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Peter Pearson

                                                            Arkansas City.
The Creswell township census of 1874 lists Peter Pearson, age 35, and unmarried.
The Arkansas City census of 1893 lists Peter Pearson, age 50, and his wife Hattie, age 30.
Arkansas City Directory 1893.
Pearson, Peter, furniture dealer, r 219 e Washington ave.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Courier, June 5, 1874.
Item From the Traveler. BEES. Peter Pearson caught the swarm of bees that passed over town a few days since.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 26, 1876.
The Methodists have moved into Pearson’s Hall, where better accommodations can be had for the many people who turn out every Sabbath to hear Rev. Wingar. There has never been a man of this denomination here who has made so many friends and done so much good as he, and we hope he will continue with us another year. Many converts have been made to this and the First Presbyterian Churches by the untiring efforts of Rev. Wingar and Fleming, and their working together so harmoniously. May they go on in their good work, so nobly begun.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 2, 1876.
A Union Social will be given by Mrs. Newman and Mrs. C. R. Mitchell at Pearson’s Hall, on Wednesday evening, Feb. 9. A cordial invitation is extended to all, and a good time will doubtless be had.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 2, 1876.
FOR RENT. Peter Pearson’s storeroom and basement; inquire of James A. Loomis.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1877.
ANOTHER GROCERY is to be opened in Pearson’s building soon after R. A. Houghton & Co. move to their new quarters.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1877.
Mr. Berry, of the firm of Berry Brothers, of Pulaski Co., Ill., has arrived and will open a large and fresh stock of groceries, Queensware, and glassware, in Pearson’s building in about two weeks. The young men are enterprising and accommodating and will soon meet the favor of all who patronize them.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 3, 1877.
PETER PEARSON’s store for rent from Dec. 15, 1877. Inquire of J. A. Loomis.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 26, 1877.
The new store man is here. He will open up Pearson’s building.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 2, 1878.
Mr. Riddle has opened his goods in Pearson’s building, and has a fine assortment of them.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 16, 1878.

A new dry goods store has been opened in Pearson’s building, in the room formerly occupied by Berry Bros., by Mr. J. H. Read, of Hutchinson, Kansas, and conducted by Mr. Riddle, a merchant of known integrity and an accommodating gentleman. He has a fine stock of all kinds of dry goods, clothing, boots, shoes, hats and caps, and proposes to sell at figures that all can buy. His stock of prints is very large and placed on revolving shelves so that you can go in and examine every price yourself. Call and see him.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 16, 1878.
Mr. Riddle: items pertaining to him...
Arkansas City Traveler, March 27, 1878.
Friday afternoon two well appearing young men rode into town horseback, and stopped for the night. In the morning they attempted to sell their horses very cheap, claiming they were from Sumner County and needed money. In the meantime a postal card was received stating that two horses, a sorrel horse with white face and a bay horse, had been stolen from Thayer, Kansas, about 100 miles distant. One of the horses had been purchased in the meantime by Mr. Riddle, the dry goods merchant, who traded a suit of clothes for it. The postal card was directed to the City Marshal, and was handed to Wm. Gray, who, with constable Morgan, examined the property, found the description almost exact, and arrested the two men in the saloon without resistance. They had a preliminary trial before Judge Christian and were bound over to appear at the next term of the District Court to be held in May. In default of bail, they were committed to jail. The countenanc­es of the two were not of the best, and their demeanor before the Justice’s court was such as to make anyone believe they were guilty, as they declined to give their names or answer any questions. Before taking them to jail, Mr. Riddle recovered the clothes he had traded them, but is out the $4 in cash he gave as booty.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 10, 1878.
Mr. Riddle expects to move this week. During his short stay here, he has formed many warm friends.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 17, 1878.
BITTER CREEK, April 12, 1878. Mr. Scott: I learn that Mr. Riddle, the merchant in your city, fell from a loaded wagon this morning, near Brown’s ranch, the wagon passing directly over him. He died in a few minutes after. Respectfully, W. B. TRISSELL.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 17, 1878.

Last Friday night the sad intelligence of the death of Mr. Riddle, lately of this place, was brought to his many friends. Mr. Riddle left our city Wednesday morning on a load of goods, intending to go to Larned, where Mr. Read purposed opening a branch store. When a little this side of El Paso, the wagon received a heavy jolt while crossing a small bridge, throwing the driver and Mr. Riddle down between the horses. The driver escaped with little or no injury, but Mr. Riddle’s back was broken in the fall, and the wheels of the wagon passed over his body, killing him almost instantly. Mr. Riddle was between fifty and sixty years of age, and universally respected and admired by his acquaintances. A perfect gentleman, a friend alike to rich or poor, and an earnest Christian, he was one who will be sincerely mourned by a large circle of relatives and friends. He was a native of Pennsylvania, but for many years past had made his home in the West. His wife and family have the sympathy of our entire community.
Out of date sequence: Data on Peter Pearson...
Arkansas City Traveler, January 23, 1878.
PETER PEARSON, one of our old residents, returned from Omaha last Wednesday. He has been engaged in a wholesale house.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 30, 1878.
The articles taken from Schiffbauer’s store on Monday night were six silver plated knives, some finished Elgin staffs, some roller jewels, and eighteen watches, in all valued at $482. The watches belonged to the following named persons, with the values set opposite their names. Peter Pearson, silver, $12.00.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 27, 1878.
YOU CAN PROTECT YOUR BUILDINGS from decaying by one coat of “Rocky Mountain Paint.” One gallon will cover 309 square feet; sold at manufacturers’ prices, freight added; $1.40 per gallon; especially recommended for old buildings. P. PEARSON.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 10, 1878.
PETER PEARSON has purchased the furniture lately owned by A. A. Chamberlain, and will continue the business at the old stand.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 10, 1878.
A CARD. Having purchased the entire furniture stock at this place, I feel it my duty to let the public know a few facts in regard to what I am going to do, and not going to do.
1. I will endeavor to keep on hand a well assorted stock of furniture, and everything else pertaining to the business.
2. To establish and strictly adhere to the one-price system.
3. Prices as low as the lowest.
4. I shall endeavor to sell at the lowest margin possible, strictly for cash or its equivalent.
In strictly adhering to the above rules, I shall not hesi­tate to solicit the public patronage.
                                                             P. PEARSON.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 24, 1878.
NOTICE the new advertisement of Peter Pearson, the new furniture man, and then drop into his store room opposite the Cowley County Bank, and see what a nice lot of bedsteads, bu­reaus, stands, chairs, lounges, and all kinds of parlor and kitchen furniture he has.
All kinds of goods: Parlor, Chamber, Office and Kitchen Furniture of all Descriptions.
Picture frames made to order. All orders neatly executed by practical cabinet maker. Satisfaction guaranteed. Call and see my stock and examine prices. Latest style of Children’s carriages. Coffins always on hand or made to order. P. PEARSON.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 15, 1878.
REMEMBER, my new stock of furniture has arrived. Everybody can enjoy the luxury of a rocking chair at the low price of $1.60 each. Call and see for yourself before they are all gone. P. PEARSON.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 31, 1878.

FURNITURE. Some of the most handsome furniture setts to be seen anywhere can now be seen at the furniture room of Peter Pearson. A new lot came in again last Monday.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 18, 1878.
From now to January 1st, furniture will be sold at reduced prices. P. PEARSON.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 25, 1878.
MARRIED. At Arkansas City, Dec. 19th, 1878, Peter Pearson to Miss Hattie Wilson.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 9, 1879.
ORGANS. If you want a good Piano Organ, at manufacturer’s price from $65 to $100.00, call on P. Pearson. 2 week test trial; instru­ment warranted 6 years.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 9, 1879.
What is the use of sitting around on nail kegs and whittled down store boxes when you can buy a half dozen chairs at Pearson’s for $3.50.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 30, 1879.
Peter Pearson is selling furniture cheaper than any other dealer in the county.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 18, 1879.
Editor Traveler: Allow me a few words to say that you was misinformed in regard to the Davis Family being charged double hall rent. I charged John Davis my regular rate $5.00, but not knowing exactly what he wanted to do he left, and as far as the colored troupe concern, I will just say this—that I believe they have just as much right as any body else—and by the way they paid the hall rent ($5.00) without grumbling. They live at our county seat, and have organized a brass band, hence they gave entertainments in order to raise money to buy their instruments. If we are Republicans, let us be Republicans all over. P. PEARSON.
We fail to see what Peter’s hall or the colored band has to do with the Republican party.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 13, 1879.
Messrs. Daniels & Kirtley will open a new photographic studio next week, in the room over Pearson’s furniture store.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 27, 1879.
For Rent. A large front office for rent over Furniture store.  P. PEARSON.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 24, 1879.
The party who stole the hive of bees from Peter Pearson’s yard has been discovered, but on account of friends, his name is withheld for the present from publication. If this trick is immediately settled, the history of the case will end here.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 24, 1879.
From the number of coffins that Peter Pearson imported last Saturday night, we were almost inclined to the opinion that he had a design on some neighborhood. We don’t wish our enterpris­ing undertaker any bad luck, but we hope he will live to see everyone of those boxes rot above ground.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 14, 1880.
The M. E. social meets at the residence of Peter Pearson this evening.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 24, 1880.
CASH ACCOUNT. Amount of cash received by the City Clerk since March 15th, 1879, to March 14th, 1880, both inclusive.
Feb. 6, 1880: Peter Pearson, bal. due on coffin, James Morgan, City Marshal: $4.75.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 12, 1880.
1000 feet of picture molding just received at P. Pearson’s.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 4, 1880.
Peter Pearson has now in stock the first metallic cases for mortuary purposes ever brought to our city.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 25, 1880.
Dr. McCoy, of Pawnee Agency, has just been married, and purchased some fine furniture of Peter Pearson. That’s what made Peter so busy and smiling last Monday. Such is life.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 25, 1880.
Mr. O. Nilson, a nephew of Peter Pearson, just from the southern part of Sweden, astonished his relative by putting in an appearance last Saturday. We are glad to see him, but have not had a chance to get acquainted yet, as he “no speak English.”
Arkansas City Traveler, November 10, 1880.
WANTED. Corn husks at P. Pearson’s Furniture Store.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1880.
The Methodist folks will have a Christmas tree for the children of their Sabbath school on next Friday evening, December 24. A merry time is guaranteed, and a cordial invitation extend­ed to all. Committee On Decorating Tree: Mr. and Mrs. Hill, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Speers, Mrs. Stevenson, Mrs. Pearson, Mrs. T. C. Warren, Mrs. Snyder, Mrs. Russell, Mrs. Pickering, Mrs. Christian, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Endicott, Mr. and Mrs. Perry.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 23, 1881.
Peter Pearson, the furniture man, comes to the front with a new “ad” this week. In addition to his large stock of household furniture, he is now agent for the new Home sewing machine, one of the best of these very necessary housekeeping articles manu­factured. Call and see him.
KING OF ALL! THE LIGHT RUNNING - NEW HOME! A model of simplicity, strength and beauty. Never gets out of order. Agents wanted. Pattern of perfection. Makes no noise. Does not fatigue the operator. Johnson, Clark & Co., 30 Union Square, New York City. - Orange, Mass. For durability, simplicity and capacity it is unexcelled. It is exceedingly handsome; working parts are of steel, case hardened; the “lost motion” can be taken up in every part. Every machine warranted for five years. For sale by
                          PETER PEARSON, Furniture Store, Arkansas City, Kansas.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 25, 1881.
                                                       IT IS TOWN TALK
That Peter Pearson’s is the place to go for furniture of every description.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 7, 1881.
The old reliable furniture man comes to the front this week with a new “ad,” in which he states what he can do for his many patrons in the future. Call and see that nobby new lot of parlor, office, chamber, and kitchen furniture he is receiving for the fall trade.
AD:                                    1871                                        1881
                                                             P. PEARSON,

                                              Mattresses, Curtains, Mirrors, etc.
                                                    -A LARGE STOCK OF-
                              METALLIC AND WOOD CASKETS AND CASES
                                                      ALWAYS ON HAND.
                                          PRICES AS LOW AS THE LOWEST.
                                                       SIGN: “BIG CHAIR.”
                                   EAST SUMMIT STREET, ARKANSAS CITY,
                                              COWLEY COUNTY, KANSAS.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 28, 1881.
Geo. Cunningham purchased from Peter Pearson last week one of the handsomest sets of parlor furniture ever brought to the city.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 7, 1881.
P. Pearson, our enterprising furniture man, sold a large bill of furniture, including one of the finest chamber suits, to Mr. Daniel Bunnell, of Grouse Creek, last week.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 4, 1882.
P. Pearson sold his farm, five miles northwest of this city, recently, for $1,450 cash. Will Beach, of Beaver Township, was the purchaser, and now owns one of the best farms in that
Arkansas City Traveler, January 25, 1882.
Mr. L. D. Wilson, a brother of Mrs. P. Pearson, who has been prospecting in the Gunnison country for the past two years, we notice, by the Mining News, published at Pitkin, Colorado, has struck it rich, and is a third owner in the Moonlight mine, of which we quote: “This is probably the richest strike ever made in the gold belt, being parallel with the famous Legal Tender, and we congratulate the fortunate owners upon their success.”
Arkansas City Traveler, February 8, 1882.
Headquarters of the Y. M. C. A. are located in the front room over P. Pearson’s furniture store. A reading room will be one of the attractions as soon as the necessary arrangements can be made.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 8, 1882.
BIRTH. Peter Pearson’s residence was invaded last week by a little stranger of the female persuasion, and, of course “way up” doesn’t near express his feelings of joy at the event.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 15, 1882.
Peter Pearson has purchased an $800 Hearse.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 1, 1882.
Peter Pearson returned to this city from St. Louis last Thursday, and says he has the largest stock of furniture, of every description, ever brought to the city, which for style, quality, and price, can’t be beat.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 15, 1882.
A deed was filed Monday from Peter Pearson to Geo. and Wm. Beach, conveying 160 acres in Beaver Township for $1,450.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 15, 1882.

To Whom It May Concern. It having been rumored that the stores of Peter Pearson and Wolfe & Harnly are one business, and owned by Mr. Pearson, this is to certify that such is not the case, and that we, and we only, are the sole owners of the Furniture Store south of C. R. Sipes’s. W. P. Wolfe and A. H. Harnly. Arkansas City, March 14th, 1882.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 22, 1882.
Don’t forget to look at the Daisey Suite at Peter Pearson’s upper show rooms.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 29, 1882.
Marshall & Thompson, of the Star Livery and Feed Stables, will furnish teams, etc., to Peter Pearson’s $800 hearse, which put in its appearance last Saturday. They say they will “tote the deaders” in the most approved style of the art.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 29, 1882.
The Ark. City Fire Co. meets tonight at Pearson’s Hall for the purpose of nominating officers. Every member turn out. Candidates for membership should hand in their names tonight.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 26, 1882.
Mr. D. C. Welsh, of McPherson, Kansas, with his wife and sister, are in the city visiting their friends, Mr. and Mrs. Peter Pearson. Mr. Welsh came to the city for the purpose of examining our water works as his town thinks of adopting some­thing of the same kind.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 10, 1882.
Peter Pearson, the pioneer furniture man, says he has sold more bureaus in the last six weeks than in the two years past. That’s good.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 7, 1882.
BABY CARRIAGES. New carriages received at P. Pearson’s.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 12, 1882.
We understand that P. Pearson has secured the contract for furnishing the new hotel now in course of erection on Summit St. by A. A. Newman.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 12, 1882.
COMING. This Month Two Car Loads of Furniture. Must be sold cheap to make room for the Third. P. Pearson.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 19, 1882.
Two carloads of furniture were received by Peter Pearson last week.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 19, 1882.
Peter Pearson put a stone sidewalk in front of his Furniture Emporium last week.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 26, 1882.
P. Pearson has the boss sidewalk.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 2, 1882.
PICTURE FRAMES. Having bought a machine of the latest and most improved pattern for making picture frames, am prepared to make picture frames at a moment’s notice. Satisfaction guaranteed. P. Pearson.


Arkansas City Traveler, August 9, 1882.

Peter Pearson still keeps to the front in furniture. The wholesale department is rapidly becoming a prominent feature of his business.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 30, 1882.
Mrs. Peter Pearson has our thanks for a sample of the finest honey we have seen in a long time. The comb is of a beautiful color and filled with honey of the finest flavor. It was a portion of the product of Mrs. Pearson’s initial year as a bee keeper.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 30, 1882.
We had the pleasure last Monday of meeting Dr. J. M. Wright, late of Burdenville. The Dr. has rented a residence of Wm. Rose and an office of Peter Pearson and expects this week to move his family here and take up his residence permanently with us. He will devote himself to the practice of medicine; and being a gentleman of pleasant address and much experience, he will doubtless receive a large patronage from our people.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 6, 1882.
Mr. George Nance, of Maple City, is engaged in Peter Pearson’s Furniture Store.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 6, 1882.
Peter Pearson, as usual, is kept busy, not the least part of his trade being the wholesaling of furniture to the county seat.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 13, 1882.
Peter Pearson has rented the rooms over his store to Mr. Baker, who is temporarily occupying them as a residence.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 27, 1882.
Peter Pearson, last week, wholesaled furniture to Winfield men to the amount of $325. How is that for the Terminus?
Arkansas City Traveler, September 27, 1882.
Won’t Rest. Peter Pearson says he won’t rest until he has put one of his elegant Bureaus in every house, shanty, and dug-out, in Cowley, Sumner, and Harper counties.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 13, 1882.
Mrs. Nellie Wilson, of Pueblo, Colorado, is in the city visiting her sister-in-law, Mrs. Peter Pearson.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 27, 1882.
Peter Pearson has in contemplation the erection of an “Alli­gator” in his store, at least so he informs us.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 24, 1883.
Peter Pearson, our live furniture dealer, last week wholesaled a large bill of goods for the Wellington trade.
We printed the first one thousand shipping tags ever printed in Arkansas City last week. They were for Peter Pearson, and will be used in labeling furniture sold by him to the merchants of our sister cities.
Peter Pearson now has his “Alligator” under full control, and says he (his Alligator) is now prepared to convey intending purchasers of furniture from the cellar to the roof with neatness and dispatch.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

1871 - 1883. P. Pearson, wholesale and retail dealer in all kinds of FURNITURE, MATTRESSES, CURTAINS, MIRRORS, etc. A large stock of metallic and wood caskets and cases always on hand. Prices as low as the lowest. Sign “Big Chair,” East Summit Street, Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kansas.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.
The Wellingtonian doesn’t like the idea of Peter Pearson’s wholesaling furniture to Wellington so it copies the following item and then kicks as below:
“Peter Pearson, our live furniture dealer, last week, wholesaled a large bill of goods for the Wellington trade. ARKANSAS CITY TRAVELER.”
Ah!  Yes, we noticed one of our second-hand men come in with an old mattress and wash-stand, and wondered then, where he had made the raise. It now seems that he wholesaled it at Arkansas City.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 4, 1883.
Peter Pearson reports the wholesale furniture trade to be booming.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 18, 1883.
New Parlor Furniture upstairs in Peter Pearson’s upholstering department.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 9, 1883.
Messrs. Allen & Braggins are the most busy men around town just now. They are now painting residences or stores for the following gentlemen: Messrs. Barrett, Pearson, Rarick, Holloway & Fairclo, Grady, Canfield, J. Hill, Lugin, Stanton, Barron, T. J. Gilbert, and H. Godehard, to say nothing of lots of paperhanging, kalsomining, etc.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 30, 1883.
Peter Pearson received two car loads of furniture last week, and is now busily engaged in disposing of the same in his usual rapid style.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 11, 1883.
Mr. Peter Pearson is much improving the appearance of his residence by the erection of an elegant picket fence. Pete has succeeded in devising a fence that is just a little different from anything else in town.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 1, 1883.
Peter Pearson has added a telephone to his furniture establishment. His patrons at Geuda and Salt City will make a note thereof.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 1, 1883.
BUREAUS. A carload of Bureaus only will be here in a few weeks and in order to make room for them, I will offer furniture at astonishing low prices till that time. P. Pearson.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 8, 1883.
Peter Pearson supplies the furniture for the new addition to the Leland House.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 8, 1883.
NEW STYLES. Among the novelties in Bedroom suits this season at Pearson’s Furniture Store are the new style toilet washstands. They are elegant. Call and see them.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 12, 1883.
The TRAVELER job office last week furnished Peter Pearson, our furniture man, with an elegant lot of letter heads.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 3, 1883.

Johnston & Hill received a car load of furniture this week, the first complete car load that was ever seen in this county. A car load of furniture is not quite as large as the Brettun house nor quite as big a show as Cole’s circus, but it is something enormous, nevertheless, and a small show in itself. Telegram.
We congratulate our county seat neighbors on this near approach to metropolitan proportions in their business affairs, but at the same time would beg leave to set them right on a point of minor importance. Our old reliable furniture man, P. Pearson, has only received ten complete car loads of this useful commodity this year, much of which has been jobbed out to Winfield parties. Two more car loads are now on the way, and if your present mammoth supply ever runs out, Peter is ever ready to “lend a kind, helping hand to the poor.”
Arkansas City Traveler, October 17, 1883.
Messrs. Canfield & Tate have the contract for the erection of G. W. Cunningham’s new building just south of Pearson’s furniture store. These gentlemen have completed several large contracts in this city already with credit to themselves, and this will add one more to their list.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 17, 1883.
NEW FURNITURE. Having received three car loads of furniture in the past two weeks, I am now prepared to sell the same at way down prices. Call and examine them at P. Pearson’s.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 17, 1883.
BEDSTEADS. A line of Bedsteads from an eastern factory, all hard word, superior finish, at bedrock prices at P. Pearson’s.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 31, 1883.
Among our business notices will be found an advertisement of money lost by Mr. Cyrus Wilson on last Monday. Mr. Wilson is an old man, and a hard worker, and can ill afford to lose this money. Therefore, it is to be hoped that the money has been found by an honest man who will return it and receive the reward.
Ad. LOST! On Monday, October 29, about 1 o’clock, between Peter Pearson’s residence and the Chicago lumber yard, $50 in Bills (four $10 bills and two $5 bills). Finder will please leave it at the TRAVELER office, and receive reward. Cyrus Wilson.
Arkansas City Traveler, Supplement, December 12, 1883.
Our furniture man, Peter Pearson, has now in stock the new breakfast and extension tables. They are beauties, and must be seen to be appreciated.
Ad. The New Patent breakfast and extension tables, which are conceded to be the best thing out, can be bought at P. Pearson’s.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 27, 1884.
Baby Carriages! A complete line of elegant baby carriages just received. Prices to suit all. P. Pearson.
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.
                                      One of those who signed request: P. Pearson.
Arkansas City Republican, April 19, 1884.
On Thursday afternoon Peter Pearson’s stable, in the southeastern part of the city, and its entire contents, consisting of a fine hearse, some coffins, harness, etc., were fatally destroyed by fire. The fire from the stable caught his ice house and it was also destroyed. The loss is from $900 to $1,000; no insurance. The fire is supposed to have been caused by some boys playing with matches. Some persons arrived at the fire in time to have saved the contents of the stable if they had known how to open the door and that the articles were there. The hearse will be replaced at once. Mr. Pearson extends his thanks to those assisting in keeping the fire from other buildings.
Arkansas City Republican, April 19, 1884.
During the fire Thursday afternoon Peter Pearson’s hogs strayed away. Anyone finding them will please to notify him.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 23, 1884.
Barn Burned. Last Thursday afternoon our citizens were startled by the cry of “Fire!” and the dense column of smoke seen in the southeastern part of town convinced everybody that there was something in it. It proved to be the barn of Peter Pearson, our furniture man. His little boy, aged some five or six years, had raked together a lot of rubbish in the alley at the rear of the stable, and was having a “camp fire,” as he afterwards explained; but, unfortunately it got beyond his control, and almost before the lad knew it the fire had communicated itself to the stable. Inside the stable were some coffins, a fine hearse, some harness, and other articles of less value, all of which were complete destroyed, making a total loss of about $1,000. A very high wind was prevailing at the time, and for half an hour the chances seemed favorable for a general conflagration in that neighborhood, which however was prevented by the strenuous efforts of the crowd. A small stable belonging to Mr. Eddy was burned, and considerable fencing was either burned or destroyed, which is the extent of the damages. Mr. Pearson’s loss is complete, as he carried no insurance. He has ordered a new hearse, which will be here in a couple of weeks.
Peter Pearson says he can stand the loss of his barn, the burning of his valuable hearse, and other property; but when he was asked to pay 25 cents for a barrel of water said to have been thrown on the burning building, he was all broke up, and we don’t wonder at it.
The fire of last week powerfully urges the necessity of an efficient system of water works in the city. The supply of water upon an emergency of this kind is conspicuous by its absence and in the case of the above fire, it was only by the merest luck in the way of location and direction of the wind that prevented an appalling destruction of property.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 7, 1884.
Ad. Strayed. From my premises since April 17, two 50 pound shoats. A reward will be given for their recovery. Peter Pearson.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 21, 1884.
Peter Pearson is expecting his new hearse every day now, and tells us it is the finest one yet shipped to Kansas. This speaks well for Mr. Pearson’s enterprise.

Arkansas City Republican, May 31, 1884.
Charles C. Maxey has opened a fruit and lunch stand between the Leland and Pearson’s furniture store.
Arkansas City Republican, June 14, 1884.
Peter Pearson’s new hearse is one of the finest in the west.
Arkansas City Republican, June 21, 1884.
Peter Pearson has a new sign painted by T. E. Braggins.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 15, 1884.
                                                   Facts Worth Remembering.
Remember that nothing succeeds like success.
Remember that energy, experience, and hard cash will win once more.
Remember that Peter Pearson has the largest and best assorted stock of furniture in the Arkansas Valley.
Remember that Peter Pearson is the only one in this section of the country that sells exclusively solid seat chairs with fancy front: awarded first premium.
Remember if Peter Pearson sells you a piece of furniture and it is not as represented, your money will be cheerfully refunded.
Remember that Peter Pearson has been here as long as the town has been here, and is bound to stay and see the end of it if he lives.
Remember that Peter Pearson is not selling out at cost, because he is bound to stay with you, but is prepared to discount any “closing out” prices or “at cost” prices you ever heard of, and still give you a better article.
Remember that this is not exactly a cyclone nor merely a strong wind, but facts that are substantiated every day, and the Almighty Dollar is at the bottom of it, for applied at the right moment, it acts like a magic wand that long-time buyers have no idea of.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 5, 1884.
Read P. Pearson’s specials on the common sense curtain.
Common Sense Curtain Fixture. The most perfect Curtain Fixture made. The curtain can be let down from the top to any desired point, giving light or ventilation without exposing the room or its occupants, answering the double purpose of an inside blind and a window curtain. It is easily put up, and the entire curtain can be removed and again replaced on the window in a moment. It cannot wear out and is not liable to get out of order. Fixtures are neat in appearance. The finish is an attractive copper bronze; or if desired, we furnish nickel or copper like cord holders. The best thing out. For sale only by PETER PEARSON.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 5, 1884.
                                                            A Sad Accident.

DIED. Last Thursday night a most deplorable accident occurred near the Santa Fe depot in this city, by which a bright young life was frightfully and suddenly ended. Little Phillip A. Huff, adopted son of Mr. and Mrs. Archie Dunn, about 9 years of age, was playing with several of his companions a game known as “Blank Lilo,” [?] a game requiring running and hiding. Phillip, in running from his playmates, ran under a freight car, coming out on the other side. The boys called to him to come back, as they were going home for the night, it being about 9 o’clock. No answer coming from Phillip, his comrades supposed he had gone up about the depot, and they came home, without him. An hour later his little body was found lying across a tie of the tracks, completely severed just below the chest. He had evidently crawled back under a car, with the purpose of watching the movements of the other boys, not knowing that an engine was attached to the train, or, boy like, thinking he could scramble out in time to escape all danger. But the result proves on what a slender thread hangs human life, for the train started suddenly, and instead of going forward, it backed, the two front wheels passing over the unfortunate boy’s body, mercilessly crushing him to instant death. When found his little right arm was lying, mangled, across his breast, as though self-preservation had asserted itself even in his youthful mind and in the short time in which he had to act, causing him to attempt to ward off the heavy car. As soon as the accident was made known, friends removed the body to Pearson’s undertaking rooms, where it was prepared for the burial the next day. The following morning a coroner’s jury was impaneled, consisting of J. W. Hutchison, Jas. Benedict, Ed. G. Gray, P. Wyckoff, T. V. McConn, and Charles Bryant, who rendered a verdict in accordance with the above facts.
This sad death should carry a lesson to all parents whose children are in the habit of playing around the depot at night, during the switching of the freight train. No blame can be attached to railroad authorities or employees, for the children become familiar with danger and are utterly oblivious of its presence. Parents should see to it that their children do not make a practice of playing about the cars, and fewer accidents will happen. The men at the depot have reportedly notified boys to keep away, and have even threatened their arrest, but it is at home that the work is to be done.
The funeral services of the deceased were held Friday morning at the residence of Mr. Dunn, after which the friends proceeded to Parker Cemetery, east of the Walnut River, where the body was laid to rest.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 3, 1884.
Ad. CAR LOAD FURNITURE AND HOLIDAY GOODS, just received at P. Pearson’s.
Arkansas City Republican, December 13, 1884.
P. Pearson received two carloads of furniture last week for the holiday trade. You may wander from basement to the roof in Peter’s establishment and you will find nothing but furniture, and a handsome stock it is too.
Arkansas City Republican, December 20, 1884.
                                                        ARKANSAS CITY.
                                  Her Business Firms and Their Establishments.

P. PEARSON. What is there more appropriate for a present at this season of the year than a handsome parlor set, bed room suit, or something that is substantial, besides beautifying your home. For the holidays Mr. Pearson has received almost three carloads of furniture. He buys directly from the manufacturer and pays spot cash. In this way he is enabled to sell goods cheaper than anyone else. Mr. Pearson has been in the furniture business for a long time in Arkansas City. His present establishment is growing entirely too small for his increasing patronage. He has the basement chock full, the business room so full that you cannot turn around without jostling against furniture, and the upstairs so full that you are unable to get your head in the doorway. All this furniture Mr. Pearson has purchased for his customers during the holidays and mark our words, Peter will get rid of it and don’t you forget it. Pictures he has in endless variety, and everything in a first-class furniture store. Kind readers, you cannot afford to allow the holidays to pass by without visiting Peter Pearson’s furniture store.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 24, 1884.
Peter Pearson, our enterprising furniture man, has been kept busy lately plying one of his numerous occupations—this time as a taxidermist. He has prepared lately a number for different parties in a superior manner.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 31, 1884.
Christmas Tree. Nothing is more pleasant and enjoyable than to see the fathers and mothers gather their young brood under their wing, as it were, and, by contributing to their enjoyment, at the same time teach them lessons which will not soon be forgotten. Gathering them around the fireside and in the old style, now, alas, almost forgotten, give the children the pleasure of a Christmas Tree of their own. These remarks were suggested by the sight of the eager faces and expectant looks of the children of Peter Pearson and Charlie Balcom, Christmas Day. They were amply repaid for the anxious time they spent previous to the unveiling of the tree, by the beautiful tree and presents then revealed. It is needless to say that the children were wild with delight, and their innocent joy communicated a part of itself to the sedate and orderly elders—who skipped and danced with them to their hearts content. Some very elegant presents were on the tree for the elder ones, for instance, a handsome office desk for Charles Balcom and a $50 gold headed cane for old Mr. Wilson, Mrs. Pearson’s father. No happier time could be enjoyed and the children, after feasting on the goodies to their repletion, retired to dream of the good things that night, as they doubtless will for many nights to come.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 11, 1885.
Councilmen Perhaps. To the list of men who would make good reliable councilmen, published in a former issue, we add the following names, whose strength is known.
2nd WARD. V. M. Ayres, P. Pearson, Archie Dunn, John Landes, E. D. Eddy.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 18, 1885.
Miss Fannie Peterson, of Oswego, Kansas, who graduated in music last fall at Emporia, arrived in the city Friday last. She intends teaching music to such as may wish instruction, and can be found at the residence of P. Pearson.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 11, 1885.
Miss Fannie Peterson received an elegant upright Grand piano yesterday, which she places at the service of her pupils. Miss Fannie is a thorough musician, a good instructor, and is meeting with the success she deserves. With the addition of this fine instrument, she will doubtless have many more applications. She can be found at the residence of P. Pearson on Fifth street.
Arkansas City Republican, March 14, 1885.
Miss Fannie Peterson, the music instructress who is stopping at Peter Pearson’s residence, received her elegant Grand upright piano Monday from Colorado. This will be a rare treat for Miss Peterson’s pupils, of whom she has quite a number.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

Ad. HEAD STANDS. A line of head stands from an eastern factory, all hard wood, superior finish, at bedrock prices at P. Pearson.
Arkansas City Republican, April 4, 1885.
Judge Pyburn for Mayor. The following is explanatory within itself.
HON. A. J. PYBURN, We, the undersigned, citizens of Arkansas City, Kansas, herein respectfully request and urge the use of your name as a candidate for the office of mayor and pledge you our best support. [P. Pearson was one of those who made request.]
Arkansas City Traveler, June 10, 1885.
The City Council met in adjourned meeting on Monday evening, the mayor and Councilmen Thompson, Dean, Dunn, Hight, and Bailey present. One of the bills acted on: Peter Pearson, chairs and table for council chamber, $17.75, allowed.
      Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 12, 1885.
The city council met in regular session Monday evening with Mayor Schiffbauer, Councilmen Prescott, Davis, Hight, Dean, and Dunn present, and Hill and Bailey absent.
County bill of Peter Pearson, coffins, etc., $36.; approved.
Arkansas City Republican, September 19, 1885.
Peter Pearson has just received two car-loads of furniture.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 30, 1885.
Peter Pearson has added two carloads of carefully selected furniture to his large stock, and is now prepared to furnish private families and hotels with an outfit of household goods of the best quality and at the lowest prices.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 30, 1885.
New Trade Device. Peter Pearson called the attention of this local to a new device which will tend to revolutionize an important branch of trade. It is a neat mahogany box, without top or bottom, and lined on all sides with plate glass. This simple contrivance is called a carpet exhibitor, and covers about 28 inches of square surface. Laid upon a pattern, the reflectors carry the eye over a large vista of carpet in all directions, and enables the observer to judge how a room carpet will look when laid down. With this exhibitor and a few dozen patterns a yard long, the dealer can display a stock representing thousands of dollars, and the necessity of a spacious carpet room is obviated.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 10, 1885.
Peter Pearson, that enterprising furniture man, showed a representative of the REPUBLICAN a valuable invention Wednesday. It was a carpet exhibitor. It is used for showing how carpets will appear when down in a room from samples. It is large enough to exhibit any design of carpet. The exhibitor is composed of mirrors arranged on the inside of a handsome walnut frame about 28 inches square and a foot deep. It makes the sample displayed appear as large as a full sized carpet spread in a room.
Arkansas City Republican, October 10, 1885.

A New Idea in Carpets. The inhabitants of this place and vicinity have long felt the necessity of having a large and better assortment of carpets. That want is now fully supplied. Having secured the exclusive use of the Patent Carpet Exhibitor, a wonderful invention, which from a half yard sample will show the pattern perfectly matched on a very large room, giving every figure its proper proportion and color (from the combination of reflections). Come and see the great novelty. And having also made arrangements with one of the largest wholesale carpet houses in St. Louis (with a large line of samples from them), you can get a city assortment to select from embracing many grades and numerous new and choice patterns (some private patterns), such as are generally only kept in large city stores. This plan offers a decided advantage over competitors, as there is no expense carrying stock, allowing the goods to be sold at a less profit than any dealer can selling from the piece. You get what suits you, and are not obliged to buy old patterns or cullings. If you want a carpet, do not fail to call and see this large assortment. It can be had for you on short notice; you can have it made and made right (sewed), if you wish. PETER PEARSON.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 14, 1885.
Carpet Exhibitor. The people of Arkansas City now have the advantage of securing their carpets from a large and excellent assortment. Having secured the exclusive use of the Patent Carpet Exhibitor, a most ingenious device, I can display by means of a half yard sample, a perfectly matched pattern of dimensions sufficient to cover a public hall, giving every figure its proper proportions and color. This is obtained by the mirrors which reflect the pattern exhibited on every side. Having made arrangements with one of the largest wholesale carpet houses in St. Louis, and procured from them a large line of samples, the people of this city can now select from a stock kept by a metropolitan house, thus having a choice offered them far superior, in extent and variety, to that of any local dealer. This gives a great advantage over competitors, as there is no expense incurred in carrying a heavy stock, and thus a lighter margin of profit is imposed on the purchaser. You can select what suits your taste and have the carpet fitted and sewed for hall or room as you desire. Purchasers are requested to give us a call. Respectfully, PETER PEARSON.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 21, 1885.
Peter Pearson will move his furniture stock into D. Brunswick’s store in a few days, where he will have room to display goods which in his present confined quarters are covered with the dust of ages. He has deferred rebuilding till next spring.
Arkansas City Republican, October 24, 1885.
Peter Pearson has rented the north room in the Commercial Block, formerly occupied by D. Brunswick, and will soon occupy it with his mammoth stock of furniture. When Mr. Pearson gets fixed up in his new quarters, he will have the largest and best furniture establishment in Southern Kansas.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 28, 1885.
AD. REMOVAL! Finding my own store inadequate to display my new and extensive stock of FURNITURE, I have removed to the north store of the Commercial Block (formerly occupied by D. Brunswick), where there is more room to exhibit my goods.
THE PUBLIC is respectfully invited to call at my new quarters, and look over the most elegant and best assorted stock of Household Goods ever offered for sale in this city. The lines of goods are too numerous to mention in detail, but I am prepared to outfit all classes from the laborer to the millionaire. Prices to Suit the Times. PETER PEARSON.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 18, 1885.
Peter Pearson has rented his former store to Druitt & Beman for a restaurant and lunch room. They will occupy the premises about December 1st.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 18, 1885.
At Home to His Friends. Peter Pearson has completed his removal to his new and elegant quarters, and is now “at home” to his friends. His extensive stock of furniture is displayed to advantage, and purchasers now have an opportunity to select from full lines. He has shipped in several carloads of choice household goods, and he now offers for sale a finer stock of furniture cabinet ware than was ever before offered in this city.
Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.
On Wednesday evening of last week, the schoolmate friends of Miss Nettie Mundweiler gave her a most pleasant surprise party. It was gotten up under the supervision of Misses Thomas and Wilson. The crowd first assembled at the residence of Mr. Pearson, and from there they went to the home of Miss Nettie. As a token of their friendship, a pair of gold bracelets was presented to her, Miss Thomas making the presentation speech. After some two hours of mirthful entertainment, the visitors beat a retreat, all feeling happy to have been a participant in the amusement of the evening.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 9, 1885.
City council met in regular session, on Monday evening, A. D. Prescott in the chair. Councilmen Hill and Thompson were absent.
County bills: Five bills from Peter Pearson for the burial of indigent persons and paupers, itemized as follows. For coffin and interment of J. A. Matinek: $23.50, referred to finance committee. The same for Mrs. Ed. Tyner, $17, allowed. The same for Mrs. M. Ish, $17, referred to finance committee. Ditto Mrs. M. Donnelly, $17, referred to finance committee. Ditto for Will Law and child, $22.25, approved.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 16, 1885.
HOLIDAY GOODS. Just Received Two car loads of choice Holiday Goods especially adapted for Christmas Presents. Rocking Chairs of all sizes, Easy Chairs, Children’s Chairs, and a full line of Hobby Horses. Sofas and Lounges to suit the Purses of all.  P. PEARSON. Commercial Block - Opposite Post Office.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 23, 1885.
Peter Pearson is doing an active holiday trade, his line of goods selected for the present season being extensive and adapted to all trades. He is constantly adding to his large stock of furniture and cabinet ware, and his ample warerooms are filled to repletion.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 23, 1885.
City council met at 7 o’clock on Monday evening, the mayor presiding, all the members present, except Capt. Thompson.
County bills. Peter Pearson, burial of paupers, $50.50; approved.
Arkansas City Republican, January 16, 1886.
DIED. Mrs. Mary Sleeth, wife of W. M. Sleeth, died Tuesday morning at 7 o’clock. The deceased had been ailing for 18 months past from that dreaded disease of consumption. Several weeks ago her husband removed her to Cleveland, Ohio, for medical treatment, and it has been only about two weeks since her return home. She was very feeble then, but was better than when she went east. Only the latter part of last week was she taken to her bed, and her demise was more sudden than expected by her friends and relatives.

The funeral took place from the Presbyterian Church Wednesday, January 13, at 10 a.m., and the remains were interred in Riverview Cemetery.
The pall bearers were Drs. Reed and Shepard, T. V. McConn, A. C. Gould, H. P. Farrar, and Peter Pearson.
Arkansas City Republican, March 6, 1886.
Little Miss Fern Pearson has been on the sick list this week, suffering from an attack of pneumo-malaria.
Arkansas City Republican, March 20, 1886.
Baby buggies; a larger lot than was ever brought into Southern Kansas before, at Pearson’s and at low prices.
Arkansas City Republican, March 20, 1886.
Three car loads of furniture just received at Pearson’s Mammoth Store for the spring trade.
Arkansas City Republican, April 24, 1886.
P. Pearson has just added to his large stock of furniture a new and valuable household article. As the warm season approaches, Mr. Pearson desires all housekeepers to know of the valuable invention he has in store for them. It is a refrigerator. It is different from any we have seen, and must be seen to be appreciated. Mr. Pearson warrants these refrigerators to become 5 degrees colder than any other made.
Arkansas City Republican, April 24, 1886.
Peter Pearson received a carload of furniture Thursday. Another is expected in Monday.
Arkansas City Republican, May 8, 1886.
The Y. M. C. A. bought 150 chairs for their hall from Peter Pearson.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, August 11, 1886.
Baby Carriages. I have the largest line of baby carriages in stock that was ever brought to this city. Come and examine them. All tastes and all sized purses can be suited. Peter Pearson.
Arkansas City Republican, May 15, 1886.
Peter Pearson takes time by the forelock and purchases a town lot of J. L. Andrews in Maple City, ere the boom begins at that thriving town. Mr. Pearson will erect a building there, and open a branch store of his large furniture establishment in Maple City.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 7, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
Miss M. A. White, who is a pupil of Prof. Robuski, and who has studied for the past two years under the best St. Louis and Chicago artists, will receive orders for crayon Portraits. A sample of her work has been placed in the windows of Peter Pearson’s furniture store, Commercial block. For terms or further information, call at the residence of Dr. S. B. Parsons.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 25, 1886.
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Arkansas City Traveler, September 8, 1886.
Bargains in Furniture. Having bought out the furniture stock of W. P. Wolfe, and thus filled up my store to its full capacity, I now offer bargains for thirty days in order to reduce my stock to make room for a heavy invoice of fall goods. Come and select from a full line of household goods, and avail yourselves of an opportunity to secure bargains.
                                                        PETER PEARSON.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 22, 1886.
Peter Pearson left for St. Louis on Monday to buy a big stock of furniture for the fall trade.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 25, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
Mr. H. T. Roberts and lady, P. Pearson, and Mr. Hardway and lady were among the many excursionists who took advantage of the cheap rate to St. Louis exposition via Frisco this morning.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 25, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
If you want to buy a bill of furniture to be delivered 5 or 10 years from now, Peter Pearson will fill the bill.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 25, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
If you want to look up your business transaction with Peter Pearson five or ten years ago, just go in and consult his books. He is always at his post when wanted.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 25, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
Hard labor is the price of high excellence; merit is a guarantee of success. Eternal vigilance is the price of success in the furniture business. Peter Pearson is the living exemplification of eternal vigilance. HE SELLS furniture.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 25, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
SOLID ROCK. Like unto the tide waters which goes and comes, are the furniture men of late years. Their force is hurled against the rock with all the power and devices, but the rock is immovable. Cling to the rock if you want to save money. P. PEARSON.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 29, 1886.
Peter Pearson returned on last Monday from his purchasing trip to St. Louis and Chicago.
Arkansas City Republican, October 16, 1886.
Schtop a Leedle!! Berhaps you peen going for dot ciddy of Argansas Ciddy to look at dot vurnidure peesness alreddy. Vell, I talks mit you about dot. You und your vrow goom in mine blace by dot Lelandt House and Newman’s stchore by dot stchreet across mit der Bost office, und I shows you vurnidure as is vurnidure. NO SCHODDY GOO,S On dot blace by Chimminee, und I sells you dot stchuff yoost so scheap as neffer vas, you pet! A vord mit wise vas blenty. Dot Peter Pearson, VURNITURE MAN. In Gommershal Block.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 23, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
Peter Pearson is busy unpacking a carload of furniture just received this week, consisting of beds and suits that for design and artistic finish surpasses anything that has ever been shown in this city.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 13, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.

Yesterday George Druitt purchased the business lot of Peter Pearson next to Cunningham’s implement establishment. The consideration was $9,000. Mr. Pearson immediately made the purchase of the Leland Hotel property of J. L. Huey. He gave $16,000 for it. F. J. Hess made the sale.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 3, 1886.
It will be well for our citizens to lock their stable doors before their harness is stolen. Ira Barnett, Peter Pearson, and T. H. McLaughlin have been visited by barn thieves, the two first losing a single harness each and the last named a double harness. The robbery from Mr. Barnett was perpetrated at broad day light, a young son of Mr. Barnett, seeing a gray haired, elderly man enter the barn and come out with a harness thrown over his shoulder, but the youth supposing the stranger’s visit to be legitimate, made no opposition. It is supposed that these depredations have been committed by one of the campers down by the Walnut.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 3, 1886.
Peter Pearson has put a new delivery wagon on the street.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 17, 1886.
Last week, Geo. A. Druitt bought of Peter Pearson his former furniture stand, paying $9,000 for the house and lot, and Mr. Pearson purchased the two lots adjoining on the north for $16,000. Next spring he will put up a furniture store and factory on the site.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 17, 1886.
Peter Pearson can now be classed among our home manufacturers. He has just turned out a really handsome set of upholstered ware, consisting of sofa, divan, and fauteuil, very tastefully finished, in mahogany frames. He proposes to keep an upholsterer steadily employed on new work. [Fauteuil is an arm chair.]
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 11, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.
Little Miss Fern Pearson is quite sick with pneumonia.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 11, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
Stacks of furniture at Peter Pearson’s.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.
DIED. James Irwin, a wandering, friendless stone mason, whose last stopping place was in Wichita, came to this city a few weeks ago, and put up at the European Restaurant. He was far gone in consumption, and soon after his arrival here, took to his bed. Medical attendance was procured for him and proper care bestowed; but his disease was past the doctor’s aid and on Friday evening he died. Peter Pearson took charge of the remains, and he was buried the following day. The deceased was of Scotch birth and aged about fifty years.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 5, 1887. From Friday’s Daily.
Building Boom Prospective. During the year of 1886 Arkansas City enjoyed a very extensive building boom. Many handsome blocks were built during the year and our citizens as well as visitors thought it would be almost impossible for any city to make a more rapid growth in this direction. But the year of 1887 promises a greater building boom. Schemes are now being agitated and are well under way for the building of several handsome business blocks. We are informed that work will be commenced on several of them within the next 60 days.

The lease on the frame building used as the Leland Hotel expires in March, after which it will be removed and be replaced as above stated. Peter Pearson will also build a business house 25 x 128 feet for his mammoth furniture store. It will be located on the lot next to the Arkansas City bank.
Note: This ends the coverage that I have on Peter Pearson. Years later, in doing some research in the Ponca City Public Library, I found an item that revealed that Peter Pearson moved to Ponca City and became a successful businessman there. MAW



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