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Biography of Harry R. Harshbarger

Harry R. Harshbarger of Sedan had found varied employment for his energies since he reached manhood, but is now chiefly engaged in the business of oil production, and had some of the most valuable properties of that kind in Chautauqua County. He was born at Vermilion, Edgar County, Illinois, May 28, 1868. His father was John W. Harshbarger, long and favorably known in Kansas. John W. was born in Cabell County, Virginia, in what is now West Virginia, in 1835. His father, John Harshbarger, also a native of Virginia, died in the western part of that state three months before his son, John W., was born. Grandfather John Harshbarger was a blacksmith. His wife was a Miss Doolittle, of a Maryland family, and a sister of United States Senator Doolittle of Maryland. The Harshbargers originated in Switzerland and came to Baltimore in colonial days. John W. Harshbarger was reared in Edgar County, Illinois. He also married there. While a young man he studied medicine and in 1861 he enlisted in Burgess’ Sharpshooters and participated in a part of the Missouri campaign and also was in some of the fighting cast of the Mississippi, but after the battle of Shiloh was discharged on account of disability. He then re-enlisted as a hospital steward in the regular army and for four years was stationed in that capacity at the Army Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee. He received his honorable discharge in 1866. Returning to Illinois he engaged in the drug business, but still more profitable were his contracts to furnish ties and wood fuel to the Indianapolis and St. Louis Railroad and...

Biography of Clark Nichols

Clark Nichols, attorney at law in Eufaula and a member of the State senate from McIntosh, Muskogee and Haskell counties, was born in Elk County, Kansas, on the 16th of November, 1880, a son of John A. and Mary C. (Conover) Nichols, both natives of Illinois. The father removed to Kansas at an early age and acquiring land in Elk County, farmed there until 1889, in which year he, removed to Joplin, Missouri. There he engaged in mining but in 1911 he disposed of his interests and came to Hanna, Oklahoma. He bought land near here, which he still operates. Both Mr. and Mrs. Nichols are living in Eufaula and are respected citizens of the community. In the acquirement of an education, Clark Nichols attended the schools of Elk County and Cherryvale, Kansas, and later those in Joplin, Missouri. For some time he followed mining there, and then, determining upon a legal career, enrolled in the law department of the University of Missouri in 1903. In 1906 he was graduated from that institution, with the LL. B. degree. Subsequently he engaged in practice in Joplin and from 1907 to 1909 held the office of city attorney there. In January, 1911, he came to Oklahoma, locating in Holdenville and after practicing there for two years removed to Hanna. He remained in Hanna until 1916, when he came to Eufaula and has since resided here. In addition to his practice, Mr. Nichols has extensive farming interests in McIntosh County and scattered oil interests. Upon the entrance of the United States into the World War Mr. Nichols put all personal interests aside...

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