Location: Haskell Oklahoma

Slave Narrative of Henry F. Pyles

Person Interviewed: Henry F. Pyles Location: Tulsa, Oklahoma Date of Birth: August 15, 1856 Age: 81 That’s how the niggers say old Bab Russ used to make the hoodoo “hands” he made for the young bucks and wenches, but I don’t know. ’cause I was too trusting to look inside de one he make for me, and anyways I lose it, and it no good nohow! Old Bab Russ live about two mile from me, and I went to him one night at midnight and ask him to make me de hand. I was a young strapper about sixteen years old, and thinking about wenches pretty hard and wanting something to help me out wid the one I liked best. Old Bab Russ charge me four bits for dat hand, and I had to give four bits more for a pint of whiskey to wet it wid, and it wasn’t no good nohow! Course dat was five-six years after de war. I wasn’t yet quite eleven when de war close. Most all the niggers was farming on de shares and whole lots of them was still working for their old Master yet. Old Bab come in there from deep South Carolina two-three years befo’ and live all by hisself. De gal I was worrying about had come wid her old pappy and mammy to pick cotton on de place....

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Biography of Chester Lee Hill, M.D.

The medical fraternity of Haskell finds a prominent representative in Dr. Chester Lee Hill, who is an exponent of all that is highest, best and most advanced in the, practice of medicine and surgery, and of all that is most worthy and honorable in his relations toward his fellowmen. He was born in Canton, Cherokee county, Georgia, May 1, 1876, and is a son of Andrew H. and Maria (Phillips) Hill, the former a native of Virginia and the latter of South Carolina. The father was one of the early planters of Georgia, becoming the owner of fourteen hundred acres of land, and he also operated saw and flour mills, a cotton gin and a wool carder. He was a veteran of the Civil war, serving throughout the entire period of hostilities as a first lieutenant in the Confederate army. He participated in many heavy engagements, being present at the battles of Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge and being wounded in action. His business interests were wisely and successfully managed and he passed away in August, 1912, at the age of seventy-nine, while the mother’s demise had occurred in November, 1907, when she was seventy-four years of age. In the acquirement of an education Dr. Hill attended the grammar and high schools of Ball Ground, Georgia, and Emory College at Oxford, that state, after which he devoted two years...

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Biography of Judge J. Sidney Swinney

Among the prominent public officials of Haskell is numbered Judge J. Sidney Swinney, judge of the police court and justice of the peace, whose record upon the bench is in harmony with his record as a man and citizen-distinguished by marked fidelity to duty and a thorough grasp of every problem presented for solution. He was born in Williamson county, Texas, April 2, 1879, and is a son of Wilson R. and Sarah A. (Skinner) Swinney, the former a native of Georgia and the latter of Kentucky. In 1834 the father removed to Texas, where he engaged in ranching and stock raising on an extensive scale, and in early day he and his eldest sons drove cattle and horses across the country from that state to the territory then occupied by the Osage Nation. He continued active along those lines until his demise and passed away in the Lone Star state, December 27, 1902, when eighty years of age, his birth having occurred on the 27th of December, 1822. He was an honored veteran of the Civil war, joining Company B of the Twenty-sixth Division of Texas Cavalry. He was promoted to the rank of sergeant and served throughout the entire period of hostilities. The mother’s demise occurred in November, 1910. Mrs. Attie Barber, a sister of the subject of this review, is one of the most prominent women...

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Biography of James W. Brady

Natural talent, acquired ability, determination and energy have brought James W. Brady to a foremost position in the ranks of the legal fraternity of Haskell, where since 1905 he has followed his profession. He has been called upon to fill various public positions of honor and trust and is now capably discharging the duties of city attorney, in which connection he is making a highly commendable record. A native of Indiana, he was born in Dubois county, May 22, 1871, of the marriage of James and Margaret (Payne) Brady, both of whom were born in Tennessee. In 1863 the father removed to Indiana, where he devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits, first cultivating rented land in Dubois County, after which he went across the line into Perry county. There he entered a tract of government land, which he cleared and developed, and subsequently acquired additional holdings, becoming at length the owner of a valuable and well improved farm. He successfully continued his agricultural operations until his demise, which occurred in March l908 The mother 77 passed of the previous year. James W. Brady pursued his studies in the grammar and high schools of Perry county, Indiana, after which he took up educational work, devoting seven years to teaching. In the meantime he had employed his leisure hours in the study of the principles of jurisprudence and subsequently entered the...

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Biography of Judge Napoleon Bonaparte Moore

A life of great usefulness and far-reaching influence ended when on the 10th of October, 1911, Judge Napoleon Bonaparte Moore was called to his final rest, after a long illness, at the venerable age of eighty-four years. Long a leader of public thought and action, he left his impress in notable measure upon the history of Oklahoma along agricultural, legislative, political and moral lines. A native of Alabama, he was born on the 8th of January, 1827, of the marriage of William and Lucy (Chemathla) Moore, who were also natives of that state, in which the father spent his life, devoting his time and attention to milling and blacksmithing. Napoleon Bonaparte Moore was the eldest of five children. William died of pneumonia while a student at Tullahassee Mission. Ephraim was one of the many who lost their lives in the “gold fever” days of California. Elizabeth was twice married and left an only daughter, Maria Elizabeth Smith, nee McGann. Her mother lived in northern Kansas and died there during the Civil war. In 1883, on the death of her father, she came to Oklahoma to look up her mother’s brothers. She lived for many years in Okmulgee, where she accumulated considerable property and where her deep interest in her Church (the Methodist), the public library and the hospital made her a well known and prominent character. She died of...

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Biography of Theodore T. Shackelford, M. D.

An extensive practice attests the ability of Dr. Theodore T. Shackelford as a physician and surgeon, and he is numbered among the leading representatives of the medical fraternity of Haskell, where he established his residence in 1917. He was born in Okolona, Arkansas, January 31, 1886, of the marriage of Theodore T. and Elizabeth Jane (Thompson) Shackelford, the former a native of Mississippi and the latter of South Carolina. When a lad of eight years the father accompanied his parents to Arkansas and his education was obtained in the schools of that state. On reaching adult years he took up the occupation of farming, purchasing land in Clark county, Arkansas, which he continued to improve and develop until 1910, when he retired from active agricultural pursuits, having through industry, enterprise and capable management accumulated a comfortable competence. He is now residing in Foreman, Arkansas, at the age of seventy-three, while the mother is in her seventy-fourth year, and they are highly esteemed residents of their community. Their son, Dr. Theodore T. Shackelford, was reared in Okolona, Arkansas, and there attended the grammar and high schools, after which he worked in a drug store for three years. He then became a student at the University of Louisville, Kentucky, from which he was graduated with the class of 1910, at which time the M. D. degree was conferred upon him. In...

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Biography of John McLemore

Among the progressive and wide-awake young business men of Haskell is numbered John McLemore, a native son of Oklahoma, who has been an important factor in developing the oil fields of this section of the state and also has financial and real estate interests. He was born at Arthur, near Duncan, Oklahoma, March 9, 1892, of the marriage of Albert and Lizzie (Ligon) McLemore, the former a native of Dade county, Missouri, while the latter was born in Illinois. The father came to this state in territorial days, establishing his home near Duncan, in what was then known as Indian Territory, in 1888. There he followed agricultural pursuits until 1896, when he removed to Tahlequah, where he resided until March, 1898, and then made his way to Stonebluff, in which town he was assassinated on the 16th of March, 1909. The mother passed away on the 31st of January, 1912. John McLemore was reared and educated at Bacone, three miles north of Muskogee, and was sixteen years of age at the time of his father’s death. In partnership with his brother he continued to operate the home farm until March, 1916, when he came to Haskell. In this locality he also engaged in farming but subsequently disposed of all of his stock and on March 15, 1919, purchased an interest in the Creek Land & Loan Company, which had...

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Biography of Frank R. Glascock

After many years of activity in real estate circles of Haskell, Frank R. Glascock is now living retired at the age of seventy, having through industry, ability and perseverance accumulated a substantial competence which enables him to rest from further labor. He is a native of Ohio, his birth having occurred in Highland County on the 22d of February, 1851, and his parents were Joseph and Alcinda (Stone) Glascock, the former of whom was born in Culpeper County, Virginia. On starting out in life for himself Frank R. Glascock engaged in farming and merchandising at Hillsboro, Ohio, for a number of years, later removing to Wichita, Kansas, and subsequently to Garden Plain, becoming one of the pioneer settlers and up-builders of that place. He organized the first bank and also established the first grain elevator there and remained one of the foremost business men of that locality until 1906, when he came to Haskell, where he has since made his home. For many years he was connected with realty interests of this city and in association with his two daughters, Nellie C. and Sarah S., organized the Creek Land & Loan Company, while subsequently John McLemore became a member of the firm, with which he is still identified. This is one of the leading real estate agencies of the city and Mr. Glascock continued active in its control for...

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Biography of Hoy Harsha

Hoy Harsha, Mayor of Haskell, also figures prominently in financial circles as cashier of the Haskell National Bank and in both connections his record is such as to secure for him the respect, confidence and esteem of his fellow citizens. Oklahoma is proud to number him among her native sons, for his birth occurred in Muskogee, this state, on the 14th of December, 1881. His parents are William S. and Laura E. (Newcomb) Harsha, the former a native of Iowa, while the latter was born in New York. The father came to this part of the country in pioneer times, casting in his lot with the settlers of Indian Territory in 1877. He first located at Okmulgee, whence he subsequently removed to Muskogee, where he engaged in merchandising as a member of the firm of J. E. Turner & Company. Later Mr. Turner sold his interest in the enterprise, at which time the firm style of Harsha & Spaulding was adopted, Mr. Harsha retaining his connection with the business until 1901, since which time he has lived retired in Muskogee in the enjoyment of well earned rest, and the mother also survives. Mr. Harsha is one of the oldest and most highly respected residents of Muskogee and served as one of the first aldermen of the city. In the public schools of his native city Hoy Harsha acquired his...

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Biography of John W. Capps

Among the leading financial institutions of Muskogee county is numbered the Haskell National Bank, of which John W. Capps is the president, and the successful conduct of the enterprise is largely due to his well formulated and promptly execute plans and marked business ability. He was born in Madison county, Arkansas, June 15, 1880, and is a son of James R. and Louisa (King) Capps, the former a native of Missouri and the latter of Texas. For four years the father cultivated a farm in Arkansas and in 1888 removed to Texas, where he purchased land which he continued to improve and develop until 1894, when he came to Oklahoma, settling near Choska. There he was engaged in farming and stock raising until 1900, when he retired from active business life and continued to make his home with his children until his demise, which occurred September 6, 1920, while the mother had passed away on the 6th of January, 1916. In the acquirement of an education John W. Capps attended the public schools of Texas and Oklahoma and remained at home until he reached the age of eighteen, when he engaged in the grocery business at Clarksville, in what was then known as Indian Territory, continuing active along that line until 1903. In that year he opened the First State Bank of Clarksville, which he conducted at that place until 1908,...

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Biography of Henry E. Shipley

Since 1912 Henry E. Shipley has been a member of the Haskell bar and he has also become a well known business man with valuable mining and oil interests in Oklahoma and other states. He is a native of Illinois, his birth having occurred in Petersburg on the 15th of November, 1887. His parents, Clement Washington and Evelyn (Nance) Shipley, are natives of Menard County, Illinois, and the father is now living retired in that state. For many years he devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits, in which he was very successful, and he is now heavily interested in cotton plantations in Mississippi. The mother also survives. Reared in his native city, Henry E. Shipley there attended the grammar and high schools, after which he became a student in the law department of the University of Illinois, from which he was graduated with the class of 1910. Going to the Pacific coast country, he entered upon active practice at Portland, Oregon, where he remained for six months, and then removed to Redmond, that state, where he resided for a similar length of time. In 1912 he came to Haskell, Oklahoma, where he has since successfully followed his profession. With the passing years his practice has steadily increased and his law business is now one of a most important character. He displays keen discernment in the solution of intricate problems...

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