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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, October 1, 1885, T.A. McNeal and L.M. Axline were publishers and proprietors. Local news included coverage from the surrounding communities, as well as Medicine Lodge. This reel continues through October 25, 1888. 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"

Oct 1, 1885
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Married: Judge Hardy issued a license for the marriage of D.N. Good and Sarah M. Strait, both of Sharon, last week. They were made happy by Justice Shelton.
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Married: We are somewhat surprised to see in the Lake City Prairie Dog of last week the announcement that A.D. Cook, of Lake City, had been married to Miss Nellie Thresher of Kansas City on August 11, 1885, at the bride's home. Albert is a brother of W.W. Cook of this city. He went to Kansas City in August, got married, and kept it so quiet that even his relatives did not know of it for some time, and his friends at Lake City did not find it out until last week. Al's many friends in this section wish him much joy if it is not too late. Don't do it any more, Al.
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Marriage License: Last Saturday, Probate Judge Hardy issued a license for the marriage of H.A.Noah to Miss Hattie Buck, both of Lake City. Mr. Noah is well known as a bright young real estate and insurance man of Lake City, while Miss Hattie Buck, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H.M. Buck, used to be one of the belles of Medicine Lodge, and is a young lady known and respected far and near. We understand that it is the intention of the young couple to be married at Larned, but just what day we did not learn. To Mr. and Mrs. Noah, the Cresset extends the heartiest congratulations and already rejoices at the happiness and prosperity that is sure to follow in the wake of such a felicitous union. And @ Oct 8, pg 3, col 1: We are under obligations for a liberal supply of wedding cake sent down with the compliments of Mr. and Mrs. H.A. Noah, of Lake City. We hope the married life of the newly wedded pair may be as full of sweetness as the samples of cake sent us.
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Died: Henry C. Darlington, son of J.M. and M.J. Darlington, died near Cumminsford, Sept. 20, of whooping cough and summer complaint. He was two years and two months old. This makes the second time that the "Angel of death" has visited this family; inside of ten days, death has claimed two children. The parents have the sympathy of the entire community in their doubly sad bereavement. [Memorial Poem by Pilgrim Bard follows.]

Oct 8, 1885
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Married: The marriage of Mr. Eugene Bannister and Miss Etta Stillwell took place at the residence of the bride's parents in this city on Monday of this week at 10 o'clock a.m., the ceremony being performed by Judge Hardy. Miss Stillwell worked for some time in our office and demonstrated not only that she was a first-class compositor, but also a perfect lady in every respect. As the boys would say, Gene has got a "fat take" ; we don't mean in a fleshly way, though the bride is not a gossamer by any means, but in all those amiable qualities which go to make a good wife. The choice on Gene's part shows that he is a man of excellent judgment.

Oct 15, 1885
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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. J.D. Shipman on Monday, October 12th, a fine and handsome boy. We know it's out of the usual line to speak of a boy as handsome, but Mr. Shipman is prepared to back our assertion.
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Marriage License: Issued on last Saturday to Mr. Chas. Henton and Miss Ollie Lee, to unit in matrimony. We are not acquainted with the bride, but have known Charley for several years and know him to be an industrious straight-forward young man. The newly married couple have our best wishes.
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Marriage License: Issued on last Saturday to William Lee and Miss Nellie Pond. The Judge says that one pond will have a lee shore. On hearing the judge perpetrate this pun our devil fainted, and was only brought to consciousness by vigorously sawing the back of his neck with the office towel.
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Died: An old citizen, Ambrose Denton, one of the oldest and most respected citizens of Barber county, died at his residence at Elm Mills on Monday at about 2 o'clock P.M. The remains will be buried today in the city cemetery here. Ambrose Denton moved to this country from Illinois some eight years ago, and settled at Elm Mills, where he resided until his death. He was a man of enterprising spirit and immediately began the work of utilizing the magnificent water power by his new home. His enterprise was ahead of the country and for years after the race was completed, he was unable to make the power of any commercial value, and the only result was to embarrass the old man with a burden of debt. Two years ago, he formed a partnership with Mr. Johnson, formerly of the Turkey Creek mills, and the result was the building of the present flouring mill which is a credit to the county and one of our permanent institutions. Mr. Denton has served the people twice in the capacity of county surveyor, once by appointment and once by election. Although Mr. Denton had reached his four score years, up to nearly the time of his death he retained to a remarkable degree his activity and energy. In the death of Ambrose Denton, the county loses a quiet and estimable man, and an enterprising citizen. Full of years and weary with toil, the old man had the satisfaction of knowing that he had not overestimated the possibilities of the county of his adoption, and of seeing his last enterprise a permanent success.
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Married: "A Brilliant Wedding" - We clip the following partial account of the wedding of our friend Ezra Nixon and Miss Jessie Millington, the accomplished daughter of Mr. and Mrs. D.A. Millington, of Winfield, which took place on Wednesday evening of last week. The bride and groom were the recipients of a magnificent list of presents among which were a check for $1,500 and a silver tea set costing $125.00. Lew Zenor informs us that Ezra stood the trying ordeal like a soldier. "Last night was the occasion of one of the most brilliant weddings in the history of this city [Winfield, KS], that of Mr. Ezra H. Nixon and Miss Jessie Millington, which took place at the pleasant commodious home of the bride's parents, Mr. and Mrs. D.A. Millington. The wide acquaintance and popularity of the contracting parties, with the fact that the bride was the last child of a happy home, made the marriage anticipated with warm interest. The parents had planned a celebration fitting to the departure in marriage of the last and youngest member of their household - the one who was the greatest pride and joy to their ripened years. At 8:30 the chatter of merry voices was ceased for a few moments and the bridal pair appeared, amid the sweet strains of Mendelsohn's wedding march, by Miss Nettie R. McCoy. The bride was on the arm of her father and the groom accompanied by the bride's mother. The bride looked beautiful in an exquisite costume of white Egyptian lace with white satin slips. The groom was tastefully attired in conventional black. The ceremony, pronounced by Rev. H.D. Gans, was beautiful and impressive. The heartiest congratulations ensued and gaiety unrestrained again took possession of all. At the proper hour a banquet of choice delicacies was served and hugely enjoyed. The banquet over, an hour was spent in jovial converse, when the happy participants in a wedding most auspicious departed with renewed congratulations and wishes for a long, happy and prosperous life for the bridal pair. The voyage of Mr. and Mrs. E.H. Nixon certainly starts with a bright sky. The bride has grown to a womanhood in Winfield, taking on, with a sweet disposition and ever active ambition, those accomplishments which most lastingly adorn. She will be missed in the social circle in which she has taken such an active part for years and especially will she be missed from the home of which she has been the principal life and light. Mr. Nixon is well known in this city, being one of its oldest residents and possessed of many sterling qualities. The happy pair leave in a few days for Medicine Lodge, where the groom is established in business and where they will reside. The bridal tokens were numerous, valuable and handsome - the admiration of all who saw the array last night."

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Died: At his ranch in Barber county on Sunday, October 18, 1885, W.H. Moriarty. The remains were interred in the cemetery at this place on Monday under the direction of the I.O.O.F. order. To Dallas Morris we are indebted for the following biography of Mr. Moriarty. He was born at Lockport, New York, on January 1st, 1841, and moved from Turkey City, Pennsylvania to Barber county, Kansas in 1878. Mr. Moriarty was a good citizen and neighbor.

Oct 29, 1885
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Born: Dr. S.M. Kessler reports a handsome girl for Mr. and Mrs. Vernon Lytle. The young lady was born last Saturday morning, October 24th.
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Born: Bunk Ward and wife are to be congratulated on the arrival of a fine daughter born on Friday night last.
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Born: An eleven-pound daughter was born to Mr. and Mrs. J.W. McNeal on Friday night. We are a little surprised at Joe. He seems not to be providing for the perpetration of the McNeal name in the style befitting his station.

Nov 2, 1885
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Born: Mr. and Mrs. W.T. Rouse are to be congratulated on the arrival of a fine boy on Friday. Mother and son both doing well. [See below @ Feb 18, 1886 for death of this infant.]
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Married: At the residence of the bride's parents at Harper, Kansas, on Tuesday, November 3rd, 1885, Mr. Lew Lebrecht to Miss M. Murphy, both of Harper. The Lew Lebrecht mentioned in the above is the Lew Lebrecht formerly of Medicine Lodge, and to say that he is extensively and favorably known is putting it mild. Lew was connected with his father, S. Lebrecht, in business in this city for some time, but about three years ago he removed to Harper where he engaged in business for himself and where he now has a large, successful business. To Lew and his handsome bride, we wish full measure of success and happiness. [See below @ Aug 5, 1886 for birth of son.]

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Married: Last Friday, November 13, Judge Hardy united in marriage E.B. Shirley and Miss EllaMyers, both of Hazelton, this county.

Nov 26, 1885
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Anniversary: The silver wedding of Mr. and Mrs. S.E. Stone was celebrated at their commodious residence on Washington Avenue East last evening. As this pleasant event transpired after we had gone to press, we, of course, are unable to give a list of presents this week or description of the festive occasion. Mr. Stone has been honored by our citizens with the responsible and important office of mayor and has been for several years one of our active and enterprising business men. The many acquaintances of himself and his estimable lady will join us in wishing that they may be blessed with length of days and abundant happiness, and that the occasion of their golden wedding will find them enjoying a vigorous and honored old age.
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Married: On Friday, November 20th, by H.H. Hardy, Probate Judge, Mr. Leroy Hughes of Barber county, and Miss Mary Strayer of Rock Island county. Mr. Hughes has purchased a track of land in the northeast part of the county and is striving hard to build up a home in this western country. His wife has the appearance of a lady in every sense of the word. We hope that prosperity and happiness may attend the couple through a long series of years.
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Marriage: The cards have been out for several days announcing the marriage of Mr. John S. Runyan of this city and Miss Nannie Holmes of Warrensburg, Missouri. The marriage takes place this evening at the residence of the bride's sister, Mrs. Donivan, of Warrensburg. John is too well known here to need any extended eulogy. He is one of our most energetic and popular business men. The bride, Miss Nannie Holmes, is a sister of Mrs. J.P. Hall, of this city, and is a young lady of such estimable and affable character that her acquaintances, without exception, speak of her in terms of praise. We are satisfied that in this case, John has secured something better than the treasurer's office.
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Married: Two of our most popular young people are to begin the matrimonial voyage this evening. Mr. L.E. Hubbard and Miss Lottie Denn. We have always had a good deal of confidence in Gene's ability as a jeweler and we are satisfied that he has shown his knowledge of jewels in this case by selecting a gem of rare value. However, we shall always lay it up against the young man because he did not select some other night for the wedding. The newspaper man should be consulted in such matters. And @ Dec 3rd, pg 3, col 3: At the residence of the bride's sister, Mrs. A.E. VanSlyke, on Thursday evening, November 26th, 1885, Mr. L.E. Hubbard and Miss Lottie Denn, all of this city, Rev. A. Axline of Iuka, officiating. The inclemency of the evening prevented a part of the invited guests from being present, but a large company nevertheless assembled to witness the nuptials of these young people who are both universal favorites. Mr. Scott Rupert and Miss Mamie Axline, of Iuka, acted as groomsman and bridesmaid. After the short and impressive ceremony, which made the twain one flesh, and the congratulations of the numerous friends, the company sat down to a supper which was rather more noted for its substantials than elegance, although the cake was as fine as any ever cut in the city. We know it is customary on occasions of this kind to offer congratulations and unlimited compliments. In this case, we are happy to say that no compliments we may offer would be overdrawn. The groom is a sober, honest, industrious and polished gentleman. The bride is possessed of the virtues and accomplishments which all admire in a lady. We hope that happiness may be enthroned in their home as long as life may last. The following is a list of presents received [and partially noted here]: Groom to bride, gold watch and chain; Miss Cora Cochran, wreath of orange blossoms to the bride; Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Hubbard, of Great Bend, Kansas, set of china dishes and glassware, linen table cloth and napkins, twenty-five yards of carpet, two comforts, cook stove and furniture; Miss Tina Vickers, of Niles, Mich., plush writing desk; Mr. and Mrs. A.E. VanSlyke, paper rack and whisk holder; Mr. and Mrs. James Fielding, parlor lamp; J.S. Runyan and Miss Nannie Holmes, silver butter dish; Misses Della Moore and Gerlie Skeen, china cuspidor; W.A. Schuler, camp rocking chair.

Dec 3, 1885
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Died: Milt Vanhook, who, it will be remember, resided in the Lodge most of last winter, died at Hunnewell on Tuesday of last week of consumption. He was buried in Winfield.
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Died: Thomas Hessian, the tailor, died in this city on Monday. While Mr. Hessian has been in ill health for some time, his death was not looked for so soon. Mr. Hessian has been a citizen of the Lodge for some months and had earned the reputation of a quiet business man and good citizen.
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Marriage License: Issued to Mr. Jackson Stewart and Miss Bessie Rogers to join their hands and fortunes. The ceremony will be performed this evening by Judge Hardy.

Dec 10, 1885
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Marriage License: Issued on Friday, December 4th to Mr. David Hatmire, aged thirty-nine, and Miss Francis E. Miller, aged thirty-five, to unite in the bonds of wedlock.
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Born: To Mr. and Mrs. George Ellis, on Saturday night, December 5th, a son, weight ten pounds. George is our authority for the announcement that the young man is a dandy, and as a vocalist has few superior.
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Married: Monday, December 8th, by His Honor, H.H. Hardy, Probate Judge, Mr. Louis Nelson and Miss Tracy Zahm. Mr. Louis Nelson is the leading tailor in the establishment of Byerley, Dark & Runyan and displayed his ability by cutting out all other suitors to the hand and heart of the fair maiden who now bears his name.
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Married: On December 5th, permission was granted to Mr. Fielding N. Salyer and Miss KatieWhittaker to enter into a life partnership. Mr. Salyer is one of Sun City's flourishing merchants and his bride the youngest daughter of Uncle Tom and Aunt Martha Whittaker, who are well known to all the old settlers in this county. The newly married pair have our best wishes for their future happiness and prosperity.
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Marriage License: Issued on Saturday, December 5th to Mr. Frank Streeter of Kiowa and Miss Fannie Blanton, of Hazelton. Frank has been known for years as a jovial, whole-hearted fellow. His bride is the charming daughter of Captain Blanton, of Hazelton. With a wide circle of friends and abundance of means, there is no reason that we can see why this couple should not have a smooth voyage on Life's ocean.
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Birthday: Wednesday evening, December 2, a number of Samuel S. Wilder's friends gathered at his residence, eight miles southwest of Medicine Lodge, to celebrate his fifty-third birthday. A bountiful repast was prepared consisting of a great variety of delicious edibles. Mrs. Wilder and daughters certainly have great ability as culinary artists. The guests tarried till a late hour then departed, wishing Mr. Wilder many happy anniversaries. There were a number of nice and useful presents. Among the guests present were: Charlie Wilder and wife; Henry Rice and wife; Isaac Bucknum and wife; W.L. Barker and wife; William Bevans and wife; John Duke; William Kelley and wife; A.E. Bevans and wife; S. Standiford, of Medicine Lodge; James Daniels and wife; B. Arbaugh; Miss Hattie Bevans, C.J. Skeen and wife; Mr. Arbaugh; Miss Calvert; Miss Mollie Arbaugh; Mr. Tallman; Miss Addie Collins and ______ [some names obscured]. Signed: W.L.B. [probably W.L. Barker]

Dec 17, 1885
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Marriage License: Issued on December [date not given] to Mr. James M. Woodward and Miss EllaWoodward. [Note: Typed as printed.]
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Born: A ten pound girl was born to Mr. and Mrs. Cyrus Osborn, who reside southwest of here, on Tuesday morning.

Dec 24, 1885
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Married: Mr. James H. Meryhue and Mrs. Mary Talbot were united in marriage by His Honor, the Probate Judge.
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Marriage License: Issued on Tuesday, December 22nd, to Mr. Geo. H. Omey and Miss Barbara E.Wiley, all of Barber county.
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Married: Permission was granted on Saturday, December 19th to Mr. Benjamin L. Taul and Miss Rachel J. Hale to unite their hands and fortunes.

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Born: Twin girls were born to Mr. and Mrs. Roll, of this city, on last Thursday. One of the babies survived but a short time. The mother and other child are doing reasonably well.
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Died: On Friday last, at three o'clock p.m., all that was mortal of little Lelah Kies, the only daughter of Mr. and Mrs. B.E. Kies, was borne to its last resting place in the quiet burying ground. Lelah had nearly completed her eighth year and was a child of more than ordinary promise. An only child, it was but natural that she should be the pride and joy of her parents. It would be a calloused heart that would not accord to them an earnest sympathy, and yet there is some consolation mingled with the cup of bitterness. To little Lelah, life seemed like a garden of roses. She had not learned that what seemed sweet as a rose now would prove but the thistle bloom and that fruit which seems fair to the eye of hope would disappoint her with its bitterness when in her grasp. [There are a few lines more which were inadvertently omitted from the transcription. Please consult the original microfilm for full text.]

Dec 31, 1885
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Born: Dr. Kessler reports a handsome daughter born to Mr. and Mrs. C.B. Currie on Tuesday night.
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Marriage License: Issued on December 24th to Mr. J.P. Guyer and Miss Libbie McCoy. Both parties reside near Hazelton.
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Married: On Saturday, December 25th, at the residence of H.C. Thompson, Esq., by H.H. Hardy, Probate Judge, Mr. George Hoffman and Miss Harriet H. Sullivan. We have not the pleasure of an acquaintance with the bride, but we congratulate her on her choice of a husband. In our humble judgment, the Lord has not manufactured many better fellows than George Hoffman. We hope the new married couple may enjoy a long lease of life and prosperity.

Jan-June 1886

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