FRED A. WHITING & CAPT. WILLIAM O. WHITING.
[Note: The Whiting Brothers were the sons of Col. Whiting, who had been the agent for the Ponca and Nez Perce Indians. He was covered in Volume II, The Indians.
Col. Wm. Whiting moved to Winfield, Kansas, with his family. His two sons (Will O. and Fred A. Whiting) started a meat market in Winfield. MAW]
Recap: Indian Agent, Col. Wm. Whiting.
Col. Wm. Whiting became the active U. S. Indian Agent for the Ponca Indians upon his arrival at Ponca Agency in April 1880. The following items give a brief idea of his work as the Agent for the Ponca and Nez Perce Indians.
Arkansas City Traveler, June 2, 1880.
Col. Whiting has asked permission of the Government to build a large brick building at Ponca Agency, to be used as an industrial school. In case his petition is granted, he will set off a large tract of land for a school farm. He says they can make their own brick at the Agency, and put a substantial building up at a nominal cost. The Colonel is making many improvements at this Agency, and is quite interested in his work.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 8, 1880. Agent Whiting has succeeded in obtaining the appropriation of $10,000, with which to build an industrial school at Ponca Agency, and he is now busy making preparations for the same. The timber bottom near “the spring” is thoroughly cleaned out, and arrangements are about perfected by which all the brick needed will be made.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 13, 1880.
While Col. Whiting was coming up from Ponca Agency last Sunday morning, he started up thirteen black tailed deer, but for the first time since he has been agent, he was without any firearms, and had the pleasure of seeing them go leisurely on their way.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 3, 1880.
If there is a man in the Indian service who understands managing an Indian Agency, that man is Col. Whiting, of the Ponca and Nez Perce Agencies. He superintends building the new schoolhouse, makes his own brick, burns his own lime, and in fact furnishes everything except the pine lumber and nails. Another fact worthy of note, and in this business an item of considerable importance, he is well liked by all the Indians and white people of the Agencies.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 4, 1881. It is with regret that we have to announce the death, on Monday last, May 2nd, at 9 a.m., of Kittie Amelia Whiting, daughter of Agent Whiting, at Ponca Agency, Indian Territory, aged sixteen years, five months, and seven days.
During the latter part of her sickness, when it became apparent to all that the end was approaching, the Ponca Indians came daily, by the hundreds, to inquire after her welfare, and in their characteristic way to show their sympathy.
Col. Whiting was replaced in June 1881 by Thos. J. Jordan as Indian Agent.
FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Fred (F. A.) Whiting...
Arkansas City Traveler, June 29, 1881.
List of arrivals, at the City Hotel, from Wednesday to Saturday, of last week.
F. A. Whiting, Ponca Agency, Indian Territory.
Arkansas City Traveler, July 6, 1881.
Albert and Cal. Dean are up from their camps on Otter creek. King Berry returned on Monday, and Gibson McDade, Fred Whiting, Thos. Hill, and Drury Warren linger awhile with us.
Col. Whiting & Son. [Believe this should read “Sons.”]...
Arkansas City Traveler, July 27, 1881.
Col. Whiting & Son are now running a meat market in Winfield.
Capt. Will Whiting of Whiting Bros....
Arkansas City Traveler, August 24, 1881.
Woodruff, the man arrested for stealing a steer from Deer Creek ranch, has been bound over in the sum of $500 to appear at the next term of court at Fort Smith, Arkansas. He will be tried for drawing a revolver on Capt. Will Whiting. The examination took place before U. S. Commissioner Webb, at Winfield, last week. The cattle Woodruff obtained from the Whiting Bros. are in the sheriff’s hands, under an attachment issued in favor of the Whiting Bros., who sold him the stock.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 19, 1881.
The Whiting Bros., of Winfield, are running the best meat market in the Hub, and conduct their business in a style that ensures success. While in Winfield last week, we purchased a joint of as fine mutton as one could wish to eat, and only paid 10 cents per pound for it too.
William O. Whiting...
[BAR DOCKET DISTRICT COURT - COWLEY COUNTY.]
Winfield Courier, November 3, 1881.
CIVIL DOCKET. THIRD DAY.
William O. Whiting vs. L. C. Woodruff.
Winfield Courier, November 3, 1881.
The case of Whiting against Woodruff was settled Tuesday by Woodruff paying for the cattle and costs of suit.
Winfield Courier, November 3, 1881.
Whiting Bros. sold ten dollars worth of beef steak to Arkansas City customers Saturday. The boys must come to the metropolis for meat or their cats would go hungry.
Mrs. Colonel Whiting...
Arkansas City Traveler, November 9, 1881.
Mrs. Colonel Whiting, wife of the late agent of the Ponca and Nez Perce Indians, is in the city, to meet her grandchild, who is coming from Illinois. Commonwealth.
Arkansas City Traveler, November 9, 1881.
We acknowledge the receipt from Messrs. Whiting Bros., Winfield’s leading butchers, of a very fine roast from their prize red ribbon sheep, which was truly delicious and was duly appreciated. These gentlemen thoroughly understand their business and the large trade they have built up in so short a time is an evidence of that fact.
Winfield Courier, November 17, 1881.
Whiting Bros., the boss meat market of the southwest, want choice stock and pay cash for hides.
Col. Whiting and sons...
Winfield Courier, November 17, 1881.
Col. Whiting and his gentlemanly sons are filling a long felt want in Winfield. They are running a meat market that is a meat market! One where you can get anything you want cut in any shape you want it.
Cowley County Courant, November 24, 1881.
WHITING BROS., MARKET. [Address not given.]
Cowley County Courant, December 1, 1881.
Whiting Brothers, Winfield’s popular butchers, have just made a fine addition to their shop, by erecting in the rear thereof a large cook room and smoke house.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 7, 1881.
An Excurting Party.
Mr. M. M. St. John, brother of the Governor of Kansas; Mr. J. R. Ritchie, Sheriff of Richardson County, Illinois; Mr. C. Fleming, son-in-law of Mr. St. John, and Mr. John P. Higgans, all of Olney, Illinois; arrived in the city yesterday morning and left by this morning’s train for the Indian Territory for a hunt. They will be under the care of Capt. C. M. Scott, which is a guarantee that they will enjoy their holiday. Gov. St. John intended to be of the party, but he felt obliged to forego the anticipated pleasure on account of the Danford trouble. Commonwealth.
The party arrived in Arkansas City all “O. K.” and in company with Mr. Fred Whiting, of Winfield, and Capt. C. M. Scott, of this city, immediately started for the Territory, where they expect to be absent about ten days.
Cowley County Courant, December 22, 1881.
Fred Whiting, of Winfield, seems to like Arkansas City pretty well. Before returning he purchased a number of fat cattle. Traveler.
It isn’t anything new for Fred to purchase a lot of fat cattle, as it requires quite a lot every week to keep their fine market stocked up.
Daughter of Col. Whiting, Mrs. Ed. Nelson...
Winfield Courier, December 8, 1881.
Mrs. Ed. Nelson, a daughter of Col. Whiting, came on last week from Cambridge, Illinois. Mr. Nelson will arrive in a few days and will make his home here in the future.
Winfield Courier, December 15, 1881.
WHITING BROS. MEAT MARKET.
(Successors to Simmons & Ott.)
Keep the best—fresh, salt, and smoked meats. (Poultry, Game, and Fish in Season.)
Main Street, Winfield, Kansas.
We take the greatest care in the selection of beeves and stock for market, and are prepared at all times to furnish our customers with the very best. Farmers who have CHOICE STOCK FOR SALE, please call on us. Cash paid for Hides. WHITING BROS.
Winfield Courier, December 29, 1881.
Dressed hogs wanted at Whiting Bros. Meat Market at 6½ cents.
Winfield Courier, December 29, 1881.
FOR SALE: A bull calf, from a fine milch cow and a thoroughbred Jersey bull. Call at Whiting’s meat market.
Colonel Whiting and sons, Whiting Brothers...
Winfield Courier, December 29, 1881.
Among the many nice displays made in show windows and shops Saturday, that of Whiting Brothers carried off the honors. In the evening it was lit up with Chinese lanterns and presented a beautiful sight. Great quarters of beef trimmed in evergreens, trees with little roast pigs crawling up the trunks, and stuffed birds swinging in the branches, live raccoons, and red-birds, and everything that would make the thing look cheerful, bright, and airy, filled the room and made it look more like a miniature forest than anything else. Crowds of people thronged the market all day looking at the display and congratulating Col. Whiting and his enterprising boys on the good taste exercised in the decorations.
Our reporter dropped in during the evening and went home with a roast pig under his arm, which played no small part in the festivities of the next day.
Winfield Courier, January 5, 1882.
Dressed hogs wanted at Whiting Bros., Meat Market, at 6½ cents.
Winfield Courier, January 5, 1882.
FOR SALE. A bull calf, from a fine milch cow and a thoroughbred Jersey bull. Call at Whiting’s meat market.
Winfield Courier, January 5, 1882.
We want a lot of dressed hogs weighing two hundred pounds and upwards, and will pay 6½ cents per pound for them. WHITING BROS.
Winfield Courier, January 5, 1882.
Sliced hams, very fine, at Whiting Bros.
Col. Wm. Whiting...Excerpts from lengthy article.
Winfield Courier, January 12, 1882.
HARD ON THE D. B.’S.
The Businessmen Talk, Eat, and Prepare to Harvest Unpaid Bills.
Last Saturday evening a large number of the businessmen of Winfield met at the Brettun House and organized an association that will be of more practical benefit to businessmen and the trading public generally then anything that has yet been proposed. The matter has been talked of for some time, but recent events brought it to a focus, of which the “Merchants” and Business Men’s Protective Association” is the outcome. The following gentlemen were present and assisted in the organization.
A. H. Doane, R. E. Wallis, J. A. McGuire, Will Hudson, A. E. Baird, W. J. Hodges, H. Brotherton, J. M. Dever, J. P. Baden, J. L. Hodges, R. E. Sydall, Lou Harter, Ed. P. Greer, J. B. Lynn, A. B. Steinberger, C. A. Bliss, D. L. Kretsinger, A. T. Spotswood, S. W. Hughes, J. S. Mann, W. B. Pixley, W. R. McDonald, A. D. Hendricks, Col. Wm. Whiting, J. G. Shrieves, J. W. Batchelder, J. L. Horning, T. R. Timme, J. L. Rinker, J. P. Short, B. F. Wood, J. A. Cooper.
Cowley County Courant, January 19, 1882.
The Merchants’ and Business Men’s Protection Association met Thursday evening at the office of A. H. Doane & Co., president Spotswood presiding. The committee on constitution and by-laws tendered their report, which was received and taken up for action by sections, after which it was adopted as a whole, and the secretary instructed to have the same printed and furnish each member with a copy. The following firms became members of the association.
A. T. Spotswood & Co., J. P. Baden, B. F. Cox, Wallis & Wallis., McGuire Bros., J. S. Mann, Hendricks & Wilson, Hughes & Cooper, Hudson Bros., Miller & Dix, J. L. Hodges, A. H. Doane & Co., S. H. Myton, W. B. Pixley, A. E. Baird, Whiting Bros., Shreves & Powers, Cole Bros.
The by-laws provide that any firm in the city may become members by complying with the by-laws, rules, and regulations, and that each member will be furnished with a pass book containing a list of doubtful and bad paying customers, professional beats, etc. From the reading of the constitution and by-laws of the organization, it is evident that the business men are in earnest, and that they propose to protect cash and prompt paying customers and to give doubtful and bad paying customers, and especially dead beats, a wide berth. The method adopted by the association for equal and mutual protection is sound and reasonable, and will bring to its membership every business firm in the city. The result will surely prove satisfactory to both buyer and seller.
Capt. W. Whiting and Fred Whiting...
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 Win-field. 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 Kalo-meda set, given by Johnson & 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.
Capt. Will Whiting...
Arkansas City Traveler, March 8, 1882.
Capt. Will Whiting with several of the Winfield boys were here Sunday. They had visited Ponca.
Cowley County Courant, April 6, 1882.
Whiting Brothers, of this city, are now supplying most of the small towns connected with us by rail with fresh meats, hams, etc.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 17, 1882.
Col. Whiting was in town last Monday.
Capt. Will Whiting...
Arkansas City Traveler, May 17, 1882.
Cap. Whiting, of Whiting Bros., Winfield, was in town last week purchasing fat stock for their meat market.
Capt. Will Whiting...
Cowley County Courant, May 25, 1882.
The social party at the residence of Dr. and Mrs. Emerson Thursday evening was one of the most enjoyable affairs within the history of Winfield. The Dr. and his estimable wife seem to thoroughly understand the art of entertaining their guests, and on this particular occasion, they were at their best, as it were.
The guests present were Miss L. Curry, Miss Andrews, Miss I. Bard, Miss I. McDonald, the Misses Wallis, Miss F. Beeney, Miss Jennie Haine, Miss A. Scothorn, Miss I. Meech, Miss Sadie French, Miss Julia Smith, Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Will Robinson, Ivan Robinson, Harry Bahntge, Eugene Wallis, W. H. Smith, W. A. Smith of Wichita, E. C. Seward, O. M. Seward, C. Campbell, C. H. Connell, Sam Davis, Capt. Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. Gene Baird, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Bedilion, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Bahntge, Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Harter, Mr. and Mrs. Joe Harter, Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Speed, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Barclay, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Hunt, W. A. Walton, and Henry Goldsmith.
Fred and Will Whiting...
Winfield Courier, April 20, 1882.
On last Friday evening the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller was the scene of one of the merriest as well as the “toniest” parties ever given in Winfield. Mrs. Fuller has entertained her friends several times this winter without any of the young folks being present, but this time she honored them by giving this party, which was duly appreciated. Everyone invited, with but two exceptions, was present and never were guests more hospitably entertained. The evening was spent in dancing and other amusements, while an elegant collation consisting of cakes and ice cream was served at eleven o’clock. At a late hour the guests dispersed, all thanking their kind host and hostess for the pleasant evening so happily spent. The costumes of the guests were elegant and worthy of mention. We give below a list which we hope will be satisfactory to the ladies mentioned.
Mrs. Fred C. Hunt wore a pale steel blue silk and brocaded satin dress with fine Spanish lace trimmings, white flowers.
Mrs. Colgate, white nuns veiling en train, white satin trimmings.
Mrs. George Robinson, pink brocade satin, underskirt of black silk velvet, point lace.
Mrs. Joe Harter, black silk velvet skirt, pink bunting over dress.
Mrs. W. C. Garvey, of Topeka, white Swiss muslin, red sash and natural flowers.
Mrs. Rhodes, silver gray silk, pink ribbons.
Mrs. Thorpe, very handsome costume of heliotrope silk and silk tissue.
Mrs. Steinberger, black brocade and gros grain silk, red flowers.
Mrs. Dr. Emerson, black satin dress, cashmere bead passementerie, diamond jewelry.
Miss Jennie Hane, fine white polka dot mull trimmed in Spanish lace, pink flowers.
Miss Clara Andrews, pink bunting polonaise, black skirt.
Miss Kelly, handsome black silk.
Miss McCoy, blue silk velvet skirt and blue and old gold brocaded polonaise, Honiton lace and flowers.
Miss Jackson, navy blue silk dress, lace sleeves and fichu.
The Misses Wallis were prettily attired in cream colored mull, Miss Lizzie with pale blue sash and Miss Margie in lavender.
Miss Ama Scothorn, cream colored cheese cloth, Spanish lace trimming.
Miss Alice Dunham, dainty dress of cream bunting.
Miss Julia Smith, beautifully flowered white silk polonaise, black silk velvet skirt, diamond jewelry.
Miss Ellis, elegant gray silk.
Miss Klingman, fine white Swiss, and wine colored silk.
Miss Bryant, brown silk dress, pink ribbons.
Miss Beeny, blue and gold changeable silk fine thread lace fichu, natural flowers.
Miss Cora Berkey, black silk skirt, pink satin pointed bodice.
Miss French, black gros grain silk, very elegant.
Miss Josie Mansfield, black silk and velvet, Spanish lace.
Mrs. Bullock, black silk trimmed in Spanish lace.
Miss Belle Roberts, light silk, with red flowers.
Miss Curry, striped silk, beautifully trimmed.
Miss Bee Carruthers, cream nuns veiling, aesthetic style.
Miss Kate Millington, peacock blue silk, Spanish lace sleeves and fichu.
Miss Jessie Millington, black silk velvet and gros grain.
The following gentlemen were in attendance. Their “costumes” were remarkable for subdued elegance and the absence of aesthetic adornment.
Messrs. Steinberger; J. N. Harter; G. A. Rhodes; E. E. Thorpe; George, Will, and Ivan Robinson; Fred and Will Whiting; Mr. Colgate; F. C. Hunt; C. E. Fuller; C. C. Harris; W. H. Smith; Will Smith; W. J. Wilson; Jos. O’Hare; Jas. Lorton; Frank and E. P. Greer; Eugene Wallis; Saml. E. Davis; L. H. Webb; Harry and Chas. F. Bahntge; Chas. Campbell; Ezra Nixon; L. D. Zenor; E. G. Cole; C. H. Connell; Mr. Ed. M. Clark of McPherson; and W. C. Garvey of Topeka.
Capt. Will O. Whiting...
Arkansas City Traveler, June 14, 1882.
Capt. Will O. Whiting and Miss Belle Miller, of the Courant, visited this place on the first day of the week.
Cowley County Courant, June 29, 1882.
Whiting Bros. lost several head of cattle by breaking out of the corral.
Winfield Courier, August 10, 1882.
RECAP OF REPUBLICAN COUNTY CONVENTION, HELD AT THE OPERA HOUSE IN WINFIELD, SATURDAY, AUGUST 5, 1882, AT 10:00 A..M., CALLED TO ORDER BY D. A. MILLINGTON, CHAIRMAN OF THE COUNTY COMMITTEE.
66th REPRESENTATIVE CONVENTION: N. M. Chaffey, chairman; W. B. Weimer, secretary.
Winfield, 1st ward: J. E. Conklin, James Bethel, D. A. Millington, J. W. Craine, T. R. Bryan.
Winfield, 2nd ward: B. F. Wood, Wm. Whiting, W. J. Wilson, J. H. Bullen, Frank Finch, T. H. Soward.
Capt. Will O. Whiting...
Arkansas City Traveler, September 13, 1882.
Capt. Whiting graced our sanctum with his smiling countenance yesterday morning as he was en route for the Territory in company with Drury Warren, after fat cattle for the Winfield meat shop as usual.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 27, 1882.
Capt. Whiting, of Winfield, passed through the city yesterday on his way for the Territory, where he goes to drive up fat stock for their Winfield meat market.
Capt. Will Whiting marries Maggie McLean [McClain] at home of his father, Col. Whiting...
Winfield Courier, October 12, 1882.
MARRIED. Capt. Will Whiting will commit matrimony at the Baptist Church this (Thursday) evening. It is probably the most sensible act of his life. Miss Maggie McLean [McClain] is the bride. It will be a gay affair, as two hundred invitations are out for the reception to be held at the residence of Col. Whiting. We wish the happy couple all the joys which the circumstances so richly promise.
Winfield Courier, October 19, 1882.
MARRIED. The marriage of Mr. Will O. Whiting and Miss Maggie McClain, which took place at the Baptist Church last Thursday evening, was an unusually brilliant one. The church was filled with friends, who had gathered to see the ceremony performed, and the church was beautifully decorated for the occasion. The ceremony was performed by Rev. J. Cairns, in his most impressive manner, and the happy couple retired to the residence of Col. Wm. Whiting to receive the congratulations of their friends, of whom about fifty were present and partook of an elegant repast, after which the bride and groom were driven to the depot to take the westbound train for an extended bridal tour. The bride was attired in a handsome steel gray grosgrain silk, elegantly trimmed in cream Spanish lace and orange blossoms. Miss Cora Berkey, the bridesmaid, was dressed in pink silk with white over-dress, pink flowers, and Spanish lace. Mr. Jack Hyden was best man for the groom, and Messrs. Fred Whiting, Chas. Hodges, and Jim. Berry acted as ushers. We extend congratulations to the happy pair and hope they may live long and prosper.
[Note: First write-up by Courier referred to the bride as “McLean.” The second write-up called her “McClain.” MAW]
Winfield Courier, November 2, 1882.
Fred Whiting and John Dix had quite a set-to in front of Whiting’s meat shop Thursday evening, in which John got worsted. An assault and battery case for damages is the outcome.
Whiting Meat Market...
Winfield Courier, November 9, 1882.
The following is a list of telephones in use in this city: 1. Allen Johnson. 2. Dr. Davis. 3. M. L. Read’s Residence. 4. Whiting Meat Market. 5. M. L. Robinson’s Residence.12. Winfield Bank. 13. J. W. McDonald’s Office. 21. Court House. 22. Transfer Office. 31. Adams Express. 32. Wells, Fargo Express. 33, A. H. Doane & Co. 34. Telegram Office. 36. A. T. Spotswood. 37. City Mills. 38. Read’s Bank. 41. COURIER Office. 42. A., T. & S. F. Depot. 43. K. C., L. & S. K. 44. Manny Residence. 45. Brettun House. 47. Millington Residence. 46. J. P. Baden, 1. 46. J. P. Baden, 2. 48. Curns & Manser. 49. Miller, Dix & Co.
Winfield Courier, November 23, 1882.
The following officers were elected at the institution of Walnut Valley Lodge No. 70, Knights of Pythias.
S. L. Gilbert, P. C. C.
Quincy A. Glass, C. C.
C. C. Green, V. C. C.
P. F. Jones, P.
Wm. Whiting, M. of F.
L. B. Stone, M. of E.
P. H. Albright, M. at A.
G. H. Buckman, K. R. & S.
C. C. Harris, O. G.
Geo. Hudson, I. G.
The following resolution was unanimously adopted: “Resolved, That a vote of thanks be tendered by this Lodge to P. G. C. Lyon and D. G. C. Harris, of the Grand Lodge, and to Warwick Lodge No. 144, for their attendance and service in the institution of this Lodge.”
Winfield Courier, December 14, 1882.
Whiting Bros. had forty wild turkeys and four deer hung in front of their meat market Tuesday. The game was killed in the Territory.
Winfield Courier, December 28, 1882.
The Spy of Atlanta.
The Committee on behalf of Winfield Post No. 85, G. A. R., and St. John’s Battery of this city, wish through your paper to express our high appreciation of the presentation of the Spy of Atlanta given here on the evenings of December 14, 15, and 16 by Col. L. D. Dobbs.
Col. Dobbs gave us a first-class entertainment, surpassing the expectation of everyone who witnessed it; and causing our best judges of theatricals to pronounce the Spy of Atlanta the most interesting entertainment ever given in our city.
To say that the performance under the skillful management of Col. Dobbs was a complete success, and to commend the Spy of Atlanta under the management of the Col. to the Grand Army of the Republic of Kansas is only an act of justice.
S. V. Devendorf as “Jake Schneider,” was immense, a complete show in himself—his every appearance convulsed the audience in roars of laughter. Devendorf as a comedian is an artist and will always be welcomed in Winfield with a crowded house.
Mrs. R. Jillson was as fine a conception and presentation of the character of Maud Dalton as could be wished; natural, graceful, and original. She won the hearts of the audience and gave to the character of “Maud” a sublime pathos that melted and moved our hearts and tears at her bidding.
The Post and Battery most cordially thank her for contributing so much talent for our benefit.
Mrs. Haight as Mrs. “Dalton,” showed all the true motherly feeling of the character she represented. She was a true mother and we know no higher praise.
Miss Josie Bard, as “Carrie Dalton,” was just what you would expect her to be. Her presentation of the flag was perfect, her singing of the “Star Spangled Banner” grand, and when her wonderfully sweet and cultured voice accompanied by her guitar rendered the “Vacant Chair,” we were glad the chair was vacant, that we might hear the song.
R. M. Bowles as “Edwin Dalton the Spy,” was equal to the leading character of the play. Mr. Bowles is a cultured actor, and his rendition of “Edwin Dalton” was grand. As husband, brother, soldier, prisoner, and spy “Richard was himself” a natural artist.
George H. Buckman represented “Farmer Dalton” so naturally that we thought we were in the country, and felt like we wanted to stay there the balance of our life with the grand old gentleman.
Col. Whiting as “General Sherman,” was a fine conception of the character of the general of our army. He looked and acted the soldier and though surrounded by a brilliant staff was the hero.
The children, Harry and Lottie Caton, as “Little Willie and Nannie,” captivated the audience. Brave “Willie!” Gentle “Nannie!” God will surely bless such noble children.
The tableaux were the finest we ever saw and the young ladies who composed them are as beautiful off the stage as they were in the tableaux.
We would like to describe the beautiful angel, but if we speak of one justice would demand the same of all and our communication would be suppressed on account of its length.
We must thank the “Sisters of Charity,” Misses Ida Bard and Mary Berkey, and felt like we would be willing to be wounded ourselves, if we could look up into their sweet faces.
Samuel Davis as “Pete,” was a life-like personation of a true southern darkey. He was one of the best actors in the cast.
To the soldiers commanded by Capt. Finch and others, we tender our thanks for their assistance and military bearing.
In this notice is it impossible to do justice to all, but rest assured that we feel grateful for the kindness shown us by the entire cast.
Committee: SAM. BARD, Chairman; H. L. WELLS, N. A. HAIGHT, J. E. SNOW,
T. H. SOWARD.
Winfield Courier, December 28, 1882.
Winfield butchers have long been noted for the magnificence of their Christmas displays. This year they have far outdone any former efforts in that direction. The meat market of Whiting Bros., was decked out in excellent taste. Evergreens graced the walls and ceilings, while the hooks were lined with mammoth quarters of beef, fat porkers, and dressed specimens of every kind of feathered bird. The counters were loaded down with meats arranged in every conceivable shape to please the eye. The markets of Miller, Dix & Co., were also especially fine. Their exhibit of beef stock on the street Monday was as fine as any we have seen. Their markets were decked out in evergreens and blooms, and over all a rooster crowing lustily. Both George Miller and J. G. Kraft are adepts in the art of meat market decoration, and their taste was exercised to its fullest extent. It would pay anyone to make a tour of the markets and observe the decorations, which will remain all week.
Winfield Courier, March 15, 1883.
Col. Whiting furnishes a market for all of Frank Manny’s vegetables this year. He has a home-made fountain which keeps the vegetables fresh and wholesome.
Capt. Will O. Whiting...
Winfield Courier, March 22, 1883.
During the last two weeks H. G. Fuller has sold eleven thousand dollars worth of city property. Among them was the J. C. Fuller house, just east of the schoolhouse, to F. M. Dickey for $740. The J. H. Kinne house on Manning Street to Cap. Whiting for $768. The stone house near the Santa Fe depot to M. E. Page for $800. The Hackney residence to Geo. Ordway for $2,500, and numerous other improved and unimproved property.
Winfield Courier, March 29, 1883.
Whiting Bros., have put a handsome new wagon on the street. It is nicely lettered with the firm name.
Whiting [Which Whiting is not mentioned.]...
Winfield Courier, April 19, 1883.
Gun Club Shoot.
The Winfield Gun Club had their weekly glass ball shoot Tuesday. After the shooting a business meeting was held at which Chas. C. Black was elected Captain and Ed. P. Greer Secretary. A communication from the Arkansas City Club was considered and an invitation extended to that club to participate in a match shoot on next Tuesday as the guests of the Winfield Club. The following is Tuesday’s score.
[DO NOT UNDERSTAND THEIR METHOD OF SCORING....SKIPPED!]
NAMES OF MEMBERS MENTIONED:
Manny, Harter, McLain, Whiting, Black, Lockwood, Greer, Clark.
[Note: The name of “McLain” shows up in above item. Much later the paper refers to him as “McClain.”]
Winfield Courier, April 26, 1883.
The Match Shooting.
By invitation, the Arkansas City Gun Club was present at the weekly meeting of the Winfield Club on Tuesday. The score on ten balls each was as follows.
ARKANSAS CITY CLUB: TOTAL 45. [PUTTING DOWN TOTALS ONLY.]
SHOOTERS: Parish, Young, Steadman, Speers, Shelden, Breene.
WINFIELD CLUB: TOTAL 47.
SHOOTERS: McLain, Vance, Clark, Whiting, Manny, Black.
Following this was a match with five balls each, which resulted as follows.
ARKANSAS CITY: TOTAL 18.
PLAYERS: Parish, Young, Steadman, Shelden, Breene.
WINFIELD: TOTAL 16.
PLAYERS: Vance, McLain, Clark, Black, Whiting.
Quite a crowd of spectators were present. Mr. Parish, of the Arkansas City Club, broke every ball in both matches, but two of them were broken just as they touched the ground and were ruled out by the referee, as were several balls broken in the same way by the Winfield Club. The Arkansas City boys were the guests of the Winfield Club during their stay in the city.
Arkansas City Traveler, May 30, 1883.
Fred Whiting and Jack Hyden, two of the Winfield b’hoys, took in the A. O. U. W. Dance in this city last week.
Capt. Will O. Whiting...
Arkansas City Traveler, June 20, 1883.
Cap. Whiting, of the firm of Whiting Bros., Winfield, was in the city on Monday last, en route for the Territory, where he expects to purchase a bunch of cattle.
[EDITORIAL CONVENTION HELD AT WINFIELD.]
Winfield Courier, May 17, 1883.
Where the Money Came From.
The following are the cash contributions to the general editorial entertainment fund. More was raised than was used and those who subscribed first took more than their share, so that others had to be somewhat limited in their contributions to give others a chance.
Whiting Bros., $1.00.
[FOURTH OF JULY.]
Winfield Courier, May 31, 1883.
WE WILL CELEBRATE.
An Enthusiastic Meeting and Gratifying Results.
By virtue of a previous call, the citizens met to devise ways and means for a 4th of July celebration at Winfield. Capt. J. S. Hunt was elected President, and O. M. Seward, Secretary.
Hon. C. C. Black stated the object of the meeting, and Col. Whiting moved to celebrate. Carried.
On motion Mayor Emerson was elected President of the day, and Col. Whiting, Marshal, with power to select his own aids, and have general charge of programme for the day.
On motion the following committees were appointed.
Finance: J. P. Baden, J. B. Lynn, M. L. Robinson.
Grounds: S. C. Smith, D. L. Kretsinger, E. P. Greer.
Programme: J. C. McMullen, J. L. Horning, H. D. Gans.
Committee on Indians: W. J. Hodges, N. C. Myers, Col. Whiting.
Special Trains: Kennedy, Branham, H. E. Asp.
Amusements: C. C. Black, T. M. McGuire, John Keck, Jas. Vance, A. T. Spotswood, and J. Wade McDonald.
Fire Works: Henry Goldsmith, J. P. Baden, M. O’Hara.
Music: Crippen, Buckman, Snow.
Military Display: Capt. Haight, Dr. Wells, Col. Whiting.
Speakers: Rembaugh, Millington, Hackney.
On motion the meeting adjourned to meet at call of president, or chairman of committees.
J. S. HUNT, President.
O. M. SEWARD, Secretary.
Winfield Courier, June 14, 1883.
The businessmen and clerks of the city met at the COURIER office Wednesday evening and organized by electing Col. Whiting chairman and Ed. P. Greer Secretary. Mr. Brooking stated the object of the meeting to be to effect a mutual arrangement to close the stores at eight o’clock in the evening. Mr. Spotswood spoke in favor of the proposition, and was desirous that an arrangement be made by which both clerks and proprietors could get a little time for rest and social enjoyment. Mr. Mann accorded heartily with Mr. Spotswood in the matter, as also did Mr. Cooper. Mr. Webb desired to know how long the arrangement would hold, and after general discussion it was decided to make it between the 11th day of June and first of October. On motion of Mr. Hall a committee consisting of Messrs. Shields, Copeland, Hendricks, and Fleming were appointed to draw up an agreement to be presented all merchants in the city for their signatures. They reported the following.
We, the undersigned, hereby agree to close our respective places of business at 8 o’clock p.m., of each evening in the week, except Saturday, commencing June 11th, and continuing until October First, 1883. The time of closing to be indicated by the ringing of the city bell. This agreement made on the express conditions that all persons carrying conflicting lines of goods join in the arrangement.
On motion of Mr. O’Meara, duly carried, the chair appointed the following committee to wait on merchants not present with the agreement: Messrs. O’Meara, Cooper, Hendricks, Baird, and Fleming. On motion of Mr. Goodrich, Col. Whiting was added to the committee in behalf of the clerks. After discussion regarding the formation of a permanent organization, the meeting adjourned. It is to be hoped that the objects sought by the gathering will be accomplished, which can only be done by all uniting. It is understood that about every merchant in town with two exceptions, is in favor of closing. If there is any set of men in town who need rest and out-door exercise during the hot summer months, it is the over-worked clerks and merchants. In no other occupation is a man compelled to put in sixteen to eighteen hours per day—every minute of his time when awake. It is a matter of simple justice and humanity that everyone should recognize.
[JULY 4TH PROGRAM.]
Winfield Courier, June 21, 1883.
Program of the Day’s Doings.
At sunrise on the morning of the Fourth, the artillery will inaugurate the festivities of the day by a salute.
The procession will form on Main Street, right resting on Tenth Avenue, at 10 o’clock a.m., in the following order.
Mayor and City officers.
Courier Cornet Band.
Posts of Grand Army of the Republic.
St. John’s Battery.
Societies in Regalia.
Citizens in wagons and on horseback.
The procession will enter Riverside Park at the east gate, drive to the center, unload, and then drive on to the open ground in the west of the Park, where they can be quartered. Such as desire can drive on through the west Park gate, across the road into the Fair Ground Park, where teams may be placed. Persons must carefully avoid damages to trees in either park.
There will be addresses and a basket picnic dinner at the park, which will be followed by trotting, pacing, and running races, games, etc., on the Fair Grounds, as follows.
1st. Mixed pacing and trotting race, free for all county horses, best two in three mile heats—10 percent entrance. Four to enter, three to start. 1st, $45.00; 2nd, $22.50; 3rd, $7.00.
2nd. Running race, free for all, half mile dash—10 percent entrance. 1st, $15.00; 2nd, $10.50.
3rd. Slow mule race, free for all, half mile dash, change riders, last mule out gets $5.00.
4th. Tub race, winner takes $3.00.
5th. Sack race, $2.50 to boss runner.
6th. Base ball Tournament for a premium ball and bat, $5.00.
7th. Potato race, 1st, $3.00; 2nd, $2.00.
8th. Apple string; the one who bites the apple gets $1.00.
9th. Wheelbarrow race, blindfolded; one who wheels closest to stake gets $1.00.
10th. Greased pole; he who climbs it gets the $5 gold piece on top.
11th. Glass ball shoot, $5. Premium. $1.00 entrance fee—best shot takes 50 percent of premium and entrance money; second best, 25 percent; third 15 percent; fourth, 10 percent.
At 4 o’clock the sham battle will take place on the Fair Grounds under the direction of Col. Whiting, marshal of the day, participated in by the 1st Kansas light artillery and several posts of the G. A. R.
The Courier Band will furnish music during the day.
In the evening there will be a grand flambeaux procession of 200 men, bearing Roman candles and accompanied by illuminated balloon ascensions.
Winfield Courier, July 12, 1883.
The one hundred and seventh anniversary of the Nation’s independence was celebrated in grand style last Wednesday. The people commenced gathering before sunrise, and from that time on until eleven o’clock every road leading into Winfield was crowded with teams, pedestrians, and horsemen.
At ten o’clock the procession was formed on Main Street by W. J. Hodges, Chief Marshal, and marched to Riverside Park, headed by the Courier Band.
Arriving at the Park the band discoursed several patriotic tunes, after which the address was delivered by Dr. T. B. Taylor. After the speech came dinner and after dinner the various games, races, etc.
The sack race was won by J. W. Bradley and the tub race by D. Quier. A twelve-year-old boy succeeded, after several attempts, in getting the five dollar gold piece on the top of a greased pole. In the glass ball shoot the high honors were divided between Jas. McLain and Charlie Black.
The races were the most interesting feature. In the mixed trotting and pacing race, there were six entries. The race was won by Ed. Reed’s “Blanche Belle,” in 3:09 and 3:05; P. T. Walton’s “Mollie,” second; S. W. Phoenix’ “Lilac,” third; Sol. Burkhalter’s “Jumbo,” fourth; Dorley’s “Dan,” fifth; Rez Stephens’ “Tinker,” sixth.
In the running race one of the riders was thrown, but the race was repeated in the evening. A sham battle took place after the races, and in the evening a flambeaux procession with Roman candles wound up the festivities in a brilliant manner.
It is estimated that ten thousand people were in attendance, which estimation is placed below rather than above. In fact, the “woods were full of ’em.”
The sickness of Col. Whiting interfered somewhat with the regular course he had mapped out, but everything went off smoothly. Capt. S. C. Smith, R. E. Wallis, Geo. H. Buckman, Chas. C. Black, and J. P. Baden did faithful work in the formation and carrying out of the program. Especially was this the case with Charlie Black, in whose hands the amusement business was placed.
Perhaps the highest praise is due to the Courier Cornet Band. They were out by seven o’clock and until ten o’clock at night were continually in the harness, adding pleasure and entertainment to the vast crowd. The music was splendid and was highly appreciated by citizens from all parts of the county. We heard dozens of persons express surprise at the fact that Winfield could support such a band. The boys covered themselves all over with glory, and the doubters who howl that Winfield can’t support a good band are heard no more.
Winfield Courier, August 16, 1883.
We have always been willing to concede most any result from the wonderful productiveness of Cowley’s soil—in fact we have credited stories many times about big corn and pumpkin that seems too large for unabridged acceptance, but today we are called upon to record an agricultural curiosity that eclipses anything yet brought to light. It is a stalk of corn on which there are one hundred and twenty ears, all clearly defined, bearing silks, husk, and grains. Of course, they are all miniature ears, but they are there and can be seen by any person who desires by calling at this office. The specimen was grown by Col. Whiting in his field near town. When pulled the stalk carried one hundred and forty ears, but twenty ears were pulled off—possibly by some traveler, for horsefeed.
Col. Wm. Whiting...
Winfield Courier, September 20, 1883.
On Monday evening the council passed an ordinance granting to Wm. Whiting the right to lay gas pipes in the streets and alleys of the city. The Colonel intends to take immediate steps toward the erection of the works and in a short time we may expect the city to be lit throughout with gas.
Arkansas City Traveler, September 26, 1883.
Col. Wm. Whiting and assigns have been granted the franchise to lay gas pipes and to erect gas works in the city of Winfield.
Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.
At the Council meeting Monday evening G. W. Prater resigned the marshalship of Winfield, and B. F. Herrod was appointed to fill the vacancy. Col. Whiting filed his acceptance of the gas-works franchise, and will commence work in a few weeks.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 10, 1883.
The Whiting boys, of Winfield, were in the future great last Saturday.
Arkansas City Traveler, October 10, 1883.
Fred Whiting, of Winfield, was in the city Saturday, on his way home from the Territory, where he had been buying stock.
Winfield Courier, October 18, 1883.
On Monday evening the Council closed a contract with Col. Whiting to light the city with gas, agreeing to take light for sixty posts at an annual rental of thirty dollars each, with provisions for extending the mains as the growth of the city demands. This contract insures the speedy erection of the works and means another step in the public improvement of our city. The lighting of the streets, stores, and residences with gas will add much to the beauty of the city and the convenience of its citizens. The location of gas mains was fixed as follows: On Main street from 6th to 12th; on 8th east to Andrews; on 9th east to Andrews; on 10th east to Andrews; on 11th east to Andrews; 12th east to Loomis; on 8th west to Mansfield; on 9th west to Walton; on 10th west to Mansfield; on Manning from 10th south to 12th; on Mansfield from 9th south to 12th; on Menor from 10th south to 12th; on Stewart from 9th south to 11th. This plat takes in the thickly settled portions of the city and makes between three and four miles of mains. The location of the gas posts will give rows of lights both ways on the streets upon which the mains are laid, with two for each street crossing on Main street and near the churches.
Winfield Courier, October 25, 1883.
Winfield Gas Company.
Last Thursday afternoon the “Winfield Gas Company” was formed. It will build the Gas Works under the franchises granted by the City to Col. Whiting. The incorporators of the company are J. C. Fuller, Col. Wm. Whiting, J. B. Lynn, Ed. P. Greer, and Frank Barclay. The officers of the Company are J. C. Fuller, President; Wm. Whiting, Vice President; Ed. P. Greer, Secretary; J. B. Lynn, Treasurer. Steps were taken to push the work through as rapidly as the material can be laid on the ground. The works will be first-class in every respect, and will be built on a scale that will supply the city should it grow to four times its proportions. The cost of the Works when completed will be between forty and fifty thousand dollars.
Winfield Courier, November 1, 1883.
Col. Whiting exhibits a pair of Texas steer horns, connected by a part of the skull, in natural position. They spread seventy inches from tip to tip and are nineteen inches in circumference at the base. The steer who sported these horns weighed only eight hundred pounds.
[ANNUAL HUNT: WINFIELD SPORTSMANS CLUB.]
Winfield Courier, November 8, 1883.
The grand annual hunt of the Winfield sportsmans club came off last Thursday. The captains were Jas. H. Vance and Jas. McLain. There were twelve hunters on each side, but several could not go, leaving ten on Capt. Vance’s side and only eight on Capt. McLain’s. The count was as follows:
Jas. Vance, Captain: 1,520
Frank Clark: 1,910
J. S. Hunt: 1,835
Kyle McClung: 1,130
J. Cochran: 1,855
W. P. Beaumont: 1,010
Frank Lockwood: 370
A. T. Spotswood: 205
A. S. Davis: 1,125
TOTAL FOR VANCE TEAM: 10,970
Jas. McClain, Captain: 1,230
J. N. Harter: 1,120
C. C. Black: 715
G. W. Prater: 970
Fred Whiting: 1,245
Ezra Meech: 3,420
Judge E. S. Torrance: 865
Wilson Foster: 1,380
TOTAL McCLAIN TEAM: 10,945
Capt. Vance’s side having made 25 points the most was declared the victor.
The annual Banquet and presentation of the medals was held at the Brettun Saturday evening. It was an elegant affair and one of the most enjoyable of the season. In a neat and appropriate speech, Mr. C. C. Black presented the gold medal, awarded for the highest score, to Mr. Ezra Meech, who responded to the toast “How did you catch ’em?” with a full description of his days report and the methods he so successfully employed in bagging the festive little “cotton tail.” Next came the presentation of the tin medal, by M. G. Troup, which was done in that gentleman’s happiest vein. The recipient, A. T. Spotswood, responded in a short speech. After other toasts the company adjourned for business at which it was decided to hunt again with the same sides, on November 22nd. This is the third annual hunt of the club, and has been more successful than its predecessors.
Col. Wm. Whiting...
Winfield Courier, November 15, 1883.
COUNCIL CHAMBER, CITY OF WINFIELD, November 12, 1883.
Council met pursuant to adjournment, Mayor Emerson in chair. Roll called. Present: Councilmen McMullen, McGuire, Kretsinger, and Wilson. Minutes of the last two regular meetings and adjourned meeting read and approved.
The acceptance by Wm. Whiting of the gas ordinance was ordered filed and spread upon the council proceedings.
Whiting’s Meat Market...
Winfield Courier, November 29, 1883.
Whiting’s meat market had an invoice of fresh mackerel Tuesday, brought through by express from the sea-board. The little fish went off like hot cakes at thirty cents each.
Winfield Courier, December 6, 1883.
Col. Whiting received by express from the East last week a lot of “oysters in the shell.”
This is the first lot ever brought to this market. They were very fine. Through the Colonel’s courtesy a lot of them found their way to our table and were mingled with turkey and cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving day.
Col. and Mrs. Whiting...
Winfield Courier, December 20, 1883.
Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller entertained a large number of friends at their elegant home Friday evening. It was a pleasant company and the hospitality was highly enjoyed. Among those present were Mayor & Mrs. Emerson, Mr. & Mrs. Bahntge, Mr. & Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. & Mrs. Spotswood, Mr. & Mrs. Hickok, Mr. & Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Mr. & Mrs. E. S. Bliss, Mr. & Mrs. Mann, Mr. & Mrs. W. S. Wilson, Mr. & Mrs. Millington, Mr. & Mrs. Silliman, Mr. & Mrs. Ordway, Mr. & Mrs. Tomlin, Mr. & Mrs. Col. Whiting, Mr. & Mrs. Geo. W. Miller, Mr. & Mrs. Greer, Mr. & Mrs. Allen, Mr. & Mrs. J. C. McMullen, Mr. & Mrs. Dr. Green, Mr. & Mrs. Brown, Mr. & Mrs. H. G. Fuller, Mr. & Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Mr. & Mrs. Branham. Also, Mr. Elbert Bliss, Mrs. Albro, Mrs. Doane, Mrs. Foos, Mrs. Perkins, Mrs. Ripley, of Burlington, Iowa, Mrs. Judge Buck of Emporia. These evening gatherings are becoming quite a feature in our social life, and nowhere are they more heartily enjoyed than at Mr. Fuller’s.
Winfield Courier, December 27, 1883.
Christmas came in this year with more than its usual life and jollity. All of the churches had Christmas trees, Christmas houses, and other of the arrangements which are supposed to make young hearts happy. The traditional “Santa Claus” was abroad in all his glory and showered candies and beautiful presents around promiscuously.
As usual the meat markets were decorated in the most attractive way. The market of Whiting Bros. was especially fancy. They had houses and pyramids constructed of snow white lard, and huge beeves decorated with evergreens and flowers. In addition to this the market was supplied with rare novelties gathered from the Atlantic to the Pacific. The markets of Geo. M. Miller and Kraft & Dix were also beautifully decorated. At the latter was exhibited one of the fattest pigs that anyone has ever seen.
Winfield Courier, February 14, 1884.
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.
THOSE WHO CONTRIBUTED $5.00:
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.
THOSE WHO CONTRIBUTED $2.50.
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 28, 1884.
The “German Volunteer,” by Winfield Post G. A. R., was greeted at the Opera House during four nights of last week with crowded houses. About forty persons took part and many of the characters were splendidly represented. Next to the German comedian, Will D. Saphar, who managed the play, Mr. F. F. Leland, as Horace St. Claire, received the highest praises. Frank has natural dramatic talent and a little practice would make him equal to many professional actors. Mr. W. A. McCartney’s appearance as Walter Morton, the Southerner, was appropriate and he rendered the part well. Walter Denning as John Harvey, G. H. Buckman as Col. St. Claire, Mit A. Bates as Charlie White, J. C. Evans as Milton Dare, J. E. Snow as “Teddy,” B. F. Stout as Major Clark, Col. Whiting as General U. S. A., F. J. Friend as Colonel U. S. A., Dave Harter as Uncle Jeff, John Herndon as Sam, A. H. Limerick as General C. S. A., Miss Cora Robins as May St. Claire, Miss Ida Vanlew as Mrs. St. Claire, and Miss Myrtle Page as Lizzie Morton, were the principal participants in the play, and we regret that lack of space prevents individual comment. The general verdict of the public was that the Post furnished a first-class amateur entertainment. The tableaux were very fine. The Post’s share of the proceeds put a neat sum into its treasury for the relief of old soldiers, their wives, and children in Cowley who, through one cause and another, are needy and worthy of assistance. Many such have been found, and Winfield Post is doing a grand work by taking them into its care.
Mrs. Will Whiting and Mrs. Capt. Whiting...
[BAPTIST SEWING CIRCLE, ARKANSAS CITY, ENTERTAINS WINFIELD.]
Arkansas City Republican, April 26, 1884.
The Baptist Sewing Circle of Arkansas City, this week, issued invitations to persons at Winfield and at home, to a social gathering to be held yesterday, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. N. T. Snyder. Many, both from Winfield and at home, responded to the invitation.
From the former were Rev. Cairns and wife; Mr. Johnson and wife; E. H. Bliss and wife; Mr. Hickock and wife; Mr. Gilbert and wife; Mr. Hunt and wife; Mr. Silliman and wife; Mrs. Collins, Mrs. Hendricks, Mrs. Mann, Mrs. Branham, Mrs. Hall, Mrs. Wait, Mrs. Shearer, Mrs. Albright, Mrs. Herpich, Mrs. Capt. Whiting, Mrs. Will Whiting, Mrs. Nelson, Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Dressy, Mrs. Phenix; Misses C. Bliss and Tyner.
The following were from this city: Mr. Stacy Matlack and wife; Mr. Geo. Cunningham and wife; Mr. Wyckoff and wife; Mr. Allen Ayers and wife; Mr. H. P. Standley and wife; Mr. C. W. Coombs and wife.
Mrs. Matlack, Mrs. Clevenger, Mrs. Klopf, Mrs. Landes, Mrs. C. T. Atkinson, Mrs. Loveland, Mrs. Hilliard, Mrs. T. C. Bird, Mrs. C. C. Hollister, Mrs. B. Goff, Mrs. Cypher, Mrs. H. W. Stewart, Mrs. Taylor, Miss Taylor, Miss Chapin, Miss Blaine, Miss Fitch, Miss Anna Hunt, Miss Jennie Upton, Mrs. Lent, Rev. J. O. Campbell, Rev. Wood and wife. Twelve came from Winfield, in the bus, and the remainder in carriages. They expressed themselves as very much pleased with the appearance of our city. At one o’clock, a delicious “lap-a-mince,” consisting of dessert, cake, and ice cream was served. The guests are under obligations to Mr. and Mrs. Snyder for a very enjoyable time. The receipts were about $25.00, which will be placed in the general fund for building the new Baptist Church in this city.
The editor of this paper regrets that school duties forbade his attendance, but trusts that dame fortune may yet be kind enough to grant him the acquaintance of so many clever and cultured people.
[SILVERDALE CORRESPONDENT: “PHILANDER Q. DOESTICKS.”]
Arkansas City Traveler, April 30, 1884.
The dinner given by the ladies of the Baptist Church of Arkansas City at the residence of Mrs. N. T. Snyder last Friday was quite a social event, nearly one hundred persons participating in the luxuries provided. Quite a delegation of Winfield friends were present, among whom we noticed: Mr. and Mrs. Cairns, Mr. and Mrs. Hickock, Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert, Mr. and Mrs. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. Silliman, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. A. P. Johnson, Mrs. Hall, Mrs. Waite, Mrs. Shearer, Mrs. Albright, Mrs. Herpich, Mrs. Capt. Whiting, Mrs. Will Whiting, Mrs. Nelson, Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Dressy, Mrs. Phenix, Mrs. Branham, Mrs. Mann, Mrs. Hendricks, Mrs. Collins, Miss C. Bliss, Miss Tiner. The affair was enjoyable in the extreme and in its management our ladies certainly achieved unusual success.
Winfield Courier, May 15, 1884.
Whiting Bros. have re-painted in fancy colors the interior of their meat market. Perfect neatness is their motto and they succeed in carrying it out.
Winfield Courier, May 29, 1884.
MEMORIAL DAY, MAY 30TH, 1884.
Order of Exercises, Formation of Procession, etc.
Col. Wm. Whiting, Chief Marshal.
Aids De Camp: H. H. Siverd, James McDermott, James H. Finch, W. O. Whiting, and Frank W. Finch.
Medical Director: Homer L. Wells, M. D.
The procession will form at 1 o’clock.
The following is the position assigned to the different societies in the procession, which have signified their acceptance to take part in the memorial exercises.
1. Chief Marshal and staff mounted.
2. Courier Band.
3. Cowley Legion No. 16 and Knights of Pythias No. 70.
4. I. O. G. T. No. 20.
5. A. O. U. W. No. 18.
6. Fire Department.
7. Girls and Flowers.
8. Juvenile Band.
9. Grand Army of the Republic.
10. Ambulance Corps.
11. City Government in carriages.
12. Citizens in carriages and wagons.
13. Citizens on horseback.
Formation of the Procession.
The Grand Army of the Republic will form on the west side of Main Street facing east, right resting on 10th Avenue.
The other societies will form on Main Street, west side facing east, right on 9th Avenue according to their position in the procession.
ORDER OF MARCH.
The column will march south on Main Street to 10th Avenue, then countermarch north on Main Street to 7th Avenue, then east on 7th Avenue to Gray Street, north on Gray Street to city limits, and thence to Union Cemetery, where the decorating of the graves of the deceased soldiers will take place, under the auspices of the Grand Army of the Republic.
By Order of the Executive Committee.
H. H. SIVERD, Chairman.
J. E. SNOW, Adjutant and Secretary of Committee.
Winfield Courier, June 5, 1884.
A Card. On behalf of the Grand Army of the Republic, we desire to thank Mrs. W. R. McDonald, Mrs. G. L. Rinker, and Mrs. J. A. Cooper for decorating the M. E. Church on Memorial Day—the ladies of the Baptist Church for the kind reception, and the Rev. Comrade B. Kelly and Rev. J. Cairns for their splendid sermons—Col. Wm. Whiting, Chief Marshal—The Fire Department—Courier and Juvenile Bands for their music—The Citizens of Vernon Township for flowers, and the public generally for their manifestation of kind feeling. By order of executive committee. H. H. Siverd, Chairman; J. E. Snow, Adj’t. and Sec’y. of Committee.
Winfield Courier, June 19, 1884.
The Gas Works.
A force of men arrived from St. Louis last week and are now at work putting up the immense iron holder for the gas works. The first fires were started in the furnaces last Friday for the purpose of slowly drying them out. The mains are all laid and the gas posts for lighting the city are in place. Prominent gas men from St. Louis have visited the works during the week and say they have never seen a more complete and substantial job. Superintendent Whiting states that gas will be turned on by the evening of the 29th.
Winfield Courier, July 3, 1884.
OUR GAS WORKS.
Another Step in the Progress of Winfield Which Makes her a Modern City in Every Way.
THE WORKS COMPLETED.
From month to month and from year to year during the last twelve years, the COURIER has chronicled as faithfully as it could the growth and advancement of Winfield. Beginning with the erection of the first brick building in a column and a half article under a screaming eagle and a booming cannon, it has come down through the successive steps of the first railroad, the second railroad, then the water works, coupled with so many enterprises on every hand that it has grown to accept these steps in the city’s advancement as a matter of course, and things that, in its early history, would have resurrected every old wood cut in the office, now pass with a five line notice. As it is with the COURIER, so it is with our people. For the past three months the Winfield Gas Company has been piling up brick, mortar, and stone, laying mains and erecting machinery without creating any particular sensation, and at eleven o’clock Saturday evening, President Fuller and Superintendent Whiting threw into the furnaces the first shovels-full of coal that set the works going for all time to come.
The ordinances granting the rights and franchises to Col. Wm. Whiting were passed by the city council last September. Soon after the Winfield Gas Company was organized and chartered. In the organization Mr. J. C. Fuller was chosen President; J. B. Lynn, Treasurer; and Ed. P. Greer, Secretary. To this company was assigned the franchises given by the city to Mr. Whiting. In the month of March the task of erecting the works was begun. The completed works will cost about forty thousand dollars. They are first-class throughout and have a capacity sufficient to supply the city until it contains twenty thousand inhabitants.
From the time the first charge was put into the retorts Saturday evening until the present writing, not a leak has been found, nor mistake in arrangement or the placing of complicated machinery detected. This is a record heretofore unknown and due to the mechanical skill and high honor and ability of Mr. John Maxwell, under whose direction every section of pipe and every piece of machinery was placed. Of Mr. Maxwell’s ability as a workman and integrity as a contractor, we cannot speak too highly. Suffice it to say that both the Winfield Gas Company and the Winfield Water Company (whose works he also put in) will back him “to the uttermost ends of the earth.” He is one of the few men we have met thus far who fulfill the spirit as well as the letter of his contracts.
About forty connections to stores, offices, and residences have been made, in addition to the sixty street lamps, and most every business house and a large number of private residences will be connected as soon as the plumbers can get to them. The consumption guaranteed the Gas Company insures the financial success from the start.
The gas will probably be turned on next Friday.
Winfield Courier, July 10, 1884.
RECAP. Fourth of July Celebration: Fully Fifteen Thousand People Present.
On the evening of the 3rd the old soldiers gathered in large numbers at the G. A. R. headquarters and marched to the tune of “Old John Brown” to the beautiful Fair Ground Park. Here they found tents already pitched and everything in readiness for them to chase the festive bean around the camp fire and retell the thrilling stories which will never grow old to the comrades-in-arms. Regular old-fashioned “hard-tack” had been supplied in abundance and a happy reunion was had that night by the boys who wore the blue. After supper, headed by the Burden, Courier, and Juvenile bands, a torchlight procession marched into town. By sunrise Friday morning people from all sections began to pour in. . . .
As we watched the old pioneers as they came into town in their handsome turnouts, we noticed on their countenances pictures of gladness and independence which can’t be beaten anywhere in this broad Union. . . .
At ten o’clock Col. Wm. Whiting and Capt. H. H. Siverd, with a score of assistants, formed the procession and the march to the Park was taken up. The procession was headed by the Burden Band, led by Frank McClain. . . .
Tony Agler, with his clown suit and goat teams, trick ponies, and other things of his own get-up, was attractive in the procession. Tony takes great pains in training his “pets” and shows commendable enterprise in turning out with them on all public occasions.
St. John’s battery was prominent in the procession, and awakened the echoes by booming of cannon from Thursday evening until well along in the next day. The members of the Battery worked faithfully and well for the success of the celebration.
The Robinson and Telegram Fire Companies made a splendid appearance in the procession. The paraphernalia was all beautifully decorated with red, white, and blue, and the Robinson Fire Company represented the Goddess of Liberty with one of the prettiest little misses of the city, Nina Nelson, gracefully seated on their hose cart amid the drapery. O’Meara & Randolph had a representation of their boot and shoe business, accompanied by plantation music from darkies. A feature which attracted wide attention and showed great enterprise was the stone display of Mr. Schmidt from his quarries near town. A large, wide-framed wagon was loaded with fine specimens of stone and men were at work all day sawing it up and distributing the smooth blocks among the people. Oration was delivered by Hon. J. Wade McDonald, who reviewed the progress of the Union from its birth to the present day. Then came dinner followed by an address by Mrs. Helen M. Gougar, the famous lady orator of Indiana.
Then came the amusements. The trotting race, mile heats, best three in five, purse $90, was won by “Basham,” owned by Mr. Wells of Burden over Billy Hands’ “Nellie H.” The running race, quarter mile heat, between the Blenden mare and a lately arrived horse, was won easily by the former, purse $60.
Andy Lindsey of Winfield got $5.00 for climbing to the top of the greased pole. Another ambitious boy preceded him, but on reaching the top slid down without the money, supposing it was in the hands of a committee and all he had to do was to climb the pole. the crowd soon turned his disappointment into gladness by making up the five dollars. The wheelbarrow race, by blindfolded men, some six or seven taking part, furnished much amusement and was won by Allen Brown, a colored man of Winfield. It proved the uncertainty of “going it blind.” The greased pig, after a lively chase, was caught by Phenix Duncan, a colored boy. The festivities of the day closed with a flambeaux procession with Roman candles, etc. The Gas Company turned on a full head both Thursday and Friday evenings and the sixty bright lamp posts, with the stores illuminated with gas lights gave the city a brilliant appearance. The Firemen’s Ball at the Opera House was largely attended.
Credit was extended to Messrs. J. C. Long, Jas. H. Vance, D. L. Kretsinger, J. P. Baden, A. T. Spotswood, R. E. Wallis, Wm. Whiting, C. C. Black and Fred Kropp for the success of the celebration.
Winfield Courier, July 24, 1884.
Bill of Whiting Bros., $1.00, meat furnished pauper, was recommended to County Commissioners for payment.
Mrs. Whiting [probably Mrs. Will O. Whiting]...
Winfield Courier, July 31, 1884.
The semi-annual meeting of the Ladies Library Association was held last Tuesday and elected six directors, as follows: Mrs. Whiting, Mrs. Bullene, Mrs. D. A. Millington, Mrs. I. W. Randall, Mrs. Kate Wilson, and Mrs. Geo. Rembaugh. Those directors holding over are: Mrs. W. H. Shearer, Mrs. M. J. Wood, Mrs. J. S. Mann, Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, Mrs. G. W. Miller, Mrs. W. R. Kirkwood, Mrs. H. E. Dawson, and Mrs. F. W. Finch; the president, Mrs. C. S. Van Doren, and the secretary, Mrs. N. J. Lundy. The Association is in a flourishing condition.
Wm. Whiting [could be the Colonel or the son]...
Winfield Courier, August 21, 1884.
Winfield Primary Election.
The Republican primaries of Winfield to elect delegates to the county and district conventions were held in both wards on last Friday, August 15th, from 3 to 7 o’clock, p.m.
The principle contest and interest was centered in the office of county attorney between Henry E. Asp and A. P. Johnson, candidates. The voting for delegates was by ballot, each ballot containing the choice of the voter for the several offices to be filled, by way of instructions to delegates, as well as the names of the delegates voted for. Two tickets were in the field: the one known as the Asp ticket and the other as the Johnson ticket.
The result was:
First Ward: Asp, 189; Johnson, 70.
Second Ward: Asp, 137; Johnson 58.
Totals: Asp, 326. Johnson, 128.
The delegates elected are:
First ward: J. C. Long, M. G. Troup, Frank W. Finch, T. R. Bryan, Albert McNeal, W. J. Wilson, and J. T. Hackney.
Second ward: G. H. Buckman, M. B. Shields, T. B. Myers, Wm. Whiting, J. L. M. Hill, and Spencer Miner.
The delegates are instructed to support Henry E. Asp for county attorney; E. S. Bedilion for clerk of the district court; H. D. Gans for probate judge; A. H. Limerick for Superintendent of public instruction; Frank S. Jennings for state senator; and Ed. P. Greer for representative.
Winfield Courier, August 28, 1884.
REPUBLICANS IN COUNCIL. THE TICKET COMPLETED.
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—1ST WARD. J. C. Long, M. G. Troup, F. W. Finch, T. R Bryan, Albert McNeal, W. J. Wilson, T. J. Hackney.
WINFIELD—2ND WARD. G. H. Buckman, M. B. Shields, T. B. Myres, Wm. Whiting, J. L. M. Hill, Spence Miner.
Capt. Wm. O. Whiting has a son...
Winfield Courier, September 18, 1884.
BIRTH. Owing to its oddness and the fact that no cigars made their appearance, we neglected to mention the blessing which came to Cap. Whiting a week ago, in a bouncing boy. Cap. has become pretty well acquainted with the prattler by this time and “knows how it is himself.” If that boy isn’t as pretty as a peach, it isn’t the fault of his papa and mamma.
Fire at Whiting Meat Market...
Winfield Courier, September 18, 1884.
The following bills were ordered paid.
Hose Co. No. 1, fires at Whiting’s, Mann’s, Kirk’s, and call of mayor to exhibit waterworks in May last, $42.00.
Hose Co. No. 2, fires of Whiting, Mann, and Kirk, and call of mayor to exhibit waterworks to Independence officials, $43.00.
Winfield Courier, September 25, 1884.
Meeting of Blaine and Logan Clubs and a Flambeau Club.
A meeting of the Blaine and Logan Club of Winfield was held at the Courthouse Monday evening. The meeting came to order by electing Mr. A. H. Limerick, Chairman, and W. A. McCartney, Secretary. The object of the meeting was stated by W. J. Wilson. Speeches were made by T. H. Soward and W. P. Hackney in favor of the complete organization and equipment of a Blaine and Logan club. It was decided to organize the club into three companies of torch-bearers and one Flambeau club. The following officers were elected: Colonel Whiting, Commander of battalion and D. L. Kretsinger, Adjutant; Spencer Miner, Captain “Co. A”; Frank Finch, 1st Lieutenant; M. B. Shields, 2nd Lieutenant; T. J. Harris, 3rd Lieutenant; Capt. J. B. Nipp, Captain of “Co. B”: W. P. Hackney 1st Lieutenant; John McGuire, 2nd Lieutenant; H. H. Siverd, 3rd Lieutenant; Cap Steuven, Captain of the Flambeau club; H. G. Norton, 1st Lieutenant; W. A. McCartney, 2nd Lieutenant; Frank H. Greer, 3rd Lieutenant. The election of officers for “Co. C” was deferred until Tuesday evening. A meeting of the officers of the different companies was called for Wednesday morning for the purpose of appointing various committees, and deciding on the kind and number of suits and torches to be ordered. After the completion of business of the meeting, Henry E. Asp was called on, and responded in one of his characteristic speeches, after which the meeting adjourned.
Arkansas City Traveler, December 3, 1884.
R. A. Houghton sold some of his fat cattle to Whiting Bros. of Winfield, and to Joe Garris, one of our meat men.
Fred A. Whiting to be married to Ella M. Lambert...
Arkansas City Traveler, December 3, 1884.
TO BE MARRIED. From an elegantly printed invitation received, we learn that our old time friend, Fred A. Whiting, of Winfield, and Miss Ella M. Lambert are to be united at holy matrimony at Howard, Kansas, today. We heartily wish them long life and happiness.
Col. Whiting’s family...
Winfield Courier, November 6, 1884.
LETTER FROM DR. TAYLOR.
San Francisco, California, October 25, 1884.
EDS. COURIER: You will see by the date of this letter that we are at, or near, the “jumping off place.” Well, in fulfillment of my promise to write an occasional for the COURIER, I send this out to you today. I hope I shall be able to give you an interesting and profitable letter, hoping that others coming to this country may profit by our experience.
We had a rare contract with the Santa Fe railroad company—to be furnished comfortable mattresses and brought through to this city on the express train. For this privilege we paid the company all they asked for fare ($45) and for their mattresses and curtain ($2). The mattresses consisted of two strips of thin cut calico sewn together like a long meal bag and stuffed with coarse hay, the curtain, of two strips tacked together and hung up in front of the lower berth; in all, about fifteen yards of calico and two cents worth of hay: 47 cents. So, if the friends will take my advice when they start for California they will furnish their own mattresses and curtains—for surely those furnished by the railroads are a fraud and a sham; and as to the transportation, that was the “biggest of all frauds,” yet railroad men and officials hate terribly to be told that they are a combination of thieves and frauds. This is true and yet the people have to put up with it and submit to all sorts of indignities. But there will come a time when monopolists would do well to “stand from under,” for the wrath of an incensed and injured populace is terrible as history has shown. Instead of carrying out their contract with me—to take us through by express—they side-tracked at Holbrook, where we lay for seven hours, and were then picked up or hitched onto by a freight that took us a couple of hundred miles a day, making the trip an exceedingly unpleasant one. Our car was crowded all the time and that by not the most amiable class of people. But we arrived safe and sound yesterday and I found myself not much the worse. Considering everything, I stood the trip well, but suffer every day with my lung and my tendency to paralysis, though the latter is much improved.
We came by the way of the Needles, consequently missed the glorious country around and about Los Angeles, and instead saw an immense stretch of the most completely Godforsaken country that the Lord ever left unfinished. I often wondered if God, or any other intelligent persons, really had anything to do with the construction of the country lying between the Needles and Majavi, and if so, for what purpose? But when we got within 400 miles of San Francisco, we began to touch the outskirts of the “flower land,” and at the stations the people began to bring onto the train some of the products of the land, such as grapes—elegant two pound for a quarter and a little further three for a quarter—and then five or six pounds of the most delicious grapes that anyone could want and of immense size. Also very fine apples, pears, and peaches.
As to San Francisco, my impressions are not favorable as a place of residence or business, yet living is not expensive. Fruits, vegetables, meats, and grains are cheap, as long as they can be kept out of the hands of monopolists, as for example elegant roasts or steaks from 8 to 12 cents per pound. Immensely large heads of cabbage or cauliflower for 5 cents, and so on. Furnished rooms all the way from one dollar a week up to $50 a month.
But I find myself growing tired and an aching through my chest admonishes me to bring this letter to a close, but there are things that I would be glad to say if I were able to do so without too much suffering—yet I must not close till I say two things more.
First. A more wonderful piece of civil engineering cannot, most likely, be found on the planet than that which carries the road from Majavi to Merced, across the foot hills of the Sierra Nevada mountains. There are seventeen tunnels and for 25 miles the grade is 117 feet to the mile. In winding their way down onto the plains, the road makes, at one place, what I think does not exist upon any other road in the world, viz.: a “complete loop.” The road runs along a sort of hog-back toward the north and on a continuous curve towards the east around a sugar loaf hill; it dives under its own track and strikes out for the westward.
A fearful accident once occurred on this road in crossing this mountain range, the publication of which, I was told, was prevented by the railroad company. The train was stopped and detached from the engine, which went on ahead for water, and failing to set the brake, the train started back at breakneck speed, flew the track, and plunged into a fearful chasm below, killing some hundred and forty passengers outright. [It was published. ED.]
In closing I wish sincerely to thank my friends for their loving kindness to me during my late illness—among whom I must name Col. Whiting’s family, Mrs. Scofield, Rev. Mr. and Mrs. Brittain, Mrs. McCoy, and one who outstripped me and went into the heavenly country before me, Mrs. Olive Rummer, whose death was so sudden and unexpected.
I a few days I will write some private letters to parties whom I promised letters, but I must now bid the readers of the COURIER good-bye. I will write again, probably from Los Angeles next time. T. B. TAYLOR, M. D.
Winfield Courier, November 13, 1884.
Whiting Bros. are always in the lead. The latest novelty in their butcher shop was some splendid fresh buffalo beef. It went off with a rush.
Winfield Courier, December 4, 1884.
The City Parliament.
It was decided to light the council chamber with gas, the gas company furnishing all fixtures gratis.
Bill of gas company for gas furnished fire department buildings during August and September was rejected.
The following bills were allowed and ordered paid.
Bill of B. F. Herrod, moving city pauper, $4.30, and Whiting Bros., goods furnished city pauper, were recommended to county commissioners for payment.
More about marriage of Fred A. Whiting to Ella M. Lambert...
Winfield Courier, December 11, 1884.
MARRIED. Mr. Fred A. Whiting, a member of the popular firm of Whiting Bros., of this city, was married on Wednesday of last week to Miss Ella M. Lambert, a resident of Winfield some time ago, and sister of Mr. J. M. Lambert, of our city, at the home of the bride’s parents in Howard. The groom is prominent among our successful young businessmen and the bride is possessed of many admirable qualities. May their lives be filled with sunshine and perpetual happiness.
Winfield Courier, December 25, 1884.
Whiting Brothers Again to the Front.
With their characteristic energy, Whiting Bros. have put their popular meat market in holiday attire. Artistically trimmed and tattooed beeves, porkers, etc., appear in all quarters and superior skill have made their market very attractive indeed. One unique feature is a neat little furnace, heated by gas, which stands on the counter to warm up the fingers of customers. Everything in their line is in stock: oysters in shell, bulk and can; fresh codfish and mackerel; lobsters and poultry of every kind; venison, and everything tempting to the palate. The market of Whiting Bros. is Holiday Headquarters for all purchasers of meat.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 19, 1885.
That Winfield and Cowley County are bound to march onward and upward during 1886, and even outdistance her former successes, was splendidly evidence in the rousing meeting of prominent businessmen at the Court House Thursday evening last. It showed that our citizens are on the alert and ready to embrace anything that will conduce to the prosperity of our city, and make her the metropolis that situation and natural advantages insure, if concerted action is brought to bear. The Court House was “chock full” and an interest shown in harmony with the energetic, rustling character of our businessmen.
Judge T. H. Soward called the meeting to order in a brief outline of its import—to stimulate immigration and public improvements, and to formulate plans for the general advancement of the Queen City and Cowley County.
D. L. Kretsinger, always prominent on such occasions, was made chairman, and George C. Rembaugh, the fat man of the Telegram, was chosen secretary. J. C. Long, A. T. Spotswood, H. B. Schuler, M. L. Robinson, and Col. Whiting were appointed a committee on plan of action, and after consideration they recommended that a permanent organization be formed to be known as the “Winfield Enterprise Association,” and that a committee of seven be appointed to draft by-laws, rules, etc., and report to a meeting at the Court House on this (Thursday) evening. The gentlemen composing the temporary committee were continued, with the addition of J. B. Lynn and M. G. Troup.
Chas. C. Black, secretary of the Denver, Memphis & Atlantic Railway Company, then addressed the meeting on the prospects of that line. He explained that the road would have reached Winfield ere this if the financial panic, beginning with May last, hadn’t made progress impossible. With the loosening of the money market, he said the road would be pushed right through. The company have decided to make it a broad gauge, connecting at Baxter Springs with the Fort Scott & Gulf railroad. The contract for twenty-five miles of track has been let to John Fitzgerald, of Lincoln, Nebraska, a contractor of reliability and capital of half a million, who will begin to throw dirt as soon as the frost is out of the ground. With the twenty-five miles begun on the east end, the company will re-solicit aid along the proposed line (the bonds formerly voted being all void, owing to the road’s procrastination). The proposition having carried by so small a majority before in this county, Mr. Black thought it likely that aid would be asked by townships, Winfield being solicited for $40,000. M. L. Robinson also spoke flattering of the prospects for the D. M. & A., as well as the Kansas City and Southwestern, together with other projects conducive to Winfield’s prosperity. There seems no doubt that both these roads will be traversing the fair fields of Cowley before this year is ended. The officers of the K. C. & S. have everything arranged to commence operations as soon as the money market will permit. The meeting, by a unanimous vote, signified its willingness to vote forty thousand dollars to the D. M. & A., and, if needs be, vote the same amount again to the K. C. & W.
John C. Long, Col. Whiting, and others spoke enthusiastically of Winfield’s prospects, and urged the necessity for concerted action. Mr. Long said that the Street Railway Company would build its line, and not a dollar’s worth of aid would be asked. Our street railway will make us metropolitan indeed.
Spencer Bliss suggested the feasibility and possibility of offering sufficient inducements to the A., T. & S. F. and S. K. railroads to build a union depot and joint shops in this city, and stated that the prospect of navigating the Arkansas river, and other influences, pointed forcibly to the necessity of the Santa Fe moving through the Territory soon, to a southern market, in which case they must have shops about this location. Winfield being ninety-five miles from Cherryvale and about the same distance from Newton, offers a very advantageous situation for joint shops and a round house, and if our businessmen push the feasibility of the matter, there seems no doubt that this result can be obtained. When the D. M. & A. and K. C. & S. strike us, now anticipated before the summer rolls by, this scheme will be all the more probable. With four railroads radiating from Winfield, with their shops here, we will have a town that will lay all others in Kansas in the shade—hardly excepting the State Capital.
This was the most enthusiastic meeting our city has witnessed in many a day, and shows a determination on the part of everybody to make the Queen City “git up and dust.” With the advent of spring, immigration will pour in from the panic-stricken east—immigration of a substantial character, men seeking profitable investment for capital, and with unison of effort, the extensive advertisement we are getting, etc., Winfield and Cowley County will get a large share. This organization is what is needed. New enterprises will be sprung and an era of prosperity dawn that will surprise “old-timers.” With the prettiest city, the best county, and the best people on the globe, Winfield’s beacon light will be followed by many an easterner in quest of a pleasant home and safe investment. Let us all put our shoulders to the wheel and keep our city in the first ranks of leading, prosperous cities—where her natural advantages entitle her. Every businessman in the city should give the meeting tonight his presence. What we need is a hard pull, a strong pull, and a pull altogether.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 26, 1885.
Fred Whiting and others discovered a red fox about three miles south of town Tuesday, gave chase with horses and dogs, and ran the animal in. This is the first red fox we have heard of in the county.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 26, 1885.
When such rustling, wide-awake businessmen as those of Winfield pull together for the advancement of any cause, it is bound to win. What has been needed in the past was unity of action, and no greater evidence could be given that this has been accomplished than was shown in the second rousing meeting of the Winfield Enterprise Association, Thursday evening last. The attendance was even larger than at the first meeting and the interest and harmony exhibited means that the Queen City and Cowley County will develop more magically during the next year than ever before—not a wild boom, to be followed by a collapse; but a solid, substantial development that will stand “the wreck of matter and the crash of worlds.”
M. G. Troup was called to the chair. J. C. Long and H. B. Schuler, chairman and secretary of the committee on organization, submitted a report which was discussed and adopted, as follows.
At a meeting of the citizens of Winfield and Cowley County, Kansas, held in the Court House, in Winfield, Feb. 12th, 1885, for the purpose of considering what action should be taken to encourage enterprises for the general good and benefit of Winfield and Cowley County, it was
Resolved, That the citizens of Winfield and Cowley County be associated together for the purpose above stated, and that such Association be called the Winfield Enterprise Association.
A committee of seven was appointed to draft such by-laws as in their judgment are necessary. The said Committee reported as follows.
First. The officers of the Association shall consist of President, Vice-President, Secretary, and Board of Directors.
Second. The Board of Directors shall consist of thirteen members.
Third. The President, Vice-President, and Secretary shall be members of the Board of Directors.
Fourth. The Board of Directors to appoint from their number the President, Vice-President, and Secretary.
Fifth. It shall be the duty of the President to preside at all meetings of the Board.
Sixth. The duties of the Vice-President shall be the same as the President, when, from any cause, the President shall be absent.
Seventh. It shall be the duty of the Secretary to keep a full record of all meetings, and by direction of the Board, to answer all correspondence and communications that may come up for consideration. He may also act as Treasurer, and as such shall account to the Board, with vouchers, for all disbursements, from time to time as they may direct.
Eighth. A majority of the Board shall constitute a quorum to do business.
Ninth. The meetings of the Board shall be called by the President or Vice-President, and in their absence, any three members of the Board may call a meeting, naming the time and place of such meeting.
Tenth. The annual meeting for the election of directors of this Association shall be held annually at seven p.m. on the first Thursday in March.
Eleventh. The officers and Board of directors to hold their positions for the term of one year, or until their successors are elected and enter upon the discharge of their duties.
Twelfth. Any vacancy occurring in the Board, the remaining members to fill same by appointment for the unexpired term of the retiring member or members. And the secretary to notify such person or persons of their appointment.
Thirteenth. All business matters or action of the Board shall be for the public good and not in any way or manner directly or indirectly for private or personal gain.
Fourteenth. No member of the Board shall use in any manner the Association to subserve or further his private affairs.
Fifteenth. These by-laws may be added to, amended, or altered by the Board of Directors at any meeting called by the Board for such purpose.
Sixteenth. Citizens of Winfield and Cowley County may become members of this Association by subscribing their names to these by-laws and paying a membership fee of two dollars.
Seventeenth. It shall be the duty of the Board at all times to take action and to make every effort to induce settlers of Cowley County, giving so far as they can such information as may be required by strangers and those seeking homes in the glorious great west. And to encourage enterprises that will add to the prosperity of Winfield, its surroundings, and its social advancements.
J. P. Baden, A. T. Spotswood, J. C. Long, Col. Whiting, J. A. McGuire, C. A. Bliss, M. L. Robinson, H. B. Schuler, and John A. Eaton were appointed a committee to solicit memberships to the Association.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 11, 1885.
Col. Whiting came down from Winfield, Monday, on business.
Arkansas City Traveler, March 11, 1885.
The following is taken from the hotel registers and serves to illustrate the immense amount of immigration daily going on in our city. Of course, as these are only the $2 a day houses, it shows but a small part.
WINDSOR: H. Harbaugh, Hackney; Wm. Trimble, Bolton; Frank Anderson, St. Louis; J. B. Lynn, Winfield; Col. Whiting, Winfield; J. P. Bamer, Newton; Pat. Welsch, Sac & Fox; Ben Mays, Sac & Fox; Henry Grene, Maple City; J. Johnson, Maple City; T. Mosier, Maple City; J. S. Alters, Geuda; Mattie Marking, Kansas City; Jonnie Gray, Kansas City; G. E. Sabin, Winfield; W. E. Moore, City; Pat Walves, Cincinnati, Ohio; Wm. Burdick, Hunnewell; A. H. Martin, City; W. C. B. Gillespie, St. Louis; H. F. McNutt, Boston; A. R. Arrowsmith, Atchison; J. E. Hill, Bloomfield, Iowa; F. B. Henry, Cleveland, Ohio; Geo. Boyer, Chicago; Milton Richardson, Chicago.
THE WINFIELD ENTERPRISE ASSOCIATION.
A Third Enthusiastic Meeting and a Board of Directors Elected.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 12, 1885.
The Winfield Enterprise Association is now thoroughly organized and is bringing its power to bear on various schemes whose success will set Winfield several rounds up the ladder of prosperity. Its third meeting was held on Thursday evening last, when the membership was found to have reached over two hundred of our prominent businessmen, most of whom were present and have since put two dollars each into a sinking fund. J. C. Long was chosen chairman and D. L. Kretsinger secretary. A committee consisting of G. H. Allen, T. H. Soward, Walter Denning, C. M. Leavitt, and Frank H. Greer was appointed to report a list of names for directors of the Association. The following were reported and unanimously elected: Wm. Whiting, J. B. Lynn, M. L. Robinson, J. C. Long. H. B. Schuler, J. L. Horning, D. A. Millington, T. H. Soward, A. H. Doane, W. P. Hackney, J. E. Conklin, J. P. Baden, and W. G. Graham. No better men could have been chosen as directors. They are all men of enterprise and energy: men who have the interests of our city and county at heart and the necessary nerve and ability to secure every enterprise possible for our advancement.
The following article mentions Col. Whiting and refers to Col. Whitney. I wonder if the article should have said Whiting in both instances...
Arkansas City Traveler, April 1, 1885.
The Water Works Question.
The action of the council of which you published an account last week has been viewed with surprise [? Cannot read word ?] by our citizens. While there is no doubt that our city wants both gas and water works, there is something about the means employed to adopt this scheme, and manner of working, that is viewed with suspicion. We do not wish to imply wrong motives to any man, but appearances look bad, and it is only from appearances we are able to judge at present. Appearances such as this presents carry the conviction of facts, and conclusions may as readily be drawn.
The history of the water and gas work’s question is this. Some three or four weeks ago, the parties who held the present contract came to this city and interviewed the council on the question of a franchise for both water and gas; and left to send a definite proposition. When the proposition came, it was in such shape nothing could be made of it, and it was laid on the table. There was present at that meeting Col. Whitney [Whiting?], of Winfield, who came to say to the people of Arkansas City that if they wanted gas works, he would make them a proposition. He was asked some questions by the Council and Mayor relative to the matter of laying water and gas pipes in the same ditch. He presented a very short, concise, reasonable statement of the reasons why this should not be done. The arguments had before the meeting been gone over by some of them in detail with the Colonel. The Mayor, F. P. Schiffbauer, and one or two of the Council professed belief in the arguments presented, and did so unequivocally. The meeting adjourned until two weeks from that night when the Council expected to receive propositions from O’Neil, Col. Whiting, and several others.
The time for the other meeting approaches, and one of our citizens asked a member of the council if they expected to accept any proposition at that meeting relative to either water or gas works. The answer was that they did not expect to do so, because they could not equally do so, being council for a city of the third class. This answer was telephoned Col. Whiting at Winfield, and he immediately stopped work on his proposition with that understanding. The meeting is held, Mr. J. A. O’Neil is present with his proposition, submits it, and it is immediately accepted. Notwithstanding their before expressed belief that the ordinance would not be legal, it is passed, ordered to be published immediately, and work commenced within sixty days.
These are the facts, and their bearing remains to be seen. It has been told that the offering of a right amount of stock to the proper parties would account for this sudden and incomprehensible act. We do not credit this explanation. But the April election is approaching, the sugar plum, office, is dangling enticingly in the air, and everything is sacrificed to the end of gaining popularity. Our citizens wanted something of this kind badly; and, perhaps, it looks reasonable, but caring so much for the effect of the ordinance on the city as on the citizens, the result was as it is known. We venture this suggestion believing it to be the right solution, hoping at least that it is instead of the other one presented, the only two to be arrived at from careful notice of the history.
Mr. O’Neil is losing not a minute; the moment the ordinance was passed, he telegraphed for material, for which he will have no use for in a month or so. He has employed laborers, and is doing everything he can while the old council is in power. By this means he will secure a hold on the city most difficult to release. A well played part of the general plan.
We submit to the common sense of the people if it would not have been better to have taken a reasonable time to examine into the comparative merits of different systems of water works, to have received several propositions and compare them. This is a question of such importance that the citizens of the city should have been consulted, the matter submitted to vote, or at least to a public meeting. But, no time was short, the few days remaining before election must be improved—and we have the ordinance. It is illegal, so declared by the city attorney, and believed by all; it is lacking in detail, it is imperfect. It is dear, it is, in short, a bid for popularity which ought to meet with the decided disapproval of all sensible people. Not only because it is thus a bid, but because the men who originated it sacrificed the city’s good for personal aggrandizement. OBSERVER.
Arkansas City Republican, Wednesday, April 4, 1885.
Led by a Stranger from a Foreign Land.
The Gas and Water Works Ordinances As The Republican Understands Them.
A Burden on the Taxpayers of Arkansas City for 21 Years and Probably Longer.
OUR ERRING COUNCIL.
Last week the REPUBLICAN made mention of the fact that the city council had passed two ordinances on gas and water works. We did not make a careful perusal of them then because of their very closeness to our publication day. We disapproved of them then and this week, after a careful reading, we do so more heartily than ever. The Emporia Republican appropriately remarks.
“Notwithstanding the many important interests of the city to be looked after by those who shall be chosen to the various positions on Tuesday next, the people are paying but little, if any, attention to what is going on. While they pay no attention to the election, they will nevertheless pay the taxes which may be imposed upon them as a result of their indifference. The lack of ordinary business prudence in a majority of the council in 1879 in locating the water works will cost the city thousands of dollars to wipe out the blunder then made. In addition to the great mistake in a pecuniary point of view, the drinking of the city sewerage is simply in coaxing of a pestilence to our very doors. The present authorities have seemed to be unable to do anything to relieve the city from its embarrassment and danger in this respect. Further, we hear it mysteriously whispered about that there is a scheme on foot to sell, lease, or in some way dispose of the water works to private parties.”
The above remarks fit Arkansas City just at present. We do not know who put in the water works at Emporia, but that city is now dissatisfied with them, and the REPUBLICAN does not hesitate in condemning them. O’Neil has been given the franchise by our city council to put in gas and water works here. As we stated last week, his bid was the only one received. This was wrong. The council should have given notice that Arkansas City was desirous of putting in water works and had proposals from leading water works companies of the country, and should have obtained figures and specifications. A mass meeting of the taxpayers should then have been called and let them hear the several propositions. They could then have been discussed and the council could have done their constituents’ bidding. Instead, the matter is kept quiet and the word of one man taken. This action alone deserve hearty condemnation. To the REPUBLICAN this looks as if the city governors did not have at stake the interests of the taxpayers to any great extent. Putting in water works is a business transaction and should have been treated as such. There are certain individuals in the world when they want $1 worth of printing done they visit all the offices in a town and get the bids, the lowest bidder receiving the “valuable” amount of work. This self-same privilege should be extended to the government of the city to some extent. We understand that Col. Whiting, of Winfield, desired to bid on the water works here, but did not get the opportunity. We believe the cause was that our city attorney informed the mayor that the city council had no right to pass the ordinance and Whiting’s representative here telephoned him the city attorney’s language. Right here in this city resides a gentleman who desired to make a bid for eastern parties, but did not know the council was ready to take action until the ordinance was published. True, he had read an item in the REPUBLICAN that the council was considering an offer from O’Neil to put in water works, but supposed the great “I am” would advertise for bids. The council was so afraid that our city would be destroyed by fire that a special meeting was held and the bargain struck with O’Neil. But three councilmen were present. The vote was unanimous for O’Neil. So an ordinance was prepared, dictated by O’Neil. We wonder if the trouble was taken to find out whether O’Neil was a responsible party or represented a responsible company?
Last week [ISSUE MISSING] we gave the substance of the two ordinances as nearly as we could. Now we will give a few of our objections. In the first place Arkansas City is bound securely by the ordinances to come up to her part of the contract, but O’Neil is not. O’Neil does not state what kind of gas he will furnish the city for $2.75 per thousand cubic feet. The contract allows him to furnish a very poor quality of gas. We have asked some of the councilmen what kind will be furnished, but as yet we have been unable to find one that knows. Further, O’Neil agrees to furnish us with 30 street lamps, located where the council designates, at $30 per annum, until the number reaches 100. Each lamp over 100 will be lit for $28. Each lamp over 200 will cost but $25 per annum for lighting. Now, our readers will readily see, should we ever use over 200 street lamps, we will have to pay three different prices for the same material. From reading the ordinance it would seem we must pay $30 per annum per hundred, $28 second hundred, etc., instead of reducing the price to a common level after reaching the number designated. Another bad feature of the gas ordinance is the city cannot compel O’Neil to extend pipes to any public building unless six citizens for every six hundred feet of piping agree in writing to use the gas. For instance, should gas be desired to be used in a church, or schoolhouse, or public building off the main street, O’Neil cannot be compelled to lay pipes unless a citizen for every 100 feet of pipes laid binds himself in writing to use the gas. There are other objections in the gas ordinance, but not so prominent as the ones stated above.
The water works ordinance is worse than the gas works, if such could be possible. To start on O’Neil makes a soft bed for himself and backers to lie on for 21 years. The city should have the right to purchase the water works at any time they desired at a valuation fixed by experts. Sections 3, 4, and 5 of the ordinance says:
“The general plan of the works shall be Stand Pipe System, two Dean Duplex pumps, capable of pumping one million gallons of water every twenty-four hours, and so arranged that they can be run either separately or together, two boilers so arranged that they can be run either separately or together, and of sufficient size to make steam with easy firing ample steam to supply the pumping machinery, this to be as a reserve in case anything occurred to the water power or while it was undergoing repair, provided it should need the same. The works when completed shall be capable of throwing two streams through fifty feet of two and one-half inch rubber hose and one-inch ring nozzle eighty feet from any hydrant.”
Section 19 says:
“And it is further agreed that if the said party of the first part in the construction of said water works uses the Dean Duplex pump manufactured at Mt. Holyoke, Massachusetts, then in that case but one boiler would be used and would be sufficient.”
Right here the ordinance is conflicting, but it is very evident that only one pump and one boiler will be used. It is not safe to rely on one boiler and one pump as an accident to either would render our water works useless until repaired. Many think the stand pipe will avail them in case of accident. What is the stand pipe? It is nothing more than a long drawn out reservoir. Thus our city may be left without protection for 10 days against fire if only one boiler and pump be used. The ordinance does not state to what height this stand pipe will be erected and what its diameter will be. Nor does it state what kind of piping is to be used for street mains. In Wichita the pipes are of wood. Where would wood pipes be in 21 years in Arkansas City? They would be rotten and worthless and our city would have to purchase them, caused by a mistake made by injudicious men of the present day. Another place in the ordinance it says the city shall take 35 hydrants at an annual rent of $60 per hydrant. That this number of hydrants shall be increased by five annually until the number reaches 100 at $60. No matter whether our city needs any hydrants or not, we have got to take them and pay $60 each per annum. Our city may not grow any larger and yet our hydrants keep on increasing and the taxpayers keep up the dance. There are numerous other objections to the ordinances, but the above mentioned are glaring ones.
Next Tuesday our city election will be held. The voters should see that councilmen are elected from each ward who are capable of attending to business. We want men in our council chamber who are opposed to any such ordinances as those prepared by O’Neil and accepted by our expiring council. O’Neil has already appeared on the scene and commenced operations. Let every businessman, if need be, close up his business and go to the polls, and work for the election of such men as are opposed to such outrages. Every man who aided in the passage of the ordinances who was re-nominated should receive a stern rebuke from the taxpayers by an overwhelming defeat at the polls. The future welfare of our homes demands that we elect men to office who are capable of sound judgment. We must have city officers in who will take decided and immediate steps to make null and void the gas and water works ordinances as they now stand.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Whiting...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 9, 1885.
A jolly party consisting of Mr. and Mrs. Cook, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Whiting, and Mr. and Mrs. Ed Nelson spent several days of last week in the Territory on a camping excursion among the Indians, soldiers, and other strange sights.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 9, 1885.
Whiting Brothers are taking water from the water-works for use in their Meat Market, in running their counter fountain. Our water-works are gradually spreading.
Mrs. Col. Whiting...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, April 23, 1885.
There are at least four happy women in Winfield: Mrs. Dr. Emerson, Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mrs. Col. Whiting, and Mrs. Millington. The latter we know most about. She makes a fire to cook a meal of victuals with as little work and trouble as it takes to light a gas light, much less than it takes to light a lamp. She changes her cook stove fire to little or much by a mere turn of the wrist, cooks everything nicely and as quickly as is desirable, with no trouble and little work, bakes, boils, broils, fries, stews, and fricassees with equal facility, does not have to handle wood, kindlings, coal, coal oil, or gasoline; but her fire is always ready and always goes out instantly with a slight turn, when she is through with it. She has no fear of explosions or conflagrations, but is perfectly secure, and cooks with half the work required for wood stoves, coal stoves, oil stoves, or gasoline stoves. Besides her fuel is as cheap as any other and no bother to get.
She has a gas cooking stove and her fuel is supplied by the gas company. We believe the other ladies mentioned are equally happy in the same way. Several other ladies of this city are going to join the procession to unalloyed domestic bliss.
Since our wife got her gas stove, four days ago, she has not scolded a single scold, nor asked us for a single dollar. She has found no fault with our clothes or our doings, and she even smiles when we come late to dinner. Who would not have a gas cooking stove?
Winfield Courier, Thursday, May 21, 1885.
Pursuant to call the citizens met in mass meeting at the Court House Tuesday evening, with J. C. Long presiding and Ed. P. Greer as secretary, for the purpose of considering the question of securing the Methodist College. Senator Hackney, of the visiting committee, explained the situation. M. L. Robinson then proposed a plan whereby the twenty acres and fifteen thousand dollars necessary might be raised. He proposed to be one of eight to organize the College Hill Addition Company, secure land in some available location, set aside twenty acres thereof for the college site and guarantee ten thousand dollars to the fund. This suggestion was immediately adopted, and the following gentlemen subscribed to the shares at once: M. L. Robinson, W. P. Hackney, Chas. F. Bahntge, John W. Curns, W. R. McDonald, T. H. Soward, A. J. Thompson, and S. H. Myton. After some further discussion on the matter by Judge Gans, Mayor Graham, J. E. Conklin, and others, the meeting adjourned to meet again this evening. Messrs. Baden, Millington, Spotswood, Wallis, Conklin, F. S. Jennings, Bedilion, and Whiting were appointed as a committee to confer with the members of the College Hill and Highland Park Association and report proceedings. Mayor Graham, H. B. Schuler, and Senator Hackney were appointed to attend to the reception and entertainment of the College Commission. The railroad questions was also discussed at some length, and a committee of seven consisting of Messrs. Farnsworth, Bowen, M. M. Scott, Siverd, Chas. Schmidt, and J. E. Conklin were appointed to see that the registration was fully made. An assessment of $1.00 was levied upon the members of the Enterprise Association to defray the expenses of the railroad canvass. The solution of the college problem seems to be at hand. If this association furnishes the twenty acres and ten thousand dollars, certainly our citizens will furnish the other five thousand. Now is the time to act in this matter, and when the committee calls, be ready to put down liberally.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 18, 1885.
Thursday was the occasion of much joy to the people of Winfield and vicinity. The Opera House was filled with rejoicing people. Early in the evening the House commenced to fill, and impatiently waited for the gentlemen to put in an appearance for whom they had gathered to welcome. The Courier Cornet Band discoursed sweet music, sufficient to charm a God of olden times. Everybody felt happy. On motion of W. C. Robinson, John C. Long was unanimously elected chairman of the meeting. Mr. Long was heartily cheered upon taking the platform. The following is in substance Mr. Long’s address.
Fellow Citizens: We do not meet here tonight to raise funds, but to jollify over what has been accomplished. (Cheers.) For the past three months we have been successful in every enterprise undertaken. (Cheers.) Through the noble leadership of a gentleman, who is in our presence, and his assistants, we have been successful. (Cheers.) We have a gentleman in our midst earnest in the cause in which he is enlisted, of serving the Lord. A gentleman who has just put forth his best endeavors and zeal in working up this enterprise. A gentleman without whose aid, I believe, we would have failed. The Conference at first had engrafted in the articles determining to erect this college, that it be centrally located. This gentleman advocated the partiality of this clause, and the men composing the conference, in their fair-mindedness and good judgment, made the location at any place of easy access. The seven members of this committee were from other towns, yet they at once saw the superior offers and natural advantages of Winfield and through the efforts of this gentleman, of whom I have been speaking, and his co-worker, we have gained the victory. Fellow citizens, I refer to Rev. B. Kelly and Judge T. H. Soward.”
Cheer upon cheer and cries of “Bro. Kelly!” nearly lifted the roof off the house, which were only quieted by he gentleman coming forward and, though tired, made a happy speech to his admiring listeners, substantially as follows.
Dear Friends: I hesitated about coming here at all tonight. I was about ready to go to bed when I was urged to come up here awhile. I do not take any credit in performing my duty in regard to this college. I believe we have an excellent people. They know what we wanted and had the grit to go and capture it. (Cheers.) I think we have the most beautiful city in Kansas and among the most intelligent people in Kansas. We are on the eve of great prosperity. I don’t know whether we have railroads enough or not; if we haven’t, let us get some more. (Cheers.) I believe we can make ourselves second to no place in Kansas if we can get two more railroads and a few other things, we can soon be first in Kansas. We can get there, my friends. (Cheers.) We had a good committee at Wichita. Some of our sister cities underrated us. I don’t think Wellington did. Every fellow from Hutchinson that was at Wichita was a real estate man, with the exception of two or three Methodists. All of our sister cities had many representatives. My friends, your representative went in alone, and, in a five minutes speech, which was one of the most concise and business like speeches ever put before a committee, captured this college. (Cheers.) The committee saw at once that your representative, Judge T. H. Soward, (Cheers.) knew what he was talking about and had that something ready and willing to offer. We offered the committee everything they wanted. We forgot one thing—our sand. (Laughter.) We have many good things in Winfield. We have the grandest band I ever heard. My friends, I’m too tired to say much tonight. I wish to say right here, we are entitled to all we have and we expect to get more. (Cheers.) I have been a Methodist minister for eighteen years. I never have gone into any speculations, but I know of no people I would help quicker than the people of Winfield. God bless you.
At the close of Bro. Kelly’s speech, he was cheered time after time, when cries of “Soward” filled the room. Finally Judge Soward made his appearance and after some little time contrived to gain a hearing, and in his usual happy vein spoke substantially as follows.
Fellow Citizens: In 1879 Kansas was pretty dry in more ways than one. About this time I landed in your city and took a drive out east; coming back I strayed into the Presbyterian Sunday School. I made up my mind if the Lord did not make this city and country for the blessed and happy, I couldn’t tell where I could find that country. I have been working pretty hard for the past few days and feel too tired tonight to say much. When I came back from Wichita the other day, and before I left, Bro. Kelly was of the opinion we had the college; I felt assured it would be so. I came home and would have slept in peace, but my baby had the colic. (Laughter.) This county is the most beautiful county that God’s sun shines upon. I took some of my Kentucky friends out yesterday down about Arkansas City and Geuda Springs, and every place they come by they would say, “I’m going to have that place!” They are coming here to locate; they have capital, and many more will follow. (Cheers.) I have been proud of Cowley ever since I came here. We have the most enterprising people on the face of the globe. My expectations have been fully realized within the last three or four weeks. My friends, taking into consideration the hard times of the past winter, it is wonderful, the success that has been accomplished in raising funds for this College and other enterprises. It shows the enterprise of the people of Winfield. But, my friends, we want more projects. These railroads and College won’t make our city alone; we must encourage manufactories and men of capital to come here. We can get them. We want the Orphan’s Home for the soldiers. I believe Cowley County can capture it. (Cheers.) By all means we want to locate individuals, and are going to do it. (Cheers.) We must not stop; there is no stopping place in this country. We want a little more smoke from manufactories, no matter if it does cause us to paint our houses a little oftener. But a short time ago, a friend of mine, traveling through California, the so-called garden spot of the world, said he believed Southern Kansas was destined to be the center of the horticultural district. We want men here with enterprise enough to scrape the hair off and cut the throats of our hogs instead of shipping them to Kansas City. (Cheers.) I would like to see a big pork-packing establishment—not too close to town, but just a little ways off, you know. (Laughter.) I wouldn’t give this M. E. college for sixteen imbecile colleges. I would like for this to be a city of colleges. (Cheers.) I would like to see that old Baptist college at Ottawa move down here and fired up with our enterprise. (Cheers.) I would like to see other denominations establish colleges here. Now my friends, we are not through with our work, or you won’t do what I said you would. There are some men here that have not given as much as they ought to do. They will have to give more. Next Tuesday the committee will be here. We want all the pretty girls and pretty wives to turn out and welcome this committee and completely capture them. The gentleman sitting over there with white hair (Mr. Kelly) engineered this through. I would have been like a drop of water in the ocean without him with me at Wichita. We owe it all to him—to his zeal and work in the cause. God bless him and the men and women of this town who have worked for this college, that my little boy and yours may grow up under the shadow of its influence and grow up a good man. I would almost as soon trust a boy to an army as to trust a boy away from home’s protecting influence. Already applications are coming in for homes here. Men are crying I am coming to a town where I can educate my boy and my girl and watch over them. I am going to pitch my tent under the shadow of this college. My friends, do your own work. Do it well, but give a little thought to the future of this country.
At the conclusion of the Judge’s speech, he was applauded again and again.
A vote of thanks was given to Bro. Kelly and Judge Soward for the noble work they have done. Long may the people of Winfield remember them. After the Courier Band had rendered several pieces, the meeting adjourned to dream of Winfield’s future prosperity.
Among the more potent factors in obtaining this great enterprise for Winfield were the soliciting committees who circulated the sub-papers with wonderful energy and success. They raised nearly twenty thousand dollars in this way—almost every man, young and old, in the city made good subscriptions, with many donations from the ladies. Nothing could more plainly demonstrate the great liberality and public spirit of our citizens. There is no doubt that without such assiduous labor on the part of these soliciting committees, Winfield would never have got the college. The committee for Winfield city were: Capt. J. B. Nipp, Judge T. H. Soward, Judge H. D. Gans, Capt. T. B. Myers, Prof. A. Gridley, J. E. Conklin, Frank Bowen, and J. E. Farnsworth. Those soliciting in adjacent territory, as near as we can ascertain, were: Rev. B. Kelly, Col. Wm. Whiting, Rev. S. S. Holloway, Rev. J. H. Snyder, A. H. Limerick, J. A. Rinker, T. J. Johnson, Dr. S. R. Marsh, J. W. Browning, J. A. McGuire, George Gale, D. W. P. Rothrock, D. A. Sherrard, D. Gramme [?Graham],W. E. Martin, A. Staggers, W. D. Roberts, E. M. Reynolds, J. C. Roberts, and C. Hewitt.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 9, 1885.
W. R. McDonald and Col. Whiting had a slick game played upon them Thursday. While the Colonel was around collecting gas bills, someone stole his account book from his pocket. Some time afterward a party entered Mr. McDonald’s store and presented a bill for $1.25. Mr. McDonald was very busy at the time and made no objection to the demand, thinking it was someone deputized by the Colonel, as he had the regular book, etc. The Colonel coming in afterward demanded the bill a second time. This was a slick game.
For Whom a Dose of Cowhide, Tar, and Feathers and Forty Miles on a Rail
Would Be a Slight Punishment.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 16, 1885.
Every town has a few sneaking whelps, but to think that Winfield, the general character of whose people is the pride of every inhabitant, contained such low, despicable whelps as Sunday proved her to be, will be a matter of deep chagrin to all. Constanzer & Co., butchers, next to J. S. Mann’s store, discovered this morning that some revengeful devil had driven three beeves, all S.& Co. had in their pen, into the “shute” early in the night, knocked them in the head, and left they lying where they fell. The beeves for Kraft & Dix, Whiting Bros., and Constanzer & Co. are all slaughtered at the same place, by John Cochrane. The other pens had cattle in them also, but were not disturbed. The slaughter house was broken into and the broad-ax, used by Cochrane for slaughtering, procured to do the deed with. Two of the animals were cows and one a young heifer, the three worth a hundred dollars. This trick is one of the most damnable, and could have been done by no one better than brutes. C. & Co., can trace no object but personal spleen. They advertised in Friday’s DAILY to reduce beef steak to ten cents. Beeves on foot had fallen to $2.50 and $2.75 per cwt., and they could afford this. The tracks show two men, one with a long, slim shoe, and the other bare-footed. Sheriff McIntire has the matter in hand and will develop the villains if it can be done. No punishment would seem inadequate in such a case.
Capt. Will O. Whiting...
THE CENTRAL VS. THE EXTERMINATORS.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, July 30, 1885.
The base ball rage is still at fever heat. Friday afternoon there was a lively game at the park between a picked nine from the Central and a picked nine around town. The Central nine were: Frank Crampton, Levi Crampton, Will Russell, Harry Holbrook, Will McKay, Frank Lowe, Wardie Lee, Hathaway, and McClelland. Frank Crampton, captain; McClellan, catcher; and Harry Holbrook, pitcher. The Exterminators were: Lum Callahan, Arthur Bangs, John Crane, Jim Vance, A. Snowhill, Cap. Whiting, Tom Eaton, D. L. Kretsinger, and Jim McClain. The Exterminators were excellent batters but lacked skill as fielders. They also had no good catcher. If they had had a good catcher, they would have made it very warm for the Central. Arthur Bangs sent the balls in like a bullet. Lum Callahan was the only one in full uniform. He had borrowed the suit of some clown of a yellow shade. The first lick he made in this suit, he split it, but Lum showed himself equal to the emergency by stepping aside and turning his garments front for back. This gave Lum a presentable appearance, and things went on all right. The last half of the ninth inning was not played by the Centrals. The score stood 27 to 37 in favor of the Centrals.
Arkansas City Republican, August 8, 1885.
The “Exterminators” of Winfield came down to play a match game of base ball with the “Rough-on-Rats” Wednesday. The game commenced at 2:30 with the “Exterminators” at the bat. The “Rough-on-Rats” tried hard to make their opponents swallow the poison, but the Exterminators struggled manfully and would not let it go down. The score at the end of the 6th inning was 17 to 33 in favor of the visiting club. The names of the exterminators are Messrs. Bangs, Hathaway, Vance, Whiting, Crane, McLain, Byerly, Eaton, and Byington. They are first-rate players and whole-souled fellows. The “Rough-on-Rats” were Messrs. Stevenson, Flood, Kingsbury, Sollitt, Wright, Baxter, Clark, Speers, and Howard. Let a generous-hearted public draw the veil of charity over the defeat of the “Rough-on-Rats.” Peace be to their ashes.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 13, 1885.
The base ball game at Arkansas City Wednesday between our Exterminators, composed of Frank Hathaway, G. D. Byerly, Tom J. Eaton, George Byington, Arthur Bangs, James Vance, John Crane, Cap Whiting, and James McLain, and the Terminus’ “Rough on Rats,” was a daisy game, for good feeling and genuine exercise, with some very good playing. The Rough on Rats were made up of Arkansas City businessmen, who went in for the fun of the thing: and got it. Our fellows put it to them with a score of 33 to 17. The Rats entertained the Exterminators in royal style, and all pronounce the occasion tip top. The Rats will return the game in a short time. Our Eli’s are getting a daisy “rep.”
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 20, 1885.
George Corwin was the lucky winner of the twenty-five dollar oil painting at Whiting Bros.’ prize drawing Saturday evening. The painting is a beauty and George is happy, as he should be.
WOOLEN AND COTTON FACTORY.
An Enterprise Sprung of Vast Import to Winfield and Cowley County.
The Safest of All.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, August 27, 1885.
Mr. A. H. Jennings spent July and part of August in Ohio. While absent, always having an eye peeled for the advancement of his home, he had an interview with the hosiery manufacturing firm of J. B. Mercer & Co., Zanesville, Ohio, whose desire for a more expansive location had slyly reached his ears. He found this to be one of the busiest manufactories he was ever in, but running on a smaller scale than the firm’s trade demanded and the proprietors were able to carry. They employ about two hundred hands, some sixty-five of them women, and turn out two or three hundred dozen hose daily, woolen and cotton. The articles were of the very best and had big sales, the cotton goods largely in the west and south and the woolen in the north and west. Their orders were then two hundred behind. The firm buys its cotton in St. Louis and its wool all over the country. Wool costs them 29 to 35 cents per pound—here it would cost only 15 to 20 cents, and cotton can be shipped from St. Louis here just as cheaply as to Zanesville, and our railway export facilities will be equal to Zanesville with our two new lines. This firm is composed of three practical workmen. They are desirous of moving their factory where facilities for extending it to the manufacture of all kinds of goods are better. The first point in their eye was Kansas City. Mr. Jennings laid the superior advantages of Winfield before them, situated in a great wool-growing country, a good stream for dyeing purposes, no competition in the section, with a broad, fruitful territory for their wares. To work up this matter among our businessmen, a meeting of the Enterprise Association was held at the Court House last night. Dr. C. Perry presided, and H. G. Norton recorded. Mr. Jennings laid this enterprise before the meeting—its great importance to our industrial welfare and the substantiality of our county, with the certainties of success. The probable subsidy needed is between five and ten thousand dollars. The matter was received favorably by our businessmen, and A. H. Jennings, B. F. Wood, J. P. Baden, Col. Whiting, and J. B. Lynn were appointed a committee of correspondence and further investigation, said committee to confer with Frank Manny regarding the purchase of his brewery building for this manufactory. W. W. Andrews offered to donate grounds for a factory building. The committee will pass one of this woolen mill firm to Winfield that he may look over the ground. We have now struck an enterprise that means big benefits. Let us all brace up. A little of the zeal and public spirit displayed in gaining enterprises in the past few months will secure this one. Make a strong pull, a big pull, and pull altogether. Barring the twenty experts Mercer & Co. must bring with them, this mill insures labor for 200 or more persons and a big enhancement of our wool industry.
Mrs. Will O. Whiting...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 17, 1885.
Mrs. Cap. Whiting went over to Wellington Friday, to visit friends and view the Fair.
Capt. Will O. Whiting...
REPUBLICAN COUNTY CONVENTION.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.
WINFIELD 3RD AND 4TH WARDS.
Delegates: D. L. Kretsinger, G. H. Buckman, John C. Long, H. L. Wells, J. L. Horning, R. Farnsworth, A. McNeal, C. Stamp.
Alternates: Chas. Holmes, J. E. Snow, Capt. Whiting, L. Conrad, W. H. Shearer, Will Whitney, E. C. Seward, W. B. Pixley.
Capt. Will O. Whiting...
FRANK H. GREER, Local Editor.
At the Hotel de Stewart, In Which the Spirits Would Not Work Well.
Too Much Unbelief.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 24, 1885.
A seance was held at the Stewart Hotel last evening, conducted by George Search, a medium of great power. It is the first seance the reporter ever attended and he must own up that some of the “doins” were very peculiar, but for all this our faith is no stronger than before seeing these manifestations. We can’t think or believe that spirits have anything to do with this mundane sphere. The seance was held in an upper story room, the parties sitting in a circle. A guitar and violin were procured for the spirits to manifest on. The windows and doors were darkened, the light put out, all clasped hands and were cautioned to keep the feet square upon the floor, and be careful and not touch the wall with their chairs. A song was started after much delay. Capt. Whiting was holding the guitar. Suddenly it was jerked out of his lap and commenced an aerial flight; while some unseen hand played upon its strings. The violin was changed from hand to hand at the start and the spirits couldn’t find this, hence the spirits got in their work upon the guitar alone. We can’t understand just how this guitar got around so lively. It certainly did sail around over our heads, for it gave us some very heavy bumps. This was kept up for some time. A small cabinet was arranged in the corner by the aid of two quilts. Nothing was behind this. In front sat the medium with another party. The medium tied the quilt together. The spirits were to shake hands with their friends through the aperture. Several went up and asked to be allowed to shake, and they felt two warm fingers touch their hand, and of course, it is easy to imagine the rest. After this we had table tipping. The table did tip and tip without any apparent cause. We could not see that there was anyone using any physical force, except once, when one of the party helped with his No. 12. Now a word! As we had said, we don’t believe, or can’t believe there is anything in this! We can’t exactly see into the floating guitar, though we have our surmises. The handshaking could easily be done by the medium while holding the curtain. The table tipping might be caused by an over charge of electricity from the medium. If it is a fraud, it is done pretty slick; if a reality, it is a serious thing. Laying aside all scruples for the good of this man Search, we can say that enough was done last night to convince anyone that the business is a fraud and the man who is pursuing it a worse one. It is nothing but a money making scheme—one way to eke out an idle and easy living without work. The admittance fee was fifty cents per head, for those who believed or not, and the trouble last night was too much unbelief on the part of the audience—they wanted to investigate the matter too closely. Search became very nervous Sunday night because of the excited interest manifested by the audience while giving an exhibition of his power as a medium. And last night he became much more so—so much in fact that his cunning deserted him, and after a few futile attempts, he announced that some had come there for no good, or some were doubtful followers. It won’t bear investigation. This same Search is known to be a traveling fraud and this is not the first exposure he has had from the press. From numerous places, we learn, he has been compelled to make his departure on very hasty notice. Last evening the instruments were misplaced by someone after the lights were turned out and the windows darkened, and the spirits failed to connect. Search couldn’t find them in his frantic pantomimes. Search leaves here today; will search for a cooler clime. Such lazy leaches as he, deluding and defrauding the public, should be given a coat of tar and feathers and a stretching of the neck with hemp that would make him desist from this dishonest vocation and compel him to earn an honest living by the sweat of his brow, or languish where all felons get their sweet repose.
Col. and Mrs. Whiting; Mr. and Mrs. Fred Whiting...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 1, 1885.
The pleasant home of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Shearer, 917 Mansfield street, was the scene of a most happy gathering Monday evening. The occasion was the celebration of the 20th wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Shearer. Though the rain interfered with the attendance of a number, by nine o’clock over eighty were present, in their happiest mood. Soon after nine o’clock the “bride and groom” were presented and re-united in the bonds whose sweet and bitter they had thoroughly experienced. Rev. J. H. Reider re-tied the knot in a novel and jolly ceremony, the groom consenting to all the compulsory vicissitudes of a “hen-pecked” husband, and she to clothe, feed, protect, scold (in foreign language) until death. After the ceremony and hearty congratulations, a collation of choicest delicacies was served in profusion and most thoroughly enjoyed. The presents were handsome and valuable, the most prominent being an exquisitely painted china dinner set. It embraced a hundred and twenty-five pieces—the handsomest thing obtainable in china ware. It was a token from the following persons: Rev. and Mrs. J. H. Reider, Rev. and Mrs. B. Kelly, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Wood, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Soward, Dr. and Mrs. F. M. Pickens, Mr. and Mrs. S. L. Gilbert, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Dalton, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Bliss, Mrs. R. B. Waite and Mrs. Hartwell, Mrs. E. M. Albright and family, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Silliman, Col. and Mrs. Wm. Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Nelson, Prof. and Mrs. I. N. Inskeep, Mr. and Mrs. E. G. Burnett, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Arment, Dr. and Mrs. H. L. Wells, Mr. and Mrs. Fred Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Mann, Mr. and Mrs. Frank W. Finch, Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Thompson, Mr. and Mrs. D. Taylor and Miss Minnie, Mr. and Mrs. A. Herpich, Mr. and Mrs. L. Conrad, Mrs. A. Silliman and Miss Lola, Mrs. C. Strong and Miss Emma, Mrs. Dr. Bailey, Misses Fannie, Jessie, and Louie Stretch, Miss March, Misses Mattie and Mary Gibson, Nettie and Anna McCoy, Lydia Tyner, Maggie Herpich, Maude Kelly, Ida Johnston, and Maude Pickens, Mr. and Mrs. C. Collins, and Miss Lena Walrath. Among the other presents were: Fruit holder and saucer, by Mr. and Mrs. A. J. Burgauer; individual pepper and salt holders, Miss Burgauer; cup and saucer, Wm. Statton; fruit dish, Dr. and Mrs. C. Perry and Mrs. Judd; China Plaque, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Balyeat; soup bowl, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Newton; pickle dish, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Harrod; fruit plate, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Lynn; fruit plate, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Johnston; fruit plate, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. R. Bates; fruit plate, Geo. D. Headrick; fruit plate, John Roberts and Mrs. Reed; fruit plate, Mr. and Mrs. L. W. Randall; cut glass fruit and pickle dish, tooth-pick holder and finger bowl, Mesdames G. H. Allen, D. L. Kretsinger, A. H. Doane, C. S. Van Doren, and John Tomlin; plate, bowl and pitcher, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Bullene; water pitcher, Mr. M. Hahn; cake stand, Kate Shearer; $20 gold piece, Mr. and Mrs. Louis Shearer of Geneseo, Illinois. A good majority of the donors were present, and under the agreeable hospitality of Mr. and Mrs. Shearer, nicely assisted by their daughter, all passed the evening most enjoyably, departing at a late hour, wishing that the bride and groom might have many more such happy anniversaries, clear down to the one of gold, with its silvery locks and ripened years.
Whiting’s butcher shop...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 8, 1885.
The wolf hunt Friday afternoon was hardly as exciting as the seventy-five or a hundred spectators and dozen or more participants anticipated. The wolf was too gentle, two scared, or something. When turned out of the barrel, he surveyed the scene with appalling calmness, and didn’t light out with the lightning rapidity hoped for. Once started, however, he made a pretty lively forty-mile dash, when the fifteen hounds were turned loose on him, taking him in without much strain. The dogs wounded the wolf up in a few moments, and last evening the corpse of the assassinated animal was stretched out in front of Whiting’s butcher shop. A jack rabbit chase would have made four times the excitement.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 15, 1885.
The “City Dads” have put a stop to Whiting’s fountain in their meat shop, complaints being made that it floods the cellar of Wallace’s grocery.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 22, 1885.
Fred Whiting and Kendall Smith, of Arkansas City, left on Tuesday for a hunt. Their intention is to clear the western prairies of all game.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 22, 1885.
Farmers, Attention. Take your beef hides to Whiting Bros.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 29, 1885.
Whiting Bros. have a bran, splinter new meat block, 4½ feet in diameter. Cap. made a special trip into the Territory to get it, and it is a good one. It is warranted to make meat tender and juicy.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 29, 1885.
Take your beef hides to Whiting Bros.
Mrs. Col. Whiting; Mrs. Fred Whiting...
About Four Hundred of our People Take a Whirl Over the K. C. & S. W.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 29, 1885.
About four hundred of our best citizens repaired to the K. C. & S. W. depot at 8:30 Saturday morning, where a long train was waiting in readiness to take the party of excursionists over this beautiful line of road to Beaumont, a distance of about 48 miles, where this neat little town of about 300 inhabitants is at the junction of the K. C. & S. W. and “Frisco” roads. Everyone started for a good time, prepared with baskets of every kind of culinary delicacies, the most necessary thing to insure a pleasant trip. THE COURIER scribe as usual, rushed off without once thinking of our lunch basket, but on landing at Beaumont, and, when searching in vain for some hotel that had not already been eaten out of house and home, the eye of W. H. Shearer fell upon us, and, supposing from the expression of our face and the leanness of our form, that a square meal would be the most essential thing to insure comfort, hailed us and invited us to follow him, which we did, to a large hall where we found a table spread with all manner of delicacies, presided over by Mrs. Col. Whiting, Mrs. Nelson, Mrs. Fred Whiting, and Mrs. W. H. Shearer, who invited us to a seat with them, which we accepted, and when everyone had refreshed the inner man to a satisfactory extent, the town was taken in until four o’clock, when the train started for Winfield, over as beautiful country as the eye could wish to gaze upon, stopping at Latham, a pretty little town only two months old and with about 250 inhabitants and grand prospects for a city of much importance in the near future, to gather up some of the excursionists who had stopped off, as we went up, on a prospecting visit. The next station at which we stopped was the beautiful town of Atlanta, about the same age as Latham, but some larger and with much more flattering prospects. Atlanta is situated about 22 miles northeast of Winfield, in the most fertile part of the state, surrounded by a thickly populated section of country and every advantage necessary to make a glowing city, and it already shows evidence of business and enterprise in the many fine business and residence buildings now nearing completion. Wilmot, our next stopping place, is also a thriving little place with a splendid foundation for a city equal to any in southern Kansas. The town of Floral has taken a boom since the railroad has settled on her fair soil and new buildings are shooting up like mushrooms. This was our last stop until we pulled up at the depot at Winfield at half past seven in the midst of the watery elements. Everybody pronounced the road first-class, and await the earliest opportunity for another excursion.
Mrs. Capt. Will O. Whiting; Mrs. Fred A. Whiting...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 5, 1885.
A very happy little party of ladies dropped in on Mrs. John Keck last evening in celebration of her birthday. It was strictly a female party—no measly men around. Men are very much out of place around where women are anyway—they can’t talk enough. The occasion in question was one of the liveliest. The merry chatter was sandwiched at the proper hour by delicious oysters and nice delicacies. Among the ladies present were Mrs. F. M. Friend, Mrs. G. L. Rinker, Mrs. W. H. Albro, Mrs. Capt. Whiting, Mrs. Fred Whiting, Mrs. Ed. Nelson, Mrs. Copeland, Mrs. J. A. Cooper, Mrs. Walters, and Miss Lydia Holmes.
Mrs. Col. Whiting, Mrs. Captain Will O. Whiting, and Mrs. Fred A. Whiting...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 12, 1885.
The exclusive ladies’ parties are becoming very popular since their inauguration a short time ago in Winfield. The latest was given by Mrs. Cap. Whiting Friday evening. We were not able to get the names of the ladies present, but following are the names of those we did get: Mrs. Irve Randall, Mrs. Geo. Copeland, Mrs. John Keck, Mrs. Ed Nelson, Mrs. F. M. Friend, Mrs. Col. Whiting, and Mrs. Fred Whiting. At the proper hour the happy assembly were banqueted by their kind hostess to a magnificent supper, composed of the choicest of the season’s delicacies. These parties are becoming contagious and it will be but a short time until the men will be excluded entirely from parties of all kind where the gentler sex are in any way concerned. Things are taking a turn in the wrong direction. We think there should be a reform started to nip(?)s this move in the bud. But aside from all jests, the ladies make these gatherings very pleasant and lively, and they are calculated to drive dull care away, and relieve the mind of the cares and monotonous domestic duties. So mote it be.
Mrs. Fred Whiting...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 12, 1885.
J. M. Lambert came down from Latham Tuesday to meet his family, who have been visiting Mrs. Fred Whiting for several days. They return tonight on the K. C. & S. W. accommodation. Mr. Lambert’s banking business at Latham starts off well.
Capt. Will O. Whiting...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 19, 1885.
Cap Whiting, P. A. Huffman, John Keck, Kendall Smith, and A. J. Thompson returned Saturday from a hunt in the Territory, and report an immense time. They were lucky enough to secure the full swing and liberty of a Ranch upon getting into the happy hunting grounds, the owner wishing to go off on a short visit. They took in three deer, one hundred ducks, ten turkeys, several wagon loads of chickens and quails. They report plenty of soldiers down there guarding Uncle Sam’s domain.
OUR FESTIVE SPORTSMEN.
A Day Amid Shot and Shell.
Game Scarce and Scores Small.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 26, 1885.
The annual hunt of the Winfield Sportsmen’s Club, yesterday, was all in a conglomerate mass on the floor of the Brettun House office last evening, where President Harter and Secretary Glass conducted the count of the terrible slaughter and gave the individual scores. It was a tired crowd of hunters, many of them looking very sad eyed. The unlucky ones swore on a stack of powder that Cowley County is just about gameless—some of them didn’t see a cotton tail all day; yes, some of them didn’t see anything, which is verified by the nonentity of their score; but hardly by the appearance of their ammunition, which seems to whisper, “wasted on the desert air.” But an honest consultation of hunters was unanimous in the verdict that they never did so much traveling for so little game. The game appeared to have been notified of its impending fate and crawled in its hole. Capt. Huffman’s division laid it over Capt. Hunt’s division by a good majority. The losing side sets up the banquet at the Brettun tonight, when a big time is anticipated. James McLain, as last year, bobbed up serenely with the champion score and raked in the gold medal. Dr. Riley, with a score of 20, raked in the tin medal.
P. A. Huffman, 1620; Jas. McLain, 1755; J. N. Harter, 410; Fred Whiting, 665; K. McClung, 765; Chas. Holmes, 730; F. Kessinger, 180; John Eaton, 235; J. R. Handy, 1130; Q. A. Glass, 115; Dr. J. G. Evans, 385; Dr. Emerson, 385; Dr. Riley, 20; J. B. Garvin, 215; T. J. Harris, 65; L. M. Williams, 170. Total: 8,845.
J. S. Hunt, 595; Jas. Vance, 705; F. Clark (didn’t hunt); Jap Cochran, 955; H. D. Gans, 910; J. B. Nipp, 805; J. Denning (didn’t hunt); Geo. Jennings, 805; M. L. Devore, 320; Geo. Headrick, 390; A. H. Doane (didn’t hunt); Geo. McIntire, 320; G. L. Rinker, 220; J. Barnthouse, 260; Hop Shivvers, 260; D. McCutcheon (didn’t hunt). Total: 6,445.
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.
Col. and Mrs. Whiting...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 17, 1885.
One of the pleasantest parties of the season assembled at the hospitable home of Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt last Saturday evening to celebrate the thirtieth anniversary of their wedding. The spacious rooms were well filled and the host and hostess were everywhere present with their careful attentions which, seconded by Miss Anna, made the enjoyment complete. During the evening the Rev. Mr. Reider was brought forward and in a neat and appropriate speech presented to the host and hostess a beautiful set of silverware as a testimonial of the high appreciation of the contributors for the recipients, accompanied by a card with the compliments of the following: Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Wallis, Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Cooper, Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Keck, Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Hickok, Mrs. Whitney, Mrs. McClellan, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. E. H. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Dr. and Mrs. T. H. Elder, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Shearer, Mr. and Mrs. N. J. Young, Rev. and Mrs. Reider, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Schuler, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Silliman, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Soward, Mr. and Mrs. Col. Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brown, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Albro, Mr. and Mrs. M. G. Troup, Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. D. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. G. L. Rinker, Mr. and Mrs. Samuel Dalton, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Johnston, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Mann, Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Crane, Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Silver, Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Hendricks, Mr. and Mrs. Jas. McDermott, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Arment, Mr. and Mrs. G. S. Manser, Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Handy, Mr. and Mrs. C. Collins, Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Pickens, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. McGraw, Mr. and Mrs. F. M. Friend, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Crippen, Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Wallace, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Carson, Dr. and Mrs. W. T. Wright, Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Austin. This silver tea set embraced cake basket, berry dish, six teaspoons, and sugar spoon. Dr. and Mrs. Geo Emerson, pearl card case. Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Hunt, silver fruit dish.
Capt. Hunt responded as happily as the emotions of this surprise would permit.
A magnificent collation was placed before the guests, which was highly enjoyed, and after music and other entertainments, the party dispersed with many thanks to their entertainers for the pleasures of the evening. Those present were: Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Wallis, Mr. and Mrs. H. S. Silver, Mr. and Mrs. John Keck, Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Hickok, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Silliman, Mr. and Mrs. Col. Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. R. H. Handy, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Carson, Mr. and Mrs. C. D. Austin, Mr. and Mrs. G. C. Wallace, Mr. and Mrs. A. B. Arment, Dr. and Mrs. W. T. Wright, Mrs. McClellan, Mrs. Whitney, Sr., and Mrs. A. E. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Schuler, Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Shearer, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. Soward, Rev. and Mrs. J. H. Reider, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. G. S. Manser, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Brown, Mr. and Mrs. M. G. Troupe, Mr. and Mrs. James McDermott, Mr. and Mrs. Jno. Crane, Mr. and Mrs. A. D. Hendricks, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Dr. and Mrs. T. H. Elder, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. McRaw, Mr. and Mrs. Elbert Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Dr. and Mrs. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. C. Collins, Mr. and Mrs. Spencer Bliss, Mrs. J. A. Cooper, Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Hunt.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 17, 1885.
The committees, appointed at the citizens’ meeting, to work up the submitting of propositions for the extension of the Florence El Dorado & Walnut railroad from Douglass to Winfield, met yesterday afternoon in McDougall’s hall to determine on the apportionment of the amount of aid asked. Judge T. H. Soward called the meeting to order. S. P. Strong was chosen chairman and W. J. Wilson, Secretary. M. L. Robinson then explained the object of the meeting, to get everything in readiness for aggressive work in submitting the propositions and securing this road. The townships through which the road will run were represented as follows.
Rock: S. P. Strong, H. F. Hornaday, E. J. Wilbur, and W. H. Grow.
Fairview: J. C. Paige and T. C. Covert.
Walnut: J. C. Roberts, J. B. Corson, John Mentch, T. A. Blanchard, J. Anderson, W. D. Roberts, and E. M. Reynolds.
Winfield: H. H. Siverd, J. A. Eaton, D. L. Kretsinger, Col. Whiting, T. H. Soward, B. T. Davis, M. L. Robinson, S. J. Smock, G. H. Crippen, J. E. Conklin, W. P. Hackney, G. L. Gale, Chas. Schmidt, W. J. Wilson, Ed P. Greer, H. E. Asp, A. H. Limerick, F. C. Hunt, and J. W. Curns.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 17, 1885.
When it comes to the advancement of Winfield and Cowley County, our people are a unit. Enterprise, energy, and grit have put our county and city far in advance of any others in all fair Kansas and will continue to do so. Winfield is destined to be the great metropolis of Southern Kansas, one of the big commercial and educational cities of the big west. With citizens of rare intelligence, progress, and vim, with natural surroundings and possibilities unexcelled, she can be nothing else. The enthusiasm of our businessmen in securing enterprises for the advancement of our city was forcibly exhibited last night in the rousing meeting for the consideration of the extension of the Florence, Eldorado & Walnut railroad, owned by the Santa Fe Co. The meeting was called to order by M. L. Robinson. W. G. Graham was chosen chairman and W. J. Wilson, Secretary. Mr. Robinson then explained the object of the meeting, and read letters from A. A. Robinson, General manager of the Santa Fe, agreeing to extend this road from Douglass to Winfield for $3,000 a mile, reserving only the necessity of erecting an independent depot here, the road to either connect with the Wichita & Southwestern at the junction just over the Walnut bridge and run into the Santa Fe depot, or cross the S. K. just east of, and using, that depot. The intention is a union depot here for the Southern Kansas, Wichita & Southwestern and Florence, Eldorado & Walnut railroads. The Santa Fe is determined to push through the Territory, which right of way it has already secured, at once. The extension will be made from Winfield, with the machine shops, roundhouse, etc., for this southern division and the roads of southern Kansas, at this place. An editorial elsewhere explains the requirements and advantages fully. Enthusiastic speeches were made last night in favor of this and other enterprises by Rev. B. Kelly, Henry E. Asp, T. H. Soward, Senator Jennings, John A. Eaton, and John McGuire. Committees were appointed as follows to see that this matter is properly worked up.
Winfield: Capt. Nipp, J. E. Conklin, D. L. Kretsinger, C. Schmidt, Col. Whiting, J. A. Eaton, and A. H. Doane.
Walnut: J. B. Corson, J. B. Short, J. C. Roberts, T. A. Blanchard, and W. D. Roberts.
Fairview: M. C. Headrick, J. C. Paige, A. H. Limerick, J. W. Douglas, and T. S. Covert.
Rock: G. L. Gale, G. H. Williams, H. F. Hornaday, E. J. Wilber, J. M. Harcourt, S. P. Strong, J. P. Holmes, and John Stalter.
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.
Mr. and Mrs. Wm. O. Whiting [first item].
Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Whiting and Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Whiting [second item] don’t make sense to me. Have no idea if this was a mistake on the part of paper or not. MAW
The Marriage of Mr. B. W. Matlack and Miss Gertrude McMullen.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 7, 1886.
THE TOKENS AND DONORS.
Silver pitcher and goblet, Mr. and Mrs. Rodgers, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. H. E. Silliman, Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Albro, Mr. and Mrs. C. A. Bliss, Mr. and Mrs. I. W. Randall, Mr. and Mrs. C. Collins, Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Wood, Mr. and Mrs. O. Branham, Mr. and Mrs. E. S. Bliss, Miss Lena Walrath, and Miss Lola Silliman.
Silver butter dish, butter knife, sugar shell, and one-half dozen silver spoons, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Carson, Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Taylor, Miss Maggie Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Miller.
Fred A. Whiting departs from Whiting Bros. New name: Whiting & Son.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 14, 1886.
The firm heretofore doing business under the firm name of Whiting Bros. is this day dissolved by mutual consent, Fred A. Whiting retiring. Whiting & Son will continue in business at the old place, assuming all liabilities and collecting all debts due the old firm.
FRED A. WHITING.
W. O. WHITING.
Winfield, January 1, 1886.
Col. and Mrs. Whiting; Mr. Will O. Whiting...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 14, 1886.
The agreeable home of Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Miller was a lively scene Tuesday evening. It was the occasion of the twentieth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Miller, which fact was unknown to the guests until their arrival, making the event all the more appropriate and lively. It was one of the jolliest gatherings of married people, old and young, composed as follows, as near as we can recall: Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington, Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fuller, Mr. and Mrs. W. P. Hackney, Mr. and Mrs. F. C. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Harter, Dr. and Mrs. T. B. Tandy, Dr. and Mrs. Geo. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. S. D. Pryor, Col. and Mrs. Wm. Whiting, Mr. and Mrs. Ed G. Cole, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Doane, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. Balliet, Mr. and Mrs. Handy, Mr. and Mrs. O. Branham, Mr. and Mrs. Mitchell, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Carson, Mr. and Mrs. F. S. Jennings, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. McMullen, Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Wallis, Mr. and Mrs. E. P. Greer, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Lynn, Mr. and Mrs. Warren Stone, Mr. and Mrs. C. H. Buford, Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Warner, Mr. and Mrs. E. D. Taylor, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Albro, Mrs. Alice Bishop, Mrs. Scothorn, Mrs. R. B. Waite, Mrs. Hartwell, Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, Mr. Wm. Whiting, Mr. J. R. Brooks, and Mr. D. Taylor. The warm-hearted hospitality of Mr. and Mrs. Miller was at its best, and their admirable entertainment made the freest and heartiest enjoyment. The collation was exceptionally excellent. In the folding doors was a handsome banner inscribed 1866-1886, indicative of the anniversary. Not till after twelve o’clock did the guests depart, in the realization of having spent one of the happiest evenings of the winter.
Paper still calling it “Whiting Bros. meat store”...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 21, 1886.
An Irishman, from Chautauqua County, dropped into Whiting Bros. meat store Thursday, and sitting down by the stove, in a few minutes dropped over in a drunken sleep. George Miller happening in, fixed him up in the latest fashion and went out, telling parties he met that there was a frozen man there, just brought in from the Territory. Soon the crowd commenced filing in uttering expressions of sympathy as they looked at the victim. For an hour the crowd kept up the dead march; and not till Paddy woke up, did they realize he had resurrected.
Mrs. Col. Whiting and daughter, Mrs. Ed. Nelson...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 21, 1886.
Mrs. F. M. Friend, Mrs. Col. Whiting, and Mrs. Ed. Nelson went up to Latham Friday morning to visit with Mrs. J. M. Lambert.
Mrs. Col. Whiting and Mrs. Will O. Whiting...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 21, 1886.
A pleasant party met at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. R. E. Wallis Tuesday eve and were charmingly entertained by the host and hostess and their four vivacious daughters. After a session of general conversation and a very excellent and elaborate collation, the company retired with a high sense of enjoyment. Those present as far as now occurs to us were: Mr. and Mrs. M. L. Robinson, Mr. and Mrs. Sam Pryor, Dr. and Mrs. Evans, Mr. and Mrs. J. S. Hunt, Mr. and Mrs. Journey, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Doane, Mr. and Mrs. J. L. Horning, Mr. and Mrs. G. W. Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Ray Oliver, Mr. and Mrs. H. Brown, Mr. and Mrs. E. Beeny, Mr. and Mrs. J. J. Carson, Dr. and Mrs. Geo. Emerson, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Baird, Mr. and Mrs. D. A. Millington, Hon. And Mrs. W. P. Hackney, Col. And Mrs. J. C. McMullen, Mr. and Mrs. J. F. McMullen, Mr. and Mrs. J. H. Bullen, Mr. and Mrs. S. Lowe, Mr. and Mrs. D. L. Kretsinger, Mrs. Col. Whiting, Mrs. Will Whiting, Mrs. A. T. Spotswood, Mr. G. H. Allen, and Miss Agnes Lynch, Wichita.
Will O. Whiting; Mrs. Will O. Whiting...
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.
THE REPRESENTATION.—THE LADIES.
Mrs. Will Whiting, a flower girl, was blithe and nicely costumed.
Capt. Whiting was a tony jockey, wearing a rich satin cap and suit.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 28, 1886.
Geo. W. Miller, the big-hearted cattleman, gave Marshal McFadden an order on Whiting Bros., Saturday, for 600 pounds of beef to be distributed among the worthy poor of the city, whose pangs are renewed by this frigid weather. Mr. Miller’s generosity, is quiet and practical—vented in a manner most admirable.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred A. Whiting depart from Winfield...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, February 11, 1886.
Mr. and Mrs. Fred Whiting left Friday for Richfield, where Fred has secured a fine layout of land and will hold it down. He took part of his household goods and will remain several months, at least.
Whiting & Son...
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 4, 1886.
Whiting & Son have a young yearling beaver, with its buzz saw teeth and dam-making tail. It was trapped three miles up the Walnut, where an army of these wood-cutters have slayed most of the trees along the bank for a mile or so. They will put it in the hands of a taxidermist and mount it on a limb as an ornament for their meat market.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 18, 1886.
The authorities have failed so far to get track of the Arkansas City hide thief, B. F. Scott, who sold his plunder to Whiting & Son Saturday. His departure was so precipitated that no chance was given to run him in. Cards, however, will likely catch him.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, March 18, 1886.
The reporter noticed something hanging up in front of Whiting & Son’s meat market this morning, in the shape of a pig, that is a little the fattest pig we ever saw. We should think his pig-ship hailed death as a relief.
[Note: I quit Winfield paper after March 1886. Will continue later. MAW]
Arkansas City Republican, March 20, 1886.
Bower & Wood had $150 worth of hides stolen from their slaughter house last Friday night. The thief took his booty to Winfield and sold it to Whiting Bros. Johnnie Breene traced the thief to where he sold the hides, but then lost all clue. Alex Wood went up to Winfield Saturday and proved the property.
Whiting & Son...
Winfield Monthly Herald, June, 1891.
A Word about our Advertisers.
We have selected good, reliable business firms, and endeavored to get only one of a kind.
WHITING AND SON keep the popular market on South Main St., where you can find the best of meat, game, and poultry. If you are not one of their regular customers, it will pay you to give them a trial.
Capt. Will O. Whiting...
Daily Calamity Howler, Tuesday, October 6, 1891.
The city council met last evening with Mayor Graham in the chair. Present Councilmen Evans, Harter, Hickok, Myton, Reed, Vance, and Whiting.
Capt. Will O. Whiting...
Daily Calamity Howler, Wednesday, October 7, 1891.
Cap Whiting returned from the promised land this week. He is the possessor of what will be in the near future, valuable property in the new town of Chandler.