Allen
Anderson
Apple
Austin
Axline
Axline
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Bias
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Bowen
Brown
Buck
Burney
Cart
Chapin
Chatham
Clark
Cook
Cooper
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Davis
Davis
Decker
DeWitt
Doles
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Ennis
Fay
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Frane
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Frey
Gallagher
Geppert
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Harris
Hart
Higgins
Hoffman
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Ihrig
Iliff
Jackson
Jameson
John
Johnson
Jones
Kelly
Kerfner
Kerfner
Kettell
Kiefuer
Kirk
Lacy
LaFebre
Lane
Lewis
Lockert
Love
Lytle
Mathews
McElwain
McKinnon
McNeal
Meincke
Miller
Millikin
Mills
Morgan
Murphy
Nickmun
Ornholz
Orton
Parsons
Patterson
Roberts
Rogers
Rogers
Rosenbry
Rosenbury
Rouse
Rumsey
Saul
Schaeffer
Schmidt
Schmidt
Schuler
Sims
Skeen
Smith
Sparks
Standiford
Stith
Stone
Sullivan
Surby
Taber
Tackett
Taliaferro
Taylor
Taylor
Taylor
Throckmorton
Tyler
Updegraff
Vaughn
Wadleigh
Walstad
Warner
Weidner
Welch
Weltshire
Wicholdson
Wilson
Woodard

REEL #M866/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, October 1, 1885, 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 October 25, 1888. 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 7, 1886
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Marriage License: Issued on December 30th to Mr. Edward Millikin and Miss N.A. McKinnon.
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Born: Dr. S.M. Kessler reports a pair of twins born to Mr. and Mrs. D.C. Kettell on Tuesday, January 5th. They were boys and tipped the beam at five pounds each.
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Married: On Wednesday evening of last week, Mr. Isaac Saul and Miss Etta Doles were united in the holy bonds of matrimony by his Honor, the Probate Judge. The bride is the oldest daughter of our esteemed fellow citizen, Wm. Doles.
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Married: We see from the records that Ed Buck has grown tired of going it alone and taken unto himself a wife in the person of Miss Julia A. Lacy. Well, Ed, old boy, here is our [handshake icon]. Never mind the cigars. We had almost forgotten to say that the ceremony was performed on New Year's eve by Squire Nurse of Lake City.
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Married: This office desires to acknowledge the receipt of some fine wedding cake presented by Oscar Throckmorton of Little Mule. Unfortunately Oscar did not state the name of the fair bride, neither do the Probate records show the same. We know, however, that Oscar is a young man of good judgment and presume that he has made a good selection. And also @ Jan 21, pg 3, col 1: The young lady who has taken the contract to make Oscar Throckmorton happy is, or was before she was married, Cora Hopkins. We used every endeavor last week to find out this lady's name but failed.
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Married: Cards were received at this office announcing the marriage at Cleveland, Ohio, of Harry N. Patterson to Miss Ermin E. Miller, last (Wednesday) evening, January 6th. Harry is a Barber county boy and has a nice ranch on Elm creek in the vicinity of Elm Mills, where he and his wife will probably make their home. The Cresset extends heartiest congratulations and wishes for happiness, prosperity, etc.

Jan 21, 1886
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Married: Last Friday, Judge Hardy united Reuben Nickmun and Anna Frey in the holy bonds of matrimony. The Judge grew eloquent while describing to us the beauty of the bride and the virtues of the groom. Mr. Nickmun is, we understand, one of the most prosperous men of our county living in the vicinity of Aetna. He owns considerable land and several buildings. The Cresset wishes them "much joy."
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Died: At his residence in this city, Tuesday afternoon, January 19th, Samuel Curd of pneumonia. Samuel W. Curd was born in Harris, Mercer county, Kentucky, June 11th, 1835, and at his death was 49 years, 7 months and 8 days old. He came to Barber county on the 17th day of June, 1882, and has since resided here. He was engaged in the cattle business for some time after he came to this county and held his stock on Cedar creek, but made his home in this city most of the time. Mr. Curd was a member of the Masonic fraternity and also a member of the Christian church. He leaves a wife and several children who have the sympathy of all. Mr. Curd's death is probably almost directly due to exposure last fall and this winter while transferring express from Attica to Medicine Lodge. Being a man of almost indomitable energy, he was always up and attending to business when he should have been in bed. He would start early in the morning and not get back until late at night, driving through the rain and storms until his constitution was thoroughly broken. The funeral will take place at his residence today under the direction of the A.F. & A.M. fraternity of this city. Thus a respected citizen of our county will be laid away in the embraces of the cold, cold earth, with a mantle of pure white snow over and around him as an emblem of that part which we are taught and know is destined for immortality.

Jan 28, 1886
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Died: At his residence, near this city, on Tuesday, Jan. 26th, 1886, of consumption, Mr. P.H. Chapin. Mr. P.H. Chapin, the subject of this sketch, was born in Indiana, August 22, 1833, moved to Henderson county, Illinois, in 1840, where he resided until the year 1879, when, on account of poor health he came to Barber county, Kansas. The first five years he improved in health and was very active in business, but during the past two years, his health has gradually declined. His sickness was protracted for weeks, during which time his sufferings were great. He bore all with Christian fortitude and one the last day, while in the full possession of his faculties, he felt the hour of departure near and expressed himself as ready and willing to go. He was the second child of a family of four, three of whom are now living. His aged mother is also alive. He was married in 1860 to Mary Wadleigh. Of this union, five children were born, three of whom are still living. He was a man highly respected by all. He never wronged any man knowingly and altogether was a model as a man and citizen. The funeral will take place from the residence on Friday, January 29th, at 11 o'clock A.M.
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Died: "The Shadow of the Valley" - At his office in this city, on Tuesday, January 26, 1886, Dr. H.W. Meincke, of pneumonia, in the 37th year of his age. Dr. H.W. Meincke was born in Bredesheck [spelling obscured], Schleswig Holstein, Germany, in the year 1849, came to this country when he was 19 years old; graduated at the medical university of Louisville in 1881, went west and spent some time in the mountains for his health and then located in Medicine Lodge. His only living relative so far as is known is an aged mother who still resides in Germany. The doctor was a very conservative man and but very little is known in regard to his antecedents or his previous life. What is know was gathered principally from his papers. He was a member of the order of Ancient Woodmen who have given him every attention that thoughtful minds could conceive and willing hands execute. [A.O.U.W. fraternal resolution follows.]

Feb 4, 1886
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Born: Last Wednesday night, January 27, there was born to Mr. and Mrs. Weltshire, of this city, a girl of regulation weight.
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Born: Dr. Moore introduced to Mr. and Mrs. E.A. Welch, last Thursday, the 28th, a bouncing ten pound girl baby. The girl babies seem to be taking the country.
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Married: Last Friday, Jan. 29, license was issued by the probate judge allowing Henry Cart and Mary A. Cook to join their hands and fortunes. Both are from the vicinity of Hazelton. The groom puts his age at twenty-three and the bride puts her age at eighteen.
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Died: The sad intelligence has reached us last Saturday that J.T. Taylor, an ex-Barber county citizen, had died at his residence in Rainbelt, Meade county, on January 12, 1886. Mr. Taylor came to Barber county in the year 1878 or early in the spring of 1879 and located at Kiowa. In the fall of 1879 he was elected sheriff of Barber county and filled the office for one term. A little over a year ago he went to Meade county and settled, whither he was shortly followed by his wife and daughter. Mr. Taylor was about fifty years of age at the time of his death. During the war he fought for the Union in the Eighth Missouri cavalry; was a sober, upright, industrious man, and since his removal to Meade county has accumulated considerably property. His death was caused by paralysis and he was first taken sick December 3, 1885.
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Married: Eli Austin the accommodating competent prescription clerk at Fleming & Flato's city drug store, slipped back to his old home at Waverly, Illinois, last week and was married. The name of the bride is, or was, Miss Ada Rogers, and the ceremony took place at the residence of the bride's grandmother in Waverly, last Thursday, January 28, 1886. The newly married couple arrived in Medicine Lodge Saturday, the 30th, and since their arrival have been domiciled at the residence of F.W. Flato, but will shortly go to housekeeping in the southwest part of town. Eli has made a host of friends since he came to the Lodge, by his strict attention to business, courteous manners and accommodating ways, and he and his fair bride will be warmly welcomed by all.

Feb 18, 1886
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Died: Last Friday, the infant boy of Mr. and Mrs. Rouse died of pneumonia and was buried Saturday. He was but three and one-half months old and had been a fair, bright child. The sweet caresses of those baby fingers and that bright baby smile have gone. He went before he learned to lisp the dear words "papa" or "mama," but also before he had an opportunity to become tainted with the sins of earth and his memory will always be cherished as a bright gleam of silvery slight by his parents, no matter how dark the back ground and surroundings may look.
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Married: "The Golden Chain" - Yesterday (Wednesday) evening, at the residence of the bride's sister, Mrs. J.B. John, in Aetna, Kansas, William C. Dark to Hillia Allen, both of this county. For many years, Will has trod the paths of "single blessedness," and it has been thought by his numerous friends that he was a confirmed bachelor, but he has met his fate at last, and he gave up like a man, in fact, seemed to be cheerful about it. Several years ago, he came to this country from Missouri and engaged in the stock business, being very successful. In the fall of 1884, he engaged in merchandising in company with E.M. Byerley and W.T. Rouse. In a short time Mr. Rouse sold his interest to John S. Runyan and the firm of Byerley, Dark and Runyan has become justly prominent in our city and county. For some time Mr. Dark has been managing this firm's branch house at Aetna, where he met Miss Allen, and with her consent, concluded to trot in double harness. We have not he pleasure of acquaintance with the bride but understand that she is a very handsome, intelligent young lady and the Cresset wishes them all the joy, happiness and prosperity that it is possible to crowd into one life.
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Married: At the residence of the bride, in New Kiowa, on Wednesday, February 10th, 1886, by Rev. Chas. H. Burleigh, D.T. Flynn to Mrs. Ada Chatham, both of New Kiowa. Dennis Flynn is an old newspaper man and the hardships of life have no terrors for him, but we don't know whether he can stand this great joy or not. Mrs. Chatham is a lady of rare beauty and attainments and the Cresset , along with the rest of their many friends wishes them all the joy and success their hearts could wish for.

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Married: James F. Rogers of Hodgman county came in last Friday and persuaded Judge Hardy to allow him to marry Miss Mollie Fox, one of Barber's fair daughters.

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Born: Dr. S.M. Kessler reports a ten pound girl born to Mr. and Mrs. Smith Love, on Monday, March 1st, 1886. Mr. Love resides on ____ Smith's ranch on the west side of the river.

Mar 11, 1886, pg 3, col 1
Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Anson Jameson, yesterday (Wednesday), March 10th, 1886, a handsome girl of regulation heft. Mother and child doing well. Anson set up the cigars like a man.

Mar 18, 1886
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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Henry Apple on last Saturday, March 13th, 1886, a ten pound boy. Dr. Kessler officiated.
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Married: Last Saturday, Judge Hardy issued a license for the marriage of Thos. J. Sparks, of Doniphan county, Kansas, to Miss Julia A. Frazier, of this county.

Mar 25, 1886
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Married: A young couple at Hazelton, S.P. Smith and Elizabeth Wicholdson, were granted a license by Judge Hardy to trod the rugged path of life together, last week, and probably 'ere this are tied up and happy.
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Died: "Another Old Settler Gone" - We were very much surprised last Saturday at hearing of the death of Pat Gallagher, the day before - Friday, March 19, 1886 - at his place on Big Mule creek, in Comanche county, aged thirty years. W.W. Standiford, who brought the sad news to this city, was at his place when he passed away, and says he was perfectly rational up to the last moment and met the summons with a bravery and fortitude rarely witnessed. Some eight or ten days before his death, Mr. Gallagher was attacked with a sore throat or bronchial affection, but being a strong man of indomitable will and energy, he would not give up and when the doctor was sent for, the day before his death, it was against his protests. A couple of doctors were finally secured, but all they could do was to ease his pain at the closing moments. Pat Gallagher was one of the earliest settlers in this section, and almost every canyon in this section of the state and the Indian territory has echoed back his cheery song as he watched and cared for the "cattle on the thousand hills." Some years ago, he married Miss Julia Feltner, of Lake City, and settled on his ranch in Comanche county, and since that time has by hard work accumulated considerable property. Four children at the result of the union and his widow is almost heartbroken. He was, as we have said, a man of exceptional will and energy, kind hearted, brave and square dealing. In the days of yore, he was a little wild, ready at any time for a foot or horse race or wrestling match, but never carrying his fun to such an extent that it would interfere with the comfort of others. He was buried at Lake City, in this county, last Saturday by the I.O.O.F. fraternity. [See Reel #M863 @ Oct 22, 1880 for marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Gallagher.]

Apr 1, 1886
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Born: Dr. Moore reports a ten pound boy born to Mr. and Mrs. B.T. Woodard Tuesday, March 30th, 1886. Mother and boy doing well.
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Marriage License: Last Tuesday, Judge Hardy issued a license to William H. Jackson and Sarah L.DeWitt, both of Barber county, allowing then them to tread life's thorny path together.
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Died: Mrs. P.O. Davis, well known in the vicinity of Hazelton, died at her home in Comanche county, on March 20th. Her husband is one of the owners of the Enterprise , the new Nescutunga paper.
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Married: On Monday evening, at the residence of Geo. W. Hoffman, Judge Hardy, in his inimitable way, tied the matrimonial knot for John F. Davidson and Ella Sullivan, both of Aetna. The happy couple returned to Aetna Tuesday.

Apr 8, 1886
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Died: Mrs. McElwain, a lady a little past middle age died at her residence near Lake City on Monday, April 5th, and was buried in the cemetery near this city yesterday. She was a lady loved and respected by all who knew her.
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Born: On March 28th, 1886, a nine pound baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. J.A. Sims, who live near Lake City, this county. Mother and child doing well.
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Married: At the residence of the bride's parents, east of this city on Antelope Flat, on Sunday, April 4th, 1886, August Schmidt was married to Miss Ida M. Murphy. About the only reason August would give for the rash act when confronted was that he "was tired boarding." Five years in a hotel was enough for him. Mr. Schmidt is an exemplary young many with considerable property. they are keeping house in August's new domicile - that he built to rent - in the north end. They have the Cresset's best wishes. And on Aug 15 @ pg 3: The statement last week that Mr. August Schmidt and Miss Ida Murphy were married at the residence of the bride's parents was incorrect. They were married by Rev. W.H. Gillam at the M.E. parsonage on Sabbath afternoon of April 4th, in the presence of a few friends.
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Married: When it was whispered around last Thursday (April 1st or All fool's day) that Nick Roberts and Miss Maggie Updegraff had been married on the evening previous, many believed it to be one of the "canards" of the day and did not give it credence, yet it turned out to be true. The young couple were married by Judge Hardy, Wednesday evening, March 31st, 1886, and henceforth will enjoy the pleasures and prosperity and battle the darkness and storms of life together. Both are so well [known] that it is almost useless to add any side remarks, yet we will have our say. Mr. Roberts has been successful in business here and from a worldly point of view is able to care for a wife. Maggie Updegraff will be remembered especially by all old settlers as the winsome, bright-eyed little girl that used to play about the old Medicine Lodge House when that was the only hotel in the city, and the venerable Judge Updegraff, her father, was the landlord. They will hardly realize that she has grown to be a woman and has taken on herself the solemn responsibilities of a wife. Yet, such is life and the world moves. The Cresset sincerely hopes they may never find a cloud of trouble that cannot be broken and dispelled by the sunshine of hope, and may hope and confidence, the lights of life, guide them safely through.

Apr 15, 1886
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Marriage: On April 9th, issued for the marriage of Benjamin Ihrig of Oregon to Miss Sarah M. Ennis of this county. The captivating beauty and intelligence of Barber's fair ones draws the youths from all over the country.
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Died: Mrs. M.F. Taylor, a relative of the Geppert and Stone families of this city, died at her home in Meade county last week. She was interred in the cemetery at this place yesterday, Wednesday. Mr. and Mrs. Taylor spent several months in this city last summer and have a large number of friends here.
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Married: Last Sunday, April 11th, 1886, at the residence of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. E.D.Crouse, of Antelope Flat, Frank B. Orton and Miss Lucinda K. Crouse were married. Both are of Barber county. The young couple have quite a circle of acquaintances in this section who will rejoice to hear of their marriage.
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Marriage: Cards are out announcing the marriage of M.J. Lane and Miss Gerlie Skeen, on next Wednesday, April 21st, 1886. Probably no other two young people in this county have as wide circle of acquaintances as those just mentioned, and if appearances indicate anything, their married life will be as near like an unruffled summer dream as any that ever occurred or could be imagine. And Apr 22, 1886 @ pg 3, col 3: Married - At the residence of the bride's parents at Roundup, on Wednesday evening, April 21st, 1886, M.J. Lane and Miss Gerlie Skeen, both of this county. A large number of friends of the contracting parties from all over the county were in attendance and many handsome, substantial presents were made the happy couple. M.J. Lane, well and popularly known all over southwest Kansas and the Indian Territory as "Uncle Mat" is an old settler and a veteran cow man - yet young in years and he is well fixed financially. His cattle are on a hundred hills at least, while his stage lines, the arteries of commerce west of us, reach out almost to the Colorado line. Besides all these, he has social and intellectual qualities which alone enabled him to win the prize he called his own last night. Miss Skeen is a pleasant, accomplished and handsome young lady, who is known and respected by almost all the inhabitants of our county. Almost two years ago she was elected to the responsible position of Superintendent of Public Instruction and has since filled the position with credit to herself and the county. The many friends of this well-mated couple wish them all the joy it is possible to crowd in one short life. The Cresset throws its old shoe.
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Married: At the residence of the bride's parents in this city, on Wednesday, April 14th, 1886, at 10 o'clock A.M., by Rev. A. Axline, W.A. Schuler to Mis Kate Burney. We might throw in a few remarks about wedding bells and orange blossoms, but will simply state, as both are well known to our citizens, that Mr. Schuler is a young man of means, honor and integrity and that Miss Burney is one of the Lodge's fairest daughters, loved and respected by all for her many lady-like qualities. Probably no other young couple ever started out life in Medicine Lodge under more favorable auspices and probably no other will have more good wishes and prayers for their happiness and success. They have solemnly agreed to care for and comfort each other so long as they "both shall live" and we know each will do his or her part. The Cresset extends its best wishes. The happy couple departed immediately after the ceremony to visit with relatives in Illinois. They will be gone a couple of weeks when they will move into the new house of the groom in the north end of town. And on May 13, pg 3, col 2: W.A. Schuler and wife returned from their bridal tour Tuesday, both looking well and happy. They report a pleasant visit with Mr. Schuler's relatives in Illinois and Iowa. As soon as they secure their furniture they will move into their residence on Park Hill, but until that arrives will make their home with J.C. Wadsworth, west of [the] city. [See Jul 21, 1887 @ pg 3, for death of Kate Burney Schuler.]

Apr 22, 1886
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Died: From the Union , we learn that Robt. Fishburn, an old settler living at Sun City, died on April 10th, 1886, in the 71st year of his age. Mr. Fishburn was a native of Yorkshire, England; came to the United States in 1863 and to Barber county, Kansas, in 1873. He leaves a number of grown children, residents of Sun [City] to mourn his death.

Apr 29, 1886, pg 3
Died: David Stith, the well known stock man, died at his home in this city last Friday morning, April 23rd, 1886, at three o'clock, of apoplexy of the heart. [The] deceased was well known and respected all over this section. He had not been well for some time, but was not considered in any particular danger. The funeral took place from the residence on Saturday, April 24th, at 4 o'clock, P.M., under the direction of the A.F.&A.M. Lodge of this city, the only ceremony being the beautiful impressive burial exercises of that order. The number of friends that followed the remains to the grave was probably as large as at any funeral that has occurred in the county. And on May 6, 1886 @ pg 3, col 1: We erred last week in stating that David Stith died from apoplexy of the heart. We should have said congestion of the brain.

May 6, 1886
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Born: Dr. Burney reports a standard weight boy born to Mr. and Mrs. John Iliff yesterday (Wednesday) morning, May 5, 1886. Our readers must bear in mind that the "standard weight" in Barber county means ten pounds down right.
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Marriage License: Issued out of the Probate court on Friday, April 30th, 1886, allowing Harry E.Mathews and Miss May Rumsey, of New Kiowa, to marry. Returns have not been made as yet and we cannot conscientiously congratulate the happy couple. The bride is a daughter of Chas. Rumsey, brother of the well known and popular merchant, A.W. Rumsey, of New Kiowa. The groom is said to be a young man above the average, with considerable property and at present occupies a position in A.W. Rumsey's store.
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Born: [Dr. Burney reports the following births] A handsome girl born to Mr. and Mrs. W.J. Kelly on April 17th; another [girl] born to Mr. and Mrs. I.A. Wilson on April 28th. All doing well. The Kelly girl is a daughter of our old friend, Will, who lives down the river. Mr. Wilson has not been here very long and lives northeast near the old Stolp place.

May 20, 1886
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Married: One of the pleasantest little social occurrences that has occurred in the vicinity of Mingona for some time was the marriage of John Kerfner of Garden Plain, Kansas, to Miss Mary N.Rosenbury of this county. The ceremony took place at the residence of the bride's parents in the presence of a few invited guests and was performed by Rev. W.H. Gillam of this city. We wish the couple success, but right here enter a protest against any more foreigners coming here and enticing away Barber's handsome daughters. [Note: See Apr 7, 1887 for death of Mary Nettie Rosenbury and also the spelling of her husband's name as Kiefuer.]
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Marriage Licenses:
     May 13th, Wm J. Tackett and Amanda Decker, of Lake City, Kansas;
     May 13, John Kerfner and Mary Rosenbry, of Garden Plaine, Kansas;
     May 14th, Wm. A. Tyler and Mary I. Johnson, of Aetna, Barber County;
     May 15th, Benjamin Jones and Miss Taylor, of Lodi, Barber County;
     May 17th, Spence Kirk and Hattie Bias, of Medicine Lodge, Barber County.
     May 25th, John Frane and Jennie Barringer, of New Kiowa, Barber County;

May 13, 1886
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Married: On Monday, May 10th, 1886, R.G. Eckert and Miss Amelia Ornholz, both of this county, were united in marriage by Justice of the Peace F.E. Dunham. As Bob has re-established himself in the barbering business, the young couple will reside in town. This is, we believe, 'Squire Dunham's first experience in tying the matrimonial knot, yet he got through without a break.
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Married: At the residence of Judge McCanless, on Sunday, May 9th, 1886, Mrs. Laura Weidner was married to Jas. S. Anderson. 'Squire McCanless performed the ceremony in his usual cheerful, yet convincing manner, and with the assistance of Rev. McElroy, got a tie that should never be loosed. Only a few of the immediate relatives and friends of the contracting parties were present. Both are in the mid-day of life and both have been married before, therefore should know how to avoid all the shoals and rocks that are said to sometimes obstruct the matrimonial river.
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Anniversary: "Twenty-Five Years" - On last Monday, our furniture merchant, John Higgins, and his worthy partner completed their first quarter of a century of marital felicity, and on Monday evening, Mrs. Higgins concluded to give her spouse a little surprise party in honor of the event. Mrs. H. succeeded in demonstrating that the old theory that a woman can't keep a secret is a fallacy. John did not tumble to the racket until he came home in the evening and found the house full of people and noise. We didn't get in 'til a trifle late, but those who were present when John came in say that his optics f open in amazement until his eye lashes tickled the bald spot on the top of his head. The couple who celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on Monday night were married at Lebanon, Illinois, on May 7th, 1861. Only a few weeks after their marriage, John, like a true patriot, left the comforts of home and joined the army, and for over three years led the life of a soldier. He had the honor to belong to A.J. Smith's command; a command which is said never to have been whipped, and which did some of the hardest fighting in the war. After his return, John worked for several years at his trade as a blacksmith. In company with his family he came to the Lodge in 1880, but before leaving Lebanon was presented by the members of the I.O.O.F. lodge of that place with a gold-headed cane as a token of their respect. Since coming here, John has built up a reputation as a sober, law-abiding and strictly honest man, and without going into a detailed account of Mrs. Higgins'good traits of character, we might say in brief that she is as well regarded as her husband. Mr. Higgins is about forty-six years of age, and although one of the most peaceable of men, we would remark, incidentally, that you don't want to monkey with him under the impression that he is old and broken down. Mrs. Higgins is a bright cheery lady of about forty-three. Both are in the vigor and prime of life and there seems to be no reason why they should not be able to gather their friends together to celebrate their golden wedding and even then be only growing a little old. We don't very often attempt to soar off on rhetorical flights and we won't on this occasion but still we hope that half a century hence the sturdy Irishman who does business below this office may still be found able with his good wife by his side to walk among the green pastures and by the quiet waters of a peaceful old age.
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Married: "A Quiet Wedding" - At the M.E. Parsonage on Wednesday evening, May 5th, Harry A.Brown to Miss Belle Vaughn, Rev. W.H. Gillam, the M.E. pastor, officiating. Both bride and groom are of this city. For some time, this has been expected by the many friends of the above couple, but they are not quite prepared for the news Thursday morning, yet we feel confident they will be forgiven this time if they promise never to do it again. Harry Brown has been here about a year in the capacity of manager for the Badger Lumber Company and has made a host of friends by his accommodating, thorough business-like qualities and pleasant social ways. The bride, formerly Miss Belle Vaughn, is a daughter of J.B. Vaughn, one of the old settlers, and is as bright [and] pleasant a young lady as you could find. This religious weekly extends its best wishes to the young couple and hopes the lumber yard of their life may never be filled with wind-shaken faulty lumber but always be stocked with first-grade clear stock, Star A Star shingles and everything else first class.

May 27, 1886
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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Hammock just thirty minutes ago. Dr. Burney in attendance, Wednesday evening, 8:20 P.M., May 26th. A girl.
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Married: At the residence of Frank LaFebre in this city, on Sunday, May 23rd, 1886, Arthur Hart was married to Mary M. Harris, by Probate Judge H.H. Hardy. It will be remembered that Mary Harris'mother, sister and grandfather were drowned in the flood over a year ago. Uncle Jerry Gibbs was her grandfather.
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Married: A party came down from Sun City Monday, consisting of C.H. Douglass and wife and daughter, Dora, and Louie Lockert and wife and son Frank E. The occasion of their visit was the marriage of Frank E. Lockert to Miss Dora Douglass. The ceremony took place in the parlor of the Grand Central Hotel, in the presence of only a few relatives and friends and was performed by H.H. Hardy, Judge of the Probate Court. The bride and groom are children of the oldest settlers in the vicinity of Sun City and have almost grown up in that historic place. They are both young, yet are as bright [and] handsome a young couple as can be found any place and will probably succeed in life.
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Married: At the residence of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. Rev. A. Axline, in Iuka, Pratt county, Kansas, on Tuesday, May 25th, 1886, Alonzo S. Fay to Miss Mary B. Axline. The bride is a sister of the junior [editor] of this sheet [L.M. Axline] and for that reason we feel considerable interest in this occurrence. The groom is a lawyer and at present fills the office of Probate Judge of Pratt county. Time rolls along: boys grow to manhood and girls to womanhood and the changes that are wrought in order to conform with the mandates of a harsh prosaic world are unavoidable, therefore a word one way or the other is immaterial. Among the vain things of life are excuses and wishes. Were wishes of any real effect, we would gladly fill a column or two, but as they are as the leaves of autumn, pleasant to the eye and often musical in their gentle, monotonous rustle - nothing more - we will be conservative. Real life is filled with only a few really joyous days. We hated to lose our sister. Each year the family is more scattered and each year we get farther and farther apart. Yet as we haven't really anything to say in the premises, it not being our marriage, we will say no more, but we feel confident that he who looks after the swallow and numbers the hairs of our heads will care for and watch over all.

Jun 3, 1886
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Married: On Thursday of last week, Probate Judge H.H. Hardy issued the license and pronounced the words that made Samuel C. Clark and Alice M. Surby, of New Kiowa, man and wife. The ceremony took place at the Palmer House.
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Married: Miss Anna Taber, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. S. Taber, of this city, was married to Stanley A. Warner of Darien, Connecticut, at Darien, on Tuesday, May 25, 1886. Mr. Warner is a physician we believe.

Jun 10, 1886
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Married: Last Wednesday evening, just too late for publication in last week's Cresset, occurred the marriage of Geo. Lewis, of Coldwater, Comanche county, to Miss Belle Parsons, of Seymour, Indiana. The ceremony was performed by Rev. W.H. Gillam at the residence of J.C. Morgan, in this city. This being the terminus of the railroad, the young couple decided to meet h ere and terminate their single lives by merging into the double.
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Married: "The Bowen-Mills Wedding" - On Tuesday, June 3rd, 1886, at the residence of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Mills, of this city, Mr. Charles B. Bowen was married to Miss Lizzie Mills by Probate Judge H.H. Hardy. Both the bride and groom are well known and respected throughout the county. Mr. Bowen has been engaged in the stock business and merchandising and has always proved himself full of business and a thorough gentleman. The bride, a daughter of one of our oldest, most prosperous and respected citizens, is a handsome young lady and one well calculated to be a help-meet and companion. From one of the guests we learn that the bride looked charming, dressed in white silk with suitable ornaments and that the groom never looked manlier than during the ceremony. He was attired in a plain black dress suit. The same party furnished us with the following partial list of presents: Mr. and Mrs. John Higgins, folding chair; Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Hall, table linen; Mr. and Mrs. C.G. Taliaferro, set of colored cut glasses; Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Rouse, bed spread; Mr. and Mrs. W.W. Robinson, silver soup ladle; Mr. and Mrs. E. Youmans, silver castor; Mr. and Mrs. Robt. Yates, cut glass pitcher; Mr. and Mrs. J.S. Fleming, camp rocker; Misses McElwain, set of glass ware; L.S. McElwain, set of silver spoons; groom to bride, set silver knives and forks.

Jun 17, 1886
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Died: At the residence of his son-in-law, R.S. Lytle, in this city, on Friday, June 11th, 1886, Jacob M. Cooper departed this life, aged 70 years. Mr. Cooper came to Barber county in 1885 from Kentucky. Four of his children reside in this county - Mrs. J.C. Davis, Mrs. R.S. Lytle, Miss Cornie Cooper and Gillford Cooper. Mr. Cooper lived a consistent member of the Baptist church and although he had lived out his allotted time, his death is much regretted. His relatives and friends have the sympathy of the entire community. The remains were placed on Saturday's train and sent to Danville, Kentucky for burial.
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Died: At Kingman City, Monday, June 7th, Samuel R. Fosset, aged 25 years. He has been a cowboy for years, until his marriage about two years ago when he went to farming and hoped to be relieved from his pulmonary troubles but they grew worse, and he went to Kingman City for treatment and was relieved by a higher power than all earthly powers. He expressed himself prepared to meet his Saviour. He was interred at Kingman until Fall when his remains will be taken to his home near Anthony. He leaves a wife and child to mourn his loss. [Deerhead news]

Jun 24, 1886
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Married: Yesterday evening, too late for an extended notice, we learned of the marriage of Wm.Schmidt, of this city, to Miss Lorena Schaeffer, of Lebanon, Illinois. The marriage occurred at Salem, at the residence of a mutual friend. Mr. Schmidt is one of our best boys and is employed at Herrington & Smith's Red Front supply house. The bride is said to be one of the handsomest and brightest young ladies of Lebanon. They will arrive in the Lodge in a day or two. We wish them joy in their new home.
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Married: On Tuesday, Probate Judge H.H. Hardy issued a license for the marriage of Sam'l E.Boggess to Ellen C. Walstad, and on Wednesday morning the young people were made one by Rev. A.H. Mulkey, at the residence of County Clerk R.J. Taliaferro in this city. The bride is a daughter of Chris Walstad, formerly of this county but now of the Panhandle, while the groom is a young man who came here a couple of years ago. The newly married couple will make their home in the Panhandle.

July-Dec 1886

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