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Biography of F. F. Finney

F. F. Finney, a native son of Oklahoma and a member of one of the pioneer families of the state, is a progressive, energetic and successful young business man and is now serving as superintendent of the gas department of the Indian Territory Illuminating Gas Company, his services being of great value to the corporation. He was born at the Kaw agency in June, 1884, and is a son of T. M. and Abbie (Florer) Finney, the former a native of Martinsburg, Ohio, while the latter was born in Ripley, that state. The father was born on the 13th of May, 1856, and ten years later went to Lawrence, Kansas, to reside with his sister, the wife of Colonel John R. Rankin, his parents having passed away. There he acquired his education and in 1873, while Mr. Gibson was acting as agent, he went to the Osage agency and entered the employ of the government, working in the commissary department there and trading with the Indians for many years. From 1882 until 1884 he engaged in business on his own account in the western part of Osage county, trading with the Kaw tribe, and in the following year he returned to the Osage tribe, being associated with his brother-in-law, John M. Florer, in Indian trading at Gray Horse until the opening of the Cherokee strip. In 1888 he went down the Arkansas river and founded the town of Ralston, opening the first general merchandise store there. After conducting the enterprise for a year he again resumed his activities as an Indian trader with the Pawnee tribe, being there associated...

Biography of William J. Hill

William J. Hill has one of the responsible positions connected with the Santa Fe Railway at Arkansas City. He is master mechanic at that division headquarters and handles the large force of men employed in the immense yards and shops of the railroad at that point. Mr. Hill had been long in the railroad service in the mechanical department, beginning when a boy with the Chicago & Alton in Illinois. He was born at Bloomington, Illinois, August 20, 1863. His father was William Hill, a native of London, England, where he was born in 1834. He spent his early life in London, where he married, and learned the butcher trade. In 1854 he immigrated to the United States and eventually located in Bloomington, Illinois, where he lived until his death in 1898. William Hill married Hannah Savage, who was born in London in 1822 and died at Bloomington, Illinois, in 1896. There were only two children. The older is Sarah J., who lives at Bloomington, Illinois, the widow of D. B. Lyons, who was a machinist. William J. Hill grew up at Bloomington, attended the public schools, graduating from high school in 1880, and at that period in his early youth entered the shops of the Chicago & Alton Railway. He served his apprenticeship, and after three years had earned his card as a master in the trade. From Illinois he went out to California, was in the machinist business four years at Sacramento, and returning to Bloomington entered the service of the Chicago & Alton Railroad. Later for a time he lived at Denison, Texas, and in 1891...

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