Biography of George Whiteturkey
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Throughout his entire life George Whiteturkey has resided on the farm which is still his home and which is situated two and a half miles east of Bartlesville. His birth occurred in the year 1870. He is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Simon Whiteturkey, who were part Delaware Indians. The father was a farmer of Kansas and in March, 1867, removed to the Cherokee Nation, living at Forks Caney for a time and afterward in other localities. He subsequently bought a place near Bartlesville but he died during the infancy of his son, George, and the mother has also passed away. The father was a Civil war veteran.
George Whiteturkey lives on the original family homestead, comprising one hundred and sixty acres of land and his children own four hundred and thirty acres adjoining. For many years he carried on general farming and stock raising and met with substantial success in that way. He has erected a beautiful residence, a large and commodious barn and sheds on his place and has all of the modern equipment on his farm. He actively engaged in tilling the soil until after the discovery of oil on his place, from which he draws very substantial royalties.
Thirty years ago Mr. Whiteturkey was united in marriage to Miss Katie Wheeler, who is also part Delaware. She was born a mile south of Bartlesville and is a daughter of Jack Wheeler, who was a farmer and died when Mrs. Whiteturkey was but six years of age. Her mother, Mrs. Mary Wheeler, has also passed away. Mr. and Mrs. Whiteturkey have become parents of five children Denny, twenty-nine years of age, who married Connie Carema Sanders and has one child, Katheryn; May, who is now the wife of T. H. Reeve and has one child, Julia May ; Hattie, who is the widow of N. S. Holland and has three children, Louise, George and Pauline; Jeanette, who is the wife of Raymond Keyes and has two children, Maxine and Betty; and Henrietta, who is the wife of E. P. Mosier. Mr. and Mrs. Whiteturkey are widely known in the section in which they live and they enjoy the high respect and warm regard of all. Their home life expresses high ideals and everything about the place is an indication of the progressive spirit of the owner who finds his greatest happiness in liberally providing for the comfort and welfare of the members of his own household.