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Biography of A. W. Ketchum

In the demise of A. W. Ketchum, which occurred on the 8th of February, 1921, when he was seventy-one years of age, Oklahoma lost one of its honored pioneers who was a witness of the growth and development of the state and an active factor in its progress. He was a sagacious business man whose interests were capably managed and at his death he was able to leave his family in comfortable financial circumstances. He was born in Leavenworth, Kansas, December 15, 1850, and came to Indiana Territory with the Delaware Indians under Chief Johnnycake, who was one of the great leaders of his tribe. Mr. Ketchum’s first cousin, Mrs. Nqnnie Bartles, was the widow of Colonel Jacob Bartles, who became the founder of the towns of Bartlesville and Dewey. Mr. Ketchum first located on Lightening creek, the home of Chief Johnnycake, and later moved to Verdigris creek, six miles east of Nowata, where he resided for nineteen years, during which period he operated a ferry boat. From there he moved to Woodward county, Oklahoma, thinking that the climate in that section of the state would prove beneficial to his son, Charles C. Ketchum, who was then in failing health. Subsequently he purchased the farm upon which his widow now resides, acquiring a tract of land one-half mile west of Wayside, in Washington county. Through hard work and persistency of purpose he brought his land to a high state of development, adding many improvements to his place, while the discovery of oil upon his property greatly increased its value. He was called to public office, acting as a deputy...

Biography of Neil Baxter Gardner

Since 1915 Neil Baxter Gardner has been Superintendent of the Oklahoma State Home for Orphans at Pryor. He was first appointed to that position of public service by Governor R. L. Williams, and he discharged his duties with such efficiency during that administration, that he was reappointed by Governor Robertson, with a substantial increase in salary. Mr. Gardner is one of Oklahoma’s sons by adoption, for he was born in Independence, Henderson County, Tennessee, on the 12th of October, 1875. His parents were Nathan A. and Frances Leona (Autry) Gardner, both of whom were born in Tennessee. They are now deceased. Neil Baxter Gardner received his early education in the common schools of Independence and Juno, Tennessee, and at the age of eighteen years enrolled as a student in the Baptist College, at Lexington. He attended that institution for one year and then enrolled in the Georgie Robertson Christian College, at Henderson, from which he was graduated with the LL. B. degree in 1899. For a few months he engaged in the practice of law with his old instructor, John W. Robertson of Henderson. He later went to Humboldt, Tennessee, and entered the mill and lumber business. For two years he remained in that town and then went to Missouri, locating in Tyler, where the following two years were spent in the conduct of a mercantile business. Subsequently he came to Arkansas and was for some time associated with Taylor & Gibson in the cotton business at Elgin. Resigning his position with that firm Mr. Gardner removed to Snapp and until the fall of 1903 he was employed with...

Stallings, June Mrs. – Obituary

June Stallings, 77, a former Baker City resident, died Oct. 22, 2002, at Blackfoot, Idaho. She was buried at 2 p.m. today at New Plymouth, Idaho. She was born Jan. 5, 1925, at Woodward, Okla. She moved to Idaho with her family when she was 17. June lived at Elkhorn Village from 1988 through 1996. She spent her years caring for her family. She did oil paintings, some of which she sold. Survivors include her son, Wes “Huck” Stallings and his wife, Marge, of Nampa, Idaho; four grandchildren, Heidi Stallings and Megan Lambert of Nampa, Bradi Stallings of Baker City and Boe Stallings of Medford; and a great-grandson, Kalib Stallings of Burns. Used with permission from: Baker City Herald, Baker City, Oregon, November 1, 2002 Transcribed by: Belva...

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