Collection: Muskogee And Northeastern Oklahoma

Biography of George Whiteturkey

Throughout his entire life George Whiteturkey has resided on the farm which is still his home and which is situated two and a half miles east of Bartlesville. His birth occurred in the year 1870. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Simon Whiteturkey, who were part Delaware Indians. The father was a farmer of Kansas and in March, 1867, removed to the Cherokee Nation, living at Forks Caney for a time and afterward in other localities. He subsequently bought a place near Bartlesville but he died during the infancy of his son, George, and the mother has also passed away. The father was a Civil war veteran. George Whiteturkey lives on the original family homestead, comprising one hundred and sixty acres of land and his children own four hundred and thirty acres adjoining. For many years he carried on general farming and stock raising and met with substantial success in that way. He has erected a beautiful residence, a large and commodious barn and sheds on his place and has all of the modern equipment on his farm. He actively engaged in tilling the soil until after the discovery of oil on his place, from which he draws very substantial royalties. Thirty years ago Mr. Whiteturkey was united in marriage to Miss Katie Wheeler, who is also part Delaware. She was born a mile south of Bartlesville...

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Biography of William T. Whitaker

William T. Whitaker, owner of the Pryor Bottling Works at Pryor, was born in Andrews, North Carolina, on the 14th of February, 1854, a son of Stephen and Elizabeth (Taylor) Whitaker, both natives of that state. The mother was of Cherokee descent and their marriage occurred before their removal to Indian Territory. For many years the father was engaged in the land business, also in farming, and he achieved substantial success. William T Whitaker’s education was mostly self acquired and at an early age he started out into the world on his own account. In 1871 he located in Tahlequah but after living there four years he returned to his native state, where he was married. Subsequently he again removed to Indian Territory and took up residence in Muskogee, when that now thriving community was scarcely a town. In 1881 he established a carpentry and building business and one year later moved to Chouteau, where he remained until 1887. In that year he came to Pryor, where there were but three houses at that time, and for some twenty years he followed the mercantile business, becoming one of the leading merchants in the surrounding country. Later he became the owner of the Pryor Bottling Works, in the operation of which he is still active. Mr. Whitaker is one of Pryor’s representative citizens and he has always taken a prominent...

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Biography of O. B. Toalson

Many lines of activity profit by the enterprising spirit and resourceful business ability of O. B. Toalson, agriculturist, dairyman and lumberman, whose marked executive ability and determination have enabled him to carry forward to a successful termination whatever he has undertaken. He was born in the western part of Missouri, January 10, 1869, and there acquired his education. In 1906, when thirty-seven years of age, he came to Bartlesville and embarked in the retail lumber business, in which he is still engaged. Broadening the scope of his activities, in 1911 he turned his attention to the dairy business, the family taking up their residence on a farm, and it was owing to their desire to live in the country that he determined to enter this field. After thorough investigation he found that Holstein cattle were unsurpassed, as milk producers and he started his herd with five pure bred Holsteins, while he now has seventy-eight head, likewise engaging in breeding high grade males, for which he finds a ready sale. He has thirty-eight stanchions, besides eight stalls f or calves and his dairy buildings are modern, sanitary and well equipped, for he has made a comprehensive study of this branch of agriculture. The superior quality of the output commands for it a ready sale. His cow barn is thirty-two by seventy feet and has an L thirty-two by fifty-six feet...

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Biography of W. C. Tayrien

No history of the agricultural development of Washington county would be complete without extended reference to the Tayrien family, for through more than a half century representatives of the name have taken part in promoting the farming interests of this section of the state. Throughout his life William C. Tayrien has lived on the farm which he now occupies or on the old family homestead in the same locality. His life has been one of industry and thrift and careful management and unfaltering diligence have brought to him a substantial measure of success. He was born December 20, 1889, on the old Tayrien home farm about three miles southwest of Bartlesville in a region renowned for its beautiful scenery, the house surrounded by a splendid grove of grand old oaks. Here his youth was passed in the enjoyment of such pleasures as engaged the attention of young lads of the period and in such tasks as parental authority assigns him. He was educated in the government school at Pawhuska, Oklahoma, and when his school days were over he took up the occupation of farming on a portion of the old home place. He has since successfully given his attention to the work of tilling the soil and caring for the crops. Today he farms one hundred and sixty acres of land and specializes in the raising of wheat and...

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Biography of Hon. J. J. Smith

Hon. J. J. Smith, an able representative of the Miami bar, who has here practiced his profession since 1915, is specializing in criminal law, in which branch of jurisprudence he has been very successful, and he has also done effective service for the public good as a member of the state senate. He was born June 23, 1889, near Ranger, in Eastland county, Texas, upon the farm of his parents, Benjamin F. and Catherine (Simpson) Smith, the latter also a native of that section of the Lone Star state, while the former was born in Madison county, North Carolina. While residing in North Carolina the father was in the employ of the government, serving as peace and revenue, officer at Asheville and at Mars Hill. From that state he removed to Texas, where he engaged in riding the range, leading the life of a frontiersman. In 1900 he came to Oklahoma, following the occupation of farming in Greer county. He and his wife now reside upon a farm in Beckham county, this, state. His political allegiance has always been given to the democratic party since age conferred upon him the right of franchise, and he has been active in its support, while fraternally he is identified with the Masons. He is an expert marksman and is a typical frontiersman whose life has been spent upon the broad, open ranges....

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Biography of Harris Robert

Robert, Harris, proprietor of the Alamo Pharmacy of Muskogee, has been a lifelong resident of this section of the state, his birth having occurred in Muskogee county, about eight miles south of the city of Muskogee, on the 19th of December, 1882. He is a son of P. C. and Angeline (Davis) Harris, of whom mention is made elsewhere in this work in connection with the sketch of their son, Dr. James G. Harris. Robert Harris, spending his youthful days under the parental roof, pursued his education in the old time subscription schools of Muskogee county until he had mastered the elementary branches of learning, while later he entered the Cherokee Male Seminary at Tahlequah. He afterward pursued a business course in Hill’s Business College at Sedalia, Missouri, and subsequently spent two years in working for his father upon the home farm. In January, 1908, he entered the employ of Judge Jackson as minute clerk in the county court and filled that position for two years. He was afterward with the Muskogee County State Bank, of which he was one of the organizers, acting as assistant cashier for a year, after which he was promoted to the cashiership and served in that capacity until 1912, when the bank was nationalized, being transformed into the Exchange National Bank. Mr. Harris continued to act as assistant cashier of the institution until...

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Biography of Orion Littell Rider

Orion Littell Rider, a leading attorney of Vinita whose professional ability is indicated by the large and distinctively representative clientage accorded hire, has served his fellow citizens in various capacities and has always done able and conscientious work. His birth occurred in Mason county, Illinois, on the 7th of January, 1874, and his parents were Dr. Robert G. and Harriet M. (Littell) Rider, the former born near Cleveland, Ohio, and the latter in the state of New Jersey. The father was a physician, acquiring his professional training in Pennsylvania, and he first opened an office at Mobile, Alabama, whence he removed to Havana, Illinois, where he engaged in practice until the outbreak of the Civil war, when his patriotic spirit prompted him to lay aside all personal considerations. On the 1st of October, 1862, he was made captain of Company K, Eighty-fifth Illinois Infantry, which he had raised, and on the 12th of May, 1863, won promotion to the rank of major. He participated in the battle of Kenesaw Mountain, Georgia, and remained in command of his regiment until wounded near the close of the war. After receiving his discharge from the service he returned to Havana, Illinois, where he continued to follow his profession until 1880, when he removed to Ringgold county, Iowa, where he engaged in practice for four years, and then lived retired until his death,...

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Biography of E. M. Revard

E. M. Revard is a progressive young agriculturist of Washington county and although but} twenty-three years of age he has already become the owner of extensive farming interests in this section of the state, his business affairs being most judiciously managed. He was born in Cedarville, Kansas, December 19, 1898, and is a son of Francis and Belle (Higgins) Revard, prominent and highly respected residents of Bartlesville, the father devoting his attention to the raising of stock, in which he has been very successful. Among the most highly prized possessions of the subject of this review is a letter, dated December 21, 1898, which was written by the Indian agent, Mr. Pollick, to his father, congratulating him upon the birth of his son, E. M. Revard. E. M. Revard acquired his education in the Lexington Military School of Missouri and when nineteen years of age he engaged in the cultivation of a farm three miles southwest of Bartlesville. He has made extensive investments in farm lands and is now the owner of six hundred and fifty-seven acres of land, but is farming only eighty acres of the home place, leasing the remainder and receiving large royalties from oil wells located thereon. His home farm is situated on the edge of Sand creek in a very fertile agricultural section, and he devotes his attention to the growing of alfalfa and...

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Biography of Addison Fox McCaleb

Addison Fox McCaleb, one of the most prominent and prosperous citizens of northeastern Oklahoma, where he first took up his abode forty-three years ago, was elected mayor of Bartlesville in April, 1920, and has since capably discharged the duties devolving upon him in that important position. He was born at Harrison, Tennessee, on the 10th of January, 1861, a son of Charles and Elizabeth (Gardenhire) McCaleb, the former a native of east Tennessee and the latter of Hamilton county, that state. The father held the rank of lieutenant colonel in the Civil war and was wounded in battle, but his injuries were not considered sufficiently serious to incapacitate him for active service. Following the close of the war, however, he became ill and died soon afterward. His wife is also deceased. Addison F. McCaleb attended the public schools of his native city in the acquirement of an education, but his wide general information has been largely obtained in the school of experience. On the 14th of April, 1878, when a youth of seventeen years, he arrived in the Indian Territory, settling at Vinita, and for a quarter of a century he devoted his attention to farming and cattle raising in this section, having five thousand acres of land under cultivation in Nowata and Rogers counties. In 1903 he embarked in the mercantile business at Bartlesville and also became an...

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Biography of Charles A. Looney

Charles A. Looney, editor and general manager of the Muskogee Times-Democrat, with which he has been identified for more than two decades, is a well known and influential factor in journalistic circles of northeastern Oklahoma. His birth occurred in Shelbyville, Missouri, on the 27th of April, 1877, his parents being William Thomas and Annie B. Looney. After acquiring his preliminary education he pursued a course of study in the high school at Eldorado Springs, Missouri, and subsequently entered the University of Missouri, thus being well qualified by liberal educational training for life’s practical and responsible duties. When his textbooks were put aside he entered the newspaper field and at different periods he has since acted as reporter, editor, Washington correspondent and general manager of newspapers. His initial experience was obtained as a reporter on the Free Press at Eldorado, Missouri, while three years later he went to Carthage, that state, as a reporter on the Carthage Morning Democrat, of which he afterward became city editor. In 1901 he became identified with the Times Democrat of Muskogee in a reportorial capacity and was next made Washington correspondent, while later he became managing editor of this publication, of which he is now general manager and part owner. The paper enjoys an extensive advertising and subscription patronage and under the capable control of Mr. Looney its circulation is steadily growing, while its...

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Biography of Thomas F. King

Thomas F. King, who has devoted his entire time and attention to the banking business since making his initial step in business circles, is now the cashier of the Exchange National Bank of Muskogee. A native of Ohio, he was born in Marion on the 13th of May, 1886, and is a son of James and Margaret (Martin) King, the latter a sister of T. H. Martin, former mayor of Muskogee. The father was commissioner of public safety under the charter form of government. With the removal of the family westward, Thomas F. King pursued his more advanced education in the Woodbine Normal School at Woodbine, Iowa, from which he was graduated with the class of 1907. Soon afterward he turned his attention to the banking business, starting in the position of bookkeeper. He has made his home in Muskogee since 1907 and is today a well known and prominent figure in financial circles, having worked his way steadily upward through various intermediate positions to that of cashier of the Exchange National Bank, of which he is also one of the directors. He has closely studied every phase of the business and thoroughness, keen sagacity and earnestness of purpose have been salient features in the attainment of his present-day success. On the 18th of February, 1915, Mr. King was united in marriage to Miss Cassie Iliff, a daughter of...

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Biography of Robert F. King

The town of Hulbert, Oklahoma, is a monument to the business ability and enterprise of such men as Robert F. King, who came to this community when its proportions were those of a village. He recognized, however, the possibilities for growth and development here and became a prominent factor in business circles and active in the management of affairs which have constituted important elements in public progress. When he came here the Frisco railroad was just being built through this section of the country. He erected a store and residence one-half mile east of the present location of the town and also a cotton gin on the railroad. He later purchased a section of land, now included in the town, and plotted sixty acres, dividing them into lots which he sold. Mr. King’s home is one of the conspicuous places in this locality and is modern in every way, having its own electric light, heat and sewer systems. Robert F. King is not a native of Oklahoma, for he was born near Yellville, Arkansas, on the 4th of May, 1863, a son of Robert F. and Phoebia (Orr). The father was a native of Tennessee, while Mrs. King was born in Kentucky, and they both removed to Arkansas with their parents at an early age. They lived in that state for many years, where the father engaged in general...

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Biography of Samuel Aaron Kenoyer

Samuel Aaron Kenoyer, a prominent real estate operator of Miami, has won a substantial, measure of success through the capable management of his business affairs and has also aided materially in improving and developing his city, being recognized as a most progressive and public-spirited citizen. He was born in Kentland, Newton county, Indiana, September 30, 1873, of the marriage of James and Nancy Jane Kenoyer, the former also born in that county, while the latter was likewise a native of the Hoosier state. For a time the father engaged in farming and he afterward turned his attention to the carpenter’s trade, which he followed at Marshall and Kentland, Indiana. He is an honored veteran of the Civil war, enlisting from Newton county in the Fifty-first Indiana Volunteer Infantry and serving throughout the entire period of hostilities, after which he was stationed for a time in Texas. Upon receiving his discharge he returned to Indiana, where he resumed his farming operations. He is still living at the age of eighty years, but the mother passed away in 1919. He is a member of the Grand Army of the Republic, actively interested in its affairs, and is affiliated with the Methodist church, of which his wife was also a member. He is a republican in his political views and a stanch supporter of the principles and candidates of the party. Samuel...

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Biography of William Davidson Hume

William Davidson Hume, conducting a real estate, loan and insurance business and also closely identified with the oil industries through the handling of oil and gas leases, was born November 12, 1864, in Jefferson county, Tennessee, a son of David Patterson and Rebecca (Thomas) Hume. The father devoted his life to the occupation of farming and William D. Hume remained on the home farm to the age of twenty years, gaining intimate knowledge of farm life and methods through actual experience in the work of the field. He supplemented a public school education by study in the business college at Knoxville, Tennessee, and with this equipment started out to make his own way in the world. For a time Mr. Hume was associated as salesman with a wholesale jobbing house at Knoxville, there remaining for about five years, when he resigned his position to become connected with one of the largest stove manufacturing concerns in Nashville, Tennessee, becoming a representative of the Phillips & Buttorff Manufacturing Company. He occupied the position of sales manager for more than a quarter of a century and during that period his business activities covered the states of Virginia, a part of West Virginia, North and South Carolina, Mississippi, a part of Alabama, Georgia and Texas. While thus engaged, the company which he represented sent him to make the pioneer trip for the house...

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Biography of G. O. Hall, M. D.

The career of Dr. G. O. Hall, a leading physician of Bartlesville, is proof of the fact that it is only under adverse conditions that the best and strongest in the individual are developed, for he is a self-educated, self-made man whose indomitable purpose and untiring effort have enabled him to overcome all obstacles and difficulties in his path and work his way steadily forward to the goal of success. A native of Texas, he was born September 1, 1882, and is a son of Dr. P. B. Hall, who for the past twenty-one years has been engaged in the practice of medicine at Marlow, Oklahoma, being one of the well known physicians of that locality. G. O. Hall was regarded as a dull boy in school and owing to his retiring nature was not popular with his playmates, but by those who knew him well he was loved and trusted. His early life was one of hardship and privations and when twelve years of age he was run over by a wagon, the injury causing an infection which necessitated the use of crutches for five years, and he is still lame. The accident nearly cost him his life and he was obliged to remain out of school for three years but studied at home and made three grades during this time. His parents were in straitened circumstances and...

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