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James Messenger

                                                          Omnia Township.
                                                       [He handled Sheep.]
Note: The real name of Mr. Messenger was “Jonas Messenger.” As time went on in Cowley County, his name was usually given as “James Messenger.” I have corrected these items in newspapers. MAW
Omnia Township 1872: James Messenger, 43; spouse, Elizabeth, 44.
Omnia Township 1874: J. Messenger, 48; spouse, E., 43.
Kansas 1875 Census Omnia Township, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.
Name                           age sex color   Place/birth   Where from
Jonas Messenger          49    m    w England            Illinois
E. Messenger               49     f     w      England            Illinois
Charles Messenger 10    m    w Ohio                 Illinois
Salina? Messenger  12     f     w      Ohio                 Illinois
Omnia Township 1876: Jonas Messenger, 49; spouse, Elizabeth, 46.
Omnia Township 1880: Jonas Messenger, 52; spouse, E., 52. P. O. Baltimore.
Omnia Township 1882: Jonas Messenger, 54; spouse, Elizabeth, 54. P. O. Baltimore.
Omnia Township 1882: Charles Messenger, 23. No spouse listed. P. O. Baltimore.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Courier, September 14, 1876.
OMNIA. At the Republican primary last Saturday Enos. Henthorn was elected a delegate to the County Convention, after which speeches were made and a Hayes and Wheeler Club was organized. R. S. Strother was elected President, W. H. Gilliard, Vice President, and J. Messenger, Secretary. The Republicans are alive in that township.
      Winfield Courier, November 2, 1876.
The following ticket has been nominated by the Republicans of Omnia Township: For trustee, M. L. Loy; treasurer, Jonas Messenger; clerk, C. B. Hale; Justice, J. L. Parsons; constables, P. S. Loy and H. M. P. Haworth.
Winfield Courier, November 16, 1876. Editorial Page.
Omnia Township:
M. L. Loy, Trustee; C. B. Hale, Clerk; J. Messenger, Treasurer; J. L. Parsons, J. P.; P. S. Loy and H. M. P. Haworth, Constables.
Winfield Courier, November 1, 1877.
The republicans of Omnia Township, at their primary meeting last Saturday, nominated the following as their ticket at the approaching election. W. H. Gilliard, trustee; Peter S. Loy, justice of the peace; Eleazer Henthorn and A. B. Snow, constables; Mr. Messenger, treasurer.
We failed to get the name of township clerk. They had a large and enthusiastic meeting, and will elect the ticket nominated. Mr. Enos Henthorn, one of the best citizens of the township, was chairman of the meeting.
Winfield Courier, April 11, 1878.

Mr. Jonas Messenger has sold the south half of his creek farm to Mr. Enoch Haworth, from Eureka.
Winfield Courier, April 18, 1878.
Upon presentation of a petition and bond by E. J. Horseman et al, of Omnia Township, asking for a view and survey of a county road, the board appointed R. S. Strother, Jonas Messenger, and L. M. Brown viewers, to meet on the 14th day of May, 1878.
Winfield Courier, April 18, 1878.
Cowley County Fair. A public meeting will be held at the courthouse in Winfield on the 11th day of May, 1878, at 2 o’clock p.m., for the purpose of organizing an agricultural society, and to take into consideration the propriety of holding a Fair during the coming fall. All are invited to attend, and it is hoped that all interests appropriately connected with the enterprise will be represented.
J. E. Platter, B. B. Vandeventer, J. B. Lynn, T. R. Bryan, C. A. Bliss, E. P. Kinne, H. D. Gans, E. E. Bacon, Winfield; J. B. Holmes, W. White, W. J. Funk, Rock; S. M. Fall, R. F. Burden, Windsor; N. J. Larkin, A. Kelly, Richland; Charles A. McClung, J. S. Wooley, Vernon; Dr. Holland, G. Teter, Beaver; W. B. Norman, Adam Walck, Maple; Dr. A. S. Capper, Ninnescah; Ira How, Liberty; Wm. J. Hodges, C. G. Handy, Tisdale; J. B. Callison, Spring Creek; D. W. Wiley, Cedar; E. Shriver, Sheridan; Jonas Messenger, Omnia; J. A. Bryan, Dexter; R. Stratton, Harvey; S. B. Adams, Creswell; J. M. Sample, D. P. Marshall, Bolton; G. W. Herbert, Silverdale; D. B. McCollum, S. Watt, Pleasant Valley.
Winfield Courier, July 25, 1878.
Mrs. Jonas Messenger was very sick last week, but is able to be about now.
Winfield Courier, August 8, 1878.
Mr. Jonas Messenger has bought out Mr. Bridges and moved into the house Monday. Mr. Bridges talks of returning to Mississippi soon. He has been with us but a short time, but we are sorry to have him leave so soon.
Charles Messenger, son of Jonas Messenger, at Agricultural College, Manhattan...
Winfield Courier, October 3, 1878.
Good for Omnia Township! Charles Messenger, George Thompson, and Will S. Tarrant, of Omnia, are now enrolled as students in the Agricultural College at Manhattan. This school is a practical one, and offers to the young men and women of Kansas an opportunity to acquire a thorough, complete, yet practical education, and at the least expense possible to the student. Boys and girls of pluck and nerve will improve this golden opportunity.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 12, 1879. - Front Page.
Charles Messenger and George F. Thompson returned from Manhattan on the 25th of May, where they have been attending college since last September. Both are well pleased with their first year in college, and will probably return again in the fall.
Winfield Courier, September 11, 1879.

Mr. Geo. F. Thompson, Mr. Messenger, and one other young man whose name we have forgotten, of Baltimore, in this county, have gone to Manhattan to attend the State Agricultural College. The two former have been students at that college heretofore.
Winfield Courier, September 25, 1879.
Charles Messenger left for Manhattan last Monday evening, to attend the College.
Winfield Courier, May 20, 1880.
Mr. Jonas Messenger has lately repurchased the eighty acres of land he sold to Enoch Haworth some two years ago.
Winfield Courier, July 8, 1880.
Mr. Jonas Messenger is hauling the material preparatory to completing his large stone barn which he began some time ago.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 6, 1881 - FRONT PAGE.
Below will be found the proceedings of township meetings, organizations, and muster rolls as far as heard from. The last week before the reunion we will publish the muster rolls
First and only indication that Jonas Messenger was handling sheep...
Cowley County Courant, March 23, 1882.
Jonas Messenger has one hundred and fifty head of sheep in good condition. Mr. Chamberlain has 2,500, and Mr. Hamel about 900. Mr. Stolp some 500 besides several smaller lots, all, so far as I can learn, in good flesh and going through with very little loss.
Charles Messenger, teacher...
Winfield Courier, August 10, 1882.
NORMAL TEACHERS—GRADE C. Baltimore: Chas. H. Messenger.
Winfield Courier, September 14, 1882.
The following persons hold valid certificates in this county, and can make legal contracts with school boards.
BALTIMORE. Charles Messenger, grade 3.
Winfield Courier, December 14, 1882.
The teachers of the Burden Division will meet in association at the Burden school building Saturday, December 16, at 10 o’clock a.m. The following program indicates the teachers of the Burden Division and the work assigned them for the next meeting.
Causes of the Revolution: Chas. Walch, R. O. Stearns, Chas. Messenger, Ansel Gridley, Misses Hattie Pontius, and Jennie Davy.
The division embraces the townships of south Richland, Omnia, Harvey, Windsor, and Silver Creek.

Winfield Courier, September 6, 1883.
Mrs. Messenger met with quite a serious accident recently by falling through a trap door into the cellar. She is at present slowly improving and in a fair way of recovery.
Chas. Messenger...
Winfield Courier, September 13, 1883.
Some bright thoughts will be developed by Chas. Messenger while teaching the 4 months term of district 76 which commences Sept. 17.
Winfield Courier, January 10, 1884.
Chas. Messenger, Baltimore, District No. 76. Monthly salary $40.00.
Winfield Courier, February 21, 1884.
Among other proceedings the following claims were allowed the Judges and Clerks of the February 5th 1884 election...paid from $2.00 to $6.00.
Judges: J. A. Lee, L. S. Cogswell, Elisha Harned.
Clerks: C. H. Messenger, John S. Phipps.
Winfield Courier, August 21, 1884.
The following is a list of teachers granted certificates at the late examination.
Chas. H. Messenger was included in list.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 1, 1885.
C. H. Messenger and Maggie Seabridge have taken the matrimonial route to happiness during the past week, according to the records of Judge Gans.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 8, 1885.
Mr. Chas. Messenger, of Burden, and Miss Maggie C. Seabridge, of this city, were married on Wednesday last, by Rev. E. P. Hickok. Mr. Messenger is one of the sturdy farmers of the county and has won a prize in Miss Seabridge.
Jonas Messenger...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 9, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds since our last issue.
Addison L Crow et ux to Jonas Messenger, s hf se qr and ne qr se qr 2-31-6-e: $1,600.


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