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George W. Miller

                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
[Note: Most records show “Samuel Lindsey” and not “Samuel Lindsay.” However, the newspaper varied between both Lindsey and Lindsay, and as you will note the 1880 Winfield Directory shows “Lindsay.” Am showing what directory had to say in order to establish where George W. Miller first settled in Winfield. MAW]
Winfield Directory 1880.
Lindsay, Samuel, boarding, r. 6th avenue s. s. bet Main and Manning.
McDONALD, J. WADE (Hackney & McDonald), r. Manning, s. w. corner 6th avenue.
Winfield Courier, November 24, 1881.
MR. GEO. W. MILLER has bought the Lindsey property in this city and located here as a permanent home. He is one of the leading cattle kings of this country and has now about 5,000 head of cattle on the range in the Territory. He has selected Winfield as his headquarters, because it has good society, churches, and schools, and a wide awake people, making it the most desirable place for his family, consisting of a wife and four children.
Cowley County Courant, December 22, 1881.
Mr. G. W. Miller, the gentleman who recently purchased the Lindsey place, on Manning street opposite Judge McDonald's, has built a neat addition to the house, and will at once erect a barn, put down walks, and add other improvements that, when completed, will make it a very desirable property. Mr. Miller has large cattle interests in the Territory, and is handling hogs on the market in this city, is a gentleman of means, and, togeth­er with his family, makes one of the many valuable acquisi­tions recently made to Winfield's business and society circles.
Cowley County Courant, January 12, 1882.
Miller & Wood seem to lead Southern Kansas in the purchase of hogs for shipment. They shipped Wednesday five carloads from Oxford, one from Winfield, one from Cambridge, and one from Burden. They have, during the past thirty days, shipped about forty carloads. While Miller remains in our city looking after the business here, Cliff Wood is out in the country buying all the hogs he can find.
Winfield Courier, March 9, 1882.
At a late meeting of the Library Association, the following officers were elected for the year ending January 31, 1883.
President: Mrs. M. J. Wood; Vice President: Mrs. T. B. Myers; Secretary: Mrs. E. T. Trimble; Treasurer: Mrs. A. H. Doane; Librarian: Mrs. W. L. Mullen.
Directors: Mrs. H. B. Mansfield, Mrs. J. B. Schofield, Mrs. J. A. Earnest, Mrs. J. G. Shreves, Mrs. W. H. Shearer, Mrs. G. W. Miller, Mrs. Elbert Bliss, Mrs. James A. Bullen, and Mrs. J. Swain.

It is hoped that the citizens of Winfield will feel that, as this association cannot flourish without money, it is the duty of each and everyone to purchase a yearly ticket. It will only cost three dollars for each gentleman in Winfield to have the opportunity of supplying himself with interesting as well as instructive reading matter for one year; and if he does not desire to do it for himself, he will have the satisfaction of knowing he is doing it for the benefit of his fellow men.
Cowley County Courant, March 16, 1882.
At a late meeting of the Library Association, the following officers were elected for the year ending January 31, 1883: President, Mrs. M. J. Wood; Vice President, Mrs. T. B. Myers; Secretary, Mrs. A. H. Doane; Treasurer, Mrs. W. L. Mullen; Directors, Mrs. H. H. Mansfield, Mrs. Elbert Bliss, Mrs. James A. Bullen, Mrs. J. Swain, Mrs. J. B. Schofield, Mrs. J. A. Earnest, Mrs. W. H. Shearer, Mrs. J. G. Shreves, and Mrs. G. W. Miller.
It would be a great encouragement to the ladies to have the gentlemen come manfully to the front and buy a yearly ticket. Three dollars for one year is a small sum when the benefits to be derived from the investment are considered, still if every family in Winfield would purchase a ticket, it would place the ladies in a position where they would feel justified in not only sustaining a Library but would open an attractive reading room. Many entertaining and instructive volumes have been added to the library during the winter. Let all see to it that they have a personal interest in this association.
Cowley County Courant, May 18, 1882.
Quite a number of our citizens and interested parents assembled at the parlors of Mrs. A. T. Spotswood Monday evening on invitation of Miss Nettie McCoy, who had prepared a concert for her little scholars.  The exercises were very interesting to all assembled, and especially so to the parents of the children, who were given this occasion to judge of what musical progress had been made under Miss McCoy's instruction.
SOME OF THE PARTICIPANTS WERE MENTIONED:  Alma Miller, Frank Curns, Mable Silver, Mary Spotswood, Pearl Van Doren and Margaret Spotswood, Mary Orr, Malcolm McDonald, A. S. Higgins, Maggie Bedilion, Anna Doane, Katie Shearer, Mrs. Earnest, and Miss McDonald.
Cowley County Courant, July 6, 1882.
G. W. Miller, our Winfield stockman, shipped from Hunnewell via K. C. L. & S. on Sunday, sixty car loads of Texas cattle.
Winfield Courier, August 10, 1882.
George Miller returned from his cattle ranch Saturday and gives us an account of a killing at one of his camps last Thursday. Two of the boys had gone out to drive up a bunch of cattle and got into an altercation over who should drive them in. One of them pulled out his revolver and shot the other dead. The boy killed was a beardless fellow, unarmed, and had only been in George’s employ ten days.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 16, 1882.
Another Murder in the Territory. A young man named James Hart was shot near G. W. Miller's cow camp, south of Hunnewell, Thursday morning of last week. We were unable to learn the name of the man who shot him, but from the statements made to us, it would seem to have been a cold-blooded assassination. Hart and the assassin were on the range together, and, it appears, had some words, when the latter pulled out his pistol and shot Hart through the arm. He then rode off, leaving Hart lying on the prairie. Hart was found in the after­noon completely saturated in his blood and died in a short time after being discovered. So far nothing has been heard of the murderer, and we do not learn that any attempt has been made to capture him. Caldwell Commercial.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 16, 1882.
Courier Clips. George Miller returned from his cattle ranch Saturday and gives us an account of a killing at one of his camps last Thurs­day. Two of the boys had gone out to drive up a bunch of cattle and got into an altercation over who should drive them in. One of them pulled out his revolver and shot the other dead. The boy killed was a beardless fellow, unarmed, and only been in George's employ ten days.
Winfield Courier, August 24, 1882.
More Improvements. In making up the list of improvements we omitted mentioning several persons who have put in much time and money improving and beautifying their homes this season. Col. McMullen has been especially active in this work, and has added over eighteen hundred dollars worth of improvements to his elegant residence. The Colonel takes great interest in his home and is continually doing something to beautify and make it more pleasant.
George Miller, our cattle king, has made his residence very attractive by the addition of fences, paint, and additional room, and has built one of the prettiest barns in the city. George intends making a permanent home in Winfield for his family, and it will be a good one.
Winfield Courier, November 9, 1882.
Little Folks’ Party. A large number of little folks gathered together at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor Monday afternoon to celebrate with little Mamie her third birthday. The crowd was the jolliest and liveliest we have seen and each of the little folks seemed to take in the full measure of enjoyment. A splendid repast was set for them which they attacked with a relish. Little Mamie received a large number of elegant presents from her young friends. The following is a list of the presents and of those present: 1 silver set knife, fork, and spoon; 2 Majolica plates; 2 gold sash pins; 1 gold ring; 1 child’s decorated china wash stand set; 1 child’s dinner castor; 1 hand painted mug; 1 porte-monnaie; 5 China cups and saucers; 2 China mugs; 1 glass mug; 1 doll’s parlor suite; 1 autograph album; 1 photograph album; 1 wood tea set combination table and cupboard; 1 Brittania tea set; 2 child’s glass sets; sugar bowl; butter dish, etc.; 3 dolls; 2 doll’s canopy top phaetons; 1 doll and carriage; 2 picture books; 1 flat iron and stand; 1 bell cart and span of goats; 1 bouquet; 1 basket of flowers; 1 satin puff box; 1 panorama egg; 6 elegant birthday cards; 1 little brown jug; 1 necklace of pearl beads; 1 shell box; 1 photograph with frame; 2 China match safes; 2 bottles perfumery; 1 card receiver (Kalo Meda); 2 handkerchiefs (embroidered); 1 collar; 1 tooth-pick holder.
Present: Misses Birdie Wright, Edna Glass, Blanche Bliss, Blanche Troup, Stella Buckman, Mamie Black, Frankie Black, Mary Spotswood, Maggie Pryor, Edna Pryor, Muriel Covert, Annie McDonald, Clara Austin, Pearl E. Snyder, Maggie Johnson, Emma Johnson, Bernice Bullen, Beryl Johnston, Nina Nelson, Nona Nelson, Luhe Myton, Josie Myton, Ethel Carruthers, Mary Brotherton, Bell Brotherton, Nina Harter, May Harter, Maud Miller, Gertie Lynn, Effie Lynn, Edna Short, Alma Miller, Mollie Trezise, Lillie Trezise, Fannie Bryan, Flossie Bullen, Ollie Newcomb, Edna Fitch, Maud Cooper, Daisy Clark.

Masters Eddie Greer, Eddie Thorp, Ralph Brown, Roy Robinson, Bertie Silliman, Vere Hollenbeck, Charles F. Green, Charlie Sydal, Henrion McDonald, Dolphi Green, Clare Bullen, Bruce Carruthers, Edgar Powers, Charlie Lynn, Paul Bedilion, Codie Waite, Zack Miller, Willie Trezise, Carl Farringer, Walter Baird, and Willis Young.
Winfield Courier, November 23, 1882.
George Miller came up from his ranche Monday. He has his little pasture of one hundred thousand acres enclosed with a three wire fence, and is ready for winter.
Winfield Courier, February 22, 1883.
Geo. Miller bought thirty-three steers from J. J. Johnson last week. They averaged 1,600 pounds and he paid eighty-two dollars per head for them. J. J. can evidently afford to throw away his passes and pay fare.
Caldwell Commercial, Thursday, March 15, 1883.
G. W. Miller (W. M. Vanhook in charge) was a member of the Association.
The Caldwell Commercial, Thursday, March 15, 1883.
Agent Tufts’ Report to Commissioner of Indian Affairs.
SIR: Referring to cattle letter dated January 6, 1883, I have the honor to report that I have visited the lands known as Cherokee land, west of 96 degrees, and find there a large number of cattle, estimated to be 300,000, ranging on the Strip.  About 200,000 are there by and with the consent of the Cherokees, and on which there was paid a grazing tax to the Cherokee authorities of about $41,000 during the year.  About 100,000 cattle on these lands belong to citizens of Kansas, who turn them loose on these lands and pay no tax.
After a careful investigation, I have to answer the questions submitted in the above official letter as follows.
1. How much fencing has been done? Answer: 950 miles.
2. To whom do the fences belong? Answer: To citizens of the United States and a few citizens of the Cherokee Nation.
3. Name each and all companies or organizations claiming to own fences and the quantity of wire in each. Answer: Comanche pool, 55 miles; Bollinger & Schlupp, 60 miles; Drumm & Snyder, 50 miles; Miller & Pryor, 45 miles; B. H. Campbell, 30 miles; George Thompson, 40 miles; S. & Z. Tuttle, 58 miles; Bridge & Wilson, 45 miles; Bates & Co., 33 miles; Hewins & Titus, 60 miles; Cobb & Hutton, 56 miles; C. H. Moore, 24 miles; George Miller, 72 miles; H. Hodgson, 35 miles; Dean Bros., 40 miles; E. M. Ford, 87 miles; C. H. McClellan, 72 miles; G. Greever, 60 miles; T. Mayhew, 37 miles.
4. How long since fencing was commenced? Answer: During the spring of 1882.
5. What effect has such fencing had upon legitimate travel and upon mail routes?
     Answer: There are but two mail routes through the land in question: from Caldwell, Kansas, to Ft. Reno and points beyond; from Arkansas City to Nez Perces Agency. There are no fences within two miles of either road. There are no other roads for legitimate travel across these lands. Pastures are supplied with gates for the use of parties traveling through.  The fences do not interfere in any manner with legitimate travel or mail routes.

6. What effect has the wire fences on the reservation of destruction of timber on said lands? Answer: Timber extended only along the water courses, and for miles into the Territory along the state line of Kansas, has been destroyed by parties from Kansas, who have used it for fuel and fencing. Much of this valuable lumber has been taken from the Cimarron River, a distance of sixty miles from the Nation line. Unless this wholesale destruction of timber is stopped, it is safe to state that all timber on these lands will be destroyed within three years. While the value of this timber to those who steal it is not great, its value to the country can hardly be estimated, and whatever disposition is made of these lands ultimately; the supply of water will determine its value for any purpose. There is no law in the statutes of the United States to punish for stealing timber from the reservations of any of these five civilized tribes, and it is very evident there never will be any, and these people from the states will continue to destroy this timber as they are now doing until it is all gone. Where ranges have been fenced, the cattle men neither cut timber themselves nor do they permit anyone else to do so; and in my judgment, if the fences now on these lands are permitted to remain, and others are permitted to fence under proper instruction, it will put an effective stop to the destruction of the timber on these lands, and as these cattlemen place fire-guards around their ranches, the young growth of timber will add much to the value of the lands.
I respectfully recommend that the fences now on these lands be permitted to remain, and that others desiring to fence their range have permission to do so. 1st. Permission from the Cherokee Nation must be obtained. 2nd. That no fences shall be erected within two miles of any post road. 3rd. If any parties fencing their range cut or permit any timber to be cut within their pastures, they shall be subject to removal from the Territory and the fences destroyed. 4th. All fences shall be removed at once from the Territory whenever those in possession shall be notified to do so by the department.
The effect of a settlement of this matter in this way will be that the Indian office will not be called upon every few months to remove from the Territory cattlemen who refuse to pay tax.  The Cherokee National will collect double the tax; the destruction of the timber will be effectually stopped, and the young timber protected from fire. The only opposition I found to this fencing was from those who claimed that the timber on these lands belonged to anybody that got it, and from those who live in the states and own large herds of cattle on these lands and refuse to pay tax. The Pennsylvania Oil Company, who attempted to fence without permission from the Cherokee authorities and enclose the ranges and owners of small herds of cattle on which they had paid Cherokee tax, have agreed to settle with those whose ranges they had intended to enclose in their pasture, and obtain permission of the Cherokee authorities, or go elsewhere for their range. This arrangement satisfies Mr. Scott and others, who complained to the Department of the action of the Oil Company; and if permitted to do so, will fence their ranges during the coming summer.
Very respectfully, JOHN Q. TUFTS, U. S. Indian Agent.
To Hon H. Price, Commissioner Indian Affairs, Washington, D. C.
Winfield Courier, April 19, 1883.
Mr. Sparks sold George W. Miller two steers Saturday that weighed 4,370 pounds. The largest one weighed 2,423 pounds. Mr. Sparks got $201.65 for the two. These are the largest steers we have seen in the county.
Winfield, Courier, April 19, 1883.

George Miller bought a steer Monday which had three horns—two on the head and one on the side of its neck. George got up a small museum and exhibited the steer for the benefit of the poor and sick. Quite a collection was taken up.
Winfield Courier, April 19, 1883.
Encourage the Boys. Yesterday morning Mr. Geo. W. Miller, capitalist and prominent stock dealer, came into the Winfield Bank and made a present of a five dollar gold piece each to James Lorton, C. E. Fuller, and E. J. McMullen, employees, in testimonial of their uniform courtesy, gentlemanly deportment, and correct, neat, and prompt manner of keeping accounts and paying checks.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 2, 1883.
The Courier says Indians frighten horses and make them smash up buggies. Also that the great cattle man, Geo. Miller, has gone into the show business, and is exhibiting a three-horned steer.
Winfield Courier, May 10, 1883.
Mrs. Geo. W. Miller, accompanied by her interesting family of little ones and Miss Mollie Brooks, left on Wednesday morning for a visit to friends in Missouri. She will be absent three or four weeks. Miss Brooks, who has spent the winter here, returns to her home in Kentucky much improved in health. She is an accomplished young lady and has many good friends here who will sadly miss her.
G. W. MILLER. [Wm. Vanhook in charge.]
All cattle branded 101 on left horn. Range on Salt Fork, Indian Territory.  P. O. Winfield or Hunnewell, Kansas.
Horse brand [K] One lot of cattle branded has left shoulder [K] on left loin. [NOT 100% SURE...BUT IT LOOKS LIKE THE “K” WAS USED ON BOTH HORSES AND CATTLE.]
From Zack Miller book:
1878.  Book mentions that it was in Newtonia, Missouri, that G. W. Miller picked up his 101 Ranch brand. Mentions Gid Guthrie was Miller’s trail boss in 1878 and name was picked up by a honkeytonk in downtown San Antonio called “The Hundred and One.”
1879.  Book states that Gid Guthrie wanted to know what sort of road brand to put on the steers. G. W. Miller responded: “We’ll forget the Lee Kokernut brand we’ve been using. I’ve bought out that iron. We’ll brand 101 this time.” Also book states that John Hiatt, G. W.’s nephew of Hunnewell, Kansas, laid claim to building the brand fire that burned the first 101 on a cow. G. W. had had some irons made to horn-brand and some to hide-brand on the left hip. He bobbed the tails of his steers and dewlapped every head, cutting the dewlap from the top down so that when it dried, it stuck straight out.
From Ellsworth Collings and Alma Miller England book, The 101 Ranch, 1937:

Colonel Miller’s first ranch, near Miami, Oklahoma, was known as the “L K” Ranch. Lee Kokernut was a noted Texas rancher with whom Colonel Miller had formed a partnership in the cattle business. The brand ­K (Lee Kokernut) was on many of the cattle arriving at Baxter Springs from Mr. Kokernut’s ranch in Texas, and for that reason, Colonel Miller adopted this brand for his new ranch.
1881? In 1879 Miller had still been in partnership with Kokernut and so continued to use the same brand. The next year he had purchased the holdings of his partner and decided on a new brand. Miller adopted the new brand (101) for his ranch in 1881. At first the brand was not burned in its horns. John Hiatt of Hunnewell, Kansas, reported that he helped to build the first fire in 1881 to burn the 101 on the horns of the steers. From 1881 to 1887, Colonel Miller branded his cattle with the 101 on the left horn and No on the left side. The ­K brand was used on the left shoulder of the horses. In 1888, he discontinued the 101 on the horns of the cattle and began that year to brand all cattle and horses with the 101 exclusively on the left hip, thus abandoning entirely the use of the ­K brand on horses and No on the left side of cattle.
Much speculation was given in the book as to the selection of “101 brand.”
One version given: Miller bought the 101 brand from the 101 Ranch Company operating near Kenton, Oklahoma. (This company was organized in 1881 from three previously existing Texas brands: The 101 brand owned by Mr. Doss; the VI brand owned by Mr. Taylor; and the 88 brand owned by Mr. Horn.
See item printed in 1883 by Courier that was taken from Traveler re Miller Brand.
[Note: The only comment I have to make is that the newspaper item first given relative to “Brands” does not go along with articles in either book by Miller children.]
In May 1883 Winfield hosted a convention of newspaper editors...
Winfield Courier, May 17, 1883.
To Geo. W. Miller were assigned F. Meredith, wife, and daughter, and Mrs. McLaughlin of the Anthony Journal.
There were one hundred and seventy-six guests of the citizens of Winfield here at the Editorial Convention, as nearly as we can figure it.
Winfield Courier, May 31, 1883.
Mrs. G. W. Miller and family returned Friday from a visit to friends in Newtonia, Missouri. She has been absent several weeks, and her friends are pleased to have her home again.
Wm. VanHook, in charge of the Geo. Miller ranch, was in town Tuesday and gave the JOURNAL the benefit of his smile.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 19, 1883. Front Page.
The special premiums offered below will be assigned to special location in the main building, or on the grounds, and will be under the management and control of the General Superintendent. Entries must be made as in other classes, but the Secretary’s card shall indicate for whose special premium the exhibit will enter for, and the exhibitors must be governed by the restrictions named in the special premium. Payment of premiums will be made by the parties offering the same, on the certificate of the awarding committee, said committee to be appointed by the executive board of the association.

Lot 5. BY G. W. MILLER. STOCK MEN. TEN DOLLARS. For the largest hog of any color, sex, or breed, open to the world. Bring out your big hogs.
Winfield Courier, August 16, 1883.
Geo. W. Miller has shipped eighty car loads of fat cattle this week. They were all from his pastures in the Territory, and he has purchased thirty-five hundred head of through cattle to take the places of those shipped. George swaps dollars at the rate of about a hundred thousand a week now-a-days.
Winfield Courier, August 16, 1883.
Messrs. Washington, Zimmerman, and Slaughter, large stock men from the Territory, were up Tuesday enjoying the hospitalities of Geo. W. Miller.
Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.
By Geo. W. Miller: $10 for largest hog of any age or breed was awarded to Isaac Wood of Vernon. Hog weighed 700 pounds.
Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.
THE FAIR. The south main exhibition building was devoted to the ladies department supplemented by a grand organ and sewing machine show. The fancy work under Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, was a varied display of taste and industry such as we have never seen before in one collection. There were articles of every imaginable name, and Mrs. Kretsinger hid amid a wilderness of lace and embroideries, had her hands more than full. The fine arts under Miss Kate Millington attracted much attention. The beautiful collections of paintings of Mrs. Geo. W. Miller and Mrs. C. C. Black were greatly admired.
CLASS L. FINE ARTS. Best collection of oil paintings, Mrs. G. W. Miller, city, 1st premium; Mrs. Garlick, city, 2nd. Fancy painting in oil or water colors, Mrs. C. C. Black, city, first premium; Mrs. G. W. Miller, city, 2nd.
CLASS M. FANCY WORK. Ornamental needle work, Mrs. G. W. Miller, city, 1st premium; Mrs. Geo. W. Robinson, city, 2nd. Best and prettiest thing not enumerated elsewhere, Mrs. Geo. W. Miller, city, 1st premium; Miss Lena Walworth, city, 2nd. Hand painted toilet bottles, Mrs. C. C. Black, city, 1st premium; Mrs. G. W. Miller, city, 2nd. Hand painted pin cushion, Mrs. G. W. Miller, city, 1st premium.
MISCELLANEOUS. Best bed spring, G. W. Miller, city, 1st premium.
The Caldwell Journal, October 4, 1883.
At a regular meeting of the Board of Directors of the Cherokee Strip Live Stock Association, held in Caldwell on the 3rd day of October, 1883, the following action was had.

On motion of A. J. Day, seconded by A. Drum, it was ordered that a committee of four, consisting of Ben S. Miller, S. Tuttle, E. M. Hewins, and J. W. Hamilton be appointed on quarantine grounds, in place of the old committee, who are hereby discharged; and that said committee have full power to lay off and define quarantine grounds. The following resolution was adopted. Resolved, That the Hunnewell quarantine grounds shall be bounded on the north by the Kansas state line, on the west by Forsythe Bros., Moore & Roher, and G. W. Miller’s fences; on the south by the Nez Perces reservation; on the east, by Helm & Horsley’s fence. The Caldwell quarantine ground shall be bounded on the north by the Kansas state line; on the west by Garland & Corzine’s fence, and run due north to State line; on the south by J. A. Blair’s fence; on the east by W. E. Malaley, Bower Bros., Barefoot & Santer, Moore & Roher, and D. T. Beals. J. A. BLAIR, Secretary. Caldwell, October 3, 1883.
Winfield Courier, October 18, 1883.
Scraps from Akron. Gammon Brothers marketed 48 head of hogs at Seeley last Wednesday. They were sold to Miller & Wood of Winfield for $4.12½ per hundred and averaged 340 lbs. a head.
Winfield Courier, November 8, 1883.
A Horse on Eleventh Avenue, east, for sale cheap. Enquire at residence of Geo. W. Miller.
Winfield Courier, November 22, 1883.
Monday morning two men drove 47 head of cattle into Oxford and prepared to ship them. While they were being loaded, a gentleman who is buying hogs for Mr. Geo. W. Miller at Oxford noticed that the cattle bore Mr. Miller’s brand. On questioning the parties, they said they had bought the cattle of Mr. Miller some days before. The cattle were loaded and came over on the morning train, together with one of the shippers. Mr. Miller’s man also came over. Coming uptown he met George and happened to speak of his having seen two carloads of cattle bearing his brand loaded at Oxford that morning and that they were on the train then standing at the depot. George at once said that he had not sold any cattle and that they were certainly stolen out of his pasture. They then started to the depot on a run. The fellow who had the cattle seemed to be watching and when he saw them coming, jumped off on the opposite side of the train and made for the timber. He was followed by several parties, but up to this time they have failed to capture him. George had the stock switched off here and then went west after the old man with gray hair. He left his pal at Oxford to go east with the cattle while he went another way with the two ponies. The stolen cattle were worth about fifteen hundred dollars.
Winfield Courier, November 29, 1883.
One of the cattle thieves, an account of whose exploits was printed last week, was caught by Mr. Geo. W. Miller last week about twelve miles west of Wichita. His name is Hiram McCathalan, and he is an old penitentiary bird. He is the one who helped to load the cattle at Oxford and afterward took the horses away. Mr. Miller struck his trail and followed it all around over the country until he finally came up with him. He was riding along the road at the time and seemed very much surprised when George rode up, pulled his Winchester down on him, and ordered him to “throw up.” He yielded gracefully, however, and George brought him to Wellington, where he now lies in jail. George is a good thief-catcher.
Winfield Courier, December 6, 1883.
A wagon backed into Mrs. Geo. W. Miller’s buggy Saturday evening, severely demoralizing it, but doing no injury to the occupants.
Winfield Courier, December 6, 1883.
[From The Traveler.] Geo. W. Miller, of Winfield, recently rounded up and branded 5,400 head of cattle at his ranch on Salt Fork south of Hunnewell. He has changed his old brand of LK to 101 on hip and horn.

The Caldwell Journal, December 13, 1883.
Horace, Mr. Cathron, and Wm. Miller, who stole two car loads of cattle from G. W. Miller’s ranch on Salt Fork, last month, have been arrested and are now in jail at Wellington.  The first was captured in Sedgwick County and the second at Gainesville, Texas. Miller, after making his escape, stole a horse near Winfield, three in Sedgwick County, three more, with harness, wagon, and load of corn, near Milan, and then lit out for Texas. Against Mr. Miller serves a sufficient number of years to pay up for his little eccentricities, he will undoubtedly be too aged to take any interest in cattle or horses.
[Note: Last sentence seems garbled to me.]
The Caldwell Journal, December 20, 1883.
Elsie Thralls passed through town last Friday with the horses and wagon stolen by Miller from near Milan. We stated last week that Miller had been captured, but that was a mistake.  Miller got away, owing to the want of promptness on the part of the officers at Gainesville.  If their course in regard to Miller is anything to judge by, it is no wonder the vicinity of Gainesville has been the scene of frequent robberies during the past six months.
Winfield Courier, December 20, 1883.
Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller entertained a large number of friends at their elegant home Friday evening. It was a pleasant company and the hospitality was highly enjoyed. Among those present were Mayor & Mrs. Emerson, Mr. & Mrs. Bahntge, Mr. & Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. & Mrs. Spotswood, Mr. & Mrs. Hickok, Mr. & Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Mr. & Mrs. E. S. Bliss, Mr. & Mrs. Mann, Mr. & Mrs. W. S. Wilson, Mr. & Mrs. Millington, Mr. & Mrs. Silliman, Mr. & Mrs. Ordway, Mr. & Mrs. Tomlin, Mr. & Mrs. Col. Whiting, Mr. & Mrs. Geo. W. Miller, Mr. & Mrs. Greer, Mr. & Mrs. Allen, Mr. & Mrs. J. C. McMullen, Mr. & Mrs. Dr. Green, Mr. & Mrs. Brown, Mr. & Mrs. H. G. Fuller, Mr. & Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Mr. & Mrs. Branham. Also, Mr. Elbert Bliss, Mrs. Albro, Mrs. Doane, Mrs. Foos, Mrs. Perkins, Mrs. Ripley, of Burlington, Iowa, Mrs. Judge Buck of Emporia. These evening gatherings are becoming quite a feature in our social life, and nowhere are they more heartily enjoyed than at Mr. Fuller’s.
[Note: There were two men by the name of G. W. Miller and one G. M. Miller. Impossible at times to tell if they are referring to 101 George W. Miller or one of the others. MAW]
Winfield Courier, December 20, 1883.
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Miller entertained a number of young friends Wednesday evening.
Winfield Courier, January 17, 1884.
The Masquerade. The members of the Pleasant Hour Club have made the winter thus far very pleasant in a social way. Their hops have been well attended, and the utmost good feeling and harmony has prevailed. Their masquerade ball last Thursday evening was the happiest hit of the season. The floor was crowded with maskers and the raised platforms filled with spectators. At nine o’clock the “grand march” was called, and the mixture of grotesque, historical, mythological, and fairy figures was most attractive and amusing. Then, when the quadrilles were called, the effect of the clown dancing with a grave and sedate nun, and Romeo swinging a pop-corn girl, was, as one of the ladies expressed it, “just too cute.”

The following is the list of names of those in masque, together with a brief description of costume or character represented.
Geo. W. Miller, as Old Father Hubbard, had a most ridiculous make-up.
Winfield Courier, January 17, 1884.
On Monday afternoon the stockholders of the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association met in the Opera House for the purpose of re-organizing the Board of Directors for the year 1884, and receiving reports of the condition and doings of the Association for the year. About seventy-five stockholders, representing nearly all of the subscribed stock, were present. George W. Miller held two shares or stock.
Unknown if this refers to George W. Miller of the 101...
Winfield Courier, January 24, 1884.
Geo. W. Miller and V. B. Bartlett have completed a neat office next to Curns & Manser.
Winfield Courier, February 28, 1884.
The next regular monthly meeting of the Ladies’ Library Association will be held on Tuesday, March 4th, at 3 p.m. At the last semi-annual meeting the following named ladies were elected as officers and directors for the ensuing year. For president, Mrs. C. S. Van Doren; vice president, Mrs. T. B. Myers; secretary, Mrs. N. J. Lundy; treasurer, Mrs. C. B. Millington; librarian, Mrs. W. L. Mullen. For directors: Mrs. W. H. Shearer, Mrs. M. J. Wood, Mrs. J. S. Mann, Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, Mrs. G. W. Miller, Mrs. W. R. Kirkwood, Mrs. A. E. Dawson, and Mrs. F. W. Finch. Secretary.
Winfield Courier, March 6, 1884.
Mr. Geo. Miller, residing east of town, sold one hog to our Geo. W. Miller for $30 Tuesday. Geo. W. Miller says that is more than he ever paid for one hog before. It was bought for shipment. While we are speaking of Millers, we would like to suggest that some of those in Cowley change their names to something beside George. With about a dozen George’s in the county, how are we going to keep from getting them mixed? The Smith families want to branch off from Williams, too.
[Note: There was also a “George W. Miller” in Arkansas City.]
Winfield Courier, June 12, 1884.
Geo. W. Miller left Saturday for the East, on a few days business trip.
Winfield Courier, June 19, 1884.
Mrs. Geo. W. Miller has been enjoying a visit from her brother, Mr. S. B. Carson, of Dayton, Ohio, with his lately acquired bride.
Winfield Courier, June 19, 1884.
Master Joe. Miller, son of Geo. W. Miller, our stock dealer, has returned from school at Richmond, Kentucky, and taken charge of his father’s business in this city, Cliff Wood having retired. Joe. shows more manliness and business than many boys very much older.

[After learning that George W. Miller, 101, dealt in hogs in Winfield, this item above leads me to believe that Joe Miller left school to go to work for father. Joseph Carson Miller, son of George W., was born March 12, 1868, in Crab Orchard, Kentucky. Joe Miller married Lizzie T. [?] Miller, born in Bethany, Louisiana. She married Joe Miller in December 1894. Joe Miller would have been 16 when he left school and went to work for his father, G. W. Miller. He would have been about 26 years of age when he married.]
Winfield Courier, July 31, 1884.
The semi-annual meeting of the Ladies Library Association was held last Tuesday and elected six directors, as follows: Mrs. Whiting, Mrs. Bullene, Mrs. D. A. Millington, Mrs. I. W. Randall, Mrs. Kate Wilson, and Mrs. Geo. Rembaugh. Those directors holding over are: Mrs. W. H. Shearer, Mrs. M. J. Wood, Mrs. J. S. Mann, Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, Mrs. G. W. Miller, Mrs. W. R. Kirkwood, Mrs. H. E. Dawson, and Mrs. F. W. Finch; the president, Mrs. C. S. Van Doren, and the secretary, Mrs. N. J. Lundy. The Association is in a flourishing condition.
Winfield Courier, September 11, 1884.
Mrs. G. W. Miller and children, have returned from a two weeks visit with relatives and friends in Southwest Missouri.
Next item refers to “Joe Miller.” Evidently George W. Miller’s son, Joe, was still in charge of handling hogs at this time in Winfield...
Winfield Courier, September 11, 1884.
STREAKS OF SUNSHINE. [ADS.] Hogs for Sale. Six piggy sows and fifteen shoats for sale. Inquire of Joe Miller.
Winfield Courier, September 25, 1884.
DIED. Wm. H. Vanhook, a young man for fourteen years in the employ of Geo. W. Miller, our cattle man, and the last four years manager of Mr. Miller’s Territory ranch, died last week at Hunnewell. He was taken a few days before, while in the Territory, with typho-malarial fever. Mrs. Miller and Dr. Emerson left here as soon as apprized, but before they reached him, the grim destroyer had done his work. The body was brought to Winfield and buried Friday from the Christian Church, Rev. H. D. Gans officiating. The attentions of Mr. and Mrs. Miller could not have been exceeded had the young man been an own son.
Winfield Courier, December 4, 1884.
Mr. T. J. Beckett, of Walnut, bought a red Berkshire male hog two years ago of Mr. G. W. Miller. Saturday he brought in a drove of sixty-two, all the direct offspring of that hog, and marketed them for over a thousand dollars, leaving a number of the same breed at home yet. The antecedent of all these was sold among the lot for more than his original cost. That is certainly a good record.
Winfield Courier, December 11, 1884.
The ladies of the Christian Church will give a dinner and supper on New Years’ Day in the building now occupied by the Holiday Bazaar, one door south of Wallis & Wallis’. All are cordially invited to assist. Come one and all and enjoy a happy New Year. Proceeds to be used for Sunday school. Meeting at the residence of Mrs. G. W. Miller Saturday at 3 o’clock.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 8, 1885.

On Wednesday evening of last week, Mayor Emerson and lady threw their pleasant home open for the entertainment of invited guests, it being the tenth anniversary of their wedding. Among those present were: Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Mann, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. O. Branham, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Harter, Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Webb, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Webb, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Ordway, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Schuler, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Williams, Mrs. D. A. Millington, Mrs. J. E. Saint, Mrs. Perkins; Misses Sadie French, Margie Wallis, Jessie Millington, Josie Baird, Nettie McCoy, Anna McCoy, Mattie Harrison of Hannibal, Mo.; Messrs. E. H. Nixon, R. B. Rudolf, M. H. Ewart, M. J. O’Meara, and Ezra Meech. Each bore a token of respect and good will. Under the royal entertainment of Dr. and Mrs. Emerson, all passed the evening most enjoyably and departed with the old year, heartily wishing the “bride and groom” many anniversaries of their wedding, down to the one of diamonds, with its silver tresses.
Not at all sure this is G. W. Miller of 101...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 8, 1885.
Mr. and Mrs. T. R. Bryan, who have just passed the twentieth mile stone in their married life, were enticed away from their home on the evening of the 2d inst., ostensibly to take tea with Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Miller. Before tea was announced, however, a messenger arrived and informed them that some parties had called to see them on very important business and that they must hasten home. Imagine to their surprise at being met at the door by Mrs. G. W. Miller, whom they had just left at her home, and being ushered in and greeted by about fifty of their friends. The raiders had captured the entire premises, even to the kitchen and dining room, and Mr. and Mrs. Bryan were made to understand that a china wedding was on hand and that they were the victims. Mrs. Bryan was spirited away to an upper chamber, where she was soon attired in her wedding dress of twenty years ago. The wedding pants were produced by Mr. Miller, but alas, the increased rotundity of the bridegroom forbade the thought. They were led to the parlor and a pleasant ceremony pronounced by Elder J. S. Myers. After congratulations the company was invited to the dining room, where a feast such as only the ladies can prepare, was greatly enjoyed. The table was spread in elegant style with a very handsome set of Haviland china, which was presented to the bridge and groom by their many friends. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. H. C. Buford, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. A. M. Journey, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Sanderson, Mr. and Mrs. Franklin, Dr. and Mrs. W. G. Graham, Dr. D. Gans, Elder and Mrs. J. S. Myers, Mr. and Mrs. S. J. Smock; Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Stafford, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. French; Mrs. Dr. Capper, Mrs. Galbreth, Mrs. Judge Tipton, Mrs. Grinnell, Mrs. Iles, Miss Emma Fulton, Misses Ida and May McGhee, Miss Atha Suess, Miss Bessie Graves, Mr. C. G. McGhee, Mr. J. F. Miller, Mr. Frank Miller, Mr. J. T. Hackney, Mr. R. Hackney, Elder Hopkins, and others whose names we did not get. It was a very enjoyable evening and Mr. and Mrs. Bryan desire to express their sincere thanks to their friends for their kind remembrances and will ever cherish the memory of that occasion as one of the greenest spots in their lives.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 22, 1885.
THE LUCKY NAMES AT THE Bee Hive Prize Drawing.
One of those listed. G. W. Miller.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 29, 1885.
Mr. G. W. Miller went to his ranch in the Territory a few days ago to look after the interests of his cattle. His loss has been comparatively small during the severe weather.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 29, 1885.
The many friends of Miss Mollie Brooks, niece of Mrs. G. W. Miller, will be glad to know that she will accompany Mr. J. J. Carson’s family to Winfield this week, to spend the spring and summer.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 29, 1885.

One of Mr. G. W. Miller’s ranchmen was up from the Territory last Thursday and reports a loss of but twenty out of Mr. Miller’s five thousand head of cattle—a remarkable showing considering the mortality at many other ranches. Mr. Miller will bring five hundred head to the State immediately and feed them for the early spring market.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 29, 1885.
Regarding Mr. J. J. Carson, brother-in-law of Mr. G. W. Miller, our cattle dealer, and whom we mentioned last week as arriving here from Richmond, Kentucky, to locate in business, we find the following in the Richmond Herald.
“It is with sincere regret that we note the departure from our city of one of her most worthy citizens, Mr. J. J. Carson, who will leave tomorrow for his new home in Winfield, Kansas. Mr. Carson entered the Federal army at the outbreak of the war as a private in the 3rd Kentucky Regiment and by indomitable pluck and courage, he was soon promoted to a captaincy. He followed the fortunes of the army of the Cumberland from the bloody field of Shiloh through all its various campaigns, and was wounded at Stone River and again at Missionary Ridge. When the contest ended, Capt. Carson laid aside the animosities of war with his sword, as did all good and true soldiers, and entered upon the peaceful avocations of life. For many years he was engaged in business as principal salesman in a large dry goods house in Cincinnati, receiving a handsome salary, but with a manly sense of independence he came to Richmond in 1877 and started in business for himself. Though a comparative stranger, his fearless Christian character, affable manners, and thorough personal integrity in all social and business relations of life soon won for him a host of friends and a reputation, envied by all and surpassed by none. He is not only a thorough-going businessman, but a public spirited citizen, and will be a worthy acquisition to any community. While deploring his departure from our midst, we congratulate the people of Winfield upon having such a citizen among them. His estimable wife, whose social qualities are only excelled by her Christian virtues, preceded him a few weeks ago, carrying with her the heartfelt affection of many true and devoted friends. We bespeak for them many years of happiness and prosperity in their new Western home.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 5, 1885.
Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Ordway have rented their home to J. J. Carson, late of Kentucky, and will travel during the year for Mr. Ordway’s health. They start soon for New Orleans, will return in April, and in May leave for California.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 5, 1885.
Capt. J. J. Carson and family have arrived from Kentucky and will occupy the pleasant residence of Mr. Geo. Ordway. Mr. Carson will shortly open an entirely new stock of clothing in the Jennings & Crippen building. He is a man of large experience in this business, of keen intelligence and enterprise, and just such a man as we are ready to heartily welcome as a citizen. Mr. Carson was a member of the first company that left “Old Kaintuck” to battle for the Union.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 12, 1885.
S. W. Chase, of Tisdale township, sold a carload of fine twelve hundred lb. two-year-old cattle to Geo. W. Miller yesterday as has ever appeared on our streets. He got $4.12½ per cwt.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 19, 1885.
J. J. Carson left Saturday morning to visit the eastern cities to purchase his goods. He will open an entire new stock in the new building of Jennings & Crippen about March 1st.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 19, 1885.
Wait for the opening of the new Clothing Store of J. J. Carson & Co.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 5, 1885.
To the citizens of Cowley and adjoining Counties:
We beg to announce that we are now opening in Winfield, Kansas, a complete stock of Men’s, Boys’ and Children’s Fine Custom-made, Medium and Low-priced Clothing; and in connection with our clothing, we will show an immense line of Gent’s Fine Furnishing Goods, as well as medium and low-priced, including every article of wearing apparel for the man of business or pleasure, the farmer, mechanic, or stockman. Also a complete line of Hats. We flatter ourselves that after twenty years’ experience, mostly in one of the largest clothing manufactories in the East, which manufactured the largest line of clothing of any house for the Southwestern trade, that we will show the people of this section one of the very best selections of goods in the above lines ever offered them. Our business will be conducted on the best known principles of fair dealing. As it is a well-known fact but few people are well enough posted to protect themselves against the unscrupulous, all customers who patronize us will be treated alike. Every article will be marked in plain figures and sold strictly at price marked, which will be found the very lowest that can be named on that class of goods. Every article offered for sale will be guaranteed as represented. Any article bought of us that does not prove satisfactory upon examination at your own home, if returned to us in a reasonable length of time, and in good order, will be exchanged. We enter into the one-price system, feeling confident that the people will recognize this as the correct principle, after they once become accustomed to it.
Hoping you will favor us with an early examination of our stock, on East side of Main street, between 8th and 9th avenues, we are Respectfully yours, J. J. CARSON & CO.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 12, 1885.
At the regular business meeting of the Ladies Library Association on Tuesday of last week, the following named ladies were elected as officers and directors for the ensuing year: President, Mr. D. A. Millington; Vice-President, Mrs. W. R. Kirkwood; Secretary, Mrs. N. J. Lundy; Treasurer, Mrs. C. M. Wood; Librarian, Mrs. W. L. Mullen. Directors: Mrs. G. W. Miller, Mrs. F. W. Finch, Mrs. C. Taylor, Mrs. Dr. Graham, Mrs. Dr. Perry, Mrs. Dr. Tandy, Mrs. J. S. Myers, Mrs. C. Strong, and Miss E. Strong.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 19, 1885.
CLOTHING, HATS, CAPS AND Furnishing Goods House-NOW OPEN-Showing a Complete Stock of Men’s, Boys’ and Children’s Wear.
Our goods are all new, purchased for this Spring’s trade after the very latest decline in Woolen Goods in the East. Our prices will be found as LOW as same class of goods can be purchased for in any city. Our prices are marked in plain figures on every article, and will be sold strictly at market price. Our stock embraces every variety of Men’s Wear known to the trade. You are respectfully invited to call and examine our goods.

J. J. CARSON & CO., East Side Main Street, between 8th & 9th Ave.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 26, 1885.
G. W. Miller, Cowley’s cattle king, left Tuesday to attend the cattlemen’s convention at Caldwell.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 9, 1885.
Mrs. G. W. Miller, accompanied by her son, Joe, left for New Orleans Tuesday evening. They expect to be gone several weeks.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 23, 1885.
MONDAY. Geo. Miller starts for Texas next week, and will begin shipping cattle at once, fresh off of the southern grass. George keeps up with the seasons, from the north to the south pole.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 23, 1885.
If you want to find the largest and best stock of Clothing for Men, Boys, or Children.
If you want to see the largest and best assorted stock of SPRING AND SUMMER HATS,
If you want to find the finest DRESS SHIRTS, COLLARS AND CUFFS,
If you want FANCY SHIRTS, Other French Penong, English Cheviot, India Madras,
Chintz, Percale, Calico—from 25 cts. Up.
SUMMER UNDERWEAR, in French Balbriggan Fancy, White, Summer Flannels, Summer Marino, India Gauze, the B. V. D. Elastic Ankle Drawers, etc. Suspenders, Handkerchiefs, and Braces.
We have made arrangements with one of the largest Merchant Tailor Establishments in New York, and will keep a line of samples of the finest French, English, German and American Cloths and Shirting.
Orders taken and satisfaction guaranteed or no sale.
Prices same as New York. Delivered free of express charges in The One Price Clothing Store, where you will find the largest Plate Glass Mirrors, and the best lighted sale room in Southern Kansas.
Neck Ware in all Grades and Varieties.
In fact, to be well dressed, you must buy your goods from the only one price clothing, hat, and furnishing house in Winfield. All goods marked in plain figures, and sold strictly at market prices. No old stock bought at high prices.
Our motto, a dollars worth for a dollar. Every article sold by us guaranteed to be as represented. And if you want to see the best equipped store in all its details, every Department complete in the latest novelties known to the trade. Be sure you are at the right store, on East Side of Main Street between 8th and 9th Ave. Call early. We are always glad to show our goods and prices. J. J. CARSON & CO.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 23, 1885.
FRIDAY. Dr. D. J. States, who lately arrived from Indiana, is fitting up professional rooms over J. J. Carson’s Clothing Store.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 30, 1885.

The Grand Army of the Republic is preparing to properly observe Decoration and Memorial Days, May 30th and the Sunday preceding. The initial steps were taken last week at its regular meeting in the appointment of T. H. Soward, A. H. Limerick, H. H. Siverd, A. B. Arment, and J. J. Carson as a committee of arrangement. This is a step that will receive the hearty encouragement of all. Nothing could be more fitting than this memorial tribute to those “vets” who have passed to the great beyond. The Decoration Day last year was slightly marred by rain, but the memorial services at the churches were very successful. Let us prepare this year for even greater success, hoping for weather propitious.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 30, 1885.
Mr. J. W. Browning, of Beaver township, drove in sixty-two hogs yesterday. G. W. Miller bought the lot at $3.70 per cwt.—$520 for the herd.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 14, 1885.
Post commander and comrades of Winfield Post No. 85, G. A. R.: Your committee appointed to report to the Post a program for memorial and decoration services submit the following as their report.
1st. The committee recommend the following as the order of services for Memorial Day, Sunday, May 24th, 1885.
That there be memorial services held in the 1st Baptist church of the city of Winfield on Sunday morning, May 24, at 11 a.m., and that this Post, with visiting comrades and all old soldiers, with their families, be requested to attend said services and that Dr. Kirkwood, of the Presbyterian church, be requested to deliver the address or sermon at said time and place, and that memorial services be held in the Methodist Episcopal church in the evening of said day, the address to be delivered by Rev. J. H. Reider, and that the Post march in column from their hall to each service.
The following committees are suggested to carry the above recommendations into effect.
Committee of 3 on procuring churches.
Committee of 3 on procuring speakers.
Committee of 3 on decorating churches.
Committee of 3 on seating and ushering.
Decoration services May 30th, 1885.
The Post to meet at their hall at 9½ o’clock a.m., and immediately thereafter to send committee of three to Vernon township to assist the citizens in decoration of soldiers’ graves at Vernon Center cemetery. A committee of five to decorate the graves in the Catholic cemetery; also a committee of five to decorate the soldiers’ graves in the cemetery south of the city. These committees to perform their duty and immediately thereafter to report themselves to the Post commander.
At one o’clock p.m., an address in the Opera House by Rev. H. Kelly, with appropriate music.
At 2 p.m., the parade will form on Main street facing west, the right resting on 10th avenue.
1st, twelve little girls dressed in white and twelve little boys with blue jackets and caps with flowers in the van.
2nd, Winfield Courier band.

3rd, Visiting Posts, Winfield Post, old soldiers not members of Post, ambulances with disabled soldiers and Woman’s Relief Corps and wagons with flowers, in the order named.
2nd division, Winfield Union Cornet band, Company C, State Guards, 1st Light Artillery, Kansas National Guards, Winfield Fire Department.
3rd division, Adelphia Lodge, Winfield Chapter, Winfield Commanders, Winfield Council, Winfield Lodge, K. of H., Winfield Council, No. 5, N. U., Winfield Lodge, No. 18, A. O. U. W., Winfield Lodge, No. 16, S. K., Winfield Lodge No. 101, I. O. O. F., Chevalier Dodge, No. 70, K. of P., Winfield Lodge No. 20, I. O. G. T., and W. C. T. U.
4th division, Winfield Juvenile Cornet Band, Mayor and city authorities and citizens.
Line of march, north on Main street to Eighth avenue; east on Eighth avenue to Harter street; north on Harter street to Fifth avenue; east on Fifth avenue to Michigan Avenue, in Highland Park, and thence north to cemetery. The services in the cemetery to be held on the mound in the center of the cemetery. The officers conducting the manual services of the G. A. R. and Miss Campbell, who will recite the original poem to be on said mound; the comrades and soldiers to be formed in double rank around the drive-way next to said mound. After the poem and manual services by the G. A. R., the twelve little girls and boys and a detail of twelve veterans with baskets of flowers will follow by the column and proceed to first decorate the soldiers graves in the southwest portion of the cemetery, then in the northwest portion, then in the northeast, and then in the southeast.
The committee recommend that the Post Commander command the column and appoint such assistant commanders and aid de camps as he may desire.
We recommend that the committee on securing tombstones from the national government be appointed a committee and be ordered to secure small, white headboards, and have the name of the dead soldiers in our cemeteries, with company and regiment printed thereon, and placed at each grave not so marked, first obtaining the consent of the family of the deceased soldier, and to also mark each grave with a flag of the United States.
The committee would further recommend that the Post Commander appoint an executive committee of five, who shall have the power to appoint all sub-committees to carry this of the programme that may be adopted into effect.
The committee suggest the following committees for Decoration Day:
Committee of three on Invitation.
Committee of three on Music.
Committee of three on Procuring Children.
Committee of ten on Flowers.
The committee would further recommend that the Woman’s Relief Corps be most cordially invited to cooperate with us, and that they be requested to act with us on our committees.
Your committee further recommends that the Mayor of the city be asked to request, by proclamation, our businessmen to close their places of business from 1 to 3:30 P. M., on Saturday, May 30th, and participate in decoration services.
Respectfully submitted in F. C. & L.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 28, 1885.

Geo. W. Miller shipped another car load of hogs to K. C. Thursday, getting $3.85. He ships three from New Salem and one from here in the morning. He averages one car a day now, and has shipped twenty cars so far this month, averaging $555 a car.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 28, 1885.
Geo. W. Miller got a curiosity in a hog purchase on the street the other day—a six-legged hog. The seller had lost his business eye, else he would have never sold that porker as common swine meat. Just above the first joint of each front leg grew out leg number two, perfect in every way. The four front feet perform the same functions—the two on each leg touching the ground in unison. The curiosity was shipped to Kansas City among a car load of “porkupines,” cut out and sold to a museum. It is another proof of the fact that Cowley downs the world for productiveness. The hog weighs about two hundred pounds.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 4, 1885.
Saturday was a grand day for Winfield. A brighter, calmer, or more lovely day was never seen; it was perfect. At an early hour the streets began to show unusual animation and by noon all was crowd and jam. People from everywhere were present to exhibit patriotism in honoring the fallen heroes. By one o’clock the Opera House was jammed full for the address of Rev. B. Kelly. The Grand Army and Woman’s Relief Corps marched in platoons and occupied reserved seats. The Cornet Orchestra and Messrs. Crippen, Roberts, Bates, and Shaw were again present to the delight of the audience. Among several beautiful selections, they again rendered “Lincoln’s Funeral March.” If there is a more sublime piece of music than this, as rendered by these gentlemen, it has never been heard. It arouses enthusiastic praises every time rendered. The vocal music by the quartette composed of Mrs. Fred Blackman, Miss Lizzie McDonald, and Messrs. Charles Slack and Lewis Brown, accompanied by Miss Maude Kelly on the organ, was grand and appropriate. Their appearance on the rostrum is always an assurance of music unexcelled. The audience arose in prayer by Post Chaplain, A. B. Arment, when Rev. Kelly delivered his address. It was a magnificent production, and delivered with Mr. Kelly’s great enthusiasm, stirred the soul of every hearer, and brought forth loud and frequent applause.
The parade was in charge of Post Commander S. Cure and aid-de-camps, H. H. Siverd, J. J. Carson, A. H. Limerick, W. B. Caton, C. Trump, John Evans, and Dr. States.
The handsome uniforms of the Bands and Fire Department gave the parade fine display.
The line of march was north on Main street to Eighth avenue; east on Eighth avenue to Harter street; north on Harter street to Fifth avenue; east on Fifth avenue to Michigan avenue, in Highland Park, and thence north to cemetery.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 4, 1885.
812 Main street is the location of the new clothing store of J. J. Carson & Co.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 4, 1885.
The celebrated Tiger overalls for sale only at J. J. Carson & Co.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 11, 1885.
Geo. W. Miller, of Winfield, Kansas, is in the city today looking after his railroad freights for the coming season. He has 10,000 or more beeves to ship this season, and is now about to decide on a route of shipment. He will either ship from Red Fork, Indian Territory, via St. Louis to Chicago, or from Hunnewell, by way of Kansas City to Chicago. We hope the Kansas City railroad will make him favorable rates. K. C. Live Stock Record.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 18, 1885.
Mrs. G. W. Miller and children, Mr. D. B. Carson and Miss Mollie Brooks, left this morning for a week’s visit to the Territory and Oklahoma. They will take in Mr. Miller’s ranch. J. W. Brooks, accompanied by Master G. M. Carson and Lacki [Zack] Miller, took their route via Geuda Springs to investigate the farming country and the Western Saratoga.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 25, 1885.
Mr. D. B. Carson and wife left Monday for their home in Tennessee, very much pleased with Winfield.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 25, 1885.
Geo. W. Miller bought of L. M. Kokernut, of Gonzales, Texas, Wednesday, 2,048 head of cattle. The price paid was $51,200. This looks like a pile of money to change hands, but it is a very common occurrence with Mr. Miller, who thinks about as much of such a transaction as our reporter does of giving a nickel to the hand organ man.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 25, 1885.
Mrs. G. W. Miller and relatives returned from the Territory Saturday. They enjoyed a pleasant visit at the ranch, but very narrowly escaped being drowned in crossing Salt Fork river.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 2, 1885.
Joe Miller informs us that last week the cowboys made a raid on Hunnewell, and finding the City Marshal drunk, rounded him up in jail, declaring they would have peace. The marshal begged to be let out, but they kept him in all night. There was no blood shed and everything was quiet after caging the marshal. It might be a good thing to jail the marshal every time if it has this effect.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 2, 1885.
Geo. W. Miller is highly pleased with the big cattle trade consummated yesterday. Old Guthrie bossed the cattle through. Mr. Miller says he is the best man he ever had for this business. Mr. Kokernut, the man from whom Mr. Miller bought the cattle, returned yesterday to Gonzales, Texas. Mr. Miller speaks highly of Mr. Kokernut as a gentleman and a businessman. The cattle were in a No. 1 condition and never had a bunch been delivered in a better condition. They were two months on the drive to Hunnewell. The cattle were three year olds and a fine bunch. Mr. Miller shipped 500 to Chicago and will ship the balance at once.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 2, 1885.
Saturday evening was the occasion of a very enjoyable time at the pleasant residence of S. D. Pryor and wife, it being Mr. Pryor’s birthday. The following couples were present: M. L. Robinson and wife, Dr. Kirkwood and wife, C. W. Taylor and wife, L. M. Williams and wife, H. B. Schuler and wife, J. C. Fuller and wife, Dr. Elder and wife, Henry Brown and wife, Mrs. Geo. W. Miller, Mrs. Brooks, Miss Brooks, Mrs. R. B. Waite, Mrs. Hartman, and S. C. Smith. The evening soon passed away and it was nearly midnight when the party broke up. All enjoyed themselves. The refreshments were very fine. Dr. Kirkwood presented Mr. Pryor with the birthday cake, which was decorated in a unique and tasty manner. All left wishing the evening was only longer. May Mr. Pryor enjoy many such birthdays.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 2, 1885.

Mrs. G. W. Miller, taken suddenly and seriously ill Sunday, is much improved.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 23, 1885.
Found. A new pair of pants and a handkerchief, bought of J. J. Carson & Co. Owner can have same by calling at this office, proving property, and paying charges of this notice.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 6, 1885.
Geo. W. Miller bought, last week, a little herd of seventeen hundred head of two and three year old steers of Allen & Gibson, Pacus, [?Pecos] Texas, at sixteen and twenty-five dollars per head, delivered at Mr. Miller’s ranch in the Territory. Messrs. Allen & Gibson spent last Sunday here with Mr. Miller. They came up to buy Judge McDonald’s Polled Angus cattle, not knowing they were sold.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 10, 1885.
The petition of J. J. Carson et al for a crossing to be built at expense of petitioners across Main street from Carson’s saloon over to Kleeman’s, to be on the street grade, was granted.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 17, 1885.
IT IS A MATTER of both pleasure and business that we announce the arrival of our new stock of seasonable CLOTHING, Furnishing Goods, Hats, Caps and Gloves, GUM AND OIL CLOTHING, ETC., for men, boys, and children. Come and look at them. It will cost you nothing. Our prices are marked in plain figures and all goods sold at marked prices. Remember that we ask no one to buy on the strength of our advertisement. We know that the Quality and Price of Our Goods will appeal to your good judgment. We trust that every reader of this paper will be sufficiently interested to call and examine our FALL AND WINTER STOCK. We are always glad to show our goods and think our display cannot fail to please you. By strict attention to business, careful study of the latest patterns and the faithful performance of our obligations, we hope to merit your patronage and deserve your esteem. Respectfully Yours,
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 17, 1885.
Sheriff McIntire is home from the U. S. District Court, at Wichita. Bob Perry, who killed one of George Miller’s Territory ranchmen, plead guilty and was given three years in the pen. He had languished at Wichita for three years. The court adjourned yesterday.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.

The Third Annual Exhibition of the Cowley County Fair & Driving Park Association opened this morning. Everything on the magnificent Fair Grounds had been put in perfect shape. Early this morning the city showed unusual animation and the Fair Ground Boulevard has been thronged all day. Buses of every conceivable kind, with their lusty rustlers, were busy while private vehicles were thick. At the Fair ground all was animation. The first day of every fair is preparation day—the day when exhibitors get their “truck” on the grounds and shape it around. So with Cowley’s Fair today. Exhibitors were as busy as bees, and by this afternoon the different “shows” were sufficiently arranged to insure the magnificence of the displays. Of course the principal attraction is the main exposition building. Here our more enterprising merchants were found working like beavers arranging displays of their wares. A. B. Arment has a fine display of elegant furniture, arranged by Sidney Carnine. Next Gene Wallis was fitting up a booth with wares from the grocery and queensware house of Wallis & Wallis. Johnnie Brooks, with coat off, perspiration on his brow, and taste in his mind, was filling a booth with displays from J. J. Carson & Co.’s clothing store. The dry goods exhibition of S. Kleeman is one of the most artistic, and will be a big advertisement for him. Horning & Whitney are always to the front for enterprise. Their display of stoves and hardware, arranged by Billy Whitney, is immense, and will be a big attraction. Bliss & Wood have a pyramid of their different brands of flour, reaching clear to the ceiling. George D. Headrick has arranged an elegant show of ladies’ and gents’ fine shoes from the boot and shoe house of W. C. Root & Co. F. M. Friend, as usual at every Fair, has a splendid display of musical instruments, etc. W. B. Caton has an elaborate display of tombstones, which present anything but a grave yard appearance amid so much animation. In the agricultural and horticultural departments things begin to loom immensely. Obese pumpkins, huge melons, and various mammoth exhibitions of Cowley’s prolific prolificness are lying all around. The display of grains, vegetables, and grasses by W. C. Hayden and Jas. F. Martin are grand—will down anything any county in the west can show up.
Not known whether this was George W. Miller of the 101...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 1, 1885.
The contest for J. J. Carson’s special prize of a fine hat for the best gentleman rider was competed for by Parker Hahn, George W. Miller, Dick Chase, and E. M. Chase. The judges were Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, Mrs. A. H. Doane, and Miss Margie Wallis. Mr. Miller won the prize. He threw a beautiful bouquet to the ladies just before the decision, which likely cut some figure.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 8, 1885.
J. E. Conklin, J. J. Carson, T. A. Blanchard, Dr. Pickens, and others got home from the Topeka Soldiers’ Reunion Thursday.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 8, 1885.
J. J. Carson has just received word from his brother in Kentucky that they will ship him at once a car load of choice high grade Jersey cattle from their Jersey stock farm, Willow Grove, Lincoln County. Parties that desire something good will have a chance to get a good cow cheap.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 8, 1885.
Last Thursday being the annual election of the Ladies’ Christian Aid Society, the meeting was held at the residence of Mrs. Dr. Tandy. The following officers were elected: Mrs. G. W. Miller, president; Mrs. H. C. Buford, vice-president; Mrs. J. J. Carson, secretary; Mrs. Warren Stone, treasurer.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 8, 1885.
I will let out cattle for stall feeding in bunches of from 100 up to suit feeder, and will pay eight dollars per 100 pounds increase, to April 15th. G. W. MILLER.
     The Marriage of Mr. Ezra M. Nixon and Miss Jessie Millington Thursday Night.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 15, 1885.
The bridal tokens were numerous, valuable, and handsome—the admiration of all who saw the array last night.

           Mr. and Mrs. O. Branham and Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Miller, silver syrup pitcher.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 15, 1885.
G. W. Miller shipped a car load of hogs over the Kansas City and Southwestern railroad Thursday for St. Louis. Mr. Miller is always on deck. He generally gets there first. It was the first swine shipped over this road as through freight. G. W. will keep it red hot with his large shipments.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 22, 1885.
I have $15,000 to loan at 1¼ per cent in lots of $5,000 or more. G. W. Miller.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 22, 1885.
J. J. Carson has rented E. A. Mabee’s barn on Riverside avenue for his Jersey cattle, which will be here in a short time.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 22, 1885.
A COURIER reporter spent Friday at the Dexter reunion. Camp “Pap Thomas” was located in a beautiful grove on Grouse Creek with plenty of pure, sparkling water and more hearty, honest, good cheer than we have ever met at a gathering in Cowley County. Dexter never does things by halves: her people are harmonious on everything they undertake, are of a generous, hearty, and hospitable nature, and nowhere is a stranger made to feel so much at home as among them. This was specially remarked by Department Commander Stewart, of the G. A. R., and Gen. Tim McCartney, who were present. The attendance was very large, and we venture to say that those who were fortunate enough to be present enjoyed it more than any reunion they have attended. During the afternoon speeches were delivered by Commander Stewart, Geo. McCartney, Senator Hackney, Revs. Brady and Fortune, Judge Soward, Amos Walton, and Capt. Tansey. Altogether the reunion was a grand success and the Dexter boys may congratulate themselves on the outcome of their efforts.
NOTES. Of course Capt. Siverd was there. His auburn visage shows off well at a reunion and the boys can readily be excused for mistaking him for a campfire the first evening. Sam Wells, Capt. McDorman, and Ed. Nicholson did the honors nobly and saw that everybody was provided for, if it took Jesse Hines last pig to do it. They do say that Tom Soward and Capt. Nipp sat up all night to help forage for a pig. Bullington took the biggest contract, that of filling up the orators and preachers with ye reporter thrown in. The way Mrs. Bullington’s yellow legged chickens, cakes, and pies disappeared, was a caution. Levi and his estimable lady should have the sympathy of the entire Grouse valley.      The Burden post was present in force with John Ledlie at their head. John looks well in brass buttons. Of course the Dexter band was on hand and their presence added much to the pleasure of the occasion. They are a fine body of young men and a credit to Dexter.
Mr. J. J. Carson met one of his old comrades, whom he had not seen since he left him lying on the battle field with his arm carried away by a cannon shot. He did not know he was alive until the meeting on Friday. You may be sure it was a hearty one.
The artillery boys waked the echoes in good style and made the old vets who know too well what the roar of cannon meant, instinctively dodge and prepare to “lay down.” Senator Hackney’s speech stirred the boys up. You couldn’t have kept him away from the Dexter reunion with the whole state militia. He says if there is a bigger hearted lot of people on earth, he would like to have someone trot them out.

Amos Walton’s bald head went bobbing around in the crowd like a red cork in a trout pond. His “hello! old pard, give us yer vote—yer hand, I mean,” accompanied by a six-by-ten smile that made one feel like asking him if he had the stomach ache, were most affecting. They do say that he gave a small boy ten cents to call him out for a speech, but this is probably a lie, as he is generally on hand without calling. He’s as ready to pop and fizz as a soda bottle, and runs away much faster. Uncle John Wallace, the patriarch of Grouse Valley, was on hand, looking as pleasant and jovial as if he had just turned thirty. Long may Uncle John live to enjoy these gatherings. Tom Soward, as master of ceremonies, did himself proud, and sent the speakers off in good shape. Everybody seemed to know everybody. The COURIER had invitations to eight or ten dinners and as many suppers. The reporter could have been eating yet if he had accepted them all, and he wishes he had. Jesse Hines says he will give four postage stamps for correct information as to who foraged his fine, fat, orphan pig. We know. It was Sidcuretomblanchardcapsiverdsamwellshemcdorman and four others who stole that pig. Send us the stamps, Jesse. Hold on! Capnipptomsowardanddoctorwells may know something about it, too.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 29, 1885.
J. J. Carson’s brother will ship his fine Jersey stock to this place about November 1st. Those desiring fine stock will do well to see these, as they are from the finest herd in Kentucky.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 5, 1885.
WILL T. MADDEN, ATTORNEY AT LAW. Practice in all courts. Prompt attention given to all business entrusted to him. Office over J. J. Carson’s store.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 19, 1885.
Mr. J. J. Carson has just brought in from the Willow Grove Jersey Farm, of Carson Bros., near Crab Orchard, Kentucky, a herd of thirty-three high grade Jersey heifers and cows, with a pedigreed Alphea [?] bull. It is the finest herd of Jerseys ever brought into this section and in value represents a large sum. They mean much for the fine stock interests of Cowley County. As butter and milk stock, the Jerseys have no equals. The time for profit to a Cowley farmer in raising beef cattle has passed. He wants milkers. There are triple the profits in them. Mr. Carson has taken considerable risk in the introduction of this herd, but will come out all right. The benefit to the county, in the advance of her grade of stock, will be incalculable.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 19, 1885.
Architect Ritchie is drafting plans for a splendid brick and stone block for Col. McMullen, next to J. J. Carson’s store. Numerous others are getting ready to erect business blocks. It won’t be long till Main Street will be entirely free of its antiquated rookeries.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 26, 1885.
Judge McDonald has bought a fine bull and two cows from J. J. Carson’s Jersey herd, an investment of a thousand or more. Judge Soward has also bought one of the little Jersey cows, and will cream himself hereafter.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 26, 1885.

Pauper claims of J. J. Carson, $4.65, and A. B. Arment, $10, were referred to the county Commissioners for payment.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 26, 1885.
The writer took a run Wednesday to the new and bustling town of Atlanta, on the K. C. & S. W., only about four months old, twenty-two miles from this city. We expected to see some half a dozen houses and very little business and were agreeably surprised to find a live, wide-awake town of seventy-five or more houses. All classes of business are well represented. Atlanta has two good hotels, several dry goods and grocery stores, hardware and drug store, a good livery stable, a live newspaper, and two lumber yards, all doing an excellent business. In fact, every kind of business that is necessary for a town of Atlanta’s size is well represented and doing a good business. Atlanta is also a good shipping point. Marshal Dunbar ships several car loads of hogs every week for G. W. Miller. It is also an excellent game market—quails, chickens, and other game being brought in by the sack full. We were around the stores some time and noticed that they were kept busy waiting on customers. We are under many obligations to W. H. Day for showing us around and other kind attentions. The businessmen are live men and push their business. We shall recollect with pleasure our trip to this town on the prairie.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 26, 1885.
William Vanhook, formerly one of Geo. W. Miller’s cowboys, died at Hunnewell Tuesday of consumption. Mr. Miller brought the body in on the S. K, last evening. A cortege was awaiting it at the depot, from where it was taken to Union Cemetery and placed beside a brother who died last year. Milton was twenty-five years old and had been sick for some months. Mr. Miller gave him every attention.
[Above item does not make sense. In September 1884 W. M. [???] Vanhook died. This item refers to “William Vanhook” and also “Milton” Vanhook. It appears that the Courier made a mistake in referring to him at first as “William” Vanhook. Zack Miller refers to “Van Hook” rather than “Vanhook,” which is probably correct. What is most interesting to me is that “Old Milton,” as Zack called him, was only 25 years old when he died of either “consumption” or “typhoid.”]
Items noted from “Fabulous Empire,” book about Zack Miller.

On Pages 3-4: “So Zack had to stay around home and play with the neighbor kids, longing for the day when he could ride with old Milton Van Hook, the 101 cowhand who could spin a kid exciting, long-winded range yarns by the hour. That hope was never fulfilled, though. Old Milton died before Zack ever got big enough to ride with him. Typhoid got the old cowhand in an upstairs room of the Hale Hotel in Hunnewell. Zack couldn’t believe it when they told him Milton was dead. Milton was his favorite cowboy; he couldn’t die. Nobody as lean and tall and fierce-looking as kind old Milton Van Hook could die. Zack went with his father the day they put Milt away. He followed the sober cowhands up to Milton’s room where the men went inside to get the old cowboy’s body ready for shipment. They couldn’t let Zack in; he had to stand around outside and wait till they finally came staggering through the door under the load of a big pine plank box. There was water leaking through the cracks in the box and spattering on the floor. When Zack saw that, he knew they’d made a terrible mistake. ‘He’ not dead!’ he screamed. ‘I tell you, he’s not dead! He just wants to pee!’ But nobody paid any attention to him. And they wouldn’t stop and open the box to let old Milton pee. They just carried him on outside and loaded him into a rig and set off for Winfield with him. And it was years before Zack found out that Milton really had been dead, and that the water dripping through those cracks had been melting ice they’d packed the cowboy in to keep him from spoiling before they could get him underground.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 26, 1885.
The city scales office was adorned by a big “yaller” cat as dead as a mackerel and swinging to the door knob by its tail, placarded, “500 cat’s wanted, G. W. Miller.” G. W. must have a mighty big back yard fence to decorate.
Winfield Courier, December 3, 1885.
G. W. Miller is through with his cattle business in the Territory for this season, and is at home to make hogs squeal, regardless of price.
Winfield Courier, December 3, 1885.
TO THE PUBLIC! We take Pleasure in announcing that we have received, this week NEW GOODS In every department and can show you in MEN’S SUITS!
New Goods—Fall Suits at $5, $6, $8 and $10; Nice Dress Suits at $12.50 to $20.00; Boys Suits from $3 to $10; Children’s Suits and Overcoats from $2.00 to $4.50; Men’s OVERCOATS At $2.50, $5.00, $6.00, $7.50, $8.50, and $10.00. We give these figures from our new stock MARKED IN PLAIN FIGURES. Do not be deceived by Cost Sale on old Shelf Worn Goods. We have the largest and best FURNISHING GOODS Ever offered to the trade in this section. Good, heavy Knit Shirts or Drawers at .20, .50, .75 and $1. If you will consult your interests you will examine this stock of UNDERWEAR!
A full line of wove, Half-Hosiery. Silk and Linen Handkerchiefs and Mufflers. Fur wove, Buck, Kid and Doeskin Gloves—Fleece-lined Gloves at the very lowest prices. Men’s, Boy’s, and Children’s Chinchilla and other caps. Now is the time to make your purchases and select your presents from elegant lines of Fine Goods. We claim the largest stock of new goods ever seen in Winfield. You are Respectfully invited to join the good people of the City and County, in the benefits derived from purchasing Clothing, Hats and Furnishing Goods from the only ONE PRICE CLOTHING HOUSE! Come and Examine for Yourself.
Winfield Courier, December 3, 1885.
For Sale: 6 Jersey heifers, from 5 to 8 months old, solid colors, and 1 bull 7 months old. Will sell the lot at a big bargain if sold soon. J. J. Carson.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 10, 1885.

Glandered Horses. Dr. A. A. Holcombe, the State Veterinary Surgeon, is down from Topeka to look after glandered horses owned by J. B. Evans, of Vernon. Mr. Evans bought a horse at street auction a few days ago. He proved to be glandered and infected Mr. Evans’ stable, containing sixteen or seventeen head of horses. The Doctor has not made an examination since his last trip to Winfield, when he came to examine Carson’s Jerseys. Then the developments were but slight, since growing worse. If the cases are as bad as expected, the infected animals will be ordered into quarantine, until a report is made to the State Veterinary Commission, which can either kill the animals or order a strict quarantine until the owner is satisfied to have them killed. There is no remuneration in an order to kill.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 10, 1885.
Frank W. Finch has invested a hundred dollars in one of Carson’s fine Jerseys and will cream himself hereafter. She’s a beauty.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 17, 1885.
Pearl Party. One of the pleasantest parties of the season assembled at the hospitable home of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt last Saturday evening to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of their wedding. The spacious rooms were well filled and the host and hostess were everywhere present with their careful attentions which, seconded by Miss Anna, made the enjoyment complete. During the evening the Rev. Mr. Reider was brought forward and in a neat and appropriate speech presented to the host and hostess a beautiful set of silverware as a testimonial of the high appreciation of the contributors for the recipients, accompanied by a card with the compliments of the following: Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Wallis, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Cooper, Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Keck, Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Hickok, Mrs. Whitney, Mrs. McClellan, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Dr. and Mrs. T. H. Elder, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Shearer, Mr. and Mrs. N. J. Young, Rev. and Mrs. Reider, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Schuler, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Silliman, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Soward, Mr. and Mrs. Col. Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brown, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Albro, Mr. and Mrs. M. G. Troup, Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. D. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Rinker, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Dalton, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Johnston, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Mann, Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Crane, Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Silver, Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Hendricks, Mr. and Mrs. Jas. McDermott, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Arment, Mr. and Mrs. G. S. Manser, Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Handy, Mr. and Mrs. C. Collins, Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Pickens, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. McGraw, Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Friend, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Crippen, Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Wallace, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Carson, Dr. and Mrs. W. T. Wright, Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Austin. This silver tea set embraced cake basket, berry dish, six teaspoons, and sugar spoon. Dr. and Mrs. Geo Emerson, pearl card case. Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Hunt, silver fruit dish.
Capt. Hunt responded as happily as the emotions of this surprise would permit.

A magnificent collation was placed before the guests, which was highly enjoyed, and after music and other entertainments, the party dispersed with many thanks to their entertainers for the pleasures of the evening. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Wallis, Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Silver, Mr. and Mrs. John Keck, Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Hickok, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Silliman, Mr. and Mrs. Col. Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Handy, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Carson, Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Austin, Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Wallace, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Arment, Dr. and Mrs. W. T. Wright, Mrs. McClellan, Mrs. Whitney, Sr., and Mrs. A. E. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Schuler, Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Shearer, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Soward, Rev. and Mrs. J. H. Reider, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. G. S. Manser, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brown, Mr. and Mrs. M. G. Troup, Mr. and Mrs. James McDermott, Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Crane, Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Hendricks, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Dr. and Mrs. T. H. Elder, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. McRaw, Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Dr. and Mrs. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. C. Collins, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Bliss, Mrs. J. A. Cooper, Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Hunt.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 17, 1885.
Immediately after the issue of THE DAILY COURIER Monday, citizens began to look into the office to discuss the McAllister affair and never have we seen more earnest feeling displayed than in this case. Numerous propositions were made for his release; but before any of these could be carried into effect, another had taken the matter into his own hands and prompted by the whole-souled, generous, and noble spirit which always characterizes his action toward the poor and oppressed, went immediately to the jail and pledged his individual credit for the amount necessary to secure Mr. McAllister’s release. This man was George W. Miller. On reading THE COURIER last evening, he picked up his hat and started out. In answer to his wife’s inquiry as to where he was going, he answered “to jail.” He said he would have the old gentleman out or stay there with him, and walking straight over, he secured his release. The old gentleman was profoundly grateful for the generosity and kindness which prompted the action and Mr. Miller retired to his home satisfied in the thought that he had made at least one family happy and their scanty fireside brighter. For this act, let alone the many other of like character which he is performing every week, George W. Miller is entitled to the gratitude of this community.
        [Story of female teacher beating up young McAllister told separately. MAW]
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 31, 1885.
Geo. W. Miller, while standing on the street Saturday, noticed Mr. Taylor, the blind man who is well known here, pass without an overcoat. It struck Geo. at once that he needed one and he started out to raise enough money to get him an overcoat and to pay for a new suit of clothes. Such acts of kindness are common with Mr. Miller.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 31, 1885.
EDITOR DAILY COURIER: Your statement in regard to Sunday Schools and increase of attendance on account of expected large sacks of candy and return to normal attendance, does at least one of the schools injustice. The attendance at the Christian church Sunday school on the 27th—Sunday after Christmas entertainment, was 30 more than the 20th—the Sunday before Christmas. In justice to the children, I ask you to make this correction.
J. J. Carson, Superintendent.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 7, 1886.
Orders left with J. J. Carson & Co. will receive prompt attention. No extra charge for transportation. M W. SAWYER, Arkansas City.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 7, 1886.

Once again have the wedding chimes echoed. Ever since the announcement of the intended marriage of Mr. B. W. Matlack and Miss Gertrude McMullen, society has been on the qui vive in anticipation of the brilliant affair. Its date was New Year’s Day—the starting of a new year, with all its bright prospects and happy hopes. What time could be more appropriate for the joining of two souls with but a single thought? As the cards signaled, the wedding occurred at the elegant residence of Col. J. C. McMullen, uncle of the bride. At half past one o’clock the guests began to assemble and soon the richly furnished parlors of one of Winfield’s most spacious homes were a lively scene, filled with youth and age. It was a representative gathering of the city’s best people, attired as befitted a full dress occasion. Many of the ladies were very richly costumed.
The following were listed among the guests: Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Miller and Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Carson.
Listed among the Tokens and Donors.
Silver butter dish, butter knife, sugar shell, and one-half dozen silver spoons, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Carson, Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Taylor, Miss Maggie Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Miller.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 14, 1886.
The words cementing two more hearts have been pronounced, and Mr. Lewis Brown and Miss Lena Walrath are no longer known singly. The happy event wedding them was celebrated last night, at the well appointed home of the bride’s brother and sister, Mr. and Mrs. C. Collins. The occasion was no surprise. It had been anticipated with interest for some time. The general anticipation only made the event the more complete. At an early hour last evening, the large double parlors of Mr. and Mrs. Collins’ home were a lively scene, thronged with youth, beauty, and age.
Listed among the guests: Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Miller and Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Carson.
Listed among the Tokens and Donors.
Silver pie knife and satin lined case, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Carson, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Miller, and Mr. John Brooks.
Boxes natural flowers, Mrs. G. W. Miller, Misses Nellie and Alice Aldrich, and Miss Emma Strong, one each.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 14, 1886.

The agreeable home of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Miller was a lively scene Tuesday evening. It was the occasion of the twentieth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Miller, which fact was unknown to the guests until their arrival, making the event all the more appropriate and lively. It was one of the jolliest gatherings of married people, old and young, composed as follows, as near as we can recall: Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Hackney, Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Harter, Dr. and Mrs. T. B. Tandy, Dr. and Mrs. Geo. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Col. and Mrs. Wm. Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. Ed G. Cole, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Doane, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Balliet, Mr. and Mrs. Handy, Mr. and Mrs. O. Branham, Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Carson, Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Jennings, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. McMullen, Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Wallis, Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Greer, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Lynn, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Stone, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Buford, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Warner, Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Albro, Mrs. Alice Bishop, Mrs. Scothorn, Mrs. R. B. Waite, Mrs. Hartwell, Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, Mr. Wm. Whiting, Mr. J. R. Brooks, and Mr. D. Taylor. The warm-hearted hospitality of Mr. and Mrs. Miller was at its best, and their admirable entertainment made the freest and heartiest enjoyment. The collation was exceptionally excellent. In the folding doors was a handsome banner inscribed 1866-1886, indicative of the anniversary. Not till after twelve o’clock did the guests depart, in the realization of having spent one of the happiest evenings of the winter.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 14, 1886.
Monday evening was the occasion of a very enjoyable time at the Post, it being the installation of the new officers elect. The boys have a very roomy and well furnished Post room and well fitted for entertaining a crowd. The Woman’s Relief Corps was out in full strength and quite a number of visitors. Everybody was sociable and jolly and the reporter felt just like a school boy on holiday. We like to mingle in such a crowd. We feel better for days afterward.
After the installation the ladies of the Relief Corps slyly brought out some mysterious looking packages and soon revealed a feast that every old “vet,” including the reporter, began to grin about and never let up until they reached home and had to send for the doctor. Cakes, oranges, candy, apples, and everything good was passed around in abundance. The reporter and John Arrowsmith were on the sick list and looked as blue as indigo because they couldn’t eat anything. Dr. Wells’ friends watched him closely and whenever the bald place on his head began to turn blue, they pounded him on the back, and took away his dish. Tom Soward and Capt. Nipp were cautioned by their friends several times to eat slower, but you might as well have told them, during the war, to fight slower. They are excusable as they confidently told the reporter they had been expecting this and had fasted since the day before. Earnest Reynolds never grunted after the cake began to go around. He looked down at the floor and lost no time. It is estimated that the Post lost $4.67 by his presence. As for Siverd, words will not express his troubles. Three times was he choked on an orange. His friends are very much worried about him, as he has been troubled for years with dyspepsia. After the feast it was noticed that the Captain’s pockets stuck out like an air balloon, and it is thought he is injured internally. Space will not allow us to speak of the other boys. They all did justice to everything. Their gastronomical propensities worked like a charm.
The following were the officers installed: A. B. Limerick, Post Commander; J. E. Snow, S. V. P.; J. J. Carson, J. V. P.; T. H. Soward, Q. M.; H. L. Wells, Surgeon; H. H. Siverd, O. B.; J. H. Snyder, C.; C. L. McRoberts, O. G.; Lewis Conrad, A.; D. C. Beach, S. M.
The following are the officers of the Woman’s Relief Corps: Mrs. Elma Dalton, P.; Mrs. Julia Caton, S. V. P.; Mrs. H. L. Wells, J. V. P.; Mrs. Dr. Pickens, Treasurer; Mrs. D. C. Beach, Secretary; Mrs. Lewis Conrad, C.; Mrs. A. J. Thompson, C.; Mrs. C. Trump, G.
The installation ceremonies were beautiful. We don’t believe there is any city in Kansas that can boast of a better Post than Winfield.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 21, 1886.

A pleasant party met at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Wallis Tuesday eve and were charmingly entertained by the host and hostess and their four vivacious daughters. After a session of general conversation and a very excellent and elaborate collation, the company retired with a high sense of enjoyment. Those present as far as now occurs to us were: Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Pryor, Dr. and Mrs. Evans, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. Journey, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Doane, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Horning, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Oliver, Mr. and Mrs. H. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. E. Beeney, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Carson, Dr. and Mrs. Geo. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington, Hon. and Mrs. W. P. Hackney, Col. and Mrs. J. C. McMullen, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. McMullen, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Bullen, Mr. and Mrs. S. Lowe, Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, Mrs. Col. Whiting, Mrs. Will Whiting, Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, Mr. G. H. Allen, and Miss Agnes Lynch, Wichita.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 21, 1886.
Great Discount Sale. Overcoats and Heavy Underwear, and Hats and Caps.
We will place on sale this day 200 men’s, boys’ and children’s OVERCOATS. One Thousand men’s and boys’ heavy Undershirts and Drawers. And our entire stock of Hats and Caps at a Discount of 20 per cent, or 80 cents on the Dollar. $5.00 overcoats to $4.00.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 28, 1886.
The Jersey Bull, Alpha Robin, No. 7902, A. J. C. C. Herd Register, will be allowed to serve a few choice cows until April 1st, AT $10.00 CASH, when service rendered. W. A. Brooks, at Mabee’s stable, Riverside ave., or call on J. J. Carson & Co. at store.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 28, 1886.
Geo. W. Miller, the big-hearted cattleman, gave Marshal McFadden an order on Whiting Bros., Saturday, for 600 pounds of beef to be distributed among the worthy poor of the city, whose pangs are renewed by this frigid weather. Mr. Miller’s generosity, is quiet and practical—vented in a manner most admirable.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 4, 1886.
WILL T. MADDEN, Attorney at law. Practices in all courts. Prompt attention given to all business entrusted to him. Office over J. J. Carson’s store.
DR. F. M. PICKENS, Physician and Surgeon. Calls promptly attended day and night. Office over Carson’s clothing store, North Main. Residence, 3rd Ward.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 11, 1886.
Great Discount Sale of Overcoats and Heavy Underwear and Hats and Caps.
We will place on sale this day 200 men’s, boys’ and children’s OVERCOATS,
One Thousand men’s and boys’ heavy UNDERSHIRTS AND DRAWERS,
And our entire stock of Hats and Caps at a Discount of 20 per cent, or
No change in marked prices, and every article is marked with PLAIN FIGURES.
It reduces the price of our $5.00 OVERCOATS TO $4.00, and all others in like proportion. Come and share in the benefits of this sale. J. J. CARSON & CO.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 11, 1886.
John Osborne, the shoemaker, has moved his shop into the shop formerly occupied by Mr. Hunt, the tailor, next to J. J. Plank’s gunshop. Mr. Hunt is now with J. J. Carson & Co.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 11, 1886.

Elder J. M. Vawter, the new Christian minister, and wife, were given a reception at the home of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Carson Saturday evening. A large number of the congregation of the church were present, and the occasion was one of much interest, acquainting Elder Vawter with most of the members of his new flock. The Elder is a fine looking gentleman, of good address and social qualities. He is a young man, about thirty years old, with the vim, ability, and ambition that mostly wins in the west. His wife is also very agreeable. He preached his first sermon Sunday morning. It was on the relations and duties of a minister and his flock, as given in Corinthians, xii:14-17. It was a practical sermon, containing some shoulder hitters, and laying down exactly what he expected in taking charge of that church: not money, fame, or ease, but hard work, christian harmony, and a good harvest for God.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 11, 1886.
Little did Geo. W. Miller, our cattle king, think of what a terrible commotion he was about to throw the elements of this country in when he circulated and presented to the Kansas Legislature his petition praying for a change of Ground Hog Day. It took Sol Miller, who has always claimed in his Troy Chief, to know more about the G. H. than anybody in America, to tell about it. He is senator from Doniphan County and here is his committee report on this petition, as given in the Topeka Capital’s Legislative proceedings.
“Senator Miller, chairman of the committee on printing, to whom was referred the petition of G. W. Miller and fifty others, from Winfield, asking that ground hog day be changed from February 2, to February 1, submitted the following report.
“Mr. President: The undersigned, chairman of the committee on printing, to whom was referred the petition of G. W. Miller and fifty others, asking that ground hog day be changed from February 2 to February 1, has given the subject careful and prayerful consideration and report as follows:
“The petition does credit to the heads and hearts, and also the hand writing of the petitioners. Yet it would be imprudent and even dangerous to make the change asked for. The day as it now stands has been held in veneration by our forefathers for ages, and there is a command not to be lightly disregarded, which bids us not to remove the ancient landmarks. The climatic changes which have been going on in Kansas since its settlement would be in danger of being reversed and the isothermal lines would be disturbed. To such an extent would this occur that a cataclysm would be produced, and finally the whole universe would be involved in the wreck of matter and the crush of worlds. Therefore your committee would recommend that no change be made. Sol. Miller, Committee.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 11, 1886.
G. W. Miller bought a steer Tuesday of Mr. Covert that weighed 1,710 pounds, and wasn’t fat either.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 18, 1886.
Geo. W. Miller is off to his Territory ranch to look after his cattle. This has been a very tough winter on them.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 18, 1886.
Mr. Zack Whitson sold to Geo. W. Miller, Saturday, 27 head of steers which averaged 1,257 pounds each. The price paid was $3.85. It was a very pretty herd.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 18, 1886.
Geo. W. Miller returned Thursday from a visit to his territory ranch. He says his cattle are coming out of the winter in splendid condition, considering the fearful storms they have endured. Few have died and all have done better than last winter.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 18, 1886.
George Teter and John Vandever sold 71 head of hogs to Geo. W. Miller last week, at $3.25 a hundred.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 18, 1886.
The frame building from the McMullen lot, next to Carson’s, was moved to Caton’s lot on Ninth avenue Friday, to be used for his marble works.
Arkansas City Republican, February 20, 1886.
Hackney Harpings. Zack Whitson sold his twenty-eight head of steers last Saturday to G. W. Miller of Winfield.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 25, 1886.
Mrs. M. L. Whitney, assisted by her daughter, Miss Libbie, and son, W. R., entertained a number of guests last evening at their pleasant an agreeable home on South Mansfield, in that easy and pleasant manner that is sure to make all feel at home. The evening was spent in social pastime and amusements. Such social gatherings are a source of much pleasure to all participating, and this one will long be remembered as among the delightful society evenings of this city. Refreshments of the choicest kind were partaken of, and all went home with the satisfaction of having enjoyed themselves. The following were present: Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brown, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Randall, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Horning, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Beeney, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Carson, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Brown, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. McMullen, Mr. and Mrs. B. W. Matlack, Dr. and Mrs. Evans, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. McMullen, Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Webb, Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Hunt, Dr. and Mrs. Tandy, Captain and Mrs. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Schuler, Mrs. Riddle, Mrs. E. Wallis, Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, and Misses Nellie and Alice Aldrich, Miss Hamill, Miss Maggie Taylor, Miss Nettie McCoy, Messrs. J. L. M. Hill, L. M. Williams, and Rev. J. C. Miller.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 25, 1886.
G. W. Miller will ship a car load of hogs to St. Louis tonight over the Frisco.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 25, 1886.
Geo. W. Miller shipped another car load of hogs to St. Louis this morning.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 25, 1886.
Geo. W. Miller and estimable wife entertained quite a number of old folks at their pleasant home Monday. Mr. Miller had sent out general invitations to all the old people within his knowledge to meet at his home. It was a sight worth seeing and enjoying, to look at the Hoary heads and grand old age assembled in the parlors. Some time was spent in social pleasantries after which they repaired to the dining room, where a well filled table met their view, spread with the very best the market affords. Mrs. Miller was assisted by Mrs. Anna Harter, Mrs. J. J. Carson, and Mrs. Oscar Tilford. Everybody enjoyed themselves hugely, nothing being lacking to make them feel at home. There were present:
D. A. Smith, of Winfield, born in Connecticut, and who has been four years in Kansas, sixty-eight years old.
C. T. Wright, of Tannehill, born in Kentucky, and who has been in Kansas six years, and is just turning sixty-eight years.
Samuel Black, of this city, born in Ohio, who has been in Kansas six years, and is just turning sixty-eight years of age.

John Ruddiman, of this city, born in Bonnie Scotland, three years in Kansas, and seventy-two years of age.
R. McKibben, of Winfield, born in Ireland, who has been in Kansas one year. He is seventy-five years old.
A. Crary, of Winfield, a native of New York, who has been in Kansas one year. He is seventy-five years old.
E. M. Dunbar, Winfield, born in Ohio, who has been in Kansas 21 years and is seventy-four years old.
E. Gilbert, Winfield, born in Indiana, who has been in Kansas seven years and is seventy-three years old.
Frederick Kautz, Winfield, born in Pennsylvania, who has been in Kansas 16 years and is seventy-seven years old.
Josiah Mooso, Winfield, born in Canada, has been in Kansas 15 years and is eighty-four years old.
Mrs. Ellen McMullen, Winfield, born in Ireland, has been in Kansas seven years and is eight-seven years old.
Rev. B. Kelly, Winfield, born in Virginia, has been in Kansas 16 years and is forty-seven years old.
T. Hemphill, Winfield, born in Iowa, has been in Kansas but a short time and is eighty-three years old.
Mrs. Harriet Black, Winfield, born in Pennsylvania, has been in Kansas two years and is sixty-eight years old.
Mrs. Mary Stevens, Winfield, born in Kentucky, has been in Kansas 16 years, and is eighty years old.
H. S. Spruens, Beaver township, was born in Maryland, and has been in Kansas six years, and is sixty-seven years old.
Mrs. D. A. Millington, Winfield, born in Vermont, and has been in Kansas twenty-one years, and is fifty years old.
D. A. Millington, Winfield, was born in Vermont, and has been in Kansas twenty-four years, and is sixty-two years of age.
Besides the old people there were present C. M. Wood, J. J. Carson, Rev. Vawter, and several others. Those that were not able to get there, Mr. Miller sent his carriage. Such gatherings are very enjoyable and much enjoyed by all present. After dinner the house, on motion of Mr. Millington, chose Rev. B. Kelly chairman and the following resolutions were unanimously adopted.
Resolved, That we, the centenarians of Cowley County, at dinner assembled, in honor of the natal day of George Washington, the father of his country, and of George Washington Miller, the son of his country, would express our warmest thanks to the latter for this magnificent banquet, and still more, for the kindness and consideration bestowed upon us on this occasion, and we wish him a hundred more happy birthday celebrations.
Resolved, That we cordially thank Mrs. Miller and her attendants for their genial and courteous ministrations.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 25, 1886.

Monday Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Miller entertained, in honor of Mr. Miller’s forty-fourth birthday, a large number of old folks. Last evening their pleasant home was again open, on behalf of Joe C. Miller and Jno. R. Brooks, and was the occasion of a very happy gathering of young folks. Those whose presence contributed to the gaiety of the evening were: Misses Anna McCoy, Minnie Taylor, Leota Gary, Anna Hunt, Josie and Lulu Pixley, Mary and Eva Berkey, Ella Randall, Nellie McMullen, Mattie Reider, Ida Ritchie, Mattie Harrison, Margie and Lizzie Wallis, Jennie Hane, Maggie Harper, Hattie Stolp, Bessie Handy, Bert Morford, Nona Calhoun, Ella Wilson, Sallie Bass, Alma Smock, Carrie Christie; Messrs. Elder Vawter, W. E. Hodges, Ed J. McMullen, Lacey T. Tomlin, Thos. J. Johnston, Willis A. Ritchie, Addison Brown, Everett T. and Geo. H. Schuler, Jas. Lorton, Frank H. Greer, Chas. Slack, Eugene Wallis, J. W. Spindler, Geo. Lindsley, Phil. Kleeman, F. F. Leland, C. F. Bahntge, Harry Bahntge, Dr. Stine, and A. L. Schultz.
Very agreeably assisted by Mr. and Mrs. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Carson, Mrs. Hartwell, and Mrs. Oscar Tilford, Mr. Brooks and Mr. Joe Miller did the honors of the occasion very becomingly, making a freedom and jollity most enjoyable. The genial, warm-hearted hospitality of this home always assures every guest supreme pleasure. During the evening an elegant gold headed ebony cane, appropriately engraved, was brought out and presented to Mr. George Washington Miller as an appreciative and hearty birthday remembrance from his son, Joe C. Miller, and his nephew, John R. Brooks, with the warm wish that it may brace his footsteps in paths strewn with long life, prosperity, and happiness unalloyed. It was a neat surprise to Mr. Miller and very joyfully received. The pleasant hostess and her assistants looked unique in Martha Washington array. It was truly “Washington Day” for this home, the head of which was born the same date as the Father of his country, and bears the illustrious statesman’s name as the vestibule to his. The repast was specially bounteous and elegant. With music, lively chat, and various amusements, all departed in the full realization of one of the happiest parties of the many that have marked the winter.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 25, 1886.
Early Monday morning it was discovered that the north wall of the Jennings-Crippen building, occupied by J. J. Carson & Co., was sinking, caused by the excavation for the McMullen building. It had sprung about one inch and a quarter when Fred Kropp was put to work, and by means of heavy timbers, forced the wall into place. It seems that the foundation of the building is only about three feet below the sidewalk when it should be at least seven, and has no cellar, so when the dirt was dug away, the sloping wall of earth that was left, being very soft and spongy from the winter’s drip of the old roof of the buildings that formerly stood there, afforded no support for the lone building. No fault can be found with Harrod & Paris in excavating as it was done according to orders, but the fault was in the foundation of the Jennings-Crippen building. Col. McMullen will go to work at once and put a solid and proper foundation under the sinking wall. This is quite a difficult job, and has to be accomplished by jack screws, and will probably cost $300. This will delay the work on the McMullen building some, but everything will go ahead all right in a few days.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 4, 1886.

Fred Kropp has succeeded in getting the wall of the Carson building back to its former position and the work of underlaying has commenced and will be ready for the joining of the wall of the McMullen building in a few days. This has been a big job; being compelled to suspend a solid stone wall, but Fred is an expert at the business and can move anything from a chicken coop to a two-story brick house.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 4, 1886.
J. J. Carson & Co. have just received a large stock of boy’s and children’s clothing.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 4, 1886.
J. J. Carson will occupy Mrs. Andrews’ house across the railroad in a short time. Mrs. Andrews and family will go to California.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 11, 1886.
Rev. H. T. Wilson, of Lexington, Kentucky, arrived in the city Friday eve and is visiting with J. J. Carson.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 18, 1886.
G. W. Miller noticed a steer tied to a wagon passing through the city this morning, that had a brand which indicated that it belonged to the Wyatt Cattle Co. Mr. Miller telephoned to Arkansas City to the company to come and get their steer.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 25, 1886.
The most fashionable novelty is five o’clock luncheon, a full-dress reception of ladies only, for tea and an hour or two of social chat, such as only ladies, when untrammeled by the awkward presence of men—who were never made to talk—can enjoy. Last evening Winfield had the first full-fledged introduction of this pleasurable novel. It was a reception by Mrs. A. H. Doane and Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, two of the city’s most delightful entertainers, at the home of Mrs. Doane. A little after four the invited guests began to arrive and by 5 o’clock the parlors were a scene of the liveliest mirth and social freedom, the following prominent ladies being present: Mesdames C. H. Taylor, C. L. Harter, Ray Oliver, George Raymond, George Rembaugh, J. F. Balliet, G. H. Buckman, O. Branham, W. H. Albro, Ela Albright, E. M. Albright, J. J. Carson, L. M. Williams, J. A. Eaton, J. C. Miller, Col. McMullen, J. F. McMullen, B. W. Matlack, C. C. Collins, Henry Brown, Lewis Brown, J. H. Tomlin, E. P. Young, J. N. Young, Dr. Van Doren, M. J. Darling, W. H. Shearer, R. E. Wallis, D. A. Millington, Wm. Mullen, H. L. Holmes, W. P. Hackney, Dr. Brown, M. L. Robinson, Geo. Robinson, S. D. Pryor, Dr. Emerson, M. L. Whitney, J. L. Horning, J. D. Pryor, Geo. W. Miller, Edwin Beeney, Frank Doane, and Miss Lena Oliver. At the appointed hour a luncheon of choice delicacies, with a sprinkling of appropriate substantials, was bounteously and gracefully served. It was one of the happiest gatherings imaginable. The ladies were all handsomely and fashionably attired. By half past six all had departed, realizing the pleasantest reception for many a day. The main object of the “five o’clock luncheon” is to dissipate the inconveniences of the “fashionable call,” where all is prim form, with little opportunity for forming genuine friendships. It is certainly a most admirable mode of widening friendships among the ladies of the city, as all will attest who experienced the very agreeable hospitality of Mrs. Doane and Mrs. Kretsinger, on this occasion.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 25, 1886.
J. J. Carson moved into the Andrews’ residence, north end of Millington street, Thursday.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 25, 1886.

Rev. H. T. Wilson will preach at the Christian church tonight on the mode of Christian Baptism. All are invited to attend. Elder Wilson made some very practical hits against social cards and the social dance, Sunday night. “You Christians,” said he, “who countenance these things—how would you like to see Brother Vawter and I take a round? Why, it would be in the great dailies in less than twenty-four hours afterward, and the whole world would concede the disgrace entailed on our calling. I grant not a whit between the ministers’ privileges and those of his church members.”
Elder H. T. Wilson, the Kentucky evangelist who has been here a week or two, the guest of Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Carson, filled the pulpit of the Christian Church Sunday morning and evening, and every evening last week, with great interest and spiritual profit. He is a natural orator, with that true Kentucky fire and eloquence that magnetizes an audience. He is novel and a practical, fearless shoulder hitter. He seldom takes a specific biblical text. His sermons Sunday, in the morning, on “Christian Charity,” and in the evening, to the young, were condensations of grand thoughts in grand language. A more eloquent, forcible, and able divine hasn’t been in Winfield for many a day. Though a young man, not over thirty, his powers as an orator are great—fresh, vigorous, and telling.
[Unknown if the following items refer to “Zack Miller,” son of G. W. Miller. He would have been about eight years of age at the time of the incident.]
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 25, 1886.
Geo. Miller’s little boy and his dun pony ran away Monday from near the city scales, toward the Farmers Bank building. The fiery animal was caught just as he was about to mount the bank, and no damage was done.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 25, 1886.
Our daily cotemporary accuses “Bill Hackney” of stopping the Miller boy’s runaway pony. Now we protest against this charging everything to Bill Hackney. It was George Crowl, one of those “pedestrians” who “looked on in horror” who performed “the great short stop act.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 8, 1886.
J. E. Carson, brother of our J. J. Carson, is in the city. He is of the Willow Grove Jersey Farm, of Carson Bros., Lincoln County, Kentucky, and comes on to close out the Jersey herd brought here last winter. There are fifteen left, and can be seen at the livery barn on Riverside avenue. No finer stock was ever brought into this county. Those left are beautiful young heifers, from one to two years old. Six of them are bred to “Signal Lad,” at the head of the Willow Grove herd, and “Alphea Robbin,” at the head of the herd here, and will be fresh in sixty days. Yesterday one of these fine heifers was bought for $100 by E. Mosley, of Lawrence, and shipped to that place. This fine stock should be kept here. Among those who have bought from this herd, and now have fresh Jersey cows, are Col. McMullen, Henry Brown, Judge McDonald, J. N. Young, Frank W. Finch, and others, all proclaiming them the best milkers they ever saw. The prices are very reasonable, and when people examine the stock, Mr. Carson should find no need of removing them to find ready sale.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 15, 1886.
Drs. Emerson and Tandy performed a difficult surgical operation on a fine Jersey of J. J. Carson’s troubled with a diseased joint Monday.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 15, 1886.

Tony Agler’s monkey that froze to death last winter is now on exhibition in J. J. Carson & Co.’s show window fresh from the hands of a taxidermist in St. Louis. His dudeship grins the same way as of old. The boys wink at him and make gestures, but the poor fellow never returns the compliment. He is dead to this world’s vain show and so shows himself in the show window as an example of fine art even in death.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 15, 1886.
Winfield boasts of its intelligence, morality, refinement and enterprise. These have made our fame Union wide. But it is a known fact that outside of our church interest, our energy, vim, and public spirit have been largely expended recently only in the direction of material progress—in fine buildings and general development in wealth. We are becoming a metropolis—indeed already have many of the airs and improvements that christen us such. Yet, with all our greatness and enterprise, there is no place in the city where a stranger, or a wanderer can go to spend an evening in entertaining reading. We need a public reading room. The Ladies’ Library Association, with its splendid library, embracing a large selection of varied books, stands ready to turn their all over to any organization with the money and strength to keep it open to the public. For the purpose of initiatory steps in the establishment of a public reading room and library, non-sectarian and conveniently located and well furnished and with good backing and a good attendant, a meeting was held in the Presbyterian church last evening. It was a grand gathering of representative citizens—men and women who usually make such things move. Prof. W. N. Rice, of the High School, was chosen President and G. E. Lindsley, secretary. Rev. B. Kelly explained the object of the meeting and was seconded in remarks by M. L. Robinson, Rev. J. H. Snyder, Jno. A. Eaton, Rev. J. C. Miller, and others. A regular Young Men’s Christian Association was favored: a thorough organization to enlist the best young men of the city, regardless of creed, a non-sectarian organization that would enlist the entire city in building up a reading room, an honor to our splendid city. The entire matter of organization was placed in the hands of a committee composed of M. L. Robinson, J. S. Mann, Jno. A. Eaton, B. F. Wood, Prof. Gridley, Mrs. Geo. W. Miller, and Mrs. I. L. Millington, who are to put the organization on its feet, financially and otherwise, and report to a gathering at the Presbyterian church Monday evening next. If a dozen or so of our well-to-do men will go down in their pockets $60 or so to make the $600 foundation necessary to hold this institution up the first year, and then the dozens of bustling young men of the city form a Y. M. C. A., in which there is proper shoulder hitters and vim, this thing will sail along as smoothly as you please. Winfield, with a good reading room and library once finely established, will take energetic pride in assisting it on to continued success.
[Note: The above item was as far as I was able to proceed with the Winfield Courier at this time. Items that follow came from the Arkansas City newspapers.]
Arkansas City Republican, July 10, 1886.
Thirteen carloads of cattle went out over the Frisco yesterday. The shipment was made by G. W. Miller, of Winfield.
Arkansas City Republican, July 17, 1886.
Geo. Miller, of Winfield, made a shipment of 13 carloads of cattle from Cale to St. Louis.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 27, 1886.

Killed in the Territory. DIED. George W. Miller received a letter from his son, Joe, this morning, from the Miller Ranch twenty-five miles below Hunnewell, stating that one Green, a Washita ranchman, started from Hunnewell yesterday with some horses. He hired three Indians to help him drive. Near the Miller ranch, the Indians put a bullet into Green’s heart, took a number of horses, and decamped. A posse was being made up for pursuit, and the story of three noble red men found dangling in tree limbs will likely be heralded. Green was a well known territory cattle man.  Winfield Courier the 22nd.
Arkansas City Republican, March 12, 1887.
Geo. Miller, of Winfield, was in town yesterday. Says Winfield is very, very quiet. Hunnewell Correspondence in Wellington Standard.
Mr. Miller is one of Winfield’s most prominent citizens. He is a cattleman.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 17, 1903.
TO FURNISH MEAT. 101 Ranch Will Supply Beef To the Chilocco School.
J. C. Miller of 101 ranch was in the city yesterday afternoon, coming in from the Chilocco Indian Schools, where he had been to see about making the first delivery of meat under his contract. Mr. Miller said this is the first time the 101 ranch has ever obtained the contract to furnish Chilocco with its meat, but had for the past eight years supplied the Ponca and Otoe Indians. The contract calls for 300,000 pounds of beef and the first delivery of 125 head of cattle will be made in about two weeks.
Zack Miller...
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, March 16, 1932.
All Equipment Of 101 Ranch Is Up for Auction. The famous 101 Ranch, owing to the depression, went into the hands of a receiver a few months ago. It received the one, two, three punch from this depression. First, the oil industry went bad. Much of the ranch income during late years came from the oil interests. Then the circus business felt the pinch and the wild west show failed to draw a pay-gate. The third blow came from the agricultural situation. The ranch was widely diversified but there was no profit in hogs, a loss in cattle and a bigger loss in crops.
As a result of this condition all of the ranch equipment is offered for sale by the receiver, Fred C. Clarke, at public auction March 24 and 25. The list to be sold includes everything from pigs to buffalo and from a hoe to a combine. The ranch land has been leased out to individual farmers. The future of Oklahoma’s famous estate is uncertain. It will be operated by lease holders for a year or two. It may be sold as a unit or, should farm property recover, again be operated as the 101 Ranch.
It is expected that the 53 head of buffalo and three head of elk offered in the sale will be sold at private sale but nothing is reserved at this sale, and if there are purchasers for these animals they will be sold also. The sale will be held in a large pavilion and will be held regardless of the weather. Those interested in obtaining additional information may obtain it by writing to the receiver, in care of the 101 Ranch, Ponca City, Oklahoma.

Makes $15,000 Bond for His Appearance on April 15.
Arkansas City Traveler, Friday, March 25, 1932.
Newkirk, Okla., Mar. 25—(AP)—Colonel Zack Miller, last of the founders of the famed Miller Brothers’ 101 Ranch, was arraigned in county court Friday on a charge of “assault with a dangerous weapon” and his preliminary hearing set for April 15.
The colorful rancher and showman came at odds with the law Thursday when he fired a shotgun at the heels of one of two attorneys for Fred C. Clarke, receiver, in charg e of an auction of the personal property on the ranch.
R. M. Parkhurst, county judge, accepted a $15,000 bond for the ranchman signed by Harry Cragin and W. H. Boucher, as well as a $1,000 peace bond signed by the same men.
In Bad Health. Haggard and worried but calm after his armed protest of the auction, which he termed “legal robbery,” Miller appeared to be in a rather serious physical condition.
He remained at the ranch Thursday night after his arrest, with Bruce Potter, county attorney, and Potter’s brother, Paul. Paul Potter said examination of the shell fired by Miller while Neal Sullivan and W. O. Wilson, attorneys, were at the ranch “White House” to discuss the auction sale, showed it had contained buckshot instead of bird-shot as previously reported.
Suit Is Postponed. Meanwhile, the last of four foreclosure suits against the ranch lands was postponed until April 13. Former Governor Henry S. Johnston, chief counsel for Miller, said plans for refinancing the ranch through the Reconstruction Finance Corporation were under way and that it seemed likely aid from this source would be forthcoming.
Three foreclosure cases against the Miller property have been lost by the ranchman. The fourth case, that of the John Hancock Mutual Life Insurance Company, of Boston, had been postponed twice prior to Friday’s delay. In this case both Miller and his divorced wife intervened to claim their right to the homestead site involved.


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