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B. M. Terrill

This file has been most difficult to work on inasmuch as the Winfield Courier almost always got his name wrong. They had Tyrrell and Terrell much of the time. They also had variations on his first name as usually given. They had Bi., By, and Bye. I have changed all of the first name renditions to “By.” MAW
Winfield Directory 1880:
Ferguson, C. (Terrill & Ferguson), r. 9th avenue n. e. corner Millington.
Griffith, Chas., driver, Terrill & Ferguson, boards McDonald & Co.
Smith, Dan, hostler, Terrill & Ferguson, boards McDonald & Co.
Supernaw, Jos., omnibus agent, Terrill & Ferguson.
TERRILL & FERGUSON, livery and feed stable. Winfield omnibus line,
9th avenue, n. s. between Main and [rest obliterated].
Terrill, B. M. (Terrill & Ferguson), r. 10th and [rest obliterated].
BURKHALTER, S., 10th avenue, corner Manning.
SPEED & MOFFITT, Main, e. s. between 8th and 9th avenues.
TERRILL & FERGUSON, 9th avenue, n. s. between Main and Millington.
VANCE & DAVIS, 9th avenue, n. s. between Main and Manning.
SOUTH WESTERN STAGE CO., M. L. Bangs, agent,
9th avenue between Main and Manning.
WINFIELD OMNIBUS LINE, Terrill & Ferguson, proprietors;
9th avenue n. s. between Main and Millington.
CORWIN, G. F., Main, w. s. between 6th and 7th avenues.
SMITH, J. O., 8th avenue, n. s. between Main and Millington.
SPEED & MOFFITT, Main, e. s. between 8th and 9th avenues.
TERRILL & FERGUSON, 9th avenue, n. s. between Main and Millington.
VANCE & DAVIS, 9th avenue, n. s. between Main and Manning.
TERRILL, B. M. (Terrill & Ferguson), moved to Terrill’s Restaurant, Manning’s block.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Courier, December 28, 1876.
BY TERRILL, whom everybody knows as the old boss stage owner of the southwest, in an early day, will remove his livery outfit from Wichita to Winfield this week. He brings with him some of the finest turn-outs ever driven in the Valley. He will hang out at the stone barn on Ninth Avenue.
Winfield Courier, January 25, 1877.

BY TERRILL, formerly route agent of the Southwestern Stage Co., who is well known by many of our citizens, has rented the stone livery barn and has a fine livery outfit, consisting of brand new buggies, carriages, wagons, and fast horses. He has laid a new plank floor, fitted up a comfortable office, and repaired and improved the barn generally. Success, By.
Winfield Courier, February 15, 1877.
The Southwestern Stage coach and By. Terrill’s livery team had a trial of bottom and time with their teams yesterday in starting to lead into Winfield from Wichita. The coach was the last to leave Wichita and the teams drove onto Main Street just at dusk neck and neck.
Winfield Courier, April 19, 1877.
Jurors—[Each paid $1.50.]
T. R. Bryan, M. G. Troup, J. H. Finch, B. M. Terrill, S. C. Smith, F. S. Jennings.
Winfield Courier, July 12, 1877.
Juror Fees: J. L. M. Hill, $2.50; J. P. Eckles, $.50; S. G. Martin, $.50; J. B. Nipp, $.50; B. M. Terrill, $2.50; and O. M. Seward, $2.50.
Juror Fees: B. M. Terrill, $.75; J. J. Bair, $.75; J. E. Allen, $.75; A. H. Thompson, $.75; E. B. Pratt, $.75; and F. S. Jennings, $.75.
Winfield Courier, September 20, 1877.
Terrill says the livery business never was better than now.
Winfield Courier, October 11, 1877.
By Terrill now has one of the finest driving teams in the city. He also has a bran new carriage.
Winfield Courier, October 25, 1877.
9th Avenue, East of Main Street, Winfield, Kansas.
Runs in connection with their Stable in Wichita.
Winfield Courier, November 15, 1877.
By Terrill has purchased the fine carriage of M. L. Robinson. He now has one of the finest livery outfits in Southern Kansas. He keeps the very best of teams and good buggies.
Winfield Courier, November 29, 1877.
By Terrill has improved the appearance of the stone livery barn by putting in new floors and making it almost air tight. He has also recently put an addition to the rear of the building.
Winfield Courier, February 28, 1878.
One of B. M. Terrill’s livery horses was hitched on the other side of the river when some scoundrel stabbed him twice in the abdomen with a knife. If Beecher is right, what shall be done with those who wantonly stab horses?
Winfield Courier, March 7, 1878.
Dr. Corkins has at B. M. Terrill’s livery stable a four-year-old thoroughbred, Hambletonian, trotting stallion. He is a beauty; cost $1,600. Come and see him. He will be kept at the stone stable during the season.
Winfield Courier, March 14, 1878.
B. M. Terrill is getting ready to make the drive between this city and Eldorado in five hours. The livery business is booming.
Winfield Courier, March 21, 1878.

A difference of opinion having arisen between some owners of fast horses in Winfield in relation to the speed and endurance of one of B. M. Terrill’s livery teams, a purse of two hundred dollars was made up to be delivered to Mr. Terrill in case he should drive the team from Winfield to Eldorado, forty-seven miles, in five hours. The trial came off last Saturday afternoon, and the drive was made in four hours and fifteen minutes. This is pretty fair time even for the “Bobtail” railroad. The team exhibited no signs of distress, and was driven back next day, arriving in good condition.
Winfield Courier, March 21, 1878. Back Page.
A number of the prominent businessmen of Winfield made a flying visit to our city last Friday. Among the number we  observed the pleasant countenance of W. C. Root, proprietor of the principal boot and shoe store of that city; Gillelen, of the celebrated dry goods firm of Lynn and Gillelen, and well known throughout the valley, Walker, the popular groceryman; and Suss, the man who cannot be beat selling dry goods and clothing—all pleasant gentlemen representing the best business houses of that city. The irrepressible By Terrill, with one of those first-class turnouts from his livery, had the entire company in charge, himself holding the ribbons and engineering the whole train. The boys were apparently enjoying the trip hugely, and we highly appreciated the visit. Call again gents—we’re always glad to see you. Wellington Press.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 25, 1878.
[Special Correspondence Kansas City Times.]
WINFIELD, KANSAS, APRIL 10. B. M. Terrill, formerly of Wichita, is running a livery stable in connection with Ferguson at Wichita. He claims to have the best teams in the state, and offers passengers the same rates as the stage to any point from Wichita to Winfield.
Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.
Mrs. Jay Page attempted to kill L. J. Webb on last Saturday evening. Webb had just been released from jail on bail, and in company with Sheriff Harter, H. E. Asp, and R. L. Walker, was walking from the jail west toward Main Street along the sidewalk, and when passing the house of B. M. Terrill, Mrs. Page ran out of the back door with a large revolver in her hand and passing along the west side of the house toward Webb, attempted to get a range on Webb to shoot him, at the same time using violent and threatening language. Sheriff Harter and R. L. Walker were between Mrs. Page and Webb, and under their cover Webb ran and escaped. R. L. Walker made some remark and Mrs. Page turned on and threatened him.
Since the death of Jay Page, Mrs. Page has been living in the family of B. M. Terrill in the house on Ninth Avenue next east of the post office. The house is on the south side of the street, with front end so close to the sidewalk that it is but one step between the sidewalk and the front door.

I was in the front door of my house when Webb and others were approaching from the jail. Mrs. Page came to the door and attempted to pass out. I pulled her back by her dress, but did not observe that she had a pistol. She then ran out at the back door and up towards Webb, saying: “You killed Jay because he said you was a stinker. You are a stinker and I will kill you.” She tried to get a chance to shoot Webb, but others were in the way and she did not shoot. I never heard Mrs. Page make any threat or express any ill will against Webb before this, except that when someone told her that Webb was to be let out of jail, she said that Webb could not walk the streets and live while she was around. She had expressed sympathy for Webb’s family. The pistol she had belonged to me. About two weeks ago I observed it was getting rusty and took it to John Easton to be cleaned up, where it remained a week. I then brought it home and put it in a case under a bed. There were three cartridges in it. Both my wife and Mrs. Page knew where it was kept. I think she was waiting and watching for Webb at the back door. She now says she intended to kill Webb and will do it yet if he runs around loose where she is.
When I went to the jail to release Webb, I passed B. M. Terrill’s house. Mrs. Page was sitting on the front door-step with her feet on the sidewalk and Terrill was sitting in a chair just behind her in the house. When I returned with Webb, Terrill was sitting on the door-step with his feet on the sidewalk and a woman was sitting behind him in the chair. I do not know if it was Mrs. Page. As we came along the sidewalk, Webb was on the left of me, the side next to Terrill’s house. Just before we reached the door, I went to Webb’s left side and walked between him and the door. I did this to prevent a collision, which I thought possible. No woman attempted to come out the front door; but as I appeared between Webb and the door, a woman rushed back through the house. I heard her retiring steps and the noise of her dress distinctly. As we passed the northwest corner of the house, I saw Mrs. Page coming from the back door. I told Webb to “git,” and kept between him and Mrs. Page. She rushed up to within six or eight feet of me with a revolver aimed at me. I threw up my arm and said, “Don’t shoot me.” She called Webb a cowardly, dirty stinker, and talked in an excited manner, but I do not think she used other profane or vulgar language. Webb soon got out of her range, and R. L. Walker, who had been close behind us, said, “Don’t.” She said, “You are as bad as he is and I will fix you too if you interfere,” or words to that effect. Walker kept his arm up and moved rapidly away until we reached the post office, when she turned and went back into the house.
I intended to kill Webb and would have done so if I could have shot without hitting someone else. I will do it yet if he does not keep out of my way. It was not right to have brought him past my door. I did say to him that he was a stinker, but that was the only bad word I used. I did not say those other words they accuse me of saying. I did not threaten Walker; all I said was meant for Webb.
I was present and heard Mrs. Page say to R. L. Walker: “I know you, Dick Walker. You are as bad as any of them. I’ll give it to you next. I’ll fix you for your coffin.”
Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.

Lamp Explosion in By Terrill’s Livery Stable. The alarm of fire Sunday evening was occasioned by a lamp explosion in By Terrill’s livery stable. A bracket lamp hanging in the office was observed by one of the boys to be burning up very high; and he undertook to carry it out of doors, but was compelled to drop it on account of the heat. The lamp immediately exploded into atoms, scattering the burning oil all over the office. Prompt and energetic action of the boys in smothering the flames averted what might have proved a terrible disaster. This incident, together with others of recent occurrence, leads us to believe that we are using coal oil, or petroleum, of an inferior quality. . . .
Winfield Courier, July 25, 1878.
August Kadau has opened a shoe shop on 9th Avenue, opposite By. Terrill’s livery stable. Mr. Kadau is an excellent workman and will guarantee satisfaction.
Winfield Courier, September 12, 1878.
By. Terrill has had a double back-action sidewalk put down in front of his livery stable.
Winfield Courier, October 17, 1878.

E. W. Kenning, a veterinary surgeon, is stopping in the city at By Terrill’s livery stable.
Winfield Courier, January 2, 1879.
[This issue listed Courier advertisers.]
TERRILL & FERGUSON. Everybody knows and likes By Terrill and Cal. Ferguson. If they cannot please you with a good team when you want to go anywhere, nobody can. They have one of the best livery and feed stables in the State and understand their busi­ness. They also have a stable at Wichita, and their teams hired to go between the two cities may be left at either.
[Note: Ad shows “The Stone Livery, Feed, and Sale Stable, 9th Avenue, east of Main Street, Winfield, Kansas. Terrill & Ferguson.”
Winfield Courier, March 20, 1879.
John Easton has moved his gunsmith shop to Ninth Avenue opposite Terrill’s livery stable.
Winfield Courier, March 27, 1879.
Terrill & Ferguson have purchased Capt. E. Davis’ interest in the stone livery stable on Ninth avenue. They now own and control the best livery outfit in the country.
Winfield Courier, March 27, 1879.
The following is a list of the principal business firms of Winfield.
B. M. Terrill; Harter & Speed; C. W. Garoutte; Shenneman & Millspaugh.
[Above incorrect. Should have shown “Terrill & Ferguson” for first named.]
Winfield Courier, April 10, 1879.
Mr. By Terrill is training a trotting horse that bids fair to become a “rattler.”
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1879.
Mr. By Terrill lost a handsome lap robe from one of his buggies last Sunday.
Winfield Courier, May 1, 1879.
Messrs. Kenning Bros. are putting up a neat sulky for By Terrill.
Winfield Courier, May 8, 1879.
Somebody ought to issue an injunction on that long-eared quadruped that holds forth in the alley back of Terrill’s livery stable, and if they can’t “injunct” the ceaseless “yaw-yaw-yaw-aw-aw-a-a-w!” it would be well to appoint a committee of leading citizens to “shoot him on the spot.”
Winfield Courier, May 22, 1879.
Mr. By. Terrill has made another addition to his livery outfit, which although resplendent with plate glass and tapestry, is not very popular with the boys. It’s a hearse.
Winfield Courier, September 25, 1879.
Terrill & Ferguson will run a four-horse omnibus during the fair.

Winfield Courier, October 2, 1879.
On last Thursday Winfield was honored for a few moments with the presence of Carl Schurz and son and Count Denhoff, of the German legation at Washington, accompanied by a miscellaneous crowd of newspaper reporters and Indian agents. They were brought down by a special train, and were taken in charge by B. M. Terrill, who was to deliver them at the Kaw agency that night. The Secretary will examine into the affairs of the Territory and return by the M. K. & T. railroad.
Winfield Courier, October 2, 1879.

Terrill & Ferguson have purchased an omnibus, which will hereafter run to trains, carry passengers to and from the fair grounds, and do anything in the carriage line. Persons desiring to leave on the train will be called for by leaving their orders at Terrill & Ferguson’s livery stable.
Winfield Courier, October 9, 1879.
Terrill & Ferguson’s bus did a rushing business during the fair. They also have a large majority of the train business.
Winfield Courier, October 30, 1879.
Terrill & Ferguson are building a large granary on Ninth Avenue, in which to store the grain to supply their livery during the winter.
Winfield Courier, November 6, 1879.
The sub-contract for carrying the mails from Arkansas City through the Territory has been let to Terrill & Ferguson, and they are now stocking the line. Mr. Terrill is an old stage man and understands the business.
Winfield Courier, November 20, 1879.
Mr. Cal Ferguson, of Terrill & Ferguson, is again a resident of Winfield. His household fixtures arrived Monday, and will be followed shortly by his better half. We have observed Cal radiating between this place and Wichita for the past month, and supposed it would not be long ere he returned to his first love.
Winfield Courier, December 11, 1879.
The following is a list of the elective and appointed officers of Winfield lodge No. 101, I. O. O. F., to serve for the ensuing year.
N. G.: A. W. Davis; V. G.: James H. Vance; Rec. Sec.: David C. Beach; Treas.: Max Shoeb; W.: John W. Smiley; C.: D. W. Southard; I. G.: M. B. Shields; O. G.: F. Ebenback; R. S. to N. G.: Jacob Lipps; L. S. to N. G.: Charles Youngheim; R. S. to V. G.: John Fleming; L. S. to V. G.: Daniel Sheel; R. S. S.: B. M. Terrill; L. S. S.: Jno. Hoenscheidt; Chaplain: W. H. H. Maris; D. D. G. M.: M. G. Troup.
Winfield Courier, May 20, 1880.
Mr. Terrill has purchased the Walter’s restaurant, on Ninth avenue.
Winfield Courier, July 29, 1880.
A party of our citizens, comprising James Finch, Custer, Covert, and Walcott [Wolcott], with Patterson of Arkansas City, went to Arkansas City on a sort of a “jamboree.” They had one of Terrill & Ferguson’s best rigs, and on their return, when within four or five miles of town, managed by careless driving to upset the carriage, breaking the vehicle in divers places, and well nigh making it a complete wreck. The horses were not injured. Custer had a leg broken in two places. Patterson’s collar bone was fractured, and Walcott’s [Wolcott’s] head seriously bruised. Telegram.
Winfield Courier, August 5, 1880.

A week ago today when Tisdale’s large omnibus had just returned from a trip, was backed under the shed, and the hands had just got the four horses unhitched from it with the lines done up, an idiotic man, who had been sleeping in the shed, arose with a white blanket around him, which so frightened the horses that they jumped and ran, a trace or tug catching the iron on the end of the omnibus pole and taking the bus along, being drawn by one of the horses by one tug. The horses ran with the bus about town frightening everybody, but did no damage until they ran through Terrill & Ferguson’s livery stable, where the opening was not high enough for the bus and the whole top of the bus was swept off and wrecked. The horses ran into the back yard and were there secured.
Terrill & Ferguson, Winfield...
Winfield Courier, October 21, 1880.
Terrill & Ferguson have secured the services of Mr. John Stewart as his agent. John is a popular young man and keeps the buss business above the standard.
                                                ARKANSAS CITY STABLE.
Terrill & Ferguson also maintained a stable in Arkansas City. It is not known when it started...
Terrill & Ferguson, Arkansas City and Winfield...
Arkansas City Traveler, October 22, 1879.
By. Terrill’s hack will arrive daily from Winfield at 11 o’clock a.m., and return at 4 o’clock p.m. Those who desire conveyance by this line can leave orders with A. W. Patterson at his livery stable.
Arkansas City: Terrill awarded contract to carry mail from Arkansas City to Okmulgee...
Arkansas City Traveler, October 29, 1879.
By Terrill has been awarded the contract to carry the mail on the route from Arkansas City to Okmulgee, semi-weekly.
Arkansas City: Terrill passed through on way to Territory, where he is fitting up his mail line and will put in stock and coaches...
Arkansas City Traveler, November 19, 1879.
By Terrill passed through on Monday on his way to the Territory. He is fitting up his mail line and will put on stock and coaches as soon as things begin to boom.
Arkansas City: Terrill & Ferguson...
Arkansas City Traveler, October 13, 1880.
Tom Schultz, who has charge of Terrill’s stable at this place, was bitten on the leg by a black spider last Saturday evening, and suffered severely therefrom until the poison in his system was counteracted.
Arkansas City: Terrill & Ferguson...
Arkansas City Traveler, October 20, 1880.
A stone sidewalk is being laid in front of Terrill’s livery stable.
Arkansas City: Terrill & Ferguson...
Arkansas City Traveler, November 10, 1880.
Our genial friend, Rudolph Hoffmaster, has once more taken up his abode in our city after a summer spent at the Geuda Springs. He has taken charge of Terrill & Ferguson’s livery stable on Fifth avenue.
Arkansas City: D. A. McIntire: purchased livery outfit of Terrill & Ferguson..
Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1880.

D. A. McIntire, who has purchased the livery outfit of Terrill & Ferguson, has put on a new omnibus in town this week, which we understand is to furnish free transportation to and from the depot to the patrons of the Central Avenue hotel. With two omnibuses, we feel decidedly hubbish.
By Terrill disposing of his interest in Terrill & Ferguson livery stable to his partner, Ferguson. Terrill is leaving for Old Mexico...
Winfield Courier, December 16, 1880.
By Terrill is disposing of his interest in the Terrill & Ferguson livery stable to his partner, and will leave for old Mexico in a few weeks.
Winfield Courier, December 23, 1880.
Mr. and Mrs. By Terrill are disposing of their Winfield interests as rapidly as possible with a view of going west.
According to the next item, By Terrill living in Winfield...
Winfield Courier, April 14, 1881.
By Terrill is now the happy possessor of the fastest road­ster in the county. He purchased it of a Wichita man for $350.
B. M. Terrill sued: criminal docket.
Winfield Courier, April 28, 1881.
Among cases listed: B. M. Terrill.
Terrill now owner of hotel in Joplin, Missouri, Pays a visit to Winfield friends...
Winfield Courier, September 29, 1881.
By Terrill came over from Joplin Wednesday and spent several days on his old stamping ground. His hotel is spoken of as one of the best in the country.
Cowley County Courant, February 9, 1882.
Mrs. By Terrill arrived in this city from Joplin, Missouri, last night. She was intending to visit Geuda Springs for her health when she received a telegram which will require her to return to Joplin.
Winfield Courier, November 16, 1882.
By Terrill spent several days of last week in the city. He has sold out his hotel in Joplin and is going west.
Excerpt from a lengthy article by Ed. P. Greer, Local Editor, Winfield Courier...
Winfield Courier, May 24, 1883.
The return journey was made without stop until Albuquerque was reached. This is the best town in New Mexico. It is distinctively a Kansas town. Kansas men are everywhere and Kansas enterprise is noticeable in the very air. Winfield is well represented. By Terrill and Parker are running a big saloon and By is proprietor of numerous stage and mail routes.
J. O’Meara and M. H. Ewart buy By Terrill residence on East Tenth Avenue...
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1884.

M. J. O’Meara and M. H. Ewart are acting very suspiciously of late. They have bought in “cahoots” of Curns & Manser the By Terrill property on east Tenth Avenue, for sixteen hundred dollars. When a young man has matrimonial intentions, the first thing he does, and should do, is to get a cage for his bird, so of course we supposed that “Mike” would occupy the attic and “Mat” the downstairs, immediately; but they have rented the place to other parties and our sympathies can find no vent—at least not at present.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 16, 1885.
Cal Ferguson has received a paper announcing the fact that B. M. Terrill, his former partner here, is deputy Sheriff of Holbrook County, Arizona. Everybody remembers the jolly “Bye.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 24, 1885.
B. M. Terrill, the fat and jolly “By” well known in Winfield’s pioneer days, is hung up at the Brettun. He is now sheriff of Holbrook County, Arizona.


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