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The Barber County Index was a weekly newspaper, published in Medicine Lodge beginning at the end of 1880. At the time this reel begins, Wednesday, January 2, 1889, E.P. Caruthers was publisher; in February of that year, W.G. Musgrove joined with Mr. Caruthers and in August 1890, Mr. Caruthers sold his interest to H. Walker of Elm Mills township. Local news included coverage from the surrounding communities, as well as Medicine Lodge. This reel continues through December 30, 1891. The information has been copied as accurately as possible, but errors may still occur. Minor printing errors have been corrected, but otherwise the information is presented as it originally appeared. Please consult the individual reels to verify an item. I do not have any further information about these individuals or families. Contributed by Ellen Knowles Bisson

Jan 7, 1891
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Born: A fine boy arrived at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Walker, on the 26th. The young man answers to the name of Jerry for the present. [Deerhead news]
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Died: Mr. and Mrs. John Ruttman buried their youngest child, aged about two months, last week.
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Married: At the residence of Thos. Spurlock, near Mingona, on December 23rd, by F.B. Nurse, J.P., Mr. Joseph L. Gant and Miss Hattie D. King.
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Born: Near Hazelton, December 27th, to the wife of Chas. George, a girl.
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Married: In this county, December 24th, Richard Allen and Miss Laura McNett, of Moore township.
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Married: By Rev. G. Robinson, at his residence near Sharon, on Wednesday evening last, Mr. Henry M. Storey to Miss Clara Latham, both of Sharon, a few select friends of the bride and groom being present. In extending our congratulations, we sincerely wish Mr. Storey and h is bride a happy and prosperous journey through life.

Jan 14, 1891
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Died: At Ossawatomie, Kansas, Jan. 7, John Aubley of this county. His remains were received here Friday last, and subsequently interred at Mingona.
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Died: Near Canema, Jan. 7th, 1891, of pneumonia, Irving, son of C.T. and Anna McCracken, aged 2 years, 11 months and 14 days. [Memorial poem by Pilgrim Bard follows]
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Died: In this city, January 9th, 1891, at the residence of her son-in-law, Judge Hardy, Mrs. Parmelia Lockwood, aged about 88 years. Mrs. Lockwood was born August 12, 1803, on Fox Island, off the coast of Maine. She removed with her parents to Ohio in 1818. She was twice married and leaves Mrs. Judge Hardy and Miss Abbie Lockwood as surviving children. In 1857, she united with the Baptist church at Granville, Ohio, and lived as a consistent member therewith until summoned home. She resided in the family of Judge Hardy since 1864.

Jan 21, 1891
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Married: At the Grand Hotel in t his city, January 14, by Rev. D.W. Phillips, Mr. George W. Short and Miss Ida Masten, both of Kiowa.
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Married: In this city, January 3rd, by Judge Loren Edwards, Mr. C.F.E. Read, deputy county clerk, and Miss Belle Hart of this city.

Jan 28, 1891
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Marriage License: Issued authorizing the marriage of Mr. Charles Garten to Mrs. L.M. Lawrence, both of Mingona.
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Married: In this city January 22nd, at 8 o'clock p.m., by Judge G.W. Stevens, Mr. Oliver S. Boggs, aged 64 and Mrs. Alwinda Swartz, aged 42. All of Medicine Lodge.

Feb 4, 1891
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Born: On January 28th, to the wife of P.B. Cole, Jr., a girl. Dr. Karr in attendance.
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Born: Near this city on February 3rd, 1891, to the wife of Ben. E. Wadsworth, a girl. This was Mrs. Wadsworth's present to her husband on his 26th birthday, and Ben feels correspondingly happy. Dr. Burney officiating.

Feb 18, 1891
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Died: At Kiowa, on the 10th of February, W.L. Bragg, aged about 60 years. He heaves a wife and several children.
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Miss Lora Williams celebrated her fourteenth birthday last Saturday. Quite a number of her young friends helped her celebrate and all partook of a splendid dinner.
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Died: At Kiowa, February 10th, an infant child of Jos. Henry.
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Marriage License: Monday, the Probate Judge issued a license for the marriage of J.D. Hyatt and Miss Lulu Talkington, both of Sharon township. And @ Feb 25, pg 3, col 2: Married: At the residence of the officiating minister near Sharon, on the 17th, by Rev. Geo. Robinson, Mr. J.D. Hyatt and Miss Lulu Talkington.
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Married: At the Christian church, in this city, on Sunday morning, Feb. 15, by Elder Nicholson, Mr. J. Farley and Miss Barbara Schuler, both of Sharon.
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Born: In this county, February 10th, to the wife of W.S. Julian, a girl.
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Died: At Kiowa, on the 9th, Hattie, infant daughter of Hugh Montgomery.

Feb 25, 1891
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Died: Mrs. Fannie L. Gamble, wife of W.L. Gamble, of Hazelton, died on the 18th, aged 35 years. She was loved by all who knew her.
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Born: In t his city, Feb. 24th, to Mr. and Mrs. Benj. Kahl, a daughter. Dr. Burney in attendance.
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Born: At Eldorado, Arkansas, on the 17th, to the wife of Henry Kelly, formerly of this place, a girl. Charley Taliaferro is quite proud of his granddaughter.
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Married: At the residence of Benj. Lasswell, by Squire Geo. Nelson, on the 18th, Mr. Allen Lasswell and Miss Lizzie Sodttman. Only a few intimate friends and relatives of the families were present. A splendid supper was served and the crowd was entertained with vocal and instrumental music. A pleasant evening was enjoyed by all and they unite in wishing happiness and prosperity to the newly wedded couple.

Mar 4, 1891, pg 3, col 3
Born: In this city, March 2nd, to the wife of J.A. McCarty, a girl.

Mar 11, 1891
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Anniversary: Mr. and Mrs. North celebrated their eighteenth wedding anniversary last Thursday. The ladies of the Presbyterian church assisted them very materially in the celebration.
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Marriage Licenses: Last week the Probate Judge issued a license for the marriage of Wm. Crawford and Miss Ella Davis, both of Sharon. Also to E.D. Chinn, of Pratt county, and Miss Stella Jeffries, of Barber county. And also @ pg 3, col 4: Married: By Rev. Geo. Robinson, at his residence near Sharon, Wednesday evening, March 4th, Mr. Wm. D. Crawford and Miss Ella Davis, both of Sharon. We congratulate Mr. Crawford and feel sure his home will be brightened by the presence of this amiable young lady. Mr. Crawford is one of our best farmers. We sincerely hope the future has much happiness in store for them.

Mar 18, 1891
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Marriage License: The Probate Judge issued a license on the 12th for the marriage of J.M. Wiley of Lake City and Miss Carrie Anderson of Medicine Lodge.
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Birthday: A grand ball was held at J.H. Wheat's last Friday night. It was John's 21st birthday. Everybody present had a good time. [Pleasant Valley news]

Mar 25, 1891
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Died: At the residence of his son, J.C. Walstad, in this city, Monday morning, March 23rd, of cancer of the stomach, Christian J. Walstad, aged 51 years. Mr. Walstad was born and reared in Norway and was brought up in the Lutheran church, in which faith he lived and died. He came to Barber county in 1878, and remained here till 1887, when he removed to Ochiltree, Texas, where his family is living at present. About two years ago, his health, which had always been unusually robust, began to fail and he soon changed from a strong man to an almost helpless invalid. About the first of last January, he came from Texas to Wichita, for medical treatment. The doctors at Wichita diagnosed his case and told him that he had cancer of the stomach and that they could do nothing for him, that death was sure and was only a matter of a short time. Not feeling able to endure the long trip back home, he came to Medicine Lodge to spend his last days at the home of his son. Everything that loving hearts could suggest was done for him, but he well knew that his days were numbered, and death came to his relief at five o'clock Monday morning. He leaves a wife and nine children. The oldest is J.C. Walstad of this city; then Mrs. Ellen Boggess, of Meade county; Mrs. Martha Fuller, of Ochiltree, Tex.; Mrs. Tena King, of Adobe Walls, Tex.; Miss Agnes Walstad of Ochiltree, Tex.; Mrs. Blanche Lard, of Parnell, Texas; George, May and Carrie Walstad, of Ochiltree, Texas. The funeral will take place this morning from the Presbyterian church, conducted by Rev. J.B. North. The family have the sympathy of our entire community.
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Born: At Kiowa, on the 16th, to the wife of Ed. Stone, a girl.
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Died: Otis Winters, aged ten years, son of William Winters, of Forest City, died last Friday of pneumonia, and was buried Saturday.
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Married: Miss Minnie McClearey will be married at 1:30 o'clock this afternoon at the residence of her parents, to Mr. J.J. Cahill, of Kansas City. We have not the pleasure of an acquaintance with the groom, but we understand that he is a very stead, genial young man, thoroughly imbued with business ideas. We are well acquainted with the bride and can truthfully say that she is one of the prettiest and most popular young ladies in our city. Her mental and social qualifications fit her to adorn any home. Always considerate of others, always amiable, always lovable, she has won the hearts of all who know her. The Index wishes for them all the happiness of their brightest anticipations. Immediately after the ceremony, the young couple will depart for their home in Kansas City, where the blessings and good wishes of our community will follow them.
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Born: At Kiowa, on the 16th, to the wife of J.A. Wilson, a girl.

Apr 8, 1891
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Married: By Probate Judge G.W. Stevens, in his office, in this city, on Monday, April 6th, Jackson Law and Miss Sallie Grieves, both of Elwood township.
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Died: Mr. H.A. Bottleman, of Crisfield, who went to Kansas City about four weeks ago, to be treated for kidney trouble, died there on Tuesday of last week. His remains were buried at Crisfield on last Thursday.
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Born: In this city, March 28th, to the wife of G.M. Martin, a girl.

Apr 15, 1891
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Born: Near Hazelton, April 5th, to the wife of O.P. Ward, a boy.
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Married: At the residence of the bride's parents, eight miles west of this city, by Rev. Dr. Phillips, on Sunday afternoon, April 12th, Mr. Charles M. Staubus and Miss Ada Ingraham, all of this county. Our congratulations and best wishes are extended to Charlie and his handsome bride.
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Born: To Orland Fritz and wife, on the 4th, a girl. [Aetna news]
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Born: In this city, on the 10th, to the wife of W.S. Watkins, a goy. This is the ninth child and W.S. is still a young man. He may yet be at the head of a large family.

Apr 22, 1891, pg 2, col 4
Married: The Index has received an invitation to attend the wedding of Miss Winnie Webber and Mr. Wash. Limerick, which will occur this Wednesday evening, April 22nd, at 8 o'clock at the M.E. church at Galatia, Illinois. Miss Webber is one of our girls, and about two months ago returned to Illinois on a visit to relatives, and we suppose an old love affair was fanned into a flame and this wedding is the result. The Index joins her host of friends in this city in wishing for the couple a realization of their fondest hopes.

May 6, 1891
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Marriage License: The Probate Judge issued a license Monday for the marriage of John T. Howard and Miss Myra Lacy, both of Deerhead township.
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Married: Probate Judge Stevens married Geo. W. Myers and Miss M.J. Kennedy in this city Sunday, at the residence of the groom's parents. The bride is from Sharon.
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Married: At the residence of the bride's parents, ten miles southeast of this city on Sunday, April 26th, by Rev. J.B. Fly, Walter M. Surface and Miss Lillian G. Fullerton. A large crowd was present, an elegant supper was served, and all wished for the happy couple a continuation of their bright prospects. A large number of valuable presents were received. They have taken up their home in Hazelton.
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Died: Near Hazelton, April 24th, of lung fever, infant son of S.W. Crow.
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Married: At the residence of the officiating minister, on Sunday, April 26th, by Rev. Geo. Robinson, Mr. Cornelius Starkey and Miss Helen E. Clarke, all of Sharon.
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Died: Mrs. Gass died at Anthony last Wednesday. She was the mother of J.W. Gass, of Hazelton. She had just arrived at Anthony on a visit to relatives. She was 72 years old, and lived in east Tennessee.

May 13, 1891
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Born: In this city, May 8th, to the wife of Green B. Harris, a girl. Dr. Burney in attendance.
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Born: In Sharon township, April 25th, to the wife of John Dunkin, twins, a boy and girl. The happy parents are to be congratulated. All are doing well.
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Birthday: The most delightful party held in our city for some time was the one given by Mrs. J.R. Stafford, at her residence on First Avenue west, last Saturday evening, the occasion being Irvin's 21st birthday. The evening was spent in playing charades and other games and was an exceedingly enjoyable one to all those present. At about 10 o'clock, elegant refreshments were served consisting of ice cream, cake, lemonade, oranges and bananas. After wishing Irv many happy returns of like character, the many guests departed for their homes.
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Died: In this city, Thursday morning, May 7th, Mrs. Ida L. Hull, aged 30 years, wife of W.W. Hull. She was born in LaSalle county, Illinois, April 3rd, 1861. Her parents moved to Boulder, Colorado when she was about ten years old. She was married to W.W. Hull, and they moved to Barber county in 1885. Her maiden name was Ida L. Hoffmaster. Mrs. Hull has been in poor health since last December, and they moved from the ranch, eight miles west, into town last January. She improved rapidly, and at one time was well enough as she thought to attend church, but she was again taken down and never recovered. She was loved by all who knew her. The funeral occurred on Friday, from the Christian church, conducted by Elder Nicholson.
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Married: The monotony of our agreeable neighborhood was broken on the 26th [of April] by the marriage of two very popular young people - Miss Lulu Johnson and Mr. George Hodges. The bride is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.B. Johnson, a prominent farmer and stock man; the groom is an industrious and enterprising young man, son of Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Hodges. The ceremony was pronounced at the Aetna school house by Rev. Sims, in the presence of a large concourse of friends. The bride was beautifully attired in white embroidered Swiss, and wore a wreath of flowers. The groom was dressed in conventional black. Miss Della Snapp, first attendant, dressed in cream colored mull; Miss Aggie Thompson, second attendant, dressed in cream colored satin; Mr. Ed. Snapp, first groomsman and Mr. W. reed, second. Immediately after services were over, about fifty invited guests repaired to the residence of J.B. Johnson and partook of the many luxuries that had been prepared for the occasion by Mrs. Johnson. To say the repast was elegant is only a modest way of speaking. On Monday at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J.J. Hodges, a grand reception was tendered the young couple with their relations and friends, in honor of their son's dutiful kindness and their amiable daughter-in-law. The young couple will set up housekeeping soon. All who witnessed the impressive ceremony join in wishing them a life of happiness and prosperity. The presents were numerous and useful. Following is a partial list: Mrs. J.J. Hodges, 7 head yearling cattle, 1 cow and calf; Mr. Hodges, $15; J.B. Johnson, 1 set dishes, 1 span matched ponies, 1 saddle pony, 1 cow and calf, 1 set of glassware; Mrs. J.J. Hodges, sugar spoon and butter knife; Mrs. McCombs, $5 in gold, tablecloth, cut glass pitcher and goblets; Mr. and Mrs. M.F. Stewart, $2; Mr. and Mrs. Jim Brown, decorated stand lamp; Misses Ellen and Fannie Hodges, towels; Miss Aggie Thompson, white feather fan; Horace Cox, cut glass honey dish; and many others. Signed: A FRIEND [Aetna news]

May 20, 1891
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Born: In this city, May 14th, to Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Thompson, a boy. Dr. Burney in attendance. All doing well.
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Died: It is with painful regret that we are called upon to chronicle the untimely death of Mrs. C.C. Fair, who departed this life between 1 and 2 o'clock yesterday morning. As stated in our issue of last week, Mrs. Fair, while out riding some weeks ago, was accidentally thrown from her buggy, and though at the time it was supposed she was not materially harmed, it was subsequently ascertained that she had sustained severe internal injuries, which terminated fatally as above stated. Mrs. Fair was the daughter of Mr. N. Webber, of this city, and leaves two children, girls aged eight and two years, and a large circle of devoted loving relatives and friends to mourn her loss. The interment was made yesterday afternoon, at Sharon, and was attended by a large concourse of sorrowing relatives and friends of the family of the deceased.

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Born: On Tuesday morning, May 26, to the wife of John Hutchins, a bouncing baby boy. Dr. Gould in attendance.

June 3, 1891
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Married: At the residence of R.E. Katherns, in this city, on Sunday evening, May 31st, at 7 o'clock p.m., by Rev. P.J. Pinkston, Mr. Timothy C. Clark and Miss Julia Horton, both of this city.
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Married: At the residence of Rev. W.A. Cain, the officiating minister, in this city, at 9:30 o'clock, Sunday morning, May 31st, 1891, William T. Wheat and Miss Ada Lawrence. This young couple are well known and highly esteemed by all our citizens. Mr. Wheat is an energetic young farmer and Miss Lawrence is one of the brightest young ladies in our county. She has taught several schools in the county, and has given perfect satisfaction, and for the past term has been a teacher in our city public school. We extend to them our best wishes for their future success, prosperity and happiness.

Jun 17, 1891
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Born: In this county, June 5th, to the wife of George H. Reynolds, a girl.
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Born: In this county, June 12th, to the wife of Robert Bisby, a girl. Dr. Moore in attendance.
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Marriage License: John W. McKeever, of Hennessey, Oklahoma, and Miss Lena Greer, of Medicine Lodge, have been licensed by the probate court of Sumner county to get married.
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Born: In this city, June 12th to the wife of E.B. Wright, a boy. Mr. Wright passed his three-score-and tenth milestone a long while ago, and is entitled to the bakery.
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Born: Near this city, June 13th, to the wife of Norman Gilbert, twins, boys. Dr. Burney in attendance.
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Born/Died: In this county yesterday, June 16th, to the wife of Frank Orton, a boy. The child lived only a few hours. The funeral services were conducted by Elder Nation [husband of Carrie Nation] on Tuesday.

Jun 24, 1891
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Born: Monday, June 21st, to Mr. and Mrs. S.J. Adams, a girl baby. Dr. Kociell in attendance.
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Died: In this city, Saturday, of consumption, Mrs. ____ Boggess, daughter-in-law of Mrs. Emma Pardee, of this city. She was buried Sunday afternoon, Elder Nation [husband of Carrie Nation] conducting the services.

Jul-Dec 1891

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