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H. B. Lacy

                                                         Winfield, Kansas.
Winfield 1873: H. B. Lacy, 40. No spouse listed.
Kansas 1875 Census, Winfield Township, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.
Name                     age sex color    Place/birth Where from
H. B. Lacy       43  m     w      Kentucky           Missouri
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Messenger, August 16, 1872.
Mr. Lacy of Lawrence has just arrived with a fine herd of blooded cattle, and will take up his abode with us.
Winfield Messenger, September 6, 1872.
According to a previous announcement, quite a number of citizens from different parts of the county assembled together in Winfield on the evening of the 31st of August, for the purpose of discussing the railroad interest of Cowley County.
On motion Mr. C. M. Wood was called to the chair, and R. B. Saffold appointed Secretary of the meeting. Col. E. C. Manning being requested by the chair explained the object of the meeting. Gen. McBratney, being introduced, spoke ably and fluently of the advantages the citizens of this section would derive from the Nebraska & Kansas Railroad. This road commencing at Omaha, Nebraska, would cross the Kansas Pacific at Junction City, and from there south, crossing the A. T. & S. F. Railroad at Peabody. Work being already commenced, with a large force in Marion County, the road between Junction City and Peabody is to be completed and cars running over the same within a very short time.
The purpose of the company then will be to extend the road from Peabody down the Whitewater and thence down the Walnut River to Winfield, and through the county to Arkansas City, and eventually penetration in the Indian country. The bonds have already been voted for the road to the north line of Butler County.
The meeting was also addressed by Eugene Akin of Butler County, who accompanied Gen. McBratney, Col. Manning, Mr. Lacy, and others. A committee was then appointed, consisting of Col. E. C. Manning, R. B. Saffold, A. T. Stewart, J. B. Fairbank, H. B. Lacy, M. M. Jewett, C. A. Bliss, C. M. Wood, and D. A. Millington for the purpose of working up the enterprise of Cowley County, and for ascertaining whether our citizens were ready to extend the necessary aid in building said road. C. M. WOOD, Chairman.
R. B. SAFFOLD, Secretary.
Winfield Messenger, October 4, 1872.
Lot Ten—Grades and All Other Breeds—Twelve Entries.
Premiums to James Foos, John H. Davis, H. B. Lacy, T. C. Dunn, J. D. Cochran. In this class Mr. J. A. Churchill had a beautiful cow—grade Ayrshire—entered, one worthy of a premium, but when the class was called Mr. Churchill was on duty as a judge of swine, and his cow was not exhibited to the committee. Through no fault of his own, his cow was not brought into compe­tition. It is only justice to Mr. Churchill to make this statement.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 15, 1873.
We are under obligation to our enterprising townsman, H. B. Lacy, for a chunk of ice for the COURIER office. The boys say that Mr. Lacy is a brick, whatever that may mean.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 28, 1873.
A son of H. B. Lacy carries his arm in a sling since he rode under that clothes-line and dropped from his horse’s back upon the ground breaking his arm.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 25, 1873.
The exhibition here was worthy the attention of every farmer. We never saw a larger or better collection at any fair, and we are glad to attest to the fact that the county is so largely stocked with fine blooded stock.
There were 77 swine on exhibition. The premiums were awarded as follows.
Poland China, Magee, and other large breeds.
Boar, 1 year old and over: 1st pr. C. C. Pierce; 2nd W. K. Davis.
Sows 1 year old and over: 1st W. K. Davis; 2nd C. C. Pierce.
Sows under 1 year old: 1st p. F. W. Schwantes, 2d H. B. Lacy.
Boars under 2 years old: 1st pr. F. W. Schwantes, 2nd H. B. Lacy.
Winfield Courier, Friday, December 26, 1873.
DIED. Dec. 23, 1873, at the residence of Mr. H. B. Lacy, James Bishop, aged 15 years. Funeral services conducted by Rev. N. L. Rigby.
Winfield Courier, January 2, 1874.
Number of Marriage Licenses issued for the year ending December 31, 1873: 88.
The following were issued for the month of December just ended.
Jacob Sharp, to Florence M. Lacy.
Winfield Courier, January 23, 1874.
Messrs. Lacy and Newland have filled two ice houses with nice ice. Fisher & Ehret have filled one. Mr. Stewart has not put up any yet, he is waiting for a better freeze.
Winfield Courier, May 15, 1874.
Mr. H. B. Lacy is now ready both morning and evening to deliver ice. He has a nice wagon and expects to run his business in style.
Winfield Courier, May 29, 1874.
ICE! ICE! ICE!! Mr. H. B. Lacy desires to announce to the citizens of Winfield and vicinity that he is prepared to deliver ICE to any part of the city both morning and evening in city style.
Winfield Courier, June 12, 1874.
A. T. Stewart, Max Shoeb, and H. B. Lacy were appointed a committee on grounds.
H. B. Lacy, C. M. Wood, and J. P. McMillen were appointed a committee on ice water.
Winfield Courier, June 19, 1874.
On motion of H. B. Lacy, resolved that the ladies be invited to attend the next meeting.
Winfield Courier, October 2, 1874.

A KNOT OF NICE “REFORMERS.” Gathered at P. O. headquarters No. 2, last Wednesday night, were as nice a knot of “reformers” as ever (dis)graced the State of Kansas. In the center, Nelson Abbott, whose record during and since the war brand him as no better than any other murderer and thief. Around him such shining lights as J. M. Alexander, R. B. Saffold, Will. M. Allison, H. B. Lacy, not to mention Judge Ross. We noticed a few vacant chairs, which to have made the circle complete, should have been filled by the fisherman of the P. O. “Charley,” Alexander’s former partner, and one or two others we could name. No doubt they had a good time “fighting their battles o’er again.” Certainly if each was not benefitted, neither could he be contaminated by contact with the others.
Winfield Courier, October 2, 1874.
NEEDS THEM. We understand by the Post Master’s Organ that he has two tame turkey buzzards. Well, it is the opinion of a great many people that he needs a whole flock to pick up all the corruption and offal in and about the Post Office.
Winfield Courier, March 25, 1875.
Notice. There will be a meeting of the stockholders of the Winfield Cemetery Association on Wednesday, March 31, 1875, at W. H. H. Maris’ store. All persons owning a lot in the Winfield Cemetery are stockholders, and entitled to vote at the meeting. A full attendance is requested. The following is a list of the said stockholders.
JOHN B. FAIRBANK, Secretary.
H. B. Lacy was listed as one of the stockholders.
Winfield Courier, April 8, 1875.
H. B. Lacy, Esq., has left the city and gone somewhere.
Winfield Courier, May 27, 1875.
Where is Lacy?
Winfield Courier, June 24, 1875.
H. B. Lacy is the kind of a man we like. He thinks of the wants of the poor abused, oppressed printers of this office and brings us a bountiful supply of ice every morning. Accept our thanks, H. B.
Winfield Courier, July 22, 1875.
Mr. H. B. Lacy delivers nice crystal ice every morning and evening to the desiring. He never skips ye printer or anyone else that leaves an order with him. His team may not make “the fastest time on record,” but it is quiet and honest, never frightens, never runs away, and is always on time.
Winfield Courier, September 9, 1875.
The office of County Coroner is flying round loose this fall, ready to be taken in by some good M. D. In the absence of other material, we will take the liberty to nominate Harry B. Lacy, and one good man from each township in the county for this trustworthy place. The office has no salary; consequently, we are particular who we nominate, as it is strictly speaking, an honorary office, the only one in the gift of the people.
Winfield Courier, March 9, 1876.
LIST OF LETTERS remaining unclaimed in the Post Office at Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas, on the 9th day of March, 1876.

Henry Lacy appeared on this list.
Winfield Courier, October 19, 1876.
It has been settled, we understand, that Mr. Lacy will not be an independent candidate for District Clerk. He leaves the field for Bedilion and Houx.
Winfield Courier, January 18, 1877.
JOHN ALLEN has moved Lacy’s ice house on to Ninth Avenue for an office.
Winfield Courier, February 1, 1877.
MR. LACY has a horse to deliver ice with next summer that has had its back spliced.
Winfield Courier, June 7, 1877.
We regret to learn that the ice in Mr. Lacy’s ice house, on the bank of the Walnut near the mouth of Dutch, was all destroyed by the recent high waters. Between seventy-five and one hundred tons of ice was destroyed by high water last week.
Winfield Courier, June 21, 1877.
Our friend Mr. Lacy furnishes us daily with large lumps of ice. We wish his ice would hold out all summer.
Winfield Courier, June 21, 1877.
A meeting was held last Monday night on Sid Major’s front stoop to determine on some plan of action in regard to celebrating the glorious 4th of July.
H. B. Lacy, Esq.., was appointed to the chair, and made a few remarks in regard to the importance of the occasion, and the duty that each man ought to feel in lending a helping hand to the forwarding of the enterprise.
A motion was made and seconded that a committee be appointed to secure the necessary orators for the occasion, but upon the chair suggesting that “that would be a h___l of a note, to select the orators before they know whether they were going to celebrate,” the motion was immediately withdrawn.
Several other motions were ruled out of order as being premature. It was moved and seconded that “we celebrate,” and unanimously carried.
On motions, committees on grounds, music, oratory, and finance were appointed by the chair.
It was then moved that a committee on fire crackers be appointed, which motion was not entertained by the chair. The chair then suggested that it would be a good plan to adjourn to some given time and place.
A motion was made to adjourn to meet at By Terrill’s hay loft on the 35th of the present month. The motion was indignantly rejected.
It was then moved that the minutes of the meeting be read, but the secretary was found asleep with a stick and a blank piece of paper in his hands, and so they were dispensed with.
A motion was then made to adjourn to meet on the next evening, which was unanimously defeated.
The chair then rose and moved into the hotel and declared that he would adjourn it, and the meeting broke up with cries of “Lacy” and “ice.” C. H. F.
Winfield Courier, December 13, 1877.

The people of Winfield were surprised and startled last Saturday evening. Many were the questions asked, loud and strong were the cries of “circus!” “circus!” by the small boys, and great was the excitement. About 6:30 o’clock p.m., a wagon, loaded with a dozen or more happy boys and drawn by four fine horses, was driven upon Main street from 7th avenue. The street was brightly illuminated by the lanterns held in the hands of the boys and suspended from the wagon box. When opposite Mr. Lacy’s residence, time was called, and as they passed on down Main street they favored the wondering people with the familiar piece of music, “The merriest girl that’s out.” They then passed up one street and down another furnishing free music to the citizens of Winfield for about two hours; and landing at the Central hotel about half-past eight o’clock, called for supper for the Oxford Silver Cornet Band, eleven in number. After partaking of a good supper, they again started out and serenaded each and every business house in the city, besides calling at several private houses. The boys have good strong lungs and make good music. Drop us a line previous to your next coming, boys.
Winfield Courier, February 28, 1878.
In spite of old Prog. Tice, groundhog and goosebones, that terrible freeze out did not come in February and Lacy mourns his occupation gone. He should have secured a few sheets of that ice as thick as a pane of glass in November. Frank Manny proposes to import an ice machine at a cost of about $3,000.
Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.
WINFIELD, KANSAS, June 3rd, 1878.
Council met in council chamber. J. B. Lynn, mayor, and G. W. Gully, E. C. Manning, and C. M. Wood, councilmen, present.
Committee on streets and alleys reported on Majors & Vance petition in regard to the Lacy nuisance; that they did not consider the same to be a nuisance. On motion, petition was laid on the table.
Winfield Courier, April 10, 1879.
Mr. H. B. Lacy hopes to be soon “on the bench” as he has filed papers declaring Police Judge Boyer not eligible to the office, having served as judge at the election, and that he, having received the largest number of votes (5) was entitled to the office.
Winfield Courier, January 29, 1880.
Last Monday Judge Lacy was anxiously inquiring over town for the whereabouts of Annie Bishop. It seems that she left home Sunday for Sunday school, and instead of going, left for parts unknown.
Winfield Courier, April 14, 1881.
Harry Lacy says that he will haul no more nuisances out of the city until he has disposed of the city council. He is a candidate for marshal.
Winfield Courier, April 6, 1882.
Enos Henthorn came down to cast a vote for Harry B. Lacy Tuesday, but unfortunately had failed to register.
Winfield Courier, April 6, 1882.

The City election last Tuesday passed off pleasantly and quietly, but there was strenuous work done. As usual, the successful candidates are happy and the unsuccessful feel a little sore. There were no party nominations and the contest, so far as there was a contest, was mainly on the prohibition issue. The anti-prohibitionists on Monday evening made up a good strong ticket largely of prohibition candidates with the evident main object of beating Buckman for Justice, Siverd for Constable, and whoever might be nominated in the first ward for councilman by their opponents. The prohibitionists accepted their nominations so far as suited them, but substituted other names for five principal offices, as appears below, to make up a complete ticket. The long and short term candidates for school board happened to get reversed on the two tickets, which occasioned the votes for full term and vacancy for the same candidates. Every man on the prohibitionist’s ticket was elected by majorities ranging from 55 to 180. The average vote on contested candidates in the whole city was 245 prohibition to 145 anti, or 100 majority. This is the way we look at the matter, but others may view it differently. The following is the vote in full. Those names prefixed by * are elected.
*G. H. BUCKMAN: 256
*T. H. SOWARD: 277
  W. E. Tansey: 201
  H. B. Lacy: 15
  E. S. Bedilion: 1
Winfield Courier, November 30, 1882.
The question is, “Had Judge Gans a hand in the mysterious death of Lacy’s mule?” An official investigation is in order.
Winfield Courier, November 30, 1882.
SUICIDE. The Sad Demise of a Venerable Resident.
Last Tuesday morning Winfield was the scene of one of those sad occurrences, which have made our capital City of Topeka so notorious of late—a suicide. The affair is all the more sad and serious because the victim was an old resident of our city, well up in years, and whose meek and gentle character has been the wonderful admiration of all. After plodding through a long and eventful career, seeming perfectly satisfied with his surroundings, no one could suspect that he was meditating such a deed. The City Council was convened in special session and the following we clip from its proceedings.
“The clerk is hereby instructed to have the body of H. B. Lacy’s mule removed from the tree in J. B. Lynn’s yard, in which he now hangs, to some suitable place for interment, and fail not hereof, under penalty of the law.”

Yes, Lacy’s mule is gone. Monday night he released himself from his stall, meandered into J. B. Lynn’s yard, stuck his head between the forks of a peach tree, and deliberately “pulled back,” and choked himself to death. The post mortem examination, held by Drs. Lacy and Lynn, seemed to indicate that he had got his ears entangled in a tree on the next lot, and that death resulted accidentally; but to us it seems clear that the act was voluntary and premeditated. However that may be, let his ashes rest in peace and the bone-yard. He fulfilled his mission in life faithfully and well, ever hearkening to duty and his master’s call. For years he propelled the swill-cart through the alleys of our city as proudly and faithfully as though it had been the car of a conqueror, never kicking when his stay-chain was shortened, or his rations reduced to a watermelon rind and four cucumbers. He was alike patient and serene mid sunshine or storm, and cheerfully assisted his master, whether in the slums of politics or the broader and nobler work of garbage collecting. Only once did he allow the lion in his nature to be aroused. After the arduous campaign of 1880 when he had traveled miles and miles and had double the pledges necessary to elect him Probate Judge, and was ignominiously defeated, he is said to have cried aloud that the people would yet regret the day they cast him aside for his handsomer competitor. From this on he relapsed into a kind of prop-me-up-with-a-pole condition, from which he never recovered, and which certainly produced the state of mind that courted death rather than political dishonor. Mr. Lacy and the swill-cart are sadly bereft, and we tender our sympathy and fifty cents to buy a new mule.
After careful investigation into the charges made by Mr. Lacy, that Judge Gans and Mr. Lynn had conspired together to hang the mule, we have come to the conclusion that although the circumstances are strong against them, there is a reasonable doubt in their favor.
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, July 5, 1883.
H. B. Lacy was present when the Commissioners met to condemn the water privilege last week. He thought they had power to make him move his hogs and was on hand to defend his rights. The hogs will not be moved at present.
Winfield Courier, February 14, 1884.
Mr. H. B. Lacy is in very poor health and failing rapidly. Since the days of Uncle Isaac Comfort, Mr. Lacy has been the most familiar figure on our streets. We hope he may speedily regain his health.
Winfield Courier, March 13, 1884.
H. B. Lacy, city scavenger, $300.00 claimed, allowed $15.00.
Winfield Courier, March 13, 1884.
The Courier Observes
That Judge H. B. Lacy must feel blue—only fifteen dollars from the city for a bill of three hundred.
Winfield Courier, July 24, 1884.
Lost. Pocket book containing $323.00 and papers with H. B. Lacy and S. E. Eslinger’s names. Will pay $50 reward. Leave at Harter’s drug store. S. E. Eslinger.
Winfield Courier, July 31, 1884.

Another Old Inhabitant Gone. DIED. Mr. H. B. Lacy died Monday afternoon and was buried Tuesday from the Baptist Church, Rev. Cairns and Kirkwood conducting the ceremonies. Mr. Lacy was in his sixty-first year and one of the oldest pioneers of Kansas and Cowley County. He came to the state in 1856 and to Winfield in 1870. His was a checkered career, and before softening of the brain, some ten or fifteen years ago began to debilitate his intellect, was a man of much possibility. No one would think as they saw him moving around in the vocation of later years that he was a classical scholar, but he was, and even in his older days his knowledge of Latin and Greek was still keen. In 1859 he represented Doniphan County in the legislature and was at one time quite wealthy. Ever since Winfield was inhabited Mr. Lacy has been its most familiar object. His removal is like taking away an old landmark.


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