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                                                 (William and J. G. Shreves.)
                               Winfield and Maple City, Spring Creek Township.
                                                          [Handled Sheep.]
Spring Creek Township 1881: Wm. Shreves, 67; spouse, Letitia, 45.
Spring Creek Township 1882: M. W. Shreves, 68; spouse, Letha, 45.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Courier, September 5, 1878.
William and J. G. Shreves, friends of E. P. Kinne, and from his old home in Illinois, are spending a few days in our city. They are looking up a location.
Winfield Courier, December 25, 1879.
Last week Mr. William Shreves was thrown from a load of hay, severely fracturing his skull, and for a time it was feared his injuries would result fatally. He was placed under the care of Dr. Wright, and is now recovering slowly.
Winfield Courier, January 22, 1880.
Mr. Wm. Shreves was on the street Monday evening; the first time since the accident which came so near proving fatal.
Winfield Courier, April 15, 1880.
The firm of Martin West & Co. has been dissolved. Mr. Shreves is retiring. Mr. West will continue the business.
Winfield Courier, June 10, 1880.
The Winfield public school closed last Friday, and commence­ment exercises were held in Manning’s hall Friday evening. The valedictory address by McClellan Klingman was very fine, and the original oration of James Lorton is spoken of in the highest terms. The following was the order of exercises.
Prayer. Music. Original Oration, Jas. Lorton, “Improve­ments of Time.” Recitation, Lou Morris, “All the World.” Declamation, George Black, “Allow for the Crawl.” Recitation, Hattie Andrews, “We Measured the Baby.”
Music. Essay, Rosa Frederick, “Life of Cowper.” Recita­tion, Cora Shreves, “My Good Old-Fashioned Mother.” Declamation, Charles Beck, “Pyramids not all Egyptian.” Recitation, Sarah Hudson, “Thoughts During Church Service.”
Winfield Courier, June 17, 1880.
Mr. Shreves, the accommodating gentleman who clerked for Wallis & Wallis last fall, has again accepted a position with the firm, and will hereafter weigh out more sugar and coffee for their many customers for less money than any clerk in the city.
Winfield Courier, June 24, 1880.
Misses Emma and Ella Westgate, sisters of Mrs. J. G. Shreves, are visiting here this week.
Winfield Courier, December 30, 1880.
With the earliest settlers of Winfield, came Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington, since which time their hospitable home has been a favorite with our society people.

At their reception last evening an unusually happy and enjoyable time was had. Mr. and Mrs. Millington, assisted by their daughters, Misses Kate and Jessie, were truly at home in the manner and method of receiving their friends, with a smile and a pleasant word for all. No wonder the hours passed so quickly by. All restraint and formality was laid aside for an evening of genuine good feeling and pleasure.
Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. N. L. Rigby, Mr. and Mrs. McDonald, Mr. and Mrs. Hackney, Mr. and Mrs. Spotswood, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Baird, Mr. and Mrs. Bedilion, Mr. and Mrs. Moffitt, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. McMullen, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. H. Brown, Dr. and Mrs. Black, Mr. and Mrs. Hickok, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. Troup, Mr. and Mrs. Scovill, Mr. and Mrs. Lundy, Mr. and Mrs. Lemmon, Dr. and Mrs. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Short, Mr. and Mrs. Kretsinger, Mr. and Mrs. Shreves, Mr. and Mrs. Roberts, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Williams, Mr. and Mrs. Roy Millington, Mrs. Huston, Miss McCommon, Wirt W. Walton, and J. R. Conklin.
Refreshments were served to the satisfaction and praise of all, and not until a late hour came the “good nights” and the departure of friends for their homes, each of whom will not soon forget the pleasant evening with Mr. and Mrs. Millington. Daily Telegram.
Winfield Courier, January 27, 1881.
MR. AND MRS. J. C. FULLER. Socially this has been one of the gayest winters in the history of our city. Almost every week has been made pleasant by a social gathering of some sort or other. One of the most pleasant of these was the reception by Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller last Friday evening. The guests were many and the arrangements for their entertainment were complete.
Among those present were: Mr. and Mrs. Loose, Mr. and Mrs. James Harden, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. Hodges. Dr. and Mrs. VanDoren, Mr. and Mrs. McMullen, Mr. and Mrs. Eastman, Rev. and Mrs. T. F. Borcher, Mr. and Mrs. T. R. Bryan, Dr. and Mrs. Davis, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Baird, Mr. and Mrs. Short, Dr. and Mrs. Graham, Mr. and Mrs. Boyer, Mr. and Mrs. Trimble, Mr. and Mrs. Moffitt, Mr. and Mrs. Speed, Mr. and Mrs. Doane, Mr. and Mrs. Kretsinger, Mr. and Mrs. J. G. Shreves, Mr. and Mrs. Millington, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. Scovill, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Allen Johnson, Mr. and Mrs. Carruthers, Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Black, Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Hamil­ton, Mr. and Mrs. H. G. Fuller, Rev. and Mrs. Hyden, Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Williams, Mrs. Mansfield, Mrs. Mullen, Miss Mary Stewart, Miss May Williams, Father Kelly, O. F. Boyle, and Charles Fuller.
Winfield Courier, February 3, 1881.
Messrs. Snyder & Spotswood have leased the Robinson farm southeast of the city, now occupied by Mr. J. G. Shreves. These gentlemen propose to devote a greater part of the ground to garden and field vegetables for the supply of the city trade and their wholesale customers. This is a move in the right direction and will no doubt prove a successful enterprise. Telegram.
Winfield Courier, February 10, 1881.
                                                     CRYSTAL WEDDING.

Mr. and Mrs. Shreves celebrated the 15th anniversary of their marriage by inviting their friends to attend their crystal wedding on Tuesday evening, February 8th. Accord­ingly a merry party filled the omnibuses and proceeded to their residence, one mile east of town, and spent an evening of unal­loyed pleasure. Mrs. Shreves, assisted by her sisters, Mrs. Cummings and Mrs. Wm. Shreves, entertained their guests in a graceful and pleasant manner. Although invitation cards announced no presents, a few of the most intimate friends pre­sented some choice little articles in remembrance of the occa­sion.
The following were present: Mrs. Hickok, Mrs. Mansfield, Mrs. Butler, Miss Graham, Mr. and Mrs. Kinne, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. Wallis, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robin­son, Mr. and Mrs. Spotswood, Dr. and Mrs. Van Doren, Mr. and Mrs. Earnest, Mr. and Mrs. H. Brown, Rev. and Mrs. Hyden, Rev. and Mrs. Platter, Mrs. Houston, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. Black, Mr. and Mrs. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. R. S. Wilson, Rev. and Mrs. Borchers, Mr. and Mrs. Meech, Mr. and Mrs. Millhouse, Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Linn, Mr. and Mrs. Snyder, Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Roberts, Mr. Hendricks, and John Roberts.
Winfield Courier, February 10, 1881.
J. G. Shreves and family will leave for Chanute, where they will make their future home after March 1st.
Winfield Courier, June 9, 1881.
Mrs. J. G. Shreves of Chanute, is back in Winfield for a few weeks’ visit. She arrived Monday evening.
Winfield Courier, September 29, 1881.
Messrs. Shreves & Powers have purchased the grocery stock of Lee & McKnight.
Winfield Courier, October 20, 1881.
CHANGE OF FIRM. Messrs. Shreves & Powers have purchased the Grocery business formerly run by Lee & McKnight. They have refitted, refurnished, and “restocked” the concern and now have one of the best apportioned grocery houses in the city. Every­thing with them is a specialty. Their store will be known as the “Illinois Grocery.”
Winfield Courier, January 12, 1882.
The Businessmen Talk, Eat, and Prepare to Harvest Unpaid Bills.
Last Saturday evening a large number of the businessmen of Winfield met at the Brettun House and organized an association that will be of more practical benefit to businessmen and the trading public generally then anything that has yet been proposed. The matter has been talked of for some time, but recent events brought it to a focus, of which the “Merchants and Business Men’s Protective Association” is the outcome. The following gentlemen were present and assisted in the organization.
A. H. Doane, R. E. Wallis, J. A. McGuire, Will Hudson, A. E. Baird, W. J. Hodges, H. Brotherton, J. M. Dever, J. P. Baden, J. L. Hodges, R. E. Sydal, Lou Harter, Ed. P. Greer, J. B. Lynn, A. B. Steinberger, C. A. Bliss, D. L. Kretsinger, A. T. Spotswood, S. W. Hughes, J. S. Mann, W. B. Pixley, W. R. McDonald, A. D. Hendricks, Col. Wm. Whiting, J. G. Shreves, J. W. Batchelder, J. L. Horning, T. R. Timme, J. L. Rinker, J. P. Short, B. F. Wood, J. A. Cooper.
Winfield Courier, March 9, 1882.
Messrs. Shreves & Powers have decided to close out their grocery stock, and are offering it at cost for the next thirty days.
Winfield Courier, March 9, 1882.

At a late meeting of the Library Association, the following officers were elected for the year ending January 31, 1883.
President: Mrs. M. J. Wood; Vice President: Mrs. T. B. Myers; Secretary: Mrs. E. T. Trimble; Treasurer: Mrs. A. H. Doane; Librarian: Mrs. W. L. Mullen.
Directors: Mrs. H. P. Mansfield, Mrs. J. B. Schofield, Mrs. J. A. Earnest, Mrs. J. G. Shreves, Mrs. W. H. Shearer, Mrs. G. W. Miller, Mrs. Elbert Bliss, Mrs. James A. Bullen, and Mrs. J. Swain.
It is hoped that the citizens of Winfield will feel that, as this association cannot flourish without money, it is the duty of each and everyone to purchase a yearly ticket. It will only cost three dollars for each gentleman in Winfield to have the opportunity of supplying himself with interesting as well as instructive reading matter for one year; and if he does not desire to do it for himself, he will have the satisfaction of knowing he is doing it for the benefit of his fellow men.
Cowley County Courant, March 9, 1882.
We get a report by telephone that Hendricks & Wilson will soon be in the room now occupied by Shreves & Powers, and that the latter firm is contemplating going out of business.
Cowley County Courant, March 16, 1882.
At a late meeting of the Library Association, the following officers were elected for the year ending January 31, 1883: President, Mrs. M. J. Wood; Vice President, Mrs. T. B. Myers; Secretary, Mrs. A. H. Doane; Treasurer, Mrs. W. L. Mullen; Directors, Mrs. H. P. Mansfield, Mrs. Elbert Bliss, Mrs. James A. Bullen, Mrs. J. Swain, Mrs. J. B. Schofield, Mrs. J. A. Earnest, Mrs. W. H. Shearer, Mrs. J. G. Shreves, and Mrs. G. W. Miller.
Winfield Courier, March 23, 1882.
AD. CLOSING OUT SALE: The following is a list of prices.
9 lbs. Granulated Sugar: $1.00
11 lbs. Coffee c. Sugar: $1.00
6 lbs. Arbor Dil. [??] Coffee: $1.00
Best coal oil: $.20
Baking powder: $.90
Salt per bbl.: $2.75
Teas and canned goods in proportion.
Produce taken in exchange. Powers & Shreves.
Winfield Courier, April 27, 1882.
An additional venire of eighteen jurymen was ordered by Judge Torrance Tuesday morning. The following gentlemen were drawn: H. M. Branson, Windsor; Alfred Hightower, Dexter; W. W. McDonough, Otter; Wm. Rouzee, Beaver; G. M. Moore, Walnut; J. R. Scott, Tisdale; Wm. Shreves, Spring Creek; A. H. Miller, Liberty; Thos R. Carson, Richland; Geo. Homer, Otter; Thos. Baird, Bolton; Frank Weakley, Walnut; C. W. Frith, Liberty; J. H. Titus, Bolton; J. S. Mohler, Windsor; J. R. Tobin, Spring Creek; Pearson Coe, Richland; Thos. Cooley, Maple.
Winfield Courier, June 8, 1882.

The Presbyterian Church is in need of some interior repairing and the ladies have decided to have it papered as well. To gain the money for such purpose, they held a Paper Festival at the Opera House on Tuesday evening, which was a decided success. The hall was beautifully decorated and the tables were temptingly arrayed. A number of young ladies were dressed in becoming costumes of paper. At the paper booth Mrs. Bahntge, a charming Rosebud in red and green tissue presided, assisted by Miss Amanda Scothorn representing a glowing Poppy, Miss Lizzie Wallis, a blushing sweet Carnation, Miss Jennie Hane, “The Queen of Flowers,” the Rose, and Miss Jessie Millington a gorgeous Sunflower, attracted much attention. They sold all manner of pretty paper trifles, fans, parasols, and baskets.
Miss Ida Johnson, Nina Anderson, and Anna Hyde sold button hole bouquets, and other flowers, and wore also beautiful paper dresses and were a success.
The Tea booth probably attracted more attention than anything else. Each person who purchased a cup of tea was presented with the cup and saucer containing it, but the attraction was the ladies who attended and poured the tea. They were Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Robinson, Mrs. Shreves, and Mrs. Spotswood.
Winfield Courier, August 3, 1882.
Miss Ella Westgate and her cousin, Miss Trobridge, are visiting with Mrs. Shreves.
Winfield Courier, March 20, 1884.
The sheep of Messrs. Shreves’ are looking much better than they did this time last year, and their losses will be exceedingly light to what they were last year.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 18, 1885.
J. G. Shreves was up from Maple City Saturday, returning home Sunday. He reports crop prospects in that section just fair. The corn is a good stand with the exception of that listed.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.
At a meeting of the Republican Central Committee of Cowley County held at the office of W. J. Wilson, in Winfield, on Saturday, July 24th, there were present J. R. Sumpter, J. B. Graves, W. J. Wilson, A. B. Harold, L. E. Wooden, J. H. Curfman, E. A. Henthorn, J. G. Shreves, J. Mentch, C. A. Peabody, G. H. Buckman, Wm. Wise, H. F. Hornady, D. C. Stephens, and S. G. Carter. The meeting was called to order by W. J. Wilson, chairman of the Central Committee. The secretary being absent, E. A. Henthorn was elected to take his place. J. R. Sumpter moved to call the County Convention on the last Saturday in August. E. A. Henthorn moved to amend by calling the convention for September the 19th, which motion was adopted. The basis for representation was fixed as follows: One delegate for every thirty votes cast for B. W. Perkins in 1884 for congressman, and one for every fraction of fifteen votes and one at large for each township and incorporated city, making the representation as follows: Beaver, 4; Bolton 7; Cedar, 5; Cresswell, 21; Dexter, 7; Fairview, 4; Harvey, 4; Liberty, 4; Maple, 4; Ninnescah, 5; Omnia, 3; Otter, 4; Pleasant Valley, 4; Richland, 6; Rock, 5; Sheridan, 4; Silver Creek, 8; Silverdale, 5; Spring Creek, 4; Tisdale, 5; Vernon, 6; Walnut 7; Windsor, 7; Winfield, 18. It was recommended that the primaries be held on Saturday, September 12th, at the usual voting places in the several townships.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 13, 1885.

The announcement of J. G. Shreves as a candidate for County Clerk is made. Mr. Shreves comes from the extreme south and east part of the county, a section that has never heretofore been represented in the Court House. He is a lifelong Republican, well qualified to fill the position, and receives the hearty support of many friends.
[Note: Mr. Shreves was not elected.]
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 4, 1886.
Coroner H. L. Wells and Capt. H. H. Siverd, after nearly two days’ examination, concluded the inquest on the body of John Snyder, at Maple City, Saturday afternoon. Thirty-two witnesses were examined. The jury, J. G. Shreves, Geo. Eaton, H. S. Libby, S. S. Blakesley, and P. S. Gilgis, returned a verdict that John Snyder came to his death on January 27, 1886, from a pistol shot fired by John W. Marshall.


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