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Biography of S. T. Wyckoff

One of the alert and enterprising business men of Lenepah is S. T. Wyckoff, who was born in Canton, Illinois, on the 8th of October, 1858, a son of H. C. and Eliza (Powelson) Wyckoff. At the age of twelve years he removed to Kansas with his parents and his brother H. C., and the father engaged in mercantile business at Howard and Langton for many years. He achieved more than substantial success in that enterprise and lived in retirement for a few years before his demise, which occurred in 1885. Mrs. Wyckoff died in Langton, Kansas, in 1883. S. T. Wyckoff received his education in the public schools of Texas and in 1882 removed to Indian Territory, locating near Choteau. For two years he engaged in the cattle business there and then removed to Lenapah, where he has since resided. In. 1898 he started in the livery business here but after three years converted his establishment into a garage. He sells gas and oil and does a taxi business. He has built up a large patronage and is conceded one of the representative business men of Lenepah. From 1889 to 1895 he was deputy United States marshal, serving under Colonels Thomas B. Neeles and J. J. McAlister, and he had many thrilling experiences, at one time having his horse shot from under him while pursuing a notorious gunman. He did, however, take the man prisoner. He has been deputy sheriff of Lenepah for the past two years and a member of the city council for several years. In 1882 was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Wyckoff and Miss...

Biography of John E. White

One of the prominent merchants of Lenapah, Nowata county, is John E. White, who was born at Boyds Creek, Tennessee, on the 21st of March, 1875. His paternal great-grandfather came to America from England and was a missionary to the Indians in North Carolina. His father, N. B. White, was a farmer and is now deceased. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Charlotte Huffaker, is still living and is residing on the home farm John E. White was named for his mother’s half-brother who died in the prison at Andersonville while serving in the Civil war. In the acquirement of an education John E. White attended the public schools of Tennessee and later enrolled in a prep school, after which he became a student in the Carson & Newman College, from which institution he was graduated with the class of 1898. In the latter part of that same year he came to Indian Territory and located at Lenapah, where for three years he was engaged in teaching school. He was instrumental in building the first schoolhouse here and was for many years a member of the board of education. On the 23d of January, 1904, he was appointed postmaster of Lenapah, in which office he was active for nearly ten years. From 1914 to 1917 he worked in the post office at Nowata and for a time in 1908 was active in railroad mail service but resigned after a few trips. Subsequently he was offered a position in the post office at Muskogee but declined and returned to Lenapah, where be established a mercantile business, in the...

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