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Medicine Lodge Cresset: July-Dec 1884

Jul 3, 1884
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Died: We were deeply pained and surprised on Sabbath morning to hear of the sudden death of David Wilson, from congestion of the brain. Mr. Wilson was but thirty years of age, full of life, hope and energy. Possessed of those genial qualities which make men companionable, he was a general favorite. Born in Ireland near Belfast, when a boy in company with h is parents, he had crossed the great Atlantic and come to the far west to find a home and fortune. No relatives were near at the hour of death, but the hands of kind friends smoothed the pillow of the dying and laid him tenderly to rest on the prairie. Over his grave let the summer winds chant a gentle requiem for it is the resting place of a man who was worth to be remembered kindly.

Jul 17, 1884
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Married: We understand that Walter O. Beebe was married yesterday evening to Miss Florence Wiggs. We stop the press to make the announcement.
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Born: On Friday, July 11th, was born to Judge and Mrs. McCanless, of this city, a handsome boy of regulation weight. This is the Judge's first boy and he is correspondingly happy. All doing well.
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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. Wheat, a son, on July 4th, who, no doubt, will be eminently patriotic, besides it is suggested that his name be called Franklin the 4th. [Elm Creek news]

Jul 24, 1884
Born: Dr. Moore reports a boy born to Mr. and Mrs. John Pearson on July 15th, of usual weight and doing well; and
Born: Dr. Moore reports a girl born to Mr. and Mrs. Louis VanBuskirk on July 20th, of usual weight and doing well.

Aug 7, 1884
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Married: Mr. Frank LaFevre and Mrs. Mary A. Matties were united in the bonds of wedlock on last Sunday by Judge O'Bryan. [See below, as this name is also spelled LaFebre.]
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Married: Two more souls were made happy by Judge T.L. O'Bryan on Friday. Their names were John Martin and Mary Anglin, of Kiowa. The Cresset man slide in in time to hear the ceremony which was performed at the Medicine Lodge House. The Judge has our congratulations for his neatness and expediency in the tying up business.

Aug 14, 1884
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Born: Dr. Burney reports a very charming daughter born to Mr. and Mrs. Allen Smith on the 10th.
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Died: The funeral of Mrs. W.W. Standiford, which took place on last Friday afternoon was not unlooked for, but was nevertheless an event which was full of sadness. Mrs. Standiford had yet scarcely reached the meridian of years, being aged but 37. For the past two years her health has been steadily failing and for several months past her friends had given up all hopes of her recovery. In the early part of this summer she was persuaded to try the curative powers of the famous Eureka Springs, Arkansas, but the wearisome journey only caused the tide of life to ebb the faster, and two weeks ago she was brought home to die. Mrs. Standiford was known throughout the neighborhood as a Christian lady, a devoted wife and mother. When we first met her, five years ago, she was robust in appearance and long years seemed in prospect. Yet, before the sun had reached high noon, she had grown weary of the burdens of life and lay down to rest.

Aug 21, 1884
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Born: Last Thursday, August 14th, 1884, a handsome pair of twins were born to Mr. and Mrs. E.B. Schofield, of the upper Medicine, Comanche county. The pair consists of a boy and a girl, of whom their father is justly proud, partly on account of this being his first boy.
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Married: James B. Hale and Mrs. Laura Logan were married this morning about five o'clock, and started for the east on a short wedding tour. On account of lack of space, we cannot pay the couple the compliments they deserve, and will simply wish them a full share of the blessings of life.
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Died: "Death of Billie Kistler" — The sad news reaches us that Billie Kistler, who was well and most favorably known here, was drowned while trying to cross the Rio Grande river last Thursday a week. He was crossing in the company of Barney O'Connor and other parties, and in some way became unseated from his horse and before his companions could reach him he was drowned. The body sank in the treacherous quicksands and has not yet been found. During his stay here we came to know Billie well. We had grown to love him for his kindly disposition and gentlemanly manners. His nature was full of ambition and the sunshine of hopeful joy. That he should so early find a grave in the treacherous sands of the lonely river, far away from his native home, seems inexpressibly sad.

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Married: On Tuesday evening, August 26th, 1884, at the residence of the bride's brother-in-law and sister, Mr. and Mrs. D.M. Carmichael, Mr. T.A. McNeal to Miss Belle McPherson, Rev. A. Axline officiating. The wedding was a quiet home affair, and the leading actors will at once commence housekeeping. They were the recipients of quite a number of handsome presents, among which were silver knives and forks, spoons, butter-dishes, pickle castors, castors, napkin rings, preserve dishes, etc. Yes, the Senior of this dispenser of religious and land office news is married as tight as the laws of the State of Kansas and the Presbyterian church allow, and, now this office has some means of disposing of its surplus garden sass and other eatables that come in on subscription. [T.A. McNeal was one of the publishers of the Cresset at the time of his marriage.]

Sep 4, 1884, pg 5, col 2
Birthday: Miss Daisy Moore celebrated her 10th birthday on Thursday, the 28th [of August], in company with a number of her little friends. After the party was ended, the little folks called in a body on the Cresset office, but unfortunately we were absent. Below we give a list of the guests and extend the wish that Miss Daisy may see the return of many birthdays as happy and free from care as that of last week: Clara Weidner, Mable Stone, Mirtle Cook, Olie McCoy, Aga Thompson, Nola Gillam, Fred Ellis, Charley Burney, Cramer Deal, Roy Hall, Cora McClearey, Cora Byerley, Anna McCanless, Maud McCanless, Alice Freeman, Zella Deal, Lena O'Bryan, Gurtrude Ellis, and Anna Thompson.

Sep 11, 1884
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Born: On last Saturday, September 6th, 1884, Mr. and Mrs. R.C. Williams celebrated the advent of another boy. The youngster weighs ten pounds and is as spry as a cricket. Dr. Burney was in attendance.
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Born: We neglected to mention in last week's paper the arrival of a ten pound boy at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. J.A. McSmith. The young man was introduced by Dr. Moore, and conducted himself so well that they thing they will keep him.
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Died: On Monday, September 8th, Mr. Hart, brother of Mrs. Frank LaFabre, died in this city of consumption. The deceased has been suffering for years, and in the spring came to t his place from Illinois, hoping that the pure air of Kansas would aid him in defeating the grim destroyer, but it was only to find a final resting place under the beautiful sky and fragrant flowers of his adopted western home.
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Married: At the M.E. Parsonage, by Rev. W.H. Gillam, on Tuesday evening, September 9th, 1884, Mr. O.P. Poole to Miss Minnie Updegraff, both of this city. Mr. Poole is a successful young stock man, with a good share of this world's goods and will make his way in the world. Miss Minnie Updegraff is so well known and universally liked for her worth of character and kindness of disposition that laudatory words from us would amount to naught in showing her standing in the community. Another Poole is organized and it is to be hoped that the capital stock of love and affection will always show a full balance sheet and that the dividends may be satisfactory to both stockholders. [See below @ Jan 29, 1885 for death of Mrs. Poole.]
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Married: At the residence of Judge D.A. McCanless, in this city, on Thursday, September 4th, 1884, Mr. Charles F. Packard to Miss Emma May Dunlap, both of Comanche county, Judge T.L. O'Bryan officiating. Charley is well known throughout the cattle ranges of the south-west as the gentlemanly foreman of Dick Phillips' short-horn herd, and as Charley has accumulated a herd of his own, we can see no reason why he should not do the matrimonial act. Miss Dunlap is a handsome young lady who enjoys the respect of the community in which she has resided. May the billows of misfortune that have already tossed one of the contracting parties never raise their white, foam-capped crests to mar the lives of this couple.
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Died: Of apoplexy in Medicine Lodge, Barber county, Kansas, September 6th, at three o'clock P.M., Rev. Alexander McClure Wilson, father of Mrs. Dr. B.R. Burney, aged seventy-five years and four months. Rev. Wilson was born in East Tennessee and has been a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian church for fifty years. Like the autumn leaves that fall whispering to the ground, their rainbow colors lighting up the forests gloom; so it is with the life work of this good man whose soul rests today in the bosom of his maker, it will shine out on the world's darkness and influence many to better, nobler lives.

Sep 18, 1884
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Born: Dr. Burney reports a fine girl baby born to Mr. and Mrs. N.W. Young last Saturday.
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Born: Another young lady arrived at the residence of Capt. Estill and lady last Saturday. The Capt. seems tolerably vigorous for an old man.
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Married: At the residence of the bride's parents, on Elm creek, Mr. Wm. Young and Miss Ella Brown, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. J.R. Brown. Judge T.L. O'Bryan.
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Married: At the residence of Dr. S.M. Kessler and wife, on Thursday evening, September 11th, 1884, by Judge T.L. O'Bryan, Mr. Henry Ulshoefer and Miss R.E. Prosser, all of Barber county.
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Married: At Coldwater, Comanche county, Kansas, on September 12, 1884, by Judge T.L. O'Bryan, Mr. James Jones, of Harper county, to Miss Sarah E. Belmer, of Coldwater.
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Marriage License: To John T. Tohnson [sic] and Miss Susie McCoy.

Sep 25, 1884, pg 5, col 1
Died: Last Tuesday morning, H.G. Secor of Harper, died at his home in that city, of inflammation of the bowels. Mr. Secor, it will be remembered, was a partner of Lew Lebrecht in the mercantile business and thus got acquainted with a large number of our citizens. Harry, as he was familiarly called, was a young man of good habits and was respected by all for his honesty and great worth of character. He leaves a young wife almost distracted with grief.

Oct 9, 1884
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Married: The marriage of Mr. John Hutchins and Miss Janet Tucker occurred on Saturday last, Rev. Bishop officiating.
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Anniversary: We have received an invitation to be present at the silver wedding of Mr. and Mrs. F.T. Beach, formerly of this city. Mr. and Mrs. Beach are now residing in Montgomery county.

Oct 16, 1884
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Born: Dr. Stout informs us that a future Democratic vote arrived at his house on Monday last. The young man's fighting weight at the time of his arrival was 8 1/2 pounds.
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Married: A most elegant card received on Tuesday last informs us that our friend, Theodore S. Updyke will be united this evening in the holy bonds of matrimony to Miss Ella Williams, of Alegan, Michigan. Shake! old man! Like ourself, you have long monkeyed around in the wilderness of bachelorhood. We are glad that you have at last seen what a fool you have been in waiting so long.

Oct 23, 1884
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Born: Dr. J.H. Higbee reports a bouncing boy born to Mr. and Mrs. T.C. Nichols on October 13th. Mother and son doing well.
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Died: Mr. and Mrs. J.G. Martin, of Canema, had the misfortune to lose their little girl baby on Tuesday, the 7th. The parents have sympathy of the entire community. Thus do the fairest flowers fall first before the earth's chill blasts, and the brightest stars sink earliest to rest.

Oct 30, 1884
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Born: The household of Mr. Sam Cole, son of P.B. Cole was made happy by the arrival of a little girl on Monday last. Dr. Meincke officiated.
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Married: We were somewhat surprised Friday to learn that S.P. Wilson had done it. Last Saturday a week ago, October 11th, S.R. Wilson and Miss Ella Hittle came into town and were quietly married at the M.E. parsonage by the Pastor, Rev. W.H. Gillam. Sunday morning the happy couple went up Elm creek where Mrs. Wilson was teaching school and S.P. returned to the Berry & Rayl ranch and went to work. It was intended to keep the marriage secret, but someway the matter leaked out and we extend our heartiest congratulations. Mr. Wilson is an old time print and a good man; Miss Hittle is a first-class school teacher and a highly respected young lady.

Nov 6, 1884
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Died: Major Berry, a well known ranchman in the vicinity of Sun City, died at his home on Sunday. His death we believe was the result of a kick from a horse, an injury received some time since.

Nov 13, 1884
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Born: Am[brose] Allen is more musical than usual on account of that stalwart boy born on Friday. Am says the lad is a rustler and no mistake. [Note: Mr. Allen was director of the Medicine Lodge brass band.]
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Married: Two more souls were made happy on Wednesday last by Judge O'Bryan. The contracting parties were Thos. Rouse and Miss Ella Stone.
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Born: A 12 pound girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Kinchloe, of Lake City, on Saturday last. Kinch is of the opinion that the young lady is a daisy.
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Married: George Friedley has joined the army of "newly married men." He was joined in matrimony to Miss Ray Danner, of Ottawa, Kansas, a few days ago and came to the Lodge last Friday. They will move to Meade county to live, where George will be engaged in the lumber business. They have the best wishes of George's many friends here for their happiness and success.
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Married: Judge McCanless performed the first marriage ceremony that has fallen to his lot last Wednesday evening. In the sitting room of the Medicine Lodge House, he pronounced A.W. Henderson and Maud Matlock, both of Barber county, man and wife. It is said that the Judge did the job up scientifically, giving evidence that as an artist in that line, he had superior qualifications.
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Married: "The Golden Chain" — One of the most pleasant social events which has ever happened in our little city occurred on Thursday evening, November 6th, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. James Sherpy on which occasion a large number of guests assembled to witness the ceremony which united in marriage their daughter, Miss Ella, and Mr. Roll B. Clark. The nuptial knot was tied by Rev. Gillam in a most graceful and appropriate style. The bride was most handsomely attired in a dove colored silk elegantly ornamented. The groom was neatly dressed in black and looking better than we have ever seen him before. In fact, a handsomer couple has seldom stood before a company. The good wishes of the guests were substantially manifested by the following [partial] list of presents: Set of silver knives, forks and spoons, S.W. Rice, G.M.B. Mudge and E.W. Mudge; silver bouquet holder, Mr. and Mrs. Stone and Mrs. Geppert; silver cake dish, Mrs. Bunker, of Newton, Kansas; bronze lamp and paintings, Mrs. Rockwell, of Junction City, Kansas; cut glass perfumery set, Geo. Horney; one dozen napkins, Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Sanderson; bronze lamp and Bohemian vase and pitcher, Mr. and Mrs. M.W. Brand; book of poems, elegantly bound, Miss Hattie Smith; gold watch and chain presented to the bride by the groom; two easy chairs, elegant pieces of furniture, Fleming Bros. and wives; lace bed set, Mr. and Mrs. Dr. Kessler. There is no need for us to speak in terms of praise of the contracting parties. The groom is a universal favorite among his acquaintances and is a young man of fine ability and business capacity. His bride is an accomplished lady in every way suited for his companion. The many friends of both will united with us in hoping that their path may lead through sunny pastures untroubled by storms and unclouded by sorrow. But we had almost forgotten to mention the collation which showed the handiwork of a skillful cook. The bride's cake was especially fine and on such matters we claim to be a judge. On matters of dress we are no connoisseur. Ordinarily we could not tell whether a lady's dress was a mouse color or a hay seed brown, but when it comes down to a matter of provender, we imagine that very few can lay it over us to any great extent.

Dec 4, 1884
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Married: We learn from the Sun City Union that Mr. Chas. Fullington and Miss Brownie Watson were married in Kinsley last week. The account does not state the day, but here's our congratulations just the same. Miss Brownie is known here as a very pleasant and accomplished young lady and a general favorite in society. Mr. Fullington is a partner in the firm of Watson & Fullington who have an extensive cattle ranch on Upper Medicine Soldier Creek and Kiowa.
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Died: At his residence six miles west of Medicine Lodge, on Wednesday evening, November 26th, Thomas Knight, aged 39 years. For nearly 6 years we have been acquainted with Tom Knight and in this hour of his family's affliction, we are glad if we may lighten their grief a little, by a kindly word in his memory. Tom's heart was as big in proportion as his body and the worst fault he had grew out of the generosity of his nature and the conviviality of his disposition. We suppose in all the world Tom had not en enemy unless it was himself. Over his one weakness, let that tender charity which pities the frailties of man, throw her mantle of forgetfulness, while we bear in mind that a great kind heart is still forever.

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Born: Dr. W.H. Moore reports a fine girl at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. B. Heath, near Elm Mill. The young lady made her appearance last Thursday, December 4th.

Dec 18, 1884
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Married: Mr. U.M. Barron and Miss Rebecca E. Mount, of Elm Mills, Kansas, were united in the bonds of matrimony according to the most scientific rules by Justice McCanless, on Friday evening, December 12th, 1884. Uriah, here's luck.
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Married: Mr. Jas. Miles and Miss Emma Hookstra, of Sun City, Kansas, were joined in wedlock on Tuesday evening. Rev. Gillam officiating. Jimmie is the gentlemanly druggist of Sun and his bride is a charming young lady well known in this community.
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Married: By Rev. W.H. Gillam, at the residence of David Stith, on Wednesday morning, December 17th, Mr. D.F. Shipman and Miss H.M. Garin, of Barber county. Mr. and Mrs. Shipman left immediately for the east, and will be absent several weeks.
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Married: Mr. Edward F. Winter and Miss Maria Roessler were united in marriage last evening by the Rev. Gillam. There seems to be a sufficiency of winter around here now without doubling up on it, but the young man seems to be of a different opinion.
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Married: Sooner or later the tender passion is pretty sure to get away with a man's resolutions to remain in a state of bachelorhood. We were led to this reflection by noticing Mr. A.B. Starkey, of Sharon, rustling around in search of his Honor, the Probate Judge. Mr. Starkey's affection is Ellen K. Pites. The ceremony was performed by Prof. D.A. Quick of the Christian church.

Jan-Sept 1885

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