Allen
Axline
Bell
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Boles
Brattain
Brinkmeier
Brough
Bucklin
Burson
Bush
Cameron
Canan
Caruthers
Chapin
Christi
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Currie
DeArmond
Drury
Dual
Duel
Durst
Elliot
Ellison
English
Evans
Fair
Fleming
Ford
Freer
Fuller
Gahagan
Gaither
Gardner
Hagerman
Harding
Heavalin
Heavallin
Helget
Higerman
Hood
Howard
Howard
Hubbard
Huffaker
Hull
Jackson
Julian
Keiler
Keller
Kelso
Kidd
Kidd
Knirr
Lake
Laney
Lee
Lindley
Lindley
Lorton
Love
Lovitt
Lucas
Lusher
Lytle
McAlister
McHenry
McKinney
McNabb
McNeal
McWilliams
Miller
Mills
Mills
Moore
Murphy
Murray
Murray
Nelson
Newman
Nixon
Noble
Null
Pattee
Pease
Peck
Pinkerton
Pinkston
Potter
Purdy
Pursell
Reddick
Reed
Risner
Robinett
Roe
Rule
Rumsey
Salyer
Samuel
Schaunessy
Scott
Shamberger
Shamberger
Shannon
Shepler
Shumate
Simmons
Smith
Smith
Smith
Smithers
Strain
Strong
Sutherland
Talbott
Teeters
Terry
Thomas
VanDemark
White
Wilkins
Williams
Winters
Winters
Wright
Wuner
Young
Young
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 (thebissons@worldnet.att.net).

Jul 3, 1891

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Born: To John Murphy and wife, on Sunday morning, a girl baby. Dr. Moore.

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Married: “Happily Mated” - Bishop W.N. Ninde, assisted by R. J.A. Lippincott, performed a marriage ceremony at the First M.E. church last evening at the close of the prayer meeting service in the presence of the congregation. The contracting parties were Rev. Robert L. McNabb, pastor of the M.E. church at Washington, Kansas, and Miss Sarah M. Canan, of Medicine Lodge. Mr. and Mrs. McNabb are attending the assembly. the groom is one of the best known preachers in Kansas. (Topeka State Journal, June 27) Rev. and Mrs. McNabb arrived in this city Saturday. Mrs. McNabb is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Canan, of this city. The Cresset, together with a large circle of acquaintances, extend its warmest congratulations. They left Monday for their home at Washington, Kansas.

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Died: “Memorial Tribute” - (By the Pilgrim Bard) June 27th, 1891, near Canema, Kansas, Mary E., wife of Wm. H. Smith, aged 53 years. The angel of death has passed over our community and taken away one who was loved and esteemed by all who knew her, one who had no enemies, and who loved her neighbor as herself. For years, a sufferer from asthma, she bore her sore affliction with Christian fortitude, looking forward to that rest that remains to the people of God. Truly, “the memory of the just is blessed.” [Memorial poem follows.]

Jul 10, 1891

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Born: On June 30th, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Shannon, of Kiowa, was livened by the arrival of another boy.

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Died: On Friday, July 3rd, Effie, the little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ben. English, of Lake City, died. The Cresset announced on that day that her condition was more favorable to recovery, but it was only a flash of light from the dying flame. The parents have the sympathy of all. Also at pg 3, col 5: Effie English, youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Ben English, died Friday morning, July 3rd, 1891, aged two years and 26 days. The funeral service was conducted at the family residence on Saturday afternoon at 2 o’clock by Rev. Pinkston, and the burial took place at the cemetery west of Lake City. [Memorial poem follows.] Signed: A FRIEND.

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Married: At the M.E. parsonage, Tuesday evening at 6:30, Mr. Daniel Kidd and Miss Eliza Nelson, Rev. Phillips officiating. Both parties are well known here, the groom being one of our most dextrous tonsorial artists and the bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Nelson, of Antelope Flat. The Cresset extends its congratulations to the youthful couple and trusts that when the grand aggregation is called to order, they will be well up toward the front seats, and when St. Peter calls “next,” that Dan. will be able to respond as cheerfully as he does now when you ask if he is married.

Jul 17, 1891

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Born: Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Peck, of Hazelton, are the proud parents of a nice little girl baby born July 7th.

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Born: On Monday, July 13th, to the wife of G.W. Smithers, a girl baby. Reported by Dr. Kociell.

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Married: Keeping a marriage secret for five months is keeping a secret pretty well, yet this was successfully done in this county. On February 27th, 1891, James M. Gardner, of Isabel, this county, and Miss Minnie E. Newman, of Pratt county, were married by Elder J.E. Nicholson, of this city. The marriage was kept a secret, even from the parents of the bride, for almost five months. We congratulate J.M. on securing one of Pratt’s fairest daughters and feel that this, to a certain extent, evens up for the fellows that have been coming into this county and marrying our girls. The many friends of J.M. and his wife will wish them every success though a little late in doing so. Mr. Gardner,, if he can gain possession of his farm, which is now rented, will move onto it this fall and again become a farmer.

Jul 24, 1891

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Married: The residence of W.H. McCague, in this city, was the scene of a happy wedding Tuesday afternoon at three o’clock. The parties interested were Robert d. Pursell, of Mingona township, and Clara Reddick, of Worth county, Missouri. Rev. J. Shamberger performed the ceremony in the presence of the relatives only of the couple. The bride is a sister of Mrs. Shamberger and arrived Tuesday from Missouri. The groom is a prosperous farmer of this county and is a brother of Mrs. McCague. We wish them whole scoopfuls of joy. After the ceremony, Mr. and Mrs. Pursell left for J.D. Pursell’s, father of the groom, where they will reside.

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Married: Luke Hood and Jessie Winters, of Aetna township, were married in this city, at the residence of M. Dorgan, last Sunday afternoon.

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Died: The infant boy of Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Purdy died on Monday night and was buried on Wednesday morning in the cemetery near this city. The bereaved parents have the sympathy of all.

Jul 31, 1891

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Pease, Tuesday, a fine boy. Dr. Moore attended.

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Married: A.W. Rumsey, Jr., and Miss Carrie Freer, two of the best connected young people of Kiowa, were married at Anthony last week. The marriage was as big a surprise to the relatives of the parties as it was to their many friends, but all joined in congratulating them just the same.

Aug 7, 1891

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Born: A nine pound girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Terry of Hazelton, on July 31st.

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Born: A nice little baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ambrose Allen on Friday morning, July 31st. Dr. Burney attended.

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Birthday: Elsie Lindley was nine years old last Friday. A few little friends helped her celebrate.

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Birthday: Wednesday was little Louise McNeal’s sixth birth day and to commemorate that important day several handsome presents were made her.

Aug 14, 1891

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Died: On the 4th, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. H.E. Julian, of the south part of the county, died and was buried in the Hazelton cemetery. The Cresset extends condolence to the sorrowing parents. [See Nov 7, 1890 for marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Julian.]

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Died: Mrs. Delilah Keller died at Hazelton on the 3rd, at the age of 78 years. Mrs. Keller was the mother of 15 children, 12 of whom are living. She had 75 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren. Her husband died in 1880.

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Married: Mr. Homer A. Talbott and Miss Minnie Scott were married on Sunday of last week at the residence of the bride’s parents in Moore township, Rev. Fry of Hazelton officiating. May they live long in verdant pastures by still waters.

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Birthday: Little Francis [sic] Young - daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Young - celebrated her fourth birthday party, and had her many little friends to help her enjoy the occasion.

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Married: Geo. L. Pattee and Miss Bertie Duelhave been licensed to marry and are doubtless wed ‘ere this. They are children of two of the best known families in southern Barber and have a large circle of acquaintances.

Aug 21, 1891

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Born: A handsome girl baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Winters on Sunday last [Aug 16]. Dr. Kociell was in attendance.

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Born: On Saturday, August 8th, a girl baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. T.A. Shumate. Dr. Kociell reported the arrival and though a little late, we will forgive him this time. [Also reported in the Lodi news column on the same date as a 10 pound baby girl.]

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Born: To Mayor and Mrs. T.L. Lindley, a fine boy baby, on Saturday last, August 15th. Dr. Burney was the city official in attendance and was appointed by the mayor for the occasion.

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Born: A girl of regulation weight was born to Mr. and Mrs. Harry Gahagan on Wednesday, August 19th. Crops are splendid all around and of all the crops, we think the baby crop speaks best of all.

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Born: Dr. Karr reports a healthy boy baby born to Mr. and Mrs. Wayne McKinney on Friday night [Aug 14] of last week.

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Aug 28, 1891

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Married: John Brinkmeier and Mary Hagerman, of Kiowa, were joined in wedlock in the parlor of the Osage Hotel on Tuesday [Aug 25] by Elder J.E. Nicholson. May they not hammer in vain at the cottage door of joy and fortune.

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Born: On Sunday, August 23rd, a fine boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. R.B. Currie. Dr. Moore.

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Married: A marriage license was granted Wednesday to Fred E. Noble and Nellie Elliot, and by this time they are probably counted as one. Mr. Noble is Hazelton’s harness and saddle builder, and Miss Elliott [sic] is one of the most estimable young ladies of the same city.

Sep 4, 1891

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Died: On Friday [Aug 28] of last week, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Murraydied at Kiowa. They have the sympathy of many friends.

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Born: On Sunday morning [Aug 30], Mrs. Lon Pinkerton presented her husband with a fine boy baby. Dr. Karr attended.

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Married: Frank B. Chapin and Miss Agnes Samuel, both of this city, were married at Chicago, Illinois, on Wednesday, September 2nd, 1891. This couple is widely known and respected in this section, and we regret that time and space prevents an extended notice. Suffice it to say that Frank is the trusted cashier of the Citizens State Bank, and one of the nicest fellows in the world, while the bride is loved and honored by her large circle of friends for her beauty of person and mind and her many estimable qualities. The Cresset, in connection with their many other friends, wishes them every joy, and gladly welcomes them home as man and wife. And also on Sep 18, 1891, pg 3, col 2: The following item was clipped from the Chicago Call, a society paper: “MARRIED: On Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 12 o’clock, by the Rev. Dr. Delafield, at the church of the Transfiguration, Miss Agnes L. Samuel and Mr. Frank B. Chapin, both of Medicine Lodge, Kan. Miss Samuel is a sister of R.C. Samuel of this city. The many friends and relatives of the happy couple wish them ‘Bon Voyage on the sea of matrimony.’

Sep 11, 1891

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Born: The Express reports a girl born to Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Keiler on August 30th and a boy to Mr. and Mrs. J.C. McWilliams on September 4th.

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Died: On Thursday of last week, Mrs. A.J. Lee, of Claymore, I.T. Her husband was killed by lightning at Claymore August 25th and she was here with some relatives when quick consumption claimed her. (Kiowa Review)

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. S.V. Howard, on Saturday last [Sep 8], a boy.

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Born: Dr. Kociell reports a girl born to Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Burson on September 5th.

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Died: Mrs. Jacob Miller returned Tuesday from Purcell, Indian Territory, where she was called a few weeks ago by the illness of her husband, who was down in that country prospecting. Her husband died on Sunday, August 30th. Mr. Miller was a highly respected citizen of Mingona township, and the many friends of the family extend heart-felt sympathy to the sorrowing wife.

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Died: The 14 year old son of Mr. McHenry, living near Sawyer, Pratt county, was found dead in the field last Friday. He had gone out to plow in the morning, telling his father that he could easily finish by noon without assistance, and would bring the plow home with him. At twelve o’clock his father noticed that the boy had hitched the team to the wagon preparatory to coming in to dinner. The boy, not arriving at the time he should, his father looked and saw the team standing in the same position. Suspecting something wrong, he hastened to the field to find his son lying dead on the end gate of the wagon which had been taken out and laid on the ground. It is supposed that in lifting the plow into the wagon, he bursted [sic] a blood vessel. The boy was a brother of Isaac McHenry, of Elm Mills township.

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Born: On Saturday, September 6, at 12 o’clock sharp, a boy of standard measure, was born to Otis Lorton and wife. The young man warbles in long meter and has red hair. Dr. Gould. As is known by our readers, Mr. Lorton, [Sr.] is foreman and local editor in this office and the Cresset’s new assistant foreman and local editor already minds his p’s and q’s, exercises his ! and bids fair to make a full [hand].

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Married: The probate judge on Monday [Sep 7] issued a marriage license to Chas. E. Bucklin, of Pratt county, and Maggie T. Gaither, of Barber county. The couple were married the same day and have been stopping at the Grand Hotel this week.

Sep 18, 1891

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Born: Jack Sutherland was somewhat boisterous the first of the week - caused by the arrival of a 10 pound boy on Sunday morning at his house. Dr. Burney.

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Died: Mr. Bush died at Lake City Saturday and was buried Sunday in the Lake City cemetery. He was the father of J.M. Bush of Sun City.

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Died: S.S. Robinett, formerly of this city, and whose son, George, still lives here, died at Xenia, Ohio, on Sunday, September 6th, after a long and severe illness. Mr. Robinett was a hard working man and leaves a wife and several children, who have the sympathy of this entire community.

Sep 25, 1891

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Born: Dr. Moore reports a boy born to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Lucas, near Canema, on Monday, September 21st.

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Married: Ansel Hubbard, of Kingman county, and Eunice Bishop were married Sunday at the residence of the bride’s mother, in this city, Probate Judge Stevens officiating. Mr. and Mrs. Hubbard will settle on a farm in Kingman county and may Fortune camp in the same district is our wish.

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Born: A boy of regulation weight was born to Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Nixon on Monday, September 21st. All doing well. Dr. Karr. About two years ago, a boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Nixon, and he was successful in his race for register of deeds. As Mr. Nixon has made a good official, this boy ought to indicate a large majority for him this fall.

Oct 2, 1891

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Married: The friends of Charlie Kidd will doubtless be surprised to learn that he was married in Chicago about three weeks [ago] to a Miss Nellie Schaunessy. Charlie has been successful in Chicago and is engaged with the most prominent contractor in the city, all of which pleases his old acquaintances here who extend heartiest congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Kidd.

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Love, on Monday, September 28th, a boy baby. Dr. Gould in attendance.

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Died: The three months old child of Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Wright was buried in the city cemetery last Friday. The parents have the sympathy of many friends.

Oct 9, 1891

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Born: A handsome girl baby was born to the wife of Jas. Murray, the merchant monarch of Isabel, Wednesday morning [Oct 7].

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Born: To Rev. Pinkston and wife, on Saturday, October 3rd, 1891, a girl. Dr. Moore in attendance.

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Died: At Lake City, yesterday, October 8th, John Lake, aged 45 years. The deceased is a brother of Reuben Lake, and lately moved to this county from Pittsburg, Kansas. He leaves a wife and two children, was a member of the Christian church, and a much respected citizen. Elder Nicholson went to Lake City today to preach the funeral. An obituary will be published next week. And on Oct 16, pg 3, col 9: "Obituary" - John Lake departed this life October 8th, 1891, aged 45 years. He was born in Canada and came to the United States some twenty-five years ago. Recently he moved from Pittsburg, Kansas, to Lake City, where he lived at the time of his death. A wife and three children are left to mourn his loss. He was a member of the Christian church and a hard worked and exemplary man. A large concourse of friends and relatives followed his remains to the city of the dead, where loving hands laid his body to rest. The writer was called to speak words of comfort to his bereaved wife and weeping friends. Through all his checkered, eventful life of more than ordinary vicissitudes, he clung to the cross so early chosen, and as years wore on, and the life march grew more earnest, when the many faint from the heat and burden of the day, he kept unfaltering toward the Christians' home, always realizing that the faithful alone can give an account of their stewardship with joy. "Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord." Signed. J.E. NICHOLSON, Medicine Lodge, Oct 13th, 1891.

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Married: Wednesday [Oct 7] Probate Judge Stevens united in marriage Jonas Potter, aged 31, and Etta Teeters, aged 23, both parties living in Pratt county. The couple departed looking happy and the Judge set up the cigars to the spectators.

Oct 16, 1891

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Married: In this city Tuesday evening, October 13th, 1891, at the Christian parsonage, Mr. George P. Roe and Miss Gracie Young, both of Sharon township, Elder J.E. Nicholson officiating.

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Married: A marriage license was issued last Saturday to George Dual, of Lodi, and Cora A. Smith, of Hazelton. By this time the couple are in all probability a happy one. We are not acquainted with the lady in the case, but George Dual is a son of G.R. Dual, of Eagle township, is a hard working young man, and deserves to be identified with just such a wife as we imagine he has.

Oct 23, 1891

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Married: "Merry Wedding Bells" - At the Christian parsonage, Thursday, October 22nd, 1891, at 1:30 P.M., Mr. A.B. Wilkins and Miss Fannie Mills, Elder Nicholson officiating. The parsonage was richly decorated with beautiful flowers, which loving hands had prepared for the occasion. The bride and groom entered the parsonage at 1:30 and took their position directly under a beautiful bell of flowers when Elder Nicholson stepped forward and made the happy couple one in the following words: [text of wedding service follows]. The Elder, then turning to Miss Mills, said: "Sister, a little over a year ago I led you to the altar of Christ in baptism, making you one with your Saviour. It is now my privilege to lead you to the altar of matrimony. [Text of wedding vows follows.] The following persons were present: H.E. Noble and lady; Mrs. H.H. Case, W.T. Rouse and lady, Ed Youmans and lady, J.P. Hall and lady, Mrs. Taliaferro, Nick Sherlock, Govan Mills, Miss Celia Mills, and W.G. Musgrove. The happy couple took the afternoon train for Cloud county, Kansas, where they will visit a few days at the home of Mr. Wilkins' father, after which they will return and take up their abode in Medicine Lodge. May love and tranquility crowd their pathway through life is the wish of the Cresset. Mr. and Mrs. Wilkins received many valuable presents. The bride is the daughter of W.C. Mills, of Lipscomb county, Texas, and was one of the most popular young ladies of this city, where she has lived most of her life. The groom is well known here and is the popular clerk of Noble & Case's hardware house. Brough Wilkins probably has as many warm friends as any young man in Barber county.

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Married: At the residence of the bride's parents, on Wednesday evening, October 21st, 1891, at 7:30 o'clock, Mr. James A. Fair and Miss Nettie Rule, both of Sharon, Rev. Fly, of Hazelton, officiating. The bride is a daughter of Wm. Rule, and is loved and respected by all who know her. She is educated and refined, and will be a happy and worthy companion to Mr. Fair in their journey through life. Her charming ways and sympathetic nature will make warm friends for her wherever she goes. The groom is a son of John H. Fair, is well and favorably known, a most enterprising and successful citizen and an upright and conscientious young man. The bride was dressed in a lovely cream Henrietta train dress, trimmed in ribbon and chantilly lace, and wore orange blossoms. The groom wore the conventional wedding suit and looked handsomer than ever. After the ceremony was over, the company marched to the dining hall where a long table groaned under its burden of delicacies, prepared by the bride's mother in her inimitable style. The following is a [partial] list of presents received by the happy couple: Organ, Mrs. Wm. Rule; lamp, Ed Rule; quilt, Mrs. Wm. Rule; $10.00, John H. Fair; pair of blankets, Mrs. John H. Fair; set of glassware, Mr. and Mrs. Wimer; towels and napkins,, Mr. and Mrs. Long; cook book, Mr. and Mrs. White; sacks of flour, sugar and coffee, J.D. Fair, parlor stove, Hyder Fair; half dozen cans fruit, J.D. Fair; egg bowl, Mrs. M.C. Rule; hog, O. Rule. They left Thursday afternoon for the east to spend their honeymoon. [Note: According to "Fairchild's Dictionary of Textiles," Henrietta is a soft, lustrous dress fabric woven with silk and fine worsted wool, producing a cashmere-like weave, introduced as early as the 17th century; named in honor of Henrietta Maria of England, wife of England's King Charles I.]

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Married: Miss Emma Thomas, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Thomas, of Enon, this county, and also well known in this city, was married to a young man named Peter Christi, at Iowa Point, in Doniphan county, Kansas, on Wednesday of last week, October 14th. The many friends of the bride in this section will wish her much joy. Mr. Christi at one time was a resident of this county near Enon.

Nov 6, 1891

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Born: J.P Brough and wife, of Kiowa, are the proud parents of a boy baby, born last week.

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Born: A promising young Republican was born to Mr. and Mrs. C.F. Strain, of Lake City township, Thursday, November 5th. Dr. Moore.

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Born: A boy baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. Lou Salyer on Thursday morning,, November 5th. Dr. Moore in attendance and all doing well.

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Birthday: The many friends of Mrs. Scott Cummins [wife of the local literary character, the "Pilgrim Bard"] stormed the Cummingsford Castle on the 25th [of October], being the 43rd birthday of "Pilgrimess." No pains were spared by the projectors of the scene to make the surprise complete. All those who participated came with well filled baskets and immediately took possession of the premises. And such a dinner can only be prepared in the valleys of the placid Mule [Creek]. Among the guests were Rev. D.H. Cline and lady, C.T. McCracken and lady, L.F. Thomas and lady, T.J. Dyer and lady, Wm. Downen and lady, W.H. Smith, John R. Smith, Miss Libbie Cline and Miss Sallie Downen. Such pleasant little episodes are of too rare occurrence among neighbors, but might and should occur as often as the birthday of one of the neighbors is marked upon the dial face of time, and we desire in behalf of our better half to express our gratitude to our friends for their kind remembrance, and trust they may all live to come again many, many times. Signed: PILGRIM.

Nov 20, 1891

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Died: Mrs. R. McAlister died at Kiowa Friday last and was buried Saturday. She leaves a husband and several small children, the youngest - twins - but ten days old, to mourn the loss of a loving wife and mother's death.

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Married: On Wednesday, November 18th, Mr. A. Null and Miss Hattie Harding were married at the residence of the bride's parents, five miles northeast of town, Probate Judge Stevens officiating. May the nectar of the golds be theirs.

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Anniversary: There was quite a pleasant little dinner party at the residence of W.S. Ellison, four miles southwest of this city, last Monday, the event being the celebration of the fourth anniversary of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Ellison. There were present W.H. Osborne and wife, Lee Bradley and wife, W.E. Williams and wife, Frank Rigg and wife, Will Murdock and wife, and Grandpa Murdock. Mrs. Ellison prepared the dinner - and such a one as only a farmer's good wife knows how to cook. The day was spent most enjoyably and the guests reluctantly departed, wishing their neighbors, Mr. and Mrs. Ellison, many happy returns. Such little celebrations as this one are the brightest spots in life and we wish they were more numerous.

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Died: Luther White, aged about 75 years, died suddenly Sunday last from heart failure. He was superintendent of the Bethel Sunday school in Valley township and had just opened the school and was singing the opening hymn when the great Superintendent of all called him above. The song of praise to his Creator was only party finished when the members of the Sunday school noticed his head falling on his breast and him staggering to his seat. When helping hands reached him, his spirit had departed. Mr. White had lived in Barber county for nearly eight years and held the ill will of no man. He leaves two sons: Lester - with whom he lived - and Layton, of Valley township, and a daughter living in Missouri. He had intended to start on Wednesday of this week for his daughter's home, to pass the remaining time allotted to him. He died as he had lived - a Christian man, doing Christian works. The body was laid to rest in the Bethel cemetery Tuesday.

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Died: In Sharon, November 14th, at the residence of his daughter, Mrs. W.S. Laney, W.W. Kelso, aged 66 years, 9 months. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Robinson from the church, at 3 o'clock, Sunday afternoon. The remains were interred in the Sharon cemetery. The deceased had belong to the Masonic Order of Atchison for more than twenty years. His sufferings had been great, but he went to his final rest peacefully, feeling assured his Saviour was taking him to His bosom. He will always be remembered as a kind, loving father. He leaves two children - Mrs. W.S. Laney, of Sharon, and Mrs. M.A. Wuner, of this city.

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Died: On Sunday afternoon last [Nov 15], the spark of another life went out; another good woman beckoned to cross over the dark waters. It was Esther Strong, aged 88 years, 6 months, and 15 days, death occurring at the home of her son, Mortimer Strong, near this city. She was buried Monday, Dr. Phillips preaching her funeral at the M.E. church at 2:30 o'clock. Mrs. Strong came here from Michigan two or three months ago, was helpless when she arrived, and has been gradually sinking until death at last arrived. She was a good woman and her account to the Master will be easily rendered.

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Died: "Gone Before" - Death is rarely a welcome visitor and its visits are doubly sad when it claims a wife and mother who has not yet reached the summit where life begins to slope toward the grave. Under such circumstances, death is sad indeed and this entire community was shocked when it heard that Mrs. E.P. Caruthers had died at Carthage, Missouri, whither she removed, in company with her husband and children, but little over a year ago. E.P. Caruthers came to Medicine Lodge some ten years ago and took charge of the Barber County Index, and soon made it the leading Democratic newspaper in southern Kansas. His handsome and accomplished wife was a help-mate in every sense of the word, an it was as much due to her efforts as to his that they were reasonably successful financially and were socially greeted and beloved by all. And now comes the news that she is dead, call home when it seemed that her earthly mission had just begun; called just as her bright boys were verging into manhood and her beautiful girls were on the threshold of womanhood; called when she and her husband were just beginning real family life and were bending every energy to advance and educate their children. The stricken husband and children will have the sincere sympathy of this entire community. Mrs. Caruthers' death occurred on Sunday, November 15th (last Sunday), and the cause was bowel complaint. Her orphaned children are Miss Wirtie, aged 14, and Jessie, aged 4, and Masters Albert and Robert, aged 12 and 10 years respectively. Her maiden name was Mary Fleming. Mrs. Caruthers was born at Fredericktown, Missouri, May 16, 1856; she was married to Mr. Caruthers February 9, 1874.

Nov 27, 1891

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Married: On Tuesday, November 24th, 1891, at the residence of the groom's brother, Henry Durst, in this city, Mr. Peter Durst and Miss Annie Helget. The beautiful marriage ceremony of the Catholic Church was performed by Father Bitter, of Danville. The bride is a sister of Wenzel Helget, living north of this city. The newly wedded couple will reside in the east part of the city.

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Died: All that was mortal of Charlotte F. Boles was laid beneath the sod in Highland cemetery in this city Tuesday afternoon. She died Monday morning, November 23rd, 1891, at the residence of her son-in-law, J.A. VanDemark, two miles east of town. Mrs. Boles was born in Muskingum county, Ohio, on August 8th, 1832. At the age of 15, she was converted to the Methodist Episcopal faith, and since that time has been a devoted member, an earnest, conscientious Christian. She was an active worker and for many years a teacher in the Sunday school. Dr. Phillips preached her funeral sermon at the M.E. church at 2 o'clock. Her life and her death was an example worthy of imitation by those young in the faith.

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Died: "Mrs. Hester Shepler Dead" - At the residence of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. O.V. Lytle, near this city, on Saturday last, November 21st, 1891, Mrs. Hester Shepler, widow of S.J. Shepler, aged 62 years, 11 months and 16 days. Mrs. Shepler came to Barber county in 1873, in company with her husband and children, and has practically made this her home ever since. Here she underwent the privations of frontier life; here she reared a family; here she was known far and near in the early days as a kind, motherly woman who always had time to care for and look after the sick and afflicted; here she lost and buried her husband and a grown son and daughter; here has the busiest portion of her life been spent; here has she experienced her greatest joys and encountered her deepest griefs and most overwhelming sorrows, and here she departed this life and went to join her beloved husband and children who had gone on before, and in Barber county soil lies the earthly casket that contained the true, motherly spirit that has only been waiting for the summons. The Shepler family were among the best known and highest respected in the early history of Barber. Samuel J. Shepler was elected and re-elected to various county offices; he was mayor of this city and a man who stood high as a citizen and in the organizations of which he was a member. His wife was just as popular and the participation of the Order of the Eastern Star, with their beautiful ceremonials, at her funeral, and the many old settlers who followed the remains to the grave are testimonials to the honor and respect in which she was held. Mrs. Shepler leaves two sons and two daughters, Font. Shepler of Washington, and T.F. Shepler of this county; Mrs. J.W. Bell, of Illinois, and Mrs. O.V. Lytle, of this county. The funeral occurred from the Presbyterian church, in this city, on Monday afternoon, November 23rd, at 2 o'clock. There was a large attendance and a long procession of sorrowing friends followed the remains to their last resting place in the city cemetery.

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Birthday: Joe. Williams celebrated his twentieth birthday Saturday evening by inviting in his friends to enjoy a pleasant hour or so in a few social games, etc. On account of the storm, but few of those invited were able to attend which was, of course, quite a disappointment to Joe.

Dec 4, 1891

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Born: On November 22nd, in Mingona township, to Rev. Shamberger and wife, a girl baby. Dr. Tedrow officiated.

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Born: To Mrs. Miles Risner, at the home of her sister, Mrs. Dal. Morris, on Tuesday, a girl baby. Dr. Gould in attendance. Mrs. Risner's husband died in Colorado about eight months ago.

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Married: Charles F. Brattain and Miss Bessie Jackson, living north of Medicine Lodge, were married at the M.E. parsonage, in t his city, on November 26th - Thanksgiving day - at 1 o'clock p.m., Dr. D.W. Phillips officiating. The newly mated couple took the afternoon train for Manhattan, Kansas, to visit relatives of the bride. Both parties are well known in Barber county and the Cresset takes pleasure in extending congratulations.

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Marriage License: Issued Saturday last to Robert L. Lusher and Mary A. DeArmond, of Hazelton township.

Dec 18, 1891

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Died: John Shamberger, aged 77 years, one month and seven days, died at the home of his son, Jesse Shamberger, in Mingona township, Saturday evening, December 12th, at 6:30 o'clock. Mr. Shamberger was a man of strong constitution, but about a year ago he met with an accidence which considerably impaired it. He suffered greatly the last few months, but Death, the great healer of all ills, finally came to his relief. He was a native of Maryland,, but has lived in Kansas for a number of years. He has two sons, J.H. an J.E., living in Barber county, Jacob in Missouri, one son in Oklahoma and one on the Pacific coast. He was a man possessed of great energy and held the respect of all who knew him. His remains were taken to Booth, Reno county, for interment. His son, Jacob, of White Cloud, Missouri, came out to attend the obsequies. And on Jan 8, 1892, pg 3, col 2: The will of the late John Shamberger, of Mingona, was probated last Saturday. It contains bequests in real estate and cash to the amount of $20,000. The beneficiaries are the five sons and one daughter of the deceased - Thos. M. of Maryland, Jacob of Missouri, J. Henry and Jessie E. of this county, Geo. A. of Louisiana and Mrs. Nancy J. Smith of Stafford county. J. Henry and Geo. A. Shamberger are named as executors.

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Jake Knirr, on Tuesday afternoon, December 15th, a boy baby, Dr. Gould in attendance. Jake claims to be the happiest man on Walnut street

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Married: S.P. Evans and Mrs. L.M. Lovitt, of Kiowa, were married in this city at the Grand Hotel on Wednesday. They were attended by Walter Fuller and Miss Rosey Higerman. Probate Judge Stevens performed the ceremony.

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Married: At the residence of the groom's mother, in this city, on Sunday, December 13th, W.J. Moore and Maud L. Simmons, Probate Judge Stevens officiating. The Cresset extends its best congratulations.

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Died: Kiowa Journal - Mrs. Hull, mother of John and Henry Hull and Mrs. G.L. Graves, died of apoplexy last Saturday evening at the residence of her son, seven miles northwest of this city. The body was taken to Missouri for interment.

Dec 25, 1891

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Birthday: J.H. Huffaker of Sharon celebrated his 51st birthday last Sunday. Mrs. Huffaker and Miss Myrtle prepared a big dinner in honor of the occasion and invited a number of the neighbors in to the feast and celebration.

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Marriage License: Issued Monday to Milton G. Reed and Bessie L. Ford, of Hazelton. They are probably now celebrating Christmas as one and indissoluble.

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Marriage Pending: A license was issued Wednesday to Orville (Tonk) Mills, of Lake City, and Miss Mary Heavallin, of Sexton. The marriage ceremony will take place at Lake City on Saturday. May Christmas joy be with them through a long life. It was reported that Tonk was married last week and his many friends here were considerably excited over the rumor. [See Jan 1 1892 for details.] [Note that the bride's name has also been spelled Heavalin in other reports.]

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Married: Deerhead society is excited over an elopement which occurred Tuesday. The parties to the affair are Chance Howard and Miss Ida Drury, a niece of L.C. Drury, with whom she lived. The elopement was a surprise to everyone and more so to Mr. Drury, who was in this city Wednesday searching for the couple. Miss Ida started to school Tuesday morning as usual, and on the way it is supposed she met the object of her affections and skipped. As they did not come here, it is thought they either went to Coldwater or to Oklahoma. The young lady is only 16 years of age. She has lived nearly all her life with her uncle and that gentleman does not feel in a very happy mood over the step she has taken. We know nothing of the character of Mr. Howard, except from Mr. Drury's observation which is not very favorable. And on Jan 8, 1892, pg 3, col 3: The young people who eloped from Deerhead two weeks ago were married by the probate judge of Pratt county and are now living in Deerhead. They were Mr. Chance Howard and Miss Ida Drury.

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Died: At the residence of his parents in Medicine Lodge, on the 20th of December, 1891, ThomasCameron, son of Thomas and Annie Cameron, aged 22 years, 10 months and 7 days. Young Thomas Cameron was a remarkable young man for honesty, integrity, and of a lovable disposition. He was always a favorite among the people, old and young, wherever he was known. During the last year of his life he attended the State Normal School at Emporia, standing at the head of his class, especially in drawing, in which he was very proficient. Owing to an affection [six] of the lungs, in January last he had to abandon school, and went to Colorado for his health, but receiving no benefit he returned to Medicine Lodge last August and attended the county teachers' institute. Finally, his health being so much impaired, he abandoned all further hope of this life. In September, his mother came to this town to take care of him, and from that time until his death all was done for him to make him comfortable and happy, as was possible for mortal man. He was one of the most thoroughly and perfectly converted young men to Christianity ever seen. He at all times expressed a willingness to die; told his mother that he was only going to a better home. On the 12th of this month, at his own request, he was immersed by Elder Nation at the house, in the presence of quite a number of neighbors, and on the morning of the 20th, he passed peacefully away. The soul took its flight to a far better home. On the 21st, his remains were taken to Sharon, where a short address was delivered by Elder Nation in the presence of a very large number of relatives and friends who had known him for many years, after which he was laid away in the silent city of the dead to await the resurrection morn. Signed: A FRIEND.

Jan - Feb 1892

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