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Biography of H. Clay Fisk

H. Clay Fisk, Superintendent of the city schools of Nowata, was born in Altoona, Kansas, on the 8th of August, 1887, a son of F. M. and Mary (Matkin) Fisk. The father came to Oklahoma at the opening of the Cherokee strip, making the run on the back of a bucking mule, and secured a claim of one hundred and sixty acres near Cherokee in Alfalfa County. In the acquirement of an education H. Clay Fisk attended the rural schools of Alfalfa County until he had finished the eighth grade, when he enrolled in the Stella Academy at Cherokee, where he was a student for sometime. He was graduated from the Northwestern State Normal School at Alva, this state, in 1910, and for the following year was principal of the Cherokee high school. He then returned to the Northwestern State Normal School as assistant instructor in the chemistry department and was active in that connection for one and one-half years, at the termination of which time he resigned and took a course at the University of Kansas for an A. B. degree. Professor Fisk was then Superintendent of the schools at Cherokee for three years, again resigning to take the B. S. degree at the University of Kansas. After receiving that degree he was, in 1917, elected Superintendent of the city schools of Nowata, a position which he has continued to hold. Since he assumed the duties of Superintendent the new high school building has been erected and also a new high school for the colored children. When he first took charge of the schools there were but eighty-five...

Mankins, Jeremiah Paul Lee – Obituary

Jeremiah Paul Lee Mankins, 29, a former Baker City resident, died Nov. 8, 2008, at Joplin, Mo., after a short battle with cancer. His memorial service was Nov. 12 at Miami, Okla. There will be a celebration of his life in Baker City at 3 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Harvest Church, 3720 Birch St. Jeremiah was born on July 10, 1979, at Wichita, Kan., to John and Tami Mankins. He moved to Oregon with his parents in April 1980. Jeremiah attended Brooklyn School and then Baker Valley Christian Academy. He was very active in the Royal Rangers club while growing up. He graduated in 1996. In 1998, Jeremiah moved to Cherokee, Okla., where he met his future wife, Melissa. They moved to northeastern Oklahoma in June of 1998. They were married on May 7, 1999, and made their home at Commerce, Okla. Jeremiah didn’t just get a wonderful wife with his marriage, he also got a wonderful family in Oklahoma, family members said. He was employed by Oram Materials at Joplin, Mo., as a forklift technician. His job, which he loved very much, took him to sites in Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri. His co-workers, bosses and customers became good friends. Jeremiah loved to help anyone he could and he had a heart of gold, his family members said. He didn’t know a stranger and he loved his family very much. He was a member of the Highway Tabernacle Church at Cardin, Okla., and the Harvest Church in Baker City. He will be deeply missed by all who knew and loved him, his family said. Survivors include his wife,...

Street, Clarice Eunice Wells Mrs. – Obituary

Baker City, Oregon Clarice Eunice Street, 92, a longtime Baker City resident, died March 27, 2002, at Elkhorn Village. Her funeral was April 1. Clarice was born Jan. 3, 1910, near Cherokee, Okla., to Eunice McDowell Wells and Joseph Ellsworth Wells. She lived in a two-story home her father built over a spring so they could have running water in the home. In 1916 Clarice left Oklahoma with her parents; her three sisters, Ollia, Lulla and Daisey; and her two brothers, Joe and Dan. The family drove in a Model T Ford to Ontario, where they operated a dairy farm. Clarice moved to Long Beach, Calif., in 1927, where she worked in her Aunt Amanda’s restaurant. She met and married Robert K. Street Sr. in 1928. She and Robert moved with their three-month-old son, Robert Jr., to the Street Ranch in 1930. Clarice loved people. She often had numerous church outings, sledding parties, corn roasts, lawn games, outdoor church and potluck dinners at the Street Ranch. She loved going to church. She was a Dorcus Leader, visited homes, passed out Thanksgiving baskets, Gathered, and worked in childrens departments decorating and cleaning. She had a knowledge of healing using rest, fresh air and natural remedies which she applied to her own life as well as helping others. Clarice is survived by her sons, Robert K. Street and his wife, Alice, of Baker City, and William D. Street and his wife, Kathy, of Portland; seven grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; two great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, three sisters and two brothers. Contributions...

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