William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas
COWLEY COUNTY, Part 7 - BIGRAPHICAL SKETCHES
DANIEL A. MILLINGTON, editor of the Winfield Courier, and Postmaster of Winfield, was born in Hubbardton, Vt., May 16, 1823. Received an education in the common and higher schools of the State, and became proficient in mathematics and the sciences. Taught in the common schools five winters. In 1844, at the age of twenty-one, he removed to Illinois and located in Will County. There he married Miss Mary A. Smith, May 16, 1848. In 1850, he went overland to California where he met with some success in gold mining. Returned to Will County, Ill., in 1852, and went into the lumber business at Joliet. In 1856, he went to Iowa City, Iowa, and went into the general merchandise business. In the fall of 1862, he moved to Leavenworth, Kan., and there continued in the mercantile business, which was very successful during the war. In January, 1866, he moved to St. Louis, Mo., and continued in the mercantile business, meeting with heavy losses. In 1868, he moved to Fort Scott, Kan., and continued in the mercantile business. In 1870, he closed out the business and came to Winfield, arriving August 16, where he immediately entered into a scheme to build up a city, to be called Winfield. At that time, the land belonged to the Osage Indians, who were present in great numbers, and the land had not been surveyed. Several men were holding claims of 160 acres each in the vicinity. The claims of E. C. Manning and A. A. Jackson occupied what is now the most central portion of Winfield, and were surrounded by the claims of A. Meanor, J. C. Loomis, A. Howland, A. J. Thompson, A. D. Speed, W. W. Andrews, C. M. Wood, P. Knowles, and G. W. Green, all or parts of which have since become incorporated into the city of Winfield. Millington, the subject of this sketch, came in company with J. C. Fuller, and bought the claims of A. A. Jackson; then associated themselves with E. C. Manning, laid out the half of the claims into a town site, and invited settlers who would improve lots. The town site was surveyed and platted by Millington, and completed in January, 1881, after the Government survey of these lands had been made. The town site was entered at the United States Land Office July 10, 1881, and was the first entry of lands made in this county. At that time, there were seventy-two buildings erected on the town site by as many different settlers. Since that time, the subject of this sketch has been prominent in all the plans and schemes for the aggrandizement of Winfield and the county, and in the politics of the county, and the State. For the last six years, he has conducted and edited the Winfield Courier, one of the leading Republican papers in the State, having now a greater circulation than any other county paper in Kansas. He has held the office of Mayor for two terms, and of postmaster of Winfield for the past five years.