Biography of W. W. Fields
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A native son of Oklahoma and a member of a family that has contributed in substantial measure to the agricultural development of the state from pioneer times to the present, W. W. Fields was to the time of his death the owner of a well improved and valuable farm near Dewey and he was also interested in oil development here, displaying marked enterprise and ability in the management of his business affairs. He was born on a farm twenty-five miles south of Muskogee on the 7th of March, 1890, his parents being Richard and Texanna Fields, and was of Cherokee descent.
The father was born near Fort Gibson, in Indian Territory, and is now operating a farm near that of his son, W. W., the subject of this review. The mother also survives and to their union were born four sons: Charles, W. W., Pierce and Jesse. The last named passed away at the Oklahoma City Hospital on the 2d of September, 1921, following an operation for appendicitis. He was engaged in the study of medicine and was a young man of great promise, being but thirty years of age at the time of his death. He was a veteran of the World war, serving for several months in France, and his life was an exemplary one in all respects.
In the schools of Tahlequah, W. W. Fields acquired his education and when eighteen years of age embarked in the oil business, with which he continued to be connected, also following the occupation of farming. He completed a commercial course at Muskogee and his business interests were capably and successfully conducted.
He owned and operated one hundred and seventy acres of land two and a half miles north of Dewey, on which he had erected a fine home and good substantial barns and other outbuildings, converting his place into one of the desirable properties in this part of the state. He practiced rotation of crops part and brought to the operation of his farm a comprehensive knowledge of modern agriculture and a progressive, open mind. He annually gathered good harvests and in 1921 planted forty-five acres to wheat, thirty-five acres to oats and thirty-five acres to corn. He also raised mules, which he utilized in the operation of his farm, and on twenty acres of his land he had four oil wells, all of which are good producers.
In 1912 Mr. Fields was united in marriage to Miss Cora Teague, a daughter of B. F. and Mary (Brown) Teague of Bid heart, Oklahoma, and they became parents of two children, Lawrence and Walter. Mr. Fields was yet a young man, but he had accomplished much, and all who knew him esteemed him for his energy, his progressiveness and his sterling integrity.