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One of the prominent residents of Nowata is C. C. Culver, proprietor of the Westview Jersey Farm and a breeder of registered stock. He was born at Girard, Erie County, Pennsylvania, on the 11th of March, 1876, and received his education in Crawford County, putting his textbooks aside after completing a business course. From that time until 1907 he engaged in the oil business, achieving substantial success, but in 1907 determined to dispose of his interests and come west. He had had some dairying experience in his early youth, his father, Si Culver, having been engaged in the dairy business for many years in association with William Fairweather, an Ayrshire breeder in Pennsylvania. Upon first coming to Nowata, however, Mr. Culver again engaged in the oil business but in 1913 made his initial step into the dairy business here. He started with grade Jerseys and now has fifteen head registered Jersey cows and forty-five head of grade Jerseys. He has a Jersey bull, Majesty’s Financial Gyp, No. 177,140, who is a grandson of Financial Countess’s Lad, the sire f Financial Sensation, who sold for sixty thousand dollars, whose service cost five hundred dollars and whose dame gave over three hundred and forty pounds f butter fat per year. Majesty’s Financial Gyp is a son of Noble’s Western Count, No. 151,953, by Noble Western King, herd bull of the Elmdorf Farm at Lexington, Kentucky. He then goes to Raleigh’s Fairy boy, sire of forty registered merit daughters. Mr. Culver owns the half sister of Financial Sensation, her name being Countess Lad’s Buttercup, No. 350,263, and he also owns a great-granddaughter of Countess Lad’s, called Countess Lad’s Peggy. Eminence Majesty, No. 146,279, a half brother Majesty’s Little Princess, the four-year-old champion of Oklahoma, belongs to Mr. Culver, as does Oxford Double You’ll Do, who runs in the fourth cross to Gamboyes’ Knight, an undefeated bull, and on the mother’s side she goes to Gamboyes’ Knight again in the fourth cross. Her maternal grandmother is Clover Queeney, No. 232,261, who is a granddaughter of Stoke Pogis of Prospect, No. 64,807, sire of sixty-seven tested daughters, including Olga’s Fourth Pride, who made one thousand and two pounds and six ounces of butter in one year. Her half sister, Adelaide of Blochland, made nine hundred and ninety-nine pounds and eight and nine-tenths ounces of butter in one year. Mr. Culver has shown her in all of the state fairs and she has never been defeated in the junior class. Mr. Culver is milking twenty-seven cows a day and sells about two hundred quarts of bottled milk in Nowata. He employs three men and uses three hundred acres of land as pasturage for his cattle. He owns the stock, but his partner, W. R. Dawson, owns the buildings on the land. It is the ambition of Mr. Culver to own a herd as good as the herd which was formerly on this same dairy farm and which is now owned by J. E. Jones of Liberty, Missouri, who built the equipment for this dairy farm, known as the Westview Jersey Farm, and is one of the big breeders of fine stock in this part of the United States.
In 1899 occurred the marriage of Mr. Culver to Miss Elizabeth Patterson, a native of County Armagh, Ireland, who came to this country and located in Pennsylvania when she was but sixteen years of age. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Culver nine children have been born. Those living are: Ella, Dorothy, William, Leonard and Bruce. Those who have passed away are: Garnett, Cecil, and Jack and Dick twins.
Mr. Culver is thoroughly familiar with every phase of the dairy and cattle breeding business and he has won for himself an enviable place among the cattlemen of Oklahoma. He is never too busy to give his aid in the furtherance of and movement for the development and improvement of the community and is conceded to be one of the representative citizens of Nowata.