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Dr. J. W. Wright

                                                          [Handled Sheep.]
                                          [Located at first: Tisdale Township.]
                                [Located later: Burden, Silver Creek Township.]

Silver Creek Township 1879: John W. Wright, 33; spouse, Margrett, 25.
P. O. Baltimore.
Silver Creek Township 1881: John W. Wright, 36; spouse, Margaret, 30.
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Courier, January 3, 1878.
As your readers are aware, our town is a suburban place, situated on the west bank of Silver Creek, and that as items are not frequently found in your columns from here, I hope to be allowed space for a few scrawls.
Real estate is changing hands rapidly in this vicinity, Dr. Wright having bought A. S. Morse’s farm south of town.
Winfield Courier, February 14, 1878.
Dr. Wright is raising stock quite extensively; that is, he calls out the neighbors to help raise “Old Puss” about every third day.
Winfield Courier, February 21, 1878.
PICK-UPS BY OUR RAMBLER. EDITOR COURIER: I left Winfield on the 12th inst. on a ramble, called to see many of our farmers, especially in the eastern part of the county. I found them, generally, in good spirits, but rather blue over so much mud. I think, myself, this mud question is rather thin after my week’s ride through it.
On my trip I visited the quiet little town of Tisdale; met at this place J. W. Wright, late of Clark County, Iowa. He is both farmer and doctor.
Winfield Courier, February 28, 1878.
The Tisdale Grange is doing well lately. On last Saturday evening nine new members were initiated, among them Dr. Wright and wife, E. P. Young and wife, Mrs. A. S. Morse, and Miss Sadie Davis. I did not learn the names of the others.
Winfield Courier, April 11, 1878.
Ask Dr. Wright about the rain fall. He made a wager there would not be enough rain to wet the ground two inches before the first of August. By the way, the Dr. is lately from Iowa and don’t know Kansas.
Winfield Courier, July 18, 1878.
Dr. Wright is practicing tight-rope performances. The Doctor’s actions are unique and rather more hasty than graceful; and being of a retiring disposition, he does not enjoy the plaudits of his spectators.

Winfield Courier, August 22, 1878.
Dr. Wright is having considerable practice; wonder why so many are sick this fall?
Winfield Courier, November 28, 1878.
Dr. Wright has finished his house and moved into it.
Winfield Courier, December 19, 1878.
TISDALE, Dec. 9, 1878. Dr. Wright has removed to his farm, one mile south of town.
Winfield Courier, March 25, 1880. Front Page.
While Gen. Grant is in Mexico, Dr. Wright is in Burden, building a fine residence that he expects to occupy with his family in a few days, and become one of the citizens of the future “queen city of Cowley County.”
At this point the story of Dr. Wright becomes most confusing! Between March and August 1880 he evidently set up a sheep ranch in Omnia Township...
Winfield Courier, August 5, 1880.
Telegram: Among the large sheep herders of Cowley County are: A. D. Crowell, Winfield, 4,000; George E. Raymond, Winfield, 1,700; Ezra Meech, Walnut, 1,200; S. C. Smith, Winfield, 1,000; Jake Stalter, Rock, 2,500; Mr. Parks, Grouse Creek, 2,440; Dr. Wright, Omnia, 2,400. Besides these there are a number of persons who have flocks, ranging from 100 to 1,000, which will bring the aggregate well up to 40,000.
Winfield Courier, August 26, 1880.
Upon Examination of the county records we elicit the star­ling information that only thirty-two physicians have filed their certificates with the county clerk as required by law.
Dr. J. W. Wright was one of those who filed a certificate.
Winfield Courier, March 24, 1881.
Some thief or thieves went through Henthorn’s office and Dr. Wright and J. M. Hooker’s residences. They didn’t get much. They’ll smell powder the next time.
Winfield Courier, September 8, 1881.
A little Osborn boy had the misfortune to lose the end of a finger while cutting corn by moonlight. Dr. Wright of Burden was called; he dressed the injured member and at last accounts, the boy is doing well.
Winfield Courier, September 22, 1881.
Henry Denend has bought out J. Ruffin, and has moved on the Dr. Wright farm. Ruffin moves to Lynn County, Kansas.
Winfield Courier, June 15, 1882.

Mad-Stone. Dr. Wright has procured a mad-stone that has been successfully used in cases of Hydro-phobia. The stone is about an inch by an inch and a half, and was brought from Kentucky to this country by Mr. Mann. Mr. Wm. N. Day has had it in his care for some time and as above stated has now turned it over to Dr. Wright of this place, where it can be found by any and all persons who may have need of it. There have been three different persons from Douglass who have been bitten here to test its merits. The stone adhered to the wound on the man and one of the girls for several minutes. The other girl was bitten on the arm, but the skin was not broken, and so the stone refused to stick in this case. The dog that bit those persons bit some ten persons at and near Douglass last week. Burden Enterprise.


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