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Sam Parks

Winfield Courier, January 4, 1877. Editorial Page.
Notes from Upper Grouse. Parks and Campbell have nearly a thousand head of sheep at Armstrong’s.
Winfield Courier, June 21, 1877.
Sheep for Sale. I have 400 head of young sheep, which I will sell cheap for cash, or will sell on long time with real estate security. Can be seen at Sam Parks’, 12 miles southeast of town. W. BASSETT.
Winfield Courier, December 27, 1877.
GROUSE CREEK NEWS. Our valley is well filled with fat hogs and cattle, and several flocks of sheep have lately come in. Parks has twelve hundred sheep at Robert Armstrong’s, and Peebler and Parks have eight hundred at Peebler’s.
Winfield Courier, January 10, 1878.
Grouse Creek turned loose on Winfield, Monday last, Lillburn Smith, James Lee, Robert Armstrong, Mr. Parks, Dr. Chapman, ’Squire John Clover, and His Honor, R. F. Burden, being among the number.
Winfield Courier, January 31, 1878.
GROUSE CREEK ITEMS. Parks and Peebler’s sheep have gone through the winter thus far in good shape, a few having died and a few having been killed by the wolves.
Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.
Campbell & Parks have 3,000 sheep on Grouse and Skull Creeks in this county. They say this is the best part of the United States for their business. There is plenty of pure water, good grass, and dry rolling land. It is far enough south for mild winters and far enough north to secure a good article of wool. They keep graded sheep, and cross with a view to constitutions as well as good wool. They have rather large sheep with heavy fleeces.
Winfield Courier, July 3, 1879.
Mr. Parks has returned to Timber creek with his sheep. He had them on Grouse creek shearing them.
Winfield Courier, July 8, 1880.
Messrs. Parks and Campbell sheared their sheep last week. They report the wool unusually heavy this year. A few yearlings gave a fleece of sixteen pounds each. Mr. McFadden has sheared his herd also; but I have heard no particulars about the wool.
Winfield Courier, August 5, 1880.
Telegram: Among the large sheep herders of Cowley County are: A. D. Crowell, Winfield, 4,000; George E. Raymond, Winfield, 1,700; Ezra Meech, Walnut, 1,200; S. C. Smith, Winfield, 1,000; Jake Stalter, Rock, 2,500; Mr. Parks, Grouse Creek, 2,440; Dr. Wright, Omnia, 2,400. Besides these there are a number of persons who have flocks, ranging from 100 to 1,000, which will bring the aggregate well up to 40,000.

Winfield Courier, August 26, 1880.
It is reported that L. T. Harned has purchased three hundred head of sheep from Mr. Parks. Messrs. Strother and Woolsey have purchased five hundred head.
Winfield Courier, September 23, 1880.
Parks & Campbell, of Cambridge, have sold 1,700 sheep this season. Their wool clip was about 18,000 pounds.
Winfield Courier, January 27, 1881.
Wm. Newton called our attention to the fact that we were considerably off on the wool clip of this last year for this and Sumner counties. That it is very much in excess of the figures that we gave. The truth of it is that Kansas editors are so often accused of exaggeration, that owing to our natural modes­ty, we would much prefer to be below the real figures than above, but we have no intention of letting our scruples do an injustice to one of our most important industries. Another reason for our error was the report of the Kansas state board of agriculture, which is wrong in its figures. The wool clip of Cowley County last year, instead of being thirty thousand pounds, was upwards of two hundred thousand, and Sumner, instead of fifteen, was upwards of a hundred thousand pounds. George E. Raymond alone had twelve thousand pounds, Mr. Meech ten thousand, Youle Broth­ers fifteen thousand, Yarbrough nine thousand, Parks, of Cam­bridge, about the same amount, and lots of fellows yet to hear from. The truth of it is, the sheep interest in Cowley has in three years sprung from nothing until it has reached such propor­tions that none of us can keep the run of it.
[Note: Item above was the last one I could find on Mr. Parks.]


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