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Judge R. B. Saffold


R. B. Saffold, 32. No wife listed.
R. B. Saffold, 33. No wife listed.
Kansas 1875 Census, Winfield Township, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.
Name                     age sex color          Place/birth Where from
R. B. Saffold          34 m     w               Georgia               Ohio
                  Unanswered Question: Where did Saffold get the title of “Judge.”
     I could not find anything to indicate when he was a judge, or what kind of a judge.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Cowley County Censor, March 18, 1871.
Corner of Broadway and 5th Avenue, South of Walnut Valley House, Winfield, Kansas.
Walnut Valley Times, October 20, 1871. Front Page.
                                                PEOPLES’ CONVENTION.
The delegates from the several precincts to the Peoples’ Convention met at Winfield on Saturday, Sept. 30th, at 2 o’clock, P. M., and nominated the following officers:
The ballots were as follows:
For Representative, J. H. Paul, 18, T. McIntire, 22, J. B. Fairbanks, 8, R. B. Saffold, 2.
For County Clerk, A. A. Jackson was elected by acclamation.
For Sheriff, first ballot, a tie, second ballot: James Parker, 25, James Hart, 17.
For Treasurer, Kager, 32, J. P. Short, 11.
For Register of Deeds, J. F. Paul, 22; T. A. Hunt, 15; W. H. Dobyns, 4.
Manley Hemingway, I. P. Hickok, and three Commissioners were elected by acclamation.
This ticket gives more general satisfaction, and is a fairer distribution of offices than any ever before nominated. Arkansas Traveler.
Cowley County Censor, October 21, 1871.
D. N. EGBERT, JR., M. C., LATE of the United States servic­es, and graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, kindly offers his services to the public, as a Physician and Surgeon. Calls left for the present at the store of Alexander & Saffold, will be promptly attended to.
Cowley County Censor, October 28, 1871.
WHOLESALE LIQUOR STORE. Messrs. Mullen & Stevens, formerly of Baxter Springs, have opened a wholesale liquor store in Alexander & Saffold’s old stand. This firm have on hand the finest and purest liquors ever brought to this city. Mr. Mullen has gone east after a large supply, and in a short time will be able to supply the Southwest with the best of liquors—at whole­sale.
Winfield Messenger, March 15, 1872.
                                                 WINFIELD AT PRESENT.

We learn that Alexander & Saffold will purchase one thousand dollars worth of Law books in Philadelphia soon, to add to their already fair library. This will be a great help to the whole bar.
Walnut Valley Times, March 29, 1872.
We had the pleasure of forming an acquaintance with Col. Alexander, R. B. Saffold, E. S. Torrance, Col. Manning, Judge Johnson, and Capt. Fairbanks, all members of the legal fraterni­ty, and composing the Winfield Bar.
Walnut Valley Times, March 29, 1872.
Mr. S. D. Pryor, of Augusta, gave us a friendly call this week, and we are gratified to learn that he has come here with the intention of locating and opening a law office. Mr. Pryor is an acknowledged well read man and talented lawyer, and Winfield will add another useful member to her class of able men, by the addition of Mr. Pryor. We trust our citizens will extend to him a generous welcome. He will be found for the present at the office of Alexander & Saffold. Winfield Messenger.
Winfield Messenger, June 28, 1872.
Judge Saffold has gone East. He will attend the Baltimore Convention.
Winfield Messenger, July 12, 1872.
A Convention of the Attorneys of the 13th Judicial District will be held at Winfield, in Cowley County, on the 25th day of July, A. D. 1872, for the purpose of recommending to the District Convention, or Conventions, to be held for that purpose, a Candidate for nomination for Judge of said District to be voted for at the next general election.
W. S. TUCKER.                      J. T. SHOWALTER.
M. W. SUTTON.                    J. M. HOOVER.
D. F. BAYLESS.                     J. B. FAIRBANK.
THOMAS MASON.               W. H. KERNS.
J. M. McCOLLEN.                 JOHN REED.
J. J. WINGAR.                        E. B. KAGER.
R. B. SAFFOLD.                     E. L. AKIN.
D. N. CALDWELL.                A. H. GREEN.
T. T. TILLOTSON.                 D. S. HEISHEY [?HEISNEY].
L. J. WEBB.                            JOHN G. TUCKER.
E. S. TORRANCE.                  REUBEN RIGGS.
J. M. ALEXANDER.               S. D. PRYOR.
E. C. MANNING.             T. H. JOHNSON.
H. D. LAMB.                           G. P. GARLAND.
D. DODGE.                             J. McDERMOTT.
and many others, attorneys of said district.
Winfield Messenger, August 16, 1872.
Judge Saffold has returned. He sports a full grown Greeley hat.
Winfield Messenger, September 6, 1872.
                                                   RAILROAD MEETING.

According to a previous announcement, quite a number of citizens from different parts of the county assembled together in Winfield on the evening of the 31st of August, for the purpose of discussing the railroad interest of Cowley County.
On motion Mr. C. M. Wood was called to the chair, and R. B. Saffold appointed Secretary of the meeting. Col. E. C. Manning being requested by the chair explained the object of the meeting. Gen. McBratney, being introduced, spoke ably and fluently of the advantages the citizens of this section would derive from the Nebraska & Kansas Railroad. This road commencing at Omaha, Nebraska, would cross the Kansas Pacific at Junction City, and from there south, crossing the A. T. & S. F. Railroad at Peabody. Work being already commenced, with a large force in Marion County, the road between Junction City and Peabody is to be completed and cars running over the same within a very short time.
The purpose of the company then will be to extend the road from Peabody down the Whitewater and thence down the Walnut River to Winfield, and through the county to Arkansas City, and eventually penetration in the Indian country. The bonds have already been voted for the road to the north line of Butler County.
The meeting was also addressed by Eugene Akin of Butler County, who accompanied Gen. McBratney, Col. Manning, Mr. Lacy, and others. A committee was then appointed, consisting of Col. E. C. Manning, R. B. Saffold, A. T. Stewart, J. B. Fairbank, H. B. Lacy, M. M. Jewett, C. A. Bliss, C. M. Wood, and D. A. Millington for the purpose of working up the enterprise of Cowley County, and for ascertaining whether our citizens were ready to extend the necessary aid in building said road. C. M. WOOD, Chairman.
R. B. SAFFOLD, Secretary.
Winfield Messenger, September 6, 1872.
Meeting organized by the selection of R. B. Saffold for chairman, and A. Walton as secretary. Mr. Saffold made an interesting speech in favor of the Cincinnati Platform and the nominees; Mr. Jackson made a motion that a committee of five be appointed on organization, seconded and carried; also moved that a committee of five be appointed on resolutions; carried.
Recommended by T. A. Blanchard, Chairman, that a Central Committee be elected, consisting of two members from each town­ship, and that they be requested to meet at Winfield, Saturday, the 9th day of September, 1872, for the purpose of organization of said Committee and apportioning to each township its number of delegates for a County Convention Sept. 18, named as the day for a Greeley Mass meeting at Winfield.
                                                     A. A. Jackson, Secretary.

Nominations were then made for delegates to the two Conven­tions to be held in Topeka September 11th, 1872. A. A. Jackson and R. B. Saffold, with S. D. Oaks and T. B. Ross as alternates were nominated to one Convention, and A. Walton, T. McIntire with H. N. Deming and T. A. Blanchard, alternates to the other, for the purpose of nominating State officers, Electors, and Congressmen.
Winfield Messenger, Friday, October 11, 1872. Front Page.
Convention called to order by A. N. Deming, Chairman of Central Committee. Committee on organization was appointed and reported Judge McIntire as chairman and W. M. Allison as secre­tary. Committee on resolutions was appointed: Judge R. B. Saffold; C. P. Spaulding, H. H. Constant. Short speeches made by A. N. Deming, A. Walton, Mr. Chase, and others.
PROBATE JUDGE: Formal ballot, T. J. Johnson received 24, A. A. Jackson 5, Boutwell 2. Johnson was declared the nominee.
COUNTY ATTORNEY: Judge R. B. Saffold was nominated by acclamation.
SUPT. PUBLIC INSTRUCTION. Dr. D. N. Egbert was nominated by acclamation.
The following Delegates and alternates were appointed to attend the Senatorial and Judicial conventions to be held at Wichita the 12th inst.: Judge R. C. Saffold, Judge McIntire, J. F. Paul, and C. P. Spaulding. Alternates: T. H. Benning, Dr. Wilkins, A. Walton, and W. M. Allison.
After the election of R. B. Saffold, J. F. Paul, and A. Jackson, as County Executive Committee, the convention adjourned. W. M. ALLISON, Secretary.
Winfield Messenger, October 18, 1872.
                                                      THE CANDIDATES.
The candidates for the various offices to be filled this fall are now before the public.
E. S. Torrance and R. B. Saffold are both popular candidates for County Attorney.
Winfield Messenger, November 1, 1872. Front Page.
                                                    ATTORNEYS AT LAW.
Will practice law in all the courts in the state of Kansas and at the U. S. Land Office at Wichita.
              Office in stone building on 9th Avenue, east of Main street, Winfield, Kansas.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 6, 1873.
                                                                  A Card.

EDITOR COURIER: I have been advised that my name is being used by certain parties for Mayor at the coming election. I desire to say that I will not be a candidate, but as I was chiefly instrumental in getting the charter, I am truly anxious that the city offices shall be filled by our best men. And it is unusually necessary at this time that we fill the highest office in the city with a man of high standing with the people of the county. Believing W. H. H. Marris to be that man, I shall cheerfully support the Citizen’s Ticket, headed by him.
                                                        J. M. ALEXANDER.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 6, 1873.
                                                                  A Card.
EDITOR COURIER: I positively decline to become a candidate for any office at the city election to be held the 7th of March. R. B. SAFFOLD.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 13, 1873.
                                                 TISDALE, March 11th, 1873.
I have been watching with no small degree of interest, the movement in the political horizon of Cowley County.
Ever since our Greeley friends, Messrs. Allison, Saffold & Co. first began to cry “corruption,” I have been at a loss to know, what in the world induced them to discover such a mass of corruption; and to become so suddenly virtuous and spotless, and to disclaim so valiantly against the fraudulent manner in which the county is being run by the “ring.” But I think I can now begin to see through the mill-stone.
If Messrs. Allison & Co. can just manage these Farmers’ Meetings skillfully, and work them up to a point of “indignation,” that will induce said farmers leagues to put a ticket in the field, regardless of political parties, a peoples ticket, if you please, it will be a good thing for our Greeley brethren. Because amidst the eternal clatter of their cry of fraud, corrup­tion, stop thief, etc., they think it will be an easy matter to furnish the lion’s share of candidates for said “peoples ticket” among their number. . . . CONSISTENT.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 10, 1873.
I regret to learn from your local columns that two of our fellow citizens sold out an immense stock of beads, leggins, tomahawks, moccasins, and other warlike gear at your town the other day, and were compelled to borrow clothing to wear home. There is no reason in the world why you fellows should don savage attire. You are sufficiently “on your ear” among yourselves already; no need of war-paint or scarlet breech-clouts. I propose that Waddell, Allison, “mr. jackson,” “mr. bliss,” “mr. saffold” and all the rest, including the sheriff and deputies, don this sanguinary garb and have it out on the fair ground. It is likely that they would handle each other worse than “Oakes’s cat” was treated. (You see jokes do travel!)
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 17, 1873.
We are sorry to learn that Judge R. B. Saffold is quite sick at the Bradish House.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 28, 1873.
                                                   BLACK CROOK, Dairy.
All persons who wish to be furnished with good fresh milk will please notify Mike McDonald, or leave orders at
                                        ALEXANDER & SAFFOLD’S Office.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 11, 1873.
Sam Mullen, who has dug more wells than any other man in Winfield, while digging a well on the farm of R. B. Saffold, Esq., last Saturday, had a blast go off prematurely, and a fragment of rock struck him on the head severely, but it did not seriously injure him.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 25, 1873.
We give this week a cursory report of the 3rd annual fair of the Cowley County Agricultural Society, held last week. Notwith­standing the dust which at times was almost stifling, the fair was quite successful and the managers are entitled to much credit for the energy and good judgment they used. We are informed by the secretary that there were over 400 entries, and more than 1,000 different articles on exhibition. We report some of the premiums as furnished us. The race horse and fast trotter had to take a back place this year, while the horse for service came to the front. The “pure agricultural horse trot” gave way to the tests of strength, and excellence was not measured by the short time required to run 300 yards. We were glad to notice some very good young stock in this department. The premiums were awarded as follows.
                              Saddle horses: 1st prize, R. B. Saffold; 2d Jas. Stewart.
Winfield Courier, November 20, 1873.
We are pleased to see the good natured countenance of Judge R. B. Saffold on our streets once more. The Judge has been for the last month recuperating and pleasure seeking among friends in the balmy air of old Kentucky. It is compliment enough to any man to know that his friends missed him when absent and were glad to welcome him back.
Winfield Courier, November 20, 1873.
Fine Stock. He who spends his time and money to improve the stock of this country is a public benefactor. We were led to this thought while looking at the splendid bull calf imported from Kentucky by Judge Saffold. The animal is a pure short horn Durham, five months old, weighs five hundred pounds, and cost five hundred dollars, or one dollar per pound. He will be kept at Mr. Saffold’s fine dairy farm near town where the Judge will be happy to exhibit his pet to anyone who wishes to see him. Judge Saffold has now one of the most complete herds of fine Durhams in the county. The energy and public spirit evinced by him in this line entitles Judge Saffold to the thanks of every lover of good stock.
Winfield Courier, December 12, 1873.
The Co. Commissioners at their last meeting accepted the Courthouse. And the contractors, Messrs. Stewart & Simpson, take this method to return thanks to their bondsmen, S. C. Smith, Charley Black, R. B. Saffold, Hiram Silver, S. H. Myton, Rice & Ray, J. J. Ellis, J. D. Cochran, M. L. Read, J. C. Blandin, John Lowry, and C. A. Bliss, for the confidence reposed in them when they were entire strangers, and to say that they are honorably discharged from any further obligation on account of the Courthouse.
Winfield Courier, December 12, 1873.
                                            GRAND MASONIC FESTIVAL!
To be given for the benefit of Adelphi Lodge, A. F. & A. M. at the Courtroom, Winfield, Kansas, Dec. 25th, 1873.

SOLICITING COMMITTEE. A. T. Stewart, S. H. Myton, I. Bing, A. T. Shenneman, J. A. Simpson, J. Swain, T. A. Blanchard, R. B. Saffold, John Rhodes; Mrs. Flint, Mrs. McMasters, Mrs. A. H. Green, Mrs. Brotherton, Mrs. Tousey, Mrs. Limbocker; Miss Jennie Stewart, Miss Lowry, W. W. Limbocker.
Winfield Courier, January 30, 1874.
The sidewalks in this city are “looming up.” ‘Squire Saffold is putting a handsome stone walk in front of one of his lots on Main street.
Winfield Courier, February 27, 1874.
Constable Burt Covert arrested Albert G. Headrick a few days ago in Howard County, on a charge of stealing a pair of horses from Judge Saffold sometime last Fall. He had a preliminary examination before ‘Squire Boyer and in default of bail was lodged in jail to await his trial at the March term of the District Court.
Winfield Courier, February 27, 1874.
                                              CIVIL DOCKET. NINTH DAY.
                                     75. Reuben B. Saffold vs. Earl F. Martin et al.
Winfield Courier, March 27, 1874.
The following are the Attorneys attending at the District Court: Hon. Wm. P. Hackney, Wellington; Hon. Jas. McDermott, Dexter; C. R. Mitchell, A. J. Pyburn, L. B. Kellogg, Arkansas City; Gen. Rogers, Eureka; M. S. Adams, Wichita; Fairbank, Torrance & Green, L. J. Webb, Manning & Johnson, Judge R. B. Saffold, Lewis T. Michener, Esq., Suits & Wood, D. A. Millington, Winfield.
Winfield Courier, April 10, 1874.
                                                 Saffold vs. Martin, Continued.
Winfield Courier, April 10, 1874.
                                                     Winfield City Officers.
The following are the officers elected in this city last Monday.
Mayor: S. C. Smith.
Police Judge: N. H. Wood.
Councilmen: Samuel Darrah, J. D. Cochran, H. S. Silver, J. P. McMillen, and R. B. Saffold.
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1874.
The City Council met at the Courthouse April 20, 1874, at 7 p.m. Mayor S. C. Smith in the chair. Councilmen present: J. P. McMillen, H. S. Silver, S. Darrah. Minutes of last meeting read and approved.
On motion, S. Darrah was duly elected as President of the Council for the ensuing year. H. S. Silver, S. Darrah, and R. B. Saffold were appointed a standing committee on finance for the ensuing year. S. Darrah, J. D. Cochran, and J. P. McMillen were appointed a standing committee on streets and sidewalks.
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1874.

“Quite a novel lawsuit is pending before ‘Squire Boyer, between Geo. Miller and a prominent lawyer in this city. The case is as follows. Just before court adjourned at the last term, T. H. Suits, Esq., arose and addressed the Court in a little short facetious speech and informed his honor, Judge Campbell, that as it has been the custom from time immemorial for the members of the bar, on the occasion of the departure of anyone of their number from their midst, to meet and jollify in some way, pass resolutions of respect, etc. And now it was generally understood that one of them was about to depart a life of single cussedness, and submit his neck to the benedictine yoke. Therefore, the speaker moved that said candidate for matrimonial honors be notified that the Court and bar expected him to set up the oysters.
“The Court entering at once into the spirit of the joke, appointed T. H. Suits, R. B. Saffold, and E. S. Torrance to carry out the programme. This was faithfully attended to by the committee and about 9 o’clock p.m., of that day, the Court, members of the bar, clerks, and sheriff’s, sat down to a splendid supper at the St. Nicholas, kept by Geo. Miller, who is noted the country over for serving his guests with the best the market affords. A jollier time was never seen in Winfield. The lawyer seemed to enjoy the good things set before him as much as the worst gourmand there; perhaps in anticipation of the way he was going to fool that court and bar, or perhaps he liked the tone of the speeches, or the sentiment of the toasts, or the sparkle of the wine, or, perhaps it was because he was hungry, he, perhaps not having eaten a good square meal for some days previous, or it may have been all combined; certain it is that he seemed well pleased with the entertainment.
“After allowing a reasonable time to elapse, Mr. Miller sent his bill to the victim, who refused to come down with the scads, greenbacks, dingbats (or whatever those things are called which you swap for oyster suppers). The other members of the bar learning that the ‘little bill’ had gone to protest, magnanimous­ly agreed each to pay for his own. And now our friend is sued for the quantity of oysters and wine he was supposed to have stowed away under his vest, on that, to the other starvelings, very pleasant occasion, amounting in the aggregate to the sum of one dollar and seventy cents.
  And now the case is set for hearing next Monday. How it is likely to turn out, we, of course, don’t pretend to say, nor is this article written to bias public opinion, to suborn wit­nesses, or to assist the average Kansas juror to form an opinion; no, none of these; but it is written for the purpose of insisting that the public suspend their opinion and never condemn a man unheard, no matter how guilty or deserving of the gallows you may know the man to be. Let justice be done though the oysters be never paid for. George has retained all the lawyers in town, and if he don’t win, it will be because he has ‘too many cooks.’”
Winfield Courier, May 1, 1874.
LOST. On the street between Judge Saffold’s office, and the office of Manning & Johnson, a leather pocket-book containing about $40.00. The loser, Mrs. S. M. Morgan, is a poor woman little able to lose it, and the finder will confer a great favor by leaving it at either of the above named places, or at this office.
Winfield Courier, May 8, 1874.
                                                   City Council Proceedings.
The Council met at Sheriff Walker’s office May 4th, 1874, at 7½ o’clock p.m. Present: S. C. Smith, Mayor, and Councilmen J. P. McMillen, R. B. Saffold, S. Darrah, and H. S. Silver. J. W. Curns, Clerk. Minutes of last meeting read and approved.

The Council met at the office of S. C. Smith May 5th, 1874, at 8 a.m., in pursuance of a call. Present: S. C. Smith, Mayor, and Councilmen Darrah, McMillen, Saffold, and Silver. The call was read which was as follows:
To the Honorable Mayor and Councilmen of the City of Winfield.
We, the undersigned, members of the City Council of the City of Winfield, would respectfully request that you call a special meeting of said council this 5th day of May, 1874, at 8 o’clock a.m. for the purpose of considering the matter of granting a dram shop license to R. Ehret. (Signed) J. F. McMILLEN, H. S. SILVER, R. B. SAFFOLD.
R. Ehret then presented a petition asking for a license to keep a dram shop; on motion the petition was granted and ordered that a dram shop license be issued to Reinhard Ehret for the period of one year from May 1st, 1874, on the payment of $300 to the City, said tax to be paid semi-annually; And further that the said Reinhard Ehret be required to give a good and sufficient bond in the sum of two thousand dollars to the City of Winfield, as required by law. On motion adjourned, J. W. CURNS, City Clerk.
Winfield Courier, May 22, 1874.
RECAP: SHERIFF R. L. WALKER SELLS ON SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 1874, LAND OWNED BY W. H. CADY, WHO HAS BEEN SUED BY S. L. BRETTUN: West ½ of the southeast 1/4 of section 21, tp. 30, south of Range four East of the sixth principal meridian in Cowley County, containing 80 acres, the said land having been levied upon as the property of said W. H. Cady.
Attorneys for plaintiff, S. L. Brettun: Alexander & Saffold.
Winfield Courier, June 5, 1874.
Judge R. B. Saffold has gone to Leavenworth.
Winfield Courier, June 5, 1874.
Council met at Courthouse May 18, 1874. Mayor S. C. Smith in the chair; Councilmen present, H. S. Silver, S. Darrah, J. P. McMillen, and R. B. Saffold. J. W. Curns, Clerk. The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.
The bonds of Joseph Likowski and Reinhard Ehret to the City of Winfield as dram shop keepers were presented to the Council and on motion were approved.
Winfield Courier, June 12, 1874.
Judge R. B. Saffold and county attorney E. S. Torrance are back from Leavenworth.
Winfield Courier, June 19, 1874.
Money to Loan. Money can be had at the office of Alexander & Saffold, at reasonable rates and on time to suit borrowers, for the purpose of deeding land, etc., by giving good real estate security.
Winfield Courier, July 10, 1874.
                                                   City Council Proceedings.
City Council met June 17th, at 4 p.m., in pursuance of adjournment. Present: Mayor S. C. Smith and Councilmen S. Darrah, H. S. Silver, R. B. Saffold, and J. P. McMillen. J. W. Curns, Clerk.
Mr. R. B. Saffold offered the following resolution, which on motion was adopted.

Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to procure for the city six ladders, to be placed at different business places along Main street, where the use of water buckets can be had, said ladders to be the property of the city and to be under the control of the City Marshal, to be used in case of fire. On motion R. B. Saffold, S. Darrah, and H. S. Silver were appointed a committee to procure said ladders.
Winfield Courier, July 24, 1874.
                                                       Council Proceedings.
Council met July 6th, 1874, at usual hour. Mayor S. C. Smith in the chair. Present: councilmen S. Darrah, R. B. Saffold, and H. S. Silver. Minutes of last meeting were read and approved.
Committee on ladders to be used in case of fire, reported they had completed the same. They were instructed to place the ladders at such place or places as will be most convenient in case of fire.
The bill of Calvin Gay, of $40.00, for six ladders was allowed.
A petition was presented asking the council to call an election to take sense of the voters upon the proposition of the city purchasing the ground of the Winfield Cemetery Association, and issuing scrip and bonds to pay for the same.
On motion the petition was referred to a committee consist­ing of R. B. Saffold, H. S. Silver, and S. Darrah, who were instructed to examine and report at their next meeting.
Winfield Courier, August 7, 1874.
                                                   City Council Proceedings.
Council met at council room July 20, at usual hour. Pres­ent: Mayor S. C. Smith and councilmen Silver, Darrah, and Saffold. J. W. Curns Clerk. The minutes of last meeting were read, and after being corrected, were approved.
The committee to whom was referred the petition of the citizens of Winfield, asking the council to call an election, reported unfavorably on said petition, which report was received and the committee discharged.
It was moved and carried that further action on said peti­tion be deferred until the next regular meeting, an ordinance providing for the protection of property was duly passed.
Being no other business, council adjourned. J. W. CURNS, City Clerk.
Winfield Courier, September 4, 1874.
Six townships were represented at the Farmers’, alias, Independent County Central Committee, meeting which was held in this city last Saturday. Including the spectators there were twenty-five persons present at one time but that number in a short time dwindled down to being from fifteen to eighteen.
The committee, after some talking, found that there was not enough brains among the members to carry on the convention, so the views of the spectators were solicited, whereupon the said spectators took things into their own hands and ran matters to suit themselves.
In the delegates to the Congressional and Senatorial Conven­tions, the farmer element is sadly lacking, and the members of the committee are anything but satisfied with the results of Saturday’s meeting.

The following persons were chosen delegates to the Congressional Convention that met at Emporia on the 4th inst.: Amos Walton and W. M. Allison; R. B. Saffold, alternate. To the Senatorial Convention: A. T. Stewart, T. H. Henderson, C. A. McClung, H. D. Gans, E. Millard.
Winfield Courier, September 18, 1874.
And now comes R. B. Saffold in pursuance to an order issued by the board to appear and correct his personal property assess­ment as returned by the assessor for the year 1874. And after hearing the statements of the said R. B. Saffold under oath, it is agreed that the assessment of said Saffold as heretofore returned is correct.
Winfield Courier, September 18, 1874.
                                            CIVIL DOCKET. SECOND DAY.
                                                R. B. Saffold vs. Burl F. Martin.
Excerpts from a lengthy article...
Winfield Courier, September 25, 1874. [Editorial by James Kelly.]
The readers of the COURIER will bear witness to our patience under the slanderous misrepresentations of the Telegram and its allies, for two years past. We have hoped in forbearance to avoid a conflict with the “ring” that keeps that paper on its legs. Long since the people of the county withdrew their support from it on account of its personal abuse and unreliability. For more than a year it has been kept running by desperate make­shifts, by moving from room to room, and from garret to cellar about town because it could not pay rent. By paying its employ­ees with promises, by borrowing material, by taking continuances in court against creditors who were trying to compel it, or its editor, to pay their honest debts, and with the aid of all the subterfuges, practiced only by scoundrels, backed by a ring that we hereafter describe in detail, it has succeeded in maintaining a sickly existence.
The Telegram is for anybody or anything that will keep T. K. Johnston in the Post Office at Winfield, and serve the interests of its masters, Read & Robinson, and Alexander & Saffold.
When the COURIER expressed the sense of the Republicans of Cowley County, by reproaching Judge Lowe, our member of Congress, for his vote in favor of the salary gain  bill, the Telegram made haste to endorse Judge Lowe, and the P. O. Ring sent Lowe a marked copy of each paper. About that time there was an effort made to put Johnston out and put in somebody else, but it failed through Lowe’s influence. Lowe was told that all the Republicans wanted was a man in harmony with the party, no one was particular about the individual. But the COURIER had incurred Mr. Lowe’s displeasure for denouncing him in common with the other salary grabbers. This coupled with the “Ring” endorsement of him saved T. K. At the present hour, after abusing the Republican adminis­tration, national, state, and county, for two years, the Telegram hoists the Republican State ticket because it knows it will be elected anyway. This is done to get Governor Osborn’s endorse­ment to keep Johnston in the Post Office. It then hoists J. K. Hudson’s name, a newspaper publisher, as a candidate for Congress because he is a “farmer,” and hoists R. B. Saffold’s name for State Senator because he is a “reformer,” and opposed to the Republican party; while H. C. St. Clair, the Republican nominee, is a practical farmer and a patron of husbandry.

Now the Telegram and the “ring” are moving everything to organize an opposition to the Republican party of Cowley County this fall. Why? Because the Republican party won’t endorse Johnston, a man bitterly obnoxious to the public, and notoriously dishonest, as postmaster; won’t give the carpet-bagger from Leavenworth, Alexander, an office; won’t favor the bonding of the County debt so as to enable Read & Robinson, and a few non-residents, to convert the several thousands of dollars of Co. scrip that they hold, into cash. These are the real reasons, no matter what their pretended reasons are.
The cabal that backs the Telegram in its baseness has its head and front in Alexander & Saffold, Read & Robinson, and T. K. Johnston. This “ring” is what Alexander calls the “respectable faction in the Republican party.”
Winfield Courier, September 25, 1874.
The nomination of R. B. Saffold for State Senator is regard­ed by the people of Cowley as a huge joke.
Winfield Courier, September 25, 1874.   
Col. Alexander is out in the Telegram this week with a long endorsement of R. B. Saffold for State Senator. Of course, Alec. would endorse his law partner.
Winfield Courier, September 25, 1874.
Saffold will beat St. Clair as much as he beat Torrance two years ago for County Attorney, he being snowed under by nearly seven hundred majority.
Winfield Courier, October 2, 1874.
                                        A KNOT OF NICE “REFORMERS.”
Gathered at P. O. headquarters No. 2, last Wednesday night, were as nice a knot of “reformers” as ever (dis)graced the State of Kansas. In the center, Nelson Abbott, whose record during and since the war brand him as no better than any other murderer and thief. Around him such shining lights as J. M. Alexander, R. B. Saffold, Will. M. Allison, H. B. Lacy, not to mention Judge Ross. We noticed a few vacant chairs, which to have made the circle complete, should have been filled by the fisherman of the P. O. “Charley,” Alexander’s former partner, and one or two others we could name. No doubt they had a good time “fighting their battles o’er again.” Certainly if each was not benefitted, neither could he be contaminated by contact with the others.
Winfield Courier, October 2, 1874.
                                                        SLIGHTLY THIN.
J. M. Alexander, Saffold’s law partner, says of that gentle­man, in the Telegram last week; that he is a “farmer.” True, he don’t do the work himself as his republican opponent Col. St. Clair does. “But ‘tis because his health is not good.”
The statement that Judge Saffold’s health is not good will be news to his friends. Judge Saffold is a man about 38 years of age, over six feet high, and weighs 175 or 180 pounds, and is one of the healthiest looking men in Kansas. We have known the Judge for some years and don’t remember ever hearing of his being sick but once, and that was during the past summer.

Judge Saffold is one of the few, fortunate young men who was raised in the state of Georgia, who perhaps never did a day’s work in his life, whose daily employment was going to school, and highest enjoyment to larrup a “nigger.” On Coming of age he chose the law profession which we believe he has practiced ever since.
When the war broke out, Alec. further tells us, Judge Saffold was forced into the army against his wishes and in order that he might do the Union as little damage as possible, he chose the least conspicu­ous position in it. “So much so,” continues Alec., “that he was often in imminent danger of his life.”
Now we appeal to every soldier, on either side, if the least conspicuous position in the army wasn’t also the least dangerous. The fact is that Mr. Saffold was a Commissary Sergeant during the war and of course it was not conspicuous. But of course, also, it wasn’t dangerous, as Alec. would have us believe.
Another funny thing is, that Saffold being forced into the army, i.e., conscripted, that he could choose where and how he would serve. Had Alexander left that part of his record out entirely, it would have been better for Judge Saffold.
Or if he had owned up manfully to his having been a rebel and volunteering in the army, no one would have found any fault with him on that ground. But the pitiful excuse made for him by his law partner ought to snow him under worse than ever. Now he has no claim on those who served in the Southern Army and he certainly never had any on Union men. Of course, Alexander thought that we would show up Mr. Saffold’s war record so he thought he would be out first.
The truth is, Alec., we would have done no such thing. For besides having considerable personal regard for Judge Saffold, we have no ill will against a man for having served his time manful­ly in the rebel army. But for such a soldier as described by Alexander, we have the most profound contempt.
Winfield Courier, October 2, 1874.
The Cowley County Telegram, in speaking of Judge Saffold as a candidate, says:
“His election is a foregone conclusion. Sedgwick County will give him a majority of 800, Sumner, the home of the opposi­tion nominee, will give him 300, and Harvey will also give him a heavy vote, while Butler and Howard will go strongly in his favor.”
It is our opinion, Brother Allison, that it will wrestle your man to get twelve hundred votes in the whole district. Eagle.
Winfield Courier, October 2, 1874.
Court convened last Monday, the following lawyers in attendance: Webb & Millington, Pryor & Kager, Fairbank, Torrance & Green, Alexander & Saffold, Suits & Wood, E. C. Manning, W. P. Hackney, T. H. Johnson, and John E. Allen, of Winfield. J. Wade McDonald, of Wellington. M. S. Adams and Chas. Hatton, of Wichita. James McDermott, of Dexter; and C. R. Mitchell and L. B. Kellogg, of Arkansas City.
Winfield Courier, October 2, 1874.
                                   A CAMPAIGN MEETING IN WINFIELD!

Nelson Abbott came to Winfield the day that September left. Wednesday night the courtroom filled with voters to hear Nelson speak. Besides some things that Nelson isn’t, he is a candidate on the “reform” ticket for Secretary of State. Nelson is some things, but he isn’t a good many things. He is the publisher of a democratic paper in Atchison, he is an awkward public speaker, is doing the republican ticket much good, and is a fair specimen of the “reform” genius. He isn’t an honest man, he isn’t doing his cause any good, he isn’t paying off those lottery tickets, isn’t telling the truth one-third of the time when he talks, isn’t fooling anybody with his lies, isn’t going to be elected secretary of state.
R. B. Saffold, democrat, and Allison’s candidate for the state senate, made a few remarks.
Winfield Courier, October 9, 1874.
                                                     Item from the Traveler.
Bear it in mind: Hon. H. C. St. Clair is a Republican farmer and patron. R. B. Saffold is a democrat and a lawyer. What was formerly claimed to be a farmer’s organization nominated the lawyer. What is, and has always claimed to be a Republican organization, nominated the farmer. “How is this thus?”
Winfield Courier, October 22, 1874.
A. D. Speed has got back to Cowley again. Harter, Dick Walker, and Judge Saffold have our warmest sympathy, we know how it is ourself.
Winfield Courier, October 22, 1874.
Judge Saffold has returned from his canvassing tour, and reports everything favorable. We are sorry to say to the Judge that he will be overwhelmingly slaughtered in November.
Winfield Courier, November 5, 1874.
                              St. Clair Beats Saffold Fully Three Hundred Votes.
The election in this county last Tuesday passed off quietly. No disturbance of any kind marred the good feeling which has prevailed during the election campaign. Owing to the fact that a great many voters stayed away from the polls a very light vote was cast, probably not over fourteen hundred in all.
Winfield Plow and Anvil, November 19, 1874.
                                                        LOCAL MATTERS
                                                            Special Notice.
Editorial rooms at the office of Alexander & Saffold in the Stone Building on 9th Avenue.
Winfield Plow and Anvil, November 19, 1874.
The Hog Fanciers began their slaughter last week. Mullen & Co., and Judge Saffold assassinated something less than 100 each, when the wind whipped around in the South and prolonged the wind of the balance of their stock. A North wind on Tuesday of this week started the music of the Swine Bands again and the Hog men are happy once more.—Cause feed is $1.00 per bushel.
Winfield Courier, December 31, 1874.
Council met November 16th, 1874, at usual hour. A quorum being present, after reading the minutes of the last meeting and approving the same, the following business was transacted.

T. H. Johnson and W. M. Boyer were placed in nomination for the office of Police Judge to fill the vacancy occasioned by the resignation of N. H. Wood. A vote was taken which resulted as follows: For Johnson, R. B. Saffold, S. Darrah, H. S. Silver, 3. For Boyer, J. D. Cochran. Mr. Johnson having received the highest number of votes cast, was declared duly elected Police Judge for the balance of the year.
An ordinance in relation to license tax was read and duly passed, the final vote on passage as follows: ayes, Cochran, Silver, Saffold, Darrah, 4; nays 0.
On motion a committee consisting of Saffold, Silver, and Cochran was appointed to revise the city ordinance in relation to the duties and pay of the city Attorney.
T. H. Suits appeared and resigned the office of city attorney.
On motion W. P. Hackney was duly appointed city attorney for the balance of the year.
Winfield Courier, December 31, 1874.
                                                   City Council Proceedings.
Council met November 2nd, 1874, at usual hour. Present: S. C. Smith, Mayor; J. D. Cochran, H. S. Silver, S. Darrah, R. B. Saffold, and J. P. McMillen, Councilmen; J. W. Curns, Clerk. The minutes of the last meeting was read and approved.
A bill in favor of J. H. Land of $3.00, being for to recover the proceeds of the sale of a certain hog, sold by the marshal of the city of Winfield, was presented and referred to the finance committee and duly allowed.
The fee bill of the city of Winfield vs. V. B. Beckett for $16.50 was referred to the finance committee.
An ordinance defining the duties of the city marshal was read by sections and on motion was passed. The vote on the final passage was as follows: ayes, Saffold, Darrah, Silver, McMillen, and Cochran; nays 0.
N. H. Wood appeared and tendered his resignation as police judge of the city of Winfield, to take effect Nov. 7th, 1874.
Winfield Courier, January 14, 1875.
                                                   City Council Proceedings.
Council met December 21st at council room. Present: S. C. Smith, mayor, H. S. Silver, J. D. Cochran, R. B. Saffold, and S. Darrah, councilmen; J. W. Curns, clerk.
Messrs. C. A. Bliss and Enoch Maris appeared and asked the council to make provision for the purchasing of a lot in the cemetery grounds for the use of the city, in pursuance of which, it was moved and seconded that a committee of three, consisting of S. Darrah, R. B. Saffold, and H. S. Silver be appointed to confer with the cemetery committee in regard to purchasing a part or the whole of said cemetery. Motion carried.
Winfield Courier, January 14, 1875.
R. B. Saffold has gone to Leavenworth.
Winfield Courier, February 11, 1875.
                                                     JANUARY 25TH, 1875.
Council met at 7 o’clock p.m. in pursuance of adjournment. Present: S. C. Smith, mayor, R. B. Saffold, S. Darrah, H. S. Silver, councilmen, and J. W. Curns, clerk.
Winfield Courier, February 11, 1875.
                                                            Bankrupt Sale.
                      In the District Court of the United States for the District of Kansas.
                                      In the matter of Hiram Brotherton, Bankrupt.
                                                        IN BANKRUPTCY.

By virtue of an order issued out of the aforesaid Court, I will on Monday, the 1st day of March A. D. 1875 at 1 o’clock p.m. of said day at the south front door of the courthouse in the City of Winfield, county of Cowley, State of Kansas, sell to the highest and best bidder, for cash, all the open accounts, and promissory notes against divers persons, remaining unsettled and unpaid, now in my hands belonging to said bankrupt estate. R. B. SAFFOLD.
Assignee of the Estate of Hiram Brotherton, Bankrupt.
Winfield, Feb. 8, 1875.
Winfield Courier, February 18, 1875..
[Note: Most of this item was illegible. Got only part of it.]
The cemetery committee made the following report, which on motion was adopted, and the committee disbanded. . . .  leave to submit the following report: During the past week we visited the cemetery north of the city, in company with a commit­tee from the cemetery association, and found two blocks well located and suited for the use of the city, which were offered by the committee from the cemetery association for the sum of $125 in city warrants and your committee was inclined to report favorably for purchasing the same for the use of the city. Since that time, however, the committee have been offered by Mr. Ira F. Moore, having charge of the cemetery grounds south of the city, the same amount of grounds in that cemetery, free of charge, and as a donation to the city; we would, therefore, in making this report as between the location of the two grounds, favor the one north of the city, but as regards the difference in the estimated value of the two grounds, would favor accepting the proposition offered the city from the cemetery south of the city.
                                  H. S. Silver, S. Darrah, R. B. Saffold, Committee.
On motion, a committee consisting of R. B. Saffold, H. S. Silver, and S. Darrah, was appointed to wait on Mr. Ira E. Moore and accept the donation to the city, of the cemetery grounds offered by him, and procure a deed to the city of Winfield, of the same.
Winfield Courier, March 11, 1875.
                                                   City Council Proceedings.
                                              WINFIELD, February 15, 1875.
The Council met at the usual hour. Present: S. C. Smith, Mayor; H. S. Silver, S. Darrah, J. D. Cochran, R. B. Saffold, Councilmen; J. W. Curns, Clerk.
Moved and carried that a committee of three be appointed to employ an attorney to attend to the suits pending in the District Court in which the city is a party, and that the committee be authorized to fix the compensation for such services. Messrs. Saffold, Darrah, and Cochran were appointed on said committee.
The committee on Cemetery reported that they had accepted the donation of Mr. I. E.  Moore of a lot in Valley View Cemetery, and presented the deed for the same. On motion the committee was discharged.
It was moved and carried that a committee of three be appointed to wait upon the Winfield Cemetery committee in regard to any proposition they may make with reference to their Cemetery. Saffold, Cochran, and Darrah were appointed on said committee.
Winfield Courier, March 25, 1875.
                                                   City Council Proceedings.

                                                            March 1, 1875.
Council met at the usual hour. Present: S. C. Smith, Mayor; R. B. Saffold, J. P. McMillen, H. S. Silver, Councilmen; J. W. Curns, Clerk.
Winfield Courier, March 25, 1875.
The District Court is in full blast, Hon. W. P. Campbell presiding. The following attorneys are in attendance: Webb & Millington, Hackney & McDonald, E. C. Manning, J. B. Fairbank, Pryor & Kager, T. H. Suits, John E. Allen, A. H. Green, Alexander & Saffold, T. H. Johnson, M. S. Adams of Wichita, C. R. Mitchell and L. B. Kellogg of Arkansas City, James McDermott of Dexter, and A. J. Pyburn, County Attorney.
Winfield Courier, April 22, 1875.
Judge Saffold is now alone in the law business. He can be found at his old stand.
Winfield Courier, April 22, 1875.
                                                             Bar Meeting.
At a meeting of the Cowley County Bar held at the office of J. E. Allen, in the city of Winfield, April 26th, 1875, Judge R. B. Saffold was called to the chair and J. E. Allen appointed Secretary. The following were appointed a committee on resolu­tions: L. J. Webb, A. J. Pyburn, Amos Walton, and W. M. Boyer, who reported the following resolutions, which were unanimously adopted.
WHEREAS, The Hon. W. P. Hackney is about to remove from our midst, therefore be it Resolved, That we, the members of the bar of Cowley County, do most sincerely regret the loss we sustain in his removal.
Resolved, That in Mr. Hackney we recognize a true lawyer, and one who graces the profession to which he belongs.
Resolved, That we recommend him as one in whom the people wherever he may locate may repose implicit confidence, not only as a lawyer, but as a citizen and neighbor.
Resolved, That the Secretary furnish a copy of these resolu­tions to Mr. Hackney, and a copy to each of the county papers for publication. R. B. SAFFOLD, Chairman.
J. B. ALLEN, Secretary.
Winfield Courier, August 12, 1875.
Judge R. B. Saffold started Sunday morning on a trip to Galveston, Texas. He will visit friends in Georgia and other southern states before he returns.
Winfield Courier, September 2, 1875.
Judge Saffold is eating bananas and oranges on the “promenade” at Galveston, Texas, while his friends are fighting flies and cholera morbus here. Such is life.
Winfield Courier, September 9, 1875.
Judge Saffold has returned, and Amos and Will will have to take back seats.
Winfield Courier, November 4, 1875.
                                                    GRAND STOCK SALE
                             OF BLOODED CATTLE, SWINE, AND HORSES.
                                  On Monday, the 15th day of November, 1875.

I will sell at my farm, one mile east of Winfield, my short-horn Durham Bull, Chancellor, and a herd of cattle consisting of 65 head of the best Domestic and Durham Milk Cows, Heifers, Steers, and Blooded Calves.
Also 75 head of pure Poland, China, and Berkshire Hogs, of the famous Shepherd & Alexander stock of Illinois.
And a Few Good Mares and Horses.
Sale positive and to commence promptly at 10 o’clock A. M.
                                                              Terms Cash.
This is a favorable opportunity for every farmer in the country to purchase good stock at reasonable prices.
All are invited to attend. R. B. SAFFOLD.
Winfield, Nov. 3, 1875.
Winfield Courier, November 11, 1875.
Judge Saffold advertised his stock sale in the COURIER one week and before its next issue, he had the whole outfit sold to W. L. Mullen, a COURIER subscriber.
Winfield Courier, November 11, 1875.
EDITOR COURIER! Having sold my entire herd of cattle and hogs to Mr. W. L. Mullen at private sale, there will be no public sale of stock at my farm on the 15th inst., as advertised in the last issue of your paper. Will you please insert this notice and oblige.
                                        Yours, very respectfully, R. B. SAFFOLD.
Winfield Courier, December 23, 1875.
We visited Judge Saffold’s fine sheep farm on Black Crook the other day and found his flock in excellent condition. He has not lost a single head since they were brought into the county. Ed. Strickland, his “bos” help, is a regular old twentieth century shepherd.
Winfield Courier, April 5, 1877.  
On last Wednesday night, during the thunder storm, Mr. Strickland, who is living on Judge Saffold’s farm, east of town, was awakened by a very heavy clap of thunder, and in a few moments his attention was attracted by a bright light through the window. He looked out the window and soon discovered that the shed, in which he had something near three hundred sheep shel­tered, had been struck with lightning and was on fire. He ran quickly to the rescue, but in spite of all his endeavors about two hundred of his sheep were burned to death.
                                                  District Court Proceedings.
Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.
May 15.
Alexander & Saffold vs. W. W. Andrews.
Judgment for plaintiff $485.
Excerpts from lengthy article...
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1879.
The persons who projected and carried out the building of the courthouse and jail were W. H. H. Maris, then Mayor; S. C. Smith, R. B. Saffold, C. A. Bliss, H. S. Silver, J. D. Cochran, S. Darrah, then councilmen; J. M. Alexander, city attorney; Frank Cox, of Richland, John D. Maurer of Dexter, and O. C. Smith, of Cresswell, county commissioners.

Fifty-eight leading men of Winfield were most active in this matter and guaranteed the title to the courthouse ground and many prominent men of the county approved the measure.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 5, 1880. Front Page.
The day we passed in Saratoga was too hot and the night too intensely brilliant to be passed without comment.
I have met Mrs. Waldron, and R. B. Saffold, who join a party for Long Branch.
From there I go to Newport and Boston and then commence my home trip.
                                                        H. P. MANSFIELD.
Winfield Courier, April 7, 1881.
Judge Saffold dropped down on his Winfield friends Tuesday. The Judge is now a resident of San Francisco, California. He was one of Winfield’s first settlers and took an active part in our old county-seat fights. He has improved very much since he left here; is larger and fleshier, but is growing gray.


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