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Henry D. Wilkins

                                            [Also: His cousin, Dr. S. Wilkins.]
                                                        Windsor Township.
                                        [H. D. Wilkins handled Sheep in 1880.]

The Wilkins are not listed in the 1870 federal census for Cowley County.
Windsor Township 1873: H. D. Wilkins, 40; spouse, Catherine, 33.
Also: Franklin Wilkins, 21.
Windsor Township 1873: Sylvester Wilkins, 37; spouse, Mary, 33.
Windsor Township 1874: H. D. Wilkins, 42; spouse, C. M., 35.
Also: Frank Wilkins, 21.
Also: A. Wilkins, 64.
Kansas 1875 Census, Windsor Township, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.
Name                           age sex color          Place/birth Where from
H. D. Wilkins               42  m     w            Ohio                 Nebraska
C. M. Wilkins               35    f      w            Illinois         Nebraska
L. G. Wilkins                11  m     w            Kansas
L. M. Wilkins                 8  m     w            Kansas
Frank Wilkins               21  m     w            Indiana       Nebraska
A. Wilkins              64    f      w            New York        Illinois
Windsor Township 1879: H. D. Wilkins, 47; spouse, C., 40. P. O. Address Lazette.
Windsor Township 1879: S. Wilkins, 41; spouse, M. J., 36. P. O. Address Lazette.
Windsor Township 1879: Frank Wilkins, 26; spouse, Emmeline, 22.
P. O. Address Lazette.
Windsor Township 1880: H. D. Wilkins, 47; spouse, O. N., 36.
P. O. Address Cambridge.
Windsor Township 1880: S. D. Wilkins, 41; spouse, M. J., 36.
P. O. Address Cambridge.
Windsor Township 1880: Frank Wilkins, 26; spouse, M. E., 23.
P. O. Address Cambridge.
The Feburary 17, 1938, Burden Times, had the following item.
“Lazette, located on Grouse creek in 1870, was the earliest community center of that neighborhood, and it is recorded that Elder William Gans of the Christian church preached the first sermon in the village. Henry D. Wilkins, who, with Samuel M. Fall, laid out this town, was the first man in the county to be baptised by immersion.”
The March 28, 1977, issue of the Arkansas City Traveler had an article written by Judy White entitled “Last Original Log Cabin Links Cowley with Past Heritage.”
“If house could talk, the tales they could tell. Fortunately, we can rely on the people who have lived in them. In the case of the log cabin in rural Cambridge, relatives of the former owners are most anxious to talk about it. They have a great amount of pride in the last log cabin in Cowley County.

“The cabin is nestled in the trees on a hill north of Cambridge on the Ralph Sphar property.  To a casual traveler on the road, it might seem to be a mirage.  Log cabins are not at all commonplace today and this one is at least 100 years old.
“Roy Wilkins, Winfield, was born in 1890 and remembers his father’s uncle living in the cabin with his wife and two boys.”
“The cabin was built by Henry Wilkins and his cousin, ‘Doc.’ Wilkins, according to Ross Wilkins, grandson of Henry.
“The Wilkins came to Cambridge in the early 1870s. The first was Henry, who lived in a dugout until a house could be built.
“When they first settled there there were 250 Sac-Faux Indians camped on the east side of Grouse Creek.” The Wilkins settled on the west side, according to Wilkins.
“The Indians were peaceful. They did not know about owning anything so Grandpa had to put all his tools up or they would carry them off to camp,” he said.  “Getting them back was easy, you just went to the camp and claimed what was yours. They didn’t mind.”
“When ‘Doc’ arrived he needed a house so they built the log cabin.
“Doc was the doctor around Cambridge. He spent four years as an apprentice and then went out to practice. All his medicine was made from herbs, roots, seeds, and quinine that had to be purchased.”
“Was his medicine effective? “You always got well,” Wilkins laughed. “The medicine was so awful you got well just so you wouldn’t have to take the medicine.”
“The Wilkins lived in the house for 25 years, and during that time many changes took place. When they came, there was an abundance of deer, buffalo, and quail,” he recounted.  “The last wild buffalo killed in Cowley County was killed up by Udall in the late 1870s. After that they had to go to western Kansas and kill two buffalo, dress them, and bring them back. This way they had meat for the winter. All that was available to eat was what you could grow or kill. There wasn’t a supermarket like we have nowadays,” Wilkins chuckled.
The Wilkins families also grew crops to supplement their needs. “Dad told me about them growing pumpkins. The Indians had never seen them and wanted them so he traded them for saddles of venison. The Indians would tie them around the horses’ necks when they headed south for the winter. The horses looked so funny with the pumpkins hanging around them like orange beads,” he recalled.
In the 1890s they built a root cellar out of the stone lying in the canyons and ravines.  The cellar was dug into the hill directly behind the house, and a well was dug to provide water for the inhabitants.
At that time Grouse Creek had an abundant supply of fish so the family added fish to the staples. During the winter the family could store fruits and vegetables in the root cellar and knew if there was a storm the cellar would provide a haven for them. There was no outhouse on the property. The cabin had two big rooms, a kitchen and a main room. There was a loft or attic upstairs where part of the children slept.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Cowley County Censor, July 1, 1871.

Petition for the sale of school section sixteen, 7, 31, Range 7, east. The following appraisers were approved by the Board: Joseph Trumbell, Henry Wilkins, and E. D. Sutton.
S. Wilkins (known as “Doc’), cousin of Henry D. Wilkins...
Cowley County Censor, October 21, 1871.
Last Saturday the Republican Delegate Convention met at this place and, notwithstanding the day was stormy and disagreeable, all the townships were represented except Creswell. The follow­ing named gentlemen were the delegates.
Windsor Township: S. Wilkins, B. H. Clover, and John Dudley.
Winfield Messenger, November 1, 1872.
Mr. Wilkins, of Lazette, was in town this week, and paid us a friendly visit. He says Lazette is growing very fast, and that business generally is very good.
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1874.
Election Judge: H. D. Wilkins, $5.00.
S. Wilkins, (known as “Doc”), cousin of Henry D. Wilkins...
Winfield Courier, May 15, 1874.
Mr. S. Wilkins, of Cowley County, dropped into our office Tuesday, and left on our table as fine a specimen of lead ore as we have seen brought from Joplin, Mo. It was taken from Lazette, forty-five miles south of Eureka, in Cowley County, and was found in a well, twelve feet from below the surface, in the tract of country known as the flint hill ridge, that extends from Cowley into the western portion of Greenwood. This specimen contains from seventy-five to ninety percent pure lead, and if an exten­sive vein of that kind can be found in that locality, Cowley County may consider herself fortunate. Such a lead mine would pan out a mint of wealth. Burlington Patriot.
Winfield Courier, September 9, 1875.
McD. Stapleton and Doc. Wilkins, of Lazette, were in Tuesday. They could not stay themselves so they left a jack rabbit to add to our collection. Thanks, boys.
Winfield Courier, October 21, 1875.
BIRTH. Henry Wilkins is happy, and his many friends may now con­gratulate him on the arrival of a daughter, October 18th, 1875.

The joint discussion between the candidates of our parties came off last night. A good crowd met at the schoolhouse to see the aspirants for office and to hear the speeches. While there was no discussion between the opposing candidates, each one of them made a speech, not so much however to display his oratorical abilities, for each one said, “I am no orator, as Brutus is,” but to let the people see what good looking men were seeking to serve them. Col. W. P. Hackney opened the exercises, after which Messrs. Handy, Bryan, Kinne, Henderson, Deming, and Walker became bold enough to speak. Col. J. M. Alexander was then called out, and he made a happy and well received speech. Judge Gans followed the Colonel with some good natural remarks and a joke on one of the candidates. After our distinguished visitors had spoken, some of our township candidates and citizens joined in the “discussion.” Squire John Clover, Charley Jones, B. H. Clover, H. D. Wilkins, and Burt French made effective and telling speeches. There was but one disappointment in the evening, namely, the non-appearance of friend Walton of the Plow-Handle. The meeting was closed with a few remarks by the chairman, R. C. Story.
Winfield Courier, November 25, 1875.
DIED. The many friends of Henry Wilkins will be sorry to learn of the death of his infant daughter, which occurred on the 13th inst.
LAZETTE. The first settler in this part of Grouse Valley was John W. Tull, who laid the foundation of the first house. He came in November, 1869. The first regularly ordained preacher who came here in 1870 was Elder Womack, though the first sermon preached was by Elder William Gans. The M. E. Church was organized at this place in 1873 by Elder Smith. Doctor T. J. Raybell opened the first store in 1870, and was postmaster at the same time. The mail matter was then brought in from Eureka, 55 miles distant, in the pockets of travelers. The first person buried in the Lazette graveyard was William Dwyer, early in 1871.
The town of Lazette is located in the Grouse Valley, on the Independence and Winfield road, and was laid out in 1871. The first house therein was built by Bartholomew Fritch, who opened the first shoemaker’s shop. Town lots are 25 x 120 feet and are held by H. D. Wilkins and S. M. Fall. The town plot covers 160 acres. The schoolhouse was built in 1872 at a cost of $1,500. The first hotel was “The Black Bear,” H. D. Gans, proprietor.
Frank Wilkins...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 6, 1876.
Among the distinguished parties who have lately returned to Lazette are the following: Frank Wilkins, Indian Territory; T. Hemenway, Allen County; Lee Wade, Humboldt; Dennis Cunningham, Illinois; H. M. Rogers, St. Joseph; and Joseph Fritch, from Texas.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 22, 1876.
Winfield Courier, April 6, 1876.
We acknowledge calls from Mr. Henry Wilkins, of Lazette, and Squire W. B. Norman, of Maple Township this week.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 24, 1876.
LAZETTE, KAS., May 19, 1876. Our farmers of the Grouse Valley are just finishing planting their corn, as the flood of the 6th inst. washed up their first planting. On that morning Old Grouse was seen to be on a general “high,” the water rising five feet higher than it was ever known by the earliest white settlers, and carrying everything with it to a general destruction. The water in many places extended from bluff to bluff, and washed away the soil as deep as it was plowed, together with a great deal of fencing.

H. D. Wilkins suffered some considerable loss, as the turbid waters carried off his fencing, stables, corn cribs, granaries, etc. B. H. Clover was damaged to the extent of nearly $1,000. Many were compelled to abandon their houses, and seek more secure positions on higher ground with their little ones. The fencing and out buildings of Mr. Wilkins were carried on Mr. Clover’s place, and Mr. Wilkins was only allowed to remove the lumber of his out buildings. Benderville was entirely submerged, women and children being compelled to seek the second stories of their dwellings.
Winfield Courier, July 12, 1877.
Road Viewers: W. J. Gamel, $4.00; R. S. Strother, $2.00; W. H. Gilliard, $2.00; S. M. Fall, $2.00; H. D. Wilkins, $2.00; John Walker, $2.00; Z. W. Hoge, $2.00; and G. W. Ballou, $2.00.
Winfield Courier, November 15, 1877.
Windsor—H. D. Wilkins, Trustee; J. H. Sweet, Treasurer; M. Hemingway, Clerk; T. Tyler, A. J. Pickering, Justices; D. A. Dale, C. W. Kelly, Constables.
Winfield Courier, March 7, 1878.
W. H. Clay, trustee of Sheridan Township, and H. D. Wilkins, trustee of Windsor Township, paid us a visit on Monday.
Winfield Courier, March 14, 1878.
Henry Wilkins is about to sell his farm on Grouse Creek and locate on Silver. He is the kind of a man we want here.
Winfield Courier, April 18, 1878.
H. D. Wilkins, assessor.
Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.
Henry Wilkins and Mr. Craft each lost a horse near Lazette on Tuesday night of last week. The horses were killed by lightning.
Dr. S. Wilkins returns; H. D. Wilkins loses horse...
Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.
LAZETTE, KANSAS, June 20th, 1878. A powerful rain fell here last night rendering further wheat stacking impossible for a few days. Dr. Wilkins, an old time resident of this place, has returned with his family after an absence of three years. H. D. Wilkins had one of his horses killed by lightning a few days since.
Dr. S. Wilkins...
Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.
LAZETTE, KANSAS, July 8, 1878. Dr. S. Wilkins, a restitutionist, preached us a fine sermon last Sunday. Married at the residence of Stephen Trimble, Miss Sarah Nelson to Mr. Barns. Dr. Wilkins officiated.
Winfield Courier, November 7, 1878.

LAZETTE, Oct. 28th, 1878. Dr. Wilkins, our old time friend, has been doing all the practice since he located with us.
Winfield Courier, November 28, 1878.
LAZETTE, Nov. 22, 1878. DIED. A very serious accident befell Robert Armstrong yesterday. He and his daughter started to Lazette in the wagon. Just after crossing what is known as Goose Creek, the team took fright at the noise made by persons gathering corn in a field close to the road. In making an effort to hold his horses, Mr. Armstrong broke one of the lines, when the horses ran, circling around toward a steep bank, over which they plunged. The fall was ten or fifteen feet. One horse was killed immediately, the girl was bruised some little, while Mr. Armstrong was seriously and fatally injured internally. Dr. Wilkins was sent for at once, and upon examining Mr. Armstrong he pronounced his recovery as extremely doubtful. Mr. Armstrong settled in Harvey Township, six miles north of this place, is widely known and generally esteemed for his industry, his honesty, and his habits in behalf of law and order. He died Friday and was buried Sunday.
Winfield Courier, August 7, 1879.
Dr. S. Wilkins, of Windsor township, candidate for Register of Deeds, is an old settler in this county and is one of the men whose energy and enthusiasm have made the county what it is.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 13, 1879.
J. W. Tull and Dr. Wilkins, of Lazette, called on us last Monday. The latter gentleman is a candidate for the office of Register of Deeds, and is canvassing the county in his interests. He is an old resident of Cowley, warmly supported by his many friends, and no doubt would fill the office acceptably if nominated. Mr. Tull is well known by the old settlers of Cowley, and is just running around for the fun of it. He has been in the habit of occasionally printing a few copies of the Lazette Bugle, but his railroad edition of that journal consigned it to the grave for awhile. His forcible illustration of how Lazette got a railroad, and his location of the depot, were too much for the natives, and he suspended publication.
Winfield Courier, September 11, 1879.
Vote for register of deeds.
      1st ballot  2nd ballot  3rd ballot
I. H. Bonsall, 15, 13, 14
E. P. Kinne, 18, 14, 14
Jacob Nixon, 25, 43, 48
D. S. Wilkins, 18, 15, 15
Alex. Thompson, 1st ballot, 8
C. W. Roseberry, 2nd ballot, 3
Thompson withdrew after the first ballot.
The nomination of Jacob Nixon was made unanimous.
Winfield Courier, May 13, 1880.

H. D. Wilkins, of Windsor township, called last Monday. He has a flock of about a thousand sheep, which are doing well. He informs us that he lost several sheep recently by allowing them to run in the Grouse timber, where they found buckeyes and ate them. He says that the idea that buckeyes would kill sheep is new to him, but he now learns that others have had the same experience.
Dr. S. Wilkins...
Winfield Courier, July 29, 1880.
The letters submitted by Judge Gans are from S. Wilkins, J. H. Lee, Geo. Eaton, H. W. Stubblefield, and E. Shriver. Each says he has intimately known the Judge for fifteen or twenty years, and knows he has never been a rebel sympathizer or copper­head, but has ever been a strong union man. We deem it unneces­sary to publish the letters entire.
Dr. Sylvester Wilkins, cousin of Henry D. Wilkins...
Winfield Courier, August 26, 1880.
Upon Examination of the county records we elicit the star­ling information that only thirty-two physicians have filed their certificates with the county clerk as required by law. Here they are.
Danl. E. Anderson, A. C. Barr, George Black, D. W. Cole, Jas. A. Chapman, F. M. Cooper, D. Cunningham, Judson A. Chapel, W. R. Davis, P. K. Dobyns, Geo. Emerson, W. G. Graham, Jas. P. Graham, Jas. A. Griffith, J. J. Harden, C. G. Holland, Geo. M. Hawkins, Jno. B. McDill, W. S. Mendenhall, M. E. Munger, A. G. Mudgett, Jas. H. Pleasants, J. W. P. Rothrock, J. W. Wright, H. B. Rude, Robert H. Reed, Jas. T. Shepard, W. M. Schofield, S. C. Tomlinson, Jas. Vawter, Sylvester Wilkins, J. J. Wolf, Wm. T. Wright, Geo. P. Wagner, Homer & Wells.
[Note: Thirty-five names were listed for doctors: not thirty-two.]
Winfield Courier, September 2, 1880.
Dr. S. Wilkins, of Cambridge, called last Thursday and reports late rain and a probable fair corn crop in that section.
Henry D. Wilkins...
Winfield Courier, August 25, 1881.
The meeting at Manning’s hall on Saturday, August 20th, was well attended by the old soldiers. Capt. Haight with a section of his battery, put in a number of shots that sounded like old times to the boys. Messrs. Pixley, Requa, Woodruff, Roseberry, and others furnished old time martial music. At 11 a.m., the meeting was called to order with C. M. Wood in the chair, and Jake Nixon, secretary.
On motion comrades present from the various townships were requested to name their vice presidents. Windsor: Henry Wilkins.
The following townships were referred to the Executive Committee for appointment of vice presidents, who appointed as follows.
Grant Wilkins, son of Henry D. Wilkins...
Arkansas City Traveler, July 19, 1882.

The attendance at the County Normal is excellent. About sixty teachers have enrolled, with others still coming in. Three counties in the State are having eight-weeks’ normals, Clay, Cowley, and Ottawa. Superintendent Story and Professor Trimble have the classes this month. In August, when the enrollment will reach one hundred, Professor J. W. Cooper, of Lawrence, and Miss Lillian H. Hoxie, of this State Normal, will take part in the work.
We give a list of the teachers enrolled. Cambridge: Mr. Grant Wilkins.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 30, 1882.
We have here a full list of our teachers now enrolled in our County Normal, with grade and post office. Cambridge. Grade C: Grant Wilkins.
Winfield Courier, October 12, 1882.
Cambridge. Grant Wilkins, District 65.
Winfield Courier, September 13, 1883.
The pretty girls and brave boys of district 95 will be “shaped” during the 24 weeks following Sept. 20th by Grant Wilkins.
Dr. S. Wilkins...
Winfield Courier, December 27, 1883.
The Old Settlers of Windsor Township had a big dinner and a “pow-wow” at Dr. Wilkins, On Christmas. Grand Sachems Shaw, Clover, Dwyer, Sweet, Tull, Fall, Walch, and others were present, including Judge Gans. The Judge says he never had such a time in his life.
Winfield Courier, January 3, 1884.
Ben Clover was over from Windsor, Monday. Ben’s wrestle with Dr. Wilkins’ Christmas dinner has not seriously impaired his activity. It will take years of economy in Mr. Wilkins’ family to repair his larder, after Gans, Clover, Fall, and Tull got through with it.
Grant Wilkins...
Winfield Courier, January 10, 1884.
Grant Wilkins, teacher, Cambridge, District 95, $40 monthly salary.
Dr. S. Wilkins...
Winfield Courier, April 3, 1884.
The officers of the County Temperance Organization for the coming year were elected as follows. President, Rev. J. Cairns; Secretary, Frank H. Greer; Treasurer, A. P. Johnson; Corresponding Secretary, A. H. Limerick. Vice presidents—First district, Rev. C. P. Graham; Second district, Dr. Wilkins; Third district, W. G. Seaver; Fourth district, W. E. Ketcham; Fifth district, S. B. Fleming; Sixth district, J. W. Millspaugh; Seventh district, S. S. Holloway.
Henry D. Wilkins...
Winfield Courier, April 17, 1884.
Joseph Shaw, J. W. Tull, and Henry Wilkins appointed viewers on E. James road.
Dr. S. Wilkins...
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1884.
Dr. Wilkins of Upper Grouse was in the city Tuesday.
Winfield Courier, May 8, 1884.

Dr. S. Wilkins and Mr. N. Brooks, vice-presidents for the Northeast district of the County Temperance Organization, were in the city last Friday attending an executive meeting of this organization and made us a pleasant call.
Winfield Courier, June 12, 1884.
The different District and Township vice-presidents of the County Temperance Organization are getting down to business and temperance meetings are being held in nearly every township in the county. Dr. S. Wilkins and F. S. Coons, vice president in Windsor Township, started the ball to rolling in eastern Cowley last Saturday evening with a rousing meeting at Cambridge. A. P. Johnson, of this city, was present and delivered one of his sound, practical addresses, followed by other speakers. Cambridge has many strong, aggressive men who are not afraid to assert themselves in favor of the right. Mr. Johnson also filled an appointment Sunday night at Sheridan Township, and much enthusiasm was exhibited. An organization was formed for the advancement of temperance sentiment in that township with ex-county Commissioner, E. I. Johnson, President. For true, enterprising men and women of principal, Sheridan is foremost.
Dr. Sylvester Wilkins, Henry Wilkins...
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 19, 1884.
M. B. Rowe, J. H. Smith, and Sylvester Wilkins appointed viewers on the A. W. McCaw county road.
J. W. Tull, Joseph Shaw, and Henry Wilkins appointed viewers on A. J. Fowler county road.
Dr. Sylvester Wilkins...
Winfield Courier, December 11, 1884.
County Temperance Convention. A good representation of the Temperance workers of the county assembled at the courthouse on last Thursday morning, according to a call of Rev. B. Kelly, president of the County Temperance Organization, for the planning of vigorous work throughout Cowley. The old organization was made auxiliary to the State Temperance Union and named “The Cowley County Temperance Union.” The following officers were elected for the ensuing year: President, A. H. Limerick; vice-president, S. H. Jennings; Secretary, Mrs. W. B. Caton; treasurer, Miss Fannie Stretch. Last year’s plan of districting the county was re-adopted, with the following district vice-presidents who have charge of the work in their townships, appointing their own assistants.
First District, embracing the townships of Maple, Ninnescah, Rock, Fairview, and Richland, Rev. C. P. Graham, New Salem.
Second District, Omnia, Silver Creek, Sheridan, Harvey, and Windsor, S. Wilkins, Cambridge.
Third District, Dexter and Otter, S. A. Smith, Dexter.
Fourth District, Cedar and Spring Creek, A. Gilkey, Maple City.
Fifth District, Silverdale, Creswell, and Bolton, Rev. S. B. Fleming, Arkansas City.
Sixth District, Vernon, Walnut, Tisdale, Beaver, Pleasant Valley, and Liberty, J. W. Millspaugh, Vernon.

Seventh District, City of Winfield, S. H. Jennings.
Pithy addresses were made, the best plans of work thoroughly discussed, and the meeting was very profitable.
Henry D. Wilkins...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 15, 1885.
Petition of H. S. Brock et al, for county road granted and John Tull, Joseph Shaw, and Henry Wilkins appointed viewers.
Road petition of A. A. Bowers et al, Windsor township, granted and Joseph Shaw, John Tull, and Henry Wilkins appointed viewers.
Dr. S. Wilkins...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 15, 1885.
Dr. S. Wilkins, vice-president of the second district of the county temperance union, according to the Cambridge News, has appointed a committeeman for each of his townships as follows: J. W. Tull, Windsor; Wm. R. Stolp, Omnia; E. I. Johnson, Sheridan; Nathan Brooks, Silver Creek; Robert Strother, Harvey.
Henry D. Wilkins...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 29, 1885.
Petition of A. A. Bowers and others, of Windsor township, commencing at ne cor nw of nw section 33, township 31, range 8; thence s one mile; thence e to e line of county road to be 40 ft. wide. Viewers, Joseph Shaw, John W. Tull, Henry Wilkins. Meet with county surveyor at beginning, March 6, at 10 a.m.
Petition of H. L. Brock and others, of Harvey and Windsor townships, commencing at nw cor lot 22, sec 18, tp. 30, r 8; thence down Grouse to Joel Rivers’ ford; thence e to se cor sec 19; thence so to se cor sec 31; thence e 3/4 mile to line of sec 5 in tp 31; thence e 360 feet; thence s to n end of 1st street, Grand Summit; Shrively’s hedge fence not to be removed. Viewers, Joseph Shaw, John W. Tull, Henry Wilkins. Meet with surveyor Feb. 26, at 10 a.m., at place of beginning.
J. W. Hiatt road, Windsor township; commencing at sw corner of se ¼ of section line to a point 526 feet n of center of sec 8, said town, on ½ sec line; thence e to w end of Main street, Grand Summit; said road to be fully 40 feet wide. Henry Wilkins, Jos. Shaw, and J. W. Shull, viewers, and county surveyor will meet, survey said road and give all parties a hearing on March 11th, 1885, at 10 a.m.
Dr. S. Wilkins...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 16, 1885.
Dr. S. Wilkins came over from Cambridge last evening, returning today.
                                                OTTER VALLEY. “JESSE.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 7, 1885.
Mrs. Capt. Rowe has been sick for some time, but is now convalescing under the excellent care of Dr. Wilkins.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 18, 1885.
Dr. S. Wilkins came over from Cambridge Monday on a tax paying mission.

Henry Wilkins...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 16, 1885.
Road petitions of Joseph Jackson, Windsor, J. S. Rash, J. W. Tull, and Henry Wilkins, viewers; N. E. Darling, with John W. Tull, Joseph Shaw, and Henry Wilkins, viewers.
Dr. S. Wilkins...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 20, 1885.
Dr. S. Wilkins and Mr. Dwyer were over from Cambridge Saturday.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 3, 1885.
Dr. S. Wilkins reports a boy, a late arrival at S. B. Sherman’s. S. B. wears a broad smile all the time since his arrival.
Grant Wilkins...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 10, 1885.
Grant Wilkins was over from Cambridge Monday.
Henry Wilkins...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 15, 1885.
The county commissioners are grinding on road cases. The viewers’ report in the Tousley county road was adopted and damages allowed Rolf $30 and W. J. Humbert, $60; petition in the A. Bryan road was granted and Robert Hamil, Yates Smith and T. Williams appointed viewers; in the Irving Cole road and same men appointed viewers; in the O. A. Olmstead road, with S. D. Black, J. L. Andrews, and R. E. Goodrich, viewers; in the J. W. Parker road, with Jos. Shaw, H. Wilkins, and John W. Tull, viewers; in the E. D. Carter road, with S. D. Black, J. L. Andrews, and R. E. Goodrich, viewers; the W. Ketcham road was laid over to the January term. The S. E. Scott road was rejected.
Grant Wilkins...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 17, 1885.
Cowley County Teachers. District No. 95. Grant Wilkins, Cambridge.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 28, 1886.
Recap: S. J. Smock, County Clerk and Clerk of Board of Commissioners of Cowley Kansas, gave notices that on January 5, 1886, the following petitions would be attended to at a session of the Board. Petitions were presented and granted on January 5, 1886.
Petition signed by A. O. Anderson and others of Silver Creek township, asking for a view and a survey for the purpose of locating a certain County Road: Commencing at the northeast corner of section 12, township 31 south, Range 6 east, and running thence west on the section line to the northwest corner of section 11, township 31, south of Range 6 east; and that Joseph Shaw, Frank Stall, and Henry Wilkins, viewers, and N. A. Haight, County surveyor. Date set: January 25, 1886.

Petition signed by N. E. Darling and others of Windsor township, asking for a view and a survey for the purpose of locating a certain County Road: Commencing at the northwest corner of lot 31, township 31, section 6 south, range 8 east, thence running one mile east, thence one fourth mile south to section 1, thence running east on section line of the County line, as near as practicable. Joseph Shaw, John W. Tull, and Henry Wilkins, Viewers; N. A. Haight, County Surveyor. February 24, 1886, date set.


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