Oxford Mirror, April 15, 1880. The newpaper was 6 months old. This might have been the editor George F. Crouch’s first visit to Wyoming:
Last week we made a flying visit to our neighboring town of Wyoming, going up in the morning and back at noon with one of Robt. Lindsey’s gay little teams.
We were much pleased with the appearance of Wyoming. It is a handsome little city, well built up with good substanial brick buildings, and is filled with a No. 1 class of inhabitants. Its business houses are good and are all well filled and so far as we could judge were presided over by good practical business men. Our stay was so short that we had only time to glance into a few of the many houses.
Mr. Hodgeman we found enjoying a good furniture trade. Mr. Babcock at his palace drug store was also enjoying a share of the boom in business. J.B. McGrew we found absent but from appearances would judge that he also did a good business. L. J. Richards and A. M. Loomis were both absent but their stores were filled with goods and buyers.
At the 1st National Bank we had a few minutes talk with Cashier Pixley and R. S. Williams, both good reliable men, with whom it is a pleasure to talk on any subject.
At the Journal office we found Bro. Swigart enjoying a good patronage. The Journal office is supplied with a fine line of material and is very pleasantly located.
At the creamery we ran across J. R. Graft the energetic proprietor and of this institution we shall give something more than a passing notice. Mr. Graft now has his creamery in perfect running order and is making up the products of about six hundred cows into his unsurpassed creamery butter. He informs us that he will soon use the milk from 600 cows and the cream from 200 more making 800 in all. His facilities for the handling and manufacture of this vast amount of cream are unsurpassed. His institution is filled with all the improvements for butter making and backed by a thorough and practical knowledge of the business are producing the very best butter in the market. Connected with the creamery is a fine refrigerator, for storing butter in warm weather. We will simply say that the plan of construction of the building is by all odds the very best we ever saw. The day we were there the temperature was 6 degrees below freezing and it can be run lower than that. At that time there were stored in the building two carloads of dressed poulltry which will be shipped to eastern markets about May 1st. The poultry business occupies considerable of Mr. Graft’s attention during the winter months, and he has certainly arrangements completed by which he can make it successful. The past winter he dressed five carloads of poultry, three of which have been shipped.
At some future time we may write more about this creamery and the other business of Wyoming, but want of space forbids more at present. [Crouch’s words]