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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, Friday, January 4, 1895, L.M. Axline was the publisher. Local news included coverage from the surrounding communities, as well as Medicine Lodge. The information has been copied as accurately as possible, but errors may still occur. Minor printing errors have been corrected, but otherwise the information is presented as it originally appeared. Please consult the individual reels to verify an item. I do not have any further information about these individuals or families. Contributed by Ellen Knowles Bisson (thebissons@worldnet.att.net.)

Jul 3, 1896

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Born: Dr. Moore reports a fine girl baby born to Mr. and Mrs. J.M. Gardner, of Valley township, on Sunday, June 28th.

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Marriage License: Ivan L. Hook, of Jefferson, O.T., and Miss Kate McCoy, of Hazelton township, this county, were issued the necessary papers by Judge Funk on Saturday last to enable them to get married.

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Born: A beautiful girl baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. Chas. C. Painter on Friday, June 26, 1896. Dr. W.H. Moore, master of ceremonies.

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Died: Last week, we mentioned the fact that L. Colvin had been called to Columbus, Kas., by the illness of his baby daughter. This week it is our painful duty to announce that the little one passed from earth to the bosom of the Shepherd on Thursday, July 25th, 1896. Leone Audrey Colvin was 1 year, 3 months and 19 days old, and only child of Leonard and Bertha Colvin. The little one, in company with her mother, was visiting at Columbus when she was taken with cholera infantum. She grew rapidly worse and the disease finally ran into brain fever. The remains were buried in the cemetery at Columbus. The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Colvin here will sympathize with them in their bereavement.

Jul 17, 1896

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Born: A nice ten pound boy baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. Riley Lake, of Lake City, on Sunday, July 12. Drs. B.R. Burney and C.C. Bond in attendance. All doing nicely and Riley now thinks more of Barber county than ever.

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Married: At the home of the bride's parents, in Elm Mills township, on Wednesday, July 15, 1896, Mr. John Luallen to Miss Mary E. Gibson, Rev. J.G. Latham performing the ceremony. Only the immediate relatives and friends of the contracting parties were present. The happy couple have a large circle of friends who will wish them every joy and success. John Luallen is one of the best fellows on earth and should come near making an ideal husband, while his bride has those qualities and cheerfulness of disposition calculated to make the idea helpmate. Mr. Luallen is one of our successful businessmen and enjoys the confidence of all who know him. The bride is a daughter of J.P. Gibson, has grown to womanhood in this county and is admired and respected by all who know her. Mr. and Mrs. John Luallen came to town Wednesday evening and moved into their residence on Kansas avenue east, that John had prepared for his bride, and began housekeeping.

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Married: At the residence of M.L. Newland, in Sharon township, on July 10th, Mr. Finney Hood was married to Mary L. Ott. Mr. Hood is a resident of Oklahoma and the couple will make their home there.

Jul 24, 1896

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Died: On Wednesday of this week, Dr. S. Kociell received word from W.H. Worland, of Virgil, O.T., to the effect that Ed. Brattain, his son-in-law, had died on Monday morning, July 20th, 1896, at the residence of Charles Brattain, in Pond Creek. Ed. Brattain was a son of Dr. B.F. Brattain and grew to manhood in Barber county. He was a young man liked and respected by all who knew him. The young wife and other relations have the sympathy of their many friends in this county.

Jul 31, 1896

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Born: A boy baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Axtell on Monday, the 27th. Dr. Moore looked after the young McKinleyite. And June 25, 1897, pg 3, col 4: On Tuesday morning, June 22nd, Thomas, the infant child of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Axtell died of cholera infantum, aged 11 months. The little form was laid at rest in the city cemetery at 6 o'clock in the evening of that day.

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Born: Dr. B.R. Burney reports a boy born to Mr. and Mrs. J.C. Wright on Monday morning, the 27th.

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Married: Our friend, Leonard Ott, of Eagle township, was married to Miss Eleaine Griffin, at the residence of Rev. W.A. Cain, this city, on Wednesday, July 22, 1896, Rev. Cain officiating. We wish the young couple a long, happy and prosperous life. And at Aug 7, 1896, pg 3, col 2: Last week we announced that Mr. Leonard Ott had been married to Miss Eleaine Griffith on Wednesday, July 22nd, whereas it really occurred on Saturday, July 25th. This will bring their golden wedding three days later, but we cannot be blamed as we have shown a disposition to hurry the matter along as much as possible.

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Born: Mr. and Mrs. J.R. VanNess are the proud parents of a ten and one half pound girl baby, born on Tuesday, the 21st. Mr. VanNess was counting on a McKinley voter, having been personally acquainted with the Major in Ohio, but will have to be contented with a McKinley shouter.

Aug 7, 1896

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Died: The neighborhood was startled last Thursday morning by the news of Willis J. Burket's death. Willis, in company with his brother, was threshing east of Corwin. About 7 p.m., he in some unaccountable way got his right foot caught in the fan bolt and was whirled around several times. His leg was broken just above the ankle and the foot almost taken off and his leg up to the knee was mashed into a shapeless mass. Although suffering great pain, he gave directions to be taken home and to send for the doctors, which was done as quickly as possible and although friends did all that could be done, he passed away about 3:30 Thursday morning. The deceased was a member of the U.B. Church at Chrisfield and was about 29 years of age. He leaves a mother, four brothers, two sisters, a young wife and baby, the latter too y young to know its loss. Rev. Harner, of Attica, conducted the services at the church and the services at the cemetery were conducted by the K. and L. of F, of which the deceased was a member.

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Birthday: Wednesday, the 5th was the 13th anniversary of the birth of Gail and Gladys Moore, daughters of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Moore. The event was celebrated by a party. Following were those in attendance: Maud Clark, Harry Sellers, Lulu McClearey, Zeal Johnson, Edith Nobel, Johnnie Merrill, Jessie Rankin, Charlie, Mildred Gano, Troy Stockstill, Jetta Lewis, Bennie Kauffman, Dora Allen, Marian Williams, Coy Martin, Frank Williams, Mary Davis, Willie Morris, Gracie Williams, John Allen, Alberta Cook, Earl Rouse, Edna Kauffman, Carrie Morris, and Alma Palmer.

Aug 14, 1896

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Died: Mrs. C.W. Wilson, of McAdoo township, died suddenly last Saturday and was buried Monday of this week. Mrs. Wilson was the wife of C.W. Wilson, who was the Populist candidate for register of deeds last fall. She was in usual health up to Thursday.

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Married: Miss Alice Grigsby, sister to E.C., of this county, was married to Robert Vale at her home, Attica, Ks., on Monday of this week, the 10th.

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Died: A.B. Cook, a well known and popular citizen and merchant of Protection, Comanche county, left his place of business with his mail under his arm, to join his family at the close of his day's business, and when half way between his store and home, he was suddenly stricken death from heart disease. He had complained of his heart during the day, but had remained at his store until supper time. A wife and three children survive him.

Aug 21, 1896

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Died: "Uncle Billy Mills Dead" - Sheriff Tonk Mills received word this morning that his father, Wm. C. Mills, was dead. Tonk returned from his father's ranch in Texas on Wednesday leaving Uncle Billy in good health. And Sep 4, 1896, pg 3, col 2: As near as we can learn, the death of Uncle Billy Mills was from heart disease. It seems he was sitting in his house on company with a daughter when he fell forward out of h is chair and died in his daughter's arms. His death was a surprise and shock to everybody.

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Born: Dr. W.H. Moore reports a fine, big boy born to Mr. and Mrs. Chas. Keller, of Isabel, on Monday, the 24th.

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Born: Monday last, August 3rd, Mrs. L.E. Hubbard presented her husband with a fine daughter, and a happier family would be hard to find. Mother and daughter are getting along nicely, while Mr. Hubbard has been scattering cigars with a lavish hand during the entire week. The Record extends congratulations. - Park City (Utah) Record.

Sept 4, 1896

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Died: Mrs. J.L. Middleton died suddenly at the home of her husband, in Sharon township, on Monday of this week. We understand she had been sick for several weeks.

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Married: On Tuesday of this week, Judge Funk issued a marriage license to Geo. Zimmerman and Miss Anna Wiedner, both of Moore township. The young people were to have been married at the home of the bride's parents yesterday. We extend congratulations.

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Born: A handsome girl baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. H.H. Case on Wednesday morning, the 2nd. This makes a boy and a girl for Huston, and to say that he is proud is putting it mildly.

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Died: O.S. Boggs, of this city, received word recently that his oldest son, Bruce C. Boggs, died at his home in Mt. Carmel, Ill., on August 14, 1896. The young man was born in Inwood, Marshall county, Ind., March 30th, 1873. He left a young wife. The young man died from the rupture of a blood vessel and internal hemorrhage.

Sep 11, 1896

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Born: A beautiful girl baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. C.W. Ellis on Wednesday night, the 9th. Dr. Cushenbery. All doing nicely.

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Born: A handsome boy baby of regulation weight was born to Mr. and Mrs. W.G. Bristow on Saturday last, the 5th. Dr. Cushenbery in attendance.

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Born: Dr. Moore reports a nice girl baby born to Mr. and Mrs. Thos. Owens on Tuesday of this week, the 8th.

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Born: Mr. and Mrs. Tom Manson, of south Kingman county, are the happy parents of a bouncing girl baby born on Sunday last, the 6th. Mrs. Manson is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jack Blair, on Inyo, and has a large circle of acquaintances in this county.

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Died: "Sudden Deaths - L. Garland, of this city, and J.C. Fullerton, of Hazelton, Pass Away" - On Sunday, the 6th, while riding his saddle horse along Kansas avenue west, Luther Garland met with an accident that resulted in his death on Tuesday afternoon at 1:10 o'clock. A dog frightened his horse and the animal jumped in such a way as to throw Mr. Garland upon the horn of the saddle, rupturing his bladder and bruising his abdomen and bowels. The pain from the injury was fearful and Mr. Garland fell from the horse. He was carried to Mark Dorgan's hotel and then to his home a couple of blocks distant. The physicians at once pronounced the injury very serious, and after a thorough examination, which disclosed the injuries, said that no skill known to the medical profession could save the stricken man. Drs. Cushenbery and Moore did all they could the dying man, but could do but little more than relieve the intense pain. The funeral occurred on Wednesday afternoon from the residence. Rev. W.A. Cain, of the Baptist church, conducted the services, assisted by Rev. Parker, of the M.E., and Elder Ingle, of the Christian churches. The scripture lesson was the 3rd chapter of 2nd Peter, while the text was from Romans 6-23. There was a numerous attendance and a long procession followed the remains to the cemetery. Luther Garland was born in Montgomery county, Indiana, December 2nd, 1837. He removed to this county some twelve years ago. He purchased a farm of several hundred acres east of this city, but his wife being an invalid, he made his home in town. He was a cattle man and always ran a large bunch of stock. Mr. Garland had a host of friends. He leaves a wife and two children, Effie and William. Mrs. Garland has been an invalid for about 30 years. He has three brothers and two sisters living, one sister whose home is at Indianapolis, Ind., arrived in time for the funeral. [See Dec 18, 1896 for death of Luther Garland's son, William Garland. And also May 28, 1897 for death of Mr. Garland's wife, Mary.]

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Died: On Monday of this week, J.C. Fullerton, of Hazelton, died suddenly of fatty degeneration of the heart. Mr. Fullerton was a very popular man wherever he was acquainted, and on Saturday last was nominated for clerk of the district court on the Democratic ticket. He was able to be about the day before his death and his sudden demise was a shock entirely unexpected.

Sep 18, 1896

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Birthday: Little Paul Kauffman celebrated the sixth anniversary of his birth on Saturday last, the 12th, with a party at the residence of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. B.S. Kauffman. Those present were Alma Palmer, Mary Walstad, Bertie Williams, Carl Reaves and Raymond Schmidt.

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Died: Carl Carmichael died on the claim in Woods county, O.T., on Saturday last, the 12th. Mrs. Carmichael is a sister to Mrs. W.W. Cook, of this city, and on Saturday night W.E. Cook, of Kiowa, brought the news to his parents. Mrs. Cook accompanied her son to attend the funeral Sunday. Mr. Carmichael was a man considerably past middle age and had been an invalid for years. Mrs. Cook returned from Oklahoma Wednesday, accompanied by her niece, Mabel Carmichael. Mrs. Carmichael will also shortly come to this city for an extended visit.

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Married: Fred A. Smith and Miss Stella Kirs, who live near Crisfield, obtained a marriage license from Judge Funk on Wednesday, the 16th, and we presume are happily wedded ิere this.

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Married: Isaac Cline and Miss Clements, a daughter of Uncle Milt Clements and wife, eloped from the home of the bride on Saturday last and were married at Pratt. We understand the young people have been forgiven.

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Married: Edward J. Hoagland and Miss Maude Saunders, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. F.J. Saunders, both of Sun City, this county, were granted a license to wed by Probate Judge Funk on Monday, the 14th, and on the evening of that day, Rev. J.M. Adams, grandfather of the bride, pronounced them husband and wife. The young couple have the congratulations of a large circle of friends.

Sep 25, 1896

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Born: Dr. Cushenbery reports a nice girl baby born to Mr. and Mrs. G.M. Ayers on Tuesday, the 22nd.

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Married: At the residence of Captain Elder, in this city,, on Wednesday, September 23, by Rev. W.A. Cain, Virgil H. Killingsworth, of Roundup, Kan., to Victoria Myers, of Sharon, Kan.

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Married: J.F. Kennedy, son of E. Kennedy, of Sharon, was married to Miss Hester Beougher, at the residence of the bride's parents, in Chautauqua county, on Friday of last week, September 18. The young couple have located at Attica, where Mr. Kennedy has opened a barber shop.

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Married: Miss Lena O'Bryan, formerly of this city, was married on Wednesday evening of this week, September 22, at the home of her parents in Woodward, O.T., to Mr. Charles Hervins, of that city. Mrs. H. has the best wishes and congratulations of everybody in this community. [See also Oct 2, 1896.]

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Married: W.S. Ballard, Populist candidate for clerk of the district court, was married to Miss Mary C. Billig on Friday of last week, Sept. 18, 1896, at the Hardwick hotel, Kiowa, Rev. Millsap pronouncing the ceremony. The Cresset joins the friends of Mr. and Mrs. Ballard in wishing them a long life and happiness.

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Married: Judge Funk last week issued a marriage license to M.S. Justis and Miss Pruella Nay. >From an item in this week's Kiowa Review, we judge the wedding will occur next Wednesday. The contracting parties are among the leading and most highly respected in our county and will have the best wishes of everybody.

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Married: Wm. C. Harmon and Miss Pernetta Clements, both of Sun City township, were married on Saturday last, the 19th. The bride is a daughter of Uncle Milt Clements and wife. May joy and happiness be their portion.

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Birthday: Wednesday of this week, the 23rd, was the 70th anniversary of the birth of O.S. Boggs. In spite of hardships endured while a Union soldier and sickness since, Mr. Boggs is still on deck, a staunch Republican and a patriotic citizen.

Oct 2, 1896

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Died: Elida, oldest son of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. Slack, died on Monday evening of this week, the 5th, of consumption, after a long illness. The funeral occurred on Tuesday and the body was laid at rest in the cemetery at Isabel in the presence of a large gathering of friends and neighbors. [Memorial poem in col 5, same issue.]

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Born: A bouncing boy baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. R.R. Froman, of Sharon, on Wednesday of this week, the 7th. All doing well except, possibly, the young man's grandpa, W.T. Collins of this city. Grandpa Collins celebrated the event by setting up the persimmons to the Cresset force. Whenever he can spare a moment from his work, he calls J.B. Romig to one side and tells him what a fine boy his first grandchild is.

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Born: A bouncing 10 and one half pound boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Joe Gant on Wednesday, September 23.

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Died: The Alva Review says Mrs. McEnany was found dead in her bed on Friday morning of last week. She lived in this county for a number of years.

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Married: "The Cycle of Life" - One of those peculiarly pleasant affairs which mark as milestones the periods of life occurred at the home of Judge and Mrs. T.L. O'Bryan Wednesday evening, Sept. 23rd at 5:30 o'clock p.m., in the marriage of their daughter, Miss Lena, to Charles M. Hewins. Rev. Whatley performed an impressive ceremony. Miss Ella Hewins, sister of the groom, and Sam H. Nay were attendants. The decorations were superb. A coterie of old time Medicine Lodge friends witnessed the rites which forever binds the union of Mr. and Mrs. Chas. M. Hewins. An elegant and sumptuous supper was gracefully served at 6 p.m. Many handsome presents from friends in Woodward and abroad attested the kindliest regards and sincerest wishes for a lifetime of happiness. The bride wore a costume of silk and wool, trimmed in lace, turquoise velvet and iridescent passementerie [a decorative trim composed of tassels or woven cords tied in intricate knots]. She also wore a corsage bouquet of Marchal Neil roses. The groom was faultlessly attired in black. The bride is one of Woodward's favorites and is not only a charming young lady in manner, but possessed of much beauty and refined intellectuality. This journal joins in congratulating Mr. Hewins, who is a most successful young cattleman owning a fine range of grazing lands near Fort Supply reservation in this county. May the declining years of both their lives be brightened by the knowledge of many good deeds performed and the recollection of many years of happiness in each other's company. - Woodward News.

Oct 16, 1896

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Born: A McKinley shouter arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Nixon on Tuesday morning, the 13th. He weighed nine pounds. He is straight McKinley and Hobart, but his nurse, Mrs. Ada M. Lowry, is endeavoring to persuade him to support Flynn. He may get into trouble supporting McKinley in Kansas and Flynn in Oklahoma. Dr. Cushenbery introduced him to this world.

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Born: To Mrs. George Brown, of Elm Mills township, Barber county, three girl babies. This rare occurrence surprised the neighbors and is the general talk of the community. The little ones weighed seven pounds each and are well formed, healthy and interesting to look at. George appreciates the gravity of his relationship and wants free range continued.

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Born: A nice girl baby of regulation weight was born to Mr. and Mrs. I.M. Gorman, of Kiowa, on October 3rd.

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Born: A ten pound boy baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. Harvey Miller on Saturday morning last, the 10th.

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Born: J.Z. Fleming was celebrating the arrival of a ten pound boy baby at his house Tuesday morning. The young man arrived Monday night, the 12th.

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Died: John Stewart died at the home of his son, seven miles south of Alva, on Friday of last week, October 9th, 1896, after a long illness from fever. Mr. Stewart was born in Ohio 67 years ago. He lived in Illinois, Iowa and other states, and when the Strip opened took a claim in the new country. He was the father of Samuel Stewart of this county and has visited his son at various times and made many friends here. Samuel Stewart received a telegram on Saturday announcing his father's unexpected death and went to Oklahoma at once. As Mrs. Stewart, wife of the deceased and mother of Samuel, had died about three years before and been buried in the cemetery at Sharon, the remains were shipped to that point for burial. As in the case of Mrs. Stewart, Wm. Rule had the grave prepared for her husband and T.B. Stockstill met the sorrowing son at the depot and conveyed the coffin to the cemetery. John Stewart was a man loved and respected by all who knew him. He was cheerful, companionable and honorable. When only fourteen years of age, he joined the United Presbyterian church and remained a consistent member until his death. Though well along in years, he was stout and hearty until attacked with a fever a few weeks since. After being sick for a time, he got better and was supposed to be almost well, but he had a relapse and his death was sudden and unexpected. Samuel Stewart and wife desire to express their thanks to neighbors and friends for assistance in showing last honors and respect to their father.

Oct 23, 1896

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Born: A nice, plump seven-pound girl baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. D.H. Axline, of the Stolp ranch, on Saturday last, the 17th. Dr. B.R. Burney in attendance.

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Born: A boy baby of regulation weight was born to Mr. and Mrs. T.C. Clark, this city, on Wednesday morning, the 21st. And June 25, 1897, pg 3, col 4: Raymond, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. T.C. Clark, of this city, died on Wednesday morning, the 23rd, of cholera infantum, aged 8 months and 2 days. The funeral occurred from the residence on Thursday morning, the 24th, at 10:00 o'clock. Rev. S.C. Child preached the funeral sermon.

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Anniversary: Mr. and Mrs. B.S. Kauffman, with a number of friends, celebrated their fifteenth wedding anniversary on Tuesday evening, October 20, 1896. Messrs. Bramwell and Walstad furnished some excellent music. Refreshments were served at 9 o'clock, after which singing and games of amusement were indulged in until a late hour, at which time the guests departed wishing Mr. and Mrs. Kauffman a long and happy life. Following is a list of those present: Rev. and Mrs. A.A. Parker, Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Palmer, Mr. and Mrs. C.D. Rackley, Mr. and Mrs. John Luallen, Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Wilkins, Mr. and Mrs. S.P. Coan, Mr. and Mrs. B.F. Glasier, Misses Myrtilla Cook, Kate Painter, Metta Johnson, Florence Williams, Rose Arterburn and Edna Kauffman, and Messrs. Jake Walstad and Geo. Long. Mr. and Mrs. Kauffman were the recipients of several very handsome presents.

Oct 30, 1896

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Born: A girl baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. W.A. Myers on Monday of this week, the 26th. All doing well and Will is as proud of the young lady as can be.

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Married: At the Baptist parsonage, this city, on Wednesday, October 28th, 1896, W.A. Bradshaw was married to Mrs. Flora Evans, Rev. W.A. Cain, pastor of the Baptist church, officiating. Mr. Bradshaw is from Sumner county. Mrs. Evans has also lived in that county, but owns a farm in this county, about six miles south of this city. Mr. and Mrs. Bradshaw will make their home on the farm in this county and we take pleasure in extending a cordial welcome. The Messrs. Bromley, of Sumner county, brothers of the bride, witnessed the ceremony.

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Married: At the Johnson House, this city, on Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 28th, 1896, N.L. Chenoweth, of this city, was united in marriage to Miss M.E. Naughton, of Sharon township, Rev. A.A. Parker, pastor of the M.E. Church, performing the ceremony. N.L. Chenoweth is county surveyor of this county and has a large circle of acquaintances and friends. The bride is a highly respected and handsome young lady whose friends are only limited to her circle of acquaintances. The Cresset extends congratulations.

Nov 6, 1896

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Born: A nice girl baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Snodgrass, of this city, on the 19th of October. We are a little late in reporting this important event, but this does not prevent the little lady growing and thriving nicely.

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Died: At her home in Moore township on Saturday afternoon, October 31st, at 3 o'clock, p.m., Edith A. Wagner, of consumption. The deceased was 21 years of age and an estimable young lady of Moore township. She leaves many friends who mourn her early death.

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Married: At the residence of the bride's parents in Elm Mills township, on Thursday, November 5th, 1896, O. Mills was married to Miss Laura McColl, Elder M.B. Ingle of the Christian church officiating. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. W.H. McColl and is a young woman of rare attainments. She is popular wherever known. The groom is the present sheriff of Barber county. He has shown good judgment in selecting a wife and we sincerely wish for Mr. and Mrs. Mills a long life of happiness and prosperity.

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Married: J.H. Warnke and Mrs. Hattie Brown, both of Attica, were married in the office of the probate judge, this city, by Judge S.S. Funk, yesterday afternoon, Thursday, Nov. 12, 1896.

Nov 20, 1896

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Born: A bouncing nine pound boy baby was born to Prof. and Mrs. A.C. Blackmore, of this city, on Friday night of last week, the 13th. Dr. W.H. Moore in attendance.

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Married: On Tuesday evening, November 17th, 1896, at the residence of the bride's uncle and aunt, Mr. and Mrs. McCormick, Wichita, Kan., by Rev. Shane, pastor First Presbyterian church, west side, Mr. Robt. Mounsey, of Medicine Lodge, to Miss Ida Mitts. Robt. Mounsey is proprietor of the new and second hand goods store, of this city. He is a young man of business ability and popular. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Mitts. Her parents were early settlers in Barber county, but in recent years they have been residing in Oklahoma and other counties in Kansas besides Barber. The groom has prepared a cosy home for his bride in this city, and the Cresset, in company with their host of friends, wishes them every joy and success possible.

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Married: Fred Creigh, well known as one of the old-time cowboys, was in town last Saturday. A short time since, Mr. Creigh was married to Miss Anna Anderson, of Odessa, Mo., and on Saturday last, Mr. and Mrs. Creigh were in this city to purchase an outfit for housekeeping. Mr. Creigh is foreman in charge of F.L. Gordon's ranch in the south part of Comanche county, and will have 1,600 or 1,700 frisky Texas steers to look after this winter. Fred drops into married life naturally, though he has put in the last fifteen or twenty years on the range. It became a little awkward for him to buy bedroom suits, cook stoves, bed springs and mattresses after being used to a blanket to roll up in and a frying pan and Dutch oven to cook with, but he is one of those boys that never deserts the herd, no matter what the wind or weather, so he didn't get stampeded, but buckled down to business until he got a nice outfit together. We sincerely wish Mr. and Mrs. Creigh a long life and happiness. May they also live upon a range with plenty of grass and water; may the loco of discontent never grow about their ranch house, and when the grand roundup occurs, may they and theirs be thrown upon the pleasant range on that other shore near the headquarters camp of the New Jerusalem.

Nov 27, 1896

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Born: A nice girl baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. H.J. Kelley on Sunday last, the 22nd. Dr. Moore in attendance.

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Died: Mrs. Clarissa Gardner died at the residence of her son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. C. Campbell, of Valley township, Sunday morning, Nov. 22nd, at 12:40 o'clock. Her death was peaceful and apparently entirely without pain. Saturday evening she fell asleep and with five of her children - four daughters and one son - at her bedside the sands of life ran out as she slept and her spirit took its flight. Grandmother Gardner was 82 years, 6 months and eleven days old. She had lived more than the allotted three score and ten years and her death was due to old age. Her maiden name was Webb. She was born in Virginia, but removed with her parents to Ohio when a little child. She was married to Aaron Gardner in Ohio in 1831. After marriage, she resided in Indiana for a time and in 1838 removed with her husband and family to VanBuren county, Iowa. There, in 1874, she removed to Fremont county, Iowa, and in 1885 came to this county where several of her children located. Mrs. Gardner joined the Christian church in 1866, and was a hardworking, consistent member. In the 70s, she moved into a neighborhood where there was no Christian church organization and she united with the Baptist church. She lived and died a Christian woman, saying she was ready whenever the Master called. Nine children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Aaron Gardner. One boy, Wm., was killed in the war of the rebellion. He belonged to an Iowa regiment. Eight children survive the mother. They are: Mrs. Sarah Emerick, who makes her home at the C. Campbell farm in Valley township, this county; Mrs. Lucinda Tull, of Virgil, O.T.; Mrs. Louisa Trobee, of Alma, Neb.; R.T. Gardner, who lives in Missouri; J.H. Gardner, of Unadilla, Neb.; Mrs. Mary Campbell, of Valley township; J.M. Gardner, of Valley township; and Mrs. Clara Murray, of Valley township. The funeral occurred from the Campbell homestead, on Monday of this week, the 23rd. Rev. Haverlin, a Presbyterian minister of Cunningham, preached the sermon. There was a large concourse of neighbors and friends in attendance at the last sad rites and followed the remains to their resting place in the cemetery at Isabel.

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Allan E. Herr, on Friday, Nov 20th, a boy baby that promises to look like his grandpa, Geo. R. Taylor. Mr. and Mrs. Herr have been visiting with Mrs. Herr's parents, Geo. R. Taylor and wife, and the young man was born at their home. Grandpa Taylor will make a Republican out of that boy if he has half a chance.

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Married: Probate Judge Funk issued a marriage license to Layton Blackwelder of Pratt county and Miss Jennie White, of this county. The bride is a daughter of our old friend, Lester White, Valley township. We extend congratulations.

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Born: Dr. W.H. Moore reports a boy born to Mr. and Mrs. J.W. Unsell on Thanksgiving morning - the 26th. Unsell recently moved into this county from Mead.

Dec 4, 1896

pg 3, col 1

Died: Bettie S. Cloud, wife of Dr. A.S. Cloud, of Kiowa, died on Monday of this week. Mrs. Cloud was 47 years of age.

pg 3, col 2

Married: Lail D. Sparks and Miss Diana Kidd were married at the residence of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. T.M. Kidd, of this city, on Monday evening, November 30th, 1896. Elder M.B. Ingle, of the Christian church, officiating. The happy couple will remain in this city until about January 1st next, when they will remove to Woodward, O.T., and will make that city their home. Mr. Sparks is deputy county clerk of Woodward county. We sincerely wish Mr. and Mrs. L.D. Sparks a happy, prosperous life.

pg 3, col 2

Born: A boy baby of regulation weight was born to Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Woodward at their home in Woodward, O.T., on Saturday last, the 28th of November. Mrs. W.T. Collins, of this city, mother of Mrs. Woodward, went down on Monday to see that the boy was properly started in life. Uncle Dick Woodward - now Grandpa - has thrown away his cane and insists that he is growing younger, even if he is grandpa. W.T. Collins, grandpa of two bouncing, handsome boys, is probably the proudest man in town.

pg 3, col 4

Born: A nice girl baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. Amos McAdoo, of McAdoo township, on Friday or Saturday of last week. We could not learn the exact date.

pg 3, col 5

Birthday: On Monday, Wood Dunkin was 15 years of age. In the evening, Misses Rhoda Cushenbery, Hattie Newsom, Lizzie Naughton, Vailie Bernard and several others of his schoolmates assembled at his parental home and passed several hours in honor of Woody's birthday. They had a very enjoyable time.

Dec 11, 1896

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Married: The Alva papers announce the marriage of John Tucker to Miss Sudie Parker, at the Whitehorse schoolhouse in Woods county, on Sunday, November 29th. It is said that immediately after the ceremony, the couple departed for Barber and Comanche counties to visit relations and friends.

pg 3, col 2

Married: On Saturday evening last, Dec. 5th, 1896, Edward Vandiver was married to Miss Rose Huff, at the residence of Rev. C.B. Sherk, near Sharon, Rev. Sherk performing the ceremony. The contracting parties are both of Sharon township where they are favorably known and have many friends. The Cresset extends best wishes for the future of the young couple.

Dec 18, 1896

pg 3, col 1

Born: A boy baby of regulation weight was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Neatherly on Sunday evening, December 13th. Dr. S. Kociell in attendance.

pg 3, col 2

Born: A nice girl baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. M.F. Casto on Monday, the 14th.

pg 3, col 2

Married: Geo. W. Elder, son of J.W. Elder of this city, was recently married to Miss Cora E. Bowen, of Spivey, Ks.

pg 3, col 3

Died: "Another Fatal Accident, Wm. A. Garland is Accidentally Shot While Hunting - His Father was Accidentally Killed Only Three Months Ago" - On Tuesday of this week, the 15th, W.A. Garland while hunting on the old Ligon farm, about seven miles east of this city, was killed by the accidental discharge of his shotgun. The accident occurred about noon and Mr. Garland died about one o'clock. W.A. Ellis, who lives upon the Ligon farm and who gave Mr. Garland the privilege of hunting upon the place, reached the wounded man in a short time after the accident. Mr. Garland was able to tell how the accident occurred and said he could not live. As near as we could learn, Mr. Garland was driving a buggy with the front sides cut down even with the floor. The butt of the his loaded gun was resting on the floor and against the dash board. While driving about, the butt of the gun slipped from the floor and one of the hammer struck the edge of the bed, the spring or the wheel, and discharged one of the barrels. The load of bird shot entered Mr. Garland's left side, at close range, just above the point of the hip and ranged inward and upward. It was a fearful wound and necessarily fatal. Mr. Ellis came to town for medical assistance as soon as possible, but before aid could reach the young man he was dead. The remains were brought to this city Tuesday evening and the funeral occurred from his mother's residence Wednesday afternoon about 4 o'clock. It was intended to have the funeral on Thursday, but the weather and condition of the wounded body was such that it was necessary to hold it earlier. There was a large attendance. William A. Garland was born in Indiana, July 19th, 1867, and was consequently 29 years, 4 months and 26 days old at the time of his death. He was a quiet business-like young man and had many friends. He leaves a wife and mother and sister. On September 6th, Luther Garland, father of W.A., was thrown upon the horn of his saddle while riding his horse and injured so severely that he died September 8th. The sudden and tragic death of the son so soon after the death of the father makes it a fearful blow upon the wife, mother and sister. [See May 28, 1897 for death of Mr. Garland's mother, Mary.]

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Married: On Tuesday, Miss Leila Stevens departed for Winfield ostensibly to visit Mrs. Fannie Denton. On Wednesday, J.M. Gibson departed on the east bound train. On Thursday, they returned happily wedded. Mr. Gibson had prepared a neat and cozy home for his bride, having furnished the F.B. Chapin house on Walnut street. Mr. and Mrs. Gibson have a large number of friends who will be pleased to congratulate them. Yesterday, Mrs. John Luallen, Mr. Gibson's niece and others, went to the home of the newly married couple and prepared a splendid dinner and had everything nicely arranged for their reception.

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Married: On Tuesday of this week, December 15th, 1896, at the residence of the bride's parents, at Alva, O.T., John Charless, of Eldred, Kas., was married to Miss Helen Cameron, of Alva. The bride and groom are widely known in this county and have a host of friends. Miss Helen Cameron resided in this city for a number of years with her parents and removed to Oklahoma with them. She is a young lady of culture, refinement and mental attainments and Mr. Charless has secured a prize. John Charless is one of the best known cattlemen in this section of the country. He has been successful in business and, as the foregoing would indicate, in love. May Mr. and Mrs. Charless prosper in happiness and settle down to live in Barber county, Kansas is our wish.

Dec 25, 1896, pg 3

Married: At the residence of the bride's parents near this city, last evening - Christmas Eve - Dr. Clarence L. Sparks was married to Miss Nellie Currie, in the presence of relatives and immediate friends. It is with pleasure we chronicle the marriage of another couple of Barber's young people. Dr. Sparks is a successful, practicing dentist of this city and eldest son of Mrs. W.H. Sparks. The bride is the second daughter of Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Currie. They are exemplary young people, loved and respected by all who know them. The bride, in addition to her sterling young womanhood, is a musician of more than ordinary talent and plays the violin with skill. The Cresset wishes them many long years of success and happiness, and may each recurring Christmas Eve add, if possible, to their cup of joy and peace.

Jan - June 1897

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