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Stafford Republican
July 22, 1886
Henry Inman, Editor

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J. A. Saunders was in Burrton last week.

Albert Cronk is  manipulating the lighting at the depot.

F. O. Watson is having the roof of his store building painted.

Isaac Hughes has opened a shooting gallery south of Vicker's Livery Barn.

Abraham Crist has sold his farm to Hugh Boyd of Wisconsin.  Price $2,500.

The enterprise of the inhabitants of Stafford is far ahead of many older towns.

See the big cucumber in Payne & Bousman's real estate office.  It is over three feet long.

The lumber yards are all busy, and the railroad is bringing piles of stone for building purposes.

Frank Larabee says he "denies the alligation and can whip the alligator" that he does not take pictures.

Frank Reeves will have charge of the telephone and telegraph in this office while Mr. Cronk is at the depot.

The agent in Hutchinson reports about three times as much freight transferred at that point for Stafford as for St. John.

The locating engineers of the D. M. & A. will be in Stafford this week.  The road will be in operation to this place by October 1st.

Kansas is not only a first-class State, but in a few years will be greatest of all.  There hardly seems to be a limit to her growth and development.

Stafford is surrounded for miles in every direction by rich, cultivated fields, nest cottages, shaded beneath blossoming groves.  The soil is decidedly first-class.

The Richmond Conservative says, very truly:  These are the days when the farmer hustles himself on the eight-hour system.  Eight hours before dinner and eight hours after.

Stafford is situated on a level surface, and is built over a large space of ground.  It has a population of eight hundred - which, in less than a year is certain to reach over two thousand.

In the matter of business and bustle, Stafford is far ahead of any town between Hutchinson and Kinsley.  the other villages have wilted, but Stafford has a healthful boom and is growing steadily.

S. K. Entriken, our popular butcher, waited upon the boys in his office on Thursday last with a box of cigars, and informed us that he had a little butcher at his home.  Mother and child doing well.

By what we can learn from the country correspondence in the Hutchinson papers, there is but little prospect of Reno county voting bonds for the "Great Rock Island Route."  Jealousy between localities seems to be the trouble, and that road may yet go elsewhere.

The country around Stafford has been visited by magnificent rains since our last issue; the buffalo-wallows are reported full of water, and this indicates a good soaking for the ground.  Mr. T. B. Gaston says he will now have a crop of three thousand bushels of corn.

There will be five of the Vicker's family located on Vicker's Avenue, in five new and handsome residences within the next sixty days.  The avenue is certainly properly named and will be one of the prettiest streets in the city.

Dr. D. T. Hayden with his wife has gone to Estell county, Kentucky.   He will be absent, from one to two months, this is Mrs. Hayden's first visit home, and before coming to Kansas, had never been away from her parents over two weeks in her life.

Mr. T. J. Finney, of Kentucky, has purchased two acres of Dr. Hayden, and also one of his farms, known as the school-section.  Mr. Finney will build residences on both places.  He left for his family on Monday, who are in the eastern portion of the state.

Stafford is located near the center of the "Great American Republic, and the center of the "Great Central State."  It is destined to be one of the best towns in this portion of the state.  God has decreed it-

A larger amount of goods is sold here monthly to the farming community, that any town on the road between Hutchinson and Kinsley.  Stafford is as safe a town to sell goods as there is in this part of the State.  The reason of this fact is plain - the city has one of the finest agricultural regions tributary to it as there is in the State.

Our streets are crowded on Saturdays.  A traveling man who came from St. John last Saturday said the amount of trade done here was so far ahead of that in the temporary county seat, that "comparison was odious."  He said he saw but half-a-dozen teams from the country there during his stay on that day, while Stafford's streets were crowded.

Mr. Himrod, Cashier of the first National Bank of Sterling, accompanied by his wife made our city a visit last Sunday.  They were guests of Mr. Frank Cox, the two gentlemen are warm acquaintances of many years standing, every since 1868.  In 1871 they were on a buffalo hunt in the Territory, about directly south from Stafford, they were caught in a terrible storm and compelled to burn their wagon boxes to keep from freezing.  It is quite a treat to hear them compare notes of their adventurous trip.

Mr. H. Jacobs went to Hutchinson this week.

Mr. Empey and his little daughter were in Hutchinson this week.

The drug store of C. B. Empey & Co. is now opened and ready for business.

A young cow with calf by side, for sale cheap.                               C. B. Briddle

A complete line of Patent Medicines at T. B. Rowland & Co.'s.

Fresh fish, at the Citizen's Meat Market this week Friday - and hereafter every other Friday.

Mr. T. J. Finney has also purchased three acres more of Dr. Hayden, and will build upon them.

Mr. W. T. Spurgin left yesterday for a visit to his parent's home in "Old Kaintuck."  He will be absent two or three weeks.

J. A. Alford has leased the room south of his stable, now used as a Billard Hall to a colored gentleman of Lyons, who will immediately fit it up for a Restaurant.

Mr. Seamen has received sixteen broodmares, and a Hambletonian stallion from Indiana.  They will be placed upon Mr. Seamen's ranch North east of this city.

The firm of Entriken and Brown has been dissolved, Mr. Entriken will continue their business at the old stand, where he will be pleased to have a share of the patronage.

J. A. Saunders has ordered, through Mr. McCurdy, a neat and commodious bath tub and will at once place it in his barber shop, the water will be supplied from Brownell's pump thus fresh running water can be obtained and avoid the use of having water hauled in barrels and becoming stagnant.

The fishing question still forms a most convenient topic for some of the daily Editors, East to harp upon.  They predict all sorts of trouble, which we do not propose to borrow.  Meantime the most sensible thing we've seen upon the matter is the following from a prominent journal:
"And what do you think the fish would think, If they found the world fighting, above e'm about e'm.
Finding men without heads tumbled into the drink They would certainly "guess" there were Statesmen without e'm"

A. S. Gordon, Esq. of Towanda, Pa. having purchased the lot at the cor. of Camden and Main street, of Payne & Bousman, will proceed at one to erect thereon a two story business house to be occupied by himself with a full line of Groceries.  Thus we see that at no distant day, Main street will be built up solid on both sides, from the C. K. & W. depot on the north, to the D. M. & A. on the south.  Broadway in the meantime is keeping pace with Main.

We are in receipt of the "Report of the Professor of Agriculture College, of Kansas State Agricultural College."  The pamphlet contains the result of experimental work done on the College Farm.  A large edition has been published by order of the Board of Regents, with the object of diffusing as widely as possible among the farmers of the State.  Copies may be had by applying to E. M. Shelton, Professor of Agriculture, Manhattan, Kansas.  These documents are free, of course.

Our Mr. Webb and Marshall Kingsley, made a trip to the Ninnescah last Sunday, and called at "Miller's Ranch" on that stream, where they were most courteously received and entertained.  This fine ranch contains eleven hundred and twenty acres, is splendidly watered, ahs about three hundred acres under cultivation, seventy of which is in corn, that looks magnificently.  There are one hundred head of cattle and twenty horses on hand.  The buildings are commodious and well-built.  This is one of the best ranches in the county, and the proprietors, princes in the are of hospitality.



Typed by Cindy Koegel, courtesy of Stafford County Museum.

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