Federal Census 1870, Cowley County:
Daniel M. Purdy, 45, married, Born Ohio.
Susan Purdy, 40, married, Born Ohio.
John Purdy, 17, Born Ohio.
Ruth Purdy, 14. Born Ohio.
Catherine Purdy, 11. Born Ohio.
Aaron Purdy, 9. Born Ohio.
Lilly Purdy, 4, Born Indiana.
William Purdy, 2, Born Kansas.
Kansas 1875 Census Creswell Township, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.
Name age sex color Place/birth Where from
D. M. Purdy 49 m w Ohio Indiana
S. T. Purdy 45 f w Ohio Indiana
John Purdy 21 m w Ohio Indiana
Ruth Purdy 18 f w Ohio Indiana
Kate Purdy 17 f w Kentucky Indiana
Aaron Purdy 14 m w Kentucky Indiana
Lillie Purdy 8 f w Indiana Indiana
Wm. Purdy 5 m w Kansas
FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Courier, September 16, 1875.
TO THE VOTERS OF COWLEY COUNTY.
This is to certify that we, whose names are hereto subscribed, do most heartily recommend for our next County Treasurer, FRANK GALLOTTI, who has for the last year and a half faithfully and satisfactorily performed the duties of said office while acting in the capacity of Deputy; and we do hereby further certify that his character during that time has been such as to fully entitle him to the recommendation. The records of said office kept by him, bears ample testimony of his capability and efficiency. We consider him well qualified to fulfill the duties of said office, and therefore cheerfully recommend him to the voters of Cowley County as well worth of their cordial support, and who, if elected, will most faithfully and systematically perform the duties of said office.
D. M. Purdy was one of those who signed the above.
[DISTRICT COURT DOCKET.]
Winfield Courier, March 23, 1876.
CIVIL DOCKET. FIFTH DAY. W. H. H. Maris vs. D. M. Purdy et al.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 29, 1876.
BLACK HILLS. Wm. Berkey, Joseph Rickels, Will. Berkey, Jr., John Purdy, and O. C. Skinner start for the Black Hills this morning.
[COMMUNICATION FROM “CHARLIE”—BLACK HILLS.]
Arkansas City Traveler, June 21, 1876.
CASTLE CITY, WYOMING TERRITORY, May 22nd, 1876.
Grass is good, and horses doing finely. Woolsey, Rickles, and Purdy have gone to Dead Wood; also Gard Kennedy and Jake Cregor, from Sumner County, and Ellert Hedrick, formerly of Winfield.
[NEW YEARS FESTIVAL: M. E. CHURCH.]
Arkansas City Traveler, December 20, 1876.
TABLE COMMITTEE. Mr. & Mrs. Porter, Mrs. Alexander, Mrs. Fitch, Charles Swarts, Harvey Grimes, Mrs. McMullen, Mrs. Wood, Mrs. Wilson, Mrs. Hoffmaster, Mrs. Endicott, Mrs. Collins, Mrs. Lizzie Mitchell, Wm. Gray, Mr. & Mrs. Ward, Mr. & Mrs. Godehard, Mr. & Mrs. Purdy, Mr. & Mrs. T. Mantor, Mrs. Morgan.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 14, 1877.
BORN. To Mr. and Mrs. Purdy, on last Wednesday, a ten-pound boy; as fine a young fellow as the attending physician ever looked upon. Dr. Alexander was the attendant.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 20, 1877.
RETURNED. JOHN PURDY has returned from the Black Hills. We believe he took in Texas on his way back.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 26, 1877.
JOHN PURDY and JIM COFFEY started for Fort Griffin today, after mules.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 31, 1877.
The following are the amounts bid to supply wood two feet in length for the use of the school at this place. The award being made to the lowest bidder, whose name appears on the head of the list.
Jacob Probasco $3.70; Thomas H. Tyner $4.49; D. M. Purdy $4.50; Charles F. Hilton $4.50; C. M. Scott $4.70; W. S. Packard $4.95; Charles Gallert $5.00.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 28, 1877.
A GOOD TIME. Mr. Purdy invited in the neighbors last week to a husking bee, and husked three hundred bushels of corn. In the evening a party assembled and amused themselves with talking and dancing.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 24, 1878.
Mr. and Mrs. Gillis, Mrs. Swickard, and Miss Kate Purdy were baptized in the Walnut by Rev. Harvey, last Sunday, near Wright’s ford.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 17, 1879.
RECAP OF COMMITTEE FOR CHRISTMAS TREE AT PARKER SCHOOLHOUSE.
RECEIVING PRESENTS: Miss Effie Kimmel, Miss Mary Parker, Miss Ruth Purdy, Mr. T. B. Hall, Mr. and Mrs. A. Spray.
ARRANGE PRESENTS ON TREE: Mr. and Mrs. Perry, Miss Zadie Parker, Mr. J. B. Tucker, Miss Kate Purdy, Mrs. Lizzie Monroe, Mr. J. N. Huston.
MARSHALS: Mr. F. M. Vaughn, Mr. John Purdy, Mr. G. H. Shearer.
Presents received from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Exercises to commence at 7 p.m. By Order of Committee.
Ruth and Kate Purdy get married...
Arkansas City Traveler, March 3, 1880.
MARRIED. At the residence of the bride’s parents, on the evening of Feb. 25th, 1880, by Rev. W. H. Harris, Mr. Russel L. Cowles and Miss R. E. Purdy.
MARRIED. Also, at the same time and place as noted above, Mr. Delamer P. Francisco and Miss Mary K. Purdy.
Early in the afternoon a large number of friends and acquaintances of the happy contracting parties assembled at the family residence of Daniel Purdy to congratulate the young people upon their pleasant venture in the more real vicissitudes of useful life. A sumptuous repast was set, to which the guests did ample justice. The festivities of the evening passed without anything to mar the pleasures of the occasion. The TRAVELER force were not forgotten, as a bounteous supply of delicious cake bore testimony to that fact.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1880.
All hunting and shooting is strictly forbidden on my farm. D. M. PURDY.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1880.
Editor Traveler: Father Santa Claus has promised and will positively be present at the Christmas tree to be given at the Parker schoolhouse on Christmas eve, in honor of his presence, in consequence of which the following committees have been appointed.
On Arranging the House and Putting Up the Tree: F. M. Vaughn, Jasper Hartsock, Aaron Purdy, Isaac Fitzpatrick.
Committee on Arrangements: Mrs. Murphy, Mrs. Phama Perry, Zadie Parker, John Purdy, D. M. Hunter.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 31, 1881. Editorial Page.
Roll of Old Soldiers.
The following is a list of the Old Soldiers of Creswell Township.
NAME COMPANY REGIMENT RANK
D. M. PURDY C 20 Kentucky Corporal
Arkansas City Traveler, January 4, 1882.
Rose Valley School.
Report of school in District No. 34, for the month ending December 23rd, 1881.
Number of pupils enrolled, 45; number of visitors, 5.
The following list shows the standing of the pupils on a grade of 100.
GRADE A. Maggie Guyer, 75; John Sankey, 85; Aaron Purdy, 85; Joe Maxwell, 85; Lillie Purdy, 97; Ollie Kirkpatrick, 93; Theo. Tucker, 80; Audley McKetrick, 85; Jimmie Hughes, 85, Howard Maxwell, 83.
GRADE B. Hiram Tucker, 75; Hannah Drennan, 80; Willie Purdy, 100; H. T. Hamilton, 70; Nannie Maxwell, 95; Sarepta Tucker, 95; Maggie Kirkpatrick, 95.
SADIE E. PICKERING, Teacher.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 1, 1882.
Report of Rose Valley School, District No. 34, for the month ending January 27th, 1882.
No. of pupils enrolled: 48. No. of visitors: 7.
Pupils: Nannie Maxwell, Emma Locke, Howard Warren, Lillie Purdy, Maggie Guyer, Theo. Tucker, John Drennan, Aaron Purdy, Frank Hughes, John Sankey, Jas. Hughes, Nora S. Drennan, Maggie Kirkpatrick, Henry Burt, Willie Purdy, Willie Maxwell.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 1, 1882.
Report of Rose Valley School, Dist. No. 34, for the month ending Feb. 28th, 1882.
Number of visitors, 2.
Names of those perfect in deportment: Maggie Guyer, Nannie Maxwell, Walter Burt, Willie Maxwell, Cal. Burt, John Warren, Willie Purdy, John Sankey, Bettie Maxwell, Roscoe Hamilton, Aaron Purdy, Hiram Tucker.
Names of those in the A grade who received an average of 80, or more, grading on a scale of 100: Ollie Kirkpatrick, 80; Maggie Guyer, 96; Aaron Purdy, 90; John Drennan, 91; Howard Maxwell, 88; Lillie Purdy, 95; John Sankey, 88; Theo. Tucker, 89.
Grade B, averaging 75 or more: Nannie Maxwell, 93; Hiram Tucker, 76; Hannah Drennan, 94; Willie Purdy, 86; Calvin Burt. 78; B. Kirkpatrick, 80; William Maxwell, 100.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 22, 1882.
Auction sale at D. M. Purdy’s farm March 31, 1892.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 15, 1882.
REPORT OF ROSE VALLEY SCHOOL FOR THE MONTH ENDING NOV. 10. The following pupils have been neither absent nor tardy within the last school month: Bertie Maxwell, Perry Grey, Willie Maxwell, Howard Maxwell, Ross Sankey, John Sankey, Joseph Maxwell, Newt. Kirkpatrick, Mary Fees, Nannie Maxwell, Bessie Kirkpatrick, Mable Kirkpatrick, Emma Locke, John Drennan, Etta Kirkpatrick, Maggie Guyer, Ollie Kirkpatrick, Lillie Purdy, Maggie Kirkpatrick, Johnnie Warren. GEORGE E. WRIGHT, Teacher.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 24, 1883.
Report of the Rose Valley School. The following scholars have been neither absent nor tardy during the month ending January 12th: Perry Grey, Chas. Harrader, George Locke, Newt. Kirkpatrick, William Purdy, John Drennan, Mabel Kirkpatrick, Emma Locke, Beasie Kirkpatrick, Nannie Maxwell, Maggie Kirkpatrick, Effie Rupert, Erta Kirkpatrick, Maggie Guyer, and Lillie Purdy. GEORGE E. WRIGHT, Teacher.
[ROSE VALLEY CORRESPONDENT: “JETTA JAY.”]
Arkansas City Traveler, May 16, 1883.
MARRIED. On Tuesday, May 1st, John Purdy and Mattie Locke were joined in the holy bonds of matrimony by Rev. Harris.
Arkansas City Traveler, Supplement, December 12, 1883.
The following named pupils were perfect in deportment during the third month: Mahlon Arnett, Mollie Duncan, Effie Gilstrap, Laura Gould, Laura Holloway, Minnie Kirtley, Fred McLaughlin, Howard Maxwell, Dora Pearson, Carry Rice, Mountferd Scott, Emma Theaker, Horace Vaughn, Alice Warren, Sarah Crocker, J. C. Endicott, Lizzie Gilbert, Flora Gould, Ida Hackleman, John Kirkpatrick, Minnie McIntire, Jessie Norton, Lillie Purdy, Alvan Sankey, Eva Splawn, Clarence Thompson, Martin Warren, Stella Wilson.
C. T. Atkinson, Teacher.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 26, 1883.
Miss Lillie Purdy and sister, Mrs. R. Francisco, and Mrs. J. Purdy and their two cousins, Miss Belle Taylor, of Denver, Colorado, and Miss Ida Taylor, of St. Louis, will receive calls at the residence of Mr. D. M. Purdy, two miles east of Arkansas City.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 16, 1884.
High School Report.
The following pupils of the High School department were perfect in deportment and received 100 percent.
Mahlon Arnett, Frank Barnett, Ella Crocker, Mary Dakin, Jacob Endicott, Lizzie Gilbert, Flora Gould, John Kirkpatrick, Rose Morse, Fred McLaughlin, Jessie Norton, Dora Pearson, Carrie Rice, Mountferd Scott, Horace Vaughn, Martin Warren, Clarence Thompson, Sarepta Abrams, Sammy Beall, Sarah Crocker, Mollie Duncan, Effie Gilstrap, Laura Gould, Laura Holloway, Eddie Marshall, Minnie McIntire, Howard Maxwell, Robert Nipp, Walter Pickering, Alvan Sankey, Emma Theaker, Edna Worthley, Lida Whitney, Lillie Purdy, Eva Splawn. C. T. ATKINSON, Teacher.
Arkansas City Republican, March 15, 1884.
The following pupils of the high school department were perfect in deportment during the sixth month of the term.
Mahlon Arnett, Cora Armstead, Sammie Beall, Joseph Campbell, Sarah Crocker, D. C. Duncan, Jacob Endicott, Effie Gilstrap, Laura Gould, Ida Hackleman, Richard Hutchins, Alice L. Lane, Eddie Marshall, Minnie McIntire, Howard Maxwell, Birdie Martin, Dora Pearson, Sarepta Abrams, Frank Barnett, Viola Bishop, Ella Crocker, Mary Dakin, Mollie Duncan, Lizzie Gilbert, Eddie Ganes, Flora Gould, Laura Holloway, John Kirkpatrick, Hattie Laird, Rosa Moore, Fred. McLaughlin, Mettie Marbin, Jessie Norton, Walter Pickering, Lillie Purdy, Lloyd Ruby, M. J. Scott, Emma Theaker, Clarence Thompson, Martin Warren, Lida Whitney, Frank Wright, Carrie Rice, Alvan Sankey, Eva Splawn, Frank Theaker, Horace Vaughn, Edna Worthley, Constance Woodin, Frank Wright.
Arkansas City Republican, April 5, 1884.
The following named pupils of the High School were perfect in deportment during the seventh month, and received 100 percent.
Mahlon Arnett, Frank Barnett, Sarah Crocker, D. C. Duncan, J. C. Endicott, Eddie Garris, Flora Gould, Laura Holloway, John Kirkpatrick, Ed. Maxwell, Fred C. McLaughlin, Birdie Martin, Robert Nipp, Lillie Purdy, M. J. Scott, Clarence Thompson, Edna Worthley, Sarepta Abrams, Cora Armstead, Mary Dakin, Mollie Duncan, Lizzie Gilbert, Laura Gould, Ida Hackleman, Richard Hutchins, John Kirkpatrick, Rosa Morse, Howard Maxwell, Birdie Martin, Walter Pickering, Lloyd Ruby, Emma Theaker, H. G. Vaughn, Lida Whitney, Constance Woodin.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 8, 1884.
D. M. Purdy brought in the finest lot of peaches we have seen this season. They are now on exhibition in Snyder & Hutchison’s real estate office.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 6, 1886.
Caution. My son, William, having left my home, and being no longer under my control, this is to caution all persons against trusting him, as I will not be responsible for any debts he may contract. D. M. PURDY. Arkansas City, Jan. 4th, 1886.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 3, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.
Friday night W. A. Purdy and D. P. Francisco will give a ball in Hoyt’s gymnasium. Good music will be furnished. Messrs. Purdy and Francisco will also furnish supper.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 10, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
Today the Fourth is being celebrated in Purdy’s grove east of the city. It is a picnic of the farmers; J. R. Tucker will deliver the oration. Several of our citizens are in attendance.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 4, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
J. R. Purdy, seven miles east of the city, will have a public sale of personal property Friday, September 17.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 11, 1886.
The undersigned will sell at Public Auction at his farm seven miles due east of Arkansas City and one-half mile south of State road, on Friday, September 17, 1886, the following personal property.
Four mares, three two-year-old colts, three yearling colts, one yearling mule, eight milch cows, four have calves and six give milk; two two-year-old heifers, one three-year-old bull; 20 tons of millet hay in stack; 50 tons of prairie hay in stack; one spring wagon, one top buggy; one press drill, 1 Hap. Good sulky plow and lister combined; one self-binder, one mowing machine, one hay-rake, one cultivator, and other farming utensils and household goods. Terms: One year’s time will be given on all sums over $10 at 10 percent interest, bankable note; 10 percent off for cash. Under $10, cash in hand. J. R. PURDY.
Arkansas City Republican, October 30, 1886.
Correspondents. From No. 34. D. M. Purdy’s brother is here on a visit from Kentucky.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 8, 1886.
Roll of Honor. Of the Rose Valley School, District No. 34, for November. Willie Phillips, Charlie Phillips, John Sankey, Willie Maxwell, John Cue, Elbert Maxwell, Frank Requa, James Phillips, Eddie Purdy, Edgar McMaine, Turner Sankey, David Maxwell, Robert Pollock, Wes. Pollock, Samuel Pollock. L. F. Abernethy, Teacher.
The following was published in the October 20, 1898, issue of the Arkansas City Traveler. It was a report presented at the Old Settlers Association meeting.
“Creswell township was one of the original three townships into which the county was divided when it was first organized, March 23, 1870. It embraced the south third of the county. The first orchard was set out by Daniel Purdy in 1870.”