Ward Howard Bailey was born May, 1848, at Waldon, Scott County, Arkansas, the second son of Dr. W. H. Bailey, who was appointed physician of the missionary schools of the Creek Nation, and moved to the country with his family in 1852, remaining till the outbreak of the war, when he returned to Fort Smith in 1862. Young Bailey, who was educated in the Kentucky School of Medicine, first commenced practice at old North Fork Town, in the Creek Nation. When the railroad was built he removed to Eufaula, and in 1878 married Miss Ella Stidham, eldest daughter of Col. G. W. Stidham by his second wife, Miss Thornberry, of Washington City. Col. Stidham was the most prominent man of his day among the Creeks. By this marriage Dr. Bailey had two children, Georgia Ella, aged six years, and Ward Howard, aged three years. The doctor is a man of superior education, and a fine physician, having had twenty-one years’ experience among the Creeks, among whom he is exceedingly popular.
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