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McLaughlin Family

                                                      Tyler H. McLaughlin.
                                                     Lafayette McLaughlin.

Kansas 1875 Census Creswell Township, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.
Name                                     age sex color      Place/birth Where from
T. H. McLaughlin                     33  m    w          Maine                  Ohio
Mary E. McLaughlin                30   f     w          Indiana                Iowa
Harry McLaughlin                 1  m    w          Kansas
Note: Lafayette McLaughlin family was not found in 1875 Census.

FROM BETWEEN THE RIVERS, article by Mrs. Albert L. Newman.
Recap: In 1862 Albert Augustus Newman, age 19, withdrew from Maine State Seminary at Lewiston and enlisted in the Union Army. He came under fire in some of the great battles, and even on his first day of service was ordered to go gather his equipment from one of the dead Union soldiers in a nearby field. He marched up the Shenandoah Valley with Sherman’s gallant men. He tells in his war diary while wintering in Vicksburg of scouting the district for apples and selling them to the other soldiers. He thus manifested early his merchant instinct.
After coming out of the Army, Mr. Newman and his foster brother, T. H. McLaughlin, went to Fayetteville, Tennessee, and operated a dry-goods store. But when it became known in the village that they were “Damn Yankees,” they were ordered to leave. Mr. Newman, who was a Mason, was allowed to leave in an orderly manner, but his partner was not. When McLaughlin heard he was to be “tarred and feathered” and ridden out of town on a rail, he climbed out a back window of their living quarters over the store and escaped in the middle of the night.
Note: Newman was first tied in with O. P. Houghton in Emporia before McLaughlin came to Emporia. MAW
Emporia News, October 8, 1869.
Messrs. Newman & McLaughlin have commenced the construction of a new business house, 26 x 70, 35 feet high, on the corner of Mechanics Street and Sixth Avenue. The building is to be of stone, with brick front supported by cut stone columns. It is to be finished and ready for occupancy by next May.
Emporia News, November 12, 1869.
Work on the new business house of Newman & McLaughlin is progressing rapidly. The basement is completed, and the cut stone front for the first story is being put in. This will be, when finished, one of the best buildings in town.
Emporia News, November 19, 1869.
E. T. Sprague has the contract for the wood work on Newman & McLaughlin’s new business house on Sixth Avenue. Mr. Sprague has been here all summer, and has the reputation of being a good workman.
Emporia News, January 7, 1870.

The stone work, after some delay, is resumed on Newman & McLaughlin’s new building, on Sixth Avenue. The walls of the second story are rapidly going up under the hammers of numerous masons.
Emporia News, April 15, 1870.
The plastering of the new storeroom of Newman and McLaughlin, on the corner of Sixth Avenue and Mechanics Street, is probably the best job of the kind in town. We do not know the artists who smeared the mud.
Emporia News, September 23, 1870.
For Sale. One five acre lot in Goodrich’s addition to the town of Emporia. Lot fenced and broke, and one hundred apple trees set out last spring. A splendid chance for Market Gardening. Will be sold cheap, partly on time if desired. Inquire of T. H. McLaughlin, at Newman & Bros. store.
Emporia News, May 5, 1871.
A. A. Newman
T. H. McLaughlin.
O. P. Houghton.
Winfield Courier, Saturday, January 11, 1873.
The following bills were presented and rejected.
Jackson & Myers, coffin for R. M. Boyer.
Newman & Houghton, laid over endorsing the County Attorney’s decision.
L. M. McLaughlin, laid over with same action as Newman & Houghton.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 13, 1873.
                                                       MARCH 9TH, 1873.
Action on bills against the county as follows:
L. M. McLaughlin, for coffin furnished pauper in Pleasant Valley Township: Claimed: $12.00. Allowed: $10.00
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 15, 1873.
We clip the following local items from the Arkansas City Traveler.
Last week we saw some of the best salt we have seen in this State, manufactured by Goff & Marshall, of Salt Springs, this county. These gentlemen have their vats in working order, from which they manufacture thirty barrels of salt per week, by evaporation only. As many more vats are being made, they will soon be able to turn out twice as much salt as at present.
Mr. Goff brought into this market yesterday 1,000 pounds of beautiful crystallized salt. All the salt needed in this locality will be furnished from the Salt Springs.
Adley Davis shot a pelican on the Arkansas River last week, that measured 8 feet 8 inches from tip to tip of wing. It was left with Mrs. L. McLaughlin to be stuffed.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 25, 1873.

We give this week a cursory report of the 3rd annual fair of the Cowley County Agricultural Society, held last week. Notwith­standing the dust which at times was almost stifling, the fair was quite successful and the managers are entitled to much credit for the energy and good judgment they used. We are informed by the secretary that there were over 400 entries, and more than 1,000 different articles on exhibition. We report some of the premiums as furnished us. The race horse and fast trotter had to take a back place this year, while the horse for service came to the front. The “pure agricultural horse trot” gave way to the tests of strength, and excellence was not measured by the short time required to run 300 yards. We were glad to notice some very good young stock in this department. The premiums were awarded as follows.
The exhibition in the Floral Hall was not as extensive as last year, yet there were some very fine articles shown.
We were pleased to find excellent fruit trees from nurseries in this county.
Premiums were awarded to J. O. Matthewson of Winfield and H. D. Gans of Lazette, for house plants, and cut flowers to Mrs. McLaughlin and Mrs. W. K. Davis.
In the department of needle and fancy work, there were many beautiful articles. We have not time to specify but give a list of those to whom premiums were awarded.
Mrs. Bonsall, Mrs. Fuller, Mrs. McLaughlin, Misses Deming, Mary Stewart, Foos, Porter, Jane Stewart, Likowski, Mrs. Anderson, Mrs. Mansfield, Mrs. Bostwick, and Mrs. Shepherd.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 13, 1873.
Houghton & McLaughlin at the Green Front, Arkansas City, are turning out goods to the amount of $5,000 per week. And why is it? Simply because they sell cheap, and keep everything anyone wants.
Winfield Courier, May 1, 1874.
THE GREEN FRONT STORE at Arkansas City, Kansas, will sell you—
Choice Natural Leaf Tea at (per pound) $.40.
Choice Rio Coffee (per pound) $.30.
7 lbs. peaches for $1.00.
15 1 lb. Bars of Choice Family Soap: $1.00
14 lbs. Choice White Beans: $1.00
4 Spools Best Thread: $1.00
                                              HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN.
Winfield Courier, September 16, 1875.
                                             CIVIL DOCKET. THIRD DAY.
                                      Houghton & McLaughlin vs. Robt. Washam.
                                                     CENTENNIAL ISSUE.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 6, 1876.
Excerpt pertains to Arkansas City...

A splendid brick church, the best edifice of the kind in the country, a substantial frame church, a cut stone bank (J. C. McMullen’s), the City Hotel, a three-story structure, kept by Mantor & Son, the Central Avenue, a commodious two-story build­ing, Houghton & McLaughlin, immense dry goods store, J. H. Sherburne & Co.’s two-story business house, J. C. McMullen’s elegant private residence constructed of brick with cut stone trimmings, costing $6,000, are among the most prominent and expensive of the buildings upon the town site. It contains about 550 population.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 26, 1876.   
                                              A. A. NEWMAN, PRESIDENT.
                                           W. M. SLEETH, VICE PRESIDENT.
                                                  H. P. FARRAR, CASHIER.
Does a General Banking Business. Interest Allowed on Time Deposits. Domestic and Foreign Exchange Bought and Sold. School Bonds a Specialty.
Collections promptly attended to.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 26, 1876.   
                                              HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN
Have the largest stock of Dry Goods, Hats, Caps, Boots, Shoes, Clothing! And Notions, in the Walnut Valley, which they will sell for the next Sixty Days!  Cheaper than any House in the Valley for Ready Pay. We will trade for Cash, Wheat, Oats, Corn, Furs, and Hides, Cattle, Horses, or Mules. We are going to sell!
Our stock of groceries, as usual, is complete, fresh, and cheap!
Arkansas City Traveler, January 26, 1876.
FOR SALE: 221 acres of land 2-1/2 miles southeast of Arkansas City, well watered; twenty acres in wheat. Also 8 good residence lots, fenced, and trees set out, just south of Col. McMullen’s brick residence; one house and lot on Sixth street, and my large stock of furniture, which will be sold cheap. Inquire of L. McLAUGHLIN.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 26, 1876. Front Page.
                                              ARKANSAS CITY, Jan. 4, 1876.
Excerpt from letter...
In my last letter I informed you that Newman & Co. were building a fine brick store room 25 by 100 feet. The fine weather or some other cause has struck S. P. Channell & Co. with the same fever, so that they are now at work digging out the basement, to erect a new brick store room alongside of Newman’s, 25 by 100 feet, same style and finish; and from the way that Houghton & McLaughlin look across the street and see those two splendid brick stores going up, I shouldn’t be astonished if they caught the fever also, and by spring another new brick store will go up on the opposite corner. “Example is a wonderful teacher.”
Pitch in gentlemen, the investment is a safe one, in the opinion of a casual
Arkansas City Traveler, January 26, 1876.

As the railroad time in Wichita is being changed so often, and cannot be depended upon, arrangements are being made to have the standard time obtained from there every few days, and kept at E. D. Eddy’s, Houghton & McLaughlin’s, and elsewhere, in order that all living in the City may have the same time together, instead of so many different ones, as at present.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 26, 1876.
                                                     WORSE AND WORSE!
Houghton & McLaughlin, of the renowned “Old Reliable,” Green Front store, now come out announcing for the next sixty days they will sell, trade, and almost give away their entire stock of winter clothing, hats, caps, boots, shoes, and notions, for less money than any house in the valley. This is not “talk,” but an actual and unprecedented fact, and those who doubt it will do well to come and see. Never before in the history of Cowley County or Southern Kansas, have goods been marked down to the figures they have them at this place, at this day. Carry the news, and let the people have the benefit of it.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 26, 1876.
                                                     Arkansas City Schools.
First term begins Sept. 6th:  continues sixteen weeks, and closes Dec. 24.
Second term begins Jan. 8, 1876; continues twelve weeks and closes March 25.
Third term begins April 4; continues twelve weeks, and closes June 24, 1876.
$1.00 per month, in advance, unless other arrangements are made with the Board.
Rooms can be procured for those wishing to board themselves. Board can be had at reasonable prices.
                                For admission, apply to E. W. HULSE, Principal.
                     By order of the Board:  T. H. McLAUGHLIN, District Clerk.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 2, 1876.
SCALES. Houghton & McLaughlin have purchased C. R. Sipes’ hay scales, and moved them on the corner near their store.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 2, 1876.
FOR SALE. 221 acres of land 2-1/2 miles southeast of Arkansas City, well watered; twenty acres in wheat. Also 8 good residence lots, fenced and trees set out, just south of Col. McMullen’s brick residence; one house and lot on main street, and my large stock of furniture, which will be sold cheap. Inquire of L. McLAUGHLIN.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 9, 1876.
                                                         Railroad Meeting.
A MEETING of the citizens of this place was held at H. O. Meigs’ office, on last Wednesday evening, to elect delegates to the Railroad Convention to be held at Topeka Monday, February 7th, and canvass matters concerning railroads generally.
Judge Christian was elected Chairman, and C. M. Scott, Secretary.
A letter was then read by Hon. S. P. Channell, and remarks made by Rev. S. B. Fleming, Dr. J. T. Sheppard, and others.

On motion S. P. Channell and H. O. Meigs were elected delegates to attend the Convention at Topeka, and L. McLaughlin, Rev. Fleming, O. P. Houghton; T. H. McLaughlin, James Benedict, L. C. Wood, Judge Christian, C. R. Mitchell, C. M. Scott, Wm. Brown, Geo. Harmon, P. J. Davis, J. W. Hutchinson, I. H. Bonsall, and some others, delegates to the mass Convention at Winfield. On motion the Band was invited to go, and a Committee appointed to see that their expenses were defrayed. After some discussing of different projects, the meeting adjourned.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 9, 1876.
At the annual meeting of the stockholders of the Cowley County Bank yesterday W. M. Sleeth, T. H. McLaughlin, R. C. Haywood, H. O. Meigs, and A. A. Newman were elected Directors for the year: A. A. Newman, President; W. M. Sleeth, Vice President; H. P. Farrar, Cashier and Secretary.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 9, 1876.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 23, 1876.
HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN are sending vast quantities of wheat to Wichita every week. The firm does an immense trade for the border, and deal largely in grain.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 23, 1876.
The excavation for E. R. Thompson’s new house, in the rear of Houghton & McLaughlin’s store, is completed.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 15, 1876. Front Page.
                                                   From the Spirit of Kansas.
As another evidence of our growth and prosperity as a five-year-old county, I will state what I believe to be true, from the best information I can get—that for the past five months there have been shipped from Cowley County, on an average, twenty wagon loads of wheat per day, averaging thirty-five bushels to the load—making in all over 107,000 bushels of wheat. I have counted as many as sixty loads per day between this place and Wichita. Some 2,000 bushels of wheat were shipped from our town in one day by Houghton & McLaughlin.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 15, 1876.
It cost Houghton & McLaughlin about ten dollars, last week, to tell the people they did not intend to trust any more, and now they propose to do as they have said.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 15, 1876.
FURNITURE. L. McLaughlin has the largest stock of furniture in Cowley County, and proposes to sell at bottom rates. Call in and see the new styles of parlor furniture and the old style kitchen chairs.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 29, 1876.
The Fire Extinguishers are placed as follows: One at the Central Avenue Hotel, one at E. D. Eddy’s, and one at the Post Office. Houghton & McLaughlin have a private one belonging wholly to themselves.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 5, 1876.
T. H. McLAUGHLIN went East to purchase their spring and summer stock of goods this morning. Since this firm has adopted the cash in hand system, they expect to offer better inducements than ever before, at rates that will surprise the public. They do an immense business and can handle goods at a very small profit. Their stock is yet large and complete, and for cash, you can buy as cheap or cheaper of them than any house in Cowley County, Independence, or Wichita.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 5, 1876.
The election of city officers passed off very quietly last Monday, with the following result.
                     H. D. KELLOGG,  24 VOTES.
     Whole number of votes cast: 73.
The city officers now are: S. P. Channell, Mayor; T. H. McLaughlin, W. M. Sleeth, Dr. H. D. Kellogg, Dr. J. A. Loomis, and James I. Mitchell, Councilmen; Jas. Christian, Police Judge.
Cowley County Democrat, Thursday, April 6, 1876.
This Stock is New and Fresh, but must make room for our Spring Stock.
                                                              A Full Line of
                                           GROCERIES ALWAYS ON HAND.
                            Thankful for past favors, we ask a continuance of the same.
                                            HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN.
Cowley County Democrat, April 6, 1876.
                                                      Arkansas City Items.

The school is having a vacation, and Prof. Hulse and pupils are having a few weeks recreation.
The Arkansas River is higher than it has ever been since the white man settled in its valleys. In some places it only lacks a few feet of running over its banks, and is still rising. It is thought if it rises much more, the bridge south of town will be materially damaged.
After some little excitement, caused by the whiskey ring of this place, the following officers were elected to the respective offices.
Mayor: S. P. Channell.
Councilmen: T. H. McLaughlin, W. M. Sleeth, H. D. Kellogg, Dr. J. A. Loomis, J. I. Mitchell.
Police Judge: Judge Christian.
Cowley County Democrat, Thursday, April 6, 1876.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 12, 1876.
The finest lot of fruit and shade trees that our attention has been called to in this vicinity is to be seen in the rear of Houghton & McLaughlin’s store, under the control of Mr. Trissell, agent of the Rose Hill Nursery, of Chetopa. The trees were put on the ground last Monday, being six wagon loads in all, and during the first two days one-half of the lot were delivered. He has the largest growth of one-year-old trees you have seen.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 19, 1876. Front Page.
                                      Houghton & McLaughlin, pauper bill: $31.50
Arkansas City Traveler, April 26, 1876.
                                                       COUNCIL ROOMS,
                                            ARKANSAS CITY, April 19, 1876.
Called meeting. Present, S. P. Channell, Mayor; H. D. Kellogg, J. A. Loomis, J. I. Mitchell, Councilmen.
Moved and seconded that Dr. J. A. Loomis be elected Presi­dent of the Council; carried.
I. H. Bonsall was recommended as City Clerk by S. P. Channell, and confirmed by unanimous vote of Council.
E. D. Eddy was elected Treasurer by a unanimous vote.
The following committees were appointed.
Finance Committee: T. H. McLaughlin, W. M. Sleeth.
Committee on Ways and Means: Dr. Kellogg, J. I. Mitchell, J. A. Loomis.
Committee on Public Improvements: T. H. McLaughlin, Dr. H. D. Kellogg, J. I. Mitchell.
Adjourned to meet at 8 o’clock Thursday evening, April 20th, to receive report on sidewalks from Committee on Public Improve­ments, and all other business of a general nature that may be brought forward.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 26, 1876.
We noticed two wagon loads of new furniture coming in last Saturday for L. McLaughlin. He can furnish a full outfit of parlor and kitchen furniture.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 10, 1876.
NEW GOODS this week at Houghton & McLaughlin’s and A. A. Newman’s.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 10, 1876.
Strayed or Stolen. One blazed-face, spotted horse pony, 2 years old; white feet and white eyes. Also one spotted mare pony, blazed-faced; white feet; supposed to be about 6 years old; lump on back, caused by saddle. Anyone returning the same, or giving information that will lead to their recovery, will be liberally rewarded.
                                  HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN, Arkansas City.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 17, 1876.
HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN’s new goods have been coming in for the past week by the wagon load, and they now have their counters and shelves full of the late styles of prints, calicoes, and fine dress goods; with an elaborate display of fancy laces, trimmings, and notions. Their stock of clothing, boots and shoes, hats and caps, as usual is very large and will be sold at fair prices.
Cowley County Democrat, May 18, 1876.
                                                      Arkansas City Items.
Newman, Channell, and Haywood’s brick buildings swarm with workmen and are rising every day.
Houghton & McLaughlin, and Newman are rolling in a big stock of goods, and the people are taking them off right along. They propose to duplicate Wichita or any other prices.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 14, 1876.
MARRIED. On Sunday, June 10th, by Rev. Fleming, at the residence of L. McLaughlin, in Arkansas City, Mr. Henry Peters and Miss Hattie Clifton.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 5, 1876.
40 Head of two-year-old cattle for sale by Houghton & McLaughlin.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 12, 1876.
Animated by that spirit of independence which characterized our patriot sires of old, a small party of Arkansas City Fourth of July-ers turned their backs upon the great show at Winfield, and started for the Territory; where upon the broad prairies, by the sparkling waters of the Shilocco, we might have room to “spread” ourselves, and liberty to partake of the Legislature’s forbidden fruit for which we all had an “orful hankerin’.” Our objective point was the spring—everybody knows where that is. We left town at 8:30, with banners flying, and at 9:15 passed the State line and beyond the limits of the game law. And right here I would like to call the attention of the authorities to a system of lawlessness that exists along the border, which if persisted in will disgrace us as a community, and cause great annoyance to the Government.
I allude to the disgraceful conduct of Polk Stevens et al., in cutting up the State line and using the pieces for well ropes, lariats, etc.

After passing into the Territory, O. P. Houghton, E. D. Eddy, Kendall Smith, Henry Mowry, and others, armed with double barrel shot guns and dogs—I mean dogs and double barrel shot guns—started out to hunt for game, while the rest of the party went to look for the spring, which (everybody knowing exactly where it was) we found immediately. Here we corralled our wagons, and to the tops thereof stretched wagon covers, and soon had a comfortable tent commodious enough to cover our whole party of fifty. The next thing in order was to prepare the “wittles.”  L. McLaughlin’s pony express came in on time bringing a game sack full of game, consisting of young quails, snipes, woodpeckers, and prairie chickens of all ages, from the newly bedged with parts of its late domicile hanging to them to the toothless old hen of “ye olden time.”  Eddy, under the supervision of Mrs. Houghton and Mrs. L. McLaughlin, cooked the game in a very satisfactory manner, while Tyler McLaughlin, as chief cook of the coffee department, covered himself all over with glory and cinders.
Kendall Smith and Jim Benedict roasted three pecks of wormy sweet corn, and Mrs.—candor compels me to say it—Mrs. Meigs ate it. Evidently the author of “Ten Acres Enough” had never seen Mrs. Meigs eat roasting ears. Other parties disposed of grub in the same proportion, but the undersigned sat between Jim Benedict and the “picter” man, and as a consequence, went home hungry, and “Oh! how dry I was.”
After dinner we had a patriotic song by Mrs. Alexander and O. P. Houghton, and an eloquent address by E. D. Bowen, M. D. The toast, “The flag of our Union: long may it wave, from Kansas to Maine and Georgi(e)a,” was responded to by E. D. Eddy. Mrs. Alexander was the life and spirit of the party (she carried the spirit in a bottle). After our patriotism had effervesced, T. H. McLaughlin set up the lemonade, and we started for home. On the way Mrs. L. McLaughlin unfolded some blood curdling panther “tails” of the early days in the backwoods. Just as the Centennial sun sank to rest, we returned to our homes, with a feeling of pity for those people of limited means who could not afford to travel, but were compelled to put up with the skeetery and weedy woods of Winfield.
                                                        ANNIE VERSARY.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 19, 1876.
HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN intend putting 335 acres in wheat this fall.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 26, 1876.
The money has been subscribed, and a sail and row boat fitted out to go down the Arkansas, with Messrs. McLaughlin and Chamberlain as voyageurs. Their purpose is to meet Mr. Hoyt and the steamboat, and return with them.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 9, 1876.
Messrs. McLaughlin and Chamberlain, who left this place in a sail and row boat the 25th of July, arrived at Fort Gibson August 1st. They intend coming back with the “Gen. Wiles.”
Arkansas City Traveler, August 23, 1876.
L. McLaughlin writes from Little Rock, Arkansas, that they would “fire up and start the boat for this place in one hour.” We suppose that by this time they are well on the way.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 23, 1876.
NOTICE the advertisement for the Arkansas City Schools, beginning September 4, 1876.
A. M. BACON, a graduate of Amherst college, is the Principal, and comes well recommended. During the last two years this school has gained an excellent reputa­tion, and we can guarantee a continuance.

First term begins Sept. 4th; continues sixteen weeks, and closes Dec. 24. Second term begins Jan. 7, 1877; continues twelve weeks and closes March 23. Third term begins April 2; continues twelve weeks, and closes June 22, 1877.
$1.00 per month, in advance, unless other arrangements are made with the Board.
Rooms can be procured for those wishing to board themselves. Board can be had at reasonable prices.
For admission, apply to           H. M. BACON, Principal.
By order of the Board.
                                            T. H. McLAUGHLIN, District Clerk.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 23, 1876.
FALL BARLEY. Some choice fall barley for sale at Houghton & McLaughlin’s and S. P. Channell & Co.’s. Call early and secure it at once.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 30, 1876.
Mr. Hoyt, A. Chamberlain, and L. McLaughlin returned from Little Rock last week, and Allen Mowry and the pilot are expected soon. It was found that the boat with its present power could not come farther on account of the strong current over the rapids above Little Rock. A new engine is to be put on and another trial made soon. The pilot reports good water all the way down, and the only difficulty is insufficient power. Parties at Little Rock offer to put on the additional engine, and take an interest in the boat in order to make the enterprise a success, or put a boat of their own on the river as soon as one can be built, and run the two. Mr. Hoyt deserves great credit for the effort made to bring the boat up. His health failing, he was compelled to come home, and is at present down with the Arkansas chills.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 30, 1876.
The Ladies’ Society of the Presbyterian Church will meet on Wednesday, August 30, at 2 o’clock p.m., at the residence of Mr. L. McLaughlin.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 6, 1876.
GONE EAST. T. H. McLAUGHLIN is rusticating about New York and Boston, and laying in a supply of fall and winter goods for this market. We can expect something nice in the goods line, when Mc. returns. He will take in the Centennial before returning.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 13, 1876.
                                      A HAPPY DAY FOR ARKANSAS CITY.
                     Indian Contracts Awarded to Newman, Channell & Haywood,
                                          To the Amount of $40,000 and over.
We learn by letter that the bids of A. A. Newman, Haywood (of Channell & Haywood), and McLaughlin (of Houghton & McLaughlin), for flour and transportation to the different Agencies south of us have been accepted as follows.
For Sac and Fox Agency, delivered there in indefinite quantities, at $2.48 per 100 lbs., and the following quantities to be delivered at the respective agencies:
For the Kiowa, 220,000 lbs. at $3.29.
For the Wichita, 80,000 lbs. at $3.29.
For the Pawnees, 200,000 lbs. at $2.23.

For the Cheyennes and Arapahos, 260,000 lbs. at $2.97.
For the Osages, indefinite quantity, at $2.19 per 100 lbs.
This will give a cash market for wheat at our very doors, freighting for a number of teams, and employment to many men, and build up for the town a business greater than known before.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 20, 1876.
St. Louis, Sept. 8. The Board of Indian Commissioners completed their labors here today, and most of them left for home tonight. They will go to New York, where the proposals for clothing, etc., will be received and contracts awarded.
Contracts were awarded here to the following parties.
Flour: C. E. Hodges, Sioux City; Castner & Spencer, St. Paul; N. P. Clark, St. Cloud; N. W. Welles, Schuyler, Neb.; J. G. McGannon, Seneca; Messrs. Newman, Haywood & McLaughlin, Arkansas City; W. S. Spleidgelberry, Santa Fe; and Newman, St. Louis.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 4, 1876.
CHOICE FALL BARLEY may be had at Houghton & McLaughlin’s, Channell & Haywood’s, or of the undersigned, at $1.00 per bushel. Now is the time to sow.  J. C. TOPLIFF.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 11, 1876.
                                                      CASH FOR WHEAT.
Newman, Haywood, and McLaughlin want 20,000 bushels of No. 3 and 4 wheat at once, for which they will pay the cash.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 18, 1876.
NEWMAN, McLAUGHLIN, and HAYWOOD have fifty teams freighting between this place and the Indian Agencies in the Territory. Two or three trips pays for a new Kansas wagon.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 18, 1876.
WOOD! WOOD! Sealed bids for 20 cords of hard wood—oak, walnut, or hackberry—cut and split, two feet in length, will be received at the District Clerk’s office until the 25th of Octo­ber, 1876; said wood to be delivered and corded up on the grounds of School District No. 2, Arkansas City, and measured by the School Board.
                                                       T. H. McLAUGHLIN.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 25, 1876.
PERSONS with teams, wanting employment, can find it by calling on Newman, Haywood & McLaughlin at this place.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 25, 1876.
The largest sale of merchandise ever made in this place was on last Saturday. Newman, and Houghton & McLaughlin retailed $500 worth each, and in the evening Mr. Newman sold $1,000 worth at wholesale.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 1, 1876.
PAY UP!  PAY UP!  All over-due notes and accounts must be paid immediately. We mean this to apply individually. HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 8, 1876.
FOR SALE. One mule about 14 hands high, with harness; is a good worker, and in fine order; inquire of Houghton & McLaughlin or of myself, 2-1/2 miles southeast of town.
                                                       JAMES C. TOPLIFF.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 15, 1876.
Last Friday afternoon sixteen wagons, loaded with ninety-six Sioux Indians, including about one dozen squaws, passed through this place and camped on the Walnut. They were under charge of Col. A. G. Boone, Major E. A. Howard, and Dr. J. W. Daniels, who accompanied them to the Territory to select a location.
Col. Boone has been fifty years in the Indian service, and was the party who extinguished so many Indian titles in Kansas. Dr. Daniels was acting commissioner for the United States. Major Howard, their former Agent, is disbursing agent.
The Indians were not pleased with the country between here and Wichita on account of the scarcity of timber and the flatness of the prairie lands, and expressed themselves in favor of a hilly or mountainous place for their future home.
In the evening, accompanied with Messrs. Haywood and McLaughlin, Indian contractors, the Mayor, Mr. Brown, and our worthy Representative of the Legislature, we paid the camp a visit, and were cordially received. In the officer’s tent we were introduced to the famous chief, “Spotted Tail,” and in the camp met “Red Dog,” “Young Man Afraid of his Horses,” “American Horses,” and others, among them two Cheyennes and four Arapahos.
They were all large, powerful men, and wore a look that one would not like to meet alone on the prairie.
From Dr. Daniels, we learned that “Spotted Tail” is only a nickname, and that the great chief’s real name was “Bear Legs.” “Red Dog,” derived his name from his coming into camp on all fours, being so badly wounded and covered with blood that he resembled a red dog. “Young Man etc.,” explains itself. He was the owner of a number of horses, and was always so uneasy for fear they would be stolen, that he was given that name.
The Sioux expressed their desire to see the Osages, and an effort will be made to meet them on the trail as they go to Cheyenne Agency. The Agents did not want them to see the Paw­nees, as they are deadly enemies, and the sight of them would be apt to make them discontented.
“Spotted Tail” is said to be an intelligent, shrewd man, and one of the most remarkable full blood Indians living. He seldom says much and depends solely on his own judgment. On his person he wears several medals from President Grant and other distin­guished men. We noticed small boys with them that wore hair piping, costing from $50 to $300, and some ornaments of no meager value.
The company went from this place to the old Kickapoo Agency, thence to the Cheyenne Agency, and from there to the Sac and Fox Agency, then to Muskogee, and then home by the way of the M. K. and T. Railway.
We have not learned what has been decided on, but think they will be located not a great distance from the State line.

There are about 25,000 of them in all, and it is expected from 10,000 to 15,000 would be brought down in case they are satis­fied. In that event, a post of not less than five companies of soldiers would have to be stationed along the line, which would give consumers sufficient to raise the price of wheat, oats, and corn equal to that at Wichita or any railway town, and would be the next best thing to a railroad, and that, too, without any tax on the people.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 29, 1876.
DR. KELLOGG, S. P. CHANNELL, and T. H. McLAUGHLIN are the School Board of District No. 2. The first is Director. The second is Treasurer. The last is Clerk.
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Arkansas City Traveler, December 13, 1876.
                                                 MANAGING COMMITTEE.
Mrs. A. A. Newman, Mrs. C. R. Sipes. Mrs. J. I. Mitchell, Mrs. Wm. Newton, Mrs. Wm. Benedict.
                                        COMMITTEE ON CHRISTMAS TREE.
Mrs. C. R. Sipes, Mrs. Dr. Shepard, Mrs. J. Breene, Mrs. R. A. Houghton, Mrs. T. Mantor, Miss M. Thompson, Mrs. L. McLaughlin, Mrs. Kennedy, Mrs. T. R. Houghton, Miss F. Skinner, Mrs. S. P. Channell, W. H. Gray, Mrs. T. H. McLaughlin, Al Mowry, Mrs. James Benedict, L. C. Norton, I. H. Bonsall.
                                                 SOLICITING COMMITTEE.
Mrs. Wm. Benedict, Mrs. C. R. Sipes, Mrs. J. I. Mitchell, Mrs. Dr. Shepard, Mrs. L. McLaughlin, Mrs. Wm. Newton.
                                                NEW ENGLAND KITCHEN.
Mrs. Mary Baker, Mrs. L. C. Norton, Mrs. I. H. Bonsall, Miss M. Houghton, Mr. T. H. McLaughlin, O. P. Houghton, Miss Bowers, Kate Hawkins, Miss Lizzie Ela, J. H. Sherburne, T. R. Houghton, Mr. Ela, J. C. Topliff.
                                                          SUPPER TABLE.
Mrs. S. B. Fleming, Mrs. Dr. Kellogg, Mrs. O. P. Houghton, Mrs. W. S. Ela, Mrs. L. McLaughlin, Mrs. T. O. Bird, Mrs. B. W. Sherburne, Mrs. E. Parker, Mrs. M. Marshall, Mrs. W. B. Skinner, Mrs. T. H. McArthur, Mrs. M. Peede, Mrs. Hartsock, Mrs. Anna Guthrie, H. P. Farrar, J. I. Mitchell, C. R. Sipes.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 13, 1876.
The average market price of wheat at this place is from 55 to 75 cents per bushel, Newman, Haywood, and McLaughlin are buying.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 20, 1876.

Festival to be held at Newman’s new building, on Christmas night, Monday, December 25, 1876. Everybody and his wife are expected, and cordially invited to come. Besides the Christmas tree, there will be a charade acted by the ladies and gentlemen of Arkansas City; a Yankee kitchen in “ye olden style” with pumpkin pies and baked beans one hundred years old, fresh and nice, and a supper of modern times, with all the luxuries of the season. Fresh fish from the fish pond, caught on the spot, to order, and oysters from the Walnut. Now, young ladies, remember leap year is drawing to a close, and only a few days are left, and you should not lose the last chance you may have for four years to come. Who knows what fate may have in store for you, or what the fish pond may produce? And everybody should remember that but few of us will be on hand to attend the next Centennial festival, and make the most of this opportunity.
Come, everybody, and have a good time. The Christmas tree will be decorated in the afternoon, and persons wishing to have gifts put on the tree will please hand them to someone of the committee before 4 p.m., as there will be too much to attend to in decorating the hall to receive packages after that hour.
The committee appointed to decorate the tree is as follows:
Ladies—Mrs. Sipes, Mrs. Breene, Mrs. T. Mantor, Mrs. T. H. McLaughlin, Mrs. T. R. Houghton, Mrs. Dr. Hughes, Mrs. Dr. Shepard, Mrs. R. A. Houghton, Miss Mattie Thompson, Miss Kennedy, Miss F. Skinner.
Gentlemen—S. P. Channell, W. H. Gray, James Benedict, I. H. Bonsall, L. McLaughlin, Al. Mowry, L. C. Norton.
Anything left at Bonsall’s photograph gallery before the 25th will be taken care of and put on the tree by the committee.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 20, 1876.
HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN have again secured the services of JAMES C. TOPLIFF, to assist them in the store, as salesman and bookkeeper. Many friends of Mr. Topliff will be glad to have him back, to trade with.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 20, 1876.
                                                             LAST CALL!
All accounts and notes over due and unsettled on the 23rd of Dec. 1876, will be placed in the hands of the Justice for collec­tion. Take due notice thereof and govern yourselves accordingly.
                                            HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1877.
SOLD OUT. A. A. NEWMAN sold his entire stock of dry goods to the old reliable firm of Houghton & McLaughlin, last week, and the goods are being moved to the latter’s store until Newman’s building is completed, when Houghton & McLaughlin will occupy the new room and continue as before (in spite of Indian raids, grasshoppers, or Nick himself), to be the “Old Reliable” green front store, known all over Southern Kansas as the cheapest place to buy any and all kinds of dress goods, dry goods, clothing, groceries, queensware, notions, furs, carpets, etc. They have been here from the first, and will remain to the last. Mr. Newman will now devote his whole time to his mill and Indian contracts.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1877.
The large stock of goods of A. A. Newman & Co., some $10,000 worth, recently purchased by Houghton & McLaughlin, is now being removed to the Green Front, until the New Brick Store is ready for them on the opposite corner.

This, with their own stock of goods, has so crowded their store as to make it almost impossible to get around, and in order to dispose of them before spring, they offer better bargains than any other house this side of Emporia, notice of which will be seen in their new advertisement. This firm was well named “Old Reliable,” having commenced here at the first settlement of the town six years ago, occupying a small room in the building now owned by L. C. Wood, and doing mostly their own hauling.
Business began to increase on their hands so rapidly that they were obliged to have an addition to the building, in all 50 feet long. This store was occupied three years, when, their business still further increasing, they were obliged to build the present large business house, known as the “Green Front,” with several store-houses to hold their immense stock of goods, and now for the fourth time they are compelled to look for larger quarters.
We believe this firm has built up its present very large trade by straightforward dealing, treating all alike, and giving everyone the worth of his or her money. In spite of hard times, grasshopper, and Indian raids, and while nearly every house has changed hands one or more times during the past six years, the “Old Reliable” still holds together, and will continue to hold on to the last—giving all the most goods for the least money of any house in Cowley County.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1877.
The store house of Houghton & McLaughlin, south of the “Green Front,” has been turned into a meat shop. Henry Endicott, Proprietor.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1877.
A. A. NEWMAN has the entire contract for furnishing flour to the Pawnees, Cheyennes, etc., having purchased Houghton & McLaughlin’s, and R. C. Haywood’s interests.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1877.
BUSINESS was quite lively in town last Saturday, notwith­standing the day was very unpleasant. Houghton & McLaughlin’s store was crowded all day, making it almost impossible to get in or out.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1877.
A lively runaway took place in front of our office last Thursday, creating a little stir for a short time. The team belonged to R. A. Houghton, and took fright while standing alone, untied, running around Houghton & McLaughlin’s store, and strik­ing the hub of another wagon as they passed. A number of persons followed them yelling whoa, whoa. No material damage was done.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1877.
CHAS. PARKER has laid the foundation for a new house near T. H. McLaughlin’s residence.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1877.
HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN will continue the grocery trade in their old store building after they remove to Newman’s brick.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1877.
MR. BERKEY traded his farm to Houghton & McLaughlin for $2,200 worth of dry goods and will open a store in Salt City this week. His stock will be about a $3,000 one, and will be a great benefit to the residents of Salt City.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 21, 1877.

A SUIT was held before Justice Hunt last week between Houghton & McLaughlin and Pittman, for an amount due on account. The first parties gained the suit. C. R. Mitchell was attorney for plaintiff, and E. B. Kager, for defendant.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 21, 1877.
MAJOR SLEETH and T. H. McLAUGHLIN visited Elk County last week on matters pertaining to the narrow gauge railway from Kansas City.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 28, 1877.
Bids received March 26, 1877, for breaking 800 acres of prairie at Pawnee Agency, Indian Territory, to be completed by the 15th of June.
                    HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN, 200 OR 400 ACRES AT $2.89.
The work was awarded to the lowest bidders, in the order of the bids, except the bid of Mr. LONGSHORE, who did not wish to contract for a part only.
Frank Ward, 200 acres.
M. E. Garner, 200 acres.
R. A. Houghton, 200 acres.
T. R. Houghton, 200 acres.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 28, 1877.
A crystal wedding was held at Mr. L. McLaughlin’s, last Monday evening, at which many of our prominent citizens attended.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 3, 1877.
MISS MINNIE HOUGHTON returned to her home in Weld, Maine, last Monday, in company with T. H. McLaughlin.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 3, 1877.
                                         The County to be Deprived of a Railroad
                                                On Account of Local Jealousies.
The following letter from the representatives of the Kansas City, Emporia and Southern Railway, to the committee who were sent from this place to overtake and confer with them, explains itself, and it is plain to all under the present disposition of some parties who claim to represent communities, if their course of action is not changed, the county will be deprived of a railroad.
                                      HOWARD CITY, KAS., March 17th, 1877.
Messrs. W. M. Sleeth and T. H. McLaughlin:
GENTLEMEN: As representatives of the company proposing to construct the Kansas City, Emporia and Southern R. R., we thought it unadvisable to submit the matter to the further consideration of the people of your county, owing to divisions arising from local jealousies. In this view we may be mistaken. As you desire, however, to have an expression of your county, we will say that if you act promptly and favorably upon the proposition, the company will build the road. (Signed) C. V. ESKRIDGE. AND J. K. FINLEY.
Winfield Courier, April 19, 1877.
[County Commissioner only putting down amount allowed. Skipping amount claimed].
                                            County Commissioners’ Proceedings.
                                              OFFICE OF COUNTY CLERK,
                                             Winfield, Kansas, April 11th, 1877.

Board of County Commissioners met in regular session. All the Board present with James McDermott, County Attorney, and M. G. Troup, County Clerk. Among other proceedings had, sundry claims were presented and passed upon as follows:
                                       Houghton & McLaughlin, pauper bill: $7.80
                                      Houghton & McLaughlin, pauper bill: $10.00
Arkansas City Traveler, April 25, 1877.
T. H. McLAUGHLIN returned from his Eastern trip last Satur­day, having found the market to suit him in New York and Boston. He made a large purchase just in the nick of time, before the late advance caused by the European war, and promises to sell lower then ever. The goods will be here by next week.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 25, 1877.
CASH FOR GROCERIES. On and after April 30th, we will give no credit for groceries. Will take all kinds of country produce in exchange. HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 9, 1877.
HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN. Almost from the beginning of Arkan­sas City, the firm of Houghton & McLaughlin has been a familiar household word with the people of Cowley and Sumner counties. Other firms have started, changed hands, and finally gave way to the grasshopper and Indian panics, yet the “Old Reliable Green Front” has pursued its onward course, until now we find them occupying a building one hundred feet long, on one side of the street, filled with dry goods, clothing, and every conceivable article of apparel, while on the opposite side is their grocery and queensware department, almost as large. Their trade is by no means confined to this county alone, but reaches far to the western border and almost to Texas. During the year 1874, their trade with the Osage Indians alone, for four months, amounted to $30,000; and since then, they have been parties to a contract with the Kaws, Osages, Pawnees, Cheyenne & Arapahos, Wichitas, Caddos, and affiliated bands, Kiowas, and Comanches. Having the advantage of buying largely, they buy cheap; and selling a large quantity of goods, they can afford to sell at a smaller margin. Last week their spring stock arrived, and it is now displayed on their avenue shelves. To all who have not seen them, or made a visit to the new store, it will pay to go.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 9, 1877.
The work on the countering and shelving of Newman’s store room, now occupied by Houghton & McLaughlin, displays workmanship equal to any we have seen in the State. The counters are made with black walnut tops, of one board two feet in width, with oak and pecan finish, giving it a rich appearance and finish.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 9, 1877.
                                                      Worth Remembering.
We have divided our stock of goods, moving all but the groceries, queens, and glassware to the new brick store, and hereafter no groceries leave the old green front until settled for with cash or ready pay. “Please make a personal applica­tion.” Respectfully,
                                              HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 13, 1877.
HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN are going to put a grocery over the Arkansas. A feed stable would pay there now.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 13, 1877.
Notice the large mirrors in Houghton & McLaughlin’s. Mac says they will make a homely man look handsome. The editor has ordered a couple of them placed in his sanctum.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 13, 1877.
                                               CONTRACT FOR FREIGHT.
Houghton & McLaughlin have been awarded the contract for transporting Indian goods from Wichita to the Pawnee and Kaw Agencies. Edward Fenlow received the contract for hauling the goods for the Osages, and those for the Sac and Fox and their stations was awarded to D. C. Blossom, of Muskogee, Indian Territory.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 20, 1877.
HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN have a branch store on the south side of the Arkansas River.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 20, 1877.
The bridge has gone, but Houghton & McLaughlin have a full line of groceries and a full assortment of staple dry goods in their new store, near the old bridge on the south side of the river. Farmers, you can get your Harvest Supplies without crossing the river.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 11, 1877.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 11, 1877.
FARM FOR RENT. Bottom land, about 150 acres ready for cultivation; seed furnished; good accommodations; inquire of Houghton & McLaughlin.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 11, 1877.
FOR SALE. 1 mule and harness, also a set of double harness nearly new. 1 John Deere Sulky Plow, breaker and stirrer com­plete;. nearly new, and in good order. Also 1 double harrow very little used. Inquire of Houghton & McLaughlin.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 18, 1877.
CHANGE. MR. L. McLAUGHLIN has purchased the grocery depart­ment of Houghton & McLaughlin’s store, and is conducting the business at the old “Green Front.”
Arkansas City Traveler, July 25, 1877.
The chandelier of Houghton & McLaughlin’s store fell to the floor and was demolished yesterday.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 25, 1877.
NEW ADS. L. McLAUGHLIN’s and S. P. Channell’s new adver­tisements appear this week, and Berry Brothers and Houghton & McLaughlin have made a change in theirs.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 25, 1877.
AD: BERRY BROS. Continue the Grocery Business at SHERBURNE’S OLD STAND, -with a full line of- GROCERIES, QUEENSWARE, STONEWARE, AND CUTLERY. Remember the “Opposition Store.” BERRY BROTHERS.

I invite my friends and the public generally to call at the “Green Front” and see if I cannot save you money in anything in my line. I will endeavor to sell at the lowest prices, and furnish good articles in every line. Give me a call.
     Having bought Houghton & McLaughlin’s store south of the old bridge, will keep on hand a general stock of STAPLE DRY GOODS! BOOTS, SHOES AND GROCERIES, Which he will sell at the lowest possible price for cash. Call and see me.
                                                         FRANK WALDO.
HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN -AT THE- NEW BRICK CORNER, Have a large stock of Dry Goods, Notions, Ribbons, Hats, Caps, Boots, Shoes, Clothing and Carpets, than Any Other Two Houses in Cowley County.
Our facilities for buying are equal to any concern in the State. We bought our entire spring stock on a market from 10 to 25 percent lower than any other house in this county, and we propose to give our customers the benefit of our great bargains. Each line of goods in our stock is more complete than the same line of goods in any other house in the county, and we guarantee better prices. Come and see, and satisfy yourselves.
                                              HOUGHTON & M’LAUGHLIN.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 25, 1877.
A. CHAMBERLAIN has purchased the furniture store of L. McLaughlin, and will conduct the business hereafter. Mr. Chamberlain is a licensed auctioneer, and in connection with his store, will have an auction every Saturday afternoon. Bring in what you have to sell.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 8, 1877.
The advertisement of the furniture store and auction room appears this week. Mr. Chamberlain has a good stock of all kinds of parlor and kitchen furniture, and sells them reasonable. You can buy a coffin of him on thirty days’ time. A coffin is a convenient thing sometimes to have around. We once knew a man who purchased a coffin and paid for its labor, and it lasted him seven years before he used it. It was not dead stock on his hands either, for he used it as a wardrobe in the daytime and slept in it at night. Besides furniture, Mr. Chamberlain has an auction every Saturday afternoon. If you have anything to sell, bring it in; or if you have any loafing time, go up to his room on Saturday and hear him talk.
Having purchased the interest of L. McLaughlin in the furniture store, I now offer for sale all kinds of furniture at railroad prices.
                                                Coffins, Caskets & Burial Cases
constantly on hand and furnished on short notice, and 30 days’ time given when required. An auction sale is held every Saturday afternoon. Parties having household furniture, farming imple­ments, machines, or stock, can have them sold on reasonable terms.
                                                       A. CHAMBERLAIN.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 15, 1877.
                                                     SCHOOL MEETING.

A meeting of citizens congregated at the schoolhouse last Thursday afternoon, for the purpose of hearing the report of the school officers for the year past, and to make a levy for the support of the school the coming year. Dr. Kellogg, by virtue of his office, was legally Chairman, and T. H. McLaughlin, Secretary.
A resolution was then introduced condemn­ing the School Board for making a change of school books, which was afterwards with­drawn.
A resolution was then carried in­structing the Board not to employ any teacher as principal of the school unless he had a first class certificate, which called forth considerable discus­sion and personal remarks, ending in a very unpleasant wran­gle.
The action of many people against the School Board reminds us of a story of an old man, his son, and a mule going to town one fine summer’s day. The boy was riding the mule when they met a stranger, who shamed the boy for riding and causing his poor old father to walk. The boy then got off and let the father ride until another person was met, who growled at the old man for making his little boy walk. The old man and the boy both got on the animal then and rode in comfort until they met another man, who complained of the cruelty to the mule, remarking they should carry the animal rather than the animal should carry them. Their sympathies were excited and they bound the feet of the mule, put it across a pole, and were carrying it over a bridge, when the mule kicked and plunged and finally fell into the river and was drowned. Moral: In trying to please everyone, they damaged themselves and lost the mule.
There seems to be a disposition on the part of many to find fault with every teacher the schools have had at this place and with every member of the School Board. This disposition is growing every year. About a year ago a meeting was held that was a shame to the community, and the one the other day was little better than a row.
If the spirit manifested last Thursday continues, the result will eventually be no school at all. Many persons who complain have never visited the schools at all, and apparently take but little interest in anything but opposing the Board and teachers. If parents would visit the schools more frequently and make an effort to help the jurors and the members of the Board, there would be less dissatisfaction, and the schools would prosper far better.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 22, 1877.
                                                           LAMP BURST.
Early Monday evening, Mr. Gates went to the door of Channell’s hardware store for the purpose of buying something, and found the door locked and the inside of the store in flames. While it was being talked over how they could get in, T. H. McLaughlin came to the rescue, and planting himself back on his patent leg, gave such a kick that would shame a mule, and sent the whole pane of glass in the door in a thousand and one pieces. This made an opening large enough to get in and out of very easily, and in a few minutes the lamps were lowered and carried out, and the flames smothered. The cause of the disas­ter was from a lamp bursting. The only damage done was the breaking of the lamp and scorching of a plow handle and the floor. The oil from the lamp had spread over the floor, and had it not been discovered soon after, the building would have been endangered. Only a few persons were present at the time, but among them we noticed two or three candidates.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 19, 1877.
                                                              SEE HERE!
All past due notes or accounts not settled before the 1st day of October will be put in the hands of an officer for collection.

                                                   Houghton & McLaughlin.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 3, 1877.
O. P. Houghton, Tyler McLaughlin, M. S. Faris, W. J. Mowry, and S. J. Mantor have all been sick within the past ten days.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 3, 1877.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 10, 1877.
The new goods of Houghton & McLaughlin have begun to come in, and will be received during the week. They have the greatest variety of prints of the best quality to be seen in any store in the Southwest—Wichita not excepted. For comfort and warmth, they have heavy quilts for $1.75, and winter clothing cheaper than ever. A part of their boots and shoes are on the shelf now, and the balance will be in this week. They have purchased a very large stock, and propose to sell them so as to buy again, before the winter is over. It will pay to look at their stock.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 17, 1877.
                                                        Proposals for Wood
                                                      School District No. 2.
Sealed bids will be received until Thursday, October 25th, for 20 cords of hard wood, cut two feet in length, and split ready for use. To be corded up on the ground at the schoolhouse, and measured by the District Board. Bids will also be received for forty-foot wood. Right to reject any or all bids reserved. By order of the Board.
                                            T. H. McLAUGHLIN, District Clerk.
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Arkansas City Traveler, October 31, 1877.
The following committees have been chosen by the Ladies’ Sewing Society for their Thanksgiving Festival.
                                         COMMITTEE ON ARRANGEMENT.
Mrs. R. C. Haywood, Mrs. Dr. Hughes, Mrs. Dr. Shepard, Mrs. Dr. Kellogg, Mrs. C. R. Sipes, Mrs. L. McLaughlin.
                                                          SUPPER TABLE.
Mrs. S. B. Fleming, Mrs. V. Hawkins, Mrs. E. Parker, Mrs. E. Weatherholt, Mrs. L. C. Norton, Mrs. Dr. Shepard, Mrs. DeMott, Mrs. S. Pepper, Mrs. J. L. Huey, Mrs. I. H. Bonsall.
                                                 SOLICITING COMMITTEE.
In town: Mrs. Dr. Shepard, Mrs. J. I. Mitchell.
East of the Walnut: Mrs. L. McLaughlin.
Over the Arkansas: Mrs. S. Pepper.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 31, 1877.
MRS. T. H. McLAUGHLIN, who has been visiting relatives in Texas for several weeks, returned Friday evening, accompanied by Miss Hattie Newman, sister of Mrs. Haywood and A. A. Newman, of this place.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 7, 1877.
                                       One of the students: Fred. McLaughlin.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 14, 1877.
GOOD TEAM, wagon, and harness for sale cheap. Inquire of W. J. Stewart or Houghton & McLaughlin.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 14, 1877.
MESSRS. C. & F. P. SCHIFFBAUER bought the entire stock of groceries owned by L. McLaughlin, at the Green Front, yesterday, and will continue the business at the old stand. On account of taking an inventory of stock, the store will be closed today and tomorrow. The boys come to us highly recommended, are energetic, thorough-going businessmen, and will doubtless be favored with a large share of the public patronage.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 21, 1877.
                                                             NEW FIRM!
                                                 C. & F. B. SCHIFFBAUER.
We would respectfully call the attention of the public to the fact that we have bought out the stock and stand of L. McLaughlin, at the “Green Front,” consisting of groceries and queensware, and will be pleased to form the acquaintance and patronage of all old customers of that stand, and as many new ones as we can get. Having dealt extensively in goods at Wichita Agency, our facilities for buying are good, as we have always bought from first hands and first-class houses. All we ask is a trial to please our customers, and we will risk selling to them again. Come and see us, one and all. Business transacted in Caddo, Comanche, Wichita, Pawnee, German, and English languages; or, if you are deaf, we will make signs, which we understand perfectly. Don’t forget the place—the “Green Front,” on Summit street, opposite Houghton & McLaughlin.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 21, 1877.
MR. WINTIN has opened a new meat market on the corner opposite Houghton & McLaughlin’s brick store.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 21, 1877.    
THE SCHIFFBAUER BROTHERS, formerly traders at the Wichita Agency, purchased the groceries, queensware, etc., of L. McLaughlin last week. This week they received a new lot of fresh groceries, and will be receiving them every week, or as fast as the demand requires. Call in and see them and their new prices. They sell for cash, and can give you a bargain.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 12, 1877.
HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN shipped yesterday to the Pawnee Agency 6 loads of bacon, which will make Mr. Pawnee full and happy for a time.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 26, 1877.
                                               MASONIC INSTALLATION.

On next Thursday evening the instal­lation of the newly elected officers of Crescent Lodge No. 133, A., F. and A. M., will take place at the Masonic hall over Houghton & McLaughlin’s store. The wives of all Masons are cordially invited. All members of the order are requested to be in attendance.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 26, 1877.
                                                GRAND CLEARING SALE!
                                                       AT ACTUAL COST!
                                       FOR SPOT CASH, AND CASH ONLY!
                                              FOR THE NEXT SIXTY DAYS
                                             HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN
                                    WILL SELL THE FOLLOWING GOODS:
$4,000 worth of elegantly made and latest style clothing.
Two Hundred Men’s Caps.
One Thousand Yards Cassimeres and Jeans.
Five Hundred Yards Waterproofs.
Two Thousand Yards Wool Flannels.
Four Thousand Yards Dress Goods of all kinds.
Four Hundred Yards of Carpet.
One Hundred Suits of Underwear.
Seventy-five Shawls.
Ladies’ Cloaks, Felt Skirts.
Twenty Honey Comb and Marseilles Quilts.
White Blankets, and an endless variety of Notions.
The above Goods MUST BE SOLD FOR CASH during the next SIXTY DAYS, and WE MEAN it!
Alpacas 18 cents to 85 cents per yard.
Gray twill all wool flannel, 30 cents per years.
White flannel, 16 cents per yard.
Canton flannel, 10 cents per yard.
Bed Ticks, 8 cents per yard and upward.
Men’s Suspenders, 15 cents per pair.
Hats, 40 cents.
Caps, 30 cents.
Two-button Kid Gloves, 65 cents per pair.
                                TRUNKS & LEATHER BAGS AT LOW PRICES.
                               FOR SALE AT THE VERY LOWEST PRICES, AT
Arkansas City Traveler, January 2, 1878.
If England does take a hand in the Eastern war, what a time there will be. Wheat will go up, corn will be more in demand, pork will advance, but Houghton & McLaughlin will continue to sell dry goods at the same low rate.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 16, 1878.

A number of young and married folks assembled at the resi­dence of T. H. McLaughlin on Tuesday evening of last week, and passed a merry time. McLaughlin has got into the habit of making a success of everything he undertakes, let it be business or pleasure, and with the help of the amiable lady of the house, nothing was left undone that could in any way minister to the enjoyment of their guests.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 23, 1878.
MITCHELL & HUEY will remove to the new rooms over Houghton & McLaughlin’s in a week or two.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 23, 1878.   
HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN have a few more horses and mules for sale for cash, or on time with GOOD security.
Winfield Courier, January 24, 1878.
COUNTY COMMISSIONERS.   Claims allowed Jan. 10.
Pauper bills: J. V. Hines, $6.35; G. P. Wagner, $47.50; M. D. Stapleton, $8.87; S. E. Burger, $97.40; T. H. Thompson, $5; Boyer & Wallis, $18.50; Houghton & McLaughlin, $14.80; W. G. Graham, $28.70; K. Cline, $20.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 30, 1878.
Mr. Smith, representing the King Bridge Company, of Cleve­land, Ohio, paid us a visit last week to make estimates on a bridge across the Arkansas River at this place. In company with Mr. T. H. McLaughlin, we went to the ferry crossing west of town, measure the river, and heard the estimate, as follows.
Distance from bank to bank, 900 feet, on a line with Central Avenue; to construct an iron bridge, same as the Topeka bridge, $100,000; to construct a wooden bridge that would last ten or twelve years on piles, twelve feet from low water, spans of sixty feet each, single roadway, two turnouts, $9,900, or $11 per foot. All agreed that it would cost from $2,500 to $3,000 more to build a bridge west of town than it would south. The distance across the river south of town was estimated to be 640 feet. The old bridge had eight spans of 80 feet each. Since then the bank has washed away thirty feet or more. To construct a combination bridge of wood and iron, to join on the remaining bridge, would cost $4,500; of Iron, $7,000. The distance to the remaining span is 425 feet. Mr. Smith said if stone could be reached at fifteen feet, he would build stone piers.
There is no doubt the bridge west of town would secure the most trade to this place, but the item of $3,000 would make a great difference to those who had to pay the bonds. In our opinion, the combination bridge—that is, a wooden bridge with iron stringers—would be the best. It would be folly to attempt to vote bonds enough for an iron bridge at present.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 6, 1878.
MITCHELL & HUEY will remove to their new office over Houghton & McLaughlin’s store next week.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 6, 1878.
DIED. On Monday, February 5th, Albert A. Chamberlain; aged forty-three years and six months.

It is with a feeling of regret that we announce to the public the sudden death of our friend and fellow townsman, Albert A. Chamberlain, so long a resident among us.
Mr. Chamberlain came to this county from Wisconsin, in 1870. He followed his trade as cabinet maker and undertaker for several years, then moved to his farm a few miles east of the Walnut, and finally returned to town and resumed his occupation, having recently purchased the furniture store of Mr. Lafayette McLaughlin.
Mr. Chamberlain was a genial gentleman of lively spirits, and all were friends who knew him. But a few weeks ago he called us in to look at his stock of coffins, remarking in his jovial way: “They are a handy thing to have in the house.” How little he thought death would be first to knock at his door. But it is well enough to enjoy life while we may, for tomorrow we may die. The de­ceased was confined to the house since January 29th with catarrh in the head, and paralysis followed. He leaves a wife and three children to mourn his loss.
Winfield Courier, February 28, 1878.
J. L. Huey was up from Arkansas City Tuesday. He says Huey & Mitchell have moved into their fine office over Houghton & McLaughlin’s store—said to be the finest office in the county.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 6, 1878.
GIRLS: Annie Norton, Mattie Mitchell, Emma Mitchell, Nellie Swarts, Mary Theaker, Linnie Peed, Linda Christian, Flora Finley, Laura Gregg, Susie Berry, Mary Wintin, May Benedict, Carrie Benedict, Carrie Cramer, Sarah Randall, Mary Holloway, Stella Swarts, Mollie Christian, Clara Morgan, Annie Brown, May Hughes, Emma Theaker, Albertine Maxwell, Annie Hutchinson, Belle Birdzell.
BOYS: Jerry Adams, Lewis Coombs, John Parker, James Lorton, Fred. McLaughlin, Peter Trissell, Charles Holloway, Harry Finley, Willie Edwards, George Berry, Benny Dixon, Alvin Hon, Sammy Swarts, Frank Randall, Charlie Randall, Linton Hunt, Frank Swarts, Charles Swarts.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 13, 1878.
A supper will be given at the Masonic hall, in the new brick building, over Houghton & McLaughlin’s store, Wednesday evening, March 13, at seven o’clock. Afterwards an opportunity will be given to engage in games and amusements. At 8 o’clock those who desire to dance will retire to the Central Avenue Hotel, where the best of music will be furnished by Prof. Hoyt and three others. Supper $1.50 per couple. Dance $1.00. Tickets for the supper or dance can be had at the hall. None but Masons admitted without invitation.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 20, 1878.
MR. M. E. WELSH sold his interest in the grocery store of Pierce & Welsh to Mr. L. McLaughlin last week, and then started on a trip for his health to Illinois. His family will remain here.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 20, 1878.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 27, 1878.

PIERCE & McLAUGHLIN’s and the TRAVELER office buildings are being repainted.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 3, 1878.
The Green Front and Pierce & McLaughlin each have a neat silver mounted cigar case filled with the best of smoking material.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 3, 1878.
The election of city officers took place last Monday with the following result.
COUNCILMEN: J. T. SHEPARD, 63; WM. SPEERS, 59; THOS. BERRY, 63; C. R. SIPES, 58; I. H. BONSALL, 61; S. P. CHANNELL, 40; A. A. NEWMAN, 37; H. P. FARRAR, 37; E. D. EDDY, 37; T. H. McLAUGHLIN, 40.
                                                 Total number of votes cast: 98.
It is generally supposed that the officers elected will favor granting a saloon license on a proper petition.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 10, 1878.
A part of Houghton & McLaughlin’s clothing has arrived. They have a fine selection.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 10, 1878.
PIERCE & McLAUGHLIN pay the highest price for butter, eggs, and potatoes.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 10, 1878.
500 BUSHELS of corn wanted at PIERCE & McLAUGHLIN’s.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 24, 1878.
In the course of ten days Pierce & McLaughlin will open a large and well assorted stock of gents and boys clothing, boots, shoes, and furnishing goods, at prices to suit.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 24, 1878.
JUST RECEIVED at Houghton & McLaughlin’s: The largest, best assorted, and cheapest stock of boots and shoes ever offered in the Valley.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 1, 1878.
NEW GROCERY. RUBE HOUGHTON and THOMAS MANTOR, under the firm name of Houghton & Mantor, have opened a new grocery in the second building south of E. D. Eddy’s, and are offering goods cheaper than can be bought in any adjoining town in the South­west. They have a fine lot of teas and coffee, and sugar that can’t be beat in quality or price. Both are energetic men, and won’t let you go off without a bargain.
                                            GOOD NEWS FOR THE PUBLIC!
For several months past we have turned our attention exclu­sively to the clothing trade. We now take this method of inform­ing the public that WE WANT THEM TO UNDERSTAND That in addition to our stock of Clothing, Hats, Caps, Boots, and Shoes, we intend to sell GROCERIES! Cheaper than ever sold in Arkansas City before. We can do it, for cash, and make a fair profit. We ask all of our former customers and as many more who want bargains to try us once.
Our stock of Clothing is new, having been received only last week, and our groceries can’t be beat. We offer you

                                                  HOUGHTON & MANTOR.
                                 TWO DOORS NORTH OF THE POST OFFICE.
                                             HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN.]
Arkansas City Traveler, May 1, 1878.
FIVE WAGONS loaded with salt from East Saginaw, Michigan, drove up to Schiffbauer’s grocery last Sunday, and we have noticed equal amounts left at H. Godehard’s, Pierce & McLaughlin’s, Hoyt & Speers’, and Houghton & Mantor will soon have a like amount—and this, too, when salt just as good can be manufactured at Salt City, within nine miles of this place. Someone should engage in the business, as it would surely pay.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 1, 1878.
HOUGHTON & MANTOR will not be undersold by Winfield or any other town—don’t forget it.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 1, 1878.
Talking about Groceries, you should have seen the caravan of wagons coming in loaded with sugar, coffee, and flour for Pierce & McLaughlin this week. They have a solid ton of sugar and a solid ton of coffee. Now if you want 9 pounds for $1, give them a call—next door to the post office.
Winfield Courier, May 2, 1878.
                                                     Real Estate Transfers.
              L. McLaughlin and wife to Elizabeth C. Hurst, n e 3 35 3, 160 acres, $1,100.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 15, 1878.
                                                        Court Proceedings.
                                           [From the Cowley County Telegram.]
The following is a report of the disposal of the cases which have come up so far during this term.
                           Houghton & McLaughlin vs. Loudowick Maricle, dismissed.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 15, 1878.
FOR SALE OR RENT. A farm 4 miles north of Arkansas City; 80 acres broken, 30 acres old ground; will sell mostly on time. A comfortable house and living water. Inquire of T. H. McLaughlin.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 22, 1878.
Gentlemen, Houghton & McLaughlin will sell you best quality blue flannel suits for $13.50; a good blue fallen suit for $9.75—such as all older houses in the county sell at $16 for best and $12 for second quality. All other goods in our line at equally low rates.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 22, 1878.
LAFAYETTE McLAUGHLIN traded his one-third interest in a brick building in Emporia for the building known as L. B. Kellogg’s law office, and forty acres one mile north of town (part of the Coberly tract).
Arkansas City Traveler, June 5, 1878.

                                                      GREAT BARGAINS!
We have quite a number of good improved farms which we will sell at a bargain. Call soon. HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 12, 1878.
                           List of Advertising Business Houses of Arkansas City
                                                             and Winfield.
                                        Houghton & McLaughlin, Dry Goods, etc.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 12, 1878.
HOUGHTON and McLAUGHLIN’s cheap table always offers bargains.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 12, 1878.
                                                          $8.50 and $10.00.
A new lot of Blue Flannel suits at the above figures. $10.00 cash will buy the best, and all other clothing in propor­tion at Houghton & McLaughlin’s.
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Arkansas City Traveler, June 19, 1878.
                                                       FOURTH OF JULY!
                                         A Grand Union Sunday School Picnic.
A general invitation is extended to the Sunday schools in this vicinity and surrounding country to unite in holding a basket picnic in Sleeth’s woods, on July 4th. The committee on general arrangements appointed the following committees, who are requested to enter at once upon their respective duties.
Committee on Programme.
Wm. Sleeth, Miss Clara Finley, Miss Ella Grimes, Miss Eva Swarts, Mrs. Wm. Wilson, Mrs. Alexander, Mrs. L. McLaughlin, Cal. Swarts, R. J. Maxwell, and W. L. Mowry.
Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.
                                                Walnut Valley Fair Association.
                                         WINFIELD, KANSAS, June 24, 1878.
Board met pursuant to adjournment at the office of Col. J. M. Alexander. Present: J. W. Millspaugh, President; Col. Alexander, Treasurer; E. E. Bacon, Secretary; and Messrs. E. P. Kinne and E. C. Manning, Directors.
Reading of the proceedings of last meeting was dispensed with.
The committee to prepare premium list submitted for consideration a printed list and recommended its adoption. It was then read, corrected, and adopted, whereupon the following named ladies and gentlemen were appointed superintendents of the various classes, to wit:
                                     Class M - Textile Fabrics - T. H. McLaughlin.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 31, 1878.
CLOTHING. Houghton & McLaughlin have marked down their entire stock of clothing from 25 to 50 percent, in order to close it out and make room for a new stock. Go and see them. There are big bargains.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 14, 1878.
OATS. Houghton & McLaughlin will take sound, clean oats in exchange for goods.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 14, 1878.

HATS. Odd lots of hats at Houghton and Mac’s from 1/4 to 1/2 what they cost.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 14, 1878.
We will take wheat in exchange for goods.
                                              HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 28, 1878.
                                                            FREE SHOW.
One week from next Saturday, E. J. Hoyt, of the firm of Hoyt & Speers, will walk a tight rope stretched from the top of Houghton & McLaughlin’s brick store to the green front building. He will also give some trapeze performances on the rope, and do various other things interesting and amusing. Joe has traveled with many circus troupes, and is an excellent performer. Come in and watch the fun, which is to commence at 1 o’clock, Saturday, September 7, 1878.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 4, 1878.
                                                        ROPE WALKING.
Next Saturday Joe Hoyt gives us a free show, walking a rope stretched from Houghton & McLaughlin’s building to the green front opposite. Come in and see the fun, as it costs nothing.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 11, 1878.
                                                          Boots and Shoes.
Houghton & McLaughlin have now in stock a full line of Chicago-made, warranted men’s, boys’, women’s, misses’, and children’s boots and shoes. We warrant these goods.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 2, 1878.
                                                            School Report.
The following is a list of scholars who have been perfect in attendance and punctuality during the past month. The annexed standing gives their grade in class as determined by the
                                                GRAMMAR DEPARTMENT.
Fred McLaughlin, 98; Mary Theaker, 97; Stella Swarts, 97; Linnie Peed, 93; Mary McClung, 92; Charlie Grimes, 91; Mattie Mitchell, 90; Carrie Benedict, 89; Jessie Findley, 86; Georgia Findley, 80.
                                                  PRIMARY DEPARTMENT.
Augie Small, 95; Lillie Mitchell, 92; Hugh Leonard, 90; Gracie McClung, 90; Frank Theaker, 90; Perry Fullerlove, 85. C. H. SYLVESTER, Principal.
MRS. L. THEAKER, Assistant.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 9, 1878.
                                     DISSOLUTION OF CO-PARTNERSHIP.
Notice is hereby given that the partnership heretofore existing between O. P. Houghton and T. H. McLaughlin, is this day dissolved by mutual consent, O. P. Houghton continuing the business of said firm; and T. H. McLaughlin has the collecting of all notes and accounts due the firm.       O. P. HOUGHTON.
                                                       T. H. McLAUGHLIN.

October 9, 1878.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 9, 1878.
All persons indebted to the late firm of Houghton & McLaughlin will please call immediately and pay the same. T. H. McLAUGHLIN.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 9, 1878.
The store of Houghton & McLaughlin will be closed from October 8 to October 11, when it will be opened with a new and seasonable stock, to be sold Strictly for cash or its equivalent—so low! Oh, my! come and see. O. P. HOUGHTON,
                                           Successor to Houghton & McLaughlin.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 9, 1878.
                                                        SPECIAL NOTICE.
                                                           L. McLaughlin,
Having purchased J. H. Pierce’s interest in the late firm of Pierce & McLaughlin, together with the accounts, we would re­spectfully call the attention of his friends to the fact that they can buy      GROCERIES, BOOTS, SHOES,
                                              Earthenware, etc., at the old stand,
                                               one door north of the Post Office,
                                     and do as well by buying of him as of anybody.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 9, 1878.
                                                WANTED IMMEDIATELY.
As I have bought the accounts of Mantor & Welsh and Pierce & Welsh, they can be settled with me at the old stand, before the 1st of November; after that date they will be left with an attorney for collection. L. McLAUGHLIN.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 9, 1878.
Mr. L. McLaughlin has purchased the entire interest in the grocery next to the post office, and has lately added to his stock of boots and shoes. He invites his old customers, and as many new ones as may desire good, cheap goods, to come in and try him.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 16, 1878.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 16, 1878.
Four nickel cigars for one dime at L. McLaughlin’s.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 16, 1878.
Corn and Oats for sale at L. McLaughlin’s.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 16, 1878.
L. McLaughlin has a new advertisement, new goods, new change in the firm, and is going to sell at new figures.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 16, 1878.
NEW GOODS. O. P. Houghton has opened out a large new and well assorted stock of goods in the store recently occupied by Houghton & McLaughlin, and offers the same at prices hitherto unknown. His stock is too large and varied to be described, and must be seen to be appreciated. Give him a call.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 24, 1878.

                                                   O. CASH   P. STORE   H.
                                          Having purchased the entire stock of
                                       DRY GOODS-NOTIONS-HATS-CAPS
                                                     BOOTS AND SHOES,
                                       Of Houghton & McLaughlin, and added
                                                a large and complete stock of
                                                           Fall and Winter
                                       Goods, I am now prepared to offer them
                                                              to the public
                                                  FOR READY PAY ONLY!
                                          at lower figures than they have ever
                                                       been offered before.
                                                DEFYING COMPETITION,
                                          I will duplicate any bill bought in the
                                             State (bankrupt sales excepted).
                                              All GOODS TO BE PAID FOR
                                                    before leaving the store.
                                  Call and Examine Goods at the Brick Corner.
                                                       O. P. HOUGHTON.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 24, 1878.
                                                 S P E C I A L    N O T I C E.
                                                           L. McLaughlin,
Having purchased J. H. Pierce’s interest in the late firm of Pierce & McLaughlin, together with the accounts, he would respectfully call the attention of his friends to the fact that they can buy   GROCERIES, BOOTS, SHOES,
Earthenware, etc., at the old stand, one door north of the Post Office, and do as well by buying of him as of anybody.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 31, 1878.
L. McLaughlin handles corn and feed, and always has it on hand.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 31, 1878.
                                                        GOODS STOLEN.
Some thieves came into town Monday night and stole one pair of boots, one pair of shoes, and a box of sweet potatoes from Houghton & Mantor, and relieved Lafe McLaughlin of a can of oysters and three pair of gloves. They then adjourned to Frank Schiffbauer’s and helped themselves to a set of harness, curry comb, and brush. The men were seen in the early part of the evening, and will probably be identified.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 6, 1878.
Corn and oats by the bushel or single feed at L. McLaughlin’s, next door to the Post Office.
Even the newspaper got confused. Note they tell the public to see the real estate card of Channell & Houghton when it should have stated Channell & McLaughlin!
Arkansas City Traveler, December 4, 1878.

See the real estate card of Channell & Houghton.
AD: S. P. CHANNELL.                                                            T. H. McLAUGHLIN.
                                             CHANNELL & McLAUGHLIN,
                           Pay taxes for non-residents. Correspondence solicited.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 4, 1878.
M. E. Welsh is now clerking for L. McLaughlin, where he will be pleased to see his old-time friends.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 11, 1878.
                                               NEW REAL ESTATE FIRM.
S. P. CHANNELL and T. H. McLAUGHLIN have formed a partnership, and last week opened an office in the building formerly occupied by the Tonsorial man. We know of no two men we could more highly recommend to the public than these gentlemen. They came here in an early day, and are familiar with the county, and consequently know where the cheapest and best lands are. Messrs. Channell and McLaughlin are both thorough businessmen, and we can safely recommend them to the public generally.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 11, 1878.
The following officers of Crescent Lodge, No. 133, were elected at the last regular meeting, Saturday evening, Dec. 7th, 1878.
Sewell P. Channell, W. M.
James Benedict, S. W.
Jas. I. Mitchell, J. W.
Henry P. Farrar, Treasurer.
Isaac H. Bonsall, Secretary.
Lafe McLaughlin, Tyler.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 8, 1879.
Our enterprising townsmen, Channell & McLaughlin, have issued from the TRAVELER office a Real Estate Bulletin, giving quite a complete list of farms for sale in this locality, and also a general description of Cowley County.
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Arkansas City Traveler, January 8, 1879.
                                                            School Report.
The following are names of scholars who have been absolutely perfect in attendance and punctuality during the last school month.
                                                GRAMMAR DEPARTMENT.
Fred. McLaughlin, 96; Linnie Peed, 85; Charlie Grimes, 86; Mary Theaker, 92; Jerry Adams, 95; Samuel Reed, 88; May Benedict, 85; Susie Hunt, 84; Willie Patterson, 74.
Linnie Peed, Fred McLaughlin, Chas. Grimes, Frank Theaker, and Lillie Mitchell have been present every day during the term. C. H. SYLVESTER, Principal.
ASSISTANTS: Miss Ela, Mrs. Theaker.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 22, 1879.
The following were duly installed as officers of the Knights of Honor for the ensuing six months on the first Tuesday in January, 1879.

James Benedict, P. D.
S. P. Channell, D.
I. H. Bonsall, V. D.
Thos. L. Mantor, A. D.
O. P. Houghton, Chaplain.
T. H. McLaughlin, F. R.
E. R. Thompson, R.
Manson Rexford, Steward.
I. M. Ware, Guardian.
G. Mott, Sentinel.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 29, 1879.
Chas. Mummert’s place was sold last week by Channell & McLaughlin to a gentleman from Illinois.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 5, 1879.
We copy extensively this week from the Real Estate Bulletin, published by Channell & McLaughlin, of this city.
                                         [From the REAL ESTATE BULLETIN.]
As the result of a seven years orchard planting, the statis­tics of the county show 196,554 peach and 5,754 bearing apple trees.
Now is the time to buy land in this vicinity, for as we shall have a railroad and a line of steamers within a few months, the price of property of all kinds cannot help but materially
While, of course, there are some farms to rent in this county yet, as is invariably the case in new countries opened up under similar circumstances, improved places are, as a rule, occupied by the owner.
Sheep raising has been followed extensively in the county with success. Our seasons are as a rule dry, and consequently the finest wool can be obtained at the minimum of cost. Foot-rot is unknown, and if anything goes wrong, the owner, and not the country are to blame.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 5, 1879.
Messrs. Wolf and Winton are fitting up the Green Front for T. H. McLaughlin. It will be occupied by Dr. Loomis as a drug store.
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Winfield Courier, February 27, 1879.
                                                 ARKANSAS CITY ITEMS.
Quite a number of changes during the past week.
Tom Mantor and Rube Houghton have dissolved partnership. Rube and Joseph  Sherburne will now devote all their time, talent, and energy to the “noble red man,” being traders at the Ponca Agency. Tom Mantor and Frank Speer have united their forces and will sell boots, shoes, clothing, and groceries at bottom prices at the old post office.
Old man S. J. Mantor and a young man from Michigan, W. M. Blakeney, have formed a partnership in the sale of groceries and feed.

Wm. Gilby sold out his interest in the butcher shop to Jim Mitchell, so that hereafter Mitchell & Gaskell will sell butt cuts, neck, and soup bones at the lowest notch and give full weight.
James A. Loomis has removed his drug store to the “green front”—Houghton & McLaughlin’s old stand; but if you want to buy drugs or borrow money, you will find nothing “green” inside—everything “true blue” and wide awake.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 12, 1879.
The following are names of scholars who have been absolutely perfect in attendance, punctuality, deportment, and good in scholarship.
                                                        ROLL OF HONOR.
Mollie Christian                  Mary McClung
Mattie Mitchell             Linnie Peed
Mary Theaker                    Emma Theaker
Charlie Grimes              Fred. McLaughlin
Walter Patterson
The following are deserving of honorable mention for dili­gence, good behavior and nearly perfect attendance.
May Benedict                     Laura Gregg
Jessie Finley                       Anna Hutchison
Susie Hunt                    Stella Swarts
Annie Norton                     Jessie Sankey
Jerry Adams                       Lute Coombs
George Endicott                 Samuel Reed
Wm. Randall                      Charlie Randall.
                                                 C. H. SYLVESTER, Principal.
Perfect in attendance and punctuality.
Maggie Ford, 95; Frank Theaker, 85; Jonnie Garris, 80.
But once tardy.
Clyde Marris, 90; Harvey Roberson, 60; Perry Fullerlove, 85.
                                                        M. L. ELA, Teacher.
                                                  PRIMARY DEPARTMENT.
Perfect in attendance and punctuality.
Lizzie Garris, 90; Grace McClung, 90; Clara Ford, 70; Jasper Fitzpatric, 70; Elmer Howard, 70; Abe McClaskey, 85; Allie Harris, 60; Oak McClaskey, 60; Tom Howard, 50; Arthur Howey, 50. MRS. THEAKER, Teacher.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 19, 1879.
Dr. Loomis has removed the People’s Drug Store into the Green Front, formerly occupied by Houghton & McLaughlin. He has a neat room and a fresh supply of medicines.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 12, 1879.
BORN. At Arkansas City, March 9th, to T. H. McLaughlin and wife, a daughter.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 19, 1879.
T. H. McLaughlin is preparing to build a dwelling on the corner directly south of Frank Schiffbauer’s.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 19, 1879.
A new building for the Cowley County Bank is to be erected on Houghton & McLaughlin’s corner lot, directly opposite the TRAVELER office.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 9, 1879
                                                     VOTE AS FOLLOWS:
J. T. SHEPARD                 118
I. H. BONSALL                116
H. GODEHARD                113
GEORGE ALLEN       116
WM. SPEERS             116
D. SIFFORD                         2
T. H. McLAUGHLIN      1
L. KNIGHT                       115
O. P. HOUGHTON               1
Arkansas City Traveler, April 16, 1879.
Tyler McLaughlin’s new dwelling house is completed.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 23, 1879
                                                   GENERAL DRY GOODS,
                              Stock always complete and prices low. Call and see us.
                                                        O. P. HOUGHTON
                                       (Successor to Houghton & McLaughlin.)
                                                        New Brick Corner,
                                               ARKANSAS CITY, KANSAS.
                                                      BOOTS AND SHOES,
                                       HATS, CAPS & FURNISHING GOODS
                                          CARPETS, CLOTHING, NOTIONS.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 23, 1879
Laf. McLaughlin is building a room between Matlack’s and Channell & McLaughlin’s office.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 21, 1879.
Mr. Ridenour has moved his stock of jewelry into the room on the south side of Channell & McLaughlin’s real estate office.
Winfield Courier, May 22, 1879.
                                   REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS [IN THE CITY]
H. M. Kinne to Channell & McLaughlin, lot 13, blk 69, Arkan­sas City.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 28, 1879.
                                                     Real Estate Transfers.
M. G. Troup, Co. Clerk, to Channell & McLaughlin, lt. 9, block 24, lts. 14, 13, and 2, blk. 146, lt. 28, blk. 145, lt. 1, blk. 146, lt. 27, blk. 143, lt. 15, blk. 128, lt. 15, blk. 129, lt. 24, blk. 67, lts. 15 and 16, blk. 103, lts. 26 and 27, blk. 59, lt. 16, blk. 27, lt. 24, blk. 48, lot 29, blk. 59, lt. 25, blk. 48, lt. 8, blk. 24, lt. 15, blk. 27, lt. 14, blk. 52, lts 1, 5, 6, 7, 13, and 12, blk. 24, lts. 15 and 16, blk. 48, lt. 14, blk. 24, lts. 1, 3, 8, 27 and 28, blk. 50, Ark. City.
H. H. McLaughlin to S. P. Channell, und. 1/2 lt. 9, blk. 8, Ark. City.
Channell & McLaughlin to W. S. Houghton, lt. 13, blk. 69, Ark. City.
S. P. Channell and wife to T. H. McLaughlin, undivided 1/3 of lots 3 and 4 and e 1/2 of s.w. 1/4 s7 t35 r3.
M. G. Troup to Channell & McLaughlin, lot 26, blk. 27, lot 4, blk. 28, lots 1, 2, 3 and 4, blk. 56 and lots 12, 13, and 14, blk. 139, and lot 16, blk. 52, lot 7, blk. 67, Ark. City.
H. M. Kinsie and husband to Channell & McLaughlin, lot 13, blk. 68, Ark. City.
Winfield Courier, June 12, 1879.
At a meeting of the directors of the Walnut Valley Fair Association, at the office of Col. Alexander, last Thursday, it was decided to hold the fair October 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th. The following appointments were made:
General Supt.: J. L. Horning.
A. R. B. Pratt.
B. P. B. Lee.
C. C. S. Smith.
D. Wm. Hodges.
E. J. F. Miller.
F. Jas. Berry.
G. J. Hoenscheidt.
H. J. Nixon.
I. S. S. Holloway.
J. A. J. Burrell.
K. Mrs. J. E. Platter.
L. Mrs. M. E. Davis.
M. T. H. McLaughlin.
N. J. H. Worden.
O. E. P. Hickok.
P. J. E. Platter.
Q. G. W. Prater.
R. W. P. Hackney.
S. S. M. Fall.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 18, 1879.
                                 GROCERIES, FLOUR, BOOTS AND SHOES.
                                                         L. McLAUGHLIN

Is Constantly Receiving the Finest Goods in the Market, in his line. No Establishment can UNDERSELL Him on Like Quality of Goods. But let it be DISTINCTLY UNDERSTOOD that he does not Deceive Customers By Selling them Cheap and Adulterated Goods. No Adulterated TEAS, COFFEE, SPICES, SUGAR or MOLASSES Found in His store.
                                            EAST SIDE OF SUMMIT STREET
                                               ARKANSAS CITY, KANSAS.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 18, 1879.
FOR SALE. 80 acres of good land on State line convenient to timber and water, forty acres in good cultivation. Price $350 one half cash balance on time. To be sold in sixty days, if sold at all. CHANNELL & McLAUGHLIN.
Winfield Courier, June 19, 1879.
H. A. McLaughlin & wife, to A. Stanton, lots 21 and 22, blk 91, Arkansas City. $400.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 2, 1879.
Brother McLaughlin is building a new house in the southeast part of town. Mc. is pushing his views towards the depot.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 9, 1879.
500 acres of first-class land for rent, for cash or on shares. Extra inducements offered.
                                              CHANNELL & McLAUGHLIN.
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Arkansas City Traveler, August 13, 1879 - Front Page.
In the REAL ESTATE AND BANKING department of the city, there are some very strong concerns, two of which I am especially pleased to notice.
Channell & McLaughlin, whose card will be found in our real estate column, have one of the strongest, most active and well-directed land agencies in Southern Kansas. They have also a real estate and loan brokerage, and are placing many important loans upon unencumbered real estate for eastern capitalists. They are giving careful attention to commercial collections, tax-paying, and abstracts, and will be pleased to correspond or confer with parties who want information respecting Arkansas City, Cowley County, or the Indian Territory. They have very complete lists of town and country property, are gentlemen of high character, liberal means, and splendid business abilities. I remember them both among the old settlers and staunch merchants of the town, known and honored of all men in this region. Mr. Channell was formerly mayor of the city, and almost from its inception has been an inspiring worker in its behalf. The Advertiser gives this firm joy of their fortunate location in the land business and leaves them a wish for long years of prosperous trade. Better land agents or more royal men may not be found in the land of the jayhawkers.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 20, 1879.
Money to loan in sums from $300 to $5000 on improved farms. Special inducements offered to parties wanting money at a low rate of interest by
                                               CHANNELL & McLAUGHLIN
                                                      Arkansas City, Kansas.
Winfield Courier, August 21, 1879.

Channell & McLaughlin have purchased from Van R. Holmes, of Emporia, a half interest in 500 lots in Arkansas City. The transfer was made in one deed and took eight record pages of solid description.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 3, 1879
Charles W. Samuels, a prominent merchant of Cedar City, Missouri, paid our city a visit last Monday, and was so well pleased that he concluded to make this his home. He purchased some business and residence lots of Channell & McLaughlin, and intends to build as soon as he can return home and get his business in such a shape as to leave it. He will engage in the dry goods business, and as he is a man of large capital, we gladly welcome him to the boss town in the Southwest.
Winfield Courier, September 11, 1879.
The delegates from the Second Commissioner District met and organized with H. L. C. Gilstrap in the chair.
W. M. Sleeth, the present commissioner from that district, was put in nomination, but declined to be a candidate.
A vote was then taken, resulting as follows.
Henry Harbaugh, 18; T. H. McLaughlin, 9; W. E. Chenoweth, 2.
Mr. Harbaugh was declared the nominee.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 17, 1879.
There have been more bona fide real estate transfers in Arkansas City during the past two weeks than in any other town in Southern Kansas. The main transfer was that of Mr. Van Holmes’ lots to Messrs. Newman, Channell, and McLaughlin, each of these gentlemen purchasing a third, the entire number realizing the neat sum of seven thousand dollars. As a result of this transac­tion nearly all the lots in Arkansas City are owned by residents of the town—not for speculation merely, but for sale to parties wishing to build and improve the town. Messrs. Channell & McLaughlin will sell desirable lots on time to responsible parties, provided they will put up good, substantial buildings.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 24, 1879.
We are informed that the town lots recently owned by Finley, of Emporia, have been purchased by A. A. Newman, Channell & McLaughlin.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 8, 1879.
Ho!  Come right along!  I have come to Arkansas City to give my customers the cleanest shave for a dime of any barber in the Southwest. Shop over L. McLaughlin’s Grocery Store.
                                                        CLAYTE HAYDEN
Arkansas City Traveler, October 8, 1879.
                                             NOTICE TO CONTRACTORS.
Bids will be received for the construction of three Stone or Brick business houses. Specifications can be seen at the office of CHANNELL & McLAUGHLIN, Arkansas City, Kansas. Sept. 29, 1879.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 8, 1879.
Caldwell sends a recruit in the shape of a barber, who has located over L. McLaughlin’s store. Let them come.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 12, 1879.

T. H. McLaughlin is improving his place by filling in his yard and building a new house. T. H. must feel the influence of the railroad.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 26, 1879.
Some Iowa men purchased Houghton and McLaughlin’s tract of land, just above Whitney’s.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 3, 1879.
J. L. Huey has tax roll for 1879, in the office lately occupied by Channell & McLaughlin. Tax receipts given when money is paid. Fee 50 cents.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 10, 1879.
COMMITTEE ON ARRANGEMENTS: Mrs. N. B. Hughes, Mrs. Huey, Mrs. A. A. Newman, Mrs. McClung, Mrs. James Benedict.
SOLICITING: East side of city: Mrs. W. Benedict and Mrs. C. R. Sipes. West side of city: Mrs. Hutchison, Mrs. J. T. Shepard. East Bolton: Mrs. Denton, Mrs. Dr. Carlisle. West Bolton: Mrs. Guthrie, Mrs. Marshall. East of Walnut: Mrs. E. Parker and Mrs. N. Kimmell.
FANCY TABLE: Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. L. McLaughlin, Mrs. Berger, Miss Annie Norton, May Benedict, Linnie Peed, Carrie Benedict, Annie Hutchinson, Mary Theaker.
SUPPER TABLE:  Mrs. J. I. Mitchell, Mrs. R. C. Haywood, Mrs. Dr. Chapel, Mrs. S. P. Channell, Mrs. C. Schiffbauer, Mrs. Matlack, Mrs. Howard, Mrs. E. B. Kager, Mrs. Dr. Kellogg, Mrs. T. H. McLaughlin, Mrs. J. T. Shepard.
PROCURING TREE: Mr. W. D. Mowry, C. H. Sylvester, F. Farrar, Charles Swarts.
RECEIVING PRESENTS: Mrs. I. H. Bonsall, Miss Clara Finley, Mr. Cal. Swarts, C. H. Sylvester.
DECORATING TREE: Mr. and Mrs. Bonsall, Mr. and Mrs. Scott, Miss Eva Swarts, Hattie Houghton, Flora Finley, Angie Mantor, Ella Grimes, Mattie Mitchell, Kate Hawkins, Alma Dixon, Blanche Marshall, Emma Hunt, Susie Hunt, Mr. B. Matlack, F. Farrar, W. Gooch, Mr. Rose, G. Howard, B. Maxwell, W. D. Mowry, F. Hutchison, E. LeClare, L. Norton, Mr. B. Parker, C. McIntire.
PROCURING STOVES: C. R. Sipes and James Benedict.
PROCURING LIGHTS: Dr. Shepard and Dr. Loomis.
COLLECTING DONATIONS: Mr. Hutchison and J. J. Breene.
TEA AND COFFEE: Mrs. Coombs and Mrs. Norton.
OYSTER TABLE: Mrs. Sipes, Mrs. W. Benedict, Mrs. T. C. Bird, Mrs. T. Mantor, Mrs. J. H. Sherburne, Mrs. C. Parker, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Watson, Mrs. Anna Patterson.
PROCURING DISHES AND TABLES: Mr. and Mrs. O. P. Houghton, Mr. and Mrs. Lafe McLaughlin, Mrs. Sipes, Mr. J. C. Topliff.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 24, 1879.
Bennett Chapter of Royal Arch Masons elected the following officers at their last regular meeting:
High Priest:  S. P. Channell.
King:  A. A. Newman.

Scribe:  C. R. Mitchell.
Treasurer:  O. P. Houghton.
Secretary:  J. L. Huey.
Captain of the Host:  J. I. Mitchell.
Principal Sojourner:  Jas. Benedict.
Royal Arch Captain:  K. Smith.
Master of 3rd Veil:  Jas. Ridenour.
Master of 2nd Veil:  C. M. Scott.
Master of 1st Veil:  L. McLaughlin.
Tyler:  George Russell.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 24, 1879.
A Car Load of Salt and New Orleans Sugar at L. McLaughlin, about Christmas.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 24, 1879.
L. McLaughlin will pay the Highest Cash Price for Hides and Furs.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 14, 1880.
The rowdies were around last Saturday night and rolled several barrels of salt into the street that McLaughlin had placed on a vacant lot near his house. Smart boys, those.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 21, 1880.
                                                   DR. JAMISON VAWTER,
Tenders his professional service to the citizens of Arkansas City and vicinity. Surgical dressings, and diseases of the Eye, Ear, Throat and Nose (Nasal Catarrh) a specialty. Office over L. McLaughlin’s Store. Summit Street, Arkansas City, Kansas.
Mention of gift by McLaughlin...
Arkansas City Traveler, February 4, 1880.
                                                            Wedding Bells.
GOOCH - HOUGHTON. Married on Wednesday evening, February 4th, at the First Presbyterian Church in Arkansas City, Mr. Wyatt Gooch and Miss Hattie Houghton, by Rev. McClung.
The groom and bride have resided in this city for several years, and have a large circle of friends. Mrs. A. A. Newman held a reception at her residence from 9:30 to 11:30, receiving a large number of friends from this city, Wichita, and Emporia. An elegant repast was served during the evening, and friends were coming and going until after midnight. This was one of the largest receptions ever held in this city, and was enjoyed by all.
                                            Mr. and Mrs. T. McLaughlin, castor.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 11, 1880.
                                                            School Report.
The following Report of the Public Schools of the city for the school month ending February 6th.
                                                       ROLL OF HONOR.
The best scholar of each grade is determined by examination and recitations.
A. Class: Jerry Adams (one examination) 100.

B. Class: Charlie Chapel 97.
C. Class: Sam Swarts 93; nearly equaled by Mary McClung and Ella Bowers.
A. Class: Frank Theaker 90.
B. Class: Iddie Shields 88; nearly equaled by Maggie Ford and Hattie Hand.
C. Class: Wyatt Hutchison 80.
A. Class: Frank Peek.
B. Class: Grace Houghton.
C. Class: Newton Lancaster.
A. Class: Alvan Ray.
B. Class: Willie Kellogg.
C. Class: Marion Gilbert.
D. Class: Hattie Sipes.
Perfect attendance and punctuality.
Jerry Adams, S. B. Reed, Henry Smith, Sadie Pickering, Fred McLaughlin, Charlie Randall, Mollie Christian, Alice Knight, Alice Warren, Robert Hutchison, George Endicott, Jacob Endicott, Martin Warren, Frank Randall, May Hughes, Jessey Finley, Ella Bowers, Mary McClung.
Frank Shearer, Jay Fairclo, Maggie Ford, Hattie Hand, Perley McCutere, Wyatt Hutchison, Perry Fullerlove, Schuyler Hand.
Grace McClung, Nina Pickering, Charlie Rarick, Walter Wintin, Phillip Huff, Frank Peek, Otis Endicott, Clara Ford, Lizzie Garris, Susie Fullerlove, Frank Leonard, Willie Peek, Newton Lancaster, Howard Warren, Etta McMahon, Frank Nowe.
Ida Wagstaff, Lillie Rarick, Ross Garris, Charlie Peek, Frank Parsons, Willie Fullerlove, Clifford Rife, Howard McIntire.
The number of pupils enrolled in each department is as follows:
High School, 49.
Intermediate, 42.
Second Primary, 43.
First Primary, 50.
Total: 184.
                                                 C. H. SYLVESTER, Principal.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 18, 1880.
The attention of our readers is called to the advertisement of McLaughlin Bros. in our special columns today.

AD: McLaughlin Bros., Successors to L. McLaughlin, have just received a carload of stoneware, which they will sell by the one gallon or by the 500 gallons. Also a carload of salt for sale. They also will receive in a few days a carload of early rose and peach blow potatoes. Also red and yellow onion setts.
McLaughlin Bros., Successors to L. McLaughlin, have a full line of fresh groceries on hand which they will sell at the very lowest price by the penny’s worth or by the carload.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 10, 1880.
I have a large number of town lots for sale. Parties wishing to purchase will do well to call one and examine my list before buying elsewhere. Block 43, the only entire block to be had, 350 feet by 280 feet, centrally situated one and all laid out in fruit trees, grapes, one and all kinds of small fruits. Call at my office over McLaughlin’s grocery store, or address me through the Post Office.
Agent for the British America Insurance Company. I. H. BONSALL.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 24, 1880
At a meeting on Tuesday night convened for the purpose of nominating a strict temperance ticket for the city election, the following nominations were made:
Mayor, William Sleeth; Councilmen, O. P. Houghton, T. H. McLaughlin, Charles Searing, Leander Findley, D. Berger. Police Judge, M. Stanton.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 31, 1880.
IF YOU WANT to borrow Money at low interest, call on M. B. Vawter, Dentist, over McLaughlin’s store.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 14, 1880.
The Messrs. McLaughlin have removed into their new store building in the stone block where they have a neat and spacious room for business. Call and see them at their new stand in the Stone Block. Elsewhere will be found their new ad.
AD: McLAUGHLIN BROTHERS have removed to the South Room in the New Stone Block, Four doors North of their Old Place.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 21, 1880.
McLaughlin Bros. are putting in a large wagon scale in front of their new store building.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 21, 1880.
                                                        SUNDAY’S WIND.
Last Sunday was a day long to be remembered by the citizens of Arkansas City. The morning promised a nice day, but soon the wind began to blow at a lively rate from the south and by noon had almost reached a gale, changing to the west. Its fury did not abate until near sundown, when it changed around to the north and became more calm.
In looking over the damage done, we find it extends pretty well over the City. During the entire day the air was dense with flying sand and dust.
The awning in front of the Newman building and Schiffbauer Bros. store was blown to pieces; and in falling, broke five of the large plate glass in the front, which cost $15 each, beside the glass in the door.

A dwelling in the northeast of town was unroofed. A shed in the rear of Brooks livery barn was lifted over into the street and demolished. A flying board came in contact with a window in the City Hotel, which was crushed to atoms. The rafters on Lafe McLaughlin’s new residence at the west end of Fourth Avenue, were badly careened. A shade tree on north Summit street was twisted off and landed out in the street. The loose lumber at the lumber yards was picked up by the wind and promiscuously scattered around. Numerous outbuildings were decapitated, upset, or otherwise more or less damaged. Many of the buildings in town were shaken to such a degree as to seriously alarm the occupants, and not a few were hastily propped against impending danger.
Take it all in all, Sunday can be put down as a windy day, and one it is to be hoped the like of which may not again soon visit Southern Kansas.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 28, 1880.
McLaughlin Bros. have laid a stone walk and erected an awning in front of their store, thereby adding much to the appearance of the same. These gentlemen are also putting in a new Fairbanks scale.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 28, 1880.
                                                   A Notice Worth Reading.
On and after May 1st, S. J. Mantor will be found at the store vacated by McLaughlin Bros. His numerous friends and customers will make a note of this, as he has a rich treat in store for them, in Choice Groceries at the lowest living rates.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 28, 1880.
A CAR Of Fine Lake Salt at $3, 10 per barrel, at McLaughlin Bros.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 5, 1880.
Mr. S. J. Mantor, late of the firm of Mantor & Blakeney, can now be found in the room formerly occupied by McLaughlin Bros., where he will furnish you anything in the grocery line at low figures, and with that genial affability that has won him so many friends.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 14, 1880.
A number of the elite, among whom were Mr. and Mrs. Newman, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. McLaughlin, Mr. and Mrs. O. P. Houghton, Mrs. Matlack, Mrs. Gooch, and Mrs. Wheeler, went to Ponca Agency yesterday. The trip was in honor of Mrs. Wheeler, now visiting in this city.
Winfield Courier, July 29, 1880.
Otter: George Webb.
Otter: George Hosmer.
Richland: J. I. Cottingham.
Cedar: Oliver Sparkman.
Maple: D. V. Killion.
Creswell: T. H. McLaughlin.
Vernon: N. C. Clark.
Sheridan: B. Shriver.
Vernon: J. S. Wooley.
Spring Creek: C. C. Robinson.
Spring Creek: Thomas S. Smith.
Liberty: Isaac Mendenhall.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 22, 1880.

McLaughlin Bros. have for some time run a free delivery wagon in connection with their grocery house, and now comes the firm of Schiffbauer Bros., with a brand new wagon for the same purpose. You can send your children uptown now after groceries and have the same delivered to any part of town without extra charge.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 6, 1880.
Chester Loveland, for some time past employed in McLaughlin’s grocery, is now with Henry Endicott, the jovial butcher.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 27, 1880.
The McLaughlin Bro.’s in the stone store are doing a thriv­ing business in groceries, etc., the same being the inevitable result of the care and attention given to their large and increasing trade.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 27, 1880.
On Tuesday evening of last week a gathering of old settlers was held at the residence of T. H. McLaughlin, in honor of Mrs. Meigs and Mrs. Bowen, who have been visiting their friends in this vicinity. They returned to their homes in Harper County last Saturday.
To my knowledge, the following McLaughlin is not related to the “Arkansas City” family of McLaughlin. MAW July 26, 2000
Winfield Courier, January 6, 1881.
A case of trichina, the first it is believed ever known in Kansas, is reported from near Troy, in Doniphan County. The victim, Ed. McLaughlin, a farmer, says he can feel the parasites crawling through the flesh in all parts of his body. He says it resulted from eating some sausage about five years ago, but his physicians think it comes from eating pork recently. His death is a question of but a short time.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 2, 1881.
A large and respectable meeting of the citizens of Arkansas City and vicinity was held in the Presbyterian Church on Saturday evening, January 29th, for the purpose of listening to an address by Hon. C. R. Mitchell in explanation of the various temperance bills now before our Legislature.
The provisions of the several bills were discussed by the meeting as fully as time would permit, and the undersigned committee appointed to prepare a report embodying the prevailing sentiment there expressed. The committee would respectfully report as follows.
We favor the prohibition of the USE as a beverage of intoxi­cating liquors, provided Constitutional Law will permit.
Also, we are emphatically in favor of a law that will prohibit the giving away of the same, or the formation of Club Rooms or any other associations for sale, giving away, or using intoxicating drinks. The desire was also strongly expressed that provision may be made authorizing the right of search, and the destruction of intoxicating liquors when found to be kept illegally.
It was the sentiment of the meeting that stringent regula­tions with regard to sale of intoxicating liquor for legitimate purposes by druggists, and with regard to prescriptions by physicians, is quite desirable.
Further, that persons and property should be held for damages arising from the illegal disposition or use of such liquor.

A unanimous vote of thanks to Hon. C. R. Mitchell was expressed by a rising vote for his address at the meeting, and the interest he manifests in furthering proper temperance enact­ments by our Hon. Legislature. Respectfully submitted.
                                              T. H. McLAUGHLIN, Chairman.
                                                              R. H. REED,
                                                           T. V. McCONN,
                                                      R. S. McCLENAHAN,
                                                      DAVID THOMPSON.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 9, 1881.
Manley Capron, the popular grocery clerk, has been engaged by McLaughlin Bros., behind whose counter he will henceforth be found.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 9, 1881.
BIRTH. Born on Friday morning, March 4, 1881, to Mr. and Mrs. Lafayette McLaughlin, a daughter. No wonder Lafe looked as happy as though he were being inaugurated instead of Gen. Garfield.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 25, 1881.
                                                       IT IS TOWN TALK
That the stocks of Dry Goods, Clothing, etc., to be found at the store of A. A. Newman & Co., Houghton & Speers, O. P. Houghton, and Stacy Matlack cannot be equaled elsewhere in the county.
That the Creswell and Cowley County banks are two of the solid institutions of this county.
That for the largest and best assortment of Notions of every description, the Yankee Notion Store is the place to go.
That for Groceries, first-class in quality, fair prices and variety of stock, McLaughlin Bros., Wyckoff & Son, S. J. Mantor, S. Matlack, Schiffbauer Bros., H. Godehard, Benedict & Kimmel, the renowned Diamond Front, and Ware & Blakeney’s cannot be beat anywhere in the southwest.
That Al. Horn and Wm. Rose will fix you up in the “boss” foot gear, in tip-top style, and at low-down prices on the shortest notice.
That Peter Pearson’s is the place to go for furniture of every description.
That if you need a nobby set of harness or an easy riding saddle, Theoron Houghton and John Mott can fill the bill in good shape.
That the City Hotel and the Arkansas City House are always thronged with guests enjoying the comforts of life there dis­pensed.
That if you want to take your girl or any other fellow’s girl for a buggy ride, Stanton Bros. or D. A. McIntire keep stylish teams always in readiness.
That for Hardware, Tinware, Stoves, etc., Howard Bros. and C. R. Sipes keep the lead.
That Kellogg & Mowry, Shepard, Maxwell & Walker, E. D. Eddy, and James Riely are keenly alive to the needs of the drug business.
That R. E. Grubbs, at the Post-office, has a full line of stationery and a circulating library replete with standard and late publications.

That Ridenour & Thompson’s stock of watches, clocks, and jewelry must be seen to be appreciated.
That Agricultural Implements in endless variety are on sale by G. W. Cunningham and Jas. Benedict.
That W. T. Ekels’s, and the Chicago Lumber Yards will sell you lumber at a little better figure than can be got elsewhere.
That Beecher & Son are first-class builders, contractors, and mechanics.
That Oldham & Surles will paint your house or anything else in their line on short notice, and in good style.
That Arkansas City has the ablest array of professional talent in the southwest.
That its commercial and mechanical departments are well represented in every branch of industry.
That property is well protected from fire, by our efficient system of water works.
That in less than six months our canal will be completed, giving us a water power unequaled in the State.
That the above are facts, and patent to everyone who visits our city.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 8, 1881.
Sweet Pickles at McLaughlin Bros.
GOLDEN RULE BAKING POWDER, the only Baking Powder not adulterated at McLaughlin Bros.
A car of WHITE COAL OIL at McLaughlin Bros.
A car of FINE LAKE SALT at McLaughlin Bros.
PICKLES, all styles, at McLaughlin Bros.
CANNED VEGETABLES, at reduced rates, at McLaughlin Bros.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 29, 1881.
Mrs. T. H. McLaughlin is visiting her old-time friend, Mrs. H. O. Meigs, at Anthony, Harper County, Kansas.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 10, 1881.
Fred McLaughlin left on Monday’s train for Emporia, to make a visit in the family of Hon. L. B. Kellogg.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 31, 1881. Editorial Page.
                                                       Roll of Old Soldiers.
The following is a list of the Old Soldiers of Creswell Township.
NAME                                          COMPANY          REGIMENT        RANK
T. H. McLAUGHLIN                        K                     10 & 11 Mo.         Private
Arkansas City Traveler, September 7, 1881.
Mr. Bowen, an old-time resident of this city, is in town with his family upon a visit to Mr. and Mrs. T. H. McLaughlin.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 14, 1881.

Potatoes, corn, oats, and country produce will fetch cash at McLaughlin Brother’s grocery.
Do not believe the following was a member of A. C. McLaughlin family...
Winfield Courier, September 22, 1881.
The following is a list of old soldiers in Pleasant Valley township as far as taken.
                                       W. McLaughlin, Co. L, 21st Penn., cavalry.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 26, 1881.
McLaughlin Bro.’s delivery team ran away Monday. General demoralization of wagon and one horse badly injured was the result.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 2, 1881.
COAL OIL 20 cents per gallon or 6 gallons for $1.l00 at McLaughlin Bros.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 9, 1881.
McLaughlin Brothers sold three barrels of cider in less than two days. It was not good weather for cider but the cider was good and don’t you forget it!
Arkansas City Traveler, December 7, 1881.
The following named gentlemen were elected officers of Bennett Chapter No. 41, at their last regular meeting held in Masonic Lodge at Arkansas City, Wednesday, Nov. 30th.
High Priest: James Benedict.
King: James L. Huey.
Scribe: H. P. Farrar.
Treasurer: O. P. Houghton.
Secretary: W. D. Mowry.
Captain of the Host: C. M. Scott.
Principal Sojourner: James Ridenour.
Royal Arch Captain: Charles Hutchings.
Master of 3rd Vail: L. McLaughlin.
Master of 2nd Vail: J. R. Mitchell.
Master of 1st Vail: J. T. Shepard.
Tyler: George Russell.
Installation of officers takes place on the evening of St. John’s Day, Thursday, Dec. 27th, 1881, at the hall.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 14, 1881.
                                                              Our Schools.
SENIOR DEPARTMENT. Pupils perfect in deportment during third month.
Charley Randall, James Robinson, Walter Pickering, Fred McLaughlin, Eddie Garris, Frank Barnett, Horace Vaughn, Mollie Christian, Jessie Finley, Stella Swarts, Zonie Hostetler, Dora Pearson, D. O. Deets, Ella Barnett, Annie Bowen, Emma Theaker, Fannie Peterson, Lula Walton, Alto Maxwell, Willie Edwards, Frank Gamel, Alice Warren, Abby Pettit, Cora Pettit, Hattie Hand, Alvin Sankey.
INTERMEDIATE GRADE. The following were neither absent nor tardy during the past month.
Clara Ford, Archie DeBruce, Nettie Franey, Sarah Hill, Maggie Ford, Flora Creamer, and Ella Pettit.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 4, 1882.
                                                  MASQUERADE PARTY.
The social event of the Holiday week was the masquerade party held at the residence of Mr. James L. Huey on Friday evening, December 30th. A large number of invitations had been sent out, which were almost universally responded to, thus making the party a glorious success. The residence of Mr. Huey is one of the largest, and most commodious, in town; and as the merry throng of maskers promenaded the handsomely appointed salons of the mansion their costumes showed, to perfection, in the bril­liant light of the glittering chandeliers. The guests were received by Mrs. James L. Huey, the hostess, assisted by her sister, Mrs. Fred Farrar, and it is needless to say, that under their hospitable care, every attention was shown “the motley crew” that claimed their cares. Refreshments in the shape of many tempting kinds of cake, sandwiches, teas, and coffee were liberally provided. Music lent its aid to the other enjoyments which coupled with the many unique costumes, and the cheering hum of voices lent a charm never to be forgotten by those who were fortunate enough to take part in the festivities.
The following is a partial list of the guests with the characters they represented.
Mrs. Cunningham, Flower Girl; Mr. Cunningham, Imp; Mrs. Howard, Miss Prim; Mrs. Farrar, City Belle; Mrs. Searing, “Boss” Flour; Mrs. Matlack, “Straight” Flour; T. R. Houghton, Blazes; Alma Easterday, Bridget; Mrs. Grubbs, A Lady; Mrs. Nellie Houghton, Dreadnaught; J. Kroenert, “Lo”; C. M. Swarts, Chapeau; R. E. Grubbs, Widow Pudge; Miss Haywood, Queen Elizabeth; Mrs. Norton, Widow Bedott; Miss Guthrie, Incognita; Angie Mantor, Fat Woman; Jerry Adams, Bashful Maid; R. A. Houghton, Judge; I. H. Bonsall, Minister; Mrs. R. A. Houghton, A Bride; Mrs. Ingersoll, Quakeress; Mrs. Sipes, Quakeress; C. U. France, Uncle Toby; W. Thompson, Father Time; A. D. Ayres, Irishman; Mrs. A. D. Ayres, Anonyma; Mrs. Mead, Languedoc; Mr. Mead, Ghost; Mrs. T. Mantor, Mask; T. Mantor, Mask; J. G. Shelden, Cow Boy; Mrs. Watson, Old Maid; Mrs. Chandler, Night; C. R. Sipes, Uncle Tom; Miss A. Norton, Sunflower; Miss S. Hunt, Sunflower; Miss M. Parker, Sunflower; Miss Peterson, Nun; Miss A. Dickson, Sister of Mercy; Miss L. Wyckoff, Sister of Mercy; J. T. Shepard, Guiteau; J. H. Walker & wife, German Couple; C. H. Searing, XXXX Flour; J. Gooch, Private U. S. A.; C. Hutchins, Private, U. S. A.; Mrs. Haywood, Dinah; Mrs. Newman, Topsy; Dr. J. Vawter, Prohibition; C. L. Swarts, Post no bills; W. D. Mowry, A Bottle; Clara Finley, A Lone Star; R. C. Haywood, Fat Dutch Boy; Ben Matlack, May Fisk; M. B. Vawter, Fireman; O. Ingersoll, Big Mynheer; Mrs. Shepard, Japanese Lady; Miss Cassell, Red Riding Hood; Mrs. L. McLaughlin, Mrs. J. Smith; Mr. Matlack, “Pat” bedad; Mrs. Gooch, Equestri­enne; R. J. Maxwell, Priest.
Among the ladies and gentlemen who were present, unmasked, were Rev. Fleming and wife, W. E. Gooch, H. P. Farrar, Mr. Chandler, Mr. and Mrs. Bonsall, Mrs. Mowry, and many others whose names our reporter failed to receive.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 18, 1882.
Read T. H. McLaughlin’s “ad” and special notices in this issue.
AD:                                                T. H. McLAUGHLIN.
                                               [Successor to McLaughlin Bros.]
                                                   WHOLESALE & RETAIL

                                                             -DEALER IN-
Can give dealers inside figures on all goods in my line.
                                                       T. H. McLAUGHLIN,
                                                      NORTH SUMMIT ST.
                                                      Arkansas City, Kansas.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 18, 1882.
                                                        Dissolution Notice.
Notice is hereby given that the firm of McLaughlin Bros. was this day dissolved by mutual consent. Mr. L. McLaughlin retires, and the business will, in the future, be conducted by T. H. McLaughlin. T. H. McLaughlin, L. McLaughlin.
Arkansas City, Jan. 2nd, 1882.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 18, 1882.
The TRAVELER smokes Tooth Pick Cigars—thanks to the courte­sy of T. H. McLaughlin. They are beauties. Go buy you some.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 18, 1882.
The well known and popular grocery firm of McLaughlin Brothers has dissolved, Mr. Lafe McLaughlin retiring. The business will henceforth be conducted by T. H. McLaughlin, at the old stand, and on the same general principles which secured the firm’s success in the past and will, we doubt not, bear a like result in the future. Mr. McLaughlin has been one of the promi­nent businessmen of Arkansas City from the very first and is far too well known to need any commendation at our hands.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 1, 1882.
Entertainment Friday evening, February 3rd, 1882, at the M. E. Church, for benefit of School Library.
Glee Club, Frank Gamel, Miss Nellie Swarts, F. C. McLaughlin, W. M. Blakeney, Miss Minnie McIntire, W. M. Henderson, Fannie Vaughn, Miss Etta Barnett, J. R. L. Adams, Harry Finley, W. D. Mowry, C. L. Swarts, C. T. Atkinson, E. S. Donnelly, Miss Mary Theaker, Miss Anna Norton, Miss Mollie Christian.
Admission 25 cents, doors open at 7 p.m., commence at 8 p.m. All are cordially invited. Tickets can be had at the post office and drug stores.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 15, 1882.
At the school meeting held last Monday night it was decided to erect another permanent school building. Messrs. J. T. Shepard, T. H. McLaughlin, and L. Finley were appointed a commit­tee to make estimates, select site, etc., to report at an ad­journed meeting to be held Feb. 28th, 1882, at 7 p.m.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 15, 1882.
                                                             A. C. Schools.

HISTORY, A: J. W. Warren, 97; Emma Theaker, 93.5; F. C. McLaughlin, 96; Sarah Randall, 91.
HISTORY, B: Alvan Sankey, 98; Hannah Gilbert, 91; S. E. Fitch, 93; W. C. Edwards, 90.
GRAMMAR, B: Hannah Gilbert, 93; J. W. Warren, 93; Etta McConn, 92; Jessie Norton, 93; Anna Bowen, 92; Alvan Sankey, 91; Cora Pettit, 90.
GEOGRAPHY, A: Alvan Sankey, 99.5; Charley Randall, 97.5; Fannie Peterson, 96.5; Jessie Norton, 95.5; Hannah Gilbert, 95; Joseph Bell, 93. C. T. ATKINSON, Teacher.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 22, 1882.
T. H. McLaughlin will sell you raspberry and blackberry preserves at 15 cents per pound. Currant jelly 15 cents per pound. Apple butter, in bulk, 12-1/2 cents per lb. Tenderloin mince meat 12-1/2 cents per lb. Gallon apples 40 cents per can. We have nice Prunelles [?]. Figs, Oranges, Lemons, Green Apples, etc. We have Little Neck Clams, Lobsters, Sardines, Salmon, Codfish Balls, Canned Corned Beef, etc. We can sell you a better Tea for less money than anybody. Our roasted Coffee, in bulk, is simply elegant. You will want to clean house soon—buy one of our scrubbing machines. The bottom is knocked out of flour—We have it at the lowest prices. Buy a glass oil can and save money. Try Cousin Joe Finecut Tobacco at 65 cents per pound.
Best quality of Corn Syrup, 60 cents per gallon. Best quality of Maple Syrup $1.10 per gal. Beehive Syrup for cooking 55 cents per gallon. Choice Sauer-Kraut. Try our Rio Coffee, 8 lbs. for $1.00. We have nice Pitted Cherries and Alden Dried Raspberries. We have white cherries, egg-plums, green gages, blue plums, monarch strawberries, blackberries, blue-berries, raspber­ries, gooseber­ries, etc., canned.
In canned vegetables, we have Lima Beans, succotash, Yarmouth Sugar Corn, Green Peas, Early June Peas, Tomatoes, etc. If you want anything else, ask for it, we have it.
Respectfully, T. H. McLAUGHLIN.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 1, 1882.
All kinds of Garden Seeds in bulk can be obtained by calling upon T. H. McLaughlin. Those intending to make Gardens should call and make early selections.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 1, 1882.
T. H. McLaughlin sells Garden Seeds in Bulk, including Golden Wax Beans, Black Wax and early Red Valentine Beans, Large Marrow fat, Dan O’Rourke and Early Kent Peas; Georgia Rattle­snake, Ice cream and Orange Watermelon Seeds; Cantaloupe and Green Nutmeg Musk Melons. Cucumber, Squash and Pumpkin Seeds. Tobacco Seeds; Sweet Corn; Top and Bottom onion sets, and onion sets and nearly everything else; and what we do not keep we will send and get for those wishing it. Expect a carload of Northern Early Rose Potatoes this week. T. H. McLaughlin.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 15, 1882.
Mr. Lafe McLaughlin has let the contract for the erection of a two story stone building 24 x 70 with basement, the same to be located on the lots between the Bakery and Kimmel & Moore’s grocery on West Summit St. Work upon the same commenced yester­day and it will be pushed to completion at the earliest date practicable.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 15, 1882.

TOBACCO. Our remarks on the raising of tobacco in Cowley County a few weeks since, had the desired effect of causing several parties to procure the seed, and a number of acres will be planted. In a few weeks Wm. Buckman and J. L. Wright will have the plants ready for transplanting, and T. H. McLaughlin has the seed for sale. Sheep men assure us they will be glad to buy every pound that is raised and pay a good price for it, and those who plant it should begin to inquire about and engage the crop before it matures, if they are successful. There is too much money sent from Cowley County that might be expended at home. Now if the farmers will follow up the plan of supplying what has to be sent abroad for they must profit by it. Cure your own pork, and have hams and side meat to sell.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 15, 1882.
Tobacco Sheep Dip at T. H. McLaughlin’s.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 29, 1882.
Lafe McLaughlin’s new store building is progressing nicely, and will soon make a goodly showing.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 29, 1882.
We will venture the assertion that there is not another grocery store in Cowley County that carries so large and complete a stock, does a larger amount of business, or sells goods at more reasonable rates than our boss groceryman, T. H. McLaughlin.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 5, 1882.
H. Godehard has rented Lafe McLaughlin’s new building.
Cowley County Courant, April 6, 1882.
J. B. Magill, of the Winfield foundry, is putting up a fine iron front for the new McLaughlin building at Arkansas City.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 12, 1882.
Lafe McLaughlin’s building is up one story.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 12, 1882.
Tyler McLaughlin is selling potatoes shipped from Scotland and beans from Germany.
That’s going a long ways from home for staple articles, and might be a gentle hint to farmers to plant a few beans.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 3, 1882.
The second story of Lafe McLaughlin’s store room is about completed.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 3, 1882.
Herman Godehard expects to move into Lafe McLaughlin’s store room, next door to the present bakery, in about thirty days.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 10, 1882.
T. H. McLaughlin’s delivery team fell on the street yester­day and rolled around in good shape for awhile. No damage done.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 10, 1882.
Messrs. Beecher & Son have the contract to put in the front of L. McLaughlin’s stone store and in their hands it is safe to say the work will be done in the best style of the building art.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 24, 1882.

Read the special of T. H. McLaughlin in this issue. He has a first-class assortment of everything pertaining to a Grocery, or, in his own words, “has everything you want to eat.”
AD:                                                T. H. McLAUGHLIN,
                                               (Successor to McLaughlin Bros.)
                               STONEWARE, COAL OIL, TOBACCO, CIGARS.
                                Can give dealers inside figures on all goods in my line.
                                                       T. H. McLAUGHLIN,
                                                     NORTH SUMMIT ST.,
                                                        Arkansas City, Kans.
NOTICES: Canned Vegetables, Cheap at McLaughlin’s.
You can buy Wool Twine cheap of McLaughlin.
Buy your Harvest supplies of McLaughlin.
McLaughlin has Corn Bran and Chop Feed.
McLaughlin has anything you want to eat.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 31, 1882.
Will Griffith put a tin roof on Lafe McLaughlin’s new brick building last week.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 31, 1882.
The glass front is now in and the plastering of McLaughlin’s new store is in progress.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 31, 1882.
At the meeting of the Highland Hall Company, last Saturday evening, the following gentlemen were elected as its officers for the coming year: T. H. McLaughlin, President; Geo. W. Cunningham, Vice President; H. P. Farrar, Secretary and Treasurer.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 7, 1882.
WANTED. A good capable Girl to do Housework. I will give a good capable girl $200 for one year’s work. T. H. McLaughlin.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 21, 1882.
T. H. McLaughlin has added a full stock of queensware to the many other attractions of his grocery store.
Cowley County Courant, June 22, 1882.
Some time ago our enterprising fellow citizen, J. B. Magill, of the South Western Machine Shop, of this city, put in the iron front in McLaughlin’s new building at Arkansas City. Mr. Magill has just contracted to put in the iron front for A. A. Newman’s new brick in that city. Evidently friend Magill’s work gives entire satisfaction to our Arkansas City friends.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 28, 1882.
Wednesday evening, June 21st, at the residence of Dr. J. T. Shepard, by the Rev. S. B. Fleming, Mr. M. B. Vawter and Miss Alma Dixon.

The wedding was decidedly a grand success. The pleasant and orderly manner in which everything was conducted was the subject of general remark. The spacious parlors of Dr. Shepard were filled to overflowing with the admiring friends of the young couple. Great credit is due Messrs. Maxwell and Kroenert for the gentlemanly and gallant manner with which they waited upon the invited guests. Acknowledgments are due Mrs. Bonsall, Mrs. Searing, Mrs. Chapel, Mrs. Ingersoll, Mrs. Bishop, Mrs. Alexan­der, and Mrs. Wilson for flowers. The decorations were beauti­fully and tastefully arranged. On the south wall of the parlor was a large festoon of evergreen, with the letters V. and D. skillfully worked in the center. From the ceiling hung a large marriage bell made of evergreen, sprinkled with white flowers, with a large white calla lily suspended from the center. Shortly before 10 o’clock a grand wedding march pealed forth from the organ so ably presided over by Miss Bell Cassell. At a given signal the attendants, Miss Clara Finley and J. O. Campbell, Miss Maggie Gardiner and Mr. J. C. Topliff, followed by the Bride and Groom, marched to the music down the broad stairway and into the parlor. When the last notes died away from the organ, Rev. Fleming performed the ceremony in solemn, touching simplicity, and pronounced them man and wife. After the usual hearty saluta­tions and good wishes, a sumptuous feast was served in fine style; Mrs. Dr. Shepard presiding with her usual grace and affability. Quite an enjoyable time was had in cutting and serving the very handsome bride’s cake, to see who would be fortunate enough to secure the ring it contained. Mr. E. O. Stevenson proved to be the lucky fellow. After an hour or so spent in social enjoyment, everyone departed, wishing the happy pair as happy and cheerful a life as their wedding seemed to promise.
The presents were numerous and handsome.
Marble Top Center Table. The Father and Brother of the bride.
Silver Coffee Pot. Dr. and Mrs. Shepard.
Silver Tea Service. H. H. Davidson and wife.
Handsome Center Table. Mr. W. J. Stewart and wife.
A beautiful Horseshoe made of Colorado Minerals. Ben Dixon.
Elegant Silver Water Service. A. A. Newman and wife, W. E. Gooch and wife, T. Mantor and wife, Jerry Adams, and Sam Reed.
A Lovely Basket with artistic design of sea weed and sea shell in the center. Mrs. L. McLaughlin.
A Lady’s elegant Dressing Case. J. C. Topliff.
Lace Scarf. Miss Etta Maxwell, Council Bluffs, Iowa.
Silver Butter Knife. Willie and Jamie Fleming.
Silver Call Bell. Freddie McLaughlin.
A very handsome Sofa upholstered in raw silk, with Patent Rockers to match, together with a large Rattan Easy Chair. By the many young friends of the Bride and Groom.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 19, 1882.
Fred McLaughlin will leave on today’s train for the East. During his absence he will visit his former teacher, Mr. Sylvester, who is now practicing law at Boscobel, Wisconsin.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 19, 1882.
The three lots south of T. H. McLaughlin’s stone store have been purchased by the Highland Hall Company as a site for their Hall, work upon which will be commenced as soon as possible.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 26, 1882.
W. D. Bishop has purchased of L. McLaughlin the building formerly occupied by Mitchell & Swarts as a land office, consid­eration $900.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 26, 1882.
A social “hop” was given in McLaughlin’s Hall on last Wednesday evening. It was well conducted, and a pleasant time was had by all who participated.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 26, 1882.
Elder Crenshaw preached in McLaughlin’s Hall last Monday evening, and will continue the meeting during the week. All are invited to come and hear him.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 16, 1882. Editorial Page.
                                                 Representative Convention.
Pursuant to call therefore the delegates to the 67th Repre­sentative District Convention met in McLaughlin’s Hall in Arkan­sas City, Kans. Convention was called to order by J. B. Nipp. On motion, J. R. Sumpter, of Beaver, and R. J. Maxwell, of Creswell, were elected respectively Chairman and Secretary.
On motion the following committees were appointed, to-wit.
ON CREDENTIALS: L. Darnell, J. B. Nipp, N. W. Dressie, and H. W. Marsh.
ON RESOLUTIONS: H. C. Williams, G. H. McIntire, and S. H. Sparks.
The committee on credentials reported that the following named delegates were entitled to seats in convention, viz.:
Bolton Township: P. A. Lorry, A. C. Williams, and P. B. Andrews.
Beaver Township: J. M. Jarvis, J. R. Sumpter, and H. W. Marsh.
Cedar Township: N. W. Dressie, Joseph Reid.
Creswell Township: G. H. McIntire, R. J. Maxwell, O. S. Rarick, J. A. Smalley, S. J. Mantor, J. B. Nipp, and Jas. Ridenour.
Pleasant Valley Township: S. Johnson, W. A. Ela, S. Watts, S. H. Sparks.
Liberty Township: John Mark, J. A. Cochrane, and Joah Darnell.
Silverdale Township: L. J. Darnell, W. G. Herbert, and S. H. Splawn.
The committee reported further that as no delegates were present from Spring Creek township, Cyrus Wilson should be permitted to cast the vote of that township. The report was then adopted.
The committee on resolutions then reported resolution endorsing those passed by the State Convention at Topeka, also reported, and be it further resolved that we instruct our Repre­sentative to the Legislature of this State to use all honorable means to pass such laws as will more equally distribute the railroad taxes among the school districts of the State.
The Convention then, on motion, proceeded to nominate a candidate for Representative from this district. A motion prevailed that the manner of voting be: that the roll of dele­gates be called, and each respond orally naming his choice.
Mr. Samuel Caster, of Liberty, was then nominated by Mr. J. A. Cochrane, seconded by Mr. Herbert, of Silverdale. C. R. Mitchell, of Bolton, was placed on nomination by A. C. Williams, seconded by H. W. Marsh, of Beaver. The vote then proceeded and stood: Caster, 6; Mitchell, 21. The Chairman then declared Mr. Mitchell to be the nominee. On motion of J. A. Cochrane, of Liberty, the nomination was made unanimous.
Mr. Mitchell then addressed the meeting briefly, promising to speak in each of the townships in the district. Mr. Caster also made an interesting address, concisely stating his views on the political situation, and heartily endorsing the action of the Convention.

The following named delegates were selected as a Central Committee: Beaver, H. W. Marsh; Bolton, P. A. Lorry; Creswell, Jas. Ridenour; Cedar, N. W. Dressie; Pleasant Valley, M. S. Roseberry; Silverdale, J. P. Musselman; Liberty, J. A. Cochrane; Spring Creek, Cyrus Wilson.
On motion Convention adjourned. J. R. SUMPTER, Chairman
R. J. MAXWELL, Secretary.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 13, 1882.
Misses Mamie and Annie Meigs, of Anthony, were visiting their old time friend, Mrs. T. H. McLaughlin, last week.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 13, 1882.
                                                           Mass Meeting.
The Mass meeting announced for last Saturday came off as per programme, and was held in McLaughlin’s Hall in this city.
The meeting was called to order by J. B. McCollum, and then proceeded to elect officers, the result being that Judge W. A. Tipton, of Liberty township, was elected President and George O. Allen, of Creswell township, Secretary of the Meeting.
H. D. Kellogg was nominated for Representative of the 67th District by acclamation. The following gentlemen were put in nomination for County Commissioner: Amos Walton, I. D. Harkle­road, and Will Green. Messrs. Walton and Harkleroad withdrew in favor of Mr. Green, who was thereupon nominated by acclamation.
The following gentlemen were appointed to look after the interests advocated by the Convention in their respective townships: Wm. Clark, Bolton; J. F. Miller, Beaver; H. D. Kellogg, Creswell; W. A. Tipton, Liberty; Richard Courtwright, Cedar; J. I. Felton, Silverdale; J. W. Adams, Pleasant Valley.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 13, 1882.
We now have a hall in Arkansas City. McLaughlin has seated the upper story of his new building with chairs and it will be used as a public hall until the Highland Hall is completed.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 20, 1882.
We note with pleasure M. Capron has recovered his health and has resumed his place behind T. H. McLaughlin’s counters.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 27, 1882. Editorial.
                                     67th Dist. Republican Central Committee.
The Republican Central Committee of the 67th Representative district are requested to meet at McLaughlin’s Hall in Arkansas City on Monday, Oct. 2nd, 1882, at 1 o’clock p.m. Important business will be before the Committee and all are expected to be present.
                                                   H. W. MARSH, Chairman.
P. A. LORRY, Secretary.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 27, 1882.
W. T. Brewster and Billy Waltman will give a dance next Friday evening in McLaughlin’s Hall.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 4, 1882.
Rev. Fleming will preach in McLaughlin’s Hall, on Summit St., next Sabbath morning and evening at the usual hours for service. After next Sabbath it is expected that the church will be ready for occupancy.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 25, 1882.
                                                          Joint Discussion.
H. D. Kellogg and C. R. Mitchell will hold a joint discus­sion on the political issues of the day, at McLaughlin’s Hall, in Arkansas City, Saturday, October 28th, 1882, at 7 o’clock p.m. Turn out and hear them. The ladies are especially invited.
                                      H. W. MARSH, Chairman, Rep. Committee.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 25, 1882.
                                                      Gov. St. John and Ryan.
Hon. Thomas Ryan and Gov. St. John addressed large and enthusiastic meetings at McLaughlin’s hall on the 19th inst. Mr. Ryan spoke squarely from a Republican standpoint, and made one of the ablest arguments in favor of law and order that has been heard in this section for a long time. He showed eminent quali­fications to handle any of the issues presented.
Governor St. John, in the evening, spoke to a crowded house. Long before he commenced speaking, the hall was crowded, and in a short time all the standing room was occupied, and the Governor held his audience spell bound for two long hours. It was the ablest speech we have ever heard upon politics. He took up Glick’s railroad record and plainly showed that it was a piece of demagoguery to use for the purpose of catching votes that had so suddenly converted Glick on the railroad question. That the Republican party have promised the needed railroad legislation and that they never fail to fulfill their promises. The conse­quence is the better part of the Democratic party will vote for St. John. He handled the temperance question in an unusually able manner and convinced all who heard him that he will do to rely on every time and under all circumstances.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 25, 1882.
Preaching at McLaughlin’s Hall next Sabbath morning and evening.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 1, 1882.
TEMPERANCE RALLY in McLaughlin’s Hall tonight, at 7:30 p.m.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 1, 1882.
Rev. McClung, of Wellington, and T. H. Soward, of Winfield, at McLaughlin’s Hall this evening.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 1, 1882.
Rev. Fleming will preach at McLaughlin’s Hall, in the morning of next Sabbath, at the usual hour.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 15, 1882.
BAPTIST MEETING. There will be preaching in McLaughlin’s Hall Sunday morning, the 19th inst. Services commence at 10:45. The Celebration of the Lord’s Supper at the close of the morning service. Rev. M. Wood, Baptist minister, formerly of Ohio, will officiate. Covenant meeting, on Saturday, 2 p.m. at the same place.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 22, 1882.
Rev. M. Wood, a Baptist minister, preached at McLaughlin’s Hall last Sunday, and will preach again at that place one week from next Sunday.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 29, 1882.
Rev. James Via, pastor of the Pleasant Vale Baptist church, will preach in McLaughlin’s Hall on the evening of Sunday, Dec. 10th, 1882.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 29, 1882.
A course of lectures is decided upon as one of the means to pass pleasantly the long winter evenings that are now with us. It will be known as the “Terminus Lecture Course,” and will embrace six or seven lectures at a cost of about $400, which sum has already been subscribed by our people. We can state that arrangements have already been made with Col. Copeland and Eli Perkins to deliver lectures and the committee are corresponding with other well known lecturers. The first lecture will be delivered by Col. Copeland at McLaughlin’s Hall next Saturday evening. Subject: “Snobs and Snobbery.”
Arkansas City Traveler, December 27, 1882.
The dance at McLaughlin’s Hall last Monday night was the scene of quite a rumpus being broken up once or twice through the agency of bug juice. We hear considerable talk of a beat game having been played upon the boys by parties who sold tickets for the dance and supper and then skipped out for other parts, leaving the aforesaid boys to pay for the supper over again and to dance if they could get a chance.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 27, 1882.
Bennett Chapter No. 41, R. A. M., at its meeting last Tuesday evening, elected the following gentlemen as officers for the ensuing year.
WILL TRY FOR NAMES ONLY: J. L. Huey, A. A. Newman, L. McLaughlin, O. P. Houghton, W. D. Mowry, Jas. Benedict, J. Ridenour, C. Hutchins, H. P. Farrar. W. M. Sleeth, A. T. Shepard, N. W. Kimmel.
Note: Tyler H. McLaughlin and Lafayette McLaughlin were brothers.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.
T. H. McLaughlin has sold a half interest in his grocery business to his brother, L. McLaughlin, and the firm will henceforth be known as McLaughlin Bros. This will be one of the strongest firms in town, and the prosperous business enjoyed in the past will no doubt be increased, by this new departure.
Winfield Courier, January 11, 1883.
                                              [From Green’s Real Estate News.]
                                                  Arkansas City. Improvement.

Once more we come to the front to make a tally in the city’s onward march. L. McLaughlin’s fine stone store room and hall is near completed, and now the old reliable, Al Newman, comes to the front and signs the contract for another large two story building just above McLaughlin’s, to be completed as fast as stone and mortar can be laid. But better yet, the Highland Hall Company have the money deposited for a double store room, and a hall 50 x 100, 18-foot story. Lots to be located and contract let as soon as the company can do the business. It is with pleasure we chronicle this as the commencement of the building season. Now let the city come to the front.
We have ample water facilities, and we must have a reservoir that will hold more water in proportion to the city’s needs. Before fall we are going to chronicle the investment of fifty thousand dollars in a woolen mill. We know it. The dam has stood the test of the biggest flood in five years and came out, as it will for all time, all right. New dwelling houses are appearing every day, and best of all there never was so good a prospect for wheat, and the farmers are going to come into town after the golden sheaves have been gathered, and make that addition to the old farm house, and fix it up a little. That’s it. When his hard hands receive a reward for his labor, then we all prosper. Yes, we are on the boom, and don’t forget it. We like it, and are going to say something about it every week, and always tell the truth, as all good locals do.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.
The “Invisible Some People” at McLaughlin’s Hall next Friday.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.
A lecture will be delivered at McLaughlin’s Hall on next Friday evening by ex-Governor Cumback, of Indiana.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.
The Invisible Some People. It is with pleasure we call attention to the fact that the second lecture of the Terminus Lecture Course will be delivered at McLaughlin’s Hall in this city on Friday evening, Jan. 19, when the popular and eloquent Hon. Wm. Cumback will deliver his lecture, “The Invisible Some People.”  This lecture is well spoken of wherever it has been delivered, and we have no doubt our people will follow the rule and give it a full house.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 24, 1883.
Gov. Cumback’s lecture, “The Invisible Some People, delivered at McLaughlin’s Hall last Friday night, was brimfull of home truths, and afforded all present plenty of food for thought. . . .
Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.
Unknown whether or not Harry McLaughlin related to Arkansas City family.
Winfield Courier, February 8, 1883.
                                                     Excelsior School Report.
Report of Excelsior school, District No. 9, for the month ending January 20, 1883.
No. of pupils enrolled, 31; Average daily attendance, 20. No. of visitors present during the month, 5. Names of those perfect in attendance: Metta Byers and Harry Pierce. The examination held at the close of the month resulted in the following standings, graded on a scale of 100.
Of the advanced grade, Frank Crawford 95; Dora Smith 93; Harry Pierce 94; Flora Smith 97; Anna Crawford 96; Josie Robinson 94.
Intermediate grade: Welden Crawford 94; Katie Robertson 90; Philena Copple 84; Harry McLaughlin 86; Willie Sherrod 97; Ora DeWitt 93; Willie Wright 96.

                                              SADIE E. PICKERING, Teacher.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.
Lonnie Lord every night this week at McLaughlin’s Hall.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.
Fred McLaughlin, who has been visiting relatives and friends in the East for several months past, returned to his home in this city last Thursday.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.
The Social Reunion, held in McLaughlin’s Hall last Wednesday evening in honor of Mrs. R. C. Haywood, was well attended and much enjoyed. Dancing was the order of the evening, and was heartily entered into by all present until 11 p.m., when an adjournment took place for lunch, after which the festivities were resumed and kept up right royally till 1 a.m. We can safely say the occasion will long be remembered with pleasure, not only as a jolly good time, but for the occasion it afforded of meeting one so universally esteemed as the lady in whose honor it was given.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 28, 1883.
Preaching in McLaughlin’s Hall next Lord’s day morning and evening by Eld. J. J. Broadbent, a Christian minister. All are invited to attend.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 28, 1883.
LOST. A note from T. H. McLaughlin to E. B. Parker for $400. The property is of no value except to owner. Finder will please return to this office.
Winfield Courier, April 5, 1883.
                                                      Arkansas City Election.
The election at Arkansas City on Tuesday resulted in the election of H. D. Kellogg, Mayor; I. H. Bonsall, Police Judge; and O. S. Rarick, T. McIntire, F. Schiffbauer, E. D. Eddy, and J. Ridenour, Councilmen, by a two thirds vote. These candidates are not considered to be prohibitionists. The defeated candidates for councilmen are C. H. Searing, T. H. McLaughlin, S. Matlack, and Fred Farrar.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 18, 1883.
                                                           Railroad Meeting.
There was a call for the businessmen of the city and country to meet at McLaughlin’s Hall at 4 o’clock, April 13th, to take into consideration the building of a railroad from Arkansas City, Kansas, to Coffeyville, Kansas, and west as far as Caldwell, and farther, if desired.
Meeting called to order by Dr. Chapel; T. H. McLaughlin appointed Chairman and Wm. Blakeney, Secretary. Chair called for remarks.
James Hill being asked to state, in full, the object of the meeting, spoke in a clear and forcible manner of the great advantages that a railroad would do us, as a city and country, running along so near the Territory line, making a direct road from this city to St. Louis, thereby saving much time and expense in getting our stock and grain to a good market. Mr. Hill also stated that if we were not up and doing, other cities would take all the things of advantage to themselves, building up their cities and counties, and we would be left out in the cold.

Rev. Fleming spoke on the question with much earnestness, advising that whatever was done be done at once. Many spoke very freely on the question, all taking a deep interest in doing something to help make our city a better city and our county a better county.
After the project being understood, a committee, comprising James Hill and Dr. Chapel, was appointed to solicit bonds, along the line, from the cities and counties. Another committee was also appointed to solicit funds to meet the expense of surveying. Committee: James Huey, E. D. Eddy, N. T. Snyder, and Wm. Sleeth. Motion made to adjourn.
                                                WM. BLAKENEY, Secretary.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 18, 1883.
The following pupils of the High School were perfect during the 8th month: Etta Barnett, Mollie Coonrod, Hannah Gilbert, Frank Gamel, Effie Gilstrap, Laura Holloway, Jessie Norton, Charley Randall, Alvan Sankey, Eliza Taylor, Lizzie Wilson, Dora Pearson, Carrie Rice, Ida Groves, Walter Pickering, Sarah Randall, Harry Shaw.
The following were imperfect: Mollie Christian, Harry Finley, Fred McLaughlin, John Kirkpatrick, Minnie McIntire, Eddie Marshall, Frank Wright, Arthur Parker, Peter Hollenbeck, Alice Lane, Robert Nipp, Fannie Peterson.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 2, 1883.
The ball at McLaughlin’s Hall on Wednesday evening last was participated in by a large number of invited guests, and it is almost unnecessary to say that a truly enjoyable time was the result. The festivities were kept up ‘till about three o’clock a.m., at which hour the most enthusiastic disciples of Terpsichore were nothing loth to seek repose. We hope this may be the forerunner of many such social gatherings.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 9, 1883.
T. H. McLaughlin will put the second story on his store building as soon as practicable. The contract is let to Mr. Smith.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 9, 1883.
                                                         Railroad Meeting.
In accordance with notice duly given a number of our citizens gathered at McLaughlin’s Hall last Monday evening to talk over railroad matters in general, and to take the necessary steps towards securing an east and west railroad to this point in particular. The meeting was called to order and T. H. McLaughlin was called to take the Chair, and N. T. Snyder to act as Secretary of the meeting. About the first thing brought before the attention of the meeting was a proposition from Winfield stating what they desired in order to enable them to work with us in securing county bonds in aid of an eastern road. The proposition, which was signed by several leading citizens of Winfield, was in substance as follows.
“That Winfield would do all in her power to aid us in working for said road and in securing county bonds in aid of the enterprise, provided that said road should enter the county in the vicinity of Cedarvale, then running on the most practicable route to WINFIELD from there to GEUDA SPRINGS and then to Arkansas City.”

This proposition was received with tremendous cheers, but after quite a lengthy talk, failing to elicit whether it was submitted as a joke or in sober earnest, it was unanimously resolved by the meeting that it be tabled. Mr. A. A. Newman then submitted a resolution in substance as follows.
Resolved. That the citizens of Arkansas City would pledge themselves to do all in their power to secure county aid in bonds to a railroad which would enter the county from the east in the vicinity of Cedarvale, thence proceed towards Dexter, near which, and at a point equidistant from Winfield and Arkansas City, the road should divide into two branches, one of which should go to each town, both towns to be named as temporary terminal points, and the further westward course of the road, whether from Winfield or Arkansas City, to be decided by the interests of the road as developed in the future.
The resolution was unanimously adopted by the meeting, and Messrs. James Hill and Wm. P. Sleeth were appointed as a committee to lay the same before the citizens of Winfield at an early day. It was further taken as the sentiment of the meeting that no time be lost in prosecuting the matter towards securing an east and west railroad, and the two gentlemen last named were delegated to see that all steps necessary to be taken, with this end in view, be promptly attended to. The meeting also authorized a per centum of the money subscribed for a preliminary survey to be appropriated for the payment of the incidental expenses of the committee. The meeting adjourned after being in session about two hours.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 16, 1883.
T. H. McLaughlin is putting another story to his store house.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 16, 1883.
“What’s to Hinder.” At McLaughlin’s Hall last Friday evening a large and intelligent audience greeted Col. Copeland to hear his inimitable lecture upon the subject, “What’s to Hinder.” Col. Copeland is a lecturer of the highest order and to say that his effort on this occasion was superb is but to voice the sentiment of the entire audience.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 30, 1883.
Mrs. Whitney and Mrs. Lafe McLaughlin, accompanied by Mr. Eddy’s little daughter, Bertha, left for the Eastern states Monday last. We believe they intend summering in Maine.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 30, 1883.
Closing exercises of the Arkansas City High School, Wednesday evening, class exercises and rendering of the drama, “Married Life.”  Thursday evening, June 7th, graduating address by the class. A programme of exercises will be printed in next week’s TRAVELER. Exercises at McLaughlin’s Hall.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, June 6, 1883.
                                                           Library Benefit.
Wednesday, June 6th, a literary and musical entertainment and the Class Exercises of the class of 1883 will be held at McLaughlin’s Hall, for the benefit of the High School Library.
Programme: Music—Orchestra. Orations: Harry L. Finley; Etta M. Barnett. Music. Alice L. Lane; Mollie Coonrod; Hannah Gilbert; C. L. Swarts; Harry C. Shaw; Mollie Christian; W. M. Blakeney.
Dramatis Personal: [Drama put on] Anna Norton, Maggie Barrows, Etta Barnett, Sadie Pickering, Linda Christian, George Wright, W. D. Mowry, Harry C. Shaw, Harry L. Finley, F. C. McLaughlin.

Doors open at 8 o’clock. Admission 25 cents. Children under 12 years 15 cents. No extra charge for reserved seats, for which tickets can be obtained at the Post Office. All are cordially invited to attend.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 6, 1883.
Attend the Library benefit at McLaughlin’s Hall tonight.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 6, 1883.
A. A. Davis’ new store building, T. H. McLaughlin’s second story, and the Highland Hall, all on Summit Street, are progressing finely.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 6, 1883.
Rev. Broadbent of the Christian Church preached Sunday at McLaughlin’s Hall. The Reverend has many followers who seem true to the faith.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 6, 1883.
There will be preaching at McLaughlin’s Hall next Lord’s day, morning and evening at the usual hours by A. C. Crenshaw, a Christian minister. All are invited to attend.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 6, 1883.
                                   CLOSING EXERCISE OF THE SCHOOLS.
Tuesday and Wednesday, June 5th and 6th, annual examination of classes.
Wednesday evening, June 8th, at McLaughlin’s Hall, class exercises and rendition of drama, “Married Life.”
Thursday evening, June 7th, at McLaughlin’s Hall, graduating addresses by the class, at 8 p.m.
Friday forenoon, June 8th, exercises of the Grammar and Intermediate Departments to be held in the High School Room.
The patrons of the school are cordially invited to be present.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 13, 1883.
The commencement exercises at McLaughlin’s Hall Thursday evening were attended by many of the parents of the high school scholars, and the exercises reflected great credit upon both teacher and pupils.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 20, 1883.
There will be Episcopal service at McLaughlin’s Hall next Sabbath at 4:30 o’clock p.m.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 20, 1883.
                                                         Episcopal Service.
The Rev. Dr. Taylor, late of Philadelphia, will conduct Divine service at McLaughlin’s Hall next Sabbath, the 24th instant at 4:30 o’clock p.m.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 27, 1883.
                                                             To Stockmen.
All stockmen and farmers interested in the cattle range between the Arkansas River, west to Hunnewell in the Indian Territory, will take notice that a meeting for the purpose of protecting present occupants in the possession of their respective ranges, will be held at McLaughlin’s Hall, Arkansas City, Saturday, July 7th, at 2 o’clock p.m. All interested it is hoped will be present. By order of Committee.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, July 4, 1883.
                                                    Annual School Meeting.
At the annual school meeting of District No. 2, held in the High School building in Arkansas City, on Wednesday last, the following represents the business transacted.
The meeting was called to order, Director H. D. Kellogg in the chair. Dr. H. D. Kellogg and O. Ingersoll were the only members of the school board present. Minutes of previous meeting were read and approved. Annual Report of the District Treasurer was read and approved. Annual Report of the District Clerk was read and adopted. Mr. Ingersoll then tendered his resignation as clerk, which was accepted.
The meeting then proceeded to the election of officers. T. H. McLaughlin was unanimously elected Treasurer of the school district for the next three years. Frank J. Hess was elected clerk of Dist. No. 2 to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of O. Ingersoll.
Motion made and carried that a tax levy of five mills be made for teachers’ fund, and a levy of 4 mills for incidental fund. Moved and carried that the Treasurer receive $10 and the Clerk $25 for services rendered the past year.
Motion made and carried that a tax levy of 6 mills be made for the purpose of raising a fund to be used in providing necessary temporary school buildings.
After considerable discussion on the question of another school building, a motion was made and carried that an election be called to vote $10,000 in bonds to be used for the purchasing of a site and erection of another school building.
It was decided by vote that the next school year be for nine months. Adjourned.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 4, 1883.
There is to be a stock meeting at McLaughlin’s hall at 3 o’clock next Saturday.
Unknown if Mrs. McLaughlin was related to McLaughlin Family in Arkansas City.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 4, 1883.
Mrs. E. A. McLaughlin yesterday concluded a term of three months school in the Theaker schoolhouse during which she gave entire satisfaction to all in the school district.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 4, 1883.
The Stewart Hoyt concert given at McLaughlin’s Hall last week was not well attended for some reason, but the programme was nevertheless ably rendered and afforded a musical treat for all present.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 4, 1883.
                                                             To Stockmen.
All stockmen and farmers interested in the cattle range between the Arkansas River, west to Hunnewell in the Indian Territory, will take notice that a meeting for the purpose of protecting present occupants in the possession of their respective ranges, will be held at McLaughlin’s Hall, Arkansas City, Saturday, July 7th, at 2 o’clock p.m. All interested it is hoped will be present. By order of Committee.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 18, 1883.
Billy Arlington Thursday and Friday evenings at McLaughlin’s Hall.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 25, 1883.

There will be preaching at McLaughlin’s Hall next Sunday at 11 o’clock a.m., and 8 p.m., by Rev. Henderson, a Baptist minister of Illinois.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 8, 1883.
Frank Waldo, formerly of this place but late of Texas, is visiting his sister, Mrs. T. H. McLaughlin. It looks natural to see Frank’s smiling countenance about again.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 22, 1883.
                                                         Railroad Meeting.
Pursuant to notice given a number of our citizens gathered at McLaughlin’s Hall last Monday evening to discuss railroad matters. Dr. A. J. Chapel was called to the chair, and N. T. Snyder to the secretary’s desk. The chairman introduced Mr. Hill, who enlarged upon the advantages to be gained by our city and county by the construction of the proposed Missouri, Winfield & Southwestern railroad through our county. Mr. Henry Asp was then called upon to read the proposition, the main points of which we will briefly state, as our space precludes us from publishing it in full this week. It asks the county to take capital stock to the amount of $100,000, to be paid for in county bonds. Each mile of road constructed in the county is to cost not more than $2,800 per mile. As soon as ten miles of road have been constructed in the county, bonds to the amount of $12,000 shall be paid to the company, and each succeeding five miles constructed shall entitle the company to receive an additional $12,000. This rate of payment will entitle the company to receive, upon the completion of its line and when cars are running to the south line of the state, the residue of the bonds, or $20,000. To put the above in few words, it is proposed to build a road from the north to the south line of the county for one hundred thousand dollars, of which over 25 percent, or $26,000, are not to be paid until the road is actually running to the south line of the state in Bolton Township. Said road is to issue to the county in return for its bonds $100,000 of fully paid up stock. The road is to be completed in two years from the date of issuance of the bonds. The probable point of junction of the proposed railroad with the St. Louis, Fort Scott & Wichita railroad will be at Eureka, which will cause the road to enter Cowley near the northeast corner of the county, and run via Winfield and Arkansas City to a point south or southwest of this city in Bolton Township, thus giving us advantages that no other road could give us in securing the territory cattle trade. Those present were asked to sign the petition to the county commissioners calling for an election, nearly all responding. It was also moved and carried that those parties who had subscribed for the expenses of a preliminary survey on the east and west road should transfer their subscriptions to the M. W. & S. R. R. instead, after which the meeting adjourned.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 22, 1883.
                                                         Railroad Meeting.
There will be a meeting of the citizens of Bolton Township at the Bland schoolhouse on the evening of Monday, August 27, to consider the proposition of the Missouri, Winfield and Southwestern Railroad company, which company propose to build a road through Cowley County from the northeast line to a point on the territory line somewhere in Bolton Township.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 22, 1883.

Christian services at McLaughlin’s Hall this evening.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 22, 1883.
H. P. Farrar and T. H. McLaughlin left Saturday for Kansas City, in which moral town they Sundayed.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 22, 1883.
Christian Services. A. C. Crenshaw will preach at McLaughlin’s Hall on Wednesday and Thursday evenings of this week at the usual hour. An earnest invitation is extended to all.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 22, 1883.
Christian Services. H. D. Gans will preach at McLaughlin’s Hall in this city next Lord’s day morning and evening at the usual hours. All are invited to attend.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 29, 1883.
Messrs. T. H. McLaughlin, H. P. Farrar, and Chas. Schiffbauer returned from Kansas City last week.
Winfield Courier, September 6, 1883.
Committee on credentials reported the following named delegates and alternates for their respective townships.
CRESWELL: O. S. Rarick, C. G. Furry, C. L. Swarts, G. W. Ramage, Theo. Fairclo, F. M. Vaughn, I. H. Bonsall, A. B. Sankey, A. A. Wiley, James Ridenour.
Alternates: L. McLaughlin, John Smalley, Frank Schiffbauer, Dave Lewis, Frank Hess, C. W. Burt, R. J. Maxwell, R. L. Marshall, N. T. Snider, S. J. Rice.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 12, 1883.
The young folks are busy again preparing for another dance, this time in McLaughlin’s Hall on next Friday night, September 14. Like the enjoyable affair of last week, this dance is mainly due to the efforts of the ladies, who have formed themselves into a committee of invitation and are doing their utmost to insure success. Those who were fortunate enough to have attended the impromptu affair held at the Perry house need no further guarantee of inducement. The nights are now cool and delightful, and fair Cynthia will keep her beautiful face above the horizon just long enough to see the gay revelers home at seasonable dance hours. It is hoped that all our society people will turn out and keep the ball rolling.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 12, 1883.
Christian Services. There will be Christian services at McLaughlin’s Hall next Lord’s day both morning and evening at the usual hours. Preaching by Elder B. Wharton.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 26, 1883.
Universalist preaching at McLaughlin’s Hall tonight. Come, everybody.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 26, 1883.
Williams Dramatic Co. next Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at McLaughlin’s Hall. Tickets for sale at post office.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 26, 1883.
Rev. E. Manford Clark, Universalist missionary to Kansas, will hold services in McLaughlin’s Hall tonight. A cordial invitation is extended to all.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 26, 1883.

Williams Dramatic Co. Owing to our inability to make favorable arrangements with the managers of the new hall, we have secured McLaughlin’s Hall for a season of four nights, commencing Monday, Oct. 1. We beg to assure the amusement loving public that no pains will be spared to make our patrons as comfortable as possible, and with our full stock of scenery, splendid orchestra, and company of dramatic artists, we hope to merit the same liberal patronage and approbation that has greeted us in every town in Kansas that we have visited this season. The opening play will be the new comedy written by Miss Mattie Williams entitled “The Little Duchess,” with a change of programme every night.
                       Respectfully, ED. GRAY, Business Agent, Williams Dramatic Co.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 26, 1883.
Highland Hall. The agent of the Williams Dramatic company was in the city last week, but failed to secure the hall, as an agreement could not be made as to rent. Our people have a good hall, elegantly furnished, with scenery and stage requisite, well heated and lighted, which was offered at, we think, very reasonable rates for an opening. While we think the company has missed it a little in not taking the hall, we still hope they may get remunerative houses next week at McLaughlin’s Hall.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 3, 1883.
H. H. H. Highland Hall Headquarters. FOR Clothing, Dry Goods, Hats and Caps, Boots and Shoes, Furnishing Goods. Do not fail to call and get our prices. Everything new and of the latest styles, and will be sold at bed rock prices. Remember the place, in HIGHLAND BLOCK, ONE DOOR SOUTH OF McLAUGHLIN BROS. GROCERY. NEW FIRM, NEW GOODS, NEW PRICES. J. C. LUSKY & CO., ARKANSAS CITY, KANSAS.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 3, 1883.
Go to the entertainment tonight at McLaughlin’s Hall. It will more than pay you.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 10, 1883.
                                                       HIGHLAND HALL.
                                      Grand Opening of the New Opera House.

For many years the need of a public hall large enough to accommodate the rapidly growing population of our city, and to serve as an inducement to the best class of opera and theatrical entertainments traveling through this state, has constantly presented itself to our citizens, and many have been the suggestions pointing toward securing such an institution. It was not until the latter part of May, 1882, however, that the movements began to assume tangible shape, when a stock company of nearly all our businessmen was organized with an authorized capital of $10,000, for the purpose of erecting and furnishing a first-class opera house. H. P. Farrar, to whom probably more than any other one man, is due especial credit for the admirable manner in which the work has been carried on, was chosen as secretary and treasurer, the multitudinous cares of which office he has conducted with signal ability. The contract for building the hall was let to Sargent & Smith, of Topeka, for the sum of $12,400, which figures included but the building and stage. To this expense has been added that of such necessaries as chairs, scenery, gas machinery, piping, fixtures, etc., for the hall upstairs, and the expense of fitting out the three large store rooms underneath, with their excavations, basements, counters, sidewalks, awnings, plate glass, and the countless items contingent upon such a structure, until now the entire cost of our beautiful hall foots up the neat little sum of $19,700. For this amount our citizens have the finest opera house outside of Emporia or Topeka, with a stage large enough to accommodate the largest troupes traveling, the finest and most elaborate scenery, acoustic properties second to none in the country, and an auditorium capable of comfortably seating 700 people.
The stock in the Highland Hall company, which was at first held by nearly all our businessmen, is now owned by some twelve or fifteen parties; the heavier owners being Messrs. J. L. Huey, H. P. Farrar, T. H. McLaughlin, W. M. Sleeth, Stacy Matlack, O. P. Houghton, J. B. Nipp, Schiffbauer Bros., and J. T. Shepard. The other stockholders, and the citizens in general, have never let their interest flag in this enterprise from the first up to last Saturday night, when the opera house was thrown open for its initial entertainment, and the pride and joy in this valuable acquisition to our city is universal.
                                                          THE OPENING.
Though the gas machine, chairs, and reflector for the ceiling have not yet arrived, the chance for opening the hall with a good entertainment, so opportunely presented by the Union Square Theater company, was accepted, and every effort made to supply all deficiencies. The result was all that could have been wished. Though the afternoon was rainy, and darkness ushered in a terrific storm, the hall was filled last Saturday night to witness the excellent presentation of “Uncle Reuben Lowder” by the Union Square Theater company, whose performance was a credit to themselves, to the large and fashionable audience, and to the signal event of opening such a house. Monday night was a repeater in the way of attendance and satisfaction, when the ever ready “French Spy” was admirably placed before our people, preceded by the laughable farce, “Barnaby Bibbs.” Last night was given up to the enjoyment of “Widow Bedott,” and followed by a grand ball. Tonight we will have “Rip Van Winkle,” a play that always holds a strong place in the hearts of Americans, and in which Mr. Jay Carner unquestionably rivals the renowned Jefferson. Let the attendance tonight equal that of the three preceding nights, and let the opening of our magnificent hall end as it began—in a blaze of light and glory.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 31, 1883.
H. H. H. HIGHLAND HALL HEADQUARTERS -FOR- Clothing, Dry Goods, Hats and Caps, Boots and Shoes. Furnishing Goods. Do not fail to call and get our prices. Everything new and of the latest styles, and will be sold at bed rock prices. Remember the place, in Highland Block, one door south of McLaughlin Bros.’ Grocery. New Firm. New Goods. New Prices. NASSAUER & HIPSH. Arkansas City, Kansas.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 31, 1883.
A New Firm. Mrs. Aubrey and Miss Jones, of Wellington, have opened a dressmaking and embroidering establishment over McLaughlin’s store, first door north of the opera house. These ladies come highly recommended. They make a specialty of cutting and fitting, and have no hesitancy in guaranteeing satisfaction in every instance. They are ladies of taste and experience, and will no doubt be favored with a large patronage.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 7, 1883.

The gallant hand of woman suffragists in this city have awakened such an interest in the cause that hereafter they will meet twice a month instead of monthly, as was at first intended. Their next meeting will be held at the residence of Mrs. T. H. McLaughlin, at 3 o’clock sharp, on Wednesday afternoon, November 14.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 7, 1883.
Attention. There will be a meeting held at McLaughlin’s Hall on next Monday evening, November 12, for the purpose of organizing a cavalry company. All wishing to identify themselves in a movement of this kind are requested to be on hand by 8 o’clock on the evening mentioned. By order of committee.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 14, 1883.
Attend the meeting tonight at McLaughlin’s Hall for the purpose of organizing a cavalry company. It will be a good thing.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 14, 1883.
Attention. Pursuant to the card in last week’s TRAVELER, a meeting was held in McLaughlin’s Hall last Monday evening for the purpose of organizing a cavalry company in this section. Thirty-five members were obtained, and subscribed their names, after which the meeting was adjourned to tonight at 7:30 o’clock at the same place. The young men of the country and city are earnestly invited to attend.
Winfield Courier, November 22, 1883.
                                                       ROLL OF HONOR.
We publish below the roll of old soldiers in this county drawing pensions from the government for injuries sustained on account of service, with monthly rate of allowance. It shows that there are one hundred and forty-six soldiers in the county drawing pensions, and that the government pays to them monthly the aggregate sum of $1,509.66-3/4. This is a record that no county but ours can show. It is certainly one that “Cares for him who has born the brunt of battle and for his widows and orphans.”
                                 LIST OF PENSIONERS, COWLEY COUNTY.
LISTING “Number of Certificate.” MAW]
                                      Certificate No. 60,911: Tyler H. McLaughlin.
                             McLaughlin, Tyler H., Arkansas City, amp lt leg, $18.00.
Note the difference between payment to McLaughlin and Christian, given below.
                                         Certificate No. 220,569: James Christian.
Christian, James, Arkansas City, total blindness from sunstroke, $72.00, November 1882.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 28, 1883.
Notice. There will be a meeting held at McLaughlin’s Hall this evening at 8 o’clock sharp, for the purpose of mustering and electing officers in the State Militia company organized at this place. All members of the company are expected to be in attendance as important business will come before the meeting.
      Arkansas City Traveler, November 28, 1883.
Miss Medbury, of whom mention has been made, has decided to come to Arkansas City and organize a conservatory of music. She will be ready to receive pupils on Wednesday, the 2nd day of January, and give thorough instruction in vocal culture, and on piano and organ, at less than one-half of the usual conservatory price. McLaughlin Hall has been secured, a piano rented, and much encouragement given to the enterprise. It is to be hoped that she will receive a liberal patronage, as she resigns a pleasant position that she may yield to the solicitation to come to this place.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 12, 1883.
Dr. R. R. Reed has moved his office into the front rooms over McLaughlin Bros.’ grocery.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 12, 1883.
                                                              The G. A. R.
Arkansas City post, No. 158, gave a supper at the Perry house last Saturday night, after which the officers for the coming year were elected. The supper was a most bountiful one, and considering the great rush was very neatly managed. The exercises in McLaughlin’s hall were necessarily cut short, Mr. Walton giving a very appropriate speech to an audience composed of old soldiers and their wives. From this place they repaired to their regular meeting room and elected the following officers.
Commander: M. N. Sinnott.
Senior Vice Commander: P. A. Lorry.
Junior Vice Commander: Allen Mowry.
Officer of the Day: H. D. Kellogg.
Officer of the Guard: Perley Davis.
Quartermaster: A. A. Davis.
Chaplain: F. M. Peak.
Inside Guard: P. Jones.
Outside Guard: John Lewis.
D. P. Marshall was elected representative to the grand encampment. Four new members were mustered in, making something over eighty members now enrolled into this post.
Arkansas City Traveler, Supplement, December 12, 1883.

The following named pupils were perfect in deportment during the third month: Mahlon Arnett, Mollie Duncan, Effie Gilstrap, Laura Gould, Laura Holloway, Minnie Kirtley, Fred McLaughlin, Howard Maxwell, Dora Pearson, Carry Rice, Mountferd Scott, Emma Theaker, Horace Vaughn, Alice Warren, Sarah Crocker, J. C. Endicott, Lizzie Gilbert, Flora Gould, Ida Hackleman, John Kirkpatrick, Minnie McIntire, Jessie Norton, Lillie Purdy, Alvan Sankey, Eva Splawn, Clarence Thompson, Martin Warren, Stella Wilson.
The following were imperfect and received 65 percent: Sarepta Abrams, Sammie Beall, Alice Lane, Robert A. Nipp, Frank Wright, Lida Whitney, Frank Barnett, Ella Crocker, Edith Marshall, W. S. Pickering, Edna Worthley, Mary Dakin. C. T. ATKINSON, Teacher.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 9, 1884.
                                                        Musical and Literary.
On next Friday evening, at McLaughlin’s Hall, Misses Medbury and Jackson will give a choice musical and literary entertainment. Their programme is replete with difficult recitations and rare vocal and instrumental selections, and the high reputation of these ladies guarantees an entertainment that will suit the most critical. There are no more ennobling pursuits than music, literature, and art, and it is to be hoped the public will show a most hearty appreciation of these ladies’ ability. Tickets can be procured at the post office, with no extra charge for reserved seats.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 9, 1884.
Miss Medbury and Miss Jackson, the musical and oratorical acquisitions in our city, arrived last Thursday. The former lady commenced her teaching in McLaughlin’s hall on Monday last under most favorable auspices, and will continue to give instructions in this hall until more convenient quarters can be obtained. Miss Jackson, we believe, will make her headquarters at Wichita for the present, visiting this city each week, or as often as the growth of her classes will warrant. We trust they will be favored with the success which their sterling worth most richly merits.
Unknown: Relation of the following teacher to McLaughlin family...
                                     [Am listing Arkansas City Teachers Only.]
Winfield Courier, January 10, 1884.
                                                  Teachers of Cowley County.
We present below a list of the teachers of Cowley, their post office addresses, and the amount they are receiving per month for their services. This list will be valuable to teachers, school officers, and the public generally. It is taken from the records, through the courtesy of Supt. Limerick.
District Teacher                              Amount
        2        Prof. C. T. Atkinson              80.00
                  Anna L. Morton                    40.00
                  Virginia Walton                35.00
                  Albertine Maxwell           35.00
                  Mary A. Johnson                   35.00
                  Mary Theaker                       35.00
                  Anna Hunt                       35.00
       6         Ella King                               -------
      28        Lizzie Wilson                         35.00
      32        R. P. Henderson                    -------

      33        Hannah Gilbert                30.00
      34        S. G. Philips                          40.00
      35        Lousetta Pyburn                    35.00
      36        Elsie McLaughlin                   38.00
      42        Jennie Pollock                 30.00
      53        C. F. Cunningham            55.00
      62        J. R. Smith                       40.00
      69        C. W. Crank                         45.00
      80        Cyrus Perkins                        38.00
      89        Chas. Wing                           40.00
      96        H. D. Walker                        40.00
    131        Hannah Ramage                    35.00
Arkansas City Traveler, January 16, 1884.
                                                             School Report.
The following pupils of the High School department were perfect in deportment and received 100 percent.
Mahlon Arnett, Frank Barnett, Ella Crocker, Mary Dakin, Jacob Endicott, Lizzie Gilbert, Flora Gould, John Kirkpatrick, Rose Morse, Fred McLaughlin, Jessie Norton, Dora Pearson, Carrie Rice, Mountferd Scott, Horace Vaughn, Martin Warren, Clarence Thompson, Sarepta Abrams, Sammy Beall, Sarah Crocker, Mollie Duncan, Effie Gilstrap, Laura Gould, Laura Holloway, Eddie Marshall, Minnie McIntire, Howard Maxwell, Robert Nipp, Walter Pickering, Alvan Sankey, Emma Theaker, Edna Worthley, Lida Whitney, Lillie Purdy, Eva Splawn.
The following were imperfect and received 55 percent: Alice Lane, Frank Wright, Hattie Laird.
Let the parents call for the monthly report.
                                                  C. T. ATKINSON, Teacher.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 30, 1884.
Following are the pensioners who receive their mail at this office, with the monthly rate allowed.
E. Y. Baker: $6.00
Daniel Mumaw: $6.00
A. A. Davis: $24.00
John Annis: $15.00
J. P. Bailey: $3.00
Frank Reed: $18.00
Henry Coryell: $4.00
John B. Daniels: $6.00
Henry B. Foster: $6.00
Mary Barlow: $6.00

Wm. S. Ridenour: $2.00
John M. Roberts: $12.00
John A. Smalley: $6.00
R. B. Scott: $18.00
J. J. Broadbent: $6.00
Donald Benton: $2.00
John Alexander: $8.00
A. J. Kimmell: $18.00
Arimintha Williams: $8.00
Z. Carlisle: $2.00
Gilmer D. Engle: $15.00
Elizabeth Hartsock: $8.00
J. B. Nipp: $18.00
T. H. McLaughlin: $18.00
G. W. Roseberry: $4.00
James Headley: $4.00
James Christian: $72.00
Martha A. Bowers: $8.00
Daniel Feagins: $24.00
Arkansas City Traveler, February 13, 1884.
The Equal Suffrage society of this city will meet at 3:30 o’clock this afternoon at the residence of Mrs. T. H. McLaughlin. It is especially requested that there be a full representation.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 16, 1884.
                                   ARKANSAS CITY AND SURROUNDINGS.
                         Her Facilities for Manufactures and Inducements to Capitalists.
                                                       Her Live Businessmen.
McLaughlin Bros., must be classified among the “Fathers of the City.” Grave in manner, reticent in speech, and honorable in dealing, these men have no accounts disputed, for their word is as good as their bond. They must be well known to be appreciated. They enjoy an excellent trade and the confidence of the community.
Arkansas City Republican, February 16, 1884.
                                                       SCHOOL COLUMN.
                                                    SENIOR DEPARTMENT.
                                            HORACE C. VAUGHN, EDITOR.
The following named pupils of the senior class were perfect in deportment for the last month:
Effie Gilstrap
Minnie McIntire
Jessie Norton
Emma Theaker
Alice Lane

John Kirkpatrick
Alvan Sankey
F. C. McLaughlin
H. C. Vaughn
Dora Pearson
Arkansas City Republican, February 16, 1884.
The Perry House occupies the two new buildings of Messrs. A. A. Davis and A. A. Newman. This of itself is a sufficient guarantee that the house is first class. Persons may judge of its success, when we state that these two large buildings are insufficient to accommodate its patrons. Mr. Perry has secured McLaughlin’s hall, and will fit this into chambers for sleeping apartments.
Arkansas City Republican, February 16, 1884.
AD. McLaughlin Brothers, Wholesale and Retail GROCERS!
     North Summit Street, Arkansas City, Kansas.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 20, 1884.
                                               Commercial Building Association.
The above is the name of a new stock company formed in this city last week, the charter members of which are M. S. Hasie, George E. Hasie, W. M. Sleeth, H. P. Farrar, A. A. Newman, T. H. McLaughlin, George W. Cunningham, and T. R. Houghton. The immediate object of this company is the erection of a building on Summit street, just south of Cunningham’s new implement house, 125 feet front, 132 feet deep, and three stories high. The TRAVELER mentioned last week the fact that the Messrs. Hasie were to put up a commodious business structure, and when these gentlemen showed the design of their building to the gentlemen directly interested in the lots, and the suggestion was made that one solid block be built, the plan at once commended itself to all parties as one in keeping with the growth of our city. We have seen the plans for Messrs. Hasie’s part of the block, and must say they are very elaborate. It is of the style now most generally adopted by the San Francisco builders, known as the bay front style, above the first story. On the second story front are three bay windows, the center one square and the side windows octagonal. The front and rear of the first story will be almost entirely of glass, in order to get sufficient light to accommodate the great length. The height of the first story from ceiling to floor will be seventeen feet, the second fourteen, and the third twelve, and a ten foot basement runs the entire length. This will doubtless be the style adopted for the complete block, which, taken with the admirable interior arrangements, will make the Commercial and Hasie blocks the finest in Southern Kansas. The enterprise of the eight gentlemen comprising the Commercial Building Association speaks loudly to their credit, and will be a sure means of profit to themselves, not to mention the advantage accruing to the city in the way of advertising its business vim and prosperity.
Arkansas City Republican, February 23, 1884.
                                           The Commercial Building Association.

On the 20th of this month, the Commercial Building Association of Arkansas City, Kansas, sprang into existence. Its incorporators: M. S. and Geo. E. Hasie, A. A. Newman, W. M. Sleeth, H. P. Farrar, T. H. McLaughlin, T. H. Houghton, and G. W. Cunningham. At the first meeting Geo. E. Hasie was elected president, and H. P. Farrar, secretary and treasurer. The first work of the association will be the erection of a building 75 feet in frontage, 132 feet in depth, and three stories high, between the business houses of the Hasie Bros., and G. W. Cunningham. In connection with the storeroom of the Hasie Bros., this will make the finest building in our city. The two structures—the association’s and the Messrs. Hasie’s—will form one solid building 125 feet in frontage, 132 feet in depth, and three stories high. This enterprise displays the energy of our businessmen and the importance, to capitalists, of our rapidly growing city.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 5, 1884.
               Stockholders of the Commercial Building Association, Arkansas City.
This association, of which we gave particulars in a former issue, is now in readiness for active work, all its shares being taken, as will be seen by the following list of stockholders.
Name, Shares, Amount.
Geo. E. Hasie, 20, $2,000
M. S. Hasie, 20, $2,000
A. A. Newman, 20, $2,000
G. W. Cunningham, 20, $2,000
H. P. Farrar, 20, $2,000
W. M. Sleeth, 20, $2,000
T. R. Houghton, 20, $2,000
J. L. Huey, 20, $2,000
T. H. McLaughlin, 10, $1,000
F. J. Hess, 5, $500
J. C. Topliff, 5, $500
W. S. Houghton, 5, $500
Kimmel & Moore, 5, $500
Howard Bros., 5, $500
A. J. Chapel, 5, $500
Arkansas City Traveler, March 5, 1884.
                                                         Railroad Meeting.

A railroad meeting was called on last Monday, March 3, at I. H. Bonsall’s office, for the purpose of considering the narrow gauge proposition now before the people and taking steps to insure its defeat. Mr. T. McIntire was made chairman and I. H. Bonsall secretary. A resolution to the effect that the interests of Cowley County demanded the defeat of this proposition was read and unanimously endorsed, and the following committee was appointed to raise funds to defray the expenses of canvassing the county: A. A. Newman, W. M. Sleeth, James Benedict, T. H. McLaughlin, and J. L. Huey. Messrs. A. A. Wiley, J. B. Nipp, A. J. Chapel, O. S. Rarick, T. H. McLaughlin, and N. T. Snyder were appointed as committee on arrangements with power to select sub-committees, to take whatever steps may be deemed necessary to accomplish the object of the meeting. The meeting then adjourned to next Saturday at 2 p.m. at Highland Hall, when we hope to see a general turn out of businessmen and farmers.
Arkansas City Republican, March 8, 1884.
                                                         Railroad Meeting.
A railroad meeting was called last Monday, March 3, to take measures for defeating the proposition to vote county bonds for the narrow gauge railroad next Tuesday. A motion was made that the voters of Creswell Township vote against said proposition, and was carried unanimously. On motion, the following committees were appointed by the chair:
A. A. Newman, Wm. M. Sleeth, Jas. Benedict, T. H. McLaughlin, and Jas. L. Huey were appointed as a committee to raise funds to pay the expenses of canvassing the county.
A. A. Wiley, J. B. Nipp, A. J. Chapel, O. S. Rarick, T. H. McLaughlin, and N. T. Snyder were appointed a committee on arrangements, with power to select sub-committees to canvass and make any arrangements necessary to accomplish the object of the meeting.
The meeting then adjourned to convene today, at 2 p.m., at Highland Hall, when we hope to see a good crowd assembled.
Arkansas City Republican, March 15, 1884.
The following pupils of the high school department were perfect in deportment during the sixth month of the term.
Mahlon Arnett, Cora Armstead, Sammie Beall, Joseph Campbell, Sarah Crocker, D. C. Duncan, Jacob Endicott, Effie Gilstrap, Laura Gould, Ida Hackleman, Richard Hutchins, Alice L. Lane, Eddie Marshall, Minnie McIntire, Howard Maxwell, Birdie Martin, Dora Pearson, Sarepta Abrams, Frank Barnett, Viola Bishop, Ella Crocker, Mary Dakin, Mollie Duncan, Lizzie Gilbert, Eddie Ganes, Flora Gould, Laura Holloway, John Kirkpatrick, Hattie Laird, Rosa Moore, Fred. McLaughlin, Mettie Marbin, Jessie Norton, Walter Pickering, Lillie Purdy, Lloyd Ruby, M. J. Scott, Emma Theaker, Clarence Thompson, Martin Warren, Lida Whitney, Frank Wright, Carrie Rice, Alvan Sankey, Eva Splawn, Frank Theaker, Horace Vaughn, Edna Worthley, Constance Woodin, Frank Wright.
The following pupil was imperfect and received 36 percent: Robert A. Nipp.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 19, 1884.
Now is the time to lay in your flour if we may judge from the new “ad” of the Arkansas City Roller Mills in this issue. Flour is now offered at retail at wholesale prices, delivered free to all parts of the city, and parties wishing to take advantage of these low rates should call upon Herman Godehard or McLaughlin Bros., who are sole agents in the city for the Roller Mills brand of family flour.
BIG AD. ARKANSAS CITY ROLLER MILLS. FLOUR Retailed at wholesale prices, -AT- McLAUGHLIN BROS.’ -AND- H. GODEHARD’S. ‘Morning Star,’ AND ‘PATENT’ brands, manufactured by Landes, Beall & Co. Delivered to all parts of the city free.
Arkansas City Republican, March 22, 1884.
The rooms over Herman Godehard’s grocery, in the McLaughlin building, have been tastefully fitted by “mine host,” H. H. Perry, for the accommodation of his numerous guests.
Arkansas City Republican, April 5, 1884.
                                                           Citizens’ Meeting.

At the meeting at the opera house, last Wednesday evening, for the purpose of nominating a citizen’s ticket, Dr. A. J. Chapel was called to the chair; G. W. Cunningham and S. W. Duncan were elected secretaries. The following ticket was nominated:
Mayor, A. J. Pyburn; councilmen, George W. Cunningham, T. H. McLaughlin, Cal. Dean, Frank Leach, and John Love; Police Judge, Wm. Blakeney. Judge Pyburn since the meeting, having declined the nomination for mayor, Frank Schiffbauer has been substituted to his place on the ticket.
Arkansas City Republican, April 5, 1884.
The following named pupils of the High School were perfect in deportment during the seventh month, and received 100 percent.
Mahlon Arnett, Frank Barnett, Sarah Crocker, D. C. Duncan, J. C. Endicott, Eddie Garris, Flora Gould, Laura Holloway, John Kirkpatrick, Ed. Maxwell, Fred C. McLaughlin, Birdie Martin, Robert Nipp, Lillie Purdy, M. J. Scott, Clarence Thompson, Edna Worthley, Sarepta Abrams, Cora Armstead, Mary Dakin, Mollie Duncan, Lizzie Gilbert, Laura Gould, Ida Hackleman, Richard Hutchins, John Kirkpatrick, Rosa Morse, Howard Maxwell, Birdie Martin, Walter Pickering, Lloyd Ruby, Emma Theaker, H. G. Vaughn, Lida Whitney, Constance Woodin.
The following were imperfect and received 25 percent:
Sammie Beall, Alvan Sankey, Lida Whitney, Hattie Laird, Frank Theaker, Frank Wright.
The following signed a petition to Pyburn...
Arkansas City Republican, April 5, 1884.
Hon. A. J. Pyburn: Though aware of your repeated refusal to become a candidate for any office; and the determination to devote your time to your profession, and although cognizant of the fact that an election and acceptance would involve to a certain extent the sacrifice of personal interests, yet we request and urge that you permit your name to be used in nomination for the position of mayor of Arkansas City, feeling as we do, that in your election, you will represent the whole people regardless of politics, issues, or business, and have only at heart the best interests of the place, and welfare of the citizens.
G. W. Cunningham; A. D. Ayres; R. C. Lent; E. Neff; P. Pearson; S. B. Fleming; O. P. Houghton; W. B. Kirkpatrick; T. McConn; N. T. Snyder; J. G. Hunter; W. D. Mowry; Jno. Kroenert; Chas. H. Searing; L. D. Austin; S. V. Goeden; B. H. Dixon; Jas. Benedict; W. R. Owen; Frank Speers; C. R. Sipes; J. Vawter; E. S. Eddy; C. M. Swarts; W. W. Brown; Ira Barnett; T. H. McLaughlin; J. R. Rogers; F. B. Hutchison; M. Harkins; J. L. Huey; Chas. Hutchison; Cal. Dean; W. S. Thompson; Jas. Ridenour; J. C. Topliff, P. M.; W. E. Gooch; T. L. Wharton; H. P. Farrar; F. W. Farrar; W. M. Sleeth; T. McIntire; C. A. Howard; A. Worthley; Geo. E. Hasie.
GENTLEMEN: Your call upon me to allow my name to be used in nomination for mayor of the city, is before me. Coming as it does from representative businessmen of our city, irrespective of party, I assure you of my profound appreciation of the motives that prompted it. And could I, in duty to my private and personal business interests, I should feel bound to accede to your demands, but this I can not do, and must therefore, respectfully decline to become a candidate. Very Respectfully, A. J. PYBURN.
Arkansas City Republican, April 12, 1884.
W. A. Lee, of Winfield, has purchased from T. H. McLaughlin, the corner lot opposite the Farmers’ hotel, and will use the building for an agricultural implement store.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 9, 1884.
W. A. Lee, of Winfield, has purchased of T. H. McLaughlin, the corner lot south of the Commercial block for $1,800.
Arkansas City Republican, April 19, 1884.
                                                       SCHOOL COLUMN.
                                                  SENIOR DEPARTMENTS.
                                            HORACE G. VAUGHN, EDITOR.
Miss Lizzie Wilson, formerly a member of the senior class, but for the last year a school teacher, has returned to school. We gladly welcome Miss Lizzie, as she will be quite an ornament to our class. We wonder if anyone missed our column of the paper last week? It is very evident that it was not published; but the reason of it was, it was vacation, and we were resting. After this we will try to insure the column every week. Alvan Sankey occupies a front seat. The teacher says he is quite an ornament to that column. The following seniors were perfect last month: Emma Theaker, Jno. Kirkpatrick, Laura Holloway, F. C. McLaughlin, H. G. Vaughn. The following were imperfect: Alvan Sankey, Frank Wright.
The following received the highest grades in examination: Spelling, Emma Theaker; Physiology, H. G. Vaughn, 100, Emma Theaker, Alvan Sankey, 97; Latin, Emma Theaker, 95.
It is now time for the seniors to commence their graduating addresses; school is out in two more months.
Arkansas City Republican, April 19, 1884.
A large number of the citizens of this township assembled at Highland Hall in this city last Tuesday evening to take action upon the proposition of the directors of the Kansas City and Southwestern railroad to run their road to this city, upon Creswell Township’s voting bonds for $35,000 of the capital stock of said road. Judge T. McIntire was elected chairman, and S. W. Duncan, secretary. Upon being requested James Hill stated the object of the meeting, and, with convincing arguments, he dwelt at length upon the advantages of the road to the township and the city. James N. Young, president of the railroad company, then read the proposition, and a motion was made to adopt it, upon which considerable argument was produced. Pending the discussion, C. R. Sipes offered as a substitute for the motion that Judge A. J. Pyburn, T. H. McLaughlin, Dr. H. D. Kellogg, M. N. Sinnott, G. W. Cunningham, and James Benedict be appointed a committee to confer with the directors of the railroad present, and examine the proposition submitted and report whether it was suitable to the wants of the township, and just, and legally binding. The substitute was adopted and the committee, after making some small changes in the proposition, reported favorably, whereupon the house on motion adopted the report of the committee, and passed the motion to adopt the proposition as amended by the committee.
On motion of James Hill the chair appointed T. H. McLaughlin, G. W. Cunningham, and J. L. Huey a committee to have the petitions printed and circulated for signers. The meeting then adjourned.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 23, 1884.

Our grocerymen, McLaughlin Bros., last week sold to A. W. Patterson, of the Leland, for the month of April, goods to the amount of $300. Somebody evidently eats once in awhile at the Leland.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 7, 1884.
We received a pleasant call from Dr. Mitchell, late of Gerlaw, Illinois, who has decided to cast his lot with us. He has secured offices over McLaughlin’s grocery, and as soon as he can return with his family, will enter upon the practice of his profession.
Arkansas City Republican, May 10, 1884.
                                                            The Flour War.
The first of this week, three of the mill firms issued a circular announcing a reduction in flour. Immediately following came one from the grocers denouncing the same, and offering flour even cheaper than the mills. The result of this was that the mills opened a flour store, and the grocers ordered a carload of the best brands from Wichita. The mills made arrangement with McLaughlin Bros., to handle their flour and closed their own store. Soon appeared at the former place a sign peculiar, yet indicative. It showed on one end an Indian in full war dress; following came “The Miller’s Feed and Flour Store,” then a hand displaying a strong poker hand, viz., four aces.
The grocers were not to be excelled, and Kroenert & Austin immediately ran up a black flag and on a board arranged four aces and the joker. Both parties are determined, and it is difficult to predict the result.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 14, 1884.
Attention is called to the specials of the millers in this issue. The grocers and millers are having a little love feast just now, which we hope will soon terminate, as such wars are bad for all parties. Meanwhile the price of flour is considerably lower than for many months past.
Who’s a Hog? The men who demand 20 percent for handling goods in which they have no money invested, or men who are satisfied with reasonable profit, thereby sharing the advantages with the consumers? Low priced flour, and the best quality, at McLaughlin’s and Atwood’s groceries. THE MILLERS.
The People’s True Friends. The sore grocers have had their say and we have kept still. But, now we wish to say that we do not intend to pay them 20 percent for handling our flour. It forces up the price, which the consumers must pay. Go to McLaughlin’s, or Atwood’s and get the best flour at reasonable prices. THE MILLERS.
Cheap Flour. Patent $2.80; Morning Star, Zenith, and Crown $2.40; Old Gold, IXL and Straight, $2.20. Bran 40 cents per 100 pounds. The best flour and lowest prices can be had only at McLaughlin Bros., and Atwood’s groceries. THE MILLERS.
No Wonder They are Hot. A word to consumers. The majority of the grocers demanding 20 percent for handling our flour, thereby forcing the price of flour beyond reason, we refused to concede the same, which accounts for the bitter feeling now existing among them. Our flour can now be found at McLaughlin Bros.’ and Atwood’s groceries. It is cheaper and of better quality than any shipped in from Wichita. Don’t forget the places—McLaughlin Bros. and Atwood’s groceries. THE MILLERS.
Winfield Courier, May 15, 1884.

                                                SCISSORED PARAGRAPHS.
                         Interesting Items Gathered From Our Neighboring Exchanges.
                                           ARKANSAS CITY REPUBLICAN.
The first of this week three of the mill firms issued a circular announcing a reduction in flour. Immediately following came one from the grocers denouncing the same, and offering flour even cheaper than the mills. The result of this was that the mills opened a flour store, and the grocers ordered a car-load of the best brands from Wichita. The mills made arrangements with McLaughlin Bros. to handle their flour and closed their own store. Soon appeared at the former place a sign peculiar yet indicative. It showed on one end an Indian in full war dress. Following came “The Miller’s Feed and Flour Store”; then a hand displaying a strong poker hand, viz., four aces. The grocers were not to be excelled, and Kroenert & Austin immediately ran up a black flag and on a board arranged four aces and the joker. Both parties are determined, and it is difficulty to predict the result.
Arkansas City Republican, May 17, 1884.
Last week closed the eighth month of school. We have now commenced the ninth month. Just think, only four more weeks of school, and the graduating addresses to write! Well, if the other seniors have commenced writing their addresses, it is more than we have done.
The following named seniors were perfect for the eighth month:
Laura Holloway, Emma Theaker, Lizzie Wilson, John Kirkpatrick, H. G. Vaughn.
The following were imperfect: Alvan Sankey; F. C. McLaughlin.
The following were the highest grades received in examination by the seniors: Spelling, Emma Theaker, 100; Alvan Sankey, 99. Latin, H. G. Vaughn, 100.
The following is the first best composition published for the month, written by F. C. McLaughlin. Entitled “GOLD.” [SKIPPED.]
Arkansas City Traveler, May 21, 1884.
Mr. J. Landes has commenced the erection of a new house opposite to the one now being put up by Mr. F. Beall just south of T. H. McLaughlin’s.
Arkansas City Republican, June 7, 1884.
The commencement exercises of the High School of our city will be held next Monday evening, June 9, at Highland Hall. The following is the programme.
Salutatory: Procrastination. H. G. Vaughn.
Mormonism. John Kirkpatrick.
Commencement Day. Laura Holloway.
Dignity of Labor. F. C. McLaughlin.
Fame. J. A. Sankey.

Valedictory: Beyond the Alps Lies Italy. Emma Theaker.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 14, 1884.
Owing to the sickness of his father, T. H. McLaughlin and family were suddenly called East. They left yesterday. Mr. and Mrs. Beall will occupy their residence during their absence.
Arkansas City Republican, June 14, 1884.
The managers of the festival were compelled to purchase two sets of knives and forks; they are now in possession of F. C. McLaughlin; anyone wishing a set can obtain them for 75 cents.
Arkansas City Republican, June 14, 1884.
Dr. J. A. Mitchell, of Gerlaw, Illinois, has located here. His office is over McLaughlin’s store. He is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, and has practiced for a number of years. His card appears in our columns.
       Office Over McLaughlin Bros. Store.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 18, 1884.
Dr. J. A. Mitchell’s card appears in this issue. The doctor leaves a lucrative practice in Illinois to join his fortunes with those of the growing West, and we trust his highest hopes may be realized. He is a regular graduate of the Jefferson Medical College, at Philadelphia, has had several years of experience, and is fully qualified for the important duties of a physician. His office is over McLaughlin’s grocery, one door north of Highland Hall.
CARD. Doctor J. A. Mitchell, Arkansas City, Kansas. Office over McLaughlin’s Grocery. I am in the office at night also.
Arkansas City Republican, June 28, 1884.
W. A. Lee recently sold for $2,950 the lot he purchased for $1,800, three or four months since from T. H. McLaughlin. Mr. McLaughlin a few months ago, gave $950 for this lot. This gives the stranger some idea of the appreciation in value of property in Arkansas City.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 16, 1884.
Ad. Go to McLaughlin Bros. For the genuine Morning Star flour.
Arkansas City Republican, July 19, 1884.
                                                      Blaine and Logan Club.
At a meeting called for Monday evening, July 14, 1884, to be held in Judge Bonsall’s office, by the chairman, C. T. Atkinson, who was appointed by the county convention at Winfield last Saturday, I. H. Bonsall was chosen secretary. The following pledge was signed by the persons whose names appear below:
We, the undersigned, agree to support James G. Blaine and John A. Logan for president and vice-president, and we further agree to work and vote for their election, and we pledge ourselves to do all we can in an honorable way to favor their interests.

I. H. Bonsall, C. T. Atkinson, J. B. Nipp, C. W. Barnes, O. Ingersoll, J. H. Punshon, L. H. Braden, W. R. Wolf, F. E. Pentecost, J. E. Pentecost, W. R. Owen, Jacob Terwilliger, Chas. Bryant, C. W. Coombs, L. V. Coombs, R. C. Howard, Byron Wagner, W. D. Mowry, F. M. Vaughn, D. C. Duncan, John M. Roberts, J. H. Martin, W. B. Higgins, A. E. Kirkpatrick, J. C. Topliff, Mahlon Arnett, H. C. Deets, C. M. Scott, John S. Daniels, John J. Clark, R. B. Morton, N. P. Laughton, Dell Plank, A. Leonard, S. A. Daniels, F. H. Gage, M. J. Capron, N. N. Abernathy, Ira Wilbur, J. P. Musselman, A. H. Dodd, David Shields, John J. Breene, David McPherson, G. W. Martin, Joe Sheff, H. G. Vaughn, J. C. Harnley, Frank Landes, R. R. Ottman [?], J. A. McIntyre, F. C. McLaughlin, F. E. Burnett, W. C. Thompson, Ed Horn, J. H. Hackleman, Alvan Sankey.
The following committees were appointed.
Band: F. H. Gage, John S. Daniels, and W. P. Wolf.
Music: S. E. Northey, B. A. Wagner, and D. C. Duncan.
Uniforms: J. J. Clark, A. E. Kirkpatrick, and W. D. Mowry.
After music by our band the club adjourned to meet at THE REPUBLICAN office, Monday evening, July 21, at 6 o’clock, at which time all companies are requested to report. A captain, 1st and 2nd lieutenants will be elected. Only members and those desiring to become members are expected to be present. C. T. ATKINSON, Chairman.
I. H. BONSALL, Secretary.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 30, 1884.
T. H. McLaughlin returned last Saturday from an extended trip through Wisconsin, Ohio, and Indiana. Mrs. McLaughlin is at present visiting friends in St. Louis.
Arkansas City Republican, August 2, 1884.
Quite an excitement prevailed in the city Monday afternoon. The excavation for the new post office caused one side of the McLaughlin building (occupied by Godehard below for a grocery and by the Perry House above for sleeping apartments) to sink slightly and crack the structure both in front and rear. Means were taken to prevent any further separation, and no other damage is anticipated.
Arkansas City Republican, August 2, 1884.
T. H. McLaughlin made his appearance in the city last Saturday, after a six weeks’ absence in Wisconsin, Ohio, and Indiana.
Arkansas City Republican, August 9, 1884.
A subsidence of one of the sides of the McLaughlin building has ceased and a new wall placed beneath it. No further damage is anticipated.
Arkansas City Republican, August 9, 1884.
Miss Anna Bowen, who two years ago, was an excellent student of our high school, is expected next week in the city, to visit her aunt, Mrs. T. H. McLaughlin.
Arkansas City Republican, August 9, 1884.
Mrs. Meigs and her daughter, Miss Anna, are visiting Mrs. T. H. McLaughlin. The Meigs family were among the earliest settlers of our city. They drove into Arkansas City fifteen years ago, when there were but few settlers here. Mrs. Meigs expresses great surprise at the growth of the city. The family now reside at Anthony.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 20, 1884.
The primaries last Saturday were hotly contested throughout, and drew out more votes than at any primary election yet held in this city.

The following gentlemen were elected delegates to the county convention: F. M. Vaughn, C. L. Swarts, E. G. Gray, T. Fairclo, F. E. Pentecost, Dave Lewis, L. E. Woodin, Sr., O. S. Rarick, W. D. Mowry, Jas. Ridenour.
The delegates to the district convention in this city, to be held one week from next Saturday, are: A. E. Kirkpatrick, C. W. Burt, J. W. Warren, F. M. Vaughn, E. G. Gray, Bowen Lewis, S. C. Murphy, D. G. Lewis, J. L. Huey, T. H. McLaughlin.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 3, 1884.
TRAVELER showed the following medical people in this issue.
2.   R. H. REED, M. D., Tenders his Profession Services To the
Citizens of ARKANSAS CITY AND VICINITY. Special Attention           given to Surgical Diseases and Amputations.
Office over McLaughlin’s Grocery store.
Residence Northwest side of city.
6.   Doctor J. A. Mitchell, ARKANSAS CITY, KAS.
Office over McLaughlin’s Grocery.
I am in the office at night also.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 3, 1884.
                                             The Representative Convention.
The district convention met in Highland Hall last Saturday, August 30, at 2 p.m., and was called to order by Dr. H. W. Marsh, chairman of the district committee, who was also elected temporary chairman. L. J. Darnell and Dr. P. Marshall were elected secretaries.
The committee on credentials reported the following delegates or proxies present and entitled to seats.
Creswell: A. E. Kirkpatrick, C. W. Burt, Bowen Lewis, S. C. Murphy, T. H. McLaughlin,
E. G. Gray, J. L. Huey, D. G. Lewis, F. M. Vaughn, J. W. Warren.
Arkansas City Republican, September 6, 1884.
T. H. McLaughlin is having a new corner put in the building occupied by Hermann Godehard.
There was another McLaughlin family in Arkansas City...Do not believe they were related to either Lafayette or T. H. McLaughlin. MAW
Arkansas City Republican, September 6, 1884.
Some three weeks ago W. H. McLaughlin went on an inspection tour out in Comanche County. He returned last Friday. He reports settlers coming in to that county thick and fast. He took a claim near Nescutunga and returned for his family. He will start for that place sometime this week. Mr. McLaughlin says the county seat strife is still going on between Clearwater and the place mentioned above; but it is quite likely that Clearwater will bear off the prize. Mr. McLaughlin’s post office address will be Nescutunga, and the REPUBLICAN will go there to cheer him up in his loneliest hours by pleasant reminders of his friends in southern Cowley.
Arkansas City Republican, September 13, 1884.
                                                        Council Proceedings.
At the last regular council meeting, Mayor Schiffbauer, C. G. Thompson, T. Fairclo, A. A. Davis, councilmen, were present.

On motion, water commissioner was ordered to stop the water supply of T. H. & L. McLaughlin wherever used by them from the city water works, owing to their refusal to pay for same.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 17, 1884.
Messrs. Newman, McLaughlin, and Hess have bought fifty-five acres in the north part of town and are now platting the same into lots. They will immediately erect a half dozen houses on this addition.
Arkansas City Republican, September 20, 1884.
Newman, McLaughlin & Hess have commenced the grading of the street in their new addition. Lots will be sold here on time.
Arkansas City Republican, September 20, 1884.
Capt. Ed. Haight, of Winfield, has been in Arkansas City this week surveying a 55 acre addition to the northeast part of our town for Newman, McLaughlin & Hess. We are informed this tract of land will offer splendid advantages for residence building. The Gates City is rapidly spreading out.
Arkansas City Republican, September 20, 1884.
Dr. Mitchell, who has had his office over McLaughlin’s store until yesterday, has moved in with Doctor Reed. The Doctor is building up a lucrative patronage in and around Arkansas City, and we are glad to be able to chronicle his success. His office, remember, is now with Dr. Reed.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 24, 1884.
Frank Hess has a marriage license for sale cheap. He might be induced to give it with a lot, in McLaughlin’s new addition. Anything to sell a lot, you know.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 24, 1884.
                                                      McLaughlin’s Addition.
This, the latest addition to Arkansas City, is bound to be the most popular one. The proprietors of the enterprise are now busy setting out trees, grading streets, and otherwise making it a most desirable property. That they mean business is evidenced by the fact that the lots will be sold on one, two, and three years’ time to parties who will build thereon, and money will even be furnished where necessary in order to build up this beautiful addition. The tract contains 350 lots, many of which have already been sold, guaranteeing its success.
Winfield Courier, September 25, 1884.
                                                          TRIAL DOCKET.
                       Cowley County District Court, First Tuesday, October 7th, 1884.
                                            CIVIL DOCKET. SECOND DAY.
                                     11. Houghton & McLaughlin vs. J. W. Brown.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 1, 1884.
Bob Fitzpatrick has purchased four lots in McLaughlin’s addition and will build a $1,000 residence at once.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 1, 1884.
Newman, McLaughlin, and Hess are having about two miles of street graded on their new addition. They are contracting to have trees set out on the whole addition. This will be a great improvement to the town.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 1, 1884.
                                   Arkansas City Woolen Manufacturing Company.

A meeting of the stockholders in the above enterprise was held in the Cowley County Bank Monday evening, and a stock company formed for the purpose of erecting and operating a woolen mill on our canal. The capital stock is $40,000. Mr. J. H. Gordon, who with Mr. Sanborn visited this city a few weeks since in the interest of a woolen mill, has been here about two weeks talking up the matter, and left yesterday morning for his home in Missouri. A charter for the company will be secured at once. The stockholders in this enterprise comprise our most solid businessmen. The directors for the first year are James Hill, J. H. Gordon, J. L. Huey, H. P. Farrar, W. M. Sleeth, A. A. Newman, and T. H. McLaughlin. The work will be pushed as rapidly as possible, and in a few months the busy hum of our woolen mill will be heard by the finest water power in the state, furnishing employment to more than forty operatives and starting Arkansas City firmly on the road as a manufacturing city.
The other McLaughlin family has moved to Coldwater...
Arkansas City Republican, October 4, 1884.
W. McLaughlin and family, who went to Comanche County some three weeks ago, arrived there safe. Their address will be Coldwater.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 8, 1884.
Following is a complete list of stockholders in the Arkansas City Woolen Manufacturing Company, mention of which was made last week.
T. H. McLaughlin; Arkansas City Bank; Frank J. Hess; Wm. Sleeth; H. P. Farrar; Landes, Beall & Co.; Sanborn & Gordon; H. Endicott; A. Walton; J. A. McIntyre; I. D. Harkleroad; W. E. Gooch; F. W. Farrar; A. A. Wiley; R. A. Houghton; T. J. Gilbert; A. Campbell; G. W. Cunningham; Schiffbauer Bros.; A. [?] Andrews; Fitch & Barron; S. Matlack; J. B. Nipp; A. A. Newman; James Hill; E. H. Parker; T. D. Richardson; Benedict & Owen; D. Warren; J. H. Sherburne; J. N. T. Gooch; Uriah Spray; Theo Fairclo; H. D. Kellogg; Ira Barnett; A. J. Chapel; S. F. George; G. W. Miller; P. F. Endicott; Jamison Vawter; Kimmel & Moore; N. C. Hinkley; L. McLaughlin.
Arkansas City Republican, October 11, 1884.
                                                             Our Cemetery.
Several weeks ago the REPUBLICAN made mention of the bad condition of our cemetery. Saturday morning George Russell called on the REPUBLICAN and furnished us some facts concerning our unattended burial ground. They were very unfavorable indeed. He requested us to call a meeting of the citizens of Arkansas City for next Wednesday evening in McLaughlin’s building, a few doors north of Central Avenue Hotel. Grass and weeds have taken the grounds and in digging graves you are just as likely to open a grave as you are to dig one. At this meeting a committee is to be appointed, whose duty it shall be to have the grounds fenced and laid off in lots. Officers will also be elected. Let everybody come out, for everyone is interested.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 15, 1884.

Rev. S. F. Gibb, a Universalist minister from Illinois, is in the city, the guest of T. H. McLaughlin. He is looking after the interests of the cause in Southern Kansas, and will be happy to see any of the friends during his sojourn in the city. Preaching services will be held in the opera house on Saturday evening and on Sunday, to which all are invited. Mr. Gibb has been very successful as an organizer and builder in other states, and the people of liberal religious thought have now an opportunity which they ought not to allow to pass unimproved.
Arkansas City Republican, October 18, 1884.
At the meeting of the Women Suffrage Society held at Mrs. D. W. Stevens’ Wednesday, the following officers were elected for the coming year. President, Mrs. O. P. Houghton; Vice-President, Mrs. Chas. Searing; Secretary, Mrs. H. P. Farrar; Treasurer, Mrs. T. McLaughlin. Mrs. Houghton and Mrs. Searing were chosen delegates to Women Suffrage State convention to be held at Leavenworth, the 27th to 29th inst.
Arkansas City Republican, October 18, 1884.
Tuesday afternoon we visited McLaughlin, Newman & Hess addition adjoining the town north of the East school building. Sixth Street has been extended a half mile beyond the city limits, and this way is being rapidly used as the way to Searing & Mead’s mill. In time it will be the principal thoroughfare to Winfield on account of the sand on Summit Street. This street is devoid of sand and will make one of the handsomest driveways in Arkansas City. Lots are being rapidly sold in this addition. We understand that the contract for one dozen residences has been let, which will go up right away. Culverts are being placed in and good drainage will be had. To anyone desiring good lots, this addition would be a splendid place to invest.
Note: Sometimes Highland Hall was referred to as the opera house. MAW
Arkansas City Republican, October 18, 1884.
Rev. S. F. Gibbs of Illinois will preach on Saturday evening at the school building north of Central Avenue Hotel and at the opera house on Sunday at 2 p.m. and 7:30 in the evening. Subjects: Sunday afternoon, “What is religious liberty?” Sunday evening, “Salvation: What it is, and what it is not.” Rev. Gibbs is the guest of T. H. McLaughlin.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 22, 1884.
The officers elected by Arkansas City’s Equal Suffrage Society for the ensuing year, at their meeting last week, are:
Mrs. (O. P.) Houghton, President.
Mrs. Charles Searing, Vice President.
Mrs. H. P. Farrar, Secretary.
Mrs. T. H. McLaughlin, Treasurer.
After the election of officers, Mrs. Houghton and Mrs. Searing were chosen delegates to the state convention, which meets in Leavenworth on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week.
Arkansas City Republican, October 25, 1884.
McLaughlin Bros., have a handsome pair of counter scales. They were manufactured by the Buffalo Scales Co., and in design are a beauty.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, October 29, 1884.
                                         SCHIFFBAUER AS A LEGISLATOR.

Our mayor came out last Saturday in newspaper form, issuing 500 copies of a paper sailing under the euphonious title, “Through the Woods.” We looked for something especially brilliant from the combined efforts of Frank, his father-in-law, brother-in-law, and brother-in-law’s brother, considering the number of weeks they have been employed in the delivery of this phenomenal child; but were disappointed and surprised to find only a few personal allusions to one who is not before the people as a candidate, and an exhaustive plea in favor of the Greenback party.
Mr. Schiffbauer claims the TRAVELER has sought to take advantage of him because he has no “organ,” and that we would not dare to make the statements we have made if we thought he would have the chance to answer them. In addition to writing an entire falsehood in this matter, he fails to mention the fact that the TRAVELER agreed to allow him room for any communication he might see fit to make, provided he would agree to our commenting upon it in the same issue. This offer was refused by him. Why? Let him answer. We would have put his articles before the people in readable shape, covering up his ignorance so plainly visible in every column of “Through the Woods,” but for some reason our offer was not accepted.
It is noteworthy that outside of his (or someone’s) argument in favor of resubmission, his manifesto contains nothing bearing upon the fitness of his candidacy for the legislature. He dodges the issue, merely saying that for eight years he has voted for some man to represent his views, but has been disappointed, and now he purposes to represent them himself. But what are his views? What does he want to accomplish in the legislature? The people have a right to know this, but our mute, inglorious Bismarck says, “the people be d___d.” It can’t be Glick and resubmission alone, for Harkleroad is before the people on this platform, and might have stood a reasonable show for election had all opposition to the Republican nominee united on him. Frank fails to explain the combination between him and James Fahey, of Winfield, more generally known as “Mickey Jim,” and he will not explain it until too late for anybody to correct the misstatements that might unwittingly creep in. When Frank goes to Winfield on political affairs, it is to see “Mickey;” when “Mickey” comes to Arkansas City, he and Frank are closeted in secrecy during the two hours between trains. This is suggestive, but not very edifying. We need more light.
Frank says he promises to accomplish nothing. No one doubts that he will, of necessity, keep this promise, and for this reason the people will vote against him. Even conscientious resubmissionists will not vote for him, because of the uncertainty of his actions on other measures. They feel that he cannot be trusted, and they are right. Frank has a very peculiar idea of the obligations of an oath, and we have every reason to believe he would not let such a simple matter of form stand between him and his desires. As proof of this we cite a conversation between Mr. Schiffbauer and Mr. T. H. McLaughlin a few months since, in which Mr. Schiffbauer affirmed that he “would not give a man away on the witness stand.” When we stop to consider that a witness is always under oath to answer well and truly all questions put to him, the above assertion can mean little else than that the author would swear to a lie. Such a course will gain him friends among a very questionable class of people. Aside from showing the true position of Mr. Schiffbauer at that time and this—that he as mayor is the avowed friend of the law-breaking class—his assertion proves his utter unreliability in questions of public interest which may conflict with his personal wishes. He would simply, under all circumstances, do as he pleased. No man in favor of honest government can afford to vote for a man with such loose notions of honor and integrity.

Mr. Schiffbauer may issue another manifesto next Saturday, or before the election, similar to that of last week; but when he finally gets “through the woods” into clear, open sunlight, he will find that he has come out a long way from the door that leads into legislative halls. He might as well have stayed back in the shade.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 29, 1884.
Arkansas City Republican, November 22, 1884.
Will Logan puts up a cottage in McLaughlin, Newman & Hess’ addition this week.
Arkansas City Republican, November 22, 1884.
All the houses erected on the McLaughlin addition have been sold by their owners, and they are now building again.
Arkansas City Republican, November 22, 1884.
About a half a dozen neat cottage residences have already been erected in the addition of McLaughlin, Newman & Hess. Others are building. If we keep on spreading ‘twill not be long until we reach the corporate limits of the little burg of Winfield.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 26, 1884.
Ivan Robinson and Mr. Holmes, of Winfield, were in our city last week looking for a location for a coal yard. After looking the field over, they left Snyder & Hutchison to secure a suitable location. These gentlemen then bought out Pitts Ellis’ scales and office with fixtures and bins and leased of Newman & McLaughlin two lots on Central Avenue, opposite Fairclo Bro.’s livery stable. Messrs. Robinson & Holmes will immediately commence the erection of sheds, and will have seven cars of coal, hard and soft, in our city this week. These gentlemen are men who will always have coal of all kinds in hand, and we need have no more fear of a coal famine as we have been having. They will keep not less than ten car loads on hand at all times. Their office will be on the corner of Summit Street and Central Avenue.
                            [NOTE: THE PAPER HAD “IVON” ROBINSON...???]
Arkansas City Republican, December 20, 1884.
                                                        Real Estate Transfers.
The following are the real estate transfers of Arkansas City for December 12 to December 19, as reported by Miss Anna Meigs.
A. A. Newman and wife, T. H. McLaughlin and wife, to Arial Fairclo, 1 8, b 63, Arkansas City, $375.
A. A. Newman and wife, T. H. McLaughlin and wife, and Frank J. Hess to Joseph W. and Marlew A. Calhoun, lots 17 to 28 inclusive, B. S. McLaughlin’s addition to Arkansas City. $1,500.
S. P. Channell and wife to T. H. McLaughlin and wife to Wyard E. Gooch and wife, 1 1, b 49, Arkansas City.
Arkansas City Republican, December 27, 1884.
                                                      McLAUGHLIN BROS.

All our old citizens know McLaughlin Bros. But for the benefit of newcomers, the REPUBLICAN would bespeak a word of praise for them. For years McLaughlin Bros., have been identified with Arkansas City. Probably no man has ever done more for general prosperity of his town than T. H. McLaughlin. In all public enterprises McLaughlin is one of the leaders. When he puts his shoulder to the wheel, something has got to move. But to return to the firm. They are the proprietors of one of the leading grocery houses of the city. The city is proud of an institution such as McLaughlin Bros. It is seldom an article is called for there which is not in stock. They keep everything in the grocery line for which there is any demand, and their experience in buying and small expense in selling enables them to put their prices at the lowest figure. To those buying their annual stock, we would suggest that they give McLaughlin Bros., a trial for 1885. A large stock of glass and queensware always in stock.
Arkansas City Republican, December 27, 1884.
If you want a smoking tobacco which will not bite your tongue, buy “Jayhawker brand,” sold by Kroenert & Austin and McLaughlin Bros.
Arkansas City Republican, December 27, 1884.
Jayhawker tobacco is a new brand of smoking tobacco. It don’t like the tongue, because we have tried it and know. You can get it at McLaughlin’s and the Diamond Front.
Arkansas City Republican, January 3, 1885.
A private circulating library is being formed by ten of Arkansas City’s literary people. The members of the society subscribe for different magazines and have headquarters at Eddy’s drug store. From there the magazines will be taken by the members desiring to read, and returned. Dr. Sparks, T. H. McLaughlin, E. D. Eddy, Dr. J. A. Mitchell, C. R. Sipes, T. J. Sweeney, J. L. Huey, Mrs. H. P. Farrar, Rev. J. O. Campbell, C. H. Searing, and others have already joined this literary band.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 7, 1885.
Our juvenile population is coming to the front in good shape. Monday night of last week some of them surprised Fred McLaughlin, at his home, that being his 19th birthday. He acquitted himself nobly in performing the duties of host.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 7, 1885.
                                                          Knights of Pythias.
Triumph Lodge No. 116, of Arkansas City, Kansas, was instituted last Friday night, with the following members.
Judge A. J. Pyburn.
T. J. Sweeny.
G. W. Miller.
C. C. Sollitt.
T. H. McLaughlin.
F. W. Farrar.
G. S. Howard.
J. J. Clark.
J. M. Ware.
W. E. Moore.
H. P. Standley.
H. P. Farrar.
J. L. Huey.

J. A. McIntyre.
W. B. Higgins.
W. D. Mowry.
C. Mead.
O. Stevenson, Jr.
The lodge was instituted by the following members of the Newton lodge.
John S. Haines, Chancellor Commander.
G. W. Holmes, Past Chancellor.
P. J. Mathis, Past Chancellor.
Henry E. Brunner, Vice Chancellor.
H. Godfrey, Master at Arms.
A. R. Ainsworth, Isaac Levy, and J. A. Heilman.
After the institution of the lodge in due form, the following officers were elected and installed.
A. J. Pyburn, Past Chancellor.
W. D. Mowry, Chancellor Commander.
H. P. Farrar, Vice Chancellor.
J. L. Huey, Prelate.
C. C. Sollitt, Keeper of Records and Seal.
T. H. McLaughlin, Master of Finance.
F. W. Farrar, Master of Exchequer.
T. J. Sweeny, Master at Arms.
G. W. Miller, Inside Guardian.
J. J. Clark, Outside Guardian.
In the final instructions the visiting brethren remarked that they never before had had the pleasure of instituting a lodge with such bright prospects of future usefulness and growth, and that has the inherent strength and stability that Triumph Lodge No. 116 had.
After the initiatory ceremonies were concluded, all adjourned to the dining room of the Windsor Hotel, where a feast was served, “such as never man saw”—all the delicacies of the season, and served only as Mo, the genial host, and his able corps of assistants can. Thus the time passed until nearly five o’clock Saturday morning, when the participators parted, the visitors extending their heartiest thanks to the new lodge for the Knightly manner in which they had been received, having been treated in a truly royal way, worthy of their patron Knights of old.
The new lodge returns thanks to the visiting K. P.’s for their kindness and vote them to be genial, jovial, generous fellows with hearts fully as large as their feet, and hope to meet them many times in and out of the lodge room.
The visitors left on the 2:30 p.m. train Saturday for Newton.
Arkansas City Republican, January 10, 1885.

For several nights past Sept. Andrews has been annoyed and frightened by hideous noises over his bedroom in his harness shop in Highland block. The nightly noises so disturbed his slumbers that he complained to T. H. McLaughlin. Friday morning a number of men headed by “Tally Me,” went up into Highland Hall to ferret out the cause of the mysterious noises. After rummaging all through the opera house they finally searched beneath the stage and found a large coon. When discovered the coon was holding a two ring circus. He was captured and now Sept. sleeps undisturbed except by his own snore.
[Yes! Paper had “Tally Me.” Not sure what this meant other than a reference to T. H. McLaughlin, who we found out from another article had an artificial leg.]
Arkansas City Traveler, January 14, 1885.
We rise up in meeting and “make a move” that T. H. McLaughlin and A. V. Alexander be made councilmen from the second ward. We live there and know they can represent us as well or better than anyone else.
Arkansas City Republican, January 17, 1885.
Report of the condition of the Maine Cattle Company, December 31, 1884.
Capital paid in ................... $22,500.00
Owing on cattle ...................   1,660.50
Due Treasurer .....................       140.88
Stock, cattle, and horses ..... $16,590.50
Range fenced ......................     7,000.00
Feed, hogs, and expenses .......     697.13
Organization expenses .........         14.75
I, H. P. Farrar, Secretary and Treasurer of the above named company, do solemnly swear that the above statement is true to the best of my knowledge and belief.
                                        H. P. FARRAR, Secretary and Treasurer.
Subscribed and sworn to before me January 14th, 1885.
                                           T. H. McLAUGHLIN, Notary Public.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 21, 1885.
The old reliable firm of McLaughlin Bros., does not seem to be affected by the hard times, judging from the way they are kept busy waiting on customers.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 21, 1885.

We see some of our neighboring towns making loud brags about the amount of improvements made in their respective localities. We are candid in saying that it is impossible to ascertain the amount of improvements made here in the last year. The number of dwellings amounted at the very least to 250. We will put them at a very low estimate, $500 each. This makes $125,000. Then we have the Commercial and Hasie Blocks, $75,000; the Cowley County Bank, $25,000, the new schoolhouse, $10,000; the Houghton Block, $7,500; the Mason building, $2,000; Sipes’ block, $7,500; H. P. Farrar, $5,000; addition to the building occupied by Wyckoff & Son, $2,000; Baptist Church, $3,000; Christian Church, $2,500; Free Methodist Church, $1,000; Methodist and Presbyterian Churches, repairs, $1,500; W. M. Blakeney, $1,500; Leland Hotel, $4,000; Newman, building block 69, $1,000; Arkansas City Building Association, $5,000; Skating Rink, $1,500; J. H. Punshon, $1,000; D. W. Stevens and L. Eldridge, $1,000; Beecher & Co. and McLaughlin Bros., $1,500; J. H. Hilliard, $1,000; Thompson & Woodin, $1,000; Chambers, $1,000; J. Alexander, $1,500; Ayres’ Mill and Landes, Beall & Co., improvements, $1,000; DeBruce, $1,000; Park & Lewis and W. M. Rose, $1,000; Kroenert & Austin and Stedman Bros., $1,000; A. Harly, $1,000.
These, which we recall on the spur of the moment, foot up nearly three hundred thousand dollars. We are confident that we are not exaggerating when we place the amount above five hundred thousand dollars, which shows a fair gain for our thriving little city.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 21, 1885.
The following names have been proposed by various citizens as men who would be acceptable as councilmen from the different wards. Many, most of them in fact, are men who would render the city good service in that capacity.
James Hill, James L. Huey, Will L. Aldridge, T. D. Richardson, S. J. Rice.
T. H. McLaughlin, C. R. Sipes, L. E. Woodin, A. V. Alexander, Ira Barnett.
A. D. Prescott, C. G. Thompson, J. B. Hilliard, C. H. Searing, S. Matlack, G. W. Cunningham, James Benedict.
A. A. Davis, John Daniels, J. W. Oldham, G. W. Miller, T. A. Gaskill.
It is of course unnecessary to say that this is an office that will seek the man; not the man the office. What we need is a council composed of such men as will devote some of their time and ability, without any hope of reward, except an approving conscience. We need men of ability and business integrity, who have made a success for themselves and are thus qualified to legislate for the good of the community. Our citizens will doubtless make a wise choice.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 28, 1885.
                                               Do We Want a New Rail Road?
Major C. H. Searing received the following letter this week, which he handed us for publication.
                                    WICHITA FALLS, TEXAS, January 21, 1885.
Major C. H. Searing, Arkansas City.
DEAR SIR: Our citizens are agitating the question of a railroad connecting with some terminus of the A. T. & Santa Fe R. R. in Southern Kansas, and I was delegated to correspond with parties in your town to see their desire in the matter. Congress is now in session and quick action will be necessary to get anything before the House this session. We have good available water power here and a through R. R. connection to Kansas City will make this the most important point in North Texas except Denison. Please reply soon.
                                                      Yours, W. A. KNOTT.

If our citizens want our road extended through the Territory, an opportunity is now offered. This is something we have long desired, something we absolutely need, and, in time, must have. Our citizens should take immediate action, as suggested in the letter, as Congress soon adjourns and what is to be done should be done before that time.
Should C. H. Searing, James Hill, W. M. Sleeth, A. A. Newman, S. Matlack, T. H. McLaughlin and other of our leading citizens put their shoulder to the wheel now, we may soon have a road to the South by which we may dispose of surplus grain and at the same time get cheaper lumber and other supplies.
Arkansas City Republican, January 31, 1885.
                                         THE CITIZEN’S LECTURE COURSE.
                                 Four Star Lectures to be Delivered in Highland Hall.
                       Opening with George R. Wendling Monday Evening, February 9.
                   Anna Dickinson, Robert L. Cumnock, and Frank W. Smith to Follow.
J. Allen Whyte, a representative of the Slayton Lyceum Bureau at Chicago, was in the city Tuesday making preparations for the delivery of four lectures. H. P. Farrar, T. H. McLaughlin, Jas. Ridenour, Mowry & Sollitt, Sam Wile, and Kellogg & Coombs affected the necessary arrangements, and Arkansas City will be visited at dates fixed by the committee for these four star lectures.
The first lecture will be given on February 9: one week from Monday evening. It will be delivered by Geo. R. Wendling. His subject will be “Personality of Satan.” A number of citizens have heard Mr. Wendling in his celebrated lecture answering Bob Ingersoll. They were captivated by Mr. Wendling by the delivery of that lecture and will be equally so when they hear him in his “Personality of Satan.”
The next lecture in this course will in all probability be by the Queen of the platform, Anna Dickinson. Miss Dickinson will deliver her masterly and eloquent eulogy on “Joan of Arc.” In the homes of the poor, in the palaces of the rich; all over this broad land—from the Great Lakes to the Gulf, from the extreme limits of the continent—nearly all the people are familiar with this brave, fearless, and remarkable woman and her “Joan of Arc.” This lecture alone is worth the price of admission charged for the entire course. This may be Miss Dickinson’s last season on the platform and one and all should hear her before she makes her exit from the American rostrum.
Robert S. Cumnock, who recognizes no peer as a reader, comes and spends one evening with us giving select readings.
Frank W. Smith, the grand old hero of Andersonville prison, will deliver his lecture on “In and out of Andersonville.” This, besides being interesting to everyone, is doubly so to every old soldier.
For this entire course of lectures but $4.50 will be charged. Remember Geo. R. Wendling will be first. His lecture, “Personality of Satan,” will be delivered Monday evening, February 9. Tickets can be procured for the course of either of the above named parties or at Ridenour & Thompson’s jewelry store.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 11, 1885.
Fred McLaughlin, who graduated from our public schools last year, re-entered this week to review. Fred wishes to have perfect everything he has at all.
Arkansas City Republican, February 14, 1885.
Mrs. E. D. Bowen, of Anthony, came over on a visit to her friends and relatives Wednesday. She is a sister of Mrs. T. H. McLaughlin.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 18, 1885.
Mrs. E. D. Power, of our city, whose daughter has been here attending school this winter, is visiting the family of T. H. McLaughlin.
Arkansas City Republican, February 28, 1885.
B. H. Osborne and family came here a few days since from Illinois to make Arkansas City their future place of residence. Mr. Osborne has taken a position in McLaughlin’s grocery establishment.
Only listed items relative to McLaughlin in the following list...
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 7, 1885.
The following is a list of transfers for the months of January and February, 1885, as taken from the transfer books of Frank J. Hess, Real Estate Agent.
Newman, McLaughlin & Hess to R. E. Fitzpatrick, 3 lots: $300
Newman, McLaughlin & Hess to Cyrus Wilson, 4 lots: $200
                      Newman, McLaughlin & Hess to Florence M. Austin, 3 lots: $475
Arkansas City Republican, March 7, 1885.
                             McLaughlin Brothers, Wholesale and Retail GROCERS!
                                      North Summit Street, Arkansas City, Kansas.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 18, 1885.
E. D. McLaughlin, of Paola, arrived in the city, Saturday, to visit friends.
Note: One year before a petition was sent to Pyburn. He declined. This was a second attempt to get Pyburn to run for Mayor in Arkansas City. They failed again. MAW
Arkansas City Republican, April 4, 1885.
                                                     Judge Pyburn for Mayor.
The following is explanatory within itself.
HON. A. J. PYBURN, We, the undersigned, citizens of Arkansas City, Kansas, herein respectfully request and urge the use of your name as a candidate for the office of mayor and pledge you our best support.
T. H. McLaughlin, C. A. Howard, John Landes, J. P. Musselman, S. Matlack, J. W. Sparks, A. D. Prescott, Thos. Van Fleet, T. R. Houghton, T. Kimmel, Jas. Ridenour, S. P. Gould, W. S. Thompson, M. S. Hasie, Geo. E. Hasie, H. C. Nicholson, F. K. Grosscup, J. R. L. Adams, T. L. Mantor, S. B. Reed, E. M. Multer, G. W. Cunningham, P. Pearson, J. M. Collins, Archie Dunn, S. B. Adams, Frank J. Hess, Ira Barnett, Wm. M. Jenkins, Uriah Spray, Wm. R. Smith, J. L. Henry, W. E. Gooch, N. S. Snyder, A. P. Hutchinson, R. P. Hutchison, Frank D. Austin, G. W. Miller, C. C. Sollitt, F. W. Farrar, O. G. Shelden, J. L. Howard, H. H. Perry, J. D. Hill, F. B. Hutchinson, E. L. McDowell, A. W. Alexander, P. Wyckoff, L. McLaughlin, E. E. Eddy, Geo. H. Heitkam, S. F. George, O. P. Houghton, O. Ingersoll.
Our space being limited, we are unable to publish a full list of the petitioners, but there were about 360 more names appended to the different petitions circulated in all.
Arkansas City Republican, April 11, 1885.
A. P. Smith is building a residence in McLaughlin’s addition.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 15, 1885.
T. H. McLaughlin’s colt, finding himself untied in front of the store Saturday, took French leave and created quite an excitement on the street; he was stopped in his mad career before any damage was done to the buggy.
Unknown to me if this is yet another McLaughlin in Arkansas City. It denotes that “T. W. McLaughlin” received a subpoena: not T. H. McLaughlin. MAW
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, April 18, 1885.
Capt. Rarick has been up to Topeka for several days past. Yesterday he came home and brought down five subpoenas to serve on O. C. R. Randall, C. G. Thompson, Frank Hutchison, T. W. McLaughlin, and Frank Schiffbauer, notifying them to appear at Topeka before the U. S. Grand Jury and answer such questions as it may ask. They will probably have to leave this afternoon.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 6, 1885.
The McLaughlin Bros., have sold out their grocery store to Henry Endicott, and the last named took possession on Monday. Mr. Endicott is one of the old settlers of this valley, and has been associated with the store as salesman for the recent owners. He is known to our citizens, and is certain to secure a fair share of their patronage.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 10, 1885.
                                                           Council Meeting.
The City Council met in adjourned meeting on Monday evening, the mayor and Councilmen Thompson, Dean, Dunn, Hight, and Bailey present.
Request of McLaughlin Bros., to remove a frame building beyond the fire limits, to make room for brick store, was granted.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 13, 1885.
There is talk of a large stone block going up on North Summit street. The block will consist of three store rooms, each 25 x 80 feet, and two stories high. One is to be erected by the fraternal orders of the city, another by T. H. McLaughlin, and the other by Mr. Cox. T. H. McLaughlin has moved his old frame building from his lot and this much has been done toward the project.
Arkansas City Republican, June 13, 1885.

Capt. Thompson went to Topeka last week to attend a meeting of the State Board of Militia. He attended in the interest of the Arkansas Valley Guards. Adj. Gen. Campbell recommended that the cavalry company be changed to infantry and join the 2nd regiment of State Infantry. The change was recommended because the State was unable to furnish equipments for the cavalry. The Captain returned and reported to the guards and they have acted upon Adj. Gen. Campbell’s suggestion. The guards have now a full company of 60 members and at their meeting they have a full attendance. They meet on Monday and Wednesday evenings of each week. The boys have been working hard to obtain an armory. At present they have no place to store their arms and no place to drill. A number of our citizens have kindly volunteered to lend a helping hand by subscribing money. Messrs. McLaughlin, Hess, and Newman furnish a lot on Summit Street on which to erect the building. The guards will erect a building 60 x 100 feet and are now engaged in working up the scheme. Being allowed $100 by the State per annum, the guards feel greatly encouraged and will devote this money toward the building of their armory.
Arkansas City Republican, June 13, 1885.
A party of young folks, composed of Miss Lizzie Gilbert, Laura and Flora Gould, and Fred McLaughlin, Frank Barnett and Owen Shepard, visited friends at Kaw Agency the latter part of last week.
Arkansas City Republican, June 20, 1885.
Messrs. McLaughlin and Cox have let the contract for the excavation under the business room they will erect on North Summit street.
Arkansas City Republican, July 4, 1885.
Tuesday while a team was hauling dirt from the McLaughlin cellar on North Summit street, the old stone cellar walls of Wm. Cox, which adjoined McLaughlin’s, caved in, the stones falling on the wagon and team. One horse was severely bruised and had one leg broken. The wagon was completely covered up with stones. One workman leaped over the wagon in order to save his life when he saw the wall falling. McLaughlin’s cellar had been excavated about two feet lower than Cox’s wall, which caused it to cave in. It is a wonder the team and workmen were not crushed. Workmen are too careless in excavating. They expect a wall to remain firm while all support is removed from beneath.
Arkansas City Republican, July 4, 1885.
                         HENRY ENDICOTT, Successor to McLAUGHLIN BROS.
                                        WHOLESALE AND RETAIL GROCER.
                                      Also a full line of Queensware and Glassware.
Call on me at McLaughlin Bros. Old Stand and I will sell you goods at prices that will make you come again. Respectfully,  HENRY ENDICOTT.
Arkansas City Republican, July 25, 1885.
Mrs. Lafe McLaughlin and son, Fred, returned from Maine last Friday. They had been visiting in that state about a month.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, July 29, 1885.
R. H. REED, M.D., Tenders his PROFESSIONAL SERVICES To the Citizens of ARKANSAS CITY AND VICINITY. Special Attention given to Surgical Diseases and Amputations. Office over McLaughlin’s Grocery Store. Residence Northwest side of city.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, July 29, 1885.
JAMISON VAWTER, M. D., (Late of the Louisville, Kentucky, Eye and Ear Infirmary.) Physician and Surgeon. Special attention given to Diseases of the Eye, Ear, Throat, and Nose—Nasal Catarrh. Office in Matlack’s building, upstairs. Arkansas City, Kansas.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, July 29, 1885.
DOCTOR J. A. MITCHELL, ARKANSAS CITY, KANSAS. Office over McLaughlin’s Grocery. I am in the office at night also.
Arkansas City Republican, August 1, 1885.
T. H. McLaughlin purchased of Wm. Cox his business lot, the excavation and foundation walls for the store room on North Summit Street, which Mr. Cox was erecting, Wednesday, for $1,000. This was a rare bargain. Two hours after Mc. was offered $1,400, but refused. He will continue the erection of both store buildings.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 1, 1885.
Some time ago Asa Burr purchased four lots of J. C. Topliff, C. M. Scott, F. J. Hess, and T. H. McLaughlin. He paid half cash and gave his note for the remainder.
Burr was of a business turn of mind and proceeded at once to purchase lumber to build a house, getting it on time. Wednesday he traded the house to a negro by the name of Banks, who lately moved here from Winfield, for stock. He never told Banks that the property was encumbered in any way except by a mortgage of $80. With the exception of the $80, he declared the title to the property good and gave a warranty deed when he held no deed himself. The same night, succeeding the day of trade, Burr harnessed his team, purchased provisions, and skipped.
No one knows in which direction he went, but several men are very anxious to ascertain his whereabouts. Some think he started for Nebraska, where he has a claim; and others believe he went to the northwest part of the state. He informed a man by the name of Patterson that he intended to burst the town wide open before he left it.
Banks is the greatest sufferer by Burr’s leaving. His house is covered with liens, mortgages, etc., to the sum of about $356. Bob Maxey is a sufferer, also Dave Beatty, and quite a number of others. If Burr should be arrested, he will most likely serve a time in the penitentiary if it is proven he was attempting to defraud the parties interested, and it is the general belief he has gone for good.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 19, 1885.
T. H. McLaughlin has purchased the property adjoining his new store building of Mr. Cox, and will erect a double store with a frontage of fifty feet.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 19, 1885.
                                                  THE WATER QUESTION.
           A Proposition to Erect Water and Gas Works Considered in a Citizens’ Meeting.
Agreeable to the call of the mayor, about one hundred of our citizens assembled at Highland Hall on Friday evening, to listen to the proposals of Theodore Plate, of St. Louis, and J. B. Quigley, of Belleville, Illinois, to construct gas and waterworks in this city, and to express their views on the same. Precisely at 8 o’clock, Mayor Schiffbauer called the meeting to order and proposed that James L. Huey be appointed chairman. This motion being approved, N. T. Snyder was then chosen secretary of the meeting.
Mayor Schiffbauer being called on to explain the object of the gathering, said he had been corresponding with the gentlemen above named for some time, and since their arrival in the city, at noon the previous day, had been put full in possession of the nature of their offer. They were men of ample means, fully able to carry out any undertaking with our citizens they might embark in, and experienced in the construction and conduct of gas and waterworks. They proposed to furnish the city both water and gas, and asked no aid in erecting the machinery. He (the speaker) had been favorably impressed with the offer made by the gentlemen, and he would describe it as well as he was able to the citizens present.

For the supply of water they propose to put in two duplex compound pumps, so arranged as to be run separately or together, and capable of raising one million gallons of water every twenty-four hours. These pumps will be run by two boilers, also to run separately or together, capable of running both pumps at their full capacity with easy firing. They agree to furnish 14,000 feet of standard iron water pipe, 2,250 feet of which is 8 inches bore, to be laid along Summit street, the size of the remainder of the pipe to be determined by the requirement. The stand pipe will be made of the best boiler iron, 8 feet in diameter and 100 feet high. The city is required to take sixty fire plugs at a yearly rental of $50 each.
The quality of the gas to be furnished by these gentlemen will be standard, or 16 candle power, and the city will be required to take thirty street lamps at a yearly cost of $30 each. The price of the gas to private consumers will be $2.75 per 1,000 feet for the first 5,000 feet daily consumption, and this price to decrease two cents per 1,000 feet until the daily consumption shall reach 55,000 feet, when the price will be and remain at $1.75 per 1,000 feet.
The parties ask fifteen days to file an unencumbered real estate bond in the amount of $20,000 in each franchise of the contract, and as a guaranty that the works shall perform the requirements of the test. They engage to throw a stream of water 50 feet high from any fire hydrants the council may select, from the standpipe pressure alone, the pumps not to run at the time of the test, and to throw water 85 feet high, with 65 lbs. of steam, independent of the standpipe pressure.
They further engage to have both gas and water works completed and ready for testing by the first of January next.
A pause followed this statement of the mayor, and the chair then asked for an expression of opinion.
Major Sleeth arose and said the great want of the community was pure water; but it was necessary first to determine where shall be the source of supply, before we build our water works. He would like a chemical analysis made of the water before it is adopted for use, in order that we may proceed with some certainty. Gas, he thought, was in advance of our present wants; we have enough of that commodity around already. He was pleased to see his fellow citizens assembled to deliberate on this matter, the city council had wrestled with it to slight purpose. He wanted to hear others speak.
Major Searing said the unfortunate experience of our neighbor cities in the construction of water works should teach us caution on the present occasion. In Wichita the mistake had been made of not getting elevation enough. He favored an elevation of at least fifty feet. Also, he would not have the main pipe less than 12 inches in diameter, and the distributing pipes should never be less than four inches.
Mr. T. H. McLaughlin wanted this work prosecuted with caution. The proposition before the meeting would cause an outlay of $3,000 a year, and it might not give a corresponding benefit. Other parties might be willing to furnish a water system for less than the offer made by these men.
Mr. A. D. Prescott favored competition, and did not approve of determining this matter hastily. Before we build water works, we must make up our minds where we are to get our water from. But he did not favor both propositions.

Mr. Plate being called for, said before he and his friend, Mr. Quigley, started for this city, they were under the impression that our water works were constructed. Mr. O’Neil had called several times at their office, who represented that he had built our water works, and he offered the franchise to build gas works for sale at a low price. This franchise allows till September 24th to begin their construction, and requires that they be completed by November 21st. He had been suspicious of the gentleman from the low price he asked for his franchise, and on arriving here found that he had misrepresented facts. He called the attention of those present to the fact that the proposition submitted to our citizens required no bonus, no expenditure of money to build the works from the city. The only privilege he and his partner asked was leave to put in the works and lay the pipes at their own expense, and to sell water and gas to consumers at the lowest price it could be afforded. They had put down the price of the plugs $10 below Mr. O’Neil’s offer. No profit was to be derived from furnishing a city of our present size, and they expected to make no profit for two or three years. But they proposed to erect works of adequate capacity to supply a city of 20,000 to 25,000 inhabitants, and if our city attained to any such size then our contract with them would be remunerative. But they declined to furnish water on the terms offered unless their gas proposition was also accepted. As a matter of fact, he believed the gas franchise given to O’Neil was still valid and could be held to, but he and his friend had no thought of undertaking any work that was not sustained by the good will of the people.
Several other speakers having urged deliberation, Mayor Schiffbauer inquired if in going as slow as was recommended, there was not danger of going down. We had paid a heavy penalty for slowness in the recent fire, and it was necessary to bestir ourselves if we would avoid another such a calamity. The contract he would make with these parties would bind them to supply a sufficient amount of good wholesome water, and we could safely trust to their judgment in locating their works. But no one is going to dig around and prospect and plat unless some assurance is offered them that their time and money will not be wasted. The machinery these men engaged to put up would furnish a barrel of water a day to every man, woman, and child, and then leave enough to put out fires.
Some mechanical details having been entered into by Mr. J. G. Danks and others, Mr. Quigley explained that the works he proposed to build, with a cut off from the main, and a pressure of fifty pounds, would throw a stream fifty feet. The pressure increased to 150 pounds would give a stream 192 feet high. He thought there would be no trouble experienced in procuring a supply of pure water, as in these western rivers there is always an undercurrent which is comparatively free from impurities. He understood there was a stratum of rock underlying this city, beneath which there was a constant flow of water. To test whether this would suffice for a supply, he would take three or four threshing machines and pump continuously several million gallons of water. If no exhaustion [?] was produced, he would consider that source adapted for the city use. The speaker explained his plans at some length, which it is not necessary to report here.
The mayor said as a number of our citizens was gathered to discuss the water question, he desired an expression of their will to aid the deliberations of the city council. After a long discussion of the matter, Messrs. Sleeth, McLaughlin, and J. G. Danks were appointed a committee to act with a committee of the city council, and combine in a report recommending a plan of action to the city council. The meeting then adjourned.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 22, 1885.
                                             Sawyer Holds the Fort Triumphant.

M. W. Sawyer, the laundryman, has been arrested five times within the last ten days, on the charge of violating the ordinance forbidding the erection of frame buildings within the fire limits. We present a brief review of the case. Some time ago Mr. Sawyer bought a frame building of T. H. McLaughlin, which was on his lot on North Summit street, with the understanding from the council that he be allowed to move it to another lot in the same block. This entire block is in the fire limits. Mr. Sawyer wanted the building for his laundry and as it was hardly large enough, the erection of an addition was commenced and was completed Wednesday, except the inside work. As fast as Sawyer was arrested and convicted, he appealed his cases. Everybody was greatly interested in the wrangle and wondered how the defendant could bear up so complacently when such heavy fines were being assessed against him almost daily. Tuesday the climax was reached. Sawyer promised to have the work on the building stopped    
     A REPUBLICAN representative interviewed the laundryman after his trial Tuesday evening and in a few moments we had the entire gist of his side of the question.
In answer to our inquiry how he was going to pay his fines, he remarked, “Great Scott! I don’t own anything; my wife owns the lot and building; she had it put up; the marshal has never said anything to her. They have been arresting and fining me every day for her violations.”
Mrs. Sawyer has moved into her property and now holds the fort. Sawyer smiles a smile of joy and contentment. What the outcome of all the above will be, we dare not set forth. In addition to forbidding the erection of any frame building in the fire limits, the ordinance provides for the tearing down of any which may spring up. The end has not come yet. It will most likely take the action of higher courts than we have in Arkansas City to settle the matter. The leaving of the building to stand where it now does, is in direct violation to the ordinance.
A great many claim that our limits take in too much territory. We think not. We can’t afford to have them smaller. For instance, suppose that the limits should be cut down to the half block, as some desire it. The magnificent Commercial and Hasie blocks extend from Summit Street to the alley; and should anyone build on the lots across the alley a two-story frame building and put in a laundry, the insurance on the buildings and the stock would be almost double, besides jeopardizing our good and substantial stone business blocks. We can’t afford to have our insurance raised. It is too high already. We can’t afford to endanger our magnificent stone business blocks by allowing small frame buildings to spring up almost against them. We can’t afford to cut down our fire limits because they are small enough at present. The REPUBLICAN hoped to see this ordinance enforced. If it is legal, let equity be meted out. If it is illegal, let it be stricken from our city laws.
Arkansas City Republican, August 22, 1885.
L. McLaughlin left Tuesday for a visit in the state of Maine.
Excerpt from article re new buildings...
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 29, 1885.
                                                    Our New Business Blocks.
From time to time the REPUBLICAN has made mention of the various handsome business blocks as they commenced erection, but we have never gone into details.

T. H. McLaughlin is the gentleman who has the business block in course of erection on North Summit street. The block is two stories and contains two commodious business rooms, each 25 x 80 feet. It is built of stone with a brick front. Workmen are now busily engaged in putting up the second story. Mr. McLaughlin is one of the pioneers of Arkansas City, and has erected several substantial blocks. Dawson and Hight are the builders and architects.
Arkansas City Republican, August 29, 1885.
Mrs. Martha McLaughlin and Mrs. James McGam, of Alton, Illinois, sisters of S. L. Collinson, prosperous farmer of West Bolton, arrived on the noon train Wednesday to pay their brother and friends of this section a visit.
Arkansas City Republican, September 5, 1885.
J. Q. Ashton was the only contractor of the Chapel-Bishop block, and also the contractor for the stone work of McLaughlin’s block.
Arkansas City Republican, September 12, 1885.
The Knights of Pythias have leased the hall above the south room of McLaughlin’s new block on Summit street and will have it made into an elegant lodge room. The K. of P. organization was instituted only a few months ago and yet it has grown so corpulent in members that it demands larger and more commodious rooms for holding its assemblies in.
Arkansas City Republican, September 12, 1885.
McDowell Bros., the butchers, have rented the McLaughlin store room formerly occupied by Godehard and will open up their butcher shop there shortly.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 16, 1885.
T. H. McLaughlin is building an addition to his domicile.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 16, 1885.
                                               WATER WORKS QUESTION.
                               The Citizens Reject Mr. Quigley’s Second Proposition.
The meeting of citizens held in Highland Hall on Thursday evening was called by the water works committee to learn their views on the proposition submitted by Mr. J. B. Quigley, of St. Louis. This gentleman was here some months ago with his partner, Mr. Platter, and then the pair submitted a proposition to build gas and water works for the city, owning the franchise, and charging $4,000 for the public use of the water and gas. That is, they agreed to furnish a water system, which was generally approved by those competent to form an opinion, on condition that the city pay $50 a year rental for 60 fire hydrants, making an annual tax of $3,000. They also offered to build gas works, and furnish consumers with an excellent quality of illuminating gas for $2.50 a thousand feet, the city being required to pay for 30 street lamps, at the rate of $30 a year each. This would be an additional charge of $900. They refused, for good reasons given at the time, and repeated by Mr. Quigley at the meeting on Thursday evening, to accept one franchise without the other.
The matter was debated with due deliberation at the former meeting, and the conclusion arrived at was that the city was not then ready to bear the burden of lighting the streets, and before the offer to build water works was adopted, they preferred to invite bids from other responsible parties. A committee was appointed to formulate a plan for the water supply, and advertise in the proper channels for proposals to construct the same.

The work assigned the committee was being intelligently and diligently performed, when Mr. Quigley, who happened to be in Hutchinson, and hearing that our citizens were still laboring on a water works system, inquired of Mayor Schiffbauer by telegram whether a modified proposition would be received. The latter expressed his doubt, in a reply, but invited the gentleman to come and make his offer. He arrived here on the Wednesday train, and that evening laid his proposition before that body. It may be briefly given as follows.
An iron standpipe, ten feet in diameter and 110 feet high. Two compound duplex pumps, each capable of raising 1,000,000 gallons of water in 24 hours. Two boilers capable of running the machinery with easy firing. The main to consist of 5,800 feet of 10-inch pipe, 3,200 feet of 8-inch, 6,200 feet of 6-inch, and 7,400 feet of 4-inch pipe. The machinery is guaranteed to throw water from five plugs 65 feet high by standpipe pressure alone, and 100 feet from pump power. Mr. Quigley asks 30 days to file a bond for $20,000 for the satisfactory fulfillment of his contract. The city will be required to take 65 fire plugs and a rental of $50 a plug per annum. All the mains to be standard condition, and to be extended 600 feet for every six consumers.
The committee was favorably impressed with the offer, but feeling that their instructions did not warrant them to act without authority, they thought it proper to call another public meeting and take the sense of the people. The meeting was held on Thursday evening, about 150 persons being in attendance.
All of the committee was there, except Major Sleeth, and several of the members set forth their reasons for recommending the acceptance of Mr. Quigley’s offer. They may be summarized as follows. The plan originally proposed, the details of which were in print for mailing to pump makers and contractors, involved too great an outlay, and would impose too heavy cost on the city. The standpipe of the dimensions given above, and the water mains graduated from ten to four inches, would suffice for a city of 30,000 to 40,000 inhabitants, and would certainly answer our wants for many years to come. It would be well to accept the offer now because there was the prospect of a dull winter before us; the erection of the machinery and the laying of the pipes would afford employment to scores of our workmen, and the evidence of progress and enterprise, made manifest by such a work, would give our city a good name abroad and be apt to attract capital and population hither. While to decline this offer and advertise for this would cause a delay of two months, the winter is a bad time to prosecute such an undertaking, and it was most likely that nothing would be done in the way of procuring a water supply till next year.
These statements were met by arguments from Messrs. Meigs, T. H. McLaughlin, Prescott, Cunningham, and others, that as the city had waited so long, the further delay of a few weeks would not be detrimental. Mr. Quigley had made his offer, but there might be others who were willing to do the work for less. It would be in conformity with business rules to put it up to competition and take the lowest bidder. Mr. Quigley’s present one was nearly $1,000 a year better than the offer he made before; under the spur of a little wholesome competition, he might find it to his interest to make a still better offer, and the delay involved would be fully justified by the possible advantage to be gained.

The above is the substance of the reasoning used on both sides, until to bring the matter to an issue. Mr. J. P. Johnson moved that the committee be held to their former instructions to advertise for bids, which was amended by G. W. Cunningham restraining that body from opening any bids before October 12th. Both amendment and the original motion were negatived by the meeting. Judge Kreamer then moved that Mr. Quigley’s offer be accepted, which was submitted to a rising vote. The chair and the secretary (James L. Huey and N. T. Snyder) counted noses and pronounced the vote a tie. It was then proposed that the vote be taken by ballot, but on Mr. Dean’s suggestion that so indeterminate an expression of public sentiment would have no weight with him as a councilman, but he should be left to the exercise of his own judgment, a motion to adjourn was entertained and the meeting broke up leaving the committee to act as they thought best in the matter. As their instructions were not modified by the citizens they called together to consult with, we cannot see that they can act in any other way than to go on and advertise for bids.
Arkansas City Republican, September 19, 1885.
                                                            Quite a Tumble.
Wednesday evening at 10:30 o’clock, the stone pillars in the front of the business rooms which T. H. McLaughlin is erecting on North Summit street gave away. The masonry work of the front and about ten feet of the side walls were precipitated to the ground. The crash was heard by our citizens in different parts of the city and many thought it was a train of cars which had been run together forcibly, as the sound was very similar. Fortunately, no one was injured; but it is a wonder that the house in which Nightwatchman Johnson and family reside was not crushed and the different members killed outright. The house in which Mr. Johnson lives is only one story, but is a house that was known in the earlier history of Arkansas City, and consequently is built of logs. It is located on the south side of the building and right up against the front end of the side wall; therefore, the roof caught the full force of the masonry work as it came down, but strange to say, no damage scarcely at all was done. The frame building on the north belonging to the I. O. O. F. Lodge was not so fortunate. The side of it was smashed in. It is estimated that the damage done to all buildings will be about $600.
The cause of the disaster was not due to any flaw in the mechanical work, but was the fault of the poor stone. We are told by one of the contractors that the stone used in the building of the pillars was very soft, and would crumble very badly. About four days ago a cracking in two of the pillars was noticeable, but no additional support was put under. The whole trouble lies in the use of the poor stone, and will undoubtedly teach parties who build hereafter to use nothing but the best of stone, even if it does come higher. It is wrong to use such a poor quality of stone in building, especially for pillars. If the fall had occurred during the daytime, loss of the lives of several of our citizens would have been inevitable. During the day Miller & Co.’s tinners had been busy on top of the building putting on the galvanized iron cornice. There is hardly a moment that there are not pedestrians passing along in front of the building and we shudder to think what the casualty might have been. The damaged front is being rebuilt, this time substantially.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 23, 1885.
The south half of the brick front of T. H. McLaughlin’s two story building, on Summit Street, fell to the ground on Wednesday evening, carrying a portion of side walls down. The cause of the collapse was the giving way of the foundation, which caused the wall to crack and finally go to pieces. The wreck was soon cleared away, and now a foundation is being laid that will stand all the pressure placed upon it. The loss is estimated at $1,000.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 23, 1885.

When newspaper men are around they are always alert in the use of their ears. On a street corner the other day the following conversation was overhead. “Tyler McLaughlin, at the citizens’ meeting two weeks ago was a great stickler for competition. He said he had often been surprised at the lowness of the bids put in for a job of work in which he was concerned. He didn’t say how low the bids were for the double house he is building up the street apiece; but we see the front and part of the side walls in ruins now, and this may produce the impression on his mind that bids may sometimes be put in too cheap.” It was King Solomon, we believe, who said wisdom cries aloud in the street, and no man regardeth her.
Arkansas City Republican, September 26, 1885.
Bro. Lockley shows the wrong kind of a spirit in his report of a purported conversation about T. H. McLaughlin. He exults over Mr. McLaughlin’s mishap in the erection of his business block. “Mac” has been instrumental in putting up some of our most substantial business blocks and when any funds have been needed for a cause for the advancement of the interests of Arkansas City, T. H. McLaughlin always comes to the front with a generous donation. To exult over the loss of several hundred dollars, caused by an accident, simply because Mr. McLaughlin expressed a view that it would be better and wiser to receive bids for the putting in of water works, is worthy of the condemnation of all. The ear-marks of the slick city printing bidder are too plainly visible. We do not believe he ever heard such remarks as he reported in his paper on the street corner.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 30, 1885.
                                                NEWSPAPER DISPUTANTS.
                        The old Adage Illustrated—Three of a Trade Can Never Agree.
The question is whether Mr. T. H. McLaughlin finds himself aggrieved at a remark made in the TRAVELER last week, in regard to the collapse of the front wall of his building, and requested our city cotemporaries to express his reprobation; or whether they officiously speak for him without authority and make a noisy parade over nothing. In a local jotting we gave the substance of a remark overheard on the street corner; it was an instance of caustic humor, which Mr. McLaughlin could afford to laugh at as freely as the persons to whom it was address. [HE THEN REPEATS PARAGRAPH FROM LAST ISSUE.]
This, according to our envious newspaper scribes, is a mortal offense, and the gentleman of whom the baying is directed, may be apt to die of blighted hopes. The Democrat denounces it, in its own uncouth and blundering way, as a contemptible squib, and is prompt to decline the office of “defending T. H. McLaughlin from the insults of the amoosing old cuss,” whatever that polished satire may mean.
“T. H. McLaughlin,” we are reminded, “has done mighty service in the past in promoting the welfare of our city, and his counsels in matters that affect the city’s interests will always be valued by our citizens.” What relevancy this bears to a harmless but audacious newspaper jotting, is not explained by the writer.

Of course, facile Dick has to chip in, the Democrat having led the way. This too sensitive youth is more overwhelmingly affected than the effusive Charley. He charges this editor with showing “the wrong kind of a spirit in his report of a purposed conservation about T. H. McLaughlin.” “Conservation” is good. This wrong kind of a spirit is further indulged in exulting over Mr. McLaughlin’s mishap in the erection of his business block. “To exult over the loss of several hundred dollars caused by an accident,” Dick Howard sagely moralizes, “simply because Mr. McLaughlin expressed a view that it would be better and wiser to receive bids for the putting in of water works, is worthy of the condemnation of all.”
What flatulence this is. It is depressing to the intellect to have to deal with such balderdash. If it is a fact that the people of this city and county object to honest newspaper criticism of public sayings and doings, and editors must be mum lest they be condemned for irreverence and personal spite, the sooner this locality is fenced in and roofed over, and all unguarded talkers warned off, the pleasanter it will be for the delicate susceptibilities of those that remain. We have found Mr. McLaughlin level headed and intellectually robust in our intercourse with him, and he certainly must be annoyed at the officious dandling soothing-syruping by envious scribes who use him as a foil for working out their own ends.
“We do not believe,” Brother Dick winds up by saying, “he (this writer) ever heard such remarks as he reported in his paper on the street corner.” If Mr. McLaughlin shares this unbelief, and attributes to the TRAVELER the invention of lies to his disparagement, we will impart to him the name of the person who uttered the offending saying, if he asks it for his own satisfaction.
We have one further misrepresentation to expose, and then we have done with this profitless business. Dick Howard says the TRAVELER has charged the city (three several times) $1.25 for 100 small bills printed to call public meetings. The price, he says, under our contract with the city, should be 85 cents. In making this statement he willfully falsifies. He has evidently looked over the TRAVELER bills on file with the city clerk and we defy him to point to a single item where $1.25 is charged for 100 small bills. The order given is always for 250, and that number is always printed.
The innuendo that follows this false charge that the TRAVELER feels spiteful toward Councilman Prescott, who as chairman of the printing committee cut down a bill from this office a few dollars, shows a base and mercenary mind. He is measuring another man’s wheat with his own bushel. Mr. Prescott is a new member of the city council, he gives intelligent attention to the performance of his duties, and this journal has more than once commended his public services. Furthermore, the gentleman has contributed one or more graceful articles to our columns, and the most cordial relations exist between the third ward councilman and this writer. Mr. McLaughlin may well pray to be delivered from his friends.
Excerpt from article re new buildings...
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 3, 1885.
                                NEW BUILDINGS CONTINUE TO SPRING UP.
                                                Arkansas City’s Building Boom.
                         Eight New Stone Buildings Commenced in the Last Ten Days.

But four weeks ago the REPUBLICAN gave a resume of the business houses then in course of construction. There were 11 of them. This week we chronicle the fact that eight more have been commenced within the last 10 days. Since March 1, 1885, about 20 business houses have been commenced and all are completed and occupied (except the eight which have been started in the last few days and the block of T. H. McLaughlin), which are not yet completed. On the lots where we had our recent fire, the building is more active. At present there are six cellars being excavated for as many buildings.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 3, 1885.
                                                       “Let Us Have Peace.”
The above plea for mercy comes from the Traveler. After devoting about three columns of valuable space to the REPUBLICAN, it winds up with a plea for peace. Coming from the source it does, we are naturally surprised. When the present editor assumed the management of the Traveler, he was very aggressive, constantly criticizing the course of this journal. He opposed all the measures advocated by us. In our efforts to create a reform in our city government, he antagonized us. When we worked for the removal of the notorious Stafford, he upbraided us and defended him. He defended the old city water and gas works franchise. He defended the infamous skating rink, criticized a minister of the gospel because he wished to banish the evil from our midst. He has called us a Democrat. He has criticized Councilman Prescott and T. H. McLaughlin unjustly. He never found fault with them as public officers or as private citizens, but he attacked their private opinions. He has called us ill-bred, yet he offered a public insult to J. L. Huey, as chairman of a citizen’s meeting, and never apologized. He has made bad calculations in making out his city printing bills. He has made fun of our youthfulness, calling us “callow,” forgetting that ignorance in youth is excusable, but in old age, contemptible. He has charged the school treasurer with paying money out of the wrong fund and never corrected, although he has been informed that his allegation was untrue. He awaits for the REPUBLICAN to take issue upon a question and then he antagonizes. The above calendar of sins is enough to try the patience of Job. But that is not all. Our space is just too limited to produce a complete list. And yet in the face of all he has done, he hoists the white flag and sues for peace. Having begun the battle, but being worsted, he pleads for peace. Can we do aught else but grant it so long as it does not injure the welfare of the public? The vision of the white-haired newspaper veteran rises before us and as his plea for peace rings in our ears, our heart is touched. The spirit of
 “Then lay on McDuff,
                                        And damned be he who first cries enough,”
is crushed. Henceforth, we will allow the editor of the Traveler to pursue his way along the rugged path of life without fear from us, unless he again becomes too officious. The REPUBLICAN will continue to labor in the interest of Arkansas City. We will propel the rudder of this journal, allowing Mr. Lockley the privilege of editing the Traveler. We realize that the REPUBLICAN has come out victorious in the fight and that is why we can afford to be magnanimous.
Your request is granted. You shall have peace as long as you remain in your present condition. Now, kind neighbor, go home and give that “mighty” and weary brain a rest.
Arkansas City Republican, October 3, 1885.
Mr. and Mrs. L. McLaughlin came home from Maine Tuesday, where they have been visiting for several weeks.
Arkansas City Republican, October 3, 1885.
B. T. Doddridge, of Topeka, was in the city yesterday and made arrangements with T. H. McLaughlin for one of his new business rooms as soon as completed. Mr. Doddridge will open up a grocery store.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 7, 1885.
                                                     BUILDING ACTIVITY.
                           A Brief Statement of the Building Growth of Arkansas City.
The cry of hard times may be raised, but where building activity continues unabated, there can be no cause for dejection. Almost every day we see new buildings started, all of a permanent and solid character and an evidence of the progress and thrift of the city. In the burnt district foundations are being dug for six new business buildings, two story and basement, each 25 feet by 100. William Gall, the architect, has prepared the plans for four of these buildings, those of J. H. Sherburne, S. B. Pickle, Mrs. Benedict, and Dr. Shepard, and this row of iron fronts, extending 100 feet, with plate windows and elaborate finish, will be an enduring monument to the enterprise and growth of our city. Messrs. Kroenert & Austin, at the south end of the burnt region, intend to erect a one story brick, uniform with the building adjoining it on the south (Mowry & Sollitt’s drug store), and Mr. Bittle, at the north end, is excavating his foundation without having decided fully on his plan.
Just north, the handsome stores of Dr. Chapel and W. B. Bishop have received tenants, and the finishing touches are being given to the upper floors. They are being finished off for dwellings or offices, the doctor retaining a portion of his upper floor for a medical office. On the opposite side T. H. McLaughlin is making progress with his double building, putting in such solid work as to secure the safety against all stress of wind and weather.
Mr. Gall has finished the plans of J. C. Topliff’s new double building south of the Hasie block. This will be in keeping with the elegance of the structure it adjoins, and will be the cause of just pride to our citizens. On the corner just south, the Frick Bros., new building shows off to advantage, and when the upper rooms and basement are finished, will furnish commodious and handsome quarters for the occupants. At the other end of the block, Ed. Grady has begun to dig the foundation for another first-class brick store and residence, and there is talk that Messrs. Chambers, Newman, Hess, and Dunn will join in the erection of three brick stores on the site lately occupied by Mr. Grady as a coal yard.
Mr. C. D. Burroughs’ handsome stone building across the way is likely to be rented for a hotel. It is eligibly situated for such a purpose and has room for the comfortable accommodation of fifty guests.
Hermann Godehard’s new and commodious brick store and G. W. Miller & Co.’s new hardware store are now finished and occupied and are not to be forgotten in enumerating our recent city improvements. O. P. Houghton’s 32 foot extension to his dry goods store still leaves him insufficient room, but as it is now late in the season, we believe he defers rebuilding the main part of his house till the coming spring. The Johnson Loan and Trust Co., have also postponed the erection of their two-story office till after the winter is past. The large extension to the Arkansas City Bank has been completed recently, but the carpet and furniture for the private rooms are not yet in place.
This in addition to the many tasteful private residences that have been built and are now in process of construction, makes a creditable record for Arkansas City, and shows that in growth and business prosperity she keeps fully abreast with her sister cities.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 7, 1885.
                                                A JOURNALISTIC CENSOR.

                         What Kind of a Person Shall we Admit to our New Jerusalem?
The Republican, in its last issue, republishes a list of houses and stores in process of erection, most of which have been mentioned in our own columns. It is gratifying to record such building activity, because it gives evidence of the steady growth of the city, and is proof that the confidence in its continued prosperity is unabated. Commenting on this expansion in business facilities and population, our neighbor says: “Situated on the border of the great Indian Territory, and the gateway to the Oklahoma country, Arkansas City is bound to lead the procession in growth. . . . Our advantages are superior to those of Wichita. Although Wichita is probably three times as large as Arkansas City at present, we have in the last eighteen months had erected as many business blocks as the old Square City.”
This is pleasing reading, but it suggests a parallel instance. In Salt Lake some years ago a glib canvasser presented himself, who prevailed on the bishops and holy apostles who composed the common council of that city of Saints, to appropriate a sum of money to have illustrations of its temple and other prominent buildings published in some eastern journals. He said it would attract emigration to Utah. But the question suggested itself to the minds of the unregenerate in Zion, what is the use of spending the public money to induce people to come here, who are proscribed for their way of thinking, who are pointed out as goats to the sheep of the fold, and who are so hounded and beset that there is no way of living open to them?
The editor of the Republican in like manner sets himself up as censor of morals in this community. In the depths of his vast intellect, he has formulated some ideal state of society—some modern Utopia—into which nothing common or unclean must intrude, and any person or persons who enter our boundaries and do not conform with his idea of what is desirable, he sets to work to assail, and never ceases from his abuse, till he drives the stranger away. Is not this a repetition of the proscriptive practice of the Mormon zealots? Is the statesmanship of our youthful journalist so profound that he shall dictate who of our incoming population shall leave and who may stay? Can a city acquire a healthy growth with such a marplot active in its midst?
Not long since a Wichita merchant came here, opened out a stock of dry goods, and offered “astonishing bargains” to the people. Perhaps his establishment was a cheap john affair, and his mode of advertising was confusing to the conservative habits of some of our tradespeople. But he paid his rent, hired three or four clerks, and contributed his fair proportion to the city treasury. If he offered cheap goods to his patrons, a public benefit was derived from his enterprise; if he cinched them in cost or quality, full privilege was extended them to stay away. But it takes all kinds to make a world, and when we invite people to join us, the only limit we should impose on them is obedience to state law and the city ordinances.
But our fancy journalistic censor saw mischief in the enterprise of this Wichita man, he was solicitous for the welfare of rival tradesmen, and conceived it his duty to assail him with all the feeble force of his truculent pen.

More recently two deserving young men came here from a neighboring town to resurrect a place of amusement and purge it of its former ill name. They expended their little capital in fitting up the place, gave pledges to the public that it should be well conducted, and made their appeal for a liberal share of support. But our modern Cato scented evil in their design; he opened the mud catteries of his columns against them, and by incessant clamor created such an adverse prejudice that their place of entertainment was deserted, and this city deprived of two very useful citizens. Perhaps these two young men may tell in their travels how the people of Arkansas City welcome strangers to their midst.
It has also been the misfortune of this editor to fall under the ban of our irrepressible marplot. After living half a century and supposing some slight usefulness had attached to our labor, we came to this city to learn to our confusion how entirely wrong are our methods, how libelous our utterances, how totally depraved our every word and deed. In our printing for the city, we attempt to cheat the public in every item we charge; a city councilman detects our villainy and recommends a reduction of the excessive charges, and that officer we single out with full intent for obloquy and insult. Other prominent citizens, and they are named in our censor’s arraignment, Messrs. T. H. McLaughlin, James L. Huey, and one of our city clergy, have been made the victims of our ribald pen, and this effusive youth has time and again been impelled to defend them from our vile aspersions. We would go through the whole catalogue of sins imputed to our charge, but space fails us. Evidently his aim is to add this journal to his list of victims, and drive its editor into some other community where a larger measure of charity will be extended to his heinous sins.
We ask the people and property holders of Arkansas City, whether the intemperate ravings of such an ill-advised youth are a benefit or a harm to the city? Do they delegate to him the right to judge who, of the people who seek to make homes with us, shall be allowed to abide and who shall be driven away with reproach and contumely? Do they build houses and stores and appoint the Republican editor absolute dictator over the character and kind of tenants they may admit?
It is not necessary for this journal to inform its readers that there will be slight need for building enterprise if this officious and inexperienced scribe is to be allowed to stand as a Cerberus at our city gates and bark at and beslaver every newcomer whose appearance does not please him. Population is not attracted by such means, and new dwellings and stores are not in demand among a people where repulsion and reproach take the place of hospitable welcome.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 14, 1885.
Mrs. Lafe McLaughlin returned from her visit to Maine last week, accompanied by her brother, Mr. Samuel Philbrick, who proposes to spend the winter here and will probably make Arkansas City his permanent abode.
Arkansas City Republican, October 24, 1885.
                                                “Two Hearts that Beat as One.”
MARRIED. Once again the REPUBLICAN is called upon to chronicle the oft repeated story that shy Cupid has pierced two hearts with his heavenly dart. A public acknowledgment of this union of hearts, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Meigs, was made last Wednesday evening, at 8 o’clock, in the presence of invited guests, by Miss Anna Meigs and L. V. Coombs. By the sacred tie of marriage, Rev. J. O. Campbell, in his most approved style, joined this most estimable couple in a new and holy relation.
                                                    [POETRY FOLLOWED.]

At an early hour of this auspicious evening the invited guests began to assemble at the residence. As each one arrived some elegant token of friendship was stored in the present room labeled with the donor’s name. At the appointed hour the joyous couple assumed their positions in front of Rev. Campbell, who soon pronounced them man and wife. Then the congratulations began and lasted until one and all had wished the newly married couple God speed on life’s journey.
After many and many blessings bestowed upon them, the wedding supper was announced. Here our faber fails us. We cannot paint the glorious scene at the festal board. Let it suffice for us to say that the eatables presented to the guests were fit to grace the table of any royal family, and ample justice was done to them by the happy throng. Until a late hour the merry-making was kept up, the bride and groom participating with a hearty good will.
The groom, Lewis V. Coombs, is so well known in this community by all that it would only be an expenditure of labor for us to pass any encomium on him. We wish him well and know he will be happy with his new wife for he made a wise choice.
Miss Anna Meigs, like the groom, has grown up in our midst from childhood. Being the daughter of one of our most respectable families, she is what she should be—a lady. Handsome, honest, frank, and an affectionate disposition are requisites she possesses to make Mr. Coombs a good wife.
The following is a list of the names of the donors and their presents and will show in what high estimation the receivers were held by their many friends.
Gold watch and chain from groom.
Hanging lamp: Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Houghton.
Clock: E. L. McDowell.
Statuary and Salts: Miss Grace Bidwell, Mrs. A. W. Brokaw, and Frank Bidwell, of Wichita.
Silver cake basket: Miss Linda Christian and W. A. Daniels.
Solid silver napkin rings: Archie Coombs.
Silver ice pitcher and goblet: Arthur Coombs.
Silver butter dish: Mr. and Mrs. T. H. McLaughlin.
Silver cut glass jelly dish: Maud Meigs.
Silver cake basket: Mr. and Mrs. Ed Kingsbury.
Silver spoonholder: John G. Cook.
Silver and glass set: sugar bowl, cream pitcher, spoonholder, cruet, and toothpick holder—M. L. Read and L. N. Coburn.
Silver and cut glass breakfast castor: Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Stuart.
Set silver knives and forks: Dr. and Mrs. Chapel.
Silver and glass berry dish: Mollie Christian and Phil Snyder.
Set silver knives, forks, and spoons: Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Stuart.
Chair tidy: Miss Estelle Kellogg.
Silver butter knife: Bert Meigs.
Bible: Mrs. J. West.
Bedspread: Mrs. H. O. Meigs.

Amberina water set: Mary E. Meigs.
Table cloth and napkins: A. A. Newman & Co.
Chair: Dr. and Mrs. Kellogg.
Deed for one-half block in the city of Anthony: H. O. Meigs.
$10.00: J. W. Clandenin, Pratt, Kansas.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 28, 1885.
T. H. McLaughlin’s building has the cornice in place and the floors laid. The plasterers will next be called into requisition.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 31, 1885.
                                                   ALMOST ONE MILLION
             Dollars Worth of Improvements Made to Arkansas City This Building Season.
The following is a partial list of the improvements made in Arkansas City since March 1, 1885.
                                           Lafe McLaughlin, improvements: $800
                                                   McLaughlin Block: $25,000
      Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 31, 1885.
                                                       A Citizens Committee.
Last Monday evening several of our leading citizens met in the office of Judge Pyburn, for the purpose of organizing a citizens committee, its object to be to protect and promote the interest of Arkansas City, in any way that would tend to help and sustain the rapid growth of the Border City. A. J. Pyburn was called to the chair, and M. N. Sinnott was elected secretary. A temporary organization was made and an adjournment was taken until Tuesday evening at the same place, when a permanent organization was made by electing A. J. Pyburn, president; H. D. Kellogg, vice president; M. N. Sinnott, secretary; N. T. Snyder, assistant secretary; W. D. Mowry, treasurer. A finance committee was also appointed consisting of the following: A. A. Newman, H. O. Meigs, and W. D. Kreamer. Also an executive committee as follows: G. W. Cunningham, Wm. Sleeth, Amos Walton, H. D. Kellogg, N. T. Snyder, T. H. McLaughlin, W. D. Mowry, A. D. Prescott, and F. P. Schiffbauer. Committee made an assessment of $5.00 on all members and it was also decided that any citizen of good standing could become a member by paying the same fee.
The following are the charter members.
Names selected by the committee: Chas. Sipes, Geo. Howard, Geo. Cunningham, Wm. Mowry, Rev. Fleming, F. P. Schiffbauer, A. J. Pyburn, H. O. Meigs, Jas. L. Huey, Wm. Sleeth, W. D. Kreamer, A. A. Newman, A. D. Prescott, Jacob Hight, T. H. McLaughlin, O. S. Rarick, Jamison Vawter, J. P. Johnson, H. D. Kellogg, Ed. Grady, O. P. Houghton, M. N. Sinnott, Geo. W. Miller, N. T. Snyder, Amos Walton, Jas. Ridenour.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 31, 1885.
The Citizen’s Executive Committee was called together yesterday and met in Judge Pyburn’s office for the purpose of taking steps to plank the west bridge over the Arkansas. A. A. Newman, Maj. Sleeth, and T. H. McLaughlin were appointed as a committee to solicit aid, and were instructed to purchase lumber and repair the bridge. Our friends west of the city will in a few days be able to communicate again with us over a new bridge.
Arkansas City Republican, October 31, 1885.

McDowell Bros. have removed their meat market to the Lafe McLaughlin building, adjoining the post office.
Arkansas City Republican, October 31, 1885.
A. Traband, who formerly resided here, but later at Larned, has sold out there and returned to Arkansas City to make it his future home. He will open up his cigar establishment in a portion of the Lafe McLaughlin building.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 4, 1885.
                                                  CITIZENS’ COMMITTEE.
                               A Popular Movement to Advance the City’s Interests.
On Monday evening of last week, about a score of our prominent citizens held a meeting in Judge Pyburn’s office to consider the most practicable means of advancing the interests of this city. The views expressed were that in a rapidly growing country, where incoming population is apt to seek new channels, and business interests are created by the changing tide of affairs, it is necessary for every city that seeks growth and prosperity to be on the alert and lend its hand in shaping matters to its own advantage. It was agreed that to put the forces of a community to the best avail, it is necessary to have some organization to depute some number of men of good judgment and business acumen to watch the changes in the kaleidoscope of social life, and suggest means for turning them to proper advantage; to perform the duty of a picket guard in the army. In fact, holding themselves in an advanced position, and watching every movement that comes under their notice. As an initial step to the organization sought after, the meeting chose of the persons present, Messrs. A. A. Newman, A. D. Prescott, G. W. Miller, N. T. Snyder, and Amos Walton as an executive committee, with power to add to their number, and report to a public meeting to be held in the Opera house the following evening.
On Tuesday the Buckskin Border Band stationed outside that popular place of amusement, gave notice to the public that business was to be done by playing several choice airs in their usual artistic style. Several score of people gave heed to the summons, and by 8 o’clock there were about a hundred assembled. The meeting was called to order, Mayor Schiffbauer was chosen chairman, and our new postmaster, M. N. Sinnott, appointed secretary. Amos Walton, on behalf of the originators of the movement, was called on to explain the object of the meeting. He told what had been done the evening before, and handed to the secretary a list of names selected by the committee to add to their number, and said he would then ask the sense of the meeting on the choice made. The secretary read the following names.
C. R. Sipes; G. W. Cunningham; Rev. S. B. Fleming; A. J. Pyburn; H. O. Meigs; W. M. Sleeth; Jacob Hight; O. S. Rarick; J. P. Johnson; Ed Grady; Geo. Howard; D. Mowry; F. P. Schiffbauer; James Ridenour; Jas. L. Huey; W. D. Kreamer; T. H. McLaughlin; Dr. Jamison Vawter; Dr. H. D. Kellogg; O. P. Houghton; M. N. Sinnott.

Mr. Walton said he commended the object of the proposed organization because it gave our citizens the benefit of the counsel and services of two dozen of our most experienced citizens (He wished to exclude himself from self commendation.) who would be on the lookout for opportunities to turn to the public good. The plan as he sketched it was for those two dozen sagacious men to mature among themselves whatever movements would advance the public good, and then call a public meeting to whom their plans could be unfolded and action taken on them. On motion the list of names read by the secretary was approved.
Several other speakers followed in like strain.
Frank Austin preferred to have the organization placed on a broader basis. It had been called a board of trade by some speakers, and he wanted it made one in fact. He wanted membership thrown open to all eligible persons, and stated times of meeting. To create a fund for any sudden use he would have an initiation fee and an annual subscription.
But this proposition was generally opposed on the ground that it was taking the organization out of the hands of those who framed it. The meeting having nothing further before it, adjourned.
At a subsequent meeting of the executive committee, on the 29th, an organization was effected by electing A. J. Pyburn, president; H. D. Kellogg, vice president; M. N. Sinnott, secretary; N. T. Snyder, assistant secretary; W. D. Mowry, treasurer. It was also decided to increase the membership by admitting any fitting person on payment of $5 initiation fee. The following committees were appointed.
Finance Committee: A. A. Newman, H. O. Meigs, W. D. Kreamer.
Executive Committee: G. W. Cunningham, W. M. Sleeth, Amos Walton, H. D. Kellogg, N. T. Snyder, T. H. McLaughlin, W. D. Mowry, A. D. Prescott, F. P. Schiffbauer.
Arkansas City Republican, November 7, 1885.
Arkansas City has organized a Young Men’s Christian Association. We were unaware of anything particularly sanctified about the A. C. Dudes. We suppose Dick Howard, of the REPUBLICAN, is the pillar. Good boy, that Dick. Courier.
[A McLaughlin-building-pillar, as it were.]
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 14, 1885.
Rev. S. B. Fleming, Geo. Cunningham, H. O. Meigs, and T. H. McLaughlin were delegated by the Citizen’s committee to visit Caldwell the first of the week and ascertain the animus there relative to the extension of the K. C. & S. W. Railroad west from Arkansas City. Our commission found Caldwell’s railroad committee somewhat opposed to the proposed line; it preferred that the road run west from Winfield. Tuesday morning the council met in this city and passed the ordinance granting the railroad company the right-of-way through the city on 13th street. The ordinance was to have appeared in the Traveler, of last Wednesday, but when our committee ascertained the feeling in Caldwell, it telegraphed to withhold its publication, which was accordingly done by Major Schiffbauer. A committee from Caldwell came along with Arkansas City’s committee to Winfield to confer with the
K. C. & S. W. officials and learn their intentions. Wednesday morning Mayor Schiffbauer and A. A. Newman went up to Winfield to join the conference. Everything was amicably settled. Caldwell, on learning that the company was going west from Arkansas City, acquiesced, and our committee came home Thursday morning satisfied with what they had accomplished. Arkansas City, Geuda Springs, and Caldwell are now joined hand in hand, working for the same cause—the building of the Geuda Springs and Caldwell branch. ‘Tis well.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 25, 1885.
                                                 THE RAILROAD AT HAND.

                       Excursions Over the New Line from Arkansas City to Beaumont.
                               Steel Rails and Oak Ties, and a Finely Equipped Road.
On Monday Mr. Henry E. Asp, on behalf of the managers of the Kansas City and Southwestern Kansas railroad, then within a few miles of Arkansas City, tendered Mayor Schiffbauer and the city council an excursion over the line to Beaumont and return. The mayor said he should like the invitation extended so as to include our principal businessmen. Mr. Asp said a general excursion to our citizens would be given as soon as the road was completed to the city, and arrangements could be made for the entertainment of a large number of guests, but at the present time not more than a score of excursionists could be provided for. This being the case, Mayor Schiffbauer invited the city council, authorizing each member to take a friend along, and also included in the invitation the railroad committee of the board of trade. This filled out the allotted number.
The following gentlemen composed the excursion party.
Mayor Schiffbauer, Councilmen Thompson, Bailey, Dunn, Dean, Davis, and Hight. (Councilman A. D. Prescott was unable to take part, through business engagements, and Councilman Hill was found superintending the construction of the road.)
The friends they invited and who were present for duty, were mine host Perry, J. Frank Smith, J. H. Hilliard, Frank Thompson, and City Clerk Benedict.
The railroad committee consisted of A. A. Newman, N. T. Snyder, Major Sleeth, G. W. Cunningham, W. D. Mowry, and T. H. McLaughlin. These with the present writer (nineteen in all) formed the invited party, Henry E. Asp accompanying them as host and guide.
At 7:30 on Tuesday morning, omnibuses were in waiting at the Leland Hotel to carry the excursionists to the end of the track, and the party being seated, a brisk drive of three miles carried them to an animated scene. The day’s labors had begun, upwards of 100 workmen being employed. A construction train of ten or a dozen cars was on hand, loaded with implements and material: ties, rails, fish-plates, bolts, spikes, shovels, and so on. The ties were of well seasoned oak brought from Arkansas, which were being unloaded by lusty arms, and thrown onto tracks, which was distributed along the grade. The train was standing on the foremost rails that were spiked, and in advance of this was a rail truck drawn by two mules, which recovered the iron from the flat car, and carried it forward over the loose rails, a force of men standing by the truck and laying the rail as fast as the ties were in place.
Track laying, in these days of railroad building, is reduced to an exact science. The ties are laid along the road bed under the direction of a foreman; another crew extends the nails, which is followed up by the spike-drivers. A sufficient force can lay two miles of track a day without extraordinary effort, and the onlooker has to maintain a steady sauntering pace to keep up with the workmen.
Some delay was caused on Tuesday morning by a disagreement between two foremen, which resulted in a fisticuff encounter. The aggressor in the unpleasantness was discharged, and his crew, numbering about thirty men, refused to work under another boss. They were all sent to Winfield to receive their pay, and a fresh force brought from there to take their place. This delayed the work about an hour and a half.

At 8:30 a.m. the whistle of the excursion train sounded about one-fourth of a mile along the track, and our party of pleasure seekers made good time walking in the direction of the cars. T. H. McLaughlin stumped along, with his one live leg, as agile as the best of them; but Councilman Davis, another mutilated war veteran, jumped into a vehicle to save a fatiguing walk. The track to Winfield is not yet ballasted, and the running time to that city was slow. The bridge over the Walnut is a substantial piece of work, being raised on trestles 45 feet above the stream, and the approaches being supported on solid masonry. The two miles of road south of Winfield cost $65,000.
At Winfield a brief stay was made to take on passengers, and here Mr. Latham joined the party, who was heartily greeted by his Arkansas City guests, and who spent the day in their company. From Winfield a good rate of speed was put on, the road being well ballasted and running as smoothly as a bowling green. The first station reached was Floral, nine miles from Winfield. This is a thrifty place, which has sprung into existence since the road was built, is well situated, and surrounded by a good country. Wilmot is 8-1/2 miles distant, and Atlanta, 7 miles along. Latham is in Butler County, also a railroad town, built on a broad creek, and already containing 400 or 500 inhabitants. Commodious stone stores are in process of erection, an extensive lumber yard is well stocked, and other business lines are well represented. At Wingate (between the two places last named) there is a flag station. Beaumont was reached about 11:30, the distance from Latham being 13 miles. Here the K. C. & S. W. Road forms a junction with the St. Louis & San Francisco road, and here the journey terminated. Several miles of the Flint hills were traversed in reaching here, a surface formation of brecciated and abraded rock, which proves that at some time in the geological periods this whole region was overflown. Dinner was ready for the excursionists when they stepped off at the station, their dining hall being a commodious room on the upper floor of that building, under charge of Noah Herring and his very excellent and capable wife. Two tables furnished room for the score of hungry guests, and a good dinner, promptly served, was in waiting to allay their hunger.
Here four hours was afforded to take in the town, and enjoy the fine scenery that surrounded it. A party of the most robust pedestrians, under conduct of Henry Asp, took a breezy walk over the hills into Greenwood County; where a fine panorama of scenic beauty lay spread before their gaze, with Eureka, in the distance, nestling in the valley, like a sylvan deity. Those less enterprising visited the post office, made acquaintance with store keepers, talked with the oldest inhabitant, and then played the games of billiards, pigeon-hole, and quoits. Major Schiffbauer, at the first named game, made some extraordinary shots in missing the balls he aimed at. At quoits G. W. Cunningham did great execution, bombarding with his rings an extensive region of country around the pin he professed to aim at.

Our narrative of this very enjoyable trip must be brought to a close, as space fails. At 4:30 the train started on return. Mr. Young, of Young, Latham & Co., the builders of the road, who came in on the Frisco train, joined the party. Winfield was reached at 7:30, where our friends belonging to that city, left us, and Ed Gray came on board, escorting W. H. Nelson (of Meigs & Nelson), who had been spending a day in the county clerk’s office, making a transcript from the tax list. Towards the close of the journey a vote of thanks to the officers of the road was proposed by Mayor Schiffbauer for their hospitality to the excursionists, and polite attention to them as guests of the day. This was heartily responded to by the party. The day’s labors of the track layers brought them 1-1/4 miles nearer the city. Omnibuses were in waiting to convey the tired travelers to the city, and by 9 o’clock they were deposited at the Leland Hotel, all clamorous for supper, but unanimous in declaring they had spent a delightful day.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 28, 1885.
                                                   BOOMING BEAUMONT
                             VISITED BY SOME OF OUR CITIZENS TUESDAY.
                   An Excursion Over the K. C. & S. W., that Long Fought For Railroad.
                                  Beaumont Found to be a Booming Metropolis (?),
                        Fast Growing in Opulence upon the Flint Hills of Butler County.
Early on last Tuesday morning, two omnibuses drew up to the Leland Hotel and took on board the following gentlemen, who had been invited by the managers of the K. C. & S. W., to take a pleasure trip over that road to the famous and booming Beaumont: Mayor Schiffbauer, Councilmen Hight, Davis, Thompson, Bailey, Dean, and Dunn, and their friends whom they invited, H. H. Perry, J. Frank Smith, J. H. Hilliard, Frank Thompson, and City Clerk Benedict; also, the railroad committee, consisting of A. A. Newman, N. T. Snyder, Major Sleeth, G. W. Cunningham, W. D. Mowry, and T. H. McLaughlin. Bro. Lockley, too, was among the honored ones, and was to chronicle the thrilling incidents of the trip, furnish intellectual food for the party, and report the impressive appearance, the “sights” and widely spread influence, of flourishing Beaumont. After a drive of about three miles, the gleeful party reached the end of the track, where over 200 railroad hands were busy at work, rapidly advancing the “iron bands” towards Arkansas City.
It was after 8 o’clock before they heard the distant whistling of the excursion train, towards which they at once started, and which they reached after a brisk walk of nearly a mile. Had it not been for Councilman Davis, who has only one natural leg to work with, they probably would have continued their journey on foot, and thus economized time. As it was, Mr. Davis was conveyed to the cars in a carriage to avoid the fatigue of walking. All having gotten on board, the train moved slowly up the track. They had a jolly, rollicking time.

Having arrived at Winfield, the passengers allowed the engine to rest a little, although it caused them much weariness to be delayed in a village of such few attractions when vivid pictures of enterprising Beaumont occupied their excited minds. Mr. Latham joined the party at Winfield, and when the train pulled out, the officers of the road suspended from the rear end of the last car a banner, bearing the inscription, “The town we left behind us.” From that railroad station onto the end of the journey, the train swept over the track at a rapid rate, passing through Floral, Wilmot, Atlanta, and Latham. Beaumont (a French word meaning “the fashionable world”) was reached at 11:30 a.m., and the party evacuated the cars and proceeded at once to the central part of the city. On either side, as they walked up main street, tall and magnificent buildings met their view, and the hearts of the rustic excursionists almost ceased to beat on account of the grandeur they beheld. Councilman Dunn had purchased a bran new hat that morning, and in trying to pass in under one of the lofty awnings, it was completely crushed. [N.B. This incident occurred before the drugstore was visited.] They found that the city consists of fourteen houses, which have been standing for 14 years, and the inhabitants number about 75. This is conclusive evidence that the town is still booming. When one of the natives was asked why he did not move to a better locality, he proudly pointed to the barren flint hills, and, with Kansas enthusiasm, maintained that Beaumont was the garden-spot of the world. After dinner, which was served in the spacious dining hall of Noah Herring, some of the party, for amusement, played at billiards and pigeon-hole. Bro. Lockley and Geo. Cunningham leveled down the flint hills and bombarded the town pitching horseshoes. Some of them went into one of the two drugstores in the place and consulted the “holy record” in order to procure some remedy for their ailments. The druggist showed them a full “soda pop” barrel, the greater portion of whose contents they consumed.
While in the drug store they made the following invoice of the stock it contained.
1 small stove: $2.00
1 old keg: $0.00
1 old box: $0.00
1 counter: $10.00
10 boxes of candy: $10.00
1 pail of tobacco: $4.00
2 boxes of nuts: $.50
1 barrel of whiskey: $8.00
  TOTAL: $34.50
The excursionists returned to Arkansas City at about 9 o’clock p.m., full of joy and “soda water.” There will be another excursion over this road soon and everybody here will then have a chance to see Beaumont.
Excerpts from important article setting up “Board of Trade.” MAW
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 28, 1885.
                                   BOARD OF TRADE, OF ARKANSAS CITY.
                                         The Constitution and By-Laws Adopted.
Believing in the necessity of an association of citizens to give tone and energy to their efforts in securing the advantages which the position of the city offers to commerce, trade, and manufacturers, as well as to promote unity of action and to cultivate a more intimate and friendly acquaintance among the businessmen of the city, and to maintain a commercial exchange to promote uniformity in the customs and usages of merchants, and to inculcate principles of justice and equity in trade, and to facilitate the speedy adjustment of business dispute, to acquire and disseminate valuable commercial and economic information, and generally to secure to its numbers the benefits of co-operation in furtherance of their legitimate pursuits, and to use our influence, energies, and means for the furtherance of all enterprises that we believe will add to the prosperity of our city, and that these ends may be obtained by the establishment of a board of trade; we, the citizens of Arkansas City, do therefore agree to form such an association, and to be governed by the following constitution and code of by-laws.

ARTICLE 1. The officers of this Board of Trade shall consist of a president, two vice-presidents, ten directors, two secretaries, and a treasurer, who shall constitute its board of managers. They shall be chosen semi-annually, on the second Monday of January and July of each year. Their election shall be by ballot and they shall hold their office until their successors are duly elected and qualified.
A. J. PYBURN, President.
H. D. KELLOGG, 1st Vice-President.
WM. M. SLEETH, 2nd Vice-President.
M. N. SINNOTT, Secretary.
N. T. SNYDER, Assistant Secretary.
A. D. MOWRY, Treasurer.
                                                   BOARD OF DIRECTORS.
A. J. PYBURN, Chairman.
Arkansas City Republican, November 28, 1885.
Harry McLaughlin sprained his ankle quite badly the latter part of last week, but after good doctoring for a few days, he was able to be around once more with his usual nimbleness.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 2, 1885.
Henry McLaughlin, the ten year old son of T. H. McLaughlin, is still lame from the injury inflicted on his ankle two weeks ago in leaping from a corn crib. The ligaments, as we understand, were torn loose, and he will suffer weakness in his underpinning till they re-attach.
Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.
The following are the officers elected by the Knights of Pythias last Tuesday night.
T. H. McLaughlin, C. C.
Thos. Van Fleet, V. C.
C. C. Sollitt, P.
John Landes, Trustee.
J. J. Clark, K. R.
F. W. Farrar, M. F. and M. E.
This organization has grown to number about 45.

Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.
Bennett Chapter No. 41 elected the following officers last Wednesday night. J. Ridenour, H. P.; O. P. Houghton, K.; L. McLaughlin, S.; J. L. Huey, Treasurer; C. Hutchins, Secretary; W. D. Mowry, C. of H.; J. Benedict, P. S.; George Russel, R. A. C.; J. C. Pickering, 3rd Vail; J. P. Johnson, 2nd Vail; J. T. Shepard, 1st Vail; H. P. Standley, G.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 6, 1886.
                                                 COUNCIL PROCEEDINGS.
                               Our City Fathers Perplexed With An Empty Treasury.
Council met at 7 o’clock on Monday evening, Mayor Schiffbauer in the chair; Councilmen Bailey and Hight absent.
Excerpts from Ordinance No. 28...
Whereas, Those parcels of ground lying adjacent to the city of Arkansas City, and commonly known as View Hill addition, Swarts addition, McLaughlin’s addition, and Hess addition to the city of Arkansas City have been laid off into town lots, streets, and alleys, and where plats thereof have been filed in the office of the Register of Deeds of Cowley County, State of Kansas.
Therefore, be it ordered by the mayor and councilmen of the city of Arkansas City, Kansas:
SECTION 1. That all such portions of View Hill, Swarts, Hess, and McLaughlin additions to the city of Arkansas City as are surveyed and laid off into town lots, streets, and alleys, and the same is hereby annexed to the city of Arkansas City and made to all intents and purposes contemplated in the law under which said city is incorporated a part of said city.
SECTION 2. That the additions taken into the city by this ordinance be, and the same are hereby attached to the several wards for municipal purposes in the following manner, to-wit:
All that portion known as McLaughlin’s addition to the first ward.
All that portion known as View Hill addition to the second ward.
All that portion known as the Hess and Swarts addition to the fourth ward.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 24, 1886.
On the adjournment of the council, a citizens’ meeting was held in the same chamber to take immediate steps toward repairing the west bridge. The meeting organized by appointing W. D. Kreamer chairman and James Benedict secretary.
Mr. Hill moved that the chair appoint a committee consisting of members of the city council and of the board of trade to prepare a plan and estimate of the cost of repairing said bridge, which plan and estimate shall be submitted to the council for their approval. The motion being adopted the chair appointed as such committee Messrs. Hight, Hill, and T. H. McLaughlin, with instructions to make a report as soon as possible. Adjourned.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 16, 1886.

Messrs. A. A. Newman, T. H. McLaughlin, H. T. Sumner, Geo. Howard, Jas. Hill, W. B. Wingate, Dr. H. D. Kellogg, Frank Austin, Geo. Cunningham, Herman Godehard, W. D. Mowry, S. P. Burress, and F. B. Hutchison went over into the townships in Sumner County along the line of the proposed G. S. & C. Road Tuesday and worked like Turks to secure the carrying of the bonds. Elsewhere we give the good results of their labors. Wonderful stories are told by the boys as to how they walked mile after mile over enormous snow drifts, and how Herman Godehard captured the German vote and also about A. A. Newman’s big speech on the tariff question. ‘Tis no wonder that Arkansas City booms, when she has such patriotic and enterprising citizens pushing at the helm. These gentlemen realized that the carrying of these bonds was a necessary factor in the future welfare of Arkansas City, and accordingly went over to the contested territory, through the piercing winds and snow, and put their shoulders to the wheel. A great deal of credit is due the above mentioned gentlemen for what they did for Arkansas City last Tuesday.
Excerpts from long article...
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 16, 1886.
                                         REPORT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD.
Statement of the amount of orders issued, to whom issued, and for what purpose issued, on the bond funds for the building of the Central or Stone School Building, between June 24, 1884, and December 19, 1884; and orders issued to teachers from October 1, 1884, to June 3, 1885. Also, amount orders issued on the Incidental fund from July 10, 1884, to June 3, 1885. This is the best the present board can do. Not having any receipts recorded on the district clerk books, drawn from the county treasurer, we can give nothing but the one side.
                                      Total Cost Given for Teachers: $4,979.85
                        July 10, 1884  T. H. McLaughlin, services as contractor: $10.00
                                  Feb. 2, 1885  McLaughlin Bros., sundries: $27.35
                          Feb. 10, 1885  McLaughlin Bros., fifty window hooks: $1.00
                       Feb. 10, 1885  L. McLaughlin, rent to February 6, 1885: $80.00
                                April 8, 1885  McLaughlin Bros., merchandise: $6.15
                                     May 2, 1885  McLaughlin Bros., brooms: $.70
           Total Cost for Contractors, Janitors, Coal, Supplies, Rent, etc.: $1,699.13
Believe Fay and Harry are the children of T. H. McLaughlin...
Arkansas City Republican, January 16, 1886.
The eighth birthday of Miss Della Stevens, which occurred on last Monday, was celebrated by a gathering after school hours of a number of her little school-mates at her home. A representative of the REPUBLICAN was there and with the little folks partook of the bountiful supply of refreshments served. Miss Della received a number of presents. The following is a list of the little guests: Oakney Henderson, Grace Henderson, Anna Traband, Mary Steele, Fay McLaughlin, Mary Matlack, Lee Krebs, Bertha Ruby, Jessie Ruby, Aola Krebs, Bertha Traband, Mamie Bohner, Eddie Traband, Bertha Krebs, and Harry McLaughlin.
Arkansas City Republican, January 16, 1886.
McLaughlin & Co., will open up a grocery store next week in the room formerly occupied by R. E. Grubbs’ New England Kitchen.
Arkansas City Republican, January 16, 1886.

T. H. McLaughlin informs us that he never saw so many frozen faces of men in his life as he did Tuesday last over in Guelph Township. Nearly every voter who came to the polls had the skin peeling from his face, occasioned by their cheeks being frozen during the blizzard.
Arkansas City Republican, January 23, 1886.
L. McLaughlin & Co., the grocerymen, insert their card elsewhere in the REPUBLICAN. This firm needs no special introduction to our readers, as they have been in business heretofore in Arkansas City.
Arkansas City Republican, January 23, 1886.
Triumph Lodge. No. 116, of the Knights of Pythias, at the last session appointed a committee of three, consisting of T. H. McLaughlin, George Howard, and James Parks to look up an available business lot for the purpose of erecting a building for the organization in the spring. The K. of P. boys are bound to aid in Arkansas City’s great building boom. This is the kind of an organization that will aid to tie to—one that will aid in building up your town. There are over 50 members in this lodge.
Arkansas City Republican, February 20, 1886.
REMOVAL! Having purchased the stock of groceries of Henry Endicott, we, in order to reduce our stock, will offer goods at the following low price for cash only.
All package coffee 15 cents per lb.
Granulated Sugar 12 lbs. for $1.00.
Good Light Brown Sugar 13-1/2 lbs. for $1.00.
All Standard Tobaccos 45-1/2 cents per lb.
Hominy 30 lbs. for $1.00.
Rice 12 lbs. for $1.00.
Dried Apples 17 lbs. for $1.00.
All other groceries at lowest possible price.
Entire stock of Queensware and Glassware will be closed out at actual cost.
Come and see us until March 10, 1886, at J. W. Hutchison & Sons old stand; after that date at McLaughlin Bros. Old Stand. Respectfully,
                                                   R. A. HOUGHTON & CO.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 6, 1886.
Office Over McLaughlin Bros. Store.
Can be found at the office in the daytime and at the residence of O. Ingersoll’s at night.
Arkansas City Republican, March 6, 1886.
Having located with L. McLaughlin & Co., Grocers, I would be glad to see all my old friends at the above named place. Yours, FRANK WALDO.
Arkansas City Republican, March 13, 1886.
T. H. McLaughlin once more enters the business arena of Arkansas City. He went to Kansas City the latter part of last week to make a purchase of stock. He is expecting his stock to come daily. He will open up a large and exclusive line of glassware, queensware, and tableware. In a few days Mr. McLaughlin can be found at his new store room on North Summit street.

Arkansas City Republican, March 27, 1886.
Last Monday T. H. McLaughlin opened China Hall. Words are inadequate to express the grandeur and elegance of the chinaware, glassware, tableware, etc. It surpasses anything we have seen in the southwest.
Arkansas City Republican, March 27, 1886.
The Y. M. C. A. have leased the upstairs of the north room of the McLaughlin block for one year. They will take possession April 1. The room will be fitted up with about 200 chairs, floor carpeted, and library put in equal to any in southern Kansas.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, March 31, 1886.
CHINA HALL, In south room of McLaughlin’s block, is now OPEN FOR BUSINESS.
Full Line of Chinaware, Glassware, Plated Ware, and Table Cutlery, Etc.                            T. H. McLAUGHLIN.
Arkansas City Republican, April 3, 1886.
The Y. M. C. A. have opened up in the new rooms in the McLaughlin block.
Arkansas City Republican, April 10, 1886.
The Business School reopens Monday, April 12, in the north room of the McLaughlin block. New classes in Bookkeeping and Commercial Law will be organized. If you wish to take a course, now is a good time to begin. L. F. ABERNETHY.
Arkansas City Republican, April 24, 1886.
Mrs. T. H. McLaughlin and little daughter took the Santa Fe Wednesday to go out to Cimarron, where they will make a short visit.
Arkansas City Republican, April 24, 1886.
Geo. Kroenert, of Wichita, was in the city the first of the week. Mr. Kroenert is a brother of Johnnie Kroenert, of the Diamond Front. He was so well pleased with our city that he invested quite largely in real estate. Among his investments was the purchase of the McLaughlin Bros.’ store room, north of Highland Opera House block. The consideration was $6,500. Mr. Kroenert is one of Wichita’s most enterprising businessmen.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 28, 1886.
George Kroenert, of Wichita, last week purchased of T. H. McLaughlin the property on Summit Street where R. A. Houghton & Co., have their store. The price paid was $6,500.
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Arkansas City Republican, May 8, 1886.
Since the bonds have been voted in the border townships for the Kansas State Line road, real estate has changed hands at an astonishing rate and at exceedingly good prices. Our town has been alive this week with capitalists seeking purchases.
Thursday D. G. Carder sold 60 acres of his farm adjoining the city limits, just across the canal, for $9,000 to J. H. McNair, of Halstead, Kansas. This was at the rate of $150 per acre. The consideration was paid in full. Until lately Mr. Carder never asked more than $80 per acre.
John Carder, the father of D. G. Carder, also sold his 67 acre plat of ground south of the flouring mills for $10,000. The purchasers were Jas. Hill, A. A. Newman, W. M. Sleeth, S. Matlack, T. H. McLaughlin, and G. N. Newman.

T. H. McLaughlin, A. A. Newman, G. N. Newman, Jas. Hill, and Maj. Sleeth purchased the Godfrey addition of 86 acres south of town. The consideration was $13,000 or $150 per acre.
T. H. McLaughlin, Jas. Hill, Maj. Sleeth, S. Matlack, A. A. Newman, and G. N. Newman purchased the Huey property, northwest of the city, yesterday morning; the consideration was $10,500.
Messrs. Hill, Newman, McLaughlin, Matlack, Sleeth, and Newman paid $1,500 to L. W. Currier for his property.
F. C. Newman came in from Osage City yesterday and had been in the city not longer than an hour when he made a purchase of 9 lots in Beecher’s addition. He paid $1,000.
Ephraim Carder transferred his 67 acres of land south of town yesterday to Hill, Newman, Sleeth, Matlack, McLaughlin, and Newman. The consideration was $10,000.
Arkansas City Republican, May 15, 1886.
A. A. Newman and T. H. McLaughlin sold a lot on South Summit street to E. H. Carder for $1,000.
Newman and McLaughlin sold to A. D. Hawk, 1 lot, $150.
Arkansas City Republican, May 15, 1886.
Beware of Imitations. SMOKE TANSILL’S PUNCH, THE HAVANA FILLED CIGAR, 5 CENTS, For Sale by L. McLaughlin & Co., dealers in Staple and Fancy GROCERIES. Cigars, Tobaccos, Candies, etc. 507 Summit Street, Arkansas City, Kansas.
Arkansas City Republican, May 22, 1886.
Newman and McLaughlin to John R. Lugin, 3 lots, $300.
P. F. Endicott to A. A. Newman, T. H. McLaughlin, et al, 100 acres, $15,000.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, May 29, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.
Wednesday evening at their hall in the McLaughlin block, the members of the Y. M. C. A. will give their first lecture. Rev. W. H. Harris will be the lecturer. His subject will be “Little Things, or Completeness of Characters.” No admission will be charged and everybody is invited.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, May 29, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.
The Y. M. C. A. made a purchase of some $30 worth of furniture for its hall in McLaughlin’s block. A secretary’s desk and center table were among the purchases.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, May 29, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
The land purchased by T. H. McLaughlin et al, of Wm. Gibby, is being surveyed preparatory to its being platted. This addition will be one of the most beautiful taken into our city.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 12, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.
Triumph Lodge, No. 116, Knights of Pythias, elected the following officers Tuesday evening.
G. E. Westfall, C. C.
Thos. VanFleet, V. C.
J. H. Park, Prelate.

J. Behrend, K. of R. & S.
E. C. Gage, M. F.
J. R. Ingliss, M. of E.
G. W. Miller, M. at A.
T. H. McLaughlin, P. C.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 19, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.
FOR RENT. A nice and new cottage, good well. Three doors south of new school building. Inquire at room 6, over China Hall, in McLaughlin block.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 19, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.
G. A. Groglobe, of Bradford, Pennsylvania, who recently located in our city, has rented the north room in the T. H. McLaughlin block and is fitting it up preparatory to the opening of a restaurant. Mr. Groglobe is a friend of S. C. Smith.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 19, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
The jury in the Brubaker case failed to agree and were discharged this morning by Judge Kreamer. Seven were for conviction and five for acquittal. The jury was composed of T. H. McLaughlin, J. F. Hoffman, Chas. Howard, G. Cunningham, W. D. Bishop, J. F. Smith, A. C. Gould, Jas. Benedict, T. B. Oldroyd, Geo. Allen, Dugal Owens, and W. S. Upp. A new trial will be had, commencing next Tuesday. This trial consumed two days and the jury was out overnight.
Arkansas City Republican, June 26, 1886.
CHINA HALL. In south room of McLaughlin’s Block. Is now ready for business. A full line of Chinaware, Glassware, Plated Ware, and Table Cutlery. T. H. McLAUGHLIN.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 31, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
L. McLaughlin & Co., dealers in Staple and Fancy GROCERIES, Cigars, Tobaccos, Candies, Etc. 507 Summit Street, Arkansas City, Kansas. Telephone Connections.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 14, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
T. H. McLaughlin made a purchase of a lot on North Summit Street for $1,000 from S. C. Smith yesterday evening.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 21, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
Sheriff McIntire came down from Winfield Saturday and late in the afternoon, assisted by our city police, ran in five jointists. Chas. Stanton was arrested for running a joint in the basement of the Creswell block; Meade Johnson and Frank Bluebaugh, in the basement of the Commercial block; a clerk was arrested in the one in the upstairs of McLaughlin’s building; also in the basement of the Sherburne building. The proprietor of the last named went out of the back door as McIntire came in the front. The prisoners were all taken to Winfield, where they will await trial in the county bastille, except Bluebaugh, who gave bond and is back attending business at the old stand.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 21, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.
Jay Deming has accepted a position as salesman in L. McLaughlin & Co.’s grocery.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 21, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.
In yesterday’s daily we placed a joint in McLaughlin’s building. Today we take it out. The building does not belong to any McLaughlin at all. It was sold months ago to G. W. Childs.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 21, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.
H. Waldo arrived in the city on the noon train today. He is the father of Mrs. T. H. McLaughlin, and will visit here for an indefinite time. His home is at Sherman, Texas.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 15, 1886.
Horatio Waldo, of Sherman, Texas, father to Frank Waldo and Mrs. T. H. McLaughlin, is on a visit to the city, and is charmed with the activity that surrounds him.
Arkansas City Republican, September 18, 1886.
                                                         “Might Have Been.”
It is “amoosin” at this advanced stage of Arkansas City’s real estate boom to hear some of her Micawber-like citizens relate how rich they “might have been” if they had only invested in such and such a lot two years ago. The talk which we have patiently listened to upon this subject this summer and never murmured would fill a volume larger than Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary. It is next to an impossibility to walk down a street with an inhabitant of Arkansas City unless he indicts a remark something like this upon you: “Do you see that lot across the street; well, two years ago, when I first came here, I could have bought that lot for $15. Yesterday it was sold to a gentleman from Chicago for $3,000.” At first this remark always filled us up with awe and wrung mammoth wads of sympathy from the southeast corner of our effulgent heart. Later on, per associations, we have got to telling the same story, and we had just begun to pride ourselves that a tender-foot would never recognize the difference between us and an “old settler.”
About this time one of our “oldest inhabitants” invited us to take a drive over our fair city and then it was that our pride and ambition got a downfall. He started down street with a live newspaper reporter, but the latter’s remains now occupy their sarcophagus out in Riverview Cemetery.
The real estate boom subject was cackled when we arrived in front of W. D. Mowry’s residence.
“My benighted friend of the faber,” exclaimed the ‘oldest inhabitant,’ “I was the proud possessor of those four lots and about five years ago I traded them off for a milch cow, an old farm wagon, and a spavined sway-back U. S. Army horse. Today I believe their value is near $15,000. All I got for them then would not pay the taxes on them for one year now.
“Now, there is I. N. Dodd’s two lots which sold for $2,500 last week. Several years ago T. H. McLaughlin and A. A. Newman sold those four to Mr. Dodd and son-in-law for less than $100 on time, and loaned the latter money to put up his cottage. A few months later Messrs. McLaughlin and Newman gave the son-in-law $400 for his property. “Those four resident lots now owned by Judge Kreamer were formerly owned by John Shelden, who sold them for a milch cow. He afterwards sold the cow for $15 and thought he was getting an enormous price for the lots. The Judge was offered last week $2,000 for the lots, and refused it.
“Last fall I had a chance to buy a portion of the Gilstrap addition for $2,200. It has been sold since for about $6,000.”

The bargains which our friend had been offered and had failed to accept are too many to enumerate. But he wound up his drive and talk to us by telling us he had just as much money as when he came here. He had failed to buy anything; consequently, he had never enriched himself. He lacked the nerve although he had the money. He was afraid the boom would burst. A man will always be poor if he has not the faith in his town.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 25, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
L. McLaughlin went down to St. Louis this morning to see if that old town was booming as lively as Arkansas City.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 25, 1886.
                                                             THE CANAL.
                            How the Work Progresses on the Extension Up the River.
              The Building of the Foundation for the Establishment of the Monthly Pay-roll.
Perhaps no reader of the REPUBLICAN understands fully what is transpiring in regard to the building of the canal. This morning, in company with Messrs. McLaughlin and Matlack, we took a drive over the works. The extension of the old canal begins some 300 [?VERY HARD TO READ THIS LINE...LOOKS LIKE 300, BUT NOT SURE?] feet east of the head-gates and follows up the river about two and three-quarter miles, where it joins it. At present there are 200 men, teams, shovelers, masons, etc., engaged in making the ditch that is to transfigure Arkansas City into the largest manufacturing center in Kansas. All along the works gangs of men are strewn and teams attached to scrapers of dirt are constantly coming out of the ditch to deposit their burden on the banks.
The head-gates instead of being where the canal taps the Arkansas, as we supposed, are about a mile and a quarter removed from it. Here John Doyle and his large force of masons are at work and the time will not be long until they announce their contract finished.
The bed of the canal when completed is to be three feet lower than the surface of the river water. This insures a flow of water into the canal as long as there is any in the Arkansas, and the head-gates being removed such a distance from the river does away with the necessity of a dam. The dam for the former canal has caused the water power company an outlay of some $4,000 annually. In the long run this will be a much cheaper and a great deal better water power.
The contractors informed us that they hoped to have the extension completed ready to turn on water within three weeks, but the undertaking to us appears so large that we believe we are safe in saying the time will be a great deal nearer 30 days.
A perusal of this article will give our readers but a faint idea of what is going on. They can form no conjecture of the enormity of the undertaking without going down and taking a view of the host of men at work. And while engaged in doing this, the thought will strike you, “What is to be the outcome of all this?” We hesitate not in replying that it is to be the principal facts in the upbuilding of our city. The Arkansas City Water Power Company have faith in our town and are getting ready for the future substantial growth which we will enjoy. They realize that manufacturing industries are essential in transforming a town into a city and are getting ready to locate them here by furnishing the cheapest and best motor power in the west.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 29, 1886.

Peter J. Brogan, formerly with J. H. Sherburne in his trader store at Ponca, and now salesman in T. H. Lynch’s clothing store, has sold his little bunch of cattle (29 head with 14 calves) to Del Annis for three corner lots in McLaughlin’s addition. Mr. Annis proposes to devote himself to stock raising, and is turning his town property into cattle.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 2, 1886. From Saturday’s Daily.
J. K. Storer and wife, of Williams County, Ohio, who have been visiting in the city for a week or so left this morning for Kingman County to pay a visit to relatives there. They were accompanied by Lafe McLaughlin and wife. Mr. Storer is a brother-in-law of T. H. McLaughlin.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 9, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
H. Waldo, wife and daughter, Miss Laura, arrived in the city last evening from Sherman, Texas. This is to be their future home. Mr. and Mrs. Waldo are the parents of Mrs. T. H. McLaughlin and our Frank Waldo, who is united in marriage this evening.
Arkansas City Republican, October 9, 1886.
                                                            CHEAP JOHN.
-If you want to buy- FURNITURE at half price, call on Cheap John. If you have any furniture to dispose of, call on Cheap John on Summit Street next to the McLaughlin Block.
Furniture repairing a specialty. JOHN A. PIRIE, Cabinet Maker.
Arkansas City Republican, October 9, 1886.
We are ready for you whether you want Farms, city property, vacant lots, acre property, suburban, or anything in real estate in Arkansas City, or Cowley County. Lots on easy terms in the Alexander addition, Swarts addition, McLaughlin addition, Oak Grove addition, and Pleasant View addition. Come and see us; we can do you good. No charge for telling you of the good things we have for you.
             BONSALL, STUART & ROSENSTEIN, Land, Loan and Insurance Agents.
                       Corner Summit Street & Central Avenue, Arkansas City, Kansas.
                                  I. H. BONSALL, U. S. Com. And Notary Public.
Arkansas City Republican, October 9, 1886.
Cigars, Tobaccos, Candies, etc. 507 Summit Street, Arkansas City, Kansas.
                                                      Telephone Connections.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 23, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
Fred McLaughlin was over to Dexter Saturday. He informs us the D. M. & A. surveyors are camped three miles south of Dexter. He was informed that the surveyors have run lines north and south of Dexter in trying to get into that town, but the big hill prevents them. The general opinion is the road will miss Dexter and there is talk now of moving the town over on the Gilbert farm, so that it will be on the road.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 3, 1886.

It will be well for our citizens to lock their stable doors before their harness is stolen. Ira Barnett, Peter Pearson, and T. H. McLaughlin have been visited by barn thieves, the two first losing a single harness each and the last named a double harness. The robbery from Mr. Barnett was perpetrated at broad day light, a young son of Mr. Barnett, seeing a gray haired, elderly man enter the barn and come out with a harness thrown over his shoulder, but the youth supposing the stranger’s visit to be legitimate, made no opposition. It is supposed that these depredations have been committed by one of the campers down by the Walnut.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 13, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.
This morning T. H. McLaughlin had a severe accident happen to him. He was riding his old white horse on South Summit Street and went to turn into his store. In crossing the street his horse fell over the ridge, caused by putting in the water mains. The animal fell on Mr. McLaughlin’s leg and broke it off just above the ankle. Judge Bryant assisted the injured man into his China Store. An hour afterward Mc was riding around in his buggy. This is explained when we tell our readers that it was a cork foot which the horse fell on.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 13, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
                                                           Shot in the Neck.
Yesterday afternoon, between 4 and 5 o’clock, Harry McLaughlin was shot in the neck by Edward Waldo. It was done in play. The boys have been in the habit of playing with some revolvers and when the accident occurred, were playing “shoot each other” in T. H. McLaughlin’s wood shed. They were engaged in snapping the weapons at each other when the one Master Waldo was using went off and Harry fell to the ground, the bullet taking effect in the neck. The revolver had no sooner been fired than the boy realized that he had shot his playmate and fainted. Harry arose from the ground, hid the revolvers, and assisted in bringing Edward to consciousness. Instead of telling anyone of the accident, Harry tied a handkerchief around his neck and the two boys went to the residence of Mr. Waldo, almost half a mile distant. When asked why he had his neck tied up, he replied that it was stiff and made other evasive answers. Finally the truth was learned, and then Dr. J. A. Mitchell was called, who probed for the ball but failed to find it. The boy exhibited a wonderful nerve, scarcely flinching during the examination. He was taken to his home later on where he rested quietly during the night. How severe the shot may prove to be is not yet known.
Traveler had the name wrong. It was “Harry McLaughlin.” See Republican...
Arkansas City Traveler, November 17, 1886.
Charley, a twelve year old son of T. H. McLaughlin, was accidentally shot in the neck by a playmate of his own age, who thought the weapon wasn’t loaded. The wound is not considered dangerous although the ball has not been extracted.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 20, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.
Harry McLaughlin, who was shot in the neck the other day by Edward Waldo, is getting over the injury rapidly. He will soon be as lively as ever. As small an object as a bullet does not worry Harry to amount to anything.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 4, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
All parties indebted to McLaughlin Bros. by note or account, please call and settle immediately. McLAUGHLIN BROS.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 8, 1886.
In our mention of the Thanksgiving dinner given by the Y. M. C. A., of this city, we failed to give credit to Mrs. L. H. Miller, who has her millinery rooms in the McLaughlin building, and who spread a table at her own cost, and waited on her guests with grace and assiduity. This was a laudable display of liberality, and the members of the Y. M. C. A., whose cause she so efficiently aided, desire us to express their hearty thanks to the lady.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 25, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
The following article of incorporation was filed in the office of the secretary of state Friday. “The Arkansas City Land and Investment Company.” Directors: Albert A. Newman, Wm. Sleeth, T. H. McLaughlin, and Jas. Hill, all of Arkansas City, Cowley County. Capital stock, $300,000.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 1, 1887. From Thursday’s Daily.
Last evening Fred McLaughlin stayed in the store later than usual working on his books. When he reached the paternal mansion, he was astonished to find an assembly of young people gathered there. An investigation proved that they had come to celebrate Fred’s twenty-first birthday. And they did it in good shape. Fred is setting up cigars.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 15, 1887. From Wednesday’s Daily.
The Catholic Society have rented the hall north of the McLaughlin block and will hereafter hold services there every other Sunday. The hall has been nicely furnished.
                                                  Rev. B. J. McKernan, pastor.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 22, 1887. From Thursday’s Daily.
Erwin Ellis, of Lebanon, Missouri, is in the city today. Mr. Ellis is a capitalist and had not been here more than two hours until he had invested $4,000 in 20 lots in the McLaughlin addition. He thinks Arkansas City is the future great city of the Southwest.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 29, 1887. From Friday’s Daily.
J. H. Sherburne is grading the streets in his addition. It joins McLaughlin’s second addition on the north.
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Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 29, 1887.
Bonsall, Stuart & Rosenstein, The Leading Real Estate, Loan and Insurance Brokers of Arkansas City, Kansas.
Look at the property we have on the market. We give the best terms and lowest interest.
Four lots in McLaughlin addition for $700; cheap; good terms.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 5, 1887. From Monday’s Daily.
Uriah Spray, Rev. J. O. Campbell, and L. J. Miles have been suggested to us as good men for the mayorship. T. H. McLaughlin is prominently mentioned as councilman from the second ward.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 5, 1887. From Friday’s Daily.
                                                   Building Boom Prospective.

During the year of 1886 Arkansas City enjoyed a very extensive building boom. Many handsome blocks were built during the year and our citizens as well as visitors thought it would be almost impossible for any city to make a more rapid growth in this direction. But the year of 1887 promises a greater building boom. Schemes are now being agitated and are well under way for the building of several handsome business blocks. We are informed that work will be commenced on several of them within the next 60 days. There will be extensive building on 5th Avenue and also on Summit Street. On East 5th Avenue, Messrs. Johnson, Hill, Rhodes, and Hess have about completed the arrangements for the immediate erection of a substantial business block on the lots formerly owned by Wm. Gibby. The block will consist of six business houses, all three stories high and of handsome finish. F. W. Farrar et al, have concluded to build a three-story business block on their lots next to the McLaughlin block, on the south. Messrs. Coleman and Bishop inside of 60 days will commence the erection of a fine two-story business block on their lot on 5th Avenue next to Frank J. Hess’ new building. T. H. McLaughlin, W. J. Mowry, and W. S. Houghton have each agreed to build on their lots respectively on north Summit Street. They will build together as the lots adjoin. J. F. Hoffman will soon remove the frame building next to Howard Bros’ hardware store and build an imposing business house on the lot. The frame building, known as the English Kitchen, will also be removed and Capt. C. D. Burroughs will occupy his lot with one of the most substantial business blocks in the city. J. L. Huey, on the lots on the corner of 5th Avenue and Summit Street, will have erected the handsomest bank building in the Arkansas Valley. The building will be 50 x 132 feet, the fronts being of pressed brick trimmed with cut stone. Mr. Huey is away now attending to the plans and specifications. Work will begin on this block in the early spring. The lease on the frame building used as the Leland Hotel expires in March, after which it will be removed and be replaced as above stated. Peter Pearson will also build a business house 25 x 128 feet for his mammoth furniture store. It will be located on the lot next to the Arkansas City bank. J. P. Johnson is drawing up the papers and making ready to begin the erection of a business house on his lot on north Summit Street. There are several others who contemplate building during the year 1887, but as yet have their plans not fully matured.
In addition to the above A. A. Newman will complete his four blocks on which work has been commenced. S. Matlack will finish his store extension. Thos. Tyner, E. H. Carder, and D. G. Carder will each complete a business block.
Residence building is also going to boom with a vim. Many were built during last year, but the number will be trebled this year.
The above is but a brief outline of some of the principal building features of 1887. Many will no doubt deem it what is known in Kansas as a newspaper boom, but we wish to relieve our readers of any such idea. The report is with a fact basis and we believe twice the above number of business blocks will be erected in Arkansas City during the year.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 12, 1887. From Monday’s Daily.
B. W. Keeler was down from Wichita Saturday and made purchase of 80 acres of land of Meigs & Nelson. It lies down on the Walnut bottom north of the road leading to Searing & Mead’s mill. Thirty days ago Meigs and Nelson purchased this tract of land of Lafe McLaughlin for $10,000. A short time before Mr. McLaughlin bought the land of his brother-in-law, Samuel Philbrick, for $4,300. Mr. Philbrick was here from Maine last fall and was induced to buy the land from Frank Finney for $4,300. In a short time he longed to return to Maine and he sold his land for what it cost him in order to do so.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 19, 1887.
                                          The Canal City Improvement Company.

The above company has just been organized in this city. The purpose of the organization is to contract buildings in Arkansas City. The capital stock is $50,000. A charter has been sent for and is expected to arrive daily. The following directors were chosen for the first year: A. D. Prescott, J. W. Hoyt, F. W. Farrar, T. H. McLaughlin, H. O. Meigs, Jas. Hill, and Geo. Westfall. The building committee is composed of Frank J. Hess, C. R. Sipes, T. H. McLaughlin, and E. D. Eddy. The first building this company proposes to erect will be on lot 1, block 61, corner of 9th avenue and Summit street. It will be built of brick, two stories high, 100 feet deep and 25 wide. Dr. J. T. Shepard owns the adjacent lot and will most likely put up a building at the same time the above company does.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 19, 1887.
                                                               We Spread.
The council passed an ordinance last evening taking the following additions into the city limits: Canal First, Canal Second, Jenkins & Campbell’s, Wingate’s, Oak Grove, Park Place, Abbott’s, South Side, Hamil’s, Summit First, Summit Second, Coombs’, Ruby’s, McGrath’s, McLaughlin’s Second, Vawter’s First, Vawter’s Second, Anderson’s, Alexander’s, Nelson’s, Deet’s, Matlack’s, Bittle’s First, Bittle’s Second, Sherburne, Brown’s First, Brown’s Second, and Duncan’s. The land is described in the ordinance as adjacent to Arkansas City and has been duly platted and filed with the Register of Deeds.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 19, 1887. From Friday’s Daily.
The jug breaking last night at the Presbyterian Church was a great success. The ladies of the Home and Foreign Missionary Society sent out jugs into the homes of the congregation last July and met last evening to ascertain the result. An interesting programme had been arranged and was all carried out as follows.
SINGING: “Work for the Night is Coming,” by congregation.
Bible Reading, conducted by president, Mrs. Atwood.
Prayer, Mrs. Jenkins.
Quartette by choir.
Secretary’s Report, Mrs. Fleming.
Treasurer’s Report, Mrs. L. F. McLaughlin.
Recitation, “For Love’s Sake,” Miss M. Theaker.
Solo, “Not a Sparrow Falleth,” Mrs. Eddy.
Jug Breaking, by Odie McConn and Mamie Oliphant.
Counting of money, by J. C. Topliff and Irving French.
Amount: $80.
Recitation, “Last Hymn,” Miss Cunningham.
Benediction, Rev. S. B. Fleming.
The music by the choir was very fine and the recitations by Miss Theaker and Miss Cunningham merit special praise. The house, notwithstanding the stormy evening, was about full and altogether the entertainment was very pleasant and profitable to all present. It is to be hoped that the good ladies will frequently exercise their gifts in such entertainments.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 26, 1887. From Monday’s Daily.

The writer was taken on a drive over Arkansas City and her many additions this morning, and our knowledge of our real estate and building boom was considerably augmented. We first visited the McLaughlin’s additions. These and the Sherburne have the most level lots of any additions joining the city. The streets are all graded and drained. Several houses are building in the McLaughlin addition and already there are a score or more of residences built and occupied. At present the Swarts addition is enjoying the greatest amount of building. The lots there are very high and command a good view of the main portion of the city. Lots in the Anderson and Deets’ additions are selling quite rapidly and building has just begun. Many houses have been built up in Bittle’s First addition. His second addition will soon be put on the market. Summit addition, which lies on the northwest part of the city, has commenced building. The foundation for two houses are already completed, and all the lots have been sold “once around.” Hamill’s addition, joining the city on the west, is off the market, but many lots in it were bought before the order came. The additions south of the city are going off like hot cakes. In Lincoln Park, three new houses are being erected, and several others contracted for. While perhaps most of the real estate transfers are in the south part of the town, there is more residence building going on in the north part. It is hard to realize the full extent of the building boom in Arkansas City without visiting the many additions. There will be hundreds of homes going up on them in the spring.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 26, 1887. From Thursday’s Daily.
S. B. Pickle has purchased the grocery stock of L. McLaughlin & Co. The REPUBLICAN regrets that McLaughlin & Co., should retire from business.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 26, 1887. From Friday’s Daily.
$6,800 worth of lots changed hands this morning in T. H. McLaughlin’s second addition.
H. O. Meigs and J. P. Farrar were the purchasers.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 26, 1887. From Friday’s Daily.
T. H. McLaughlin is a thorough Kansas rustler. Yesterday the Canal City Improvement Company appointed him to have the contract let for the excavation of their building on north Summit street. This morning ten men were hard at it at 7 o’clock.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 5, 1887. From Saturday’s Daily.
L. McLaughlin & Co., traded their grocery business to S. B. Pickle for a 160 acre farm 2-1/2 miles east of the city. The consideration was $5,800.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 5, 1887. From Monday’s Daily.
A home syndicate purchased two blocks of lots in McLaughlin’s second addition this morning for $7,500.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 5, 1887. From Tuesday’s Daily.
Misses Cora Henshaw and Daisy D. Barlou, two of Newton’s finest young ladies, purchased two lots in McLaughlin’s addition yesterday. The consideration was $450.
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Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 5, 1887. From Tuesday’s Daily.
Finney & Lannon insert a half page of remarks in the REPUBLICAN concerning their addition which they have just placed upon the market. It is laid off and platted into bolts of wallpaper and corner “lots” can be claimed in this addition for less money than any other. See their advertisement elsewhere.
                                                                The Boom.

The transfers of real estate are very lively now. The spring boom is opening up far ahead of what anyone expected. The town is full of strangers buying real estate. In order to give our readers an idea of the boom, we report the following sales which were made yesterday.
Twenty lots in McLaughlin addition to Mrs. Rachel Foster, of Gerlaw, Illinois: $3,500.
Two blocks of lots in McLaughlin’s second addition to R. H. Cooper, of El Dorado: $9,500.
Block of lots in McLaughlin’s 2nd addition, to Howard Bros.: $3,600.
One block of lots in McLaughlin’s second addition to George Allen: $5,000.
Thirty-five lots in McLaughlin’s addition to Messrs. McCague, Armstrong, and Oldroyd: $6,500.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 5, 1887. From Wednesday’s Daily.
Thirty-five lots in McLaughlin’s addition sold today for $6,500.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 5, 1887. From Wednesday’s Daily.
Bert Worthley, et al., bought two blocks of lots in McLaughlin’s second addition Monday. Tuesday he sold them at an advance of $2,000.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 12, 1887. From Saturday’s Daily.
                                                        Real Estate Transfers.
One block of lots in McLaughlin’s addition to E. C. Teller, of Saratoga, Kansas, for $6,000.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 12, 1887. From Thursday’s Daily.
Lafe McLaughlin bought Wm. O. Cunningham’s farm north of the city today for $10,000.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 12, 1887. From Thursday’s Daily.
T. H. McLaughlin sold a business lot on North Summit to Robt. Cooper, of El Dorado, for $5,500 today.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 19, 1887. From Saturday’s Daily.
The Woman’s Christian Temperance Association was dissolved yesterday that the ladies might organize an auxiliary of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union. A large number of ladies were out in the evening to meet Mrs. Garlic of Winfield, the County President.
An organization was formed with the following officers.
President, Mrs. Wm. Jenkins.
Vice President, Mesdames Atwood, Hill, Witt, Mansfield, Landes, Chapel, Keeler, Watkins, McLaughlin, Logan, Buckley [?].
Recording secretary, Mrs. J. O. Campbell.
Corresponding secretary, Miss Ella Love.
Treasurer, Miss J. W. Ruby.
Superintendent of Literary, Mrs. F. Lockley.
The members now number over fifty, and all pledge themselves to do earnest work in this good cause. The first regular meeting will be held Thursday at 4 p.m.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 26, 1887. From Monday’s Daily.

Lot 1, block 65, on Summit Street, belonging to Prof. J. C. Weir, was sold this morning for $4,000 to Jas. Hill. The lot four months ago was bought of T. H. McLaughlin for $2,000. Two months before that Mr. McLaughlin paid S. C. Smith $1,000 for it. The lot is located at the corner of 9th Avenue and Summit Street.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, November 6, 1918.
                                          EAGLES PURCHASE BUILDING.
                          R. F. Fitzpatrick Sells C. M. Johnson Block for $15,000.
A deal was consummated late yesterday whereby the local Eagle lodge, No. 909, becomes the owner of the Johnson building on North Summit street, which the lodge proposes to use as a permanent home. Recently the Moose lodge purchased the opera house block, where the Eagles have been located for several years; and so the Eagles cast about for a new home, finally deciding on the building named. R. F. Fitzpatrick, of the Bunnell Investment Co., carried the deal through for C. M. Johnson, owner of the building on North Summit street. Mr. Johnson has owned the block for several years and he purchased it when property was at a low figure here. Therefore, he has made a neat profit on account of the recent deal, which he deserves as he is one of the city’s best citizens.
Mr. Fitzpatrick had the papers signed up yesterday evening and the building will be turned over to the Eagles at once.
The building in question was formerly known as the T. H. McLaughlin block and was erected in 1885. It faces the west and is two stories with brick front, and 50 feet wide. The two ground floor rooms are at present occupied by the Sallee Motor Co., and C. B. Dye’s auto paint shop. Mr. Dye is there tempo­rarily, as he is erecting a modern fire proof building on South Summit street. The second floor is used for dwelling rooms by several different families. The Eagle lodge will convert the second floor of the building into a modern lodge hall and home. The local Eagle lodge is one of the largest and most prosperous in this section of the state.
                                                 ARKANSAS CITY IN 1872
                         An Interesting Record of the Old Time City Government.
Capt. M. N. Sinnott, city clerk, has dug up a very interest­ing record of city affairs which dates back many years, at the beginning of the city administration of the now famous Arkansas City, Kansas, and which is being kept for future use in the matter of looking up affairs that may be needed for various purposes.
This book dates back to the beginning of time in this city, which was in the year 1872. The record shows that the city was incorporated as a city of the third class on June 10, 1872; and the papers were signed by W. P. Campbell, judge of the 13th judicial district of Kansas. The first election held for the naming of city officials was on July first of that year. The canvass of the vote showed the following:
Mayor, A. D. Keith, 39 votes.
Police Judge, Amos Walton, 74 votes.
Councilmen, W. T. Benedict, I. S. Mitchell, Henry Endicott, T. H. McLaughlin, and G. H. McIntire.
(The latter is still here and is a justice of the peace.)

C. R. Sipes was appointed first city treasurer.
L. B. Carrier was the first city marshal.
The first meeting of the council was held on July 5, 1872. [Then the record goes on down the years of time and to the year 1908.]
A look through the book shows many changes and there are now but a few of the old timers, who were prominent in city affairs many years ago, here at the present time.
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Arkansas City Traveler, Monday, July 17, 1922. Front Page.
While Marion Smith, assistant postmaster, was looking over some old records of the Arkansas City post office recently, he dug up the record which showed when the money order business was established in this post office. It was just fifty years ago today. The first money order was written by the postmaster himself and was for $25, dated July 17, 1872. The postmaster at that time was Aylmer D. Keith.
In the original record which the assistant postmaster dug up, some of the names familiar to the Arkansas City public are: E. D. Eddy, who is reported to be living in Chicago; H. O. Meigs, who has been dead several years; Amos Walton, whose widow is a resident here; E. J. Hoyt, “Buckeye Joe,” who is dead; T. H. McLaughlin, who is a merchant in Pawhuska; Herman Godehard, who was a merchant here, but is now dead; I. H. Bonsall, dead; C. R. Sipes, hardware merchant, dead.
Note: Prof. E. J. Hoyt (as he was often called) was known as “Buckskin Joe.”
I really think the name was “Hermann Godehard.” Papers constantly did strange things to names: particularly German names.


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