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Biography of Andrew Henderson

Andrew Henderson, sheriff of Washington county, Oklahoma, was born at Bates City, Missouri, May 2, 1878, a son of A. J. and Katherine (Ferguson) Henderson. The father, who was a native of Illinois and a highly educated man, was a farmer and stock raiser. He left his native state when eighteen years of age and on removing to Texas he located in Limestone county, where he engaged in the cattle business for many years, driving his cattle to the market at Kansas City, Missouri. He then obtained a lease on the entire site where the town of Dewey now stands, there following the occupation of farming and stock raising to the time of his death, which occurred in 1898. He was a good friend to the Indians and on many occasions acted as adviser to them, thereby gaining the reputation among the Delaware and Cherokee Indians of being a great and wise man. In 1871 he wedded Katherine Ferguson, whom he met on the Maryzene river, Missouri, while on one of his drives to the market at Kansas City. They have both passed away and are buried in Stokes cemetery west of Dewey. They were the parents of seven children, three of whom are dead, while the four living are: Mrs. Mary Elam of Bartlesville; Mrs. Kate Mane of Missouri; Grace Taylor of Washington county, Oklahoma; and Andrew of this review. Andrew Henderson attended the schools of Rich Hill, Missouri, to the age of twelve years when with his parents he removed to Indian Territory. When reaching adult years he also followed the occupation of stock raising, knowledge of...

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