Biography of J. M. Greenwood

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J. M. Greenwood, a native son of Oklahoma and a member of one of the old and’ prominent families of the state, has spent his life in the section where he now resides and is recognized as one of the leading stockmen of Washington county and a progressive, public-spirited citizen, whose influence is ever on the side of advancement and improvement. He was born six miles north of Ramona on the 2d of September, 1894, and is a son of J. P. Greenwood, a pioneer resident of Washington county, who figures prominently in financial circles as president of the Citizens State Bank of Ramona and who also engages extensively in the raising of stock. More extended mention is made of Mr. Greenwood, Sr., elsewhere in this work.

In the grammar and high schools of Ramona, J. M. Greenwood acquired his education and when twenty years of age he laid aside his textbooks to engage in stock raising on his farm of five hundred and sixty acres, situated halfway between Ochelata and Ramona. He cultivates two hundred acres of this tract, raising the crops best adapted to soil and climatic conditions here, and has made many improvements on his place, including the erection of a beautiful home, which is finished in native grown quarter sawed oak. It is lighted by electricity and is supplied with every convenience to be found in the most modern city residence. He thoroughly understands the breeding and care of stock and at the present writing has on hand four hundred head of cattle, although he usually keeps between five hundred and a thousand. He carries on his labors scientifically and keeps himself abreast of the times and well informed on all modern developments relating to his line of work.

On September 17, 1915, was solemnized the marriage of J. M. Greenwood and Eva Jane Oldham, who for two years successfully engaged in teaching at Ramona. She is a daughter of Richard and Mary (Evertson) Oldham, prominent residents of Nashville, Tennessee, and is now the mother of a son, John Richard. Recognizing the duties as well as the privileges of citizenship, Mr. Greenwood takes an active and helpful interest in public affairs and as president of the district board of education is doing all in his power to raise the standards of instruction in this section of the state, while he is also doing effective work as a member of the executive committee of the Washington County Good Roads Commission. He is an alert, energetic and progressive young man who has not yet reached the zenith of his powers, but judging from what he has already accomplished, the future holds for him unlimited possibilities, and that his life has’ been an exemplary one in all respects is indicated in the fact that those who have known him longest entertain for him the highest esteem and regard.

MLA Source Citation:

Benedict, John Downing. Muskogee and Northeastern Oklahoma: including the counties of Muskogee, McIntosh, Wagoner, Cherokee, Sequoyah, Adair, Delaware, Mayes, Rogers, Washington, Nowata, Craig, and Ottawa. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1922. Web. 28 January 2015. - Last updated on Jan 22nd, 2012


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