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W. A. Lee

                                                         Implement Dealer.
                                                         Winfield, Kansas.
Winfield 1878: W. A. Lee, 30; spouse, Mary, 23.
Winfield 1880: W. A. Lee, 32; spouse, Mary C., 25.
Lee, W. A., implement dealer, 9th avenue, bet Main and Manning,
r., 9th avenue, n. s., bet Platter and Maris.
Mansfield, Chico, clerk, W. A. Lee, boards same.
Tolles, S. H., salesman, W. A. Lee, boards American House.
BROTHERTON & SILVER, Main, w. s. between 7th and 8th avenues.
LEE, W. A., 9th avenue, between Main and Manning.
MYTON, S. H., Jr., Main, w. s. between 8th and 9th avenues.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Courier, May 10, 1877.
I have a small two-horse wagon and set of single plow harness for sale at a liberal discount. W. A. LEE, Excelsior Reaper Agent, Winfield, Kansas.
Winfield Courier, January 10, 1878.
EDITOR COURIER: Some time prior to this I saw a card in your journal stating and showing the damaging effect on farmers of having their machinery out in the weather. You are right. I have stored under a shed, which cost me less than two dollars besides my labor, more than five hundred dollars worth of machinery. This is one grand source of the cause of machinery being a damage to farmers. There is too much snobbish talk about “the county being ruined with machinery” in the sense that men buy too much machinery. The trouble is that there is not discretion enough used in the purchase and care of implements.
Men must have machinery enough to cultivate their ground and harvest their grain. Thought given to the purchase of the implements most adapted to the purpose for which it is designed and shelter from sun and rain are the safeguards to the farmers in this respect. How many of us have known men to mortgage a good farm to get money to build a fine house and in a short time lose both house and farm when a house within their means would have saved their home.
Too many men get the same idea in regard to machinery. They must have a “big thing on ice,” a self-binder or header to cut their grain with. We admit that they had a “big thing on ice,” but far from being of the greatest utility to the farmer in harvesting his grain. For all purposes a Combined Reaper and Mower is undoubtedly the cheapest, lightest of draft, and most durable machinery that as yet has been put in the field.

In this part of the country, where hay making is indispensable, most farmers need a mower. Now if he buys a self-binder at a cost of $325, and a mower at a cost of $125, he is out $450, while for $175 he can get a combined mower and reaper that will do his harvesting, and the wheat will be in better shape for stacking. Taking all into consideration the loose binding of the self-binder, and down wheat run over by headers, there will be less loss of grain. One span of horses will take one of these light machines while two span will draw them all day without fagging, while I have seen six of the largest horses and mules tugging their life away pushing a big bungling header through the mud and not making much more than half the speed that two horses would walk off with a reaper.
During a rainy harvest a dropper can be run when no other machine can be kept up out of the mud. I, for one, have seen the perplexity of mind and worry of body of parties tinkering with self-binders. Farmers know the advantage of having a machine at a time like this (when they are driven to have more or less help) that they can begin cutting in the morning and drive until night with but few halts.
I have confined myself principally to the purchase of a reaper and hope to be able to say something on other topics in the future pertaining to the subject.
One more thought. The reason that commission men work so zealously for these high-priced machines is that they get double the commission on them of that of a combined machine. Respectfully, W. A. LEE.
Winfield Courier, February 21, 1878.
I will furnish Repairs for any combined machine, except those I handle, at cost, to all parties giving their orders in time for me to send for them before harvest. W. A. LEE.
[Winfield, Southern Kansas.]
Winfield Courier, February 28, 1878.
W. A. Lee is spreading his plows and other agricultural implements over a considerable territory, but expects to clear them out in due time. He can accommodate his former customers both in price and quality.
Winfield Courier, March 7, 1878.
W. A. Lee has a fine stock of plows and other implements just back of Fuller’s bank. Call and see him.
Winfield Courier, April 25, 1878.
W. A. Lee has about sold one carload of Excelsior reapers.
Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.
I have the agency for the Aultman-Taylor Vibrator Thresher. W. A. LEE.
Winfield Courier, August 1, 1878.
W. A. Lee has a mower with an entirely new principle in the gearing. Office first door west of Winfield Bank.
Winfield Courier, August 8, 1878.
J. C. Fuller contract for laying sidewalk approved.
W. A. Lee made a statement of grievance. No action taken.
Winfield Courier, August 8, 1878.
Having been denied the right to show my agricultural implements by setting them out in front of my office, as other agricultural implement dealers are permitted to do, and having been arrested and fined by the police judge in attempting to show my goods, all through a personal feeling of our city marshal, I ask all farmers wanting such implements to call back of the Winfield Bank and examine my goods. W. A. LEE.

Winfield Courier, August 22, 1878.
City of Winfield vs. Wm. A. Lee. [N. C. Coldwell; E. S. Torrance.]
Note: Lawyers—first named (for first party mentioned).
After semicolon: lawyers for second party.
Winfield Courier, August 29, 1878.
Met Monday morning, August 26th, 1878.
Present: Judge W. P. Campbell, Sheriff C. L. Harter, Clerk E. S. Bedilion, Attorneys McDermott, Torrance, C. Coldwell, N. C. Coldwell, Hackney, McDonald, Pryor, Pyburn, Allen, Jennings, Buckman, Black, Webb, Alexander, Beach, Troup, Jarvis, Asp, of Winfield; and Dennison, of Osage Mission.
The following case was dismissed: Winfield versus Lee—appeal.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 2, 1879.
The following is a list of new buildings erected in the city of Winfield since January 1, 1878, with the name of owner and cost of building.
W. A. Lee, residence, frame: $500.
Lee, warehouse, frame: $100.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 8, 1879.
JUST MERIT. After a careful examination by the judges of agricultural implements at the Walnut Valley Fair Association, W. A. Lee, of Winfield, Kansas, received the first premium on the Crossley Sulky Plow over seven others competing.
Winfield Courier, February 6, 1879.
WINFIELD, KANS., Feb. 3, 1879.
MR. EDITOR:—Is it not somewhat strange and something of a neglect, that with all the beautiful magnesia stone sidewalks we have laid to almost all parts of the city, we have none on the north side of courthouse block and block west of it, and south side of 9th avenue, this being one of the most traveled thorough­fares in the city, about two-thirds of the school children passing over it twice a day, and being thronged during court week and the main outlet to the east part of the city. When the spring rains set in, from the position of the ground, the old rickety makeshift we have now will be inundated over two feet in water for probably days. Is it not the wish that our city fathers have us a good, substantial, eight-foot sidewalk put down on north side of these two blocks above high water mark. W. A. LEE.
Winfield Courier, February 13, 1879.
WINFIELD, KANS., Feb. 3, 1879.
Council met at the usual place and hour. Mayor Lynn in chair; Councilmen Gully, Jochems, Manning, and Wood, and J. P. Short, clerk, present.

Petition of W. A. Lee et al. in regard to a certain culvert on Ninth Avenue was presented and read, and, on motion, the street commissioner was instructed to use his judgment in regard to changing the same.
Winfield Courier, February 27, 1879.
W. A. Lee advertises the Illinois header harvesting machine in this paper. Mr. Lee is an enterprising man and is a fixture as a Winfield businessman, having built him a good residence in the city which he occupies with his family.
Winfield Courier, March 6, 1879.
W. A. LEE.
Winfield Courier, March 27, 1879.
The following is a list of the principal business firms of Winfield.
W. A. Lee.
Brotherton & Silver.
J. L. Berkey.
Winfield Courier, July 31, 1879.
W. A. Lee, the implement man, has the agency for the Champi­on drill again this year.
Winfield Courier, July 31, 1879.
“Go west young man” 150 feet for a Hapgood Sulky Plow is the comic sign of W. A. Lee to induce the farmer to look over the rock heaps and debris of the new bank (now under construction) to his implement yard on the west end of the same lot the bank is being built on.
Winfield Courier, October 23, 1879.
W. A. Lee started Monday morning on the 3:30 train for Kansas City, where he expects to purchase a car load of Moline wagons, and make arrangements for an immense stock of implements for the spring trade.
Winfield Courier, January 15, 1880.
W. A. Lee is taking time by the forelock. He proposes to supply the reapers of this county for the year 1880 and has made arrangements for the best to be had in unlimited numbers, viz., the Empire and Excelsior, and he now comes before the farmers to inform them of these facts.
Winfield Courier, January 29, 1880.
W. A. Lee is getting in five car loads of agricultural implements to supply the spring demand. His implement business is getting to be a big thing.
Winfield Courier, February 12, 1880.
The World-Renowned Excelsior & Empire Mower & Reaper...
W. A. LEE, Agent.
Winfield Courier, February 19, 1880.
Mr. S. H. Tolles, one of Pleasant Valley’s best farmers, is helping Mr. Lee in his implement house.

Winfield Courier, February 19, 1880.
CIVIL DOCKET. FOURTH DAY. Clark Bryant vs. William A. Lee et al.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 30, 1880.
Ed. Greer, of the Courier, with Messrs. Vance, Goldsmith, and Lee, of Winfield, was in town Monday. They were on their way home from Hunnewell.
Winfield Courier, August 5, 1880.
W. A. Lee lost his team the other day, supposed to be stolen. He had driven it down to the depot and there hitched it to a post, and forgetting his team, came home on foot. Not finding his team at home, he made a row until someone told him where he had left it.
Winfield Courier, August 12, 1880.
Many are well acquainted with the way W. A. Lee, our well known implement dealer, began business when he located among us, and how against fearful opposition he has struggled, until today he has one of the finest implement houses in Southern Kansas. His ability to choose none but the best goods and throw out the poor is one great secret of his success; another, by his patience with the farmer and untiring energy he succeeds in holding his customers, and as a general thing farmers pay him promptly and willingly, showing that they are well pleased with their machin­ery. We can assure those who trade with Mr. Lee that in him they will find a fair and honorable gentleman, and can at least be assured of getting what he represents the goods to be.
Winfield Courier, September 30, 1880.
WANTED: A good Lawyer to attend to my business: one that does not dabble in politics. Call at my implement house. W. A. Lee, Agent for Moline Wagon.
Winfield Courier, November 11, 1880.
W. A. Lee, agent for the Moline Wagon, advertising for a lawyer to do his business that did not dabble in politics, has an application from Pennsylvania oil region, from a lawyer who is agent for a colony, who says that after traveling over a greater portion of the United States, he has about decided to make our county their place of locating.
Winfield Courier, December 23, 1880.
W. A. Lee sold seventy Hapgood sulky plows during 1880.
Winfield Courier, December 23, 1880.
Our town seems to be infested with sneak thieves. Farmers are complaining to me that they cannot leave dry goods, grocer­ies, blankets, coats, or the least thing in their wagons while trading, but that is stolen. I will give $5.00 for the success­ful arrest and proof of the guilt of one of these thieves. W. A. LEE.
Winfield Courier, January 6, 1881.
Mr. W. A. Lee sold over $16,000 worth of implements in 1880, a great portion of which was secured by chattel mortgages. So far he has not taken one piece of property. This speaks well for the condition of the county, as it shows that our farmers are able to pay for their machinery.
W. A. Lee rents old Winfield Bank Building for an implement house: building is placed west of the new bank building...

Winfield Courier, January 27, 1881.
W. A. Lee has rented the old Winfield Bank building for an implement house, just back of the new bank building.
Winfield Courier, February 3, 1881.
W. A. Lee has rented the old Winfield bank building for his large and constantly increasing trade, and says that hereafter he intends taking things a little easier. He is one of the hardest working men in this county.
Lee expanding: rented building and stocking it with implements at Grenola...
Winfield Courier, February 10, 1881.
W. A. Lee is putting in a large stock of implements at Grenola, Kansas. He has rented a large two store building near the railroad depot, and proposes to fill it with implements. Mr. Lee’s long experience in buying farm machinery makes him one of the best judges of good qualities and enables him to buy cheap.
Winfield Courier, April 7, 1881.
The crowd of men around W. A. Lee’s implement house, fine teams fitting, and wagons fitting up for the mountains, indicate that a number of our best citizens are going. Mr. Lee deserves credit and patronage for the amount of trade he is bringing to our town.
Winfield Courier, April 28, 1881.
ANOTHER RUNAWAY. Last Friday W. A. Lee was out to Mr. Stephens’ farm, seven miles east, to attend to some business, having in company with him a Mr. Ireenman, traveling man for the firm of B. D. Buford & Co., Kansas City. On their way back the neck-yoke became disconnected from the end of the tongue. The tongue dashing out loose in front of the horses fearfully scared them, and they at once began to kick and run. The buggy top being up, the situation became desperate. Mr. Lee held his team and kept talking to them to quiet them. When he found that impossible, he at once pulled them into some plowed land and circled the team until he turned the buggy over, throwing himself and friend out without a scratch, but badly smashing up the buggy and harness.
Winfield Courier, May 5, 1881.
Statements of Businessmen of Winfield and Leading Citizens of Cowley County,
Kansas, in Relation to the Situation.
We have received many letters from Iowa and other states containing a letter written by Frank Manny, of this city, clipped from one newspaper or another, with the inquiry if the statements therein contained are true. We answered one of these briefly last week, but subsequently we learn that the Manny letter is being published widely in other states, not only as an argument against prohibitory liquor laws, but against emigrating to Kansas, and particularly against this city and county.
Here is the famous Manny letter.
“WINFIELD, KANS., April 1st, 1881.

Herewith I send you a car load of barley, which please sell for me and remit proceeds after deducting all expenses. I have tried my best to dispose of it in our neighboring towns, but have not succeeded. I have invested $20,000 in my brewery, and I do not believe I could get $500 for it now on account of the prohi­bition law. I have over $1,000 worth of beer in my vaults and am not allowed to sell a drop. My barley and malt cost me 95 cents a bushel, but I cannot get 50 cents for it now. You have no idea how our people are upset by the new law. A year ago our town was prospering, not a house or store to be had, and now you will find from 100 to 150 houses vacated. Stores that brought $50 a month rent are empty. The state of affairs is such that even our prohibition people are getting scared and regret what they have done. If you should find anything for me there, please let me know.
Below are statements of businessmen and leading citizens of this city and county.
W. A. LEE, Dealer in Agricultural implements and machinery.
My trade is better than it was a year ago. I am selling more wagons, more cultivators, and more of almost every other kind of farm machin­ery. I am giving less credit than a year ago not that there are fewer men whom I would credit, for it is a fact that there are many more farmers whom I would credit than there were a year ago. Then there were many farmers who were in town frequently, drink­ing and idling around, seeming to care little for their farm work, who are now rarely seen in town; and when they do come, attend to their purchases and leave. And when I see them at home, they are busily putting in their seed and improving their farms. I could name a large number of farmers who have reformed wonderfully in this particular. I travel over our county fre­quently, and observe that an unusual amount of improvements are going on this spring.
Winfield Courier, October 13, 1881.
September 4th.
Bound for Southwestern Missouri, the land of the free and home of the brave, brave James boys, and free whiskey. The Hon. W. P. Hackney was on board the train, Messrs. Myton, Hodges, and Silver boarded the train and got off at Grenola. I am informed that they have a bonanza coal mine near there, a two foot vein. Mr. H. E. Asp, of Winfield, has become so elated that he intends quitting the law practice and manage the mine at Elk Falls.
We saw three barrels of empty beer bottles marked E. M. Trimble. What are the initials of our worthy Professor Trimble?
Winfield Courier, October 20, 1881.
I am Agent for the Stover Wind Mill and have a sample mill on hand. Can put up a mill for anyone on short notice. W. A. Lee, Implement Dealer.
Winfield Courier, November 10, 1881.
Mr. W. A. Lee astonished us with a hundred dollar bill the other day, in payment for his advertising bill of the past four months. It is so rarely that we get to examine a $100. bill that we are worrying considerable over it. However, Mr. Lee seems to be well satisfied, and we ought to be. He is one of the largest and most successful advertisers in the city.
Winfield Courier, December 22, 1881.

TO ALL PARTIES SO DISPOSED: I shall be thankful to you if you will leave your harvesters and reapers out in the field to rot where you cut your last wheat. My family is increasing and the acreage of wheat sown is less each year, consequently my only show to make a living out of the implement business is for all machinery to be left standing in the field to rot down. W. A. LEE, Implement Dealer.
Winfield Courier, December 29, 1881.
Mr. Lee has ordered another carload of Hapgood Sulky Plows. To see a carload of these plows lying on the ground in one place, one can hardly realize how they can be sold in one season; but Mr. Lee is confident that nothing short of this number will supply the demand.
Winfield Courier, January 5, 1882.
W. A. Lee is getting around where he needs a twenty acre field in which to store his implements. He has the greater part of four lots filled up now and a carload yet on the way. He is rushing things this year and no mistake.
Cowley County Courant, January 19, 1882.
W. A. Lee received three carloads of implements today, January 14th, and expects another car in a few days. Mr. Lee says it is not his intention to sell the cheapest goods, but the best goods that can be had. Being a careful buyer and buying in immense lots, he can make prices on the best goods made almost equal to that of the poorest goods made.
Winfield Courier, January 5, 1882.
W. A. Lee has a neat half platform spring wagon in front of his office for sale with “Gipsy” top complete.
Winfield Courier, February 16, 1882.
Testing the Plows. An agreement between W. A. Lee and S. H. Myton having been made to test the Hapgood and Cassady plows, a number of farmers met on the afternoon of Feb. 10, 1882, at Mr. E. Allen’s farm, Vernon Township. The undersigned committee was chosen by the above contestants, to decide the following points, viz.
1. Lightness of draft.
2. Quality of work.
3. Ease of management.
Seven inches was agreed to be depth in testing. The draft was first tested by the Dynamometer. Ten observations were made on each plow. The following table will show the result in each case. [Skipped Table that showed results of Cassady & Hapgood plows.]
Cassady Plow.
Draft, 4274½; Width, 150½; Depth, 71_.
Hapgood Plow.
Draft, 4912½; Width, 157½; Depth, 69½.
Thus in the ten tests the Cassady aggregated 2¼ inches more in depth, and 1¾  inches more in width, and its draft was six hundred and thirty pounds lighter.
On the second point, “quality of work,” we would say that both plows did good work. It was difficult to give a preference to either.
On the third point, “ease of management,” the committee had not sufficient time for a complete investigation, but as far as tried were in favor of giving the preference to the Cassady plow. The committee would say that the contestants manifested nothing but an honorable spirit in aiding correct conclusions. Signed,

Winfield Courier, February 16, 1882.
To Be Tried Over. This whole thing is dark and the most of it was done in the dark. Trial did not commence until one hour by sun. By the time the Cassady had struck out and plowed a few rounds on a land the sun was near down. I requested that the mould board on a Cassady plow be set as used to do good work. It has a slot under back end of beam so that mould can be thrown back two inches. It then just pushes the ground to one side. Was at once overruled by the judges. I then requested that the Cassady cut a square land side but received little satisfaction. After making ten tests of the draft of the Cassady my plow was hitched to; it being night I had no time to strike out a land, and had to put in on their land. I leveled my plow to seven inches: Judges ruled it was not deep enough. It was then thrown deeper and of course out of shape, and lower than the last furrow plowed. Scales were put on it in this shape after six tests. Myton’s man asked that my plow be thrown more on the lay, which was at once granted by the judges. It was now nearly dark, everybody excited, and the next pull was 200 pounds more than first drafts. Mr. Patterson made the statement after signing the above, to both myself and Myton’s men, that he did not think my plow had a fair showing in the trial. The same plows will contest one mile east of town Friday next, the 17th. All parties present urge for a fair test as to draft and work. W. A. LEE.
Winfield Courier, February 23, 1882.
Victory! The Hapgood Sulky Plow walks away with the Cassady to the tune of 33 pounds lighter each pull for five pulls, taking the weight with a Fairbanks scale; running three tenths of an inch less in depth and cutting one fifth of an inch wider. Judges ruled both plows to throw their dirt as near as possible alike. No observations were taken as to base of management. As to work both plows were credited with doing good work. This “VICTORY” does away with the no land side idea. My competitors have been claiming lightness of draft for their plow on account of having no land side. I claim this no land side business a humbug and have proved it. If I had not pulled one pound lighter, I would have beaten, showing plainly that a land side is of no disadvantage and that the friction on same mounts to nothing. This is the result of the trial that came off on the farm of Mr. Service, one mile east of Winfield, on Friday, February 17th.
                                 FOR HAPGOOD PLOW—W. A. LEE, AGENT.
                                      WINFIELD, KANSAS, February 17, 1882.
We, the undersigned farmers, chosen to test the draft and judge as to quality of work and ease of management between the Hapgood and Cassady Sulky Plows, on the farm of Mr. Service, report as follows.
As to ease of management, did not have time to take observations. As to work, both plows did good work when the mould boards were set alike. After making five drafts with each plow testing weight with a Fairbanks dynamometer, we find that the Hapgood plow drew 25 pounds lighter each draft, cutting one-fifth of an inch wider and three-tenths of an inch less in depth. Below is the average draft of each plow.
CASSADY: Draft 500, Depth 8 inches, Width cut, 13¼.
HAPGOOD: Draft 555, Depth 7-7/10 inches, Width cut, 15-2/5.
                           [Note: Names very hard to read...could have some wrong!]

Winfield Courier, March 2, 1882.
Ad. Cassady Got Left with Farmers in Preference to Hapgood and all others.
Trial was held at Mr. Ed. Allen’s farm in Vernon Township, in presence of a large number of farmers; the verdict being for the Cassady, it doing better work, running lighter, and handling easier than any other. The Hapgood was taken home to its Agent, and Mr. Allen paying cash for the Cassady, and the usual victory was scored for the Cassady. Also at trial east of town, the Cassady got left with the farmer, and the Hapgood was hauled into town to the Agent, Mr. Lee. I also wish to state that Mr. Lee had the Vice President of the Hapgood Company at this trial, and they adjusted both plows to suit themselves, and claimed victory; but they could not convince the farmer, Mr. Wallis, who keeps the Cassady Plow.
S. H. MYTON, Agent for the Cassady Plow.
Winfield Courier, March 23, 1882.
Mr. Daniel Eastman of Pleasant Valley Township is making many substantial improvements on his farm this spring. He has fenced a large pasture field, built a new house, and last week Mr. W. A. Lee put him up a Stover windmill and he will hereafter have an abundance of pure water for his stock. We like to see these improvements going on among Cowley’s farmers.
Winfield Courier, April 13, 1882.
Any boy ten years old can manage a Standard Riding Cultivator. W. A. Lee, Agent.
Winfield Courier, April 13, 1882.
Our Excelsior Reapers for sale cheap, 1881 machines. I make this offer during the month of April. W. A. LEE.
Winfield Courier, April 13, 1882.
I will sell any responsible parties a steam outfit for threshing who will use it in Vernon and Beaver townships, at 100 discount.  W. A. LEE.
Winfield Courier, May 18, 1882.
W. A. Lee received one of the Gaar Scott engines and separators last Saturday for John Davis and Bros., of Vernon Township. It was unloaded, driven up through the streets, and created quite a commotion. The idea of an engine running along the road without horses and pulling a threshing machine was rather novel, to say the least. After going about through the streets for awhile the engine started for Vernon Township followed by a large procession of farmers. It pulled across the west bridge and up the hill on the opposite side without trouble. Mr. Hess of Vernon engineered the “iron horse.” We wonder what the mechanical ingenuity of man will invent next?
Lee invents and patents an attachment to sulky plows...
Winfield Courier, July 6, 1882.
W. A. Lee has invented and patented an attachment to sulky plows which is likely to make the gentleman some money and save horse flesh.
Winfield Courier, July 20, 1882.
Hon. Jas. McDermott, Winfield, Kansas.

DEAR SIR: We the undersigned citizens of Cowley County, Kansas, anxious that an able and faithful man represent us in the coming legislature, and ever mindful of the important legislation that will come before that body, unite in requesting you to become a candidate for the office of Representative from this district, July 11th, 1882.
Hackney, W. P.; Gridley, A.; Bethel, Jas.; Millington, D. A.; Greer, Ed. P.; Finch, Frank W.; Siverd, H. H.; Pryor, J. D.; Wilson, W. J.; Hunt, J. S.; Bryan, T. R.; Curns, J. W.; Harris,  T. J.; Arrowsmith, J. W.; Hendricks, A. D.; Soward, T. H.; Story, R. C.; Reynolds, E. M.; Buckman, G. H.; Haight, N. A.; Cook, S. A.; Webb, L. H.; Fuller, C. E.; Hudson, W.; Wood, B. F.; Kelly, James; Short, J. P.; Platter, Jas. E.; Gridley, A., Jr.; Asp, Henry E.; Trimble, E. T.; Roberts, W. D.; Moore, Wm. H.; Hackney, J. F.; Waite, R. B.: McMullen, J. C.; Lee, W. A.; Holloway, S. S.; and others.
WINFIELD, KANSAS, July 17, 1882.
Hon. W. P. Hackney, T. H. Soward, D. A. Millington, and others:
GENTLEMEN: I have received your very flattering call to become a candidate for the legislature in this district, and after due consideration, have concluded to consent to the use of my name in that connection. At first I did not regard the proposition favorably, owing to  business interests which I thought might suffer thereby but upon the representations of friends that I might be able to assist to some extent in making the temperance laws more effective; in guarding the interests of Cowley County in the Congressional apportionment; and in securing any other advantages that may be desired for the county and which may be attainable; I have overcome my reluctance and hereby authorize my friends to use my name as a candidate before the Republican District Convention—and if nominated and elected I will hold myself bound to consider the interests of the people of Cowley County as of paramount importance to all other interests, and will give my best efforts to maintain and protect them. Respectfully yours, JAMES McDERMOTT.
Lee’s Sulky Plow Attachment: giving satisfaction...
Winfield Courier, August 3, 1882.
Mr. Lee’s Sulky Plow attachment is giving entire satisfaction so far. He is trying it in all kinds of ground.
Winfield Courier, August 10, 1882.
W. A. Lee received his patent on plows Aug. 7th dated Aug. 1st, 1882.
Invented by Lee? Anti-friction rollers for Hapgood sulky breaking plow...
Winfield Courier, August 17, 1882.
First party wanting a Hapgood sulky breaking plow, I will give one of my Anti-friction rollers free of charge. W. A. LEE.
Winfield Courier, August 31, 1882.
Wants an Amendment.

EDS. COURIER: Is the ordinance forbidding the stacking of hay inside the incorporation not a damage? A law to subserve the interests of a few and adverse to the interests of the mass, has always proved a mistake. Stacking hay in business blocks where there are a number of buildings joined together, is dangerous, and should not be allowed, but to say that the citizens living entirely out of these blocks and in the outskirts of town, often with but one house in a block, must stack their hay outside of town, is unjust and out of reason. For instance, a widow woman (and we know of them) with four or five helpless children to support, her show for doing this only her sewing machine and cow, by the time she has five tons of hay stacked out a mile from town, and it proves only to be three tons, and then pays a drayman 25 cents per day to bring in a small jag of hay, the cow will be a damage to her rather than a blessing. This same rule applies to all working men. About New Year’s day we see the advocates of such laws going round with a turkey in a basket helping the helpless. Is it not more humane and right to grant men and women rights, so that they can help themselves and feel that they are as good as anyone? Let us get up a petition and have this ordinance repealed, or rather amended. W. A. LEE.
[We think the ordinance might with safety be amended so as merely to prohibit the stacking of hay, etc., within a certain (safe) distance of any building within the city limits. ED.]
Winfield Courier, September 21, 1882.
MR. EDITOR: Some fellow whose name “looks like me” keeps publishing that he won’t pay his wife’s debts. Please say that my wife and I have no trouble except on wash days and when we count the babies and likelihoods. Friends are making inquiry about this Willis M. Lee matter. WILLIAM A. LEE.
Ad referred to by W. A. Lee appears next...
Winfield Courier, September 7, 1882.
Notice. To whom it may concern this is to certify that I will not be responsible for any bills that Mary A. Lee may make after this 6th day of September, A. D., 1882.
Winfield Courier, October 5, 1882.
W. A. Lee is getting up a good deal of enthusiasm among the farmers on his new anti-friction roller. It is certainly an excellent invention and will lighten the draft of plows materially.
Springston and Conrad purchase Lee’s implement business...
Winfield Courier, October 12, 1882.
Messrs. Springston and Conrad have purchased W. A. Lee’s implement business and will take charge in about a week. The sale was made through Messrs. Bard & Harris, our enterprising real estate men. Mr. Springston is a live, energetic gentleman and will keep the ball rolling.
Winfield Courier, October 12, 1882.
W. A. Lee starts today for Southern Missouri, to be gone a few weeks.
Winfield Courier, November 16, 1882.
Mr. W. A. Lee, of Winfield, Kansas, has been with us two weeks—is well pleased with our town and thinks that in the near future it will be a large place, being the right distance from Springfield and the outlet from most of the pineries. He, with the help of his younger brothers, has done a noble work in building his aged mother a nice, comfortable frame house on their farm two miles north of town. This work was started last fall, but through some mishap it fell through. He has made short work of it and the family have moved into it.    Mountain Grove Prospect.
Lee explains he only sold a part of his business, reserving the right to sell Sulky Plows and Corn Planters with his improvements as well as buggies, windmills, and pumps...

Winfield Courier, November 16, 1882.
Many of my friends have as much as asked me why I sold out my Implement business and stock. First I sold no stock, second only a part of my business, reserving the right to sell Sulky Plows and Corn Planters with my improvements. I also can handle Buggies, Windmills, Pumps, and have a right to start a business anywhere in the county outside corporate limits of Winfield. I expect also to keep as far as possible repairs for all the goods I have sold, and make good any warrantees on sales I have made. I have not as much as thought that I would leave Winfield or Cowley County, and want to say to my many friends that as soon as I get shaped up in new quarters, come around and have a drink of cold water with me and make yourselves at home. I am grateful indeed for past favors. W. A. LEE.
Hapgood Plow Co. test Lee’s Anti-friction roller, pronounce it a success...
Winfield Courier, November 30, 1882.
Hapgood Plow Co., sent a man here to test Lee’s Anti-friction Roller on their sulky, and pronounce it a success.
Lee describes his anti-friction roller for Hapgood Sulky Plow...
Winfield Courier, November 30, 1882.
Buy the Hapgood Sulky Plow with Lee’s Anti-friction Roller. With this there is no more dragging the bottom of the plow in the furrow, no more friction on the land side; no more strain on the sulky, no more side draft or slipping wheels; no more running of the plow on the lay; no more changing levers to finish up a land; no more trouble to make the plow take land enough; no more trouble to open a furrow in wet weather; no more strain on the arm to throw the plow out of ground; best of all, no more unnecessary draft on the team. The plow runs now on three wheels and cannot drag or bind. W. A. LEE, Agent.
Lee purchases lots and buildings on Ninth Avenue formerly owned by Max Shoeb...
Winfield Courier, December 28, 1882.
W. A. Lee has purchased the lots and buildings on Ninth Avenue formerly owned by Max Shoeb, and will extend the buildings back and make them two stories high. He intends to have room enough hereafter to accommodate his rapidly increasing business.
Winfield Courier, December 28, 1882.
W. A. Lee has bought the Max Shoeb property, known as the Max Shoeb blacksmith shop, and hopes to be able in another year to build an Implement House. He starts this morning to lay in a large stock of implements. He takes pride in getting the best, and seeing his goods give satisfaction.
Winfield Courier, January 25, 1883.
The bill of W. A. Lee for $2.00 for room rent for election was presented, allowed, and ordered paid.
W. A. Lee’s name did not appear on petition to Hackney...
Winfield Courier, February 1, 1883.

The original petition is drawn in the hand writing of M. L. Robinson, the originator and principal member of the water-works scheme. That measure entails a heavy tax on the citizens, of which its projectors will have their portion to pay, besides this tax is likely to create a prejudice against the originators. It is said that there are three men who are willing to pay three thousand dollars a year each for the privilege of opening and running saloons in this city. This three thousand dollars a year, with a probable increase after the first year, would be about enough to pay the water rents saddled on to the city. Besides, Read’s Bank is supposed to hold Frank Manny’s paper to a large amount, which would be largely enhanced in value if Frank could get to making money in selling intoxicating drinks.
So to help out the securities of the bank and to provide a fund for paying the water rents without taxation, these hitherto ultra prohibitionists have become the most ultra advocates of saloons and breweries we have. For the sake of paltry dollars, they are anxious to open up the flood-gates of drunkenness and debauchery upon our city and county. Hackney has an interest in the water-works stock, and judging him by themselves, they concluded that by fortifying him with a tremendous petition, he might be won over to help them in their schemes. It was an insult to him, and he has duly resented it in his answer in this paper.
Instead of 300 names on the petition as stated in the Journal, and other papers, there are just 209 only. These names are the owners and employees of Read’s Bank, Mayor Troup, and Councilman Gary, about a dozen fellows whose souls are not their own, all those who wish to run or patronize saloons, all the anti-prohibition element, and besides this, a very considerable number of respectable businessmen or citizens, who evidently signed without thought or consideration, merely to please the person who presented it. Many of these have stated that they signed under the explanation that the petition was to ask that laws be passed that would enforce the prohibitory law in the large cities of the state as effectively as it is enforced here—a construction which the ambiguity of the petition may well bear. Others say they never signed it nor authorized their names to be attached. We do not believe that one half of the signers are in favor of saloon here, or would have signed if they had understood that such was the meaning of it. We consider it a fraud upon its face, starting out as it does with statements which are well known to be false and concealing its object under ambiguous language.
It is well known here that the prohibition law has been better and more effectively enforced than the dram-shop act, which preceded it, ever was; that the sale and use of intoxicating drinks have been very largely decreased, though not entirely suppressed; that drunkenness has become ten times more rare than under license, and that the moral and business interests of the community have been greatly enhanced.
Some of the businessmen whose names are on this petition have told us that their business has been greater and better the past year than ever before, and much better than it could have been but for the prohibition law.
Winfield Courier, February 1, 1883.

WINFIELD DON’T WANT SALOONS. On looking over carefully the list of signatures on the petition to Hackney, we find a considerable number of names of persons who live in the country, and many more whom nobody knows. We find only 101 names, less than half of those on the petition, who are known as citizens of Winfield. Less than half of these probably understood what they were signing, and are in favor of saloons. It is presumable that the originators got all the names of prominent Winfield men they could by any kind of representations; and, considering all these things, the petition is not so very formidable after all. But it is enough to give our city a bad name, and give a severe stab to the cause of prohibition. The Kansas City Journal’s Topeka correspondence says that the names of all the prominent men and business firms of Winfield are found on that petition, except one bank and one hardware store. We notice that the following Winfield firms and names are conspicuously absent from the petition.
One of the people shown by Millington as not signing: W. A. Lee.
Besides all the clergymen of the city and more than four hundred other businessmen and voters of the city, it does not show up big when we remember that but a very small proportion of the 650 voters in the city signed the petition.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.
Read W. A. Lee’s special notice in this issue.
For Sale. Parties who wish to buy a Sulky Plow and will give me a sale for Hapgood’s Celebrated Sulky, I will pay their fare to and from Arkansas City or Winfield. W. A. Lee.
Winfield Courier, March 8, 1883.
W. A. Lee has ordered the second car load of Hapgood Sulky Plows and Listers.
Winfield Courier, March 22, 1883.
A good milch cow for sale. W. A. Lee.
Winfield Courier, March 22, 1883.
Examine the Plano Harvester with Appleby binder. W. A. LEE.
Winfield Courier, April 19, 1883.
Wood pumps for sale. W. A. Lee.
Winfield Courier, April 26, 1883.
I am selling the celebrated Jackson wagon for $66, cash. W. A. LEE.
Winfield Courier, May 10, 1883.
MARRIED. Mr. C. Van Laningham, W. A. Lee’s bookkeeper, recently erected a neat cottage on east Eighth Avenue, and on Sunday evening took unto himself one to make home happy in the person of Miss Laura French, of this city. They were married at the Baptist Church by Rev. Cairns at the close of the evening sermon. The COURIER acknowledges the compliments of the bride in the receipt of fine wedding cake. We wish Mr. and Mrs. Van Laningham many years of happiness and prosperity.
Winfield Courier, June 7, 1883.
W. A. LEE. I have a large stock of Farm Implements on hand; keep a full supply and deal exclusively in Implements; make the Implement Business a constant study; have one aim and that is to sell the best to be had. As proof of my success in getting the best, my competitors are constantly trying to undermine and get the goods I handle. One man went so far as to offer cash for car lots of three or four of the different lines of goods I handle My stock is comprised of the following goods.
Plano Harvester and Binder. Light running.
Wood’s Harvester and Binder. Sure tyer.
Wood’s Enclosed-Gear Mower. Hitch to cutter bar.
Excelsior Mower and Reaper. None better.

Excelsior Mower. Plated guards—lasts fourteen years.
Standard Mower. Enclosed gear—a fine machine.
Thompson Mower. Enclosed gear, shear cut, short stroke.
Thompson Sulky Hay Rake. Axle large and trussed.
Daisy Hay Rake. Plain and simple and is a Daisy.
Jackson Wagon. A thorn in the flesh of other dealers.
Newton Wagon. “Old Reliable”—no cheat.
SUCKER STATE DRILL. Light and sure.
BLUNT’S PRESS DRILL. The coming Drill.
DRILL TO SOW IN CORN. Just the thing—see it.
HAPGOOD SULKY PLOW. Saves your poor team.
HAPGOOD STIRRING PLOWS. Light, fine plows.
Hapgood Cultivator. Is coming to the front.
Grand Detour Stirring Plow. Fine plow.
Grand Detour Cultivator. None better.
Grand Detour Harrow. Is cheap and good.
Barley Bro. Smoothing Harrow. Something no farmer can do without.
Standard Riding Cultivator. Speaks for itself.
The Thompson Walking Cultivator. 90 sold in 1882.
The Gorham Riding Cultivator. Ask Illinois people.
Gaar-Scott Traction Engine and Separator. Best machines in the world.
C. G. Cooper; ditto.
We have Revolving Hayrakes, Walking and Breaking Plows, Double Shovels, in fact, a full line of Farm Implements. W. A. LEE.
Winfield Courier, June 7, 1883.
W. A. Lee. Plano Binder won the victory in field trial yesterday at Hillsboro.
Lee rejects offer by eastern firm for 50 cents royalty on each plow built with his invented attachment to sulky plows...
Winfield Courier, July 5, 1883.
Last week W. A. Lee was offered by an Eastern firm 50 cents royalty on each plow built, for the right to build his attachment to sulky plows, and that they would start by building 1,000 plows. Mr. Lee refused the offer.
Winfield Courier, July 12, 1883.
I will put out one of Blunt’s Press Drills on condition that user sow 40 acres with Hoe Drill and 40 acres with Press Drill. I am to take for payment of drill difference in seed wheat saved and difference in yield. W. A. LEE.
Winfield Courier, August 9, 1883.

W. A. LEE. A Press Drill that is so constructed that the weight of the driver and the drill is not on the press rollers, is no Press Drill, and no better than a common hoe drill. The press wheels must be large enough and carry weight enough to press ground where wheels come in contact with ground sufficiently hard that the ground will not stick, but let go of the wheels and lay compressed at its place. A small wheel with a light pressure will raise damp, loose ground, and scatter the seed wheat, leaving it on top of the ground. Scrapers only make the matter worse. W. A. LEE, Agent, Blunt’s Press Drill.
Lee exhibits sulky plow with his anti-friction roller landside, as perfected and built by the Hapgood Plow Company...
Winfield Courier, August 23, 1883.
W. A. Lee is arranging to exhibit one of his patent sulky plows at the fair. It has the Anti-friction roller landside, as perfected and built by the Hapgood Plow Co.
Winfield Courier, September 13, 1883.
Barbed wire cheap. W. A. Lee.
Wood pumps for sale. W. A. Lee.
Parties wanting wind-mills and grinders can see the Holliday in operation at my office. Parties coming to the Fair please call. W. A. Lee.
Winfield Courier, September 20, 1883.
Mr. Lee says his press drill is an entire success. Another season will bring him a grand trade.
Winfield Courier, September 20, 1883.
Halladay. Do you want a good Wind Mill? Do you want a geared mill? Do you want a first-class grinder? Do you want a first-class pump? Do you want a mill to run a sheller? Do you want the best tower put up? If so, come to my office and see the Halladay in operation, pumping, grinding, or shelling. W. A. Lee, Agent.
Winfield Courier, November 15, 1883.
Parties in need of a cultivator the coming spring, I will make a liberal discount on a few Standard Riding cultivators I have on hand. Will quote prices to only such men as wish to buy now. W. A. LEE, Implement Dealer.
Winfield Courier, November 15, 1883.
W. A. Lee, room for election, $2.00.
Winfield Courier, December 6, 1883.
Mr. Lee has gone to the expense of putting near his Implement House a Large Geared Wind Mill of the Halladay pattern, at a cost of $300. It drives a corn grinder at the rate of 1500 revolutions a minute.
Lee purchasing agricultural implements, has put a large basement under his building in Winfield and starts to erect a warehouse at Grenola...
Winfield Courier, January 17, 1884.
Mr. W. A. Lee spent last week in the East purchasing a tremendous line of agricultural implements for the spring business. W. A. is making things hum in his line. He has put a large basement under his implement house here, for storage purposes, and is building a warehouse at Grenola. This proves our old theory that farmers who leave their money at home for implements and other goods, sooner or later see it in substantial structures of wood or stone.
Winfield Courier, January 17, 1884.

Mr. Dave Long had Mr. W. A. Lee arrested for stacking a ton or two of hay within the limits of the city, in violation of ordinance. Mr. Lee stood the charge a fight with J. F. McMullen as his attorney. Mr. McMullen made an elaborate argument before the court, showing the lack of equity in such a case, and Judge Torrance after taking the case under advisement, decided the ordinance void.
Winfield Courier, January 24, 1884.
W. A. Lee has the finest cut away delivery wagon in the country. The wagon is the Corland make, panel box, sarven hub, and elegantly painted. Price $115.00.
Winfield Courier, January 24, 1884.
Sheller Trial. The Tiffin Sheller takes the cake and shells one bushel of corn in 1 minute and 20 seconds. It has an entirely new device for receiving the ear, and will take in more corn in a minute than any other sheller, and shells small ears and large ears equally well at the same time. Come and see it: don’t fail. Best sheller in Winfield. Come and find out all about the trial. W. A. Lee, Agent.
Winfield Courier, January 31, 1884.
Notice. One Josiah Dunn has strayed, Hapgood sulky plow and all. I will give $5.00 for information of his whereabouts. Supposed to be along Nation line with stock men.
W. A. LEE, Winfield, Kansas.
Winfield Courier, February 21, 1884.
Large stock of one hole shellers at Lee’s Implement House.
Winfield Courier, February 21, 1884.
Our car of Grinnell wire is giving universal satisfaction. Men say that’s the best wire I ever saw. W. A. Lee.
Winfield Courier, February 21, 1884.
I have one fine straw cutter for sale cheap. Parties wanting such a thing call and see it.
Winfield Courier, February 21, 1884.
Mr. Lee: I bought a Lister of you, and my neighbors laughed at me, but I raised 1,500 bushels of corn on 25 acres. Give me a Lister to raise corn with. J. W. Mason, Otto, Kansas.
Lee has an implement house in Arkansas City, Grenola, Udall, Winfield, and will soon start one in Burden...
Arkansas City Traveler, March 5, 1884.
W. A. Lee, Winfield’s live agricultural implement man, was in our city last week looking up matters with a view to establishing a branch house of business in our city. We shall welcome Mr. Lee with pleasure.
Winfield Courier, March 6, 1884.
W. A. Lee has started an implement house in Arkansas City, with F. E. Pentecost in charge. Mr. Lee is spreading his business all over the county. He now has houses at Grenola, Udall, Arkansas City, Winfield, and will soon start one at Burden. His fair way of dealing is gaining him a wide reputation and business.
Arkansas City Republican, March 8, 1884.
Mr. W. A. Lee, of Winfield, opened an agricultural implement house in this city last week with F. E. Pentecost in charge.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 12, 1884.
W. A. Lee, Winfield’s most enterprising implement man, has opened a branch house in this city, in charge of Mr. F. E. Pentecost. Both these gentlemen are live, enterprising businessmen. They are what we term “rustlers,” as an evidence of which we will state that Mr. Lee sold a plow the first day he set foot in the town, before he had picked out a location. We welcome them most heartily and wish them abundant success. See advertisement in another column.
AD. W. A. LEE has now on hand a full line of Wagons, Plows, Harrows, Cultivators, Stalk Cutters,—and all kinds of—Farm Implements at his store on South Summit street, Arkansas City, Kansas. F. E. PENTECOST, MANAGER.
Winfield Courier, March 13, 1884.
The following bills were allowed and ordered paid.
E. S. Bedilion et al, cost in city vs. J. F. Younger and W. A. Lee, about $40.00.
W. A. Lee, rent of ground for bell tower: $8.80.
Winfield Courier, March 20, 1884.
There will be a plow trial on the farm of Mr. McEwen 6 miles northeast of Winfield, Tuesday, March 25th, between a Hapgood Sulky and a walking plow. W. A. LEE.
Robert Lee, brother of W. A. Lee, takes Pentecost’s place as head of Lee’s agricultural implements business in Arkansas City...
Arkansas City Republican, March 29, 1884.
F. E. Pentecost, who has had charge of W. A. Lee’s agricultural implements here, was taken sick about two weeks ago of congestion of the lungs and pneumonia fever, and was confined to his bed for ten days at his home in Rock Township. During his illness his position with W. A. Lee was given to Robert Lee, brother to W. A. He returned to the city a few days ago, and is now employed as foreman of Capt. J. B. Nipp’s livery stable.
Winfield Courier, April 10, 1884.
Application of W. A. Lee for permit to build shed within fire limits, was rejected.
Lee purchases from T. H. McLaughlin corner lot south of the Commercial block opposite Farmers’ hotel and uses building on this lot for an agricultural implement store...
Arkansas City Traveler, April 9, 1884.
W. A. Lee, of Winfield, has purchased of T. H. McLaughlin, the corner lot south of the Commercial block for $1,800.
Arkansas City Republican, April 12, 1884.
W. A. Lee, of Winfield, has purchased from T. H. McLaughlin, the corner lot opposite the Farmers’ hotel, and will use the building for an agricultural implement store.
Winfield Courier, April 17, 1884.
W. A. LEE. This cut represents Lee’s Anti-Friction Rolling Landside attachment as used on Hapgood’s Sulky Plow. Call and see it. [ILLUSTRATION UNDERNEATH.]
The Turnbull Wagon
The Turnbull Wagon has black hickory axles, seasoned five years.

Wheels are made of second-growth seasoned white oak, with birch hubs.
Wheels and running gear are boiled in linseed oil.
The spokes have a dovetail shoulder, giving full size of spoke in hubs.
All skeins are set by hydraulic pressure; no wedges used to hold them in.
The king bolt has no head to wear a hole in the bottom of the bed.
The skein is a new patent with a shoulder, large enough to take in the whole end of axle.
The last coat of paint on the bed is mixed with glue and will not peel off by exposure to the sun.
With a flint casting skein, no wagon runs lighter.
If you want a wagon, do yourself the justice to ask those who have these wagons what they are, and do not fail to see them. W. A. LEE.
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1884.
Application of W. A. Lee to lease part of the building belonging to the city, near the bell tower, was rejected.
Winfield Courier, May 29, 1884.
My Down Binders and Harvesters are in. Don’t fail to see them. W. A. Lee.
Winfield Courier, May 29, 1884.
W. A. Lee has ordered the third car load of harvesters & binders and one carload of Headers and two car loads of steam engines and threshers.
Winfield Courier, June 5, 1884.
Mr. Lee claims as his reason for cutting prices on binders to as low a figure as he has that other towns near are making these prices and taking the trade away that should come to Winfield.
Winfield Courier, June 5, 1884.
PLANO BINDER $200 on two fall time; $190 cash, or one fall time.
Empire, Osborne, Defiance, and Dennett, same price and terms.
$250 REWARD. We offer $250 reward for a Harvester and Binder that will run as light as the Plano or Empire.
Winfield Courier, June 12, 1884.
I learn a number of farmers have given their names for harvesters and binders at $225; such men should have their machines at $200. In the first place, I took several orders at $255, but when the price was cut, I made the price the same to all my customers and hope they will give me the credit of this.  W. A. LEE.
Winfield Courier, June 12, 1884.
Mr. Lee: I am well satisfied with the Blunt Press Drill I bought of you last year; would not have any other. It has the right principal for sowing wheat. T. H. GROUP.
Winfield Courier, June 26, 1884.

DECISION OF R. R. COMMISSIONERS. In answer to a complaint filed by W. A. Lee of Winfield before the Board of Railroad Commissioners, against the Southern Kansas railroad, the following decision was rendered.
On May 30, 1884, Complainant presented complaint to the Board against the respondent company, in which he stated two causes of complaint, in substance:
1st. That respondent charged Complainant $10, for switching a car on to the side track for the purpose of discharging part of its cargo at Grenola, the car having been billed through to Winfield, and
2nd. That in place of the discharged cargo at Grenola, Complainant put into the car four or five wagons to be carried through with the remaining goods to Winfield, for the carriage of which, from Grenola to Winfield, an extra charge of fifteen dollars was made by the Company. The car of goods—being implements—part of which were “unloaded” at Grenola, had been billed through and paid for to Winfield. Complainant claims that the wagons should be carried through to Winfield from Grenola without additional charge to that levied upon the original cargo.
With respect to the first cause of complaint, above stated. The Board is of the opinion that $10 is too great a charge for switching a car on to the side track. We find that the usual charge made for a like service on railroads is $5, and this amount the board believe reasonable and sufficient. We therefore request the company to refund to the Complainant the excess of charge over that sum, and to hereafter conform to this ruling in similar cases.
With respect to the second, it appears that it is the custom of railroads frequently to allow a car to be shipped at an intermediate station and discharge a part of its cargo, where the car load is made up of the same class or kind of freight, by payment of the rate to the farthest point. In this case by paying the rate to Winfield upon the car load, the shipper was permitted to unload part of the goods at Grenola, an intermediate station. By this arrangement the shipper derives this advantage. If he ships the whole car load to Winfield, he is under the necessity of paying a local rate, from Winfield to Grenola, on that part of the freight that he desires to dispose of at the latter place, or if he ships the same goods in two lots under two bills of lading, one to Grenola and the other to Winfield, he cannot avail himself of car load rates, but must ship the goods under a higher rate. He, therefore, under this arrangement, secures the most favorable rate, or avoids a return local rate on part of his goods. In this case the company undertook in its contract to carry the load of implements to Winfield with permission to the shipper to unload a part of the goods at Grenola, the shipper paying the extra cost of making the stop and doing the switching. But the contract did not require the company to transport in addition four or five wagons from Grenola to Winfield without extra charge, although transported in the same car.
The rates charged originally covered only the car load of implements, and if the shipper could, in this instance, successfully assert his claims, he would get his wagons carried for nothing. But such a privilege could only apply, or be taken advantage of, by persons whose character of shipments were similar to the complainants; that is, where he could unload part of the car en route and put into the car another lot of merchandise. All others would have to pay local rates upon freights, which such shippers would get carried free. Such a practice would be unjust both to railroad companies and other shippers, and would result in a system of unjust discrimination.
We are therefore, unable to see anything to correct in this respect.

By order of the Board. E. J. TURNER, Secretary. Topeka, Kansas, June 10, 1884.
Winfield Courier, June 26, 1884.
It is announced that the State Board of Railroad Commissioners and the various traffic managers in Kansas have finally agreed upon a schedule of freight rates, to be uniform on all roads in the State. The new agreement is based on the Beloit division, and makes a general reduction of 20 percent.
Arkansas City Republican, June 28, 1884.
W. A. Lee recently sold for $2,950 the lot he purchased for $1,800, three or four months since from T. H. McLaughlin. Mr. McLaughlin a few months ago, gave $950 for this lot. This gives the stranger some idea of the appreciation in value of property in Arkansas City.
Winfield Courier, July 10, 1884.
Tannehill, Kansas. Mr. Lee: The wheat sown with the Blunt Press Drill I bought of you is the best I ever raised. My binder could not tie it and cut a full swath; many heads had five kernels to the mesh. Arthur Seeper.
W. A. Lee and brother, R. F. Lee: lot purchased by W. A. Lee on corner east of Thompson & Woodin’s livery stable..agricultural implements moved to new location...
Arkansas City Republican, July 12, 1884.
W. A. Lee has purchased the corner east of Thompson & Woodin’s livery stable, and his brother, R. F. Lee, informs us that their stock of agricultural implements will soon be removed to that place.
Lee pays $4,000 for Freeland lot on corner of Manning Street and Ninth Avenue...
Winfield Courier, July 17, 1884.
W. A. Lee has bought the F. M. Freeland lot on corner of Manning Street and Ninth Avenue for four thousand dollars.
Winfield Courier, August 7, 1884.
In using a common hoe drill with a press attachment behind it, in trashy land, the hoe is in the way in getting the trash off. In using the Blunt Press drill, the runners are like a corn planter runner and slide over the trash, leaving it where it was found instead of harrowing it up like a hoe drill. W. A. Lee, Agent.
Winfield Courier, August 7, 1884.
Wood Pumps at Lee’s Implements, Hose Best Porcelain Lined Pumps Made.
Drills to sow wheat, income run short. Last years, come and get one while we have them.
W. A. LEE.
Location of W. A. Lee’s implement house in Arkansas City is given...
Arkansas City Traveler, August 20, 1884.
A CARD. Farmers, we have moved our business slightly out in the country. When in Arkansas City, standing on Summit Street, near Newman’s store or the Cowley County Bank, look east down the street that leads to the depot and you will see W. A. Lee’s implement house. W. A. LEE.
Next item implies that Lee has made a drill better than Gundalack Drill???...
Winfield Courier, August 21, 1884.

We have a drill made on the same plan of the Gundalack Drill. We think we have a much better made drill and a better feed. Parties wanting a hoe Drill, come and see this.
W. A. LEE, Agent.
Winfield Courier, August 21, 1884.
A good span of large work horses for sale. W. A. LEE.
Arkansas City Republican, August 23, 1884.
R. A. Moore & Co., have opened a feed store on the corner where Lee’s agricultural stand formerly was. They are pleasant and agreeable gentlemen and will be pleased to receive the patronage of the public. Look for their ad. next week.
Winfield Courier, September 4, 1884.
Mr. Elmer Clymer, for some time assistant bookkeeper in the National Bank, has taken a position as bookkeeper and Cashier in W. A. Lee’s Implement House. Elmer has been faithful and efficient, and deserves success.
Robert F. Lee, brother of W. A. Lee, marries Miss Miller [Sarah or Mary?]...
Arkansas City Traveler, September 17, 1884.
MARRIED. On Thursday, September 11, by Rev. Buckner, in this city, Mr. R. F. Lee and Miss Mary Miller. The TRAVELER’s congratulations are extended to the happy couple.
Winfield Courier, September 18, 1884.
The following parties have been authorized to commit MATRIMONY by the Probate Judge, during the past week: Robt F. Lee and Sarah Miller.
Arkansas City Republican, September 20, 1884.
MARRIED. Rev. N. S. Buckner united in marriage, Thursday of last week, R. F. Lee and Miss Mary Miller.
Winfield Courier, October 9, 1884.
The following are some premiums overlooked last week.
Best sulky plow, W. A. Lee.
Best 2 horse cultivator, W. A. Lee.
Best combined cultivator, W. A. Lee.
Winfield Courier, October 23, 1884.
If you see a wagon on top of a house in Winfield, that’s Lee’s Implement house, and near that wagon is one of the largest stocks of Implements in Southern Kansas.
Winfield Courier, October 30, 1884.
I have a full stock of the celebrated Newton spring wagons now on hand. W. A. LEE.
Winfield Courier, November 20, 1884.
Petition of W. A. Lee to erect a frame stable within fire limits, was rejected.
Arkansas City Republican, December 13, 1884.
W. A. Lee, of Winfield, rambled around on our streets Wednesday.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 17, 1884.
The trial of W. A. Lee and J. W. Love last Thursday and Friday for felony was dismissed.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 17, 1884.

Our implement men are having a pack of trouble: Lee arrested for felony; Benedict & Owen having mortgaged property, disposed of; and Geo. W. Cunningham levying on mortgaged property.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 1, 1885.
CIVIL DOCKET. SIXTH DAY. W. A. Lee v. Wm. Seitz.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 1, 1885.
W. A. Lee. Agricultural Implements. One of our most successful and reliable businessmen is Mr. W. A. Lee, whose Agricultural Implement House has done a flourishing business during the past year. As an implement dealer Mr. Lee has few equals, and his establishment has a wide reputation for square dealing and first class goods. He has branch establishments in Arkansas City, Grenola, and several other points. His success is certainly well-merited.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 14, 1885.
W. A. Lee, of Winfield, was on the street Friday.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 29, 1885.
Mr. W. A. Lee: I bought of you in 1883 a Hapgood Sulky Plow with your rolling landside. A better plow or lighter running plow I never used. I can recommend this plow to anyone wanting a plow. I. M. BOWMAN.
W. A. Lee opens a seed house on West Ninth Avenue, Winfield...
Arkansas City Traveler, February 4, 1885.
Seeds! Seeds! Seeds! W. A. Lee has opened a large seed house on West Ninth Avenue, Winfield, Kansas.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 5, 1885.
W. A. Lee is opening up a fine seed house.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 5, 1885.
Try W. A. Lee’s seed store for fresh new seeds.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 5, 1885.
W. A. Lee can’t have any old seeds for he never sold seeds before.
W. A. Lee opens up a seed store in the old Winfield Bank building, which was still at that time located on the lot west of the Winfield Bank...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 5, 1885.
W. A. Lee has bought a large stock of garden and field seeds and will in a few days open up a seed store in the old Bank building west of the Winfield Bank. He will be glad to see his old customers and many new ones taking fresh, new seeds from his house.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 11, 1885.
W. A. Lee, of Winfield, was here on a business trip Friday.
Lee retains his Agricultural Implement House in Winfield and also opens up a Seed Store in Winfield...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 19, 1885.
I will give one of these plows to any man that can run a walking plow or sulky plow lighter, doing the same work, and get a decision of farmer judges.

This plow is made of malleable iron, wrought iron and steel, with high, light wheel made of second-growth and seasoned black hickory wood—being made of the best material that can be secured. Parts are nicely proportioned; plow is light (weighs only 400 pounds), yet is the strongest and most durable plow that has been sold in this county. A plow put up of rough material, large, heavy castings, will in the course of two or three seasons shake itself to pieces by its own weight. I can show a number of these sulkies made and sold five years ago that are now in fair shape and do good plowing, and I defy any man to show me any other sulky made that has lasted like the Hapgood. The idea that a man must have a saw mill for a plow is blowing over. Having no landside the plow takes to hard ground like a hot knife to butter. The wheel that takes the place of the landside does away with all friction, and when plows level virtually puts the plow on three wheels, no part touching the ground except edge of share. The wheel has a flange that cuts into the ground slightly and enables this plow to hold its grip in finishing up a land.
The frog to which lay and mould board is bolted is solid, mould stationary, lay slipshare and lay fitting, as holes in frog are always the same—no clap-traps and braces under the bottom of the plow.
Mr. Beavers, Arkansas City, says: “Your roller plow runs lighter than any sulky plow I ever saw run.”
Mr. Shanon, New Salem, says: “With your permission, I want to exchange my Hapgood landside for your roller plow.”
Mr. Cohagan, 2 miles east of Winfield, says: “I have broken land 2 or 3 years with a Hapgood sulky plow with my two horses. It is the best breaking plow made.”
Mr. Shields, New Salem, says: “When you told me that a Hapgood sulky would run lighter than a walking plow, I did not believe one word of it; but it’s a fact, and my neighbors are convinced of that fact now.”
Mr. Linn, two miles west of Winfield, says: “My Hapgood Sulky and Lister attachment is the best and finest working piece of machinery I ever owned.”
Mr. Bacon, near Tisdale, says: “My Sulky Lister works splendidly. Buy no sulky plow that you can’t attach a lister, for the reason that a sulky lister does better work than any other.”
Mr. Harbaugh, Pleasant Valley township, says: “I am compelled to buy a sulky lister this spring (spring of 1884); have a bran new sulky plow, but it is not made for a lister and I believe this is the way to plant corn, and want a sulky lister.”
He has bought one of me, making his words good. You can put a lister attachment to any Hapgood Sulky Plow.
Did you ever talk with an agent of the Deere plow that did not talk against the Hapgood Sulky Plow? Why? Because if justice were done the farmer and this plow there would be another sold. Call and see the New Improved Plow.

My stock consists of Lee’s Improved Hapgood Sulky Plow, Hapgood’s Landside Sulky Plow, Hapgood’s Sulky Lister, Hapgood’s Walking Lister, Hapgood’s Plow, Calinder’s Harrows and Hay Rakes, Standard Riding Cultivator, Standard Corn Planter, Standard Mower, Champion Corn Planter, Star Corn Planter, Champion Check Rower, Barnes’ Wire Check Rower, Champion Drill, Blunt’s Press Drill, St. Louis Drill with hoe (same as Gunderlach Drill), Turnbull Wagon, Labelle Wagon, Newton Spring Wagon, McCabe Spring Wagon, Cortland Cutaway Spring Wagon, Excelsior Mower, Thompson Mower and Thompson Hay Rake, Empire Mower and Empire Binder, Plano Binder, Massillon Thresher, C. G. Cooper & Co.’s Thresher, Grinnel Steel Wire, single and double, and a large stock of Repairs. Also a FINE SEED HOUSE.
Ad is repeated in next issue with an introduction by Winfield Courier. Note that the next item intimates that if the county likes the plow, then the Hapgood company will manufacture it for their whole trade and Lee’s royalty of about $2,000 a year will help Cowley County...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 26, 1885.
We call attention to W. A. Lee’s new ad, showing up his fine sulky plow, in this week’s paper. It seems to us that parties wanting a plow should give this plow a fair trial. If this county gives this plow a lively start, it will induce Hapgood Plow Co. to manufacture it for their whole trade, and, should they do so, Mr. Lee’s royalty will bring into the county about $2,000 each year.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 4, 1885.
W. A. Lee was in the city last Wednesday.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 12, 1885.
I am selling the celebrated La Belle wagon at $66.00. Come and examine it. W. A. LEE.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.
W. A. Lee, of Winfield, was in the city Wednesday, looking after his business at this point.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 9, 1885.
Mr. I. A. Funk, of Independence, and Miss Mollie Tulley, whom our matrimonial reporter noticed yesterday evening, were married at 3 o’clock this afternoon at the house of the bride’s brother-in-law, Mr. C. Cohen. Miss Tulley is a young lady of excellent qualities, while the groom is one of Independence’s best young men. Our premonition of yesterday will bear the atonement of a second congratulation. Matrimonially inclined people must keep mighty still about the “happy event” to evade the freshness of THE DAILY COURIER. We won’t promise to give everything before it occurs, but will always knock the persimin at the earliest possible moment. Mr. Funk is a cousin of Geo. A. Black, W. A. Lee’s handsome bookkeeper. The happy couple left for Independence this evening.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 9, 1885.
Bill of W. A. Lee, rent for fire bell tower, $8.00, was rejected.
Arkansas City Republican, April 11, 1885.
S. J. Gilbert has taken charge of W. A. Lee’s implement house in this city.
Arkansas City Republican, April 11, 1885.
From the Daily Courier we glean the proceedings of the mill of justice.
W. A. Lee vs. H. R. Brannon—continued by consent.

H. R. Branson vs. W. A. Lee et al—continued by consent.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 16, 1885.
W. A. Lee vs. H. R. Branson: continued by consent.
H. R. Branson vs. W. A. Lee, et al: continued by consent.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 30, 1885.
W. A. Lee was arrested Saturday for having machinery on the streets. Mr. Lee says he has been here a long time, claims that he has some rights, and intends to make a fight in the District Court. But the facts are that no man has individual rights above a majority of our populace. The City Council, elected by the unanimous voice of our people, have declared that no occupant can use for displaying his wares more than three feet next to the front of his place of business. It is a good ordinance—one which if enforced will give us a city far superior in appearance. Mr. Lee is a fair-minded, enterprising man—one who has always taken a deep interest in everything for our city’s advancement; and we think when he looks at this matter clearly, he will readily admit its justice.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 30, 1885.
W. A. Lee was arrested and fined $10 and costs for having his sample machinery out on the sidewalk. Mr. Lee claims he is on a side street, west 9th avenue, and that if he is deprived of the right to put out samples to draw attention, his business will in the main be about ruined. He claims he has some rights and will make a test case in the District Court.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 7, 1885.
W. A. Lee is putting another addition on his residence. He puts on a new piece every spring and his house is fast growing to be one of the most neat and commodious residences in the city.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 14, 1885.
The case of W. A. Lee vs. Wm. Seitz, a case to recover price of windmill, was decided in favor of the defendant after a week’s siege in the District Court. Mr. Lee loses thereby the worth of the mill—$300 and the costs, $200. It was a very knotty case. Seitz lives in Ninnescah township.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 21, 1885.
H. L. Black, representing the Hapgood Plow Company, came in last evening, leaving this morning. He is brother of the genial George, accountant for W. A. Lee.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 21, 1885.
There is a person in this county representing himself as agent for the Plano Binder. He says, “You know I would not lie to you for ten binders.” This man is an imposter and is making this talk to enable him to sell another binder. I am the agent for the Plano for Cowley County, Kansas. W. A. Lee.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 28, 1885.
Brotherton & Silver and W. A. Lee complain of wicked little vandals carrying off rods to machinery, corn plow shovels, and various things. If these little rascals are caught, things will be warm for them. No use can be made by the kids of the things they appropriate. Pure cussedness is the only prompter.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 4, 1885.

The case of Parr and Branson against W. A. Lee to recover $150 damages claimed to have been made in the non-delivery of a traction engine was filed Saturday in the District Court from Judge Kreamer’s court, Arkansas City.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 4, 1885.
Mr. Asa Carrington, shipping clerk for W. A. Lee, and Miss Carrie Hord, were united in the bonds of unalloyed bliss last night by Rev. Gans, at the residence of W. E. Jameson, South Manning street. Both are possessed of many sterling qualities, and though they stole a march on their friends in this matrimonial deed, the congratulations are none the less hearty. THE COURIER force are all ardent smokers and ready to whiff the wish that the happy couple “may leef long und been happy.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 25, 1885.
I am agent for the Excelsior Mower, and have been ten years. If any man will examine this machine, he will see at once that there is but one machine of this make, and others using the name are frauds. W. A. Lee.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 2, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds yesterday.
Thomas F Lee to William A Lee, lots 16, 17, and 18, blk 109, Winfield, and 42 feet off lots 15, 16, 17, 18, 19 & 20, Arkansas City: $4,992.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 2, 1885.
The court appeal case of City versus W. A. Lee, for blockading streets, was filed Monday.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 9, 1885.
Some time ago Mr. Will Wilson, in throwing some trash over the fence at his residence, lost off his finger a fine enameled gold ring. Edwin Lee, one of Mr. W. A. Lee’s little boys, found it and by the initials, Mr. Lee found the right owner. Mr. Wilson, the manly fellow like he is, bought the boy a beautiful picture book, full of nice pictures, which pleased the little fellow wonderfully.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 9, 1885.

Friends have asked me, “Why are you arrested by the city so often, when there seems to be no cause?” I answered Mr. Armstrong, of Tisdale, in this way: “I belong to no ring or clique, but act on my own views as best I know how. But why I should be spotted each time there is a new ordinance to take effect, or a new Marshal makes his entrance on the area of the town site, is more than I can tell. One of the arrests was for stacking hay in the city limits. This ordinance actually prohibited stacking as much as a wagon-box of hay outdoors. I had plenty of hay in one mile of town, and teams to draw it to town. But I saw the situation of my neighbors—widow women with orphan children—compelled to stack their hay outside of the city, to the mercy of thieves, and then pay a dray 25 cents each day to draw them a feed of hay, when they were depending on their cows for almost the whole of their support. To meet this unfair and inhuman ordinance square in the face, I hauled in a large stock of hay and took the consequence. In the District Court Judge Torrance dismissed the case at the cost of the city. In the last twenty days, I have been arrested twice and fined simply for having a few sample machines in front of my implement house. I am on a side street, west 9th avenue. On the day of the last arrest, on east 8th avenue, I noticed about two car loads of salt piled on a platform outside of the sidewalk. On the same day, on Main street, I noticed in front of a hardware store fish poles, pumps, ice chests, rod iron, and other traps, until the sidewalk was not more than six feet wide. I speak of these facts to show that this prosecution is malicious, and is damaging me unjustly over the county. Unprincipled men are using it against me. One editor, in the east part of the county, published my arrest and did not say what for. A man in Colorado saw the item and wrote home to his wife to know what Lee was arrested for. This same paper told its readers that the K. C. & S. W. railroad was just the thing until they found it would miss their town, then cried out with a loud voice that the county would be ruined if the bonds carried. I am in favor of a good city government and wholesome ordinances, such as laying sidewalks, grading streets, making fire limits, draining cess pools, removing hog pens, shutting up disorderly places of business—anything that tends to improve the health of the city and give work to the laboring class and raise our city in the estimation of people abroad. This should be encouraged. But such ordinances as grant the right to a revengeful man to arrest a businessman for having a few sample implements in front of his door simply because in time past he ran over his rye patch and made him a little mad, or grants some young spirt the right to jerk his opponent simply because he sees fit to wear a yellow and black checked coat cut short behind, with tight pants and a jaunty little hat, or to say that a lady must not be found on the streets after a certain hour, or a man shall pay a license to do business when his tax is as much as five men ought to pay, is to make a laughing stock out of us, and damage the welfare of our now prosperous city. The last ordinance will drive away good businessmen that would otherwise locate here. W. A. LEE.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 9, 1885.
                                                     TURNBULL WAGON.
If you want a wagon that will last you 20 years, run lighter and turn shorter than any other wagon, buy the TURNBULL WAGON.
I respectfully refer parties wanting a wagon to the following men who have bought and are using them. W. A. LEE
Will Allen                                 3 miles west of Winfield.
John Hahnihan                    Maple City.
G. H. Allen                         1 mile west of Winfield.
D. McGaw                         Cambridge.
O. E. Fleharty                           Winfield.
R. E. Bacon                              Tisdale.
Jno. S. Grimes                    Polo.
L. L. Rudd                         Udall.
G. W. Peters                            Burden.
I. N. Davis                         Maple City.
Sylvanus F. Beck                      Winfield.
Newton Yarbro                        Floral.
Lewis Cooper                          Winfield.

C. White                                  Udall.
Lewis Cooper                          Winfield.
J. L. Mason                              Winfield.
D. C. Stephens                   Floral.
John C. Barton                   New Salem.
Q. M. Victor                            Winfield.
J. A. Rupp                          Winfield.
Dr. Wright                          Winfield.
J. C. Wilson                             Cambridge.
C. L. White                              Winfield.
Ambros M. Roe                       Oxford.
A. Conrad.                         Tisdale
Fitzgerald Bros.                        Indian Territory.
W. S. Brown                            Cedarvale.
M. P. Byers                              Winfield.
S. C. Kelly                         Otto.
Jas. H. McGee                   Burden.
Alfred Young                            Tisdale.
Sax P. Martin                           Cambridge.
W. C. McDonald                     Winfield.
Fred A. Beard                          Otto.
M. F. Pitt                                 Winfield.
Joseph Nichols                   New Salem.
James Baker                             Otto.
C. P. Cothren                           Cedarvale.
A. D. Turk                         Winfield.
Oliver Leyerley                   Tisdale.
James Utt                                 Cedarvale.
Nathan Thorp                           Winfield.
H. C. Miller                              New Salem.
Amos Biddle                            Oxford.
J. Keller                                   Arkansas City.
Jno. Worthington                      Winfield.
P. F. Haynes                            Arkansas City.
             Bellville                        Winfield.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 9, 1885.

Lovers of the writings of Sir Walter Scott will be pleased to know that there is in this county an old gentleman, Mr. Andrew Brown, aged over seventy, who knew Sir Walter well, when a lad. The old gentleman takes great delight in talking about and telling of the antic tricks the good old Sir Walter, now dead fifty-three years, was want to play on the boys that visited him at Abbott’s Ford. He tells an excellent one of the boys collecting and going on Sir Walter one night for some sport. He was prepared. Fixing a box full of pastry, doughnuts, or something of the kind, he told them of what was in store if they could find it. They went at it in breakneck style. After they had about torn their clothes off and Scott was sore laughing, he put them onto its whereabouts, and a feast it was. Miss Hattie Brown, a daughter of Mr. Brown, is living with W. A. Lee and will attend our Normal Institute.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 16, 1885.
W. A. Lee went over to Grenola last Monday for a day’s look into his implement house there.
S. J. Gilbert, Agent, W. A. Lee’s Implement House, Arkansas City...
Arkansas City Republican, August 22, 1885.
SPECIALS. ATTENTION!! Farmers, if you need a good Wheat Drill or a neat Spring Wagon, see ours before purchasing. W. A. LEE’S Implement House, Arkansas City, Kansas.
S. J. GILBERT, Agent.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 3, 1885.
The District Court convened at nine o’clock yesterday, Samuel Dalton, Judge pro tem, presiding. The docket was called.
W. A. Lee vs. W. R. Branson—case dismissed at cost of plaintiff, with judgment for plaintiff.
W. R. Branson vs. W. A. Lee et al—case dismissed with prejudice.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 3, 1885.
A good Hapgood Sulky, taken up on a debt, for $32.00. A bargain. W. A. Lee.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 3, 1885.
Recap Notice of Attachment before G. H. Buckman, Justice of the Peace, City of Winfield. W. A. Lee, Plaintiff, against A. W. McMillan, Defendant. Date: July 10, 1885. Action will be heard before said Justice September24, 1885. J. F. McMullen, Lee’s attorney.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 10, 1885.
A BARGAIN. A fine Ottawa six-horse sheller, with elevator, cob stacker and feeder, mounted sheller and mounted power. Cost over $500.00 laid down here. Used only a short time and taken up on a debt. Has been nicely stored. Price $300.00, on reasonable terms.
W. A. Lee.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 10, 1885.
NOTICE OF ATTACHMENT. Recap. Before G. H. Buckman, Justice of the Peace, Winfield: W. A. Lee, Plaintiff, against A. W. McMillan, Defendant. $75 plus interest thereon at the rate of 12 per cent per annum, from July 10, 1885. Buckman took action against the goods of defendant. Said action to be heard before Buckman on September 24, 1885, at 10 a.m. J. F. McMullen, Attorney for Plaintiff. W. A. Lee.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 12, 1885.
The city council met in regular session Monday evening with Mayor Schiffbauer, Councilmen Prescott, Davis, Hight, Dean, and Dunn present, and Hill and Bailey absent.
W. A. Lee’s petition to reduce his occupation tax to $10 was laid on the table.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 17, 1885.
Drills to sow wheat in corn for sale at W. A. Lee’s Implement House.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 17, 1885.

A BARGAIN. A fine Ottawa six-horse sheller, with elevator, cob stacker and feeder, mounted sheller and mounted power. Cost over $600.00 laid down here. Used only a short time and taken up on a debt. Has been nicely stored. Price $300.00, on reasonable terms.
W. A. Lee.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 23, 1885.
Permission was refused W. A. Lee to erect frame building east of Star stable.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 26, 1885.
W. A. Lee asked for permission to erect a wooden building at his implement yard, but was referred because it was in the fire limits.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 8, 1885.
A. W. Lee vs. A. W. McMillin, leave given to file amended petition, 20 days for answer and reply.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 15, 1885.
W. A. Lee’s implement house manager at Grenola was the medium between an Iowa horse and wagon thief and justice, the other day. Things looked suspicious and the manager telegraphed to Iowa to find his surmises true. An arrest was made and the thief and—it is said murderer—was taken back in shackles. The wagon was bran new, stolen from an Iowa implement firm, and the team a valuable one. He had just come in with them, via land.
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.
W. A. Lee, addition: $1,000.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 29, 1885.
Hand-shellers from $8.00 to $10.00, at W. A. Lee’s Implement House.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 29, 1885.
I am agent for the celebrated Sandwich Corn Shellers. W. A. Lee.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 29, 1885.
A fine stock of spring wagons at W. A. Lee’s Implement House, at low prices.
Lee purchases frame building owned by City located near fire bell...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 5, 1885.
The rulers of the city met in regular commune Monday night: Mayor Graham in the chair and councilmen McDonald, Jennings, Hodges, Baden, and Harter present; absent councilmen Myers and Crippen.
The city’s frame building located near the fire bell was sold to W. A. Lee for $50.
Lee gives $100 for city building offer by Hackney: as a result Hackney gets the bid for building a city building...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 26, 1885.
The City Council met Thursday afternoon to open the various bids to furnish grounds for the city building. No conclusion was reached and an adjournment was had till after supper, when all the bids were rejected as being too high. There were nine bids in as follows:
Joseph Likowski, one lot on Millington Street between 8th and 9th, $1,800.
Episcopal Church Board, two lots, corner of Millington and 8th, $2,400.
Senator Hackney, two lots, corner of 9th and Fuller, opposite the Court House, $2,000.
J. A. Cooper, two lots, opposite M. E. Church, $4,500.
Dr. Fleming, 3 lots, all or parts, back Christian Church, $1,000 to $2,800.
Christian Church, $1,000 to $2,800.
E. C. Seward, two lots just west of Kirk’s mill, $2,400.
The council intended to advertise for more bids; but Senator Hackney was on hand, grabbed a chair, and in two minutes had written out a bid offering his two lots for $1,000. The council was inclined to continue consideration when W. A. Lee said, “Put it there and I’ll give you a check for $100!” This put the lots down to $900, and without parley the council said in one voice, “Accepted.” And everybody, barring a few fellows who would kick if their mother-in-law should want to die, is heartily satisfied with its location. The lots are cheap—dirt cheap—they were cheap at $2,000. They are centrally located, and plenty near the business portion of the city for the fire department. The extremely low price of these lots is another exhibition of Hackney’s indomitable enterprise. The City Fathers now have $9,100 to put into a city building—sufficient to erect an elegant and spacious building, a credit to the city in architecture and large enough to supply the demands when our city gets its twenty-five thousand inhabitants, in a few years. The council is determined, now that they have money enough, to make this building complete in every way. Architects Ritchie and Cook are now at work on pencil sketch plans, to submit to the council Monday evening, when a plan will be adopted and bids for the building’s construction advertised for immediately. The building will probably be fifty feet wide, eighty or a hundred feet deep, two stories. The east and south fronts will be of pitched ashlar work, like the Farmers Bank building. On the first floor, in front, will be the fire department; next police court; next a dozen or more cells for a city prison. Upstairs will be a large council hall, big enough for all public meetings of a municipal character, with a full set of offices for the city government. A couple of rooms upstairs will also be arranged for firemen, that some of them can sleep there regularly. Altogether the building will be one an honor to the city—one to answer every purpose for years to come. It will not be built for the present only, but for the future growth that is inevitable.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 26, 1885.
The City Marshal was instructed to require all drays, when awaiting orders, to occupy west Ninth avenue, in front of Lee’s cellar and the Bus stables. Another good move. The drays will now be concentrated away from the blockade of Main Street, and where all will know exactly where to go for a dray. It will be better for the draymen and everybody.
Winfield Courier, December 3, 1885.

The claim of W. A. Lee was allowed against the estate of Wm. Kaats, deceased, for $40.
The following claims were allowed against the estate of J. C. McKibben, deceased: S. E. Schemerhorn, $944; Geo. Eaton, $266.15; Winfield Bank, $162.79; same Bank, $158.05; W. C. Robinson, one claim $184.25, and one for $136.20; W. A. Lee, $65.24; S. H. Myton, $40.45.
Inventory filed in the estate of J. C. McKibben by Geo. Williams, administrator: personal estate $919.20, besides 10 acres growing wheat. The estate also embraces two good quarters of land.
Winfield Courier, December 3, 1885.
W. A. Lee’s infant child is very sick.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 10, 1885.
CIVIL DOCKET. SIXTH DAY. D D Branson et al vs W A Lee, no attorneys.
The City of Winfield vs W A Lee, Jos O’Hare pros.
Geo Hefner vs W A Lee, Jennings & Troup pros; Hackney & Asp defense.
W A Lee vs A W McMillen, J F McMullen pros; Wm Jenkins defense.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 31, 1885.
George Heffron vs. W. A. Lee, appeal from Buckman’s court, regarding millet sale to Lee—jury impaneled and sworn.
George Heffron vs. W. A. Lee, relating to sale of millet to Lee—jury impaneled and sworn. Plaintiff introduced his evidence and rested his case, when plaintiff objected to introduction of evidence by the defense on the ground that no defense is pleaded , which was sustained, and the jury discharged. Defendant given leave to file amended answer; case continued, defendant to pay costs of this term.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 7, 1886.
I am agent for the celebrated Sandwich Corn Shellers. W. A. Lee.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 14, 1886.
Miss Alida Moore, sister of Prof. Moore of this place, who has been visiting her sister, Mrs. Lee, of Winfield, for some months past, started to return to her home in Bowling Green, Ohio, last Monday, accompanied by Mrs. Lee’s pretty little daughter, Edna, but stopped off at Burden for a day’s visit with her brother before leaving Kansas. Enterprise.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 14, 1886.
Miss Alida Moore, sister of Prof. Moore, of this city, accompanied by her niece, Miss Edna Lee, of Winfield, stopped here last Monday evening and remained until Tuesday evening. They were on their way to Miss Alida’s home in Bowling Green, Ohio. The Prof. and sister each proved up on a claim in Clark County last summer, and the young lady returns the happy possessor of 100 acres of Kansas land. Enterprise.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, January 27, 1886.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 4, 1886.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds since our last issue.
W A Lee et ux to Seth P Briggs, tract in block 68, A C: $1,560.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 11, 1886.
S. H. Myton and W. A. Lee of Winfield, Geo. W. Cunningham of Arkansas City, A. Graff of Wellington, and H. E. Noble of Medicine Lodge—all hardware and agricultural implement men—gathered at Winfield and are off for Kansas City and the east to lay in their spring stock of implements. Going in a body, they hope to paralyze the big dealers and get some fine bargains.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 18, 1886.
Citizens of Winfield, remember that on the first of April we elect four school directors. It is important we attend the caucus and see that the proper men are put into this office. We now have enough dissatisfaction and children out of school. W. A. LEE.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 18, 1886.
S. H. Myton, W. A. Lee, and the surrounding delegation of implement men, got home from the east Friday, having paralyzed the big dealers and raked in some fine bargains.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 18, 1886.
W. A. Carrington, with W. A. Lee, had a good pair of overshoes stolen from the Christian church Wednesday, and being afraid they won’t fit the party taking them, he is anxious that the party in possession now will return them and get a pair that will fit and a chromo thrown in.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 18, 1886.
I am agent for the celebrated Sandwich Corn Shellers. W. A. Lee.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 25, 1886.
W. A. Lee was granted the privilege of raising the roof of his machine shed six feet higher.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 8, 1886.
W. A. Lee was before Judge Turner Friday, charged with violating the fire limit ordinance by raising his machinery sheds. He was discharged, it being proven that he had a permit for this improvement from the city council. If anybody had gone back on the ordinance, it would appear to be the council, in granting the permit.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 8, 1886.
67. 2173. George Heffron vs W A Lee, Jennings & Troup for plaintiff, Hackney & Asp for def.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 9, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.

We, the undersigned, a committee chosen by the prohibitionists of Cowley County, Kansas, desire as many prohibitionists as can possibly attend from each township in the county to meet in mass convention in Winfield on Saturday, October 16th, 1886, at 11 o’clock, for the purpose of placing in nomination a county prohibition ticket and appoint delegates to the central committee.
Dr. Holland, Pleasant Valley; T. V. McConn, Arkansas City; W. A. Lee, S. W. Curns, and M. Wagner, Winfield; L. Walton, Beaver Township.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 6, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
Ad. I am selling the celebrated Springfield wagon at $63.25. I hear my old customers are paying $72 to $75 for wagons. Why not save money by coming to Winfield and purchasing one of the best wagons in the United States?  I will show you material in this wagon you never saw in any other wagon. WALTER A. LEE.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 13, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.
Up in Winfield they still cling to the primitive idea of a town company. W. A. Lee advertises that he will give the lot to anyone who will put a building on it.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 13, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.
J. F. Martin, 891; J. A. Eaton, 962; W. A. Lee, 20.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 20, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
For months past W. A. Lee has been advertising in the Courier that he will give anyone a business lot who will erect a building on it, located in Winfield on South Main street. If such an offer was made by a lot owner on South Summit street, Arkansas City, we would be willing to wager a large portion of our earthly possessions that it would be accepted in five minutes after it was made, even if the lot was only a block this side of the canal. Our citizens have great faith in our town and are willing to show it by their works.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 12, 1887. From Friday’s Daily.
Legal Notice.
Thomas Richardson, plaintiff, vs. L. H. Osborn, defendant.
Before W. D. Kreamer, a justice of the peace of the city of Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kansas.
Said defendant is hereby notified, that on the 14th day of February, 1887, a garnishment summons, for the sum of seventy-four dollars and eighty cents ($74.80) and interest at the rate of twelve (12) percent per annum, from June 1st, 1886, was issued by the above named justice of the peace against the property, money, goods, chattels, and effects of said defendant, now in the hands and under the control of W. A. Lee, in the above entitled action, and that the said cause will be heard on the 31st day of March, 1887, at 1 o’clock p.m.
Attest: W. D. KREAMER, Justice of the Peace.
JNO. W. KREAMER, Plaintiff’s Attorney.

Daily Calamity Howler, Wednesday, October 28, 1891.
I have a Halliday geared wind mill and tower for sale at two-thirds of its value.
W. A. LEE.


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