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Frederick W. Schwantes, Jr.

                                                         Vernon Township.
Frederick W. Schwantes, Jr. was born in Germany in 1839 (July 6, 1830), son of Frederick and Fredericka Schwantes. He was married in 1856( December 9, 1855) to Carlina (Caroline) Long, born in 1846 (August 22, 1836), daughter of Jacob and Sarah Long. They had twelve children; William, Clarinda, Daniel, Ella, Peter, Carrie, Charles, Benjamin, John, Ida, Cora and James W. He came to Kansas in 1870 and located on Section 12 in Vernon township. In 1883 he owned 718 acres, with 420 of them under cultivation. He resided in a two story stone house which was built of stone out of his own quarry. He was a Republican.
The father of Frederick W. Schwantes, Jr., was Frederick Wilhelm Schwantes Sr. He was born in 1802 and died September 16, 1876, aged 74 years, one month, and 28 days. He was buried in Mount Vernon cemetery.
The Vernon township census of 1874 lists Frederick Schwantes, age 44, and his wife Caroline, age 37.
Kansas 1875 Census, Vernon Township, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.
Name                                 age sex color          Place/birth   Where from
F. W. Schwantes                45    m    w       Prussia       Illinois
Caroline Schwantes            38     f     w            Ohio                 Illinois
William Schwantes        18    m    w       Illinois         Illinois
Clarinda Schwantes            17     f     w            Illinois         Illinois
Daniel Schwantes               15    m    w       Illinois         Illinois
Ella Schwantes             12     f     w            Illinois         Illinois
Peter Schwantes                 10    m    w       Illinois         Illinois
Caroline Schwantes              8     f     w            Illinois         Illinois
Charlie Schwantes          6    m    w       Illinois         Illinois
Benjamin Schwantes             3    m    w       Kansas
John Schwantes                  6m   m    w       Kansas
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Cowley County Censor, October 21, 1871.
Last Saturday the Republican Delegate Convention met at this place and, notwithstanding the day was stormy and disagreeable, all the townships were represented except Creswell. The follow­ing named gentlemen were the delegates.
Vernon Township: Geo. Easterly, T. A. Blanchard, and F. W. Schwantes.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 8, 1873.
The annual meeting of the stock holders of the Cowley County Agricultural society was held on Saturday last, at the office of the Secretary. 228 shares were represented, and voted upon. The reports of the former Board of Directors were heard, and accepted.
The following persons were chosen directors for the ensuing year. J. D. Cochran, W. W. Limbocker, W. K. Davis, H. Silver, E. Davis, J. B. Fairbank, Amos Walton, S. C. Winton, F. W. Schwantes, C. M. Wood, A. S. Williams, and J. R. Smith.
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 premiums were awarded as follows.
The exhibition here was worthy the attention of every farmer. We never saw a larger or better collection at any fair, and we are glad to attest the fact that the county is so largely stocked with fine blooded stock.
There were 77 swine on exhibition. The premiums were awarded as follows.
Poland China, Magee, and other large breeds.
Boars under 2 years old: 1st pr. F. W. Schwantes; 2d C. Duer.
Sows under 1 year old: 1st p. F. W. Schwantes, 2d H. B. Lacy.
The premiums were awarded on corn to J. G. Titus, R. L. Cowles, F. W. Schwantes. On wheat, white, A. Meaner; red, J. H. Curfman, spring wheat, J. Lowery.
Winfield Courier, August 7, 1874. Front Page.
Officers of Cowley County Agricultural Society: A. T. Stewart, President; C. M. Wood, Vice President; J. D. Cochran, Treasurer; J. B. Fairbank, Secretary.
Directors: A. T. Stewart, W. Q. Mansfield, H. S. Silver, J. P. Short, F. W. Schwantes,
W. H. Grow, D. A. Millington, Amos Walton, W. K. Davis, C. M. Wood. J. D. Cochran, J. R. Smith, J. B. Fairbank.
Winfield Courier, October 21, 1875.
Fred Schwantes brought in another “nubbin” of corn having 1,480 grains on the outside, and we don’t know how much shelled corn concealed in the cob.
Winfield Courier, August 10, 1876.
The following is a list of the delegates to the republican county convention, from the nine townships heard from.
Winfield: R. L. Walker, James Kelly, E. P. Kinne, M. G. Troup, T. B. Myres, C. C. Pierce, Nels Newell, Jno. Mentch, E. S. Torrance, and A. B. Lemmon.
Creswell: I. H. Bonsall, W. M. Sleeth, O. P. Houghton, Geo. McIntire, and Dr. Hughes.
Richland: D. Maher, M. C. Headrick, Alex Kelly, and Dr. Phelps.
Vernon: J. S. Woolley, Fred Schwantes, and J. W. Millspaugh.
Beaver: T. W. Morris and L. Bonnewell.
Pleasant Valley: C. J. Brane and S. H. Sparks.
Nennescah: A. B. Odell and Wm. Bartlow.
Liberty: Sam Pitt and E. C. Clay.
Omnia: E. A. Henthorn.
Winfield Courier, August 10, 1876.

Pursuant to notice over forty Republicans of Vernon met in caucus at the Vernon schoolhouse today and elected J. S. Wooley chairman and J. B. Evans secretary. Enthusiastic speeches were made by Messrs. Millspaugh, Ware, Evans, Hopkins, Woolley, Schwantes, and others. The caucus then proceeded to elect delegates to the County Convention, resulting as follows: Messrs. J. W. Millspaugh, J. S. Woolley, and F. W. Schwantes; after which the following resolution was unanimously adopted.
Resolved, That our delegates are instructed to vote for and use all honorable means to secure the nomination, at the Senato­rial Convention, of the Hon. Edwin C. Manning for State Senator; also to cast their votes for delegates to the Judicial Convention who will support the Hon. W. P. Campbell for District Judge.
Winfield Courier, August 17, 1876. Editorial Page.
                                                 COUNTY CONVENTION.
The Republican county convention convened at the Courthouse, in Winfield, on Saturday, August 12th, at 1 o’clock p.m., and was called to order by A. B. Lemmon, chairman of the Republican county central committee. R. C. Story was elected temporary chairman and James Kelly secretary. A committee on credentials was appointed, consisting of Messrs. E. S. Torrance, J. W. Tull, A. B. Odell, T. R. Bryan, and S. M. Jarvis. The committee reported the following persons as having been duly elected as delegates and alternates to the convention.
Vernon: Delegates, J. S. Woolley, J. Millspaugh, and F. W. Schwantes.
Winfield Courier, August 17, 1876.
Pursuant to call the delegates of the 88th Representative District met in Republican convention at the courthouse, in Winfield, at 10 o’clock a.m., Saturday, August 12, 1876.
The committee on credentials then submitted the following report. . . .
“Your committee on credentials beg leave to report the following named persons entitled to seats as delegates in the convention.
                Vernon Township: J. S. Woolley, F. W. Schwantes, and J. W. Millspaugh.
Winfield Courier, November 30, 1876.
Tickets For the Real Estate and Personal Property Sale can be purchased at the Post office, Baldwin’s Drug Store, Myton’s Hardware Store, and at Gilleland’s Boot & Shoe Establishment. The following described property will be sold and delivered to the parties who hold sale tickets, signed by the Secretary, on Monday the 1st day of January, 1877.
$10,000 WORTH OF PROPERTY will be distributed upon the sale of 10,000 Tickets at $1.00 each. For the faithful performance of the above stipulation the following persons are named, respectively: M. L. Robinson, as Treasurer; W. D. Clark, Secretary; F. W. Schwantes and C. A. McClung, Trustees; unto whose hands the property is placed, and by them to be delivered and conveyed to the ticket holders.
We, the undersigned, having been selected as trustees to superintendent and conduct the above sale, to be made by Messrs. Clark & Williams on the 1st day of January, A. D., 1877, do hereby accept the trust, and will use our utmost endeavors to see that the distribution and everything connected with the enter­prise is conducted in a fair and impartial manner, and that the property shall be delivered and conveyed according to the draw­ing. Personal property prizes to be delivered immediately after the drawing, and real estate to be conveyed immediately and possession given of the same on the 1st day of March, 1877.
                                F. W. SCHWANTES, C. A. McCLUNG. Trustees.
Winfield Courier, December 28, 1876.

The “opening” dance at the house of Fred Schwantes, three miles out on the Wichita road, Monday night was a big affair. Over forty numbers were sold and several boys from town had to return, on account of not being able to secure standing room for themselves and ladies. Fred has a great big stone house, but he evidently has too many friends.
Winfield Courier, January 11, 1877.
The Cowley County District Grange had a good meeting last Saturday at the Courthouse, and elected the following officers for the ensuing year: Wm. White, Master; Ed. Green, Overseer; G. N. Fowler, Lecturer; C. C. Krow, Stewart; H. L. Barker, Asst. Stewart; S. N. Sparks, Chaplain; Jas. O. Vanorsdal, Treasurer; C. Coon, Secretary; F. Schwantes, Gate Keeper; Mrs. Vanorsdal, Ceres; Mrs. Barker, Pomona; Mrs. White, Flora; and Miss Birdzell, Lady Asst. Steward.
Winfield Courier, September 20, 1877.
The following persons are elected delegates to the Republican convention at the Courthouse next Saturday. Vernon. F. W. Schwantes, P. M. Waite, Chas. S. Smith.
Winfield Courier, January 24, 1878.
                                                      GREENBACK CLUB.
The citizens of Vernon Township met at Valley View schoolhouse on the 9th inst., and organized a society to be known as the “Valley View Greenback Club.” A. S. Williams was elected president; F. W. Schwantes, vice president; C. A. McClung, secretary; Thomas Deacon, treasurer. Will meet every Wednesday evening. Invite speakers from other towns.
Winfield Courier, January 24, 1878.
COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. Claims allowed Jan. 10.
Road viewer: F. W. Schwantes, $1.50.
Winfield Courier, May 2, 1878.
Pursuant to a call for a county convention, the Presidents of the various Greenback clubs in the county and two delegates from each, convened in convention at Winfield, April 28, 1878, for the purpose of effecting a county organization. Mr. T. A. Blanchard was called to the chair and C. C. Krow elected Secretary of the convention. Committee on credentials appointed as follows: A. S. Williams, S. B. Hunt, and C. G. Handy. The committee reported the following persons entitled to seats in the convention.
Vernon Club: F. W. Schwantes, A. S. Williams, C. A. McClung.
On invitation Mr. N. C. Coldwell addressed the convention, giving his views of the manner of an organization it was desirable to effect. He was followed by W. E. Merydith, C. C. Krow, F. W. Schwantes, H. S. Libby, S. B. Hunt, and other gentlemen, each giving his idea of what should be done.
Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.

The storm of last week, Wednesday morning, came from the W.N.W. across the north part of Sumner County down the Ninnescah River, where it did a considerable damage. The center of the storm passed over Vernon, Winfield, Tisdale, Dexter, and Otter Townships in Cowley County in a general direction of E.S.E., and left the county in the vicinity of Cedarvale. It could not have been more than about fifteen miles wide and the track of the heaviest rainfall was scarcely more than half of that width. From all the circumstances taken together we conclude, it was a cyclone or rotary storm, of about seven or eight miles in diameter; that the rotation was not extremely rapid, and that the progress of the storm was very slow. Our statement last week of the amount of waterfall was, we now think, exaggerated, and that twenty inches would be the extent.
LOSERS BY THE STORM. On Walnut: John Ireton lost 20 hogs and 30 acres of wheat; Mr. Craig and Mr. Clark lost each 30 acres of wheat; F. W. Schwantes lost his stone corral; M. Gessler lost 5 hogs.
Winfield Courier, August 22, 1878.
The Greenback Executive Committee. Committee met August 17, J. R. Callison presiding, W. M. Allison, secretary. The committee chose N. C. Coldwell, J. R. Callison, F. W. Schwantes, and D. Elliott as delegates to the Congressional Convention at Florence August 20. The chairman and secretary were instructed to call a county convention to put a full county ticket in the field when they think best.
The following were appointed a committee to see after unorganized territory: F. W. Schwantes, T. A. Blanchard, D. Elliott, J. R. Callison, J. W. Searle, A. S. Williams, B. H. Clover, N. C. Coldwell, Wm. Morrow, S. B. Hunt, C. C. Krow, O. C. Brubaker, and W. M. Allison.
Winfield Courier, January 16, 1879.
Board of County Commissioners met in regular session [Janu­ary 6, 1879]. Present: R. F. Burden, W. M. Sleeth, and G. L. Gale, commissioners, James McDermott, county attorney, and M. G. Troup, county clerk. Among other proceedings had, bills against the county were presented and passed upon by the board as follows.
For what purpose. F. W. Schwantes, road dam.
Winfield Courier, March 6, 1879.
                                       VALLEY VIEW, KANS., March 2, 1879.
                               BIRTH. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Schwantes, a daughter.
Winfield Courier, July 24, 1879.
Mr. F. W. Schwantes, of Vernon, brought into our office last Saturday a bunch of millet which measured 5 feet 8 inches high, with heads as large as an ear of corn. The millet was grown on  the farm of Mr. Schwantes, and he has a whole field full just like it.
Winfield Courier, August 21, 1879.
F. W. Schwantes (Represented by Hackney & McDonald) vs. C. S. & F. S. railroad (Represented by A. J. Pyburn). [There were two cases.]
Schwantes’ creek...
Winfield Courier, August 28, 1879.

Large numbers of our citizens walked up to the railroad last Sunday. About twenty hands are employed on the railroad bridge, and are pushing it along right lively. A large number of rail­roaders were in town Tuesday and the number of plain drunks were quite numerous. There are some men in town who think that they can afford to wet their whistles fifteen or twenty times a day, consequently the flourishing condition of our wet-goods houses. The track is laid to Schwantes’ creek, about 24 miles from town, and the cut is being made through the bluff west of town. Thirty days more will anchor the iron horse at “Winfield station.” Why don’t someone take hold and work up an excursion when the road gets in. The iron horse is within about three miles of town, and if we are going to have a grand blow-out, it is about time to start the thing along. Let us “excurst.”
Winfield Courier, August 28, 1879.
The District Court convened Monday afternoon, of last week, and the following cases were disposed of upon call of the Docket.
Dismissed: F. W. Schwantes vs. C. S. & F. S. railroad. [2 cases.]
Winfield Courier, May 20, 1880.
“Mr. F. W. Schwantes, one of the oldest residents of Vernon township, was found roaming about in the woods near his house last Sunday morning totally insane. He left home during the night seemingly in his right mind, but when found in the morning had lost all consciousness and knowledge of anyone or anything. Mr. Schwantes has been one of the leading citizens of his county, and is reputed to be in good circumstances.”
Winfield Courier, January 13, 1881.
FARMERS’ CONVENTION. A number of the leading farmers of the county met pursuant to call at the courthouse last Saturday. The meeting organized by electing J. S. Baker chairman and S. E. Burger secretary. After a few preliminary remarks it was decided to issue a call for a mass convention, to meet two weeks from that date, to perfect the organization of a “Farmers’ Alliance Club.” Three delegates were elected to attend the convention, which meets at Topeka today (Wednesday). The delegates are: S. E. Burger, Capt. Stubblefield, and F. W. Schwantes.
Winfield Courier, March 24, 1881.
                                      VALLEY VIEW, KANS., March 19, 1881.
We had a wedding on the 10th inst., Mr. C. R. Myers to Miss Ella Schwantes.
Winfield Courier, September 15, 1881.
F. W. Schwantes sells 70 acres of wheat of 20 bushels to the acre at $1.18 per bushel and still he wants more greenbacks.
Winfield Courier, November 17, 1881.
Winfield Courier, January 5, 1882.
The proceeds of the festival at Valley View last Thursday evening were about twenty-five dollars. The money, together with funds already in the treasury, will be used in the purchase of an organ for the Sunday school. Messrs. Martin, Schwantes, and Blanchard were in Saturday making arrangements to purchase the instrument.
Winfield Courier, February 9, 1882.
                                                          VALLEY VIEW.

The session of Sabbath school on January 29th was an occasion long to be remembered by those present. After the usual time spent in studying the lesson, this being the anniversary day, the secretary, Miss E. Martin, and the treasurer, Mr. F. W. Schwantes, made complete reports and showed a prosperous condition of the school. The interest appears to have steadily increased from the organization to the present time. The finances, which annoy so many schools, have from the liberality of our people, given us no trouble at any time. Besides paying the current expenses for books, papers, etc., the treasurer has now on hand fifty-two dollars. An organ has been ordered for  the school and will be on hand in a few weeks. The following officers were elected for the ensuing year.
Superintendent, J. F. Martin; Asst. Superintendent, Mrs. M. Smith; Secretary, Miss Lizzie Thompson; Assistant Secretary, Mr. Geo. Cormer; Treasurer, F. W. Schwantes; Librarian, Miss Katie Schwantes; Assistant Librarian, Miss Pearl Martin.
(At this point Mrs. M. Smith read a history of the school for the past two years, which is too extended for publication here. It was nicely written, and we regret that its length precludes publication. ED.)
Winfield Courier, March 2, 1882.
                                                          VALLEY VIEW.
On last Saturday evening the young people of this community gave an entertainment, which was in every particular a most creditable affair.
The first “Drama” was performed by the following Persons: Misses Katie Schwantes, Emma Martin, Pearl Martin; Messrs. Schwantes, Isnogle, Martin (C. F.), Conner, Thompson, Smith, Martin (W.), Schwantes (D.).
The second drama was given by Misses E. Martin, K. Schwantes, L. Thompson, M. Miller; Messrs. Conner, Martin, Schwantes, Isnogle, Thompson, Smith.
Winfield Courier, March 23, 1882.
VALLEY VIEW. Mr. F. W. Schwantes sold his beef cattle and swine several days ago for a goodly sum and has now bought another farm.
Cowley County Courant, April 27, 1882.
Billy Schwantes is tearing the bone out of a piece of sod and planting the same in corn.
Winfield Courier, June 8, 1882.
Valley View. We are becoming noted for organs as we now have 7 in the district. Mr. T. Thompson has a “Patterson,” Mr. F. W. Schwantes a “Beatty,” and the Sabbath school organ came on last week. It is a “Cornish.” Several of the young ladies are devoting their time and talents to music.
Winfield Courier, June 15, 1882.
ORCHARD COTTAGE. EDS. COURIER: As the first item of interest, I will insert the minutes of the Vernon Pioneer’s Reunion, as furnished me by the Secretary.
                     RIVERSIDE PARK, VERNON TOWNSHIP, MAY 31ST, 1882.
Minutes of the first reunion of the Pioneers of Vernon Township, Cowley County, Kansas. Pursuant to a previous call, the old settlers of Vernon Township met at Riverside Park at 10 o’clock a.m., and Mr. Henry Hawkins was called to the chair and M. L. Martin was chosen temporary secretary. After which all the old settlers who immigrated to Vernon previous to January 1st, 1873, were requested to come forward and sign their names to the roll, or have the secretary to do so, as by a previous motion, and vote it was decided that all who settled in Vernon previous to that time should be considered old settlers.

At 2 o’clock p.m., the meeting was called to order by the president, J. W. Millspaugh, who made a short address stating the object of the afternoon session. A number of old settlers were then called to the stand, and short and appropriate addresses were made by T. A. Blanchard, A. Hetrick, J. B. Evans, Albert Werden, M. L. Martin, and F. W. Schwantes.
I failed to get the roll of the old settlers, but I think I can give them by memory; at least all those who answered to their names.
Messrs. Ives, Brown, A. Beaman, Bud Bernard, F. W. Schwantes, T. A. Blanchard, Wm. Schwantes, Fahnestock, Thos. Thompson, E. C. Martin, D. S. Beadle, J. H., A. J., and F. A. Werden, H. C. Hawkins, Benj. Dougherty, D. G. Hawkins, Henry Hawkins, J. W. Millspaugh, L. A. Millspaugh, N. Millspaugh, R. Millspaugh, M. L. Martin, James Foster, T. B. Ware,  N. C. Clark, P. M. Waite, Charles McClung, Ile McClung, Milt Rhodes, and J. B. Evans.
Winfield Courier, July 27, 1882.
VALLEY VIEW HUMMINGS. Mr. F. W. Schwantes has been selling off more of his swine.
Winfield Courier, August 17, 1882.
We present the following on the present exhibit.
F. W. Schwantes, fine red plum, called Weaver. (Committee could not determine name.) Also large white onion from button setts, very good.
Winfield Courier, August 24, 1882.
Greenback Convention. The committees were as follows.
Apportionment: R. W. Stephens, C. C. Krow, Mr. McCurley, F. W. Schwantes, J. C. Stratton.
Winfield Courier, September 7, 1882.
VALLEY VIEW BREVITIES. Miss Katie Schwantes is visiting friends and relatives in the northern part of the state.
Winfield Courier, February 8, 1883.
Valley View Sabbath School. This Sunday school closed its third year on January 23, 1883. Its prosperity has been continuous since its organization. The secretary, Miss Lizzie Thompson, read a well prepared report, in substance as follows: Number of officers and teachers during the year, 327; average attendance, 6 45-17; No. of scholars present during the year, 2364; average attendance 50 14-47, No. of visitors, 130. The superintendent (Jas. F. Martin) was absent only one Sabbath during the year. The school failed to meet four Sabbaths on account of bad weather. The treasurer, F. W. Schwantes, reported $76 expended for organ and papers, and that there was a balance on hand of $16, thus showing the financial health of the school. . . .
The school elected the following officers, Wm. Staggers, Superintendent; C. W. Short, Assistant Superintendent; Miss Carrie Schwantes, Secretary; Miss Katie Schwantes, Librarian; and F. W. Schwantes, Treasurer. The school meets every Sabbath at 3 o’clock p.m. All are cordially invited and will be made to feel at home at its sessions. The Valley View Sunday School is one that does not “freeze out” in the winter season. We are sorry to say it is the only one in Vernon Township that can claim such a record. M.

Winfield Courier, May 10, 1883.
A mass meeting of farmers was held in the Opera House Saturday afternoon to consider the Fair question. A goodly number of farmers from every part of the county were present. W. J. Millspaugh, of Vernon, was elected chairman and S. P. Strong, of Rock, secretary. The report of the committee on soliciting subscriptions to the stock reported four thousand eight hundred dollars taken. The committee was then increased by the following additions, one in each township. The Secretary was instructed to prepare and forward to each of the township committee blank subscription lists, with the request that they circulate them at once. This committee was instructed to report with the lists at a public meeting in the Hall at 2 o’clock, May 19, when all who have subscribed to the stock are requested to be present and form a permanent organization. Short speeches were then made by Senator Hackney, Jas. F. Martin, S. P. Strong, S. S. Lynn, Henry Harbaugh, F. W. Schwantes, John C. Roberts, D. L. Kretsinger, and others. After the meeting many new names were added and the list now foots up over five thousand dollars. Great interest was manifested by all the farmers present for the success of the enterprise. Over half the capital stock is already taken and it looks as if we were at last going to have an institution that will be a credit and an honor to the county. Winfield has responded nobly in this matter, and it now remains for the farmers to do their share, which they will undoubtedly accomplish.
Winfield Courier, June 7, 1883.
OLD SETTLERS’ REUNION. At Riverside Park, Thursday, May 31, 1883.
The Old Settlers’ Association of Vernon Township was called to order by the President, J. W. Millspaugh. Minutes of the last meeting read by the Secretary, H. H. Martin, and approved. On motion of J. H. Werden, the Association of Old Settlers of Vernon Township was dissolved, and an association of the Old Settlers of Cowley County organized.
Motion by Mr. H. H. Martin that all residents that came to this county prior to June 1st, 1875, be eligible to membership in the organization, carried. President instructed to appoint a committee of three on program for next meeting. President appointed as such committee: Wm. P. Hackney, C. M. Scott, and S. M. Fall. On motion, the 1st Tuesday in September next was appointed as the first regular meeting.
Interesting personal reminiscences of early times in the county were given by Messrs. Millspaugh, Murphy, Hawkins, Bonnewell, Kinney, Werden, Schwantes, and the president.
Winfield Courier, June 14, 1883.
A wedding to which the people of Vernon Township have been looking with great interest was held at the residence of the bride’s father, Thursday evening, June 7th, at 9 o’clock. The contracting parties were Mr. William Schwantes, son of Mr. Fred W. Schwantes, and Miss Emma Martin, daughter of James F. Martin. The ritual ceremony was performed by the Rev. James Cairns, of Winfield, on the lawn under a group of trees decorated with Chinese lanterns. The wedding march rendered by Mr. Alberts made the scene very impressive. The bride looked lovely in a steel colored silk trimmed with black Spanish lace. Her hair was dressed with beautiful flowers a la bretzel. The groom wore the conventional black and looked proud and happy. The friends of the bride and groom remembered them, as the following list of presents will testify.

From the bride’s parents, we noticed an organ, bible, and table linen.
Parlor lamp and fruit dish by Mr. Charles Martin.
Culinary service, Misses Pearl and Nellie Martin.
From the groom’s parents, set of plates, butter stand, and toweling.
Set of napkins, Miss Kate Schwantes.
Wash bowl and pitcher, Mr. Dan Schwantes.
Cream pitcher, Miss Carrie Schwantes.
The groom and bride have sensibly gone to housekeeping, and that uninterrupted joy and success may attend them is the wish of their many friends. The COURIER office was remembered with a bountiful supply of delicious cake.
Winfield Courier, June 14, 1883.
MARRIED. About one hundred guests met at the residence of James F. Martin, President of the Cowley County Horticultural Society, Thursday evening, June 7th. The occasion was the marriage of Mr. William Schwantes to his daughter, Miss Emma Martin. The ceremony was performed by Rev. J. Cairns of Winfield. It was one of those occasions never to be forgotten. The whole company sat down to a supper that would have done credit to “Delmonico,” to which ample justice was done. All were so happy that we won’t be surprised if other unions grow out of this. Sweet music was discoursed from the organ by Mr. Burt. May the honeymoon never set. FRATER.
Winfield Courier, January 17, 1884.
OUR FAIR. Following is a list of Shareholders and Number of Shares Held.
F. W. Schwantes, 1.
Winfield Courier, February 14, 1884.
Bethel Items. Capt. N. A. Haight, Cowley County Surveyor, has been surveying for B. D. Hanna and Billy Schwantes for the past week.
Winfield Courier, March 13, 1884.
The report of Valley View school for term commencing Oct. 1st, 1883, and ending Feb. 22, 1884. Number of pupils enrolled 41. Average first two months 16 11-40. Average last three months 24 1-3. A grade general average 97-3/4. Wilber Martin 100, Carrie Schwantes and Pearl Martin 98, B. Grade Peter Schwantes, George Staggers, and Charlie Staggers 92, May Blanchard and Mary Bryan 87, Alice Pennington 90, average 90. C. grade, Charley Schwantes and Sandy Craig 92, Jessie Staggers, Nellie Martin, May Allen, Robert Craig, Heartie Schwantes and Ben Perrin, 89, general average 89-3/4.
Number whose deportment was 100 last month: Pearlie Perrin, Ben Schwantes, Wilber Martin, Sandy and Robert Craig, Charlie Staggers. James Craig’s deportment averaged 100 during term. Only one scholar, Pearly Herrin, was not absent during term.
The following is a program of closing exercises. “Little by Little,” Charlie Schwantes.
“Corn of Kansas,” Carrie Schwantes. Ben Schwantes, “Look not upon the wine when it is Red.” John Schwantes, “Come Again.” Ida Schwantes, “My Mother.” Cora Schwantes, “The Bridge of Sighs.” Carrie Schwantes, “Independence Bells.”

All the smaller scholars had declamations without a single exception, and the scholars all did exceedingly well. After the exercises closed, Mr. J. F. Martin and others addressed the school. ANNA MARK, Teacher.
Winfield Courier, April 3, 1884.
Certificates of wedded bliss have been issued by Judge Gans.
MARRIAGE LICENSE. August Kadau to Katie Schwantes.
Winfield Courier, April 3, 1884.
MARRIED. August Kadau, Winfield’s “boss” boot and shoe manufacturer, and Miss Katie Schwantes will be married this (Wednesday) evening at the residence of the bride’s parents, four miles up the Walnut. B. W. Shields, Billy Dawson, Geo. Headrick, and others will be present to witness the ceremony and enjoy the festivities of the occasion. August is receiving a prize well worthy such a genial, substantial, and popular young man, and we wish himself and fair bride all the happiness and blessings obtainable in this world. The necessary perquisites for housekeeping have already been purchased and the happy couple will settle down in the “little brown front” immediately.
Winfield Courier, August 7, 1884.
The following is a list of the stockholders of the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association: F. W. Schwantes.
Winfield Courier, August 21, 1884.
Proceeding of the Greenbackers Delegate convention which met in Winfield, Aug. 16th, 1884. Meeting called to order by Mr. Wallis.
On motion F. W. Schwantes was elected chairman and W. C. Briant was chosen Secretary. On motion the following named members were elected delegates to District convention which meets at Independence Aug. 21st, 1884. J. J. Johnson, F. W. Schwantes, C. C. Kronk, N. H. Brown, and W. C. Briant. On motion, R. C. Stevens, Mr. Wallis, W. A. Tipton, L. Walton, and J. A. McCullen were elected delegates to State convention at Topeka, Kansas, August 27th, 1884. Moved that we invite the Independent voters of Cowley County to meet in mass convention at Winfield Saturday, September 20th, 1884, to nominate a county ticket.
Winfield Courier, September 18, 1884.
Notice to Hunters. Hunters are hereby notified not to hunt on our premises, Those who do will be promptly arrested and prosecuted to the full extent of the law. Robert Weakly, Frank Weakly, A. Weakly, Wm. Schwantes, J. A. Rucker, B. D. Hanna, N. R. Wilson.
Winfield Courier, September 25, 1884.
MARRIED. Married at the residence of the bride’s mother, in Vernon, Cowley County, Kansas, by Rev. P. B. Lee, Tuesday evening, September 23rd, 1884, Mr. Daniel F. Schwantes and Miss Carrie Stewart.
Winfield Courier, September 25, 1884.
CIVIL DOCKET. SIXTH DAY. 95. F. W. Schwantes vs. C. A. Bliss, et al.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 8, 1885.
Mr. and Mrs. F. W. Schwantes of Vernon lost their youngest child, a bright little three-year-old-boy, last week.
                                              SEELEY SCRAPS. “TRUTH.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 26, 1885.
Last Wednesday night Dan Schwantes was surprised, and the surprisers spent a very pleasant evening.
                                           BETHEL ITEMS. “BLUE BELL.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 11, 1885.
Wm. Schwantes and wife went to her father’s (J. F. Martin) Saturday evening to a strawberry supper.
                                           BETHEL ITEMS. “BLUE BELL.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 18, 1885.
B. D. Hanna and Wm. Schwantes sold some wheat at $1 per bushel last week.
J. F. Martin and wife stayed Saturday night and Sunday at Wm. Schwantes, their son-in-law.
                                           BETHEL ITEMS. “BLUE BELL.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 25, 1885.
Mr. Will Schwantes and wife were at Winfield last week. Also J. A. Rucker and wife.
                                           BETHEL ITEMS. “BLUE BELL.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 2, 1885.
Miss Nellie Martin has been with her sister, Mrs. Schwantes, for several days.
                                           BETHEL ITEMS. “BLUE BELL.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 16, 1885.
Mr. and Mrs. Kadau, of Winfield, spent Sunday with Mrs. Kadau’s brother, Mr. Wm. Schwantes.
                                           BETHEL ITEMS. “BLUE BELL.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 23, 1885.
Wm. Schwantes sold some of his hogs to J. R. Pugh for $3.75 per hundred.
                                           BETHEL ITEMS. “BLUE BELL.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.
Mr. Wm. Schwantes and wife spent Sunday with relatives in Vernon township.
                                           BETHEL ITEMS. “BLUE BELL.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 6, 1885.
Wm. Schwantes and wife took another trip to Vernon township. “There is no place like home.”
                                           BETHEL ITEMS. “BLUE BELL.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 20, 1885.
Mr. Will Schwantes and wife had a visit Sunday from her parents, I. F. Martin and wife, and other relatives; also at night by some young folks.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 27, 1885.

1980. F W Schwantes vs C A Bliss et al. S. D. Pryor; W. A. Tipton, Jennings & Troup for plaintiff.
1994. Appeal of F W Schwantes. S. D. Pryor, W. A. Tipton for plaintiff; McDonald & Webb for defendant.
1995. Appeal of F W Schwantes. S. D. Pryor, W. A. Tipton for plaintiff; McDonald & Webb for defendant.
                                           BETHEL ITEMS. “BLUE BELL.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 3, 1885.
Will Schwantes and wife were over to her father’s Sunday.
Mr. Wm. Schwantes and wife, with Mrs. Ad. Rucker, were at Winfield recently in search of dry goods—found quite a variety of new goods, enough to satisfy the eye of any one.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 17, 1885.
A meeting of Vernon and Winfield citizens was held in this city Monday to arrange for a new bridge on the old piers on the Walnut at Bliss & Wood’s mill. Chas. C. Black was president of the meeting and G. H. Crippen secretary. It was determined to erect a six thousand dollar bridge. Senator Jennings, J. B. Lynn, S. H. Myton, J. W. Millspaugh, Billy Moore, F. W. Schwantes, B. F. Wood, and J. F. Martin were appointed as committeemen to boost the matter through. It is proposed to erect a $6,000 bridge on private subscription. Twenty-two hundred dollars were subscribed in this meeting, the largest amount, $800, by Bliss & Wood. The road, as condemned and paid for years ago, leading from Vernon to this bridge, runs along the north bank of the river until it strikes the bluff, where it comes out on the section line. Another meeting will be held on the 28th to perfect matters.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.
The Third Annual Exhibition of the Cowley County Fair & Driving Park Association opened this morning.
In the class for native draft horses the show was very large. The exhibitors were E. I. Johnson, mare and colt; J. H. Land, mare and colt; L. Stout, mares, colts, and stallion; Col. McMullen, ten mares and seven colts; F. W. Schwantes, mare; S. Allison, stallion; Frank Conkright, two stallions; J. M. Buffington, stallions; J. S. Hubbard, stallion; N. L. Yarbrough, stallion; T. P. Herriott, of Marion County, span of Norman mares. The competition for premiums was very lively.
In the Gelding ring F. W. Schwantes’s fine iron gray took first on 4 year olds.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 1, 1885.
THURSDAY. This is Winfield and Arkansas City Day at the Fair and decidedly the biggest day of all. Vernon township carries off the prize on wheat. F. W. Schwantes coming up with 870 bushels, raised on twenty-one acres of ground, making forty-one and three-sevenths bushels to the acre.
Class A.—HORSES.
Lot 5. Agricultural. Gelding, 4 years old and over. F. W. Schwantes 1st.
Lot 6. Roadsters. Span mares or geldings, any age. F. Schwantes 1st.
                                           BETHEL ITEMS. “BLUE BELL.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 15, 1885.
Mrs. J. F. Martin and son and daughter were visiting Mrs. Will Schwantes Saturday and Sunday.

                                           BETHEL ITEMS. “BLUE BELL.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 29, 1885.
Wm. Schwantes and wife spent Sunday with her parents.
                                           BETHEL ITEMS. “BLUE BELL.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 12, 1885.
Mrs. Emma Schwantes went home with her parents, J. F. Martin and wife, on the 7th, and stayed until the evening of the 8th. Why not divide the time among neighbors?
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 19, 1885.
Sheriff McIntire, Justices Buckman and Snow, and County Clerk Hunt have drawn the following thirty-six petit jurors, according to law, for the December term of the District Court. One of those listed: F. W. Schwantes, Vernon township.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 10, 1885.
CIVIL DOCKET. THIRD DAY. F W Schwantes vs C A Bliss et al, S D Pryor pros; W A Tipton and Jennings & Troup defense.
Appeal of F W Schwantes, S D Pryor pros; McDonald & Webb defense.
                                                   BETHEL CHAT. “B. B.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 17, 1885.
Fred Arnold and wife were out sleighing Sunday and called on Wm. Schwantes and wife.
Wm. Schwantes has been selling some old wheat recently, getting 90 cents per bushel. Kansas markets are dull.
                                            BETHEL CHAT. “BLUE BELL.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 31, 1885.
Wm. Schwantes and wife spent Christmas at her father’s.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 18, 1886.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds since our last issue.
 Manly M Geer to Frederick W Schwantes, 75 acres, sw qr & nw qr se qr 7-32-4e: $2,500.
                                           BETHEL ITEMS. “BLUE BELL.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 18, 1886.
Wm. Schwantes is the proudest man in Cowley and the cause is a 9 pound boy.
                                           BETHEL ITEMS. “BLUE BELL.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 25, 1886.
Mrs. Emma Schwantes gains strength slowly, but Will and the boy are all right.
                                           BETHEL ITEMS. “BLUE BELL.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 4, 1886.
J. F. Martin and wife were visiting at their son-in-law’s, Wm. Schwantes, Sunday.
                                           BETHEL ITEMS. “BLUE BELL.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 18, 1886.
The Weakley boys marked some hogs Saturday, also Wm. Schwantes.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 18, 1886.

No institution has done more for the onward march of our splendid county than The Cowley County Fair & Driving Park Association. Its prosperity has been marked from the start. From an organization composed of a few gritty, enterprising, and energetic men, three years ago it bought sixty acres of ground on the beautiful Walnut and today has one of the best improved and most valuable Fair Grounds in the West. Its natural advantages and fine improvement and arrangements, backed by one of the most productive and public spirited counties and a liberal fair management. The association’s Fairs have been magnificent successes—the greatest heralders of Cowley’s worth and fame. The Fair Association has grown until its stockholders now embrace fully 100 of the best farmers and citizens of the county.
At the adjournment of the stockholders’ meeting, the Directors of the Association met and elected the officers of The Cowley County Fair & Driving Park Association, for this year: S. P. Strong, of Rock, President; F. W. Schwantes, of Vernon, Vice-President; W. J. Wilson, of Winfield, Secretary; A. H. Doane, of Winfield, Treasurer; J. R. Sumpter, of Beaver, General Manager. The Directors meet again April 9th, and on the second Friday of each month.
                                                         NOTES BY RKW
Mrs. F. W. Schwantes died January 15, 1909, at her home on south Menor street. There was no mention of family. She was to be buried in Mount Vernon cemetery.
F. W. Schwantes died August 3, 1913, and was buried in Mt. Vernon Cemetery.


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