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Mrs. W. T. Roland-W.T. Roland & Son

Winfield Directory 1880.
ROLAND, W. T. & SON, hardware, stoves, and tinware, Main,
e. s. bet 8th and 9th avenues, Page building.
Roland, W. T. (W. T. Roland & Son), r. 8th avenue, n. s. bet Main and Manning.
Roland, E. H. (W. T. Roland & Son), r. 8th avenue, n. s. bet Main and Manning.
Roland, May, r. W. T. Roland.
Sherman, Jno., tinner, W. T. Roland & Son, boards 9th av., n. s. bet Millington and Loomis.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Courier, December 5, 1878.
Going to Winfield. We regret to learn that Mr. W. T. Roland and his family will remove to Winfield in a few weeks. Mr. Roland is a good and an energetic citizen, and wherever he may go we take pleasure in recommending him to the confidence of those he meets. Mrs. Roland and her daughter, we understand, will open a millinery and dressmaking establishment, while Mr. Roland will still work for the Fairbanks Scale Company, as at present. Walnut Valley Times.
Winfield Courier, December 26, 1878.
Mr. W. T. Roland, traveling agent for the Fairbanks’s Scales Company, is now permanently located in this city. He can be found at his residence, the house lately occupied by Mr. James Kirk. Persons desiring the best scales made, should call on him. He is a gentleman who can be relied on.
Winfield Courier, December 26, 1878.
Mme. Roland has taken the stock and stand of Mrs. Pixley on Main street, east side, between Ninth and Tenth avenues, where she will serve the ladies of this city and vicinity with millinery and dressmaking. She is an artist in her business and profession, and comes to us highly recommended.
Winfield Courier, February 6, 1879.
FARM TO TRADE. A good farm of 100 acres, well improved, three miles from railroad, in Washington County, Kansas, to trade for dry goods, hardware, or town property.
W. T. ROLAND, No. 103, East Side Main Street, Winfield, Kansas.
Winfield Courier, March 27, 1879.
The following is a list of the principal business firms of Winfield.
Mme. Roland, Mrs. Stump, Mrs. Kretsinger, Mrs. Anne Harris, Miss J. E. Mansfield, Mrs. Whitehead.
Winfield Courier, May 29, 1879.
Mr. Ed. Roland drops into the hardware business as naturally as if he had been raised to it, and in a few weeks we expect to see him handling tin-pans and jack-knives with a dexterity only equaled by a Chinese juggler.
Winfield Courier, May 29, 1879.

W. T. Roland & Son have succeeded Mr. J. T. Weston in the hardware business. Mr. Weston, by his fair and honorable deal­ing, has worked up a good trade, which his successors will undoubtedly hold.
Winfield Courier, June 12, 1879.
W. T. Roland & Son have largely increased the business of the Weston hardware store since they came into possession. Mr. Ed. Roland is one of the most gentlemanly and obliging young men in town, and persons trading with them can rely upon everything being just as it is represented.
Winfield Courier, August 21, 1879.
Mr. O. Frisbee, the patentee of a model invention, is canvassing the town. It is an iron door sill, or carpet strip, which is an entirely new thing; and from the workings of one we have seen, we should think it would come fully up to the warranty. His invention is one that is practical in every sense of the word and is needed on every door. It is the only one we have seen that will keep out rain during one of our beating storms.
AD: IRON DOOR SILLS -OR- CARPET STRIPS, Warranted to keep out rain during the hardest storms. It is one of the few inventions that are of practical use to the people. $1.75 EACH. Call at Roland & Son’s hardware store and examine them. Special atten­tion of builders is called to this Sill. O. FRISBEE.
Winfield Courier, January 1, 1880.
Mrs. J. C. Fuller, on Fuller and 10th Sts., assisted by Mrs. A. T. Spotswood and Misses Jessie Millington and May Roland.
Winfield Courier, February 12, 1880.
A Man and Woman can save time and money by buying their hardware, stoves, and tinware of W. T. Roland & Son. They keep always on hand a full line of St. Louis and Quincy Cooking and Heating Stoves, the only place they can be found in the city. You can always find a full line of guns, revolvers, table and pocket cutlery, cartridges, powder and shot, at W. T. Roland & Son’s. You can get a barrel of Tin Caps or a keg of Nails; in fact, you can get anything you want, from a harness needle to a box of Axle Grease, AT W. T. ROLAND & SON’S, PAGE BUILDING, MAIN STREET, WINFIELD, KANSAS.
Winfield Courier, March 11, 1880.
Mr. Ed Roland was elected 2nd Lieutenant of the Winfield Rifles Monday evening, to fill the vacancy caused by the resigna­tion of Mr. Finch and the promotion of Lieutenant Friend. Ed. will make a first class officer.
Winfield Courier, June 24, 1880.
Winfield is to be represented in the new town of Hunnewell. Ed. Roland and Bob O’Neal will open a hardware and drug store there next week.
Winfield Courier, July 29, 1880.

We regret to have to notice the failure of our friends in the hardware business, Messrs. W. T. Roland & Son. We understand that it was caused by the foreclosure of a chattel mortgage. We hope that the matter will be managed so as to save something for Mr. Roland.
Winfield Courier, July 29, 1880.
A large party of young folks consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Robinson, Misses May Roland, Nettie McCoy, Sarah Hodges, Kate Millington, and Miss Westgate, and Messrs. Will Robinson, Will Wilson, Roland Conklin, Fred Hunt, and W. A. Smith made Salt City lively by their presence the other day. Some of the party took dinner with Mrs. Holloway, and the rest repaired to the beautiful grove east of the town, and partook of a picnic dinner, thus spending a very pleasant day. Salt City is fast becoming a very popular resort; there were between twenty and twenty-five teams there Sunday, from Winfield, Wellington, and Oxford.
Winfield Courier, August 5, 1880.
Messrs. Hendricks & Wilson have rented the Page building, and will move their stock of hardware as soon as the Roland stock can be removed.
Winfield Courier, August 5, 1880.
Last week Sheriff Shenneman took possession of the Roland stock of hardware and carried the key in his pocket. Last Monday Mr. Roland forced the lock, took possession, and put on a new lock. The Sheriff again took forcible possession and ejected Mr. Roland. Mr. Boyer than got in and the Sheriff ejected him; and in the tussle, tore his coat off. Boyer is too much like Hancock to enter into a rough and tumble. Mr. Boyer was in the hardware store as the attorney of Mr. Pugsley, the mortgagee, when he had the collision with the Sheriff.
Winfield Courier, August 26, 1880.
Mr. W. T. Roland is busy in Nixon’s office registering deeds.
Winfield Courier, August 26, 1880.
Eli Youngheim has moved to the room lately vacated by W. T. Roland’s hardware store, where he exhibits a fine stock of clothing.
Winfield Courier, October 21, 1880.
Notice Friend’s ad in this issue. He’s got the largest stock of millinery in southern Kansas.
     Dealer in Millinery & Milliner’s Dry Goods.
     Notions, Sewing Machines, etc.
     Miss Clara Brass remains in charge of the Trimming Department.
Winfield Courier, October 28, 1880.
Miss May Roland, of Arkansas City, spent several days of last week in Winfield. She came up to attend the ball given for the benefit of the band.
Winfield Courier, October 28, 1880.
We understand that the Central Hotel, of Arkansas City, is giving entire satisfaction under the new management. W. T. Roland of this place, having taken charge of it some two weeks ago, he and his estimable family are capable of making his new enterprise a decided success.

Winfield Courier, December 16, 1880.
The reports from the boomers along the line of the Indian Territory were so conflicting all last week that on Saturday the COURIER sent a reporter to the field of operation to get the facts.
The reporter was escorted by a gay company of young people, consisting of a versatile reporter for the Monitor, who amused the company on the route with speeches and songs. Mr. Ed. Roland, Mr. J. Houston, a young attorney, Miss Grace Scoville, and Miss May Roland, Mr. and Mrs. Lem Cook, and Miss Summers were down from Caldwell to see the battle. These visitors together first paid their respects to the boomer camp, and were invited to remain and attend their religious services.
The visitors attend­ed and furnished a part of the music for the occasion. The congregation united in singing, “Hold the fort for we are coming, Oklahoma still. Waive the answer back to Kansas, By thy grace we will.” The sermon was delivered by the colony chaplain, supple­mented by remarks from another boomer. The reporter forgets their names. A large flag was floating over the camp and the congrega­tion sang, “Rally ‘round the flag.” Capt. Payne was called on and made a few remarks. The general and Lieutenant from the other camp attended the service by special invitation. After services the visitors were invited to partake of refreshments with the boomers, which they did with great relish, for camp life was new and interesting at least to the ladies.
      Capt. Payne and others, including Major Bloss, treated the visitors with cordial courtesy, and made their visit very pleas­ant. They visited the camp of the troops where they were courte­ously received. There was found everything orderly and neat. There were a dozen tents looking trim, forty fine horses standing ready to be saddled and mounted on a moment’s notice, and forty well clad and equipped soldier boys ready for action on like notice. One of the saddlers was asked how they expected to cope with so many boomers. He answered that the boomers were not well equipped or disciplined, and that no serious difficulty was expected. He did not think they would attempt to cross the line; but if they did, they would be easily disposed of. Some of the soldiers were practicing shooting at a red handkerchief on a bush, but all were civil and quiet. The contrast between the two camps was very great.
Our reporter thought Hunnewell a hard place to get anything to eat and in other respects. At about 4 o’clock p.m. the visitors left for Arkansas City, where they arrived at 8 o’clock in the evening, returning to Winfield the next day. The conclu­sion arrived at, is that the stories and press reports afloat about the boom are grossly exaggerated.
Winfield Courier, January 13, 1881.
Miss May Roland came up from the “terminus” last Tuesday with Miss Jessie Millington.
Winfield Courier, July 28, 1881.

A merry party consisting of the gayest of her gay young people assembled at Miss Roland’s on last Saturday evening and proceeded to the residence of Mrs. A. T. Spotswood for the purpose of a complete surprise party to Miss Nettie McCoy, who leaves this week for a visit to her home in New Jersey. The following were present: Mr. and Mrs. Albro, Mr. and Mrs. Bahntge, Mr. and Mrs. George Robinson, Dr. and Mrs. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. George Whitney, and Mr. and Mrs. Garvey; Misses Amelia and Clara Garvey of Topeka, Jennie Hane, May Roland, Allie Klingman, Sarah Hodges, Louise Crapster, Ida McDonald, Amanda Scothorn, Margie Wallis, and Jessie Millington; and Messrs. Davis, Dever, Hunt, Baldridge, Harris, W. A. Smith, W. C. Robin­son, Dr. Gunn, and Bahntge.
Cowley County Courant, December 22, 1881.
WINFIELD, DECEMBER 19, 1881. Council met in regular session. The president of the council, Mr. Read, presiding, in the absence of the mayor. Present: Councilmen Read, Hodges, Platter, and Gary, city attorney and clerk.
Ordinance No. 153, changing the name of Court House street to Riverside avenue, was read and on motion of Mr. Hodges was taken up for consideration by sections. Sections 1 and 2 were adopted. On a motion to adopt as a whole on the final passage the vote stood as follows: Those voting aye were Messrs. Hodges, Gary, and Mater; nay, none, and the ordinance was declared adopted.
Petition of Frank Barclay and 55 others, asking that the stacking of hay be prohibited by ordinance within the city limits, was presented.
Remonstrance of W. T. Roland and 62 others, against the passage of such an ordinance, was also presented.
On motion of Mr. Hodges, the petition and remonstrance were referred to the committee on fire department.
Winfield Courier, November 24, 1881.
A number of young ladies gathered at the M. E. Church Monday evening and organized themselves into a society. They propose to call themselves the M. B. Society. The following officers were elected: Miss Jessie Millington, President; Miss Allie Klingman, Vice President; Miss Jennie Haine, Secretary; Miss Ida McDonald, Treasurer. The society will give a New England supper Friday evening, November 25, at the M. E. Church. The M. B. ladies will be dressed in New England costume of the time of Washington.
Will Robinson, Will A. Smith, Miss May Roland, Miss Jennie Haine: to handle reception.
Cowley County Courant, January 5, 1882.
Miss May Roland, frost, a beautiful costume.
Winfield Courier, January 26, 1882.
Mr. Ed Roland afforded a pleasant evening to the young people by inviting them to a phantom party at the residence of Mrs. Millington, on last Monday night. A gay and happy company responded to the invitation, and made most excellent ghosts, although hardly as silent as a specter is supposed to be. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. George Rembaugh, Mrs. Boyer; Misses Hane, Scothorn, Klingman, Beeny, Margie and Lizzie Wallis, Jackson and Carruthers; Messrs. W. H. and W. A. Smith, Roland, Harris, Fuller, Webb, Robinson, Connell, Crowell, Bahntge.
Winfield Courier, February 16, 1882.
Geo. B. Shackelford spent Saturday and Sunday with the family of his uncle, W. T. Roland.

Winfield Courier, February 23, 1882.
Our young friend, Ed. H. Roland, has gone to Sedan to take charge of a store there for Sen. J. C. Long. Ed. is a bright young man and is likely to succeed.
Winfield Courier, March 9, 1882.
An entertainment for the benefit of the Ladies Library Association will be given on Thursday, March 165h, at Manning’s Opera House. It will consist of the Drama of “Esmeralda,” by home talent, and some fine orchestra music. The cast is as follows.
“Old Man” Rogers ................... C. F. Bahntge.
Lydia Ann Rogers .................... Miss Jessie Millington.
Esmeralda ................................. Miss Florence Beeny.
Dave Hardy ............................... D. L. Kretzinger.
Eslabrook .................................. C. H. Connel.
Jack Desmond .......................... W. C. Robinson.
Nora Desmond ......................... Miss Kate Millington.
Kate Desmond ......................... Miss May Roland.
Marquis De Montessino .......... Henry E. Lewis.
George Drew ........................... R. P. Boles.
This play is founded upon the story by that name written by Mrs. Francis H. Burnett, and is something new in its style, presenting a charming picture of American life.
Winfield Courier, April 13, 1882.
Mr. Roland and family removed to Sedan last week, where they will hereafter reside. Winfield society loses one of its brightest lights in the person of Miss May.
The name of “May Roland” was always used before the next articles. Believe the paper goofed in calling her “Nora” Roland...
Winfield Courier, May 31, 1883.
Miss Nora Roland came over from Sedan Monday and will spend a week here as the guest of Miss Leota Gary. She was met at the depot by a crowd of young folks and welcomed in a most hearty manner. Miss Nora is a great favorite with the young folks here and every effort will be made to have her visit as enjoyable as possible.
Winfield Courier, June 7, 1883.
A pleasant party was given the young folks at D. A. Millington’s residence Wednesday evening in honor of Miss Nora Roland.
Winfield Courier, June 14, 1883.
Miss Nora Roland, one of Sedan’s most attractive young ladies, returned to Winfield last Monday with Miss Jessie Millington, who was visiting at Mr. Roland’s. We hope she will get vigorously homesick before much longer.
Winfield Courier, June 14, 1883.
Miss Nora Roland leaves for home today.
Winfield Courier, January 3, 1884.
Ed Roland has gone to see his ma. We heartily wish he’d stay there, not because Ed isn’t a good fellow and all that sort of thing, but—well Ed knows.

Winfield Courier, April 3, 1884.
Miss Nora Roland came over from Cherryvale last Thursday and remained till Monday, the guest of Miss Leota Gary. Miss Roland’s visits are always highly appreciated by our young folks.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 14, 1886.
The Cherryvale Globe-Torch has the following handsome compliment for Miss May Roland, for a number of years a resident of Winfield and prominent in our social circle: “We refer to the portrait of Mrs. Geo. Beerbower, recently painted by Miss May Roland. Monday evening, in company with several others, we had the pleasure of viewing this remarkable production. Remarkable because of its perfect likeness to the original, and because it is actually the second attempt of portrait painting by a young lady who has never received a single lesson in the art. We unhesitatingly pronounce this a superb piece of work, and congratulate Miss Roland on her remarkable talent, which we hope she will no longer keep folded away in a napkin, so to speak. The picture is attracting much attention of our best artists, all of whom pronounce it a great achievement and are profuse in praise of the talented artist.”


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