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G. S. Manser

Kansas 1875 Census, Winfield Township, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.
Name                     age sex color    Place/birth      Where from
G. S. Manser          33  m     w      Maryland                Texas
Fannie Manser  21    f      w      Pennsylvania           Pennsylvania
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 11, 1873.
J. W. Curns, of this place, and G. S. Manser, of Arkansas City, have formed a co-partnership to do a general land office business. We have not had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Manser, but we speak for John W. Curns, to those who may have business with him. They will find him ever ready, courteous, and kind. This is a business the want of which has been felt for some time and we hope these gentlemen (Curns & Manser) will receive a good support. Their office will be on the corner of Main Street and 10th Avenue, just south of the store of C. A. Bliss & Co.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 30, 1873.
Last week Curns & Manser sold 40 acres off the east side of G. W. Thompson’s farm to Cyrus M. Perrine at $60 per acre; also David A. Crawford’s farm to Nancy Linscott for $1,400; also W. E. Bostwick’s farm to Chas. Hayes for $900. Mr. Perrine will have 50,000 grafts set out on his place by the first of April. This nursery will be a fine addition to the town.
Winfield Courier, December 12, 1873.
                                                     LAND, LAND, LAND!
                                                     CURNS & MANSER,
                                                  REAL ESTATE AGENTS.
                        OFFICE on the Corner of Main Street and Tenth Avenue,
                                         WINFIELD, Cowley County, Kansas.
Below will be found a partial list of lands that we have for sale, and which is changed each week. To parties wishing to examine or purchase lands, we will furnish a conveyance free of charge. All property purchased for parties at a distance, carefully selected and personally examined. In connection with the Real Estate business, we have an Abstract of Title office, showing all transfers by deed or mortgage, liens, judgments, or defects in title to any lands or lots in Cowley County, and therefore guaranty the title to any property purchased through this office.
                               Collecting rents and paying taxes attended to promptly.
108 Acres, adjoining the City of Winfield, on the E. Price from $55 to $60 per acre.
No. 63. 112 acres, all bottom lands, 5 miles south of Winfield on Walnut River. Good well, pasture fenced of about 50 acres, part timber and part prairie. 50 acres timber. Stock water on place. Price $1,200.
No. 77. 160 acres, No. 1 upland, 2½ miles northwest of Winfield, S E ¼ Sec. 19 Tp. 32 S of R 4 east. Price $1,000.
No. 82. 80 acres, S ½ of N W ¼ Sec. 10 Tp. 33 R 4 all bottom land, about 2 acres of timber. 2¾ miles south of Winfield on section line road to Arkansas City. Price $1,000.

No. 56. 140 acres, 5 miles west of Winfield. No. 1 stock farm, about 80 acres bottom, balance good upland. Beaver Creek runs through north 80 which is well supplied with springs of clear running water. Hedge rows broken, 125 fruit trees, about 30 acres in cultivation. Price $850.
No. 29. 79 acres bottom land ¾ of a mile southeast of Winfield. Frame house 13 x 25, 1 story 4 rooms, front room 12 x 12, kitchen 9 x 12 with pantry and closet, all plastered and painted, cellar 13 x 13 feet; good stables and other out build­ings; good well, spring on place, 35 acres under cultivation. 20 acres pasture fenced; 30 bearing fruit trees. Price $3,000.
No. 50. 480 acres N E ¼ S E ¼ and S W ¼ sec 31 Tp. 33, R 5 east; 80 acres of breaking, 35 acres timber; Walnut River runs through place; splendid stock farm. Price $4,200.
No. 6. Lots 7 and 8 in block 167; house 18 x 24, 3 rooms plastered, good cellar, well of good water. Price 600 dollars.
No. 82. Business house on Main street in a central loca­tion: House 18 x 60 with back room and cellar. Price 1,200 dollars.
Winfield Courier, December 12, 1873.
We would call the attention of the public to the new ad. of Curns & Manser. These gentlemen have been in business but a short time, but during this time have succeeded in working up the best real estate business ever established in this county. The success that has attended them thus far is but an index to the business that will be done by them in the future. Anybody wishing to dispose of a piece of land quickly will do well to place it in their hands.
[Portions of ad given already.]
Winfield Courier, January 9, 1874.
MARRIED. MANSER - WALTON. Married in Arkansas City at the residence of Amos Walton, by the Rev. J. E. Platter, on Sunday eve., Jan. 4th, Mr. G. S. Manser of Winfield, to Miss Fannie Walton of Arkansas City.
The happy couple have taken up their residence in our little city, amid the best wishes and warmest congratulations of their numerous friends both in this place and Arkansas City. The bride, without resigning her position as a lady, has become a Man-ser.
Winfield Courier, January 23, 1874.
Curns and Manser, the real estate men, must be prospering; they appear in a new suit of clothes frequently.
Winfield Courier, February 20, 1874.
Mr. Lynn, of Johnson County, has rented the building formerly occupied by Close & Greer as a furniture store, and is going to put into it a big stock of dry goods and groceries. Mr. Lynn comes well recommended, and will be quite an addition to our city. Winfield is under obligation to the enterprising young firm of Curns & Manser, Real Estate Agents, for advertising our city and county so extensively.
Winfield Courier, March 13, 1874.
Loans Negotiated. Having made arrangements with eastern parties, we are prepared, through them, to negotiate loans for five years upon

IMPROVED FARMS. The advantage of borrowing for a long over a short time, is apparent, when in the latter the sacrifice upon sales of stock or grain to meet maturing obligations is considered, while in the former ample time is given for stock or produce to be held over seasons when the market is depressed, that the highest prices may be realized. Again the rise in value of improvements and lands, which time only can bring about, and ability of borrower to meet the small amount of interest which would each year become due when he could not meet principal and interest, and on account of this inability very likely lose his place, are points which should be considered important.
To men who have firms upon which they desire to secure loans. We say we believe we can now negotiate for you upon terms which will be satisfactory.
CURNS & MANSER, Winfield, Kansas.
Winfield Courier, March 20, 1874.
Winfield Courier, March 27, 1874.
Through the agency of the Real Estate firm of Curns & Manser, D. A. Millington, Esq., sold half of the block upon which his house stands, to Rev. James E. Platter. Mr. Platter intends to erect a fine residence upon his new purchase this spring.
Winfield Courier, April 17, 1874.
To Builders. BIDS will be received until Wednesday, April 30th, for the erection of a brick dwelling house in Winfield. The building is to be 26 x 32 with a one-story wing 14 x 14. Plans, specifica­tions, and conditions of contract at Curns & Manser’s. J. E. PLATTER.
Winfield Courier, May 1, 1874.
We have often admired the pluck and energy of the real estate firm of Curns & Manser. Ever ready to oblige their customers; sparing neither pains nor expense to show newcomers the country, and above all, they fully understand the use of printers ink as the columns of the COURIER will plainly indicate. We would advise any and everybody to give them a call, when anything is needed in their line.
Winfield Courier, May 15, 1874.
We are indebted to Curns & Manser, real estate agents and proprietors of Abstracts of Titles to all lands in Cowley County, for the following transfers of real estate for the week ending Friday, May 15, 1874.
Geo. Blanchard to W. D. Clarke: n e ¼ sec 12 tp 32 s r 3e; 160 acres; $1,400.
C. C. Harris to Joseph Park: s w ¼ sec 2 and e ½ of s e ¼ sec 3 tp 32 n r 4e; 240 acres, $3,100.
Geo. W. Bailey and wife to William Brown: n e ¼ sec 29 tp 30 s r 4 e; 160 acres; $1,450.
Fredrick Moe to Amos E. Mahaney: n w ¼ sec 11 tp 20 south r 3 e; 160 acres, $1,000.
Geo. Waltz and wife to Sallie W. Tillson: n w ¼ sec 33 tp 31 s r 7 e; $1,200.
Matilda J. Davis and husband to R. B. Waite: n ½ of s w ¼ and n w ¼ of s e ¼ sec 29 tp 30 s r 4 e; 120 acres, $800.
Major F. Strout and wife to Chas. F. Hilton: w ½ of s e ¼ and s w ¼ of n e ¼ of sec 33 tp 34s r 5 e; 120 acres, $800.
Winfield Courier, May 29, 1874.

The building formerly occupied by the Senate saloon is being repainted and otherwise improved, and will be occupied by the Real Estate office of Curns & Manser. These gentlemen have, by their business talent and judicious advertising, established such a business that a larger office was found to be necessary.
Winfield Courier, June 12, 1874.
We are indebted to Curns & Manser, real estate agents and proprietors of Abstracts of Titles to all lands in Cowley County, for the following transfers of real estate.
Elisha Babcock, Jr. to Samuel Darrah, Lot 7 in block 128 in Winfield, $350.
Leon Lippman and wife to Miles W. Hart, sw ¼ of se ¼ of sec 31 tp 32 S 7. $407.
E. L. Hackney to Samuel A. Adams, n w ¼ sec 8 tp 31 s r 4 e $1,100.
Thomas J. Raybell and wife to Miles W. Hart s ½ of s w ¼ sec 31 tp 32 s r 7 e and n e ¼ of n w qr sec 6 tp 33 s r 9 e $1,300.
Annie J. Norton and husband to Lyman C. Norton s w qr sec 9 tp 35 s r 3 e $750.
Andrew J. Thompson to Cyrus M. Perrine 40 acres out of n w qr sec 27 tp 32 r 4 $2,400.
William J. Driver and wife to N. F. Smith, s e qr sec 5 tp 33 s r 5 e $800.
John Stauffer to William Turner s e qr sec 10 tp 35 s r 3 e $1,050.
Patrick F. Endicott and wife to William Turner 7 acres in s w qr sec 32 tp 34 r 4 $210.
Joseph Bossi to Ellis Rockhill e ½ of lot 9 sec 5 tp 35 s r 4 e $265.
John Wallace and wife to Isaac M. Smith n w qr of n w qr sec 18 tp 33 s r 7 e $400.
Isaac Smith and wife to Joseph H. Reynolds and Leon Lippman n w qr. of n w qr. sec 18 tp. 33 s r 7 e $300.
John Woodyard and wife to William and Edward Green n w qr sec 8 tp 34 r 4 e $450.
Richard D. Miller and wife to James H. Lee q c e ½ of s w qr sec 16 tp 31 s r 7 $1,000.
Winfield Courier, June 12, 1874.
Public meeting of the citizens of Winfield, was held last Monday evening at the office of Curns & Manser for the purpose of preparing for a celebration of the 4th of July at Winfield. On motion G. S. Manser was chosen chairman and L. J. Webb, Esq., Secretary.
C. M. Wood offered the following, which was adopted.
Resolved, By the citizens of Winfield and vicinity that we celebrate the 4th of July at this place, and that we extend a cordial invitation to the citizens of the county to participate with us in the celebration.
N. H. Wood, James Simpson, and J. T. Hall were appointed a committee to confer with the Soldier’s Association and invite them to take part in the celebration. On motion it was resolved that the celebration be a basket picnic. T. K. Johnston, Enoch Maris, and C. M. Wood were appointed a finance committee. M. L. Robinson, James Kelly, and J. T. Hall were appointed a committee to procure speakers. A. T. Stewart, Max Shoeb, and H. B. Lacy were appointed a committee on grounds. J. T. Hall, T. A. Wilkinson, Mr. and Mrs. John Swain, Miss Mary Stewart, and Miss Baldwin were appointed a committee on music. H. B. Lacy, C. M. Wood, and J. P. McMillen were appointed a committee on ice water. J. P. McMillen, Wirt Walton, and L. J. Webb were appointed a committee on fantastics and amusements. L. J. Webb and James Kelly were appointed a committee on artillery. Captain R. L. Walker was appointed Marshal of the day.
James Kelly offered the following resolution, which was unanimously adopted.

Resolved, That we extend a cordial invitation to the several Granges of the county to attend and participate in the celebra­tion.
The meeting then adjourned to meet Monday evening June 15th at 8 o’clock P.M.
G. S. MANSER, Chairman. L. J. WEBB, Secretary.
Winfield Courier, June 19, 1874.
Citizens met Monday evening, June 15th, at Curns & Manser’s office, pursuant to adjournment. Finance committee reported that the committee had received subscriptions to the amount of $180.50. Committee on invitations reported that they have extended invitations to the several granges of the county and to the soldier’s society, and that the latter had accepted the invitation. Committee on invitations reported that they have extended invitations to the several granges of the county and to the soldier’s society, and that the latter had accepted the invitation. Committee to procure speakers reported progress. Same report from committees on grounds and music. Prof. Wilkinson, of the latter, requested to be excused from serving on the committee on account of a previous engagement, and was excused. L. J. Webb, L. T. Michener, J. B. Fairbank, W. M. Allison, and J. E. Allen were appointed committee on Toasts. G. S. Manser, C. M. Wood, and J. P. McMillen were appointed committee on programme. Mayor Smith, Dr. Mansfield, and D. A. Millington were appointed reception committee. T. H. Johnson, H. S. Silver, and W. W. Andrews were appoint­ed committee on fireworks. On motion of H. B. Lacy, resolved that the ladies be invited to attend the next meeting. Adjourned to meet Monday evening, June 22, at 8 o’clock p.m. G. S. MANSER, Chairman. L. J. Webb, Secretary.
Winfield Courier, June 26, 1874.
We are indebted to Curns & Manser, real estate agents and proprietors of Abstracts of Titles to all lands in Cowley County, for the following transfers of real estate.
John Stauffer to William Turner, s e ¼ sec 10 tp 35 s of r 3 east; 160 acres $1,050.
Wm. J. Gray and wife to Cyrus M. Hinshaw n e ¼ sec 34 tp 34 s of r 4 east; 160 acres $1,500.
John B. Noffsinger and wife to Nelson Litton, s w ¼ sec 21 tp 30 s of 4 3 e; 160 acres $1,000.
James L. Hodges and wife to Mary Ann Seely, s w ¼ sec 21 tp 33 s of r 4 e; 160 acres $900.
John W. Feuquay to James Fowler, n e ¼ s e 31 tp 33 s of r 4 e; 160 acres $1,000.
Geo. Stewart and wife to Sarah Fowler, e ½ of n e ¼ section 2 tp 32 s of r 3 east, 80 acres $500.
Calvin Ferguson and wife to Mary Ann Seely part of s e qr sec 4 tp 33 e of r 4 e; 120 acres $1,637.50.
George W. Hewitt to Moses J. Miller, s ½ of n e ¼ sec 11 tp 33 s of r 5 east; 80 acres $250.
John Swain to J. W. Johnston, lot 10, block 129, City of Winfield; $325.
Lucy Smiley and husband to Wm. H. H. Maris, lot 1, block 187, city of Winfield; $200.
Winfield Courier, July 3, 1874.

The 98th anniversary of American Independence will be cele­brated at WINFIELD! On the votive day, JULY 4th! Arrangements have been made to make this one of the Grandest Celebrations ever held in Southwestern Kansas. No labor or expense have been spared to make it an ENTIRE SUCCESS. An invitation has been extended to the SOLDIERS’ ASSOCIATION to be present, and they have accepted and will without fail participate in the exercises adding to the interest of the occasion by giving a DRILLING EXERCISE. The Patrons of Husbandry (Grangers) are expected to be present in FULL REGALIA!
Hon. John Guthrie and Geo. R. Peck, have been invited and are expected to be present.
The festivities of the day will be closed in the evening with a grand display of FIREWORKS. (In the purchase of which over $200 have been expended) after which a Grand Ball will be given in the fine Hall at the Courthouse.
A national salute of thirty-seven guns will be fired at sunrise.
The procession will form on the north end of Main street, at 10 o’clock, in the following order: Winfield City Silver Cornet Band; Floral Car with goddess of liberty and thirty-seven young ladies, representing the several states in the Union; Reception Committee and Speakers; SOLDIERS’ ASSOCIATION!! Patrons of Husbandry in Regalia. CITIZENS!
And march through the principal streets of the city to the grove on Walnut River.
Exercises of the day will commence by Music by the Band.
Reading of the Declaration of Independence.
Vocal music, Red, White and Blue solo, by Mr. John Swain, and chorus.
Orations by Hon. John Guthrie, and other eminent speakers.
Music by the Band.
Vocal music, solo by Mr. Hall.
Music by the Band.
Basket Dinner and Toasts.
Music by the Band.
Vocal music, Star Spangled Banner solo by Mrs. A. H. Green, and chorus of 37 young ladies in costume.
Music by the Band.
Grand Tournament by the Fantastic company of Winfield, after which there will be several heat and dash races at the Fair Grounds, for which some celebrated horses are now in training.
The exercises of the day will close with a grand display of fire-works at 8 o’clock p.m., and a Grand Ball at the Courthouse.
By order of committee. G. S. MANSER, Chairman.
Winfield Courier, July 10, 1874.

The 98th anniversary of the declaration of American indepen­dence was ushered in at Winfield with a round of 37 guns. a more beautiful morning never dawned on the day made immortal by the heroes, who, to achieve the independence of the thirteen colo­nies, pledged their “fortunes, their lives, and their sacred honor.” Before 10 o’clock the city was a perfect jam of people. But Chief Marshal Walker, with his corps of able assistants, soon had the mass in motion headed for the grove. The Winfield Silver Cornet Band, closely followed by the car of freedom, containing 37 beautiful young ladies, and drawn by four horses driven by Mr. N. Roberson, headed the procession. Arrived at the grove every­thing was found to be in first-class order.
CALLED TO ORDER. The meeting was called to order by G. S. Manser, president of the day. The Declaration of Independence was read by L. T. Michener, Esq. Speeches were then made by Col. John M. Alexander and Judge Ross. The “Star Spangled Banner” was sung by Mrs. A. H. Green, assisted by J. T. Hall, and a full chorus of young ladies, when a short recess was had for dinner. Everybody seemed to have plenty and to spare as we can testify, for we sampled more than one dinner basket. After dinner several toasts were proposed, and responded to, by Judge Ross, L. J. Webb, Col. Manning, Capt. S. C. Smith, and L. T. Michener. 3 o’clock, the hour announced for the races having arrived, the assembly adjourned to the Fair Grounds. (As the races formed no part of the celebration proper, we will treat of them in another place.) The day was finished with a beautiful pyrotechnic display and a ball at the Courthouse where all went merry as a 4th of July belle, and everybody went home fully satisfied with them­selves and all mankind.
INCIDENTS OF THE DAY. There were none. Any ordinary Saturday would have furnished a greater variety of incidents or accidents. Never has a more orderly day been passed in Winfield. Not a solitary case of drunkenness; no fights, no cursing or swearing, nothing of the sort.
Winfield Courier, July 10, 1874.
                                                     Real Estate Transfers.
We are indebted to Curns & Manser, real estate agents and proprietors of Abstracts of Titles to all lands in Cowley County, for the following transfers of real estate.
George W. Robertson and wife, to P. G. Corkins and N. G. Robertson, s ½ of n e ¼ of sec 5 tp 33 s r 4 e $450.
David Thompson and wife to Clinton R. Mitchell, s ½ of n e ¼ of sec 23 tp 34 s r 3, and s e ¼ sec 7 tp 34 s r 4 e $1,810.
Samuel Roseberry and wife to Milton S. Roseberry, n ½ of n e ¼ sec 33 s r 3 e also 3 acres in n e cor of s ½ 83 a $400.
Francis D. Davis and wife to Reuben D. Ford s w ¼ sec 12 tp 32 s r 3 e $700.
Milton S. Roseberry and wife to Samuel Roseberry, s ½ of n e ¼ sec 33 tp 33 s r 3 except 3 acres in n e cor 77 acres $400.
Albert T. Shenneman to William Carter s we ¼ sec 33 tp 32 s r 3 e $1,100.
Malachi Dwyer to George Hager n e ¼ sec 30 tp 34 s r 3 e except 20 acres $400.
Armstrong Menor and wife to Alvin Bisbee, L 1, Blk. 92, Menor’s Addition to Winfield, $100.
Winfield Courier, July 24, 1874.
NOTICE. Contributors to the 4th of July Celebration fund are re­quested to meet at the office of Curns & Manser on Saturday evening, the 25th inst., at 8 o’clock to hear the report of the finance committee, and direct the disposition of surplus funds.
Finance Committee: T. K. JOHNSTON, C. M. WOOD, ENOCH MARIS.
Winfield Courier, July 24, 1874.

A Stampede. Reader, perhaps you have seen a herd of Texas cattle stam­pede; perhaps the rush of animals, the clatter of hoofs, the cracking of horns that give terror to the scene are familiar to you; perhaps the thunder of a million buffaloes shaking the earth and startling all living things in their rush from the hills down into the waters of the Arkansas may have wakened you from your nap by the camp-fire, and sent the blood leaping through its courses like an electric shock; perhaps the sight of the sudden retreat of five thousand men as they were hurled back over the reserves by an overwhelming force may have clenched your teeth in fear and anger some day. We have seen, and felt, all of these things, but the terror of men and stampede of animals was never more perfect than the occurrence that transpired last Monday in the building occupied by Curns & Manser at the time Justice Boyer discharged the prisoners, Brown, Onstott, and Brocknell.
The house was full of spectators, at least one hundred and fifty in number. Some of the knowing ones had predicted “bloody work” that day and expectation was on tiptoe. Sheriff Walker had warrants for the re-arrest of the prison­ers in the event of their discharge, while deputy U. S. Marshal Hill, backed by two or three resolute men from the Territory, was determined to take the prisoners with a U. S. warrant. At the instant the word “dis­charged” escaped the mouth of the Justice, Sheriff Walker and deputies took possession of the prisoners and at the same instant Hill and his posse attempted to seize them. At this instant revolvers were drawn by some of the offi­cers, and a panic struck the spectators. A rush was made for the doors and windows. Small men were knocked down and run over, a board petition extending clear across the room was thrown flat down, a long railing was torn out, windows were smashed out and tables, chairs, and bookcases, upset. A man, who had boasted of having looked down the belching cannon’s throat, appeared sudden­ly from some aperture hatless, and with hair on end. A burley merchant escaped through a window, and was seen to cross the street at full speed with a window sash sticking midway upon his body. Two long legged lawyers, who have boasted of their exploits in bullying county justices into favorable decisions, escaped through the nearest window, hatless and breath­less. One took refuge in the nearest kitchen, while the other held his panting bowels against the unexposed side of a small “out house.” A fleeing spectator declared, “They were killing lots of men in there.” Two minis­ters of the gospel were thrown down and tramped upon by the rabble, and at least twenty laymen suffered the same treatment. Not a shot was fired!
Next week this blood-thirsty mob start for the front to clean out the redmen.
Winfield Courier, August 7, 1874.
The following are the transfers of real estate, as handed us by Curns and Manser of this city.
Abraham Keller & wife to Joseph Smalley, S E ¼ sec 9 T 34 S R 3 E. 153 acres $1,500.
Isaac Todd & wife to Robert Harris, W ½ N E ¼ Sec 28 T 31 S R 7 E. 80 acres $1,000.
Mary Davis and husband to Robert Harris, Lot 6, Block 12, Lazette, $400.
William H. Sharp to Lyman S. Kibbe, N E ¼ sec 25 T 30 S R 4 E. $500.
Mary A. Millington and husband to Allen Carlson, Lot 3, B 9, city of Winfield. $65.00.
James Wainscott to George N. Towles, S ½ of N E ¼ and N W ½ of N E ¼ sec 19 T 31 S R 4 E, 120 acres $1,000.
William M. Sleeth and wife to Rev. David Thompson, lots 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, and 14, Block 42, Arkansas City.
William McGuire to Sarah McGuire w ½ of n w ¼ sec 6 t 32 n r 6 e, 80 acres $400.

Mary A. Millington & husband to John M. Read, lot 1, block 89, city of Winfield. $80.
William Copeland to Milton L. Oldham, s e ¼ of n e ½ sec 4 t 33 s r 3 e 40 acres $400.
Winfield Courier, August 14, 1874.
At the election for school board, the following were elected: D. A. Millington for director, G. S. Manser for clerk, and M. L. Robinson for treasurer. Very good.
Winfield Courier, August 21, 1874.
Last Tuesday was about as lively a day as we have seen since the fourth of July. We were first startled by seeing crowds of men and boys dashing up the street and disappearing in Curns & Manser’s office, and, not wishing to mourn alone, we soon found ourselves standing on a chair in the aforesaid office gazing at the struggle of two of our prominent lawyers, who were trying their wind and muscle in a scuffle, in which neither had an occasion to crow over the victory, they being about equally matched. The only one we felt sorry for was Justice Boyer, who adjourned court about a minute too soon to fine them for contempt.
The crowd next gathered at Darrah & Doty’s livery stable where a couple of our citizens were trying the effect of chairs and fists upon each other’s heads. They were separated before either was hurt. Before the crowd had yet dispersed from the scene of this mill, they were startled by the news that the prisoners were escaping from the jail, and off they hurried to see what could be seen. Bozark, the fellow who was caught with Hill’s horse in Independence, and put in quod the day before, had been at work at one of the windows, and had so far succeeded that it is acknowl­edged that if he had been allowed to work another hour, he would have been able to walk out without any trouble; he had taken off the casing of one of the windows by some means and pried the bars nearly out of it.
We next sauntered into the courthouse, where the delegates to the convention which met yesterday were chosen, which being over, we quietly returned to our respective business. We were expecting that the excitement of the day would finish with a fire, but were fortunately mistaken.
Winfield Courier, September 11, 1874.
SEALED proposals will be received by the District Clerk of School District No. 1, at Curns & Manser’s office, until Monday, Sept. 21, 1874, for furnishing said School District with 15 cords of first class seasoned firewood, to be delivered at the school building as the board may direct. The right is reserved to reject any and all bids. By order of the Board of school dis­trict number one. G. S. MANSER, Dist. Clerk.
Winfield Courier, September 18, 1874.
We, the undersigned citizens of Winfield, agree to attend a public meeting to be held in this city, to take into consider­ation the desirability of organizing a Literary and Scientific Association, having in view the establishment of a Library and Reading-Room, the employment of public lecturers, the encouragement of literature, and otherwise promoting moral and intellectual improvement. Said meeting to be held at the Court­house, at 7 o’clock p.m., on Tuesday, September 22, 1874.
(Signed) D. A. Millington, W. Q. Mansfield, E. S. Torrance, V. B. Beckett, M. L. Robinson, John E. Allen, James E. Platter, E. C. Manning, T. H. Johnson, A. H. Green, Wm. Bartlow, A. H. Hane, J. B. Fairbank, J. W. Curns, G. S. Manser, and M. L. Read.

Winfield Courier, October 22, 1874.
The following is a list of bills allowed by the Board of Commissioners of Cowley County, Kansas, at their regular session, commencing on the 5th day of October, A. D., 1874, and ending on the 9th day of October, A. D. 1874.
G. S. Manser, making mortgage list: $48.00
Winfield Courier, November 19, 1874.
Dr. Houx and his young wife have moved into the house on 10th Avenue lately occupied by G. S. Manser, and settled down to house keeping in a sensible manner. Dr. says that being head of a family is a responsible position.
Winfield Courier, December 24, 1874.
Relief Meeting. At a meeting held at the office of Curns & Manser on last Saturday, the following action was had. On motion of Col. E. C. Manning, H. S. Silver was chosen chairman, and James Kelly, Secretary. The object of the meeting was stated to be for the purpose of appointing a committee to act in the matter of relief for Winfield Township. On motion the following gentlemen were elected such committee: Robert Weakley, Jas. H. Land, S. D. Klingman. On motion meeting adjourned, sine die. H. S. SILVER, Chairman.
JAS. KELLY, Secretary.
Winfield Courier, February 4, 1875.
Curns & Manser have purchased the Dr. Egbert office, and have moved it to Main street, next door south of their present office.
[Note: When Curns & Manser moved into their new office, the City Council of Winfield began to hold their meetings in this facility.]
Winfield Courier, February 25, 1875.
At a meeting of the School Board of Dist. No. 1, it was determined to have a spring term of three months commencing Monday, March 22nd, 1875. The following scale of salaries for teachers was adopted. Principal, $40 per month. Intermediate and primary departments, $35 per month each. Application for teachers will be received by G. S. MANSER, Dist. Clerk.
Winfield Courier, March 25, 1875.
There will be a meeting of the stockholders of the Winfield Cemetery Association on Wednesday, March 31, 1875, at W. H. H. Maris’ store. All persons owning a lot in the Winfield Cemetery are stockholders, and entitled to vote at the meeting. A full attendance is requested. The following is a list of the said stockholders. John B. Fairbank, Secretary.
G. S. Manser was on the list of stockholders.
Winfield Courier, July 22, 1875.              
Rates Reduced. MONEY to loan for one, two, and five years, by Curns & Manser.
Winfield Courier, September 16, 1875.
G. S. Manser was one of those who signed petition asking for election of Gallotti.
Winfield Courier, November 4, 1875.

Notice to Builders. Sealed Bids for the erection of the First Presbyterian Church of Winfield will be received until Nov. 18th, 1875, at the office of Curns & Manser. The bids to be made out for the construction of either stone or brick, and according to plan and specifications at Read’s Bank. The right to reject any and all bids is specially reserved.
J. W. CURNS, Secretary.
Winfield Courier, January 6, 1876.
Our “Courier” Patrons. In beginning the “Centennial year,” with an enterprise like the one we have engaged in this week, it is but right and proper that we make honorable mention of the men who, by giving us their patronage, have greatly helped us in the “financial” part there­of.
CURNS & MANSER do a general real estate and abstract busi­ness. They are reliable, live businessmen, and as such succeed in anything they undertake.
Winfield Courier, January 6, 1876.
Rates Reduced. MONEY to loan for one, two, and five years, by Curns & Manser.
Winfield Courier, January 20, 1876.
A SAFE TOWN. Besides the two immense safes belonging to the banks in Winfield, the following firms have first-class safes for the secure keeping of business papers: C. C. Black, S. H. Myton, Curns & Manser, and Manning & Walton. Probably no town of its size in the State has more money invested in safes and musical instruments than Winfield.
Winfield Courier, January 27, 1876.
The undersigned, residents of Cowley County, cordially unite in inviting the citizens of said county to meet in mass meeting at Winfield, on Saturday at 2 P. M., FEBRUARY 5TH,
to take such action as shall seem advisable upon consultation to secure the construction of a railroad into Cowley County. We desire each paper in said county to publish this call, and we hope that every township will be fully represented at said meeting.
Dated January 25, 1876.
ROCK TOWNSHIP: John M. Harcourt, Robert F. Bailey, Andrew Dawson, John Foster, J. L. Foster, Jess. J. Tribby, H. D. Lee, W. B. Wimer.
BEAVER TOWNSHIP: William D. Lester, B. W. Jenkins, John A. McCulloch, W. A. Freeman.
VERNON TOWNSHIP: Wm. Martin, C. M. Donkin, R. L. Walker.
SPRING CREEK TOWNSHIP: R. P. Goodrich, Cyrus Wilson, F. W. Vance.
TISDALE TOWNSHIP: E. P. Young, D. H. Southworth.
LIBERTY TOWNSHIP: Chas. W. Frith, J. L. H. Darnall.
OTTER TOWNSHIP: H. C. Fisher, R. R. Turner.
OMNIA TOWNSHIP: Elisha Harned.
DEXTER TOWNSHIP: T. W. Coats, J. D. Maurer, Mark Kenton Hull, Levi Quier, J. A. Bryan, George Bryan.

WINFIELD: M. L. Read, S. D. Pryor, N. M. Powers, N. W. Holmes, N. L. Rigby, Thomas McMillen, L. J. Webb, Charles C. Black, J. S. Hunt, W. M. Boyer, John W. Curns, G. S. Manser, B. F. Baldwin, J. H. Land, A. H. Green, W. Q. Mansfield, E. C. Manning, S. H. Myton, J. C. Fuller, A. B. Lemmon, James Kelly, W. H. H. Maris, T. H. Henderson, A. N. Deming, H. S. Silver, J. M. Alexander, Amos Walton, D. A. Millington, J. E. Platter, W. M. Allison, and one hundred others.
Winfield Courier, February 10, 1876.
BIRTHS. The spring immigration has set in. John Swain had a boy born to him last Monday. T. B. Myers, Hiram Brotherton, Charley McClung, G. S. Manser, and T. E. Gilleland each became the proud fathers of little daughters within a week. Six births in town in one week is well enough.
Winfield Courier, February 24, 1876.
PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH. We learn with pleasure that the Presbyterian Society of this place have determined to push to completion the church building, the foundation of which is already completed. The lots and foundation cost the society $700, and are paid for. The estimated cost of the building is $4,000. It is to be forty-two feet wide and sixty-two feet long, which will be two feet wider and twelve feet longer than the Courthouse. Such a building is much needed here. The late revival demonstrated the fact that there was no room in the city large enough to accommodate our people when they desire to get together. The plan of the building can be seen at the office of Curns & Manser, and is well worth inspecting. It is proposed to raise $2,500 of the funds by subscription, and we hope our citizens will liberally assist in the matter. The benefits of such a building to the place are so great that it is like building for oneself to help in this. It is well known that the pastor of this church has for three years donated his entire salary with a view of building a church. Another member of his family, we are told, proposes to give ten percent of the amount to be raised by subscription, which will be $250. Should the desired amount be subscribed, it will leave about $1,500 to finish the work, and the Board of Church Erection propose to furnish at least $800 of that amount. In view of the liberality of those initiating this movement, and the Board, the great benefits to be derived from this work, we hope and believe that the same liberal spirit will be shown by our people and that the building will soon be completed.
Cowley County Democrat, March 6, 1876.
The Winfield public schools will reopen September 6, 1876. During the tall term a normal class will be sustained which will offer Superior Advantages to all who wish to fit themselves for the Teacher’s work.
Non-resident students will be received by paying tuition fee as follows:
Normal and High School department, per month $2.00; Intermediate department, per month $1.25; Primary department, per month $1.00.
Good boarding can secured at from $3.50 to $5.00 per week; or by students renting rooms and boarding themselves, the expense can be reduced to $1.50 per week.
For further information apply to Allen B. Lemmon, Principal, or G. S. Manser, District Clerk.
Cowley County Democrat, Thursday, April 6, 1876.
CURNS & MANSER, REAL ESTATE AGENTS.—Negotiate loans and make collections. Have a complete set of Abstract Books for Cowley County, and the City of Winfield.
Winfield Courier, May 18, 1876.
Fred Hunt is keeping up the abstract of title department of Curns & Manser’s land office.
Cowley County Democrat, May 18, 1876.

Mr. Manser sports the best baby wagon in town. It was ordered by T. K. Johnston from Chicago.
Winfield Courier, June 1, 1876.
Committee on Fireworks: G. S. Manser, T. K. Johnson, C. C. Haskins.
Winfield Courier, June 15, 1876.
G. S. MANSER has purchased valuable residence property.
Winfield Courier, July 20, 1876.
Last Tuesday Fred Hunt, Frank Finch, Ad. Powers, Ella Freeland, Pella Bradish, Ella Walton, and Nettie Powers, as delegates, and G. S. Manser, as district deputy, went from Winfield to Augusta to attend the District Convention of Good Templars.
Winfield Courier, July 20, 1876.
Exhibition of Fire Works and Balloon Ascension. At a meeting held at the office of  & Manser, July 11, 1876, the committee on fire works were instructed to give a public exhibition of the fire works on Saturday evening, July 22, 1876. All are invited. G. S. MANSER, Chairman of Committee.
Winfield Courier, September 14, 1876.
EDITOR COURIER, Dear Sir: I wonder if the people of this county fully understand the animus of the opposition in this place, to Col. Manning? Nobody doubts but that he would make an able, energetic, faithful worker for the interests of his con­stituents. But there is a certain bank and broker faction here, which never will consent that any man whom they believe will do anything to ameliorate the condition of the poor shall be placed in a position where he can be of any service to them. Who are they, who are so fearful lest Col. Manning be elected to the State Senate this fall? Read & Robinson, bankers; R. B. Waite, S. D. Pryor, James Jordan, Curns & Manser, money lenders; with such fellows as A. H. Green and W. P. Hackney, attorneys. It is the same faction that are so violently opposed to the election of Judge Campbell. Why do they oppose Judge Campbell? Because in every case of the foreclosure of their cut-throat mortgages, Judge Campbell, so far as he can do so legally, throws the strong arm of the law around the poor man. These men want the usury laws abolished; and consequently will not consent that any man go to the legisla­ture who they cannot use for that purpose. They are afraid that Manning will be able, in some way, to do something to cut down their three percent per month. They will not consent that Manning shall go to the legislature, lest in some way he may obtain such legislation as will make it possible for Cowley County to secure a railroad. This three percent ring do not want railroads. They do not want anything that might by any possibility cut down interest on money below the present ruinous rates. For these reasons these money changers and extortioners will spare neither time nor money, will stop at no slander or abuse to defeat both Col. Manning and W. P. Campbell. Hundreds of people in Cowley County are already beginning to feel the grip of this soulless money power at their throats. Will they stand still and allow themselves to be choked to death without an effort? CITIZEN.
Winfield Courier, September 14, 1876.
For delegates to the Republican convention of the 88th Representative district: N. C. McCulloch, J. H. Hill, G. S. Manser, J. S. Hunt, W. D. Roberts, Chas. Love, W. G. Graham,

J. M. Baer, G. W. Arnold, E. G. Sheridan. Alternates: I. W. Randall, W. E. Christie, Perry Hill, J. H. Curfman, A. B. Lemmon, Z. B. Myers, A. Howland, J. J. Plank, E. P. Hickok, and Thos. Dunn.
Winfield Courier, September 28, 1876.
The committee on credentials reported the following dele­gates entitled to seats in the convention. Winfield Township: N. C. McCulloch, J. H. Hill, Chas. Love, J. M. Bair, G. W. Arnold, E. G. Sheridan, J. S. Hunt, W. D. Roberts, G. S. Manser, W. G. Graham.
Winfield Courier, October 12, 1876.
G. S. Manser has returned from an official visit to the Grand Lodge of the I. O. of G. T.’s. He was elected Grand Marshal of the State, at the meeting. A good selection, say we.
Winfield Courier, April 19, 1877.
Mr. Manser is building a large residence on Menor’s  addition.
Winfield Courier, May 31, 1877.
Election Fees: G. S. Manser, $2.00.
Winfield Courier, June 21, 1877.
We are told that Mr. G. S. Manser and the Robinson Brothers have the only two-story frame houses in the city.
Winfield Courier, September 20, 1877.
County Surveyor. We would call special attention to the announcement of G. S. Manser as a candidate for nomination to the office of county surveyor in another column. The matter of sheriff and some other offices has so absorbed the attention of the party that the office of county surveyor has received very little attention. Yet this is the office above all others in which incompetency is most disastrous to a county. If your surveyor is incompetent, if he makes mistakes, endless litigation will follow, and the county will be continually disturbed with neighborhood wars. There are plenty of men in the county capable of performing well the duties of any other office in the county, but the men who are fully competent for the office of county surveyor are scarce indeed. We know G. S. Manser well, know him to be thoroughly well qualified for the office. He is a mathematician by nature and education; was educated as a surveyor and engineer, has had long experience in the business in the employ of the government, and of the public, and as a railroad engineer. He is careful and accurate, and a skillful draftsman. The convention will honor itself and confer a great benefit on the county by making him its nominee, not because he is thorough Republican, but because he is eminently fit for the place.
ANNOUNCEMENT: County Surveyor. We are authorized to announce Mr. G. S. Manser as a candidate for the office of County Surveyor, before the Republican convention which meets next Saturday.
Winfield Courier, September 27, 1877.
County Surveyor. G. S. Manser and N. A. Haight were nominated. Manser received 5 votes, Haight, 44; result declared in favor of Haight.
Winfield Courier, October 11, 1877.

A. J. Pyburn’s law office is temporarily located in the office of Curns & Manser.
Winfield Courier, November 8, 1877.
The Presbyterian Sunday school is fully organized. Last Friday evening officers were elected as follows: Rev. J. E. Platter, superintendent; Henry E. Asp, assistant; G. S. Manser, secretary; T. B. Myers, librarian; Miss Mary Bryant, treasurer; J. D. Pryor, chorister; Mary Bryant, organist; Mrs. Earnest, assistant. The school meets regularly every Sabbath at 3 o’clock p.m.
Winfield Courier, December 20, 1877.
Curns & Manser are enlarging their office and putting in a handsome counter. The general cry among our businessmen seems to be “more room.”
Winfield Courier, January 10, 1878.
Curns & Manser have their real estate office arranged in new and splendid style. They have a bank counter, safe, maps, abstract books, and everything to make a first-class office. They have been expending considerable sums in circulating information about our county and city, and are energetic and reliable. Those who want to buy or sell real estate will do well to give them a call.
Winfield Courier, February 28, 1878.
One of the most beautiful pieces of furniture we have ever seen is a combined desk and book case placed in the office of Curns and Manser for J. W. Curns, Esq. It was manufactured by Mr. Bull, the gentleman who made the chess board to which we called attention some time since. As a work of art, it even surpasses the latter. It is impossible to describe its beauty, grace, and workmanship, but must be seen to be appreciated. Mr. Bull is a genius of the first order.
Winfield Courier, March 21, 1878.
Real Estate Transfers.
Frank P. Davis and wife to G. S. Manser s w 33 30 3, 160 acres, $485.
Winfield Courier, April 4, 1878.
DAVID C. BEACH, LAWYER AND NOTARY PUBLIC. Will practice in all the courts of the state. Office with Curns & Manser, Main St.
Winfield Courier, April 18, 1878.
Rev. Mr. Berry, whose field of labor is Little Dutch and New Salem, has procured rooms at Mr. Manser’s and will make Winfield his abiding place. He is a gentleman of most excellent merit and we are glad to number him among the citizens of this place.
Winfield Courier, April 18, 1878.
Messrs. Curns and Manser have a new sign at the door of their real estate office which does great credit to the painter, Mr. Herrington.
Winfield Courier, April 18, 1878.
CURNS & MANSER, Land, Loan and Insurance Agents, NOTARIES PUBLIC,
Office on Main St., opposite COURIER Office. Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas.

All property purchased for parties at a distance, carefully selected and personally examined. In connection with the Real Estate business, we have an Abstract of Title office, showing all transfers by deed or mortgage, liens, judgments, or defects in title to any lands or lots in Cowley County, and therefore guaranty the title to any property purchased through this office. Money Loaned on Improved Farms, for a Term of Years. Deeds, Mortgages, etc., made and acknowledged. Collecting Rents and Paying Tax attended to promptly.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 25, 1878.
Curns & Manser are heavy operators in real estate, being the oldest firm in the county.
Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.
C. A. Bliss, G. S. Manser, A. B. Lemmon, E. P. Kinne, J. C. Fuller, M. L. Read, T. R. Bryan, W. M. Allison, J. W. Curns, C. C. Black, D. A. Millington, E. S. Bliss, E. S. Torrance, A. E. Baird, J. B. Lynn, M. G. Troup, M. L. Robinson, J. C. McMullen, E. C. Manning, and probably many others, all with their wives, will make a raid upon Arkansas City, the steam boats, and Newman’s dam on the Fourth. They will seize all the provisions they can find in the city, capture both the “Aunt Sally” and the—the—well, Amos’ steamship, will rip out Newman’s dam, and steam up the Walnut to Winfield, driving a large herd of catfish. Bliss and Harter & Harris will load the steamers with flour at their mills. The party will start at about 9 o’clock a.m.
Winfield Courier, August 29, 1878.
Last week Curns & Manser sold a farm on the Walnut to Stephen Shepard, of Joplin, for $1,400. Curns & Manser sold 160 acres of land on Little Dutch for $2,000 last week. It was one of the Willet farms to Mrs. Covert.
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.
Curns & Manser, residence, frame: $1,600.
Winfield Courier, March 6, 1879.
HOUSE FOR RENT. A house of 4 rooms, 3 of them plastered, with good cellar and well; also a smokehouse, frame barn with stabling for 8 horses, granaries for 2,000 bushels of grain, sheds and other outbuildings; a large stone-fence corral, with running water through it; 20 acres of good tillable bottom land in good condi­tion for spring crops; orchard with bearing peach and cherry trees sufficient for family use. One mile east of Winfield. Will rent for six months or a year. Apply to CURNS & MANSER, Winfield, Kans.
Winfield Courier, April 3, 1879.
G. S. Manser’s fine residence narrowly escaped destruction by fire last Thursday near midnight. It seems that a kettle of ashes was standing outside and the wind blew fire out of it into a lattice where it kindled and flamed up. Someone passing saw it and gave the alarm and the fire was extinguished at once.
MORAL: You cannot be too careful about securing your ashes.
Winfield Courier, April 10, 1879.
Messrs. Curns & Manser last week made the “boss” real estate sale of the season thus far. They sold for Wm. [B. B.] Vandeventer the farm northeast of the city entered by A. D. Speed to Judge Ide of Leavenworth for $6,200. cash down. We congratulate our friends Curns & Manser not only on the splendid business they are doing but on the fact that they are locating the best kind of citizens. Judge Ide will make this place his home in the near future.
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1879.

Curns & Manser recently sold to some Illinois ladies the residence of R. E. Wallis for $1,225.
Winfield Courier, July 3, 1879.
Messrs. Curns & Manser have erected a handsome sign over their office door.
Winfield Courier, February 12, 1880.
Last Saturday Curns & Manser sold three farms, two to gentlemen from Illinois, and one, the Charley Mann farm, to Mrs. Linticum, the lady who bought the Bliss property.
Winfield Courier, February 19, 1880.
CIVIL DOCKET. FOURTH DAY. Godfrey S. Manser vs. Edward J. Tribby et al.
Winfield Courier, March 25, 1880.
Mr. G. W. Ellsberry, of Mason City, has purchased the building now occupied by Snyder’s grocery, from Harter & Horning, for $2,725, and the lot next to it for $1,000. The sale was made through Curns & Manser.
Winfield Courier, May 6, 1880.
Last Thursday night, between 11 and 3 o’clock, Winfield was visited by the most disastrous conflagration yet happening within her borders. The fire started in the old log store, one of the landmarks of the town, and for years occupied by the COURIER, but was now being used by F. Leuschen as a cabinet shop. The fire is supposed to have originated from the old rags, oil, and varnish in the shop. The alarm was given before the fire was thoroughly underway, and had those first on the ground been furnished with decent appliances, it might have been controlled, saving thou­sands of dollars worth of property. The old log building was like a tinder box and made a very hot fire. Next to it on the east were two buildings, one belonging to C. L. Harter and occupied by the moulder at the foundry, the other owned and occupied by Robert Hudson. These buildings were both destroyed, but the contents were saved. Immediately west of the log building, across the alley, was an old livery barn belonging to Hackney & McDonald, which was the next to go. From this the fire was communicated to the Central and Lindell hotels. As soon as it was evident that the hotels must go, the work of getting out the furniture began. Carpets, bedding, crockery ware, and furniture of all descriptions were tumbled promiscuously out of windows and doors into the street, much of it being broken and smashed. The hotels being dry, pine buildings, burned rapidly, sending up large cinders which fell in different parts of the city, making the utmost vigilance neces­sary to keep them from igniting buildings three blocks from the fire. When the two hotels caught, everyone turned their attention toward saving the buildings on either side of the street. They were covered with men who handled buckets of water and barrels of salt, and by their exertions prevented the fire from spreading and destroying the larger part of the business portion of our city. The old part of the Central Hotel was owned by Jas. Jenkins, of Wisconsin. The new part of the Central Hotel was owned by Majors & Harter. They had sold out to A. H. Doane, and were to have given possession Saturday morning. The Lindell Hotel was owned by J. M. Spencer, and was leased by Jas. Allen one month ago.
Policies are in the agencies of Gilbert, Jarvis & Co.; Curns & Manser; and Pryor & Kinne. The companies are all first class, and the losses will be promptly adjusted and paid.
From paper it appeared that the following had insurance.

Fred Leuschen $1,200 on store, $300 on stock; Central Hotel, $3,600; Lindell Hotel $1,000; James Allen $800.
Winfield Courier, May 13, 1880.
Curns & Manser have bought for Mr. Thos. McDougall, of Cincinnati, attorney for the Longworth estate, the two lots on the corner of 10th and Main Streets, belonging to O. F. Boyle, for $3,000 cash. Mr. McDougall proposes to immediately build a two-story brick building thereon.
Winfield Courier, June 17, 1880.
Mr. Drew, formerly of the lumber firm of Palmer & Drew, left last week for northern Illinois. Mr. Manser accompanied him as far as Chicago.
Winfield Courier, July 1, 1880.
Mr. G. S. Manser is back from his eastern trip.
Mr. Curns’s new residence on 11th avenue is being finished quite rapidly.
Winfield Courier, July 15, 1880.
Last week Messrs. Curns & Manser sold the J. P. McMullen half block south of the Baker House on Main Street to Col. Loomis for $2,500. The question now is what is the Colonel going to do with the cozy little residence. His many friends would like to have him “rise and explain.”
Winfield Courier, August 12, 1880.
Mr. and Mrs. G. S. Manser lost a child by death last week.
Winfield Courier, September 30, 1880.
MONEY TO LOAN: On improved farms for five years, at ten percent interest, payable annually. No commission or charges deducted. Full amount of note paid to borrower. Apply to CURNS & MANSER.
Winfield Courier, November 25, 1880.
CIVIL DOCKET. THIRD DAY. Curns & Manser vs. Warren Gillelen.
Winfield Courier, January 6, 1881.
The Arkansas City Democrat says: Mrs. Manser, of Winfield, has been in the city during the past week visiting her many friends.
Winfield Courier, March 31, 1881.
The report of the death of Miss Fanny Skinner proves to be only a rumor. Miss Fanny is still in the land of the living and writes a letter to Curns & Manser from Ponca Agency, where she is teaching school. Her many friends in the county will be glad to learn this fact.
Winfield Courier, May 5, 1881.
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.
Below are statements of businessmen and leading citizens of this city and county.

CURNS & MANSER, Real estate, loan, and insurance agents: Our business generally is about the same as a year ago. The value of real estate in both city and county, has appreciated during the last year. Farms are held firmer and at higher prices than a year ago. There is more being done in the way of building and other im­provements than ever before. Farmers are doing their work better and putting in their crops in better shape. The cultivated acreage is much greater than a year ago. An immense amount of prairie breaking is being done. More tree planting is being done than ever before. We travel over the county frequently and have had plenty of opportunities to observe. A considerable number of new settlers have already located in the county this spring and we have correspondence which indicates that a great many more will soon be here. Those who have settled this spring are well fixed. Many of them say they came because of our prohibition laws. We have a list of three hundred families who are coming from various states to settle in this state and probably in this vicinity. Notwithstanding we had last year the boom of two railroads just completed to this city, the demand for real estate is as great now as it was then. Some large and fine buildings will be erected in this city this year. One business house in our charge by McDougall will cost $8,000. Money is plenty here for loaning and can be had at as low rates as in any of the western states.
Winfield Courier, May 12, 1881.
The following cases have been disposed of by the court up to date.
Curns & Manser vs. Gillelen, judgment for plaintiffs for $50 and costs.
Winfield Courier, May 26, 1881.
We have removed our grocery stock to the building next door north of Curns & Manser’s office. The change is made necessary by our deciding to erect a new business house upon the site of our old store. The quarters in which we now are, and will be compelled to stay for a few months, are not as commodious as the comfort or circumstances demand, but such inconveniences are unavoidable, so we trust that the trading public will bear with us for a little while. With the completion of our new building, we intend to run a model establishment, and will be able to supply our large and increasing trade with the best the market affords, both in quality and prices. Respectfully, WALLIS & WALLIS
Winfield Courier, June 9, 1881.
The following are the arrangements for the celebration of the 4th of July in Winfield.
We appoint J. L. Horning, G. S. Manser, H. S. Silver, E. P. Hickok, D. L. Kretsinger, N. T. Snyder, and Albert Doane to obtain funds to defray the expenses of the celebration and have control of the fire works.
Winfield Courier, June 16, 1881.
A considerable number of the citizens of Winfield met on Monday evening on the steps of the Winfield Bank to provide for raising funds for the immediate relief of the sufferers caused by the cyclone Sunday evening. Mr. Crippen called the people together by music from the band.
Contributed by Curns & Manser: $10.00.
Winfield Courier, June 23, 1881.

Mrs. Manser and children returned last week from their visit.
Winfield Courier, June 30, 1881.
LOST. If finder will return the roll of money lost by me on the 22nd inst., to M. L. Read’s bank, he will be liberally rewarded. G. S. MANSER.
Winfield Courier, August 18, 1881.
Among the new business houses that are being built:
Curns & Manser (brick, stone front): $10,000.
Winfield Courier, November 10, 1881.
Birth. Mr. G. S. Manser looks as smiling this week as if he had made a $5,000 real estate transfer. His home is brightened and his rest proportionately disturbed by the presence of a little boy.
Cowley County Courant, November 24, 1881.
Cowley County Courant, December 29, 1881.
Curns & Manser sold the Lumpkins farm in Rock Township to  T. S. Green, who already owns considerable land adjoining.
Cowley County Courant, December 29, 1881.
Last week, through Curns & Manser’s real estate agency, Mr. L. F. Chandler bought the lot and building now occupied by W. C. Root & Co., on Main Street; consideration, $2,250.
Winfield Courier, December 29, 1881.
Messrs. Curns & Manser sold the building and lot now being occupied by W. C. Best & Co., to L. F. Chandler for $2,250 last week. The building was formerly owned by Mr. West.
[Note: Courant states building formerly occupied by “W. C. Root & Co.” while Courier states it was occupied by “W. C. Best & Co.” Courier states that building was formerly owned by Mr. West.]
Winfield Courier, January 5, 1882.
Curns & Manser ads.
Money at 10 percent annual or semi-annual interest net; no commission. Money at 7 percent annual or semi-annual interest. Money at 8 percent annual interest.
Winfield Courier, January 12, 1882.
M. Hahn has purchased the W. M. Boyer residence for $1,200, through Curns & Manser. Will Mr. Hahn please relieve the apprehension under which his friends will labor with an announcement.
Cowley County Courant, January 12, 1882.
Curns & Manser have sold the W. M. Boyer property, in block 147, to M. Hahn, for $1,250. This sale was made in a very short time by a special advertisement in THE COURANT.
Cowley County Courant, February 9, 1882.

Curns & Manser have recently sold the O. F. Maxon tract of land in Maple Township, consisting of 200 acres, to T. O. Daniels, for the sum of $1,200. They have also sold the W. F. Smith farm, in Vernon Township, to W. P. Crawford for $1,200. Considerable real estate is changing hands now, and the prospect for a good spring immigration was never better.
Cowley County Courant, February 23, 1882.
Mr. Gibson, from Virginia, who has purchased several farms in this county, has purchased the Pugsley property, two blocks south of G. S. Manser’s, for $1,600.
Winfield Courier, March 16, 1882.
Mr. G. S. Manser returned from Cincinnati with his little daughter, Hope, last week. He took her to the famous oculist, Dr. Williams, whose treatment of her eyes was so successful that no further trouble is anticipated.
Cowley County Courant, March 23, 1882.
Curns & Manser have sold the Lewis Meyers farm in Walnut township to J. E. Mautz for $3,500.
Winfield Courier, April 6, 1882.
Scott McGlasson and Mr. Alexander have opened a flour and feed store in the building
next to Curns & Manser.
Winfield Courier, April 6, 1882.
Mr. G. S. Manser’s residence grounds will be the brightest spot in the city in a year or two. He has the finest collection of small fruits, flowers, and shrubs we have seen in the city, and is continually adding new and choice shrubbery. If every citizen would go and do likewise, it would make this city a lovely place in summer.
Winfield Courier, May 11, 1882.
Real estate is still booming. Messrs. Curns & Manser on Tuesday sold the Titus farm of 480 acres south of town to F. W. McClellan for $4,600. Also W. H. Gammon purchased one of the G. N. Fowler farms of 160 acres near Little Dutch for $4,500 cash. The figures are getting up in the region of Illinois land.
Winfield Courier, May 11, 1882.
Messrs. Curns & Manser have charge of Manning’s business during Mr. Myer’s absence. The Opera House will also be under their management.
Winfield Courier, May 18, 1882.
The A. O. U. W. Society of Winfield are making arrangements for a grand basket picnic in Riverside Park, May 25th. Twenty-five neighboring lodges have been invited, special trains will be run, and a general good time indulged in. The following committees have been appointed. On music committee: W. C. Carruthers, B. F. Wood, G. S. Manser, Chas. Green.
Winfield Courier, June 8, 1882.
The Presbyterian Church is in need of some interior repairing and the ladies have decided to have it papered as well. To gain the money for such purpose, they held a Paper Festival at the Opera House on Tuesday evening, which was a decided success. The hall was beautifully decorated and the tables were temptingly arrayed. A number of young ladies were dressed in becoming costumes of paper. At the paper booth Mrs. Bahntge, a charming Rosebud in red and green tissue presided, assisted by Miss Amanda Scothorn representing a glowing Poppy, Miss Lizzie Wallis, a blushing sweet Carnation, Miss Jennie Hane, “The Queen of Flowers,” the Rose, and Miss Jessie Millington a gorgeous Sunflower, attracted much attention. They sold all manner of pretty paper trifles, fans, parasols, and baskets.

Miss Ida Johnson, Nina Anderson, and Anna Hyde sold button hole bouquets, and other flowers, and wore also beautiful paper dresses and were a success. The Tea booth probably attracted more attention than anything else. Each person who purchased a cup of tea was presented with the cup and saucer containing it, but the attraction was the ladies who attended and poured the tea. They were Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Robinson, Mrs. Shreves, and Mrs. Spotswood. Miss Margie Wallis and Chas. Bahntge made lots of fun selling soap bubbles at five cents a blow. A bevy of bright young ladies, in fancy caps and aprons, attended at the fancy tables, and sold all manner of pretty things made by the ladies of the Ladies Aid Society. They were: Misses Mary Shivers, Mate and Belle Linn, Mattie and Mary Gibson, Emma Howland, and Ella Johnson. “Rebecca at the well,” was successfully carried out by Mrs. Buckman, who sold gallons of choice lemonade. Ice cream and cake were sold by the quantity and, although not a new feature, was none the less a profitable one. Mrs. Doane, Mrs. Kretsinger, Mrs. Shearer, Mrs. Allen, and Mrs. Van Doren attended at one table while Mrs. Green, Mrs. Caton, Mrs. Manser, Mrs. Schofield, and Mrs. Cochran attended at the other. The gross receipts of the evening were $130. The ladies also had a dinner at the Opera House Wednesday noon, but we have not been able to learn what success attended it.
Winfield Courier, June 15, 1882.
The wind Monday shook off some of Mr. Manser’s fine Hale’s Early peaches. He has two trees of this variety. The fruit is nearly ripe and very large.
Winfield Courier, June 15, 1882.
Messrs. Curns & Manser sold on last Tuesday the residence of Jerry O’Neil, in the east part of the city, to Dr. Perry, of Illinois. The Doctor will remove here with his family and is a most valuable acquisition to our community. He has purchased considerable property near Geuda Springs.
Winfield Courier, June 15, 1882.
On Tuesday evening the citizens met at the Opera House to hear the report of the executive committee on 4th of July celebration. The committee reported as follows.
On Floral Decoration: Mrs. Kretsinger, Misses Jessie Millington, Amy Scothorn, Jennie Hane, Mrs. J. L. Horning, and Mrs. G. S. Manser.
Winfield Courier, July 20, 1882.
Winfield Lodge A. O. U. W. No. 18 on last Friday evening installed the following officers for the ensuing term. P. M. W.: J. F. McMullen; M. W.: J. Wade McDonald; Foreman: C. C. Greene; Overseer: Geo. E. Rinker; Recorder: Geo. Corwin; Receiver: G. S. Manser; Financier: Frank T. Berkey; Guide: Thos. Meyers; I. W.: W. J. Hepler; O. W.: J. E. Snow.
Winfield Courier, August 3, 1882.
The ladies of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union have leased the entire privilege of the fair grounds for stands. Anyone desiring to engage a stand can secure all necessary information by calling at the office of Curns & Manser. Sealed bids for five stands will be received up to August 11th. By order W. C. T. U.
Winfield Courier, August 10, 1882.
Last Saturday the final subscription to the Creamery stock was made and the enterprise became an assured fact. We fully believe that it will prove one of the best investments made in the county and furnish a valuable market for the dairy products of Cowley.

Mr. M. W. Babb, the originator of the enterprise, came here about a year ago and, after visiting various creameries throughout Iowa, Illinois, and Missouri, came home with the necessary papers and information and went to work, aided by a few of our public-spirited citizens; among whom Mr. J. P. Baden was first and foremost, with the success before mentioned. The following is a list of the stockholders.
Curns & Manser: two shares of stock, $100.00.
On motion G. S. Manser, M. G. Troup, and D. L. Kretsinger were appointed a committee to draw up articles of incorporation and file with Secretary of State and procure a charter and M. G. Troup, J. P. Short, J. W. McDonald, and J. W. Curns were appointed a committee to make contract for the carrying into effect the proposition. On motion adjourned. M. G. TROUP, President. J. W. CURNS, Secretary.
Winfield Courier, August 31, 1882.
A meeting was held on Monday evening at A. H. Doane & Co.’s office for the purpose of considering a proposition for erecting a glucose factory in this city. About thirty of our leading businessmen were present. M. G. Troup was made chairman and J. W. Curns Secretary. M. L. Robinson stated the object of the meeting, setting forth clearly and concisely the advantages to be derived from the establishment.
Mr. Harris, representing eastern capitalists, was present, and made a proposition. Another proposition was made by citizens, to organize a joint stock corporation and erect a building and works to cost $75,000, of which $25,000 should be furnished by citizens and $50,000 by the eastern capitalists; the building to be 175 by 225 feet, four stories high, with a capacity for using 2,000 bushels of corn per day; and to be called the Winfield Syrup and Sugar Refinery. The proposition was accepted.
Committee on incorporation: G. S. Manser, M. G. Troup, D. L. Kretsinger.
Committee on contract: M. G. Troup, J. P. Short, J. Wade McDonald, J. W. Curns.
Winfield Courier, August 31, 1882.
Last week Curns & Manser sold the Speed building, now being occupied by J. P. Baden, to Judge Ide for $6,000. The Judge is rapidly acquiring property interests in Winfield.
Winfield Courier, October 5, 1882.
Mr. G. S. Manser appeared on the street Tuesday in an elegant phaeton, bran new and one of the handsomest we have seen in the city.
Winfield Courier, November 30, 1882.
MARRIED. We have received a notice of the marriage of Miss Ella Walton to Mr. R. K. Doolittle, which occurred in Douglas County Wednesday. Miss Ella is a sister of Mrs. G. S. Manser, and for some years was a resident of this city. She is an accomplished printer and together with the writer set type on the old Plow and Anvil, in 1876. Bright, intelligent, energetic, and independent, she made her way in the world, asking nothing but that she might be accorded a way to her own maintenance. Such women, we regret to say, are few, but they shine the brighter when found. We wish the bride and groom unbounded happiness and long life.
Winfield Courier, January 4, 1883.
Winfield Lodge No. 18, A. O. U. W., held its regular election of officers on Friday, December 29, 1882, with the following result.

M. U., C. C. Green; F., W. J. Hodges; O., A. B. Snow; Rec., E. F. Blair; Fin., J. F. McMullen; R., G. S. Manser; G., S. J. Hepler.; O. W., J. E. Snow; I. W., B. M. Legg; Trustee, W. J. Hodges; Representative, D. M. Legg.
Winfield Courier, January 25, 1883.
Recap of Claims Submitted in report of Commissioners Proceedings given by J. S. Hunt, County Clerk of Cowley County.
Talisman: G. S. Manser.
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.
Curns & Manser did not sign petition to Hackney.
Winfield Courier, March 22, 1883.
The real estate transfers for last week, as shown by Curns & Manser’s abstract books, in Cowley County, amounted to sixty-nine thousand nine hundred and fifty dollars. Cowley is booming more than ever.
Winfield Courier, March 29, 1883.
The sale of the Wallis building was made through Curns & Manser.
Winfield Courier, April 19, 1883.
Mr. G. S. Manser had several magnificent tulips in full bloom in his yard last Friday.
Winfield Courier, April 26, 1883.
A block and a half of Loomis’ addition changed hands Tuesday. Curns & Manser bought a block, Mr. Hurd a quarter, and J. W. Johnson a quarter. The price paid was at the rate of $800 a block.
Winfield Courier, May 17, 1883.
The following are the cash contributions to the general editorial entertainment fund. More was raised than was used and those who subscribed first took more than their share, so that others had to be somewhat limited in their contributions to give others a chance.
Curns & Manser: $5.00.
Winfield Courier, June 28, 1883.
M. G. Troup has commenced the erection of a residence on the Loomis addition, opposite Mr. Manser’s.

Winfield Courier, July 5, 1883.
Mr. G. S. Manser has the first ripe peaches of the season. He picked several from trees in his garden Sunday.
Winfield Courier, July 26, 1883.
Mrs. G. S. Manser and Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger have gone north on a visit and two more deserted and forlorn men are added to the list.
Winfield Courier, August 2, 1883.
A lot of Kaw Chiefs were in town Tuesday to sign the papers for the lease of several township lands adjoining the state, to Mr. Gilbert, for a time trader at their agency. The lease is for ten years for grazing purposes. Curns & Manser got up the papers.
Winfield Courier, August 9, 1883.
Mr. G. S. Manser will return from Lawrence in a few days with Mrs. Manser and family.
Winfield Courier, August 16, 1883.
Mr. G. S. Manser returned Monday with his family from a visit to friends in the north part of the state.
Winfield Courier, September 6, 1883.
Gen. A. H. Green was taken to the insane asylum at Osawatomie Tuesday morning. The authorities there regard his chances of recovery as doubtful. Messrs. Curns & Manser, our old reliable real estate men, have taken A. H. Green’s unexpired contracts and will remove to his old office as soon as practicable.
Winfield Courier, September 13, 1883.
Curns & Manser have moved into Green’s old stand and are fixed up very conveniently.
Winfield Courier, September 20, 1883.
Foults Bros. have moved their barber shop into the old Curns & Manser stand and have much more roomy quarters than formerly.
Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.
In livestock the show was especially large and attractive. There were one hundred and ninety entries in the horse department and finer horse stock was never seen.
GENERAL PURPOSE HORSES. Gelding 4 years old and over, G. S. Manser, Winfield, 1st premium; A. B. Mayhew, Wellington, second. Mr. G. S. Manser captured the first premium on general purpose geldings under 4 years with his splendid buggy horse. Mr. B. B. Mayhew, a Wellington exhibitor, took second.
Winfield Courier, December 6, 1883.
Messrs. Curns & Manser have during the past week sold upwards of eleven thousand dollars worth of real estate in the county. They are making things hum in the real estate business. They sold the Amos Becker farm just south of town last week to Mr. Eddy, the purchaser of the Dunn Farm. The price paid was five thousand dollars.
Winfield Courier, January 17, 1884.

On Monday afternoon the stockholders of the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association met in the Opera House for the purpose of re-organizing the Board of Directors for the year 1884, and receiving reports of the condition and doings of the Association for the year. About seventy-five stockholders, representing nearly all of the subscribed stock, were present. G. S. Manser owned two shares of stock.
Winfield Courier, February 14, 1884.
Kellogg & Matlack of Arkansas City have purchased an old set of abstract books from Col. McMullen. They are only kept up to 1878 and the present purchasers intend to write them up to date. Ezra Nixon is assisting to get them started. The job is a big one. At present the only complete abstract in the county is owned by Curns & Manser.
Winfield Courier, February 14, 1884.
More Fires. Again, on Sunday evening, an attempt was made to set fire to property in the city. A lot of hay was stuffed under the rear end of Hendricks & Wilson’s hardware store and ignited. It was done about half past seven o’clock in the evening. Mr. James McLain, who has been acting as night watchman, first discovered and put it out. Shortly before, when walking across Manning Street and Tenth Avenue, he passed a man who was walking hurriedly. As soon as he passed, the man broke into a run, and a moment after McLain discovered the fire. When he turned, the man had disappeared in the darkness. What the object of these incendiaries is cannot be defined. The fire in the Hodges barn could have injured but little business property if successful. The fire started in the Shenneman barn, immediately after, when the hose was handy and hundreds of people standing around to use it, could not have been set with a very villainous intent to destroy, as the destroyer might have known it would be put out in a minute. The setting of the Sunday evening fire early in the evening, when everyone was about, showed a lack of deep intent to do great injury. However, our people have resolved to put a stop to it, and to that end the following paper has been prepared and duly signed, and the total sum of $222.50 goes to the person who runs the fire-bugs in.
We, the undersigned, promise to pay the sum set against our respective names as a reward for the apprehension and conviction of any person or persons engaged in setting any incendiary fire in the city of Winfield, either heretofore or hereafter.
Curns and Manser contributed $5.00.
Winfield Courier, February 28, 1884.
J. F. McMullen, C. C. Green, and G. S. Manser represented Winfield Lodge A. O. U. W. at the Grand Lodge in Topeka last week. Mr. McMullen was placed on two of the most important committees. This order is furnishing the cheapest insurance to be obtained, the assessments for the last year being only four and a half dollars on the thousand. The Winfield lodge contains eighty members.
Winfield Courier, March 13, 1884.
B. W. Matlack, of Arkansas City, has a number of young ladies copying a set of real estate abstract books from those of Curns and Manser.
Winfield Courier, March 13, 1884.
Curns and Manser received final instructions Wednesday to begin at once the erection of two two-story brick buildings for Mr. McDougal. One is to be a storeroom adjoining his present building, and the other fronting on Tenth Avenue. Over this will be a fine hall 40 x 50 with stage and dressing rooms, for small entertainments, balls, etc. The buildings will cost upwards of $12,000.
Winfield Courier, April 3, 1884.

Mr. G. S. Manser was elected vice president of the Real Estate Agents’ Society, which held a meeting at Emporia last week.
Winfield Courier, April 10, 1884.
Curns & Manser have bought of Judge Ide the lot south of the Torrance-Fuller buildings, for thirty-five hundred dollars, and will erect thereon a fine brick office.
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1884.
The Harden brick residence on Eighth Avenue was sold last Saturday, through Curns & Manser, to R. B. Waite, for $2,250.
Mrs. E. J. Houston bought last Saturday, through Curns & Manser, the W. H. Strahan lot and building in the Opera House block, for four thousand dollars.
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1884.
M. J. O’Meara and M. H. Ewart are acting very suspiciously of late. They have bought in “cahoots” of Curns & Manser the Bi Terrill property on east Tenth Avenue, for sixteen hundred dollars. When a young man has matrimonial intentions, the first thing he does, and should do, is to get a cage for his bird, so of course we supposed that “Mike” would occupy the attic and “Mat” the downstairs, immediately; but they have rented the place to other parties and our sympathies can find no vent—at least not at present.
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1884.
A Novel Entertainment. The gentlemen of the Presbyterian congregation will give a “Leap-year Basket social” in lecture room of the church, on Friday evening, April 25th. A good time is anticipated, and all are invited. The following named gentlemen will compose the various committees. Chief Cook: H. T. Silver; 2nd Cook: G. S. Manser; Dish-washers: Messrs. S. S. Linn, A. T. Spotswood, and T. J. Harris; Baskets: Messrs. S. A. Cook and H. Beck; Door: John Curns; Checks: Hop Shivers; Sundries: Dr. Kirkwood and J. Croco; Waiters: Messrs. George Buckman, J. H. Bullen, and M. J. Troup; Reception and General oversight: Messrs. A. E. Baird, Jas. Simpson, and T. B. Myers.
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1884.
For Sale. The entire stock of fancy goods and notions in the Red Front building. Terms satisfactory. Call on or address Curns & Manser, Winfield, Kansas.
Winfield Courier, May 1, 1884.
W. W. Andrews has laid off that part of his land lying north of his house to Timber Creek. It is called “The Village of Northfield.” The property is in the hands of Curns & Manser and is going off rapidly.
Winfield Courier, May 1, 1884.
Sixty Beautiful Lots for Sale. These lots are laid out on a block of ground six hundred feet north of the S. K. Depot, surrounded on three sides by the city of Winfield, but are not included in the city incorporation. Apply to Curns & Manser or W. W. Andrews.
Winfield, April 29, 1884.
Winfield Courier, June 19, 1884.

The City Fathers ground out the usual grist of business Monday evening. Curns & Manser and Jennings and Crippen were granted building permits. An ordinance was passed allowing Jennings & Crippen to move the building next to Wallis & Wallis grocery to the lot next to Schofield & Keck’s livery barn. These gentlemen, instead of building on the latter lot, as previously announced, will erect a large two story brick and stone store building on the lot next to Wallis & Wallis.
Winfield Courier, June 19, 1884.
The ground is being cleared for Curns & Manser’s new brick block, and work will commence at once. Jennings & Crippen will also erect a brick building next to Wallis’ store. The barber shop will be moved to the lot next to Schofield & Kecks livery barn. As Seaver, of the Dexter Eye, would say, “still we boom!”
Winfield Courier, August 7, 1884.
Judge E. S. Torrance has laid off his ten acre lot, in the east part of the city, into quarter blocks, and has placed them into the hands of Curns & Manser, for sale. The location is a very desirable one being high and overlooking the city, fronting north on 12th Avenue. Now is the time to procure the most beautiful site for a home in Winfield. Parties desiring such should call at once on CURNS & MANSER, Real Estate Agents, Winfield, Kansas.
Winfield Courier, August 7, 1884.
Mr. G. S. Manser showed us a remarkable sample of the county’s apple productiveness Saturday, in a branch raised by Johnny Jones, of Rock Township. It was twelve inches long and contained fifteen mammoth apples.
Winfield Courier, August 7, 1884.
Thos. McDougall spent a part of last week viewing his property interests in this city. His investments in Winfield are large and paying well, in charge of Curns and Manser.
Winfield Courier, August 7, 1884.
A Card of Thanks. The Ladies Aid Society of the Christian Church wish to return their thanks to Messrs. Curns & Manser for the use of the building for their Ice Cream Social. Also to the Courier Band for their splendid music rendered on the occasion.
(Signed) Mrs. G. W. Wilson, President. Net proceeds from the social, thirty dollars.
Winfield Courier, September 4, 1884.
Curns & Manser’s new office is going up rapidly. It is furnished with gas and will be finished throughout in the neatest and best style. They will have one of the most complete office buildings in southern Kansas.
Winfield Courier, September 18, 1884.
Curns & Manser have moved into rooms over the post office until their new building is completed and Gen. A. H. Green is again holding forth at his old stand. The new office of Curns & Manser will be one of the most complete in the city when finished.
Winfield Courier, October 2, 1884.
Gelding, four years old and over: G. S. Manser, first; S. C. Sumpter, second.
Best hand bouquets, Hope Manser, 1st and 2nd.

Best half dozen button-hole bouquets, Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, 1st; Hope Manser, 2nd.
Winfield Courier, November 6, 1884.
Messrs. Curns & Manser have their fine two story brick and stone building on Main well under way and will soon be occupying it. It is arranged with special real estate office conveniences.
Winfield Courier, November 20, 1884.
Curns & Manser loan money on terms to suit borrowers—long or short time, annual or semi-annual interest, or any way it may be desired, at lowest rates.
Winfield Courier, December 18, 1884.
“Curns & Manser’s Real Estate Bulletin.” For Farmers and holders of real estate who want to sell early in January, we shall issue the first number of the “Curns & Manser’s Real Estate Bulletin.” The first edition will embrace twenty thousand copies, of which the railroads have agreed to distribute ten thousand copies through their eastern agencies, and the balance we will mail to Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio. The Bulletin will be of large size and the first page will be occupied by engravings of our churches, schoolhouses, hotels, and other prominent buildings. There will be two large maps: one of Kansas and the other of Cowley County. We can safely promise that the Bulletin will be a model real estate paper, and one of the best and most interesting that was ever issued in the State. To any person who wants to sell either farm or town property, we will advertise a description of the same free of charge. We will also furnish free of charge as many papers as you can use to advantage. Call at our office at once and give us a description of property and take advantage of this offer. We hope to move into our new building next week. Until then call at our office above the Post Office. CURNS & MANSER.
Winfield Courier, December 25, 1884.
Messrs. Curns & Manser’s fine brick block has been finished, and the firm moved in Monday. When the interior arrangement is perfected, it will be one of the finest real estate offices in the West. The business office is spacious and cheerful, and the private apartments are very desirable. A splendid, roomy vault is one of the conveniences Curns & Manser are always prominent in general enterprise and substantial advancement.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 1, 1885.
Curns & Manser. Real Estate and Loan Brokers. Way back in the early history of Cowley up to the present time, Curns & Manser have been one of the prominent firms of Winfield and the county. As real estate and loan brokers their reputation has been second to none and they enjoy a business to be proud of. Their faith in our city and county has just been attested in the erection of the finest real estate office in the West, one which is a great ornament to the city. It has two stories and a basement. Messrs. Curns & Manser occupy the entire first floor, whose office is spacious, pleasant, and well lighted, while the private apartments are comfortable and convenient. A splendid adjunct is a room, throughly burglar-proof vault. The large stove, comfortable chairs, and extra desk room will soon make their office popular with visitors who are desirous of a cosy place to spend an hour in gaining information regarding Cowley. This firm is just turning out a large edition of real estate bulletins descriptive of the county.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 8, 1885.

On New Year’s day the following named officers of the Southern Kansas railway visited Winfield: E. L. McDonnaugh, advertising agent, Indianapolis; Samuel Rogers, passenger agent, Kansas City; G. C. McDonnaugh, general traveling agent, St. Louis; D. E. McClelland, traveling agent, Chicago; C. W. Cook, assistant general passenger agent, Lawrence; and Jake Hallerman, passenger agent, Fort Wayne, Indiana. They came upon a special car and left the following morning. The object of their visit was to learn something more of this city and county and to complete arrangements for the engravings and advertisements that will enter into Curns & Manser’s real estate bulletin. The gentlemen visited the COURIER and a number of our prominent businessmen and in the evening they met a further number of citizens in Curns & Manser’s office where arrangements were perfected that will give us a number of excursions early in the spring. Some of the gentlemen comprising the party had never before been in our city, and our handsome churches, fine school buildings, and public works were a matter of wonder. While their stay was short they rapidly took in the town and the effects will be seen hereafter in a largely increased immigration to Cowley. These men are enthusiastic workers, they are the ones who have passed through Winfield for the past year. The policy of the Southern Kansas railway has been to build up its local interests and they have been more successful than any other railroad in Kansas, and the visit of these gentlemen means that the year 1885 will be a more stirring one if possible than the one just passed away.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 15, 1885.
Jack Foults, the pioneer barber, now occupies the beautiful, roomy basement in Curns & Manser’s new building where he is “sleeking up” the millions with his old time perfection—and razor. Jack takes precedence as a tonsorial artist.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 15, 1885.
The program for the Band of Hope at the next meeting, January 10th, is as follows.
Dialogue: Winnie Limerick, Agnes Myers, Nora Greer, and Laura Herpich.
Songs: Bernice and Florence Bullene, Lulu Bethel and Bell Stubbs.
Recitations: Bertie Bosley, Harry Tooman, Hope Manser, Allie Dillon, and Johnny and Jimmy Constant.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 29, 1885.
Judge L. Beck and lady desire to thank many friends for kind acts and words during the late illness of their son, Elgy, especially Mr. and Mrs. Manser and Mrs. W. H. Albro.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 5, 1885.
Cowley is being advertised far and wide and from present indications her immigration in the spring will be unprecedented. The Real Estate Bulletin of Curns & Manser will be of incalculable benefit to the county. Its matter is most important and accurate and its cuts prominent. Five thousand copies will be distributed by the Southern Kansas railroad Immigration Bureau, and Messrs. Curns & Manser are sending the other five thousand to all parts of the East. “The Southern Kansas,” a splendid descriptive paper, is being published in monthly editions of forty thousand copies by the Southern Kansas railroad company and its next issue will contain a number of fine cuts and much valuable matter regarding the Queen City of Kansas, Winfield.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 12, 1885.

Mr. S. B. Hynes, general freight and passenger agent of the Southern Kansas, who championed the distribution of five thousand of Curns & Manser’s Real Estate Bulletin, says it is the most instructive paper that has ever reached passengers over that line, and will be of incalculable benefit to Cowley.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 12, 1885.
Messrs. Curns & Manser mean to stop at nothing short of metropolitan in everything. The latest attraction in their real estate office is a beautiful walnut, ash, and butternut-colored circular counter, the handwork of Mr. J. C. McKay. It is highly artistic and coincides nicely with its surroundings.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 19, 1885.
Mr. and Mrs. G. S. Manser will take a trip “down east,” stopping on their return for the presidential inauguration.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 26, 1885.
The young men of Winfield have formed a gymnasium of thirty-five members with rooms over Curns & Manser’s real estate office.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 12, 1885.
Dr. T. H. Elder, who has been practicing medicine at Udall during the winter, has permanently located in Winfield, with rooms over Curns & Manser’s building. He is a physician of ability and experience, having practiced for twenty-one years in his former home, Albia, Iowa.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 12, 1885.

It is with deep regret that we chronicle the death of Ben B. Manning, son of Col. E. C. Manning, a pioneer of Winfield and for years one of her most influential citizens, which occurred at his home in Washington, D. C., on Friday night last. The writer had the pleasure of spending several days with Ben at his home last summer and found him to have developed into a bright, fine-looking, and reliable young man—one of good habits and splendid promise. The Colonel, in a letter to Capt. T. B. Myers, gives the following particulars of the death: “As previously announced by telegraph, Ben is dead. He died at 5 p.m. March 6th, at home. On March 4th (Inauguration day) there were more than 100,000 strangers in the city. Pennsylvania Avenue, the principle thoroughfare of the city, is where the greatest throng assembled. During the ceremonies no vehicles were allowed upon this Avenue; but after 5 p.m. this restriction was removed. Ben, accompanied by a young man named Malony, had gone down to the Avenue to see the fireworks and about the time the Kansas Flambeau club were giving their exhibition, a one horse cab struck Ben in such a way as to throw him violently to the ground and pass over his body. When he was picked up, he was insensible and never was fully restored to consciousness again. He was at first taken to what is known as the Emergency Hospital, not far from where the accident happened, where his wounds were dressed, and then his companion procured a cab and brought him home about 10:15 p.m. I had two doctors with him. Everything was done that could be done to relieve and save him. The blow that is supposed to have caused death was received in the back of the head, and is believed to have been inflicted by the end of the shaft. From both surgeons and his companion I learn that he had not used any intoxicants that day. In fact, Ben had grown to be a good boy. He minded me, was steady and worked every day. He attended church on Sabbaths and was really a comfort and pleasure to us. I refer to his condition at the time of the accident particularly lest some of his Winfield acquaintances might think he had been drinking on that day and was intoxicated. I have had the body embalmed and will have service at the house tomorrow (Sabbath) at 4 p.m. and in the evening send it west by express. Meet them at the depot and take them to the cemetery. Should any of his or our friends accompany you in this sad office and desire to look at the remains, you can open the outside case and slide the lid off the casket, where they can be seen through the glass of the casket. Bury him next to and on the south side of his mother. So long as I have control of the children, I want them buried by her side. And there is where I want to finally lie myself. While writing this letter Mr. and Mrs. G. S. Manser of Winfield called. E. C. MANNING.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 2, 1885.
Mr. G. S. Manser got in Tuesday from his eastern tour. He visited many points of interest after taking in Cleveland’s inauguration, and returns fat and happy. Mrs. Manser, after carefully taking care of G. S. nearly all through the trip, lost him on the road and came home last week.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 7, 1885.
Dr. Tandy is now occupying the office formerly occupied by Dr. Mills, over Curns & Manser’s. He has fitted it up very neatly.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 14, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds yesterday. William A. Gibson to Curns & Manser, lots 10, 11 and 12, block, Citizens ad to Winfield: $500.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 21, 1885.
Mr. H. H. Hosmer and wife have located here, from Nashville, Ill. Mr. Hosmer is an attorney at law and has taken rooms in Curns & Manser’s building. He is a young man of ability and energy.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 21, 1885.
The case of Mrs. Eliza Rich against Joseph Likowski, an action to recover half interest in the lot and building next to Curns & Manser’s real estate office, has been decided in the supreme court in favor of the defendant, giving him one-half of the real estate and half the rents accruing from the premises since the controversy began, in 1877, about nine hundred dollars, which stand a lien against the property. The property is worth $3,000.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 28, 1885.
The Cowley County Horticultural Society will hold the next meeting at 2 p.m., Saturday, June 6th. The meeting will be held in the rear room of Messrs. Curns & Manser’s real estate office. The room will be pleasant and convenient. This will be strawberry day and it is hoped and expected to have a fine display of this delicious fruit. Everybody is invited.
J. F. Martin, President.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 11, 1885.

The Cowley County Horticultural Society held its regular monthly meeting last Saturday in the real estate office of Curns & Manser. It was “strawberry day,” and the array of specimens was grand, and the discussion on the qualities of the various varieties very profitable. President Martin considered the Crescent seedling strawberry the best. Mr. Mentch thought the Charles Downing the best to plant with the Crescent. It was an excellent berry of itself. President Martin planted the Ironclad, profuse bloomers, but failed to fruit. The Glendale makes an excellent show, and Kentucky blooms late and bears late. Communication from Secretary of State Society in regard to semi-annual meeting at Oswego, June 10th and 11th, read and filed. Letter read from Secretary Brackett, expresses the opinion that the English Walnut may succeed in Southern Kansas—would try the Japan Persimmon. President called attention of members present that G. S. Manser, city, has the Japan Persimmon in bearing on his grounds in the city. Mr. Grober stated that the English Walnut withstood severe cold weather in Germany. Dr. Perry thought that a dry winter was most injurious to tree growth. President Martin thought the dry sub-soil and severe cold is the cause of trees winter-killing. Mr. Mentch thought the curled leaf of the peach was caused by the late frost. The Wager peach reported exempt from this curl leaf. Mr.          said that the budded and seedling bloom before and after the freeze with no perceptible difference. Mr. Manser sold $16 worth of fruit from two trees of Wild Goose plums. Dr. Perry had seen good results from the use of coal ashes as a mulch for fruit trees. The Doctor exhibited a caterpillar that infested his clover plants, also the peach and rose trees. Dr. Perry was requested to act as a committee to procure “Saunders on Insects,” as the most desirable works for the use of the society, and also to correspond with Prof. Snow, of Lawrence, as to other works suited to Kansas horticulturists. At the suggestion of Pres. Martin, Mr. F. A. A. Williams was elected delegate to the semi-annual meeting of the State Horticultural Society at Oswego, June 10th and 11th. Mr. F. A. A. Williams thought that the society should take some steps toward finding markets for our surplus peaches and other fruit, and if possible, make some arrangements for shipping. The President appointed Mr. Williams. Mr. Thirsk, and Mr. DeTurk, as committee on marketing fruits.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 18, 1885.
Andrews & Losure have put up a pair of daisy signs for Curns & Manser.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 18, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds yesterday.
G S Manser et ux to David Tompkins, w ½ of ne ¼ 4-33-s-4e ex 5 acres: $2,500.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 25, 1885.
The Judge Ide store building, corner of Main street and 8th Avenue, has been sold, through Curns & Manser, to S. H. and A. H. Jennings for eight thousand dollars. A little over two years ago the Judge bought this property from A. D. Speed for six thousand dollars.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 2, 1885.
Curns & Manser’s real estate office now sports a handsome canvas awning. It would be a brilliant idea to have nothing else on Main street. They are convenient and give the street a fine appearance.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 2, 1885.
J. B. Garvin, for some time past assistant with Curns & Manser, left Saturday evening for a month at his old home, Wheeling, West Virginia.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 23, 1885.

Curns & Manser are out with another of their real estate bulletins. It is a large eight column paper, a beauty typographically and for elaborate description of Cowley’s grand resources is certainly perfect. Every phase is truthfully and tersely touched. Cuts of Winfield’s churches and several of her prominent residences are presented. As an advertiser its benefits to Cowley will be great. It exhibits much enterprise on the part of Messrs. Curns & Manser.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 23, 1885.
John A. and Chas. A. Riehl, minor sons of Mrs. Eliza Riehl, have filed in the District Court, by their guardian, Daniel Mater, suit against Joseph Likowski, for $5,000 damages, charging him with causing the death of their father, Jacob Riehl, whom they claim died on July 22nd, 1877, from liquors obtained and drank in Likowski’s saloon in this city. Attachment and garnishee are filed with the case, attaching Joe’s property next to Curns & Manser’s real estate office, and garnishing money belonging to Joe, in the hands of Eliza Riehl, G. H. Buckman, and E. J. Crary. Mrs. Riehl, it will be remembered, litigated with Likowski for years over the latter’s west Main property. It was decided a few months ago, in the Supreme Court of the State, Likowski gaining the suit on the grounds of the Riehl deed being only in trust, a contract to which effect Joe held. In this damage suit, A. B. Jetmore & Son, of Topeka, and Jennings & Troup, of our city, are attorneys for the plaintiffs.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds since our last issue.
Curns & Manser to Francis L Smith, lot 10, blk 226, Winfield: $200.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.
The Cowley County Horticultural Society met at Curns & Manser’s office Saturday. Secretary Brackett, of the State Society, was present and a very profitable meeting held, whose minutes we will publish Monday.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.
The Cowley County Horticultural Society held its regular monthly meeting last Saturday, in the real estate office of Curns & Manser, President J. F. Martin in the chair, and Secretary Jacob Nixon at his desk, with a good attendance of members.
President Martin introduced the subject of Cowley County fruit shipping.
Mr. F. A. A. Williams reported the receipt of several solicitous letters from fruit dealers.
Secretary Brackett would ship only perfect fruit—reject all defective fruit; make two or more grades in the assorting and packing of all fruit.
Mr. Fassett, agent of the Acme Fruit Dryer, explained the working and advantages of the dryer, which he represents.
President appointed Messrs. Hogue, Hawkins, and Robertson a committee on fruit on table, which committee reported as follows.
Apples: By T. A. Blanchard. Williams Favorite: fair specimens.
Apples: By G. W. Robertson. Sweet June, fine specimens. Red June and Early Harvest, fair.
Peaches: By Frank Brown. Early Rivers, fine specimens.
Peaches: By G. S. Manser. Alexander Early, fair specimens.
Plums: By G. S. Manser. Wild Goose, fair specimens.

Tomatoes: By G. W. Robertson. Livingston’s Improved, very fine.
Any person interested in the state reports can procure a copy at Messrs. Curns & Manser’s office.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 6, 1885.
Rev. S. R. Reese, of Holden, Missouri, has purchased, through Messrs. Curns & Manser, the Dr. Davis homestead in College Hill, for $1,155. Mr. Reese intends moving to Winfield at an early day and will make valuable improvements on the property purchased.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 6, 1885.
The Farmers Institute meets Saturday afternoon at Curns & Manser’s office.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 27, 1885.
The Horticultural Society will hold its regular meeting in Curns & Manser’s building on Saturday, Sept. 5th, at 2 p.m. This will be an important meeting as it will be the last previous to the Fair. A large exhibition of fruit is expected at the Fair, and the Society will give all the aid and information possible to this end. Jacob Nixon, of Kellogg, is secretary of the society, and also superintendent of the fruit department of the Fair, who will gladly favor all asking information.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 3, 1885.
The Farmers Institute meets in the real estate office of Curns & Manser on Saturday, September 5th. The subject for discussion will be “The preparation of wheat ground and its seeding,” with additional subject, “Fall plowing for corn.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 10, 1885.
The Horticultural Society was attended by a small number of persons Saturday last on account of the unfavorable weather, yet there was on the table a fine display of fruits, among which were from Mr. John Curns, two varieties of peaches, very fine, names unknown. G. S. Manser, peaches, Old Missouri, Free Hill, Home Chief, and three varieties of apples. W. W. Limbocker, peaches, thought to be Ward’s Late. Mr. Taylor brought apples of the Ben Davis, Maiden Blush, and Vandevere Pippin varieties. Wm. C. Hayden showed large improved cuttings. J. F. Martin had six varieties of peaches, those named being Raverine, Martha Washington, and Wager. Mr. Manser also exhibited Bartlett pears, Rambo Hubbardson, Nonesuch, and Hysloo crab apples. It was greatly regretted that more of our citizens could not have seen this fine display of Cowley’s fruit.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 17, 1885.
G. S. Manser got home Saturday from a four days’ visit at Bismarck Fair. It was not as big a success this year as in the past. Its principal attractions were gambling devices. Every conceivable game of chance and dumpy show was on the grounds, despoiling victims by the hundreds. Cowley County’s Fair wants no wheels of fortune or other gambling schemes. People who haven’t sense enough to protect themselves must be protected. Like at last year’s fair, the Fair and Driving Park Association will give gambler the shake. Mr. Manser says Bismarck’s fruit and stock display was very fine, but otherwise exhibits were a disappointment—not a fair representative of the great State of Kansas.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 17, 1885.

The old building was moved off the lot of Wallis & Wallis, where Tyner has been, Saturday, and this firm will begin the excavation for a fine business building, to be erected at once. Curns & Manser also talk seriously of building on the lot adjoining, while Daniel Hunt will extend the Stump building back eighty feet. Verily, the city boometh.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.
Warner & McIntyre have the contract for putting up the Wallis & Wallis and Curns & Manser buildings on South Main street.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.
Paris & Harrod, excavators of the Curns & Manser, Wallis & Wallis, and Hunt cellar, are almost done with their work, and the mason work will soon commence. The block will be a seventy-five foot front and eighty feet deep; three stories high. When completed the building will fill the vacancy between Mater’s blacksmith shop and the millinery store, which has so long been an unsightly place and a wilderness of sunflowers and other weeds. This is not all. The corner below the second hand store of Ira Kyger is owned by men of capital, who are arranging to erect a fine building thereon. And still we boom, notwithstanding the wail from other towns that times are close and nothing doing.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 1, 1885.
FLORAL DEPARTMENT. The display in the Floral department was hardly as large as it might have been desired. Rose & Moueller, of Wichita, had the largest display and took ten ribbons. Miss Hope Manser took the blue ribbon on her handsome hand bouquets, and Mrs. Wm. Trezise on her best half dozen button hole bouquets. Mrs. Trezise received several ribbons on her display, which was very fine.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 1, 1885.
A meeting was held at THE COURIER office on the Fair Grounds today to arrange for exhibiting the display of Cowley County fruit at the Indiana State Fair next week. H. G. Fuller was chosen chairman and N. T. Snyder secretary. The meeting was enthusiastic. Mr. Snyder stated that the real estate men of Arkansas City would bear their share of the expense. Mr. Manser moved that the real estate men should pledge the sum necessary to carry the exhibit east. A committee consisting of Messrs. Manser, Fuller, and Snyder was selected to attend to the finances. President Jas. F. Martin, J. D. Guthrie, and Capt. Huffman were selected to take the exhibit to Indianapolis. This idea is one of the best ever proposed in the interest of our county. A finer exhibit of fruit than ours was never made, and its display, appropriately decorated with banners, will make the Hoosiers’ eyes bug out. The committee start Saturday.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 1, 1885.
Awarded at the Cowley County Fair, September 21st to 25th, 1885.
Class H.—FRUIT.
Lot 3. Peaches. Plate Heath’s Cling. J. A. Denning 1st, G. S. Manser 2nd.
Class I.—FLORAL.
Best pair hand-bouquets. Hope Manser 1st, Rose & Mueller 2nd.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 1, 1885.

The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds since our last issue.
John W Curns et ux and G S Manser et ux to C M E Bassett, lot 12, blk 226, Citizen’s ad to Winfield: $250.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 8, 1885.
The Ladies Library Association has changed its library to rooms over Curns & Manser’s real estate office. It is open from 3 to 6 Wednesday and Saturday afternoons.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 22, 1885.
The cellar walls of the Weitzel-Randall and the Curns and Manser-Wallis blocks, on south Main, are about finished and the main walls will soon be looming.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 22, 1885.
The Ladies’ Library Association has moved its library into rooms over Curns & Manser’s real estate office, and are making strong efforts to renew the interest in it. The yearly membership fee has been reduced to two dollars and the weekly book rental to five cents per week. At these rates, the library should certainly have a good patronage. It is a very complete library, containing all the latest and best works of the day. Every citizen should take a membership ticket and encourage the ladies to another effort to open a public reading room, one of the great needs of our city.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 22, 1885.
This society will hold its monthly meeting at the office of Curns & Manser, on Saturday, 1 p.m., Oct. 2. A large attendance is expected, as it will be an important meeting. In view of the past season’s experience, the question will be discussed, what varieties of apples, etc., shall be planted? Come and bring samples of fruit with you. J. F. Martin, President.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 5, 1885.
H. H. HOSMER, ATTORNEY AT LAW and notary public. Office over Curns & Manser’s, Winfield, Kansas. Deeds and other instruments legally drawn and titles examined.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 19, 1885.
Messrs. Warner & McIntyre, the contractors, have under contract sixteen residence and business buildings—over sixteen thousand dollars worth in carpentry, planing, and scroll work. Their planing mill is turning out the frame and fancy work for Eaton’s buildings, the business blocks of Short, Wallis, and Curns & Manser; the Imbecile Asylum and College buildings; Charley Fuller’s residence, and numerous others, with more to follow. Their mill is full of work, clear to the brim.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 19, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds since our last issue.
B W Matlack to Curns & Manser, ne qr 18-34-3e: $2,500.
College Hill Town Co. to F. W. Manser, lots 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16, blk 41, C. H. ad to Winfield: $450.
Winfield Courier, December 3, 1885.

At a meeting of the College Hill Co., held at Curns & Manser’s office yesterday, the treasurer was instructed to pay to the treasurer of the South Western Kansas Conference College the first installment on its subscription of $10,000 to the College building, amounting to $3,333.35, which has been done and receipted for. The subscriptions made by the citizens of Winfield to this College are being paid promptly and satisfactorily, and there is nothing to prevent its completion for the fall term of 1886.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 10, 1885.
John W Curns & G S Manser, partners by the firm name and style of Curns & Manser versus Harvey W Stubblefield et al, Jennings & Troup prosecution.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 17, 1885.
Pearl Party. One of the pleasantest parties of the season assembled at the hospitable home of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt last Saturday evening to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of their wedding. The spacious rooms were well filled and the host and hostess were everywhere present with their careful attentions which, seconded by Miss Anna, made the enjoyment complete. During the evening the Rev. Mr. Reider was brought forward and in a neat and appropriate speech presented to the host and hostess a beautiful set of silverware as a testimonial of the high appreciation of the contributors for the recipients, accompanied by a card with the compliments of the following: Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Wallis, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Cooper, Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Keck, Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Hickok, Mrs. Whitney, Mrs. McClellan, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Dr. and Mrs. T. H. Elder, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Shearer, Mr. and Mrs. N. J. Young, Rev. and Mrs. Reider, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Schuler, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Silliman, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Soward, Mr. and Mrs. Col. Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brown, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Albro, Mr. and Mrs. M. G. Troup, Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. D. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Rinker, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Dalton, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Johnston, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Mann, Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Crane, Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Silver, Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Hendricks, Mr. and Mrs. Jas. McDermott, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Arment, Mr. and Mrs. G. S. Manser, Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Handy, Mr. and Mrs. C. Collins, Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Pickens, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. McGraw, Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Friend, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Crippen, Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Wallace, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Carson, Dr. and Mrs. W. T. Wright, Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Austin. This silver tea set embraced cake basket, berry dish, six teaspoons, and sugar spoon. Dr. and Mrs. Geo Emerson, pearl card case. Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Hunt, silver fruit dish.
Capt. Hunt responded as happily as the emotions of this surprise would permit.

A magnificent collation was placed before the guests, which was highly enjoyed, and after music and other entertainments, the party dispersed with many thanks to their entertainers for the pleasures of the evening. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Wallis, Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Silver, Mr. and Mrs. John Keck, Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Hickok, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Silliman, Mr. and Mrs. Col. Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Handy, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Carson, Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Austin, Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Wallace, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Arment, Dr. and Mrs. W. T. Wright, Mrs. McClellan, Mrs. Whitney, Sr., and Mrs. A. E. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Schuler, Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Shearer, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Soward, Rev. and Mrs. J. H. Reider, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. G. S. Manser, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brown, Mr. and Mrs. M. G. Troup, Mr. and Mrs. James McDermott, Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Crane, Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Hendricks, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Dr. and Mrs. T. H. Elder, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. McRaw, Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Dr. and Mrs. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. C. Collins, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Bliss, Mrs. J. A. Cooper, Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Hunt.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 17, 1885.
The committees, appointed at the citizens’ meeting, to work up the submitting of propositions for the extension of the Florence El Dorado & Walnut railroad from Douglass to Winfield, met yesterday afternoon in McDougall’s hall to determine on the apportionment of the amount of aid asked. Judge T. H. Soward called the meeting to order. S. P. Strong was chosen chairman and W. J. Wilson, Secretary. M. L. Robinson then explained the object of the meeting, to get everything in readiness for aggressive work in submitting the propositions and securing this road.
Every movement must have money back of it to insure its success. This and other enterprises needing agitation take money. Contributions were called for to be placed in the hands of the Winfield Enterprise Association for use in submitting these railroad propositions and any other progressive enterprise for which the Association sees necessity. Over $500 was subscribed. Curns & Manser gave $10.00.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 24, 1885.
And now sweet matrimony has wound its silken cords around another couple of our young folks. Tuesday evening the words were pronounced by Rev. J. C. Miller that united for weal or woe, for sorrows and successes, Mr. Willard G. Tidd and Miss Mary M. Linn. The ceremony was pronounced at the home of Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Linn, parents of the bride, a mile southwest of town. The groom has been in the employ of Curns & Manser for some time past and is one of the county’s sturdiest young men, industrious and frugal. The bride is of winning appearance and disposition, with the accomplishments that would lastingly adorn. Mr. Tidd has just been appointed to an excellent position with S. L. Gilbert, in the Wichita Land Office, where himself and bride will take up their residence after Monday. A long life of happiness and prosperity is the wish of many friends.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 24, 1885.
Dr. Van Doren has fitted up dental rooms over Curns & Manser’s. The Doctor is well known here and will receive his share of the custom.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 31, 1885.
The Presbyterian Christmas donation has not all been distributed yet, and is in the hands of a committee composed of Mrs. J. W. Curns, Mrs. W. C. Root, Mrs. G. S. Manser, Mrs. H. S. Silver, and Mrs. C. H. Greer, who will distribute the remainder as fast as needy families can be found. Leave names at THE COURIER office or at Curns & Manser’s.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 7, 1886.
The Curns & Manser, Wallis & Wallis, Irve Randall, and other business blocks are going right up and will be ready for occupancy in the early spring.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 14, 1886.
The “Chautauqua” meets next Friday night at Mrs. G. S. Manser’s for a general good time. Everybody is cordially invited to come and bring their friends along. By order Com.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 21, 1886.
The Young People’s Social and Literary Club had a very enjoyable meeting Friday evening in the commodious home of Mr. and Mrs. G. S. Manser. This home is specially adapted for such a gathering and with the genial hospitality of the entertainers, all were delighted. Not as many as usual were present, owing to an understanding among some that the meeting was postponed. An excellent program was rendered.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 28, 1886.
The Cowley County Horticultural Society meets at Curns & Manser’s office Saturday week, the first Saturday in February, when the annual election of officers will take place.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 4, 1886.
THOS H. ELDER. Physician and Surgeon, Winfield, Kansas. Office over Curns & Manser’s real estate office. Residence, corner 11th Avenue and Loomis Street. Special attention given to Diseases of women and children. Calls promptly attended.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 11, 1886.
Dr. C. M. Riley is now occupying the office of Attorney Hosmer, over Curns & Manser’s.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 11, 1886.
Bliss & Wood now have a nice single car for wheat in their office in Curns & Manser’s building.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 25, 1886.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds.
W A Shannon and wife to G S Manser, lot 12, blk 68, and lots 7 and 8, blk 165, Winfield: $75.00.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 25, 1886.
The Chautauqua Union meets on Friday evening with Mr. and Mrs. G. S. Manser. An interesting program has been arranged.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 4, 1886.
Curns & Manser are now making loans on farms, or well improved city property at lowest rates, and give the borrower the privilege of paying off on the option plan. By this arrangement the borrower is allowed to pay $200 (or any amount agreed upon) or any multiple thereof at the time any interest payment is due.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 4, 1886.
The Chautauqua Union held a very enjoyable meeting Friday evening in the capacious home of Mr. and Mrs. G. S. Manser. An interesting literary and musical program was rendered, notable in which were the duet by Mr. Slack and Dr. Guy, with piano accompaniment by Miss Bertha Wallis; the Chautauqua, a splendidly edited paper by Moore Tanner and a recitation by Mamie Greer. The Chautauqua sparkled all over and exhibited much natural tact and application. The genial entertainment of Mr. and Mrs. Manser made the heartiest sociability. This Union, including old and young, is one of the city’s most beneficial and pleasurable societies. Its next meeting convenes in two weeks, with Mrs. Frank K. Raymond.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 18, 1886.
Capt. Huffman is now with Curns & Manser in the real estate business.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 18, 1886.
No institution has done more for the onward march of our splendid county than The Cowley County Fair & Driving Park Association. Its prosperity has been marked from the start. From an organization composed of a few gritty, enterprising, and energetic men, three years ago it bought sixty acres of ground on the beautiful Walnut and today has one of the best improved and most valuable Fair Grounds in the West. Its natural advantages and fine improvement and arrangements, backed by one of the most productive and public spirited counties and a liberal fair management. The association’s Fairs have been magnificent successes—the greatest heralders of Cowley’s worth and fame. The Fair Association has grown until its stockholders now embrace fully 100 of the best farmers and citizens of the county.
The annual meeting of the Association was held at the Opera House yesterday, with 112 shares represented. President Jas. P. Martin presided, and Secretary and General Manager, D. L. Kretsinger, was at his desk. The auditing committee, W. J. Wilson, G. W. Robinson, and A. H. Doane, reported a thorough examination of books of secretary and treasurer and that they were correct.
The annual address of President Martin was, as usual, a splendid resume of the year, the accomplishments and anticipations of the Association.
The following presented by Secretary Kretsinger, J. R. Sumpter, and G. S. Manser, was adopted.
Resolved, That the directors are hereby authorized to purchase sufficient ground on the north line of fair grounds for ample road way and entrance from Ninth avenue.
“That section seven of the constitution be changed so as to read: President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and General Manager.
“That section five of the constitution shall read: First Monday in December.”
Five Directors, holding three years each, were elected as follows: S. P. Strong, J. R. Sumpter, J. R. Smith, W. R. Wilson, and K. J. Wright, the latter two to fill vacancy caused by resignation of A. T. Spotswood and John D. Maurer.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 25, 1886.
Curns & Manser have leased their south Main street building to Early & Michener, of Newton, who will fit it up very finely for an ice cream parlor.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 25, 1886.
The old Stump building on South Main is being transformed into a fine looking business building, extending 60 feet back, with new front and mostly new walls. Added to the splendid buildings of Wallis & Wallis, Curns & Manser, and Will Hudson, it makes an attractive solid front of a hundred feet.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 25, 1886.
G. S. Manser lost a fine pair of gold spectacles a few days ago, and advertised in “Lost” column, and upon the second day William Grissom, a colored man, and honest as the day is long, brought them in. Verily, the COURIER is an advertising medium without an equal. It brings them every time.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 25, 1886.

Frazier & Harvey are rushing on the plastering on the Curns & Manser and Wallis buildings on south Main.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 1, 1886.
DR. C. M. RILEY. PHYSICIAN AND SURGEON. Office over Curns & Manser’s, where he can be found day and night.
DR. VAN DOREN, DENTIST. Office on Main Street over Curns & Manser’s. Teeth Xtracted without pain. References: Has numerous patrons in and about Winfield.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 8, 1886.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds.
Wm Hudson et al to Curns & Manser, tract in lot 8, blk 130, Winfield: $250.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 8, 1886.
Have you visited West Side? If not, get into your rig and take in the real grandeur of its view of Winfield. More beautiful sites for beautiful homes couldn’t be imagined. As you stand on that elevation, with the Queen City spread out in the valley before you, forcible indeed is the realization. The view extends for miles north, northeast, and southwest. There are 240 acres in this tract. One hundred acres have just been platted and placed on the market. Curns & Manser are the only agents and have already disposed of a number of fine blocks. West Side embraces all the land west of the river to the old Wichita county road, and from Riverside Avenue on the south to Fifth Avenue on the north. Its streets and alleys have just been graded. They are broad and straight and will soon be parked. Commencing on the west we have Vernon, Lagonda, Summit, Broad, Grand, Lake, and Bluff streets; the avenues east and west are extensions of the city’s avenue, excepting McMullen and Robinson avenue on the South, instead of 13th and 14th. The undulations and drainage of Westside are as admirable as the view its elevation affords. It is located less than a dozen blocks from Main Street, out the city’s principal boulevard, Ninth Avenue. The fine new iron bridge, with its modern architecture, style, and substantiality, will be erected across the crystal Walnut in a short time, giving the freest access to West Side. The street car line will run out this avenue. It is but a short distance to the best of water, the site being underlaid with everlasting springs. To the man who wants a lovely spot for a home, a home free from the rush, odor, and dust of the city and yet convenient and exceptionally healthful and pleasant in every way, should embrace at once this opportunity to get a site in West Side, whose unique advantages and location are self-evident. During the summer a number of elegant homes will go up in this addition and in less than two years West Side will be the principal residence portion of Winfield—a little city of most desirable suburban homes. Consult Messrs. Curns & Manser at once. It is being sold in lots and blocks at prices very reasonable—prices that will thribble in less than a year.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 8, 1886.
163. 2329. H G Fuller vs Curns & Manser, Hackney & Asp for plaintiff, Jennings & Troup for def.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 15, 1886.

E. P. Greer, secretary of the Cale Town Company, received Thursday from the engineer the plat of the new town of Cale, at the terminus of the “Frisco” on the State line. The plat was immediately placed on sale and in less than an hour five thousand dollars worth of lots were sold. The rush for property in this town bids fair to be something extraordinary. Among those who purchased lots today were Judge Torrance, A. H. Doane, J. B. Nipp, Curns & Manser, F. J. Hess, R. R. Phelps, D. A. Millington, F. L. Branninger, Alexander, Lamport & Co., and many others. All of these contract to erect large business buildings at once. Alexander, Lamport & Co. begin the erection of their sheds, buildings, etc., for their lumber yard at the new town tomorrow. Their stock of lumber will be in by Saturday. The contract for grading the Santa Fe from Arkansas City to Cale has been let and that road will also be running into the town within sixty days. Cale is the only town on the line of the Indian Territory, in Kansas, where shippers will find a direct St. Louis market and competing lines. It will be a “boomer” and no mistake.
[I do not know the correct spelling for one of the names in above item. I have seen three versions of his last name. I have seen the last name spelled as “Braniger,” “Branniger,” and now “Branninger.” MAW]
[Note: The above was the last newspaper that I covered re Manser.]


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