Location: Washington County OK

Biography of Frank Harris

Modern progressive agriculture in Washington county finds a prominent representative in Frank Harris, who is the owner of a desirable farm near Ochelata which in its neat and thrifty appearance gives every indication of the practical methods and careful supervision of the owner. He was born in Greene county, Illinois, of the marriage of Martin A. and Mary (King) Harris, the latter also a native of that county. The father was born in France and was brought to the United States when but three years old. He is a farmer by occupation and is now residing at Ramona, where he has made his home since 1901. To Mr. and Mrs. Harris were born three children: Mrs. Annie Hazell of Missouri; Charles, a resident of Ramona; and Frank, the subject of this review. The last named acquired his education in the grammar and high schools of Arrow Rock, Missouri, and in 1899 he came to Oklahoma, locating at Talala, in Rogers county, where he engaged in farming and cattle raising until 1908. He then moved to the west side of the Caney river, where he was similarly employed until 1911, when he purchased eight hundred and thirty acres of land four miles east and one mile south of Ochelata. Of this tract he farms two hundred and seventy-five acres and he also devotes considerable attention to stock raising, now having...

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Biography of C. F. Reid

C. F. Reid, who has devoted much of his life to public service, is now acceptably filling the office of county treasurer and his thorough reliability and efficiency have won for him the confidence and respect of his fellow townsmen, who have found him faithful to every trust reposed in him. He was born in Bowling Green, Pike county, Missouri, and his parents were Alexander Finley and Anna M. (Blaine) Reid, the former a native of Kentucky, while the latter was born in Missouri. The ancestors of the subject of this review in both the paternal and maternal lines participated in the Revolutionary war and his mother’s people originally settled in Virginia, whence they later removed to Missouri, the first brick hotel in Bowling Green, that state, having been erected by a member of the family. During the infancy of C. F. Reid his parents went to Mexico, Missouri, and there the father passed away in 1902. The mother is still a resident of that city, having reached the advanced age of eighty years. C. F. Reid acquired his education in the grammar and high schools of Mexico, Missouri, and after completing his studies became connected with mercantile interests at Warrenton, that state. He was first called to public office in 1905, serving as deputy sheriff of Warren County, Missouri, until 1907, as treasurer from 1907 until 1913, when...

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Biography of Henry Clinton Hamilton

Among the important industrial enterprises which have been factors in the commercial development of Bartlesville is that of the Commerce Candy Company, whose plant is located on North Park street. Henry Clinton Hamilton is serving as president of the corporation and the fact that he has been chosen to fill this responsible position is indisputable proof of his marked executive ability, business acumen and enterprise. He was born in Estill county, Kentucky, September 1, 1861, and is a son of Granville and Julie (Witt) Hamilton, who were also natives of the Blue Glass state, In which the father followed the occupation of farming. In the public schools of Kentucky; H. C. Hamilton received the rudiments of an education and he was employed at farm work until nearly forty years of age. In 1900 he settled near Afton, Oklahoma, where he engaged in farming, being assisted by his sons, but owing to the hot winds, insects and droughts his crops proved a failure and after seven years of ill luck he abandoned the enterprise and moved his family into the town, while he obtained work in the harvest fields. The next year he and his sons bought hay which they baled and shipped to Kansas City, this proving a profitable venture, and in 1908 the family took up their residence in Bartlesville. Mr. Hamilton then rented a farm a mile...

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Biography of J. Rufus Miller

Among the progressive agriculturists of Washington county whose intelligently directed efforts have resulted in the attainment of a substantial degree of success is numbered J. Rufus Miller, who is the owner of a valuable farm situated seven and a half miles northeast of Dewey. He was born in Louisville, Kentucky, December 1, 1873, and is a son of W. T. and Fannie Miller, also of the Blue Grass state who took up their residence in Indian Territory in 1878. For several years the father devoted his attention to farming in the vicinity of Tahlequah and is now residing in the town, of which he has been street commissioner for the past eighteen years, his long retention in that office indicating the value of his services and his integrity as a public official. He has reached the age of seventy-two, while his wife is sixty-eight years of age. J. Rufus Miller is a self-educated man and has always been connected with farming and stock raising interests. He formerly owned a tract of three hundred and twenty acres near Dewey and on disposing of that property purchased his present place of one hundred and sixty acres on Coon and Cedar creeks, in addition to which he leases and cultivates two hundred acres. He has a fine country home, situated in the midst of a beautiful grove of oak and elm trees,...

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Biography of J. H. Gorden

J. H. Gorden, a representative citizen and successful agriculturist of northeastern Oklahoma, where he has made his home for more than two decades, is busily engaged in the cultivation of a farm of fifty acres situated one mile north and four miles east of Dewey. His birth occurred in Henry county, Missouri, in 1861, his parents being J. B. and Anna (Parks) Gorden. The father is still living at the ripe old age of eighty-five years, and now resides at Wagoner, Oklahoma. The mother passed away in 1904. They reared a family of three sons, namely: J. H., of this review; Dr. G. R., living at Wagoner, Oklahoma; and B. P., who is a resident of Haworth, this state. J. H. Gorden supplemented his preliminary education by a course of study in the State Normal School at Warrensburg, Missouri, and subsequently followed the profession of teaching in his native county for a period of sixteen years, imparting readily and clearly to others the knowledge that he had acquired. The year 1900 witnessed his arrival in the Indian Territory and the establishment of his home on the O. H. ranch near Wann, in Nowata county, where he devoted his attention to farming and the handling of cattle for eight years. During that period the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad was put through the farm, cutting off a corner of it....

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Biography of Ed Darnell

Ed Darnell, a prominent farmer and stockman, living five miles southwest of Bartlesville, was born in Terre Haute, Indiana, August 19, 1874, but was only three years of age when taken to southern Kansas by his parents, L. J. and Rachel (Clark) Darnell, the family residing in that state for a period of fifteen years. On the 22d of April, 1889, they went to old Oklahoma, settling in Payne County, eleven miles west of Stillwater. The father became the first county recorder of Payne County and was appointed to the office by the first governor of the state. This position he continued to fill for two terms in a most creditable and satisfactory manner and then returned to his farm. He died June 5, 1900. His wife passed away in January, 1918, at Lawrence, Kansas. Both were laid to rest in the cemetery at Stillwater, Oklahoma. Ed Darnell started out in the business world as a cow-puncher on the old Cherokee Strip, when he was seventeen years of age. Throughout the intervening period he has been connected with agricultural pursuits and stock raising. He is now successfully engaged in the cattle business in Osage county, where he has leased ten thousand acres of land for the purpose of raising his cattle thereon. His home, however, is in Washington County, where he has sixty acres of rich and productive land...

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Biography of Thomas K. Stout

Thomas K. Stout, who has been actively identified with merchandising interests in Bartlesville during the past sixteen years, has since 1919 been the proprietor of Stout’s Specialty Shop at No. 217 East Third street and in this connection enjoys an extensive and high-class patronage. He was born in Shelbyville, Shelby County, Kentucky, on the 4th of January, 1875, his parents being J. K. and Sarah L. (McCallister) Stout, the latter also a native of Kentucky. J. K. Stout removed with his family to St. Clair County, Missouri, in 1885 and throughout the remainder of his active business career successfully devoted his attention to mercantile pursuits in Appleton City. Both he and his wife are deceased. Thomas K. Stout was a lad of ten years when he accompanied his parents to Missouri and a young man of thirty when he came to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, in 1905. Here he associated himself with L. Brin, proprietor of the Boston Store, a general dry goods and ready-to-wear establishment, forming a corporation known as the L. Brin Company, of which he became the vice president. In 1919 Mr. Stout disposed of his interest in the enterprise and opened Stout’s Specialty Shop, of which he has remained the sole proprietor, carrying a very fine line of ladies’ ready-to-wear apparel and drawing an exclusive patronage from the town and surrounding country. His trademark, SSS, has become...

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Biography of J. T. Gunter, M. D.

The medical profession of Ochelata finds a prominent representative in Dr. J. T. Gunter, who devotes the greater part of his attention to surgical work, in which he has developed that expert skill which is the result of broad experience and innate ability. He was born at Lagrange, Mississippi, January 1, 1876, his parents being George Washington and Mary Catherine Gunter, the former a native of Pickett County, Tennessee, while the latter was born in Carrollton, Mississippi. The father engaged in merchandising. Both Mr. and Mrs. Gunter are deceased. In the acquirement of an education J. T. Gunter attended Millsaps College at Jackson, Mississippi, and Grant University of Tennessee, which latter institution conferred upon him the M. D. degree on the 15th of April, 1903. He at once entered upon the work of his profession, which he followed for five years at Murphy, Mississippi, going from there to Catchings, that state, where he remained for three years. On the 20th of December, 1911, he came to Oklahoma, locating at Ochelata, where he has since engaged in practice, except during the period of his service in the World war, which covered two years. He was post surgeon at La Teste, France, on the Bay of Biscay, where he was stationed for four months, and while there he administered to the civilian population each day free of charge, after his government...

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Biography of J. M. Greenwood

J. M. Greenwood, a native son of Oklahoma and a member of one of the old and’ prominent families of the state, has spent his life in the section where he now resides and is recognized as one of the leading stockmen of Washington county and a progressive, public-spirited citizen, whose influence is ever on the side of advancement and improvement. He was born six miles north of Ramona on the 2d of September, 1894, and is a son of J. P. Greenwood, a pioneer resident of Washington county, who figures prominently in financial circles as president of the Citizens State Bank of Ramona and who also engages extensively in the raising of stock. More extended mention is made of Mr. Greenwood, Sr., elsewhere in this work. In the grammar and high schools of Ramona, J. M. Greenwood acquired his education and when twenty years of age he laid aside his textbooks to engage in stock raising on his farm of five hundred and sixty acres, situated halfway between Ochelata and Ramona. He cultivates two hundred acres of this tract, raising the crops best adapted to soil and climatic conditions here, and has made many improvements on his place, including the erection of a beautiful home, which is finished in native grown quarter sawed oak. It is lighted by electricity and is supplied with every convenience to be found...

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Biography of G. W. Lucas

G. W. Lucas, a progressive farmer residing near Ochelata, in Washington county, is a member of a family that has contributed to the agricultural development of Oklahoma from pioneer times to the present and in addition to his farming interests he also engages in teaming, meeting with success in both branches of activity. He was born in Mercer County, Missouri, November 16, 1869, and when four years of age was taken to Missouri by his parents, John W. and Susan (Hatfield) Lucas, who came to Indian Territory in 1874, settling on Double creek, a mile south of Ochelata, where they cultivated leased land. When the Cherokee Strip was opened up for settlement they removed to that section and took up homesteads which they developed and improved. The father is eighty-seven years of age and the mother has reached her eighty-first year. They make their home with their son, W. R. Lucas, renting the eighty-acre farm, on which there are five good producing oil wells. Mr. and Mrs. Lucas became the parents of six children: Eva J., Jesse A., W. R., G. W., C. I. and Ida A., all of whom are married and living in Oklahoma with the exception of Jesse A. W. R. Lucas is the owner of nine hundred acres of land in this section. In 1915 G. W. Lucas purchased his present ranch of eighty acres,...

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Biographical Sketch of W. P. Jacobs

Although death claimed W. P. Jacobs in 1906, a year after his arrival in Bartlesville, he had already gained a well established position in business circles here, his enterprise and integrity winning for him the respect and confidence of all with whom he was brought into contact. He was born in Hammond, Indiana, in 1866, and acquired his education in Danville College, after which he became connected with the lumber business at Toledo, Ohio. From there he went to Findlay, Ohio, where he was identified with the same line of activity, and he subsequently removed to Lima, that state, where he became interested in the manufacture of torpedoes; conducting his enterprise under the name of the Producers Explosive Company, of which he was president. Subsequently the Dupont Powder Company bought out his interests and in 1905 he came to Bartlesville and purchased a drug store, also investing in oil property. He died in 1906 of heart failure. He was an astute, farsighted business man whose plans were carefully formulated and promptly executed, and opportunity was ever to him a call to action. In 1905, at Jamestown, New York, Mr. Jacobs was united in marriage to Mrs. Carolina (Raymond) Bush of Corry, Pennsylvania, a niece of the late Murray Raymond, who was president of the Raymond Manufacturing Company of Corry. Mr. Jacobs passe. away at the age of forty years,...

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Biography of Willie Longbone

After many years of active connection with agricultural interests of northeastern Oklahoma, Willie Longbone is now living retired at Dewey in the enjoyment of a substantial competence, acquired through close application and the capable management of his business interests. He is a native son of Oklahoma and a representative of one of the old and prominent families of the state. He was born in Washington County, December 18, 1868, of the marriage of dames and Susan (Washington) Longbone, the former a native of Kansas. The father came to Indian Territory in 1867, locating on a farm near Silver lake, in Washington county, where he continued to make his home until his demise, which occurred when his son Willie was but, three years of age. The mother subsequently remarried and is now the wife of Charles Elkhair, her home being at Copan. There were three children in the family of Mr. and Mrs. Longbone, two sons and a daughter, but the subject of this review is the only one of the children living, His brother’s name was Silas. His sister died in infancy. Willie Longbone acquired his education in the mission schools of Oklahoma and on laying aside his textbooks he chose the occupation of farming, which he has since successfully followed. He now owns an eighty-acre farm six miles northeast of Dewey, while his wife has a tract of...

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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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Biography of M. C. Ware

Among the leading farmers and stockmen of Washington county is numbered M. C. Ware, who resides on a well improved and valuable ranch near Bartlesville and is recognized as one of the large landholders and substantial citizens of his community. He was born in Collin county, Texas, October 11, 1857, his parents being James and Nancy (Howe) Ware, who became pioneer settlers of the Lone Star state, residing in the home in which their son M. C. was born, until called to their final rest. The father, a native of Arkansas, passed away in 1904. The mother’s demise occurred in 1903. In 1890 M. C. Ware came to Indian Territory, acquiring a tract of land five miles south of Pawhuska, on which he engaged in farming and stock raising until 1908, when he took up his residence on his present place, four tunes west of Bartlesville, on the Pawhuska road. After living for four years on this property he returned to his farm near Pawhuska, which comprises eight hundred acres of rich and arable land, but at the end of three years he moved back to his ranch near Bartlesville. This is a highly developed tract of thirteen hundred and eighty acres, on which he raises Kaffir corn, oats and sugar cane, while he also devotes considerable attention to the breeding of cattle, having at present three hundred head....

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Biography of David Lee Stokes

For forty-one years David Lee Stokes has been a resident of Oklahoma and after many years of activity as an agriculturist he is now living retired in Bartlesville in the enjoyment of a good income, gained through untiring industry, perseverance and intelligently directed effort during his earlier years. He was born in Marshfield, Missouri, January 12, 1866, his parents being Granville and Pheobia (Haymes) Stokes, who established their home in the Indian Territory, in what is now Washington county, Oklahoma, in 1880, becoming early settlers of this region. The father leased a tract of land four miles northwest of Bartlesville, which he brought to a high state of development, also devoting his energies to stock raising, and he continued in that business until his death, which occurred in 1895, while the mother passed away in 1908. The property is still known as the Stokes farm and remained the home of some member of the family continuously from 1880 until 1921, when the last occupant of the place took up her residence in Dewey. On starting out in life for himself David L. Stokes also turned his attention to agricultural pursuits and in 1892 leased a tract of land on what is now the town site of Ramona, in Washington county. He gradually added to his holdings until he had under cultivation eleven hundred acres of rich and arable land,...

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