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J. P. McMillen

                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Courier, Saturday, January 18, 1873.
           McMillen & Shield, General Dealers in Merchandise. Dry Goods, Groceries, etc.
                                   AT OLD LOG STORE, West Side Main Street.
                                       [SUCCESSORS TO ROBINSON & CO.]
Winfield Courier, Saturday, January 18, 1873.
New Goods. McMillen and Shields are receiving large quanti­ties of goods from the east.
Winfield Courier, Saturday, January 25, 1873.
McMillen & Shields wish it understood that they will not do business on Sunday.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 6, 1873.
Enterprise. McMillen & Shields are making efforts to control the flour trade of this section, and with this in view have purchased 23,000 pounds from first hands, and are selling it off at a small percent on cost, giving customers the benefit of the profit usually made by middle dealers. Such public spirit is manifested by all our advertisers. If you want to find business­men who are fair dealers, glance over these columns and be assured that all who are represented here are of that stamp.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 6, 1873.
McMillen & Shields, at Old Log Store, are now prepared to supply Dealers with Flour at Wichita prices. They have just received a nice and large lot of Dried Fruits.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 6, 1873.
28,000 lbs. Graded Flour at Old Log Store.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 27, 1873.
Mr. McMillen, of the firm of McMillen & Shields, was visited this week by his father from Ohio. Mr. McMillen will remain in Winfield during the spring.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 8, 1873.
                                                            Sheriff’s Sale.
W. T. Soden, et al       ) In the District court for Lyon County,
         vs.                      ) Kansas.
H. B. Norton, et al.     )
By virtue of an order of sale issued out of the District court, for Lyon county, Kansas, and to me directed, wherein W. T. Soden, E. R. Holderman, I. E. Perley, and J. S. McMillen are plaintiffs, and H. B. Norton and G. H. Norton are defendants, I will, on the 24th day of May, 1873, at one o’clock p.m., in front of the court house door, in the city of Winfield, Cowley county, Kansas, offer for sale, to the highest bidder for cash in hand for not less than two thirds of the appraised value thereof, all the right, title, and interest of the Defendants, H. B. Norton and G. H. Norton, in and to the following described real property, as follows to-wit:

Lot 19, block 44, lot 17, block 109, lot 14 in block 17, lot 11 in block 116, lot 25  in block 53, lot 7 in block 9, lot 15, block 120, lot 21, block 110, lot 2, block 95, lot 30, block 136, lot 14, block 133, lot 5, block 124, lot 16, block 82, lot 15, block 51, lot 25, block 19, lot 26, block 151, lot 10, block 30, lot 15, block 39, lot 17, block 150, lot 18, block 86, lot 11, block 39, lot 13, block 17, lot 23, block 94, lot 10, block 116, lot 19, block 93, lot 15, block 131, lot 8, block 9, lot 16, block 120, lot 14, block 32, lot 1, block 95, lot 29, block 136, lot 14, block 76, lot 18, block 104, lot 7, block 30, lot 8, block 124, lot 3, block 54, lot 24, block 19, lot 25, block 151, lot 21, block 82, lot 7, block 50, lot 16, block 39, lot 18, block 150, lot 7, block 73, lot 20, block 138, lot 21, block 138, lot 14, block 113, lot 10, block 32, lot 3, block 35, lot 9, block 101, lot 19, block 52, lot 13, block 113, lot 6, block 39, lot 4, block 25, lot 10, block 101, lot 20, block 52, lot 6, block 30.
All of said real estate being in the city of Arkansas City, county of Cowley, State of Kansas.
Said real property will be sold in obedience to said order of sale.
Given under my hand at my office, in the city of Winfield, this 15th day of April, 1873.
                                JAMES PARKER, Sheriff, Cowley County, Kansas.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 15, 1873.
Mr. McMillen, of the firm of McMillen & Shields, who has been east about six weeks, returned home last Sunday evening. While in St. Louis and Chicago, he made large purchases of dry goods and general merchandise for his house in this place.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 15, 1873.
                                                         JUST ARRIVED!
All aboard to see those nice new goods at the Old Log Store.
McMillen & Shields at the Old Log Store defy competition in nice goods and cheap goods. Be sure and see them—no trouble to show goods.
Double Rubber Bustles with which you can blow yourself up to the Double Grecian Bend size, or let yourself down to the common Russian Crook, at Old Log Store.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 22, 1873.
Mr. McMillen of Old Log Store notoriety, is now receiving his household furniture preparatory to making this his permanent place of residence.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 12, 1873.
Our genial friend, McMillen, of the old log store, was made happy one day last week by the arrival of his family from Ohio. Mac makes this his future place of residence.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 17, 1873.
The Catalogue at the old log store under the control of Mr. Everleth has added one more cat to the list. McMillen Jr. has started a dog-main opposition. They both deserve the support of their friends.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 31, 1873.
Do not fail to go to the Old Log Store and see those shoes made by hand. Whole stock doubled soled and sewed, $2.00 a pair.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 31, 1873.
Great variety of cheap hosiery and notions at McMillen & Shields’ old log store.
The Old Log Store (kept by McMillen & Shields) is establish­ing a very large trade, owing to their bringing on good goods and selling them at very reasonable rates.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 14, 1873.
J. P. McMillen has been very sick.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 21, 1873.
McMillen is convalescent.

Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 23, 1873.
McMillen & Shields will not be undersold, but they want the cash.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 13, 1873.
Mr. McMillen, of McMillen & Shields, has about completed a comfortable looking two-story stone dwelling house in the south part of town.
Winfield Courier, December 12, 1873.
Mr. J. T. Shields of Wooster, Ohio, and of the firm of McMillen & Shields of this place, is here on a visit to his friends.
Mrs. J. P. McMillen...
Winfield Courier, Friday, December 19, 1873.
The following ladies and gentlemen were appointed as commit­tees to make preparation for the Oyster supper to be given by the Ladies Aid Society of the Presbyterian church on New Year’s eve.
COMMITTEE ON MUSIC. Mrs. Roberts, Miss Leffingwell, Mr. John Swain.
COMMITTEE ON OYSTERS, ETC. Mr. F. Williams, Dr. Egbert.
COMMITTEE ON TABLES, STOVE, AND LIGHTS. Mr. O. F. Boyle, H. Silver, Mr. Saint, Mr. Baldwin.
COMMITTEE ON COOKING OYSTERS. Mrs. Dr. Black, Mr. S. Darrah, Mrs. Curns.
COMMITTEE ON COFFEE. Mrs. Hane, Mrs. McMillen, Mrs. F. Williams.
COMMITTEE ON DISHES, ETC. Mrs. Houston, Mrs. Darrah, Mr. Maris, W. Doty.
COMMITTEE ON TICKETS. Dr. Black, Mr. J. F. Paul.
Winfield Courier, Friday, December 19, 1873.
McMillen & Shields paupers bill rejected.
                                                 JAMES KELLY, EDITOR.
Winfield Courier, January 2, 1874.
                                                  A Peep Over the Shoulder.
This number completes Volume 1st of the WINFIELD COURIER. One year ago it was started to supply a want long felt, not only in the Republican party, but among businessmen of all shades of opinion, who desired a good advertising medium. . . .
The buildings erected during the year just closed have been of the most substantial kind, the most prominent of which we call to mind, the splendid brick Bank building of M. L. Read; the neat Drug house of Maris, Carson & Baldwin; the magnificent flowering mills of C. A. Bliss and Blandin & Covert; the jail and Court­house; the residences of Kirk, McMillen, and Dr. Graham. These are but a few of the many built during the last twelve months, and they are such as to do credit to any town in the state. Bridges of magnificent proportions span all main streams on the roads leading to town. . . .
Winfield Courier, January 16, 1874.
                                   McMillen & Shields pauper bill rejected: $19.00.
Children of J. P. McMillen?? Ida and Laura McMillen...

Winfield Courier, March 27, 1874.
                                                     Resolution of Respect.
The undersigned Sunday School Class at a recent meeting passed the following resolutions.
                      Two of those who were listed: Ida McMillen and Laura McMillen.
Winfield Courier, April 10, 1874.
                                                     Winfield City Officers.
The following are the officers elected in this city last Monday.
Mayor: S. C. Smith.
Police Judge: N. H. Wood.
Councilmen: Samuel Darrah, J. D. Cochran, H. S. Silver, J. P. McMillen, and R. B. Saffold.
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1874.
The City Council met at the Courthouse April 20, 1874, at 7 p.m. Mayor S. C. Smith in the chair. Councilmen present: J. P. McMillen, H. S. Silver, S. Darrah. Minutes of last meeting read and approved.
On motion, S. Darrah was duly elected as President of the Council for the ensuing year. H. S. Silver, S. Darrah, and R. B. Saffold were appointed a standing committee on finance for the ensuing year. S. Darrah, J. D. Cochran, and J. P. McMillen were appointed a standing committee on streets and sidewalks.
On motion a committee of three were appointed, consisting of McMillen, Cochran, and Silver, to provide a “pound” for the city and have the same enclosed. On motion, adjourned.
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1874.
J. M. Johnson, living on the Nenescah near Belle Plain, Sumner County, brought to this city a lot of the finest sweet potatoes we have ever seen. They were in a perfect state of preservation, which is something remarkable even in this lati­tude. He sold them to McMillen & Shields at $3.75 per bushel. Mr. Johnson raised some 300 bushels, put them in a cave, or “dugout,” where he maintained a temperature, by means of a stove, from 40 degrees to 60 degrees Fahrenheit. Would it not be well for some of our farmers who are in a hurry to get rich to try Mr. Johnson’s plan? He says that he intends to raise a thousand bushels the coming season. Success to him.
Winfield Courier, April 24, 1874.
McMILLEN & SHIELDS will not be undersold.
McMillen & Shields moving from Old Log Store to drug store formerly used by Green...
Winfield Courier, May 8, 1874.
McMillen & Shields are moving their goods into the room formerly occupied by the drug store of A. H. Green. They are getting on a fine stock of goods and expect to do a good business in their new location. The room which they vacate will be immediately occupied by the grocery store of I. F. Newland, who will have a large stock and sell cheap.
Winfield Courier, May 8, 1874.
                                                   City Council Proceedings.

The Council met at Sheriff Walker’s office May 4th, 1874, at 7½ o’clock p.m. Present: S. C. Smith, Mayor, and Councilmen J. P. McMillen, R. B. Saffold, S. Darrah, and H. S. Silver. J. W. Curns, Clerk. Minutes of last meeting read and approved.
The committee on pound, reported they had done nothing toward providing for a pound, and asked further time, which was granted, and the committee were authorized to purchase a suitable lot for said pound, and to fence the same.
The committee on grade of 10th avenue reported they had not established the grade on said avenue. On motion the said commit­tee were discharged and the establishing of the grade was left to the committee on streets and sidewalks.
Winfield Courier, May 8, 1874.
                                                   City Council Proceedings.
A petition was presented signed by Joseph Likowski, R. Ehret, and E. R. Parker, asked that the license tax on saloons be reduced from $300 to $200; on motion the petition was rejected, the vote being as follows: ayes—J. P. McMillen, H. S. Silver and S. Darrah—3; nays 0.
A petition was presented by Joseph Likowski asking for a dram shop license under and by the laws of 1868, and that he be allowed to retail spirituous and fermented liquors in his frame building on lot 8, in block 109, in Winfield. On motion the petition was granted and ordered that a dram shop license be issued to Joseph Likowski for the period of one year from May 1st, 1874, on the payment of $300 per annum, payable semi-annually, and also that the said Joseph Likowski be required to give a bond in the sum of Two thousand dollars to the City of Winfield as required by law.
A petition was presented by R. Ehret asking for a dram shop license. The petition not having sufficient names was referred back to R. Ehret.
An ordinance was read and passed repealing section 8 of Ordinance No. 10; the vote on the final passage being, ayes: McMillen, Saffold, Darrah, and Silver; nays none.
An ordinance in relation to street crossings on south side on 10th avenue, and on the south side of 9th avenue, was read and passed, the vote on the final passage being as follows: ayes McMillen, Darrah, Silver and Saffold; nays 0.
On motion the clerk was instructed to certify up to the County Clerk the amount which was paid by the City for the construction of sidewalks along lot 3 in block 130, and lot 4 in 129 in Winfield. On motion the clerk was authorized to advertise for bids to build street crossings, and also to build sidewalks along such lots as the committee shall report necessary to be built along Main street and 9th and 10th avenues in Winfield as have been required by ordinance, the bids to be handed in at the next meeting of the council.
The Clerk was authorized to purchase dog tags.
The City Attorney was instructed to revise the City Ordi­nances and present the same at the next meeting of the council for approval.
On motion adjourned. J. W. CURNS, City Clerk.
The Council met at the office of S. C. Smith May 5th, 1874, at 8 a.m., in pursuance of a call. Present: S. C. Smith, Mayor, and Councilmen Darrah, McMillen, Saffold, and Silver. The call was read which was as follows:
To the Honorable Mayor and Councilmen of the City of Winfield.

We, the undersigned, members of the City Council of the City of Winfield, would respectfully request that you call a special meeting of said council this 5th day of May, 1874, at 8 o’clock a.m. for the purpose of considering the matter of granting a dram shop license to R. Ehret. (Signed) J. P. McMILLEN, H. S. SILVER, R. B. SAFFOLD.
R. Ehret then presented a petition asking for a license to keep a dram shop; on motion the petition was granted and ordered that a dram shop license be issued to Reinhard Ehret for the period of one year from May 1st, 1874, on the payment of $300 to the City, said tax to be paid semi-annually; And further that the said Reinhard Ehret be required to give a good and sufficient bond in the sum of two thousand dollars to the City of Winfield, as required by law. On motion adjourned, J. W. CURNS, City Clerk.
New location, two doors north of post office, enlarged and refitted...
Winfield Courier, May 8, 1874.
WE HAVE ENLARGED AND refitted the building formerly occupied by Mr. Green as a drug store, two doors north of the post office, and have removed our stock of goods from the old log store to the above mentioned building where we will be pleased to wait on our old customers and as many new ones as may be pleased to call on us. We have just received a new and fresh stock of dry goods which we will sell very cheap for cash. Remember the place: two doors north of the post office. McMILLEN & SHIELDS.
Winfield Courier, May 22, 1874.
P. Hill and McMillen & Shields have each erected new awnings over their doors.
John P. McMillen and father [not named]...
Winfield Courier, May 22, 1874.
Perambulating the street the other day, as the once cele­brated Beau Brummel would put it, we discovered several new awnings erected since our last issue. Notably, one in front of the new store of McMillen & Shields. On entering we found John P. McMillen, his father, and the clever gentleman, Everleth, busy waiting upon their hosts of customers. One glance at their surroundings revealed to us the secret of their immense trade. A beautiful and tastily arranged stove, everything on their shelves that any person would be likely to ask for, in the line of dry goods, groceries, Hats, Caps, Boots, Shoes, Notions of every kind, and all of the very best quality, and at the very lowest price possible. We came away full convinced that at the splendid new store of McMillen & Shields two doors north of the post office, was the place for the public to buy the best goods for the least money.
Winfield Courier, May 22, 1874.
                                          County Commissioners Proceedings.
The following is a list of the bills allowed by the board of County Commissioners at their meeting commencing on the 18th day of May A. D. 1874.
                                         McMillen & Shields, pauper bill: $20.57.
Winfield Courier, May 29, 1874.
Piles of Hosiery and notions at McMillen & Shields, new and fresh.
Winfield Courier, June 5, 1874.
Council met at Courthouse May 18, 1874. Mayor S. C. Smith in the chair; Councilmen present, H. S. Silver, S. Darrah, J. P. McMillen, and R. B. Saffold. J. W. Curns, Clerk. The minutes of the last meeting were read and approved.

The bonds of Joseph Likowski and Reinhard Ehret to the City of Winfield as dram shop keepers were presented to the Council and on motion were approved.
The petition of J. C. Weathers to have the grade lowered between 10th and 12th Avenues on Main Street was referred to the committee on sidewalks.
An ordinance providing for the levying and collecting of license tax was read by sections and duly passed; the vote on passage stood, ayes McMillen, Darrah, Silver, 3; nays 0.
Winfield Courier, June 12, 1874.
                           Proceedings of the Meeting held Monday, June 8th, to
                                   Provide for the Celebration of the 4th of July.
Public meeting of the citizens of Winfield, was held last Monday evening at the office of Curns & Manser for the purpose of preparing for a celebration of the 4th of July at Winfield.
On motion it was resolved that the celebration be a basket picnic.
H. B. Lacy, C. M. Wood, and J. P. McMillen were appointed a committee on ice water.
J. P. McMillen, Wirt Walton, and L. J. Webb were appointed a committee on fantastics and amusements.
Winfield Courier, June 19, 1874.
G. S. Manser, C. M. Wood, and J. P. McMillen were appointed committee on programme.
Winfield Courier, June 19, 1874.
The Council met at the courthouse June 2nd in pursuance of adjournment. Present: S. C. Smith, Mayor, and councilmen McMillen, Silver, and Darrah, J. W. Curns, Clerk.
An ordinance in relation to the pay of the City Marshal and Street Commissioner was read and duly passed. The vote on the final passage was ayes McMillen, Darrah, and Silver, all the members present voting in the affirmative.
The committee on the petition of J. C. Weathers and others to have the grade on Main street lowered reported unfavor­ably thereon; on motion the petition was referred back to the petitioner.
A petition was presented signed by Wm. F. Marshal and others asking that a dram shop license be granted to A. G. Vinson. Two remonstrances against granting gram shop license (unless every requirement of the law be strictly complied with) were presented, signed by S. H. Myton and others and one signed by John McQuiston and others. On motion the petitions were all referred to a committee consisting of H. S. Silver, J. P. McMillen, and Samuel Darrah.
An ordinance in relation to dog tax was passed; vote on passage was as follows: Ayes McMillen, Silver, and Darrah.
Winfield Courier, June 19, 1874.
WE HAVE ENLARGED and refitted the building formerly occupied by Mr. Green as a drug store, two doors north of the post office, and have removed our stock of goods from the old log store to the above mentioned building where we will be pleased to wait on our old customers and as many new ones as may be pleased to call on us. We have just received a new and fresh stock of dry goods which we will sell very cheap for cash. Remember the place two doors north of the post office. McMILLEN & SHIELDS.
Winfield Courier, June 26, 1874.

It will gratify the numerous friends of John P. McMillen to know that he is around again after his sickness.
Winfield Courier, July 10, 1874.
                                                   City Council Proceedings.
City Council met June 17th, at 4 p.m., in pursuance of adjournment. Present: Mayor S. C. Smith and Councilmen S. Darrah, H. S. Silver, R. B. Saffold, and J. P. McMillen. J. W. Curns, Clerk.
Mr. R. B. Saffold offered the following resolution, which on motion was adopted.
Resolved, That a committee of three be appointed to procure for the city six ladders, to be placed at different business places along Main street, where the use of water buckets can be had, said ladders to be the property of the city and to be under the control of the City Marshal, to be used in case of fire. On motion R. B. Saffold, S. Darrah, and H. S. Silver were appointed a committee to procure said ladders.
Winfield Courier, August 21, 1874.
L. P. Woodyard from Arkansas City has located in this place to engage in the jewelry business, and will occupy a portion of McMillen & Shield’s store. He is reported as being a first workman and will be a valuable acquisition to our city. His removal leaves Arkansas City without a jeweler.
Winfield Courier, December 17, 1874.
McMILLEN & SHIELDS have ordered by express from the east a nice assortment of Jewelry of all kinds. New Patterns designed for Holiday Presents. Do not fail to see them.
Winfield Courier, December 31, 1874.
                                                   City Council Proceedings.
Council met November 2nd, 1874, at usual hour. Present: S. C. Smith, Mayor; J. D. Cochran, H. S. Silver, S. Darrah, R. B. Saffold, and J. P. McMillen, Councilmen; J. W. Curns, Clerk. The minutes of the last meeting was read and approved.
An ordinance defining the duties of the city marshal was read by sections and on motion was passed. The vote on the final passage was as follows: ayes, Saffold, Darrah, Silver, McMillen, and Cochran; nays 0.
Winfield Courier, January 28, 1875.
                                                   City Council Proceedings.
                                                           January 4, 1875.
Council met at usual hour. Present: S. C. Smith, mayor; J. P. McMillen, H. S. Silver, S. Darrah, councilmen; J. W. Curns, clerk. The minutes of last meeting were read and approved.
Committee on pound reported they had procured a pound from Nate Roberson at the rent of $1 per month, which was accepted.
Harry, Ida, and Laura McMillen...
Winfield Courier, February 4, 1875.
A report was given relative to pupils attending grammar and intermediate departments of Winfield schools by W. C. Robinson. “The efficiency of our schools is much hindered by tardiness and irregular attendance. Parents will oblige us by aiding in overcoming this difficulty.” Students in different departments were listed.
                                                     Grammar Department.

Delhe Kennedy, Eddie Whitehead, Frank Howard, Holiday Menor, Addison Powers, Thos. Cochran, Robert Dever, Rolly Millspaugh, Frank Howland, Harry McMillen, Robert Deming, Isaac Johnson, Fred Hunt, Thos. Lowry, Wm. Hudson, Harvey Thomas, Willie McClellan, Harold Mansfield, Eddie Likowski, Ora Lowry, Ella Freeland, Nettie Quarles, Belle Galbraith, Ines Griswold, Ella Manly, Kate Johnson, Jennie Hane, Jennie Lowry, Mary Cochran, Ida McMillen, Mary Hudson, Nellie Powers, Nellie Barnard, Cora Andrews, Bertha Lamb, Eugenie Holmes, Laura McMillen, Pella Bradish, Jessie Millington, Hortense Holmes, Mattie Minnihan, Maggie Dever, Lillie Ford.
Laura and Ida McMillen...
Winfield Courier, March 11, 1875.
The Public Schools give an exhibition at the Courthouse Friday evening, the 12th of March, and the following is the programme.
Opening song: “Come join our Choral Number.”
Salutatory: Miss Ella Manly.
Song: Primary School.
Essay: “The American Indian”—Fred Hunt.
Violin Duet: Willie Leffingwell and Harold Mansfield.
Recitation: “Paul Revere’s Ride”—Miss Ella Freeland.
Song and Conversation: “The Bell kept Ringing for Sarah”—Miss Mattie Minnihan.
Dialogue: “How they kept a Secret.”—Misses Laura and Ida McMillen, Nellie Powers, Eugenie Holmes, Jennie Hane, Maggie Dever, Mary Cochran and Harold Mansfield. . . .
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.
                                         One of those who signed: J. P. McMillen.
Ida McMillen...
Winfield Courier, December 9, 1875.
                                                             The Concert.
The concert given last Friday evening by the Winfield Musical Association for the benefit of their leader, Prof. Hoffman was a very creditable entertainment as well as a financial success. The Courthouse was crowded with a good humored audience. The performers did their “level best” to give satisfaction, and we believe they succeeded.
The choruses, songs, duets, and instrumental pieces were mostly from the best masters and well rendered. Several members of the association are very fine singers, but make no pretension to musical proficiency beyond what is met with in similar amateur organizations.

The initiatory performance of an “overture” by our Cornet Band was played by them in their usual clever manner. Prof. Hoffman’s execution of the “Victoria March” made other than English hearts beat with delight.
To little Ida McMillen much praise is due for her rendition of “Carnival of Vienna.” She performs sweetly on the piano.
Winfield Courier, December 16, 1875.
Go to McMillen & Shields and get 15 yards of good Calico for $1.00.
J. T. Shields, of firm McMillen & Shields; John McMillen: Wooster, Ohio...
Winfield Courier, December 23, 1875.
Mr. J. T. Shields, of the firm of McMillen & Shields, is with us again. He arrived last Friday, bringing with him D. Sleighbaugh, J. J. Plank, and John McMillen, all from Wooster, Ohio. They had visited various portions of Kansas before coming here, but like Cowley the best.
Winfield Courier, January 6, 1876.
IF YOU WANT a good hat, a cheap hat, a coarse hat, a black hat, a drab hat, a high hat, a low hat, or any other hat, go to McMillen & Shields.
Winfield Courier, January 6, 1876.
IF YOU DO WANT a good glove, a fine glove, a Buck glove, a sheep glove, a dog glove, a Cassimere glove, a woolen glove, a kid glove, or any kind of a mitten glove at a job lot price, we say go to McMillen & Shields.
Winfield Courier, January 6, 1876.
NOW IS THE TIME, and the very time, to buy shoes cheaply while McMillen & Shields are determined to sell at some price to make room for more goods. Look to your interest and fail not.
Winfield Courier, January 6, 1876.
IT HAS BECOME a matter of history that McMillen & Shields deal in a good article of goods and do a fair, square business.
Winfield Courier, January 6, 1876.
TO GET BARGAINS in felt skirts, balmoral skirts, white merino knit skirts, white tucked skirts, linen handkerchiefs, cotton handkerchiefs, Hamburg edgings, Saxony edgings, rushing, belts, jewelry, and dry goods, groceries, and notions generally, you will have to go to McMillen & Shields.
Winfield Courier, January 6, 1876.
                                                     Our “Courier” Patrons.
In beginning the “Centennial year,” with an enterprise like the one we have engaged in this week, it is but right and proper that we make honorable mention of the men who, by giving us their patronage, have greatly helped us in the “financial” part there­of.
McMILLEN & SHIELDS left Ohio in November, 1872, and after taking a general look through the entire western country, con­cluded that Cowley County and Winfield was good enough for them, so they drove their stakes accordingly. They are now taking the annual inventory of their dry goods, groceries, etc., to see how much they have lost; and still they are happy.
Winfield Courier, January 27, 1876.

The undersigned, residents of Cowley County, cordially unite in inviting the citizens of said county to meet in mass meeting at Winfield, on Saturday at 2 P. M.,
                                                          FEBRUARY 5TH,
to take such action as shall seem advisable upon consultation to secure the construction of a railroad into Cowley County. We desire each paper in said county to publish this call, and we hope that every township will be fully represented at said meeting.
Dated January 25, 1876.
WINFIELD: M. L. Read, S. D. Pryor, N. M. Powers, N. W. Holmes, N. L. Rigby, Thomas McMillen, L. J. Webb, Charles C. Black, J. S. Hunt, W. M. Boyer, John W. Curns, G. S. Manser, B. F. Baldwin, J. H. Land, A. H. Green, W. Q. Mansfield, E. C. Manning, S. H. Myton, J. C. Fuller, A. B. Lemmon, James Kelly, W. H. H. Maris, T. H. Henderson, A. N. Deming, H. S. Silver, J. M. Alexander, Amos Walton, D. A. Millington, J. E. Platter, W. M. Allison, And one hundred others.
Winfield Courier, April 6, 1876.
The following is the result of the vote cast at the city election held in Winfield last Monday.
                                                    REPUBLICAN TICKET.
For Mayor, D. A. Millington: 81 votes.
For Police Judge, Linus S. Webb: 75 votes.
For Councilman, A. B. Lemmon: 86 votes.
For Councilman, C. A. Bliss: 81 votes.
For Councilman, T. B. Myers: 84 votes.
For Councilman, H. Brotherton: 88 votes.
For Councilman, M. G. Troup: 91 votes.
                                                     DEMOCRAT TICKET.
For Mayor, H. S. Silver: 86 votes.
For Police Judge, J. W. Curns: 81 votes.
For Councilman, N. Roberson: 71 votes.
For Councilman, A. G. Wilson: 76 votes.
For Councilman, N. M. Powers: 70 votes.
For Councilman, W. L. Mullen: 57 votes.
For Councilman, Frank Williams: 76 votes.
SCATTERING: J. P. McMillen received 20 votes, C. C. Black 1; and J. P. Short 3, for Councilmen; and J. D. Pryor 5 votes for Police Judge.
Winfield Courier, April 13, 1876.
                                                   City Council Proceedings.
                                             WINFIELD, KAN., April 5, 1876.
City Council met in adjourned session, March 21st, A. D. 1876.
Present: D. A. Millington, Mayor; N. M. Powers, C. C. Black, and M. G. Troup, Councilmen; B. F. Baldwin, City Clerk.
The City Council proceeded to canvass the vote of Winfield city election, held on April 3rd, A. D., 1876, which resulted as follows:
Whole number of votes cast: 182.

For Mayor: D. A. Millington, 81; H. S. Silver, 80, E. S. Bedilion, 1.
For Police Judge: Linus S. Webb, 75; J. W. Curns, 81; J. D. Pryor, 5.
For Councilmen: A. B. Lemmon, 86; M. G. Troup, 91; C. A. Bliss, 81; T. B. Myers, 84; H. Brotherton, 88; N. Roberson, 71; Frank Williams, 76; N. M. Powers, 70; A. G. Wilson, 76; W. L. Mullen, 57; J. P. McMillen, 20; C. C. Black, 3; J. P. Short, 1.
D. A. Millington, having received the highest number of votes for Mayor, was declared elected. J. W. Curns, receiving the highest number of votes for Police Judge, was declared elected. A. B. Lemmon, M. G. Troup, T. B. Myers, C. A. Bliss, and H. Brotherton, receiving the highest number of votes for Councilmen, were declared elected.
McMillen & Shields: move again to building north of Sam Myton’s...
Winfield Courier, May 4, 1876.
McMillen & Shields have moved to the building next north of Sam Myton’s.
Winfield Courier, May 4, 1876.
McMILLEN has taken a centennial stand. He has a pretty store in a pretty location and a thundering big stock of goods.
Winfield Courier, May 11, 1876.
                                                         Republican Work.
The following townships have reported the proceedings of last Thursday’s conventions.
Winfield Township caucus met at the Courthouse at 2 o’clock p.m.; M. G. Troup was selected as chairman and E. C. Manning, secretary. Thirteen delegates to the 88th District Convention were elected as follows: D. A. Millington, J. C. Monforte, M. G. Troup, A. H. Green, T. J. Jones, T. B. Myers, Geo. Robert­son, Sam. Burger, C. A. Bliss, E. P. Kinne, J. L. King, J. P. McMillen, and E. C. Manning.
Winfield Courier, June 1, 1876.
Last Saturday, pursuant to call, the citizens of Winfield met at the Courthouse and organized a meeting by calling D. A. Millington to the chair and electing C. M. McIntire secretary.
After deliberation as to what steps should be taken to appropriately celebrate the 4th of July of the Centennial year, the following committee was appointed to draft a plan of procedure and report to a meeting of citizens last night: James Kelly, J. P. Short, C. M. McIntire, W. B. Gibbs, and W. C. Robinson.
At the appointed hour, Wednesday evening, the meeting assembled at the Courthouse and organized by selecting C. A. Bliss, chairman, and J. E. Allen as secretary. The committee made a report which, after some amendments made by the meeting, was finally adopted.
Committee on Invitation: D. A. Millington, L. C. Harter, J. B. Lynn, C. A. Bliss, J. P. McMillen, H. S. Silver, A. H. Green, S. S. Majors, C. M. Scott, T. B. McIntire, R. C. Haywood, J. L. Abbott, John Blevins, T. R. Bryan, H. C. McDorman, Mc. D. Stapleton, S. M. Fall, J. Stalter, Wm. White, S. S. Moore, Jno. McGuire, H. P. Heath, J. O. Van Orsdol, G. B. Green, W. B. Skinner, J. W. Millspaugh.
Winfield Courier, June 1, 1876.
Counter stools for the ladies to sit on while they talk to the obliging attendants at McMillen & Shields’, is the latest city air in Winfield.
Laura McMillen, Ida McMillen, Harry McMillen...

Winfield Courier, June 1, 1876.
                                                      Our Winfield Schools.
Now we come to the PRIMARY DEPARTMENT, in charge of Miss Ada Millington. This is the most difficult department to manage in any public school. . . . Though her first school, Miss Millington has proven what her friends predicted, that she would make a very successful teacher.
Miss Laura McMillen was most punctual in attendance.
Names of students worthy of special mention at the examina­tion at the close of the school year:
“B” Class Geography: Mollie Davis, Emily Roberts, Alice Pyburn, Nannie McGee, Minerva Martin, Ida McMillen, and Jennie Haine.
U. S. History: Harry McMillen and Emily Roberts.
Winfield Courier, July 20, 1876.
J. P. McMILLEN has gone to Colorado Springs in the hope of improving his health.
Harry McMillen: mention of J. P. McMillen’s health...
Winfield Courier, August 31, 1876.
HARRY McMILLEN says that his father is fast regaining his health. J. P., when last heard from, was rusticating in northern Colorado.
Winfield Courier, September 7, 1876.
MR. J. P. McMILLEN has returned from his trip to the moun­tains, where his health was greatly improved. He returned sooner than he intended on account of business matters.
Winfield Courier, September 7, 1876.
We learn from Mr. McMillen that Mr. Howard, formerly of this city, is running the Howard House, a large brick hotel in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and is doing a very good business.
Winfield Courier, September 7, 1876.
If you are indebted to McMillen & Shields, you will please call and settle immediately and save trouble and expense, as we must have money, so do not wait for further notice, for we mean what we say, and we mean you.
                                                   McMILLEN & SHIELDS.
Winfield Courier, September 14, 1876.
Fred C. Hunt has taken up the yard stick again; this time for the popular firm of McMillen & Shields.
Winfield Courier, September 28, 1876. Front Page.
                                                             From Kansas.
                          WINFIELD, COWLEY CO., KAN., August 18th, 1876.
EDITORS REPUBLICAN: Thinking a line from a Wayne County boy would interest you, I take the liberty of addressing you. I left Wooster in April last, and located here in Cowley County in May. Three month’s residence here but confirms, in my estimation, the glowing but truthful report you gave this great State as you observed it on your Editorial Excursion to the west.

Kansas is a great State, and Cowley County is without doubt one of the best counties in it. Its geographical situation is all that could be wished for; the Arkansas and Walnut valleys, with the adjacent upland, offer to the agriculturalist and stock raiser advantages far superior to anything in old Wayne County. One great advantage is the cheapness of land; land as productive as any on this continent can be bought for from $1.25 to $10.00 per acre. The improvements on land making the higher price; these lands vary in depth of soil according to location, but runs all along from 7 inches to 3 feet in depth, and thousands of acres even more than the latter figure, and all of it with proper culture will prove almost inexhaustible; enormous crops are grown, and on an average will produce from one-third to one-half more than Ohio soil. This is the verdict of farmers who have experimented in the east.
This county is not yet 7 years old, but it would astonish you to see the progress made in that line. No longer a wilder­ness of grass, but in place, waving crops of splendid grain which promptly ripens in its proper season.
Mr. Lo, with his wigwam, has gone westward, while the enterprising and tireless white man is erecting good, substantial dwelling houses everywhere.
Ten thousand people, within seven years, have gathered within the limits of this county, which is 30 miles square. Well constructed schoolhouses are located at proper distances through­out the settled portion of the county and State. The school system is the pride of the state. It is the counterpart of the Ohio system. The Legislature has made ample provision by enact­ment, by endowment, and by local taxation, to warrant school boards in employing the best of talent; the effect has been magical. Evidences of thrift and intelligence are wayside marks on every highway, and as a direct result of all this I will say the County and State is largely Republican. But as is natural it should be so, as the past history of the country at large shows us that where we have no schools or educational facilities, there you can look for Democratic majorities.
Hayes and Wheeler stock is at a premium here. The civil and war records of our gallant Buckeye candidate is so well known that the wrecker will stand no chance at all. The external surface of the Tilden ticket has been polished to such a degree that thousands of Democratic voters are sliding off, afraid to trust such a treacherous, transparent thing. From appearances our ticket will have 20,000 majority in the state of Kansas. There are a dozen or more Wayne County men here; I know a large majority of them will vote right; had J. J. Plank and I been six days later in entering the state, we would have lost our votes by non-residence.
J. J. Johnson, formerly a resident of Wooster, is a resident here; he is largely engaged in agriculture and stock raising. He owns 480 acres of land in one body, on which he grazes a herd of splendid cattle that are growing into money every day; he is surrounded with an interesting family and everything calculated to make home pleasant. His success is evidence of what energy coupled with intelligent, systematic management will do when surrounded with such local advantage—as this State offers within its limits.
J. P. McMillen has gone to Colorado to recruit his health; the firm of McMillen & Shields, representative Wayne County men, do a good business in general merchandise; what J. P. don’t know about the dry goods business is not worth knowing.

There is no special inducement for any more mercantile men to engage in business here, but in all other pursuits the way is open, and there is money in it. By today’s mail I send you samples of grain and grass grown here; it will speak for itself. I will add that the Kansas exhibition of agricultural products at the Centennial is the best ever made in this county. We can grow almost anything that will sprout in the ground.
There are no grasshoppers here as yet and should they visit us now, the crops are so well matured that they could do no great damage. I believe the severe trials to which the settlers were subjected has been a profitable lesson to all; you can see immense cribs of corn almost everywhere as a guard against want in case of another raid by the hooked nosed, crooked legged pest.
An immense acreage of wheat is being sown, no danger of starving now, as the railroads cannot carry the crops fast enough to market, leaving a large surplus on hand.
At some future time I may write you how our Wayne County men prosper, for prosper they will; let others take notice.
J. J. Plank is in his glory, as the hunting season has commenced; he has shot more game since the 15th than any man in the township. What a place this would be for Bolus, Plank, Faber, Baumgardner, and the rest of the boys. Prairie chickens by the thousand, and other game in proportion.
This is Monday evening, and I anxiously await the mail, for it brings the WOOSTER REPUBLICAN regular. I read it first, then pass it around. I have been a subscriber for it for twelve years and shall keep it up. J. M. BAIR.
Winfield Courier, January 4, 1877.
Mr. Shields, of the firm of McMillen & Shields, is spending a few weeks in town.
Winfield Courier, January 11, 1877.
Our readers who want cheap goods in certain lines should read what is said in another place in our local columns about the old stand of McMillen & Shields. They close out special classes of goods to make room for a change in stock.
Winfield Courier, January 11, 1877.
                                                      CLOSING OUT SALE
                                                     Of certain lines of Goods
Has now commenced at the old stand of McMillen & Shields, one door north of Myton’s Hardware store, and will continue from day to day for CASH or CORN until said goods are all sold. Said goods consist of
White goods and Fancy goods, etc., and other traps too tedious to mention.
Most of the above named goods will be sold regardless of cost for CASH or CORN, in order to make room for ANOTHER line of goods.
NOW is your time to get bargains one door north of Myton’s Hardware Store.
REMEMBER, Cash or Corn.
Winfield, January 10th, 1877.
Winfield Courier, February 22, 1877. Editorial Page.

The taxpayers and farmers of Winfield Township are grievously disappointed at the action of Saturday’s meeting. They are no more so than the same class of men all over the county. It is a common cause. That our readers may see that our conclusions are justified, we give the names of the following heaviest taxpayers in town, who were in favor of a change of the law, and who have so expressed themselves: C. A. Bliss, C. C. Black, Dr. W. R. Davis, Col. J. M. Alexander, J. C. Fuller, J. B. Lynn, Dr. W. Q. Mansfield, B. F. Baldwin, D. A. Millington, Rev. J. E. Platter, J. P. Short, S. H. Myton, E. C. Manning, R. Hudson, W. L. Mullen, Wm. Rodgers, Max Shoeb, Ira Moore, J. P. McMillen, J. M. Bair, J. S. Hunt.
Besides these gentlemen there is a large class of smaller taxpayers in town of the same mind. Outside of the city limits four-fifths of the farmers are in favor of a change in the law.
Harry McMillen...
Winfield Courier, April 12, 1877.
Harry McMillen visited Lazette this week.
Laura McMillen...
Winfield Courier, June 14, 1877.
                                                        The Closing Exercises
Of the Winfield public schools came off Friday afternoon of last week under the direction of Geo. W. Robinson, principal. The four schools united in giving an entertainment in the Courthouse hall. These exercises consisted of songs, declamations, essays, dialogues, and a paper. Jay Bryan, in a well delivered declamation, told us why a dog’s nose is always cold, and Samuel Aldrich rendered the “Wedding of Whitinsville” quite well. Three little girls, Ada Rushbridge, Minnie Andrews, and Nellie Plank gave a dialogue teaching the true source of pleasure, and Minnie Quarles and Anna Hunt illustrated the difference between the “good old times” and the present degenerate age. Frank Robinson came to the rescue of the much-abused grandmothers, while George Black advised us to “smile” whenever we can. Berkey Bartlett gave a good rendition of “The Sculptor Boy,” and Johnny Howland told us how well we look “sitting around.”
The essays by Misses Robertson, Nauman, and Winslow, were well read, and showed that this important branch of education has not been neglected by our teachers.
Lady Clare, by Miss Lizzie Kinne; Maud Muller, by Miss Laura McMillen; and The Ballad Carnilhan, by Miss Eugene Holmes, were recitations of some length and much merit.
Harter Brothers buy McMillen & Shields stock...
Winfield Courier, September 6, 1877.
The Harter Brothers have bought out the McMillen & Shields stock and propose to fill up and run the mercantile business again.
Winfield Courier, September 20, 1877.
Harter Bros. & Co. are receiving new goods at their store, McMillen’s old stand.
John P. McMillen buys Howard House at Colorado Springs...
Winfield Courier, September 20, 1877.

Mr. John P. McMillen has returned to Colorado Springs, where he goes into the hotel business as proprietor of the Howard House of that place. His family started yesterday. They are forced to make this move on account of Mr. McMillen’s health. We heartily commend this excellent family to the good people of Colorado Springs. They will be a valuable acquisition to that place. They have a host of friends in Winfield who deeply regret their departure.
Winfield Courier, December 20, 1877.
Last Monday we met a gentleman named Allen, who has land and other interests at and near Salt City. He was direct from Colorado Springs, Colorado, and informed us that Mr. J. P. McMillen is gaining in health and quite prosperous in his business, hotel keeping.
Letter from J. P. McMillen, Colorado Springs...
Winfield Courier, December 5, 1878.
                                                        From J. P. McMillen.
As we doubt not that the following letter from our former citizen will be read with great interest by a large number of warm personal friends in this city and county, we give it entire.
                                    COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado, Nov. 23.
EDITOR COURIER: Please let me know how I stand on your books as to subscription, and add in six months for COURIER from January 1, 1879. Send statement and I will remit, but do not fail to send the COURIER right along, as I wish to keep track of you all in Winfield and Cowley County.
Weather here fine. Business of all kinds very good. Mining interest looming up; rich strikes taking place frequently. I am troubled myself a little lately with mining fever. I think this State is only in its infancy in regard to mining. They are continually making new and some very rich discoveries. Most all seem to be prospecting for carbonates, which, you know, is the deposit at Leadville, and which is a new ore even to the oldest miners. They have been throwing it aside as of no account until about one year ago, when it was discovered to be rich mineral and very easily worked, a great deal of it running from $800 to $1200 per ton. When I strike carbonates, I will let you know.
I have no asthma as yet, and weigh 20 pounds more than when I left Winfield 14 months ago. Colorado Springs is improving more at this time than it has for four years. Our water works will be completed in six or eight days.
I see your town and county continues to improve, and I hope they may have the gift of continuance, as I know of no town or county that I feel as deep an interest in as I do in Winfield and the county of Cowley.
With the best of wishes, I am yours, respectfully. J. P. McMILLEN.
Mrs. J. P. McMillen dies in Colorado of pneumonia...
Winfield Courier, April 3, 1879.
Died. We regret to announce the death of Mrs. J. P. McMillen, of pneumonia, at her residence in Colorado. Mrs. McMillen was one of the old residents of Winfield, and leaves a large circle of friends in this community who mourn her loss deeply.
J. P. McMillen: Central Hotel, Colorado Springs...
      Winfield Courier, July 24, 1879.

While at Colorado Springs, he and his wife were in the company of M. L. Robinson and family, J. C. Fuller and wife,  John Stalter, J. L. Robinson, and others. He commented that J. L. Robinson had a jovial wit and sparkling imagina­tion; J. C. Fuller had a dry humor and quick repartee. J. L. Robinson and J. C. Fuller contrib­uted extensively to the pleasure of their various excursions, carriage rides, rambles, walks, climbs, and picnics among the canons, gorges, glens, parks, mountains, and rocks of that wonderful region.
Millington stated that they saw J. P. McMillen, a former Winfield resident, and found him rugged and hearty with no trace of the asthma with which he was near his end when he started for Colorado. He found his son, Harry McMillen, a full grown, fine looking, intelligent, social young man; and the daughter of McMillen had turned into a beautiful and accomplished young lady. McMillen was keeping a hotel at Colorado Springs called the “Central,” and was doing a good business. Millington said that “Everleth is there and celebrated as the best salesman in the place. Walt Smith, our early Register of Deeds, is there and is the revenue officer of the place.”
When at Topeka just starting for Pike’s Peak, Lemmon asked the Millingtons who they were going with. Millington answered, “M. L. Robinson and J. C. Fuller.” Lemmon rejoined: “Correct. Never think of going to Colorado with less than two bankers with you.”
Millington commented: “This illustrates the fact that Colorado is an expensive place to visit. The hotels, livery men, almost everyone you have to deal with, are there to make money off from the wants of visitors. Persons who are ‘well heeled’ may go and enjoy themselves and become reinvigorated without minding the expense, but for others it wants some care and experience to keep expenses within a moderate figure. After we had ‘learned the ropes’ and settled down to business, we made our expenses quite reasonable. We would suggest to others wanting to take the trip that they can get half fare tickets on the rail­roads by first writing to the general ticket agent of the A., T. & S. F. at Topeka for an order to that effect. We would advise them then to go directly to Colorado Springs and stop at the Central Hotel (McMillen’s) at $2 per day until they have time to look around, then if you are two or more in a family or party, hire a furnished room in a private house at from $3 to $5 per week, buy a twenty-one meal ticket at a restaurant for $5 and you will have a center to radiate from, with quiet, comfortable quarters at moderate expense, without paying from $4 to $5 per day for hotel fare. You can then hire a team, carriage, and driver at $4 to $5 per day (instead of $10, which you may pay if you do not shop around) that will carry four to five persons comfortably and will not cost you more than a dollar a day apiece, and you can ride out to view the sights every day.
“The hotels both here and at Manitou are crowded with visi­tors and invalids, many small houses built for the purpose are all rented to families, and the canons and ravines are lined with tents and covered wagons occupied by campers. These facts indicate that there are still cheaper modes of living here.”
J. P. McMillen: At Trinidad, Colorado, selling goods for a Chicago house...
Winfield Courier, November 25, 1880.
When Ex Saint was en route to New Mexico last week, Wednes­day, he called on Mr. and Mrs. T. A. Wilkinson, at La Junta. Mrs. Wilkinson was sick of the place and did not like her sur­roundings. It was snowing so the train was provided with two engines and twenty shovelers. About half way to Trinidad the train plunged into a long cut filled with snow, and “stuck”. The east bound train was four miles ahead, “stuck” also. The shovelers succeeded in cutting a passage through in a few hours. At Trinidad he met J. P. McMillen, who was temporarily selling goods for a Chicago house. Mac goes on to New Mexico with Ex.

J. T. Shields, old partner of J. P. McMillen, visits sister in Winfield...
Winfield Courier, November 20, 1884.
Mr. J. T. Shields, of Wooster, Ohio, was in the city this week visiting his sister, Miss Floretta Shields, and his mother. He was one of our early-day residents, being a partner some ten or twelve years ago of Mr. J. P. McMillen in general merchandise. His last visit to Winfield was made eight years ago and the changes wrought since then were astonishing to him.


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