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George W. Yount

                                            [Winfield and Walnut Townships.]

THE WICHITA EAGLE, Saturday, March 15, 1997. Page 14A.
Three sites recommended for register.
A barn and two houses are nominated for the National Register of Historic places.
Article written by Beccy Tanner of the Wichita Eagle.
Two Kansas houses and a barn are the latest in a series of sites to be nominated for the National Register of Historic places.
The nominations were made last month by the Kansas Historic Sites Board of Review and have been submitted to the National Park Service for final approval and entry on the national register. The actual listing can take an additional two to four months.
With a register designation, the buildings can become eligible for federal and state money for restoration. Also, with a historic registration, Kansas law requires that the state historic preservation officer be notified of any proposed project that may adversely affect the property. The officer is then required to offer a recommendation based on the potential effect on the property and its historical integrity.
One of the three nominated was the following:
George W. Yount Barn, near Winfield in Cowley County.
The limestone barn, built in 1881, has intricate stone carvings of masonry symbols and horse and cattle heads.
George Yount brought his family by covered wagon to Cowley County in fall 1872. Included in the 400-acre Yount farm was a stone quarry—of which Yount used to build the barn and which helped in the construction of many other buildings in Winfield, Topeka, and other places in Kansas. The Frisco Railroad ran a spur to the quarry so stone could be shipped by rail.
The farm included 200 acres in crops and an orchard. Yount raised cattle, pigs, poultry, and horses.
The barn is owned by Martin and Cheryl Rude.
                                                     GEORGE W. YOUNT.
                                             Winfield and Walnut Townships.
Winfield 1873: George W., 45; spouse, Mary A., 38.
Winfield 1874: Geo. W., 46; spouse, Mary A., 39.
Winfield 1878: G. W., 50; spouse, M. A., 43.
Walnut Township 1881: G. W. Yount, 52; spouse, M. A. E., 46.
Also: Miss C. E. Yount, 25.
Walnut Township 1882: G. W. Yount, 53; spouse, M. A., 47
                                               FROM THE NEWSPAPERS.
Winfield Courier, December 12, 1873.
To be given for the benefit of Adelphi Lodge, A. F. & A. M., at the Courtroom, Winfield, Kansas, Dec. 25th, 1873.

On the Table Committee: Miss Yount.
Winfield Courier, February 13, 1874.
Meeting called to order by the sound of the gavel, whereupon the committee on Credentials made the following report and declared the following members entitled to seats.
Bethel grange: Jos. Stansberry, John Mentch, Geo. Yount.
Winfield Courier, December 30, 1875.    
The newly elected officers of Bethel Grange.
Flora: Kate Yount.
Winfield Courier, September 28, 1876. Editorial Page.
The convention met at the courthouse last Saturday and temporarily organized by electing E. P. Young chairman and J. W. Curns, secretary. Committees were appointed and the conven­tion adjourned till 1 o’clock. On reassembling the committee on permanent organization reported Amos Walton as chairman and P. W. Smith as Secretary.
The committee on credentials reported the following as delegates.
Winfield: J. W. McDonald, J. B. Lynn, J. D. Cochran, J. W. Curns, N. W. Holmes, C. C. Black, A. J. Thompson, Wm. Dunn, T. B. Ross, G. W. Yount.
Winfield Courier, December 28, 1876.
BETHEL grange elected its officers Dec. 16, for the coming year: N. E. Newell, Master; R. J. Barker, Overseer; Joe Stansberry, Lecturer; B. E. Murphy, Steward; Mrs. C. E. Barker, chaplain; G. W. Yount, Treasurer; Jno. Mentch, Secretary; W. R. Wilson, Gate keeper; Mrs. M. Murphy, Ceres; Miss M. J. Ross, Pomona; Mrs. Mary Newell, Flora; and Miss Kate Yount, Lady Assistant Steward.
Winfield Courier, January 31, 1878.
Minutes of meeting held at Bethel schoolhouse, district 37th, Winfield, Cowley County, Kansas.
1. On motion B. McCann was appointed president of society.
2. On motion Peter Paugh was appointed vice president.
3. On motion John Mentch was appointed secretary.
4. On motion M. J. Ross was appointed treasurer.
5. Resolved, That this society be called the Murphy Temperance Society.
6. Resolved, That the meetings of this society be held on Tuesday evenings of each week.
7. Resolved, That we appoint a committee of five on program.
8. Committee on program: Henry Weekly, Quin Paugh, M. J. Ross, Julia Anderson, and Frank Weekly.
9. Vote of thanks to J. L. Rushbridge, Secretary pro tem.
    10. On motion the secretary be requested to furnish the county papers with the proceedings of this meeting, and the names of those who have signed the pledge.
Among those who signed pledge: G. W. Yount, J. W. Yount, K. E. Yount.
Winfield Courier, March 14, 1878. Front Page.

OUR RAMBLER. J. W. Yount has one of the best farms in the county. He has more mules, more corn in cribs and wheat in bins, and a finer granary than I have seen elsewhere.
Winfield Courier, April 11, 1878.
Marriage Licenses. Wm. E. Ruckman to Mary Yount.
Winfield Courier, April 11, 1878.
MARRIED. Mr. Wm. E. Ruckman, last Tuesday, April 2nd, with the cooperation of Miss Mary Yount, undertook the task to fathom the depths of connubial felicity. Rev. Robert Kerr applied the cement. Will was serenaded in the evening by the celebrated Chinese orchestra, which discoursed sweet, soul-stirring music.
Winfield Courier, June 20, 1878.
The storm of last week, Wednesday morning, came from the W.N.W. across the north part of Sumner County down the Ninnescah River, where it did a considerable damage. The center of the storm passed over Vernon, Winfield, Tisdale, Dexter, and Otter Townships in Cowley County in a general direction of E.S.E., and left the county in the vicinity of Cedarvale. It could not have been more than about fifteen miles wide and the track of the heaviest rainfall was scarcely more than half of that width. From all the circumstances taken together we conclude, it was a cyclone or rotary storm, of about seven or eight miles in diameter; that the rotation was not extremely rapid, and that the progress of the storm was very slow.
On Timber: Thos. Youle lost 100 acres of wheat; Geo. Youle 10 acres; Daniel Knox 12 acres; Mrs. Rutherford 12 acres; J. F. Graham and M. V. Phillips 50 acres; Washburne 28 acres; Mentch 40 acres; Mrs. Cochran 30 acres; G. W. Yount 40 acres; John Parks 60 acres; S. A. Burger 14 acres; W. Cowan 40 acres. J. F. Graham lost 10 hogs; G. W. Yount 19 hogs; John Rhodes 1 horse and 10 acres of wheat; W. W. Limbocker 8 acres; J. W. Orr 20 acres; Mr. Keesey 10 acres; Bryant 10 acres.
Winfield Courier, August 29, 1878.
The following are the names of jurors drawn for this court: Levi Fluke, O. P. West, Thos. Parvin, S. D. Klingman, J. E. Cox, Sampson Johnson, A. B. Gardner, H. S. Libby, I. B. Todd, Michael Bush, H. J. Donley, T. A. Chapin, T. B. Myers, Dennis Cunningham, J. I. Mitchell, Devine Terrill, Daniel Hawkins, G. W. Yount, W. T. Beasley, J. W. Browning, Rudolph Hoffmaster, D. M. Patton, J. P. Short, J. W. Millspaugh.
Winfield Courier, October 17, 1878.
A committee on credentials was appointed consisting of Williams, Lester, and Yount; and as committee on permanent organization, McIntire, Howard, and Pratt; also a committee to confer with a similar committee from the National Convention to report a fusion ticket, consisting of Judge McDonald, Sol. Smith, and Amos Walton.
Winfield Courier, December 22, 1881.

Mr. G. W. Yount is building a barn 40 x 60 of stone. Mr. Prater has the carpenter work. Mr. Yount proposes to go down into the Territory and bring up a mammoth menagerie of wild beasts and birds. It is thought that he will be successful as he has just purchased a barrel of salt.
Cowley County Courant, March 16, 1882.
G. W. Yount, of Olive, has bought a derrick and other tools necessary for his stone quarry, and as soon as the weather is favorable, will go to work on his contract, furnishing rock for the United States Custom House at Topeka.
Cowley County Courant, April 13, 1882.
John K. Hedge of Noble County, Ohio, is stopping with Mr. Yount, of Olive. Mr. Hedge is a gentleman of education and means. He will no doubt locate in our neighborhood.
Yount’s grove...
Winfield Courier, August 3, 1882.
The Maple Grove Sunday School has made arrangements to hold a grand picnic in Yount’s grove, four miles up Timber Creek, on Thursday, August 17. All surrounding schools have been invited, and a general good time is anticipated.
Winfield Courier, August 10, 1882.
A picnic will be given by the Maple Grove Sunday School, August 17th, 3½ miles north of Winfield on Timber Creek in Yount’s Grove. There will be music on the ground and a good time had generally. Ten schools have already been invited.
Winfield Courier, August 17, 1882.
Society called to order in COURIER office. Minutes of regular meeting passed. Notice to Cowley County fruit growers by secretary, read by president. Messrs. Taylor, Gillett, and Hogue were appointed a committee to report on varieties of fruit on table, which was loaded with fine products of horticultural skill from orchards and garden. After an interesting discussion by members, committee and visitors present, among whom we noticed Mr. Myron Hall, of Newton, an old veteran horticulturist, who labeled, named, and arranged Kansas’ exhibition of fruit at the Centennial exhibition. We hope and expect his aid and assistance in preparing an exhibit for Topeka in September.
We present the following on the present exhibit.
G. W. Yount, Chinese radish and large fine onion.
Winfield Courier, December 7, 1882.
G. W. Yount has built a stone barn with a mansard roof, perhaps the only one in the county with that style of roof.
Winfield Courier, February 1, 1883.
The following petition was circulated last week by Frank Manny, taken to Topeka, and presented by him to Senator Hackney.
WINFIELD, KANSAS, January 23, 1883.

HON. W. P. HACKNEY, State Senator, Topeka, Kansas. Inasmuch as the Prohibition Amendment, as enforced, has always resulted in injury to the material development of our town—it having signally failed to accomplish the object sought, the suppression of the sale and use of intoxicating drinks—we would respectfully urge upon you the necessity of so providing for the enforcement of the law that its application shall be uniform throughout the State. If this is impossible, don’t sacrifice our town on the altar of inordinate devotion to an impracticable principle.
G. W. Yount was among those who signed this petition.
Winfield Courier, February 22, 1883.
Judge Gans granted certificates of unallowed bliss since last week as follows.
MARRIAGE LICENSE. John J. Hutton and Sarah J. Yount.
Winfield Courier, March 29, 1883.
Mr. G. W. Yount is putting down some tiling for the purpose of draining a pond. He paid four cents a foot for 2½ inch tiles. They are shipped from St. Louis. It seems to me it would pay some person to make them here.
Winfield Courier, October 4, 1883.
Peck of winter apples, S. Kennedy, Creswell, 1st premium; G. W. Yount, Walnut, 2nd.
Best peck Early Irish potatoes, Mrs. A. Chapin, Pleasant Valley, 1st premium; G. W. Yount, Walnut, 2nd.
Winfield Courier, October 11, 1883.
The following is a report on fruit exhibited at the County Fair at Winfield, Sept. 25 to 28, 1883, in Class “H.”
In sub-class 1, “Best peck of winter apples,” there were seven entries, as follows.
Entry No. 19 was a peck of very good Missouri pippin by G. W. Yount, of Walnut Township, which took second premium.
Winfield Courier, January 31, 1884.
Citizens of Walnut Township met January 24, 1884, and nominated the following citizen ticket: For Trustee, J. P. Short; for treasurer, G. W. Yount; for clerk, D. W. Ferguson; for J. P., John Ross; for constables, John Anderson and Jos. C. Monforte; executive committee, T. A. Blanchard, O. P. Fuller, Senior, and C. A. Roberts.
Winfield Courier, April 17, 1884.
On David Tonkinson Co. road, Geo. W. Yount, John Mentch, and Wm. Davie were appointed viewers.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 1, 1885.
Messrs. S. H. Myton, Capt. Chas. Steuven, G. W. Yount, S. M. Vanorsdal, Zeigler and Rev. Thomas got home from a Territory hunt last Friday. The extremely cold wave struck them and compelled a lively hugging of the camp fire. They got a good lot of large and small game in spite of the frigidity.
Arkansas City Republican, April 4, 1885.

Under the new law the next term of the district court in this county opens the first Saturday in April. The following persons have drawn as petit jurors.
One of the jurors selected was G. W. Yount, Walnut township.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, June 18, 1885.
To Whom Allowed.            Amount Allowed.
     G W Yount                     $  33.00
Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 3, 1885.
The County Commissioners have condemned and allowed damages on the right of way of the K. C. & S. W. to Winfield. The damages from the north line of Walnut township, the extent of our last publication, were allowed as follows: W. W. Limbocker, $62; Mrs. M. A. Mock, $78; W. W. Limbocker, $461; Joseph Parr, $2; R. Ehret, $542.40; H. G. Buss and C. A. Buss, $196; S. M. Deal, $847; G. W. Yount, $897; Mrs. Cochran, $37; John C. Burkey, $600.25; J. F. Graham, $300; Mrs. M. A. Andrews, $1,125; M. M. Wells, $325; B. B. Vandeventer, $530; D. F. Clark, $250; David C. Beach, $240.
      Winfield Courier, Thursday, September 10, 1885.
J. F. Graham, W. G. Graham, G. W. Yount, W. W. Limbocker, D. C. Beach, L. C. Clark, and R. Ehret have filed appeals in the District Court from the K. C. & S. W. damages allowed them for right of way.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, October 1, 1885.
Among the representations of Cowley’s industries, her magnificent stone has not been forgotten. J. E. Conklin has an elegant display from his quarry east of town, the most notable of which is a beautiful turned vase, as smooth and perfect as though turned from marble. Mr. Conklin also exhibits an obelisk made from Cowley County stone, showing the ease and perfection with which this stone can be worked. G. W. Yount also shows a large obelisk made of stone from his quarry near town. It is eight feet high, two feet square at the base, and a perfect specimen of the tractability of Cowley’s magnificent stone. It attracts much attention and comment as one of the industries that is rapidly making our county famous.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 5, 1885.
The College foundation began to go up Saturday. G. W. Yount is furnishing the stone and putting the foundations in.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 10, 1885.
John Mitchell, about twenty years old, got the third finger of his right hand run through a derrick cogwheel at Yount’s quarry yesterday. Dr. Wells amputated it this morning. The little finger was also mashed badly. It will lay him off for a month or two.
Winfield Courier, Thursday, December 10, 1885.
CIVIL DOCKET. SEVENTH DAY. G W Yount vs Kansas City & Southwestern R R Co. Jennings & Troup pros; Hackney & Asp defense.


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