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Winfield 1873: James Kirk, 45; spouse, Mary, 40.
Winfield 1874: James Kirk, 47; spouse, Mary, 42.
Kansas 1875 Census, Winfield Township, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.
Name                     age sex color    Place/birth Where from
Jas. Kirk                47  m     w      Scotland           New Jersey
Mary Kirk              42    f      w      Scotland           New Jersey
Winfield 1878: James Kirk, 50; spouse, Mary, 45.
Winfield 1880: Fannie Kirk, 24.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Cowley County Censor, May 13, 1871.
NEW BLACKSMITH SHOP. Horse shoeing and everything in the blacksmith line done in the best style at moderate charges. Having had more than 20 years experience in the business, all work guaranteed to give satisfaction.
Shop north end of Main Street West Side.
Kirk & Gordon...
Winfield Messenger, November 1, 1872.
AD: BLACKSMITHING. KIRK & GORDON. HORSE SHOEING AND PLOW REPAIRING. Shop at south end of Main Street, Winfield, Kansas.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 24, 1873.
Friend Kirk is doing a brisk business at blacksmithing since moving his shop nearer the center of business.
Winfield Courier, January 2, 1874. Editorial Page.
A Peep Over the Shoulder. This number completes Volume 1st of the WINFIELD COURIER. One year ago it was started to supply a want long felt, not only in the Republican party, but among businessmen of all shades of opinion, who desired a good advertising medium. . . .
The buildings erected during the year just closed have been of the most substantial kind, the most prominent of which we call to mind, the splendid brick Bank building of M. L. Read; the neat Drug house of Maris, Carson & Baldwin; the magnificent flowering mills of C. A. Bliss and Blandin & Covert; the jail and Court­house; the residences of Kirk, McMillen, and Dr. Graham. These are but a few of the many built during the last twelve months, and they are such as to do credit to any town in the state. Bridges of magnificent proportions span all main streams on the roads leading to town. . . .
James Kelly was the editor-in-chief when the following article appeared...
Winfield Courier, April 17, 1874.
The editor-in-chief of this paper made the best race for councilman that was made at the late city election. He beat Dr. Mansfield, S. H. Myton, James Kirk, Jones, Williams, Gray, Austin, Jack-of-clubs, and Tom Wright’s dog.
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1874.

James Kirk, witness, $3.00.
Location of Kirk & Gordon: Corner of Main Street and 8th Avenue...
Winfield Courier, May 8, 1874.
                            They believe in the principle of Good work at Low Figures.
                                    Shop on Corner of Main Street and 8th Avenue.
Winfield Courier, May 8, 1874.
We called at George Brown’s wagon factory the other day and found him busy making wagons, harrows, etc. George is a good workman, and uses the best Indiana and Michigan well seasoned timber, and the fact that Kirk & Gordon does the iron work, is sufficient guarantee that it is done well.
Winfield Courier, May 8, 1874.
We take pleasure in calling the attention of our readers to the new advertisement of Kirk & Gordon. These gentlemen are first class workmen, and should be patronized by everybody who wants their blacksmithing done right, also to the card of Dr. Graham. The Doctor has a splendid reputation as a physician and surgeon. Give him a call. O. N. Morris & Bro., also being convinced of the value of the COURIER as an advertising medium, have enlarged their card to about twice its former size. They have fine rigs and deserve patronage. N. Roberson inserts a card this week calling attention to his stock of Horses and Saddles. He has the best shop and does the best work of any one in the county. Call around and see him.
Winfield Courier, November 19, 1874.
Mr. Jas. Kirk is putting up some valuable additions to his residence on 8th avenue.
Winfield Plow and Anvil, November 19, 1874.
Kirk’s new cottage residence on 8th Avenue is nearly com­pleted, and Dave Kenworthy’s foundation started for a dwelling on same street.
Winfield Courier, August 12, 1875.
Inquire at the Blacksmith Shop of KIRK & GORDON,
Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas.
 CONGREGATIONAL. The Congregational denomination has one church organization. It is located in Winfield. Its organization was perfected in January, 1871, S. B. Johnson, Pastor. J. B. Fairbank and A. Howland, Deacons. It became a chartered corporation June 13th, 1873: Directors A. Howland, J. B. Fairbank, James A. Kirk, Ed T. Johnson, Ed W. Perkins. Rev. J. B. Parmelee became pastor in 1873. Mr. Parmelee moved to Indiana in the spring of 1875, since which time the church has been without a pastor.
Winfield Courier, May 11, 1876.

Monday morning the citizens of the west part of town were startled with the cry of “Help! Help! Murder!!” Three men were seen scuffling on the street near Kirk’s blacksmith shop. Sheriff Walker rushed to the scene, and found old man Horneman in the hands of two men, who were trying to put him in a wagon. He was shouting vociferously and calling on the bystanders for help. Dick enquired of the parties by what authority they were acting, and they showed him a warrant for Horneman properly signed by the authorities of Rice County. Having the proper credentials, they chucked the old man in the wagon, and hurried off towards Wichita. Dick hurried up to the office of Pryor, who made immediate application to, and obtained of Judge Gans, a writ of habeas corpus. Armed with this and other necessaries, Dick started out after the kidnappers. A novel race ensued. The old man was pinioned to the lower deck of the wagon box by a two hundred pound deputy sheriff sitting on his broad chest, while the other sat upon the seat and drove furiously. As Walker came in sight, they redoubled their speed, thinking to reach the county line before him. They didn’t know the man or the mettle of the little bay team that was slashing up behind them. He came up, halted them, and demanded the prisoner. They gave him up without any “back talk.” As Horneman, almost breathless, climbed into the buggy with Dick, he shook his fist at the big Rice deputy man and said: “By shimminy, you don’t sit on mine pelly so much now as before Valker came you did, eh!” The cause alleged for the arrest was that Horneman stole a horse up in Rice and brought it down here. The truth of the matter is this: Horneman hired a horse of Mr. Fitzsimmons, of Red Bud, loaned it to Tom Deering, who drove it up to Rice County and sold it. Horneman, having a chattel mortgage on the horse, went up and got it. Then he was followed and arrested for stealing the horse, as above stated. His trial will come off next Monday. The old man’s description of his ride, with the deputy sheriff sitting on him, was too funny for any use.
Winfield Courier, November 16, 1876.
The Union Sunday school has lost none of its prestige. Mr. Kirk makes a very successful Superintendent.
Winfield Courier, December 21, 1876.
Bill of James Kirk, $37.00, for ladder trucks for the City, and repairing ladder, 50 cents, total $37.50, was read, approved, and ordered paid.
Winfield Courier, February 8, 1877.
HURRAH FOR TUCKER! THE WINFIELD WAGON AND CARRIAGE SHOP is doing the best business and best work in this line ever done in Cowley County.
Shop in connection with Kirk & Gordon’s Blacksmith Shop.
Winfield Courier, February 15, 1877.
The suit of Seely vs. Kirk is compromised. It created considerable interest. Seely was the owner of a horse in Septem­ber last which Kirk shod. Shortly afterward the horse’s feet became useless. Seely claimed that the hoofs had been burned by Kirk’s shoeing and brought suit for damage. A jury trail was had before Squire Boyer. The jury were out thirty-six hours and failed to agree. The costs in the case ran up to over one hundred dollars, and then the parties compromised. Hackney & McDonald for plaintiff, and E. S. Torrance for defendant.
Winfield Courier, February 7, 1878.

Mrs. N. J. Ross has removed her dressmaking and hair working establishment to the third door west of Kirk’s blacksmith shop. She also has a machine for fringing dress trimmings.
Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.
LIGHTNING. There was a ball of lightning passed across block 107 in Winfield, near the ground, Wednesday, passing through James Kirk’s blacksmith shop. No one was hit, but it was a shocking affair. Mr. Kirk, a Mr. Cary, and several others were considerably shocked, and Mrs. Dixon was so stunned that she did not recover for an hour. Royal Tucker says: “It knocked the bottom out of my pocket.”
Winfield Courier, December 26, 1878.
Mr. W. T. Roland, traveling agent for the Fairbank’s Scales Company, is now permanently located in this city. He can be found at his residence, the house lately occupied by Mr. James Kirk. Persons desiring the best scales made, should call on him. He is a gentleman who can be relied on.
Kirk lot: just north of Lynn & Gillelen’s store...
Winfield Courier, June 12, 1879.
The store room and hardware stock of H. Jochems has been removed to the Kirk lot, just north of Lynn and Gillelen’s store, where his many customers will find him until the completion of his new building.
Winfield Courier, June 19, 1879.
Mrs. Kirk is quite sick, and is not expected to live.
Winfield Courier, June 26, 1879.
The store room and hardware stock of H. Jochems has been removed to the Kirk lot, just north of Lynn and Gillelen’s store, where his many customers will find him until the completion of his new building.
Kirk lot: corner of Main Street and 8th Avenue...
Winfield Courier, August 21, 1879.
Mr. Warren Gillelen has purchased the Kirk lot, on the corner of Main street and 8th avenue, and will soon begin the erection of a large two story brick building thereon.
Winfield Courier, November 27, 1879.
J. B. Lynn has purchased the Kirk lot, on the corner of Main and Eighth avenue, for $10,000.
Winfield Courier, June 10, 1880.
Mr. Frank Williams returned Monday from a trip to the new mineral springs in Arkansas. Frank thinks the springs have some medicinal qualities but do not possess the healing qualities that are ascribed to them. He is much improved in appearance and enjoyed the trip. Messrs. Kirk and Service, of our city, are still there. Although only a few months old, the town, Eureka Springs, has a population of 15,000.
Winfield Courier, March 23, 1882.
Mr. James Kirk returned from Rockford, Illinois, Tuesday evening. He left Mrs. Kirk at Rockford, under treatment for a couple of months longer. She is getting some relief and it is hoped will receive permanent benefit.
Winfield Courier, August 10, 1882.

Jas. Kirk, Jas. M. Bair, A. H. [?M.?] Broadwell, Mahlon Fatout, H. C. Catlin, F. H. Brown, H. E. Asp, T. A. Blanchard, and F. W. McClellan enrolled as members of the Society. J. F. MARTIN, President. JACOB NIXON, Secretary.
Winfield Courier, August 17, 1882.
Special Horticultural Meeting. August 12, 1882. Society called to order in COURIER office. Minutes of regular meeting passed. Notice to Cowley County fruit growers by secretary, read by president. Messrs. Taylor, Gillett, and Hogue were appointed a committee to report on varieties of fruit on table, which was loaded with fine products of horticultural skill from orchards and garden. After an interesting discussion by members, committee and visitors present, among whom we noticed Mr. Myron Hall, of Newton, an old veteran horticulturist, who labeled, named, and arranged Kansas’ exhibition of fruit at the Centennial exhibition. We hope and expect his aid and assistance in preparing an exhibit for Topeka in September. The committee on fruit reported as follows.
G. W. Robertson, peaches, old Mixon, cling and free, also fine specimens yellow peach, supreme flavor—unknown; apples, Maiden Blush and strawberry fine. G. W. Martin, apple, Summer Pennoch, Lombard plum, fine specimen. Jas. Kirk, seedling peaches, very good.
Kirk building must refer to Kirk’s blacksmith shop.
Lynn: southwest corner of Main Street and 8th Avenue.
Kirk’s building would have been the building north of Lynn.
Winfield Courier, September 14, 1882.
D. F. Best has moved his stock of sewing machines and musical instruments to the Kirk building, one door north of Lynn’s.
Old Blacksmith shop being moved from Main Street to a lot just back of Lynn’s store on the southwest corner of Main Street and 8th Avenue...
Winfield Courier, November 23, 1882.
Mr. Kirk is fitting up the old building removed from his Main street lot for a grist mill. He is putting in a large engine and several runs of burrs for grinding corn, exclusively. The building has been placed on the lot just back of Lynn’s store.
Kirk now running “Winfield Corn & Feed Mills on 8th Avenue, west of Lynn’s store in Winfield...
Winfield Courier, March 15, 1883.
WINFIELD CORN MEAL & FEED MILL is now running, and farmers can get their corn ground either into meal or feed at very reasonable rates.
Our Choice Graham Flour and Corn Meal can be had of all grocers in the city.
Winfield Corn & Feed Mills, JAMES KIRK, Proprietor.
EIGHTH AVENUE, West of Lynn’s store, Winfield, Kansas.
Winfield Courier, May 3, 1883.
Mr. Kirk’s mill did a rushing business Saturday, grinding corn meal and chop feed. The adjoining street was crowded with waiting teams.
Winfield Courier, June 7, 1883.
Mr. Kirk’s corn meal and feed mill seems to be “filling a long felt want,” by the way farmers are crowding in their corn. When ground, the corn will feed twice as far.

Winfield Courier, June 21, 1883.
Resolutions. At a meeting of the session of the 1st Presbyterian church at Winfield, Kansas, held June 18th, 1883, the following resolutions were adopted.
WHEREAS, It has pleased God in his wise yet inscrutable providence to remove from our midst to his heavenly home our Pastor, the Rev. James E. Platter, who has been with us almost from the very origin of this church, and whose care and fidelity more than all other human agencies has been the cause of the growth and prosperity of this church, we would record here our sense of the greatness of our loss and our estimate of his character; we regarded him as an able expounder of the Scriptures, a man who loved and studied the Word of God with a devout mind and a deep desire to know the truth. He was an able preacher; he set forth the doctrines of the Gospel clearly and urged them upon the mind and conscience of his hearers with great earnestness and a studious endeavor to convince the understanding, warm the heart, and thus bring all to Christ. He was a good pastor, eminently large hearted, ready in his sympathies, able to comfort the sorrowing, instruct the ignorant, guide the inquiring, and gently yet firmly reprove the erring, ever telling by his instructions the way to heaven and showing by his example how to walk in it. He was a good citizen, always interested in all things pertaining to the welfare of the community, anxious for the development of all that was good, and ready to assist liberally with his means. We mourn his loss with deep sorrow that is personal to each of us. We record with pleasure the fact that in all our intercourse with him as pastor, he was ever kind, honorable and true, seeking the good of the church and the welfare of us all, Therefore be it
Resolved, That we extend to the widow and the orphaned children and the bereaved mother our deepest sympathy. Our prayer is that God may bless them all with the infinite riches of His grace, and that they may be sustained in this hour of trial and reach the home of heaven when God shall call.
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions be transmitted to the family of the deceased as an expression of our appreciation of his Christian character, and of our sympathy with them in their bereavement.
Resolved, That these resolutions be spread upon the session records, and that a copy be furnished each of the City papers for publication.
By order of session. J. W. CURNS, Clerk. JAMES KIRK, Acting Moderator.
Winfield Courier, July 5, 1883.
Fresh ground Graham Flour, White Corn Meal, and Feed always on hand at Kirk’s mill, West of Lynn’s Store.
Winfield Courier, July 26, 1883.
Quite an excitement was caused Saturday by an alarm of fire. A very high wind was prevailing at the time, and had a fire ever got under headway, a large destruction of property would have been the result. The fire came from James Kirk’s mill, on Eighth Avenue. James F. Martin was in the lumberyard opposite and saw smoke arising from the roof around the smoke stack in time to give the alarm before it blazed up. But little damage was done.
Winfield Courier, September 13, 1883.
Fresh ground Graham Flour, White Corn Meal, and Feed always on hand at Kirk’s Mill, West of Lynn’s Store.

Winfield Courier, September 13, 1883.
Winfield corn meal and feed mill for sale or trade. For particulars apply to James Kirk, Winfield, Kansas.
Winfield Courier, November 22, 1883.
Talesman: James Kirk.
Kirk adds second story to his mill...
Winfield Courier, February 14, 1884.
Mr. Jas. Kirk has added a second story to his mill and intends putting in two wheat burrs, which will enable him to do custom work in that line as well as in corn.
Winfield Courier, March 20, 1884.
How We Boom! From the books of H. G. Fuller & Co., we copy the following sales of city and county property made by the firm between the 6th and 18th of this month. It is a wonderful record in real estate movement.
James Kirk to James M. Renick, 1 lot: $52.50.
Winfield Courier, April 10, 1884.
Mr. James Kirk has been putting another story on his grist mill back of Lynn’s and is putting in machinery by which he can grind wheat as well as corn. Heretofore he has been grinding corn exclusively.
Winfield Courier, May 22, 1884.
A girl wanted to do general housework. Apply to Mrs. Jas. Kirk, first house west of Lynn’s store.
Winfield Courier, June 12, 1884.
For sale cheap: a 20 horse power engine and boiler. Also an iron mill for grinding corn. Inquire at Kirk’s mill on Eighth Avenue.
Winfield Courier, July 17, 1884.
A fire caught in James Kirk’s corn and feed mill Monday afternoon from cinders which had been taken from the engine. The alarm had hardly been given before our fire companies were on the ground and had the blaze extinguished. The damage was only a few dollars, but had we been without waterworks, the result would certainly have been very disastrous.
Winfield Courier, September 4, 1884.
Miss Annie Service came in last week and is visiting with Mr. and Mrs. James Kirk. She will probably remain some time.
Winfield Courier, September 18, 1884.
Hose Co. No. 1, fires at Whiting’s, Mann’s, Kirk’s, and call of mayor to exhibit waterworks in May last, $42.00.
Hose Co. No. 2, fires of Whiting, Mann, and Kirk, and call of mayor to exhibit waterworks to Independence officials, $43.00.
Winfield Courier, September 25, 1884.

Farmers, Attention! Having now got complete FLOURING MACHINERY into my mill, and all running in good order, I am ready to supply a First-Class Straight Flour. Bring on your grists. KIRK’S STEAM MILLS, West of Lynn’s Store, Winfield, Kansas.
Winfield Courier, December 4, 1884.
The “Cowley County Bible Society” held its annual meeting at the Methodist Church last Sunday evening. The old officers, James Kirk, president; John Rowland, secretary; W. R. McDonald, treasurer; and Henry Brown, depositor; were re-elected. An excellent lecture on the Great Book of Books, the Bible, was given by Dr. Kirkwood, followed by remarks from the State agent of the American Bible Society, Rev. J. J. Thompson. About $196 worth of Bibles were distributed by the Cowley society during the past year.
Winfield Courier, December 4, 1884.
Flour, corn, meal, and feed always on hand at Kirk’s mill, 8th avenue, west of Lynn’s store.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 1, 1885.
Kirk’s Mill. A Flourishing Institution. About a year and a half ago Mr. James Kirk established a corn meal and feed mill on West 8th Avenue. Though small to start with, it has rapidly come to the front and is now a very healthy and paying institution. It started with only a corn burr, but additions and improvements have been made until the mill is one of no small proportions. A few months ago Mr. Kirk added a second story to the building, put in burr stones for flour, and started a regular custom mill. A very fine fifty-horse Westinghouse engine furnishes the power. The first floor of the mill contains a network of shafts and belts, two burr stones for flour, and one for meal and chopped feed. The second floor contains the purifiers, bolting chests, fans, etc. The grade of flour is first-class and is receiving merited praise from lovers of a purely wholesome article. Mr. Kirk is one of our most honorable and energetic citizens and we are glad to note his success.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 23, 1885.
THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH was filled yesterday for the different services with large and appreciative audiences. Mrs. W. H. Albro filled Mrs. Buckman’s place in the choir. Following were the announcements. Prayer meeting Wednesday evening; Missionary Society Wednesday at 3 o’clock at Mrs. James Kirk’s.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 7, 1885.
Mr. James Kirk has commenced valuable improvements to his Eighth avenue flouring mill. He will put on substantial additions and put in the roller system. Mr. Kirk proposes to keep in front of the procession. His mill started with small pretensions and has gradually spread until it is now one of our foremost manufactories. Still we boom!
James Kirk & Matthew Alexander...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 4, 1885.
Messrs. Kirk & Alexander placed their order today with the Richmond City Mill Works, of Richmond, Indiana, for a full roller mill of seventy-five barrels capacity, through their agent, J. W. Heck.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 11, 1885.

Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Alexander, of Rockford, Illinois, have located in Winfield. Mrs. Alexander was long familiar to Winfield people as Miss Anna Service, and her many deeds of charity and faithful christian character endeared her to all. Mr. Alexander has gone into the flouring mill of James Kirk, as a partner, and is a gentleman of means and experience. Both himself and wife are most gladly welcomed as permanent residents.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 25, 1885.
Kirk & Alexander have the addition to their flouring mill, west 8th avenue, well underway. It will make this mill one of no small dimensions. A full set of roller machinery has been purchased, and Messrs. Kirk & Alexander are determined to turn out flour, when their mill is completed, unexcelled by any mill in the west. And so we boom.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 16, 1885.
It was with the deepest regret that the Presbyterian church and people of Winfield learned of Dr. Kirkwood’s determination to resign his pastorate here for the chair of Mental Philosophy in McAlister College, Minnesota, a new Presbyterian college just being founded. The Doctor has won many warm friends during his labors here. A man of broad experience, of profound knowledge, and good social qualities, as a minister he is eminent. His eloquent, deep, and logical sermons are never lost to memory. But his labors, for some years before coming west, were in college work. He loves it, and believing that he can as well serve his priestly calling in that capacity, he has determined to again take it up. His last sermon will be preached the second Sunday in August. His congregation met Wednesday evening to consider the matter, and passed the following.
WHEREAS, In the providence of God our beloved pastor, Rev. W. R. Kirkwood, D. D., has been called to a new and important field of labor, in the line of higher Christian education, and,
WHEREAS, He has asked the people of this congregation to join with him in a request to Presbytery to have the pastoral relation dissolved, therefore be it
Resolved, 1st. That while uniting with him in the request, we sincerely regret the necessity for so doing.
2nd. That in thus severing the ties which for nearly two years have bound us so closely together, we desire to bear testimony to the zeal, ability, and faithfulness of Dr. Kirkwood as a gospel preacher, to his fidelity as a pastor, and to his untiring devotion to the Master’s work.
3rd. That our best wishes for his future welfare, and our earnest prayers for God’s blessing upon him shall accompany him to his new field of labor.
4th. That a copy of the foregoing resolutions be furnished Dr. Kirkwood, a copy spread upon the records of the church, a copy given to the local press for publication, and also a copy sent to the Interior.
Mr. James Kirk was moderator of the meeting and Mr. J. W. Curns, secretary. Mr. S. S. Linn and Dr. Elder were appointed to present the matter before the Presbytery.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 3, 1885.
Recap. Notice of Final Settlement. Estate of John Servis [Service], late of the County of Cowley. James Kirk made administrator October 5, 1885. Hackney & Asp, Attorneys for Administrator.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 15, 1885.
James Kirk, administrator, has made final settlement with the Probate Court in the estate of John Service, deceased.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 22, 1885.
KIRK & ALEXANDER’S MILL. This new mill started yesterday under full steam. The firm is composed of James Kirk, well and favorably known to Winfield and vicinity, and Matthew Alexander, a brother-in-law of Mr. Kirk and a first-class businessman. They have secured the services of James Gillespie, who was formerly superintendent of the Anchor mills, St. Louis, and is a miller of known ability. The addition built on makes the building 38 x 40, with two stories and a basement. The latest and best improved machinery has been procured. They have a full roller process with a capacity of seventy-five barrels every twenty-four hours. The contract of building this mill was let to the Richmond City mill works, Richmond, Indiana. The superintendent in charge of construction was J. W. Heck. This new mill contains a full bolting system—Smith purifiers, Smith’s centrifugal reels, one Eureka wheat scourer, one Brush smutter, one Richmond Brown duster, Barnor & Lee separator, five double stone Rickerson roller, mills 6 x 20. This new firm will do a big business, and add one more to Winfield’s manufactories.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 22, 1885.
FARMERS, ATTENTION! Our new mill is now in operation. We have a fine set of rollers and everything is new and first-class. Flour, corn meal, hominy, and bran always on hand ready for exchange. We guarantee to give you honest measure and first-class goods.
KIRK & ALEXANDER, west 8th Ave.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 29, 1885.
The reporter mounting a steed sallied forth early Friday morning to take an inventory of the improvements and new buildings which have gone up since the season opened, and the ones under construction at the present time. Being rushed, we are satisfied many have been overlooked. The valuation given is below the market value rather than above.
Alexander & Kirk mill: $12,000.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 12, 1885.
Mr. J. P. Sterling, who came among us recently, will establish a millwright shop here if the proper encouragement is given him. He is at present working in Kirk & Alexander’s mill and on Saturday had the misfortune to get one of his fingers mashed.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 26, 1885.
The City Council met Thursday afternoon to open the various bids to furnish grounds for the city building. No conclusion was reached and an adjournment was had till after supper, when all the bids were rejected as being too high. There were nine bids in as follows:
Joseph Likowski, one lot on Millington Street between 8th and 9th, $1,800.
Episcopal Church Board, two lots, corner of Millington and 8th, $2,400.
Senator Hackney, two lots, corner of 9th and Fuller, opposite the Court House, $2,000.
J. A. Cooper, two lots, opposite M. E. Church, $4,500.
Dr. Fleming, 3 lots, all or parts, back Christian Church, $1,000 to $2,800.
Christian Church, $1,000 to $2,800.
E. C. Seward, two lots just west of Kirk’s mill, $2,400.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 31, 1885.

For Rent. Dairy farm 1½ miles east of Winfield, 320 acres with running water and well. Good house, stables, and granaries: 40 acres with rock fence. Suitable tenant can get it for a number of years. Apply at Kirk & Alexander’s mill, Winfield.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 31, 1885.
CITY ROLLER MILLS. Having got our mill fitted up with the most approved machinery and operated by a miller of large experience, we are making a first-class flour. Having fitted up for the purpose of doing an exchange trade, and being centrally located for the convenience of farmers who may have business in Winfield, we invite all to give us a trial and they will find at the top both for the quantity and quality of flour for good wheat. Always on hand for sale or exchange, Flour, Graham Flour, Corn Meal, Hominy, Grain Feed and Ship Stuffs. Kirk & Alexander, 8th avenue, west of Lynn’s store.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 7, 1886.
Painting, Graining and Decorated Paper Hanging.
I make a specialty of hard wood finish and staining. First-class mechanics furnished and all work guaranteed. Estimates furnished on short notice. Shop on West Eighth Street, nearly opposite Kirk’s mill.
Matthews? Matheson? Next three items show different last name for nephew of James Kirk. Not able to tell which name is correct. MAW
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 14, 1886.
Tommie Matthews, nephew of James Kirk, is back again after a long absence in Pratt County, taking a claim.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 4, 1886.
Tommie Matheson, nephew of James Kirk, left Sunday to return to his native home, Barney, Scotland. He has been in this country only a little over two years.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 4, 1886.
Tommie Matheson gave up his voyage to Scotland, getting only to Chicago, when he came back, and is again a floury miller with Kirk & Alexander.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 11, 1886.
Ask your grocer for “T. B. Patent,” “Unique,” “Straight,” or “Imperial” when buying flour. These brands are superior to many, equal to all, and surpassed by none.
Daily Calamity Howler, Wednesday, October 7, 1891.
Felix Calonder brought a load of wheat to market last Wednesday, and sold it to Kirk & Alexander’s buyer. Mr. Calonder had run 4 or 5 bushels through the fanning mill, that had a little oats in, he then drove to his granary and finished his load. He weighed on the city scales before he sold, and had 47 bushels and 30 pounds. He sold his load for 69 cents per bushel, weighed his load on the mill scales and had 46 bushels and 30 pounds. The buyer agreed to pay 69 cents per bushel but on account of a little oats, the mill docked the load 9 cents on the bushel. Mr. Calonder feels as though he was cheated out of one bushel of grain in weight, besides the 9 cents on the bushel.


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