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Biography of Colonel Jacob H. Bartles

Time is the perspective which places the individual in his true position in relation to the history of the community with which he has been identified and time serves but to heighten the fame and brighten the good name of Colonel Jacob H. Bartles, in whose honor the town of Bartlesville was named and who was also the founder of Dewey. He was ever a man of most progressive spirit, of which many tangible evidences may be cited, including the fact that he was the first man to establish electric light and waterworks plants in the state. He was also in the vanguard of those who have promoted the educational and moral progress of the community, as well as its public utility. At the same time he wisely and carefully managed his business interests, so that success in substantial measure came to him, enabling him to provide a good living for those dependent upon him. His life record covered a period of sixty-eight years and won him the honor and respect of all those who appreciate fair-mindedness, loyalty, progressiveness and high standards of living. Mr. Bartles came to the southwest from the far-off state of New Jersey, his birth having occurred in Chester, Morris County, June 11, 1842, his parents being Joseph A. and Phoebe Helene Bartles. His father, a native of New York, put up the first telegraph wire in New York City and later he established his home on a farm in Morris County, New Jersey, which is now the property of the famous New York restaurateur, Childs. In 1857 Joseph A. Bartles sought the opportunities of...

Biography of Joseph A. Bartles

Joseph A. Bartles, prominently identified with the development of the oil and gas industry in northern Oklahoma, makes his home in Dewey and has spent almost his entire life in Washington County. Actuated by a spirit of progress and enterprise at all times he has become a dynamic force in connection with the development of this section of the state. His judgment is sound, his enterprise unfaltering and the essential features of success he readily recognizes and utilizes. Joseph A. Bartles was born December 15, 1874, on Turkey creek, in the Cherokee Nation, his parents being Colonel J. H. and Nannie M. Bartles. His mother was a daughter of distinguished figures in connection with Oklahoma history, Rev. Charles and Jane (Sancia) Journeycake, who in 1873 removed to the Cherokee Nation, where they were remarried according to the laws and customs of the tribe. The Rev. Charles Journeycake was the chief of the Delawares and an ordained minister of the Baptist Church, who did missionary work throughout the territory, earning his living through his farming operations and never accepting a cent for his work for the Church. He organized the Baptist Church at Alluwe. He passed away in 1894, having for about a year survived his wife. Their daughter, Nannie M., was born August 28, 1843, and was accorded excellent educational advantages, attending the Delaware Baptist mission at Denison, Kansas, while for a year she was a student in the Baptist College at Granville, Ohio. She was the first Christian woman living along the Caney River and on one occasion, in the absence of a regular minister, was called upon...

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