About Us
Museum Membership
Event Schedule
Museum Newsletters
Museum Displays


Forest V. Rowland

                                           (Worked as a Clerk for J. B. Lynn.)
                     [Note: At times he was called “Forest” and at times “Forrest.]
             A number of “Rowland” people showed up. Put others in a separate file.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Courier, January 2, 1879.
Listed as a Courier Advertiser:
LYNN & GILLELEN have one of the great general stocks of goods which are sometimes found in larger cities, and they are dispens­ing them in large quantities. John B. Lynn is the mayor of this city and is an able and genial business man. Warren Gillelen is a careful, active manager and skillful accountant. They are assisted by a corps of attentive and gentlemanly salesmen, among who are Batchelder, Shields, Carr, and Rowland. Everything wanted is quickly found in that long store.
Winfield Courier, April 1, 1880.
Our young friend, Forest Rowland, still manipulates the sugar scoop, etc., with Lynn & Loose. Forest is a good clerk and a reliable young man.
Henry Rowland and Forest Rowland...
Winfield Courier, May 6, 1880.
A public installation of the officers of the I. O. G. T. took place in the Odd Fellow’s hall Monday evening. The society is in a very flourishing condition and is accomplishing much good in the community. The following officers were installed.
W. - C.T.D.           C. Beach.
W. V. T.                Mrs. Clara Beach.
W. S.                     Henry Rowland.
W. F. S.                 Miss Mollie Bryant.
W. T.                     R. C. Story.
W. C.                     Rev. J. Cairns.
W. M.                    Forest Rowland.
W. G.                     Miss Frederick.
W. Sen.                  F. T. Berkey.
W. R. H. S.            Mrs. E. T. Trimble.
W. L. H. S.            Mrs. Maggie Weeks.
W. A. S.                Miss Mary Cochran.
W. A. M.               Miss M. E. Gale.
E. T. Trimble taking his seat as P. W. C. Templar.
After the installation we had the pleasure of listening to the remarks by R. C. Story, E. T. Trimble, and Mr. Seward, of Kentucky.
Winfield Courier, September 30, 1880.

It has been suggested that the young ladies who have been practicing archery in Mr. Rowland’s front yard, have a target painted on the back of Lynn & Loose’s store. This will give a target 35 feet in diameter, and they perhaps could hit it if not too long a shot, say 25 feet or so.
Winfield Courier, March 17, 1881.
Notion peddling wagon, nearly new, for sale at a bargain. Apply to Forrest V. Rowland, at A. T. Spotswood & Co.’s.
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.
                                                 F. V. Rowland donated $1.00.
Winfield Courier, September 22, 1881.
Forrest Rowland, our pleasant and popular postal clerk, has gone to Elmon, Illinois, for a two weeks visit.
Forrest Rowland marries Mary Gale of Illinois...
Winfield Courier, October 13, 1881.
MARRIED. At Rochester, Illinois, on the 24th of September, Mr. Forrest Rowland and Miss Mary Gale. The newly married couple, after a short wedding tour, arrived in Winfield on Wednesday of last week and are now comfortably at house keeping in the south part of the town. Mrs. Rowland spent several months in Winfield some time ago, and made many friends while here, who are glad to welcome her back.
Cowley County Courant, February 2, 1882.
We are glad to note that Forest Rowland, the gentlemanly clerk in the post office, is able to be around after his severe sickness. Forest has had a pretty hard time with the lung fever.
Winfield Courier, March 16, 1882.
F. V. Rowland wants every farmer and stockman in Cowley County interested in breeding and raising of stock to call at the post office and get a sample copy of the Breeders’ Gazette, the best weekly stock journal published in America.
Forest V. Rowland, Anna Rowland, Mrs. H. Rowland...
Winfield Courier, May 11, 1882.
                                                 Lodge Items—Communicated.
The Good Templars had one of the most pleasant meetings at their hall on last Saturday evening of any since their Lodge was organized. It was the evening for installation of officers, and they were regularly installed by Lodge Deputy, E. T. Trimble.
The officers for the ensuing quarter are:
W. C. T., Mrs. E. T. Trimble.
W. V. T., Frank W. Finch.
P. W. C. T., David C. Beach.
R. S., E. T. Trimble.
L. S., Forest V. Rowland.
R. Sec’y, Frank H. Greer.
Ass’t Sec’y, Miss May Halyard.
F. Sec’y, Miss Anna Rowland.

W. T., Mrs. L. Schaffhausen.
W. Chap., Rev. J. Cairns.
W. M., James Lorton.
W. D. M., Miss Alice Dunham.
W. G., Miss Lizzie Schaffhausen.
W. Sen., M. F. Higgins.
Organist, Miss Lola Silliman.
Chorister, Mrs. H. Rowland.
Violinist, W. W. Leffingwell.
Librarian, Mrs. A. Hamilton.
After the installation the members mingled in social intercourse for some time, and were entertained with music by the choir, literary exercises, etc. Quite a large delegation from the Oxford Lodge came over in answer to a special invitation. The members of Winfield Lodge passed a few very pleasant hours with their visitors, and dispersed at a late hour feeling that “there was strength in union.” The party from Oxford returned at 2 o’clock Sunday afternoon. OBSERVER.
Winfield Courier, July 6, 1882.
Mrs. F. V. Rowland is spending this week with her “country cousins” in Richland Township.
Winfield Courier, August 3, 1882.
Forest Rowland has exchanged his position as delivery clerk in the post office for one in J. B. Lynn’s store. Forest has been one of the most popular and efficient clerks who ever presided over the post office delivery window. He is succeeded by Will McClellan.
Winfield Courier, August 31, 1882.
J. B. Lynn has his store as nicely and conveniently arranged as any in Southern Kansas. Each branch of the trade is by itself and has a certain clerk in charge of it. Every department of trade usually represented in a general store is now carried. In the back room the large and new stock of groceries is all opened out and Forest Rowland and Perry Tucker put them up for the public in a creditable manner. Upstairs only the carpets, mattings, oil cloths, etc., are kept, presided over by Mr. Howie. The clothing, which was formerly kept upstairs, has been moved to a room nicely prepared and well lighted, in the basement, and together with the trunks and gents furnishing goods, are handled by Mr. Al Carr. The dry goods room presents as business like an appearance as ever, and Mr. Shields, Miss French, and Miss Aldrich wait on the customers in that department. Mr. Lynn just returned from the east last week, where he purchased a large and well selected stock for every department. This store would do credit to any of our large cities.
Winfield Courier, September 7, 1882.
Forest Rowland came in with a basket Monday—a big basket in which was concealed a forty-three pound watermelon, all for the printers. It was a mammoth, and furnished a big meal for ten persons. It was raised by W. D. Furry, in Creswell Township.
Winfield Courier, April 12, 1883.
MARRIED. Married at the residence of Mr. Forest Rowland, in Winfield, April 1st, 1883, by Rev. J. Cairns, Mr. John C. Rowland and Miss Rose L. Sample, both of Winfield.

Mrs. (?) Rowland...
Winfield Courier, May 10, 1883.
On last Friday Mrs. Rachael Warnock gave an old fashioned quilting at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Conklin. In the times of long ago it was the fashion for the ladies in parties of this kind to meet early in the day, and in the evening they would be joined by husbands and lovers and then would come the fun and frolic. But in this party ye gallants were left out. There were a dozen guests, as follows: Mesdames Cairns, Holloway, Fahnestock, Reed, McRaw, Lowe, Stopher, Berkey, McDonald, Rowland, Moss, and Cook.
At noon they sat down to a good, old-fashioned spread, and when work was renewed, amid laughter and jest, busy fingers soon completed a beautiful quilt. If the mothers and grandmothers who have long passed away could have looked in on the scene, they would have thought the aims of life had but little changed since their day.
Winfield Courier, August 9, 1883.
Forest Rowland is quite sick with a bilious attack.
Winfield Courier, August 23, 1883.
BIRTH. Forest Rowland is just recovering from a severe attack of malarial fever. His recovery is hastened by the arrival of a fine boy, which event occurred last week.
Winfield Courier, September 20, 1883.
Forest Rowland and John Willis, a gentleman from Indiana, have purchased the Isaac Behner lunch stand. They intend fitting it up in fine style, and running an oyster parlor in connection with the lunch counter and confectionery. Forest is one of our most substantial young men and the firm will no doubt make a success of this enterprise.
Winfield Courier, November 1, 1883.
Forest Rowland has purchased his partner’s interest in the lunch room and is now the sole proprietor, and is doing a prosperous business.
Winfield Courier, November 22, 1883.
Forest Rowland has purchased the McGlasson stock of groceries next to the English Kitchen and is now engaged in closing them out. He will put in a stock of notions and fancy goods.
Winfield Courier, November 29, 1883.
Three No. 1 second-hand sewing machines, warranted good as new, for sale at a bargain. Call at Rowland’s Variety Store.
Winfield Courier, December 13, 1883.
See the five and ten cent counters at Rowland’s New Variety store.
Winfield Courier, January 31, 1884.
Fitch & Barron, dealers in White, New Home, Domestic, Diamond, and other sewing machines, have removed their office to F. V. Rowland’s Bargain Store, two doors north of Wallis & Wallis’ Grocery Store, where they will be pleased to see those wishing a First Class Sewing Machine for cash or easy terms.
Winfield Courier, February 7, 1884.
The Good Templars installed their officers for the term commencing with February, on last Friday evening, as follows.

W. C. T., H. H. Siverd.
W. V. P., Mrs. E. D. Garlick.
W. F. S., H. G. Norton.
W. R. S., Miss Mamie Garlick.
W. T., Mrs. N. J. Lundy.
W. C., Mrs. Emma Smith.
W. M., W. J. McClellan.
W. I. G., Miss Fanny Saunders.
W. O. G., F. V. Rowland.
W. A. S., C. A. Garlick.
W. R. S., Mrs. S. J. Hepler.
W. L. S., Mrs. L. Schaffhausen.
W. D. M., Miss Ella Garlick.
Organist, Miss Lucy Cairns.
P. W. C. T., Frank H. Greer.
Winfield Courier, February 14, 1884.
                                                              More Fires.
Again, on Sunday evening, an attempt was made to set fire to property in the city. A lot of hay was stuffed under the rear end of Hendricks & Wilson’s hardware store and ignited. It was done about half past seven o’clock in the evening. Mr. James McLain, who has been acting as night watchman, first discovered and put it out. Shortly before, when walking across Manning Street and Tenth Avenue, he passed a man who was walking hurriedly. As soon as he passed, the man broke into a run, and a moment after McLain discovered the fire. When he turned, the man had disappeared in the darkness. What the object of these incendiaries is cannot be defined. The fire in the Hodges barn could have injured but little business property if successful. The fire started in the Shenneman barn, immediately after, when the hose was handy and hundreds of people standing around to use it, could not have been set with a very villainous intent to destroy, as the destroyer might have known it would be put out in a minute. The setting of the Sunday evening fire early in the evening, when everyone was about, showed a lack of deep intent to do great injury. However, our people have resolved to put a stop to it, and to that end the following paper has been prepared and duly signed, and the total sum of $222.50 goes to the person who runs the fire-bugs in.
We, the undersigned, promise to pay the sum set against our respective names as a reward for the apprehension and conviction of any person or persons engaged in setting any incendiary fire in the city of Winfield, either heretofore or hereafter.

S. C. Smith, T. K. Johnston, Horning & Whitney, Wm. Newton, Hudson Bros., McGuire Bros., J. B. Lynn, Geo. Emerson, COURIER Co., Ella C. Shenneman, W. S. Mendenhall, Winfield Bank, M. L. Read’s Bank, Rinker & Cochran, Miller & Dawson, H. Beard, Whiting Bros., Hendricks & Wilson, A. E. Bard, Johnston & Hill, J. N. Harter, Farmers Bank, Wallis & Wallis, F. V. Rowland, J. S. Mann, Hughes & Cooper, A. B. Arment, Quincy A. Glass, W. L. Morehouse, McDonald & Miner, Curns & Manser, J. D. Pryor, M. Hahn & Co., O’Meara & Randolph, S. H. Myton, J. P. Baden, Telegram, Scofield & Keck, Henry Goldsmith.
Winfield Courier, February 28, 1884.
AD. Go to the Variety Store for Blank Books, Stationery, Sheet music, Tinware, Cutlery, Sewing Machines, Cigars, and 5 and 10 cent counter goods. Country stores and Notion wagons supplied at jobbers’ prices. Always ahead. F. V. ROWLAND.
Winfield Courier, April 17, 1884.
The Variety Store kept by F. V. Rowland, is no toy shop, but is filled to overflowing with goods of every day necessity that have genuine merits. This is beyond a doubt the best house of its kind in Cowley Co. Strictly Bargains.
Winfield Courier, May 29, 1884.
Forrest Rowland visited his sister, Mrs. Lewis Billings, near Cherryvale, last week.
Winfield Courier, June 26, 1884.
Forrest Rowland has closed out his novelty store and will open a similar establishment in Cherryvale, where he has a splendid opening. Everybody wishes Forrest success wherever he may be.
Winfield Courier, July 10, 1884.
Forrest Rowland left Saturday for Cherryvale, where he will open up a store similar to the one he ran here. Forrest is a worthy young man and has the industry to succeed anywhere.
F. V. Rowland and G. B. Rowland...
Winfield Courier, September 11, 1884.
DIED. Mr. and Mrs. F. V. Rowland’s little baby boy died Tuesday and was buried Wednesday afternoon from the residence of G. B. Rowland.
Winfield Courier, September 18, 1884.
Forest Rowland was over from Cherryvale Monday.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 5, 1885.
We had the pleasure of quite a visit with Frank H. Greer, city editor of the Winfield Courier, last evening and this morning. Brother Greer, en route home from a two weeks trip to various points east, Chicago and St. Louis among others, arrived here via S. K. road last night and stopped over, taking the one o’clock Frisco today, via Beaumont, to Winfield. Mr. Greer is a thorough gentleman and most companionable. We hope our acquaintance may be renewed at no distant day. Mr. Greer was the guest of F. V. Rowland today.
Cherryvale Globe-Torch, 28th.
                                            A BIG FIRE AT CHERRYVALE.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 19, 1885.

A disastrous fire broke out at Cherryvale about two o’clock a.m., Thursday. It originated from a lamp explosion in the hay mow of Glotfelter & Gould’s livery barn. The barn was entirely destroyed with thirty-two head of horses. G. B. Shaw & Co.’s lumber yard, offices, and everything was consumed: not a thing saved. The general stationery department of G. B. Shaw & Co., from which all offices along the S. K. line got their stationery supply, was located at Cherryvale and went up with the rest. The old Opera House and almost the entire block, mostly wooden buildings, occupied by the principal stores of the place, were being rapidly destroyed when the S. K. train came through this morning, though in some places the fire was partially under control. The origin of the fire was considerably back of the main street, and most of the merchants got out a large part of their wares. Forest Rowland, our Winfield boy, is on the other side of the street. The wind was high last night and the flames raged furiously. The damage will aggregate a big sum.


Cowley County Historical Society Museum