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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, November 1, 1888, L.M. Axline was the publisher; publication changed to Fridays in June 1890.

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 (

Jul 4, 1889

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Born: On June 30, a fine boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Henry A. Thompson, of Antelope Flat. Dr. Kociell.

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Married: On Sunday, June 30th, Thomas F. Shepler was married to Miss May Wennet at the residence of the groom on Walnut street. Probate Judge Edwards tied the knot. The young couple have settled down to housekeeping.

Jul 11, 1889

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Married: By our Probate Judge Loren Edwards, on Monday, July 8th, 1889, Thomas M. Soper to Miss Nettie Maddox. Ceremony at the Judge's office.

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Married: At Osage Hotel in this city, on Monday, July 8th, 1889, Leonard H. Fash to Miss Jennie Wible, Rev. W.A. Cain officiating. All of this county.

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Married: A license was issued on Wednesday of last week, July 3rd, for the marriage of George W. Smithers to Hester A. Bishop, both of Mingona township. They were married by a Justice of the Peace of that township.

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Died: "Charley McAlister Drowned" - Master Charley, only son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank P. McAlister, was drowned in the pond on the bottom between Spring and Elm creeks, Wednesday morning, July 10, 1889. Charlie [sic] McAlister and Willie Dem were in the water together. Charley said he could swim and was warned by Willie where the deep places were, Willie being able to swim but little. Charles had got out in the deep water when Willie noticed he was struggling. Willie was badly excited, but quickly slipping on his shirt, he ran to Al. Snodderly's house. Mrs. Snodderly was unable to do anything and told him to run to town and tell the men. The boy got his clothes, ran to town and soon men were at the pond. Among the first there were Dan Kidd, Ace Campbell, Hillory Weidner, Luke Chapin and Henry Kelley. After a few minutes search in the water, they found the body. Doctors Moore, Karr, Gould and Burney were soon there and with others did everything possible, even to the application of a powerful electric battery, to resurrect life, but their efforts proved fruitless. Mrs. McAlister early heard of the terrible accident and would listen to nothing, but almost compelled Frank Strong to drive her to the pond. There her heart-rending cries and tearless terrible grief was such that strong men could not bear the sight and with averted faces trembled with emotion. Mr. McAlister was at his farm south of town. He was at once notified and came as fast as a swift horse would carry him. The parents are prostrated with their grief. Mr. and Mrs. McAlister arrived here a few days since from Lakin and were visiting with friends and stopping at the Grand Hotel. Master Charley was about twelve years old, was born at this place, and was bright, loving and venturesome. He had considerable sickness when small and his mother and father had always been very careful with him and loved him as only parents can an only child. The remains were taken to the Updegraff residence. The funeral will occur at ten o'clock today. The distressing accident has cast a gloom over the entire community and the bereaved parents have the sympathy of all.

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Died: On July 4th, at her residence in this city, Mrs. Lizzie B. Chandler died of quick consumption, aged 22 years. The deceased was the wife of C.Q. Chandler, president of the Citizens National Bank. She came to this city with her husband about eight months ago. When she came here she was reasonably strong and soon had won quite a circle of friends by her gentle bearing and lady-like manners. But the seeds of the dread disease were already in her system, and in spite of all a loving husband could do or wealth procure, she passed away. She was a member of the Baptist church. Her maiden name was Wright and she was raised at Elk City, Kansas, where she was married to Mr. Chandler two years ago. At her death, she was surrounded by loving relatives to minister to her and sustain her stricken husband. The remains were taken to Elk City for interment. Short services were conducted at the house by Rev. W.A. Cain before the body was taken to the train.

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Died: "Killed by Lightning" - Monday evening, July 8th, Mrs. R.D. Bailey was struck by lightning and instantly killed. The casualty occurred at the residence of Wm. R. Sellers, in Valley township. Mr. Sellers was in the midst of his harvesting and as a consequence several neighbors were assisting him and Mrs. Bailey was assisting his wife. When Monday's storm came up all repaired to the house. There were present Mr. Sellers, wife and child, his brother George, Luther White and his son Lester and Lester's daughter Nona, 13 years old, Mrs. Bailey, who is a daughter of Luther White and her two children - ten persons in all. The women and children not liking the appearance of the dark, low hanging clouds, went to the basement and this move led to Mrs. Bailey's death. When the rain was about over, the occupants of the house were startled by a blinding flash and a terrible shock. The lightning struck the chimney of the house, passed down the stove pipe, divided at the stove - a current passing down each back leg and through the floor into the basement and into the ground. Mrs. Bailey was standing directly under one current. The bolt struck her on the left shoulder and passing down her body passed off her right foot. Her clothing was not torn in the least and only a small mark was left on her body; her right shoe was torn off. Nona White was almost under the other current, it passing so close to her as to knock her senseless. Mrs. Bailey had her baby in her arms when she was struck and strange to say the baby was not injured. The men rushed into the basement and at once carried the woman and girl out into the rain. Miss White soon began to show signs of life, but Mrs. Bailey was dead. Miss White is rapidly recovering. Mrs. Bailey's husband was in Missouri and was at once telegraphed. Altogether the fatality is very sad indeed and has cast gloom over the entire community.

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Married: Another fellow has taken one of our girls away. Charlie Moore and Miss Alice Story were married Sunday evening. May their path be strewn with sweetest flowers. [Sharon news]

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Died: Mr. Doolittle, living near Inyo, had a little child to take sick very suddenly Sunday. It died before the doctor arrived. [Sharon news]

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Died: "Death at Sharon" - Died, on the morning of July 4th, Mrs. Samuel Benton, after an illness of several months. Age 32. A husband and two little girls are left to mourn. While many were enjoying the festivities of a great day, this family was bowing beneath the sting of an unwelcome visitor. Nature disposes of the human race like our rivers dispose of the garbage of a continent. The joy of friends and relatives are broken cups with their contents scattered to the four winds. Crowned with a halo of purity, she will walk through gates of our holiest, sweetest imaginations into the great beyond. Peace to her. Signed: A FRIEND.

Jul 18, 1899

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Born: Mr. and Mrs. MacDonald are the proud parents of a new girl baby at their Colorado home.

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Born: Mr. and Mrs. Harry L. Jamison are the happy parents of their first - a big, boy baby - at their home in Horace, Kansas.

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Born: On Monday, July 15th, at the residence of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Romig, in Lakes addition to this city, a big, handsome girl baby was born to Mrs. L.A. Sullivan. Mother and child doing well.

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Born: Thursday evening of last week twin boys were born to Mr. and Mrs. T.G. Cutlip, of this city. Dr. Burney in attendance. The babies were not strong and one died on Friday. The mother and remaining child are doing well.

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Died: "At Rest" - Mrs. Lucy Ellen Hahn, wife of Rev. R. Hahn, passed into paradise, Wednesday evening at 9 o'clock. She had been in poor health for years and during the last two months had been confined to her bed. Although she suffered intensely all through the last days of her illness, yet she fell asleep peacefully and happily; when the time came for the departure of her spirit, she gently closed her eyes and yielded her soul to the waiting angles to bear it up to God. Lucy Ellen Glancy was born in Licking county, Ohio, January 9th, 1823, and was the daughter of Rev. Dr. David M. and Elizabeth Glancy. In early life she joined the United Brethren church of which her father was a minister. April 20th, 1843, she was married to Rev. Reuben Hahn, and in 1859 she and her husband entered the Presbyterian church, of which she has, ever since, been a devoted member. During her long life she has been preceded into paradise by but one child, Mary, who died October 17th, 1847, at the age of two years. Those who remain, mourning their own loss but comforted by her happiness, are Mrs. Della Mounser, of Nevada, Missouri; Dr. D.G. Hahn, of Wauneta, Kansas; Royal H. Hahn, of Medicine Lodge, Kansas; Mrs. Josie M. Olney, of Fresno, California; Charles C. Hahn, of Topeka; and Lulie, who has been a faithful attendant upon her mother during all her sufferings of the past years. Of her grandchildren, nine are still living. The funeral will occur in the Presbyterian church tomorrow, July 19th, at 10 A.M. Mrs. Hahn's was one long life devoted to good works and there are many friends in this and other states who will grieve to learn that she is no more. [Memorial poem follows.]

Jul 25, 1889

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Born: Dr. Burney reports a fine boy born to Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Knirr on Wednesday morning, July 24. All doing well. This makes a pair of kings for Jake and he is proud in proportion. [See Aug 1, 1890 for death of this baby.]

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Born: A bouncing boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. I.P. Shannon on Tuesday. Dr. Burney was in attendance. We expect I.F. will try to vote him this fall at Kiowa as a cowboy from the Territory.

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Marriage pending: On the first day of August, one week from today, Horace B. Steck, of Hazelton, will marry Miss Bertha Weaver, at the residence of the bride's parent, at Adrian, Michigan. Mr. Steck, well known to everyone in this section as cashier and resident manager of the Bank of Hazelton, is a fine young man of more than ordinary business qualifications, and h as the confidence and esteem of all who know him. The bride is a sister of Mrs. E.B. Peck, and if she possesses charms anything like equal to those of Mrs. Peck, it is not surprising that she was able to win H.B. from what many of his friends called confirmed bachelorhood.

Aug 15, 1889

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Anniversary: Mrs. B.F. Kauffman and the children are expected home Saturday from a five week visit with Mrs. K's parents, Rev. and Mrs. Wm. Long - of Wellington. They would have returned sooner, but Thursday, August 15th is the fortieth anniversary of Mr. and Mrs. Long's marriage and Mrs. Kauffman will of course assist in celebrating the "Ruby" wedding.

Aug 22, 1889

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Died: Near Las Vegas, New Mexico, on Monday, August 19th, Miss Nora Shepler, of consumption, aged about twenty years. The remains were brought to this place for burial, arriving on Wednesday's train. Many friends of the family attended the funeral. Nora was a daughter of Judge S.J. and Hester Shepler. She grew up in this city and has friends far and near. She inherited consumption from her father and about three years ago went to the mountains in search of health. She leaves a mother, two brothers and a sister. One brother, Frank, and the sister, Mrs. Vernon Lytle, reside in this county. Judge Shepler was one of the early settlers and occupied many positions of trust. When we came here ten years ago, the Shepler family consisted of seven robust persons. First the Judge was called, then John and now Nora is dead. No family in this section had a wider acquaintance.

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Died: August 18th, Willie, the infant son of James and Katie Hartzell. His remains were laid away in the German Baptist cemetery. Funeral services will be conducted by Rev. Shamberger at Mingona, Sunday, August 25th, 11 o'clock A.M. [Forest City news]

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Born: Sunday, the 11th, a son of medium weight to Mr. and Mrs. Herman Keith, all doing well. It is needless to say Mr. K. is very proud. [Breezy Valley news]

Aug 29, 1889

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Died: Mr. and Mrs. Riley Lake's baby boy died on Friday of last week. The parents have the sympathy of everybody.

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Born: One of the handsomest if not the handsomest little baby girl in the city of Medicine Lodge was born to Mr. and Mrs. John W. Elliot yesterday (Wednesday). Dr. Moore.

Sep 5, 1889

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Married: Fred J. Cartan was married in San Francisco, California about a month ago. [See below Oct 3, 1890, pg 3, col 1, for birth of a baby girl to this couple.]

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Born: Dr. Burney reports a fine girl baby born to Mr. and Mrs. A.F. Haines on Saturday last, August 31st. All doing well.

Sep 12, 1889

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Marriage License: Issued Monday for G.S. Purcival aged 30 and Lottie Reams aged 15 years.

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Born: Saturday, September 7th, to Mr. and Mrs. Jack Gillworth, a ten-pound baby boy. Mother and child both doing well.

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Died: Clara, wife of Robert Fuller, born December 25, 1823, died September 1st, 1889, at the residence of her son, Hiram, six miles southeast of Medicine Lodge, aged 66 years, 8 months and 7 days. Interment took place September 2, at Medicine Lodge. She was a good and kind mother, highly respected by all who knew her. She was a Christian and belonged to the German Baptist church. Signed: J.C.

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Died: John W. Dickerson was born in Washington county, Pennsylvania, on the 17th of January, 1827. Died in Barber county, Kansas, September 12th, 1889. For the past twenty-five years, Mr. Dickerson has been afflicted with nervous paralysis, and the last three years has been entirely helpless, although he was very patient through all of those long years of suffering. He seemed to think that he was a burden on his kind family who were ever striving to make him comfortable in his last days and would often wish that he could die. Mr. Dickerson's ancestors were from Pennsylvania. They were patriotic citizens and helped to maintain the liberties of their country in the wars waged against the United States. Mr. Dickerson had one son in the late war of the rebellion and also his father who enlisted after he was sixty years of age and his grandfather belong to Morgan's rifle corps in the War of 1812. Leonard Dickerson, the father of the deceased. moved rom Pennsylvania to Ohio in 1827. Here J.W. lived and worked with his father on a farm till the year of 1844, when he was united to Elizabeth Kerr in the bonds of matrimony, who has been a help-mate to him through all those years of suffering. After ten years of married life, they concluded to make the west their future home. So with their three children, they moved to Illinois in 1854, where another child was born to them. After living here for five years and meeting with reverses, the pioneering spirit got hold of them again and they moved to Iowa in 1857 [sic]. Here another child was born to them and here they strived to gain a competency for old age. But again they concluded to try the south-west and moved to Barber county, Kansas, in 1886, where they have lived ever since. J.W. Dickerson leaves a family consisting of a wife and five children, three boys and two girls who have arrived at the age of man and womanhood, and are living in Kansas and Iowa. Signed: J.B. COOL. And also: Oct 3, pg 3, col 1: In the obituary notice of Mr. Dickerson, the type said he was born in 1827. Mr. Dickerson was born in 1821 and was therefore 68 years old when he died.

Sep 26, 1889

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. R.S. Brewer, on Wednesday, a big boy. Dr. Karr. Uncle Sam Funk is a grandpa.

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Born: A bouncing handsome girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. R.H. Hahn on Monday, September 23. "Monday's child is fair in the face."

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Died: C.D. Severance died suddenly at Hazelton last Saturday night. A coroner's jury organized by a Justice of the Peace decided that alcoholism, or some disease superintended by alcoholism, was the cause.

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Died: Vernon, son of David Clough, died at his father's house in the eastern part of the county, on Monday last, September 22nd, aged about 17 years. Only a few weeks ago an older son by about two years died of the same disease and the aged parents are almost heart broken. They have the sympathy of a wide circle of friends. [See Feb 20, 1890, for a Memorial poem which seems to be about these two sons of David Clough, although the details introducing the poem refer to "Barny C. Clough," who died on Sep 22, 1889, at 17 years of age.]

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Died: Word was received at this place last Sunday that Miss Nellie Lovitt, eldest daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D.W. Lovitt, died last Friday at the home of her parents at Guthrie, Oklahoma. She had been a resident of Kiowa for about four years and had many warm friends at this place. [Kiowa news]

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Died: "Another Old Settler Gone" - Uncle Clark Gilmore died at his residence in this city on Tuesday, September 24th, at 8 A.M., and was buried on Wednesday with funeral services at the Presbyterian church by Rev. W.A. Cain, pastor of the Baptist church, at 9:30 A.M. Uncle Clark Gilmore was born a slave in Pulaski county, Kentucky. From Kentucky, he went to Medicine Lodge in 1874. When city property was almost worthless, Uncle Clark secured all he could hold and at one time owned several valuable lots. He leaves some property. He never married and is not known to have a living relative. He was industrious, kind, courteous and universally liked. He was a member of the Baptist church. He was about 73 years old. Everybody in this section knows Uncle Clark and everybody will be sorry to hear of his death. And also: Oct 3, pg 3, col 4, there is a memorial poem written by the Pilgrim Bard which begins, "Rest, slave born freeman..."

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Bart Jackson, September 9th, a son of medium weight - all doing well. [Cedar Valley news]

Oct 3,1889

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Married: On September 21st, Samuel V. Howard was married to Lucy Underwood, daughter of Jpa. Underwood, by Rev. McMurtry.

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Born: On Saturday last, September 28th, a big nine pound boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Bruce Dobbs. Dr. Kociell. Mother and child doing well.

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Oct 10, 1889

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Married: On Friday, October 11th, M.S. McMurtrey and Miss Tenna Warren, of Sharon, were married.

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Born: On last Thursday morning, an 11 pound boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. John Dohrer. Shaves at the usual price.

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Born: Dr. Karr reports a girl born to Mr. and Mrs. Hamlton on October 2nd; a girl born to Mr. and Mrs. E.S. Pierce on October 4th; and a boy born to Mr. and Mrs. James Earton on October 5th. A very good record.

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Died: On Friday last, the infant son of Mr. and Mrs. D.F. Shipman was buried in the cemetery at this place.

Oct 24, 1889

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Born: Dr. W.H. Moore reports a fine girl born to Mr. and Mrs. Norman Gilbert on Monday, October 21st. All doing well.

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Married: At the Presbyterian parsonage at Medicine Lodge, Oct. 13th, 1889, by Rev. J.B. North, Mr. Fred Liebst and Miss Birda Rogers were united in the holy bonds of matrimony. The bride is a daughter of Wm. Rogers of Mumford and is highly esteemed by all. She was affectionate and kind to all and perhaps would have stayed with us longer had not her parents seen fit to send her away to school where she became acquainted with the young man that now calls her his wife. Immediately after the ceremony that made them one, they returned to the home of the bride where a well filled table awaited them and all present did ample justice to the edibles. We understand the happy couple will go to the home of the groom and begin housekeeping at once. We wish them much joy, happiness and prosperity in their new sphere, and may the new relations they have formed grow stronger and stronger as years advance and each succeeding year be happier than the last is the sincere wish of [Signed] ONE WHO WAS THERE.

Oct 31, 1889

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Born: Dr. Moore reports a 9 and one half pound boy born to Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Lee on last Thursday.

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Died: This (Thursday) morning, Mrs. A.B. Wilkins died at her residence in this city. Funeral services will occur tomorrow (Friday) at 10 A.M. at the Christian church, conducted by Elder Nation. Mrs. Wilkins, formerly Miss Stockstill, leaves a loving husband, a fond mother, several brothers and sisters and numerous relatives in this county to mourn her early death. Lack of space prevents a more extended obituary. [See Nov 7, 1889, for a complete obituary.]

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Married: At the residence of the bride's parents in Moore township today (Thursday) Mr. Arthur Trevellyan is to be married to Miss Lutella Stranathan. Mr. Trevellyan is a handsome, educated and gentlemanly Englishman well known throughout the southern part of Barber and Comanche counties. The bride is the handsome daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Stranathan. The Cresset extends its best wishes to the happy couple, and, together with their hundreds of friends, hopes that they will make Barber county their home.

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Married: On last Friday, October 25th, Rev. C.W. Owens of Sun City and Miss Mollie Rathbone, of Palistine, West Virginia, were married at Medicine Lodge. Rev. Cain officiating. The happy pair reached home about 8 o'clock P.M., and after receiving congratulations from their numerous friends and well-wishers assembled at the parsonage, an elegant supper was served. The presents were both handsome and useful, among which were the following: M.H. Clements and wife, large astral lamp; H.E. VanTrees and wife, E. Taylor, P.J. Mertes, O.J. Corliss, et al, large mirror; J.V. Fishburn and wife, Singer sewing machine; A.L. Salyer, $1.00. There were numerous other presents too numerous to mention. The bride is a sister of S.B. Rathbone, of Palistine, West Virginia, who came with her to Medicine Lodge. He is a prominent and wealthy business man and speaks highly of Barber county and thinks he may locate among us in the near future. The many friends of Mr. and Mrs. Owens wish them a long and pleasant journey through life.

Nov 7, 1889

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Married: On Saturday, November 2, at the M.E. parsonage in this city, by Rev. Sanderson, Mr. Wm. Gesner to Miss Agnes VanCleave, both of Kiowa.

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Died: Oct 30th, 1889, at the Cedar Hill ranch, Clarence Stewart, the son of A.B. and Margaret A. Reynolds, in his eighteenth year. Death was caused by typhoid fever.

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. R.E. Kathrens, on Saturday morning, October 2nd, a fine boy, Dr. Kociell attending. Being born in Barber county, having a barber for a father and an ex-barber officiating, one would naturally conclude that the youngster would be a barber.

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Died: Mrs. Georgia Dakota Wilkins, wife of A.B. Wilkins, and daughter of Mrs. Georgia Stockstill, died at the residence of her mother, in this city, on the morning of October 31 last. Had she lived until December 18 next, she would have been 19 years of age. On the 24th day of November, 1885, she was married to Bro. A.B. Wilkins, with whom she lived a happy and contented life to the day of her death. Last January she made a public confession of her faith in Christ and was immersed by Elder David Nation, pastor of the Christian church in this city, and on the Sunday following, her devoted husband confessed his Saviour and was also immersed by Elder Nation. From that time to the day of her death, Sister Wilkins lived a devoted Christian [life]. She was always ready in every Christian and church work, and when able, was always found at her post of duty. Sister Wilkins was [among] the first fruits of Elder Nation's pastoral labors with the church here and was the first flower - the first fruit plucked for the Master's use. I believe on Elder Nation's second Lord's day service, she made the good confession and he preached her funeral sermon only two sermons before he left the church as its pastor. Last Friday morning at ten o'clock, the funeral services were conducted at the Christian church, to one of the largest and most appreciative audiences ever assembled in that church. Elder Nation's sermon was founded upon these words, from the fifteenth chapter of the first Corinthian letter: "For since by man came death, by man also came resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all died, even so in Christ shall all be made alive." The sermon was feelingly delivered, the pastor being very much affected by the circumstances of this sad death and abounded in sweet consolation to the mother and the bereaved husband and two young brothers present. Sister Wilkins leaves a young husband and a fond mother, two young brothers who were present and two absent sisters, all of whom, especially the mother and husband, were devoted to her. Sister Wilkins had made all the preparation for her death and burial possible for the living to make. She had even selected the hymns to be sung at her funeral. She was resigned to her fate and relied on that God who had sustained her through so many trials. Whilst she was a great sufferer during the six weeks of her sickness, yet death had no fears or terrors to her. Elder Nation was assisted in this last and most impressive service by Rev. Sanderson of the M.E. church, Rev. North of the Presbyterian church and Rev. Cain of the Baptist church. At the close of the sermon, the members of the Eastern Star, of which the deceased was a member, conducted their beautiful and impressive service, led by C.T. Freeman, after which the body was followed to the cemetery and consigned to the congregation of the silent dead, to await the resurrection morn when she will stand before the throne of God "robed in a costume of white," among those "who have washed their robes in the blood of the Lamb."

Nov 14, 1889

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Born: To Mayor Pearson and wife on Sunday morning, November 10th, a nice girl baby. Dr. Moore.

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Ed. Winters, on October 31st, a son.

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Nixon a big bouncing boy on Wednesday, November 13th. Dr. J.D. Karr. This will do away with the talk regarding E.M. Byerley or anybody else for deputy - Ezra, Jr., will act.

Nov 21, 1889

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Born: Dr. Burney reports a girl born to L.T. Williams and wife on November 19.

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Born: On November 13th, John T. Jesse and wife, near Mingona, were made the happy parents of a nice girl.

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Marriage License: Issued yesterday, November 20th, to Albert Burgett and Louise Stalder, of near Sharon.

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Married: Mrs. G.A. Stockstill was married at the residence of her mother at Burlington, Kansas, on Monday, November 11th, to J.W. Eubanks. Mr. Eubanks and Mrs. Stockstill were old acquaintances and they have been engaged for some time. The many friends of Mrs. Eubanks in this vicinity will wish them much joy.

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Died: "A Fatal Accident" - On Thursday evening of last week, Peter Hottle, a respected citizen of the county whose residence was on his ranch near Deerhead, was dragged to death by being thrown from a vicious mare and his left foot catching in the stirrup. News of the accident arrived in the city Thursday morning [sic] and Coroner Moore and County Attorney Cameron went out that day to fully investigate. It seems that Mr. Hottle was a man of some means and had a nice ranch and a bunch of cattle; his brothers-in-law Mills and Pearson - the former his wife's brother and the latter husband of his wife's sister - were interested with him and he made his home at Pearsons, his wife being in Illinois. Thursday night at milking time one cow was missing and Mr. Hottle started out to find it; he rode a vicious mare that was very unsafe and that he had remarked "would probably be the death of me." When he did not arrive at Pearsons, Mr. Pearson went to Mills' house to inquire, fearing something had happened. The two men lit a lantern and started on a search. At the corral they found the mare with saddle on and blood on her hind legs and hoofs. In crossing a sand draw, they found where a body had been dragged and following up the trail came upon the body of Peter Hottle, life extinct, shirt over his head, bruises and cuts on his head, breast and arms, and everything to show that he had been dragged and kicked to death. His left boot was gone and when found it showed unmistakable evidence of have been hung in the stirrup and holding the body until the foot slipped out. Peter Hottle was esteemed by all who knew him and the business men of this city with whom he had transacted business speak highly of him as a business man and a citizen. The relatives have the sympathy of all.

Dec 5, 1889

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Born: Dr. Gould reports a boy born to Mr. and Mrs. Frank Strong on Saturday, November 30th.

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Marriage License: Issued on the 27th day of November to John S. Watson and Salina Tyler, both of this county. And also: Dec 12, 1889, pg 3, col 2: In last week's issue, we mentioned that a marriage license had been issued to John S. Watson and Salina Tyler. On Friday last [Dec 6], the couple appeared before our Probate Judge and were tied up fast and tight in that peculiar and winning way only practiced by Judge Edwards.

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Born: The past week has made Capt. H.H. Hardy grandpa a couple of times. On Saturday, November 30th, Mrs. Fred Hardy presented her husband one of the nicest little girls in the experience of Dr. Moore; and on Tuesday, December 3rd, Mr. and Mrs. J.L. Ellsworth were made the happy parents of a girl just as cute as Uncle Fred's. Dr. Moore reports all concerned getting along nicely.

Dec 12. 1889

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Born: On Tuesday, December 10th, a nice boy baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. E.M. Byerley. Dr. Burney in attendance and all doing well.

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Born: A fine large baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Jas. Downen of Canema, on Saturday night, December 7. The youngster weighed 12 pounds, down weight. Dr. Moore officiated.

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Born: A nice fat baby boy was born to Mr. and Mrs. Green Harris on Friday, December 6th. Green is proud.

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Born: A big boy baby was born to Mr. and Mrs. R.J. Taliaferro on Tuesday, December 10th. Dr. Burney reports the case.

Dec 19, 1889

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Marriage pending: Cards are out announcing the marriage of W.H. McCague to Miss Lucie Pursell, both of this city - a most estimable couple.

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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. A.B. Purdy on Saturday, December 14th, a boy. [See Jul 24, 1891 for death of this child.]

Dec 26, 1889

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Married: On Christmas day, Theo. L. Chappell and Miss Julia Thompson were married at the office of the Probate Judge in the presence of quite a medley of witnesses. The bride and groom are both of this county and our urbane Judge tied them up scientifically and with dispatch.

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Marriage License: During the past week, the Hon. Probate Court issued licenses to John Dobson and Cora Thompson, both of Kiowa; and also to a Mr. Thompson and a Miss O'Neal, also of Kiowa. No returns have been made upon the above license, but we presume they were Christmas weddings. The John Dobson spoken of above is a brother of Sheriff-elect J.W. Dobson.

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Married: "A Pleasant Affair" - At the residence of the groom, on Central Avenue east, on Wednesday evening, December 25th, 1889, William Henry McCague was married to Miss Lucie Pursell, Rev. J.C. McElroy officiating. Guests to the number of about sixty gathered at the groom's cozy residence and at the appointed hour, the bride and groom, preceded by Mr. Pursell, brother of the bride, and Miss Flossie Hitchcock, entered the parlor and took their station under an arbor of lace, vines and flowers. The short, impressive marriage ceremony of the Presbyterian church was pronounced by Rev. McElroy. The happy couple received the congratulations of their many friends. A splendid repast was partaken of, and the guests adjourned feeling that they had spent one of the most enjoyable evenings of their lives. The bride was dressed in a pale green silk dress, high corsage and natural flowers; the groom in conventional black; and it was the universal opinion that a handsomer couple never stood before a minister. Mr. and Mrs. McCague will at once commence housekeeping and settle down in sensible style. They received a large number of beautiful and useful presents. The happy couple are well and favorably known, and the universal wish is that they may be prosperous and happy, in all of which the Cresset cordially joins. [The list of gifts is extremely long. Some of the most interesting have been included here.] Solid gold watch and chain, diamond setting, groom to bride; buggy horse, parents and brother to bride; two antique and plush rockers by the [lawyers], court officers and friends; frosted silver coffee urn, Rev. Wm. Hayworth, Dr. H. Yant and wife and Miss Lelia Stevens; egg beater, Master Ross Pursell; book of poems, H.C. Cann and wife, Hazelton, Ks.; fancy red glass water set, hammered tray, Scott Allen and wife; alarm clock, J.N. Deal and wife; carving set, T.C. Molloy and wife; china tureen and plate, Misses Stella Stevens, Octa Gibson; Deerhead hat rack, plush base and mistletoe, J.W. McNeal and wife.

Jan - June 1890

Barber County Newspapers

Tom & Carolyn Ward
Columbus, KS

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