfield City, from November 1st, 1875, to March 1st, 1876, inclusive, at five dollars a month, total twenty dollars. Also recommended the payment of bill of Rilla McClung, for rent of house occupied by Mrs. Walters, a pauper of Winfield City. Also recommended the payment of bill of J. W. Johnston, for one coffin for pauper.

Cowley County Democrat, May 18, 1876.
Mr. Johnston, our furniture man, is receiving new goods every day, and will soon have the largest stock ever brought to Cowley.
Winfield Courier, June 15, 1876.
J. W. JOHNSTON has piles of new furniture. Buy some, when you sell your wheat.
Winfield Courier, September 7, 1876.
MR. J. W. JOHNSTON has built an addition to his cabinet shop, which gives him more room for his immense stock of furni­ture and also helps the appearance of the whole building.
Winfield Courier, December 14, 1876.
                                                   CARTS, WAGONS, ETC.
                                                     WINFIELD, KANSAS.
Winfield Courier, March 22, 1877.
                                                         J. W. JOHNSTON.
                                                     WINFIELD, KANSAS.
Winfield Courier, April 19, 1877.
                                              J. W. Johnston, pauper bill: $10.00
Winfield Courier, April 19, 1877.
                                            County Commissioners’ Proceedings.
                                              OFFICE OF COUNTY CLERK,
                                             Winfield, Kansas, April 11th, 1877.
Board of County Commissioners met in regular session. All the Board present with James McDermott, County Attorney, and M. G. Troup, County Clerk. Among other proceedings had, sundry claims were presented and passed upon as follows:
                                              J. W. Johnston, pauper bill: $10.00
                                               J. W. Johnston, furniture: $28.75
                                              J. W. Johnston, pauper bill: $10.00
Winfield Courier, May 10, 1877.
Mr. Friend has removed his jewelry store to the room one door north of J. W. Johnston’s furniture store.
Winfield Courier, July 12, 1877.
                                            County Commissioners’ Proceedings.
                                              J. W. Johnston, pauper bill, $10.00
Winfield Courier, August 2, 1877.
On Tuesday evening Mr. Chas. E. Steuven, formerly of Wichita, arrived in our city with a new barber’s outfit, which he had in running order yesterday morning in the building one door north of J. W. Johnston’s furniture store.
Winfield Courier, October 11, 1877.

A gentlemen from Missouri is fitting up the room just north of J. W. Johnston’s furniture store, preparatory to putting in a stock of drugs.
Winfield Courier, October 11, 1877.
J. W. Johnston keeps on hand a well selected stock of burial cases.
Winfield Courier, January 17, 1878.
                                                         Royal Arch Masons.
At the regular convocation of Winfield Chapter No. 31, Royal Arch Masons, held at Masonic Hall, Monday evening, January 14th, the following officers were installed for the ensuing year.
W. G. Graham, H. P.
John D. Pryor, K.
S. C. Smith, S.
M. L. Read, Treasurer.
C. C. Black, Secretary.
W. C. Robinson, C. A. H.
James McDermott, P. S.
S. H. Myton, R. A. C.
J. W. Johnston, M. 3rd V.
Perry Hill, M. 2nd V.
H. Brotherton, M. 1st V.
F. Gallotti, T.
After the installation, an address was delivered by P. H. P. John D. Pryor (which will appear on our outside next week), and the companions repaired to the Central Hotel and sat down to the best spread of the season. The supper was good and the occasion enjoyed by all present.
Winfield Courier, January 31, 1878.
Hobby Horses, Carts, Buggies, and Toy Furniture at J. W. Johnston’s.
Winfield Courier, February 7, 1878.
J. W. Johnston keeps on hand a well selected stock of burial cases.
Winfield Courier, May 2, 1878.
J. W. Johnston has taken J. L. M. Hill as a partner in the furniture business. The old store with the goods have been moved across the street and the new firm will erect a number one building on the vacant lot. The gentlemen are energetic and ambitious and intend to keep the best stocks of furniture in the southwest.
Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.
The stone building of Johnston & Hill is being pushed forward rapidly. The business qualities of both of these gentlemen are too well known to our citizens to need comment from us, and we predict for them a large business in the furniture line.
Excerpt re J. L. M. Hill, partner of J. W. Johnston...
Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.

On last Saturday, June 1st, about four o’clock p.m., Jay Page, saloon keeper of this place, was shot and killed by L. J. Webb, attorney, and member of the House of Representatives of the State. Crowds of men immediately assembled around the scene of the transaction and great excitement prevailed. At the time of the shooting Mr. Page was standing against the counter of his saloon in conversation with Frank Manny, when Mr. Webb entered from the back room; and walking up to within about twelve feet of Mr. Page, drew a revolver from his pocket and fired—the ball entering Page’s left breast about five inches above the nipple. Page ran out the front door, blood gushing from his mouth and nostrils, crying that Webb had killed him. He ran along the sidewalk perhaps 100 feet and fell. He was taken up, bleeding from the mouth profusely. He expired immediately. No word was spoken in the saloon by either Webb or Page. After firing the shot Webb turned to the counter, where he handed his pistol to J. L. M. Hill, deputy sheriff, and went out in custody of Hill.
Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.
Mr. Walter Johnston, of Montreal, brother of J. W. Johnston and Mr. Walter Cree, nephew, are visiting in our city. J. W. had not see his brother for twenty-four years.
Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.
                                                        Council Proceedings.
                                                  WINFIELD, June 17, 1878.
                                    J. L. M. Hill, coffin, box, etc., for Brooks: $5.50
Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.
                                                        Council Proceedings.
                                           WINFIELD, KANSAS, July 1, 1878.
Council met in council chamber. J. B. Lynn, mayor, absent; all councilmen but H. Jochems present.
                                            J. L. M. Hill, coffin for Brooks: $5.00
Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.
Johnston & Hill’s furniture shop continues to travel. This time he has gone down south of the M. E. parsonage, and the stock of furniture has gone into a building near the old Farmers’ Restaurant. Their new fire-proof building near the Williams House is progressing finely and will contain a large stock in due time.
Winfield Courier, August 8, 1878.
Johnston & Hill have the best flagstone sidewalk that there is in the city.
Winfield Courier, August 22, 1878.
Johnston & Hill say they will duplicate Wichita prices on furniture. Call and see them at their new store.
Winfield Courier, August 22, 1878.
Farmers, when you come to town, call and see Johnston & Hill’s new furniture store and ask the prices, and after this buy your furniture in your own county.
Winfield Courier, August 22, 1878.
Johnston & Hill have moved into their new stone building and are showing that they intend to do a “rushing” business by putting in the largest stock of furniture ever brought to Winfield.
Winfield Courier, August 29, 1878.
The oldest and largest undertaking establishment in the county is Johnston & Hill’s.
Winfield Courier, September 12, 1878.
                                                     Real Estate Transfers.

          J. W. Johnston and wife to J. L. M. Hill, undivided half lot 10, block 129, Winfield.
                H. C. Loomis to J. L. M. Hill, lots 1, 2, and 3, block 150, Winfield; $150.
Winfield Courier, September 26, 1878.
Johnston & Hill had their furniture rooms illuminated Saturday night by two large and handsome chandeliers. They always manage to get up something new and interesting.
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.
                                        Johnston & Hill, store room, brick: $2,500.
Winfield Courier, January 16, 1879.
Board of County Commissioners met in regular session [Janu­ary 6, 1879]. Present: R. F. Burden, W. M. Sleeth, and G. L. Gale, commissioners, James McDermott, county attorney, and M. G. Troup, county clerk.
Among other proceedings had, bills against the county were presented and passed upon by the board as follows.
                                                       Johnston & Hill, chairs.
                                                Johnston & Hill, coffin. [$10.00]
Winfield Courier, March 27, 1879.
The following is a list of the principal business firms of Winfield.
Johnston & Hill.
Robinson & Miller.
Daniel Sheel.
Winfield Courier, May 8, 1879.
JOHNSTON & HILL have been appointed Agents for J. W. Stout & Co.’s Marble Works. All parties wishing HEADSTONES, TOMBSTONES, or anything of the kind will find it to their advan­tage to call on them before looking elsewhere. They also keep on hand a full line of Burial Cases, Metallic Cases, and Coffins.
                              NOTE: NO ADDRESS GIVEN FOR THIS NOTICE.
Winfield Courier, July 24, 1879.
JOHNSTON & HILL, UNDERTAKERS, And dealers in Furniture, Winfield, Kansas.
Winfield Courier, August 21, 1879.
                                          (Commencing Monday, Aug. 25, 1879.)
                                              CIVIL DOCKET. TENTH DAY.
Carson, Peoria & Co.                                                   Torrance & Asp
John W. Johnston                                                         L. J. Webb
Winfield Courier, October 30, 1879.

If you want window-shades, with new patent fixtures, equal to the spring rollers, for half the money, call on Johnston & Hill.
Winfield Courier, April 15, 1880.
A mammoth car came in on the A., T. & S. F., Sunday, from Abernathy Bros., loaded with furniture for Johnston & Hill. The car is almost as large as a warehouse and was built expressly for transporting furniture. It took Al. Requa three days to transfer the furniture from the depot to Johnston & Hill’s store rooms. They intend to make a big boom in furniture.
Winfield Courier, December 23, 1880.
Jim Hill is an artist. If you do not believe it, look at the show windows in Johnston & Hill’s furniture store.
Winfield Courier, April 14, 1881.
See Timme The Tailor’s “pronunciamento” in another column. He has removed.
CARD. I would respectfully announce to the public that my establishment, formerly located above the post office, has been removed to the ground floor one door north of Johnston’s & Hill’s, where I shall be glad to show my Patrons “Old and New,” a com­plete line of Cloths for gentlemen’s wear, embracing all the Novelties of this season. As I guarantee a first class fit, I differ but in one respect with “Ely,” of Chicago in prices, giving you the same article for half the money—a fact—so if you want to pay two prices, I can safely recommend Mr. Ely. All other houses, especially in Kansas City, I cannot conscientiously recognize as worthy of notice. Thanking the public for their generous support, I remain respectfully, T. R. Timme, The Tailor.
Winfield Courier, May 5, 1881.
                                                      Prohibition in Kansas.
Below are statements of businessmen and leading citizens of this city and county.
                                                       JOHNSTON & HILL,
Dealers in furniture. Our trade is better than it was a year ago, though we have more competition in the business than we had then. The tendency of the short crops of last summer to decrease the trade is fully made up by the tendency of those then in the habit of spending their money for liquor to now spend it for furniture and ornaments for their homes. We observe that there are fewer men on the streets and sidewalks nowadays than there were a year ago, and fewer men calling to examine and price our goods; but then men would lounge around awhile and leave without buying, while now they almost always buy something. We notice that many women who come in here have a more cheerful, happy look than they had a year ago. Our trade in coffins has fallen off.
Winfield Courier, June 16, 1881.

A considerable number of the citizens of Winfield met on Monday evening on the steps of the Winfield Bank to provide for raising funds for the immediate relief of the sufferers caused by the cyclone Sunday evening. Mr. Crippen called the people together by music from the band.
Rev. J. E. Platter was chosen chairman and made one of his neat and impressive speeches followed by Messrs. Hackney, Troup, Beach, and others.
A committee of ten gentlemen was appointed by the chair to canvass for subscriptions, consisting of Messrs. C. C. Black, J. S. Hunt, J. B. Lynn, M. G. Troup, D. A. Millington, D. L. Kretsinger, J. P. Short, R. E. Wallis, W. H. Smith, and H. D. Gans.
                                      One of the contributors: J. W. Johnston $5.00
                                        One of the contributors: J. L. M. Hill $5.00
Winfield Courier, December 1, 1881.
When you want picture-frames, go to Johnston & Hill’s, they are the only practical picture-frame makers in Winfield.
Cowley County Courant, December 22, 1881.
Winfield Commandery No. 15, Knights Templar, held their annual installation of officers on Friday evening. The following are the officers: W. G. Graham, E. C.; J. C. McMullen, G.; James McDermott, C. G.; Chas. C. Clack, S. W.; J. W. Johnston, J. W.; S. H. Myton, Treas.; J. D. Pryor, Rec.; S. A. Cook, W.; Mr. Stafford, Std. B.; S. H. Myton, Std. B.
Cowley County Courant, January 12, 1882.
A party recently arrived in Winfield, hailing from the east, and made a purchase of a small bill of furniture from Johnston & Hill. After a short sojourn in the city, they concluded to return to their former home. The lady went to the above named firm to sell back the furniture, and was informed that they could not take it back as they did not deal in second hand goods, and directed where she could sell it, as there were several second hand stores in town. On Saturday evening the lady informed Mr. J. W. Johnston that she was doing all she could to injure his business; that she kept several from purchasing goods from him and she would try and keep more. If there are any states com­posed of this kind of people who do business in this manner, we don’t sigh for any emigration from those states; not much.
It appears that Miss Ida Johnston was a daughter of J. W. Johnston...
Winfield Courier, February 16, 1882.
Mr. C. S. Prowell, Miss Scothorn, Dr. and Mrs. Graham, Judge and Mrs. Bard, J. W. Johnston, Miss Ida Johnston, Miss Be. Carruthers, and Mr. Millington and daughters attended the Knights Templars’ ball and banquet at Wichita last week. The party put up at the Occidental Hotel and were made comfortable by its courteous managers and their assistants. The entertainment was one of the finest ever given in Kansas. The ladies were beautifully and tastily dressed, many of the costumes being very elegant and expensive, while the gentlemen appeared in full dress. The Opera House was handsomely decorated with flags and emblems of the Knights Templar, and a dress parade by the Wichita degree was well executed and enjoyed by all. The Wichita people made a grand success of the entertainment, as is usual with them, and for the Winfield party we desire to thank them for the very pleasant evening afforded us.
[They had Prowell...? Could this be “Powell?” They also had Be. Carruthers???]
Cowley County Courant, March 2, 1882.

We call the attention of our citizens to the communication from Mr. Thorpe in this issue, and we are glad to see them investigating the matter. The prospect of such a manufactory is decidedly pleasant to us, and we would like to see the matter given full attention. We don’t think there is any danger of Winfield becoming a “way station,” but we would not lose an opportunity to build up this city or advance her interests. Winfield is flourishing now, and we want it to continue in so doing and we think all our businessmen are with us in that desire.
EDITOR COURANT: I find that there are some people who feel rather dubious as to the success of the enterprise which I suggested in the COURANT the other day. To these people I would kindly offer this explanation of the “modus operandi” of such an enterprise. All of the eastern manufactories of a like nature have to buy their leather, paying four profits for it, namely, the manufacturers, commissioners, wholesalers, and retailers. Now in my suggestion I propose manufacturing my own leather, and thereby combining all of the aforesaid profits with the profits derived from the manufacture of boots and shoes.
In regard to competition, we invite it, for in a country like this, where there is always a plentiful supply of hides at lower rates than can be procured at any point in the east; we candidly say we invite and defy competition.
The town of Winfield has about reached its limits as regards the population, and is allowing other adjacent towns, much smaller than she is, to out-rival her by the intrepidity of their citizens. What will be the consequences? The result will be that she will awake one day to find that during her slumber she has allowed her once inferior neighboring towns to become large manufacturing cities, while she receives the flattering title of a “way station.” Now the question is, are the citizens of Winfield going to allow this opportunity to pass by without the slightest effort on their part to save it from the four winds. I for one, am willing to risk all I have towards the furtherance of such an enterprise. Most every man, woman, and child in Kansas wears boots or shoes at some period of the year, and as Kansas gives great encouragement to home industry, the chances of disposing of goods would be great. I am speaking of Kansas as the home market. Such an enterprise would not alone fill the pockets of the stock holders, but would give employment to many men and women.
The following are some of the well known citizens who fully endorse my proposition and who also agree to take shares in the corporation.
J. C. McMullen. J. C. Fuller. Messrs. S. D. Pryor & Bro. J. P. Baden. J. S. Mann. Messrs. Hendricks & Wilson. W. H. Albro. M. L. Read. C. C. Black. J. B. Lynn. J. A. Earnest. Messrs. Hughes & Cooper. Quincy A. Glass. Messrs. Smith & Bro. A. H. Doane & Co. C. A. Bliss. Messrs. Johnston & Hill. A. T. Spotswood. James E. Platter. J. H. Bullen. J. L. Horning.
Trusting that others as well as the above citizens will endorse and subscribe to it, I remain
Respectfully Yours,  EDWARD F. THORPE, Winfield, February 2, 1882.
Cowley County Courant, March 16, 1882.
Cowley County Courant, May 18, 1882.

W. P. Johnston, one of this earth’s good people, has labored arduously to sell lots of goods in this city today, and has succeeded admirably.
Winfield Courier, October 5, 1882.
J. W. Johnston’s little son, Walter, has been dangerously ill for two weeks with typho-malarial fever. He is now improving.
Winfield Courier, October 5, 1882.
                                            At the Lowest Possible Living Profits.
                                              —ALSO A FINE STOCK OF—
                                                  UNDERTAKER’S GOODS,
                                      including Burial Robes, Coffins, and Caskets.
                                                       JOHNSTON & HILL.
Winfield Courier, December 14, 1882.
If you want a bureau, you will never get another chance for bargains as at present at Johnston & Hill’s.
Winfield Courier, December 14, 1882.
We are selling out a part of our large stock at greatly reduced prices. Come and see us and be convinced. Johnston & Hill.
Winfield Courier, February 1, 1883.
                                        WINFIELD DON’T WANT SALOONS.
On looking over carefully the list of signatures on the petition to Hackney, we find a considerable number of names of persons who live in the country, and many more whom nobody knows. We find only 101 names, less than half of those on the petition, who are known as citizens of Winfield. Less than half of these probably understood what they were signing, and are in favor of saloons. It is presumable that the originators got all the names of prominent Winfield men they could by any kind of representations; and, considering all these things, the petition is not so very formidable after all. But it is enough to give our city a bad name, and give a severe stab to the cause of prohibition. The Kansas City Journal’s Topeka correspondence says that the names of all the prominent men and business firms of Winfield are found on that petition, except one bank and one hardware store. We notice that the following Winfield firms and names are conspicuously absent from the petition.
COURIER Office, Winfield Bank, S. H. Myton, W. E. McDonald & Co., W. C. Root & Co., Hughes & Cooper, J. W. Johnston, J. S. Hunt, A. B. Arment, D. F. Best, F. M. Friend, C. E. Steuven, N. M. Powers, H. D. Gans, T. R. Bryan, C. Farringer, McGuire Bros., A. H. Green, T. J. Harris, Wm. Newton, Jacob Nixon, Curns & Manser, T. B. Myers, L. B. Stone, Frank Jennings, Henry E. Asp, G. H. Buckman, H. H. Siverd, Frank Finch, J. Wade McDonald, T. H. Soward, Ed Bedilion, J. M. Dever, Bliss & Wood, W. P. Hackney, P. H. Albright & Co., R. C. Story, Youngheim Bros., E. S. Torrance, Mr. Tomlin, Brown & Son, H. Brotherton, E. T. Trimble, W. A. Lee, A. B. Robinson, A T & S F R R STATION, Holmes’ Packing House, K C L & S R R Station, C. Trump, Dr. W. G. Graham.

Besides all the clergymen of the city and more than four hundred other businessmen and voters of the city, it does not show up big when we remember that but a very small proportion of the 650 voters in the city signed the petition.
Winfield Courier, June 14, 1883.

Mrs. J. W. Johnston and her daughter, Ida, leave for Canada today to be gone all summer. Miss Ida will probably lengthen her stay through the winter and attend school at Toronto.
Winfield Courier, February 14, 1884.
                                                              More Fires.

Again, on Sunday evening, an attempt was made to set fire to property in the city. A lot of hay was stuffed under the rear end of Hendricks & Wilson’s hardware store and ignited. It was done about half past seven o’clock in the evening. Mr. James McLain, who has been acting as night watchman, first discovered and put it out. Shortly before, when walking across Manning Street and Tenth Avenue, he passed a man who was walking hurriedly. As soon as he passed, the man broke into a run, and a moment after McLain discovered the fire. When he turned, the man had disappeared in the darkness. What the object of these incendiaries is cannot be defined. The fire in the Hodges barn could have injured but little business property if successful. The fire started in the Shenneman barn, immediately after, when the hose was handy and hundreds of people standing around to use it, could not have been set with a very villainous intent to destroy, as the destroyer might have known it would be put out in a minute. The setting of the Sunday evening fire early in the evening, when everyone was about, showed a lack of deep intent to do great injury. However, our people have resolved to put a stop to it, and to that end the following paper has been prepared and duly signed, and the total sum of $222.50 goes to the person who runs the fire-bugs in.
We, the undersigned, promise to pay the sum set against our respective names as a reward for the apprehension and conviction of any person or persons engaged in setting any incendiary fire in the city of Winfield, either heretofore or hereafter.
S. C. Smith, T. K. Johnston, Horning & Whitney, Wm. Newton, Hudson Bros., McGuire Bros., J. B. Lynn, Geo. Emerson, COURIER Co., Ella C. Shenneman, W. S. Mendenhall, Winfield Bank, M. L. Read’s Bank, Rinker & Cochran, Miller & Dawson, H. Beard, Whiting Bros., Hendricks & Wilson, A. E. Bard, Johnston & Hill, J. N. Harter, Farmers Bank, Wallis & Wallis, F. V. Rowland, J. S. Mann, Hughes & Cooper, A. B. Arment, Quincy A. Glass, W. L. Morehouse, McDonald & Miner, Curns & Manser, J. D. Pryor, M. Hahn & Co., O’Meara & Randolph, S. H. Myton, J. P. Baden, Telegram, Scofield & Keck, Henry Goldsmith.
R. E. Sydal, S. D. Pryor, E. G. Cole, Kraft & Dix, H. Brown & Son, Brotherton & Silver, F. M. Friend, F. H. Blair, F. H. Bull, T. J. Harris, Albro & Dorley.
                                                   TOTAL RAISED: $222.50
Winfield Courier, March 6, 1884.
J. L. M. Hill has sold his interest in the furniture business to his partner, Mr. J. W. Johnston, and will devote his entire time to his interest in the Brettun House. Messrs. Johnston & Hill have been in business together for a number of years and gained a wide reputation for their establishment. Mr. Johnston will continue the business alone and keep it up to its past standard.
Winfield Courier, March 13, 1884.
The city fathers met in adjourned session on Wednesday evening of last week and ground out a large grist of business.

The following bills were allowed and ordered paid.

                              Johnston & Hill, supplies for council chamber: $115.00.
Winfield Courier, March 27, 1884.
DIED. Through J. W. Johnston, undertaker, we learn of the death at Dexter of Mr. B. C. Hamil, and a little child of Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Holmes.
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1884.
Cowley is rapidly sucking the life-blood of eastern states. J. W. Johnston sold a fine bookcase this week to be shipped to Iowa.
Winfield Courier, June 19, 1884.
The County Normal Institute opened Monday with flattering prospects for a successful session. The enrollment is unusually large, and a real, live interest manifested in the work. It is conducted by Prof. B. T. Davis of the State Normal School, one of the best educators of the State, ably assisted by Prof. A. Gridley and County Superintendent Limerick. The Model Department, under the management of Miss Stretch, is a very attractive feature of this session. The arrangement of the work was for a session of eight weeks, but should the weather become hot, and the teachers wearied, the work may close at the end of the sixth week. Following are the names of those in attendance.
                                      One of those present: Ella Johnston, Grade C.
Winfield Courier, July 17, 1884.
Miss Ida Johnston has returned from Toronto, Canada, where she has been attending school during the past year. Her return is heartily welcomed by her many young friends here. Mr. D. C. Irwin, a cousin of Miss Ida, accompanied her home and will spend the summer in Winfield.
Winfield Courier, August 7, 1884.
                                                     SPECIAL PREMIUMS.
The following special premiums are offered by the citizens of Cowley County. Parties wishing to compete for them must enter articles same as in other class, and must also comply with the instructions and requests named in the premium.
President J. F. Martin will have charge of this department, make assignment of articles, and appoint the necessary judges.
                                  BY J. W. JOHNSTON. FURNITURE DEALER.
($5.00) Rocking Chair. For the best display of Preserved Fruits, not less than five varieties, in glass jars—three or more to enter.
Winfield Courier, October 9, 1884.
Mrs. A. A. Eastman has opened up a new millinery and fancy goods store next door to J. W. Johnston’s furniture establishment. Her goods are new, stylish, and attractive.
Winfield Courier, October 9, 1884.

MRS. A. A. EASTMAN has opened a new Millinery Store in the building north of Johnston’s furniture store. She will make DRESSMAKING and CUTTING a specialty. The goods are all new and stylish, and it will pay every lady to call before purchasing.
Winfield Courier, December 11, 1884.
Mr. J. W. Johnston has commenced the erection of a handsome residence on the corner of 10th Avenue and Mansfield Street, opposite J. L. Horning’s residence.
Winfield Courier, December 18, 1884.
The following pauper bills were recommended to County Commissioners for payment:
A. H. Doane & Co., coal, $15.00.
J. B. Lynn, dry goods, etc., $10.27.
H. Brown & Son, drugs, $2.00.
J. W. Johnston, two coffins, $20.00.
City Clerk, railroad fare for pauper, $20.25.
J. C. Kelly, house rent, $37.50.
Ed Buck, waiting on F. M. Burge, a pauper, $18.00.
Ida Johnston present at the following...
                                              The Christmas Night Wedding.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 1, 1885.

A large assembly witnessed the marriage of Mr. Fred D. Blackman and Miss Ida M. McDonald, in the Methodist church last Thursday evening. The ceremony was most impressively conducted by Rev. B. Kelly, and the happy couple were attended by Misses Lizzie McDonald and Maude Kelly and Messrs. W. C. Robinson, Lewis Brown, James Lorton, and Charley Dever. The bride was beautifully attired in white satin. At the conclusion of the ceremony, Mr. Robinson, on behalf of the official church board, stepped to the rostrum, and in a very neat speech presented the bride with forty dollars in gold as a token of appreciation of her valuable musical services to the church. At eight o’clock a large number of friends were received at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. R. McDonald, where congratulations, an excellent repast, and general mirth were freely indulged in. The presents were numerous and elegant, and the congratulations hearty. Among the most noticeable presents was a very handsome silver pitcher, presented to Mr. Blackman by his young gentlemen friends. No personal mention of ours could possibly add to the high esteem in which the happy couple are held by all who know them. The COURIER again wishes them happiness and prosperity. We append a list of the principal presents: White velvet hand-painted pin cushion, Miss Belle Lowe; pair of silver napkin rings, Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Millspaugh; picture and easel Madonna, Charles Dever; silver vase, Leota Gary; silver celery stand, Lizzie Graham; silver vase, Minnie Gibson; colored glass with castor, Nettie McCoy; colored glass water set, W. C. Robinson; pair of hand-painted gilt plaques, Lena Walrath; hair ornament, Gracie Oliver; hand-painted velvet banner, Mrs. Leavitt; bracket lambrequin, Jessie Millington; hand-painted hammered brass plaque, Miss Anna Hunt; beveled-edge French plate mirror with Hammered Brass frame, M. Hahn; gold-lined individual silver butter dishes, Miss Delia Lisk; set silver teaspoons, sugar spoon, and butter knife, Lizzie and Margie Wallis and Maggie Taylor; Russia leather photograph album, Louis and Addison Brown; one-half dozen China fruit plates, Lucy Tomlin; one set silver spoons, Mr. and Mrs. Dr. Robbins and Miss Carrie Tillotson, Aurora, Illinois; China salt and pepper bottles, Mr. and Misses Rev. Kelly; silver cake basket, Ida Johnston; silver fruit basket, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Miner; silver berry dish, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Kennedy and Miss Lydia Young; large mounted silver water pitcher and mug, E. H. Nixon, M. H. Ewert, Geo. Headrick, James Lorton, and M. J. O’Meara; silver tea-set and waiter, bride’s parents.
Ida Johnston present at the following...
                                                     THE MASQUERADE.
                                 Another of Winfield’s Charming Social Events.
                                  The Participants and Characters Represented.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 12, 1885.
The annual masquerade party of the Winfield Social Club has been the crowning social event of every winter for years past, and the one at the Opera House last Thursday evening was all that past successors could have spoken for it—in fact, many pronounce it superior to preceding ones in selectness and refinement of conduct. It was free from the promiscuous crowd and jam that usually characterize such gatherings, there being just maskers enough to fill the floor nicely and make dancing most enjoyable. The characters represented were varied and unique, elicited much admiration from the large number of spectators, and we regret our lack of space to mention each in detail. Following are the names of the maskers and the characters represented.
Ladies: Miss Nellie Cole, Cerus; Miss Mattie Harrison, Milk Maid; Miss Iowa Roberts, Water Nymph; Miss A. Marks, Wichita, Fancy Costume; Miss Leota Gary, Flower Girl; Mrs. J. L. Horning, Ghost; Miss Nina Anderson, Fancy Costume; Misses Emma and Mattie Emerson, Fancy Costumes; Miss Anna Hyde, Spanish Lady; Miss Sarah Kelly, Fancy Costume; Miss Carrie Anderson, Fancy Costume; Mrs. Ed. Cole, Folly; Mrs. Lovell Webb, Cards; Mrs. D. Rodocker, Daily News; Mrs. George Dresser, Sailor Girl; Miss Mattie Kinne, Frost; Miss Jennie Snow, Cotton Girl; Miss Hulda Goldsmith, Flower Girl; Miss Jennie Lowry, Butterfly; Miss Hattie Stolp, Fancy Costume; Miss Ida Johnston, Music; Miss Lou Clarke, Fancy Costume.
Gentlemen: B. W. Matlack, Jumping Jack; Dr. C. C. Green, Monkey and Dude; Everett Schuler, British Artilleryman; Eli Youngheim, Humpty Dumpty; Eugene Wallis, Noble Red Man; Ed. McMullen, Phillip’s Best; F. F. Leland, Double-action Pussy and Flying Dutchman; George Read, The Devil; Fred Ballein, Hamlet; D. A. Sickafoose, Page; Frank Weaverling, Mexican; A. B. Taylor, Indian War Chief; Charles Roberts, Old Uncle Joe; W. H. Hodges, Highlander; Jos. O’Hare, British Officer; Addison Brown, Highlander; J. E. Jones, Sailor; George Schuler, Page; Tom Eaton, O’Donovan Rossa; M. H. Ewart, Page; Jake Goldsmith, Clown; M. J. O’Meara, Humpty Dumpty; S. Kleeman, Black Dude; Laban Moore, Monkey; John Hudson, Clown; Frank K. Grosscup, Spanish Cavalier; A. Snowhill, Prince; A. Gogoll, King Henry; Frank H. Greer, Beggar’s Student.
The excellent music of the Winfield orchestra and the experienced prompting of Mr. Chas. Gray, captivated all, while the careful floor managing of Messrs. A. H. Doane and Lacey Tomlin made everything go off without a hitch.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 5, 1885.

                                                        J. W. JOHNSTON.
                                                  FURNITURE & COFFINS,
of all kinds in stock. Any one in need of goods in our line will find it to their interest to call on us, as we keep the largest and best assorted stock to be found in the county.
                             ABSTRACT OF COUNTY AUDITOR’S REPORT.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 19, 1885.
Abstract of the monthly report of the County Auditor of Cowley County, Kansas, of claims certified to the County Clerk, on the First Monday of March, 1885.
                                            J. W. Johnston pauper claim: $10.00
Ida Johnston attended this event...
                                                      A SOCIETY EVENT.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 9, 1885.
The pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Spotswood was, last night, the scene of a most enviable gathering of our young society people. The occasion was in honor of the Misses Sarah Bass, of Kansas City, and Sarah Gay, of St. Louis, accomplished and attractive young ladies who are visiting their aunt, Mrs. Spotswood. It was one of the jolliest companies; all restraint was banished under the royal hospitality of the entertainers. Those present were Dr. and Mrs. Emerson and Misses Nettie McCoy, Julia Smith, Libbie Whitney, Jessie Millington, Bert Morford, Hattie Stolp, Nellie and Kate Rodgers, Lizzie and Margie Wallis, Gertrude McMullen, Ida Johnston, Sadie French, Minnie Taylor, Leota Gary, Maggie Harper, Anna Hunt, Mary Hamill and Lizzie McDonald; Messrs. J. J. O’Meara, W. H. Smith, F. F. Leland, B. W. Matlack, T. J. Eaton, Eugene Wallis, Lacey Tomlin, D. H. Sickafoose, W. H. Whitney, M. H. Ewart, Byron Rudolf, Harry Bahntge, E. J. McMullen, Everett and George Schuler, James Lorton, Charles Dever, Frank Robinson, Addison Brown, Fred Ballein, S. D. Harper, and F. H. Greer. Music, cards, the “light fantastic,” and a collation of choice delicacies made the time pass most pleasantly. Mr. and Mrs. Spotswood and daughter, Miss Margie, and the Misses Bass and Gay did the honors of the evening very delightfully, and reluctantly did the guests depart, with appreciative adieu, wishing many more such happy occasions.
It appears that Wallace Johnston was a son of J. W. Johnston...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 9, 1885.
Mr. D. C. Irwin came in from Attica to spend the Fourth with his uncle, aunt, and cousins, the family of Mr. J. W. Johnston. Master Wallace Johnston returned with him for a few weeks visit.
Ida Johnston mentioned in next item...
                                                 MORE CELEBRATIONS.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 9, 1885.

Cowley County celebrated the Fourth everywhere. Our Tisdale correspondent tells of the grand time at Tisdale. Burden is always up and coming. Her A. O. U. W. Lodge gave a most pleasant ball and banquet Saturday evening. They had fixed everything with the weather clerk and got a regular Presbyterian sprinkle, cooling the air splendidly for the occasion. The gathering was one characteristic of Burden—genial, refined, and happy, as good as many places twice the size can turn out. The music was furnished by the Burden orchestra, of which Frank McLain and Fred Collins, musicians of fine ability, were the principal lights. J. W. Henthorn, the handsome and always affable faberizer of the Eagle, was master of ceremonies. Our reporter hasn’t enjoyed an occasion more in many moons. At Udall the celebration was unique. After eloquent and highly interesting addresses by Rev. F. A. Brady, Udall’s Baptist minister, and Rev. Father Kelley, our Catholic priest, the old settlers held an experience meeting, telling of the many individual and serious happenings of pioneer days in Cowley. They had various other entertainments, and the day was most pleasantly spent.
Dexter was also the place of a jolly gathering on the 4th, the particulars of which we have not yet received.
The celebration at Oxford was attended by about one hundred and fifty of our people, who were considerably disappointed. The grove was poor and artificial and the attractions poorer.
The pleasantest celebration was had by some of our young folks, entrancing Misses Nellie Cole, Leota Gary, Sarah Gay, Sarah Bass, Hattie Stolp, Gertrude McMullen, Ida Johnston, Lizzie McDonald, and Hattie Andrews; Messrs. H. E. Kibbe, George Schuler, F. F. Leland, B. W. Matlack, Amos Snowhill, Lacey Tomlin, Frank Robinson, Addison Brown, and Charley Dever, who packed their baskets and hammocks, etc., and hied down the river to Prof. Hickok’s farm and spent the day under the branching oaks, on a pretty blue grass lawn, amid the festive chiggers and balmy breezes.
Arkansas City was numerously shaken up with the 4th celebration accidents. One Armstrong went to shoot a fellow sinner in the Hasie Block billiard hall, when Dailey stepped in between and got the ball in his leg. Jim Hedley got his proboscis into somebody’s business and got it cut off smack smooth. Several boys were run over, as usual, and badly mashed, while a hundred or more got bruises for remembrance.
Ida Johnston part of the group mentioned next...
                                                     OUR EQUESTRIANS.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 16, 1885.

The fancy of our young folks has succumbed to equestrianism and almost every evening a bevy are out with their glossy chargers for a gallop about the city. Last night a whole platoon of health invigorators and pleasure seekers, through the horseback medium, took in the city. The beauty and grace of the ladies was almost equaled by the gallantry and comeliness of the young chaperons while the handsome horses came in for a share of womanly praise. Among the company were Misses Edith Hall, Sarah Bass, Kate Rodgers, Minnie Taylor, Sarah Gay, Anna Hunt, Bert Morford, Ida Johnston, Lizzie and Margie Wallis, Lizzie McDonald; Messrs. Lacey Tomlin, Tom J. Eaton, Eugene Wallis, Chas. S. Dever, Frank Robinson, Ed. J. McMullen, Addison Brown, and F. H. Greer. Horseback riding is one of the most graceful and invigorating accomplishments, and the young lady who makes it a frequent practice will not have to paint the roses on her cheeks and her headaches will flee into the great reservoir of nonentity. It beats sitting in the “palah” fingering the “pianah” for your best fellow. Make him take you out riding. Roller-skating, croquet, and hammock are nowhere in comparison. Girls, if you would be happy, pretty, and buxom, cultivate equestrianism. Of course, advice to the boys is ungraceful—they get afoot anyway, and don’t care a cent for rosy cheeked beauty or effeminate accomplishments. If they can steer clear of ice cream parlors, they are happy, and get off remarkably easy.
                                                  OUR SCHOOL MA’AMS.
                     A Complete List of Those in Attendance to Date—About 150.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 16, 1885.
The attendance of the County Normal Institute has reached its zenith and below we present a complete list of those in attendance.
                                                           B. 2ND GRADE.
Augerman, W. E.; Baker, T. J.; Brown, Hattie; Campbell, Lizzie; Clover, W. P.; Craddock, W. F.; Cronk, M. A.; Dalgarn, Mollie; Davis, Mary E.; Garrett, E. M.; Garret, W. H.; Hensen, Nannie; Holland, Edith, Ireton, Jennie; King, Julia; Krow, Viola; Lycan, Emma; Olmstead, Bertha; Page, Belle; Reynolds, Eva; Rowe, J. F.; Stevenson, John; Taylor, Millie A.; Turner, Minnie F.; Whitson, Geo. C.; Wilkins, Lottie; Bryan, Harvey; Johnston, Ella; Maddox, P. E.; Mason, J. W.; Lyle, Lillie D.; Arnett, M. R.
Ida Johnston mentioned in next article. Do not know who her father was...
                                                         A FLOURY TRIP.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.
A party of our young folks, composed of Misses Leota Gary, Ida Johnston, Jennie Maxon, Nellie and Katie Rodgers, and Ida McDonald, and Messrs. A. F. Hopkins and Charley Dever, were chaperoned Wednesday by Mr. W. W. Jones for a trip among the mazes of the Winfield Roller Mills. Mr. Jones is a former employee of the mill, knows all about flour, and his genial courtesy made the visit very pleasant and profitable. Of course, the young ladies were familiar with dough and bread, but that the grains of wheat traveled hundreds of miles on elevators and through “mashers,” “refiners,” “graders,” etc.,—intricacies sufficient to stump many a philosopher—before reaching its flour state had hardly occurred to them. Then the new Corliss engine, with its immense drive wheel of 26,000 pounds weight and three huge boilers, was another feature for feminine wonder. From the fourth story of the mill opportunity was given for lovely telescopic views: stretching miles down the winding Walnut. When the young ladies emerged from the mill, they were as beautifully powdered as the most fastidious admirer of cosmetics could desire.
Ida Johnston mentioned in next item...
                                                    THE SOCIAL CIRCLE.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.

Miss Anna Hunt opened her pleasant home Thursday to our young society people. The occasion was most enjoyable, distinguishing Miss Anna as a successful entertainer. She was very agreeably assisted by Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Hunt in doing the honors of the evening. Those present were Dr. and Mrs. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. O. Branham, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Oliver, Dr. and Mrs. J. G. Evans, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Hosmer, Mrs. Frank Balliet; Misses Bertha Williamson, of Cincinnati; Clara Lynch, of Wichita; Corinne Cryler, of Parsons; Edith Hall, of Burlington, Iowa; Nona Calhoun, of Maysville, Kentucky; Mollie Brooks, Sarah Bass, Sarah Gay, Bert Morford, Jessie Millington, Nellie Cole, Mary Randall, Lizzie McDonald, Maggie Harper, Ida Johnston, and May Hodges; Messrs. R. B. Norton, of Arkansas City; M. J. O’Meara, T. J. Eaton, M. H. Ewart, Lacey Tomlin, S. D. Harper, J. R. Brooks, Chas. Dever, Addison Brown, Everett and George Schuler, James Lorton, Chas. Hodges, and Frank H. Greer. With a bright moon, balmy atmosphere, and vivacious young folks, the lawn, adorned with Chinese lanterns, was indeed a lovely scene. Restraint was completely banished by the charming entertainment. Social promenade, music, a banquet of choice delicacies consisting of ices, cake, etc., the “light fantastic,” with cribbage and other games made the evening fly very happily, to remain among the pleasant memories of the participants.
Ida Johnston mentioned in next item...
                                                       EVENING PICNIC.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.
A jolly party of young folks, embracing Misses Leota Gary, Nellie Cole, Mollie Brooks, Anna Hunt, and Ida Johnston; and Messrs. James Lorton, George Schuler, Addison Brown, and J. R. Brooks drove down to Prof. Hickok’s farm, five miles down the Walnut, last evening, accompanied by broad smiles, full baskets, lemons, ice, etc. The grove, on the bank of the river, with a beautiful mat of blue grass and large, branching elms, was delightful: as lovely a place as can be found for a picnic party. A fascinating supper and comfortable hammocks were spread, and a very happy evening spent. The festive chigger seemed to have gone off to some other health resort, and the sharp mosquito had lost his tune.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 6, 1885.
Messrs. Willis & Sons, contractors, have just completed J. W. Johnston’s fine residence and have the contract for the Winfield National Bank extension and other buildings of like magnitude. They are young men, but the excellence of their work, with the fact that as soon as they came here, only a short time ago, their business was put before the public through THE DAILY COURIER, has placed them into prominence as among our most desirable contractors. Enterprise and reliability always tell.
From the next item, it appears that Ella, Ida, and Beryl Johnston were daughters of J. W. Johnston...Ella did not make the trip with others.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 20, 1885.
The Attica Advocate of last Friday, says: “Mrs. J. W. Johnston, Misses Ida and Beryl Johnston, of Winfield, relatives of D. C. Irwin, of the Kansas Furniture store, spent the week at the National hotel.” “Messrs. Brown, Rinker, Hopkins, and Welsh, of Winfield, friends of D. C. Irwin of this city, passed through here Monday on the way southwest on a hunting expedition.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 20, 1885.
Joe Harter is moving his drug store into the Green building, next to Johnston’s furniture store.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 20, 1885.
Dr. Emerson’s office is still over Harter’s drug store—but not at the old place. It is now in Green’s building, next to Johnston’s furniture store.
Ella Johnston mentioned in next...
                                                  COWLEY’S TEACHERS.
                    Who Will Shoot the County’s Young Ideas the Coming Winter.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 27, 1885.

Cowley’s first extensive examination under the new law formulating the questions in the State Board of Education, shows 105 certificates out of 155 applicants—5 in the first grade, 41 in the second grade, and 50 in the third grade, as follows.
                                                           THIRD GRADE.
Anderson, E. M.; Arnett, M. R.; Baker, Thornton J.; Baker, Annie; Bertram, Belle; Brown, Hattie; Bryan, Harry; Bush, Belle; Coonrod, Mollie; Coombs, Villa; Cronk, M. R.; Craddock, W. F.; Darnell, Hattie; Earhart, Henry; Ewing, E. W.; Garrett, E. M.; Garrett, W. H.; Gillett, S. E.; Hite, Lucy; Holland, W. B.; Hosmer, George E.; Howard, Lida; Jacobus, W. P.; Johnston, Ella B.; Kerr, Joseph P.; Kinney, Maggie; Krow, V.; Littell, W. B.; Manser, Mary; Mark, Anna; Merydith, Mettie; Miller, Mary E.; McKee, Emma L.; Miller, Alice B.; Nelson, Stirling; O’Neil, Lizzie; Perkins, Cyrus F.; Powell, C. W.; Preston, E. B.; Powell, H. F.; Plunket, Carrie; Page, Belle; Ramage, D. W.; Randall, Mary; Robertson, Anna; Rowell, Cora; Smith, J. R.; Snyder, John C.; Stevenson, Etta; Sumpter, Flora; Taplin, Linnie; Taplin, Hattie; Taylor, Lida; Walton, Lillie; Taylor, M. A.; Warren, J. W.; Wilkins, Alonzo; Wing, A. W.; Wilkins, Lottie.
                                                     A FINE RESIDENCE.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 27, 1885.
Among the handsome and truly home-like residences of our city, that of Mr. J. W. Johnston, on the corner of Eleventh Avenue and Mansfield Street, is prominent. It is just finished and will be beautifully furnished and ready for occupancy in a few weeks. S. A. Cook was the architect and superintendent. In exterior appearance the structure is very neat, though plain, crowned with a low pitch roof, with Finial ornament. The main entrance is on Mansfield street, under an artistic portico. It opens into a roomy hall, adorned by a handsome stairway of hardwood, black Walnut pillars, and beautifully carved rail. The hall is a white-oak, grain finish, with natural Walnut ornament. To the right of the hall is the commodious double parlor, splendidly lighted and ventilated, finished in black Walnut, ebony, straw, and gilt. The bay window has an unique feature, opening to a tastefully railed flower and shrubbery balcony, several feet wide, extending clear around the window. The parlor is one of the most desirable and spacious in the city. Doors lead from the parlor into both dining and sitting rooms, which are appointed with an experienced eye to convenience. The side entrance, on 11th Avenue, leads into the hall and sitting room, under a neat porch. The parlor and sitting room both have elegant recess grates. The kitchen is supplied with hot and cold water, butteries, and all conveniences. The house throughout is piped for water and gas. The second story is divided into six large, bright rooms, with a wide hallway. Every room has a closet. At the rear of the building is a splendid bathroom. The ceilings are high, the entire house perfectly ventilated and arranged with every consideration for comfort. Under all is a good cellar, while the kitchen has a nice adjunct in a lattice porch, on which is the well, a few feet from the door. The entire structure contains some fifteen or more large rooms, all bright and cheery. It is a perfect home, and Mr. and Mrs. Johnston can well be proud of it. Willis & Son had the contract of construction and C. D. Austin the painting, both of which are unexcelled.


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