Arkansas City, Wichita Agency.
Kansas 1875 Census Creswell Township, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.
Name age sex color Place/birth Where from
J. A. Stafford 28 m w Iowa Iowa
Hannah Stafford 28 f w
Harlan Stafford 8 m w Kansas
O. V. Stafford 6 m w Kansas
Bertha Stafford 1 f w Kansas
FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 26, 1876.
Ad. Bashaw Livery. J. A. Stafford, Proprietor. Conveniently situated on Summit Street, between Melton’s Block and E. D. Eddy’s. Light and heavy teams ready at a moment’s notice, and extra good driving and saddle horses always on hand. Good outfits and reasonable terms. Thanking the public for past favors, would like a continuance of the same. J. A. Stafford.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 9, 1876.
J. A. Stafford and family leave this week for the Wichita Agency, where they will meet Agent Williams. Mr. Stafford is a licensed trader for the Wichitas. We expect to hear from them when they are located.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 21, 1876.
J. A. Stafford, of Wichita Agency, is here, fat and happy. The Territory agrees with him.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 21, 1876.
Mr. J. A. Stafford left Wichita Agency on the 15th and arrived here on the evening of the 19th, the entire distance being 180 miles, as follows: from the Agency to Fort Reno, on the south side of North Fork Canadian, 40 miles; to Dan Jones’ Ranche, on the Cimarron, 40 miles; to Skeleton Creek, 35 miles; to Caldwell, 46 miles; to Arkansas City, 35 miles. Mr. Stafford says the trail is almost continually flocked with cattle. Agent Miles succeeded in capturing the Arapaho Indian who murdered Dr. Holloway’s son, two years ago, also Big Mouth, chief of the Arapahos, who was implicated in the murder. Buffalo are very numerous on the plains, and can be found as near as twenty-five miles west of the Salt Fork, feeding southwest. The Pawnees were out last week and killed a number. Dan Jones is doing well and making money.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 1, 1877.
J. A. Stafford, of Wichita Agency, has relocated with us again with his family. Miss Mollie Williams, daughter of A. C. Williams, agent of the Wichita Indians, is with him.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 9, 1878.
Mr. Stanton, a relative of J. A. Stafford and Mrs. Schiffbauer, arrived last week with his wife and two children. Mr. Stanton is a representative of one of the best families in Iowa, and intends to locate with us. From him we learn that a number of other families contemplate moving to this section in the spring.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 23, 1878.
J. A. Stafford sold his interest in the livery stable to Mr. Stanton yesterday. R. A. Houghton goes into Stafford’s house, and Stafford goes into Col. McMullen’s house. Mr. Stafford purchased Col. McMullen’s residence for $2,500. It is the best dwelling house in this locality. R. A. Houghton sold his house to Mr. Stanton of Oskaloosa, Iowa, last week, for $700.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 6, 1878.
Finney & Stanton have made an addition to their stable and added several conveniences both for themselves and the public.
Note: from above entry it is apparent that Stafford sold to Stanton his interest in stable and that Finney still retained his interest. Did not enter this under “Finney.”
Arkansas City Traveler, March 20, 1878.
Agent Williams came up on business connected with his department, and to see his new sons-in-law and daughters: Mr. and Mrs. Schiffbauer and J. A. Stafford and wife. Mrs. Williams accompanied him. We believe this is the first leave of absence Mr. Williams has accepted since he took charge of the Wichita. He meets many old friends at this place.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 24, 1879.
John Stafford has sold his meat market to Andrew Fullerlove.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 4, 1881.
J. A. Stafford and family have gone to Colorado. They will make the trip in the old band wagon of the A. C. S. C. Band.