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Captain M. N. Sinnott

                                      ITEMS GLEANED FROM OBITUARY.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 9, 1925.
Capt. M. N. Sinnott, 79, of 319 North Third Street, Arkansas City, former mayor of the city and for a number of years the city clerk, was a veteran of the Civil War. He was an early settler in Arkansas City. Capt. Sinnott died at the family residence at 3:30 o’clock, Thursday afternoon. His death was due to an attack of pneumonia, from which he had suffered for a week and which disease, on account of his advanced age, he could not throw off.
Having located here when Arkansas City was a mere village, he at once became engaged in civic affairs and he probably enjoyed a larger acquaintanceship here than any other man in the city at the present time. In all city affairs he was conceded to be an authority and he had at different times in the past fifty years held various offices connected with the opera­tion of the city’s business in general.
Capt. Sinnott was mayor of Arkansas City for four years, or two terms, under the old mayor and city council form of government, from 1903 to 1906 inclusive. Prior to his adminis­tration of Arkansas City, Col. W. J. Pollock was the mayor; and immediately after his term of office, George Luther Brown was elected to that office. Mr. Pollock has been dead for a number of years and G. L. Brown is still a resident of the city. Mr. Sinnott was also town marshal in the early days of the city. The office of city clerk he held from the years 1916 to 1924, inclusive, and was relieved from that office by the present city administration a year ago. He was succeeded by Clarence Snyder, the present city clerk.
Capt. Sinnott was a prominent member of the local G. A. R. post and had held all the offices in connection with that order. Twenty-five years ago he was a member of Southwest­ern Soldiers Reunion association of this city, and with the late P. H. “Pat” Franey, and  the late H. T. Roberts, was instrumental in putting on the annual reunion programs here, the affairs having been held in old Riverside Park on the Walnut river, and which were attended in the early days by thousands of visitors from the city and surrounding country. A number of years ago the association disbanded, for the reason that the aged veterans of the Civil War were unable to carry on the work longer, and there seemed to be no other orders in the city that desired to take up the proposition where the old soldiers left off. In fact, Captain Sinnott was prominent in civic affairs of the city all the time he resided here.
Capt. Sinnott was a member of the Catholic Church. His wife preceded him to the grave, having died here November 29, 1916, nine years ago. Since that time Miss Anna Haney, a niece of Mr. Sinnott, has been his housekeeper at the family residence on North Third street.
Capt. Sinnott, two days prior to his death, having realized the condition, called his nieces to his bedside and dictated to them a portion of his obituary. Then he became so weak that he was unable to talk more and the story from his worn lips, was never completed. Miss Anna Haney has, however, the diary of Mr. Sinnott, which he kept in a splendid condition from the time he joined the army in Missouri. The portion of the obituary which he gave to the relatives on Tuesday, is as fol­lows:

“I was born March 25, 1846, in County Wexford, near the town of New Ross, Ireland. In 1849 I sailed for America with my parents and we landed in New Orleans. We then settled in Georgetown, Ohio. In 1851 we moved to Peoria, Ill., and in 1858 went to Edina, Mo., where we remained for some time. In 1861 I enlisted in the U. S. army, with the 21st Missouri infantry, as a private. I was discharged at the end of the war and was but 21 years of age at that time.”
At this stage of the conversation Mr. Sinnott became very weak and the relatives would not let him talk any more at that time. He never completed the story and Miss Anna Haney,  who has made her home at the Sinnott residence for a number of years, secured the remainder of the story from his diary and from the family records. He was married to Bridget Matilda Haney at Peoria, Ill., in 1867. They had no children. Before being discharged from the army, he was advanced to the rank of first lieutenant, and afterwards was given the title of Captain, by which he was known up to the time of his death. He received honorable mention many times from the high officials of the army, for the splendid work he accomplished. Then for some time he was engaged on the gulf coast in running down ships which carried slaves, his diary shows.
He came to Arkansas City on Thursday, May 30, 1878, and his diary recites that the first man he spoke to here was A. A. Newman, who he met on Summit street, where there was a high hedge fence. Mr. Newman told him he was here from Emporia with a view of locating in this vicinity. Mr. Sinnott then took a wagon load of flour, in company with four other men, each taking a load, and three of them were half breed Indians, to the Sac and Fox Agency, south of here. They had a difficult time in fording the Arkansas river, but finally made off, and that night they camped at “The Willows,” then a watering station located near where the 101 Ranch now is. There are many other items of interest in the personal diary of Capt. Sinnott, some of which his friends here have heard from his own lips. His record in city affairs is well known to the present day citizens.
The relatives left to mourn his loss are Miss Anna Haney, Miss Edna Haney, and Miss May Haney, all nieces, of this city; Jay Haney, a nephew of Newkirk, Oklahoma; Martin N. Haney, a nephew of Peoria, Illinois, who arrived here last night. This man is named for Capt. Sinnott. One sister, who is past 85, Mrs. Henry Robinson, resides at Seattle. She is very feeble. Capt. Sinnott and Mrs. Robinson’s husband were buddies in the Civil War and they remained together all during that conflict, having been mustered out of the service at the same time. Capt. Sinnott lived two years in Topeka some time ago, and was at that time employed as keeper of the outside gate at the state penitentiary, where visitors at the institution are received.
Funeral services are to be at the Sacred Heart church tomorrow morning at 9:30 o’clock, with Rev. Father Degnan in charge. Burial will be in Riverview cemetery beside the body of the late Mrs. Sinnott.
More information on Capt. Sinnott.
Privately Printed. Year Unknown. He showed December 25, 1941, on dedication page.
                                                           Captain Sinnott.

“Going West from the Buckley farm there were two covered bridges within six miles of each other. In fact, there were a number in that part of the country. They have all been removed but were odd to see, even in that day.
“This country could furnish plenty of materials for these sheltered bridges. There was an abundance of fine, dry oak, for the structure and plenty of stone for abutments.
“One day, during the Civil War, it is told that Union soldiers, going out of Monticello, were met by a Confederate troop. They took refuge in one of these bridges and, though they were fired upon with tremendous fury, the thick oak sides of the bridge proved to be a complete defense.
“I was told of this historical occurrence when I was a child. Years later I met a certain Captain Sinnott, who was in charge of the Union soldiers when they had this experience. When I knew Captain Sinnott, he lived in Arkansas City, and we were friends for many years.”
In 1904 Captain Sinnott was elected Mayor of Arkansas City. He appointed Albert Faulconer city attorney at the magnan­imous salary of $25 a month.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 15, 1879.   
                                               SINNOTT’S RESTAURANT,
                                                   ARKANSAS CITY, KAS.
                                                M. N. SINNOTT, Proprietor.
                                                  [Successor to Wm. Gibby.]
Boarding by the Day or Week. Special accommodations for the traveling public. Call and see me. South Summit Street, East side.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 12, 1879.
Mr. Sinnott has taken possession of the Arkansas City House and John Williams retires, a bloated bondholder.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 18, 1879.  
                                                ARKANSAS CITY HOUSE,
                                                   ARKANSAS CITY, KAS.
                                           M. N. SINNOTT, PROPRIETOR.
This house has been renovated throughout, and has good stabling connected with it. Stage arrives and departs daily. Special accommodations to commercial men.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 17, 1879.
John Williams is again at the head of the Arkansas City House, Mr. Sinnott retiring. John is fixing up with all the modern conveniences and enjoys a liberal patronage.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 1, 1880.

A man going by the name of Charley Jones, three weeks from Pittsburg, and now working for Milt Hurst, got full of “budge” last Saturday, and felt called upon to knock a man down. Mr. Sinnott, who in the absence of Mr. Hartsock is acting as marshal, attempted to arrest him, but he resisted to such an extent that two or three men were called to the marshal’s assistance. As they marched the drunken lout down the street, he made the air ring with the foulest curses, which could be heard by any and everybody on the streets. He was finally lodged in the “cooler,” where he rusticated until Monday morning, when he was taken before Police Judge Walton and fined five dollars and costs. Jones has been a miner, is possessed of considerable strength, and doubtless thought he could do as he pleased in a small town, but the sooner he learns that a drunken man is no better than a dog, and that our citizens are not afraid to arrest a man, whether he comes from Pittsburg or any other burg, the better it will be for him. We will take this occasion to remark that while we believe in treating prisoners with all the humanity they deserve, no man should be allowed to resist the officers and fill the air with curses. In the case of Jones, Mr. Sinnott would have been justified in silencing him, if he had to break his skull to do it. That he was drunk is no excuse. A man knows what he is doing as long as he can stand up to do it, and if he will not quietly submit to an arrest, a gentle reminder over the head is recommended.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 8, 1880.
The council met last Monday evening, allowed several bills, passed a sidewalk ordinance, and appointed Mr. Sinnott as mar­shal. Mr. Sinnott was immediately sworn in, and is now perform­ing the duties of his office.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 22, 1880.
A fille de joie recently came into town, and with her platonic masculine friend took up her abode in the house formerly occupied by Mr. Phillips in the southeast portion of the city. Her visitors were so numerous that the authorities soon “dropped” on the game, and on last Sunday night Marshal Sinnott “pulled” the house. She appeared before Justice Bonsall Monday morning, paid ten dollars and cost for the privilege of her brief and prosperous career, and lit out for Winfield about noon. Next.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 12, 1881.
Two gamblers from Caldwell, named Kinney and Philips, came over to this city last Friday, for the purpose of playing the soldiers out of their money. Lieut. Wood notified the authori­ties of their scheme, and on last Monday night the gentlemen were “pulled” at their game by Marshall Sinnott, and on Tuesday the Mayor called for $50 and costs from them. Good for our Mayor. If the game is repeated, they will get a heavier dose next time.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 2, 1881.
On the noon train last Friday was a woman with three chil­dren in tow. As appearances did indicate, she had once been the possessor of a dutiful husband, but ever since the ides of September, he had absented himself from the family fireside, leaving her to bear the chilling blasts of Missouri in lonely widowhood. Some few weeks since she received letters from him, dated at Arkansas City, in which she was informed that he was sick—very sick—but hoped to recover soon sufficiently to earn a few paltry dollars—his intended disposition of which, however, he failed to specify.

Like a true wife, she yearned for him, and gathering her brood under her wing, she started forthwith for Arkansas City, bent on nursing her drooping dove back to “life and use, and name and fame.” Arriving at the City hotel, she gave her name as Freemyer (which she could neither write nor spell), saying she was “all the way from Hopkins.” Learning that the object of her search was in the city, apparently alive and well, a warrant for his arrest was sworn out and handed to Marshal Sinnott, who found the truant husband “keeping house” with the charming Martha Washington, whose “do drop in” is situated half way between town and the depot. Freemyer was very glad to see his “sure, sure” wife, and immediately sold his team and declared his intention of returning with her. The happy family departed on the next train for the classic shades of Hopkins, Missouri. Poor Martha.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 8, 1881.
A short time ago a card, describing some horses stolen in the vicinity of Chetopa, was received by Marshall Sinnott, and yesterday a man with a woman, and two horses, answering the description given, passed through town. Deputy Sheriff McIntire immediately started in pursuit and took his man between this place and the Territory line. He claimed to be going to Colora­do, but the woman said they were striking for Texas, in which direction they were traveling when overtaken. A dispatch was sent to Chetopa, and the man and property are being held for further instructions from there.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 31, 1881. Editorial Page.
The following is a list of the Old Soldiers of Creswell Township.
NAME                                          COMPANY          REGIMENT        RANK
M. N. SINNOTT                                 E                         21 Mo.             Lieut.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 28, 1881.
                                                            Our State Fair.
The State Fair held at Topeka was a complete success, and the crowds of people that gathered there was wonderful—the number on the grounds being estimated at near sixty thousand. They had the finest showing of horses, cattle, swine, etc., ever exhibited in the State. Horses valued at $10,000 and more were frequently to be seen, and cattle, brought in from Illinois and other States, were such as were never before seen in Kansas. Sheep, hogs, and all kinds of poultry filled the stalls made for them, making the sight a rare one. It seemed as though the whole State turned out, every section being represented. Shortly after our arrival we were introduced to Capt. Nipp, passed in the gates as a reporter of the TRAV­ELER, walking arm in arm with Marshal Sinnott, representing the Democrat. As neither of the two publishers of the two papers knew they were represented, we were led to remark: “How’s this?” Capt. Ed. Haight, with the Winfield Battery and two large cannons, made themselves heard, and shook the glass of the Capi­tol, while Capt. Steuven of the Infantry Company, from the same place, made an excellent display in the parade. Among the crowd we met Rev. Fleming, always on hand when there is anything going on, and Capt. Bird, A. A. Davis, Chas. Sipes, and many others.
Twenty-six Cheyenne and Arapahos represented the Indian Territory, under charge of Mr. O. J. Woodard, of Cheyenne Agency, and Capt. C. M. Scott, of this place. It was a treat for the wild tribes, if their actions indicated anything, for they made the night air ring with their war hoops and “Ki-yes,” much to the amusement of the many spectators who flocked every day to see them.
Were we to attempt a detailed account of the exhibition, it would prove tedious, as it had to be seen to be appreciated. Every available sleeping place was taken before half the crowd got there, and many had to camp on the grounds. The sham battle, Old Soldiers’ Reunion, and the twenty mile race, by Miss Curtis and Miss Pinneo, were probably the main attractions.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 4, 1882.

By an article from the pen of M. N. Sinnott, our city marshal, which has been conspicuously posted in various parts of the burg, we conclude that the carrying of “pops” is no longer fashionable.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 19, 1882.
A meeting of Old Soldiers was called for July 18, 1882, at the office of I. H. Bonsall to talk up a Soldiers Re-union. J. B. Nipp was elected chairman and I. H. Bonsall, secre­tary, of said meeting. Motion made by J. C. Pickering, “that we have a re-union of all old soldiers if the late war, residing in Cowley County and vicinity. Motion received a second and was carried by the unanimous vote of all present. Motion made that the chair appoint a committee to raise funds to cover the expense of said re-union. Motion carried. The following committee was appointed to collect provisions, fodder, and funds for said re-union: A. A. Newman, chairman, and James Ridenour of Arkansas City; F. M. Vaughan, N. W. Kimmel, and John A. Smalley, of Creswell; August Lorry, J. H. Penton, and M. J. Rice, of Bolton; with instructions to report progress to the executive committee or Secretary as soon as possible. The following executive committee was appointed by the committee: J. B. Nipp, chairman, M. N. Sinnott, J. W. Gamel, and O. S. Rarick.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 23, 1882.
A meeting for the purpose of organizing a Gun Club in Arkansas City was held last Wednesday with the following result: J. B. Nipp, Chairman; J. G. Shelden, Secretary; O. P. Houghton, Treasurer; Frank Hess, Trap Puller; J. J. Breene, Trap Setter. Motion that the committee on programme be instructed to state that the membership fee be $2.50; carried. Moved that the club be governed by Bogardus Rules for trap shooting; carried. Moved that the chair appoint committee on by-laws; carried. Committee: John Shelden, M. N. Sinnott, and J. F. Stedman. Moved that each member pay his fees one week from this meeting; carried. Moved that Stedman be appointed a committee of one to purchase trap; carried. Moved that we adjourn to meet next Wednesday night.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1883.
At the last regular meeting of the Creswell Lodge, No. 15, Select Knights of A. O. U. W., the following officers were elected for the ensuing year: M. N. Sinnott, Select Com.; I. H. Bonsall, Vice Com.; O. S. Rarick, Lt. Com.; J. G. Shelden, Recorder; Archie Dunn, Ret. Treas.; H. D. Kellogg, Treas.; H. D. Kellogg, Med. Ex.; W. P. Waite, Trustee.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1883.
Arkansas City Lodge, No. 89, A. O. U. W. Archie Dunn, Master Workman; W. J. Gamel, Foreman; I. H. Bonsall, Overseer; M. N. Sinnott, Recorder; Wm. Blakeney, Financier; C. R. Sipes, Treas.; H. D. Kellogg, Med. Ex.; H. S. Ford, Guide; A. A. Davis, I. W.; Gardener Mott, O. W.; A. A. Davis, Trustee; O. S. Rarick, Rep. G. L.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 24, 1883.
M. N. Sinnott has just returned from the Otoe Agency, where he has been fixing up a windmill for their water works.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

Grand Army of the Republic. On Thursday evening, February 1, 1883, Arkansas City Post No. 158, G. A. R. was organized by Com. T. H. Soward, with the following officers for term: J. B. Nipp, Post Com.; O. S. Rarick, Sr. Vice Com.; Jas. Ridenour, Jr. Vice Com.; M. N. Sinnott, Adjutant; J. C. Topliff, Quartermaster; H. D. Kellogg, Office of Day; E. Y. Baker, Surgeon; W. S. Voris, Chaplain; J. W. Hackelman, O. of Guard.; D. R. Cooper, I. G.; P. A. Lorry, O. G.; J. E. Miller, Q. M. Sergt.; Al. Mowry, Sergt. Major. Post meets second and fourth Saturday in each month.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 26, 1883.
Capt. Rarick and M. N. Sinnott are each putting up a residence in the western part of the city.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 31, 1883.
J. B. Nipp was elected trustee of his township. He employed Mr. Sinnott to do the work. Mr. Sinnott also made out his assessment rolls. Just why Mr. Nipp employed someone to do this work our readers are probably all aware. Telegram.
Probably for the same reason that Mr. Lynn has always been forced to have a bookkeeper to keep his business straight or to take a partner—vide Tom Bryan.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 12, 1883.
                                                              The G. A. R.
Arkansas City post, No. 158, gave a supper at the Perry house last Saturday night, after which the officers for the coming year were elected. The supper was a most bountiful one, and considering the great rush was very neatly managed. The exercises in McLaughlin’s hall were necessarily cut short, Mr. Walton giving a very appropriate speech to an audience composed of old soldiers and their wives. From this place they repaired to their regular meeting room and elected the following officers.
Commander: M. N. Sinnott; Senior Vice Commander: P. A. Lorry; Junior Vice Commander: Allen Mowry; Officer of the Day: H. D. Kellogg; Officer of the Guard: Perley Davis; Quartermaster: A. A. Davis; Chaplain: F. M. Peak; Inside Guard: P. Jones; Outside Guard: John Lewis. D. P. Marshall was elected representative to the grand encampment. Four new members were mustered in, making something over eighty members now enrolled into this post.
Arkansas City Traveler, Supplement, December 19, 1883.
Amount of scrip issued by city clerk from May 1, 1883, to December 15, 1883, inclusive.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, February 13, 1884.
Township Election. The following shows the result of the election held on the 5th inst. There were eight tickets in the field, and the total vote polled was 444.
TRUSTEE: M. N. Sinnott, 288; Uriah Spray, 152.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 12, 1884.

ELECTION NOTICE. To the qualified voters of Creswell Township, Cowley County, Kansas. Notice is hereby given, in pursuance of a petition duly presented to the township trustee, treasurer, and clerk of said township, on the 4th day of March, 1884, that on the 5th day of April, 1884, between the hours of 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. of said day, at the usual place of holding elections in and for said Creswell Township, Cowley County, Kansas, a special election of the qualified voters of said township will be held for the purpose of voting upon a proposition to issue the bonds of said Creswell Township, in the amount of five thousand ($5,000) dollars; said bonds to run ten years, and to draw interest at the rate of seven percent per annum, payable semi-annually, principal and interest payable at the fiscal agency of the state of Kansas, in the city of New York. Said bonds to be issued and used for the purpose of building a bridge over the Walnut River near Arkansas City in said county, at the point, or as near thereto as practicable, where the north line of section thirty one, township thirty-four, south range 4, east, crosses said river, and what is known as Harmon’s ford. Said special election to be conducted according to the general election laws of the state of Kansas, and those in favor of building the bridge as aforesaid, shall have written on their ballots “For the bridge and bonds,” and those voting against the building of the bridge as aforesaid, shall have written or printed on their ballots the words “Against the bridge and bonds.”
By order of the township trustee, treasurer, and clerk of Creswell Township, Cowley County, Kansas. Done at Arkansas City, Kansas, this 4th day of March, 1884.
M. N. SINNOTT, Trustee; JAS. L. HUEY, Treasurer; W. D. MOWRY, Clerk.
Arkansas City Republican, April 12, 1884.
M. N. Sinnott is erecting a fine large residence in the west part of town.
Arkansas City Republican, April 19, 1884.
A large number of the citizens of this township assembled at Highland Hall in this city last Tuesday evening to take action upon the proposition of the directors of the Kansas City and Southwestern railroad to run their road to this city, upon Creswell Township’s voting bonds for $35,000 of the capital stock of said road. Judge T. McIntire was elected chairman, and S. W. Duncan, secretary. Upon being requested James Hill stated the object of the meeting, and, with convincing arguments, he dwelt at length upon the advantages of the road to the township and the city. James N. Young, president of the railroad company, then read the proposition, and a motion was made to adopt it, upon which considerable argument was produced. Pending the discussion, C. R. Sipes offered as a substitute for the motion that Judge A. J. Pyburn, T. H. McLaughlin, Dr. H. D. Kellogg, M. N. Sinnott, G. W. Cunningham, and James Benedict be appointed a committee to confer with the directors of the railroad present, and examine the proposition submitted and report whether it was suitable to the wants of the township, and just, and legally binding. The substitute was adopted and the committee, after making some small changes in the proposition, reported favorably, whereupon the house on motion adopted the report of the committee, and passed the motion to adopt the proposition as amended by the committee.
Arkansas City Republican, May 3, 1884.
At a meeting called for the purpose of reorganizing the A. V. G.’s held at Judge Kreamer’s office, on May 1st, 1884, a petition was asked requesting Lieut. Plank to resign, and Mr. M. N. Sinnott was elected to fill the position. Mr. Jno. Williams was chosen orderly Sergeant. and other appointments were made. The next meeting will be held at the same place, Wednesday, May 7th, at 7:30 p.m. Everybody turn out.
Arkansas City Republican, May 10, 1884.
According to Trustee Sinnott’s report, Arkansas City has between 2,700 and 2,800 inhabitants. Look out for 4,000 against this time next year.
Arkansas City Republican, May 10, 1884.

M. N. Sinnott has been assessing property in the country this week. He comes in of evenings tired and is also becoming somewhat red in the face from the effect of the wind and sun.
Arkansas City Republican, May 17, 1884.
M. N. Sinnott moved into his new house Thursday.
Arkansas City Republican, May 31, 1884.
Trustee Sinnott has just completed the census of Arkansas City; and finds 2,817 inhabitants.
Arkansas City Republican, May 31, 1884.
Messrs. M. N. Sinnott and George Wright have been at work on the township assessment books since Monday.
Arkansas City Republican, May 31, 1884.
M. N. Sinnott will please accept our thanks for a very pleasant drive over the country east of the Walnut last Monday afternoon on his finishing trip in assessing the township.
Arkansas City Republican, June 7, 1884.
The railroad bond election Tuesday went off very quietly. It had been so little talked of that a number of voters that expected to vote for the bonds, forgot the election and failed to go to the polls. Even M. N. Sinnott, township trustee, whose duty it was to open the polls, went to Winfield on the early morning train to return the assessment books, and was reminded of the election just as he arrived there; but he returned in time to open the polls. The vote stood 345 for, and 38 against the bonds, and one ballot was thrown out.
Arkansas City Republican, July 5, 1884.
A steam thresher passed over the south Arkansas bridge last Saturday; the floor of the bridge gave way. Through the energy of trustee Sinnott, the place was speedily repaired.
Arkansas City Republican, July 12, 1884.
Mrs. Sinnott, who has been quite ill for the past few days, is now recovering.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 16, 1884.
M. N. Sinnott has been appointed deputy county clerk at the request of Capt. Hunt, the clerk. Mr. Sinnott is an A No. 1 accountant and will fill the office with credit to himself and to the satisfaction of the county.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 16, 1884.
City of the Second Class. The council met in special session last Friday night to take the preliminary steps toward organizing Arkansas City into a city of the second class. Mr. M. N. Sinnott was appointed census taker for this purpose, but having not time to attend to it, he has declined, and the council will appoint another man at their special meeting tonight.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 19, 1884.
The resignation of M. N. Sinnott as Trustee of Creswell township was accepted and Elihu B. Parker appointed to fill vacancy.
Arkansas City Republican, July 19, 1884.
M. N. Sinnott has been appointed deputy county clerk at a salary of $1,000.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 23, 1884.
M. N. Sinnott left for Winfield on Monday, to take up his residence in that city and commence his duties as assistant county clerk.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 23, 1884.
Our friend, E. B. Parker, has been appointed trustee of Creswell Township, to fill the vacancy caused by the resignation of M. N. Sinnott. The appointment was made by the county commissioners last week.
Arkansas City Republican, July 26, 1884.
E. B. Parker, of East Creswell, has been appointed by the county commissioners to take the office of township trustee, made vacant by the resignation of M. N. Sinnott. It is an excellent appointment and one that will give universal satisfaction.
Arkansas City Republican, July 26, 1884.
G. H. McIntire and M. N. Sinnott were in the city Wednesday evening.
Arkansas City Republican, July 26, 1884.
M. N. Sinnott left Monday for Winfield, where he will enter immediately upon his work as deputy county clerk.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 30, 1884.
M. N. Sinnott moved his family to Winfield this week, and will henceforth give his entire attention to his clerical duties.
Arkansas City Republican, August 2, 1884.
M. N. Sinnott moved to Winfield Tuesday.
Arkansas City Republican, August 30, 1884.
M. N. Sinnott came down from the county seat, Wednesday, on business.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 6, 1884.
Last Wednesday evening an organization of Improved Order of Red Men was effected in Arkansas City. There were over 20 charter members. The following persons were elected for the ensuing term: Prophet, S. C. Lindsay; Sachem, M. N. Sinnott; Senior Sagamore, W. C. Guyer; Junior Sagamore, C. F. Kneedler; Chief of Records, Frank J. Hess; Keeper of Wampum, Theo. Fairclo. The following are the gentlemen from Girard, who assisted in the ceremonies: A. P. Riddle, H. T. Adair, Jno. Randolph, R. H. McKay, Jos. Ennis, and T. C. Mosley.
Arkansas City Republican, September 6, 1884.
M. N. Sinnott was down from Winfield again last Wednesday evening to attend the organization of the Lodge of Redman. Mr. Sinnott informs us great preparations are being made at our capital for the county fair. Speed horses have commenced to arrive already to go in training.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 17, 1884.
M. N. Sinnott was in the city last Saturday.
Arkansas City Republican, September 20, 1884.
M. N. Sinnott was here over Sunday.
Arkansas City Republican, October 18, 1884.
Capt. M. N. Sinnott was down from Winfield over Sunday. Mrs. M. N. Sinnott is now visiting her parents in Illinois, and Capt. is a widower.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 22, 1884.
Deputy County Clerk Sinnott spent the Sabbath among his old friends in this city.
Arkansas City Republican, October 25, 1884.

Isaac Ochs has rented M. N. Sinnott’s residence and has sent for his family. They will be here in a week or so.
Arkansas City Republican, November 22, 1884.
Capts. Nipp and Sinnott were down from Winfield last night. They came down to smoke to the REPUBLICAN’s health.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 3, 1884.
M. N. Sinnott returned thanks in Arkansas City.
Arkansas City Republican, December 20, 1884.
Friday evening of last week the A. O. U. W.’s elected the following officers.
A. A. Davis, M. W.; D. T. Kitchen, F.; D. L. Sifford, O.; M. J. Capron, Recorder; F. B. Hutchison, Receiver; W. P. Wolfe, Financier; W. J. Gray, Guide; Geo. Forde, I. W.; J. C. Pickering, O. W.; I. H. Bonsall, Rep. to G. L.; M. N. Sinnott, alt. to G. L.
Arkansas City Republican, January 3, 1885.
Mrs. M. N. Sinnott returned from her Illinois visit. Saturday she came down on the noon train to visit her friends in Arkansas City. Saturday night M. N. Sinnott came “trudging” down. He remarked to the “devil” in the REPUBLICAN office that he came down to attend divine services Sabbath day. On being interrogated as to why he did not attend at the “hub,” he answered: “We have so many churches there, and by the time I draw my conclusion as to which one I shall attend, services are over, and I always miss them.”
Arkansas City Traveler, January 14, 1885.
G. A. R. Post, No. 158. The officers of the Post in this city were installed last Saturday night by Mr. N. Sinnott, special muster officer. Allen Mowry, P. G.; T. A. Lowry, S. V. C.;
P. J. Davis, J. V. C.; A. A. Davis, Q. M.; H. D. Kellogg, O. D.; C. G. Thompson, Surg.; H. S. Lundy, Chap.; S. C. Lindsay, Adj.; John Cook, O. G.; P. H. Franey, O. S.; Wm. Kirtley, I. S.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 4, 1885.
M. N. Sinnott came down from the hub Saturday and spread his genial smile promiscu­ously around the streets.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 4, 1885.
The members of the A. O. U. W., will give a social at the Masonic Hall Friday night, February 13. The following is the programme. Address: J. A. Loomis, Objects and Duties of the Order. Address: James Benedict. Music: Members of the order. Select Reading: M. J. Capron; Poem. Select Reading: Miss Hattie Horner; Original Poem. Address: M. N. Sinnott, short history of the order. All members are requested to be present.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 11, 1885.
W. N. Sinnott was in the city Friday.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 27, 1885.
DECORATION DAY. Programme of the Services in Commemoration of the Dead.

Pursuant to order the committee on arrangements appointed by Post No. 158, G. A. R., and a committee of ladies to confer with them from the W. R. C., held a meeting on Monday, May 25th, at which time the following programme was adopted. The members of the post to meet at their rooms promptly at 9 a.m. sharp, and as soon as equipped to march to Highland Hall, where the two organizations will unite in the public services laid down by the service book of the order. It is the request of the Commander that the best of order be observed during our memorial exercises.
ORDER OF THE DAY. 1. Assemble at Highland Hall. 2. Prayer by Chaplain. 3. Address by Commander Mowry. 4. Music. 5. Reading orders of the day. 6. Line of march. 7. The procession will move to the cemetery from in front of Highland Hall and proceed there in the following order. 1) Band. 2) Decoration wagon with cenotaph and flowers. 3) Invited organizations and secret societies. 4) Woman’s Relief Corps. 5) Decorated wagon containing little girls and boys. 6) Arkansas City Post G. A. R. 7) City officials in carriages. 8) Citizens in carriages, wagons, and horse back. At the cemetery the procession will proceed directly to the cenotaph or unknown grave, where the greater part of the cemetery services will be held, conducted by such officers of the post as are prescribed by the department regulations. A salute of eight guns will be given at the conclusion of the services at the cemetery. The procession will be under conduct of Col. M. N. Sinnott, marshal of the day. It is hoped that good order will be observed on the return from the cemetery. When the parade arrives in front of Highland Hall, it will be dismissed by the officer in charge for rest and refreshments.
The Post, Relief corps, Military, and all organizations as well as citizens, are requested and cordially invited to assemble in Highland Hall at 3 p.m., where the memorial services will be concluded. Addresses by Judge Sumner and others, also Post exercises and select readings. By order of Committee.
G. A. R.: F. Lockley, H. T. Sumner, C. R. Fowler, A. A. Davis.
W. R. C.: Mrs. Smith, Mrs. Blubaugh, Mrs. Davis, Mrs. Hubbard.
                                               COL. SINNOTT, Chief Marshal.
Arkansas City Republican, June 13, 1885.
                                                      “THE POST OFFICE”

The Democrat comes to the front on the post office question this week. Our neighbor is somewhat riled because the REPUBLICAN was informed that Judge McIntire had his application filed in Washington for the postmastership. We say again our information is creditable. And as the Judge does not openly deny the charge, we accept the information as true. Still the Judge’s application may never have gone farther than the chairman of the Democratic County Central Committee at Winfield and there died from strangulation. From time to time the REPUBLICAN has published paragraphs concerning the applicants for the post office, with jovial intentions. We did not think the Judge would take our remarks otherwise. But as he has, we answer in all soberness. Capt. M. N. Sinnott is a friend of the editor of the REPUBLICAN; he is also a gentleman and a true Democrat. The editor of the REPUBLICAN is a Republican. Since the Democracy was victorious, it has been evident to us that it was only a question of time until all Republican office-holders are ousted, and we have heard Judge McIntire express the same opinion. The REPUBLICAN does not desire to see a change in postmasters here, because J. C. Topliff is a deserving P.M. He has built a large building and the arrangement of the office is more elegant and commodious than even the one at Wichita. But at the present rate the administration is removing Republican officials—nearly 200 per day—it will not be more than 12 months until Arkansas City will be reached. The trouble with the Judge is that he is afraid Sinnott has the best chances and he wants the time put off as long as possible. At the winding up of his article the Judge says: “But the secret, narrow gauge side track arrangement of M. N. Sinnott’s will divide and distract the party, and smells too strong of Republican methods.
The REPUBLICAN got Sinnott into this scrape by poking fun at him. The shoe pinched Judge so hard he had to squeal. To ease Judge’s fears, we say Sinnott does not seek the office and could not accept it very well on account of his present situation. Therefore, Sinnott has no narrow gauge arrangement and such language as used by the Judge above will undoubtedly divide the party.
If a Democrat has to receive the appointment, the REPUBLICAN favors Capt. M. N. Sinnott. He is a Democrat who fought for the salvation of our country and stands high in the estimation of all who know him. Why the Judge should handle Capt. Sinnott so roughly, we fail to understand. If, as the Democrat suggests, an election should be held to see what Democrat should have the honor of being postmaster here, the REPUBLICAN predicts Sinnott would get 500 majority over any man who could be brought out against him who would accept the office.
Arkansas City Republican, June 20, 1885.
The scramble for our post office is becoming lively. Sinnott is still in the ring. Some Democrats claim that Sinnott is not a true disciple of Mariar Halpin; therefore, he will not be appointed. His appointment will be in accordance with civil service rules. He is not an offensive partisan.
Arkansas City Republican, June 27, 1885.
Capt. Sinnott tenders the REPUBLICAN the following information. Cowley County has 1,773 old soldiers. During the past year 583 have moved in the county and 108 moved out.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 4, 1885.
The postmaster general says that he will not look upon any new application for post offices until two weeks from today. How this decree must crush down the feverish and anxious Democracy of Arkansas City. Sinnott’s boom is growing larger.
Arkansas City Republican, July 4, 1885.
“For 21 years,” says Ed Grady, “I have been a Democrat. Why shouldn’t I have the post office?” Ed is a good Democrat and the way our coal bill runs up during the winter, the REPUBLICAN has no doubt but that he could keep square with Uncle Sam. Ed and Sinnott, either, neither, or both as p.m. would do very well.
Arkansas City Republican, July 4, 1885.
One anxious post office Democrat remarked that all he wanted was for the REPUBLI­CAN to say a good word for Sinnott for postmaster and he would forward a copy of the paper to President Cleveland. That would knock his chances of being p.m. in the head. No doubt Cleveland and Vilas for that matter would peruse the REPUBLICAN with interest. They would stop and read it before they appointed Sinnott, no doubt. Oh, yes.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 11, 1885.
THE FOURTH. In Arkansas City, The Crowd Estimated at 10,000. July 3rd on the evening train visitors from Winfield and other towns up the Santa Fe road came pouring into Arkansas City. Bright and early Saturday morning, the firing of cannons roused the sleeping portion of the inhabitants of our city. N. A. Haight, with the First Light Artillery, of Winfield, had come down during the night and it was they who furnished the cannon’s roar.

M. N. Sinnott was down. Also Capt. Nipp.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 11, 1885.
Arkansas City is at the head of navigation now. Some good Democrat will get Cleveland to establish a lighthouse down at Harmon’s Ford, and probably Sinnott will get the job of keeping the light a shining provided he does not get the post office.
Arkansas City Republican, July 18, 1885.
Arkansas City, says the Anthony Enterprise, is having a hot time over the postmastership. Sinnott and Judge McIntire seem to be the keenest, and their anxiety is not at all softened by the uncertainty of the result. You are mistaken, Mr. Enterprise. Sinnott is going to have a walk over.
Arkansas City Republican, July 25, 1885.
We are informed that M. N. Sinnott will move his family back here in a few weeks, while he remains in Winfield to attend to his clerical duties. Sharp man is that Sinnott. He knows which is the best town for a post office.
Arkansas City Republican, August 1, 1885.
M. N. Sinnott and family came down from Winfield to visit over Sunday.
Arkansas City Republican, August 22, 1885.
M. N. Sinnott has moved his family down from Winfield, and they are now keeping house in their residence in the fourth ward. Mr. Sinnott still attends to his clerical duties in Winfield.
Arkansas City Republican, August 22, 1885.
Capt. Sinnott came down from Winfield the first of the week to see Topliff and learn what the aggregate receipts of the post office averaged per month. Nothing like getting acquainted with your future business, you know.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 7, 1885.
Postmaster Topliff has been removed from the ragged edge, and Martin A. Sinnott appointed to succeed him. Our new man of letters will take hold in a few days.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 10, 1885.
A Clean Sweep. The “offensive partisans” continue reign. In the Tuesday’s list of presidential appointments we find: M. N. Sinnott, Arkansas City, vice J. C. Topliff, resigned.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 10, 1885.
Tuesday morning the news came that Martin N. Sinnott had been appointed postmaster of Arkansas City, vice James C. Topliff, resigned. Later the associated press dispatches confirmed it; the news to a large portion of the Democrats was like a thunderclap. If a cyclone had struck them, their surprise could not have been greater. They were paralyzed, speechless, and heart-broken. James C. Topliff, during his career as postmaster, has been an efficient officer, and we are sorry to see his head decapitated. Martin N. Sinnott is a hard shell Democrat, a regular moss-back, yet we believe he will make a good and trustworthy p.m. But after all it will be somewhat humiliating to have to get your mail from a Democrat after being treated so handsomely by Republican officials for 24 years. Sinnott’s appointment dates from the 1st day of October. Since his wind-fall, he has never come around with cigars; but we have patience.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 10, 1885.

The Democrat, in its last issue, spat saliva all over Sinnott and swallowed him gracefully as the new postmaster. It may now be appropriately dubbed Sinnott’s organ.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 14, 1885.
Col. Sinnott, our newly appointed postmaster, came to town on Saturday, and stayed over till Monday. He reports work on the tax rolls progressing in the county clerk’s office, but it will take upwards of a week to finish the work. He will not be likely to assume charge of our city mails till the close of the month.
Arkansas City Republican, October 17, 1885.
M. N. Sinnott returned to Winfield Wednesday to finish up his duties in the clerk’s office preparatory to taking charge of the post office.
Arkansas City Republican, October 17, 1885.
Ed. G. Gray has been in Winfield for some time past assisting in the county clerk’s office. Capt. M. N. Sinnott has resigned and Mr. Gray has succeeded him.
Arkansas City Republican, October 17, 1885.
Last Sabbath was my 20th wedding anniversary, and on the evening of the following day a surprise party was given at my residence in honor of that event. Of course, I did not expect anything of the kind and consequently had made no arrangements to entertain company. On the evening mentioned, a rap loud enough to have aroused the soundest sleeper came at the door, and, upon opening it, to my surprise I saw a number of ladies standing on the step. They came in two by two until both rooms and the kitchen were filled. Certainly I was prepared to receive callers, for I had my best apron on. In five minutes after their arrival, you wouldn’t have known I had ever worn an apron, but the ladies can tell you where it went better I can. I guess they intend to make a crazy quilt. After wraps were cared for and all were seated, I was invited into the next room, and then I was again surprised by being presented with an elegant toilet set—twelve pieces. You can imagine how I felt, as my “better half” was gone and I had to face the music all alone. But the ladies will remember how I looked, for on every side was a smiling face watching me; some peeping from behind the chairs, some peeping over the shoulders of others to see what I would say and do. I would say to the ladies that I thank them sincerely for their kindness, and that, at some future time, I hope to return the same compliments to each and every one. Respectfully, MRS. D. BLUBAUGH.
Mrs. M. N. Sinnott was among those present at the surprise party.
Arkansas City Republican, October 17, 1885.
Monday, Capt. M. N. Sinnott received the official papers from Washington notifying him that he was a real live Democratic postmaster. Tuesday his bond of $16,000 was filled out and sent to headquarters for approval. About November 1, he will take charge of the office. Since his appointment became known he has had about 42 applicants for the position of deputy. If the Democrats in all the cities have the mania for office holding as bad as they have it in Arkansas City, may the Lord have mercy on Cleveland.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 28, 1885.

The ladies composing the Women’s Relief Corps of this city having spent a day with their sister corps in Winfield some weeks ago, and being royally entertained, have since been desirous to dispense similar hospitality; and on Saturday they had the pleasure of entertaining a score of their sister members, who on invitation came to spend the day with them. The little company arrived here shortly after noon, and were received in the G. A. R. Post room by a strong representation of the home corps, Mrs. President Ashman presiding. A welcoming address was made, which was followed by introductions around. The Winfield ladies had come to enjoy themselves, and their hosts were solely intent on contributing to their enjoyment, hence all formality was dispensed with, and cordiality prevailed. Nearly an hour was spent in informal talk, and mutual inquiries in regard to sundry business details, when a messenger from the Leland Hotel announced that dinner was ready, and the Arkansas City ladies and their visitors sat down to a bounteous repast. Mine host Perry, is an old soldier himself, and his patriotic impulses were aroused to treat this interesting party to his best.
After discussing the meal with keen enjoyment, the ladies returned to their post room, where initiations and other secret business took up their time, until 4 o’clock, when they opened their doors to receive a delegation from the Arkansas City post of veterans. The visiting brethren consisted of Senior Vice Commander P. A. Lorry, Quartermaster G. W. Miller, and Comrades M. N. Sinnott, D. P. Marshall, J. D. Guthrie, and F. Lockley. Comrade Conrad, of Winfield, also joined the delegation. . . .
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 31, 1885.
Last Monday evening several of our leading citizens met in the office of Judge Pyburn, for the purpose of organizing a citizens committee, its object to be to protect and promote the interest of Arkansas City, in any way that would tend to help and sustain the rapid growth of the Border City. A. J. Pyburn was called to the chair, and M. N. Sinnott was elected secretary. A temporary organization was made and an adjournment was taken until Tuesday evening at the same place, when a permanent organization was made by electing A. J. Pyburn, president; H. D. Kellogg, vice president; M. N. Sinnott, secretary; N. T. Snyder, assistant secretary; W. D. Mowry, treasurer. A finance committee was also appointed consisting of the following: A. A. Newman, H. O. Meigs, and W. D. Kreamer. Also an executive committee as follows: G. W. Cunningham, Wm. Sleeth, Amos Walton, H. D. Kellogg, N. T. Snyder, T. H. McLaughlin, W. D. Mowry, A. D. Prescott, and F. P. Schiffbauer. Committee made an assessment of $5.00 on all members and it was also decided that any citizen of good standing could become a member by paying the same fee. The following are the charter members.
Names selected by the committee: Chas. Sipes, Geo. Howard, Geo. Cunningham, Wm. Mowry, Rev. Fleming, F. P. Schiffbauer, A. J. Pyburn, H. O. Meigs, Jas. L. Huey, Wm. Sleeth, W. D. Kreamer, A. A. Newman, A. D. Prescott, Jacob Hight, T. H. McLaughlin, O. S. Rarick, Jamison Vawter, J. P. Johnson, H. D. Kellogg, Ed. Grady, O. P. Houghton, M. N. Sinnott, Geo. W. Miller, N. T. Snyder, Amos Walton, Jas. Ridenour.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 4, 1885.
On Monday Postmaster Topliff vacated his office, and Col. Sinnott assumed charge of the mails. The retiring P. M. has acquired the good will of all our citizens by his efficient performance of duty and his unfailing courtesy. Col. Sinnott has had a good training for the office and his pleasing manners will add to his immense list of friends. We regret the loss of so good a man as “Top,” but feel confident that the office has fallen into good hands. Here’s success all round.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 4, 1885.

CITIZENS’ COMMITTEE. On Monday evening of last week, about a score of our prominent citizens held a meeting in Judge Pyburn’s office to consider the most practicable means of advancing the interests of this city. The views expressed were that in a rapidly growing country, where incoming population is apt to seek new channels, and business interests are created by the changing tide of affairs, it is necessary for every city that seeks growth and prosperity to be on the alert and lend its hand in shaping matters to its own advantage. It was agreed that to put the forces of a community to the best avail, it is necessary to have some organization to depute some number of men of good judgment and business acumen to watch the changes in the kaleidoscope of social life, and suggest means for turning them to proper advantage; to perform the duty of a picket guard in the army. In fact, holding themselves in an advanced position, and watching every movement that comes under their notice. As an initial step to the organization sought after, the meeting chose of the persons present, Messrs. A. A. Newman, A. D. Prescott, G. W. Miller, N. T. Snyder, and Amos Walton as an executive committee, with power to add to their number, and report to a public meeting to be held in the Opera house the following evening.
On Tuesday the Buckskin Border Band stationed outside that popular place of amusement, gave notice to the public that business was to be done by playing several choice airs in their usual artistic style. Several score of people gave heed to the summons, and by 8 o’clock there were about a hundred assembled. The meeting was called to order, Mayor Schiffbauer was chosen chairman, and our new postmaster, M. N. Sinnott, appointed secretary. Amos Walton, on behalf of the originators of the movement, was called on to explain the object of the meeting. He told what had been done the evening before, and handed to the secretary a list of names selected by the committee to add to their number, and said he would then ask the sense of the meeting on the choice made. The secretary read the following names: C. R. Sipes; G. W. Cunningham; Rev. S. B. Fleming; A. J. Pyburn; H. O. Meigs; W. M. Sleeth; Jacob Hight; O. S. Rarick; J. P. Johnson; Ed Grady; Geo. Howard; D. Mowry; F. P. Schiffbauer; James Ridenour; Jas. L. Huey; W. D. Kreamer; T. H. McLaughlin; Dr. Jamison Vawter; Dr. H. D. Kellogg; O. P. Houghton; M. N. Sinnott.

Mr. Walton said he commended the object of the proposed organization because it gave our citizens the benefit of the counsel and services of two dozen of our most experienced citizens (He wished to exclude himself from self commendation.) who would be on the lookout for opportunities to turn to the public good. The plan as he sketched it was for those two dozen sagacious men to mature among themselves whatever movements would advance the public good, and then call a public meeting to whom their plans could be unfolded and action taken on them. On motion the list of names read by the secretary was approved. Several other speakers followed in like strain. Frank Austin preferred to have the organization placed on a broader basis. It had been called a board of trade by some speakers, and he wanted it made one in fact. He wanted membership thrown open to all eligible persons, and stated times of meeting. To create a fund for any sudden use he would have an initiation fee and an annual subscription. But this proposition was generally opposed on the ground that it was taking the organization out of the hands of those who framed it. The meeting having nothing further before it, adjourned. At a subsequent meeting of the executive committee, on the 29th, an organization was effected by electing A. J. Pyburn, president; H. D. Kellogg, vice president; M. N. Sinnott, secretary; N. T. Snyder, assistant secretary; W. D. Mowry, treasurer. It was also decided to increase the membership by admitting any fitting person on payment of $5 initiation fee.
Arkansas City Republican, November 7, 1885.
M. N. Sinnott took charge of the post office Monday. No change has yet been made in the employees. J. C. Topliff has received the appointment of deputy postmaster. This is a novel team yoked together.
Arkansas City Republican, November 7, 1885.
Faberizes the Winfield Tribune: Capt. Sinnott took charge of the post office at Arkansas City last Saturday. He has been deputy county clerk for some months, and will no doubt give good satisfaction as Democratic postmaster.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 14, 1885.
Pres. Cleveland is having a hard time with his civil service commission. He can’t keep the board complete. We would suggest that Bro. McIntire be appointed to succeed Commissioner Eaton, who resigned some time ago. We are going to try and recompense our neighbor now for getting Sinnott appointed postmaster.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 28, 1885.
BOARD OF TRADE, OF ARKANSAS CITY. OFFICERS. A. J. PYBURN, President; H. D. KELLOGG, 1st Vice-President; WM. M. SLEETH, 2nd Vice-President; M. N. SINNOTT, Secretary; N. T. SNYDER, Assistant Secretary; A. D. MOWRY, Treasurer.
Arkansas City Republican, November 28, 1885.
Postmaster Sinnott has made a most convenient change in the stamp window. Instead of having it at the general delivery, it has been located in the north side of the lobby. Consequently, postage stamps can now be purchased during the distribution of mails.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 16, 1885.
At an election of officers by the G. A. R. Post of veterans in this city, on Saturday evening, the following comrades were chosen to serve during the ensuing year.
Post commander: Philip A. Lorry; Senior Vice commander: John Cook; Junior Vice commander: Jacob Dunckle; Officer of the day: Pat Franey; Superintendent: G. W. Miller; Surgeon: Dr. E. Y. Baker; Chaplain: Rev. H. L. Lundy; Officer of the guard: Philip Jones; Inside guard: Aaron Hopp; Outside guard: M. N. Sinnott.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 30, 1885.
Election. Creswell Lodge of Select Knights, A. O. U. W., held an election of officers last week with the following result. S. C.: M. N. Sinnott; V. C.: H. D. Kellogg; Lt. C.: D. E. Sifford; M.: P. Lorry; S. B.: D. T. Kitchen; R.: O. A. Tims; R. T.: W. P. Wolfe; Treasurer: I. H. Bonsall; S. W.: Ed Ferguson; J. W.: W. L. Sifford.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 2, 1886.
At last Boss Cleveland has recognized Post Master Sinnott’s call for postal cards. They came last Thursday, after the post office had been out of them over two weeks. Only 4,000 were sent, and the REPUBLICAN gobbled up 1,000 as soon as they arrived.
Arkansas City Republican, February 20, 1886.
M. N. Sinnott’s nomination as postmaster at Arkansas City was confirmed Tuesday by the Senate.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 24, 1886.
Capt. Sinnott started for Topeka on Monday; Charley Chapel is acting postmaster during his absence.
Arkansas City Republican, March 13, 1886.
Information has been received by Postmaster Sinnott from the Postmaster General that a regular U. S. Mail will be established on the Frisco railroad from Beaumont to Arkansas City on the inst., with offices at Latham, Atlanta, Wilmot, and Floral. This will cause rejoicing by the people all along this route, especially the small offices that have been entirely dependent upon star routes.
Arkansas City Republican, March 27, 1886.
Ed. C. Gage has been appointed assistant postmaster by Capt. Sinnott. A good appointment.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, May 29, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
Last night the entire family of M. N. Sinnott were taken very sick, at about 1 o’clock. They were afflicted with vomiting and cramping of the stomach. Dr. Westfall was summoned, who ascertained that the trouble was caused from eating some canned goods. Mr. and Mrs. Sinnott and Miss Annie Haney were the sea sick ones.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 12, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.
Some of the four barrels of beer captured Tuesday in David’s “blind tiger” was stored in the basement beneath the post office. It is wonderful to note how Democratic the occupants of the building have become all at a moment. Postmaster Sinnott, Kingsbury, Ridenour, and others each carry a bran new corkscrew. The REPUBLICAN advises the sanitary committee of Arkansas City to investigate the matter or else in another 24 hours there will be nothing left but empty bottles and busted corks.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 7, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
Postmaster Sinnott informs us that he is annoyed out of his life almost by parties writing to him asking about Arkansas City. One day last week he received 27 inquiries from people in eastern states who desired locations. There is scarcely a day but what he receives 10 or 12 letters of inquiry in regard to our city. Verily, our town does boom.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 6, 1886.
Postmaster Sinnott expects soon to receive the new letter sheet. It consists of stamped sheets of paper blocked together, which are designed to supersede the use of postal cards.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 20, 1886.
Postmaster Sinnott and his assistants have had an interesting time in removing the post office. Saturday night and Sunday were devoted to the work of removal, and on Monday at an early hour the new office was in shape for the delivery of mail. Two hundred new boxes have been added, and the number will be further increased when the work of getting to rights is completed. The present location is in the western extension of the First National Bank, and when the debris is cleared away and the finishing touches put up, our new post office will loom up as a thing of beauty.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 27, 1886.

That old letter box, with the slit cut the wrong way, has been removed from the old location to the new. Perhaps Postmaster Sinnott is to be praised for the economy, but if he would send it to the Smithsonian Institute as an evidence of border civilization, it might become a valuable relic.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 13, 1886. From Saturday’s Daily.
An idea of the increase in Arkansas City the last year can be gained by a reference to the work done in the post office. When J. C. Topliff was postmaster, his average sale of two-cent stamps was about 30,000 per three months. Postmaster Sinnott says he sold 24,000 two-cent stamps last month.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 27, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
Wm. Cameron has been employed as an assistant in the post office by Postmaster Sinnott.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 27, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
In pursuance to an order from the Postmaster General, Postmaster Sinnott closed the Post Office from the hours of 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., in the memory of Ex-President Arthur.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.
At the annual election of officers of Arkansas City Post, No. 158, G. A. R., on Saturday evening, the following were elected.
Post Commander, M. N. Sinnott; Senior Vice Commander, John R. Nelson; Junior Vice Commander, Jacob Dunkle; Quarter Master, G. W. Miller; Surgeon, Capt. C. G. Thompson; Chaplain, Jacob Crites; Officer of the day, Dr. H. D. Kellogg; Officer of the guard, John Lewis; Inside guard, I. N. Dodd; Outside guard, Amos Walton.
Comrades Frederic Lockley and Amos Walton were elected delegates to the next department encampment to be held in Abilene, Kansas, and Comrades H. T. Sumner and G. W. Miller alternates.
Arkansas City Republican, January 15, 1887.
About Arkansas City. The following is a sample of the thousand and one letters which come to postmaster Sinnott daily. Having not the time to answer, he handed us this letter of inquiry, which we gladly answer through the columns of the REPUBLICAN.
Jamesport, Missouri, Jan. 8, 1887. Postmaster, Arkansas City, Kansas. DEAR SIR: What is the population of your city? How many railroads have you? If you are expecting any new ones, where are they from? Is the city built on both sides of the Arkansas River, or is the city all on the east side of the river? How wide is the river at your city? What is business property selling at? Is the dry goods business well represented? By answering above questions you will greatly oblige. Enclosed find stamps for answer. Yours Truly, SAM W. BUZZARD.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 15, 1887. From Monday’s Daily.
The following have been installed officers of the A. O. U. W. Lodge of this city: Edward Grady, M. W.; I. H. Bonsall, F.; J. C. Thomas, O.; M. N. Sinnott, Rec.; N. W. Winton, F.; H. D. Kellogg, Re.; Pat Franey, G.; J. W. Sparks, I. W., and J. Mercer, O. W.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 15, 1887. From Tuesday’s Daily.
Our Growth. A good index to the growth of the town is its post office receipts for postage. A glance at those of Arkansas City reveals the fact that they have doubled in one year. The receipts for December, 1885, are:

Stamps sold:     1-cent                                                        4,797                     $  47.77
Stamps sold:     2-cent                                                      15,054                        301.08
Stamps sold:     4-cent                                                           173                            6.92
Stamps sold:     5-cent                                                           172                            8.60
Stamps sold:   10-cent                                                            237                          22.70
Stamps sold:   15-cent                                                              33                            4.95
Stamps sold:   30-cent                                                              13                            3.90
Special delivery:                                                                         8                              .80
Newspapers:                                                                                                           3.22
Postage due:                                                                                                              .57
Postal cards:                                                                       1,730                          17.30
Stamped envelopes:                                                            2,358                         49.01
TOTAL:                                                                                                     $467.02
For the month of December, 1886.
Stamps sold:     1-cent                                                        5,680                     $  56.80
Stamps sold:     2-cent                                                      25,855                        517.00
Stamps sold:     5-cent                                                           298                          14.90
Stamps sold:     10-cent                                                          296                          29.60
Special delivery:                                                                       16                            1.60
Newspapers:                                                                                                         12.64
Postage due:                                                                                                            1.24
Postal cards:                                                                       8,000                          80.00
Stamped envelopes:                                                            9,385                        185.33
TOTAL:                                                                                                     $899.21
The above tabulated statement shows the receipts of December, 1886, to be double that of 1885. It is safe to say that Arkansas City has doubled in population during the year of 1886. All business in Arkansas City appears to have increased two-fold, except the post-master’s salary. Postmaster Sinnott draws the same salary now that ex-Postmaster Topliff did, but has to do twice the amount of work in order to draw it. Arkansas City, as will be seen, will soon be entitled to a free delivery system.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 29, 1887. From Thursday’s Daily.
Postmaster Sinnott informs us that there has been a change in the postal laws. A postal note instead of being payable at any one office is now payable at any money order office in the United States. It is as good as greenbacks.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 12, 1887. From Monday’s Daily.
The post office inspector was here Saturday and examined Post Master Sinnott’s books. He found everything correct.


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