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J. L. M. Hill

Hill, Jas. L. M., 29. No spouse listed.
Kansas 1875 Census, Winfield Township, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.
Name                           age sex color          Place/birth        Where from
J. L. M. Hill                  29    m    w       Newfoundland      Illinois
Hill J L M [Harter & Hill], proprietors, Brettun, res same
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 7, 1873.
T. H. Johnson vs. J. L. M. Hill: motion to set aide order of delivery, overruled.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 16, 1873.
The following cases will stand for trial at the October term of the District Court of Cowley County and have been placed upon the trial docket in the following order.
                                            CIVIL DOCKET. SECOND DAY.
                                                T. H. Johnson vs. Jas L. M. Hill.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 30, 1873.
Proceedings of the Cowley County District Court, to Oct. 29th, 1873, the Following Causes having Been Disposed of.
T. H. Johnson vs. Jas. L. M. Hill, judgment for plaintiff.
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1874.
                                 J. L. M. Hill, Deputy Sheriff: $1.50; $2.00; $10.00.
                                                 J. L. M. Hill, Constable: $9.65.
                                                   J. L. M. Hill, Bailiff: $18.00.
                                 J. L. M. Hill, Deputy Sheriff: $1.50; $2.00; $10.00.
Winfield Courier, May 22, 1874.
                                                   J. L. M. Hill, Bailiff: $20.00.
Winfield Courier, July 17, 1874.
                                                  WINFIELD, July 15, 1874.
EDITOR COURIER: Dear Sir, In the last week’s Telegram, I find that my dog is blamed with causing the unfortunate run-away of Mrs. Darrah’s team, and further, that the dog was not to blame because he had been so trained by his master. Please allow me to say that Allison is altogether mistaken as my dog is not a worthless, contemptible, cur— as he would have his readers be­lieve—and bark at him, as my dog never barks at such people. Neither was it my dog that started Mrs. Darrah’s team, because I have no dog, and never owned one in Winfield. Very Respectfully, JAMES L. M. HILL.
Winfield Courier, September 4, 1874.
Mr. J. L. M. Hill is counter jumping in Jos. Requa’s Cloth­ing Store.

Winfield Courier, March 4, 1875.
At the St. Nicholas you will find our pleasant and genial friend, Jim Hill, ever ready to get you up a choice dish of oysters, or hand you out cigars, apples, candies, or anything else in his line.
A. A. Jackson and J. L. M. Hill, partners, St. Nicholas restaurant...
Winfield Courier, March 4, 1875.
Brown & Markwort have dissolved partnership, and have sold their stock of goods to A. A. Jackson and Jim Hill, who will continue the business under the firm name of Jackson & Hill.
Winfield Courier, March 18, 1875.
Messrs. Jackson & Hill now keep on hand at their restaurant such luxuries as oranges and lemons.
Winfield Courier, May 27, 1875.
Jackson & Hill have just received a bran splinter new Soda Fountain, from which gushes forth the best Soda Water you ever had the pleasure of drinking. Boys, don’t be afraid, your girls will never refuse to take a glass with you.
Winfield Courier, June 17, 1875.
The “Bazique Club” gave an ice-cream and strawberry supper at Hill’s Saturday night, in honor of the return to town of two of their members. It was a n(ice) affair.
Winfield Courier, July 22, 1875.
                                                 Wanted Every One to Know
That Jackson & Hill have the largest stock of candies in Winfield, and that they keep the best Five Cent Cigars in town. You can get a good glass of Soda for a Nickel, or a glass of Lemonade that will make you feel good all over for a dime. They keep their Ice Cream parlor open every night, and always keep plenty of Lemons on hand, with which to make Lemonade with. Remember the St. Nicholas is still kept by
                                                        JACKSON & HILL.
Winfield Courier, August 26, 1875.
Jim Hill keeps the “Senator Ingalls” cigar. They are as good as the name would imply.
Winfield Courier, September 2, 1875.
A new invoice of choice candies at Jim Hill’s.
Jim Hill buys out A. A. Jackson...
Winfield Courier, September 9, 1875.
Jim Hill has bought A. A. Jackson out, and he will now run the St. Nicholas after the old California style. Jim “has been there.”
Winfield Courier, September 16, 1875.
                                   TO THE VOTERS OF COWLEY COUNTY.

This is to certify that we, whose names are hereto sub­scribed, do most heartily recommend for our next County Treasurer, FRANK GALLOTTI, who has for the last year and a half faithfully and satisfactorily performed the duties of said office while acting in the capacity of Deputy; and we do hereby further certify that his character during that time has been such as to fully entitle him to the recommendation. The records of said office kept by him, bears ample testimony of his capability and efficiency. We consider him well qualified to fulfill the duties of said office, and therefore cheerfully recommend him to the voters of Cowley County as well worth of their cordial support, and who, if elected, will most faithfully and systematically perform the duties of said office.
                                     Jas. L. M. Hill one of those who signed above.
Winfield Courier, October 7, 1875.
The Bar supper given by our esteemed young friend, John D. Pryor, last Saturday night, in honor of his admission to the Cowley County Bar, was the happiest social event that has oc­curred to our knowledge in the southwest, since it was a south­west. The company included His Honor, Judge Campbell, all the lawyers and officers in attendance at the present term of Court, and the “tripod” fraternity of this county. At about 9 o’clock this “goodly company” met at Jim Hill’s popular St. Nick and found there tables that “groaned” beneath their viands that were soon to be no more. . . .
Winfield Courier, October 28, 1875.
Fresh baked pea-nuts at Jim. Hill’s popular St. Nick.
Winfield Courier, November 18, 1875.
Forty-five different kinds of candies, fresh from the factory, at Jim Hill’s.
Winfield Courier, November 18, 1875.
Fresh baked pea-nuts at Jim. Hills’s popular St. Nick.
A. A. Jackson and J. L. M. Hill...
Winfield Courier, November 25, 1875.
                                                 County Warrants to be Paid.
                   COUNTY TREASURER’S OFFICE, WINFIELD, Nov. 1, 1875.
By virtue of authority given by an Act of the Legislature of the State of Kansas, approved February 10th, 1875, entitled “An Act to amend Section Sixty-nine of Chapter Twenty-five, General Statutes of Eighteen Hundred and Sixty-eight,” I hereby give notice that the principal and accrued interest of County Warrants herein below described will be paid at the County Treasurer’s Office, in Winfield, on and after the 1st day of November, 1875, and that the interest on said warrants will cease on that day. E. B. KAGER, County Treasurer.
By F. GALLOTTI, Deputy.
Names of parties to whom warrants are payable:
                                    JACKSON & HILL: 1 WARRANT - $25.00.
Winfield Courier, December 16, 1875.
Cranberries, oat-meal, and celery at Jim Hill’s.
                                               THE WINFIELD COURIER.
                                                     CENTENNIAL ISSUE.
                         WINFIELD COURIER, THURSDAY, JANUARY 6, 1876.
HILL, JAMES. Everybody knows “Jim” Hill, of the popular St. Nicholas restaurant.
Winfield Courier, January 27, 1876.
The tobaccos and cigars that Boyer used to keep can be found at Jim Hill’s. He purchased the whole stock, and will keep up the assortment.
Winfield Courier, February 3, 1876.

JIM HILL had teams running all Wednesday afternoon and night, putting up three inch ice.
Winfield Courier, February 3, 1876.
Last Saturday was a pleasant occasion for the Royal Arch Masons of this community, and one long to be remembered. A special convocation was called for the purpose of installing the officers for the ensuing year. It was the first installation of the kind ever held in the county, and as it was Winfield Chapter No. 31, it commences to work anew, although less than a year since it commenced under a dispensation, it has assumed good proportions, and with a good financial basis starts out new well calculated to become one of the best Chapters in the state.
D. H. G. P. Bennett, of Emporia Chapter, conducted the ceremonies of the installation, and their impressions and beauty gladdened the heart of every craftsman assembled. Comp. Bennett very ably performed his part, and thus added materially to the pleasure of the occasion. After the installa­tions were ended the companions assembled in procession and repaired to the apartments of Mine Host, “Hill,” where a banquet had been pre­pared, and awaited the presence of all the faithful craftsmen. The good taste exhibited by Mine Host, “Hill,” is worthy of high commendation, and the tastefully arranged table was peculiarly attractive. Comp. Bennett presided with all the ease and dignity imaginable, and with ten companions on either side was one of the happiest councils ever seen. The merry laugh, the numerous jokes, and the wonderful destruction of the viands, betokened good consciences, true humor, and suitable skill. The occasion was glorious, so say we all.
Every companion of this community unite with a hearty God speed to Comp. Bennett, and hope he may often come to aid and assist us in the great and glorious work we have commenced. “ARIM MANDER.”
Winfield Courier, March 16, 1876.         
And still another new departure. Jim Hill is again setting up a square meal for 25 cents, at the St. Nicholas Restaurant.
Winfield Courier, March 16, 1876.
JIM HILL wants us to tell the people of Cowley County, and more especially those who contemplate attending court, that he can give them a good meal and a good bed for a dollar a day.
Winfield Courier, April 6, 1876.
Don’t you ever go home hungry when you can go to Jim Hill’s and get a square meal for 25 cents, at the St. Nicholas Restaurant.
Cowley County Democrat, Thursday, April 6, 1876.
To all those who are going to attend Court—Go and stop at Jim Hill’s and get a good bed and a square meal for one dollar a day. Jim Hill is again selling meals for 25 cents.
Winfield Courier, April 27, 1876.
Fresh oranges and lemons at Jim. Hills.
Winfield Courier, April 27, 1876.
Jim Hill has a good supply of ice, and the only ice in the country. This shows what an enterprising man can do if he will.
Winfield Courier, May 18, 1876.

Ice cream at Jim Hill’s every Monday, Wednesday, and Satur­day evenings.
Winfield Courier, June 8, 1876.
C. S. BELL, ESQ., of Labette County, called on us last week and asked to be shown the article published last winter in reference to his half-brother, Amos E. Mahaney. A sign of blessed relief escaped the editor when he was invited over to Hill’s to have a cigar with the gentlemanly brother of this crooked Mahaney, instead of being compelled to make a “home run” through the alley, as he had anticipated.
Winfield Courier, June 15, 1876.
THE CALITHUMPIAN committee, for the 4th, is J. D. Pryor, W. W. Walton, J. L. M. Hill, J. P. Short, F. C. Hunt, and J. E. Saint.
Winfield Courier, July 6, 1876.
CHARLIE HARTER is out again with a 2:95 trotting colt. When you see Charlie without a fast driving nag, and a good appetite, you can just bet that the millennium has arrived. Jim Hill is authority for the latter clause of this sentence. Harter salts his onions at the St. Nick.
Cowley County Democrat, Thursday, July 13, 1876.
Jim Hill sold four barrels of lemonade and fifty gallons of ice cream the Fourth.
Winfield Courier, July 13, 1876.
Jim Hill made $500 out of his various enterprises on the 4th.
Winfield Courier, July 20, 1876.
The typo made us say last week that Jim Hill made $500 on the Fourth instead of $100.
Winfield Courier, July 27, 1876.
Choice candies at Jim Hill’s.
Winfield Courier, July 27, 1876.
Green apples at the St. Nicholas.
Arkansas City Traveler, August 2, 1876.
JIM HILL and W. L. MULLEN, of Winfield, were down to the City last week. Jim is the fellow that caters to the wants of the inner man at the St. Nicholas.
Winfield Courier, August 3, 1876.
MESSRS. JIM HILL and W. L. MULLEN have gone to Kansas City with their herd of cattle.
Winfield Courier, August 10, 1876.
Jim Hill has returned from his trip up north.
Winfield Courier, September 14, 1876.
Jim Hill has the first Michigan apples of the season.
Winfield Courier, September 14, 1876.
That Telegram ghost story is thin. Jim Hill says there is no haunted house in  town.
Winfield Courier, September 14, 1876.
The following are the delegates to the Republican county convention for Winfield Township.
Delegates: J. D. Pryor, W. P. Hackney, J. S. Hunt, C. M. Wood, H. Brotherton, G. W. Robertson, Joel Mack, E. C. Seward, Geo. Youle, W. D. Roberts.
Alternates: W. C. Robinson, R. H. Tucker, J. H. Curfman, B. B. Vandeventer, John Park, C. A. Seward, Geo. Bull, Frank Hutton, J. L. M. Hill, A. B. Lemmon.

Winfield Courier, September 28, 1876.
Sweet apple cider at Jim Hill’s.
Winfield Courier, October 5, 1876.
Jim Hill talks of going into the cattle business, but he will sell a few more square meals at the St. Nick first. Go and talk to him about it.
Excerpt: Jim Hill made a member after group had already organized...
Winfield Courier, October 19, 1876.
Balloting was then had on the following candidates, resulting in their election to full membership: J. Wade McDonald, James Hill, Bert Crapster, Wilbur Dever, O. M. Seward, Fred Hunt, and Chas. Harter. The Club met last evening but we have not learned what additional business it transacted. We wish the association unlimited success, in its hitherto unoccupied field.
Winfield Courier, November 9, 1876.
Jim Hill keeps fresh oysters.
Winfield Courier, November 9, 1876.
Jim Hill now manufactures his own candy. He keeps the choicest and freshest in the market. Go and see for yourself.
Winfield Courier, November 30, 1876.
Cider for mince pies at Jim Hills.
Winfield Courier, December 7, 1876.
A FIRE company should be organized at once. The “Little Giant” is a complete success when properly handled. It needs active, fearless, and experienced men about it to make it real effective. Call a meeting, organize, elect officers, drill, pump, yell fire, and then watch the “squirt gun.” Get more ladders, keep them in a convenient place, and see the boys climb. Make Dick Walker captain, Jim Hill first lieutenant, pay off your insurance policies and—go to bed.
Winfield Courier, December 21, 1876.
MR. HUTCHINGS, of Oxford, one of the patentees of “Hutchings Rein Holder,” a novel little contrivance for holding reins, has been in town for a day or two introducing his patent. He is offering to sell the right of the county for a term of fifteen and a half years. The holder can be attached to a wagon, buggy, plow, reaper, or any kind of farm machinery, thereby preventing horses from running or getting mixed up in the lines. The person that buys the right to this county will make money, as a great many persons are waiting to order one or more of them.
LATER. Jim Hill’s the lucky man. He bought the right of Cowley.
Winfield Courier, February 22, 1877.
Fresh oranges and lemons at Jim Hill’s.
Winfield Courier, March 1, 1877.
Oranges five cents each at Jim Hill’s.
Winfield Courier, May 3, 1877.
Jim Hill is going to add a bakery to his establishment.
Winfield Courier, June 7, 1877.

Jim Hill’s soda fountain is in running order.
Winfield Courier, July 12, 1877.
                                             J. L. M. Hill, boarding jury, $32.50.
                                                 Juror Fee: J. L. M. Hill, $2.50.
Winfield Courier, August 30, 1877.
Charles C. Black, of Winfield, and Charles Eagan, of Rock, were also admitted to the bar after sustaining very creditably a long and rigid examination in open court, proving that they had been diligent students. Mr. Black invited the officers of the court and members of the bar and press to refreshments at Jim Hill’s, in the evening, which were served up in the best style, and it was an occasion of festivity and enjoyment.
Winfield Courier, September 6, 1877.
A. A. Jackson succeeds Jim Hill in the restaurant business. Jackson knows how to run the biz.
Winfield Courier, September 20, 1877.
A. A. Jackson is running the Jim Hill restaurant.
Rev. J. C. Hill of Michigan...
Winfield Courier, September 20, 1877.
Rev. J. C. Hill, of Adrian, Michigan, will deliver a lecture, interspersed with reading, at the courthouse on tomorrow (Friday) evening. The proceeds to be applied for the benefit of the new Presbyterian church. Admittance 25 cents. Mr. Hill is highly recommended as an orator and humorist, and has made his name quite famous in Michigan.
Winfield Courier, September 27, 1877.
The Rev. J. C. Hill, who has lectured and preached in Winfield recently, is a brother of our townsman, J. L. M. Hill.
Winfield Courier, September 27, 1877.
The lecture on “Wit and Humor,” delivered by the Rev. J. C. Hill, at the Courthouse on Friday evening, was well attended and was a decided sensation. The lecturer is a young man of good looks, pleasing address, and a first class elocutionist. His renderings of various selections and readings to illustrate the subject of his lecture were exquisite, and his audience were frequently convulsed with laughter. The general expression we have heard from those who attended has been that the lecture was the best of the kind they had ever heard.
Winfield Courier, September 27, 1877.

The dedication of the new Presbyterian Church on last Sunday was an occasion of great interest. The house was furnished with beautiful and substantial seats, the rostrum with desk and chairs of the most beautiful and appropriate style, and the aisles with carpets. Greenhouse plants and flowers and trailing vines arranged with taste added greatly to the enchantment of the scene. A large Oleander in full blossom was perhaps the most striking feature. There was a full choir, whose performance was excellent. About six hundred persons were seated comfortably and enjoyed the pleasing solemnity of the exercises. The statement of the board of trustees showed that the house had cost about eight thousand dollars, which was all paid up except about twenty-seven hundred dollars, and that some two hundred dollars more than that amount is pledged by citizens, the largest portion of which is immediately due and the balance due in six and twelve months, so the house may be considered as practically out of debt.
The exercises were conducted in a pleasing and impressive manner. The occasional sermon was delivered by the Rev. Dr. F. S. McCabe, of Topeka, which was listened to with marked attention. Rev. Berry, Rev. J. L. Rushbridge, Rev. C. J. Adams, Rev. E. P. Hickok, Rev. S. B. Fleming, of Arkansas City, Rev. J. C. Hill, of Michigan, and Rev. Patton, of Wellington, took part in the exercises of the day. Rev. J. E. Platter conducted the services in his usual graceful manner.
In the afternoon was held a conference meeting in which several clergymen delivered short addresses, and in the evening a sermon was delivered by Rev. J. C. Hill.
Winfield Courier, October 11, 1877.
J. L. M. HILL has bought A. G. Wilson’s interest in the livery business.
Winfield Courier, October 11, 1877.
Go to A. A. Jackson, at Jim Hill’s old stand, to get a good square meal for 25 cents.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 17, 1877.
Charley Harter and J. L. Hill are now managing the livery formerly owned by Mr. Wilson, and promise to keep up the reputa­tion of the stable by doing as well as heretofore.
Winfield Courier, October 25, 1877.
Read Harter & Hill’s ad. They are reliable young men, wide awake and full of business. Their livery stable is in every respect first-class. Give the boys a share of your business.
                                      [Note: There was no ad printed in that issue.]
Winfield Courier, November 22, 1877.
Mayor Hope, of Wichita, has been in Winfield for a few days past, and has bought 450 head of cattle in this vicinity. He has leased the lot on Main street between A. A. Jackson’s and Jim Hill’s buildings and will build a store for a jewelry shop. His sons will occupy the building before Christmas with $4,000 worth of jewelry stock. They are experienced workmen in their business.
Winfield Courier, November 29, 1877.
Harter & Hill are putting a 42 foot addition to the rear of their livery stable on Main street. The boys are doing a good business.
Winfield Courier, December 6, 1877.
The new addition to Harter & Hill’s livery barn is 42 feet long instead of 30 feet, as stated last week.
Winfield Courier, December 20, 1877.
Harter & Hill have a new phaeton, with spring back and seat, which cost $250.
Winfield Courier, January 24, 1878.
J. L. M. Hill and J. H. Finch are the deputies our new sheriff has appointed. We think he has made good selections.
Winfield Courier, February 28, 1878.
Harter & Hill are keeping their livery business fully up to the wants of our growing city and county.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 6, 1878.
CALLED. We received calls from Col. J. C. McMullen, E. P. Kinne, Senator Pyburn, Hon. Wm. P. Hackney, James Hill, Burt Covert, John Allen, of Winfield; Mr. Haskell, the Kansas archi­tect, and Mr. Smith, the contractor of the Pawnee school build­ing, last week.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 20, 1878.
                                                 WINFIELD, March 16, 1878.
The great event of the day to the fast men is the trial of speed against time, on a bet between B. M. Terrell and Jim Hill for $100. Terrell is to drive his fast team from Wichita to El Dorado, some 47 miles, in five hours. Three of our sporting men started in a buck this morning to be at Eldorado as judges. Bi Terrell and his team started promptly at 11 a.m. in a light open wagon. It is the general belief that Bi will rake in the cash, as the conditions (weather, roads, etc.) are all in his favor.
Winfield Courier, April 18, 1878.
The following bills were allowed.
                                                    J. L. M. Hill, drawing jury.
                                 Winfield, the Best Town of Its Size in the State.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 25, 1878.
                                   [Special Correspondence Kansas City Times.]
B. M. Terrell, formerly of Wichita, is running a livery stable in connection with Ferguson at Wichita. He claims to have the best teams in the state, and offers passengers the same rates as the stage to any point from Wichita to Winfield.
Harter & Hill also run a first-class stable.
Winfield Courier, April 25, 1878.
A. D. Speed has bought the interest of J. L. M. Hill in the livery business of Harter & Hill. The new firm will be Harter & Speed. They will continue to improve their livery stock and will add to the present array of nobby outfits.
Winfield Courier, April 25, 1878.
                                                     Real Estate Transfers.
      J. L. M. Hill to A. D. Speed, undivided ½ lots 2 and 3, block 128, Winfield, $1,500.00.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 1, 1878.
                                             LIVERY, FEED & SALE STABLE
Two doors south of Central Hotel, Main Street, Winfield, Kans. Harter & Hill, Proprietors. Horses bought and sold. First-class turn-outs furnished on short notice, with or without driver. Horses boarded by day or week. Charges reasonable.
Winfield Courier, May 2, 1878.
J. W. Johnston has taken J. L. M. Hill as a partner in the furniture business. The old store with the goods have been moved across the street and the new firm will erect a number one building on the vacant lot. The gentlemen are energetic and ambitious and intend to keep the best stocks of furniture in the southwest.
Winfield Courier, May 23, 1878.

While the bailiff had the jury in the jury room Saturday, they sent out for additional instructions from the court, and the bailiff was sent for Judge Campbell. The bailiff returned, unable to find Judge Campbell. The Undersheriff, Jim Hill, then attempted to go in, saying it was some d      d little thing that he could tell them just as well as the court; but the bailiff insisted upon “holding the fort,” and the public will never know what Jim’s instructions to the jury might have been.
Winfield Courier, May 30, 1878.
The stone building of Johnston & Hill is being pushed forward rapidly. The business qualities of both of these gentlemen are too well known to our citizens to need comment from us, and we predict for them a large business in the furniture line.
Winfield Courier, June 6, 1878.
On last Saturday, June 1st, about four o’clock p.m., Jay Page, saloon keeper of this place, was shot and killed by L. J. Webb, attorney, and member of the House of Representatives of the State. Crowds of men immediately assembled around the scene of the transaction and great excitement prevailed. At the time of the shooting Mr. Page was standing against the counter of his saloon in conversation with Frank Manny, when Mr. Webb entered from the back room; and walking up to within about twelve feet of Mr. Page, drew a revolver from his pocket and fired—the ball entering Page’s left breast about five inches above the nipple. Page ran out the front door, blood gushing from his mouth and nostrils, crying that Webb had killed him. He ran along the sidewalk perhaps 100 feet and fell. He was taken up, bleeding from the mouth profusely. He expired immediately. No word was spoken in the saloon by either Webb or Page. After firing the shot Webb turned to the counter, where he handed his pistol to J. L. M. Hill, deputy sheriff, and went out in custody of Hill.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 12, 1878.
                                                   [From the Winfield Courier.]
On last Saturday, June 1st, about four o’clock p.m., Jay Page, saloon keeper of this place, was shot and killed by L. J. Webb, attorney, and member of the House of Representatives of the State. Crowds of men immediately assembled around the scene of the transaction and great excitement prevailed. At the time of the shooting Mr. Page was standing against the counter of his saloon in conversation with Frank Manny, when Webb entered from the back room and walking up to within about twelve feet of Mr. Page, drew a revolver from his pocket and fired, the ball enter­ing Page’s left breast about five inches above the nipple.
Page ran out the front door, blood gushing from his mouth and nos­trils, crying that Webb had killed him. He ran along the side­walk perhaps 100 feet and fell. He was taken up, bleeding from the mouth profusely. He expired immediately. No word was spoken in the saloon by either Webb or Page. After firing the shot Webb turned to the counter, where he handed his pistol to J. L. M. Hill, deputy sheriff, and went out in custody of Hill.
                                                   The Page-Webb Tragedy.
Winfield Courier, June 13, 1878.
                                           JESSE HERNDON’S TESTIMONY.

I have been tending bar for Page lately. On the first day of June I was in Page’s saloon. Mr. Page was there. I saw L. J. Webb there; saw him shoot Page. Page was standing at the north end of the bar, front side, leaning against the bar talking to Frank Manny. Webb came into the room at the back door, walked to within about ten feet of Page, took his pistol out of his pocket, and pointed it towards Page. The pistol made a report and I saw the smoke. Page put up his hand to his left breast and said: “See where the son of a b___h has shot me.”
Page walked out of the front door. I did not see Webb do anything after that. He gave his pistol to Mr. Hill. I did not see Mr. Page anymore until about half an hour, when I saw him in the doctor’s office dead. What I have described transpired in Cowley County, Kansas, about 4 o’clock p.m., Saturday, June 1, 1878.
Winfield Courier, June 27, 1878.
                                                        Council Proceedings.
Action was taken on the following bills [Showing amount allowed only].
                                   J. L. M. Hill, coffin, box, etc., for Brooks: $5.50.
Winfield Courier, July 4, 1878.
                                                        Council Proceedings.
                                           WINFIELD, KANSAS, July 1, 1878.
Action was taken on the following bills. [Showing Allowed Only.]
                                           J. L. M. Hill, coffin for Brooks: $5.00.
Winfield Courier, July 11, 1878.
Johnston & Hill’s furniture shop continues to travel. This time he has gone down south of the M. E. parsonage, and the stock of furniture has gone into a building near the old Farmers’ Restaurant. Their new fire-proof building near the Williams House is progressing finely and will contain a large stock in due time.
Winfield Courier, August 8, 1878.
Johnston & Hill have the best flagstone sidewalk that there is in the city.
Winfield Courier, August 22, 1878.
Johnston & Hill say they will duplicate Wichita prices on furniture. Call and see them at their new store.
Winfield Courier, August 22, 1878.
Farmers, when you come to town, call and see Johnston & Hill’s new furniture store and ask the prices, and after this buy your furniture in your own county.
Winfield Courier, August 22, 1878.
Johnston & Hill have moved into their new stone building and are showing that they intend to do a “rushing” business by putting in the largest stock of furniture ever brought to Winfield.
Winfield Courier, August 29, 1878.
The oldest and largest undertaking establishment in the county is Johnston & Hill’s.
Winfield Courier, September 12, 1878.
                                                     Real Estate Transfers.
J. W. Johnston and wife to J. L. M. Hill, undivided half lot 10, block 129, Winfield.
H. C. Loomis to J. L. M. Hill, lots 1, 2, and 3, block 150, Winfield; $150.
Winfield Courier, September 26, 1878.
Johnston & Hill had their furniture rooms illuminated Saturday night by two large and handsome chandeliers. They always manage to get up something new and interesting.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 2, 1879.
The following is a list of new buildings erected in the city of Winfield since January 1, 1878, with the name of owner and cost of building.
                                     Johnston & Hill, store room, brick: $2,500.00.
                                       Johnston & Hill, residence, frame: $200.00.
Winfield Courier, January 2, 1879.
Listed as a Courier Advertiser:
JOHNSTON & HILL have the very largest and finest stock of furni­ture ever brought to Winfield, and they know how to dispose of them and please their customers. J. W. Johnston is an old hand at the business and an excellent mechanic. J. L. M. Hill is a very active, enterprising, and popular young man of fine business qualities.
Winfield Courier, January 16, 1879.
Board of County Commissioners met in regular session [Janu­ary 6, 1879]. Present: R. F. Burden, W. M. Sleeth, and G. L. Gale, commissioners, James McDermott, county attorney, and M. G. Troup, county clerk.
Among other proceedings had, bills against the county were presented and passed upon by the board as follows.
                                                       Johnston & Hill, chairs.
                                                Johnston & Hill, coffin. [$10.00]
Winfield Courier, March 27, 1879.
The following is a list of the principal business firms of Winfield.
                                   Johnston & Hill, Robinson & Miller, Daniel Sheel.
Winfield Courier, May 8, 1879.
                                                REAL ESTATE TRANSFERS.
        D. A. Millington as guardian, to J. L. M. Hill, lots 1 to 12, blk 71, Winfield. $835.00.
Winfield Courier, May 8, 1879.
JOHNSTON & HILL have been appointed Agents for J. W. Stout & Co.’s Marble Works. All parties wishing HEADSTONES, TOMBSTONES, or anything of the kind will find it to their advan­tage to call on them before looking elsewhere. They also keep on hand a full line of Burial Cases, Metallic Cases, and Coffins.
                              NOTE: NO ADDRESS GIVEN FOR THIS NOTICE.
Winfield Courier, June 5, 1879.
Mr. Jim Hill has been appointed quartermaster on Gen. Green’s staff. This is a good appointment. His success in running the commissary stores of the “St. Nick,” will long be remembered by such of the boys as were fortunate enough to “hang out” at that place during the halcyon days when “Jim” officiated as landlord and a square meal with green turtle soup was only 25 cents.
Winfield Courier, July 3, 1879 - Front Page.

The Commonwealth  reports the following commissions as lately issued by the Governor, which will be of interest to our readers.
Commissions were issued yesterday to the following officers.
W. E. Gillelen, Captain and Assistant Adjutant General, K. S. M.
J. L. M. Hill, Winfield, Captain and Brigadier Quartermaster.
D. L. Kretsinger, First Lieutenant and Aide-de-Camp, on Staff Brigadier General A. H. Green, Winfield.
Winfield Courier, July 3, 1879.
The commissions for the officers of Gen. Green’s staff arrived last Saturday evening. The appointees are: Warren Gillelen, Assistant Adjutant General; James Hill, Brigade Quar­ter­master, and D. L. Kretsinger, Aide-de-camp. Hurray for the staff!
Winfield Courier, July 10, 1879.
Mr. Jas. Hill returned from his visit to Canada last Satur­day evening, and reports having had a glorious time. He visited Chicago, took a trip on the lake, saw the big falls, and enjoyed himself generally.
Winfield Courier, July 24, 1879.
JOHNSTON & HILL, UNDERTAKERS, And dealers in Furniture, Winfield, Kansas.
Winfield Courier, August 28, 1879.
Jim Hill has sold his block in the southwest part of town to Mr. Moorehouse, from Indiana, for $1,200.
Winfield Courier, September 11, 1879.
Mr. Jim Hill started on Tuesday to the Ponca Agency, where he will take charge of the post-tradership for Dr. Hughes. Jim is an old hand at the business, and the similarity between the favorite Ponca dish (dog soup) and the “shadow soup,” which so often graced the table of the “St. Nic.” while he was proprietor, is so strong that he will feel perfectly at home. Vale, Jim.
Winfield Courier, September 18, 1879.
Jim Hill, of Winfield, has, we are informed, accepted the position as bookkeeper for Dr. Hughes at the Sac and Fox Agency. —Democrat.
We guess that Jim is more than bookkeeper for that institu­tion. We are informed that this post trader business at that place is flourishing and making money.
Winfield Courier, September 18, 1879.
W. P. Hackney has been appointed Brigade-Quartermaster of militia, vice J. L. M. Hill, resigned. Mr. Hackney’s commission arrived Monday evening.
Winfield Courier, October 30, 1879.
If you want window-shades, with new patent fixtures, equal to the spring rollers, for half the money, call on Johnston & Hill.
Winfield Courier, November 6, 1879.
Jim Hill came up from the Territory Tuesday, just in time to witness Charley’s overwhelming defeat. Jim has lost all faith in Cowley.
Winfield Courier, November 6, 1879.

We received a call from Mr. W. L. Moorehouse, the gentleman who purchased the Jim Hill block, last Tuesday. He has purchased Prof. Farringer’s residence on south Main street, has brought his family, and has come to stay. Mr. Moorehouse is a pleasant gentleman and will make a valuable citizen.
Winfield Courier, December 4, 1879.
Mr. W. L. Moorehouse has some fine business lots to dispose of in the “Hill Block.” See his ad.
AD: FOR SALE, THE “HILL BLOCK,” in any quantity to suit the purchaser. Also acre and half acre lots located at the South end of Main street. Terms easy and prices low.
                                                     W. L. MOOREHOUSE.
                                                           Winfield, Kansas.
                                   Inquire at Hendricks & Wilson’s hardware store.
Winfield Courier, February 12, 1880.
’76 Horning has purchased part of the Jim Hill Block on which to erect a residence.
Winfield Courier, April 8, 1880.
J. L. M. Hill has abandoned his savage life for the present and is up looking for new fields to conquer. He will probably visit New Mexico.
Winfield Courier, April 15, 1880.
A mammoth car came in on the A., T. & S. F., Sunday, from Abernathy Bros., loaded with furniture for Johnston & Hill. The car is almost as large as a warehouse and was built expressly for transporting furniture. It took Al. Requa three days to transfer the furniture from the depot to Johnston & Hill’s store rooms. They intend to make a big boom in furniture.
Winfield Courier, May 6, 1880.
The furniture firm of Johnston & Hill is getting up a big boom in their line of business. Almost every hour during the past few days teams have been loading or unloading in front of their store, and Jim looks as smiling and happy as he did in the palmiest days of the “St. Nick.”
Winfield Courier, May 20, 1880.
J. L. M. Hill has sold his neat little residence on Mansfield street for $800.
Winfield Courier, June 3, 1880.
Mr. O. F. Boyle and lady, and Mr. J. L. M. Hill started for Leadville last Monday.
Winfield Courier, August 12, 1880.
B. F. Baldwin writes from Colorado Springs thusly: “As soon as I can find time, I will write you what I know and think of Colorado. I will say, however, that I like it much better for a place to sojourn during the hot months of summer than a permanent home. My family are here and quite well. I have much improved in health since I came here. J. L. M. Hill and S. H. Myton left here yesterday (August 4th) for New Mexico and home. M. L. Robinson, wife, and boy left for Alamosa and the San Juan country on same train.”
Winfield Courier, August 19, 1880.
J. L. M. Hill has returned from New Mexico and Colorado. He don’t think much of the chances for speculation there, but imagines Old Mexico will “pan out” better.
Winfield Courier, September 30, 1880.

Johnston & Hill opened up Monday an elegant line of paint­ings, and embossed pictures. This stock is something entirely new to the trade here. They are continually adding new features to their stock.
Winfield Courier, November 25, 1880.
Why don’t someone fit up an ice house? They might get a corner on it, as Jim Hill did in 1876.
Winfield Courier, December 16, 1880.
Jim Hill has been trying his hand at artistic window hanging.
Winfield Courier, December 23, 1880.
Jim Hill is an artist. If you do not believe it, look at the show windows in Johnston & Hill’s furniture store.
Winfield Courier, January 20, 1881.
Messrs. Boyer, Hill, and Boyle will go west early next week on a prospecting tour. Judge Boyer expects to visit Durango, which is on the border of the San Juan country and is the Mecca toward which thousands of eyes are looking. We wish the gentle­men both pleasure and profit. Their stay will be indefinite.
Winfield Courier, January 27, 1881.
James Hill is not going to Colorado to live, for yesterday he leased from Mr. Hitchcock the building now occupied by John Ledlie, and will run it as an oyster house and confectionery. It fairly makes one’s mouth water to hear the old timers tell about “Jim’s” former efforts in this direction. We have no doubt of the success of the enterprise.
Winfield Courier, February 3, 1881.
Jim Hill has been very busy refitting and refilling the Ledlie restaurant. Already boxes and bales and barrels are beginning to arrive; before many days, Jim will have the building filled up to the ceiling.
Winfield Courier, February 3, 1881.
On Monday Jim Hill took charge of the Ledlie restaurant. Jim has acquired an enviable reputation in this line. His splendid business qualifications and personal popularity would make him successful in any community, and especially in Winfield. Since Jim quit business at the old “St. Nicholas,” the boys have been wandering around from place to place like lost sheep. They can now once more take their peanuts and oysters in a congenial atmosphere. Jim’s old customers will not be long in finding him.
Winfield Courier, February 10, 1881.
Fresh apples at Jim Hill’s.
Winfield Courier, February 24, 1881.
                                   WHAT BECAME OF JIM HILL’S OYSTERS?

W. C. Root, wife, and child, came in from McPherson on Monday week, having been four days on the road. Between Peabody and Walton his train got stuck in a snow drift at about eight o’clock in the morning, and it was full forty-eight hours before all the efforts put forth succeeded in extricating it. There were 150 passengers on board who had to fast all the first day until eight o’clock in the evening, when the conductor went through the express car and got out everything in it that was edible. The passengers got outside of oysters, crackers, etc., with incredible dispatch. A can of Jim Hill’s “selects” fell to the lot of our friend Root and family. The fair half of that family could never bear the sight of a raw oyster, but under the stress of circumstances, expressed her surprise that they could be so good. In the second morning more edibles were secured from the little farm houses scattered over the prairie, and the wolf did not get away with anyone.
Winfield Courier, March 17, 1881.
Jim Hill now blooms alone as the only bachelor representa­tive of the days of ’73.
Winfield Courier, March 17, 1881.
Jim Hill received twenty boxes of oranges last Saturday and he now proposes to “carry the war into Africa.” If this thing keeps on, it will be cheaper to eat them than to let them alone.
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. M. 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 14, 1881.
See Timme The Tailor’s “pronunciamento” in another column. He has removed.
CARD. I would respectfully announce to the public that my establishment, formerly located above the post office, has been removed to the ground floor one door north of Johnston’s & Hill’s, where I shall be glad to show my Patrons “Old and New,” a com­plete line of Cloths for gentlemen’s wear, embracing all the Novelties of this season. As I guarantee a first class fit, I differ but in one respect with “Ely,” of Chicago in prices, giving you the same article for half the money—a fact—so if you want to pay two prices, I can safely recommend Mr. Ely. All other houses, especially in Kansas City, I cannot conscientiously recognize as worthy of notice. Thanking the public for their generous support, I remain respectfully, T. R. Timme, The Tailor.
Winfield Courier, April 14, 1881.
Jim Hill is making some long needed improvements in his store room. He is washing the accumulated dust of years off the ceiling, and will paper and paint the room throughout.
Winfield Courier, April 21, 1881.
Jim Hill has put out his “ice-cold lemonade” signs. Those who remember the excellent lemonade Jim made in olden times have not forgotten its cooling properties.
Winfield Courier, May 5, 1881.

                                                      Prohibition in Kansas.
Below are statements of businessmen and leading citizens of this city and county.
                                                       JOHNSTON & HILL,
Dealers in furniture. Our trade is better than it was a year ago, though we have more competition in the business than we had then. The tendency of the short crops of last summer to decrease the trade is fully made up by the tendency of those then in the habit of spending their money for liquor to now spend it for furniture and ornaments for their homes. We observe that there are fewer men on the streets and sidewalks nowadays than there were a year ago, and fewer men calling to examine and price our goods; but then men would lounge around awhile and leave without buying, while now they almost always buy something. We notice that many women who come in here have a more cheerful, happy look than they had a year ago. Our trade in coffins has fallen off.
                                               J. L. M. HILL, RESTAURANT.
Think the closing of the saloons has reduced my oyster business very largely. When a squad of men have got pretty full of liquor, it makes them feel so rich that they will buy oysters by the quantity. My cigar and fruit business is better and increasing. Men who drink liquor do not buy fruit as a general rule.
Winfield Courier, May 5, 1881.
Jim Hill interviewed ye local Saturday evening as to the merits of his ice cream. In the outcome we got the better of a dish of the finest ice cream we have tasted for many a day.
Winfield Courier, May 19, 1881.
Mr. A. B. Taylor and Sammy Roberts were admitted to the bar last Friday, and Saturday evening the “event” was celebrated by ice cream, cake, etc., at Jim Hill’s, which was partaken of by about fifteen members of the bar, Judge Torrance, and several of the press gang. The boys were heartily welcomed to their new vocation.
Winfield Courier, May 19, 1881.
Hank Paris’ mule team ran away down the street Tuesday and brought up with their noses against Jim Hill’s store front. Fortunately neither team nor wagon were injured, but it caused a scattering among the omnibuses standing in front of the Williams House. The team scared at a piece of paper blowing on the street. Had anyone been run over and killed, persons who throw paper on the streets would regret that they did not heed our advice about burning the paper.
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.
                                                   J. L. M. Hill donated $5.00.
Winfield Courier, June 23, 1881.
                                    50,000 BUSHELS OF PEACHES WANTED.

Farmers who will have peaches to sell and wish to make arrangements to dispose of them should call on Jim Hill. As peaches are perishable articles, arrangements for shipping must be made before the crop ripens.
Winfield Courier, June 30, 1881.
Ice for sale at JIM HILL’S.
Winfield Courier, July 28, 1881.
Jim Hill and E. L. Shinn have bought the 2,500 bushel crop in Vanorsdal’s peach orchard.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 14, 1881.
James Hill, of Winfield, “Jolly Jim,” was down last week. Jim buys peach stones at 50 cents per bushel.
Winfield Courier, October 6, 1881.
Mr. J. L. M. Hill left for New Mexico Saturday and will try his fortune in the far west.
Winfield Courier, November 17, 1881.
Jim Hill and Vinnie Beckett are erecting buildings and putting in dug-outs at Robinson, the new village in the Black Range. We hope Jim and Vinnie will make their fortunes right there.
Cowley County Courant, November 17, 1881.
Jim Hill and Vinnie Beckett, who used to be on the Courier, are at the new town of Robinson, in the Black Range, and are going to erect buildings at once. They think it the finest town site in the country. A two story hotel 30 x 70 will be erected at once.
Winfield Courier, December 1, 1881.
When you want picture-frames, go to Johnston & Hill’s, they are the only practical picture-frame makers in Winfield.
Arkansas City Traveler, January 4, 1882.
It is reported in Winfield that James Hill (Jim) was shot through the head during an altercation over some papers pertain­ing to a town site in the mountains of Colorado.
Cowley County Courant, January 5, 1882.
It was not our Jim Hill who was shot at Socorro, New Mexico, and mentioned in our Saturday’s issue. It was a man named Charley Hill, who was the proprietor of a dance house. Of course, all will see at a glance that this could not be Jim.
Winfield Courier, January 5, 1882.
A rumor was floating around town last Saturday that Jim Hill was shot and killed at Robinson. It proved to be a canard. One Charles Hill, a miner, was killed; but Jim is still in the land of the living and not likely to be taken off in that way.
Winfield Courier, January 5, 1882.
When you want picture-frames, go to Johnston & Hill’s, they are the only practical picture-frame makers in Winfield.
Cowley County Courant, January 12, 1882.

A party recently arrived in Winfield, hailing from the east, and made a purchase of a small bill of furniture from Johnston & Hill. After a short sojourn in the city, they concluded to return to their former home. The lady went to the above named firm to sell back the furniture, and was informed that they could not take it back as they did not deal in second hand goods, and directed where she could sell it, as there were several second hand stores in town. On Saturday evening the lady informed Mr. J. W. Johnston that she was doing all she could to injure his business; that she kept several from purchasing goods from him and she would try and keep more. If there are any states com­posed of this kind of people who do business in this manner, we don’t sigh for any emigration from those states; not much.
Winfield Courier, February 16, 1882.
We have received a letter from Robinson, New Mexico, stating that the town is having a big boom. M. L. Robinson is erecting a two-story hotel and a new paper is soon to be started by V. B. Beckett and Jim Hill of this place. Robinson is in Socorro County, right among the mines.
Cowley County Courant, February 23, 1882.
V. B. Beckett, well known to some of our citizens, and who in the “long ago” livened up the Courier with his versatile genius, came in from Robinson, New Mexico, today. Mr. Beckett is the partner of Jim Hill, formerly of this city, in the grocery business of Robinson, but of course Vin couldn’t exist any length of time without a paper and he will soon start one at that place. The sign of “Spike” is like the shadow of a great rock in a weary land to his friends who always wish for his prosperity wherever he may be. Mr. Beckett has been so foolish as to possess himself with twenty or thirty gold mines, each one an elephant on his hands and supposed to contain millions. Of course, Vin sees himself in the future the Croesus of the world if someone doesn’t run away with his holes in the ground, but while he has piles of wealth in his mind, he contents himself for the present by jingling an old bunch of keys in his pantaloons pocket.
Winfield Courier, February 23, 1882.
                                                         The Catholic Fair.

“A little fun now and then is relished by the best of men.” The Catholic Fair, which closed Friday evening, Feb. 10, was the source of much amusement to the people of Winfield. Everything in the way of pleasure was there, and the citizens did not fail to patronize the good work. The businessmen when called upon for contributions responded liberally, as did the ladies, in donating the various articles for a supper and refreshment tables. The fancy articles which were donated were duly appreciated, and served to decorate the booths nicely. We do not pretend to name the several articles; however, we will give a few. The china set of one hundred and fifty seven pieces, which was won by Mr. J. B. Lynn, who afterwards presented it to Father Kelly, occupied a prominent position on one of the tables. A handsome family Bible, a fine gold necklace and bracelets, donated by Mr. P. Lavery; a wax cross, a silver castor, donated by Mr. Schroeter; a silver butter dish and knife, the gift of Hudson Bros.; an artificial flower pot, given by F. Manny; a large wax doll, a silver pickle castor, and two silver goblets, donated by Mr. and Mrs. C. Buckley; a Kalomeda set, given by Johnston & Hill; a pair of vases, by Harter Bros.; lace curtains, by Mr. Hahn; a box of fancy note-paper, by Mr. P. Buckley; a handsome album, by Mrs. Charlie Allen, of Wichita; a pair of vases, by H. Goldsmith; a pair of gentleman’s slippers, by Smith Bros.; pin cushions, tidies, toilet sets, mats, pillow shams and numerous other articles, which decorated the fancy tables over which Mrs. J. C. Fuller and Mrs. Pierce presided. The refreshment stand was taken charge of by the Misses Healey, McGonigle, and Kelly. The supper table was superintended by Mrs. Dockery and Mrs. Lanbener. Miss Kate Healey was postmaster and distributed many letters and valentines to the young folks. Mrs. Charlie Allen, from Wichita, took care of the oyster table. Our friend, Capt. H. H. Siverd, was the winner of the hanging lamp and pickle castor; he deserved them for his energy in trying to make the fair a success. Dr. C. C. Green won the horse. The ball, though last, was not least. It was conducted with so much propriety that many church members were tempted to “tip the light fantastic toe.” Capt. C. Steuven was floor manager. There were many visitors here during the fair. Mrs. E. Woolheater, Mr. Buck, from Newton, Miss D. McDoigle, from Leavenworth, and Mrs. Charlie Allen, from Wichita, being noticed. Nearly all the young folks of Winfield were out. The young men were very gallant and generous in taking chances on all articles to be disposed of in that way. Capt. W. Whiting, Dave Harter, Ad Powers, Willie Smith, C. Hodges, J. Hyden, Fred Whiting, Ed and H. Cole, C. C. Harris, J. O’Hare, H. Seward, and A. D. Speed were among the many who assisted in making the fair a success, both socially and financially, and we feel sure the Catholics will feel grateful for the kindness of all those who contributed toward the good work.
Winfield Courier, February 23, 1882.
Vinnie Beckett, one of “Our Boys,” who is mining and selling goods at Robinson, New Mexico, came in Friday on his way east. He is purchasing a newspaper outfit, which he and Jim Hill will operate. Vinnie and Jim are in partnership in the mercantile and mining business at Robinson.
Cowley County Courant, March 2, 1882.
We call the attention of our citizens to the communication from Mr. Thorpe in this issue, and we are glad to see them investigating the matter. The prospect of such a manufactory is decidedly pleasant to us, and we would like to see the matter given full attention. We don’t think there is any danger of Winfield becoming a “way station,” but we would not lose an opportunity to build up this city or advance her interests. Winfield is flourishing now, and we want it to continue in so doing and we think all our businessmen are with us in that desire.
EDITOR COURANT: I find that there are some people who feel rather dubious as to the success of the enterprise which I suggested in the COURANT the other day. To these people I would kindly offer this explanation of the “modus operandi” of such an enterprise. All of the eastern manufactories of a like nature have to buy their leather, paying four profits for it, namely, the manufacturers, commissioners, wholesalers, and retailers. Now in my suggestion I propose manufacturing my own leather, and thereby combining all of the aforesaid profits with the profits derived from the manufacture of boots and shoes.
In regard to competition, we invite it, for in a country like this, where there is always a plentiful supply of hides at lower rates than can be procured at any point in the east; we candidly say we invite and defy competition.

The town of Winfield has about reached its limits as regards the population, and is allowing other adjacent towns, much smaller than she is, to out-rival her by the intrepidity of their citizens. What will be the consequences? The result will be that she will awake one day to find that during her slumber she has allowed her once inferior neighboring towns to become large manufacturing cities, while she receives the flattering title of a “way station.” Now the question is, are the citizens of Winfield going to allow this opportunity to pass by without the slightest effort on their part to save it from the four winds. I for one, am willing to risk all I have towards the furtherance of such an enterprise. Most every man, woman, and child in Kansas wears boots or shoes at some period of the year, and as Kansas gives great encouragement to home industry, the chances of disposing of goods would be great. I am speaking of Kansas as the home  market. Such an enterprise would not alone fill the pockets of the stock holders, but would give employment to many men and women.
The following are some of the well known citizens who fully endorse my proposition and who also agree to take shares in the corporation.
                                                      Messrs. Johnston & Hill.
Cowley County Courant, March 16, 1882.
Winfield Courier, April 13, 1882.
M. L. Robinson returned from New Mexico last week. He brings favorable news from all our folks there. Vinnie Beckett and Jim Hill will soon have their newspaper going. Dr. and Mrs. Black opened out the “Black Range Hotel” with a grand dinner last Saturday. They are well pleased with the location and the prospects. M. L. is as enthusiastic as ever over the prospects of the town, and if his energy can’t make it win, it is useless for anyone else to try.
Winfield Courier, May 11, 1882.
Vin Beckett and Jim Hill’s new paper, the Black Range, comes to hand this week brighter than ever. They are making it one of the best papers in the Territory of New Mexico.
Winfield Courier, October 5, 1882.
The following accounts were presented and referred to the County Commissioners.
                                      Johnston & Hill for 2 coffins and box: $22.50.
Winfield Courier, October 5, 1882.
                                            At the Lowest Possible Living Profits.
                                              —ALSO A FINE STOCK OF—
                                                  UNDERTAKER’S GOODS,
                                      including Burial Robes, Coffins, and Caskets.
                                                       JOHNSTON & HILL.
Winfield Courier, December 14, 1882.
If you want a bureau, you will never get another chance for bargains as at present at Johnston & Hill’s.
Winfield Courier, December 14, 1882.
We are selling out a part of our large stock at greatly reduced prices. Come and see us and be convinced. Johnston & Hill.
Jim Hill place...
Winfield Courier, December 28, 1882.

Frank Williams has sold his farm north of town to a brother of Jacob Rinker, for four thousand dollars. The Jim Hill place just north of it was also sold the other day for sixteen hundred dollars. This quarter was bare of everything but stone and grass.
[Note: Item dating back to 1874 about Jim Hill.]...
Winfield Courier, February 22, 1883.
                                                       Echoes From the Past.
We have before us bound files of the COURIER from the first copy, issued ten years ago. They contain an ever-varying panorama of the life and growth of Cowley and her people, of peculiar interest to the old residents, and replete with incidents and anecdotes of early life for the new-comers.
July 17, 1874, we find a card from Jim Hill denying charges made by Allison that his dog caused the runaway of a lady’s team. Jim says: “Please allow me to say, that my dog is not a worthless, contemptible cur, as he would have his readers believe, nor does it bark at him. My dog never barks at such insignificant objects. I have no dog and never owned one.”
Winfield Courier, May 10, 1883.
Jim Hill returned from Mexico Tuesday, well and hearty. He was met by a perfect ovation from the boys, old and young. He will remain at least during the summer. Jim finds that there is no place like home.
Winfield Courier, August 9, 1883.
Mr. Simington, of the Chicago Furniture Manufacturing Company, was in the city Tuesday and Wednesday. He was sent out by his firm to sell Messrs. Johnston & Hill their fall stock of furniture. They laid in a big supply and for the next thirty days will sell furniture at way down prices to make room for the new stock.
Winfield Courier, September 6, 1883.
Committee on credentials reported the following named delegates and alternates for their respective townships.
                                                    WINFIELD, 1ST WARD.
G. H. Buckman, J. W. Craine, T. J. Harris, J. A. McGuire, Daniel Mater, John W. Nichols, H. E. Asp, M. G. Troup.
Alternates: W. F. Bowen, W. B. Caton, Walter Denning, Quincy A. Glass, J. W. Arrowsmith, E. S. Bedilion, J. T. Hackney, G. F. Corwin.
                                                    WINFIELD 2ND WARD.
H. Brotherton, M. L. Read, D. L. Kretsinger, I. W. Randall, Arthur Bangs, W. T. Madden.
Alternates: J. L. Horning, J. L. M. Hill, B. F. Wood, Will Hudson, W. J. Kennedy, E. C. Goodrich.
The committee on Credentials report that Winfield has not presented any credentials, but has placed the election returns in our hands, filed a ticket from each ward with the names of delegates elected. We also find that the 1st ward is entitled to 7½ delegates, and 2nd ward 5 to 5½  delegates, 13 in all, and your committee recommend that one name be stricken off said ticket. I. H. BONSALL, R. S. STROTHER, J. A. COCHRAN. . . .
Winfield Courier, September 20, 1883.

Johnston & Hill now have a new thing in the way of a furniture polish. It is called M. J. Bischof’s Excelsior Furniture Polish, and it instantly polishes beautifully, equal to new. It stands unrivaled for producing immediately a magnificent gloss. Try it.
Winfield Courier, September 20, 1883.
J. L. M. Hill, of Johnston & Hill, is taking in the Fair at Kansas City, this week. He anticipates going farther East and laying in a choice selection of furniture before his return home.
Winfield Courier, September 27, 1883.
DIED. From Johnston & Hill, undertakers, we learn of the death of John Carpenter, near Udall, on Monday last, and of the loss in this city, by Mrs. Mary Kinne, of her little two-year-old daughter.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 3, 1883.
Johnston & Hill received a car load of furniture this week, the first complete car load that was ever seen in this county. A car load of furniture is not quite as large as the Brettun house nor quite as big a show as Cole’s circus, but it is something enormous, nevertheless, and a small show in itself. Telegram.
We congratulate our county seat neighbors on this near approach to metropolitan proportions in their business affairs, but at the same time would beg leave to set them right on a point of minor importance. Our old reliable furniture man, P. Pearson, has only received ten complete car loads of this useful commodity this year, much of which has been jobbed out to Winfield parties. Two more car loads are now on the way, and if your present mammoth supply ever runs out, Peter is ever ready to “lend a kind, helping hand to the poor.”
Winfield Courier, October 18, 1883.
DIED. Johnston & Hill inform us of the death of Mrs. John Green, at Tannehill, on the 13th inst.
Winfield Courier, October 18, 1883.
DIED. Mrs. Wenona Swazey, mother of Dr. J. C. Perry of this city, died in Geuda Springs on the 11th inst., aged eighty-three years and six months. The remains were incased in one of Johnston & Hill’s celebrated metallic caskets and shipped to Marshall County, Illinois, for interment.
Winfield Courier, November 1, 1883.
DIED. Through Johnston & Hill, undertakers, we learn of the death at Udall, on Oct. 24th, of Mrs. E. D. Dale, aged seventy-two years, mother of James Dale of that place.
Winfield Courier, November 22, 1883.
“The supreme court of the United States now says that the civil rights bill which at the close of the war stated that a ‘nigger’ was just as good as a white man, is unconstitutional and without effect in the territories. The general government has, in other words, a right to make this statement in its exclusive dominion but has no power to make the sovereign states agree with her. Here is the old states rights cropping out. Despite the law the fact remains that the well behaved negro is better than the white person who feels himself degraded by his company.”

The above is clipped from the Black Range, the “democratic” paper which J. L. M. Hill helped to edit in New Mexico. It does not seem to be as democratic as the boys would make persons believe.
Winfield Courier, November 22, 1883.
                                                              Catholic Fair.
The Catholic Fair to be held November 27, 28, and 29 promises to be a grand success. Several articles of use, ornament, and value to be disposed of during the three days. Some of the articles are for raffle and some are to be voted to prominent citizens of Winfield. Among the many things to be disposed of is a pair of Piebald ponies which will be raffled off at $2 a chance, or number. A lady’s fine gold watch worth $150, beautifully and richly set with rubies, in fact the finest lady’s watch ever brought to Winfield by Hudson Bros., the part donors thereof. The watch is to be voted for the contestants or candidates, being A. E. Baird’s charming little daughter, and D. R. Green’s charming Lucy. A $40 gold headed cane is to be voted to the gentleman of Winfield receiving the most votes. The candidates as far as ascertained are A. T. Spotswood, D. L. Kretsinger, J. B. Lynn, Jim Hill, Cal. Ferguson, Charlie Harter, and Charlie Black, gentlemen well known to the people of Winfield and county; and also a neat and handsome office chair is to be voted for, the contestants being Fred C. Hunt and Will T. Madden; and a pair of lady’s gold bracelets to Jessie Smedley or Dora McRorey, whichever receives the most votes; also a fine wax doll to be voted to Mr. Hendrick’s little daughter or Mable Siverd. A handsome gold ring donated by our genial jeweler, Mr. Ramsey, will be baked in a handsome cake, and disposed of at 10 cents a piece, one of which pieces will contain the ring. Some of the articles for raffle are a handsome rug donated by J. B. Lynn, a handsome easy chair donated by Frank Berkey, a fine silver castor donated by our young jeweler, Bobby Hudson, and many other articles of ornament and use too numerous to mention, donated by Jim Hill, Mr. Arment, and other parties whose names will be mentioned hereafter. The Thanksgiving dinner spoken of will be the finest ever served in Winfield, and it is to be hoped that all will avail themselves of a delicious meal. The Fair will close by a grand ball on Thanksgiving evening, giving the young folks a chance to enjoy the day wisely set apart by our President for amusement and social recreation.
Winfield Courier, January 24, 1884.

Tuesday night about half past twelve the building occupied by Mr. Best, next to Johnston & Hill’s furniture store, was set on fire by someone. The side of the building a few feet from the sidewalk was saturated with coal oil and set on fire. Someone happened to be passing just afterward, gave the alarm, and the blaze was put out before it had fairly got underway. A piece of siding torn from the building smells strongly of coal oil. If it had been discovered five minutes later, five buildings, at least, would have gone up in smoke. What the object of the incendiary was is a mystery. Some connect it with the existence of a gambling room in the upper part of the building—a fact that does not seem to have been known to anyone until Wednesday morning. About the time of the alarm, someone tried to get in the back door of Hudson Bros. Jewelry Store, but were frightened off by a pistol shot from John Hudson, who was sleeping in the building. The fire might have been set by someone with the intention of getting everyone out and burglarizing the town. The marshal ought to keep a sharp look-out for tramps, vags, and strangers generally. The fire bell rope is said to have been cut before the fire.
Winfield Courier, February 14, 1884.
                                                              More Fires.
Again, on Sunday evening, an attempt was made to set fire to property in the city. A lot of hay was stuffed under the rear end of Hendricks & Wilson’s hardware store and ignited. It was done about half past seven o’clock in the evening. Mr. James McLain, who has been acting as night watchman, first discovered and put it out. Shortly before, when walking across Manning Street and Tenth Avenue, he passed a man who was walking hurriedly. As soon as he passed, the man broke into a run, and a moment after McLain discovered the fire. When he turned, the man had disappeared in the darkness. What the object of these incendiaries is cannot be defined. The fire in the Hodges barn could have injured but little business property if successful. The fire started in the Shenneman barn, immediately after, when the hose was handy and hundreds of people standing around to use it, could not have been set with a very villainous intent to destroy, as the destroyer might have known it would be put out in a minute. The setting of the Sunday evening fire early in the evening, when everyone was about, showed a lack of deep intent to do great injury. However, our people have resolved to put a stop to it, and to that end the following paper has been prepared and duly signed, and the total sum of $222.50 goes to the person who runs the fire-bugs in.
We, the undersigned, promise to pay the sum set against our respective names as a reward for the apprehension and conviction of any person or persons engaged in setting any incendiary fire in the city of Winfield, either heretofore or hereafter.
S. C. Smith, T. K. Johnston, Horning & Whitney, Wm. Newton, Hudson Bros., McGuire Bros., J. B. Lynn, Geo. Emerson, COURIER Co., Ella C. Shenneman, W. S. Mendenhall, Winfield Bank, M. L. Read’s Bank, Rinker & Cochran, Miller & Dawson, H. Beard, Whiting Bros., Hendricks & Wilson, A. E. Bard, Johnston & Hill, J. N. Harter, Farmers Bank, Wallis & Wallis, F. V. Rowland, J. S. Mann, Hughes & Cooper, A. B. Arment, Quincy A. Glass, W. L. Morehouse, McDonald & Miner, Curns & Manser, J. D. Pryor, M. Hahn & Co., O’Meara & Randolph, S. H. Myton, J. P. Baden, Telegram, Scofield & Keck, Henry Goldsmith.
R. E. Sydal, S. D. Pryor, E. G. Cole, Kraft & Dix, H. Brown & Son, Brotherton & Silver, F. M. Friend, F. H. Blair, F. H. Bull, T. J. Harris, Albro & Dorley.
                                                   TOTAL RAISED: $222.50
Winfield Courier, February 21, 1884.
Jim Hill bought the Jewett quarter section six miles north of Winfield two months ago for five thousand dollars. He sold it last week for six thousand five hundred: an advance of ten dollars per acre in sixty days.
Winfield Courier, February 21, 1884.

Mr. T. J. Harris made the largest land sale last week ever made in Cowley County. The sale was made to James Bruington, of Galesburg, Illinois, and consisted of the old Jewett place, 160 acres, belonging to J. L. M. Hill, $6,500; the Henry Weimer quarter section adjoining, $4,500; the Robt. Kimbrough quarter, $1,500; the Bowman and Barrett quarter, $1,600; making a total of 640 acres for $14,100.00. This makes one of the finest farms that lays out of doors anywhere. Mr. Bruington will remove here with his family in the spring and will bring with him a large amount of capital, which will be invested in our county. He will improve and stock his place in first-class shape. The farm joins the station of Seeley on the A. T. & S. F. Road.
Winfield Courier, February 28, 1884.
J. L. M. Hill has bought a half interest in the Brettun House equipments and business and will go in Saturday. Some years ago Jim was Winfield’s most popular feeder of the hungry, where the English Kitchen now is. He soon made a fortune and went into the furniture business and other pursuits. He once more assumes the title of “landlord,” and under the management of Harter & Hill the Brettun will undoubtedly continue to increase in popularity and prosperity.
Winfield Courier, February 28, 1884.
The Courier Surmises
That O. M. Soward, Jim Hill, Joe O’Hare, C. C. Harris, and a number of other “Old Batches,” had better not refuse too many Leap year proposals—when the ladies talk like “biz”—only two months more.
Winfield Courier, March 6, 1884.
J. L. M. Hill has sold his interest in the furniture business to his partner, Mr. J. W. Johnston, and will devote his entire time to his interest in the Brettun House. Messrs. Johnston & Hill have been in business together for a number of years and gained a wide reputation for their establishment. Mr. Johnston will continue the business alone and keep it up to its past standard.
Winfield Courier, March 13, 1884.
The following bills were allowed and ordered paid.
                              Johnston & Hill, supplies for council chamber: $115.00.
Winfield Courier, March 13, 1884.
The Courier Observes
That Harter & Hill are the best looking landlords in Southern Kansas.
Winfield Courier, April 17, 1884.
The Brettun is running over with guests every night. Landlords Harter and Hill are making the house deservedly popular with the boys on the road.
Winfield Courier, August 21, 1884.
                                                     Winfield Primary Election.
The delegates elected are:
Second ward: G. H. Buckman, M. B. Shields, T. B. Myers, Wm. Whiting, J. L. M. Hill, and Spencer Miner.
Winfield Courier, August 28, 1884.

The county convention met pursuant to call, and was called to order by D. A. Millington, chairman of county central committee. After the reading of the call by the secretary, E. A. Henthorn, of Silver Creek Township, was nominated for temporary chairman and E. G. Gray, of Creswell Township, for temporary secretary.
The report of the committee on credentials was then submitted, and the following parties reported as entitled to seats in the convention.
WINFIELD—2ND WARD. G. H. Buckman, M. B. Shields, T. B. Myers, Wm. Whiting, J. L. M. Hill, Spence Miner.
Winfield Courier, September 4, 1884.
                                          66th Representative District Committee.
The Republican committee of the 66th representative district met in the COURIER rooms on Saturday, August 30th, at four o’clock p.m., and proceeded to permanently organize by the election of J. L. M. Hill, of Winfield, as chairman and W. C. Douglass, of Tisdale, as Secretary. The committee then adjourned subject to the call of the chairman.
                          W. C. DOUGLASS, Secretary.     J. L. M. HILL, Chairman.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 23, 1885.
The Police News comes to the front this week with full illustrations of the affair between the young lady and the drummer at the Brettun a couple of months ago. The girl and the waiter tray are there all right, but the drummer looks like a ten-penny nail encircled by a horse collar. The News should have had Jim Hill and Charley Harter in the background; or rushing frantically into the foreground to rescue the ten-penny nail. Then the picture would have been the height of artistic elegance. The young lady is to be commended for her good sense. She ought to have put quinine in the drummer’s coffee, too.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 2, 1885.
The Brettun filed the alimentary canals of about three hundred individuals, and landlords Harter & Hill nearly ran their coats off doing the guestorial honors.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 16, 1885.
Jim Hill is looking down in the mouth. Sad, sad! He says “the old man and the old woman and the kid have gone.” Queer Jim, that.
                                                  THE BREAD RETURNS.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 16, 1885.
One cold night last winter John Wagoner and a fellow pilgrim pulled into the Brettun a “busted community” and sought the hospitality of landlord Hill. Jim took in the situation, his heart gave a great big beat for the unfortunates, and he gave them supper, bed, and breakfast, and started them off in the morning with a silver dollar. Having cast his bread upon the waters, he saw and thought of them no more until this afternoon, when a hardy looking toiler entered the Brettun and confronted him thusly: “Do you remember two fellows you gave a boost one night last winter?” Jim though a moment and said he believed he did. “Well, I have thought about your kindness many times. It was the first time I was ever clear down. I have prospered since, live in Cedarvale, and am here to reciprocate your kindness,” and out came a ten dollar bill. It was John Wagoner, and it done one’s soul good to see with what pleasure he showed his manliness and appreciation of a good turn. Jim only accepted the dollar in cash he had given them. This is a rare circumstance and shows that sometimes a very manly heart is found under a bundle of rags or in the neighborhood of an empty pocket.
Veteran Town Company...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 20, 1885.

There has been another enterprise organized here during the week. It is for the purpose of laying out a town in old Stanton County, and is called the Veteran Town Company. The members are: J. A. Cooper, J. B. Nipp, M. L. Robinson, Geo. W. Robinson, Ivan Robinson, J. L. M. Hill, J. R. Taylor, S. H. Rodgers, Jas. H. Bullen, W. R. McDonald, T. H. Byers, F. L. Branniger, F. S. Jennings, E. P. Greer, John Arrowsmith, A. R. Nipp, J. C. Long, J. C. Vorheis, Wm. Camery, and T. H. Soward. The offices are: J. A. Cooper, president; J. B. Nipp, vice-president; W. R. McDonald, secretary and general agent; Geo. W. Robinson, treasurer. The company owns eleven hundred acres of land in Stanton County, one section of which is now being laid off as the town of “Veteran.” It is located in the beautiful Bear creek valley, and will be the county seat of that new county when organized. The company is a strong one and will proceed at once to build a city without further ado. A large number of lots have been already contracted for and buildings will go up on them at once. A newspaper is now on the way and the VETERAN COURIER will soon unfold its banner to the breeze. W. R. McDonald is the authoritative business head of the company and will remain on the ground.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 27, 1885.
M. L. Robinson, J. E. Conklin, J. L. M. Hill, and Ed P. Greer left on Tuesday to visit the new Stanton County town, Veteran, of whose town company they are members, and to look after other schemes they have in the west.
                                                           SHE IS HERE!
          The K. C. & S. W. Completed to Winfield and Opened for Through Traffic.
                                          ST. LOUIS & WINFIELD JOINED.
          Another Big Stride in the Progress of The Queen City of Southern Kansas.
                                     MARCHING ON WITH RAPID TREAD.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 8, 1885.
                                               A CELEBRATION BANQUET.
The completion of the K. C. & S. W. to Winfield was celebrated last evening in the Brettun by a grand banquet given to the railroad track layers and graders by L. D. Latham & Co., the contractors. Owing to camp headquarters being yet at Floral, a number of the employees couldn’t be present, but one hundred and eight of them engaged in the feast, and expressed the warmest appreciation. After the supper to the gang men, Messrs. Harter & Hill, ye landlords of the Brettun, complimented the officers, contractors, managing employees, and engineer corps of the road with a magnificent banquet, which was thoroughly enjoyed and most appreciably received.
                                             A REPUBLICAN LOVE FEAST
                            At the Brettun—Oysters, Various Viands and Toasts.
                                          COWLEY STILL TRUE AS STEEL.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 5, 1885.
                                                        THE LOVE FEAST.

At eleven o’clock the crowd, music and all, were banqueted at the Brettun by Capt. Nipp and Judge Soward. The spread was immense, embracing oysters and a full supper. Several hundred enjoyed the feast. The large Brettun dining room was chock full, and after the banquet, Senator Hackney called order and toasts began.
“The health of Capt. Nipp,” was responded to by Capt. Tansey; of Smock, by Prof. Limerick; of Soward, by Capt. Siverd; of Wells, by J. E. Conklin; of Haight, by G. H. Buckman—all good subjects and eulogized fittingly.
Jno. A. Eaton, an old-time Democrat, responded to the toast, “The Republican party.” Mr. Eaton’s peculiar position was handled with becoming grace. He gave the party its mead of credit in a very neat speech.
Judge Soward is always equal to any occasion and made a splendid response to the toast, “The Democratic party.” He picked around among the rubbish and brought out several things to eulogize.
“The colored Republicans,” were assigned to John Nichols, the only colored man present. John made a speech very creditable—one exhibiting a keen interest and insight into matters pertaining to his race.
“The city of Winfield, the Queen of the Valley and the pride of the west,” was responded to by Joseph O’Hare. Joe said that we are all proud of our city, and when it comes to her advancements, all politics is drowned and as one man we stand shoulder to shoulder.
“President Grover Cleveland,” was assigned to Ed P. Greer—the first time in his life he ever undertook to eulogize a Democrat.
Buel T. Davis answered the call, “The newspapers.”
“Smash the Ring,” was given to Senator Hackney, and he laid it wide open—the Democratic ring. He said the Republican party knew no ring, no bosses. Every man of them was his own sovereign, and so acted. The cry of “ring!” was purely a Democratic howl and as foundation less as that party itself.
This banquet was one of the happiest occasions in the history of Cowley politics, and was a thorough exhibition of the big-hearted Kentucky generosity of Capt. Nipp and Judge Soward. Jim Hill also did himself proud in its preparation. Every participator was as sober as a judge and as happy as a clam. The order was perfect—as genteel and intelligent a  gathering as you could possibly ask for. Many of the participators were from the country. A number of staunch Democrats, in response to an invitation, also took part. This occasion is worthy of emulation and we hope to see it become a regular thing in celebrating our annual victories.
                                                            A DUDE D. B.
      A Professional Sharper and D. B. Tries to Get Through on His Shape and Array.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 12, 1885.

Last Monday a slick looking fellow stepped into the Brettun House and with a pomp unusual registered in a good business hand, “A. L. Durand, Chicago.” He carried a grip and a strap package and was assigned a room. He immediately began to take in the town for subscriptions to the Chicago Horseman, which paper he held documents (bogus), showing him to represent. He took in a number of our horsemen for two dollars a piece, giving them a correctly printed blank form, receipt therefor. Thursday morning his actions began to look a little suspicious. He came back from the depot and said “D    mn if that freight didn’t leave me! I’m booked here for another day.” Bret Crapster suggested that he could catch other trains all right. At noon “Durand” got Arthur Bangs to one side, set up a fifteen cent cigar, and asked Arthur to take his valise, which he would find in number five, to the S. K. train in the evening, saying that he would be driven to Burden, do some business, and take the train at that place. Nothing more was seen of him that day, after dinner. Henry Brown, a former porter at the Brettun, had just returned from Wichita, where he had been a waiter at the Manhattan. He spied this fellow. “Is that fellow stopping here?” said Henry to the clerk. “Look out for him; he’s a slicker. I waited on him at the Manhattan for a week. He jumped his board bill there and a lot of Wichita fellows want to see him bad.” The Brettun folks peeled their eyes, but couldn’t find him. However, Arthur took the valise, as requested, and Messrs. Harter and Hill went down to see it off. They had an idea that he’d be around the depot somewhere, and inquired for him. Nobody knew anything, until the engineer heard the inquiries. “You’ll find your man on the train,” he said. “He got on at the water tank with a brown package in his hand.” And he was on. He was collared while nosing around to find his valise. In a slick way he tried to assert no intention of leaving. But it wouldn’t work. Brown was there, and hurled in Durand’s teeth his Wichita deviltry. Jim Hill drove him to the wall, and got $5 and the valise, apparently all Durand could raise. The fellow came uptown to raise the other $5 and has been heard of no more. A dozen or more gulled fellows have diligently watched for him, in vain. He is a professional fraud and d. b., and has worked numerous towns, similar to his mode here. At Wichita he was looking to the purchase of a big stock ranch, canvassing and corresponding for the Horseman as a little side issue. Letters in his valise from his mother, at Tremont, Illinois, show his real name to be Leon Morgan. He is rather tall, fine form and features, full sand brown whiskers, dark brown hat, light overcoat and dark suit. He is a slick talker and works his Horseman game well. As a hotel beat, he made a big failure here. Other towns will do well to watch for him.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 12, 1885.
C. V. Harlow, F. B. Northrop, P. B. Davis, H. D. Meek, C. A. Graham, J. C. Simmons, and C. O. Cory, all were dispensing K C wares here today, putting up with Harter & Hill.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 12, 1885.
Ed Weitzel deposited $12.25 this morning with Judge Turner, for the little picnic of last evening, and had warrants issued for Harter and Hill and the kid of the fray.
                                                         POLICE COURT.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 19, 1885.
Ed Weitzel, charged with fighting with Jim Hill, was fined three dollars and costs. Weitzel appealed.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 26, 1885.

Thursday night was the occasion of the annual banquet of the Winfield Sportsmen’s Club. The annual hunt occurred the day before, the victors and defeated had received their scores, and now was another meeting, to eat, drink (water), and be merry; the “greenies,” or unfortunates, telling how they walked and walked, and fired and fired, and came out with only a few cotton-tails; and the victors were to explain how they managed it in getting so much salt on the tails of their game. The banquet, of course, was spread in the large dining hall of the Brettun, “set up” by the losing division, under Captain Hunt. Messrs. Harter & Hill did themselves proud in the preparation of the banquet, a magnificent array of about everything obtainable in the culinary art, with waiters most attentive. At nine o’clock the feast began, partaken of by the following.
Victors: P. A. Huffman, captain; Jas. McLain, J. N. Harter, Fred Whiting, K. McClung, Chas. Holmes, F. Kessinger, John Eaton, J. R. Handy, Q. A. Glass, Dr. J. G. Evans, Dr. Emerson, Dr. Riley, J. B. Garvin, T. J. Harris, L. M. Williams.
Defeated and had to set ’em up: J. S. Hunt, captain; Jas. Vance, F. Clark, Jap Cochran, H. D. Gans, J. B. Nipp, J. Denning, Geo. Jennings, M. L. Devore, Geo. Headrick, A. H. Doane, Geo. McIntire, G. L. Rinker, J. Barnthouse, Hop Shivvers, D. McCutcheon.
Judge Soward, an old member of the club, Ed. G. Gray, the scribe and a few others, were admitted to the feastorial court as guests.
The feast over, Judge Gans, in a happy speech characteristic of the Judge, presented James McLain, whose score of 1755 made him the champion “sport” of the club, with the gold medal, a beautiful solid shield, engraved: “Presented to James McLain by the Winfield Sportsmen’s Club, for the highest game score, in 1885.” Jim was all “broke up,” as he should be, and asked John A. Eaton to the rescue for a response. John is always equal to any occasion and set the crowd in a roar with his unique remarks. Then came the presentation of the tin medal to Dr. Riley, for his lowest score of 20. Judge Soward’s wit bubbled out in a speech very witty and sparkling, full of happy hits. The Doctor’s response was very appropriate. Lively toasts on the “pot-shot,” the “professional shot,” and various subjects were dissected by Huffman, Vance, Emerson, Nipp, and others. It was a very happy occasion throughout, one to be long remembered.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 26, 1885.
E. A. Hildebrand, Strong City, is swung up with Harter & Hill.
                                                 SOCIETY MOVEMENTS.
                                        The K. P. Ball at A. C. a Grand Affair.
                       Winfield and The Terminus Mingle.—The Frigidity Broken.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 24, 1885.
For years past there has been a considerable frigidity between Winfield and Arkansas City society. Why this was, couldn’t be explained. Invitations to social events of note passed back and forth, but fell on the desert air. The ice had got to be a foot thick. It is now broken: completely melted, on the part of Winfield. Friday night did it. It was the occasion of a ball and banquet by the Knights of Pythias, of Arkansas City. This Lodge is composed of many of the Terminus’ most prominent men. A grand affair was assured. A number of Winfield’s young folks determined to participate, in answer to hearty invitations. A very happy and mutually agreeable party was made up, as follows.
Mrs. Riddell and Misses Julia Smith, Margie and Lizzie Wallis, Sadie French, Jennie Lowry, Emma Strong, Nona Calhoun, Bert Morford, and Anna Hunt; Messrs. J. L. M. Hill, E. B. Wingate, Willis A. Ritchie, Wm. D. Carey, Tom J. Eaton, Chas. F. and Harry Bahntge, Byron Rudolph, P. H. Albright, George Jennings, Eli Youngheim, and THE COURIER scribe. They went down on the K. C. & S. W., arriving at 7 o’clock, and were handsomely received. This ball and banquet was the biggest social event in Arkansas City’s history. The entire management was perfect under the careful attention of—
Executive committee: A. Mowry, G. W. Miller, and Geo. S. Howard.

Reception committee: John Landes, J. L. Huey, H. P. Farrar, A. J. Pyburn, S. F. George, and F. E. Balyeat.
Floor managers: C. C. Sollitt, F. W. Farrar, T. B. Hutchison, Thos. Vanfleet, and W. E. Moore.
Over a hundred couples of the best people of Arkansas City participated—its youth, beauty, and vivacity. Many of the ladies appeared in elegant costume. The music was furnished by the Wichita Orchestra. The Winfield folks were made perfectly at home and given every attention. Our girls “shook” the Queen City fellows for the handsome ones of the Terminus, and our boys put in the time admirably under the charming presence of the A. C. girls. It was a hearty mingling that made many agreeable acquaintances and completely broke the distant feeling heretofore existing socially between the two cities. The Terminus certainly shows enticing sociability—a circle of handsome, stylish, and genial people, whom the Winfield folks are most happy to have met on this occasion. The banquet, set by H. H. Perry, mine host of the Leland, was fit to tickle the palate of kings—everything that modern culinary art could devise. At 3 o’clock the “hub” folks boarded a special train on the K. C. & S. W., which the managers of that road had kindly furnished for the convenience of the visitors, and were soon landed at home, in the sweet realization of having spent one of the most enjoyable nights of their lives. A jollier crowd of young folks than went down from here would be exceedingly hard to find. The got all the enjoyment there was in it. The A. C. people were delighted with the visit and expressed a warm desire and determination to return the compliment at the first opportunity. This is the inauguration of a new social feeling between the two towns.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 24, 1885.
The installation of the officers of Winfield Commandery’s Knight Templars took place Friday night at their asylum. The following are the names of officers elected for the ensuing year: I. W. Johnston, E. C.; C. C. Black, G.; Ed P. Nelson, C. G.; W. G. Graham, P.; J. B. Nipp, Treasurer; J. D. Pryor, Rec.; P. P. Powell, S. W.;         Trout, I. W.; J. S. Mann, St. B.; S. A. Cook, S. B.; J. L. M. Hill, W.; J. M. Stafford, S.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 31, 1885.
Henry E. Asp was caned, silvered, and broomed last night. His services to the city of Winfield in securing the K. C. & S. W. railroad and in every public enterprise for the advancement of our splendid city have always been spontaneous, indomitable, and effective. This merry Christmas time was the occasion for a demonstration of appreciation. Accordingly an elegant silver tea set and water service, a beautiful gold-headed cane, and—a jump from the sublime to the ridiculous—a thirty-five cent broom, were secured as tokens by the following representative gentlemen of the city: Rev. B. Kelley, M. L. Robinson, W. C. Robinson, J. L. M. Hill, Senator Jennings, D. A. Millington, T. H. Soward, J. C. Long, Sol Burkhalter, Judge Gans, Col. Whiting, Senator Hackney, H. H. Siverd, J. L. Horning, and Ed P. Greer.

Word had been sent to Mr. Asp that a committee must meet him at his office on important railroad business. The above named gentlemen gathered at THE COURIER office, in the evening, preparatory for an onslaught on Mr. Asp’s home. Two of the party were sent after the tokens, which were placed in a big basket and carefully covered up. But the railroad committee didn’t turn up at the proper hour, and Henry got uneasy and popped into the crowd in THE COURIER office. Mr. Robinson hustled him out with some difficulty, while a man rushed over to tell the basket fellows to shun THE COURIER office, and the said fellows darted into a lunch room and hid their basket under the counter. Then the party, basket in hand and broom on shoulder, raided Henry’s home, taking his wife completely by surprise. Henry was sent for, at his office, with the word that a committee from Geuda were over and had gone to his house, that the interview might be more secluded. The surprise was complete. Rev. Kelly made a very neat presentation and Mr. Asp responded in an eloquent little speech, full of deep feeling and warm appreciation. The water service was beautifully engraved: “Presented to Henry E. Asp by citizens of Winfield, in recognition of his services for our city.” It was one of the happiest surprises of Mr. Asp’s life—one doubly merited by his indefatigable efforts in behalf of Winfield.
                                                    MERRY CHRISTMAS.
                                            Its Grand Celebration in Winfield.
                               Christmas Tree, Amusements, and Glorious Life.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 31, 1885.
Talk about epicurean lay-outs! The Brettun got up a Christmas dinner that would make the eyes of Queen Victoria water with ecstatic delight. A finer feast was never spread in Winfield. The printed “Menu,” gotten up by the COURIER, was the acme of the art preservative and everybody got one to send to their eastern friends. Messrs. Harter & Hill scored a big favor in the feast—one appreciated to the fullest extent.
Arkansas City Republican, January 2, 1886.
Jim Hill, of the Brettun, Winfield, was down to Arkansas City Monday doing some trading.
               The Marriage of Mr. B. W. Matlack and Miss Gertrude McMullen.
                                              A Brilliant and Elaborate Affair.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 7, 1886.
                                              THE TOKENS AND DONORS.
                                                 Marble top table, J. L. M. Hill.
                                            A HAPPY NEW YEAR INDEED.
                                            Its Grand Celebration in Winfield.
                                       The Liveliest Life in the City’s History.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 7, 1886.
Never did Winfield have as lively New Year’s festivities as those just spent. In fact, it has come to be conceded generally that, though the Queen City has always had much social life, the sociability of this winter exceeds by far. Entertainments, private and public, come thick and fast. And they are all largely attended and thoroughly enjoyable. The wonderful life on the beginning of this New Year is what we will deal with now.
J. L. M. Hill, Harry Steinhilber, S. Kleeman, and a number of others, whom our reporter didn’t strike were out, with all the eclat of aristocratic “Bosting.”

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 Balyeat, 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.
                                           FIFTH ANNUAL BAL MASQUE.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 7, 1886.
The Pleasant Hour Club met last evening and arranged for its fifth annual Bal Masque, at the Opera House on Thursday evening, the 19th inst. Committees were appointed as follows: On invitation, George T. Schuler, Addison Brown, and Frank H. Greer; On floor, J. L. Horning, D. L. Kretsinger, and J. L. M. Hill; On reception, Hon. W. P. Hackney and wife, Hon. C. C. Black and wife, Col. J. C. Fuller and wife, Senator J. C. Long and wife. With the great social activity that characterizes Winfield this winter, this ball will undoubtedly be one of the biggest successes the club has yet scored. Invitations will be issued to only the best people of this and surrounding cities. The indiscriminate scattering of invitations, as is to often the case in big balls of this kind, will be very carefully guarded against. The invitations will be out in a few days. The Club is determined to mark this occasion with eclat of the highest order.
                                                   THE WEDDING BELLS.
                      Mr. Lewis Brown and Miss Lena Walrath are Joined In The
                                            Matrimonial Bond.—A Big Event.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 14, 1886.
                                                            THE GUESTS.

Rev. and Mrs. Kelly; Rev. and Mrs. Reider; Mr. and Mrs. A. Gridley; Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Young; Mr. and Mrs. Blackman; Mr. and Mrs. Dalton; Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Silliman; Mr. and Mrs. S. B. Park; Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor; Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Finch; Mr. and Mrs. O. Branham; Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Vance; Mr. and Mrs. A. Graff, Wellington; Mr. and Mrs. H. Brown and Ralph; Mr. and Mrs. J. C. McMullen; Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Doane; Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Read; Mr. and Mrs. S. H. Myton; Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Wood; Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington; Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller; Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Hackney; Mr. and Mrs. Geo. W. Robinson; Mr. and Mrs. Frank K. Raymond; Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt; Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Carson; Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Miller; Mrs. M. L. Robinson; Mrs. T. H. Soward; Mrs. B. H. Riddell; Misses Mattie Harrison, of Hannibal, Mo.; Lola Silliman, Leota Gary, Anna Hunt, Alice Thompson, Ida Ritchie, Clara Wilson, Julia B. March, Ida Johnston, Nellie and Kate Rodgers; Ora Worden, of Garnett; Nellie and Alice Aldrich, Minnie Taylor, Nellie McMullen, Lou Gregg, Maud Kelly, Mattie Reider, Hattie and Mamie Young; Messrs. W. C. Robinson, Will Hodges, Addison Brown, Jas. Lorton, L. J. Buck, Everett and George Schuler, W. A. Ritchie, C. E. Pugh, Chas. H. Slack, Jno. Brooks, Frank H. Greer, Will Brown, Harry Caton, Lewis Plank, P. S. Hills, J. L. M. Hill, Ed J. McMullen, and M. Hahn.
                                                    THE REMEMBRANCES.
                                                 Silver soup ladle, J. L. M. Hill.
                                               A GRAND SOCIAL EVENT.
                 The Pleasant Hour Club Scores Another Big Success in Its Annual
                                   Bal Masque at the Opera House Last Night.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 28, 1886.
With the superb music of the Roberts’ orchestra, the splendid prompting of Chas. Gay and J. L. M. Hill as chief floor manager, the dances went on with a smoothness admirable. In manipulating the floor Mr. Hill, agreeably assisted by A. H. Doane, was perfectly at home, with a genial promptness at once recognized. About 65 couples were in mask, just enough to nicely fill the floor, without the crowd and jam too apt to mar the pleasure of such an occasion. The number of really fine costumes, especially among the ladies, was unusual and the disguises were remarkably good. At 11 o’clock the jolly maskers were lined around the hall and the masks lifted, when the usual “Well, who on earth would have ever thought it!” “Why, I knew you as soon as you took off your mask!” “How completely you fooled us, and what a dumpling of a suit.” A thousand ludicrous surprises were vented, as the “great unknown” confronted each other.
                                                   A CHARMING EVENT.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 18, 1886.
Certainly there could be no happier occasion than that at the elegant and spacious home of C. F. Bahntge, Thursday. It was the bi-weekly party of the G. O. club. The popularity of Misses Bert Morford and Nona Calhoun and Messrs. Chas. F. and Harry Bahntge as entertainers was fully sustained—warm-hearted, graceful, lively and free, a manner that completely banished all restraint and made supreme gaiety unalloyed.
The guests were: Dr. and Mrs. Geo. Emerson, Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, and Mrs. B. H. Riddell; Misses Ida Ritchie, Mattie Harrison, Sallie Bass, Jennie Hane, Anna Hunt, Mary Randall, Mary Berkey, Emma Strong, Leota Gary, Nettie and Anna McCoy, Ida Johnston, Nell and Kate Rodgers, Nellie Cole, Hattie Stolp, Eva Dodds, and Lizzie and Margie Wallis; Messrs. J. L. M. Hill, P. H. Albright, G. E. Lindsley, Will E. Hodges, Byron Rudolf, Everett T. and George H. Schuler, Ed. J. McMullen, Lacey T. Tomlin, Tom J. Eaton, Willis A. Ritchie, Harry Sickafoose, Wm. D. Carey, Frank N. Strong, Frank F. Leland, Ivan A. Robinson, Addison Brown, and Frank H. Greer.

The appointments of this richly furnished and very agreeable home are splendidly adapted to a gathering of this kind. The Roberts Orchestra was present with its charming music and the joyous guests indulged in the “mazy” to their heart’s content, mingling cards and tete-a-tete. The collation was especially excellent and bounteous. Nothing but the ancient “wee sma” hours abridged the gaiety, when all departed with warmest appreciation of their delightful entertainers.
And right here we can’t quell the remark that the young ladies have made a brilliant success of the G. O. Club. It is one of the most pleasurable sources of amusement yet inaugurated in the city—one giving the young ladies ample scope to exhibit their superior qualities in the entertainment line. It is a very pleasant and successful alternate to the Pleasant Hour Club. Of course the P. H. has long since delivered the prize to the G. O.
                                                    POOR DEFUNCT G. H.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 18, 1886.
Wm. C. Hamill and Hattie A. Utley, he of Grand Summit and she of Cambridge, were tied in the knot eternal by Rev. Kelly, at the Brettun House, Wednesday. They are young people of many excellent qualities and have every hope of a long, blissful and successful life. So may it be. The rotund and happy matrimonial connoisseur, J. L. M. Hill, mastered the ceremonies on this occasion very becomingly.
                                                       A SOCIAL EVENT.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 25, 1886.
Mrs. M. L. Whitney, assisted by her daughter, Miss Libbie, and son, W. R., entertained a number of guests last evening at their pleasant an agreeable home on South Mansfield, in that easy and pleasant manner that is sure to make all feel at home. The evening was spent in social pastime and amusements. Such social gatherings are a source of much pleasure to all participating, and this one will long be remembered as among the delightful society evenings of this city. Refreshments of the choicest kind were partaken of, and all went home with the satisfaction of having enjoyed themselves. The following were present: Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brown, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Randall, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Horning, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Beeny, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Carson, Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Brown, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. McMullen, Mr. and Mrs. B. W. Matlack, Dr. and Mrs. Evans, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. McMullen, Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Webb, Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Hunt, Dr. and Mrs. Tandy, Captain and Mrs. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Schuler, Mrs. Riddle, Mrs. E. Wallis, Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, and Misses Nellie and Alice Aldrich, Miss Hamill, Miss Maggie Taylor, Miss Nettie McCoy, Messrs. J. L. M. Hill, L. M. Williams, and Rev. J. C. Miller.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 25, 1886.
Arthur Bangs and J. L. M. Hill went to Kansas City Saturday.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 25, 1886.
Al Hulse, St. Joe commercial man, is bombarding our merchants today, hung up with Harter & Hill.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 4, 1886.
F. N. Oliver and Geo. C. Cross are here from Wichita, hung up with Harter & Hill.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 11, 1886.
B. W. New, L. Herman, C. H. Pierce, J. B. Wellington, Wm. Lanpheiner, St. Louis men, were hung up with Harter & Hill Tuesday.

                                                      SOCIAL WINFIELD.
                                             An Evening in the Society Circle.
                                 Joyous Commingling and Happy Entertainment.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 15, 1886.
                                                          THE G. O. CLUB.
The elegant and spacious new home of Senator and Mrs. W. P. Hackney was a most pleasurable scene last night. It was a reception in honor of the G. O. Club. The unavoidable absence of the Senator in Topeka was the only regret. It was one of the happiest meetings in the history of the club. Mrs. Hackney was very gracefully assisted in entertaining by Miss Eva Dodds. This was the first opening of this beautiful home and the guests found delight in wandering through the richly furnished and capacious apartments. Everything exhibits cultured taste and modern fashion. The entire remodeling of the interior and exterior, with its bright new furnishings, has made one of the most elaborate homes in the Queen City, if not in the whole state—elaborate in all that pertains to elegance and comfort. There is no gaudy display. All is in perfect taste from the first floor to the third. At eleven o’clock the west parlors were cleared, miniature tables spread, and the gay party sat down to a luncheon exceptionally fine, many choice delicacies with a sprinkling of the substantial. The rain storm brought out the hacks for the home-taking, and all departed with the highest praises of this grand home and the delightful entertainment afforded on this occasion. The guests were: Mr. and Mrs. Lewis Brown, Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, Mrs. B. H. Riddell, Mrs. B. W. Matlack, Mrs. Spence Miner, and Mrs. Alice Bishop; Misses Nettie and Annie McCoy, Nellie and Kate Rodgers, Leota Gary, Nona Calhoun, Bert Morford, Hattie Stolp, Ida Johnston, Jennie Hane, Ida Ritchie, Mary Berkey, and Nellie McMullen; Messrs. Wm. D. Carey, Tom P. Richardson, A. F. Hopkins, Willis A. Ritchie, Lacey Tomlin, Will E. Hodges, Chas. F. and Harry Bahntge, Ed J McMullen, Tom J. Eaton, J. L. M. Hill, Harry Sickafoose, Frank N. Strong, G. E. Lindsley, Ivan A. Robinson, Geo. H. Schuler, Addison Brown, and Frank H. Greer.
                       [Note: I quit in middle of April 1886 with Winfield Courier.]
The following came from Arkansas City newspapers after I left April 1886...
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, May 29, 1886. From Wednesday’s Daily.
John F. Gill, James Hill, S. C. Smith, Eli Youngheim, and E. J. Wilber came down from Winfield last evening to view the metropolis of the Arkansas Valley.
Arkansas City Republican, July 31, 1886.
Winfield, Beaver Township, and Geuda Springs have combined to build an independent railroad from the first named place, through the second, to the third. The charter will be filed in a few days. The directors for the first year are L. F. Johnson, J. H. Watts, J. W. Browning, of Beaver Township; Chas. G. Furry and C. R. Mitchell, Geuda Springs; and P. H. Albright, S. H. Myton, J. E. Conklin, J. R. Clark, and J. L. M. Hill of Winfield. A glance at the directorship shows the standing of the company.
Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 21, 1886. From Monday’s Daily.

Mart and Ivan Robinson and J. L. M. Hill, were in the city last evening from Winfield. As a REPUBLICAN representative passed them, his ear caught the remark, “best town in the state outside of Wichita.” Of course, Jim was speaking of Arkansas City. The party were awe-struck with the grandeur of Summit street, and the many new business blocks in course of construction.
Mendenhall property purchased [9th Avenue and Millington Street]...
Arkansas City Traveler, September 15, 1886.
                                     Our Winfield Neighbors Restirring Themselves.
The Winfield Visitor tells of an active effort being made by home capitalists to build up the city and infuse some life into business. The first move made in this direction was the purchase last week of the Mendenhall property, on the corner of Ninth Avenue and Millington Street, for $15,000. The gentlemen composing the syndicate who made the purchase are: W. P. Hackney, A. J. Thompson, John A. Eaton, H. D. Gans, J. B. Nipp, M. L. Robinson, J. L. Horning, James B. Mabry, W. L. Hands, P. H. Albright, M. L. Reed, T. H. Soward, Curns & Manser, and J. L. M. Hill. They buy the lots, we are assured, with the intention of erecting a large stone building thereon. There is also talk of another syndicate being formed to make another purchase of real estate on West Ninth Avenue, where another stone block is to be erected. Some more loose talk is thrown in of Messrs. Ferguson, Hackney, Albright, Fuller, and Smith making arrangements to build on their lots on Ninth Avenue, and Mr. James Fahey agrees, if the last named work is done, to carry up the post office building so as to make it correspond with the Farmers’ bank and the Short block. We are glad to learn that our Winfield neighbors are waking up to the necessity of the times, but they have aroused themselves so late in the season that we do not expect to see much stone and mortar laid before bad weather sets in. It is well to make a stir, however, and encourage the townspeople with great things to be accomplished, though the consummation is never arrived at. It will never do to give up best.


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