Movie Star Helen Gibson: 101 RANCH ROUND-UP and The Millers


We are publishing a continued story this week, the joint production of some two thousand delinquent tax payers of Cowley county. That the story is not just what those two thousand readers would like to read in the bosom of their families to their children is no fault of ours; we give it as we received it from the hands of the compiler, E. B. Kager, Co. Treasurer.



J. B. Lynn, formerly of Olathe, Johnson county, this state, has opened out a a splendid stock of Dry goods and Groceries in the building formerly occupied by Close & Greer, opposite the Lagonda House. The store has lately been remodeled and re-

painted, and presents a very neat appearance. Mr. Lynn seems to be a gentleman of enterprise who we have no doubt will do a good business. We welcome him to our midst.


The Oratorio of Esther will be presented at the Courthouse on Monday and Tuesday evenings of next week under the auspices of the congregational church of Winfield. Prof. A. D. Battey of Topeka has charge of the exhibition. Our friends in town and country will be treated to the finest entertainment that has ever been presented to the public in Winfield, upon this occasion. Rev. Parmelee takes the part of King, and Mrs. M. A. Arnold is to be Queen. Thirty-five actors, dressed in costumes, take part in the performance. Everybody should be present.


Below we give the names of our businessmen who advertised in the "COURIER EXTRA" this week. Our readers may rest assured that men who advertise liberally will deal liberally.

Ellis & Black, W. L. Mullen, Darrah & Doty, O. N. Morris & Bro., T. E. Gilleland, George Miller, Maris, Carson & Baldwin,

J. C. Weathers and Co., C. A. Bliss & Co., Hitchcock & Boyle, W. M. Boyer, Lagonda House, Banking Houses of M. L. Read and J. C. Fuller, J. B. Lynn, N. Roberson, M. Miller, Frank Williams, Geo. W. Martin, and the Arkansas City Traveler.




Sheriff Walker is back from Leavenworth, where he has been to take the prisoners sentenced at the last term of the District Court.


The Presbyterian church holds service next Sabbath in the Courthouse morning and evening. J. E. PLATTER, Pastor.


At the recent teacher's examination in this place and Arkansas City, 18 applicants were examined: 13 in Winfield and 5 in Arkansas City.


The Paola & Fall River Railroad Company are advertising for 2,500 laborers and 150,000 ties, to complete their road to the east line of Greenwood county.


Scott of the Arkansas City Traveler would have us believe that he stopped at the Mansion House, while in Leavenworth. The idea of a Southern Kansas Editor puting up a a first-class Hotel.


The new stone house of Captain Lowery is now ready for occupancy, and is one of the finest and most complete residences in the county. We would be pleased to see more such residence built this summer.


The editor-in-chief of this paper made the best race for councilman that was made at the late city election. He beat Dr. Mansfield, S. H. Myton, James Kirk, Jones, Williams, Gray, Austin, Jack-of-clubs, and Tom Wright's dog.


Those oranges donated us by George Miller were nice and disappeared lively. George has a lot of candies, lemons, and other good things which he hasn't brought around yet but which we are expecting daily.


Winfield Courier, April 24, 1874.

Quite a novel lawsuit is pending before 'Squire Boyer, between Geo. Miller and a prominent lawyer in this city. The case is as follows. Just before court adjourned at the last term, T. H. Suits, Esq., arose and addressed the Court in a little short facetious speech and informed his honor, Judge Campbell, that as it has been the custom from time immemorial for the members of the bar, on the occasion of the departure of anyone of their number from their midst, to meet and jollify in some way, pass resolutions of respect, etc. And now it was generally understood that one of them was about to depart a life of single cussedness, and submit his neck to the benedictine yoke. Therefore, the speaker moved that said candidate for matrimonial honors be notified that the Court and bar expected him to set up the oysters.

The Court entering at once into the spirit of the joke, appointed T. H. Suits, R. B. Saffold, and E. S. Torrance to carry out the programme. This was faithfully attended to by the committee and about 9 o'clock p.m., of that day, the Court, members of the bar, clerks, and sheriff's, sat down to a splendid supper at the St. Nicholas, kept by Geo. Miller, who is noted the country over for serving his guests with the best the market affords. A jollier time was never seen in Winfield. The lawyer seemed to enjoy the good things set before him as much as the worst gormound [?] there; perhaps in anticipation of the way he was going to fool that court and bar, or perhaps he liked the tone of the speeches, or the sentiment of the toasts, or the sparkle of the wine, or, perhaps it was because he was hungry, he, perhaps not having eaten a good square meal for some days previous, or it may have been all combined; certain it is that he seemed well pleased with the entertainment.

After allowing a reasonable time to elapse, Mr. Miller sent his bill to the victim, who refused to come down with the scads, greenbacks, dingbats (or whatever those things are called which you swap for oyster suppers). The other members of the bar learning that the "little bill" had gone to protest, magnanimously agreed each to pay for his own. And now our friend is sued for the quantity of oysters and wine he was supposed to have stowed away under his vest, on that, to the other starvlings, very pleasant occasion, amounting in the aggregate to the sum of one dollar and seventy cents.

And now the case is set for hearing next Monday. How it is likely to turn out, we, of course, don't pretend to say, nor is this article written to bias public opinion, to suborn witnesses, or to assist the average Kansas juror to form an opinion; no, none of these; but it is written for the purpose of insisting that the public suspend their opinion and never condemn a man unheard, no matter how guilty or deserving of the gallows you may know the man to be. Let justice be done though the oysters be never paid for. George has retained all the lawyers in town, and if he don't win, it will be because he has "too many cooks."





Hail fell last night.

Geo. Miller keeps lemonade.

Rev. J. B. Parmelee has returned from Independence.

W. W. Andrews is putting up a brick residence in the north part of town.

Quite a number of good substantial buildings are being erected in town just now.

Hunt, the tailor, has moved his shop to 9th avenue two doors east of Mr. Saffold's office.

I. F. Newland donated us some oranges and a [? onion ?] yesterday. He has a few left yet however....SECOND ITEM IS BADLY OBSCURED.



Deputy Clerk Bedilion has his new cottage enclosed.

Six cents a bushel is the going price for threshing wheat.

The bridge across the Walnut below town is reported in an unsafe condition.

The Winfield Meat Market is supplying Arkansas City with fresh meat.

The new school organ has arrived and is established in the school building.

I. L. Comfort cuts wood and will attend to orders left at the Lagonda House.

We have heard of fifteen new thrashing machines brought to Cowley county this season.

Tom Collins has been in town this week, and several bloods have been on the search for him.

Mr. Blandin has built a large addition to his commodious dwelling, which looks very comfortable.

E. B. Johnson, of Beaver township, has been selling elegant, clean dressed cat fish on the streets at ten cents per pound.

Cal. Ferguson, of the firm of Davis & Ferguson, has returned from Baxter Springs, bringing with him his wife.

Richland township contains 600 population. Rock township has 314 acres of winter wheat, and 3,127 acres of corn.

The two horse thieves recently committed to the county jail, were but recently discharged from the Kansas Penitentiary.

B. B. The first nine vanquished the second of Winfield, last Saturday. Tomorrow afternoon decides the best two in three.

T. A. Blanchard has been chosen by the County Council P. of H. to represent Cowley at the coming State Fair.

Winfield township contains ninety more male than female inhabitants over the age of twenty-one years.

The farmers in the vicinity of the Blanchard school house are going to have a neighborhood celebration on the 4th. T. A. Blanchard, orator of the day.

$185 has been subscribed towards defraying the expenses of the celebration on the 4th.

We never saw better cocoanuts than those kept by George Miller. They are sound and sweet, and taste as delicious as it is possible for cocoanuts to taste. George is the only person in town who keeps them, and he sells reasonable.

Capt. Cook, of Virginia, was in the city the fore part of the week visiting Dr. Mansfield, and looking at the country.




Money to Loan. Money can be had at the office of Alexander & Saffold, at reasonable rates and on time to suit borrowers, for the purpose of deeding land, etc., by giving good real estate



Have you seen the large stock of candies, lemons, oranges, nut, and cocoanuts, that Geo. Miller has just received? If you haven't you had better take time and examine them.


WANTED! A furnished room in some private family by two young men. Best of reference given if required. Address F. & B. care, COURIER Office.



There is going to be big times at Winfield on the 4th among the sporting men of this and adjoining counties. Some 15 or 16 horses are expected to be present.

At the platform dance, in the grove, on the 4th under the supervision of the Craine Bros., a beautiful gold ring will be given to the best lady waltzer, and a massive silver ring to the best gentleman dancer.

Complete arrangements have been made at the Courthouse for the dance on the eve of the 4th, for music, ice water, and refreshments. Dancing begins at 7 o'clock, promptly.

Although celebrations upon the 4th are to take place in all the adjoining towns, there is no doubt that Winfield will draw the crowd. The preparations which have been made are more extensive than were ever before conceived in Southern Kansas. Everybody come and help swell the crowd.


Capt. McDermott, of Dexter, was in to see us this week. He in company with L. J. Webb, Capt. Hunt, and T. A. Rice, visited Wellington on Tuesday on business connected with the Masonic Order.


John Manly's platform dance takes place this afternoon and evening. All the sports of this city are intending to be present and have a little fun. Geo. Miller will be on the ground with his lemonade and candy stand to supply all thirsty lads and lassies.





We will run a double seated carriage with careful driver from all parts of the city to the picnic and fair grounds the 4th. Also to the ball at the courthouse at night. Parties wishing to engage can leave their orders at our office in stables on Manning street.






We notice that A. T. Shenneman has returned from Texas.

H. M. Swasey of Independence has been in town for the last few days.

B. B. The Winfield club were "sooped" at Eldorado last Saturday two to one.

Reynolds and Jones have dissolved partnership; see dissolution notice elsewhere.

Winfield is well stocked with fast horses and sporting men, all waiting for tomorrow.

Miller & Jones are erecting a new Meat Market between Miller's restaurant and Nichols barber shop.

F. M. Concannon has opened a tobacco store in the building formerly occupied by Bakers barber shop.

A matched game of base ball will be played at the fair ground, on the 4th of July, at 2 o'clock P.M. All persons are invited to be present.



For want of space we omitted to notice the card of Dr.

Wm. H. Anderson in our last. We now take pleasure in recommending the Dr. to the people of Winfield and vicinity. He comes to us with the very best of references. He has practiced extensively for years in the west and is perfectly familiar with diseases incident to our climate. The Dr. will be quite an accession to our community. [TYPED UP AD FROM PREVIOUS ISSUE.]


Geo. Miller and T. J. Jones have built them a nice shop on Main Street adjoining the St. Nicholas restaurant, and will run a meat market there. They have fitted it up in the latest and best style, with a refrigerator and all the paraphernalia of a first-class meat shop. They are both clever, accommodating gentlemen, experienced butchers, and will give their customers entire satisfaction. All those who like a good beefsteak or good fresh meats of any kind will do well to purchase of Miller & Jones.




The county jail has now six boarders.

C. C. Stevens is now holding forth at Remanto.

Dr. Anderson has gone to Remanto to practice his profession.

A petition is in circulation for starting a new saloon in this place.

Mr. Mills and Mr. Darlington, of Remanto, were in town one day this week.

Several new houses are being erected in town, most of stone and brick.

Mr. William Bartlow had one of his fingers sawed off in his sawmill the other day.

We had the pleasure of a short call from Elder P. G. Smith and wife, of Dexter, last Wednesday.

Concannon is opening a cigar store and billiard hall next door to Millers meat market.





Winfield supplies Arkansas City with ice.

DIED. A little child of W. L. Fortner died last Monday.

A 'Schooner" passed through this city yesterday, having on board a young antelope and a buffalo calf, which were objects of interest to many of our citizens.

The meeting of the Baptist Association of this place last week was well attended, there being some forty or fifty delegates present.

A. A. Jackson is now the proprietor of the St. Nicholas restaurant, he having taken Geo. Miller's place in the business. George now has nothing to attend to but his meat market.


The singing books belonging to this District in the hands of school children will please be left with the clerk. B. P. Baldwin, at Maris & Baldwin's Drug Store.


The Winfield Silver Cornet Band will give a dance at the Lagonda House on the evening of the 22nd inst. The best music will be furnished, and everything will be done to make the party pleasant and enjoyable.




EVERYBODY got tired of reading the Beecher-Tilton scandal and they have now turned their attention to their own affairs. The first thing they did was to walk into Miller & Hill's meat market where they got the tenderest, sweetest meat they ever saw. Beef, Pork, Veal, Mutton, all kinds of sausage, and in fact anything kept in a first class market, can be had by calling at Miller & Hill's, one door south of St. Nicholas.



DECEMBER 18, 1879.

Mr. George Miller has removed from Ninth Avenue and consolidated his shops on Main street. He is refitting and refurnishing the shops throughout, and intends to make his meat market second to none in the country. George, from his long connection with this business in Winfield, has won the confidence and patronage of a large part of our citizens. He furnishes the best meats at the most reasonable prices.








Theo Miller. R. Ehret. Jos. Whiteman. Frank Manny. John

Himselspach. James Fahey. Frank Merrill. Stephen O'Lane.

Theo R. Timme. Thos. H. Benning. E. H. Henthorn.

Geo. Miller. B. M. Terrill. Jno. R. Smith. A. W. Patterson.

Harry Bahntge. David Harter. A. H. Green. Barney Shrivers. Thos. Wright. Sid S. Major. W. A. Gibbs. S. S. Moore.

Geo. Corwin. Ed H. Cole. A. Hatfield. ____ Squires.

John Custer. Wayne Bitting. Ed Appling. Ed Rowell.

S. R. Walcott. W. L. Mullin. H. Jochems. James Allen.

L. J. Webb. Ed Collins. Sol. Frazier. R. Ehret.

Major F. Moss. Geo. Haywood. E. B. Weitzel. Allison Toops.

Willie Fogg. Alex May.



We understand that our new tinner, G. W. Miller, has secured the contract for putting the roof on Geo. Cunningham's new stone store room. Mr. Miller is a thorough workman and will do himself proud thereon.




JANUARY 4TH, 1882.

Mr. Geo. W. Miller has opened up a tinware establishment in town and is prepared to do all kinds of work in his line. After the middle of February, he will occupy the Benedict building as a stove and tinware store, and a full stock for the same is already on the way. Mr. Miller was with D. S. Rose while in this city, and made many friends who will be glad to hear of his locating with us.



Will Griffith went to the Otoe Agency last Monday to do a job of tinning on the Agency buildings.

G. W. Miller will soon move his tin shop into the building one door south of the Central Drug Store.


Arkansas City Traveler, January 3, 1883.

Mrs. G. W. Miller and children are now in St. Louis visiting relatives and will probably remain several months. Mr. Miller, we hope, will enjoy his season of bachelorhood, but we doubt it.



Wm. VanHook, in charge of the Geo. Miller ranch, was in town Tuesday and gave the JOURNAL the benefit of his smile.


Arkansas City Traveler, October 27, 1886.

Killed in the Territory.

DIED. George W. Miller received a letter from his son, Joe, this morning, from the Miller Ranch twenty-five miles below Hunnewell, stating that one Green, a Washita ranchman, started from Hunnewell yesterday with some horses. He hired three Indians to help him drive. Near the Miller ranch, the Indians put a bullet into Green=s heart, took a number of horses, and decamped. A posse was being made up for pursuit, and the story of three noble red men found dangling in tree limbs will likely be heralded. Green was a well known territory cattle man. Winfield Courier the 22nd.







Miss Helen Gibson, movie actress, who stars in "The Perils of Helen" and who is one of the best known horsewomen in America, will be a feature star at this year's 101 Ranch Round-up and Indian camp, September 2, 3, and 4CSaturday, Sunday and Monday (Labor Day). Miss Gibson has arrived direct from Hollywood for this appearance at the ranch.

Another feature for the three days will be Miss Lucile Mulhall, who is returning to the arena after several years absence as Mrs. Tom Burnett. This will be her first appearance since resuming her maiden name recently.

Henry Grammar is out to become the world's champion roper again and will rope two steers daily for the entire three day period for a side purse of $2,500. Grammar will use his own string of horses in these events. "Bill" Pickett, the originator of bulldogging, will be used all three days also; and in addition there will be roping, riding, bulldogging and steer riding events daily in addition to Indian dances. Admission 75 cents.




Charged with aiding two young Winfield girls to run away from their homes, D. McCollum, Bill Mattis, and Lloyd Seabridge, a trio of Winfield young men, were arrested at the 101 Ranch and brought to the county jail yesterday by Deputy Charles Goforth.

The girls, 15 and 17 years of age, are said to be of questionable character, one of them being on parole from the probate judge at the time she left Winfield. Their names were not disclosed.

It is alleged that one of the men drove them to Arkansas City, where they took a train to Oklahoma City. There they back-tracked to Ponca City, where they were apprehended and returned to Winfield. The other men, it is said, involved themselves by furnishing money to the pair.

Oklahoma officers arrested the three men at the 101 Ranch roundup Saturday on a warrant charging "contribution for delinquency." Their trial is set in probate court for today.




Fred Beeson, of this city, well known rider and roper, won the first prize of $500 at the three days roping event on the big program just closed at the 101 Ranch in Oklahoma. The events there were in progress Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, and there were people there from all parts of the United States to witness the program of three days.

Beeson won first in the three steer averages, and in the roping and tying stunt. His first was made in 22 seconds, the second in 26, and the third, winning three falls with the second rope, in 10 seconds.

Lee Robinson of Kingman, Arizona, won the second money in these events, this being $300, and Ed Burgess, of Okmulgee, Oklahoma, won third, $200. Robinson is the roping partner of Beeson, and they always work together when convenient to do so. There were 37 ropers in all who took part in these events and all the steers used there were of the big Old Mexico variety, averaging 900 pounds each. Needless to say, they were hard to handle.




Dee McCollum and William Mattis, two of the three young men charged with "aiding in delinquency," by helping Venetta Feaster, 16, and Hazel Miller, 17, to run away from their homes here, were found guilty in probate court yesterday and sentenced to 30 days in jail and fined $1 each and costs, amounting to about $10.

Lloyd Seabridge, the third boy involved, was dismissed; and the case against him was dropped.

It was revealed in the trial that Mattis raised the money to help the girls escape, and then drove them to Arkansas City between the hours of 12 and 4 a.m., where heCaided by McCollumCbought their tickets to Oklahoma City. From there the girls came back to Ponca City, where they were located by their parents.

The boys proceeded on to the roundup at the 101 Ranch, where Deputy Charles Goforth arrested them. Mattis confessed the whole affair to the girl's parents and to Goforth.

The youngest girl has been under the surveillance of the probate judge, who has not decided what will be done with Hazel Miller, but it is likely that she will be given another hearing soon.CCourier.

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