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Henry Peter Standley

                       [For Many Years the Editor of the Arkansas City Traveler.]
Arkansas City Traveler, May 10, 1876.
H. P. Standley has a “farm” near Grouse.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 3, 1877.
H. P. Standley made a trip to Wichita this week to “prove up” on his 80 acre claim, near Grouse Creek.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 25, 1877.
Narrow Escape. While H. P. Standley was attempting to cross the Walnut at Harmon’s ford, last Sunday, his horse went down and he was compelled to leave him and swim ashore in order to save himself. After struggling a few minutes, the horse came to the surface, turned about and made its way to the bank. Mr. Standley did not see the animal until he came back in a boat, and had thought it was drowned. Being a good swimmer is all that saved him from a watery grave.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 19, 1877.
That jolly, good natured, whole souled deputy postmaster, H. P. Standley, of Arkansas City, spent last Friday afternoon with us, and a jolly time we had. Watermelons, apples, peaches, pears, grapes, lemonade and other luxuries were indulged in and supplied bountifully.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 18, 1880.
Henry Standley, formerly of this place but at present connected with the Wellington Democrat, arrived in the city last Saturday for a few days’ visit with the boys. Henry has been having a severe spell of sickness, but is now recovering.
[Starting with Wednesday, April 28, 1880, the new publishers of the Arkansas City Traveler were H. P. Standley and E. G. Gray.]
                                        STANDLEY & GRAY, PUBLISHERS.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 28, 1880.
As stated last week, this issue of the TRAVELER appears under new management, and in this connection a few remarks with reference to the causes which led to this change will not be out of place.  At the request of a large number of the citizens of Arkansas City, we had resolved to commence the publication of a new paper, to be called the Arkansas City Republican, and for that purpose purchased and set up a press and other material in the room now occupied by the TRAVELER.
The late publisher of the TRAVELER having signified his willingness to dispose of that property, and we, from our old-time connection therewith, deeming that as publishers of the TRAVELER we could do better and more work, both for our patrons and ourselves, than by commencing the publication of a third paper in the city, entertained his proposition and negotiations were commenced which resulted in our giving up the Republican enterprise and purchasing the Arkansas City TRAVELER, which will hereafter be published by us at the old office in the basement of Newman’s brick.

The politics of the paper will remain, as ever, staunch Republican, while editorially it will be our aim and constant endeavor to render its columns spicy and entertaining, replete with the latest local and foreign news, and ever to work for the welfare of our patrons, Arkansas City and vicinity in particular, and Cowley County in general.
In this course we hope to merit a continuance of the patron­age now enjoyed by the TRAVELER; and to so largely increase the same that we may be enabled ere long to enlarge to an eight-column paper, which we think the present size and importance of our town and the excellent and populous country contiguous thereto will fully warrant.  Asking our many friends to extend us their patronage and assist us in placing the TRAVELER upon its old footing in the county, we respectfully subscribe ourselves. STANDLEY & GRAY.
Winfield Courier, April 29, 1880.
The Arkansas City Traveler has changed hands, Messrs. Standley & Gray being the purchasers. Bro. Hughes will retire to the bosom of his post office, and henceforth lead a peaceful and retired life. The new proprietors are young men of ability, have a thorough knowledge of the mechanical part of the business, and enjoy the good will of the people.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 5, 1880.
TO OUR PATRONS. All subscriptions to the TRAVELER which, up to April 21, 1880, would amount to $1 or more, are due the late publisher, and should be paid up to that date, while subscrip­tions dating since August 21, 1880, are due and payable to us.
                                                      STANDLEY & GRAY.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 19, 1880.
The Arkansas City Traveler appears under the firm name of Standley & Gray—Hughes having sold out to them. The new firm had made arrangements to establish a new paper at the City, but Nathan didn’t like so much competition, hence sold to the boys. The TRAVELER is already greatly improved, and we hope it will continue in its upward flight towards prosperity and perfection. Reflex.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 26, 1880.
MARRIED. On Thursday, May 20, 1880, at the residence of Capt. T. C. Bird, by Rev. S. B. Fleming, H. P. Standley and Elizabeth Landis.
It is with the most sincere feelings and best of wishes that the junior editor of the TRAVELER congratulates “ye senior” upon this new departure, and we feel confident that the many friends of the bride and groom join us in which that the years of change and chance bring nothing to them but happiness unalloyed.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1880.
The names of the various committees having in charge the Christmas tree festivities to be held at the Presbyterian church, were handed in last week, but were unavoidably crowded out, and are presented in this issue, as follows.
Distributing Committee: Mr. and Mrs. Standley, Mr. and Mrs. Bonsall, Mr. and Mrs. Gooch, Mr. and Mrs. Sleeth, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mantor.
Unknown what paper this came from...
“TRAVELER Office,” basement of A. A. Newman’s block.  Don’t forget it.
MARRIED.  On Thursday, May 20, 1880, at the residence of Capt. T. C. Bird, by Rev. S. B. Fleming, H. P. Standley and Elizabeth Landis.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 30, 1881. Editorial Page.

With this issue Mr. Gray severs his connection with the TRAVELER, which will hereafter be published by H. P. Standley.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 26, 1882.
Cal. Swarts has purchased an interest in the TRAVELER, which will hereafter be published by Messrs. Standley & Swarts.
                                          H. P. STANDLEY, Editor & Pub­lisher.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 1, 1886.
We are requested to express the thanks of the parents and friends of little Harry Garrett, who died in the first ward, on Thursday, to Mrs. H. P. Standley, for her handsome donation of flowers to decorate the coffin.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 25, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.
DIED. At 10 p.m., December 24, 1886, Cornelia Chapel Standley, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Standley, of laryngitis. The funeral sermon was preached from the residence this afternoon at 3 o’clock by Rev. Fleming. The remains were interred in Riverview Cemetery. Little Cornelia was 18 months old. She was taken sick Monday night and a physician was summoned who afforded relief to the little sufferer. Last evening she was taken worse and before physicians could be summoned her death occurred. The parents have the sympathy of the community in their sad bereavement.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 25, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
Card of Thanks. To the many neighbors and friends who so kindly assisted us in our late sorrow, we are truly grateful, and shall ever remember their kindness as a golden setting to the dark cloud of adversity that swept away our little loved one.
                                      LIZZIE L. STANDLEY. H. P. STANDLEY.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 29, 1886.
DIED. Death has visited the household of Mr. and Mrs. H. P. Standley, bereaving them of their infant daughter, Cornelia Chapel, aged 17 months. The little sufferer was affected with a cold, which increased in severity, and laryngitis set in, which resulted fatally. The funeral services were held at the family residence of the parents on Wednesday, Rev. S. B. Fleming officiating. A large number of friends gathered to show their sympathy with the grief stricken parents, in which the TRAVELER sincerely joins.


June 14, 1888. H. P. Standley is to build an home on his farm east of Arkansas City.
November 2, 1888. Standley’s home is completed.
November 27, 1888. The Standley’s moved to their new home.


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