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William R. Whitney

Winfield 1880: W. R. Whitney, 21.
Winfield Directory 1885.
Davenport Leroy, works Horning & Whitney, res 409 Andrews
Eastman Henry, tinner, works Horning & Whitney, res 514 e 8th
Horning & Whitney, hardware, 906 Main
Horning J L, hardware, res 1103 Menor
Randall Miss Ella, cashier, Horning & Whitney, res 318 e 8th
Shane Isaac, tinner, works Horning & Whitney, res 319 Andrews
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Courier, November 20, 1879.
Mr. Will Whitney is behind the counter at Horning & Robinson’s hardware store.
Winfield Courier, February 3, 1881.
Among our visitors and paying subscribers who called last week were: E. S. Bliss, W. R. Whitney, A. A. Wiley, J. W. Weimer of Richland, D. Berkey, H. Ives, A. T. Gay of Tisdale, J. A. Hood of Seeley, H. C. Castor, R. B. Overman of Dexter, Jesse Chatfield, F. M. Cooper, W. D. Furry of Arkansas City, W. J. Orr, J. E. Grove, Hugh Chance of Tisdale, H. W. Scott of Silverdale, C. Farringer, Charles Geiser, Will Bottomley of Burden, G. I. Brown, M. Stoddard, N. Brooks and M. L. Brooks of Silver Creek, T. R. Page of Burden, and Jos. Abrams of Tannehill.
Winfield Courier, June 16, 1881.
The party consisting of F. S. Jennings, Ed. P. Greer, L. H. Webb, James Kelly, Will Stivers, T. H. Soward, Sol Burkhalter, Will Whitney, and W. H. Albro went last week to the Territory for fun, fish, and foolishness. All returned Tuesday evening except Ed., who returned the night before. They report lots of fun, fish, and squirrels. Grizzly’s and other large game were neglected. Most of them returned with their hair on.
Winfield Courier, June 23, 1881, and June 30, 1881.
ED. COURIER: It is now customary, I believe, when a party makes a trip anywhere, especially to the Indian Territory, for someone of the number to furnish an account of the same to the newspapers. As one of a squad of nine, who recently made a pilgrimage to the land of the Kaw, I will try to inform your readers of some of the matters and things connected therewith.
The party consisted of F. S. Jennings, Judge Tom Soward, W. R. Stivers, W. H. Albro, Will Whitney, L. H. Webb, E. P. Greer, James Kelly, and last but by no means least, Sol Burkhalter. The latter gentleman furnished the rigs and was of course wagon-master.
Grouse Creek was reached by noon of the first day, said day being, curiously enough, Thursday, June 9th, 1881, which should have been mentioned sooner.

Here a halt was called for dinner, and here also the verdancy of the party began to crop out. The temporary camp was made in a dense jungle on the lee side of a hill with a perpendicular front some twenty or thirty feet high. Underbrush, weeds, nettles, vines: pooh [?], but wasn’t it hot! Not a breath of air stirred a leaf in that miserable forest. Yes, it was hot, and some of us thought that spot would compare favorably with a modified hades according to the new version. But we had the shade.
While some of us built a fire and got dinner, Mr. Jennings, Judge Soward, and Will Stivers went in quest of game. Soon word was sent to send another gun and more ammunition, which request being speedily complied with, such a roar of musketing opened out as I’ll wager, the waters of the Grouse had not heard for many a day. Presently the mighty nimrods returned.
“Where’s your game?” chorused we of the bread and butter stay-at-home brigade.
“It crumbled in a hole,” mourned the Judge, “but I think it’s certainly wounded.”
“By the bones of my grandfather,” howled Webb (he never swears), “if those three big stout men with two double barreled shotguns and a rifle, haven’t been banging away at a poor little squirrel.”
After dinner the company was formally organized by electing Jim Kelly to the office of           . Brother Greer made the point that this being a civil company, the title should be “president.” This however was promptly rejected. “What?” said the Judge  “Suppose we have trouble with the redskins, which is more than likely, how would it sound to say our President marched us up the hill and then marched us down again. I move it be Captain.” But here the beneficiary declared that he would be no miserable captain and unless he be at once made Colonel, he would resign and leave the company to its fate. This settled it and the train moved out after dinner in the following order.
1. The elegant three-seated barouche containing the colo­nel, the major, the judge, Dr. Webb, Sergeant Whitney, and wagon-master Burkhalter, followed by the baggage wagon in which on the seat were Captain Albro and Chaplain Greer, with Will Stivers behind to look after things generally. Brother Greer drove the team, that is he drove it to the foot of the first hill, when the team stopped and would not be driven any further. We all got round the wagon, however, and pushed it up the hill notwithstand­ing the remonstrance of the team.
This Grouse Creek, I verily believe, is enchanted, or at least this company was, for all at once we couldn’t agree as to which side of the stream we were on. Of course, it made no difference, only it depended on a proper solution of this con­founding mystery whether we were going up or down, towards or away from the Territory. Finally we came to a standstill and waited for two gentlemen who were plowing in a field to come to the end of their rows, which were headed off by the road, or more properly cow-path, we were then on. But our consternation was only increased when on inquiring, we found those gentlemen seemed to be as much at a loss as we were ourselves. One said we were on this side of the Grouse and would have to cross over to arrive at our destination; the other said as he had been in the country but a short time and was, unfortunately, from Missouri, really knew nothing about it. Just here a bright intelligent looking girl with a hoe in her hand, cut the miserable knot, not with the hoe, however. She explained by saying that dame nature had, right there, succeeded in reversing the old order, and made the bed so crooked that for a full half mile the water actually ran up stream. But I think if we could have told these good people where we wanted to go lucidly and plainly, they could have told us how to get there. But we couldn’t.

The caravan here parted in the middle, Chaplain Greer believing as he could successively steer the local columns of the COURIER, he certainly ought to be able to steer a two-horse wagon to the mouth of Grouse Creek. So he left us and drove out of sight into the wilderness. We, that is the other rig, took the opposite course. We drove into a pasture fenced with brush; out of that into a cornfield fenced with stone, and traveled down a row of corn about two miles—so we thought—let down a pair of bars and brought up in a cowpen. We were, however, more fortu­nate here for we found a man who could and would not only tell us where to go, but could actually tell us where we at that moment ought to be, instead of driving over his corn and garden patch, as we had done. Will Whitney, however, very adroitly mentioned “that those were the finest hogs he had seen in a long time,” which somewhat mollified the old man, who then told us how to get out. Thus, you see, kind words never die; and a little taffy, which Mr. Whitney after told us, was cheap, applied to the slab sides and ungainly snouts of the old man’s hogs, and got us out of an embarrassing dilemma.
In a short time after bidding good bye to the old man of the good hogs, we arrived at the house of Drury Warren, a gentleman well and favorably known to some of our crowd. Mr. Warren, however, was absent in the territory at the big “round up,” he having some six hundred head of cattle on the range on Black Bear Creek.
Having heard Mr. Warren speak favorably of some of us, and representing ourselves as “some of our best citizens of Winfield,” we soon got into the good graces of kindly Mrs. Warren: to about half a bushel of onions, and permission to drive through the field, thus cutting off some three miles of long, hilly road. Let me here remark that Mr. Warren has one of the most valuable farms in Cowley County, or I might say, in the state. He has 520 acres in a body. Two-thirds of it lies in the rich bottom at the very mouth of Grouse Creek, which is in corn, and such corn! The like of which is duly seen on the Illinois and Sangamon river bottoms, and there but seldom.
Here we passed out at the south gate of the state and entered the Territory when Messrs. Greer, Albro, and Stivers caught up with us and when your correspondent shot a squirrel, found a nice spring of water, and where we camped for the first night.
Nothing of any importance happened to us except the bites of some huge mosquitos, which happened rather often.
The next morning we tried fishing in the raging Arkansas with but poor success. An old blood-thirsty villain of a fisher­man, who I have no doubt now was anxious to get us away from there, told us of a good place where he said we would find bass in abundance, well on toward the Kaw agency. Here trouble commenced. Some wanted to pull up stakes and go at once, some wanted to send a scouting party first to spy out the land and report. But the goers-at-once being in the majority, carried the point, so strike the tent, hitch up, and pull out was the order.
Sometime that afternoon we overtook an Indian afoot, leading a dog. Someone of our party asked him some questions, which he wouldn’t answer. Then someone asked him what he intended doing with the dog. He then very politely told us to go to hades, saying, however, the old version pronunciation of that word.

We pitched our tents on the banks of the Arkansas River that night. Another meeting was held at noon to determine whether or not we would move again. The colonel, by virtue of his office, of course, presided. The debate was long, learned, and digni­fied. Greer, Webb, Stivers, Whitney, and Albro, for the move, ably presented their side of the case.
“You see, gentlemen,” said Webb, “that we are on the very verge of starvation. No water, nothing to eat.”
“That shows,” said Jennings, “that you do not know what you are talking about. Here we are on one of the most delightful spots the sun ever shone upon. Look at that mighty river and tell me that there is no water. Look at the countless turkey tracks, and tell me there is no game, nothing to eat. Why, we are here in the very bowels of plenty, and I, for one, won’t move a peg.”
The motion was, however, put and carried, so move it was. That same evening the company arrived at the mouth of Otter Creek, where it empties into the Grouse, and once more the tent was pitched. The next morning, it being Sunday, it was agreed that no fishing, hunting, or euchre be indulged in but that this Sabbath be spent quietly and reverently as became our best citizens.
After breakfast some of the boys thought they would have some fun at the expense of the others. Word was accordingly passed along that a meeting would be held to consider the propri­ety of returning to the camp vacated the day before. The presi­dent being in the seat of course, proclaimed and made known that a meeting would be held at once. Every member being present the trouble began.
“Now, may the devil take me,” said Chaplain Greer, “if this move don’t beat all the moves I ever heard of.”
“I opposed coming here in the first place, but now that we are here, I propose to stay,” said Jennings.
“Me too,” said Judge Soward, “let go who will, I shan’t.”
“Question! Question!” shouted the mob.
The motion being put, the chair declared it carried unani­mously. That was a straw too much.
“Give me my blanket,” groaned Greer, “I can hire a farmer to take me home.”
“Give me my things,” howled Jennings, “I can walk.”
“Don’t take my gun,” yellowed Judge Soward, “I won’t budge an inch.”
Seeing that the joke had gone far enough, the boys were informed of the “sell” and soon all was again serene.
Monday morning, Mr. Greer, having been really in bad health when he started, was found to be much worse. It was accordingly decided to send him home. He was taken by Mr. Burkhalter to Arkansas City, put aboard the train, and we saw him no more.
And, now to conclude, for every good writer must conclude, I have endeavored to chronicle events just as they transpired. If perchance there may be a few little things that didn’t happen exactly as I have said, I certainly cannot be held responsible.
Winfield Courier, March 16, 1882.
Will Whitney’s new residence is about ready for the plastering. John Craine will put his best touches on it.
Cowley County Courant, April 6, 1882.

Will Whitney’s house in the second ward is enclosed, and when completed, promises to be one of the neatest and tastiest residences in the city. I. W. Randall is the contractor, which insures a first-class job.
Cowley County Courant, April 20, 1882.
CIVIL DOCKET. FIFTH DAY. Thompson, Wise & Co. vs. Wm. Whitney.
Winfield Courier, August 17, 1882.
Mrs. Whitney has her fine dwelling completed, except the painting.
Ivan Robinson and J. L. Horning dissolve partnership. New partnership: Horning & Whitney...
Winfield Courier, October 26, 1882.
The firm of Horning, Robinson & Co., has been dissolved, Mr. Ivan Robinson retiring. The firm will hereafter be Horning & Whitney.
Winfield Courier, November 23, 1882.
Last Friday Messrs. Horning and Whitney had on exhibition in their store a beautiful marble grate for a fireplace. It was certainly a work of art as well as of comfort. The grate was of galvanized iron, mounted in highly polished and carved marbleized iron, together with mantle and side pieces of the same material. It is intended for the residence of Mr. H. E. Silliman.
Winfield Courier, December 14, 1882.
Bill of Horning & Whitney for scythe, nails, and scythe stone, $1.15, was referred to the Finance Committee.
Winfield Courier, December 14, 1882.
The biggest stock of cutlery in Kansas at Horning & Whitney’s.
Will Whitney’s mother and sister and Mrs. Doane assist Mrs. J. L. Horning...
Winfield Courier, December 27, 1883.
Mrs. J. L. Horning, assisted by Mrs. and Miss Whitney, and Mrs. Doane, will “receive” at Mrs. Horning’s residence New Years day.
Winfield Courier, January 4, 1883.
Every piece of pocket cutlery sold by Horning and Whitney is warranted. They sell only the best.
Winfield Courier, January 25, 1883.
The finance committee reported on and found correct the statement of the Clerk for the quarter ending Dec. 15th, 1882; the report of the Police Judge for the months of August, September, October, and December, 1882, and the reports of the Treasurer for the months ending Oct. 15, Nov. 15, and Dec. 15, 1882, and the bill of Horning and Whitney for $1.15 for goods furnished the city, and recommended that the bill be paid. The report of the committee was adopted and the bill of Horning & Whitney was ordered paid.
Winfield Courier, January 25, 1883.
The biggest stock of cutlery in Kansas at Horning & Whitney’s.
Winfield Courier, February 1, 1883.

The following petition was circulated last week by Frank Manny, taken to Topeka, and presented by him to Senator Hackney.
WINFIELD, KANSAS, January 23, 1883. HON. W. P. HACKNEY, State Senator, Topeka, Kansas. Inasmuch as the Prohibition Amendment, as enforced, has always resulted in injury to the material development of our town—it having signally failed to accomplish the object sought, the suppression of the sale and use of intoxicating drinks—we would respectfully urge upon you the necessity of so providing for the enforcement of the law that its application shall be uniform throughout the State. If this is impossible, don’t sacrifice our town on the altar of inordinate devotion to an impracticable principle.
Horning & Whitney signed the petition.
Winfield Courier, February 1, 1883.
Horning & Whitney have received a magnificent stock of cutlery. Will Whitney exhibited to us Monday the finest line of silver knives and forks we have seen anywhere.
Winfield Courier, February 8, 1883.
A splendid line of cook stoves at Horning & Whitney’s.
Winfield Courier, March 8, 1883.
The account of Horning & Whitney for $1.75 for stove grate was referred to Finance Committee.
Winfield Courier, April 5, 1883.
The finance committee made the following report: Reports of Treasurer and Police Judge referred, correct; bill of Horning & Whitney for $1.75, correct and payment recommended; bill of L. A. Belmont on county for care of poor, $5.00 found and paid and rejection recommended. The report was adopted and the bill of Horning & Whitney was ordered paid.
Winfield Courier, May 10, 1883.
The famous “New Jewel” gasoline stoves at Horning & Whitney’s.
Winfield Courier, May 10, 1883.
A large quantity of wool twine, wool sacks, and sheep shears, the best and cheapest, at Horning & Whitney’s.
Winfield Courier, May 31, 1883.
A full stock of belting at Horning & Whitney’s.
Winfield Courier, June 7, 1883.
A full stock of belting at Horning & Whitney’s.
Winfield Courier, August 2, 1883.
Get ready for sheep shearing by buying your twine, sacks, and sheep shears of Horning & Whitney.
Winfield Courier, September 13, 1883.
The hunting season has arrived and sportsmen who wish to replenish their outfit should call on Horning & Whitney and look over their splendid stock of guns and ammunition. They have the finest and most complete stock in this line ever opened in Winfield. All goods at bottom prices.
Winfield Courier, September 13, 1883.

The largest and best stock of shelf and heavy hardware in the city at Horning & Whitney’s.
Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.
W. R. Whitney, of the hardware firm of Horning & Whitney, is spending this week in the East buying goods. Will has been sticking very closely to business for some time past, and this trip will be a benefit in the way of recreation as well as pecuniarily.
Winfield Courier, February 14, 1884.
J. S. Lyon & Co., a new firm of plumbers, have located here, under engagement with Horning & Whitney. They are first class workmen and make lively competition in the plumbing line.
Winfield Courier, February 14, 1884.
More Fires. Again, on Sunday evening, an attempt was made to set fire to property in the city. A lot of hay was stuffed under the rear end of Hendricks & Wilson’s hardware store and ignited. It was done about half past seven o’clock in the evening. Mr. James McLain, who has been acting as night watchman, first discovered and put it out. Shortly before, when walking across Manning Street and Tenth Avenue, he passed a man who was walking hurriedly. As soon as he passed, the man broke into a run, and a moment after McLain discovered the fire. When he turned, the man had disappeared in the darkness. What the object of these incendiaries is cannot be defined. The fire in the Hodges barn could have injured but little business property if successful. The fire started in the Shenneman barn, immediately after, when the hose was handy and hundreds of people standing around to use it, could not have been set with a very villainous intent to destroy, as the destroyer might have known it would be put out in a minute. The setting of the Sunday evening fire early in the evening, when everyone was about, showed a lack of deep intent to do great injury. However, our people have resolved to put a stop to it, and to that end the following paper has been prepared and duly signed, and the total sum of $222.50 goes to the person who runs the fire-bugs in.
We, the undersigned, promise to pay the sum set against our respective names as a reward for the apprehension and conviction of any person or persons engaged in setting any incendiary fire in the city of Winfield, either heretofore or hereafter.
THOSE WHO CONTRIBUTED $5.00: S. C. Smith, T. K. Johnston, Horning & Whitney, Wm. Newton, Hudson Bros., McGuire Bros., J. B. Lynn, Geo. Emerson, COURIER Co., Ella C. Shenneman, W. S. Mendenhall, Winfield Bank, M. L. Read’s Bank, Rinker & Cochran, Miller & Dawson, H. Beard, Whiting Bros., Hendricks & Wilson, A. E. Bard, Johnston & Hill, J. N. Harter, Farmers Bank, Wallis & Wallis, F. V. Rowland, J. S. Mann, Hughes & Cooper, A. B. Arment, Quincy A. Glass, W. L. Morehouse, McDonald & Miner, Curns & Manser, J. D. Pryor, M. Hahn & Co., O’Meara & Randolph, S. H. Myton, J. P. Baden, Telegram, Schofield & Keck, Henry Goldsmith.
THOSE WHO CONTRIBUTED $2.50: R. E. Sydal, S. D. Pryor, E. G. Cole, Kraft & Dix, H. Brown & Son, Brotherton & Silver, F. M. Friend, F. H. Blair, F. H. Bull, T. J. Harris, Albro & Dorley.
TOTAL RAISED: $222.50.
Will Whitney’s mother, Mrs. M. L. Whitney...

Winfield Courier, February 21, 1884.
On Tuesday evening of last week Mrs. M. L. Whitney threw her pleasant home open for the reception of invited friends. Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. Dr. Kirkwood, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Mann, Mr. and Mrs. McCloud, Mr. and Mrs. Edwin Beeney, Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Randall, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Doane, Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Allen, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Horning, Mrs. Dr. Van Doren, Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, Mrs. ____ White, Miss Martin, and Miss Mary Hamill. Refreshments formed an interesting supplement at the proper hour and under the royal entertainment of the hostess and family, the company pronounced it one of the most pleasant social gatherings of the winter.
Winfield Courier, February 21, 1884.
Messrs. J. S. Lyon & Co. have opened out a complete stock of plumbing, steam, and gas-fitting goods at the store of Horning and Whitney. They are practical plumbers and gas fitters, having had long experience in that line, and with their large and excellent stock of goods, will be a very valuable acquisition to our city and citizens. We recommend that persons who want work or goods in the line to call and see them.
Winfield Courier, March 6, 1884.
J. S. Lyon & Co. keep a full assortment of wrought iron pipe, fittings, etc. Office and shop at Horning & Whitney’s.
Winfield Courier, March 13, 1884.
                     Office and Shop at Horning & Whitney’s, WINFIELD, KANSAS.
Winfield Courier, March 20, 1884.
Horning & Whitney have just received the finest assortment of bird cages ever brought to Winfield. Call and see them.
Winfield Courier, April 3, 1884.
For the latest improved patterns in gasoline stoves, go to Horning and Whitney’s.
Winfield Courier, May 8, 1884.
J. S. Lyon & Co. wishes to inform the public they are ready to fit up stores and dwelling houses with gas pipes at reasonable rates. Office and shop at Horning & Whitney’s.
Winfield Courier, May 8, 1884.
As the summer approaches, Messrs. Horning & Whitney are having a big run on the lately improved “New Jewel” Gasoline stove. They do away with the worry, heat, and inconveniences of the common cook stove and are cheap, safe, and economical. Every housekeeper should call at the hardware establishment of Horning & Whitney and examine them.
Winfield Courier, May 8, 1884.
J. S. Lyon & Co. will keep a complete stock of gas Chandeliers, gas Burners, Globes, etc. Office and shop at Horning & Whitney’s.
Winfield Courier, May 15, 1884.
Garden Hose in lengths to suit, also Lawn Sprinklers, Hose Carts, etc. J. S. Lyon & Co., office at Horning & Whitney’s.

Winfield Courier, June 19, 1884.
Refrigerators in all sizes at Horning & Whitney’s.
Winfield Courier, June 19, 1884.
For the best Ice Cream Freezers, go to Horning & Whitney’s.
Winfield Courier, June 19, 1884.
No one can afford to be without one of those complete refrigerators at Horning & Whitney’s. Everything kept cool and fresh.
Winfield Courier, June 19, 1884.
For years people have been complaining of the hilarious air of Kansas, but some inventive genius, recognizing the great want of this country, has made something by which this surplus wind can be made a comfort and joy forever. It is a stove that burns air; no other  fuel whatever needed. This seems incredible, but by calling on Horning & Whitney, you can see the wonder. And it is an immense success. It is made like a gasoline stove, only the tank holds air instead of gasoline. A rubber tube is attached to the tank; you put it in your mouth, blow the tank full of air, light the burner, and your stove is in running order for the day. It is a curiosity and should be seen by everyone. Horning & Whitney have its exclusive sale.
Sarah Hudson, sister of Mrs. T. M. McGuire, marries M. L. Garrigus...
Winfield Courier, July 3, 1884.
MARRIED. Mr. M. L. Garrigus and Miss Sarah Hudson were married Sunday afternoon at the home of the bride’s sister, Mrs. T. M. McGuire, by Dr. W. R. Kirkwood. The groom is one of the gentlemanly salesmen of the hardware establishment of Horning & Whitney, while the bride is well known to all our people and a favorite among the young folks. They have before them a future of much promise. Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Bruce, the latter a sister of the bride, came over from Cherryvale to attend the wedding.
Winfield Courier, July 24, 1884.
Winfield has recently been troubled with burglars for the first time in several years. We mentioned last week the burglarizing of Hughes & Cooper’s grocery, and last Friday night the work was renewed in Horning & Whitney’s hardware establishment with efforts at a larger haul. The entrance was effected by prying open a back window. Tools were secured from the tin shop and an effort made to break open the safe. They succeeded in drilling almost through the door to the lock-bar, with the evident intention of getting into the safe by breaking this bar, when something seemed to upset their nerves and they dropped the tools and lit out. Appearances indicated that the parties weren’t schooled in safe cracking. Billy Whitney, being absent from the store, had not made the usual bank deposit on Thursday and the safe contained about five hundred dollars. Several hard looking strangers have been loafing around town lately whose means of livelihood seem very dark, but no conclusive evidence has yet been found. The mere fact of an able-bodied man being without visible means of support these busy times is sufficient to brand him as a bad character and his movements should be closely watched.
Winfield Courier, August 7, 1884.

SPECIAL PREMIUMS. The following special premiums are offered by the citizens of Cowley County. Parties wishing to compete for them must enter articles same as in other class, and must also comply with the instructions and requests named in the premium.
President J. F. Martin will have charge of this department, make assignment of articles, and appoint the necessary judges.
BY J. L. HORNING. $5.00. For the largest Ear of Corn, by weight; must be entered on the first day of the Fair and weighed on the last day. Open to the world, and all corn entered to belong to J. L. Horning.
BY HORNING & WHITNEY’S HARDWARE HOUSE. $5.00. For the best hand-made Sunbonnet, any style or material, by a girl under 16 years of age; $3.00 to 1st, $2.00 to 2nd.
Winfield Courier, August 14, 1884.
J. S. Lyon & Co. will keep a complete stock of gas Chandeliers, gas Burners, Globes, etc. Office and shop at Horning & Whitney’s.
Winfield Courier, September 11, 1884.
Messrs. Horning & Whitney have the contract for tin roofing the Hasie block at Arkansas City and are now at work on it.
Winfield Courier, October 2, 1884.
Billy Whitney returned Monday from a month’s vacation in Michigan and different parts of the north and east, looking corpulent, sleek, and happy.
Winfield Courier, October 2, 1884.
By J. L. Horning, $5 for largest ear of corn by weight, T. H. Jackson, 1st.
By Horning & Whitney, $5 for best handmade sun bonnet by girl under 14, Dora B. Kimball, 1st.
Winfield Courier, November 13, 1884.
Horning & Whitney have fixed up a splendid display of gas fixtures in their show windows. There are chandeliers and lamps of every imaginable kind, beautiful in design and novel in style.
Winfield Courier, November 20, 1884.
Horning & Whitney, supplies, $2.80.
Winfield Courier, December 4, 1884.
Horning & Whitney’s display of gas fixtures is very fine and attracts much attention. They carry all the latest patterns.
Mrs. Whitney: Believe this refers to Will Whitney’s mother...
Winfield Courier, December 18, 1884.
Society. A very pleasant entertainment was given by Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, at their splendid residence in this city, on Thursday evening, December 10th. About sixty to seventy guests were present, among whom we remember by name the following.

Rev. and Mrs. W. R. Kirkwood, Prof. and Mrs. E. P. Hickok, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Schuler, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Read, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Horning, Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Buckman, Dr. and Mrs. Geo. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. Rogers, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Ordway, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Harter, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Mann, Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Williams, Dr. and Mrs. W. T. Wright, Mr. and Mrs. O. Branham, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. Fred C. Hunt, Dr. and Mrs. C. S. Van Doren, Mr. and Mrs. H. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington, Mrs. Frank Williams of Wichita, Mrs. J. H. Bullen, Mrs. W. H. Albro, Mrs. Whitney, Mrs. Arthur Bangs, Miss Nettie McCoy, Miss Anna McCoy, Mr. W. H. Smith, Mr. Lew Brown, and Mr. W. C. Robinson.
Notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather, made up of rain, mud, snow, and cold, the guests enjoyed themselves to the utmost, and after partaking of a magnificent supper, music, and mirth, the guests separated with warm thanks to their host and hostess, who had afforded them so much pleasure, and with the aid of Arthur Bangs, most of them, we presume, found their own domiciles in due time.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 1, 1885.
Horning & Whitney Co. Supplies.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 1, 1885.
Horning & Whitney. Hardware, Tinware, etc. Among our thoroughly reliable and enterprising firms, that of Messrs. Horning & Whitney are foremost. Their hardware house contains an elegant line of everything pertaining to a first-class establishment of the kind and through the energy and popularity of the proprietors has an enviable patronage. Connected with this firm is that of J. S. Lyon & Co., plumbers. This branch carries a complete stock of gas fixtures and steam heating apparatus. Few young men have the industry and business tack of Mr. W. R. Whitney. Mr. Horning is not only a through businessman, but is chuck full of enterprise and everything for the good of the city and county receives his hearty support.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 26, 1885.
The New Jewell gasoline stove cures domestic infelicity. Don’t fail to see it at Horning & Whitney’s.
Five ads in same issue re New Jewell or Adams Westlake Monarch gasoline stoves...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 26, 1885.
Have you seen the latest improvement New Jewell and Adams Westlake gasoline stove for sale by Horning & Whitney? They are perfection and your wife should never give the “bald head end of the broom” a minute’s rest till you get her one. “Absolutely indispensable in summer” is the verdict of all who have tried them.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 26, 1885.
The New Jewell gasoline stove, for sale by Horning & Whitney, never fail to captivate the gentle housewife. It is absolutely safe, convenient, and perfect. No unnecessary heat, and always ready for business. Don’t let your wife enter the summer without one.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 26, 1885.
Save your wife the affliction of standing over the red hot stove, by buying her a new Jewell or A. & W. Monarch gasoline stove. Cheap, safe, and unexcelled in convenience. Horning & Whitney have them.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 26, 1885.
The New Jewell gasoline stove is the daisy. See it at Horning & Whitney’s.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 2, 1885.
Have you seen the latest improvement New Jewell and Adams Westlake gasoline stove for sale by Horning & Whitney? They are perfection and your wife should never give the “bald head end of the broom” a minute’s rest till you get her one. “Absolutely indispensable in summer” is the verdict of all who have tried them.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 2, 1885.
The Adams & Westlake gasoline Stove will bury your wife in smiles and straighten the cross eyes of your mother-in-law. Anything under the sun can be cooked with rapidity and perfection. Get one of Horning & Whitney, before the heated season sets in.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 23, 1885.
The sterner sex will please not read this; its liable to hurt your pocket book. Ladies, do you want to save time, do your baking, cooking, and ironing with twice the perfection and ease? Then examine those wonderfully perfect, simple and safe Jewell Gasoline Ranges at Horning & Whitney’s, then get your “hubby’s” ear and pocket book and get one.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 28, 1885.
Recap Dissolution Notice: Firm of J. S. Lyon & Co., plumbers and gas fitters. Business will be continued by Horning & Whitney, to whom all accounts are payable and by whom accounts will be settled. Signed by J. S. LYON, J. L. HORNING, W. R. WHITNEY. Dated Winfield, Kansas, May 23, 1885.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 25, 1885.
Where is He? Gus Lucker, who came here several years ago and was employed in Horning & Whitney’s plumbing department, has turned up missing. He had a pretty young wife and child, whom he sent back home, Wheeling, West Virginia, last April. In May he left to join them, with several hundred dollars in his pocket. It now turns out that he never got home, and his wife is sending anxious letters of inquiry. The wife and husband lived happily together and he seemed very anxious, when he left, to return to her, and the wife and those who knew him think there must have been foul play somewhere on the way home. He was a young German of good, industrious habits.
Libbie Whitney and W. R. Whitney: brother and sister???...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 9, 1885.

The pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Spotswood was, last night, the scene of a most enviable gathering of our young society people. The occasion was in honor of the Misses Sarah Bass, of Kansas City, and Sarah Gay, of St. Louis, accomplished and attractive young ladies who are visiting their aunt, Mrs. Spotswood. It was one of the jolliest companies; all restraint was banished under the royal hospitality of the entertainers. Those present were Dr. and Mrs. Emerson and Misses Nettie McCoy, Julia Smith, Libbie Whitney, Jessie Millington, Bert Morford, Hattie Stolp, Nellie and Kate Rodgers, Lizzie and Margie Wallis, Gertrude McMullen, Ida Johnston, Sadie French, Minnie Taylor, Leota Gary, Maggie Harper, Anna Hunt, Mary Hamill and Lizzie McDonald; Messrs. J. J. O’Meara, W. H. Smith, F. F. Leland, B. W. Matlack, T. J. Eaton, Eugene Wallis, Lacey Tomlin, D. H. Sickafoose, W. R. Whitney, M. H. Ewart, Byron Rudolf, Harry Bahntge, E. J. McMullen, Everett and George Schuler, James Lorton, Charles Dever, Frank Robinson, Addison Brown, Fred Ballein, S. D. Harper, and F. H. Greer. Music, cards, the “light fantastic,” and a collation of choice delicacies made the time pass most pleasantly. Mr. and Mrs. Spotswood and daughter, Miss Margie, and the Misses Bass and Gay did the honors of the evening very delightfully, and reluctantly did the guests depart, with appreciative adieu, wishing many more such happy occasions.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.
Jail supplies, Horning & Whitney, $24.95.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 3, 1885.
I. W. RANDALL & CO. This new firm has fairly got started in the McDonald building, on South Main. They have spared no pains, time, or money in putting in a general hardware stock that will compare favorably with any stock in the county. Everything about the store and stock shows that the gentlemen composing the firm understand their business fully. The goods are of the best and latest make, bought as low as cash and judicious buying could get them in eastern markets. No old goods. I. W. Randall—our Irve, is well known in this city to be a fine businessman. J. S. Lyon, formerly with Horning & Whitney, is an expert in the plumbing and gas fitting business, and a number one hardware man. Everything in shelf and heavy hardware will be kept in stock. Plumbing and gas fitting will be a specialty. Call and see their stock and low prices and be convinced that this firm will sell the best class of goods very low.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 3, 1885.
Smiles! Peace!! Happiness!!! are only a few of the many things it will bring to your household—the Jewell Gasoline Range, at Horning & Whitney’s.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.
Delegates: D. L. Kretsinger, G. H. Buckman, John C. Long, H. L. Wells, J. L. Horning, R. Farnsworth, A. McNeal, C. Stamp.
Alternates: Chas. Holmes, J. E. Snow, Capt. Whiting, L. Conrad, W. H. Shearer, Will Whitney, E. C. Seward, W. B. Pixley.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.
The Third Annual Exhibition of the Cowley County Fair & Driving Park Association opened this morning. Everything on the magnificent Fair Grounds had been put in perfect shape. Early this morning the city showed unusual animation and the Fair Ground Boulevard has been thronged all day. Buses of every conceivable kind, with their lusty rustlers, were busy while private vehicles were thick. At the Fair ground all was animation. The first day of every fair is preparation day—the day when exhibitors get their “truck” on the grounds and shape it around. So with Cowley’s Fair today. Exhibitors were as busy as bees, and by this afternoon the different “shows” were sufficiently arranged to insure the magnificence of the displays. Of course the principal attraction is the main exposition building. Here our more enterprising merchants were found working like beavers arranging displays of their wares. Horning & Whitney are always to the front for enterprise. Their display of stoves and hardware, arranged by Billy Whitney, is immense, and will be a big attraction.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.
Among the most attractive mercantile displays at the fair, that of Horning & Whitney, just at the left of the east entrance of the exhibition building, attracts universal attention. It is a worthy representation of this firm’s immense and popular Winfield establishment. The genial J. L. Horning, and the ever attentive Billy Whitney, are kept busy showing up the superior conveniences and general worth of the “Garland” cooking stoves, ranges, and base burners, the “Banquet,” the “Modern Hub,” manufactured by the Great Western Stove Co., than which a better or more elegant base burner has never been manufactured. Their stove display is grand, and has the admiration of all the ladies. Over the wall display is a unique lettering with bright spoons, “H. & W., Hardware.” The wall display embraces mechanic and machinist’s tools of every description; agate and granite ware and various novelties. But the big attraction for the ladies is the practical exhibition of Adams & Westlake’s “Monarch” gasoline stoves, for which Horning & Whitney are exclusive agents for Winfield. This exhibition under canvas is in the east nook of the south exposition building wing. A dozen or more stoves are on exhibition. Mr. J. M. Gundlach, of Chicago, is here on the part of the manufacturers to practically demonstrate to the people what their stoves can do—that they can do more and better work, occupy last room, and consume less fuel than any other gasoline stove on the market. This fact is proved by the turning out daily, as a practical test, every culinary delicacy, which are exhibited in a case right there. Horning & Whitney have a display to be proud of. It not only represents their establishment splendidly, but is a credit to the county. Of course, they carried off the blue ribbons for the best display of hardware, and on their Adams & Westlake gasoline stoves.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 1, 1885.
THE MONARCH AGAIN CROWNED. One of the most noticeable and popular exhibits on the grounds has been that of the Adams & Westlake Manufacturing Company of their Monarch Gasoline Stoves. The exhibit was in charge of J. M. Gundlach, their western agent. Under a handsome pavilion in one of the L’s of the main exhibition building were arranged the stoves of all sizes and styles, in actual operation, and turning out bread of snowy whiteness, and cakes that were the envy of all the ladies. They entertained the four cornet bands with lunch, all cooked in the open air on the grounds on THE MONARCH stoves. Their exhibition proved equally attractive with the big pumpkins and fine stock, and will make the Monarch gasoline stoves very popular among the homes of our county. The display was a very important addition to the attractions of the Fair. Messrs. Horning & Whitney are the exclusive agents for these stoves in Winfield. Mr. Gundlach intends to return in the spring and will give a grand free dinner to the people of Cowley, all cooked on the Monarch. The Monarch was awarded the first premium, to which it was well entitled.
Mrs. M. L. Whitney, Winfield, was the mother of Will Whitney. She was quite often mentioned in the social items of Winfield...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 1, 1885.
Mrs. M. L. Whitney, mother of Will, has returned home from an extended trip to Wisconsin and Michigan; she reports a very enjoyable visit.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 8, 1885.

A full line of the finest selection of guns and ammunition in the west at Horning & Whitney’s, agents for Hazard powder company.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 8, 1885.
A complete line of the world renowned Garland cook stoves at Horning & Whitney’s.
Mrs. Whitney, mentioned in list of guests, was the mother of Will Whitney. She was a frequent guest at social events in Winfield. They usually skipped her full name (Mrs. M. L. Whitney)...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 17, 1885.
One of the pleasantest parties of the season assembled at the hospitable home of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt last Saturday evening to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of their wedding. The spacious rooms were well filled and the host and hostess were everywhere present with their careful attentions which, seconded by Miss Anna, made the enjoyment complete. During the evening the Rev. Mr. Reider was brought forward and in a neat and appropriate speech presented to the host and hostess a beautiful set of silverware as a testimonial of the high appreciation of the contributors for the recipients, accompanied by a card with the compliments of the following: Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Wallis, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Cooper, Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Keck, Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Hickok, Mrs. Whitney, Mrs. McClellan, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Dr. and Mrs. T. H. Elder, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Shearer, Mr. and Mrs. N. J. Young, Rev. and Mrs. Reider, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Schuler, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Silliman, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Soward, Mr. and Mrs. Col. Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brown, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Albro, Mr. and Mrs. M. G. Troup, Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. D. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Rinker, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Dalton, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Johnston, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Mann, Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Crane, Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Silver, Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Hendricks, Mr. and Mrs. Jas. McDermott, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Arment, Mr. and Mrs. G. S. Manser, Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Handy, Mr. and Mrs. C. Collins, Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Pickens, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. McGraw, Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Friend, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Crippen, Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Wallace, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Carson, Dr. and Mrs. W. T. Wright, Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Austin. This silver tea set embraced cake basket, berry dish, six teaspoons, and sugar spoon. Dr. and Mrs. Geo Emerson, pearl card case. Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Hunt, silver fruit dish.
Capt. Hunt responded as happily as the emotions of this surprise would permit.

A magnificent collation was placed before the guests, which was highly enjoyed, and after music and other entertainments, the party dispersed with many thanks to their entertainers for the pleasures of the evening. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Wallis, Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Silver, Mr. and Mrs. John Keck, Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Hickok, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Silliman, Mr. and Mrs. Col. Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Handy, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Carson, Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Austin, Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Wallace, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Arment, Dr. and Mrs. W. T. Wright, Mrs. McClellan, Mrs. Whitney, Sr., and Mrs. A. E. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Schuler, Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Shearer, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Soward, Rev. and Mrs. J. H. Reider, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. G. S. Manser, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brown, Mr. and Mrs. M. G. Troup, Mr. and Mrs. James McDermott, Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Crane, Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Hendricks, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Dr. and Mrs. T. H. Elder, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. McRaw, Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Dr. and Mrs. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. C. Collins, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Bliss, Mrs. J. A. Cooper, Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Hunt.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 17, 1885.
Horning & Whitney, supplies, $3.85.
Mrs. Mary Whitney: mother of Will Whitney...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 7, 1886.
Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson entertained a very pleasant little party of friends Wednesday eve. An evening in their spacious home is always most delightful. Those participating last night were: Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Robinson, Dr. and Mrs. Geo. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, and Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Hunt; Mrs. Mary Whitney; Misses Nettie and Anna McCoy, Julia Smith, Libbie Whitney, Nona Calhoun, Bert Morford, and Anna Hunt; Messrs. Chas. F. and Harry Bahntge, W. H. Smith, Will and Frank Robinson, Will Whitney, Lacey Tomlin, A. F. Hopkins, and Will Hodges. Various amusements, supplemented by a choice collation, followed by dancing, in which the “old folks” took a lively part, passed the evening very agreeably. The graceful entertainment of Mr. and Mrs. Robinson always makes perfect freedom and genuine enjoyment.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 4, 1886.
J. N. Ashby, Horning & Whitney’s boss tinner, is as happy as a clam at high water, his family having arrived from Texas, and will go to housekeeping at once.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 11, 1886.
Horning & Whitney are doing a rattling wholesale business. They have just put a lot of goods down at Wellington, Maple City, and Oxford.
B. W. Matlack and wife to stay with Mrs. Whitney until their home is erected...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 11, 1886.
Mr. and Mrs. B. W. Matlack returned on the S. K. Tuesday from their bridal tour. They visited Trenton, N. J., New York City, Philadelphia, Washington, Chicago, and other points, and in their absence of six weeks saw many delightful sights. It was an extensive tour, full of unalloyed pleasure. After this week they will make their home with Mrs. Whitney. Mr. Matlack will begin the erection of a home as soon as the weather permits.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 18, 1886.
J. W. Self, one of Horning & Whitney’s sprightly young salesmen, has got tired of “Self” and means to divide up—double up or something of the kind. He leaves in a few days for Kentucky, with his journey well scented with the anticipated sweets of matrimony. He is one of our best young men—and deserving a mighty good partner for life.
Mrs. Mary L. Whitney: mother of Libbie Whitney and Will R. Whitney...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 25, 1886.

A Social Event. Mrs. M. L. Whitney, assisted by her daughter, Miss Libbie, and son, W. R., entertained a number of guests last evening at their pleasant and agreeable home on South Mansfield, in that easy and pleasant manner that is sure to make all feel at home. The evening was spent in social pastime and amusements. Such social gatherings are a source of much pleasure to all participating, and this one will long be remembered as among the delightful society evenings of this city. Refreshments of the choicest kind were partaken of, and all went home with the satisfaction of having enjoyed themselves. The following were present: Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brown, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Randall, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Horning, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Beeney, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Carson, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Brown, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. McMullen, Mr. and Mrs. B. W. Matlack, Dr. and Mrs. Evans, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. McMullen, Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Webb, Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Hunt, Dr. and Mrs. Tandy, Captain and Mrs. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Schuler, Mrs. Riddle, Mrs. E. Wallis, Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, and Misses Nellie and Alice Aldrich, Miss Hamill, Miss Maggie Taylor, Miss Nettie McCoy, Messrs. J. L. M. Hill, L. M. Williams, and Rev. J. C. Miller.
Mr. Will R. Whitney marries Mary E. Hamill at the home of his mother. Note: The bride’s deceased uncle was Rev. J. E. Platter..
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 4, 1886.
THE HYMENAEAN VOWS. Again has Hymen conquered and nuptial solemnities have joined in heart, hand, and fortune Mr. W. R. Whitney and Miss Mary E. Hamill. The event was quietly celebrated Monday evening at the home of Mrs. M. L. Whitney, mother of the groom. It was in novel taste for its lack of formality. Only the immediate friends and relatives of the bridal pair were present, among whom were Rev. and Mrs. J. C. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Horning, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, and Master Roy, Mrs. N. J. Platter and little daughter, Belle, and Misses Nellie and Alice Aldrich. The ceremony was tersely and impressively pronounced by Rev. Miller, and after hearty congratulations all around, an inspection revealed a number of handsome tokens, all the more valued by coming only from intimate friends. Among the remembrances were a beautifully framed portrait of the bride’s deceased uncle, Rev. J. E. Platter, by Mrs. Platter; a silver cake basket, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson; set of china hand-painted fruit plates, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Horning; hand painted plaque, Mrs. I. W. Randall, and other elegant articles. The wedding, though without extensive display, was thoroughly enjoyable. The newly made pair start on the dual life with a future full of promise. The groom is the junior of the extensive hardware firm of Horning & Whitney, and has long stood foremost among the city’s most prominent young businessmen, energetic, of close application and genial manner. The bride, for some years, has been an instructor in our city schools, is a lady of refinement and culture, and has a keen ambition and independence that always accompany the truest womanhood. Mr. and Mrs. Whitney have furnished rooms in the Holmes block on South Main, where they will reside until they build a home, in the near future. Here’s our hand, Billy, with the sincere and hearty wish, with those of your many warm friends, that all the brightest hopes of yourself and accomplished bride may be fully realized, in a life of unalloyed happiness, sunshine, and prosperity. And your numerous congratulators will ever pray.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 11, 1886.

“Yes, sir.” said Horning & Whitney to the reporter this morning. “We are now prepared to do the finest and best plumbing found anywhere. We have an expert who will take charge of this business and we can’t be beat in prices or work.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 11, 1886.
John McGinnis from St. Louis and a thorough expert in plumbing has accepted a position with Horning & Whitney for the coming season. They say they won’t be downed by anybody in good work and cheap prices.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 18, 1886.
The ducks and geese are going north and now is the time to visit Horning & Whitney for all classes of sportsmen’s goods.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 25, 1886.
The most fashionable novelty is five o’clock luncheon, a full-dress reception of ladies only, for tea and an hour or two of social chat, such as only ladies, when untrammeled by the awkward presence of men—who were never made to talk—can enjoy. Last evening Winfield had the first full-fledged introduction of this pleasurable novel. It was a reception by Mrs. A. H. Doane and Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, two of the city’s most delightful entertainers, at the home of Mrs. Doane. A little after four the invited guests began to arrive and by 5 o’clock the parlors were a scene of the liveliest mirth and social freedom, the following prominent ladies being present: Mesdames C. H. Taylor, C. L. Harter, Ray Oliver, George Raymond, George Rembaugh, J. F. Balliet, G. H. Buckman, O. Branham, W. H. Albro, Ela Albright, E. M. Albright, J. J. Carson, L. M. Williams, J. A. Eaton, J. C. Miller, Col. McMullen, J. F. McMullen, B. W. Matlack, C. C. Collins, Henry Brown, Lewis Brown, J. H. Tomlin, E. P. Young, J. N. Young, Dr. Van Doren, M. J. Darling, W. H. Shearer, R. E. Wallis, D. A. Millington, Wm. Mullen, H. L. Holmes, W. P. Hackney, Dr. Brown, M. L. Robinson, Geo. Robinson, S. D. Pryor, Dr. Emerson, M. L. Whitney, J. L. Horning, J. D. Pryor, Geo. W. Miller, Edwin Beeney, Frank Doane, and Miss Lena Oliver. At the appointed hour a luncheon of choice delicacies, with a sprinkling of appropriate substantials, was bounteously and gracefully served. It was one of the happiest gatherings imaginable. The ladies were all handsomely and fashionably attired. By half past six all had departed, realizing the pleasantest reception for many a day. The main object of the “five o’clock luncheon” is to dissipate the inconveniences of the “fashionable call,” where all is prim form, with little opportunity for forming genuine friendships. It is certainly a most admirable mode of widening friendships among the ladies of the city, as all will attest who experienced the very agreeable hospitality of Mrs. Doane and Mrs. Kretsinger, on this occasion.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 15, 1886.
TO THE “BOYCOTTERS.” That the public may know the origin and cause of the “boycott,” as published in MONDAY’S COURIER, by the Contractors and Builders Association of Winfield, I propose to give now a history of its origin.

Last November, about the time we had completed the plans for our City Building, I received a letter from Messrs. Uhl & Giel, of Cleveland, Ohio, saying that they had passed through Winfield the former spring while looking for a location and had taken a liking to the business appearance of the place and would like to locate here and asked me to write them of building prospects for the coming season; and if there was any work ready for figures, they wished me to send them plans at their expense that they might bid on them. I sent plans of the City Building and they bid on them, and being the lowest, were awarded the work. While at my home, in Ohio, during holidays, I received orders from the City Council to see Uhl & Giel and have them sign a contract and file a bond sent to them. Uhl & Giel came to Lima, by request; and I gave them the instructions as sent to me. This was the first time I ever saw either of the men and had never even heard of them before their inquiry. Their coming to Winfield and trouble about contracts, etc., is well known here. I supposed when I wrote these men that Winfield really wanted to prosper and did not want to kill herself by building a stone wall around the town and shutting out any and all who wanted to locate and make this their home and in that way build up a city here. The action of the city council and many citizens of the city council and many citizens in this matter convinced me of my mistake and though I have received over a dozen letters of inquiry from contractors and men wishing to come here, in answer to these I recited the action in this case, which of course discouraged them. Now because these men are evidently “contractors of ability,” have figured closer on one or two buildings here and received contracts, the old contractors have circulated false accusations against me and, when after a repeated trial, they found that it did me no harm, they then organized an association to “boycott” me and among their resolutions passed, they say that the architect should be as much the agent of the contractor as he is the agent of the owner. This is a pretty statement for men of their standing and intelligence to make. That the architect who is employed and paid by a man to plan his building and protect his interests from imposition by contractors should be the agent of the contractor also and favor and protect him as against the man who employs and pays him for his work is an absurd idea. It is also absurd that men who contemplate building would undoubtedly wish to employ such an architect as this association has moulded. And now because they do not take this valuable bit of advice and act upon it but come and employ me to take charge of their work, these contractors meet and appoint a committee of three of their members, Whitney, Frazier, and Wells, to investigate and decide upon the best manner to “down the Ritchie outfit,” as they expressed it.
Last evening’s COURIER contained a list of the contractors who will “boycott” Ritchie & Co., and not figure on any plans of buildings that they will superintend because they say “we are incompetent,” and I suppose their meaning of this is that we will not act as their agents, but will insist upon acting as the agents of the proprietor who employs us.

I will now give them notice that if they wish to continue this and not figure on our plans that we shall also superintend, we shall not complain or leave the city either for want of work more than we have in the past, but we will insert a notice to “contractors only” and in two weeks time there will be contractors here who will figure on our plans unless they can prevail upon the city council to pass an ordinance making it unlawful for new men to come in here and do contracting, and I hardly think the city council will do that, even at the risk of being “boycotted” also. One thing I want clearly understood by all is that I shall continue as I have in the past, “to insist that Winfield men and labor shall be employed in all cases until there are no men out of work,” and then and not before shall I favor new laborers coming in. My interests are all in Winfield and I want to see everything and everyone about Winfield prosper, but I shall not concede one inch to any firm or firms who may consider it their duty to dictate how and what I shall do. Hoping that this explanation will prove satisfactory to those who have been mislead in this matter, will consider their unjustified actions, and that they will look to their own interests and not to the dictation of spiteful, prejudiced minds, I am very truly yours. W. A. RITCHIE.


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