Location: Miami Oklahoma

Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Peter McCullough

(See Grant and Adair)-Sarah Penelope Fields, born April 2, 1842. Married October 20, 1859. John Jackson Smith, born December 22, 1836 in McMinn County, Tennessee. They were the parents of Magenia Jane Smith, born October 24, 1871. Educated in the Cherokee Public Schools and Female Seminary. Married March 4, 1895 Peter, son of Milton Howard and Rachel Jane (Adair) McCulough, born May 29, 1872. They are the parents of: Winnie Davis, born in 1899; Rex J. born in 1901; Gladys M. born in 1904; William Penn, born in 1907 and Joy M. born in 1910. Mr. and Mrs. McCullough are members of the Christian Church. He is a merchant in Miami where he has, been City Treasurer. Rex J. McCullough served in the marines during the World War, was honorably discharged with meritorious citation. Minnie Davis McCullough graduated from the Miami High School in 1917. Assigned to special stenographic work in the war and Treasury Departments at Washington. Mrs. McCullough is a composer and writer of...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Crawford Conner

(See Grant, Ghigau and Duncan)-Anna, daughter of William Charlotte (Mayes) Ballard was born July 4, 1877. Educated in the Cherokee public schools and Female Seminary, from which she graduated June 25, 1897. She married at Fairland July 10, 1901 Crawford, son of Francis Marion and Rebecca (Duncan) Conner, born October 31, 1881. Educated in the Cherokee public schools and Bacone Indian University. They are the parents of: Francis William born June 16, 1902 now deceased; Marvin Rogers, born July 24, 1903; Millard, born May 9, 1905; Ruth, born Feb. 17, 1907; Lois, born August 13th, 1908 and Rebecca Conner, born April 26, 1914. Miss Conner’s Cherokee name is Ahniwake. Mr. Conner is a carpenter at Miami. They are members of the Latter Day Saints church. William, son of Archibald and Annie (Fields) Ballard married Charlotte Mayes and they are the parents of Mrs. Anna...

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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 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 Omer Romanes Young

An extensive clientele attests the ability of Omer Romanes Young in the practice of law, to which he has devoted his attention since 1915, and he now ranks with the leading representatives of the Miami bar. He was born on a farm near Hartville, in Wright county, Missouri, October 16, 1883, his parents being Jackson Davis and Sarah Ann (Smith) Young, the former a native of Tennessee and the latter of Illinois. In young manhood the father went to Missouri, settling in Wright county, where he devoted his attention to farming and stock raising, in which he won a gratifying measure of success. In 1892 he removed to Ardmore, where be resided until 1907, when he established his home in Norman in order that he might give his children better educational advantages, and is still living there, while the mother also survives. He stands high in his community, being recognized as a public-spirited and progressive citizen whose influence is ever on the side of advancement and improvement. In religious faith he is a Baptist, and his political allegiance is given to the Republican Party. Reared upon a farm, Omer R. Young attended the public schools of Missouri and Oklahoma to the age of fifteen, when he entered business-life as a clerk in a store at Velma, Oklahoma, filling that position for five and a half years. Going to Dallas,...

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Biography of Judge Q. P. McGhee

The judiciary of Oklahoma finds an able representative in Judge Q. P. McGhee, county judge of Ottawa county and a man of high professional attainments, who has also won success in mercantile lines. He is a member of one of the prominent pioneer families of the state and was born on a farm situated on Cowskin prairie, in Delaware county, this state, November 22, 1886, his parents being Thomas Jefferson and Martha (Hannah) McGhee, the former a native of Georgia and of Cherokee descent, while the latter was born in Missouri. As a boy the father came to the Cherokee Nation and o tamed his education in the Indian schools. He acquired large land holdings and was a very successful business man. He took a leading part in civic and political affairs and was one of the associate chiefs of the Cherokee Nation. For twenty-four years he was clerk of the Delaware district of the Cherokee Nation and he also filled the office of judge for four years. He was one of the most prominent men in Indian affairs of that period, was very charitable, being ever ready to extend a helping hand to the poor and needy, and his home was one of the most popular meeting places in the district. His military record covered service as a lieutenant in General Standwaite’s army during the Civil war. He...

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Biography of C. B. Mitchell

Although one of the more recent additions to the Miami bar, Charles B. Mitchell has already demonstrated his ability to cope with the intricacies of the law and is building up a good practice. He is also well known as a writer of ability and has contributed many interesting articles to leading magazines. He was born at Brunswick, Maine, on the 9th of October, 1870, his parents being George E. and Agnes E. Mitchell, also natives of the Pine Tree state, the former born at Brunswick, August 3, 1850, while the birth of the latter occurred at Oldtown in 1854. The father was employed in various shoe factories in Maine and is now living at Lewiston; that state, but the mother passed away in 1890. C. B. Mitchell was accorded limited educational opportunities, attending the public schools of his native city to the age of eighteen years, and working part time in a shoe factory from the age of twelve years. For a time after leaving school he was a reporter on the Lewiston (Me.) Gazette and then read law in the office of Hon. J. W. Mitchell at Auburn, that state, being admitted to practice in 1892. Three years later he became private secretary to James F. McElroy, of Albany, New York, a construction engineer with a national reputation in 1899 he entered Princeton (N. J.) Theological Seminary...

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Biography of Arthur C. Wallace

Since 1908 Arthur C. Wallace has been identified with the Miami bar and in the intervening period of thirteen years he has become well known throughout Oklahoma as an authority on mining, railroad and corporation law, having been entrusted with much important litigation along those lines. He was born upon a farm near Grace Hill, in Washington County, Iowa, February 20, 1882, his parents being Dr. George C. and Mary E. (Miksch) Wallace, both of whom were natives of Ohio. As a young man the father removed to Iowa, and his professional training was acquired in a medical college at Keokuk, that state. He engaged in practice at Rock Rapids, Iowa, and is still a resident of that place, but the mother is deceased. The second in order of birth in a family of five children, Arthur C. Wallace acquired his early education in the grammar and high schools of his native city, after which he became a student in the University of Iowa, from which he received the B. S. degree in 1906, while two years later he received the degree of LL. B. from that institution on the completion of a course in law. In the same year he came to Miami, where he has since successfully followed his profession, specializing in mining, railroad and corporation law, on which branches of jurisprudence he is exceptionally well informed. He spends much...

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Biography of Carl F. Mayer

In the sudden demise of Carl F. Mayer, which occurred at Joplin, Missouri, on the 19th of September, 1921, when he was fifty years of age, Miami lost one of its most progressive, public-spirited and highly respected citizens and the government a trusted official whose entire active life had been spent in its service. The place which he left vacant will be a difficult one to fill, for broad experience had given him a comprehensive understanding of Indian affairs, and the service which he rendered was one of great value to the nation. He was born at Leavenworth, Kansas, August 7, 1871, and was a son of Henry and Emma (Roehrig) Mayer, the former born at Kirkheim in the province of Teck, Germany, while the latter was a native of Minersville, Pennsylvania. When a youth of fifteen years the father came alone to the United States, making his way to Pottsville, Pennsylvania, where he followed the barber’s trade. He then joined the regular army and in 1859 went overland to California with his regiment, which built Fort Humboldt in that state during the pioneer epoch in its development. Following the outbreak of the Civil war Henry Mayer returned to the east by way of Cape Horn and participated in several important engagements during that conflict. At the close of the war he received his discharge from the service and...

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Biography of Hon. Horace B. Durant

Hon. Horace B. Durant, a prominent representative of the Ottawa County bar who is practicing his profession at Miami, is also active in public affairs, representing his district in the state senate. He was born at Troy, Miami county, Ohio, July 31, 1868, his parents being Horace H. and Caroline (Brandriff) Durant, the former a native of Vermont and the latter of Ohio. Removing to Ohio, the father for a time engaged in the dry goods business at Troy, while later he conducted a drug store at Piqua, that state, becoming recognized as one of the successful business men of that place. At a later period he made his way to Oklahoma and spent his remaining years in this state, passing away in 1907. He was an earnest member of the Methodist church and was a republican in his political views, while fraternally he was identified with the Masons. Mr. Durant attended the grammar schools of Piqua, Ohio, and a high school of Washington, D. C., and then became a student at George Washington University at Washington, D. C., in which he completed a course in law, while later he took postgraduate work. He entered the Indian service in Washington and was afterward captain of Company D, Fourth Battalion of the Washington National Guard. In 1898 he came to Indian Territory and for a year filled a clerical position...

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Biography of John Wesley Kieff

John Wesley Kieff, widely known throughout Oklahoma as a journalist, is now serving as justice of the peace of Miami and is generally conceded to be the most capable incumbent in that office in the history of Ottawa County. A native of Indiana, he was born in Tippecanoe County on the 9th of March, 1857, his parents being John and Mary (Ryan) Kieff, the former a native of Ireland, while the latter was born in the Hoosier state. The father followed the occupation of farming and both parents passed away during the childhood of the subject of this review. John Wesley Kieff attended the public schools and when fourteen years of age he began working on nearby farms during the summer months, while in the winter seasons he continued his studies. He then taught school in order to secure the funds necessary to pursue his academic course and subsequently attended Purdue University, the Danville Normal School and Wabash College at Crawfordsville, Indiana, from the latter of which he was graduated in 1887, with the B. S. degree. While a student at the last named institution he won prominence as a football player, being for four years a member of the championship team of the state. Following his graduation Mr. Kieff became principal of a school at Oregon, Missouri, continuing to fill that position for four years, and during that...

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Biography of Henry Edward Dixon

Henry Edward Dixon, a member of one of the old and well known families of Oklahoma, is a leading representative of the Delaware County bar, being engaged in practice at Grove, and he has gained an enviable reputation in a profession which calls for ability of a high order and requires close application, good judgment and a constantly widening comprehension of the relations and responsibilities which go to make up civilized society. He was born in Watseka, Iroquois County, Illinois, on the 13th of January, 1872, a son of Marion and Georgiana (Seward) Dixon, the former a native of Indiana and the latter of Ohio. The father devoted his life to the cattle business, coming to this section of the country in 1892 and purchasing stock in various parts of the territory. He first made his home in Miami but later took up his residence at Fairland, Oklahoma, where he passed away in 1915, when seventy-three years of age, but the mother is still living in Miami. He was a member of the United Brethren Church, a Democrat in his political views, and fraternally was identified with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Henry E. Dixon acquired his education in the public schools of Illinois, which he attended until he was sixteen years of age, afterward accompanying his parents on their removal to Indian Territory, where he remained until...

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Biography of James R. Gristy

James R. Gristy, of Emporia, is one of the real old timers of Kansas. Half a century ago he was engaged in farming and stock raising on a large scale in Johnson County. For many years he had been a successful real estate operator, and had enjoyed prominence in a business and civic way not only in Kansas but in Oklahoma and in other western states. Born in Brown County, Illinois, August 31, 1841, he grew up in that section, gained a public school education, graduating from the high school at Rushville, Illinois, in 1863. His first experiences led him into merchandising, and he spent four years at Mounds, Illinois. In the fall of 1866 he came to Kansas with his father, and in the neighborhood of Spring Hill they acquired 360 acres of land, and subsequently increased their holdings until they owned 1,200 acres. This they operated as a large farm and stock ranch for a number of years. In 1879, the father having retired, they both removed to Kansas City, where James R. Gristy established an office and built up an extensive business in real estate. In 1892 he left Kansas City and moved to the territory of Oklahoma, acquiring a large amount of land at Miami, and in many ways helped to promote that young town, which when he went there had less than fifty population....

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Biography of Vern E. Thompson

Vern E. Thompson, a leading representative of the Ottawa County bar; has followed his profession in Miami since 1902 and has been connected with the work of the courts both as lawyer and jurist. He was born at Stockbridge, Michigan, November 12, 1878, of the marriage of Sylvester M. and Victoria H. Thompson. For many years the father successfully followed the occupation of farming near Stockbridge and after his retirement he took up his residence in Miami. He was a Republican in his political views and was deeply interested in public and civic affairs. In religious faith he was a Presbyterian and took an active part in the work of the Church, serving as one of its trustees. He passed away in Miami in 1918, but the mother survives and still makes her home here. In the acquirement of ah education Vern E. Thompson attended the grammar and high schools of Stockbridge, Michigan, and subsequently engaged in teaching for two years, after which he became a student at the University of Michigan completing a law course in that institution in 1902, at which time the LL. B. degree was conferred upon him. In the same year he entered upon the practice of his profession at Miami in partnership with A. Scott Thompson, a classmate, and this relationship was maintained for five years. In 1908 he was called to public...

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Biography of Zachariah Taylor Preston

Zachariah Taylor Preston, who is successfully engaged in farming a mile north of Ramona in Washington County, was born on Grand River, twenty-five miles east of Vinita, Craig County, Oklahoma, on the 23d of January, 1883. His father, Charles Henry Preston, was a native of Virginia and on coming to the Indian Territory settled near Grove. He was a surgeon and served in the Confederate army during the Civil war. He practiced medicine and surgery in the Indian Territory and in the state of Oklahoma until fifteen years prior to his death, passing away at the home of his son, Z. T. Preston, in 1917, at the notable old age of one hundred and three years. He never used a cane and could read ordinary print without the aid of glasses to the end of his life. He possessed notable physical endurance, was never ill and, in fact, was around the house until within fifteen minutes of his demise when he laid down upon his bed and passed away without the least suffering. “The weary wheels of life at length stood still” and as one falling into a peaceful sleep death came to him. His wife, who in her maidenhood was Martha Elizabeth LaMar, was a native of Illinois and was brought to the Indian Territory by her parents during her childhood days. She was of Cherokee extraction and...

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