Location: Coodys Bluff Oklahoma

Biographical Sketch of Herbert F. Couch

(See Grant)-Herbert Franklin, son of James C., and Elizabeth (Collier) Couch, was born February 1875, in Italy, Texas. Received a college education in his native town. Married at Coody’s Bluff, March 1, 1896, Ida May, daughter of Calvin and Elizabeth (Bullette) Coker, born April 28, 1879, at Coody’s Bluff. Educated in the Cherokee National Schools. They are the parents of: Victor Clark, born January 15, 1897; Elmer, born August 31st, 1900 Leola, born December 29, 1902; Curtis Foreman, born November 24, 1905 ; Herbert Franklin, born January 23, 1908; Randolph Penn, born February 22, 1910, Wanda Wanette, born Feb. 14, 1912 and, Vivian Lane Couch, born October 6, 1916. Mr. Couch is a member the Knights of the Pythias fraternity. He is wealthy oil and gas producer, living at present in Nowata. Calvin Coker was the son of John Rogers and Annie (Hogan)...

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Biography of Robert I. Allen, M. D.

One of the best known surgeons in northeastern Oklahoma is Dr. Robert I. Allen, who was born at Coodys Bluff on the 9th of September, 1877, a son of Dr. R. M. and Mary (Journeycake) Allen. His father was a native of Illinois, in which state he resided until after the close of the Civil war. Upon the outbreak of that war he enlisted in the Federal army and became a member of the medical staff. He was a stretcher bearer at the battles of Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge. Dr. R. M. Allen received his medical training at Rush Medical College of Chicago and was a graduate of that institution. He came to Nowata in 1868 and was the first practicing physician here. He was successfully identified with the profession until 1904, when his demise occurred in Nowata. In September, 1868, occurred the marriage of Dr. R. M. Allen to Mary Journeycake, whose uncle, Charlie Journeycake, was the noted chief of the Delaware. Mrs. Allen died January 16, 1922, and was buried beside her husband in Nowata county. In the acquirement of an education Robert I. Allen attended the Cherokee schools and later entered Bacone Indian University and Willie Halsell College at Vinita. Determining upon a medical career, he subsequently enrolled as a student in the Baines Medical College at St. Louis, Missouri, and graduating in 1899, began...

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Biography of William Johnstone

William Johnstone, who was one of nature’s noblemen and whose life in every respect measured up to the highest standards of human conduct and of service to his fellows, passed away on the 14th of July, 1915. His earthly record was of comparatively short duration, for he had only reached the fifty-sixth milestone on life’s journey. But he had accomplished much more than may be set down to the credit of the vast majority. He had been one of the builders of Bartlesville through the establishment and successful management of various commercial and industrial interests and also by reason of his connection with the banking business. He had not only considered the material development of the community, but had cooperated in many of those plans and projects which looked to the social, political and moral advancement of the state. At the same time a genial manner, a kindly disposition and sterling worth of character won for him an enduring place in the affectionate regard of his fellowmen and his memory is yet cherished in the hearts of all who knew him. Mr. Johnstone was of Canadian birth. Montreal, in the province of Quebec, was his native city and his natal year was 1859. His parents were Samuel and Maria (Higgins) Johnstone, the former a native of Dumfries, Scotland, while the latter was born in Montreal and was of Irish...

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Biography of Mrs. Mary C. Bezion

One of the pioneer citizens of Nowata county is Mrs. Mary C. Bezion, residing on her farm two miles southwest of Delaware, hale and hearty at the age of seventy-three years. A native of Kansas, she was born in Wyandotte county, on the 14th of April, 1849, a daughter of Jim and Nancy (Washington) Secondine. Her father, who was chief of the Delaware, was born in Ohio. He was with General Fremont during the Mexican war and his picture has been preserved in the archives at Washington, D. C. Mrs. Bezion was but fourteen years of age when her father died. Her mother was half Wyandotte and half white, and was a native of Upper Sandusky, Ohio. She was married to Jim Secondine in Kansas and her death occurred while residing in the Cherokee Nation, thirty-nine years ago. Mrs. Bezion received her education in the schools of Kansas and is a very intellectual woman. She came to Indian Territory with the first Delaware emigrants and located at Grand River, where she resided but a short time. Subsequently she removed to Coodys Bluff and from there came to her present home, two miles southwest of Delaware, where she has one hundred and ninety-eight acres, a fine home and oil holdings, from which she draws royalties. Although she rents her farm to a tenant, she still resides on it, and administers...

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Biography of C. B. Reinheardt

C. B. Reinheardt, one of the representative agriculturists of Nowata County, who is farming four hundred acres of valuable land, one and one half miles east of Coodys Bluff, was born at Coodys Bluff on the 18th of January, 1893, a son of C. H. and Kennie (Couch) Reinheardt. His father is numbered among the pioneer citizens of this community and was for some time engaged in the oil producing business in Nowata county, achieving gratifying success. His fine farm here is now being operated by his brother, W. A. Reinheardt, it being located some four miles south of Coodys Bluff, while he is living at Magdalena, New Mexico. He has acquired a large strip of land there, thirty-two by sixteen miles, and he raises cattle on a large scale. He likewise owns seven water rights on this land. Mr. Reinheardt has always been a great lover of the outdoors and he is particularly fond of shooting, fishing, etc. There are many members of the Reinheardt family living in this state. Elizabeth Coaker, a sister-in-law of C. H. Reinheardt, lives in Nowata. A brother-in-law. Newley Couch, is likewise a resident of Nowata, the Couch family having originally come from Italy, Texas, being pioneers in Indian Territory. And Sarah Milam, another sister-in-law lives in Chelsea, Oklahoma. C. B. Reinheardt received his early education in the schools of Tahlequah and Muskogee...

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Biography of Stephen A. Miller

Since the death of Chief Journeycake, Stephen A. Miller, a well known farmer and oil man of Nowata county, has been acting chief of the Delawares. He is now residing on his farm, three-quarters of a mile south of Delaware. A native of Kansas, he was born in Wyandotte county, on the 27th of September, 1863, a son of Andrew and Sallie (Hill) Miller. His father was born in White River, Ohio, and was one of the first settlers in Kansas. He came to Indian Territory with the first Delawares, to which tribe he belonged, and locating at Coodys Bluff, Nowata county, acquired land which he immediately put under cultivation and on which he erected the old double-hewed log house which still stands. There he and his family lived, his sons assisting him with the farm work and he raised cattle in large numbers, achieving gratifying success in that connection. In that early day there were no railroads, the only means of transportation being by horses and oxen, and all supplies were hauled from Kansas, a distance of some one hundred and fifty miles. Stephen A. Miller well remembers when deer and turkey could be shot from his father’s front porch, and it was no uncommon thing for quails to come into the yard and eat and drink with the chickens. Buffaloes were to be found in large numbers...

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Biography of Isaac H. Secondine

A prominent citizen of Delaware is Isaac H. Secondine, who is engaged in the decorating business. A native of Nowata County, he was born at Coodys Bluff on the 29th of May, 1874, a son of Fillmore and Rachael (Connor) Secondine. His paternal grand-father, James, was chief of the Delawares in the ’40s and crossed the plains with General Fremont on that memorable trip chronicled in history, and also fought under him in the Mexican war. Grandfather Secondine was a highly educated man, speaking seven different languages, among them perfect English. He acted as interpreter to General Fremont, who was his intimate friend, and he was also a personal friend of Abraham Lincoln. His son Fillmore is still living, being now over seventy-eight years of age. Fillmore Secondine was united in marriage to Rachael Connor, a Delaware and a native of Indian Territory. Her demise occurred when Isaac H. was five years of age. Mrs. Mary C. Bezion, extended mention of whom is made in a sketch appearing on another page of this work, is a sister of Fillmore H., and she is one of the pioneer citizens of this County. In the acquirement of an education Isaac H. Secondine attended the public schools of Coodys Bluff and after putting his textbooks aside he engaged in farming, until 1919. In that year he rented his farm of sixty acres,...

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Biography of William Nairn, M. D.

For thirty-five years Dr. William Nairn has been a resident of Nowata County, his residence here dating from 1882. While he has long stood in the front rank of his profession he has also become a prominent factor in agricultural circles and is now living on his farm three and one-half miles northwest of Alluwe. William Nairn was born in Jersey County, Illinois, on the 5th of December, 1848, a son of James and Susan (Barker) Nairn, the former a native of Georgia and the latter of Alabama. For some time James Nairn engaged in farming in his native state and later removed to Tennessee, thence to Kentucky and in 1812 he located in Illinois, settling in the old French town of Cahokia, across the River from St. Louis. That town has long since disappeared, having been washed away by the River, when the Channel was changed by Colonel Robert E. Lee, then governmental engineer. That engineering feat caused a controversy that nearly resulted in war between the two states. Subsequently James Nairn located on a farm in Jersey County, Illinois, and he resided there until his death in 1868. Mr. and Mrs. Nairn were married in Illinois, Mrs. Nairn having come to that state with her parents. Her demise occurred in 1872. In the acquirement of his early education William Nairn attended the public schools of Jersey County...

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Biography of Albert F. Armstrong

Another member of the Armstrong family who is engaged in farming in Nowata County is Albert F. Armstrong, a brother of Charles F., whose sketch appears on another page of this work. A native of Kansas, he was born in Wyandotte County, on the 3d of April, 1865, a grandson of Chief Journeycake and a son of Henry Armstrong, who is now living retired in Coffeyville, Kansas. He is a nephew of J. E. Campbell of Nowata, while H. L. Campbell of the first National Bank of Nowata is a cousin. Albert F. Armstrong received his early education in the public schools of Nowata County and later enrolled as a student in Neosho College, at Neosho, Missouri. After putting his textbooks aside he returned to Coodys Bluff, Indian Territory, and shortly afterward entered his father’s mercantile store at Chelsea, Rogers County. This store was the first at Chelsea, which was established when the Frisco Railroad was laid through that section of the country. His father was the first postmaster at Coodys Bluff, where he likewise owned a store, the mail being carried by stage from Coffeyville, Kansas, to Coodys Bluff and thence to Claremore, the route contract being owned by Jesse K. Morgan. Albert F. Armstrong remained in business with his father until he was twenty-five years of age, at which time he severed his relations and traveled for...

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Biography of Charles W. Childers

One of the representative citizens of Nowata county is Charles W. Childers, who is residing on the old family homestead eight miles southeast of Lenapah. He was born in Henry county, Missouri, on the 18th of May, 1867, a son of Benjamin F. and Mary Susan (Webster) Childers, the former a native of Henry county and the latter of North Carolina. In the acquirement of his education Charles W. Childers attended the schools of El Dorado, Kansas, and came to Indian Territory with his parents in 1884. They located at Coodys Bluff in Nowata county, where they lived for one year, at the termination of which time they acquired the land, whereon Mr. Childers now lives, homesteading some six hundred acres. Since that time Mr. Childers and his wife and children have acquired six hundred acres more, all of which joins the old homestead, and lies in range 16, township 27, and Range 17, Township 27. Mr. and Mrs. B. F. Childers resided on the homestead until their death, the father passing away in 1894, and the mother three years prior to that. The homestead and surrounding land was in its primitive state when the Childers family located upon it, but it is now in a high state of cultivation and one of the show places of the county. Mr. Childers has a modern two-story house on his land,...

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