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Samuel L. Gilbert

                                                         Winfield, Kansas.
Gilbert, Samuel L., 40; spouse Rettie A., 29.
Gilbert, S. L., 41; spouse, R. A., 30.
Gilbert S L, real estate and insurance, 100 w 9th, res 420 w 10th
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Courier, December 26, 1878.
S. L. GILBERT, Notary Public.                        S. M. JARVIS, Att. at Law.
                                                       GILBERT & JARVIS,
                                        REAL ESTATE AND LOAN AGENTS.
Loan money at low rates on improved farms and city property. Also furnish money to “prove up” at U. S. Land Office. Office upstairs in Bahntge’s new block, Winfield, Kansas.
Winfield Courier, January 2, 1879.
Listed as a Courier Advertiser:
GILBERT & JARVIS loan money and practice law. S. M. Jarvis is a young man of talent, who has lived in the county for some time and has had additional experience in a neighboring county. He was recently admitted to the bar, and with his versatile talents he bids fair to become one of the shining lights of the bar. Mr. Gilbert is an excellent business man, and a pleasant gentleman.
Winfield Courier, February 20, 1879.
The loan agency of Gilbert & Jarvis has been doing a large business recently, both in Cowley and Sumner counties. Mr. Jarvis, the junior member of the firm, is an old resident of Cowley County, an ex-newspaperman, and if there is any business doing, Sam is bound to have his share of it.
Arkansas City Traveler, February 26, 1879.
Winfield Courier, March 27, 1879.
We would call special attention to the notices in this issue of Messrs. Gilbert & Jarvis. They are building up a very large business and by their energy and careful attention to their work are winning golden opinions.
AD:                                               GILBERT & JARVIS
                                        REAL ESTATE AND LOAN AGENTS,
                                                     WINFIELD, KANSAS.
S. L. GILBERT, Notary Public.                                          S. M. JARVIS, Attorney at Law.

They make a specialty of Farming Lands—both buying and selling. They have now over One Hundred Farms for sale in COWLEY, SUMNER, AND BUTLER COUNTIES, comprising some of the Finest Farms in the State. You will find their prices and terms to suit. Money to Loan at 8, 9, and 10 Percent on Improved Farms.
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1879.
Will Holloway is keeping books for Gilbert & Jarvis.
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1879.
Mr. Gilbert, of Madison, Iowa, is visiting his son, S. L. Gilbert, of this city.
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1879.
Messrs. Gilbert & Jarvis have secured the agency for several of the leading fire insurance companies of the country, among which are the “Orient,” of Hartford, and the “Connecticut,” of Hartford. Persons desiring to insure will do well to call on them.
Excerpt: S. L. Gilbert...
Winfield Courier, May 1, 1879.
On last Saturday, in company with S. L. Gilbert, our enter­prising loan agent, and, by the way, one of the jolliest fellows in Cowley County, our local took a flying trip up the Walnut valley into Rock township. After seeing the acres and acres of green wheat, the splendid orchards, fine farms, and large, commodious dwellings, one is astonished at the amount of improve­ment that has been done in such a short space of time.
Winfield Courier, May 15, 1879.
We were pleased to meet Mr. John Howe, of Independence, last Saturday evening. Mr. Howe represents the well-known firm of Baden Bros., of Independence, and came here to locate a branch house. He came in Saturday afternoon, was taken in hand by our enterprising land and loan agents, Messrs. Gilbert & Jarvis, and before supper he had rented a building, the lease was drawn up, all the business transacted, and he was ready to start back for goods. The firm which Mr. Howe represents is one of the largest wholesale and retail houses in the Southwest, and supply most of the retail firms throughout Montgomery, Elk, and Chautauqua counties. They will open out in the Martin building, on South Main street, sometime during next week.
Winfield Courier, July 3, 1879.
The agency of the Home Insurance company, formerly held by Mr. T. K. Johnson, has been transferred to Gilbert & Jarvis.
Winfield Courier, July 10, 1879.
Our friend, S. L. Gilbert, had an eight pound girl.
Winfield Courier, July 10, 1879.
Messrs. Gilbert & Jarvis, our enterprising land and loan agents, are gaining an enviable reputation throughout the south­west as one of the most reliable firms in the county. Their business extends over Elk, Chautauqua, Cowley, Sumner, Greenwood, and Butler counties, and now they talk of establishing an agency in Harper. Ability and integrity, combined with a goodly amount of energy and perseverance always win.
Winfield Courier, July 17, 1879.
Gilbert & Jarvis and L. J. Webb have exchanged offices. Mr. Webb now occupies room No. 3 and Gilbert & Jarvis room No. 1 in the Bahntge block.
Winfield Courier, August 21, 1879.

Messrs. Gilbert & Jarvis, our boss loan agents, come to the front this week. They are doing an immense business, and are replacing many old 25 and 36 percent loans with loans drawing only 10 percent interest.
Winfield Courier, August 28, 1879.
Fred Hunt is pushing the quill for Gilbert & Jarvis.
Winfield Courier, October 16, 1879.
Fred Hunt returned from Elk County Saturday evening, where he has been on business for Gilbert & Jarvis.
Winfield Courier, December 25, 1879.
Gilbert & Jarvis have completed a handsome insurance Map of Winfield.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 3, 1879.
Samuel Jarvis, of the firm of Gilbert & Jarvis, Winfield, paid his respects to us last Thursday. Sam is on the go continu­ally, in the interests of the firm. They have established branch offices at Howard, Canola, Sedan, Cedar Vale, Cleardale, Caldwell, Wellington, and Douglass, and are doing an immense business.
Winfield Courier, March 25, 1880.
Mr. Roland Conklin started for Elk and Chautauqua counties Tuesday, in the interest of Gilbert & Jarvis. He will be absent several days.
Winfield Courier, April 1, 1880.
Sam. Gilbert is at present enjoying a visit from his father, who arrived from Colorado last week. He will probably settle here.
Winfield Courier, May 6, 1880.
Mr. R. R. Conklin has been admitted as a member of the firm of Gilbert, Jarvis & Co. Roland is one of the few young men of our acquaintance who are perfect in all that goes toward making up a gentleman. Kind and courteous in his manner, but firm and active in business matters, he will be an honor as well as a help to the firm of which he is now a member.
Winfield Courier, May 6, 1880.
Last Thursday night, between 11 and 3 o’clock, Winfield was visited by the most disastrous conflagration yet happening within her borders. The fire started in the old log store, one of the landmarks of the town, and for years occupied by the COURIER, but was now being used by F. Leuschen as a cabinet shop. The fire is supposed to have originated from the old rags, oil, and varnish in the shop. The alarm was given before the fire was thoroughly underway, and had those first on the ground been furnished with decent appliances, it might have been controlled, saving thou­sands of dollars worth of property. The old log building was like a tinder box and made a very hot fire. Next to it on the east were two buildings, one belonging to C. L. Harter and occupied by the moulder at the foundry, the other owned and occupied by Robert Hudson. These buildings were both destroyed, but the contents were saved.
Immediately west of the log building, across the alley, was an old livery barn belonging to Hackney & McDonald, which was the next to go.

From this the fire was communicated to the Central and Lindell hotels. As soon as it was evident that the hotels must go, the work of getting out the furniture began. Carpets, bedding, crockery ware, and furniture of all descriptions were tumbled promiscuously out of windows and doors into the street, much of it being broken and smashed. The hotels being dry, pine buildings, burned rapidly, sending up large cinders which fell in different parts of the city, making the utmost vigilance neces­sary to keep them from igniting buildings three blocks from the fire.
When the two hotels caught, everyone turned their attention toward saving the buildings on either side of the street. They were covered with men who handled buckets of water and barrels of salt, and by their exertions prevented the fire from spreading and destroying the larger part of the business portion of our city.
The old part of the Central Hotel was owned by Jas. Jenkins, of Wisconsin. The new part of the Central Hotel was owned by Majors & Harter. They had sold out to A. H. Doane, and were to have given possession Saturday morning.
The Lindell Hotel was owned by J. M. Spencer, and was leased by Jas. Allen one month ago.
Our citizens generously opened their homes to the homeless people, and accommodations were offered for more than was needed.
The following is a list of the losses and insurance.
Captain Stevens, store, loss $1,000; no insurance.
Fred Leuschen, furniture store and dwelling, loss $1,200. Insurance on stock, in Home, of New York, $300.
C. L. Harter, tenant dwelling, loss $300; no insurance. Tenant had no loss except damage.
Robert Hudson, dwelling, loss $800. Mrs. Hudson removed most of her furniture. No loss except damage. No insurance on either house or contents.
Hackney & McDonald, livery stable occupied by Buckhart, loss $800; no insurance.
Central Hotel, main building: James Jenkins, loss $3,500; insurance, $1,500 in the Atlas.
Central Hotel, Majors & Harter portion: loss to building, $2,500; insurance, $2,100, as follows: Westchester, Springfield Fire & Marine and Hartford, $700 each. [Their insurance was on building and furniture.]  The loss of Majors & Harter in excess of their insurance will be upwards of $3,000.
PUZZLING! $2,100-INSURANCE...AND YET $700 EACH ($1,400)...DOES
           ON CONTENTS!
J. M. Spencer, Lindell Hotel, loss $2,500; insurance $1,000, as follows: Fire Association, $500; Phenix, of Brooklyn, $500; James Allen, loss $1,000; insurance, $800.
Policies are in the agencies of Gilbert, Jarvis & Co.; Curns & Manser; and Pryor & Kinne. The companies are all first class, and the losses will be promptly adjusted and paid.
Winfield Courier, July 15, 1880.
Gilbert, Jarvis & Co. will insure your property at the lowest rates in the safest companies.
Winfield Courier, August 12, 1880.
Gilbert, Jarvis & Co. had a gang of men at work Monday and Tuesday putting their new 3,500 pound safe into position in their office. It is one of the largest private safes in the city.
Winfield Courier, August 12, 1880.

Gilbert, Jarvis & Co., are making arrangements to enlarge their office. They have rented the suite of rooms adjoining the ones they now occupy, and are having a connecting door put in. This will give them four elegant rooms, one of which will be fitted up as a reception room, another as a working room, a third as a consultation room, and the fourth as a private office for the firm. When furnished their offices will be the largest and most commodious of any loan agency in the state.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 15, 1880.
                                              FROM BOLTON TOWNSHIP.
                                              BOLTON, September 11, 1880.
Editor Traveler: According to call, the Republicans of Bolton met at the Bland schoolhouse on Thursday evening, Septem­ber 9, and organized a rousing Garfield and Arthur club.
After the organization, in absence of expected speakers from abroad, the president, Mr. Buckner, asked some of the members to state their reasons for being Republicans. Mr. Marshall first responded, and concluded by quoting the forcible reasons given by Col. Ingersoll, which elicited great applause. Amos Walton, being present, was called on. He gave his reasons for having been such a consistent and life-long (?) Democrat, which was a weak argument, to say the least. Then followed Mr. John Brown, who gave us such a rousing speech as we seldom hear. He bled the gentleman (Mr. Walton) and the Democratic party at every thrust. In the course of his remarks he asked if anyone present ever knew a colored man to vote with the Democrats. Mr. Andrews being present said if any such had existed, they were dead.
Mr. Walton tried to reply, but his mind (or whatever he calls it) was so muddled that he could not say anything.
The next speaker was Mr. Clark, a Greenbacker, who scolded the Republicans and Democrats on the financial question about alike. Then referring to the Alabama election, and the manner in which they treated Messrs. Weaver and Randall down there, he came out in such bitter denunciation for the Democrats that those present—Walton, Turner, Gilbert, and Eaton—could not raise their heads “or sit low enough in their seats.” It was the most laughable sight I have witnessed for a long time. I venture they will not sigh for a similar experience in this campaign.
We had a good meeting, and when we come to the polls you can count on Bolton for a good Republican majority. The club meets again at the same place on Thursday evening, September 23, when we will have able speakers from abroad. ONE OF THE CLUB.
Excerpts: Samuel L. Gilbert, chairman, Democratic Committee...
Winfield Courier, November 11, 1880.
                                                       WINFIELD BOOM!
                            Thousands Witness the Payment of Election Wagers.
                                       Mayor Lynn Goes In With a Load of Rock.
                                                The COURIER Always Ahead.

The most fantastic and humorous performance that this city has ever witnessed took place last Saturday, at 2 o’clock p.m. The crowd of people assembled on the sidewalks, in the streets, in the windows of adjacent buildings, and on the awnings, was simply immense and the enthusiasm displayed was indescribable.
The procession was formed at the Brettun house in the following order:
1st. The Winfield Cornet Band.
2nd. The St. John Battery.
3rd. Hon. O. M. Seward, Chairman of the Republican Commit­tee, on a fiery steed that looked as though he had just had a race of a hundred miles and distanced his competitor, bearing the legend:  “This is the Maud S. that won the race;” and Hon. S. L. Gilbert, chair-man of the Democratic Committee, on a used up mule labeled, “This is the mule that beat us.”
4th. Hon. J. B. Lynn, Mayor of Winfield, bare-headed, in overalls and flannel shirt, wheeling a large load of rock.
5th. Hon. C. C. Black, editor of the Telegram, wheeling the editor of the COURIER.
6th. The working men on the Brettun House building, forty strong, with their trowels, hammers, saws, hods, and other implements of labor.
7th. The COURIER force with plug hats and canes, headed by Ed. P. Greer, each bearing an appropriate motto.
8th. Charles Kelly, representing the postal service, with the motto:  “A clean sweep. No post-offices for rent.”
9th. The Telegram force, mounted on a huge dray with a large job press printing Telegram extras and passing them out to the crowd.
Winfield Courier, November 25, 1880.
S. M. Jarvis, of the great real estate and money loaning firm of Gilbert, Jarvis & Co., returned from the east last week, where he has been spending some seven weeks visiting and looking up business. He has been well fed and looks plump and healthy. He found money close in the eastern markets just before the October elections, a little easier from then until the November elections, and then the purse strings relaxed and money seeking investments became suddenly abundant.
Winfield Courier, December 23, 1880.
The “Home Almanac,” found its way to our table last week, with the compliments of Gilbert, Jarvis & Co. It is a beautiful publication, and is different from most almanacs in that it is a work of art as well as a book of reference.
Winfield Courier, December 30, 1880.
                                                               New Ruling.
Settlers on Osage Lands, Attention!
Parties who are holding filings on land filed upon previous to May 18, 1880, may prove up on their claims by entering a contest at the office of GILBERT, JARVIS & CO., Winfield, Kansas. Parties who have heretofore failed to deed their farms because formerly filed upon, please come in at once. Land Office plats on hand showing what land is filed upon and what is not. GILBERT, JARVIS & CO.
Winfield Courier, January 6, 1881.

Christmas Day was a disastrous one for Peter Lipe and family, who live six miles north of Winfield. They went to a neighbor’s to eat their Christmas dinner, and he saw a house on fire which he supposed was the schoolhouse, but on approaching it he found it to be his own house. The building, furniture, and quite an amount of wheat was burned, making a total loss of the property destroyed about $800, on which there was an insurance, with Gilbert, Jarvis & Co., for $200.
Winfield Courier, January 13, 1881.
Doc Dever is now in the employ of Gilbert, Jarvis & Co. as bookkeeper. Doc is one of the most accomplished office men of this city.
Winfield Courier, February 3, 1881.
The fire on Wednesday morning was a practical illustration of our helplessness in case of a conflagration. The business portion of the town was saved more as the result of favorable conditions than anything else. A strong wind was blowing from the north, and the heat on the stone wall on the south was great enough to crack the wall, and partially calcine the stone. The Turk will see the destruction of hundreds of buildings and ascribe it to “fate,” or as a punishment sent on them by Allah. We believe the Lord protects and helps those who help themselves. Let us not be like the Turk, but show ourselves the intelligent, practical businessmen we are, by guarding against a conflagration that may destroy the business portion of our beautiful city.
At about three o’clock Wednesday morning the night watchman discovered the building owned by G. A. Rhodes on Main street to be on fire. The alarm was quickly given, but owing to the cracking of the fire bell, it was of short duration, and but a comparatively small crowd was in attendance. The flames were first discovered in the rear of Graham’s meat market, and from that it communicated to Rhodes’ coal office and then to Daniel Sheel’s furniture store. The further progress of the flames, both north and south, was stopped by stone walls. The “engine” was not in working order, and did nothing. All the crowd could do was to save as much of the contents of the buildings as possible, and watch them burn. The losses and insurance is as follows:
George Rhodes, building, office furniture, and fixtures, $700. No insurance.
Mr. Graham, meat market, furniture, fixtures, and stock, $350. No insurance.
Daniel Sheel, building, value $500. Insurance $200 in the Lancashire, Pryor & Kinne, agents. Stock, an insurance of $1,000 in the Home, of New York, Gilbert, Jarvis & Co., agents. Total loss on stock unknown.
Bahntge building on the north, slight damage to wall and awning.
George Ellsberry’s building on the south, a damage of about $150 to wall and awning. Insured.
Mr. Bryant removed a portion of stock. Loss unknown.
Winfield Courier, February 10, 1881.
Wilber Dever has returned from Topeka to take charge of a loan office in Wellington for Gilbert, Jarvis & Co.

Daniel Sheel took out a thousand dollars insurance on his stock with the Home insurance company, Gilbert, Jarvis & Co., agents, early in January, burned out on the 25th of last month, and was paid a thousand dollars by the company on the 1st of the month.
Samuel L. Gilbert retires from Gilbert, Jarvis & Co....
Winfield Courier, March 3, 1881.
The firm of Gilbert, Jarvis & Co. has been dissolved, Mr. Gilbert retiring and Messrs. Jarvis & Conklin continuing the business. The new firm is “Jarvis, Conklin & Co.” The change is caused by the failure of Mr. Gilbert’s health and his desire to get into some outdoor business. Messrs. Jarvis and Conklin are accomplished businessmen and the large business of the old firm will not suffer in their hands.
Winfield Courier, March 3, 1881.
With Sam. Gilbert’s retirement, Winfield loses one of her best businessmen. We are glad to know that he will remain in Cowley County.
Samuel L. Gilbert, opens his own business...
Winfield Courier, March 24, 1881.
Mr. S. L. Gilbert has again entered the loan business “on his own hook.”
Samuel L. Gilbert hooks up with H. G. Fuller...
Winfield Courier, April 14, 1881.
Gilbert & Fuller have a new ad. in this issue.
AD: GILBERT & FULLER [S. L. GILBERT/H. G. FULLER], LAND, LOAN, INSURANCE & COLLECTION AGENTS. NOTARIES PUBLIC, OFFICE OVER POST OFFICE, WINFIELD, COWLEY COUNTY, KANSAS. COLLECTIONS A SPECIALTY. Do a general Real Estate, Insurance, Loan and Collec­tion business. Make abstracts and transact business at U. S. Land Office. Collect Rents and pay Taxes for non-residents. MONEY TO LOAN on Improved City or Farm property, Long or Short time, at 7, 8, 9 or 10 percent.
Winfield Courier, April 14, 1881.
Gilbert & Fuller have fitted up their offices in excellent style. They are preparing to do business thoroughly and systematically.
Winfield Courier, April 14, 1881.
Mr. Sam Gilbert and H. G. Fuller have formed a partnership in the loan business, and have rented the three front rooms in the Manning building for offices. This will make a strong firm. Mr. Gilbert was the senior member of the firm of Gilbert, Jarvis & Co.; and much of the success of that institution was due to his energy and business ability. Mr. Fuller is well known in busi­ness circles, and wide awake and energetic.
Winfield Courier, April 21, 1881.
Gilbert & Fuller have put up several handsome signs.
Samuel L. Gilbert, daughter Nanny...
Winfield Courier, April 21, 1881.
RUNAWAY. Wednesday morning Sam Gilbert left his team in front of a barber shop with  his little girl, Nanny, holding the lines. The team became frightened, turned short around and started for home. When the team turned, Nanny was thrown out, but sustained no injuries beyond a few scratches. The ponies started out Ninth avenue at a terrific gait, and reached home, a mile and a half distant, without much breakage. It is fortunate that the little girl fell out before the team got under full headway.

Winfield Courier, April 28, 1881.
Sam Gilbert has an unpleasant boil on his cheek. The cheek can stand it, but it worries Sam.
Winfield Courier, June 2, 1881.
Monday evening Mr. C. A. Bliss was purposely invited out to tea, and, returning home at about 8:30, found his parlors filled by about fifty of his personal friends.
When he entered, the Rev. Mr. Cairns, on behalf of the guests, in an appropriate address, presented him with twelve richly-bound volumes of standard literature. Mrs. Bliss, though absent, was remembered with a magnificent illustrated volume.
Mr. Bliss responded in a feeling manner: after which the leader of the surprise was himself made the victim of a surprise, by the presentation by Captain McDermott, on behalf of friends, with a splendid volume of “The Life of Christ.”
Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Mann acted the part of host and hostess; and ice cream, strawberries, cake, etc., were served amid music and general social enjoyment.
The whole affair was a neat recognition of the Christian, social, and business character of the recipients of the mementoes, which they so justly merit.
The married couples present were Mr. and Mrs. Wright, McDermott, Story, Johnson, Hendricks, Trimble, Wilson. D. Bliss, Baird, E. H. Bliss, Gilbert, Cairns, Jarvis, Adams, Tipton, Silliman, Stevens, Tresize, and Fuller. There were also present Messrs. Borchers, Arment, Applegate, Rigby, Wood, F. Finch, and Mrs. E. S. Bliss, Mrs. H. Bliss, Mrs. Jewell, Miss S. Bliss, Miss Smith, Miss Corson, and others, whose names we failed to obtain.
Winfield Courier, June 16, 1881.
A considerable number of the citizens of Winfield met on Monday evening on the steps of the Winfield Bank to provide for raising funds for the immediate relief of the sufferers caused by the cyclone Sunday evening. Mr. Crippen called the people together by music from the band.
During the day the canvass of the city resulted in the following cash subscriptions.
                                                     Samuel L. Gilbert: $2.00.
Winfield Courier, August 4, 1881.
Money to loan on first class real estate, security at very low rates by GILBERT & FULLER.
Winfield Courier, October 20, 1881.
It’s Sam Gilbert this time: and segars. Mother and child are doing well, and the doctor thinks he will be able to pull the father through. A nine (9) pound little girl.
Winfield Courier, November 17, 1881.

Monday evening a number of gentlemen met at the office of Gilbert & Fuller and organized “The Winfield Building and Loan Association.” A constitution was drawn up and charter provided for, and a large amount of stock subscribed. The capital stock of the Association is $100,000 in two series of $50,000 each, the second series to be issued when the first series is paid up. The stock is divided into five hundred shares of $100 each, and are assessed at one dollar per month each. No member can own more than ten shares. The business of the Association is managed by a board of directors, and the following persons were elected as such board for the coming year: J. E. Platter, R. E. Wallis, H. G. Fuller, J. F. McMullen, Ed. P. Greer, A. D. Hendricks, J. W. Conner, C. A. Bliss, A. B. Steinberger, J. A. McGuire, and I. W. Randall.
The Board of Directors then met and elected H. G. Fuller president, A. D. Hendricks vice-president, J. E. Platter treasur­er, and J. F. McMullen secretary and attorney. The secretary was instructed to open the books of the Association for subscriptions to the capital stock. The first series only consists of five hundred shares, and these are being taken rapidly and will soon be exhausted.
The plan of this Association is one that has been in suc­cessful operation in many cities of the United States, and in Emporia, Fredonia, and many other towns in Kansas. Any persons may take from one to ten shares of stock and thereby become a member. An assessment of one dollar per month is made on each share. When sufficient amount is on hand, the Board of Directors meet and the money is put up at auction, bid on by the members, and the highest bidder takes it, giving therefor good real estate security and pledging his stock.
The profits are divided pro rata among the stockholders and each share receives its credit. Whenever the stock reaches par, or the accrued assessments and profits amount to $100 on each share, a division is made and each stockholder receives the par value of his share.
This plan offers special advantages for young men and laborers who desire to secure homes in this way. They can purchase one, two, or three shares, and pay in their monthly assessments of one, two, or three dollars. They can then secure a lot, go to the Association and bid off, say three hundred dollars, or enough to build a small house thereon, at, say 12 percent, per annum. If they hold three shares of stock and borrow three hundred dollars, they will pay each month in assess­ments and interest six dollars. At the end of four years, which is about the time it will take the stock to mature, they will have paid in assessments and interests $288. A division is made, they will receive from the Association their mortgage, and their home will be clear: thus having built a house and paid for it in four years at the rate of $6.00 per month. The ordinary rent for a house costing $300 is seven dollars per month. In four years a man would pay out in rent $336 and have no more at the end than he started with. With this plan he would pay out $288 in four years and own the house in the end.
The benefits of such an association as this will be apparent at a glance. You who have a boy growing up, buy a share of this stock for him and make him earn the assessment. Most any little boy can earn a dollar a month by carrying in wood or blacking your boots, or doing odd chores. Let him have his little book, walk up to the secretary’s office each month, and pay his dollar. At the end of our years his share will be worth $100 and he will hardly know where it comes from. It will be a lesson on economy worth far more than years of precept. We hope that the populari­ty with which this scheme is meeting here will cause other towns to organize associations. It cannot help but be of practical benefit to Winfield and to the individual member of the associa­tion in helping to build up homes in our midst, and creating a profitable investment for small sums that would otherwise be wasted.
Cowley County Courant, November 17, 1881.

For exchange eighty acres on improved farm one mile from depot. Will trade for house and lot in Winfield  GILBERT & FULLER.
Cowley County Courant, November 17, 1881.
Cowley County Courant, December 22, 1881.
Mr. S. L. Gilbert, a loan agent in this city who has resided here for several years, the senior member of the firm of Gilbert, Jarvis and Co., has been arrested and held to bail in the sum of  $100, to appear before U. S. Commissioner Webb of this city, and answer to the charge of having opened a letter belonging to the latter named firm after its dissolution. The action was brought upon the complaint of J. H. Finch at the instigation of Mr. S. M. Jarvis, of Kansas City, and will come up for hearing on the 22nd of this month. Gilbert claims the letter in requisition was written to him as a personal and was so answered, which he hopes to establish to the satisfaction of the court and everybody else.
Winfield Courier, December 22, 1881.
Money to loan on first class real estate security at very low rates by Gilbert & Fuller.
Winfield Courier, December 22, 1881.
S. L. Gilbert was arrested last week, charged with opening a letter addressed to the old firm of Gilbert, Jarvis & Co., of which he was formerly a member. Sam does not seem to be much troubled over the matter and it will probably come out all right.
Winfield Courier, January 5, 1882.
The case against S. L. Gilbert came off today and Mr. Gilbert was held over to the sum of $100 to appear before the U. S. District court at Topeka.
Winfield Courier, January 5, 1882.
INSURE Your Dwellings, Barns, Churches, Schoolhouses, Crops, and Stock against loss or damage by Tornadoes, Wind Storms, Fire, and Lightning, in First-Class Companies, represented by GILBERT & FULLER, WINFIELD, KANSAS.
Winfield Courier, January 5, 1882.
P. H. ALBRIGHT & CO., have opened a loan & Real Estate office in this city. They will do a general loaning business throughout the Southern portion of this State. They get their money from first hands and can close loans at once, giving the lowest rates of interest. All interest on loans negotiated through Gilbert & Jarvis or Jarvis, Conklin & Co., for Geo W. Moore & Co., or the Traveler’s Insurance Company, is now made payable at this office. They have $50,000 that must be invested by Feb. 1st, 1882, and desire that amount of good applications.
Winfield Courier, January 5, 1882.
The firm of Gilbert & Jarvis has been dissolved by mutual consent.
Cowley County Courant, January 12, 1882.
The establishment of the firm of P. H. Albright & Company in this city promises our farmers a better and quicker method of obtaining money when they want it, than they have heretofore had. This firm keeps money sufficient on hand to supply all who may borrow of them, as soon as the papers are signed. They inform us that they now have $50,000, which must be loaned at once, and consequently they will offer it at the lowest rates. They also have a reasonable amount of capital which they wish to invest in securities and town property.

All the business connected with the loans heretofore made for Geo. W. Moore & Co., and the Traveler’s Insurance, of Hart­ford, Connecticut, by Gilbert, Jarvis & Company, and Jarvis, Conklin & Company, will hereafter be under the exclusive control of P. H. Albright & Company, which latter named firm will receipt for interest on all said loans.
Mr. Jas. B. Moore, of Hartford, will remain here during the winter, in the office with P. H. Albright & Company, and will be a valuable assistant in getting the business of the new firm under full headway.
Mr. Albright, the senior member of the firm, is well known in Southern Kansas, and has perhaps the best financial backing in the east of any young man in our state. We predict for the new firm a nice run of business.
Winfield Courier, January 12, 1882.
We stated last week that Gilbert & Jarvis had dissolved partnership. The item was true—two years ago. We intended to say: “Gilbert & Fuller have dissolved partnership by mutual consent.”
Winfield Courier, January 19, 1882.
Homer Fuller has moved his office across the hall from the one formerly occupied by Gilbert & Fuller.
Cowley County Courant, January 19, 1882.
P. H. Albright & Co. have moved into the rooms recently vacated by Gilbert & Fuller, over the post office, and are fixed up in fine shape. Mr. S. L. Gilbert will remain in the office with the new firm and assist them with their business.
Nanny or Nannie Gilbert, daughter of S. L. Gilbert...
Winfield Courier, February 16, 1882.
                                                               A Surprise.
One of the greatest, most unlooked for, and most pleasant surprises of my life occurred at my residence on the evening of Feb. 13th. It was on this wise. The girls of my Sabbath school class (composed of girls from ten to fourteen years old) to the number of sixteen, accompanied by two boys of about the same age—came with lunch in their hands—and while I was sitting at my table with pencil in hand, ready to write a letter, wholly unconscious of any hostile intent, in marched said girls and took me prisoner before I knew they were in the house. Mrs. Holloway was in the secret, and I tell you it was well planned and better executed. I guess I will get well right away now, for I have not laughed as much in a whole year as I did at their innocent, mirthful, and antic playing. We had a nice lunch together, and a joyful, happy time. God bless all these dear girls of my class who made the surprise, and also those who could not come. The names of those present were Mattie Bard, Cora Stocking, Mary Trezise, Nannie Gilbert, Cora Goodrich, Ona Wright, Gertrude Bedilion, Mediae Hamilton, Maggie Bedilion, Leona Hoxie, Lula McGuire, Augusta Gibson, Fannie Kensal, Allie McDonald, John Ballard, and Willie Wright.
                                                        S. S. HOLLOWAY.
Winfield Courier, March 2, 1882.
Mr. S. L. Gilbert was offered $4,000 in cash for his 80 acre farm east of town Tuesday.
He couldn’t see any point, and refused the offer.

Winfield Courier, May 11, 1882.
                                                    BURDEN ENTERPRISE.
Sam Gilbert came over Monday in a linen duster and cloth slippers, to look at our country. After riding until four o’clock in the rain, he came shivering into our sanctum mildly expostulating about the weather. We loaned him an overcoat and a fan and he thought he could make the home trip in safety.
Cowley County Courant, May 25, 1882.
Sam L. Gilbert has purchased the Martin West residence in the western part of the city, and will make it his home hereafter.
Winfield Courier, July 27, 1882.
C. W. Armstrong and wife, of Bellaire, Ohio, are here visiting with S. L. Gilbert, and enjoying the health-invigorating breezes of Cowley.
Winfield Courier, August 3, 1882.
FOR SALE OR EXCHANGE. 120 acres good farming land; 30 acres cultivated, new frame house 12 x 16, stable, etc., good well and running water, small orchard; a splendid stock farm, adjoins abundant range. Located in Cowley County, 5 miles west of Cedarvale. Price $800. Will exchange for city property in Winfield. S. L. GILBERT.
Winfield Courier, August 17, 1882.
                                                      Democratic Convention.
S. L. Gilbert, Winfield; Rudolph Hite, Dexter; Henry S. Rouzee, Beaver; Samuel Davis, Winfield; Richard Courtright, Cedar; Timothy McIntire, Arkansas City; I. D. Harkleroad, Silverdale; Amos Walton, Bolton.
Winfield Courier, August 17, 1882.
Mr. Sam Gilbert is now building a two-story addition to the dwelling he lately purchased of Mr. Kinne.
Winfield Courier, August 17, 1882.
Sam Gilbert is building a large addition to the residence he recently purchased, on Tenth Avenue, west. He moved in Monday.
Winfield Courier, August 17, 1882.
Sam Gilbert has sold his eighty acre farm east of town to Mr. T. M. Graham, of Evansburg, Ohio, for $4,000. Mr. Graham is a brother of our Dr. Graham, and has been for years a reader of the COURIER. He will bring his family out this fall.
Winfield Courier, August 17, 1882.
Fire Insurance. S. L. Gilbert, represents the N. Y. Underwriters, Pennsylvania Fire, Phoenix of London & Union of California. Insure your property with him.
Winfield Courier, August 24, 1882.
Bond of T. H. Soward, Police Judge, with S. L. Gilbert, Jos. O’Hare, I. D. Gans, T. R. Bryan, and J. S. Mann, as sureties, was read and approved.
Winfield Courier, October 5, 1882.

For Sale or Exchange. 120 acres good farming land; 30 acres cultivated, new frame house 12 x 16, stable, etc., good well and running water, small orchard; a splendid stock farm, adjoins abundant range. Located in Cowley County 5 miles west of Cedarvale. Price $800. Will exchange for city property in Winfield. S. L. GILBERT.
Winfield Courier, November 9, 1882.
If Kansas Democracy was made up of such men as Sam L. Gilbert, Republicanism would have a foeman worthy of its steel.
Winfield Courier, November 16, 1882.
Communication from S. L. Gilbert declining to remain on the bond of T. H. Soward as Police Judge, and asking to be released therefrom, was read. On motion of Mr. Gary, the communication was placed on file and the clerk was instructed to notify the Police Judge that he must file a new bond by the next meeting of the Council.
Winfield Courier, November 23, 1882.
The following officers were elected at the institution of Walnut Valley Lodge No. 70, Knights of Pythias.
S. L. Gilbert, P. C. C.
Quincy A. Glass, C. C.
C. C. Green, V. C. C.
P. F. Jones, P.
Wm. Whiting, M. of F.
L. B. Stone, M. of E.
P. H. Albright, M. at A.
G. H. Buckman, K. R. & S.
C. C. Harris, O. G.
Geo. Hudson, I. G.
The following resolution was unanimously adopted: “Resolved, That a vote of thanks be tendered by this Lodge to P. G. C. Lyon and D. G. C. Harris, of the Grand Lodge, and to Warwick Lodge No. 144, for their attendance and service in the institution of this Lodge.”
Winfield Courier, January 4, 1883.
Sam Gilbert now has the prettiest (?) Girl in town. He held the number 565, which drew the Spanish Dancing Girl at Goldsmith’s. A large crowd witnessed the disposal Monday evening.
Winfield Courier, January 4, 1883.
S. L. Gilbert received a letter from Hon. John Martin Wednesday, stating that the Santa Fe railroad would sell round trip tickets to Topeka to those who desire to attend the inauguration ceremonies at one-half fare, or only one fare for round trip. This reduction is for all who wish to attend.
Winfield Courier, January 11, 1883.
Sam L. Gilbert officiated as usher during the inauguration ceremonies.
Winfield Courier, January 18, 1883.
Mr. and Mrs. Sam L. Gilbert were in attendance at the inaugural ceremony at Topeka last week. Mr. Gilbert was one of the ushers at the reception and was the handsomest Democrat there.

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.
                                     One of those who signed petition: S. L. Gilbert.
Winfield Courier, February 8, 1883.
                                                            Good Bargains.
For Sale or Exchange. 120 acre farm, 35 acres, in good cultivation, frame house, 1½ acres orchard, good well, No. 1 land, 5 miles west of Cedarvale, in Cowley County. Price $800.
For Sale or Exchange. 320 acre farm, 80 acres in cultivation, 2 houses and stables, 3 good wells, 3 acres bearing orchard, splendid location for stock farm. Price $1,000, per 1/4 section, or $2,000, for whole tract.
For Sale or Exchange. 2 houses and lots in Winfield. Price $60 & $300 respectively; will exchange for team in partial payment. S. L. GILBERT, Winfield, Kansas.
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.
Winfield, Courier, April 19, 1883.
                 Program of the Kansas Press Association at Winfield, May 9th and 10th.
Reception: Mayor, Geo. Emerson; Ex-Mayor, M. G. Troup; C. C. Black; Ed. P. Greer; Geo. Rembaugh; D. A. Millington.
Entertainment: J. P. Short, C. E. Fuller, S. L. Gilbert, R. C. Story, W. C. Robinson.
Excursion: H. E. Asp, P. H. Albright, J. B. Lynn, A. T. Spotswood.
Winfield Courier, May 3, 1883.

For the first time in the history of the town, burglars have raided us. Friday night the residences of S. L. Gilbert and Capt. Lowry were raided and several articles of value taken. Mr. Gilbert lay down on the lounge about ten o’clock, leaving his clothes beside him. The next morning the clothes were found on the back porch with the pockets turned inside out. His watch was not taken, probably owing to its having his name in it. There were muddy tracks near his couch and all around the house. It was probably the same gang which visited Mr. Lowry’s. They entered nearly every room in the house and succeeded in getting five dollars in money and some little trinkets. The work was done in a way which indicates that they were no chickens at the business. No noise was made and no one was awakened.
Winfield Courier, May 17, 1883.
                                                     Notes of the Convention.
Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Gilbert entertained Mr. Fred Glick, Private Secretary of the Governor, and Miss Hattie Coburn of Atchison.
Winfield Courier, May 24, 1883.
Hon. Sam L. Gilbert, Rev. P. F. Jones, and Quincy A. Glass went to Emporia as representatives to the conclave of the Knights of Pythias.
Winfield Courier, May 31, 1883.
Insure your property against loss by Fire, Tornadoes, Wind storms and Cyclones, with S. L. Gilbert.
Samuel L. Gilbert loses son...
Arkansas City Traveler, June 27, 1883.
We learn by telephone that two boys, sons of S. L. Gilbert and T. B. Myers, of Winfield, were drowned in the Walnut River while bathing yesterday below the railroad bridge. We could not learn further particulars before going to press.
Winfield Courier, June 28, 1883.
                                                            A Sad Calamity.
DIED. Last Monday Floyd Gilbert and Fred Myers, nine year old sons of S. L. Gilbert and T. B. Myers, were drowned in the river just below the west Santa Fe railroad bridge. There were no witnesses to the drowning and the fact of their disappearance was discovered by finding their clothes lying on the bank. In a few minutes after the finding of their clothes, a large number of people were dragging the river for their bodies. This was kept up all the afternoon and through the night, by the light of bonfires and torches, but without avail.
The boys were both bright, promising lads and the idols of their parents’ homes. Neither could swim, and the probability is that while wading in the shallow water under the bridge they were swept down by the swift current into the deep pools below. The spot where they were drowned has been a very fatal place. Here Jerry Evans’ little boy was drowned several years ago, and Mr. Austin’s boy last year. There were also several drownings there in early days when the ford ran across below the mill. At this writing hundreds of willing hands are still searching for the bodies.

LATER: Both the little boys were found Tuesday morning in a deep pool about fifty feet below the ford. They were brought up with a seine. When first found the two boys were locked arms, but the action of the seine released them and it was some time before the second one was recovered. Freddie Myers was somewhat bruised with a snag or probably while dragging the river, but Floyd Gilbert was untouched. The seine and grappling hooks were worked all night and many men remained in the water for hours. The workers were relieved from time to time by fresh relays of citizens, and the children were recovered. The mothers are nearly distracted with grief at the sudden and awful calamity. They have the heartfelt sympathy of all in this bereavement. Little Freddie Myers was buried at five o’clock Tuesday evening, and Floyd Gilbert on Wednesday morning. The funerals were largely attended by all classes of citizens.
Winfield Courier, July 26, 1883.
The Democratic County Central Committee met at the Telegram office Saturday. The writer happened in while the solons were in session, and was surprised to find that Sam L. Gilbert had been deposed as grand sachem and Dr. Cole put on the throne instead. Several other old time and fire tested Democrats had also been replaced with new blood for some cause known only to the initiated. One of those whose place had been filled by another, came in while we were present and entered his earnest protest. He said he had heard that his head had been cut off because he was in favor of enforcing the laws, and that if such was the case, the party was too far gone for him to train with longer. As he is one of the best men in their party, and they could not afford to lose him, the solons fixed the matter up and he was reinstated to a position on the committee. The Convention was called for August 25th, and a representation of two at large from each township and one for each 100 or fraction of 50 votes cast for Glick. The primaries were recommended for August 18th. The meeting was without enthusiasm and abided in “that quiet that passeth understanding.”
Winfield Courier, August 16, 1883.
Sam L. Gilbert will take in the old settlers reunion at Burlington, Iowa, his old home. He says he hopes to be the means of bringing two or three hundred Iowa people into Cowley.
Winfield Courier, September 6, 1883.
Sam Gilbert returned from attending the old settlers’ reunion at Burlington, Iowa, Saturday. He had a splendid time, met many old friends, but saw no such crops as Cowley boasts of.
Winfield Courier, September 6, 1883.
S. L. Gilbert takes the rooms vacated by P. H. Albright & Co., and will conduct his land, loan, and insurance business therein.
Winfield Courier, September 20, 1883.
FOR SALE: 400 acre farm, all tillable, 100 acres in good cultivation; 3 houses and stables; 4 inexhaustible wells; 3 acres bearing orchard. Is one of the best stock and grain farms in Cowley County, and a bargain. Price $3,200. Part on time. S. L. Gilbert, over P. O., Winfield, Kansas.
Winfield Courier, September 20, 1883.
Fire, Tornado & Cyclone insurance in best companies. S. L. Gilbert, P. O. Building.
Cattle for Sale. S. L. Gilbert, P. O. Building, Winfield.
Farms for sale to suit all pockets. S. L. Gilbert, P. O. building.
Winfield Courier, December 6, 1883.
S. L. Gilbert has resumed the loan and insurance business, over the post office, and is prepared to furnish money without delay at seven percent, with privilege to the borrower to pay off at any time after one year.

Winfield Courier, January 17, 1884.
You can borrow money of Sam Gilbert for seven percent, with the privilege to the borrower to pay it off at any time after one year, without bonus.
Winfield Courier, March 13, 1884.
                                                        Notice of Publication.
NOTICE is hereby given that the following named settler has filed notice of his intention to make final proof in support of his claim, and that said proof will be made before S. L. Gilbert, Notary Public at Winfield, Kansas, on March 12, 1884, viz: Mattie DeTurk for the w ½ of s w qr and sw qr of n w qr sec 34 and ne qr s e qr sec 33, tp 33, range 5 e. He names the following witnesses to prove his continuous residence upon, and cultivation of, said land, viz: R. A. McKenna, J. C. Corbin, A. H. Miller, and S. G. Martin, all of Winfield, Cowley County, Kas. R. L. WALKER, Register.
Winfield Courier, March 27, 1884.
The season of tornadoes is now at hand and the savings of years are liable to be swept away in a few moments. Get a policy of S. L. Gilbert, over the post office, in the old reliable Phoenix of Hartford.
Winfield Courier, April 10, 1884.
                                                      HOW IT HAPPENED.
“Sam Gilbert, of Winfield, is the lightning counter of the civilized world. By some mysterious and subtle power he has gained an insight into the weary and far distant future that is hidden from the ordinary common mortal. During a visit to that retired burg last Saturday, he kindly informed us that two hundred buildings were in the course of erection within the corporate limits of the city. Of course, we were guileless and innocent enough to take it all in, and then start out to see how the place would look in its wild and reckless boom in the building line. How we were deceived will not appear in print, for it is not pleasant for even a local editor to show up just how big a chump he can make of himself. But gentle readers, we walked and we walked and we rested awhile, and we walked again, up one street and down another, our long hungry frame might have been seen, with staring eyes protruding, on the look out for new buildings, but they were not for us to see. It seems that the county seat of Cowley always hides her new buildings when a resident of Sumner’s capital goes there on a visit. Boys, it ain’t fair; if you have anything new, please show it up when we see you again. However, we admire success in any line and Sam Gilbert receives considerable of our admiration for he is perfect in his.” Local in the Wellingtonian.

The local of the Wellingtonian, the two first letters of whose name are Tom Richardson, was in Winfield a week ago last Saturday and saw Sam Gilbert. The only wonder about it was that he remembered the name of Sam Gilbert, for he forgot everything else he saw. The way he happened here was that he had been to Harper and Harper drinks had a bad effect on him. Probably he took away with him a liberal supply, for his side pocket had a very prominent look. He undertook to return to Wellington, but did not know when he got there and finally tumbled off at Winfield. All the walking and walking and walking again, which he did, was probably between the police judge’s office and the jail, which is not a very great distance, and he was tired, so it seemed to him a great deal of walking. Yet, near sighted as he was, he might have seen eight new buildings in that short distance. We suppose the marshal paid him too much attention, and he got disgusted with Winfield. Sam Gilbert did not tell him the whole truth. There are more than two hundred buildings in processes of erection in this city.
Winfield Courier, April 10, 1884.
The season of tornadoes is now at hand and the savings of years are liable to be swept away in a few moments. Get a policy of S. L. Gilbert, over the post office, in the old reliable Phoenix of Hartford.
Winfield Courier, April 10, 1884.
Gov. Glick has at least transferred his appointive powers from the northern part of the state and honored this section with an appointment which is eminently fitting. He has appointed S. L. Gilbert, of this city, to fill the vacancy in the State Board of Charities. The Board met at Osawatomie this week and re-organized by electing Mr. McAllister of Ottawa, President, and S. L. Gilbert, of Winfield, Secretary. They are visiting different parts of the state this week, on business. No man could have been appointed who would fill this position better than S. L. Gilbert, and his appointment will be heartily endorsed.
Winfield Courier, April 10, 1884.
Sam Gilbert has recently repainted and otherwise improved his residence property. Sam has one of the most commodious and handsome residences in the city.
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1884.
                                                           A BAD GUESS.
“Governor Glick never loses an opportunity to reward a Democrat by appointing him to office. Sam Gilbert, his new appointee to the board of charities, is a mere boy who left school only a little over two years ago. He was associate editor of a Winfield paper, though, during the Glick campaign, and aided bolting Republicans to defeat the head of the Republican ticket. So far as known these are the only qualifications he brings to the important position he is called to fill.” Clay Center Dispatch.
Sam L. Gilbert is 40 years old and not a “mere boy,” did not leave “school a little over two years ago,” if in fact he ever went to school; was not associate editor of any paper during the Glick campaign or any other time. All the writing he ever did for any paper, was to advertise money to loan, land to sell, or insurance business, if in fact he ever learned to write. We suppose he voted for Glick, of course, for he has always been a Democrat, always said he was a Democrat, and never claimed to be able to read or write. But in spite of his own admissions, he is one of the best educated, most intelligent, honest, and influential Democrats in the state. He is one of those genial, joking, happy, and energetic fellows whom everybody likes, and you wonder that he should be a Democrat.
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1884.
Notice. All persons are cautioned against paying money to any person or persons representing themselves to be my agents. I have no agents and am not responsible for such misrepresentations. S. L. GILBERT.
Arkansas City Republican, April 26, 1884.

The Baptist Sewing Circle of Arkansas City, this week, issued invitations to persons at Winfield and at home, to a social gathering to be held yesterday, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. N. T. Snyder. Many, both from Winfield and at home, responded to the invitation.
From the former were Rev. Cairns and wife; Mr. Johnson and wife; E. H. Bliss and wife; Mr. Hickok and wife; Mr. Gilbert and wife; Mr. Hunt and wife; Mr. Silliman and wife; Mrs. Collins, Mrs. Hendricks, Mrs. Mann, Mrs. Branham, Mrs. Hall, Mrs. Wait, Mrs. Shearer, Mrs. Albright, Mrs. Herpich, Mrs. Capt. Whiting, Mrs. Will Whiting, Mrs. Nelson, Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Dressy, Mrs. Phenix; Misses C. Bliss and Tyner.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 30, 1884.
In company with our Winfield friends, Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Gilbert, Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Hickok, Mrs. Shearer, Mrs. Branham, Mrs. J. S. Hunt, and Mrs. A. P. Johnson, we visited the Chilocco schools last week. In the absence of the superintendent, Mr. Fred. Barrett courteously did the honors and ushered us through the rooms. In the schoolrooms we were entertained by the pupils singing, which they performed very credibly under the direction of their teachers, Misses Test and McElevaine.
Arkansas City Traveler, April 30, 1884.
                                                             Baptist Dinner.
The dinner given by the ladies of the Baptist Church of Arkansas City at the residence of Mrs. N. T. Snyder last Friday was quite a social event, nearly one hundred persons participating in the luxuries provided. Quite a delegation of Winfield friends were present, among whom we noticed: Mr. and Mrs. Cairns, Mr. and Mrs. Hickok, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert, Mr. and Mrs. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. Silliman, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Johnson, Mrs. Hall, Mrs. Waite, Mrs. Shearer, Mrs. Albright, Mrs. Herpich, Mrs. Capt. Whiting, Mrs. Will Whiting, Mrs. Nelson, Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Dressy, Mrs. Phenix, Mrs. Branham, Mrs. Mann, Mrs. Hendricks, Mrs. Collins, Miss C. Bliss, Miss Tiner. The affair was enjoyable in the extreme and in its management our ladies certainly achieved unusual success.
Winfield Courier, May 1, 1884.
Sam. Gilbert leaves Friday to visit with the State Board of Charities, the charitable institution of the State. The board inspects them once a month.
Winfield Courier, May 1, 1884.
Sam Gilbert and wife, Mrs. Capt. Hunt, Mrs. A. P. Johnson, Mrs. Branham, and Mr. and Mrs. Hickok visited the Indian school in the Territory last week.
         [Traveler shows “A. D. Tenney,” Courier shows “A. P. Kenny” in next item.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 28, 1884.
Dr. A. D. Tenney, superintendent of the state insane asylum, Topeka, Kansas, in company with our Winfield friend. S. L. Gilbert, made the TRAVELER a pleasant call last Monday.
Winfield Courier, May 29, 1884.
Dr. A. P. Kenny, Superintendent of the Topeka Insane Asylum, was in the city Monday. Sam’l L. Gilbert, Secretary of the State Board of Charities, accompanied him to Arkansas City on business connected with the asylum, returning the same day.
Winfield Courier, May 29, 1884.
                                                      Democratic Convention.

The Democrats met in convention Saturday at the office of S. L. Gilbert, in this city. The delegates elected to the State convention were S. L. Gilbert, C. C. Black, J. B. Lynn, T. McIntire, A. A. Jackson, H. S. Libby, and J. Vawter. The sense of the meeting was that Gov. Glick should lead the delegation to Chicago. They also passed a strong resolution in favor of the “Old Ticket,” Tilden and Hendricks. The delegates were instructed to vote for and use all honorable means to secure the election of Chas. C. Black as a delegate to the National convention. A strong “Tariff for Revenue Only,” was passed.
Arkansas City Republican, May 31, 1884.
The county Democratic convention met at Winfield last Saturday. The following delegates were elected to the State convention.
S. L. Gilbert, C. C. Black, J. B. Lynn, T. McIntire, A. A. Jackson, H. S. Libby, and Dr. J. Vawter. They passed a strong resolution in favor of the “old ticket, Tilden, Hendricks, and Reform,” and also adopted a strong “tariff for revenue only” resolution.
Winfield Courier, June 5, 1884.
S. L. Gilbert left Saturday on the monthly tour with the State Board of Charities.
Winfield Courier, June 19, 1884.
DIED. Messrs. S. L. Gilbert, H. H. Siverd, Joe Finkleburg, and D. C. Beach, from the Masonic Lodge of Winfield, went to New Salem yesterday to assist in the funeral of Mr. W. H. Lucas, a member of the fraternity, who died there Monday.
Winfield Courier, July 10, 1884.
Mr. J. O’Meara, W. H. Dawson, S. L. Gilbert, C. C. Black, J. B. Lynn, and H. L. Wilson are among the revelers in the Democratic, two act farce at Chicago; and not a solitary Republican along to protect them from the wiles of that wicked city! Tearfully is asked the solemn question: Will they ever return, or will they all be swallowed up in the inevitable vortex of Democracy?
Winfield Courier, August 21, 1884.
A few of the faithful Democrats met in conclave last Saturday and elected as delegates to the state convention C. G. Thompson, D. Cole, R. Hite, E. Harned, T. McIntire, S. L. Gilbert, and Dr. Vawter. They meet in Topeka today (Wednesday) to re-nominate G. W. Glick.
Winfield Courier, September 18, 1884.
Sam. Gilbert is absent most of the time nowadays attending to his duties on the State Board of charities.
Winfield Courier, September 25, 1884.
Sam L. Gilbert left Saturday evening for Chicago to get in a lick for Carter Harrison and see the great Chicago Exposition.
Winfield Courier, October 2, 1884.
Sam L. Gilbert got in Tuesday from a Chicago trip in the interests of the State Board of Charities. He took in the great three months’ Chicago Exposition while there and reports it immense. Ask to see his new Cleveland symbol; its appropriate.
Winfield Courier, October 23, 1884.

Sam L. Gilbert attended the great political rally at Ottawa, Saturday, in the interests of Democracy. It was an exciting demonstration. G. Washington Glick and his thirsty followers held forth in the city and J. B. Johnson, Dr. Krohn, and other noted speakers, with the Republican hosts, in Forest Park, nearby, giving a splendid opportunity for honest, intelligent comparison. It is unnecessary to say that the Republicans had the undivided appreciation of the vast throng. The Democrats are too sick to show their colors on such occasions.
Winfield Courier, November 6, 1884.
                                     CITY AND COUNTY ELECTION NOTES.
The visages of J. B. Lynn, Ben Cox, and Sam Gilbert are perfect pictures of despair: at least they were the last seen of them early yesterday evening.
Winfield Courier, December 18, 1884.
The Masonic order held an election of officers Tuesday evening. The following persons were elected for the ensuing year. A. P. Johnson, W. M.; F. C. Hunt, S. W.; S. L. Gilbert, J. W; W. H. Graham, Treasurer; L. D. Zenor, Secretary; E. P. Hickok, chaplain; John Arrowsmith, S. D.; J. S. Mann, J. D.; W. W. Limbocker, S. S.; W. A. Freeman, J. S.; H. H. Siverd, Tyler.
                                               TELEPHONE DIRECTORY.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 29, 1885.
No. 27.      Gilbert, S. L., residence.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 12, 1885.
The Senate went into executive session for the consideration of appointments by the Governor. The following appointments were read and confirmed.
Trustees State Board of Charities, for the term ending April 1, 1886.
A. T. Sharpe, of Franklin County, and Philip Krohn, of Atchison County, to succeed August Bondi and George Rogers for the term ending April 1, 1887; Charles E. Faulkner, of Saline County, to succeed August Hohn and S. L. Gilbert for the term ending April 1, 1888. William S. Crump, of Cloud County, to succeed D. O. McAllister.
                                                  CARD TO THE PUBLIC.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 19, 1885.
To the patrons of the Winfield Post Office. Reports have been put in circulation that I have withdrawn as a candidate for the Winfield Post Office. All such reports are utterly false, as I shall be a candidate until I am appointed or rejected. S. L. GILBERT.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 26, 1885.
Sam L. Gilbert got in yesterday from Washington, D. C., where he took in the inaugural and mingled with the “Dems” to his heart’s content. He also cornered President Cleveland for a nice little talk, and pronounces him a “daisy.” Sam’s name appears to be Ell.
Nannie Gilbert, daughter of Samuel L. Gilbert...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 30, 1885.
                                                  THE BAPTIST CHURCH.
                      Busy Bee Society on Saturday afternoon with Miss Nannie Gilbert.
Arkansas City Republican, Wednesday, April 4, 1885.
                                                       From the County Seat.

Sam Gilbert returned from Washington last week, and says he had a good trip and assisted in placing the president and his assistants on the road to a successful administration. Sam says it will do for him to remain at home now for a time, as the president will call him in case of need.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 7, 1885.
Sound moves through the air at the rate of 1,142 feet in a second, say a mile in five seconds, twelve miles a minute, 720 miles an hour, 17,280 miles in twenty-four hours, and yet the sound of Cleveland’s voice in the appointment of our friend Sam Gilbert to the Wichita land office has not reached him, though it should have been on the way thirty days ago. It must have Dyered out.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 20, 1885.
Sam Gilbert, of Winfield, was in the canal city Friday, interviewing his many friends.
                                                       MONEY TO LOAN.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 11, 1885.
I have $20,000 of another man’s money to loan on Winfield City and Farm property, on 3 or 5 years time. S. L. Gilbert.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 25, 1885.
I have $25,000 of another man’s money to loan on Winfield City and Farm property, on 3 or 5 years time. S. L. Gilbert.
Mrs. S. L. Gilbert, Samuel L. Gilbert...
                                                CHURCH PLEASANTRIES.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.
The ladies of the Baptist church are always successful with their entertainments, and the one at the church Thursday was no exception. A throng of jolly folks mingled in genuine sociability, and indulged in various delicacies: ice cream, blackberries, etc. The four tables were crowded from early evening till almost the celebrated “wee sma’ hours.” They were presided over by Mrs. O. Branham, Mrs. Samuel Dalton, and Mrs. S. L. Gilbert; Mrs. A. F. Hartwell, Miss Lola Silliman, and Miss Maggie Herpich; Mrs. Ed. Nelson, Mrs. H. N. Zimmerman, and Mrs. E. D. Taylor. Sam Gilbert, Democratic Sam, sat as collector of customs—raking in the shekels with his broad smile and usual agility. It was certainly a very enjoyable entertainment. The pretty church lawn was as full of pretty young ladies as the young ladies were “full” of nice ice cream.
Samuel L. Gilbert...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 13, 1885.

The Grant Memorial Services Saturday were grand. The G. A. R. and the militia were out in full force. The Courier, the Juvenile, and the Union Cornet Bands discoursed sweet music; the city was draped in mourning and business suspended from 2 to 4 o’clock in honor of the dead hero. The south and the north joined hands and hearts in mourning for the silent man of Vicksburg. The procession started from the G. A. R. hall at 2 p.m., followed by the Militia, marching to the Baptist church where the services were held. The church was beautifully draped. Over the pulpit was a banner with the inscription, “Our Old Commander,” over a picture of Gen. Grant. The pulpit was draped in black, decorated with beautiful flowers arranged in crosses. The outside of the church was also appropriately in mourning. The G. A. R. occupied the front seats, with the militia and Woman’s Relief Corps. We cannot speak too highly of the music. The Courier Band rendered sweet music at the church. Also the choir of the church, composed of Miss Lola Silliman, organist; H. E. Silliman, Miss Walrath, Mrs. C. A. Bliss, and Prof. Merriman. As the Corps marched in, Crippen’s instrumental Quintette played Lincoln’s Funeral March—as charming as ever greeted the ear. Captain Siverd and Sam Gilbert showed their usual gallantry in conducting all to seats.
Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Gilbert...
                             The China Wedding of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Shearer.
                                                       An Unique Occasion.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 1, 1885.
The pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Shearer, 917 Mansfield street, was the scene of a most happy gathering Monday evening. The occasion was the celebration of the 20th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Shearer. Though the rain interfered with the attendance of a number, by nine o’clock over eighty were present, in their happiest mood. Soon after nine o’clock the “bride and groom” were presented and re-united in the bonds whose sweet and bitter they had thoroughly experienced. Rev. J. H. Reider re-tied the knot in a novel and jolly ceremony, the groom consenting to all the compulsory vicissitudes of a “hen-pecked” husband, and she to clothe, feed, protect, scold (in foreign language) until death. After the ceremony and hearty congratulations, a collation of choicest delicacies was served in profusion and most thoroughly enjoyed. The presents were handsome and valuable, the most prominent being an exquisitely painted china dinner set. It embraced a hundred and twenty-five pieces—the handsomest thing obtainable in china ware. It was a token from the following persons: Rev. and Mrs. J. H. Reider, Rev. and Mrs. B. Kelly, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Wood, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Soward, Dr. and Mrs. F. M. Pickens, Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Gilbert, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Dalton, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Bliss, Mrs. R. B. Waite and Mrs. Hartwell, Mrs. E. M. Albright and family, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Silliman, Col. and Mrs. Wm. Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Nelson, Prof. and Mrs. I. N. Inskeep, Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Burnett, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Arment, Dr. and Mrs. H. L. Wells, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Mann, Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Finch, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. D. Taylor and Miss Minnie, Mr. and Mrs. A. Herpich, Mr. and Mrs. L. Conrad, Mrs. A. Silliman and Miss Lola, Mrs. C. Strong and Miss Emma, Mrs. Dr. Bailey, Misses Fannie, Jessie, and Louie Stretch, Miss March, Misses Mattie and Mary Gibson, Nettie and Anna McCoy, Lydia Tyner, Maggie Herpich, Maude Kelly, Ida Johnston, and Maude Pickens, Mr. and Mrs. C. Collins, and Miss Lena Walrath.
Samuel L. Gilbert...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 8, 1885.
The following are the real estate transfers filed in the office of Register of Deeds since our last issue.
S L Gilbert et ux to Andrew Kennedy, w hf ne qr and ne qr ne qr 32-33-8e: $1.00.
                                         SAM ELI GILBERT GETS THERE.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 8, 1885.

A telegram from J. Wade McDonald, Washington, announces to Mr. S. L. Gilbert that his commission is signed. He has been a little blue of late while awaiting his expected appointment as Receiver of the U. S. Land Office at Wichita, but he changed color immediately when the telegram was put into his hand. He will make a first rate officer and we congratulated him heartily.
Mr. and Mrs. Samuel L. Gilbert...
     The Marriage of Mr. Ezra M. Nixon and Miss Jessie Millington Thursday Night.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 15, 1885.
At an early hour the large double parlors, sitting room, and hall were filled almost to overflowing by the following friends.
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Kennedy, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Schuler, Dr. and Mrs. Geo. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Capt. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. G. H. Buckman, Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Gilbert, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Doane, Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, Rev. and Mrs. H. D. Gans, Col. and Mrs. J. C. McMullen, Senator and Mrs. W. P. Hackney, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Bedilion, Mr. and Mrs. Ed P. Greer, Mr. and Mrs. J. P. Short, Judge and Mrs. T. H. Soward, Mr. and Mrs. W. C. Root, Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Webb, Senator and Mrs. J. C. Long, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Balliet, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Harter, Senator and Mrs. F. S. Jennings, Mr. and Mrs. O. Branham, Mr. and Mrs. R. Oliver, Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Richards; Mesdames J. C. Fuller, A. T. Spotswood, E. P. Hickok, Ed Beeney, T. B. Myers, A. C. Bangs,         Judd, H. H. Albright; Misses Emma Strong, Sallie McCommon, Nettie R. McCoy, Annie McCoy, Anna Hunt, Margie Wallis, Lizzie Wallis, Ida Johnston, Leota Gary, Sadie French, Hattie Stolp, Lena Walrath, Minnie Taylor, Huldah Goldsmith, and Lillie Wilson; Messrs. R. E. Wallis, C. Perry, Geo. C. Rembaugh, C. F. Bahntge, W. C. Robinson, E. Wallis, Ad Brown, Lewis Brown, Ed J. McMullen, Frank H. Greer, P. H. Albright, I. L. Millington, T. J. Eaton, M. J. O’Meara, M. H. Ewart, R. B. Rudolph, M. Hahn, James Lorton, C. D. Dever, E. Schuler, F. F. Leland, Lacey Tomlin, Jos. O’Hare, Eli Youngheim, H. Sickafoose, H. Goldsmith, Moses Nixon, L. D. Zenor, and George Schuler.
                                              THE TOKENS AND DONORS.
             Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Gilbert and Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Soward, silver fruit knives.
                                                 BAPTIST CONVENTION.
            The Fifteenth Annual Meeting of the Walnut Valley Baptist Association.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 15, 1885.
The fifteenth annual gathering of the Walnut Valley Baptist Association assembled with the Baptist church of this city yesterday at 10:30 a.m. In the absence of the Moderator, Rev. W. F. Harper, of Wichita, was called to the chair; Rev. W. J. Sandefur, of Sunny Dale, clerk.
Following is a complete list of the delegates present.
Winfield: Rev. J. H. Reider and wife, B. F. Wood, M. L. Wortman, Mrs. J. S. Hunt, J. S. Warner, Mrs. Jno. Tyner, S. L. Gilbert, J. Stretch, Mrs. A. Silliman, A. P. Johnson, and H. J. Roderick.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 12, 1885.
Sam L. Gilbert was down from Wichita Friday, between trains. He took on the official ermine as Receiver of the Wichita Land Office Monday.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 10, 1885.

Sam L. Gilbert was down from Wichita Monday, as smiling and rustling as ever. He is getting pretty thoroughly citizenized in the Windy Wonder, but yet has a mighty warm side for the Queen of the west, Winfield.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 24, 1885.
And now sweet matrimony has wound its silken cords around another couple of our young folks. Tuesday evening the words were pronounced by Rev. J. C. Miller that united for weal or woe, for sorrows and successes, Mr. Willard G. Tidd and Miss Mary M. Linn. The ceremony was pronounced at the home of Mr. and Mrs. S. S. Linn, parents of the bride, a mile southwest of town. The groom has been in the employ of Curns & Manser for some time past and is one of the county’s sturdiest young men, industrious and frugal. The bride is of winning appearance and disposition, with the accomplishments that would lastingly adorn. Mr. Tidd has just been appointed to an excellent position with S. L. Gilbert, in the Wichita Land Office, where himself and bride will take up their residence after Monday. A long life of happiness and prosperity is the wish of many friends.
                The Senate Confirms an Extensive List of Presidential Nominations.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 21, 1886.
WASHINGTON, January 14. The Senate in executive session yesterday confirmed the following nominations.
Receivers of Public Moneys: Samuel L. Gilbert, of Kansas, at Wichita, Kansas; Samuel Tannhauser, of Kansas, at Garden City, Kansas; Tully Scott, of Kansas, at Oberlin, Kansas; Henry L. Beckett, of Kansas, at Larned, Kansas; Alfred T. King, of Arkansas, at Harrison, Arkansas; Hugh C. Wallace, of Utah, at Salt Lake City; Andrew J. Quinby, of Arkansas, at Little Rock, Arkansas; William K. Edgar, of Missouri, at Trenton, Missouri.
                                                FALSE AND CORRECTED.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 28, 1886.
Inasmuch as there are a number of citizens in Walnut township, Cowley County, Kansas, living on land which has never been platted adjacent to the city of Winfield in said county, and said citizens have not petitioned to become citizens of said city of Winfield, and inasmuch as land not platted cannot be arbitrarily taken into the city limits, therefore be it resolved, that it is the place of the mayor and council of the city of Winfield that under the law only those citizens of Walnut township who are living on said lands who petitioned to become citizens of said city, whose names are as follows: A. J. Thompson, T. H. Soward, S. L. Gilbert, H. G. Fuller, D. Rodocker, and others, are citizens of the said city and those who did not petition the said city to become citizens thereof living on the said land are still as heretofore, residents of Walnut township.
State of Kansas, Cowley County, ss.
I hereby certify that at a meeting of the city council of the city of Winfield, Kansas, held January 25, 1886, the above resolution was passed by unanimous vote of the councilmen present.
Dated this 25th day of January, 1886. G. H. BUCKMAN, City Clerk.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 4, 1886.
Sam L. Gilbert was down from Wichita Thursday, rejoicing with the rest of us over the securing of the Santa Fe extension.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 18, 1886.
Mr. and Mrs. Sam L. Gilbert came down from Wichita yesterday and remained till Saturday, mingling among their many warm friends here. They still declare that there is no place like Winfield.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 4, 1886.
Sam Gilbert is down from Wichita—Stereotyped by Chicago stereotyping Co.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 4, 1886.
Judge T. H. Soward and wife returned from the G. A. R. encampment at Wichita Friday. They were the guests of Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Gilbert while at Wichita.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 4, 1886.
Sam L. Gilbert returned to Wichita Saturday, having circulated around the Queen City three or four days.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 1, 1886.
Hon. S. L. Gilbert is down from Wichita. Sam looks just the same as of old. Village life agrees with him.
                Bar Docket for the April Term of the Cowley County District Court,
                                                 Convening Tuesday, the 6th.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 8, 1886.
                                                          CIVIL DOCKET.
175. 2343. S L Gilbert vs Kansas City & Southwestern R R Co., Jennings & Troup for plaintiff, Henry E Asp for def.


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