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Thomas D. Richardson

                                                            Arkansas City.

Arkansas City Republican, April 26, 1884.
A very pleasant sociable was given at the residence of Mr. Richardson in the northern part of town last Saturday evening. About twenty couples were present.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 8, 1884.
Following is a complete list of stockholders in the Arkansas City Woolen Manufacturing Company, mention of which was made last week.
T. D. Richardson was listed as one of the stockholders.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 21, 1885.
The following names have been proposed by various citizens as men who would be acceptable as councilmen from the different wards. Many, most of them in fact, are men who would render the city good service in that capacity.
FIRST WARD. James Hill, James L. Huey, Will L. Aldridge, T. D. Richardson, S. J. Rice.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 25, 1885.
The men of this community are taking steps to form an organization, looking not to the perpetuity of their elegant shapes so much as to having a good time. We opine that this club will produce and enjoy more fun and laughter at their meetings than would be possible for any other band. It seems to be a fact that “laugh and grow fat” has been the motto of their lives; the latter we have ocular proof of, and of the former auricular (copy wrighted). A more jolly fun loving and laughter enjoying crowd could not be scared up in any community. The following persons are eligible to membership, each being over 200 pounds in weight.
C. Atwood; J. L. Howard; Mr. Richardson; H. H. Perry; A. A. Davis; A. W. Patterson; R. Hubbard; A. J. Pyburn; E. B. Multer; D. P. Marshal; T. V. McConn, J. W. Hutchison; L. E. Woodin; Chas. Bryant; Mr. Robinson; M. S. Hasie; S. B. Fleming; T. L. Mantor; H. B. Calef.
Arkansas City Republican, March 14, 1885.
                         Our Roll of Honor. [From 50 cents to $1.50 for subscriptions.]
T. D. Richardson, City.
Arkansas City Republican, Wednesday, April 4, 1885.
Thursday the businessmen and taxpayers held a meeting to place in nomination a ticket for the city officers to be filled next Tuesday. The following was the result.
FIRST WARD. School Board: S. B. Adams; T. D. Richardson.
Arkansas City Republican, April 18, 1885.
T. D. Richardson and R. A. Houghton went to Montgomery County Tuesday to look at some land which the former was trying to buy from the latter.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 11, 1885.
DRILLING AND BORING WELLS. If you want a WELL Bored or Drilled in the city or county, from 6 to 10 inches any depth, through any kind of soil or rock, for any purposes call and see me or drop me a Card.

I have first-class machinery and warrant all work Perfect Satisfaction or No pay. Well bored or drilled for cash, on time, or take pay in trade. Orders left at C. L. Means’ Implement House will receive prompt attention.
              Respectfully, T. D. RICHARDSON, P. O. Box 101, Arkansas City, Kansas.
Arkansas City Republican, August 8, 1885.
Mrs. Thos. Richardson and little daughter, Pearl, left Thursday for a visit to relatives in Nebraska. T. D. is losing flesh daily since their departure.
Arkansas City Republican, August 22, 1885.
While T. D. Richardson was loading a well drill on his wagon near his residence Tuesday, the team started and ran away. They ran for the barn, but the doors being closed, they went up the alley close by at a break-neck speed. They were stopped in the back yard of the Central Avenue Hotel. No serious damage was done. The coupling of the wagon was broken, and as the team went flying up the alley with the front wheels and Thomas after them, it formed a scene for a painter to picture.
Arkansas City Republican, August 29, 1885.
Thursday morning Judge Kreamer telephoned Sheriff McIntire to come down and take charge of some glandered horses. They are owned by T. D. Richardson, and he informed Judge Kreamer of the situation and wanted to know how to act. Mr. Richardson’s action to keep this dreaded disease from spreading is commendable. He purchased the team of Will L. Aldridge some time ago, but only used it once or twice until he discovered they were diseased.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 19, 1885.
                 The Delegates to the Republican Convention to be Held at Winfield Today.
Last Saturday evening the Republican primaries were held in the four wards of Arkansas City and Creswell Township. The following are the delegates chosen.
FIRST WARD. The convention was held at G. B. Shaw & Co.’s lumber yard. It was called to order at 7:30 with a good number of mugwumps, Democrats, and one or two Republicans in attendance. F. M. Peak, a life-long Democrat, with the exception of one time that he voted for Blaine and Logan, was made chairman of the meeting. W. D. Kreamer, greenbacker, filled the exalted position of secretary. A motion was made that delegates be elected by acclamation, which, on being carried resulted in the selection of the following mongrel combination of delegates.
Jacob T. Hight, Republican.
W. D. Kreamer, 1st ward politician and greenbacker.
T. D. Richardson, St. John; and F. M. Peak, Democrat.
The alternates were Jas. Ridenour, A. E. Kirkpatrick, W. D. Johnson, and J. M. Smiley.
The REPUBLICAN suggests that the alternates should be recognized instead of the delegates. We are glad to inform our readers that the Democrats of the First Ward were sailing under a good name for once.
Arkansas City Republican, September 19, 1885.
Mrs. A. R. Windsor, mother of Mrs. T. D. Richardson, came home with the latter Monday, on a visit.
Arkansas City Republican, September 19, 1885.
Mrs. T. D. Richardson and little daughter, Pearl, came home Monday from their Nebraska visit, consequently T. D. has not been seen on the street this week.

Arkansas City Republican, October 3, 1885.
Thos. Richardson filed a complaint against W. L. Aldridge the first of the week, for knowingly selling glandered horses to him. Aldridge gave bond for his appearance in 15 days.
Arkansas City Republican, October 17, 1885.
                                                           A Surprise Party.
Last Sabbath was my 20th wedding anniversary, and on the evening of the following day a surprise party was given at my residence in honor of that event. Of course, I did not expect anything of the kind and consequently had made no arrangements to entertain company. On the evening mentioned, a rap loud enough to have aroused the soundest sleeper came at the door, and, upon opening it, to my surprise I saw a number of ladies standing on the step. They came in two by two until both rooms and the kitchen were filled. Certainly I was prepared to receive callers, for I had my best apron on. In five minutes after their arrival, you wouldn’t have known I had ever worn an apron, but the ladies can tell you where it went better I can. I guess they intend to make a crazy quilt. After wraps were cared for and all were seated, I was invited into the next room, and then I was again surprised by being presented with an elegant toilet set—twelve pieces. You can imagine how I felt, as my “better half” was gone and I had to face the music all alone. But the ladies will remember how I looked, for on every side was a smiling face watching me; some peeping from behind the chairs, some peeping over the shoulders of others to see what I would say and do. I would say to the ladies that I thank them sincerely for their kindness, and that, at some future time, I hope to return the same compliments to each and every one.
                                            Respectfully, MRS. D. BLUBAUGH.
The following is a list of the names of those who were present.
Mrs. T. D. Richardson was on the list of those who were present.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 16, 1885.
Delegate Convention. The primaries were held in this city and in Creswell Township on Saturday evening, notwithstanding the severe rain storm. The proceedings were orderly and the selection of delegates was gone through with as a routine matter.
In the first ward the election was held in G. B. Shaw & Co.’s office, F. M. Peak chairman and W. D. Kreamer, secretary. The following delegates were elected: Jacob Hight, W. D. Kreamer, T. D. Richardson, F. M. Park. Alternates: James Ridenour, A. E. Kirkpatrick, W. D. Johnson, J. M. Smiley.
Arkansas City Republican, November 7, 1885.

Wednesday afternoon a team belonging to T. D. Richardson ran away. It started from in front of G. B. Shaw & Co.’s lumber yard, where it was standing, and came south on Summit Street at a break-neck speed until they arrived in front of Henry Endicott’s grocery house, where they collided with A. Bookwalter’s team and wagon. Mr. Richardson’s team was hitched to his well drill apparatus, which is very heavy, and when the team struck the rear end of Mr. Bookwalter’s wagon, both were thrown several feet into the air. Both wagons were considerably damaged, especially Mr. Bookwalter’s. As soon as the collision occurred, Mr. Bookwalter’s team broke loose and went dashing down Summit street. It was stopped before any further damage was done, after running about four blocks. No one was injured. The horses were somewhat scared, and the wagons were smashed to smithereens.
Arkansas City Republican, November 28, 1885.
T. D. Richardson traded his resident property in the first ward to M. A. Thompson, of Harper County, for 480 acres of farming land yesterday. The consideration of the land was $4,500. Meigs & Nelson made the sale.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 2, 1885.
Mr. M. A. Thompson, of Harper, Kansas, has purchased T. D. Richardson’s residence and will take possession in about two weeks. He expresses himself much pleased with the stir and hustle that surround him here.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 5, 1885.
Meigs & Nelson traded the property belonging to M. A. Thompson, lately owned by T. D. Richardson, to Chas. Bryant, Wednesday, for Mr. Bryant’s resident property in the second ward. Judge Bryant will reside in his first ward property.
Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.
T. D. Richardson, since selling his first ward residence, has purchased other lots in the same ward and commenced the erection of a residence.
Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.
Last Tuesday was Mrs. T. D. Richardson’s 45th birthday and her neighbors and friends planned a pleasant surprise for her. They all clubbed together and purchased an elegant silver castor of Ridenour & Thompson, and repaired to the home of the lady mentioned above in the evening and presented her with the token of their friendship. Rev. J. P. Witt made the presentation speech and was responded to by Mrs. Richardson.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 16, 1886.
                                         REPORT OF THE SCHOOL BOARD.
Statement of the amount of orders issued, to whom issued, and for what purpose issued, on the bond funds for the building of the Central or Stone School Building, between June 24, 1884, and December 19, 1884; and orders issued to teachers from October 1, 1884, to June 3, 1885. Also, amount orders issued on the Incidental fund from July 10, 1884, to June 3, 1885. This is the best the present board can do. Not having any receipts recorded on the district clerk books, drawn from the county treasurer, we can give nothing but the one side.
                             AMOUNT OF ORDERS ISSUED JANUARY 8, 1886.
Oct. 17, 1884  T. D. Richardson, digging well 39 feet (At $1 per foot).          $39.00.
Arkansas City Republican, March 13, 1886.
T. D. Richardson has sold his well-drilling machine to John Mott.
Arkansas City Republican, March 13, 1886.
T. D. Richardson has decided to remove from Arkansas City to his Harper County farm. This week he has been having his household effects packed, and with his family Monday will start for his future home.
Arkansas City Republican, March 20, 1886.

T. D. Richardson left Tuesday morning for his farm in Harper County. His family will remain here for the time being. They had intended to remove there; but at the last moment, changed their mind. Therefore, Arkansas City will continue to be the home of Mr. Richardson.
Arkansas City Republican, April 3, 1886.
Mrs. T. D. Richardson will join her husband in Harper County in a few days.
Arkansas City Republican, April 10, 1886.
Mrs. T. D. Richardson left for Harper County Wednesday morning.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 11, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.
Thomas Richardson and family arrived in the city today from Ruella, Harper County. Mr. Richardson finds it impossible to remain away from the Canal City any length of time. We predict he will remain with us for good this time.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 11, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.
C. W. Nelson, who has been out to Ruella with T. R. Richardson, came in yesterday to make a short visit to friends.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 18, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.
T. D. Richardson cannot withstand the pressure. Arkansas City is too good a town to remain from. He has concluded to remain with us and will once more engage in sinking holes into the earth. T. D. and family will reside in the Fairclo property on Summit Street.
Arkansas City Republican, October 9, 1886.
THOS. D. RICHARDSON, Practical Well Driller. Guarantee Satisfaction.
Will drill you a well for Cash, on time, or TRADE. Call on HIM.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 12, 1887. From Friday’s Daily.
                                                              Legal Notice.
Thomas Richardson, plaintiff, vs. L. H. Osborn, defendant.
Before W. D. Kreamer, a justice of the peace of the city of Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kansas.
Said defendant is hereby notified, that on the 14th day of February, 1887, a garnishment summons, for the sum of seventy-four dollars and eighty cents ($74.80) and interest at the rate of twelve (12) percent per annum, from June 1st, 1886, was issued by the above named justice of the peace against the property, money, goods, chattels, and effects of said defendant, now in the hands and under the control of W. A. Lee, in the above entitled action, and that the said cause will be heard on the 31st day of March, 1887, at 1 o’clock p.m.
                                            THOMAS RICHARDSON, Plaintiff.
Attest: W. D. KREAMER, Justice of the Peace.
JNO. W. KREAMER, Plaintiff’s Attorney.


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