Location: Tulsa County OK

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. Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. choose a state: Any AL AK AZ AR CA CO CT DE DC FL GA HI ID IL IN IA KS KY LA ME MD MA MI MN MS MO MT NE NV NH NJ NM NY NC ND OH OK OR PA RI SC SD TN TX UT VT VA WA WV WI WY INTL Start Now 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...

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Biography of H. V. Lowe

H. V. Lowe, proprietor of the telephone exchange at Ramona and an alert and energetic business man, whose connection with various interests is at all times beneficial to the enterprises which he represents, was born in Sydney, Iowa, on the 18th of May, 1878. His father, James Lowe, was a native of Ohio and during the early boyhood of his son H. V. Lowe, he removed with his family to the old Indian reservation in what is now Gage County, Nebraska, settling at Beatrice. There he still resides at the advanced age of seventy-nine years. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Isabelle R. Vanlaton, was born at Sydney, Iowa, and died in Nebraska in 1919. There were seven children in their family: T. V., a resident of Goodland, Kansas; R. V., at Ramona; F. V., living at Steele City, Nebraska; H. V., of this review; Grace V., the wife of John Adcock, a resident of Yuma, Arizona; Blanche V., the wife of E. M. Shields of Lafontaine, Kansas; and May V., the wife of John Clark of Tucson, Arizona. H. V. Lowe pursued his education largely in the schools of his native city and accompanied his parents on their removal to Gage County, Nebraska. There he continued to live until 1901, when he came to Oklahoma, settling at Broken Arrow, where he entered the real estate and...

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Biography of Leonard Elmore Henderson, M.D.

Leonard Elmore Henderson, M. D. The medical profession of Wilson County numbers among its skilled and careful practitioners Dr. Leonard Elmore Henderson, who since 1907 had been located at Coyville, an enterprising community in the northwest part of the county. Prior to locating at this place, Doctor Henderson had valuable and comprehensive experience both in Kansas and Indian Territory, and this, combined with a thorough training in his calling and a natural predilection therefor, gave promise for a successful career in his professional work. That this promise had been fulfilled is shown by his excellent standing in medical circles and by the confidence in which he is held throughout the locality in which his professional activities are centered. Leonard E. Henderson was born in Marshall County, Kansas, March 23, 1873, the only son of Isaac and Elizabeth (Shearer) Henderson. He is of Irish descent, but the family had long resided in America, whence the original emigrant came prior to the Revolutionary war. Eli Henderson, the grandfather of Doctor Henderson, was born in Tennessee and became a pioneer farmer of Missouri, in which state he died prior to the birth of his grandson, and little more is known of him save that he was a sturdy and industrious tiller of the soil. Isaac Henderson was born in 1832, in Tennessee, and was still a small child when taken by his...

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Biography of L. W. Servey

The lumber industry of Washington County finds a prominent representative in L. W. Servey, who as President of the Ochelata Lumber Company is controlling a large and growing business, which he has developed through close application, capable management, energy and determination. He was born in Dempsey town, Venango County, Pennsylvania July 2, 1813, of the marriage of A. J. and Adeline (Weikal) Servey, both now deceased. The father, who was a building contractor, went to Kansas in 1868 and there took up a homestead, which he improved and developed. L. W. Servey completed a course in the high school at Iola, Kansas, after which he attended the normal school at Mankato, Minnesota, and a business college at St. Paul, that state. Following the outbreak of the Spanish-American war he became a member of the Fifteenth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, commanded by Captain Spicer. After receiving his discharge Mr. Servey entered the employ of the Clark & Bates Lumber Company, first working in their plant at Gas City, Kansas. He was then sent by the firm to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, arriving there on the 1st of December, 1899, and eating his first meal at the National Hotel, which was the first good hostelry established in the town and was situated on the present site of the Model Clothing Store, being operated by Frank Overlees. The yards of the Clark & Bates Company...

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Biography of Thomas Lincoln Robinson

Miami owes much to the progressive spirit and business ability of Thomas Lincoln Robinson, who has been a most important factor in its up-building and development. He was formerly prominently identified with building operations in the city but is now at the head of the Independent Mining & Royalty Company and also has valuable real estate holdings here, being recognized as a very capable and enterprising business man whose efforts are resultant factors in whatever he undertakes. Mr. Robinson was born in Osage County, Missouri, August 3, 1860, his parents being John W. and Elizabeth (McLaughlin) Robinson, the former a native of Kentucky and the latter of Virginia. Both are deceased. The father was a veteran of the Civil war and after the cessation of hostilities he went to Anderson County, Kansas, during the pioneer epoch in its settlement, remaining a resident of that locality until 1871. He then went overland to Arkansas, but lived in that state only a short time. Upon returning to the middle-west he purchased a farm near Lamar, in Barton County, Missouri, which he continued to cultivate until his demise in 1904. He also became well known as a stockman, engaging extensively in the buying and selling of horses, cattle and hogs. Mr. Robinson spent the period of his boyhood on a farm and his education was acquired in the public schools. Upon starting...

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Biography of Henry Armstrong

For many years Henry Armstrong was one of the representative agriculturists in Nowata County, residing on his highly cultivated farm near Coodys Bluff. He is now, however, living in retirement in Coffeyville, Kansas, but is contemplating returning to the old home in the near future. A native of Oklahoma, he was born at Spavinaw, Mayes County, on the 16th of June, 1846, a son of Mr. and Mrs. James Armstrong, the former of Muncie, Indiana, and French Canadian extraction and the latter of Seneca and Delaware Indian extraction. James Armstrong was born in Quebec, Canada, and in early life went to Ohio, thence to Indiana and subsequently to James Fork, Arkansas. After his marriage James Armstrong and wife came to Indian Territory, locating at Spavinaw, Mayes County, in 1832. Some time after Henry Armstrong’s birth they removed to Bird Creek near Skiatook in Tulsa, County and they resided there four years, at the termination of that time locating on the Kaw River in the Delaware Reserve. In 1854 Mr. Armstrong’s demise occurred and his wife died in the same year. The year following the death of his parents Henry Armstrong attended the Delaware Mission School in Kansas and was under the protection of his cousin, J. W. Armstrong. In 1858 he put his textbooks aside and worked on the school farm until 1861, when he enlisted in the Federal...

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Flett-Gray, Grace Eileen – Obituary

Elgin, Oregon Grace Eileen Flett-Gray, 87, of Elgin, died June 13 at her home. Loveland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements. Grace was born April 20, 1920, to William Dewey and Harriet Innes Foust in East Brady, Pa. They later moved to Oakmont, Pa. After graduating from high school, Grace enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps and served in the Philippines and New Guinea from 1942 to 1945. She received a WAC service medal, a Good Conduct medal, a Phillippine Liberation Ribbon and an Asiatic-Pacific Theater Ribbon. While in the Philippines, Grace met and married Lowell Guy Flett. After their discharge in 1945, they lived in Salem, Mo., where they raised their children Mary Margaret, Lola Jean and Harold Edward. She worked on the Flett farm in Salem and later at the post office. In 1965 the family moved to Tulsa, Okla., where she was the manager of housekeeping for the Westin Corp. until her retirement and the death of her husband. After Grace moved to Okmulgee, Okla., to be closer to her oldest daughter and granddaughters, she met and married John Gray. In 1996, Grace moved to La Grande to be closer to her youngest daughter and grandchildren. Grace enjoyed dancing and sports — especially football and baseball. Grace told great stories about her childhood and her WAC years and liked to listen to her grandchildren’s stories...

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Coy, Glendolla Jacqueline – Obituary

La Grande, Oregon Glendolla Jacqueline “Jackie” Coy, 78, of La Grande, died Jan. 3 at Legacy Good Samaritan Hospital in Portland. A celebration of her life will begin at 4:30 p.m. Jan. 20 at “The Place,” 62872 Buchanan Lane, in Island City. Jackie was born July 12, 1929, to George Earl and Ida Mae McDanell in Tulsa, Okla. The family traveled quite a bit, often living in rustic conditions. Jackie was the oldest of four siblings. She would tell stories of how she and her two sisters and brother would hunt or fish for the evening meal, pick greens, fruit, nuts and if luck had it they would find berries for supper. Her personal favorite was blackberries. She washed clothes in creeks and did not have indoor plumbing many times in her earlier years. Over the years she worked at Woolworths, a dog food factory and dry cleaners. In January 1952 she married Frank Coy. They were married for 38 years before he died of heart and kidney failure. Shortly after, she moved to La Grande where she made her home. Those who knew her say Jackie loved people and loved to play with kids and have lots of sleepovers, barbecues and tea parties. She also loved to fish and her eyes always lit up when she saw a big catfish. Camping with Jackie was an event. She had...

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Ormsby, Lewis C. – Obituary

Mr. Lewis C. Ormsby, 835, Katy St., a longtime resident of Sand Springs, died Tuesday, December 9 [1975]. He was 84 years old. Born April 18, 1891 in Sedan, Kansas, Mr. Ormsby was a retired Commander Mills employee and the founder of Water District No. 14 in 1946. He is survived by his wife Olive of the home, and one son, Gary L. Ormsby of California. Other surviving children are two daughters, Verna Ann Keef and Mrs. Clysta Jean Korich, both of California. Two brothers survived Mr. Ormsby, LeRoy Ormsby of Texas, and Alonzo Ormsby of Utah. Also surviving are two grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, December 11 in the Mobley-Dodson Lakeside Funeral Chapel with interment at Woodland Cemetery. Contributed by: Shelli...

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Ormsby, Henry Augustus – Obituary

Henry Augustus Ormsby, 90, an uncle of Frank Ormsby of Darlington, died April 21 at the home of a son, Louis Ormsby, in Sand Springs, Okla. it was learned here Saturday. Born Sept. 10, 1863 in Iowa, Mr. Ormsby was the last of a family of six children. Surviving, besides the son at whose home he died, are two other sons, and several grandsons. Among those proceeding him in death was a brother, W. O. Ormsby, of the White Church neighborhood, northeast of Darlington, who died Aug. 16, 1946. Funeral service and burial were to be held at Sand Springs Saturday. Crawfordsville Journal and Review, IN, April 24, 1954 Contributed by: Shelli...

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Ormsby, Agnes Myrtle Williams – Obituary

Last rites were conducted Friday at 2 p.m. in the Mobley Funeral Chapel for Mrs. Agnes Ormsby, 72, by Rev. A. A. Kinion, pastor of the Church of God, officiating. Burial was in Woodlawn Cemetery. Survivors include three sons, L. C. Ormsby, Sand Springs, and Major Alonzo M. Ormsby, with the army of occupation in Germany; and Leroy Ormsby of Texarkana, Texas; seven sisters, Mrs. G. A. Isenhower, Sand Springs; Mrs. W. F. Snodgrass, Sedan, Kansas; Mrs. Lucy A. Warmbrodt, Winfield, Kans.; Mrs. Pearl McKey, Paola, Kans.; Mrs. Laura Wimmer, Mrs. Fred Brewster, Sedan, and Mrs. Mary Dawson of Oregon. Five brothers, Walter E. Williams, Caney, Kans.; Ira Williams and Hiram Williams, Sedan, Kans.; Levi, Leota, Kansas and Alvin of California. All the brothers and sisters with their husbands and wives with the exception of Mrs. Dawson and Alvin were here to attend the funeral as the following nieces and nephews: Mrs. Helen Journeycake, Coffeyville, Kans.; Helen Sue Williams and Marjorie Ann Williams, Caney, Kans.; Mrs. Maxine King, Sedan, Kans.; Mr. and Mrs. George Hinkel, Tulsa; Dale Brewster, Wichita, Kans.; Russell Wimmer, Sedan; Mrs. and Mrs. Ralph Warmbrodt, Winfield, Kans.; Mr. and Mrs. Walter Williams, Jr., Caney, and a granddaughter, Clysta Jean Hartman of Montana. Pallbearers were her six nephews: Francis Garoughty, Ralph Warmbrodt, Dale Brewster, Walter Williams, Jr., Russell Wimmer, and George Hinkel. Sand Springs Leader, January 18,...

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Jones, Robert Paul – Obituary

North Powder, Union County, Oregon Robert Paul Jones, 60, of North Powder, died Dec. 28, 2002, at his home. A vigil service for Mr. Jones will be Friday at 7 p.m. at Coles Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. in Baker City. Funeral Mass will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at St. Anthony’s Catholic Church in North Powder. The Rev. Robert C. Irwin of St. Francis de Sales Cathedral will celebrate. Vault interment will be at the Haines Cemetery following the service. Robert was born March 30, 1942, in Tulsa, Okla., to Jess and Gertrude (Shutler) Jones. He was raised and received his education in King Fisher and Crescent, Okla. He also attended engineering school at Oregon State University. On Dec. 26, 1970, he married Mary Colburn at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in The Dalles. They moved to North Powder in 1973 from La Grande. He worked as a surveyor for the highway department and the U.S. Forest Service. He also did ranching jobs, commercial fishing and managed the ski shop at Anthony Lakes. He loved skiing at Anthony Lakes, and he loved his children and grandchildren. He was great at mechanics and mathematics and his family loved how he could fix anything. He had a special appreciation for ways and values of the Native Americans. He had interests in plants, gardening, tropical fish and photography. He is survived by...

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Biography of Thomas Milburn Hobson, Jr.

Thomas Milburn Hobson, Jr. has made his mark and impress on the world of affairs as an advertiser, and has built up an organization for poster advertising and general advertising, extending through a chain of towns from Tulsa, Oklahoma, to Kansas City, Missouri. He has also been extensively interested in the theatrical business, though he has recently disposed of all his holdings in that field. He was born at Paola, Kansas, September 23, 1883, and has spent most of his life in the Sunflower State. His ancestors came from Ireland and were early settlers in Ohio and Indiana. His grandfather, John Hobson was born in Kentucky, was a miller and later carpenter and builder, and died at Utica, Indiana, 1862, before his grandson was born. T. M. Hobson, Sr., who still lives at Paola, was born at Utica, Indiana, in 1845, was reared there, but came out to Kansas in 1867, and has since had his home for forty-nine years at Paola. He is still active in business, as a house mover and bridge builder. He has taken an active part in local affairs, at Paola, having served as mayor and several terms on the council. He was married in 1874 at Fort Scott, Kansas, to Miss Minerva Catherine Tresslar, who was born at Franklin, Indiana, in 1852. He is a republican and connected with the Independent Order of...

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Barton, Howard A. – Obituary

Howard A. Barton, 82, of Baker City and a former longtime Halfway resident, died Oct. 28, 2001, at St. Elizabeth Health Services. His funeral will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Coles-Strommer Funeral Home, 1950 Place St. Leonard Hill of Halfway will officiate. Private vault interment will be at the Pine Haven Cemetery in Halfway. Visitations will be for family only. Mr. Barton was born on Oct. 23, 1919, at Copperfield. He was the son of Fay W. and Grace Stewart Barton. He attended schools in Baker County and graduated from Pine Valley High School at Halfway. He attended college at Tulsa, Okla. He worked in Cornucopia, Seattle and Alaska. He enlisted in the U.S. Army Air Force and served as a B-24 bomber pilot instructor. On May 17, 1944, he and Barbara Gover were married in Liberal, Kan. After World War II, they returned to Pine Valley where he worked for the Halfway Garage and Morrison Knudsen. In 1948, he and Barbara joined her parents, Lovell and Velma Gover, in the purchase of a group of registered Angus heifers. This was the beginning of the Gover and Barton Registered Angus Ranch, which they operated for 40 years, supplying breeding stock to many herds. In 1988, poor health prompted the sale of the ranch and cattle, and a move to their present home on Pocahontas Road near Baker...

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