Location: Bartlesville Oklahoma

Biography of F. E. Thurman

F. E. Thurman, engaged in the general insurance, surety bond and loan business at Bartlesville, Oklahoma, under the firm style of F. E. Thurman Company, was born at West Union, Ohio, March 9, 1872, a son of J. M. and Mary Elizabeth (McCormick) Thurman, both natives of that state. J. M. Thurman, during the greater part of his active life, was engaged in the banking business at West Union, Ohio, and for a long period served as treasurer of Adams county, that state. The father passed away October 4, 1915, in West Union, while the mother died when her son, F. E. Thurman, was but eight years of age, leaving also another son, William, who died at the age of thirty-eight years. F. E. Thurman obtained a substantial public school education, completing a high school course in the schools of Adams county, Ohio, during the seventeen years that he lived at home. He then went to Cincinnati, Ohio, where he initiated his practical business experience as an employee of Dun’s Mercantile Agency, working in a branch office. Soon afterward he was made a traveling representative of the house, spending seven years with the firm. At this time he volunteered for service in the Spanish-American war and participated in an engagement at Guayama. He returned from the war at the beginning of the oil excitement, locating at Neodesha, Kansas, where...

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Biography of L. E. Phillips

To the list of the many names that are synonymous with the commercial development of Bartlesville may be added L. E. Phillips, who is vice president of the First National Bank and of the Phillips Petroleum Company, and who since 1904 has been one of the substantial and influential citizens of Bartlesville. He was born in Taylor county, Iowa, August 18, 1876. He spent his childhood and early youth on a farm there, attending the common schools to the age of sixteen and also learning many valuable lessons in the school of experience. When seventeen years of age he took up the profession of teaching in the country schools of his county. L. E. Phillips dates his residence in Oklahoma since 1904. He settled at Bartlesville and in the following year he and his brother, Frank, in association with H. J. Holm organized the Citizens Bank & Trust Company. They conducted their banking establishment successfully for a period of six years, or until 1911, when they consolidated their interests with the Bartlesville National Bank. This consolidation was maintained for nine years. In 1920 they bought out the First National Bank, which they consolidated with the Bartlesville National Bank and continued to conduct their banking enterprise under the name of the First National Bank, Mr. Phillips becoming vice president thereof. They started business with a capital stock of fifty thousand...

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Biography of A. T. Hill

Among those whose progressive methods and intelligently directed efforts have constituted factors in the agricultural development of Washington county is numbered A. T. Hill, a member of one of the pioneer families of the state and the owner of a desirable farm near Bartlesville which in all of its appointments reflects the progressive spirit and capable management of the owner. A native son of Oklahoma, he was born in Dewey, August 3, 1874. His father, who as known as Mr. Top-of-the-Hill, was a native of Kansas and a member of the Delaware tribe, with whom he came to Indian Territory, settling near Copan, where he followed the occupation of farming until his demise, which occurred in 1877. He married Hannah Weber, also a Delaware. After his death she was again married. Her demise occurred in 1915. A. T. Hill acquired his education in the Quapoqua Mission School and after completing his studies he rode the range for his stepfather, for whom he worked for ten years, and then began farming for himself. In 1911 he purchased six acres in what is known as the Bartlesville addition, upon which he erected a good home at a cost of about four thousand dollars, and he also owns a tract of seventy acres situated three and a quarter miles from his home place, on which he grows hay and also raises stock,...

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Biography of Hon. A. E. Craver

Hon. A. E. Craver, a leading member of the Washington county bar for many years, was connected with the work of the courts both as lawyer and lawmaker and was representing his district in the state legislature at the time of his death, on January 29, 1922, leaving the impress of his individuality upon the legislative history of Oklahoma. He was born in Marshall County, Indiana, September 17, 1866, and was a son of George Washington and Eliza (Gray) Craver, the former a native of Hagerstown, Maryland, while the latter was born in Baltimore, that state. The father was a farmer by occupation, specializing in the raising of live stock, and his’ demise occurred on the 1st of May, 1906, while the mother also passed away in that year. In the acquirement of an education Mr. Craver attended the public schools of Marshall county, Indiana, after which he entered the law department of the University of Indiana and was graduated from that institution of learning with the class of 1887. He began his business career as a money lender in western Kansas, after which he took charge of the legal business of the American Transportation Company. He next entered the oil business in Kansas and in 1902 came to Oklahoma, settling in Bartlesville, where he continued his oil operations, also engaging in the practice of law. He had visited...

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Biography of H. L. Bryant

The growth of a city does not depend so much upon its machinery of government or even upon the men who fill public offices as upon those who foster trade relations and promote industrial activity. In this connection H. L. Bryant is deserving of more than passing notice, for as merchant and financier he has been a dominant factor in promoting the development and up building of Bartlesville, which numbers him among its foremost citizens. Mr. Bryant is a native of Illinois. He was born at Hillsboro, December 20, 1864, his parents being Mr. and Mrs. L. D. Bryant, the latter now deceased. On the 5th of August, 1899, he came to Oklahoma, being at that time thirty-five years of age, and after residing for a short time at Ardmore removed to Bartlesville, where he has since made his home. He entered mercantile circles, becoming a member of the firm of Bradley & Bryant, which for ten years conducted one of the leading dry goods stores in the town. They then sold their interests to Harry Degen, who is operating the establishment under the name of Degen’s Department Store. Mr. Bryant aided in forming the Bartlesville Wholesale Grocery Company, which through his influence was induced to locate here, and in association with Frank C. Kelley and Miss Blanche Bolthrope, he organized the Famous Dry Goods Company, of which he...

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Biography of Charles Squirrel

Among the progressive and capable young business men of Bartlesville is numbered Charles Squirrel, a native son of the state, who is the owner of a good farm in Washington county and also has valuable oil interests. He was born at Matoka, September 11, 1896, his parents being Mr. and Mrs. William Squirrel, both of whom were Cherokees. When but a year old he was left an orphan and was adopted by Mrs. Walter Brown when eight years of age, his education being acquired at St. Joseph, Muskogee, Oklahoma, in the Webb school at Bellbuckle, Tennessee, and in Kemper Academy at Boonville, Missouri. When nineteen years of age he left school in opposition to the wishes of his guardian, who refused to render him any further assistance, and he has since been dependent entirely upon his own resources for a livelihood. He is a young man of marked business ability whose efforts are resultant factors in whatever he undertakes, and he is thoroughly familiar with the oil industry, while. he also is a successful agriculturist. He is now the owner of a farm of eighty acres and receives large royalties from his oil leases, his business affairs being most judiciously managed. On the 8th of July, 1916, Mr. Squirrel was united in marriage to Miss Edna Swinney, a daughter of E. E. and Barbara (Kent) Swinney, farming people of...

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Biography of Harry Degen

Harry Degen, deceased, was for more than a decade actively identified with mercantile interests in Bartlesville as the proprietor of a department store which is still being conducted by his widow and which is one of the best establishments of the kind in the city. He was born in Austria on the 11th of November, 1875, and when a lad of twelve years accompanied his parents on their emigration to the United States. He worked for his relatives in Kansas until twenty-seven years of age, when in association with his uncle he established the firm of Degen & Company for the conduct of a clothing store in Pittsburg, Kansas. The year 1910 witnessed his arrival in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, where he established the Degen dry goods store on the corner of Third and Dewey streets, conducting the enterprise successfully to the time of his demise on April 16, 1921. His honorable business dealings and earnest desire to please his patrons won him the confidence and support of the public to such a degree that he enjoyed a large and profitable trade. Since his death the establishment has been conducted by his widow, who has placed a manager in charge thereof. Twenty-five people are employed in the store, which carries a stock valued at about fifty thousand dollars. Mr. Degen erected a modern business block 6n Third street, between Osage and...

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Biography of L. U. Gaston

L. U. Gaston, Chief of Police of Bartlesville, Washington county, Oklahoma, was born in Neosho, Kansas, October 13, 1873, a son of James Monroe and Laodicea (Smith) Gaston, both of whom were natives of Illinois. His father was a farmer of Kansas and followed that occupation to the time of his death, which occurred in 1877. His wife died in 1895. Mr. Gaston attended the public schools of Neosho county, Kansas, during his early boyhood and when his school days were over he engaged in the livery business, which he followed for a few years. He then removed to St. Louis, Missouri, remaining there until 1908, when he came to Bartlesville, Oklahoma. A short time after his arrival in the latter city he joined the police force as patrolman but resigned from the position two years later. However, in the spring of 1917 he was appointed chief of police and has since held this position, rendering valuable service to the citizens of Bartlesville. He was recently instrumental in suppressing the movies of the Tulsa riot, his action meeting with the approval of the general public. He has a force of eighteen men under him, who are alert and energetic and who are prepared to meet any emergency that might present itself. Mr. Gaston has been married twice. In 1895 at Erie, Kansas, he married Miss Lulu Hudson, and to...

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Biography of Mrs. Jennie Stewart

Taking up her residence in Bartlesville eighteen years ago, Mrs. Jennie Stewart has thoroughly identified her interests with those of the town, in whose progress and development she is deeply and helpfully interested, her influence being at all times on the side of advancement and improvement. She was born in Osborn, Dekalb County, Missouri, her parents being Joseph and Nancy J. (Parrott) Truex, the former a native of Tennessee while the latter was born in Illinois. In Missouri her father engaged in merchandising and he also took a prominent part in public affairs serving as a member of the state senate at the time of his death, in 1883. The mother passed away in 1912. Their family numbered seven children: John W., deceased; Daniel A., who is living in Pasadena, California; E. E., 4 resident of Mosier, Missouri; Della A., who has passed away; Jennie, now Mrs. Stewart; and Thompson J. and Claude A., both of whom are deceased. In the acquirement of an education Miss Truex attended the Stephens College at Columbia, Missouri, specializing in the study of literature, and she left school in 1889 to become the bride of J. B. Hockensmith, by whom she had two sons, James Marshall and Frank Edward. The elder son is assistant cashier of the Union National Bank of Bartlesville and the oldest employe of that institution in point of years...

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Biography of Samuel G. Delametter

Samuel G. Delametter, an enterprising and progressive young citizen of Bartlesville, has been identified with insurance interests since 1918, traveling throughout northeastern Oklahoma as a representative of the Business Men’s Insurance Company of Kansas City, Missouri. His birth occurred in Pratt, Kansas, on the 18th of August, 1885, his parents being J. V. and MaryyDelametter, the former a native of the state of New York and the latter of Kansas. J. V. Delametter, who devoted his attention to merchandising in the Sunflower state, made his way to Bartlesville eighteen years ago and first became proprietor of a restaurant here, while subsequently he conducted a laundry and later engaged in dealing in groceries and meats. He now owns and occupies a farm two miles from Bartlesville, receiving royalties from the ten oil wells on the property. His has been an active, upright and honorable “career and he has long enjoyed an enviable reputation as one of the substantial and esteemed citizens of the community. The demise of his wife occurred more than two decades ago. Their son, Walter F., who is now twenty-five years of age, is an automobile salesman residing in Bartlesville. Samuel G. Delametter, who was a youth of eighteen years when he accompanied his father to Bartlesville, continued the operation of the Delametter laundry after the latter disposed of his interest therein and was thus actively engaged...

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Biography of William Carnahan

It is an old and trite saying that great oaks from little acorns grow but it embodies the truth which is in evidence throughout the world. From humble beginnings have sprung the great enterprises that figure in trade and commerce and from humble clerkships have come many of the leading merchants of the country. It is the man who recognizes, seizes and utilizes his opportunities that makes progress and with determination and courage he pushes steadily forward toward his goal. Such has been the record of William Carnahan, who is the President of the Carnahan Grocery Company of Ramona and whose efforts have been a vital force in bringing about the business development and up-building of the northern section of the state. He is a western man by birth, training and preference and possesses the spirit of industry and perseverance that has characterized the gradual expansion and growth of the great western country. His birth occurred in Elk City, Kansas, September 28, 1879, his parents being J. D. and Hattie (Wisdom) Carnahan, who were natives of Illinois but in childhood became residents of Kansas, where they were reared, educated and married. The death of J. D. Carnahan occurred in Ramona in August, 1914, when he had reached the age of sixty-nine years. He had been a resident for sixteen years in that part of the state. The mother makes...

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Biography of Mrs. Ellen Howard Miller

Mrs. Ellen Howard Miller is a woman of broad interests and accomplishments, her greatest pleasures centering around those things that are instructive and up building to herself and the people and conditions around her. To her the realm of civics is one of unlimited interest, in which she loves to spend her time when business, home and Church interests will allow, and in this field many enterprises and activities of economic value owe their birth and fostering to her inspiration and initiative. One of the earliest of these enterprises was the forming of an organization of the women of Vinita, her old home town, for the purpose of having the cemetery surveyed, fenced and improved. While still in Vinita she had charge of the Demorest contest work among the young people and was also sent as representative from Indian Territory to the World’s convention of the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union held at Chicago during the World’s Columbian Exposition. When the World’s Dry Farming Congress met in Tulsa in 1914, she was appointed delegate both by Bartlesville and Washington County and at this congress her farm on the Caney River was awarded one of the prizes. At this time she was also elected Oklahoma’s first Vice President for the Woman’s Dry Farming Congress for the following year. In club work, too, she has taken an active part, especially in matters...

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Biography of George L. Wilkie

George L. Wilkie, a progressive farmer residing near Bartlesville, is interested in all modern developments along agricultural lines and by his prosperity in a modern enterprise conducted along scientific lines, is proving the value of system in promoting productiveness. He is a native son of Oklahoma, his birth having occurred at Bartlesville on the 26th of June, 1890, and his parents were Andrew and Leona (Tayrien) Wilkie, the latter a representative of one of the pioneer families of this state. His father was a native of Germany and when a young man of eighteen years he came to the United States, two years later making his way to Indian Territory, where he engaged in farming and stock raising until his death, which occurred on the 3d of September, 1900. Louis F. Wilkie, a brother of the subject of this review, is represented elsewhere in this work. George L. Wilkie acquired his education in the government school at Pawhuska, the public schools of Bartlesville and he also attended school at Eldorado Springs, Missouri. On starting out in life independently he also chose the occupation of farming, which he has since successfully followed, and is now the owner of a valuable farm of one hundred and sixty acres, situated two miles northwest of Bartlesville, near the Mound. He has added many improvements to his place, including the erection of a fine...

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Biography of Miss Neva M. Scott

The self-supporting woman of today wants to work for and deserve whatever success may come to her. These women are not asking for favors. All they want is fair competition. Formerly all that the self-supporting woman could hope for was to make a living, but since the World war the forward march of working women has taken on new life and women are everywhere measuring up to new standards. It is not enough that they take care of their own needs. In addition to this they must contribute something for the betterment of the world and in doing so they become bigger women and are better qualified to do bigger work at their desks. Among the successful self-supporting women of Bartlesville, Oklahoma, is numbered Miss Neva M. Scott. She was born in Cattaraugus county, New York, her parents being John T. and Olive (Myers) Scott, the former a native of New Jersey, while the mother’s birth occurred in Pennsylvania. The father was an oil producer of Illinois, from which state he removed with his wife and family to Oklahoma in 1910, and settled at Bartlesville. He and his family now live in a fine brick home, which is situated on Osage and Seventh streets, Bartlesville, Oklahoma. Neva M. Scott acquired her early education in the public schools of Toledo, Ohio, passing through consecutive grades to the high school, after...

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Biography of Louis F. Wilkie

Louis F. Wilkie, making his home in Bartlesville, is actively identified with farming interests in Osage county and is also the owner of oil lands, from which he derives good royalties. Mr. Wilkie is a native of Osage county, Oklahoma, his birth having there occurred January 12, 1886. He is a son of Andrew Wilkie, who was a native of Germany and came to the United States when a youth of eighteen years. He arrived in Indian Territory when a young man of twenty years and for an extended period engaged in farming and stock raising. He was a close friend of George B. Keeler, one of the best known of the pioneers of this part of the state. and, like Mr. Keeler. Mr. Wilkie was closely identified with many of the early improvements of this section of Oklahoma and with many events which have left their impress upon the records of the commonwealth. He married Miss Leona Tayrien, a daughter of Cyprian Tayrien, one of the earliest of the pioneer settlers and a well known farmer living in Bartlesville. For about a half century her father has lived upon a farm near Bartlesville. He was born in Clay county, Missouri, in 1836, a son of Enoch and Mary Louise (Borboney) Tayrien, the former a French-Canadian and the latter a native of Missouri, one-half French and one-half Osage Indian....

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