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For President-Elect "in
WA-KEENEY AS SHE IS
With Frequent Allusions as
to How She Was.
ON A HEALTHY TIDE,
Without Season to Expect a Bo
action, A Chapter on Her Early History.
A Business Summary of the
Personal Mention, Etc.
The annexed history of Wa-Keeney in
her infancy is taken from the Wa-Keeney
World of December 22, 1879, and was
written by the editor whose fingers trace
Among the many thousands who visit
ed the centennial exhibition at Philadel
phia, in 1876, was Mr. J. F. Keeney, of
Chicago, Illinois. Attracted and aston
ished by the wonderful display made by
Kansas, as there represented, and the
various favorable comments of others on
the wonderful products and resources of
that young and -growing state, Mr. Kee
ney then and there resolved that it should
be the basis of his future plans of action,
WKvtti n nr Viof. fliaro iimitiI' -"rTi oof. in'o
that it would be wise for mm to get in
ahead of this immigration and secure as
much land as possible before prices
would be advanced. So, shortly after his
return to Chicago, in August of 1877, he
visited Kansas, having invited Mr. War
ren to accompany him. After traveling
nearly all over the state, inspecting lands
along the lines of the different railroads,
he selected Trego county as the best
adapted to carry out the plans which he
had formed of building up in the West a
good town and a prosperoi. s community.
This county seemed to him to be most
favorable for a grand enterprise on ac
count of its location, gi od railroad facili
ties, rich, fertile soil, abundant supply or
water in the nature of springs, creeks, and
two small rivers running through the
county, beautiful rolling prairies, abun
dance df fine building stone, lime the
whole country being a lime-stone forma
tion, and known as the "Golden Belt," so
famous for wheat raising He secured
for his firm, Warren, Keeney & Co., of
which he has ever been the active, ener
getic leader, about one hundred thousand
rcres of these lands, and then went back
to Chicago to put into operation the
plans for biilding up and developing
this new country, which was almost un
known to the civilized world, and was
only inhabited by a few hunters, trappers
and herders, with the exception of
two or three squatters on government
lands. There was nothing to obstruct
the view as far as the eye could see.
was laid out on section nine, township
twelve, range twenty-three, being one en
tire section 640 acres and being about
the center of the large tract of land pur
chased by Warren, Keeney & Co. of the
Kansas Pacific railroad company nearly
in the center of Trego county, and just
half way between Kansas City and Den
ver. 'It was named by Mr. Keeney, and
is an abbreviation of Warren & Keeney.
O. C. Gibbs says, in the Chicago Tribune,
it means the man who pushes things. It
was surveyed and laid out by Messrs.
Warren, Keeney Ar Co. in January, 1878.
The streets all cross each other at right
angles, each street being eighty feet
wide,Nwith the exception of some streets
by which the court house square is bound
ed, each of which is one hundred feet in
width. This town was laid cut after the
most approved fashion, as Warren, Kee
ney & Co. have had large experience in
building towns, having laid out and built
several of the, suburbs ot Chicago. The
town site is one of the most beautiful on
'the Kansas Pacific railway, and can be
aeen from ten to twenty miles in almost
any direction! The regularity and beauty
of the design of its streets have done
much to show off the place, and it is the
general remark of every one who visits
the plaoe: "What a beautiful town site!
what fine, broad streets! each being just
one mile in length; it looks more like a
New England city than a Western town."
' The county was organized in July last,
with Wa-Keeney as the county seat
This town has been on a boom ever
since it was laid out, and still continues
to boom. It-contains the finest depot in
the state, being built of stone,T after the
most approved plans of one of Chicago's
best architects. It is 100 feet long, 32
feet wide, and very ornamental; in fact,
few Eastern, cities can boast of 6o fine a
depot The business of the town is rep
resented by about twenty stores of mer
chandise of all kinds. It is the busiest
town in Kansas, and it is constantly add
ing, to ite size and business. Everybody
seems to b -wide awake and benfmj6i
making this a large town, which, from its
location upon this great through line of
railroad, half way between the two large)
cities, Kansas City and Denver, surround
ed by the richest and best wheat land in
Kansas, in the great "Golden Belt," the
future granary of Kansas, is surely des--tinei
to be, and at no distant day will be,
the largest place between these points, as
there must be another large city between
these cities. It now contains six hotels,
and another large hotel, 100 feet front by
about sixty feet deep, on a prominent
corner, will be thrown open to the public
in a short time; two elevators, U. S. land
office, a number of lumber and coal yards,
three livery stables, a fine flouring mill,
any number of mechanics' shops, a bank,
a literary society, temperance society and
reading rooms, Good Templar lodge,
three religious denominations hold ser
vices here Congregational, Presbyterian
and Methodist and each has a separate
organization and regular services. Many
buildings are now under way, not even
stopping for winter. Some of these build
ings are quite worthy of mention, having
been built of this magnesian limestone, of
which this county contains such an abun
dance, and can be delivered on the ground
for $3.50 to $5 per cord. This place has
now under way a fine, large building be
ing constructed of this stone, known as
the opera house block, which will be one
of the finest buildings west of Kansas
City, and will be finished as well as
blocks of similar size in Chicago and
other large cities.
This place is very different from most'
frontier towns, as it has from the first ta
ken high social, moral and intellectual
standing, and is attracting here many
people of that class. No liquors are al
lowed to be sold in this place, and if a
man wants to get the people of this town
down on him, let him advocate or take a
course opposite to this deep-rooted senti-
hiL-tahJ t- bm'4 1Va Vk i9r& . Wn
This place is surrounded by a rich and
fertile country, and the farmers here are
of high standard; men of pluck, expe
rience, education, good judgment, and
many of them are well-to-do, and can not,
everything considered, be surpassed in
The above chapter, as perhaps has been
perceived, discourses upon Wa-Keeney
as she was in December, 1879.
Below, with the exception of such omis
sions as are consequent upon a too hur
ried review, will be found the present
business status of Wa-Keeney:
DBUGS AND GROCERD3S.
B. WAGNER k CO.
John Wagner, the "Co." of this firm,
has been in the business since Feb. 15,
1884.' The, firm started as J. Wagner &
Co., was afterward Wagner & Grim, then
Wagners & Grim, and since Aug. lof this
year the style of the firm has been as an
nounced in this heading. These men
certainly sell their share of goods, and
seem to be thoroughly prosperous. Their
.advent into Trego county dates back into
1878, we believe.
JEWELRY, CLOCKS, WATCHES,
A. Ty. TOSH
Is the only representative of this busi
ness in Wa-Ke ney. He opened up last
March, is a good workman, has a good
sized stock of goods, and is thriving. He
holds forth, at present, in the D. H. Hen
kel building, just south of B. Wagner &
MBS. M. BENEDICT.
With the exception of an interval be
tween the months of June and Novem
ber, 1879, this lady has been in business
here since early in 1879. When the coun-
try fared illy, her business suffered
accordingly. Dunng the past year or
more, it has been good. Besides hand
ling an assortment of millinery goods,
and trimming them according to the
tastes of the purchasers, Mrs. Benedict
makes dressmaking a feature of nonbusi
ness. HUNTEK k COMFORT.
Mrs. W. T. Hunter and Miss R. Com
fort established their millinery store and
dressmaking establishment in the early
part of last September They have a
neat location, and their stock of goods
matches it nicely. These ladies have al
ready built up au excellent business.
Mrs. Hunter has lived in Wa-Keenev
just about as long as there has been such
a place. Miss Comfort came to Trego
comty several years ago, lived at Collyer
awhile, and then came to Wa-Keeney,
where she was engaged in dressmaking
before associating herself in business
with Mrs. Hunter.
"LAWRENCE k HALL.
Lawrence &. Hall perhaps do not wish
to be carried far from their main business
of general merchants, but they have a ba
kery and restaurant, which have been in
operation the most of the time since thv
went into business in the fall of 1879. -
a N. BENEDICT
Runs a splendid restaurant In addi
tion to this, he keeps a line of fruits and
confectioneries which are unexcelled in
Wa-Keeney. Charier, in fact is one of
the old timers; and when he can't do
stock -&jLTiisa:T2sr3r tus sjlsis o:f oxria i:mjl ustbibs.
- KEENEY, KANSAS, SATUI&AY, srOTEBEB 7,
business, it would be be sensible for the
rest to stay out
MRS. J. H. BAKER
Buns a well-patronized restaurant in
Baker block. This restaurant has been
established come three months, and de
serves to be classed among the various
thoroughly thrifty institutions of Wai
Keeney. Mrs. Baker is the soul of ge
niality, sets a good table, and is awake to
the comfort of guests.
W. 0. OLSON
Keeps the one which has been run
since early in the spring of 1879. The
continuous life of his business is the best
evidence of its prosperity. Of course, his
business has increased perceptibly within
the past year.
Opened a harness shop in the spring of
1884. He has run the business with suc
cess. Mr. Escher is one of the earliest
settlers of Trego county. His time, at
present, is given to another business
which will be touched upon elsewhere.
Thomas McMillen is in charge of his har
BOOKS AND STATIONERY.
E. S. MILLARD.
Mr. Millard deals in books, stationery,
candies, fruits, nuts, etc. He has been in
the business in this place for some four
years, and has prospered. He is one of
the early settlers of Trego county.
W. B. KRITCHFIELD
Runs the only furniture store m wa
Keeney. He has been in the business
since Jul 30, 1883, having, at that date,
superseded Joseph Lucas in the same
business. Mr. Kritchfield has done well.
He manufactures a good deal of his fur
niture. He also does wagon "work and
handles wagon materials, in addition to
dealing in carpets, musical instruments,
etc. The dimensions of Mr. Kritchfield s
building are 25x74 feet, a large portion of
it having been built within the past year.
H. J. HILLE.
Mr. Hille opened his drug store in Oc
tober, 1878. He has done a successful
business ever since.
JONES A FERRIS.
This firm began business on Septem
ber 1, 1885. They are well equipped for
the business, carrj ing a very complete as
sortment of drugs, as well as confection
eries, fancy dishes, jars, bottles, mugs,
etc., which are seldom found in towns of
this size. Both members of this firm are
GROCERD3S, FEE13 AND HARD
WARE. WERLICH k KERSHAW.
Joseph Werlich opened a store here
in June, 1878. J. R. Kershaw entered into
firm relations with him about October 1
of the same year. They conducted a
prosperous business until in the spring
of 1882, when they closed out their stock
of goods. They remained out of business
two years. They then started again, and
have been doing handsomely. They are
careful business men, and deserve their
success. They have for years dealt
largely in cattle, and have valuable ranch
property in Gove county.
' THOMAS CADDICK.
Has run the business over which he
now presides since December, 1881. The
spring before that he was the "Co." in the
firm of Garrison, Bryant & Co. - Mr. Cad
dick began business on what he believed
to be safe ground. He purchased his
goods carefully, and sold them the same
way. The present size of his stocks of
dry goods, clothing, groceries, queens
ware, flour, feed, etc., added fo the present
volume of business, attests the correct
ness of his judgment Mr. Caddick has
also handled cattle to a considerable ex
tent KERNS A KYLE.
These gentlemen began business the
first day of last month, having bought out
Morgan & Dann. Mr. Kyle used to be
long to the firm of Henry & Kyle away
back in 1880. Mr. Kerns is one of the old
timers in western Kansas. They carry
one of the best stocks of goods in Wa
Keeney, are thoroughly popular, and we
are sure they will win. Mr. Kerns is
quite largely interested in cattle.
LAWRENCE k HALL
Have been in business continuously
since early in the spring of 1879. Their
stock of goods is very large, filling what
were originally two large buildings. The
increase in the volume of their business
within the past year has been very mark
ed. They also have a cattle ranch, and
give cattle growing a great deal of atten
GEO. I. YERBECK "
Came to Wa-Keeney in the fall of 1879
and opened a store under the firm name
of Verbeck Blair, Mr. E. W. Blair, now
of Solomon City, being his partner. Mr.
Blair devoted but little time to the store.
H was clerk to Captain W. J Hunter,
then, receiver of the gove-nnreit land of
fice at this place. During the ensuing
winter, the store of Yerbeck t Blair suc
cumbed to the incendiary fire which
swept down so large a part of the busi-
nets houses on the east side of Franklin
street- Out of the flames arose the store
building which Mr. Yerbeck now occu
pies. Tn'a short time W. H. Baldwin be
came a part of the firm of Yerbeck, Blair
& Baldwin, remaining about a year.' In
the spring of 1884, Mr. Blair withdrew
from the firm, leaving Mr. Yerbeck alone
Mr. Yerbeck does a business in general
merchandising -which should satisfy the
most ambitious in this direction.
MARSHALL A UFFORD
Have their store in the post-office room.
The location is an ideal one for a general
store. The dimensions of the grand room
are. about 25x80 feet. It is newly finish
ed, 'andis beautiful to behold. The large
assortment of all that is usually found in
a hrst-class general store tallies hand
somely with the elegance of the room.
Messrs. Marshall & Ufford have plenty of
accommodating clerks to anticipate the
pleasure of buyers. Miss Jennie Bell has
been installed in the ladies department,
whichwe take occasion to say is a deci
ded hit on the part of the managers of this
Keeps a small, but choice, stock of dry
goods, groceries,' boots and shoes, and so
on. He located in Wa-Keeney last fall,
and seems to have been fairly successful.
KELLY A WALKER
Are the one firm which have made this
their exclusive business through damag
ing, as well as favorable seasons. We
can imagine with great ease that through
several summers they felt strongly in
vited by Nature's decrees to swap theirs
forja business more lucrative, but they
made no such a swap. During the past
year business has been lively with them.
It'has been refreshing to see them sell
reapers, mowers, threshing machines,
stoves, tinware and such other goods, as
firstHclass hardware merchants are in the
habit of handling. They also keep a
tinner busy, and are in want of another.
Kelly & Reticker opened business in Wa
Keeney in March, 1879. In the course of
a year or so, Mr. J. B. Walker took the
place of Reticker.
JOHN H. MARCH k CO.
The pioneer banker, since the collapse
of the firm of Ellsworth Bros, early in
1880, is J. H. March. Mr. March came
from LeMars, Iowa, last spring, built his
present business house, and opened his
bank in May. To say that he under
stands his business fully, and has done a
thriving business, is to state our unalloy
ed belief. The title of the firm is John
H. March & Co.
WILSON, MURRAY k CO.
This firm is just opening business in a
lower room of the opera building. Mr.
Wilson, the head of the firm, comes from
Ottumwa, Iowa, and, as our readers al
ready have reason to know, can produce
testimonials of a high order. Mr. Murray
comes from Wellington, Kansas, and Mr.
Barnes, the "Co.," from Malvern, Iowa.
F. O. ELLSWORTH.
Mr. Ellsworth has horni. nnrl is. nnn nt
the most active business men ever known
to Trego county. Withal, he has been
successful. To traca his cnrApr. hnwavar.
into one business, then into another, from
that or lumber in the winter of 1879 to
that of lumber at present, would be a task
too arduous for our limited time. His
present lumber yard has been established
several years. His sales have been large,
and, of course, are now larger. He keeps
on hand a very large and varied assort
ment of such goods as are common to
paying lumber yards.
L. A. BEED k COi
The lumber stock of this firm occupies
the gird which was formerly owned by
Mr. W. T. Hunter, on Washington street
The firm do a heavy business, which is
well conducted bv Mr. A. J. Davis. Thpv
have recently opened a branch yard at
x amnion, xne nrm began business at
this place in the latter part of last August
GEO. I. VERBECK
Has an extensive lumber yard in Con
nection with his nthar hninnnm. flia
sales of lumber are very large.
Is the exclusive dealer in coal at thin
place. He has been in the business about
two years. The perseverance with which
he sticks to it is evidence that he gets
something out of it.
a M. PAULL,
A few weeks aim. honcrht thn nrvtl bnai.
ness of F. O. Ellsworth, and is running
it for what it is worth. It is f Air to infer,
from the volume of his business, that it is
worth a good deal Mr. Faull is a staunch
citizens and deserves all the success
which he can possibly run across.
L. A. BEED k do.
Also have a coal elevator of larae tiro-
portions. It seeme to be well patronized.
T. B. Moore runs this. He has done so
since in January last The Commercial
House is the 'oldest of Wa-Keeney hotels.
It i3 one of two which never suspended
operation on. account of the weather
pleasure back 'in the days about five
. CONCLUDED ON FOURTH PAGE.
Land Attorney and Real Estate Agent.
CONTESTS A SPECIALTY.
Wa-Keeney - - Kansas.
a J. OTBOBlk
Mtomcys-at-Law 4 Real Estate Hjati
EST Will doctor cattle, horses and all
JOfiN A. NELSON,
Attorney at law
U. P. Land Agent for Trego, Gra
ham and Ness Counties,
WA-KEENEY, - KANSAS.
Stock Eanches a Specialty.
Parties meaning business request
ed to write me.
S. J. OSBORN. LEE MONROE. D.H. HENKEL.
Osborn, Monroe & Henkel,
REAL ESTATE BROKERS
And Loan Agents.
WA-KEENEY, - KANSAS.
70,000 acres wild and improved lands for
sale. Will purchase land in Trego and
adjoining counties and pay cash for same.
$100,000 Money to Loan at 8 Per Cent.
W. 0. HUQHSS,
LAW AND LAND OFFICE,
Two Doors North of U. S. Laid Offlco.
Locating on Gov't Ltnda Specialty.
35,000 acres of cheap wild land for
sale in bodies to suit the
We defend actual settlers in contests
on their claims.
Bring contest suits where claims are
Make and acknowledge deeds and
CORRESPONDENCE -:- SOLICITED.
S. R. Cowick.
M. D. Hollister.
. Cowick & Hollister,
ATTORNEYS AT LAW
SEAL ESTATE DEALEES.
Will practice in all State and Federal
Courts and before the Government Land
Office.. Special attention given to
Contests. All kinds of legal papers
promptly and accurately drawn
and business for non-resident
attorneys attended to.
DO A GENERAL LAXD BUSINESS.
CORRESPONDENCE -:- SOLICITED.
References. Trego County Bank,
Wa-Keeney, Kansas; Tarkio Valley Bank,
Office up stairs in Western Kansas
Close Bros. & Co.,
REAL ESTATE DEALERS.
Of wild land in Trego and Graham
counties at from $5.00 to
$8.00 per acre.
J. B. HOGAN, Agent-
f0"Office first door north of
SI3STOX.35 COPY, 5 C232STTS.
fi. 8. MILLARD,
AND FANCY GOODS,
CIGARS AND TOBACCO,
D. S. 0L0TFELTER & CO.,
Agents for the sale of 62,000 acres of a
lected lands, lying in Trego and Graham
counties, belonging to
W. B. KRITCHFIELD,
AND DEALER IN
Sewing M achinesj
Eye Glasses, -Plated
Wagon Work & Wagon Material.
I can secure, on favorable terms, by
order, any article which I may not happen
to have on hand.
GHAS. N. BENEDICT,
Wants to bttj all the Product,-at
the highest market price, which the
farmers hate to dispose of.
Call and see nit.
JWri blow for 1
HjtMcKnight Bros., 1
HKThe Landl Agents, t
B- Wa-Kmney,h M
1 Branch Office at B
K Clay Center, Kb. f
K School Land jMfd ft
'BVB Deeded Land . m
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