REEL #M867/KSHS Microfilm Collection

The Medicine Lodge Cresset (meaning "bright light") was a weekly newspaper, published in Medicine Lodge beginning early in 1879. At the time this reel begins, Thursday, November 1, 1888, L.M. Axline was the publisher; publication changed to Fridays in June 1890.

Local news included coverage from the surrounding communities, as well as Medicine Lodge. The information has been copied as accurately as possible, but errors may still occur. Minor printing errors have been corrected, but otherwise the information is presented as it originally appeared. Please consult the individual reels to verify an item. I do not have any further information about these individuals or families. Contributed by Ellen Knowles Bisson (

Jan 3, 1889

pg 3, col 1
Born: Mr. and Mrs. Warwick, members of our English colony, are the proud parents of a big boy baby, born on Sunday, December 30th. Dr. Moore was in attendance.

pg 3, col 1
Married: On Thursday of last week, at the Grand Hotel in this city, Samuel Hunter, of Caldwell, was married to Miss Nora Vaughn, of Eldred, by Probate Judge H.H. Hardy.

pg 3, col 2
Died: On Friday morning of last week, Mrs. Bell died at her residence near Lake City from blood poisoning. Some days ago she gave birth to twins. One of the babies preceded its mother. The relatives have the sympathy of a large circle of friends.

pg 3, col 2
Born: On Saturday night, December 30th, a bouncing girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Boggs, of this city. She only lacked one day and a few hours of being a year younger.

pg 3, col 5
Born: December 2nd, born to Mr. and Mrs. W.M. Cass a seven pound girl. [Breezy Valley news]

pg 3, col 5
Born: An eight pound boy put in his appearance at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Erwins December 2 and made the announcement that he had come to stay. [Breezy Valley news]

Jan 10, 1889

pg 3, col 2
Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Duran, this morning, an eight pound boy that Dr. Karr pronounces a "very nice baby, indeed." Tom is already too big for the town and it is thought the county will not hold him by noon. The boys propose to give him state limits and if he attempts to break over, tie him down. Mother and babe doing nicely.

Jan 17, 1889

pg 3, col 2
Married: We notice in one of our Nebraska exchanges that Miss Georgy Gillette, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Leslie Gillette, of Beatrice, was married to Dr. Alex Robinson of Ashland, Nebraska. The bride is a sister of our Dr. L.B. Gillette, and it will be remembered that she has visited her brother in this city. The marriage occurred January 9th.

pg 3, col 2
Born: Judge Howe received word last week that he was grandpa for the first time. On the 30th day of December a boy baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. Burton, at their home in Canon City, Colorado. Mrs. Burton will be remembered by the people here as Miss Nettie Howe.

pg 3, col 3
Married: "An English Wedding" - At the residence of the bride's sister, near this city on Sunday, January 13th, 1889, Mr. Frank May to Miss Alice Lammiman, Rev. R. Sanderson officiating. This may properly be called an English wedding as the contracting parties and the officiating minister are all English born and the newly married couple have been in this country but a short time. Miss Lammiman came to Medicine Lodge from England last fall and during her stay has made many friends by her ladylike deportment and pleasant manners. Mr. May arrived from England only a few days ago. He came for his bride and expected to return, but since his arrival has taken a fancy to our country and will probably stay with us. He is a professional singer and has had audiences in all the principal halls of England. He is well fixed in regard to this world's goods, a pleasant, intelligent gentleman, and it is to be hoped America will secure him for a citizen. The Cresset extends its best wishes to this newly wedded pair in a new country.

pg 3, col 3
Born: A son was born to Mr. and Mrs. Hunter a few days since. [Inman news]

Jan 24, 1889

pg 3, col 1
Born: We are informed that a handsome girl baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Springer on the 15th.

pg 3, col 1
Died: Mrs. Abbie Stokes, whose family resides seven miles west of Sun City, died on Tuesday, January 22nd.

pg 3, col 1
Born: Dr. Burney reports a handsome little girl baby born to Mrs. B.F. Woodard yesterday (Wednesday) morning, January 23rd.

pg 3, col 1
Born: A nine pound boy at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. S.L. Allen is reported by Dr. J.D. Karr. All doing well. The young man arrived Monday night, the 21st.

pg 3, col 2
Married: Miss Alice Freeman, the handsome and accomplished daughter of Capt. A.L. Freeman, was recently married to J.C. Swaim, assessor of Lipscomb county, Texas. It was an elopement, Miss Alice flitting away from school at Thorp Springs, Texas, in company with her lover. Mrs. Swaim's many friends here wish her much joy and hope she has acted for the best.

Jan 31, 1889

pg 3, col 1
Married: Melvin Loren Klinck, well known in this section as a teacher of band music of more than ordinary ability, was married on Thursday of last week to Miss Nettie Alice Smith, by Rev. H.J. Burleigh. All are of Hazelton.

pg 3, col 1
Married: Philip Frech, at one time a resident of this city, was married to Miss Jennie Fluhart, of 1227 Washington avenue, St. Louis, Missouri, on Thursday of last week, January 24th, at 8:30 P.M. Phil's many friends extend their best wishes.

Feb 14, 1889

pg 3, col 4
Divorced: Artha L. Miller v. John Miller, decree of divorce granted plaintiff.

pg 3, col 4
Divorced: Joseph Youart v. Ida Youart, divorce granted as prayed for.

pg 3, col 5
Married: At the residence of the bride's brother, H.E. Noble, on Kansas Ave. East, on Wednesday afternoon at two o'clock, in the presence of a few intimate friends, Mr. Huston H. Case and Miss Millie R. Noble were united in marriage, Rev. W.A. Cain officiating. Our first recollection of the groom dates back to the time when the R.R. Co. were doing business in a box car at this place. Mr. Case was then first assistant in the office. By his strict attention to business, the company gave him charge of the station at this place, which position he has filled with credit to himself and the company. The bride has resided in this city for several years, and has a large circle of friends and has always been acknowledged as a pleasant and agreeable lady; and we join their many friends in extending our best congratulations and trust that their journey through life may be one of pleasure and success. The bride and groom left on the afternoon train for the east, stopping in Topeka for a visit with the groom's parents, after which they will continue eastward and will return in about three weeks.

Feb 21, 1889

pg 3, col 1
Born: A nice baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Bailey on Friday, February 15th. A seven pound girl and all doing well.

pg 3, col 1
Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Francis Romig on Saturday morning, February 16th, a girl. All doing well. The Romigs live on the Dr. G.W. Ayer place.

Feb 28, 1889

pg 3, col 1
Born: To Mr. and Mrs. J.N. Davis, Thursday night, February 21, a boy baby, Dr. Moore in attendance. Jack says it will not effect the price of merchandise.

pg 3, col 1
Died: Frederick Dresser, maternal grandfather to Mrs. C.W. Ellis, Mrs. C.C. Axline and Miss Margaret Cartan, died at his home at Rockton, Illinois, on Tuesday of last week, February 19th, 1889, aged 90 years.

pg 3, col 2
Born: It is a girl, weighs ten pounds, has black hair, blue eyes and symmetrical form; she was born on Tuesday, February 26th at Winfield, Kansas, and all doing nicely. We refer to Miss Noble, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A.L. Noble. Judge Edwards, Mr. Noble's law partner, is highly elated and was celebrating the event yesterday.

pg 3, col 5
Married: February 20th at the residence of the bride's parents in Hazelton, Mr. W.J. Crawford and Miss Mary Roberts. The ceremony was performed by Rev. J.E. Roberts, father of the bride, assisted by Rev. N.J. Burton. The bride is one of our most talented and accomplished young ladies: she has been employed as an instructor in the schools of the city of Kiowa for the past two years, where she has received the highest commendations as a teacher; she has been engaged as a teacher in the school of Hazelton for a few months. The groom is a prominent young business man of Anthony, having been engaged for some time with Cunningham Brothers in the real estate business. The happy couple have many friends who wish them a pleasant journey through life.

Mar 7, 1889

pg 3, col 1
Born: On Thursday of last week, February 28th, a girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Taylor living south east of town. Dr. Moore was master of ceremonies.

pg 3, col 3
Married: At the residence of the bride's parents in this city, on Tuesday evening, March 5th, 1889, at 8 o'clock, Mr. Greenville R. Harris to Miss Sarah Weidner, both of this city, Rev. W.A. Cain officiating. The Cresset extends its heartiest congratulations. Both bride and groom are known by all our people, are respected and will have the hearty wishes of everybody for a bright married life.

pg 3, col 3
Married: At the residence of the bride's parents in Moore township, Avery J. Howard to Miss Lucy Landis. The groom is a son of Uncle Ed. Howard and the bride is a daughter of F. Landis. They represent two of the best families in the county, are sensible young people, and have a large circle of congregating friends.

pg 3, col 5
Born: Mr. and Mrs. James Taylor are the happy parents of an eleven pound girl baby born on last Thursday. [College Hill news]

Mar 14, 1889

pg 3, col 2
Born: To Mr. and Mrs. C.C. Teagle on Thursday, March 7th, 1889, a handsome girl. All doing reasonably well.

pg 3, col 2
There is a handsome little pink and white specimen of humanity at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Otis Lorton on Walnut street. It is a girl, was born on Tuesday, March 12th, and weighed a little over eight pounds in her stocking feet. She clapped her hands when she first saw her pa and called lustily for "pi" [sic]. All doing well.

pg 3, col 5
Married: February 28th, 1889, by the Rev. McWilliams, of Nescatunga, Will Turner and Miss Ida Band. Also on February 6th, George Cross and Miss Belinda Willard. We wish our young Comanche friends a happy future. [Inman news]

Mar 21, 1889

pg 3, col 3
Married: Thursday last, March 14th, Landen C. Mills was married to Miss Harriet McElwain by Rev. C.W. Owens. Both the contracting parties are of Barber county, near Lake City, are of two of the best families in the county and the Cresset extends its heartiest congratulations.

pg 3, col 3
Married: On Monday, March 18th, Amos A. Ash was married to Miss Belle Wiley by our handsome, urbane Probate Judge. This was the Judge's first ceremony since elected to his important office and, while it is said his blushes kept pace with those of the bride, he managed the case nicely and didn't make a single bobble. At the last he became so enthused that he was ready to kiss the bride when the ceremony was finished. The contracting parties are both of Barber county, living south of this city, and deserve prosperity. This is not a case of "Ashes to ashes and dust to dust," but a case of Wiley to Ash(es) and no dust on either party.

pg 3, col 5
Born: On Tuesday, March 12, a girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Wilson. Mother doing well but father slowly is recovering. [Sexton news]

pg 3, col 5
Birthday: The 11th of this month was Mr. R.R. Stout's birthday. Mrs. Stout made a surprise for him, so she invited a number of friends in to spend the evening. The surprise on Mr. Stout was complete. When he met them at the door, he was astonished and surrendered the house for the evening to the enjoyment of his friends. Mrs. Stout furnished refreshments in the way of oysters, cake and pie, to which all did ample justice. At twelve, all left for their respective homes, wishing Mr. and Mrs. Stout good night and the return of many more such pleasant evenings. [Breezy Valley news]

Mar 28, 1889

pg 3, col 2
Married: Last Sunday, March 24th, a quiet wedding occurred at the Kline farm, now owned by Miss Kate Lammiman, in which George Mulford and Miss Edith Lammiman appeared as principals, and according to the ceremony of the M.E. church as interpreted by Rev. R. Sanderson, were joined in the holy bonds of wedlock for better or for worse. The happy couple are now on a bridal tour through eastern Kansas. The groom is a native Kansan while the bride is English born. Mr. Mulford is a young man of energy and a good farmer, while his wife, though but a short time from England, believes in America and has adopted American ways even to an American husband.

pg 3, col 5
Died: Emma E., wife of T.L. Lindley, died at her residence in this city on Sunday evening March 24th, at 5 o'clock. For a week before her death Mrs. Lindley had not been well, but nothing serious was apprehended. Sunday morning she was very sick and grew rapidly worse until she died. Mrs. Lindley was born at Lawrence, Kansas, in 1863, and was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. N.B. Blanton. About 1878 or 9 she removed to this county with her parents and several brothers and sisters. In 1880, she was married to T.L. Lindley. About two years ago, Mr. Lindley came to this place from his ranch in the south part of the county and since has been connected with the Citizens National Bank and the McNeal Mortgage Company. Mrs. Lindley had a large circle of friends here and over the county and her death has cast a gloom over the entire community. She leaves a husband and three children, the youngest about a year old. Death is sad at all times, but a more sorrowful case than this can hardly be conceived. A good husband, bright, loving babies, a pleasant home: all to live for; yet she was called, and though in the midst of life, she laid down her earthly cares and pleasures and left a home desolate. In a case like this, no words of condolence can be spoken. All we can do is to repose full confidence in Him who calls us away.

pg 3, col 5
Died: This week we are compelled to chronicle the sad news of the death of Mrs. S.S. Wilder, who died at her home near Timms City, Texas. Mrs. Wilder came to this county about ten years ago with her family and settled south of town. When the big flood occurred four years ago, the Wilder house was surrounded by water and the torrent invaded the inside. Mrs. Wilder was compelled to stand for a number of hours almost up to her waist in water and her system received a shock from which she never fully recovered. Her husband took her to Texas in hopes that the change of climate would have a favorable impression. For a time she seemed to get better, but a change came and she "crossed to the other side." She was 52 years old and leaves a husband, two married daughters and a stepson, Chas. Wilder. Mrs. H.C. Rice, near this city, is one of the married daughters. Mrs. Rice started for the bedside of her sick mother but did not arrive until dissolution had occurred.

pg 3, col 5
Died: Mrs.. Abigal Crance, mother of Mrs. John Shannon, died at the residence of her daughter in this city on Friday afternoon, March 22nd. Her maiden name was Johnson and she was born in 1807, in Virginia. In 1810, she removed with her parents to Indiana, where, in 1882, she was married to Asher Crance. Eight children were born to them and six of them survive her. Her husband died in 1865 and since '69 she has made her home with her daughter, Mrs. Shannon. She united with the M.E. church in 1831 and has been a consistent member since. The funeral occurred from the Shannon residence on Walnut street on Saturday and was attended by a large number of friends. Rev. Sanderson preached the funeral sermon.

Apr 4, 1889

pg 3, col 2
Married: On Sunday afternoon at Mr. Purdy's restaurant in this city, A.B. Purdy was married to Miss Amia Moore, by Rev. J.B. North. Both the contracting parties are of this city and have many friends who will wish them a happy, prosperous life. [See Dec 19, 1889 for birth of a baby and Jul 24, 1891 for the baby's death.]

pg 3, col 2
Married: By Rev. D.M. Smith on March 27th, near Sharon, Jefferson Lory of Hardtner and Miss Addie Collins of Sharon. The contracting parties are highly esteemed by all who know them, and start on the sea of life with the best wishes of their many friends.

pg 3, col 2
Born: T.J. Jones was in town yesterday stepping high and looking proud. We talked about crops, stock, etc., but he took no interest and treated us coldly. Finally he broke in: "It's a girl! Yes, I'm a grandpa now!" Further inquiry brought out the fact that a bouncing girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. F.M. Staubus on Monday, April 1st. Parents and child doing well. The old settlers will remember Mrs. Staubus as Rosa Jones.

pg 3, col 4
Died: Mrs. Joseph Evans died yesterday (Wednesday) at her home on the Jerry Simpson place. Funeral today.

Apr 11, 1889

pg 3, col 3
Married: On March 28th, Thomas A. Cook and Miss Mary Waggoner, aged 31 and 19 respectfully, both of Kiowa, were married by the Judge. On the same day, Wm. K. McClelland and Mrs. Mary A. Hurley, aged 49 and 43, both of Mumford, were married by the Judge.

pg 3, col 3
Marriage License: On March 30th, the Judge granted a license to Jehiel B. Frazee, of Nashville, Kingman county, and Lena P. Hewitt, of Mumford, this county. Up to date, no returns have been made on this license, but it is safe to say they are married by this time.

pg 3, col 3
Married: On April 6th, last Saturday, the Judge made out papers for John C. Magee and Lillian J. Koontz, both of Hazelton, and the returns show that the couple was duly spliced by J.W. Foose.

pg 3, col 3
Died: Last Sunday, Jerry Zeiler, of this city, who has been braking for some time on the A.T.& S. Fe, fell between freight cars while the train was in motion at Woodward, Indian Territory, and suffered severe injuries to his legs. He was taken to Mulvane to receive surgical treatment, and joined on Monday by his wife and brother-in-law, J.B. Gano. Tuesday a telegram was received stating that he could not live and requesting his sisters, Mrs. Gano and Mrs. Finkhouser, to hasten to his bedside. Wednesday evening the telegraph announced that he died at 1:30 P.M. of that day. His death and the circumstances surrounding it are sad indeed. He was a quiet young man of good habits, industrious and courteous. On Christmas day, only fifteen weeks ago, he was married to Maggie Doles and had just got settled down to married life. His widow and relatives have the sympathy of the entire community. The body will be brought to this place on today's train and buried in the cemetery at this point.

pg 3, col 3
Died: A child of E.C. Breckenridge living about six miles north of town was buried today. Services conducted at the grave by Rev. Smith. [Sharon news]

Apr 18, 1889

pg 3, col 2
Marriage License: Henry F. Osborn and Miss Gracie E. Mittchell [sic], both of Aetna, secured a license last Saturday and are doubtless married by this time.

pg 3, col 2
Born: Dr. J.D. Karr reports an eleven pound boy at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. John Thomas, of this city. He came on deck Sunday, the 14th. All doing well.

pg 3, col 2
Married: Thursday of last week, April 11th, Wm. G. Bristow, of this city, was married to Miss L. Nettie Armstrong, of Loogootie, Indiana, by our urbane Probate Judge. Mr. Bristow came here some time since from Wichita and has opened a fruit, confectionary and ice cream parlor in the Noble building on North Main street. As both the bride and groom are newcomers, we extend a welcome and wish them success and happiness.

pg 3, col 3
Died: "A Sad, Fatal Accident" - One of the saddest accidents we have ever heard of occurred near Sharon last Sunday, at the residence of Adam Bahr. The settlers about Sharon are a church-going people and after church Wm. Garrison and wife and boy accompanied Mr. Bahr and family home to dinner. After dinner Mr. and Mrs. Garrison and Mrs. Bahr and two children went to a neighbor's to visit and Mr. Bahr went to town, leaving two little boys, Albert Garrison, aged about 13, and Andrew Bahr, aged about 7, in the house. The folks had hardly left until Albert Garrison noticed a revolver lying on a shelf. He took it down and sat down on a chair to look at it. The little Bahr boy knelt down in front of him to look at it also, when the revolver went off, the bullet striking the Bahr boy in the forehead over the right eye. The revolver was a self-cocker and the Garrison boy had pulled on the trigger without knowing it. Dr. J.D. Karr, of this city, was at Sharon visiting his brother when the accident occurred. He was called in, but after a superficial examination said he could do nothing. The little fellow lived only a short time after the accident. He was buried on Monday at Sharon. The bereaved family have the sympathy of a large circle of friends. Mr. and Mrs. Garrison are almost heart broken over the affair. And also @ pg 3, col 4, Sharon news: The son of Mr. and Mrs. Barr [sic], of Sharon, was killed last Sunday by the accidental discharge of a revolver in the hands of a neighbor boy. He was buried on Monday, services conducted by Rev. Smith, pastor of the Christian church, assisted by Rev. McMurtry. A large concourse of sympathizing people followed the remains to the grave.

Apr 25, 1899

pg 3, col 2
Married: Last evening, April 24th, by Rev. Sanderson, at the Osage House, Mr. R.E. Kathrens to Miss Mamie Horton, both of this city. Mr. Kathrens is one of our business men and well known in the county. Miss Horton is a fine young lady and very much respected. The couple have our best wishes and we predict for them a prosperous journey. They are to reside in the house known as the Tullis property on Kansas avenue east.

pg 3, col 2
Married: Uncle Dick Woodward, our Justice of the Peace and Police Judge, is becoming popular as master of ceremonies and principal legal adviser at weddings. Last Sunday, April 21st, he officiated at a double wedding at the residence of Joseph Alltizer and joined Mr. Benjamin Kell to Miss Addie May Alltizer, and joined Mr. Andrew Alltizer to Miss Bettie Hada. The affair is said to have been a very pleasant one, that Uncle Dick conducted himself with becoming dignity and that the brides were beautiful and the grooms handsome and manly. All are of this county and to all the Cresset extends its best wishes.

pg 3, col 2
Married: On Tuesday of last week a license was issued to Albert E. Ruf and Emma E. Bannister, both of Sun City and they are now known as Mr. and Mrs. Ruf. And also @ May 2, pg 3, col 4: Albert Ruff [sic] with his bride are living on F.L. Gordon's place.

pg 3, col 2
Married: At the parlors of the Grey Eagle, this city, on Wednesday, April 24, by Rev. R. Sanderson, Mr. James F. Vanhook, of Kiowa, to Miss Maggie Owens, of Barber county. The Cresset was remembered in the way of some splendid cake. We extend our best and wish they would get married every day.

May 2, 1889

pg 3, col 1
Born: On Friday of last week, April 26th, a handsome, eight pound boy was born to Dr. and Mrs. L.B. Gillette. All doing well. "Friday's child will be loving and giving," so runs the old rhyme.

pg 3, col 3
Born: April 30th unto Mr. and Mrs. James Snearly, a boy and a girl. Deerhead is increasing. [Deerhead news]

pg 3, col 4
Died: Mrs. James Anglin was buried last Sunday. She was a young wife and a good woman, but in the wisdom of Providence far beyond our finite comprehension, she has been called to her eternal reward. We trust in the better world. [South East Corner news]

May 9, 1889

pg 3, col 3
Married: On Friday of last week, a license was issued by the Probate Judge for the marriage of Harrison T. Noble and Maria M. Hartzell; and on the same day, the knot was duly tied by Wm. Smith, a minister of the gospel.

pg 3, col 3
Married: Yesterday, May 8th, a license to wed was issued to Wm. J. Norwood and Lanie C. Demint, both of Barber county. If we are not mistaken, the lady in the case is a daughter of our friend W.C. Demint, of Cedar township. The Cresset extends its best.

pg 3, col 3
Married: On Saturday, May 4th, a marriage license was issued to Aaron H. Robinson of Barber county and Sophia Bassett, of Cincinnati, Ohio. The issuance of this license is proof that advertising pays. Mr. Robinson, a prosperous farmer aged 55, living near Hazelton, advertised for a wife; he was answered by Sophia Bassett, aged 40, of Cincinnati, Ohio. Arrangements were made for the lady to visit Hazelton and the farm, and if she liked the country and Mr. Robinson and Mr. Robinson liked her, they were to be married. If things were not satisfactory, Mr. Robinson was to pay for her return to Cincinnati. Everything proved salubrious and as a consequence, Barber county has gained one in population and Mr. Robinson a wife. The lady is said to be handsome, ladylike and intelligent. And also @ May 16, pg 3, col 2: A part of our item last week about the Robinson marriage has been knocked into "pi." The contracting parties say there was no advertising, but that they got acquainted through mutual friends. Two facts remain, however, the couple are married and advertising pays.

May 16, 1889

pg 3, col 2

Born: Dr. B.R. Burney makes the following report:
May 6 - born to Mr. and Mrs. Col. John Motten, city, a bouncing boy;
May 8 - born to Mr. and Mrs. Riley Lake, Lake City, an eight pound boy [See Aug 29, 1889, for death of this baby];
May 9 - born to Mr. and Mrs. Kritzmire, city, a nine pound girl.

pg 3, col 2
Married: License has been issued by our Probate Judge for the marriage of John Sparks to Miss Cora Blair, and we understand the ceremony will take place today (Thursday) at the residence of the bride's parents in the northeast corner of this township, near Mumford P.O. Mr. Sparks is one of the most prosperous farmers and stockmen in the county, while the bride - a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Blair - is one of the most loveable young ladies. The Cresset weekly extends its best.

pg 3, col 4
Died: "Attorney Robinson Dead" - Attorney Riley Robinson died at the Herald Hotel in this city on Tuesday, May 14th, 1889, at 5:30 P.M., of inflammation of the bowels. Mr. Robinson, of Kiowa, was taken sick on Tuesday of last week while here attending court - quite sick - but was not thought to be in danger until Saturday. On Saturday, his brother-in-law, Dr. Cloud, of Kiowa, came up to assist in attendance. On Sunday the patient was much worse. On Monday it was thought he was better, but the physicians said the chances were almost all against him. Tuesday, he grew worse and sank gradually until dissolution occurred. His illness was caused as nearly as we learn, about as follows: He had not been feeling well for several days; had not eaten much and was suffering from general debility. On Wednesday when he sat down to the dinner table he noticed some fresh radishes. After tasting one, he found he relished them and as a consequence ate quite a number. His stomach, not being in good condition, revolted, this caused inflammation and a complication of disorders which carried him away. Riley Robinson was born at Franklin, Howard county, Missouri, on the __ day of January, 1853. [Date left blank in article.] He came to this county in 1885 and settled in Kiowa in the practice of law. About a year ago or over he formed a co-partnership with D.T. Flynn, of Kiowa and Flynn & Robinson always did their full share of the most lucrative practice of that city. On the 24th day of December, 1888, he was married to Miss Annie M. Maddox of this county and the union had proved one of unusual felicity. The young couple, with a bright future before them, were building castles and bending every energy to attain their hopes, when the grim, peremptory summons came, from which there was no appeal, and the bright, young attorney was called from the court below to that Supreme court beyond. With his fond young wife and aged father and many friends surrounding him, he passed quietly away. He had many friends over the county. Last fall, it will be remembered, he was a prominent candidate for the nomination for County Attorney on the Democratic ticket and came near securing it. At the time of his sickness, he was almost immersed in business being principal attorney for L.M. Spencer and Jas. T. Lawrence, defendants in probably the most vital causes to have been heard at this term of court. His remains were taken to Kiowa yesterday (Wednesday) and buried in the cemetery near that place. About twenty attorneys and a number of citizens attended the funeral from this city. [See also Dec 27, 1888 for marriage of the Robinsons.]

May 23, 1889, pg 3, col 3
Married: At the M.E. church this evening, at 8 o'clock, will be witnessed in the marriage ceremony of Mr. Wm. Palmer and Miss Della Moore, one of those pleasant and happy events which is met with so seldom. Mr. Palmer was reared and educated in England and belongs to one of the oldest families of that country, but has lived long enough in Barber county to be thoroughly Americanized. He is a member of the real estate firm of Cook & Palmer, a strictly honest and progressive young man and a citizen in whom we are well-pleased. Miss Moore is the daughter of Dr. and Mr. W.H. Moore and is known by everyone to be a very pleasant and sensible young lady, capable of making home a bright oasis in the life of the man of her choice. The groom will be dressed in conventional black, while the bride will wear pure white and natural flowers. Rev. Sanderson will officiate. A number of handsome and useful presents have already been received. The Cresset wishes this couple more than the stereotyped congratulatory phrases. [And also @ May 20, pg 3, col 3: At the M.E. church, in this city, on Thursday evening, May 23rd, Wm. Palmer was married to Della Moore, Rev. Sanderson officiating. The marriage was one of the pleasantest affairs that ever occurred in the city. The handsome couple are so well known we will not attempt a notice. The happy couple moved at once into their new residence on Walnut street opposite the church and there a number of friends, at an informal reception, tendered congratulations. Below we give a [partial] list of the presents: Mahogany wardrobe and center table and lace bedroom set, Dr. and Mrs. Moore; handsome dining table, John Higgins and Ambrose Allen and wives; cut glass parlor lamp and shade from the bride's Sunday school class; handsome silver and cut glass salad set, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. McNeal, Capt. and Mrs. Roberts, Mr. and Mrs. Finney, Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard; elegant ornamented chandelier, Wash and Arthur Shaw, Geo Hibbard, W.E. Cook, Lute Eby and H.D. Records; handsome willow rocker, A.W. and Mrs. Johnston; syrup pitcher, Eli and Mrs. Benedict; ornamental time piece, Ben and Mrs. Kauffman; silver cream ladle, butter knife and sugar shovel, P.A. and Mrs. Simmons; engraved silver cake basket, H.C. and Mrs. Thompson; W.T. and Mrs. Rouse; Otis and Mrs. Lorton; J.C. and Mrs. Thurman; silver and granite coffee urn, Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Branham, Hutchinson, Kans.; set of dining chairs, J.N. Titus; Marseilles counterpane, Mayor and Mrs. Pearson; pair of peach blow vases, Rosenthal, Levis & Co., St. Louis; Chinese silk and antique lace picture throne, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Moore, Wilcox, Neb.

May 30, 1889

pg 3, col 1
Born: On Thursday evening, May 3rd, a girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. T.C. Molloy. All doing well.

pg 3, col 2
Died: "Child Drowned" - On Saturday last little Pearl Ramsey, three year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. B. Ramsey, was drowned in Spring creek just east of the creamery about fifty yards. Little Pearl, in company with Geo. Conlisk's two little children and a small child of Henry Durst's, was playing about the pool. Pearl was quite venturesome and getting out to where the water was above her waist fell down and was drowned. The other little children - the oldest but three years old - did not, of course, understand, still Conlisk's little boy went home and told his mother, "Pearl was in the water." Mrs. Conlisk supposed she was wading and called across to Mrs. Ramsey, who lived near, and Mrs. R. went down to see about it. The grief and agony of the mother at finding her little girl drowned may be imagine cut cannot be described. [Coroner's jury determined that her death was accidental.] The little one was buried on Sunday. Services at the residence of Rev. R. Sanderson. The mother is almost heart broken. Little Pearl was a remarkably bright, vivacious and lovable child, admired and petted by all who knew her. The sad accident is not describable in words, and only a faith that she is one among those of whom He said, "Suffer little children to come unto Me, for of such is the Kingdom of Heaven," is at all adequate. All nature was smiling on her lips and happy love in her heart, little Pearl "crossed over," and sublime and reassuring is the faith that she is now a Pearl in the crown of Him above. [Memorial poem follows.]

Jun 13, 1889

pg 3, col 1
Born: On Friday, June 7th, a fine boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. A.R. Moore. Dr. Riggs attended.

pg 3, col 1
Born: Dr. Burney reports a girl at the house of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Ellison, residing west of this city, on June 3rd.

pg 3, col 2
Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Porter on Sunday morning [probably Jun 9], a ten and a quarter pound girl. Dr. Kociell officiated.

pg, 3, col 2
Married: On Wednesday of last week, June 5th, John T. Kersey and Miss Nora Davidson, both of Hazelton, were united in marriage by W.L. Gamble, justice of the peace.

pg 3, col 2
Born: W.M. Bronson on Tuesday morning looked as if he had been struck by a pleasant surprise. An investigation brought out the fact that a fine boy, the image of his father, had arrived at Doc's house that morning at 1:50. Dr. Burney.

pg 3, col 4
Died: Near Elm Mills, Kansas, June 10th, 1889, Albert Lewis, son of Mr. and Mrs. Louis Nelson. Albert was a bright little fellow of two and a half years, the joy and pride of the home, and loved by all those who knew him. The bereaved family have the sympathy of all, and are consoled by the thought that if there is one less in the family it is one more in heaven and that baby Albert has escaped a great deal of sorrow and disappointment. Buried in the Medicine Lodge cemetery; funeral services conducted by the undersigned: Ben F. Jones.

Jun 20, 1889

pg 3, col 2
Marriage License: Last Saturday, June 15th, Probate Judge Edwards issued a license to Wm. A. Shirley to marry Lizzie W. Alberding. And also @ pg 3, col 5: Married: We had a quiet little wedding in our burg Sunday evening. Mr. Shirley of Kiowa was married to Miss Alberdine. [Sharon news] [Note - the bride's name is typed as printed.]

pg 3, col 2
Born: On June 7th, a handsome seven pound girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Blunk, of near Eldred. We acknowledge that this item is a little late but it must be remembered that John's ranch is twenty-five miles away overland.

pg 3, col 5
Born: To Mr. and Mrs. John George on the 16th, a big boy of average weight. All doing well. [Breezy Valley news]

pg 3, col 5
Anniversary: June 17th was Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Cuthbertson's fourth wedding anniversary; quite a number of their friends and neighbors took their well filled baskets and made a grand surprise. They very gracefully surrendered and a pleasant time was enjoyed by all. [Breezy Valley news]

pg 3, col 5
Born: Friday, June 7, to Mr. and Mrs. Leonard, a son; on Monday, June 10, to Mr. and Mrs. Mike Cavanaugh, a daughter. [Inman news]

Jun 27, 1889

pg 3, col 1
Married: It took him a good while to get ready, but when he finally made the break, he got there in good shape. We refer to the marriage of our friend Wm. McKean, of Kiowa, who was married to Miss Emma Norris, of North Rush, New York, on June 6th.

pg 3, col 2
Born: A girl of regulation weight was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jo. Hargis on June 17th. Mr. Hargis is one of the progressive farmers of the north part of the county and in addition to being able to report a nice girl, he says the crops in his section of the county are looking nice.

pg 3, col 2
Died: On last Thursday, at her home in Elm Mills township, occurred the death of Emma, wife of Porter Copeland. Among those who know Mr. Copeland, he is one of the most highly respected and most implicitly trusted of our young men and has the heart felt sympathy in his recent loss of one of the best and most companionable of wives, endowed with all the domestic virtues. Mrs. Copeland's maiden name was Trueblood and with her husband came to this county a few years ago. She leaves two small children. Her remains have been taken to her old home in Indiana for interment.

pg 3, col 6
Married: At the residence of the bride's parents just east of this city, today (Thursday, June 27th, 1889), Mr. O.C. Rogers was married to Miss Stella Sparks, Rev. Nation officiating. The groom above mentioned is one of the best business men in the west. When quite young he entered a lumber office in Chicago; he advanced rapidly and was soon manager in charge of scores of yards for the G.B. Shaw lumber company. The company closed out and Mr. Rogers, in company with other members of the firm, organized a company with headquarters in Omaha. This company wholesales, principally though they have yards at the principal points in Nebraska. Mr. Roberts has charge of a big yard at Beatrice, and he and his bride will make that their home for the present at least. Besides being thorough in business, he is an all-round good man, a staunch friend, a man of strict integrity, unswerving in the right, and a despiser of mean acts and questionable transactions. The bride, so well known to the citizens of our city, is a young lady of grace and tact, who numbers her friends by the scores and is only limited in this direction by the extent of her acquaintance. To the newly wedded couple, we, in company with their hundreds of other friends, wish them all the happiness possible on this mundane sphere. They start upon life midst rose tints and sunshine and may it always continue so.

pg 3, col 6
Died: "Laid at Rest" - On Sunday, June 23rd, 1889, John A. Lacy died at Kansas City, Kansas, after a long struggle with consumption, aged twenty-seven years and one month. John A. was the youngest son of Mr. and Mrs. B. Lacy of this city. He came here some nine years ago with his parents and as he was pleasant and companionable soon acquired a large circle of friends. Until about four years ago, he made his home in this place except a few months in '84, we believe, that he was away taking a course in a business college. About four years ago he was appointed to a position in the railway mail service, where he proved careful and efficient and advanced as rapidly as he could. He was born in Hancock county, Indiana, and from his youth up was known as a good son, kind brother and exemplary young man. About a year ago he was attacked with serious illness and finally went to Florida in hopes of improving his health, but relief failing to come, he started for home. He got as far as Kansas City, Kansas, from which point his parents were summoned and arrived at his bedside before he died. The remains arrived here on Tuesday and were buried from the Presbyterian church. The funeral services were by Rev. J.B. North.

July - Dec 1889

Barber County Newspapers

Tom & Carolyn Ward
Columbus, KS

Background and KSGenWeb logo were designed and are copyrighted by
Tom & Carolyn Ward
for the limited use of the KSGenWeb Project.
Permission is granted for use only on an official KSGenWeb page.

Last updated 6/13/2007

Home Page for Kansas
Search all of Blue Skyways
The KSGenWeb Project
Return to
Barber County