Allen
Axline
Bevens
Blickhahn
Brisbin
Carter
Chadwick
Chase
Clark
Cline
Cullins
Denn
Doles
Dudley
Durst
Eldred
Eldred
Elliott
Eslick
Eutsler
Fielding
Geppert
Gordon
Greeg
Greever
Hamlin
Hammond
Hargis
Harris
Hendrickson
Herron
Hooker
Hooker
Howard
Jenkins
Kimmel
Lawrance
Lawrence
Lindley
McNeal
McPherson
McWilliams
Merrell
Moore
Morris
Norman
Paddock
Pardee
Payne
Porter
Ramey
Reaves
Sample
Sanderson
Scott
Sheldon
Singer
Smith
Smith
Smith
Springer
Standiford
Starkey
Stith
Stone
Stone
Story
Strong
Swank
Thompson
Thompson
Tomblisen
Updike
Vaughn
Wainscott
Walton
Ward
Watkins
Welch
White
Yates

REEL #M865/KSHS Microfilm Collection

Medicine Lodge Cresset: Dec 1883-June 1884


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, December 13, 1883, T.A. McNeal and L.M. Axline were publishers and proprietors. Local news included coverage from the surrounding communities, as well as Medicine Lodge. This reel continues through September 24, 1885. 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)

Dec 13, 1883
Married: Our handsome Probate Judge made two more souls happy on Monday by uniting them in the bonds of matrimony. The contracting parties were Oscar Herron and Miss Amanda Smith, both of Harper county, Kas.

Dec 27, 1883
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Died: A son of W.H. Thompson died at his father's residence Monday night and was buried in the City Cemetery Tuesday afternoon. The deceased was never of robust constitution but was seemingly in about his usual health until a day or two before his death.
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Married: On Tuesday, our handsome and urbane Probate Judge was noticed walking backward and forward across the front yard of Jas. Springer, quietly gesticulating as he walked, his lips moving as if in silent prayer. It was some little time before the spectators "caught on" to what his honor was up to, but after a little it was ascertained that his business was to unite in the bonds of matrimony Mr. John Vaughn and Miss Grace Springer, daughter of Jas. Springer, and that the gestures, etc., were preparatory to getting off the ceremony in good shape.
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Married: Mr. Newt Lawrance and Miss Mattie Harris of Lake City township were married on Christmas Eve, at the residence of Dave Tomblisen. Squire Nurse performed the ceremony. Newt is known throughout the county as a well behaved, industrious young man, while Mattie, his bride, is equally popular among her acquaintances. We extend our congratulations to the newly married pair, with the hope that they may enjoy long life and happiness.
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Married: B.F. McPherson and bride stopped at the Medicine Lodge House on Thursday night, on their way to the ranch of Geo. Hendrickson, at Lake City. Mc secured his prize in the way of a companion for life, Miss Nellie Scott, at Lexington, Missouri. Mrs. McPherson is young, accomplished and handsome. It is decidedly flattering to Mc that at his age, he should have captured such a prize from younger rivals, for certainly as charming a young lady as Mrs. McPherson must have had plenty of admirers; but then, Mc always was lucky and then he holds his age well and doesn't look nearly so old as he really is. Scarcely anyone would take Mc to be over 55 at the outside, and many would suppose that he was even younger than that. But no matter about age. The bride showed her good judgment in choosing Mc in preference to a younger man, who would probably have more style but a good deal less sense.

Jan 3, 1884
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Born: Dr. Moore reports a seven and a half pound boy at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Eutsler on Walnut. The young man made his appearance on Monday evening.
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Died: Jacob Swank, Jr., at Wellington, on Sabbath evening, December 30th. Jake, as he was familiarly known here, had been employed during the past summer on the range of Brisbin Bros., in the Oklahoma country. Some four or five weeks ago, he came up to the Lodge on a visit, and after a short stay, started to return to the ranch. He was taken sick at Caldwell, and wrote to his employer, D.C. Brisbin, at Wellington. Mr. Brisbin went to Caldwell, and acting on the advice of the physician, started to bring him home. They came as far as Wellington on last Friday evening, when it was found that Jake was unable to go any further. Mr. B. sent word to Jake's father at this place, but owing to our necessarily slow means of communication, Mr. Swank did not receive the message in time to get to Wellington before his son's death. Before leaving the Lodge, Jake complained of not feeling entirely well, but nothing serious was apprehended. Mr. Swank and family have the sympathy of the community in their sudden and sad bereavement. The body of the deceased was brought over on Tuesday and will be buried in the City Cemetery today.

Jan 10, 1884
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Married: Though we learned of the marriage of Charles H. Eldred, general manager of the firm of Gregory, Eldred & Co., too late for publication last week, it is not too late to offer our congratulations to the worthy gentleman and his wife, who, we are pleased to learn, will make their home with us in the near future.
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Died: Little Johney, the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. A. Hooker, died of diphtheria on Monday evening and was buried in the city cemetery Tuesday. The little fellow was two years old and is spoken of as a more than ordinarily bright child. Four other children of Mr. Hooker were taken with the same dread disease but are recovering. Dr. Moore is attending them. [Memorial poem @ pg 5, col 2, Jan 31, for "Little Johnnie Hooker," signed H.A.H.]
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Married: On Thursday evening, Jan. 3rd, 1884, at the residence of the bride, on Cedar Creek, by Judge T.L. O'Bryan, Mr. Wm. Doles and Mrs. J.R. Eldred. Mr. Doles is one of our most substantial and well to do citizens, and his bride a highly respected well known lady. Mr. Doles and wife have our most earnest wishes for their long life, continued prosperity and unalloyed happiness.
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Married: At the residence of the bride's parents, in Cherokee county, Kansas, Dec. 31st, 1883, by the Rev. Robb, Mr. L.R. White, of Mt. Nebo, Pratt county, Kansas, and Miss Hattie Cline. The happy couple, accompanied by the bride's sister, Miss Debbie, arrived on yesterday's stage, on their way to Mr. White's ranch, near Mt. Nebo. Mr. White is an energetic young man, who has made a nice start in the stock business. The bride is an estimable and fine appearing young lady. We predict for the couple success and happiness.
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Born: The family of David Reaves numbers one more. It is a girl, and Dave is up and about again, accepting it as a Christmas gift, and is happy. [Mule Creek news]

Jan 17, 1884
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Born: Dr. Burney reports a 7 1/2 pound son born to Mr. and Mrs. T.L. Lindley, Jan. 15th. Mother and boy doing well. T.L. is still in a somewhat critical condition, but is recovering as rapidly as could be expected.
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Married: At the store of Standiford, Youmans & Rogers, on Monday evening, Jan. 14th, 1884, by His Honor, T.L. O'Bryan, Probate Judge, Mr. Harvey Elliott and Miss Belle Starkey, all of Barber county, Kansas. The newly married couple propose to make their home in Barber county. We hope that abundant success may attend their journey through life.
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Married: At the residence of the bride, in Barber county, Kansas, Jan. 8th, 1884, by John W., J.P., Mr. David Yates, of the OE range, to Mrs. C.J. Greeg [sic], of Barber county. The happy couple enjoy the good will and highest esteem of all their acquaintances and neighbors. May a long life of domestic peace and felicity crown the union.

Jan 24, 1884, pg 3, col 1
Born: There is joy in the heart of D.E. Sheldon. It's a boy and a bouncer. Dr. Kessler officiated.

Jan 31, 1884
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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Chase, Sunday, January 27th, a pair of twins. Dr. Kessler officiated.
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Born: Dr. Kessler reports fine twin girls at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Smith on Cedar Creek. The young ladies arrived Sunday, the 27th. This might be taken as a certificate as to the medicinal qualities of Cedar Creek water.
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Married: At the residence of Dr. S.M. Kessler, on Wednesday, January 30th, 1884, Mr. J.J. Chadwick to Miss Anna D. Gordon, both of this county. Rev. A. Axline officiating. The Cresset extends the usual congratulations and good wishes to this young couple who have decided to face the future together.

Feb 7, 1884
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Born: Dr. Moore reports a fine eight pound boy at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Watkins. The young man arrived the day before election.
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Birthday: Thursday last occurred the 25th anniversary of the birth of E. Sample, a well known and successful young attorney of this city, and the day and date will long linger in the minds of a small number of his friends, who on the evening of that date, gathered at the residence of Mrs. Doran to celebrate the event. The supper was one of the finest we ever had the pleasure of partaking, and the praise of the skill of the preparers thereof, was heard from all sides. After supper the company indulged in songs and jests until quite a late hour. Altogether, for a "stag party," we don't think it could be beat. Those present were: [C.T. Rigg, F.P. McAlister, George Burch, Jas. Fleming, John Dorher, George Horney, A. Updegraff, A.R. McKinney, E.P. Carruthers, Thomas Doran, Geo. Smith, J.W. Singer, Hank O'Brian, N.R. Roberts, L.M. Axline, and Will Johnson].

Feb 14, 1884
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Died: In Washington, D.C., on the 21st [?] day of January, 1884, of pneumonia, Selina D., second daughter of Dr. Lawrence and Mrs. S. Wilson, aged 6 years, 6 months and 17 days.
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Died: On Tuesday, Feb. 12th, from the effects of measles, Dwight Standiford, aged nearly one year. Little Dwight was a bright winsome little fellow and had just come o that age when children are most interesting and when tendrils of the parent's affection twine mostly close tenderly and closely around them. But death, grim, relentless death, mocks the entreaties of love, and with clammy hand rends the feeble barrier and snatches the flower before it has bloomed. All we can do is to offer our sympathy though we know that in a case like this pity seems cold as stone, and words of sympathy light as chaff.

Feb 21, 1884
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Died: The infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Emory Welch died on Friday of last week from the effects of measles and was buried in the city cemetery Saturday.
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Died: We are sorry to learn of the death of Mrs. D.A. Greever which occurred at her home near Liberty, Missouri last Saturday. Mrs. Greever has been long and favorably known in this community, as a most estimable lady, gentle and refined in manner and patient under continued suffering. We are told that a few weeks previous to her death, in talking with a friend, she stated her desire to live, giving as a reason that Mr. Greever had made a large amount of money and she would like to spend a good deal of it in clothing and feeding the poor little friendless waifs of Kansas City. Here was the true Christianity of the pattern set by the Judean peasant who fed the hungry multitude by the rocky shores of Galilee's sea, who touched the eyes of the blind and friendless beggar, and stooped to bless the children of the poor. Mrs. Greever leaves a devoted husband to mourn her loss but in his affliction he can have the consolation of knowing that the departed leaves a memory as fragrant as the violet and pure as the dew of the morning.

Feb 28, 1884
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Born: A seven and a half pound daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. J.W. McWilliams, of Little Mule Creek, last Saturday.
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Born: A nine pound boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Hargis of Upper Elm creek, last Friday. It is thought that Joe will be able to ride his line in a few days. Mrs. Hargis is doing as well as could be expected.
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Died: Henry J. Durst, the little son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry Durst, was buried in the city cemetery on Saturday. The little fellow was aged three years and four months. His death resulted from measles.

Mar 6, 1884, pg 3, col 2
Married: At the residence of the bride's parents, on Monday, march 4th, by Judge O'Bryan, Mr. Al. Bevens and Miss May Clark, daughter of Thos. Clark. Judge O'Bryan informs us that after the ceremony the guests and friends sat down to as elegant a dinner as could be served in the county. And also: Mar 13 @ pg 5: We understand that the marriage of Al. Bevans [sic] and Miss May Clark, which was reported to us just as we were going to press last week, and which we have not had room to comment on, was about as pleasant an affair as has ever occurred in the county. Miss Gerlie Skeen, as organist, furnished excellent music, and according to the testimony of Judge O'Bryan and Col. Ely, the guests were treated to an elegant supper. The groom is a young man of good habits and possessed of the very necessary qualifications of industry and good common sense. With the bride, we have not the pleasure of being personally acquainted, but we rely on Al's judgment and have no doubt he has made a good bargain. In speaking of this, we might remark that there is an interesting question of relationship connected with it. The bride's father had previously married the sister of the groom, and now becomes the brother-in-law of his son-in-law. Now, suppose, in the course of human events, there should be some little olive branches accumulated about the domicile of Mr. and Mrs. A. Bevans. Will Al be the grand-uncle of his children or will the bride's father be grandfather of his nieces and nephews as the case may be? The question is a little beyond our latitude. If any of our readers are interested in the question of lineage or matrimonial relationship, they can figure on this in their leisure moments.

Mar 13, 1884
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Died: Mr. A. Walton, father of Mrs. B.F. Woodward, died at Mr. Woodward's residence Saturday last at the advanced age of 79 years, and was buried in the city cemetery on Monday. Mr. Walton had been in feeble health for some time previous to his death which was not unexpected.
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Married: At the residence of the bride's parents on Sunday, March 9th, 1884, by T.L. O'Bryan, Mr. F.A. Dudley to Miss Matilda Hamlin, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Hamlin. The Cresset extends congratulations.

Mar 20, 1884
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Born: We understand that Squire Paddock, of Elm Creek, is tramping high, wide and lively, all on account of that boy born last week.
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Died: We are sorry to learn of the sad bereavement of our friend, Ed. Allen, in the death of his wife which occurred at the home of her parents, near Neodesha, Kansas, on Saturday last. Mrs. Allen was the daughter of E.B. Merrell, of Neodesha, and at the time of her death was in the 24th year of her age. Ed. has the sympathy of his hundreds of friends and acquaintances in his deep and untimely loss.
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Married: On Tuesday evening last a small circle of friends and acquaintances gathered at the residence of our prosperous hardware merchant and estimable lady, Mr. and Mrs. S.E. Stone to witness the ceremony which united in marriage their eldest daughter, Mina, to our well known and popular young druggist, James R. Fielding. The marriage ceremony which was brief and to the point, was performed by Prof. Quick, pastor of the Christian church of this place. Not being an observing individual or a connoisseur in matters of dress, we feel that it is a little out of our latitude to attempt a description of [the clothing] of either the bride or groom. We have a sort of vague impression at thee present writing that the bride wore a very becoming pale blue silk and we know that she presented so charming an appearance that after the festivities were over, we wandered to a secluded spot and kicked ourself a few rounds for having allowed Jim to quietly carry off such a prize. As for Jim, we think he was dressed in a dark suit, but our attention was particularly directed to the expression of his countenance which indicated that he regarded his proper name as Eli, and had no sympathy for the thin haired bachelors who are left to wander buttonless and forlorn in the world of bedbugs and sorrow. After the ceremony came a most elegant supper, after which the company were entertained with music furnished by Mrs. Dr. Kessler, Miss Hattie Smith, Mr. and Mrs. Flato, Mrs. W.W. Cook, Mrs. J.R. Fleming and Mr. D. Updyke. The bride and groom were remembered by their friends in the following list of elegant presents: A Conover Bros. upright piano by the bride's father, S.E. Stone; an elegant set of parlor furniture, John Fleming and wife; cookstove and furniture, to Mina with accompanying note, "May every meal you cook make your husband smile," Uncle Geo. and Linda Geppert; a set of solid silver spoons, Geo. Stone and wife, Geo. Calkins and wife, and H.M. Dunham and wife; hand-painted mirror, Miss Hattie Smith; oil painting, "Ruins of the Mill," Mrs. Dr. Kessler; guitar, Dr. Kessler; large mirror set in plush, R.B. Clark; ebony music cabinet, D.W. Wing; silver cake dish, T.A. McNeal; and nine handsome bouquets of Kansas grown flowers, Chas. Stiles. [This is only a partial listing]

Mar 27, 1884
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Died: At Sharon, March 18th, 1884, Little Josie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hammond, aged five years. Josie was the household pet and will be sadly missed by those who loved her. The parents have the sympathy of the community in their bereavement.
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Born: If anybody has noticed an unusual briskness in the way Recorder Lem Moore gets about the streets they can attributed it to the advent of that fine boy born yesterday.
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Anniversary: R.L. Carter and wife, of Upper Elm, passed the forty-first anniversary of their married life Monday [Mar 24th]. Although they have journeyed long on the way, the couple are still full of life, ambition and energy, with the prospect of many years still before them; and without any desire to flatter, we can say that we know of nobody whom their neighbors would like to live longer than Mr. and Mrs. R.L. Carter.

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Born: Dr. Burney reports a fine boy, born to Mr. and Mrs. Lee Porter, Monday [Mar 24]. Mother and son are doing as well as could be expected. Lee gives it as his opinion that they can all take their hop juice and mixed drinks that want to, but for his part he prefers a little Porter to any of them.

Apr 10, 1884, pg 5, col 1
Born: Dr. Burney reports a twelve pound girl born to Mr. and Mrs. B.B. Norman, last Saturday [Apr 5]. It is evident that B.B. is determined to show what thoroughbred Norman stock is.

Apr 17, 1884
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Born: Dr. Burney reports a very handsome girl baby born to Mr. and Mrs. Dave Stith on Tuesday morning [Apr 15]. Mother and daughter both doing well. Dave is still feeble but has the proud look of a man who has done his duty to his country.
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Born: Mrs. Geo. Sanderson presented her husband with a healthy and handsome daughter on Tuesday [Apr 15] evening; that is George would have received the present if he hadn't been absent rustling with poison ivy on his claim at the time. As it was, Dr. Burney and Mr. O. Rogers were left to manage matters on this important occasion. George has been called in, and says that from what little he can see out of one eye, the young lady is about as handsome as the old man.
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Died: The funeral of Mrs. Samuel Denn occurred on Sabbath last. The funeral sermon being preached by Rev. Axline at the Presbyterian church. Mrs. Denn was one of the most highly respected ladies in our community. That her loss was deeply deplored was shown by the great degree of sympathy and feeling manifested at her funeral. As the weeping friends gathered to take their last look at the pale face of the dead, there were but few dry eyes among the assembly, which filled the church. Mrs. Denn was a Christian woman whose life corresponded with her profession. Her nature was so full of gentleness that she had not, so far as we know, a single enemy. This is the most expressive tribute that we can pay to her memory.

May 8, 1884
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Died: Mr. August Hooker, an old and esteemed citizen of our community, fell dead on the street on Saturday last from the effect of heart disease. Mr. Hooker has not been a rugged man for some time but his death at this time was entirely unexpected. He had driven to town in the morning, apparently in his usual health. A little before noon, as he was standing in front of Eli Smith's drug store, he was seen to suddenly stagger and fall. Several parties who were near rushed to his assistance and carried him into the store, but found on examination that he was already dead. Mr. Hooker has long been known here as a poor but honest and hard working man, who enjoyed the respect and esteem of his neighbors. Mr. Hooker, like many other men in this new west had seen trying times, but the road was growing smoother and the prospect brighter. Under all these circumstances and considering the fact that he had a large family depending upon him for support, his sudden death seems especially sad, and calls for the deepest sympathy from the community. Mr. Hooker's remains were buried in the city cemetery on Sabbath forenoon, and were attended to the place of interment by a large number of the friends and acquaintances of the deceased. And also: @ May 29, 1884: Mr. Hooker, brother of A. Hooker, who died so suddenly some three weeks ago of heart disease, arrived last week. He was preparing to move to this country and had his household goods at Harper at the time of his brother's death. He will become a citizen of our county. [See below @ Jul 23, 1885 for Mrs. Hooker's remarriage to William F. Rogers.]
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Died: Mr. E.Wiley Payne, late president of the Medicine Valley Bank, who died from the effects of his wound last Thursday [in the abortive bank robbery of April 30, 1884], was in the very prime of a strong, vigorous manhood, being but thirty-seven years of age. In many respects Mr. Payne was a remarkable man. His strong will and remarkable energy made him a natural leader even among those who were his superiors in mental accomplishments. Prompt in making up his decisions. with him to think was to act. That he was a man of remarkable financial ability was shown by the fact that while starting poor, he had in a few years, accumulated a handsome fortune. That this ability was generally recognized was shown by the number of important positions to which he had been chosen. In addition to being president of the bank, he was also a director of the Comanche County Pool and also a director in perhaps the largest and most successful live stock organization in the world, the Cherokee Strip Live Stock Association. There are in this world a few men who are so happily constituted that they seem to make no enemies and at the same time are men of influence. There are other men who make no enemies simply because they never have an opinion which they dare to oppose to the opinion of anybody else. This class of men are mere ciphers in a community. Mr. Payne belonged to neither of these classes. His impulsive temperament coupled with a determined will naturally made him clash sometimes with his fellow men and he had perhaps his share of enemies. For ourselves, though we have sometimes passed sharp words with Mr. Payne, through the columns of our respective papers, yet our personal relations with him have always been pleasant in their character. We have differed widely from him at times but we have always admired his promptness and courage of expression. But whatever faults he had, let the recollection of them be forgotten. What good deeds he did, what noble qualities he possessed, let the memory of them live green forever, and may time deal gently with the widow and orphans. The remains of Mr. Payne were buried with Masonic honors on Friday. The funeral discourse was preached in the Presbyterian church by Prof. Quick, the house being crowded to its utmost capacity.
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Died: Although we have already noticed briefly the life and character of Geo. Geppert, we feel that a more extended notice is due his memory. [Mr. Geppert, cashier of the Medicine Valley Bank, was killed during the April 30th bank robbery.] We have already said that there are some men so happily constituted by nature that they can have an opinion of their own, occupy an influential station in society and still seemingly make no enemies. Such a man was George Geppert. Considering his large business transactions which brought him in contact during the year with almost every man in the county, it is remarkable even while he lived, we never heard any one speak of him in a tone of bitterness, while there was a multitude whom he had placed under obligations by acts of accommodation and personal kindness. His position and disposition made him emphatically a man of the people and on the morning of the tragedy, strong men wept like children and when the long procession wound slowly from the church to the burying ground on the prairie, it was made up not simply of sorrowing relatives and respectful neighbors, but it was a gathering of people who came to bury a friend and mingle their tears in common at his sepulcher. The funeral sermon was preached at the Presbyterian church on Sunday afternoon by Rev. Quick. The crowd was so immense that many were unable to obtain even standing room inside the church. The funeral services were conducted under the auspices of the Masons and Odd Fellows lodges, of both which orders Mr. Geppert was an honored member.
And also: Barber County Index Reel #805 @ Feb 21, 1890, pg 3, col 3: The remains of George Geppert, who was killed here by bank robbers, in April, 1884, were disinterred last Sunday and shipped, with the monument that stood at the grave, to Allegan, Michigan, the old home of the deceased, where Mrs. Geppert is now living. S.E. Stone and T.S. Updyke, brother-in-law, and nephew, superintended the removal.

May 15, 1884
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Died: On Saturday, May 10th 1884, of brain fever, Charlie Strong, son of Mr. and Mrs. Mortimer Strong, aged 16 years and five months. Charley was an unusually bright and thoughtful boy. Although the greater part of his life had been spent in a hotel where he was brought in contact with a great variety of people, he had none of that forwardness and impudence so common to boys raised under such circumstances, but on the contrary he was always courteous and gentlemanly beyond his years. He was popular among his young companions and his brightness, good breeding and attention to business made him a favorite with older people as well. The funeral sermon was preached to a large assembly in the Presbyterian church on Sabbath afternoon by Rev. Quick. It is a sad and solemn thing to lay even the aged man in the shadows of the tomb though we know that his limbs are weary and life a burden, but it is sadder by far when the fair haired boy who is just looking out into the green meadows of life finds the gates closed by the remorseless hand of death. And were it not for the hope which lingers in the breast, that there is some place where a brighter and happier existence shall even up for the pleasures denied him here, it would seem that a great mistake has been made somewhere in the economy of human life.
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Married: We neglected to mention in our last issue that there were two more souls in Barber county with but a single thought, two hearts that beat as one. We refer to the marriage of Mr. James Kimmel and Miss Ilene Pardee, which happy event transpired, if we are correctly informed, one week ago Sunday. We propose the following toast: "Here's hoping that their web of union may be so strongly woven that it will never rip, ravel or tear."
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Died: Charles Smith, a well known and highly respected citizen, died very suddenly at his place on Cedar Creek last Wednesday. He had started in company with his wife and babies to drive to a neighbor's when his team took fright and ran away. Mr. Smith held to the lines and finally stopped the runaways, but almost immediately after fell exhausted. Assistance was summoned and he was taken back to his house and Dr. Burney sent for, but before the Dr. arrived, Mr. Smith had breathed his last. His death is supposed to have been the result of heart disease brought to a fatal termination be excitement and over exertion in stopping the runaways. Charley has been a resident of our county for the past five years or more, and was known as an honest, upright man and one of our most quiet and peaceable citizens. He leaves a wife and two infant children, twins, who have the sympathy of the entire community, in their loss of a supporter and protector. And also @ May 29: Isaac Cullins, father of Mrs. Chas. Smith, came down from Peabody, Kansas, to assist his daughter in straightening up her deceased husband's business. He returned to his home Monday, accompanied by his daughter. Also @ May 29: George Smith has been appointed administrator of the estate of Charley Smith, deceased, and will proceed to settle up the estate as speedily as possible. All parties indebted to or holding accounts against the deceased will govern themselves accordingly.

Jun 5, 1884
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Born: Henry Blickhahn was shoving the Havanas around on Tuesday, and on our inquiring the reason of this thusness [sic], he simply remarked that it was a girl, weight nine pounds, and handsome as a picture.
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Married: At the Christian church in Lexington, Missouri, on Wednesday, May 28th, Mr. Chas. Wainscott, of Medicine Lodge, Kansas, and Miss Mattie Ramey, of Lexington, Missouri, Rev. Blackwell officiating. The bride and groom arrived at the Lodge Friday evening last, and were given a cordial reception by the inhabitants. We might also remarked that they struck Charley some 5 or 6 boxes of cigars. As has been remarked by Dr. Ayers, they swarmed around him spontaneously. The bride is a handsome blonde, modest and ladylike in appearance, and will be welcomed to Medicine Lodge society. We heartily congratulate Charley on his good fortune.

Jun 19, 1884
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Born: Dr. Burney reports a fine girl born to Mr. and Mrs. Bunk Ward last Thursday.
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Born: J.W. Howard, of Cedar Creek, wears a 2x4 smile on account of that handsome daughter born last Thursday. Dr. Burney, master of ceremonies.
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Born: Another Republican was born at the house of our popular merchant, H.C. Thompson, last Sunday. This is the first boy and H.C. is correspondingly happy.
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Died: Mrs. Morris, wife of William Morris, died at her home in this city on Sabbath last, and was buried in the city cemetery on Monday. The affliction is a severe one to her husband and friends, who have the sympathy of the community in the hour of trouble.
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Married: At the residence of the bride's parents, by Rev. W.H. Gillam, Thursday, June 12th, 1884, Mr. John Singer and Miss Bertha Story, all of Medicine Lodge, Kansas. John has been a well known and highly respected citizen of the Lodge for the past four years. His bride is a blooming lady of sweet sixteen, with a prospect of health and long life before her. We hope they may see plenty of fun and accumulate an abundance of currency and comforts. We are happy to say in this connection that in spite of his long period of bachelorhood, John tumbles readily into the ways of matrimony. Although he has been a "Singer" all his life, he will hereafter be a "Domestic" man, a "Light running Domestic." For fear that somebody may not catch the thread of this last remark, we will say that it is intended for a joke, a machine joke made to order.

Jun 26, 1884, pg 5, col 1
Married: Our handsome Probate Judge, who is getting to be decidedly slick at such business, slipped the matrimonial shackles on another couple last Thursday. The contracting parties were Harvey Eslick and Miss Jennie Jenkins, all of Pratt county.

Jul-Dec 1884

Barber County Newspapers



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