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Biographical Sketch of Herbert F. Couch

(See Grant)-Herbert Franklin, son of James C., and Elizabeth (Collier) Couch, was born February 1875, in Italy, Texas. Received a college education in his native town. Married at Coody’s Bluff, March 1, 1896, Ida May, daughter of Calvin and Elizabeth (Bullette) Coker, born April 28, 1879, at Coody’s Bluff. Educated in the Cherokee National Schools. They are the parents of: Victor Clark, born January 15, 1897; Elmer, born August 31st, 1900 Leola, born December 29, 1902; Curtis Foreman, born November 24, 1905 ; Herbert Franklin, born January 23, 1908; Randolph Penn, born February 22, 1910, Wanda Wanette, born Feb. 14, 1912 and, Vivian Lane Couch, born October 6, 1916. Mr. Couch is a member the Knights of the Pythias fraternity. He is wealthy oil and gas producer, living at present in Nowata. Calvin Coker was the son of John Rogers and Annie (Hogan)...

Biographical Sketch of Mrs. G. W. Milam

(See Grant).—Sarah Ellen Couch, born near Italy, Texas, October 17, 1863, educated in Texas and at the Female Seminary of the Cherokee Nation, married October 20, 1881, William Guinn Milam, born March 12, 1860 in Moulton, Lawrence county, Alabama. He is the son of J. B. and Sallie J. Milam. William Guinn and Sarah E. Milam are the parents of: Jesse Bartley, born March 10, 1884; Allie, born November 26, 1885; Noolie, born November 16, 1888; Viola, born February 17, 1891 Charles, born July 23, 1894, enlisted in the 90th Division Headquarters Signal Corpse, 358th. Infantry; was killed in action at Argonne, France, October 24, 1918, pay­ing the supreme sacrifice that the world might live; William Walker, born July 26, 1896; Annie Wheeler, born September 15, 1898, and Gladys May, born October 14, 1901. Nancy Ellen Adair, born October 18, 1839, married June 15, 1856 Samuel Mitchell Couch, born January 3, 1838 in Alabama. She died November 1, 1173, and he died September 25, 1877. They were the par­ents of Sarah E. (Couch) Milam. William Guinn Milam was elected County Commissioner of Rogers County in 1907-10. He is an active and broadminded citizen taking interest in every movement for pub­lic welfare, supporting the various civic movements, and rounding out the life of a useful...

Biography of Marvin E. Singleton

Marvin E. Singleton, one of the many to lay aside personal interests to serve the cause of democracy when America was at war with Germany and possessor of the Distinguished Service Medal awarded by congress for meritorious work as ordnance district chief during the World war, has for many years been a conspicuous figure among the prominent business men of the country. He was born in Ellis county, Texas, January 6, 1872. His father, John Hawkins Singleton, a native of Kentucky, was one of the pioneer settlers of Texas where he moved in 1848; he served in the Mexican war, the Texas Revolution and as a first lieutenant in the Confederate army, in which conflict his brother was killed. Rebecca Ann Barker, his mother, was a native of Tennessee and moved to Texas with her parents during her girlhood and there she later became the wife of Mr. Singleton. She died in May, 1901, when in her seventy-second year. The country schools of Ellis county offered Marvin E. Singleton no special advantages over those to any other young man and even this opportunity for education was necessarily shortened owing to the death of his father. He secured a position as clerk in a merchandise store where he remained only a short time, leaving to take up work as a shipping clerk in a cotton warehouse. And later he became interested in a cotton seed oil mill business which was organized in 1898 under the name of the Fort Worth Cotton Oil Company. This company built a plant at Fort Worth and Mr. Singleton was made secretary and manager of...

Biography of William N. Collier

William N. Collier, one of the most prominent breeders of thoroughbred Hereford cattle in the United States, makes his home at Fulton and has extensive farm property in Callaway county, on which are found his fine herds. Mr. Collier was born in the Blue Grass state, his birth having occurred near Falmouth, in Pendleton county, Kentucky, February 13, 1876. He is a son of William A. and Oetavia (Wyatt) Collier, both of whom were natives of Kentucky, to which state their parents had removed from Virginia. When William N. Collier was a lad of five years his parents went to Ellis county, Texas, where the father operated a cotton gin. There the son was reared and educated, attending the public schools, and when not busy with his textbooks his time was given to his father in the cotton gin until he reached his twenty-first year, at which period in his life he began riding the range and for twelve years thereafter engaged in punching cattle. During this time, or in 1902, he filed on a homestead, taking up four sections of land in Borden county, Texas, where he began his career as a raiser and breeder of cattle. After filing on his land he purchased a few Texas cattle, which he had on the range for three years. He then purchased his first thoroughbred cattle from A. B. Jones of Big Spring, Texas, who was recognized as one of the leading breeders of thoroughbred Herefords in Texas, Mr. Collier becoming owner of twenty cows and a bull. This constituted the beginning of an extensive business as a breeder that...

Biography of Miss Callie Eaton

There is no doubt that the teacher is one of the most important forces in the progress of the world, and Rachel Caroline Eaton, familiarly known as “Miss Callie,” county superintendent of schools of Rogers county with residence in Claremore, a conscientious and progressive educator, deserves prominent mention in a work relating to northeastern Oklahoma and those who have contributed most to its development. A native of Oklahoma, she is a daughter of G. W. and Nancy Elizabeth (Williams) Eaton. Mr. Eaton came to Indian Territory soon after the Civil war and Married Nancy Williams of Siloam Springs, Arkansas. In the early ’70s they located at the foot of Claremore Mound, five miles north of Claremore. There the father engaged in farming and stock raising, likewise operating a mercantile business in Claremore. He is now seventy-eight years of age and is living in retirement at Inola, Rogers County, where he owns a farm. The mother is deceased. She was a daughter of Merritt and Lucy (Ward) Williams, the father being a member of a fine old Boston family. Mrs. Williams was a descendant of “Grannie” Ward, a Cherokee, and a historical character among her people in Georgia. The Ward family were southern sympathizers during the Civil war and were driven from their home, returning at the close of that conflict. During the war they lived in Texas and St. Louis, Missouri. It was while residing in Texas that Mr. and Mrs. Eaton met, being married soon after the war. G. W. Eaton is a native of Henderson, that state. To their union four children were born: James Calvin, who...

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