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John Service and Sister, Anna or Annie Service

                                                         Winfield, Kansas.
[Note: In the beginning papers referred to “J. G. Service.” Later they showed him as “John Service.” The “residents 21 & over” showed Anna or Annie as his spouse. This is incorrect. Anna or Annie Service was his sister.]
J. G. Service, 45. Sister, Anna, 35.
J. G. Service, 46. Sister, Annie, 36.
John (?) Service, 54. Sister, Annie, 49.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
John G. Service...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 7, 1873.
                                       John G. Service vs. C. C. Harris, dismissed.
Winfield Courier, January 2, 1874.
RUNAWAY. Thursday morning a team belonging to J. G. Ser­vice, which was left standing unhitched in front of the post office, took fright and started at a lively gait up main street. Turning the corner at W. H. H. Maris’, they left the seat in the road, and one horse was picked up, and, Mr. Service went on his way rejoicing. Nobody hurt.
J. G. Service and sister...
Winfield Courier, January 16, 1874.
Last Saturday, Deputy Worden organized a Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry in Winfield. There were twenty-four charter members present, fourteen gentlemen and ten ladies. The officers so far as we could learn are: A. T. STEWART, MASTER; J. D. COCHRAN, OVERSEER; N. C. McCULLOCH, LECTURER; J. G. SERVICE, SECRETARY; JETHRO COCHRAN, CHAPLAIN; MRS. [MISS] SERVICE, CERES; MRS. MARY A. McCULLOCH, POMONA; MISS BURGER, ASSISTANT STEWART.
John Service...
Winfield Courier, May 2, 1878.
                                                     Real Estate Transfers.
                       Royal H. Tucker to John Service, s e ½ of s w 13 32 4, 80 acres.
John Service...
Cowley County Teacher, November, 1879. [Date Not Given.]
                              Officers of Cowley County Sabbath School Convention.
President:  S. S. Holloway.
Vice President:  John Service.
Secretary:  James McDermott.
Asst. Secretary:  R. C. Story.
Treasurer:  H. D. Gans.
J. Service...

Winfield Courier, February 12, 1880.
On motion J. Van Doren, J. A. Hyden, J. C. Platter, J. Service, and A. P. Johnson were appointed a committee to report on the practicability and necessity of planting fruit and forest trees and shrubbery; to make necessary arrangements for Arbor day, and to set the time and place for the next meeting.
John Service of Winfield...
Winfield Courier, June 10, 1880.
Mr. Frank Williams returned Monday from a trip to the new mineral springs in Arkansas. Frank thinks the springs have some medicinal qualities but do not possess the healing qualities that are ascribed to them. He is much improved in appearance and enjoyed the trip. Messrs. Kirk and Service, of our city, are still there. Although only a few months old, the town, Eureka Springs, has a population of 15,000.
John Service...
Winfield Courier, August 12, 1880.
At the meeting of the Directors of The Enterprise Gold and Silver Mining and Smelting Company, of Sherman, Colorado, the following officers were elected for the ensuing year.
Hon. W. P. Hackney, President.
John Service, Vice-President.
T. K. Johnston, Treasurer.
E. P. Kinne, Secretary.
F. Gallotti, General Manager.
Advisory Board: S. C. Smith, M. G. Troup, John D. Pryor.
Special Executive Committee: T. K. Johnston, E. P. Kinne, F. Gallotti.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 18, 1880.
At the meeting of the citizens of Winfield in the interest of the Enterprise Gold and Silver Mining and Smelting Company, an organization was perfected and the following officers elected: President, Hon. W. P. Hackney; vice president, John Service; treasurer, T. K. Johnston; secretary, E. P. Kinne; general manager, Frank Gallotti; advisory board—S. C. Smith, M. G. Troup, John D. Pryor. A special executive committee, consisting of T. K. Johnston, Frank Gallotti, and E. P. Kinne, was selected.
Miss Service...
Winfield Courier, December 16, 1880.
A meeting was held in the council rooms last Thursday evening to consider means for temporary assistance to those in want in our city.
John B. Lynn was made chairman, and James Kelly, secretary.
By a vote of the meeting the city was divided into four wards by Main street and Ninth avenue, and committees were constituted as follows.
Northeast ward:  Mesdames T. R. Bryan, Dr. Graham, and Rev. J. Cairns.
Northwest ward:  Mesdames McDonald, McMullen, and Miss Service.
Southwest ward:  Mesdames Spotswood and Jillson, and Miss Mary R. Stewart.

Southeast ward:  Mesdames Hickock, Silver, and Swain.
John Service...
Winfield Courier, January 27, 1881.
On Thursday evening the congregation of the Presbyterian church will celebrate the completion of their improvements in the basement of the church building. It has been divided into three rooms, viz: lecture-room, parlor, and kitchen, and it is admira­bly arranged for prayer meetings and social gatherings of the church.
The exercises will consist of music, addresses, and brief religious services. The special feature of the exercises will be addresses by various persons on topics of interest connected with the past history of this church. The following are the subjects.
How this church came to be organized: S. W. Greer.
The first service: John Swain.
The building of the church: J. W. Curns.
The debt; how it has been paid: John Service.
The Ladies’ Missionary Society: Miss Shields.
The Ladies’ Aid Society: Mrs. Platter.
The Revival of 1875: H. S. Silver.
The Revival of 1877: T. B. Myers.
The present improvement: Frank Williams.
These addresses are not to exceed five or ten minutes.
In order to aid in paying for this improvement of the basement, the Ladies’ Society will give an Oyster Supper at the conclusion of the services. All are cordially invited to be present.
Reference to Mr. Service’s place east of Winfield...
Winfield Courier, February 17, 1881.
A man applied to Mayor Lynn for aid Monday, stating that he lived on East 8th avenue. The Mayor referred him to Councilman Hodges, and he was afterward furnished with provisions by Coun­cilman Freeman. Marshal Stevens investigated the matter and found that he did not reside in the city at all but lived off Mr. Service’s place east of town. It was also discovered that he was the possessor of a team and had an able-bodied son twenty years old; that they had twice been offered work with their team at $2.50 per day but had refused the job, preferring to live by charity. From what we saw of the man, he seemed as able to work as hundreds of others who make their living by honest labor. There are dozens of widows in Winfield with large families to support who struggle along without asking charity, but who are more entitled to it than this applicant.
John Service...
Winfield Courier, November 3, 1881.
                            Cowley County, Kansas, November A. D. 1881 Term.
                                               CIVIL DOCKET. THIRD DAY.
                                    M. C. Headrick, administrator, vs. John Service.
Refers to farm of Mr. Service, one mile east of Winfield...

Winfield Courier, February 23, 1882.
The Hapgood Sulky Plow walks away with the Casaday to the tune of 33 pounds lighter each pull for five pulls, taking the weight with a Fairbanks scale; running three tenths of an inch less in depth and cutting one fifth of an inch wider. Judges ruled both plows to throw their dirt as near as possible alike. No observations were taken as to base of management. As to work both plows were credited with doing good work. This “VICTORY” does away with the no land side idea. My competitors have been claiming lightness of draft for their plow on account of having no land side. I claim this no land side business a humbug and have proved it. If I had not pulled one pound lighter, I would have beaten, showing plainly that a land side is of no disadvantage and that the friction on same mounts to nothing. This is the result of the trial that came off on the farm of Mr. Service, one mile east of Winfield, on Friday, February 17th.
                                 FOR HAPGOOD PLOW—W. A. LEE, AGENT.
                                      WINFIELD, KANSAS, February 17, 1882.
We, the undersigned farmers, chosen to test the draft and judge as to quality of work and ease of management between the Hapgood and Casady Sulky Plows, on the farm of Mr. Service, report as follows.
As to ease of management, did not have time to take observations. As to work, both plows did good work when the mould boards were set alike. After making five drafts with each plow testing weight with a Fairbanks dynamometer, we find that the Hapgood plow drew 25 pounds lighter each draft, cutting one-fifth of an inch wider and three-tenths of an inch less in depth. Below is the average draft of each plow.
CANADY: Draft 500, Depth 8 inches, Width cut, 13-1/4.
HAPGOOD: Draft 555, Depth 7-7/10 inches, Width cut, 15-2/5.
Mr. John Service, Winfield...
Winfield Courier, March 2, 1882.
Mr. Service informs us that the amount now on hand belonging to the W. C. T. U., is $85.07. Of this amount all but ten dollars was the result of their suppers given last week. The ladies deserve great credit for their energy in working for the temperance cause. Much of the good accomplished for the aid of temperance is attributable to their efforts.
Death of John Service [named “James” in article]...
Cowley County Courant, March 16, 1882.
The funeral of James [John] Service was held this afternoon at the Presbyterian church, the Rev. Platter delivering an impressive sermon. A very large number of our citizens attended the ser­vice, and followed the remains to the grave. Mr. Service had a host of friends here to whom his death will be a sad happening.
John Service...
Cowley County Courant, March 16, 1882.

DIED. Mr. John Service died at about half past eleven Saturday, March 11, 1882. His death was caused by heart disease. Mr. Service had been at Wellington with Mr. Platter assisting in some reli­gious meetings and returned on the 6 o’clock morning train. He was feeling in better health than for some time past and had no premonitory symptoms of the disease which carried him off. He was sawing wood in the yard in the rear of the house of Mr. Tucker, where he was boarding, when he felt a severe pain in his side, and entering the house laid down upon the bed and died within fifteen minutes. This news will startle our citizens who were acquainted with Mr. Service. He has long been a resident of this city and county and was one of our most prominent citizens. He had many friends and was held in universal respect for his Christian character and upright life. He was an ardent worker in the cause of temperance, and a leading member of the Presbyterian church. He possessed considerable property interests here and had always labored for the advancement of the city and county.
His sudden and startling death will be deeply regretted. We were personally acquainted with him and knew him for a man of many virtues and few faults, and it is with pain that we record his removal from our midst. The suddenness of his death in­creased the feeling of solemnity among our citizens and brings forcibly to our mind the realization that life is of a most uncertain and transient character. Mr. Service leaves a sister, the only member of the family now living, who is well known in this community for her deeds of charity. In this hour of be­reavement, she has the sympathy of the entire community.
Cowley County Courant, March 16, 1882.
                                                  The Burial of a Good Man.
On Monday we followed to its last resting place on the earth the form that once contained all that was of value to John Service, an Elder in the Presbyterian church of this place. To say that he was a good man, as the world understands the word, is only to speak in part his worth.
Winfield Courier, March 16, 1882.
                                                  DEATH OF MR. SERVICE.
                                           “In the Midst of Life we Are in Death.”
DIED. Never before do we remember being so shocked as when a gentleman came hurriedly into our office Saturday and announced that John Service was dead. It was some time before we could realize that this was indeed the case. Only a short time before we had seen him strong, healthy, and in the full blush of a noble manhood, honored and respected by a large circle of friends and associates. It was hard to believe that such a life should be so suddenly cut off, but the grim destroyer knows no preference and brooks no delay.
Mr. Service and Rev. Platter had been at Wellington assisting in a series of meetings in progress there. They returned on the 5:40 train Saturday and separated, Mr. Service going to his home, apparently in perfect health and good spirits. He went home and into the yard to split some wood. After awhile he came in and laid down on the bed, complaining of a pain his side, and in less than fifteen minutes was dead. The trouble is attributed to heart disease. In a few minutes the news of his death had spread all over the city and deep and universal were the expressions of sorrow and sympathy for the bereaved sister.

Mr. Service was a native of Scotland and was fifty-eight years of age. He came to this county nine years ago, and during his residence here has earnestly labored for the moral and material advancement of the people. As a man he had but few equals. Quiet, and unassuming, he was yet a man of strong purposes and convictions, unfaltering in his advocacy of moral and social reforms, and lived a life of spotless purity. Though close in business affairs, he dispensed charity with a willing hand and no poor and needy one was ever turned from John Service’s door empty-handed. The loss of such a man is keenly felt by the community, and especially at this time when our county and state need men of sterling worth to battle with the great moral questions now coming before the people.
To the bereaved sister, his companion and co-laborer in the great field of humanity, the COURIER extends its most sincere sympathy in this hour of bereavement.
                                                           THE FUNERAL
services were held at the Presbyterian Church Monday at two o’clock. The church was crowded with friends of the deceased. The pulpit was heavily draped in black and Mr. Service’s pew was fringed with crape looped with knots of wheat heads. The services were conducted by Rev. Platter assisted by Revs. McClung of Wellington, Hyden of Larned, and Cairns, Canfield, and Tucker of this city. Mr. Platter spoke feelingly of the close fellowship existing between Mr. Service and himself, of his pure character and moral worth, and of the buoyant and zealous christian spirit which he carried through all his life’s work and across to the other shore where the speaker hoped to meet him bye and bye. Rev. McClung had come from his home in Wellington to pay a last sad tribute to the friend whom he had learned to love as a brother and who had spent the last night of his life under his roof. His remarks were touching and brought tears to the eyes of many in the audience. After the conclusion of the services, those who desired were allowed a last look at the face of their dead friend, when the casket was taken up, conveyed to the hearse, and as the bell toiled sadly the procession moved out to the cemetery, there to deposit the last remains of an honored citizen in the bosom of mother earth. “Peace be to his ashes” forevermore.
Miss A. Service, Winfield...
Winfield Courier, January 11, 1883.
The annual election of officers of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union occurred at their meeting Saturday afternoon. Mrs. W. B. Caton was elected president; Mrs. Cairns and Gibson, vice presidents; Miss A. Service, Secretary; and Mrs. C. H. Greer, Treasurer.
Miss Anna Service departs for Canada...
Winfield Courier, April 5, 1883.
Miss Anna Service left Monday afternoon for her old home in Canada, with the remains of her brother. She will probably never return to Winfield. Miss Service is one of the most noble, self-sacrificing ladies we have ever known—working constantly for the welfare and well-being of others, and earnestly and always laboring for the right. She is one of the grand women who make the world better for having lived. Her deeds of goodness and charity, her gentle, womanly disposition and sterling character will long remain a matter of pleasant recollection to those who have known her here.
Winfield Courier, May 3, 1883.
                                                       Resolution of Respect.
At the last meeting of the W. C. T. U., it was decided that the following resolution be placed upon the minutes and published in the temperance column of the COURIER, the use of which has been kindly given us by its esteemed editor.

Resolved, That in the departure of Miss Anna Service for a home with friends in Canada, we have lost a faithful co-laborer. Miss Service was elected Recording Secretary at our organization July 13th, 1880, since which time she has done double duty—acting as Corresponding Secretary, also—with profit to the society and credit to herself, not having been absent but twice in seventeen months, and this absence being caused by the sudden death of her only brother, whose remains she took with her to rest beside other loved ones. May this resolution assure her that our hearts and prayers have gone with her on this sad duty of love. May her home among relatives be one of sunshine, and may she be able to work as effectively for the cause of temperance in the Queensland as she did in our own beloved Republic. And if in the future she may return to this home of her adoption, she will be welcomed by friends whose love for her could be increased only by the ties of relationship.
Winfield Courier, September 4, 1884.
Miss Annie Service came in last week and is visiting with Mr. and Mrs. James Kirk. She will probably remain some time.
Anna or Annie Service marries Matthew Alexander of Rockford, Illinois...
Winfield Courier, December 4, 1884.
MARRIED. November 27th, by the Rev. A. H. Miller of the M. E. Church, at the residence of George Clarkson, Esq., Rock Falls, Illinois, Mr. Matthew Alexander, of Rockford, Illinois, to Miss Annie Service, of Winfield, Kansas. Miss Service’s many friends in the city unite in congratulations and best wishes.
Mrs. Anna Service Alexander, of Rockford, Illinois, and husband, Matthew Alexander, move to Winfield. Mr. Alexander becomes a partner of James Kirk in flouring mill in Winfield...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 11, 1885.
Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Alexander, of Rockford, Illinois, have located in Winfield. Mrs. Alexander was long familiar to Winfield people as Miss Anna Service, and her many deeds of charity and faithful christian character endeared her to all. Mr. Alexander has gone into the flouring mill of James Kirk, as a partner, and is a gentleman of means and experience. Both himself and wife are most gladly welcomed as permanent residents.
                                                        LEGAL NOTICES.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 3, 1885.
Recap. Notice of Final Settlement. Estate of John Servis [Service], late of the County of Cowley. James Kirk made administrator October 5, 1885. Hackney & Asp, Attorneys for Administrator.
James Kirk, administrator, estate of John Service, deceased...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 15, 1885.
James Kirk, administrator, has made final settlement with the Probate Court in the estate of John Service, deceased.
                                            KIRK & ALEXANDER’S MILL.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 22, 1885.

This new mill started yesterday under full steam. The firm is composed of James Kirk, well and favorably known to Winfield and vicinity, and Matthew Alexander, a brother-in-law of Mr. Kirk and a first-class businessman. They have secured the services of James Gillespie, who was formerly superintendent of the Anchor mills, St. Louis, and is a miller of known ability. The addition built on makes the building 38 x 40, with two stories and a basement. The latest and best improved machinery has been procured. They have a full roller process with a capacity of seventy-five barrels every twenty-four hours. The contract of building this mill was let to the Richmond City mill works, Richmond, Indiana. The superintendent in charge of construction was J. W. Heck. This new mill contains a full bolting system—Smith purifiers, Smith’s centrifugal reels, one Eureka wheat scourer, one Brush smutter, one Richmond Brown duster, Barnor & Lee separator, five double stone Rickerson roller, mills 6 x 20. This new firm will do a big business, and add one more to Winfield’s manufactories.


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