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M. M. Thompson

Entries re Shenneman, Millspaugh, and M. M. Thompson...
Winfield Courier, April 11, 1878. A. T. Shenneman has returned from Missouri bringing several fine teams and buggies, and will open a livery stable here. “Shenneman & Millspaugh” opened a new livery stable just west of Manning’s block in Winfield soon after the April announcement.
Winfield Courier, March 20, 1879.
Col. Loomis and M. M. Thompson started for Leadville, Colorado, with a carload of pork last Tuesday.
Winfield Courier, May 8, 1879.
Col. Loomis and M. M. Thompson returned from Leadville last Saturday evening, and report everything booming out there. They did not sell their pork, but stored it in Leadville to wait for a rise in prices. They say the roads are lined with wagons going in and footmen coming out, and that there is a general feeling of distrust among the people who have been lured there by the prospect of getting rich in a day, only to find thousands and thousands under the same circumstances as they are, and not getting rich very fast, either.
Winfield Courier, May 29, 1879. M. M. Thompson has purchased A. T. Shenneman’s interest in the livery business on Ninth Avenue. Mr. Shenneman will now devote his time to harvesting his 150 acres of wheat in Vernon township, and improving his fine farm.
Winfield Courier, June 12, 1879.
Wilson & Thompson are putting on a forty foot addition on their livery stable, to be used as a carriage house. The propri­etors intend to make this the “boss” livery stable in the country, and they know exactly how to do it.
Winfield Courier, July 3, 1879.
Our enterprising liverymen, Messrs. Wilson & Thompson, continue making improvements in their barn. The latest addition is a harness room.
Winfield Courier, July 24, 1879.
A team standing in front of Dan Miller’s shop got frightened last Monday and went tearing down Main street with the wagon at their heels. They were finally stopped in front of Wilson & Thompson’s livery stable with the wagon minus one wheel.
Winfield Courier, November 20, 1879.
Wilson & Thompson are putting an eight foot stone pavement in front of their livery stable.
A. G. Wilson becomes sole owner of livery on Ninth Avenue...
Winfield Courier, December 4, 1879.
Mr. M. M. Thompson has sold his interest in the livery business on Ninth avenue to his partner, A. G. Wilson, and is once more a gentleman of leisure. Mr. Wilson has made additions to the stock equipage of the stable and proposes to make it as near first class as can be done.

Speculation: Did M. M. Thompson start a Restaurant in Winfield? Information was not forthcoming from early census or Winfield Directories other than the following from the 1880 Direectory...
Burgauer, A. J. (M. Hahn & Co.), bds. Thompson’s Restaurant.
Pratt, J. W., hostler, Vance & Davis, boards Thompson’s Restaurant.
Note: The following item talks about “Major Thompson.” Was this M. M. Thompson???
Winfield Courier, January 8, 1880.
Major Thompson has purchased the Winfield Restaurant from Mr. Hitchcock. This is one of the neatest and pleasantest places in the city, and under the management of Mr. Thompson, will soon be a popular resort.
Winfield Courier, January 22, 1880.
Major Thompson has built an addition to his restaurant.
Winfield Courier, March 11, 1880.
Major Thompson, with his characteristic enterprise, has eclipsed all of his competitors in the way of a sign. We did not learn which one of his boarders suggested the idea so artistical­ly portrayed by Herrington, but suppose it must have been Judge Brush.
Winfield Courier, March 18, 1880.
Mr. J. W. Leslie, an old resident of this county, has purchased Major Thompson’s restaurant property. Mr. Leslie goes in to win.
Major (??) Thompson purchases lot in Medicine Lodge...
Winfield Courier, April 1, 1880.
Major Thompson, J. E. Saint, and Geo. Gulley, of Winfield, made a pleasant call yesterday and took a look over our city. Mr. Saint is one of the reportorial staff of the COURIER, one of the most enterprising journals in the state. Mr. Thompson purchased the corner lot opposite the Medicine Lodge Hotel, of A. W. Little, and will begin the erection of a brick building on the same in a few weeks. Medicine Lodge Cresset.
Winfield Courier, April 15, 1880.
It has been rumored that Major Thompson, the Winfield capitalist, will be here in a few weeks to purchase some more corner lots, put up a building, and start a bank. The dimensions of the bank building will be about 3 x 6. Medicine Lodge Cresset.
Winfield Courier, May 24, 1883.
Major M. M. Thompson’s handsome countenance has appeared again on our streets. He has been sojourning in Colorado for some three years. His old friends here are happy to see him.
Winfield Courier, January 10, 1884.
Major Thompson left for Pueblo, Colorado, on one of his migratory tours, Tuesday. Major has as much fun to the square inch as any of the boys and he will be a sad loss to the “corners.”
It appears that Major M. M. Thompson was a brother of A. J. Thompson, a prominent Winfield man...

Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 11, 1886.
M. M. Thompson, brother to A. J., came in from Pueblo Tuesday. He’s the same happy Major as of yore, when his graceful form adorned Winfield. He is now connected with the Pueblo Smeltering works.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 25, 1886.
Major M. M. Thompson took the S. F. Monday for “no man’s land” and other western places to see what he can see.
The above was the last entry that I could find on Major M. M. Thompson. MAW

Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 11, 1886.
M. M. Thompson, brother to A. J., came in from Pueblo Tuesday. He’s the same happy Major as of yore, when his graceful form adorned Winfield. He is now connected with the Pueblo Smeltering works.


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