Biography of John Falleaf

John Falleaf, a native son of Oklahoma and a representative of one of the pioneer families of the state, is widely and favorably known in Washington county, where he has spent his life, and he is now the owner of a well improved farm near Dewey. He was born ten miles east of the place upon which he now resides, his parents being Silas and Eliza Falleaf, who were natives of Kansas and made their way to Indian Territory in 1866. They were of Delaware extraction and were numbered among the earliest settlers in the territory.

Mr. Falleaf acquired his education at Lawrence, Kansas, and also attended the government schools at Chilocco, Oklahoma, and after laying aside his textbooks he assisted his stepfather, Colonel Jackson, chief of the Delawares, in the cultivation of a farm near Copan, after which he started out independently and now has an allotment of thirty acres, which he is operating, while he rents the sixty-acre allotment of his son, Fred, his home being situated in the midst of a beautiful grove of trees. He has brought his land to a high state of development and has added many modern improvements to his place. He devotes his attention to the growing of corn and oats, also raising hogs and cattle, and is a practical farmer, thoroughly familiar with all the details of that occupation interested in% 9the agricultural development on his part and deeply interested in the development of the state.

In 1899 Mr. Falleaf was united in marriage to Miss Ida Yellowjacket, who passed away leaving four children: Fred, twenty-one years of age ; George, aged seventeen; William, aged sixteen; and Ruby. All are at home. Mr. Falleaf’s second wife, Miss Sallie Elkhair, is a native of Oklahoma. They have seven children: Richard Franklin, Myrtle May, Irene Phoebe, Numerous Marion, Alona Fay, Mona Verna and Nancy Kayth.

Mr. Falleaf is a republican in his political views and is deeply interested in the welfare and success of the party, while as a citizen he is loyal, progressive and public-spirited. He is an enterprising and capable agriculturist who has met with a substantial measure of prosperity, by reason of his close application and persistency of purpose, and the list of his friends is an extensive one.

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. 1 February 2015. - Last updated on Dec 5th, 2011

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