Location: Norman Oklahoma

Fort Gibson Conference with the Indians, 1834

One of the most important Indian conferences ever held in the Southwest, occurred at Fort Gibson in 1834 for it paved the way for agreements and treaties essential to the occupation of a vast country by one hundred thousand members of the Five Civilized Tribes emigrating from east of the Mississippi; to the security of settlers and travelers in a new country; to development of our Southwest to the limits of the United States and beyond and contributed to the subsequent acquisition of the country to the coast, made known to us by the pioneers to Santa Fe and California traveling through the region occupied by the “wild” Indians who, at Fort Gibson, gave assurances of their friendship. It is true, these assurances were not always regarded, and many outrages were afterwards committed on the whites and by the whites, but the Fort Gibson conference was the beginning and basis upon which ultimately these things were accomplished.

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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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Biographical Sketch of Clarence Alexander Ambrister

Clarence Alexander Ambrister, engaged in the general practice of civil law at Muskogee, was born in Nebraska City, Nebraska, on the 10th of February, 1888, and is a son of Samuel Alexander and Sallie (Gillispie) Ambrister. The father was engaged in the operation of a cottonseed oil mill. The son was accorded liberal educational advantages, which he pursued at Norman, Oklahoma, following the removal of the family to this state. He supplemented his early training with a university course. He became a resident of Norman in 1892 and through the intervening period has resided in this state, where he has made for himself a creditable position in legal circles. In preparation for a professional career he matriculated in the law department of the University of Missouri, from which he was graduated in December, 1909. He then opened an office in Muskogee, where he has remained, giving his attention to general civil practice. His clientage has steadily increased in volume and importance throughout the intervening period and he has been connected with much of the leading litigations heard in the courts of the district as the years have passed. He belongs to the Oklahoma State and to the American Bar Associations. On the 11th of May, 1918, Mr. Ambrister was married to Miss Carrie Walton of Muskogee, and they have become the parents of a daughter, Caroline Walton. Fraternally Mr....

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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 Oliver C. Wilkerson

Oliver C. Wilkerson is one of the enterprising and progressive young business men of Washington County, his home being about three miles north of Dewey, where he resides with his parents. He was born at Claremore, Oklahoma, on the 5th of March, 1899, and is a son of Richard Wilkerson and a grandson of Thomas Wilkerson. The family are full-blooded Cherokees. Richard Wilkerson was born August 26, 1866, in the Choctaw Nation, his parents being Thomas and Lizzy (Tenewey) Wilkerson, both of whom were full-blooded Cherokees and were natives of Georgia. In childhood they were brought by the United States government to the Indian Territory and after the outbreak of the Civil war Thomas Wilkerson, who was a minister of the Baptist Church, went to the south, leaving his family in the Choctaw Nation,whence he returned after serving with the Confederate army until the close of the Civil war. He died when his son, Richard, the only child of his last marriage, was about six months old. Mrs. Wilkerson passed away in 1885, at her home four miles west of Porum. By a previous marriage she was the mother of two children, Eli and Ella, who are both deceased and Thomas Wilkerson had a son by a former marriage. Richard Wilkerson was reared in the Canadian district of the Cherokee Nation and in his youth became a student in...

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