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Biography of Robert I. Allen, M. D.

One of the best known surgeons in northeastern Oklahoma is Dr. Robert I. Allen, who was born at Coodys Bluff on the 9th of September, 1877, a son of Dr. R. M. and Mary (Journeycake) Allen. His father was a native of Illinois, in which state he resided until after the close of the Civil war. Upon the outbreak of that war he enlisted in the Federal army and became a member of the medical staff. He was a stretcher bearer at the battles of Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge. Dr. R. M. Allen received his medical training at Rush Medical College of Chicago and was a graduate of that institution. He came to Nowata in 1868 and was the first practicing physician here. He was successfully identified with the profession until 1904, when his demise occurred in Nowata. In September, 1868, occurred the marriage of Dr. R. M. Allen to Mary Journeycake, whose uncle, Charlie Journeycake, was the noted chief of the Delaware. Mrs. Allen died January 16, 1922, and was buried beside her husband in Nowata county. In the acquirement of an education Robert I. Allen attended the Cherokee schools and later entered Bacone Indian University and Willie Halsell College at Vinita. Determining upon a medical career, he subsequently enrolled as a student in the Baines Medical College at St. Louis, Missouri, and graduating in 1899, began practice at Centralia, Craig county, this state. Later he removed to Dewey and in 1915 went to Nowata, where he resided until July, 1922, when he removed to Bristow, Oklahoma. He has built up an extensive and lucrative practice and...

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...

Biography of John Owen Bradshaw, M. D.

Dr. John Owen Bradshaw, a man of high professional attainments, has been identified with the medical fraternity of Welch since 1913, and although he engages in general practice he devotes the greater part of his attention to the treatment of diseases pertaining to the eye, ear, nose and throat, in which he has become recognized as an authority. A native of Missouri, he was born in Lebanon county on the 9th of January, 1875 and his parents were Silas R. and Mary (Bradshaw) Bradshaw, the former a native of Kentucky. The mother’s birth occurred in Lebanon County, Missouri, and although she bore the name of Bradshaw previous to her marriage, the two families were not related. In spite of the fact that he was a native of the south, Mr. Bradshaw defended the Union cause during the Civil war as captain of a company of Kentucky infantry, while his father served as a captain in the Confederate army. Silas R. Bradshaw was a successful farmer, also engaging in the raising of horses, mules, sheep and cattle, and through the capable management of his business affairs he won a substantial measure of success. For fifty years he made his home one of the most highly on his farm and as one of the most highly respected residents of his community. He was a stanch republican in his political views and a leader of his party, being a member of the county central committee. His fellow citizens, recognizing his worth and ability, called him to the office of county judge and he also served in other public capacities, never meeting with...

Brizendine, Marian – Obituary

La Grande 1919-2004 Marian L. Brizendine, 85, of La Grande died May 26 at a local care center. A memorial service in Boise will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at Summers Funeral Home. Mrs. Brizendine was born Jan. 26, 1919, to Archibald and Viola Jenkins in Bristow, Okla. On Sept. 3, 1938, she married David Brizendine in Ontario. The couple were divorced in 1972. She lived in La Grande from 1960 to 1969 and for the past four years and had worked for J.C. Penney in La Grande, Pendleton and Boise. She enjoyed traveling, softball and bridge and was considered a rebel. Her friends called her Nerd, Precious or Sterns. She was a member of the sorority Epsilon Sigma Alpha, the Order of Eastern Star Hope Chapter, a charter member and past president of the Emblem Club in Ontario, past president of the Boise Eagles Auxiliary, and past president of the Idaho State Eagles auxiliary. Survivors include children and their spouses, Cami and John Conners of Boise, Susan and Bob Schnell of La Grande, and Dan Brizendine of Los Angeles; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; a brother, Billy Jenkins of Coarsegold, Calif., a sister, Jane Limbaugh of Chandler, Ariz., and other relatives. A brother and a sister died earlier. Memorials may be made to the Boise Eagles Humanitarian Fund or the Idaho Elks Rehabilitation Hospital, P.O. Box 1100, Boise 83701. Observer – Obituaries May 31 – June 5, 2004 Published: July 1,...

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