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Stedman Brothers

Arkansas City Traveler, March 1, 1882.
We call attention to the new “ad” of Stedman Bros., in this issue from which it will be seen they keep a stock of general hardware, gun material, ammunition, etc., and are also prepared to do every description of repairs to guns, pistols, etc. All work is warranted, and we speak knowingly when we say they are thorough mechanics. Give them a call. Store three doors north of Creswell Bank.
AD:                                                  STEDMAN BRO’S.
                                                       Keep a Large Stock of
                                       GUN MATERIAL AND AMMUNITION.
                                     Done to Order, and all work WARRANTED.
                    Store Three Doors North of Creswell Bank, Arkansas City, Kansas.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 15, 1882.
That new sign of our gunsmiths, the Stedman Brothers, is simply immense, and calls the attention of passersby to their establishment in a manner that will be profitable to all.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 5, 1882.
All Kinds of Sewing Machine Needles at Stedman Bros.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 5, 1882.
Pocket and Table Cutlery at Stedman Bros.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 14, 1882.
At the meeting of the Highland Hall Company, last Wednesday, the matter of location came before the meeting, and the votes were largely in favor of having the building located on the two lots between the meat market and L. Small’s grocery on East Summit St. One of the lots is now occupied by Stedman Bro’s. Hardware Store. We understand some desire has been manifested to make a trade of the site selected, in favor of the two corner lots in the same block, now occupied by C. R. Sipes’ building, but nothing of this matter has, as yet, been officially brought before the stockholders of the Highland Hall Company.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 28, 1882.
Mr. Stedman purchased of C. M. Scott, last week, the build­ing occupied by Mr. Snyder as a grocery house.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 28, 1882.
The Highland Hall Company have secured a deed to the lot and building now occupied by Stedman Brother’s Hardware, and the preparations for the erection of the building may be looked for at any time.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 19, 1882.
Stedman Brothers have removed their stock of hardware across the street to the building formerly occupied by C. F. Snyder, which they have purchased of C. M. Scott. This firm make a specialty of gun-smithing and repairs, and have always in stock a full line of revolvers, cartridges, as well as all other goods in their line. Don’t forget the place and give them a call.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 23, 1882.

A meeting for the purpose of organizing a Gun Club in Arkansas City was held last Wednesday with the following result: J. B. Nipp, Chairman; J. G. Shelden, Secretary; O. P. Houghton, Treasurer; Frank Hess, Trap Puller; J. J. Breene, Trap Setter.
Motion that the committee on programme be instructed to state that the membership fee be $2.50; carried.
Moved that the club be governed by Bogardus Rules for trap shooting; carried.
Moved that the chair appoint committee on by-laws; carried. Committee: John Shelden, M. N. Sinnott, and J. F. Stedman.
Moved that each member pay his fees one week from this meeting; carried.
Moved that Stedman be appointed a committee of one to purchase trap; carried.
Moved that we adjourn to meet next Wednesday night.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 11, 1882.
Mrs. Stedman has been seriously sick with malarial fever for the past ten days, and fears for the worse were entertained, but we are pleased to state that at this writing (Tuesday) a change for the better has intervened and the crisis is passed. We hope a speedy convalescence may ensue.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 18, 1882.
Mrs. Stedman is slowly, but we hope surely, recovering from her attack of sickness.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 18, 1882.
The score at the shooting match last Friday stood as fol­lows: J. F. Stedman, 9 out of 10; Ed Parish, 8 out of 10; John Bryant, 7 out of 10.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1883.
Charles Stedman, brother of our gunsmith, is visiting this place. His home is in Colorado.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1883.
Mrs. C. F. Stedman, we are sorry to state, has been seriously sick for several days.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 14, 1883.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.
Frank Stedman and Ed. Parish have built a boat and intend making a business of fishing for the next three months. They intend shipping fish to foreign markets.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, March 7, 1883.
We call attention to Stedman Bro.’s. new “ad” in this issue.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 28, 1883.
Bert Thompson, who presides at Stedman’s gunsmithing establishment, met with an accident last week through the discharge of a pistol he was examining. The ball passed through one of his toes and though not a serious injury will insure his “going slow” for a few days.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 1, 1883.
To Sportsmen. Just received a large assortment of Guns and Sportsmen’s goods at Stedman Bros.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 8, 1883.
Frank Stedman, of the gunsmithing firm of Stedman Bros., has received an elegant line of new guns, ammunition, gun tools, and everything else necessary to a complete sporting outfit.
Arkansas City Republican, February 16, 1884.
Stedman Bros. are contemplating the erection of a new building on their lot, where their present business is conducted, and are closing out their stock at low figures. They intend enlarging the gun department when the new building is completed, and do not expect to carry any other stock; hence the low prices.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 16, 1884.
Stedman Bros., now deal exclusively in guns. They have a stock from which anyone can be pleased. They are practical gunsmiths, and deal only in first-class goods. When you want firearms of any description, call on Stedman Bros.
Arkansas City Republican, February 16, 1884.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, February 20, 1884.
Closing Out Sale! We will close out our stock of General Hardware at greatly reduced prices. STEDMAN BROS. ARKANSAS CITY, KANSAS.
Arkansas City Republican, May 10, 1884.
J. F. Stedman is building a neat residence near Mr. Worthley’s.
Arkansas City Republican, May 31, 1884.
George Hazel has opened a lemonade and ice cream parlor in the house recently occupied by Stedman Bros. He has had much experience in this business and desires the public to call and give him a trial.
Arkansas City Republican, June 14, 1884.
J. F. Stedman has erected a fine new gun shop on the rear of his residence lot.
Arkansas City Republican, June 21, 1884.
Mr. Stedman, brother of our townsman, Frank Steadman, is in the city visiting.
Arkansas City Republican, June 28, 1884.
C. R. Stedman, a brother of J. F. Stedman, gave us a pleasant call Thursday evening. He has moved over a large portion of this world’s area, but now concludes to settle in Arkansas City.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 9, 1884.

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, Clarke & 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 Republican, July 19, 1884.
Stedman Bros.’ new building for their steam laundry is nearly completed and they are daily expecting their machinery. Their facilities will be such that they cannot only meet the demands of our city, but will be able to complete, on short notice, orders sent from abroad. These gentlemen have excellent business capacity, and without doubt will succeed well.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 30, 1884.
Wanted. A light spring wagon, horse, and harness, suitable for delivery. Stedman Bros.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 6, 1884.
Council met in regular session last Monday, August 4. Present: F. P. Schiffbauer, mayor; C. G. Thompson, T. Fairclo, and A. A. Davis.
                                          COLLECTION OF WATER RENTS.
I herewith submit my report of the amount of water tax collected up to August 2, 1884.
Stedman Bros.: $4.40.
Arkansas City Republican, August 23, 1884.
The new steam laundry of Stedman Bros., is now in successful operation. They first secured the services of a first-class laundry-man in the person of Mr. Cleft, of Chicago. This gentleman having arrived and everything in readiness, they turned on the steam, and started the machinery. It all worked to a charm, and with neatness and dispatch. They have nearly all the work they can do, and do it in such a way that they will lose no customers. Even in the short time they have been occupied, they find their accommodation too small and they will commence next week the erection of an addition 20 x 40 feet. They now employ eight hands. When their new structure is completed, they will need several more. These gentlemen deserve credit for the enterprise exhibited in commencing this new work.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 27, 1884.
We call the attention of our readers to the “ad” of the Arkansas City Steam Laundry, which appears in this issue. Messrs. Stedman Bros., the proprietors, have spared no expense in supplying the establishment with all the latest and most approved machinery, thus enabling them to do the best of work upon the shortest possible notice. If you have any washing to do, send word to the office of the laundry, as a team is kept for the purpose of collecting and delivering work to all parts of the city.
                                             Gentlemen’s Fine Work a Specialty.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 27, 1884.
Ad. Send your shirts, collars, and cuffs to the ARKANSAS CITY STEAM LAUNDRY. Stedman Bros., Proprietors.
Arkansas City Republican, August 30, 1884.
Tommy Braggins has just painted and swung new signs for Stedman Bros., Geo. Childers, and R. A. Moore & Co.
Arkansas City Republican, September 6, 1884.
Stedman Bros., are running a wagon in connection with their laundry to gather and distribute the clothing.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 10, 1884.
Arkansas City Steam Laundry. Among the latest and most appreciated additions to the business enterprises of this city, is the new steam laundry recently established by the Stedman Bros., which is meeting with unparalleled success and giving universal satisfaction. Nothing in the way of expense has been spared in fitting up this laundry with all the latest appliances and machinery for sending out good work, and with the skilled help employed, all kinds of ladies’ and gent’s fine goods, and children’s and family washings are turned out in equally as good style as can be obtained in the large cities of the East. Orders received at the office either by mail or otherwise will receive prompt attention, a delivery wagon being run for the gathering and delivering of work.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 15, 1884.
A laundry war is the latest novelty in business circles. The first shot was fired Saturday night, but Monday morning the Arkansas City Steam Laundry charged to the front with a 20 percent cut on previous rates. It’s fun for the boys, but Stedman Bros. will not be beat in their line and invite the public to take advantage of cut rates.
                                             Gentlemen’s Fine Work a specialty.
                                [Note: Could not find an ad for the opposing laundry.]
Arkansas City Republican, October 18, 1884.
Stedman Bros., mean business. They have put their capital in the laundry business and are determined to make a success of it. They guarantee satisfaction or money refunded.
Arkansas City Republican, October 25, 1884.
C. R. Stedman is now the proprietor of the Arcade restaurant. He took possession Tuesday. Mr. Stedman will serve up oysters in all styles to the bi-valve loving community. He has hardly got accustomed yet to his new quarters, but in a short time he will throughly understand catering to the wants of patrons of the restaurant. We are glad the Arcade has fallen into such reliable hands.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 10, 1884.
BIRTH. Born, in this city, on Wednesday, December 3, 1884, to Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Stedman, a daughter. Both mother and little one are reported to be doing nicely.
Arkansas City Republican, December 20, 1884.
STEDMAN BROS. are the proprietors of the Arkansas City gun-shop. Work guaranteed.
THE ARCADE RESTAURANT is the place to get a lunch or a square meal. Stedman Bros, are the proprietors. Cigars, canned goods, cider, etc., can be obtained here. Fresh oysters received daily and gotten up in first-class style.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 24, 1884.
Stedman Bros.’ Steam Laundry has suspended work temporarily.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 24, 1884.
Bert Thompson, we understand, will soon start a gun shop on Summit Street south of the Windsor Hotel. Bert has been doing the work for Stedman Bros. for a year or so, and is a competent workman.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 21, 1885.

We see some of our neighboring towns making loud brags about the amount of improvements made in their respective localities. We are candid in saying that it is impossible to ascertain the amount of improvements made here in the last year. The number of dwellings amounted at the very least to 250. We will put them at a very low estimate, $500 each. This makes $125,000. Then we have the Commercial and Hasie Blocks, $75,000; the Cowley County Bank, $25,000, the new schoolhouse, $10,000; the Houghton Block, $7,500; the Mason building, $2,000; Sipes’ block, $7,500; H. P. Farrar, $5,000; addition to the building occupied by Wyckoff & Son, $2,000; Baptist Church, $3,000; Christian Church, $2,500; Free Methodist Church, $1,000; Methodist and Presbyterian Churches, repairs, $1,500; W. M. Blakeney, $1,500; Leland Hotel, $4,000; Newman, building block 69, $1,000; Arkansas City Building Association, $5,000; Skating Rink, $1,500; J. H. Punshon, $1,000; D. W. Stevens and L. Eldridge, $1,000; Beecher & Co. and McLaughlin Bros., $1,500; J. H. Hilliard, $1,000; Thompson & Woodin, $1,000; Chambers, $1,000; J. Alexander, $1,500; Ayres’ Mill and Landes, Beall & Co., improvements, $1,000; DeBruce, $1,000; Park & Lewis and W. M. Rose, $1,000; Kroenert & Austin and Stedman Bros., $1,000; A. Harly, $1,000.
These, which we recall on the spur of the moment, foot up nearly three hundred thousand dollars. We are confident that we are not exaggerating when we place the amount above five hundred thousand dollars, which shows a fair gain for our thriving little city.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 4, 1885.
BILLS ALLOWED. Stedman Bros.: $1.75
Arkansas City Republican, March 7, 1885.
C. B. Arnold, of Wichita, has leased the Steam Laundry, of Stedman Bros. Mr. Arnold is an experienced laundryman. He will commence operations next week.
Arkansas City Republican, April 18, 1885.
In anticipation of the water works which is talked of being put in, a number of our citizens met in Meigs’s & Howard’s real estate office Saturday evening and organized a fire company. T. J. Mitts was chosen foreman; Thos. Van Fleet, first assistant; J. F. Stedman, second assistant; Wm. Haymand, secretary; and Chas. Hilliard, treasurer.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 27, 1885.
The city council was late in getting together on Monday evening. Capt. Rarick, having resigned; and Mr. Davis deeming himself without the necessary property qualification to hold his seat, the body is reduced to little more than a quorum. Mr. Hill was also absent, having left on the afternoon train. The mayor and four councilmen waited till 8:30, and no quorum appearing, the marshal was sent after Archie Dunn, who promptly responded to the summons and then the business began.

Mr. Hight reported in behalf of the sanitary committee. A new vault should be dug at the Windsor Hotel and better provision made for carrying off waste water. Mr. Stedman, owner of the bath house, was required to make the same provision. The water spout on Kellogg & Coombs’ drug store should be removed to a more suitable place, and the privy in the rear of their lot removed. The portion of the alley in the rear of the Arkansas City Bank should be filled up, and certain manure piles at different points mentioned removed. Also some hog pens and stagnant pools in the first ward required attention. The report was accepted, and the attention of the street commissioner called to the various nuisances named.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 19, 1885.
To the Public. Having purchased the gun stock and business of the Stedman Bros., I desire to inform the citizens of Arkansas City and vicinity that I am prepared to do all kinds of repairing and gunsmithing. Satisfaction guaranteed in all cases and reasonable prices will be my motto. Soliciting your patronage, I remain Respectfully yours,  J. G. COX.
Arkansas City Republican, July 25, 1885.
                                                               THE FIRE.
                          Arkansas City Visited Once Again by the Devouring Flames.
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.
Some of the lot owners of the burnt district talk of re-building.
The crowd was bubbling over from excitement. Several parties fastened ropes to the Stedman Building and were pulling it to pieces, but were stopped by some clearheaded individual.
Arkansas City Republican, August 15, 1885.
D. R. Beatty, proprietor of the City Meat Market, has purchased the building and business lot belonging to Stedman Bros., north of G. W. Miller & Co.’s store. The consideration was $3,200. Howard & Collins manipulated the sale. Mr. Beatty has rented his purchase to O. F. Lang, who will occupy the building with a restaurant stock.
Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.
Chas. Stanton bought the Stedman property across the canal Tuesday. Howard & Owens made the sale.
Arkansas City Republican, May 8, 1886.
J. F. Stedman, who removed from this city to Ft. Smith some time ago, is in the city. Mr. Stedman thinks strongly of returning to Arkansas City. He informs us that workmen and material are at Ft. Smith, awaiting for orders to commence work on the Kansas & Arkansas Valley road to Arkansas City.
Arkansas City Republican, May 15, 1886.
Land Slides of the Week. F. J. Hess sold to L. J. Stedman, 1 lot, $100.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 11, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
Frank Stedman tells us we placed the gold mine in the wrong township. He says it is in Creswell just below the mouth of the Walnut. The company has purchased something over 200 acres of land in that vicinity.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 18, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.

The Courier claims that their alleged gold find is in Silverdale Township, while Frank Stedman, the man who made the discovery, says it is in Creswell. The REPUBLICAN thinks it is in neither.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 18, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.
Some 20 teams went out to visit the supposed gold mine in Creswell Township yesterday. They all returned satisfied that there was an abundance of rock, if nothing else.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 18, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.
Frank Stedman informs us that a ton of the rock, supposed to contain gold, is to be shipped to an assayer for test. Until that is done, the bloated Winfield Mining Company and Frank are living on “anticipation.”


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