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Location: Osage County OK

Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Frank Coast

(See Grant)-Alice May, daughter of Andrew Elijah and Clarinda (Baggett) Tucker, was born in 1880. Educated at the Friends Mission at Skiatook. Married at Nowata, Frank Croft Coast. They are the parents of Waller, Clara, Albert, Margaret and Verna Coast. Mr. Coast a farmer and stockman and is a member the Masonic fraternity. Mrs. Coast is a member of the Friends church. Andrew Elijah, the son of Andrew Jack and Mary (Blythe) Tucker, was born in the Neutral Land, now Cherokee County, Kansas, in 1857. Married April 16, 1878, Clarinda Baggett, a native of Illinois. He died April 16,...

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Biographical Sketch of Thomas J. Tyner

(See Tyner)-Thomas Jefferson son of Carter Blackstone and Esther Jane (Piblow) Tyner was born March 1, 1878. Educated in the Cherokee Public Schools and Friends Mission at Skiatook. Married April 27, 1914 Carrie, daughter of Geo. W. Willits and Rachel (Connor) Willits born Dec. 23, 1883 in Wise County,...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Minnie Tinker

Minnie, the daughter of Henry and Mary (Walker) Spybuck was born in Bird Creek, a few miles south of Skiatook. She was educated at the Quaker Mission, two miles north of Skiatook and is a member of that church. She married at Hill Side, Okla. in 1903 Richard Tinker who is a member of one of the most prominent Osage families. They are the parents of Henry Franklin, born Feb. 25, 1907; George Edward, born Aug. 6, 1912 and Thomas Jefferson Tinker, born Aug. 15, 1917. Mr. Tinker is a farmer and a member of the Modern Woodman of America. Mrs. Tinker is a Shawnee, a member of two of the most prominent families of that tribe, as the Walkers have been as noted in the history and councils of the tribe as were the...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Roy Letteer

(See Grant)—Lahoma Lucile, daughter of Chief William Charles and Nannie (Haynie) Rogers, was born at Skiatook, May 4, 1900. Educated at Skiatook and married in Oklahoma City, Oct. 19, 1920, Roy, son of Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Letteer. They are the parents of Jane E. Letteer, born September 11, 1921. Mrs. Letteer is the daughter of William Charles Rogers the last chief of the Cherokees amid the great grand-daughter of Captain John Rogers, the last chief of the Old Settler...

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Biographical Sketch of Thomas Rogers

(See Grant and Downing)-Thomas Lewis, son of Thomas Lewis and Nancy C. (Martin) Rogers, was born near Pawhuska, September 2, 1885. He was educated in that city. He married in 1917 at Joplin, Missouri, Bessie Barrett. He is the father of Thomas Lewis, born July 28, 1911; and Nancy Rogers, born April 24, 1914. Mr. Rogers is a member of the Christian church, and a merchant at...

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Biographical Sketch of William E. Stich

William E. Stich. The largest general insurance office in Independence is owned and managed by William E. Stich. Mr. Stich is a brother of the late A. C. Stich, whose career as a business man and eitizen of Montgomery County had been described on other pages, where many of the detalls of the family history will be found. William E. Stich was born in Hanover, Germany, February 16, 1850. His parents came to this country in 1857 and located at Kalamazoo, Michigan. His early education was received in the schools there, and in the meantime he learned to be a cabinet maker under his father, who was a master of that trade. At the age of seventeen, on leaving school, he began working in an organ factory, and remained there about six years. He then became connected with the musical merchandise house of R. D. Bulloch of Jackson, Michigan, and was manager of their store at Saginaw for nine years. In 1883 Mr. Stich came to Kansas and bought his brother’s interest in a store at Paola. This was a general merchandise store and as its proprietor he conducted it for twenty-one years. Then in 1904 he moved to Ottawa, Kansas, and for a year was in the ice business. After a year’s intermission, he came to Independence in 1906, and had since been in the insurance business. His...

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Biography of Joseph Cameron Lockhart

Joseph Cameron Lockhart, a veteran Union soldier and a resident of Kansas for nearly forty-five years, had had a successful business career as a farmer and rancher and is now enjoying the fruits of his well spent lifetime at Eskridge in Wabaunsee County. Mr. Lockhart was born in Salem Township of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, February 12, 1838, and is now in his eightieth year, still active and vigorous for all his experiences. The Lockhart ancestors were Scotch and settled in Pennsylvania in colonial times. His father, George Lockhart, was born in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, in 1807, spent his life there as a merchant and died in 1845. Politically he was identified with the whig party. George Lockhart married Maria Bidlack, who was born in Luzerne County, Pennsylvania, in 1819 and died there in 1893, at the age of seventy-four. Joseph C. was the oldest of their four children, John became a Union soldier and died while in the war. Isabelle, who died at Kingston, Pennsylvania, married L. C. Dart, an insurance man, also deceased. George died when a young man in New York City. Joseph C. Lockhart acquired his early education in the district schools of Luzerne County and also for three years attended the Wyoming Seminary at Kingston, Pennsylvania. At the age of eighteen, having completed his education, he moved west to Illinois and for a time was...

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Biography of John Rose

John Rose, who for several years had been numbered among the leading oil producers in Montgomery County fields, and resided at Independence, is a thoroughly practical as well as successful man, as his career indicates. When only thirteen he started out for himself, and had since hewed his way through difficulties, through poverty, to a successful position in the world. He was born February 26, 1861, near Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, and is of Scotch parentage. His father, James Rose, was born in Scotland in 1822, was reared and learned the trade of stone mason in his native country, and about 1860 emigrated to Canada. In 1862 he moved his family to Ottawa County, Michigan, and became one of the early farmers there. At that time there were only five white families in the entire township where he settled. He spent the rest of his days actively engaged in farming and died in Ottawa County, Michigan, in 1876. After coming to the United States he was a republican voter, was a member of the Congregational Church and a man of very excellent character. He married Jane Daveney, who was boxn in Scotland in 1832, and who died in Michigan in 1890. They had a large family of children, John Rose being the eighth and youngest. Mention of the others is as follows: William, a farmer at Big Rapids, Michigan; Agnes;...

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Houses of the Osage Tribe

From the earliest historical times the habitat of the Osage was among the hills and valleys of the Ozarks, south of the Missouri, in the present State of Missouri, and here they continued to dwell until their removal during the early part-of the 19th century. When Père Marquette passed down the Mississippi, late in the month of June 1673, he learned of the Osage, and on his map, prepared soon afterwards, indicated the villages of that tribe near a stream which was evidently the river bearing their tribal name. They continued to occupy rather permanent villages until the beginning...

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Biography of Arthur M. Thurman

Arthur M. Thurman. As the prosperous and rapidly-growing city of Caney is located almost on the state line between Oklahoma and Kansas, many men who make their homes in the city are the owners of property in the former state, particularly land that is used for agricultural purposes. A large number of these make daily trips between their country estates and their city residences, either by way of train or automobile, and in this class is found Arthur M. Thurman, a prosperous farmer and rancher, who lives at Caney, but whose magnificent property, consisting of 1,280 acres of fertile and productive land, is located nine miles southeast of the city, in Osage County, Oklahoma. When Mr. Thurman came to Caney, then but a farming center, in 1901, he was possessed of no means other than those represented by his ambition and determination, and his first work was as a clerk in a drug store. From that time to the present he has steadily advanced, until now he is justly accounted one of the substantial men of his community. Arthur M. Thurman was born at Osceola, the county seat of Saint Clair County, Missouri, January 28, 1879, and is a son of Richard Scott and Eliza (Cobb) Thurman. The family originated in Ireland, from whence the first American progenitor emigrated during colonial days, members of the family locating in the...

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Biography of Howard Davis

Howard Davis, the owner of a well improved and productive farm near Bartlesville, also has valuable oil wells on his property, and in the conduct of his interests he displays keen discernment, marked executive ability and enterprise. He is a native of Indiana but was reared in Illinois and in 1901 he came to Indian Territory, settling in Lincoln county, where he engaged in buying broom corn for an eastern firm. Subsequently he removed to Osage county and there devoted his attention to the cattle business until he took up his residence in Washington county, where he has remained. Mr. and Mrs. Davis and family are now the owners of a valuable farm of two hundred and thirty acres, situated one and a half miles south of Bartlesville, upon which he has placed many improvements, and in the operation of the ranch he follows the most progressive methods, keeping thoroughly abreast of the times in all matters relating to agricultural development. There are also fifteen oil wells on the property, from which he and his family receive royalties, and this is one of the most desirable farms in northeastern Oklahoma. On the 22d of January, 1916, Mr. Davis was united in marriage to Mrs. Lucy (Wagoner) Sarcoxie, a daughter of Joseph Wagoner. Her mother passed away when Mrs. Davis was an infant. Her sister, Kate, is now in the...

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Biography of L. P. Carpenter

L. P. Carpenter, who has been a resident of northeastern Oklahoma for a third of a century, was actively identified with agricultural interests here until he put aside the work of the fields in 1919 and has since lived retired in an attractive home at Bartlesville. His birth occurred in Clay County, Indiana, on the 11th of November, 1867, his parents being Adam and Anna (Reamy) Carpenter, who were natives of Pennsylvania and Ohio, respectively. Both are deceased. He acquired his education in his native state and on attaining his majority left the parental roof to come to Oklahoma, settling in Osage county, ten miles northwest of Bartlesville. There he devoted his attention to farming and stock raising for many years with excellent success, for he was industrious, energetic and progressive in all of his undertakings. In 1919, having acquired a comfortable competence, he took up his abode in Bartlesville, where he has since lived retired in the enjoyment of well earned ease. In early manhood Mr. Carpenter was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary E. Roy, who was born on the Osage Reservation, about ten miles northwest of Bartlesville, on the 27th of October, 1871, and is a representative of one of the most prominent families of the Osage Nation. Her father, a native of Canada, died before her birth. Her mother; who was Mrs. Rosalie (Prudom) Roy,...

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Biography of George B. Keeler

There is no man who has taken more active and helpful part in the development of Bartlesville and Washington county than George B. Keeler. He has resided in this section of the state from early pioneer times and was adopted into the Cherokee tribe in 1872. He understands the sign language of all of the Indian tribes and speaks the Osage tongue. He has been in a way a connecting link between the Indian life and customs of an early day and the modern civilization and progress. His business activity has covered a wide scope, leading directly to the improvement, settlement and up building of this section of the country, where he has lived from pioneer times, Nelson F. Carr being the only white man who has resided in this part of the state for a longer period. Mr. Keeler came to the southwest from Illinois, his birth having occurred at Hennepin, Putnam county, February 7, 1850. His father, Alson Keeler, was a native of Kyler, Courtland county, New York, and in an early day removed to Illinois, where he resided until 1856. He had followed merchandising in the quaint old town of Hennepin. on the Illinois river, but when his son, George, was a lad of six years he removed with his family to Vernon county, Wisconsin, where he remained for about a decade, devoting three or four...

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Biography of J. R. Wade

J. R. Wade, a leading agriculturist of Osage county, exemplifies in his career the progressive spirit that has been the dominant factor in the up building of the west and is a typical frontiersman, having spent much of his life on the wide, open ranges and gained that breadth of vision and keen insight which come through close communion with nature. He was born in the southeastern part of Berry county, Missouri, September 3, 1883, and his parents were E. B. and E. J. (Bradley) Wade, the former a native of Virginia, while the latter way born in Missouri. The father was an honored veteran of the Civil war, enlisting at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, where he received his discharge from the service. He came to Oklahoma when it was first opened up for settlement and entered a claim from the government, but times were so hard that he was forced to abandon the property after living on it for three months. From there he went to the northeastern part of Osage county, where he resided until his death, which occurred in October, 1892. The mother is now living in Chautauqua, Kansas, and has reached the age of sixty-eight years. A brother and a sister of the subject of this review, Walter and Bertha Wade, are deceased, both passing away in the house in which the father’s demise occurred. The...

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Biography of S. B. Ward

S. B. Ward, a pioneer farmer and stock raiser of Oklahoma residing near Ramona, in Washington county, is conducting his operations on an extensive scale and in the management of his business interests he displays marked executive ability, firm determination and sound judgment. A native of West Virginia, he was born January 21, 1860, and his parents, Simon and Savannah (Hammer) Ward, were also born in that state. In 1881 they removed to Missouri, settling near Appleton City, where the father engaged in farming and in that year he planted five hundred acres to corn which averaged between sixty and seventy bushels to the acre. In 1890 he came to Indian Territory, settling on a farm belonging to Chief Bluejacket, in Rogers county, and this property lie continued to cultivate and improve until his demise, which occurred in 1902, while the mother passed away in 1910. In the common schools of West Virginia, S. B. Ward acquired his education and in 1881, when a young man of twenty-one years, be accompanied his parents on their removal to Missouri, where he followed agricultural pursuits independently until 1882. In 1887 he came to Indian Territory and for a year operated the F. M. Crowell place, situated on the line of the Frisco Railroad, between Vinita and Afton, while during the following year he cultivated land on Sabin creek, east of Vinita....

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