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Biography of J. R. Graves, M. D.

Coming to Boynton in 1919, Dr. J. R. Graves has already proven his skill and ability as a physician and surgeon and his practice is assuming large proportions. A native of Arkansas, he was born in Logan county on the 29th of November, 1883, his parents being G. W. and Mary (Suter) Graves, who were also born in that state. The paternal grandfather, Jacob Graves, was a veteran of both the Civil and Mexican wars, having charge of Fort Gibson, Indian Territory, during the latter conflict. He was a charter member of Masonic Lodge, No. 9, at Clarksville, Arkansas, with which he was affiliated for seventy-eight years, and passed away August 8, 1918, at the advanced age of ninety-four years. His son, G. W. Graves, devoted his entire life to farming pursuits and was a resident of Logan county, Arkansas. His death occurred on the 20th of December, 1899, when he had reached the age of forty years, but the mother survives and is still living on the old homestead farm in Logan county. In the acquirement of an education Dr. Graves attended the grammar and high schools of Paris, Arkansas, and after completing his course followed the profession of teaching for eleven years, proving very successful as an educator. During this period he had devoted his leisure hours to the study of medicine and on the 14th of May, 1914, was graduated from the University of Arkansas with the M. D. degree. He at once entered upon the work of his profession and on the 1st of July of the same year opened an office at Council Hill,...

Biography of Rev. O. I. Bennett

Rev. O. I. Bennett, pastor of the Christian Church at Boynton and for many years an earnest worker in a vocation which is recognized as the noblest occupation of man, is also ministering to the physical needs of the body as a chiropractor, and along both spiritual and material lines his efforts have been productive of much good. He was born in Cone, Louisa County, Iowa, September 13, 1867, a son of J. W. and Mary Arm (Manley) Bennett, natives of Indiana and of Irish descent. In 1849, when six years of age, the father was taken by his parents to Iowa, the family home being established in Louisa County. The grandfather of O. I. Bennett became well known in educational circles of the state, following the profession of teaching at Mount Pleasant until his death. His son, J. W. Bennett, acquired his education in the schools of Louisa County, Iowa, and on reaching mature years took up the occupation of farming, which he followed for many years in that locality, but is now living retired at Leavenworth, Kansas. He is an honored veteran of the Civil war, in which he served for three years as a member of Company D, Ninth Iowa Cavalry. The mother passed away on the 13th of September 1903. O. I. Bennett was reared in his native County and there pursued his education, subsequently completing a theological course at La Grande, Oregon. He began preaching when but nineteen years of age, finishing his theological studies five or six years later, and he has since devoted his life to the ministry, holding pastorates in the...

Biography of Charles W. Holder

Charles W. Holder, a well known and successful automobile dealer of Coweta, has the local agency for the Ford cars and tractors, in which connection he has built up a gratifying business. His birth occurred in Parkersburg, West Virginia, on the 24th of November, 1892, his parents being Walter W. and Virginia F. Holder, the former a native of Indiana, while the latter was born in West Virginia. Walter W. Holder came to the Indian Territory in 1888 and secured land three and a half miles from Stroud, where he devoted his attention to farming until 1899. In that year he embarked in the drug business and since 1901 has been proprietor of a drug store at Kellyville, Oklahoma. Charles W. Holder, whose name introduces this review, was born while his mother was on a visit in West Virginia but has spent practically his entire life in Oklahoma, being reared and educated at Kellyville and at Bristow, this state. After putting aside his textbooks he engaged in the hardware business at Braggs, Muskogee County, where he remained until the United States entered the World war, when he disposed of his interests in order to be ready for military duty when called. As his services were not required, however, he went to Boynton as manager for the firm of Crawford & Wineland, with whom he was associated for eighteen months. On the expiration of that period he came to Coweta and here accepted the agency for the Ford automobiles and tractors, purchasing a fine garage fifty by one hundred and thirty feet. In this connection he has already developed a...

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