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I. W. Randall

Notes by RKW:
The Winfield census of 1873 lists I. W. Randall, age 23, and his wife, R. C. Randall, age 26.
The Winfield census of 1874 lists I. W. Randall, age 24, and unmarried.
Identifying I. W. Randall has been a big problem.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
I. W. Randall...
Winfield Messenger, August 30, 1872.
Messrs. Smiley & Randall are each building fine residences on Menor’s addition. We don’t know what Mr. Randall is building for but suppose he means business. Two or three other buildings are being erected on Menor’s addition, but we are unable to give the names of the proprietors.
Winfield Messenger, October 25, 1872.
The citizens of school district No. 50 have as fine a schoolhouse as there is in the county—the workmanship of Randall & Smiley of this city.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 13, 1873.
[J. W. SMILEY / I. W. RANDALL]  Address not given.
Winfield Courier, October 2, 1874.
Irving Randall has been very sick for the past month with an abscess. The crisis is past, however, and he is now in a fair way to recover.
Winfield Courier, October 22, 1874.
Dr. Black seems to be taking the lead just now in the surgery business. A few weeks ago he opened what is known as a “lumber” abscess, over the region of the kidneys, on the person of Irving Randall, and again last week he performed another nice operation for the son of Andrew Dawson—an abscess over the jugular vein. Dr. Black’s operations are neat and give entire satisfaction.
Winfield Courier, January 14, 1875.
The carpenters are at work putting the counters and shelving into Sam Myton’s new brick. G. W. Prater and Irv. Randall are doing the work. It is expected that it will be ready for occupa­tion in about four weeks.
Winfield Courier, April 8, 1875.
I. W. Randall, whose marriage notice will be found else­where, bounded into our office yesterday to tell us of his good fortune. We wished him lots of happiness and sich, and Irv. went away satisfied that he had the best wife in the world.
Winfield Courier, April 8, 1875.
MARRIED. RANDALL - WARD. At the residence of the bride’s father, near Winfield, on Sunday, April 4, 1875, by Rev. N. L. Rigby, Mr. Irvin W. Randall and Miss Virulia E. Ward.
Winfield Courier, April 8, 1875.
Marriage License: Irvin W. Randall and Virulia E. Ward.

Winfield Courier, January 6, 1876.
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RANDALL, I. W., shoves the jack-plane and does good work. Try him and see.
I. W. Randall, Winfield...
Winfield Courier, June 1, 1876.
Fourth of July Preparations. Committee on Decoration: Frank Gallotti, John Swain, I. W. Randall, Mary Stewart, Jennie Greenlee, Ada Millington, Mrs. Rigby, Mrs. Mansfield.
Winfield Courier, June 1, 1876.
IRV. RANDALL is building himself a nice residence in the southwest corner of town.
Winfield Courier, September 14, 1876.
For delegates to the Republican convention of the 88th Representative district: N. C. McCulloch, J. H. Hill, G. S. Manser, J. S. Hunt, W. D. Roberts, Chas. Love, W. G. Graham,
J. M. Baer, G. W. Arnold, E. G. Sheridan. Alternates: I. W. Randall, W. E. Christie, Perry Hill, J. H. Curfman, A. B. Lemmon, Z. B. Myers, A. Howland, J. J. Plank, E. P. Hickock, and Thos. Dunn.
Ray and I. W. Randall, Winfield...
Arkansas City Traveler, October 11, 1876.
Tuesday, Oct. 3, 1876. Board met as per adjournment, all present. Bills against the County were presented, and the following action taken thereon.
Ray & Randall, courthouse repairs, $26.00.
K. C. Randall, brother of I. W. Randall, Winfield, dies...
Winfield Courier, December 6, 1877.
DIED. RANDALL. On Wednesday, November 14th, 1877, of typhoid pneumonia, at Central City, in the Black Hills, Dakota Territory, Mr. K. C. Randall.
The deceased was a brother of our fellow townsmen, Irvin W. Randall. He left Winfield about four years ago for Sterling, Nebraska, where he remained until last spring, when he emigrated to the Black Hills. We clip the following from the Daily Black Hills Herald.
“He came to the Black Hills but a few months since full of life and hopes of bettering his condition. He was a faithful husband, loving father, and a christian. Though he had never united with the church, he had been brought up by christian parents, who had spared no pains to give their son a classical education in his youth, and in his manhood he had never betrayed the confidence of honored parents or loved friends. With a bright intellect, a clear conception of right and wrong, he ever lived for those who loved him, for the heavens who smiled above him and await his spirit.
“The funeral was held at the residence of the Rev. David Ogden, father-in-law of deceased. Many friends and acquaintances were present to weep with the widow and mourning friends in their sad affliction.
“The funeral discourse was delivered from 1st Corinthians, 15th chapter, 55th verse. After the discourse an intimate friend of the deceased, Mr. R. Ellis, made a few brief and touching remarks relative to deceased, and of a happy meeting beyond the river of death. The funeral procession then proceeded to the burial ground at Deadwood, where the deceased was laid to rest.”
Ray and Randall, Winfield...

Winfield Courier, February 28, 1878.
Hon. Colbert Coldwell, until recently one of the associate justices of the supreme bench of Texas, has removed to this town and located near Mr. Fuller’s place, in the eastern part. His mansion is completed and occupied. It is built after the good old southern style, with high ceilings, grand old halls, and wide verandahs, and an interior finish massive and imposing, suggesting the ancestral halls of history whose occupants were in the royal line.
Too much cannot be said in praise of Mr. John Hoenscheidt, the architect, and Messrs. Ray and Randall and Mr. W. B. Gibbs, the joiners, for the eminent taste and skill displayed in these buildings, which challenge comparison with any in the state.
Rachel Randall, I. W. Randall, Winfield...
Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.
                                                        Real Estate Transfers.
Elizabeth Bates to Rachel Randall, n. of ne. 28, 32, 5; 80 acres, $550.
I. W. Randall to Wm. J. Hodges, lots 1, 2, and 3, block 73, Winfield; $1,050.
Wm. Hodges and wife to Rachel Randall, lot 12, block 167, Winfield, $1,300.
I. W. Randall’s father, Thomas Randall, dies...
Winfield Courier, April 1, 1880.
The death of Thomas Randall, father of your townsman, I. W. Randall, has cast a deep sorrow upon the hearts of everyone in this neighborhood. Although seventy-three years old, the good old man was so universally beloved that none could willingly give him up. His funeral sermon was preached by the venerable Elder Hopkins, who is nearly as old as the deceased. It was a last feeling tribute to the memory of the good, dead, old veteran, by a comrade who lingers yet a little while. BOOTHE.
Winfield Courier, April 1, 1880.
Died of pneumonia, on the 22nd of March, 1880, at his home near Winfield, Kansas, Thomas Randall in the seventy-fourth year of his age. Thomasten, Maine, was the place of his nativity, from which place he moved to Ohio in 1840, and from there to this state in 1868 and was among the first to make his home in the valley of the Arkansas. A good man has left us in the fullness of years. The community has lost a good citizen of strict integrity and moral worth. His companion of fifty years sorrows for the loss of a kind and devoted husband. His children, who have grown up to manhood under his care and protection, mourn the loss of a kind father. He was a true believer in the Christian religion and for over forty years has been in full membership with the Baptist church. To him death was but the step to a higher life. His last hours were the peaceful quiet of a summer’s eve, and he passed away “like one who draws the drapery of his couch around him and lies down in pleasant dreams.”
Winfield Courier, March 24, 1881.

The Second Ward Meeting was held at the opera house. G. H. Buckman called the meeting to order. James Kelly was chosen chairman and J. P. Short secretary. J. L. Horning was nominated for member of the school board. M. L. Read was nominated for council. James Kelly, T. H. Soward, and S. H. Myton were chosen a ward committee. The following 12 gentlemen were elected delegates to the city convention: G. H. Buckman, N. A. Haight, H. E. Asp, T. M. McGuire, T. H. Soward, W. Bitting, J. L. Horning, C. M. Wood, M. L. Robinson, Archie Stewart, H. Brotherton, I. W. Randall.
Winfield Courier, April 28, 1881.
The council has awarded the contract for the erection of the fire bell tower to I. W. Randall. It will be thirty feet high, and will be put up in the rear of Max Shoeb’s blacksmith
Winfield Courier, June 16, 1881.
A considerable number of the citizens of Winfield met on Monday evening on the steps of the Winfield Bank to provide for raising funds for the immediate relief of the sufferers caused by the cyclone Sunday evening. Mr. Crippen called the people together by music from the band. One of the contributors: I. W. Randall $1.50.
Winfield Courier, August 18, 1881.
Irv Randall is forehanded. He has a new carpenter and joiner, and feels greatly elated over it. It’s a boy.
Winfield Courier, September 15, 1881.
We have seen the plan of the bell tower on the Baptist Church, which as been adopted by the building committee, which is very fine as a work of art and will show well. It was drawn by Mr. Randall instead of Mr. Cook, as stated in the Telegram.
Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Randall, Winfield...
Winfield Courier, October 27, 1881.
Wednesday at 12 o’clock, Mr. Fred C. Hunt and Miss Sarah Hodges were united in marriage at the residence of the bride’s father, in this city, Rev. Father Kelly officiating. The assem­blage was one of the largest ever gathered to witness a marriage ceremony in this city. The bridal party left on the afternoon train for a short trip in the east. The following is a list of presents from their friends.
Silver and cut glass bouquet holder, Mr. and Mrs. Randall.
Winfield Courier, November 17, 1881.
Monday evening a number of gentlemen met at the office of Gilbert & Fuller and organized “The Winfield Building and Loan Association.” A constitution was drawn up and charter provided for, and a large amount of stock subscribed. The capital stock of the Association is $100,000 in two series of $50,000 each, the second series to be issued when the first series is paid up. The stock is divided into five hundred shares of $100 each, and are assessed at one dollar per month each. No member can own more than ten shares. The business of the Association is managed by a board of directors, and the following persons were elected as such board for the coming year: J. E. Platter, R. E. Wallis, H. G. Fuller, J. F. McMullen, Ed. P. Greer, A. D. Hendricks, J. W. Conner, C. A. Bliss, A. B. Steinberger, J. A. McGuire, and I. W. Randall.
Cowley County Courant, December 1, 1881.

CHARTERS FILED. The following charter was filed yesterday in the office of the secretary of State: “Winfield Building and Loan Association,” capital stock $200,000. Board of Directors for the first year: J. E. Platter, R. E. Wallis, H. G. Fuller, J. F. McMullen, E. P. Greer, A. D. Hendricks, J. W. Connor, A. B. Steinberger, C. A. Bliss, J. A. McGuire, and I. W. Randall. Commonwealth.
Cowley County Courant, December 1, 1881.
Some weeks ago we mentioned the fact that Mr. E. E. Thorpe, from New York, was figuring on starting a tannery in our city. We are now glad to say that the project is an assured fact. Mr. Thorpe has purchased a lot on South Main street, a well has been dug, and the excavation for the cellar is being made. Messrs. Benton & Connor have the contract for the stone work, and I. W. Randall the carpenter work for the building, which, if the weather proves favorable, will be  completed about the first of January. This adds another industry to Winfield, of which we shall have more to say as the work progresses.
Mrs. I. W. Randall, Winfield...
Cowley County Courant, January 5, 1882.
Masquerade Ball. Mrs. I. W. Randall, flower girl; neat and pretty.
Sister of Mrs. I. W. Randall marries John A. Case...
Winfield Courier, January 19, 1882.
MARRIED. Mr. John A. Case and Miss Alverda Ward were married at the residence of Rev. J. E. Platter Tuesday morning, January 19th. Mr. Case is the gentleman whose house was burned some weeks ago. The bride is a sister of Mrs. Irv Randall.
Cowley County Courant, February 9, 1882.
We notice that I. W. Randall is improving his residence by putting on some blinds, and otherwise beautifying and making an attractive home.
Cowley County Courant, April 6, 1882.
Will Whitney’s house in the second ward is enclosed, and when completed, promises to be one of the neatest and tastiest residences in the city. I. W. Randall is the contractor, which insures a first-class job.
Mrs. I. W. Randall’s mother, Mrs. Ward...
Winfield Courier, April 6, 1882.
Mrs. Ward, mother of Mrs. I. W. Randall, left last week for Kentucky, where she will remain a year with another married daughter who resides there.
Cowley County Courant, June 8, 1882.
MARRIED. Married on the first day of June, 1882, at the residence of Mrs. Randall, the bride’s mother, by Elder F. M. Rains, of the Christian Church, Dr. A. R. Wilson to Mrs. Alice Bullock, both of this city. After the ceremony, which was a quiet affair, the new husband and wife took the 3:30 o’clock train for Kansas City.
Winfield Courier, August 10, 1882.
Winfield 2nd Ward: T. H. Soward, C. Trump, H. Brotherton, Frank Finch, Sol. Burkhalter, I. W. Randall.
Winfield Courier, August 17, 1882.
Mrs. Randall has added a fine picket fence to her property.

Mr. J. S. Mann has nearly completed his beautiful residence. Mr. Randall, the architect, is entitled to great credit for the handsome appearance of this dwelling.
The Methodists are hard at work on the interior of their large building, under the direction of Mr. Randall. The room will be a surprise to all our church goers. A barn-like structure, under the hands of skilled mechanics, is being converted into one of the finest audience rooms in the state. When the painters and paper-hangers get through, the Methodists of Winfield will not only have the largest, but they will have the finest church in the South Kansas conference. It is the intention of this church to have sidewalks, trees, and grounds in as handsome a shape as their brethren, the Baptists.
Winfield Courier, March 1, 1883.
Around Town. I. W. Randall is adding some improvements to his residence.
Winfield Courier, March 8, 1883.
BIRTH. Irve Randall is very pleasant this week. For some time he has occupied himself building a handsome porch in front of his residence. Monday he was presented with a bright boy, and has now lost all interest in the porch. Irve is getting more than his share of blessings.
Winfield Courier, May 3, 1883.
A fellow was arrested Monday for stealing carpenters tools from Irv. Randall and Dave Long. He was tried before Justice Soward and sentenced to jail for ninety days. The criminal calls himself Frank McDenna.
Winfield Courier, June 21, 1883.
The Fuller and Torrance business block now going up on Main Street is to be one hundred and twenty-five feet deep and two stories high. The plans were executed by Irv. Randall and are beauties in form and finish.
Winfield Courier, June 28, 1883.
Irv Randall will soon begin the erection of a roomy residence on East Ninth Avenue.
Winfield Courier, November 22, 1883.
The following is a partial list of names of ladies in our vicinity who are using the Burgess Steam Washer: Mrs. Folts, Mrs. Irv Randall, Mrs. John McGuire, Mrs. Morehouse, Mrs. Cal. Ferguson, Mrs H. H. Hughes, Mrs. Franklin, Mrs. Thos. Youle, Mrs. R. J. Yeoman, Mrs. S. Compton, Mrs. W. R. McDonald, Mrs. West, Mrs. Stivers, Mrs. Searl, Mrs. E. J. Gilbert, Mrs. P. P. Powell, Mrs. Samuel Myton, Mrs. J. L. Baker, and 30 others, all of whom can be consulted. Lewis Conrad.
Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Randall, Winfield...
Winfield Courier, January 17, 1884.
The Masquerade. The members of the Pleasant Hour Club have made the winter thus far very pleasant in a social way. Their hops have been well attended, and the utmost good feeling and harmony has prevailed. Their masquerade ball last Thursday evening was the happiest hit of the season. The floor was crowded with maskers and the raised platforms filled with spectators. At nine o’clock the “grand march” was called, and the mixture of grotesque, historical, mythological, and fairy figures was most attractive and amusing. Then, when the quadrilles were called, the effect of the clown dancing with a grave and sedate nun, and Romeo swinging a pop-corn girl, was, as one of the ladies expressed it, “just too cute.”

The following is the list of names of those in masque, together with a brief description of costume or character represented.
Mrs. I. W. Randall, fancy dress; I. W. Randall, Duke of Gloucester.
Winfield Courier, January 17, 1884.
The stockholders’ meeting of the Building & Loan Association was held Monday evening. Nearly four hundred shares of the different series were represented. Messrs. I. W. Randall, J. W. Connor, C. E. Fuller, and J. P. Short were elected as directors. The reports of the secretary exhibited a most prosperous condition of the affairs of the Association. It is another of our public institutions which is doing a grand work for the community, in furnishing a safe, sure, and profitable investment for mechanics, laboring men, and persons of small means. It enables them to build homes for themselves and pay therefor in monthly installments. Many stockholders have secured a plot of ground, borrowed money from the Association to put up a home, and are paying in the way of assessments on their stock and interest on the loan, no more than they formerly paid for rent. In a few years they will have a home, all paid for, and hardly know how they got it. Too much cannot be said in praise of this institution and the work it is doing.
Winfield Courier, January 17, 1884.
OUR FAIR. Following is a list of Shareholders and Number of Shares Held.
I. W. Randall, 1.
Winfield Courier, February 21, 1884.
On Tuesday evening of last week Mrs. M. L. Whitney threw her pleasant home open for the reception of invited friends. Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. Dr. Kirkwood, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Mann, Mr. and Mrs. McCloud, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Beeny, Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Randall, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Doane, Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Allen, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Horning, Mrs. Dr. Van Doren, Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, Mrs. ____ White, Miss Martin, and Miss Mary Hamill. Refreshments formed an interesting supplement at the proper hour and under the royal entertainment of the hostess and family, the company pronounced it one of the most pleasant social gatherings of the winter.
Winfield Courier, March 13, 1884.
The following bills were allowed and ordered paid.
I. W. Randall, supplies for Council Room: $40.50.
Winfield Courier, March 20, 1884.
The Republican Central Committee of Cowley County, Kansas, will meet at the COURIER office, in Winfield, on Saturday, March 22nd at 1:30 p.m. to call a convention and transact important business connected with the coming campaign.
The following named gentlemen are members of this committee.
Winfield, 1st Ward, D. A. Millington; Winfield, 2nd ward, I. W. Randall.
Winfield Courier, March 20, 1884.
How We Boom! From the books of H. G. Fuller & Co., we copy the following sales of city and county property made by the firm between the 6th and 18th of this month. It is a wonderful record in real estate movement.
Winfield City Property.

I. W. Randall to Jonathan Stretch, house and 1 ½ lots: $1,680.00.
John Croco to I. W. Randall, 3 lots: $500.00.
J. C. Fuller to I. W. Randall, 3 lots: $350.00.
Winfield Courier, April 10, 1884.
Irve Randall lost a valued watch charm last week. If the finder of such an article will  interview him, they will be suitably rewarded.
Winfield Courier, April 10, 1884.
Irve Randall is becoming quite a property owner. He is now building two houses on east 9th Avenue, from each of which he will realize about twenty dollars per month as rentals.
Winfield Courier, April 17, 1884.
The Republicans of the City of Winfield will meet at the Courthouse this Thursday evening at 7:30 o’clock for the purpose of choosing 13 delegates to the county convention which meets next Saturday.
D. A. MILLINGTON, Com., 1st Ward.
I. W. RANDALL, Com., 2nd Ward.
Winfield Courier, April 17, 1884.
Mr. Jonathan Stretch, one of the substantial men Cowley has recently drawn from the old Hoosier State, called one day last week in company with Mr. A. B. Arment. He has lately bought the Irve Randall property on 9th Avenue and is making other investments in our city.
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1884.
The Republican convention of Cowley County met according to call at the Opera House in Winfield on Saturday, April 19, 1884, at 11 o’clock a.m.
Winfield Delegates: A. P. Johnson, H. G. Norton, M. G. Troup, A. H. Jennings, J. W. Crane, W. R. McDonald, H. D. Gans, T. H. Soward, C. Trump, H. L. Wells, I. W. Randall, L. B. Stone, D. A. Millington.
Winfield Courier, June 19, 1884.
Irve Randall is doing much for the development of east Winfield. Four large, substantial houses in one block are the result of his work and he is still projecting more.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, July 30, 1884.
The Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association will hold its Second Annual Exhibition at Winfield, Kansas, September 23 to 27, 1884.
Shareholder: I. W. Randall.
Winfield Courier, July 10, 1884.
Dave Long, R. B. Rudolf, and Irve Randall start today by wagon for a prospecting tour to Clark County, one hundred and fifty miles west. They will camp on the way and we expect to see them return rivaling Judge Bard in corpulency. E. H. Nixon, Ben Cox, and others will start next Monday by rail in quest of the reported “bonanzas” in that county.
Winfield Courier, July 31, 1884.
The semi-annual meeting of the Ladies Library Association was held last Tuesday and elected six directors, as follows: Mrs. Whiting, Mrs. Bullene, Mrs. D. A. Millington, Mrs. I. W. Randall, Mrs. Kate Wilson, and Mrs. Geo. Rembaugh.
Winfield Courier, August 7, 1884.

Irve Randall is getting to be a regular “land monopolist.” Not satisfied with his dozen or so houses and lots in Winfield, he has bought a number of lots in Attica, the infant wonder of Harper County, and went out last week to erect buildings.
Winfield Courier, November 6, 1884.
Irve Randall is getting to be a big “landlord.” His tenement houses are scattered all over town, and several additions to the list are just being completed on East 10th Avenue. They are all roomy and neat and none are renting for less than twelve or fifteen dollars per month.
Winfield Courier, December 4, 1884.
Brown & Son are always up to the times in modern improvements. They have lately added to their already handsome drug store a prescription case of novel and beautiful design, turned out by I. W. Randall of this city. It is very convenient and attractive.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 3, 1885.
Bold Burglars. As the Winfield Courier predicted the other day, the town is full of thieves and roughs. Last Thursday night they got in their work on D. Palmer and Irve Randall. About 1 o’clock Mr. Palmer was awakened by someone touching the side of his face. He looked up immediately and asked who it was, and what they were doing there. The fellow was after Mr. Palmer’s watch, which was in his vest pocket under his pillow. As soon as Mr. Palmer spoke, however, the burglar made a rush for the door, Mr. Palmer close onto his heels, but Mr. Burglar was too quick for him. He dashed through the door and pulled it shut after him, catching Mr. Palmer’s hand and bruising it up pretty badly. An investigation followed, and it was found the thief had got away with the watch—a two hundred and fifty dollar one—which Mr. Palmer had carried for years. No clue has yet been found that will lead to the identity of the thief, but the officers are on a sharp lookout, and every available means will be used to run the rogue in. Mr. Randall, the second victim, also lost a watch and ten dollars in money. He retired early and knew nothing of his loss until morning. It is supposed that there is a gang of these fellows infesting the town, and while one or part of them were at Mr. Palmer’s, some of the rest were at Mr. Randall’s. Winfield Courier.
               The Marriage of Mr. B. W. Matlack and Miss Gertrude McMullen.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 7, 1886.
Once again have the wedding chimes echoed. Ever since the announcement of the intended marriage of Mr. B. W. Matlack and Miss Gertrude McMullen, society has been on the qui vive in anticipation of the brilliant affair. Its date was New Year’s Day—the starting of a new year, with all its bright prospects and happy hopes. What time could be more appropriate for the joining of two souls with but a single thought? As the cards signaled, the wedding occurred at the elegant residence of Col. J. C. McMullen, uncle of the bride. At half past one o’clock the guests began to assemble and soon the richly furnished parlors of one of Winfield’s most spacious homes were a lively scene, filled with youth and age. It was a representative gathering of the city’s best people, attired as befitted a full dress occasion. Many of the ladies were very richly costumed.
                                              THE TOKENS AND DONORS.

Silver pitcher and goblet, Mr. and Mrs. Rodgers, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Silliman, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Albro, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Randall, Mr. and Mrs. C. Collins, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Wood, Mr. and Mrs. O. Branham, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Bliss, Miss Lena Walrath, and Miss Lola Silliman.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 7, 1886.
The Curns & Manser, Wallis & Wallis, Irve Randall, and other business blocks are going right up and will be ready for occupancy in the early spring.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 21, 1886.
The fine French plate front has been put in I. W. Randall’s new business block on south Main, and the building is nearly completed. It will be occupied by Mr. Taylor, the new exclusive queensware man.
Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Randall...
                                   Bal Masque at the Opera House Last Night.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 28, 1886.
Never did Winfield have a more successful and thoroughly pleasurable social event than last Thursday night at the Opera House, the fifth annual Bal Masque of the Pleasant Hour Club. It was the talk of the town from the issuing of the invitations and fully met the fondest expectations.
Mrs. I. W. Randall appeared in a handsome fancy costume and was well disguised.
Uncle Sam is always around, taking in the actions of his numerous family and of course he was present on this occasion: tall hat and slim form, gray locks, and E Pluribus Unum pants and swallow-tailed coat. I. W. Randall took this character finely.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 4, 1886.
Taylor & O’Connor have opened a fine display of Queensware in the new building of I. W. Randall on South Main just south of the St. James Hotel. They make an exclusive business of Queensware and everything in this line. Their store room is one of the most commodious in Kansas and they handle only first class goods. You can get anything here you desire from the cheapest set to the dearest. The gentlemen composing this firm come among us highly recommended as gentlemen and businessmen, and making an exclusive business of this line can suit you in anything. Winfield has long needed a store of this kind. This store Saturday was crowded with admiring customers, who where astonished at the unusually low prices, and the grand display. You have no need of sending off for fine queensware, but just step in and see them. And remember all goods go at cost for the next fifteen days.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 11, 1886.
J. S. Lyon, of I. W. Randall & Co., moved Thursday into his new, pleasant home on east 9th. Mr. Lyon has one of the most pleasant homes in the city.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 11, 1886.
The annual meeting of the stockholders of the Winfield Building and Loan Association was held at the Masonic hall in Myton’s block Tuesday evening; 348 shares of stock, more than sufficient for a quorum, were represented. President J. S. Mann took the chair and presided at the meeting. The reports of the secretary, J. F. McMullen, and H. Goldsmith, treasurer, were presented and read. These reports exhibited in detail the condition of the Association and its profits during the past year. We give a summary of some items.
Receipts from all sources during 1885: $10,336.89
Amount received for interest on loans: $1,307.59

Amount received for premiums upon loans, fines, and other sources of profit: $411.80
The entire expenses of the Association for 1886 inclusive of Secretary’s salary, taxes, and
stationery: $249.70
Interest paid upon the stock withdrawn: $145.74
Net gain for the year: $1,595.95
The assets of the association on January 1, 1886, consisting of bonds and mortgages which are first liens on real estate of at least thrice the amount of the respective loans, and cash in bank, amount to $18,446. There are now 546 shares of stock in force in the five series. The value of the shares of stock in each series on January 1, 1886, are as follows:
In 1st series, $72.00; 2nd series, $51.16; 3rd series, $31.29; 4th series, $13.47; 5th series, started July 1, 1885, $6.35.
The association has opened the sixth series dating January 1, 1886. Those desiring to take stock in the new series can pay any time during February for the first two months of the year.
Directors were elected to fill the place of those whose terms had expired, as follows:
W. C. Robinson, for four years; I. W. Randall for four years; W. T. Madden for four years; A. H. Doane for three years.
The affairs of this useful association are in a very prosperous condition.
Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Randall...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 25, 1886.
Mrs. M. L. Whitney, assisted by her daughter, Miss Libbie, and son, W. R., entertained a number of guests last evening at their pleasant an agreeable home on South Mansfield, in that easy and pleasant manner that is sure to make all feel at home. The evening was spent in social pastime and amusements. Such social gatherings are a source of much pleasure to all participating, and this one will long be remembered as among the delightful society evenings of this city. Refreshments of the choicest kind were partaken of, and all went home with the satisfaction of having enjoyed themselves. The following were present: Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brown, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Randall, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Horning, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Beeney, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Carson, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Brown, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. McMullen, Mr. and Mrs. B. W. Matlack, Dr. and Mrs. Evans, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. McMullen, Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Webb, Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Hunt, Dr. and Mrs. Tandy, Captain and Mrs. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Schuler, Mrs. Riddle, Mrs. E. Wallis, Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, and Misses Nellie and Alice Aldrich, Miss Hamill, Miss Maggie Taylor, Miss Nettie McCoy, Messrs. J. L. M. Hill, L. M. Williams, and Rev. J. C. Miller.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 25, 1886.
While the reporter was trying to figure out how to make ten cents pay a fifty cent wash bill late Saturday evening, he was startled by a sharp piping voice, “Say, mister, they tell me this is the place to get shaved, how is it?” We asked him if his paper was good, and if he could stand cutting it in two in the middle, as money was blasted scarce just now! He finally explained it was the down on his upper lip that must come off, and thought this was a barber shop. We directed him to I. W. Randall & Co.’s hardware store. We haven’t seen them yet, but hope the young man got there.

Mrs. I. W. Randall...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 4, 1886.
Again has Hymen conquered and nuptial solemnities have joined in heart, hand, and fortune Mr. W. R. Whitney and Miss Mary E. Hamill. The event was quietly celebrated Monday evening at the home of Mrs. M. L. Whitney, mother of the groom. It was in novel taste for its lack of formality. Only the immediate friends and relatives of the bridal pair were present, among whom were Rev. and Mrs. J. C. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Horning, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, and Master Roy, Mrs. N. J. Platter and little daughter, Belle, and Misses Nellie and Alice Aldrich. The ceremony was tersely and impressively pronounced by Rev. Miller, and after hearty congratulations all around, an inspection revealed a number of handsome tokens, all the more valued by coming only from intimate friends. Among the remembrances were a beautifully framed portrait of the bride’s deceased uncle, Rev. J. E. Platter, by Mrs. Platter; a silver cake basket, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson; set of china hand-painted fruit plates, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Horning; hand painted plaque, Mrs. I. W. Randall, and other elegant articles. The wedding, though without extensive display, was thoroughly enjoyable. The newly made pair start on the dual life with a future full of promise. The groom is the junior of the extensive hardware firm of Horning & Whitney, and has long stood foremost among the city’s most prominent young businessmen, energetic, of close application and genial manner. The bride, for some years, has been an instructor in our city schools, is a lady of refinement and culture, and a keen ambition and independence that always accompany the truest womanhood. Mr. and Mrs. Whitney have furnished rooms in the Holmes block on South Main, where they will reside until they build a home, in the near future. Here’s our hand, Billy, with the sincere and hearty wish, with those of your many warm friends, that all the brightest hopes of yourself and accomplished bride may be fully realized, in a life of unalloyed happiness, sunshine, and prosperity. And your numerous congratulators will ever pray.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 11, 1886.
People from the country who have pictures for enlargement will find it entirely unnecessary to send to the cheap copying houses of the east, by calling on Misses Sala & Eden, over Randall’s hardware store, whose enlargements in Oil, India Ink, or Water Colors are executed in the highest excellence of the art, and guaranteed to satisfy. They also handle a good variety of picture frames, mats, and mouldings.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 11, 1886.
Hardware. [Illustration of a Saw.]     Shovels, Saws, Axes, Hatchets, Locks, Screws, Nails, Tacks, Hinges, Buts, Bolts, Scales, Stillyards, Traps, Stones, and all kinds House Furnishing Goods. The most complete stock in the city.
                        I. W. RANDALL & CO., Corner Tenth Avenue and Main.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 18, 1886.
Randall & Co.’s show window sets forth in an artistic manner their fine display of goods. Sidney Carnine is an expert in fixing up such things.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 18, 1886.
Parties wanting desirable office or living rooms can get them over I. W. Randall’s new store. Inquire at Hardware store.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 25, 1886.
Randall & Co. are getting on some new kinds of nails, which can be driven into the hardest wood and will not split any kind. They are round and of white metal, and some longer than the common kind.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 1, 1886.
J. B. Stannard, the architect, has moved his office into Randall’s new building.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 1, 1886.
J. B. Stannard, the architect and builder, has taken rooms in I. W. Randall’s new building, South Main.


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