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Thompson Brothers

                                          Arkansas City and Local Townships.
In the very early history of Arkansas City, three brothers by the name of Thompson had a great deal to do with starting Arkansas City. Still unknown: their names. Several names are mentioned: Edwin, R. A. (referred to as “Adam” by paper), David, William S.
Note: It appears that the Thompson family came from Canada and that David Thompson lived in Creswell Township and that the others lived in Bolton township. Names found: David, Wm. S., R. A., Carlos, Herbert A., Clarence E.
Emporia News, April 22, 1870.
                                                 CRESWELL, April 9th, 1870.
EDITORS NEWS: We arrived home on the 2nd and found things as we wanted them. Messrs. Smith, Thompson, Cain, and Gibson came down with us. Mr. Smith drove his stake on the south side of the Arkansas, on a first class claim within two miles of town; the others preferred claims on this side, but not having corn enough for their team, they were compelled to return to Emporia without having time to look them up. They say they like the country and are coming back again. We hope they will. They are just the kind of men we want here.
The Commonwealth, June 24, 1870.
                            ARKANSAS CITY, (CRESWELL) Ks., June 15th, 1870.
Smith, Channell, & Thompson’s lumber yard is in operation, doing a good business.
Emporia News, June 24, 1870.
                                           ARKANSAS CITY, June 14th, 1870.
Our carpenters are all busy. Messrs. Channell, Smith, and Thomson [Thompson], carpenters, have just finished a neat, roomy cabinet shop, and are running a lumber yard in connection with their other business. Channell starts for Emporia tomorrow for the purpose of bringing back his better half.
Three Thompson Brothers...
Emporia News, September 2, 1870.
                                                  Arkansas City, July 31, 1870.
Messrs. Channell and Thompson are still pushing the work they so nobly began, as architects and builders. To the three Thompson brothers, Channell, and Capt. Smith, belongs the credit and honor of building the first several buildings on the town site, and like the first volunteers who went into the army without bounty as an inducement, they should properly be regarded as the veterans of the cause.
Thompson Brothers...
Arkansas City Traveler, February 2, 1876.
WELL. Chas. Parker is having a well bored by the Thompson brothers. They go about twenty-five feet a day, at a cost of one dollar per foot, and insure water.


                                             David Thompson. Arkansas City.
Kansas 1875 Census Creswell Township, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.
Name                                 age sex color      Place/birth          Where from
David Thompson                38   m    w       Canada            Canada
L. F. Thompson                  37   f      w            Canada            Illinois
[Note: There is much confusion relative to “David Thompson.” There were three listed in the early days. No. 1: father of Mrs. Channell, apparently a sister of the Thompson brothers. No. 2: Often referred to as “Uncle David.” It is unknown whether he was married twice or not. No. 3: Rev. David Thompson.]
                   Some of the items referring to David Thompson could be wrong!
[News from an Arkansas City Correspondent.]...
Winfield Courier, July 17, 1879.
                                           ARKANSAS CITY, JULY 13, 1879.
S. P. Channell and wife started for Iowa this morning, being summoned by telegraph to attend the sick bed of Mrs. Channell’s father, David Thompson, who is very low and not expected to recover.
[Death of David Thompson, father of Mrs. S. P. Channell and “Thompson Brothers.”]
Arkansas City Traveler, July 30, 1879.
DIED. Mr. David Thompson, one of the old settlers of this community, died at West Union, Iowa, on the 15th of this month, aged about sixty-three years.
The name of David Thompson was found in the Arkansas City Traveler of Friday, June 17, 1921. “Chapter to City Records.” On April 9, 1873, the second election of the city was held. On this date David Thompson was elected Street Commissioner.”
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1874.
                                            Election Judge: D. Thompson, $4.50.
Winfield Courier, June 5, 1874.
Marriage license issued during May: David Thompson to Diantha T. Wetherbee.
Winfield Courier, July 10, 1874.
                                                     Real Estate Transfers.
We are indebted to Curns & Manser, real estate agents and proprietors of Abstracts of Titles to all lands in Cowley County, for the following transfers of real estate.
David Thompson and wife to Clinton R. Mitchell, s ½ of n e ¼ of sec 23 tp 34 s r 3, and s e ¼ sec 7 tp 34 s r 4 e $1,810.
Winfield Courier, September 18, 1874.
                                                Commissioners’ Proceedings.
                                            Winfield, Kansas, Sept. 7th, 1874.
Board met in regular session. Present: R. F. Burden and M. S. Roseberry.
And now comes David Thompson in pursuance of an order issued by the board to appear and correct his personal property assess­ment for the year 1874, and after hearing the evidence of the said Thompson under affirmation, it is ordered by the board that the county clerk increase the assessment of said Thompson $700 on the tax roll of 1874 in addition to that already returned by the assessor.

Winfield Courier, March 18, 1875.
                                                      District Court Docket.
                                             CIVIL DOCKET. FOURTH DAY.
                               No. 465. Diantha T. Thompson, vs. David Thompson.
                                               CIVIL DOCKET. FIFTH DAY.
                                   No. 517. David Thompson vs. E. B. Kager, et al.
Winfield Courier, March 25, 1875.
Disposition of cases in the District Court up to Wednesday night.
465. Diantha T. Thompson, vs. David Thompson, dismissed at plaintiff’s cost.
David Thompson...
Winfield Courier, March 23, 1876.
                                                      District Court Docket.
                                            CIVIL DOCKET. SECOND DAY.
                                           David Thompson vs. E. B. Kager et al.
                                         A. J. Kimmell vs. David Thompson, et al.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 30, 1876.
UNCLE DAVID THOMPSON says the man that steals his wood the next time will be blown up, or get a dose of buckshot in an inconvenient place.
Winfield Courier, July 12, 1877.
                                         Election Judge: David Thompson, $2.00.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 24, 1878.
                                                              FOR SALE.
One blacksmith’s shop and stable with two lots, across the street from Finney’s livery stable, and four lots all together near James Benedict’s; 160 acres of land with 30 acres improved, near Goff’s, 3 miles north of town; five acres adjoining town site, on the northwest, sown in wheat, will be sold cheap for cash or on time.
                                            MRS. DIANTHA T. THOMPSON.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 1, 1878.
27½  yards blue rag carpet at 38 cents per yard. MRS. D. T. THOMPSON.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 8, 1878.
All persons indebted to Mrs. D. T. Thompson, or having any business transactions, can settle the same with J. L. Huey.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 22, 1878.
Our town at this time faithfully illustrates the lines of the Irish poet:
“The rich may ride in chaises,
But the poor must stay at home, be J____s.”
During the past week some ten of our leading businessmen’s wives have gone east and north to spend the summer: Mrs. O. P. Houghton, Mrs. J. L. Huey, Mrs. R. C. Haywood, Mrs. A. A. Newman, Mrs. H. P. Farrar, Mrs. M. Rexford, Mrs. David Thompson, Mrs. Ed. Thompson, Mrs. Wm. Sleeth, Mrs. S. P. Channell.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 5, 1878.

Arkansas City takes a holiday trip today. Maj. Sleeth and wife go to Ohio; Mrs. Channell, Mrs. Thompson, and David Thompson go to Canada; Mrs. Newman and Mrs. Haywood go to New England; Charles Gallert and others go to California; S. P. Channell goes to Oregon; and Dr. Shepard and wife go to Missouri. Courier.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 9, 1878.
David Thompson (Uncle Dave) has returned from Iowa, and will sojourn again with us.
Winfield Courier, January 23, 1879.
                                                      Arkansas City Items.
Col. David Thompson starts for Iowa this morning the 21st.

                                                       Edwin R. Thompson.
Kansas 1875 Census Creswell Township, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.
Name                           age sex color       Place/birth             Where from
E. R. Thompson           32   m     w            Canada                  Canada
Sorena Thompson  28    f      w           Canada                  Canada
R. C. Thompson         8 mo. m      w           Kansas     
The Commonwealth, May 24, 1870.
                          THE OSAGE AND KAW INDIAN RESERVATIONS.
         “An Open Letter” From Lieutenant Governor Eskridge to Senator Pomeroy.
                    CRESSWELL, COWLEY COUNTY, KANSAS, May 20th, 1870.
EDITOR COMMONWEALTH: Knowing that the enclosed letter from Lieutenant Governor Eskridge to Senator Pomeroy embodies the sentiments of the settlers on the Osage Indian reservation; and believing that by giving it a wide circulation, it will do much toward hurrying congress to speedy action in our behalf, we request you to publish it.
                                                          MAX FAWCETT,
                                       SEWELL P. SKANNELL [CHANNELL],
                                                      EDWIN THOMPSON,
and many others, actual settlers on the Osage Indian reservation.
                                         EMPORIA, KANSAS, May 16th, 1870.
Hon. S. C. Pomeroy—

DEAR SIR: Having recently returned from a trip through the Osage Indian reservation, I feel it to be my duty to call your attention to the necessity of speedy action on the part of the government for the removal of the Indians. The best lands are now all occupied by settlers, and the Indians should go, nor “stand upon the order of their going, but go at once.” If I understand the situation rightly, the Indians desire to go and the government, in part, at least, desires to have them go, but the difficulty lies with congress in not being able to agree upon a plan for the disposition of the land after the Indians are gone. Any reasonably fair plan, looking to the interests of the settlers on the lands and others who may go there hereafter, whether it embraces railroads or not, with the school interest protected, it seems to me, would be acceptable. Any plan which just and honorable men might agree upon would be better than no plan at all. The end of the law is justice; when congress through its tardiness fails to do justice to any portion of the people, it does injustice to all, and, committing the sin of omission, in failing to act, defeats justice and breaks the law. Hence the popular branch of the government, failing to meet the just demands of the people, and being unable to keep up with the advancing interests of the country, which it should anticipate, fails of its object and sinks in popular favor. The common people, who make no pretensions, see right where the wrong lies, and rush upon these lands, believing, conscientiously, that were justice done, as good and efficient government contemplates, there would be no question as to their right to do so. There are now ten or fifteen thousand people upon this reservation. It will not do to say that they have gone there in violation of law. They have gone there in justice and for the best interests of the state and country, and to be “ordered off,” would be a most flagrant outrage against which the whole state would protest. Whether it is so or not, the people believe that these Indians would be speedily removed, if our delegation at Washington, or congress, would wipe off the leeches that have fastened themselves on every proposition which has been made for the purpose of this reservation. A united effort in favor of the immediate removal of the Indians should be made, the government being the purchaser of the land. Then while congress wrangles over the disposition of it to various individuals and corporations, the people can go in and take possession of it with more security than under existing circumstances, having now to confront both the government and the Indians.
The Kaw Reservation in this (Lyon) and Morris Counties ought years ago to have been opened for settlement. A mere remnant of a tribe, insignificant in numbers, holding the finest portion of two counties, in the heart of the state, and against loyal citizens desiring homes, is not only a wrong, but an outrage—an increasing outrage, when we consider the fact that the Indians want to leave, and the government, in part, at least, is ready to provide for them elsewhere. Yet, not to be definite, I will say, congress appears unable to agree upon any plan for the disposition of this little tract of land after the Indians are gone. These counties, bearing burdens of taxation which they have taken upon themselves to secure railroads, need the aid of this tract to lighten these burdens. Justice, beyond a doubt, demands the immediate removal of these Indians and the opening of the land to settlement on some terms. Again I repeat the end of the law is justice. Congress, failing to do justice, breaks the law, and the people have a right, in justice, to take possession of the reservation. And why should they not take possession of this, as well as the Osage reservation? A railroad traverses it. It is surrounded by heavily populated counties. It is of no benefit to the Indians, as there is no game upon it. It is now unsettled, uncultivated, and untaxed. Will such a demonstration have to be made, as can only be made by a general uprising of the people, before our representatives and congress will open their eyes to the justice of their demands? It is to be hoped the time will not come, through the tardiness of congress, when the settlement of this reservation will be attempted to be maintained by the militia of these counties. But in many instances “forbearance ceases to be a virtue.” The people have “possessed their souls in patience” for many years, and witnessed the sale of reservations to private parties and corporations, in a wholesale way, and have noted the rapidity with which they have been put through congress and fixed up by the “department,” but have failed to see any brought into “market” upon terms which met the circumstances of the poorer classes. This congress ought not to adjourn leaving these matters as they are. One measure put through is worth more than a dozen bills introduced or twenty amendments offered and lost in the rubbish of the clerk’s desk. Hoping that you, with your colleagues, may be successful in procuring the immediate removal of these Indians, I am,

                                                          Respectfully yours,
                                                         C. V. ESKRIDGE.
E. R. Thompson and W. S. Thompson...
Winfield Courier, September 16, 1875.
Both brothers signed the following petition...
“This is to certify that we, whose names are hereto subscribed, do most heartily recommend for our next County Treasurer, Frank Gallotti, who has for the last year and a half faithfully and satisfactorily performed the duties of said office while acting in the capacity of Deputy; and we do hereby further certify that his character during that time has been such as to fully entitle him to the recommendation.
E. R. Thompson...
Arkansas City Traveler, January 26, 1876.   
                                               LEWIS WILLIAMS, Proprietor.
                                                    W. B. TRISSELL, Agent.
                                                   TREES!  TREES!  TREES!
AND NURSERY STOCK, Till you cannot rest. The undersigned (Agent of Rose Hill Nursery, Chetopa, Kansas) will deliver at Arkansas City, Kansas, on or before the FIRST DAY OF APRIL NEXT, the largest and best Nursery Stock that has ever been exhibited in the Southwest.]
We propose to make E. R. Thompson’s lots our delivering grounds.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 16, 1876.
The Beethoven Society gave one of their musical feasts at the schoolhouse, last Saturday evening, at which many were present. The exercises consisted of vocal and instrumental music of the highest order, and were exquisitely rendered and duly appreciated. PROGRAM LISTED. #15 WAS “HARK!  APOLLO STRIKES THE LYRE.”  PARTICIPANTS:  C. R. SIPES, WILL MOWRY, PROF. HULSE, MRS. C. R. MITCHELL, E. D. BOWEN, E. R. THOMPSON, MISS SHERBURNE, MRS. NEWMAN, MRS. R. A. HOUGHTON, MRS. R. C. HAYWOOD. The receipts of the evening were $18.90, a portion of which will be given to the school bell fund.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 23, 1876.
The excavation for E. R. Thompson’s new house, in the rear of Houghton & McLaughlin’s store, is completed.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 26, 1876.
More new houses are under construction in this place now than we have seen since the second year of its settle­ment. Thompson and Rexford, a commodious frame dwelling.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 10, 1876.
Thompson’s and Rexford’s new house is almost completed. It is large and commodious.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 6, 1876.
A meeting was called to form a Hayes and Wheeler club on Friday evening, September 1, at E. B. Kager’s office. Wm. Sleeth was chosen chairman of the meeting. On motion S. P. Channell was elected President of the club; C. M. Scott, Vice President; C. R. Mitchell, Secretary; I. H. Bonsall, Corresponding Secretary; W. S. Hunt, Treasurer.

Wm. Sleeth, E. R. Thompson, and H. P. Farrar were appointed as committee on constitution and by laws.
On motion E. B. Kager, Geo. Allen, Wm. Sleeth, A. W. Patterson, and W. D. Mowry were appointed an executive committee.
On motion E. R. Thompson, H. G. Bentley, and W. D. Mowry were appointed a committee on music, with power to form a glee club.
Moved and seconded that the proceedings of this meeting be published in the TRAVELER; also a notice of the next meeting of the club, and an invitation extended to all Republicans in the country adjoining to join the club.
After listening to remarks from Messrs. Kager, Scott, Rev. Thompson and others, the meeting adjourned, to meet Thursday night, September 7. S. P. CHANNELL, Pres.
C. R. MITCHELL, Sec’y.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 22, 1876.
SINGING. The members of the First Presbyterian Sunday School, and all who are interested in singing, are requested to meet at the church Friday evening, at 7½ o’clock. The members of the choir are also requested to attend, to practice hymns for the following Sabbath. E. R. THOMPSON, Chorister.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 13, 1876.
                                            Ed Thompson, Mrs. R. C. Haywood.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 9, 1877.
The applications for the next term of the public school at this place, beginning in September, will be acted on by the Board soon, and the award made. Prof. Bacon and Edwin Thompson have applied, up to this date.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 6, 1877.
The officers of School District No. 2 (Arkansas City), met at Mitchell’s office, May 30th, and accepted the application of Mr. Edwin Thompson, as principal of the school for the ensuing year, commencing September 1st, 1877, at $80 per month, for ten months school. Miss Ela remains as Assistant.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 11, 1877 - FRONT PAGE.
Rev. McClanahan, a new preacher, began the exercises with prayer. The Declaration was then commendably read by Mr. Parvin, of our side; then the brass band of your place, after a series of toots, and yells for “Charley,” “Frank,” “Ret,” “where’s Lyman Herrick?” and “where’s Ed. Thompson?” worked up a tune. We supposed “Charley” and “Frank” and “Ret” to be single men, and imagined they might be promenading with someone’s sister, but we do not know it. Yes, they worked up a tune finally. I would give you the name of it, if I could, but I could not find anyone who knew it.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 15, 1877.
The following are the teachers attending the Cowley County Normal.

Arkansas City. Misses Lizzie Landis, Mattie F. Mitchell, Ella Grimes, Albertine Maxwell, Belle Birdzell, Flora Finley, Kate Hawkins, Stella Burnett, Mary A. Pickett, Tillie Kennedy, Anna O. Wright; Messrs. B. F. Maricle, E. R. Thompson, J. F. Hess.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 12, 1877.
The following persons were qualified to teach in Cowley County at the last examination.
                                                        ARKANSAS CITY.
GRADE I: E. R. Thompson, J. O. Wilkinson, Mrs. R. Stauffer, Miss Ella Grimes.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 26, 1877.
The machinery of the school room needs occasional greasing, and there is an oil long since patented that parents are most successful in applying. Mr. Fleming has kindly consented to address the school on next Friday afternoon upon the subject of Education and the duty of parents in regard to the application of this oil. All interested in the progress of the school are invited to attend. Come early so as to visit both departments.
                                                 E. R. THOMPSON, Principal.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 3, 1877.
We availed ourselves of an opportunity of visiting the public schools at this place on Friday last, and readily conclude that our time was not lost by any means; in fact, we never visited a school and considered it time misspent. There is something attractive and even inviting in a school room. After we were comfortably seated, our first survey around the room re­vealed the first law of heaven—order, and the next of kin, cleanliness. The scholars resumed their studies intently as the occasional turning of a leaf or click of a pencil testified. The recitation we had unfortunately disturbed was again taken up, and by the way they were repeating, we concluded they were eagerly mining for book treasures, and with success. We were somewhat surprised at seeing so few patrons of the school present, and disappointed that the primary department was somewhat disabled by the sickness of the teacher. However, we enjoyed our visit, and will be likely to go again.
Everything moved with exact precision, to the satisfaction of both pupil and teacher—
and here let us say that in our two hours’ stay we never noticed a single scowl or pout on the face of any, large or small. Willing obedience characterized the school. This, to our mind, speaks volumes. Directly in front of us, on the blackboard, we thought we discovered the key to this. In a neat and legible hand was written: “Kindness wins what force can never gain.”
Evidently Mr. Thompson aims to discharge his whole duty and has won the confidence of the school. But if we may be allowed to judge, there is a great lack of sympathy between the teacher and the patrons in our school district. All who read the TRAVEL­ER will remember Mr. Bacon complained of this lack, and kindly invited co-operation in his work. None responded. The best policy is to lay by the rules of formality and go to work with a will, and our children will receive the benefit. Let us give our teacher a rousing support.

I was about to say a teacher’s power for good is only half developed unless there exists a friendly relation between the three parties concerned, the pupil, teacher, and parent. By spending a half day now and then with the school, we would be better able to discover a weakness in our children which we ourselves might strengthen, and not rely solely upon the teacher. These are little things in themselves, but they are grand in the end. The education of a mortal mind is no trifling matter. If we sit with our hands folded, waiting for some great deed to do, some of us will be likely to do nothing. “Between the great things we cannot do and the little things we will not do, life passes and nothing is done.”
It is to be regretted that so few heard what Mr. Fleming had to say to the school and patrons. Every word was as truth always is—bright and sparkling as new coin from the mint. What things he said might be repeated here, but knowing how much it would suffer at our hands, we wisely conclude to profit by his advice to us last Friday, and say to everybody else, go and do likewise, and hope you will all have an early opportunity.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 7, 1877.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 21, 1877.
PROGRAMME for the Literary Society next Friday evening.
Debate: I. H. Bonsall, Amos Walton, Ed. Thompson, and Judge Christian.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 12, 1877.
Programme for the Literary Society next Friday evening showed the following participants: Annie Norton, Chas. Swarts, Miss Pickett, Arthur & Archie Coombs, W. D. Mowry, Edwin Thomp­son, Ella Grimes, Clarence Harris, Miss DeCoo, Peter Trissell, Amos Walton, and L. Norton.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 2, 1878.
Friday, Dec. 22, closed the first term of the public schools at this place. The afternoon was very wet and the result was a small attendance, especially in the highest department. We were only confirmed in our first opinion as to the success of the schools. From all the circumstantial evidence produced, we are forced to acknowledge that Mr. Thompson has done well.
Declamations, essays, and the distribution of prizes were the exercises of the evening. We wondered if any of us knew the extent of delight those little presents occasioned. As each one received his or her prize, and marched back to their seat bearing their honors as bravely as possible, we noticed more than one little smile peep out of the corner of their mouths.
                                                TEACHERS’ DIRECTORY.
Winfield Courier, January 17, 1878.        
       District No. 2. Arkansas City—E. R. Thompson; Miss M. L. Ela; Mrs. T. M. Theaker.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 13, 1878.
The work of the advanced classes, under Mr. Thompson, is honest and zealous, and the spirit of teacher and scholars seemed to indicate that all felt the importance of the duties before them. Mr. Thompson is laboring diligently and conscientiously to elevate the standard of scholarship and character among his pupils, and in this he deserves and doubtless has the cordial support of all the patrons of his scholars.
Winfield Courier, April 18, 1878.
                                           COWLEY COUNTY TEACHERS.

                                                                GRADE 1.
Arkansas City. Ella Grimes, Ruth Staufer, Mr. E. R. Thompson, Mr. J. O. Wilkinson, Mr. C. L. Swarts.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 22, 1878.
During the past week some ten of our leading businessmen’s wives have gone east and north to spend the summer: Mrs. O. P. Houghton, Mrs. J. L. Huey, Mrs. R. C. Haywood, Mrs. A. A. Newman, Mrs. H. P. Farrar, Mrs. M. Rexford, Mrs. David Thompson, Mrs. Ed. Thompson, Mrs. Wm. Sleeth, Mrs. S. P. Channell.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 5, 1878.
Arkansas City takes a holiday trip today. Maj. Sleeth and wife go to Ohio; Mrs. Channell, Mrs. Thompson, and David Thompson go to Canada; Mrs. Newman and Mrs. Haywood go to New England; Charles Gallert and others go to California; S. P. Channell goes to Oregon; and Dr. Shepard and wife go to Missouri. Courier.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 22, 1879.
The following were duly installed as officers of the Knights of Honor for the ensuing six months on the first Tuesday in January, 1879.
James Benedict, P. D.; S. P. Channell, D.; I. H. Bonsall, V. D.; Thos. L. Mantor, A. D.; O. P. Houghton, Chaplain; T. H. McLaughlin, F. R.; E. R. Thompson, R.; Manson Rexford, Steward; I. M. Ware, Guardian; G. Mott, Sentinel.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 19, 1879.
Ed. R. Thompson proposes to put in a full stock of lumber and sell it cheap. Just what we need.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 19, 1879.
Stacy Matlack has purchased of Edwin Thompson twelve lots in the northwest part of town, and will erect a residence.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 16, 1879.
Read the ad of E. R. Thompson, who keeps on hand all kinds of pine lumber. Give him a call.
AD:                                                          LUMBER.
                           E. R. THOMPSON, DEALER IN ALL KINDS OF PINE
                                             LUMBER, DOORS, AND SASH.
Call and see me and get prices before buying elsewhere. Also CONTRACTOR & BUILDER.
Yard and Shop near my Residence in Arkansas City, Kansas.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 30, 1879.
The woodwork on the Cowley County Bank building was done by E. R. Thompson, who keeps a lumber yard, and is prepared to build you a cottage or mansion.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 18, 1879.
                                                       E. R. THOMPSON,
Call and see me and get prices before buying elsewhere. Also Contractor & Builder.
                                          Yard and Shop near my Residence in

                                               ARKANSAS CITY, KANSAS.
Winfield Courier, June 19, 1879.
Arkansas City Town Co. to E. R. Thompson, lots 18, 19, 20, and 21, blk 100, Ark. City. $20.00.
E. R. Thompson and brother-in-law, S. P. Channell...
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 10, 1879.
                                                THOMPSON & CHANNELL,
                               Call and see us and get prices before buying elsewhere.
                                          Also CONTRACTORS & BUILDERS
                                 Office opposite City Hotel, Arkansas City, Kansas.
                           We also have some rare bargains in LAND & CITY LOTS.
E. R. Thompson...
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 10, 1879.
E. R. Thompson went to Wichita on Tuesday last.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 24, 1879.
The officers elected for the coming year of Cresswell Lodge, A. F. and A. M., No. 133, are: W. M., James Benedict; Senior Warden, James Ridenour; Junior Warden, Charles Parker; Senior Deacon, James I. Mitchell; Junior Deacon, Edwin R. Thompson; Treasurer, Harry P. Farrar; Secretary, Isaac H. Bonsall; Tyler, Cyrus M. Scott; Senior Stewart, Charles R. Sipes; Junior Stewart, James C. Topliff; Organist, William D. Mowry.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 3, 1880.
Messrs. Thompson & Rexford are having a neat picket fence placed around their property on West Fifth Avenue.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 24, 1880.
                                                        CASH ACCOUNT.
Amount of cash received by the City Clerk since March 15th, 1879, to March 14th, 1880, both inclusive.
June 3, 1879: E. R. Thompson, lumber for dump wagons: $8.17
Oct. 25, 1879: E. R. Thompson, lumber for sidewalks: $17.28
Jan. 15, 1880: Thompson & Channell, lumber for street crossings: $21.61
Arkansas City Traveler, April 14, 1880.
Daniels and Harry have moved their Picture Gallery across the street into the room formerly occupied by Channell and Thompson.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 9, 1880.
E. R. Thompson, wife and family, and Mrs. M. Rexford and family left last Monday for their former home at Magog, P. Q., Canada, where they expect to visit during the next three months.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 22, 1880.
Mrs. Rexford and Mrs. E. R. Thompson, with their sister, Mrs. Mullins, returned from Canada last Saturday. Mrs. Mullins will spend the winter in Southern Kansas.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 20, 1881.
E. R. Thompson and Manson Rexford are now running a general store in partnership, at Richfield, Minnesota.
[Note: It appears that there was another “E. R. Thompson.” This gentleman ran a drug store at Cleardale. MAW]
Arkansas City Traveler, April 20, 1881.
E. R. Thompson and Manson Rexford are running a general country store in Dakota Territory.
                                  [Last entry found relative to E. R. Thompson.]
                                                  R. A. (“Adam”) Thompson.
Bolton Township 1873: R. A. Thompson, age 37; spouse, Clarissa A., age 30.
Bolton Township 1874: R. A. Thompson, age 37; spouse, C. A., age 34.
Kansas 1875 Census Bolton Township, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.
Name                                 age sex color      Place/birth         Where from
R. A. (Adam) Thompson    39 m     w            Canada            Canada
Clarissa Thompson       35   f      w            Canada            Canada
Carlos F. Thompson           14 m     w            Canada            Canada
Herbert A. Thompson   12 m     w            Canada            Canada
Clarence E. Thompson    7 m     w            Canada            Canada
Also listed: Wm. S. Thompson [31 m w], Place of Birth Canada; Where from, Canada.
Bolton Township 1878: R. A. Thompson, age 40; spouse, Clarissa, age 36.
Also listed: Wm. S. Thompson, age 32.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Messenger, July 12, 1872.
Board of County Commissioners (Frank Cox, O. C. Smith, and J. D. Maurer) acted on road petitions. One of John Tipton, granted with O. H. Ward, Frank Speers, and R. A. Thompson as viewers. Survey July 12th, 1872.
Winfield Messenger, August 16, 1872.
Old petition of John Tipton granted with O. Howard, Frank Speers, and R. A. Thompson as viewers. Survey August 28th, 1872.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 13, 1873.
Board of County Commissioners (Frank Cox, O. C. Smith, and J. D. Maurer) met. Petition of Frank Gallotti granted with R. A. Thompson, J. C. Topliff, and O. C. Smith as viewers, to meet for survey March 31st, 1873.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1877.
FULL-BLOOD BERKSHIRE PIGS for sale cheap, for cash. R. A. THOMPSON.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 2, 1877.
A. Thompson sold his south 80 acres to Gardner Mott for a team worth $300.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 27, 1878.
R. A. THOMPSON has been appointed administrator of the estate of Capt. O. C. Smith, deceased.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 17, 1878.

R. A. THOMPSON has resigned the appointment of administrator of the estate of O. C. Smith. Clara Smith, of Garrettsville, Ohio, a young lady eighteen years of age, and daughter of O. C. Smith, is here to look after the estate, accompanied by Mr. Gage, a cousin.
Winfield Courier, May 9, 1878.
Probate Court. Estate of O. C. Smith. Thompson, administrator, resigned, and Strong Pepper appointed.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 11, 1878.
Mrs. R. A. Thompson, visiting Canada, writes that there is considerable sickness in the Dominion, and is anxious to return. It does not seem a good plan to change climates during the extreme heat of summer.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 2, 1878.
At a Republican meeting in Bolton Township last Thursday, R. A. Thompson was called to the chair and Thomas S. Parvin was chosen secretary. The following officers were then nominated: Trustee, J. M. Sample; Treasurer, A. J. Kimmell; Clerk, A. H. Buckwalter; Justices, T. S. Parvin, J. Linton; Constable, J. Pearson. R. A. Thompson and T. S. Parvin were then elected delegates to the Dexter convention, after which the meeting adjourned.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 16, 1879.
DIED. ADAM THOMPSON, of Bolton Township, and one of the oldest residents of this county, died last Saturday afternoon. He was first afflicted with bloody flux, but we understand his death was caused mainly by typhoid fever. He will be missed by a large circle of friends. The funeral ceremonies were held at the white church Sunday afternoon.
Winfield Courier, July 17, 1879.
Arkansas City, July 13, 1879. Died. One our oldest and most respectable citizens, Adam Thompson, of Bolton, died on Saturday and was buried today. He was ill but a few days.
                                                      Herbert A. Thompson.
                                            Son of R. A. (“Adam”) Thompson.
Arkansas City Traveler. January 28, 1880.
Herbert Thompson is quite sick with pneumonia, at his home in Bolton Township.
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.
Winfield Courier, December 20, 1883.
Probate Judge issued a marriage license to Herbert A. Thompson and Alice Townsley.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 2, 1884.
Married. At the residence of the bride’s parents, Bolton Township, December 25, 1883, by Rev. S. B. Fleming, Herbert A. Thompson and Allie I. Townsley. The happy couple have our best wishes for a long and happy life.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 1, 1884.
Born to H. A. Thompson and wife, on Thursday, September 25, an eight pound girl.
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 Republican, Saturday, March 7, 1885.
The following is a list of transfers for January, 1885, as taken from the transfer books of Frank J. Hess, Real Estate Agent.
A. G. Lowe to Herbert A. Thompson, 5 lots: $120.00.
A. G. Lowe to Herbert A. Thompson, 5 lots: $250.00.
Herbert A. Thompson to A. G. Lowe, house and lot: $1,000.00.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 25, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers, filed in the office of Register of Deeds yesterday.
H. A. Thompson et ux to T. R. Houghton, lots 23 and 24, block 115, Arkansas City: $75.00.
Arkansas City Republican, May 15, 1886.
Bert Thompson sold to D. G. Carder, house and lot, $650.00.

                                                      William S. Thompson.
Kansas 1875 Census Bolton Township, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.
Name                                 age sex color      Place/birth         Where from
Lydia H. Thompson            67   f      w            Canada            Canada
Wm. S. Thompson       31 m     w            Canada            Canada
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 12, 1876.
All members of Creswell Grange are requested to be present at next regular meeting as business of importance will be transacted. W. S. THOMPSON, Secretary.
Winfield Courier, August 17, 1876. Editorial Page.
Bolton: Delegates, W. E. Chenoweth, Frank Lorry, and Will Thompson.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 20, 1876.
A motion being made that a County Central Committee be elected, giving to each township in the county one member, the following were elected.
                                               BOLTON: W. S. THOMPSON.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 28, 1877.
Mr. McGuire had a well built on his farm one day last week. Mr. Will Thompson was contractor and builder. Mr. James Sample is going to have one built by the same party.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 30, 1878.
The articles taken from Schiffbauer’s store on Monday night were six silver plated knives, some finished Elgin staffs, some roller jewels, and eighteen watches, in all valued at $482. The watches belonged to the following named persons, with the values set opposite their names.
                                               W. S. Thompson, silver, $35.00.

Partners: James Ridenour and Wm. S. Thompson...
Arkansas City Traveler, April 28, 1880.
We call attention to the new “ad” in this issue of Ridenour & Thompson, dealers in watches, clocks, cigars, stationery, etc., who may be found in their new room at the Post Office. Give them a call. AD: SHOWING WATCH, RING, ETC.
                                                RIDENOUR & THOMPSON,
                               STORE IN POST OFFICE ON SUMMIT STREET.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 15, 1880.
Ridenour & Thompson have just received a fine clock, which will shortly grace the schoolhouse.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 15, 1880.
A petition was circulated last week to have the post office moved back to Arkansas City, and it will be moved this week to the building known as Tivoli Hall. That popular, whole-souled firm of Ridenour & Thompson have taken their stock of jewelry to the same place, and now you can get anything you want in their line without walking yourself to death to get there.
LATER. The post office has changed its mind again, and won’t come down.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 22, 1880.
Good cigars? Well, we should rather remark! They are the nicest looking, smoothest smoking, best flavored, and most satisfactory we have seen for some time. Ridenour & Thompson keep them as a supplement to their fine stock of jewelry, and if they don’t make any money out of them, they will make lots of friends among the smokers.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 10, 1880.
Ridenour & Thompson have been fitting up new show cases for their late stock of jewelry for the holiday trade. Their assort­ment of watches and jeweler’s goods is the best ever in Arkansas City. Go in and look at them, and if you haven’t money enough to buy finery, step over to the other side of the house and try the best nickel cigar in town.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 2, 1881.
The post office is now located in Ridenour & Thompson’s jewelry store on west Summit street.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 2, 1881.
The post office was transferred into the hands of J. C. Topliff last Friday, and removed to its new quarters in Ridenour & Thompson’s store the same day.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 16, 1881.
R. E. Grubbs, who recently purchased Ridenour & Thompson’s stock of stationery, is now with us for good, and is fitting up the south side of the post office most tastefully. He has a large stock now here, and more on the way, making the most complete assortment in this line ever in Arkansas City.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 13, 1881.
Messrs. Ridenour & Thompson’s jewelry store in the P. O. building, presents quite a gala appearance now, owing to the tasteful arrangement of the large assortment of elegant clocks they have just received.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 27, 1881.

Ridenour & Thompson have a brand new sign. Look out for it.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 24, 1881.
The Post Office Building has been entirely renovated inter­nally and the transfer of the post office, Messrs. Ridenour and Thompson’s jewelry store, and R. E. Grubbs’s library and stationery stock will probably take place sometime during the coming week.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 16, 1881.
Messrs. Ridenour & Thompson’s jewelry store now makes a charming picture.
W. S. Thompson...
Arkansas City Traveler, January 4, 1882.
                                                  MASQUERADE PARTY.
The social event of the Holiday week was the masquerade party held at the residence of Mr. James L. Huey on Friday evening, December 30th.
                     Guest and character represented: W. S. Thompson - “Father Time.”
Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.
Ridenour & Thompson. Post office Building. Arkansas City, Kansas.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 14, 1883.
The Ladies of the M. E. Church will give a Valentine Festival at the Central Avenue House today by serving dinner from 12 until 3 p.m., and supper from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. As the ladies are making a special effort to meet all expenses incident to the close of the Pastoral year, it is hoped that all friends and well-wishers who can possibly be present will come and bring their friends. Tickets may be had at Ridenour & Thompson’s.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 13, 1883.
Messrs. Scott, Topliff, Mowry, and Thompson, accompanied by the Misses Dent, Gardiner, Burrows, and Peed, visited Winfield last Friday to attend Prof. Farringer’s concert, and we have no doubt enjoyed themselves immensely, especially on their way home by the silvery light of the moon.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 19, 1883.
Will Mowry, Will Thompson, J. C. Topliff, and others will visit Chicago and the East this fall.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 7, 1883.
Quite a pleasant party of young people, consisting of Messrs. Hawk, Hess, Thompson, Coombs, Gage, and Wyckoff, with the Misses Johnson, Smith, Peed, Phillips, Christian, and Walton took in the fount of healing waters at Geuda last Sunday. Such a merry group could not fail in having the enjoyable time they report.
Arkansas City Traveler, Supplement, December 19, 1883.
A Card. As a self-appointed committee to provide a Christmas treat for the Indian children at Otoe Agency, I desire to return my sincere thanks to Messrs. A. A. Newman & Co., Ware & Pickering, J. H. Sherburne, C. Schiffbauer, Sylvester Piltch, Ridenour & Thompson, and the TRAVELER for the assistance so kindly given me in the furtherance of this object. L. E. WOODIN, Jr., Clerk in charge of Otoe Agency.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 16, 1884.
JEWELERS. Ridenour & Thompson, and Prof. Leon Lacosta can supply any want felt for gold or silverware. Their stocks are complete, and can be purchased at lowest rates.

Arkansas City Republican, April 5, 1884.
                      Two of those who signed petition: W. S. Thompson, Jas. Ridenour.
Arkansas City Republican, July 19, 1884.
                                                      Blaine and Logan Club.
At a meeting called for Monday evening, July 14, 1884, to be held in Judge Bonsall’s office, by the chairman, C. T. Atkinson, who was appointed by the county convention at Winfield last Saturday, I. H. Bonsall was chosen secretary. The following pledge was signed by the persons whose names appear below:
                              W. S. Thompson was one of the names listed on pledge.
Arkansas City Republican, August 30, 1884.
Jim Ridenour came rushing into our office last Tuesday afternoon and holding up a fine watch before our eyes, with the celebrated Rockford movement in it, demanded the time of day. We looked and to our astonishment we saw the hands marked seven minutes past 11 o’clock. The mystery was soon explained. It was one of those new twenty-four hour system watches. They are quite a curiosity. Go and see them at Ridenour & Thompson’s.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 3, 1884.
Here’s a straw: Ridenour & Thompson have sold fifty-four Blaine and Logan watch charms, and only four Cleveland and Hendricks charms.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 3, 1884.
Our watch and clock men, Ridenour & Thompson, have in stock a lot of twenty-four hour dial plates, this being the latest departure in the horological line. We would advise our young men to get one of them so that they may be posted from 13 to 24 o’clock.
Arkansas City Republican, October 4, 1884.
Tuesday morning Ridenour & Thompson received a handsome ten foot show case. It is 18 inches high, and with the handsome line of jewelry to be displayed within, it is indeed a “thing of beauty,” and we hope will be a joy forever.
Arkansas City Republican, October 11, 1884.
Ridenour & Thompson have received a new regulator. It is a handsome time-piece and is just what has been needed in Arkansas City for some time. When you want the correct time, this is the “machine” to set by.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 15, 1884.
Ridenour & Thompson have a new regulator that actually regulates the sun, moon, and stars, so far as time is concerned. It is a magnificent clock, and has been tested one year at the factory, which guarantees its accuracy.
Arkansas City Republican, October 18, 1884.
Judge Bonsall has on exhibition at Ridenour & Thompson an excellent recommendation of his ability as an artist. It is a photographic view of all the business houses on the east side of Summit Street from Central Avenue south. The picture is 15 x 18 inches and is the largest photographic view the REPUBLICAN men ever saw.
Arkansas City Republican, October 25, 1884.

Ridenour & Thompson will occupy their new quarters next week. They have just received a large stock of clocks, jewelry, etc., and will show the people what is what in a few days. Snyder & Gould have also received some of their stock of books, and stationery. Their opening will occur at the same time as Ridenour & Thompson’s.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 5, 1884.
                                                            Our Post Office.
Among the many good buildings that have been completed in our city during the past year, our new post office formally opened to the public last week takes a front rank.
It is a substantial stone building, 110 feet deep by 25 feet in width, pressed brick front, cut stone trimmings, and the whole surrounded by an elegant stone capping, the finest of the kind yet to be found in our town.
The building, which was erected by our postmaster, J. C. Topliff, is specially fitted for the transaction of postal business, being supplied with every convenience that will conduce the rapid delivery of the mail and the general dispatch of business. The rear part is lighted by a skylight, and the interior fixtures, in the way of boxes, wainscoting, etc., of black walnut, makes a decidedly attractive and elegant appearance. The furnace for heating both the office and store rooms is in the basement and is the first of its kind put up in the city. The patrons of the office will no doubt fully appreciate the action of our postmaster in providing them with the best arranged, most perfectly appointed, and withal, the most beautiful postoffice in the county.
The store room is occupied on the north by the large and entirely new stock of stationery, books, etc., purchased by the new firm of Snyder & Gould, while on the south, the magnificent display made by our pioneer jewelers, Ridenour & Thompson, put in the shade anything heretofore seen in the city. Both stores are fitted up alike with handsome tables and large show cases, all of which make up a whole of which the citizens of Arkansas City may justly be proud.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 5, 1884.
Messrs. Ridenour & Thompson, of the postoffice jewelry store, are out in a new addition to their advertisement this week. It may benefit your sight to read it.
                           “The man who did not buy a Rockford watch (he got Left.)”
                                   FOR SALE BY RIDENOUR & THOMPSON.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 19, 1884.
We cannot speak too highly of the artistic appearance of our new post office. The appearance of the interior as arranged by Ridenour & Thompson, and Gould & Snyder, is certainly very fine.
Arkansas City Republican, November 22, 1884.
Ridenour & Thompson have E. L. Kingsbury employed in their jewelry establishment to superintend the winding of watches—minus the spring.
                                  [THIS AD WAS RUN IN PAPER SIDEWAYS.]

Arkansas City Traveler, November 26, 1884.
We notice E. L. Kingsberry sitting at the table in Ridenour & Thompson’s rasping away with a foot file on a one-eighth inch cog wheel, and playing sad havoc with his fingers in the attempt. Ed. is a good workman and if you want your watches repaired, we can recommend him. Ours? Well, now, we think a good deal of our old watch.
Arkansas City Republican, December 20, 1884.
R. E. Grubbs is assisting in the Ridenour & Thompson jewelry establishment through the holidays.
Arkansas City Republican, December 20, 1884.
                               RIDENOUR & THOMPSON’S JEWELRY STORE.
Here extensive preparations have been made for the holiday trade. Goods have been arriving almost daily for the past month. Nothing is more popular among the ladies for a present than jewelry. This fact inspires their gentlemen friends with the idea of a gift of some kind of a jewelry ornament. Superb gold watches and chains fit to grace a queen are plentifully displayed in their handsome show cases. Beautiful finger rings, necklaces, brooches, and other ornaments suitable for a present to your sweetheart, wife, mother, sister, or daughter. For the gentlemen they have rings, watches, clocks, charms, chains, etc. For Young America they have the best thing on earth as a reminder of the time to go to school—The Rockford watch. It keeps the correct time. You need have no fear of your son being tardy at school, provided he has a Rockford movement watch. Now is the time to buy one and at Ridenour & Thompson’s is the place to make the purchase. There is silverware in superabundance on their shelves. Table cutlery, spoons, castors, card-receivers, that makes the eyes of the spectator glisten with pleasure by their wondrous beauty. Located in the mammoth new store room of the post office, they have a splendid opportunity to show their stock to an advantage. One whole side of the room—some 100 feet—is occupied with their goods. The same distance is occupied by their handsome show-cases, seventeen inches in the clear. They are filled chock full of jewelry. Now a few good words for the proprietors and we will pass on. The REPUBLICAN never tires of saying good words for such good-natured, courteous gentlemen. Jas. Ridenour, the senior member, has been in the jewelry business over eight years in Arkansas City. Jim, as he is familiarly known, is so jolly that it is really a pleasure to buy a big bill of goods from him. You feel when you get through with him that you could pay twice the sum demanded for the goods. Will Thompson is an Arkansas City boy. All know him to be a man of sterling worth to any community. Rather quiet, but sociable, he is quite a favorite among their patrons, especially the ladies. All of the above facts combined, we predict a large holiday trade for Ridenour & Thompson.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 24, 1884.
We notice R. E. Grubbs’ smiling, but somewhat reduced, countenance behind Ridenour & Thompson’s elegant show cases.
Arkansas City Republican, January 10, 1885.
Will Thompson resigned his position as assistant postmaster. Chas. Chapel succeeds him. The labor in the post office is steadily increasing, but “Top” says the salary does not.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 14, 1885.

Charles Chapel’s smiling countenance now illuminates the wicket at the post office. He is now assistant postmaster vice Will Thompson, resigned.
Arkansas City Republican, January 17, 1885.
Will Thompson has not resigned his position in the post office. He has been promoted a step higher; Chas. Chapel, on account of the heavy mails, has been engaged to assist.
Arkansas City Republican, January 17, 1885.
D. N. Phillips is assisting in Ridenour & Thompson’s at the bench.
E. R. and W. S. Thompson...
Arkansas City Traveler, January 28, 1885.
                                                     AFTER MANY DAYS.
                                                           This is a parable.
A way in the dim past about A. D. 1875 Wellington wanted to have a way up Fourth of July celebration, and imagining that Home musical talent was not the thing, applied for the Arkansas City band to discourse sweet music for them.
All arrangements were made for ten pieces, and the gentlemen who went to Wellington were as follows: Messrs. E. R. and W. S. Thompson, Lyman Herrick, Rob and Tom Baird, C. R. Sipes, Frank Speers, Rit Berkey, C. Balcom, and Al. Wells.
Several members of the band, proper, were absent, but after much skirmishing around nine musicians were found and the tenth piece was a dummy; or in other words, a make believe player with a silent horn. Everything went off serene, they got their pay and all was lovely.
Here comes the turn of the tune. Arkansas City wanted a way-up dance, tip top imported music, no home talent, you know, but something immense, and Wichita’s Italian Band kindly responded and agreed to ravish our souls with the thrilling strains of four pieces. They came, they played. It was good and everybody was pleased, but nevertheless we had our own medicine to take for the dummy was there sure enough with his little horn. History repeats itself and the moral of this is, patronize home institutions.
Arkansas City Republican, January 31, 1885.
                                         THE CITIZEN’S LECTURE COURSE.
For this entire course of lectures but $4.50 will be charged. Remember Geo. R. Wendling will be first. His lecture, “Personality of Satan,” will be delivered Monday evening, February 9. Tickets can be procured for the course of either of the above named parties or at Ridenour & Thompson’s jewelry store.
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.
                                    Will Thompson was one of those who attended.
Arkansas City Republican, February 21, 1885.

The Jennie Bowen Combination at the opera house, Feb. 23; to remain four nights. Reserved seats on sale at the Ridenour & Thompson, at 50 cents, general admission 35 cents.
Arkansas City Republican, March 14, 1885.
Special scenery is carried for A Mountain Pink by the Louise Sylvester Company and we may expect something out of the ordinary in stage setting. Get seats at Ridenour & Thompson’s. She appears Tuesday evening.
Arkansas City Republican, March 14, 1885.
The second entertainment of the Citizen’s Lecture Course tonight, Cumnock, the reader and elocutionist. Seats for sale at Ridenour & Thompson’s.
Arkansas City Republican, March 14, 1885.
Ridenour & Thompson have put a large watch sign in front of their jewelry establishment.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 21, 1885.
Ridenour & Thompson have just received a new kind of alarm clock. For the alarm it rings a small, sweet toned bell, which is attached on top of the clock. Instead of being rudely awakened in the early morn by a harsh sound, you gently return to consciousness by the hearing of sweet chimes. It is an unique invention, and is the work of the Gilbert Clock Company at Chicago.
Arkansas City Republican, April 4, 1885.
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.
                                             W. S. Thompson signed the request.
Married: William S. Thompson and Linnie A. Peed...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 11, 1885.
W. S. Thompson and L. A. Peed were in the hub Wednesday from the Terminus.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 25, 1885.
William S. Thompson and Linnie Peed were the only matrimonial condolence offered the Probate Judge Thursday.
Arkansas City Republican, June 27, 1885.
The joke is on Jim Ridenour. Wednesday evening Will Thompson was married. Thursday morning as consequence, cigars were handed out. Jim superintended the treating and everyone thought it was his celebration. Finally one man summoned up enough courage to ask: “Is it a boy or girl, Jim?” Jim’s face reddened and his answer of “Neither,” still left the crowd in the dark.
Arkansas City Republican, June 27, 1885.

MARRIED. Cupid at last pierced the heart of Wm. S. Thompson so deeply with its unerring shaft that on Wednesday evening at the residence of the bride’s mother, at 9 o’clock, he was united in marriage to Miss Linnie Peed. Rev. F. L. Walker, of the First Baptist Church performed the marriage ceremony. The lady whom Mr. Thompson has selected for his wife is well known in Arkansas City. She grew from girlish days up to womanhood in our midst and as a consequence, by her good behavior, commands the respect and admiration of a very large coterie of friends and acquaintances. Of a kind disposition and affectionate nature, we feel safe in saying Will will never regret the choice he has made in the selection of a helpmate. The groom, like the bride, has passed the greater part of his days in Arkansas City. The best words we can say for Will is that he is an uncompromising Republican and a businessman of integrity. The REPUBLICAN gladly extends its most cordial greeting to the new couple, wishing them a happy life, and ere either of the twain be called to pass over the river of eternity, an occasion will be offered wherein the groom is so exuberant that he once again distributes the Havana fillers among their many friends.
For the present Mr. and Mrs. Thompson will reside at the home of Mrs. Peed. None but intimate friends were invited to be in attendance upon the marriage ceremony.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 27, 1885.
George W. Bain, the Kentucky orator, will deliver his celebrated lecture, “A Journey to the Golden Gate,” or, “The age and Land in Which we Live,” in Highland Opera House, Monday evening, June 29.
The REPUBLICAN advises all to hear Mr. Bain. Seats can be secured at Ridenour & Thompson’s. Admission 50 and 35 cents.
Arkansas City Republican, July 4, 1885.
D. D. Myers, the sociable conductor of the A. T. & S. F. Road, dropped into our sanctum Tuesday and desired the REPUBLICAN to extend his thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Will Thompson for a bountiful supply of bridal cake.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 18, 1885.
                                                        Council Proceedings.
Will S. Thompson, of the firm of Ridenour & Thompson, made a request asking a rebate of part of the amount of occupation tax, which was left for a committee to look into and report.
Arkansas City Republican, July 18, 1885.
Last summer during August, G. W. Ramage, of Pleasant Valley Township, was ploughing in a field. In some way he knocked his watch out of his pocket without knowing it and it was covered up in the furrow. He did not know where he had dropped the timepiece, so he went on and sowed his wheat crop, cut, and stacked it, and last Friday he commenced breaking up. He kept a careful lookout for his watch and finally turned it up. He brought it to town and had Ridenour & Thompson make needed repairs. It was an open face four ounce case watch with P. S. Bartlett’s works. After laying on the ground for 11 months, the only repair needed was the removal of some rust which accumulated around the main post.
Arkansas City Republican, August 8, 1885.
Will Thompson has purchased the house and two lots in the Fourth ward belonging to Ed. Malone. He is making needed repairs this week on the house and on completion will occupy it with his wife and mother-in-law.
Arkansas City Republican, August 15, 1885.
Billy Kersands’ minstrel tonight in Highland Opera House. Seats on sale at Ridenour & Thompson’s.
Arkansas City Republican, August 15, 1885.
W. S. Thompson has built an addition to his residence in the first ward and will soon have the house ready for occupancy.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 20, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds since our last issue.
Linnie Thompson et al to Amanda Malone, lots 21 and 22, sec 62, and lots 3 and 4, block 117, Arkansas City: $275.00.
Edward Malone et ux to Linnie A. Thompson, lots 19 and 20, block 51, Arkansas City: $850.00.
Arkansas City Republican, August 22, 1885.
Ridenour & Thompson have the largest stock of jewelry in the city. Their prices are way down too. Some of the finest ladies watches you ever look at in stock now.
Arkansas City Republican, September 5, 1885.
Will Thompson and family have moved into their new home in the First Ward.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 23, 1885.
Ridenour & Thompson have received a large invoice of plated ware and solid silver goods for table service of the newest and most elegant designs, and this addition to their stock, tastefully arranged on their shelves and in their showcases, is attractive to all lovers of the aesthetic. This enterprise shows that dull times do not very seriously affect their business.
Arkansas City Republican, September 26, 1885.
The REPUBLICAN does not wish to make any firm vain by laudation, but when we enter Ridenour & Thompson’s jewelry store and cast our optics on the grand display of silverware, we cannot refrain from saying that their stock excels any in the city of Wichita.
Arkansas City Republican, October 10, 1885.
The weddings which are occurring frequently in our city have caused a raid to be made on Ridenour & Thompson’s large stock of silverware. But they have enough for all. Go and see some stock and prepare for the coming events.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 14, 1885.
     L. M. CRAWFORD’S CIRCUIT Engagement of the Brilliant and Extremely Popular Comedienne, LOUISE SYLVESTER, Aided by an EXCELLENT COMPANY Of Comic and Vocal Artists in the Funniest, Newest, and Brightest, and in every sense the best of Musical Absurdities entitled A HOT TIME, a Rollicking, Jolly, Indescribable Comic Gem, filled with the latest idea of Modern Humor, brightened by the most sparkling original music, and catchiest selections from the greatest Comic Opera Successes of Paris, London, and New York, including Gilbert and Sullivan’s latest (and greatly litigated) “MIKADO.”
Prices 75 and 50 cents.
Seats on sale at Ridenour & Thompson’s without extra charge.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 28, 1885.
James Ridenour is extending his visit in the east, without leave from headquarters, and his partner, Will Thompson, is overwhelmed with work.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 31, 1885.
The following is a partial list of the improvements made in Arkansas City since March 1, 1885.

                                              Will Thompson, cottage, $600.00.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 4, 1885.
Will Thompson is suffering from sore throat, and a general state of physical disrepair.
Arkansas City Republican, November 7, 1885.
Will S. Thompson has been shaking with malaria this week.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 11, 1885.
O. C. Hardway, the watch repairer, is now with Ridenour & Thompson, and his skill as a workman is surpassed by none other in Southern Kansas.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 11, 1885.
Ridenour & Thompson yesterday were packing some elegant articles of plate, purchased by Mrs. James L. Huey, Mrs. Frank Hess, and Mrs. Fred Farrar, for presentation to Miss Julia Deming, formerly of this city, but now living in Wichita, to grace her approaching nuptials.
Arkansas City Republican, November 14, 1885.
O. C. Hardway, the jeweler, has closed his repair shop located in Steinberger’s pharmacy and accepted a position in the large jewelry establishment of Ridenour & Thompson. Mr. Hardway is a skilled workman.
Arkansas City Republican, November 28, 1885.
If you want anything repaired, go to Ridenour & Thompson.
If you want a good gold pen, go to Ridenour & Thompson’s.
If you want a good clock cheap, go to Ridenour & Thompson’s.
It don’t cost you anything to get goods, bought of Ridenour & Thompson, engraved (by hand).
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 2, 1885.
The entertainment of the Wilberforce Colored Concert Company, given in the Baptist Church on Monday evening, drew a crowded house, and afforded a musical treat to the hearers. The singers were Frank A. Stewart and wife, and W. S. Thompson and wife, the pianist Mr. C. A. White. They gave a long repertory of selections, several of a classical character which were alternated with popular songs. The execution was admirable, a number of the pieces being heartily encored. Mr. J. B. French gave several humorous recitations, the droller of his elocution proving irresistible. The performance was enjoyed by all.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 23, 1885.
The following petition was read to the city council on December 15, 1885.
To the Hon. Mayor: We the undersigned citizens of Arkansas City respectfully request that city ordinance No. 3 be so amended as to read that all auctioneers of dry goods, hardware, boots and shoes, clothing, hats and caps, furnishing, fancy goods and notions, agricultural implements, wagons and buggies, jewelry, groceries, drugs, and all other goods carried by legitimate business houses of this city shall pay a license of $25 per day. We pray the honorable Mayor and council to act immediately on this matter in the interest of the businessmen of Arkansas City.
                             Ridenour & Thompson participated in signing this petition.
After much discussion on motion the petition was referred to a special committee to be chosen by the mayor.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 5, 1885.
In accordance with a notice to that effect, a meeting was held in Masonic Hall Wednesday evening for the purpose of instituting a Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, Past Grand Master, Wm. Cowgill, presiding. Mrs. Linnie A. Thompson was chosen Worthy Matron; Jas. Ridenour, Worthy Patron; Mrs. Matilda Bird, Worthy Associate Matron; Mrs. Mary Hess, Secretary; and Mrs. Hattie Gooch, Treasurer. After several votes on a name, it was decided to call it “Myrtle Chapter.”
On motion it was decided to hold the regular meetings of this chapter on the second Wednesday of each month. There were 62 charter members. After remarks by Bros. Cowgill and Bonsall, the chapter was closed to meet on Wednesday.
Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.
                                                       The Discovery of Coal.
Drury Warren, who resides in Silverdale Township, on his farm, near the mouth of Grouse Creek, about nine miles east of here, was in the city Wednesday, and informed a representative of the REPUBLICAN that an employee on his farm had found an 18 inch vein of coal, but refused to divulge its whereabouts unless well paid. Mr. Warren refused to credit the story and thought it was only a scheme to extort money. Waldon, the name of the employee, made the discovery while Mr. Warren was in Arizona looking after his cattle interests, and it was only last week that he learned of it. Waldon was so positive in his assertions and made them in such a way concerning the discovery, that later on, Mr. Warren was induced to take some stock in the matter. While in the city Wednesday, he met an ex-coal miner, with whom he made arrangements to have him visit his farm and search for the black diamonds. Waldon has left Mr. Warren’s employ, but says he is ready at any time to go and show the whereabouts of the vein, provided he receives the sum of money he asks. If it is not just as he represents it, he asks no pay. We were shown samples of the coal by Mr. Warren, which was furnished him by Waldon, and they in appearance resemble the Canon City coal. It was very hard and the black would not rub off. The miner whom Mr. Warren engaged to visit his farm and make the research, tested the coal, and pronounced it of a better quality than any soft coal we are burning in this vicinity. The REPUBLICAN has always held that there was coal lying imbedded in the hills east of the Walnut, and at different times advocated the boring for it. It was only a few days since that some quarrymen north of town struck a small deposit and brought samples, which are now on exhibition at Ridenour & Thompson’s jewelry store and Snyder & Hutchison’s real estate agency. Should the discovery on Mr. Warren’s farm prove to be a realism, the future destiny of Arkansas City is fixed. With her grand water power facilities, aided by cheap fuel being obtained right here in our midst, there would be no bounds to our growth. We would suggest that the board of trade take steps to assist Mr. Warren in bringing this discovery to light, for the question of getting a cheaper fuel here has long been one of vast importance. Coal is known to exist plentifully in the Indian Territory, and this fact alone is good evidence that there is coal in this vicinity.
Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

Last Tuesday was Mrs. T. D. Richardson’s 45th birthday and her neighbors and friends planned a pleasant surprise for her. They all clubbed together and purchased an elegant silver castor of Ridenour & Thompson, and repaired to the home of the lady mentioned above in the evening and presented her with the token of their friendship. Rev. J. P. Witt made the presentation speech and was responded to by Mrs. Richardson.
Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.
There will be a grand marshal entertainment given in Highland Hall next Tuesday evening, December 15th, under the auspices of the Ladies Aid Society of the Presbyterian Church. The vast musical talent of the city will aid them in Concert. The programme will consist of solos, duets, trios, quartet, etc., besides oratorical exercises of some very beautiful poems. “The Story of Seven” will be rendered by as many speakers, and an effective tableau will illustrate the story told by each speaker. The ladies of the choir, who have immediate supervision of this concert, have spared no pains to make this entertainment of very high order; and it promises to surpass anything ever given by home talent and will challenge comparison with any entertainment ever given in our city. It is to be hoped that this effort of home talent will be duly appreciated by the public and receive hearty recognition. Tickets for sale by Ridenour & Thompson at the Post Office. Admission 25 cents; reserved seats 25 cents; children 15 cents.
Arkansas City Republican, December 19, 1885.
Will Thompson, the jeweler, imagined that he was put up on the Tom Thumb style the other morning. He is in the habit of building fires without first having donned his clothing, and on this special morning the weather was so chilly that he became quite frisky ere the fire began to burn. No sooner had it begun to blaze than Will made for his warm couch on a dead run. On arriving he made a gigantic leap aligned in the center of his bed with a downward stroke of 200 pounds to a square inch. My countrymen, what a crash there was. It was a fall of mangled humanity and bed together, with cries of fire from his neighbors to lend spice to the occasion. Kind readers, the enactment of this scene in that neighborhood was an “epoch” long to be remembered and we quietly pull down the blinds.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, February 10, 1886.
            RIDENOUR & THOMPSON, -DEALERS IN- Watches, Clocks and Jewelry.
                                             ROGER’S PLATED WARE, ETC.
                   Special Attention Paid to Repairing. Post Office Room, Arkansas City.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 24, 1886.
Stirk Family at the opera house tomorrow night. General admission 35 cents; reserved seats 50 cents. On sale at Ridenour & Thompson’s.
Arkansas City Republican, March 13, 1886.
The members of the Baptist Sunday School will give a concert tomorrow evening at 7:30 at their church. The following is the programme.
                                       Mrs. Linnie Thompson will give a recitation.
Arkansas City Republican, March 13, 1886.
Coin metal teaspoons at Ridenour & Thompson’s, $1.50 per dozen.
Arkansas City Republican, March 27, 1886.

Will Thompson is an amateur gardener who is a typical representative of “Love’s Labor Lost.” Several days ago Will had his garden spot plowed. Since then he has been industriously raking, leveling, and dividing into beds, the ground. He completed his task on Wednesday last. On Thursday the Kansas zephyrs continued the leveling process. A few hours after the wind came up, the loose and fertile soil was blown to every point of the compass and the consequence is that the artistically arranged onion beds are no more. Will realizes now that man proposes and the gentle Kansas zephyr disposes.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 28, 1886.
The celebrated Tony Deneir’s Humpty Dumpty Pantomime Troupe will appear at the Opera House on Monday night next, May 3. Admission 50 cents, reserved seats 75 cents. On sale at Ridenour & Thompson’s. Tony Deneir’s Humpty Dumpty will be the greatest attraction of the season—now in its 18th annual tour. It carries a band and orchestra.
Arkansas City Republican, May 15, 1886.
Having dissolved the partnership heretofore existing under the name of Ridenour & Thompson, by mutual consent, we would be pleased to inform my former patrons that I have rented the west room of Johnson Loan & Trust Co.’s block, and will put in a full line of clocks, watches, and jewelry as soon as it is ready, and will have a first-class workman from the east with me. If you want anything in my line, it will pay you to wait for me.
                                                       JAMES RIDENOUR.
Arkansas City Republican, May 15, 1886.
This morning Mr. Canada, of Winfield, shipped a car-load of hogs from this point to Kansas City. He purchased the whole number from W. S. Thompson, of this locality.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, May 22, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.
Elsewhere in our columns appears the advertisement of Thompson & Hardway. Mr. Hardway is the successor of James Ridenour in the firm of Ridenour & Thompson. Mr. Ridenour has leased a room in the Johnson Loan & Trust Company’s block and will open up a fine jewelry establishment as soon as the room is completed. The REPUBLICAN wishes both firms success. They are all excellent businessmen and good citizens.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, May 29, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
Mrs. Will Thompson was suddenly sick last night with vomiting and cramping of the stomach. It was caused from something she had eaten. She is convalescing.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 12, 1886.
BIRTH. Born to Mr. and Mrs. Will Thompson, a boy, on Friday morning.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 19, 1886. From Tuesday’s Daily.
Will Thompson now devotes one hour to business, 22 to his heir, and the remainder to hoeing his potatoes.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 3, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
The little baby boy of Mr. and Mrs. Will Thompson is very sick.
Arkansas City Republican, July 3, 1886.
                                             STATE LINE JEWELRY STORE.
Goods of all Kinds in our Line CHEAP. Repairing done in a first-class manner by
                                                HARDWAY & THOMPSON.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 17, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.

Will S. Thompson made a purchase of a dressed spring chicken Saturday for frying purposes next day. Upon cutting it up, the chicken was found to contain seven gizzards. If we did not know Will to be a truthful man, we would be inclined to say that he was very much mistaken when he related this “wonderful freak of nature.” The chicken was purchased at the City Meat Market.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 24, 1886. From Saturday’s Daily.
The firm of Kingsbury & Barnett having sold to W. S. Thompson, parties who are indebted to them will please call on Ed. L. Kingsbury and settle.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 1, 1886.
T. M. Finney, late U. S. Trader at the Kaw Agency, has purchased the post office book store of Will Thompson, and the transfer will probably be made today. The new proprietor will largely increase the stock, adding a line of wall paper and fancy articles. Mr. Finney is an enterprising businessman, well known to our citizens, and we have confidence in his success.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 4, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.
Thos. Finney, of Kaw Agency, Indian Territory, while in the city the latter part of last week, made the purchase of the City Book Store, of W. S. Thompson. Mr. Finney returned to Kaw yesterday to pack up his household effects and to remove them and his family to Arkansas City. They are expected to arrive Wednesday. Mr. Finney will go east the latter part of this week to make purchases of stock. He intends carrying a five thousand dollar stock, everything that is sold in a book store. The REPUBLICAN gladly welcomes Mr. Finney and family to our city.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 15, 1886.
Notice. Having purchased the stock of books, Stationery, etc., of the late firm of W. S. Thompson & Co., I shall continue at the old stand, and shall endeavor to merit the patronage of all old and new customers. My stock of school books and school supplies, miscellaneous, juvenile, and holiday books and novelties, will be complete. I shall also carry a line of art goods and artists’ materials, pastel, oil, and water color, painting and picture frames. I shall continue to carry the latest periodicals; also Lovell’s and Seaside Library, and receive subscriptions for all the monthly, daily, and weekly newspapers. T. M. FINNEY.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 29, 1886.
One of our neighbors who has lived in Belle Plaine nine years without traveling about, came to Arkansas City last week for the first time. He looked about in amazement, and took refuge in the post office to collect his scattered senses. Will Thompson’s benevolent countenance won his confidence, and he relieved his pent-up feelings with a full confession. “Why,” he said, gasping for breath, “I supposed you had a quiet little town here that bore the same relation to Winfield that Belle Plaine bears to Wellington. But I see you’re ahead and driving along as fast as enterprise and energy can carry you. The business I see doing and the crowds that throng your streets are really wonderful. I can’t reconcile it with my past belief.” Will smiled at the honest admissions of his visitor, and remarked that in these stirring times it was necessary for a man to keep his eyes and ears open and visit around a little in order to see what was doing; but the man from Belle Plaine was too absorbed to profit by our friend’s proverbial philosophy, and he several times repeated, “This is a wonderful city.” He had evidently confined his newspaper reading to the weekly Courier.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 2, 1886.
Last evening at the appointed hour, the Republican voters of the city convened in their respective wards and elected delegates and alternates to the county convention to be held in Winfield Saturday, and the Representative convention to be held in this city Oct. 4, in Highland Opera House.
First ward: election of the following delegates and alternates to the county convention.
DELEGATES: W. D. Kreamer, Jas. Ridenour, C. P. Jeffries, Chas. Bryant.
ALTERNATES: W. S. Thompson, A. D. Hawk, J. S. Lewis, E. Baldwin.
On motion the delegates were instructed for Tansey, Swarts, and Overman.
Delegates and alternates were elected to the Representative convention as follows.
DELEGATES: G. L. Sudborough, A. E. Kirkpatrick, R. C. Howard, W. S. Thompson.
ALTERNATES: Frederic Lockley, C. P. Jeffries, Chas. Bryant, E. Baldwin.
No instruction and the convention adjourned.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 2, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
M. C. Baker, of Cincinnati, Ohio, is in the city. He is an old time friend of Will S. Thompson. They used to tent out at night on the Sand Hill when there were but three houses. His surprise at the growth of the town can better be imagined than told.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 20, 1886.
Now the post office is moved, the remaining occupants of the building, T. M. Finney and Ridenour & Thompson propose to extend their counters and shelving to the rear of the building and give better display to their stock of goods. Mr. Finney is spreading out an elegant display to the public gaze.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 27, 1886.
Will Thompson has received an elegant clock, with elaborately carved case, which he has set up as a city regulator.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 30, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.
W. S. Thompson has just received a handsome new regulator.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 30, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
W. S. Thompson and Jas. Ridenour are making a division of their stock. Mr. Thompson will continue the business at his present stand. Mr. Ridenour will remove to the room in the Johnson Loan & Trust company’s block, as soon as finished. Each one will lay in additional stock. Mr. Thompson has already begun receiving his.
Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, November 3, 1886.
We publish the dissolution notice of Ridenour & Thompson. James Ridenour will shortly move into his new and elegant store in the Johnson Loan & Trust Co.’s building, where he will display a stock of watches and jewelry commensurate with the wants of this growing and prosperous city. W. S. Thompson is also replenishing his stock with a liberal hand, having the approaching holidays in his mind’s eye. Now he has more room to display his goods, he is putting his increased facilities to good avail.
Dissolution Notice. Nov. 1, 1886. The partnership heretofore existing between James Ridenour and W. S. Thompson was this day dissolved by mutual consent. All parties indebted to said firm will please call and settle their accounts with W. S. Thompson at the old stand. JAMES RIDENOUR, W. S. THOMPSON.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 6, 1886. From Thursday’s Daily.
Mrs. W. S. Thompson and Mrs. R. B. Norton purchased one of the town lots for sale at the Harvest Home Festival of the Baptist Church. It is located in Bittle addition, and the price paid was $200.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 10, 1886.
Will Thompson displays on his show case an elegant silver plate card receiver with mirror, with his name engraved, a present from the manufacturing house to which he had sent a holiday order.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 27, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.
W. S. Thompson is getting in an elegant line of silverware for the holiday trade.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 1, 1886.
W. S. Thompson has furnished ten clocks to the school board; six for use in the second ward school and the remainder for the fourth ward.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 1, 1886.
                                                Keeps Up With the Procession.
Since the removal of the post office from its former location, W. S. Thompson has been renovating and painting in order to put on his best looks for the holidays. This work of brushing up is completed, and now he has in display a choice of stock of gold and silver watches, ladies’ jewelry, silver plated ware, and time pieces of all kinds as was ever exhibited in the city. In his show cases, the glittering assortment of watches, ladies’ and gentlemen’s chains, broaches, rings for all uses, and the thousand and one ornaments which taste demands and ingenuity designs, is charming to the gaze. On his shelves is a choice collection of plated ware from the Rockford Silver Plate Co., of Rockford, Illinois, and the manufactory of James W. Tufts, of Boston, which for artistic excellence and durable quality can hardly be excelled. Our friend Thompson is not to be outdone by the progress of the times, but keeps right up with the procession, and stands in the front rank.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 4, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
W. S. Thompson would like to call your attention to his stock of goods. Owing to the amount of work he has on hand, it is impossible for him to enumerate the bargains that one can make by buying their goods of him. All work warranted. Fine engraving done on goods purchased of him free. Give him a call, for he has a large and well selected stock of everything in his line of goods.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 11, 1886. From Friday’s Daily.
W. S. Thompson will sell you Silverware cheaper than anyone else in town.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 22, 1887. From Monday’s Daily.
W. S. Thompson has been appointed up-town agent for the Wells Fargo Express Co.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 12, 1887. From Wednesday’s Daily.
W. S. Thompson bought 14 lots in Lincoln Park this morning at $150 per lot.


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