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S. S. Moore

[Note: The first name of S. S. Moore was often confusing to everyone, including me. He was sometimes called “Sam” and at other times “Sim.” I believe “Sim S. Moore” is correct, but I have not changed newspaper items. MAW]
Kansas 1875 Census, Tisdale Township, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.
Name                           age sex color          Place/birth      Where from
S. S. Moore                 37    m    w       Pennsylvania           Michigan
E. A. Moore                 34     f     w            New York              Michigan
G. D. Moore                  8    m    w       Michigan                Michigan
L. V. Moore                 3m   m    w       Kansas
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 2, 1873.
                                                   REPUBLICAN TICKET.
For Representative: JAMES McDERMOTT.
For County Commissioners—
1st District: JOHN MANLY.
2nd District: J. G. TITUS.
3rd District: R. F. BURDEN.
For County Clerk: M. G. TROUP.
For County Treasurer: E. B. KAGER.
For Register of Deeds: N. C. McCULLOCH.
For Sheriff: R. L. WALKER.
For County Surveyor: W. W. WALTON.
For Coroner: S. S. MOORE.
Mr. S. Moore was nominated for the position of Coroner, by acclamation. Mr. Moore is a good man, and fitted to fill any position in the gift of the people.
Walnut Valley Times, October 10, 1873.
The following gentlemen were nominated at the Republican Convention in Cowley County last week for the offices named.
                                                        Sim Moore, Coroner.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 13, 1873.
                                            County Commissioners’ Proceedings.
The Board of County Commissioners of Cowley County met in the County Clerk’s office November 7th, 1873. Present: Frank Cox and O. C. Smith.
Proceeded to canvass the votes of the election held Nov. 4th, 1873, which resulted in the election of the following officers who were declared duly elected.
                                                    For Coroner: Sam Moore.
The Commonwealth, Wednesday Morning, October 21, 1874.
                                                       WINFIELD, Oct. 15.
To the Editor of the Commonwealth.

The republican convention met today. It was the best gathering of representative men that ever assembled in the county. Sixty delegates were present, representing eighteen out of twenty-one townships. This was in marked contrast to the “independent” convention that met at Tisdale last Monday, in which only nine townships were represented by twenty-seven delegates, and of which twenty-seven, thirteen were from Winfield, which contains the head, bowels, and feet of the “independent” movement.

The republican nominations are as follows. For representative, T. R. Bryan, of Dexter; for probate judge, S. S. Moore, of Tisdale; for county attorney, L. J. Webb, of Winfield; for superintendent of public instruction, T. A. Wilkinson, of Bolton; and for clerk of district court, E. S. Bedilion, of Winfield; all excellent nominations. A very earnest interest in the election is manifested by republicans all over the county, and anything but lukewarmness and disaffection is apparent.
One of the resolutions adopted by the convention endorses the whole republican state ticket and pledges the party to its support; another especially endorses Judge Brown, the republican nominee for congress, and congratulates the people of the county upon the fact that he has everywhere during the campaign pledged himself to an earnest effort to open railway communications direct between this portion of his district and Texas.
The Telegram, the organ of the “piebalds,” having been closed by a libel suit, the opposition to the republican party is without a mouthpiece. The postoffice ring, however, are about to import the material of the late Oxford Press, and so, thereby have about two issues before the election. You may expect a good majority in the county for the whole republican ticket. XX.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 22, 1874.
                                          REPUBLICAN COUNTY TICKET.
For Representative: Thomas R. Bryan, of Dexter Township.
For Probate Judge: Sim S. Moore, of Tisdale Township.
For County Attorney: Leland J. Webb, of Winfield Township.
For Clerk of the District Court: Ed S. Bedilion, of Winfield Township.
For Superintendent of Public Instruction: Thomas A. Wilkinson, of Bolton Township.
For Probate Judge we have S. S. MOORE, of Tisdale. Mr. Moore is the present Coroner of this county, and has in that capacity, made an efficient officer. He is also a farmer, and will make us a good Probate Judge.
Winfield Courier, October 29, 1874.
                                           THE TRAVELER’S DEFECTION.
The Arkansas City Traveler, refuses to support L. J. Webb for County Attorney, and Sim Moore for Probate Judge, and sup­ports Pyburn and Gans, of the pie bald ticket. In reference to Mr. Webb’s candidacy, the Traveler says: “L. J. Webb is one of the best criminal lawyers in Southern Kansas, and a personal friend of ours, but we consider A. J. Pyburn the most trustworthy.”
And further on it says: “As we said in our former issues, we shall vote for the best men, regardless of party, local prejudice, or personal ill-will. We are opposed to conventions but will be compelled to submit to them until the people are ready and willing to adopt a better plan. They are not essential in the election of county officers, where we all have the opportunity of knowing the men.”
It seems to us that it would be more manly for the Traveler to state its objections to Webb and Moore. So that should it appear to be anything serious, we could all drop them. We can see no difference between the Traveler’s course and that of any other self-styled reform paper. “We shall vote for the best man,” says the Traveler, “regardless of party, etc.” In this case, Mr. Scott had no more business in a republican convention than a Catholic Priest would have taking part in a Presbyterian General Assembly.

We are sorry the Traveler has seen fit to take the course it has in the present canvass. And until the Traveler shows wherein the two democrats, Pyburn and Gans, are in any respect better, or more worthy, than the republican nominees, Webb and Moore, the people will be of the opinion that there is something besides a desire for “best men,” that actuates the Traveler.
Some of us will still think that the old jealousy of Winfield, of Winfield men, and Winfield things, still rankles in the breasts of our brethren of Arkansas City. It will be hard for Scott to explain why he didn’t throw himself in the breach at the convention and have someone other than Webb and Moore nominated. Why didn’t Mr. Scott tell the convention that he couldn’t support these gentlemen if nominated. Why didn’t he nominate A. J. Pyburn and explain to the delegates that he thought him a “more trustworthy man” than Webb, instead of congratulating the latter gentleman on his nomination. We do not believe that Mr. Pyburn is as fit for County Attorney as L. J. Webb. Nor that H. D. Gans is as well qualified for Probate Judge as Sim. S. Moore.
Winfield Courier, October 29, 1874.
                                                A HORRIBLE ACCIDENT.
                                    A Young Man Accidentally Shoots Himself.
                                               And Dies Almost Immediately.
We are indebted to Dr. Thompson, of Tisdale, for the follow­ing particulars of a most distressing accident. A young man by the name of William Patterson, in the employ of Mr. Newland, who lives near Silver Creek, was out hauling rock last Saturday, having with him a loaded gun for the purpose of killing chickens. Having loaded his wagon, he started for the house, standing on the load, holding the gun by the barrel with the breech resting on the edge of a rock. By some means, a jolt or something of that kind, the gun slipped off the stone and down through the rails used as a rack. It is supposed that the hammer struck one of the rails in going through, anyway, the gun was discharged. The contents entered at the pit of the stomach, passing inward and upward through the stomach, and lodged in the right lung. The poor man was knocked off the wagon and lay where he fell, until found a few moments afterwards by Mrs. Newland. He breathed a few times after being found and expired. A post mortem examina­tion was held on the body on Sunday morning by Coroner Sim Moore, and the facts found substantially as above narrated. Mr. Patterson was a young man about 20 years of age, and had lived but about a year in the county. He was from Indiana.
There seems to be a sort of fatality about Mr. Newland’s farm, as it will be remembered that some two months ago a young man was killed in a well on the same farm.
[Note: It appears that “S. S. Moore” was suddenly elevated to being a “Judge.”]
Winfield Courier, October 29, 1874.
                                                            Lazette News.
Judge Moore, L. J. Webb, and T. A. Wilkinson paid our village a short visit last week. The notices of the coming of these gentlemen were not received and the crowd was small which met with them here. But they thus got better acquainted with the citizens whom they did meet.
Winfield Courier, November 5, 1874.

The election in this county last Tuesday passed off quietly. No disturbance of any kind marred the good feeling which has prevailed during the election campaign. Owing to the fact that a great many voters stayed away from the polls a very light vote was cast, probably not over fourteen hundred in all.
The State Congressional and Senatorial tickets received handsome majorities.
The Republican Congressional and Senatorial tickets received handsome majorities.
The Republican county ticket was elected with two excep­tions, by majorities ranging all the way from 100 to 225.
What we consider an infamous combination defeated Webb and Moore. Creswell and Bolton Townships, voted almost solid for their own man Pyburn against Webb and the Democratic Gans against Moore. Surely neither Webb nor Moore has cause to be ashamed of their home vote. And notwithstanding the miserable stories set afloat concerning them just before the election each ran ahead of his ticket in their respective townships. Especially may L. J. Webb be proud of the vote given him here. His own home vindicates him from the foul charges of his enemies by seventy-five majority, while the reform candidates with that exception run ahead by small majorities. Never was a campaign conducted fairer than Mr. Webb conducted the one just closed and he has the consciousness that while he has lost the position to which he aspired he yet retains his honor.
Take it all in all, the Republican party of Cowley County have reason to be proud of that day’s work.
Winfield Courier, November 12, 1874.
The election here passed off quietly; in fact, I have never seen a more pleasant one in Tisdale. The principal interest was taken in S. S. Moore, the majority at least considering him a man well qualified to fill the office of Probate Judge, whatever others who are less acquainted with him thought of the matter.
Winfield Courier, November 19, 1874.
The Creswell delegation claimed to favor the nomination of S. S. Moore for the office of Probate Judge, and attempted to secure the support of the Tisdale delegates to C. R. Mitchell thereby, but when they failed to get the Tisdaleites to support a man whom they deemed unworthy, the support of the Republican party, or the people, Scott bolted the ticket and claimed that Moore was incompetent. If Moore was incompetent after the convention, why wasn’t he incompetent before the convention? Why? Simply because he could not be induced by a political trickster to vote in a Republican convention contrary to the wishes of his constituents.
Mr. Moore has certainly reason to be proud of the vote he received outside of the immediate vicinity of the Traveler. In his own township, which gave a majority of 46 last fall against one of the best men in the county, at the late election gave Moore a majority of 21. a gain of 67 votes over Mr. Troup’s vote of last fall. Again, which I dare say, no other man could have obtained.
Winfield Courier, February 18, 1875.
BORN. S. S. Moore is a tall man generally, but he looked a foot taller last Saturday, as he told us ‘twas a boy, and weighed 7½ pounds.

Winfield Courier, June 10, 1875.
As everybody is in a hurry to “prove up,” it keeps Sim Moore busy making out proofs.
Winfield Courier, June 10, 1875.
In looking over the last issue of the COURIER, I notice that you have several correspondents from this place. If you will give me space, I would like to correct some of the errors over the signature of “Skip.”
Business is rather lively in Tisdale at present. S. S. Moore is busy making out proofs for the land office.
Winfield Courier, June 17, 1875.
I started for Sam Moore’s and found him sick. He had been confined to his bed for a week and had not made out any papers for some time.
Winfield Courier, November 11, 1875.
The following is a list of the Trustees elected for the ensuing year in the several townships.
                                                        Tisdale: S. S. Moore.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 9, 1876.
                                                WINFIELD, February 5, 1876.
On motion of C. M. Scott, Mr. D. A. Millington, of Winfield, was elected Chairman. On motion of A. N. Deming, C. R. Mitchell, of Arkansas City, was elected Secretary. On motion of Prof. A. B. Lemmon, the following committee of thirteen was appointed to draft resolutions to express the feelings of this meeting.
A. B. Lemmon, of Winfield.
C. M. Scott, of Arkansas City.
Mr. Harbaugh, Pleasant Valley.
W. R. Wilkins, of Liberty.
H. L. Barker, of Richland.
R. P. Goodrich, of Spring Creek.
Enos Henthorn, of Omnia.
S. S. Moore, of Tisdale.
S. M. Fall, of Windsor.
T. W. Morris, of Beaver.
Amos Walton, of Winfield.
J. B. Holmes, of Rock.
S. B. Fleming, of Creswell.
                                               THE WINFIELD COURIER.
                                                     CENTENNIAL ISSUE.
                         WINFIELD COURIER, THURSDAY, JANUARY 6, 1876.
H. B. KELLOGG               Nov. 8, 1870. Didn’t qualify.

G. P. WAGNER                Nov. 7, 1871.        Jan. 11, 1874.
S. S. MOORE                   Nov. 7, 1873.        Jan. 10, 1876.
J. HEADRICK             Nov. 2, 1875.
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TISDALE                          AUG. 1, 1871. 41        471      S. S. MOORE
Tisdale is located on a high rolling prairie at the geograph­ical center of the county. It was first laid out as a town in June, 1871, by the Tisdale Town Company, the charter of the company bearing date June 13th, 1871, with A. D. Keith, as president, and C. R. Mitchell, as secretary. The present secre­tary is Ed. Milliard. The town site proper contains 160 acres of land laid out in blocks 350 by 280 feet, and contains 14 and 28 lots each respectively, the business lots being 25 by 132 and the residence lots 50 by 132 feet each, making a total of 938 lots in all. The town site was purchased from the government in June, 1872. A post office was established in the fall of 1871 with J. A. McGuire as Postmaster, which position he still retains. Tisdale has a tri-weekly mail with Winfield and Independence, and weekly mail with Eldorado and Arkansas City. Tisdale now con­tains twenty-seven buildings with a population of 85 inhabitants, four store buildings, one blacksmith and two wagon shops, one hotel, a $2,000 schoolhouse, and boasts of one of the best schools in the county. It has three church organizations and a Good Templar Lodge. Pure water in abundance is to be found at a depth of from twelve to eighteen feet. Coal has been found in small quantities. Silver Creek runs near this place, upon which is located a flouring mill now in operation, Moses Miller, proprietor. J. A. McGuire opened the first store in town and Sam Willeston opened the first blacksmith shop. Mart Elinger erected the first house and Wm. Atter preached the first sermon in the place. The first settlers were S. S. Moore, G. W. Foughty, Sid Moses, and M. Elinger. Mrs. Foughty taught the first school in town.
Winfield Courier, February 10, 1876.
                                             THAT RAILROAD MEETING.
                                                         The Farmers Speak!
                                                     And Demand Legislation.

Last Saturday a large concourse of representative men from all parts of Cowley County assembled in Winfield to give expres­sion to their views upon the railroad situation. The meeting was held in the Courthouse. The room was packed full and many were left outside that could not gain admittance for the jam.
Mayor D. A. Millington was chosen Chairman, and I. H. Bonsall, of Arkansas City, selected as secretary.
A committee on resolutions consisting of A. B. Lemmon, S. M. Fall, of Lazette; R. P. Goodrich, of Maple City; W. R. Watkins, of Liberty; S. S. Moore, of Tisdale; J. B. Holmes, of Rock; H. L. Barker, of Richland; Enos Henthorn, of Omnia; Mr. Harbaugh, of Pleasant Valley; T. M. Morris, of Beaver; L. Bonnewell, of Vernon; Amos Walton, of Bolton; and S. B. Fleming, of Creswell Townships was appointed.
The committee retired to prepare the resolutions, and during their absence speeches were made by several persons, the most notable of which were those of Judge Ross and Judge Christian. The resolutions reported by the committee were adopted.
Winfield Courier, February 17, 1876.
S. S. Moore is doing some business in the way of real estate transfers.
Winfield Courier, May 25, 1876. Editorial Page.
Quite a number of strange faces in town last week hunting a location, and S. S. Moore is always ready to show them where they can get cheap homes, rich soil, and good water.
Winfield Courier, June 1, 1876.
Last Saturday, pursuant to call, the citizens of Winfield met at the Courthouse and organized a meeting by calling D. A. Millington to the chair and electing C. M. McIntire secretary.
After deliberation as to what steps should be taken to appropriately celebrate the 4th of July of the Centennial year, the following committee was appointed to draft a plan of procedure and report to a meeting of citizens last night: James Kelly, J. P. Short, C. M. McIntire, W. B. Gibbs, and W. C. Robinson.
At the appointed hour, Wednesday evening, the meeting assembled at the Courthouse and organized by selecting C. A. Bliss, chairman, and J. E. Allen as secretary. The committee made a report which, after some amendments made by the meeting, was finally adopted.
General Superintendent: Prof. A. B. Lemmon.
County Historian: W. W. Walton.
Committee of Arrangements: C. M. Wood, M. L. Bangs, W. B. Vandeventer, John Lowry, J. D. Cochran.
Committee on Programme: H. D. Gans, E. P. Kinne, James Kelly, B. F. Baldwin, W. M. Allison.
Committee on Speakers: E. C. Manning, L. J. Webb, Chas. McIntire.
Committee on Finance: W. C. Robinson, W. P. Hackney, O. F. Boyle, M. G. Troup, J. C. Fuller.
Committee on Music: J. D. Pryor, Mrs. W. D. Roberts, Miss Mollie Bryant.
Committee on Toasts: A. J. Pyburn, J. E. Allen, J. P. Short, Dr. J. Hedrick.
Committee on Stand: W. E. Tansey, T. B. Myers, W. B. Gibbs.

Committee on Decoration: Frank Gallotti, John Swain, I. Randall, Mary Stewart, Jennie Greenlee, Ada Millington, Mrs. Rigby, Mrs. Mansfield.
Committee on Invitation: D. A. Millington, L. C. Harter, J. B. Lynn, C. A. Bliss, J. P. McMillen, H. S. Silver, A. H. Green, S. S. Majors, C. M. Scott, T. B. McIntire, R. C. Haywood, J. L. Abbott, John Blevins, T. R. Bryan, H. C. McDorman, Mc. D. Stapleton, S. M. Fall, J. Stalter, Wm. White, S. S. Moore, Jno. McGuire, H. P. Heath, J. O. Van Orsdol, G. B. Green, W. B. Skinner, J. W. Millspaugh.
Committee on Fireworks: G. S. Manser, T. K. Johnson, C. C. Haskins.
Meeting adjourned to meet at the call of the General Superintendent.
Winfield Courier, July 13, 1876.
THROUGH the solicitation of friends we publish on our first page this week our Centennial History of the county. For the facts concerning Cowley’s early history, we are indebted to the “old settlers,” among whom we might mention Col. Manning, C. M. Wood, Jas. Renfro, Judge Ross, Dr. Graham, and others, of this neighborhood; Judge McIntire, H. C. Endicott, and T. A. Wilkinson, of Arkansas City; Capt. Jas. McDermott, of Dexter; S. S. Moore, of Tisdale; and J. W. Tull, through R. C. Story, Esq., of Lazette. For the courtesy of county, township, and city officers in placing at our disposal, books, records, etc., we are particularly grateful.
[Note: Centennial History of Cowley County can be found in July 13, 1876, issue of Cowley County Democrat.]
Winfield Courier, August 17, 1876. Editorial Page.
The Republican county convention convened at the Courthouse, in Winfield, on Saturday, August 12th, at 1 o’clock p.m., and was called to order by A. B. Lemmon, chairman of the Republican county central committee. R. C. Story was elected temporary chairman and James Kelly secretary. A committee on credentials was appointed, consisting of Messrs. E. S. Torrance, J. W. Tull, A. B. Odell, T. R. Bryan, and S. M. Jarvis. The committee reported the following persons as having been duly elected as delegates and alternates to the convention.
                                   Tisdale: Delegates, S. S. Moore and A. B. Scott.
On motion the following named persons were selected, by acclamation, as delegates to the 3rd District Congressional convention: L. J. Webb, R. L. Walker, J. B. Evans, M. G. Troup, and E. C. Manning; and the following named as alternates: L. Lippmann, J. W. Millspaugh, S. S. Moore, I. W. Moore, and A. B. Lemmon.
On motion the following named persons were elected as delegates to the 13th Judicial convention: W. B. Norman, T. R. Bryan, E. Shriver, S. M. Jarvis, Dan Maher, E. S. Torrance, and D. Elliott. Alternates: S. H. Aley, C. R. Mitchell, T. A. Wilkinson, S. S. Moore, L. Lippmann, A. V. Polk, and A. B. Lemmon.
Winfield Courier, August 17, 1876.
                                            Eighty-Eighth District Convention.
Pursuant to call the delegates of the 88th Representative District met in Republican convention at the courthouse, in Winfield, at 10 o’clock a.m., Saturday, August 12, 1876.
R. C. Story, of Harvey Township, was elected temporary chairman, and C. H. Eagin, of Rock Township, temporary secretary.

On motion a committee on credentials was appointed, consist­ing of one delegate from each township present, to be named by the delegates themselves. The following named gentlemen composed the committee: E. S. Torrance, of Winfield; Alex. Kelly, Richland; J. W. Tull, Windsor; J. S. Wooley, Vernon; A. B. Odell, Ninnescah; and A. V. Polk, of Rock. Pending the report of the committee, Capt. James McDermott being called, came forward and made a brief speech, which was enthusiastically received, after which, a few remarks, in response to a call, were made by the temporary chairman.
The committee on credentials then submitted the following report.
“Your committee on credentials beg leave to report the following named persons entitled to seats as delegates in the convention.”
                                            Tisdale: S. S. Moore and A. B. Scott.
Winfield Courier, August 24, 1876.
E. C. Manning was made permanent chairman at the Wichita Congressional Convention.     At the Republican Delegate Convention of the 13th Judicial District, which met at Winfield Courthouse August 21, 1876, called to order by A. B. Lemmon, chairman of the Judicial Committee, it was determined that the following were entitled to seats in the convention from Cowley County: W. B. Norman, E. S. Torrance, S. S. Moore, Dan’l. Maher, D. Elliott, E. Shriver, and S. M. Jarvis. Hon. W. P. Campbell was declared unanimous choice of the convention for Judge of the 13th Judicial District. E. S. Torrance of Cowley County became a member of the Central Judicial Committee for district.
Winfield Courier, September 21, 1876.
B. F. Baldwin, S. S. Moore, R. C. Story, H. H. Siverd, and Daniel Maher were appointed members of the Republican Central Committee, for the 88th Representative district.
Winfield Courier, September 21, 1876. Editorial Page.
Pursuant to call of the County Central Committee, the delegates to the county convention met in the courthouse, in Winfield, on Saturday, Sept. 16th, at 11 o’clock a.m., and organized by electing Capt. J. S. Hunt temporary chairman and C. H. Eagin temporary secretary.
On motion the convention adjourned to meet at 2 o’clock p.m.
2 p.m.; convention called to order; Capt. Hunt in the chair.
The committee on credentials being called submitted the following report: Your committee on credentials find that the following named gentlemen were duly elected as delegates to this convention, and all are entitled to seats therein.
                                             Tisdale: J. F. Thomas, S. S. Moore.
The committee on the order of business submitted two re­ports.
The majority read as follows:
A majority of your committee recommend the following order of business, viz: 1st, nomination of county attorney; 2nd, nomination of probate judge; 3rd, clerk of district court; 4th, county superintendent of public instruction; 5th, secretary of county central committee.
                         Signed, WM. B. NORMAN, S. S. MOORE, R. C. STORY.
Winfield Courier, September 21, 1876.
The Tisdale Republicans believed in “letting well enough alone,” so they sent in that old “wah hoss,” Sim Moore, and Flem Thomas to keep him in check.

Winfield Courier, September 28, 1876.
Pursuant to a call of the committee of the 88th Representa­tive District, the delegates to the representative convention met in the courthouse at Winfield on Saturday, September 16th, at 10 o’clock a.m. Capt. J. S. Hunt, of Winfield Township, was elected temporary chairman, and Chas. H. Eagin, of Rock Township, temporary secretary.
On motion a committee of five on credentials was appointed: C. H. Eagin, G. L. Walker, S. S. Moore, H. H. Siverd, and F. M. Small were the members.
The committee on credentials reported the following dele­gates entitled to seats in the convention.
                                     Tisdale Township: J. F. Thomas, S. S. Moore.
Winfield Courier, September 28, 1876.
                                      Republican Central Committee Meeting.
There will be a meeting of the Republican Central Committee of the 88th Representative District, at the COURIER office in Winfield on Saturday, September 30th, 1876, at ten o’clock a.m. for the purpose of organizing and transacting such other business as may come before the committee. The following gentlemen constitute the committee: B. F. Baldwin; Daniel Maher; R. C. Story; H. H. Siverd; S. S. Moore.
                                          L. J. WEBB, Chairman Old Committee.
Winfield Courier, October 5, 1876. Editorial Page.
                                       CENTRAL COMMITTEE MEETING.
The Republican Central Committee of the 88th Representative District met at the COURIER office, Sept. 30th, and organized by electing B. F. Baldwin chairman, and S. S. Moore, secretary.
On motion it was decided that the chairman and secretary should make arrangements for the campaign, and issue a call for meetings at such times and places as they might deem expedient. After which the committee adjourned to meet at the call of the chairman.
                                                  B. F. BALDWIN, Chairman.
S. S. MOORE, Secretary.
Winfield Courier, November 9, 1876.
Henry Harbaugh was elected Trustee in Pleasant Valley; Sim S. Moore, Tisdale; Capt. J. S. Hunt, Winfield; M. C. Headrick, Richland; D. S. Haynes, Maple; W. B. Davis, Silverdale; and Hank Clay, Sheridan.
Winfield Courier, November 16, 1876. Editorial Page.
Tisdale Township:
S. S. Moore, Trustee; J. G. Young, Clerk; O. P. West, Treasurer; C. G. Handy, J. P.; J. Napier and W. C. Bryant, Constables.
                                          COWLEY COUNTY DEMOCRAT.
                                    Published by Amos Walton and C. M. McIntire.
[Cowley County Democrat was the name given to former “Plow and Anvil.”]
Cowley County Democrat, March 6, 1876.

Under a charter bearing the date, June 13, 1871, with A. D. Keith as president and C. R. Mitchell as secretary, the Tisdale Town Company laid out the town of Tisdale in the month of June, 1871. S. S. Moore, Geo. W. Foughty, Sid Moses, and M. Ellinger were the first settlers. Mart Ellinger erected the first house, Sam Williston, the first blacksmith shop; and J. A. McGuire, the first store in town. J. A. McGuire was the first, and still is the postmaster. The town site was purchased from the government in June, 1876. Mrs. G. W. Foughty taught the first school.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 22, 1876.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 22, 1876.
Judge 13th Judicial District: W. P. Campbell.
Board of County Commissioners: R. F. Burden, Robert White, Wm. Sleeth.
County Clerk: M. G. Troup.
County Treasurer: E. B. Kager.
Deputy Treasurer: Jas. L. Huey.
Probate Judge: H. D. Gans.
Registrar of Deeds: E. P. Kinne.
Supt. Pub. Inst.: T. A. Wilkinson.
Sheriff: R. L. Walker.
Coroner: Sim. Moore.
County Attorney: A. J. Pyburn.
Clerk District Court: E. S. Bedilion.
County Surveyor: W. W. Walton.
Examining Surgeon U. S. Pensioners: W. Q. Mansfield.
Winfield Courier, March 8, 1877.
Quite a number of our citizens are talking of going to the Black Hills, and some are making preparations to start in a few weeks. Among the number is S. S. Moore.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 14, 1877. Front Page.
The various township assessors met at the Courthouse on Monday last, for the purpose of adopting a uniform personal property valuation list. Every township in the county was represented by its assessor except one. The meeting was orga­nized by electing Capt. J. S. Hunt Chairman and S. S. Moore Secretary.
Winfield Courier, March 29, 1877.

The assessment roll of Tisdale Township just returned by Trustee Moore shows an increase of ninety in population above last year and a decrease in personal property.
Winfield Courier, March 29, 1877.
Sim Moore gave us a call on Wednesday. He says Tisdale Township is solid for an east and west road. He is going to the Black Hills to try his luck this summer. May he have the very best.
Winfield Courier, April 19, 1877. Editorial Page.
                                                 Our Traveling Correspondent.
                            SMOKY HILL RIVER, 20 miles S. W. of Saline, Kansas.
                                                           April 15th, 1877.
DEAR COURIER: We started from Winfield Tuesday, April 10th, and spent our first night on Antelope Creek, in company with Mr. Finley, who returns to Cowley to make it his permanent home. He brings with him some blooded cattle, hogs, and chickens, also household goods of every kind, from a kitchen teaspoon to a parlor piano, inclusive. We drove to Wichita on the 11th, and met our tent, which arrived on the 8 o’clock freight, having been previously ordered by telegraph from St. Louis; then we were happy. Wichita people think Cowley does not need a railroad. On the 12th we passed on up the Little Arkansas River. The people feel worried, they fear that the A., T. & S. F. railroad company will tear up the track from Newton to Wichita and lay it someplace else.
We camped on the “Little river” a few miles above Sedgwick City, where we were joined by S. S. Moore et al, from Tisdale. During the night our horses were stampeded and we followed three of them to Valley Center before we could catch them.
On the 13th we took dinner at the pretty little Russian Mennonite village of Halstead. The afternoon was spent in traversing the settlements north, and sight seeing, and we can truly say that one half of the world does not know how the other half lives.
We passed over miles of high and dry prairie, entirely destitute of timber or water. We saw piles of cornstalks and “buffalo chips” at nearly every house, it being their only store of fuel. Some are compelled to bring water several miles for their stock, and we ourselves were driven to the dire necessity of going to a cornfield and picking up stalks to cook our “chuck,” after having driven nineteen miles in a fruitless effort to find wood and water. We passed the night amid our own levity, which we allowed to flow for the purpose of driving away grim despair.
While the Russians seem industrious, contented, and happy, and homesteads sell for from $600 to $2,000 each, the country is generally sparsely settled, yet we saw one section of land upon which there lived sixteen families, each owning 40 acres of land.
On the 14th we struck tents at an early hour and drove to our present camp on the Smoky Hill River, about twenty miles from Salina, on the K. P. R. R. There are fifteen of us here, all well and writing home to wives, sweethearts, and friends. It being Sunday, a day of rest, we will not drive.
The Cowley County wheat was far better when we left than any we have yet met with on the road. Oats seem to be the principal small grain crop.

The peach and plum is not in bloom, neither is the Siberian crab or buckeye in green leaf. The Smoky Hill River merits well its name. The scenery is dreamy and enchanting. The meandering stream skirted by woods, the broad valleys, the hazy hills in the dim distance, all go to make up a picture that, when first beheld, we involuntarily exclaim “the Smoky Hill.” Yours, J. C. R.
Winfield Courier, April 19, 1877.
Board of County Commissioners met in regular session. All the Board present with James McDermott, County Attorney, and M. G. Troup, County Clerk. Among other proceedings had, sundry claims were presented and passed upon as follows:
                                                 S. S. Moore, assessor: $42.00
Winfield Courier, October 18, 1877.
Sim Moore, the Republican war-horse of Tisdale, has returned from the Black Hills, hale and hearty.
Winfield Courier, December 6, 1877.
The tall form of S. S. Moore, of Tisdale, was seen on our streets last week. S. S. looks well after his trip to the Hills.
[Communication from “LYCURGUS” - Tisdale, Silver Creek Township.]
Winfield Courier, January 3, 1878.
                                                              Tisdale Items.
As your readers are aware, our town is a suburban place, situated on the west bank of Silver Creek, and that as items are not frequently found in your columns from here, I hope to be allowed space for a few scrawls.
Real estate is changing hands rapidly in this vicinity, Dr. Wright having bought A. S. Morse’s farm south of town; Mr. Sellers, late from Illinois, now owns the S. S. Moore eight east of town, and has just finished a tasty little residence and moved his family home; Mr. _____ has the eighty known as “The Vacant Beauty,” lying a mile north of town, where he and his family are now residing; Mr. A. B. Tanner sold his farm south of town, and now “poor Arb” has no home but the blacksmith shop, where he can (n)ever be found pounding away on the “red hot metal” of which we read so much.
Our notary public, S. S. Moore, is here yet regaling the “boys” with songs and Black Hill adventures; also games of checkers. Sim is a lively fellow, and there is no lack of fun when he is found.
Winfield Courier, January 10, 1878.        
Sim. S. Moore has gone into the real estate business at Tisdale. Call on him for stock farms.
Winfield Courier, January 17, 1878.
Our carpenters, S. S. Moore and John Pack, have just finished the addition on Dr. Lytle’s drug store.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 23, 1878.
Sim Moore sells real estate at Tisdale since his return from the Black Hills.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 6, 1878.
                                                    TISDALE, Jan. 24, 1878.
I think the class of newcomers is much better than—hereto­fore. They come prepared to stay, not to speculate on claims. The Black Hills fever took off quite a number of our fellows, but their places were so soon filled that we hardly missed them. Your old friend, Dr. S. Thompson, has withdrawn from us, and I suppose will physic us no more. His place is supplied by Dr. Wright. We have concluded that he is about as near right as you get ‘em.
McGuire, Moore, and a few others blow their horns weekly for the amusement of the public. Owing to the tightness of the times, we don’t charge them anything for practicing on us, trusting that if they succeed in the realization of their aspira­tion, they will not forget the friends of their youth.
Winfield Courier, March 14, 1878.
Sim Moore now runs the Tisdale wagon shop. Sim is a good workman and will doubtless retain all the custom of his predecessor.
Winfield Courier, April 11, 1878.
S. S. Moore thinks of going to the Black Hills again this spring.
Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.
S. S. Moore traded horses twice last week, coming out $12 ahead.
Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.
The following constitutes the Central Committee for the 88th representative district:
B. F. Baldwin, Chairman.
S. S. Moore, Secretary.
R. C. Story.
H. H. Siverd.
Daniel Maher.
Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.
S. S. Moore and Frank Hammon have gone to Ness County to locate homesteads.
Winfield Courier, November 28, 1878.
S. S. Moore is notary public, attorney at law, wagon maker, carpenter, stone mason, and undertaker. Still we have no railroad.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 17, 1879. Front Page.
Sim Moore talks of going to Arizona this spring.
Lazette, April 11, 1879.
Winfield Courier, September 11, 1879.

Committee on credentials reported the following named delegates entitled to vote in this convention; which report was adopted.
                                    Tisdale: S. S. Moore, J. S. Baker, S. W. Chase.
The county central committee was chosen as follows.
Township               Member                       P. O.
Tisdale             S. S. Moore                 Tisdale
The county central committee met and organized, electing W. O. Johnson, chairman; S. S. Moore, chairman pro tem, and J. B. Evans, secretary.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 7, 1880. Front Page.
Burden is a year old, and for a yearling has made a wonder­ful growth.
S. S. Moore, Land and Loan Broker and conveyancer, is doing a rushing business making deeds and looking up titles for set­tlers who are fast congregating here. Mr. Moore is one of the pioneers of the county: he came here in an early day, endured all the hardships through which early settlers were obliged to pass, and takes a just pride in the advancement of the county.
Winfield Courier, November 11, 1880.
The following are the names of the enterprising citizens who brought in the returns from different townships on the night after the election.
                       Silver Creek:  D. O. McCray, also S. S. Moore, ___ McComas.
Winfield Courier, December 23, 1880.
Capt. S. S. Moore, of Burden, was in town Monday.
Winfield Courier, January 27, 1881.
Sim Moore came down Monday and bailed out the Burden saloon keeper, who was indicted by the grand jury. His family was in a destitute condition, and he was needed to support them.
Winfield Courier, March 24, 1881.
Sim Moore, of Burden, made us a call Tuesday.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 4, 1881. Front Page.
                      TRIAL DOCKET DISTRICT COURT, MAY TERM, 1881.
                                                    CRIMINAL DOCKET.
                                 STATE OF KANSAS VERSUS—S. S. MOORE.
Winfield Courier, August 18, 1881.
Sim Moore is the longest, Sam P. Strong the fattest, and Parley Heath the handsomest man on the Republican Central committee.
Winfield Courier, August 18, 1881.
The Republican Central Committee met in Winfield, at the office of O. M. Seward at 2 o’clock p.m. in accordance with the call of the chairman. The secretary called the roll and the following members answered to their names.
                                                    Silver Creek: S. S. Moore.
Cowley County Courant, June 29, 1882.

We are in receipt of an invitation to attend the great Ball to be given at Burden, on the evening of the Fourth of July, under the auspices of A. O. U. W. Lodge No. 88. The committee on invitation presents the following names of S. S. Moore, H. W. Young, and Robert Phelps.
Winfield Courier, October 5, 1882.
Sim Moore appeared before the Board on Tuesday as fat and smiling as ever.
Winfield Courier, January 4, 1883.
Sim Moore illuminated this locality with his beaming countenance Saturday night. As Sim is familiar with the rise and fall of the empire, it’s quite refreshing to chat with him occasionally. ’Tis said that Sim keeps the boss hotel at Burden.
Winfield Courier, April 26, 1883.
The house destroyed at Tisdale Friday night belonged to Sim Moore, of Burden. It must have been a very able-bodied cyclone to have attacked Sim’s house.
Winfield Courier, April 26, 1883.
Tax deeds were made to Sim Moore and John McGuire Wednesday for the old town of Tisdale. They will vacate it and soon pumpkins and sweet corn will flourish over the ruins of that once proud prosperous capital.
Winfield Courier, August 2, 1883.
Saturday was a big day for candidates; indeed, every day now-a-days brings forth an enterprising batch of them. But Saturday was especially active in this commodity. They were all around here and there and everywhere.
That tall fellow with auburn hair, wearing a paper collar and a broad smile, is Sim Moore. He is a late accession to the procession and is elbowing his way “up front” as fast as circumstances will permit. He can lean over the side of his buggy, whisper, wink, and look wise, and the average voter becomes mystified and suspicious.
Winfield Courier, August 9, 1883.
Believe there were some additions to list, but not sure.
1. H. H. Siverd, for Sheriff.
2. T. A. Blanchard, for County Clerk.
3. J. B. Nipp, for County Treasurer.      4. N. W. Dressie, for Register of Deeds.
5. L. B. Stone, for re-nomination, County Treasurer.
6. H. O. Wooley, Vernon Township, candidate for Sheriff.
7. J. S. Rash, Harvey Township, Register of Deeds.
8. G. W. Prater, Walnut Township, for Sheriff.
9. Jacob Nix, for re-election, Register of Deeds.
10. J. S. Hunt, re-election, County Clerk.
11. S. P. Strong, of Rock Township, for Register of Deeds.
12. S. S. Moore, of Burden, for Register of Deeds.
Winfield Courier, August 9, 1883.
                                                            S. S. MOORE.

We call attention to the announcement of S. S. Moore of Burden as a candidate for Register of Deeds. Mr. Moore is one of the earliest settlers in this county and has gone through all the early struggles which have culminated in making our county prosperous and promising for the future. He has always been well known as a prominent Republican and an active, reliable citizen. He is in every way well qualified for the office, and has the qualities which make the most popular officer.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, August 15, 1883.
S. S. Moore, of Silver Creek Township, announces himself a candidate for election to the office of Register of Deeds of Cowley County, subject to the action of the Republican nominating convention.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 15, 1883.
We call attention to the announcement of S. S. Moore in this issue as a candidate for register of deeds. Mr. Moore is a resident of Silver Creek, where he located in 1871, since which time he has taken a lively interest in politics, doing good and efficient work for the Republican party. Should he receive the nomination, we could help him to election with a good grace, knowing him to be thoroughly competent for the office he seeks.
Winfield Courier, September 6, 1883.
For Register of Deeds, Dr. Wagner presented the name of H. C. McDorman; Mr. Gale presented S. P. Strong; J. M. Barrick presented Wm. White; W. E. Tansey presented Jacob Nixon; D. M. Patton presented N. W. Dressie; A. J. Crum presented S. S. Moore; Dr. Carlisle presented T. H. Soward, and J. S. Strother presented J. S. Rash. Twelve ballots were taken...Total vote 99. Necessary to a choice, 50. Soward having 50 votes on the 12th ballot, was declared nominated, and his nomination was made unanimous. Closest one in votes next to Soward: McDorman.
Winfield Courier, February 21, 1884.
                     Office of the County Clerk, Winfield, Kansas, February 12th, 1884.
BOARD met in regular session agreeable to adjournment of January 16, 1884. Present: S. C. Smith (Chairman), Amos Walton, Commissioner, County Attorney, and J. S. Hunt, County Clerk.
Among other proceedings the following claims were allowed the Judges and Clerks of the February 5th 1884 election...paid from $2.00 to $6.00.
                                               SILVER CREEK TOWNSHIP.
Judges: Harvey Smith, S. S. Moore, J. Chandler.
Clerks: H. N. Hulse, George Walton.
Winfield Courier, April 3, 1884.
                                          NEW SALEM A. O. U. W. SUPPER.

The A. O. U. W. supper at New Salem recently, in the commodious hall of the new schoolhouse, was a decided success. The brothers of Burden Lodge with their wives and daughters came down in force and thus exemplified the true idea of fraternity. Burden’s Brass Band, with seventeen pieces, organized a few weeks since, was there. This band has a very competent leader, who has accomplished fine results in the short time he has been at work with his new pupils. Winfield will soon have to look out for its laurels in the way of Brass Bands.
The following items will interest our New Salem and Burden readers.
A splendid cake was voted to Miss Esther Gilmore as the best looking lady.
The respective friends of C. C. Krow and Sim S. Moore ran them as opposing candidates for the honors (i.e., a cake) of the “ugliest man.” The contest waged “furious and fast,” but “Sim” at the close bore aloft the “saccharine pleasantness,” as victor by a handsome majority, while the treasurer smilingly scooped in the dimes.
J. F. McMullen, of Winfield, also delivered a short address on the benefits of the Order, which was listened to attentively.
Total receipts, $91, of which $55 was left as net profits after paying all expenses. This sum will be expended by the Lodge in fixing up their hall. JONATHAN.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 7, 1884.
                                                        K. C. & S. W. R. R.
Messrs. P. T. Wilson, S. S. Moore, and Mr. Brooks were in our city Monday last, from Burden, and paid the TRAVELER a pleasant call. From them we learned that they desire to have the proposed K. C. & S. W. Railroad run to their city, thence to Tisdale and Winfield, instead of its running on the north of Timber Creek, as now projected. The change we believe would be a good one all around, the road beds being equal, and there would be more money for the railroad company on the south of Timber Creek than in the northern townships.
Winfield Courier, May 15, 1884.
                                                    BURDEN ENTERPRISE.
S. S. Moore and T. J. Rude had business at Winfield this week.
Winfield Courier, May 22, 1884.
                                                    BURDEN ENTERPRISE.
Last week Messrs. S. S. Moore, P. T. Walton, N. Brooks, and L. W. Graham left here by wagon to go to Arkansas City. Graham took his team and his dog followed. At Winfield they left the team and took a train for Arkansas City. The dog did not get on the train, but the party had not been in the city by the raging canal but a few hours when the dog appeared uptown and rolled about the feet of his master in a seeming frenzy of delight. He had followed the train a distance of about thirteen miles and tracked his master through the city. It is needless to state that the dog got passage on the train home.
Winfield Courier, August 21, 1884.
Mrs. Sim Moore, of Burden, is suffering very severely with her hand. Some time last week she went to the barn to fix an animal that was loose and got her thumb caught in the rope, tearing the flesh badly. Sunday the hand and arm began to swell and pain terribly and Monday a man came down for Doctor Emerson to amputate the hand. Her sufferings were excruciating.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 26, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers for the past week, as taken from the official records, and furnished the COURIER by the real estate firm of Harris & Clark.
S. S. Moore and wife to A. M. Gilderhause, lot 1, block 3, Burden. $600.00
                                                     AN EASTERN TOUR.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 30, 1885.
The elongated quill man of THE DAILY COURIER shook the dust of Winfield from his brogans last evening for an eastern tour—to Burden. The attraction was the ball and banquet by the Odd Fellows of that city, in celebration of the sixty-sixth anniversary of the founding of their order in America. Burden never makes a failure in anything, and this occasion was one of their pleasantest successes. The ball was well attended—as refined, intelligent, and good looking assembly as many a city twice the size can turn out.. The music, led by Mr. Fred Collins, one of the best musicians in the State, and a resident of Burden, was excellent and enjoyment supreme. The banquet was grand; in the homely words of some ancient philosopher, “the table fairly groaned under its weight of tempting viands.” After the large crowd had feasted to their heart’s content, at least ten baskets of fragments remained: a very good evidence of our sister city’s prosperity. The Odd Fellows of Burden have a very healthy lodge, fifty-nine of the prominent men of that place and vicinity; in fact, the whole city exhibits health and luxuriance in harmony with the enterprise, intelligence, and push of its citizens. With such men at the helm as E. A. Henthorn, H. P. Snow, P. T. Walton, S. J. Day. J. W. Henthorn, Nathan Brooks, S. H. Tolles, John Ledlie, Sim Moore, Robert Phelps, Harvey Smith, E. W. Woolsey, and a number of others, no town could stand still—it is bound to march forward in everything that makes a desirable city. They have converted the raw prairie into an influential, substantial, and beautiful city of over a thousand inhabitants in four years and will continue to make its prosperity marked. Nothing of benefit to the town will slip by them, if in the power to obtain it—elements that insure success in any place. Burden has a number of handsome and substantial business blocks and more are going up, noticeable among which are the public hall and reading room of the Burden Lyceum Association and the splendid store room of Jones & Snow. We are glad to note this prosperity on the part of our neighbor. THE COURIER rejoices in the prosperity of every town and section of our banner county. What builds up one helps every other. We want to grow corpulent and frisky. Cowley wants seventy-five thousand inhabitants, and she will have them in so short a time as to cause her rivals to totter and fall from their pivots—at least the pivots they now try to maintain. Cowley County first and our city or locality next, should be the motto of every citizen. With this motto successfully to the front, individual prosperity is as sure to come as that Old Sol will continue his monotonous round on his mission of light and heat.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 25, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers, filed in the office of Register of Deeds yesterday.
                            Owen Shriver et ux to S S Moore, nw ¼ 36-32-6e: $200.
                                              Sympathy Largely in his Favor.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.

Marshal McFadden, with a U. S. warrant in his garments for the arrest of Dr. Crabtree, charged with burning the New Salem Post-office, went to Salem on the S. K. train Thursday and took the Doctor in custody. Dr. Crabtree was a little nervous when the warrant was read to him, but as the arrest became noised around and his friends crowded around in large numbers, his deep concern took a much lighter turn. The bond required was $2,000, and the Doctor, though a number at New Salem offered to go on his bond, got in a buggy with the Marshal and went to Burden, where he was formerly in business. The news of the intended arrest had preceded them in THE DAILY COURIER, and when they reached Burden, the buggy was soon surrounded by sympathizing friends. Sim S. Moore was secured as bondsman and at 10 o’clock the three came to Winfield, the bond was accepted, and spending the night at the hotel, the Doctor and Mr. Moore returned this morning. Sympathy sees to be very largely in favor of the Doctor. His friends strongly protest his innocence, claiming that he was at Burden attending Lodge, leaving Burden too late to get home by the time the fire caught. Several parties, however, say they will swear to having seen him enter the building but a short time before the fire. The agent of the insurance company was looking the matter up also. The arrest will, of course, stop the payment of insurance till after the case is settled. The interest in the case among the Doctor’s acquaintances is very warm. His examination is set for next Tuesday before U. S. Commissioner Webb.
S. S. Moore, Burden...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.
J. W. Henthorn, J. Caradis, J. B. Williams, A. J. Henthorn, H. W. Young, J. J. O’Connor, S. S. Moore, L. W. Graham, and E. W. Woolsey were among those drawn from Burden by the Dr. Crabtree post-office-burning case.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 12, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds since our last issue.
            S S Moore et ux to A M Treadway, lots 11 and 12, blk 23, Burden, q-c: $6.00.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 21, 1886.
S. S. Moore, one of the leading citizens of Burden, was in the city Saturday on business.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 4, 1886.
S. S. Moore, of Burden, was down today on business.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 25, 1886.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds.
S S Moore and wife to L F Gaddie, s hf ne qr 4-32-6e: $1,600.


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