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Biography of T. E. Bertholf

T. E. Bertholf, farmer, stock raiser and chicken fancier, was born in the old town of Norfolk, in the Creek Nation of the Indian Territory, December 25, 1868. His father, Marcus Bertholf, was a native of Illinois and came to the Indian Territory in 1840, at which time he took up his abode near Tahlequah. At the outbreak of the Civil war he went to Texas as an enlisted man, working at the wagon-maker’s trade during the period and thus aiding in supplying the need of the Confederacy for wagons. When hostilities had ceased he returned to the old town of Norfolk and there passed away in 1870. He was an architect and builder and was rebuilding the old Indian missions at the time of his demise. A southern sympathizer through the Civil war he lost all of his possessions, although he was a man of considerable wealth at the time of the outbreak of hostilities. He became a live stock raiser on Dauble creek in the Coowescoowee district of the Cherokee Nation and his labors constituted an important element in the development and up building of that section of the state. He married Electa Keyes, who was one-quarter Cherokee and a native of the Indian Territory, her parents being Isaac and Elizabeth (Riley) Keyes, both of Georgia, who came to the Indian Territory with the emigrant Cherokees and located near Tahlequah, where her father followed farming and where he and his wife were buried. The latter’s father was a native of the United States and became one of the early settlers of the Indian Territory. He, too, has departed...

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