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H. S. Libby

Kansas 1875 Census, Spring Creek Township, Cowley County, 3/1/1875.
Name                           age sex color                   Place/birth              Where from
H. S. Libby                  38  m     w                        Maine               California
Jennie E. Libby       22  f       w                        Maine               Massachusetts
Winfield Courier, December 17, 1874.
                                                MAPLE CITY, Dec. 9th, 1874.
A meeting of the citizens of Spring Creek Township, held this day for the purpose of electing a Township Relief Committee, chose the following gentlemen: H. S. Libby, R. P. Goodrich, and Isaac Howe. W. E. KETCHENS, Sec.
Winfield Courier, December 24, 1874.
The following is a list of the different Township Relief Committees who have reported to the County Committee.
Spring Creek Township: H. S. Libby, R. P. Goodrich, Isaac Howe.
Winfield Courier, September 28, 1876. Editorial Page.
                                            DEMOCRATIC CONVENTION.
The convention met at the courthouse last Saturday and temporarily organized by electing E. P. Young chairman and J. W. Curns secretary. Committees were appointed and the conven­tion adjourned till 1 o’clock.
On reassembling the committee on permanent organization reported Amos Walton as chairman and P. W. Smith as Secretary.
The committee on credentials reported the following as delegates.
Creswell Township: J. Benedict, A. Walton, T. McIntire, M. E. Welch, R. Hoffmaster, W. Goff.
Silver Creek Township: N. J. Thompson, Thomas J. Payne.
Beaver Township: W. D. Lester, Geo. Wright, B. W. Jenkins, W. A. Freeman.
Windsor Township: W. R. Bedell, B. Cue, G. W. Gardenhire.
Pleasant Valley Township: W. H. Nelson, West Holland, J. P. Eckels.
Dexter Township: Wm. Moor, W. E. Meredith, C. N. Gates, A. Hightower.
Maple Township: A. Walck, David Walck.
Richland Township: T. Hart, Jas. Howard, S. B. Hunt, C. R. Turner.
Tisdale Township: C. C. Krow, J. G. Young, W. C. Douglass, E. P. Young.
Vernon Township: G. W. Kimball, Kyle McClung.
Winfield: J. W. McDonald, J. B. Lynn, J. D. Cochran, J. W. Curns, N. W. Holmes, C. C. Black, A. J. Thompson, Wm. Dunn, T. B. Ross, G. W. Yount.
Ninnescah Township: P. O. Copple, Chas. James, P. W. Smith.
Sheridan Township: Sol Smith, J. H. Morrison, Wm. Morrow.
Omnia Township: Elisha Harned, John Smiley.
The following townships were reported not represented: Bolton, Silverdale, Spring Creek, Otter, Cedar, Harvey, Liberty, and Rock, whereupon H. S. Libby arose and presented his creden­tials as a delegate from Spring Creek. On motion the reports were adopted.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 20, 1876.
NEARLY every horse thief that passes through this county stops at Mr. Libby’s house, near Maple City, to get something to eat, as that is the last house on the line. It would be well enough to send direct to him for information when a horse is stolen. If they go west, they generally stop at Hopkins’ Ranch.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 11, 1877.
                                                MAPLE CITY, June 28, 1877.
Friend Scott: I am in trouble. For six months or more there has regularly appeared, at the tail of my name, a phonetic specimen of writing, which at first, not understanding what it meant, looked quite funny, but soon the funny part of it left and it began to worry me. I commenced getting nervous whenever I took the TRAVELER out of the office and found that tail end still attached to my name. Soon the nervous symptoms began to give way for the more dreaded ones of the galloping consumption. Now, unless I can persuade you to stop that way of doing, you will certainly have my obitu­ary notice to write in a very short time. I thought for a time it was one of your gentlemanly duns, and I sent $2 by W. T. Estus and got a receipt from you showing that my subscription was paid up two weeks or more in advance of the receipt, which was May 27, 1877. Now rise and explain by return mail if you please. Yours,
                                                              H. S. LIBBY.
The joke is too good to keep, so we publish Mr. Libby’s letter. He is the oldest subscriber we have at Maple City, and his name appears first on the list. The mailing clerk, in making up each “pack” puts a mark in phonography, for short, indicating what post office the pack goes to, so that when they are all made up and ready to be wrapped, the top paper shows the address. A few weeks ago we had to “explain” to the Wichita Eagle, and later the Oxford Independent inquired, and now comes Mr. Libby to cap the climax. ED.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 7, 1877.
H. S. Libby has one of the largest herds of cattle in the vicinity—something over 125 head.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 19, 1877.
                                                MAPLE CITY, Dec. 15, 1877.
Mr. Libby has gone to Winfield to work at his trade.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 23, 1878.
                                           CEDAR TOWNSHIP, Jan. 15, 1878.

A sociable was held last week at the residence of Mr. Hiram Blenden’s, in Spring Creek township. There were present Mr. Libby and lady, Mr. Austin Blenden and lady, Mr. J. W. Searle and lady, Mr. J. Bobbitt and lady, your correspondent and lady, and the following young folks: Mr. Sam McKelvey and Miss May Mont­gomery, Mr. Wes Martin, and Miss Jane Montgomery, Mr. Eli Blenden and Miss Sadie Rider, Mr. Wm. Key and Miss Cally Bell, Mr. Jas. Phipps and Miss Bell, Mr. Ike Blenden and Miss Pruitt, Mr. Newton Tolls and Miss Annie Pruitt, Mr. Ike Bell and Miss Addie Marston, Mr. John Montgomery and Miss Jane Tolls. First violin, Prof. H. Wells; second violin, John Bobbitt; piccolo, Jas. Key. The music was good, the supper splendid, and the dancers enthusiastic. Everybody went home happy as happy goes. W. A. M.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 1, 1878.
                                                     DEXTER, April 6, 1878.
We spent the night and a good part of Sunday with our friend, Mr. Libby. They have 130 head of cattle. Mr. Moody, a relative of Mr. Libby, has lately come out from Maine, and is going into the business with them. Success to Messrs. Libby, Moody & Bros. HUGO, S.
Winfield Courier, May 2, 1878.
                                    COUNTY GREENBACK CONVENTION.
Pursuant to a call for a county convention, the Presidents of the various Greenback clubs in the county and two delegates from each, convened in convention at Winfield, April 28, 1878, for the purpose of effecting a county organization.
Mr. T. A. Blanchard was called to the chair and C. C. Krow elected Secretary of the convention.
Committee on credentials appointed as follows: A. S. Williams, S. B. Hunt, and C. G. Handy. The committee reported the following persons entitled to seats in the convention.
Bethel Club: T. A. Blanchard, B. F. Murphy, Jos. Stansbury.
Pleasant Hill Club: J. Shields, C. C. Krow.
Dexter Club: G. C. Bourdette, John Hoyt, Christopher Gates.
Fairview Club: W. E. Merydith, A. A. Hammill, C. W. Ridgeway.
Tisdale Club: J. M. Wright, C. G. Handy, Wm. J. Hodges.
Maple City Club: J. G. Custer, H. S. Libby, L. W. Miller.
Vernon Club: F. W. Schwantes, A. S. Williams, C. A. McClung.
Odessa Club: S. B. Hunt, S. F. Howard, T. Hughes.
On invitation Mr. N. C. Coldwell addressed the convention, giving his views of the manner of an organization it was desirable to effect. He was followed by W. E. Merydith, C. C. Krow, F. W. Schwantes, H. S. Libby, S. B. Hunt, and other gentlemen, each giving his idea of what should be done.
On motion it was decided that the county organization should consist of an executive committee, consisting of one member of each club already organized, or hereafter organized in the county—with a president, secretary, and treasurer to be elected by this convention.
The convention then proceeded to elect the officers of the executive committee which resulted as follows: President, J. B. Callison; Secretary, W. M. Allison; Treasurer, T. A. Blanchard.
The delegates present named the members of their club they desired to represent them on the executive committee as follows:
J. B. Callison, Fairview Club; John Hoyt, Dexter; C. G. Handy, Tisdale; H. S. Libby, Maple City; C. A. McClung, Vernon; S. F. Howard, Odessa; John A. Shields, Pleasant Hill; Joseph Stansbury, Bethel.
All clubs not represented in the convention were invited to name one of their members to serve on this committee—the name to be sent to the secretary, W. M. Allison, at Winfield.

Each club in the county was requested to report the names of their officers to the secretary of the executive committee as speedily as possible, who is required to issue a certificate of membership of the county organization.
The president and secretary of the executive committee were instructed to issue an address to the people of Cowley County in behalf of the greenback cause. The county organization was named the “Independent Greenback Party of Cowley County.”
It was, on motion, decided that the executive committee should assemble at any time when called together by the president and secretary, or either, or upon issue of a call signed by three members of the committee.
The following resolution was introduced and carried.
Resolved, That this convention, recognizing the valuable work done for the greenback cause by various gentlemen, who have devoted their time to addressing the people in a number of localities, hereby extend to them an invitation to continue the work.
On motion the county papers were respectfully requested to give a place in their columns to the minutes of this meeting. C. C. KROW, Secretary.
T. A. BLANCHARD, President.
Winfield Courier, August 29, 1878.
                                                            District Court.
The following are the names of jurors drawn for this court: Levi Fluke, O. P. West, Thos. Parvin, S. D. Klingman, J. E. Cox, Sampson Johnson, A. B. Gardner, H. S. Libby, I. B. Todd, Michael Bush, H. J. Donley, T. A. Chapin, T. B. Myers, Dennis Cunningham, J. I. Mitchell, Devine Terrill, Daniel Hawkins, G. W. Yount, W. T. Beasley, J. W. Browning, Rudolph Hoffmaster, D. M. Patton, J. P. Short, J. W. Millspaugh.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 14, 1879.
The following is a list of new subscribers to the TRAVELER since our last issue:
                                                             MAPLE CITY
H. S. Libby, B. Mathis, F. W. Nance, J. B. Schofield, J. A. Ryan, John Bobbett, O. P. Cessna, J. R. Lobsin, David Davis, A. O. Tolles, F. P. Myers, L. H. Kretsinger.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 11, 1879.
                                              SPRING CREEK TOWNSHIP.
                                                [From Special Correspondent.]
MR. EDITOR: I took a flying trip through this township some days ago, and was very much pleased with what I observed. Geographically, this township is centrally located east and west, and is one of the southern tier of townships, bordering on the Indian Territory, bounded on the north by Dexter Township, east by Cedar, and west by Silverdale. It is nine miles north and south and six miles east and west. It is also well watered by such streams as the Grouse, Little Beaver, Spring, Crab, and Skull creeks; well adapted to stock raising and farming.

I made my first appearance in this township near the junc­tion of Skull Creek with Little Beaver, in the southwest corner. Mr. Eaton and A. A. Wiley have fine farms at this point, and are engaged in the stock business largely, as well as all the farmers along the State line. It rather excited my curiosity to know how Skull Creek received its name, and by inquiring I was soon satisfied.
Skull Creek was named by Mr. Alexander Tolles, he being the first to settle on the creek, taking this claim in 1870. One day while traveling across the creek bottom, he observed a skull, supposed to be the skull of an Indian, thereby the name came; what became of the skull I know not, but Tolles still lives here.
Mr. H. S. Libby has a farm on this stream. He is engaged largely in the stock business and is building a fine, large stone house this summer. He boasts of being a strong Greenbacker, and is one of the leading lights of the township.
Spring Creek is in the southeast corner of the township, running south. There are many farmers here making good improve­ments, and many more coming in. Mr. J. R. Tobin has his farm on this creek, and is making many improvements. He is the senior partner of the firm of Tobin & Davis, of Maple City, builders and contractors.
Maple City is the post village of this township, and is a thriving little place. It is situated on the headwaters of Skull Creek, 4½ miles north of State line. It is 16 miles east of Arkansas City. It is built on a rise in the prairie, in a good farming community. It contains a good store well filled with a general assortment of goods of all kinds. Mr. J. B. Schofield attends on all occasions, and solicits the patronage of the farming community. There is also a hotel, blacksmith shop, paint shop, and carpenter shop. Dr. N. M. Schofield is the physician of this place, and is also postmaster.
Grouse Creek runs through a small corner of this township in the northwest. Here we found Mr. J. N. Clayton hoeing corn among the stumps. This is the only Grouse Creek farm in the township. CHRISTMAS.
Winfield Courier, July 3, 1879.
                                               MAPLE CITY, JUNE 27, 1879.
H. S. Libby is building a new residence on his farm south of town, and when completed, with his wife leaning on his arm, he will exclaim, “Out of the old house into the new, Jennie.”
Arkansas City Traveler, May 26, 1880.
                                            CATTLE IN THE TERRITORY.
The Caldwell Post states that there are 40,000 head of cattle west of the Chisholm trail in the Indian Territory. The following herds, held east of the trail, south and west of Arkansas City, will swell the number to 60,000.
Cocanut, on the trail: 2,575 [?L. M. Kokernut]
Gilch & Wait: 300
Burress, on Salt Fork: 300
Capt. Nipp, on Shawascaspa: 150
Kincaid, on Thompson creek: 600
Bates & Beal, on Thompson creek: 2,000
Gatliff & Dixon, on Bitter creek: 200
Jas. Hamilton & Co., Pond creek: 3,000
Jas. Estus, on Red Rock: 200
Potter, on Red Rock: 300

Badley, on Red Rock: 160
Dean Bros., on Bear creek: 600
Wiley & Libby, on Bear creek: 400
Musgrove, on Polecat: 600
Malalla, on Pond creek: 2,900
Richmond, on Shawascaspa: 600
Riney, on Inman creek: 400
Manning, on Thompson creek: 600
Dunn & Co., on Deer creek: 700
Cloverdale & Stafford, on Bodoc: 300
R. A. Houghton, on Bodoc: 150
In addition to these there are a number along the State line, and several herds in the Nation, the number of which we did not learn.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 1, 1880.
Our old friend, H. S. Libby, of Maple City, called upon us last week.
Winfield Courier, April 28, 1881.
                                                CIVIL DOCKET: 120 CASES.
                                             Libby & Moody vs. James Harden.
Winfield Courier, May 5, 1881.
Cowley County stock men are largely represented on Red Rock and Black Bear creeks in the Territory. Among the number are: Wiley, Eaton, Potter, Estus, Libby, and Warren; while in other parts of the Territory are Houghton, Henderson, Nipp, Walker Bros., Berry Bros., Dean Bros., Shriver, and others.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 11, 1881.
The keeping of stock in the Indian Territory has, of late years, assumed quite considerable importance as a business, many of our best citizens being engaged therein. Among the Cowley County men now holding stock in the Territory, we may mention the following: On Red Rock and Black Bear creeks are Messrs. Eaton, Potter, Estus, Libby, Wiley, and Warren; while in other parts of the Territory are Houghton, Henderson, Nipp, Walker Bros., Berry Bros., Dean Bros., Shriver, and others.
[Note: The following is very important! Double taxation for Kansas citizens, who were paying tax for cattle in the Territory and also paying a tax in Cowley County.]
Arkansas City Traveler, May 11, 1881.
Hackney and McDonald will test the case of whether the county can tax cattle in the Territory, belonging to citizens of Kansas, when they pay a tax where the cattle are. Mr. Wiley & Libby, on Red Rock creek, Indian Territory, bring the suit.
Winfield Courier, May 19, 1881.
Messrs. Kirby [Wiley] & Libby, of Red Rock creek, Indian Territory, bring a suit to determine whether citizens of Kansas are obliged to pay a tax on cattle that are kept in the Territory. The case is in the hands of Hackney & McDonald, and the decision will be looked for with great interest by the people of border counties. The present interests are immense and will grow greater each year. Monitor.

Notice the discrepancy between Traveler and Courier item taken from Winfield Monitor May 19, 1881. First item shows “Wiley & Libby” [correct] and the second item showed “Kirby & Libby” [incorrect]. I have corrected Winfield news item. MAW
Cowley County Courant, April 20, 1882.
                                              CIVIL DOCKET. [137 CASES.]
                                           Libby & Moody versus James Harden.
Winfield Courier, June 22, 1882.
Messrs. Libby and Gilliland, of Spring Creek Township, were in the city Friday and made the COURIER a pleasant call.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 9, 1882.
Mr. Libby, one of eastern Cowley’s stock men, was in the city last week.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 2, 1884.
The Fuller ranch of 3,000 acres of land on Rock Creek, south of Maple City, was sold last week to Messrs. Taylor, Wilkie, Martin, and others, of Cambridge, Ohio, for $21,000. The same gentlemen got Messrs. Libby & Moody to “set a price” on their farm of 800 acres, which was “set” at $10,000. They purchased that also. Also a ranch in Greenwood County. The gentlemen are friends of Maj. Sleeth, C. M. Scott, and others here and are good substantial men.
Winfield Courier, January 10, 1884.
From the Traveler we learn that the Fuller Ranch of 3,000 acres of land on Rock Creek, south of Maple City, was sold last week to Messrs. Taylor, Wilkie, Martin, and others, of Cambridge, Ohio, for $21,000. The same gentleman got Messrs. Libby and Moody to “set a price” on their farm of 800 acres, which was “set” at $10,000. They purchased that also. Also a ranch in Greenwood County. The gentlemen are friends of Maj. Sleeth, C. M. Scott, and others there and are good, substantial men. This is the old Hackney & McDonald tract, which they sold some two years ago to Mr. Fuller for $8,000.
Winfield Courier, February 14, 1884.
                                                          Township Officers.
The Board of Commissioners met Tuesday and canvassed the vote for township officers. The following were declared elected.
Beaver, J. W. Browning; Bolton, A. T. Cooper; Cedar, Richard Courtright; Creswell,
M. N. Sinnott; Dexter, S. H. Wells; Fairview, R. B. Corson; Harvey, Geo. Shelley; Liberty, J. A. Cochran; Maple, E. J. Cole; Ninnescah, A. J. Worden; Omnia, G. B. Darlington; Otter, J. H. Bartgis; Pleasant Valley, L. Holcomb; Richland, R. S. Sandfort; Rock, M. N. Martindale; Sheridan, Barney Shriver; Silver Creek, Ed Pate; Silverdale, P. F. Haines; Spring Creek, H. S. Libby; Tisdale, H. H. Sparrow; Vernon, H. H. Martin; Walnut, A. J. Thompson; Windsor, W. L. Koons.
Winfield Courier, March 13, 1884.
Winfield, Kansas, March 3, 1881.

The following named township and city assessors of Cowley County, Kansas, met, pursuant to law, at the office of the county clerk March 3rd, 1881.
J. W. Browning, Beaver; A. T. Cooper, Bolton; Richard Courtwright, Cedar; M. N. Sinnott, Creswell; S. H. Wells, Dexter; R. B. Corson, Fairview; G. W. Shelley, Harvey; J. H. Cochran, Liberty; E. J. Cole, Maple; A. J. Werden, Ninnescah; G. B. Darlington, Omnia; J. H. Bartgis, Otter; L. Holcomb, Pleasant Valley; H. J. Sandford, Richland; M. N. Martin-dale, Rock; Barney Shriver, Sheridan; Ed Pate, Silver Creek; P. F. Haynes, Silver Dale; H. S. Libby, Spring Creek; J. H. Sparrow, Tisdale; H. H. Martin, Vernon; A. J. Thompson, Walnut; W. L. Koons, Windsor; J. W. Arrowsmith, Winfield City.
Winfield Courier, May 29, 1884.
                                                      Democratic Convention.
The Democrats met in convention Saturday at the office of S. L. Gilbert, in this city. The delegates elected to the State convention were S. L. Gilbert, C. C. Black, J. B. Lynn, T. McIntire, A. A. Jackson, H. S. Libby, and J. Vawter. The sense of the meeting was that Gov. Glick should lead the delegation to Chicago. They also passed a strong resolution in favor of the “Old Ticket,” Tilden and Hendricks. The delegates were instructed to vote for and use all honorable means to secure the election of Chas. C. Black as a delegate to the National convention. A strong “Tariff for Revenue Only,” was passed.
Arkansas City Republican, May 31, 1884.
The county Democratic convention met at Winfield last Saturday. The following delegates were elected to the State convention.
S. L. Gilbert, C. C. Black, J. B. Lynn, T. McIntire, A. A. Jackson, H. S. Libby, and Dr. J. Vawter. They passed a strong resolution in favor of the “old ticket, Tilden, Hendricks, and Reform,” and also adopted a strong “tariff for revenue only” resolution.
Arkansas City Republican, February 14, 1885.
The following are the officers elected at the township elections, held last week in townships surrounding Creswell.
Beaver Township: J. N. Browning, trustee; H. T. Bayless, Clerk; Irving Gray, treasurer; John Bower, justice; J. Rupp and S. Thoria, constables.
Bolton Township: John A. Scott, trustee; Jno. Sturtz, clerk; V. Trimble, treasurer; J. Critchfield, justice; James Winchel and J. Booker, constables.
Spring Creek Township: H. S. Libby, trustee; E. A. Goodrich, clerk; Robert Haines, treasurer; J. S. Gilkey, justice; Berry Condiff and Thomas Robison, constables.
Pleasant Valley Township: D. S. Sherrard, trustee; F. A. Chapin, clerk; A. DeTurk, treasurer; A. H. Broadwell and West Holland, justices; A. Bookwalter and L. Brown, constables.
Silverdale Township: P. F. Haynes, trustee; John Algeo, clerk; H. T. Hunnell, treasurer; R. C. Smith, justice; Ed. Scott and Monroe Felton, constables.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 7, 1885.
                                                         Assessor’s Meeting.
The following named township and city assessors of Cowley County, Kansas, met pursuant to law, at the office of the county clerk, March 2, 1885, at Winfield.
                                            H. S. Libby: Spring Creek Township.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 28, 1885.
Thursday night there was a select party at H. S. Libby’s. The guests enjoyed themselves hugely.
Arkansas City Republican, March 13, 1886.
G. A. Sutton and H. S. Libby, both energetic citizens of Maple City, were in Arkansas City Wednesday in the interest of the Kansas State Line Railroad. Both gentlemen subscribed for the REPUBLICAN.
Arkansas City Republican, March 20, 1886.
Trustee Libby, of Spring Creek Township, is actively engaged in putting in telling licks for the Kansas State Line road. Mr. Libby is a popular citizen of Spring Creek, and is recognized everywhere as a man of sterling worth.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, May 29, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
H. S. Libby was over from Maple City Saturday.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 27, 1886.
The most enjoyable party of the season was given by Mr. and Mrs. Shreavers, at their home last Tuesday evening. Everybody was there and all had a good time; but the melon patch was entirely destroyed. Messrs. Libby, Sutton, Huffman, Thomas, Parvin, and Cooper consumed vast quantities of the luscious fruit.
Arkansas City Republican, December 4, 1886. Supplement. [Seven Road Notices.]
RECAP: Gather notices were all presented to the Board of County Commissioners of Cowley County, Kansas, held on the 8th day of October, A. D. 1886.
1. Petition signed by M. J. Scott and others of Silverdale Township asking for a view and a survey for the purpose of locating and vacating a certain county road, described as follows: Commencing at a point on the Maple City road about 40 rods south of hill the most practicable route, intersecting the half-section line at the most convenient point; thence on half-section line east to section line between sections 34 and 35, thence south to the northeast corner of southeast quarter of southeast quarter of section 44, township 35, range 5 east; thence east on quarter section line as near as practicable 1-1/4 miles; thence south one-fourth mile to the southwest quarter of southwest quarter of range 5 east; also for the vacation of the old road from the said point 60 rods east of center stone of section 33 to said point of section line between sections 34 and 35, township 34, range 5 east; also to vacate the old laid-out and unoccupied line of road from the southeast corner of the southwest quarter of southwest quarter of section 2, directly west to Grouse creek, was presented and granted, and that H. S. Libby. A. N. Bell, and R. P. Goodrich, viewers, and N. A. Haight, County Surveyor, will meet at the place of beginning of said road, on the first day of December, A. D. 1886, at 9 o’clock a.m., of said day, and proceed to view and survey said road, and give all parties a hearing.
Done by order of the Board of Commissioners of Cowley County, Kansas.
                               S. J. SMOCK, County Clerk and Clerk of said Board.


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