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W. B. Norman

A very remarkable man. Leader in Maple Township, which he started. After his wife died he moved to Udall, Ninnescah Township, and became one of its leaders.
The Maple township census of 1875 lists W.  B.  Norman, age 55,and his wife Sarah I., age 48. Also listed: Alfred Norman, 21; R. O. Norman, 37.
Kansas 1875 Census Maple Township, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.
Name                           age sex color   Place/birth        Where from
W. B. Norman       55    m    w       England                  Minnesota
S. I. Norman                48     f     w            Ohio                       Minnesota
R. O. Norman              37    m    w       Ohio                       Minnesota
Alfred Norman       21    m    w       Ohio                       Minnesota
W. P. Norman        15    m    w       Minnesota              Minnesota
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Messenger, July 12, 1872.
Board of County Commissioners met in Co. Clerk’s office in Winfield July 1st, 1872. Present: Frank Cox, O. C. Smith, and J. D. Maurer. Proceeded to act on the following Road Petitions. Viewers on the old Petition of Norman were appointed as follows: Gustavus Lacker, Samuel Robb, and Martindale. Survey July 27th, 1872.
Petition of W. B. Norman and others for new Township was granted. Township to include all of Township thirty, of Range three. Name of Township, “Maple.” Precinct established at the store of S. H. Rush. Election ordered Nov. 5th, 1872. The following bills were allowed: W. B. Norman, $5.60.
Winfield Courier, Friday, December 19, 1873.
Board of County Commissioners met in Clerk’s office, Decem­ber 9, 1873. All present. After a thorough inspection of the work, the Courthouse was accepted from the contractors, and the bondsmen discharged. Petition of W. B. Norman for section line road was laid over under the rule, for want of affidavit.
Winfield Courier, February 20, 1874.
The following are the names of those drawn to serve as petit jurors for the March term of the District Court. W. B. NORMAN, MAPLE TOWNSHIP.
Winfield Courier, May 22, 1874.
The following is a list of the bills allowed by the board of County Commissioners at their meeting commencing on the 18th day of May A. D. 1874. Juror: W. B. Norman, $5.60.
Winfield Courier, February 11, 1875.
Judge Brown, Congressman elect, has sent the following names to the Commissioner of Agriculture, as proper persons in Cowley County to whom should be sent seeds for distribution. The usual amount of seeds annually distributed throughout the United States are to be sent principally to Kansas and Nebraska. This will give a large amount of seeds to the state. One of those named: Wm. Norman, Maple.
Winfield Courier, August 5, 1875.
W. B. Norman, postmaster at Redbud, called in one day last week. He reports everything flourishing in Maple Township.

Winfield Courier, September 16, 1875.
                                               CIVIL DOCKET. SIXTH DAY.
                                              Frank Akers vs. Wm. B. Norman.
Winfield Courier, April 6, 1876.
We acknowledge calls from Mr. Henry Wilkins, of Lazette, and Squire W. B. Norman, of Maple Township this week.
Winfield Courier, May 18, 1876.
Pursuant to call the Republican delegates from the townships of the 88th Representative District met in convention at the Courthouse in Winfield last Saturday. On motion, W. B. Norman, of Maple, was chosen chairman, and Wm. White, secretary of the meeting. After the usual formalities were disposed of, the delegates present proceeded to vote for two delegates and two alternates to represent this district in the State Convention, May 24, 1876. The choice fell upon D. A. Millington and E. P. Kinne, with respective alternates, as follows: Charles Eagin, of Rock, and J. M. Alexander, of Winfield. All motions to adopt resolutions declaring for Presidential candidates were tabled, though the meeting was strongly Blaine in sentiment. On motion the following District Republican central commit­tee was chosen: L. J. Webb, B. Shriver, and W. B. Norman.
Winfield Courier, June 1, 1876.
SQUIRE NORMAN, of Maple, visited us. He reports that the growing of red clover, blue grass, and timothy are a great success with him. His clover is knee high and ripening; his blue grass fifteen inches high and seeding; timothy two feet and a half high, with heads four to six inches long. The timothy is not full grown. The soil is upland.
Winfield Courier, June 8, 1876.
MAPLE, the northwest corner township of the county, and one whose prairie lands were not occupied till within the last two years, has one of the most prosperous and contented body of citizens within the limits of Cowley. Hundreds of acres of wheat are now ready for the harvester. Messrs. Storey, Cooley, Gayman, Houser, Walk, Heath, Walker, Haynes, Moe, and several others on the north side of the township have large fields, while Messrs. Beech, Atkinson, Kountz, Wilson, Norman, and others have equally as large in the southern part. Breaking teams are rushing along turning over the virgin sod with a recklessness only known to a Southern Kansan. The Maple Township boys may well feel happy.
Winfield Courier, August 17, 1876. Editorial Page.
Maple: Delegates, H. H. Siverd and W. B. Norman.
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. Lippman, A. V. Polk, and A. B. Lemmon.
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. Editorial Page.
Maple delegates: Wm. B. Norman, H. H. Siverd.
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.
The minority report read as follows: A minority of your committee recommend, 1st, that in view of the serious charges made against the political character of Col. E. C. Manning, the nominee of the Republican party of Cowley County for State Senator, that he be removed and that the central committee of the Republican party of said county immediately call a new convention to nominate a candidate in his place, and recommend the passage of the accompanying resolution.
Resolved, That E. C. Manning, the Republican nominee for the office of State Senator be, and he is hereby requested to said nomination, and that the County Republican committee immediately call a new convention to nominate some other man in his stead.
2nd. That a county central committee, consisting of one member from each township, be selected by the delegates from the respecting townships, and their names reported to the secretary.
3rd. That in election of candidates, the clerk call the roll of townships, and as each township is called, the chairman of the delegation rise in his place and renounce the vote of the township.
4th. That we nominate a candidate for county attorney.
5th. That we nominate a candidate for clerk of district court.
6th. That we nominate a candidate for superintendent of public instruction.
7th. That we nominate a candidate for probate judge.
      That we nominate in the order named.
                                 Signed, W. P. HACKNEY, NATHAN HUGHES.
The majority report was, on motion, amended so as to include the second clause of the minority report, which gave each town­ship one member of the county central committee, and the report was adopted.
The following named gentlemen were selected members of county central committee.

Beaver: C. W. Roseberry; Bolton: J. C. Topliff; Creswell: C. M. Scott; Cedar: W. A. Metcalf; Dexter: Jas. McDermott; Harvey, L. L. Newton; Liberty: Justus Fisher; Maple: W. B. Norman; Nennescah: Wm. Hayden; Omnia: Wm. Gillard; Otter: R. R. Turner; Pleasant Valley: Albert Dean; Rock Creek: Chas. H. Eagin; Richland: J. O. Vanorsdal; Silver Creek: S. M. Jarvis; Silverdale: L. Lippman; Spring Creek: R. P. Goodrich; Sheridan: Henry Clay; Tisdale: J. F. Thomas; Vernon: J. S. Wooley; Windsor: B. H. Clover; Winfield: T. K. Johnston.
Note: It is apparent that there was much conflict at the September 1876 election. The following items reflect this...
Winfield Courier, September 21, 1876.
WM. MAY and JOHN CLOVER, of Silver Creek, and Frank Small and Lew Graham, of Sheridan, made a gallant fight for Sam Jarvis and the judgeship. They went down with him with colors flying. MAPLE Township was there too. W. B. Norman answered the roll occasionally, for half of her. Some of the “antis” will remember Capt. Seibert’s linen coat and fearless speeches after the nominees have all taken the oath of office.
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. Maple Township: W. B. Norman, Capt. H. H. Siverd. A motion to allow W. P. Hackney to vote as proxy for G. W. Arnold, principal, and E. P. Hickok, alternate, and to allow T. K. Johnston to vote as proxy for J. H. Hill, principal, and W. E. Christie, alternate, was lost. On motion the temporary organization was made the permanent organization. Nominations being next in order, the name of Leland J. Webb was placed before the convention, and he was nominated by acclamation.
Winfield Courier, November 2, 1876.
MARRIED. Oct. 26th, in Maple Township, Cowley County, Kansas, by Wm. B. Norman, J. P., G. D. Akers and Miss Dora Scott, all of this county.
Winfield Courier, May 31, 1877.
Election Fee: W. B. Norman, $2.00.
G. H. Norman: possibly a brother of W. B. Norman...
Winfield Courier, August 9, 1877.
At this week’s meeting of the county board, Mr. M. L. Robinson was appointed Trustee of Winfield Township in place of J. S. Hunt, resigned. P. Hedges was appointed constable of Tisdale Township, and G. H. Norman was appointed Clerk of Maple Township.
More controversy in which W. B. Norman was involved...
Winfield Courier, August 9, 1877.


An Outrage. On Saturday last, by a trick, T. K. Johnston, of this place, was made chairman of the Republican Central Committee of this county. Less than one half of the members of the committee were present in person and only five of those who were present voted to name Mr. Johnston as its chairman. The committee consists of twenty-two members, one from each township in the county. Mr. Sam Jarvis, the late chairman, has moved out of the county. The committee had been called together by the Secretary and it was understood by the committee that Mr. Chas. Eagin, of Rock, should be named as its chairman. Everybody seemed satisfied with that choice and no other result was expected. But in a clandestine manner certain parties had been sent to different members of the committee and obtained their proxies. In every case of which we have heard that any choice for chairman was expressed by the committeeman himself on giving his proxy, that expression was adverse to Mr. Johnston. But these proxies, disregarding their instructions, voted for the very man they were instructed to vote against. Aside from the sneaking manner in which this outrage upon the Republican party of Cowley County was perpetrated, the disgrace of putting a vicious Democrat like Johnston at the head of a Republican committee must fall heavily upon the men who are responsible for it. Mr. Johnston has never voted or worked with the Republicans of this county. He has persistently fought the party and voted against its candidates. If he took a fancy to a particular man on the ticket, he would vote for such only. For six years he has tried to break down the Winfield Courier, and to build up the Cowley County Telegram. The one has been a consistent Republican journal, the other has been everything but Republican and is now a square-toed Democratic paper. The COURIER, during that time, has had two different proprietors—Mr. Waddell and Mr. Kelly—and three different editors, Messrs. Waddell, Kelly, and Manning. Last fall we were informed by some of his friends that Johnston voted for Tilden against Hayes and for Martin against Anthony, and for Crawford against Ryan and for other Democratic candidates. He was to have been the first lieutenant in Bill Hackney’s company that was going to help inaugurate Tilden with bayonets. He has always been a chief counselor in the camp of the Democrats of this county and can say and has said who they should or should not nominate as candidates, when their conventions should be held and when not. And now, if he can nominate such men in the Republican convention as he desires, the Democrats will not make any other nominations but will ratify the selections he makes. Every step taken by Republicans in party matters will be reported by him to his associate managers of the Democratic party. His favorite political journal during the presidential controversy last winter was the Kansas City Times. He has never given a Republican journal in the county any business or countenance but has given all his business to the Democratic journal. And it is a man of these inclinations and with this kind of a record who was put at the head of the Republican committee. Of course, if a man wants to be a Democrat, it is his right, but he has no business in the counsels of the Republican party. The members of the Republican Central Committee should assemble in person and repudiate this outrage. The job was put up for the purpose of getting the advantage of the Republicans of Cowley. Johnston and his counselors will run both party machines; and if the Republicans do not dance to their music, then the Democratic forces will be rallied. The duty of the COURIER is plain in a case like this. It cannot be silent and see the party to which it owes fealty betrayed. It would not be worthy the confidence of Republicans if it did so. Hence we are compelled to say that this movement has the appearance of a trade among certain politicians. Johnston and his huckstering Democratic associates have agreed that the Democrats shall not run anyone against George Walker as a candidate for Sheriff and it was three or four men who are pushing George ahead as the Republican nominee who put Johnston where he could command the forces of both parties. This high-handed outrage will find little else than stern repudiation among the Republicans of this county.
Winfield Courier, August 16, 1877.
A Correction. Endeavoring always to state the truth in the COURIER and willing at all times to correct misstatements, we now say: that having in last week’s paper, said, under the head of “An Outrage” the following. “In every case in which we have heard that any choice for chairman was expressed by the committeeman himself on giving his proxy, that expression was adverse to Mr. Johnston. But these proxies, disregarding their instructions, voted for the very man they were instructed to vote against.” Our information being second hand at that time was only partially true. These are the facts: Mr. Wooley instructed the party to whom he gave his proxy to cast the vote for Chas. Eagin for chairman. Mr. Vanorsdal says that he instructed his proxy against Mr. Johnston; Mr. Norman was known by the person to whom he gave his proxy to be opposed to the putting of Johnston into that important position. His instructions were: “McDermott first, Eagin next.”
Winfield Courier, August 16, 1877.
To Republicans. We, the undersigned members of the Republican County Central Committee, believing that the election of T. K. Johnston as chairman of said committee does not represent the wishes of the Republican party of this county and that said election was by a minority of the Committee do hereby disapprove of and repudiate the same, and hereby request the Secretary, Chas. H. Eagin, to publish the call for a county convention at the time and in accordance with the order of the Committee made at the meeting held on the 4th of August, 1877. P. Stout, Ninnescah Tp.; W. H. Gilliard, Omnia Tp.; J. O. Vanorsdal, Richland Tp.; Wm. B. Norman, Maple Tp.; L. L. Newton, Harvey Tp.; A. P. Brooks, Silver Creek Tp.; B. H. Clover, Windsor Tp.; H. C. McDorman, Dexter Tp.; R. P. Goodrich, Spring Creek Tp.; W. A. Metcalf, Cedar Tp.; C. W. Roseberry, Beaver Tp. I unite with the committee in protesting against and repudiating the attempt to elect Mr. T. K. Johnston as chairman of the Committee. CHAS. H. EAGIN, Rock Tp.
Repudiated. From every township in the county the earnest Republicans protest against the action of a few committeemen who attempted to make T. K. Johnston chairman of the Republican Central Committee. The significance of the movement is too apparent and the outrage too flagrant to be passed unnoticed. As will be seen by a card elsewhere a majority of the committee refuse to recognize the action taken by that minority as binding upon the committee and have united in a request to the secretary to call a convention. In pursuance of that request he has issued a call which appears elsewhere.
Forgot Himself. When the Republican Central Committee was in session on the 4th inst., someone moved to have the proceedings and call published in the Republican papers of the county, and T. K. Johnston instinctively, and forgetting the company he was in, suggested that they be published in the Cowley County Telegram,” the Democratic organ.
Winfield Courier, September 20, 1877.
The following persons are elected delegates to the Republican convention at the Courthouse next Saturday. Maple. H. H. Siverd, W. B. Norman.
Winfield Courier, September 20, 1877.
W. B. Norman, Esq., of Maple Township, was in town yesterday.

Winfield Courier, September 27, 1877.
Pursuant to the call of the Republican County Central Committee, of Cowley County, the delegates assembled in convention at the courthouse, in the city of Winfield, on Saturday, Sept. 22, 1877, at 11 o’clock a.m. The convention was called to order by T. K. Johnston, Chairman of the Republican County Central Committee. The committee on credentials submitted the following report. Mr. Chairman: Your committee on credentials beg leave to request that the following townships and delegates therefrom are entitled to representation and seats in this convention. Maple: H. H. Siverd and W. B. Norman. The committee on permanent organization submitted the following report. Mr. Chairman: Your committee on permanent organization and order of business beg leave to submit the following report. For permanent chairman, J. B. Callison; for permanent secretary, Chas. H. Eagin; assistant secretary, R. A. Houghton. That the order of business be as follows. 1st. Selection of County Central Committee. On motion a county central committee consisting of one member from each township was chosen by the delegates from the respective townships. The following gentlemen were selected: Maple, W. B. Norman; Winfield, L. J. Webb; Ninnescah, H. Martin; Harvey, L. L. Newton; Spring Creek, J. B. Callison; Richland, N. J. Larkin; Vernon, P. M. Waite; Sheridan, B. Longshore; Tisdale, S. W. Chase; Silverdale, John Tipton; Beaver, C. W. Roseberry; Windsor, S. M. Fall; Bolton, Reuben Bowers; Omnia, W. H. Gilliard; Otter, C. R. Miles; Liberty, Justus Fisher; Rock, Frank Akers; Creswell, C. R. Mitchell; Silver Creek, A. P. Brooks; Dexter, H. C. McDorman; Cedar, W. A. Metcalf; Pleasant Valley, T. J. Harris. J. B. Callison, Chairman; Chas. H. Eagin, Secretary; R. A. Houghton, Assistant Secretary.
Winfield Courier, October 11, 1877.
W. B. Norman, of Maple Township, was in town Monday morning and made us a pleasant call.
Winfield Courier, November 15, 1877.
Township Officers Elected. Maple—Thos. Cooley, Trustee; Newton Wilson, Treasurer; S. Martin, Clerk; W. B. Norman, Justice; David Walck, Constable.
Winfield Courier, November 29, 1877.
From Red Bud. EDITOR COURIER: In your showing of the official vote of Maple Township in the COURIER of the 15th inst., you name Thos. Cooley, democrat, trustee. At the election Cooley received 18 votes and D. S. Haynes, republican, 21 votes. You make Newton Wilson, dem., treasurer. At the election Wilson received 11 votes and Thos. Daniels, received 28 votes. You give but one constable, D. Walck, dem., 31 votes. Two were elected, George Brown, republican, receiving 17 votes over L. Walck, democrat, 13. Please make the correction. Wm. B. Norman. Red Bud, Nov. 20, 1877.
Winfield Courier, November 29, 1877.
MARRIED. ADAMS - WILSON. On the 13th inst., by Wm. B. Norman, J. P., at the residence of the bride’s brother, Mr. I. N. Adams and Miss Elmira Wilson. All of Maple Township, this county.
Winfield Courier, December 6, 1877.

MARRIED. WYATT - McGUIRE. At the residence of the bride’s parents in Maple Township, on the 21st ult., by Wm. B. Norman, J. P., J. D. Wyatt to Miss Margaret McGuire, of this township and county.
Winfield Courier, January 24, 1878.
COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. Claims allowed Jan. 10. Witness: W. B. Norman, $10.60.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 13, 1878.
Friend Scott: Last fall and early winter from the prevalence of yellow blades among the wheat, and the presence of a small insect in considerable numbers, many farmers were alarmed, and the cry of Hessian fly was raised in many places.
The enclosed letter from Hon. Edwin A. Popenoe, Secretary of the Academy of Science, may be of interest to your readers. WM. B. NORMAN.
                                               TOPEKA, KAN., Jan. 29, 1878.
DEAR SIR: Your note with accompanying vial of insects was duly received, but having a very severe case of typhoid fever in my family and other troubles, I have neglected to answer until now. The insects sent are Hemiptera or leaxhoppers, Tettigonia insects that live upon the juices of plants, but I have never before known of any case where wheat was injured by them, nor indeed any plant in particular. There is one member of the family, the grape leaf hopper, that is injurious to the grape plants in the East, but I have not found it here. It is not impossible that the insects sent would injure the wheat if present in sufficient numbers, but I do not expect to find that such is the case. I have seen the same kind here in winter, usually in sunny spots in woodlands, but have never noticed any injuries in summer that could be traced to their work. If you should prove their injurious character, I would be greatly pleased to receive notice of the fact, and will gladly furnish all the information on entomological subjects that I can at any time. Truly yours, EDWIN A. POPENOE.
Winfield Courier, February 14, 1878. Front Page.
                      RED BUD, COWLEY COUNTY, KANSAS, February 4, 1878.
ED. COURIER: Dear Sir: For the usual reason, a hitch in the mail service to this place, the Winfield papers of the 24th ult. have not yet been received at this office; and this is no unusual thing, but is rather the rule than the exception, and is a source of great annoyance and frequently of serious business delay. Postmaster Kelly, of your city, I am satisfied, has done all in his power to remedy the evil, without meeting with much success. Our mail frequently goes to Oxford; thence to Wichita; from there to Eldorado, and then to Augusta, the initial point of this route making a complete circle around us and occupying about ten days to reach a point only eighteen miles distant from the city of Winfield; and this when there is a daily mail from your place to Wichita, which might leave the mail at this office en route, and not travel one rod farther to do so, and this too with a road as good as that now traveled over. Would it not be practical to have the services rendered daily at this office by the parties now carrying between Winfield and Wichita? Counting on your good office I am, sir, in behalf of the people of this community. Very respectfully, etc. W. B. Norman, P. M.
Winfield Courier, February 14, 1878.

The letter of W. B. Norman, which appears on the first page, was post-marked “Ninnescah, Feb. 4,” but did not reach the Winfield post-office until the evening of the 7th; and this is no unusual occurrence, unless better than usual. There is something radically wrong in this matter. It could not well be worse. We have a daily mail route both ways between here and Wichita and there is no good reason why the mail matter between here and Ninnescah should not be delivered the same day it is mailed. In the matter of the Red Bud mail, we know of no reason for such a state of things as Mr. Norman describes. Under the present regime it should be greatly remedied, but probably a new mail route is the only thing that will afford complete relief.
Winfield Courier, April 18, 1878.
Squire Norman, of Rose Bud, called last week.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 1, 1878.
Cowley County Fair. A public meeting will be held at the courthouse in Winfield on the 11th day of May, 1878, at 2 p.m., for the purpose of organizing an agricultural society, and to take into consider­ation the propriety of holding a fair during the coming fall. All are invited to attend, and it is hoped that all interests appropriately connected with the enterprise will be represented.
One of those who extended invitation to meeting: W. B. Norman, Maple township.
Reference to “Norman Brothers.”...
Arkansas City Traveler, May 8, 1878.
                                          MAPLE TOWNSHIP, April 29, 1878.
Harmon Spake, Esq., of Williams County, Ohio, is visiting Cowley County on a tour of observation, and says Southern Kansas is a garden of Eden compared with other States he has passed through. He expresses astonishment at the growth of vegetation and the progress and growth of our cities. Corn is large enough to work; wheat will be cut this year in May; it is now in bloom. The peach crop is abundant, a few apples will be raised in this township this year. Prairie breaking is being pushed vigorously. The Norman Bros. have already broke 70 acres. RED BUD.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 26, 1878.
Mr. (?) Norman has a two year old horse colt that stands fifteen hands high and weighs 1,100 pounds.
Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.
The call of the Republican State convention to meet at Topeka on the 28th day of August recommends that the county central committee call a meeting for the purpose of electing delegates to the state convention, to be held on Wednesday, August 21. . . a district convention to choose delegates to be held Saturday, August 10th, at the call of the central committee of the county. W. B. Norman, Maple township, was a member of the Republican County Central Committee.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 14, 1878.
A delegate Convention of the Republicans was held at the courthouse in Winfield on Saturday, Aug. 10th, at 10 o’clock a.m. The meeting was called to order by Hon. C. R. Mitchell, Chairman of the Republican Central Committee, who read the call and stated the object of the meeting.

Winfield Courier, September 5, 1878.
Wm. B. Norman has eight acres of wheat up large. It was sown in July for cow pasture.  Norman Brothers: Believe they were George and W. B. Norman...
Winfield Courier, January 30, 1879.
Maple Township, January 26, 1879. The Norman Brothers have their new mill in operation and are grinding feed and meal for all comers.
Winfield Courier, February 6, 1879.
Mr. Norman, of Red Bud, has shown a commendable spirit of enterprise in putting in operation at his place a corn mill for the accommodation of the public in general and the neighborhood in particular. It is doing excellent work.
Winfield Courier, March 13, 1879.
Squire Norman, of Maple Township, has a first-class horse-power corn mill. It has a capacity of thirty bushels an hour, and has been running quite regularly this winter.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 14, 1879.
James L. Huey, W. D. Roberts, and W. B. Norman have been appointed by the District Court of Cowley County the committee to condemn the right of way for the Cowley, Sumner & Fort Smith R. R. through this county.
Winfield Courier, May 15, 1879.
Judge Campbell has appointed Messrs. J. L. Huey, W. D. Roberts, and W. B. Norman commissioners to assess damage to land, crops, buildings, etc., by reason of the right of way of the Cowley, Sumner & Ft. Smith R. R. through Cowley County. They will commence their work on the 9th day of June next.
Winfield Courier, June 12, 1879.
Our wheat will hardly be an average crop this season, owing to damage by hail and the ravages of the chinch bug, the latter being present in countless numbers. Fears are entertained that corn and oats will suffer from this pest after wheat is harvested. The A. T. & S. F. Co. are throwing dirt lively on our western border. It appears that Maple is to be left out in the cold as regards depot, etc., notwithstanding the liberal offer made the company by our enterprising postmaster, Mr. Norman, who has worked faithfully for them and now has the cold shoulder shown him. Well, such is life. We will ask Mr. Santa Fe no odds when our eastern road is built.
Winfield Courier, July 17, 1879.
Mr. W. B. Norman, of Maple, was in town Monday. Mr. Norman is one of those genial, whole souled gentlemen that it is a pleasure any time to meet, and is one of the leading citizens of our county.
Winfield Courier, January 29, 1880.

’Squire Norman has erected a neat little store building and has it well stocked with merchandise. The Maple Township Cemetery Association has been organized and grounds purchased. ’Squire Norman had an interesting trial before his court this week, which occupied part of two days. The parties were  J. W. Lane and T. S. Greene; verdict for plaintiff.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 10, 1880.
O. T. Gunsaulis and Miss Ella Keeley were united in bonds of wedlock by Squire Norman on Wednesday last.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 10, 1880.
MARRIED. On Wednesday, March 3rd, 1880, at the residence of the bride’s step-father in Maple Township, by Squire W. B. Norman, Mr. O. T. Gunsaulis and Miss Ella Keeley, all of Cowley County, Kansas.
Winfield Courier, April 8, 1880. We expect that the county is divided into twenty enumeration districts with enumerators as follows. 1. Beaver, C. W. Roseberry; 2. Bolton, Wm. Trimble; 3. Cedar & Otter, E. B. Poole; 4. Creswell, I. H. Bonsall; 5. Dexter, J. A. Bryan; 6. Harvey and Omnia, E. M. Arnett; 7. Liberty & Spring Creek, J. D. Maurer; 8. Maple & Ninnescah, W. B. Norman; 9. Pleasant Valley, Samuel Watt; 10. Richland, I. N. Lemmon; 11. Rock Creek, J. M. Harcourt; 12. Silver Creek, E. A. Millard; 13. Sheridan, W. H. Clay; 14. Silverdale, J. P. Mussleman; 15. Tisdale, W. C. Douglas; 16. Vernon, E. D. Skinner; 17. Windsor, Charles W. Jones; 18. Walnut, S. E. Berger; 19. Winfield, 1st Ward, E. E. Bacon; 20. Winfield, 2nd Ward, James Kelly.
Winfield Courier, July 15, 1880.
Squire Norman, of Maple, registered at the Williams House Monday.
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.
From Maple township: J. B. Johnson; W. B. Norman; W. P. Heath.
Winfield Courier, January 6, 1881.
’Squire Norman, of Maple, graced our sanctum with his presence New Year’s day.
Winfield Courier, February 3, 1881.
’Squire Norman, of Maple, spent Saturday at the “hub.”
W. B. Norman no longer listed as township officer, brother, George, treasurer.
Winfield Courier, February 17, 1881.
Below we give a list of township officers elected at the February election. In some of the townships the Justices hold over.
MAPLE: Trustee, Jos. Craft; treasurer, G. A. Norman; clerk, S. L. Daugherty.
Winfield Courier, February 24, 1881.
George Norman, of Red Bud, with an Iowa brother, was in our city Monday.
George Norman mentioned in next item...
Winfield Courier, June 30, 1881.
The “Corners” escaped the cyclone that struck Floral on Sunday the 12th inst., but we had a close call. One funnel shaped cloud going west and north and one southeast. In this section we had fearful wind, hail, and rain, damaging all growing crops, especially the wheat. The corn was badly riddled, but the past week’s growth has improved it materially.

We had the following delegates from the following schools at our conference on last Sunday. From Centennial, George Norman and Wm. Atkinson; from Star Valley, Mr. Martindale and Simeon Martin; from New Canton, W. P. Heath; from Rock Valley, Archibald Smith. S. P. S.
W. B. Norman, Judge...
Winfield Courier, February 16, 1882.
County Legal Notices. Commissioners Proceedings. Office of County Clerk, Winfield, Kansas, January 7, 1882. Among other proceedings had by the Board the following claims were acted upon as follows. Maple Township. W. B. Norman, Judge: $2.00.
Winfield Courier, March 9, 1882.
’Squire W. B. Norman made us a pleasant call Saturday.
Ben Norman???...
Cowley County Courant, April 6, 1882.
From an unnamed Maple township correspondent:
Will Wadle and Ben Norman are going to Colorado this spring.
Cowley County Courant, May 18, 1882.
The Republican county convention to elect delegates to the congressional convention to be held at Emporia on the 24th inst., met at Manning’s Hall at 11 o’clock Saturday.
The following delegates and alternates were elected as follows to the Third District Convention to be held at Emporia on the 24th inst.: D. A. Millington, A. B. Elliott, P. M. Waite, C. L. Swarts, H. W. Stubblefield, L. B. Stone, S. M. Fall, Sampson Johnson. Alternates: S. P. Strong, Justus Fisher, W. B. Norman, William White, S. W. Chase, H. H. Martin, M. S. Teter, J. M. Hooker.
Winfield Courier, May 18, 1882.
Maple Township, Delegates: S. F. Gould, G. C. Edgar. Alternates: W. B. Norman, S. L. Dougherty. Delegates to the 3rd District Convention at Emporia, May 24th: D. A. Millington, Winfield; A. B. Elliott, Dexter; P. M. Waite, Vernon; C. L. Swarts, Creswell; H. W. Stubblefield, Walnut; Dan Maher, Richland; S. M. Fall, Windsor; Sampson Johnson, Prairie Valley. Alternates: S. P. Strong, Rock; Justus Fisher, Liberty; W. B. Norman, Maple; Wm. White, Fairview; S. W. Chase, Tisdale; H. H. Martin, Ninnescah; M. S. Teter, Beaver; J. M. Hooker, Omnia.
Winfield Courier, May 25, 1882.
’Squire Norman came down from Maple Monday and spent several hours in the city.
Winfield Courier, June 29, 1882.
Winfield Courier, August 10, 1882.
Delegates entitled to seats. Maple: W. B. Norman, D. S. Haynes.
Mrs. W. B. Norman dies...
Winfield Courier, September 28, 1882.

DIED. We regret to learn of the death of Mrs. W. B. Norman, which occurred at her home in Maple Township last week.
W. B. Norman sells property...
Winfield Courier, October 5, 1882.
Public Sale. At Red Bud, 2 miles north of Udall, on Wednesday, Oct. 18, 10 o’clock a.m. sharp, I will offer at public sale, without reserve, the following property, to-wit: 7 brood mares and horses, 1 spring colt, 8 cows, 10 two-year-old heifers, 1 two-year-old thoroughbred red Durham bull, 7 spring calves, 2 yearlings, 10 shoats, 5 brood sows with pigs, 1 full-blood one year old Berkshire boar with pedigree, 2 two-horse wagons, 1 two-horse light wagon, 2 pairs of trucks, 1 top buggy, 1 set double harness, 1 set buggy harness, 1 riding cultivator, 1 Gilpin sulky plow with breaker, 1 stubble plow, 1 grain drill, 1 harrow; and household furniture, comprising sewing machine, clothes press bureau, tables, clocks, stoves, bedsteads, dishes, crocks, and many other articles. Terms: Hogs, calves, and yearlings, cash; all sales below $5 cash without discount. Note one year from date at ten percent interest with approved security on other sales; ten percent off for cash.
                                                        WM. B. NORMAN.
W. B. Norman moves from Red Bud, Maple township, to Udall...
Winfield Courier, October 26, 1882.
’Squire W. B. Norman is going to remove from Red Bud to Udall. The little city is attracting lots of excellent citizens.
Winfield Courier, January 4, 1883.
J. B. Norman, constable, Maple; W. B. Norman, J. P., Ninnescah...
Winfield Courier, February 15, 1883.
The following township officers were declared elected by the Board of Commissioners at their canvass of the vote on Tuesday. MAPLE: Jos. Graham, trustee; A. J. Walch, clerk; C. M. McKinney, treasurer; E. J. Cole, J. P.; J. B. Norman and W. E. Smith, constables.
NINNESCAH: Wm. Senseney, trustee; J. Craven, clerk; G. S. Cole, treasurer; A. A. Jackson and W. B. Norman, J. P.’s; J. A. Copple and M. June, constables.

Winfield Courier, May 10, 1883.
A mass meeting of farmers was held in the Opera House Saturday afternoon to consider the Fair question. A goodly number of farmers from every part of the county were present. W. J. Millspaugh, of Vernon, was elected chairman and S. P. Strong, of Rock, secretary. The report of the committee on soliciting subscriptions to the stock reported four thousand eight hundred dollars taken. The committee was then increased by the following additions, one in each township. W. B. Norman represented both Maple and Ninnescah townships.
Winfield Courier, June 14, 1883.
W. B. Norman was down from Udall Monday. He is making a stir in real estate in the northwestern part of the county. The man who purchases through W. B. Norman will always be satisfied with his bargain, and will never be the victim of misrepresentations.
Winfield Courier, June 21, 1883.

                    WM. B. NORMAN, REAL ESTATE & LOAN AGENT, UDALL.
Will sell you a better farm for less money than any other man in Southern Kansas. Come and see. No charge made for showing lands. [ABOUT 12 ITEMS LISTED IN AD.]
Winfield Courier, June 21, 1883.
Wm. B. Norman, Udall’s live real estate agent, sold the G. M. Napier quarter section to Smith and Hildebrand for $1,100 Friday.
Winfield Courier, June 21, 1883.
We are informed that Smith and Hildebrand have purchased, through our real estate agent, Wm. B. Norman, the James Napier quarter of land.
Note: Maple township not represented. W. B. Norman represented Ninnescah in next item.
Winfield Courier, July 19, 1883.
The Republican Central Committee of Cowley County met at the COURIER office in the city of Winfield Saturday, July 14th, 1883, at half past one o’clock p.m., and was called to order by the chairman, D. A. Millington. The secretary was ordered to call the roll of townships and the following members of the Central Committee were present.
Beaver, M. S. Teter; Bolton, P. A. Lorry; Cedar, N. W. Dressie; Creswell, J. B. Nipp; Dexter, J. V. Hines; Fairview, Wm. White; Harvey, R. S. Strother; Liberty, J. A. Cochrane; Maple (Not represented); Ninnescah, W. B. Norman; Omnia, J. L. Parsons; Otter (Not represented); Pleasant Valley, Z. B. Meyer; Richland, N. J. Larkin; Rock Creek, S. P. Strong; Sheridan, J. E. Jarvis; Silver Creek, E. C. Pate; Spring Creek (Not represented); Silver Dale, L. J. Darnall; Tisdale, S. W. Chase; Vernon, Oscar Wooley; Walnut, J. Mentch; Windsor (Not represented); Winfield, 1st ward, D. A. Millington; Winfield, 2nd ward, T. H. Soward.
Winfield Courier, July 19, 1883.
Mr. W. B. Norman represented Ninnescah Township Saturday as the proxy of P. W. Smith. W. B. Norman is one of the party wheel horses and his excellent judgment and devotion to the interests of his party has been felt in every convention for the past ten years.
Winfield Courier, July 19, 1883.
Republicans of Ninnescah Township at a meeting of the Republican Central Committee held in Winfield July 14, 1883, recommended that the primaries of each township and ward in Cowley County be held on Thursday, August 30th, at 2 o’clock p.m. You are therefor notified that the Republican primary for Ninnescah Township will be held in the schoolhouse at Udall Saturday, August 30th, at 2 o’clock p.m. sharp. July 14th, 1883. W. B. NORMAN.
Winfield Courier, August 9, 1883.
Messrs. W. B. Norman and H. H. Martin, of Ninnescah, were in the city Monday on business.
Winfield Courier, September 13, 1883.
Recap. Notice of Intention to make final settlement in the matter of the Estate of Elias Bever, Deceased, on 5th day of October, 1883, the same being the 5th Judicial day of the next term of the Probate Court in and for said Cowley County, file his final report and make final settlement of said estate. Wm. B. Norman, Administrator. W. P. Hackney, Attorney for Administrator.

Winfield Courier, November 8, 1883.
                                UDALL. One of Cowley’s Thriving Little Towns.
Last Friday the COURIER reporter visited the little town of Udall, thirteen miles north of Winfield on the A. T. & S. F. railroad. Having never visited the place before, we were surprised at the improvement and amount of business being done. The town was laid out the spring of 1881 by a town company composed of P. W. Smith, James T. Dale, Geo. A. Jennett, Jas. Chenoweth, Jas. H. Bullene, and Jas. Napier. With the exception of Mr. Bullene, all the members of the town company were farmers and residents of the vicinity. The land on which the town was laid out (40 acres) was purchased of P. W. Smith. Since that time three additions have been added to the original plat—two by E. L. Moffitt and two by Lewis Fitzsimmons. From the commencement the infant town had an opponent in the Santa Fe railroad. They were not given a depot sidetrack or conveniences of any kind. The station was merely a platform alongside the track. In spite of this, the projectors went to work with a will. Every encouragement was offered to persons desiring to locate. Members of the town company put up buildings and soon the few new and scattered houses grew into a prosperous little town. Then began the struggle for a depot and sidetrack, and through the able assistance of Senator Hackney, these things were soon forthcoming. Today the tracks are lined with coal and grain cars and the railroad company is doing a better business than at any station between Winfield and Wichita. There are still many things that the railroad company should do for the town. They need stock yards properly equipped with water and scales and improvements about the depot. The town now has upwards of fifty buildings. Several large new stores are going up. The businesses of the town are well represented. There are four general merchandising stores, two hotels, two hardware stores, two coal yards, one lumber yard, one harness shop, one tin shop, four physicians, one land office, five grain dealers, one barber shop, one restaurant, a millinery store, a photograph gallery, a billiard hall, and a livery stable. The congregationalist are erecting a neat church at a cost of $2,000. The Baptist are also putting up a church building. The school interests of the town are well looked after. They have a large building with two well furnished rooms. The school is graded and is under the charge of Prof. Campf, with Miss Knickerbocker as assistant. One of the best men for the town is W. B. Norman. He has charge of the town company’s interests and is doing a land and loan business. He has clear business ideas, a wide acquaintance, and exerts every influence that can be brought to bear in favor of Udall. The town is surrounded by a splendid scope of country and the rich valley of the Walnut and Arkansas are tributaries to it. With such advantages it cannot fail to be a good business point.
Winfield Courier, November 22, 1883.
Talisman: Wm. B. Norman.
Winfield Courier, December 13, 1883.
H. H. Martin and W. B. Norman were down from the city of Udall Tuesday.
Winfield Courier, March 20, 1884.
W. B. Norman, Udall’s live real estate man, came down Tuesday, and reports that little town in a flourishing condition.
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1884.

Squire Norman was down from Udall Tuesday, accompanied by Mr. McKinley, the new banker at that place. He is a very pleasant gentleman, of large business experience.
Winfield Courier, July 31, 1884.
The writer hereof made a visit to Udall Monday, which same visit will be remembered by Will Higgins, of the Sentinel, and his estimable lady, at least until after the monthly grocery bills come due. He took supper with them. However, the Sentinel is meeting with a hearty support from the businessmen of that thriving village, so we hope he will be able to recover from the disastrous visitation before the next new moon, when we expect to go up again. The town is full of life, bustle, and activity. The merchants and grain buyers are doing a rushing business and new ones coming in. In our opinion, Udall will in a short time be one of the most important villages in the county. George Frazier, one of our old citizens, is the leading grain man there and his stories of the amount of grain shipped during the year would seem a little fishy if told by anyone but George, and backed up by ’Squire Norman. It is that they ship more than any station between Wichita and Arkansas City, Winfield excepted.
Winfield Courier, September 4, 1884.
Squire Norman was down from Udall Thursday. He informs us that the citizens of that place have had three propositions for the erection of flouring mills. They will probably secure one of a hundred and fifty barrel capacity.
Winfield Courier, September 4, 1884.
MARRIED. John McCallister and Miss Isadora Mentz became tired of single blessedness and hence made a visit to Squire W. H. Norman’s office, where they were united in the sacred bonds of matrimony, in the presence of a few chosen friends.
Winfield Courier, September 11, 1884.
This week Squire Norman will present to Judge Torrance the compliments of our citizens and request him to grant an order for our incorporation as a city of the 3rd class.
And now comes Squire Wm. B. Norman who saith to the boys, “You must not ‘crack loo anymore for pennies or else the weighty hand of the law will be laid heavily upon your shoulders,” and the boys went sorrowful from his presence.
Winfield Courier, October 30, 1884.
The election of Ninnescah Township will be held in the office of ’Squire Norman in the village of Udall, Geo. S. Cole, Township Committee.
Winfield Courier, October 30, 1884.
Squire Wm. B. Norman is having more tribulation and vexation in securing the incorporation of Udall as a city of the 3rd class than most anti-Prohibitionists have in procuring distilled damnation.
Winfield Courier, November 13, 1884.
Deputy Sheriff Johnson, of Udall, brought in Albert Smith Tuesday night and lodged him in the county bastille for threatening to kill James Carey, of that place. He had a trial before ’Squire Norman, was found guilty, and bound over in the sum of five hundred dollars. Bondsmen didn’t materialize.

Winfield Courier, November 13, 1884.
Paint the town red, cried out the Wichita Beacon of the 11th inst., and in conformity with its request Albert Smith, a laborer of this place, proceeded to fill his skin with benzine and start the ball to rolling. His first encounter, with Sam Downing, was a success. Sam fled after the first round. Then Dan Winn seemed to loom up more conspicuously in front of this wild red painter than r. p. thought could be tolerated. Result: first blood for Dan. Tableau—Dan with a billiard cue, r. p. with drawn knife in his hand. Act second—town not quite all painted; r. p. attacks Jim Casey. First fall for r. p., when, after a severe struggle, our Jim comes out on top, breaks away from the bold, bad man, makes a lunge for the door and disappears amid the darkness followed by said r. p. The boys say that Clarence Booth made the best time on record in his run under the billiard table. On Monday J. Casey went before Esq. Wm. B. Norman and swore out a warrant for the arrest of Smith, charging him with assault with intent to commit murder. Trial now in progress; C. Britton for defense.
Winfield Courier, December 4, 1884.
City election is over, everything passed off quietly. Politics buried. Our city G. A. R. members were out electioneering for Mayor, one of old John Morgan’s men, and he got there. We are now under a Democratic administration. Of course, we every mother’s son of us, unless perhaps it shall be ’Squire Norman and your humble servant. I believe from appearances that a few who adjoin the city are yet true blue.
An organization is being completed for the erection of a Roller Flouring Mill. I think the citizens would do well to patronize the enterprise. They will probably ask for about one thousand dollars, at least so I am told, and will not act without it, and if the citizens of this place allow this proposition to pass, we may never get a mill, and a twenty thousand dollar mill would enhance every one’s property within three miles of here at least 5 percent.
                                      W. B. Norman. Udall’s Real Estate Man.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 1, 1885.
Mr. Norman is a believer in printers ink, and although he does business some distance from the capital, in the thriving little city of Udall, he realizes the profit of a large “ad.” in the Great County Weekly. He has worked up a splendid business and has probably done more for Udall than any other man there. His enterprise is unbounded, and being intelligent and pleasant, he immediately enlists the friendship of the stranger, and is always ready to fit him out with a fine farm or city property. Mr. Norman has ever held a prominent position among the denizens of Udall.
[UDALL. “G”]
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 8, 1885.
Wm. B. Norman and J. T. Dale made Winfield a flying visit on Tuesday.
The City Council are wrestling with the subject of a cooler to keep their criminals in.
[UDALL. “G.”]
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 22, 1885.

On the morning of the 15th, Oliver Jewett, of the firm of Werden & Jewett, on arriving at the store, was surprised to find the west window open. Upon entering he also found the south window taken out entirely and laying on the ground some feet away from the building. An investigation showed that the thief or thieves had effected an entrance at the south window and left by the west one. Two watches and three shot guns were missing. Marshal Frazier was at once notified, and in a short time had the thieves spotted, who gave their names as Chas. Neal and John Newton, and had come from Wichita the evening previous. The Marshal at once arrested them, and then searched in the barn loft of D. D. Kellogg, where they had slept the night of the robbery. Here secreted beneath the hay was found all the property except the watches, which were subsequently found by one of the thieves. An examination was held before Esquire Norman, when they both plead guilty to the charge of grand larceny. Our Marshal has the thanks of the city for the zeal and promptness which he displayed in working up the case, and his clever manner of capturing the thieves, for it was scarcely three hours from the time the robbery was reported to him until the thieves were on the road to the county jail. Udall is a bad place for thieves while George is Marshal.
[UDALL. “G.”]
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 29, 1885.
Our shippers are complaining for lack of cars. The A. T. & S. F. could certainly afford to supply their road with more rolling stock. Ike Fryer was fined $25.00 for assault on Mr. Churchill by ’Squire Norman; and in default of payment, was sent to the Hotel De Finch. Smith & Hildebrand are shipping quite a number of hogs at present. The prices they pay are an inducement to the farmers to sell them.
                                                            UDALL. “G.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 5, 1885.
Some time ago Mart Kenton had a well dug on his place east of Udall by some parties by the name of Newell, and did not settle for the same as promptly as the Newells desired, and on Thursday last they went to his residence during his absence and drove off three head of cattle. Mart promptly swore out a writ of replevin and recovered the cattle. The rights of the property will be tried before Esq. Norman in a few days.
                                                            UDALL. “G.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 26, 1885.
Jim Norman is building a new residence in the west part of the city, having sold his former residence to Esq. Norman.
Our city dads have decided to build a cooler with council room above. Will commence work as soon as the weather moderates sufficiently.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 5, 1885.
                           W. B. NORMAN, REAL ESTATE & LOAN AGENT,
                                                        UDALL, KANSAS,
Will sell you a better farm for less money than any other man in Southern Kansas.
                                  Come and see. No charge made for showing lands.
                                                            UDALL. “G.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 5, 1885.

A very enthusiastic railroad meeting was held at the office of W. B. Norman on the 2nd inst. Resolutions were adopted favoring the voting of bonds, and a committee of three, consisting of W. B. Norman, P. W. Smith, and W. O. McKinley were appointed to confer with the officers of the D. M. & A. R. R. and request them to submit a proposition for our consideration. Winfield will have to look well to her laurels if we succeed in securing this road.
                                                            UDALL. “G.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 26, 1885.
Wm. B. Norman moved his office west of the old location and will proceed to put in a building to be occupied as a jewelry store. We can now boast of a milk man, that is, we have a dairy. Mr. Severs is the proprietor and is delivering good fresh milk to the thirsty of our city. The city parliament at its last session, ordered sidewalks built on all the principal streets so pedestrians can now go from one part of the city to the other without being lost in mud holes. S. Moore was awarded the contract for building the mill at this place, to be of stone, three stories high, with mansard iron roof, to be completed within sixty days from date. Udall doth boom.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 23, 1885.
Mr. W. B. Norman, Udall’s live real estate man, visited the metropolis today.
                                                    THE UDALL SUICIDE.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 30, 1885.
The case of sudden death referred to yesterday proves to have been suicide, and Mrs. Lida Trickey was the victim. She was living with her son-in-law. Her husband left her two thousand dollars, which she gave to the son-in-law under contract that he should keep her during her natural life. Some time ago they had some trouble and the old lady demanded her money. The son could not give it to her as he had it tied up in land. This seems to have made Mrs. Trickey despondent, which finally resulted in her taking her own life.

The Inquest. A special reporter of THE COURIER attended the inquest and furnishes the following synopsis of the testimony. The following jury was impaneled by Coroner Marsh: P. W. Smith, W. B. Norman, Jas. Napier, W. H. Gray, C. N. Abbott, and A. J. Werden, who proceeded to the house of E. L. Young, one mile north of Udall, where the inquest was held. Dr. Geo. Knickerbocker testified that he was called early on the morning of the 28th inst., but found Mrs. Trickey dead when he reached the house. No signs of vomit or spasms. Saw no poison on or about her bed or person. Mrs. F. A. Powers was sworn and said she arrived about the same time that Dr. Knickerbocker did—helped remove the body down stairs and while disrobing it a package of small pieces of bread fell from among her clothing, [witness here produced the same] which was covered, or partly so by a bluish substance and looked as though it had been partly eaten or gnawed off. Harry Trickey testified as follows: “Am 10 years old; slept in the same bed with my mother, Mrs. Linda Trickey. She made no noise after about 12 o’clock. Before or about that time she tried to vomit and appeared sick. She gave me her purse, which laid on the bureau. Said she would not need it any more. She told me about a month ago she expected to die soon, and then gave me her bed and bedding. She purchased a box of ‘Rough on Rats’ about a month ago. She vomited in the wash bowl.” Mrs. Jas. Huff testified finding something in wash bowl that looked like vomit from the slimy appearance and color. Corroborated the finding of the piece of bread. Did not consider of sound mind. Mrs. Ruth Richards testified that she did not consider her rational at all times. D. D. Kellogg testified that he considered her of an eccentric disposition. Mrs. Young said that Mrs. Linda Trickey is my mother. Did not hear any noise in her room at night. Did not know she was sick till Harry came down in the morning. Went to her room and found her unconscious and died in about one hour. Have considered her of unsound mind for the past two years. E. L. Young’s testimony was simply corroborative of the above. Dr. S. R. Marsh, assisted by Dr. Knickerbocker, then made a post mortem examination and found the stomach in a high state of inflammation, produced by some kind of poison, supposed to be “Rough on Rats,” and bread crumbs, coated with the same green colored substance as the pieces found in the bed. The jury returned a verdict that “deceased came to her death by poison administered voluntarily by her own hands with suicidal intent.” The sad occurrence has been taken much to heart by the people of Ninnescah, and has cast a gloom over the whole community.
Robert Norman mentioned in next two items...
                                                            UDALL. “G.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 21, 1885.
Robert Norman mourns the loss of over 300 eggs and a fine incubator, caused, as he supposes, by one of the lamps exploding. The fire, fortunately, occurred right after one of our late rains; otherwise, the loss might have been more severe.
                                                            UDALL. “G.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 4, 1885.
The election passed off very quietly; not much excitement, and no fighting, but nearly so. Bob Norman was about to whip Jim Napier, but Jim thought discretion the better part of valor, and quietly walked off.
LEGAL NOTICES. Auditor’s Report for May.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 18, 1885.
Juror fee: W. B. Norman, Udall. $2.00.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 9, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds since our last issue.
P Willis Smith et al to Wm B. Norman, pt lot 5, blk 40, Udall: $22.00.
Louis Fitzsimmons et ux to W B Norman, lot 3, blk 38, Fitzsimmons’ add to Udall: $250.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 3, 1885.
Squire Norman was down from Udall Saturday.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.
J. E. Coulter, of Udall, filed an assignment in favor of his creditors, in the Register’s office yesterday, with W. B. Norman as assignee. Coulter’s liabilities are something near eight hundred dollars.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 8, 1885.
Wm. B. Norman was down from Udall Thursday, on various “biz.”
Winfield Courier, December 3, 1885.
Recap. Assignees Notice of the Adjusting of Accounts. To creditors in the estate of J. E. Coulter, assignor, by Wm. B. Norman, Assignee of J. E. Coulter, Assignor. Dated at Winfield, December 3, 1885. Hackney & Asp, Attorneys for Assignee. Date: April 12, 1886.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 10, 1885.

Recap. Wm. B. Norman, Assignee of J. B. Coulter, assignor, Hackney & Asp, attorneys for assignee. Creditors to appear in District Court April 12, 1886, to make their claims.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 10, 1885.
                                             CIVIL DOCKET. EIGHTH DAY.
Assignment of J E Coulter, Wm B Norman, assignee. Hackney & Asp attorneys.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 17, 1885.
Wm. B. Norman, Assignee of J. E. Coulter, assignor, Hackney & Asp, Attorneys for Assignee. Notice to creditors and all other persons interested in the estate of J. E. Coulter, assignor, notification that creditors will be satisfied in court adjustment of demands starting April 12, 1886, for two days at office of Clerk of the District Court.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 14, 1886.
Wm. B. Norman, Assignee of J. E. Coulter, assignor; Hackney & Asp, Attorneys for Assignee. Notice to all creditors in estate of J. E. Coulter, assignor. Two consecutive days beginning April 12, 1886, for creditors to make their claims.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 21, 1886.
W. B. Norman was laid up with neuralgia the first of the week.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 28, 1886.
Recap. Wm. B. Norman, Assignee of J. E. Coulter, assignor. Hackney & Asp, Attorneys for Assignee. April 13, 1886, adjustment to be made of trust funds in the hands of assignee.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 11, 1886.
Recap: Wm. B. Norman, Assignee of J. E. Coulter, assignors. Hackney & Asp, Attorneys for Assignee. April 12, 1886. Date set to settle matters with creditors interested in the estate of J. E. Coulter, assignor.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 25, 1886.
W. B. Norman, one of Udall’s leading citizens, was in town Tuesday.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 4, 1886.
Recap. Wm. B. Norman, Assignee of J. E. Coulter, assignor. Hackney & Asp, Attorneys for Assignee. Notice of the adjusting of accounts: creditors and all other persons interested in the estate of J. E. Coulter, assignor. To be handled April 12, 1886, at office of Clerk of the District Court, Cowley County.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 11, 1886.
W. B. Norman and J. L. Stewart were down from Udall Monday.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 25, 1886.
                                                        Wm. B. NORMAN,
                                                   REAL ESTATE AGENT
                                                        UDALL, KANSAS.
                                    I have now on hand a large list of well improved
                                                               F A R M S,
Of 40, 60, 80, 160, and 320 acres, from $15 to $40 per acre. Soil good; no rock; good water, title perfect. Buyer and seller brought together. Make your own trade. Call on or address as above.
Alfred M. Norman...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 8, 1886.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds.
J L Gibson to Alfred M Norman, lot 2, blk 38 & lot 5, blk 28, Udall: $50.
William B. Norman...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 8, 1886.
                                                          CIVIL DOCKET.
103. 2243. Assignment of J C Coulter, William B Norman, Assignee.
                        [At this point I had to quit covering W. B. Norman. MAW]



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