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Evan Shriver

                                                        Sheridan Township.
Sheridan Township 1873: Evan Shriver, 53; spouse, Sarah A., 51.
Sheridan Township 1873: Barney Shriver, 30; spouse, Mary, 25.
Sheridan Township 1873: Owen Shriver, 24. No spouse listed.
Kansas 1875 Census Sheridan Township, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.
Name               age sex color          Place/birth        Where from
E. Shriver         55  m    w             Pennsylvania                 Iowa
S. A. Shriver    53    f     w             Pennsylvania                 Iowa
R. A. Shriver    18    f     w             Iowa                            Iowa
Note: Barney and Owen Shriver were sons of Evan Shriver.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1874.
Witness: Barney Shriver, $4.50.
Winfield Courier, July 1, 1875.
The following is a list of the names registered at the Lagonda House, Saturday the 26th inst. B. Shriver, County.
Winfield Courier, September 9, 1875.
Barney Shriver, of Sheridan Township, passed through town the other day, with 50 bushels of wheat for the Wichita market. He will buy a half pound of tea, two pounds of sugar, and a dollars worth of “plug” now, and keep his other nine hundred bushels of wheat over for a better market.
Winfield Courier, October 28, 1875.
Barney Shriver and wife, who have been ill for some time, are recovering.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 22, 1876.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 19, 1876. Front Page.
Petition of Evan Shriver and others of Sheridan Township presented, and the Board being satisfied that the resident land owners had consented in writing to the location of said road, and that said road is practicable, the same is hereby ordered opened, recorded, and platted.
Petition for section line road signed by C. W. Frith and others, of Sheridan Township, presented, and J. J. Hawkins, James T. Conrad, and E. Shriver appointed viewers; and the County Clerk is hereby ordered to publish the necessary legal notice.
The Board examined and approved the official bonds of the following named Township officers. Treasurers: Jas. A. Barr, E. Shriver, S. A. Frederick, A. G. Felton, C. R. Myles, and R. W. McNown.

Petition of E. Shriver and others, of Sheridan Township, asking for the location of a section line road, presented, and granted; it appearing to the Board that said road is practicable, and the written consent of the land owners having been filed, said road is hereby ordered opened, recorded, and platted.
Winfield Courier, May 18, 1876.
Pursuant to call the Republican delegates from the townships of the 88th Representative District met in convention at the Courthouse in Winfield last Saturday. On motion the following District Republican central commit­tee was chosen: L. J. Webb, B. Shriver, and W. B. Norman.
Winfield Courier, May 25, 1876. Editorial Page.
J. Smith, Barney Shriver, and Levi Bullington have started to St. Louis with their cattle.
Winfield Courier, May 25, 1876. Editorial Page.
Barney Shriver has a very nice 140 acre wheat field.
Winfield Courier, July 13, 1876.
BARNEY SHRIVER passed through town on Tuesday on his way to Sheridan Township with a bran new Dayton Pitts threshing machine.
Winfield Courier, August 17, 1876. Editorial Page.
Sheridan Township: Delegates, Barney Shriver and E. Shriver. Alternates, J. W. Hamilton and R. R. Longshore.
On motion the following named persons were elected as delegates to the 13th Judicial convention: W. B. Norman, T. R. Bryan, E. Shriver, S. M. Jarvis, Dan Maher, E. S. Torrance, and D. Elliott. Alternates: S. H. Aley, C. R. Mitchell, T. A. Wilkinson, S. S. Moore, L. Lippmann, A. V. Polk, and A. B. Lemmon.
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.” Sheridan: E. Shriver and Barney Shriver.
Winfield Courier, August 24, 1876.
At the Republican Delegate Convention of the 13th Judicial District, which met at Winfield Courthouse August 21, 1876, called to order by A. B. Lemmon, chairman of the Judicial Committee, it was determined that the following were entitled to seats in the convention from Cowley County: W. B. Norman, E. S. Torrance, S. S. Moore, Dan’l. Maher, D. Elliott, E. Shriver, and S. M. Jarvis. Hon. W. P. Campbell was declared unanimous choice of the convention for Judge of the 13th Judicial District. E. S. Torrance of Cowley County became a member of the Central Judicial Committee for district.
Winfield Courier, November 2, 1876.
Township ticket in Sheridan township: trustee, John E. Mayse; treasurer, E. Shriver; Clerk, R. R. Longshore; constables, Geo. Saunders and Will Smith.
Winfield Courier, November 16, 1876. Editorial Page.

Sheridan Township: W. H. Clay, Trustee; R. R. Longshore, Clerk; E. Shriver, Treasurer; NO J. P.; W. M. Smith and R. Moore, Constables.
Winfield Courier, April 26, 1877.
Zebulon Foster, charged with the crime of forgery, is in custody awaiting trial at the next term of court. Zeb. sold a note for fifty-five dollars on Monday to M. L. Robinson. The names of John and Sol Smith, and Barney Shriver had been put to the note and he expected to get the money for it from one of the banks. He offered to sell it to Mr. Fuller, of the Winfield Bank, but did not effect a sale for the paper as it did not look just right. He then took it to Mr. Read’s bank and Mr. M. L. Robinson received the paper and was to have paid him for it as soon as the young man could produce a reference. Having obtained possession of the note, Mr. Robinson was looking for the sheriff while the young man was hunting a reference. As a result of all the good management on one side and bad management on the other, Zeb. and Dick. were soon walking the streets arm in arm. Zeb. is now waiting to learn what Judge Campbell and a jury of twelve men will have to say about the matter of writing other people’s names to promises to pay.
Winfield Courier, May 10, 1877.
There will be public meetings held at 7 o’clock p.m. of the following days at the places named for the purpose of discussing the question of voting aid to the Memphis, Parsons & Ellsworth, Western Branch Railroad. Speakers will be in attendance. Full meetings are expected. (Dates shown start with May 14, 1877, and end with May 21, 1877.)
SHERIDAN: Sheridan and Shriver schoolhouses.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 23, 1877.
Zebulum Foster was committed to one year in the Kansas Penitentiary for forgery and attempting to sell the forged note at the two banks in Winfield. The names he had himself signed to the note were Saul Smith, John Smith, and Barney Shriver.
Winfield Courier, May 31, 1877.
                                                  Juror: Barney Shriver, $2.00.
                                             Witness Fee: Barney Shriver, $3.50.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 18, 1877.
B. F. Saunders, just returned from the Territory, found crops through Sedgwick and Sumner counties looking splendid, especially corn and oats of which there will be a larger crop than ever before. He found farmers very busy harvesting—wheat will be all harvested this week. He went to see herds of Hood & Hughes, who are holding their cattle on Pond Creek. Since the 15th of February, Mr. Saunders has purchased and shipped the following lots of corn fed cattle.
R. F. Burden, 42 head, 4 cents; Mr. Wiley, 60 head, at 4¼ cents; E. & B. Shriver, 134 head, at 3¾ cents; C. S. Smith, 104 head, at 4 cents.
All of the above gentlemen are residents of Cowley County. Beacon.
Winfield Courier, October 25, 1877.
E. Shriver and Barney Shriver, of Sheridan Township, have 600 head of cattle in the Territory, south of this place.
John R. Smith and Barney Shriver...

Winfield Courier, November 1, 1877.
John R. Smith and B. Shriver have 700 head of cattle in Sheridan Township.
Barney Shriver and other stockmen mentioned...
Winfield Courier, December 27, 1877.
Our valley is well filled with fat hogs and cattle, and several flocks of sheep have lately come in.
Parks has twelve hundred sheep at Robert Armstrong’s, and Peebler and Parks have eight hundred at Peebler’s.
George Denton has a herd of seventy cattle on Skull Creek.
James Lee is handling about fifty head of young cattle.
Lon Newton has some sixty yearling calves feeding on the Hodson farm.
Ben Clover has over seventy head of cattle, and a large lot of hogs on his 600 acre farm.
S. M. Fall is feeding fifty head of Texas steers.
R. F. Burden has about one hundred head of cattle, of which he is fattening about forty for the spring market.
Dempsey Elliott left some days ago with a large drove of fat hogs for Independence.
Barney Shriver has a lot of Texas steers feeding for spring sale.
Evan Shriver...
Winfield Courier, January 3, 1878.
Mr. E. Shriver, of Sheridan, was in town New Year’s day and made us a call. He is in the cattle business rather extensively.
Winfield Courier, January 10, 1878.
Large flocks of sheep are coming into the east part of this county.
We would advise stockmen to look in the eastern part of this county for stock farms.
E. Shriver has a splendid farm, bottom land, at the mouth of Turkey on Grouse Creek, which he would sell. His herd of Texas and domestic cattle are doing well.
Owen Shriver...
Winfield Courier, February 14, 1878.
MARRIED. Will McClellan, formerly of Indiana, and Miss Rachel Rayford, of Texas, met at Owen Shriver’s and had some words. They went to Winfield, where Judge Gans adjusted the matter for them, and they are happy now. They had been home but a few hours when the Sheridan minstrel band, armed with cow bells, shot guns, and tin pans, gave them a serenade. After an hour and a half of hard pounding, the serenaders were invited in, introduced to the bride and groom, and given refreshments. After doing justice to the running gears of a turkey, pies, and cakes, the band retired in good order, and the question, as propounded by the boys, now is, who will be next? Echo answers, J. M. W.
Winfield Courier, March 7, 1878.
Owen Shriver and family bid adieu to Sheridan this week and are now residents of the Indian Territory.

Evan Shriver...
Winfield Courier, April 18, 1878.
                                                       Cowley County Fair.
A public meeting will be held at the courthouse in Winfield on the 11th day of May, 1878, at 2 o’clock p.m., for the purpose of organizing an agricultural society, and to take into consideration the propriety of holding a Fair during the coming fall. All are invited to attend, and it is hoped that all interests appropriately connected with the enterprise will be represented.
J. E. Platter, B. B. Vandeventer, J. B. Lynn, T. B. Bryan, C. A. Bliss, E. P. Kinne, H. D. Gans, E. E. Bacon, Winfield; J. B. Holmes, W. White, W. J. Funk, Rock; S. M. Fall, R. F. Burden, Windsor; N. J. Larkin, A. Kelly, Richland; Charles A. McClung, J. S. Wooley, Vernon; Dr. Holland, G. Teter, Beaver; W. B. Norman, Adam Walck, Maple; Dr. A. S. Capper, Ninnescah; Ira How, Liberty; Wm. J. Hodges, C. G. Handy, Tisdale; J. B. Callison, Spring Creek; D. W. Wiley, Cedar; E. Shriver, Sheridan; Jonas Messenger, Omnia; J. A. Bryan, Dexter; R. Stratton, Harvey; S. B. Adams, Creswell; J. M. Sample, D. P. Marshall, Bolton; G. W. Herbert, Silverdale; D. B. McCollum, S. Watt, Pleasant Valley.
Winfield Courier, May 2, 1878.
DIED. HYDROPHOBIA. It is reported that J. B. Todd, of Otter Creek Township, was bitten by a rabid dog some few days ago and has since died of hydrophobia. It is also said that the dog bit a pet wolf kept by Jas. Moore, in same township, and the wolf has bitten two of Moore’s children. The children were brought over to Mr. E. Shriver, in Sheridan Township, who has a madstone. Too great care cannot be taken to avoid mad dogs.
Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.
Mr. Z. F. White, of whom we made mention last week, who went to Cowley County last week with his little girl—who had been bitten by a mad cat—in search of a “madstone,” returned home on Wednesday of last week, thoroughly satisfied that the precious stone had accomplished the desired effect. The stone was applied three different times. The first time it adhered to the wound for over half an hour, causing the little child considerable pain from the effect of the severe drawing. The second time it did not stick so long, and the third time it did not take any effect. For the information of the public, we will state that the man who owns the “madstone,” lives three miles north of Dexter on Turkey Creek in Cowley County.
Eureka Censorial.
We suppose the party owning the madstone is Mr. E. Shriver.
Madstone belongs to Mrs. Day, who lives on Owen Shriver’s place...
Winfield Courier, August 1, 1878.
                                                           That Madstone.

The madstone spoken of in a late issue does not belong to E. Shriver, but belongs to Mrs. Day, who lives on Owen Shriver’s place, on Turkey Creek. She brought it from Washington County, Indiana, and it has been handed down to her from her grandmother. It is a wonderful stone and never fails to give relief to persons bitten by rabid animals. In the case mentioned, when the stone was applied to the wound of the girl, the draft was so intense that she screamed with pain. In about half an hour it was taken off and immersed in vinegar and water, which it colored as green as grass. It adhered the second time, but would not adhere again. Mrs. Day makes no charges for the use of the stone, but the trouble which its possession causes her should entitle her to a liberal fee.
[Note: A madstone was a stone popularly supposed to counteract the poison from the bite of an animal.]
Owen Shriver in Territory: sons Willie and Orby...
Winfield Courier, August 15, 1878.
Owen Shriver, of Sheridan Township, has been herding cattle in the Indian Nation this summer and has his family with him. He has two boys, Willie and Orby, six and four years old, and a pet colt. The boys harnessed up the colt and Orby, the youngest boy, with a rope tied in a slip knot around each of their necks. Willie then tied a bush to the colt’s tail for a plow and struck the colt to make him go. The blow startled him and the bush frightened him so that he ran, dragging the child by the neck, as much as a half mile, in a circle, returning to the starting point when the colt was so nearly choked down that Mrs. Shriver caught him and immediately released the boy, who was apparently choked dead and much bruised. She immediately carried him into the creek and used all means in her power to resuscitate him, and finally succeeded. The boy is doing well though badly bruised.
Barney Shriver...
Winfield Courier, November 7, 1878.
Wheat is looking splendid. Mr. Barney Shriver has a field tall enough to hide a rabbit and affords his cows daily pasture. This is on the upland.
Winfield Courier, May 1, 1879.
The following is a list of cases that will stand for trial at the May, A. D. 1879, term of the District Court of Cowley County, beginning on the first Monday in May, and have been placed on the Trial Docket in the following order.
                                              CIVIL DOCKET. TENTH DAY.
                                                C. C. Harris vs. Barney Shriver.
Evan Shriver and sons...
Winfield Courier, May 22, 1879.

GROUSE CREEK, May 19, 1879. Crossing Grouse creek at Benderville, I spent sometime in company with several others examining the banks. Here are excellent indications for coal. Several small veins have been discovered in the vicinity. Time and means may develop rich paying coal fields deeper down in terra firma. On the west side of the river lays the farm of Mr. Morris, of Black Hills fame. He has just finished building a large stone barn, costing I am informed, from $600 to $800. Here I may state that the Grouse valley between Lazette and Dexter contains more and better barns and stables than any other part of the country, some of the stone buildings costing many hundred dollars more than the one above mentioned. To the south of this place lays the farm of George Gardenhire. This farm has been under the charge of Mr. Tucker, the pedagogue of this school district. He seems to be a success, both as farmer and teacher, a young man of good acquirements and excellent ability. Next is the 720 acre farm of George Ballou, and here dame rumor has located the railroad, passing through about the site of the old French & Lawson saw mill. If this is true, here or a little further south will be the town site of the Grouse valley, when Dexter and Lazette will unite into one town, and make the second town of the county in population, and perhaps the first in intelligence and solid ability. We passed a pleasant hour with Squire Ballou. I now pass to the farm of Dempsey Elliott, Mat Jackson having gone to Indiana for something, and Mr. Harris has quit making sorghum. Mr. Elliott has quit merchandising at Dexter, and is now in the stock business. He is absent at present, gone to St. Louis with a large herd of hogs. I ascend the bluff opposite this place, and here a beautiful sight opens up to my gaze. To the west and at a little distance is the large herd of cattle belonging to Mr. Elliott. A little to the south and west is the neighborhood herd under the superintendence of Hoover Gibson; to the north and west the herd of C. Mays, and to the northeast the herd of Mr. Hankins, and I am informed that a few miles to the south is the large herd of E. Shriver and Sons.
Barney Shriver...
Winfield Courier, August 21, 1879.
CIVIL DOCKET. SIXTH DAY. C. C. Harris vs. Barney Shriver. Attorneys: Hackney & McDonald for plaintiff; E. S. Torrance for defendant.
Winfield Courier, August 28, 1879.
                                      Continued: C. C. Harris vs. Barney Shriver.
Evan Shriver...
Winfield Courier, July 29, 1880.
The letters submitted by Judge Gans are from S. Wilkins, J. H. Lee, Geo. Eaton, H. W. Stubblefield, and E. Shriver. Each says he has intimately known the Judge for fifteen or twenty years, and knows he has never been a rebel sympathizer or copper­head, but has ever been a strong union man. We deem it unneces­sary to publish the letters entire.
Barney Shriver...
Winfield Courier, July 29, 1880.
Sheridan: B. Shriver.
Evan Shriver: supposedly has madstone...
Winfield Courier, September 9, 1880.
J. W. Sipe, of Beaver township, was bitten by his dog on Monday evening. The wound was on his hand and only slight, but the hand swelled temporarily. The dog appeared to have fits in the evening and was killed. The question arose whether the dog was rabid. Mr. Sipe came to town Tuesday and examining the COURIER files of two years ago, found that E. Shriver, of Sheridan, had a madstone. He went over to see Shriver and the madstone.
[Note: There was no follow-up on above item by papers. However, it appears that J. W. Sipe recovered inasmuch as he was listed as a resident of Beaver township in 1881, at which time it was said that he was 25 years of age. It is believed that the following item pertains to “J. W. Sipe,” called “William Sipe” in article.]

Winfield Courier, March 16, 1882.
Mr. William Sipe has a farm of Joseph Abrams and has left Beaver Township and gone to Creswell. We wish Billy good luck in his new quarters.
Shriver’s schoolhouse...
Arkansas City Traveler, October 20, 1880.
                                        ADVERTISEMENTS WITHDRAWN.
The advertised meetings for Hon. W. P. Hackney at Shriver’s schoolhouse in Sheridan Township, Moscow in Silver Creek, Churchill’s in Ninnescah, Star Valley, and Harmon’s in Rock, Woolley’s Crooked Creek, and Bonnewell’s in Vernon, Arkansas City, Dexter, and Winfield are withdrawn. He will speak at Dexter on Friday, Oct. 29th, at 7:30 p.m.
O. M. SEWARD, Chairman Rep. Cen. Com.
Evan Shriver...
Winfield Courier, November 11, 1880.
The following are the names of the enterprising citizens who brought in the returns from different townships on the night after the election.
Sheridan:  Charley Irwin, also E. Shriver, L. W. Graham.
Evan Shriver and son, Owen Shriver...
Winfield Courier, February 3, 1881.
Mr. E. Shriver and his son, Owen, of Grouse valley, were in town Monday and called on us.
Barney Shriver...
Arkansas City Traveler, May 4, 1881. Front Page.
                      TRIAL DOCKET DISTRICT COURT, MAY TERM, 1881.
                                                    CRIMINAL DOCKET.
                            STATE OF KANSAS VERSUS—BARNEY SHRIVER.
Cattlemen named in Territory from Cowley County: Eaton, Potter, Estus, Libby, Wiley, Warren, Houghton, Henderson, Nipp, Walker Bros., Berry Bros., Dean Bros., Shriver...
Arkansas City Traveler, May 11, 1881.
The keeping of stock in the Indian Territory has, of late years, assumed quite considerable importance as a business, many of our best citizens being engaged therein. Among the Cowley County men now holding stock in the Territory, we may mention the following: On Red Rock and Black Bear creeks are Messrs. Eaton, Potter, Estus, Libby, Wiley, and Warren; while in other parts of the Territory are Houghton, Henderson, Nipp, Walker Bros., Berry Bros., Dean Bros., Shriver, and others.
Barney Shriver and son, “Allie.”...
Winfield Courier, August 11, 1881.
Barney Shriver’s little son, Allie, who broke his limb some weeks ago, while trying to manage an unruly cow, is now able to be out on crutches.
Owen Shriver in Territory; Mrs. Barney Shriver to visit mother...

Winfield Courier, October 27, 1881.
Owen Shriver is in the Nation taking care of his cattle.
Mrs. Barney Shriver has gone on a visit to her mother.
Barney Shriver...
Winfield Courier, January 26, 1882.
Barney Shriver has almost recovered from the painful effects of his broken rib. Guess he will not want to wrestle again very soon.
Mary E. Shriver [Mrs. Barney Shriver]...
Cowley County Courant, April 20, 1882.
The following is a list of cases that will stand for trial at the April term of the District Court, commencing on the 25th day of April, A. D. 1882.
CIVIL DOCKET. SEVENTH DAY. Travelers Insurance Co. vs. Mary E. Shriver et al.
Barney Shriver...
Winfield Courier, August 10, 1882.
Committees:—Rules and order of business: H. E. Asp, D. P. Marshall, J. B. Nipp, James Utt, W. J. Wilson, P. T. Walton, Barney Shriver.
Delegates entitled to seats. Sheridan: E. I. Johnson, B. Shriver, G. E. Saunders.
State Convention Delegates: W. P. Hackney, C. M. Scott, S. B. Fleming, J. S. Hunt, Geo. L. Gale, P. B. Lee, S. P. Strong, Barney Shriver.
Gilliland buys Barney Shriver farm near Dexter: will engage in stock...
Winfield Courier, September 21, 1882.
Mr. T. A. Gilliland is the purchaser of the Barney Shriver farm near Dexter. The folks were in town Monday purchasing a wagon load of supplies. They will engage in the stock business.
Evan and Owen Shriver; Barney Shriver farm...
Winfield Courier, January 11, 1883.
Messrs. E. and O. Shriver, I learn, are intending to fence large pastures also.
Mr. Gilliland, the man who bought the Barney Shriver farm and adjacent lands, has fenced a 1,200 acre pasture, taking from Burden at one time three tons of wire.
Barney Shriver...
Winfield Courier, February 15, 1883.
The following township officers were declared elected by the Board of Commissioners at their canvass of the vote on Tuesday.
SHERIDAN: B. Shriver, trustee; W. H. Funk, clerk; J. C. Partridge, treasurer; A. J. Crumb, J. P.; J. C. Lawrence and C. Hall, constables.
Winfield Courier, March 8, 1883.

On Monday, March 5th, 1883, the Assessors of Cowley County, Kansas, met at Winfield.
Present: B. Shriver: Sheridan.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 14, 1883.
On Monday, March 6th, 1883, the Assessors of Cowley County, Kansas, met at Winfield. Present: J. B. Nipp, Creswell Township, I. D. Harkleroad, Silverdale; L. Holcomb, Pleasant Valley; Elisha Haynes, Harvey; R. B. Corson, Fairview; H. McKibben, Tisdale; W. Senseney, Ninnescah; Joseph Gorham, Maple; S. D. Jones, Beaver; J. A. Cochran, Liberty; J. A. Irwin, Windsor; D. Beard, Cedar; L. S. Cogswell, Omnia; E. D. Skinner, Vernon; B. Shriver, Sheridan; S. H. Wells, Dexter; H. J. Sandfort, Richland; J. P. Short, Winfield City; P. A. Lorry, Bolton; T. A. Blanchard, Walnut.
Mrs. Evan Shriver: killed by lightning...
Winfield Courier, April 19, 1883.
Killed by Lightning. Mrs. Evan Shriver, living in Sheridan Township, was instantly killed by lightning last Thursday morning about nine o’clock. She was working in the garden at the time. A few minutes before the flash, a neighbor woman saw her standing in the garden. Looking over again she saw Mrs. Shriver lying on the ground with smoke rising from her clothing. She ran over with a pan of water and soon by her screams brought the men from the field. When they arrived the clothes were nearly all burned off. An examination disclosed a spot on the right side of her head where the skin was discolored, and also on the inside of the ankle. Mrs. Shriver was wearing at the time a pair of fine steel spectacles. One side was missing entirely and the remaining fragments were thrown some distance from where she fell. Mrs. Shriver was sixty-two years old. She and her husband came to Kansas and settled in Johnston County in early days, where they lived until twelve years ago when they removed to Cowley County. She has two sons, Barney and Owen Shriver, and three married daughters living in this county, and had been an active member of the Christian Church for thirty-eight years. The blow was a heavy one to the husband whose help-meet she had been for over forty-two years. They had traveled together in the bright and joyous days of youth, past the noon of life, and far down toward the end where the shadows meet. Hand in hand they had met the joys and sorrows, the trials and adversities which are the common lot of all. They had seen a family of sons and daughters grow to man and womanhood and middle age, and had together welcomed to the old home the sunny faces of grandchildren. No wonder that this sudden and unexpected calamity falls with such crushing weight.
The funeral services were held on Friday, Judge Gans officiating, and the remains were followed to the cemetery by a large concourse of sorrowing friends.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 25, 1883.

DIED. Mrs. Evan Shriver, living in Sheridan Township, was instantly killed by lightning last Thursday morning about nine o’clock. She was working in the garden at the time. A few minutes before the flash, a neighbor woman saw her standing in the garden. Looking again, she saw Mrs. Shriver lying on the ground with smoke rising from her clothing. She ran over with a pan of water, and soon by her screams brought the men from the field. When they arrived the clothes were nearly all burned off. An examination disclosed a spot on the right side of her head where the skin was discolored, and also on the inside of the ankle. Mrs. Shriver was wearing at the time a pair of fine steel spectacles. One side was missing entirely and the remaining fragments were thrown some distance from where she fell.
Barney Shriver...
Winfield Courier, May 10, 1883.
Fair Meeting. 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. Sheridan: Barney Shriver.
Evan Shriver...
Winfield Courier, June 7, 1883.
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 prevailed that the president appoint an executive committee of one from each township. The president appointed as such committee the following. Sheridan township: Evan Shriver.
Owen Shriver...
Winfield Courier, August 30, 1883.
The editor of the Burden Enterprise, who gives such a “send off” to the mineral well on Owen Shriver’s farm, had better taste the water near home and remember the adage about people who live in glass houses.
Barney Shriver...
Winfield Courier, September 6, 1883.
Committee on credentials reported the following named delegates and alternates for their respective townships. Sheridan Township: Delegates: A. J. Crum, B. Shriver, Levi Quier.
Owen Shriver...
Winfield Courier, September 27, 1883.
Owen Shriver lost a valuable horse last week, by sickness.
Barney Shriver, Burden...
Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.
Lost. On the fair ground a little, black, two year old, gelding pony. He must have broken a rope with which he was tied and strayed from the grounds. Whoever will give information of where he may be found or return him to Smith’s stable on 9th Avenue, Winfield, will be suitably rewarded. Address Barney Shriver, Burden.
Owen Shriver...
Winfield Courier, January 17, 1884.

Commissioners Proceedings. The viewers report on the Parmley road was adopted and damages of $150 allowed Owen Shriver.
Barney Shriver...
Winfield Courier, February 7, 1884.
Township Elections. Barney Shriver was re-elected trustee of Sheridan by one majority. The whole Republican ticket carried except one constable.
Evan Shriver...
Winfield Courier, February 7, 1884.
At a meeting of the citizens of Sheridan Township held February 1st, 1884, J. R. Smith was chosen chairman and H. L. Wilson secretary. The object of the meeting was stated to be to consider the advisability of appointing a delegate to meet with delegates from Tisdale and other townships for the purpose of drafting resolutions asking the Denver, Memphis & Atlantic Railway Company to so obligate themselves to build a substantial road with important connections, so that the people of Cowley County may have some assurance of getting a road that will be of benefit to them after voting their bonds. The petition for the road was read and called forth considerable discussion. It appeared to be the unanimous sentiment of those present that, although strongly in favor of a road over the proposed route, they could not do otherwise than vote against the petition as it now is. E. Shriver was appointed to act as delegate. H. L. WILSON, Secretary.
Barney Shriver...
Winfield Courier, February 14, 1884.
Township Officers. The Board of Commissioners met Tuesday and canvassed the vote for township officers. Trustee Sheridan Township, Barney Shriver.
Winfield Courier, March 13, 1884.
Winfield, Kansas, March 3, 1881.The following named township and city assessors of Cowley County, Kansas, met, pursuant to law, at the office of the county clerk March 3rd, 1881. Sheridan Township: Barney Shriver.
Evan Shriver...
Winfield Courier, March 20, 1884.
The Republican Central Committee of Cowley County, Kansas, will meet at the COURIER office, in Winfield, on Saturday, March 22nd at 1:30 p.m. to call a convention and transact important business connected with the coming campaign.
The following named gentlemen are members of this committee. Sheridan Township, Evan Shriver.
Evan Shriver, Owen Shriver...
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1884.
The Republican convention of Cowley County met according to call at the Opera House in Winfield on Saturday, April 19, 1884, at 11 o’clock a.m.
Committee on credentials reported as follows.
DELEGATES. Sheridan: E. Shriver, J. M. May, O. Shriver.
The delegates to the State Convention were elected as follows.
H. McKibben, Z. Carlisle, O. Wooley, O. Shriver, J. B. Nipp, T. H. Soward.

Owen Shriver...
Winfield Courier, May 1, 1884.
Messrs. T. H. Soward, Oscar Wooley, Owen Shriver, Hugh McKibben, Dr. Carlisle and Capt. Nipp, our delegates to the State convention went up to Topeka on the afternoon train Monday. Senator Long was also one of the party. There will be lots of politics to the square inch in Topeka this week.
Barney Shriver...
Winfield Courier, July 17, 1884.
The following gentlemen were selected from the different townships to carry out the object of the resolution. Barney Shriver, Sheridan Township.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 19, 1884.
A careful examination of the assessors’ enumeration of inhabitants of the county was made and the Board found that the population of the county was 26,137.
Section line road of B. Shriver granted.
Owen Shriver’s grove: temperance rally...
Winfield Courier, July 31, 1884.
The People of Sheridan Township will hold an all day temperance rally in Owen Shriver’s grove, in that township, on Sunday, August 10th. Everybody will take their baskets and have a regular picnicking time.
Barney Shriver...
Winfield Courier, August 7, 1884.
Organization of Blaine and Logan Club. Pursuant to notice the committee appointed to organize a Cowley County Blaine and Logan Club met at the COURIER office at 2 o’clock p.m., July 19, 1884. T. H. Soward was elected President, J. R. Sumpter, Secretary, and W. J. Wilson, Treasurer. The following gentlemen were elected vice-Presidents of the Club.
Sheridan Township: Barney Shriver.
Motion that the Vice Presidents be instructed to organize Blaine and Logan Clubs in their townships at the earliest possible time, and report their organization and members to the President of this Club, carried. On motion the chair appointed Capt. White, W. J. Wilson, and J. R. Sumpter a committee on finance. The Club adopted as a badge a plain blue ribbon with the names of the Republican candidate for President and vice-president printed thereon. Adjourned to meet on the call of the Chairman. J. R. SUMPTER, Secretary.
Owen Shriver, Barney Shriver...
Winfield Courier, August 28, 1884.
The county convention met pursuant to call, and was called to order by D. A. Millington, chairman of county central committee. On motion of G. H. Buckman the following committee on order of business was appointed: G. H. Buckman, W. H. Grow, J. B. Splawn, J. A. Cochran, W. H. Gilliard, Owen Shriver, Willis Wilson. The report of the committee on credentials was then submitted, and the following parties reported as entitled to seats in the convention. SHERIDAN. E. I. Johnson, B. Shriver, O. Shriver, D. Treadway.


Evan Shriver sued for divorce by Mary M. Shriver.
Winfield Courier, September 25, 1884.
CIVIL DOCKET. SIXTH DAY. 78. Evan Shriver vs. Mary M. Shriver.
Evan Shriver marries Susannah Hall...
Winfield Courier, November 20, 1884.
MARRIAGE LICENSES. The following parties have committed matrimony since our last. Evan Shriver and Susannah Hall.
Owen Shriver...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 15, 1885.
Personal property tax of Owen Shriver, on 16 head cattle and 25 head hogs, double assessment, was remitted.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 25, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers, filed in the office of Register of Deeds yesterday. Owen Shriver et ux to S S Moore, nw ¼ 36-32-6e: $200.00.
Barney Shriver...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 2, 1885.
The web worm has done a great deal of damage in this county. It has destroyed whole fields of corn in some sections and many fields have been partly destroyed or greatly damaged. It has not confined its ravages to corn fields, but has attacked tomato and cantelope vines, cabbages, and other vegetables. J. F. Martin thinks he is damaged $600 outside of damages to corn. Others report similar damages. The greatest ravages in this county appear to be in the valleys of the Arkansas river and Grouse creek. From all we hear, however, we judge that the ravages of this worm have been light in this county as compared with those of other counties and other states, for it has appeared in all the central and western states. The reports we have received in the last three days seem to indicate that the worst is over and that probably it will not do much further damage in this county. The last rains seem to have discouraged them. It is possible, however, that the present warm weather will revive them and set them to work again, but the crops are getting older and more distasteful to them all the time.

The web worm is not a new enemy. He has been here before but has never before done so much damage in this county as this year. He has been known in other parts of the country and has done great damage in former years, but as yet the means to fight him successfully have not been discovered. He seems to care little for Spanish green and other poisons that have been tried on him and other means to “head him off” have been futile. He is from a certain kind of a miller which flourishes in a moist, warm atmosphere, and moves in flocks or swarms of millions. Thus fields are frequently infested only in patches. They lay their eggs on low and tender weeds, vines, and plants near the ground, where the worms are hatched and feed on the tenderest plants and weave their webs. Some hold that they will not attack corn unless it is young and tender and then only when there are no tenderer weeds and vines in reach. Some think they will not attack corn that is kept clear of weeds; but Barney Shriver tells of a corn field which was about half of it worked clear of weeds when the web worm made its attack. In that part of the field which was clear of weeds, the worms destroyed all the corn; and in the part which was full of weeds, the worms took the weeds and left the corn. Other farmers have related to us similar events and circumstances. It would seem from these that weeds might be valuable in corn fields in web worm times. But it is only the tenderest weeds which they prefer to tender corn leaves and melon vines. It seems that only the young and tender corn suffers from them. That which has been long growing is too hard for them.
We conclude that they can live and flourish only when in warm moist weather vegetation springs up quickly and grows rapidly so as to be tender and that ordinarily their ravages would be confined to the month of June. In such a season as this they might work on into July. In an ordinary season everything which is planted early would be beyond their ravages and they could do no damage. Early planting this season has not done so well as usual on account of the web, but that which has survived the wet weather is exempt from the worm ravages. By the way, would think that a worm that could eat tomato and potato tops could eat anything.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 16, 1885.
The viewers report in the M. L. Wilson county road was adopted and damages awarded Barney Shriver, $80.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 16, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds since our last issue.
           John E. Maybee et ux to Barney Shriver, lots 2, 3, and 4. 18-32-73-38e: $1,800.
Evan Shriver...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.
The following were elected members of the County Central Committee for the ensuing year. Sheridan: Evan Shriver.
Owen Shriver...
                        The Last Day of The Cowley Co. Fair—A Grand Success.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 1, 1885.
This morning witnessed the grandest show of the fair—the sweepstakes in horses and cattle. The blue ribbon for best cow with three of her calves was taken by J. Johnson, of Maple City. The judges were Owen Shriver, E. P. Young, and Chauncey Hewett.
Owen Shriver...Leaving for Montague County, Texas...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 8, 1885.
Mr. Owen Shriver, who settled in Dexter township in 1870, passed through overland today for Montague County, Texas, where he will reside. Of course he won’t settle long—they always come back, determined to stay.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 19, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds since our last issue.

Owen Shriver et ux to M L Read and M L Robinson, sw qr and s hf se qr sec 26 and n hf nw qr and n hf ne qr and se qr ne qr and ne qr se qr 35-32-6e, 480 acres: $10,000.
Evan Shriver...
Arkansas City Republican, May 29, 1886.
The Republican Central Committee of Cowley County met in Winfield to arrange for the coming nominating convention for county officers. The following members were present: J. R. Sumpter, Gus Lorry, F. M. Vaughn, J. H. Curfman, J. S. Rash, Justice Fisher, E. R. Morse, J. L. Stewart, A. Hattery, S. S. Linn, L. B. Stone, H. F. Hornaday, E. Shriver, E. A. Henthorn, H. McKibben, Sid Cure, J. A. Gilkey, C. M. Leavitt, J. C. Long, H. C. McD’Orman.
Arkansas City Republican, June 12, 1886.
The Republican County Convention met at Winfield Saturday. The convention was held in the opera house. Congressional Delegates: W. M. Jenkins, H. W. Marsha, Jos. McCleary, A. T. Crawford, E. Shriver, S. H. Wells, W. G. Graham, H. S. Hornady, and P. B. Lee.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 19, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.
Cowley County’s delegation, composed of J. G. Crawford, E. Shriver, and S. H. Wells, of the 61st district; W. M. Jenkins, H. W. Marsh, and Jos. Cleary, of the 60th district, and W. G. Graham, Capt. Nipp, and P. B. Lee, of the 59th district, went to Cherryvale yesterday to attend the congressional convention. Hon. B. W. Perkins, for whom the delegations are unanimously instructed, is the only candidate and will of course be nominated.


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