Location: Oklahoma City Oklahoma

Biography of John T. Cooper

Checotah numbers among her representative citizens John T. Cooper, attorney at law with offices in the Peoples National Bank building. He is a southerner by birth, born in Scottsboro, Jackson county, Alabama, on the 7th of August, 1881, a son of Abe and Julia (Anderson) Cooper, both natives of that state. The father engaged in agriculture in Alabama until 1894, in which year he removed to Indian Territory and located at Sallisaw. He engaged in farming there for three years and subsequently came to McIntosh County. He became one of the prominent and successful agriculturists of this community. He is now living retired, enjoying well earned rest, at the age of seventy years. Mrs. Cooper died in 1897. John T. Cooper received his early education in the public schools of Alabama, removing to Indian Territory with his parents at the age of eleven years. He completed his preliminary education in the public schools of Sallisaw and later entered Harrell Institute, now the Spaulding Institute, at Muskogee. In due time he was graduated from that school and for the next eight years was engaged in educational work. During that time he studied law by correspondence and he was admitted to the bar in 1915, in which year be came to Checotah, where he has since practiced. For more than six years he has had offices in the Peoples National Bank...

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Biography of Joseph L. Hull

Joseph L. Hull, member of the Muskogee bar since 1915 and now engaged in the practice of civil law as a partner in the firm of Gibson & Hull, was born in Athens, Georgia, May 6, 1885, and is a son of Augustus L. and Callie (Cobb) Hull. He is also a nephew of the Hon. Hoke Smith, at one time governor of Georgia and afterward United States senator. Augustus L. Hull was born and reared in Georgia and for a number of years was secretary and treasurer of the State University at Athens, while his name is found on the title page of several historical works, including the “Campaigns in the Confederate Army” and a second volume called the “Annals of Athens.” In the maternal line Joseph L. Hull also comes of distinguished ancestry. He is a great-grandson of Judge Joseph Henry¬†Lurnpkin, who was the first chief justice of the supreme court of Georgia and in whose honor one of the counties of the state was named. The grandfather in the maternal line was Thomas R. R. Cobb, the author of the codification of the laws of Georgia and one of the authors of the constitution of the Confederate States of “America. He was prominent in the affairs of the Confederate government throughout the Civil war period and was numbered among the most distinguished representatives of the Georgia...

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Biography of H. B. Rodecker

H. B. Rodecker, an enterprising and successful druggist of Ramona, was born near Eureka, Illinois, on the 22d of August, 1874, and was taken by his parents, William B. and Leona (Hellen) Rodecker, to Newton, Harvey county, Kansas, in 1880. The mother is a niece of the late Cecil Rhodes, multi-millionaire and statesman of South Africa. The father was a tinner by trade and followed that pursuit until 1889, when the family removed to Oklahoma City and he entered the employ of W. J. Pettie, a hardware merchant, conducting a business that has since been developed into a large wholesale enterprise. Mr. Rodecker was associated with the house for six years and then went to Los Angeles, where he is now living retired. He passed the seventy-seventh milestone on life’s journey on the 30th of March, 1922. He makes his home with his son, F. E., who is engaged in the grocery business in southern California. Mr. Rodecker was born in Peoria, Illinois, while his wife was born at the wharf in New York harbor, when her parents landed from England. She died at Shawnee, Oklahoma, February 14, 1904. The only daughter of the family, Lulu Mable Rodecker, died in Shawnee in 1903. H. B. Rodecker attended the public schools of Newton and was graduated from the high school with the class of 1888. Later he took up the...

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Biography of Hon. A. E. Craver

Hon. A. E. Craver, a leading member of the Washington county bar for many years, was connected with the work of the courts both as lawyer and lawmaker and was representing his district in the state legislature at the time of his death, on January 29, 1922, leaving the impress of his individuality upon the legislative history of Oklahoma. He was born in Marshall County, Indiana, September 17, 1866, and was a son of George Washington and Eliza (Gray) Craver, the former a native of Hagerstown, Maryland, while the latter was born in Baltimore, that state. The father was a farmer by occupation, specializing in the raising of live stock, and his’ demise occurred on the 1st of May, 1906, while the mother also passed away in that year. In the acquirement of an education Mr. Craver attended the public schools of Marshall county, Indiana, after which he entered the law department of the University of Indiana and was graduated from that institution of learning with the class of 1887. He began his business career as a money lender in western Kansas, after which he took charge of the legal business of the American Transportation Company. He next entered the oil business in Kansas and in 1902 came to Oklahoma, settling in Bartlesville, where he continued his oil operations, also engaging in the practice of law. He had visited...

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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 David Hester Cotten

David Hester Cotten, a native son of Oklahoma who represents the third generation of the family in this state, is numbered among the rising young attorneys of Miami, where since 1918 he has engaged in practice, and he has already won a well established position in the ranks of the profession. He was born near Ardmore, in that part of Indian Territory occupied by the Chickasaw Nation, on the 28th of January, 1894, his parents being David Oscar and Cora J. (Nesmith) Cotten, the former born at Tishomingo, Indian Territory, while the latter was a native of Birmingham, Alabama. The paternal grandfather, David B. Cotten, was born in Scotland, whence he immigrated to the United States, and subsequently married Miss Susan Le Flore, for whose family Leflore County, Mississippi, and Le Fiore County, Oklahoma, were named. They came to Indian Territory during an early period in its settlement, first becoming residents of the Chickasaw Nation, while later the grandfather moved to his allotment near Ardmore and became one of the leading citizens of his community, to whose development and up-building he contributed in substantial measure. His political allegiance was given to the Democratic Party, and he passed away at Ardmore in 1895, in the faith of the Presbyterian Church. David O. Cotten, the father of the subject of this review, attended the Indian schools at Tishomingo and after reaching...

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Biography of John William Bartholomew

In no profession does advancement depend more entirely upon individual merit and ability than in the law. Close application, keen analysis, clear mental perception and careful preparation are indispensable elements in the life of every man who attempts to gain prominence in this arduous calling. That John William Bartholomew is lacking in none of these requisites, is indicated in the fact that he is numbered among the most capable lawyers of Miami and throughout his career he has maintained the highest standards of professional ethics. A native of Indiana, he was born near Morocco, in Newton County, November 20, 1858, his parents being George C. and Nancy (Moorman) Bartholomew. The father was born in Upper Kent, England, and there followed the trade of a miller. Coming to the United States; he engaged in farming in Indiana until 1861, when he enlisted at the first call for volunteers, becoming a member of Company E, of the Ninety-ninth Indiana Regiment. He valiantly defended the interests of his adopted country during the Civil war and lost his life at the battle of Peach Tree Creek, which occurred on the 22d of August, 1864. The mother, who is of English parentage, was born in Indiana and is now residing in Newton County, that state. In the acquirement of an education John W. Bartholomew attended the grammar schools and the high school at Burnettsville,...

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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...

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Lee, Burnham ‘Bernie’ D. – Obituary

Bernie Lee, 52 years old, brother of Oscar Lee, pioneer city developer, died Monday [September 12, 1932] in Kansas City after an illness of 11 months. Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Hahn’s Funeral Home, with burial in Fairlawn Cemetery [Kingfisher Co., OK]. Survivors are his wife [Julia], a sister, Mrs. A. E. Bracken [Nellie] of Kingfisher, and three brothers, Oscar, Harley, and Harker of Kansas City. With his twin brother, Harker, Bernie Lee once was prominent in University of Oklahoma athletics. He was an Oklahoma City resident for 20 years before moving to Kansas City eight years ago. The Lee family was one of the largest Oklahoma City property owners. Oscar Lee built the Lee-Huckins Hotel and the Lee Building, now occupied by the Liberty National Bank. The family formerly lived at Kingfisher. The Daily Oklahoman, September 13, 1932 +++++++++++++++++++++ Funeral Notice: Bernie B. of 600 W. 59th St. passed away Sunday evening, age 53 years. Funeral services and interment at Oklahoma City, OK, Wednesday afternoon. Survived by his wife, Mrs. Julia Lee, home address; sister Mrs. A. E. Bracken, Kingfisher, OK; brothers Oscar G. Lee, 94th and State line; Harley E. Lee, home address: Harker H. Lee, 642 W. 59th St. Terrace. For further information call D. W. Newcomer’s Sons. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Lee, Adelaide Marie Murray Howard – Obituary

Funeral services over the body of Mrs. Oscar Grant Lee who died Saturday afternoon [September 2, 1911] at 3 o’clock in St. Paul’s Cathedral. The body of the deceased arrived in Oklahoma City Monday morning [died in Cook Co., IL] and will remain at the residence of Harley E. Lee, 212 West Thirteenth Street, until the time of the funeral. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Lee, Harker Hamilton – Obituary

Funeral services for Harker H. Lee, 612 W. 59th Terrace, who passed away Sunday [November 25, 1934], age 55 years, will be held Tuesday morning, 10:30 o’clock, from the Hahn Funeral Home, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Interment Fairlawn Cemetery, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Survivors: Wife, Mrs. Abbey Lee; daughter, Miss Adelaide Lee, brother, Harley E. Lee, sister, Mrs. Nellie Bracken; Miss Marie Bracken, both of Kingfisher, Oklahoma; nephew George L. Bracken. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Lee, Myrtle Belle McMillen Grogam – Obituary

Mrs. Myrtle Belle, 600 W. 59th, passed away Fri. morning [December 30, 1932]. Survived by husband, Harley Essex Lee, 600 W. 59th; 2 brothers-in-law, Oscar G. Lee, 94th and State Line; H. H. Lee, 642 W. 59th Terrace. Funeral services and burial will be held in Oklahoma City, OK [Fairlawn Cemetery]. Mrs. Lee will lie in state at D. W. Newcomer’s Sons Community Chapel on Paseo at Robert Gillham Road until 8:30 o’clock Sat. evening. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Lee, Abbie Holston Purdum – Obituary

Mrs. H. H. [Harker Hamilton] Lee, Kansas City, Mo., former city resident, died Sunday [May 2, 1948] after an illness of several weeks. Services will be at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Newcomer & Sons Funeral Home in Kansas City. Burial will be at 10 a.m. Wednesday in Fairlawn Mausoleum here. Mrs. Lee lived in Oklahoma City from 1905 until 1921. She had remained an active member of the Oklahoma City ’89ers Club and was a past member of the Sorosis Club. Survivors include a brother, Perry Purdum, Dewey; two sisters, Mrs. G. O. Dunseth, Tulsa, and Mrs. Maude Temple, Los Angeles, Calif., and a daughter, Mrs. Fred Armetrout, Kansas City, Mo. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Rosales, Manuel G. – Obituary

Manuel G. Rosales, 80, of Vancouver, Wash., a former longtime Baker County resident, died June 5, 2005. His memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at Evergreen Staples Funeral Chapel, 4700 N.E. St. Johns Blvd., at Vancouver, Wash. Manuel was born on Feb. 22, 1925, to Ben and Savina Rosales at Merkel City, Texas. He grew up in Anadarko, Okla., and attended school there. He entered the Civilian Conservation Corps camp in Oklahoma in 1941. In December 1943 he married his beloved wife of 61 years, Mary L. Castillo. They lived at Oklahoma City and then moved to Durkee with their family of six where they lived for 13 years. Manuel worked as a heavy equipment operator with Oregon-Portland Cement Co. and retired after 25 years. In 1963, Manuel and Mary moved to Baker City where they raised their six children. The moved to Vancouver, Wash., in 1995 where all their children resided. Manuel was fully involved with the lives of all his children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and nieces and nephews. He loved dancing and enjoyed the heart and soul of country music. He shared the love of basketball and daytime TV (soaps) with his wife, Mary. He was preceded in death by his parents, Ben and Savina; three sisters, Rosie, Mary and Nelly; and two brothers, Joe and Leon. Survivors include his wife, Mary Rosales; sister, Louise; and...

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Durr, Carolyn Bonitz Mrs. – Obituary

Halfway, Oregon Carolyn Durr, 70, died Nov. 5, 2004, at St. Luke’s Hospital in Boise. Her graveside service was at 1 p.m. today at Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Friends were invited to join the family for a reception at the Lions Hall afterward. Carolyn Durr was born to Aubrey and Thelma Bonitz at Oklahoma City, Okla., on June 14, 1934. Her family later moved to Albany where she graduated from Albany High School. It was in high school that she met David Durr. They were married in 1954 while he was serving in the U.S. Marines. They spent the first year and a half of their marriage at Albany. From Albany they moved to Corvallis and in 1972 they moved to Halfway with their five children. Carolyn was an exceptional mother and grandmother, an avid gardener and an important member of her church, all while managing the family businesses. She was the favored destination for 10 grandchildren whom she wrapped with love and wool hats. Most importantly, Carolyn was a strong Christian and she has heard the words “Well done, good and faithful servant,” her family said. She was preceded in death by her youngest daughter, Heather Durr, who died in 1988. Survivors include her husband, David; daughters, Kim Durr of Mountain Home, Idaho, Karen Hearne of Halfway and Fawn Robertson of Baker City; her son, Shawn Durr...

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