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Biography of Ad V. Coppedge

Ad V. Coppedge, the pioneer lawyer of Delaware county and the first county attorney, has also been connected with every important constructive measure that has led to the up building, development and progress of this section of the state. He became a resident of Grove in 1963 and throughout all the intervening period has taken active part in shaping the county’s up building. Mr. Coppedge was born on a farm in Missouri near the Arkansas line, January 26, 1870, the old homestead being situated at Thayer. His parents were Houston Harrison and Tennessee Martha (Bledsoe) Coppedge, and the mother, a native of North Carolina, is still living at Grove, Oklahoma. The father, who was born in Virginia, served under John S. Marmaduke as a Confederate soldier for three years during the Civil war. He was wounded and was paroled at Vicksburg. In early manhood he began teaching and following his marriage he turned his attention to general farming. In 1879 he removed to Dade county, Missouri, where he carried on general agricultural pursuits to the time of his death. His political endorsement was always given to the democratic party and he was, one of the active workers in its ranks. He was also a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal church, South, and he died in that faith on the 9th of January, 1895, when fifty-two years of age. Ad V. Coppedge, spending his youthful days’ under the parental roof, began his education in the public schools near his father’s home but when a lad of only eleven years he put aside his textbooks for a time and assisted...

Biography of K. J. Montgomery

K. J. Montgomery, a progressive young business man, familiarly known as “Jack” to his many friends in Vinita, is numbered among the leading cattlemen of northeastern Oklahoma and worthily bears a name which for the past eighteen years has been synonymous with enterprise and integrity in business circles of Craig County. He is a native of Missouri, his birth having occurred in Cedar County on the 21st of January, 1887, and is a son of Thomas R. Montgomery, who was born in Tennessee. The father subsequently removed to the west, becoming the owner of one of the finest farms in Cedar County, Missouri, on which he engaged in feeding cattle on an extensive scale. Later he established his home in Morrisville, Polk County, that state, where he continued his stock raising operations, while he also engaged in the dry goods business, likewise conducting a bank and a flour mill. In 1903 he arrived in Craig County, Oklahoma, purchasing a large ranch in partnership with a Mr. Peariman and engaging in the feeding and shipping of cattle. He developed a large business in that connection, conducting his operations under the firm style of Montgomery & Peariman, and he also figured conspicuously in financial circles of Centralia, Oklahoma, as President of the First National Bank. He is a very enterprising and progressive business man who has made a success of everything that he has undertaken and is now a resident of Vinita, being a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. After completing his grammar school course K. J. Montgomery attended the high school at Morrisville, Missouri, and under the able...

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