Axline
Beard
Brewer
Chilcott
Cline
Cloyd
Corwin
English
Fulton
Hart
Heavalin
Hendley
Heskett
Heskinson
Hessler
Hickman
Hutchins
Lamb
Lindsey
Lumpkins
Maddox
Martin
Matoy
McCague
McClearey
McClure
Mills
Nelson
Newland
Noble
Osborne
Osborne
Parsons
Pattee
Pomeroy
Porter
Randall
Richards
Sanborn
Sellers
Silvers
Smith
Speary
Stafford
Standiford
Stone
Sullivan
Tucker
Upperman
Walton
Weber
West
Wilson
Wright
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).


Jan 1, 1892

pg 3, col 1

Born: Dr. Gould reports a boy born to Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Richards on Saturday last [Dec 26].

pg 3, col 2

Died: Mrs. Wm. Lindsey died at the residence of her mother, Mrs. Rhoda Swank, of this city, at four o'clock, December 24th, of dropsy. The funeral service was conducted at the Presbyterian church, by Rev. North, on Christmas day. Mrs. Lindsey leaves four little children - the oldest being in Colorado, and the others are here with their grandmother. The Cresset extends condolence to the mourning relatives and the four motherless children. May providence deal kindly with them.

pg 3, col 2

Married: By the Probate Judge, in this city on Thursday, December 24th, Mr. Allen C. Cline, of Canema, and Miss Ida B. Beard, of Cedar county, Missouri. We extend congratulations.

pg 3, col 2

Married: On Wednesday, December 23rd, by the probate judge, Reuben E. Hart and Emma C. Cloyd of northeastern Barber. This is the couple whose happiness would not permit their names to be mentioned last week.

pg 3, col 3

Married: [Orville "Tonk" Mills and Mary Heavalin] In the presence of one hundred and twenty five friends assembled in the [A.F.& A.M. Valley Lodge] room Mr. Mills and Miss Heavalin were initiated into the mysteries of the matrimonial degree by Rev. Owens of Sun City...After the installation [of Lodge officers], the audience were invited to a large hall to partake of the good things eatable prepared by the ladies. It was a hungry crowd, but at length the feast was over and the dancing began, with our worthy county commissioner, D.L. Pierce, as orchestra. It is not generally known that Uncle Dan is a musician, but those who saw him draw the rosined bow Saturday night will swear he is equal to a professional. During the dance, the newly made Benedict [groom] circulated among the gentlemen with cigars. This caused a howl among the ladies and they demanded recognition, but Tonk and his bride had slipped out and retired to the Commercial Hotel. The ladies gathered up all the bells, tin horns and tin-ware in the city and proceeded to serenade the couple in a manner that soon brought Mr. Mills to the front with $3 in cash to be invested in whatever the ladies desired. It was a happy time and is contemplated with pleasure by all but Tonk Mills.

pg 3, col 4

Married: Miss Gertrude Stafford, of this city, was married at 6 o'clock Monday morning in Coldwater to G.L. Wilson, a jeweler of that place. Directly after the ceremony, the happy couple started for Kansas City to spend the honeymoon. The many friends of the bride in this city wish Mr. and Mrs. Wilson a long lease of life.

pg 3, col 5

Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Henry Sellers of Lake City, on Sunday last, a girl. Dr. Gould.

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Married: At Sun City, Thursday, December 24th, Mr. Harry Stone and Miss Orpha English, Rev. Owens officiating. Last week the Cresset stated that Mr. Stone had gone to Lyons to enjoy Christmas. The statement was made on the authority of the gentleman himself - and he looked the reporter square in the eye when he said it. In fact, he was on his way to unalloyed happiness at the time. It is the first time we ever knew him to violate the eighth commandment, but under the circumstances, he is forgiven. There is not a young man in the county whom the Cresset is prouder to know than Harry Stone. He came here seven years ago and began work on a farm, and by hard digs, good judgment and brave defiance of hot winds and droughts, he has accumulated considerable property. He owns a fine farm five and a half miles southeast of Medicine Lodge and has almost completed a cosy nest for his bride. A straight-forward, honest, hardworking young man like Harry Stone cannot help but be a good husband and a respected citizen. Already he counts his friends by the number of his acquaintances. In Miss English, we think he found a kindred spirit, one who will make a good man a wife he can be proud of. She is recognized as one of the best lady school teachers in the county, and is esteemed by all for her womanly, industrious habits. Her parents live north of Lake City. The Cresset extends a large measure of its best preserved congratulations, with the satisfaction of knowing that the happy couple will do the rest. Mr. and Mrs. Stone will be at home to their friends in about three weeks.

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Marriage License: Last Monday, J.O. Lumpkins secured a license to marry Miss May Newland. We have waited patiently for an account of the marriage and as we have received none, we suppose the happy event has not taken place. Both parties live at Sharon and [are] regarded as very estimable young people. Mr. Lumpkins is a young man of unusual ability and we are fond of him. We offer congratulations anyhow.

Jan 8, 1892

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Born: Mrs. Tom Silvers presented her husband with a handsome girl baby as a New Year's gift. Dr. Gould made the presentation speech.

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Birthday: Miss Emma Weber celebrated her 18th birthday Monday evening. About a dozen couple of friends were present to wish her many happy returns. The company was entertained with tiddley winks and refreshments.

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Birthday: Our friend, T.A. Walton, invites us to attend the celebration of his 64th birthday on Sunday, the 24th of this month, at his farm near Deerhead. He says: "If it is a pleasant day, we will ride out and look at the country. Bring a spy glass and we will take a bird's eye view of western Pratt, western Barber, eastern Kiowa, and eastern Comanche counties, and part of the Indian Territory. We could put in two or three days looking over the country at natural bridges, shell deposits and the people."

pg 3, col 3

Born: On Sunday last, to Mr. and Mrs. W.H. McCague, on Central Avenue, a ten pound boy. Dr. Burney in attendance. Both the mother and young many are doing well, but Mc is in terrible shape. The only way in which you can catch his eye since the affair happened is to climb up between the heavens and the earth and wait until he passes under you, as nothing on the ground attracts his notice in the least.

pg 3, col 5

Died: (Kiowa Review) An old residence of Barber county, Benjamin Heskinson died at his home on Driftwood last Thursday. He went to Washington (state) two years ago but came back last October, disgusted wit that country. He had many friends in the county.

pg 3, col 5

Married: Friday afternoon, a large number of friends assembled at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Heskett, north of this city to witness the marriage of their daughter, Minnie, to Mr. Clyde Noble of Hazelton. An elaborate supper was prepared and after the ceremony all partook of the feast to the health of the bride and groom. After supper, the newly married couple went to Hazelton where they will reside in the future.

Jan 15, 1892, pg 3, col 4

Married: At the residence of the bride's parents in this city on Thursday evening at 8 o'clock, Mr. T.F. Sanborn, of Washington, D.C., and Miss Cora B. McClearey were united in the holy ties of matrimony by Elder J.E. Nicholson. Quite a number of friends were assembled in the spacious parlor to witness the marriage ceremony and the happy couple received many handsome presents. At the close of the ceremony, Elder Nicholson placed upon the bride's finger a beautiful diamond ring, in the following appropriate ceremony: "And now, Sister Cora, may your love and affection for him, upon whose strong arm you lean, be ever as durable and endless as this token of love which I now place upon your hand - given by him who has wooed and won your heart, and placed there by your affectionate pastor." After the greetings, the tables were spread and all partook of a superb and bounteous feast, after which the evening was passed by music and plays. The bride and groom were both handsomely attired. The groom wore a suit of black with white vest and tie; the bride was dressed in a blue Henrietta dress, trimmed with white braided broadcloth. [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.] Prof. Sanborn, the groom, is an attache of the Agricultural Department, being a member of the scientific corps. He has spent three seasons in this city as official chemist at the sugar factory. The bride has grown up here and the many friends of the McClearey family have seen her blossom from amiable childhood into lovely womanhood. Mr. and Mrs. Sanborn will remain here a few days before going to Washington, where they will reside.

Jan 22, 1892

pg 3, col 1

Born: Monday, January 18th, to Mr. and Mrs. Wright of this city, a girl. Dr. Gould.

pg 3, col 1

Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Sullivan, living north of town, on Tuesday, January 19th, a boy baby. Dr. Gould in attendance.

pg 3, col 3

Born: To Louis Nelson and wife, Sunday morning, a boy. Dr. Burney in attendance.

pg 3, col 4

Died: "Another Long-Serving Soldier" - O.A. Corwin, who lives on his farmed three and a half miles east of Hazelton, enlisted in Co. E, 58th Penn. Vol. Infantry on Oct. 4, 1861. In November, 1862, he was transferred to Battery D, 4th U.S. Artillery, re-enlisted Feb 1st, 1864, and was discharged Feb. 1st, 1867, serving continuously for five years, three months and 27 days. Mr. Corwin was in 17 battles, and Battery D was the first into Richmond (morning of April 3, 1865). In May, 1865, he and others were sent for duty to Texas, where they remained until January, 1866, when they returned to headquarters at Washington and were kept there until discharged as above stated. Mr. C. was never wounded in any way. Mr. Corwin is 49 years old, and his father is living at the age of 75, and his grandfather served six years in the War of the Revolution, saw Major Andre hung, marched through the snow bare-footed, and lived to be 91 years old. For long and continuous services, O.A. Corwin beats Wm. Cunningham which we gave a few weeks ago. Who will be the next. [Note: One date has been changed - The obituary stated that "...In May, 1864, he and others were sent for duty to Texas where they remained until January, 1866." Given that Mr. Corwin was in Richmond in April 1865, it seems more likely that he went to Texas in May of 1865, not 1864 if his service in Texas continued until January, 1866.]

pg 3, col 4

Married: Lenta H. Hickman and Miss Nellie McClure were married by T.A. Walton on Jan. 17th. Lenta was not old enough to take a claim in the strip, and being desirous to obtain a home and a good wife, too, he secured the necessary papers of Judge Stevens, took Miss Nellie and drove out to Esq. Walton's who said a few words which made him happy and the head of a family, and is now ready to take a homestead. [Deerhead news]

Jan 29, 1892, pg 3, col 5

Born: Mr. and Mrs. Will Maddox are the happy parents of a bright eyed little baby girl. [Cedar news]

Feb 5, 1892

pg 3, col 4

Born: Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Porter, of Sharon, are the accredited parents of another girl baby, born on the 26th of January.

pg 3, col 5

Married: At the residence of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Hessler, of Mingona township, Wednesday, February 3rd, at 5 o'clock, p.m., William Matoy and Miss Cora Hessler, 'Squire Nurse officiating. Those present immediately after the ceremony sat down to the wedding supper and at early candle-lighting, the dancing began and continued till broad daylight. Our reporter says it was the happiest time Mingona has seen in many seasons. The Cresset extends congratulations to the couple, trusting that a long life of sunshine is before them. [Note: in July 1899, the Cresset carried the following article on pg 3, col 3: Wm. Matoy, the Comanche Indian who has been working for Guy Sparks in the southeast part of the county, has disappeared rather mysteriously. Last Sunday a week ago he started to the spring after a bucket of water and he has not been seen or heard of since. His family went through here last week on their way to relatives in Oklahoma.]

pg 3, col 6

Died: "Called Home" - Mrs. M.J. Pattee, wife of Joseph E. Pattee, died on Friday morning, January 29th, at 8 o'clock, at her home near Eagle, Barber county, Kansas. La grippe settling upon the heart was the cause. Mrs. Pattee was 60 years and 18 days of age and was born in Morgan county, Ohio, where she was also married. In an early day, she, her husband and three children immigrated to Saline county, this state, where she lived a short time. From there she went to Sumner county, and three years ago came to Barber. She was a member of the Christian church and also of the Daughters of Rebekah. She leaves a husband and three children - two daughters and one son - to mourn her loss. Mrs. Pattee is the first of nine children to be called away, and leaves an aged mother who is now very ill. Two brothers and one sister - Mrs. B.S. Pattee, C.W. Osborne and J.K. Osborne - reside in Barber county. Elder Nicholson conducted the services at the grave, consisting of scriptural readings, prayer and song. [Memorial poem follows.]

Feb 26, 1892

pg 3, col 1

Born: Mrs. Tom Pomeroy presented her husband with a nice Valentine on February 14 in the shape of an 8 an a half pound boy.

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Born: A handsome girl baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Brewer on Saturday, February 20th. All doing well. Mr. Brewer was the regularly elected delegate of the S. of V. Camp of this city to the Division meeting at Atchison this week, but preferred to stay at home and nurse the baby to going.

pg 3, col 3

Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Standiford, yesterday morning, a large sized, sweet voiced cowboy. Dr. Burney attended. The youngster weighed 12 pounds.

pg 3, col 4

Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Walt Fulton, on Tuesday night, twins - boy and girl. The two weighed 15 pounds. The parents ought to feel doubly proud.

pg 3, col 5

Anniversary: "Wedding Anniversary on Mule Creek" - On the evening of the 18th, notwithstanding the inclemency of the weather, a goodly number of the friends of Mr. and Mrs. A.C. Smith assembled at the comfortable residence of the above named couple, near Canema, to celebrate the event of the fifteenth wedding anniversary. Fifteen years from the above date, Arlanzo C. Smith and Mellissa Lamb were united in the bonds of matrimony at the residence of the bride's parents in Sedgwick county, Kansas. They removed to Barber county the same year [1877] and since resided at their present home on the placid shores of Little Mule creek. Looking back over the files of the Cresset, I find an account of their fifth wooden anniversary [see MLC Reel #863 on Mar 2, 1882, pg 1, col 6]. Several of the old timers who were present on that occasion reappeared at the crystal wedding, yet many were missing, having followed the beck of the fickle goddess of fortune to other parts, while several have passed away to the shadow land, "from whose bourne no traveler returns." I remember on that occasion of writing on the bottom of a large wooden bowl, the following stanza: "Wooden emblems must decay,/Forest tributes pass away;/May the vows renewed today,/With the years yet stronger grow;/As life's path ye wend along/And as age comes creeping on,/(Youth and beauty soon are gone)/Love each other then as now." Since then a decade has passed away; its joys and sorrows are behind us; children at that time have emerged into manhood and womanhood; Barber county has been transformed from a gigantic cattle pasture to a thriving agricultural community. Yet amid all these changes, the kind hand of Providence has spared the "Cresset" as well as the unworthy "Pilgrim," and we are permitted to record the changes wrought by the unerring hand of time. "Vive le Cresset." Attached to a mirror, a present from Mrs. Cummins and the "Pilgrim," I have written a second stanza that seems a counterpart of the one written ten long years since: "Gaze within the tell-tale glass,/Read how swift the years sped past./Care has many a wrinkle cast,/Where soft dimples used to play./Fifteen years as groom and bride,/Ye have journeyed side by side/E'er may love and peace abide/With your household night and day." Refreshments were served at half past 10 p.m. And as the clock hands passed at the noon of night, the guests took their leave all wishing the happy couple many years of peace and prosperity. Among the presents we note the following: A lavish and resplendent mantle of crystal sleet by Dame Nature. Set of glasses and fruit dish, Miss Anna Higginbotham and J. Swearengin; cream pitcher, Miss Amanda Smith; large pitcher, Misses Ella and Fannie Smith and Mr. Will Griffith; preserve dish, Mrs. Frank Smith; lamp, Mrs. Thomas and Mrs. McCracken; set of sauce plates, Mrs. Daisy Smith; table set, Mr. and Mrs. Dyer; tea set, Mr. Charley Smith. Signed: "PILGRIM BARD"

Feb 19, 1892

pg 3, col 1

Born: To Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Upperman, Monday night, a boy. Dr. Moore in attendance.

pg 3, col 3

Marriage License: Issued this week to John S. West and Mary A. Speary, of Hazelton. The bride-to-be is but 14 years old, and her liege lord is 27.

pg 3, col 3

Died: At his residence ten miles southeast of this city on Monday, February 15th, 1892, John J.Chilcott, aged 21 years 10 months and 12 days. He was taken ill about five weeks ago and after suffering intensely, died in horrible agony. The death struggle was the most pitiful ever beheld by those whose sad duty it was to watch over him. Strong men could not keep back the tears when they looked upon the sick man and the dear ones who were suffering with him. Death is sad at all times, but when it comes to one just beginning in life, who has started out bravely to meet the many trials and uphills that await him, who is surrounded with a loving family and numerous friends ever ready to cheer him onward, upward, we feel it more keenly. The deceased leaves a young wife and one little child, to mourn, but not alone; there are fond parents and a loving sister, and innumerable friends who will miss him amongst us. The funeral services were conducted by Loren Edwards Camp, S. of V., and a large number followed the remains to Highland cemetery in this city Wednesday afternoon. Elder Nation and Rev. McMurtry preached the funeral at the Christian chapel.

Feb 12, 1892 [last issue with news]

pg 3, col 1

Born/Died: To Mr. and Mrs. F.E. Randall, on Tuesday, February 9th, a boy. Dr. Gould. The little fellow lived until Wednesday morning when his infant spirit took its flight to the God of all.

pg 3, col 1

Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Parsons, on Tuesday, February 9th, a boy with a Kansas constitution. Dr. Gould in attendance.

pg 3, col 2

Married: At the residence of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. Tucker, on Tuesday evening, James Osborne, of Harper county, and Louisa Jane Hutchins, of this city, in the presence of a few friends. Elder J.E. Nicholson performed the ceremony. The groom has not yet passed the summer of his delight and showed himself extremely well pleased with the situation by warming congratulating W.T. Rouse, T.A. McClearey and Elder Nicholson on the privilege accorded them.

pg 3, col 3

Married: D.K. Hendley and Florence M. Martin were married Monday evening by Probate Judge Stevens. The marriage was quite a surprise to their relatives and friends. On next Sunday, the marriage ceremony will be repeated according to the rites of the Episcopal church. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. E. Martin and the groom is Mr. Martin's partner in the photograph business. The Cresset, together with their numerous friends and acquaintances extend to Mr. and Mrs. Hendley heart congratulations.

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