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Among the progressive and capable young business men of Bartlesville is numbered Charles Squirrel, a native son of the state, who is the owner of a good farm in Washington county and also has valuable oil interests. He was born at Matoka, September 11, 1896, his parents being Mr. and Mrs. William Squirrel, both of whom were Cherokees. When but a year old he was left an orphan and was adopted by Mrs. Walter Brown when eight years of age, his education being acquired at St. Joseph, Muskogee, Oklahoma, in the Webb school at Bellbuckle, Tennessee, and in Kemper Academy at Boonville, Missouri.
When nineteen years of age he left school in opposition to the wishes of his guardian, who refused to render him any further assistance, and he has since been dependent entirely upon his own resources for a livelihood. He is a young man of marked business ability whose efforts are resultant factors in whatever he undertakes, and he is thoroughly familiar with the oil industry, while. he also is a successful agriculturist. He is now the owner of a farm of eighty acres and receives large royalties from his oil leases, his business affairs being most judiciously managed.
On the 8th of July, 1916, Mr. Squirrel was united in marriage to Miss Edna Swinney, a daughter of E. E. and Barbara (Kent) Swinney, farming people of Elgin, Kansas. Mr. Squirrel is the only member of his family to marry outside of his race, and he and his wife reside in an attractive home at No. 912 Cherokee avenue, in Bartlesville. They became the parents of a daughter, Georgia Luella, who was born April 24, 1917, and died April 23, 1920. Mrs. Squirrel is well known and popular in local fraternal circles as a member of the Royal Neighbors and the Rebekahs, and she also belongs to the Circle Auxiliary of the Woodmen of the World.
Mr. Squirrel is a young man of high standing, of marked business integrity and ability, who deserves much credit for what he has accomplished for he started out in life empty-handed and has worked his way steadily forward to the goal of success.