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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"

Jan 5, 1888
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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Hobson, of Dry creek, on Sunday January 1st, 1888, a bouncing eight pound boy. Charley feels exceedingly proud of his New Year's gift.
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Married: On Sunday, January 1st, the first day of the week, the month and of the year, Probate Judge H.H. Hardy married Orin Briggs and Cynthia E. Thomas, both of Mingona, at the residence of Mark Dorgan in this city.
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Married: This evening (Thursday, January 5th), at the residence of the bride's parents, H. LindsayShannon will be married to Miss Hattie Stevens. This event will not surprise many; in fact, the surprise is that the couple have not been married long ago as gossips have had the date for the important, blissful occasion fixed numerously. However, this does not make the marriage any the less important and in every way eligible. H. Lindsay Shannon is of the law and abstracting firm, Shannon & Shannon, and is a sterling, honest, capable young man, respected and honored by all. His (to be) wife is a daughter of Sheriff Stevens, and in speaking of Miss Hattie, it would be right to enumerate the entire catalogue of virtues and attainments. Altogether it would seem that things appear propitious for this amiable couple, and we, in company with their many friends, extend, in advance, the warmest congratulations and most earnest hopes for health, prosperity and happiness.
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Married: We are reliably informed that our genial township trustee and deputy clerk, J.C. Walstad, is to be married on Sunday next, January 8th, 1888, at the residence of the bride's mother, east of town. Mr. Walstad has already prepared a house for his bride and we presume the happy couple will at once begin housekeeping in their snug, well furnished cottage. They have many friends and as Mr. W. has already amassed a competency, there seems to be no breakers of consequence in front of their barque of life. The bride is a sister of A. Murphy and Mrs. August Schmidt, of this city. And on Jan 12th@ pg 3, col 3: Uncle Chirs [sp?] Walstad and wife came up from the Panhandle of Texas to see their son, J.C. married to Miss Eva B. Murphy. They returned to their Texas home on Wednesday.
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Died: Mrs. Susan Stoughton, the wife of B.V. Stoughton, who passed away last March, died at the residence of her son-in-law, Geo. W. Osborne, on Tuesday, January 3rd, 1888, aged 77 years and 3 months. Mrs. Stoughton was married in 1833 to John Hagan. In February 1848, she was married to B.V. Stoughton. Her children are: J.E. Hagan, Mrs. G.W. Lowerrie, Kansas City, Kansas, Mrs.McCray of Mingona and Mrs. Geo. W. Osborne. For a long term of years, Mrs. Stoughton had been a consistent member of the Baptist church.

Jan 12, 1888
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Married: Cards received in this city announce that Harry Alexander was married to Miss EffieBurke, at Kansas City,, Missouri, on December 29th, 1887, and that "they" would be at home to friends at Rocky Ford, Colorado, after January 1st, 1888. It will be remembered by many that Harry was at one time a resident of Medicine Lodge, holding cases on both the Index and Cresset . He is now running a paper at Rocky Ford, and we understand, is doing well. Many his $$ never grow less.
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Married: J.C. Walstad and Miss Eva B. Murphy were married at the residence of the bride's mother on Antelope Flat, on Sunday, January 8th, 1888, by Probate Judge H.H. Hardy, in the presence of only a few of the immediate relations of the contracting parties. They are now domiciled in their neat residence on North Main street. May they live long and prosper.

Jan 19, 1888
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Born: On Friday morning last, January 13th, the nicest kind of a little German-American boy baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Knirr. [Note: The surname was spelled with the double "r" in the marriage, reported @ Mar 10, 1887, so this spelling with one "r" has been corrected.]
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Married: January 17, at the Cling Hotel by Rev. R. Sanderson, Mr. Jacob S. Warnstaff, of Lake City, and Miss Annie L. Wheatley, of Elm Mills.
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Born: The home of Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Nixon was brightened on Wednesday night of last week, January 11th, by the arrival of a girl baby. "Wednesday's child is merry and glad."
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Marriage License: Terril Parks and Miss Jennie Armstrong, both of this county, have received a license to wed.
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Born: On January 6th, a handsome girl baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. Alexander Harris. Mr. Harris is the brother-in-law of our townsman, L.F. Pearson, and is living on Mr. Pearson's place east of town.
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Marriage License: Two more souls made happy, namely Samuel T. Ishmael and Miss MillieRumsey, both of Kiowa, have received their license and are doubtless wedded ere this.
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Married: At the M.E. parsonage, by Rev. R. Sanderson, Mr. Perry E. Stewart, to Miss Lillie B.DeWitt, both of Elm Mills. There ceremony took place last evening.
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Died: Through mistake, we failed last week to mention the death of Loren Springer, nephew of Jas. and Wm. Springer of this county. Loren was an orphan and his uncles were his guardians, and consequently he has been making his home with them. Some time ago, he went to Chautauqua county on a visit, and while there was taken sick and died. On Monday of last week, Jas. Springer departed for Chautauqua county to attend to the funeral and estate of the young man.

Jan 26, 1888
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Born: A handsome, plump girl baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. M. Strong on Monday, January 23rd. The parents feel very proud of their girl.
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Died: The infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Jones was buried Sunday. The bereaved parents are not left to mourn the loss of the little one alone. [Sharon news]
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Born: On Monday, the 23rd, Dr. W.H. Moore was master of ceremonies at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Stapp when a big boy was ushered into the world of gum boils and stone bruises. Mr. Stapp is employed by the C.K.& W.R.R.
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Died: The little eleven-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Brown, living about ten miles south-west of town, died suddenly on Monday night of this week and was buried in the Lake City cemetery on Wednesday. She seemed to be in her usual health Monday evening, but about eleven o'clock at night had a chill. This was followed by a fever and the little one was dead before morning. The parents have the sympathy of a large circle of friends. [See also below @ Feb 9, pg 3, col 5.]
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Married: At the residence of the bride's parents, on Bitter creek, west of this city, Jared Hoag was married to Miss Florence Graves, by Probate Judge H.H. Hardy, on yesterday (Wednesday), January 25th. Jared Hoag is one of our most prosperous farmers and ranchmen and is a young man of good character and resources. His bride is the handsome, bright daughter of Mr. and Mrs. G.A. Graves, well known and respected in this city. May they live long and prosper is the wish of the Cresset . We presume they will at once go to housekeeping on Mr. Hoag's splendid ranch near Mingona...We have just received a box of luscious, soul-inspiring cake, brought in by the Hon. Probate Judge, with the compliments of Mr. and Mrs. Hoag. The boys in the office say this is the second couple that has been legally married in this county in the past two years, on account of this being only the second time we have received cake in that length of time.

Feb 2, 1888
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Born: A girl of regulation weight was born to Mr. and Mrs. Lemuel Munson on Monday, January 30th. Dr. S. Kociell officiated.
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Born: A young bank president arrived at the residence of J.W. McNeal yesterday evening about ten o'clock. He weighed nine pounds. All doing well.
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Born: On Sunday morning, January 29th, 1888, a handsome rosy-cheeked boy, whose hair is inclined to be a little on the sandy, or rather golden order, was born to Mr. and Mrs. Ed. L. Smith. If there is anything in luck, this youngster should be extremely fortunate. Born on Sunday, according to the old rhyme, he will be "blithe and bonny and good and gay." He is the first grandchild on both his father's and mother's side. He was born on January 29th, and a few years ago on the same day of the month, his mother was born. Dr. Burney was master of ceremonies.

Feb 9, 1888
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Married: Wm. H. Shutts and Addie Balding, of Sun City, were married on Sunday by Rev. C.W. Owens.
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Born: Mr. and Mrs. Hickman, of Deerhead, are the proud parents of a twelve pound boy that put in his appearance on Friday last, February 3rd.
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Married: On yesterday, Wednesday, February 8th, 1888, Benjamin E. Wadsworth was married to R. May Thomas, at the residence of the bride at Enon, Kansas, Rev. A. Axline officiating. Only a few of the immediate friends of the bride and groom were present. This young couple, though not natives of this county, have grown up here and are known and loved by almost everyone. Last fall Mr. Wadsworth left the family hearthstone, went to Colorado, carved himself a home out of the new, rough county and now returns after the young lady of his choice. May the sun of prosperity shed golden rays upon them while peace and joy reign as household Gods. Their home will be a Mulvane, Las Animas county, Colorado.
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Married: Mr. F.T. Vincent and Miss Beulah T. Carter were married at Elyria, Ohio, yesterday at 5 o'clock P.M. Mr. Vincent is a member of the boot and shoe firm of Wood & Vincent of this city, and stands high in business and society circles. The bride has reigned as belle of the society in which she moved. This couple has a bright future before them and the Cresset bids them God speed in the journey they have undertaken. They started immediately after the ceremony for Medicine Lodge and will arrive here about Sunday.
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Born: The indications of a prosperous year are increasing on every hand. On Sunday last, February 5th, a pair of twins - boys - were born to Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Crouch, of Elm creek. A pair of Kings on the first deal of '88 should encourage any man to stay in the game and put up his ante cheerfully.
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Died: The seventeen-months [old] baby girl of Mr. and Mrs. J.P. Gibson died on Tuesday, February 7th, and was buried yesterday - Wednesday. The funeral was from the residence, Rev. R. Sanderson officiating. The child was teething, and it is supposed that this brought on convulsions which caused its death.
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Died: Today has occurred the first gathering of the people of this vicinity at the new school house near the head of Bear creek, to pay the last tribute of respect to the memory of Bessie, the only daughter of Wm. and Lydia Brown, and who departed this life Jan. 23rd and was lain to rest in the Lake City cemetery on the 25th, aged eleven years and five months. Her sickness was short, but severe, and lasted only three days. At first chills and fever which terminated in brain fever. It was thought probable that the fatal termination of the disease was caused by a fall on the ice a few days previous to her illness in which her head received a hard blow. "Death loves a shining mark." Never has the truth of this saying struck more forcibly than in the removal of our little friend, the subject of this brief memoir. To see Bessie Brown was to admire her; to know her was to love her. She was a most loving and affectionate daughter, a tender and gentle sister, the sweet blossom around which all their affection clustered, the light and joy of the home circle. Gifted with intelligence and womanly manners far beyond her years, she gave promise of high attainments in scholarship, and greatly endeared herself to her teacher and schoolmates, both by her aptness in acquiring knowledge and the sweetness and gentleness of her disposition. The funeral services were conducted by Rev. Mr. Palmer who spoke very feelingly and appropriately from [lengthy Biblical citation follows]. Signed: E.V. LOCKARD, Tuesday, Jan. 31st, '88.

Feb 16, 1888
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Married: On the 8th, Chas F. Moran was married to Effa Barlow, by Probate Judge Hardy, at the Medicine Lodge House. Both are of Valley Township. [Also in Isabel news.]
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Married: Walter E. Moffett and Hattie E. Feltner, both of Lake City, Kansas, were married at the Grand Hotel on yesterday (Wednesday), February 16th, 1888, by Rev. R. Sanderson, of the M.E. church. This marriage will be somewhat of a surprise to the many friends of the contracting parties. May they be prosperous and happy.

Feb 23, 1888
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Born: On Tuesday, February 21st, at 11 o'clock P.M., a baby girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. T.B.MacDonald. It is said that the baby has the Grecian cast of countenance so admired by his many friends in the face of Mac.
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Born: Our wife [i.e., wife of L.M. Axline, one of two publishers of the Cresset ] has got a baby. It is a 6 lb girl, and she arrived on Monday, February 20th, at 6:40 A.M., standard time. Competent persons say she looks like her mother, but assure us that she cries with a slight German accent and may possibly have golden hair - like ours. She (that baby) already shows a disposition to have her own way, and while we still have editorial control of this paper, we may be deposed at almost any time.

Mar 1, 1888
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Died: Monday morning, February 20th, of croup, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. John Kimball. They have our condolence in their hour of sorrow.
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Died: Charles Burget, beloved son of Cornelius and Carrie Burget, died on February 15th, aged twenty-one years, eleven months and five days. He leaves a wife to mourn his loss. [Memorial poem from "One Who Loved Him." ]
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Birthday: From the Sawyer Sentinel - On the evening of the 21, quite a number of invited guests assembled at Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Johnson's to celebrate the twentieth anniversary of Miss EffaJohnson and Miss Rose Bales. The evening was spent very pleasantly, with games and social enjoyments. At the hour of eleven o'clock, Misses Johnson and Bales were invited to the parlor and Dr. Hendrickson with a nice, fitting little speech, presented them with the presents. The following is a list and names of the donors: Two books of E.P. Roe's latest work, Mr. and Mrs. Johnson; two pearl pins, rhinestone sets, Mr. A.J. Johnson; Two solid bar gold pins, Mrs. C.B. Burton and Mr. J.N. Mead; two gold collar buttons - diamond sets, Mr. and Mrs. W.C. Douglass; two boxes of stationery, Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Heath; two gold gilt frame paper receivers and two silk plush picture easels, Miss Ella Randall, Mr. S.M. Baird, A.R. Clark, W.E. Clark, A.B. Harding and Dr. C.R. Hendrickson. A number of other presents were received but our reporter failed to catch the names of the donors. After the presentations, Miss Johnson, in behalf of Miss Bales and herself, responded with a nice little speech thanking all present for so kindly remembering her friend and herself. Then all were invited to supper, Mr. Johnson leading his daughter, Miss Effie, to the table and ye local [editor] had the honor of accompanying Miss Bales. After all were seated, Dr. Hendrickson offered a prayer of thanks, when all present commenced a vigorous attack on the heaps of tempting viands set before them. All present expressed themselves as it being the most enjoyable occasion of the season.
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Married: On Tuesday, the 28th, Edwin N. Shafer and Ophelia Langdon, both of Kiowa, took out a marriage license in the Probate Court and are doubtless married ere this. Times must be looking up at Kiowa from the way Cupid is circulating in that country.
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Born: On Thursday, February 16th, a big boy baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. Robert Yates. Though we are a little late, the parents will please accept our best.
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Married: Rev. Sanderson is in great demand as master of ceremonies at weddings. Tuesday, the 28th, he married Milo J. Reed to Sophia J. Thompson. Both are of Pratt county.
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Married: On Saturday last, February 25th, Rev. R. Sanderson married Geo. W. Crigar to Mary E.Owens. The ceremony occurred at the Grey Eagle restaurant. The couple were from Kiowa.
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Married: On Thursday of last week, February 23rd, a marriage license was issued to Lewis R. Miller, of Comanche county, and Miss Lillie Belle Lamson of Barber county. The returns on the Probate Judge's record shows that the couple were married by Judge Chas. Rumsey, a Justice of the Peace of Kiowa.
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Died: At Sun City, Kas., on Wednesday, February 29th, 1888, at 10 A.M., Capt. Byron P. Ayers, aged about fifty-two years, after an illness of a couple of months. To all of the old settlers and many of the new of Barber county, Capt. Ayers is well known, yet but little is known of his early history. He was born in Ohio and in his youth was known as a brilliant young man, being principal of a high school when only nineteen years of age. He came to Kansas when it was a Territory and in th e early days was prominently connected with the Territorial government. During the way, he was in the Union army, serving in both the 1st and 2nd Kansas infantry. After the war he was prominent in the state, has been in the state legislature and occupied numerous other responsible positions. Years ago he married and we believe has several children. Some time in his history he met with disappointments and reverses that drove him to dissipation, and like most brilliant young men, his downfall was rapid. In 1874, he came to Barber county. Already he had given up. He had no ambition farther than to live. Since his arrival in this county, he has made his home at Sun City most of the time. He has been county attorney and held other offices in this county. But let us draw the veil over the hardships and struggles of his life. Let those who wish call it weakness. Despite his faults, he was a good, kind-hearted man. He was a man that little children went to with their joys and sorrows, confident, always, that in him they had a friend. He was a man whom everybody loved and despite the ravages of the destroyer in his later years, all were glad to clasp his hand and call h im friend. A nobleman first, a nobleman always. The dashing to earth of his early hopes and his constant struggle against fate, marred the casket, but from it beamed the kindly soul and despite the ravages of disease, sorrow and melancholy, he was a gentleman. [Memorial poem] The funeral takes place today, in charge of Sun City Post G.A.R. Several of the captain's old soldier friends from this place will attend.

Mar 8, 1888
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Married: Today (Thursday) at 12 M., at the residence of the bride's parents, in this city, Mr. E.M.Byerley to Miss Minnie E. Young, both of this city, Rev. A. Axline officiating. The groom is a senior member of the well known mercantile firm of Byerley, Dark & Runyan. He is known and respected as a thorough, reliable business man and Christian gentleman. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.D. Young. She is a handsome young lady with many accomplishments and is respected by all. May they enjoy a long and happy life is the wish of the Cresset . They took today's train for a little bridal trip through eastern Kansas.
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Married: "Double Wedding" - On Thursday of last week, March 1st, 1888, at the Ward residence in Coldwater, Kansas, Cary R. Furnas was married to Miss Clara Ward, and John M. Bundy to Miss Debbie Combs, by Rev. Fay, the M.E. minister of Coldwater. The marriage occurred at 10:30 A.M., and after dinner the happy couples boarded the 12 M. east-bound train and came to Isabel and thence to Medicine Lodge, arriving here just at the close of the heavy rain of that day. Mrs. Furnas is a sister of Mrs. C.T. Freeman, of this city, and Mrs. Bundy a cousin, and as Messrs. Furnas and Bundy are both well known here and have a host of friends, they came to Medicine Lodge on a little wedding tour. The young people remained here until Sunday, visiting C.T. Freeman and family and J.W. Brown and wife, and then returned to Coldwater. Messrs. Furnas and Bundy are both expert carpenters, honest and industrious. They and their helpmeets deserve success in unlimited quantities. Mr. and Mrs. Furnas will make their home at Coldwater while Mr. and Mrs. Bundy will reside at Ashland.

Mar 15, 1888
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Married: A friend at Lake City sent us the following: "Married at the residence of the bride's parents, in Eagle township, on Sunday evening, march 4th, 1888, at 6 o'clock P.M., by Rev. C.M. Palmer, Mr. Thomas Strain, of Haskell county, Kansas, to Miss Josephine Lee, of Lake City, this county."
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Died: Dr. J.R. Davis died at the residence of J.B. Gano on Friday of last week, March 9th, 1888, of consumption. Dr. Davis was a finished physician and was well liked by all. He left a will appointing Judge Loren Edwards and P.A. Simmons as his executors. His remains were sent to his brother at Pontiac, Michigan, on Sunday.

Mar 22, 1888
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Died: On February 23rd, 1888, of quick consumption, at Ensenada, Lower California, Old Mexico, David Markley Stewart, aged twenty-seven years, ten months and twenty-three days. Our brother is "where the wicked cease from troubling and the weary are at rest." Mr. Perry Stewart received word a few days ago from his father of the death of his brother, David. While it was not a surprise to any of us to hear of the death of David M. Stewart, it nevertheless cast a cloud of sadness over the citizens of Elm Mills and his old-time friends at Sawyer. Mr. Stewart was loved and respected by all who knew him. He contracted his disease some two years ago and continued to grow worse right along when last fall his father thought that possibly a change of climate would benefit him and consequently took him to Lower California, but the change did no good and he continued to grow worse, until death relieved him from his suffering. His family has the sympathy of the whole community.
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Born: A find boy baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Love on Monday morning, March 19th. All doing well.
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Died: Dr. C.L. Dunn died at his residence in this city on Saturday morning, March 17th, 1888, of blood poisoning, and was interred in the city cemetery on Sunday under the direction of Delta Lodge, No. 77, A.F. & A.M. The Dr. was 34 years and six months old. Dr. Dunn first came to this city about six years ago, from Texas, and after building up a good practice, concluded to change his business and moved to Nescatunga, Comanche county, where he remained some three years, engaging in the lumber business, practicing medicine and running a newspaper. Last summer he came back to this place and again engaged in the practice of medicine, entering almost at once on a lucrative practice during the course of which he contracted blood poisoning which proved his death. He was sick about two months. He leaves a wife and two boys. Dr. Dunn was born in Virginia, but from youth was active and energetic and as a consequence has been in the west for several years.

Mar 29, 1888
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Married: On Thursday, March 22nd, Jacob B. Harbaugh was married to Mary Gronemire at the Grand Hotel. Our urbane Probate Judge officiated. Both bride and groom are of this county.
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Born: A fine girl baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Rouse on Tuesday, April 3rd. Our county clerk now has a boy and a girl.
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Born: Mr. and Mrs. Thompson, of Lake City, are the proud parents of a pair of boys. All doing well. The little fellows arrived on March 24th.
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Died: On March 18th, 1888, Louisa McGarrah, mother of B.F. McGarrah, of this county, died at her home in Princeton, Indiana. Mrs. McGarrah was in her 70th year.
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Born: On Tuesday, the 3rd, a bouncing baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Browder. Dr. B.R. Burney did the honors of the occasion and reports all doing well.
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Married: At the residence of the bride's parents, in this city, on yesterday (Wednesday) evening, April 4th, 1888, Mr. Clayton C. Teagle to Miss Lillie M. Palmer, both of this city. Rev. R. Sanderson officiating. The groom is a son of Capt. Eli Teagle, one of the prominent settlers of Elm Mills township and the bride is the handsome, well known and respected daughter of Prof. Palmer. We understand that the young couple are thinking some of moving onto Mr. Teagle's farm in the north part of the county, but may reside in town. The Cresset extends its courtesies and best wishes and acknowledges a goodly supply of cake.

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Birthday: Miss Abbie McElroy celebrated her tenth birthday on Tuesday, the 10th, by inviting a number of boys and girls to a party at her home.

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Birthday: April 12th being W.L. Demint's 21st birthday, his parents proposed making a supper for him, but intended it for a surprise to him, but they failed to surprise him, although the supper came off as intended and that it was good was show by the way it disappeared. A quilt was presented with a few neat remarks by Mr. Ware, count one more republican vote for old Barber county this fall. [Cedar Creek news]

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Died: On Saturday last, April 21st, at his home in this city, David McKinney, aged 77 years, 3 months and 10 days. "Uncle David," as he was familiarly called, was a native of Kentucky, removed to Missouri in 1825 and then to this county in 1880. He was married in Franklin county, Missouri, to Maria L. Massie, in 1834. His wife and three sons, John, Wayne and Alex, survive him. "Uncle Dave" was a member of the Christian church of this city, was liked by all, and when h is time came to pass over the dark river, said he was ready. He was buried on Sunday by Delta Lodge, A.F. & A.M. He had been a Mason since 1851. The funeral took place from his late residence and was as simple as possible, he being opposed to demonstrative funerals, Rev. R. Sanderson pronounced a short discourse at the residence.

May 3, 1888
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Married: Frank Staulbus and Miss Rosa Jones were married last Sunday afternoon by Judge Hardy, at the residence of the bride's parents near Mingona.
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Married: Mr. Henry O'Brian and Miss Stacia Doran were married at the home of the bride's mother on Thursday evening of last week, at 8:30 o'clock, Rev. Father Bitter, the Catholic clergyman of Wellington officiating. The bride has long been one of the most popular young ladies in the Lodge and the groom is a very capable young business man. We sincerely hope that happiness and prosperity may attend the couple, and certainly see no reason why they should not.
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Died: Mrs. Slaughter, daughter of D.B. Lacy, died of consumption at Lake City on the 22nd. [Deerhead news]

May 10, 1888
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Born: Charley Fair and wife are the proud parents of an eight and one-half pound girl baby that arrived at the Fair farm on Wednesday of last week, May 2nd. The old rhyme says that "Wednesday's child is merry and gay," and this, together with the thought that a pari of girls always bring good luck, consoles Charley for his boy turning out to be a girl.
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Married: At the residence of Mr. and Mrs. H.C. Thompson, cousins of the bride, on Thursday evening, May 3rd, 1888, Mr. Otis Lorton and Miss Lela J. Wright, Rev. R. Sanderson officiating. The wedding was one of the pleasantest affairs that has occurred in this city. Friends of the young couple began gathering early and soon the residence was filled to overflowing. The ceremony, according to the simple and impressive form of the M.E. church, took place about nine o'clock and immediately after congratulations, an elegant lunch, which attested to the splendid judgment and skill of Mrs. Thompson, was spread. The guests lingered until quite a late hour, passing the evening pleasantly, and all attested to a splendid time and wish the happy couple all the joy and success possible in life. Mr. Otis Lorton is well known in th is city and county, having lived here a number of years, coming here first with his parents about nine years ago. For the past three years, he has occupied the position of foreman of this office; is a good printer, a gentleman and possessed of more than ordinary ability. Miss Wright came here some six months ago from London, Ohio, to visit with relatives. As is often the case, her affections were captured and sooner than leave the best part of life I the west, she decided to stay and make her home here. Since coming here she has made many friends and is universally respected for her courteous manner and lady-like bearing. May Mr. and Mrs. Lorton, in the language of Rip: "Lif long und brosber," is the wish of all. Of course, they will meet occasional sand burs and devil's claws in their journey, but we are inclined to think they have the ability to remove the thorns and restrictions as gracefully as anybody. Below we give a partial list of the many handsome presents bestowed upon the young couple by their admiring friends: [consult original microfilm for a complete listing] silver cake basket, Mr. L.B. Wright, London, Ohio; poems and drawings, Misses Blanche and Mary Wright, London, Ohio; cut flowers for the bride and whisk broom with plush case, Frank Chapin; Majolica water pitcher, Mrs. Robt. Simpson; set of china fruit plates, Misses Minnie Drysdale, Stella Sparks, Millie Noble, and Helen Cameron; china tea set, Messrs. Scott Rubert, John March and Eugene Lorton; rocking chair, Mr. and Mrs. Waldron Chase and Prof. O.T. Beeson and wife; silver vase, Mr. and Mrs. T.C. Molloy; silver napkin rings, engraved, Mr. and Mrs. E.P. Caruthers; cut glass table set, Mr. H.D. Records; linen splasher and dresser scarf, Dr. and Mrs. W.H. Moore.

May 17, 1888
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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. John Hall, last night, a fine boy. Dr. Moore reported the affair.
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Died: Robert C. Lumpkin, living near Sharon, died on Monday night of quick consumption. He was a bright, scholarly young man, with a host of friends. His father is one of the early settlers and the family have the sympathy of a wide circle of friends.
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Married: On the 12th day of May, Jefferson Venard, of Barber county, secured a license of our Probate Judge to marry Mary E. Jacobs of Kingman county, and the record shows that the young people were married on the 13th, at the residence of Mr. Jacobs, by Rev. John Kenney.

May 24, 1888
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Died: "Another Old Settler Gone" - Uncle Jacob Swank died at his residence in t his city, at midday on Monday, May 21st, 1888, aged 69 years and three months. Uncle Jake Swank, as he was well and popularly known, came to t his county in 1874 and has since resided here with his family. He was born in Putnam county, Indiana, served in the Mexican war, and also in the war of the rebellion in the 13th Iowa Volunteers and the 34th Iowa. In 1849, he married Rhoda Strickland, of Monroe county, Iowa, in which county he then resided. Eleven children were the result of this union, and the wife and five children survive Uncle Jake. The funeral occurred on Tuesday under the direction of Delphia Lodge, A.F. & A.M., and Eldred Post G.A.R. The sermon was preached at the Presbyterian church by Rev. J.C. McElroy. The many friends of Uncle Jake will be pained to hear of his death, especially as it was so unexpected. [Masonic resolution follows.] And on Jun 7th, @ pg 3, col 3: John V. Swank came in from his home at Corriso Springs, Colorado, last week. He was called back by the death of his father, Jacob Swank, and will probably remain several weeks to assist in settling up the estate and getting things in shape so his mother can handle them.

May 31, 1888
pg 3, col 1
Died: John McCarty, of Isabel, died on Thursday of last week, May 24th, 1888, aged seventy-six years and some months. He was the father of Mr. Lester White and has made his home with Mr. White and wife since last summer. His malady was paralysis. [Transcribed as published, but perhaps they intended to say that Mr. White was his father-in-law?]
pg 3, col 1
Born: T.B. Roby was in the city Tuesday and informed us that a bouncing girl had been born to Mr. and Mrs. R.D. Baily sometime since. We are better late than never.

June-Oct 1888

Barber County Newspapers

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