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W. J. Wilson

                                                         Winfield, Kansas.
City of Winfield 1880: W. J. Wilson, 23. No spouse listed.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Courier, March 21, 1878.
Mr. W. J. Wilson, of Hammond, N. Y., has located in our city and accepted a clerkship in Mr. Kinne’s office.
Winfield Courier, August 22, 1878.
Mr. L. Wilson, father of J. W. Wilson, the obliging clerk in the Citizens’ Bank, and family, have arrived in Winfield and intend making this their permanent home.
Winfield Courier, February 13, 1879.
Winfield Amateur Dramatic Association. The Winfield Amateur Dramatic Association gave one of their best entertainments on Monday evening, which was well attended. The play was the “Streets of New York.”
The cast was as follows.
Badger: W. M. Allison; Gideon Bloodgood: Geo. Walker; Adam Fairweather: Geo. W. Robinson; Paul: Fred Hunt; Mark Livingston: W. R. Stivers; Puffy: T. A. Wilkinson; Dan: W. J. Wilson; Edward: Bret Crapster; Mrs. Fairweather: Miss Jessie Millington; Mrs. Puffy: Miss Clara Brass; Lucy: Miss Minnie Bacon; Alida: Miss Kate Millington.
The play was one of peculiar interest and the characters were well sustained, the sufferings of the poor in our large cities being well depicted.
Winfield Courier, May 29, 1879.
Treasurer Bryan started on a visit to friends in Illinois Wednesday morning and will be absent some weeks, during which time his handsome and efficient deputy, Will. Wilson, will run the finances of the county.
Winfield Courier, June 17, 1880.
A large number of the young Republicans of Winfield met in the COURIER office Monday, and completed the organization of a Young Men’s Republican club. Roland Conklin was elected presi­dent, D. L. Kretsinger and W. J. Wilson vice-presidents, W. A. Smith, secretary, and Taylor Fitzgerald, treasurer. Fred C. Hunt, Lovell H. Webb, and Ed. P. Greer were appointed as a committee to act with the officers of the club in the organization of township clubs. It is earnestly desired that the young Republicans throughout the county co-operate in the organization of these clubs, so that the county organization may be made perfect. The meeting adjourned until Thursday evening, when the committees on rules and resolutions will report.
Winfield Courier, June 24, 1880.
Will Wilson accompanied the delegation to Newton Tuesday.
Winfield Courier, July 29, 1880.

A large party of young folks consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Robinson, Misses May Roland, Nettie McCoy, Sarah Hodges, Kate Millington, and Miss Westgate, and Messrs. Will Robinson, Will Wilson, Roland Conklin, Fred Hunt, and W. A. Smith made Salt City lively by their presence the other day. Some of the party took dinner with Mrs. Holloway, and the rest repaired to the beautiful grove east of the town, and partook of a picnic dinner, thus spending a very pleasant day. Salt City is fast becoming a very popular resort; there were between twenty and twenty-five teams there Sunday, from Winfield, Wellington, and Oxford.
[Y. M. R. C.]
Winfield Courier, September 9, 1880.
One hundred and eleven young Republicans met in Representa­tive Hall in Topeka last week and organized a Young Men’s Repub­lican Club for the State of Kansas. The Republican Club of Winfield was represented by Henry E. Asp, Fred C. Hunt, Will Wilson, and Ed. P. Greer. The contest over the chairmanship was spirited, and resulted in the election of Cowley’s bright young orator, Henry E. Asp. The candidates for the position were C. C. Baker, of Topeka; J. R. Burton, of Abilene; John Coulter, of Leavenworth; and Henry E. Asp, of Winfield. Mr. Asp was elected on the fourth ballot, receiving 62 votes, Burton 41, Baker 1.
Winfield Courier, November 25, 1880.
Tax paying commenced at the county treasurer’s office a week ago, and Mr. Harden and Will Wilson are kept busy taking in greenbacks. If on going to pay your taxes, you find them higher than last year, don’t lay it to the assessor, but remember that we had no bridge bond tax, and now have to pay for the two years.
Winfield Courier, February 24, 1881.
Will Wilson returned from Topeka on Saturday evening. Rumor says that he occupied a seat at the reporter’s table during his stay at the capital.
Winfield Courier, March 17, 1881.
The Republicans of the First Ward of the city of Winfield will meet in convention at the Courthouse, on Saturday evening, March 19th, 1881, at 7 o’clock sharp, for the purpose of nominat­ing a candidate for member of the School Board and of Councilman, and a Republican Committee of three for said ward and thirteen delegates to attend a City Convention on the 27th of March, 1881, to place a full Republican city ticket in the field.
W. J. WILSON, R. R. CONKLIN, For Committee.
Winfield Courier, March 24, 1881.
The Republicans of the First Ward of the city met at the courthouse on Saturday evening, the 19th. Called to order by W. J. Wilson of the Ward committee: D. A. Millington was chosen chairman and S. M. Jarvis secretary. J. E. Platter was nominated for member of the school board by acclamation. A ballot was taken for councilman, resulting in E. P. Hickok 34, C. A. Bliss 12. Mr. Hickok was declared the nominee. The chairman being authorized by a vote of the meeting to appoint a ward committee of three, appointed M. G. Troup, W. J. Wilson, and R. R. Conklin such committee.
The following 13 delegates were elected to represent the ward in the city convention to meet on the 26th: D. A. Millington, W. P. Hackney, E. S. Bedilion, T. R. Bryan, Jacob Nixon, James Bethel, J. W. Crane, S. M. Jarvis, J. E. Conklin, J. L. M. Hill, H. D. Gans, E. P. Greer, W. J. Wilson.
Winfield Courier, April 7, 1881.

On last Thursday evening was gathered in the magnificent salons of M. L. Robinson one of the largest parties which have assembled in Winfield this past season. The honors of the occasion were conducted by Mr. and Mrs. Robinson and Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Spotswood in the most graceful and pleasing manner, making each of the guests feel delighted and happy. A new departure was made in the hour for reception which we cannot too highly commend, that of substituting 7 o’clock for the late hours which usually prevail, but the habits of some were so confirmed that they could not get around until nine o’clock. The banquet was excellent beyond our power of description. Nothing was wanting to render it perfect in all its appointments. At a reasonable hour the guests retired, expressing the warmest thanks to their kind hostesses and hosts for the pleasures of the evening. The following are the names of the guests as we now remember them.
Miss Nettie McCoy, Mrs. Huston, Mrs. S. H. Myton, Mrs. Mansfield, Mrs. Eastman, Mrs. Ticer, Mr. M. G. Hodges, Mr. C. A. Bliss, Mr. W. C. Robinson, Mr. W. A. Smith, Mr. W. J. Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Loose, Mrs. Herrington, Mr. and Mrs. Van Doren, Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Linn, Mr. and Mrs. Wallis, Mr. and Mrs. Lemmon, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. Platter, Mr. and Mrs. J. Harden, Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Hackney, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. Black, Mr. and Mrs. H. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Hodges, Mr. and Mrs. Hickok, Mr. and Mrs. Conklin, Mr. and Mrs. T. R. Bryan, Mr. and Mrs. Dever, Mr. and Mrs. Bedilion, Mr. and Mrs. Holmes, Mr. and Mrs. Barclay, Mrs. W. F. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. Mann, Mr. and Mrs. Allen, Mr. and Mrs. Doane, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington, Mr. and Mrs. Horning, Mr. and Mrs. Troup, Mr. and Mrs. F. Williams, Mr. and Mrs. E. A. Baird, Dr. and Mrs. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. McDonald, and Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Read.
Winfield Courier, August 25, 1881.
Will Wilson returned last Saturday evening from his summer vacation tour in the east. The region of the St. Lawrence river seems to agree with him.
Winfield Courier, October 27, 1881.
Wednesday at 12 o’clock, Mr. Fred C. Hunt and Miss Sarah Hodges were united in marriage at the residence of the bride’s father, in this city, Rev. Father Kelly officiating. The assem­blage was one of the largest ever gathered to witness a marriage ceremony in this city. The bridal party left on the afternoon train for a short trip in the east. The following is a list of presents from their friends.
Silver napkin rings, W. J. Wilson and W. A. Smith.
Winfield Courier, November 3, 1881.
Winfield Courier, January 5, 1882.

The annual meeting of the stockholders of Winfield Bank was held at the bank building on Tuesday evening. J. C. McMullen, J. C. Fuller, J. Jay Buck, W. J. Wilson, and D. A. Millington were elected directors for the ensuing year. The financial condition of the bank was examined and approved. An order was passed restricting the allowance of overdrafts. The directors elected held a meeting and chose J. C. McMullen, president; J. C. Fuller, cashier; and D. A. Millington, secretary.
Winfield Courier, March 2, 1882.
Deputy Treasurer Wilson has called our attention to an error in last week’s paper relative to the source from which the county school fund came. We stated that it was derived “principally from fines for violations of the prohibitory law.” Only about one-third was derived from violations of this law. Most of the remainder came from the grand jury indictments for gambling and liquor selling. We published the item of the amount apportioned as an important news matter, which it was. We also secured, after considerable delay, its publication in the Daily. As it takes time to get news into the other paper, we hope its readers will not find fault with us for publishing these interesting matters first in the COURIER. We will still continue to furnish the most important matters for the Daily—after the COURIER has published them.
Cowley County Courant, May 25, 1882.
A private letter from Will Wilson, who is at Ithaca, New York, notes the fact that vegetation is very backward. There the trees are only just leafing out. Will will be back next week. We hope he will return with Speed.
Winfield Courier, April 20, 1882.
On last Friday evening the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller was the scene of one of the merriest as well as the “toniest” parties ever given in Winfield. Mrs. Fuller has entertained her friends several times this winter without any of the young folks being present, but this time she honored them by giving this party, which was duly appreciated. Everyone invited, with but two exceptions, was present and never were guests more hospitably entertained. The evening was spent in dancing and other amusements, while an elegant collation consisting of cakes and ice cream was served at eleven o’clock. At a late hour the guests dispersed, all thanking their kind host and hostess for the pleasant evening so happily spent. The costumes of the guests were elegant and worthy of mention.
The following gentlemen were in attendance. Their “costumes” were remarkable for subdued elegance and the absence of aesthetic adornment.
Messrs. Steinberger; J. N. Harter; G. A. Rhodes; E. E. Thorpe; George, Will, and Ivan Robinson; Fred and Will Whiting; Mr. Colgate; F. C. Hunt; C. E. Fuller; C. C. Harris; W. H. Smith; Will Smith; W. J. Wilson; Jos. O’Hare; Jas. Lorton; Frank and E. P. Greer; Eugene Wallis; Saml. E. Davis; L. H. Webb; Harry and Chas. F. Bahntge; Chas. Campbell; Ezra Nixon; L. D. Zenor; E. G. Cole; C. H. Connell; Mr. Ed. M. Clark of McPherson; and W. C. Garvey of Topeka.
Winfield Courier, May 4, 1882.
Deputy Treasurer Will Wilson left Wednesday for a two week’s visit to his old home in New York.
Winfield Courier, June 1, 1882.

We are glad to see W. J. Wilson again at home after a “two week’s visit” to New York. He didn’t get married after all.
Winfield Courier, June 29, 1882.
W. A. Smith came down Monday from Wichita and returned Tuesday. He was accompanied by Miss Agnes Lynch, one of Wichita’s most accomplished young ladies. They took in Geuda Springs in company with Miss Smith and Will Wilson.
Winfield Courier, July 20, 1882.
Hon. Jas. McDermott, Winfield, Kansas.
DEAR SIR: We the undersigned citizens of Cowley County, Kansas, anxious that an able and faithful man represent us in the coming legislature, and ever mindful of the important legislation that will come before that body, unite in requesting you to become a candidate for the office of Representative from this district, July 11th, 1882.
Hackney, W. P.; Gridley, A.; Bethel, Jas.; Millington, D. A.; Greer, Ed. P.; Finch, Frank W.; Siverd, H. H.; Pryor, J. D.; Wilson, W. J.; Hunt, J. S.; Bryan, T. R.; Curns, J. W.; Harris,  T. J.; Arrowsmith, J. W.; Hendricks, A. D.; Soward, T. H.; Story, R. C.; Reynolds, E. M.; Buckman, G. H.; Haight, N. A.; Cook, S. A.; Webb, L. H.; Fuller, C. E.; Hudson, W.; Wood, B. F.; Kelly, James; Short, J. P.; Platter, Jas. E.; Gridley, A., Jr.; Asp, Henry E.; Trimble, E. T.; Roberts, W. D.; Moore, Wm. H.; Hackney, J. F.; Waite, R. B.: McMullen, J. C.; Lee, W. A.; Holloway, S. S.; and others.
Winfield Courier, July 20, 1882.
We present this week the opening chapters of a deeply interesting story from the pen of Will Wilson, our talented deputy treasurer. It will run five weeks and is entitled “Delinquent Tax List.”
Winfield Courier, August 10, 1882.
Rules and order of business Committee: H. E. Asp, D. P. Marshall, J. B. Nipp, James Utt, W. J. Wilson, P. T. Walton, Barney Shriver.
Delegates Winfield, 2nd ward: B. F. Wood, Wm. Whiting, W. J. Wilson, J. G. Bullen, Frank Finch, T. H. Soward.
Winfield Courier, September 28, 1882.
The Winfield Dramatic Club was organized at the Telegram office last Wednesday evening, D. L. Kretsinger, President; Will Robinson, Vice-president; Charlie Bahntge, Secretary; Richard M. Bowles, Stage Manager; and Will Wilson, Treasurer. The membership was limited to twenty and all admissions must be by unanimous vote. The charter members are A. T. Spotswood, W. C. Robinson, D. L. Kretsinger, W. J. Wilson, Sam E. Davis, L. D. Zenor, R. M. Bowles, C. F. Bahntge, L. H. Webb, Henry Goldsmith, E. E. Thorpe, and Ed. P. Greer.
Winfield Courier, November 30, 1882.
The regular meeting of the Ivanhoe Literary will be held at the residence of Mr. M. L. Robinson Tuesday evening, Dec. 5. A full attendance is desired. The following members will resume the reading of “Kathrina,” five pages each, in the order named: Miss Crippen, Miss Klingman, Miss Hane, Mr. Wilson, Mr. Berry, Mr. Webb. Miscellaneous selections, Mr. Smith and Miss Beeny. FLORENCE A. BEENY, Rec. Sec.
Winfield Courier, December 7, 1882.

Mr. and Mrs. Albro, Misses Ida McDonald, Cora Berkey, Ettie Robinson, Jennie Hane, and Jessie Millington, and Messrs. Noble, Berkey, Miner, Davis, Albright, Wilson, Zenor, Nixon, and others of Winfield, and Conductor and Mrs. Miller of Arkansas City, attended the Opera at Wichita Monday evening.
Winfield Courier, December 14, 1882.
On last Saturday evening Mrs. J. E. Conklin entertained a company of her young friends at her pleasant home. The evening was most pleasantly spent and all were sorry when the warning hand of time pointed to Sunday morning, thus compelling the party to disperse. Mr. and Mrs. Conklin assisted by their charming guest, Miss Dinnie Swing, have the thanks of the persons below named for so pleasant a time, viz: Misses Hane, Scothorn, Beeny, McDonald, Berkey, and Millington, and Messrs. Fuller, Cairns, Robinson, Wilson, Davis, Miner, and Webb.
Winfield Courier, January 4, 1883.
Bank Meeting. The annual meeting of the stockholders of the Winfield Bank was held at the bank on the evening of January 2nd, and resulted in the election of the following directors: W. J. Wilson, J. J. Buck, J. C. McMullen, D. A. Millington, and J. C. Fuller. J. C. McMullen was elected president; J. C. Fuller, cashier; and W. J. Wilson, Secretary.
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.
W. J. Wilson was one of those who signed the petition.
Winfield Courier, February 1, 1883.
The next meeting of the Ivanhoe Club will be held at the home of W. H. Smith, Tuesday, February 6th, with the following programme for miscellaneous reading: Misses E. Crippen, A. Aldrich, A. Klingman, F. Beeny, T. Goldsmith; Messrs. L. Zenor, E. Nixon, W. Wilson, Geo. Robinson. The readers are expected to be present and prepared, or appoint a substitute.
Theresa Goldsmith, Secretary.
Winfield Courier, February 8, 1883.
Will Wilson and Ez. Nixon went up to Topeka Wednesday and will spend two weeks among our law makers.
Winfield Courier, February 22, 1883.
Ez. Nixon and Will Wilson are home from Topeka, having failed to pass any bill— except, possibly, a board bill. The returns from Topeka are not in yet.
Winfield Courier, March 8, 1883.

Buying Bonds. Deputy Treasurer Wilson has been doing a good deal of effective work for the county lately in a quiet way. Some time ago he entered into correspondence with holders of the old Winfield Township bonds and succeeded in buying two thousand dollars worth at a saving of about fifty dollars and the fiscal agency fees. Last Monday he succeeded in effecting the purchase of seven thousand dollars worth of the bonds issued in aid of the Santa Fe road at $1.02. This drains the treasury of all its surplus cash and retires that much of the interest bearing debt.
Winfield Courier, April 5, 1883.
The Election. The city election Tuesday passed off very quietly, but little interest being manifested. On Monday evening a number of citizens met at the Opera House and placed a ticket in the field. Another meeting was held the same evening, which made up a second ticket. Dr. George Emerson was the unanimous candidate for Mayor by both meetings. The two tickets represented no distinctive issue of any character, unless it might have been termed a “waterworks” issue. In the first ward John McGuire was elected to the council over H. Silver by three majority. In the second ward D. L. Kretsinger was elected over S. L. Gilbert by forty majority. Capt. H. H. Siverd and Frank W. Finch were re-elected constables.
Votes shown.
MAYOR: George Emerson: 481.
POLICE JUDGE: J. E. Snow, 230; L. L. Beck, 255.
CITY ATTORNEY: Jos. O’Hare: 432.
TREASURER SCHOOL BOARD: George W. Robinson, 270; W. J. Wilson, 225.
Winfield Courier, April 12, 1883.
Will Wilson and C. C. Harris left for Kansas City Tuesday on a pleasure trip—to recuperate their wasted energies, as it were.
Winfield Courier, April 26, 1883.
The home of Mr. and Mrs. Bahntge has been offered for the next meeting of the Ivanhoe Club on Tuesday, May 1. The following are on duty for miscellaneous selections: Miss Kate Millington, Mr. W. H. Smith, Miss Theresa Goldsmith, L. H. Webb, Mrs. Emerson, Mr. W. J. Wilson, Miss Allie Klingman, and Mr. C. F. Bahntge. As the club is to adjourn for the summer and as preliminary arrangements for a “Basket Picnic” are to be made, the members are earnestly solicited to attend. THERESA GOLDSMITH, Secretary.
Winfield Courier, May 3, 1883.
Deputy Treasurer Wilson has made up a new index of tax sales in the city of Winfield. It is a beauty and adds much to the convenience of examining titles to town lots.
Winfield Courier, May 17, 1883.
D. L. Kretsinger and W. J. Wilson managed the ball business, did a great amount of work, and secured a splendid success. We give them high credit and warm thanks.
Winfield Courier, May 17, 1883.
Where the Money Came From. The following are the cash contributions to the general editorial entertainment fund. More was raised than was used and those who subscribed first took more than their share, so that others had to be somewhat limited in their contributions to give others a chance.

W. J. Wilson gave $2.00.
Winfield Courier, July 19, 1883.
We present to our readers this week with the opening chapters of a highly interesting serial from the pen of one of Cowley’s most talented writers, Will J. Wilson. It is full of startling passages of rare dramatic power, and a scope of pathos and feeling rarely found bound up in one package of manuscript with a blue ribbon. It is entitled “Delinquent tax list for the year 1883,” and will be found on most any page for the next four weeks.
Winfield Courier, August 2, 1883.
After dinner Tuesday the table of the local editor presented a picture calculated to draw tears from the eyes of as hardened sinners as Zenor, Doane, or Will Wilson. Prominent in the foreground was an old lop-eared satchel that seemed to have done duty for a century. It was appropriately labeled. By its side stood menacingly a Cowley County cucumber of mammoth proportions, accompanied by a full history in detail of the life, habits, and dangerous character of the creature. Near this lay a fierce looking revolver bearing the suggestive epitaph: “He said the editor lied! Poor man!” Other implements of torture in the shape of mottoes and superscriptions lay thick around and the table bore every indication of having been desecrated by a horde of barbarous savages upon whom the soul-inspiring cantos of the delinquent tax list would have no more effect than salt on a rabbit’s tail. They will probably return for their cucumber, in which case they will be apprehended and compelled to read this item in retribution for their rash acts.
Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.

GENERAL SUCCESS. Speaking financially, the fair was as great a success as in exhibits. The total receipts were about $3,800, which will leave a handsome surplus over expenses, for further improvements. On Thursday there were over eight thousand people on the grounds, and on Friday about six thousand. The business throughout was conducted without a jar, and everything passed off smoothly. Notwithstanding the vast throng of people in attendance, there was not an arrest made on the grounds nor a serious misdemeanor committed. This was largely due to the active and efficient efforts of General Superintendent Kretsinger. President Martin was everywhere, superintending exhibits and arrangement, and overlooking and correcting errors. Directors Linn, Harbaugh, Millspaugh, Spotswood, and Phoenix also worked faithfully and efficiently throughout the whole fair. Mr. J. L. Horning had perhaps the most difficult part of all—that of superintendent of the race course, but he made a success of it, as of everything else he undertakes. The secretary desires especially to thank Jas. McLain, Will J. Barnes, and W. J. Wilson for valuable assistance in dispatching the immense amount of business connected with that office. Mr. McLain stayed by it, working eighteen hours a day until the books were wound up and the balances drawn. In five days eighteen hundred entries were made, passed upon by committees, returned, and checks drawn for their payment. It is a record that few fairs of such magnitude can show. The fair is now a thing of the past, but its benefits to Cowley County will be far reaching and cannot be estimated in dollars and cents. It has stimulated our people to greater efforts, and has given all more of an idea of the vast resources and possibilities of this county. We now have a permanent fair, owned by our farmers, with beautiful grounds, good buildings, and money in the treasury; and each year will make it more of a success and increase the benefits to be derived from a general exposition of her material prosperity.
Winfield Courier, October 18, 1883.
Will J. Wilson, deputy county treasurer, has just completed a chart setting forth all the tax collections and disbursements, including delinquent, in a space not over three feet square. It is one of the most complete things we have ever seen, and is the result of years of experience, correction, and improvement. He got it up to lay before the board at the annual settlement next month. Presented to them in this shape, the labor of wading through piles of musty records is largely done away with. Mr. Wilson is one of the most efficient officers in the courthouse and his services during the past eight years have been invaluable to the people of the county.
Winfield Courier, October 25, 1883.
Deputy Treasurer Wilson left for the East last week to be gone some time.
Winfield Courier, November 29, 1883.
MARRIED. Married in Winfield, Thursday evening, November 22nd, at the residence of D. A. Millington, father of the bride, by the Rev. H. D. Gans, Mr. Willard J. Wilson and Miss Kate Millington.
Mr. Wilson is one of the best known and most popular young men in the county, has six years filled the position of Deputy County Treasurer, is bright, intelligent, and possessed of rare business and social qualifications. The bride is the daughter of the senior editor of this paper. They start in wedded life with bright prospects and a future full of joy and promise. That its fullest expectations may be realized is the writer’s wish, and that of many friends. The wedding was a quiet one and as Will had given his friends no “official notification” of his serious intentions, their surprise on receiving the cards on the day following was complete.
Winfield Courier, November 29, 1883.
The most delightful entertainment of the season was given by Dr. & Mrs. Geo. Emerson on Tuesday evening of this week. The guests present were: Mr. & Mrs. Geo. Ordway, Mr. & Mrs. J. Wade McDonald, Mr. & Mrs. E. A. Baird, Mr. & Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. & Mrs.
M. L. Robinson, Mr. & Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, Mr. & Mrs. G. H. Allen, Mr. & Mrs. A. H. Doane, Mr. & Mrs. C. F. Bahntge, Mr. & Mrs. W. J. Wilson, Mr. & Mrs. D. A. Millington; Mrs. F. Mendell of Texas, Mrs. H. P. Mansfield of Burden, Mrs. Perkins, late of Australia, Mrs. Frank Barclay, Mrs. C. L. Harter; Misses Lizzie Wallis, Margie Wallis, Jennie Hane, Florence Beeny, Nettie R. McCoy, Huldah Goldsmith, Clara Brass, Sadie French, Julia Smith, Jessie Meech, Caro Meech, Jesse Millington; Messrs. M. J. O’Meara, D. L. Kretsinger, W. H. Smith, W. A. Smith of Wichita, E. H. Nixon, L. D. Zenor, W. C. Robinson, Geo. W. Robinson, E. Wallis, G. Headrick, F. F. Leland, H. Bahntge, E. Meech, Jr. It was an exceedingly lively party and the host and hostess had omitted nothing which could add to the general enjoyment. Mr. and Mrs. Emerson stand at the head of the list of those in Winfield who know how to entertain their friends.
Winfield Courier, December 6, 1883.

Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Wilson will take up housekeeping today in their pleasant home on east Eleventh Avenue.
Winfield Courier, December 13, 1883.
Will Wilson has gone to housekeeping and an appalling stillness has fallen over the places which he so long inhabited. Will’s bachelor hospitality will long be a matter of pleasant remembrance to his less fortunate friends.
Winfield Courier, December 20, 1883.
Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller entertained a large number of friends at their elegant home Friday evening. It was a pleasant company and the hospitality was highly enjoyed. Among those present were Mayor & Mrs. Emerson, Mr. & Mrs. Bahntge, Mr. & Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. & Mrs. Spotswood, Mr. & Mrs. Hickok, Mr. & Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Mr. & Mrs. E. S. Bliss, Mr. & Mrs. Mann, Mr. & Mrs. W. J. Wilson, Mr. & Mrs. Millington, Mr. & Mrs. Silliman, Mr. & Mrs. Ordway, Mr. & Mrs. Tomlin, Mr. & Mrs. Col. Whiting, Mr. & Mrs. Geo. W. Miller, Mr. & Mrs. Greer, Mr. & Mrs. Allen, Mr. & Mrs. J. C. McMullen, Mr. & Mrs. Dr. Green, Mr. & Mrs. Brown, Mr. & Mrs. H. G. Fuller, Mr. & Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Mr. & Mrs. Branham. Also, Mr. Elbert Bliss, Mrs. Albro, Mrs. Doane, Mrs. Foos, Mrs. Perkins, Mrs. Ripley, of Burlington, Iowa, Mrs. Judge Buck of Emporia. These evening gatherings are becoming quite a feature in our social life, and nowhere are they more heartily enjoyed than at Mr. Fuller’s.
Winfield Courier, December 27, 1883.
Ten or fifteen couples surprised Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Wilson Christmas evening. They carried Musicians and an oyster supper with them and had a grand time.
Winfield Courier, December 27, 1883.
Stockholders’ Meeting. The annual meeting of the stockholders of the Winfield Bank will be held in the bank building on Thursday, January 16, 1884, at 7 o’clock p.m., for the election of directors and the transaction of other business. W. J. WILSON, Secretary.
Winfield, Kansas, December 26, 1883.
Winfield Courier, January 10, 1884.
Mr. Saunders Wilson, father of Deputy Treasurer Wilson, came in Saturday evening from New York, and will spend some time visiting here. He is heartily pleased with the improvement our city has made. When he left two years ago, the house he built in the east part of the city was way out. It is now near the center of the residence portion of the city.
Winfield Courier, January 17, 1884.
The Masquerade. The members of the Pleasant Hour Club have made the winter thus far very pleasant in a social way. Their hops have been well attended, and the utmost good feeling and harmony has prevailed. Their masquerade ball last Thursday evening was the happiest hit of the season. The floor was crowded with maskers and the raised platforms filled with spectators. At nine o’clock the “grand march” was called, and the mixture of grotesque, historical, mythological, and fairy figures was most attractive and amusing. Then, when the quadrilles were called, the effect of the clown dancing with a grave and sedate nun, and Romeo swinging a pop-corn girl, was, as one of the ladies expressed it, “just too cute.”
Mrs. Kate Wilson, Flora McFilmsy.
Will J. Wilson, Convict.
Winfield Courier, January 17, 1884.

STATEMENT OF THE CONDITION OF THE WINFIELD BANK, Winfield, Kansas, at the close of business, December 31st, 1883.
Loans: $188,766.44
Bank and Fixtures: $10,089.59
Expense: $1,984.40
Cash: $51,017.65
Exchange: $30,191.63
TOTAL RESOURCES: $282,059.71
Deposits: $213,670.12
Capital: $50,000.00
Surplus: $12,000.00
Profits: $6,380.59
I, W. J. Wilson, Secretary of the above named Bank; do hereby certify that the above statement is correct to the best of my knowledge and belief. W. J. WILSON, Secretary.
Subscribed and sworn to before me this 7th day of January, A. D., 1884.
F. F. LELAND, Notary Public. Commission expires December 4, 1887.
Winfield Courier, January 17, 1884.
On Monday afternoon the stockholders of the Cowley County Fair and Driving Park Association met in the Opera House for the purpose of re-organizing the Board of Directors for the year 1884, and receiving reports of the condition and doings of the Association for the year. About seventy-five stockholders, representing nearly all of the subscribed stock, were present.
W. J. Wilson owned one share of stock.
Winfield Courier, January 31, 1884.
The Winfield Bank directors have elected for the ensuing year, J. C. McMullen, president; J. C. Fuller, cashier; Charles E. Fuller, assistant cashier; W. J. Wilson, secretary; James Lorton, bookkeeper; Ed. McMullen, teller.
Winfield Courier, February 21, 1884.
Publication Notice. TO ALL WHOM IT MAY CONCERN. Notice is hereby given that the undersigned, Francis Barclay, C. E. Fuller, F., W. McClelland, and Willard J. Wilson, will present a petition to the Board of County Commissioners of Cowley County, State of Kansas, at the next regular meeting of said Board, to be begun and held at the Courthouse in said county, on the first Monday of April, 1884, praying the vacation of the alley running through block two hundred and fifty (250) in the city of Winfield, in said county and State, being in Fuller’s Addition.
Winfield Courier, March 20, 1884.
W. J. Wilson and lady went up to Newton Saturday with Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Lemmon.
Winfield Courier, April 3, 1884.

Grated horse radish has been quite a trade with a traveling vender who has goods five grains of which would almost take the top of your head off at 20 cents per pint. Recently a vender of the pungent root offered Will Wilson a quart for 30 cents and Will closed the bargain at once. After the peddler left, Mrs. Wilson ascertained that the hash was only grated turnips.
Winfield Courier, May 15, 1884.
Last Sunday was the most perfect of May days, calm, clear, and buoyant, such as only Kansas can supply, and all nature seemed at her loveliest. In consequence, the temptation for a visit to the Chilocco Indian School below Arkansas City was so great as to almost depopulate our city of its society people. Those who yielded to temptation on this occasion were Mayor Emerson and family; Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Albro; Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Blair; Mr. and Mrs. E. F. Nelson; Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Wallis and daughters, Miss Bertha and Birdie; Mr. and Mrs. Beeny; Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Wilson, and Mrs. J. E. Saint; E. H. Nixon and Miss Jessie Millington; M. J. O’Meara and Miss Lizzie Wallis; M. H. Ewart and Miss Margie Wallis; Byron Rudolph and Miss Sadie French; Mr. Walters and Miss Florence Beeny; Joe Finkleburg and Miss Anna Hyde; Fritz Ballein and Miss Nina Anderson. With such a bright and happy crowd, nothing but a most enjoyable trip could be the result. This Indian school is becoming a very popular resort for persons in search of recreation and information.
Winfield Courier, July 17, 1884.
WINFIELD—FIRST WARD. Delegates: H. H. Siverd, B. Kelly, J. C. Long, H. D. Gans, Jno. A. McGuire, W. R. McDonald, Ed. P. Greer.
Alternates: J. S. Hunt, J. Cairns, D. A. Millington, J. W. Arrowsmith, A. Gridley, A. H. Jennings, W. J. Wilson.
Winfield Courier, July 24, 1884.
We present this week our annual serial story, running through five issues of the COURIER. It is not a love story; it is a story which will be read for the money there is in it. Our readers will readily distinguish in its construction the “earmark” of Deputy Treasurer Wilson.
Winfield Courier, July 31, 1884.
The semi-annual meeting of the Ladies Library Association was held last Tuesday and elected six directors, as follows: Mrs. Whiting, Mrs. Bullene, Mrs. D. A. Millington, Mrs. I. W. Randall, Mrs. Kate Wilson, and Mrs. Geo. Rembaugh. Those directors holding over are: Mrs. W. H. Shearer, Mrs. M. J. Wood, Mrs. J. S. Mann, Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, Mrs. G. W. Miller, Mrs. W. R. Kirkwood, Mrs. H. E. Dawson, and Mrs. F. W. Finch; the president, Mrs. C. S. Van Doren, and the secretary, Mrs. N. J. Lundy. The Association is in a flourishing condition.
Winfield Courier, August 7, 1884.

W. J. Wilson was listed as a stockholder.
Winfield Courier, August 7, 1884.
Pursuant to notice the committee appointed to organize a Cowley County Blaine and Logan Club met at the COURIER office at 2 o’clock p.m., July 19, 1884. T. H. Soward was elected President, J. R. Sumpter, Secretary, and W. J. Wilson, Treasurer. The following gentlemen were elected vice-Presidents of the Club.
Beaver, M. F. Teter; Bolton, J. D. Guthrie; Cedar, Alec Grouse; Creswell, C. T. Atkinson; Dexter, S. H. Wells; Fairview, Wm. White; Liberty, Justus Fisher; Maple, Ed. Morse; Ninnescah, A. J. Worden; Omnia, W. H. Gilliard; Otter, A. H. Mills; Pleasant Valley, D. S. Sherrard; Richland, Capt. Stuber; Rock, S. P. Strong; Sheridan, Barney Shriver; Silver Creek, J. W. Henthorn; Silverdale, J. N. Darnell; Tisdale, Hugh McKibben; Vernon, Oscar Wooley; Walnut, S. E. Burger; Windsor, R. F. Roberts; Winfield 1st Ward, W. J. Wilson; Winfield 2nd Ward, G. H. Buckman; Harvey, R. S. Strother; Spring Creek, J. J. Estus.
Motion that the Vice Presidents be instructed to organize Blaine and Logan Clubs in their townships at the earliest possible time, and report their organization and members to the President of this Club, carried. On motion the chair appointed Capt. White, W. J. Wilson, and J. R. Sumpter a committee on finance. The Club adopted as a badge a plain blue ribbon with the names of the Republican candidate for President and vice-president printed thereon. Adjourned to meet on the call of the Chairman. J. R. SUMPTER, Secretary.
Winfield Courier, August 14, 1884.
Mrs. W. J. Withers, of Fort Scott, will spend some weeks in our city, the guest of Mrs. W. J. Wilson.
Winfield Courier, August 21, 1884.
Winfield Primary Election. The Republican primaries of Winfield to elect delegates to the county and district conventions were held in both wards on last Friday, August 15th, from 3 to 7 o’clock, p.m. The principle contest and interest was centered in the office of county attorney between Henry E. Asp and A. P. Johnson, candidates. The voting for delegates was by ballot, each ballot containing the choice of the voter for the several offices to be filled, by way of instructions to delegates, as well as the names of the delegates voted for. Two tickets were in the field: the one known as the Asp ticket and the other as the Johnson ticket.
The result was: First Ward: Asp, 189; Johnson, 70; Second Ward: Asp, 137; Johnson 58.
Totals: Asp, 326. Johnson, 128.
The delegates elected are:
First ward: J. C. Long, M. G. Troup, Frank W. Finch, T. R. Bryan, Albert McNeal, W. J. Wilson, and J. T. Hackney.
Second ward: G. H. Buckman, M. B. Shields, T. B. Myers, Wm. Whiting, J. L. M. Hill, and Spencer Miner.
The delegates are instructed to support Henry E. Asp for county attorney; E. S. Bedilion for clerk of the district court; H. D. Gans for probate judge; A. H. Limerick for Superintendent of public instruction; Frank S. Jennings for state senator; and Ed. P. Greer for representative.

Winfield Courier, August 28, 1884.
The report of the committee on credentials was then submitted, and the following parties reported as entitled to seats in the convention.
WINFIELD—1ST WARD. J. C. Long, M. G. Troup, F. W. Finch, T. R Bryan, Albert McNeal, W. J. Wilson, J. T. Hackney.
A. H. Limerick was renominated by acclamation, for county superintendent, after which the various delegations reported the following names for committeemen.
Beaver: J. R. Sumpter. Bolton: J. D. Guthrie, west precinct. Bolton: R. L. Balyeat, east precinct. Cedar. A. B. Harold, east precinct. Cedar: Wm. Tumelson, west precinct. Creswell: L. E. Woodin, Sr. Dexter: S. H. Wells. Fairview: J. H. Curfman. Harvey: S. J. Neer. Liberty: J. A. Cochran. Maple: Wm. Wise. Ninnescah: G. S. Cole. Omnia: A. Hattery. Otter: J. B. Graves. Pleasant Valley: S. Johnson. Richland: N. J. Larkin, north precinct. Richland: D. C. Stephens, south precinct. Rock: S. P. Strong. Sheridan: J. Burt. Silver Creek: E. A. Henthorn. Silverdale: L. J. Darnell. Spring Creek: J. J. Shreves. Tisdale: W. C. Douglass. Vernon: T. Thompson. Walnut: John Mentch. Windsor: W. B. Todd. Winfield: W. J. Wilson, 1st ward. Winfield: G. H. Buckman, 2nd ward.
Winfield Courier, September 4, 1884.
Mrs. J. W. Withers, who with her little daughter, has been the guest of Mrs. W. J. Wilson for two or three weeks, has returned to her home in Fort Scott. Mrs. Withers is a charming and intelligent lady, an early friend and schoolmate of Mrs. Wilson, whose namesake little Kate Withers is a perfect beauty.
Winfield Courier, September 4, 1884.
Deputy Treasurer Wilson did quick work with the tax sale Tuesday and finished it before noon. The bidding was lively, most of the tracts being knocked off at five acres. There were a large number of bidders present.
Winfield Courier, September 4, 1884.
County Central Committee. The Republican County Committee met at the COURIER editorial room at 2 o’clock, Saturday, August 30th, and organized by electing W. J. Wilson, of Winfield, chairman; W. C. Douglass, of Tisdale, secretary; and Geo. H. Buckman, treasurer. An executive committee of two from each representative district was appointed as follows.
From the 66th District, [left blank].
From the 67th District, John R. Sumpter, of Beaver, and L. E. Woodin, of Creswell.
From the 68th District, Dr. Hornaday, of Rock; and E. A. Henthorn, of Silver Creek.
After the transaction of some other business and the appointment of several special committees, the committee adjourned to meet at the COURIER office at 2 o’clock on Saturday, September 13th. W. C. DOUGLASS, Secretary. W. J. WILSON, Chairman.
Winfield Courier, September 25, 1884.

Meeting of Blaine and Logan Clubs and a Flambeau Club. A meeting of the Blaine and Logan Club of Winfield was held at the Courthouse Monday evening. The meeting came to order by electing Mr. A. H. Limerick, Chairman, and W. A. McCartney, Secretary. The object of the meeting was stated by W. J. Wilson. Speeches were made by T. H. Soward and W. P. Hackney in favor of the complete organization and equipment of a Blaine and Logan club. It was decided to organize the club into three companies of torch-bearers and one Flambeau club. The following officers were elected: Colonel Whiting, Commander of battalion and D. L. Kretsinger, Adjutant; Spencer Miner, Captain “Co. A,” Frank Finch, 1st Lieutenant, M. B. Shields, 2nd Lieutenant, T. J. Harris, 3rd Lieutenant; Capt. J. B. Nipp, Captain of “Co. B,” W. P. Hackney, 1st Lieutenant, John McGuire, 2nd Lieutenant, H. H. Siverd, 3rd Lieutenant; Cap Steuven, Captain of the Flambeau club; H. G. Norton, 1st Lieutenant, W. A. McCartney, 2nd Lieutenant, Frank H. Greer, 3rd Lieutenant. The election of officers for “Co. C” was deferred until Tuesday evening. A meeting of the officers of the different companies was called for Wednesday morning for the purpose of appointing various committees, and deciding on the kind and number of suits and torches to be ordered. After the completion of business of the meeting, Henry E. Asp was called on, and responded in one of his characteristic speeches, after which the meeting adjourned.
Winfield Courier, October 16, 1884.
Will J. Wilson retired Tuesday from the position of Deputy County Treasurer. His years of service in that position were marked by accuracy, promptness, and courtesy, and he goes out with the appreciation of everyone with whom he did business.
Winfield Courier, October 23, 1884.
Fairview Township. In addition to the regular appointment published elsewhere, there will be a Republican meeting at Curfman School House, on Friday evening, of this week (Oct. 24th). The meeting will be addressed by W. A. McCartney and E. P. Greer. Let everyone come out and bring the ladies. W. J. WILSON, Chairman, County Committee.
W. C. DOUGLASS, Secretary.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 8, 1885.
On Wednesday evening of last week, Mayor Emerson and lady threw their pleasant home open for the entertainment of invited guests, it being the tenth anniversary of their wedding. Among those present were: Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Mann, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. O. Branham, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. J. N. Harter, Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Webb, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Webb, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Ordway, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Schuler, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Williams, Mrs. D. A. Millington, Mrs. J. E. Saint, Mrs. Perkins; Misses Sadie French, Margie Wallis, Jessie Millington, Josie Baird, Nettie McCoy, Anna McCoy, Mattie Harrison of Hannibal, Mo.; Messrs. E. H. Nixon, R. B. Rudolf, M. H. Ewart, M. J. O’Meara, and Ezra Meech. Each bore a token of respect and good will. Under the royal entertainment of Dr. and Mrs. Emerson, all passed the evening most enjoyably and departed with the old year, heartily wishing the “bride and groom” many anniversaries of their wedding, down to the one of diamonds, with its silver tresses.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 15, 1885.
Will J. Wilson, of this city, was elected Journal Clerk of the Senate without opposition.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 22, 1885.

SENATE JAN. 14TH. The following Senate officers were elected: C. C. Baker, of Topeka, Secretary; John B. Shaffer, of Franklin, Assistant Secretary; S. C. McDowell, of Cherokee, Sergeant at Arms; Will J. Wilson, of Winfield, Journal Clerk; A. P. Jetmore, of Topeka, Docket Clerk; L. G. Gillmore, of Woodson, Doorkeeper; Wash Marks, of Atchison, Sam Lee, of Douglass, Assistant Doorkeepers; C. E. Moore, of Montgomery, Postmaster; Georgie Connell, Willie N. Neff, Sid Matthews, Frank Brown, Clay Allen, Walter Best, and Willie McNall, Pages.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 29, 1885.
The beautiful, commodious home of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller was the scene of a most pleasant gathering of our young society people on last Thursday evening, the occasion being in honor of Miss Mattie Harrison, a highly accomplished young lady of Hannibal, Mo., who is visiting here. The pleasing entertainment of Mr. and Mrs. Fuller, gracefully assisted by Miss Harrison and other members of the family, banished all restraint and made genuine enjoyment reign supreme. Miss Harrison made a beautiful appearance in a lovely evening costume of white Nuns-veiling, entrain, and a number of elegant toilets were worn by the ladies. Those present were Mayor and Mrs. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. W. L. Webb, Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Cole, and Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Fuller; Mrs. W. J. Wilson and Mrs. J. Ex. Saint; Misses Jessie Millington, Anna Hunt, Nellie Cole, Emma Strong, Jennie Lowry, Hattie Stolp, Mamie Baird, Lena Walrath, Mattie Kinne, Alice Dickie, Maggie Taylor, Sarah Kelly, and Alice Aldrich; Messrs. Ezra Nixon, T. J. Eaton, M. J. O’Meara, M. H. Ewart, Ed. J. McMullen, B. W. Matlack, F. F. Leland, Everett and George Schuler, Lacey Tomlin, James Lorton, Lewis Brown, W. H. Smith, D. E. Kibby, and Frank H. Greer. At the proper hour a splendid repast was spread and received due attention from the joyous crowd. The “light fantastic” keep time to excellent music and the hours flew swiftly by until the happy guests bid adieu to their royal entertainers, feeling delighted with the few hours spent in their pleasant home.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 5, 1885.
Will J. Wilson came home from Topeka Saturday morning and returned Monday evening. The Legislature had adjourned over until Tuesday. Ed. Greer and Frank Jennings did not come home. They were on a tour of inspection of the State charitable institutions, each being a sub-committee of the Ways and Means Committee of his House.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 5, 1885.
Messrs. W. J. Wilson and Louis P. King left Topeka and the Legislative halls to spend Sunday with the folks at home. They report “our boys” corpulent, happy, and busy.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 19, 1885.
Frank Jennings, Will Wilson, and Louis P. King came down from Topeka, to spend the Sabbath at home.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 5, 1885.
Mrs. W. J. Wilson and Miss Jessie Millington have been visiting Mrs. W. C. Garvey and others in Topeka during the past week.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 16, 1885.
W. J. Wilson has opened a loan and insurance office over the post office. He is “fitting up” now and is working like a house-keeper on the first of May.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 23, 1885.
Loans money on real estate and approved personal security on short and long time.

Writes insurance in the best companies on both Life, Fire and Tornado.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 14, 1885.
Miss Jessie Millington gave a very enjoyable progressive euchre party Saturday evening. There were four tables, and of course some exhibitions of skill—and ill luck. Miss Emma C. Strong and Mr. Byron Rudolf were the most profusely adorned with blue medals and were awarded appropriate prizes as the best players, while for red ribbon adornment, and unlucky playing, Miss Cora M. Dousman and Mr. Thomas Eaton received the prizes. Miss Dousman was also up to the champion lady player in blue medals, but the test “cut” her out. There were present, besides those named, Misses Sadie French, Anna Hunt, Lizzie and Margie Wallis, and Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Wilson; and Messrs. M. J. O’Meara, M. H. Ewart, Everett Schuler, E. H. Nixon, and Frank H. Greer. Progressive euchre for the entertainment of a small party is unexcelled. The game is simple, novel, and fascinating. As a society game it is becoming justly popular.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 14, 1885.
George Corwin’s house caught fire two weeks ago and was slightly damaged. It was insured in the Fireman’s Fund, San Francisco. The agent, W. J. Wilson, was informed of the loss, but no claim was put in. Monday George was made happy by a check for the damage.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 14, 1885.
If you want to insure against fire, lightning, or tornadoes, call on W. J. Wilson, over the post office, who will give you the lowest rates, on the cash or instalment plan. None but the best companies represented.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 14, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds yesterday.
W. J. Wilson and wife to Albert McNeil, lot 15, blk 113, Winfield: $125.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 21, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds yesterday.
Kate Wilson and husband to H. C. Weaver, lot 14 block 143, Winfield: $125.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 28, 1885.
CYCLONES AND TORNADOES. Are you insured against them? The tornado season is upon us; when and where the high carnival of destruction will commence, or whose house or barn will be shivered to atoms and blown away, no one can tell. However, there is relief and compensation in a policy of insurance in the Home Insurance Co. of New York, or the Connecticut of Hartford, Conn., represented by W. J. Wilson as their local agent. Call on him for terms at once, and protect yourselves against loss by this imperial monster.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 25, 1885.

The city School Board have decided to call an election to vote $4,000 in bonds for additional school buildings. This matter seems to be a necessity. Last winter, with our three schoolhouses, all children under seven years had to be excluded—about 250, for want of room. Our city is increasing in population and the Board thinks if more room is not provided, four hundred children will have to be excluded next winter. The population of northeast Winfield is not yet sufficient to demand a school building—a more commodious building is needed centrally located. The idea of the Board is to build a similar addition on the north end of the first ward building to that built on the south end. It would give plenty of room for some time to come and be a matter of economy. The heating apparatus can be run from the basement of the one building, and a saving made in several ways. The Board have a special meeting tomorrow evening at W. J. Wilson’s office, over the post office, where they would like to have as many of our representative citizens as possible meet with them. If anyone has anything to say, this will be the time to say it.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 25, 1885.
The School Board at their meeting at Will Wilson’s office Saturday morning passed resolutions to vote bonds to the extent of $8,000 to build an addition to the Central School building. We need more school room, and must have it.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 25, 1885.
      Our printers were in a state of great curiosity Saturday over something they saw protruding from Will Wilson’s office window. The editors and reporters were called to witness the sight and pass judgment as to what it could be. After some close investigation, it was found to be Will’s shoes. It was probably a flaw in the glass that magnified them to such a great extent, as No. twelves ought not to make such a show.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 9, 1885.
Some time ago Mr. Will Wilson, in throwing some trash over the fence at his residence, lost off his finger a fine enameled gold ring. Edwin Lee, one of Mr. W. A. Lee’s little boys, found it and by the initials, Mr. Lee found the right owner. Mr. Wilson, the manly fellow like he is, bought the boy a beautiful picture book, full of nice pictures, which pleased the little fellow wonderfully.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 23, 1885.
And now it’s Will Wilson that needs caging. His exuberance is equal to the small boy with his first red wagon. His face is a sunbeam of smiles, and yet there is a modesty there that denotes youthfulness in such glee. The first pretext for the echo of “papa!” is the explanation. It’s a plump, fine-looking boy: a nine pounder, born Friday. We smoke to his presidential prospects.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.
A delegate convention of the Republicans of Cowley County will be held at the opera house in Winfield, on SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19TH, 1885, at 11 o’clock a.m., to select candidates to be supported by the Republican party for county officers, namely: Sheriff, Treasurer, Register of Deeds, County Clerk, Coroner, and Surveyor; also, to elect a County Central Committee for the coming year and to transact any other business that may be deemed necessary. The several townships and wards will be entitled to representation as follows: Beaver, 4; Bolton, 7; Cedar, 5; Cresswell, 21; Arkansas City, 21; Dexter, 7; Fairview, 4; Harvey, 4; Liberty, 4; Maple, 4; Ninnescah, 5; Omnia, 2; Otter, 4; Pleasant Valley, 4; Richland, 5; Rock, 5; Sheridan, 4; Silver Creek, 8; Silverdale, 5; Spring Creek, 4; Tisdale, 5; Vernon, 6; Walnut, 7; Windsor, 7; Winfield (1st ward), 10½ ; Winfield (2nd ward), 7½.

It is recommended that the Republican voters of the several townships meet at their usual places for holding elections, or at some central place, on Saturday, September 12, 1885, at 2 p.m., to select delegates to this convention and transact other business; and that Arkansas City and Cresswell township meet in joint primary to select delegates; also, in the city of Winfield, what is now the 1st and 2nd wards elect delegates for the 1st ward in the call, and the 3rd and 4th wards for 2nd ward in call—they having changed their boundaries since election of last fall. By order of the Republican County Central Committee.
W. J. WILSON, Chairman. E. A. HENTHORN, Secretary.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.
The County Republican Central Committee met Saturday at the office of the chairman, W. J. Wilson, and called the Nominating Convention for September 19th, and adopted resolutions reverencing the memory of Grant. We will publish full proceedings Monday.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.
At a meeting of the Republican Central Committee of Cowley County held at the office of W. J. Wilson, in Winfield, on Saturday, July 24th, there were present J. R. Sumpter, J. B. Graves, W. J. Wilson, A. B. Harold, L. E. Wooden, J. H. Curfman, E. A. Henthorn, J. G. Shreves, J. Mentch, C. A. Peabody, G. H. Buckman, Wm. Wise, H. F. Hornady, D. C. Stephens, and S. G. Carter. The meeting was called to order by W. J. Wilson, chairman of the Central Committee. The secretary being absent, E. A. Henthorn was elected to take his place. J. R. Sumpter moved to call the County Convention on the last Saturday in August. E. A. Henthorn moved to amend by calling the convention for September the 19th, which motion was adopted. The basis for representation was fixed as follows: One delegate for every thirty votes cast for B. W. Perkins in 1884 for congressman, and one for every fraction of fifteen votes and one at large for each township and incorporated city, making the representation as follows: Beaver, 4; Bolton 7; Cedar, 5; Cresswell, 21; Dexter, 7; Fairview, 4; Harvey, 4; Liberty, 4; Maple, 4; Ninnescah, 5; Omnia, 3; Otter, 4; Pleasant Valley, 4; Richland, 6; Rock, 5; Sheridan, 4; Silver Creek, 8; Silverdale, 5; Spring Creek, 4; Tisdale, 5; Vernon, 6; Walnut 7; Windsor, 7; Winfield, 18. It was recommended that the primaries be held on Saturday, September 12th, at the usual voting places in the several townships. The following resolutions were unanimously adopted.
WHEREAS, The United States of America has so recently been called upon to mourn the loss of one of her greatest statesmen, patriots, and heroes, in the person of General U. S. Grant, Therefore, be it
Resolved, By the Republican Central Committee of Cowley County, Kansas, in convention assembled—
1st. That we most deeply mourn the loss of our great commander, and we tender to his wife and family our most profound sympathy in their bereavement, and assure them that we believe that every patriotic heart in our country mourns with them in their loss.
2nd. That we feel proud as American citizens of the fact that we know that as long as history lives, so long will the fame and glory of General U. S. Grant live in the hearts and memory of his country.
3rd. That a copy of these resolutions be sent to Mrs. Grant, and that copies be furnished the papers of Cowley County for publication.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.
The following claims were allowed in July.
Poor house insurance, S. C. Smith, $31.25
Poor house insurance, W. J. Wilson, $31.25
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 20, 1885.
The rulers of the city met last night in regular semi-monthly session, Mayor Graham presiding and Councilmen Connor, Jennings, Myers, Crippen, and Baden present; absent, Councilmen McDonald, Hodges, and Harter.
W. J. Wilson, clerk of the school board, presented the tax levy made by the board for school purposes, as follows: For general school purposes, 10 mills; for bond fund, and to pay interest on one bond, 4½ mills, which levy was approved by the council.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.
The convention met at the Opera House in Winfield at 10 o’clock a.m. today according to the call, and was called to order by W. J. Wilson, chairman of the county committee.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.
Secretary Kretsinger and assistant, W. J. Wilson, with other assistants, have been besieged with entries all day.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 1, 1885.
The list given below shows money premiums only. Checks for same will be ready after October 1st, and must be claimed by November 1st, 1885, or forfeit to the association. (See rule 12.) Diplomas for exhibits having no competition may be had by calling at the Secretary’s office.
Specimen of plaque painting, done by exhibitor. Minnie Fahey 1st, Mrs. W. J. Wilson 2nd.
Crochet Afghan. Mrs. W. J. Wilson 1st, Mrs. M. Brown 2nd.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 15, 1885.
The Marriage of Mr. Ezra H. Nixon and Miss Jessie Millington Thursday Night.
Thursday night was the occasion of one of the most brilliant weddings in the history of the city, that of Mr. Ezra H. Nixon and Miss Jessie Millington, which took place at the pleasant, commodious home of the bride’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington. The wide acquaintance and popularity of the contracting parties, with the fact that the bride was the last child of a happy home, made the marriage anticipated with warm interest. The parents had planned a celebration fitting to the departure in marriage of the last and youngest member of their household—the one who was the greatest pride and joy to their ripened years.

Thirteen children and grandchildren were present, including Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Lemmon, of Newton, with their children, Masters Bertie Flint, Allen B., Jr., and Fred and little Miss Mary; Mr. and Mrs. J. Ex Saint, of Acoma Grant, New Mexico, with their little daughters, Irene and Louise; Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Wilson, of this city, and Master Roy. Mr. and Mrs. S. C. Millington, of McCune, Kansas, were also among the relatives present.
Mrs. Millington, bride’s mother, plush rocking chair.
Mr. Samuel Nixon, Utica, Iowa, groom’s father, check for $1,000.
Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Lemmon, Newton, Kansas, bride’s sister, plush reception chair.
Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Saint, Grants, New Mexico, bride’s sister, dinner set, decorated china.
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Wilson, bride’s sister, decorated chamber set.
Winfield Courier, December 3, 1885.
Last Friday J. B. Lynn came very near having a disastrous fire, but by prompt action it was put out and he notified the agents of the different companies that he was insured in. This morning W. J. Wilson, agent of the Lancashire Insurance Co. of England, paid his company’s portion of the loss. It was the first company to pay.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 17, 1885.
The committees, appointed at the citizens’ meeting, to work up the submitting of propositions for the extension of the Florence El Dorado & Walnut railroad from Douglass to Winfield, met yesterday afternoon in McDougall’s hall to determine on the apportionment of the amount of aid asked. Judge T. H. Soward called the meeting to order. S. P. Strong was chosen chairman and W. J. Wilson, Secretary. M. L. Robinson then explained the object of the meeting, to get everything in readiness for aggressive work in submitting the propositions and securing this road. The townships through which the road will run were represented as follows.
Rock: S. P. Strong, H. F. Hornady, E. J. Wilber, and W. H. Grow.
Fairview: J. C. Page and T. C. Covert.
Walnut: J. C. Roberts, J. B. Corson, John Mentch, T. A. Blanchard, J. Anderson, W. D. Roberts, and E. M. Reynolds.
Winfield: H. H. Siverd, J. A. Eaton, D. L. Kretsinger, Col. Whiting, T. H. Soward, B. T. Davis, M. L. Robinson, S. J. Smock, G. H. Crippen, J. E. Conklin, W. P. Hackney, G. L. Gale, Chas. Schmidt, W. J. Wilson, Ed P. Greer, H. E. Asp, A. H. Limerick, F. C. Hunt, and J. W. Curns.

When it comes to the advancement of Winfield and Cowley County, our people are a unit. Enterprise, energy, and grit have put our county and city far in advance of any others in all fair Kansas and will continue to do so. Winfield is destined to be the great metropolis of Southern Kansas, one of the big commercial and educational cities of the big west. With citizens of rare intelligence, progress, and vim, with natural surroundings and possibilities unexcelled, she can be nothing else. The enthusiasm of our businessmen in securing enterprises for the advancement of our city was forcibly exhibited last night in the rousing meeting for the consideration of the extension of the Florence, Eldorado & Walnut railroad, owned by the Santa Fe Co. The meeting was called to order by M. L. Robinson. W. G. Graham was chosen chairman and W. J. Wilson, Secretary. Mr. Robinson then explained the object of the meeting, and read letters from A. A. Robinson, General manager of the Santa Fe, agreeing to extend this road from Douglass to Winfield for $3,000 a mile, reserving only the necessity of erecting an independent depot here, the road to either connect with the Wichita & Southwestern at the junction just over the Walnut bridge and run into the Santa Fe depot, or cross the S. K. just east of, and using, that depot. The intention is a union depot here for the Southern Kansas, Wichita & Southwestern and Florence, Eldorado & Walnut railroads. The Santa Fe is determined to push through the Territory, which right of way it has already secured, at once. The extension will be made from Winfield, with the machine shops, roundhouse, etc., for this southern division and the roads of southern Kansas, at this place. An editorial elsewhere explains the requirements and advantages fully. Enthusiastic speeches were made last night in favor of this and other enterprises by Rev. B. Kelly, Henry E. Asp, T. H. Soward, Senator Jennings, John A. Eaton, and John McGuire.
Every movement must have money back of it to insure its success. This and other enterprises needing agitation take money. Contributions were called for to be placed in the hands of the Winfield Enterprise Association for use in submitting these railroad propositions and any other progressive enterprise for which the Association sees necessity. Over $500 was subscribed.
J. W. Wilson gave $5.00.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 24, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds since our last issue.
Isaac B Stearns et ux to Willard J Wilson, s hf ne qr sec 4 and sw qr nw qr 3-32-7e: $1,200.
Simeon I Stearns et ux to Willard J Wilson, 480 acres in 33-31-7e: $3,800.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 24, 1885.
J. C. Fuller and Will Wilson have moved into their elegant new office in the Winfield Bank addition. Mr. Fuller has received a new desk, which is the finest in this part of the world.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 7, 1886.

Last night was the eleventh anniversary of Dr. and Mrs. Emerson’s marriage. For years back they have celebrated their wedding anniversary with a social gathering, and this New Years was no exception. Their home was the scene of a very happy party composed of Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Webb, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Balliet, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Bahntge, and Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Cole; Mrs. W. L. Webb, Mrs. E. H. Nixon, and Mrs. B. H. Riddle; Misses Lizzie and Margie Wallis, Nettie and Anna McCoy, Sadie French, Nellie Cole, Anna Hunt, Mamie Baird,       Johnson, Nona Calhoun, and Bert Morford; Messrs. J. L. M. Hill, Ray Oliver, M. J. O’Meara, C. P. and Harry Bahntge, Everett and George Schuler, Tom J. Eaton, Byron Rudolf, L. B. Davis of Chicago, R. E. Wallis, Jr., E. M. Meech, Will and Frank Robinson, and Frank H. Greer. The opportunity for an evening in Mrs. Emerson’s agreeable home is always hailed with delight. Her graceful and hearty hospitality completely banishes any formal feeling and makes all go in for a good time. A jollier gathering than that last night would be very hard to find. The “light fantastic” tripped to the excellent time of Master Olmstead, with whist, and a collation unexcelled, afforded genuinely enjoyable pastime till almost one o’clock, when all bid their genial hosts appreciative adieu, wishing them many returns of such happy wedding anniversaries, all declaring that no city can afford more admirable entertainers than the Doctor and his vivacious lady.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 14, 1886.
Brass relief picture, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Nixon and Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Wilson.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 21, 1886.
The Whist Club had a very pleasant meeting in the home of Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Wilson Thursday eve. There were five tables, with an interest and vim most enjoyable.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 4, 1886.
Will J. Wilson, assistant journal clerk of the Senate, came down from Topeka and Sundayed at home, returning Monday evening.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 4, 1886.
Miss Jennie Hane, formerly so well known and popular in Winfield society, returned Saturday from two years’ absence in Illinois. She is the guest of Mrs. W. J. Wilson and will remain some weeks. Her many friends are delighted at her return.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 18, 1886.
Mrs. W. J. Wilson entertained a small tea party at her residence, on East 11th St., on Saturday evening. Mrs. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Nixon, Mr. and Miss Ritchie, and Mr. T. J. Eaton were presented together with Miss Jennie Hane, who ably assisted Mrs. Wilson in making a pleasant evening.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 25, 1886.
Mrs. W. J. Wilson and Miss Jennie Hane went to Medicine Lodge, Tuesday, to visit a week with Mrs. E. H. Nixon.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 4, 1886.
W. J. Wilson went to Medicine Lodge Saturday, where Mrs. Wilson and Miss Jennie Hane have been visiting Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Nixon. They return tomorrow.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 18, 1886.
Dr. and Mrs. George Emerson gave a most happy tea party Saturday evening to a gay bevy composed of Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Horning, Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Wilson, Mrs. E. H. Nixon, Miss Jennie Hane, Mr. W. C. Robinson, and Mr. C. F. Bahntge. The very agreeable entertainment of Mrs. Emerson always ensures great pleasure and satisfaction, and so it was Saturday evening. With a naturally lively crowd, coupled with the graceful entertainment, the evening was one of great delight.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 18, 1886.
The annual meeting of the Association was held at the Opera House yesterday, with 112 shares represented. President Jas. P. Martin presided, and Secretary and General Manager, D. L. Kretsinger, was at his desk. The auditing committee, W. J. Wilson, G. W. Robinson, and A. H. Doane, reported a thorough examination of books of secretary and treasurer and that they were correct.

Five Directors, holding three years each, were elected as follows: S. P. Strong, J. R. Sumpter, J. R. Smith, W. J. Wilson, and K. J. Wright, the latter two to fill vacancy caused by resignation of A. T. Spotswood and John D. Maurer.
At the adjournment of the stockholders’ meeting, the Directors of the Association met and elected the officers of The Cowley County Fair & Driving Park Association, for this year: S. P. Strong, of Rock, President; F. W. Schwantes, of Vernon, Vice-President; W. J. Wilson, of Winfield, Secretary; A. H. Doane, of Winfield, Treasurer; J. R. Sumpter, of Beaver, General Manager. The Directors meet again April 9th, and on the second Friday of each month.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 1, 1886.
Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Doane opened their agreeable home Thursday to one of the gayest gatherings of young folks. Receptions by this popular and very social couple are always marked by the freest and most acceptable enjoyment. Their graceful entertainment admits no restraint—all go in for a genuine good time, and they always have it. Those experiencing the free-hearted hospitality of Mr. and Mrs. Doane on this occasion were Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Horning, Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Wilson, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Oliver, Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Doane; Mrs. E. H. Nixon, Mrs. B. H. Riddell; Misses Nettie and Anna McCoy, Margie Wallis, Nellie McMullen, Ida Ritchie, Leota Gary, Jennie Hane, Sadie French, Anna Hunt, Jennie Bangs, Ida Johnston, Hattie Stolp, Eva Dodds, Lena Oliver, Nellie and Kate Rodgers, Nellie Cole; Messrs. W. C. Robinson, Chas. F. and Harry Bahntge, Lacey Tomlin, James Lorton, W. A. and Walter Ritchie, Tom J. Eaton, Ed J. McMullen, Byron R. Rudolph, C. E. Vosbourgh, Addison Brown, Harry Sickafoose, Frank F. Leland, Wm. D. Carey, Ivan A. Robinson, Will E. Hodges, and Frank H. Greer. Indulging in the ever popular whist and other amusements, with the jolliest social converse, until after the serving of the choice luncheon, the music began and the Terpsichorean toe turned itself loose. The evening throughout was one of much delight, and all bid adieu fully realizing that Mr. and Mrs. Doane are foremost among the most admirable entertainers of social Winfield.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 15, 1886.
Tuesday was the 46th milestone in the path of Dr. Geo. Emerson. In the evening he went uptown perfectly innocent of the impending fate his wife and a number of warm friends had decreed. He was telephoned for at 8:30 to rush home at once, which he did to find his home had been entered by Messrs. H. B. Schuler, F. C. Hunt, J. F. Balliet, L. H. Webb, G. W. Robinson, J. N. Harter, R. B. Rudolph, J. C. Fuller, D. A. Millington, W. J. Wilson, and Tom J. Eaton. The surprise was most complete and happy. Enjoyment prevailed throughout the evening, in the indulgence in whist and a choice luncheon. The evening will long remain a pleasant memory to the surprisers and the surprised.
[The item above was the last one found on W. J. Wilson. MAW]


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