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Medicine Lodge Cresset: Jan-June 1903

The Medicine Lodge Cresset (meaning "bright light") was a weekly newspaper, published in Medicine Lodge beginning early in 1879. L.M. Axline was publisher at the time this particular reel begins; Otis Lorton took over publication in February 1899. Local news included coverage from the surrounding communities, as well as Medicine Lodge. This reel begins Friday, January 7, 1898 and continues through Friday, February 22, 1901. 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 2, 1903

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Married: L.L. Swan, late rector of the Episcopal church in this city, was married to Gertrude Caldwell, daughter of D.N. Caldwell of Wellington, Wednesday morning, December 31st. Dr. Ritchie of Wichita officiated. Rev. Mr. Swan has many friends here who will join the Cresset in extending congratulations. He was forced to give up his charge here a few months ago on account of ill health. He has been offered a charge in South Dakota, but for the present he will go to Creighton, Nebraska. His bride was the first white child born in Wellington.

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Marriage License: Issued Wednesday to William C. Jones of Springvale and Clara B. Purdy of Lake City.

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Engaged: Cards were out Saturday announcing the wedding of Mr. Thomas J. Best and Miss Ethel Simmons at the Methodist church on the morning of January 8th. [See below for details of marriage.]

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Born: To J.M. Crouse and wife, on Monday, December 29th, a daughter. Dr. Moore. This is Commissioner Crouse’s first born, and we feel almost safe in promising relief to all who will bring their tax grievances before the commissioners next week.


Jan 9, 1903

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Married: At the home of the bride’s parents in Lake City Thursday, January 1, 1903, Clara Bell Purdy to William C. Jones of Springvale, Kansas. Rev. Stevenson tied the nuptial knot good and strong. About forty guests were present and a wedding supper was served at the close of the ceremony. The bride was also the recipient of many gifts that will come handy when th e young couple begin housekeeping on their own account. [Lake City news]

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Married: All the way from the state of Washington to get a wife: That is how with Ben Munger, who arrived here about two weeks ago, and Wednesday of this week was united in marriage to Elenora Courtney at the home of her parents in Mingona township by Rev. Stevenson. It appears as though outsiders are stealing their pick of the flock from under the noses of our native born young men who are just dying to marry but fall down through fear on the very threshold of happiness. [Lake City news]

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Married: “Two Popular People of Medicine Lodge Married Yesterday Morning” - Mr. Thomas Jackson Best and Miss Ethel Simmons were united in marriage at the Methodist church at half past nine o’clock yesterday morning, January 8, 1903. The church was well filled with friends of the high contracting parties to witness the ceremony performed by Dr. Ebright, presiding elder, assisted by Rev. W.J. Weber, pastor of the church. The wedding march was played by Miss Forsyth, and Fred Willan and Frank Williams were the ushers. There were no attendants or ostentatious display, but in all simplicity, surrounded by well-wishing friends, the bridal troth was plighted for weal or woe “so long as life doth last.” The bride was attired in a traveling dress of imported blue broadcloth. She is a daughter of P.A. Simmons and a sister of Mrs. A.D. Shaw. Most of her life has been spent in Medicine Lodge, and she is a general favorite and beloved by all who enjoy the privilege of being numbered among her acquaintances. Mr. Thomas J. Best came to Medicine Lodge a dozen years or more ago from England as the representative of a company who saw the possibilities of the gypsum deposits in Barber county. He built a mill here for the manufacture of cement and plaster. He employs a number of workmen with whom his business relations have always been very pleasant and agreeable. Immediately after the ceremony Mr. and Mrs. Best left for Kansas City. They had not decided whether the trip would be extended any further. In about two weeks they will be at home at the Grand Hotel in Medicine Lodge. We trust that the blue skies under which this marriage contract was completed will be an omen of long years of happiness to Mr. and Mrs. Best.

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Died: On the second day of this year there was laid to rest, in the cemetery at Sharon, the body of one of the old landmarks of the county, Pleasant W. Crawford. He was born in Putnam county, Indiana, on the 3rd day of May, 1820, and accordingly was more than an octogenarian. His life was mostly spent in Missouri and Kansas and a few years in Oklahoma, where he lost his first wife, who was the mother of ten children. In November, 1892, he was married to Mrs. Sarah Gifford, who survives him, and who has been very faithful and constant in watching over and taking care of him in his declining years. So much so as to challenge the admiration and love of all his children and grandchildren. Mr. Crawford was a devoted Christian and had been since early manhood. Of late years he devoted much of his time and conversation to the discussion and consideration of religious topics. His wife being a leader in religious thought and work agreed with him fully in the setting apart of Thursday in each week, for about a year past, for religious services at their home. Those weekly meetings have been productive of great enjoyment and benefit to those who have attended them. Dr. Atwell attended him in his last illness and preached a very feeling and instructive sermon over his remains at the Christian church. He took to his bed on Christmas night and died, just a week later, on New Year’s night. Four of his sons, three of them attending from other states, were present at his bedside and one daughter and one grandson also stood by him to the last and made very attempt possible to smooth his dying pillow. The entire community sympathize with the widow and relatives in their sorrow.

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Married: We are informed that a wedding took place among our Sharon friends last Monday. Mike Ioupe gave a supper to the new married couple, Mr. and Mrs. Isaac Salome. We wish them long and happy lives and great prosperity.

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Died: At the Wichita hospital on the 31st day of December, 1902, Grandfather DeWitt, father of M.P. DeWitt, at the age of 72 years, 4 months and 26 days. [Sharon news]

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Born: To A.B. Purdy and wife on Saturday, January 3rd, a son. Dr. Moore.

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Married: George Payne of Hazelton was married on November 19th, 1902, to a Miss Augustine of Corwin. This is news just made public a few days ago.

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Born: To Green Harris and wife, on January 6th, a daughter. Dr. Cushenbery.

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Died: Mrs. Jennie Downtain, wife of the late Dr. Downtain, died at the residence of her daughter and son-in-law, A.L. Herr, of Kiowa, Sunday night, December 21st, 1902, at the age of 57 years, 7 months and 23 days, after an illness of one week.


Jan 16, 1903

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Died: Erie Blanch, wife of W.C. Matthews of Chickasha, Indian Territory, died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Trotter, in this city at 7 o’clock Friday evening, January 9th, 1903, aged 27 years, 1 month and 4 days. She had been ill for about a year, and came here for treatment lat November. She leaves a husband and three little children. The funeral was conducted Sunday afternoon at the Baptist church by Rev. J.J. Griffin, and was attended by the Odd Fellows and Knights of Pythias of the city out of respect to the husband. Both Mr. and Mrs. Matthews were former citizens of Barber county. At the present time, Mr. Matthews is agent for the Waters-Pierce Oil Company at Chickasha. He and the parents of the deceased desire to thank their friends for assistance and neighborly kindness during the illness of Mrs. Matthews.

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Died: Monday, January 12th, at 10:00 a.m., of malarial fever, at her home in Sun City, Rosa Hilton, wife of Green Adams, aged 52 years. Funeral services were conducted in Sun City by Rev. Owens Tuesday in the presence of a large concourse of people and the remains consigned to their last resting place in Lake City cemetery. We are without sufficient data to give a more extended notice of this sad bereavement. We can only say, “It is God’s way.” “The clouds have parted with the promise blest; Come unto Me and I will give you rest.” And she who was weary with the cares and burdens that rest upon us all has laid them down at the feet of Him who has made this promise to all his children. The troubled waters are still and in the eternal calm of the life beyond the grave she rests from her labors, waiting, peacefully waiting the coming of the unfolding future that shall bring to her the beloved ones who still linger in the land of transition from death to life. [Lake City news]

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Born: Mr. and Mrs. Charley Dunham are the happy parents of a nine pound baby girl. [Isabel news]

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Born: Mr. and Mrs. Howard Graves welcomed the arrival of a fine baby girl at their home last Sunday. [Isabel news]


Jan 23, 1903

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Died: Again the sad news comes to us. Little Daisy Rodgers, daughter of J.A. Rodgers living three miles east of Sharon, died at 5 o’clock Sunday evening, January 18th, 1903, of tonsilitis, aged 6 years. Interment occurred at Sharon Monday.

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Birthday: Mrs. Kinkaid was the object of a surprise party on January 16th, gotten up by her daughter, Mrs. A.W. Smith, and Mrs. J.W. Brown, the affair being in honor of her 72nd birthday. A big dinner was spread.

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Born: A.L. Herr and wife of Kiowa are the parents of a son born Monday of last week.


Jan 30, 1903

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Born & Died: Mr. and Mrs. R.A. Allison’s baby boy, aged one day, died Friday, January 23rd, and was buried Saturday. Mrs. Allison is very low. [Sharon news]

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. G.W. Brown, three miles east of Sharon, on Thursday, January 22nd, a fine baby boy. All doing well at this writing. [Sharon news]

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Born: To L.C. Goff and wife, January 17, a son. [Kiowa news]

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Born: An eleven pound girl baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jesse Taliaferro on the 28th of January. Dr. Kociell.


Feb 6. 1903

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Married: “Went to Indiana for a Bride” - William Kenney of this city and Miss Magdelena R. Stephenson of Indianapolis, Indiana, were married at noon Wednesday, February 4th, at the home of the bride’s mother. The young couple will arrive here about the 15th and go to housekeeping on the ranch south of town. Mr. Kenney tried to slip away from here Saturday unnoticed but his friends got a tip as to the object of his trip and kept him pretty busy until train time. They all join with the Cresset in extending best wishes to him and a hearty welcome to his bride from old Indiana. Also @ Feb 27, 1903, pg 1, col 4: “Reception for Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Kenney” - Mr. and Mrs. D.G. Hall tendered Wm. Kenney and bride, who arrived Monday from Indianapolis, a reception Monday evening. A number of the friends and acquaintances who knew Mrs. Kenney when she visited her sister, Mrs. M.B. Ingle, here a few years ago, called to extend congratulations and welcome her to Barber county. During the evening Mrs. W.R. Forsyth and Miss Edna Hall favored the guests with vocal solos and the band serenaded Mr. and Mrs. Kenney. Refreshments were served during the evening. Mr. Hall and daughter met the newly married couple at Attica.

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Died: The people of Sharon join in sympathy for the bereaved family of Charles Henton, who died at Alva on the 21st of last month. Charles spent his first years in Kansas in Sharon valley with his parents. He married Miss Ollie Lee of Sharon, an old schoolmate, and both were highly respected by all who knew them. His father, Samuel Henton, was one of the pioneers of Sharon.

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Died: The infant daughter of J.E. Circle and wife died Monday of last week. [Hazelton news]

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Married: Miss Blanche Harris, who formerly resided here, was married on February 3rd to Dr. Harry Garrett at Syracuse, Kansas.

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Married: Nick Kichner of Kiowa and Miss A.M. Fulgroat of Woodward county, Oklahoma, were married at Woodward January 19th.

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Born: To J.W. Hall and wife on Friday, January 30th, a daughter. Dr. Kociell.

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Born: To Rev. and Mrs. J.J. Griffin on Tuesday morning, February 3rd, a son. Dr. Cushenbery.

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Birthday: Miss Pearl Haun entertained a number of her young friends Tuesday evening in honor of her fifteenth birthday.

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Born: To A.T. Groendycke and wife of Nippewalla township on January 29th - Kansas Day - a son. Dr. Coleman.

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Born: Frank Rinka of Eagle township was in town this week boasting about a 12-pound son which arrived at his house on Monday night, February 2nd - Ground Hog Day.

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Died: Joseph M., the two year old son of Chas. W. Owen and wife of Wellington, died Thursday evening of last week of membranous croup. Mrs. J.H. Owen and Thos. Owen of this city, grandmother and uncle of the child, attended the funeral.


Feb 13, 1903

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Died: “Took His Own Life, J.H. Johnson Committed Suicide Saturday Night by Cutting Throat” - About 1 o’clock Sunday morning J.H. Johnson, proprietor of the Central Hotel, was found dead in the rear of the hotel. He had committed suicide by cutting his throat. The small blade of a pocket knife was used and when found the knife was clasped in his right hand. Mr. Johnson was last seen alive by Louis Barrel, a boarder at the hotel, about 10 o’clock. He sat in the office posting his books when he suddenly threw the book aside and left the hotel hastily. When the family missed him, search was instituted but it was not until about 1 o’clock that E. VanHorn found his body near the pig pen in the rear of the building. He was in a kneeling position as if in prayer. The bloody trail shows that he first used the knife near the hotel kitchen and then walked fifty feet or more to where the body was found. There were two or three gashes on the side of his neck. The evidence of the family is that Mr. Johnson had been suffering mentally for two or three weeks, and to no other cause except insanity can be assigned the act of self-destruction which shocked so terribly the people of Medicine Lodge. Mr. Johnson’s physician had advised him to take a vacation and he had promised his family that he would visit a brother in Illinois as soon as court adjourned. John H. Johnson was fifty-eight years, three months and four days of age. He was born at Bishop Auckland, county of Durham, England, and came to the United States when eight years of age. On June 24, 1874, he married Emma Murray, at Deerfield, Mo., who survives him, and to them were born seven children, three of whom are living, Mrs. Seward I. Field, Charles F. and Zeal Johnson, all residents of Medicine Lodge. In 1884, Mr. Johnson opened a hotel at Sharon, and in 1891 came to Medicine Lodge and purchased the Central Hotel. He has been very successful, financially, since coming to this city, and leaves his family in very comfortable circumstances. Mr. Johnson was a hard-working man and attended very closely to his business. He enjoyed the respect and good will of everyone who knew him, and one and all mourn sincerely with his family in their great sorrow. The funeral services were held at the hotel at 3:30 Monday afternoon, February 9th, Rev. W.J. Weber, pastor of the Methodist church officiating. Also @ pg 8, col 5: Card of Thanks signed by Mrs. Emma Johnson, Charles M. Johnson, Zeal Johnson and Mettie M. Field.


Feb 27, 1903

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Died: At his home in Deerhead, Sunday, February 22, 1903, Thomas C. Stewart, brother of M.F. Stewart. Mr. Stewart was born in Virginia, December 31, 1842. Age 60 years, 1 month and 32 days. The cause of death was pneumonia and heart trouble. He came to Kansas in February 1886, where he has lived for seventeen years. he leaves a wife and three children, George, Ross and Mrs. G.W. Philllips. Mr. Stewart was a man w ho lived as he thought right. He has left behind him many warm friends. The funeral services were held at Lake City, Rev. Young officiating. The many friends of the Stewart family extend sympathy. Mr. Stewart is survived by four brothers and three sisters.

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Married: Henry K. Reutlinger of Freedom, Oklahoma, and Gerhilda N. Eckert, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Eckert of Aetna, were married at Alva, Oklahoma, Tuesday, February 24th, 1903. The groom is a brother of William Reutlinger of this city. He recently went to Oklahoma. The Cresset believes this will be a happy marriage and we extend congratulations to all parties. George Eckert and wife and Wm. Reutlinger attended the wedding.

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Died: The remains of Mrs. Ivan Hook were brought here for burial last week. She died at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Frank McCoy, at Hutchinson of quick consumption. She was about 25 years of age and leaves two small children. [Hazelton news]

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Married: At Alva last Saturday, by Probate Judge Bower, W.J. Templeton, of Curtis, to Miss Lydia Fudge, of Barber county, Kansas. The young couple left yesterday for Curtis where they will make their future home. (orig published by Alva Pioneer)


Mar 6, 1903

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Married: Joseph Williams and Myrtle Glick, recently of Lake City township, were married at 8 o’clock Wednesday evening, March 4th, at the residence of Probate Judge C.S. Gleason, the Judge officiating. The happy couple will begin housekeeping on the Alexander ranch in Eagle township.

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Born: The Alva papers of last week report the birth of a son to H.A. Noah and wife.

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Born: To Mabe Warrington and wife of Mingona township, on February 27th, a son. Dr. Moore.


Mar 13, 1903

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Died: William Balding died at his home in Sun City township Sunday, March 8th, 1903, aged 51 years. The cause of death was pneumonia. Interment was made in Lake City cemetery. The deceased was one of the early settlers of Barber county and highly esteemed by all who knew him. He was the father of Mrs. Louis Bissantz of Sun City and Lewis Balding of this township. [See complete obituary @ March 20th.]

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Born: To Nevon Herr and wife on Wednesday, March 4th, a daughter. [Kiowa news]

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Married: O.S. Boggs is congratulating himself on being father-in-law to a son-in-law. He says he has a number of daughters-in-law but that until this week he never knew what it was to experience the joys of a son-in-law. He has received the announcement of the marriage of his daughter, which took place Wednesday evening in Sumner county.

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Married: Walter M. Wheat, a former Barber county boy. was married a month ago to Miss Cora A. Smith in Washington, Pa. They returned the first of last week and are at home near Capron, O.T. Home, another son of J.H. Wheat, was recently married in Ashland, Kans., to Miss Cora B. Galt, of that place. Both of these young men are brothers of W.T. Wheat of this county and have a large number of friends who extend congratulations.


Mar 20, 1903

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Married: On Sunday afternoon, March 15th, at 3 o’clock, at the residence of Dr. J.A. Pepoon, Herbert S. Groves of this township and Miss May Pepoon of Mingona township, Rev. W.J. Weber officiating. The bride is a daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J.A. Pepoon. The couple will make their home in Mingona township. Their friends and acquaintances congratulate them on the step they have taken.

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Died: William Balding died at his home in Sun City, Barber county, Kansas, March 8th, 1903. He was born in Monroe county, Ohio, August 28th, 1832, being 71 years, 6 months and 8 days old. He was married to Elizabeth Hummel in 1852. His wife died July 7, 1869, leaving six sons and two daughters, all of whom now survive him. He was married a second time in 1870 to Mary Stewart, of which union one daughter survives him. These children and a kind companion mourn the loss of a father and husband. Brother Balding was baptized and became a member of the Baptist church at Holton, Kansas, about 23 years ago. While he of late years took but little part in religious services, yet that love of the Lord, for what it had done for him, was of great value to him, and gave that confidence in the last hours of life and prompted him to tell his friends that he had communion with God and that all was well and death had no fears. Mr. Balding was a kind father, a loving husband and a good neighbor. His only desire in life was to remain with his companion with whom he had been associated for over 32 years. The funeral sermon was preached at the Sun City school house in the presence of a very large congregation, by the writer, from Revelations, 20th chapter and 12th verse, after which the body was taken to Lake City cemetery and interred to await the summons of our Lord for the grave to give up its dead. The bereaved ones have the sympathy of all who knew him. Signed: C.W. Owens, pastor Sun City Baptist church.

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Died: From the Walsenburg, Colorado World, we learn of the death of Kate Blickhahn, daughter of Henry Blickhahn, a former resident of Medicine Lodge, and a grand-daughter of Dr. G.W. Ayer of this city, which occurred at Walsenburg on the 9th day of March. The cause of death was diphtheria in a malignant form. She was teaching school at Pictou when she contracted the disease. Miss Blickhahn was born in Medicine Lodge on the 10th day of March, 1883. Her mother died only a few months ago.

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Born: To H.W. Skinner and wife, on March 14th, a son. Dr. Bond.

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Died: “Another Comrade Gone” - At the home of H.S. Buck in Lake City Saturday evening, March 14, 1903, William Paul, aged 81 years, 4 months and 16 days. Wm. Paul was a native of Pennsylvania, born at Amity, Washington county. He was a farmer and followed that vocation until the breaking out of the civil war when he enlisted and served until the end of the war. We have not the data showing with what regiment or in what battles he participated but it is safe to say he never shirked a duty or flinched under the hottest fire, for he was a man of undaunted courage and knew not fear. Mr. Paul has been here about three years. He lived with his daughter, Mrs. Belle Buck. He was loved by all. What he believed to be right he stood for; what he deemed wrong he was against. The chief virtue and the crowning glory of his life was his patriotic love of country and his loyalty to the institutions he periled his life to defend and perpetuate. And when he came to meet the final conqueror he was without fear, calmly closing his eyes in everlasting sleep, waiting for the morn to wake him. [Memorial poem] Simple funeral obsequies were held at the house, Rev. Young conducting the services. His son, Will Paul, and grandson, Frank Buck, left Monday morning with the remains. He will be laid at rest with his wife at Thurman, Iowa. He leaves a son and daughter to mourn. In the solitude of their sorrow, the hearts of our people go out in sympathy and tears.


Mar 27, 1903

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Died: Dorothy Irene Zaring, daughter of Mrs. Irene Zaring and grand-daughter of Rev. and Mrs. L.M. Belden, died Saturday, March 21, 1903, of tuberculosis of the stomach, aged two years, four months and fifteen days. Just two months to a day previous, the little one’s father died at Brook, Indiana. She had been ill almost since the death of her father. The funeral service was conducted at the Presbyterian parsonage at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 22, by Rev. W.J. Weber, pastor of the M.E. church, assisted by other ministers in the city. Interment was made in the city cemetery, but on Monday, in response to a request of the Methodist church at Brook, Indiana, of which the child’s father was pastor, the body was exhumed and sent to Brook to be laid beside the father. The family have the sympathy of everyone.

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Died: At Sharon last week, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. W. Kendall. Funeral services were held at the Globe Hotel by Elder Brown of Sharon.

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Born: To J.N. Tincher and wife, on Wednesday morning, March 25th, a ten pound son. Dr. Moore.


Apr 3, 1903

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Married: Charles Butcher of Sawyer and Emily Mounsey, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Mounsey of this city, were married at the Methodist church at 7 o’clock, Monday evening, March 30, 1903, in the presence of a large number of well-wishing friends, by Rev. W.J. Weber. Both of these young people are well known throughout the county, the bride being one of the popular teachers of the county. After the ceremony the happy couple left for Wichita to visit relatives a few days. They will make their home in Sawyer. [See below @ Mar 18, 1904 for birth of daughter to Mr. and Mrs. Butcher.]

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Married: Jacob Brugger returned last week from New York City with his bride, Miss Rose Kaempf, who came all the way from Basle, Switzerland, to meet him. They were married at the First Lutheran church in New York on March 21st by Rev. Schlegel. Max Alder, a brother of Fritz Alder of this city, was best man. They will live this year on the old Gilbert farm northwest of town.

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Born: To Hall Fair and wife, on Tuesday morning, March 31st, a son. Drs. Coleman and Cushenbery.

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Born: To D.H. Axline and wife, on Sunday, March 29th, a daughter. Dr. Cushenbery.


Apr 17, 1903

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Married: “Miss Dorothy Flynn to Marry April 20" - The marriage of Miss Dorothy Flynn and Dr. James Julius Richardson will take place in Washington at the church of St. Thomas, Monday evening, April 20, at 8 o’clock. Miss Flynn is the only daughter of former delegate Flynn of Oklahoma, and is reputed to be the belle of the territory which her father has represented in congress almost continuously since its creation. She is a petite brunette, whose vivacity is one of her most charming characteristics. Dr. Richardson is a well known physician of Washington and recently accompanied President Roosevelt on a western trip. Immediately after the ceremony Dr. Richardson and his bride will leave for New York and will sail in two days for Italy. Their bridal trip through Europe will continue for three months, during which time the various capitals will be visited. On their return to Washington they will occupy apartments in Stoneleigh Court, Secretary Hay’s new apartment house. Miss Flynn was born in Barber county and since moving to Oklahoma has visited here many times. She is a grand-daughter of Captain and Mrs. N.B. Blanton of Cedar township.

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Married: Jefferson D. Mills and Bettie Jesse were married at Woodward, Oklahoma, on Saturday evening, April 11th, at the residence of Probate Judge J.A. Patton, by the Judge. Jeff happened to run across Roll B. Clark when he got into Woodward and Roll steered him around to the Probate Judge and witnessed the ceremony. A sister of the bride was also present. After the ceremony, the happy couple went tot he home of the bride’s father, John Jesse, in the southeast part of Woodward county. And @ pg 5, col 1: We have information to the effect that our friend Jeff Mills has come to the realization that it is not good for a man to live alone and was united in marriage to Miss Betty Jesse at Woodward, Oklahoma, Saturday of last week. Jeff seems to be playing in luck and we extend congratulations to the bride and groom, hoping for them a bright and prosperous future. [Sun City news]

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Married: Ned Axtell and Goldie Parsons surprised their friends by quietly departing for Alva Friday night, where they were married on Saturday, April 11th. They returned home Tuesday of this week. Both of these young people were raised in Medicine Lodge, and are popular with their acquaintances. The groom is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Axtell and the bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wm. Parsons. [See below @ Jun 17, 1904 for death of their baby son, William Axtell.]

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Married: Frank Blackstone and Olive Chilcott, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Chilcott of this township, were married at the Baptist parsonage on Monday, April 13th, by Rev. J.J. Griffin. The Cresset hopes all the days of their married life will be full of sunshine. They will reside in Woodward county, Oklahoma, where Mr. Blackstone has a farm.


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Died: S.G. Stewart of this place has received the sad news of the death at his home in Baldwin, Kansas, of his brother Wm. W. Stewart, aged 70 years. Mr. Stewart, like his brother S.G., was an old solider and served during the civil war as a member of Bissell’s Ill. engineer corps and died full of years and of honors, one of the many who are so swiftly passing from mortal view. [Sun city news]

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Charles Huffer, last week, a nice girl baby. [Sharon news]

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Born: To Jeff Montgomery and wife, on Saturday, April 11th, a son. Dr. Moore.

Born: To Elmer Hadicke and wife on Saturday, April 11th, a daughter.

Born: To Steve Bruner and wife on Tuesday, April 14th, a daughter.


Apr 24, 1903

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Died: “Gone to Join the Angels” - Ruby, aged four years, six months and nine days, little daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Caney Farmer, died at nine o’clock Thursday evening, April 16th, of membranous tonsilitis after a short illness of three days. Funeral services were conducted at the family home Friday afternoon by Rev. J.L. Patterson, pastor of the Methodist church. The mother of the bright little girl was prostrated and unable to attend the funeral. The parents are strangers to most of our people, having moved here from the northwest part of the county last December. Everyone sympathizes deeply with them.

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Died: Grandville M. Bowers of Hazelton died very suddenly about 5 o’clock last Sunday morning. The cause of death was heart trouble. He was only ill a few minutes. He recently moved to Hazelton from Wichita.

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Born: To Andrew Crum and wife, Saturday morning, April 18th, a daughter. Dr. Coleman.


May 1, 1903

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Died: George Clark died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C.E. Jacks, at Harper on Wednesday, April 29. He will be buried in Highland cemetery of this city about 3 o’clock this afternoon beside his wife who died some years ago. He was about 68 years of age. Mr. Clark came to Barber county from Indiana in 1885. Two weeks ago he went to Harper to visit his daughter, at whose home he sickened and died. He leaves several children - Jim Clark of this city, Lou Clark of Kiowa county, Mrs. John Fralich of this county, Mrs. C.E. Jacks of Harper and Mrs. Oliver Sims of Oklahoma.

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Born: To John Burgoyne and wife on the Scott Rubert ranch, on Sunday, April 24th, a daughter.


May 8, 1903

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Died: At her home in Elm Mills township Friday, May 1st, the wife of David Jones, colored. Interment was made at Saratoga. Mr. Jones desires to thank the following neighbors for kindly assistance during her illness and burial: Mrs. James Chadwick, Mrs. Raider, Mrs. Ashcraft and daughter-in-law, D.L. Taylor and John Bass.

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Link Southard on April 30th, a fine, big 12¼ pound boy. Dr. Updegraff. [Sharon news]

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Eben Douglass April 27th, a son. Dr. Hutcheson. The next thing you see will be Eben setting the 10-centers up. [Sun City news]


May 15, 1903

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Married: From the Warren Evening Times, we learn of the marriage of Miss Mattie S. Thayer to Alvin W. Gilbert at Warren, Pennsylvania, on Wednesday evening, May 6th. Mrs. Gilbert is a sister of Mrs. C.Q. Chandler, and has made her home here the past year. She is a lady who makes friends with everyone, and the congratulations which will be sent from Medicine Lodge will be sincere and from the heart. Mr. Gilbert is assistant secretary of the Y.M.C.A. at Warren and recently moved to that city from Denver.

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Born: To John Stone and wife, Wednesday morning, May 13, a daughter. Dr. Moore.


May 22, 1903

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Married: A marriage license was issued last week to John Jennings and Minnie Wilson of Kiowa. They were married in May 16th.

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Born: To W.J. Brickey and wife on Sunday, May 24th, a son. Dr. Coleman.

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Married: Mrs. Michel Thacker was married a few weeks ago to Frank Woodard of Marysville, Missouri.

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Marriage License: Issued Monday to Thos. B. Thacker and Mrs. Anna Chenoweth of Mingona township.


Jun 5, 1903

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Married: Thomas A. Cramer and Ruby F. Wheaton of Kiowa were united in marriage Tuesday, June 2nd, at the residence of John Stone in this city by Rev. J.L. Patterson, pastor of the M.E. church. After the ceremony the announcement of the marriage was telephoned to Kiowa and the young couple were invited to return home and receive the parental blessing.

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Married: Miss Nettie M. Stephens of Hazelton and Joseph Cutlip of Kiowa were married Wednesday evening, June 3rd, at the home of P.A. McBroom in Hazelton.


Jun 12, 1903

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Married: John F. Blanton of Cedar township, son of Capt. N.B. Blanton, was married Sunday, June 7, to Laura Maltbie, daughter of T.R. Maltbie of Hazelton, by Rev. Scott, pastor of the Methodist church. The Cresset extends congratulations.

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Married: Martin O. Blankenship and Massie Harmon, daughter of L.G. Harmon, both of Sun City township, were married at the bride’s home Sunday, June 7th, by Rev. Young of Lake City. The Cresset extends congratulations.

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Anniversary: Last Thursday being the tenth wedding anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. L.D. Elliott, a number of their friends called to spend the evening and wish them many happy years to come. Among those present were Mr. and Mrs. Levi Strickland, Misses Lucie and Josie; Messrs. Bert, Frank, Tell, Earl and Fred Strickland; Mr. and Mrs. Seiling; Mrs. Muller; Mr. and Mrs. C.J. Hiese; James Tufts; Miss Effie Tincher; Mr. and Mrs. Leonard; Mr. and Mrs. W.E. Calloway and E.B. Calloway. Ice cream and cake were served. All spent a happy evening and departed leaving Mr. and Mrs. Elliott with lighter hearts by their remembrance.


Jun 19, 1903

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Married: A very pretty wedding occurred at the Baptist church at 8 o’clock Wednesday evening, June 17th, whereby Troy A. Watkins, son of W.S. and Mrs. Watkins, and Lola Priest, daughter of N.S. and Mrs. Priest, became man and wife. The ceremony, performed by Rev. J.J. Griffin, was witnessed by a large number of friends. Mr. and Mrs. Watkins are well known young people of Medicine Lodge, and the Cresset extends them its best wishes for a long life of joy and prosperity.

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Died: At about 5 o’clock Wednesday afternoon, June 17th, Georgia, the nine-year-old daughter of Harry and Mrs. Stevens, died of scarlet fever. Her life had been hanging by a thread for a week and the physicians and nurses made a brave fight to overcome the disease. The funeral service was conducted at 11 o’clock Wednesday night by Rev. L.M. Belden. The heart-broken parents have the sympathy of all for Georgia was a bright, lovable girl.

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Birthday: The friends of Harvey Miller gave him a very pleasant surprise party Tuesday at his home east of town. The occasion was his 32nd birthday. A number from town were present.

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Birthday: Master Roscoe Tanksley was six years old Wednesday of last week and the event was appropriately celebrated by giving a party to his class-mates in the kindergarten department of the Christian church Sunday school.

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Born: To Roy and Mrs. Arterburn on Wednesday afternoon, June 17th, a nine-pound daughter. Dr. Cushenbery. Immediately after the arrival of the young lady, Roy made a bee line for the Cresset office with cigars.


Jun 26, 1903

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Married: Announcements were received here yesterday of the marriage of Mr. H. Clayton Bloom of Hutchinson and Miss Anna Nay at Kiowa on Wednesday, June 24th. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Nay of Kiowa and is a very popular young lady. Her friends in Medicine Lodge congratulate Mr. Bloom on his happy choice of a wife.

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Born: To A.J. McCorkle and wife on Sunday, June 21st, a son. Dr. Coleman. [See below @ Apr 15, 1904 for death of Mrs. McCorkle.]

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Born: To R.H. and Mrs. Hall on Saturday evening, June 20, a daughter. Dr. Coleman.

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Tom Mounsey of Nippewalla township, on Thursday, June 25th, a ten pound

boy. Dr. Moore.

July-Dec 1902

Barber County Newspapers



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