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John Roberts


Kansas 1875 Census, Winfield Township, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.
Name                           age sex color          Place/birth Where from
John Roberts                21  m    w                Indiana             Missouri
Roberts, H. J., 22. No spouse listed.
Roberts, John, 24. Also listed: E. Roberts, 45.
Roberts, John, 27; spouse, R., 22.
Roberts, W. M., 47; spouse, Lucy, 42.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Mr. John Roberts, Jr., marries Rosa J. Cochran, Winfield...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 10, 1873.
ROBERTS - COCHRAN. By the Rev. E. P. Hickok, July 3rd, 1873, at the residence of the bride’s father, Mr. John Roberts, Jr., to Miss Rosa J. Cochran, all of Winfield.
John Roberts, father’s residence...
Winfield Courier, September 23, 1875.
Mr. John Roberts made his formal debut into Winfield’s polite society circle one evening last week. A pleasant party at his father’s residence attended by several of our young folks was the event of the week. The evening passed pleasantly and was much enjoyed by those who were so fortunate as to be there.

John Roberts, Winfield. Unknown: which John Roberts this refers to.
Winfield Courier, September 16, 1875.
                                                       Musical Association.
                                       TUESDAY EVENING, Sept. 14th, 1875.
Present: J. D. Pryor, Prof. Hoffman, Prof. Robinson, Prof. Lemmon, Frank Gallotti, John Roberts, Dr. Mansfield, and John Swain.
Moved and seconded that J. D. Pryor act as Chairman of the meeting, which was called for the purpose of forming a Musical Association. John Swain, Secretary.
Moved and seconded that we organize a Musical Association. Carried.
Moved and seconded that a committee of three be appointed to draw up constitution and by laws, and report at next meeting. Committee to consist of Dr. Mansfield, Frank Gallotti, and Prof. Hoffman.
Moved and seconded to adjourn, and to meet again at the Methodist Church next Saturday evening, and that the proceedings of this meeting be published in the city papers.
                                                        JOHN SWAIN, Sec.
John Roberts...
Winfield Courier, December 23, 1875.

We again call attention to the Christmas tree at the Court­house on Friday evening next. The committee on reception of presents—Mrs. W. H. H. Maris, Miss Jessie Millington, Mr. Wallace Miller, and Mr. John Roberts—will be at the Courthouse from 1 to 4 P.M., Friday, to receive all presents intended for the tree. Everybody is invited to make use of the tree as the medium for the bestowal of presents intended for their friends. Be sure to have all presents in the hands of the committee by 4 o’clock P.M. so as to give time for arranging them upon the tree.
Mrs. W. D. Roberts, John Roberts...
Winfield Courier, December 7, 1876.
MRS. JAMES KELLY was presented with a handsome silver cake basket by the members of the Presbyterian choir recently. The choir consists of Mrs. W. D. Roberts, Mr. and Mrs. Swain, Misses Jennie Greenlee, and Annie Newman, Frank Baldwin, John Pryor, and John Roberts. The basket is a beauty, and is highly appreciated by the recipient, the choir leader. Mr. Baldwin made the presen­tation speech, and it is said, by those who heard it, to have been in his happiest manner.
John Roberts???...
Winfield Courier, August 9, 1877.
The dwelling house that John Roberts built for his intended and then did not occupy was moved to town this week, drawn by six mules and six horses.
Mr. (John) Roberts???...
Winfield Courier, November 29, 1877.
Mr. Roberts, who made a Mrs. of Miss Rosa Cochran some years since, and carried her off, brought her back; and, as we hope, will now be a permanent resident of Winfield. He is the gentlemanly and obliging agent of Nate Robinson’s stage line.
Roberts, who married into Cochran family of Winfield...
Winfield Courier, February 19, 1880.
“Old Las Vegas is quite a city. Its buildings are quaint, being nearly all adobe, which looks very cheap and primitive to a Kansan, but some of them are highly finished and well furnished. They are mostly one-story, but a few of them have two and even more stories. The cathedral is a large structure of cut-stone, and presents a very imposing appearance. A Mexican bridal party was just leaving the chapel. Here we found John Roberts, who married into the Cochran family at Winfield, sick with measles. He was in a comfortable ranche, and had good attention.”
John Roberts’ house in Winfield???...
                                                     LIGHTNING BOLTS.
             Electricity Takes Possession of Two Houses and Makes a Lively Tour.
                                           Chimney and Door Cases Riddled.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 17, 1885.

Bolts of lightning tore things up lively during Saturday evening’s storm in George Corwin’s house and one of Irve Randall’s, on east Tenth Avenue. The bolt struck the comb of George’s house, knocked the chimney to pieces five or six feet down, followed the tin gutter, joining joint roofs, went through the roof, struck the plastering above the west door of the north wing, and knocked it across the room. This plastering struck J. P. Overman, who lives in the house, a square diff. The lightning separated over the door, following down each side and passed along the side of the house, and left, tearing off a big streak of siding. The inmates of the house were badly shocked. Irve Randall’s house is only thirty feet west, with John Roberts’ house between. About the same time Irve’s house was struck with two bolts. One came in the south end of the comb, went down between the plastering and the wall to a place in the upstairs wall where hung a looking glass, near the window, fastened by a steel wire. The bolt came through the wall in a little hole as though made by a bullet, melted that wire cord and threw the looking-glass across the room. The window was splintered. It then went down to the lower room and splinted the window casing, passing through the floor into the ground. Another bolt struck the east comb of the house, riddled the chimney, went through the roof to the door between the kitchen and sitting room, splintered the door, and then jumped ten feet across to the south window, to a steel spring in a window roller, melting the spring and completely demolishing the roller and curtain, then passing out. T. V. Ray, the carpenter, lives there, and the family thought their time had come. They soon recovered from the shock.
                                                    THE PROPER THING.
                  The Baptist Gathering Yesterday for the Promotion of Sociability.
                                             A Success Worthy of Emulation.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.

Church socials, whose object is money, are extremely antiquated. They are good things. There should be as much business in a church as in any other institution. Nothing can be run without money. But as a usual thing the regulation church social is dry and unentertaining: don’t get people down off their stilts to that genuine inter-mingling that best promotes human aspirations. We are social creatures, and of all sociability, that of christianity and morality is paramount. Realizing the necessity for better acquaintance, a broader mingling of Baptists, Methodists, Presbyterians, United Brethren—all denominations—Rev. Reider hit upon a novel plan—a christian and every worldlian. It opened in the Baptist church at three o’clock Thursday, with a large attendance, a good number being in from the country, and the congregation well mixed. Revs. B. Kelly, P. B. Lee, and J. H. Reider made short addresses on the necessity of social culture, and a choir composed of Misses Lena Walrath and Bessie Handy and Messrs. E. F. Blair and John Roberts, with Miss Lola Silliman at the instrument, furnished appropriate music. The exercises occupied but a few moments, when all turned themselves loose in social intercourse, under the introduction of a committee for the purpose. It is at such meetings as this that the genuine christian sows the seeds of charity, courtesy, and kindred virtues from which a hopeful harvest may afterward be gleaned. As the truly good hate the sniveling hypocrite, so the world hates the over-sanctimonious, pinch-faced, and over-particular christian. Our churches are full of such. They go through the world like treading in a grave yard, taking every person they meet for a tombstone. The minister or layman whose influence for good extends the farthest, is the one who can lay off his far-away, sky-ward visage, the gauzy angelic robe that appears to cover every smile of some christians, and mingle among his neighbors much as other men do—not forgetting his Christly vows and engaging in amusements likely to bring his profession into disrepute. But don’t crucify the body because it enjoys a hearty laugh, or condemn the soul to everlasting perdition because it finds convivial spirits while on earth. Be social. It is the grandest mode of promoting God’s kingdom and the general welfare of yourself and your fellow. Who wants to go into a church whose reception is indicative of an ice berg. THE COURIER is indeed glad to note the inauguration of meetings like that of yesterday. A commingling of heart with heart, brain with brain, and ambition with ambition, followed by a grand temporal feast, always necessary on such occasions. The spread yesterday was a splendid exhibition of culinary taste, embracing everything the season affords—free as water. The meeting was productive of much good, and we hope to see many more such.
                             The China Wedding of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Shearer.
                                                       An Unique Occasion.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 1, 1885.

The pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Shearer, 917 Mansfield street, was the scene of a most happy gathering Monday evening. The occasion was the celebration of the 20th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Shearer. Though the rain interfered with the attendance of a number, by nine o’clock over eighty were present, in their happiest mood. Soon after nine o’clock the “bride and groom” were presented and re-united in the bonds whose sweet and bitter they had thoroughly experienced. Rev. J. H. Reider re-tied the knot in a novel and jolly ceremony, the groom consenting to all the compulsory vicissitudes of a “hen-pecked” husband, and she to clothe, feed, protect, scold (in foreign language) until death. After the ceremony and hearty congratulations, a collation of choicest delicacies was served in profusion and most thoroughly enjoyed. The presents were handsome and valuable, the most prominent being an exquisitely painted china dinner set. It embraced a hundred and twenty-five pieces—the handsomest thing obtainable in china ware. It was a token from the following persons: Rev. and Mrs. J. H. Reider, Rev. and Mrs. B. Kelly, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Wood, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Soward, Dr. and Mrs. F. M. Pickens, Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Gilbert, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Dalton, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Bliss, Mrs. R. B. Waite and Mrs. Hartwell, Mrs. E. M. Albright and family, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Silliman, Col. and Mrs. Wm. Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Nelson, Prof. and Mrs. I. N. Inskeep, Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Burnett, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Arment, Dr. and Mrs. H. L. Wells, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Mann, Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Finch, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. D. Taylor and Miss Minnie, Mr. and Mrs. A. Herpich, Mr. and Mrs. L. Conrad, Mrs. A. Silliman and Miss Lola, Mrs. C. Strong and Miss Emma, Mrs. Dr. Bailey, Misses Fannie, Jessie, and Louie Stretch, Miss March, Misses Mattie and Mary Gibson, Nettie and Anna McCoy, Lydia Tyner, Maggie Herpich, Maude Kelly, Ida Johnston, and Maude Pickens, Mr. and Mrs. C. Collins, and Miss Lena Walrath. Among the other presents were: Fruit holder and saucer, by Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Burgauer; individual pepper and salt holders, Miss Burgauer; cup and saucer, Wm. Statton; fruit dish, Dr. and Mrs. C. Perry and Mrs. Judd; China Plaque, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Balyeat; soup bowl, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Newton; pickle dish, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Harrod; fruit plate, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Lynn; fruit plate, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Johnston; fruit plate, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. R. Bates; fruit plate, Geo. D. Headrick; fruit plate, John Roberts and Mrs. Reed; fruit plate, Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Randall; cut glass fruit and pickle dish, tooth-pick holder and finger bowl, Mesdames G. H. Allen, D. L. Kretsinger, A. H. Doane, C. S. Van Doren, and John Tomlin; plate, bowl and pitcher, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Bullene; water pitcher, Mr. M. Hahn; cake stand, Kate Shearer; $20 gold piece, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Shearer of Geneseo, Illinois. A good majority of the donors were present, and under the agreeable hospitality of Mr. and Mrs. Shearer, nicely assisted by their daughter, all passed the evening most enjoyably, departing at a late hour, wishing that the bride and groom might have many more such happy anniversaries, clear down to the one of gold, with its silvery locks and ripened years.
John Roberts...
                                                           CITY RULERS.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 15, 1885.
The following bills were ordered paid:
John Roberts, work on streets, $7.87.


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