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Biography of Robert Bruce Garrett

Prominent among the successful, energetic and progressive business men of Pryor is Robert Bruce Garrett, who has been identified with various enterprises having to do with the development and improvement of this community and is now engaged in the real estate business. He was born at old Baptist Mission, near which the town of Westville, Adair county, is now located on the 2d of December, 1876, a son of James Robert and Elizabeth A. (Greer) Garrett. His father was a native of Tennessee who came to the Indian Territory when’ quite young, locating at the mission. It was there that he met and married Miss Elizabeth Greer, who was born in the territory, the marriage being celebrated in 1875. For some time Mr. Garrett engaged in farming and stock raising there and subsequently settled near Vinita, where he followed the same occupation. He was an outstanding figure in the political affairs of the community in which he resided and served as clerk of the Going Snake district of the Cherokee Nation for several years. He was a well educated man for his day and from 1899 to 1901 was superintendent of the Male Seminary at Tahlequah. His wife was matron of the seminary at the time of her demise in 1901. She was a niece of Chief T. M. Buffington, who was the last chief of the Cherokee Nation. Mr. Garrett survived his wife six years and died in 1917 at Rose, Oklahoma. He was one of the best known and highly honored citizens of the Indian Territory, and his death came as a severe blow to his many...

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