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W. (“Will”) V. McCormick

                                                  Bolton Township, Salt City.
                                                      Ferryman at Salt City.
Bolton Township 1882: W. V. McCormick, 30; spouse, H. E., 31.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 1, 1880.
W. V. McCormick came in last week and said “he must have the TRAVELER anyhow, rain or shine, thus throwing a gleam of sunshine in the dusty lifeway of ye editor, as well as assisting him to get a lap on the financial ends of the concern.
Dr. S. H. McCormick; father, C. H. McCormick, Richland...
Winfield Courier, December 16, 1880.
Dr. S. H. McCormick, late from the east, called last Friday in company with his father, C. H. McCormick, of Richland. The doctor is so well pleased with this county that he will make it his home.
Dr. S. H. McCormick, brother of Will McCormick...
Winfield Courier, May 19, 1881.
Dr. McCormick, brother of Will McCormick, late of Indiana, has located at Salt City.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 6, 1881.
The following is a list of letters remaining uncalled for in the Post Office, at Arkansas City, July 1st, 1881.
W. V. McCormick was on this list.
Wm. C. McCormick, Richland Township...
Will McCormick...
Winfield Courier, December 8, 1881.
Will McCormick, with an outfit of men and dogs, started for the Territory on a hunt. Will will make the turkies fly with his fifty dollar shot gun.
W. V. McCormick: running ferry...
Arkansas City Traveler, June 14, 1882.
GEUDA’S BOOM. The Coming Health Resort of the South West, Its Business and General Prospects.

On Wednesday of last week, in company with J. W. Scott, of Cadiz, Ohio, and his son, C. M. Scott, we made a flying visit to this new and prosperous burg, which is fast becoming one of the most popular health resorts of the West. Driving along on the east side of the Arkansas River, through a magnificent farming country, now adorned with waving fields of golden grain, in some instances already bending before the harvester, we could not help but feel how glorious a country this was of ours. About four miles up the river, from Arkansas City, as Geuda looms into view, one can hardly realize that a few short months ago the present thriving town did not exist; not even on paper. Crossing the river on the ferry, run by W. V. McCormick, we climbed the river bank and came in full view of the town of Geuda, glistening in the sunshine of a bright June day, about one mile distant. Upon arriving at our destination, and having turned our team over to the care of D. A. McIntire, formerly one of Arkansas City’s liverymen, we looked around with a view to dinner, and were directed to the Hotel run by J. A. Notestine, where we partook of as good a meal as one could wish, but totally unlike the bill of fare we indulged in, on nearly the same spot, ten years since.
After refreshing the inner man, we took in the town, and an idea of its goaheadativeness will be inferred from the following list of its places of business.
Our old friend, Jake Musgrove, late of South Haven, has a large store, from which he dispenses Dry Goods, Groceries, and Hardware, and almost opposite his place is a large frame two story Hotel, just completed but not yet occupied.
A. W. Patterson has also a frame building in the city, which will be occupied next week.
Mr. Turner is running a Grocery, Flour, and Feed Store.
J. A. Notestine, the Hotel above mentioned, and James Stiner is also running a Hotel and Restaurant.
Dr. Cutler and Q. M. Bixler are each engaged in the Drug business.
Mr. W. N. Hubbell has an Ice-cream and Confectionery estab­lishment, and almost opposite the Bath House we noticed a Photo­graph Gallery, which affords newcomers an opportunity to test the effects of the water upon them by being “took” upon their arrival and at departure.
Messrs. Ferguson & McIntire have a large and well stocked livery barn, and are doing a lively business, and immediately south of their stable will be found the blacksmith shop of Joe Jolly.
There are two carpenter shops, one of Allen & Son, and the other is run by M. B. Wilson.
The Chicago Lumber Co. has also a yard here, which is under the supervision of Mr. Roberts, who was formerly in the lumber yard at this city.
The tonsorial art is represented by an establishment, and Dr. Griffith has an office in the town.
The Bath House has been much improved since our last visit, and the work of enclosing the seven wonderful mineral springs, from which the place is rapidly gaining notoriety, is under way. In addition to the places of business, above mentioned, there are some thirty residences on the town site, all of which are occupied.
Just before leaving, we drove over to the salt works of Mr. James Hill, which we found in active operation under the supervision of T. McIntire, who informed us that he had 100 vats in working order, which, under favorable circumstances, would yield from 15 to 20 barrels per week.
Business generally was good, and all the townspeople, with whom we talked, were well satisfied with the progress of their city, and fully persuaded of a glorious future in store for them and it.

Wishing to see as much country as possible, determined our part to drive home through Bolton Township instead of returning by the ferry, and the panorama of agricultural beauty that greeted our eyes on every side must be seen to be appreciated. Wheat in large fields, of golden promise, were to be seen on all sides, together with oats and corn growing splendidly. In some cases, especially on the farms of Messrs. Shurtz and Stiner, the wheat looked, and indeed was, ready for the knife of the reaper, the whirring of whose machinery could occasionally be heard as it swept through the more ripe pieces of grain. The farmers of Bolton Township have, indeed, much to be grateful for, as their lot is evidently cast in one of the best countries out of doors.
As we drove back into Arkansas City, we could truthfully say that the drive had been one beautiful picture, without a single blemish to mar its brightness.
Winfield Courier, June 28, 1883.
At the last regular meeting of the R. T. of T., the following officers were elected for the next six months: C. G. Furry, S. C.; D. J. Bright, V. C.; Mr. Warrensburg, H.; Mr. Coulson, F. S.; Mrs. Stansbury, Chaplain; Mr. W. V. McCormick, Treasurer. The officers will be publicly installed at the Lone Star schoolhouse the first Saturday night in July.


(?) McCormick...
Arkansas City Traveler, May 30, 1883.
Fight With Knives. Two cattlemen by the name of McCormick and Weathers had a terrible set-to yesterday at Willow Springs Ranche, in which both were fearfully carved. The first fight was a knockdown, when one drew a knife and the other followed his example, and it is said did some desperate work, although the wounds of neither will not prove fatal.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 6, 1883.
Mr. McCormick, one of the parties in the cutting scrape at Weathers’s camp, was in town yesterday, and from the way which he shook hands, he was not much the worse for wear, but the other fellow, O my goodness!
Arkansas City Traveler, June 6, 1883.
The notice last week of a fight with knives at Willow Springs ranche was a little off in location as the scrimmage came off at Weathers’s ranche some five miles west of the Springs. The damage done was not so bad as at first supposed.
Winfield Courier, June 28, 1883.
At the last regular meeting of the R. T. of T., the following officers were elected for the next six months: C. G. Furry, S. C.; D. J. Bright, V. C.; Mr. Warrensburg, H.; Mr. Coulson, F. S.; Mrs. Stansbury, Chaplain; Mr. W. V. McCormick, Treasurer. The officers will be publicly installed at the Lone Star schoolhouse the first Saturday night in July.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 19, 1885.
W. V. McCormick juror fees: $4.80.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 19, 1887. From Friday’s Daily.

MARRIED. At the residence of William McCormick, Wednesday, February 16, 1887, by Washington Allen, Esq., Henry Bahruth to Miss Emma L. Keller, all of West Creswell Township.
[Entry above was the last one found on W. V. McCormick. MAW]


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