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Biography of Samuel M. Gee
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Samuel M. Gee, farmer and dairyman residing two and one-half miles northwest of Nowata, Nowata County, was born in Clinton County, Indiana, on the 23d of May, 1864, a son of Moses G. and Catherine (Maish) Gee. The father was a native of Ohio, where he lived until he removed to Indian Territory. He died at Council Hill in 1910. Mrs. Gee was born in Pennsylvania and died in Missouri in 1907.
In January, 1902 Samuel M. Gee came to Indian Territory and located at Adair, where he rented four hundred acres of land, which he farmed for four years. At the termination of that time he went to Ruby and he has engaged in farming and stock raising from that time to the present. For three years he remained in Ruby and subsequently came to his present place, two and one-half miles northwest of Nowata, where he has two hundred and fifty-five acres of the finest land in Nowata County. He has raised thirty-five bushels of wheat to the acre, sixty bushels of corn and sixty-five bushels of oats. This was all wild prairie land when Mr. Gee took possession. In addition to the home place he rents three hundred and eighty-five acres adjoining his land, cultivating three hundred acres. He is likewise active in the conduct of a dairy and milks an average of twenty head of cows, Jersey and shorthorn mixed. Mr. Gee raises registered shorthorns, of which he has sold many, but retains the best for breeding purposes. He never has on hand less than two hundred head of cattle, which he houses in the most sanitary large barns to be found in the County. He has a fine silo on the place and his house has every convenience to be found in a city dwelling. There are four producing oil wells on the place at the present time, from which Mr. Gee is drawing royalties, and he expects in the near future to develop the remainder of the oil on his land. For some time he followed oil drilling and operating on his own account, so he is thoroughly familiar with every phase of the business.
Mr. Gee has been twice married. His first marriage was celebrated thirty-one years ago, when Miss Bertha Schneider became his wife. She was a native of Chicago, Illinois, and her demise occurred in July, 1916. To that union six children were born: Benjamin, twenty-nine years of age; Jacob, age twenty-eight; Annie, the wife of Millard Pettit; one child who died in infancy; Mabel, deceased; and Bertha May, at home. In June, 1921, Mr. Gee was again married, Addie Hawk, a native of Iowa, becoming his wife. Her parents are residing in Woodward County, this state. Mrs. Gee was formerly the wife of J. W. Krebs of Kansas, and was the mother of one child by that marriage. The child died in infancy. W. J. Krebs, her brother-in-law, edited the first paper in Nowata, at that time Nowata being but a scarcely populated little community.
Although the greater part of Mr. Gee’s time is devoted to his farming and dairy interests, he is alive to the duties and responsibilities as well as the privileges of citizenship and to that end takes an active and prominent part in every movement he deems essential in the up-building of the community. Since locating in Nowata he has made many friends who appreciate his true personal worth and many sterling traits of character.
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