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James H. Vance


[Note: James Vance was the son-in-law of Sid Majors. Much of the beginning of the Vance file is contained in the “Majors” file. Will repeat some of it. MAW]
NOTE: Once I learned that James H. Vance was becoming a member of the Majors family due to his marriage to the daughter of Mrs. S. S. (Elizabeth) Majors, I included all items found relative to Vance. MAW
Winfield 1878: James H. Vance, 25; spouse, Jennie, 21.
Winfield Directory 1880.
McDonald, Jno., hostler, Vance & Davis, r. 9th avenue bet Loomis and Fuller.
Pratt, J. W., hostler, Vance & Davis, boards Thompson’s Restaurant.
VANCE & DAVIS. Livery and Feed Stable.
This firm is composed of J. H. Vance and A. W. Davis. They bought out Thompson and Wilson, the former proprietors, last December.
Mr. Vance was formerly one of the proprietors of the Central Hotel, and Mr. Davis has been for the past two years a resident of Kansas.
Their stable is one of the largest in Southern Kansas, and they keep a number of fine horses, which with their handsome turnouts, are greatly sought for. By their gentlemanly conduct and strict attention to the wants of their patrons, they are building up a popularity and reputation that is enviable. The stable is located on 9th avenue, between Main and Manning streets.
We cheerfully recommend these gentlemen to all wishing anything in this line.
Meets at Odd Fellows Hall, southwest corner 8th avenue and Main, every Thursday at 7:30 p.m., from February 1st to April 1st; at 8:00 p.m. from April 1st to September 1st; at 7:30 p.m. from September 1st to November 1st; at 7:00 p.m. from November 1st to February 1st.
OFFICERS: N. G., A. W. Davis; V. G., James Vance; R. C., Jno. E. Allen; Treasurer, Max Shoeb; C., D. W. Southard; O. G., M. B. Shields; Warden, John Smiley.
Davis, A. W. (Vance & Davis), r. Millington s. e. cor 12th av.
Vance, J. H. (Vance & Davis), boards 12th avenue, n. s. between Millington and Loomis.
VANCE & DAVIS, livery and feed stable, 9th avenue, n. s. between Main and Manning.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Courier, April 26, 1877.
MARRIED. VANCE - McGAUGHY. At the residence of the bride’s mother, Mrs. S. S. Majors, by Rev. J. E. Platter, on Thursday evening, April 19th, 1877, Mr. James H. Vance and Miss Jennie E. McGaughy. Mr. Vance, who has for several years been a much respected citizen of Wichita, is a fine young man and comes among us well recommended and is welcomed by the social circle in this city. Miss McGaughy, well known to our citizens, is beloved and respected by her many acquaintances. The happy couple have the congratulations and best wishes of the COURIER and the entire community. Our force is under obligations for an abundant supply of the wedding cake, a small portion of which was dreamed over.

Winfield Courier, May 10, 1877.
Notice the change in the card, on the first page, of the Central hotel. The house will continue business under the firm name of Majors & Vance, and in the same first class style as it has in the past. The house has a commendable reputation abroad as well as at home, which will be retained through the skillful management of the proprietors, Sid and Jim.
CARD: CENTRAL HOTEL, MAJORS & VANCE, Proprietors, Winfield, Kansas.
This House, formerly the Lagonda, has recently been thoroughly renovated and remodeled, and is furnished throughout with bran new furniture. GOOD SAMPLE ROOMS.
Stages arrive and depart daily.
Winfield Courier, April 18, 1878.
LOST. A dark brown pointer dog about one year old with white on his breast, a strap collar with a ring. I will give five dollars for his return. J. H. VANCE.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 14, 1878.
BIRTH. JIM VANCE, of the Central Hotel at Winfield, has a clerk. It is four days old.
Winfield Courier, November 7, 1878.
Last Friday the Gun Club had their first glass ball shooting match with the following score. This is the first shoot and the score is not very good, but we hope that the next score will give a better showing. Dick Gates carried off the leather medal.
Cannot put scores down: too complicated. Club participants were Fred Heisinger (not in town), James Vance, Bert Crapster, F. C. Nommsen, Frank Manny, B. M. Terrill, Chas. Steuven, Dick Gates.
Winfield Courier, January 16, 1879.
The following officers of the Winfield Lodge, No. 101, I. O. O. F., were installed last Thursday evening.
M. B. Shields, N. G.; D. C. Beach, V. G.; John Hoenscheidt, R. S.; E. S. Bedilion, P. S.; Max Shoeb, Treas.; J. G. Kraft, R. S. to N. G.; J. H. Vance, L. S. to N. G.; J. E. Allen, W.; D. W. Southard, C.; J. W. Curns, Chaplain; B. M. Terrill, R. S. S.; Will Hudson, L. S. S.; John Smiley, I. G.; C. C. Stevens, O. G.; A. W. Davis, R. S. to V. G.; T. C. Robinson, L. S. to V. G.; J. S. Blue, Host. Total number of members 52.
Winfield Courier, July 10, 1879.
In the “glass ball shoot,” which took place at 4 o’clock, Jas. Vance carried off the first premium, breaking 14 balls out of a possible 15. The races, owing to the bad condition of the track, were postponed.
Vance retires, replaced by Harter: Now firm known as “Majors & Harter.”...
Winfield Courier, November 27, 1879.
Next Monday the Central Hotel changes hands, Mr. Vance retiring, and Mr. Harter taking his place. The new firm will be Majors & Harter. The house is to be enlarged and remodeled; and if completed under the proposed plan, will be one of the most commodious hotels in the country.
Winfield Courier, December 11, 1879.
The following is a list of the elective and appointed officers of Winfield lodge No. 101, I. O. O. F., to serve for the ensuing year.

N. G.: A. W. Davis; V. G.: James H. Vance; Rec. Sec.: David C. Beach; Treas.: Max Shoeb; W.: John W. Smiley; C.: D. W. Southard; I. G.: M. B. Shields; O. G.: F. Ebenback; R. S. to N. G.: Jacob Lipps; L. S. to N. G.: Charles Youngheim; R. S. to V. G.: John Fleming; L. S. to V. G.: Daniel Steel; R. S. S.: B. M. Terrill; L. S. S.: Jno. Hoenscheidt; Chaplain: W. H. H. Maris; D. D. G. M.: M. G. Troup.
James Vance and A. W. Davis, of New Salem, purchase A. G. Wilson livery stable...
Winfield Courier, December 25, 1879.
Mr. James Vance and A. W. Davis, of New Salem, have pur­chased the livery stable and stock of A. G. Wilson. Jim Vance is one of the most popular young men in town, an old liveryman, and will undoubtedly catch “the boys.” We wish the new firm success.
Davis sells interest in livery stable to Sid Majors: changed to Majors & Vance...
Winfield Courier, July 15, 1880.
A. W. Davis sold his interest in the livery stable of Vance & Davis to Sid. Majors on Monday. He leaves this Thursday morning for a visit to Denver, Colorado, accompanied by his wife.
Mrs. Sid Majors provided the wedding cake for her daughter’s wedding to George Rembaugh at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James H. Vance...
      Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 29, 1885.
Married at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Vance, at 8:30 Sunday, Mr. Abe Smith and Miss Mary Majors, Rev. McDonough, the Episcopal minister of this city, officiating. The bride is a young lady well known here and high esteemed for her many excellent qualities. She is the daughter of Mrs. Sid Majors and the sister of Mrs. James Vance and Mrs. Geo. C. Rembaugh. The groom is a gentleman in every sense of the word and at present a popular conductor on the “Frisco” road. Immediately after the ceremony the happy couple took the K. C. & S. W. for Pierce City, their future home. They leave a host of friends here who wish them unbounded bliss and prosperity for their future lives and in which THE COURIER heartily joins them. We understand that they were tendered numerous and valuable presents by their friends, which we were unable to get a list of.
Kitty Majors, daughter of S. A. Majors, and sister-in-law of James H. Vance, is married at Vance residence to George Rembaugh...
Winfield Courier, November 17, 1881.
Married. Mr. George Rembaugh and Miss Kitty Majors were married at the residence of the bride’s sister in this city Thursday after­noon. Rev. Platter tied the knot. George is foreman of the Courant office and one of the finest printers in the state. The bride is one of Winfield’s fairest daughters.
Cowley County Courant, November 17, 1881.
MAJORS & VANCE, LIVERY, FEED AND STABLE, Ninth Avenue, just west of the Post office, Winfield, Kansas. Keep the finest turnouts in the city in the way of buggies, carriages, and teams, provided especially for commercial men. Special attention given to our business and the care of stock left in our care. Give us a trial.
Sid Majors advertises his half of livery stable for sale...
Cowley County Courant, April 6, 1882.

FOR SALE: Half interest in an established livery stable in this city. Good reason for selling. Also, for sale or trade, 160 acres of first-class farming land, one mile from Seeley.
Cowley County Courant, May 11, 1882.
The board of directors of the Agricultural and Horticultural society met at the Courier office, in Winfield, May 6th, 1882, at two o’clock P. M. Committees were appointed.
Finance: W. J. Hodges, J. C. Roberts, James Vance, J. L. Horning, James Schofield.
Winfield Courier, July 13, 1882.
Ninth Avenue, West of Post Office, Winfield, Kansas.
Carriages and teams furnished on short notice and reasonable terms.
Winfield Courier, July 20, 1882.
Winfield Lodge No. 101, I. O. O. F., at its meeting on July 13th installed the following members as officers for the ensuing term.
M. B. Shields, N. G.; W. H. Dawson, V. G.; Jos. O’Hare, Recording Secretary; E. S. Bedilion, Per. Secretary; R. S. Kroft, N. G.; J. H. Vance, L. S. U. G.; Howard, Warden, Bradt, Con.; O. H. Herrington, I. G.; Will Hudson, O. G.; L. B. Jolliff, R. S. V. G.; E. Youngheim, R. S. S.; J. W. McRorey, L. S. S.
Winfield Courier, October 5, 1882.
Lost. A white pointer dog, both ears and one side of face brown. Brown spot on back between hip bones about the size of a silver dollar. Large scar on left shoulder. A liberal reward will be paid for his return to Jas. Vance, Majors & Vance Livery Stable.
Winfield Courier, November 9, 1882.
Sporting News. The Grand Annual hunt of the Winfield Sportsmen’s Club took place last Thursday. The club met at the Brettun House Monday evening and elected J. N. Harter and Fred Whitney captains. Each hunter, with the advice of his captain, selected his route, and most of them went out to the field the evening before. The following is the score.
J. N. Harter, Capt., 2,700; Jas. Vance, 1,400; Frank Clark, 1,140; Frank Manny, 200; Jacob Nixon, 1,780; Ezra Meech, 620; Sol Burkhalter, 610; Dr. Davis, 310; C. Trump, 150; Ed. P. Greer, 160; E. C. Stewart, 120; G. L. Rinker, 360. TOTAL: 9,550.
Fred Whitney, Capt., 110; G. W. Prater, 290; J. S. Hunt, 1,130; C. C. Black, 1,070; Jas. McLain, 1,000; A. S. Davis, 100; H. Saunders, 130; Q. A. Glass, 240; A. D. Speed, 240; Dr. Emerson, 190; J. S. Mann, 100; J. B. Lynn, 000. TOTAL: 4,660.
The gold medal was won by Mr. Harter. The tin medal will be won by J. B. Lynn. On next Wednesday evening the nimrods will banquet at the Brettun, at the expense of the losing side. The score made by Mr. Harter has never been equaled in this county.
Sid Majors disposes of his portion of livery stable, which is now called “Vance & Collins.”...
Winfield Courier, January 11, 1883.
Sid Majors disposed of his interest in the livery business last week to Mr. Collins, formerly of Oxford. The firm now appears, Vance & Collins.
Winfield Courier, October 25, 1883.

Mr. G. E. Vance, of Altoona, Pennsylvania, a brother of our Jim Vance, came in Monday and will spend a few weeks visiting here. He is accompanied by Mr. Boyd, a friend from Pittsburgh. They are both conductors on the Pennsylvania Central railroad. A duck hunt was improvised for their benefit Wednesday, and the boys will try to make it pleasant for them during their stay.
Winfield Courier, November 8, 1883.
The grand annual hunt of the Winfield Sportsmen’s Club came off last Thursday. The captains were Jas. H. Vance and Jas. McLain. There were twelve hunters on each side, but several could not go, leaving ten on Capt. Vance’s side and only eight on Capt. McLain’s.
The count was as follows: Jas. Vance, Captain: 1,520; Frank Clark: 1,910; J. S. Hunt: 1,835; Kyle McClung: 1,130; J. Cochran: 1,855; W. P. Beaumont: 1,010; Frank Lockwood: 370; A. T. Spotswood: 205; A. S. Davis: 1,125. TOTAL FOR VANCE TEAM: 10,970.
Capt. Vance’s side having made 25 points the most was declared the victor.
The annual Banquet and presentation of the medals was held at the Brettun Saturday evening. It was an elegant affair and one of the most enjoyable of the season. In a neat and appropriate speech, Mr. C. C. Black presented the gold medal, awarded for the highest score, to Mr. Ezra Meech, who responded to the toast “How did you catch ’em?” with a full description of his days report and the methods he so successfully employed in bagging the festive little “cotton tail.” Next came the presentation of the tin medal, by M. G. Troup, which was done in that gentleman’s happiest vein. The recipient, A. T. Spotswood, responded in a short speech. After other toasts the company adjourned for business at which it was decided to hunt again with the same sides, on November 22nd. This is the third annual hunt of the club, and has been more successful than its predecessors.
Winfield Courier, January 17, 1884.
The Masquerade. The members of the Pleasant Hour Club have made the winter thus far very pleasant in a social way. Their hops have been well attended, and the utmost good feeling and harmony has prevailed. Their masquerade ball last Thursday evening was the happiest hit of the season. The floor was crowded with maskers and the raised platforms filled with spectators. At nine o’clock the “grand march” was called, and the mixture of grotesque, historical, mythological, and fairy figures was most attractive and amusing. Then, when the quadrilles were called, the effect of the clown dancing with a grave and sedate nun, and Romeo swinging a pop-corn girl, was, as one of the ladies expressed it, “just too cute.”
The following is the list of names of those in masque, together with a brief description of costume or character represented.
LADIES. Mrs. Rembaugh, Folly; Mrs. James Vance, Gipsy.
Mention of C. Collins, partner of James Vance, livery firm of Vance & Collins...
Winfield Courier, April 10, 1884.
Mr. C. Collins, of the livery firm of Vance & Collins, has the foundation up for a handsome residence on his quarter block on the corner of Mansfield Street and Ninth Avenue. This place has many trees, is close to business, and will make a good home.
Winfield Courier, June 19, 1884.
Jas. H. Vance has been selected to prepare the race program for the 4th. He knows how to do it.

Winfield Courier, June 26, 1884.
No. 1. PACING.
Mile heats, 1 in 3. Purse, $75.00.
$45.00 to 1st; $22.50 to 2nd; $7.50 to 3rd.
Mile heats, 3 in 5. Purse, $90.00.
$54.00 to 1st; $27.00 to 2nd; $9.00 to 3rd.
½ mile heats, 2 in 3. Purse $60.00.
$45.00 to 1st; $15.00 to 2nd.
In all the above races 5 to enter and 3 to start.
Entrance fee 10 percent of purse.
JAMES H. VANCE, Com. on Races.
Stalls will be furnished on the grounds free of cost to those who desire to use them for speed purposes for a few days preceding the races.
Winfield Courier, July 10, 1884.
Credit was extended to Messrs. J. C. Long, Jas. H. Vance, D. L. Kretsinger, J. P. Baden, A. T. Spotswood, R. E. Wallis, Wm. Whiting, C. C. Black and Fred Kropp for the success of the celebration.
Winfield Courier, October 2, 1884.
James Vance is tussling with inflammatory rheumatism, and confined to home.
Winfield Courier, October 16, 1884.
Jim Vance was taken over to Geuda Springs last week. His spell of rheumatism is a very severe one.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 12, 1885.
Miss Mary Majors came in from Pierce City, Mo., last week for a visit with her sisters, Mrs. Geo. Rembaugh and Mrs. James Vance.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 16, 1885.
The Cowley County Driving Park Association have joined the Southern Kansas Trotting Circuit and will give the first meeting May 21 to 23. At a recent meeting of the Directory, Messrs. Kretsinger, Spotswood, and Smith, for the Directory, and Messrs. J. Wade McDonald and Jas. Vance, for the delegates, were appointed to arrange and conduct the meeting. The Circuit embraces the following cities and dates, as follows.
Parsons: May 13, 14, and 15; Winfield: May 21, 22, and 23; Harper: May 28, 29, and 30; Wichita: June 4, 5, and 6.
Each Association hang up $1,500 in purses—aggregating $6,000 for the circuit. From information so far received, all the meetings will be attended by a large field of horses. Among the lot will be some of the fastest flyers in the State, with records down in the “twenties.”
Following is the program for Winfield.

1. Purse $150, 2:50 Class, Trot.
2. Purse $200, Free for All, Pacing.
3. Purse $100, ½ Mile, 2 in 3.
4. Purse $200, 2:33 Class, Trot.
5. Purse $150, 2:50 Class, Trot.
6. Purse $150, 1 Mile, 2 in 3.
7. Purse $150, 2:40 Class, Pacing.
8. Purse $200, Free for All, Trotting.
9. Purse $75, ½ Mile Dash.
10. Purse $125, Novelty Running, divided; $20 to ¼ mile, $40 to 1 mile, and $65 to 1½ mile post.
Our committee are live energetic men and will make the meeting a big success at Winfield. THE DAILY COURIER will post its readers from time to time as interest requires.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 25, 1885.
James Vance, D. D. G. M., assisted by twelve from the Winfield Lodge, instituted Dexter Lodge No. 257, I. O. O. F., Wednesday, with the following members: J. D. Ward, S. H. Kirk, C. A. Peabody, John Simmons, J. S. Bernard, W. G. Seaver, J. V. Hines, W. M. Chastain, L. Harrison, E. B. Noble, G. P. Wagner, S. H. Wells, J. T. Riggs, C. C. Brown, L. J. Howerton, Fred W. Fay, R. F. Kaster, C. W. Ridgway, George Callison, and J. A. Million. The Dexter folks entertained those from Winfield in a manner most agreeable. Our folks had a delightful drive, starting back at sun up this morning—a drive that comes as a balm in Gilead to the penned up businessman.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 16, 1885.
The following are the officers installed by the District Deputy Grand Master, J. H. Vance, at the last meeting of the I. O. O. F., to serve for the ensuing term.
George D. Headrick, N. G.; Jos. O’Hare, V. G.; J. M. Reed, R. S.; J. P. Stewart, P. S.; S. J. Hepler, T.; W. H. Dawson, R. S. N. G.; A. Snowhill, L. S. N. G.; J. W. Chancey, W.; M. B. Shields, Con.; Samuel Dalton, C.; M. Hahn, L. S. S.; A. B. Taylor, R. S. V. G.; Walter Harris, L. S. V. G.; Wm. Palmer, L. G., H. C. Callison, O. G.
The Lodge is one of the best in the State, as is proven by its financial condition. The trustees have secured the upper story of the new Morehouse building for a term of five years, which will be fitted up especially for lodge purposes. Mr. J. H. Vance, the financial manager of the institution, is entitled to much credit for his management of the affairs of the Lodge.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.

The base ball rage is still at fever heat. Friday afternoon there was a lively game at the park between a picked nine from the Central and a picked nine around town. The Central nine were: Frank Crampton, Levi Crampton, Will Russell, Harry Holbrook, Will McKay, Frank Lowe, Wardie Lee,       Hathaway, and McClelland. Frank Crampton, captain; McClellan, catcher; and Harry Holbrook, pitcher. The Exterminators were: Lum Callahan, Arthur Bangs, John Crane, Jim Vance, A. Snowhill, Cap. Whiting, Tom Eaton, D. L. Kretsinger, and Jim McLain. The Exterminators were excellent batters but lacked skill as fielders. They also had no good catcher. If they had had a good catcher, they would have made it very warm for the Central. Arthur Bangs sent the balls in like a bullet. Lum Callahan was the only one in full uniform. He had borrowed the suit of some clown of a yellow shade. The first lick he made in this suit, he split it, but Lum showed himself equal to the emergency by stepping aside and turning his garments front for back. This gave Lum a presentable appearance, and things went on all right. The last half of the ninth inning was not played by the Centrals. The score stood 27 to 37 in favor of the Centrals.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 13, 1885.
The base ball game at Arkansas City Wednesday between our Exterminators, composed of Frank Hathaway, G. D. Byerly, Tom J. Eaton, George Byington, Arthur Bangs, James Vance, John Crane, Cap Whiting, and James McLain, and the Terminus’ “Rough on Rats,” was a daisy game, for good feeling and genuine exercise, with some very good playing. The Rough on Rats were made up of Arkansas City businessmen, who went in for the fun of the thing: and got it. Our fellows put it to them with a score of 33 to 17. The Rats entertained the Exterminators in royal style, and all pronounce the occasion tip top. The Rats will return the game in a short time. Our Eli’s are getting a daisy “rep.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 27, 1885.
James Vance, A. B. Taylor, J. H. McClellan, George Liermann, H. M. Zimmerman, Frank L. Crampton, John Craine, and Wm. Palmer, of the Odd Fellows Lodge, of this city, went over to Burden today to cross bats with a nine composed from Burden’s Lodge. Will Kirkwood and others went along.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 3, 1885.
Wednesday was a big day for Burden—in the sporting line. Two base ball games, glass ball shoot, foot races, and other things too numerous and diversified for mention. The leading event was the game of base ball between the Odd Fellows of Winfield and those of Burden. Winfield got there of course. She always does. The score was fourteen for Winfield and eleven for Burden. It was a very fine game, for amateurs, and drew a large crowd of spectators. Our nine was composed of James Vance, A. J. McClellan, A. B. Taylor, Frank L. Crampton, Israel Martin, Will Kirkwood, A. F. Hopkins, George Liermann, H. M. Zimmerman, and Mr. Wagner; one or two of whom were out of the I. O. O. F. fold: proxies. E. A. Henthorn and John Ledlie were the principals in the Burden nine. John sat on a chair and had a small boy run in his balls—yet very few balls got past his corpulency—a perfect “stop” anywhere. Enos took in all the flies—none too high. He was dressed in ornamental tights, high water pants, and female hose, and presented a very fine appearance. Like Banquo’s ghost, he wouldn’t down—always up seven feet two. Frank Crampton pitched and A. J. McClellan caught for our fellows. Our nine are elated over the splendid entertainment given them. Burden will return the game in two weeks. A second game followed yesterday between Burden’s Clippers and Grenola’s club, the former getting there with a score of twenty to ten. Capt. Nipp was champion on glass balls. It was a “circus day” all around and the town was full of amusement lovers: ladies and gentlemen.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 17, 1885.

The base ball game between Burden’s Odd Fellow nine and a nine of Winfield’s Odd Fellows, at the Fair Grounds Thursday afternoon, was one of much interest and splendidly played for amateurs. The Burden nine were: W. R. Jackson, catcher and short stop; J. S. Leffler, pitcher; Wm. Elliott, catcher and short stop; E. W. Woolsey, first base; J. W. Henthorn, second base; John Ledlie, third base; Arthur Bangs, left field; George Cessna, center field; E. A. Henthorn, right field. Our nine was composed of A. J. McClellan, catcher; John Craine, pitcher; Amos Snowhill, short stop; George Byington, first base; A. B. Taylor, second base; Billy Dawson, third base; George Liermann, left field; George D. Headrick, center field; James Vance, right field. Clint Austin umpired the game and James McLain scored. E. A. Henthorn, John Ledlie, and Billy Dawson were the attractive stars. Enos had to have his balls so high that the catcher had to stand on stilts, and the players looked up like a gentle youth star-gazing. John Ledlie and Billy Dawson had soft bottomed stools and a ten cent boy each to run in their balls. At the 9th inning the score was even, when our fellows made the winning run, with one man out. The score stood twenty for Burden and twenty-one for Winfield. The jolliest good cheer was maintained throughout the game by players and spectators. The visit of the Burden Brethren was very enjoyable all around. They were banqueted at the Central, the guests of our nine.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 1, 1885.
The speed ring runs along—the smoothest way under the superintendency of James Vance, and the judgeship of Capt. P. A. Huffman, Messrs. A. T. Spotswood, and Sol Burkhalter. They are old in turf experience and can readily tell every point in a race.
THE ROADSTER SHOW. The show of roadsters was very fine. Jim Vance, Joe Harter, Capt. Nipp, Gene Wilber, Billy Hands, Arthur Bangs, Joe Moore, and Judge McDonald were in the ring with their steeds. The driving was very fine and resulted in Joe Harter capturing the blue ribbon and Gene Wilber the red. In double roadster teams, Billy Hands, Gene Wilber, C. C. Pierce, and John Hahn competed. The teams were as fine as any one could wish to see. Billy Hands took first premium and Gene Wilber second. The teams were very evenly matched and the decision hard to make. In the roadster stallion class, Capt. Lyon captured first premium for 4 year-olds. For 3 year-olds, Judge McDonald’s “Malcomb Spray” took first.
Sid Majors’ daughter, Mary, marries Abe Smith, Frisco railroad conductor, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Vance in Winfield. Mr. and Mrs. Smith planned to move to Pierce City, Missouri...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 29, 1885.

Married at the home of Mr. and Mrs. James Vance, at 8:30 Sunday, Mr. Abe Smith and Miss Mary Majors, Rev. McDonough, the Episcopal minister of this city, officiating. The bride is a young lady well known here and high esteemed for her many excellent qualities. She is the daughter of Mrs. Sid Majors and the sister of Mrs. James Vance and Mrs. Geo. C. Rembaugh. The groom is a gentleman in every sense of the word and at present a popular conductor on the “Frisco” road. Immediately after the ceremony the happy couple took the K. C. & S. W. for Pierce City, their future home. They leave a host of friends here who wish them unbounded bliss and prosperity for their future lives and in which THE COURIER heartily joins them. We understand that they were tendered numerous and valuable presents by their friends, which we were unable to get a list of.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 12, 1885.
The Winfield Sportsmen’s Club held its annual meeting Monday night at A. H. Doane’s office. Officers were elected for the coming year: Joe Harter, president; Q. A. Glass, secretary, and A. H. Doane, treasurer. The day of the annual hunt was fixed on Wednesday, November 18. President Harter, James McLain, and James Vance were made a committee to revise the game score. Thirty new names were handed in for membership. The Club meet next Monday evening to make final arrangements for the hunt. This Club’s annual hunt have occasioned for years more genuine recreation and fun than anything ever inaugurated in the sporting line. But game is not as plentiful as yore, making the boys scramble to run up a big score. They always wind up with a big banquet at the Brettun.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 12, 1885.
Judge Soward and Jim Vance boarded the K. C. & S. W. train Tuesday for a big hunt up the road. No doubt the country in and around Latham will be entirely cleared of game today.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 26, 1885.
The annual hunt of the Winfield Sportsmen’s Club, yesterday, was all in a conglomerate mass on the floor of the Brettun House office last evening, where President Harter and Secretary Glass conducted the count of the terrible slaughter and gave the individual scores. It was a tired crowd of hunters, many of them looking very sad eyed. The unlucky ones swore on a stack of powder that Cowley County is just about gameless—some of them didn’t see a cotton tail all day; yes, some of them didn’t see anything, which is verified by the nonentity of their score; but hardly by the appearance of their ammunition, which seems to whisper, “wasted on the desert air.” But an honest consultation of hunters was unanimous in the verdict that they never did so much traveling for so little game. The game appeared to have been notified of its impending fate and crawled in its hole. Capt. Huffman’s division laid it over Capt. Hunt’s division by a good majority. The losing side sets up the banquet at the Brettun tonight, when a big time is anticipated. James McLain, as last year, bobbed up serenely with the champion score and raked in the gold medal. Dr. Riley, with a score of 20, raked in the tin medal.
Huffman’s Division. P. A. Huffman, 1620; Jas. McLain, 1755; J. N. Harter, 410; Fred Whiting, 665; K. McClung, 765; Chas. Holmes, 730; F. Kessinger, 180; John Eaton, 235; J. R. Handy, 1130; Q. A. Glass, 115; Dr. J. G. Evans, 385; Dr. Emerson, 385; Dr. Riley, 20; J. B. Garvin, 215; T. J. Harris, 65; L. M. Williams, 170. Total: 8,845.
Hunt’s Division. J. S. Hunt, 595; Jas. Vance, 705; F. Clark (didn’t hunt); Jap Cochran, 955; H. D. Gans, 910; J. B. Nipp, 805; J. Denning (didn’t hunt); Geo. Jennings, 805; M. L. Devore, 320; Geo. Headrick, 390; A. H. Doane (didn’t hunt); Geo. McIntire, 320; G. L. Rinker, 220; J. Barnthouse, 260; Hop Shivvers, 260; D. McCutcheon (didn’t hunt). Total: 6,445.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 26, 1885.

Thursday night was the occasion of the annual banquet of the Winfield Sportsmen’s Club. The annual hunt occurred the day before, the victors and defeated had received their scores, and now was another meeting, to eat, drink (water), and be merry; the “greenies,” or unfortunates, telling how they walked and walked, and fired and fired, and came out with only a few cotton-tails; and the victors were to explain how they managed it in getting so much salt on the tails of their game. The banquet, of course, was spread in the large dining hall of the Brettun, “set up” by the losing division, under Captain Hunt. Messrs. Harter & Hill did themselves proud in the preparation of the banquet, a magnificent array of about everything obtainable in the culinary art, with waiters most attentive. At nine o’clock the feast began, partaken of by the following.
Victors: P. A. Huffman, captain; Jas. McLain, J. N. Harter, Fred Whiting, K. McClung, Chas. Holmes, F. Kessinger, John Eaton, J. R. Handy, Q. A. Glass, Dr. J. G. Evans, Dr. Emerson, Dr. Riley, J. B. Garvin, T. J. Harris, L. M. Williams.
Defeated and had to set ’em up: J. S. Hunt, captain; Jas. Vance, F. Clark, Jap Cochran, H. D. Gans, J. B. Nipp, J. Denning, Geo. Jennings, M. L. Devore, Geo. Headrick, A. H. Doane, Geo. McIntire, G. L. Rinker, J. Barnthouse, Hop Shivvers, D. McCutcheon.
Judge Soward, an old member of the club, Ed. G. Gray, the scribe and a few others, were admitted to the feastorial court as guests. The feast over, Judge Gans, in a happy speech characteristic of the Judge, presented James McLain, whose score of 1755 made him the champion “sport” of the club, with the gold medal, a beautiful solid shield, engraved: “Presented to James McLain by the Winfield Sportsmen’s Club, for the highest game score, in 1885.” Jim was all “broke up,” as he should be, and asked John A. Eaton to the rescue for a response. John is always equal to any occasion and set the crowd in a roar with his unique remarks. Then came the presentation of the tin medal to Dr. Riley, for his lowest score of 20. Judge Soward’s wit bubbled out in a speech very witty and sparkling, full of happy hits. The Doctor’s response was very appropriate. Lively toasts on the “pot-shot,” the “professional shot,” and various subjects were dissected by Huffman, Vance, Emerson, Nipp, and others. It was a very happy occasion throughout, one to be long remembered.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 14, 1886.
The words cementing two more hearts have been pronounced, and Mr. Lewis Brown and Miss Lena Walrath are no longer known singly. The happy event wedding them was celebrated last night, at the well appointed home of the bride’s brother and sister, Mr. and Mrs. C. Collins. The occasion was no surprise. It had been anticipated with interest for some time. The general anticipation only made the event the more complete. At an early hour last evening, the large double parlors of Mr. and Mrs. Collins’ home were a lively scene, thronged with youth, beauty, and age.
Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Vance were included in the list of guests.
Among the list of gifts. Upholstered plush rocker, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Root, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Vance, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Doane, C. E. Pugh, W. A. Ritchie, and M. Hahn.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 21, 1886.

The following officers of Winfield Lodge No. 101, I. O. O. F., were installed for the ensuing year: Jos. O’Hare, N. G.; A. B. Taylor, V. G.; D. C. Beach, Rec. Secretary; J. P. Stewart, Per. Secretary. S. J. Helper, Treasurer; M. B. Shields, Conductor; J. W. Chancy, Warden; J. H. Vance, R. S. to N. G.; M. Hahn, L. S. to N. G.; H. H. Siverd, L. S. to V. G.; A. Snowhill, R. S. to V. G. This order has a very strong organization here, and is in fine working order.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 21, 1886.
Mrs. J. H. Vance and son returned Thursday evening from a month at Pierce City, Missouri. Jim had all he wanted of widowerhood.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 28, 1886.
Never did Winfield have a more successful and thoroughly pleasurable social event than last Thursday night at the Opera House, the fifth annual Bal Masque of the Pleasant Hour Club. It was the talk of the town from the issuing of the invitations and fully met the fondest expectations.
Mrs. George C. Rembaugh was a Spanish girl, lively and graceful.
Mrs. James Vance was a very fine simile of the daughter of the regiment, with a tasty costume of national colors.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 18, 1886.
Joe Harter, James H. Vance, James McLain, Arthur C. Bangs, and Mr. Wood, a newcomer, crawled from their downy couches at four o’clock Tuesday, and girding their loins, lit out for the Kile McClung duck paradise in South Bend, to slay the festive and palatable duck as he awoke from his night’s slumber. Great was the assassination, great the fun, and great the bags of game.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 1, 1886.
The ducks must go. A party with blood in their eyes, a taste of delicious duck in their mouths, and a general liking for sport in their frames, lit out last evening for the South Bend duck paradise. The party embraced James McLain, Bret Crapster, James Vance, and Eugene Bogardus, the great rifle shot. They spent the night with Kyle McClung and besieged the duck haunts at break of day this morning. They bagged a fine lot.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 15, 1886.
John A. Eaton, James McLain, Joe Harter, T. H. Soward, Jim Vance, A. H. Doane, and Sol Burkhalter girded their loins and went forth to the old fair grounds Thursday afternoon to knock the wadding out of glass balls—the first shoot of the season. Each shot at twenty balls. McLain broke 17, Vance 15, Burkhalter 14, Harter 13, Soward 13, Eaton 13, Doane 4. This was good shooting for the first practice. The Winfield Gun Club will shortly be reorganized, with the Peoria blackbird, a new invention, instead of the glass balls. ’Tis fine sport and the re-initiation of yesterday afternoon gave these shootists a bad dose of the old-time fever.



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