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J. E. Mansfield

Winfield Directory 1880.
MANSFIELD, MISS JOSEPHINE E., millinery and notions, Main w. s. bet 9th and 10th
avenues; r. 9th bet Manning and Menor.
Winfield 1880: Miss Josie Mansfield, 30.
Winfield Directory 1885.
Mansfield, Miss Josephine E, millinery, 915 Main
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Dr. W. Q. Mansfield of Winfield had two children by a previous marriage [Rupert E. and Josephine E Mansfield]. The first one to appear in Winfield was his son, Capt. R. E. Mansfield.
Winfield Courier, July 15, 1875.
Capt. R. E. Mansfield, head clerk of U. S. mail route from Louisville to Nashville, Tennessee, has been spending a week in our midst on a visit to his father, Dr. Mansfield, of our city. He is well pleased with our beautiful country. He returned to his home last Wednesday.
Winfield Courier, August 2, 1877.
Miss Josephine E. Mansfield, of New York, is visiting her father, Dr. Mansfield.
Winfield Courier, September 20, 1877.
Miss Josephine E. Mansfield has bought out Mrs. M. M. Goddard and intends to open a first class millinery establishment.
Winfield Courier, October 25, 1877.
Keeps constantly on hand a most stylish assortment of LADIES’, MISSES’, AND CHILDREN’S HATS, FLOWERS, FEATHERS, RIBBONS, GLOVES, NOTIONS, ETC.
Orders filled on the shortest notice, and on the most reasonable terms.
Winfield Courier, December 13, 1877.
Winfield Socially. The coming winter bids fair to be the most pleasant, socially, that Winfieldians have ever experienced. Many changes have taken place in the circle of young folks since the good old frontier days. New and attractive young ladies and gentlemen have settled amongst us, giving to Winfield an air of city life and gaiety when they meet “in convention assembled.” The recent Thanksgiving ball was followed so closely by Miss Kate Millington’s “dancing party,” and both so largely attended, that the indications are that those “who look for pleasure can hope to find it here” this winter. The last mentioned party, to use a stereotyped expression, was a “brilliant success.” Probably of all the gay and charming gatherings that have “tripped the fantastic,” etc., in our city, this was the most pleasant. The music was excellent, the refreshments good, and the polite and attentive demeanor of the fair hostess most agreeable.

The following persons were fortunate enough to be present at this party: Judge W. P. Campbell, of Wichita; W. W. Walton, of Topeka; Herman Kiper, of Atchison; Fred C. Hunt, W. C. Walker, Bert Crapster, Ed. P. Greer, Charley Harter, J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. J. Holloway, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Green, Mr. and Mrs. Virgil Harter, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Earnest, Mr. and Mrs. James Kelly, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Thompson, Miss Inez Daniels, S. Suss, Josephine E. Mansfield, G. E. Walker, Mary McGaughy, M. B. Wallis, Fannie Wallis, Wilbur Dever, Maggie J. Dever, W. C. Root, Jennie Hahn, W. Gillelen, Mattie Coldwell, J. N. Harter, Carrie Olds, T. C. Copeland, Katie McGaughy, O. M. Seward, Nora Coldwell, Dr. Strong, Amie Bartlett. Of course, they one and all enjoyed themselves; wished the occasion might be often repeated, and voted (in their minds at least) Miss Kate to be the most “social campaign organizer” in the city.
Winfield Courier, April 11, 1878.
MISS J. E. MANSFIELD has just received a large stock of FASHIONABLE MILLINERY and she invites the ladies of Winfield to call and examine.
Winfield Courier, May 2, 1878.
Miss J. E. Mansfield is attracting considerable attention to her fine stock of millinery goods.
Dr. W. Q. Mansfield, father of Josephine E. Mansfield, dies...
Winfield Courier, August 15, 1878.
Death of a Distinguished Citizen. DIED. W. Q. Mansfield died of apoplexy at his residence in Winfield on Friday, August 9th, at 8 o’clock p.m. He had been apparently well and in usual health until a quarter past 1 o’clock p.m., of that day, when he was sitting with his family at the dinner table and Mrs. Mansfield observed that something ailed him and immediately sprang to his support. He was unconscious and apparently painless from that moment until his death. In this event this community has lost an esteemed friend, a valued citizen, and an accomplished physician and surgeon.
His has been a life of singular purity and moral worth. He had no faults, no bad habits, was the very soul of honor, just to all, and generous to those in need. In his simple unostentatious way, he has been to many an “angel of mercy.” He was a staunch friend of the poor and the oppressed, believed in education and culture as the great moral safeguard to society, read much and thought deeply, and had spent much time and thought in relation to a free library for this community. He had accumulated a large private library, which he intended to donate as a nucleus of a public library. He had other schemes to advance the cause of morality and education in our midst in which he endeavored to interest his friends in his quiet way without display. He was one of Nature’s noblemen, a large-hearted lover of his race.
He had thought much in relation to scientific subjects and of man’s relations to nature. He had formulated very beautiful theories in relation to spiritual existence beyond this life, which, though we do not accept, we know influenced his life for good and believe would make the world much better than it now is if more widely adopted. He did not obtrude his views upon others, but held the views of others in respect.
The following is a sketch of his life from Cleave’s Biographical Cyclopedia of Homeopathic Physicians and Surgeons.

“Mansfield, William Q., M. D., of Winfield, Kansas, was born in England in 1818, where he was educated as an apothecary and druggist. In the year 1851 he emigrated to America and located in Buffalo, New York. Here he attended three courses of lectures and graduated in 1857. For several years previous to this he had practiced medicine to a considerable extent and with fair measure of success. Homeopathy he had always considered as one of the greatest delusions of the age. However, his prejudices were removed by a circumstance which happened soon after he graduated and in connection with his practice, which served to convince him that the delusion existed in a very different quarter from that which he had been taught to believe. He could not give much attention to the matter at this time, as the war broke out, and he immediately decided to participate. Submitting to an examination before the medical board organized by the surgeon general at Albany, he received a certificate as full surgeon. Not waiting to employ means to secure a commission, he enlisted as a private in the 92nd Regiment New York Volunteers, then organizing at Potsdam. A few weeks after he was elected captain of the company of which he was a member, but was induced, by the earnest solicitation of Col. Sanford commanding, to accept the position of assistant surgeon. On account of the age and infirmity of the surgeon, Dr. Mansfield was the only medical officer with the regiment during the first year of its service in the field. Having served with the regiment to the end of its term, in 1864, he was promoted surgeon and assigned to the 118th Regiment New York Volunteers. This was followed by the appointment of brigade surgeon, which was conferred upon him while serving in the trenches before Petersburg. In this capacity he remained until the organization of the Army of the James, when he was detailed as the surgeon in charge at the celebrated Dutch Gap. On the memorable 3rd of April, 1865, his regiment was among the first troops entering Richmond. At the close of the war Dr. Mansfield resumed the practice of medicine, but not the old system. Locating in Richmond, he became, unintentionally, identified with the moving incidents of that time. He was elected delegate to the Philadelphia convention of 1866. He was also appointed by the commanding officer of the district, General Schofield, collector of taxes and registering officer of the city of Richmond, and at the first United States district court held in that city after the war by Judge Underwood, Dr. Mansfield was on the first grand jury ever organized in the United States composed of both white and colored men. He was subsequently nominated for senator on the Republican ticket, but was defeated by a small majority. This closed the political career of the Doctor, who, to free himself from politics entirely, and from politicians, emigrated West in the fall of 1869. He located at Emporia, State of Kansas. Here  he published a small work entitled ‘Homeopathy, Its History and Tendency.’ This was designed to explain the law of simillia and draw public attention to the subject. The year following Dr. Mansfield moved to Winfield, Kansas, situated near the Arkansas River, and within a few miles of the Indian Territory. He is now engaged in a flourishing and lucrative practice, which brings him in contact with a large portion of the community, with whom he is popular, and among whom he has made many warm friends.”
The funeral took place on Sunday, August 11th, at 10 o’clock a.m., amid a large concourse of friends and citizens who assembled at his residence. The casket was profusely adorned with flowers and the choir sang exquisitely “Sweet bye and bye.” An address was delivered by Mr. J. L. Rushbridge, intended as a short eulogy of the deceased and a sketch of his life. The remains were deposited in their resting place and the grave strewn with flowers.
Winfield Courier, September 5, 1878.

Miss J. E. Mansfield has just received a new and beautiful lot of millinery goods which she is offering at most favorable prices. Ladies should call and see.
Winfield Courier, March 27, 1879.
The following is a list of the principal business firms of Winfield.
MILLINERY. Mme. Roland, Mrs. Stump, Mrs. Kretsinger, Mrs. Anne Harris, Miss J. E. Mansfield, Mrs. Whitehead.
Winfield Courier, September 16, 1880.
NEW FIRM. Miss Mansfield has taken into partnership Miss Smith, an accomplished milliner, and the purchaser of the Yankee Notion store. They keep no old stock. Their goods are all new and fresh.
R. E. Mansfield, brother of Josephine E. Mansfield...
Winfield Courier, March 3, 1881.
Mrs. Mansfield received through the mails Tuesday a box containing green peas and strawberries from her son, R. E. Mansfield, of the postal mail service, who is at present stationed in Florida. The peas were perfectly preserved, but the strawberries were somewhat decayed. The sight of such delicacies at this season of the year makes one long for the “orange groves of Florida.”
J. E. Mansfield moves one door south of her old location...
Cowley County Courant, February 9, 1882.
Miss Mansfield has moved her millinery stock one door south of her old stand and is fitted up in excellent shape.
Winfield Courier, February 9, 1882.
Miss Josie Mansfield left on Tuesday afternoon for Charleston, South Carolina, to attend at the bedside of her brother, Rupert Mansfield, who was so severely hurt in the recent railroad accident. It is thought that he is now out of danger, but Miss Mansfield cannot remain away from this, her only brother.
Cowley County Courant, March 2, 1882.
We are in receipt of a communication from Miss Josie Mansfield requesting us to inform her friends that she will be in St. Louis and Chicago the first week in March to select her spring stock of millinery goods.
Dever’s Star Bakery: moved to Miss Mansfield’s old stand three doors north of Whiting’s Meat Market. In December 1881 Whiting Bros. took over the meat market of Simmons & Ott. Location, Main Street, west side, between 9th and 10th Avenues.
Winfield Courier, February 16, 1882.
Dever’s Star Bakery has been moved to Miss Mansfield’s old stand three doors north of Whiting’s Meat Market.
Winfield Courier, March 9, 1882.
Letters from Miss Josie Mansfield state that she will be in Chicago and St. Louis this week purchasing goods for the spring trade.
Cowley County Courant, March 9, 1882.

Miss Mansfield returned from Charleston, South Carolina, yesterday, having been nearly a week on the road. Her brother, though severely cut and bruised, fortunately had no bones broken, and by careful nursing, was recovering rapidly. He was able to accompany her on her return as far as Nashville, Tennessee, where he was taken in charge by the railroad authorities.
Winfield Courier, April 20, 1882.
Miss Mansfield will have an opening of her Spring Millinery Goods Thursday and Friday. All the ladies should be out, as the display will be exceptionally fine.
Winfield Courier, April 20, 1882.
On last Friday evening the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller was the scene of one of the merriest as well as the “toniest” parties ever given in Winfield. Mrs. Fuller has entertained her friends several times this winter without any of the young folks being present, but this time she honored them by giving this party, which was duly appreciated. Everyone invited, with but two exceptions, was present and never were guests more hospitably entertained. The evening was spent in dancing and other amusements, while an elegant collation consisting of cakes and ice cream was served at eleven o’clock. At a late hour the guests dispersed, all thanking their kind host and hostess for the pleasant evening so happily spent. The costumes of the guests were elegant and worthy of mention. We give below a list which we hope will be satisfactory to the ladies mentioned.
Miss Josie Mansfield, black silk and velvet, Spanish lace.
Winfield Courier, July 13, 1882.
We, the undersigned milliners of Winfield agree to close our stores at 6:30 p.m., until Sept. 1st.
Winfield Courier, October 5, 1882.
Miss Mansfield’s fall stock of millinery is constantly arriving.
Winfield Courier, October 5, 1882.
New and elegant shades in plumes and ribbons at Miss Mansfield’s.
Winfield Courier, October 5, 1882.
New York pattern bonnets will be received in a few days at Miss Mansfield’s.
Winfield Courier, April 26, 1883.
Miss Mansfield’s Millinery Opening. On May 10th and 11th Miss J. E. Mansfield will have her spring millinery opening, when she will show a large stock of New York Pattern Bonnets.
Suit brought by Josephine E. Mansfield against Hattie P. Mansfield, widow of Dr. Mansfield...
Winfield Courier, June 21, 1883.
Judge Torrance held a short special session of court Monday morning, and a motion in the McCommon assignment case was argued and overruled.
J. Wade McDonald was appointed guardian adlitem of R. F. Mansfield in the case of Josephine E. Mansfield against Hattie P. Mansfield and others. Another short term will be held on July 12th.
Winfield Courier, August 9, 1883.
Miss Josie Mansfield left Saturday morning to visit friends in Montrose, Missouri.
Winfield Courier, August 30, 1883.

Miss Josie Mansfield has just received her new stock of fall goods, and invites the ladies to call and examine them.
Winfield Courier, October 11, 1883.
Miss Josie Mansfield will, on Thursday and Friday, October 18th and 19th, show an elegant line of New York pattern hats and bonnets.
Winfield Courier, May 1, 1884.
Miss Mansfield will have her annual spring millinery opening on Friday and Saturday, May 2nd and 3rd, when she will show an elegant line of pattern hats and bonnets.
Winfield Courier, October 30, 1884.
Miss J. E. Mansfield will have her fall Millinery opening on Thursday and Friday of this week, when she will make an elegant display of New York Pattern Bonnets.
The rest of the entries about Josephine E. Mansfield are most peculiar!
Winfield Courier, November 20, 1884.
Miss Josie Mansfield closed out her business here this week and will locate in the millinery business at Kinsley, Edwards County. Miss Mansfield is one of our oldest residents and has won the esteem of all. Intelligent, independent, and energetic, we bespeak for her merited success in her new location. Her departure is much regretted.
Winfield Courier, December 18, 1884.
New Location. Miss J. E. Mansfield has moved her Millinery stock into Best’s music stand, where she would be pleased to meet all her old friends and customers.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 7, 1885.
Removal. J. E. Mansfield at her old stand, 2nd door north of Whiting Bros., after May 10th. Spring Millinery at cost until that time, to save moving. J. E. Mansfield, west side Main street, with D. F. Best.
Rupert E. Mansfield, Josephine’s brother, writes to Harriet P. Mansfield...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 25, 1885.
A private letter to Mrs. H. P. Mansfield, from her step-son, Maj. R. E. Mansfield, chief head clerk of the mail service in the south, says: “There are plenty of men clamoring for my place. Two applicants have been to Washington, but were told by the Postmaster General that no “green horn” need apply; that this service was conducted purely on Civil Service rules, and no inexperienced person would be allowed to take my place. He told one applicant that he had heard of Mr. Mansfield as a valuable and efficient officer, and in view of his qualifications for the office, and his record for the past seventeen years, no applicant for his place would be entertained by the P. O. Department.” M.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.
It is rumored that Miss Josie Mansfield and Mr. G. B. Salade, the artist, were married at Wichita Monday evening last.
Note: 1885 Winfield Directory shows “Saladee, G. B.”
Saladee G B, planing mills, 522 Main, boards Commercial House.
The name “Salade” could not be found anywhere.
There were no further entries relative to J. E. Mansfield or J. E. Salade or Saladee.
Quite a mystery!


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