Select Page

Location: Kingfisher County OK

Biographical Sketch of Robert S. Shope

Robert S. Shope is superintendent of the city schools of Bigelow, Kansas. While not a native of the state, his life had been spent largely within the borders of Kansas, and he is a product of its schools and his work had becn chiefly as a teacher. He belongs to the colonial branch of the Shope family, which originally came out of Germany. His grandfather, William Shope, spent his life in Kentucky, and was a carpenter by trade. His father is David W. Shope, for many years a resident of Maraball County, Kansas. He was born in Kentucky in 1867 and came to Kansas in 1887, loeating at Barrett in Marshall County. He had been a resident of Kansas ever since with the exception of six years spent in Kingfisher County, Oklahoma. His present home is eight miles south of Frankfort. David W. Shope is a democrat in politics. He married Elizabeth Snodgrass, who was born in Iowa. Robert S. Shope is the oldest of their children. Bertha is the wife of Seth Mosher, a farmer living nine miles north of bigelow, Kansas. Cecil died at the age of two years. Beda married William Sehreiner, a farmer eight miles south of Frankfort. Velma died at the age of sixteen months. Otis, Wilma, David and Howard, the youngest children, are all living with their parents. Mr. Robert S. Shope was...

Read More

Biography of Charles Edwin Westlake

Charles E. Westlake. There is a type of business man who had apparently a peculiar genius for doing a number of things well and efficiently. Such a man had the commercial instinct highly developed. Charles E. Westlake of Sedan illustrates the type. He had been a farmer and rancher, had merchandised in several different lines, had been an oil producer, and is now engaged in the undertaking business at Sedan, and one of the livest and most energetic citizens of that town. Both he and his family have been identified with Kansas a great many years. The Westlakes originated in England, where his grandfather, John Westlake, was born. He came to Canada, but lived retired in that country and died in the Province of Quebec, being killed by a runaway horse. As a resident of England he followed merchandising. Walter Westlake, father of Charles E., was born in England in 1842, came as a young man to the Province of Quebec, Canada, was married there, and for several years engaged in farming. In 1872 he landed at Sabetha, in Nemaha County, Kansas, and continued an active farmer in that community until his death in 1906. After becoming an American citizen he supported the republican party and was the recipient of several township offices in Nemaha County. He belonged to the Episcopal Church and was affiliated with the Indenendent Order...

Read More

Bracken, Nellie Medoria Lee – Obituary

Mrs. A. E. Bracken passed away suddenly Monday morning [July 15, 1935] at 2:25 o’clock at her home on South Main Street. While Mrs. Bracken had been in ill health for about three years, death came as a shock to her family and many friends. Mrs. Bracken was a true pioneer of Kingfisher, having come to this place with her father and mother on the day of the run, April 22, 1889, and resided here since that time, where she has made a large circle of friends by her kind consideration of and friendliness to all with whom she came in contact. Funeral services were held at the home Tuesday afternoon at 2:00 o’clock conducted by Mrs. Joseph Coffer, Christian Science Reader of Oklahoma City, when a large congregation of friends gathered to pay their last respects, and many were the beautiful flowers banked around the casket and room. Ed Hahn, of the Hahn Funeral Home, Oklahoma City, had charge of the funeral arrangements, and was assisted by Ben Hunter of the Capital Hill Funeral Home, Oklahoma City, and J. B. Herrick of the Wilson Funeral Home, El Reno. During the impressive service, Mrs. Archie Stetler and Mrs. Tom Myers of Oklahoma City sang beautiful solos, with Mrs. F. L. Drake at the piano. Interment was made in the family lot at Kingfisher Cemetery. Mrs. Bracken is survived by...

Read More

Magers, Amelda Edith Lee – Obituary

Mrs. M. Majors [Magers] sister of Mrs. A. E. Bracken died Tuesday night [December 18, 1923] at her home on South Seventh Street, following a stroke of paralysis a few days ago. The funeral was held from the A. E. Bracken home this morning at 10 o’clock. The body was taken to Oklahoma City for burial. Kingfisher Weekly Free Press, December 20, 1923 (Front Page) Contributed by: Shelli...

Read More

Lee, Maria Essex – Obituary

Mrs. J. M. Lee of this city expired at the family residence on the 4th of consumption, after an illness of several months. The deceased leaves to mourn her death a husband and five children two daughters, and three sons, namely, Mrs. G. W. Majors, Geary; Mrs. A. E. Bracken of this city and Oscar, Harley and Bernice Lee. The funeral services were held at the First M. E. church, Rev. S. M. Nickols preaching the funeral sermon. The sons of the deceased acted as pallbearers. [It appears that 15 years later, Maria’s body was moved from Kingfisher to Fairlawn Cemetery in Oklahoma City.] Kingfisher Free Press, November 17, 1904 Contributed by: Shelli...

Read More

Bracken, George – Obituary

George Bracken, 49, former city car salesman and instructor at Oklahoma City University, died Saturday [December 24, 1951] in El Reno sanitarium after suffering a series of strokes. Bracken had lived in El Reno with his sister, Mrs. Paul Strate the past three years. Born in Kingfisher, he was the son of the late Arthur E. Bracken, state pioneer and first licensed undertaker in the state. He was graduated from Kansas university in 1923 and for 14 years he was a salesman in Kansas City, Mo. He came to Oklahoma City in 1937 and was employed by Green-lease-Moore Chevrolet Co. During the early part of the war he was physical director at OCU. He suffered a stroke in 1943 which left him partially paralyzed. Services will be at 2:30 pm Monday in Kingfisher Methodist Church. Burial will be in Kingfisher Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

Read More

Bracken, Arthur Ellsworth – Obituary

Services for Arthur E. Bracken, 78, pioneer Kingfisher funeral director who died Friday night [January 23, 1948] were Sunday at 2 pm in the Methodist Congregational church of Kingfisher. Burial was in the Kingfisher Cemetery. A native of Oakhill, Kansas, Bracken came to Kingfisher in 1893. He entered the furniture business three years later and operated the business for 26 years. He also owned a drugstore for seven years. He was secretary of the Funeral Directors association when it was formed in 1901 and aided in writing the first embalming bill. Bracken was a charter member of the Kingfisher Rotary club and had served as president of the chamber of commerce for several years. Contributed by: Shelli...

Read More

Bracken, Sarah Jane McFadden – Obituary

Mrs. R. W. Bracken, who has been in poor health for the past few months, died Saturday [August 23] evening at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Lon [Nora] Covert. The funeral was held Monday morning at 10 o’clock from the Christian Church, conducted by the pastor, Rev. Higgins, assisted by Rev. Pool. Internment in Kingfisher cemetery by the side of her husband, who preceded her in death a few months ago. Kingfisher Weekly Free Press, August 28, 1924 Contributed by: Shelli...

Read More

Search


It takes a village to grow a family tree!
Genealogy Update - Keeping you up-to-date!
101 Best Websites 2016

Pin It on Pinterest