March 6, 1885: General Grant’s health is very poor and it is said that he can live but a few months at most.
Vache Freeman has sold his farm, 2 miles west of this city to Wm Oswald, of Wilson county, an old acquaintance of J F Calkin’s. Price paid, $1,800. Vach has moved to town but has not decided what he will do in the future.
April 19, 1885: Wm Walker and Vachel Freeman are erecting a building just north of Conover’s barbershop, size 30X80 feet, frame. The building is to used as a skating rink and also can be used as a hall for general purposes. They will put a hardwood floor in the building and fix it up with all modern improvements. Under the management of Messrs. Walker & Freeman the rink will be run about right.
L A Freeman has purchased 2 large jacks. Admirers of fine stock should not fail to see them.
Grant Gordon has been suffering with a felon on his finger.
April 17, 1885: R A Gordon received a telegram yesterday from Wheeling W Va saying that his mother had been stricken with paralysis, and was not expected to live. He started for there last night.
Vach Freeman has moved into the house formerly occupied by T F Miller in the western part of the city.
Dr. J T Newton’s selling the finest Wall Paper very cheap.
Jan 14, 1887: The railroad company is putting in a new coal chute at the depot.
L A Freeman has moved into his new Livery Stable. He has one of the finest barns in the country.
Boone & Pace are building a shed for their hearse.
Read L A Freeman’s Advertisement in this issue of the TIMES. He has built a new barn and fitted it up in good style, and is preparing to do a good business. We wish him success.
Jan 21, 1887: Mr. T J Skidmore, who has been visiting here for the past ten days, started for his home in Indiana last night. He made many friends while here. His sister, Mrs. L A Freeman, accompanied him as far as Cherryvale where she will visit a few days.
The City Council are having a calaboose built. They are building it out of 2X4 scantling, layed flat and spiked together. It will be 10X14 feet, with three cells. The officers will soon have no excuse for not enforcing the law.
Jan 28, 1887: Mr J R Hudnell, and employee of the railroad company, who fell at the skating rink later had it examined by Dr. Flack who found the arm was not broken after all and the cotton and shingles were removed as “but the trappings and suits of woe”
Feb 4, 1887: Longton is the Railroad center of Kansas. There was 31 trains passed through last Sunday.
Feb 11, 1887: Married, at the residence of the bride’s parents, Mr. L A Freeman’s, on Wednesday evening, Feb 9, Mr. George Toms to Miss Ettie Freeman, by Rev Salem Hedges, Pastor of the M E church of Moline, attended by Rev Robbins, Pastor of the M E Church of Longton. Many relatives of both bride and groom, witnessed the ceremony, after which all partook of a bountiful supper. The bride was the recipient of a number of handsome presents.
February 28, 1887: James Hayworth & Sons has purchased W A Basset’s Meat Market, and will run it in the future.
Trains commenced caring the mail over the C K & W on Monday. This gives us two mails each way a day, and we now get the Kansas City papers the same day they are published, or 12 hours sooner than before.
There are a great many covered wagons on our streets every day now. Kansas will receive a large emigration this summer, and Elk County is sure to get a large share of it.
March 25, 1887: There is an interesting literary society at the Illinois school house. It meets Friday nights. The question for tonight is: Resolved, That the Indian Territory should be admitted into the Union as a state.
April 8, 1887: Last Sunday was about as disagreeable a day as is often seen in this country. The wind was blowing hard carrying with it clouds of dust.
The city calaboose was dedicated on Wednesday night. Two boys got into a fisticuff, and the Marshal put them in the “cooler.”
May 20, 1887: Jas Hayworth sold his meat market to Wm Telshaw. Telshaw consolidated the two and you will find him at the old stand on the east side of the Avenue.
The city school will close an 8 month term to-day. We believe this has been about the most successful school we have had for some time, at least we have heard less grumbling than ever before.
May 27, 1887: L A Freeman and V R Freeman started to Arkansas last Saturday to see their father who, they received word, was very sick.
Sept 2, 1887: Jas Haworth has purchased the property occupied by C.K Potaets Ice Cream Parlor, of H T Johnson.
September 9, 1887: Jas Hayworth has purchased the Ice Cream Parlor, and stock of Confectionery of C K Poteet, and will continue to do business at the old stand.
Sept 23, 1887: Now is the time to plow your fire-guards and get ready for prairie fires, which are sure to come.
The School Board rented the room over J F Belt’s store and fitted it up for a school room, and employed Mrs Mattie Craig to teach the second primary department of the City school there. She commenced last Monday with about 35 scholars.
The men elected as delegates to the County Convention at the primary last Saturday were:
L A Freeman F A DuBois
T. Zollars Thos. Stillwell
J F Belt Robert Kesecker
Geo. Hollifield George Toms
Mr John Toms and his happy bride came in from Missouri last Saturday night, and will make their future home in Kansas. John we hate to lose you out of the Bachelor Club, but here’s our plea for a long and happy life.
Sept 30, 1887: FIRE! FIRE! On last Friday night, about 11 o’clock fire was discovered in the back part of L A Freeman’s Livery Stable. The mow was full of hay, and the fire spread very rapidly. There was 18 head of horses in the barn, and by hard work all were got out except 4 that perished in the flames; 3 of them belonged to Mr. Freeman, and 1 belonged to Mr. Frank Mitchell, who had rode to town and put his horse in the barn. The buggies were all saved, but several sets of harness, and all the lap-robes-blankets etc. were all destroyed. Freeman’s loss will be about $1,000. There was $500 insurance on the barn, but none on the stock.
The Stillwell property, that stood just south of the barn, occupied by Mr. John Kellar, was also destroyed. All of Mr. Kellar’s household goods were lost, and there was no insurance on them, so the loss falls heavy on him. Thos. Stillwell also had some household goods in the house, some of which were saved, but were badly damaged.
October 28, 1887: A horse kicked V R Freeman’s son on the head last Sunday night, and cut a deep gash in his forehead that had to be sewed up.
L A Freeman has purchased Craig & Clark’s Livery Stable, and has consolidated it with the one he had, and has moved into the barn occupied by Craig & Clark. He intends to build an addition to the barn and otherwise improve it.
Nov 11, 1887: Capt F A Dubois is down in the Indian Territory shipping lumber.
Mr. John Toms has moved into the Walker property in the south part of the city, formerly occupied by R. W. Grierson.
L A Freeman, G Y Miller, D W Jackson, George Toms, John McManamy, James McKay, D. Stowe, Cy Crawford and Al Stowe went up to Howard on Wednesday.
December 2, 1887: A number of Mr and Mrs. Chas. Hayworth’s friends made them a surprise party on Tuesday night. A pleasant time is reported.
Mr J J Toms purchased G K Tate’s interest in the Meat Market, and now has full control of it.
Mr L H Amsbury started on last Thursday night to California where he went hoping the climate would be a benefit to his health.
December 3, 1887: Remember the Corn Social tonight. It will be held at the Rink. A good time is expected.
On Wednesday morning the boys left the bus team standing at the depot and they started and ran away. They turned the bus over and broke some of the glass out of the windows, is all the damage they done.
Mr. J Hayworth commenced putting up ice on Wednesday and is getting up lot, and it is a good quality, it is about 7 inches thick and is clear as crystal.
Born to Mr and Mrs Grant Gordon on yesterday morning a fine boy. Mother and son doing well. Grant feels big enough to whip Sullivan.
Transcribed and contributed by Michelle Dunlap of Ottawa, Kansas. Michelle is a Freeman, Toms and Gordon descendant.