In the final analysis farming is the basis of prosperity in America. It is the very beginning of the intricate operations which furnish man with food, and among those whose activity in the cultivation of the soil has promoted the development of northeastern Oklahoma, is numbered W. F. Maberry, who resides on a well improved farm in the vicinity of Bartlesville.
A native of Missouri, he was born December 12, 1874, and in 1899, when twenty-five years of age, he came to Oklahoma, first locating on Marmon creek, in Nowata county. For two years he engaged in farming in that -locality and then went to Dewey, Washington county, devoting his attention to the operation of fifteen hundred and seventy-five acres of land, situated north of the town, the tract being owned by himself and brother, I. J. Maberry, now deceased. For four years they were thus occupied, at the end of which period the subject of this review purchased a seventy-acre farm eight miles east of Bartlesville, which he has since made his home, and he also has a ranch of two hundred and ten acres on Hogshooter creek and a tract of one hundred acres on Bird creek, situated one and a half miles from Owasso, in Tulsa county, which he leases. He has a fine country home on the Bartlesville-Nowata road and has added many improvements to his place, erecting substantial barns and other necessary outbuildings for the shelter of grain and stock and utilizing the best farm machinery on the market. Working diligently as the years have passed, he has succeeded in bringing his land to a high state of development and the methods employed in the cultivation of his place are the expression of the latest scientific research along agricultural. ‘lines. He also has a good home in Bartlesville, where the family reside during the winter months in order that the children may have the privilege of attending school in town. He devotes his attention to the growing of oats, wheat and corn and to the raising of beef stock, having sixty head of cattle, and he also has twelve horses and forty-four mules, managing his interests most judiciously and capably.
Mr. Maberry has been married twice. In 1904 he wedded Miss Livonia Blevins, a native of Oklahoma, now deceased. In 1907 he married her sister, Minnie L. Blevins, who by a former marriage became the mother of three children : Joe, a young man of twenty-one years, who married Miss Mona Easley; and Hattie and Mattie, twins, eighteen years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Maberry have four children: Lucille, thirteen years of age; Wayne, eleven years of age; Margaret, eight years of age; and Billy May, three years of age. Mrs. Maberry’s parents were both born in Oklahoma and are still residing here, the Blevins family being one of the oldest in the state.
Mr. Maberry gives his political allegiance to the democratic party and fraternally he is identified with the Masons, exemplifying in his life the beneficent teachings of the craft. He is an astute, farsighted business man whose carefully formulated plans are promptly executed, and through the wise utilization of his time, talents and opportunities he has won a substantial measure of prosperity, while his labors have ever been of a constructive nature, contributing to public progress and development, as well as to individual success.