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C. D. Sollitt

                                                            Arkansas City.
 FIRST WARD:           C. C. Sollitt and L. D. Leasure.
SECOND WARD: H. T. Roberts and R. J. Rankin.
THIRD WARD:           James Benedict and E. C. Gage.
FOURTH WARD: L. E. Woodin and Alex Wilson.
OFFICERS OF BOARD. H. T. Roberts, president; C. C. Sollitt, vice-president; Alex Wilson, clerk; R. W. Maxey, treasurer. Prof. Thomas W. Conway, Superintendent.
Regular meetings in High School building on first Monday of each month.
SOLLITT, C. C., of Sollitt & Swarts, druggists, r 415 n B st.
SWARTS, CHAS. M., of Sollitt & Swarts, druggists, r 501 n A st.
SOLLITT & SWARTS, (C. C. Sollitt and Charles Swarts), druggists,
Colorado block, 200 s Summit st.
Books and Stationery. SOLLITT & SWARTS, 200 s Summit st.
Druggists. SOLLITT & SWARTS, 200 s Summit st.
Wall Papers. SOLLITT & SWARTS, 200 s Summit st.
SOLLITT & SWARTS, The leading Druggists.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Arkansas City Republican, March 15, 1884.
The old reliable firm of Kellogg & Mowry may change hands next week, Dr. Kellogg retiring. He will be succeeded by Mr. Sollitt, a gentleman well-known in Kansas business circles. The retiring member of the firm has the best wishes of his numerous friends for his success in his new business, and all join in wishing the new firm abundant success.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 19, 1884.  Mr. Sollitt, for many years connected with a Chicago house, has entered into partnership with W. D. Mowry, Dr. Kellogg retiring from the old firm of Kellogg & Mowry.  Mr. Sollitt is a valuable acquisition to our business and social circle, and we welcome him most heartily.
Arkansas City Republican, March 22, 1884.
Mowry & Sollitt, 1,000 note heads, 500 statements, and 2,000 prescription blanks.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 9, 1884.
The attention of our readers is called to the “ad” of Messrs. Mowry & Sollitt in this issue. This firm, successors to Kellogg & Mowry, are determined to keep up the justly earned reputation of their predecessors, and a perusal of their announcement in another column this week will be found both edifying and profitable. Try it wunst.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 9, 1884.
AD. BOOMING! MOWRY & SOLLITT -are the- LEADING DRUGGISTS In Cowley County, and will save you money on any goods in the DRUG, MEDICINE, OR PAINT LINE. Our stock is the largest, and we defy competition in quality and price. Respectfully, MOWRY & SOLLITT.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 9, 1884.
Read Mowry & Sollitt’s specials in another column. They (the specials) won’t save your life, but will make it a heap pleasanter for all concerned.
Ad. PAINT. For a pure Mixed Paint that will give a fine gloss and wear for years, go to Mowry & Sollitt.
Ad. KROK. Croquet, Base Balls, Bats, Marbles, Fish Poles, Lines, etc., at Mowry & Sollitt’s.
Ad. SHEEPMEN. We have the best Sheep Dip ever brought to this country. Low prices given on Sulphur, Quicksilver, Carbolic Acid, etc., at Mowry & Sollitt’s.
Ad. Mowry & Sollitt are successors to Kellogg & Mowry, and will sell you Drugs lower than any house in the county.
Ad. WHITE LEAD and Pure Boiled Linseed Oil at Mowry & Sollitt’s.
Ad. FLOWER POTS And Hanging Baskets; an elegant line at Mowry & Sollitt’s.
Ad. MIXED PAINTS. Every gallon warranted by Mowry & Sollitt.
Ad. CONDITION POWDERS. Thousands will testify to the merits of our Horse and Cattle Powders. Mowry & Sollitt.
Arkansas City Republican, April 12, 1884.
AD. OUR CLAIM! We claim to be the Leading Drug Store in Cowley County. Doing a larger business, and carrying the best stock of goods in the southwest. NO OLD DRUGS OR MEDICINES. MOWRY & SOLLITT, Successors to KELLOGG & MOWRY.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 30, 1884.
Those elegant programmes circulated in the Highland Hall last week by the TRAVELER office, and perfumed by Mowry & Sollitt, were a new departure, and elicited many compliments.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, May 10, 1884.
The following bills were allowed.
Mowry & Sollitt, sundries.
Arkansas City Republican, June 14, 1884.
We understand that Thomas Braggins has in course of contemplation an elegant new sign for Mowry & Sollitt. This is to be the finest sign in the city.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 18, 1884.
C. C. Sollitt leaves for Chicago today, where he will spend a few warm weeks amid the cool lake breezes.
Arkansas City Republican, June 28, 1884.
Mr. Sollitt is in Chicago on business.
Arkansas City Republican, June 28, 1884.
W. Tilt. Crawford is clerking at Mowry & Sollitt’s.
Arkansas City Republican, July 5, 1884.
Mr. Sollitt returned from Chicago Wednesday.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 9, 1884.

City Clerk’s Report. Disbursements: Scrip issued to Ward Harnley, Mowry & Sollitt, merchandise, Speers, water rent, P. Ellis, coal, P. Wyckoff, rent, J. W. Canfield, repairing tank, W. Gray, marshal, E. Malone, water commissioner, Stroup, labor, Clark & Coombs, printing, Corzine & Richards, printing, Chicago Lumber Co., lumber, E. Malone, hardware, J. Moore, labor, Benedict & Owen, merchandise, J. J. Breene, police, D. Hawkins, sidewalk, R. Cowles, coal, J. Stedman, dog checks, G. W. White, police, E. W. Finch, boarding prisoners, J. Kreamer, police, H. Adams, police, F. Decker, water commissioner.
Total: $517.99
Arkansas City Traveler, July 16, 1884.
Mowry & Sollitt have just put in the finest line of perfumes ever seen in southern Kansas. It is worth something just to look at the display.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 23, 1884.
All of Dr. Turner’s medicines are for sale by Mowry & Sollitt, Arkansas City. Call for a book, free.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 23, 1884.
We call attention to the “Wonder” advertisement of Dr. Louis Turner, which appears in this issue. The doctor has been staying in our city for several days past, and has brought his Wonder prominently before out people, who have shown such an interest in the same that he will let them read about it in the TRAVELER for the next twelve months. This is a wonder, and if you wonder what the wonder is, call on Mowry & Sollitt, who will relieve your wonderment.
AD. DOCTOR LOUIS TURNER, PROPRIETOR OF THE WONDER, The finest Internal and External Cure of Pain and Disease.
Cures Rheumatism, Neuralgia, Kidney diseases, Heart diseases, Liver complaints, Headache, Diphtheria, Diarrhea, Dysentery, Flux, Toothache, Piles, Burns, Coughs, Colds, etc.
Particularly recommended for all illnesses of the blood resulting in general debility. Sold by all druggists. Price $1.00 per bottle. Dr. Turner is a regular practitioner of medicine of 30 years’ experience, and especially treats all chronic diseases, particularly Catarrh, Asthma, Hay Fever, Bronchitis, Sore Throat, and all diseases of the lungs, chest, nasal cavities, and breathing passages, and all diseases peculiar to women, by the means of Electric Oxygen. Correspondence solicited. A treatise on above diseases sent free.
For sale by MOWRY & SOLLITT, druggists, Arkansas City, Kansas.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 30, 1884.
“Kit” Sollitt appears remarkably well this warm weather; doubtless owing to that excellent coffee syrup drawn from the soda fountain of M. & S.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 30, 1884.
The party who gained $19 by a mistake at Mowry & Sollitt’s last Saturday night, and who is so honorable as to seek to keep the money, is reminded that such practices will not win.
Arkansas City Republican, August 2, 1884.
Ed. Ferguson is worn to a shadow with constant employment. His latest effort is a huge sign for Mowry & Sollitt and Kroenert & Austin. The sign is an elegant one and does credit to the artist who drew the design and executed it.

Arkansas City Republican, August 30, 1884.
The foundation of C. C. Sollitt’s new house is completed and work has commenced on the frame.
Arkansas City Republican, September 6, 1884.
Mowry & Sollitt have placed on their counters two elegant show-cases.
Arkansas City Republican, September 6, 1884.
C. C. Sollitt’s house is enclosed. “Kit” has the cage almost completed; watch for the “bird.”
Arkansas City Republican, September 6, 1884.
Oscar Rice, of Fort Scott, is the new drug clerk holding forth at Mowry & Sollitt’s. Mr. Rice is a pleasant gentleman with whom it is a pleasure to deal. The pair—Mr. Rice and Mr. Crawford—are irresistible.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 17, 1884.
Mowry & Sollitt have new specials and a new advertisement in this issue. They have without doubt the finest assortment of lamps and fixtures ever brought to this city.
AD. WE ALWAYS LEAD! We have just received the finest lot of LAMP GOODS ever displayed in Arkansas City, consisting of BRASS LIBRARY LAMPS With or Without Pendants; French Bronze or Ebony and Gold Library Lamps, With Plain or Decorated Shades.
Vase Stand Lamps, fancy decorated Stand Lamps, and a large line of plain glass Stand or Hand Lamps.
We have a complete line of fittings for Lamps, such as Burners, fancy Glass Globes, paper and porcelain Shades, Illuminators, Wicks, Chimneys, Reflectors, and everything, in fact, that you may need to keep your lamps ready for burning.
We also keep a high grade of COAL OIL. Call and see us when needing anything in the above line, or in the way of Drugs, Medicines, etc. MOWRY & SOLLITT, DRUGGISTS.
Ad. Library Lamps. We have the largest line of lamps ever brought to Arkansas City. Mowry & Sollitt.
Ad. WALL PAPER at Mowry & Sollitt’s.
Ad. Paints and Oils. Cheapest place to buy is at Mowry & Sollitt’s drug store.
Ad. Ague. Why shake when a bottle of M. & S. Ague cure will cure you? We guarantee it. Mowry & Sollitt.
Ad. Guaranteed. Every gallon of our paints is guaranteed or money refunded. Mowry & Sollitt, the druggists.
Arkansas City Republican, September 20, 1884.
Mowry & Sollitt have retired their soda fount.
Arkansas City Republican, September 20, 1884.
C. C. Sollitt’s new cottage is nearly completed.
Arkansas City Republican, September 20, 1884.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 8, 1884.
C. C. Sollitt left for Chicago yesterday afternoon. He is billed for the 13th, he says, and there will be twice as much of him when he returns two weeks hence.

Arkansas City Republican, October 11, 1884.
TO BE MARRIED. C. C. Sollitt went to Chicago Tuesday. Mr. Sollitt will be united in marriage on the 15th and arrive in Arkansas City on the 18th.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 15, 1884.
Oscar Rice, Mowry & Sollitt’s prescription clerk, thinks of returning to Ft. Scott this week on account of his health. We’ll wager an old hat he will want to come back in less than a month.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 15, 1884.
TO BE MARRIED. Our beloved friend, C. C. Sollitt, will be married in Chicago this evening, and will return on the 18th with his bride. We can congratulate his wife on securing such an estimable young man as “Kit,” and our confidence in his judgment prompts us to extend our congratulations to him. They will be a valuable acquisition to our social circle, and we trust their stay among us will be as pleasant as their lives are happy.
Arkansas City Republican, October 18, 1884.
C. C. Sollitt and bride will arrive home today.
Arkansas City Republican, October 18, 1884.
Oscar Rice, Mowry & Sollitt’s clerk, returned to his Fort Scott home Friday.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 22, 1884. MARRIED. The county clerk of Cook County, Illinois, issued, on last Wednesday morning, license No. 86,280, to C. C. Sollitt and Miss Minnie M. Stewart.  The happy couple arrived in this city on last Saturday’s train, and will be a most desirable acquisition to our social circle.  The friends Mr. Sollitt has made during his eight months’ residence with us extend a hearty welcome to his bride and congratulations to both.
Arkansas City Republican, October 25, 1884.
C. C. Sollitt and wife have commenced housekeeping in their commodious cottage residence on 6th Street. Miss Minnie M. Stewart was the former name of Mr. Sollitt’s bride.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 5, 1884.
A Card. In the course of my business as an advertising agent, I came to Arkansas City last week, and, thanks to the liberality of the businessmen of the city, I succeeded in getting up my advertisements, which may now be seen at the leading grocery houses in town. Wishing the printing to be done in the city, I visited the TRAVELER, Democrat, and Republican offices, and finally decided to give the work to the Republican. The nature of my business is such that I am compelled to travel alone, but though I have visited many cities of the state, I have never yet experienced the slightest inconvenience, as I always endeavor to conduct myself as a lady, relying upon true manhood as protection from insult. In order to superintend the printing, I visited the Republican office, and the object of this card is to state that by one of its proprietors, Mr. Howard, I was treated as no one with a spark of manhood would treat a lady. His only reason for making the remarks he did must have sprung from the instincts of a contemptible coward. He knew I was alone and unprotected. I left the office at once, and succeeded in getting my work done at the TRAVELER office; and that I fulfilled my contracts to the satisfaction of my patrons (under whose advice I publish this statement), will be seen by the subjoined testimonial. FLORA WILCOX, Springfield, Illinois.

ARKANSAS CITY, KANSAS. On this the 30th day of October, 1884, before the undersigned, a notary public within and for the county of Cowley and state of Kansas, personally came Flora Wilcox, of lawful age, who, being duly sworn, deposes and says the statements made in the foregoing are true in every respect. FLORA WILCOX.
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 30th day of October, 1884.
[SEAL.] RICHARD U. HESS, Notary Public.
We, the undersigned, desire to state that Miss Flora Wilcox has been making a business canvass of our city, seeking advertisements, and having transacted business matters with her, we believe her to be in every sense of the term a lady and a thorough business woman.
WARE & PICKERING, grocers; KROENERT & AUSTIN, grocers;       McDOWELL BROS., butchers; MOWRY & SOLLITT, druggists; KIMMEL & MOORE, grocers; F. W. FARRAR, assistant cashier, Cowley County Bank; H. H. PERRY, proprietor, Leland Hotel;
H. P. STANDLEY, editor, TRAVELER; S. MATLACK, dry goods; J. W. HUTCHISON & SONS, grocers.
Arkansas City Republican, November 8, 1884.
J. V. Hull, of Milton, Kentucky, arrived in Arkansas City Wednesday. He has accepted a position with Mowry & Sollitt. Mr. Hull is a friend of John Ingliss.
Arkansas City Republican, November 22, 1884.
We doubt if there is such another merry crowd as Mrs. C. R. Sipes, Mrs. J. W. Heck, Mrs. Geo. Heitkam, Miss Jennie Lowry, Miss Edith Heitkam, and Miss Lizzie Gatwood, when all together, in Arkansas City. Saturday evening they secured the Border Band and called on the many new married couples of our town, treating them to a splendid serenade. The junior editor of the REPUBLICAN and his wife acknowledge a visit from them and enjoyed the sweet music discoursed by the band hugely, as well as the warm congratulations from the above ladies. Although arriving at the door of our palatial mansion at about the time we were preparing to dispense with the services of our tallow candle, our latch string was still on the outside. We hope they will come again, for wherever that jolly crowd goes, there will always be found golden gleams of sunshine. The residences of C. C. Sollitt and Calvin Dean were also visited. [JUNIOR EDITOR: R. C. HOWARD.]
Arkansas City Republican, November 22, 1884.
A Chip Off of the Old Block. “Dr. D. R. Crawford has been in Smicksburg for 20 years last Monday. He has been a very successful physician, attended strictly to his practice, only being absent from home twice, for about two weeks each time, since coming there, consequently he has built up a large practice.” The above item is from Dr. Crawford’s home paper. Our Tilly at Mowry & Sollitt’s is “a chip off of the old block.”
Arkansas City Traveler, December 10, 1884.
Telephone Exchange.
Arkansas City Republican, December 13, 1884.
Mrs. C. C. Sollitt has been very much indisposed this week.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 17, 1884.
Bisque Figures. A fine line at Mowry & Sollitt’s.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 17, 1884.

Mr. Sollitt, we are sorry to hear, has been quite sick for a week or so.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 17, 1884.
Toys! Toys! Almost given away at Mowry & Sollitt’s drug store. Prices way down.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 17, 1884.
Christmas. At Mowry & Sollitt’s drug store you will find just what you want for Christmas presents.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 17, 1884.
Dolls! Dolls! Wax, bisque, rubber, and china dolls cheaper than ever at Mowry & Sollitt’s.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 17, 1884.
MUSTACHE CUPS. China cups, china mugs, vases, and toilet sets in all styles very cheap at Mowry & Sollitt’s.
BOOKS! BOOKS! Our poems and miscellaneous books must go if we only get first cost.  Mowry & Sollitt.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 17, 1884.
LIBRARY LAMPS. We will discount any price offered by other houses. All other lamps and globes equally as low at Mowry’s & Sollitt’s.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 17, 1884.
NO GO. High prices will not work this year as Mowry & Sollitt are cutting right and left. They are bound to sell holiday goods, and have the finest display in the city.
Arkansas City Republican, December 20, 1884.
AD. MR. J. V. HULL. Mr. J. V. Hull, Mowry & Sollitt’s prescription clerk, is a druggist of 20 years experience and will prepare your medicines with skill and caution, no danger of mistakes.
Arkansas City Republican, December 20, 1884.

MOWRY & SOLLITT’S DRUG STORE. The holidays have come and they caught these gentlemen just as we expected—with the largest and handsomest stock of holiday goods in the city. No other firm displays as large a line of goods as they. This house is fully equipped for the large holiday trade which its proprietors had anticipated and have commenced realizing. Extra shelving, and a mammoth double deck holiday table was created on which to display their stock. Judging by the large quantity of holiday goods, one would suppose Messrs. Mowry & Sollitt were running a wholesale house. They are slashing right and left on their stock this year. They bought them for the benefit of their customers and they are bound to sell them. Penniless we wandered into this Elysium of holiday goods viewing them at a distance, but when informed of the low prices, our arms hungered to be burdened with some of the beautiful things which we saw. There were all kinds of toys for the children, beautiful plush photo albums suited to adorn the center table of any parlor, hanging lamps that would cause any wife to love her husband ten-fold more on receiving one for a present, handsome work baskets, boys, that would make your sweethearts smile on you sweetly for a decade, elegant solid china mustache cups, girls, to protect the boys’ mustache during its rise and fall, some of the most unique vases, toilet sets, perfumery cases, and a thousand and one other articles suitable for making presents. Do not think for an instant that Messrs. Mowry & Sollitt will neglect their drug trade by the rush for holiday presents. They are fully prepared to meet this exigency. Lately they secured the valuable services of Mr. J. F. Hull, a druggist of twenty years experience. No fears need be entertained of a mistake when Mr. Hull compounds your prescription. Messrs. Mowry & Sollitt are also both experienced druggists. Each have spent almost a lifetime at the business. By the way, something almost slipped our memory. They also have in stock a large assortment of books. Read! Educate! Is the popular cry. A man cannot remain in ignorance all of his life, so if he desires to be learned, he should educate his mind by reading. Therefore, the question naturally arises, what shall I read? This is easily decided by going and looking through Mowry & Sollitt’s mammoth stock of books consisting of poems, and other books, both of history and fiction. Visit them and you will find that half has not been told you.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 24, 1884.
Bisque Figures—a fine line at Mowry & Sollitt’s.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 31, 1884.
A most enjoyable time was had in Highland Hall, Christmas evening, by the lovers of the Terpsichorean set. Notwithstanding the failure of the musicians engaged, very good music was had by the energetic rustling of Lute Coombs and Ed. Kingsbury after the arrival of the crowd. All present made the most of the occasion and went away eulogizing the committee, which consisted of C. C. Sollitt, L. V. Coombs, F. K. Grosscup, P. L. Snyder, and E. L. Kingsbury.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 7, 1885.
Knights of Pythias. Triumph Lodge No. 116, of Arkansas City, Kansas, was instituted last Friday night, with the following members: Judge A. J. Pyburn; T. J. Sweeny; G. W. Miller; C. C. Sollitt; T. H. McLaughlin; F. W. Farrar; G. S. Howard; J. J. Clark; J. M. Ware; W. E. Moore; H. P. Standley; H. P. Farrar; J. L. Huey; J. A. McIntyre; W. B. Higgins; W. D. Mowry; C. Mead; O. Stevenson, Jr.
The lodge was instituted by members of the Newton lodge.
After the institution of the lodge in due form, the following officers were elected and installed: A. J. Pyburn, Past Chancellor; W. D. Mowry, Chancellor Commander; H. P. Farrar, Vice Chancellor; J. L. Huey, Prelate; C. C. Sollitt, Keeper of Records and Seal; T. H. McLaughlin, Master of Finance; F. W. Farrar, Master of Exchequer; T. J. Sweeny, Master at Arms; G. W. Miller, Inside Guardian; J. J. Clark, Outside Guardian.
In the final instructions the visiting brethren remarked that they never before had had the pleasure of instituting a lodge with such bright prospects of future usefulness and growth, and that has the inherent strength and stability that Triumph Lodge No. 116 had. After the initiatory ceremonies were concluded, all adjourned to the dining room of the Windsor Hotel, where a feast was served, “such as never man saw”—all the delicacies of the season, and served only as Mo, the genial host, and his able corps of assistants can. Thus the time passed until nearly five o’clock Saturday morning, when the participators parted, the visitors extending their heartiest thanks to the new lodge for the Knightly manner in which they had been received, having been treated in a truly royal way, worthy of their patron Knights of old.
Arkansas City Republican, January 10, 1885.

C. C. Sollitt, E. L. Kingsbury, L. V. Coombs, Chas. Chapel, and several others have arranged for one of their social balls in Highland Hall next Thursday evening. The committee secured musicians from a distance to furnish the music for the occasion.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 14, 1885.
The Favorite Social Club will give a select ball at Highland Hall tomorrow night. Committee: C. C. Sollitt, P. L. Snyder, F. K. Grosscup, L. V. Coombs, E. L. Kingsbury, G. W. Cunningham.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 17, 1885.
CAST OF CHARACTERS. Maj. Wilber (U. S. A.): C. C. Sollitt.
Arkansas City Republican, January 31, 1885.
THE CITIZEN’S LECTURE COURSE. J. Allen Whyte, a representative of the Slayton Lyceum Bureau at Chicago, was in the city Tuesday making preparations for the delivery of four lectures. H. P. Farrar, T. H. McLaughlin, Jas. Ridenour, Mowry & Sollitt, Sam Wile, and Kellogg & Coombs effected the necessary arrangements, and Arkansas City will be visited at dates fixed by the committee for these four star lectures.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 4, 1885.
Mowry & Sollitt are repainting their front in elegant style.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 7, 1885.
C. C. Sollitt and Johnnie Walker are manufacturing an incubator, preparatory to an investigation of the science of chicken culture. Now blue-grass will suffer in the first ward unless these gentlemen will kindly “muzzle” the chickens before they grow up.
Arkansas City Republican, February 7, 1885.
Mowry & Sollitt have had the front of their drug store repainted so nicely that you would hardly recognize it. W. M. O’Gilva was the artist.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 11, 1885.
C. R. Sipes last week put into working order an incubator for C. C. Sollitt and John B. Walker. The lamp to this incubator is said to be the best used. It was presented to Mr. Sollitt by a friend of his. The lamp is made of copper, with a wick about three-fourths of an inch in length. Elevated above the lamp is a reservoir connected with the lamp by a tube. The manner of operating the lamp is to fill it with oil and the reservoir with water. The pressure of the water keeps the oil crowded to the top and thus makes the even heat so necessary to the artificial hatching of eggs. Above the lamp is a pan of water and it is from the heat of this water that the eggs are hatched. This is the improvement over the old way. It is necessary that the eggs should be more or less damp all the time and this water keeps them so, without having to remove the eggs to wet them, as was necessary by the old machines. We look for chickens to make a tumble now that Kit and Johnny are playing settin’ hops.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 11, 1885.
A merry party, composed of Phil Snyder and Molly Christian, Ed. Kingsbury, and Etta Barnett, Charles Chapel, and Minnie Stewart, spent a pleasant evening at Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Sollitt’s residence last Saturday night. The home of “Kit” and his amiable wife is very popular with our young folks.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 11, 1885.
Thos. W. Sollitt, of Chicago, brother of C. C. Sollitt, has been visiting here for a few days past.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 11, 1885.
Councilmen Perhaps. To the list of men who would make good reliable councilmen, published in a former issue, we add the following names, whose strength is known.
1st WARD. J. D. Farrar, A. A. Newman, C. C. Sollitt, S. B. Adams.
2nd WARD. V. M. Ayres, P. Pearson, Archie Dunn, John Landes, E. D. Eddy.
3rd WARD. O. Stevenson, O. P. Houghton, P. Wyckoff, H. D. Kellogg.
4th WARD. J. Vawter, D. L. Means, C. M. Scott.
With such material on hand as the TRAVELER has from the above and the list mentioned previously, we can now select a Council which will make a success in municipal affairs as they have in their own.
Arkansas City Republican, February 14, 1885.
Sunday afternoon J. Hollenback was delivering his milk. When at the residence of C. C. Sollitt, his team became frightened while Mr. Hollenback was out of his wagon and started off on a dead run. The milk can tipped over, spilling the lacteal fluid. The team ran about a quarter of a mile and stopped.
Arkansas City Republican, February 14, 1885.
T. W. Sollitt, of Chicago, arrived in the city last Saturday noon on a short visit at the residence of his brother, C. C. Sollitt.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 18, 1885.
MAMMA HUBBARD. The most successful of the season’s social events occurred last night at Highland Hall under the auspices of the Favorite Social Club. A large and select party of maskers were they, who glided about the hall in the many intricacies of the dance. A feast for the eyes was the many colors as they glided in and out in serpentine movements or moved along stately in massed colors. The beautiful costumes of the ladies, the grotesque and glaring ones of the gentlemen, called up scenes of oriental splendor and was soothing and calming while yet exciting to the lookers on. The names of those who were invited to the Ma Hubbard, were, so near as we could learn as follows.
C. H. Searing and wife; S. Matlack and wife; H. P. Farrar and wife; F. W. Farrar and wife; E. L. McDowell; W. D. Mowry and wife; C. C. Sollitt and wife; J. V. Hull; Frank Austin and wife; John Kroenert and wife; Al Heitkam; C. O. Harris; Dr. Westfall and wife; John B. Walker and wife; Matt Aldridge and wife; C. R. Sipes and wife; John Ingliss; Will Griffith; A. A. Newman and wife; Wyard Gooch and wife; L. N. Coburn; A. V. Alexander and wife; Dr. J. Vawter and wife; Geo. Schmidt; J. Landes and wife; Frank Beall and wife;

C. G. Thompson and wife; J. H. Hilliard and wife; Joe Finkleburg; J. A. McIntyre and wife; E. L. Kingsbury; F. K. Grosscup; A. D. Ayres and wife; Thos. Kimmel and wife; Will Moore and wife; Ivan Robinson; J. C. Topliff; Will Thompson; R. E. Grubbs and wife; Chas. Schiffbauer and wife; L. H. Northey; O. Ingersoll and wife; Chas. Chapel; Lute Coombs; P. L. Snyder; J. W. Heck and wife; Frank Thompson; Sherman Thompson; W. A. Daniels; F. B. Willitts; Jerry Adams; Sept. Andrews; Will L. Aldridge; A. J. Pyburn; S. B. Reed;      Dr. S. B. Parsons; Dr. M. B. Vawter; Dr. J. A. Mitchell; Isaac Ochs and wife; H. Nicholson; Frank Hutchison; R. P. Hutchison and wife; Herman Wyckoff; T. J. Sweeny and wife; J. L. Huey and wife; R. B. Norton; Chas. Hutchins and wife; Cal. Dean and wife; C. M. Scott and wife; Frank J. Hess and wife; R. U. Hess; R. L. Howard and wife; Dr. H. D. Kellogg and wife; H. P. Standley and wife; E. O. Stevenson and wife; H. H. Perry and wife; G. W. Cunningham and wife; J. G. Shelden and wife; Sam Wyle; Maj. M. S. Hasie and wife; Chs. Hilliard; Tillie Crawford; J. W. Duncan; A. H. Fitch; James Ridenour and wife; J. R. Rogers and wife; Tip Davenport and wife; E. W. Weston, of Wellington, Kansas; Ed. Cole and wife; Lafe Tomlin and wife; Ed. McMullen, of Winfield.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 4, 1885.
Mowry & Sollitt are repainting their front in elegant style, repainting inside, and making improvements generally.
Arkansas City Republican, March 14, 1885.
Monday C. C. Sollitt received a communication from Torquay, England, written by S. H. Bowden, inquiring if Arkansas City would offer a good opening for a butcher shop. Verily, the fame of Arkansas City has spread.
Arkansas City Republican, March 14, 1885.
Tilly Crawford is no longer with Mowry & Sollitt. He is working for Nelson Rice at Pawnee, Indian Territory.
Arkansas City Republican, March 21, 1885.
C. C. Sollitt has a beautiful garden. Apply to him for early radishes, lettuce, onions, etc. His radishes are excellent. For sale in any quantity.
Arkansas City Republican, April 4, 1885.
Judge Pyburn for Mayor. The following is explanatory within itself.
HON. A. J. PYBURN, We, the undersigned, citizens of Arkansas City, Kansas, herein respectfully request and urge the use of your name as a candidate for the office of mayor and pledge you our best support.
C. C. Sollitt was one of those who made the request.
Arkansas City Republican, April 11, 1885.
DECORATIONS, Wall paper, extensions, etc., at Mowry & Sollitt’s. The largest and best selected stock in the city.
Arkansas City Republican, April 11, 1885.
DON’T YOU FORGET that Mowry & Sollitt can supply you with Paints and Oils. Now is the time to buy.
Arkansas City Republican, April 11, 1885.
EXTENSIONS. Wall paper, Decorations, etc., at Mowry & Sollitt’s drug store.
Arkansas City Republican, April 11, 1885.
GOOD NEWS. At Mowry & Sollitt’s drug store, you can get a prescription compounded without fear of an error occurring by J. V. Hull, who is a pharmacist of 20 years experience.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, April 18, 1885.
Here is what the REPUBLICAN styles amateur gardening. C. C. Sollitt determined to surprise the natives in his neighborhood with lots of early vegetables. He prepared the ground, bought the seed, and planted them. He worked diligently and his labor was rewarded by the seeds coming up. One curious freak about his onions was that they all seemed to have grown downward and then turned upward. It has just dawned upon Kit’s mind that he planted his onion sets upside down. His intentions were to supply China with the odoriferous fruit.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 27, 1885.

Is it Cholera? The above headline is becoming familiar. The epidemic of bowel complaint on Long Island last fall, and in West Virginia, Pennsylvania, and parts of the South, during the past winter and spring, have each called it out, but have been traced to local causes. Whenever bowel complaint has occurred, it has been so violent as to cause apprehensions of cholera, and the indications are that it will be more common than usual during this summer. Every family should be prepared for it. There is nothing equal to Chamberlain’s Colic, Cholera, and Diarrhoea Remedy, as shown by the thousands who have been cured by it; besides it is pleasant to take. It is put up in 25 cent, 50 cent, and dollar bottles. Sold by Mowry & Sollitt.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 22, 1885.
DISASTROUS FIRE. Half a Block on Summit Street Goes Up In Smoke.

On Monday night about 11:30 the cry of fire was raised. Among the first attracted by the alarm were Frank Schiffbauer, mayor of the city, and Capt. Rarick, deputy sheriff, who were just parting for the night on the First National Bank corner. They ran in the direction of the cry, and seeing a blaze in the rear of the New York Restaurant, ran for the hose reel, and in five or six minutes returned to the same. The flames had burst forth in the meantime, and were making rapid headway, the building being of frame, and similar buildings adjoining it on both sides. A crowd gathered, and among the foremost to act was Charley Holloway, who kicked in the glazed door of Grimes & Son’s drug store, and walked through the building with a view of saving its contents. He found the fire had extended to the rear portion of the store, and an explosion of some vessel a short distance in front of him, which scattered fragments wounding both his hands, cautioned him that he was in an unsafe place. An attempt was made to attach the hose to the hydrant, but some trouble was experienced in detaching the cap. During this while the flames spread rapidly, the wind which fortunately was light, driving the fire in the direction of Central Avenue. Heitkam’s tailor store and a barber shop were on the lot south of the New York Restaurant, and the occupants were promptly on hand to save their stock and furniture from the devouring element. Mr. Heitkam saved half of his stock of cloth and made up suits, but the frame buildings with their combustible contents, burned so fiercely that the feeble efforts at extinguishing it were hardly perceptible. In half an hour the buildings extending north to Central Avenue were in a blaze, and it was evident that no power could be exerted to save them. Crowds of men worked diligently to rescue what was portable, but confusion prevailed, and there was no intelligent direction given to their efforts. The St. Louis Restaurant, Grimes & Son’s drug store, Bundrem’s butcher shop, and Means’ implement store were by 12 o’clock in the vortex of the flames, and brief time was afforded the willing workers to rescue the doomed property from destruction. To save Mowry & Sollitt’s brick drug store, Kroenert & Austin’s grocery store, on the lot adjoining, was pulled down, which stopped the progress of the flames in a southward direction. Mowry & Sollitt, fearing their store would be involved, began moving their stock; but on the suggestion of Capt. Thompson that the risk was less to let their goods remain, the hasty tearing up was discontinued, and they escaped with slight loss. Being checked on the south side and isolated at the other end by the width of the street, the fire abated about an hour after a bad burst forth, and spread over no more territory. The stream from the hydrant was kept up through the night cooling the smoldering embers, and when the business of the next day opened, the sight was presented to the beholder of half a block on our main business street being laid in ruins. D. L. Means loses $3,000 in his stock, his insurance is $1,000. Kroenert & Austin suffer quite as seriously. C. A. Burnett estimates his loss at $2,400; he has $1,500 insurance. The buildings being rated as extra hazardous, and the rate of insurance 7 percent, owners and occupants were chary of securing themselves on heavy sums. The following is a list of the losses and insurance.
Lot 1. Lot and building owned by W. Benedict. Insured for $500. Occupied by D. L. Means, insured in North American for $1,000.
Lot 2. Lot and building owned by Dr. Shepard. Insured for $800 in Springfield Insurance Co. Occupied by Charley Bundrem as a meat market, who was insured for $300 in the New York Alliance, and by J. T. Grimes & Son, druggists, who carried $500 insurance in the Pennsylvania and the same amount in the Liverpool, London & Globe.
Lot 3. Lot and building owned by Mrs. Benedict and occupied by C. A. Burnett, as the St. Louis Restaurant. Building uninsured; stock insured for $1,500 in equal amounts in the Mechanics of Milwaukee, the Northwestern National, and the Connecticut.
Lot 4. Lot and building owned by S. B. Pickle, who is now absent in Springlake, Ohio. Occupied by O. F. Lang as the New York Restaurant. Stock insured for $500 in the Home Mutual.
Lot 5, with the frame building thereon, is owned by J. H. Sherburne—uninsured. Its occupants were A. G. Heitkam, tailor, insured for $800; half in the Glens’ Falls and half in the Fire Insurance of England; and a German barber, who carried no insurance.
Lot 6, and the grocery that stood thereon, were owned and occupied by Kroenert & Austin, who carried $500 insurance on the building in the North American, and the same amount on the stock.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 18, 1885.
Thursday at the Winfield fair grounds the third and last match game of base ball was played. The game was for a purse of $100 a side. Wednesday evening the Cyclones demanded by telephone that $20 of the gate receipts be given to their club and the remainder be divided equally between the contestants. The Border captain refused to do this and the game was declared off. When this news became circulated on our streets, the lovers of the game were greatly disappointed. Thursday morning the members of the Border club came together and decided to go and play the game anyway. At 9 a.m., the club and a number of friends started for the Hub in carriages. After dinner the club sought the fair grounds followed by spectators. The game commenced at about 3 p.m., with between 600 and 700 spectators present. The Cyclones went to bat first and scored five runs. This caused a thrill of pleasure to run up the backbone of the denizens of Winfield. The Border club went to bat on their half of the first inning and only got two runs. This gave the backers of the Cyclones an impetus to squander their money, and in a very short time a considerable sum of money had been wagered by friends of the clubs.

The Cyclones on the second inning scored a goose egg, while the Border club secured two more tallies than on the second for they succeeded in making two runs. The Border club on the third inning got in two more tallies. The Cyclones were still ahead one tally at the close of the third inning. On the fourth inning the Cyclones increased their score one tally and the Border club four. Cheer after cheer went up as the Border club rung in their tallies and visitors from Arkansas City yelled themselves hoarse from enthusiasm. On the fifth inning the Cyclones went to bat a little nervous and consequently were treated to a goose egg. The Border club got in four tallies on their half of the 5th. Excitement ran higher than ever and the backers of the Cyclones began to visibly weaken. The sixth inning the Cyclones secured one tally and the Border club 13. This capped the climax. Parties from Arkansas City went wild from enthusiasm. The seventh inning the Cyclones scored one tally and the Border club received their first and last goose egg of the game. The eight and ninth innings the Cyclones received two more beautiful goose eggs, while the Border club made three runs on the eight and four on the ninth. This ended the game, the score standing 34 to 10 in favor of the Border club.
The umpire was a brakeman from here. He gave satisfaction, we understand, to both clubs. The Cyclones did poorer playing, not coming up to the game on the 4th. The Border Club played carefully and surely. The Cyclones tried to twist out, but the Border Club had too firm a grip on them. We suggest that the Cyclones remodel their name; for instance, say, to the “Gentle Kansas Zephyrs.”
On the third inning O. F. Godfrey got tripped by being hit. Of course, the Border Nine put in a substitute. The Cyclones began to cry, “rats, rats.” They thought it was just a come-off-off to put in a better player. The substitute’s name was Roach, and he was about equal to Godfrey. Ery Miller did some excellent playing on first base and some heavy batting. Frank Perryman pitched for the Border Nine and the trouble with the Cyclones was that they were unable to hit his balls. The Border Nine pounded the Cyclones’ pitcher all to pieces. They changed on the 6th inning, but this did not put a stop to the rapid increase of the Border’s score. Nearly three and a half hours were consumed in playing the game.
The man who tended the gate announced only $40.45 receipts. There were fully 600 persons present; 25 cents was the admission price. There is something “rotten in Denmark,” and we trust the Cyclones will blow the matter straight.
Joe Finkleburg presented Ery Miller with a $3 hat yesterday morning on account of his excellent playing in the game of Thursday. W. D. Mowry presented him with a handsome bat. C. C. Sollitt presented Frank Perryman with a bat also, for the good service he rendered.
Arkansas City Republican, July 18, 1885.
Mrs. C. C. Sollitt left Wednesday for a month’s visit to Chicago among relatives and friends.
Arkansas City Republican, July 25, 1885.
Last Monday night between 11 and 12 o’clock the cry of “fire” rang out upon the still night, and the gentle Kansas zephyrs wafted the sound to the ponderous ears of the REPUBLICAN reporter. Springing from our bed, of down—on the floor—we hastily donned the first article we placed our hands on and started on a dead run for the scene of the conflagration. We were among the first to arrive and we found the St. Louis Restaurant and Grimes & Son’s Drug Store almost enveloped in flames. The fire had gained so much headway that it was impossible to put it out.

The predominating idea was to save Mowry & Sollitt’s brick drug store, and leave the old frame buildings go. In accordance with the view, the hose was turned on the Pickle building while the excited populace attempted to tear down the building occupied by A. G. Heitkam with his tailoring establishment, but the heat from the burning buildings was so excessive that the crowd turned its efforts to tearing out the Diamond Front building.
The fire spread in both directions and in 20 minutes after the origin of the fire, the St. Louis Restaurant, Grimes & Son’s Drug Store, Chas. Bundrem’s Meat Shop, D. L. Means’ Implement House, and O. F. Lang’s Restaurant were in ashes. By the time the fire had got a good hold on Heitkam’s Tailor Shop, the Diamond Front building had been torn out and the brick drug store was saved. The nine buildings were burned in about one hour and a quarter. After once getting a start, they went as if they had been saturated with coal oil. They were so dry and old that it is a wonder that the fire was not conveyed across the street by the great heat. The wind hardly stirred and by persistent efforts of everyone, the fire did not get into the brick buildings. The fire originated in the rear of the St. Louis Restaurant. T. S. Moorhead, who rooms over C. R. Sipes’ Hardware Store across the street, was sitting in the window of his room and saw the flames burst forth from that establishment. Some say the fire originated in the New York Restaurant, but it is a mistake, for when the REPUBLICAN representative arrived on the scene, this building had not caught fire. No one knows positively how the fire started, but the most probable theory advanced is that a tallow candle had been left burning in the St. Louis Restaurant, sitting on a board; and that the candle burned down to the board, setting it on fire. The flames were spread by the melted tallow on the board until they got a good start, and by the time it was discovered, they were past subjection. C. A. Burnett, the proprietor of the restaurant, had gone home, but we are informed that one of the employees was sitting in the business room asleep in a chair.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 8, 1885.

SAFE BLOWERS. Thursday night at 12 o’clock, just as Night-watchman Johnson was rounding the corner of Fifth Avenue and Summit Street, he saw a flash of fire in Mowry & Sollitt’s Drug Store and then heard an explosion. He tapped on the stone pavement with his cane to summon Night-watch Stafford, but that official was not in hearing. He went down and looked in the front window, but could see nothing but smelled burnt powder. He went down to W. D. Mowry’s residence and awakened him that an explosion had occurred in his store, but saying nothing concerning the flash. Mr. Mowry dressed and came up to the store with Johnson, supposing that the explosion had been caused by some temporary shelving, loaded with stock, giving away and making the crash. Not until the front door had been unlocked, did Mr. Mowry know there were burglars in the store and then he heard them going out the back door; and before anything could be done, the burglars had made good their escape. On examination, they found the outside safe door had been blown off and badly demolished. The door, in falling, had dropped out partly on a cellar door, striking some shelving, and then fell back against the inside door. Only one man must have been at work upon the inside for a pick had been used in trying to dislodge the door from its position, but his efforts were futile. As much as three-quarters of an hour must have elapsed between the time of the explosion and the time when Mr. Mowry arrived on the scene, so if there had been more than one man, the door would have been easily removed, as it was next morning. The hole in the door was drilled about six inches below the knob, and was made by a three-eighths inch drill. A terrible charge of power must have been put in, as the iron bolts were bent and the hinges broken. It is supposed that the burglar or burglars entered through a west cellar window and came upstairs through the cellar door, and gone through the drawers the first thing, getting some $5. In the safe there was about $50 and some jewelry, besides other valuables. No clue has been disclosed that will lead to the finding of the safe-blower. By the side of the safe, a brace and chisel, belonging to John Daniels, the blacksmith, was found. It is supposed that the burglar or burglars had gone to Mr. Daniels’ shop and purloined the tools. During Thursday afternoon two strangers went to G. W. Miller, the blacksmith, showed him a piece of steel, and asked him if he could make a drill that would perforate it. Mr. Miller informed them he could and went to work and drilled a hole through the steel, breaking the drill in the operation. Mr. Miller does not know whether any of his drills are missing or not, but it would have been very easy for them to take one. Mr. Miller describes the men as being genteel looking. One was about 45 years of age, smooth face and very full, heavy build, medium height, and his hair streaked with gray. The other one was a middle aged man and had long black whiskers. These men are supposed by all to be the burglars. They may have been experts at the business, but their work done here shows considerable bungling. A man representing the Hall Safe & Lock Co., was in the store to see Messrs. Mowry & Sollitt about purchasing a safe. It seems strange that the safe should be blown open the same night of the day he called on the firm. As yet, the entire affair is a mystery. We furnish the above facts and let our readers draw their own conclusions. But one thing is certain; hereafter, the REPUBLICAN will leave a card on top of its safe—15 cent purse—explanatory of the combination of the lock.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 8, 1885.
                                                          The Liquor Traffic.
The liquor trade of the county for July seems to have been an exceptionally good one; in fact, the best since the inauguration of free whiskey. The total number of statements filed for last month is 3,079, against 3,052 for May and 2,607 for June.
Compared with last month Arkansas City has dropped a little—very little—in number of statements while Winfield has pulled up a notch or two. The former phenomena may be accounted for by the burning out of brother Grimes, who had latterly stood well to the front in amount of whiskey disposed of.
These 3,079 statements are divided among the various towns and dealers as follows.
Winfield: Harter, 122; Glass, 132; Brown & Son, 259; Williams, 208. Total: 711.
Arkansas City: Steinberger, 536; Fairclo, 208; Eddy, 208; Mowry & Sollitt, 236; Kellogg & Coombs, 290. Total: 1,478.
Burden: Woolsey, 355.
Grand Summit: Avery, 155.
Dexter: Phelps, 182.
Cambridge: Rule, 20.
Udall: Martin, 69; Roberts, 103.
These statements represent a nice little harvest to the probate judge for this month of $159.95. Winfield Telegram.

In justice to our druggists and the name of our city, the REPUBLICAN announces that it is informed by Judge Gans that fully one-half of the statements filed by our druggists are for parties residing in the Territory. While the Winfield men claim we drink so much, the fact is we do not consume as much liquor as the inhabitants of the Hub. Our Territory trade is all filed from Arkansas City.
Arkansas City Republican, August 8, 1885.
The “Exterminators” of Winfield came down to play a match game of base ball with the “Rough-on-Rats” Wednesday. The game commenced at 2:30 with the “Exterminators” at the bat. The “Rough-on-Rats” tried hard to make their opponents swallow the poison, but the Exterminators struggled manfully and would not let it go down. The score at the end of the 6th inning was 17 to 33 in favor of the visiting club. The names of the exterminators are Messrs. Bangs, Hathaway, Vance, Whiting, Crane, McLain, Byerly, Eaton, and Byington. They are first-rate players and whole-souled fellows. The “Rough-on-Rats” were Messrs. Stevenson, Flood, Kingsbury, Sollitt, Wright, Baxter, Clark, Speers, and Howard. Let a generous-hearted public draw the veil of charity over the defeat of the “Rough-on-Rats.” Peace be to their ashes.
Arkansas City Republican, August 8, 1885.
S. E. Pollock was suddenly taken ill Tuesday morning in Mowry & Sollitt’s drug store and as he went to pass out of the door to go home, he fainted away, falling against the door and bruising his forehead quite badly. By the timely aid of Dr. Westfall, he was able to travel in a short time.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 15, 1885.
E. H. Tyner brings into our office a relic he obtained in the late war. It was at the siege of Vicksburg while on duty as a picket. Deserting rebels were constantly coming over to the Union forces and one of these deserters had a copy of the Vicksburg Daily Citizens, of July 2, 1863, edited by J. M. Sword. Mr. Tyner traded him a religious tract for the paper telling him it was a St. Louis Democrat, and as it was after nightfall, the trade was made without the rebel knowing he was deceived. Mr. Tyner preserved the Citizens, and after the war was over, framed it. It was printed on wall paper and is a four-column sheet. We have frequently seen the Daily Citizens of July 3, 1863, but this is the first time we ever saw a copy of July 2. C. C. Sollitt has a copy of July 3. Parties desiring to see this rare specimen of a newspaper can do so by dropping into our sanctum.
Arkansas City Republican, August 15, 1885.
C. C. Sollitt boarded the afternoon train Wednesday for Newton. He went to that city to meet Mrs. Sollitt on her return home from Chicago, where she has been the past month visiting her parents and friends. They arrived home Thursday.
Arkansas City Republican, August 22, 1885.
The 5th class of the First Presbyterian Sunday School will have another one of their most enjoyable lawn sociables Tuesday evening. This time it will take place on the lawn surrounding Rev. Fleming’s residence. This will be the event of the season undoubtedly, as Messrs. C. C. Sollitt and S. P. Gould have been engaged to sing one of their inimitable duets, but it is hope that for the general welfare of the public they won’t “do it.” Aside from the feature, the young ladies will present many other unique attractions.
Arkansas City Republican, August 29, 1885.

The social, given by the 5th class of the Presbyterian Sunday School, came off last Tuesday evening. It was intended to have the festival in the yard of Rev. Fleming, but the chilliness of the evening caused them to have it in the church. Quite a large number were in attendance, and nearly all the places around the five tables were kept occupied throughout the evening. Ice cream, cake, coffee, and lemonade were the chief refreshments. Some choice pieces of music were rendered and recitations were delivered for the entertainment of those present. The String Band, being attired in their nobby new coats of checkered blue with caps to match, were there also and furnished the company with a musical treat. Fortunately, Mr. Gould and Mr. Sollitt did not sing their duet, in consequence of which the occasion was a merry one.
Arkansas City Republican, August 29, 1885.
C. C. Sollitt left for Chicago yesterday afternoon in answer to a telegram apprizing him of the death of his mother.
Arkansas City Republican, September 12, 1885.
C. C. Sollitt returned from Chicago last Friday, where he had been summoned by the fatal sickness of his mother. The REPUBLICAN was in error in stating that Mrs. Sollitt died last week. The telegram received by Mr. Sollitt stated that his mother was not expected to live until next morning and thus our mistake occurred. Her death took place the first of this week.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 23, 1885.
Our public schools will open shortly, and Mowry & Sollitt call the attention of parents to their fall line of school books.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 30, 1885.
Mowry & Sollitt keep a full line of school books and other school supplies, and are doing an active trade in advance of the opening of our public schools on Monday. They have just received a fresh invoice of these goods, and are ready to furnish all demands.
Arkansas City Republican, October 3, 1885.
The family of J. W. Hull, the pharmacist at Mowry & Sollitt’s drug store, arrived in the city Thursday from Kentucky. Mr. Hull has rented a residence and will commence house-keeping immediately. J. V. is happy since the arrival of his loved ones.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 7, 1885.
The cry of hard times may be raised, but where building activity continues unabated, there can be no cause for dejection. Almost every day we see new buildings started, all of a permanent and solid character and an evidence of the progress and thrift of the city. In the burnt district foundations are being dug for six new business buildings, two story and basement, each 25 feet by 100. William Gall, the architect, has prepared the plans for four of these buildings, those of J. H. Sherburne, S. B. Pickle, Mrs. Benedict, and Dr. Shepard, and this row of iron fronts, extending 100 feet, with plate windows and elaborate finish, will be an enduring monument to the enterprise and growth of our city. Messrs. Kroenert & Austin, at the south end of the burnt region, intend to erect a one story brick, uniform with the building adjoining it on the south (Mowry & Sollitt’s drug store), and Mr. Bittle, at the north end, is excavating his foundation without having decided fully on his plan.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 10, 1885.
Mrs. C. C. Sollitt has been very sick for ten days past. She is improving slowly.

Arkansas City Republican, October 31, 1885.
Mrs. C. C. Sollitt has so far recovered from her severe attack of sickness as to be able to sit up.
Arkansas City Republican, October 31, 1885.
Mrs. Marian Anderson, of Chicago, is visiting in the city at the residence of C. C. Sollitt. Mrs. Anderson is the grandmother of Mrs. Sollitt.
Arkansas City Republican, November 14, 1885.
Mowry & Sollitt have made a most excellent improvement in the arrangement of their wallpaper stock. A 25 x 10 foot rack has been constructed at the west and upper end of their storeroom. Besides facilitating in displaying and handling the paper, it makes needed room for other stock which they are daily receiving.
Arkansas City Republican, November 14, 1885.
C. C. Sollitt is having an addition of one room built on his commodious residence in the first ward.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 18, 1885.
The workmen have cleared a path in front of the buildings now going up in the burnt district. Mowry & Sollitt, and the storekeepers along that block have been seriously incommoded by the piles of material, but this clearance will bring them within reach of the public again.

Arkansas City Republican, November 28, 1885.
Mowry & Sollitt are the first enterprising merchants to advertise their holiday goods. These gentlemen have a mammoth stock of holiday goods. Read their ad elsewhere.
AD. HOLIDAYS are Coming and MOWRY & SOLLITT as usual will show you a fine line of Holiday Goods consisting of Plush mirrors, Comb and Brush Sets, Shaving sets, Whisk Broom holders, Photo and Autograph albums, Gift Boxes, Woven Books, Bisques, China, and Indestructible Dolls, Writing Desks, and many other novelties suitable for Christmas presents. Christmas cards and Banners more beautiful than ever. A fine line of Artists material: Brass, Paper Mache, Glass, and Wood plaques, Banner rods, Canvass, Tube Paints, etc. Don’t mind the crossings, broken sidewalks, stone piles, and other obstructions, but come anyway and we will surely make it to your interest to buy of us. Respectfully,
                                                      MOWRY & SOLLITT.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 2, 1885.
AD. CHRISTMAS 1885. OUR HOLIDAY GOODS! Are now in and we invite all to inspect our fine stock of novelties, suitable for CHRISTMAS AND NEW YEAR PRESENTS. Prices are lower than ever before, and we do not intend that any one shall undersell us. EVERYONE SHOULD BE MADE HAPPY, And we have the wherewith to make them so! Call early and make your selections. MOWRY & SOLLITT.
Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.
The following are the officers elected by the Knights of Pythias last Tuesday night.
T. H. McLaughlin, C. C.; Thos. Van Fleet, V. C.; C. C. Sollitt, P.; John Landes, Trustee; J. J. Clark, K. R.; F. W. Farrar, M. F. and M. E.
This organization has grown to number about 45.

Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.
Mowry & Sollitt have received the appointment of express agents for the Adams Express Company on the K. C. & S. W.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 12, 1885.
                             DOLLS, DOLLS, DOLLS, DOLLS, DOLLS, DOLLS.
                                  Christmas Presents, NOW IS The Time to Select.
                            MOWRY & SOLLITT, LARGEST LINE IN THE CITY.
                                    TOYS, TOYS, TOYS, TOYS, TOYS, TOYS.
Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.
Guy Sparks is assisting in Mowry & Sollitt’s drug store during the rush for holiday goods.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, February 10, 1886.
MY IMPROVED CONDITION POWDERS. C. G. THOMPSON, Veterinary Surgeon, Arkansas City, Kansas. -For Sale by- MOWRY & SOLLITT.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 6, 1886.
An Opportunity. No one need hesitate to give his name to Mr. Walker as a subscriber to the Ideal Library, for no collections will be made by him until we are in receipt of the Library, which will contain not less than 300 volumes to commence with, and as many more as possible. MOWRY & SOLLITT, Librarians.
Arkansas City Republican, March 20, 1886.
Mrs. C. C. Sollitt, who has had such a serious sickness, is convalescing.
Arkansas City Republican, March 20, 1886.
J. E. Walker has his circulating library in. He put in over 350 books. All this large amount of reading for 2 years for $1. Call on Mowry & Sollitt.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, March 31, 1886.
This is undoubtedly the largest and finest stock of wall paper ever brought to Cowley County, and if you are preparing to paper, Remember WE ARE HEADQUARTERS.
We are also making business lively in the PAINT LINE. Having an immense stock we are prepared to make low prices. Call in and see for yourself.
Arkansas City Republican, April 24, 1886.
Sunday morning Ed. W. Vaughn, upon going into an out house at the rear of Mowry & Sollitt’s drug store, discovered a man who had been beaten on the head and lying upon the floor in an unconscious condition. He notified the marshal and the two carried the man to Dr. Brown’s Drug Store, where the wounds were dressed. By noon the man had partly regained consciousness and he imparted the information that he had got on a drunk, induced to go into the alley when he was found and then he was beaten over the head and robbed. His name was John Ryan and he is a railroader. As to who perpetrated the deed, he can tell nothing. At last reports Ryan was recovering slowly from his injuries.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, May 22, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.
J. J. Clark is assisting in Mowry & Sollitt’s drug store during W. D. Mowry’s absence.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 5, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.

Mrs. C. C. Sollitt is trying the efficacy of the waters of Geuda Springs; as is also the wife of the junior editor.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 12, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
Mrs. L. V. Coombs returned home from Geuda today. Mrs. C. C. Sollitt still remains, and is being greatly improved in health by the springs.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 19, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
Mesdames Farrar, Matlack, and Sollitt came home from Geuda Springs yesterday, all much improved in health.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 19, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
Dr. Geo. Wright and C. C. Sollitt had a private shooting match yesterday evening. The former broke 8 balls out of 10 and the latter 7 out of 10.
Arkansas City Republican, June 26, 1886.
The Canal City Gun Club has just been organized with a membership of fourteen as follows: Chas. Wells, Wm. Prettyman, W. B. Thomas, Theo Fairclo, Geo. Wright, C. C. Sollitt, W. S. Cox, Dr. J. A. Mitchell, Jas. Parks, DeWitt McDowell, A. V. Alexander, Chas. Chapel, and L. N. Coburn. The first eleven named persons held a practice contest Saturday, which resulted as follows: Wells hit four Peoria black birds out of twelve; Prettyman nine out of twelve; Thomas, six; Fairclo five; Wright three; Sollitt four; Cox six; Mitchell three; Parks three; and McDowell six.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 3, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.
The following is the score of the Canal City Gun Club at their contest Tuesday afternoon. Wright six Peoria black birds out of ten; Cox, three; Thomas, four; Parks, three; Fairclo, four; Sollitt, four; Prettyman, five. Three members of the club—McDowell, Mitchell, and Wells—did not shoot at the birds. After the shooting at birds came a test of their skill at glass balls with the following result: Wright broke three balls out of ten; Cox two; Thomas seven; Parks three; Fairclo four; Sollitt nine; Prettyman five; McDowell three; Mitchell four; Wells three.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 10, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.
Grandma Anderson left Sunday morning for her Chicago home. Mrs. Anderson has been visiting in the city at the residence of C. C. Sollitt for some months.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 10, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.
The following was the score of the Canal City Gun Club at their last contest.
Glass Balls: Prettyman, 6; Wright, 5; Wells, 5; Cox, 5; Sollitt, 7.
Black Birds: Prettyman, 7; Wright, 6; Wells, 5; Cox, 5; Sollitt, 6; Park, 5.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 24, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
Wall paper, all the latest patterns, at cost, at Mowry & Sollitt’s.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 24, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
C. C. Sollitt has rented a cottage at Geuda Springs and Mrs. Sollitt will go over one day this week to occupy it. She will remain there a month or more trying the effects of the springs.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 24, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
Wall paper at cost at Mowry & Sollitt for the next 60 days.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 24, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
Mrs. C. C. Sollitt went to Geuda yesterday to be gone a month or more.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 31, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.
Yesterday afternoon the Canal City Gun Club held their weekly shoot. Four members of Queen City Club—Messrs. McIntire, McClung, McLain, and Handy—were in the city and participated. The shooting was at black birds; and the following hits were made in 15 shots.
McIntire, 13; Handy, 12; McClung, 12; McLean, 11; Sollitt, 11; Cox, 11; Thomas, 12; Prettyman, 6; Hess, 2; Wright, 10; Park, 6; and Fairclo, 8. The Winfield parties made the best scores.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 7, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.
Mrs. C. C. Sollitt, who is stopping at Geuda, is reported quite sick.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 7, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.
Yesterday afternoon the Canal City Gun Club held its weekly shoot. The shooting was at Peoria blackbirds and resulted as follows: Prettyman hit 9 out of 15; Wright, 8; Sollitt, 4; Cox, 9; Fairclo, 7; Thomas, 7; Park, 8; Wells, 9; and Hess, 4.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 11, 1886.
Artillery Practice. The Canal City Gun Club had its weekly shoot yesterday afternoon, a large crowd being out to witness the exercise. The following is the score: PRETTYMAN: 13; FAIRCLO: 10; COX: 7; SOLLITT: 6; E. J. HESS: 6.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 11, 1886.
One day last week a heavy box of paper stock was delivered to the drug store of Steinberger & Coombs, which that enterprising firm had ordered of some Denver house to meet the coming school demand. At the first leisure moment Lute Coombs set himself to unload the package, and when he had taken out and checked off all the goods ordered by his house, he found a heavy remainder of goods at the bottom. Unpacking this and laying it on a separate table, he found a whole raft of job work had been consigned to that firm for distribution to the various parties who had ordered it. Following is a list of the work.
Leland House: 5,000 envelopes and 5,000 note heads.
Mowry & Sollitt: 3,000 prescription blanks.
Hasie & Co.: 6,000 salesman’s tickets.
Kimmel & Raney: 1,000 statements; 1,000 note heads; 1,000 envelopes.
It is safe to say that everyone of the business firms named above receives a call, at least once a week the year through, from a solicitor for one of our city printing offices canvassing for advertising or job work. There is a keen competition here. If a merchant wants cheap work done and will state his wants, he will find a home printer ready to take his order at the lowest possible margin.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 21, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.
Yesterday afternoon the Canal City Gun Club indulged in their weekly shoot. The following is the score: Hess hit 7 Peoria blackbirds out of 15; Wright 11; Fairclo 8; Cox 10; Prettyman 7; Sollitt 7; and Mitchell 6.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 4, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.

A. D. Prescott and Christopher Columbus Sollitt started for Geuda Saturday evening to pass Sunday with their wives, who are stopping there. But, poor fellows, the storm coming up, they were obliged to take refuge in a barn, where supperless and bedless, they spent the whole night. They undoubtedly could have got supper by going to the house; but Christopher Columbus was too bashful and A. D. did not want to be taken for a tramp. So babes-in-the-woods-like, they lay down and covered themselves with leaves: no prairie grass. Christopher Columbus vowed he would go and ask for a glass of milk anyway; but his courage failed him when he got to the barn door, and he concluded he wasn’t hungry anyway.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 11, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.
The Canal City Gun Club held its weekly shoot yesterday afternoon. The following is the score: Fairclo hit 7 Peoria blackbirds out of a possible 15; Prettyman, 5; Wells, 10; Cox, 9; Wright, 7; and Sollitt, 6.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 15, 1886.
Will D. Mowry writes to his partner, C. C. Sollitt, that his health has not much improved from the refreshing sea breezes, but the condition of Mrs. Mowry has somewhat improved.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 18, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
Mrs. C. C. Sollitt came home this morning after a two months’ visit at Geuda Springs, her health being somewhat improved. Thursday morning, accompanied by her husband, she will leave for Chicago where she goes to receive medical treatment. Mr. Sollitt will be gone a week or ten days.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 18, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Sollitt left this afternoon for Chicago.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 18, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
Dr. Geo. Wright is assisting in Mowry & Sollitt’s Drug Store during the absence of the junior member of the firm.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 29, 1886.
Will Mowry came back the latter end of last week, after a four months’ sojourn on the Pacific coast. He has gained in flesh some and looks better for his trip, but he does not call himself a robust man yet, and there is still room for physical improvement. Mrs. Mowry has greatly benefitted by the change of air, and stays behind with her child to take in more health and vitality. Will represents San Diego, where he has been summering, as a second Arkansas City, though on a somewhat larger scale. Three years ago it numbered 500 inhabitants, and now its population exceeds 10,000 persons. He was surrounded by bustle and growth, but read his home papers diligently, and kept fully informed of what was going on here. He arrived in town in the nick of time, his partner, C. C. Sollitt, being on a health trip to Chicago, hence he put on the harness without delay and has fallen into the old routine as if there had been no interruption. So popular and public spirited a citizen received a hearty welcome at the hands of hundreds of his friends.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 2, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
C. C. Sollitt came in on the morning train from Chicago, where he has been to accompany his wife to her home.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 2, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
The many friends of Mrs. C. C. Sollitt will be pleased to learn that her health, since going to Chicago, has greatly improved. Three days after her arrival in the city, she was better than she had been here for over a year.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 9, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.

Mowry & Sollitt have just put in a unique and very commodious money-changer. All you have to do is press a certain button and the correct change rolls out in your hand.
Arkansas City Republican, October 9, 1886.
                                          MOWRY & SOLLITT, DRUGGISTS.
DEALERS IN Wall Paper, Stationery, School Book and Supplies, Notions, etc.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 16, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
Henry Simmonds has accepted a position in Mowry & Sollitt’s drug store.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 27, 1886.
Will D. Mowry has sold out his interest in the drug store of Mowry & Sollitt, and Charles Swarts, for many years with E. D. Eddy, succeeds him. Mr. Swarts is an experienced prescriptionist, popular with all classes, and we look for a successful issue to his business venture. Will Mowry will make a second visit to the Pacific Coast in a short time, where Mrs. Mowry is still sojourning for the benefit of her health.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 30, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
Largest stock of school books in the city at Sollitt & Swarts.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 30, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
Go to Sollitt & Swarts for school books and school supplies.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 3, 1886.
Dissolution Notice. The partnership heretofore existing between W. D. Mowry and C. C. Sollitt, under the firm name of Mowry & Sollitt, has been dissolved. W. D. Mowry will collect the debts due the said house and C. C. Sollitt assumes all liabilities.
                                           WILL D. MOWRY, C. C. SOLLITT.
In pursuance of the above notice all persons indebted to the above named firm are urgently requested to settle their accounts at once, and this they will regard as only a proper return for the accommodations that have been extended to them.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 6, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
Largest stock of school books in the city at Sollitt & Swarts.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 6, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
For slates, inks, pencils, and school stationery go to Sollitt & Swarts.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 24, 1886.
Will D. Mowry started yesterday to rejoin his wife and child in Southern California. He sold his interest in the drug business of Mowry & Sollitt some time ago with a view to his removal, and now feels himself footloose to go and come as he pleases. Mrs. Mowry writes encouragingly to him in regard to the improvement in her own health, and the climate that has proved so beneficial in an extreme case, naturally attracts him to a longer sojourn. We much regret to part with Will, and this feeling is shared by his hosts of friends, because he is a first rate citizen, a genial companion, and by the strictest rule of moral measurement, a square man.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 24, 1886.

A Prince in Disguise. On Monday we had the honor of a visit from an African prince, no less a personage than the son of King Dahomey being our visitor. On entering our sanctum we took him for Billy Wilson, the jovial son of Africa, who has dealt in second hand goods, and served as porter in Mowry & Sollitt’s drug store. He was bedizened with a profusion of ribbons and medals, and put a stop to unbecoming levity by informing us of his illustrious lineage. Being a descendant of the above named puissant ruler, he was sent at an early age to this country to acquire an education, and learn the art of rule in approved Dahomey fashion. In some unexplained way he lost his royal name and title on the college records, and was entered as plain Billy Wilson, which name still adheres to him. But he is heir apparent to his father’s throne, and is only awaiting an adequate money remittance to equip himself as a true prince, and set out for the dark continent to enter on his kingly rule. Who says we have not greatness among us?
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 4, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
St. Patrick’s Pills are the most searching and most reliable cathartic in use. Sold by Sollitt & Swarts.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 4, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
Anna Draper, of Hepburn, Iowa, briefly states her opinion of Chamberlain’s Cough Remedy. She says it is far superior to any medicine she ever used for croup. Sold by Sollitt & Swarts.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 11, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
Winfield’s Silverdale Gold Mine is all a myth, but Sollitt & Swarts mean what they say when they advertise the best assortment of holiday goods in Cowley County.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.
Mowry & Sollitt, in another column, invite all who owe them to walk up to the captain’s office and settle.
Notice. All persons knowing themselves indebted to the late firm of Mowry & Sollitt, are hereby requested to call at their old stand and settle, and thus save the costs of collection.
                                             W. D. MOWRY, C. C. SOLLITT.
Arkansas City, Dec. 14, 1886.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 18, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
HEALTH HINT. You are no doubt aware that weak lungs mean a weak constitution; that weak lungs are most frequently rendered so by a cold or a succession of colds; it is a matter of the utmost importance to keep your lungs strong and healthy, in order to be strong otherwise. Chamberlain’s Cough Remedy has many rivals but no equal for the cure of throat and lung diseases, and is a medicine which can be depended upon; it strengthens the lungs and aids nature in relieving them of congestion and soreness, which is recognized by all authorities as the first principle in treating pneumonia and all acute diseases of the pulmonary organs. Sold by Sollitt & Swarts.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.
An endless variety of House Goods at prices that will make you happy, at Sollitt & Swarts’.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.
It is our painful duty to call the attention of the citizens of the Canal City to the crowds of people in Sollitt & Swarts’ store.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 1, 1887. From Thursday’s Daily.
C. C. Sollitt left last evening for Chicago, where he has gone for a few week’s visit.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 22, 1887. From Thursday’s Daily.

C. C. Sollitt returned last night from his trip to Chicago, looking the better for his rest. He informs us Mrs. Sollitt’s health is considerably improved.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 5, 1887. From Wednesday’s Daily.
C. C. Sollitt leaves for Chicago in the morning. He will be gone a week or ten days.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 12, 1887. From Friday’s Daily.
Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Sollitt came home this morning from Chicago. Mrs. Sollitt is somewhat improved in health.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 26, 1887. From Wednesday’s Daily.
Sollitt & Swarts advertise 10,000 rolls of wall paper for sale. See what they say.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, April 2, 1887. From Wednesday’s Daily.
The following is the Canal City Gun Club’s score yesterday afternoon. Chas. Wells hit 9 birds out of a possible 15; W. S. Prettyman, 11; Geo. Wright, 11; S. P. Burress, 11; C. C. Sollitt, 8, and W. B. Thomas, 8.
Arkansas City Traveler, Thursday, June 26, 1920.
One of the oldest firms in Arkansas City changed hands this morning when John Parker and Harry Long assumed charge of the Sollitt & Swarts’ drug store, buying out C. C. Sollitt and the Swarts’ estate. It will continue to be known as the Sollitt & Swarts Drug company, permission to use the name having been granted by the former owners because they desired to perpetuate the name, and the new proprietors were glad to avail themselves of the privilege.
Sollitt & Swarts’ drug store is known all over the state. It has occupied the present building for 17 years. Mr. Sollitt and the late C. M. Swarts formed a partnership in November 1886, Mr. Swarts buying in with Mr. Sollitt, who had started in the drug business in this city March 12, 1884. They occupied the building where the Sanitary lunch room is on South Summit street and the corner of the old Colorado building, where the store is located now, at different times. The firm is so well known and has enjoyed such a prosperous business that the name will prove to be a big asset to the successors. At one time five registered pharmacists were employed by Sollitt & Swarts, which gives some idea of the volume of business done by this store. It is the only drug firm in Kansas that has had that many prescrip­tion clerks at one time.
Both Mr. Parker and Mr. Long are registered pharma­cists. The former was employed by Sollitt & Swarts for 17 years. Harry Long has worked in the store for 12 years.
It will undoubtedly be an ideal partnership for the reason that they are the warmest of friends. Mr. Parker said he had never worked with anyone he liked better than Harry or with whom he had gotten along with any more agreeably. Harry said the same thing about John, so they are launching into business for them­selves under the most auspicious circumstances and with glowing prospects for enjoying continuation of the success that has been built up by their predecessors.

The new proprietors are numbered among the most highly respected and substantial young men of the city. Their habits are above reproach, and people like to deal with them because they are unfailingly polite and courteous to everyone. Sollitt & Swarts possessed the faculty of surrounding themselves with an exceptionally efficient corps of workers; and John Parker and Harry Long have performed well in all the responsibilities imposed upon them by their employers. All they need to do to reap the same success as their predecessors is to follow the splendid example of industry and honesty set before them by Mr. Sollitt and the late Mr. Swarts. They’ve got the “pep” and the friends to succeed. They’ve got a firm name that is recognized all over the country for honest service and square dealing with the public for the last thirty-five years.
Mr. Sollitt is retiring from active business to enjoy the fruits of his labors; and while his scads of friends will greatly miss him from the old stand, they will extend their best wishes for his future good health and full enjoyment of life that he has earned. Arkansas City cannot boast of any finer business man or citizen than Mr. Sollitt. It is not necessary for the Traveler to sing his praises for he has lived here about 40 years and he is personally known by as many people as any man in town, and he enjoys as many friendships as any man in Arkansas City. Today was the first time since he quit school that he has not been working for pay. He has observed the golden rule in life and made it pay. Now he is entitled to play.
The best wish the Traveler or the friends of Mr. Parker and Mr. Long can make for them is that they succeed as well as their predecessors did.


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