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W. R. Owen and Others

                                                            Silver Creek.
                                                           [Raised Sheep.]
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
[Most confusing! The Courant in May 1882 stated that “M. Eaton” of Norwalk, Ohio, was one of the partners rather than “T. J. Eaton,” mentioned in August 23, 1882, Traveler. Later on a Thomas J. Eaton turns up in Winfield as the son of banker John A. Eaton. MAW]
Cowley County Courant, May 11, 1882.
W. B. Wolverton, W. R. Owen, and M. Eaton, of Norwalk, Ohio, are here taking in the beauties of our city and county. They are men of means, and have their minds pointed in a sheep ranche direction. They brought with them a letter of introduction to THE COURANT and we are happy to see them so well pleased with our county.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 23, 1882.
Messrs. W. R. Owen and T. J. Eaton, sheep men from Ohio, on last week purchased the McCan farm of 400 acres on Silver Creek for $4,000. Green & Snyder negotiated the sale.
Winfield Courier, June 14, 1883.
Last Thursday afternoon about two o’clock, Mr. W. R. Owen, a gentleman recently from Ohio, accompanied by a young lady, attempted to cross Grouse Creek at the Gilstrap ford, where he had crossed in the forenoon, but not being acquainted with the ford did not notice the rapid rise in a few hours. When about one-fourth across, the horses began to swim and the bed to rise from the wagon; the rapid current carried all downstream. Mr. Owen held on to the lines and was dragged from the wagon bed and twice under water when he let go and after a short struggle succeeded in catching hold of the roots of a large tree growing near an almost perpendicular bank, where he gained a landing. The young lady in the meantime had floated downstream in the wagon bed, which overturned with her, but fortunately, just at the moment of its overturning, she grasped a grapevine hanging to a tree top overreaching the stream, and bravely held on with only her head above water until Mr. Owen climbed the tree and rescued her by lifting her into the top. Shouts brought to their assistance Walter Limbocker, who by swimming his horse landed each, not on dry land, but wet, for all can testify there has been some rain of late. The horses, a valuable span, became detached from the wagon and swam ashore on the side from which they started in. The lady’s trunk, the wagon bed, and all parts of the wagon, were recovered different distances down the stream.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 7, 1883.
Our old friend, Jas. Benedict, has taken into partnership Mr. W. R. Owen, and by reference to our advertising columns, it will be seen that these gentlemen are inviting the attention of the public to their general stock of farm implements. They are gentlemen of experience and will make their aim to keep in stock everything needed by the farming community.
AD: JAS. BENEDICT / W. R. OWEN. BENEDICT & OWEN, -DEALERS IN- FARMING IMPLEMENTS, Farm and Spring Wagons, etc. We handle only the best goods and sell at living prices. Give us a call. Arkansas City, Kas.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 23, 1884.

Attention is called to the new “ad” of Messrs. Benedict & Owen in this week’s paper. These gentlemen now occupy the corner building on West Summit Street and Central Avenue with a full stock of wagons and agricultural implements.
AD. BENEDICT & OWEN have removed to the old stand, corner of Summit Street and Central Avenue. We handle FARM AND SPRING WAGONS, -ALL KINDS -OF- FARM MACHINERY, PUMPS, WINDMILLS, ETC.
Arkansas City Republican, February 16, 1884.
All kinds of FARM MACHINERY Pumps, Windmills, Etc.
Arkansas City Republican, February 16, 1884.
Having secured the agency for the best windmill in the market, I am now prepared to put in PUMPS, AND WINDMILLS, with the guarantee of No Work, No Pay.
                                Geared Mills for feed grinding and shelling a specialty.
                                                         JOSHUA MOORE.
                                             WITH BENEDICT AND OWEN.
Arkansas City Republican, March 1, 1884.
Benedict & Owen have changed their ad. Be sure and read it.
OUR MOTTO: The best goods, the lowest prices, and a SQUARE DEAL for every man.
Arkansas City Republican, April 5, 1884.
Hon. A. J. Pyburn: Though aware of your repeated refusal to become a candidate for any office; and the determination to devote your time to your profession, and although cognizant of the fact that an election and acceptance would involve to a certain extent the sacrifice of personal interests, yet we request and urge that you permit your name to be used in nomination for the position of mayor of Arkansas City, feeling as we do, that in your election, you will represent the whole people regardless of politics, issues, or business, and have only at heart the best interests of the place, and welfare of the citizens.
W. R. Owen was one of those who signed request.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 16, 1884.
We call attention to the “ad” of Benedict & Owen, implement dealers, in this issue.
Arkansas City Republican, April 19, 1884.
FARMERS, READ THIS! Having secured the agency for the best windmill in the market, I am now prepared to put in PUMPS, AND WINDMILLS, with the guarantee of NO WORK, NO PAY. Geared Mills for feed grinding and shelling a specialty.
                                    JOSHUA MOORE. With Benedict and Owen.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 23, 1884.
Ad. When you get one of those light draft Easterly Binders of Benedict & Owen, you get the best—and you can get the repairs, too.
Arkansas City Republican, June 28, 1884.

Benedict & Owen sold this week a $2,000 steam thresher to Vanscoyk & Wilson.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 9, 1884.
DISBURSEMENTS. Benedict & Owen, merchandise.
Arkansas City Republican, July 19, 1884.
Blaine and Logan Club. At a meeting called for Monday evening, July 14, 1884, to be held in Judge Bonsall’s office, by the chairman, C. T. Atkinson, who was appointed by the county convention at Winfield last Saturday, I. H. Bonsall was chosen secretary. The following pledge was signed by the persons whose names appear below:
We, the undersigned, agree to support James G. Blaine and John A. Logan for president and vice-president, and we further agree to work and vote for their election, and we pledge ourselves to do all we can in an honorable way to favor their interests.
W. R. Owen was one of those who signed pledge.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 26, 1884.
AD. What some of our citizens say about the THOMPSON MOWER, Sold by Benedict & Owen, Arkansas City, Kansas.
John Annis, of Arkansas City, Kansas. Cut 12 acres a day with a span of little ponies weighing 800 pounds each, in grass that would go two tons per acre. Never raised a sweat. Cuts lariat pins or grass with equal facility.
A. Spray. Have cut 400 acres. Cuts buffalo grass, swamp grass, weeds, sowed corn, the latter so large that it fell on my head as I passed along. The best machine made. [Mr. Spray is now with G. W. Cunningham, of this city.]
John W. Brown. Have cut 300 acres. Never run a machine so easily and with so little expense.
J. Monroe Felton. Have cut 200 acres without one cent expense. Cuts where others fail.
All from Agricultural West.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 6, 1884.
Our implement men, Benedict & Owen, have been doing a rushing business in buggies the past week. Vehicles sold by them make an elegant display on our streets these pleasant evenings.
Arkansas City Republican, August 9, 1884.
Benedict & Owen have enlarged the building formerly used by the Wolfe Brothers for a carpenter shop, and will use it as a store-room for buggies.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 13, 1884.
Ad. Benedict & Owen can suit anybody in want of a good BUGGY or SPRING WAGON.
Ad. Benedict & Owen don’t mean to be behind the times. They have just received a full car load of the celebrated Wilmington Buggies and Waterloo Spring Wagons.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 3, 1884.
Read Benedict & Owens’ specials this week. They are of special interest to farmers.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 8, 1884.

Following is a complete list of stockholders in the Arkansas City Woolen Manufacturing Company, mention of which was made last week.
T. H. McLaughlin, Arkansas City Bank, Frank J. Hess, Wm. Sleeth, H. P. Farrar, Landes, Beall & Co., Sanborn & Gordon, H. Endicott, A. Walton, J. A. McIntyre, I. D. Harkleroad, W. E. Gooch, F. W. Farrar, A. A. Wiley, R. A. Houghton, T. J. Gilbert, A. Campbell, G. W. Cunningham, Schiffbauer Bros., A. [?] Andrews [Not sure of first initial.], Fitch & Barron, S. Matlack, J. B. Nipp, A. A. Newman, James Hill, E. H. Parker, T. D. Richardson, Benedict & Owen, D. Warren, J. H. Sherburne, J. N. T. Gooch, Uriah Spray, Theo Fairclo, H. D. Kellogg, Ira Barnett, A. J. Chapel, S. F. George, G. W. Miller, P. F. Endicott, Jamison Vawter, Kimmel & Moore, N. C. Hinkley, L. McLaughlin.
Arkansas City Republican, December 6, 1884.
Wednesday Benedict & Owen sold their implement house to D. L. Means. Mr. Means will continue in the same business at the former firm’s old stand. In this week’s issue of the REPUBLICAN will be found Mr. Means’s initiatory. To the retiring firm we extend the hand of regret, and to the incoming, the hand of welcome.
AD. Stop to Examine Our Full Line of Implements, Shellers, Pumps, and the Celebrated Star Windmills. D. L. MEANS, At Benedict’s Old Stand. Satisfaction Guaranteed.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 10, 1884.
D. L. Means purchased Benedict & Owen’s stock of implements last week and took immediate possession. Success to you, D. L.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 10, 1884.
Ad. TO THE PUBLIC. Having sold our entire stock of agricultural implements to D. L. Means, we thank our numerous patrons for their many favors in the past and bespeak for Mr. Means a continuance of the same. BENEDICT & OWEN.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 17, 1884.
Our implement men are having a pack of trouble: Lee arrested for felony; Benedict & Owen having mortgaged property, disposed of; and Geo. W. Cunningham levying on mortgaged property.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 17, 1884.
W. J. Pointer and his brother were arrested last Friday, by Benedict & Owen, for disposing of mortgaged property. They were convicted and fined $50 and costs, amounting to something over $100.
Arkansas City Republican, December 20, 1884.
D. L. MEANS is the proprietor of one of the leading agricultural implement establishments in Arkansas City. He occupies Benedict & Owen’s old stand and is successor to them in the implement business. Mr. Means is a young and energetic businessman, and if his opening trade is an indication of what his trade will be when it has reached its maturity, he will do twice the business of his predecessors. All the latest improved farming machinery he has for sale. Pumps, windmills, corn shellers, wagons, buggies, garden and grass seed, gas supplies, etc., fills his store room to repletion. Possessed of the vim and energy which Mr. Means has, we have no fear but what he will create a vast amount of rustling among his competitors.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 7, 1885.
Bill allowed: Benedict & Owen, $8.35.
Arkansas City Republican, January 10, 1885.
Wm. H. Curtis, of Saratoga, New York, through the agency of Meigs & Howard, purchased three lots on which to erect a residence, of W. R. Owen. They are located in the block just west of the east school building. Mr. Curtis is the son-in-law of Mrs. Wm. Benedict. Mr. Curtis will move here in the spring and erect a handsome residence on the lots.
Arkansas City Republican, January 10, 1885.
Mrs. W. R. Owen is sick this week.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 24, 1885.
W. R. Owen carries his hand in a sling on account of a felon on his finger.
[Note: The Republican and Traveler listing of names did not correspond in the next items covering “Baptist Ladies’ Entertainment.]
Arkansas City Republican, January 24, 1885.
Baptist Ladies’ Entertainment. The ladies of the Baptist Church will give a sociable and entertainment at the new Baptist Church Wednesday evening, January 28. Some of the best talent of Arkansas City will assist in the entertainment. The programme will consist of an original poem, music, singing, recitations, and select readings. Mrs. Wilson, of this city, will preside at the organ. Supper will be furnished from 6 to 7½ o’clock. All are cordially invited to attend and have a pleasant time. The proceeds to be used in furnishing the new church.
Medley Quartette: Miss Thomas, Mr. Mowry, Mrs. Ayres, Mr. Hutchison.
Recitation: Miss Minnie Stewart.
Select Reading: Mrs. Walker.
Solo: Mrs. F. Beall.
Recitation: Miss Emma Theaker.
Solo and Chorus: Mrs. Owen, Mr. Hutchison, Mrs. Ayres, Mr. Mowry.
Recitation: Miss Nellie Nash.
Trundle Bed Song: _______.
Song: Anna Dodson.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 28, 1885.
Baptist Ladies’ Entertainment. The ladies of the Baptist Church will give a sociable and entertainment at the new Baptist Church tonight. Some of the best talent of the city will assist Mrs. Wilson, of this city, who will preside at the organ. Supper will be served from 5 to7 ½ o’clock. All are cordially invited to attend and have a pleasant time. The proceeds to be used in furnishing the church.
Medley Quartet: Miss Thomas, Mr. Mowry, Mrs. Ayres, Mr. Hutchison.
Recitation: Miss Emma Theaker.
Select Reading: Mrs. Walker.
Recitation: Miss Mamie Stoneman.
Solo and Chorus: Mrs. Owen, Mr. Hutchison, Mrs. Ayres, Mr. Mowry.
Recitation: Miss Flora Gould.

Trundle Bed Song: _______ [EVIDENTLY DID NOT GET THE NAME.]
Song: Anna Dobson.
Arkansas City Republican, March 14, 1885.
W. R. Owen has sold his two lots on street near Dr. Wright’s, to Montford Anderson and Samuel H. Hayne. The sale was made Thursday and was effected by Meigs & Howard. The consideration was $450. Messrs. Anderson and Hayne are going to build a residence.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 2, 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.
W. R. Owen and wife to Fitch & Barron, lot 8, block 17, Arkansas City. $50.00.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 4, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds yesterday.
H P Farrar and wife to William R Owen, lots 3 and 4, block 77, Arkansas City: $10.00.
Wm R Owen and wife to Manford Anderson and Samuel H Hines, lots 3 and 4, block 77, Arkansas City: $450.
Arkansas City Republican, July 18, 1885.
W. R. Owen and family are now living at Higley, Orange County, Florida. He writes for the REPUBLICAN.



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