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Biographical Sketch of Dr. W. W. Bryan

(See Grant and Adair) -William Wear, son of Charles S. and Mildred (Wear) Bryan born September 7, 1868 in Cooper County, Missouri. Graduated from Western Dental College of Kansas City, Mo. Married at Vinita August 11,1892, Rachel Bell, daughter of William Henry and Eliza Jane (Bell) Mayes, born September 12, 1868. They were the parents of: Charles S. born July 14, 1896, and died Nov. 9 of the same year; Frances, born May 17, 1895 and died June 21, 1895; William Mayes born July 14, 1896 and died Nov. 9, 1896; Joe Cullus, born February 10, 1903, and Mamie Alexander Bryan born October 23, 1904. Dr. Bryan’s ability in his chosen profession was recognized by his being appointed by Governor Haskell as President of the State Board of Dental Examiners, a position in which he was retained for nine years. He is the Vice-President of the First National Bank of Claremore, the oldest banking establishment in Rogers County, chartered in 1895. Dr. Bryan is the owner of a model ranch of three hundred and twenty acres, adjacent to the City of Claremore, where he maintains a splendid and commodious country seat and specializes in pedigreed live stock. His shorthorn herd is one of the best in northeastern Oklahoma. With his gracious wife and charming children he dispenses an open hospitality that renders a visit to his home a memorable occasion to the fortunate guest. Mrs. Bryan is the niece of Chief Joel B. Mayes and Samuel Houston...

Davidson, Gilda Marie – Obituary

Gilda Davidson Dies in Athens Gilda Marie Davidson, a long-time resident of Union and Wallowa counties, died September 13, in Athens, Greece where she had been receiving medical care for a week. She was 63. The daughter of Henry Newton and Jeannie Gail Ashby, she was born March 5, 1912 in Kansas City, Mo. She and her family moved to La Grande in 1922. She was graduated from La Grande High School and from Lindenwood School for Girls in St. Louis, Mo. She was married to John Raymond Davidson June 23, 1936. The Davidson and Ashby’s moved from La Grande to their ranch homes at Water Canyon near Wallowa in 1940. After the ranch was sold the Davidson’s moved back to La Grande in 1972. Mrs. Davidson had worked as a bookkeeper for several years at the former Bowman-Hicks Lumber Co. in La Grande and at their Wallowa office which her father had managed until it was sold in the late 1940’s. She was a partner with her husband in the J.R. Davidson, Inc. Logging Co. in Wallowa until they retired in 1972. Mrs. Davidson was a member and Past Worthy Matron of Jessica Chapter, Order of Eastern Star, in Wallowa and had held the state OES office of Grand Marshal. She was a founder and the first Mother Advisor of Rainbow for Girls in Wallowa. Mrs. Davidson was a former member of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church in Enterprise and a member of St. Peters Episcopal Church in La Grande. An enthusiastic golfer, she was a member of the La Grande Country Club and also played golf in Enterprise....

Biography of George K. Reid

George K. Reid, who had been a resident of Kansas nearly thirty-five years, had built up and maintained what is unquestionably the largest business at Howard in abstracts, loans and insurance. When it is stated that Mr. Reid is the son of a minister, there is no need to explain that he was not reared in a home of luxury or wealth, and as a matter of fact from an early age he had been dependent upon his own resources and had made good. His Reid ancestors at one time lived in England, moved from there to Scotland, thence to northern Ireland, and from County Tyrone, Ireland, they came to America just after the revolution. They first settled in Kentucky and from there moved to Ohio. Mr. Reid’s paternal grandfather, John Reid, was born in Pennsylvania in 1798. He went in the early days to Ohio and followed farming there. He did in Cedarville, Ohio, in 1879. George K. Reid was born at West Barnet, Vermont, August 7, 1863. His father, Rev. William H. Reid, who was born at Cedarville, Ohio, in 1828, was reared and married there, and entered the ministry of the Presbyterian Church. He was a graduate of Miami University at Oxford, Ohio. Nearly all his service during a long and active life was as a missionary. He endured almost endless hardships and struggles as a pioneer religious teacher and preacher. He preached in Vermont, in Pennsylvania, Iowa, Minnesota, in Ontario, Canada, and also in Indian Territory. His death occurred at Fort White in the State of Florida in 1899. In politics he was a republican....

Biography of Charles Clifton Crain

Charles Clifton Crain, who is the executive head of one of the largest and most successful enterprises doing business in the wholesale and retail hardware trade in Kansas, being president of the Crain Hardware Company, of Fort Scott, is one of the alert and enterprising men who, during the last half century, have so utilized the opportunities offered here for business preferment that the fame of Fort Scott had been extended to every part of the country. Nothing so builds up a country or section as its commerce and the directing forces are those men whose marvelous foresight see the opportunities which their courage enables them to seize. As one of the leading cities of the great State of Kansas, Fort Scott stands preeminent in many lines, a main one being the wholesale and retail hardware business. Charles Clifton Crain was born May 18, 1856, on a farm near Cooperstown, Venango County, Pennsylvania, and is a son of George F. and Margaret (Hillier) Crain, natives of Venango County, the former born at Crain’s Corners, a village named in honor of the family. The parents of Charles C. Crain were married at Cooperstown, Pennsylvania, in 1860, and nine years later migrated to Bourbon County, Kansas, where they homesteaded land three miles southwest of Fort Scott and engaged in farming. The early settlers of this section were called upon to undergo many hardships and privations, and numbers of them became discouraged and returned to their former homes in the East and South, but George F. Crain was made of sterner stuff, and through his perseverance and industry overcame such obstacles as...

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