About Us
Museum Membership
Event Schedule
Museum Newsletters
Museum Displays


A. G. Wilson

Winfield Courier, July 1, 1875.
Mr. A. G. Wilson, late of Elk Falls, has bought out Mr. [W. B.] Doty’s interest in the livery stable of Darrah & Doty. Mr. Wilson comes well recommended as a first-class liveryman, and we know that Sam. Darrah has few superiors in that line. They have now one of the largest and most complete livery establishments south of Emporia, and all who patronize them will be fairly and liberally dealt with.
Winfield Courier, April 6, 1876.
PUBLIC SALE! The undersigned, surviving partner of the firm of Darrah & Wilson, will, on Saturday, April 15th, 1878, at the city of Winfield, sell at public sale, or at any time previous, at private sale, the following described personal property, to-wit: Ten head of horses, Two double top buggies, One double buggy, One two seated spring wagon with top, One open road wagon.
Together with harnesses, saddles, and bridles, etc.
Said property being the complete Livery stock belonging to said firm.
Winfield Courier, April 6, 1876.
The following is the result of the vote cast at the city election held in Winfield last Monday.
For Mayor, D. A. Millington: 81 votes.
For Police Judge, Linus S. Webb: 75 votes.
For Councilman, A. B. Lemmon: 86 votes.
For Councilman, C. A. Bliss: 81 votes.
For Councilman, T. B. Myers: 84 votes.
For Councilman, H. Brotherton: 88 votes.
For Councilman, M. G. Troup: 91 votes.
For Mayor, H. S. Silver: 86 votes.
For Police Judge, J. W. Curns: 81 votes.
For Councilman, N. Roberson: 71 votes.
For Councilman, A. G. Wilson: 76 votes.
For Councilman, N. M. Powers: 70 votes.
For Councilman, W. L. Mullen: 57 votes.
For Councilman, Frank Williams: 76 votes.
Winfield Courier, June 15, 1876.
Mr. Wilson is having several buggies painted preparatory to the rush on the Fourth.
Winfield Courier, June 22, 1876.

Sale of Horse. NOTICE is hereby given that, on the 15th day of July, 1876, at 2 o’clock p.m., at the crossing of Main street and Ninth Avenue, in the city of Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas, I will sell, at public auction, for cash in hand, one sorrel horse, about 14½ hands high, belonging to Mrs. Philena Darrah, to satisfy a lien upon said horse, in favor of the late firm of Darrah & Wilson, for the sum of $42.00, due April 15th, 1876, and remaining unpaid, for feed and care bestowed upon said horse, by said firm of Darrah & Wilson, as keepers of a livery stable in said city of Winfield, together with the expenses of such sale and the publication thereof. A. G. WILSON.
Surviving partner of the late firm of Darrah & Wilson.
Winfield Courier, September 14, 1876.
BIRTH. Our popular liveryman, A. G. Wilson, steps around like “one of the boys,” lately. We can’t account for it unless, as it has been hinted, that ____ well it weighed nine pounds.
Winfield Courier, September 14, 1876.
The City Hotel has a new register and blotter. The blotter contains the advertising cards of Messrs. Webb & Torrance, Wm. and Geo. Hudson, M. L. Read, J. D. Pryor, John Nichols, W. G. Graham, J. M. Reed, A. G. Wilson, B. F. Baldwin, Joe Likowski, Herman Jochems, J. B. Lynn, W. B. Gibbs, McGuire & Midkiff, and & Christie. It the neatest register in the valley. Mr. Hudson is starting off on the right foot this time.
Winfield Courier, September 14, 1876.
H. T. FORD, who has been in the mercantile business here for two years, was arrested last Saturday and lodged in jail on the charge of disposing of his property with intent to defraud his creditors. A. G. Wilson, an endorser of one of his notes, made the affidavit and Ford was committed. Monday morning Webb & Torrance applied to Judge Gans for a writ of habeas corpus, which was not granted. Mr. Torrance is now in Chautauqua County before his honor, Judge Campbell, on the same business. Hackney & McDonald are attorneys for the creditors.
Note: There was a large coal oil lamp in front of stable...
Winfield Courier, February 1, 1877.
EXPLOSION. On last Sunday night, about 10 o’clock, the large lamp in front of Mr. A. G. Wilson’s livery stable caught fire and exploded. Before the stable was reached, the lamp was all ablaze and came tumbling to the sidewalk, throwing the coal oil over the front end of the stable, which caught fire, the blaze extending almost to the roof. The stable, and probably half the block, was saved by the gentleman who sleeps in the office, and who happened to be taking care of a team at the time.
Ad shows Wilson stable south of Lagonda House...
Winfield Courier, March 1, 1877.
A. G. WILSON, (Successor to Darrah & Wilson)
at the old stand, south of Lagonda House, WINFIELD, KANSAS.
Commercial Travelers conveyed to all parts of the Country.
Winfield Courier, April 5, 1877.
The city election on Monday resulted in the choice of the following officers for the ensuing year: For Mayor, R. L. Walker; for Councilmen, A. G. Wilson, S. C. Smith, A. E. Baird, C. M. Wood, and H. Jochems; For Police Judge, John W. Curns.

Winfield Courier, April 12, 1877.
City Council met at the Mayor’s office pursuant to a special call of the Council April 6th, 1877. Present: R. L. Walker, Mayor; A. G. Wilson, H. Jochems, A. E. Baird, C. M. Wood, and S. C. Smith, Councilmen; B. F. Baldwin, City Clerk. The Clerk read the call for the special meeting and the Council proceeded with the special business by electing S. C. Smith President of the Council. The Clerk read the following appointments made by the Mayor for the subordinate city offices for the year: City Attorney, J. E. Allen; City Clerk, B. F. Baldwin; City Treasurer, J. C. Fuller; City Marshal, J. D. Cochran.
The Mayor appointed three standing committees for the year, as follows, to-wit:
Finance Committee. S. C. Smith, H. Jochems, and A. G. Wilson.
Committee on Streets and Alleys. A. E. Baird, H. Jochems, and C. M. Wood.
Fire Committee. C. M. Wood, S. C. Smith, and A. G. Wilson.
Winfield Courier, April 19, 1877.
Jurors—[Each paid $1.00.] G. Black, R. B. Pratt, A. G. Wilson, C. M. Wood, J. B. Lynn, J. F. Walker.
Winfield Courier, July 5, 1877.
Mr. Wilson has the best livery outfit in the city. If you wish a first-class turnout, a team that you can drive with safety, his stable is the place to get it.
Winfield Courier, July 5, 1877.
Quite an animated contest occurred at the Sheriff’s sale of the Darrah property last Monday. The dwelling sold for $500, and the barn for $400. Mr. Powers bought the former and A. G. Wilson the latter.
Winfield Courier, July 12, 1877.
Juror Fees: J. F. Miller, $1.00; J. W. Andrews, $1.00; J. G. Bullene, $1.00; A. G. Wilson, $1.00; Geo. Black, $1.00; and H. Brotherton, $1.00.
A. G. Wilson, pauper bill, $2.00
Winfield Courier, September 13, 1877.
On Tuesday evening two bran new buggies arrived at Mr. Wilson’s livery stable, from the factory at Quincy, Illinois.
Next item: Harter and Wilson are mentioned first time as partners...
Winfield Courier, September 20, 1877.
Wilson & Harter have some new buggies. Try them.
Winfield Courier, October 4, 1877.
Wilson & Harter’s livery stock earned them $375 in the last thirty days.
Winfield Courier, October 4, 1877.
A. G. Wilson will soon go to Missouri to visit friends and bring back his family.
J. L. M. Hill purchases A. G. Wilson’s interest in livery business. This makes it Harter and Hill Livery Stable...
Winfield Courier, October 11, 1877.
J. L. M. HILL has bought A. G. Wilson’s interest in the livery business.
Winfield Courier, October 11, 1877.

A. G. Wilson goes to Wisconsin instead of Missouri, as stated last week.
Winfield Courier, October 11, 1877.
A. G. Wilson wants to buy several good milch cows for cash.
A. G. Wilson not moving: building residence at his stock ranch southwest of Winfield...
Winfield Courier, October 25, 1877.
Mr. A. G. Wilson is building a fine residence at his stock ranch, southwest of the city.
Winfield Courier, November 22, 1877.
A. G. Wilson started for his old home in Wisconsin last Tuesday.
Winfield Courier, January 24, 1878.
BIRTH. A. G. Wilson is happy and steps around with the air of a duke. It is a girl of nine pounds.
Winfield Courier, April 11, 1878.
The committee appointed by the citizens of Winfield a year ago to raise money and pay the expenses of the railroad canvass have not yet finished their work. A. G. Wilson has an unpaid claim of $72. Why is this “thus?” That canvass was undertaken by the whole people and each one should feel in honor bound to see the expenses paid. The committee should at once go to work again and ask each man to contribute a small sum to liquidate this demand. We ask that committee to attend to it and every man to respond. It would be a small business for a proud community like this to “dead-beat” a livery stable.
Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.
A. G. Wilson has sold his milk business, with stock, and rented his farm to a Mr. Henion, of Michigan. A. G. says he can stand the business in cool weather; but when fly time comes and the cows’ heels and tails are flying around variously, it grows too interesting.
LATER. The trade is “busted.”
Winfield Courier, July 25, 1878.
WHEREAS, The grim tyrant, Death, has invaded the family circle of our brother, A. G. Wilson, and taken their little daughter, Olive May; therefore,
Resolved, That we tender our sympathies to our brother, his wife, and family in this their hour of affliction, hoping the Supreme Dictator of the Universe will bestow upon them the needed consolation in their bereavement.
Resolved, That a copy of these resolutions, under the seal of the Lodge, be handed our brother, and that a copy be furnished the city papers with a request that they be published.
Committee: W. G. GRAHAM, W. M. ALLISON, T. B. BRYAN.
Winfield Courier, August 22, 1878.
A. G. Wilson has thirty milch cows, which he offers to sell or trade for young stock.
Winfield Courier, October 17, 1878.

During Thursday and Friday of last week, Allison, A. A. Jackson, J. E. Allen, and two or three other greenbackers of this city were apparently very industrious and busy with the Democrats fixing up something. It seems that they arranged who should be chairman of the greenback convention, what he should do, who should be the committees, what they should do, who should be nominated by the convention, and how it should be done. They had their tickets printed and everything well cut and dried. At least the developments of Saturday show such a state of facts.
The National Greenback Labor Convention met on Saturday at 11 o’clock a.m. J. B. Callison was chosen chairman and A. J. Pickering secretary. A committee on credentials and permanent organization was appointed and then Allison moved that a committee be appointed by the chair to confer with a similar committee to be appointed by the Democratic convention, then in session, to agree upon terms, and candidates for a fusion of the two parties. This motion was opposed by several delegates. When one of them commenced to speak against the motion, Allison would boisterously call him to order and the chairman would help choke the speaker down. Then Allison would make a speech for the motion abusing the opposers. In this way they choked down several delegates and finally crowded the motion to a vote taken standing. Fourteen delegates voted for and sixteen against the motion. The chairman looked beat and at a loss what to do, but Allison was equal to the occasion. He said, “It is carried, Mr. Chairman,” and then the chairman said, “it is carried,” and took up a paper from his table and read from it the names of the pre-arranged committee, of which Allison was made chairman. The convention then adjourned to 2 o’clock p.m.
At the hour named the convention again met and the committee on credentials and permanent organization reported the names of delegates entitled to vote, and in favor of J. B. Callison for chairman, A. J. Pickering for secretary, and T. J. Floyd for assistant secretary. The report was accepted but was not adopted or otherwise disposed of.

Allison then sprang to the floor and in a loud, hurried, and excited manner read without leave the report of his fusion committee nominating M. G. Troup for representative 88th district, M. R. Leonard for 89th district, H. D. Gans for Probate Judge, John E. Allen for County Attorney, J. S. Allen for District Clerk, J. S. Baker for Superintendent, and A. G. Wilson for commissioner first district. He said that the Democrats would nominate this ticket and moved that his report be accepted. This immediately raised a storm. The anti-fusionists were in a majority and a number of speakers arose to oppose, among whom were Douglas and Tansey and Crum, who would not be choked down, as their speakers had been in the morning. A standing vote was taken on the motion to accept, which resulted 17 for and 20 against. This did not trouble Allison much. He pronounced his motion carried and so did the chairman, but Tansey demanded in a motion a call for the ayes and noes. Allison made several speeches and Alexander and Jackson spoke. Seeing they were in a minority they changed their tactics to entreaty, said a vote to accept was not a vote to adopt, that it was necessary to vote to accept in order that the convention might get to work, that after they had voted to accept, they could kill the report by laying it on the table or in any other way they chose and that it would be a terrible insult to the committee to refuse to accept. After an hour of choking down speakers who opposed, of entreaty, bulldozing and confusion that would have put Babel or the gold room into the shade, some of the anti-fusionists yielded and the vote to accept was carried. A part of the anti-fusionists announced their withdrawal from the convention. Allison then decided that the report was adopted so far that the convention must vote for or against the nominees of the report. The anti-fusionists not having the matter cut and dried as had the fusionists, were taken at a disadvantage and were caught and beaten by the trick. In order to make the trick sure to win a motion was made that the candidates having the highest number of votes should be the nominees and was carried before the anti-fusionists had time to see the drift of it. The balloting then commenced and of course the fusion nominees got a plurality and were declared the nominees of the convention. By some blunder some of the fusionists voted for Millard instead of Baker which was the only flaw in the execution of the program.
A cold deck had been prepared, the cards were stocked carefully, the deal and cut were in the hands of the fusionists and the moment a few anti-fusionists consented to play with them they were beaten. It was perfectly clear to any unprejudiced observer that the anti-fusionists were in a majority but were beaten by the cut and dried tactics of Allison and his ring. This ring had completely sold out the convention to the Democrats. They did not even adopt a platform but adjourned hastily. This omission of the platform was evidently not accidental, but was probably a part of the pre-arranged program. The Democrats furnish the platform as they dictate the candidates for the new fusion party. The Democratic snake has swallowed the tail end of the National party but we imagine that the head end will separate and go for principles rather than for fusion with the democrats. After the adjournment of the Nationals the Democrats accepted their blunder and nominated Millard, Allison, Jackson, Allen, and perhaps a few others composing the ring that has done the business.
Winfield Courier, October 17, 1878.
Democratic Convention. This body met in the office of C. C. Black, in Winfield, on Saturday last, at 11 o’clock a.m. E. P. Young was chosen temporary chairman and C. C. Black secretary.
Committee on conference with Nationals reported.
For Representative 88th Dist., M. G. Troup; 89th District, M. R. Leonard; Probate Judge, H. D. Gans; County Attorney, J. E. Allen; District Clerk, J. S. Allen; Superintendent, J. S. Baker; Commissioner 1st District, A. G. Wilson. The report was received.
The report was amended by the substitution of E. A. Millard in place of Baker for superintendent and adopted as amended.
A platform was adopted, committees appointed, and convention adjourned.
Winfield Courier, October 31, 1878.
Allison expects Wilson to help him get the county printing at legal rates for his any-thing-for-five-dollars, infamous, blackmailing sheet. If you are not willing to help him in his scheme, see that Gale’s and not Wilson’s name is on your ticket for commissioner from this district.
Note that it is now “Harter & Speed” who are the successors to A. G. Wilson. Nothing in ad indicates that J. L. M. Hill ever bought A. G. Wilson’s interest...
Winfield Courier, January 2, 1879.
HARTER & SPEED. (SUCCESSOR TO A. G. WILSON) Winfield Livery, Feed, and Sale Stable, At the Old Stand, South of Lagonda House, Winfield, Kansas.
Note: A. G. Wilson only sells one-half interest in dairy farm to J. Q. Oldham...
Winfield Courier, April 17, 1879.

Mr. A. G. Wilson has sold a half interest in his dairy farm, south of town, to Mr. J. Q. Oldham for $2,000.
A. G. Wilson gets back into the livery business: buys the interest of Millspaugh in livery business of Shenneman & Millspaugh. See below: livery stable just west of Manning’s block in Winfield??? Later entry in May 1879 shows M. M. Thompson purchasing A. T. Shenneman’s interest in livery stable on Ninth Avenue...
Winfield Courier, May 1, 1879.
We are informed that Mr. Frank Millspaugh has sold out his interest in the livery business of Shenneman & Millspaugh to Mr. A. G. Wilson.
Entries re Shenneman, Millspaugh, and M. M. Thompson...
Winfield Courier, April 11, 1878. A. T. Shenneman has returned from Missouri bringing several fine teams and buggies, and will open a livery stable here. “Shenneman & Millspaugh” opened a new livery stable just west of Manning’s block in Winfield soon after the April announcement.
Winfield Courier, May 29, 1879. M. M. Thompson has purchased A. T. Shenneman’s interest in the livery business on Ninth Avenue. Mr. Shenneman will now devote his time to harvesting his 150 acres of wheat in Vernon township, and improving his fine farm.
Back to A. G. Wilson...
Winfield Courier, May 8, 1879.
Mr. A. G. Wilson has again launched in the livery business in Winfield, having purchased the interest of Mr. Millspaugh, in the firm of Shenneman and Millspaugh. Mr. Wilson is one of the oldest and most popular liverymen in Winfield, and in days gone by it was a “snide” rig that didn’t come from Wilson’s livery stable. We wish the new firm success.
Winfield Courier, May 15, 1879.
A. G. Wilson drops into the livery business again as natural as life just as though he had never sold milk tickets at a dollar a bushel, or two and a half cents apiece. He is bound to keep business moving.
Winfield Courier, June 12, 1879.
Wilson & Thompson are putting on a forty foot addition on their livery stable, to be used as a carriage house. The propri­etors intend to make this the “boss” livery stable in the country, and they know exactly how to do it.
Winfield Courier, July 3, 1879.
Our enterprising liverymen, Messrs. Wilson & Thompson, continue making improvements in their barn. The latest addition is a harness room.
Winfield Dairy [A. G. Wilson and J. Q. Oldham]...
Winfield Courier, July 24, 1879.
The Winfield Dairy has a brand new outfit of milk wagons. Their customers are so numerous that they are compelled to run two wagons, both morning and evening. Wilson & Oldham know how to make things boom, and by fair dealing and pure milk have won the confidence of their customers.
A. G. Wilson and M. M. Thompson’s livery stable...
Winfield Courier, July 24, 1879.

A team standing in front of Dan Miller’s shop got frightened last Monday and went tearing down Main street with the wagon at their heels. They were finally stopped in front of Wilson & Thompson’s livery stable with the wagon minus one wheel.
Note: The following ad is most confusing to me! Was it an old ad and quite out of date or did some violent change take place??? Believe it was an old ad.
Winfield Courier, July 24, 1879.
HARTER & SPEED. (Successor to A. G. Wilson)  WINFIELD LIVERY, FEED -AND- SALE STABLE AT THE OLD STAND, SOUTH OF LAGONDA HOUSE, WINFIELD, KANSAS. Commercial Travelers conveyed to all parts of the Country. Charges Reasonable.
A. G. Wilson and M. M. Thompson: livery stable...
Winfield Courier, November 20, 1879.
Wilson & Thompson are putting an eight foot stone pavement in front of their livery stable.
A. G. Wilson becomes sole owner of livery on Ninth Avenue...
Winfield Courier, December 4, 1879.
Mr. M. Thompson has sold his interest in the livery business on Ninth avenue to his partner, A. G. Wilson, and is once more a gentleman of leisure. Mr. Wilson has made additions to the stock equipage of the stable and proposes to make it as near first class as can be done.
A. G. Wilson sells livery stable and stock to James Vance and A. W. Davis, of New Salem...
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.
A. G. Wilson and J. Q. Oldham sell dairy to George Heffron of New York...
Winfield Courier, February 12, 1880.
Messrs. Wilson and Oldham have sold their dairy to Mr. George Heffron, late of Courtland County, N. Y. Mr. Heffron is an experienced dairyman, and an enterprising gentleman.
Winfield Courier, June 30, 1881.
Winfield has been in a fever of excitement for the past few days over the arrest of Frank Manny for violating the prohibition amendment in selling beer. The trial was first brought before Justice Kelly, but the defense secured a change of venue to Justice Tansey’s court. Monday was the day set for the trial and early in the day numbers of spectators gathered to see the opening of the case.
The array of legal talent retained on the part of the defense was simply appalling: Judge Campbell, with eight years’ experi­ence on the bench; J. E. Allen, one of the most precise and painstaking lawyers at the bar; O. M. Seward, the leading temper­ance attorney of the southwest; and Messrs. Soward & Asp, gentle­men of high standing at the bar. Certainly Mr. Manny should feel that his interests will be protected as far as the law is con­cerned.
County Attorney Jennings appeared for the State.

The hall opened at 9 o’clock, the jury was called, and the examination for jurors commenced. This proved to be a tedious matter as most everyone called had either formed or expressed an opinion, or had conscientious scruples that unfitted him for sitting in the case. Generally when a juror went into the box thinking he was unprejudiced, he found that he was mistaken before the lawyers got through with him. Up to noon thirty-five jurors had been called and twenty-nine of them proved to be incompetent.
After dinner the examination of jurors was continued and soon developed into a lively fight. The question was raised of whether a member of a temperance organization was a competent juror in the case, on which Judge Campbell made an exhaustive argument, insisting that such a person was not and could not be competent to sit in the case. County Attorney Jennings replied in a brief but convincing manner. He stated that if Judge Campbell’s theory was correct, a horse thief could be tried only by persons not opposed to horse stealing, and that persons who were in favor of enforcing the laws would not be competent jurors in criminal cases.
The court sustained the County Attorney, and the juror was passed. The jury was finally empaneled at 5 o’clock Monday evening.
The following is a list of the jurors: A. G. Wilson, James Bethel, E. P. Harlan, Elam Harter, I. N. Holmes, E. P. Kinne, J. H. Mounts, T. H. Jackson, T. S. Smith, Wm. Trezise, W. L. Morehouse, and W. I. Shotwell.
Winfield Courier, October 6, 1881.
Al Requa has sold his transfer business, drays, etc., to A. G. Wilson, and will probably remove to Topeka. We are sorry to see Al leave. Mr. Wilson is too well known to our citizens to need introduction from us.
Winfield Courier, October 27, 1881.
A. G. Wilson: running for office of Sheriff of Cowley.
Alex. Cairns: running for office of County Surveyor.
W. H. H. Maris: running for County Treasurer.
Winfield Courier, October 27, 1881.
It is with considerable regret that I announce my withdrawal from the canvass of sheriff of Cowley County, and give notice that I am no longer a candidate for that office. Before I determined to become a candidate, I had positive encouragement from certain persons and elements outside of my own party, inducing me to enter upon an independent canvass, which has since been withdrawn. I do not feel warranted under the circumstances in putting myself to further trouble and expense in the matter. A. G. WILSON.
This leaves the field practically clear for Mr. Shenneman. Mr. Wilson is one of the strongest men in the county, and the only one who could have stood a ghost of a show against as efficient an officer as Shenneman.
Cowley County Courant, November 17, 1881.

BLUE LINE TRANSFER, WINFIELD, KANSAS, A. G. WILSON, PROPRIETOR. All kinds of freight transferred on short notice and at very low rates. Have facilities for handling heavy as well as light freights. If you have any work in this line don’t fail to give the reliable Blue Line a trial. No annoying “waits.” All orders attended to promptly. Office two doors south of Read’s Bank. Moving pianos a specialty. Trunks and baggages of all kinds transferred.
Winfield Courier, December 8, 1881.
Mr. A. G. Wilson will do his own weighing hereafter and has purchased a new six ton Fairbank scale, which will be put in front of his transfer office.
Cowley County Courant, December 22, 1881.
A. G. Wilson applied to the council for the privilege of putting in scales on Main street.
On motion the privilege was granted. Scales to be put in under the direction of the committee on streets and alleys.
Cowley County Courant, December 29, 1881.
A. G. Wilson is putting in a pair of hay scales in front of the transfer office, preparatory to going into the coal business.
Cowley County Courant, December 29, 1881.
Brotherton & Silver have been appointed City weigh masters; their scales have been tested, and everything is now in good working trim.
Winfield Courier, January 19, 1882.
Weigh your hay, corn, etc., on Wilson’s new six-ton Fairbanks scales near Read’s Bank, main street.
Cowley County Courant, February 2, 1882.
Buy your coal of A. G. Wilson, at the transfer office.
Cowley County Courant, March 9, 1882.
A. G. Wilson has been appointed city weigh master, in place of Brotherton & Silver, resigned.
Winfield Courier, March 16, 1882.
Brotherton & Silver resigned the position of City weigh-masters and Mr. A. G. Wilson was appointed at the last meeting of the Council. Mr. Wilson is one of our most trustworthy citizens and will fill this position honestly and faithfully. Farmers will bear this change in mind.
Cowley County Courant, April 6, 1882.
 8. Wilson’s transfer office.
Cowley County Courant, April 13, 1882.
A claim of M. L. Read for $478.81 has been allowed by Judge Gans, against the estate of S. L. Brettun, deceased. Also, one of Horning, Robinson & Co., for $25 has been allowed. Also, one of J. W. Conner for $215.00, and one of J. M. Alexander for $180, and one of A. G. Wilson for $135.42.
Winfield Courier, April 13, 1882.
Weigh your produce on the city scales. A. G. Wilson, weigh master.
Winfield Courier, April 13, 1882.

The City Scales give perfect weights. They are new and have been tested and arranged until they are perfect. A. G. Wilson, weigh master.
Winfield Courier, July 20, 1882.
A. G. Wilson, city weigh master, submitted a report of the business of his office from March 18th to June 29th, 1882, which was placed on file.
The City Weigh master presented the certificate of County Clerk of the test of his scales. Filed.
Winfield Courier, July 27, 1882.
Markets and Sales. The wheat sales for the past eight days as furnished us by City Weigh master Wilson are as follows: July 17, 612 bushels; 18, 474; 19, 491; 20, 707; 21, 625; 22, 1,498; 24, 863; 25, 464. Total for 8 days: 5,733 bushels.
Some oats have been marketed during the week, as follows: July 22, 718 bushels; 24, 952; 25, 825. Most of the oats brought 30 to 33 cents per bushel.
Wheat is down owing mostly to the wet condition of the grain and its not having gone through the sweat. The highest sale Monday was at 73 cents and the highest Tuesday 71 cents, and the highest Wednesday, up to the time we go to press, is 69½ cents. The prices will probably begin to recover the first of next week.  Oats bring 30 to 33 cents. Corn 65 cents. No hogs are being marketed.
Winfield Courier, August 17, 1882.
I have for sale one pair extra good draught Horses, Harness, and platform Dray; one good pair small farm Horses and harness; also one pair good saddle or driving Ponies, Harness, and first class Phaeton buggy, which I will sell for cash or on time. For further information inquire of A. G. Wilson at City Scales, Winfield, Kansas.
Winfield Courier, August 24, 1882.
The mass convention called for last Saturday met, as per agreement, and after taking up a collection proceeded to nominate a county ticket as follows.
For County Attorney: W. A. Tipton.
For Probate Judge: W. E. Tansey.
For Clerk of the District Court: A. G. Wilson.
For Superintendent: Miss Aldrich.
No candidates for representative were placed in the field.
The resolutions were carried off by someone and we were unable to get a copy of them.
J. D. Hon, of Pleasant Valley, was chairman and H. J. Sandfort, secretary.
The committees were as follows.
Resolutions: W. A. Tipton, H. C. Werden, W. Heineken, A. L. Crow, D. B. McCollum.
Apportionment: R. W. Stephens, C. C. Krow, Mr. McCurley, F. W. Schwantes, J. C. Stratton.
Permanent Organization: Wm. Bryant, M. L. Martin, Jas. Moore, F. H. Gregory, F. A. A. Williams.
The meeting was not large or enthusiastic.
Winfield Courier, September 7, 1882.

Application of A. G. Wilson for appointment as City weigh-master for the six months next ensuing was read and on motion of Mr. Read, Mr. Wilson was appointed.
Winfield Courier, September 14, 1882.
From Walnut. EDS. COURIER: The Democratic paper sees fit to publish a long editorial to prove that the grain producers of Cowley County are dishonest, and by implication, the dishonesty of the City Weigh master. It seems incredible that a paper depending on the public for patronage, should accuse that public of dishonesty. But then, what will not a Democrat paper do? It is to be hoped that the City Council will continue the present incumbent as Weigh master and let the Telegram howl. The mere statement of the case will show the justness of so doing. He is a sworn officer, neither buying nor selling, and is therefore a disinterested party, and as a businessman with unquestioned integrity, stands high in public esteem.
Walnut farmers are behind with their fall work, but are up with the spirit of progress and will give a rousing majority for the Republican nominees from St. John down to Ed Bedilion. The Moss-backs are sick, oh! So sick! That transportation resolution in the Republican platform did it, and they see now a sure complimentary dead head pass up Salt river, to start Nov. 7th. No delay on account of the weather. FARMER.
[The article referred to was very foolish and contained nothing worthy of comment. The editor of the Telegram does not seem to be aware of the fact that Weigh master Wilson is a sworn officer of the city and has filed a good and sufficient bond with the city in the sum of five hundred dollars to faithfully perform his duty. We do not believe the Telegram is in favor of unjust weights, and a re-establishment of the old order of things, its own statement to the contrary, notwithstanding. ED.]
Winfield Courier, September 21, 1882.
We were misled last week, and since our last issue we learn that Mr. Wilson of the city scales is under $500 bonds and also under oath for the faithful performance of his duty.   Telegram.
Winfield Courier, September 21, 1882.
The Markets. Wheat brings at best 71½ cents. Many sales are being made today as low as 68 cents. In Kansas City No. 2 was quoted yesterday at 80½. Corn went up today (Wednesday) to 40 cents. Potatoes are going up and are worth today 85 cents. Butter brings 25 cents and eggs 15. Oats bring 27½ cents. [Gave wheat receipts for the past week by Weigh master Wilson. Have been skipping this...very hard to read.] Total shows 6,006 bushels. This is about 1,200 bushels less than the receipts for last week. Farmers seem little inclined to sell their wheat for less than 75 cents, at the lowest.
Winfield Courier, November 16, 1882.
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.
A. G. Wilson was one of those who signed the above petition.
Winfield Courier, March 8, 1883.
A petition from A. G. Wilson asking that he be appointed City Weigh master for the ensuing six months was read, and on motion the appointment was made.
Winfield Courier, March 15, 1883.
Weigh master Wilson has put down a new floor on the city scales.
Winfield Courier, April 3, 1884. Editorial by Millington.
City Scales. Several years ago the COURIER opened up a brisk fight on the individual scale business and urged the city council to put in city scales. It did so, but instead of running them by the city, they appointed a weigh master, put him under bonds, let him furnish his own scales, and take all the proceeds, thus virtually creating a monopoly in favor of one individual. As a result, the city weigh master has been reaping a harvest of three thousand dollars a year from it. Our city has during the past year given herself some luxuries in the way of water works, gas works, hose and carts, houses to put them in, and various other things—all of which cost money. While these things are good enough, it behooves us to look out for some business-like way of providing a revenue for their payment. Would it not then be wise for the council  to buy a city scales, hire a weigh master to run it at $50 per month, and convert the two or three thousand dollars profit into the city treasury? Let them remove every scale from every street and alley in the city and throw all the business onto the city scales. The city scales should pay the water tax and the shows and street peddlers the gas tax. A little financiering and good management on the part of the city dads will accomplish it. Let’s have the financiering.
Response to above by A. G. Wilson...
Winfield Courier, April 10, 1884.
CITY SCALES. My object in making this Statement is to correct an article published last week in the COURIER, headed “City Scales.” I was appointed city weigher March 6th, 1882, and up to April 6th, 1884, two years and one month, the reports show the gross earnings to be $2,250, of which from ten to fifteen percent has not been collected. Then to arrive at the net earnings of the scales, there should be a deduction for scale books, for license, for bonds every six months, for testing scales by county clerk, for fuel, for use of investment, wear of scales, etc. A. G. WILSON, City Weigher.
Winfield Courier, April 10, 1884.

One of the best houses on east 8th Avenue is that of A. G. Wilson, which is now receiving the plaster and paint. It is two stories high, with six or eight rooms, and is worth upwards of $3,000. He has run water-works pipes into the grounds and will occupy the place for a residence.
Winfield Courier, May 1, 1884.
Mr. Steven Gates, late of Clark County, Iowa, was a caller one day last week. He has recently bought the A. G. Wilson property on East 11th Avenue and intends to make Winfield his permanent home.
Winfield Courier, July 17, 1884.
Winfield will be represented at the Minneapolis Reunion by the following persons, so far as we have been able to ascertain: C. Ferguson, J. E. Snow, R. Amrine, L. B. Stone, A. R. Wilson, M. G. Troup, J. B. Schofield _____ Smith, T. J. Harris, N. A. Haight, A. G. Wilson, Thos. Thompson, S. C. Smith, and S. Cure. Delegations from other sections of the county will congregate in this city and all take a special train Sunday morning.
Winfield Courier, July 31, 1884.
Chas. Steuven, Sid Cure, M. J. Stimson, L. B. Stone, J. E. Snow, and A. G. Wilson, part of our delegation to the National G. A. R. Encampment at Minneapolis, have strayed in, feeling weary and worn, but with glowing stories of handshakes with Gens. Logan, Sherman, and other “Old War Horses,” and of the glorious time enjoyed all around.
Winfield Courier, September 18, 1884.
Petition of A. G. Wilson for appointment as city weigh master for the semi-annual term ending March 6th, 1885, was laid over, and Councilmen McGuire and Hodges were appointed to examine into the matter.
Winfield Courier, November 20, 1884.
The city council ground out a grist of business of several week’s standing Monday night. A. G. Wilson was appointed city weigh master for the term ending March 5, 1885. Messrs. McGuire and McDonald sustained a motion for the city to purchase scales and hire a weigh master, but the mayor cast the determining vote against.
Winfield Courier, December 18, 1884.
Bond of A. G. Wilson as city weigh master was approved.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 5, 1885.
A. G. Wilson was appointed weigh master for the six months ending September 5, 1885.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 9, 1885.

Winfield never experienced an election day like Tuesday. But one candidate had opposition—Capt. H. H. Siverd. Every man on the ticket was such as would honor the position for which he was nominated—representative men selected from the tried and trusted of the city by a non-partisan caucus—a caucus the like of which Winfield never had before and will probably never have again. There was nothing to draw out a full vote. Everything was as tranquil as a May morning. The only riffle was caused by the feeble attempt of a certain element to down the irrepressible Capt. H. H. Siverd. But the Captain didn’t down worth a cent. The colored voters of the city made a mistake in allowing the whiskey mugwumps to cajole them into running their candidate after this honest defeat in the people’s convention.
Graham, 212; M. G. Troup, 1; W. H. Turner, 234; W. A. Tipton, 1; John D. Pryor, 223; Geo. W. Robinson, 226; H. H. Siverd, 176; T. H. Herrod, 199; Archie Brown, 51; James Connor, 224; A. G. Wilson, 224; W. O. Johnson, 218. TOTAL: 231.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 10, 1885.
Petition of A. G. Wilson for reappointment as City Weigh master, was continued.
[Note: I looked and looked and could not find what decision was made by the Winfield City Council relative to reappointment of A. G. Wilson. This item came up missing.]
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 12, 1885.
The old frame work of the city scales was being replaced today by new timber and otherwise being renovated and improved.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 26, 1885.
The city scales office was adorned by a big “yaller” cat as dead as a mackerel and swinging to the door knob by its tail, placarded, “500 cat’s wanted, G. W. Miller.” G. W. must have a mighty big back yard fence to decorate.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 18, 1886.
Some cute and appropriate individual draped the Wilson city scales in mourning, a suggestive crape hanging just over the sign “City Scales.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 25, 1886.
A. G. Wilson is expecting to start west in a few days on a prospecting tour.
From the items that appeared after September 10, 1885, it looks like Wilson was not hired again as city weigh master. In fact, it looks like the job was abolished. I just do not know. MAW


Cowley County Historical Society Museum