Sewell Houghton and Maria Jones were married in Maine, where they both were born.

One daughter, Mary M. Houghton, was born November 3, 1846, in Maine. She married A. A. Newman in 1869.

Kansas 1875 Census Creswell & Bolton Townships, Cowley County, March 1, 1875.

Name age sex color Place/birth Where from

O. P. Houghton 35 m w Maine Maine

M. B. Houghton (wife) 33 f w Maine Maine

T. R. Houghton 29 m w Maine Maine

H. J. Houghton (wife) 24 f w ? ?

R. A. Houghton 24 m w Maine Maine

S. E. (Mantor) Houghton [SEE BELOW.]

Another daughter, Hattie Houghton, married Wyard Gooch.


Orrin P. Houghton, Theoron R. Houghton, and Reuben A. Houghton came to Arkansas City in the early days.

The first Cowley County census of Feb. 1870 does not list any Houghton's.

R. A. Houghton, 23, was listed in the Bolton Township census of 1873.

[Note: Could not find any record of "Manton"in county or township. MAW]

Reuben A. Houghton was married to Sarah E. Manton by Probate Judge in January 1875 according to Winfield Courier announcement of February 4, 1875.

Newspaper wrong! Name was Mantor, not Manton.

Sarah E. Manton Houghton was the daughter of S. J. Mantor and a sister of Angie Mantor and Thomas L. Mantor. [SEE MANTOR FILE.] S. J. AND THOMAS L. MANTOR CAME FROM EMPORIA.

S. J. Mantor and Thomas L. Mantor (Mantor & Son) maintained the "City Hotel" in 1876: a three-story structure, in Arkansas City.

R. A. Houghton was listed in the Tisdale Township census of 1876.

R. A. Houghton was born in 1848 and either deceased or buried May 6, 1894, in Riverview Cemetery, Lot 3-23-L. He left his wife and 13 children.

T. R. Houghton, 46, and his wife H. J. Houghton, 40, were listed in the Arkansas City census of 1893. Theoron Russell Houghton was born April 18, 1844, and died Mar 26, 1926. He is buried in Riverview Cemetery in Lots 1 & 3-2-K. His wife, Helen T. Houghton, was born in 1851 and died April 22, 1912. She is buried in Riverview Cemetery, Lot 2 & 4-2-K.

(NOTE - There were no obit's in the Traveler.)

O. P. Houghton, 34, and his wife Marie B., 32, were listed in the Cresswell Township census of 1874.

O. P. Houghton, born in 1831, died Dec. 21, 1907, at Corpus Christi, Texas. Age 68. He was buried in Riverview Cemetery on Dec. 27, 1907. Lots 1 & 2-10-J. The information was provided by J. C. Topliff and H. H. Swafford. His wife, Marie B. Houghton, died in Dustin in the Indian Territory. She was buried in Riverview cemetery Dec. 23, 1906.

(NOTE - There were no obit's printed in the Traveler.)

* * * * *


From "Between Two Rivers" we learn the following facts about the Houghton family.

Theoron R. Houghton came to Kansas in 1871; his wife, Helen Josephine Houghton, came one year later from her home in Weld, Maine, to join her husband. Theoron R. Houghton was a brother of Mrs. A. A. Newman. He stayed with Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Newman until joined by his wife, meeting her in February, 1872, at Emporia. Helen Josephine Houghton was 18 years old, stopping at Emporia for two weeks visiting relatives. Mr. Houghton met her with a team and driver, and they made the trip to Arkansas City, a distance of about 150 miles, in a covered wagon loaded with household goods and provisions. "After a week's journey by land, mud, and water, we arrived at the land of promise," she stated.

The Houghtons had two daughters: Mrs. C. E. Sills of Arkansas City and Mrs. William May of Albuquerque, New Mexico.

After she arrived in Arkansas City, they proceeded to look for a house. They found a two-story frame, consisting of two rooms, one below and one above, without plaster or paint. "It stood where the Baptist church now stands."

She commented: "As we were passing the first house east of the old Central Avenue Hotel, which is a rooming house now but was a carpenter shop in 1872, someone made the remark that the man the Indians had beheaded was lying in there."

[No explanation is given as to whom this man was!]

Mr. and Mrs. Theoron R. Houghton took in two boarders: Mr. Loveland and Mr. Topliff. They remained until spring. The Houghtons then moved to a farm east of the Walnut River.

"Mr. Houghton purchased three horses, and we began moving our household goods and provisions which had been purchased for the coming year. These he had hauled from Emporia, as everything in the provision line was very high: potatoes three dollars per bushel, and everything else in proportion. We had moved the last load to the farm, and Mr. Houghton had started back to the city. He had gone about a mile, when he looked back and saw our house in flames. He turned back; but when he reached there, everything was in ashes or past saving.

"The fire started from a prairie fire caused by some person's carelessness. . . .

"All that we had left was our horses and cow and the clothes we had on our backs. These were indeed trying days. We had to borrow money at 25 percent compound interest. Lumber was almost impossible to get at any price, but we built a little house with two rooms, just shells we would call them, as plaster and paper was not the style.

"The winter of 1873 Mr. Houghton and I went to Mr. Henderson's, a neighbor whose wife died and left a family of seven."

Mrs. Houghton ended up cooking and looking after a family of nine.

Mrs. Houghton told a story about a son of Mr. Henderson, working on Dean's cattle ranch at Red Rock, who was confronted with 12 Indians, who admitted to him that they had killed 12 of the cattle he was tending. [Page 52, Vol. I.] He ended up facing them and got away unharmed. At another camp five miles distant they rapped at the door and the colored cook opened it; they struck at him with a knife and shaved the side of his head. He rushed out of the back door and jumped into the creek, escaping to the States.

Mr. and Mrs. O. P. Houghton and Mr. and Mrs. T. R. Houghton are mentioned in Volume 1, page 113, under "Maine Colony" in Between the Rivers books.


Emporia News, September 4, 1868.


As will be seen by their advertisement in today's paper, Messrs. Newman & Houghton have purchased the store formerly owned by Mr. Pyle, in Jones' new building. These gentlemen are lately from Maine, and have had a long experience in the mercantile business. They advertise what they can and will do. All they ask is a fair trial. We hope they may meet with encouragement and have a fair share of the patronage of the public. They go to work as though they understood their business, and as though they intend to do a fair legitimate trade with those who may favor them with their custom. We wish them abundant success.


Emporia News, September 4, 1868.


Goods Cheap for Cash!

The undersigned having bought out the stock of W. A. Pyle at a greatly reduced price, would respectfully call the attention of the citizens of Emporia and surrounding country to the fact that they can and will sell


GROCERIES, BOOTS AND SHOES, CLOTHING, Notions & Queensware, Cheaper than they can be bought elsewhere in SOUTHERN KANSAS.

We buy our Goods at first hand in New York and Boston, and save second profits paid by merchants buying in Chicago, St. Louis, or Leavenworth.

All Goods Warranted as Represented or MONEY REFUNDED.

Give us a Trial.


180 Commercial Street, EMPORIA.

Emporia News, September 25, 1868.

We are glad to know the new firm of Newman & Houghton are doing a lively business. One of the firm is now absent after new goods. They intend to bring on a stock that will not be excelled in quantity or quality.

Emporia News, October 16, 1868.


The attraction for a few days has been at the new store of Newman & Houghton, in Jones' building, next door north of Fraker & Peyton's. On Monday night they commenced receiving their new goods direct from New York, and their store is now one of the best stocked in the place. Their goods must be cheap as they are shipped direct from New York, and they save the profits of western wholesale merchants. Their stock embraces everything in the line of ladies' dress goods, clothing, groceries, etc. These gentlemen are determined not to be out-done in any respect. They are newcomers, and we hope our people will call and examine their stock and prices before making their purchases, as they hope, by close application to business and fair dealing to merit their share of the public patronage.

Emporia News, October 16, 1868.

Great Reduction in Prices.

Best Green Teas at $1.50 per pound.

Choice Black Ties at $1.25 per pound.


Emporia News, October 16, 1868.

Low Prices Win.

A large stock of fancy cassimeres, satinets, jeans, tweeds, repellants, ladies' cloth, flannels and linseys, which we will sell at lower prices than the same quality of goods were ever sold in this market. Call and see


Emporia News, October 16, 1868.

Shawls and Balmorals.

Choice styles of ladies and gents shawls; also a splendid assortment of balmorals, the cheapest in the market.



Emporia News, November 13, 1868.

Cheapest and Best.

The new stock of clothing, boots, and shoes, at 180 Commercial street.


Just Received.

Latest styles of gents hats and caps, ladies' furs and fur trimmed hoods, breakfast shawls, sontags, nubias, and scarfs; also children's and misses hoods.


Emporia News, December 18, 1868.

Newman & Houghton have just received a large stock of new goods.

Emporia News, January 1, 1869.

CARD. Dr. Morris.

Goods have arrived, and he is now ready for professional business. His office is over Newman & Houghton's store. The Doctor prepares a specific remedy for the cure of Fever and Ague, which is never known to fail; also Anti-Bilious Pills, a sure preventative of the Ague by correcting the stomach and liver. Mixture and Pills $2.00.

Emporia News, January 8, 1869.

AD. Latest Styles in Caps. Fur, fur-bound and all grades cloth caps for Men and Boys, at NEWMAN & HOUGHTON'S.

Emporia News, February 5, 1869.

Instruments Recorded During the Week Ending Feb. 4, 1869.

Reported from E. P. Bancroft's Real Estate and Abstract Office.

A. A. Newman to O. P. Houghton, warranty deed for ten lots in Emporia.

Emporia News, February 5, 1869.

The new crop of tea is now on the market, and some of the choicest brands have just been received by NEWMAN & HOUGHTON.

Emporia News, February 5, 1869.

A fine lot of prints and muslins just received by NEWMAN & HOUGHTON.

Emporia News, February 5, 1869.

Great Bargains.

Shawls, nubias, scarfs, sontags, balmoral skirts, and hosiery are now selling at a great sacrifice at 181 Commercial street. They must be sold in thirty days.


Emporia News, March 19, 1869.

Mr. Newman started to Boston and New York on Monday morning to lay in a spring and summer stock for the store of Newman & Houghton.

Emporia News, March 19, 1869.

We are informed that the brother of our townsman, Mr. Newman, of the firm of Newman & Houghton, who arrived here from Maine on Wednesday morning, reports that there was seven feet of snow, on the level, in that State when he left. So badly were the railroads blockaded that he was three days in making fifty miles. Think of that, ye grumblers at the cold weather of Kansas.

Emporia News, April 16, 1869.

Mr. Houghton, of the firm of Newman & Houghton, has let the contract for putting up a business house, 25 x 60 feet, on Commercial street, near B. T. Wright's hardware store. Messrs. Newman & Houghton have been in business here about a year, and have succeeded in building up a large trade. They are both young men of excellent business qualifications, and possess the energy and perseverance that will succeed anywhere.

Emporia News, April 23, 1869.


Newman & Houghton are receiving their extensive stock of goods this week, and those desiring first choice should call early. Their prices are very low. They bought in New York and Boston and shipped direct; therefore, you will not have to pay the profits of the St.. Louis and Leavenworth merchants. Their hats are of the latest styles, in endless variety, and cheap, too. Their Boots and Shoes have to be seen to be appreciated. They can beat the world on ladies' dress goods. It is useless for us to attempt to enumerate what they have for sale, but will advise all go and see their large stock. All goods guaranteed or money refunded. No trouble to show goods.

Emporia News, April 23, 1869.


Latest Styles and Lowest Prices.

We have just received direct from New York and Boston a large and choice stock of Domestic & Fancy Dry Goods, BOOTS AND SHOES, HATS, CLOTHING, NOTIONS, AND CARPETINGS.

We wish it distinctly understood that we buy at first hand of the Manufacturers and Importers, and will sell at prices to defy competition.


Best Prints--Merrimac, Cocheco, Spragues, Pacifics, Arnolds, Amoskeng, and Denonels at 12 ½ cents per yard.

Ladies' Hoop Skirts, 75 cents.

Ladies' Cotton Hose at $1.50 per dozen.

Boys' Wool Hats, 50 cents each.

Mens' Wool Hats, 75 cents each.

Best Imperial Tea, $1.50 per pound.

Best Hyson Tea, $1.50 per pound.

Best Japan Tea, $1.50 per pound.

Best Oolong Tea, $1.25 per pound.

All Goods guaranteed as represented, or Money Refunded.

Emporia News, April 30, 1869.

Newman & Houghton have a set of croquet.

Emporia News, May 14, 1869.

Mr. Houghton's new business house, next door south of Wright's hardware store, is nearly completed, and will soon be occupied by McMillan & Fox. It will be one of the largest business rooms in the place.

Emporia News, June 4, 1869.


Messrs. Newman & Houghton have secured a lot on the corner of Mechanics street and Sixth avenue, just east of Gilmore & Hirth's furniture rooms, and will put up immediately a business house, 26 x 70 feet, two stories high, to be built of brick with iron and glass front, and to be in all respects a first class business house. Business has heretofore been confined almost exclusively to Commercial street, but lots are held at such high figures that men are forced to branch off on the avenues where property is cheaper. We learn that another firm contemplates putting up a business house in the vicinity of this contemplated building.

Emporia News, June 11, 1869.

Newman & Houghton have received direct from New York a choice assortment of fine brown and bleached muslins--[?can't read first word?], lawns, nansooks, and jaconets. Also, a large assortment of ladies' hose, gloves, corsets, hoop-skirts, damask piano and table covers, marsailes and star quilts, lace curtains, oil carpetings, etc., which they are selling at extremely low prices.

Emporia News, August 6, 1869.

Mr. Newman, of the firm of Newman & Houghton, has gone East after a large stock of goods.

Emporia News, August 13, 1869.

Newman & Houghton are now selling off their present stock of goods very cheap, to make room for a large and complete stock which their Mr. Newman is now purchasing in New York and Boston.

Emporia News, August 20, 1869.

STARTLING NEWS. Various rumors of bank failures, suspension of work on the railroad, and other exciting stories have been afloat in our community for some days past; but the most startling intelligence has just reached us. It has just been ascertained, for a certainty, that Newman & Houghton's new goods, direct from New York, have reached Topeka, and next week there will be offered at the old stand of Newman & Houghton the largest and finest stock of dry goods, carpets, hats and caps, boots and shoes, etc., ever seen or heard of in Southern Kansas, which will be sold so low as to astonish all the world and the rest of mankind. Come and see for yourselves.

Emporia News, September 3, 1869.

SOMETHING NEW. In this age of improvement and progress, almost every day brings something new. Among other new things Newman & Houghton have just received from New York a splendid stock of carpetings, mattings, oil cloths, table covers, etc., which the ladies of Emporia and vicinity are particularly invited to call and examine. A full line of domestics, dress, and fancy goods will be opened in a few days. Also a large and carefully selected stock of hats, caps, boots, shoes, and clothing. Please call and see our goods and prices.

Emporia News, September 3, 1869.

O. P. Houghton has bought out the interest of I. D. Fox in the late store of McMillan & Fox. The new firm may be found in the old room near the courthouse, with a heavy stock, and always ready for business.

Emporia News, September 3, 1869.

O. P. HOUGHTON, of the firm of Newman & Houghton, would respectfully inform his old customers and friends, and the public generally, that he has purchased the interest of I. D. Fox in the establishment of McMillan & Fox, No. 128 Commercial street. I shall take equally as much pleasure in selling groceries and woolen goods at my new place of business as I did in measuring calico at my former place.

I have decided, after deliberate consideration, that a city life in Emporia, surrounded by so many congenial spirits, is preferable to herding Texas cattle on the frontier.

Emporia News, September 10, 1869.


McMillan & Houghton,

DEALERS IN Wool, Woolen Goods, -AND-


New Store, below Wright's, near the Court House, EMPORIA, KANSAS.

The motto of this firm shall be "Small profits and quick returns." We are paying the highest market price for WOOL, either in cash or goods.

Our stock of woolen goods is complete. It Cannot be Equaled West of the JACKSONVILLE (ILL.) FACTORIES. To our stock of Woolen Goods we have added a LARGE & COMPLETE STOCK -OF- GROCERIES.

Emporia News, September 10, 1869.

NEW ADVERTISEMENTS. McMillan & Houghton. Newman & Houghton.


Emporia News, September 10, 1869.

Just Received. Large stock of Groceries at McMillan & Houghton's.

Now is the time, and Newman & Houghton's is the place to select new dresses.

If you want a Blanket that will stand the rub, go to McMillan & Houghton's.

A splendid stock of Flannels, plain and fancy, just received at Newman & Houghton's.

Cheap Balmorals and Coverlets, at McMillan & Houghton's.

For Ladies' and Gent's underwear, go to Newman & Houghton's.

Woolen Blankets. A large stock just received at Newman & Houghton's.

If you wish to see something new and tasty for table covers, call at Newman & Houghton's.

Emporia News, September 10, 1869.

NEW AGENCY. Hanna & Danford have opened an office in Jones' building, over Newman & Houghton's store, in the room lately occupied as a Presbyterian church, where they will do a general agency business. They will buy and sell lands, furnish abstracts of titles, pay taxes, do conveyancing, insurance, etc. . . .

Emporia News, September 10, 1869.

The Presbyterian Church has leased the upper story of the new building of Truworthy & Tandy, on Commercial street, and will occupy it for a place of worship till they can build. It is a very commodious room, much larger, better ventilated, and in every way more suitable for a growing congregation than the one they have been occupying. It will be ready for use by Sabbath week. Services next Sabbath at the hall over Newman & Houghton's store, morning and evening. Sabbath school at 9 o'clock a.m.

Emporia News, September 24, 1869.

MARRIED. At the residence of W. R. Bradford, Esq., corner of State street and Fifth avenue, September 18th, by Rev. M. L. S. Noyes, Mr. ORRIN P. HOUGHTON, of this city, to Miss MARIA BISBEE, of Sumner, Maine.

MARRIED. At the residence of the bride's father, in Weld, Maine, September 6th, 1869, by Rev. A. Maxwell, A. A. NEWMAN, of Emporia, and MARY M. HOUGHTON, of Weld.

Emporia News, September 24, 1869.

[New Advertisers. Newman & Bro., McMillan & Houghton.]

McMillan & Houghton are receiving the largest and best stock of Cassimeres and Jeans ever brought to Emporia.

Emporia News, September 24, 1869.

NEW FIRM. As will be seen in a new advertisement, G. W. Newman supersedes O. P. Houghton in the dry-goods business. Young Mr. Newman has been in the store some months as a clerk, and has already made many friends by his urbane and gentlemanly deportment. We wish the new firm a rush of customers and drawers full of greenbacks.

Emporia News, September 24, 1869.

RETURNED. Our fellow townsman, A. A. Newman, has returned from Maine, where he had been spending several weeks, a few days ago. As will be seen in the proper place, he brought with him a wife. The lady of O. P. Houghton also accompanied Mr. Newman here. We welcome these gentlemen among the Benedicts of the town, and wish them and their brides a long, happy, and prosperous residence with us.


Emporia News, September 24, 1869.

McMillan & Houghton still have some of that choice corn meal so much praised.

A large stock of home-knit socks, at 60 cents per pair, at McMillan & Houghton's.

If the ladies want any kind of HEAVY SHOES, all they will have to pay for them will be $1.25 to $2.00, at McMillan & Houghton's.

Coverlets, Balmorals, and Blankets; any price, color, or quality at McMillan & Houghton's.

Emporia News, September 24, 1869.


Office over Newman & Houghton's store.

Emporia News, October 8, 1869.

Asa Gillett has purchased, for the firm of Gillett & Hadley, the lot and building now occupied as a residence and millinery shop, next door north of Newman & Houghton's. He bought of T. Johnson and C. Sipes, paying them $2,000. Less than a year ago these gentlemen bought the property for $800.

Emporia News, November 5, 1869.

CRANBERRIES. Thanks to McMillan & Houghton for a nice package of fresh cranberries. The public will find a supply at their store.

Emporia News, December 17, 1869.

Cash paid for Eggs, Butter, Lard, and Potatoes at McMILLAN & HOUGHTON's.

Emporia News, December 24, 1869.

J. S. McMillan, of the firm of McMillan & Houghton, returned from the East a few days ago, where he had been spending some weeks, during which time he purchased a heavy stock of groceries, provisions, and woolen goods, for this market. Look in upon them. They always have a good stock, always sell cheap, and always try to give satisfaction.

Emporia News, January 7, 1870.


A Glimpse of the Business of 1869.


The principal houses are Bancroft and McCarter, Newman and Bro., T. G. Wibley, Hall and Bro., J. C. Fraker, and P. G. Hallburg. The first named firm commenced business in October, and has sold at the rate of from eight to ten thousand dollars per month.

Newman Brothers (late Newman and Houghton) have sold during the year in the neighborhood of fifty thousand dollars worth of goods.


Most of the stores above (dry goods) keep groceries, but we have some large establishments exclusively in the grocery and provision business. Bailey and Painter, Gillett and Hadley, McMillan and Houghton, and Wicks and Mayse are the principal firms in this line of trade. They are all doing a splendid business. The houses of McMillan and Houghton and Bailey and Painter have been established during the past year. Wicks and Mayse bought out G. W. Frederick. Bay and Hall, an old house in this trade, went out of business. Besides these houses, J. L. Dalton, Ferguson and Harvey, and John W. Morris do a very considerable grocery trade. Estimate for grocery trade of the town during 1869: $200,000.

Emporia News, March 11, 1870.

McMillan & Houghton have disposed of their stock of woolen goods, and have put in their store instead a large and magnificent stock of queensware and glassware. These gentlemen are doing a very heavy retail business, and we infer from the number of loaded wagons we see leaving their door, that they are doing considerable in the jobbing line.

Emporia News, March 11, 1870.

Business Notices.

Groceries at reduced rates at McMILLAN & HOUGHTON'S.

Emporia News, April 8, 1870.

HEDGE PLANTS. Blackburn & Hamilton are selling fine, healthy hedge plants at McMillan & Houghton's.

Emporia News, May 13, 1870.

Our old settlers all know McMillan & Houghton, and for the benefit of the newcomers, we will say that they keep everything in the way of groceries, flour, feed, queensware, etc., and they are very sure to have butter and eggs and all kinds of country produce. You will do well to make a note of this, stranger.

Emporia News, June 24, 1870.

Go to McMillan & Houghton's for the best Washing Crystals and Blueings.

Those Torpedoes and Fire-Crackers have just arrived at McMILLAN & HOUGHTON's.

Go to McMillan & Houghton's and get some of their white Castile Soap.

Emporia News, September 9, 1870.

CHANGE OF FIRM. In our peregrinations through the city in search of items the other day, we discovered our friend and late pastor of the Presbyterian Church, Rev. R. M. Overstreet, essaying, with an expression of the most obstinate determination in every feature, to tie up a pound of groceries. It seemed like a great waste of manly virtue on so small an affair, but we only asked an explanation of his appearance behind the counter. He had bought out Mr. Houghton, and was undergoing his initiation in the art of doing up sugar and coffee. Well, well, what changes do occur in this world! But Overstreet will do what's right, and all who want good bargains in groceries, go and buy them of Overstreet; it will tickle you to see him tie them up.

Emporia News, May 5, 1871.



A. A. Newman

T. H. McLaughlin.

O. P. Houghton.

Emporia News, August 25, 1871.


We [Stotler] spent a few days in this beautiful and thriving young town, which sets upon an elevation at the junction of the Arkansas and Walnut Rivers. We were perfectly delighted with the town and surrounding country. If we were going to change our location in this State, we would go to Arkansas City as quick as we could get there. Its location is good for at least two railroads, one down the Walnut and one through the Arkansas valley. The Arkansas valley is much broader and more fertile than we had expected to find it. We firmly believe the Arkansas Valley soil will excel every section in the State in corn and vegetable crops.

In Cowley and Sumner Counties nearly every quarter section has upon it a bona fide settler. Fortunately the speculators were not allowed to get their clutches on an acre of it. On account of this heavy settlement, Arkansas City is bound to have a good trade. She will also receive a share of the Texas trade.

This town has over 100 buildings. Among the rest, and about the largest and best, is the city hotel, kept by our friend, H. O. Meigs. It is the best kept hotel in the Walnut Valley. The table is supplied with good, substantial food, and what is not the case with all tables, it is clean and well cooked; altogether, this is the cleanest, best ventilated, and most homelike public house we have found in our travels lately.

We found here a large number of old Emporia men in business, among whom we may mention O. P. Houghton, Judge McIntire and sons, the Mortons, Charley Sipes, Mr. Page, Mr. Beck, and others. They are all doing well, and have unlimited faith in their town and county.

Beedy & Newman are building a large water mill near the town. They have already expended $8,000 in the enterprise, and will soon be ready for sawing.

Close to the town we found Max Fawcett upon a beautiful piece of land amid grape vines, trees, shrubs, and flowers. He is testing the capabilities of the soil for all kinds of fruits, and has so far the best encouragement. Wherever he is, Max. will be a public benefactor.

We shall go to Arkansas City again in two or three years on the cars. We shall ride up to Meigs' hotel in a comfortable bus from the depot, and see a town of two thousand inhabitants. You see if we don't. Cowley is the prettiest, healthiest, and most fertile county we have seen in the State.


Winfield Courier, Saturday, January 11, 1873.

The following bills were presented and rejected.

Newman & Houghton, laid over endorsing the County Attorney's decision.

L. M. McLaughlin, laid over with same action as Newman & Houghton.

Bills allowed:

Newman & Houghton, goods for pauper: $7.45

Winfield Courier, Thursday, November 13, 1873.

Houghton & McLaughlin at the Green Front, Arkansas City, are turning out goods to the amount of $5,000 per week. And why is it? Simply because they sell cheap, and keep everything anyone wants.


Winfield Courier, January 16, 1874.

The following bills were laid over and rejected.

Farrar, Houghton & Sherburne, supplies for pauper Welch, rejected. Endorsed that Cowley County does not feel able to sustain this family any longer.

Winfield Courier, March 27, 1874.

Last Wednesday we were favored with a call from Mr. Houghton of the firm of Farrar, Houghton & Sherburne of Arkansas City, and Mr. Davidson of Wellington. Mr. Houghton had been having a troublesome tooth operated upon by the dentist, but was as sociable as ever. Mr. Davidson reports considerable excitement at Wellington over the coal question.

Winfield Courier, May 1, 1874.

THE GREEN FRONT STORE at Arkansas City, Kansas, will sell you--

Choice Natural Leaf Tea at (per pound) $.40.

Choice Rio Coffee (per pound) $.30.

7 lbs. peaches for $1.00.

15 1 lb. Bars of Choice Family Soap: $1.00

14 lbs. Choice White Beans: $1.00

4 Spools Best Thread: $1.00


Winfield Courier, May 22, 1874.

County Commissioners Proceedings.

The following is a list of the bills allowed by the board of County Commissioners at their meeting commencing on the 18th day of May A. D. 1874.

Farrar, Houghton, & Sherburne, pauper bill: $36.50

Winfield Courier, July 10, 1874.

Mr. R. Houghton, of Arkansas City, passed through town on his way east where he intends spending a few months.

Winfield Courier, February 4, 1875.


List of Marriage licenses issued by the Probate Judge for the month of January, 1875.

Reuben A. Houghton to Sarah E. Manton.

Winfield Courier, March 18, 1875.

District Court Docket.


No. 417. Farrar, Houghton, et al, vs. Martin Hammond.


Winfield Courier, March 25, 1875.

Disposition of cases in the District Court up to Wednesday night.

417. Farrar, Houghton, et al, vs. Martin Hammond, judgment for plaintiff.


Winfield Courier, April 1, 1875.

Publication Notice.


In the District Court of the 13th Judicial District, in and for Cowley County, State of Kansas.

Frank Gallotti, Plaintiff, vs. Orrin P. Houghton, Administrator of the estate of Lucien W. Emerson, late of Cowley County, Kansas, and the unknown heirs of said Lucien W. Emerson, Defendants.

Recap: Unknown heirs must answer on or before May 15, 1875, etc. Otherwise, property will be conveyed to plaintiff. Lots 10 and 20 in block 12, lot 8 in block 34, lot 24 in block 64, lot 7 in block 31, and lots 17 and 18 in block 155 in Arkansas City.

E. S. BEDILION, Clerk Dist. Court.

Pryor & Kager, Plaintiff's Attorneys.


Winfield Courier, September 16, 1875.


Frank Gallotti vs. Orrin P. Houghton, Administrator.

Houghton & McLaughlin vs. Robt. Washam.

Winfield Courier, November 25, 1875.

County Warrants to be Paid.


By virtue of authority given by an Act of the Legislature of the State of Kansas, approved February 10th, 1875, entitled "An Act to amend Section Sixty-nine of Chapter Twenty-five, General Statutes of Eighteen Hundred and Sixty-eight," I hereby give notice that the principal and accrued interest of County Warrants herein below described will be paid at the County Treasurer's Office, in Winfield, on and after the 1st day of November, 1875, and that the interest on said warrants will cease on that day. E. B. KAGER, County Treasurer.

By F. GALLOTTI, Deputy.

Names of parties to whom warrants are payable:

HOUGHTON & CO.: 18 WARRANTS--VARIOUS AMOUNTS [$20.75; $11.65; $12.40; $10.30; $27.75; $14.64; $13.80; $7.00; $18.15; $10.15; $10.15; $6.25; $5.70; $2.45; $18.15; $7.10; $14.00; $2.65.]

Winfield Courier, December 30, 1875.




NOTICE is hereby given to all persons interested that the following described tracts of land and town lots, situated in the County of Cowley and State of Kansas, sold in the year 1873 for the tax of 1872, will be deeded to the purchaser on the 5th day of May, A. D., 1876, unless redeemed prior to that date.

Given under my hand this 27th day of December, 1875.

E. B. KAGER, County Treasurer.

By F. GALLOTTI, Deputy.


Houghton & Baird.


Winfield Courier, Thursday, January 6, 1876.


A splendid brick church, the best edifice of the kind in the country, a substantial frame church, a cut stone bank (J. C. McMullen's), the City Hotel, a three-story structure, kept by Mantor & Son, the Central Avenue, a commodious two-story building, Houghton & McLaughlin, immense dry goods store, J. H. Sherburne & Co.'s two-story business house, J. C. McMullen's elegant private residence constructed of brick with cut stone trimmings, costing $6,000, are among the most prominent and expensive of the buildings upon the town site. It contains about 550 population.

In 1870 the following enterprises were established and were the first of the kind in the city: C. R. Sipes' hardware store; Sleeth & Bro. saw mill; Richard Woolsey, hotel; Newman & Houghton clothing house (first in the county); Paul Beck, blacksmith shop; E. D. Bowen grocery store; Keith & Eddy drug store; J. I. Mitchell Harness shop; T. A. Wilkinson, restaurant and boarding house; Wm. Speers, first ferry across Arkansas River.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 26, 1876.



Have the largest stock of Dry Goods, Hats, Caps, Boots, Shoes, Clothing! And Notions, in the Walnut Valley, which they will sell for the next Sixty Days! Cheaper than any House in the Valley for Ready Pay. We will trade for Cash, Wheat, Oats, Corn, Furs, and Hides, Cattle, Horses, or Mules. We are going to sell!

Our stock of groceries, as usual, is complete, fresh, and cheap!


Arkansas City Traveler, January 26, 1876. Front Page.

ARKANSAS CITY, Jan. 4, 1876.

[Note: C. M. Scott, Editor, was "Observer" in this case. MAW]

In my last letter I informed you that Newman & Co. were building a fine brick store room 25 by 100 feet. The fine weather or some other cause has struck S. P. Channell & Co. with the same fever, so that they are now at work digging out the basement, to erect a new brick store room alongside of Newman's, 25 by 100 feet, same style and finish; and from the way that Houghton & McLaughlin look across the street and see those two splendid brick stores going up, I shouldn't be astonished if they caught the fever also, and by spring another new brick store will go up on the opposite corner. "Example is a wonderful teacher."

Pitch in gentlemen, the investment is a safe one, in the opinion of a casual


Arkansas City Traveler, January 26, 1876.

As the railroad time in Wichita is being changed so often, and cannot be depended upon, arrangements are being made to have the standard time obtained from there every few days, and kept at E. D. Eddy's, Houghton & McLaughlin's, and elsewhere, in order that all living in the City may have the same time together, instead of so many different ones, as at present.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 26, 1876.

NEW HOUSES. The cellar for O. P. Houghton's residence, on the lot south of the First Presbyterian Church, is made.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 26, 1876.


Houghton & McLaughlin, of the renowned "Old Reliable," Green Front store, now come out announcing for the next sixty days they will sell, trade, and almost give away their entire stock of winter clothing, hats, caps, boots, shoes, and notions, for less money than any house in the valley. This is not "talk," but an actual and unprecedented fact, and those who doubt it will do well to come and see. Never before in the history of Cowley County or Southern Kansas, have goods been marked down to the figures they have them at this place, at this day. Carry the news, and let the people have the benefit of it.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 2, 1876.

Our Mayor, O. P. Houghton, James Benedict, and R. F. Smith make regular trips to Winfield, once a week, now.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 2, 1876.

SCALES. Houghton & McLaughlin have purchased C. R. Sipes' hay scales, and moved them on the corner near their store.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 2, 1876.

Sold Out. R. A. Houghton has sold his half-interest in the dry goods store to A. A. Newman. Rube says it don't pay to sell goods on close figures, and then have a man run off every now and then owing him a hundred dollars.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 9, 1876.

Railroad Meeting.

A MEETING of the citizens of this place was held at H. O. Meigs' office, on last Wednesday evening, to elect delegates to the Railroad Convention to be held at Topeka Monday, February 7th, and canvass matters concerning railroads generally.

Judge Christian was elected Chairman, and C. M. Scott, Secretary.

A letter was then read by Hon. S. P. Channell, and remarks made by Rev. S. B. Fleming, Dr. J. T. Sheppard, and others.

On motion S. P. Channell and H. O. Meigs were elected delegates to attend the Convention at Topeka, and L. McLaughlin, Rev. Fleming, O. P. Houghton; T. H. McLaughlin, James Benedict, L. C. Wood, Judge Christian, C. R. Mitchell, C. M. Scott, Wm. Brown, Geo. Harmon, P. J. Davis, J. W. Hutchinson, I. H. Bonsall, and some others, delegates to the mass Convention at Winfield. On motion the Band was invited to go, and a Committee appointed to see that their expenses were defrayed. After some discussing of different projects, the meeting adjourned.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 16, 1876.

The Beethoven Society gave one of their musical feasts at the schoolhouse, last Saturday evening, at which many were present. The exercises consisted of vocal and instrumental music of the highest order, and were exquisitely rendered and duly appreciated. PROGRAM LISTED. #15 WAS "HARK! APOLLO STRIKES THE LYRE." PARTICIPANTS: C. R. SIPES, WILL MOWRY, PROF. HULSE, MRS. C. R. MITCHELL, E. D. BOWEN, E. R. THOMPSON, MISS SHERBURNE, MRS. NEWMAN, MRS. R. A. HOUGHTON, MRS. R. C. HAYWOOD. The receipts of the evening were $18.90, a portion of which will be given to the school bell fund.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 23, 1876.

HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN are sending vast quantities of wheat to Wichita every week. The firm does an immense trade for the border, and deal largely in grain.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 23, 1876.

The excavation for E. R. Thompson's new house, in the rear of Houghton & McLaughlin's store, is completed.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 1, 1876.

Men are at work on the foundation of Mr. O. P. Houghton's house.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 15, 1876. Front Page.

From the Spirit of Kansas.

[Excerpt Pertaining to Arkansas City.]

As another evidence of our growth and prosperity as a five-year-old county, I will state what I believe to be true, from the best information I can get--that for the past five months there have been shipped from Cowley County, on an average, twenty wagon loads of wheat per day, averaging thirty-five bushels to the load--making in all over 107,000 bushels of wheat. I have counted as many as sixty loads per day between this place and Wichita. Some 2,000 bushels of wheat were shipped from our town in one day by Houghton & McLaughlin.

I notice preparations for quite a number of new dwellings to be put up this spring. O. P. Houghton, one of our leading merchants, has commenced hauling the brick and putting in the sills of his new residence. The Rev. S. B. Fleming is having a neat brick parsonage built that will be ready for occupation in a couple of months. Our grocery merchants, Page & Godehard, each contemplate building this spring. We hear of others who will need a house soon. Our Methodist brethren have contracted for a new church to be completed by the first of June.


Arkansas City, February 27.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 15, 1876.

It cost Houghton & McLaughlin about ten dollars, last week, to tell the people they did not intend to trust any more, and now they propose to do as they have said.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 22, 1876.

A. A. NEWMAN purchased the entire stock of Sherburne & Stubbs last week, and moved all but the groceries to his store room. We learn that R. A. Houghton purchased the groceries of Mr. Newman and intends keeping a grocery store. He has engaged Mr. S. J. Mantor to take charge of the groceries.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 29, 1876.

The Fire Extinguishers are placed as follows: One at the Central Avenue Hotel, one at E. D. Eddy's, and one at the Post Office. Houghton & McLaughlin have a private one belonging wholly to themselves.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 5, 1876.

Rube Houghton is doing a good grocery trade.

Cowley County Democrat, Thursday, April 6, 1876.


This Stock is New and Fresh, but must make room for our Spring Stock.

A Full Line of


Thankful for past favors, we ask a continuance of the same.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 12, 1876.


The finest lot of fruit and shade trees that our attention has been called to in this vicinity is to be seen in the rear of Houghton & McLaughlin's store, under the control of Mr. Trissell, agent of the Rose Hill Nursery, of Chetopa. The trees were put on the ground last Monday, being six wagon loads in all, and during the first two days one-half of the lot were delivered. He has the largest growth of one-year-old trees you have seen.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 19, 1876. Front Page.

Full Report of All the Business Transacted by the Board of County Commissioners Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday, April 10, 11, and 12.


WINFIELD, KANSAS, April 10, 1876.

Board met in regular session. Present, R. F. Burden, W. M. Sleeth, Commissioners; A. J. Pyburn, County Attorney, and M. G. Troup, County Clerk. Journal of last regular session read and adopted.

Bills were presented and disposed of as follows.

Houghton & McLaughlin, pauper bill: $31.50

Arkansas City Traveler, April 26, 1876.


More new houses are under construction in this place now than we have seen since the second year of its settlement.

O. P. HOUGHTON: A two-story brick.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 26, 1876.

The ladies of the First Presbyterian Social Society will meet at the house of O. P. Houghton, at 2 o'clock p.m., today. All are invited to attend.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 3, 1876.




Are on hand with the Largest Stock of Staple and Fancy Groceries, Provisions, Stoneware, etc., you have seen in the City.

Tobaccos and Teas a Specialty!

Our stock of Teas is the largest ever brought to this market, and will be sold lower than ever before, and cheaper than any house in the Valley. Drop in and see us.

Store at J. H. Sherburne's old stand, one door south of City Hotel, and opposite the Cowley County Bank.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 10, 1876.

NEW GOODS this week at Houghton & McLaughlin's and A. A. Newman's.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 10, 1876.

Strayed or Stolen. One blazed-face, spotted horse pony, 2 years old; white feet and white eyes. Also one spotted mare pony, blazed-faced; white feet; supposed to be about 6 years old; lump on back, caused by saddle. Anyone returning the same, or giving information that will lead to their recovery, will be liberally rewarded.


Arkansas City Traveler, May 17, 1876.

HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN's new goods have been coming in for the past week by the wagon load, and they now have their counters and shelves full of the late styles of prints, calicoes, and fine dress goods; with an elaborate display of fancy laces, trimmings, and notions. Their stock of clothing, boots and shoes, hats and caps, as usual is very large and will be sold at fair prices.

Cowley County Democrat, May 18, 1876.

Arkansas City Items.

Newman, Channell, and Haywood's brick buildings swarm with workmen and are rising every day.

Houghton & McLaughlin, and Newman are rolling in a big stock of goods, and the people are taking them off right along. They propose to duplicate Wichita or any other prices.

Five blacksmith shops in running order shows that the farmers are at work.

Assessment of Taxable property in Creswell Township for 1876:

Personal Property $ 54,692

Real Estate $111,383

Lots in Arkansas City $49,604

Total: $215,679

Increase since 1875: $13,863.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 24, 1876.

CLOCKS. Houghton & Mc. have a fine assortment of wooded and metal frame clocks, which are curiosities as well as ornaments and valuable time pieces.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 21, 1876.

HOUGHTON & Mc. want the man who borrowed their scoop shovel to bring it back.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 5, 1876.

40 Head of two-year-old cattle for sale by Houghton & McLaughlin.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 12, 1876.


C. R. Mitchell and O. P. Houghton have formed a partnership, and this week open an office to buy and sell real estate in this and adjoining counties. We know of no two men we could more fully recommend to the public than these gentlemen. Settling in an early day, they are familiar with the country, and know where to buy cheapest. Mr. Mitchell is a prominent attorney, and Mr. Houghton a thorough businessman of years' experience. We recommend them to the public generally.


Arkansas City Traveler, July 12, 1876.

Animated by that spirit of independence which characterized our patriot sires of old, a small party of Arkansas City Fourth of July-ers turned their backs upon the great show at Winfield, and started for the Territory; where upon the broad prairies, by the sparkling waters of the Shilocco, we might have room to "spread" ourselves, and liberty to partake of the Legislature's forbidden fruit for which we all had an "orful hankerin'." Our objective point was the spring--everybody knows where that is. We left town at 8:30, with banners flying, and at 9:15 passed the State line and beyond the limits of the game law. And right here I would like to call the attention of the authorities to a system of lawlessness that exists along the border, which if persisted in will disgrace us as a community, and cause great annoyance to the Government.

I allude to the disgraceful conduct of Polk Stevens et al., in cutting up the State line and using the pieces for well ropes, lariats, etc.

After passing into the Territory, O. P. Houghton, E. D. Eddy, Kendall Smith, Henry Mowry, and others, armed with double barrel shot guns and dogs--I mean dogs and double barrel shot guns--started out to hunt for game, while the rest of the party went to look for the spring, which (everybody knowing exactly where it was) we found immediately. Here we corralled our wagons, and to the tops thereof stretched wagon covers, and soon had a comfortable tent commodious enough to cover our whole party of fifty. The next thing in order was to prepare the "wittles." L. McLaughlin's pony express came in on time bringing a game sack full of game, consisting of young quails, snipes, woodpeckers, and prairie chickens of all ages, from the newly bedged with parts of its late domicile hanging to them to the toothless old hen of "ye olden time." Eddy, under the supervision of Mrs. Houghton and Mrs. L. McLaughlin, cooked the game in a very satisfactory manner, while Tyler McLaughlin, as chief cook of the coffee department, covered himself all over with glory and cinders.

Kendall Smith and Jim Benedict roasted three pecks of wormy sweet corn, and Mrs.--candor compels me to say it--Mrs. Meigs ate it. Evidently the author of "Ten Acres Enough" had never seen Mrs. Meigs eat roasting ears. Other parties disposed of grub in the same proportion, but the undersigned sat between Jim Benedict and the "picter" man, and as a consequence, went home hungry, and "Oh! how dry I was."

After dinner we had a patriotic song by Mrs. Alexander and O. P. Houghton, and an eloquent address by E. D. Bowen, M. D. The toast, "The flag of our Union: long may it wave, from Kansas to Maine and Georgi(e)a," was responded to by E. D. Eddy. Mrs. Alexander was the life and spirit of the party (she carried the spirit in a bottle). After our patriotism had effervesced, T. H. McLaughlin set up the lemonade, and we started for home. On the way Mrs. L. McLaughlin unfolded some blood curdling panther "tails" of the early days in the backwoods. Just as the Centennial sun sank to rest, we returned to our homes, with a feeling of pity for those people of limited means who could not afford to travel, but were compelled to put up with the skeetery and weedy woods of Winfield.


Cowley County Democrat, Winfield, Kansas, Thursday, July 13, 1876.

[VOL. 2, NO. 34.]




Read at the Centennial Celebration, July 4th, 1876, at Winfield, Kansas.



On January 1, 1870, the first stake was driven in the town of Arkansas City by the town company. On March 1st G. H. Norton built the first house on the town site. It was occupied as a residence and store. G. H. Norton, appointed in April, 1870, was the first postmaster.

During the year of 1870 the following enterprises were established, being the first of the kind in the city.

Sleeth & Bro's saw mill; C. R. Sipe's hardware store; Richard Woolsey, hotel; Newman & Houghton, clothing house; Paul Beck, blacksmith shop; E. D. Bowen, grocery store; Keith & Eddy, drug store; J. I. Mitchell, harness shop; T. A. Wilkinson, restaurant; Wm. Speers, the first ferry across the Arkansas River.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 19, 1876.

HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN intend putting 335 acres in wheat this fall.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 19, 1876.

O. P. HOUGHTON is building a granary, 20 x 30 feet, with a capacity for over 3,000 bushels of wheat.

Winfield Courier, August 10, 1876.


The following is a list of the delegates to the republican county convention, from the nine townships heard from.

Creswell: I. H. Bonsall, W. M. Sleeth, O. P. Houghton, Geo. McIntire, and Dr. Hughes.

Winfield Courier, August 17, 1876. Editorial Page.


The Republican county convention convened at the Courthouse, in Winfield, on Saturday, August 12th, at 1 o'clock p.m., and was called to order by A. B. Lemmon, chairman of the Republican county central committee. R. C. Story was elected temporary chairman and James Kelly secretary. A committee on credentials was appointed, consisting of Messrs. E. S. Torrance, J. W. Tull, A. B. Odell, T. R. Bryan, and S. M. Jarvis. The committee reported the following persons as having been duly elected as delegates and alternates to the convention.

Creswell: Delegates, I. H. Bonsall, Nathan Hughes, Geo. McIntire, O. P. Houghton, H. D. Kellogg, and Wm. M. Sleeth. Alternates, A. A. Newman, R. A. Houghton, T. C. Bird, W. H. Speers, Elisha Parker, and W. S. Hunt.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 23, 1876.

RUNAWAY. Monday afternoon O. P. Houghton, E. D. Eddy, and Revs. Fleming and Croco, went out in search of what they might annihilate, and found a flock of chickens. Mr. Eddy fired, whereupon the horses took fright, jumped up and down, straddled the pole of the wagon, broke it off, and started to run. Eugene, thinking mother earth a more desirable stopping place than soaring in the air, landed safely. Rev. Croco endeavored to, and partially succeeded. Rev. Fleming, with his usual tenacity, held off until the vehicle crossed a rut, when he got out suddenly. O. P. Houghton held on until the team was checked, when he expressed himself gratified that he had not ended the career of one deacon and two ministers.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 23, 1876.

FALL BARLEY. Some choice fall barley for sale at Houghton & McLaughlin's and S. P. Channell & Co.'s. Call early and secure it at once.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 30, 1876.

O. P. HOUGHTON is a Notary Public.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 30, 1876.

R. A. HOUGHTON returned from Caldwell last week. We noticed his store room full of customers last Saturday, and concluded that Rube has all he can attend to at home.

Winfield Courier, August 31, 1876.

Fall Barley.

Some choice fall barley for sale at Houghton & McLaughlin's and S. P. Channell & Co.'s, Arkansas City.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 6, 1876.

The social of the Presbyterian society will be held at the residence of Mr. O. P. Houghton on Wednesday evening, Sept. 13.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 13, 1876.


Indian Contracts Awarded to Newman, Channell & Haywood,

To the Amount of $40,000 and over.

We learn by letter that the bids of A. A. Newman, Haywood (of Channell & Haywood), and McLaughlin (of Houghton & McLaughlin), for flour and transportation to the different Agencies south of us have been accepted as follows.

For Sac and Fox Agency, delivered there in indefinite quantities, at $2.48 per 100 lbs., and the following quantities to be delivered at the respective agencies:

For the Kiowa, 220,000 lbs. at $3.29.

For the Wichita, 80,000 lbs. at $3.29.

For the Pawnees, 200,000 lbs. at $2.23.

For the Cheyennes and Arapahos, 260,000 lbs. at $2.97.

For the Osages, indefinite quantity, at $2.19 per 100 lbs.

This will give a cash market for wheat at our very doors, freighting for a number of teams, and employment to many men, and build up for the town a business greater than known before.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 13, 1876.

The Sociable of the 1st Presbyterian Church that was to have been held at the house of O. P. Houghton this week, has been postponed on account of sickness in the family.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 20, 1876.

MITCHELL & HOUGHTON [C. R. Mitchell/O. P. Houghton]

Real Estate Agents and Notaries Public.

Will buy and sell Real Estate on Commission.

We have for sale CHEAP LANDS, TOWN LOTS, AND FARMS. Improved and unimproved; also, business and dwelling houses for sale and for rent. We will loan and invest money and pay taxes for foreign parties, furnish abstracts or titles, make conveyances, and do a general Land Office business. GIVE US A CALL.

Office upstairs, opposite the City Hotel, Arkansas City, Kansas.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 20, 1876.

MR. WM. PARKER is doing some very fine work at O. P. Houghton's new residence. He is a splendid workman.

Winfield Courier, September 21, 1876. Editorial Page.


The committee on credentials being called submitted the following report: Your committee on credentials find that the following named gentlemen were duly elected as delegates to this convention, and all are entitled to seats therein.

Creswell: N. Hughes, I. H. Bonsall, Geo. McIntire, O. P. Houghton, H. Kellogg, and W. M. Sleeth.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 27, 1876.

FARM SOLD. O. P. HOUGHTON sold H. & Mc.'s half-section farm in Bolton Township last week for $2,500. It has 250 acres broken, and ready for wheat.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 4, 1876.

CHOICE FALL BARLEY may be had at Houghton & McLaughlin's, Channell & Haywood's, or of the undersigned, at $1.00 per bushel. Now is the time to sow. J. C. TOPLIFF.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 18, 1876.

HOUGHTON & MC. have goods, trunks, groceries, and everything piled sky high in and about their store.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 25, 1876.

O. P. HOUGHTON started to Cheyenne Agency, Monday morning, in a light wagon. Rev. Fleming accompanied him.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 25, 1876.

The largest sale of merchandise ever made in this place was on last Saturday. Newman, and Houghton & McLaughlin retailed $500 worth each, and in the evening Mr. Newman sold $1,000 worth at wholesale.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 1, 1876.

PAY UP! PAY UP! All over-due notes and accounts must be paid immediately. We mean this to apply individually. HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 8, 1876.

MEAT SHOP. Henry Endicott has a meat shop in with R. A. Houghton & Co.'s grocery.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 8, 1876.

FROM FT. SILL. Rev. Fleming and O. P. Houghton returned from Fort Sill last Saturday, after a journey of two weeks. The trip paid them for the time spent.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 8, 1876.

FOR SALE. One mule about 14 hands high, with harness; is a good worker, and in fine order; inquire of Houghton & McLaughlin or of myself, 2-1/2 miles southeast of town.


Arkansas City Traveler, November 29, 1876.


DRESS MAKING. MRS. R. A. HOUGHTON begs to inform the public that she is prepared to do dressmaking and all kinds of plain and fancy sewing. Work-room at Mrs. Godehard's millinery store. Satisfaction guaranteed.

Excerpts from next article pertaining to Houghton Family...


Arkansas City Traveler, December 13, 1876.


Mrs. C. R. Sipes, Mrs. Dr. Shepard, Mrs. J. Breene, Mrs. R. A. Houghton, Mrs. T. Mantor, Miss M. Thompson, Mrs. L. McLaughlin, Mrs. Kennedy, Mrs. T. R. Houghton, Miss F. Skinner, Mrs. S. P. Channell, W. H. Gray, Mrs. T. H. McLaughlin, Al Mowry, Mrs. James Benedict, L. C. Norton, I. H. Bonsall.


Mrs. Mary Baker, Mrs. L. C. Norton, Mrs. I. H. Bonsall, Miss M. Houghton, Mr. T. H. McLaughlin, O. P. Houghton, Miss Bowers, Kate Hawkins, Miss Lizzie Ela, J. H. Sherburne, T. R. Houghton, Mr. Ela, J. C. Topliff.


Mrs. S. B. Fleming, Mrs. Dr. Kellogg, Mrs. O. P. Houghton, Mrs. W. S. Ela, Mrs. L. McLaughlin, Mrs. T. O. Bird, Mrs. B. W. Sherburne, Mrs. E. Parker, Mrs. M. Marshall, Mrs. W. B. Skinner, Mrs. T. H. McArthur, Mrs. M. Peede, Mrs. Hartsock, Mrs. Anna Guthrie, H. P. Farrar, J. I. Mitchell, C. R. Sipes.


R. C. Haywood, R. A. Houghton, E. D. Eddy.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 20, 1876.

Festival to be held at Newman's new building, on Christmas night, Monday, December 25, 1876. Everybody and his wife are expected, and cordially invited to come. Besides the Christmas tree, there will be a charade acted by the ladies and gentlemen of Arkansas City; a Yankee kitchen in "ye olden style" with pumpkin pies and baked beans one hundred years old, fresh and nice, and a supper of modern times, with all the luxuries of the season. Fresh fish from the fish pond, caught on the spot, to order, and oysters from the Walnut. Now, young ladies, remember leap year is drawing to a close, and only a few days are left, and you should not lose the last chance you may have for four years to come. Who knows what fate may have in store for you, or what the fish pond may produce? And everybody should remember that but few of us will be on hand to attend the next Centennial festival, and make the most of this opportunity.

Come, everybody, and have a good time. The Christmas tree will be decorated in the afternoon, and persons wishing to have gifts put on the tree will please hand them to someone of the committee before 4 p.m., as there will be too much to attend to in decorating the hall to receive packages after that hour.

The committee appointed to decorate the tree is as follows:

Ladies--Mrs. Sipes, Mrs. Breene, Mrs. T. Mantor, Mrs. T. H. McLaughlin, Mrs. T. R. Houghton, Mrs. Dr. Hughes, Mrs. Dr. Shepard, Mrs. R. A. Houghton, Miss Mattie Thompson, Miss Kennedy, Miss F. Skinner.

Gentlemen--S. P. Channell, W. H. Gray, James Benedict, I. H. Bonsall, L. McLaughlin, Al. Mowry, L. C. Norton.

Anything left at Bonsall's photograph gallery before the 25th will be taken care of and put on the tree by the committee.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 20, 1876.

HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN have again secured the services of JAMES C. TOPLIFF, to assist them in the store, as salesman and bookkeeper. Many friends of Mr. Topliff will be glad to have him back, to trade with.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 20, 1876.


All accounts and notes over due and unsettled on the 23rd of Dec. 1876, will be placed in the hands of the Justice for collection. Take due notice thereof and govern yourselves accordingly.


Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, January 3, 1877.

ANOTHER GROCERY is to be opened in Pearson's building soon after R. A. Houghton & Co. move to their new quarters.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1877.

SOLD OUT. A. A. NEWMAN sold his entire stock of dry goods to the old reliable firm of Houghton & McLaughlin, last week, and the goods are being moved to the latter's store until Newman's building is completed, when Houghton & McLaughlin will occupy the new room and continue as before (in spite of Indian raids, grasshoppers, or Nick himself), to be the "Old Reliable" green front store, known all over Southern Kansas as the cheapest place to buy any and all kinds of dress goods, dry goods, clothing, groceries, queensware, notions, furs, carpets, etc. They have been here from the first, and will remain to the last. Mr. Newman will now devote his whole time to his mill and Indian contracts.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1877.

R. A. Houghton will remove his grocery store to the room formerly occupied by A. A. Newman, and open up another fresh lot of the best brands of sugar, coffee, tea, tobacco, flour, and all kinds of eatables.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1877.

R. A. HOUGHTON made cash sales last Monday to the amount of over $100. He is now occupying the room one door north of the post office.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 10, 1877. Editorial Column.

The large stock of goods of A. A. Newman & Co., some $10,000 worth, recently purchased by Houghton & McLaughlin, is now being removed to the Green Front, until the new brick store is ready for them on the opposite corner.

This, with their own stock of goods, has so crowded their store as to make it almost impossible to get around, and in order to dispose of them before spring, they offer better bargains than any other house this side of Emporia. This firm was well named "Old Reliable," having commenced here at the first settlement of the town six years ago, occupying a small room in the building now owned by L. C. Wood, and doing mostly their own hauling.

Business began to increase on their hands so rapidly that they were obliged to have an addition to the building, in all 50 feet long. This store was occupied three years, when, their business still further increasing, they were obliged to build the present large business house, known as the "Green Front," with several storehouses to hold their immense stock of goods, and now for the fourth time they are compelled to look for larger quarters.

We believe this firm has built up its present very large trade by straightforward dealing, treating all alike, and giving everyone the worth of his or her money. In spite of hard times, grasshopper, and Indian raids, and while nearly every house has changed hands one or more times during the past six years, the "Old Reliable" still holds together, and will continue to hold on to the last--giving all the most goods for the least money of any house in Cowley County.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1877.

The store house of Houghton & McLaughlin, south of the "Green Front," has been turned into a meat shop. Henry Endicott, Proprietor.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1877.

A. A. NEWMAN has the entire contract for furnishing flour to the Pawnees, Cheyennes, etc., having purchased Houghton & McLaughlin's, and R. C. Haywood's interests.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 17, 1877.

BUSINESS was quite lively in town last Saturday, notwithstanding the day was very unpleasant. Houghton & McLaughlin's store was crowded all day, making it almost impossible to get in or out.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1877.

C. M. SCOTT, while idly experimenting with a loaded shot gun, on last Wednesday morning, blew a hole through the partition between the post office and R. A. Houghton's grocery, resulting in no further damage, however, than a general scare for a minute or two.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1877.


A lively runaway took place in front of our office last Thursday, creating a little stir for a short time. The team belonged to R. A. Houghton, and took fright while standing alone, untied, running around Houghton & McLaughlin's store, and striking the hub of another wagon as they passed. A number of persons followed them yelling whoa, whoa. No material damage was done.

Excerpt from long article by C. M. Scott...




Fort Sill, Wichita, Cheyenne, Kiowa, and Cheyenne Agencies.

While at the different Agencies, our resident minister, Rev. Fleming, who made a tour similar to our own through the Territory, with Mr. O. P. Houghton, some time since, was highly spoken of and requests made that he should repeat his visit.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1877.

HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN will continue the grocery trade in their old store building after they remove to Newman's brick.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1877.

SOME thief or thieves stole a rope from Theo. Houghton's oxen, and appropriated two of A. A. Newman's poorest ponies last week.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1877.

MR. BERKEY traded his farm to Houghton & McLaughlin for $2,200 worth of dry goods and will open a store in Salt City this week. His stock will be about a $3,000 one, and will be a great benefit to the residents of Salt City.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 21, 1877.

A SUIT was held before Justice Hunt last week between Houghton & McLaughlin and Pittman, for an amount due on account. The first parties gained the suit. C. R. Mitchell was attorney for plaintiff, and E. B. Kager, for defendant.

Excerpts from following article...


Arkansas City Traveler, March 28, 1877.

Bids received March 26, 1877, for breaking 800 acres of prairie at Pawnee Agency, Indian Territory, to be completed by the 15th of June.

R. A. HOUGHTON, 200 ACRES AT $2.50.

T. R. HOUGHTON, 200 ACRES AT $2.50.


Several others from Cowley County had previously offered to break at $3.00 per acre.

Breaking to be done in a good and workmanlike manner, and as such accepted by the agent, who will present duly certified vouchers for payment to the Commissioner of Indian Affairs.

The work was awarded to the lowest bidders, in the order of the bids.

R. A. Houghton, 200 acres.

T. R. Houghton, 200 acres.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 28, 1877.

All unsettled accounts of R. A. Houghton & Co., not settled by April 20th will be placed in the hands of the Justice of the Peace for collection. We mean business and must have money.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 28, 1877.

A GOOD TEAM, harness and wagon, for sale for cash, on time, on first mortgage security. R. A. HOUGHTON.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 3, 1877.

CITY ELECTION. The election of city officers took place last Monday, quietly and peaceably, with the following result.

Mayor: Dr. Kellogg.

Police Judge: Jas. Christian.

Councilmen: James Benedict, H. P. Farrar, James I. Mitchell, H. Godehard, I. H. Bonsall.

There was another ticket in the field, composed of Wm. Sleeth for Mayor, Judge Christian for Police Judge, and A. A. Newman, O. P. Houghton, E. D. Eddy, J. A. Loomis, and J. T. Shepard, for Councilmen; but as one was composed of, or was generally understood to be "license" men, the issue was made "license" and "anti-license," and the vote stood 70 for the former and 41 for the latter. Both tickets were composed of the best men of the community.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 3, 1877.

In the race for Mayor last Monday, H. D. Kellogg received 72 votes, Major Sleeth 40, and Rev. Thompson 1.

For Police Judge, James Christian received 112 votes, and Rev. David Thompson 1.

For Councilmen, Jas. Benedict received 72, E. P. Farrar 72, Jas. I. Mitchell 72, H. Godehard 71, I. H. Bonsall 71, A. A. Newman 40, O. P. Houghton 40, E. D. Eddy 40, J. A. Loomis 40, Dr. J. T. Shepard 40, Rev. Wingar 1, Rev. Swarts 1, Rev. Will York 1, L. C. Norton 1, J. C. Topliff 3, Sherb Hunt 1.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 3, 1877.

MISS MINNIE HOUGHTON returned to her home in Weld, Maine, last Monday, in company with T. H. McLaughlin.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 11, 1877. Editorial Item.

Railroad Matters.

The committee who went from this place to Augusta, learning that Mr. Young and Gov. Eskridge intended going to Winfield to confer with the people of that place, at the urgent request of one of the citizens and a member of the Railroad Committee of Winfield, sent word for a delegation to come up to agree to a new proposition. A number went, but upon their arrival, found that no agreement could be made, as the Committee of Winfield had stated they could not entertain any proposition from the north, as they had one from the east. Mr. Young and Gov. Eskridge then came to this place and submitted the proposition to Creswell Township to build their road down the west side of the Walnut by Township aid. The same proposition will be submitted to Rock, Nennescah, Vernon, Beaver, Creswell, Bolton, and probably Pleasant Valley Townships, and if the aid is rendered, the road will be built.

In the evening a large and enthusiastic meeting was held at the church, during which a stirring speech was made by Mr. Eskridge, and remarks by Mr. Young, Rev. Fleming, Judge Christian, Amos Walton, Mr. Channell, and others, after which a committee of eleven were appointed as follows, as Managing Committee, with power to appoint Finance, Canvassing, and Sub-Committees: Dr. Hughes, O. P. Houghton, C. M. Scott, A. A. Newman, James Christian, J. C. McMullen, S. B. Fleming, M. R. Leonard, Amos Walton, R. C. Haywood and S. P. Channell.

The Committee then elected Dr. Hughes, President, J. C. McMullen, Vice President, Amos Walton, Secretary, and R. C. Haywood, Treasurer. The hour being late, the Committee then adjourned.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 11, 1877.

O. P. HOUGHTON had about eighty rods of fence destroyed by the prairie fire east of the Walnut, last Thursday.


Winfield Courier, April 19, 1877.

Houghton & McLaughlin, pauper bill: $10.00


Arkansas City Traveler, April 25, 1877.

Capt. Hunt ordered out the grasshopper brigade this week. They went out with cornet band and flying banners.

Messrs. Channell, Walton, Houghton, and others, of Arkansas City, represented that city before the Board of County Commissioners, in the North & South Railroad matter.

We call attention to Mr. Newton's harness advertisement, which appears in this week's issue of our paper. Mr. Newton is himself a first-class harness maker, and employing none but good hands, using none but good stock, he is turning out the best of work, which he offers at reasonable rates. Give him a call.

The following extract, from a postal card to the editor, from R. W. McNown, of Maple City, may be of interest: "There are no grasshoppers on this prairie. The people in this part of the county say that if they do not get a railroad to run through this county, they will go to Cedar Vale to do their trading. The new State road has been laid out directly by my place, and gives good satisfaction, so far."

Arkansas City Traveler, April 25, 1877.

CASH FOR GROCERIES. On and after April 30th, we will give no credit for groceries. Will take all kinds of country produce in exchange. HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 9, 1877.

HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN. Almost from the beginning of Arkansas City, the firm of Houghton & McLaughlin has been a familiar household word with the people of Cowley and Sumner counties. Other firms have started, changed hands, and finally gave way to the grasshopper and Indian panics, yet the "Old Reliable Green Front" has pursued its onward course, until now we find them occupying a building one hundred feet long, on one side of the street, filled with dry goods, clothing, and every conceivable article of apparel, while on the opposite side is their grocery and queensware department, almost as large. Their trade is by no means confined to this county alone, but reaches far to the western border and almost to Texas. During the year 1874, their trade with the Osage Indians alone, for four months, amounted to $30,000; and since then, they have been parties to a contract with the Kaws, Osages, Pawnees, Cheyenne & Arapahos, Wichitas, Caddos, and affiliated bands, Kiowas, and Comanches. Having the advantage of buying largely, they buy cheap; and selling a large quantity of goods, they can afford to sell at a smaller margin. Last week their spring stock arrived, and it is now displayed on their avenue shelves. To all who have not seen them, or made a visit to the new store, it will pay to go.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 9, 1877.

The work on the countering and shelving of Newman's store room, now occupied by Houghton & McLaughlin, displays workmanship equal to any we have seen in the State. The counters are made with black walnut tops, of one board two feet in width, with oak and pecan finish, giving it a rich appearance and finish.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 9, 1877.

Worth Remembering.

We have divided our stock of goods, moving all but the groceries, queens, and glassware to the new brick store, and hereafter no groceries leave the old green front until settled for with cash or ready pay. "Please make a personal application." Respectfully,


Arkansas City Traveler, May 30, 1877.

BORN. To Mr. and Mrs. O. P. Houghton, a daughter, on Thursday, May 27th.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 6, 1877.

O. P. HOUGHTON was taken suddenly ill last Friday with a severe cramp and chill, and was considered dangerously sick for awhile.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 13, 1877.

HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN are going to put a grocery over the Arkansas. A feed stable would pay there now.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 13, 1877.

Notice the large mirrors in Houghton & McLaughlin's. Mac says they will make a homely man look handsome. The editor has ordered a couple of them placed in his sanctum.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 13, 1877.


Houghton & McLaughlin have been awarded the contract for transporting Indian goods from Wichita to the Pawnee and Kaw Agencies. Edward Fenlow received the contract for hauling the goods for the Osages, and those for the Sac and Fox and their stations was awarded to D. C. Blossom, of Muskogee, Indian Territory.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 20, 1877.

HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN have a branch store on the south side of the Arkansas River.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 20, 1877.

ROUGH. THEORON HOUGHTON had quite a time getting back to town from the Pawnee Agency, where he had been breaking. It took him ten days to make the trip, and he had to leave his team at that. M. T. Bonar started a little ahead of him, and reached and forded the Red Rock; but when Theoron arrived, an hour later, the waters had risen so that he could not ford. The serious part was that Bonar had no provisions with him and after sticking it out five days in sight of each other waiting for the waters to subside, Theoron returned to the agency and Bonar started west for the cattle trail. Nothing has since been heard of him. A party of men went in search of him on Monday and have not yet returned.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 20, 1877.

The bridge has gone, but Houghton & McLaughlin have a full line of groceries and a full assortment of staple dry goods in their new store, near the old bridge on the south side of the river. Farmers, you can get your Harvest Supplies without crossing the river.

Article by C. M. Scott in his role as "Aunt Mary"...


Arkansas City Traveler, July 11, 1877 - FRONT PAGE.

The Fourth of July in Bolton.

[For the TRAVELER.]


Mr. Editor: I attended the Fourth of July in Bolton last Wednesday, and took a few notes I want to tell you. I did not go for fun; I did not go for frolic; but for sober, solid information and instruction, and to see the people and things. I saw you there, to begin with, and concluded from appearances that the local department of the paper would be neglected, as you had your hand full, mind full, and from the monstrous basket you towed around, I took it for granted you would soon have a stomach full. An editor is always hungry, they say, and I believe it. But I don't want to write this article entirely about you, for there were others equally as handsome as yourself and lady.

Do not censure me if I am too critical, for you know half a woman lives for is to see and be seen, talk a great deal, and hear much more. Men are slow, stupid beings, capable of talking only one at a time, but we, the fairest of God's creatures, can talk all together.

Isn't it delightful to go to a picnic, sit down under a shady bough, and watch the people, and make comparisons? I had just such a location when I made these notes.

First on the scene was Mr. Skinner, senior. You can assure yourself he would be first if he came at all. Then came Frank Denton, Mr. Parvin, Capt. Hoffmaster, Mr. Steiner, and "Jim," with their amiable wives all neatly dressed. Soon after came what the TRAVELER has dubbed the "young bloods" of Bolton and Creswell.

There was that wild and reckless Will Stewart, who drives as though he was running a passenger coach, followed by modest (?) O. C. Skinner and the constable of your town, with gayly attired ladies.

Soon the dignity of Creswell appeared, with covered carriages and fine horses. Among them Col. McMullen, Dr. Alexander, Rev. Fleming, O. P. Houghton, and last, but not least, his Honor, Judge Christian, and Amos Walton, speakers of the day.

I did like Judge Christian's oration, and was surprised at the ability of the old gentleman and his powers of delivery. Anyone could see it was a speech prepared by hard study, and a great amount of reading. If the ground committee had done their duty and prepared seats, many more would have heard the speech, but for elderly persons to stand in a grove without a breath of air stirring is too much for comfort, much less to pay attention to an oration.

Among the audience there was the handsome young widow with money to loan, the belles of Bolton and their adored, the boisterous town roughs, and wives of distinguished citizens, who came alone, leaving their husbands to remain at home to look after the "by-bie." There were good, bad, and indifferent persons among the crowd. At the table also was a sight. On one side, mild, kind, and lovely women could be seen, and nearby the uncouth, voracious individual whose mouth looked as though he had his throat cut, every time he opened it.

There were many strangers I had never seen before, and familiar faces I have not had the pleasure of seeing for some time. One fine appearing, Christian looking gentleman, I learned, was from Illinois, and others I was informed lived across the Arkansas. Understand me when I say across the Arkansas, to mean on the north side, for I am a resident of Bolton Township.

But I have scarcely referred to my notes. Rev. McClanahan, a new preacher, began the exercises with prayer. The Declaration was then commendably read by Mr. Parvin, of our side; then the brass band of your place, after a series of toots, and yells for "Charley," "Frank," "Ret," "where's Lyman Herrick?" and "where's Ed. Thompson?" worked up a tune. We supposed "Charley" and "Frank" and "Ret" to be single men, and imagined they might be promenading with someone's sister, but we do not know it. Yes, they worked up a tune finally. I would give you the name of it, if I could, but I could not find anyone who knew it.

After prayer, Dr. Shepard, who was appointed Chairman, introduced Hon. James Christian. His speech lasted about half an hour, and was appreciated by all who heard it. Hon. Amos Walton then spoke in a strong, pleasing tone, after which the gathering began to separate and seek their homes.

This, Mr. Editor, is all I have to say. If at any future time you wish me to express my sentiments, I may be in the mood to favor you. I desire to thank the people of your township for the patriotism they manifested in coming to Bolton Township for a Fourth of July Celebration when they couldn't have one at home, and the good wives of the Bolton men who worked to make it a success.

I also want to say that the visit paid us by your most estimable ladies, Mrs. and Miss Revs. Thompson, Mrs. Fleming, Mrs. Shepard, Mrs. Hughes, Mrs. Sipes, Mrs. McMullen, and a number of others, will be returned, as they added much to the enjoyment of the occasion. I also desire to thank the band boys, for they meant well in their heads, but their hearts, I fear, troubled them. There were a number of young ladies, also, whom I would be gratified to have call on me at any time, and the young boys know they are all cherished and loved by AUNT MARY.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 11, 1877.

The picnic in Bolton Township, July 4th, was well attended by an intelligent class of people. R. A. Houghton, Herman Godehard, and E. D. Eddy had stands on the ground and dispensed the lemonade, ice cream, candy, etc. We might go into details, but as we have two communications on the subject, will let it pass.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 11, 1877.

FARM FOR RENT. Bottom land, about 150 acres ready for cultivation; seed furnished; good accommodations; inquire of Houghton & McLaughlin.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 11, 1877.

FOR SALE. 1 mule and harness, also a set of double harness nearly new. 1 John Deere Sulky Plow, breaker and stirrer complete;. nearly new, and in good order. Also 1 double harrow very little used. Inquire of Houghton & McLaughlin.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 11, 1877.


Arkansas City Traveler, July 18, 1877.

CHANGE. MR. L. McLAUGHLIN has purchased the grocery department of Houghton & McLaughlin's store, and is conducting the business at the old "Green Front."

Arkansas City Traveler, July 25, 1877.

The chandelier of Houghton & McLaughlin's store fell to the floor and was demolished yesterday.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 25, 1877.


Having bought Houghton & McLaughlin's store south of the old bridge, will keep on hand a general stock of STAPLE DRY GOODS! BOOTS, SHOES AND GROCERIES, Which he will sell at the lowest possible price for cash. Call and see me.


Arkansas City Traveler, July 25, 1877.

AD: HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN -AT THE- NEW BRICK CORNER, Have a large stock of Dry Goods, Notions, Ribbons, Hats, Caps, Boots, Shoes, Clothing and Carpets, than Any Other Two Houses in Cowley County.

Our facilities for buying are equal to any concern in the State. We bought our entire spring stock on a market from 10 to 25 percent lower than any other house in this county, and we propose to give our customers the benefit of our great bargains. Each line of goods in our stock is more complete than the same line of goods in any other house in the county, and we guarantee better prices. Come and see, and satisfy yourselves.


Arkansas City Traveler, August 15, 1877.

GRAPES. Anyone wanting grapes can get them by the pound or hundred pounds by leaving orders at R. A. Houghton's grocery store, or by calling on me at the Max Fawcett farm. W. S. PACKARD.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 29, 1877.

The following is the score of the game of base ball played August 23rd, between the east and west sides of Summit Street.






Note: East Side Won--25 to 20.


Arkansas City Traveler, September 5, 1877.

CHANGE. R. A. HOUGHTON sold his interest in the grocery store to M. E. Welch last week. The firm will be Mantor & Welch, who will continue to give bargains in groceries, queensware, etc. R. A. Houghton will open a clothing house in the two-story building recently moved to Summit street opposite the Traveler office in the spring.


Arkansas City Traveler, September 19, 1877.

The election of delegates at this place last Saturday was attended with considerable interest. The polls were opened at about three o'clock, and from that time until six, when they were closed, a lively time was had. The delegates elected were A. Chamberlain, Dr. Cormack, Kendall Smith, and R. A. Houghton. Two tickets were in the field, but the above were elected two to one. Whole number of votes cast: 92.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 19, 1877.


All past due notes or accounts not settled before the 1st day of October will be put in the hands of an officer for collection.

Houghton & McLaughlin.

Winfield Courier, September 20, 1877.

Republican Convention.

The following persons are elected delegates to the Republican convention at the Courthouse next Saturday.

Creswell. A. A. Chamberlain, R. A. Houghton, T. E. Mantor, Dr. Cormack, Mantor.

[Note: Courier was wrong with names of delegates. See Traveler article above.]


Arkansas City Traveler, September 26, 1877.

On last Saturday the delegates of the several townships, chosen to nominate officers for the Republican ticket, gathered together at Winfield. As considerable interest and strife was manifested among several of the candidates, the members of the convention met early to organize. After considerable dispute, the temporary organization was completed and Mr. Callison, of Spring Creek Township, chosen Chairman, Chas. Eagin, Secretary, with R. A. Houghton and L. J. Webb, tellers.

Nominations being in order, Geo. Walker, Leon Lippmann, A. T. Shenneman, and S. W. Chase were nominated for the office of Sheriff, and an informal ballot taken resulting in 21 for Lippmann, 16 for Shenneman, 15 for Walker, and 4 for Chase.

Fifty-two ballots were then taken in succession, with nearly the same result and without any delay further than remarks now and then by the friends of the several candidates and one hour for supper, lasting from one o'clock p.m. until eleven o'clock at night. By this time everyone was tired, weary, and disgusted, and expressed themselves bitterly against the men who seemed to endeavor to prevent a nomination by shunning a compromise, or listening to the advice of friends. Finally, one of the leaders of Mr. Walker's party was overhead to say he was going to throw his votes for Lippmann. Mr. Shenneman was made aware of the fact and ran in ahead and withdrew his name from the convention in favor of Mr. Lippmann, who was unanimously declared the nominee.

Excerpts from Republican Convention...

Winfield Courier, September 27, 1877.


WINFIELD, KANSAS, Sept. 22, 1877.

Pursuant to the call of the Republican County Central Committee, of Cowley County, the delegates assembled in convention at the courthouse, in the city of Winfield, on Saturday, Sept. 22, 1877, at 11 o'clock a.m.

The convention was called to order by T. K. Johnston, Chairman of the Republican County Central Committee.

The committee on credentials submitted the following report.

Mr. Chairman: Your committee on credentials beg leave to request that the following townships and delegates therefrom are entitled to representation and seats in this convention.

Creswell: A. Chamberlain, D. W. Cormack, Kendall Smith, Reuben Houghton.

The committee on permanent organization submitted the following report.

Mr. Chairman: Your committee on permanent organization and order of business beg leave to submit the following report.

For permanent chairman, J. B. Callison; for permanent secretary, Chas. H. Eagin; assistant secretary, R. A. Houghton. That the order of business be as follows.

1st. Selection of County Central Committee.

2nd. Nominations in the following order: Sheriff, Coroner, County Clerk, County Treasurer, Register of Deeds, County Surveyor, and County Commissioners.

3rd. That in balloting for each candidate the secretary shall call the roll and each delegate as his name is called will answer with the name of the person he desires to vote for.

W. H. Metcalf, A. A. Wiley, C. S. Smith, R. S. Strother, H. L. Barker.

Nominations being next in order, a motion to take an informal ballot to bring out candidates for Sheriff was carried.

On the first ballot Leon Lippmann received 21 votes; A. T. Shenneman, 16; Geo. Walker, 15; S. W. Chase, 4.

The balloting continued until the 24th ballot was reached, when the convention adjourned for supper.

At 7 p.m. convention called to order and proceeded with the ballot for sheriff. At the 45th ballot S. W. Chase withdrew from the race. When the 53rd ballot was reached, A. T. Shenneman withdrew in favor of Lippmann, followed by Geo. Walker.

A motion carried to suspend the rules and call the roll of the house on the question of making Mr. Lippmann the nominee. The roll was called and resulted in favor of Lippmann, who was declared nominated.

On motion convention adjourned.

J. B. CALLISON, Chairman.

CHAS. H. EAGIN, Secretary.

R. A. HOUGHTON, Assistant Secretary.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 3, 1877.

O. P. Houghton, Tyler McLaughlin, M. S. Faris, W. J. Mowry, and S. J. Mantor have all been sick within the past ten days.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 3, 1877.

Rube Houghton paid Caldwell a visit last week.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 3, 1877.



Arkansas City Traveler, October 10, 1877.

The new goods of Houghton & McLaughlin have begun to come in, and will be received during the week. They have the greatest variety of prints of the best quality to be seen in any store in the Southwest--Wichita not excepted. For comfort and warmth, they have heavy quilts for $1.75, and winter clothing cheaper than ever. A part of their boots and shoes are on the shelf now, and the balance will be in this week. They have purchased a very large stock, and propose to sell them so as to buy again, before the winter is over. It will pay to look at their stock.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 10, 1877.

RUBE HOUGHTON offers the use of his new building, situated between Al. Horn's and E. R. Kager's places of business, for any entertainment the young folks want. Especially for a hop.


Arkansas City Traveler, October 17, 1877.

This space reserved for Mantor & Welch,

successors to R. A. Houghton & Co.

Excerpts from long article given below...


Arkansas City Traveler, October 31, 1877.

The following committees have been chosen by the Ladies' Sewing Society for their Thanksgiving Festival.


O. P. Houghton, S. P. Channell, Mr. Hutchinson.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 31, 1877.


O. P. HOUGHTON and several others are going down on the Salt Fork to hunt antelope and turkeys. Both are reported very numerous. O. P. is one of the happiest men living when he is poking a double-barreled shot gun behind the gills of a turkey gobbler, or making fifteen feet leaps after a wounded antelope. He is said to be a good marksman, but we can't help thinking of the fourteen shots it took to bring down a squirrel while on a trip to Osage Agency some time ago.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 14, 1877.

GOOD TEAM, wagon, and harness for sale cheap. Inquire of W. J. Stewart or Houghton & McLaughlin.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 21, 1877.



We would respectfully call the attention of the public to the fact that we have bought out the stock and stand of L. McLaughlin, at the "Green Front," consisting of groceries and queensware, and will be pleased to form the acquaintance and patronage of all old customers of that stand, and as many new ones as we can get. Having dealt extensively in goods at Wichita Agency, our facilities for buying are good, as we have always bought from first hands and first-class houses. All we ask is a trial to please our customers, and we will risk selling to them again. Come and see us, one and all. Business transacted in Caddo, Comanche, Wichita, Pawnee, German, and English languages; or, if you are deaf, we will make signs, which we understand perfectly. Don't forget the place--the "Green Front," on Summit street, opposite Houghton & McLaughlin.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 21, 1877.

MR. WINTIN has opened a new meat market on the corner opposite Houghton & McLaughlin's brick store.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 21, 1877.


A BUILDING ASSOCIATION WAS FORMED A FEW WEEKS AGO, and entered into by twelve parties, agreeing to build a house each. Since then fourteen more have declared their intention to build. The original twelve were:

S. P. Channell; W. M. Sleeth; A. A. Newman; L. H. Gardner; O. P. Houghton; Gardner Mott; H. P. Farrar; Silas Parker; J. L. Huey; C. R. Sipes; R. C. Haywood; James Wilson.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 12, 1877.

HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN shipped yesterday to the Pawnee Agency 6 loads of bacon, which will make Mr. Pawnee full and happy for a time.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 19, 1877.

THEORON HOUGHTON is the last happy father of a twelve pound boy.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 26, 1877.


On next Thursday evening the installation of the newly elected officers of Crescent Lodge No. 133, A., F. and A. M., will take place at the Masonic hall over Houghton & McLaughlin's store. The wives of all Masons are cordially invited. All members of the order are requested to be in attendance.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 26, 1877.







$4,000 worth of elegantly made and latest style clothing.

Two Hundred Men's Caps.

One Thousand Yards Cassimeres and Jeans.

Five Hundred Yards Waterproofs.

Two Thousand Yards Wool Flannels.

Four Thousand Yards Dress Goods of all kinds.

Four Hundred Yards of Carpet.

One Hundred Suits of Underwear.

Seventy-five Shawls.

Ladies' Cloaks, Felt Skirts.

Twenty Honey Comb and Marseilles Quilts.

White Blankets, and an endless variety of Notions.

The above Goods MUST BE SOLD FOR CASH during the next SIXTY DAYS, and WE MEAN it!

Alpacas 18 cents to 85 cents per yard.

Gray twill all wool flannel, 30 cents per years.

White flannel, 16 cents per yard.

Canton flannel, 10 cents per yard.

Bed Ticks, 8 cents per yard and upward.

Men's Suspenders, 15 cents per pair.

Hats, 40 cents.

Caps, 30 cents.

Two-button Kid Gloves, 65 cents per pair.





Arkansas City Traveler, January 2, 1878.

If England does take a hand in the Eastern war, what a time there will be. Wheat will go up, corn will be more in demand, pork will advance, but Houghton & McLaughlin will continue to sell dry goods at the same low rate.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 9, 1878.

Final Settlement.

NOTICE is hereby given to the creditors and others interested in the Estate of L. W. Emerson, deceased, that the undersigned, administrator of said estate, will, on the 27th day of February, 1878, at one o'clock p.m. of said day, make a final settlement of said estate.

O. P. HOUGHTON, Administrator.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 23, 1878.

MITCHELL & HUEY will remove to the new rooms over Houghton & McLaughlin's in a week or two.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 23, 1878.

R. A. Houghton goes into Stafford's house, and Stafford goes into Col. McMullen's house.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 23, 1878.

R. A. HOUGHTON sold his house to Mr. Stanton, of Oskaloosa, Iowa, last week, for $700.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 23, 1878.


HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN have a few more horses and mules for sale for cash, or on time with GOOD security.

Winfield Courier, January 24, 1878.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. Claims allowed Jan. 10.

Pauper bills: J. V. Hines, $6.35; G. P. Wagner, $47.50; M. D. Stapleton, $8.87; S. E. Burger, $97.40; T. H. Thompson, $5; Boyer & Wallis, $18.50; Houghton & McLaughlin, $14.80; W. G. Graham, $28.70; K. Cline, $20.

Winfield Courier, January 24, 1878.

Item from the Traveler.

R. A. Houghton sold his house to Mr. Stanton, of Oskaloosa, Iowa, last week, for $700.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 6, 1878.

MITCHELL & HUEY will remove to their new office over Houghton & McLaughlin's store next week.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 6, 1878.

THOMAS MANTOR has charge of R. A. Houghton's clothing store while Rube is absent in the country.

Unknown if Otis Houghton is related to Houghton Families...

Arkansas City Traveler, February 20, 1878.

We were favored with a call from Mr. Otis Houghton last Monday. Mr. Houghton is a promising young man, takes a lively interest in affairs generally, and we hope to meet him often.

Winfield Courier, February 28, 1878.

J. L. Huey was up from Arkansas City Tuesday. He says Huey & Mitchell have moved into their fine office over Houghton & McLaughlin's store--said to be the finest office in the county.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 13, 1878.

A supper will be given at the Masonic hall, in the new brick building, over Houghton & McLaughlin's store, Wednesday evening, March 13, at seven o'clock. Afterwards an opportunity will be given to engage in games and amusements. At 8 o'clock those who desire to dance will retire to the Central Avenue Hotel, where the best of music will be furnished by Prof. Hoyt and three others. Supper $1.50 per couple. Dance $1.00. Tickets for the supper or dance can be had at the hall. None but Masons admitted without invitation.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 20, 1878.

THROUGH the efforts of Mr. O. P. Houghton, the white girl with Pawnee Pete will be taken charge of. Commissioner Hayte has instructed Agent Searing to see that she is cared for. It will be an exception to the rule if she would remain with the whites as most children, when once accustomed to Indian life, seldom leave it for the ways of the whites. The Indians have already impressed her with the idea that the whites are her enemies, and she avoids all conversation with them, often breaking into sobs and tears when urged to tell her history.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 20, 1878.

O. P. HOUGHTON lost a yearling mule in a very singular manner last Friday. The gate between Mr. Houghton's property and the adjoining timber is one of sliding bars, and it would appear that the mule had approached and attempted to look over the two posts at one end of the gate, but got its head between them, thus seriously interfering with its accustomed ease of locomotion. On trying to extricate itself from this awkward position, the animal's head became more firmly fastened, and no one coming to the rescue, the poor brute choked to death.


Arkansas City Traveler, March 27, 1878.

From Cuckleburr City.

Editor Traveler:

This is a new place on the bottom opposite Rocky ford. It is a place that in the near future promises to rival all other cities in Cowley county. The bottom contains about one thousand acres--its size admitting of its being densely populated. Its settlers have tried to raise corn and wheat for exportation, but the raging Rackensack forms one boundary, and impassible bluffs the other, and the citizens have generally given it up until aerial navigation shall have been perfected, or the Government appropriates money to help build the Topliff, Moore, and Denton road. On account of the spring raise, the settlers plant their corn in the fall, and gather before spring.

Near the center of the bottom lays the farm and stands the summer residence of Rube Houghton. In the summer it is his resort for hunting and fishing, and partly to secure the benefits to be derived, from drinking the water in his well, which has medicinal qualities, and produces results similar to that produced by a dose of quicksilver, only more prompt and effective. Nothing more effective to remove biliousness.

The soil is composed of white sand, from one to ten feet deep--beautiful to look upon, if it don't blow.

The citizens are generally cultivating a flower of great fragrance. The bottom is literally covered with it. A Government geologist recently here to view the scenery named it a cuckleburr.

But you send the explorer here to get subscriptions, and let some youngster put a cuckleburr on his saddle, and he will declare by all the gods that the boy who invented crooked pins for the parson to sit on was a humane Christian Sabbath school scholar in comparison with the wicked rip who cuckleburred him. So says --

[Note: Article printed on editorial page, unsigned.]

Arkansas City Traveler, March 27, 1878.

The contracts for breaking at Pawnee Agency were awarded last week, as follows.

W. H. Simms, 250 acres at $1.70 per acre.

W. A. Metcalf, of Maple City, 150 acres at $1.74 per acre.

Theoron Houghton, 280 acres at $1.87-1/2 per acre, including sharpening of plow.

The prices bid were very low, proving the scarcity of money and hard times. Just think of a man going sixty miles to break prairie at $1.70 per acre!

Excerpted from items relative to Arkansas City...

Winfield Courier, April 4, 1878.

From the Traveler we get the following items.

The contracts for breaking at Pawnee Agency were awarded last week as follows: W. H. Simms, 250 acres at $1.70 per acre; W. A. Metcalf, of Maple City, 450 acres at $1.74 per acre; Theoron Houghton, 250 acres at $1.87½ per acre, including sharpening of plows. The prices bid were very low, proving the scarcity of money and hard times. Just think of a man going sixty miles to break prairie at $1.70 per acre.

The transfer mentions N. A. Houghton. This could be Reuben A. Houghton...

Winfield Courier, April 4, 1878.

Real Estate Transfers.

N. A. Houghton and wife to F. L. Davis, e. ½ sw. 18, 34, 3; 80 acres, $300.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 10, 1878.

Sympathy for the White Captive.

Our notice of the white captive owned by Pawnee Pete, is meeting with sympathizing friends from every quarter. The following is a letter from Mrs. Thomas Nickerson, a Boston lady of wealth and refinement, showing that there is a chance among the best of people for the unfortunate beings of mankind.

MANITOU, March 28, 1878.

Editor Traveler:

SIR: While coming to this place yesterday from the east, I picked up a Wichita paper in the cars with an item copied from your paper in regard to the white child for sale by a Pawnee Indian. Something ought to be done, I scarcely know what. But cannot your town authorities detain the child until some movement can be made to take care of her?: I am too much of an invalid just now to travel so far, but any communication in further regard to her will be very gratefully received. I would write to your mayor, who whom has control in your city matters, praying them or him by no means to suffer the child to go back with the Indian, for I take it, he is not a resident of your city, but think you are more easily reached. I am Secretary of the American Woman's Home Mission Society, and my husband President of the A., T. & S. F. R. R. Of course, it is against our laws to sell the child, is it not? But she ought to be rescued from the Indian, and I shall be glad to do anything in my power that you may suggest for herself.

Very truly yours,


We answered Mrs. Nickerson's letter, informing her that the captive had been placed in the school at the Pawnee Agency, through an order from the Secretary of the Interior, obtained by Mr. O. P. Houghton, and would be properly cared for.

Yet while this case has been made a specialty of, and the child cared for, we remember seeing several Mexican and Texas captives among the Kiowas and Comanches several years ago who have not been heeded by private or public citizens.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 10, 1878.

O. P. Houghton made a final settlement of Emerson's estate.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 10, 1878.

A part of Houghton & McLaughlin's clothing has arrived. They have a fine selection.

Winfield Courier, April 18, 1878.

Commissioners' Proceedings.

Houghton & McLaughlin, pauper bill.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 24, 1878.

R. A. HOUGHTON will move his clothing to the store one door north of his present place of business, and before the close of the week will have a fine lot of fresh groceries that he expects to sell cheaper than he ever sold before. Rube has many friends, and will have a good trade.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 24, 1878.

JUST RECEIVED at Houghton & McLaughlin's: The largest, best assorted, and cheapest stock of boots and shoes ever offered in the Valley.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 1, 1878.

The friends of Thomas Mantor will be glad to hear that he is again in business, and will hunt him up to trade with him again. He can be found at the new grocery store of Houghton & Mantor.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 1, 1878.

NEW GROCERY. RUBE HOUGHTON and THOMAS MANTOR, under the firm name of Houghton & Mantor, have opened a new grocery in the second building south of E. D. Eddy's, and are offering goods cheaper than can be bought in any adjoining town in the Southwest. They have a fine lot of teas and coffee, and sugar that can't be beat in quality or price. Both are energetic men, and won't let you go off without a bargain.



For several months past we have turned our attention exclusively to the clothing trade. We now take this method of informing the public that WE WANT THEM TO UNDERSTAND That in addition to our stock of Clothing, Hats, Caps, Boots, and Shoes, we intend to sell GROCERIES! Cheaper than ever sold in Arkansas City before. We can do it, for cash, and make a fair profit. We ask all of our former customers and as many more who want bargains to try us once.

Our stock of Clothing is new, having been received only last week, and our groceries can't be beat. We offer you







Arkansas City Traveler, May 1, 1878.

FIVE WAGONS loaded with salt from East Saginaw, Michigan, drove up to Schiffbauer's grocery last Sunday, and we have noticed equal amounts left at H. Godehard's, Pierce & McLaughlin's, Hoyt & Speers', and Houghton & Mantor will soon have a like amount--and this, too, when salt just as good can be manufactured at Salt City, within nine miles of this place. Someone should engage in the business, as it would surely pay.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 1, 1878.

HOUGHTON & MANTOR will not be undersold by Winfield or any other town--don't forget it.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 1, 1878.

Houghton & Mantor's is the only place where you can get 8 lbs. white "A" sugar, 4 lbs. best coffee, and 4-1/2 lbs. good coffee for one dollar.

Winfield Courier, May 2, 1878.



Houghton & McLaughlin v. L. Maricle.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 8, 1878.

HOUGHTON & MANTOR, the new cheap grocery and clothing firm, have a new awning over their windows and door, and a rack to tie to, for the accommodation of all.

Winfield Courier, May 9, 1878.

District Court Proceedings.

The docket was called. The following cases were dismissed.

One of the cases dismissed: Houghton & McLaughlin vs. L. Maricle.

Excerpted from the following:

The Daily Winfield Courier, Saturday Morning, May 11, 1878.

Arkansas City Items.

Houghton & McLaughlin have a large line of Dry Goods, Boots and Shoes, Hats and Caps, Clothing, Notions, and are making a grand slaughter in sales and prices. This is said to be the best arranged and largest store in Cowley County.

Houghton & Mantor keep a good line of Groceries, Hats, Caps, Boots, and Shoes.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 15, 1878.

Court Proceedings.

[From the Cowley County Telegram.]

The following is a report of the disposal of the cases which have come up so far during this term.

Houghton & McLaughlin vs. Loudowick Maricle, dismissed.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 22, 1878.


Gentlemen, Houghton & McLaughlin will sell you best quality blue flannel suits for $13.50; a good blue fallen suit for $9.75--such as all older houses in the county sell at $16 for best and $12 for second quality. All other goods in our line at equally low rates.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 22, 1878.

New turnips, radishes, and lettuce at Houghton & Mantor's.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 22, 1878.

Our town at this time faithfully illustrates the lines of the Irish poet:

"The rich may ride in chaises,

But the poor must stay at home, be J____s."

During the past week some ten of our leading businessmen's wives have gone east and north to spend the summer: Mrs. O. P. Houghton, Mrs. J. L. Huey, Mrs. R. C. Haywood, Mrs. A. A. Newman, Mrs. H. P. Farrar, Mrs. M. Rexford, Mrs. David Thompson, Mrs. Ed. Thompson, Mrs. Wm. Sleeth, Mrs. S. P. Channell.

In about a month from now, what a rich harvest it would be for a traveling show to come along that had attractive female performers. The poor women that are left will have to confine themselves to such home pleasures as picnics and yachting up and down the river on Speers & Walton's elegant little steamer, while their more favored sisters are inhaling the cool breezes of Lake George and the St. Lawrence River, and feasting on codfish and New England herring.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 22, 1878.

REUBEN A. HOUGHTON, the popular grocery man, sold the two-story building adjoining Al Horn's shoe shop to ARTEMUS WARD PATTERSON, last week, to be occupied as a saloon. Artemus Ward Patterson has purchased some of the finest chromos of Dr. Loomis' stock, and will adorn the room in style.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 5, 1878.


We have quite a number of good improved farms which we will sell at a bargain. Call soon. HOUGHTON & McLAUGHLIN.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 5, 1878.

ANY ONE wanting a $90.00 sewing machine for $35.00, nearly new, on time, with good security, discount for cash. Inquire at O. P. Houghton.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 5, 1878.

HOUGHTON & MANTOR are selling 10 lbs. good N. O. Sugar and 8 lbs. A Sugar, and 4 lbs. best Coffee and 4-3/4 lbs. good Coffee for $1.00; best 60 cents. Japan tea for 50 cents, and good Japan tea for 49 cents.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 5, 1878.

GENTLEMEN, we will sell you the best all wool flannel suits for $10.50, and all wool blue flannel suits for $9.00. Don't fail to call and see our stock of Clothing which is all new and twenty percent lower then ever. HOUGHTON & MANTOR.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 5, 1878.

THERE were twenty-seven persons on the steamboat last Tuesday week. They were conveyed to the river in a wagon, and from the ford at Harmon's went to the large island about three miles below the mouth of the Walnut. The trip was enjoyed by all. A. A. Newman and R. A. Houghton unfortunately were tipped from the small row boat into the river while attempting to get on the boat.


Arkansas City Traveler, June 12, 1878.

List of Advertising Business Houses of Arkansas City

and Winfield.

Houghton & McLaughlin, Dry Goods, etc.

Houghton & Mantor, Groceries and Clothing.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 12, 1878.

HOUGHTON and McLAUGHLIN's cheap table always offers bargains.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 12, 1878.

$8.50 and $10.00.

A new lot of Blue Flannel suits at the above figures. $10.00 cash will buy the best, and all other clothing in proportion at Houghton & McLaughlin's.


Arkansas City Traveler, June 19, 1878.

WICHITA, KAS., June 7th, 1878.

While wandering through Cowley a short time since, took in Arkansas City as a matter of course, and I must say that I had no cause to regret the time spent in looking over your beautiful city. I found quite a different class of men from the other towns in the county. While the citizens of Cowley are fully up to the average, I look upon the society of Arkansas City as superior to any in Southern Kansas. The courtesy extended to the stranger by all indicates breeding and education. Your school building would be a credit to a much larger city. The neat looking homes with their well cared for yards, indicate real New England thrift and comfort, while the immense fields of grain surrounding show western pluck and enterprise.

I found a few of the old standby's that I knew years ago: Bob. Mitchell, Channell, Newman, B. B. Swarts, Houghton, and Walker. I missed our old friend Chamberlain; saw many new faces, but found all alike courteous and gentlemanly; quite a contrast with some other communities that I could name when the first questions are: "What's he worth?" "Can we use him?" The only stain I noticed was a licensed dram shop. What the good people of your city could be thinking about to permit such a disgrace, I cannot conceive. Financially it's the worst possible thing for you. Property is bound to depreciate, many of the class of people that you would be glad to welcome as citizens will make that an insurmountable objection, while the class that you don't want will increase.

I think the moral vein of the matter may be safely left in the hands of the clergy of your city, Messrs. Fleming and Hunt, as I believe them to be sound both in doctrine and practice, and will deliver to saint and sinner his portion in due season. I met many pleasant gentlemen during my short stay with you, and shall not soon forget your beautiful town and the country around it. Yours, etc. RAMBLER.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 19, 1878.


O. P. HOUGHTON received word from his wife in Sumner, Maine, this week, that their youngest daughter, Cora, was down with small pox, contracted on the train while traveling East.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 10, 1878.

GO to Houghton & Mac's and buy a pink grenadine at 10 cents per yard.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 10, 1878.

FOR BARGAINS of all sorts go and see the boys at the Little Brick, opposite the Green Front.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 10, 1878.

HOUGHTON & MAC, will sell you a nice Japanese stripe at 10 cents per yard.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 10, 1878.

See that job lot of hats at Houghton & Mac's, cheaper than you can steal them.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 10, 1878.

O. P. HOUGHTON arrived at Revere, Massachusetts, on Sunday, 31st of last month, and wrote that though his child was yet alive, there were little hopes of her recovery. In addition to this affliction, his wife has been taken with the same dreadful disease--small pox--and is lying very low. This is sad news, and our friend has the heartfelt sympathy of our entire community in this trial. That his wife may be spared to him and her family, is the wish of their many friends here.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 17, 1878.

The editor desires to thank Mr. and Mrs. Houghton, of Arkansas City, and Mr. and Mrs. Gallotti, of Winfield, for the sumptuous dinner with which he regaled himself at their tables. Though he didn't hide quite such a quantity as Standley and Gray, of the TRAVELER did, yet he did justice to the viands spread before him, and will long remember his hosts and hostesses with gratitude. Telegram.

Well, we didn't eat any more than we wanted, and we are sorry that you ate so much that you feel called upon to apologize.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 24, 1878.

We are glad to state that the wife and child of O. P. Houghton are almost recovered, and that if no more of his family are taken sick, they may be expected home in the course of a week or ten days.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 31, 1878.

HATS. Odd lots of hats at Houghton and Mac's from 1/4 to 1/2 what they cost.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 31, 1878.

HOUGHTON & MAC have just received an invoice of boots and shoes 25 percent cheaper than ever brought to this market.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 31, 1878.

CLOTHING. Houghton & McLaughlin have marked down their entire stock of clothing from 25 to 50 percent, in order to close it out and make room for a new stock. Go and see them. There are big bargains.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 7, 1878.

At the primary election last Saturday the following persons were elected delegates to the convention at Winfield next Saturday: J. H. Sherburne, Geo. McIntire, R. A. Houghton, George Allen, I. H. Bonsall, Jerry Tucker, and E. G. Gray.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 14, 1878.

OATS. Houghton & McLaughlin will take sound, clean oats in exchange for goods.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 14, 1878.

HATS. Odd lots of hats at Houghton and Mac's from 1/4 to 1/2 what they cost.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 14, 1878.

We will take wheat in exchange for goods.



Arkansas City Traveler, August 28, 1878.

Wellington is to have a street sprinkler.

Sumner County is contributing ten thousand bushels of wheat per day, to the Wichita market.

N. J. Dixon has purchased the interest of R. A. Houghton in the pioneer store at Caldwell, and becomes the successor to the late firm of Dixon & Houghton.

A train loaded exclusively with wheat leaves Wichita daily at 9 o'clock a.m.


Arkansas City Traveler, August 28, 1878.


One week from next Saturday, E. J. Hoyt, of the firm of Hoyt & Speers, will walk a tight rope stretched from the top of Houghton & McLaughlin's brick store to the green front building. He will also give some trapeze performances on the rope, and do various other things interesting and amusing. Joe has traveled with many circus troupes, and is an excellent performer. Come in and watch the fun, which is to commence at 1 o'clock, Saturday, September 7, 1878.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 4, 1878.


Next Saturday Joe Hoyt gives us a free show, walking a rope stretched from Houghton & McLaughlin's building to the green front opposite. Come in and see the fun, as it costs nothing.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 11, 1878.

Boots and Shoes.

Houghton & McLaughlin have now in stock a full line of Chicago-made, warranted men's, boys', women's, misses', and children's boots and shoes. We warrant these goods.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 11, 1878.

Houghton & Mantor tell the people this week that they have a new lot of clothing of the latest and best styles. Clothe yourselves for the winter.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 11, 1878.

O. P. Houghton had to go East to attend the funeral of his lovely child, and many others who have anticipated enjoying themselves by returning East have met with sorrow.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 18, 1878.

It was stated last week that the child of O. P. Houghton had died in Maine. Such was not the case and it will probably recover.


Arkansas City Traveler, September 25, 1878.

Arkansas City, Sept. 23rd, 1878.

Dear Traveler,

In company with R. A. Houghton, Wm. Sleeth, and Jas. Christian, your correspondent paid a flying visit to the ship yard on the west bank of the Arkansas River opposite the town, and there found Cyrus Wilson busily engaged in building a steam boat for John McClaskey and J. H. Seymour. The boat is intended to run between Arkansas City, Cowley County, Kansas, and Little Rock, Arkansas. The boat is a trifle larger than Aunt Sally. The ribs and hull are constructed of good oak lumber and will be a good substantial boat, 85 feet long and 22 feet beam. The hull is 83 feet by 16 feet on the bottom, and 85 feet by 18 feet on the deck, and with the machinery on board, will draw less than eight inches; the bow is not square like the Aunt Sally, but built with a "Model bow." Messrs. McClaskey & Seymour deserve a great deal of credit for rushing this enterprise as they have. Being men of limited means, they have shown true western pluck in taking hold and working out of almost nothing this boat, and the public should give them all the aid in their power to enable them to put on a good and serviceable piece of machinery.

Their intentions are to put on McClaskey's saw mill engine and load the hull with wheat and go to Little Rock and with the proceeds of the sale of the load of wheat purchase two good engines suitable for the work and finish the upper part of the boat down at some saw mill where good pine lumber can be had at reasonable figures.

I think it would be a good plan for the different parties holding wheat notes given to induce boat building to sign them over to Messrs. McClaskey & Seymour to apply to finishing this boat and make sure of having one boat at least on the river this fall.

Most all signing these notes would consent to their transfer to the first boat as that was the object in donating the wheat. Now is the time to push this work on to a successful issue and it should not be allowed to fail for want of means to finish the boat and put on board good powerful engines that will enable them to handle the boat in all stages of water. Bring along your wheat and put this work on a sure basis. I. H. B.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 25, 1878.

Now is the time to hand in your subscriptions to the McClaskey steamboat.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 25, 1878.

The Arkansas River bridge is completed and travel from the south is increasing.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 25, 1878.

The steamboat just being finished by McClaskey & Co. will soon be launched for Little Rock.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 25, 1878.


Now is the time to buy your Clothing cheap. Houghton & Mantor have just received a large stock of Fall Clothing cheaper than ever has been offered in Cowley Co. before. Good suits from $6.50 to $7.50 and $8.00. Do not fail to call and see them before you purchase.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 25, 1878.

NEW GOODS. Houghton & Mantor blockaded the sidewalk Monday with their late arrival of new groceries, clothing, boots, and shoes. The boys are doing a lively trade.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 2, 1878.

O. P. Houghton and S. P. Channell returned from the East last Friday afternoon, with their families.


Arkansas City Traveler, October 9, 1878.


Notice is hereby given that the partnership heretofore existing between O. P. Houghton and T. H. McLaughlin, is this day dissolved by mutual consent, O. P. Houghton continuing the business of said firm; and T. H. McLaughlin has the collecting of all notes and accounts due the firm.



October 9, 1878.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 9, 1878.


All persons indebted to the late firm of Houghton & McLaughlin will please call immediately and pay the same. T. H. McLAUGHLIN.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 9, 1878.

The store of Houghton & McLaughlin will be closed from October 8 to October 11, when it will be opened with a new and seasonable stock, to be sold Strictly for cash or its equivalent--so low! Oh, my! come and see. O. P. HOUGHTON,

Successor to Houghton & McLaughlin.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 16, 1878.

The largest boxes of clothing ever seen in this place are piled in Houghton's store.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 16, 1878.

RETURNED. Mrs. Newman, with her two children, Pearl and Earl, returned from a protracted visit to Maine last week, accompanied by her sister, Miss Hattie Houghton, who is gladly welcomed back by the many friends she made on her former visit to this place.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 16, 1878.

NEW GOODS. O. P. Houghton has opened out a large new and well assorted stock of goods in the store recently occupied by Houghton & McLaughlin, and offers the same at prices hitherto unknown. His stock is too large and varied to be described, and must be seen to be appreciated. Give him a call.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 16, 1878.


J. H. Sherburne, trader at the above Agency, commenced his building, 18 x 45 feet, on Monday last. He calculates to accommodate the travel on the road, and already has a good stable capable of stabling eight horses. He has engaged the services of R. A. Houghton as clerk, and if there is any trade to be done, these gentlemen will be sure to get a liberal support, as they will spare no pains to gain and keep the support of any who patronize them.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 24, 1878.


Having purchased the entire stock of



Of Houghton & McLaughlin, and added

a large and complete stock of

Fall and Winter

Goods, I am now prepared to offer them

to the public


at lower figures than they have ever

been offered before.


I will duplicate any bill bought in the

State (bankrupt sales excepted).


before leaving the store.

Call and Examine Goods at the Brick Corner.



Arkansas City Traveler, October 24, 1878.

The best and cheapest sewing machine in the world can be had at


Arkansas City Traveler, October 24, 1878.

O. P. sells goods cheaper than any man in the valley for pay down only.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 24, 1878.

FOR big bargains in winter goods, go to "O. P." at the


Arkansas City Traveler, October 24, 1878.

THE largest and cheapest stock of boots and shoes can be seen at


Arkansas City Traveler, October 24, 1878.


I'm sorry that some people are getting offended at my way of conducting business.

Now I have no old axe to grind or any special favor to grant any particular individual. But shall endeavor at all times to see that every man "rich, poor, black, or white," gets the full worth of his dollar, and will try and be as courteous and attentive as our crabbed nature will permit.

Call and see our goods and get prices. "Don't ask for credit." Respectfully,


Arkansas City Traveler, October 31, 1878.

BIRTH. Rube Houghton made a thousand dollars Monday night, or at least he thought he had when he was made aware that he was the father of another boy.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 31, 1878.


Some thieves came into town Monday night and stole one pair of boots, one pair of shoes, and a box of sweet potatoes from Houghton & Mantor, and relieved Lafe McLaughlin of a can of oysters and three pair of gloves. They then adjourned to Frank Schiffbauer's and helped themselves to a set of harness, curry comb, and brush. The men were seen in the early part of the evening, and will probably be identified.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 4, 1878.


I will pay the highest market price for all kinds of furs at the Brick Corner.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 15, 1879.

The dry goods trade at Houghton's store is simply immense. From morning until night it is one constant tramp and the way people carry goods from there for cash is proof that the times grow better.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 15, 1879.

We called on Houghton & Mantor the other day and found their store crowded with people purchasing dry goods and groceries. The boys are doing a good trade, and are very attentive to business. The store will soon be moved into C. M. Scott's building, formerly occupied by the Post Office. Give them a call.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 15, 1879.

I will exchange dry goods for good corn and wheat. O. P. HOUGHTON.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 15, 1879.

SPECIAL NOTICE. All accounts due us must be settled within the next thirty days. Do not forget it HOUGHTON & MANTOR.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 22, 1879.

The following were duly installed as officers of the Knights of Honor for the ensuing six months on the first Tuesday in January, 1879.

James Benedict, P. D.

S. P. Channell, D.

I. H. Bonsall, V. D.

Thos. L. Mantor, A. D.

O. P. Houghton, Chaplain.

T. H. McLaughlin, F. R.

E. R. Thompson, R.

Manson Rexford, Steward.

I. M. Ware, Guardian.

G. Mott, Sentinel.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 29, 1879.

R. A. Houghton, one of the traders at the Ponca Agency spent a few days in the city last week.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 29, 1879.

C. M. Scott is fitting up the old Post Office building, which will be occupied by Houghton & Mantor.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 5, 1879.

Steamboat load of boots have just arrived at Houghton & Mantor's which they are selling at Bed Rock prices. Lower than have ever been sold in Southern Kansas. Call and see them.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 19, 1879.

Dr. Loomis has removed the People's Drug Store into the Green Front, formerly occupied by Houghton & McLaughlin. He has a neat room and a fresh supply of medicines.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 26, 1879.

R. A. Houghton is up from the Ponca Agency.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 26, 1879.

We wish to call the attention of parents to a bad practice followed by some of the town boys. The window lights in the TRAVELER office, also the lights in the stores occupied by both Schiffbauer and O. P. Houghton have recently been broken by boys throwing shot from slings carried for amusement.

Winfield Courier, February 27, 1879.


Quite a number of changes during the past week.

Tom Mantor and Rube Houghton have dissolved partnership. Rube and Joseph Sherburne will now devote all their time, talent, and energy to the "noble red man," being traders at the Ponca Agency. Tom Mantor and Frank Speer have united their forces and will sell boots, shoes, clothing, and groceries at bottom prices at the old post office.

Old man S. J. Mantor and a young man from Michigan, W. M. Blakeney, have formed a partnership in the sale of groceries and feed.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 19, 1879.

W. D. Bishop has purchased the vacant corner west of Rube Houghton's and will build a residence this summer.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 19, 1879.

A new building for the Cowley County Bank is to be erected on Houghton & McLaughlin's corner lot, directly opposite the TRAVELER office.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 2, 1879.

Our Trip to Sac and Fox Agency.

Last week we made a trip to the Sac Agency, and met on our way many pleasant incidents. The first night after leaving town we stopped at the Ponca Agency where we found "the boys" of our acquaintance busy boosting the red man up the hill to civilization. Col. Whiteman was sick and we failed to meet him. Sherburne & Houghton are traders at the Ponca, and from the number of red blankets that hung on the noble sons of the forest, we conclude they are doing a good trade. Geo. Allen and Hank Nelson are drawing the brush in the schoolhouse, and giving cast [?] and complexion to the work.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 9, 1879.

From Ponca Agency through R. A. Houghton we hear that they are expecting the return of the runaway Poncas under guard. The Poncas will do their own breaking and expect to commence right away. They have been selecting their lands.

The school house is furnished with the exception of seats, and school will commence May 1st.

Agent Whiteman is going to build 60 houses for the Indians, work to commence immediately.

Some sickness, fever, and ague. Let our School Misses look out for positions in the school.


Arkansas City Traveler, April 9, 1879















Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 23, 1879



Stock always complete and prices low. Call and see us.


(Successor to Houghton & McLaughlin.)

New Brick Corner,





Entries begin to appear relative to W. S. Houghton..[SEE PAGE 86 FOR W. S. AND C. S. HOUGHTON, RELATED TO TOPLIFF.]


Winfield Courier, May 8, 1879.


C. R. Sipes, to W. S. Houghton, lot 22, blk 83, Ark City. $20.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 14, 1879.

R. A. Houghton, of Ponca Agency, spent a few days in the city last week.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 14, 1879.

Theoron Houghton, Miss Hattie Houghton, and Mrs. R. A. Houghton made a flying visit to the Ponca Agency, returning Monday evening.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 14, 1879.




Winfield Courier, May 15, 1879.


D. R. Meigs and wife to W. S. Houghton, lot 11, blk 68, Arkansas City. $250.

S. P. Channell and wife to W. S. Houghton, lot 24, blk 66, Arkansas City. $55.

W. M. Sleeth and wife to W. S. Houghton, lots 5 and 6, blk 142, Arkansas City. $40.

M. G. Troup, county clerk, to W. S. Houghton, lot 13, blk 69, Arkansas City. Taxes.

C. M. McIntire to W. S. Houghton, lot 11, blk 138, Arkansas City. $25.

Winfield Courier, May 22, 1879.


I. N. Fuller to W. S. Houghton, lots 15, 16, 47, 18, blk 66, Arkansas City. $80.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 28, 1879.

Real Estate Transfers.

Channell & McLaughlin to W. S. Houghton, lt. 13, blk. 69, Ark. City.

S. E. Hunt and husband to W. S. Houghton, lts. 14, 15 and 16, blk. 132, Ark. City.

T. McIntire and wife to W. S. Houghton, lot 11, blk. 132, Ark. City.

J. N. Fuller to W. S. Houghton, lots 15, 16, 17 and 18, blk. 65, Ark. City.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 28, 1879.

Theoron Houghton started for Wisconsin last Monday, where he expects to join his wife and go on a visit to Maine. He has our best wishes for a pleasant trip, and we know that he will return feeling that the New West has charms for him.

Excerpt from following article concerning Ponca Agency...

Arkansas City Traveler, June 18, 1879.

[Report by Editor Nathan Hughes on Visit to Territory.]

Under the supervision of Col. Whiteman, this tribe is gaining in livestock, the habits of industry are taught, and if undisturbed, in a short time will be an independent people. Sherburne & Houghton, the traders at the Ponca, are doing a good business, and with the addition of the Nez Perces, trade will be increased considerably. The loss of the interpreter at Atchison ten days ago is seriously felt by Col. Whiteman and the Indians. We met a number of employees at the agency, several who are residents of this town. On Sunday morning we started on our return, and with the cooling influence of a northwest breeze, our trip was a pleasant one.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 18, 1879.

Don't fail to call and see O. P.'s new Dress Goods for summer and get prices before making your purchase.

WE HAVE JUST OPENED a complete line seasonable Dry Goods, Ladies', Misses' and Child's shoes, which will be sold at "very close margin." O. P. HOUGHTON


Winfield Courier, June 19, 1879.

C. A. Horn to W. S. Houghton, lot 27, blk 83, Ark. City. $30.

Winfield Courier, July 3, 1879.


Janet H. Robinson and husband to W. S. Houghton, lots 25 and 26, blk 4; lots 17 and 18, blk 7; lot 7, blk 40; lot 18, blk 42; lot 11, blk 64; lot 12, blk 60; lot 2, blk 75; lots 5, 26, in blk 108; lots 12 and 13, blk 139; lots 3 and 4, blk 135; lots 19 and 20, blk 143; lots 4 qnd 5, blk 145; lots 3 and 4, blk 148, Ark. City. $320.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 30, 1879.

Rube Houghton took his family to Ponca agency last Saturday morning.

Excerpts from article re Arkansas City...


Arkansas City Traveler, August 13, 1879 - Front Page.


In the Chicago Commercial Advertiser of July 31, we find the following account of our thriving city.

They have not only an elegant high-school building, but one of the best city schools in Southern Kansas. They have a new model brick church that would honor a city of the first class. They have some fine commercial buildings, notably the Newman block, 22 x 100 feet, with O. P. Houghton's heavy general stock below and the elegantly finished and furnished Masonic hall, jointly occupied by the Blue Lodge and Chapter, above. The Channell & Haywood stone building, 24 x 100 feet, with basement, and occupied by Schiffbauer Bros., with general hardware, is in many respects the finest mercantile building in the valley. They have two hotels to be proud of. The Central Avenue House, recently remodeled and newly furnished, is run by W. R. Scott & Co., late of St. Louis and Quincy respectively, and is pronounced by good friends of mine as good a hostelry as one may find between Kansas City and the mountains. [Mr. Scott has lately retired from this hotel, and his former partner, Dr. Chapel, of Quincy, is now sole manager.--ED.] The old City Hotel is now undergoing remodeling and refurnishing, and will be put in first-class order by Mr. Cuyler, another Quincy man and a prime landlord. The Arkansas City TRAVELER, always a No. 1 journal under the management of Mr. Scott, has passed into the hands of Dr. Nathan Hughes, and is one of the best local journals in the south half of the State and, as of old, is quoted all over the Southwest.

[Since the foregoing was written, the Arkansas Valley Democrat, by C. M. McIntire, has made its appearance.--ED.]

They have recently opened a mail route between this city and Oklahoma, the center and coming city of the Indian Territory. They have an extensive trade with the posts and agencies of the "Nation," which is yearly growing larger.

O. P. Houghton has an immense stock of general merchandise, completely filling the lower floors of the Newman block, and has a trade of unusually large volume, reaching well into the Indian Territory. Mr. Houghton is the oldest merchant in this part of the county, has done a heavy retail and a large jobbing in staple goods, for several years, besides doing a government contracting business in flour, grain, and provisions, and livestock for the supply of the neighboring Indian agencies. He is one of the ranking businessmen of Southern Kansas, has done a grand work for this city, and is a man of great influence and business ability.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 27, 1879.

The "old reliable," with O. P. Houghton at the head, is rolling in the new goods this week. O. P. has ordered an immense amount of ready-made clothing of the latest styles from Eastern markets, and if you want something cheap, good, and nice, just hold off for a few days, until his stock is ready for inspection, and our word for it you can be suited.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 10, 1879.

O. P. Houghton's five and ten-cent counters are besieged by purchasers. It is a new thing in this country, and takes well.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 17, 1879.

Fred Farrar has been helping O. P. Houghton clear out his shelves and counters for the past few days.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 1, 1879.

R. A. Houghton, from the Ponca Agency, spent a few days last week with the old folks.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 1, 1879.

O. P. Houghton returned from Chicago last Thursday night.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 29, 1879.

O. P. Houghton is building an addition to his dwelling house.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 29, 1879.

Mrs. Rube Houghton came up from the Ponca Agency last week and her many friends will find her at her fathers.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 12, 1879.

R. A. Houghton, trader at the Ponca Agency, is spending a few days with his old friends.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 26, 1879.

Some Iowa men purchased Houghton and McLaughlin's tract of land, just above Whitney's.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 10, 1879.

The infant child of O. P. Houghton has been very sick, but is now gradually recovering.

Excerpts from item re church festival...

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 10, 1879.


COMMITTEE ON ARRANGEMENTS: Mrs. N. B. Hughes, Mrs. Huey, Mrs. A. A. Newman, Mrs. McClung, Mrs. James Benedict.

DECORATING TREE: Mr. and Mrs. Bonsall, Mr. and Mrs. Scott, Miss Eva Swarts, Hattie Houghton, Flora Finley, Angie Mantor, Ella Grimes, Mattie Mitchell, Kate Hawkins, Alma Dixon, Blanche Marshall, Emma Hunt, Susie Hunt, Mr. B. Matlack, F. Farrar, W. Gooch, Mr. Rose, G. Howard, B. Maxwell, W. D. Mowry, F. Hutchison, E. LeClare, L. Norton, Mr. B. Parker, C. McIntire.

PROCURING DISHES AND TABLES: Mr. and Mrs. O. P. Houghton, Mr. and Mrs. Lafe McLaughlin, Mrs. Sipes, Mr. J. C. Topliff.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 17, 1879.

R. A. Houghton is in town and says that he expects to be on hand and celebrate the arrival of the cars.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 17, 1879.

Miss Angie Mantor has returned from the Territory, where she has been passing a few weeks with her sister, Mrs. R. A. Houghton.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 24, 1879.

Bennett Chapter of Royal Arch Masons elected the following officers at their last regular meeting:

High Priest: S. P. Channell.

King: A. A. Newman.

Scribe: C. R. Mitchell.

Treasurer: O. P. Houghton.

Secretary: J. L. Huey.

Captain of the Host: J. I. Mitchell.

Principal Sojourner: Jas. Benedict.

Royal Arch Captain: K. Smith.

Master of 3rd Veil: Jas. Ridenour.

Master of 2nd Veil: C. M. Scott.

Master of 1st Veil: L. McLaughlin.

Tyler: George Russell.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 24, 1879.

Look! Look!! Don't forget to hand in that little balance you backed on bill of goods. We want all these little balances payed off before the new year. O. P. HOUGHTON.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 7, 1880.

R. A. Houghton made a flying trip to Caldwell last Saturday.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 14, 1880.

Mrs. R. A. Houghton and Mrs. J. H. Sherburne returned to the Ponca Agency on last Friday.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 28, 1880.

Mr. Ben Parker is lying dangerously ill at the residence of O. P. Houghton with pneumonia.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 4, 1880.

Mr. McConn and family arrived last week and will become citizens of our town. Mr. McConn intends to act as salesman in O. P. Houghton's store.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 4, 1880.

Wedding Bells.

GOOCH - HOUGHTON. Married on Wednesday evening, February 4th, at the First Presbyterian Church in Arkansas City, Mr. Wyatt Gooch and Miss Hattie Houghton, by Rev. McClung.

The groom and bride have resided in this city for several years, and have a large circle of friends. Mrs. A. A. Newman held a reception at her residence from 9:30 to 11:30, receiving a large number of friends from this city, Wichita, and Emporia. An elegant repast was served during the evening, and friends were coming and going until after midnight. This was one of the largest receptions ever held in this city, and was enjoyed by all.

The bride was beautifully attired in silver brocade, white satin, point lace, customary veil of Tulle, orange blossoms, and creatu [?] roses, six button kids, jewelry, and orange buds.

Groom: Customary black, button-hole bouquet, white kids.

First Bridesmaid: Miss Angie Mantor, pink silk and combined with Tarlton and Breton lace, six-button kids.

Second Bridesmaid: Miss Clara Finley, blue silk combined with white Tarlton and Breton lace, six-button kids.

Groomsmen: Will Mowry and Mr. C. Swarts, customary black, white kids.

Ushers: Mr. Sylvester and Mr. F. Farrar.


Father and mother of the bride, Weld, Maine, a dozen silver knives and forks, 1 dozen teaspoons, 1 dozen tablespoons, 1 dozen dessert spoons, and butter knife.

Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Newman, Weld, Maine, 2 silver dessert spoons.

Mr. and Mrs. A. A. Newman, elegant family Bible.

Mr. and Mrs. George Newman, Emporia, silver cake basket.

Mr. and Mrs. Fred Newman, Emporia, silver pickle castor.

Mr. and Mrs. R. C. Haywood, beautiful cut glass and silver berry dish.

Mr. and Mrs. R. Houghton, silver service.

Mrs. Kidder and Miss Nellie Jones, Emporia, silver pickle castor.

John Gooch, oil painting, clock, bracket.

Pearl and Earl Newman, 1 dozen solid silver teaspoons.

Miss Nellie Jones, Emporia, a set of glove, handkerchief, and jewel box, velvet and stain hand painted, hand painted locket.

Mrs. Storts, Emporia, Gypsy kettle.

Mr. and Mrs. O. P. Houghton, pair chromos.

Mr. and Mrs. T. McLaughlin, castor.

Mr. and Mrs. Eddy, pearl card case, bottle cologne, silver nut cracker. Bridesmaid and Groomsmen chromo.

Dr. and Mrs. Hughes, chess table.

J. C. Topliff, hanging lamp.

Mr. and Mrs. S. P. Channell, plant stand.

Mr. and Mrs. W. Benedict, satin lined case with pickle fork, butter knife, and sugar shell.

Mr. and Mrs. J. Benedict, silver pickle castor.

Dr. and Mrs. Kellogg and Mr. and Mrs. Sipes, silver cake and pie knife.

Dr. and Mrs. Shepard and Maj. Sleeth and wife, willow chair.

Mr. and Mrs. Huey, willow work basket.

Mrs. Farrar, hand painted necklace.

Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, bronze vases.

Miss Deming, Wichita, bronze bracket, 2 vases.

Mr. and Mrs. T. Mantor, hanging book case.

Mr. and Mrs. Bonsall, beautiful cut flowers.

From the Ushers, silver card case.

Mrs. Watson, bracket.

Mr. and Mrs. Howard, server.

Mrs. L. Finley, spatter-work tidies.

Miss Chamberlain, Kansas City, vases.

W. Mowry, carving knife and fork.

Miss Kate Hawkins, toilet mat.

Mrs. Campbell, real Irish lace. Dust pan, with this inscription, "Cleanliness is akin to Godliness."

A whip, an unknown friend.

Broom, with this inscription:

"And I hold, when on the land,

That a broomstick in the hand,

A remarkable conciliating tone implants,

And so do his sisters and his kuss-ins and his aunts."

Compliments of C. M. S.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 4, 1880.


Mr. A. A. Newman designs to bring to Arkansas City this spring the largest stock of dry goods that has yet been brought into the Southwest. The brick store now occupied by Mr. Houghton will be crowded with goods by Mr. Newman and the rooms in the basement in the rear of the TRAVELER office will be the sales room for carpets.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 4, 1880.


O. P. Houghton is building a large addition to the "Green Front," and will order a mammoth stock of dry goods and groceries from the East. The heavy stocks of dry goods and groceries that will be brought to this city this spring will enable our merchants to compete with any trade in the Southwest.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 4, 1880.

Mr. George Newman, the Merchant Prince of Emporia, and family arrived on last Tuesday morning's train to attend the wedding of Mr. W. Gooch and Miss Hattie Houghton.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 11, 1880.

School Report.

The following Report of the Public Schools of the city for the school month ending February 6th.


The best scholar of each grade is determined by examination and recitations.


A. Class: Frank Peek.

B. Class: Grace Houghton.

C. Class: Newton Lancaster.

Winfield Courier, February 12, 1880.

"Editorial Correspondence by Millington. We had good company last Saturday on the way up the railroad. Miss May and Mr. Robbie Deming were on their way home from the grand wedding in high life, at Arkansas City, of Mr. Gooch and Miss Hattie Houghton; Miss Minnie Capps, Miss Godfrey, Judge Martin, and Mr. Read Robinson were on their way to Wellington; and O. F. Boyle and wife were with us on our trip."

Arkansas City Traveler, February 18, 1880.

A gravel crossing has been put down over Summit street in front of O. P. Houghton's.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 18, 1880.


How is this, O. P.? The Emporia Journal says that "A number of Emporia people went down to Arkansas City to attend the marriage, on the 4th inst., of Miss Hattie, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. O. P. Houghton, formerly of Emporia, to Mr. Wyatt [Wyard] Gooch."

Arkansas City Traveler, February 25, 1880.

On Thursday and Friday next O. P. Houghton will move into his new quarters at the Old Reliable Green Front, where he will be pleased to see and entertain his friends and many customers on Saturday.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 3, 1880.

O. P. Houghton, the Old Reliable at the Green Front, is out with a mammoth new ad. this week. Having inspected the large stock and perfect assortment of goods displayed at the Green Front, we can truthfully say that the different lines of goods represented are large, the quality good, and the prices to suit the most "picayunish."



We have Enlarged and Refilled the Old Green Front, making the largest and most commodious Room in the City in which to display our Mammoth Stock of Dry Goods which will be complete in all lines. Our HAT AND CAP Department is by far the largest and best, "and of course the Cheapest," of any House in the County.


Of Shoes is now mostly in and can safely say is the finest and largest ever offered in the Burg. We have all Grades and Styles in BOOTS AND SHOES With prices to suit the pocket.


Well just come and see and be convinced that we have the largest and most elegant line and cheapest in the country. We have a separate department for our Clothing. Are also Agents for the well known House of Wanamaker & Brown, Philadelphia, for custom work, we guarantee a fit or no sale, we have over fifty samples to select from.

CARPETS: We will always keep a full line from the cheapest to the best, in the very latest designs.

Latest style in DRESS BUTTONS at the Green Front.

Choice line of Hamburg Edge and Laces of all kinds, and in fact everything you want can be found at the Green Front.

Remember we allow no Town or House to undersell us.

Call at the Green Front, inspect our Goods and get our prices. Respectfully,


Arkansas City Traveler, March 3, 1880.


We visited O. P. Houghton in his new quarters on West Summit street last Saturday, and found the arrangements very neat and tasty, and all hands busy waiting upon customers.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 31, 1880.

The stuffed hide of a full grown panther was brought into town last week, and is now on exhibition at Houghton & Speers' store. The animal was killed on Red Rock, some fifty miles south of this place in the Territory, and measured a few inches less than eight feet in length. This is the second one that has been killed in that vicinity recently.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 31, 1880.

NOW IS THE TIME to get your fruit and shade trees, as I am going to close out this week. Delivery ground south of Speers & Houghton's Store. T. BAIRD.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 14, 1880.

O. P. Houghton at the Green Front is doing a rushing business.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 5, 1880.

Boys' Clothing at HOUGHTON & SPEERS'.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 5, 1880.



Clothing, Hats, Caps, Boots, Shoes, and Gents' Furnishing Goods of every description. A LARGE ASSORTMENT of the latest and MOST FASHIONABLE goods in each department just received. Call and see our new SUMMER STYLES in Clothing, Hats, etc. We have a full line of BOYS' CLOTHING.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 12, 1880.

And now comes the "Old Reliable" house of O. P. Houghton, to the front, with a mammoth stock of everything that the heart could wish in the line of dry goods, notions, clothing, ladies' and gents' furnishing goods, ready made under suits, and ladies' linen ulsters, shawls, dress goods of every description of style, shades, and patterns, parasols, fans, trunks and valises; a splendid line of table damask, hosiery, hats and caps, boots, shoes, and slippers, rubber goods, jewelry, sewing machines, and horse wear.

Mr. Houghton has been engaged in mercantile business since the earliest days of our city and enjoys a reputation as a man of business, which insures him a continuance in the future of the patronage which he has enjoyed for so long in the past. We heartily commend all needing goods in this line to call at the "Old Reliable Store," where they will receive every attention at the hands of the able and polite corps of assistants employed therein.

Excerpts from article re cattle held in Indian Territory...

Arkansas City Traveler, May 26, 1880.


The Caldwell Post states that there are 40,000 head of cattle west of the Chisholm trail in the Indian Territory. The following herds, held east of the trail, south and west of Arkansas City, will swell the number to 60,000.

R. A. Houghton, on Bodoc: 150

In addition to these there are a number along the State line, and several herds in the Nation, the number of which we did not learn.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 2, 1880.

Capt. Sanford says O. P. Houghton either misrepresented things, or he isn't very well posted about the habits of Indians.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 2, 1880.

A chicken thief, while on a raid in O. P. Houghton's hennery last week, was surprised by the advent of the latter gentleman, and a lively time of "follow your leader" ensued, resulting, Tam O'Shanter like, in the pursued escaping minus his coat tails and hat. The ornithological kleptomaniac is well known, and has an appointment before Judge Bonsall next Saturday at 8 a.m.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 9, 1880.

The trial of Milton Fullerlove, for abstracting chickens from the hen house of O. P. Houghton last week, came off before Judge Bonsall, as per appointment last Saturday morning at 8 o'clock and resulted in a conviction. The "pullet rustler" was mulcted in the sum of $10 and costs, amounting in all to near $30. He now thinks chickens are pretty high living.


Arkansas City Traveler, June 16, 1880.



1. Giles Brothers & Co., Plaintiffs....$300.

2. J. L. Huey, Plaintiff...$26.51.

3. J. L. Huey, Plaintiff...$50.00.

4. Shepard & Maxwell, Plaintiffs...$48.00.

5. Houghton & Speers, Plaintiffs...$21.60

He was given until July 12, 1880, to settle.


Arkansas City Traveler, June 16, 1880.

DIED. The wife of Mr. Fairclove, who lives on Theoron Houghton's place east of town, died last Friday of paralysis, and was buried Saturday morning.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 23, 1880.

George Howard and Ben Matlack are going to the El Dorado of southern Sumner, Hunnewell, this week, the former with a stock of hardware from the firm of Howard, Rexford & Howard, and the latter will take over a supply of clothing and furnishing goods for Houghton & Speers. If there is going to be any boom over there, the boys are determined to reap the benefit while it lasts.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 14, 1880.

J. L. Huey will soon commence the erection of a brick building, 20 x 30, on Summit street between the Central drug store and Houghton & Speers' clothing store.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 14, 1880.

A number of the elite, among whom were Mr. and Mrs. Newman, Mr. and Mrs. T. H. McLaughlin, Mr. and Mrs. O. P. Houghton, Mrs. Matlack, Mrs. Gooch, and Mrs. Wheeler, went to Ponca Agency yesterday. The trip was in honor of Mrs. Wheeler, now visiting in this city.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 28, 1880.

Theoron Houghton, we understand, will open up a harness shop in the city in a few days. That's good. The more the merrier.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 28, 1880.

Theoron Houghton, who has been visiting his old home in Weld, Maine, for the past year, returned to this place last Saturday, looking much the better for his trip. Theoron will try "baching" awhile until his wife and family come out in the fall.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 8, 1880.

BIRTH. Born to R. A. Houghton and wife, Sunday, September 5, a pair of girls. Rube is happy now.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 8, 1880.

O. P. Houghton has just received a large stock of clothing and in connection therewith has an order department whereby one can select goods and have them made to suit. He has a splendid line of samples from which selections can be made.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 15, 1880.

DIED. On Sunday, Sept. 12, infant girl of R. A. Houghton and wife.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 6, 1880.

This issue contains the "ad" of O. P. Houghton, in which attention is called to his large and complete stock of fall goods of every description just received, and embraces everything in the line of dry goods, clothing, boots and shoes, hats, caps, and carpets that can be described. The stock is specially adapted to suit the fashions, and must be seen to be appreciated. The "Green Front" is the place to go if you want good goods, low prices, and a square deal.

AD: FALL STOCK FOR 1880. O. P. Houghton.

Dry Goods,

Hats, Caps,


Boots & Shoes,

Carpets, etc.

At the sign of the GREEN FRONT, noted for good goods, low prices, and square dealing.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 13, 1880.

That carpet exhibitor of O. P. Houghton's is the latest swindle out. It makes about two feet of carpet cover a large room. Go and see, believe and buy.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 13, 1880.

Theoron Houghton purchased a residence in the northwest part of town last week, and is now busy fixing up the same in readiness for his family, whom he expects home from the East in a few days.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 13, 1880.

R. A. Houghton & Co. have just opened the "Star" meat market on the west side of Summit street, where can always be found an abundance of every variety of fresh meat, chickens, etc. See their card in another column. This firm will pay cash for hogs in any number. Our old friend, J. I. Mitchell, manipulates the stock knife, which reminds us of the olden days.



West Summit Street, Arkansas City.

Has always on hand a supply of first class beef, mutton, pork, fish, and chickens.

Hides, pelts, and wool purchased. Cash paid for hogs.


Arkansas City Traveler, October 27, 1880.

Mr. Theoron Houghton will shortly open out a stock of saddlery and harness in the stone building lately vacated by Fitch & Barron.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 10, 1880.

Mrs. Al Newman and Mrs. Theoron Houghton returned to Arkansas City last Friday, after an extended visit in the Eastern States.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 10, 1880.

Houghton & Speers have just received a new lot of clothing, and have left Jerry Adams to run the store while they are off on a hunt in the Territory.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 10, 1880.

Hunting is all the rage now. Last Monday morning a party of six started out, consisting of Eugene Eddy and nephew, Mr. Charles Crosswell, son of ex-Governor Crosswell of Michigan, R. A. Houghton, Frank Speers, Charley Howard, and Mr. Worthley, a brother-in-law of the Howard boys visiting them from Maine. They will be joined at Ponca Agency by Joe Sherburne and Mr. George Reed, a relative of Mr. Sherburne who arrived from the land of Platisted [?] last Friday--the entire party expecting to return Saturday night. May good luck attend them.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 10, 1880.

Mr. Theoron Houghton has just opened up a large and complete stock of harness, saddles, etc., in the stone bank building on Summit street, where he is also prepared to do all kinds of fancy and plain work, having secured the services of one of the best workmen in the county. Farmers are particularly invited to call and examine his stock. See his "ad."


Just opened in the stone bank building by


Fine work a specialty.

Unknown if Frank Houghton is part of Houghton Family...

Arkansas City Traveler, November 17, 1880.

Frank Houghton found a galena lead in sight of town the other day, the ore from which, at a depth of fourteen inches, assayed 960 ounces of silver to the ton and over 50 percent lead. How is this for a tenderfoot?

The above is clipped from the South Arkansas Miner, published at Maysville, Colorado. Frank has friends and relatives here who will echo our wish that he has struck something that will pay him handsomely.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 24, 1880.

Messrs. O. P. Houghton, S. Matlack, and Joe Houston returned from a two-weeks' hunt in the Nation last Thursday. They are the banner sportsmen so far, bagging three deer, as well as a magnificent array of turkeys, chickens, and other small game.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1880.

Closing out sale at the Green Front.




To be sold at cost, and many articles much less than cost,

FOR CASH, at the


Within the Next Few Weeks.

Come one, come all, and secure a good bargain

while you have an opportunity.

I will exchange any part or all of the above goods for good sheep, young stock, corn, wheat, or oats, at their market value. Never before in the history of Arkansas City were such BARGAINS offered to the people as this, and probably never will be again.

Anyone looking for a good location in which to do a retail business, would do well to correspond with or consult the undersigned. Thankful to the many citizens for their very liberal patronage in the past ten years, I would ask for a continuance of the same during my closing sale. Respectfully, O. P. HOUGHTON.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1880.

On last Wednesday evening the following gentlemen were elected as officers of the Bennett Chapter No. 41, R. A. M., for the ensuing year: High Priest, C. R. Mitchell; King, James Benedict; Scribe, H. P. Farrar; Treasurer, O. P. Houghton; Secretary, James T. Shepard.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1880.

The public are invited to notice the great bargains which O. P. Houghton's closing-out sale offers to all, either by paying cash or trading stock, produce, etc. Mr. Houghton has been one of our best businessmen for the past ten years and is well known by all. While we regret that his health necessitates a change of occupation, we trust he will remain in our midst, and his many patrons can in no way better serve their own interests than by calling at the Green Front as soon as possible.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 12, 1881.

Houghton & Speers are probably doing the most flourishing business in the city now, with the stock of goods lately owned by Mr. Wilson. The goods were purchased at one-half the invoiced price, and are sold remarkably low. Look at their new advertisement in this issue and give them a call.



Having purchased the entire stock, we are now ready to offer to the public the

Bankrupt Stock

-at the-

"Solid Rock"

-Store, at-

One-Half the Actual Value

of the Goods, for



They will be sold at 25 percent less than the actual cost, in order to close them out. We have a large stock of Ladies', Gents', and Children's Boots and Shoes, Flannels, Jeans, Dress Goods, Cheviots, Ladies' Hosiery, Ladies' Cloaks and Skirts.


and in fact, everything you need, in the Dry Goods line. You cannot afford to miss this chance of getting goods at one-half their actual value.

Don't forget the place--at Wilson's

"Solid Rock"


Respectfully, HOUGHTON & SPEERS.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 19, 1881.

The Ladies' Christian Temperance Union of Arkansas City will meet at O. P. Houghton's residence next Friday, at 3 p.m. A full attendance is requested, as an election of officers is to take place.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 19, 1881.

Messrs. R. A. Houghton & Co. have sold out their meat market on the west side of Summit street to T. W. Park & Co., who will conduct the same in the future. The present proprietors will run the same in style, and aim to keep on hand everything pertaining to the business of a first-class meat market. See their card on the first page of this issue.

CARD: STAR MEAT MARKET. West Summit Street, Arkansas City.

Has always on hand a supply of first class beef, mutton, pork, fish, and chickens.

Hides, pelts, and wool purchased.

Cash paid for hogs. T. W. PARK & CO.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 9, 1881.

Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Houghton entertained a number of young people last Thursday evening at their residence in the north part of town, to the evident pleasure of those attending.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1880.


The names of the various committees having in charge the Christmas tree festivities to be held at the Presbyterian church, were handed in last week, but were unavoidably crowded out, and are presented in this issue, as follows.

Committee on Procuring Tree: Messrs. John Walker, M. B. Vawter, S. B. Reed, A. Gardner, R. Hutchison, C. L. Swarts.

Committee on Receiving Presents: Misses Clara Finley, Alma Dixon, Kate Hawkins, May Roland, May Benedict, Lizzie Guthrie, Mary Thomas, and Messrs. F. W. Farrar, C. M. Swarts, Dr. Vawter, Robert Maxwell.

Decorating Committee: Mr. and Mrs. Searing, Mr. and Mrs. Matlack, Mrs. Haywood, Mrs. Shepard, Mrs. Cypher, Misses Mary Parker, Angie Mantor, Carrie Benedict, Annie Norton, Mattie Mitchell, Linnie Peed, Flora Finley, Albertine Maxwell, Sadie Thomas, Linda Christian, Annie Hutchison, Mary Theaker, Emma and Susie Hunt, Ada Easterday; Messrs. E. G. Gray, W. D. Mowry, John Kroenert, J. D. Houston, George Howard, D. Cunningham, James Leonard, Will Peed, J. C. Topliff, Dick Chamberlain, Irving French.

Distributing Committee: Mr. and Mrs. Standley, Mr. and Mrs. Bonsall, Mr. and Mrs. Gooch, Mr. and Mrs. Sleeth, Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Mantor.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 6, 1881.

We strolled into the Harness and Saddlery establishment of Mr. T. Houghton last week and were much surprised to find the same literally crammed with new goods, just received from St. Louis, both in the shape of harness, fittings, collars, saddle trees, etc., as well as a very fine assortment of finished saddles. Mr. Houghton always has a good stock of home made harness and saddles on hand, and together with the fact that he employs none but skilled workmen, renders this the place to go to, whether for new goods or repairing.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 13, 1881.

BIRTH. Born to Mr. and Mrs. O. P. Houghton, in this city, on Friday, April 8th, a boy. At last accounts we are pleased to say both mother and child were progressing nicely.

Excerpt from article re inauguration of water works...


Arkansas City Traveler, April 27, 1881.

Messrs. O. P. Houghton, W. E. Gooch, and Maj. Sleeth have already laid the water into their residences, and as soon as the pipes are laid on other thoroughfares, a matter now under consideration, we think the expense of running the works will be more than covered by the amount paid for this privilege alone.

At this writing the tank, which has been gradually soaking, is full to its utmost capacity, in which condition it will in the future be kept.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 11, 1881.

The keeping of stock in the Indian Territory has, of late years, assumed quite considerable importance as a business, many of our best citizens being engaged therein. Among the Cowley County men now holding stock in the Territory, we may mention the following: On Red Rock and Black Bear creeks are Messrs. Eaton, Potter, Estus, Libby, Wiley, and Warren; while in other parts of the Territory are Houghton, Henderson, Nipp, Walker Bros., Berry Bros., Dean Bros., Shriver, and others.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 18, 1881.

Theoron Houghton is digging a well on his residence lots, in the west part of town.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 18, 1881.

Messrs. Houghton & Speers, last week, took a stock of clothing and gents furnishing goods to their store at Hunnewell, for the coming season's trade. Mr. Ben Matlack has charge of the establishment.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 18, 1881.

Mr. Parlin, of Maine, a cousin of O. P. Houghton, has been visiting in town the past two weeks, but expects to leave for his home today. We understand he has purchased stock, and will return before long.


Arkansas City Traveler, May 25, 1881.


That the stocks of Dry Goods, Clothing, etc., to be found at the store of A. A. Newman & Co., Houghton & Speers, O. P. Houghton, and Stacy Matlack cannot be equaled elsewhere in the county.

That if you need a nobby set of harness or an easy riding saddle, Theoron Houghton and John Mott can fill the bill in good shape.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 1, 1881.

The "Solid Rock" store of Houghton & Speers is well advertised by their new sign.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 1, 1881.

O. P. Houghton has put in a full line of groceries at the Green Front, in addition to Dry Goods, and invites all his friends to give him a call.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 8, 1881.

Theoron Houghton built that nobby set of harness for C. U. France.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 15, 1881.

O. P. Houghton traded the one-half of the Cowley County bank site to Messrs. Farrar and Sleeth for a house and two lots in the northwest part of town.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 15, 1881.

Theoron Houghton, our enterprising saddlery man, is having a bug run on harness for the Indians these days, having sold during the past week some 25 setts, and has orders now on hand for thirty setts more.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 15, 1881.

DIED. Sabbath morning, June 12th, 1881, at the hour of 2 a.m., Orrie, infant son of O. P. and Mrs. M. B. Houghton, aged two months and three days. The heartfelt sympathies of their many friends are extended to these parents, whose hearts are again saddened by the removal of another one of their little darlings; from the earthly to the heavenly home. Baby was a little sufferer, and for weeks the little life was almost imperceptibly stealing away, and suddenly, indeed, the end came at last.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 22, 1881.

R. A. Houghton returned from the Territory last Thursday, where he has been for some time attending to the rounding up of his stock. He reports quite a rushing time, but so far has not recovered his full number by some forty head. These, however, he thinks will turn up shortly.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 6, 1881.

FOUND. A leather pocket-book. The owner can have the same by proving property and paying for advertisement. Call on T. V. McConn, at O. P. Houghton's store.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 13, 1881.

An Indian train of over eighty teams have been in town the past week, having come after an outfit of new wagons, harness, freight, etc. Our harness man, T. Houghton, has been full of business of late, he alone having supplied them with forty-one sets of harness.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 20, 1881.

Mr. R. A. Houghton, who has been looking after his interests in the Territory for the past three weeks, returned to the city on Sunday last.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 20, 1881.

Read the new "ad" of the Green Front in this issue. This old and reliable institution, under the management of Mr. O. P. Houghton, is daily acquiring popularity as a place of business, and the stream of patrons constantly raiding the fine stock of dry goods, groceries, etc., there displayed are a living witness of the fact.


O. P. H.

Dry Goods and Groceries at O. P. Houghtons, at the Green Front.


Arkansas City Traveler, July 20, 1881.

O. P. Houghton and Rev. Fleming, of Arkansas City, accompanied by some Illinois gentlemen, paid our city a flying visit the other day; they, of course, took a bath and a square meal, and went home happy and healthy.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 3, 1881.

Messrs. O. P. Houghton and I. H. Bonsall have been under the weather with biliousness and malarial trouble, but at this writing, we are pleased to say, they are convalescing.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 7, 1881.

A dance was held at the Central Avenue Hotel last Friday evening in honor of Miss Julia Deming, of Wichita, who is now in the city, a guest of Miss Mattie Mitchell. Among the happy throng we noticed the following ladies and gentlemen.

Misses Julia Deming, Mattie Mitchell, Kate Hawkins, Lucy Walton, Mary Parker, Belle Cassell, Lizzie Wyckoff, Susey Hunt, Alma Dixon, Lilly Chamberlain, Ella Bowers, ____ Wouzo, Effie Tate, Mrs. R. A. Houghton, Mrs. C. R. Sipes, Messrs. S. D. Longsdorff, W. Cline, R. P. Hutchins, Chas. Hutchins, C. Swarts, ____ Ellis, A. H. Fitch, M. B. Vawter, C. C. France, C. Holland, C. M. Swarts, Chas. Swarts, C. R. Sipes, R. A. Houghton, J. Vawter, Ollie Stevenson, F. Farrar, and J. Kroenert, who merrily chased old Father Time till past the midnight hour.

Excerpts from a long article...

Arkansas City Traveler, September 14, 1881.

The farewell party, given by Miss Lillie Chamberlain at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Schiffbauer, on Tuesday evening of last week, was one of the grandest events of the season. The full moon shown down like an immense headlight, viewing apparently, with the many Chinese lanterns that were pendant from the surrounding trees, making the scene resemble that of fairy land rather than reality.

Members of Houghton family who participated:

Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Houghton.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 14, 1881.

At the primary meeting held last Thursday, the following gentlemen were elected as Delegates and Alternates to attend the Republican Nominating Convention at Winfield, on September 19th, 1881.


Capt. Nipp, G. H. McIntire, Cal. Swarts, C. M. Scott, Jerry Tucker, W. D. Mowry.


I. H. Bonsall, R. A. Houghton, Frank Speers, J. C. Topliff, R. L. Marshall, A. B. Sankey.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 28, 1881.

DIED. At the residence of his parents in this city, Thursday, September 22nd, 1881, Albert Edward, son of Mr. R. A. and Mrs. Sarah Houghton, aged 2 years and 9 months.

It is with feelings of peculiar sadness that we record the death of little Bertie. Not only was he a bright and interesting child, whose presence was a ray of sunshine in the home of his parents, the patter of whose little feet and childish prattle will be sadly missed by both parents, grandparents, and other friends, but his demise marks the falling of the pall of death over this happy home for the third time in a little over a year.

Two little sisters, lovely twins, passed away during the last autumn, and now little Bertie, too, is gone to the bright world above. . . . S. B. FLEMING.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 30, 1881.

O. J. Gould says he has rented the room now occupied by Houghton & Speers and will, as soon as those gentlemen vacate, seat the same, put in a stage and otherwise fix it up as a temporary hall, which will be a good enough thing for this season. Another winter must see Arkansas City with an Opera House equal to any in the Arkansas Valley.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 7, 1881.

The following named gentlemen were elected officers of Bennett Chapter No. 41, at their last regular meeting held in Masonic Lodge at Arkansas City, Wednesday, Nov. 30th.

High Priest: James Benedict.

King: James L. Huey.

Scribe: H. P. Farrar.

Treasurer: O. P. Houghton.

Secretary: W. D. Mowry.

Captain of the Host: C. M. Scott.

Principal Sojourner: James Ridenour.

Royal Arch Captain: Charles Hutchings.

Master of 3rd Vail: L. McLaughlin.

Master of 2nd Vail: J. R. Mitchell.

Master of 1st Vail: J. T. Shepard.

Tyler: George Russell.


Winfield Courier, December 8, 1881.

Ross Merrick has bought 80 acres more land of O. P. Houghton. This now makes him as good a farm as there is in the bend.

There is but very little more land for sale around here anymore.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 4, 1882.


The social event of the Holiday week was the masquerade party held at the residence of Mr. James L. Huey on Friday evening, December 30th.

Refreshments in the shape of many tempting kinds of cake, sandwiches, teas, and coffee were liberally provided. Music lent its aid to the other enjoyments which coupled with the many unique costumes, and the cheering hum of voices lent a charm never to be forgotten by those who were fortunate enough to take part in the festivities.

Houghton family members in attendance:

T. R. Houghton, Blazes.

Mrs. Nellie Houghton, Dreadnaught.

R. A. Houghton, Judge.

Mrs. R. A. Houghton, A Bride.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 25, 1882.

The following people of Intermediate Department of the Arkansas City Schools, were neither absent nor tardy during the past month: Flora Kreamer, Maggie Ford, Clara Ford, Grace Houghton, Lizzie Garris.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 25, 1882.

We had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Bisbee, father-in-law of O. P. Houghton, last week. Mr. Bisbee is a typical New England farmer, and our Western life is a revelation to him, but the country he expresses himself charmed with.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 1, 1882.

We are reliably informed that the building occupied by Houghton & Speers has been rented for one year to a gentleman from Kansas City, who will fit the same up in good style throughout and run as a billiard hall.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 8, 1882.

Messrs. Houghton & Speers have removed their stock of clothing to the building south of Wm. Rose's boot and shoe shop.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 8, 1882.

Judge James Christian and C. C. Holland have removed their law office to the building north of O. P. Houghton's store, and will occupy the same in connection with Mr. Harkins.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 8, 1882.

Notwithstanding the inclement weather of last Sunday, the rite of baptism by immersion was administered to Mrs. R. A. Houghton, of this city, and Chas. Weatherholt, of East Bolton. The ceremony took place at Harmon's Ford, on the Walnut River, during the afternoon.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 15, 1882.

Mr. T. R. Houghton is putting in an addition to his harness shop, the present building not being large enough for the wants of his ever increasing business.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 22, 1882.

HOME MISSION SOCIETY. The ladies composing the above Society met last Monday evening, at the residence of Mrs. R. A. Houghton, and elected the following officers for the ensuing three months.

Miss Susie Hunt: President.

Miss Annie Norton, Vice President.

Miss Mary Theaker: Secretary.

Miss Alma Easterday: Treasurer.

A meeting will be held at Mrs. J. T. Shepard's, Friday, March 31st, 1882, at which a full attendance is requested.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 29, 1882.

Mr. T. Houghton, our saddlery and harness man, has his new work shop, 20 x 22 feet, completed and everything in working shape. The improvement will enable him to work eight hands, and thus keep up with the immense amount of work he always has on hand.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 29, 1882.

Messrs. O. P. Houghton and A. C. Gould met with quite an experience while driving out to Mr. Gould's farm on the line south of town, last Friday. In driving over a rough place, Mr. Houghton, who was driving, was thrown from the buggy and the team broke into a run. Mr. Gould, in attempting to catch the lines, accidentally discharged the gun he was carrying, which didn't help matters with the team any, and he next did some lofty tumbling and alighted right side up on Mother Earth. The team ran for about 200 yards and stopped. By almost a miracle no damage was done either to life, limb, or property, and what at one time promised well for a tragedy ended in a comedy. Congratulations are in order.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 5, 1882.

Mrs. Rev. Fleming and Mrs. O. P. Houghton go today as delegates from the Ladies' Society of the Presbyterian church of this city to attend the annual meeting of the Ladies Foreign Missionary Society of the Presbytery of Emporia, held in Newton.


Cowley County Courant, April 20, 1882.


Houghton & Speers vs. Jas. Hardin, County Treasurer.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 10, 1882.

It is with pleasure we call the attention of our readers to the "ad" of Messrs. Shelden, Houghton & Co., which appears in this issue. This firm has always in stock the latest styles of Clothing, Hats and Caps, Ladies', Gent's, and Children's Shoes, etc. The also make a specialty of Stockmen's goods. Their store is located on West Summit Street, opposite the Post Office. Give them a call.




Shelden, Houghton & Co.,



Gents' and Children's Clothing, Hats, Caps, Boots and Shoes.



Arkansas City Traveler, May 10, 1882.

Nothing will more strongly illustrate the neat approach of summer than a look at the new "ad" of T. R. Houghton in this issue. Mr. Houghton comes to the front with a first class assortment of fly nets and lap robes in addition to the immense stock of everything in the harness line that fills his store. A new line of saddles, harness, whips, spurs, etc., just received, and all needing anything from a set of harness to a can of harness oil are invited to call. Stockmen are specially invited to look over Mr. Houghton's stock.














Arkansas City Traveler, May 17, 1882.

City Hall.

At last the prospects of Arkansas City's getting a Public Hall building is assuming a tangible shape. On Monday of this week a charter was filed in the office of the Secretary of State at Topeka to the "Highland Hall Company," of Arkansas City, with Messrs. H. P. Farrar, O. P. Houghton, G. W. Cunningham, C. Schiffbauer, and others of our leading citizens as charter members. The capital stock of the company will be $10,000, issued in shares of $10 each.

The location, plans, etc., of the building, of course, have not been finally decided upon, yet the edifice is to be of brick and stone with a basement, and ground floor 14 feet in clear to ceiling and a hall on second story 50 x 100 feet, and 11 feet in clear to ceiling. It rests entirely with our own people to push this matter to a speedy and successful issue. That it will be of incalculable benefit to the community we think no one will deny.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 31, 1882.

A Coffee and Cake social will be held at the residence of Mr. O. P. Houghton this evening under the auspices of the ladies of the Presbyterian church.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 7, 1882.

R. A. Houghton, who has been absent looking after his interests in the Territory for the past two months, returned to the city last week.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 7, 1882.

R. A. Houghton went to the Territory again today to tend to his cattle on the Black Bear.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 14, 1882.

Mr. O. P. Houghton returned from the Territory last Sunday, where he has been for several days looking after his stock interests.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 5, 1882.

R. A. Houghton and Tom Hill shipped five carloads of cattle from this place last week, for which they received the highest market price at Kansas City.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 19, 1882.

Mrs. W. E. Gooch and Mrs. R. A. Houghton will start for the Eastern States next week.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 19, 1882.

O. P. Houghton sold his farm on the line south of here to Mr. Baily last week for $1,200. This included all improvements.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 26, 1882.

Mrs. R. A. Houghton, Mrs. W. E. Gooch, Mr. and Mrs. Sherburne, Mrs. Eddy, and Mrs. A. A. Newman will leave tomorrow for the East.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 2, 1882.

200 head of mixed cattle for sale. Enquire of O. P. Houghton or N. W. Parlin.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 9, 1882.

R. A. Houghton and Frank Speers shipped four carloads of cattle to Kansas City yesterday morning. Mr. Houghton went with them, and will visit Maine before returning to this city.


Arkansas City Traveler, August 23, 1882.

Gun Club.

A meeting for the purpose of organizing a Gun Club in Arkansas City was held last Wednesday with the following result: J. B. Nipp, Chairman; J. G. Shelden, Secretary; O. P. Houghton, Treasurer; Frank Hess, Trap Puller; J. J. Breene, Trap Setter.

Motion that the committee on programme be instructed to state that the membership fee be $2.50; carried.

Moved that the club be governed by Bogardus Rules for trap shooting; carried.

Moved that the chair appoint committee on by-laws; carried. Committee: John Shelden, M. N. Sinnott, and J. F. Stedman.

Moved that each member pay his fees one week from this meeting; carried.

Moved that Stedman be appointed a committee of one to purchase trap; carried.

Moved that we adjourn to meet next Wednesday night.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 13, 1882.

If you want a real nobby harness, saddle, or anything in that line, Messrs. J. W. Pugsley or T. Houghton can fit you out.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 13, 1882.

Green & Snyder made the following sales of land on Monday last.

Eighty acres in East Bolton owned by R. A. Houghton to A. C. Crutchfield, of Waverly, Missouri, for $500.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 27, 1882.

R. A. Houghton, more familiarly known as "Rube," grasped us by the hand last Monday, he having just returned from a trip to his former home in Maine.


Arkansas City Traveler, October 11, 1882.

Mr. Greenabaum, from Waverly, Missouri, has moved into his new dwelling on the state line, on the property formerly owned by James Winchell. A Mr. Crutchfield, from the same city, is now erecting a dwelling upon the land which he purchased from R. Houghton. Both these gentlemen contemplate going into the stock business.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 25, 1882.

Mr. O. P. Houghton returned to his home in this city last week after a protracted trip to Arkansas, stock hunting we presume.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 25, 1882.

T. R. Houghton, at his old stand in the stone building on south Summit St., has just received an immense stock of harness, saddles, whips, robes, etc., to which he invites the attention of our citizens. Mr. Houghton understands his business and a visit to his establishment will result in profit to the purchaser.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 6, 1882.

We call attention to the "ad" of Shelden, Houghton & Co., which appears in this week's issue. From it our readers will learn that this firm are prepared to supply the best of clothing at the lowest possible price. Their stock is all new, of first-class quality and latest make. Seeing is believing, and a visit to this establishment will convince you of this truth of the above.

LONG AD: To all, to whom -THESE- Presents -COME- GREETING.

Are you aware that the holidays are very near?

It has been the custom, and 'tis very fit that it should be, for everyone to try to appear in their best on Christmas.

And how can one appear to better advantage oneself than fitted out with good, well-fitting and substantial clothing.

It is already acknowledged that Shelden, Houghton & Co. are selling the best grades of clothing, and more of them, than any firm in the city. This is the beauty of the thing.

The beauty of the thing for you is that we are selling the best goods and the best fitting goods for less money than they ever have been sold for before. We will guarantee satisfaction in every respect. Our suits range from $4.00 to $30 in price.

Our stock is complete and replete with the latest styles.


Do not buy until you have examined them.

Examine our goods in stock; question persons who are wearing our goods, and they will speak for themselves.

We have sold more overcoats than any house in town and still have a good supply.

Our stock of furnishing goods we are not afraid to compare with any ones'.

Shirts from 50 cents to $4.00.

We have the finest line of gents' ties and scarfs that you will find in the county.

Boots. Shoes. Hats and Caps in abundance, and at the LOWEST LIVING profit.

Look when you will buy where you may, we defy anyone to compete with our prices and goods. Respectfully,



Arkansas City Traveler, December 27, 1882.

Bennett Chapter No. 41, R. A. M., at its meeting last Tuesday evening, elected the following gentlemen as officers for the ensuing year.


WILL TRY FOR NAMES ONLY: J. L. Huey, A. A. Newman, L. McLaughlin, O. P. Houghton, W. D. Mowry, Jas. Benedict, J. Ridenour, C. Hutchins, H. P. Farrar. W. M. Sleeth, A. T. Shepard, N. W. Kimmel.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.

Mr. R. A. Houghton has severed his connection with the firm of Shelden, Houghton & Co., of this city and the business will be conducted in the future by Messrs. Shelden & Co. See notice of dissolution elsewhere in this issue.


Notice is hereby given that R. A. Houghton has this day sold out his interest in the firm of Shelden, Houghton & Co., and the business henceforth will be conducted by Messrs. Shelden & Speers, by whom all the accounts of the late firm will be settled.

Shelden, Houghton & Co.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

The old reliable Green Front has changed hands.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

We call attention to the new "ad" of W. B. Kirkpatrick, who has bought Mr. O. P. Houghton's store, and will open out a stock of dry goods, groceries, clothing, etc., at the old reliable Green Front on Saturday next, at prices that can't be beat. Give him a call.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 31, 1883.

Mr. O. P. Houghton, one of Arkansas City's pioneer merchants, has just sold out his entire stock to Mr. W. B. Kirkpatrick, who will continue the business at the old stand. While regretting to lose Mr. Houghton, we cordially welcome Mr. Kirkpatrick to our city.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.

We call attention to the new "ad" of W. D. Kirkpatrick in this issue. Mr. Kirkpatrick will be found at O. P. Houghton's old stand, and he invites all the old patrons of the Green Front and one thousand new ones to give him a call, and promises to do you good. Give him a trial.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 7, 1883.


Having Purchased the Stock of O. P. Houghton, I wish to inform the Public that I propose to Sell Goods on the Cash System and will make it to your interest to call and get prices. We have no BAD DEBTS to make up, and propose to give our customers the benefit of our discounts, also wish to see all of O. P. Houghton's OLD CUSTOMERS, AND ONE THOUSAND NEW ONES. Having once traded with me, I know you will come again. The Old Clerks Retained. Give me a Trial and see if I cannot do you Good.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 21, 1883.

Notice. TO WHOM IT MAY CONCERN. This is to give notice to my friends and late patrons that I have sold out my business to W. B. KIRKPATRICK, for whom I solicit your patronage. Also, all those knowing themselves indebted to me, either my note or account, will greatly oblige by calling and settling the same at once, thereby showing an appreciation for favors received. Very Respectfully, O. P. HOUGHTON.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 28, 1883.

We call attention to the new advertisement and special notices of Messrs. Shelden & Speers which appears in this issue and would advise our readers to give the same careful consideration. This firm keep nothing but first-class goods and sell the same at prices to suit all. Call and see them.

Ad. Ladies Attention! We are now closing out our stock of Ladies', Misses', and Children's Shoes at cost. Shelden & Speers.

Ad. STOCKMEN'S HEADQUARTERS. SHELDEN & SPEERS, SUCCESSORS TO SHELDEN, HOUGHTON AND CO. Desire to call attention to their line of 1883. SPRING STYLES IN CLOTHING. GENT'S FURNISHING GOODS, BOOTS AND SHOES, HATS, CAPS, etc. Special line of Stockmen's Goods. Arkansas City, Kansas.

Unknown whether Houghton listed below is related to Houghton family...


Arkansas City Traveler, March 28, 1883.

[From Barbour County Index.]

O. Thompson, who is holding cattle with Greever, Houghton & Co., came in from his home at Liberty, Missouri, Wednesday. After the stock meeting, he will try the waters of the Cimarron for awhile.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 4, 1883.

T. R. Houghton has purchased several lots in block 131 in this city, which he will shortly improve with a view to erecting a residence.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 4, 1883.

Mr. R. A. Houghton is building an addition to his residence in the northeast part of town, which will add greatly to its appearance and convenience.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 18, 1883.

Mr. R. A. Houghton's addition to his residence is now completed, and consequently gives this gentleman one of the most commodious homes in the city.


Winfield Courier, April 26, 1883.


1666. Houghton & Speers v. James Harden, Co. Treas.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 9, 1883.

T. R. Houghton comes to the front this week with a new advertisement in which he announces that he has in stock a large assortment of dusters, summer robes, fly nets, etc., and everything else in summer goods in his line.


Arkansas City Traveler, August 15, 1883.

R. A. Houghton ships three car loads of cattle to Kansas City today.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 15, 1883.

Harry Guenther, employed as cook at R. A. Houghton's cattle camp, had the misfortune to break his collar bone last week, his horse stumbling and falling on him. Good medical attendance is bringing him around all right.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 22, 1883.

R. A. Houghton returned from Kansas City last week, where he reports having sold his cattle at good figures.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 5, 1883.

The attention of our patrons is called to the fact that our harness man, T. R. Houghton, has now in stock a large assortment of the celebrated "Horse's Friend" collar, which is the latest thing in its way now in the market. Read his ad and then call and examine.



Arkansas City Traveler, September 26, 1883.

The new house being put up by Mr. T. R. Houghton will be for rent when completed.


Arkansas City Traveler, September 26, 1883.


12. Houghton & Speers vs. James Harden, County Treasurer.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 26, 1883.

Our harness man, T. R. Houghton, has received a full line of horse blankets and other winter goods.


Arkansas City Traveler, October 3, 1883.


Houghton & Speers vs. James Harden, county treasurer.

Excerpt from article...


Arkansas City Traveler, October 10, 1883.

The stock in the Highland Hall company, which was at first held by nearly all our businessmen, is now owned by some twelve or fifteen parties; the heavier owners being Messrs. J. L. Huey, H. P. Farrar, T. H. McLaughlin, W. M. Sleeth, Stacy Matlack, O. P. Houghton, J. B. Nipp, Schiffbauer Bros., and J. T. Shepard. The other stockholders, and the citizens in general, have never let their interest flag in this enterprise from the first up to last Saturday night, when the opera house was thrown open for its initial entertainment, and the pride and joy in this valuable acquisition to our city is universal.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 17, 1883.

Mr. W. B. Kirkpatrick of the Illinois cash store has made arrangements with Mr. O. P. Houghton by which he secures the latter gentleman's services in his store for the winter months. Mr. Houghton's many old friends will be glad to welcome him once more at his old stand. We are sure the gentleman will retain the popularity he has gained in the past history of our city.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 24, 1883.

Mr. Leonard is putting up quite a commodious residence in the northwest part of town adjoining the residence lots occupied by Mr. T. R. Houghton.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 24, 1883.

Women suffrage has gained quite a foothold among our ladies, since the very forcible presentation of the cause by Mrs. Gougar last week. An organization has been completed, and meetings are held Wednesday afternoon of each week at the residence of Mrs. O. P. Houghton, president of the society, their proceedings being chronicled by the efficient secretary, Miss Fowler. We wish them every success, and hope they will not weary in well doing. In another column is a notice of their next meeting.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 24, 1883.

The Women's Suffrage society of Arkansas City will meet at the residence of Mrs. O. P. Houghton, on Wednesday, October 31, at 3 o'clock p.m. All members of this organization, and any wishing to identify themselves with it, are urgently requested to be present.


Arkansas City Traveler, November 14, 1883.

Telephonic. Last week the TRAVELER spoke of a number of new telephones to be put in this week, and of the effort to have a line run to Ponca Agency. In this issue we wish to present the claims of the latter line to the citizens of Arkansas City. It is simply a question of business to the merchants of this city. Mr. P. W. Bossart, superintendent of the Kansas division, and who is expected here daily, says that Hunnewell is alive to the importance of connecting the agencies and cattle ranches south of us with some trading point in the state, and is doing her best to raise the necessary funds. Now the town that gives the most assistance to this project is the town that will reap the greatest benefit. The immense advantages thereby resulting to the agency and stockmen are self-evident, and that the Territory people will throw all the trade possible into the city thus reaching out for a closer connection is the only natural conclusion. There is no doubt that Arkansas City can raise more money and receive more support at the hands of Territory residents than any other border town. Mr. J. H. Sherburne, the trader at Ponca, has offered to give $500 to such an enterprise, and we may safely count on a liberal subscription from the various cattlemen around that section whose business interests are connected with those of Arkansas City. This should be met with a corresponding liberality on the part of our businessmen, which will insure telephonic connection with various points in the Indian Territory. A line to Ponca Agency means connection with Willow Springs, Ponca, Otoe, Nez Perce (and in a very short time, Pawnee), the cattle ranches of such men as Sherburne, J. N. Florer, R. A. Houghton, the Dean boys, and others whose interests are identical with ours, besides the various new instruments which will be ordered for parties in town wishing connection with those points. But we must work for this thing, or Hunnewell will step in ahead of us, and we will see the importance of it too late.

Get this enterprise on a business basis, and the telephone company will doubtless make a proposition to the Territory people by which they may lease the line, have their own central office at Ponca, and manage the business for themselves. This can be done, and it will be done. It is only a question of a very short time. Besides forever holding the trade we already have in this direction, it will bring to our doors a large increase in revenue. Let Arkansas City merchants display their wisdom and business sagacity by taking hold of this enterprise and carrying it to a successful issue.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 6, 1884.

BIRTH. Born to the wife of R. A. Houghton, on Friday, February 1, a daughter. Rube shows his pride and happiness in every movement.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 6, 1884.

It is almost impossible to get a brand for stock different from any other brand. In looking over the Northwestern Live Stock Journal, published at Cheyenne, Wyoming Territory, we notice Pink Fouts' "F" brand on the horses up there; R. A. Houghton's hat brand, and Drury Warren's boot brand on the sides of steers that range on the Sweet Water. Every letter in the alphabet and almost every figure is represented somewhere, besides houses, bells, scissors, keys, etc. Some are branded with but a dot, while others are branded all over. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, in New York, sent a committee to Texas recently to try to license the stockmen to adopt some other mode of marking stock, but the old burning principle is held to still.

Arkansas City Republican, February 16, 1884.

If you want the boss saddle, go to T. R. Houghton's. He has them.

Arkansas City Republican, February 16, 1884.

The best Horse Collar in the market is the Patent Spooner Collar. T. R. Houghton keeps them.

Arkansas City Republican, February 16, 1884.


Dealers in DRY GOODS, CLOTHING, Carpets, Boots, Shoes, Groceries and Notions. Our spring stock is now arriving. You will always find goods just as represented, and prices the very lowest.

Please call and examine our stock before purchasing.


Arkansas City Republican, February 16, 1884.


Just received in all grades, at Green Front. Houghton & Kirkpatrick.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 20, 1884.

Read the special notice of Houghton & Kirkpatrick in this issue.

100 Odd Coats to be sold at one-half their actual value. They must and will be sold.

Houghton & Kirkpatrick.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 20, 1884.

Notice the change in the "ad" of the old reliable Green Front dry goods and grocery store.

GREEN FRONT. Full line of Carpets! -at- Houghton & Kirkpatrick's Green Front.

C. S. Houghton [SEE PAGE 86]...

Arkansas City Traveler, February 20, 1884.

Mr. C. S. Houghton, a relative of Postmaster Topliff, from Boston, is out upon a visit to Southern Kansas for his health. We hope the trip may have the desired result.

Note that the following is Mrs. O. P. Houghton...

Arkansas City Traveler, February 20, 1884.

The suffrage society of this city will meet this afternoon with the president, Mrs. M. B. Houghton, at 2:30 o'clock. The active members of this order are requested to make a special effort to be present at this meeting, as there is society business of some importance to be attended to.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 20, 1884.

Commercial Building Association.

The above is the name of a new stock company formed in this city last week, the charter members of which are M. S. Hasie, George E. Hasie, W. M. Sleeth, H. P. Farrar, A. A. Newman, T. H. McLaughlin, George W. Cunningham, and T. R. Houghton. The immediate object of this company is the erection of a building on Summit street, just south of Cunningham's new implement house, 125 feet front, 132 feet deep, and three stories high. The TRAVELER mentioned last week the fact that the Messrs. Hasie were to put up a commodious business structure, and when these gentlemen showed the design of their building to the gentlemen directly interested in the lots, and the suggestion was made that one solid block be built, the plan at once commended itself to all parties as one in keeping with the growth of our city. We have seen the plans for Messrs. Hasie's part of the block, and must say they are very elaborate. It is of the style now most generally adopted by the San Francisco builders, known as the bay front style, above the first story. On the second story front are three bay windows, the center one square and the side windows octagonal. The front and rear of the first story will be almost entirely of glass, in order to get sufficient light to accommodate the great length. The height of the first story from ceiling to floor will be seventeen feet, the second fourteen, and the third twelve, and a ten foot basement runs the entire length. This will doubtless be the style adopted for the complete block, which, taken with the admirable interior arrangements, will make the Commercial and Hasie blocks the finest in Southern Kansas. The enterprise of the eight gentlemen comprising the Commercial Building Association speaks loudly to their credit, and will be a sure means of profit to themselves, not to mention the advantage accruing to the city in the way of advertising its business vim and prosperity.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 20, 1884.

It is with pleasure we note Mr. O. P. Houghton, one of our veteran merchants, at his old stand in company with Mr. W. B. Kirkpatrick. These gentlemen are live energetic businessmen who can and will meet all opposition in their line. Their stock of dry goods, clothing, carpets, and fancy and staple groceries is large and well assorted, and the old patrons of the Green Front and public generally are requested to give them a call.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 20, 1884.

Just Received. A mammoth stock of boots and shoes at the Green Front. Houghton & Kirkpatrick.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 20, 1884.

100 Odd Coats to be sold at one-half their actual value. They must and will be sold. Houghton & Kirkpatrick.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 23, 1884.


Brown & Lockwood

Has the largest and Finest Stock of Leather in the city, and has reduced the price of SEWED BOOTS from $12 to $11.

All kinds of repairing done and work guaranteed satisfactory. Call and see us, one door north of Houghton's Harness Shop.

Arkansas City Republican, February 23, 1884.

The Commercial Building Association.

On the 20th of this month, the Commercial Building Association of Arkansas City, Kansas, sprang into existence. Its incorporators: M. S. and Geo. E. Hasie, A. A. Newman, W. M. Sleeth, H. P. Farrar, T. H. McLaughlin, T. R. Houghton, and G. W. Cunningham. At the first meeting Geo. E. Hasie was elected president, and H. P. Farrar, secretary and treasurer. The first work of the association will be the erection of a building 75 feet in frontage, 132 feet in depth, and three stories high, between the business houses of the Hasie Bros., and G. W. Cunningham. In connection with the storeroom of the Hasie Bros., this will make the finest building in our city. The two structures--the association's and the Messrs. Hasie's--will form one solid building 125 feet in frontage, 132 feet in depth, and three stories high. This enterprise displays the energy of our businessmen and the importance, to capitalists, of our rapidly growing city.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 27, 1884.

A new departure in the way of entertainments will be the "kettle-drum" next week at the residence of Mrs. O. P. Houghton.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 27, 1884.

Mr. Gilbert's polled bulls have come on, and are being held in Newman's pasture on the Arkansas River near this place. They are beauties. Rube Houghton expects to have a couple of car loads of the same kind here soon.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 27, 1884.

There will be a "kettle-drum" held at the residence of Mrs. O. P. Houghton on Friday of next week--March 7. If there is anything that is especially entertaining, instructive, and profitable, it is a kettle-drum, and as the price of admission will only be fifteen cents, there is no reason why the house should not be filled. We will particularize next week. In the meantime the average citizen may speculate as to the exact nature of a kettle-drum.

Winfield Courier, February 28, 1884.

Capt. C. M. Scott was in the city Friday with Chiefs Joseph and Yellow Bull, of the Nez Perce Indians. They were here for the purpose of perfecting a lease to R. A. Houghton for 75,000 acres of their land. The lease was for ten years and for a consideration of $2,000 per year. It will make a pasture capable of holding 4,000 head of cattle.

Notice that T. R. and W. S. Houghton signed...

Arkansas City Traveler, March 5, 1884.

Stockholders of the Commercial Building Association, Arkansas City.

This association, of which we gave particulars in a former issue, is now in readiness for active work, all its shares being taken, as will be seen by the following list of stockholders.

Name, Shares, Amount.

Geo. E. Hasie, 20, $2,000

M. S. Hasie, 20, $2,000

A. A. Newman, 20, $2,000

G. W. Cunningham, 20, $2,000

H. P. Farrar, 20, $2,000

W. M. Sleeth, 20, $2,000

T. R. Houghton, 20, $2,000

J. L. Huey, 20, $2,000

T. H. McLaughlin, 10, $1,000

F. J. Hess, 5, $500

J. C. Topliff, 5, $500

W. S. Houghton, 5, $500

Kimmel & Moore, 5, $500

Howard Bros., 5, $500

A. J. Chapel, 5, $500


Arkansas City Traveler, March 5, 1884.

The "kettle-drum," of which mention was made last week, will be held at the residence of Mrs. O. P. Houghton on next Tuesday evening, instead of Friday evening, as was at first announced. The postponement was made because of an entertainment at the opera house on next Friday night. At this kettle-drum there will be a short but select programme of readings and music, and refreshments will be served for those wishing the same. There will be no general charge for admission, but the trifling sum of fifteen cents will be levied upon those taking refreshments, simply to cover incidental expenses. That a most enjoyable time will be the lot of those who attend goes without saying, and we trust this new departure may result most satisfactorily to all parties. Such gatherings are common in the east, and have become so popular that the old-time socials have given way to the more enlivening kettle-drum of the present day.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 12, 1884.

A New Lease. Mr. R. A. Houghton, of Arkansas City, has succeeded in securing a lease from the Nez Perce Indians, their entire reservation situated on the Cherokee Strip, for a term of ten years. The reservation is 12 miles square, and one of the best watered and grassed ranges in the Territory. The annual rental is about 2-1/2 cents per acre. Mr. Houghton has a bonanza in this range, and we wish him success. He has about 2,500 cattle on the range now and will place a lot more on it during the summer. He will try the Galloway mulleys a turn and see what the result will be on the beef part of his herd. Caldwell Journal.

Arkansas City Republican, March 15, 1884.

The "Kettle-drum," held at the residence of Mrs. O. P. Houghton, in this city Tuesday evening last, was a success. This spacious and pleasant home was filled with as jolly, good-humored, and social a company as our city affords, and the mission of each one seemed to be to contribute to make this a pleasant and profitable gathering. The host and hostess spared no pains to make their guests feel at home, and great credit is due the managers. Mr. Geo. E. Hasie, having been a "drummer-boy" during "the late unpleasantness," led off the entertainment with the muffled beats of the "Kettle-drum." Miss Medbury and others discoursed some very artistic and pleasant music. Several recitations by Mr. Hasie and others brought down the house and contributed very much to the pleasure of the evening. Substantial refreshments were served, and the fancy table displayed many specimens of the ladies' handwork, both useful and ornamental. The young ladies succeeded in adorning almost every guest with a beautiful bouquet; eminently suggestive of the fact, that "spring is coming." The ladies netted the handsome sum of $30 to help their good work. Altogether it was a most enjoyable affair and may there be many more like it. OBSERVER.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 19, 1884.

Osage Live Stock Association.

At the meeting of the Cherokee Strip Live Stock Association at Caldwell, last week, the lessees of the Osage, Ponca, and Nez Perce reservations met at the Southwestern Hotel and organized the Osage Live Stock Association. Mr. Crane, of Independence, was chosen president of the association and W. J. Pollock secretary. The following cattle firms were represented.

1. Florer & Pollock.

2. Hewins & Titus.

3. Crane & Larimer.

4. Waite & King.

5. Carpenter & Leahy.

6. Soderstrom & Shoals.

7. Osage Brown & Son.

8. Joe Hurd.


9. T. J. Gilbert & Co., Kaw Reservation.

10. R. A. Houghton, Nez Perce Reservation.

11. J. H. Sherburne, Ponca Reservation.

This association will work in harmony with other organizations of the same kind, yet it shall be a distinctive body. It is their intention to admit the Indian cattle owners into membership, giving them all the benefits and protection enjoyed by their white brethren. Nothing further than an organization was accomplished at this meeting, when they adjourned to meet again on Saturday, May 29, at Osage Agency. The men comprising this association are each and all large cattle owners, are men of influence and wealth, of enterprise and business acumen, and we doubt not that the Osage Live Stock Association will soon rank as high and favorably as does its sister, the Cherokee Strip Live Stock Association. Success to it.

Do not know who "H. Houghton" is...

Arkansas City Republican, March 22, 1884.

Mr. H. Houghton passed a few days in the city this week.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 2, 1884.

R. A. Houghton received the last car of wire for fencing his range last week and immediately made arrangements for stringing the same on the posts.

Petition signed by many, including Houghton...

Arkansas City Republican, April 5, 1884.

Hon. A. J. Pyburn: Though aware of your repeated refusal to become a candidate for any office; and the determination to devote your time to your profession, and although cognizant of the fact that an election and acceptance would involve to a certain extent the sacrifice of personal interests, yet we request and urge that you permit your name to be used in nomination for the position of mayor of Arkansas City, feeling as we do, that in your election, you will represent the whole people regardless of politics, issues, or business, and have only at heart the best interests of the place, and welfare of the citizens.

One of those who signed petition: O. P. Houghton.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, April 9, 1884.





4. C. M. SCOTT.

5. J. N. FLORER.

6. N. W. PARVIN.





NOTE: R. A. HOUGHTON SHOWS...Postoffice address: Arkansas City, Kansas, OR, C. C. ENDICOTT, range manager, Oakland Agency, Indian Territory. Range on the Nez Perce reservation. OODLES OF BRANDS!

Arkansas City Traveler, April 9, 1884.

Look out for the large and elegant stock of new spring goods of every description just received by Houghton & Kirkpatrick.

Article does not identify which Houghton was in party...could be C. S. Houghton, who was a relative of Topliff.

Arkansas City Republican, April 12, 1884.

Rev. J. O. Campbell and Miss Grace Medbury, F. J. Hess and Miss May Johnson, J. C. Topliff and Miss Viola Walton, and Mr. Houghton and Miss Ella Love spent several days in the Territory this week, visiting the different agencies.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 16, 1884.

A jolly quartette of couples, composed of J. C. Topliff and Miss Walton, Rev. J. O. Campbell and Miss Medbury, F. J. Hess and Miss Johnson, and Mr. Houghton and Miss Love, took a pleasure trip to Ponca and Otoe agencies last week. They report the best of treatment and a most enjoyable time.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 16, 1884.

Houghton & Kirkpatrick's new "ad" this week has good news for all the ladies especially. Read it.



Arkansas City Republican, April 26, 1884.

Arkansas City.

I either strike here on a busy day, or else it is a busy town, for I always find the merchants busy; and if it is ever dull, they do not say so. A little look over the town will show up over 140 new buildings that have not yet been painted. Two new lumber yards have opened, with promise of a good business. Will L. Aldridge is running the one at the north side and A. V. Alexander & Co., on the south. The improvements to which all newcomers are expected to pay tribute, is the new Commercial called Hasie Block, which is just going up. This is to cover 125 x 132 feet on Summit street, three stories and basement, built of dressed stone, and will be, when completed, one of the finest business blocks in the state; fifty feet on the corner is being built by Hasie Bros., and the balance by a stock company. The second and third floors will be finished for offices, sleeping rooms, a photograph gallery, etc., and the building complete will cost over $40,000. As soon as completed, Geo. E. Hasie & Co., will occupy a double store for a wholesale grocery house, A. A. Newman & Co., another double store, for their dry goods house, and T. R. Houghton the other for his harness stock. The Hasie Bros., are from Denver, and with full faith in the prosperity of Arkansas City, are investing money freely.

Among other enterprises on foot are a new Baptist Church, and a two story business block by J. C. Topliff, the first floor of which will be used for the post office, it having outgrown its present quarters. The new road mentioned in the Winfield notes will also be built to this city, bringing Kansas City fifty miles nearer than by the present road. An article from this place would hardly be complete without mentioning its mills: I had hoped at this time to have visited them all, but time forbid. Suffice it to say that the canal which was looked upon as reckless venture has proved to be one of the best investments the city ever made; and the different mills are turning out, when all at work, something like a thousand barrels of flour a day, thus insuring better prices to the producer than he can realize by shipping. The traveling public will be glad to know that A. W. Patterson is back at the "Leland" as proprietor. He celebrated the event by a big free dinner, which was of course a grand success, only some two hundred of the guests rather overdid the thing by eating more than was good for them. Emporia Daily Republican.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 30, 1884.

Mr. George Heitkam & Son have purchased the stock of clothing lately owned by R. A. Houghton, and will conduct the same in conjunction with a tailoring establishment.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 30, 1884.





4. J. N. FLORER.

5. N. W. PARVIN.








11. C. M. SCOTT.

12. BURKE & MARTIN - P. O. Address, Red Rock, Indian Territory. Range on the Cimarron river, south of McClellan's. Horse Brand: [?] on left shoulder. Cattle are branded on both sides. [B & M]

13. T. J. Gilbert & Co.

14. J. B. NIPP.


Range on Turkey and Possum creeks, west of Ponca Agency, I. T.

Horse brand same as cattle.

Ear marks--Smooth crop on left and smaller fork and over-bit on right. LOOKED LIKE Sh with bar underneath on cattle depicted.

16. T. E. BERRY & BROS.

Arkansas City Republican, May 3, 1884.

R. A. Houghton sold his stock of clothing this week, to James Armstrong from Illinois. Mr. Armstrong is expecting a large stock of new goods to arrive in a few days, and will open a large establishment. Mr. Houghton will remain with us and devote his time to the care of his cattle in the Territory.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 7, 1884.

C. M. Scott and R. A. Houghton made a purchase of five head of Polled Angus males at Wellington last week. The cheapest animal sold at Mathews' sale of imported Galloway stock, last Saturday, was a yearling calf for $350.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 7, 1884.

Mr. Heitkam and son, instead of buying out R. A. Houghton, have secured the room formerly occupied by Mrs. Geo. Allen, and will at once put in a stock of goods and carry on a merchant tailoring business. Mr. Armstrong, of Stark County, Illinois, purchased Mr. Houghton's stock, and with the assistance of Manly Capron is conducting the business at the old stand.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 7, 1884.

T. R. Houghton had Howard & Coonrod rod his residence with Cole Bros.' fine copper lightning rods.

Arkansas City Republican, May 10, 1884.

James Armstrong, of Illinois, has purchased the stock of R. A. Houghton. Mr. Armstrong is a gentleman of pleasing address, and will be an excellent member of our stirring business circle. Of course, he could not get along without that superior salesman, Manley Capron, and, therefore, has engaged him as chief manager of the establishment.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, May 14, 1884.

A CORRESPONDENT of the St. Louis Globe-Democrat has been traveling through the Indian Territory on horseback, from agency to agency, and airing his views in the G. D. His letters are interesting, but lack the element of truth in many particulars. It is not to be supposed that a man can gain a very accurate knowledge of an agency and its affairs on one day's hanging around. In one of his letters the correspondent gives Mr. Florer, of Kaw agency, a very complimentary notice, which is all well and good, but as we have Mr. Florer's word for it that he never met this shover of the quill, we are naturally inclined to doubt his statements when he attacks and abuses equally good men. It is unfortunately true that these traveling newspaper men always happen to strike the disaffected and disgruntled portions of a community, either among Indians or white men. The grumblers are ever to the front. Many statements of the Globe-Democrat correspondent are merely rumors, and are given as such; others are but the growlings of uninformed and jealous parties, who lack the ability to make their own business a success, and seek to hurt others. The pencil pusher makes out that our friends, J. H. Sherburne and R. A. Houghton, are rolling in wealth, all of which we hope is so, but we fear it was written more in a spirit of malice than friendship. The enterprising itinerant reporter should take more time to investigating, and then his letters, in addition to being interesting, might be entitled to some weight on the ground of truthfulness.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 14, 1884.

The Ladies' Aid society of the Presbyterian Church will hold an ice cream and lawn social at the residence of Mrs. O. P. Houghton Friday evening, May 23, to which all are cordially invited.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 14, 1884.

R. A. Houghton and Mr. Armstrong, the gentlemen who lately purchased Mr. Houghton's stock of goods, received a carload of Galloway bulls last week. Rube was showing one of the dimpled darlings on the streets last Saturday. He--the bull--is a daisy, pulling down the scale at 1,850 pounds.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 14, 1884.

Rube Houghton's team started off the business of the week last Monday morning by running away. Coming to the large telephone pole at the corner of Summit Street and Fifth Avenue, they tried to pull it down, but only succeeded in turning themselves over and tearing their harness off. Luckily no wagon was attached to them, or the damage might have been serious.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, May 21, 1884.

T. R. HOUGHTON, -DEALER IN- HARNESS, SADDLES, etc. A full line of LAP ROBES, FLY NETS, -AND- SUMMER GOODS. And everything else kept in a first-class harness shop. Don't forget the place, the OLD STONE BANK.

Part of the mystery is solved. W. S. Houghton was from Boston and was visiting his nephew, C. S. Houghton, and J. C. Topliff. What is unknown at this point is what was C. S. Houghton doing in Arkansas City? Gather that W. S. and C. S. were not related to the Houghton family from Maine.

Arkansas City Republican, May 17, 1884.

W. S. Houghton and wife, of Boston, are in the city visiting their nephew, C. S. Houghton, and J. C. Topliff. Mr. Houghton is one of the wealthiest merchants of Boston, and also owns large railroad interests. He has considerable money invested in real estate in this city, and since his visit here, is so well impressed with the prospects of Arkansas City that he anticipates building a large business house on the two lots adjoining the Hasie and Commercial block on the south. He expressed himself as really surprised to see the rapid advancement made the last few months.

Arkansas City Republican, May 17, 1884.

A team belonging to R. A. Houghton ran away in the main streets of the city Monday morning, causing considerable excitement for a time. The horses had been hitched to a wagon near the Star Livery Stable, and the whiffle trees detached themselves from the wagon, when they started carrying the whiffle trees with them. They ran with great rapidity against the telephone post at A. A. Newman's corner, breaking down the corner post of the shed on the front of his store, and breaking the harness that held them together, and throwing one horse flat to the ground. No other damage resulted. Several other teams were on the streets at the time, some of which became frightened, but their drivers succeeded in holding them.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 21, 1884.

Don't fail to attend the lawn social at Mrs. O. P. Houghton's next Friday night.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 21, 1884.

Read T. R. Houghton's new "ad" in this week's paper. He has a full line of summer goods and everything else to be found in a first-class harness shop. Lap robes and fly nets of every description for the summer season.

Arkansas City Traveler, May 21, 1884.

The Ladies Aid society of Presbyterian Church will give a lawn social and ice cream festival at the residence of Mr. O. P. Houghton, Friday evening, May 23. A cordial invitation is extended to all to come and have a pleasant time.

Departure of W. S. Houghton and C. S. Houghton...

Arkansas City Republican, May 24, 1884.

W. S. Houghton and wife, who were visiting in this city several days of this and last week, returned Wednesday to their home in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Houghton invested some money in stock while here, and will probably build some houses on lots that he owns in this city. Their son, C. S. Houghton, who came here about three months ago to recover his health, which failed while he was attending school at Howard University, returned home with them.

Arkansas City Republican, May 31, 1884.

Found. In Houghton & Kirkpatrick's store, a little girl's white straw hat. It will be delivered to the owner on calling at said store, and paying for this advertisement.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 4, 1884.

Another special meeting of the Equal Suffrage society will be held this afternoon at the residence of Mrs. O. P. Houghton, to which there is a general invitation. We are glad to state interest is increasing in this work. Half past three is the hour for meeting this afternoon, and it is expected there will be a general attendance.

Arkansas City Republican, June 7, 1884.

All kinds of repairing done and work guaranteed satisfactory. Call and see us, one door north of Houghton's harness shop.

Arkansas City Republican, June 14, 1884.


Dealer in: Clothing, Hats, Caps, Boots and Shoes, Gents' Furnishing Goods, etc.


I have the largest stock of Ladies' and Children's Shoes, which I am closing out below cost. JAS. ARMSTRONG.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 25, 1884.

BIRTH. The home of T. R. Houghton was gladdened last Sunday morning by the arrival of a bouncing new girl.

Arkansas City Traveler, June 25, 1884.

Mrs. H. P. Farrar and Mrs. O. P. Houghton left for Topeka yesterday to attend the state convention of equal suffragists.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 9, 1884.

The equal suffragists will meet with Mrs. O. P. Houghton on next Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Arkansas City Republican, July 19, 1884.

O. P. Houghton is having his dwelling repainted and decorated. G. M. Keller is the decorator.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 23, 1884.


R. A. HOUGHTON. Post office address: Arkansas City, Kansas, OR C. C. ENDICOTT, range manager. (Oakland Agency, Indian Territory).

Illustration shows H with a line from middle of H to upper right of steer depicted. Another illustration shows a + and V on side of cattle.

OTHER BRANDS: [looks like a T with a small bar at base of T that goes to the right]...on left side of hip and [A BAR] on right hip of most of them.

M C on right side and [half circle at base of F] left side.

Half circle over the letter R right side of hip.



Winfield Courier, July 24, 1884.

PAUPER CLAIMS. Houghton & Kirkpatrick.

Arkansas City Republican, July 26, 1884.

Messrs. Ziethen and Peecher have opened a new barber shop one door south of T. R. Houghton's harness shop. They invite the public to call and give them a trial.

Arkansas City Republican, July 26, 1884.

Our New Advertisers.

MRS. D. W. STEVENS, Photograph Gallery. Rooms new, and nearly filled up. All the latest improvements in the art. First-Class Work Guaranteed. First door south of Houghton's Harness Shop, Upstairs. ARKANSAS CITY, KANSAS.

Arkansas City Republican, July 26, 1884.

T. R. Houghton started Tuesday for Maine, to visit friends and relatives.

Believe Traveler goofed by saying Michigan. T. R. Houghton went to Maine! MAW

Arkansas City Traveler, July 30, 1884.

Mr. T. R. Houghton is absent for a two-months' visit to his former home in Michigan, where he goes for the benefit of his health. We trust his trip may have the desired result.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 6, 1884.

Council Proceedings.

C. R. SIPES, Treasurer.


I herewith submit my report of the amount of water tax collected up to August 2, 1884.

O. P. Houghton $11.00

Arkansas City Republican, August 9, 1884.



Arkansas City Republican, August 9, 1884.

AD. W. W. BROWN, BOOT AND SHOEMAKER. Shop on West Summit Street, next door to T. R. Houghton's Harness Shop. SEWED BOOTS A SPECIALTY. Repairing done promptly.

Arkansas City Republican, August 9, 1884.

In another column appears the dissolution notice of the firm of Houghton & Kirkpatrick, Mr. Kirkpatrick retiring. We know not whether Mr. Kirkpatrick will remain with us or not, but by his sterling qualities, he has secured the respect of all who know him. Of Mr. Houghton, a too flattering notice cannot be given. He is one of our first settlers, a man of excellent business qualifications and soundest integrity. The same courteous treatment which the patrons of the "Green Front" have received in the past will be continued in the future, and Mr. Houghton will be pleased to have all his patrons and friends call and examine his goods.

Arkansas City Republican, August 9, 1884.

To Whom It May Concern.

The firm of Houghton & Kirkpatrick has this day been dissolved by mutual consent, O. P. Houghton continuing the business of the firm and assuming all liabilities, and W. B. Kirkpatrick collecting all of the accounts of the firm.


August 7, 1884.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 13, 1884.

Harry Adams is having a picnic, and the way he is selling harness during Theoron Houghton's absence makes one believe that he wants to close out everything regardless while the boss is gone. Harry says he can afford to sell cheaper than the boss can.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 13, 1884.

Among the very first settlers and businessmen of Arkansas City was O. P. Houghton, and none has kept the confidence of the people more thoroughly than he. By reference to our advertisements, it will be seen that he is now conducting the old reliable "Green Front" alone, Mr. Kirkpatrick having retired. O. P. has a mammoth fall and winter stock on the way, and will make liberal discounts from regular prices to thin out his present stock.


Arkansas City Republican, August 30, 1884.

T. R. Houghton has had a new coat of green paint put on his "Green Front."

Arkansas City Republican, September 6, 1884.

Last week the REPUBLICAN scribe put the wrong man in the wrong place. We placed T. R. Houghton in the Green Front. It should have been O. P. Houghton. We hope our friends will excuse all mistakes of this kind, as it is caused by our unfamiliarity with names.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 17, 1884.

O. P. Houghton returned to the city last Saturday, as advance agent for his immense winter stock of goods.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 17, 1884.

Mr. Isaac Ochs, of Auburn, Indiana, bought through Frank J. Hess, last Monday, R. A. Houghton's stock of merchandise and will take possession the first of next month.

Arkansas City Republican, September 20, 1884.

W. W. BROWN, BOOT AND SHOEMAKER. Shop on West Summit Street, next door to T. R. Houghton, Harness Shop. SEWED BOOTS A SPECIALTY. Repairing Department. Mr. Brown has reduced the prices in boot and shoe making as follows.

Sewed Boots, first class: $10.00

Pegged Boots: $8.00

Sewed Shoes: $8.00

Arkansas City Republican, September 20, 1884.

Last Saturday O. P. Houghton returned from his eastern trip. He had been away several days purchasing his fall stock. Already the boxes have begun to arrive and his store is now full of his new fall stock. Mr. Houghton is pushing business with a vim, and the Green Front is branching out more and more every day. Read his change of advertisement in another column.

AD. We are now opening up one of the Finest Lines of Dry Goods, Carpets, Notions, etc., at the Green Front, Which will be sold very soon lower than ever before.



Winfield Courier, September 25, 1884.


11. Houghton & McLaughlin vs. J. W. Brown.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 8, 1884.

Osage Live Stock Association.

Quite a number of the stockmen of the Osage Nation and vicinity met in the council rooms at Osage Agency September 30, 1884, for the purpose of taking steps toward forming an association having for the object the mutual benefit and protection of those engaged in stock raising on the Osage and contiguous reservations.

The meeting was called to order by the temporary chairman, Col. H. H. Crane, with Col. W. J. Pollock at the secretary's table.

On motion, the above named gentlemen were unanimously elected as permanent chairman and secretary, with Mr. J. N. Florer as treasurer.

Motion of Mr. Florer: That the membership fee to this association be $2. Adopted.

Motion of Mr. Hewins: That any member of the Osage Nation, any Indian owning stock, or any person rightfully occupying ranges on the Osage, Kaw, Cherokee, Ponca, and Nez Perce reservations may become members of this association upon payment of $2 to the treasurer. Adopted.

Membership fees were then paid by the following named stock men and stock firms, who were enrolled by the secretary upon the books of the association.























On motion of E. M. Hewins, J. N. Florer was authorized to get up a brand book, to include the brands of all members of the association who send their brands to him on or before November 10, 1884. Any person owning stock, not a member of this association, desirous of having their brands inserted in the brand book, under the head of "Miscellaneous brands," can do so by sending description of brand and four dollars to J. N. Florer, treasurer of the Osage Live Stock Association.

On motion of Mr. Hewins, Mr. Florer was appointed a committee to give the stock men of the above reservations and others interested notice of this action of the association in such manner as he deems best.

On motion of E. M. Hewins, the chair appointed the following gentlemen delegates to attend the national live stock convention, which meets at St. Louis on November 17, 1884:

Col. W. J. Pollock, L. C. Waite, ____ ____ Carpenter, J. N. Florer, W. S. Brown, and W. H. H. Larimer.

On motion of Mr. Hewins, the chairman, Col. H. H. Crane, was added to the above delegation as an honorary member.

On motion of Mr. Florer, the meeting was then adjourned to 9 o'clock a.m., of December 29, 1884, to meet at Osage Agency, Indian Territory. W. J. POLLOCK, Secretary.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 8, 1884.

Theoron Houghton, who has been rusticating in the East for the past three months, is home again now, and says he is going to sell more harness this winter than ever before, no matter how much opposition he has.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 8, 1884.

Following is a complete list of stockholders in the Arkansas City Woolen Manufacturing Company, mention of which was made last week.

One of the members: R. A. Houghton.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 8, 1884.

Ad. For Sale. 45 head of two- and three-year-old cattle. O. P. HOUGHTON.

Arkansas City Republican, October 11, 1884.

Isaac Ochs and Enos Kuhlman, of Auburn, Indiana, arrived in Arkansas City Wednesday. Mr. Ochs is the merchant who purchased Rube Houghton's stock of clothing. Mr. Kuhlman is the head clerk. On the same day H. C. Nicholson, of Bryan, Ohio, came. He is the partner of Mr. Ochs, and the firm name is Ochs & Nicholson. They invoiced Thursday, and since then have been engaged in the arrangement of their stock; preparatory to their grand opening the first of the week. Messrs. Ochs & Nicholson purchased additional stock to this one here before coming to our city, and their storeroom in Highland Hall block will be filled to repletion. We have formed the acquaintance of the above parties and found them to be gentlemen with whom it is a pleasure to converse as well as to trade.

Arkansas City Republican, October 11, 1884.

One more man from Wellington commences business in Arkansas City. Last Monday J. A. McCormick rented the photograph gallery of Mrs. D. W. Stevens and took possession immediately. Judging from samples of Mr. McCormick's work shown us, we feel safe in saying he understands his business. His care appears in another column. Read it and then go and see Mr. McCormick.



Rooms new, and neatly fitted up. All the latest improvements in the art. First-Class Work Guaranteed. First door South of Houghton's Harness Shop, Upstairs. Arkansas City, Kansas.

Arkansas City Republican, October 11, 1884.

T. R. Houghton arrived home from his eastern trip Wednesday. While away Mr. Houghton purchased a stock of harness supplies and will now compete for the harness trade of Arkansas City.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 15, 1884.

Theoron Houghton, our pioneer harness man, is going to paint the harness trade red, white, and blue this fall, no matter what it costs. That is, he is going to sell anything the farmers or stockmen want in his line, and sell it for whatever price they are willing to pay. Some may call it selling at cost, or at greatly reduced rates, but Theoron says it is a wholesale slaughter of prices on everything in horse furnishing goods. He was here first, he says, and is going to stay and build, and is not going to let a man go out of the shop without buying something. From the way he was throwing things around last Saturday, we judge he means business. Competition is the life of trade.

Arkansas City Republican, October 18, 1884.

At the meeting of the Women Suffrage Society held at Mrs. D. W. Stevens' Wednesday, the following officers were elected for the coming year. President, Mrs. O. P. Houghton; Vice-President, Mrs. Chas. Searing; Secretary, Mrs. H. P. Farrar; Treasurer, Mrs. T. McLaughlin. Mrs. Houghton and Mrs. Searing were chosen delegates to Women Suffrage State convention to be held at Leavenworth, the 27th to 29th inst.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, October 22, 1884.


For Dress Goods go to the Green Front.

For Boys' and Men's Clothing go to the Front.

For a good Carpet go to the Green Front.

For a good Hat go to the Green Front.

For a Fitch Boot go to the Green Front.

If you want Underwear go to the Green Front.

If you want an Overcoat cheap go to the Green Front.

If you want a Husking Glove for sixty-five cents go to the Green Front.

If you want any kind of a Glove go to the Green Front.

If you want the Best Shoe go to the Green Front.

If you want anything go to the Green Front.

If you want to make money go to the Green Front.



Arkansas City Traveler, October 22, 1884.

Theoron Houghton, our pioneer harness man, is going to paint the harness trade red, white, and blue this fall, no matter what it costs. That is, he is going to sell anything the farmers or stockmen want in his line, and sell it for whatever price they are willing to pay. Some may call it selling at cost or at greatly reduced rates, but Theoron says it is a wholesale slaughter of prices on everything in horse furnishing goods. He was here first, he says, and is going to stay and build, and is not going to let a man go out of the shop without buying something. From the way he was throwing things around last Saturday, we judge he means business. Competition is the life of trade.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 22, 1884.

The officers elected by Arkansas City's Equal Suffrage Society for the ensuing year, at their meeting last week, are:

Mrs. (O. P.) Houghton, President.

Mrs. Charles Searing, Vice President.

Mrs. H. P. Farrar, Secretary.

Mrs. T. H. McLaughlin, Treasurer.

After the election of officers, Mrs. Houghton and Mrs. Searing were chosen delegates to the state convention, which meets in Leavenworth on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week.

Arkansas City Republican, November 8, 1884.

O. P. Houghton is down with the chills and fever.

Arkansas City Republican, November 15, 1884.

Lost. Between the Presbyterian Church and T. R. Houghton's residence, a gold neck chain. Leave at Houghton's harness store.

Arkansas City Republican, November 15, 1884.

Resolutions of Respect.

DIED. To the Memory of Mrs. S. J. Duncan by the Ladies Home and Foreign Missionary Society of the First Presbyterian Church of Arkansas City, Kansas.



Arkansas City Traveler, November 19, 1884.

O. P. Houghton will commence a one-story stone building in the rear of his present building in a few days. This will give him some much needed room to accommodate his immense stock of goods.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 19, 1884.

In Memoriam.

Resolutions of respect to the memory of Mrs. S. J. Duncan by the Ladies Home and Foreign Missionary Society of the First Presbyterian Church of Arkansas City, Kansas.

WHEREAS, God in his providence has removed by death, Mrs. S. J. Duncan, a beloved sister and esteemed member of our society, therefore:

Resolved, That we acknowledge God's sovereignty in this sad bereavement, knowing the Lord of all the earth will do right.

Resolved, That in the death of our beloved sister, we have lost a heroic example of patience under suffering; an efficient worker, a zealous lover of missions, and a wise and prudent counselor.

Resolved, That we, as a society, tender our sincere sympathy to the bereaved husband and family, and commend them to the care and grace of a covenant-keeping God.

Resolved, That these resolutions be published in our city papers, and a copy sent to the family.


Arkansas City Republican, November 22, 1884.

Rube Houghton is spending a week on his cattle ranch in the territory.

Arkansas City Republican, November 22, 1884.

DIED. Samuel J. Mantor, who has been sick for such a long time, died yesterday morning. Mr. Mantor is the father of T. L. Mantor and Mrs. R. A. Houghton. At the time of his death, Mr. Mantor was 66 years old. He was a member of the Masonic order and by them will be buried in the Arkansas City cemetery today. Funeral services will occur at the residence of Mr. R. A. Houghton, at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. S. B. Fleming.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, November 26, 1884.


Read Theoron Houghton's new "ad" this week.

BIG AD. T. R. Houghton HAS JUST RECEIVED THE LARGEST STOCK OF Collars, Horse Blankets, Wolf and Japanese Robes, Lap Robes, Whips, Spurs, Bridles, etc., ever brought to the city.


Horse Blankets. 75 cents to $3.00.

Wolf Robes. $8.00 to $15.00.

Lap Robes. 75 cents to $5.00.

Saddles. $2.75 to $50.00.

Single Harness. $7.50 to $50.00.

All other staple goods at proportionate prices.


Store opposite Commercial Block.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, November 26, 1884.

The Ladies Aid Society of the Presbyterian Church will give a Thanksgiving Supper in the old post office building on Thanksgiving evening, supper to begin at six o'clock. The Ladies have not held a regular festival for one year and have cheerfully assisted others in their work and now ask the liberal patronage of all our people. A special invitation is given to strangers, and a cordial welcome to all.

The following committee of gentlemen to assist in the work have been selected by the ladies of the Presbyterian Aid Society.

In preparing the building: Messrs. G. W. Cunningham, S. P. Gould, F. B. Hutchinson, Herman Wycoff, E. D. Eddy, and W. V. McConn.

Committee to collect at the tables: Messrs. C. R. Sipes, Theoron Houghton, and Fred W. Farrar.


Arkansas City Traveler, November 26, 1884.

The horse thieves made a good night's work of it last Wednesday night, the 19th. Mr. Wm. Turner, southwest of the city, lost a horse, and our fellow citizen, H. H. Beacham, lost a fine horse together with a saddle and slicker left in the barn. O. P. Houghton the same night lost a pair of blankets, they being stolen from in front of the store before 10 o'clock at night.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 3, 1884.

R. A. Houghton sold some of his fat cattle to Whiting Bros. of Winfield, and to Joe Garris, one of our meat men.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 3, 1884.

Lost. Between T. R. Houghton's residence and the First Presbyterian Church, of this city, a few days since, a child's gold neck chain. A suitable reward will be paid for its return to this office or to T. R. Houghton's store.

Arkansas City Republican, December 6, 1884.

For Sale. Several fresh cows with calves. Call on O. P. Houghton.

Arkansas City Republican, December 13, 1884.

R. A. Houghton went up into Montgomery County Tuesday.

Arkansas City Republican, December 20, 1884.

R. A. Houghton has taken office room down in the REPUBLICAN office.

Arkansas City Republican, December 20, 1884.

AD. O. P. Houghton, at the Green Front, will duplicate any bill of goods bought in Kansas, regardless of cost, in overcoats, clothing, hats, caps, boots, shoes, carpets, and in fact anything in their line. Call and get their prices.

Arkansas City Republican, December 20, 1884.


Her Business Firms and Their Establishments.

The Holidays are Here and the Republican Indites a Letter to Santa Claus,

Telling Him of the City and the Merchants.



The quiet and gentlemanly proprietor of the Green Front is the oldest dry goods merchant in Arkansas City. For fourteen long years, Mr. Houghton has handled dry goods here; no one now can show a longer continuous business in the place than he. And what he doesn't know about the dry goods business is not worth knowing. He knows where and what to buy and how to sell. As the city has increased in population and wealth, so has Mr. Houghton's trade grown. He has become a permanent fixture in Arkansas City's circle of businessmen and it would be an impossibility to do without him. Located in one of the most prominent places, first door north of Cowley County Bank, every man, woman, and child knows where to find him. For the holidays he is offering superior inducements in dry goods, carpets, ladies' wraps, boots and shoes, notions, etc. Something that will be of use to you as well as ornamental is what you should buy to make presents during the holidays and the Green Front is the place to make your purchases. You will be deftly waited on by Mr. Houghton or any of his corps of assistants.


is the proprietor of the "old reliable" harness shop of Arkansas City. He has been tried by the citizens of this community and found not wanting. He came here a number of years ago to make our town his home. Since then he has built up a lucrative trade. He has a large stock of harness, saddles, bridles, whips, spurs, etc.; in fact, his room is so full of stock that it is almost impossible to turn around. His room is much too small to accommodate his wants and his customers. Mr. Houghton does not try to build up his trade by tearing someone else's down; nor does he make a great ado but proceeds quietly along in the even tenor of his way, making friends and augmenting his trade. He is busy now preparing for next season's custom for which he will make a lively competition. A man among men is T. R. Houghton and this fact has been discovered by his customers and they stay with him.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 24, 1884.


We will not stop at cost. O. P. HOUGHTON. At the Green Front.

Arkansas City Traveler, Supplement, December 24, 1884.





4. B. F. CHILDS.




8. T. E. BERRY & BROS.


10. C. M. SCOTT.

11. J. C. TOPLIFF.



14. W. J. POLLOCK.





Arkansas City Republican, December 27, 1884.

Continuation of ads appearing on Page 6...

#14: Dry Goods, Carpets, Dolmans, Tourist's Cloaks, Ulsters, Russian Circulars, Havelocks for Children, Misses, and Ladies.'

Clothing for Men and Boy, Trunks, Hats and Caps, for all both great and small.

Boots and Shoes.

We sell the Fitch Boot, which we will guarantee superior to any hand made goods in the country, and a thousand other articles at the


Where we would be pleased to show goods and give prices.



Arkansas City Republican, January 3, 1885.

Last Wednesday morning was the coldest we have experienced. Ira Barnett's thermometer registered 8 degrees below zero. R. A. Houghton's mercury marked 18 below.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 7, 1885.

T. V. McConn has been unable to fill his place behind the counters at O. P. Houghton's for the last week on account of illness. It goes without saying that his place can be filled by no other in this country.

Arkansas City Republican, January 10, 1885.

R. A. Houghton was in the territory this week.

Arkansas City Republican, January 10, 1885.

R. A. Houghton says the report going around over the country that cattle are doing well on the range this winter is untrue. He said while he saw some cattle in good condition, he saw twice the number in poor condition. He was in the territory two days and riding nearly all the time.

Arkansas City Republican, January 17, 1885.

R. A. Houghton came home from the Territory Tuesday.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 21, 1885.

Spring will open with a grand rush of building. Chapel and Means will then commence their contemplated building, 50 x 125, in block 79; Newman his in block 70, 50 x 100; O. P. Houghton, an addition, stone, 25 x 75; the new woolen mill will then be commenced; and at least fifty residences. Welcome, Spring, when again everyone will have employment, be he laborer or mechanic.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 21, 1885.

We see some of our neighboring towns making loud brags about the amount of improvements made in their respective localities. We are candid in saying that it is impossible to ascertain the amount of improvements made here in the last year. The number of dwellings amounted at the very least to 250. We will put them at a very low estimate, $500 each. This makes $125,000. Then we have the Commercial and Hasie Blocks, $75,000; the Cowley County Bank, $25,000, the new schoolhouse, $10,000; the Houghton Block, $7,500; the Mason building, $2,000; Sipes' block, $7,500; H. P. Farrar, $5,000; addition to the building occupied by Wyckoff & Son, $2,000; Baptist Church, $3,000; Christian Church, $2,500; Free Methodist Church, $1,000; Methodist and Presbyterian Churches, repairs, $1,500; W. M. Blakeney, $1,500; Leland Hotel, $4,000; Newman, building block 69, $1,000; Arkansas City Building Association, $5,000; Skating Rink, $1,500; J. H. Punshon, $1,000; D. W. Stevens and L. Eldridge, $1,000; Beecher & Co. and McLaughlin Bros., $1,500; J. H. Hilliard, $1,000; Thompson & Woodin, $1,000; Chambers, $1,000; J. Alexander, $1,500; Ayres' Mill and Landes, Beall & Co., improvements, $1,000; DeBruce, $1,000; Park & Lewis and W. M. Rose, $1,000; Kroenert & Austin and Stedman Bros., $1,000; A. Harly, $1,000.

These, which we recall on the spur of the moment, foot up nearly three hundred thousand dollars. We are confident that we are not exaggerating when we place the amount above five hundred thousand dollars, which shows a fair gain for our thriving little city.

Perhaps the following explains relationship of O. P. Houghton to the other members of the Houghton family. His father was Able Houghton. Perhaps Able was a brother of Sewell Houghton [father of T. R. and R. A. Houghton and Mrs. A. A. Newman]. That would make O. P. Houghton a cousin of the other Houghtons.

Another explanation: Able was old enough to be the father of O. P. and the grandfather of T. R., R. A., and Mrs. A. A. Newman. If that is correct, then O. P. was an Uncle of the younger members of Houghton family. MAW

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 24, 1885.

O. P. Houghton received a letter from his sister at Paris Hill, Maine, the first of the week stating that his aged father, Able Houghton, while walking out had slipped and fallen on the icy pavement, breaking his hip. Mr. Houghton is 82 years old, and the breaking of any bones at this advanced age of life is serious. Should he ever recover the physicians say he will be unable to use his leg, but they do not extend any hope of his recovery. When T. R. Houghton was back east some time ago it was his intention to bring the old gentleman home with him, but he refused to come on account of his desire to vote for the man from Maine. As it now is, it is not likely that Mr. Houghton will ever see his son on Kansas soil. He was formerly a resident of Weld, but is now living at Paris.

Arkansas City Republican, January 24, 1885.

Tuesday inst. Mr. Stopher sold his harness shop and has retired from the business. Mr. T. R. Houghton was the purchaser. He removed the stock to his shop on South Summit street Wednesday. Mr. Houghton evidently expects a large spring trade and is preparing for it. All needing harness or anything in Mr. Houghton's line of business will do well to consult him.

Arkansas City Republican, January 24, 1885.

R. A. Houghton went over to Caldwell Wednesday to bring home a team belonging to him.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 28, 1885.

Mr. Stopher has disposed of his harness shop to T. R. Houghton. T. H. says these hard times will be over by the time the spring trade opens, and he is making preparations accordingly.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 31, 1885.

T. R. Houghton has leased the building now occupied by Fitch & Barron. He will move in the first of March. Fitch & Barron will retire from business. Mr. Houghton is selling his harness, saddles, bridles, etc., at rock bottom prices to keep from moving them. He wants to reduce his stock as low as possible between now and the first of March. He has goods marked at cost.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 31, 1885.

Houghton, Hill & Thomas and Cowley County Cattle Company have already lost about 100 head of cattle. Mr. Houghton thinks they will come out handsomely if the loss does not exceed 300 head. The cattle of this company were what is known as through Arkansas and Mississippi cattle. Old range cattle, he reports doing very well, and the loss will be small.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 4, 1885.

T. R. Houghton is making arrangements to open up an extra large spring stock of harness, saddles, etc., in the room which Fitch & Barron now occupy. He has leased this building, and will fix it up to suit his business.

Arkansas City Republican, February 7, 1885.

Last week we slandered the cattle of Houghton, Hill & Thomas by unintentionally saying they were Arkansas and Mississippi cattle. We meant to say those which had died were of this kind. The way the error occurred was that the horse editor jumped over into the cow pasture.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 7, 1885.


Which Frank Sheets Ascertained Thursday to His Sorrow.

Thursday afternoon as Ed Bass and Bob McGinnis, both colored and the latter residing in West Bolton, were discussing some grievances they waxed warm. Frank Sheets, who was standing nearby was resorted to as a referee in the dispute. Finally the quarrel narrowed down to McGinnis and Sheets, which continued about a bird dog until the latter remarked that he could lick the former on less ground than he could stand on. McGinnis replied he did not want to fight and was not prepared to fight. Sheets wanted McGinnis to go outside of the city limits and fight it out, which we believe was finally agreed upon, Sheets turning and walking away. When he was several feet from him, friends who were holding McGinnis, let him loose. He started after Sheets and made several slashes at him with a razor, one cut taking effect in his neck, barely missing the spinal vertebrae, and inflicting an ugly wound. If the cut had extended but an eighth of an inch farther, it would have severed the external jugular vein, and Sheets would have bled to death. Two other slashes took effect on his shoulder and arm, but not making more than a scratch. The wounded man saw he was going to be carved and having nothing with which to defend himself, started to escape. By this time McGinnis was prevented from doing any further damage by Capt. Rarick, who arrested and disarmed him. Joe Finkleburg and A. W. Patterson assisted the wounded man upstairs into Dr. G. H. J. Hart's office, where his wound was dressed. The wound was about three inches in length. Dr. Hart washed, dressed, and took the necessary stitches quickly and in a manner which designated that he was perfectly familiar with this portion of his profession. Sheets stood the pain like a hero, never flinching. The hide on his neck was so thick that the needle would not penetrate, and an instrument was used in order to make the necessary stitches. After the wound was dressed, Sheets walked around about the same as usual. The scrimmage occurred on Summit Street, between the post office and T. R. Houghton's harness shop. Henry Asp, the county attorney, was sent for, who came on the evening train. The preliminary examination was had before the Mayor, F. P. Schiffbauer. It commenced as soon as Asp arrived. A good part of Thursday night and until noon yesterday was used up in taking the evidence. In the afternoon the arguments pro and con were rendered before Mayor Schiffbauer. The charge was assault and battery with intent to kill. J. A. Stafford represented McGinnis and Henry Asp the State.

The preliminary resulted in the mayor binding McGinnis over to appear at the next term of court in the sum of $400. We understand that McGinnis will give the necessary bond.

Sheets was taken before Judge Kreamer and fined $1 for disturbance of the peace yesterday morning.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 11, 1885.

Councilmen Perhaps.

To the list of men who would make good reliable councilmen, published in a former issue, we add the following names, whose strength is known.

1st WARD.

J. D. Farrar, A. A. Newman, C. C. Sollitt, S. B. Adams.

2nd WARD.

V. M. Ayres, P. Pearson, Archie Dunn, John Landes, E. D. Eddy.

3rd WARD.

O. Stevenson, O. P. Houghton, P. Wyckoff, H. D. Kellogg.

4th WARD.

J. Vawter, D. L. Means, C. M. Scott.

With such material on hand as the TRAVELER has from the above and the list mentioned previously, we can now select a Council which will make a success in municipal affairs as they have in their own.

Arkansas City Republican, February 14, 1885.

While out horseback riding one afternoon last week, Charlie Nelson, son of "Hank" Nelson, had the small and large bone broken in his leg below the knee joint by the horse slipping and falling on it. The horse was frightened by someone riding swiftly up behind Master Nelson, causing his horse to shy and slip at the same time. The accident happened in the vicinity of R. A. Houghton's residence. The injured boy was taken home and Drs. Minthorn and Vawter set the fractured limb. He suffered terribly from the accident, but we are glad to say he was improving at last reports.

Arkansas City Republican, February 14, 1885.

W. W. Eldridge will remove his gunshop to the room adjacent T. R. Houghton's harness shop next week.

Note that O. P. is going to visit father and a brother, who lives in Canada...

Arkansas City Traveler, February 18, 1885.

Mr. O. P. Houghton left for the East yesterday to be absent for several weeks. He will visit Canada, Maine, and New York before returning and purchase a full stock of new season goods for the old reliable green front.

Arkansas City Republican, February 21, 1885.

O. P. Houghton, Tuesday, left for Maine. He has gone to buy goods and visit his aged father. Mr. Houghton will go by way of Canada and visit his brother, who will accompany him on his visit.

Arkansas City Republican, February 28, 1885.

R. A. Houghton went to Wichita Thursday morning on business.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 4, 1885.

Fitch & Barron moved their stock into the store building formerly occupied by T. H. Houghton yesterday. They expect to devote their time to the sale of organs and Sewing Machines especially.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 4, 1885.

T. R. Houghton removed his stock of harness into the old Fitch & Barron building yesterday. He has now one of the best locations in the city.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 7, 1885.

The following is a list of transfers for the months of January and February, 1885, as taken from the transfer books of Frank J. Hess, Real Estate Agent.


Reuben A Houghton to John Matson, 1 lot: $75.

T. R. Houghton to Mary E. Sutney, 2 lots: $50.

Arkansas City Republican, March 7, 1885.

Ed Malone is building a cottage on High Street on lots south of R. A. Houghton's residence.

Arkansas City Republican, March 7, 1885.

T. R. Houghton and Fitch & Barron have traded business rooms. Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday were moving days for these firms. Now, don't mistake and enter T. R.'s harness shop for Fitch & Barron's notion store nor vice versa.

Arkansas City Republican, March 14, 1885.

The little baby of Mr. and Mrs. T. R. Houghton is very sick.

Arkansas City Republican, March 14, 1885.

School Report.

Report of the 6th and 7th grades, West School, for months ending March 6th, 1885.

In 7th grade, Muta Ball is rank 1 with a total average of 98 percent. Lizzie Shindel and Ida Lane are each rank 2 with a total average of 96 percent.

In 4th grade, Gracie Houghton and Joseph Gilmer are each rank 1 with a total average of 93 percent; Lura Ware, rank 2, an average 92 percent.

Muta Ball has been 100 in attendance, and deportment, and above 90 in scholarship.

The total average, from which the rank in class is determined, is an average of attendance, deportment, and scholarship.

We would urge the parents and friends of pupils in our charge to visit our school and observe for yourselves the work done. Respectfully, LENA GAUSE, Teacher.

Report on the 4th and 5th grades. Pupils 100 in attendance and deportment with an average in scholarship of 90 percent and upward: Cletes Binbaugh, Ella Patterson, Bertha Stafford, Aola Krebs, and Grace Love. FLORENCE PATTESON.

Arkansas City Republican, March 21, 1885.

O. P. Houghton returned from Maine Thursday. He looks improved in health.

Arkansas City Traveler, March 25, 1885.

O. P. Houghton returned from his Eastern trip last week and his new spring stock is now arriving.

Arkansas City Republican, Wednesday, April 4, 1885.


The Squirt-Gun Ordinance the Cause.

Thursday the businessmen and taxpayers held a meeting to place in nomination a ticket for the city officers to be filled next Tuesday. The following was the result.








Councilmen: Jacob Hight; A. C. Gould.

School Board: S. B. Adams; T. D. Richardson.


Councilmen: Archie Dunn; Calvin Dean.

School Board: J. P. Witt; John Landes.


Councilmen: J. P. Johnson; M. C. Copple.

School Board: A. D. Prescott; L. E. Woodin.


Councilmen: John M. Ware; W. P. Wolf.

School Board: A. P. Hutchinson; T. R. Houghton.

Arkansas City Republican, April 4, 1885.

FOR SALE. One 4-year-old mare. Inquire of O. P. Houghton.

Arkansas City Republican, April 4, 1885.

T. R. Houghton is coming to the front in good shape since getting into his new quarters. Owing to a rush of work, he has put another harness maker on his "horse." T. R. is the "old reliable" of Arkansas City.

Arkansas City Republican, April 4, 1885.

Miss Anna Meigs, and Mrs. R. A. Houghton left for Anthony Tuesday morning on a week's visit.

Arkansas City Republican, April 4, 1885.

Judge Pyburn for Mayor.

The following is explanatory within itself.

HON. A. J. PYBURN, We, the undersigned, citizens of Arkansas City, Kansas, herein respectfully request and urge the use of your name as a candidate for the office of mayor and pledge you our best support.

T. H. McLaughlin, C. A. Howard, John Landes, J. P. Musselman, S. Matlack, J. W. Sparks, A. D. Prescott, Thos. Van Fleet, T. R. Houghton, T. Kimmel, Jas. Ridenour, S. P. Gould, W. S. Thompson, M. S. Hasie, Geo. E. Hasie, H. C. Nicholson, F. K. Grosscup, J. R. L. Adams, T. L. Mantor, S. B. Reed, E. M. Multer, G. W. Cunningham, P. Pearson, J. M. Collins, Archie Dunn, S. B. Adams, Frank J. Hess, Ira Barnett, Wm. M. Jenkins, Uriah Spray, Wm. R. Smith, J. L. Henry, W. E. Gooch, N. S. Snyder, A. P. Hutchinson, R. P. Hutchison, Frank D. Austin, G. W. Miller, C. C. Sollitt, F. W. Farrar, O. G. Shelden, J. L. Howard, H. H. Perry, J. D. Hill, F. B. Hutchinson, E. L. McDowell, A. W. Alexander, P. Wyckoff, L. McLaughlin, E. E. Eddy, Geo. H. Heitkam, S. F. George, O. P. Houghton, O. Ingersoll.

Our space being limited, we are unable to publish a full list of the petitioners, but there were about 360 more names appended to the different petitions circulated in all.

Arkansas City Republican, April 11, 1885.

Mrs. R. A. Houghton did not visit in Anthony as long as she intended. She came home Saturday, accompanied by Mrs. H. O. Meigs.

Arkansas City Republican, April 11, 1885.

O. P. Houghton, of the Green Front, comes out this week with a new ad. Readers, take notice and profit thereby.

AD. CARPETS! CARPETS! Now is the time to change or put down new ones. We carry all grades and feel confident we can save you some money.

Call and See Us Before Making Your Selection.




The Fitch Custom-made Boot and The Gannon Custom-made Ladies' Fine Shoes.

We cannot possibly get them made fast enough to supply our customers; a fresh supply will be here in a few days.

We can do you good on clothing, both men's and boys'. Come in and see our new suits.

A cordial invitation we extend to all to call and see us whether you want to purchase or not. O. P. HOUGHTON.

Arkansas City Republican, April 11, 1885.

Remember the Fitch boot for a custom made goods has no equal. O. P. HOUGHTON.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, April 18, 1885.

School Report.

Following is the report of the 6th and 7th grades for month commencing March 9th and ending April 2nd.

In the 7th grade, Meta Ball in rank 1; total average, 98; Mary Logan, rank 2, average, 96; Lizzie Shindell, rank 3, average, 95.

In the 6th grade Gracie Houghton is rank 1, average 93; Willie Crew, rank 2, average 90; Eddie Scott and Luna Ware, rank 3, average 88. LENA GAUSE, Teacher.

Arkansas City Republican, April 18, 1885.

Last week Rube Houghton took his horse, "Keno," down to his ranch. Rube had barely got home when "Keno" returned also. This is a Mary had a Little Lamb story.

Arkansas City Republican, April 18, 1885.

T. D. Richardson and R. A. Houghton went to Montgomery County Tuesday to look at some land which the former was trying to buy from the latter.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, May 27, 1885.

Stock Notes.

The Cowley County Cattle Co., with a capital of $150,000, is the latest addition to our moneyed interests. The officers of the company are Wm. J. Hodges, President; R. A. Houghton, Vice President; Geo. Kirkpatrick, Treasurer; Wm. M. Snyder, Secretary and General Manager. The present Board of Directors are R. A. Houghton, Wm. M. Snyder, Geo. Kirkpatrick, A. C. Wright, and Wm. J. Hodges. The P. O. Address of the company is Arkansas City, with ranch and range on the Nez Perce Reservation, Indian Territory.

Arkansas City Republican, June 13, 1885.

AD. T. R. HOUGHTON, Dealer in Harness, Saddles, Bridles, Spurs, Horse Blankets, Whips, etc.

A full line of light and heavy harness always on hand!


Cannot Choke a Horse.

Adjusts Itself to any Horses neck.

Has two rows of stitching.

Will hold Hames in place.


None Genuine Unless Stamped with our "Trade-Mark."

Arkansas City Republican, June 27, 1885.

R. A. Houghton is the new manager of the clothing department of A. A. Newman & Co.'s mammoth dry goods establishment.

Arkansas City Republican, July 4, 1885.

Little Miss Clara Houghton, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Houghton, has been on the sick list several days past.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 11, 1885.

J. W. Hutchison & Sons, C. T. Atwood, and O. P. Houghton have each had a new sign painted this week.

Arkansas City Traveler, July 29, 1885.

SADDLES, HARNESS, WHIPS, FLY NETS, LAP ROBES, AND SUMMER GOODS OF EVERY DESCRIPTION. Saddles cheaper than ever. Light and Heavy Harness always on hand. Come and get my prices, as I will not be undersold. T. R. HOUGHTON.

Opposite Leland Hotel, Arkansas City, Kansas.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 5, 1885.

Law and Order Association.

Union services were held in the Baptist Church on Sabbath evening, which were attended by a crowded audience. After some excellent music by the choir, Rev. J. O. Campbell announced that the meeting was held in the interest of law and order, and to give permanency and effect to the movement, an organization should be effected by the election of officers. The meeting then elected the following officers.

President: W. M. Sleeth.

Secretary: N. T. Snyder.

Executive committee: Messrs. Adams, Barron, Jenkins, and O. P. Houghton.

Prayer was offered by J. P. Witt.

The following resolutions were read and adopted.

Resolved, That we call the attention of the county attorney and the probate judge to the necessity of an immediate investigation of the open and notorious violation of the prohibition law in our city.

Resolved, That we respectfully ask our municipal authority to use all diligence in the enforcement of all Sabbatarian laws on the statute book.

Resolved, That these resolutions be published in the city papers, and forwarded to the proper persons.

Brief and effective addresses were made by Revs. Campbell and Buckner, W. M. Jenkins', and Councilman Jacob Hight. Great interest in the proceedings was manifested by the entire audience.

Arkansas City Republican, August 8, 1885.

LOST. Ladies saddle and saddle blanket, somewhere in the west part of the city. Finder will confer a favor by leaving word at O. P. Houghton's store.

Arkansas City Republican, August 15, 1885.

O. P. Houghton advertises the Fitch Boots and Shoes this week. They are guaranteed and Mr. Houghton has the exclusive sale of this excellent manufacture of footwear.


THE FITCH BOOT Is the Best Custom Goods Made.

Sold only by O. P. HOUGHTON.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 22, 1885.

The Water Works.

A good representation was had of the businessmen at the water works meeting in Highland Opera House last Friday evening. Mayor Schiffbauer called the meeting to order at 8 p.m., and J. L. Huey was chosen chairman and N. T. Snyder, secretary. Mayor Schiffbauer stated that the meeting had been called to discuss the water works question; that Messrs. Plate and Quigley were here from St. Louis with a proposition which they wished to submit to the citizens of Arkansas City for putting in gas and water works. The proposition was to the effect that they put them in for the franchise, the city agreeing to take 60 fire plugs, at a rental of $50 a year and also take 30 street lights at $30 each per annum. Speeches were made on the subject by Maj. Sleeth, J. G. Danks, A. D. Prescott, J. P. Johnson, O. P. Houghton, Maj. Searing, Mayor Schiffbauer, and others. The gist of their remarks was that we needed and must have water works; but at present we were unable to put in gas works.

Messrs. Quigley and Plate did not want one without the other on this proposition so the matter was ended in regard to it. These gentlemen desire to put in a bid when we have water works put in. They propose what we think is a good system, and by their talk they showed that they were perfectly conversant with the water works question. They propose the stand-pipe system and explained it in detail to those present.

During the meeting a motion was made and carried that a committee be appointed from the citizens meeting and city council to investigate the different systems of water works of our neighboring cities and report which they thought was the best. J. G. Danks and Maj. Sleeth were selected to represent the citizens, and Monday night Councilmen Dean, Dunn, Thompson, and Mayor Schiffbauer were taken from the city council. On motion the meeting was adjourned to await the report of the committee.

The time has come for some action to be taken. The citizens of Arkansas City have expressed their desire for water works. The start has been made to get them. Let the ball be pushed forward rapidly. Protection from fire for our town we must have and right now is the accepted time to get it.

Arkansas City Republican, August 22, 1885.


Henry Mowry Shoots James P. Smith Dead in the Alley At the Rear

Of O. P. Houghton's Store.

The Murderer Captured After an Exciting Chase of Several Squares,

On Being Wounded by Pistol Shots from One of His Pursuers.

Between 5 and 6 o'clock, just as the REPUBLICAN was making ready to go to press last evening, a firing of fire-arms was distinctly heard in the rear of O. P. Houghton's dry goods store. Rushing from our office up on to the street, we saw a number of our citizens running very hurriedly for the alley and in pursuit of a man fleeing south, who carried a shot gun. The police were after him and the excited crowd was crying out "shoot him." Several shots were fired, but none seemed to take effect. Going to the rear of O. P. Houghton's store, where a knot of men were assembled, we saw a man lying upon the ground with the life blood gushing from a seeping wound in the left side of his neck. The blood flowed in an exceeding large stream and it was evident that the wounded man had not long to live. Physicians were summoned. Drs. Sparks, Westfall, and Geo. Wright were there in about three minutes of the shooting. They stanched the flow of blood as soon as possible and carried the wounded man into Mr. Houghton's store, where he died at about 7:30 p.m. In the meantime the crowd and police followed the fugitive up the alley to 4th avenue and thence two squares west, where he was captured. During the chase west on 4th avenue several shots were exchanged between the pursued and pursuers, and one shot took effect in the former a short distance below the groin, passing through the fat part of his thigh. The bullet had struck his watch and glanced downward, thereby saving his life. The captured man proved to be Henry Mowry, known to all as "Hank" Mowry. The man whom he had shot was Jas. P. Smith, the proprietor of a brickyard in the vicinity of Harmon's Ford.

The prisoner after the capture was conveyed to the Occidental Hotel, where physicians were summoned and his wound dressed.

The cause of the trouble was about as follows.

Henry Mowry on Friday afternoon went to the residence of O. F. Godfrey. Mr. Mowry had been at one time an intimate friend of the Godfrey family, sometime ago boarding at their house. Not long since he was requested to seek other quarters on account of dissatisfaction. He took rooms at the Occidental; but paid visits, according to Mrs. Godfrey's testimony, to the house, and she had told him she wished that he would remain away, but he refused to do so. Yesterday afternoon he paid three visits to the house. The first was a short time after dinner. Mr. Godfrey was not at home. As an excuse for coming, Mowry said he had brought down some wheat for the birds. He also told Mrs. Godfrey that he was infatuated with her. She requested him to leave or she would tell her husband, who would make him. He left and in about 20 minutes returned with a double barreled shot gun. She saw him coming and ran into her bedroom and locked the door. He came on in the house, and by promising not to hurt her, persuaded her to come out of the room. In the conversation which followed, she again asked him to leave and he reiterated his demands that she would not tell her husband, and threatened her, saying he would just as leave kill her and perhaps would before night. After this Mowry took his departure and Mrs. Godfrey sent her son after Mr. Godfrey. A few minutes after he had been home, Mowry returned for the third time. They saw him coming and went into the dining room. Mowry came up to the front gate. Godfrey called to him not to come in. He made some kind of a reply, raised his gun, and fired through the front window into the bedroom, the shot passing through a partition wall. In a few seconds he fired again, the shot having the same range as the first. He then proceeded to load his gun as he walked rapidly north on 7th street until he arrived at 7th avenue, where he broke into a run and came west to Summit, coming south on Summit to Central Avenue and then running west obliquely to the alley where the fatal shot was fired. Along Mowry's run, citizens began to give chase to capture the fugitive.

It is not known where the deceased entered the pursuit, but by the time Mowry was abreast of the rear of O. P. Houghton's store, he was not a dozen paces behind him. At this moment Mowry turned and commanded his pursuer to halt. Smith stopped, and Mowry turned and started again, while Smith took after him again. Mowry again turned, and commanded Smith to stop, which the latter did not do. Mowry raised his gun and fired, when he was in about ten or twelve feet of him. The entire charge took effect in the left jaw and neck. Smith fell forward upon his hands and knees, while the murderer ran on down the alley. At the post mortem examination of the wound, made by Drs. Sparks and Westfall, during the coroner's inquest, last night, they stated that "the main wound was two inches below the lobe of the left ear, and two inches to the centre of it, and to the front of the posterior angle of the lower jaw. One-and-a-half inches of the lower jaw was carried away; and that the left anterior temporal artery was wounded; also the left jugular vein." In the minds of the examining physicians, the wound was sufficient to cause death.

The coroner's jury after investigation rendered a verdict that James P. Smith came to his death by a gun in the hands of Henry Mowry being discharged by him feloniously to kill and murder. The investigation lasted until 3 a.m. The jury was composed of E. P. Greer, R. C. Howard, S. C. Lindsay, Chas. Bryant, Ira Barnett, and J. B. Nipp. County Attorney Asp, being away from home, Senator Hackney came down to attend the case.

The prisoner was kept at the Occidental Hotel all night under a strong guard. When he was first captured, the talk of lynching was so strong that the Arkansas Valley Guards were put on duty to patrol the streets and squelch all rising of indignant citizens, besides a large number of extra police being distributed through the hallways of the hotel.

He was taken to Winfield this morning on the early train and placed in jail. The prisoner when first arrested was defiant, but later in the evening he gave away and expressed fears of being lynched. When the writer in company with the coroner went to see him he talked rationally and answered questions quite readily. He kept his eyes covered with his hands and did not once remove them while we were in the room.

The prisoner is about 40 years of age, and belongs to one of the first families of the lower Arkansas Valley. His parents reside in Bolton Township. One of the most heart-rendering scenes we ever witnessed in our lives was when his mother was brought to his bedside. No pen could paint the anguish of that mother and the eyes of the many spectators were moistened as her pitiful moans fell upon their ears as she was brought into the hotel.

The deceased, James P. Smith, was a married man and was 40 years of age. He was a peaceable citizen and universally esteemed. He leaves his wife and two small children. Mrs. Smith has been sick in bed for some time, and the shock to her is almost more than the poor woman can bear. Upon the news being broken to her, it prostrated her so that she was unable to be conveyed to the side of her dying husband until a few moments before he died. He did not recognize her. Our heart fails us! We dare not speak of the pitiful scene which occurred at the dying bedside.

It is supposed that Mowry was under the influence of intoxicants when he enacted the horrible tragedy, although he was not a drinking man. His wound was not a severe one, being only an injury of the flesh.

This affair is the most horrible one in the annals of Arkansas City. It is regretted by all. The sympathy of the community is extended to both families. The blow is very severe to them and especially so to Mrs. Smith, who is in a bad condition to have such a bereavement befall her.

A. G. Lowe was the first person to lay hands on the prisoner. When but a few feet from him, Mowry raised his gun and fired at him. Several shots took effect in Lowe's leg, but most of the charge spent its force in the ground in front of Mr. Lowe.

Excerpts from article about new business blocks...

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 29, 1885.

Our New Business Blocks.

From time to time the REPUBLICAN has made mention of the various handsome business blocks as they commenced erection, but we have never gone into details.

O. P. Houghton has just completed his addition of 26 x 50 feet to his business room. This makes his store room extend to the alley, a distance of 132 feet. Mr. Houghton uses his addition for his display of carpets and ready made clothing.

Arkansas City Republican, August 29, 1885.

R. A. Houghton went to Kansas City last Saturday and returned Monday.

Unknown: Frank Houghton...Unless this is a reference to "Fred" Houghton...

Excerpt pertaining to Creswell Township...

Arkansas City Traveler, September 16, 1885.

Delegate Convention.

The primaries were held in this city and in Creswell Township on Saturday evening, notwithstanding the severe rain storm. The proceedings were orderly and the selection of delegates was gone through with as a routine matter.


Pursuant to a call duly issued the Republican voters of Creswell Township met in caucus at the Stone House on the Winfield road at 7 o'clock p.m., September 12th. On motion E. C. Burt was chosen chairman, and W. C. Guyer, clerk. On motion the following named gentlemen were chosen as delegates to the County Convention: G. W. Ramage, Jesse Stansbury, E. C. Burt, A. B. Sankey, W. C. Guyer, P. M. Vaughn, at large. Alternates: Washington Allen, Frank Houghton, I. L. Wade, A. G. Kells, J. B. Tucker, R. L. Marshall. On motion it was ordered that the delegates go uninstructed. On motion the following named gentlemen were chosen as Township Central Committee: F. M. Vaughn, Chairman; I. L. Wade, clerk, A. B. Sankey. The caucus then adjourned.

W. C. GUYER, Clerk. E. C. HUNT, Chairman.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 19, 1885.

Pursuant to a call duly issued, the Republican voters of Creswell Township met in caucus at the stone house on the Winfield road at 7:30 o'clock p.m., Sept. 11. On motion E. C. Burt was chosen chairman and W. E. Guyer, clerk. On motion the following named gentlemen were chosen as delegates to the county convention: G. Ramage, Jesse Stansberry, E. C. Burt, A. B. Sankey, W. C. Guyer, F. M. Vaughn at large; Alternates: Washington Allen, Frank Houghton, I. L. Wade, A. G. Kells, and J. B. Tucker. R. L. Marshall at large. On motion it was ordered that the delegates should go uninstructed. On motion the following gentlemen were chosen as Township Central Committee: F. M. Vaughn, chairman; I. L. Wade, Clerk; A. B. Sankey. On motion the caucus adjourned.

W. C. GUYER, Clerk, E. C. BURT, Chairman.

Arkansas City Republican, September 19, 1885.

O. P. Houghton is afflicted with rheumatism.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 23, 1885.

O. P. Houghton announces in our columns that he is prepared for the fall trade, and offers bargains in dry goods, carpets, ready made clothing, and sundry lines of goods which are worthy the attention of buyers.

Clothing Cheap at the Green Front.





Fall goods at the Green Front, and will be sold at the lowest possible price. We have everything you want in dry goods, clothing, hats, caps, carpets, boots, shoes, blankets, underwear, ladies' and children's wraps, etc. Best 10 or 8 ounce hat at Green Front. We will sustain our reputation of selling for less margin than any house in the county.


W. S. Houghton was a relative of Topliff. Mentioned earlier...

Arkansas City Republican, September 26, 1885.

J. C. Topliff will soon commence the erection of two business rooms for W. S. Houghton on lots just south of the Hasie block. The block is to be two stories high and 50 x 100 feet.

Arkansas City Republican, September 26, 1885.

THE COWBOYS' PARADISE. The place for Cattlemen to Purchase their Equine Equipments is at T. R. HOUGHTON'S MAMMOTH HARNESS SHOP.

He keeps in stock Harness, Saddles, Bridles, Spurs, Horse Blankets, Whips, etc.


Arkansas City Traveler, September 30, 1885.

Business Changes.

We report an important business change in this city. The popular grocery firm of J. W. Hutchison & Sons retire from the lists, and R. A. Houghton succeeds. These parties are well known, and have enjoyed the confidence of the public for many years. As merchants the Hutchison family have won an enviable reputation for their business enterprise, their uniform fair dealing, and courteous attention to all classes of patrons. Rube Houghton, who has purchased the business, is one of our pioneer merchants, being engaged in merchandising when Arkansas City was in the egg, and Southern Kansas was emerging from an Indian reservation into the home of the progressive white man. The transfer was made a few days ago, the stock being invoiced to the purchaser; and Rube Houghton, the old time merchant and more recent cattle baron, is now at home to welcome his many friends and supply the wants of his patrons. Housekeepers and others who have been purchasing their groceries at this popular house will regret to see the former firm name erased, but their confidence in the house will be unimpaired with R. A. Houghton in charge, and he will retain the brothers Ed. and Bob as assistants. We predict the present owner with his business experience and extensive acquaintance can hold his own against all competitors.

Arkansas City Republican, October 3, 1885.

R. A. Houghton has once more donned the active business harness. Tuesday he purchased the grocery establishment of J. W. Hutchison & Sons. The consideration was a 240 acre farm in Montgomery County. While we do not like to witness the Hutchison boys' retirement from business, yet we are glad to note that they are succeeded by a gentleman who will so well perpetuate the business commenced by them. Mr. Houghton has been a resident of Arkansas City for 13 years, and being engaged in mercantile pursuits the most of that time, he enjoys an extensive acquaintance. His friends and acquaintances gladly welcome him back to the turmoil of an active business life. Rob and Ed Hutchison will remain with Mr. Houghton, and their smiling countenances will make all the old customers of J. W. Hutchison & Sons feel perfectly at home. Frank Hutchison will rusticate, or, perhaps, better still, will get married. We wish all good luck.

Excerpt from article...

Arkansas City Traveler, October 7, 1885.


A Brief Statement of the Building Growth of Arkansas City.

O. P. Houghton's 32 foot extension to his dry goods store still leaves him insufficient room, but as it is now late in the season, we believe he defers rebuilding the main part of his house till the coming spring.

Excerpts from article...

Arkansas City Traveler, October 7, 1885.

Council Proceedings.

The following bills were acted on.

T. R. Houghton, $1.25; referred.

County bill of O. P. Houghton, $10.51; approved.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 21, 1885.

Council Proceedings.

T. R. Houghton, $1.25; allowed.

Arkansas City Republican, October 17, 1885.

R. A. Houghton & Co., is the name of the new grocery firm. T. G. Hill and G. W. Herbert are members of the firm. Success, gentlemen.


Arkansas City Republican, October 24, 1885.

"Two Hearts that Beat as One."

MARRIED. Once again the REPUBLICAN is called upon to chronicle the oft repeated story that shy Cupid has pierced two hearts with his heavenly dart. A public acknowledgment of this union of hearts, at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. H. O. Meigs, was made last Wednesday evening, at 8 o'clock, in the presence of invited guests, by Miss Anna Meigs and L. V. Coombs. By the sacred tie of marriage, Rev. J. O. Campbell, in his most approved style, joined this most estimable couple in a new and holy relation.


At an early hour of this auspicious evening the invited guests began to assemble at the residence. As each one arrived some elegant token of friendship was stored in the present room labeled with the donor's name. At the appointed hour the joyous couple assumed their positions in front of Rev. Campbell, who soon pronounced them man and wife. Then the congratulations began and lasted until one and all had wished the newly married couple God speed on life's journey.

After many and many blessings bestowed upon them, the wedding supper was announced. Here our faber fails us. We cannot paint the glorious scene at the festal board. Let it suffice for us to say that the eatables presented to the guests were fit to grace the table of any royal family, and ample justice was done to them by the happy throng. Until a late hour the merry-making was kept up, the bride and groom participating with a hearty good will.

The groom, Lewis V. Coombs, is so well known in this community by all that it would only be an expenditure of labor for us to pass any encomium on him. We wish him well and know he will be happy with his new wife for he made a wise choice.

Miss Anna Meigs, like the groom, has grown up in our midst from childhood. Being the daughter of one of our most respectable families, she is what she should be--a lady. Handsome, honest, frank, and an affectionate disposition are requisites she possesses to make Mr. Coombs a good wife.

The following is a list of the names of the donors and their presents and will show in what high estimation the receivers were held by their many friends.

Gold watch and chain from groom.

Hanging lamp: Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Houghton.

Clock: E. L. McDowell.

Statuary and Salts: Miss Grace Bidwell, Mrs. A. W. Brokaw, and Frank Bidwell, of Wichita.

Silver cake basket: Miss Linda Christian and W. A. Daniels.

Solid silver napkin rings: Archie Coombs.

Silver ice pitcher and goblet: Arthur Coombs.

Silver butter dish: Mr. and Mrs. T. H. McLaughlin.

Silver cut glass jelly dish: Maud Meigs.

Silver cake basket: Mr. and Mrs. Ed Kingsbury.

Silver spoonholder: John G. Cook.

Silver and glass set: sugar bowl, cream pitcher, spoonholder, cruet, and toothpick holder--M. L. Read and L. N. Coburn.

Silver and cut glass breakfast castor: Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Stuart.

Set silver knives and forks: Dr. and Mrs. Chapel.

Silver and glass berry dish: Mollie Christian and Phil Snyder.

Set silver knives, forks, and spoons: Mr. and Mrs. H. W. Stuart.

Chair tidy: Miss Estelle Kellogg.

Silver butter knife: Bert Meigs.

Bible: Mrs. J. West.

Bedspread: Mrs. H. O. Meigs.

Amberina water set: Mary E. Meigs.

Table cloth and napkins: A. A. Newman & Co.

Chair: Dr. and Mrs. Kellogg.

Deed for one-half block in the city of Anthony: H. O. Meigs.

$10.00: J. W. Clandenin, Pratt, Kansas.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 31, 1885.


Dollars Worth of Improvements Made to Arkansas City This Building Season.

The following is a partial list of the improvements made in Arkansas City since March 1, 1885.

O. P. Houghton, add store room: $6,000

Frank Houghton, cottage: $300

T. R. Houghton, addition: $300

Houghton block: $22,000

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 31, 1885.

A Citizens Committee.

Last Monday evening several of our leading citizens met in the office of Judge Pyburn, for the purpose of organizing a citizens committee, its object to be to protect and promote the interest of Arkansas City, in any way that would tend to help and sustain the rapid growth of the Border City. A. J. Pyburn was called to the chair, and M. N. Sinnott was elected secretary. A temporary organization was made and an adjournment was taken until Tuesday evening at the same place, when a permanent organization was made by electing A. J. Pyburn, president; H. D. Kellogg, vice president; M. N. Sinnott, secretary; N. T. Snyder, assistant secretary; W. D. Mowry, treasurer. A finance committee was also appointed consisting of the following: A. A. Newman, H. O. Meigs, and W. D. Kreamer. Also an executive committee as follows: G. W. Cunningham, Wm. Sleeth, Amos Walton, H. D. Kellogg, N. T. Snyder, T. H. McLaughlin, W. D. Mowry, A. D. Prescott, and F. P. Schiffbauer. Committee made an assessment of $5.00 on all members and it was also decided that any citizen of good standing could become a member by paying the same fee.

The following are the charter members.

Names selected by the committee: Chas. Sipes, Geo. Howard, Geo. Cunningham, Wm. Mowry, Rev. Fleming, F. P. Schiffbauer, A. J. Pyburn, H. O. Meigs, Jas. L. Huey, Wm. Sleeth, W. D. Kreamer, A. A. Newman, A. D. Prescott, Jacob Hight, T. H. McLaughlin, O. S. Rarick, Jamison Vawter, J. P. Johnson, H. D. Kellogg, Ed. Grady, O. P. Houghton, M. N. Sinnott, Geo. W. Miller, N. T. Snyder, Amos Walton, Jas. Ridenour.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 4, 1885.


A Popular Movement to Advance the City's Interests.

On Monday evening of last week, about a score of our prominent citizens held a meeting in Judge Pyburn's office to consider the most practicable means of advancing the interests of this city. The views expressed were that in a rapidly growing country, where incoming population is apt to seek new channels, and business interests are created by the changing tide of affairs, it is necessary for every city that seeks growth and prosperity to be on the alert and lend its hand in shaping matters to its own advantage. It was agreed that to put the forces of a community to the best avail, it is necessary to have some organization to depute some number of men of good judgment and business acumen to watch the changes in the kaleidoscope of social life, and suggest means for turning them to proper advantage; to perform the duty of a picket guard in the army. In fact, holding themselves in an advanced position, and watching every movement that comes under their notice. As an initial step to the organization sought after, the meeting chose of the persons present, Messrs. A. A. Newman, A. D. Prescott, G. W. Miller, N. T. Snyder, and Amos Walton as an executive committee, with power to add to their number, and report to a public meeting to be held in the Opera house the following evening.

On Tuesday the Buckskin Border Band stationed outside that popular place of amusement, gave notice to the public that business was to be done by playing several choice airs in their usual artistic style. Several score of people gave heed to the summons, and by 8 o'clock there were about a hundred assembled. The meeting was called to order, Mayor Schiffbauer was chosen chairman, and our new postmaster, M. N. Sinnott, appointed secretary. Amos Walton, on behalf of the originators of the movement, was called on to explain the object of the meeting. He told what had been done the evening before, and handed to the secretary a list of names selected by the committee to add to their number, and said he would then ask the sense of the meeting on the choice made. The secretary read the following names.

C. R. Sipes; G. W. Cunningham; Rev. S. B. Fleming; A. J. Pyburn; H. O. Meigs; W. M. Sleeth; Jacob Hight; O. S. Rarick; J. P. Johnson; Ed Grady; Geo. Howard; D. Mowry; F. P. Schiffbauer; James Ridenour; Jas. L. Huey; W. D. Kreamer; T. H. McLaughlin; Dr. Jamison Vawter; Dr. H. D. Kellogg; O. P. Houghton; M. N. Sinnott.

Mr. Walton said he commended the object of the proposed organization because it gave our citizens the benefit of the counsel and services of two dozen of our most experienced citizens (He wished to exclude himself from self commendation.) who would be on the lookout for opportunities to turn to the public good. The plan as he sketched it was for those two dozen sagacious men to mature among themselves whatever movements would advance the public good, and then call a public meeting to whom their plans could be unfolded and action taken on them. On motion the list of names read by the secretary was approved.

Several other speakers followed in like strain.

Frank Austin preferred to have the organization placed on a broader basis. It had been called a board of trade by some speakers, and he wanted it made one in fact. He wanted membership thrown open to all eligible persons, and stated times of meeting. To create a fund for any sudden use he would have an initiation fee and an annual subscription.

But this proposition was generally opposed on the ground that it was taking the organization out of the hands of those who framed it. The meeting having nothing further before it, adjourned.

At a subsequent meeting of the executive committee, on the 29th, an organization was effected by electing A. J. Pyburn, president; H. D. Kellogg, vice president; M. N. Sinnott, secretary; N. T. Snyder, assistant secretary; W. D. Mowry, treasurer. It was also decided to increase the membership by admitting any fitting person on payment of $5 initiation fee. The following committees were appointed.

Finance Committee: A. A. Newman, H. O. Meigs, W. D. Kreamer.

Executive Committee: G. W. Cunningham, W. M. Sleeth, Amos Walton, H. D. Kellogg, N. T. Snyder, T. H. McLaughlin, W. D. Mowry, A. D. Prescott, F. P. Schiffbauer.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 7, 1885.


All of the best makes and latest styles, which we are making SPECIAL LOW FIGURES ON As well as on all other goods. Remember we are the only house in the city that sells the FITCH BOOT And GANNON FINE SHOE, for Ladies and Misses. Custom Made. Every Pair Warranted. O. P. HOUGHTON, At the Green Front.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 11, 1885.

Theoron Houghton has spread a coat of floral pigment on the front of his store and his awning posts, and half the men in town are daubed with it. When a victim mentions the fact to this dry joker, he says, "It's my way of painting the town red."

Arkansas City Republican, November 14, 1885.

T. R. Houghton has retouched the front of his saddlery and harness shop with a coat of paint.

Arkansas City Republican, November 21, 1885.

Some of the stockholders of Riverview Cemetery Association met in Meigs & Nelson's office last Tuesday evening as per call. C. R. Sipes was chosen chairman, and O. P. Houghton secretary pro tem. There were not enough stockholders present to go into the election of officers, so the meeting was adjourned one week--Tuesday evening, November 24, at 7 p.m. sharp. All the stockholders are once more requested to be present.

Arkansas City Republican, November 28, 1885.

Bolton Items.

Bolton Township is increasing her population this week from the fact that some of the Chilocco people are pulling into the state. Some, having been ordered out of the Territory; others, having sold their improvements, coming into the state.

Lafayette Chetum has sold his improvements to a Cherokee Indian. What business a Cherokee has on this strip more than a white man, we are not prepared to say.

J. Kindrick has rented the Radcliffe farm and will not inhabit the Territory any longer.

MARRIED. Sherman Wing and Libbie Davis made their escape to Winfield, Wednesday, and returned the same day as man and wife. We extend our congratulations, and wish them happiness, prosperity, and a long life. Sherman is a member of the East Bolton Band and was the first to make a bold stand and come out to lead a different life.

The I. X. L. people have services in their schoolhouse twice, and occasionally three times, a month. The second Sunday in December, Rev. Bowles will preach for them; the third, Rev. Fleming, and the fourth, Rev. Vie.

The festival in District 80 was a glorious occasion for the people of East Bolton. At least 250 persons were present to partake of the good things under the weight of which the tables fairly groaned. A better display of large cakes never was made in Bolton. Two experts were kept carving for three hours, and they tell us that boxes and baskets filled with roast turkeys, chickens, and pigs were left untouched! Everybody in the vicinity of District 80 bent every energy to make it a success. Among the persons present from Arkansas City were Thomas Kimmel and lady, W. R. Hoffman and lady, Rev. Lundy, Rev. Fleming and lady, Ira Barnett and lady, Will Mowry and lady, Miss Guthrie, Mrs. Shepard, Mrs. Vawter, and O. P. Houghton. Ira Barnett thinks the tall grass in the hollows must all have been searched to get such a large crowd in East Bolton. We believe that we can truthfully say, and that without boasting, that District 80 has the best schoolhouse, outside of towns and cities, in Cowley County. The festival netted them about $50. It was financially, socially, and in every sense, a success. Lamps for lighting the house and a bell have already been purchased with a surplus of $20 in the treasury for furnishing the house with reading and physiology charts.

East Bolton Band dispensed some fine music at the festival. Ed. Buzzi, who plays the bass, was absent in the Territory hunting, but his father took his place and showed the boys he could play that part. Mr. Buzzi came from Switzerland near the Italy line and the Swiss and Italians beat the world for music.

Arkansas City Republican, December 5, 1885.

35 cent all wool red flannel, very heavy, for 23 cents. O. P. Houghton.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, December 9, 1885.


Every day and evening this month at R. A. HOUGHTON.

FRESH GROCERIES, Flour and Feed.


A Fine Assortment of HANGING LAMPS.

Call Early and Secure a Reserved Seat.


Paper referred to W. S. and M. S. Houghton. Believe it should have shown "W. S." in each instance...MAW

Arkansas City Traveler, December 9, 1885.

City Council Proceedings.

The mayor and clerk were instructed to execute a quit claim deed to W. S. Houghton for some city lots.

J. C. Topliff, in behalf of O. Stevenson and M. S. Houghton, complained of the feeding of teams on Fourth Avenue, declaring it a nuisance and asking that it be abated. Petition placed on file, and city marshal instructed to look into the matter.

Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.

A lot of ladies' and misses' skirts will be closed out for less than cost of manufacturing them at O. P. Houghton's.

Arkansas City Republican, December 12, 1885.


Keep on hand a Full Line of Harness Saddles, Bridles, spurs, Whips, Robes, Etc., at


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 19, 1885.

No invoice of those custom made Fitch Boots. Every pair warranted. O. P. HOUGHTON.

Excerpt from City Council proceedings...

Arkansas City Traveler, December 23, 1885.


An Amended Water Works Proposition Adopted.

A Busy and Protracted Session.

The following petition was read to the council.

ARKANSAS CITY, KANSAS, December 15, 1885.

To the Hon. Mayor:

We the undersigned citizens of Arkansas City respectfully request that city ordinance No. 3 be so amended as to read that all auctioneers of dry goods, hardware, boots and shoes, clothing, hats and caps, furnishing, fancy goods and notions, agricultural implements, wagons and buggies, jewelry, groceries, drugs, and all other goods carried by legitimate business houses of this city shall pay a license of $25 per day. We pray the honorable Mayor and council to act immediately on this matter in the interest of the businessmen of Arkansas City.


Ridenour & Thompson

Youngheim & Co.

Mrs. W. M. Henderson

John Gallagher

O. P. Houghton

S. Matlack

J. W. Hutchison

N. T. Snyder

And many others.

The matter was debated at considerable length. Councilman Dunn said he was desirous to act for the best interests of the city, to protect the rights of the buyer as well as those of the seller. He believed in free competition; low prices were a benefit to the consumer though they might cut down the profits of the merchant. He was not a buyer of cheap auction goods himself, but he was acquainted with some who were, and he mentioned several cases where a large saving was effected in the price of goods.

Mr. Dunn was in favor of keeping peddlers and auctioneers in wagons off Summit Street. They gathered large crowds around them and impeded travel. But the petition just read he thought was directed more particularly against men who came here to sell bankrupt stock. They paid the taxes imposed by the city, and he didn't know how you could get at them.

Mr. Prescott said it was a question in his mind whether the council could stop their operations.

Mr. Hill said the law will not allow you to impose a license of $25 a day; it was oppressive.

The mayor said this class of merchants can evade any kind of tax you choose to impose. The man who puts up goods at a certain price and comes down to the views of his customers; who offers an article for sale at $1, then falls to 75 cents, 50 cents, and finally sells it for two bits, is not an auctioneer in the eyes of the law, and the courts have many times so decided.

On motion the petition was referred to a special committee to be chosen by the mayor. His honor named Messrs. Hight, Prescott, and Dunn. The two first named asked to be excused, and gave their reasons.

The mayor stated, "Everybody else would be in the same fix; I guess the committee is good enough as it stands."

A petition numerously signed was next read asking that a substantial bridge be built over the Water Power Co.'s canal on the grade made necessary by the railroad track on Central Avenue; also to have the railroad company grade that avenue so as to make a convenient and safe crossing over their track.

Mr. Hill being called on to express his views said the bridge asked for ought to be 36 feet wide and the road through the swamp should have a width of 40 feet. A large amount of material would be needed to fill in, and he didn't know where it was to be obtained; certainly not within a reasonable distance. He would have a wide avenue opened through the swamp, and a sluice hole made to let the water off. It was necessary the swamp should be removed. The city is growing; and here is a fever hole diffusing infection. The level of the Arkansas River is seven feet lower, and the swamp could be drained into the river by means of a ditch.

Mr. Prescott. "What would be the cost of such a ditch?"

Mr. Hill. "The cost would not exceed $250."

After an informal debate, the petition was referred to the committee on streets and alleys.

Mr. Hight said the people on Central Avenue want cross walks. The council was familiar with the bad condition of the road there, and the crossings asked for were needed. Labor and material are cheap now, and the work could never be done more advantageously. He moved that four crossings be put in.

Mr. Bailey. "What is the matter with Fourth Avenue? Why can't the people there have crossings?"

Mr. Prescott said a number of property owners living on Eighth Avenue were willing to lay sidewalks in front of their lots, but they first desired to have a grade established.

Mr. Dean remarked that every time a survey was made, a different level was reached. The present county surveyor might establish one grade, but his successor would give a different one. The matter went over without motion.

Mr. Hill wanted the road leveled in the fourth ward in front of the schoolhouse. He would cut down the knoll and fill the hollow. Referred to the road commissioner.

Mr. Hight objected to the ordinance defining the fire limits as ironclad in its provisions; it allowed no discretion to the council. When a person wants to put up a small frame building, there was no authority to grant permission.

Mr. Prescott asked how reducing the fire limits to the alleys would do?

Mr. Hight said that would admit of barns being built in the rear of valuable stores, and endangering their safety.

Mr. Prescott said that bringing in the fire limits to within 30 or 40 feet of the alleys will allow lot owners on Sixth and Eighth Streets to erect frame buildings in front of their lots. Referred to the ordinance committee.

The Mayor said that while in St. Louis recently, he had called at the office of the Inter-State Gas Co., to learn whether they had accepted the franchise offered them to furnish water works for Arkansas City. He saw Mr. Putter, and that gentleman objected to several provisions contained in ordinance No. 26. The section in regard to hydrants was not specific, too many fire alarms were requested, and the bonds to be given for the faithful performance of the work were made perpetual. The company had prepared an ordinance for submission to the city council, revoking the former one, substantially alike in character, except that the size of the pipe had been cut down. Three and a half miles of pipe are to be laid; the company agreeing to put in two supply pipes of 18 inch capacity from the works to the main on Summit Street. Then they agree to lay 1,700 feet of 8 inch pipe, 2,380 feet of 6 inch, and the remainder not to be less than 4 inch. Fifty hydrants will be furnished of a specific cost, and the rest of the contract is in harmony with the published ordinance.

The proposal being read it was submitted to a searching discussion. Messrs. Hill, Dean, Dunn, and Prescott did not like the cut in the size of the pipe; it left too much of the four inch variety.

The mayor said the proposal of the company was before them to do with as they pleased; he understood it to be their wilfulness. There was no use in the council amending it because the company would accept no modification; it must be approved or rejected as it stands. Having been read over the first time and the changes from the published ordinance noted, it was then read a second time by sections and adopted, and then adopted as a whole. The votes on the final passage being: ayes--Bailey, Davis, Hill, Hight. Noes--Dean, Dunn, Prescott.

Mr. Hill, in explaining his vote, said he was not satisfied with the proposition; he thought a cheaper service could be obtained. But he felt assured that if it was rejected, we should be burdened and impoverished with our present system for another year. He also has regard for the faithful labors of Mayor Schiffbauer in endeavoring to procure an adequate water supply, and since that gentleman was confident in his belief that the company we were dealing with would give us a better service than their proposition set forth, he would defer in his judgment, and hence he had voted aye.

The council adjourned at 10:45 p.m.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 23, 1885.

Closed on Christmas.

We, the undersigned, agree to close our respective places of business during the entire day on the four national holidays: New Year's Day, July 4, Thanksgiving day, and Christmas day.

A. A. Newman & Co.

Ochs & Nicholson

S. Matlack

O. P. Houghton

Youngheim & Co.

Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.

MARRIED. Last Thursday evening at the residence of R. A. Houghton, Miss Angie R. Mantor was united in marriage to Lorenzo Goff. Rev. S. B. Fleming performed the ceremony. The wedding was a quiet one, none but relatives being in attendance. Miss Mantor is one of Arkansas City's most estimable, and christian ladies. Mr. Goff is a well-to-do farmer residing four miles northeast of town. As soon as married, the couple departed for the home of Mr. Goff and the future home of Mrs. Goff. The REPUBLICAN congratulates this most worthy couple and hopes their married life will be nothing but pleasure and joy.

Arkansas City Republican, December 26, 1885.

Bennett Chapter No. 41 elected the following officers last Wednesday night. J. Ridenour, H. P.; O. P. Houghton, K.; L. McLaughlin, S.; J. L. Huey, Treasurer; C. Hutchins, Secretary; W. D. Mowry, C. of H.; J. Benedict, P. S.; George Russel, R. A. C.; J. C. Pickering, 3rd Vail; J. P. Johnson, 2nd Vail; J. T. Shepard, 1st Vail; H. P. Standley, G.

Arkansas City Republican, January 16, 1886.

BIRTH. Born January 6, 1886, to Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Houghton, a boy babe.

Arkansas City Republican, January 23, 1886.

The Cowley County Cattle Company held their annual meeting last Monday evening in Judge Pyburn's office and elected the following officers. President, W. J. Hodges; vice president, W. M. Snyder; secretary, R. A. Houghton; treasurer, W. M. Snyder, and manager,

G. L. Kirkpatrick.

Arkansas City Traveler, January 27, 1886.

O. P. Houghton offers a discount of 20 percent to purchasers for the next thirty days. He is closing out his winter stock, and offers rare bargains.

AD. WILL GIVE 20 PERCENT DISCOUNT on the Following Goods for the next 30 DAYS:

Men's and Boys' Winter Clothing.

Men's and Boys' Caps.

Men's and Boys' Wool Lined Goods.

Ladies' and Misses' Wraps.

Ladies' and Misses' Gloves.

Ladies' Shawls.

Wool and Wool Mixed Dress Goods.

All Grades of Wool Delaine Except Red.

Repellants, Linseys, Hoods, Misses' and Children's Caps.

Men's, Ladies' and Children's Underwear.

Laces, Kid Gloves, Comforts and Brocade Velvet.

Respectfully, O. P. HOUGHTON, At the GREEN FRONT.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 10, 1886.


Our Municipal Fathers Settle Down to an Evening's Solid Work.

The city council met in special session on Monday evening, all present but Capt. Thompson. In the absence of the mayor, Councilman Prescott was called on to preside.

The following communication from Mayor Schiffbauer was read by the City Clerk.

"Feeling indisposed and unable to attend your session this evening, I would respectfully recommend the passage of the ordinance, to be submitted to you this evening, in reference to auctioneers, but would beg to suggest that it be made a requisite therein that the applicant shall have resided in the city six months prior to making application for license as auctioneer."

The judgment held by the Chicago Lumber Co. against Creswell Township amounting, with interest and costs of suit, to $673.48, was again taken up. The clerk read a communication from Mayor Schiffbauer recommending that the claim be not paid for the following reasons.

1st. The judgment is against Creswell Township, and not against this city.

2nd. No demand was ever made on the city for the payment of this claim, and the law plainly says no claim against the city shall be considered by the council, unless the same be presented in proper form, itemized, and verified under oath.

3rd. This judgment was taken by default and if the city was an interested party should have been notified and allowed to set up a defense.

4th. The township tax levy of 1884-1885 and part of Creswell Township was collected and paid into the township treasury, and if the city is liable for 3/5 of this judgment, then she must also be entitled to 3/4 of these taxes from Creswell Township.

5th. In my opinion Creswell Township should pay off all judgments against her and if she has any claims against the city, let her present them, when in proper form, and allow the city to bring in any set off as counter claims they may have, and bring about a settlement of their differences. I have suggested this to the officers of Creswell Township at various times but without result. Creswell Township seems to labor under the impression that the city has no rights which the township is bound to respect, and that the township should dictate to the city in all matters. In my opinion this idea is erroneous.

The claim in its present shape was rejected, and the clerk instructed to notify the township trustees of the fact.

The petition of property holders on Thirteenth Street was again read.


To the Honorable Mayor and Aldermen of the city of Arkansas City, Kansas, in Common Council Assembled.

GENTLEMEN: We property holders on Thirteenth street of said city beg and petition your Honorable body to immediately take such legal steps as may lay in your power to procure for us damages done to our property abutting on said street, caused by the building of the Kansas City and Southwestern R. R. on the said street.

The right of way being granted to said R. R. Co. by your Honorable body, we deem it only right and proper that you procure for us the damages claimed by us, to our property.

Signed. Amount Claimed.

W. P. Wolfe 600.00

A. H. Johnson 500.00

Thomas Watts 1,500.00

D. R. Cooper 400.00

C. R. Sipes 100.00

Alex. Wilson 500.00

J. C. Topliff, for Virg. Walton 500.00

J. T. Shepard 1,800.00

C. S. Acker 200.00

E. A. Barron 500.00

I. H. Bonsall 200.00

G. W. Herbert 600.00

Jerry Logan 500.00

Thomas Croft 250.00

Daniel J. Kennedy 400.00

C. F. Snyder 1,000.00

Ge. W. Beane 700.00

H. G. Bailey 600.00

W. A. Nix 250.00

John Haney 400.00

F. B. Lane 400.00

E. Warren 500.00

W. S. Houghton, by Topliff 1,000.00

Nat Banks 150.00

Edith & Roy Chamberlain 700.00

Mr. Hill being called on in behalf of the railroad company, to explain, said the late severe weather had temporarily suspended all outside work, and the contractors had not yet been able to finish their work. Until the slopes were smoothed off and the cross walks properly laid, it would not be easy to determine what damage to the abutting property had actually been done. The claims set forth in the petition just read were equal to the entire value of the property; and he supposed the petitioners acted on the principle, which governs in all such cases of getting all they could. He did not admit that any real harm had been done to Thirteenth street lot owners. Free access was given to their houses by all vehicles, the grade at all places admitting of safe and easy turning. The fact of the railroad track being there might be assumed as a constructive damage; but to prove in court that real and tangible injury had been done would be a difficult undertaking.

Mr. Bailey asked whether the railroad company at any time intended to pay damages to the people of Thirteenth street.

This question brought a lengthy explanation from the gentleman interrogated, the object of which was to prove that no injury had been done. He was confident that not a man on Thirteenth street would sell his property for one dollar less price than before the railroad was built through that thoroughfare. He had asked the parties interested to wait till the work on the street is finished, but if they insisted on pressing their claims, now was as good a time as any. The city or the council, he would remind the gentleman, was not responsible for a dollar of the damages; the claims lay solely against the railroad company.

Mr. Bailey said he knew such to be the case.

After some further talk the petition was laid on the table.

Mr. Postlethwaite stated to the council that his son, on complaint of Kingsbury & Barnett, had been fined $3 and costs by the police justice, for selling newspapers on the street. He was not aware there was any city ordinance prohibiting such a practice, and he asked that the fine and costs be remitted.

Justice Bryant being called on said he construed the ordinance against peddlers as applying to this case, and had imposed the fine accordingly. But his mind was not clear that the offense charged was really a violation of the city ordinance, and he would like to have the opinion of the council in the matter.

Mr. Hill said he had had experience in a number of cities, but he had never known a previous case where the crying of newspapers on the street was prohibited.

Mr. Dunn said other cities encouraged the industry of newsboys, founding homes for them, and in other ways providing for their support and comfort.

Judge Bryant informed the council that Mr. Kingsbury insisted that the payment of an occupation tax protected him from such competition.

Mr. Dunn said the occupation tax was levied to provide a revenue for the city, and was by no means a protective tariff. Selling newspapers on the street was an educational agency, and should not be discouraged.

On motion the council ordered the fine and costs remitted.

Ordinance No. 29, to amend ordinance No. 12, in regard to the fire limits, was read and passed.

Ordinance No. 33, defining auctioneers' licenses, was read and laid over till next meeting.

Councilman Hight again urged the passage of an ordinance against prostitution and gambling.

Justice Bryant said frequent complaints were made to him of these offenses being committed in the city, but he was powerless to deal with them for want of an ordinance affixing a penalty.

On motion a special committee consisting of Messrs. Hill, Dunn, and Dean was appointed to consider and report the ordinance.

Mr. Odell offered to the council a letter received from Capt. Couch, representing the need of money to support him while in Washington urging the passage of Representative Weaver's Oklahoma bill; also a petition to Congress asking the passage of this measure was submitted for signature by the council.

Mr. Hill said the writer of the letter should have some assistance from this city. He was working in the interest of the city, in endeavoring to procure the opening of the territory to white settlers, and he was entitled to our recognition and aid. He was in favor of the council passing a resolution requesting the board of trade to take up a collection in his behalf.

Mr. Davis said he was not prepared to give anything in such a cause. He mentioned the case of one Stephens sent by this city some years ago to work in the interest of a certain bill, and his chief employment while in the National Capital was to lounge about the hotel bar-rooms and consume bad whiskey.

Mr. Hill said he had heard of a man seating himself in a barber's chair to be shaved, and the barber, instead of complying with the wish of his customer, cut his throat. But this had not put a stop to the business of barbering. Stephens' bad example and betrayal of trust should not discourage all further attempts to procure useful legislation from our lawmakers in Washington.

The resolution as proposed by Mr. Hill was adopted, and the council attached there signatures to the petition.

On motion of Mr. Dunn, the city clerk was instructed to report at the meeting of the council the names of those who have paid the occupation tax and the dog tax.

The council then adjourned.

Arkansas City Republican, February 20, 1886.

R. A. Houghton & Co., have purchased the grocery stock of Henry Endicott. The trade was consummated Monday. Messrs. Houghton & Co., are now conducting the two stores, and will until March 10, when the stocks will be combined, and placed in the room formerly occupied by Mr. Endicott. Elsewhere in one of our columns this firm advertises a big reduction in prices of groceries; queensware and glassware being sold at cost.

Arkansas City Republican, February 20, 1886.

REMOVAL! Having purchased the stock of groceries of Henry Endicott, we, in order to reduce our stock, will offer goods at the following low price for cash only.

All package coffee 15 cents per lb.

Granulated Sugar 12 lbs. for $1.00.

Good Light Brown Sugar 13-1/2 lbs. for $1.00.

All Standard Tobaccos 45-1/2 cents per lb.

Hominy 30 lbs. for $1.00.

Rice 12 lbs. for $1.00.

Dried Apples 17 lbs. for $1.00.

All other groceries at lowest possible price.

Entire stock of Queensware and Glassware will be closed out at actual cost.

Come and see us until March 10, 1886, at J. W. Hutchison & Sons old stand; after that date at McLaughlin Bros. Old Stand. Respectfully,


Arkansas City Republican, February 20, 1886.

R. A. Houghton & Co., have knocked the bottom out of prices in groceries, and queensware and glassware; call and see them.

Arkansas City Republican, February 20, 1886.

Saturday last a dispatch was received by R. A. Houghton, apprizing him of the death of his mother, who resides in Maine. A few days previous a message had been received stating that Mrs. Houghton was very sick, and her daughter, Mrs. Wyatt Gooch, and son, T. K. Houghton, had immediately started for her bedside. The deceased was the mother of Mrs. A. A. Newman, Mrs. Wyatt Gooch, R. A. Houghton, and T. K. Houghton. The death was unexpected and is a sad blow to the children.

[NOTE: This means R. A. and T. K. Houghton were brothers of Mrs. A. A. Newman and Mrs. Wyatt Gooch. Still unknown: Relationship of O. P. Houghton.]

Arkansas City Republican, February 20, 1886.

C. E. Salisbury & Co., have leased the south room under Highland Opera House and will open up their mammoth boot and shoe store about March 15. At present the room is occupied by R. A. Houghton & Co., who will remove to the Endicott room March 10. Messrs. Salisbury & Co., will have the room remodeled and repainted. Al. Mowry, of Bolton Township, has rented his farm and will remove to town to assist Salisbury & Co., as salesman.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 24, 1886.

New ginghams and prints are now arriving for spring trade. O. P. Houghton.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 24, 1886.

We have secured a lot of ladies' goat button shoes so that we can sell them less than they can be manufactured for. Call early if you wish to secure a bargain. O. P. HOUGHTON.


Arkansas City Traveler, February 24, 1886.

Our spring stock of carpets is now coming in. Call and see the new patterns and low prices. O. P. HOUGHTON.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 24, 1886.

New spring hats at O. P. Houghton's GREEN FRONT.

Arkansas City Traveler, February 24, 1886.

New Ginghams, New Prints, and lots of new things at the GREEN FRONT.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 6, 1886.


DEALERS IN All kinds of Fresh and Salt Meats.

Highest Market Price paid for Fat Cattle, Hogs, Poultry, Hides, Tallow, etc.

Shop First Door North of O. P. Houghton's. We solicit Your Patronage.

Arkansas City Republican, March 6, 1886.

The "Old Reliable" harness shop is the place to buy your harness, saddles, ranchmen's equipments, etc. T. R. HOUGHTON & CO.

Arkansas City Republican, March 6, 1886.

7, 8, and 10 sizes of stockmen's hats at O. P. Houghton, 1 door north of First National Bank.

Arkansas City Republican, March 6, 1886.

G. W. Herbert has traded his interest in the grocery business of R. A. Houghton & Co., to W. S. Upp, of the firm of Blakeney & Upp. In other words, Wm. Blakeney and R. A. Houghton exchanged partners.

Arkansas City Republican, March 13, 1886.

R. A. Houghton & Co., have combined the stocks of their two stores. They will now be found at Hank Endicott's old stand.

Arkansas City Republican, March 20, 1886.

Finest embroideries direct from manufacturers at O. P. Houghton's, 1 door north of 1st National Bank.

Arkansas City Republican, March 27, 1886.

Arkansas City's Boom.

The News man took a short trip to Arkansas City Saturday and returned Monday. Having saluted his many friends and acquaintances, he took time to look over the city and note the many improvements being made.

"Arkansas City is one of the most thriving and busiest towns in Southern Kansas. No amount of back-sets seem to effect her growth. Although she has passed through two or three recent severe fires, she rises, phoenix like, from the ashes, and immediately rushes on to replace the old with the new. Old frame buildings are being removed and handsome brick buildings are taking their place. We counted work being done on eight two-story brick business houses, two three-story bricks, and one, one-story brick, or brick and stone. There was also a large number of residences in all stages of completion. The businessmen profess to be making money, and the crowds on the streets Saturday and Monday would seem to indicate as much.

"O. P. Houghton's large dry goods store, C. R. Sipes' equally large hardware store, and the Territory outfitting store of Ware, Pickering & Co., where the scribe made his principal base of operations, certainly were as busy as it was possible to be. The real estate men also seemed to share in the hustle and activity.

"This visit made an impression on our mind and very sharply pointed several morals. Without apology, save that we have the best interests of Belle Plaine at heart, we will present them.

"In our many conversations, long and short, it was noticeable that not a man was found, in business or out, who did not believe--heart and soul--in the future greatness of Arkansas City; and they had no scruples in calling attention to their advantages. The situation, the trade, the new railroads, the advantages of every sort, real and imaginable, were presented forcibly and frequently, turned this way and that, and no time or trouble saved to make the impression deep and lasting, although they well knew that we had no thought of returning to Arkansas City and no money to invest if we did.

"The point here is just this: Every Arkansas City man makes it his chief end to boom Arkansas City, first, last, and all the time. And Arkansas City does boom, as she deserves to. It makes no difference to what part of the world you go; if you find the people wrapped up in the idea that their place is the best place in the world, you will also find them convincing other people of the correctness of that idea. Arkansas City is taking the right course to become a large city. It has convinced themselves and they are determined to convince everybody else, willy-nilly. And it is natural that they should succeed.

"If Belle Plaine was as thoroughly convinced of her glorious future as she ought to be, if her citizens would take the time and the trouble to convince the strangers who visit us that our advantages are real and not imaginary and do this with one-half the earnestness Arkansas City exhibits, we would double or treble our population this year.

"For instance, take the railroad talk. Arkansas City is as certain of obtaining three, four, or five new railroads this year as that she now exists--to hear her talk. Her citizens have talked this so much that they absolutely know it, although not a foot of soil has been turned on any one of them. Yet Belle Plaine, with 61 miles already graded, a construction train purchased, an engine built, in short, a thousand times the assurance of a road that Arkansas City has, is dubious, or professes to be. Let a stranger come into our city and every other man will say the road will be built, but accompany it with such a doleful sigh, such a wise shake of the head, that the stranger is convinced that his informant is lying under compulsion. This is no way to build up a town. The right way, the only way, is to talk about it; if necessary, lie about it. This is not necessary in our case, for our advantages and prospects need no lying, but they do need earnest and continued presentation, forcible and unwearing pressing into notice. Do this, and the people of other towns will come here and be impressed that Belle Plaine is a get there Eli kind of a town, a sure go town, a good kind of a town to tie to.

Belle Plaine News."

Arkansas City Traveler, March 31, 1886.


We offer to our patrons a fine line of saddles, bridles, draft and light harness.

A full assortment of saddlery hardware kept constantly on hand.

Sole agents for the SPOONER COLLAR. [Illustrations are shown I gather of two different types of Spooner Collars.]

We manufacture everything in the leather line--and best of work guaranteed.


Arkansas City Republican, April 3, 1886.

Mrs. Wyatt Gooch, and Theoron Houghton accompanied by their aged father, Sewell Houghton, came in from Maine Friday. Mr. Houghton will make his home with his children here.

Arkansas City Republican, April 17, 1886.

The ladies of the Presbyterian Church will hold a social next Wednesday evening at the home of Mrs. O. P. Houghton. All are cordially invited.

Arkansas City Republican, April 24, 1886.

The Ladies of the Presbyterian Aid Society gave a sociable at the residence of O. P. Houghton Wednesday evening. A large number were in attendance and enjoyed the festivities of the evening hugely.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 28, 1886.

George Kroenert, of Wichita, last week purchased of T. H. McLaughlin the property on Summit Street where R. A. Houghton & Co., have their store. The price paid was $6,500.

Arkansas City Republican, May 8, 1886.

AD. NETS!! Fly Nets of all Kinds,

Lincoln Lace Leather, Shoestring, Mesh Nets, etc.




Arkansas City Republican, May 22, 1886.

Real Estate Transfers of Monday and Tuesday.


Geo. Allen to O. P. Houghton, 2 lots, $350.

Samuel Hoyt to Theoron R. Houghton and Frank Adams, house and 4 lots, $1,100.

Arkansas City Republican, June 5, 1886.

Republican Primaries.

The Republican primaries of the city were held Thursday evening.


The meeting was held in Lowe, Hoffman & Barron's real estate office. Geo. Cunningham was chosen chairman and N. T. Snyder secretary. The delegates elected were: Maj. L. E. Woodin, G. W. Cunningham, N. T. Snyder. Alternates: W. B. Hagins, O. P. Houghton, J. C. Pickering. On motion the meeting adjourned.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 5, 1886. From Thursday's Daily.

This morning the papers were made out for the transfer of the Occidental Hotel property owned by A. A. Davis, to T. R. Houghton, who will occupy it with his harness shop in the near future. The consideration was $8,500. The property consisted of one lot and a two story brick and stone business house, 25 x 75 feet. Fifteen years ago Mr. Davis was donated the lot for putting a building upon it. He constructed a frame building, 20 x 30 feet. Four years ago the frame was succeeded by the present building. It cost $3,000. Upon his investment Mr. Davis has realized a profit of at least $5,000.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 5, 1886. From Friday's Daily.

STRAYED. June 2, a light bay gelding, 4 years old, white strips in face, white hind feet, scarred by fighting. The undersigned will pay for the return of the same. O. P. HOUGHTON.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 5, 1886. From Friday's Daily.

Next week a party composed of Mrs. Albert Worthley, her daughter, Miss Edna, Mrs. Wm. Bassett and children, Mrs. O. P. Houghton and children, and Samuel Filbrick, will leave for an extended visit among friends and relatives in the state of Maine.

Arkansas City Republican, June 12, 1886.

Lubricating Oils! For all kinds of Machinery, we have the finest qualities of Machine Oils now in stock. We also have on hand A complete stock of NEAT'S FOOT AND HARNESS OILS. T. R. HOUGHTON & CO.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 12, 1886.

The "Butterflies," is the name of a newly organized society club of young misses. Next Tuesday evening the "Butterflies" will give a sociable in the south basement room under the Houghton block. Ice cream, cake, and lemonade will be served as refreshments. Everybody invited.

Arkansas City Republican, June 12, 1886.

The Real Estate Agency of Frank J. Hess, Arkansas City, Kansas, Second Door North of the Arkansas City Bank, A Choice List of FARMS & STOCK RANCHES.

Business Houses, Business Lots, Residence Lots, and Houses in all parts of the city.

INSURANCE Written in Leading Companies.

Losses paid in 1885 $10,000.

No Disputed Claims.

We Make Collections, Rent Houses, and Pay Taxes.






GRADY, CHAPEL, BURROUGHS, AND SHEPARD BLOCKS as well as a large list of good houses.

Frank J. Hess,

Real Estate Agent.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 19, 1886. From Monday's Daily.

Mrs. Bert Worthley, Miss Edna Worthley, Mrs. O. P. Houghton and two children, Mrs. J. A. Foss, and Samuel Filbrick leave this afternoon on a visit to Maine.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 19, 1886. From Monday's Daily.

R. A. Houghton will leave for the state of Maine in a few days accompanied by his aged father, who is desirous of returning to his old home. Mr. Houghton will visit the sea shore while away.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 19, 1886. From Tuesday's Daily.

Tonight in the south basement room of the Houghton block, the "Butterflies," an organization of little misses, will give a grand social. Everybody is invited to come out and get something good to eat. Raspberries, Ice cream, cake, and lemonade will be served.

Arkansas City Republican, June 26, 1886.

O. P. Houghton at the Green Front is selling more Clothing than any season for 10 years.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 26, 1886. From Friday's Daily.

O. P. Houghton's Boot and Shoe stock for the fall trade has commenced to arrive.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, June 26, 1886. From Friday's Daily.

Finest line of Custom Made Laundried shirts--a perfect fit guaranteed--at O. P. Houghton's, one door north of First National Bank.

Arkansas City Republican, June 26, 1886.

The following is a list of transfers made by Howe & Drury, in the town of Maple City, June 19, 1886.

R. A. Houghton, lots 13, 14, 15, block 4. $40.00

Arkansas City Republican, July 3, 1886.

O. P. Houghton's Boot and Shoe stock for the fall trade has commenced to arrive.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 10, 1886. From Friday's Daily.

New lot of Hammock Chairs just received at O. P. Houghton's.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 10, 1886. From Friday's Daily.

Get a Hammock chair if you want comfort. At O. P. Houghton's, you can get one.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 10, 1886. From Friday's Daily.

Have you tried one of those White Mountain Hammock chairs? They are just the thing for these hot evenings. You can get one at O. P. Houghton's.

Arkansas City Republican, July 17, 1886.


Schwaner's Hame Tug Section!! To Prevent the Hame Tug from Breaking!

Schwaner's Hame Tug Section is the Best in the Market!

Farmers, save your money and hame tugs by buying

Schwaner's Hame Tug Sections!


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 17, 1886. From Thursday's Daily.

P. W. Meyers has just completed the painting of the outside and inside of the Houghton block. It is as fine a job as we have seen in the city.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, July 31, 1886. From Monday's Daily.

Houghton, Hill & Co., shipped 23 carloads of cattle Saturday night from Cale to St. Louis. They also shipped 13 loads yesterday.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 7, 1886. From Tuesday's Daily.

Bill of O. P. Houghton, blankets, $3; allowed.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 7, 1886. From Wednesday's Daily.

R. A. Houghton, accompanied by his aged father, left today for the former home of the latter in the state of Maine.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 7, 1886. From Wednesday's Daily.

T. R. Houghton & Co., are fitting up their new room in elegant style. They intend opening up a very large harness establishment.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, August 11, 1886.

CLOSING OUT! SALE. We are now offering our desirable stock of SADDLES, BRIDLES, DRAUGHT AND BUGGY HARNESS, AT REDUCED RATES, preparatory to removal into our new store, in the Occidental Hotel. Bargains are offered for fifteen days, and the sale will be without reserve. Come and secure bargains.


Arkansas City, July 28th.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, August 11, 1886.


First Door North First National Bank.


Arkansas City Traveler, August 11, 1886.





Business House, Business Lots, Residence Lots and Houses in all parts of city.

INSURANCE written in Leading Companies. Losses paid in 1885, $10.000. No disputed claims. LIFE INSURANCE a Specialty. Money to Loan on Farm, City, and Chattel Property. We make collections, rent houses, and pay taxes.

We have charge of the following buildings, in which choice rooms are to be had for offices or suits of rooms for families.


We also have the management of the Opera House. Good terms made for first-class troups, entertainments, socials, dances, etc.

For information call on or address FRANK J. HESS.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 11, 1886.


T. R. Houghton & Co., move into their new quarters today. They have increased space for showing their stock of harness and superior faculties for manufacturing. The old Occidental kitchen in the rear has been sold to Theo. Fairclo, who will remove it, and a brick workshop erected this fall, with benches for a score of workmen. The manufacturing industry of this town is rapidly growing.

Arkansas City Republican, August 14, 1886.


Dealers in All Kinds of Fresh and Salt Meats.

Highest Market Price Paid for Fat Cattle, Hogs, Poultry, Hides, Tallow, etc.

Shop First Door North of O. P. Houghton's. We Solicit Your Patronage.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 14, 1886. From Wednesday's Daily.

Thos. H. Lynch, a prominent merchant of Wichita, has been in the city several days this week. Mr. Lynch has rented the building now occupied by R. A. Houghton & Co.'s harness shop and will open up a clothing establishment as soon as the harness shop moves to its new quarters. The establishment is to be a branch of Mr. Lynch's large wholesale house at Wichita.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 14, 1886. From Friday's Daily.

Newest thing in stock--men's hats, at O. P. Houghton.

Arkansas City Republican, August 14, 1886.

J. C. Topliff has rented the south room of the Houghton block to D. Davidson, who will open a clothing store next month. Mr. Davidson is from Fremont, Nebraska, and comes to us very highly recommended.

Arkansas City Traveler, August 18, 1886.

T. R. Houghton & Co., announce their removal to more extensive quarters, and the superior facilities they enjoy for carrying on trade. They have added largely to their stock, and offer the best quality of material and workmanship for all uses and at the lowest price.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 21, 1886. From Monday's Daily.

C. L. Kloos has rented the handsomely finished rooms in the upstairs of the Houghton block and will now furnish sleeping apartments in connection with his Nickel Plate Restaurant. The Nickel Plate is a first-class institution.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, August 27, 1886. From Monday's Daily.

R. A. Houghton returned from his Maine trip Saturday evening.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 1, 1886.

More Hotel Room Wanted.

When Mr. S. C. Smith started to build his new hotel, some of the more cautious expressed a doubt whether this extensive design was not in advance of the wants of the city. The sum of $50,000 expended in erecting and furnishing a hotel in a city of 4,000 inhabitants (our population at that time) was regarded as hazardous, and the financial success of such an enterprise was considered uncertain. But while the massive stone walls have been going up, all these doubts have been removed. Since last fall our population has increased 50 percent, and is growing daily. Travel has increased two-fold, and the number of strangers repairing here seeking business opportunities, the investment of capital, or employment for their hands, far exceeds the capacity of the few hotels and lodging rooms we have to accommodate them. The Leland Hotel is always full and running over; the Monumental Hotel has all its rooms engaged, and a dozen cots are spread every night for persons seeking lodging; A. E. Kirkpatrick, mine host of the Central Avenue Hotel, is crowded and overflowing into the annex supplied by M. W. Sawyer's large frame building on the east. The European Restaurant, kept by Geo. A. Druitt, furnishes lodging for a dozen men, and turns away double that number. C. L. Kloos, of the Nickel Plate Restaurant, is negotiating with his landlord, J. C. Topliff, for the upper portion of the Houghton block, with a view to furnishing a score of rooms for lodgers; and G. A. Groglode, of the Bradford Restaurant, has his tables crowded at every meal, but is hampered badly in his business through having no rooms for lodgers. This condition of things shows the urgent need of more extended hotel accommodations, and that a profitable business is awaiting the St. James Hotel from the day that its doors shall be opened.

[Note: Article gave cost for St. James as being $50,000. When first mentioned, the sum of $20,000 was given for construction of this hotel. MAW]

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 4, 1886. From Monday's Daily.

The Fremont (Nebraska) Tribune says: "Mr. B. Davidson returned on Monday evening from his extended tour in search of a business location. After a careful investigation he has decided to locate in Arkansas City, Kansas, where he intends opening up a dry goods and clothing store. In selecting a locality, Mr. Davidson has not only considered the matter from a business standpoint but has held in regard the interest of his family, and is satisfied with the school facilities of the place and with the social qualities of the people with which himself and family are to associate. Mr. Davidson has been in business in Fremont for about twelve years, during which time he has acquired a desirable standing as a businessman and a prominence in some of the civic societies of the city. The Tribune regrets the seeming necessity of his departure."

Mr. Davidson has rented the south room of the Houghton Block.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 8, 1886.

Go to O. P. Houghton's for clothing.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 8, 1886.

New goods now arriving at O. P. Houghton's.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 11, 1886. From Tuesday's Daily.

A new line of whips just received by T. R. Houghton & Co.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 11, 1886. From Tuesday's Daily.

Next week T. R. Houghton & Co., will receive a large invoice of blankets. Call upon them.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 18, 1886. From Tuesday's Daily.

B. Davidson, the gentleman who will open up a dry goods and clothing establishment in the south room of the Houghton block, arrived in the city last evening from Nebraska. Mr. Davidson is a gentleman of education and a splendid businessman. He comes here not only to take advantage of the business facilities afforded in Arkansas City, but also the educational, which will be bestowed on his children. In about three weeks his family will remove here.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, September 18, 1886. From Wednesday's Daily.

B. Davidson has commenced opening up his dry goods and clothing stock in the south room of the Houghton block. He will be ready for business in a few days.

Arkansas City Traveler, September 22, 1886.

AD. THE CHICAGO DRY GOODS STORE has just been opened by B. Davidson with an entirely new line of goods, in the Houghton block, and everybody is invited to call with to go away satisfied.



Arkansas City Traveler, October 6, 1886.

GO TO THE GREEN FRONT, No. 503, and See the New Goods Now Arriving.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 9, 1886. From Tuesday's Daily.

For blankets, robes, etc., call on T. R. Houghton & Co.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 9, 1886. From Tuesday's Daily.

T. R. Houghton & Co., have a beautiful saddle. It is valued at $85.

Arkansas City Republican, October 9, 1886.

DRESS GOODS, Carpets, Clothing, Ladies' and Children's Wraps, Boots and Shoes, Jerseys, Comforts, Flannels, Blankets, "Biled" and Work Shirts, and Notions, etc.



Arkansas City Republican, October 9, 1886.

This space reserved for Houghton and Upp, Grocers.

Arkansas City Traveler, Wednesday, October 13, 1886.

New Goods Constantly Arriving at The Chicago Dry Goods Store. Stock Always Full and Complete. Prices as low as the lowest. Fair treatment and prompt attention. Everybody invited by B. DAVIDSON, Proprietor.

Houghton Block, 2 doors south of George E. Hasie, Arkansas City, Kansas.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 13, 1886.

Business Notes.

B. Davidson calls attention to his new stock of dry goods, to which he is receiving additions every day. He is but newly opened in this city, but he has a nicely selected stock and an attractive store, and we notice he is gaining a good run of custom.

Steinberg, the King Clothier, makes fresh announcement of his immense stock of clothing and underwear, which he offers at prices that cannot be beaten. Fair dealing marks this establishment, goods always being found as represented.

C. R. Sipes offers his new stock of stoves for sale, with shelf and heavy hardware, and tinware till you can't rest.

O. P. Houghton is the "old reliable" in the dry goods line. He is always at home to his customers, and has a stock of goods which for variety and elegance is certain to suit the most fastidious.

S. D. Stover, the new boot ad shoe man, from Wichita, is opening a nice business in the Bittle block, and is always urbane and attentive to customers. He has a fine stock of ladies' and gentlemen's wear, to which he is making constant additions.

Stacy Matlack announces novelties in dry goods, and a stock of staples in winter wear surpassed by no house in the city.

Al Horn has been fitting up for the fall season with a choice stock of boots and shoes, of the most approved make, and adapted to all uses.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 13, 1886.

IT WILL PAY YOU To call and examine our elegant line of DRESS GOODS, Shawls, Jerseys, Cloaks, Blankets, Flannels, Comforts, Clothing, Boots & Shoes, Hats, Caps, Notions, etc., before purchasing elsewhere. We Guarantee our Prices to be Lower Than the Lowest. Tents and wagon sheets always in stock. O. P. HOUGHTON.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, October 16, 1886. From Friday's Daily.

T. R. Houghton will build an addition of 25 x 40 feet, two stories high, to his harness establishment building.


Arkansas City Traveler, October 20, 1886.

Hotel Room Wanted.

Mr. S. C. Smith says he expects to eat his Thanksgiving dinner in the St. James Hotel. Workmen are pushing the interior arrangements with all the dispatch possible, and lathing, plastering, and joiner work are making rapid progress. The accommodations it will afford to the traveling public are badly needed, and its opening will amount to a public benefaction. In the present dearth of hotel room, the restaurants are doing their best to afford sleeping facilities. George A. Druitt, proprietor of the European Restaurant, has leased ten rooms in the Hasie building, which he has handsomely furnished for his guests, in addition to the rooms he has over his restaurant. He provides for about forty every night, and quite frequently turns half that number in addition away. C. L. Kloos, in the Nickle Plate Restaurant, has leased the upper floor of the Houghton block, which is filled every night to overflowing. George A. Groglode, of the Bradford Restaurant, says he could double his already prosperous business if he had rooms for lodgers, and to this end he is negotiating with John L. Howard for the upper story of his unfinished business block. Strangers are coming here by the train load every day, but their chances of obtaining a night's lodging are frequently precarious.

Arkansas City Traveler, October 27, 1886.

O. P. Houghton left town yesterday to spend a few days in the territory.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 6, 1886. From Friday's Daily.

T. R. Houghton & Co., sold the fine cowboy saddle which was on exhibition at Highland Hall to a gentleman from Massachusetts.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 10, 1886.

Ladies' Newmarket and short wraps in great variety, at O. P. Houghton's.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 10, 1886.

Ladies' oil grain shoes--nice wear, at O. P. Houghton's.

Arkansas City Traveler, November 10, 1886.

O. P. Houghton has in stock high cut school shoes, very comfortable wear for children.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, November 20, 1886. From Friday's Daily.

This space reserved for Houghton & Upp Grocers.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 1, 1886.

Acknowledgment. I desire herewith to express my heart full gratitude and sincere thanks to the many friends who ministered so kindly and tenderly in my sore bereavement in the death of my beloved wife, and also to the community generally for the tender regard shown in this my greatest earthly affliction and loss. WYARD E. GOOCH.


A Great Woman Gone.

DIED. Our community was greatly pained on Saturday morning to learn of the death of Harriet H., wife of Wyard E. Gooch. The deceased lady was on the street the day preceding in her customary health, and retired to bed with no premonition of her approaching doom. But at 10 o'clock she was seized with nausea and vomiting, and Dr. Acker was summoned, who administered remedies. The paroxysm abated after awhile, and she fell into a slumber. Friends came promptly to her aid; her sister, Mrs. A. A. Newman taking her place by the sufferer's bedside. Later in the night, her nausea returned and she suffered severely from the straining it produced. Palliatives were again administered, which afforded relief, and the patient sank into unconsciousness from exhaustion. Her sister, feeling the sick woman's hands growing cold, inquired if she was warm enough. A frank affirmative was given in reply, and then she relapsed into a comatose condition, from which she could not be aroused. At 5 o'clock she breathed her last.

Mrs. Gooch was extensively related in town, being a sister to R. A. Houghton, Theoron H. Houghton, and Mrs. A. A. Newman; O. P. Houghton is also a family connection. Her friends numbered all of our early city population, and many later residents; her ingenuousness and vivacity in her unmarried days rendering her company attractive; and the sterling womanly qualities developed during her married life, endearing her to all who came within her path. This sudden bereavement falls with crushing weight on her husband, whose household was adorned with a true and loving wife, and a delightful friend and companion. The sincere, but unavailing sympathy of hosts of friends remains with him in this hour of trial and desolation.

The funeral services were held in the First Presbyterian Church at 2 o'clock p.m., the day following, Rev. S. B. Fleming preaching the funeral discourse, assisted by the city clergy. The music, which was very appropriate, and beautiful, being furnished by the Episcopal choir. The chancel was tastefully decorated with elaborate floral designs. All the city seemed to turn out to pay respect to the dead, the attendance being much too large for the capacity of the building. The last sad view of the remains being taken by the relatives and friends, the body was replaced in the hearse, and the cortege, which extended half a mile, was formed. The interment was made in Riverview Cemetery; and many a weeping eye surrounded the grave of that most exquisite of nature's handiwork, a good woman.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 4, 1886. From Saturday's Daily.

Death of Mrs. Gooch.

Sad was the news which came to us early this morning. It was the announcement of the death of Mrs. Hattie Gooch, wife of Wyard W. Gooch. At first it could scarcely be credited by friends. The shock was so sudden and unexpected that it was almost impossible to realize that one so well known in the city and so universally esteemed should be sent across the "Dark River, into Eternity," without a moment's warning. This sad event again forces into our mind the old proverb that "In the midst of life we are in death.:" It was but last evening that the writer saw the deceased upon our streets, apparently enjoying the best of health. Twenty-four hours later she lies a corpse in her earthly home in this city; her soul having parted to that "bourne from which no traveler returns," hours before. The circumstances attending her death, as near as we can ascertain, are as follows: Last evening she was taken sick at about 9 o'clock, having a slight attack of vomiting. About 10 o'clock Mr. Gooch came home from the store and he immediately returned to town and secured a physician, who administered her medicine and afforded relief. The physician left, and the deceased rested well until about 2 o'clock this morning, when she was again taken with vomiting. The physician was again summoned, but ere he arrived she was in a comatose condition. It was impossible to arouse her and at 5 o'clock, three hours later, her demise occurred. Heart trouble was the cause which led to her death.

Mrs. Gooch was born in Weld, Maine, June 15, 1850, and consequently at the time of her death was 30 years of age. In her girlhood days she united with the Congregational Church at Weld. In December, 1872, she came to Arkansas City, which has been her home until death claimed her as his victim. She was united in marriage to Wyard W. Gooch, February 4, 1880, in this city. No children have been born to them.

The deceased was a sister of T. R. and R. A. Houghton, and Mrs. A. A. Newman. To them, the bereaved husband and other relatives, the friends and acquaintances extend them, in this, their hour of affliction, their heartfelt sympathy. The funeral services will occur tomorrow afternoon at the First Presbyterian Church, at 2 o'clock. Rev. S. B. Fleming will pronounce the funeral sermon. The remains will be interred in Riverview Cemetery.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 8, 1886.


A Neglected Wife Gives Birth to a Child and Dies of Want and Exhaustion.

DIED. One of those painful accidents happened in this city last week which the charitable care of the community fails at all times to avert. A Mrs. Parker, whose husband seems to render her no support, having two young children, a boy 2 ½ years old and a girl babe of 13 months, and who was again about to become a mother, rented an underground apartment in the first ward--a miserable cellar 8 by 10 ft., and exposed to the icy north wind, wherein she and her children made their abode. How long this poor neglected creature had inhabited this noisome den we are not informed, but on Friday night last (the coldest we have experienced this winter), she gave birth to a child, and the next morning was found dead from exhaustion and exposure. Strange to say the babe survived, and is now being cared for by some good Samaritan, whose name we have not learned. The deceased woman was respectably connected, and on her miserable death becoming known, a sister put in her appearance from Butler County, who carried the corpse away to bury it, and put the new born babe out to nurse. The children were temporarily disposed of by G. F. Gray, the owner of the tenement where the woman died, taking charge of the boy, and Mrs. Salmon assuming care of the little girl. The above facts we gather from Mr. Randall, deliverer for Houghton & Upp, who visited the place while the corpse lay unattended, and who describes the sight as one fit to sicken humanity.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 11, 1886. From Monday's Daily.


Of Maggie James This Morning by Her Paramour, W. M. Mason.

The Wounded Woman Lying at Death's Door--W. M. Tuders and Annie Tuders

Arrested as Accomplices.

Shooting Claimed to be Accidental, but Strong Evidence Points Differently.

This morning at about 10 o'clock, the city was thrown into great excitement by the report brought uptown by W. M. Tuders that W. M. Mason had shot Maggie James. The news spread quickly, and soon a large crowd of citizens, among them Marshal Gray and Policeman Thompson, and a REPUBLICAN representative, started for the house where the crime was committed. It is a small cottage on 4th street near the Santa Fe road. Arriving there, Mason was placed under arrest. He was endeavoring to build a fire when the police went in. He made no resistance, but submitted to being searched without a murmur. The revolver with which the shooting was done had been taken by neighbors living next door immediately after the deed was committed. The victim lay on the bed in great agony. Physicians had been summoned, and they began to administer medicine to relieve the pain. The ball took effect in the left breast, struck a rib, turned slightly upward, and passed out beneath the shoulder. It went entirely through the body. It was found afterward with a small piece of the rib attached to it. Had it not been for the rib the ball would have pierced the heart, as it was aimed in that direction. The revolver was a 45 calibre.

During the brief examination which the physicians made, Mason stood in the room in the charge of the police, listening to the cries of agony from the woman whom he had shot. He was considerably agitated and once he attempted to soothe her by talk, but her misery was so great that she could not restrain from crying out. When Marshal Gray informed him that he was ready to take him uptown, Mason put on his coat and remarked, "Maggie, I will be back soon," and started. He was taken before Judge Kreamer, where a warrant was made out for his detention. Warrants were also issued for W. M. Tuders and Annie Tuders, and the trio are now in custody, awaiting the result of the shooting.

According to his own statement, Mason is a gambler. He and W. H. Tuders live at the house where the shooting occurred with Maggie James and Annie Tuders. Last night he was out playing cards and this morning when he went to where he was living, he was intoxicated. A dispute arose about something, in which Mason, Annie Tuders, and Maggie James became involved. Mason had his revolver and he flourished it around considerably. W. M. Tuders endeavored to get it away from him, but did not succeed. Mason laid the revolver down on the breakfast table, but took it up again. The two women were sitting on the bed opposite him and he claims he endeavored to lower the hammer, which was cocked, when it went off with the results above stated. Annie Tuders confirms Mason's story as does her husband. There are many rumors flying around to the effect that Mason shot the woman intentionally.

J. P. Randall, delivery man at Houghton, Upp & Co.'s store, was there immediately after the shooting; says Mason confessed to him that he intended to murder Maggie James. Other parties have heard him make threats to the effect that he intended to take her life.

County Attorney Swarts and Sheriff McIntire were sent for, but had not arrived at time of going to press. While the prisoners claim the shooting was accidental, there is considerable evidence to show it otherwise. A trial of the case will develop whether it was accidental or intentional. Dr. Stuart is attending the wounded woman. Annie Tuders, under guard, has been sent to take care of her.

This afternoon in Judge Kreamer's office, Mason broke down and cried like a babe. We fear his tears come too late. They will avail him nothing now. He is a hard case; in fact, the quartette, Mason, Tuders, and the woman, may be classed under the same heading.

At press hour the woman was still alive.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

We will sell you carpets cheaper than any house in the county. O. P. HOUGHTON.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

T. R. Houghton & Co., have just received twenty-five dozen collars.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

Wise's Axle Grease is warranted to run further than castor oil.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

$1,000 worth of fine Jewelry will be closed out at the Green Front at 25 percent discount. "We mean what we say." O. P. HOUGHTON.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 15, 1886.

T. R. Houghton & Co., are building a commodious brick workshop in the rear of their harness store.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

New Goods Constantly Arriving at The Chicago Dry Goods Store.

Stock Always Full and Complete. Prices as low as the lowest. Fair treatment and prompt attention. Everybody invited by B. DAVIDSON, Proprietor.

Houghton Block, 2 doors south of George E. Hasie, Arkansas City, Kansas.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

T. R. Houghton & Co., moved into their new workshop yesterday. This affords ample accommodation for twenty men.

Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

A chance for twenty-one prizes will be given at the drawing at T. R. Houghton & Co.'s, for only $1. This is a good opportunity.


Arkansas City Traveler, December 22, 1886.

Prize Drawing.

A prize drawing will take place in T. R. Houghton & Co.'s harness store on New Year's day, at which the following articles will be drawn.

1st prize, saddle worth $75.00

2nd prize, Single harness worth $75.00

3rd prize, Team harness worth $40.00

4th prize, Single harness worth $30.00

5th prize, Lap robe worth $20.00

6th prize, Side saddle worth $20.00

7th prize, Cow boy bridle worth $6.00

8th prize, Boys' saddle worth $5.00

9th prize, 1 Whalebone whip worth $3.50

10th prize, 1 Whalebone whip worth $3.50

11th prize, 1 Whalebone whip worth $3.50

12th prize, 1 Whalebone whip worth $3.50

13th prize, 1 Whalebone whip worth $3.50

14th prize, 1 Whalebone whip worth $3.50

15th prize, Brush and comb worth $3.00

16th prize, Riding whip worth $1.00

17th prize, Riding whip worth $1.00

18th prize, Riding whip worth $1.00

19th prize, Riding whip worth $1.00

20th prize, Riding whip worth $1.00

TOTAL VALUE: $301.00

Three hundred tickets will be issued at $1 each, which can be procured of John Roatcup, manager, at Ridenour & Beecher's jewelry store and at T. R. Houghton & Co.'s harness shop. Drawing to take place at 1 o'clock, and there will be no postponement. This is a good opportunity to procure a valuable prize at trifling cost. The business to be strictly square.


[Note: Name looked like Roatcup!]

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, December 25, 1886. From Thursday's Daily.

$1,000 worth of fine jewelry to be closed out at once at a sacrifice. Now is the time to get your sweetheart a Christmas present. At the Green Front, No. 503. O. P. HOUGHTON.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 22, 1887. From Friday's Daily.

Master Otis and little Miss Clara Houghton each have an attack of measles.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 29, 1887. From Friday's Daily.

New prints and ginghams at O. P. HOUGHTON'S.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 29, 1887. From Friday's Daily.

Don't forget to look over our job table. O. P. HOUGHTON, Green Front.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 29, 1887. From Friday's Daily.

Notice. We take account of our stock and close our business year this month and it is important that those in arrears should call and settle at once as we are compelled to open a new set of books the first of February. O. P. Houghton.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, January 29, 1887. From Friday's Daily.

Big Bargain. We have about one dozen ladies' and children's wraps left, ranging from 50 cents to $7. O. P. Houghton, Green Front.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 5, 1887. From Thursday's Daily.

O. P. Houghton had a big scare yesterday. The soot in the flue of his storeroom caught fire and he thought his building was on fire. O. P. scooted out onto the roof in a second and found it was a false alarm. After this summer Mr. Houghton will experience no scares of this kind. During the summer he will build a two-story brick business house.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 5, 1887. From Friday's Daily.

The two little girls of Mr. and Mrs. R. A. Houghton are quite sick with the measles.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 5, 1887. From Friday's Daily.

Building Boom Prospective.

During the year of 1886 Arkansas City enjoyed a very extensive building boom. Many handsome blocks were built during the year and our citizens as well as visitors thought it would be almost impossible for any city to make a more rapid growth in this direction. But the year of 1887 promises a greater building boom. Schemes are now being agitated and are well under way for the building of several handsome business blocks. We are informed that work will be commenced on several of them within the next 60 days. There will be extensive building on 5th Avenue and also on Summit Street. On East 5th Avenue, Messrs. Johnson, Hill, Rhodes, and Hess have about completed the arrangements for the immediate erection of a substantial business block on the lots formerly owned by Wm. Gibby. The block will consist of six business houses, all three stories high and of handsome finish. F. W. Farrar et al, have concluded to build a three-story business block on their lots next to the McLaughlin block, on the south. Messrs. Coleman and Bishop inside of 60 days will commence the erection of a fine two-story business block on their lot on 5th Avenue next to Frank J. Hess' new building. T. H. McLaughlin, W. J. Mowry, and W. S. Houghton have each agreed to build on their lots respectively on north Summit Street. They will build together as the lots adjoin. J. F. Hoffman will soon remove the frame building next to Howard Bros' hardware store and build an imposing business house on the lot. The frame building, known as the English Kitchen, will also be removed and Capt. C. D. Burroughs will occupy his lot with one of the most substantial business blocks in the city. J. L. Huey, on the lots on the corner of 5th Avenue and Summit Street, will have erected the handsomest bank building in the Arkansas Valley. The building will be 50 x 132 feet, the fronts being of pressed brick trimmed with cut stone. Mr. Huey is away now attending to the plans and specifications. Work will begin on this block in the early spring. The lease on the frame building used as the Leland Hotel expires in March, after which it will be removed and be replaced as above stated. Peter Pearson will also build a business house 25 x 128 feet for his mammoth furniture store. It will be located on the lot next to the Arkansas City bank. J. P. Johnson is drawing up the papers and making ready to begin the erection of a business house on his lot on north Summit Street. There are several others who contemplate building during the year 1887, but as yet have their plans not fully matured.

In addition to the above A. A. Newman will complete his four blocks on which work has been commenced. S. Matlack will finish his store extension. Thos. Tyner, E. H. Carder, and D. G. Carder will each complete a business block.

Residence building is also going to boom with a vim. Many were built during last year, but the number will be trebled this year.

The above is but a brief outline of some of the principal building features of 1887. Many will no doubt deem it what is known in Kansas as a newspaper boom, but we wish to relieve our readers of any such idea. The report is with a fact basis and we believe twice the above number of business blocks will be erected in Arkansas City during the year.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 5, 1887.

Oh, Yes! Oh, Yes! We will meet any SO-CALLED CUT in Men's, Boys', Ladies', Misses, and Children's Foot-wear. Also, Men's Calf and Grain Boots, Boys' Kip Boots, and give an EXTRA DISCOUNT OF 10 PER CENT OFF until our Spring Stock is opened up.



Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 12, 1887.

The First Ward had a genuine sensation yesterday afternoon between four and five o'clock. John Angle, a youth yet in his teens, appeared at the residence of T. L. Mantor and asked and received something to eat. Going out of the side gate, he crossed the alley and entered a small house, on A. A. Newman's lots, which is used by employees of Mr. Newman. He entered the house, it is alleged, and went through the trunk of Tommie Tyler, taking a watch chain, valued at $8, a pair of pants, and some other clothing. When Tyler returned to his room, he discovered that his clothes were gone. He began immediate search for the individual who had been at Mr. Mantor's residence. Some children in playing in the barn of R. A. Houghton heard a noise in the hay mow and as Tyler happened along at this time, they asked him to learn what caused it. He climbed the ladder and discovered Angle covered up in the hay. Drawing his revolver Tyler ordered him to get down, which he did. It was then discovered that the prisoner had on the missing pants. Tyler covered him again with his revolver and marched him uptown and turned him over to Marshal Gray. He was put in the calaboose overnight. This morning in Judge Kreamer's court he was bound over in the sum of $300 to appear for trial at the district court. At our press time he had not secured the necessary bondsmen. Angle claimed he bought the pants of a railroader for 75 cents. The watch chain and other clothing was not found. He says he is innocent.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, February 12, 1887. From Monday's Daily.

T. R. Houghton, of Arkansas City, visited this city last week, and purchased a fine business lot on Main Street. He intends erecting a building upon it, preparatory to embarking in the harness business. Mr. Houghton is one of Arkansas City's most respected citizens and a good businessman. Bluff City Tribune.


Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 5, 1887. From Tuesday's Daily.

Finney & Lannon insert a half page of remarks in the REPUBLICAN concerning their addition which they have just placed upon the market. It is laid off and platted into bolts of wallpaper and corner "lots" can be claimed in this addition for less money than any other. See their advertisement elsewhere.

The Boom.

The following sales were made today in Garfield addition:

One block to O. P. Houghton: $2,800.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 5, 1887. From Thursday's Daily.

The Canal City Despatch made an error in stating Mr. Wilson, dry goods merchant, Houghton block, was going east to make purchases in a few days. It would have been alright if he had said B. Davidson. Mr. Davidson informs the writer he will leave for the east in a few days to buy a large stock of goods. He would have gone earlier but his wife being sick prevented Mr. Davidson from going. Mr. Davidson is an expert buyer of goods and his customers may expect many bargains on his return.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 5, 1887. From Friday's Daily.

BOWER & WOOD CITY MEAT MARKET, DEALERS IN All kinds of Fresh and Salt Meats. Highest Market Price paid for Fat Cattle, Hogs, Poultry, Hides, Tallow, Etc.

Shop First Door North of O. P. Houghton's. We Solicit Your Patronage.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 19, 1887. From Saturday's Daily.

S. C. Priest, north of the city, has sold his 120 acre farm to O. P. Houghton and P. F. Endicott for $6,000.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 19, 1887. From Friday's Daily.

Miss Laura Gould is assisting in O. P. Houghton's dry goods establishment. Miss Laura is an apt saleslady.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 19, 1887. From Friday's Daily.

O. P. Houghton has put in his dry goods store a cash railway system. It is operated by means of compressed air and differs from any other system in use in the city.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 26, 1887. From Wednesday's Daily.

A. G. Heitkam is moving his merchant tailoring establishment to rooms upstairs in the Houghton block over the City Book Store.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, March 26, 1887. From Thursday's Daily.

J. D. Guthrie sold 80 acres of his Bolton Township farm yesterday to O. P. Houghton for $8,000.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, April 2, 1887. From Monday's Daily.

The delivery team of Houghton & Upp ran away this morning. The driver left the team in front of a residence while he took some groceries in. The Frisco train came along and frightened the horses. They ran several blocks, breaking the wagon badly. No one was injured.

Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, April 2, 1887. From Monday's Daily.

CARPETS! RUGS, OIL-CLOTHS. New and Beautiful Designs. Now arriving direct from the manufactory and importers in New York. It will pay you to see them and get our Prices before buying. O. P. HOUGHTON.

Green Front, No. 126.

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Arkansas City Republican, Saturday, April 2, 1887. From Tuesday's Daily.

Ward Convention.

Last evening the voters of the four wards of the city held their convention for the purpose of making nominations. The following is the result.


The voters assembled in Wm. M. Jenkins' law office. Rev. Cline was made chairman and Rev. S. B. Fleming secretary. J. P. Johnson was nominated for councilman and J. F. Hoffman for school director. G. W. Cunningham, Thos. Van Fleet, and O. P. Houghton were elected delegates and were instructed for Huey for mayor.


The voters convened in the Fourth Ward school building. T. J. Mitts was chosen chairman and J. W. Heck secretary. D. L. Weir was nominated unanimously for councilman and Alex Wilson for school board. The following delegates were chosen: C. T. Atkinson, J. W. Heck, S. S. McDowell, T. R. Houghton, D. L. Means, Mrs. Alex Wilson, Mrs. T. R. Houghton, Mrs. M. H. Kreamer, Mrs. H. M. Provost, and Mrs. E. M. Lockley. They were uninstructed.

Arkansas City Traveler, April 24, 1889, and May 3, 1889.

O. P. Houghton has one of the best corner lots in Guthrie.

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