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W. R. McDonald

                                                         Winfield, Kansas.
Winfield Directory 1885.
Councilmen 1st ward: Jas. W. Connor; W. R. McDonald.
McDonald W. R., dry goods, etc., 1001 Main, res 502 e 8th.
NOTE: McDonald’s Dry Goods Store was on the southwest corner of Main Street and 10th Avenue.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Courier, November 25, 1880.
Bahntge & Bro. have sold out their splendid property, corner of 10th and Main, to a Mr. McDonald.
Winfield Courier, April 21, 1881.
Mr. McDonald is fixing up the building which he recently purchased from Harry Bahntge, preparatory to opening his stock of goods. He will be ready for business about May 1st.
Winfield Courier, June 2, 1881.
Messrs. McDonald & Walton opened their store for business last Friday. They have a very fine stock, and their store looks as neat as any in the city.
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.
McDonald & Walton gave $5.00.
Winfield Courier, June 23, 1881.
M. A. Walton, of the firm of McDonald & Walton, started for the east on Tuesday last.
He will be away until September.
Winfield Courier, July 28, 1881.
WASHINGTON, D. C. July 18, 1881.
EDS. COURIER: The miserable, cowardly assault made on me through the medium of the Telegram of recent date and copied in your issue of the 14th inst. is the result and outgrowth of jealousy and petty spite of a Mr. Kretsinger, who occupies the position of a subaltern on said paper.
The purport of the article referred to is that I left the city of Winfield, leaving behind numerous creditors with the intention of defrauding them and also that I took with me many valuable papers belonging to my clients. Both of these contempt­ible statements have no foundation in truth, and to exonerate myself from the guilt implied by this libel, I herewith apprehend a list of all those to whom I am indebted, and confidently refer my friends and enemies alike to them for corroboration.
A. T. Spotswood & Co., not exceeding: $ 6.00

The Telegram: 30.00
McDonald & Walton: 10.00
Mr. Burkhalter: 14.00
I called the day before leaving Winfield on Mr. Blair, Manager of the Telegram, and a perfect gentleman, informing him of my prospective removal and stated I would pay balance due Telegram if I could before I left. I also notified each of the other above named gentle-men, requesting as a favor their leniency in extending me time in consequence of expenses entailed in moving.
As to the second charge, my bringing away valuable papers belonging to clients, I answer that the charge shows his pitiable ignorance of the law in reference to an Attorney’s rights in such matters.
My object in locating at the seat of government is that I may be able to better represent the interests of those whose business was entrusted to my care, and the papers in each case were brought to further enable me to do so. Instead of my removal to Washington resulting unfavorably to my clients, it will facilitate action on their claims necessary to settlement, as I will be adjacent to all the departments and can give person­al attention to business.
With these explanations I will rest my case and am willing to abide by the verdict rendered by the people of Cowley County, and your readers generally.
Mr. McDonald’s family...
Winfield Courier, August 18, 1881.
Dr. S. B. Stidger, of Cameron, West Virginia, is visiting with Mr. McDonald’s family.
Winfield Courier, August 25, 1881.
McDonald, of McDonald and Walton, has gone to Colorado to see the hills and the holes in the ground and to get a breath of cool air.
Winfield Courier, August 25, 1881.
W. R. McDonald, accompanied by Dr. Stidger, who has been visiting Mr. McDonald’s family during the past week, started Monday for Pueblo, Colorado, on a trip of both pleasure and business.
Winfield Courier, September 15, 1881.
McDonald, of McDonald & Walton, is home again and the promised goods are coming in endless variety.
Winfield Courier, October 20, 1881.
McDONALD & WALTON, CORNER 10TH AVE. AND MAIN ST., Complete assortment of Dress Goods, Cloaks, Skirts, Dolmans, Hosiery, Yarns, Underwear, Notions, Flannels, etc.
Mrs. (?) McDonald, Ida McDonald (daughter?)...
Winfield Courier, November 24, 1881.
A number of young ladies gathered at the M. E. Church Monday evening and organized themselves into a society. They propose to call themselves the M. B. Society. The following officers were elected: Miss Jessie Millington, President; Miss Allie Klingman, Vice President; Miss Jennie Hane, Secretary; Miss Ida McDonald, Treasurer.

The society will give a New England supper Friday evening, November 25, at the M. E. Church. The M. B. ladies will be dressed in New England costume of the time of Washington.
The following committees were appointed.
Mrs. Austin, Mrs. Rinker, and Mrs. Copeland: to solicit and arrange for supper.
Mrs. McDonald, Mrs. Dever, Mrs. Bedilion: to secure and prepare dishes.
Will Robinson, Will A. Smith, Miss May Roland, Miss Jennie Hane: to handle reception.
Mr. Crippen: to handle music.
Misses Allie Klingman, Jessie Millington, L. Graham, Annie Weaver, Emma Gridley, Amy Southern, M. Melville, Ida McDonald, Ida Trezise, Ella Bosley, M. Hamill, Emma Crippen, Miss Stebbins, and Miss Bard: to handle tables.
Those wishing a good supper in the good old New England style can be satisfied on Friday evening.
Winfield Courier, January 5, 1882.
Miss Ida McDonald, who is one of Cowley County’s most cultured and agreeable young ladies, is stopping in the city as the guest of Rev. Kelly. Wichita Times.
Cowley County Courant, February 23, 1882.
Mr. McDonald, of the firm of McDonald & Walton, has pur­chased the Jochems’s property for $2,500.
Winfield Courier, January 12, 1882.
Miss Ida McDonald is home again after having spent a week in Wichita.
Winfield Courier, January 12, 1882.
The Businessmen Talk, Eat, and Prepare to Harvest Unpaid Bills.
Last Saturday evening a large number of the businessmen of Winfield met at the Brettun House and organized an association that will be of more practical benefit to businessmen and the trading public generally then anything that has yet been proposed. The matter has been talked of for some time, but recent events brought it to a focus, of which the “Merchants and Business Men’s Protective Association” is the outcome. The following gentlemen were present and assisted in the organization.
A. H. Doane, R. E. Wallis, J. A. McGuire, Will Hudson, A. E. Baird, W. J. Hodges, H. Brotherton, J. M. Dever, J. P. Baden, J. L. Hodges, R. E. Sydal, Lou Harter, Ed. P. Greer, J. B. Lynn, A. B. Steinberger, C. A. Bliss, D. L. Kretsinger, A. T. Spotswood, S. W. Hughes, J. S. Mann, W. B. Pixley, W. R. McDonald, A. D. Hendricks, Col. Wm. Whiting, J. G. Shreves, J. W. Batchelder, J. L. Horning, T. R. Timme, J. L. Rinker, J. P. Short, B. F. Wood, J. A. Cooper.

A committee consisting of the officers and a committee of eight or ten members were appointed to draft constitution and by-laws to be presented at the next meeting to be held at A. H. Doane & Co.’s office Thursday evening. The object of the organization is for mutual protection against the class of men who obtain credit at one place as long as possible, then change to another, and so on around, and for heading off dead-beats of every kind. A list of all those who are in arrears at the different stores will be made out by each merchant and filed with the secretary, who will furnish each member with a complete list of all who obtain credit and the amount. Then, when a person desires to buy goods on time, the merchant can go to his list, find out how many other firms in town he owes, and how long the account has been running. If he finds that the person desiring credit owes every other merchant in town, he can safely make up his mind that he is a D. B. On the other hand, if he finds that the person asking for credit has paid his bill and is reckoned good by the other merchants in establishing his credit, he will find no trouble in getting all the advances he desires. It will weed out the dishonest fellows and protect those who pay their debts and show a disposition to deal honestly.
The above, as near as we can state it, is the object of the association. Here alone, good, honest, straightforward men all over the county have failed to get credit because there was no way to establish their standing while others who were no good have run annual bills all over town and never make an effort to pay. This will stop all that business and place them in a very unenviable light until their bills are paid.
After the adjournment of the meeting all repaired to the dining room of the Brettun and ate oysters and celery, drank coffee and cream, told vigorous stories of dead-beats and bill-jumpers, and treated each other to little bits of business experience that furnished points for future action. The supper was nicely served and thirty-nine sat down to the long table and took two or more dishes of “Oysters-loony style,” with fruit and lighter refreshments thrown in. One of the most unfortunate features of the supper was that there were no toasts. Nothing is so delightful after a nice supper as to sit back in your chair and note the writhings of the poor mortal who has been selected to tell about “The great American eagle, who laves his bill in the Atlantic and dips his tail in the Pacific,” and to see him squirm when he finds that he has forgotten the piece and got the proud bird’s tail in the wrong pond. We were very anxious to see this duty performed and had about concluded to call out J. L. Horning or A. T. Spotswood, with W. J. Hodges and R. E. Wallis as possible substitutes, when the thought struck us that it might prove a boomerang and our desire for toasts immediately expired.
Among the ladies who graced the occasion were Mrs. W. R. McDonald, Mrs. J. L. Rinker, Mrs. J. B. Lynn, Miss Sadie French, Mrs. W. J. Hodges, Mrs. S. W. Hughes, Mrs. J. A. Cooper, and Mrs. W. B. Pixley.
Winfield Courier, January 26, 1882.
We went to Sunday school last Sunday for the first time in two years. It was the M. E. School, and there were two hundred and sixty scholars—entirely too many for successful work. Miss Ida McDonald conducts the singing, and of course the singing is good. The M. E. Church gained a valuable member when Miss McDonald moved among us.
Winfield Courier, February 16, 1882.

A Field Day. Monday was a field day for local news. A horse ran away with a girl. Hilary Holtby was adjudged insane. Town full of notables. Lots of land buyers. Taylor farm in Vernon sold for $4,000, offered for $3,000 a year ago. Mrs. Dr. Black offered $2,000 for her residence and wouldn’t take it. Churches putting stone sidewalks around their buildings. Other matters of interest in regard to Sunday services. Return of Prof. Trimble from Topeka. W. R. McDonald bought Jochems’s residence. Bisbee traded his house for a farm. Hackney & McDonald sold Keffer farm for $2,000. John Easton started a new blacksmith shop. Bobbitt, of Maple City, moved here and opened out a feed stable on East Ninth Avenue. The boys had a grand drunk on receipt of the news that a section of the liquor law was unconstitutional. Dr. Harrider of the Dunkard Mills in town looking up a lot on which to erect a large flour and feed store for the Dunkard Mills. Abe Steinberger returned from Howard. Bob Mitchell in town. J. W. Pugsley sold his residence to W. P. Gibson for $1,600. And there were various other matters of interest to readers.
Allie McDonald???...
Winfield Courier, February 16, 1882.
A Surprise. One of the greatest, most unlooked for, and most pleasant surprises of my life occurred at my residence on the evening of Feb. 13th. It was on this wise. The girls of my Sabbath school class (composed of girls from ten to fourteen years old) to the number of sixteen, accompanied by two boys of about the same age—came with lunch in their hands—and while I was sitting at my table with pencil in hand, ready to write a letter, wholly unconscious of any hostile intent, in marched said girls and took me prisoner before I knew they were in the house. Mrs. Holloway was in the secret, and I tell you it was well planned and better executed. I guess I will get well right away now, for I have not laughed as much in a whole year as I did at their innocent, mirthful, and antic playing. We had a nice lunch together, and a joyful, happy time. God bless all these dear girls of my class who made the surprise, and also those who could not come. The names of those present were Mattie Baird, Cora Stocking, Mary Trezise, Nannie Gilbert, Cora Goodrich, Ona Wright, Gertrude Bedilion, Mediae Hamilton, Maggie Bedilion, Leona Hoxie, Lula McGuire, Augusta Gibson, Fannie Kensal, Allie McDonald, John Ballard, and Willie Wright.
Winfield Courier, February 16, 1882.
H. Jochems sold his city residence to W. R. McDonald for $2,500.
Lizzie McDonald???...
Winfield Courier, March 2, 1882.
Longfellow’s Birthday. The pupils of the high school have for a long time been preparing an exhibition to celebrate the anniversary of the birthday of the renowned poet, Henry W. Longfellow, and on Monday evening the 27th a large audience assembled at the Opera House to witness the result of their efforts. A fine entertainment was afforded. Those who were in attendance heard songs and recitations composed by Longfellow and several essays upon his life.
Entertainment began with the song, “The Hemlock Tree,” by Miss Anna Hyde, which was well rendered. The greater part of the evening was given to the rendition of the Courtship of Miles Standish, recited by Miss Hattie Andrews, Mate Lynn, Bertie Stebbins, Anna Hyde, Josie Pixley, Ella Roberts, Minnie Stewart, Lizzie McDonald, and Rosa Rounds. “The Death of Minnehaha,” a duet, was sung by Misses Josie Bard and Lutie Newman and was highly appreciated. The recitation of “Hiawatha’s wooings,” was given by Carrie Cronk and was well rendered. James Cairns, Will Hodges, and Alvah Graham also gave recitations, which were excellent.
Ida and Lizzie McDonald???...
Winfield Courier, April 6, 1882.

The “Schubert Quartette,” composed of Misses Ida and Lizzie McDonald and Messrs. Snow and Cairns, will give a musical entertainment at Arkansas City, Saturday evening, for the benefit of the Y. M. C. A. of that place.
Winfield Courier, April 6, 1882.
There will be a special meeting of the Womans’ Foreign Missionary Society of the M. E. Church, at the residence of Mrs. W. R. McDonald, on Saturday, April 8, at 4 o’clock p.m. All members of the society are earnestly requested to be present.
MRS. N. J. LUNDAY, Secretary.
Lizzie M. McDonald...
Winfield Courier, May 4, 1882.
High School Commencement. The third annual commencement exercises of the Winfield High School will be held in the Opera House Friday evening. The exercises will commence promptly at 8 o’clock, after which the doors will be opened only during music. Those who desire reserved seats can have them marked on the chart by calling at Goldsmith’s.
Program giving names only of participants.
Rev. J. E. Platter, Rosina Ann Frederick, William Elmer Hodges, Leni Leota Gary, Charles Israel Klingman, Ida Geneva Trezise, Hattie Eva Andrews, Anne Electa Rowland, Charles Francis Ware, Haidee Augusta Trezise, Lizzie M. McDonald, Rose Amelia Rounds, Mary Lottie Randall, James Alexander Cairns, Minnie Francis Sumpter, Rev. P. F. Jones.
Cowley County Courant, May 11, 1882.
The third annual commencement of the Winfield High School was well attended last evening, the opera house being crowded to its utmost capacity, and a goodly number had to go home, not being able to get inside of the building.
The exercises opened with music, and a prayer by Rev. J. E. Platter, followed by the greeting song by the whole class. The salutatory, “Is our destiny in our own hands?” by Miss Rosina Frederick, was splen­did. “Nobility of Industry,” by W. E. Hodges, was good and was followed with “Tablets of Memory,” by Miss Leni Gary, which was excellent. Charlie Klingman came next and his “Electricity” seemed to take the whole audience. This was followed by “Beyond the Alps lies our Italy,” by Miss Ida G. Trezise and “Watch,” by Miss Hattie E. Andrews, both of which were rendered clearly and distinctly, and were very good. Miss Anna E. Rowland fully demonstrated that “Character is Power,” and Charles F. Ware told us how “Storms strengthen the oak.” May Charlie have to pass through few storms, but yet be able to compare his strength with that of the sturdy old oak. “Weighed and found wanting,” by Miss Haidee A. Trezise, was splendid. Miss Trezise has a fine voice and rendered her part very clearly and distinctly, as did Miss Lizzie McDonald in her rendition of “We build our own mountains.” “Home Influence,” by Miss Rose A. Rounds, was excellent, as well as “Delve Deeper,” by Miss Mary L. Randall. James A. Cairns taught us “The value of books,” and was followed with the Vale­dictory, by Miss Minnie F. Sumpter, which was fine and well delivered.

The presentation of diplomas by Professor Trimble made each graduate’s heart glad and the Profes­sor proved that his class of 1882 had done so well. The exercises were interspersed with music, and last came the “Farewell song” by the whole class, in which every heart and voice joined. The benediction was pro­nounced by Rev. P. F. Jones and the audience dismissed. Each one was fairly showered with bouquets and richly deserved the honors. In one minute after the dismissal, the stage was crowded with proud and joyous friends who were eager to congratulate the class of 1882 for having done so nicely. May their troubles and difficulties through life be surmounted as easily as those of their school days, is the wish of THE COURANT.
Winfield Courier, May 11, 1882.
Graduating Exercises. The Graduating exercises of the Winfield High school, on last Friday evening, were well attended and the program was very interesting. Each member of the class did well, and altogether it was a highly creditable affair. The opening prayer, by Rev. Platter, was followed by a “Greeting Song” by the class, after which the Salutatory, “Is Our Destiny in Our Own Hands?” was rendered in an excellent manner by Rose Frederick. Next was a well delivered address, “Nobility of Industry,” by William Hodges, and then Leonta Gary’s “Tablets of Memory,” which sparkled all over with bright thoughts, left us in a pleasing frame of mind to enjoy the music which followed. Charlie Klingman’s “Electricity” showed careful thought and was succeeded by a rendition rich in sentiment, “Beyond the Alps Lies Our Italy,” by Ida Trezise. Hattie Andrews’ “Watch” was excellently delivered as was Anna Rowland’s neat rendition of “Character is Power.” After music, that “Storms Strengthen the Oak,” was demonstrated by Charles Ware, and then in a clear, distinct voice Haidee Trezise showed the consequences of being “Weighed and Found Wanting.” Lizzie McDonald proved the necessity of constructing our characters of substantial material in “We Build Our Own Monuments.” The results of “Home Influence,” were shown by Rose Rounds. Then came more music, and after that “Delve Deeper,” by Mary Randall, and “The Value of Books,” by James Cairns. Then came the Valedictory: the farewell to school-mates and teacher, the severing of the final link that bound the class together, which was rendered in a creditable manner by Minnie Sumpter. After music was the presentation of diplomas, accompanied by words of advice and commendation, by Prof. E. T. Trimble, and with the farewell song by the class and the benediction by Rev. P. F. Jones, the exercises were ended and the class of 1882 had passed from the happy days of school life into the busy, active life of the outside world. Each member received a profusion of bouquets from appreciative friends, and deserved all the praise bestowed upon them as eager ones gathered around and congratulated them.
Malcolm McDonald, Miss McDonald...
Cowley County Courant, May 18, 1882.

Quite a number of our citizens and interested parents assembled at the parlors of Mrs. A. T. Spotswood Monday evening on invitation of Miss Nettie McCoy, who had prepared a concert for her little scholars. The exercises were very interesting to all assembled, and especially so to the parents of the children, who were given this occasion to judge of what musical progress had been made under Miss McCoy’s instruction.
SOME OF THE PARTICIPANTS WERE MENTIONED: Alma Miller, Frank Curns, Mable Silver, Mary Spotswood, Pearl Van Doren and Margaret Spotswood, Mary Orr, Malcolm McDonald, A. S. Higgins, Maggie Bedilion, Anna Doane, Katie Shearer, Mrs. Earnest, and Miss McDonald.
Miss McDonald, Misses McDonald...
Winfield Courier, May 25, 1882.
Program. Following is the program of the literary and musical entertainment to be given in the Opera House on Thursday evening, June 1st, by the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union of Winfield.
Prayer: Rev. Mr. Cairns.
Operative Medley: Miss McCoy and Mrs. Caton.
“Rescued”—Rec.: Mr. James Cairns.
Song: Little Mary Spotswood.
“The Aged Tramp”: Miss Dunham.
Vocal Duet: Miss McDonald and Mr. Connell.
“A Drunkard’s Deed”—Rec.: Mary Greer.
“Our Homes are What Our Husbands Make Them”: Scene.
“Dombey’s Death”—Reading: Prof. R. C. Story.
“The Sister’s Prayer”—Song: Lottie Caton.
“Scandal”—Sermon, with banjo music:
“Brudder Squash,” “Tramway Gallop”—Duet: Misses Spotswood and Bedilion.
“I Sue For Damages”—Character Rec.: Miss Baldwin.
Vocal Duet: Misses Bard and Newman.
“Garfield and Guiteau”—Rec.: Miss Ida Trezise.
“Mozoun Rosi”—Song: Mrs. R. C. Story.
“A Plea for Intemperance”: Mrs. W. B. Caton.
Grand Etude Gallop: Miss Haidee Trezise.
Reading: Mr. Jillson.
“Save the Boy”—Vocal Duet: Misses McDonald.
Benediction: Rev. P. F. Jones.
Other county papers please copy, as this is to be a temperance entertainment, and we very much desire a full attendance from the country. BY ORDER OF COMMITTEE.
Miss Lizzie McDonald...
Winfield Courier, July 6, 1882.

There is but little danger of the martial spirit dying out in this county when even the girls learn the manual of arms and become proficient in company movements. The Broom Brigade gave an exhibition of their proficiency in the handling of brooms at the Opera House on the evening of the Fourth. There were a good many in attendance, and the girls under the leader-ship of Miss Leota Gary and Miss Lizzie McDonald went through the army movements in a manner that surprised the “old vets” and completely captured the boys. After leaving the hall the Brigade marched to the church, and very soon thereafter you could see their bright and attractive uniforms scattered over the house; but in each case they had a captive in the shape of some handsome young gentleman. The girls will give another exhibition on Friday night at the Hall.
McDonald Building...
Winfield Courier, July 6, 1882.
Sealed proposals will be received at Room No. 2, McDonald building, until 6 P. M., July 15th, 1882, for the erection and completion of a two story stone dwelling house and stone barn, on the farm of Arthur H. Greene, nine miles south of Winfield. Bids will be received for the house and barn as a whole, or separately. Plans and specifications to be seen at the above stated office. The right is reserved to reject any or all bids.
Winfield Courier, August 17, 1882.
Mr. W. R. McDonald, since his purchase of the Jochems dwelling, has largely improved it by paint and an ornamental fence. It is one of the fine homes of the city.
Ida McDonald...
Winfield Courier, August 24, 1882.
Miss Ida McDonald left Wednesday morning for a visit with friends at Ottawa, Kansas.
Winfield Courier, September 14, 1882.
Through Rev. H. A. Tucker, of Ottawa, we learn that Miss Ida McDonald has been elected Professor of Music in the Ottawa University. This is the Baptist College of Kansas, and the position is a very responsible one. She has not yet accepted, but perhaps will.
Mrs. W. R. McDonald...
Winfield Courier, September 21, 1882.
Mrs. W. R. McDonald is enjoying a visit from her sister, Miss Minnie Ingram, of Cameron, West Virginia. She will spend several weeks in our city.
Winfield Courier, September 21, 1882.
Messrs. McDonald & Walton have been receiving and opening their large stock of fall and winter goods this week. They have an excellent stock and are pleasant and accommodating gentlemen to deal with.
Miss McDonald...
Winfield Courier, October 5, 1882.
The event of the season was the Tisdale S. S. Picnic which came off on Friday in the finest grove in this section.

It is located on Mr. Greenshield’s farm three miles south of Tisdale on Silver Creek. Mr. Greenshield is a whole souled man and is never better pleased than when his place is overrun with children. A little after 10 o’clock crowds began to pour into the grounds and soon the very leaves on the trees fairly trembled from the joyous shouts of the little ones. The exercises were opened by Rev. Godsman. A number of speeches from the different superintendents and S. S. workers, interspersed with music, occupied the time until the dinner horn sounded. I will draw a veil over that dinner scene. ’Twere better not to describe it. The afternoon was spent in visiting, speech making, and music. Mr. Friend furnished us with one of his superb organs and Miss McDonald of Winfield favored us with some splendid singing and instrumental music that would be hard to beat. Among the crowd of strangers we noticed Mr. and Mrs. Friend, Miss Ingram, from Virginia, Miss McDonald, Winfield, Mr. Jones, from Wichita. All seemed to enjoy themselves—from the marshals resplendent in ribbons, sash, and rosettes, to the 3 year old with his stick of candy.
Winfield Courier, October 5, 1882.
JUST RECEIVED! NEW GOODS, NEW STYLES, NEW SHADES, And new combinations in Dress Goods and Dress Furnishings.
Also a complete line of Staple and Fancy Dry Goods and Notions at
                                                McDONALD & WALTON’S.
We have just received direct from the commercial center a large invoice of FALL AND WINTER GOODS! They are goods that we know will please, and a cordial invitation is extended the ladies to call in and examine them. We keep also a full and complete stock of
BOOTS —AND—SHOES, Groceries and Queensware, and persons can get everything they wish under one roof.
                          McDONALD & WALTON, Corner Main and 10th Avenue.
M. A. Walton retires and Spencer Miner takes his place with W. R. McDonald...
Winfield Courier, October 26, 1882.
Dissolution of Partnership. The firm of McDonald & Walton having this day dissolved partnership by mutual consent, M. A. Walton retiring, Spencer Miner, having bought the interest of Mr. Walton, the business will now be conducted under the firm name of McDonald & Miner. With many thanks for a liberal share of the patronage of the people of Cowley Co., in the past, we hope by strict attention to business, fair dealing, and low prices, to merit a continuance of the same. All persons having claims against the old firm will please present them for settlement, and all persons knowing themselves indebted to the firm of McDonald & Walton will please call on the undersigned and settle the same.
McDONALD & MINER. Oct. 17, 1882.
Winfield Courier, October 26, 1882.
The firm of McDonald & Walton has been changed, Mr. Walton retiring, and Mr. Miner assuming his interest. Mr. Miner has been with the firm for years and is well known to the trading public.
Annie McDonald...
Winfield Courier, November 9, 1882.

Little Folks’ Party. A large number of little folks gathered together at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor Monday afternoon to celebrate with little Mamie her third birthday. The crowd was the jolliest and liveliest we have seen and each of the little folks seemed to take in the full measure of enjoyment. A splendid repast was set for them which they attacked with a relish. Little Mamie received a large number of elegant presents from her young friends. The following is a list of the presents and of those present: 1 silver set knife, fork, and spoon; 2 Majolica plates; 2 gold sash pins; 1 gold ring; 1 child’s decorated china wash stand set; 1 child’s dinner castor; 1 hand painted mug; 1 porte-monnaie; 5 China cups and saucers; 2 China mugs; 1 glass mug; 1 doll’s parlor suite; 1 autograph album; 1 photograph album; 1 wood tea set combination table and cupboard; 1 Brittania tea set; 2 child’s glass sets; sugar bowl; butter dish, etc.; 3 dolls; 2 doll’s canopy top phaetons; 1 doll and carriage; 2 picture books; 1 flat iron and stand; 1 bell cart and span of goats; 1 bouquet; 1 basket of flowers; 1 satin puff box; 1 panorama egg; 6 elegant birthday cards; 1 little brown jug; 1 necklace of pearl beads; 1 shell box; 1 photograph with frame; 2 China match safes; 2 bottles perfumery; 1 card receiver (Kalo Meda); 2 handkerchiefs (embroidered); 1 collar; 1 tooth-pick holder.
Present: Misses Birdie Wright, Edna Glass, Blanche Bliss, Blanche Troup, Stella Buckman, Mamie Black, Frankie Black, Mary Spotswood, Maggie Pryor, Edna Pryor, Muriel Covert, Annie McDonald, Clara Austin, Pearl E. Snyder, Maggie Johnson, Emma Johnson, Bernice Bullen, Beryl Johnston, Nina Nelson, Nona Nelson, Lube Myton, Josie Myton, Ethel Carruthers, Mary Brotherton, Bell Brotherton, Nina Harter, May Harter, Maud Miller, Gertie Lynn, Effie Lynn, Edna Short, Alma Miller, Mollie Trezise, Lillie Trezise, Fannie Bryan, Flossie Bullen, Ollie Newcomb, Edna Fitch, Maud Cooper, Daisy Clark.
Masters Eddie Greer, Eddie Thorp, Ralph Brown, Roy Robinson, Bertie Silliman, Vere Hollenbeck, Charles F. Green, Charlie Sydal, Henrion McDonald, Dolphi Green, Clare Bullen, Bruce Carruthers, Edgar Powers, Charlie Lynn, Paul Bedilion, Codie Waite, Zack Miller, Willie Trezise, Carl Farringer, Walter Baird, and Willis Young.
Ida McDonald...
Winfield Courier, December 7, 1882.
Mr. and Mrs. Albro, Misses Ida McDonald, Cora Berkey, Ettie Robinson, Jennie Hane, and Jessie Millington, and Messrs. Noble, Berkey, Miner, Davis, Albright, Wilson, Zenor, Nixon, and others of Winfield, and Conductor and Mrs. Miller of Arkansas City, attended the Opera at Wichita Monday evening.
Winfield Courier, December 14, 1882.
On last Saturday evening Mrs. J. E. Conklin entertained a company of her young friends at her pleasant home. The evening was most pleasantly spent and all were sorry when the warning hand of time pointed to Sunday morning, thus compelling the party to disperse. Mr. and Mrs. Conklin assisted by their charming guest, Miss Dinnie Swing, have the thanks of the persons below named for so pleasant a time, viz: Misses Hane, Scothorn, Beeny, McDonald, Berkey, and Millington, and Messrs. Fuller, Cairns, Robinson, Wilson, Davis, Miner, and Webb.
Winfield Courier, February 1, 1883.

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.
Absent from the petition: W. R. McDonald & Co.
Winfield Courier, March 15, 1883.
Mr. W. R. McDonald left for the east Tuesday on a business trip.
Ida McDonald...
Winfield Courier, March 22, 1883.
Miss Ida McDonald left Tuesday morning for West Virginia, where she will visit with friends during the summer.
Winfield Courier, May 10, 1883.
A fine lot of summer silks at absolute cost, fifty and fifty-five cents per yard—former price, seventy-five cents per yard. McDonald & Miner.
Mrs. McDonald...
Winfield Courier, May 10, 1883.
On last Friday Mrs. Rachael Warnock gave an old fashioned quilting at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Conklin. In the times of long ago it was the fashion for the ladies in parties of this kind to meet early in the day, and in the evening they would be joined by husbands and lovers and then would come the fun and frolic. But in this party ye gallants were left out. There were a dozen guests, as follows: Mesdames Cairns, Holloway, Fahnestock, Reed, McRaw, Lowe, Stopher, Berkey, McDonald, Rowland, Moss, and Cook.
At noon they sat down to a good, old-fashioned spread, and when work was renewed, amid laughter and jest, busy fingers soon completed a beautiful quilt. If the mothers and grandmothers who have long passed away could have looked in on the scene, they would have thought the aims of life had but little changed since their day.
Winfield Courier, May 17, 1883.
Where the Money Came From. 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.
McDonald & Miner: $5.00.
Ida and Lizzie McDonald...
Winfield Courier, June 21, 1883.
Misses Ida and Lizzie McDonald returned last week from the east.
Winfield Courier, July 26, 1883.
Mr. W. R. McDonald is quite ill with a kind of fever. He was taken down Friday.
Winfield Courier, July 26, 1883.
McDonald & Miner have sold their groceries and will now devote the whole of their fine store room to dry goods, boots, and shoes. They now enjoy a splendid trade in these lines.
Mrs. W. R. McDonald and daughter, Ida...
Winfield Courier, July 26, 1883.

Winfield is well represented at Geuda Springs this week. Mrs. W. R. McDonald and her daughter, Ida, went over a few days ago, and on Tuesday Mrs. Majors, Mrs. Vance, and Mrs. Roy Millington inaugurated a season of rest and recreation at the same place. Several others contemplate going over soon.
Winfield Courier, August 2, 1883.
McDonald & Miner have just finished remodeling their storeroom. They have disposed of the groceries and filled the whole room with Dry Goods, Boots, and Shoes, and Carpets. The stock is complete and the store one of the pleasantest and most roomy in the city. For the next few weeks they will mark everything down to the lowest notch in order to make room for a big fall stock. If you want especial good bargains, call on them within the next thirty days.
Winfield Courier, August 9, 1883.
Mr. W. R. McDonald is much better and his friends are relieved of much uneasiness regarding his condition.
Winfield Courier, August 30, 1883.
Mr. and Mrs. W. R. McDonald left for Chicago Tuesday. After purchasing a stock of goods for the fall trade, they will go to Virginia and spend some time among friends there.
Winfield Courier, September 13, 1883.
The following superintendents of their respective departments will please meet with the secretary at his office as early as possible on the first day of the Fair, Sept. 25th. The duties of the superintendents will be to have charge, under the general superintendent, of the departments to which they are assigned, and to select judges to award the different premiums. Those who find it impossible to serve will notify the secretary as early as possible that others may be appointed in their stead.
Horses, James B. Schofield.
Mules, Sol Burkhalter.
Cattle, J. O. Taylor.
Sheep, S. S. Linn.
Hogs, W. J. Hodges.
Poultry, H. T. Shivvers.
Grain, grasses, etc., Henry Harbaugh.
Fruit, Jacob Nixon.
Vegetables, J. W. Millspaugh.
Farm and household, Mrs. J. F. Martin.
Flowers and shrubs, Mrs. J. L. Horning.
Fine arts, Miss Kate Millington.
Fancy work, Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger.
Household fabrics, Kansas manufacture, W. R. McDonald.
Jellies, etc., Mrs. S. S. Linn.
Preserves, Mrs. N. S. Perry.
Speed ring, J. L. Horning.
Agricultural implements, H. Brotherton.
Mechanic arts, T. B. Myers.
Winfield Courier, September 27, 1883.

              Magnificent Displays in Every Department and all Expectations Fully Realized.
The first annual exhibition of the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association opened Tuesday morning last with extensive preparations and a clear sky. Early in the morning the streets began to look active, and by ten o’clock large numbers of persons were  accepting of the many facilities for transportation to the beautiful Fair Grounds, and the thoroughfare has been continually thronged since. Those who have no conveyances of their own find ample accommodation in the numerous omnibuses, express wagons, and common vehicles manned by lusty “rustlers,” fare twenty-five cents; and then there are “Walker’s Line” and “Shank’s Mare,” fare nothing; but we notice few who embrace the latter mode of transportation—these flush times make it unnecessary. Every large exhibition lasting through several days has its time of preparation, and on Tuesday and part of Wednesday, Cowley’s Fair was passing through this period. The superintendents and exhibitors were busy arranging the displays, and were not in shape to give details, but we gained enough information to make a synopsis of the great “show” in this issue, leaving the bulk of details for next week, when everything will be over and full report can be given.
The first place visited as nearest the entrance, was the general exhibition hall. On the right of the entrance are the Household fabrics, Kansas manufacture, in charge of Mr. W. R. McDonald. Every conceivable kind of “spread,” some of them elaborate, splendid rag carpets, and almost everything made in this line by the energy, taste, and deftness of Cowley’s ladies, are there to be seen. The different novelties here, as elsewhere, are deserving of special mention, but under the arrangement it was impossible to get the name of each exhibitor.
Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.
The cloths, counter panes, quilts, carpets, knitting, etc., were in charge of Mr. W. R. McDonald and made a grand showing.
Chenille work, Miss Lizzie McDonald, city, 1st premium.
Best sofa cushion, Miss Alice Hartman, city, 1st premium; Miss Lizzie McDonald, city, 2nd.
Winfield Courier, November 15, 1883.
Among the many young Republicans in Winfield who are always ready to do valiant work for the party and its principles, none have been more earnest than Spence Miner, of the firm of McDonald & Miner. He is a West Virginia Republican and comes from a place where Republicanism is not surrounded by many encouragements, hence he knows what it is to fight for a principle.
Winfield Courier, November 15, 1883.
Messrs. Shivvers & Linn have opened a real estate and insurance office in the rooms formerly occupied by Jarvis, Conklin & Co., over McDonald & Miner’s store. They are energetic, responsible businessmen, and persons looking for a location or desiring to place land for sale should call on them.
Winfield Courier, November 22, 1883.
Mr. W. R. McDonald and visitors took in the Indian Territory last week.

Winfield Courier, November 22, 1883.
Ad. Powers is arranging to open a skating rink under McDonald & Miner’s store. He will be ready for business next week.
Mrs. W. R. McDonald...
Winfield Courier, November 22, 1883.
I have the testimonials of more than 500 persons who are using the Burgess Steam Washer and say, “The longer we use it the better we like it, and would recommend it to our neighbors and friends as a washer that will clean all parts of the garment, and will wash all kinds of goods perfectly; that it will save its cost in one year in the wear of clothes, as in the ordinary way of washing, clothing is rubbed out more than worn out.” Lewis Conrad.
The following is a partial list of names of ladies in our vicinity who are using the Burgess Steam Washer: Mrs. Folts, Mrs. Irv Randall, Mrs. John McGuire, Mrs. Morehouse, Mrs. Cal. Ferguson, Mrs. H. H. Hughes, Mrs. Franklin, Mrs. Thos. Youle, Mrs. R. J. Yeoman, Mrs. S. Compton, Mrs. W. R. McDonald, Mrs. West, Mrs. Stivers, Mrs. Searl, Mrs. E. J. Gilbert, Mrs. P. P. Powell, Mrs. Samuel Myton, Mrs. J. L. Baker, and 30 others, all of whom can be consulted. Lewis Conrad.
Winfield Courier, November 29, 1883.
Roller Skating. I will open a skating rink Monday evening, December 3rd, 1883, in the basement under McDonald & Miner’s dry-goods store. Roller skating is the most popular amusement of the day among the most refined class of society. And in introducing this graceful exercise in this city again, I beg leave to announce my intention to conduct the assemblies in the most elegant manner, and extend the freedom of the hall to the polite class of people only. It is the object to establish a pleasant place of resort, where ladies and gentlemen, parents and children, may meet for healthful exercise, safe and pleasant recreation. The assemblies will be select, the order perfect. The management, on behalf of the patrons, reserves the right to refuse admission and the use of skates to any objectionable person. Doors open at 3 and 7 p.m., and close at 5:30 and 10 p.m. A. F. POWERS, Manager.
Ida McDonald...
Winfield Courier, December 6, 1883.
Miss Ida McDonald left Tuesday morning for West Virginia, where she will spend the winter.
Allie McDonald...
Winfield Courier, December 27, 1883.
Misses Willie Wallis, Pearl Van Doren, Maggie Bedilion, Allie McDonald, and Annie Doane will receive their friends with Miss Margaret Spotswood New Year’s day, at the residence of A. T. Spotswood.
Winfield Courier, January 3, 1884.
Spence Miner, of McDonald & Miner, made a contract Saturday with the Vermilye boys to furnish the new mansion on Magnolia farm with carpets and window hangings. The carpets will be made for the rooms and of the best material. The carpet bill amounts to $400.
Winfield Courier, February 7, 1884.

MARRIED. Mr. Spence Miner and Miss Cora Berkey were married last Thursday evening at the residence of the bride’s parents in this city, Rev. Jones officiating. Mr. Miner is the junior member of the firm of McDonald & Miner, and one of our brightest and best young businessmen. The bride is one of Winfield’s fairest ladies. The happy couple were the recipients of a large number of beautiful presents and the best wishes of hosts of friends.
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.
THOSE WHO CONTRIBUTED $5.00: S. C. Smith, T. K. Johnston, Horning & Whitney, Wm. Newton, Hudson Bros., McGuire Bros., J. B. Lynn, Geo. Emerson, COURIER Co., Ella C. Shenneman, W. S. Mendenhall, Winfield Bank, M. L. Read’s Bank, Rinker & Cochran, Miller & Dawson, H. Beard, Whiting Bros., Hendricks & Wilson, A. E. Bard, Johnston & Hill, J. N. Harter, Farmers Bank, Wallis & Wallis, F. V. Rowland, J. S. Mann, Hughes & Cooper, A. B. Arment, Quincy A. Glass, W. L. Morehouse, McDonald & Miner, Curns & Manser, J. D. Pryor, M. Hahn & Co., O’Meara & Randolph, S. H. Myton, J. P. Baden, Telegram, Schofield & Keck, Henry Goldsmith.
Winfield Courier, February 21, 1884.
W. R. McDonald, of the firm of McDonald & Miner, left for the east this morning. While gone he will visit the markets of Philadelphia, New York, Boston, and Chicago, where he will buy the largest stock of dry goods, notions, and carpets ever brought to Winfield. It is their intention to make every department complete and he will buy a complete stock of men, boys’ and youths and children’s clothing. As the old year was the most prosperous they have yet had in business, and have now entered a still more prosperous year, it is their purpose to demonstrate the ability of the firm to supply the demand of the trade on the most reasonable terms consistent with the highest standard of quality.
Winfield Courier, March 13, 1884.

You will find us on the hand side of Main Street in the former Tower Grocery, with a full line of Men and Boys clothing. McDonald & Miner.
[Does not make sense...not clear whether left or right side. Baden had formerly owned the Tower Grocery! MAW]
Winfield Courier, March 13, 1884.
All those that vote for or against the Narrow Gauge must come and examine our stock of clothing. McDonald & Miner.
Come and see that suit of Men’s clothes that we sell for $15.50 at McDonald & Miner.
Winfield Courier, March 20, 1884.
Rev. P. F. Jones and M. L. Read were absent last week attending the M. E. Conference at Newton. Mr. Read went as the Lay Delegate from the Winfield church. Messrs. S. S. Holloway, W. R. McDonald, S. H. Jennings, and A. Gridley also attended, as visitors. Rev. B. Kelly, for the past three years in charge of the Wichita M. E. Church, comes to Winfield this year and Rev. Jones goes to Marion Center.
Winfield Courier, March 27, 1884.
Mr. Robert Gibson, who has been out in Barbour County for some time, returned to Winfield a few days ago, and is again a salesman for McDonald and Miner.
Winfield Courier, April 3, 1884.
CITY ELECTION. The election for city officers Tuesday passed off quietly, only about 550 votes being polled. The following is the result.
JUSTICE OF THE PEACE: G. H. Buckman, 270; J. E. Snow, 168; L. L. Beck, 137.
CONSTABLES: H. H. Siverd, 218; T. H. Herrod, 217; Jas. McLain, 130.
COUNCILMEN: W. R. McDonald, 160; Marshall Howard, 147.
MEMBERS SCHOOL BOARD: Geo. Ordway, 158; E. S. Bedilion, 153.
Mattie McDonald...
Winfield Courier, April 10, 1884.
Report of Windsor Academy school for term commencing Oct. 1, 1883, and ending March 24, 1884, as follows.
Average for term of advanced grade: Joanna Bedell 88, May Kinley 96, Mary Cue 71, Ida Straughn 94, Carrie Warr 96, Rebecca Weaverling 89, Flora Bedell 87, James French 92.
Intermediate grade. Katie Harris 96, Jessie Cue 81, George Weaverling 85, Willie Bedell 87, Daniel Mohler 89, Della Cue 86, Louie Spradlin 72, Myrtle Harris 92, Walter Mohler 84, Fred Weaverling 80.
Primary grade. Alice Hillier 87, Minnie Cue 84, Dahlia Harris 86, Martha Smith 75, Mattie McDonald 77, Tommy Smith 78, Bennie Weaverling 77, Horace Kinsley 89, Oona Mohler 89, Willie Smith 89, David Mohler 84, Elmer Cue 85, Eddie Smith 79, Fred Hillier 75, Walter Hillier 86. No. enrolled, 52. Average daily attendance 24-8. No. not tardy during term, 1. MAGGIE SEABRIDGE, Teacher.
Winfield Courier, April 10, 1884.
The new council was organized with W. R. McDonald, President.

Petition to have stock yards, elevator, and gas works removed were referred to the committee on Public Health.
McDonald, McGuire, and the City Attorney were appointed a committee to report a revision of the license and salary ordinances.
Ida McDonald...
Winfield Courier, April 17, 1884.
Miss Ida McDonald, after spending the winter in Virginia, is again at home, much to the delight of her many friends.
Winfield Courier, April 17, 1884.
Roy Stidger, formerly a salesman with McDonald & Miner, came in from Virginia last week and spent a few days with friends.
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1884.
The Republican convention of Cowley County met according to call at the Opera House in Winfield on Saturday, April 19, 1884, at 11 o’clock a.m.
Winfield Delegates: A. P. Johnson, H. G. Norton, M. G. Troup, A. H. Jennings, J. W. Crane, W. R. McDonald, H. D. Gans, T. H. Soward, C. Trump, H. L. Wells, I. W. Randall, L. B. Stone, D. A. Millington.
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1884.
McDonald & Miner have painted the outside of their store-room “old gold” color. Perhaps the color will be changed to something prettier when the next coat gets on.
Winfield Courier, May 15, 1884.
McDonald & Miner have been spreading on the spring paint and have greatly improved the appearance of their store building.
Winfield Courier, May 15, 1884.
Winfield has seven churches and they are all well filled every Sunday. No better index could be given to the morality and intelligence of our citizens.
Memorial services in honor of the heroes who fell on the field of battle during the Rebellion will be held in the M. E. Church on Sunday, the 25th, and Rev. Kelly will deliver a sermon appropriate to the occasion. Mrs. W. R. McDonald, Mrs. G. L. Rinker, and Mrs. H. F. Cooper are the committee on decoration of the church. Decoration day, May 20th, will be observed by the Winfield Post G. A. R.
Ida McDonald...
Winfield Courier, June 5, 1884.
TO BE MARRIED. Mr. Jas. S. Tull and Miss Lizzie Palmer, of Cambridge, will be married in that place this evening at the home of the bride. A party of young folks from this city will be present, composed of Misses Ida McDonald, Anna Hunt, Jennie Lowry, Leota Gary, and Mrs. Bishop; and Messrs. James Lorton, Lewis Brown, Will C. Barnes, Frank Robinson, and Frank H. Greer.
Winfield Courier, June 5, 1884.

TO BE MARRIED. Mr. Roy Stidger, formerly with McDonald & Miner, of this city, arrived from West Virginia Saturday last, and will today lead to the altar of matrimony Miss Etta Robinson, one of our most popular young ladies. They will take the afternoon train for Cameron, West Virginia, their future home. Both are most excellent young people and will receive the hearty congratulations of a large number of friends.
Winfield Courier, June 5, 1884.
A Card. On behalf of the Grand Army of the Republic, we desire to thank Mrs. W. R. McDonald, Mrs. G. L. Rinker, and Mrs. J. A. Cooper for decorating the M. E. Church on Memorial Day—the ladies of the Baptist Church for the kind reception, and the Rev. Comrade B. Kelly and Rev. J. Cairns for their splendid sermons—Col. Wm. Whiting, Chief Marshal—The Fire Department—Courier and Juvenile Bands for their music—The Citizens of Vernon Township for flowers, and the public generally for their manifestation of kind feeling. By order of executive committee. H. H. Siverd, Chairman; J. E. Snow, Adj’t. and Sec’y. of Committee.
Winfield Courier, July 3, 1884.
C. H. Doomes, of Chicago, has opened a studio over McDonald’s store, 3rd room. He does portrait work in oil, crayon, and pastel, making portraits direct from life or from photographs. The public are cordially invited to call and examine his work at any time.
Winfield Courier, July 17, 1884.
WINFIELD—FIRST WARD. Delegates: H. H. Siverd, B. Kelly, J. C. Long, H. D. Gans, Jno. A. McGuire, W. R. McDonald, Ed. P. Greer.
Alternates: J. S. Hunt, J. Cairns, D. A. Millington, J. W. Arrowsmith, A. Gridley, A. H. Jennings, W. J. Wilson.
WINFIELD—SECOND WARD. Delegates: Spence Miner, G. H. Buckman, L. B. Stone, T. B. Myers, C. Trump, T. H. Soward.
Alternates: S. H. Myton, D. E. Douglass, John Fogarty, A. B. Taylor, H. Brotherton, W. J. Kennedy.
Winfield Courier, August 7, 1884.
SPECIAL PREMIUMS. The following special premiums are offered by the citizens of Cowley County. Parties wishing to compete for them must enter articles same as in other class, and must also comply with the instructions and requests named in the premium.
President J. F. Martin will have charge of this department, make assignment of articles, and appoint the necessary judges.
$5.00. For the best hand-made Misses’ White Apron, by any girl in Cowley County under 15 years of age; $3.00 to 1st, $2.00 to 2nd.
Winfield Courier, August 7, 1884.
Notice by the Winfield Gas Company that they had finished the system of gas-works as contemplated by Ordinances No. 176 and 177, was referred to a special committee consisting of Councilmen Hodges, McDonald, and McGuire.
A special meeting of the Council was held last night to consider certain “kicks” from merchants against street fakirs.

Winfield Courier, August 28, 1884.
MRS. N. A. PIERSON, PHYSICIAN. Treats scrofula, cancer, and catarrhs. Female diseases a specialty. Office over McDonald & Miner’s store. Open from 9 till 4 o’clock. Residence on east 12th Avenue.
Winfield Courier, September 11, 1884.
W. R. McDonald and wife returned from the east Monday. Mrs. McDonald has been absent seven weeks.
Winfield Courier, September 18, 1884.
DOINGS OF THE CITY FATHERS. Owing to the absence of Councilmen McDonald and McGuire, the former in Virginia and the latter Chicago, the city government has been “all broke up” since August 4th, as far as meeting was concerned, until Monday evening last, when they ground out the pending grist.
An ordinance dividing the city into five wards, and regulating fire alarms was passed.
Winfield Courier, October 2, 1884.
SPECIAL PREMIUMS. By McDonald & Miner $5 for best handmade Misses white apron by any girl under 15 years, Mamie Young.
Winfield Courier, October 23, 1884.
The city Legislature failed to legislate Monday night, owing to the absence of councilmen McDonald and Hodges.
W. R. McDonald: cattleman (?). President of company that laid off Ashland...
Winfield Courier, October 30, 1884.
J. H. Bullene, W. R. McDonald, A. Hughes, J. A. Howard, Theodore Nolf, and Francis Hall of Winfield are in the valley. They have laid off a town two miles south of here, which they call Ashland. They are making great strides in the way of improvements. Mr. McDonald is president of the company and is a very courteous cattleman. Mr. Bullene is their lumberman. Clark County Clipper.
Winfield Courier, November 13, 1884.
McDonald & Miner of this city will start next week a general merchandise store at the new town of Ashland, Clark County. Spence Miner will have charge of it and try pioneer life during the next year. Mrs. Miner will remain here till spring, leaving Spencer a lonely “widdy.” There are great prospects in that county, and Spence is the man to assist ably in developing them. The only question is, how can we lose him? We will rest in the hope that he will soon tire of the festive coyote and prairie dog, and put some trusty fellow in charge of the store and hie himself back to the Queen City.
Winfield Courier, November 20, 1884.
                                                           A New Winfield.

The new town of Ashland, in Clark County, is getting to be one of the “Infant Wonders” of western growth. It was laid out by a party of Winfield gentlemen some four weeks ago. There are now thirty houses up and foundations being laid for others as rapidly as the lumber can be got on the ground. The town is on Bear Creek, at the intersection of the two great western trails. Already a newspaper is running in full blast. It has two hotels, restaurants, and almost every modern convenience. Every deed given by the Town Company provides that should intoxicating liquors be sold on the premises, the deed becomes null and void. It is to be emphatically a temperance town. Mr. W. R. McDonald, of this city, is President and Messrs. Nipp, Hughes, Cooper, Taylor, Averill, Gibson, Bullene, Kinnear, Hall, Berry, Gridley, Hudson Bros., Greer, and several others constitute the town company. It is located near the center of Clark County, and will be the county seat when the county is organized. Messrs. Hughes & Cooper are putting in a stock of hardware; also Mr. Kinnear, McDonald, and Miner are putting in a large stock of dry goods. The settlers are pouring into the county and claims are being taken rapidly. The land is good and the general lay of the country smooth. A very large number of Cowley County people have taken claims around the new town. Many other persons from this vicinity are going out to take claims or engage in business.
Winfield Courier, November 20, 1884.
Spence Miner left yesterday to put in a stock of general merchandise at the promising new town of Ashland, Clark County. It will be a branch of the establishment of McDonald & Miner, of this city, and receive the personal attention of Spence.
Winfield Courier, November 20, 1884.
City Government. The city council ground out a grist of business of several week’s standing Monday night. A. G. Wilson was appointed city weigh master for the term ending March 5, 1885. Messrs. McGuire and McDonald sustained a motion for the city to purchase scales and hire a weigh master, but the mayor cast the determining vote against.
The City theatre license was changed from $5 to $10 per night to $3 to $10.
Petition of W. A. Lee to erect a frame stable within fire limits, was rejected.
The question of raising all main street awnings, was continued.
G. B. Shaw & Co. were granted privilege to move their scales to 6th Avenue, west of Main Street.
Permission was given the Southern Kansas Railway Company to extend its depot platform thirty feet farther West, a much needed improvement. Ordinance was ordered for the construction of gutters on the west side of Main, abutting on block 110.
W. R. McDonald again elected as treasurer of “Cowley County Bible Society”...
Winfield Courier, December 4, 1884.
The “Cowley County Bible Society” held its annual meeting at the Methodist Church last Sunday evening. The old officers, James Kirk, president; John Rowland, secretary; W. R. McDonald, treasurer; and Henry Brown, depositor; were re-elected. An excellent lecture on the Great Book of Books, the Bible, was given by Dr. Kirkwood, followed by remarks from the State agent of the American Bible Society, Rev. J. J. Thompson. About $196 worth of Bibles were distributed by the Cowley society during the past year.
Lizzie McDonald...
Winfield Courier, December 18, 1884.
The many friends of Miss Lizzie McDonald will be delighted to hear that she is expected home from college this week.

Ida M. McDonald marries Fred D. Blackman, operator at Santa Fe Depot...
Winfield Courier, December 25, 1884.
Christmas and MARRIAGE Bells. Cards are out for the marriage of Mr. Fred D. Blackman, the highly respected operator at the Santa Fe depot, and Miss Ida M. McDonald, well known and warmly esteemed by all. It will take place this evening at the Methodist Church at 7 o’clock, in the presence of relatives and friends, Rev. B. Kelly officiating. At 8 o’clock invited friends will be received at the pleasant home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. R. McDonald. Both intelligent, vivacious, and genial, the newly wedded pair start life’s journey with an outlook most auspicious, and will receive many and hearty congratulations. In the social and musical circles, Miss McDonald has ever been prominent and her many accomplishments place the groom in an enviable position; the worth and affability of Mr. Blackman place the bride in an equally enviable position. May the sun of happiness and prosperity ever shine upon them is the sincere wish of the COURIER. Arrangements have been made, and the happy couple will soon be cosily located “at home” in the western part of the city.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 1, 1885.
F. D. Blackman and Ida M. McDonald; D. P. Van Fleet and Sadie Garrison; John E. Larranee and Minnie Sheff; C. H. Messenger and Maggie Seabridge have taken the matrimonial route to happiness during the past week, according to the records of Judge Gans.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 1, 1885.

The Christmas Night Wedding. A large assembly witnessed the marriage of Mr. Fred D. Blackman and Miss Ida M. McDonald, in the Methodist church last Thursday evening. The ceremony was most impressively conducted by Rev. B. Kelly, and the happy couple were attended by Misses Lizzie McDonald and Maude Kelly and Messrs. W. C. Robinson, Lewis Brown, James Lorton, and Charley Dever. The bride was beautifully attired in white satin. At the conclusion of the ceremony, Mr. Robinson, on behalf of the official church board, stepped to the rostrum, and in a very neat speech presented the bride with forty dollars in gold as a token of appreciation of her valuable musical services to the church. At eight o’clock a large number of friends were received at the home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. R. McDonald, where congratulations, an excellent repast, and general mirth were freely indulged in. The presents were numerous and elegant, and the congratulations hearty. Among the most noticeable presents was a very handsome silver pitcher, presented to Mr. Blackman by his young gentlemen friends. No personal mention of ours could possibly add to the high esteem in which the happy couple are held by all who know them. The COURIER again wishes them happiness and prosperity. We append a list of the principal presents: White velvet hand-painted pin cushion, Miss Belle Lowe; pair of silver napkin rings, Mr. and Mrs. R. L. Millspaugh; picture and easel Madonna, Charles Dever; silver vase, Leota Gary; silver celery stand, Lizzie Graham; silver vase, Minnie Gibson; colored glass with castor, Nettie McCoy; colored glass water set, W. C. Robinson; pair of hand-painted gilt plaques, Lena Walrath; hair ornament, Gracie Oliver; hand-painted velvet banner, Mrs. Leavitt; bracket lambrequin, Jessie Millington; hand-painted hammered brass plaque, Miss Anna Hunt; beveled-edge French plate mirror with Hammered Brass frame, M. Hahn; gold-lined individual silver butter dishes, Miss Delia Lisk; set silver teaspoons, sugar spoon, and butter knife, Lizzie and Margie Wallis and Maggie Taylor; Russia leather photograph album, Lewis and Addison Brown; one-half dozen China fruit plates, Lucy Tomlin; one set silver spoons, Mr. and Mrs. Dr. Robbins and Miss Carrie Tillotson, Aurora, Illinois; China salt and pepper bottles, Mr. and Misses Rev. Kelly; silver cake basket, Ida Johnston; silver fruit basket, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Miner; silver berry dish, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Kennedy and Miss Lydia Young; large mounted silver water pitcher and mug, E. H. Nixon, M. H. Ewart, Geo. Headrick, James Lorton, and M. J. O’Meara; silver tea-set and waiter, bride’s parents.
Spence Miner sells his interest in McDonald & Miner store in Winfield...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 5, 1885.
Spence Miner has sold his interest in the establishment of McDonald & Miner here, and bought Mr. McDonald’s interest in the Ashland store. Mrs. Miner will accompany him to Ashland for a permanent residence next week. Spence sees great possibilities in that infant wonder of the western plains.
Mrs. W. R. McDonald...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 5, 1885.
Feminine Enterprise and Generosity. Now that the ladies have formed a relief society, the poor of our city are being well cared for. The society held a meeting in the Presbyterian church on Wednesday of last week, and large piles of clothing, provisions, etc., were sent in to be distributed among the needy by the different committees. This organization has been made permanent, with Mrs. W. R. Kirkwood, president; Mrs. J. L. Horning, Vice President; Mrs. W. G. Graham, Secretary, and Mrs. J. H. Reider, Treasurer. A committee of two has been appointed for each ward, as follows: First Ward, Mrs. W. R. McDonald and Mrs. E. D. Garlick; Second Ward, Mrs. J. S. Hunt and Miss Lizzie Graham; Third Ward, Mrs. J. L. Horning and Mrs. M. L. Robinson; Fourth Ward, Mrs. C. A. Bliss and Mrs. A. H. Doane. These ladies have sought out all destitute families in their respective wards, and are making them comfortable. And one who pursues the even tenor of his ways in every day walk would be astonished at the number of really needy families they found—those who have hands to do but can find nothing to profitably busy them with, the avenues of industry being almost closed. Many let pride carry them to the very verge of freezation and starvation, and only by the visits of these ladies did their real condition become known. The social and supper at the Presbyterian church Tuesday evening by the relief society was very liberally patronized by our citizens, and proved an excellent “weigh” of ascertaining the weight of the ladies, and putting about a hundred dollars into the relief fund. All honor to our generous-hearted, enterprising ladies!
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 5, 1885.
A fine line of residences in the city for sale at prices to suit buyers. Farms for sale in all parts of the county. Insurance written on all classes of insurable property. Money loaned on farms and city property by H. T. Shivvers. Office in McDonald building, 2nd door upstairs.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 12, 1885.
Mr. Wm. Dowler, from Marshall County, West Virginia, an acquaintance of Mr. W. R. McDonald, arrived last week. He has purchased property in Pleasant Valley and cast his lot permanently with Cowley.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 26, 1885.

Mr. Robert Gibson, for several years with the dry goods establishment of W. R. McDonald, left for Medicine Lodge Tuesday, to engage in dry goods on his own hook.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 2, 1885.
CITY ELECTION. The City election will be held next Tuesday, and as yet no tickets are in the field. For mayor the names of D. L. Kretsinger, Dr. Graham, W. R. McDonald, and Mr. Ordway are prominently mentioned. Any one of these gentlemen are thoroughly competent, and would give the city an active and energetic administration. James Connor is mentioned for the council in the First ward. He is one of our best men, and should go in without opposition. Among others mentioned for the council in their respective wards are Arthur Bangs, Ed. Bedilion, A. H. Doane, J. B. Lynn, H. Brotherton, and W. A. Smith. All are good men, and would give us a clean and effective government. Let every citizen without regard to party or creed make himself a committee of one to go to any and all meetings or caucuses for the nomination of tickets, and see that first class men only are put on ground. There is much of weal or woe, depending on the class of persons selected to govern the city during the next two years.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 2, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers for the past week, as taken from the official records, and furnished the COURIER by the real estate firm of Harris & Clark.
A. A. Knox and wife to W. R. McDonald & Miner, s e ¼, 12, 34, 4, east. $2,000.00.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 23, 1885. COURIER SUPPLEMENT.
$15,000. BARGAINS! BARGAINS! GRAND CLOSING OUT SALE OF MY ENTIRE STOCK OF GOODS AT COST FOR CASH. And many other articles Less than Cost. Come and price my goods and see that I mean just what I say. Poor health is the cause of such a giving away of goods. I MUST QUIT BUSINESS.
My stock is all comparatively new and fresh and has been selected with great care. My experience in the business, and my knowledge of goods warrants me in saying that my stock in point of excellence and adaptation to the wants of the people is equal to any stock in the city, and will be sold at prices that will strike terror to all competitors, consisting in a full and complete line of Dry Goods, Clothing, Boots, Etc., as well as Hats, Caps, Shoes, etc. Without enumerating Prices of the various articles I have in stock that are embraced under these general heads, I will simply say this is no scheme to dispose of Old Shelf worn goods. But having counted the cost, I propose to throw my entire stock on the market and the goods must be sold. W. R. McDONALD, Corner 10th Avenue and Main St., Winfield, Kansas.
N. B.—I desire to settle up my outstanding business; and persons knowing themselves indebted will please call and settle.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 23, 1885.
The old City Council met last night in regular session for the last time.
Mayor Emerson reported having secured at $1.50 per week a home with Joseph Hassel for a pauper child named Slade.
The new mayor and councilmen were then sworn in, composing the Council as follows:

Mayor, W. G. Graham; Councilmen first ward, W. R. McDonald and James Connor; second ward, A. H. Jennings, T. B. Myers; third ward, W. J. Hodges, G. H. Crippen; fourth ward, J. P. Baden, J. N. Harter. Councilman Crippen was unanimously elected president.
The bonds of City Treasurer, Jno. D. Pryor, and Police Judge, W. H. Turner, were approved.
Petition for extension of fire limits, and sidewalk petition of A. Herpich and fourteen others for walk on west side of blocks 191, 192, and 193 were referred.
W. E. Dockson’s petition for the privilege of numbering the houses of the city was laid over, leaving the matter open for bids.
Mayor Graham announced the following standing committees for the year.
Finance—McDonald, Jennings, and Baden.
Street and Alleys—Hodges, Connor, and Myers.
Public Health—Crippen, Harter, and Myers.
Fire Department—Myers, Harter, and Crippen.
The appointments of W. P. Hackney, City Attorney; G. H. Buckman, City Clerk, and B. McFadden, Marshal, were unanimously confirmed.
A committee of four, composed of the Mayor and Councilmen Hodges, Jennings, and Crippen, were appointed to receive the State Board of Charities on their arrival to locate the Imbecile Asylum.
The council adjourned to Thursday evening next.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 30, 1885.
AD BY McDONALD. The printer left out a part of W. R. McDonald’s big advertisement in this week’s paper. It was: THIS IS NO HUMBUG SALE! I MEAN BUSINESS FROM THE WORD GO! THE GOODS MUST BE SOLD.
Readers will please cut this part, paste it on the bottom of the advertisement, just above Mr. McDonald’s name, and they will have what he intended to say in full.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 7, 1885.
W. R. McDonald has been doing the business for the past week. After his big ad. in THE COURIER last week notifying the public of his closing out sale, he could hardly get clerks enough to wait on the crowds.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 21, 1885.

COLLEGE MEETING. Pursuant to call the citizens met in mass meeting at the Court House Tuesday evening, with J. C. Long presiding and Ed. P. Greer as secretary, for the purpose of considering the question of securing the Methodist College. Senator Hackney, of the visiting committee, explained the situation. M. L. Robinson then proposed a plan whereby the twenty acres and fifteen thousand dollars necessary might be raised. He proposed to be one of eight to organize the College Hill Addition Company, secure land in some available location, set aside twenty acres thereof for the college site and guarantee ten thousand dollars to the fund. This suggestion was immediately adopted, and the following gentlemen subscribed to the shares at once: M. L. Robinson, W. P. Hackney, Chas. F. Bahntge, John W. Curns, W. R. McDonald, T. H. Soward, A. J. Thompson, and S. H. Myton. After some further discussion on the matter by Judge Gans, Mayor Graham, J. E. Conklin, and others, the meeting adjourned to meet again this evening. Messrs. Baden, Millington, Spotswood, Wallis, Conklin, F. S. Jennings, Bedilion, and Whiting were appointed as a committee to confer with the members of the College Hill and Highland Park Association and report proceedings. Mayor Graham, H. B. Schuler, and Senator Hackney were appointed to attend to the reception and entertainment of the College Commission. The railroad question was also discussed at some length, and a committee of seven consisting of Messrs. Farnsworth, Bowen, M. M. Scott, Siverd, Chas. Schmidt, and J. E. Conklin were appointed to see that the registration was fully made. An assessment of $1.00 was levied upon the members of the Enterprise Association to defray the expenses of the railroad canvass. The solution of the college problem seems to be at hand. If this association furnishes the twenty acres and ten thousand dollars, certainly our citizens will furnish the other five thousand. Now is the time to act in this matter, and when the committee calls, be ready to put down liberally.
Lizzie McDonald...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 4, 1885.
Saturday was a grand day for Winfield. A brighter, calmer, or more lovely day was never seen; it was perfect. At an early hour the streets began to show unusual animation and by noon all was crowd and jam. People from everywhere were present to exhibit patriotism in honoring the fallen heroes. By one o’clock the Opera House was jammed full for the address of Rev. B. Kelly. The Grand Army and Woman’s Relief Corps marched in platoons and occupied reserved seats. The Cornet Orchestra and Messrs. Crippen, Roberts, Bates, and Shaw were again present to the delight of the audience. Among several beautiful selections, they again rendered “Lincoln’s Funeral March.” If there is a more sublime piece of music than this, as rendered by these gentlemen, it has never been heard. It arouses enthusiastic praises every time rendered. The vocal music by the quartette composed of Mrs. Fred Blackman, Miss Lizzie McDonald, and Messrs. Charles Slack and Lewis Brown, accompanied by Miss Maude Kelly on the organ, was grand and appropriate. Their appearance on the rostrum is always an assurance of music unexcelled. The audience arose in prayer by Post Chaplain, A. B. Arment, when Rev. Kelly delivered his address. It was a magnificent production, and delivered with Mr. Kelly’s great enthusiasm, stirred the soul of every hearer, and brought forth loud and frequent applause.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 18, 1885.
The “Dads” of the city met in regular session Monday, President Crippen in the chair, and Councilmen McDonald, Connor, Myers, and Harter present.
An occupation tax ordinance was passed, imposing license on most of the vocations of the city, the stipulations of which THE COURIER will present in ordinance form.
A citizens’ petition asking the council to pay the members of the fire companies a salary for monthly drill, was referred.
A water main extension petition was referred back for more signatures.
The petition for extension of gas mains was rejected.
W. L. Morehouse was granted permit to build brick and stone building, extension of Spotswood’s grocery building.
Curbings were ordered around certain lamp posts.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 25, 1885.

Mr. and Mrs. W. R. McDonald, Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Rinker, Mr. and Mrs. N. R. Wilson, and Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Thompson and others took advantage of Thursday’s soft, balmy atmosphere for a drive to the Western Saratoga and the Chilocco Indian school. They took their baskets along, with children enough to spice the occasion, and enjoyed a glorious time. There can be no prettier drive—it is through a country as luxuriant and fragrant as the Garden of the Gods.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 2, 1885.
It used to be said that about the driest and most unsocial gatherings one could attend was a church social. It isn’t so, by any means, of church socials now-a-days, at least not those given in Winfield. There is a generous rivalry between our church organizations as to which can give the pleasantest entertainments—preserving that high plane of moral excellence that all exhibitions in the name of a church should have. Of course the double purpose of these meetings is to secure funds for contingent church expenses and to give those in attendance a pleasurable evening. In addition to this they afford an opportunity for the ministers and flocks to meet and converse with members of their churches on other than strictly church topics, and also to extend their acquaintance among those who, while not always “believers,” are often “supporters” of churches. It is at these gatherings that the real genuine minister of the gospel sows the seeds of charity, courtesy, and kindred virtues from which a hopeful harvest may afterward be reached. The world dislikes the pinch-faced, over-particular and ever sanctimonious person about as much as the truly good hate the sniveling hypocrite. And it goes without saying that the most popular minister and the most influential one for good is he who can occasionally lay aside the “robes of priestly office” and mingle among his neighbors much like other men. Not that he should forget his calling, and engage in amusements the nature of which brings him into dispute among his followers, but he may, with perfect propriety, take a hand in any one of the half a hundred pastimes which please the young folks and entertain “children of larger growth.” THE COURIER notes with pleasure that Winfield pastors belong to that school which refuses to crucify the body because it enjoys a hearty laugh, or condemns the soul to everlasting perdition because it finds convivial spirits while on earth. But we have wandered somewhat from our text—the Methodist social. It was one of the most enjoyable. Men and matrons, belles and beaux, girls and boys, were all there in full force, with their winsome smiles and pretty array. Of course, the main attraction, aside from the congeniality of those present, were the ice cream, raspberries, etc. There were six tables presided over by Mrs. C. D. Austin and Mrs. Dr. Pickens; Mrs. W. R. McDonald and Misses Maggie Bedilion and Nina Conrad; Mrs. W. H. Thompson and Mrs. J. W. Prather; Mrs. A. H. Green and Misses Anna Green and Hattie Andrews; Mrs. G. L. Rinker and Mrs. James Cooper; Mrs. S. G. Gary, Mrs. N. R. Wilson, and Miss Hattie Glotfelter, and a very busy and attentive bevy they were. The cream ran out long before the crowd was supplied—though they started in with twenty gallons or more. The Methodist orchestra, Messrs. Crippen, Shaw, Bates, Roberts, and Newton, with Miss Kelly at the organ, furnished beautiful music during the evening. It was a most enjoyable entertainment throughout. The seats having been removed, awaiting the placing of the new ones, the church made an excellent place for such an entertainment.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 2, 1885.

Miss Lizzie McDonald has returned from a three weeks visit in Quincy, Illinois, and elsewhere.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 9, 1885.
W. R. McDonald and Col. Whiting had a slick game played upon them Thursday. While the Colonel was around collecting gas bills, someone stole his account book from his pocket. Some time afterward a party entered Mr. McDonald’s store and presented a bill for $1.25. Mr. McDonald was very busy at the time and made no objection to the demand, thinking it was someone deputized by the Colonel, as he had the regular book, etc. The Colonel coming in afterward demanded the bill a second time. This was a slick game.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 9, 1885.
The pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Spotswood was, last night, the scene of a most enviable gathering of our young society people. The occasion was in honor of the Misses Sarah Bass, of Kansas City, and Sarah Gay, of St. Louis, accomplished and attractive young ladies who are visiting their aunt, Mrs. Spotswood. It was one of the jolliest companies; all restraint was banished under the royal hospitality of the entertainers. Those present were Dr. and Mrs. Emerson and Misses Nettie McCoy, Julia Smith, Libbie Whitney, Jessie Millington, Bert Morford, Hattie Stolp, Nellie and Kate Rodgers, Lizzie and Margie Wallis, Gertrude McMullen, Ida Johnston, Sadie French, Minnie Taylor, Leota Gary, Maggie Harper, Anna Hunt, Mary Hamill and Lizzie McDonald; Messrs. J. J. O’Meara, W. H. Smith, F. F. Leland, B. W. Matlack, T. J. Eaton, Eugene Wallis, Lacey Tomlin, D. H. Sickafoose, W. H. Whitney, M. H. Ewart, Byron Rudolf, Harry Bahntge, E. J. McMullen, Everett and George Schuler, James Lorton, Charles Dever, Frank Robinson, Addison Brown, Fred Ballein, S. D. Harper, and F. H. Greer. Music, cards, the “light fantastic,” and a collation of choice delicacies made the time pass most pleasantly. Mr. and Mrs. Spotswood and daughter, Miss Margie, and the Misses Bass and Gay did the honors of the evening very delightfully, and reluctantly did the guests depart, with appreciative adieu, wishing many more such happy occasions.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 9, 1885.
The rulers of the city held their regular commune Monday night, with Mayor Graham and Councilmen Connor, McDonald, Myers, Crippen, Harter, and Baden present.
Citizens’ petition to drain streets in southeast part of the city was referred.
John A. Eaton’s building permit was granted.
V. R. Bartlett was granted permission to move his office building to lot north of Sam Myton’s.
Petition of John Lowry to bring certain lands into the city limits was received and an ordinance to that effect ordered.
Sidewalk petition of P. H. Albright, et al., for extension of East 10th avenue walk was referred.
An ordinance, in recognition of citizens’ petition, was ordered, allowing the fire department members a stated salary per month.
An ordinance providing for the payment for site of the Imbecile Asylum was favored. An ordinance was ordered taking into the city all platted territory lying adjacent.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 9, 1885.
W. R. McDonald left today for Hazelton, Barbour County, for a short business trip.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 9, 1885.
Cowley County celebrated the Fourth everywhere. The pleasantest celebration was had by some of our young folks, entrancing Misses Nellie Cole, Leota Gary, Sarah Gay, Sarah Bass, Hattie Stolp, Gertrude McMullen, Ida Johnston, Lizzie McDonald, and Hattie Andrews; Messrs. H. E. Kibbe, George Schuler, F. F. Leland, B. W. Matlack, Amos Snowhill, Lacey Tomlin, Frank Robinson, Addison Brown, and Charley Dever, who packed their baskets and hammocks, etc., and hied down the river to Prof. Hickok’s farm and spent the day under the branching oaks, on a pretty blue grass lawn, amid the festive chiggers and balmy breezes.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 16, 1885.
The fancy of our young folks has succumbed to equestrianism and almost every evening a bevy are out with their glossy chargers for a gallop about the city. Last night a whole platoon of health invigorators and pleasure seekers, through the horseback medium, took in the city. The beauty and grace of the ladies was almost equaled by the gallantry and comeliness of the young chaperons while the handsome horses came in for a share of womanly praise. Among the company were Misses Edith Hall, Sarah Bass, Kate Rodgers, Minnie Taylor, Sarah Gay, Anna Hunt, Bert Morford, Ida Johnston, Lizzie and Margie Wallis, Lizzie McDonald; Messrs. Lacey Tomlin, Tom J. Eaton, Eugene Wallis, Chas. S. Dever, Frank Robinson, Ed. J. McMullen, Addison Brown, and F. H. Greer. Horseback riding is one of the most graceful and invigorating accomplishments, and the young lady who makes it a frequent practice will not have to paint the roses on her cheeks and her headaches will flee into the great reservoir of nonentity. It beats sitting in the “palah” fingering the “pianah” for your best fellow. Make him take you out riding. Roller-skating, croquet, and hammock are nowhere in comparison. Girls, if you would be happy, pretty, and buxom, cultivate equestrianism. Of course, advice to the boys is ungraceful—they get afoot anyway, and don’t care a cent for rosy cheeked beauty or effeminate accomplishments. If they can steer clear of ice cream parlors, they are happy, and get off remarkably easy.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.
A party of our young folks, composed of Misses Leota Gary, Ida Johnston, Jennie Maxon, Nellie and Katie Rodgers, and Lizzie McDonald, and Messrs. A. F. Hopkins and Charley Dever, were chaperoned Wednesday by Mr. W. W. Jones for a trip among the mazes of the Winfield Roller Mills. Mr. Jones is a former employee of the mill, knows all about flour, and his genial courtesy made the visit very pleasant and profitable. Of course, the young ladies were familiar with dough and bread, but that the grains of wheat traveled hundreds of miles on elevators and through “mashers,” “refiners,” “graders,” etc.,—intricacies sufficient to stump many a philosopher—before reaching its flour state had hardly occurred to them. Then the new Corliss engine, with its immense drive wheel of 26,000 pounds weight and three huge boilers, was another feature for feminine wonder. From the fourth story of the mill opportunity was given for lovely telescopic views: stretching miles down the winding Walnut. When the young ladies emerged from the mill, they were as beautifully powdered as the most fastidious admirer of cosmetics could desire.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.
Miss Anna Hunt opened her pleasant home Thursday to our young society people. The occasion was most enjoyable, distinguishing Miss Anna as a successful entertainer. She was very agreeably assisted by Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Hunt in doing the honors of the evening. Those present were Dr. and Mrs. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. O. Branham, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Oliver, Dr. and Mrs. J. G. Evans, Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Hosmer, Mrs. Frank Balliet; Misses Bertha Williamson, of Cincinnati; Clara Lynch, of Wichita; Corinne Cryler, of Parsons; Edith Hall, of Burlington, Iowa; Nona Calhoun, of Maysville, Kentucky; Mollie Brooks, Sarah Bass, Sarah Gay, Bert Morford, Jessie Millington, Nellie Cole, Mary Randall, Lizzie McDonald, Maggie Harper, Ida Johnston, and May Hodges; Messrs. R. B. Norton, of Arkansas City; M. J. O’Meara, T. J. Eaton, M. H. Ewart, Lacey Tomlin, S. D. Harper, J. R. Brooks, Chas. Dever, Addison Brown, Everett and George Schuler, James Lorton, Chas. Hodges, and Frank H. Greer. With a bright moon, balmy atmosphere, and vivacious young folks, the lawn, adorned with Chinese lanterns, was indeed a lovely scene. Restraint was completely banished by the charming entertainment. Social promenade, music, a banquet of choice delicacies consisting of ices, cake, etc., the “light fantastic,” with cribbage and other games made the evening fly very happily, to remain among the pleasant memories of the participants.
McDonald erecting tenement house on East 7th, opposite his residence...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.
Mr. W. R. McDonald is erecting a neat and roomy tenement house on East 7th Avenue, opposite his residence.
Note that the roller skating enterprise folded and was replaced by the following...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.
H. A. JACKSON, TONSORIAL ARTIST. Hair Cutting a Specialty.
Shop in basement McDonald Building, Corner Main and 10th Avenue.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 6, 1885.
At the close of the services at the M. E. Church Sunday, Mrs. N. R. Wilson presented the horn quartette, Messrs. Crippen, Bates, Shaw, and Roberts, with lovely bouquets as an appreciation of the beautiful music they rendered. This choir, vocal and instrumental, is one of the very best. The vocalists are Mrs. Fred Blackman, Miss Lizzie McDonald, and Messrs. Chas. Black and Louie [Lewis] Brown, with Miss Maude Kelly, organist.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 6, 1885.
The rulers of the city met Monday in regular semi-monthly commune. Present: Mayor Graham and Councilmen McDonald, Connor, Myers, Crippen, and Harter. Absent: Councilmen Jennings, Baden, and Hodges.
A tax ordinance making a tax levy for 1886 was adopted.
H. G. Fuller was refused a permit to move a frame building to lot 6, block 127.
The sidewalk petition of G. W. Sanderson et al for walk on north side of 11th avenue was granted.
Building permits were granted J. P. Short and H. B. Schuler.

The petition of Samuel Steele et al for extension of water mains along Lowry street, from 11th avenue to Blandon street, was granted, and such ordinance ordered.
Councilmen McDonald and Crippen were appointed to receive bids for boarding city prisoners.
Hardware firm, I. W. Randall & Co., secure McDonald room...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 6, 1885.
The new hardware firm, I. W. Randall & Co., have secured the McDonald room and will open up a nice stock of hardware about the 15th of August. Irve is a good businessman and the new firm will prove a strong one.
W. R. McDonald, others, go by rail to Veteran, a new town in Stanton County...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 13, 1885.
J. A. Cooper left Monday afternoon to put the new town of Veteran on its legs. This town is only twenty-two miles from the Santa Fe railroad, on the Colorado line, in old Stanton County, and promises much. W. R. McDonald and others go out Wednesday.
Veteran Town Company: W. R. McDonald, secretary and general agent...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 20, 1885.
There has been another enterprise organized here during the week. It is for the purpose of laying out a town in old Stanton County, and is called the Veteran Town Company. The members are: J. A. Cooper, J. B. Nipp, M. L. Robinson, Geo. W. Robinson, Ivan Robinson, J. L. M. Hill, J. R. Taylor, S. H. Rodgers, Jas. H. Bullen, W. R. McDonald, T. H. Byers, F. L. Branniger, F. S. Jennings, E. P. Greer, John Arrowsmith, A. R. Nipp, J. C. Long, J. C. Vorheis, Wm. Camery, and T. H. Soward. The offices are: J. A. Cooper, president; J. B. Nipp, vice-president; W. R. McDonald, secretary and general agent; Geo. W. Robinson, treasurer. The company owns eleven hundred acres of land in Stanton County, one section of which is now being laid off as the town of “Veteran.” It is located in the beautiful Bear creek valley, and will be the county seat of that new county when organized. The company is a strong one and will proceed at once to build a city without further ado. A large number of lots have been already contracted for and buildings will go up on them at once. A newspaper is now on the way and the VETERAN COURIER will soon unfold its banner to the breeze. W. R. McDonald is the authoritative business head of the company and will remain on the ground.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 20, 1885.
S. H. Rodgers and W. R. McDonald left on Tuesday for Finney County. Mr. Rodgers will start a lumber yard at Syracuse, on the Santa Fe, near the Colorado line. This will be the supply point for a large territory that is rapidly settling up. Mr. McDonald goes to Veteran to assist in getting it on its pegs in the midst of a big boom.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 20, 1885.
The rulers of the city met last night in regular semi-monthly session, Mayor Graham presiding and Councilmen Connor, Jennings, Myers, Crippen, and Baden present; absent, Councilmen McDonald, Hodges, and Harter.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 20, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds since our last issue.

E S Miner et ux to W R McDonald hf se qr 2-34-4e: $1,000.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 3, 1885.
I. W. RANDALL & CO. This new firm has fairly got started in the McDonald building, on South Main. They have spared no pains, time, or money in putting in a general hardware stock that will compare favorably with any stock in the county. Everything about the store and stock shows that the gentlemen composing the firm understand their business fully. The goods are of the best and latest make, bought as low as cash and judicious buying could get them in eastern markets. No old goods. I. W. Randall—our Irve, is well known in this city to be a fine businessman. J. S. Lyon, formerly with Horning & Whitney, is an expert in the plumbing and gas fitting business, and a number one hardware man. Everything in shelf and heavy hardware will be kept in stock. Plumbing and gas fitting will be a specialty. Call and see their stock and low prices and be convinced that this firm will sell the best class of goods very low.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 10, 1885.
The new town of Veteran, in Stanton County, founded by Winfield men, is making magic strides. Capt. Nipp received a telegram this morning announcing plenty of water at a depth of from forty to eighty feet. New business buildings of all kinds are springing up and Veteran will soon be a full fledged city and be putting on metropolitan airs. It is in the heart of a beautiful, rich soiled country, and only twenty miles from the Santa Fe railroad, Syracuse being the supply point. M. L. Robinson, W. R. McDonald, J. A. Cooper, and others of the town company are now there.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 10, 1885.
Miss Lizzie McDonald left on Tuesday for school, at Beaver, Pennsylvania. She will be absent nine months. Miss Lizzie is one of our brightest and most attractive young ladies and will be missed from the social circle. All rejoice, however, at her opportunity to complete the accomplishments she has so successfully begun.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 10, 1885.
The City Fathers met in regular session Monday night, Mayor Graham and Councilmen Connor, Jennings, Crippen, Harter, and Baden, and city clerk Buckman, present; absent, Councilmen McDonald, Myers, and Hodges.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.
W. R. McDonald is in from a month at Veteran, highly elated over the prospects of that infant town.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.
Delegates: H. H. Siverd, Frank Finch, C. E. Steuven, John Nichols, T. J. Harris, A. H. Jennings, W. B. Caton, Henry E. Asp, W. T. Madden, T. F. Axtell, A. J. Lyon.
Alternates: Green Wooden, C. M. Leavitt, Hank Paris, Archie Brown, B. McFadden, James McLain, Walter Denning, W. R. McDonald, J. H. Taylor, A. B. Taylor, Ben Harrod.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 22, 1885.
W. R. McDonald is back from the wild west. He reports things booming.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 29, 1885.
The reporter mounting a steed sallied forth early Friday morning to take an inventory of the improvements and new buildings which have gone up since the season opened, and the ones under construction at the present time. Being rushed, we are satisfied many have been overlooked. The valuation given is below the market value rather than above. The following list we know will surprise our own citizens.
W. R. McDonald residence, $1,000; Fred Blackman residence, $1,000.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 5, 1885.
The rulers of the city met in regular commune Monday night: Mayor Graham in the chair and councilmen McDonald, Jennings, Hodges, Baden, and Harter present; absent councilmen Myers and Crippen.
An ordinance attaching certain territory to the city, was passed.
The Marshal was instructed to notify the Southern Kansas railroad company to fix its culverts and crossings within ten days or suit would be commenced against them.
Willis A. Ritchie was appointed and confirmed as city engineer.
$15, or whatever necessary, was appropriated to pay for deposition of Dr. Mills in the case of Werger vs. the city.
The city’s frame building located near the fire bell was sold to W. A. Lee for $50.
Winfield Courier, December 3, 1885.
Mr. and Mrs. W. R. McDonald left last Thursday for their old home, Cameron, West Virginia, to remain till after the Holidays.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 17, 1885.
The Rulers of the city met in regular semi-monthly conclave Monday night. Present: Mayor Graham and Councilmen Connor, Jennings, Myers, Crippen, Hodges, Baden, and Harter; absent, Councilman McDonald.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 24, 1885.
Miss Lizzie McDonald, of this city, who is attending college at Beaver, Pennsylvania, handles the faber admirably in a letter about Kansas, in the December number of the College Messenger, a sprightly paper, edited by the students. The letter will be read with much interest by Miss Lizzie’s many friends in Winfield.

“I have been requested time after time to tell of my life way out in Kansas. A great many of the college girls have queer ideas of Kansas life. Yes, they imagine we are thrown right with the Red men of the forest, and that our homes are entirely different from those in Pennsylvania. In fact, they think we are cut off from the civilized part of the world and have a little world of our own, in which everything is wild and free. I remember the first day I was in Beaver College. What strange glances were cast at me. Had I come all the way from Kansas alone? Did we not have any good schools in Kansas. And questions too numerous to mention. I may have had a bewildered look about me, for what Kansas girl would not have been amazed at their ignorance! What! Did they not know that Kansas was already one of the first states in the Union! Where do you find a class of people so energetic, so go-a-head, more refined or intelligent? Our people, as a general rule, have had advantages in the way of traveling. They are liberal in their views. Our educational advantages rank with the highest in the land. Our towns are right up with the towns of the east, and indeed, far ahead, for while the towns through Kansas are full of life and ambition, so many of our eastern towns seem dead. What town of seven thousand inhabitants; only sixteen years old, in all Pennsylvania, has so many advantages as this very town? (Winfield.) It was at one time quite a summer resort, the grasshoppers came in such swarms that they failed to find accommodations, but being delighted with the country, they endured the disadvantages and remained throughout the season. The monotony of life is relieved by the occasional visit of whirl winds, and as ventilators and elevators, we have cyclones. Girls, if you want to have fun, you should just come to Kansas, for we believe in having good times. I can truly say that Kansas is the very place for me.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 24, 1885.
The city rulers met in regular session Tuesday night. Present: Mayor Graham and Councilmen Connor, Jennings, Crippen, Harter, and Baden. Absent: Councilmen McDonald, Myers, and Hodges.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 31, 1885.
Mr. and Mrs. W. R. McDonald are home from their eastern visit, having spent several enjoyable weeks at their old home, Cameron, West Virginia.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 7, 1886.
The City Fathers held their regular conclave Monday night. Present: Mayor Graham and Councilmen Connor, Myers, Crippen, Baden, and Harter; absent, Councilmen Jennings, McDonald, and Hodges.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 28, 1886.
The council chamber was a hot scene Tuesday night. A special meeting of the city rulers was held to approve the bond of Uhl and Giel, the Cleveland, Ohio, contractors whose bid to construct the city building was the lowest one filed and the one accepted. There were present: Mayor Graham and Councilmen Harter, McDonald, Crippen, Jennings, and Connor.
There has existed considerable dissatisfaction among home contractors ever since the awarding of this contract to foreign parties. The bid of Uhl, $8,500, was $400 lower than the next lowest, and these men were highly recommended, and signified their determination to locate in Winfield, and made this low bid to introduce themselves. The council could do nothing but accept.
Things ran smoothly until last week, when the delay of Uhl and Giel to file their bond caused a little uneasiness, and a petition was circulated, asking the council to revoke their award and give the contract to the next lowest bidder, which was Chas. Schmidt.
In the meantime, Uhl and Giel came on, had their bond of $16,000, to strictly fulfill their contract, well secured and ready to file.

Last night the fact was brought out that Uhl’s initials were wrong in his contract, which made “K. T. Uhl” the bidder instead of Fred Uhl, whom he represented himself to be. Mr. Uhl, being present, then explained that he drew the original bid himself, but had a Cleveland stenographer copy it, and that it was in this way that the mistake must have occurred. Chas. Schmidt said it illegalized the bid, and if the council accepted Uhl’s bid, he would have him enjoined.
Mr. Connor said that he didn’t propose that any foreigner should walk off with that job if he (Connor) had to do it for nothing.
And here the war began, fraud being charged to the contractors all around. Connor moved that Uhl’s bid and others filed be rejected. Harter seconded the motion. Connor and Harter voted in favor, and the rest of the councilmen refused to vote, and the motion was declared carried.
Mr. Connor tendered his resignation as councilman from the First Ward, to go into effect next Monday evening. His resignation is no doubt to enable him to bid on the city building.
The council decided to again advertise for bids, to be opened on the 8th of February. The home contractors are determined, and Uhl is determined, and some very low bids will no doubt result. It was claimed by our home men that Uhl would lose a thousand dollars on his bid of $8,500, and they predicted that he would never file his bond. He stood the racket and thus this hotness.
The council never had a livelier or louder discussion than that last night. Some of them got badly stirred up.
The resignation of Councilman Connor is much to be regretted. He has made a very efficient member of the council, his services in public improvements being specially valuable. His practical knowledge as a contractor and builder peculiarly fit him as councilman. A member of the council, however, cannot take a contract from that body, under the law.
Malcolm McDonald...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 18, 1886.
The home of Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Pixley, 221 west 7th, was a happy scene Monday evening. It was a reception given by Misses Minnie and Estella Pixley—a gathering of Masters and Misses of that gay age to which all look back as the most genuinely enjoyable and hilarious of life—almost the last step to the threshold of womanhood and manhood; the days of reveling in the first thoughts of a “best birl” or a gallant “beau.” Yes, we can all remember what immense times we had in those days—days that will never return, but always remain among our brightest memories. Such a party was that last night—free from restraint and stilted dignity—all in for a good time; and they had it. Those participating were Misses Maggie Bedilion, Lillie Wilson, Mabel Myers, Willie Wallis, Maud Pickens, Mattie Tulley, Margaret Spotswood, Mamie and Nona Greer, Pearl Van Doren, Anna Doane, Pauline Baird, Eva Berkey; Masters Willie Farringer, Fletcher Johnson, Dick Harper, Fred Wilber, Frank Wilber, Fay Latham, Malcolm McDonald, Wallie Johnson, Willie Doane, Dudley Eaton, Harry Park, Gus McMullen, John Pugh, George Gary.
The nicely furnished home of Mr. and Mrs. Pixley is well arranged for such a gathering. Misses Minnie and Stella, pleasantly assisted by their sisters, Misses Josie and Louise, did the honors of the occasion very gracefully. Music and various amusements, supplemented by a choice luncheon, filled the evening delightfully to all.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 4, 1886.
The rulers of the city met in regular bi-weekly session Monday eve, with Mayor Graham presiding, and Councilmen Connor, Jennings, Myers, Crippen, Baden, and Harter present; McDonald and Hodges absent.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 11, 1886.
The city council held an adjourned session Thursday, with Mayor Graham in the chair and councilmen Crippen, Myers, Connor, Jennings, Baden, and Harter, present; absent, McDonald and Hodges.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 11, 1886.
The city election occurs Tuesday, April 6th. The officers to be elected are: One councilman from each ward, two justices of the peace, and four members of the school board. The out-going councilmen are: W. R. McDonald, 1st ward; T. B. Myers, 2nd ward; W. J. Hodges, 3rd ward; J. N. Harter, 4th ward. The retiring members of the school board are W. D. Johnson, 1st ward; George Ordway, 2nd; W. C. Robinson, 3rd; and W. H. Smith, 4th. The principal skirmish will be over the justices and the 1st and 2nd ward councilmen. But every place to be filled is important to the welfare of a progressive and prosperous city like Winfield, and much care must be exercised in getting men who will fill them acceptably and creditably to themselves and the city.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 11, 1886.
W. R. McDonald is in from the west.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 18, 1886.
W. R. McDonald and family leave this coming week for Veteran, where they will remain during the summer.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 18, 1886.
Mr. and Mrs. W. R. McDonald and family left Tuesday to cast their lot at Veteran, for the summer.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 1, 1886.
THE NEW WEST. Observations of a Courier Man in Stanton County.

The junior editor of THE COURIER has spent the last two weeks in the west, and as many of our people are interested in hearing the true facts about that part of the State, we will attempt to give them. Leaving Winfield on the Santa Fe at 3:00 p.m., we landed at Syracuse at 5:00 in the morning. From thence we took the stage south 28 miles to Veteran City. There are two stage lines running from Syracuse south through Veteran City to Richfield, and both stages go loaded to the guards every day. The first three miles of the road was through “Sand Hills.” These passed, the country opened into rolling prairies, as beautiful as the eye ever rested upon. At noon we arrived at Veteran. This town was laid out by Capt. Nipp and other Winfield gentlemen last fall. It is in the center of old Stanton County and will be the county seat when the boundary lines of this county are re-established next winter. It now contains a fine hotel, stores, restaurants, livery stables, and other accessories to a new “western town.” It is just rising on the swell of the western “boom.” People are pouring in and within the next sixty days almost every quarter of land in the county will be taken. Men are seeking locations there in all branches of business, and buildings are springing up in every direction. The most wonderful thing in these towns is the increase in values in town property. Business lots in desirable locations near the center double and thribble in value in a week. This is probably due to the high rents which prevail. Frame business buildings near the center that cost four hundred dollars are eagerly taken on a year’s lease at twenty-five dollars per month. Wherever there is a building, someone stands ready to put a stock of goods into it, and as a rule these early-day merchants prosper. The certainty that Veteran will be the county seat tog ether with the fact that the country surrounding it is very choice and being rapidly taken up by the settlers, attracts many there. Desirable business lots in the town are being sold by the town company at one and two hundred dollars each. These are selling rapidly. As fast as they pass from the hands of the company, they are advanced from one to three hundred per cent and will readily bring it as soon as the company sells out. Mr. W. R. McDonald is the Secretary and resident agent of the company, and is now living there with his family. He has a fine claim adjoining the town site. He has the energy and business ability, is backed by abundant capital, and with the fine country and splendid prospects surrounding it, will make Veteran one of the best towns in the west. Since looking over the country, we have an abiding faith in the future of this town, and our opinion is endorsed by everyone who has been there. We predict that within year Veteran will be a city of six hundred people.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 8, 1886.
Will C. Higgins’ Veteran Sentinel is at hand, as pretty and smiling as a spring daisy. It looks just like his Udall Sentinel, defunct that Veteran might be heralded to the universe. We got our shears in on the following.
“A herd of about forty antelope tried to crowd the southbound O. K. hack and W. R. McDonald off from the public highway last Monday morning. The antelope were crossing the road just as the hack and McDonald in his buggy came along. A lively and spirited chase ensued, and the delighted passengers had a fine opportunity of seeing at close quarters these beautiful and swift animals. Many a traveler would have given a good deal to have witnessed this interesting race.”
“Capt. J. B. Nipp and a young friend of his got badly taken in at Syracuse last Saturday night. We know we should not give the Captain away, but when an old horseman like him gets taken in by old tricks like that, we believe he should be blown sky high. So here goes: A man bet that his mule could pull 500 pounds of sand, the mule to be attached to one end of a hundred foot rope, the bag of sand to be fastened to the other. The Captain and his friend put up a ten spot each, when the mule walked off with the rope and sand as easily as falling off a log. Say, Captain, did you ever buy a small package of soap in the wrapper of which you expected to find a five dollar bill?”



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