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D. L. Kretsinger

D. L. Kretsinger, 35; spouse, Sue, 33.
Directors meet at the office of A. H. Doane & Co., two Fridays in each month, at 10 a.m. Fair of 1885, Sept. 21 to 25. J. F. Martin, President; D. L. Kretsinger, Secretary.
M. L. Robinson, President; O. F. Bahntge, Secretary; D. L. Kretsinger, General Superintendent.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Mrs. Kretsinger...
Winfield Courier, December 12, 1878.
Ladies’ and children’s underwear, very low, at Mrs. Kretsinger’s.
Winfield Courier, March 27, 1879.
The following is a list of the principal business firms of Winfield.
Mme. Roland.
Mrs. Stump.
Mrs. Kretsinger.
Mrs. Anne Harris.
Miss J. E. Mansfield.
Mrs. Whitehead.
D. L. Kretsinger started out as local editor for the Winfield Telegram.
Winfield Courier, April 10, 1879.
Mr. Kretsinger, ye local of the Telegram, has built a neat residence on Manning’s addition.
Mrs. Kretsinger...
Winfield Courier, April 10, 1879.
Mrs. Kretsinger has moved her millinery store to the room recently occupied as a photograph gallery on Main street.
Miss Clara Brass, Mrs. S. E. (D. L.) Kretsinger’s sister, accompanied by Lamar Kretsinger (son?) returned from visit to Perry, Kansas...
Winfield Courier, April 10, 1879.
Miss Clara Brass, sister of Mrs. S. E. Kretsinger, accompa­nied by Master Lamar Kretsinger, returned last week from Perry, Kansas. Miss Brass brought with her a well assorted stock of millinery goods, purchased in St. Louis and Chicago during her absence.
Mr. Kretsinger no longer local editor of the Telegram. He was replaced by Bret Crapster...
Winfield Courier, May 8, 1879.

Mr. Kretsinger has retired from the editorial staff of the Telegram, Mr. Crapster now being the sole driver of the local quill. Mr. Kretsinger is a spicy writer and did good service during his short career as local editor.
Kretsinger receives commission as First Lieutenant, Aide-de-Camp to Gen. Green...
Winfield Courier, July 3, 1879 - Front Page.
The Commonwealth  reports the following commissions as lately issued by the Governor, which will be of interest to our readers.
Commissions were issued yesterday to the following officers.
W. E. Gillelen, Captain and Assistant Adjutant General, K. S. M.
J. L. M. Hill, Winfield, Captain and Brigadier Quartermaster.
D. L. Kretsinger, First Lieutenant and Aide-de-Camp, on Staff Brigadier General A. H. Green, Winfield.
Winfield Courier, July 3, 1879.
The commissions for the officers of Gen. Green’s staff arrived last Saturday evening. The appointees are: Warren Gillelen, Assistant Adjutant General; James Hill, Brigade Quar­ter­master, and D. L. Kretsinger, Aide-de-camp. Hurray for the staff!
Kretsinger becomes salesman for J. P. Baden...
Winfield Courier, July 10, 1879.
Mr. D. L. Kretsinger has been engaged by J. P. Baden to assist him in the grocery business. Kretsinger is known far and wide and will make an efficient salesman.
Kretsinger fills in when J. S. Mann is ill...
Winfield Courier, July 31, 1879.
J. S. Mann is confined to his house by sickness. Mr. D. L. Kretsinger is in charge of the clothing business.
Winfield Courier, September 11, 1879.
The Cowley County Republican convention met on Saturday, Sept. 6th, at 11 o’clock a.m., at Manning’s Hall, in Winfield.
Committee on credentials reported the following named delegates entitled to vote in this convention; which report was adopted.
Winfield City: D. C. Beach, H. Brotherton, C. Trump, D. L. Kretsinger, Archie Stewart, W. A. Johnson, C. Coldwell, J. E. Saint, D. Long.
Kretsinger becomes the local editor on Telegram again...
Winfield Courier, October 9, 1879.
D. L. Kretsinger has remounted the local tripod of the Telegram. Krets is a good writer, a genial, whole-souled fellow, and we are glad to see him come back into the fold.
Kretsinger sells residence; building another...
Winfield Courier, November 27, 1879.
D. L. Kretsinger has sold his residence property on the Manning addition. He will build again immediately.
Mrs. Kretsinger...
Winfield Courier, December 18, 1879.

Closing sale of Millinery at less than first cost for the next thirty days. I will sell felt hats, untrimmed, 25, 50, and 75 cents; felt hats, trimmed, 50, 75, and $1.00. These goods must be sold. MRS. KRETSINGER.
Kretsinger musters into service artillery company...
Winfield Courier, January 8, 1880.
The artillery company was mustered into service by Lieuten­ant Kretsinger, A. A. G., Saturday evening. Capt. Bacon has received word that six guns and caissons have been shipped by the government direct from Washington to the company and that the side arms will be shipped from Fort Riley soon.
Winfield Courier, February 26, 1880.
“We would like to speak of each and every one of the charac­ters in the ‘Spy’ could we spare the space, as all deserve mention. Leland J. Webb as ‘Albert Morton,’ D. L. Kretsinger as ‘Charles Morton,’ Burt Covert as ‘Uncle Tom,’ George Buckman as ‘Farmer Morton,’ Master George Black as ‘Little Willie,’ and J. E. Conklin as ‘Col. Orr,’ deserve special mention. Miss Florence Beeny as ‘Mrs. Morton’ did splendidly; Miss Emma Himbaugh as ‘Nelly,’ was a general favorite; and Miss Jennie Hane, as ‘Mrs. Anna Morton’ looked the perfect picture of a brave and loyal farmer’s wife.”
Mrs. Kretsinger...
Winfield Courier, March 4, 1880.
A new stone sidewalk is being put down in front of Mrs. Kretsinger’s millinery store.
Judge Ide pays $1,600 for Mrs. Kretsinger’s millinery shop...
Winfield Courier, April 29, 1880.
Judge Ide, of Leavenworth, was in town last week. On this visit he purchased the south building in the Union Block for $2,200, and the lot on which is located Mrs. Kretsinger’s milli­nery shop for $1,600. He hardly ever comes down without buying something.
D. L. Kretsinger...
Winfield Courier, June 17, 1880.
A large number of the young Republicans of Winfield met in the COURIER office Monday, and completed the organization of a Young Men’s Republican club. Roland Conklin was elected presi­dent, D. L. Kretsinger and W. H. Wilson vice-presidents, W. A. Smith, secretary, and Taylor Fitzgerald, treasurer. Fred C. Hunt, Lovell H. Webb, and Ed. P. Greer were appointed as a committee to act with the officers of the club in the organization of township clubs. It is earnestly desired that the young Republicans throughout the county co-operate in the organization of these clubs, so that the county organization may be made perfect. The meeting adjourned until Thursday evening, when the committees on rules and resolutions will report.
Kretsinger, president of Young Men’s Social Club...
Winfield Courier, August 19, 1880.

DIED: Of brain fever in this city on Friday evening, August 13th, Mr. Robert Beeny, aged 19. Mr. Beeny had so recently been on our streets, apparently well, that the news of his demise was startling and almost incredible. He was a native of Syracuse, New York, and came here with his father’s family about two years ago, where he has made a great many friends. The funeral took place on Saturday, and was largely attended. The members of the Young Men’s social club, of which he was a member, held a special meeting and passed resolutions relative to his death, signed by D. L. Kretsinger, President; Fred C. Hunt, Secretary.
Winfield Courier, September 16, 1880.
D. L. Kretsinger has gone to Lecompton to hunt the slave state constitution which Bill English tried to force upon free Kansas.
Mrs. Kretsinger...
Winfield Courier, September 23, 1880.
Most of our Chicago excursionists and visitors to the east have returned and are generally much improved in health and spirits, having had “a good time.” Mrs. Sykes and children, Mrs. Millington and Jessie, Mr. Cairns and wife, Mrs. Beach, Mrs. Kretsinger, Mrs. Holloway, and Mr. Fitzgerald are some of the returning wanderers that we know of.
Winfield Courier, October 21, 1880.
Notice Friend’s ad in this issue. He’s got the largest stock of millinery in southern Kansas.
     Dealer in Millinery & Milliner’s Dry Goods.
     Notions, Sewing Machines, etc.
     Miss Clara Brass remains in charge of the Trimming Department.
Winfield Courier, November 11, 1880.
The Young Men’s Social Club have elected D. L. Kretsinger president; Fred Hunt vice President; H. Bahntge secretary; W. A. Smith treasurer. Members elected by ballot and admitted on payment of $3, initiation fee. Monthly dues $1. First meeting this evening. Prof. Fero is engaged as instructor.
Winfield Courier, December 16, 1880.
D. L. Kretsinger has resumed his place on the local columns of the Telegram.
Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger...
Winfield Courier, December 30, 1880.
With the earliest settlers of Winfield, came Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington, since which time their hospitable home has been a favorite with our society people.
At their reception last evening an unusually happy and enjoyable time was had. Mr. and Mrs. Millington, assisted by their daughters, Misses Kate and Jessie, were truly at home in the manner and method of receiving their friends, with a smile and a pleasant word for all. No wonder the hours passed so quickly by. All restraint and formality was laid aside for an evening of genuine good feeling and pleasure.

Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. N. L. Rigby, Mr. and Mrs. McDonald, Mr. and Mrs. Hackney, Mr. and Mrs. Spotswood, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Baird, Mr. and Mrs. Bedilion, Mr. and Mrs. Moffitt, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. McMullen, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. H. Brown, Dr. and Mrs. Black, Mr. and Mrs. Hickok, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. Troup, Mr. and Mrs. Scovill, Mr. and Mrs. Lundy, Mr. and Mrs. Lemmon, Dr. and Mrs. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Short, Mr. and Mrs. Kretsinger, Mr. and Mrs. Shrieves, Mr. and Mrs. Roberts, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Millington, Mrs. Huston, Miss McCommon, Wirt W. Walton, and J. R. Conklin.
Refreshments were served to the satisfaction and praise of all, and not until a late hour came the “good nights” and the departure of friends for their homes, each of whom will not soon forget the pleasant evening with Mr. and Mrs. Millington. Daily Telegram.
Mr. and Mrs. Kretsinger...
Winfield Courier, January 6, 1881.
Col. McMullen and lady entertained a number of friends at their home last week. The elegant parlors were comfortably filled, and we, at least, passed a pleasant evening. Those present were: Mayor and Mrs. Lynn, Rev. and Mrs. N. L. Rigby, Prof. and Mrs. Hickok, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. Loose, Mr. and Mrs. John Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Carruthers, Mr. and Mrs. G. A. Scovill, Mr. and Mrs. H. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Kretsinger, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. Wallis, Mr. and Mrs. Mann, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Green, Mr. and Mrs. Black, Mr. and Mrs. Kinne, Mrs. Buck and son, of Emporia, and Mr. Harris, of Bushnell, Illinois.
D. L. Kretsinger’s brother, W. O. Kretsinger, journal clerk of the senate...
Winfield Courier, January 13, 1881.
J. H. Finch, of this city, is elected assistant door-keeper of the senate, and W. O. Kretsinger, brother of our Krets, is journal clerk of the senate.
Mr. and Mrs. Kretsinger...
Winfield Courier, January 27, 1881.
MR. AND MRS. J. C. FULLER. Socially this has been one of the gayest winters in the history of our city. Almost every week has been made pleasant by a social gathering of some sort or other. One of the most pleasant of these was the reception by Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller last Friday evening. The guests were many and the arrangements for their entertainment were complete.
Among those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Loose, Mr. and Mrs. James Harden, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. Hodges. Dr. and Mrs. VanDoren, Mr. and Mrs. McMullen, Mr. and Mrs. Eastman, Rev. and Mrs. T. F. Borcher, Mr. and Mrs. T. R. Bryan, Dr. and Mrs. Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Baird, Mr. and Mrs. Short, Dr. and Mrs. Graham, Mr. and Mrs. Boyer, Mr. and Mrs. Trimble, Mr. and Mrs. Moffitt, Mr. and Mrs. Speed, Mr. and Mrs. Doane, Mr. and Mrs. Kretsinger, Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Shrieves, Mr. and Mrs. Millington, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. Scovill, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Carruthers, Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Black, Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Hamil­ton, Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Fuller, Rev. and Mrs. Hyden, Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Williams, Mrs. Mansfield, Mrs. Mullen, Miss Mary Stewart, Miss May Williams, Father Kelly, O. F. Boyle, and Charles Fuller.
Mr. and Mrs. Kretsinger and her sister, Clara Brass, entertain friends...
Winfield Courier, January 27, 1881.

Mr. and Mrs. Kretsinger, assisted by Miss Clara Brass, received a number of their friends last Tuesday evening, among whom were Mrs. Frank Williams, Mrs. Tresize, Mr. and Mrs. Horn­ing, Mr. and Mrs. Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. Millington, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. Sydal, and Mr. and Mrs. H. Brown. The supper was magnificent, and the evening passed in the most jovial and pleasant manner. The host and hostess, by their graceful and unassuming ways, made all feel in the happiest humor.
Greer kids about Kretsinger...
Winfield Courier, January 27, 1881.
We laugh in our sleeve. While the gentle “Krets.” was rushing around Monday gathering up the temperance resolutions for publication in the Daily, we were serenely sitting by our sanctum fire, happy in the thought that the evening Telegram would lay them at our feet. It is a great help to us in getting together the material for our five columns of nonpareil. Indeed, were we to attempt to note only what it missed, we would have to fill up with patent medicine cuts.
Winfield Courier, April 14, 1881.
Conklin is immortalizing himself slowly but surely. His last paper was a marvel in its way—that of reading fellows out of the republican party. If he continues this policy, it is only a question of time until he will be the sole embodiment of the party in this county. He last week branded Mr. Tansey as a Judas Iscariot and no longer a republican, told Mr. Kretsinger that he could never have an office at the hands of the republican party, and informed O. M. Seward that he must step down and out of the chairmanship of the Republican Central committee. After having rid the party of the above gentlemen, he devotes enough space to the Democracy to call the editor of their organ a “cur” and advised them to get “A MAN” to edit their paper. Verily, this political giant controls Cowley County politics with an iron hand.
Winfield Courier, June 9, 1881.
The following are the arrangements for the celebration of the 4th of July in Winfield.
1. We appoint the ministers of Winfield to secure speakers.
2. We invite the Mayor and city council of Winfield, the militia of the city, and the soldiers of the late war to join with us to make a big day for Winfield and the county.
3. We appoint J. O. Johnson, T. B. Myers, and A. P. Johnson to secure the services of the city band.
4. We appoint J. L. Horning, G. T. Manser, H. S. Silver, E. P. Hickok, D. L. Kretsinger, N. T. Snyder, and Albert Doane to obtain funds to defray the expenses of the celebration and have control of the fire works.
5. W. O. Johnson and the vice president of the Sunday school association of Winfield will act as marshals for the city Sunday schools.
6. We appoint Mrs. J. E. Platter, Mrs. Holloway, and Mrs. Trimble as a committee to select 38 ladies to ride in the proces­sion and to represent the different states of the Union, and to select the same number of young men as their assistants, the whole number to ride in double file, two ladies in front, and then two gentlemen, and so on in this order.
7. We appoint Mrs. Caton and Miss Melville to select and drill a company of boys to march in uniform with appropriate banners as the Cold water army.
8. We appoint Mrs. E. P. Hickok to select five little girls from each Sunday school in the city, to march in procession as a representation of Kansas Past and Present.

9. We appoint G. H. Buckman as chairman to select and drill singers for the occasion.
10. We appoint Mr. Blair chorister to drill the Sunday school children and to select such assistants as he may desire.
11. We appoint Samuel Davis to read the declaration of Independence.
12. We appoint A. H. Green marshal of the day with power to select his own assistants.
13. We request the Vice Presidents of Sunday school dis­tricts, and of each township, and the several Superintendents of the schools to get out their entire forces and all others who will take part with them.
14. We request the District Vice President to march at the head of the district organization and the Vice President of each township at the head of his township organization.
15. We request all the delegations to be in the city by 10 a.m. sharp, and the Vice Presidents to report their arrival to County Superintendent S. S. Holloway, and form into line under his direc­tion.
16. The order and line of march will in due time be reported.
                                        S. S. HOLLOWAY, Chairman Committee
A. C. JOHNSON, Secretary
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.
Winfield Courier, June 23, 1881.
We know not what a day or an hour may bring forth. To our neighbors at Floral, grief, pain, destruction, and loss all came with one fierce gale. Into their quiet Sabbath rest the demon of destruction came, blighting their hopes, ruining their worldly prospects, and throwing them, without a moment’s warning, home­less and houseless onto the wind swept prairies bestrewn with debris from their former houses. Our hearts are truly sad at the fate of others.
Messrs. A. W. Davis and Kretsinger, from Winfield, made a flying visit through our country last week.
Winfield Courier, July 28, 1881.
D. L. Kretsinger has gone to Kansas City on business for himself. Mr. Will Stivers is localizing for the Telegram during his absence.
Winfield Courier, July 28, 1881.

                                          WASHINGTON, D. C. July 18, 1881.
EDS. COURIER: The miserable, cowardly assault made on me through the medium of the Telegram of recent date and copied in your issue of the 14th inst. is the result and outgrowth of jealousy and petty spite of a Mr. Kretsinger, who occupies the position of a subaltern on said paper.
The purport of the article referred to is that I left the city of Winfield, leaving behind numerous creditors with the intention of defrauding them and also that I took with me many valuable papers belonging to my clients. Both of these contempt­ible statements have no foundation in truth, and to exonerate myself from the guilt implied by this libel, I herewith apprehend a list of all those to whom I am indebted, and confidently refer my friends and enemies alike to them for corroboration.
A. T. Spotswood & Co., not exceeding: $ 6.00
The Telegram: 30.00
McDonald & Walton: 10.00
Mr. Burkhalter: 14.00
I called the day before leaving Winfield on Mr. Blair, Manager of the Telegram, and a perfect gentleman, informing him of my prospective removal and stated I would pay balance due Telegram if I could before I left. I also notified each of the other above named gentle-men, requesting as a favor their leniency in extending me time in consequence of expenses entailed in moving.
As to the second charge, my bringing away valuable papers belonging to clients, I answer that the charge shows his pitiable ignorance of the law in reference to an Attorney’s rights in such matters.
My object in locating at the seat of government is that I may be able to better represent the interests of those whose business was entrusted to my care, and the papers in each case were brought to further enable me to do so. Instead of my removal to Washington resulting unfavorably to my clients, it will facilitate action on their claims necessary to settlement, as I will be adjacent to all the departments and can give person­al attention to business.
With these explanations I will rest my case and am willing to abide by the verdict rendered by the people of Cowley County, and your readers generally.
                                                    TAYLOR FITZGERALD.
Winfield Courier, August 25, 1881.
The meeting at Manning’s hall on Saturday, August 20th, was well attended by the old soldiers. Capt. Haight with a section of his battery, put in a number of shots that sounded like old times to the boys. Messrs. Pixley, Requa, Woodruff, Roseberry, and others furnished old time martial music. At 11 a.m., the meeting was called to order with C. M. Wood in the chair, and Jake Nixon, secretary.
On motion a committee of seven was appointed as a permanent organization consisting of comrades Wells, Steuven, Stubblefield, Nixon, Waugh, Kretsinger, and Jennings. After some interesting remarks on the part of Capt. Stubblefield, J. W. Millspaugh, H. D. Catlin, and S. M. Jennings, the meeting adjourned until 2 p.m.

The afternoon meeting showed an increase of delegates and much more enthusiasm. The committee on permanent organization submitted the following report.
Your committee on permanent organization beg to submit the following.
For President: Col. J. C. McMullen, of Winfield; for Vice Presidents, we would recommend one from each township to be named by this meeting, and one from the city of Winfield. We submit the name of T. H. Soward. For recording secretary, Jake Nixon, of Vernon; corresponding secretary, A. H. Green, Winfield; treasur­er, J. B. Lynn, Winfield.
Executive Committee: Col. McMullen, Capt. Stubblefield, Capt. Hunt, Capt. Tansey, T. R. Bryan, D. L. Kretsinger, and C. M. Wood.
Finance Committee: J. B. Lynn, Capt. Siverd, Capt. Myers, James Kelly, and Judge Bard.
Encampment: Dr. Wells, Capt. Steuven, and Capt. Haight.
Printing: E. E. Blair and Jake Nixon.
Invitation and speakers: Hon. W. P. Hackney, Gen. A. H. Green, D. L. Kretsinger, M. G. Troup, Capt. Chenoweth, Capt. Nipp, Major D. P. Marshall, N. W. Dressie, and C. H. Bing.
That the executive committee be entrusted with the general management of the reunion and are authorized to call to their assistance such help, and any subcommittee in their judgment which may seem best for the success of the reunion; and may fill all vacancies in committees that may occur; that the vice presi­dents are charged with responsibility of prompt organization of their respective townships, and shall muster and make due report of all old soldiers to the secretary as soon as possible.
On motion the report was adopted.
Vice President Soward was called to the chair, which he accepted in a stirring and patriotic speech.
Winfield Courier, September 8, 1881.
The Great National Fair is in progress at Bismarck this week. D. L. Kretsinger is in attendance.
Cowley County Courant, December 22, 1881.
We sincerely hope our citizens will take hold of the tele­phone proposition, which we place before them today. If any particulars are required further than we give, Mr. Whitney or Mr. Kretsinger will give them. Fourteen have already subscribed and only eleven more are needed to secure the placing of the instru­ments. Wichita has placed sixty-three telephones and the company are still at work. The central office here would be at the Brettun House.
Only Mrs. Kretsinger’s costume is mentioned...
Cowley County Courant, January 5, 1882.
At twelve o’clock the hall was deserted for supper, after which the dancing was resumed until the—well, that is—the wee—or rather—oh, what’s the difference?—”until the wee sma’ hours,” according to Hoyle, when everybody went home, rather broke up for the next day, but having had a glorious, happy time. The names and characters of those participating we give as follows as near as we could find out, with running comments.
Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, country girl.
Winfield Courier, January 5, 1882.

The masquerade ball last Friday evening proved to be, as the boys said it would be, the biggest affair of the season. About a hundred maskers were on the floor and many unique and tasty costumes were worn. The hall was crowded with spectators. Judge Bard and J. L. Horning as floor managers kept everything running in splendid shape. Their task was a hazardous one, for if there is any place where four fellows want to occupy the same spot, it is at a masked ball; but Messrs. Bard and Horning knew just exactly how to fix it, and trotted King Henry or the Spanish Count around to their places without a murmur. Mrs. Horning and Mrs. Kretsinger took care of the ladies’ dressing-room, and ministered to the wants of the ladies as only they can. The company was perhaps the most select that has ever gathered together in Winfield.
D. L. Kretsinger...
Winfield Courier, January 12, 1882.
                                                   HARD ON THE D. B.’S.
                  The Businessmen Talk, Eat, and Prepare to Harvest Unpaid Bills.
Last Saturday evening a large number of the businessmen of Winfield met at the Brettun House and organized an association that will be of more practical benefit to businessmen and the trading public generally then anything that has yet been proposed. The matter has been talked of for some time, but recent events brought it to a focus, of which the “Merchants and Business Men’s Protective Association” is the outcome. The following gentlemen were present and assisted in the organization.
A. H. Doane, R. E. Wallis, J. A. McGuire, Will Hudson, A. E. Baird, W. J. Hodges, H. Brotherton, J. M. Dever, J. P. Baden, J. L. Hodges, R. E. Sydall, Lou Harter, Ed. P. Greer, J. B. Lynn, A. B. Steinberger, C. A. Bliss, D. L. Kretsinger, A. T. Spotswood, S. W. Hughes, J. S. Mann, W. B. Pixley, W. R. McDonald, A. D. Hendricks, Col. Wm. Whiting, J. G. Shrieves, J. W. Batchelder, J. L. Horning, T. R. Timme, J. L. Rinker, J. P. Short, B. F. Wood, J. A. Cooper.
Kretsinger’s Uncle, Rev. Issac Kretsinger and wife, of Illinois, visit...
Cowley County Courant, June 1, 1882.
Rev. Isaac Kretsinger and wife, of Logan County, Illinois, are in the city, visiting their nephew, D. L. Kretsinger. Uncle Ike, as he is familiarly known in old Logan County, is highly pleased with Southern Kansas, especially Cowley County, and is making a thorough inspection of our real estate, with a view of locating two of his children on farms, and purchasing city property for himself. Rev. Kretsinger is a prominent member of the United Brethren Church, and his location in Winfield will be the means of building up a flourishing church organization in our vicinity. We hope he may be suited and finally locate with us.
Winfield Courier, June 8, 1882.
Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger have been enjoying a visit from Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Kretsinger, of Illinois, uncle and aunt of D. L. They were delighted with this country and think some of selling out there and returning.
Mrs. Kretsinger...
Winfield Courier, June 8, 1882.

The Presbyterian Church is in need of some interior repairing and the ladies have decided to have it papered as well. To gain the money for such purpose, they held a Paper Festival at the Opera House on Tuesday evening, which was a decided success. The hall was beautifully decorated and the tables were temptingly arrayed. A number of young ladies were dressed in becoming costumes of paper. At the paper booth Mrs. Bahntge, a charming Rosebud in red and green tissue presided, assisted by Miss Amanda Scothorn representing a glowing Poppy, Miss Lizzie Wallis, a blushing sweet Carnation, Miss Jennie Hane, “The Queen of Flowers,” the Rose, and Miss Jessie Millington a gorgeous Sunflower, attracted much attention. They sold all manner of pretty paper trifles, fans, parasols, and baskets.
Miss Ida Johnson, Nina Anderson, and Anna Hyde sold button hole bouquets, and other flowers, and wore also beautiful paper dresses and were a success.
The Tea booth probably attracted more attention than anything else. Each person who purchased a cup of tea was presented with the cup and saucer containing it, but the attraction was the ladies who attended and poured the tea. They were Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Robinson, Mrs. Shrieves, and Mrs. Spotswood.
Miss Margie Wallis and Chas. Bahntge made lots of fun selling soap bubbles at five cents a blow.
A bevy of bright young ladies, in fancy caps and aprons, attended at the fancy tables, and sold all manner of pretty things made by the ladies of the Ladies Aid Society. They were: Misses Mary Shivers, Mate and Belle Linn, Mattie and Mary Gibson, Emma Howland, and Ella Johnson.
“Rebecca at the well,” was successfully carried out by Mrs. Buckman, who sold gallons of choice lemonade.
Ice cream and cake were sold by the quantity and, although not a new feature, was none the less a profitable one. Mrs. Doane, Mrs. Kretsinger, Mrs. Shearer, Mrs. Allen, and Mrs. VanDoren attended at one table while Mrs. Green, Mrs. Caton, Mrs. Manser, Mrs. Schofield, and Mrs. Cochran attended at the other.
The gross receipts of the evening were $130. The ladies also had a dinner at the Opera House Wednesday noon, but we have not been able to learn what success attended it.
D. L. Kretsinger...
Winfield Courier, June 15, 1882.
                                                     FOURTH OF J. U. L. Y.
On Tuesday evening the citizens met at the Opera House to hear the report of the executive committee on 4th of July celebration. The committee reported as follows.
On Finance: M. L. Robinson, J. B. Lynn, J. P. Baden, S. H. Myton, J. C. McMullen.
On Speakers and Invitation: J. C. Fuller, D. A. Millington, A. B. Steinberger, M. G. Troup, and J. Wade McDonald.
On Grounds and seats: A. T. Spotswood, Jas. H. Bullen, A. Wilson, S. C. Smith, W. O. Johnson, and H. Brotherton.
On Police Regulations and personal comfort: D. L. Kretsinger, R. E. Wallis, H. S. Silver, J. H. Kinney, and A. T. Shenneman.
On Music: J. P. Short, E. H. Blair, G. H. Buckman, H. E. Silliman, and R. C. Bowles.
On Old Soldiers: Col. McMullen, Adjt. Wells, Judge Bard, Capt. Steuven, and Capt. Haight.
On Representation of 13 Original States: Mrs. H. P. Mansfield, Mrs. Caton, Mrs. Carruthers.

On Floral Decoration: Mrs. Kretsinger, Misses Jessie Millington, Amy Scothorn, Jennie Hane, Mrs. J. L. Horning, and Mrs. G. S. Manser.
Speeches were made by Judge J. Wade McDonald, Judge Soward, Mayor Troup, D. A. Millington, Capt. Hunt, and D. L. Kretsinger. The City is enthusiastic on the subject and are bound to make this a big Fourth. The committee on speakers will secure the attendance of some of our State’s best talent. Let everyone prepare to come, bring their lunch baskets, and enjoy themselves in the finest park in the State.
Doane & Kretsinger’s office...
Winfield Courier, August 31, 1882.
                            Minutes of the Meeting of Citizens on the Glucose Works.
A number of the businessmen of the city convened at Doane & Kretsinger’s office Monday evening to consider the proposition of Messrs. Morse, Scott & Harris for building a glucose factory at Winfield.
On motion G. S. Manser, M. G. Troup, and D. L. Kretsinger were appointed a committee to draw up articles of incorporation and file with Secretary of State and procure a charter and M. G. Troup, J. P. Short, J. W. McDonald, and J. W. Curns were appointed a committee to make contract for the carrying into effect the proposition.
Winfield Courier, August 31, 1882.
A number of the businessmen of the city convened at Doane & Kretsinger’s office Monday evening to consider the proposition of Messrs. Morse, Scott & Harris for building a glucose factory at Winfield.
On motion, Mayor M. G. Troup was called to the chair and J. W. Curns elected secretary.
Mr. M. L. Robinson being called upon stated that the object of the meeting was to consider the matter of building said factory and discussing the propriety of giving aid by subscription to the institution and taking stock in return.
On motion G. S. Manser, M. G. Troup, and D. L. Kretsinger were appointed a committee to draw up articles of incorporation and file with Secretary of State and procure a charter and M. G. Troup, J. P. Short, J. W. McDonald, and J. W. Curns were appointed a committee to make contract for the carrying into effect the proposition.
Winfield Courier, August 31, 1882.
                                                       GLUCOSE WORKS.
Committees were appointed as follows.
On soliciting subscription to the capital stock: M. L. Robinson, J. C. McMullen, A. T. Spotswood, J. B. Lynn, J. P. Short.
On incorporation: G. S. Manser, M. G. Troup, D. L. Kretsinger.
On contract: M. G. Troup, J. P. Short, J. Wade McDonald, J. W. Curns.
Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger...
Winfield Courier, September 14, 1882.

At the regular July meeting of the Library Association the following ladies were elected as directors for the year ending 1883: Mrs. J. S. Mann, Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, Mrs. D. C. Beach, Mrs. J. W. Curns, Mrs. M. L. Jewell, Mrs. A. L. Schaffhausen, Mrs. Fahnestock, Mrs. Albro, and Miss Alice Dunham.
                                              MRS. E. T. TRIMBLE, Secretary.
Winfield Courier, September 28, 1882.
The Winfield Dramatic Club was organized at the Telegram office last Wednesday evening, D. L. Kretsinger, President; Will Robinson, Vice-president; Charlie Bahntge, Secretary; Richard M. Bowles, Stage Manager; and Will Wilson, Treasurer. The membership was limited to twenty and all admissions must be by unanimous vote. The charter members are A. T. Spotswood, W. C. Robinson, D. L. Kretsinger, W. J. Wilson, Sam E. Davis, L. D. Zenor, R. M. Bowles, C. F. Bahntge, L. H. Webb, Henry Goldsmith, E. E. Thorpe, and Ed. P. Greer.
Winfield Courier, January 4, 1883.
Messrs. Robinson, Horning, Kretsinger, Conklin, Wood, Myton, Lynn, Moore, and others went up to Topeka Tuesday afternoon.
Mrs. Kretsinger...
Winfield Courier, January 18, 1883.
The Presbyterian Ladies’ Aid Society meets with Mrs. Kretsinger on Thursday afternoon of this week.
Mrs. Kretsinger and two sisters (Clara and Kate Brass) of Lawrence, Kansas...
Winfield Courier, January 18, 1883.
Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger entertained her young friends at her pleasant residence on the west side last evening (Wednesday). All the young folks were there, and a very pleasant evening was spent. The party was given complimentary to the Misses Brass.
Winfield Courier, January 18, 1883.
Miss Clara and Miss Kate Brass of Lawrence, Kansas, sisters of Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, arrived in the city Friday morning for a two weeks’ visit. Miss Clara was formerly a resident of Winfield and has many friends who are glad to welcome her. Both are charming young ladies and we hope their visit will be a pleasant one.
Winfield Courier, January 25, 1883.
A very interesting party of friends of Mr. and Mrs. Kretsinger and the Misses Brass met at their residence on Tuesday evening and were right royally entertained. It was a very gay and pleasant time for all parties.
D. L. Kretsinger was the first one to sign...
Winfield Courier, February 1, 1883.
                                                      A Monumental Fraud,
                              With an Attempt to Make Anti-Prohibition Capital,
                                          And Establish Glickeries in Winfield.
                                                 A PETITION AND REPLY.
The following petition was circulated last week by Frank Manny, taken to Topeka, and presented by him to Senator Hackney.
WINFIELD, KANSAS, January 23, 1883.
HON. W. P. HACKNEY, State Senator, Topeka, Kansas.

Inasmuch as the Prohibition Amendment, as enforced, has always resulted in injury to the material development of our town—it having signally failed to accomplish the object sought, the suppression of the sale and use of intoxicating drinks—we would respectfully urge upon you the necessity of so providing for the enforcement of the law that its application shall be uniform throughout the State. If this is impossible, don’t sacrifice our town on the altar of inordinate devotion to an impracticable principle.
D. L. Kretsinger, John Bobbitt, S. G. Gary, H. S. Silver, J. P. Short, John M. Keck, J. B. Schofield, J. H. Vance, D. R. Gates, N. [?] Myers, W. H. Smith, M. L. Robinson, Vic S. Mays, Geo. Emerson, M. L. Read, L. F. Hess, J. Birdzell, A. A. Jackson, J. B. Richards, G. W. Miller, W. K. Davis, V. B. Bartlett, Chas. Schmidt, Allen Johnson, W. S. Mendenhall, J. N. Harter, Quincy A. Glass, F. J. Sydal, R. E. Wallis, Jr., Geo. C. Rembaugh, J. B. Lynn, M. B. Shields, J. P. Baden, J. F. Burroughs, G. L. Rinker, W. J. Cochran, C. L. Harter, D. V. Cole, J. E. Snider, J. S. Mann, Henry Goldsmith, R. M. Boles, John H. Hyde, W. B. Simpson, Hudson Bros., Edwin Bailey, Horning & Whitney, James M. Stafford, Alonzo Wharton, W. H. Shearer, R. Allison, J. Headrick, John Fogarty, H. F. Miller & Co., R. Carter, August Kadau, Beuler Buck, L. L. Beck, A. F. Kroan, D. H. Long, D. M. Harter, Joseph O’Hare, L. D. Zenor, J. W. C. Springston, J. N. Hall, R. J. Brown, M. C. Adair, E. C. Sengby, H. S. Bixby, O. [?C.?] A. Garlick, Geo. Daily [?], F. C. Nommsen, G. D. Headrick, D. A. Carr, M. W. Tanner, F. L. Weaverling, J. B. Goodrich, J. G. Kraft, O. H. Herrington, C. H. Mayler [?], C. C. Harris, H. L. Shivers, E. F. Blair, John J. Zant, M. H. Mount, B. F. Harrod, A. G. Wilson, E. C. Goodrich, Dick Silver, S. C. Smith, L. C. Harter, S. S. Major, W. Kenell, S. Burkhalter, A. Herpich, J. Flickinger, H. J. Weaver, W. H. Hudson, G. H. Wheeler, Charles Wm. Keef [?], Geo. H. Ratzer, C. W. Nichols, N. S. Ollie, Wm. W. Fleming.
NEXT COLUMN: J. L. Horning, W. C. Robinson, Chas. F. Bahntge, Wm. J. Hodges, A. T. Spotswood, Sam’l Bard, A. H. Doane, Wm. Whiting, A. E. Baird, L. C. Scott, A. D. Hendricks, R. C. Wilson, N. C. Clark, T. K. Johnston, G. W. Yount, Geo. M. Miller, John Dix, J. W. McRorey, G. H. Allen, G. E. Brach, C. Callins, F. M. Burge, Geo. Leiman, M. Hahn, A. J. Burgauer, Joseph Finkelling, J. A. Waggoner, C. M. Wood, John Fraser, W. D.

Shotwell, J. Fleming, Wallis & Wallis, E. C. Seward, A. C. Taylor, J. L. Hodges, O. M. Seward, W. H. Dawson, L. B. Lattiff, S. H. Crawford, E. A. Cook, George Olive, C. W. Lathrop, Elijah Perigo, A. Bixbee, Devore Parmer, J. Batchelder, John A. Edwards, Isaac Behner, J. E. Miller, C. B. Dalgarn, Wm. Whitford, Ed Lamont, Wm. H. Fox, H. L. Wells, F. R. Hinner, Robert M. Woodson, W. F. Dorley, Brettun Crapster, A. C. Bangs, Berry Scroggins, G. J. Lockwood, E. H. Nixon, W. J. Wilson, G. J. Swind, Geo. F. Cotterall, H. C. Chappell, Edwin G. Fitch, Jas. McClain, J. W. Beard, S. L. Gilbert, W. A. Tilston, R. A. Lett, Jerry Eland, J. G. Myer, S. B. Stills, W. L. Hands, B. F. Cox, John D. Pryor, J. L. Littington, Harry Foults, Philip Sipe, T. E. Cochran, J. Heller, J. S. Mater, C. Seifert, John Fashing, J. S. McIntire, A. N. Emery, W. H. Allen, J. A. Patterson, Morris, T. W. Hambric, B. J. Mays, John Likowski, Ed F. Nelson, F. B. Clark, W. L. Webb, John E. Silany, W. H. Strahn, C. H. Limbocker, Samuel Layman, F. E. Sears, Wm. Kelly, M. G. Troup.
Winfield Courier, February 8, 1883.

The new Board of Directors of the Winfield Building & Loan Association, eleven in number, met at the secretary’s office Tuesday evening and elected officers for the current year. H. G. Fuller was elected President; D. L. Kretsinger, Vice President; J. E. Platter, Treasurer; and J. F. McMullen, Secretary. The entire board was present. The new series is being rapidly taken.
Winfield Courier, March 22, 1883.
A new militia company was organized Monday evening with twenty-five members.
D. L. Kretsinger was elected Captain; Frank W. Finch, First Lieutenant; and Jas. McLain, Second Lieutenant. Chas. Steuven was appointed Orderly Sergeant. The company is composed of excellent material and every member is enthusiastic in the matter. They are armed with breech-loading Spencer rifles. In Captain Kretsinger’s hands, with the assistance of Charlie Steuven, the company will be a credit to our city.
Winfield Courier, March 22, 1883.
                                                                A Caucus.
A gathering of Democrats met at the Telegram office Tuesday evening to canvass and decide upon a ticket for the coming city election. George Robinson, D. L. Kretsinger, and other wheel horses were present. There seemed to be a general feeling for a retrenchment and reform ticket with Troup at the head and H. B. Lacy and Black for Councilmen, but a deadlock occurring between Black and Robinson, the meeting adjourned without action. We regret to note this lack of harmony in their ranks.
Winfield Courier, March 29, 1883.
                                                     STRATEGY, MY BOY.
Some of the fellows have got up a ticket for the city election next Tuesday. They call it a kind of compromise ticket, claiming that it is on both sides of party politics, prohibition, water works, and every other question. Most of the candidates named are good fair men, but there is too little prohibition in it to call it a compromise on that question, being one prohibitionist to eight antis. In politics it is five Democrats, three Republicans, and one Greenbacker. The names are: Emerson for mayor; Kretsinger and Keck for council; Snow for police judge; O’Hare for city attorney; Silver and Wallis for school board; and Long and Pratt for constables. It looks to us that the main point of the ticket is to elect councilmen in the interest of Mart Robinson’s water works, for the getters up are willing to trade off any of their candidates except Krets. The water works fellows want Krets bad. They would trade off the balance of the ticket if necessary, but he must be retained at all hazards. The fact is, they know Krets would do anything that Mart would ask and he would ask even worse things than he would do himself. If they had put Frank Finch and Capt. Siverd on their ticket for constables, they would have shown a great deal more sagacity, for they are tried men doing their duty honestly, carefully, and fairly, and will get the votes of the best men of all parties and factions. There is talk of calling a public meeting to nominate a ticket.
Lamar Kretsinger, son...
Winfield Courier, March 29, 1883.
Master Lamar Kretsinger entertained a number of his young friends on his birthday last Saturday. In spite of the disagreeable weather, the party was a decided success and the young folks enjoyed it immensely.
Winfield Courier, April 5, 1883.

                                                              The Election.
The city election Tuesday passed off very quietly, but little interest being manifested. On Monday evening a number of citizens met at the Opera House and placed a ticket in the field. Another meeting was held the same evening, which made up a second ticket. Dr. George Emerson was the unanimous candidate for Mayor by both meetings. The two tickets represented no distinctive issue of any character, unless it might have been termed a “waterworks” issue. In the first ward John McGuire was elected to the council over H. Silver by three majority. In the second ward D. L. Kretsinger was elected over S. L. Gilbert by forty majority. Capt. H. H. Siverd and Frank W. Finch were re-elected constables.
                                                              Votes shown.
MAYOR: George Emerson: 481.
POLICE JUDGE: J. E. Snow, 230; L. L. Beck, 255.
CITY ATTORNEY: Jos. O’Hare: 432.
TREASURER SCHOOL BOARD: George W. Robinson, 270; W. J. Wilson, 225.
CONSTABLES: H. H. Siverd, 299; Frank W. Finch, 251; David Long, 225; Jas. McLain, 222.
COUNCILMEN: 1st Ward, John A. McGuire, 132; H. Silver, 129.
COUNCILMEN: 2nd Ward, D. L. Kretsinger, 132; S. L. Gilbert, 92.
SCHOOL BOARD: 1st Ward, Dr. W. G. Graham, 259; 2nd ward, J. P. Short, 137; 2nd Ward, H. Brotherton, 89.
The new council is made up as follows.
All including the Mayor are Republicans, three councilmen and the Mayor are “anti-water-works”; in other words, in favor of holding the company down to the strict letter of their contract. Three are prohibitionists, and one an anti-prohibitionist.
Winfield Courier, April 19, 1883.
D. L. Kretsinger is improving his residence property with fences, trees, etc.
Winfield, Courier, April 19, 1883.
                 Program of the Kansas Press Association at Winfield, May 9th and 10th.
1. Wednesday, May 9th, 11:30 a.m. Meeting at Santa Fe depot with band and carriages. Guests carried to the places assigned to them.
2. 2 o’clock p.m. Meeting at the Opera House. Song by the Arion Quartette. Address of welcome by M. G. Troup. Response. Business of the Association.
3. 8 p.m. Ball at the Opera House.
4. Thursday 9 a.m. Excursion in carriages to parks, quarries, factories, and other places of supposed interest in and about Winfield.
5. 2 o’clock. Meeting at Opera House. Song. Business of the Association.
6. 8 o’clock p.m. Meeting at the Opera House. Song. Business of the Association. Addresses, toasts, etc.
Reception: Mayor, Geo. Emerson; Ex-Mayor, M. G. Troup; C. C. Black; Ed. P. Greer; Geo. Rembaugh; D. A. Millington.
Entertainment: J. P. Short, C. E. Fuller, S. L. Gilbert, R. C. Story, W. C. Robinson.

Excursion: H. E. Asp, P. H. Albright, J. B. Lynn, A. T. Spotswood.
                         MUSIC: G. H. BUCKMAN.    BALL: D. L. KRETSINGER.
Kretsinger attends first council meeting...
Winfield Courier, April 26, 1883.
                                                        Council Proceedings.
                    COUNCIL CHAMBER, CITY OF WINFIELD, APRIL 16, 1883.
Council met in regular session, Mayor Troup in the chair. Roll called. Present: Councilmen Read, Wilson, McMullen, and Gary. Minutes of the last regular meeting and of the meeting held April 6, to canvass the votes of the late city election were read and approved. Mayor Troup, Councilman Gary, of the first ward, and Councilman Read, of the second ward, whose terms of office had expired, then vacated their seats, and Geo. Emerson, Jno. A. McGuire, and D. L. Kretsinger, having filed their oaths of office with the clerk, took the seats thus vacated, as Mayor, Councilman from the first ward, and Councilman from the second ward respectively. Roll called. Present: Mayor Emerson, Councilmen Wilson, McGuire, McMullen, and Kretsinger. The council then proceeded with the regular order of business.
The mayor allowed the standing committees for the ensuing year as follows.
On streets and alleys: Wilson, Kretsinger, and McGuire.
On finance: McMullen, Kretsinger, and Wilson.
On fire department: Kretsinger, McMullen, and McGuire.
On public health: McGuire, McMullen, and Wilson.
On motion of councilman Kretsinger, councilman McMullen was elected President of the council for the ensuing year.
Messrs. Black & Rembaugh and the Courier Co. submitted proposition to do the city printing for one year from May 1st as follows: Council proceedings without charge; other city printing except job work at rates allowed by law for public printing; job works at lowest schedule rates. On motion the printing was awarded to Black & Rembaugh for six months from May 1st, 1883, and to the Courier Co. for six months thereafter, and the City Attorney was instructed to draw a contract accordingly.
Winfield Courier, May 10, 1883.
                                                 COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS.
                                   Council Chamber, City of Winfield, May 7, 1883.
Council met in regular session, Mayor Emerson in the chair. Roll called. Present: Councilmen McGuire, McMullen and Kretsinger; absent, Councilman Wilson. Minutes of last meeting read and approved.
A petition from Jno. D. Pryor and others for a sidewalk along the west side of block 174 and west ends of lots 10, 11, and 12 in block 175, to be connected by cross-walks, was presented. On motion the petition was granted and the attorney instructed to present an ordinance therefor at next meeting.
At this point Councilman Wilson entered and took his seat.
The finance committee made the following report on accounts referred.

W. R. Davis, medical attendance city poor, $95.50, rejected.
Cal Ferguson, hearse for city poor, $3.00, approved and recommended to county commissioners.
T. H. Soward, rent, $24.00, payment recommended.
L. H. Webb, election expenses, 55 cents, same.
Courier, printing, $22.50, same.
The report of the committee was adopted.
The following accounts were referred to finance committee.
Vance & Collins, taking pauper to poor house: $2.25.
E. F. Sears, crossing, Loomis street: $4.00.
The following accounts were approved and recommended to the county commissioners for payment.
A. T. Spotswood & Co., goods, city poor: $5.00.
J. B. Lynn, goods for city poor: $25.00.
J. B. Lynn, goods for city poor: $55.00.
D. C. Beach, house rent: $3.00.
The following accounts were presented and allowed and ordered paid.
E. F. Sears, crossings, etc.: $29.40.
David C. Beach, rent, April: $3.00.
L. H. Webb, canceling stamp for city treasurer: $5.25.
Wm. Warren, crossings, etc.: $46.60.
City officers, April salaries: $67.90.
D. L. Hoblit, election room: $2.00.
The police judge’s report for April was referred to finance committee.
The council accepted the offer of O. M. Seward to provide a council room and police judge’s office at five ($5.00) dollars per month.
Winfield Courier, May 10, 1883.
                                                    [At City Council Meeting.]
J. Wade McDonald, attorney for the Winfield Water Company, appeared and filed and presented to the mayor and councilmen a notification and request from said Water Company, in the words and figures following, to-wit:
Office of the Winfield Water Company, Winfield, Kansas, May 7th, 1883.
To the Honorable Mayor and Council of the City of Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas:
GENTLEMEN: You are hereby notified and requested to proceed with all practicable dispatch to have condemned in the name of the City of Winfield, the right to perpetually divest from the Walnut River, at a point thereon northwest of the north end of Walton Street, of said city, all such quantity or quantities of water as may be necessary to enable the Winfield Water Company, its successors or assigns, to supply the said City of Winfield and the inhabitants thereof, with water, in pursuance with the provisions of ordinance numbered 167, of said city.
This notification and request is made in pursuance with and under and by virtue of the provisions of section 14 of said ordinance, numbered 167.
                       The Winfield Water Company by M. L. ROBINSON, President.

Attest: CHAS. F. BAHNTGE, Secretary.
And thereupon upon motion of Councilman McMullen it was ordered by the mayor and council that the city do forthwith, by Joseph O’Hare, Esq., city attorney, present, in the name of the city, a petition to the Honorable E. S. Torrance, judge of the district court of the County of Cowley, State of Kansas, requesting the appointment of three commissioners to lay off and condemn to the use of the city the right to forever divest from the Walnut River at a point thereon northwest of the present north end of Walton Street of said city, so much of the water of and from said stream as may or shall be or become necessary to forever supply from day to day and from year to year said city and the inhabitants thereof with an abundance of water for the extinguishment of fires and for domestic, sanitary, and other purposes as specified and provided for in and by ordinance numbered 167, of said city.
On motion, the Mayor, Councilman Kretsinger, and Mr. J. P. Short were appointed a committee to examine the question of providing the city with fire hose and carts.
G. B. Shaw & Co., were granted the privilege of erecting a windmill in the street near their place of business, subject to removal on order of council.
The Mayor appointed Giles Prater city marshal and street commissioner for the ensuing year, and on motion the council confirmed the appointment; the mayor then appointed E. S. Bedilion city clerk for the ensuing year, and the council refused to confirm, there being two votes for confirmation and two against; the mayor then appointed D. A. Millington city engineer for the ensuing year, and the appointment was confirmed by the council.
The city attorney was instructed to present an ordinance to prevent children from being on the streets at night. On motion the council adjourned.
Attest: L. H. WEBB, City Clerk.
Winfield Courier, May 10, 1883.
                                                              Fair Meeting.
A mass meeting of farmers was held in the Opera House Saturday afternoon to consider the Fair question. A goodly number of farmers from every part of the county were present. W. J. Millspaugh, of Vernon, was elected chairman and S. P. Strong, of Rock, secretary. The report of the committee on soliciting subscriptions to the stock reported four thousand eight hundred dollars taken. The committee was then increased by the following additions, one in each township.
Maple: W. B. Norman.
Ninnescah: W. B. Norman.
Vernon: W. J. Millspaugh.
Beaver: Dr. Marsh.
Beaver: S. D. Jones.
Creswell: Capt. Nipp.
Bolton: J. D. Guthrie.
Rock Creek: Geo. L. Gale.
Fairview: Cleve Page.
Walnut: T. A. Blanchard.
Pleasant Valley: Henry Harbaugh.

Richland: Sam Phoenix.
Tisdale: J. S. Baker.
Liberty: Justice Fisher.
Silverdale: L. J. Darnell.
Omnia: Wm. Gilliard.
Silver Creek: Harvey Smith.
Sheridan: Barney Shriver.
Spring Creek: J. S. Andrews.
Harvey: Sam Rash.
Windsor: S. M. Fall.
Dexter: John Wallace.
Cedar: Jas. Utt.
Otter: T. H. Aley.
                    [Yes! Paper showed W. B. Norman for both Maple and Ninnescah!]
The Secretary was instructed to prepare and forward to each of the township committee blank subscription lists, with the request that they circulate them at once. This committee was instructed to report with the lists at a public meeting in the Hall at 2 o’clock, May 19, when all who have subscribed to the stock are requested to be present and form a permanent organization.
Short speeches were then made by Senator Hackney, Jas. F. Martin, S. P. Strong, S. S. Lynn, Henry Harbaugh, F. W. Schwantes, John C. Roberts, D. L. Kretsinger, and others. After the meeting many new names were added and the list now foots up over five thousand dollars.
Great interest was manifested by all the farmers present for the success of the enterprise. Over half the capital stock is already taken and it looks as if we were at last going to have an institution that will be a credit and an honor to the county. Winfield has responded nobly in this matter, and it now remains for the farmers to do their share, which they will undoubtedly accomplish.
Mrs. Kretsinger’s parents visit...
Winfield Courier, May 17, 1883.
Wm. Brass and wife, of Douglas County, are visiting their daughter, Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger. Mr. Brass has an interest in a herd of cattle over in Barbour County, and will take a look after them before returning to his home.
Winfield Courier, May 17, 1883.
                                                   Notes of the Arrangements.

The arrangements for receiving and entertaining the editorial fraternity were made in due season and were ample and complete as far as human foresight could make them; notwithstanding the work of preparation fell on a few and largely on us. C. C. Black of the Telegram was absent during the time the matter was worked and did not get back in time to share in the large amount of work of receiving and assigning the guests and providing for their pleasure and amusement. Geo. Rembaugh was left alone with all the work of getting up the Telegram on his shoulders, but he did it up well and got time to do much work on the preparation and entertainment.
D. L. Kretsinger and W. J. Wilson managed the ball business, did a great amount of work, and secured a splendid success. We give them high credit and warm thanks.
The ball on Wednesday evening was the finest affair ever held in Manning’s Hall. There were about 400 well dressed, good looking people in attendance. The music did not arrive from Wichita until after 11 o’clock on account of the delayed train, but Mr. Farringer had been doing what he could on the piano, and the dance had been proceeding for some time. When the band got in, they struck up and the music was superb. All seemed in good spirits and highly enjoying the occasion. The assembly broke up at about 2 o’clock, Thursday morning.
Winfield Courier, May 17, 1883.
                                                     Notes of the Convention.
To Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger were assigned Mr. Moody of the Lawrence Spirit and Mrs. Moody.
Winfield Courier, May 24, 1883.
Work was begun on the speed ring Monday and twenty men and teams are now engaged on it. The grove will also be trimmed up at once. Superintendent Kretsinger is a rustler and will finish the work in the shortest possible time.
Winfield Courier, May 24, 1883.
                                                          More Fair Matter.
We publish in full below the Charter and By-laws of the Fair Association. The organization is now complete and at work. Every farmer should read this carefully and be ready to suggest any changes necessary at the next regular meeting.
The undersigned do hereby voluntarily associate ourselves together for the purpose of forming a private corporation under the laws of the state of Kansas, and do hereby certify:
That the name of this corporation shall be “The Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association.”
That the purposes for which this corporation is formed are to encourage and promote the agricultural, horticultural, mechanical, and live stock interest of Cowley County, Kansas, and the establishment and maintenance of a driving park and speed ring, and to acquire, hold, and control all real and personal property necessary, proper, and convenient for carrying out the purposes aforesaid.
That the place where its business is to be transacted is at Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas.
That the term for which this corporation is to exist is ninety-nine years.

That the number of directors or trustees of this corporation shall be seventeen (17), and the names and residences of those who are appointed for the first year are:
A. H. Doane, Winfield.
A. T. Spotswood, Winfield.
D. L. Kretsinger, Winfield.
J. B. Schofield, Winfield.
C. C. Black, Winfield.
W. J. Hodges, Winfield.
E. P. Greer, Winfield.
W. S. Mendenhall, Winfield.
Sam Phoenix, Richland Township.
S. S. Lynn, Vernon Township.
G. L. Gale, Rock Township.
Henry Harbaugh, Pleasant Valley Township.
R. F. Burden, Windsor Township.
E. B. Nicholson, Dexter Township.
J. W. Millspaugh, Vernon Township.
J. B. Nipp, Creswell Township.
J. F. Martin, Vernon Township.
That the estimated value of the goods, chattels, lands, rights, and credits owned by the corporation is ten thousand ($10,000) dollars; that the amount of the capital stock of this corporation shall be ten thousand ($10,000) dollars, and shall be divided into two hundred (200) shares, of fifty ($50) dollars each, non-assessable above face value.
In testimony whereof, we have hereunto subscribed our names, this 3rd day of May,
A. D., 1883.
(Signed) A. T. Spotswood, W. S. Mendenhall, J. B. Schofield, A. H. Doane, Charles C. Black, Ed. B. Greer, D. L. Kretsinger, Wm. J. Hodges, S. C. Smith.
Personally appeared before me, a notary public in and for Cowley County, Kansas, the above named: A. T. Spotswood, W. S. Mendenhall, J. B. Schofield, J. Wade McDonald, Ed. P. Greer, D. L. Kretsinger, A. H. Doane, Wm. J. Hodges, and S. C. Smith, who are personally known to me to be the same persons who executed the foregoing instrument of writing, and duly acknowledged the execution of the same.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name, and affixed my notarial seal, this 4th day of May, A. D., 1883.
             LOVELL H. WEBB, Notary Public. (My commission expires Sept. 8, 1883.)
I, James Smith, Secretary of State of the State of Kansas, do hereby certify that the foregoing is a true and correct copy of the original instrument of writing filed in my office May 5th, A. D., 1883.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto subscribed my name, and affixed my official seal.
Done at Topeka, Kansas, this fifth day of May, A. D., 1883.
                                             JAMES SMITH, Secretary of state.

                            [I SKIPPED THE CONSTITUTION AND BY-LAWS.]
Winfield Courier, May 24, 1883.
                                        Minutes of Fair Meeting. May 10th, 1883.
The directors of the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association met at the office of A. H. Doane & Co. Present: Directors Millspaugh, Martin, Gale, Burden, Leslie, Harbaugh, McDonald, Spotswood, Doane, Baden, and Nicholson.
J. W. Millspaugh was called to the chair and D. L. Kretsinger chosen secretary. On motion of Mr. Spotswood, the meeting proceeded to the election of officers as follows.
For president, J. F. Martin; for vice president, A. T. Spotswood; for secretary, E. P. Greer; for treasurer, A. H. Doane; for General Superintendent, D. L. Kretsinger.
On motion of Mr. Kretsinger, Messrs. Harbaugh, Martin, Millspaugh, Lynn, Spotswood, Doane, and Greer were appointed a committee on premium list, to report at the next meeting of the directors. On motion of Mr. Lynn, the superintendent was instructed to commence work on the speed ring and cleaning up the ground. On motion of Mr. Doane, the meeting adjourned until Saturday, May 26, at 1 p.m.    D. L. KRETSINGER, Secretary.
Winfield Courier, May 24, 1883.
                                              OPERA HOUSE, May 19, 1883.
The stockholders of the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association met pursuant to adjournment. Mr. Millspaugh called S. P. Strong to the chair and D. L. Kretsinger was chosen secretary. Minutes of last meeting read and approved. The committee on subscription of stock reported progress and were on motion continued. On motion of Mr. Martin, the meeting proceeded to a permanent organization, without change of officers. The charter was then read and approved. A form of constitution and by-laws was then submitted by the secretary. Mr. Short moved they be adopted as read. Mr. Lynn amended to read and adopt by sections. Motion prevailed as amended.
Sec. 1 to 13 read and adopted. Sec. 14 amended to read “four-fifth consent or vote,” instead of unanimous.
Section 1 to 10 of the by-laws made and approved. On motion of Mr. Gale, the constitution and bylaws were then adopted as whole. After quite an interesting talk on the part of secretary and stockholders, a sense of the meeting was had instructing the Directors to push the work of improvement of grounds as fast as possible. On motion the meeting adjourned. D. L. KRETSINGER, Secretary, S. P. STRONG, Chairman.
Winfield Courier, May 24, 1883.
                                                        Council Proceedings.
                            COUNCIL CHAMBER, City of Winfield, May 21, 1883.
Council met in regular session, Mayor Emerson in the chair. Roll called. Present, Councilmen McMullen, McGuire, and Wilson; absent, councilman Kretsinger.
Winfield Courier, May 24, 1883. [City Council Meeting.]
On motion it was resolved to ask the Winfield Water Company to give the city a bond of indemnity against loss or expense on account of possible suits concerning the condemnation proceedings for water works.

E. B. Weitzel was given permission to remove a wooden building from lot 8 to lot 6 in block 110.
On motion the Council adjourned.
Winfield Courier, May 31, 1883.
                                                    WE WILL CELEBRATE.
                                     An Enthusiastic Meeting and Gratifying Results.
By virtue of a previous call, the citizens met to devise ways and means for a 4th of July celebration at Winfield. Capt. J. S. Hunt was elected President, and O. M. Seward, Secretary.
Hon. C. C. Black stated the object of the meeting, and Col. Whiting moved to celebrate. Carried.
On motion Mayor Emerson was elected President of the day, and Col. Whiting, Marshal, with power to select his own aids, and have general charge of programme for the day.
On motion the following committees were appointed.
Finance: J. P. Baden, J. B. Lynn, M. L. Robinson.
Grounds: S. C. Smith, D. L. Kretsinger, E. P. Greer.
Programme: J. C. McMullen, J. L. Horning, H. D. Gans.
Committee on Indians: W. J. Hodges, N. C. Myers, Col. Whiting.
Special Trains: Kennedy, Branham, H. E. Asp.
Amusements: C. C. Black, T. M. McGuire, John Keck, Jas. Vance, A. T. Spotswood, and J. Wade McDonald.
Fire Works: Henry Goldsmith, J. P. Baden, M. O’Hara.
Music: Crippen, Buckman, Snow.
Military Display: Capt. Haight, Dr. Wells, Col. Whiting.
Speakers: Rembaugh, Millington, Hackney.
On motion the meeting adjourned to meet at call of president, or chairman of committees.
                                                      J. S. HUNT, President.
O. M. SEWARD, Secretary.
Winfield Courier, June 21, 1883.
The grading on the race track at the new fair ground is almost completed. It is raised on the outside and slopes toward the inner edge, making what is known to horse-men as a “dish-track.” The track will cost when finished, about five hundred dollars, and had it not been for the favorable “lay of the land,” two thousand dollars would not have made a better one. It will be the best in the State, and reflects much credit on Superintendent Kretsinger. It will be opened to the public for the first time on the fourth of July.
Mrs. Kretsinger...
Winfield Courier, July 5, 1883.
Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger spent Sunday in Wichita with friends.
Winfield Courier, July 26, 1883.
Mrs. G. S. Manser and Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger have gone north on a visit and two more deserted and forlorn men are added to the list.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 19, 1883. Front Page.
                                                     SPECIAL PREMIUMS.

The special premiums offered below will be assigned to special location in the main building, or on the grounds, and will be under the management and control of the General Superintendent. Entries must be made as in other classes, but the Secretary’s card shall indicate for whose special premium the exhibit will enter for, and the exhibitors must be governed by the restrictions named in the special premium. Payment of premiums will be made by the parties offering the same, on the certificate of the awarding committee, said committee to be appointed by the executive board of the association.
THREE DOLLARS. For the best trained colt foaled in 1883. Must be trained by boy under 15 years, and exhibited under halter in the speed ring. Two or more must enter to take money.
Winfield Courier, August 2, 1883.
                                                        Cowley County Fair.
Cowley County holds a fair from the 25th to the 28th of September. Mr. D. L. Kretsinger, of Winfield, is the Superintendent. He was in the city yesterday making arrangements for cheap fares and freights on exhibits, and succeeded in procuring three cents a mile for round trip tickets and reasonable rates for exhibits. He informed us that a stock company had been formed with $10,000 capital, on which 70 percent had been paid. They have bought 53 acres of land for fair purposes, paying $75 per acre therefor. It looks as though Cowley County would have a big fair.    Commonwealth.
Winfield Courier, August 9, 1883.
At the Council meeting Monday evening sidewalk petitions from J. M. Reed and Patrick Buckley were granted. The petition of Quincy Glass for permission to erect scales on Main Street was refused. A lot of bills were allowed and referred. The question of tax levy was referred to committee of Kretsinger and Wilson. The bids for fire department supplies were referred to the fire department committee and Council adjourned to meet next Monday evening.
Mrs. Kretsinger...
Winfield Courier, August 16, 1883.
Mrs. Kretsinger has returned from her visit north and Krets is happy once more.
Winfield Courier, August 16, 1883.
At the last regular semi-annual election of Directors of the Ladies’ Library Association, the following were elected for the ensuing year.
Miss Lena Walrath, Mrs. W. D. Roberts, Mrs. M. J. Stimpson, Mrs. A. D. Hendricks, Mrs. J. B. Scofield, Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, Mrs. Whitney, Mrs. G. H. Allen, Mrs. A. H. Doane, Mrs. S. W. Greer, Mrs. Judge McDonald, Mrs. F. K. Raymond, Mrs. Will Strahan. Mrs. A. J. Lundy was elected Secretary to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of Mrs. Trimble. One hundred dollars worth of new and popular books have just been ordered. This is the time for you to secure your ticket for the year. Mrs. E. T. Trimble, Secretary.
D. L. Kretsinger loses on his motion...
Winfield Courier, August 23, 1883.

At the special session of the council Monday evening, a tax levy of 5 mills for general purposes, 2½ mills for fire department supplies, and 5 mills for paying off the Carpenter judgment, was made—12½ mills in all.
An application for levy for water works rents was made and earnestly pressed by councilman Kretsinger, but the council seemed to think it was time enough to make the levy after the contract had been completed and so sat down on the proposition very hard.
Winfield Courier, September 6, 1883.
A force of men have been at work with scythes on the fair grounds during the past week, cutting and cleaning away the grass and rubbish. The grounds are being put in splendid shape under the efficient management of Supt. Kretsinger.
Winfield Courier, September 6, 1883.
                                                    WINFIELD 2ND WARD.
H. Brotherton, M. L. Read, D. L. Kretsinger, I. W. Randall, Arthur Bangs, W. T. Madden.
Alternates: J. L. Horning, J. L. M. Hill, B. F. Wood, Will Hudson, W. J. Kennedy, E. C. Goodrich.
Mrs. Kretsinger...
Winfield Courier, September 13, 1883.
The following superintendents of their respective departments will please meet with the secretary at his office as early as possible on the first day of the Fair, Sept. 25th. The duties of the superintendents will be to have charge, under the general superintendent, of the departments to which they are assigned, and to select judges to award the different premiums. Those who find it impossible to serve will notify the secretary as early as possible that others may be appointed in their stead.
Fancy work, Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger.
Excerpts: Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger...
Winfield Courier, September 27, 1883.
                                                         COWLEY’S FAIR.
              Magnificent Displays in Every Department and all Expectations Fully Realized.

The first annual exhibition of the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association opened Tuesday morning last with extensive preparations and a clear sky. Early in the morning the streets began to look active, and by ten o’clock large numbers of persons were  accepting of the many facilities for transportation to the beautiful Fair Grounds, and the thoroughfare has been continually thronged since. Those who have no conveyances of their own find ample accommodation in the numerous omnibuses, express wagons, and common vehicles manned by lusty “rustlers,” fare twenty-five cents; and then there are “Walker’s Line” and “Shank’s Mare,” fare nothing; but we notice few who embrace the latter mode of transportation—these flush times make it unnecessary. Every large exhibition lasting through several days has its time of preparation, and on Tuesday and part of Wednesday, Cowley’s Fair was passing through this period. The superintendents and exhibitors were busy arranging the displays, and were not in shape to give details, but we gained enough information to make a synopsis of the great “show” in this issue, leaving the bulk of details for next week, when everything will be over and full report can be given.
The first place visited as nearest the entrance, was the general exhibition hall. On the right of the entrance are the Household fabrics, Kansas manufacture, in charge of Mr. W. R. McDonald. Every conceivable kind of “spread,” some of them elaborate, splendid rag carpets, and almost everything made in this line by the energy, taste, and deftness of Cowley’s ladies, are there to be seen. The different novelties here, as elsewhere, are deserving of special mention, but under the arrangement it was impossible to get the name of each exhibitor. The next thing encountered was the Flowers and Shrubs, presided over by Mrs. J. L. Horning. The display is very tastefully arranged, contains a good variety, and taken all in all, does Lady Flora full justice. Next to this is the Fine Art department, conducted by Miss Kate Millington, the most prominent among which are specimens of photography from the galleries of Winfield’s artists, Messrs. Rodocker, McIntire, and Beck Bros., and a finer display we challenge the state to produce.
You pass from this to the exhibit under Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, of Fancy Work, and here is where the skill and taste of Cowley’s ladies are shown in all their reality. A man is seized with a renewed admiration of the gentler sex as he stands and beholds these marvelous specimens of her handiwork. This is a very unique feature of the Fair.
Clara Brass, of Lawrence, visits sister, Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger...
Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.
Miss Clara Brass, of Lawrence, is in the city and will spend the winter with her sister, Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger.
Excerpts: Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, General Superintendent Kretsinger...
Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.
                                                              THE FAIR.
                                             Cowley Covers Herself With Glory.
                 A Grand Exposition of her Agricultural, Horticultural, and Stock Interests.
The south main exhibition building was devoted to the ladies department supplemented by a grand organ and sewing machine show. The fancy work under Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, was a varied display of taste and industry such as we have never seen before in one collection. There were articles of every imaginable name, and Mrs. Kretsinger hid amid a wilderness of lace and embroideries, had her hands more than full.
                                                      GENERAL SUCCESS.
Speaking financially, the fair was as great a success as in exhibits. The total receipts were about $3,800, which will leave a handsome surplus over expenses, for further improvements. On Thursday there were over eight thousand people on the grounds, and on Friday about six thousand. The business throughout was conducted without a jar, and everything passed off smoothly. Notwithstanding the vast throng of people in attendance, there was not an arrest made on the grounds nor a serious misdemeanor committed. This was largely due to the active and efficient efforts of General Superintendent Kretsinger.
                                         CLASS J. FARM AND HOUSEHOLD.

      Best display of Jellies, Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, city, 1st premium; Mrs. Cal. Ferguson, city, 2nd.
                                                        CLASS O. JELLIES.
Best apple jelly, Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, city, 1st premium.
Best blackberry jelly, Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, city, 1st premium; Mrs. O. L. Armstrong, city, 2nd.
Best cherry jelly, Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, city, 1st premium.
Best gooseberry jelly, Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, city, 1st premium; Mrs. Cal. Ferguson, city, 2nd.
Best lemon jelly, Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, city, 1st premium; Mrs. Cal. Ferguson, city, 2nd.
Best orange jelly, Mrs. Kretsinger, city, 1st premium.
Best peach jelly, Mrs. Kretsinger, 1st premium.
Best quince jelly, Mrs. Kretsinger, city, 1st premium; Mrs. Cal Ferguson, city, 2nd.
Best raspberry jelly, Mrs. Kretsinger, city, 1st premium; Mrs. Cal Ferguson, city, 2nd.
Best rhubarb jelly, Mrs. Kretsinger, city, 1st premium; Mrs. Cal. Ferguson, city, 2nd.
Best strawberry jelly, Mrs. Kretsinger, city, 1st premium.
Best tomato jelly, Mrs. Kretsinger, city, 1st premium; Mrs. Cal. Ferguson, city, 2nd.
Best display of jellies, Mrs. Kretsinger, city, 1st premium; Mrs. Cal. Ferguson, city, 2nd.
D. L. Kretsinger...
Winfield Courier, November 15, 1883.
                                                            Bridge Meeting.
For some time the iron bridge west of town has been in a bad condition, and last week the authorities of Vernon Township closed it until the necessary repairs could be made. Many of the people of Vernon objected strongly to the township having to stand all the expense of keeping it in repair, and presented a petition, largely signed, to the trustee asking him to do nothing more with the bridge. Hearing of this, the businessmen of the city had a meeting Friday evening to devise ways and means for assisting Vernon to repair it. The meeting was largely attended and organized by electing A. T. Spotswood, chairman, and D. L. Kretsinger, secretary. Messrs. J. B. Lynn, J. P. Baden, and S. P. Davis were appointed as finance committee and S. H. Myton, A. D. Hendricks, and Ed. P. Greer as a committee to confer with the officers of Vernon Township and see whether an equitable arrangement could not be made whereby both parties could unite in keeping the bridge up. The finance committee secured subscriptions to the amount of           , which amount was placed with the treasurer, W. C. Robinson. The conference committee met H. H. Martin, trustee, and P. B. Lee, clerk, of Vernon Township, on Saturday and made an arrangement with them whereby the citizens of Winfield should pay for the lumber necessary to floor the bridge, and Vernon would put it down, build an abutment under the west end, tighten up the iron work, and fence the approaches. This will put the bridge in first-class shape for a year to come, after which some new arrangement will have to be made for taking care of it. This bridge is used more than any other in the county, and the repair bills are necessarily very heavy. Vernon spent $300 on the west approach last summer and the present work will cost upwards of $600.

At the Friday evening meeting a small fund was raised for temporary repairs, which was placed in the hands of Mr. Kretsinger, and by noon on Saturday he had the bridge in shape for travel.
Winfield Courier, November 15, 1883.
                                                        Council Proceedings.
                  COUNCIL CHAMBER, CITY OF WINFIELD, November 12, 1883.
Council met pursuant to adjournment, Mayor Emerson in chair. Roll called. Present: Councilmen McMullen, McGuire, Kretsinger, and Wilson. Minutes of the last two regular meetings and adjourned meeting read and approved.
Frank Barclay, piping, etc., to drinking fountains: $34.75.
Winfield Courier, November 22, 1883.
                                                              Catholic Fair.
The Catholic Fair to be held November 27, 28, and 29 promises to be a grand success. Several articles of use, ornament, and value to be disposed of during the three days. Some of the articles are for raffle and some are to be voted to prominent citizens of Winfield. Among the many things to be disposed of is a pair of Piebald ponies which will be raffled off at $2 a chance, or number. A lady’s fine gold watch worth $150, beautifully and richly set with rubies, in fact the finest lady’s watch ever brought to Winfield by Hudson Bros., the part donors thereof. The watch is to be voted for the contestants or candidates, being A. E. Baird’s charming little daughter, and D. R. Green’s charming Lucy. A $40 gold headed cane is to be voted to the gentleman of Winfield receiving the most votes. The candidates as far as ascertained are A. T. Spotswood, D. L. Kretsinger, J. B. Lynn, Jim Hill, Cal. Ferguson, Charlie Harter, and Charlie Black, gentlemen well known to the people of Winfield and county; and also a neat and handsome office chair is to be voted for, the contestants being Fred C. Hunt and Will T. Madden; and a pair of lady’s gold bracelets to Jessie Smedley or Dora McRorey, whichever receives the most votes; also a fine wax doll to be voted to Mr. Hendrick’s little daughter or Mable Siverd. A handsome gold ring donated by our genial jeweler, Mr. Ramsey, will be baked in a handsome cake, and disposed of at 10 cents a piece, one of which pieces will contain the ring. Some of the articles for raffle are a handsome rug donated by J. B. Lynn, a handsome easy chair donated by Frank Berkey, a fine silver castor donated by our young jeweler, Bobby Hudson, and many other articles of ornament and use too numerous to mention, donated by Jim Hill, Mr. Arment, and other parties whose names will be mentioned hereafter. The Thanksgiving dinner spoken of will be the finest ever served in Winfield, and it is to be hoped that all will avail themselves of a delicious meal. The Fair will close by a grand ball on Thanksgiving evening, giving the young folks a chance to enjoy the day wisely set apart by our President for amusement and social recreation.
Puzzling! Mrs. Kretsinger not mentioned, but her sister, Clara Brass, was. However, the Courier began some time ago to refer to her as “Cloyd” Brass. I have corrected her first name to show it was “Clara.”...
Winfield Courier, November 29, 1883.
The most delightful entertainment of the season was given by Dr. & Mrs. Geo. Emerson on Tuesday evening of this week. The guests present were: Mr. & Mrs. Geo. Ordway, Mr. & Mrs. J. Wade McDonald, Mr. & Mrs. E. A. Baird, Mr. & Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. & Mrs.

M. L. Robinson, Mr. & Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, Mr. & Mrs. G. H. Allen, Mr. & Mrs. A. H. Doane, Mr. & Mrs. C. F. Bahntge, Mr. & Mrs. W. J. Wilson, Mr. & Mrs. D. A. Millington; Mrs. F. Mendell of Texas, Mrs. H. P. Mansfield of Burden, Mrs. Perkins, late of Australia, Mrs. Frank Barclay, Mrs. C. L. Harter; Misses Lizzie Wallis, Margie Wallis, Jennie Hane, Florence Beeney, Nettie R. McCoy, Huldah Goldsmith, Clara Brass, Sadie French, Julia Smith, Jessie Meech, Caro Meech, Jesse Millington; Messrs. M. J. O’Meara, D. L. Kretsinger, W. H. Smith, W. A. Smith of Wichita, E. H. Nixon, L. D. Zenor, W. C. Robinson, Geo. W. Robinson, E. Wallis, G. Headrick, F. F. Leland, H. Bahntge, E. Meech, Jr. It was an exceedingly lively party and the host and hostess had omitted nothing which could add to the general enjoyment. Mr. and Mrs. Emerson stand at the head of the list of those in Winfield who know how to entertain their friends.
D. L. Kretsinger awarded the gold-headed cane...
Winfield Courier, December 6, 1883.
The Catholic Fair in the Opera House last week was a success both socially and financially. It will net the church something like four hundred dollars. The various voting contests were lively and exciting: especially that for the gold-headed cane. The friends of D. L. Kretsinger finally carried the day. The gold watch was voted to D. R. Green’s little daughter.
Winfield Courier, December 6, 1883.
                            OFFICIAL COUNT -OF- BRYAN & LYNN’S PEAS!
Number of peas in jar 13,242. Prize awarded to Mr. John Shields, of New Salem, his guess being 13,247.
Ten next nearest guesses are:
Mrs. Cal Ferguson: 13,275
J. R. Taylor: 13,283
Sam Slate: 13,331
F. M. Freeland: 13,333
J. F. Miller: 13,333
Mrs. Van Way: 13,333
D. L. Kretsinger: 13,333
W. M. Palmer: 13,160
C. W. Saunders: 13,400
J. A. Patterson: 13,407
Total number guesses: 901. Highest guess: 5,000,000. Lowest guess: 700.
We, the undersigned, certify that we have counted the contents of the glass jar in Bryan & Lynn’s window, personally and carefully, and find the number of peas to be 13,242.
Mrs. Kretsinger returns, attended wedding of her sister, Sallie Brass...
Winfield Courier, January 10, 1884.
Mrs. Kretsinger returned Saturday morning from Lecompton where she attended the wedding of her sister, Miss Sallie Brass.
Excerpts: D. L. Kretsinger, Superintendent...
Winfield Courier, January 17, 1884.

                                                              OUR FAIR.
On Monday afternoon the stockholders of the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association met in the Opera House for the purpose of re-organizing the Board of Directors for the year 1884, and receiving reports of the condition and doings of the Association for the year. About seventy-five stockholders, representing nearly all of the subscribed stock, were present.
“The first Fair of the Association, held last September, resulted in the most gratifying success, and gave an earnest of the perpetuity and future usefulness of the organization.
“At your first meeting you elected the Board that has had charge of and performed with such signal success the work you assigned them to do. As chairman of that Board and exercising, as far as my ability permitted, vigilant and kindly supervision over its management, it is with pleasure that I acknowledge the ever prompt and efficient services of the Secretary, Ed. P. Greer; the skillful and energetic discharge of the duties of Superintendent by D. L. Kretsinger, and the honest and faithfully performed duties of Treasurer by A. H. Doane. Wisdom was exercised in the selection of these gentlemen to act in these important positions, which are of vital importance to the success of the Association, and a happy adaptation, in each case, was ever manifested in the discharge of their various  duties.
After a thorough overhauling of the Constitution and By Laws in the way of amendments, the following Board of Directors was elected to transact the business of the Association for the year 1884.
Jas. F. Martin: Vernon Township.
Harvey Smith: Silver Creek Township.
S. P. Strong: Rock Township.
H. Harbaugh: Pleasant Valley Township.
J. B. Nipp: Creswell Township.
P. B. Lee: Vernon Township.
S. S. Linn: Pleasant Valley Township.
K. J. Wright: Beaver Township.
J. O. Taylor: Walnut Township.
H. C. McDorman: Dexter Township.
J. L. Horning: Winfield.
A. T. Spotswood: Winfield.
C. C. Black: Winfield.
D. L. Kretsinger: Winfield.
Ed. P. Greer: Winfield.
A. H. Doane: Winfield.
Jas. B. Schofield: Winfield.

This directory gives ten to the county and seven to Winfield, which places the full control of the Association in the hands of the live, energetic farmers of Cowley. Let us hope that every member of the Board will be on hand at every meeting of that body and bend their united energies toward making Cowley’s Fair a model institution from which every county in the state may “draw inspiration” for building up a similar one. With twelve members of the board in the city last year, it was sometimes impossible to get nine directors out to a meeting.
After adjournment of the stockholders’ meeting, the new Board of Directors met, were sworn in, and elected the officers of the Association as follows.
Jas. F. Martin: President.
J. L. Horning: Vice President.
Ed. P. Greer: Secretary.
A. H. Doane: Treasurer.
D. L. Kretsinger: General Superintendent.
Following is a list of Shareholders and Number of Shares Held.
                                                         D. L. Kretsinger, 1.
Winfield Courier, January 24, 1884.
                                                        NARROW GAUGE.
On Tuesday of this week we were honored by a delegation consisting of J. W. Curns, A. H. Doane, Wm. Moore, and D. L. Kretsinger, who in a pleasant, gentlemanly, and earnest manner, presented us with the following petition.
To Mr. D. A. Millington, Editor of the Courier, Winfield, Kansas:
DEAR SIR: In your representative capacity as the Editor of one of the great newspapers of the county, and one of Winfield’s own papers, we desire to, in friendly manner, call your attention to the D. M. & A. narrow gauge railroad proposition.
In our opinion, as residents and businessmen of Winfield, the proposition is one full of advantage to the city and County, and is in great danger of being lost to us, unless it receives the unanimous support of the Citizens of this town.
In our humble belief the opposition of the COURIER is liable to defeat the measure and thereby deprive Winfield of that which will make us one of the most important cities in the State.
We therefore, as citizens of Winfield, earnestly and respectfully request you to reconsider the matter and withdraw your opposition to a scheme which as we verily believe is fraught with vital interest to us all.
The petition is signed by the above named gentlemen and others amounting to 140 names. Among the names we find those of fully one half of the intelligent businessmen of the city and of many others whom we well know and highly respect. It is couched in courteous language, presented in a courteous way, and is entitled to courteous treatment and respectful consideration from us and such it shall have.

We cordially thank the gentlemen for their kind consideration and the high compliment their petition implies. We assure them that we hold their views in high respect and it would give us much pleasure to be able to agree with them in all matters in which the interest of this city and county are involved. We are always sufficiently ready to yield our own views and fall in with public opinion, particularly in cases when a measure is before us in which each of our neighbors has the same interest which we have and all be benefitted or injured alike. It is a mistake to say that a newspaper is the leader of public opinion. A live newspaper is rather the exponent of public opinion and is necessarily led and influenced in its opinions and course by the pressure of surrounding sentiment and the opinions of its patrons.
Granting for the sake of the argument that in a case like the present, we ought to yield to public sentiment, the general appearance is, that here among our business and leading men the sentiment pro and con is nearly equally divided and in the county outside of this city the sentiment appears to us to be overwhelmingly against the proposition as it now stands.
In the petition the names of about 25 of the prominent businessmen and firms are conspicuous for their absence, and likewise the names of some 40 or 50 other prominent men of this city do not appear. Of course, 140 names is a very small minority of the taxpayers and electors of this city. It may justly be said that many more names could have been added to the petition had sufficient time been taken, including others of the leading businessmen. On the other hand, there are many names of persons on the petition whom we do not know, some who have called on us telling us that our course was the right course, and doubtless many who would as readily have signed a contrary petition had it been presented. The fact is that there are so many persons who cannot say no when urged by a friend to sign a petition that petitions cannot be relied upon as any indication of public sentiment.
We shall continue to believe that public sentiment is against this railroad proposition as  it now stands, until it is demonstrated at the polls that we were mistaken.
But we do not admit that a newspaper man is ever excusable in yielding his judgment on matters of public importance to public sentiment. It is his duty to look carefully into all projects of a public nature for his locality, to thoroughly inform himself so as to form the most correct conclusions he is capable of, and then give the facts and his conclusions and opinions to his readers, fully, honestly, and fairly, unprejudiced by the opinions or influence of others. We think this matter is so important to our patrons that it is an imperative duty on us to take such a course and we shall try to do our duty in this matter.
Winfield Courier, January 24, 1884.
                                                        Council Proceedings.
The council met Monday evening. The ordinance repealing the fire limits was referred to a special committee of councilmen McMullen, Kretsinger, and McGuire. We hope the committee will go out with a spade and bury it in some quiet spot where it won’t be disturbed.
The bills allowed were as follows: Telegram, $6.50; Thos. Partridge, work on sewer, $9.50; C. L. Harter on board, $14.26; Thos. Waters, $3.50.
The committee on council now report a satisfactory arrangement with Mr. Fuller and the room in the new brick was rented for a term of five years. Thus the city dads at last have a pleasant and permanent abode.
The city attorney was ordered to draw contract with Telegram for city printing for the balance of the year.
After some action on the subject of the location of hydrants, the council adjourned to meet next Monday evening, the 28th, when the vexed subject of water-works will be the special order of business.
Winfield Courier, January 31, 1884.
                                               WATERWORKS ACCEPTED.

The city councilmen at their meeting Monday evening accepted the waterworks, Messrs. Kretsinger, McMullen, and McGuire voting aye; Mr. Wilson and Mayor Emerson opposing.  This was hastily done while the reservoir had never been filled to test whether it was strong enough to hold two million gallons of water as required by the ordinance and while the question of whether the company had a right to the water from the “mill pond” was pending in the court. Since the acceptance the court has decided that the company have no right to use the water, thus leaving the city with a dry, waterless waterworks on its hands and $3,000 a year tax. We expected Kretsinger would vote for an acceptance whether there was any water in the reservoir or not, but we were surprised beyond measure when McMullen went over thus early and McGuire with him, while we honor Mr. Wilson and the mayor for their conservative and prudent course in the interests of the city. We do not mean to reflect on the motives of the gentlemen who voted for acceptance. We give them credit for doing what they considered just and proper in the case, and we hold them in higher respect, but we think they have made a mistake.
Kretsinger appointed by Mayor as “Chief Fire Marshal.” Jim Clatworthy appointed captain of Company No. 1. Frank Finch appointed captain of Company No. 2...
Winfield Courier, February 7, 1884.
The mayor has appointed Mr. D. L. Kretsinger as chief fire marshal under the new fire department ordinance. Jim Clatworthy is appointed captain of company No. 1 and Frank Finch of No. 2.
Winfield Courier, February 21, 1884.
D. L. Kretsinger was confirmed as chief fire marshal.
Mr. Kretsinger stated that he had appointed Mr. Clatworthy captain of fire company No. 1, and F. W. Finch captain of fire company No. 2. Fire marshal was instructed to procure lanterns, trumpets, and other necessary supplies for the use of the fire department.
City clerk was instructed to notify English Bros. that the city has on hand something over $900.00 to apply on their orders, and for them to send orders to a bank here for payment to that extent.
Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger...
Winfield Courier, February 21, 1884.
On Tuesday evening of last week Mrs. M. L. Whitney threw her pleasant home open for the reception of invited friends. Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. Dr. Kirkwood, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Mann, Mr. and Mrs. McCloud, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Beeny, Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Randall, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Doane, Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Allen, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Horning, Mrs. Dr. Van Doren, Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, Mrs. ____ White, Miss Martin, and Miss Mary Hamill. Refreshments formed an interesting supplement at the proper hour and under the royal entertainment of the hostess and family, the company pronounced it one of the most pleasant social gatherings of the winter.
D. L. Kretsinger, City Fire Marshal...
Winfield Courier, February 21, 1884.
                                                          Fire Department.

The following is the organization and enrollment of the Fire Department.
City Fire Marshal, D. L. Kretsinger; 1st Asst. Marshal, James Clatworthy; 2nd Asst. Marshal, Frank Finch.
Hose Company No. 1. Jas. Clatworthy, Captain.
Members: W. Lanagan, M. L. Garrigus, W. A. Kuhns, J. W. Hall, John Riley, E. Borghert, C. R. Delay, Frank Cropton, S. Crandall, E. C. Green, Ed Cochran.
Hose Company No. 2. Frank Finch, Captain.
Members: F. L. Noble, W. H. Clark, R. S. Howard, John Wooden, R. D. Rodgers, F. A. Whitney, E. F. Nelson, F. J. Pierce, A. McNeil, C. Trump, and W. S. Brown.
The Department is now thoroughly organized and under the efficient management which Mr. Kretsinger gives any enterprise he takes hold of, assisted by Jas. Clatworthy and Frank Finch, will down any fire that has courage enough to show its little light.
D. L. Kretsinger, Superintendent of Winfield Water Company...
Winfield Courier, February 28, 1884.
Mr. D. L. Kretsinger has been appointed superintendent of the water company with entire charge of its business and property. He will take hold of the matter actively at once. Mr. Kretsinger is one of our most energetic citizens and will handle the liquid supply of the city in first class shape. The position entails a good deal of responsibility and work on his shoulders, but he is fully equal to the emergency.
Winfield Courier, February 28, 1884.
                                                    Winfield Water Company.
                                                         February 27, 1884.
D. L. Kretsinger is this day appointed Superintendent of the Winfield Water Company, and will have supervising control of the company’s works. All patrons of the company will apply to him for water rates, permits, contracts, etc., and to whom all rentals will be paid.
                                                 M. L. ROBINSON, President.
CHAS. F. BAHNTGE, Secretary.
D. L. Kretsinger, councilman...
Winfield Courier, March 13, 1884.
The lease existing between Albro & Dorley for room for hose carts was annulled, both parties concurring. A lease was then made with J. C. McMullen for his brick and stone building on North Main for the term of five years at $25.00 per month, for the use of the fire department.
The city treasurer was instructed to pay all money in his hands belonging to the fund raised for paying orders of the city in favor of English Brothers.
J. F. McMullen, attorney for the Gas Company, filed a written request for the appointment of a committee to locate the places for the erection of the gas ports. Councilmen McMullen, Wilson, and Kretsinger were appointed as such committee.
Ordinance No. 184, contracting for the supply of gas to the city of Winfield to light the streets and public buildings of said city was passed and approved by the mayor.
An ordinance granting to the Southern Kansas Railway Co. the right to lay a side track along and in Fifth Avenue between Main and Manning Streets, was passed.

The Winfield Gas Company filed a statement locating its main buildings and appurtenances for the manipulation of gas on out lot No. 3 lying north of Fifth Avenue and west of Main Street within the corporate limits of the city. The location was accepted by the council.
D. L. Kretsinger...
Winfield Courier, March 27, 1884.
                                        Cowley County will have Competing Lines.
A meeting of citizens of Winfield was held at the Brettun House last Monday evening to hear concerning movements which have recently been taken toward the construction of a railroad direct to Winfield from the direction of Kansas City.
W. H. Smith was chosen chairman and Ed. P. Greer, Secretary.
Henry E. Asp, being called upon for a recital of what has been done, stated that since any report has been made to the citizens, James Hill, the manager of the Missouri, Winfield & South Western railroad company, has visited St. Louis, Chicago, and other cities east conferring with capitalists and railroad builders to induce them to take hold of the organization he represented and build us a road. He finally got Messrs. Geo. W. Hoffman, James N. Young, and L. D. Latham, of Chicago, and M. M. Towle and C. N. Towle of Hammond, Indiana, so far interested in the project that they sent Mr. L. D. Latham to look over the route, examine the situation, and report. Mr. Latham came about March 1st, at the time that our narrow gauge excitement was strongest, which was an element of discouragement to him, but such other facts and reasons were placed before him that he was prepared to make a favorable report. Mr. Hill returned with him and secured a meeting of the above named gentlemen at St. Louis, where they could confer with the authorities of the railroads running west from that city. Mr. Hill and Mr. Asp met them in St. Louis about the 11th of this month and the result of the arrangements made there was that Messrs. L. D. Latham, M. M. Towle, and J. N. Young were authorized to visit the route again, get further information, and make such arrangements as in their judgment was best for themselves and their friends.
These gentlemen arrived at Newton last Friday, where they met with Mr. Hill, who took them down to Arkansas City. That evening Mr. Asp went down and consulted with them. They came to Winfield Saturday, but after consulting with but a very few of our citizens, they returned to Arkansas City that evening, saying that they would be back Monday and then be ready to announce their decision. On Monday they returned and stated their decision that they could not use the old M. W. & S. W. charter because it did not cover the ground from Coffey County to Kansas City direct and was insufficient for their purposes in other respects, beside, if they built the road, they must have the full control.

They therefore decided to make a new organization and file a charter to suit themselves at once and proceed to build the road immediately if they can get such aid from the counties and townships along the line as will warrant them in proceeding. They locate by their charter the general office of the company at Winfield and Kansas City, Kansas. They will first try for aid between Winfield and Eureka over the route surveyed by the M. W. & S. W., if permitted by that company, and will pay for any part of the work done that they can make available. If they fail of getting sufficient aid by that line, they will next submit propositions up the Little Walnut to Rosalia. As soon as they are assured of the aid, they will put that portion of the road from their connection with the Ft. Scott & Wichita road to Winfield under contract and will complete it this season. They expect to bring their iron and ties on the Frisco road, which is now under the control of the Gould interest. They will build from that road to Winfield first. If they fail on both of these routes to get the aid, they will try another.
Messrs. Towle are the men who originated the scheme of carrying dressed beef in refrigerator cars, have overcome all obstacles, have their slaughter houses at Hammond, Indiana, twenty miles out of Chicago, where they have built quite a city and are slaughtering about a thousand beeves a day and shipping the dressed beef to New York. They have the idea that a slaughter house on the south line of Sumner County, with direct and cheap rates to Kansas City and New York, would have greater advantages over Chicago as a packing point than Chicago has over New York. They are worth half a million. Mr. Hoffman is the heavy capitalist of the concern and is worth several million. Mr. Latham is a railroad builder in which he has had much experience and success. He can command plenty of money. The same may be said of Mr. Young, who is an experienced broker and dealer in railroad stocks and bonds. There is no doubt of their ability to build the road. They expect to offer propositions for voting aid by our people in a very few days and to push the matter as rapidly as possible.
The meeting passed a resolution to the effect that we want them to build the road and will do anything reasonable in aid thereof.
A committee consisting of D. L. Kretsinger, J. C. Fuller, M. L. Robinson, H. E. Asp, and C. A. Bliss was appointed to confer with them, get their terms, and report at a meeting to be called by themselves, and directed the secretary of the meeting to inform the company of these proceedings.
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1884. [Part of City Council Meeting.]
Petition of Mrs. Shields and Messrs. Crippen, Smith, Wells, Zook, and Fahnestock for waterworks extension was granted, it appearing that owing to underlying rock, there was a scarcity of wells in that neighborhood and that one well was supplying six or eight families, making the extension a necessity.
The committee on Public Health reported that after investigation, they found no cause for granting the petition for removal of the elevator, stock yards, or gasworks buildings, in the north part of the city, and the report was adopted.
Application of W. A. Lee to lease part of the building belonging to the city, near the bell tower, was rejected.
The council resolved to grant hereafter no sidewalk petitions unless previously examined and passed upon by the committee on streets and alleys.
The following bills were allowed and ordered paid.
D. L. Kretsinger, supplies for and repairs on fire department buildings, $114.40.

At an adjourned session of City Council Tuesday morning, the petition of 389 taxpayers of the city was presented, praying for the call of a special election for the purpose of taking the sense of the voters of the city upon the proposition to subscribe forty thousand dollars in bonds to the capital stock of the Kansas City & Southwestern Railroad Company. After due hearing, examination, and consideration of the petition, an election was called for May 27th.
Kretsinger resigns as councilman...
Winfield Courier, May 8, 1884.
                                                   The City “Dads” in Session.
The regular meeting of the City Council occurred Monday evening.
Ordinance No. 188, providing for the extension of water mains, was adopted; also sidewalk ordinance No. 189; Ordinance No. 190 amending Ordinance No. 152, fixing the salary of City Marshal and street Commissioner at fifty-five dollars per month, and an Ordinance, No. 191, fixing the fees and salaries of certain officers.
Cal Ferguson was granted a building permit.
Application of A. H. Jennings for building permit was referred to Committee on Fire Department.
The following bills were allowed and ordered paid.
J. C. McMullen, rent of Fire Department building for April, $25.00.
Black & Rembaugh, printing, $26.75.
D. L. Kretsinger, Fire Department repairs, $2.30.
A committee of three, composed of Councilmen Hodges and McGuire and the City Marshal, was appointed to see about either building, or renting at less expense than the one now used, a permanent place for fire department apparatus.
Councilman Kretsinger tendered a written resignation as councilman from the Second Ward and it was accepted by the Council.
D. L. Kretsinger appointed and confirmed as Chief Fire Marshal...
Winfield Courier, May 22, 1884.
The regular meeting of the City Council occurred Monday evening. Ordinance No. 192, relating to the duties of certain city officers, was passed.
The following bills were allowed and ordered to be paid.
Fire Company and volunteer firemen, $32.00.
D. L. Kretsinger was appointed and confirmed as chief fire marshal for the ensuing year.
Superintendent Kretsinger, Fair Grounds...
Winfield Courier, May 29, 1884.
Superintendent Kretsinger has been busily engaged during the past week with a large force of hands erecting new stalls on the fair grounds for the use of the large number of blooded horses which are in training there.
D. L. Kretsinger part of welcoming committee...
Winfield Courier, July 3, 1884.
                                          WELLINGTON WELLINGTONIAN.

By virtue of correspondence between the officers of the M. E. Sunday School of this city and some of the authorities of Winfield, it was arranged for an excursion under the auspices of M. E. Sunday School to Winfield for the purpose of spending the day in the Riverside Park, one of the most beautiful parks in the State. Accordingly, through the courtesy of the Southern Kansas railroad, a merely nominal rate was secured for transportation and Division Superintendent Messinger placed at the disposal of the excursionists nine cars, which on last Thursday morning were crowded with between four hundred and five hundred citizens of Wellington. Supt. Messinger kindly conducted the train in person and paid every attention to the comfort of the passengers en route. The Excursionists were met at Winfield by a committee consisting of Rev. B. Kelly, Mr. M. L. Robinson, and D. L. Kretsinger, headed by the Winfield Juvenile Band, composed of twelve members, led by Ed. Farringer, the youngest member being Master Carl Farringer, six years of age. They were escorted to the opera house by the committee and a long concourse of the citizens of Winfield, where the Courier Band, led by Mr. George Crippen were awaiting them. Riverside Park, the Opera House, the Fair Grounds were placed at the disposal of the guests, and, in short, the freedom of the city was generously tended them. On account of the heavy rain the preceding night, the park was not in a condition to be occupied, and Mr. T. B. Myers, manager of the Opera House, was untiring in his efforts to render their occupancy of that commodious building pleasant. Mr. Ed. P. Greer, local editor of the COURIER, was active and unremitting in his attentions; and indeed the businessmen and citizens generally took especial pains to render every assistance to make their stay pleasant. Boats had been brought to the landing of the Walnut River, that the visitors might enjoy a boat ride. Ice water and refreshments in abundance were gratuitously furnished by the citizens of Winfield. To be short, we will say that everything was done that kindness, hospitality, and exquisite good taste could suggest to make the day one long to be remembered by the people of Wellington, and we can assure our good neighbors of Winfield that Wellington only waits an opportunity to reciprocate their generosity.
Office of Doane & Kretsinger...
Winfield Courier, July 10, 1884.
A meeting of the businessmen and all interested will be held at the office of Doane & Kretsinger on the eve of July 11th at 8 o’clock to consider the best means to build an armory for the Battery and for other purposes. By request of Citizens.
D. L. Kretsinger...
Winfield Courier, July 10, 1884.
               RECAP. Fourth of July Celebration: Fully Fifteen Thousand People Present.
On the evening of the 3rd the old soldiers gathered in large numbers at the G. A. R. headquarters and marched to the tune of “Old John Brown” to the beautiful Fair Ground Park. Here they found tents already pitched and everything in readiness for them to chase the festive bean around the camp fire and retell the thrilling stories which will never grow old to the comrades-in-arms. Regular old-fashioned “hard-tack” had been supplied in abundance and a happy reunion was had that night by the boys who wore the blue. After supper, headed by the Burden, Courier, and Juvenile bands, a torchlight procession marched into town. By sunrise Friday morning people from all sections began to pour in. . . .

The Robinson and Telegram Fire Companies made a splendid appearance in the procession. The paraphernalia was all beautifully decorated with red, white, and blue, and the Robinson Fire Company represented the Goddess of Liberty with one of the prettiest little misses of the city, Nina Nelson, gracefully seated on their hose cart amid the drapery. O’Meara & Randolph had a representation of their boot and shoe business, accompanied by plantation music from darkies. A feature which attracted wide attention and showed great enterprise was the stone display of Mr. Schmidt from his quarries near town. A large, wide-framed wagon was loaded with fine specimens of stone and men were at work all day sawing it up and distributing the smooth blocks among the people. Oration was delivered by Hon. J. Wade McDonald, who reviewed the progress of the Union from its birth to the present day. Then came dinner followed by an address by Mrs. Helen M. Gougar, the famous lady orator of Indiana.
Then came the amusements. The trotting race, mile heats, best three in five, purse $90, was won by “Basham,” owned by Mr. Wells of Burden over Billy Hands’ “Nellie H.” The running race, quarter mile heat, between the Blenden mare and a lately arrived horse, was won easily by the former, purse $60.
Andy Lindsey of Winfield got $5.00 for climbing to the top of the greased pole. Another ambitious boy preceded him, but on reaching the top slid down without the money, supposing it was in the hands of a committee and all he had to do was to climb the pole. the crowd soon turned his disappointment into gladness by making up the five dollars. The wheelbarrow race, by blindfolded men, some six or seven taking part, furnished much amusement and was won by Allen Brown, a colored man of Winfield. It proved the uncertainty of “going it blind.” The greased pig, after a lively chase, was caught by Phenix Duncan, a colored boy. The festivities of the day closed with a flambeaux procession with Roman candles, etc. The Gas Company turned on a full head both Thursday and Friday evenings and the sixty bright lamp posts, with the stores illuminated with gas lights, gave the city a brilliant appearance. The Firemen’s Ball at the Opera House was largely attended.
Credit was extended to Messrs. J. C. Long, Jas. H. Vance, D. L. Kretsinger, J. P. Baden, A. T. Spotswood, R. E. Wallis, Wm. Whiting, C. C. Black and Fred Kropp for the success of the celebration.
Winfield Courier, August 7, 1884.
                                                         OFFICERS, 1884.
JAS. F. MARTIN: President.
J. L. HORNING: Vice-President.
ED. P. GREER: Secretary.
A. H. DOANE: Treasurer.
D. L. KRETSINGER: General Superintendent.
EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE. Jas. F. Martin, Ed. P. Greer, J. L. Horning, A. H. Doane, D. L. Kretsinger.
FINANCE COMMITTEE. Chas. C. Black, P. B. Lee, A. T. Spotswood.
DIRECTORS. A. H. Doane, A. T. Spotswood, C. C. Black, J. B. Schofield, S. S. Linn, Ed. P. Greer, D. L. Kretsinger, H. Harbaugh, J. F. Martin, J. B. Nipp, J. L. Horning, Harvey Smith, S. P. Strong, P. B. Lee, K. J. Wright, J. O. Taylor, H. C. McDorman.

The following is a list of the stockholders of the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association.
                               D. L. Kretsinger was listed as one of the stockholders.
Winfield Courier, August 14, 1884.
Capt. H. H. Siverd has been selected by Superintendent Kretsinger as Chief of Police during the fair. The captain will keep things regulated in good shape.
Mrs. Kretsinger’s sister, Clara Brass, and her son, Lamar Kretsinger...
Winfield Courier, August 21, 1884.
Miss Clara Brass, who has been spending several weeks with her sister, Mrs. Kretsinger, left Tuesday for Medicine Lodge. Lamar Kretsinger accompanied her. She will probably return and spend the winter here.
Winfield Courier, August 21, 1884.
Things on the fair grounds are assuming a lively air. Superintendent Kretsinger is erecting an additional amphitheater, fencing the inside of the speed ring, putting up forty new stallion stalls and a hennery, and clean everything up in readiness for the biggest fair ever held in Southern Kansas. It begins four weeks from next Tuesday—September 23rd.
Winfield Courier, August 28, 1884.
The county convention met pursuant to call, and was called to order by D. A. Millington, chairman of county central committee. After the reading of the call by the secretary, E. A. Henthorn, of Silver Creek Township, was nominated for temporary chairman and E. G. Gray, of Creswell Township, for temporary secretary.
The delegates of the county convention of the first commissioner district organized by the election of W. P. Hackney, chairman; and J. C. Long, secretary, and the following ballots were had for commissioner: 1st. S. C. Smith, 16; E. M. Reynolds, 12; J. W. Millspaugh, 5; D. L. Kretsinger, 3. 2nd. Smith, 18; Reynolds, 13; Millspaugh, 5. 3rd. Smith, 19; Reynolds, 12; Millspaugh, 5; and S. C. Smith was made the nominee by acclamation.
Winfield Courier, September 4, 1884.
                                                   The Last Share Subscribed.
Last Saturday evening the last share of the two hundred shares of the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association was subscribed. The capital as authorized by the charter of incorporation issued by the State, viz: “Ten Thousand Dollars divided into two hundred shares of fifty dollars each” is now all subscribed and by January 1, 1885, will be fully paid up. Its “statement,” therefore, at the present writing, is as follows:
Present value of grounds, 53½ acres at $150 per acre—a low estimate: $8,025.00.
Actual cost of improvements put on grounds to date as shown by the Secretary’s books:
Net profits of 1883 fair: $1,489.38.
                                            TOTAL RESOURCES: $14,763.76.
                                                   Capital Stock: $10,000.00.
                                                      BALANCE: $4,763.76.

                                            TOTAL LIABILITIES: $14,763.76.
So it will be seen that each share of stock is actually worth today forty-eight percent premium. The first subscription to the capital stock was made by Hon. W. P. Hackney, on the 27th day of April, 1883. Messrs. Jas. F. Martin, H. Harbaugh, J. W. Millspaugh, D. L. Kretsinger, A. H. Doane, R. B. Pratt, M. L. Robinson, and Ed. P. Greer also subscribed at the same time. The next day, April 28th, a committee consisting of D. L. Kretsinger, A. T. Spotswood, and Ed. P. Greer waited on the citizens and secured subscriptions for about four thousand dollars of the stock. Half of the amount of each subscription was to be paid within sixty days and the other half on the December following. Upon these assurances M. L. Robinson and W. P. Hackney contracted for the grounds. When the 1883 fair opened the Directory had used all the money they had taken in on the sale of capital stock, and had borrowed upon their own personal security three thousand dollars more, in order to erect the necessary buildings. It was a big risk, but they were determined to see it through, and so cheerfully carried the burden. In addition to this they, with those who were also stockholders at the time, refused to accept the profits of last year’s work but returned it to the treasury, so that the gentleman who subscribed for the last share Saturday evening gets just as much as those who paid in their money over a year ago. There are one hundred and sixty-three shareholders who own the two hundred shares: an average of a little over one and a quarter shares to each person, so the association at the present time is anything but a “monopoly.” One hundred and twenty-six shares are held by persons living outside of Winfield, and one hundred and nineteen by persons now engaged in farming so that the farmers of Cowley County own and have the power to absolutely control their fair as they wish. We hope that every stockholder, especially the farmers, will hold on to their stock, no matter what flattering offers they may receive for it. If it is worth a hundred percent premium to someone else, it is worth it to you and much more, for upon the control and management of the farmers interested in it depends much of its future success and usefulness.
Winfield Courier, September 18, 1884.
                                                                Fair Notes.
There were two hundred entries made on Tuesday.
Capt. Siverd as manager of the police force will keep everything running right.
The new addition to the amphitheater raises its seating capacity to nine hundred.
Thursday will be “Winfield Day.” On that day Winfield will turn out en masse.
General Superintendent Kretsinger has everything about the grounds in first-class shape.
The famous trotters “Joe Young” and “Fred Douglas” will take part in this free for all on Friday.
The race horses with their grooms have begun to come in and the speed stables are filling up rapidly.
The space between the two wings of the amphitheater has been enclosed and gives lots of additional room.
Mr. Wesley Paris has taken the contract to keep the grounds sprinkled and the dust down and has fitted up all his wagons and teams with which to do this work.

The two-cent per mile ticket will be put on sale at all the offices on the Southern Kansas from Cambridge to Harper Monday. An immense number of people will take advantage of the low rates and attend Cowley’s grand exhibition.
The gold badge for the champion bycicler at the fair is now on exhibition at M. A. Boyer’s jewelry store. It is a beauty and will be a most beautiful trophy. The race for it comes off on Thursday afternoon and will be contested by ten uniformed riders. This race will be one of the most novel and interesting of the fair.
Winfield Courier, September 18, 1884.
J. C. McMullen, rent fire department building for August, $25.00.
D. L. Kretsinger, services as chief fire marshal, $12.90.
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.
                            Meeting of Blaine and Logan Clubs and a Flambeau Club.
A meeting of the Blaine and Logan Club of Winfield was held at the Courthouse Monday evening. The meeting came to order by electing Mr. A. H. Limerick, Chairman, and W. A. McCartney, Secretary. The object of the meeting was stated by W. J. Wilson. Speeches were made by T. H. Soward and W. P. Hackney in favor of the complete organization and equipment of a Blaine and Logan club. It was decided to organize the club into three companies of torch-bearers and one Flambeau club. The following officers were elected: Colonel Whiting, Commander of battalion and D. L. Kretsinger, Adjutant; Spencer Miner, Captain “Co. A”; Frank Finch, 1st Lieutenant; M. B. Shields, 2nd Lieutenant; T. J. Harris, 3rd Lieutenant; Capt. J. B. Nipp, Captain of “Co. B”: W. P. Hackney 1st Lieutenant; John McGuire, 2nd Lieutenant; H. H. Siverd, 3rd Lieutenant; Cap Steuven, Captain of the Flambeau club; H. G. Norton, 1st Lieutenant; W. A. McCartney, 2nd Lieutenant; Frank H. Greer, 3rd Lieutenant. The election of officers for “Co. C” was deferred until Tuesday evening. A meeting of the officers of the different companies was called for Wednesday morning for the purpose of appointing various committees, and deciding on the kind and number of suits and torches to be ordered. After the completion of business of the meeting, Henry E. Asp was called on, and responded in one of his characteristic speeches, after which the meeting adjourned.
Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger...
Winfield Courier, October 2, 1884.
                                                      CLASS J.—FLORAL.
Best half dozen button-hole bouquets, Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, 1st; Hope Manser, 2nd.
Winfield Courier, December 18, 1884.
The following bills were allowed and ordered paid:
J. C. McMullen, rent for fire department building for November, $25.
Hose Co. No. 1, fires of East Ward schoolhouse and Blair’s barn, $28.00.
Hose Co. No. 2, same fires, $26.75.

D. L. Kretsinger, chief fire marshal, $3.00.
                                               Winfield Post No. 85, G. A. R.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 22, 1885.
The committee appointed by the Winfield Post No. 85, G. A. R., take pleasure in thanking the citizens of Winfield for their liberal patronage of the Tennessee Scout. Considering the inclement weather, you more than surprised us, and through your liberality the Post has added $50.00 to its relief fund. We especially thank Miss Jessie Stretch who, in the character of “Alice Coleman,” would win laurels from professionals; Cora Finch, as “Aunt Jemima,” Hattie Andrews as “Bessie Fox,” Mattie Vanorsdal as “Maria Carey.” The Misses who formed the tableaux did so with credit to themselves and to the entire satisfaction of all citizens, who join with the Post in thanking the whole cast for their unceasing endeavors to make the play a success.
        C. E. Steuven, J. H. Finch, H. L. Wells, A. H. Limerick, and D. L. Kretsinger, Com.
                                            FAIR CIRCUIT CONVENTION.
                  Delegates From Seven Counties Meet at Wellington and Arrange
                                                Consecutive Dates for Fairs.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 29, 1885.

Delegates of the Southwestern Kansas Fair Circuit Convention met at the Arlington Hotel, Wellington, January 22, 1885. Col. St. Clair, of Sumner County, was called to the chair and D. L. Kretsinger, of Cowley County, chosen secretary. On call of the circuit roll, the following delegates responded: Butler County, W. H. Litson; Cowley County, J. F. Martin and D. L. Kretsinger; Harper County, F. T. Pryor and I. B. Forbes; Kingman County, Geo. E. Filley; Sumner County, George R. Fultz and J. K. Hasty; Sedgwick County, T. D. Fouts and H. H. Peckham. On motion the delegates from the Harper Driving Park and Agricultural Association were admitted as members of the convention. On motion, each Fair Association was entitled to two votes in convention. On motion, a committee of one from each Fair Association was appointed to report upon dates for holding the annual fairs of each association for the year 1885. After the deliberation, the committee submitted the following: “That we recommend the holding of annual fairs within the circuit for the year 1885, as follows: Harper County at Anthony, September 1st to 5th; Sumner County Fair at Wellington, September 8th to 11th; Harper County fair at Harper September 15th to 18th; Cowley County fair at Winfield, September 22nd to 26th; Kingman County fair at Kingman, September 29th to October 2nd; Sedgwick County fair at Wichita, October 4th to 9th; Butler County fair at El Dorado, October 12th to 16th. On motion, the report of the committee was adopted. Mr. Kretsinger, of Cowley County, offered the following: Resolved, That we recommend a uniform price in stalls and pens at all fairs in this circuit: box stales, $2; covered stalls, $1; open, cattle, hog, and sheep pens free, the association to furnish straw free, exhibitors to pay market price for hay and grain and pay regular price of admission, admitting all grooms free. That we further recommend as admission price, single admission, 25 cts.; all vehicles, 25 cts., saddle horses, 15 cts. Family ticket, with daily coupons, admitting family and children under 18, $1; amphitheater, 25 cts.; quarter-stretch, 25 cts.” On motion, the resolution was adopted. Mr. Fultz, of Sumner County, moved that 10 percent be charged upon all entrees for premiums. Pending the discussion of the motion, Mr. Litson, of Butler, moved an adjournment until Wednesday, March 4th, at the Arlington House, which prevailed.
                                                   D. L. Kretsinger, Secretary.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 5, 1885.
Mr. D. L. Kretsinger, of Winfield, paid the Wellingtonian a visit on Thursday of last week. Mr. Kretsinger was here as representative of the Cowley County Fair Association at the meeting of the Southern Kansas Fair circuit. Mr. Kretsinger was for a couple of years city editor of the Winfield Daily Telegram, while that paper was under the management of the editor of the Wellingtonian, and is always a welcome visitor at his quarters. “Kret” is a bright and active young man and has come to the front in Cowley County politics to such an extent that he will some day rake in a fat office, or we miss our guess. Wellingtonian.
                                                     UNITED WE STAND!
                               AN ENTHUSIASTIC MEETING OF CITIZENS
                                        IN THE INTERESTS OF WINFIELD.
                 The Queen City of Southern Kansas to Make Still Greater Strides
            in Material Advancement—The D. M. & A. and K. C. & S. Are Coming.
                                                    Other New Enterprises.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 19, 1885.
That Winfield and Cowley County are bound to march onward and upward during 1886, and even outdistance her former successes, was splendidly evidence in the rousing meeting of prominent businessmen at the Court House Thursday evening last. It showed that our citizens are on the alert and ready to embrace anything that will conduce to the prosperity of our city, and make her the metropolis that situation and natural advantages insure, if concerted action is brought to bear. The Court House was “chock full” and an interest shown in harmony with the energetic, rustling character of our businessmen.
Judge T. H. Soward called the meeting to order in a brief outline of its import—to stimulate immigration and public improvements, and to formulate plans for the general advancement of the Queen City and Cowley County.
D. L. Kretsinger, always prominent on such occasions, was made chairman, and George C. Rembaugh, the fat man of the Telegram, was chosen secretary. J. C. Long, A. T. Spotswood, H. B. Schuler, M. L. Robinson, and Col. Whiting were appointed a committee on plan of action, and after consideration they recommended that a permanent organization be formed to be known as the “Winfield Enterprise Association,” and that a committee of seven be appointed to draft by-laws, rules, etc., and report to a meeting at the Court House on this (Thursday) evening. The gentlemen composing the temporary committee were continued, with the addition of J. B. Lynn and M. G. Troup.

Chas. C. Black, secretary of the Denver, Memphis & Atlantic Railway Company, then addressed the meeting on the prospects of that line. He explained that the road would  have reached Winfield ere this if the financial panic, beginning with May last, hadn’t made progress impossible. With the loosening of the money market, he said the road would be pushed right through. The company have decided to make it a broad gauge, connecting at Baxter Springs with the Fort Scott & Gulf railroad. The contract for twenty-five miles of track has been let to John Fitzgerald, of Lincoln, Nebraska, a contractor of reliability and capital of half a million, who will begin to throw dirt as soon as the frost is out of the ground. With the twenty-five miles begun on the east end, the company will re-solicit aid along the proposed line (the bonds formerly voted being all void, owing to the road’s procrastination). The proposition having carried by so small a majority before in this county, Mr. Black thought it likely that aid would be asked by townships, Winfield being solicited for $40,000. M. L. Robinson also spoke flattering of the prospects for the D. M. & A., as well as the Kansas City and Southwestern, together with other projects conducive to Winfield’s prosperity. There seems no doubt that both these roads will be traversing the fair fields of Cowley before this year is ended. The officers of the K. C. & S. have everything arranged to commence operations as soon as the money market will permit. The meeting, by a unanimous vote, signified its willingness to vote forty thousand dollars to the D. M. & A., and, if needs be, vote the same amount again to the K. C. & W.
John C. Long, Col. Whiting, and others spoke enthusiastically of Winfield’s prospects, and urged the necessity for concerted action. Mr. Long said that the Street Railway Company would build its line, and not a dollar’s worth of aid would be asked. Our street railway will make us metropolitan indeed.
Spencer Bliss suggested the feasibility and possibility of offering sufficient inducements to the A., T. & S. F. and S. K. railroads to build a union depot and joint shops in this city, and stated that the prospect of navigating the Arkansas river, and other influences, pointed forcibly to the necessity of the Santa Fe moving through the Territory soon, to a southern market, in which case they must have shops about this location. Winfield being ninety-five miles from Cherryvale and about the same distance from Newton, offers a very advantageous situation for joint shops and a round house, and if our businessmen push the feasibility of the matter, there seems no doubt that this result can be obtained. When the D. M. & A. and K. C. & S. strike us, now anticipated before the summer rolls by, this scheme will be all the more probable. With four railroads radiating from Winfield, with their shops here, we will have a town that will lay all others in Kansas in the shade—hardly excepting the State Capital.
This was the most enthusiastic meeting our city has witnessed in many a day, and shows a determination on the part of everybody to make the Queen City “git up and dust.” With the advent of spring, immigration will pour in from the panic-stricken east—immigration of a substantial character, men seeking profitable investment for capital, and with unison of effort, the extensive advertisement we are getting, etc., Winfield and Cowley County will get a large share. This organization is what is needed. New enterprises will be sprung and an era of prosperity dawn that will surprise “old-timers.” With the prettiest city, the best county, and the best people on the globe, Winfield’s beacon light will be followed by many an easterner in quest of a pleasant home and safe investment. Let us all put our shoulders to the wheel and keep our city in the first ranks of leading, prosperous cities—where her natural advantages entitle her. Every businessman in the city should give the meeting tonight his presence. What we need is a hard pull, a strong pull, and a pull altogether.
Mrs. Kretsinger visited by sisters, Miss Clara Brass and Mrs. Sherman...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 12, 1885.
Miss Clara Brass, of Lawrence, and Mrs. Sherman, of Springfield, Mo., are visiting their sister, Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger.

D. L. Kretsinger, secretary at meeting...
                              THE WINFIELD ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATION.
                   A Third Enthusiastic Meeting and a Board of Directors Elected.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 12, 1885.
The Winfield Enterprise Association is now thoroughly organized and is bringing its power to bear on various schemes whose success will set Winfield several rounds up the ladder of prosperity. Its third meeting was held on Thursday evening last, when the membership was found to have reached over two hundred of our prominent businessmen, most of whom were present and have since put two dollars each into a sinking fund. J. C. Long was chosen chairman and D. L. Kretsinger secretary. A committee consisting of G. H. Allen, T. H. Soward, Walter Denning, C. M. Leavitt, and Frank H. Greer was appointed to report a list of names for directors of the Association. The following were reported and unanimously elected: Wm. Whiting, J. B. Lynn, M. L. Robinson, J. C. Long. H. B. Schuler, J. L. Horning, D. A. Millington, T. H. Soward, A. H. Doane, W. P. Hackney, J. E. Conklin, J. P. Baden, and W. G. Graham. No better men could have been chosen as directors. They are all men of enterprise and energy: men who have the interests of our city and county at heart and the necessary nerve and ability to secure every enterprise possible for our advancement. The committee previously appointed to devise a plan for the establishment of a college in Winfield, composed of W. R. Kirkwood, J. H. Reider, A. H. Gridley, and A. H. Jennings, reported as follows.
Your committee, appointed to consider and report upon the subject of an educational institution of a higher grade, beg leave to present the following, viz:
1st. We believe it to be eminently desirable that such an institution should be located in Winfield, and at the same time entirely feasible.
2nd. We are informed that the South Western Kansas Conference, of the M. E. Church is about to locate a College in the southern central portion of the State.
3rd. We therefore recommend that a committee of businessmen be appointed who shall make a canvass of the city and county, soliciting subscriptions to a fund to be used for the purpose of securing the location of said College in Winfield; and we recommend that the work be done at once, inasmuch as the conference above named, meets on the 16th inst.
4th. Inasmuch as it is proposed at an early day to vote bonds to the amount of $15,000 for the purpose of erecting another school building, we beg to suggest whether it be possible legally to vote for the erection of such building—to build it on plans suitable for College purposes, and, if the College can be secured, to be turned over to the board of trustees of the College for their use, while the high school should be merged in the preparatory department of the College, it being understood that, in case the College is located here, it shall be properly endowed and equipped by the Conference.

The Directors held their first meeting on Friday evening last and permanently officered the Association as follows: President, H. B. Schuler; Vice-President, D. A. Millington; Secretary and Treasurer, T. H. Soward. Committees were appointed to sift and develop certain enterprises that have been sprung. This organization means much for Winfield and Cowley County. It is composed of the most harmonious and enterprising lot of businessmen that any city was ever blessed with—men who are determined to make Winfield the metropolis of Southern Kansas and Cowley the most populous, prosperous, and popular county in the State. With natural advantages unexcelled, citizens a unit for advancement, substantial immigration pouring in, and public and private improvements all around, the future of Cowley looks bright indeed.
Kretsinger considered as possible Mayor...
                                                        CITY ELECTION.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 2, 1885.
The City election will be held next Tuesday, and as yet no tickets are in the field. For mayor the names of D. L. Kretsinger, Dr. Graham, W. R. McDonald, and Mr. Ordway are prominently mentioned. Any one of these gentlemen are thoroughly competent, and would give the city an active and energetic administration. James Connor is mentioned for the council in the First ward. He is one of our best men, and should go in without opposition. Among others mentioned for the council in their respective wards are Arthur Bangs, Ed. Bedilion, A. H. Doane, J. B. Lynn, H. Brotherton, and W. A. Smith. All are good men, and would give us a clean and effective government. Let every citizen without regard to party or creed make himself a committee of one to go to any and all meetings or caucuses for the nomination of tickets, and see that first class men only are put on ground. There is much of weal or woe, depending on the class of persons selected to govern the city during the next two years.
                                                             BIG RACES.
                             Spring Meeting at Winfield May 21st, 22nd, and 23rd.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 16, 1885.
The Cowley County Driving Park Association have joined the Southern Kansas Trotting Circuit and will give the first meeting May 21 to 23. At a recent meeting of the Directory, Messrs. Kretsinger, Spotswood, and Smith, for the Directory, and Messrs. J. Wade McDonald and Jas. Vance, for the delegates, were appointed to arrange and conduct the meeting. The Circuit embraces the following cities and dates, as follows.
Parsons: May 13, 14, and 15.
Winfield: May 21, 22, and 23.
Harper: May 28, 29, and 30.
Wichita: June 4, 5, and 6.
Each Association hang up $1,500 in purses—aggregating $6,000 for the circuit. From information so far received, all the meetings will be attended by a large field of horses. Among the lot will be some of the fastest flyers in the State, with records down in the “twenties.”
Following is the program for Winfield.
                                                              FIRST DAY.
1. Purse $150, 2:50 Class, Trot.
2. Purse $200, Free for All, Pacing.
3. Purse $100, ½ Mile, 2 in 3.
                                                           SECOND DAY.
4. Purse $200, 2:33 Class, Trot.
5. Purse $150, 2:50 Class, Trot.

6. Purse $150, 1 Mile, 2 in 3.
                                                             THIRD DAY.
7. Purse $150, 2:40 Class, Pacing.
8. Purse $200, Free for All, Trotting.
9. Purse $75, ½ Mile Dash.
10. Purse $125, Novelty Running, divided; $20 to ¼ mile, $40 to 1 mile, and $65 to 1 ½ mile post.
Our committee are live energetic men and will make the meeting a big success at Winfield. THE DAILY COURIER will post its readers from time to time as interest requires.
The next item reflects that A. H. Doane and D. L. Kretsinger had been partners...
                                                  DISSOLUTION NOTICE.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 16, 1885.
The firm of A. H. Doane & Co. is this day dissolved by mutual consent, D. L. Kretsinger retiring. A. H. Doane will continue the business, assuming all liabilities and collecting all accounts of the firm. This 14th day of April, 1885. A. H. DOANE, D. L. KRETSINGER.
Kretsinger, Secretary and General Manager, Fair Assn....
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 23, 1885.
The May races at Winfield will be a big success. Mr. Kretsinger, the Secretary and general manager, informs us that entries are coming in from all directions, and from the present outlook there will be fully one hundred horses at the meeting, among them some of the fastest in the State. The Fair Association is putting the track in excellent shape. In fact, there is no better half-mile track in Kansas, which is well known by all horsemen, hence the “boom” in the entry list for our May meeting.
Kretsinger, Superintendent of the Winfield Water Company...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 23, 1885.
Mr. Kretsinger, Superintendent of the Water Company, informs us that the Company is now ready to put in extensions of water mains, and will cheerfully do so upon the proper petition of the citizens and action of the Council as provided for in ordinance number 167.
D. L. Kretsinger replaced by W. H. Clark as Chief Fire Marshal...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 14, 1885.
The Telegram Hose Company held its annual election of officers Wednesday, resulting as follows: Frank Holbrook, captain; J. M. Connor, foreman; Charles Andrews, secretary; L. E. Back, financial secretary; Al McNeil, treasurer. A resolution was passed requesting the City Council to amend the Fire ordinance creating the office of Assistant Chief. At present the captain of Number One is assistant chief, but the companies think it expedient to have an assistant separate from either company, to be elected by the Department outside of their membership, and that the pay of said assistant be $2.50 for each alarm. For the foremanship, Jim Connor and George Jackman were a tie, and had to flip nickels to decide, Jim coming up “heads.” The new Chief Fire Marshal, W. H. Clark, was duly installed, and a vote of appreciation extended to ex-Chief, D. L. Kretsinger.
Kretsinger, General Manager, Fair...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 14, 1885.

Prospects are very flattering for the big races next week. Mr. Kretsinger, General Manager, tells us he is receiving entries from every direction, and that every race on the program will fill and go. Don’t forget the dates, 21, 22, and 23 of May.
Kretsinger, secretary and general manager...
                                SOUTHERN KANSAS TROTTING CIRCUIT.
                                      Meeting at Winfield May 21st, 22 and 23.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 14, 1885.
We are informed by Mr. Kretsinger, secretary and general manager, that all details and complete arrangements are perfected for the spring meeting at Winfield. Entries are coming in from every direction. The best and fastest horses from Kansas, Texas, Missouri, Iowa, and Nebraska will be entered for the races. The people of Cowley and surrounding counties will have the pleasure of seeing the fast flyers with records down in the “twenties,” and should not forget the dates, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 21, 22, and 23. The fair grounds are in excellent condition for the accommodation of all visitors, with big attractions every day.
                               MEMORIAL AND DECORATION SERVICES.
                  The Program Entire as Adopted by Winfield Post No. 85, G. A. R.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 14, 1885.
On Flowers: D. L. Kretsinger, chairman, W. W. Painter, J. W. Millspaugh, F. M. Lacy, J. C. Roberts, Adam Stuber, M. S. Scott, J. W. Fenway, H. H. Harbaugh,        Farnsworth, D. L. McRoberts.
                                      FLOWERS FOR THE DEAD HEROES.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 28, 1885.
The committee on flowers for Decoration Day would respectfully ask all citizens of Winfield and surrounding country to bring their baskets and floral offerings to the office of A. H. Doane on Ninth avenue, on Saturday morning, the 30th, at 10 o’clock. It is earnestly hoped that all who have flowers will contribute liberally on this occasion.
                                                   D. L. Kretsinger, Chairman.
Lamar Kretsinger, son...[Corrected name. Paper called him “Leamer.”]...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 28, 1885.
Master Lamar Kretsinger left this evening for a visit with his Grandpa Brass at Lawrence. This is Lamar’s first railroad trip alone, but his keen observation and confidence will carry him through all right.
                                      SOUTHERN KANSAS FAIR CIRCUIT.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 11, 1885.
Delegates from the various Associations of the circuit met in the parlors of the Manhattan, Wichita, Kas., June 4th. Delegates present: D. L. Kretsinger, Cowley; Col. St. Clair and D. A. Espy, Sumner; W. S. Forrey and C. H. Finch, Harper; Geo. Filly, Kingman; D. A. Mitchell, Foutz and Peckham, Sedgwick County. The object of the meeting being the arrangement of programs, conditions, and regulations for the Speed Department for the circuit. The following was adopted.
                               RULES AND CONDITIONS FOR THE CIRCUIT.
1. American Rules for running, and National Association Rules for trotting and pacing, to govern except when otherwise specified.

2. All trotting and pacing, 2 in 5 in harness, running races as provided for in program.
3. All entries for the Circuit close at 8 p.m. on the day preceding the races as shown on program. No entry will be accepted or recorded unless accompanied by 10 percent of the purse.
4. Horses must go in the class to which they are eligible. Correct time will be recorded at each meeting, and same will bar a horse at the succeeding meeting of the Circuit.
5. Any horse fined or expelled for misconduct, shall be ineligible to start over any track in this Circuit until such fine is paid or order of expulsion removed.
6. In all races four or more to fill, three or more to start.
7. All purses will be divided 60, 25, and 15 percent.
8. A horse distancing the field, or any part thereof, shall receive but first money.
9. All races not called before 5 o’clock of the last day will be declared off and entrance money refunded.
10. Races will be called at 1:30 sharp each day, and any horse failing to report on the track 20 minutes thereafter, will be subject to a fine as provided for.
11. First-class box stalls, with bedding, will be furnished at $2.50 each for the meeting. Drivers and grooms admitted free. Hay, corn, oats, bran, and chop will be furnished on the grounds at market prices. For further information or programs, address the Secretaries.
The Secretary was instructed to print 4,000 copies of joint programs, also 600 copies illuminated posters for the Circuit, each Association to bear their pro rata part of the expense.
Meeting adjourned subject to the call of the Secretary.
                                               D. L. KRETSINGER, Secretary.
Kretsinger, secretary...
                                                 COWLEY COUNTY FAIR.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 18, 1885.
The directors of this association held their monthly meeting on Friday. After the regular business of the body, the directors ordered plans and estimates on the main exhibition building, and they are going to build soon. They also ordered the sale of eleven shares of the capital stock forfeited to the association last March. Here is a good opportunity for some of our farmers or citizens of Winfield to get $75.00 for $50,00, as the shares are ordered sold at face value, allowing the purchaser to make accumulated profits. First come, first served, is what Secretary Kretsinger says. The premium list for 1885 is out and is a regular daisy—typographically—and for cash premiums in every department, is exceedingly large, aggregating nearly five thousand dollars. Don’t forget for a moment but what the Cowley County Fair for 1885 will far exceed any previous exhibition. The dates this year are September 21 to 25, or the last week in September.
D. L. Kretsinger, Secretary and General Manager of the Cowley County Fair...
                                                        SPECIAL RATES.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 16, 1885.

D. L. Kretsinger, Secretary and General Manager of the Cowley County Fair; also Secretary of the Southern Kansas Fair Circuit, returned yesterday from a visit with the Santa Fe and Southern Kansas Railroad companies regarding special rates of passenger and freight fare for the fall meetings of the Circuit, embracing the counties of Cowley, Sumner, Harper, Kingman, and Sedgwick. We are glad to note the success of Mr. Kretsinger’s visit. The Santa Fe makes one and one-third rate on passenger fare, good from Florence west, and Hutchinson east—including intermediate points to Caldwell and Arkansas City. For stock and articles for exhibition, full fare from any point on the line of road to place of exhibition, and return is free. The Southern Kansas makes one and one-third passenger rate, good from Cherryvale west to end of road, including all intermediate points. Stock and articles for exhibition, full fare from any point on line of road, and return free. The “Frisco Line” and Fort Scott & Wichita are yet to be seen; but of course will fall into line with the other roads. This is the first time our railroads have done anything for Southern Kansas Fairs and we know our people will feel grateful for this recognition. Krets is also entitled to the thanks of the Circuit for the determined and energetic way in which he has worked the matter up. Look out for big crowds for our Circuit Fair meetings this fall.
D. L. Kretsinger, member of the Exterminators baseball team...
                                THE CENTRAL VS. THE EXTERMINATORS.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.
The base ball rage is still at fever heat. Friday afternoon there was a lively game at the park between a picked nine from the Central and a picked nine around town. The Central nine were: Frank Crampton, Levi Crampton, Will Russell, Harry Holbrook, Will McKay, Frank Lowe, Wardie Lee,       Hathaway, and McClelland. Frank Crampton, captain; McClellan, catcher; and Harry Holbrook, pitcher. The Exterminators were: Lum Callahan, Arthur Bangs, John Crane, Jim Vance, A. Snowhill, Cap. Whiting, Tom Eaton, D. L. Kretsinger, and Jim McClain. The Exterminators were excellent batters but lacked skill as fielders. They also had no good catcher. If they had had a good catcher, they would have made it very warm for the Central. Arthur Bangs sent the balls in like a bullet. Lum Callahan was the only one in full uniform. He had borrowed the suit of some clown of a yellow shade. The first lick he made in this suit, he split it, but Lum showed himself equal to the emergency by stepping aside and turning his garments front for back. This gave Lum a presentable appearance, and things went on all right. The last half of the ninth inning was not played by the Centrals. The score stood 27 to 37 in favor of the Centrals.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Leamer visit Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Leamer, of Lecompton, Douglas County, are visiting Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger for a few weeks, after which they will journey on to the Rocky mountains for the balance of the heated term. Mr. Leamer has an eye on some point in southern Kansas for a business location. Why not stop in Winfield?
Secretary and General Superintendent D. L. Kretsinger...
                                       FAIR GROUNDS IMPROVEMENTS.
         New Exposition Building. Amphitheater Extension and Other Improvements.
                                      Cowley’s Fair Grounds Clear in the Lead.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 27, 1885.

We piled into a rig Thursday with D. L. Kretsinger, Secretary and General Superintendent of the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association, and took a spin to view the new improvements now progressing on the Fair Grounds. The main exposition building, which is just being finished, looms up from afar. The new building, joining together the old wings, is 40 x 50 feet in size, two stories. It has an “A” ventilation roof and four ornamental and ventilating towers. The roof and towers have scroll work decoration and give the building a splendid finish. The light and ventilation are perfect. Two stairways, ascension and descension, are in the center of the main building, the opening being surrounded by a neat railing. The second story will be the fine art department. At the west and east doors are substantially railed hand stands, or verandas. The entire building, old wings and all, has a smooth, hard-pine floor, with pillar supports in the main part. The lower floors will be for Agriculture and Horticulture, and general display, a better room for which can’t be found in the State. The Exposition building, as now extended, has over seven thousand feet of display room, and is airy, convenient, and neat. The building excels that of any county Fair in the State—just about such a main building as the one at Bismark. The amphitheater will be extended sixty-eight feet, out to the gate, and a band stand put in the center. This will make it one hundred and seventy-five feet long. These improvements are all being done under the personal supervision of Secretary Kretsinger, with the mechanics employed by the day, formalized by S. H. Crawford. The work is first-class. The association is putting into these improvements all its past profits and more. No dividends will be declared until the grounds are complete. The Cowley County Fair Grounds are already famous for their fine track and many superior conveniences and will gain in fame as its accessories advance. The enterprise and pluck of the Fair Association will meet its reward. Everything indicates that this year’s Fair, from September 21st to 25th, will be the best ever held in the county. The crops are good and the fine stock increase large. Then these increased accommodations will be a big impetus. Secretary Kretsinger’s “git-up and dust,” will put our Fair Grounds in perfect shape for the coming Fair. Let everybody determine on exhibiting something. Cowley hasn’t a farmer or stock raiser that can’t exhibit something a credit to our splendid county.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 27, 1885.
Secretary Kretsinger is billing the county with beautiful colored posters announcing the third annual Fair of the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association at Winfield, Kansas. The bills are attractive, as pretty as a blooming maiden of sweet sixteen.
                                                 COWLEY COUNTY FAIR.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 10, 1885.
The annual fair of this association will be held September 21st to 25th and promises to be a meeting of unusual interest and importance. The central exposition building, two stories high, has been erected and is now receiving the finishing touches of the painter. The two wings of the exposition building have also been floored and the interior rearranged for the fruit and other departments. The completion of this building gives 7,500 feet of floor space and altogether it is not only ornamental but will give ample space with every pleasant facility to exhibit all entries to the best advantage. The second floor will be devoted to the ladies’ departments and textile fabrics. Fifty stables and stalls have also been added to the stock department, which insures ample room for all exhibitors in this department. The amphitheater is being enlarged and other improvements are in progression.

Nothing in the power of the Board will be neglected that will add interest to the occasion. Many of the premiums, especially in the stock departments, have been greatly increased. Relying on the patronage of an appreciative public, the Board has assumed the liability of paying these enlarged premiums, and there is the most flattering prospects that its desires will be fully realized in thus attracting the largest display of the best stock ever shown in this part of the State. Bear in mind that the Board has adopted a rule that when an entry is made for a premium on horses, mules, cattle, sheep, and hogs and there is no competition (there being but one entry) that if, in the judgment of the awarding committee, the animal is worthy, the blue ribbon will be attached, and second cash premium paid. This will obviate one of the complaints heretofore justly made.
All entries for butter, bread, cake, and pie should be made on the first day of the Fair, but none of the articles should be brought for exhibition and examination by the committee until Wednesday morning, not later than 10 o’clock. By giving this attention, all these exhibits will be brought alike fresh and at the same time. A glass case will be provided for the above exhibits, which will exclude the dust as well as curious hands.
Special attention is called to the liberal special premium of Mr. P. H. Albright, being $30 for the largest and best corn. Also, attention is called to the regular premium of $55 for the largest and best display of products grown this year on a single farm. The Board, in the spirit of public enterprise, has provided liberal things and all things are now ready, so come and aid and encourage in this good work.
The Cowley County Fair under the judicious management of the Board has become of great importance to the general interest, not only of Cowley County, but of Southwestern Kansas, and is such an enterprise that every citizen may feel justly proud. Let the people of Cowley County, especially the agricultural class, arrange, if possible, to make Fair week a week of holidays. The relaxation from care and labor to the husband, wife, and children will be beneficial. If possible, take something for competition and if successful, it will aid in paying your expenses. In any event it will pay to spend the time in examining the best products and animals, learning the best methods, comparing notes, meeting friends and new acquaintances. In many ways you will become better yourselves and help others to become better.
For premium lists address D. L. Kretsinger, Secretary, or
                                                    J. F. MARTIN, President.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 10, 1885.
Secretary Kretsinger has everything in readiness for the Fair. The last clean up around was made today. The new improvements are all finished and the grounds in the finest shape of any in the west. The conveniences are grand for as young a county as Cowley. Krets is a rustler from the word go. Nothing looking to the success of our Fair this year has been omitted. Sept. 21 to 25 will be gala days for Cowley.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 10, 1885.
Mr. Kretsinger, secretary of the Cowley County Fair, requests all stockholders to call at his office for their tickets at once. Stockholders failing to call will find their tickets at the ticket office outside the grounds, on and after the first day of the Fair.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 17, 1885.

D. L. Kretsinger, secretary of the Cowley County Fair Association, was in town Tuesday, and appointed N. T. Snyder his assistant. Persons wishing to make entries can call on Mr. Snyder, who will attend to their business, and save the delay of correspondence or a visit to Winfield. The Fair opens on Monday, the 21st inst., and closes the following Friday. Fare there and return will be 1½ rates. Liberal premiums will be paid, and an unusually fine display is promised. Arkansas City Traveler.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 17, 1885.
D. L. Kretsinger went over to Wellington Friday to take in Sumner County’s fair, and remind exhibitors of the premiums and attractions Cowley will show up, Sept. 21 to 25. Sumner’s Fair is said to have fair exhibits, but the weather has kicked complete success in the neck.
D. L. Kretsinger, Chief of Artillery...
                                             FOURTH ANNUAL REUNION
                            OF THE SOLDIERS AND SAILORS OF KANSAS.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 17, 1885.
I. Having been assigned by the department commander in General Order, No. 8, to the command of the 3rd Division embracing the counties in the Third Congressional district, each county in the district will be organized into a battalion for re-union purposes. The battalions will consist of all Grand Army posts in the county; and post-commanders are urged to invite all ex-soldiers, sailors, sons of veterans, and others to attach themselves to the post for the purpose of re-union.
II. Comrade J. C. Long of Winfield Post, No. 85, is hereby assigned to the command of the first brigade. Comprising the counties of Elk, Chautauqua, and Cowley. Comrade J. R. Hollaway, of Post No.       of               to the command of the second brigade, comprising the counties of Cherokee, Labette, and Montgomery. Comrade J. L. Dennison of Post No.      , of Osage Mission, to the command of the third brigade, comprising the counties of Neosho, Crawford, and Wilson.
III. The following appointments are hereby announced: A. B. Arment, Winfield Post, No. 85, Assistant Adjutant General and Chief of staff; T. N. King, Division Quartermaster, Sedan; R. W. M. Roe, Grenola, Commissioner of Subsistence; D. L. Kretsinger, Chief of Artillery; Rev. Bernard Kelly, Division Chaplain; Dr. A. M. Fellons, Division Surgeon; H. H. Siverd, 1st A. D. C.; and A. P. Lowry, A. D. C.
                                              T. H. SOWARD, Com. Third Div.
                                                    A. B. ARMENT, A. A. G.
                                    REPUBLICAN COUNTY CONVENTION.
      Everything Harmonious, With No Opposition to Speak of. A Ticket Unexcelled.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.
Convention called to order. Committee on credentials reported the following names of delegates entitled to seats in this convention.
                                            WINFIELD 3RD AND 4TH WARDS.
Delegates: D. L. Kretsinger, G. H. Buckman, John C. Long, H. L. Wells, J. L. Horning, R. Farnsworth, A. McNeal, C. Stamp.
Alternates: Chas. Holmes, J. E. Snow, Capt. Whiting, L. Conrad, W. H. Shearer, Will Whitney, E. C. Seward, W. B. Pixley.
                                                         THE BIG SHOW!

     The Third Day a Whooper—Big Crowds and Bright Sky. Everything Auspicious!
                                             THE PREMIUMS AWARDED.
           The Speed Ring Events—The Lucky Exhibitors, and General Attractions.
                                               AN AUSPICIOUS OPENING.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.

The Third Annual Exhibition of the Cowley County Fair & Driving Park Association opened this morning. Everything on the magnificent Fair Grounds had been put in perfect shape. Early this morning the city showed unusual animation and the Fair Ground Boulevard has been thronged all day. Buses of every conceivable kind, with their lusty rustlers, were busy while private vehicles were thick. At the Fair ground all was animation. The first day of every fair is preparation day—the day when exhibitors get their “truck” on the grounds and shape it around. So with Cowley’s Fair today. Exhibitors were as busy as bees, and by this afternoon the different “shows” were sufficiently arranged to insure the magnificence of the displays. Of course the principal attraction is the main exposition building. Here our more enterprising merchants were found working like beavers arranging displays of their wares. A. B. Arment has a fine display of elegant furniture, arranged by Sidney Carnine. Next Gene Wallis was fitting up a booth with wares from the grocery and queensware house of Wallis & Wallis. Johnnie Brooks, with coat off, perspiration on his brow, and taste in his mind, was filling a booth with displays from J. J. Carson & Co.’s clothing store. The dry goods exhibition of S. Kleeman is one of the most artistic, and will be a big advertisement for him. Horning & Whitney are always to the front for enterprise. Their display of stoves and hardware, arranged by Billy Whitney, is immense, and will be a big attraction. Bliss & Wood have a pyramid of their different brands of flour, reaching clear to the ceiling. George D. Headrick has arranged an elegant show of ladies’ and gents’ fine shoes from the boot and shoe house of W. C. Root & Co. F. M. Friend, as usual at every Fair, has a splendid display of musical instruments, etc. W. B. Caton has an elaborate display of tombstones, which present anything but a grave yard appearance amid so much animation. In the agricultural and horticultural departments things begin to loom immensely. Obese pumpkins, huge melons, and various mammoth exhibitions of Cowley’s prolific prolificness are lying all around. The display of grains, vegetables, and grasses by W. C. Hayden and Jas. F. Martin are grand—will down anything any county in the west can show up. Among leading horticultural exhibitors so far are S. C. Sumpter, of Walnut; S. C. Cunningham, Ninnescah; Henry Hawkins, Vernon; S. P. Strong, Rock; J. B. Callison, Spring Creek; W. C. Hayden, Walnut; Jake Nixon, Vernon. The several displays are grand, exhibiting forcibly the fruit proclivities of Cowley. The art department was gradually filling today, the superintendent bobbing around numerously arranging the different displays. This department will show up better this year than ever before. Smedley and Gest, the fence men, have an imposing pyramid of their patent fence, just north of the exhibition building. The wind mills of Bertram & Bertram loom skyward. The greatest exhibition of all is the fine stock show. It is magnificent already, with not near all in yet. Col. McMullen has his seven Norman and Clydesdale brood mares with their seven colts. They can’t be beaten. Bahntge, Kaats & Co.’s fine herd of Galloway short horns, J. R. Smith’s herd of blooded short horns, L. S. Cogswell’s display of milkers, and Jonah Johnson’s splendid blooded animals are prominent among the cattle. N. L. Yarbrough is here from Richland with his fine stallions and colts. Among the foreigners who are on the grounds to compete for the liberal premiums are C. F. Stone, of Peabody, with eight fine Holstein cattle and a herd of sheep; T. A. Hubbard and M. B. Keagy, of Wellington, with over fifty Poland and Berkshire hogs—a grand show. Cowley’s swinish propensities show themselves already and more are rolling in. Secretary Kretsinger and assistant, W. J. Wilson, with other assistants, have been besieged with entries all day. And the end is not yet. It will be impossible to close the entry books before tomorrow sometime. Everything indicates a grand success for our Fair. About thirty “flyers” are entered for the races, some of them famous and some splendid exhibitions of speed are certain. Dining booths, swings, refreshment stands, and various money-making attractions—barring everything of a gambling nature—are tick, the lusty stand hustler is rampant. In the morning the entrance fee begins and the Fair proper starts off. Everything will be in good shape.
The first arrest made on the grounds was by Chief of Police Strong. Secretary Kretsinger was the victim. He had given strict orders to arrest any horse found tied to a tree. A boy drove his horse and returning, hitched it to a tree. Mr. Strong promptly cabbaged the horse and arrested the secretary. The fine is five dollars. Krets will put up.
                     The Last Day of The Cowley County Fair.—A Grand Success.
                                           OUR FAME SPREAD ABROAD!
      The Possibilities of Cowley County Shown in all Their Glory.—Various Fairisms.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 1, 1885.
Secretary Kretsinger gave a lady a license to sell perfumery yesterday. In a short time her perfumery business developed into a very ingenious game, whereby the unsuspecting youth could be divorced from his dollars. Siverd’s eagle eye detected her and she was brought up and compelled to quit. She was an adventuress of the most adventurous sort.
Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger...
                                               TWENTY YEARS WEDDED.
                             The China Wedding of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Shearer.
                                                       An Unique Occasion.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 1, 1885.

The pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Shearer, 917 Mansfield street, was the scene of a most happy gathering Monday evening. The occasion was the celebration of the 20th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Shearer. Though the rain interfered with the attendance of a number, by nine o’clock over eighty were present, in their happiest mood. Soon after nine o’clock the “bride and groom” were presented and re-united in the bonds whose sweet and bitter they had thoroughly experienced. Rev. J. H. Reider re-tied the knot in a novel and jolly ceremony, the groom consenting to all the compulsory vicissitudes of a “hen-pecked” husband, and she to clothe, feed, protect, scold (in foreign language) until death. After the ceremony and hearty congratulations, a collation of choicest delicacies was served in profusion and most thoroughly enjoyed. The presents were handsome and valuable, the most prominent being an exquisitely painted china dinner set. It embraced a hundred and twenty-five pieces—the handsomest thing obtainable in china ware. It was a token from the following persons: Rev. and Mrs. J. H. Reider, Rev. and Mrs. B. Kelly, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Wood, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Soward, Dr. and Mrs. F. M. Pickens, Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Gilbert, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Dalton, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Bliss, Mrs. R. B. Waite and Mrs. Hartwell, Mrs. E. M. Albright and family, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Silliman, Col. and Mrs. Wm. Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Nelson, Prof. and Mrs. I. N. Inskeep, Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Burnett, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Arment, Dr. and Mrs. H. L. Wells, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Mann, Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Finch, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. D. Taylor and Miss Minnie, Mr. and Mrs. A. Herpich, Mr. and Mrs. L. Conrad, Mrs. A. Silliman and Miss Lola, Mrs. C. Strong and Miss Emma, Mrs. Dr. Bailey, Misses Fannie, Jessie, and Louie Stretch, Miss March, Misses Mattie and Mary Gibson, Nettie and Anna McCoy, Lydia Tyner, Maggie Herpich, Maude Kelly, Ida Johnston, and Maude Pickens, Mr. and Mrs. C. Collins, and Miss Lena Walrath. Among the other presents were: Fruit holder and saucer, by Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Burgauer; individual pepper and salt holders, Miss Burgauer; cup and saucer, Wm. Statton; fruit dish, Dr. and Mrs. C. Perry and Mrs. Judd; China Plaque, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Balyeat; soup bowl, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Newton; pickle dish, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Harrod; fruit plate, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Lynn; fruit plate, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Johnston; fruit plate, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. R. Bates; fruit plate, Geo. D. Headrick; fruit plate, John Roberts and Mrs. Reed; fruit plate, Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Randall; cut glass fruit and pickle dish, tooth-pick holder and finger bowl, Mesdames G. H. Allen, D. L. Kretsinger, A. H. Doane, C. S. Van Doren, and John Tomlin; plate, bowl and pitcher, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Bullene; water pitcher, Mr. M. Hahn; cake stand,  Kate Shearer; $20 gold piece, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Shearer of Geneseo, Illinois. A good majority of the donors were present, and under the agreeable hospitality of Mr. and Mrs. Shearer, nicely assisted by their daughter, all passed the evening most enjoyably, departing at a late hour, wishing that the bride and groom might have many more such happy anniversaries, clear down to the one of gold, with its silvery locks and ripened years.
Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger...
     The Marriage of Mr. Ezra M. Nixon and Miss Jessie Millington Thursday Night.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 15, 1885.
Thursday night was the occasion of one of the most brilliant weddings in the history of the city, that of Mr. Ezra H. Nixon and Miss Jessie Millington, which took place at the pleasant, commodious home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington. The wide acquaintance and popularity of the contracting parties, with the fact that the bride was the last child of a happy home, made the marriage anticipated with warm interest. The parents had planned a celebration fitting to the departure in marriage of the last and youngest member of their household—the one who was the greatest pride and joy to their ripened years.
Thirteen children and grandchildren were present, including Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Lemmon, of Newton, with their children, Masters Bertie Flint, Allen B., Jr., and Fred and little Miss Mary; Mr. and Mrs. J. Ex Saint, of Acoma Grant, New Mexico, with their little daughters, Irene and Louise; Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Wilson, of this city, and Master Roy. Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Millington, of McCune, Kansas, were also among the relatives present.
At an early hour the large double parlors, sitting room, and hall were filled almost to overflowing by the following friends.

Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Kennedy, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Schuler, Dr. and Mrs. Geo. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Capt. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Buckman, Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Gilbert, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Doane, Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, Rev. and Mrs. H. D. Gans, Col. and Mrs. J. C. McMullen, Senator and Mrs. W. P. Hackney, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Bedilion, Mr. and Mrs. Ed P. Greer, Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Short, Judge and Mrs. T. H. Soward, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Root, Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Webb, Senator and Mrs. J. C. Long, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Balliet, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Harter, Senator and Mrs. F. S. Jennings, Mr. and Mrs. O. Branham, Mr. and Mrs. R. Oliver, Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Richards; Mesdames J. C. Fuller, A. T. Spotswood, E. P. Hickok, Ed Beeney, T. B. Myers, A. C. Bangs,         Judd, H. H. Albright; Misses Emma Strong, Sallie McCommon, Nettie R. McCoy, Annie McCoy, Anna Hunt, Margie Wallis, Lizzie Wallis, Ida Johnston, Leota Gary, Sadie French, Hattie Stolp, Lena Walrath, Minnie Taylor, Huldah Goldsmith, and Lillie Wilson; Messrs. R. E. Wallis, C. Perry, Geo. C. Rembaugh, C. F. Bahntge, W. C. Robinson, E. Wallis, Ad Brown, Lewis Brown, Ed J. McMullen, Frank H. Greer, P. H. Albright, I. L. Millington, T. J. Eaton, M. J. O’Meara, M. H. Ewart, R. B. Rudolph, M. Hahn, James Lorton, C. D. Dever, E. Schuler, F. F. Leland, Lacey Tomlin, Jos. O’Hare, Eli Youngheim, H. Sickafoose, H. Goldsmith, Moses Nixon, L. D. Zenor, and George Schuler.
                                              THE TOKENS AND DONORS.
Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Doane, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Tomlin, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Horning, Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, and Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, pair of fine, heavy wool blankets with “warm regards.”
Mr. Kretsinger, secretary of the Cowley County Fair...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 15, 1885.
Mr. Kretsinger, secretary of the Cowley County Fair, informs us that premium checks are now ready, according to the official publication in THE COURIER. All parties interested will please call at Mr. Kretsinger’s office and get their checks. All checks will be paid at the First National Bank.
                                                    FIGURES WON’T LIE!
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. The following list we know will surprise our own citizens.
                                           D. L. Kretsinger, addition: $1,000.00.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 19, 1885.
R. E. Wallis, D. L. Kretsinger, and Hobe Vermilye are prospecting in Kansas County and other places in the “wild west,” to return next week.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 17, 1885.
D. L. Kretsinger et al have been sailing around with the petitions calling the bridge bond election. No trouble is experienced and plenty of signatures will be secured in a day or two. The council will likely convene in special session and call the elections as early as possible.

                                     FLORENCE, EL DORADO & WALNUT.
                       The Township Committees Meet and Arrange Propositions.
                                                   Some Convincing Figures.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 17, 1885.
The committees, appointed at the citizens’ meeting, to work up the submitting of propositions for the extension of the Florence El Dorado & Walnut railroad from Douglass to Winfield, met yesterday afternoon in McDougall’s hall to determine on the apportionment of the amount of aid asked. Judge T. H. Soward called the meeting to order. S. P. Strong was chosen chairman and W. J. Wilson, Secretary. M. L. Robinson then explained the object of the meeting, to get everything in readiness for aggressive work in submitting the propositions and securing this road. The townships through which the road will run were represented as follows.
Rock: S. P. Strong, H. F. Hornaday, E. J. Wilbur, and W. H. Grow.
Fairview: J. C. Paige and T. C. Covert.
Walnut: J. C. Roberts, J. B. Corson, John Mentch, T. A. Blanchard, J. Anderson, W. D. Roberts, and E. M. Reynolds.
Winfield: H. H. Siverd, J. A. Eaton, D. L. Kretsinger, Col. Whiting, T. H. Soward, B. T. Davis, M. L. Robinson, S. J. Smock, G. H. Crippen, J. E. Conklin, W. P. Hackney, G. L. Gale, Chas. Schmidt, W. J. Wilson, Ed P. Greer, H. E. Asp, A. H. Limerick, F. C. Hunt, and J. W. Curns.
Judge T. H. Soward then came forward with figures, taken directly from the official records of the county, that will knock the winds out of the “burdensome taxation” growler, should he attempt to display himself. They are conclusive evidence that the voting of bonds to secure this railroad is not a burden.
                                     FLORENCE, EL DORADO & WALNUT.
                       The Township Committees Meet and Arrange Propositions.
                                                   Some Convincing Figures.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 17, 1885.
The committees, appointed at the citizens’ meeting, to work up the submitting of propositions for the extension of the Florence El Dorado & Walnut railroad from Douglass to Winfield, met yesterday afternoon in McDougall’s hall to determine on the apportionment of the amount of aid asked. Judge T. H. Soward called the meeting to order. S. P. Strong was chosen chairman and W. J. Wilson, Secretary. M. L. Robinson then explained the object of the meeting, to get everything in readiness for aggressive work in submitting the propositions and securing this road. The townships through which the road will run were represented as follows.
Rock: S. P. Strong, H. F. Hornaday, E. J. Wilber, and W. H. Grow.
Fairview: J. C. Paige and T. C. Covert.
Walnut: J. C. Roberts, J. B. Corson, John Mentch, T. A. Blanchard, J. Anderson, W. D. Roberts, and E. M. Reynolds.

Winfield: H. H. Siverd, J. A. Eaton, D. L. Kretsinger, Col. Whiting, T. H. Soward, B. T. Davis, M. L. Robinson, S. J. Smock, G. H. Crippen, J. E. Conklin, W. P. Hackney, G. L. Gale, Chas. Schmidt, W. J. Wilson, Ed P. Greer, H. E. Asp, A. H. Limerick, F. C. Hunt, and J. W. Curns.
Judge T. H. Soward then came forward with figures, taken directly from the official records of the county, that will knock the winds out of the “burdensome taxation” growler, should he attempt to display himself. They are conclusive evidence that the voting of bonds to secure this railroad is not a burden.
The propositions are now being printed, and in a few days will be ready for signatures. The benefit of this extension is potent in every thinking man, and little opposition will be     When it comes to the advancement of Winfield and Cowley County, our people are a unit. Enterprise, energy, and grit have put our county and city far in advance of any others in all fair Kansas and will continue to do so. Winfield is destined to be the great metropolis of Southern Kansas, one of the big commercial and educational cities of the big west. With citizens of rare intelligence, progress, and vim, with natural surroundings and possibilities unexcelled, she can be nothing else. The enthusiasm of our businessmen in securing enterprises for the advancement of our city was forcibly exhibited last night in the rousing meeting for the consideration of the extension of the Florence, Eldorado & Walnut railroad, owned by the Santa Fe Co. The meeting was called to order by M. L. Robinson. W. G. Graham was chosen chairman and W. J. Wilson, Secretary. Mr. Robinson then explained the object of the meeting, and read letters from A. A. Robinson, General manager of the Santa Fe, agreeing to extend this road from Douglass to Winfield for $3,000 a mile, reserving only the necessity of erecting an independent depot here, the road to either connect with the Wichita & Southwestern at the junction just over the Walnut bridge and run into the Santa Fe depot, or cross the S. K. just east of, and using, that depot. The intention is a union depot here for the Southern Kansas, Wichita & Southwestern and Florence, Eldorado & Walnut railroads. The Santa Fe is determined to push through the Territory, which right of way it has already secured, at once. The extension will be made from Winfield, with the machine shops, roundhouse, etc., for this southern division and the roads of southern Kansas, at this place. An editorial elsewhere explains the requirements and advantages fully. Enthusiastic speeches were made last night in favor of this and other enterprises by Rev. B. Kelly, Henry E. Asp, T. H. Soward, Senator Jennings, John A. Eaton, and John McGuire. Committees were appointed as follows to see that this matter is properly worked up.
Winfield: Capt. Nipp, J. E. Conklin, D. L. Kretsinger, C. Schmidt, Col. Whiting, J. A. Eaton, and A. H. Doane.
Walnut: J. B. Corson, J. P. Short, J. C. Roberts, T. A. Blanchard, and W. D. Roberts.
Fairview: M. C. Headrick, J. C. Paige, A. H. Limerick, J. W. Douglas, and T. S. Covert.
Rock: G. L. Gale, G. H. Williams, H. F. Hornaday, E. J. Wilber, J. M. Harcourt, S. P. Strong, J. B. Holmes, and John Stalter.
Every movement must have money back of it to insure its success. This and other enterprises needing agitation take money. Contributions were called for to be placed in the hands of the Winfield Enterprise Association for use in submitting these railroad propositions and any other progressive enterprise for which the Association sees necessity. Over $500 was subscribed as follows.

Farmers Bank, $50; First National Bank, $50; Hackney & Asp, $50; T. H. Soward, $25; A. H. Doane, $15; Harris, Clark & Huffman, $15; F. S. Jennings, $15; Curns & Manser, $10; H. Brown & Son, $10; Jennings & Bedilion, $15; Thos. McDougall, $10; H. G. Fuller & Co., $10; Cash, $10; G. L. Gale, $5; Col. Whitney, $5; Ed. Weitzel, $5; C. Schmidt, $5; H. T. Shivvers, $5; J. G. Kraft, $5; G. H. Buckman, $5; W. J. Wilson, $5; W. G. Graham, $5; Dr. C. Perry, $5; W. L. Morehouse, $5; J. P. Baden, $5; G. B. Shaw & Co., $5; Sol. Burkhalter, $5; Hendricks & Wilson, $5; Dr. Pickens, $5; E. F. Blair, $5; Mrs. E. J. Huston, $5; W. S. Mendenhall, $5; John W. Dix, $5; Gregg & Rice, $5; E. P. Young, $5; J. B. Farnsworth, $5; J. E. Conklin, $5; A. F. Hopkins, $5; V. W. Baird, $5; John McGuire, $5; A. E. Baird, $5; W. C. Root, $5; A. C. Bangs, $5; H. E. Silliman, $5; Bertram & Bertram, $5; Daniel Taylor, $5; W. C. Robinson, $5; W. F. Bowen, $5; R. B. Waite, $5; T H Group, $5; Frank W. Finch, $2.50; Stafford & Hite, $2.50; A. Gridley, Jr., $2.50; Frank Manny, $2.50; W. H. Dawson, $2.50; A. DeTurk, $2.50; D. Gramm, $2.50; W. B. Cayton, $2.50; Geo. L. Gray, $2.50; I. W. Cook, $2.50; D. L. Kretsinger, $2.50; W. W. Limbocker, $2.50; Sol Frederick, $2.50; F. J. Barnes, $2.50; John Stretch, $2.50; W. L. Pridgeon, $1.00; E. I. Crary, $1.00; J. D. Appleby, $1.00; T. B. Ware, $1.00; R. B. Mitchell, $1.00; J. A. Barr, $1.00; R. Taggart, $1.00.
                                           FIFTH ANNUAL BAL MASQUE.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 7, 1886.
The Pleasant Hour Club met last evening and arranged for its fifth annual Bal Masque, at the Opera House on Thursday evening, the 19th inst. Committees were appointed as follows: On invitation, George T. Schuler, Addison Brown, and Frank H. Greer; On floor, J. L. Horning, D. L. Kretsinger, and J. L. M. Hill; On reception, Hon. W. P. Hackney and wife, Hon. C. C. Black and wife, Col. J. C. Fuller and wife, Senator J. C. Long and wife. With the great social activity that characterizes Winfield this winter, this ball will undoubtedly be one of the biggest successes the club has yet scored. Invitations will be issued to only the best people of this and surrounding cities. The indiscriminate scattering of invitations, as is to often the case in big balls of this kind, will be very carefully guarded against. The invitations will be out in a few days. The Club is determined to mark this occasion with eclat of the highest order.
Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger...
                                                    SOCIAL RECEPTION.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 21, 1886.
A pleasant party met at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Wallis Tuesday eve and were charmingly entertained by the host and hostess and their four vivacious daughters. After a session of general conversation and a very excellent and elaborate collation, the company retired with a high sense of enjoyment. Those present as far as now occurs to us were: Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Pryor, Dr. and Mrs. Evans, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. Journey, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Doane, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Horning, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Oliver, Mr. and Mrs. H. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. E. Beeny, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Carson, Dr. and Mrs. Geo. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington, Hon. and Mrs. W. P. Hackney, Col. and Mrs. J. C. McMullen, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. McMullen, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Bullen, Mr. and Mrs. S. Lowe, Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, Mrs. Col. Whiting, Mrs. Will Whiting, Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, Mr. G. H. Allen, and Miss Agnes Lynch, Wichita.
D. L. Kretsinger...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 28, 1886.
D. L. Kretsinger took the S. K. Sunday for Topeka, via K. C., to put in some licks relating to Kansas County’s county seat.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 28, 1886.
J. F. McMullen, A. H. Doane, Col. McMullen, and D. L. Kretsinger talked bridge at Mt. Zion schoolhouse, in Vernon, Wednesday. Though they had to buck against the Kellogg lyceum, they had a good meeting. The sentiment, as expressed by the meeting, was three-fourths favorable.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 4, 1886.
D. L. Kretsinger got home from Topeka today, having spent a week there in western county line manipulation. He says the D. M. & A. bill is on top, will pass Friday; the county line and other matters are on top and it is a very cold day when Cowley County gets left. He reports our delegation well and busy and standing right up with any of them. He left Capt. Nipp there to hold the fort till he returns next week.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 11, 1886.
D. L. Kretsinger got home from Topeka Tuesday, having stayed by the western county bill until it went through all right.
It appears that D. L. Kretsinger is starting a newspaper at Richfield, Kansas County, called the “Leader.”...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 18, 1886.
D. L. Kretsinger left yesterday for Richfield to found his Leader. Quincy A. Robertson, formerly of THE COURIER force, accompanied him and will take charge of the Leader. Quincy is a good newspaper man, in any department from the devilship to editor-in-chief, and, backed by Mr. Kretsinger, will make the Leader an effective engine for Richfield and Kansas County.
A. H. Doane becomes Superintendent after D. L. Kretsinger leaves...
                                              WATER WORKS MEETING.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 25, 1886.
At the annual meeting of the Winfield Water Works Company, Monday night, the following officers were chosen for the ensuing year: M. L. Robinson, President; A. H. Doane, Vice President; Chas. F. Bahntge, Secretary; J. L. Horning, Treasurer; A. H. Doane, Superintendent. Reports show over 200 water consumers and the probability of a large increase the coming year. In losing Mr. Kretsinger’s services the company lose a valuable worker. Mr. Doane succeeds D. L. Kretsinger as secretary as Mr. Kretsinger has gone into other fields of labor. Mr. Doane is an excellent man for the position and will attend to the business as it should be done.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 4, 1886.
D. L. Kretsinger came in from the west Tuesday, having put his Richfield Leader on its pegs in good shape.
Paper now calling D. L. Kretsinger’s son “Lemar.” They started out calling him “Lamar,” then they came up with “Lemeer.” Unknown: correct spelling of his first name...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 11, 1886.

Lemar Kretsinger, son of D. L., is now a salesman at the City Book Store. Lemar is bright and steady and will hold down such a position splendidly.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 18, 1886.
D. L. Kretsinger and R. E. Wallis, Sr., left again Tuesday for Richfield, to look after varied interests there.
D. L. Kretsinger, secretary and general manager, at his desk...
                                                        A YEAR’S WORK
                          Of the Cowley County Fair & Driving Park Association.
                      The Association in a Prosperous and Harmonious Condition.
                               President Martin’s Address.—The New Officers.
                                                        Various Fair Points.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 18, 1886.
No institution has done more for the onward march of our splendid county than The Cowley County Fair & Driving Park Association. Its prosperity has been marked from the start. From an organization composed of a few gritty, enterprising, and energetic men, three years ago it bought sixty acres of ground on the beautiful Walnut and today has one of the best improved and most valuable Fair Grounds in the West. Its natural advantages and fine improvement and arrangements, backed by one of the most productive and public spirited counties and a liberal fair management. The association’s Fairs have been magnificent successes—the greatest heralders of Cowley’s worth and fame. The Fair Association has grown until its stockholders now embrace fully 100 of the best farmers and citizens of the county.
The annual meeting of the Association was held at the Opera House yesterday, with 112 shares represented. President Jas. P. Martin presided, and Secretary and General Manager, D. L. Kretsinger, was at his desk. The auditing committee, W. J. Wilson, G. W. Robinson, and A. H. Doane, reported a thorough examination of books of secretary and treasurer and that they were correct.
The annual address of President Martin was, as usual, a splendid resume of the year, the accomplishments and anticipations of the Association, as follows.
                                                  PRESIDENT’S ADDRESS.
The Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association is one among the many useful organizations of our county and Southern Kansas. It has come to stay and prosper. It has successfully held three annual fairs, and paid every dollar of its obligations and continued to permanently improve the grounds until it is now well nigh complete in all the departments. This success is a source of satisfaction to the stockholders and a pleasure to every public spirited citizen.

The authorized capital stock ($10,000) has been taken and the property of the association has greatly increased in value. The happy condition is the fruit of the wise and persistent labors of the directors, having from time to time charge of the work. It has been my duty and pleasure to be connected with this enterprise from its incipiency, having been three times chosen to serve as your presiding officer. While I have not been unconscious of the honor thus conferred, I accepted the responsible position, only as an act of duty; and, although I will continue to serve on the board, I decline to serve in an official position. The holders of the stock are well distributed in city and country, and it is hoped that this condition may continue to the end that the stock may not be concentrated in the hands of a few, which might endanger the diversion of the property to other purposes, than those originally designed. The privileges extended to stockholders are equivalent to at least six per cent per annum on a share. Considering that the property is increasing in value, it is obvious that the investment is a safe and wise one.
My own opinion is that it will be wise to make no cash dividends at any time, but absorb all profits in continued improvements and in payment of increased cash premiums. It will be necessary to purchase land at the north side of the grounds, connecting it with the extension of west Ninth avenue, for an entrance gate. It will be well to take action on this matter. The southeast corner of the grounds being cut off by the railroad, it may be wise to authorize some disposition to be made of it, by sale or otherwise.
Obviously the functions of a fair are to encourage the production of better stock; better and larger crops; better farm and household management; and better artistic and artisan displays; better boys and girls, that will be prepared for life’s duties, than are their fathers and mothers. Success in this beneficent work, as in other vital matters, depends largely on the sternly wise efforts of those who have a love for the principles that underlie every honest endeavor, and a personal adaptation for the work. There is no necessity and there should be no encouragement to run a fair, in any manner, that will not be conducive to the best material and moral interests of the community, at large. Considerable freedom of opinion and action is expected and ought to be granted in conducting fairs, but nothing should be authorized that will be detrimental to the public interest. Liquor selling, gambling, pool selling, and any games of chance are alike prohibited on fair grounds by the laws of the state and any law loving citizen can enforce them.
If our fairs continue to be conducted in the future, as in the past, on correct business principles, and with an intelligent knowledge of its real purpose, in developing and exhibiting the material interests of our county and state, its existence may be made as permanent and useful as the Imbecile Institute on the hill, or the college on the grassy slope; but, if the opposite course is at any time pursued, and cosmopolitan gamblers should get a

strong foothold, and the wheel of fortune be admitted and gain patronage from verdant youth and gray haired men, you may then see a handwriting on the wall, “Thou art weighed in the balances and art found wanting.” History repeats itself in fair work as in other matters, and evil work must certainly produce evil fruit, that will sooner or later bring fatal results. We should no more conclude that the fair will fail by excluding gambling than that our merchants must have such departments connected with their business in order to sell their goods.
Mr. Greer offered the following, which was adopted.
Resolved, That on this the completion of his third term as president of this Association and his decision to retire from office, we desire to tender Jas. F. Martin our sincere thanks for the able, conscientious, and efficient manner in which he has discharged the difficult and exacting duties of the position. To his ability, energy, and enterprise, the permanent success of this Association is largely due.

The following, offered by Mr. Kretsinger, was adopted.
Resolved, That the directors are hereby requested to discontinue the sale of family, season, and privilege tickets, and that the general admission to grounds be for each adult 25 cents; children under the age of 7 and 15 years, 15 cents; for all vehicles 25 cents; for saddle horses, 15 cents. Provided that no children shall be admitted free under the age of 7 unless accompanied by their parents or guardian. That every stockholder be provided with an all privilege ticket for himself and each member of his family between the age of 7 and 21, regardless of the number of shares held or owned by them, and that every stockholder is hereby requested to furnish the secretary with the number of his family, together with the names and age of each not later than June 1st of each year.
The following presented by Secretary Kretsinger, J. R. Sumpter, and G. S. Manser, was adopted.
Resolved, That the directors are hereby authorized to purchase sufficient ground on the north line of fair grounds for ample road way and entrance from Ninth avenue.
“That section seven of the constitution be changed so as to read: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and General Manager.
“That section five of the constitution shall read: First Monday in December.”
Five Directors, holding three years each, were elected as follows: S. P. Strong, J. R. Sumpter, J. R. Smith, W. R. Wilson, and K. J. Wright, the latter two to fill vacancy caused by resignation of A. T. Spotswood and John D. Maurer.
                                                     THE NEW OFFICERS.
At the adjournment of the stockholders’ meeting, the Directors of the Association met and elected the officers of The Cowley County Fair & Driving Park Association, for this year: S. P. Strong, of Rock, President; F. W. Schwantes, of Vernon, Vice-President; W. J. Wilson, of Winfield, Secretary; A. H. Doane, of Winfield, Treasurer; J. R. Sumpter, of Beaver, General Manager. The Directors meet again April 9th, and on the second Friday of  each month.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 25, 1886.
A. H. Doane and D. L. Kretsinger returned Friday from Kansas City. They declare that the town at the Kaws mouth is next to Winfield among the great western metropoli.
Mrs. A. H. Doane and Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger hold reception...
                                                      SOCIAL WINFIELD
                    Indulges in the Fashionable Novelty of Five O’clock Luncheon.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 25, 1886.

The most fashionable novelty is five o’clock luncheon, a full-dress reception of ladies only, for tea and an hour or two of social chat, such as only ladies, when untrammeled by the awkward presence of men—who were never made to talk—can enjoy. Last evening Winfield had the first full-fledged introduction of this pleasurable novel. It was a reception by Mrs. A. H. Doane and Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, two of the city’s most delightful entertainers, at the home of Mrs. Doane. A little after four the invited guests began to arrive and by 5 o’clock the parlors were a scene of the liveliest mirth and social freedom, the following prominent ladies being present: Mesdames C. H. Taylor, C. L. Harter, Ray Oliver, George Raymond, George Rembaugh, J. F. Balliet, G. H. Buckman, O. Branham, W. H. Albro, Ela Albright, E. M. Albright, J. J. Carson, L. M. Williams, J. A. Eaton, J. C. Miller, Col. McMullen, J. F. McMullen, B. W. Matlack, C. C. Collins, Henry Brown, Lewis Brown, J. H. Tomlin, E. P. Young, J. N. Young, Dr. Van Doren, M. J. Darling, W. H. Shearer, R. E. Wallis, D. A. Millington, Wm. Mullen, H. L. Holmes, W. P. Hackney, Dr. Brown, M. L. Robinson, Geo. Robinson, S. D. Pryor, Dr. Emerson, M. L. Whitney, J. L. Horning, J. D. Pryor, Geo. W. Miller, Edwin Beeny, Frank Doane, and Miss Lena Oliver. At the appointed hour a luncheon of choice delicacies, with a sprinkling of appropriate substantials, was bounteously and gracefully served. It was one of the happiest gatherings imaginable. The ladies were all handsomely and fashionably attired. By half past six all had departed, realizing the pleasantest reception for many a day. The main object of the “five o’clock luncheon” is to dissipate the inconveniences of the “fashionable call,” where all is prim form, with little opportunity for forming genuine friendships. It is certainly a most admirable mode of widening friendships among the ladies of the city, as all will attest who experienced the very agreeable hospitality of Mrs. Doane and Mrs. Kretsinger, on this occasion.
Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Doane entertain Kretsingers and others...
                                           ANOTHER CHARMING EVENT.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 1, 1886.
Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Doane opened their agreeable home Thursday to one of the gayest gatherings of young folks. Receptions by this popular and very social couple are always marked by the freest and most acceptable enjoyment. Their graceful entertainment admits no restraint—all go in for a genuine good time, and they always have it. Those experiencing the free-hearted hospitality of Mr. and Mrs. Doane on this occasion were Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Horning, Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Oliver, Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Doane; Mrs. E. H. Nixon, Mrs. B. H. Riddell; Misses Nettie and Anna McCoy, Margie Wallis, Nellie McMullen, Ida Ritchie, Leota Gary, Jennie Hane, Sadie French, Anna Hunt, Jennie Bangs, Ida Johnston, Hattie Stolp, Eva Dodds, Lena Oliver, Nellie and Kate Rodgers, Nellie Cole; Messrs. W. C. Robinson, Chas. F. and Harry Bahntge, Lacey Tomlin, James Lorton, W. A. and Walter Ritchie, Tom J. Eaton, Ed J. McMullen, Byron R. Rudolph, C. E. Vosbourgh, Addison Brown, Harry Sickafoose, Frank F. Leland, Wm. D. Carey, Ivan A. Robinson, Will E. Hodges, and Frank H. Greer. Indulging in the ever popular whist and other amusements, with the jolliest social converse, until after the serving of the choice luncheon, the music began and the Terpsichorean toe turned itself loose. The evening throughout was one of much delight, and all bid adieu fully realizing that Mr. and Mrs. Doane are foremost among the most admirable entertainers of social Winfield.
Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger...
                                                      SOCIAL WINFIELD.
                                             An Evening in the Society Circle.
                                 Joyous Commingling and Happy Entertainment.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 15, 1886.
                                                          THE G. O. CLUB.

The elegant and spacious new home of Senator and Mrs. W. P. Hackney was a most pleasurable scene last night. It was a reception in honor of the G. O. Club. The unavoidable absence of the Senator in Topeka was the only regret. It was one of the happiest meetings in the history of the club. Mrs. Hackney was very gracefully assisted in entertaining by Miss Eva Dodds. This was the first opening of this beautiful home and the guests found delight in wandering through the richly furnished and capacious apartments. Everything exhibits cultured taste and modern fashion. The entire remodeling of the interior and exterior, with its bright new furnishings, has made one of the most elaborate homes in the Queen City, if not in the whole state—elaborate in all that pertains to elegance and comfort. There is no gaudy display. All is in perfect taste from the first floor to the third. At eleven o’clock the west parlors were cleared, miniature tables spread, and the gay party sat down to a luncheon exceptionally fine, many choice delicacies with a sprinkling of the substantial. The rain storm brought out the hacks for the home-taking, and all departed with the highest praises of this grand home and the delightful entertainment afforded on this occasion. The guests were: Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Brown, Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, Mrs. B. H. Riddell, Mrs. B. W. Matlack, Mrs. Spence Miner, and Mrs. Alice Bishop; Misses Nettie and Annie McCoy, Nellie and Kate Rodgers, Leota Gary, Nona Calhoun, Bert Morford, Hattie Stolp, Ida Johnston, Jennie Hane, Ida Ritchie, Mary Berkey, and Nellie McMullen; Messrs. Wm. D. Carey, Tom P. Richardson, A. F. Hopkins, Willis A. Ritchie, Lacey Tomlin, Will E. Hodges, Chas. F. and Harry Bahntge, Ed J McMullen, Tom J. Eaton, J. L. M. Hill, Harry Sickafoose, Frank N. Strong, G. E. Lindsley, Ivan A. Robinson, Geo. H. Schuler, Addison Brown, and Frank H. Greer.
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