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W. B. Skinner

                                     [Arkansas City and East Bolton Township.
Bolton Township 1874: W. B. Skinner, 46; spouse, Mary P., 45.
Kansas 1875 Census Bolton Township, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.
Name                           age sex color   Place/birth         Where from
W. B. Skinner              48   m    w New York                    Illinois
Mary P. Skinner           46    f      w      Ohio                             Illinois
O. C. Skinner               18    m    w Illinois                     Illinois
L. D. Skinner                16    m    w Illinois                     Illinois
Sarah Skinner               14    f      w      Illinois                     Illinois
Bolton Township 1876: W. B. Skinner, 49; spouse, Mary P., 47.
Bolton Township 1880: W. B. Skinner, 54; spouse, M. P., 52.
Bolton Township 1880: O. C. Skinner, 24. No spouse listed.
Bolton Township 1882: W. B. Skinner, 57; spouse, M. P., 56.
Bolton Township 1882: L. D. Skinner, 22; spouse, A., 21.
Also listed: Miss S. A. Skinner, 21.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 2, 1876.
Mr. W. B. Skinner wants to locate in town.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 29, 1876.
MR. SKINNER can’t get along without “Bob.” He bought her back again this week. “Bob” is a her.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 29, 1876.
Wm. Berkey, Joseph Rickels, Will. Berkey, Jr., John Purdy, and O. C. Skinner start for the Black Hills this morning.
Winfield Courier, June 1, 1876.
Last Saturday, pursuant to call, the citizens of Winfield met at the Courthouse and organized a meeting by calling D. A. Millington to the chair and electing C. M. McIntire secretary. After deliberation as to what steps should be taken to appropriately celebrate the 4th of July of the Centennial year, the following committee was appointed to draft a plan of procedure and report to a meeting of citizens last night: James Kelly, J. P. Short, C. M. McIntire, W. B. Gibbs, and W. C. Robinson. At the appointed hour, Wednesday evening, the meeting assembled at the Courthouse and organized by selecting C. A. Bliss, chairman, and J. E. Allen as secretary. The committee made a report which, after some amendments made by the meeting, was finally adopted.
Committee on Invitation: D. A. Millington, L. C. Harter, J. B. Lynn, C. A. Bliss, J. P. McMillen, H. S. Silver, A. H. Green, S. S. Majors, C. M. Scott, T. B. McIntire, R. C. Haywood, J. L. Abbott, John Blevins, T. R. Bryan, H. C. McDorman, Mc. D. Stapleton, S. M. Fall, J. Stalter, Wm. White, S. S. Moore, Jno. McGuire, H. P. Heath, J. O. Van Orsdal, G. B. Green, W. B. Skinner, J. W. Millspaugh.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 19, 1876.

W. B. SKINNER received a letter from his son, dated Sidney, Dakota Territory, July 4, in which he expressed his determination to start for Colorado as soon as possible, as times were none of the best there. Mr. Felton received a letter from Joe Rickels last Thursday evening, we think, stating that Mr. Berkey and his son, Will, started for home the day he wrote; that he and Uncle Richard Woolsey had traded their wagons, teams, and everything for a claim, and were working a lead paying from three to ten cents per pan; that Uncle Richard’s sight has improved wonderfully from the time he first saw “pay dirt;” that he was erecting a shop, and both were determined to “see her through.”  These letters, however, were written before the late Indian fights, and it is possible they may change their minds.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 19, 1876.
HOFFMASTER’S livery stable was converted into a High Court of Impeachment last Saturday, and the arbitration case of Skinner vs. Kay et al, argued by Hon. W. P. Hackney, of Winfield, for Skinner, and Judge Christian for the opposition. Hackney was “scooped,” and confessed he didn’t know anything about livery-stable arbitration cases.
Winfield Courier, July 20, 1876.
The “equity court” convened at Arkansas City last Saturday to hear certain facts in reference to a disputed corner between sections 12 and 13 in township 35, range 4. The parties inter­ested were Messrs. Skinner and Kay. Kay claimed one hundred and sixty acres of land in the section as surveyed by the county surveyor. Skinner claimed one hundred and sixty eight, as was supposed to have been surveyed by the U. S. Surveyor. They agreed to arbitrate the matter and entered into bonds to abide the decision of the arbitrators. Esq. J. H. Bonsall, R. Hoffmaster, and Mr. Cline were chosen. Judge Christian appeared as attorney for Kay and W. P. Hackney for Skinner. Several witnesses were sworn, a majority of whom testified that the government corner had been standing there ever since they came to the country, which dated back to the survey. The witnesses for the other side swore that several government corners had been moved in that neighborhood and that there were no natural objects in the vicinity of this corner to show that it was standing where the original survey placed it. The county surveyor was called, the original field notes produced, and a plat of his survey presented and explained. The field notes and the old corner did not correspond by about eleven rods, so the arbitrators decided that the corner was not correct, and therefore awarded the land to Mr. Kay. They each now have the same amount of land, just what their respective patents call for, whereas before there was quite a difference. The procedure was under the new law passed last winter and is an improvement on the old way. If justice is what a man wants, an arbitration is the place to apply for it. If, like the Irishman, “Be Jasus, justice is what we don’t want,” then go into the courts.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 26, 1876.
MISS SKINNER met with a sad accident, a few days ago, while milking a cow. The animal became enraged from some cause or other, and kicking the girl in the side, fractured one of her ribs.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 2, 1876.
During our peregrinations last Sunday we had the pleasure of visiting, for the first time, that section of land lying in the bend of the Arkansas River, which by its large production of all kinds of grain has been known for some time past as “Egypt.” Whether there is anything in the name, we cannot say, but this we know: that a better country, or better looking crops we never wish to set eyes on.

The farmers, among whom are Messrs. Stewart, Weatherholt, Denton, Kay, Skinner, Key, and many others, are evidently men of business, and intend to make farming a financial success. The wheat and oat crops will average with any other locality in the county, and as for corn, there is every prospect of a large yield.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 9, 1876.
REV. FLEMING baptized Miss Skinner, last Sunday evening, in the Walnut. Quite a large crowd gathered on the banks to witness the ceremony.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 27, 1876.
CIVIL DOCKET. W. B. Skinner vs. W. G. Kay et al.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 1, 1876.
A JOKE. When the candidate for State Senator was at this place begging votes, he met W. B. Skinner, a staunch Democrat, and while coaxing him to say he would vote for him, Mr. Skinner said: “But I hear some grave charges made against you.” Which, of course, the little man denied, but by his own words left the impression on Mr. Skinner that they were true; so he finally said: “Mr. Manning, if you will just come out and say the charges are true, as your statements surely show to me that they are, I will vote for you as a fit representative of the Republi­can party of Cowley County.” Whether Col. Manning acknowledged the charges or not we do not know; but it is understood that Skinner is down on Manning’s slate, as one of his men.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 1, 1876.
A good freight wagon and harness and one horse for sale, on time. W. B. Skinner.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 8, 1876.
Within the past few weeks, the following sales of real estate have been made.
Evan Lewis to W. B. Skinner, 160 acres in Bolton Township.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 15, 1876.
Mr. Walton, in last week’s Courier, denies the charge of fraudulent surveys, and says: “We defy any man, friend or foe, to substantiate a single charge reflecting upon our honor or integrity in our official capacity.” Now we do not desire a personal wrangle with the man, but since he openly defies anyone to “substantiate a single charge,” we gave place to the follow­ing, which can be verified by several others.

EDITOR TRAVELER: In the Courier of the 9th inst., I noticed an editorial making charges against you, and denying any charges made against Wirt W. Walton as County Surveyor. In 1874 I employed him to survey a quarter section of land. On the east line, or near the line, there was a very valuable spring. I had my doubts about the spring being on my land, and so told Walton. I also told him that if, on surveying the land, he found the spring to be east of the line, I would like to have the corner so placed as to take in the spring, which would give me a chance to buy the land east of me. This he has sworn to in court in this town. He commenced the survey at a quarter section corner, and ran east 40 chains. This let the spring about ten rods off from me. The chainmen, O. C. Skinner and John Wooley, then stopped, when Walton shouted to them to go on, that he was running to the river. They then surveyed to the river, which was about thirty rods further east. From the river he ran back so as to give me the spring by two rods, and there placed a corner. He then changed the quarter section corner (which he stated he believed to be a Government corner) eleven rods, to correspond with the distance called for by the Government field notes. When the survey was over, he stated to A. H. Acton, of Salt Springs, in substance, that if trouble should follow, the corner he had removed would have to be put back.
I was not satisfied with the removal of the Government corner, and urged him to re-establish it. This he refused to do, stating as a reason that he had made other surveys to correspond with the removal, and it would be too bare-faced to do so. I then employed Mr. Kager to make arrangements to have him come down and re-establish the corner, or I would have him indicted in the United States Court at Topeka. He told Mr. Kager that as soon as the Legislature adjourned, he would come down and make the survey, so that I could establish or identify the corner in the future, as there would probably be litigation about it, and so mark it as a Government corner on the records. I do not say I paid Mr. Walton for making a corner to give me the spring, but I do say that to oblige me, as he thought, he changed a Government corner, or at least a corner that he swore in court had every appearance of a Government corner, and a corner that no one disputed. And if he so desires, a few facts not here stated, that can be sustained, might be given that will put an end to his acting as County Surveyor. WM. B. SKINNER.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 22, 1876.
The Courier has nothing to say about Mr. Skinner’s statement of fraudulent surveys. The facts are too plain and the evidence too positive.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 29, 1876.
Editor Traveler: For some inscrutable purpose, Providence sent W. W. Walton into the world, scarce half made up in brains, to vilify and abuse others through the columns of his dirty sheet, and as he has seen fit to attack me personally, I claim your indulgence to reply.
Every sentence contains a lie. To his first charge of leaving Illinois, I will only say that I was not the clerk in the House of Representatives who was kicked out of the back door of a fourth rate hotel at Topeka for having a mass of corruption in his room. He lies when he says I sold land (or told him I did), describing it by metes and bounds. Walton swore that the corner he moved “had the usual marks of a Government corner.” You may believe him under oath or not, as you like. He lied when he said I tried to steal land of Mr. Acton. I never claimed an acre of land that Mr. Acton claimed, or thought I owned any, until Walton, while surveying for Mr. Acton, cut off several acres of Mr. Acton’s land and gave them to me; and if I “tried to steal the land,” it must have been through this County official that I did it. I still hold the land, given me by this honest official, which (as he says) I tried to steal. He was either a dishonest scoundrel in giving me Mr. Acton’s land, or a liar in making the charge.
I tried “to steal land from Mr. Myers.” Had he let the old corner stand, I should not have got the springs by eight rods, according to the field notes. He moved the corner about eleven rods and I now hold the springs (worth to my place five hundred dollars) by about three rods; so the fact still remains, that by moving the corner eleven rods, he gave me the spring by about three rods. Many thanks, Mr. Walton, whether you were paid for it or not.

Now, I assert that he lied, or ought to have known it was false, when he said I had a suit with Mr. Kay and had the costs to pay. The court, as the records show, ordered the costs on Mr. Kay, who paid them like a man. By his bungling, or ignorance of surveying (more likely the latter), he succeeded in getting us into trouble. Mr. Kay is out of pocket fully two hundred dol­lars, which he would have in his pocket today, but for that swell head, who promised to see him out, only to send him a bill of over ten dollars for his lordship’s attendance as witness. He lied, and knew he was lying, when he said any one of the witnesses, either directly or indirectly, uttered a single word under oath that could be construed as reflecting on me. He utters one truth when he says he was a witness in that case. He was, and he swore that “he had pencilings of the Government field notes.” Finally, this brainless figure-head of the Courier says, “The TRAVELER gave Skinner a terrible skinning a short time ago.” This statement will be branded as a lie by every reader of the TRAVELER.
Come out, Wirt, for once, and act the man. Don’t try to cover your tracks by the old cry of “Stop, thief!” For your sake, and with the sincere hope that you may reform, I will not in this place ask you to explain how it is that your bills, to the extent of fifty dollars at a lick, are rejected by the County Commissioners. I will not produce the records to show that you have taken hundreds of dollars out of the tax-payers’ pockets, to pay for platting private surveys, and to which you had no legal right, whatever.
Now, Wirt, if you will reform, I will not speak of your survey where W. T. Estus, J. C. Smith, and others were interested—never lisp a word about little wash bills. And should you ever become a candidate again, you might get more than one vote in East Bolton—always provided that you can convince the public that you have truly reformed. Wm. B. Skinner.
Winfield Courier, November 30, 1876.
In reading over his tirade against us in this week’s issue of the Traveler, we are led to believe that Old Skinner has another severe attack of the bowel complaint. This is the first attack he’s had since his examination at Quincy, Illinois, after being drafted into the army during the late war. He stayed at home.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 29, 1876.
WIRT has no more challenges to make for charges since Mr. Skinner’s statement came out.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 29, 1876.    
The attack the Courier makes on our fellow-townsman, W. B. Skinner, does not answer the charges of fraudulent surveys, but is only an attempt to get around them. Mr. Skinner’s statements can be substantiated by some of the best citizens in the county. And the charge he makes of the TRAVELER skinning him, all of the readers of the paper know to be entirely false.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 13, 1876.
SUPPER TABLE. Mrs. S. B. Fleming, Mrs. Dr. Kellogg, Mrs. O. P. Houghton, Mrs. W. S. Ela, Mrs. L. McLaughlin, Mrs. T. O. Bird, Mrs. B. W. Sherburne, Mrs. E. Parker, Mrs. M. Marshall, Mrs. W. B. Skinner, Mrs. T. H. McArthur, Mrs. M. Peede, Mrs. Hartsock, Mrs. Anna Guthrie, H. P. Farrar, J. I. Mitchell, C. R. Sipes.
CONFECTIONERY. Mrs. Dr. Hughes, O. C. Skinner, E. D. Eddy.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1877.
RETURNED. W. B. Skinner returned from Hancock County, Ill., Monday last, and reports everything O. K. in that section.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 14, 1877.
O. C. SKINNER intends putting up a stone house, 18 x 26, two stories high, upon his farm in Egypt. E. T. Lewis has the contract, and is now getting out the rock for the same. Wonder what he’s going to do with a house? Guess he’s after some small game or other.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1877.
MR. SKINNER’s brother in Quincy, Illinois, was thrown from a buggy and killed, the day after he left him, on his recent visit.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 18, 1877.
W. B. SKINNER intends to move to his farm in Bolton Township this week.
Winfield Courier, May 31, 1877.
Election Fees: Wm. Skinner, $2.00.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 11, 1877 - FRONT PAGE.
Mr. Editor: I attended the Fourth of July in Bolton last Wednesday, and took a few notes I want to tell you. I did not go for fun; I did not go for frolic; but for sober, solid information and instruc­tion, and to see the people and things. I saw you there, to begin with, and concluded from appearances that the local depart­ment of the paper would be neglected, as you had your hand full, mind full, and from the monstrous basket you towed around, I took it for granted you would soon have a stomach full. An editor is always hungry, they say, and I believe it. But I don’t want to write this article entirely about you, for there were others equally as handsome as yourself and lady. Do not censure me if I am too critical, for you know half a woman lives for is to see and be seen, talk a great deal, and hear much more. Men are slow, stupid beings, capable of talking only one at a time, but we, the fairest of God’s creatures, can talk all together. Isn’t it delightful to go to a picnic, sit down under a shady bough, and watch the people, and make comparisons? I had just such a location when I made these notes.
First on the scene was Mr. Skinner, senior. You can assure yourself he would be first if he came at all. Then came Frank Denton, Mr. Parvin, Capt. Hoffmaster, Mr. Steiner, and “Jim,” with their amiable wives all neatly dressed. Soon after came what the TRAVELER has dubbed the “young bloods” of Bolton and Creswell. There was that wild and reckless Will Stewart, who drives as though he was running a passenger coach, followed by modest (?) O. C. Skinner and the constable of your town, with gayly attired ladies.
Soon the dignity of Creswell appeared, with covered car­riages and fine horses. Among them Col. McMullen, Dr. Alexander, Rev. Fleming, O. P. Houghton, and last, but not least, his Honor, Judge Christian, and Amos Walton, speakers of the day. I did like Judge Christian’s oration, and was surprised at the ability of the old gentleman and his powers of delivery. Anyone could see it was a speech prepared by hard study, and a great amount of reading. If the ground committee had done their duty and prepared seats, many more would have heard the speech, but for elderly persons to stand in a grove without a breath of air stirring is too much for comfort, much less to pay attention to an oration.

Among the audience there was the handsome young widow with money to loan, the belles of Bolton and their adored, the bois­terous town roughs, and wives of distinguished citizens, who came alone, leaving their husbands to remain at home to look after the “by-bie.” There were good, bad, and indifferent persons among the crowd. At the table also was a sight. On one side, mild, kind, and lovely women could be seen, and nearby the uncouth, voracious individual whose mouth looked as though he had his throat cut, every time he opened it. There were many strangers I had never seen before, and familiar faces I have not had the pleasure of seeing for some time. One fine appearing, Christian looking gentleman, I learned, was from Illinois, and others I was informed lived across the Arkansas. Understand me when I say across the Arkan­sas, to mean on the north side, for I am a resident of Bolton Township. But I have scarcely referred to my notes. Rev. McClanahan, a new preacher, began the exercises with prayer. The Declaration was then commendably read by Mr. Parvin, of our side; then the brass band of your place, after a series of toots, and yells for “Charley,” “Frank,” “Ret,” “where’s Lyman Herrick?” and “where’s Ed. Thompson?” worked up a tune. We supposed “Charley” and “Frank” and “Ret” to be single men, and imagined they might be promenading with someone’s sister, but we do not know it. Yes, they worked up a tune finally. I would give you the name of it, if I could, but I could not find anyone who knew it.
After prayer, Dr. Shepard, who was appointed Chairman, introduced Hon. James Christian. His speech lasted about half an hour, and was appreciated by all who heard it. Hon. Amos Walton then spoke in a strong, pleasing tone, after which the gathering began to separate and seek their homes.
This, Mr. Editor, is all I have to say. If at any future time you wish me to express my sentiments, I may be in the mood to favor you. I desire to thank the people of your township for the patriotism they manifested in coming to Bolton Township for a Fourth of July Celebration when they couldn’t have one at home, and the good wives of the Bolton men who worked to make it a success. I also want to say that the visit paid us by your most estimable ladies, Mrs. and Miss Revs. Thompson, Mrs. Fleming, Mrs. Shepard, Mrs. Hughes, Mrs. Sipes, Mrs. McMullen, and a number of others, will be returned, as they added much to the enjoyment of the occasion. I also desire to thank the band boys, for they meant well in their heads, but their hearts, I fear, troubled them. There were a number of young ladies, also, whom I would be gratified to have call on me at any time, and the young boys know they are all cherished and loved by AUNT MARY.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 25, 1877.
While O. C. Skinner was crossing Shilocco Creek in the Territory last week, one horse refused to swim, the wagon box floated off, and one of the ladies—Miss Ida Small—was carried down stream, and would have drowned if she had not been rescued. Mr. Skinner had crossed the creek many times before, but was not aware it was so deep, knowing there had been no rain and forgetting that the Arkansas was full, and that the backwater was in all the streams emptying into it. The parties in the wagon were Mary Skinner, Ida Small, Miss Graves, and himself. When the contrary horse laid on his side and the wagon stopped, the bed floated off. The horses then plunged and made for the shore. Mr. Skinner held to the box until he could jump ashore and land his sister and Miss Graves. He then ran downstream after the missing girl, whose hand he saw extended out of the water. In a few minutes, after an effort worthy of the young man, he succeeded in getting her to shore. After throwing up a quantity of water, she gained her senses, and was brought safely home.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 22, 1877.

MR. SKINNER was in town yesterday worrying candidates.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 12, 1877.
                                               EAST BOLTON, Dec. 7, 1877.
Thanksgiving Day, 1877, will long be remembered as a day passed with Mr. and Mrs. Denton at the residence of Mr. W. J. Hamilton. Mr. Hamilton is one of the best and most successful farmers in this county. His pork sales for 1876 amounted to over fifteen hundred dollars, and this year he expects $2,000 from pork alone, besides the product of 150 acres of wheat. Past seventy-five years of age, he possesses more energy and life than most men at forty, making everybody about him at home and happy. At supper Mrs. Denton could have said, “Let me help you to everything you like.” Cold meats, the old-time turkey, delicious fruits, fresh oysters (raw, stewed, or fried), coffee, etc., formed a repast fit for a king, and was partaken of with a relish seldom equaled. At 6 p.m. the company repaired to the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Weatherholt, where, after partaking of a lunch, followed by grapes as fresh as when first plucked from the vine, fruits, coffee, and tea, the tables were used for euchre par­ties—the only interruption in the games being a long drawn sigh and audible whisper by one of the party: “Oh! for Standley, the explorer.” But we all hope that when his explorations are made public, the sighing will cease. About midnight the party dis­persed, with blessings on the day and evening entertainments.
The drawback of the day’s pleasure was the runaway of Mr. Skinner’s team in the dark, throwing Mrs. Skinner out, and the wheels passing over her body, though not seriously injuring her. A. B. C.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 26, 1877.
MARRIED. The marriage of O. C. Skinner and Miss Ida Small, took place at the residence of the bride’s parents on last Wednesday, in the presence of a few invited friends. The ceremo­ny was performed by Rev. S. B. Fleming of the First Presbyterian Church. The TRAVELER office returns the thanks to the bride for her kind remembrance of the printers.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 9, 1878.
A social dance at Peter Myers’ house was the event of the new year. All of East Bolton was there. Grouse creek was not represented—Grouse Creek was there in full force. It was a dance for the hardy sons and daughters of toil, whose cheer­ful hearts are not to know the fear of soul contract­ing want. No dainty fingered foppery there from fashion’s beaten walk; no rouge painted faces, contracted waists, or opera airs, to mar the pleasures of the evening; but Nature’s make-up, from the slender waist and curly hair to the full faced and round features of two hundred pounds. At 9 o’clock the dance began. Many were elaborately dressed, though I mention but one. Miss Mary Myers wore a white Swiss, high corsage, and full sleeves, princess train artistically looped and held up by clusters of flowers.

At ten o’clock came supper, and the table groaned beneath all that any appetite could crave. Sixty took supper, among whom were Mr. and Mrs. Denton, Mr. and Mrs. Weatherholt, Mr. and Mrs. Skinner, Wm. Stewart and wife, O. C. Skinner and wife, Miss Landis, the Misses Chambers and Keys, and a host of young ladies your correspondent did not know. The dance continued until the wee small hours of morn, and in taking leave not one could say, “I am weary of this weary world.” A. B. C.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 6, 1878.
Editor Traveler: Can you give me any information as to how the Cherokee Strip lands are for sale? Is it by direct entry by anyone, or only by actual settlers? If the latter, can they now file on the tract desired? If they cannot file, can a man settle on it, and in a reasonable time enter? Please answer. Respectfully, W. B. SKINNER.
Our understanding is that the Cherokee Strip Lands, being a four mile strip 225 miles long, extending from near the east line of Montgomery county to the west line of Cherokee county in the State of Kansas, is now in market and for sale at $1.25 per acre, subject to pre-emption only, by an actual settlement of six months residence, and the Land Office at Wichita has been in­structed to receive filings (or declaratory statements). Anyone who has not previously taken a claim on this Strip can settle on any vacant claim, and in six months procure a patent for it by paying the Government price of $1.25 per acre. No “claim” must contain more than 160 acres.
The rulings under which it is disposed of are the same as before; only the price west of the Arkansas river is $1.25 per acre instead of $1.50. We have written to Mr. Ryan for the law and will publish it in full or a synopsis of it.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 27, 1878.
O. C. Skinner had a shoat in a pen forty rods from his house, that some time during the night lost most of its upper jaw. It was amputated more than halfway to his eyes, the bone and hair squarely cut off. The tongue and lower jaw were unin­jured. The brute that can commit such cruelties ought to be known. A hemp neck tie would adorn his neck, and his carcass should be thrown in a cess pool. A.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 13, 1878.
HURRAY FOR THE NEW BRIDGE to span the raging Rackensack! Topliff’s happy, Parvin’s happy, Capt. Hoffmaster’s happy, Skinner is happy, and three-fourths of the residents of Bolton Township are happy over the result of the election. One hundred and eighteen to thirty-nine is a pretty good majority. No more reports of “ferry stuck,” or waiting an hour and a half on the other side.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 18, 1878. Front Page.
                                    [Special Correspondent Kansas City Times.]
WICHITA, KANSAS, APRIL 7, 1878. Last week I took a trip down the Arkansas Valley to Wellington; and from thence to Winfield, the county seat of Cowley County. In company with one of the best citizens of Winfield, I took a drive to Arkansas City, a beautiful town of five hundred inhabitants, situated on the borders of the Indian Territory, and at the confluence of the Walnut and Arkansas rivers. This was one of the most agreeable rides I have ever taken in Kansas.
The following gentlemen are prominent citizens of Arkansas City and vicinity: Dr. Nathan Hughes, Amos Walton, W. B. Skinner, A. W. Patterson, J. H. Dayton.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 22, 1878.
SKINNER, of East Bolton, actually went to church last Sunday.
Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.

Real Estate Transfers.
O. C. Skinner to J. Schuster & M. C. Heim, lot 19, block 67, Arkansas City, $50.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 28, 1878.
CIVIL DOCKET. THIRD DAY. William B. Skinner vs. Charlotta Walck, et al.
Winfield Courier, August 29, 1878.
District Court. Skinner vs. Walck. D. C. Beach appointed guardian of minor defendants ad litem; judgment against others.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 11, 1878.
The following cases were tried before Judge Campbell during the term of court, up to September 5, 1878. W. B. Skinner vs. C. Walck et al. Judgment for plaintiff quieting title.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 24, 1878.
C. M. Scott, P. M.: Can you contrive any means that will enable me to stop the Winfield Courier? Long since I subscribed for it, the agent agreeing that the paper would stop at the expiration of the time paid for. Still it came. Your deputy notified the publishers that it was not taken out of the office. The effect of that was a double dose—two papers came in place of one. I went to the office and told them that one William Skinner had run away, and that I was the other, and that I should leave the first dark night—to stop the paper, but still it comes. I never take it out. Still it finds its way to my house at times. Now, you are a man of genius, and have lived in the West long enough to know how to get rid of graybacks, the itch, etc., but will you please give me a remedy for the Courier, and greatly oblige W. B. SKINNER. If all arrears are paid, the publisher should stop it on your order.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 20, 1878.
There is a curiosity on W. B. Skinner’s place, in East Bolton, in the shape of an apple tree in full bloom. This tree has blossomed in July, September, and is now, notwithstanding the frost, in bloom. A branch with the blossoms on can be seen at the post office.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 11, 1878.
Ed. Bird and O. C. Skinner with their wives returned from Colorado last week, looking perfect types of health.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 15, 1879.
FOR SALE. One span good work mares, new wagon and harness, three ponies, etc., for cash or on time to suit the purchaser. Inquire of WM. B. SKINNER.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 1, 1879.
Friend Skinner, of East Bolton, informs us that the wells are nearly dry in his section, and the Democrats are out of whiskey. Critical!
Arkansas City Traveler, October 8, 1879.
Mr. W. B. Skinner, of Bolton, has rented his farm, and will shortly move into the City.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 19, 1879.
Messrs. Skinner and Sample were at Topeka last week, repre­senting Bolton township in regard to railroad matters.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 10, 1879.
To the Township Board of Bolton Township.

Messrs. W. B. Skinner, Frank Lorry, and all other citizens of Bolton. From many conversations with you and from the tone of the resolu­tions and communications published in the newspapers, I am convinced you wish to be relieved of your liabilities of future repairs, and the erection of a new portion to the south end of the bridge.
I have talked to a great many of the citizens of Arkansas City in regard to this bridge controversy, and I am confident that the city will do what is right and that she will at any time you may choose, meet your township board, and any committee you may select, and at said conference agree in regard to the bridge and the cattle drive. I feel sure by taking this course you can save many dollars in future taxes.
I know if Bolton will permit cattle to be driven at all times of the year, on and over the trail to the Arkansas river, during next summer, or so long as Mr. W. B. Strong may so desire, in that event this city will agree to, and will erect anew, that part at the south end where the old part now stands.
Now, gentlemen of Bolton, what say you? Do you wish to get rid of the old bridge? Will you consent to the cattle drive? There is no use in so much talk and no action. I mean business, and if you mean business, come over, or if you won’t come, and wish us to meet you in Bolton, name the time and place, and let’s understand ourselves and settle definitely our present and future interests in this matter, and may there be peace on both sides of the turbulent Arkansas river for many days. M. R. LEONARD.
Winfield Courier, December 11, 1879.
The following minutes were handed me by Mr. Lorry with the request that they be published.
The fight between Arkansas City and Bolton in regard to the extension of the A., T. & S. F. to the Territory is being waged fiercely, with the odds seemingly in favor of Bolton. Arkansas City has secured the right-of-way to the State line of a strip 80 rods wide, and presented the same to the company as an object to establish the terminus at that place. The people of Bolton insist that the road be built on to the State line, and threaten to prosecute any person driving Texas cattle over any of the highways in their township.
BOLTON RESOLUTIONS. “I was instructed to procure the publication of these resolutions in the Arkansas City papers, and after two weeks’ trial, I have failed in getting them in print, and was obliged to carry them to Winfield, which is the reason of delay.” FRANK LORRY.

Minutes of a meeting held at the schoolhouse in district No. 69, Bolton township, Cowley County, Kansas, November 18th, 1879; for the purpose of hearing report of committee appointed to confer with the vice president of the Sumner, Cowley and Ft. Smith railroad with respect to the building of the Winfield branch to the state line via Arkansas City. The meeting was called to order with H. Deweese in the chair. The report was heard and approved. Mr. Lorry made a speech. The following resolution passed: Resolved, That we tender Messrs. Sample and Skinner our thanks for services as committee. Resolved, That we will not permit Texas or Indian cattle to be driven into the State for shipment after the 1st day of March until the 1st day of November, and that we will enforce the law against all who violate this act. Resolved, That a copy of these minutes be furnished the Arkansas City Traveler and the Arkansas Valley Democrat for publication. Resolved, That Mr. Lorry be appointed to secure their publication. H. DEWEESE, Chairman. C. W. CRANK, Secretary.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 17, 1879.
At a meeting in Bolton township last Friday night, Deacon Skinner introduced resolutions that were adopted, whitewashing the action of Frank Lorry on railroad questions, and appointing a committee of conference to consult with citizens of Creswell township relative to the policy to be passed towards the bridge and other business as may be important to both townships.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 24, 1880. Editorial Page.

The following report of the Annual Love Feast of some of the Boltonites has found its way to the TRAVELER. We think it was written by some Peace of a Justice, as the first line gives evidence of legal lore. “Know all men by these presents: Whereas, on the 14th day of February last, the citizens of Bolton Township met in mass, at the Bland schoolhouse in the open air, for the purpose of reviewing their past lives and preparing for the future. So after bustling around a while, W. C. Skinner was chosen chairman of the meeting. The chair arose and announced that the proceed­ings must be opened with prayer. So S. H. Deweese with the assistance of W. Mercer implored divine forgiveness for the folly of those who had spent many months in molding paper wads to be fired at the cattle drive and the wickedness of others who had buried, on the “trail,” the dreadful torpedoes of sulphur and snuff to hurl into the clouds the last hope of long horns. But Hank Hollowell who sat near, with an ear that lopped like a limp leaf of Kraut, declared that the prayer did not go as high as the third plank on the fence. After reading the statute by John Linton, the Chair an­nounced a recess of fifteen minutes. Whistling by Frank Lorry; tune Patsy won’t you drink some. The Chair then called the meeting from refreshments to labor. Now the various characters arose into prominence. The old Polar Bear, James McGuire, with that same old bed blanket on old Bob, rode up. Then came A. P. Lorry leading brother Frank while they stepped to the marshal music of old hundred. In fact, the drill was handsome. George Hagar made a speech on the wreck of man; Frank Reed, on the smart young man. G. Schnee presented facts to prove that the ground hog should be captured and cut into pork for spoiling a great deal of fine weather. Frank Lorry opened an argument in favor of the self-made man, but his remarks were short, as the meeting gave him a unanimous vote for having more self-made worthlessness in one body than had ever before been found in Bolton Township. The chair announced that the hour had arrived for preparing ballots to elect some person of the township to the honorable position of attending to other people’s business. This called out a full and harmonious vote without distinction of race, color, or previous condition, and the judges of election, ap­pointed and sworn in due form of law, consisting of Uncle Berry Banks and Peter Andrews, proceeded to count the ballots, result­ing as follows: Frank Lorry received 69 votes, S. H. Deweese 19 votes, scattering 3 votes. The chair arose and amid the still­ness of death announced that Lieut. Lorry having received a majority of the votes cast was duly elected. Hick Deweese now arose with cussedness in his eye, and charged the judges of election with fraud and favor. They grew pale as the speaker, who, warm with the smart of disappointment, accused them of stuffing the box in favor of another. John Brown called, ‘order,’ and said that a blind man could see that the best thing to do was to adjourn. So the Chair said the meeting was adjourned to meet St. Valentine one year from that date.” “EAST BOLTON.”
Arkansas City Traveler, June 9, 1880.
Messrs. W. B. Skinner, of East Bolton, and A. Mann, of Grouse creek, called on us. Mr. Mann reports that he has already cut considerable very fair wheat in his neighborhood, and has more to cut yet.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 28, 1880.
“From W. B. Skinner we learn that the Texas fever is getting away with the stock in the southern portion of East Bolton.  Mr. Chambers has lost ten head; Mr. Bush seven; and several others one or two, making in all, an aggregate of 25 head at this writing.”
Arkansas City Traveler, September 15, 1880.
MARRIED. September 3, by Judge Gans, of Winfield, Mr. L. Skinner and Miss A. Pruett, both of Bolton Township.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 17, 1880.
List of jurors drawn to serve for the December term of the district court of Cowley County. W. B. Skinner, Bolton township, was on the list of jurors.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 8, 1880.
Mrs. J. A. Wickline, of Santa Fe, New Mexico, is visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Skinner, of Bolton Township. She arrived last Wednesday, and proposes remaining until spring.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1880.
BIRTH. Born. To the wife of Will Skinner, of East Bolton, last week, a daughter.
Winfield Courier, February 24, 1881.
The following young men from Bolton and Arkansas City took the “free train” last Thursday for Arizona, where they have been employed to work on the railroad: L. D. Skinner, Henry Gassaway, E. L. Parker, E. M. Gates, Chas. Wilson, Hub. Parsons, and Frank Winans.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 4, 1881.
L. D. and W. B. Skinner start for Maysville, Colorado, today.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 8, 1881.
We received a pleasant call from Messrs. Chambers and Skinner, of East Bolton, and Mr. Snyder, of Brooklyn, Iowa, last Monday. Mr. Snyder has for many years been engaged in the raising of shorthorn cattle, and is prospecting with the idea of removing a part of his herd to Kansas. He is very much pleased with this county, and will doubtless decide to cast his future lot in our midst. He is an old-time friend of Mr. Chambers, with whom he is staying.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 12, 1881.
Cal. Swarts and W. B. Skinner are playing the role of jurors at the U. S. Court now in session at Leavenworth.
Cowley County Courant, December 15, 1881.
Case started in District Court: L. D. Skinner versus O. C. Skinner, attachment.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 16, 1881.
W. B. Skinner was here and worked one day, good for him.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 29, 1882.
Mrs. Edgar Bird returned from Colorado last week, after a several month’s visit with her sister, Mrs. O. C. Skinner.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 26, 1882.
We received from Mr. L. D. Skinner, a sample of Snow Flake potatoes grown upon the farm of W. B. Skinner in East Bolton. The product of two hills numbered 24 potatoes, weighing 12 pounds and 12 ounces. This gives each potato an average weight of eight and a half ounces. Beat it; who can?
Arkansas City Traveler, August 30, 1882.
DIED. At his residence in East Bolton at 2 o’clock on Tuesday, the 22nd instant, of paralysis, W. B. Skinner. The funeral services were held by Rev. Fleming on Thursday, August 24th, and the remains were lowered to their last resting place in the East Bolton cemetery in the presence of a large number of sorrowing relatives and friends. The deceased had for many years been one of Bolton’s prominent citizens and though he had been ailing for several months yet no one thought that the sands of life were so nearly run out. The bereaved widow and children have the sympathy of the entire community in their present hour of sorrow.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 29, 1883.
Mrs. W. B. Skinner and daughter, Fanny, were in town Saturday last on their return trip to Ponca Agency from the East, where they had been visiting former friends and relatives.
[Note: Fanny or Fannie Skinner became a well known school teacher. She was one of the first from Cowley County to teach in the Indian schools south of Bolton. I was uncertain whether she was a daughter of W. B. Skinner inasmuch as her legal name was Sarah A. Skinner. MAW]
Arkansas City Traveler, October 3, 1883.
Miss Fannie Skinner, teacher at the Otoe school, spent last Sunday in the city visiting friends and returned to her scholastic duties the following day.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, November 28, 1883.
                                     “CONSISTENCY, THOU ART A JEWEL.”
Last Friday evening Deputy Sheriff Taylor came down from Winfield, and arrested Mr. Kitchen for selling liquor contrary to the prohibitory law of this state, and on Saturday Sheriff Gary arrested A. W. Patterson and C. U. France on the same grounds of offense. Papers were served on the latter gentlemen more from a desire to sift the matter to the bottom than from any belief that they were at all implicated. Concerning this move, which has more in it than an honest desire to bring these men to justice, we have simply this to say.

Insofar as it is the result of a desire on the part of our county officers and law abiding citizens to protect the dignity of the law and to punish its offenders, we cannot but say amen; but insofar as it springs from an attempt of our city marshal to shield himself from just censure for his neglect of duty on Thursday or from an understanding that effort will be made to lessen the establishment of L. D. Skinner in consideration of his furnishing whatever information he may possess, we hope it will fall flat. Mr. Oldham is suddenly taking a very lively interest in the temperance cause—more than would reasonably be expected from a person of his proclivities; but in his desire to procure witnesses against Mr. Kitchen and direct the public eye away from himself and Skinner, he completely ignores a most valuable witness for the state—himself. He need not have waited until last Friday to become such a shining light with his good work, as by personal observation he long ago possessed all such knowledge necessary. Such a course, however, is but in keeping with the tactics he has pursued for some time in the office of marshal—to hit the game if it is a deer and miss it if it is a calf. The gentlemen who are on Mr. Skinner’s bond have always been conscientious temperance men, ever working against the liquor traffic in any shape. From them the whiskey dealers have never expected anything but uncompromising war; but it was a matter of surprise that such a good consuming though poor paying customer as the city marshal should become so thoroughly converted in so short a time.
While we desire to see the law take its course, we most profoundly hope the offenses against decency, last Thursday, which were witnessed by the entire city, will not be overlooked; and that in the effort to convict one man or set of men of violating the law, the inefficiency of an officer will receive due consideration.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 28, 1883.
L. D. Skinner thought there was not enough people in Arkansas City to hold him, but when Ed. Horn and J. J. Clark embraced him, he began to realize that he was nothing but a man after all—and a poor specimen at that.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 28, 1883.
                                                        A Relic of Barbarism.
On last Thursday afternoon Mr. L. D. Skinner, of Bolton Township, well known in this city, became possessed of the very laudable desire to “run the city,” and proceeded to do it in the most approved cowboy style. This has long been a favorite pastime of the gentle Skinner. His effervescent disposition requires more pronounced means than those provided by nature to relieve his cherished carcass of its superabundance of noxious gases, and consequently he has proved a most formidable rival of the moon in the regularity with which he gets full and elevates the residence of Satan. He had one of his “regulars” on last Thursday. For over two hours he rode his pony up and down Summit Street, on the sidewalk whenever it suited the promptings of the bacchanalian spirit of the rider, or wherever the poor brute could be forced to go. His curses were as frequent as could well be expected of a person who must perforce take time to breathe, and what they lacked in refinement was amply supplied by the clearness of their pronunciation amid the indiscriminate manner in which they were applied to ladies and gentlemen alike who were upon the street. Just where our city marshal was during all this time was a question of much moment, but of hopeless solution, and after vainly waiting for his appearance, some of our citizens concluded that the quickest way to find him was for them to arrest Skinner and get him under lock and key. This was done by Ed. Horn, George Wright, George Cunningham, and Jennings Clark, with a suddenness that very nearly unjointed the animated tub of intoxicants, and he was soon landed in Bonsall’s office. The object of our citizens was accomplished; he was arrested and the city marshal was found instantly. Skinner was put under $500 bond for his appearance next day, when he was granted a stay of ten days, he still giving the same bond. His trial takes place next Monday, when it is to be hoped that he will be taught a lesson that will carry with it some weight.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 5, 1883.
L. D. Skinner was fined $50 and costs, last Monday, by Judge Bonsall, for his little fun two weeks ago.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 13, 1884.
Following are two letters showing the progress of Indians. The first is from Tom Hill, a Nez Perce Indian, who was Chief Joseph’s right hand man and adviser during the war, and the second was written by a little Otoe, one of Miss Skinner’s pupils. Miss Skinner is doing a good work among the red children, which we trust will increase in the future as rapidly as it has in the past.
                                  OAKLAND AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY.
MY DEAR FRIEND: I am glad my friend Miss Skinner you remember me, you send me a nice letter. I am well, no sick. Miss Carrie is teach me, I read very well. Well, all folks well. Forty-eight children in school now, all well. Everything is all right Nez Perce Indians. Last Thanksgiving day there was church in school house. Dr. Woodward he talk to Nez Perces; its pretty nice. Levi is very very well. I am glad my friends these white folks here all love me and I love white folks. That’s all. My name, MR. TOM HILL.
                                       OTOE AGENCY, INDIAN TERRITORY.
DEAR TEACHER, MISS SKINNER: I am very glad I go home tomorrow. Tomorrow noon we have pie and cake. Emily and Susie make them good. All children get some play thing Christmas. Today I help Miss ____, washed and Howard Light-Foot put my cap in the water. Some time I see Ponca children. I have one little friend in the Poncas. My father went to Cheyenne. He ride my horse. Teacher, I like work I don’t like lazy. Maj. Haworth is big man, I didn’t see him. I was at home, children say he talk about playing top. Good-bye.
                                                     ALFRED ARPEPETAN.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 12, 1884.
BIRTHS. While “A Nonyma,” “Vindex,” and “Laity” have been quarreling over the code, our friend, Dr. Carlisle, of East Bolton, has been going around like a ministering angel, and the following is the result of his labors for two weeks: To David Branson, and wife, of East Bolton, a boy; to C. C. Wolf and wife, of Central Bolton, a girl; to Mr. Vanskike and wife, of East Bolton, a boy; to Isaac Key and wife, of Bolton, a girl; on March 7, to L. D. Skinner and wife, a girl. This is a pretty good record for Bolton Township and we trust she will not weary in her good work.
Arkansas City Republican, June 7, 1884.
Lew Skinner, a cowboy, was arrested at the circus Wednesday night for disturbing the peace by discharging fire arms, and raising a row with some of the special police. Several shots were fired between the parties on the outside of the tent, but without injury to anyone. A large number rushed out of the tent when the firing began, and it seemed for a time as if there would be a stampede in that direction, but the excitement soon abated. Skinner deposited $15 and gave his own recognizance for his appearance before Judge Kreamer Thursday morning at 9 o’clock, but failed to appear.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 11, 1884.

Lou Skinner is again a candidate for public attention. He was arrested last Wednesday night for being drunk, and on giving bond was discharged until the next morning. On his way home he drew a revolver on Frank Lorry, ordering him to throw up his hands and give over his money. He changed his mind, though, and proceeded home. He failed to show up Thursday morning, but on Monday he was arrested and held until the forfeited bond was made good, when he was immediately arrested on a state warrant for his attempted highway robbery of Frank Lorry. His preliminary examination was held yesterday before Police Judge Kreamer, County Attorney Jennings appearing for the state.
Skinner waived preliminary examination and was bound over in the sum of $500 to appear at the October term of court. He has not yet furnished bond.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 14, 1884.
Last week after L. D. Skinner had given bond for his appearance, he started home; and overtaking Frank Lorry, covered him with a revolver, and demanded his money. Mr. Lorry, undisturbed, replied that he had not sufficient for robbing purposes, and drove on. Mrs. Lorry, who was along with Mr. Lorry, was seriously frightened. If Mr. Lorry had only delivered his money, such a case would have been made that this gentleman would probably have given but little trouble in the future.
Arkansas City Republican, June 14, 1884.
C. M. Leavitt, a promising young attorney of Winfield, was in the city Tuesday, conducting the defense of L. D. Skinner. Mr. Leavitt is one of those courteous Kentuckians whom one is always pleased to meet.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 18, 1884.
L. D. Skinner furnished bond in the sum of $500 last week for his appearance at the October term of court.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 27, 1884.
Our real estate man, Frank J. Hess, is still in the foremost rank and means to keep there as the enlarging and otherwise improving of his office accommodations testify. He has secured the services of Miss Fannie Skinner as bookkeeper.
Winfield Courier, September 25, 1884.
1ST DAY.—CRIMINAL DOCKET. State vs. L. D. Skinner.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 7, 1885.
We are sorry to learn that Miss Fannie Skinner has been seriously indisposed for a few days, and hope to learn of her speedy recovery.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 14, 1885.
Fannie Skinner went to Winfield Friday last to spend a few days among friends.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 15, 1885.
State vs. L. D. Skinner, robbery: dismissed on motion of County Attorney.
Arkansas City Republican, February 7, 1885.
Miss Fannie Skinner, bookkeeper in Frank Hess’ real estate agency, accompanied an invalid aunt home to Brookville, Kansas, Thursday.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 11, 1885.
Miss Fannie Skinner accompanied her aunt to Brookville, Salina County, this state, last week. She will be absent about a week.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 7, 1885.
The following is a list of transfers for the months of January and February, 1885, as taken from the transfer books of Frank J. Hess, Real Estate Agent.
FEBRUARY. Frank J. Hess to Fanny A. Skinner, house and 15 lots: $7,500.00.
Arkansas City Republican, April 18, 1885.
Mrs. McGlaskan, a very accomplished and energetic worker, who is Missionary at Otoe Agency, appointed by the Indian Rights Association, has been spending a few days at Mrs. Skinner’s. Mrs. McGlaskan is a lady possessed of extraordinary force of character and ability as well as sincere piety and her labors are being crowned with success as evidenced by several conversions among the Indians.
Arkansas City Republican, September 5, 1885.
Lu Skinner was taken in Tuesday by Billy Gray for being fuller than a “biled owl.” Judge Bryant willed that Lu “set ‘em up” to the court to the tune of $2 and costs. Total $6.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 24, 1885.
The council met in regular session Monday evening. Members present were councilmen Thompson, Dunn, Dean, Hill, Hight, Bailey, and Prescott. C. G. Thompson, acting mayor, presided.
The request of Mrs. Skinner to remit fine of L. D. Skinner was not granted.
Arkansas City Republican, March 6, 1886.
Lowe, Hoffman & Barron sold Miss Fannie Skinner’s property in the second ward this week. The consideration was $1,100.
Arkansas City Republican, September 4, 1886.
                                                 East Bolton. August 29, 1886.
EDS. REPUBLICAN: As the game has begun, we think it is no more than justice to our district, No. 80, and ourselves to right matters and place the facts before the many readers of the REPUBLICAN. Your correspondent, “voter,” of the 19th states that the first ballot for the office of director disclosed 23 voters present. J. T. Hight received 17 votes and F. Wick-line 6, a total of 23, with a majority of 11 for Hight. C. S. Weatherholt and W. Stewart were nominated for treasurer. The former received 13 votes, the latter 12, a total of 25. Mr. Weatherholt received one majority. We present a list of those in attendance at the meeting: Messrs. Skinner, Loper, Sims, Bell, Pruitt, Liddle, Fletcher, Buchanan, Wickline, Bennet, Myers, Chambers, Kennedy, Judy, Tillson, Snyder, Hight, Whitney, Davis, Beatty, Ireton, Kay, Bond, Weatherholt, Roberts, and Crutchfield. By counting “noses,” we found 26 persons present. The only fraudulent vote cast was by Sims and he voted for Stewart. He is not old enough to vote. Now, I call on all law abiding citizens to join me and prosecute Sims for fraudulent voting. He came in company with “voter,” and Loper to the election; the trio bore “fraud” stamped upon their countenances. Now, in conclusion, we wish to say that that voter simply lied. The above are the facts, which the records of the meeting will reveal. If “Voter” had his just dues, he would now be wearing a convict suit for highway robbery. He is unfit even for thieves to associate with. The records of the Cowley County courts will bear us out in our statements. “FACTS.”
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 12, 1887. From Saturday’s Daily.

S. Keller was brought before Judge Lindsay this afternoon on the charge of malicious trespass by L. D. Skinner. As the case will raise the question of title, Judge Lindsay will have to send it to the district court. Both plaintiff and defendant claims to be owner of the same tract of land on the Arkansas River.


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