Collection: Muskogee And Northeastern Oklahoma

Biography of J. R. Graves, M. D.

Coming to Boynton in 1919, Dr. J. R. Graves has already proven his skill and ability as a physician and surgeon and his practice is assuming large proportions. A native of Arkansas, he was born in Logan county on the 29th of November, 1883, his parents being G. W. and Mary (Suter) Graves, who were also born in that state. The paternal grandfather, Jacob Graves, was a veteran of both the Civil and Mexican wars, having charge of Fort Gibson, Indian Territory, during the latter conflict. He was a charter member of Masonic Lodge, No. 9, at Clarksville, Arkansas, with which he was affiliated for seventy-eight years, and passed away August 8, 1918, at the advanced age of ninety-four years. His son, G. W. Graves, devoted his entire life to farming pursuits and was a resident of Logan county, Arkansas. His death occurred on the 20th of December, 1899, when he had reached the age of forty years, but the mother survives and is still living on the old homestead farm in Logan county. In the acquirement of an education Dr. Graves attended the grammar and high schools of Paris, Arkansas, and after completing his course followed the profession of teaching for eleven years, proving very successful as an educator. During this period he had devoted his leisure hours to the study of medicine and on the 14th of...

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Biography of Charles R. Freeman

Since 1902 Charles R. Freeman has been practicing law in Checotah, and he is numbered among the representative members of the legal profession in the state. He was born in Clay county, Mississippi, on the 8th of November, 1875, a son of John P. and Anna (Lyon) Freeman, the former a native of North Carolina and the latter of Mississippi. For some time the father followed agricultural pursuits in his native state and upon the outbreak of the Civil war continued to reside there until the last year of the war, when he enlisted for active service. At the close of the war he went to Mississippi where he bought some land and previous to his death he owned several plantations. His demise occurred in February, 1902. Mrs. Freeman died in May, 1883. Charles R. Freeman received his early education in the common schools of Clay county, Mississippi, and later enrolled in the Iuka Normal Institute at Iuka, that state, graduating from that institution in 1898, with the A. B. degree. Subsequently, determining upon a legal career, he entered the University of Mississippi at Oxford and he received his LL. B. degree in 1901. For the following year he practiced in Starkville, Mississippi, and in October, 1902, came to Checotah. He has built up an extensive and lucrative practice and handles much important litigation before the courts. He has...

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Biography of Albert N. Earnest, M. D.

Dr. Albert N. Earnest, a surgeon of Muskogee, is numbered among the native sons of Oklahoma and his record as a successful member of the medical profession stands in contradistinction to the old adage that a prophet is never without honor save in his own country. Dr. Earnest was born near Webbers Falls, in Muskogee county, September 13, 1890, and is a son of J. T. and Ellen (Carlisle) Earnest. The mother is one-fourth Cherokee and was born in Texas, of which state the father is also a native. He came to the Indian Territory when a boy with his people, the family settling near Webbers Falls, where J. T. Earnest eventually became a farmer and stockman, following the business until 1918, when he retired from active life. For twenty-five years he lived upon a farm near Fort Gibson and when he put aside the work of the fields he removed to Muskogee and now makes his home at No. 1149 Cherry street. Dr. Earnest was reared and educated at Fort Gibson and also attended the public schools at Wagoner. Later he entered the University of Arkansas, in which he won the degree of Mechanical Engineer upon graduation with the class of 1907. Changing his plans, however, as to his future, he afterward became a medical student in the University of Tennessee at Memphis and was graduated there on...

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Biography of Howard Davis

Howard Davis, the owner of a well improved and productive farm near Bartlesville, also has valuable oil wells on his property, and in the conduct of his interests he displays keen discernment, marked executive ability and enterprise. He is a native of Indiana but was reared in Illinois and in 1901 he came to Indian Territory, settling in Lincoln county, where he engaged in buying broom corn for an eastern firm. Subsequently he removed to Osage county and there devoted his attention to the cattle business until he took up his residence in Washington county, where he has remained. Mr. and Mrs. Davis and family are now the owners of a valuable farm of two hundred and thirty acres, situated one and a half miles south of Bartlesville, upon which he has placed many improvements, and in the operation of the ranch he follows the most progressive methods, keeping thoroughly abreast of the times in all matters relating to agricultural development. There are also fifteen oil wells on the property, from which he and his family receive royalties, and this is one of the most desirable farms in northeastern Oklahoma. On the 22d of January, 1916, Mr. Davis was united in marriage to Mrs. Lucy (Wagoner) Sarcoxie, a daughter of Joseph Wagoner. Her mother passed away when Mrs. Davis was an infant. Her sister, Kate, is now in the...

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Biography of John F. Chandler

John F. Chandler, an automobile dealer of Muskogee, was born near Fayetteville, Washington county, Arkansas, September 26, 1861. His parents were Preston and Bathsheba (Bartlett) Chandler, natives of Arkansas and Kentucky respectively. The grandfather in the paternal line was one of the earliest of the pioneer settlers of Arkansas and in that state Preston Chandler was reared and educated. After attaining adult age he became a farmer, purchasing land a mile from his father’s place and continuing the cultivation of his fields throughout his remaining days. He served with the Union army throughout the Civil war, while his brothers were members of the Confederate army. Both Preston Chandler and his wife have passed away. John F. Chandler pursued his education in the schools of Washington county, Arkansas, and remained with his parents through the period of early manhood, contributing to the support of the family in large measure for several years. He then went to Fort Smith, Arkansas, and became a steamboat pilot, although he had never seen a boat when he went there. He remained for eight years and in 1893 came to Muskogee, Oklahoma, where he entered the employ of the Turner Hardware Company. While thus employed he traveled horseback throughout this section of the country, making collections for the firm and fixing up commercial paper for the company. He afterward became credit manager for the house,...

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Biography of Rutherford B. Butts

Rutherford B. Butts, member of the bar at Muskogee, is a veteran of two wars and has been a most prominent factor in the field of relief work, of organized charity and of polity. His labors have at all times and along all lines been far-reaching and resultant and his cooperation is regarded as a most effective force in the attainment of desired results. Rutherford B. Butts is a native of Houston, Ohio, born February 18, 1877, and is a son of Jacob A. and Mary M. (Carpenter) Butts, the former a farmer by occupation. During the youthful days of R. B. Butts the family removed to Kansas and there he pursued his education in the public and high schools and in the Art School of the University of Kansas. He afterward became a student in the law department, from which he was graduated in June, 1905, and on the 17th of October of that year he came to Muskogee, where he entered upon the-general practice of law, in which he has continued. He tries all kinds of cases and tries them well and one of the marked characteristics of his law practice is the thoroughness and precision with which he prepares his cases, so that he is never surprised by the unexpected in the courts. His clientage is now extensive and of an important character, his name figuring...

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Biography of Mrs. Jane Buford

Among the honored pioneer women of Oklahoma is numbered Mrs. Jane Buford, who resides in a beautiful home at No. 102 North Cherokee street in Bartlesville. She is a member of the Delaware tribe of Indians and during her infancy was brought by her parents to Indian Territory at an early period in its settlement. She acquired a thorough knowledge of the English language, in which she converses as fluently as in her native tongue, and as a young woman she was united in marriage to Jacob Wheeler, now deceased. They became the parents of three children: Lena, the eldest in the family, was accorded liberal educational advantages, attending the University at Muskogee and Haskell Institute at Lawrence, Kansas. She is the widow of Dennis Parker and the mother of three children, Geneva Blanche, Edward Job and Leona Marie, all of whom are attending school. Edward Wheeler, the second in order of birth, acquired his education in the schools of Fort Worth, Texas, and Chilocco, Oklahoma, and is still at home. Bryant, who was educated at Lawrence, Kansas, is deceased. All of the family have their allotments of land and receive royalties in oil. Following the demise of her first husband Mrs. Wheeler married Mr. Buford, who has also passed away. Previous to establishing her home in Bartlesville she resided on a large farm within a few miles of...

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Biography of John Downing Benedict

John Downing Benedict was born in Clermont, a suburb of Indianapolis, Indiana, on the 27th of May, 1854, and there began his education in the common schools. Accompanying his parents on their removal to Vermilion county, Illinois , he there worked on a farm during the summer months, while the winter seasons were spent as a student in the Rossville high school. When eighteen years of age he took up the profession of teaching, which he followed through the succeeding five years in the country and village schools. Subsequently he attended the University of Illinois for one year and then began the study of law in Danville, Illinois. In 1881 a vacancy occurred in the office of county superintendent of schools of Vermilion county and his love of educational work prompted him to accept it. He was a pioneer, in the work of grading the rural schools of his state and was a member of the first commission appointed to prepare a uniform course of study for the rural schools of Illinois. This course of study was afterward adopted by several other states, including Kansas and Oklahoma and Indian Territories. After serving as county superintendent of schools for eight years, he was appointed assistant state superintendent of Illinois, with headquarters in Springfield. In this position he was required to write all the official opinions upon questions of school law...

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Biography of Robert I. Allen, M. D.

One of the best known surgeons in northeastern Oklahoma is Dr. Robert I. Allen, who was born at Coodys Bluff on the 9th of September, 1877, a son of Dr. R. M. and Mary (Journeycake) Allen. His father was a native of Illinois, in which state he resided until after the close of the Civil war. Upon the outbreak of that war he enlisted in the Federal army and became a member of the medical staff. He was a stretcher bearer at the battles of Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge. Dr. R. M. Allen received his medical training at Rush Medical College of Chicago and was a graduate of that institution. He came to Nowata in 1868 and was the first practicing physician here. He was successfully identified with the profession until 1904, when his demise occurred in Nowata. In September, 1868, occurred the marriage of Dr. R. M. Allen to Mary Journeycake, whose uncle, Charlie Journeycake, was the noted chief of the Delaware. Mrs. Allen died January 16, 1922, and was buried beside her husband in Nowata county. In the acquirement of an education Robert I. Allen attended the Cherokee schools and later entered Bacone Indian University and Willie Halsell College at Vinita. Determining upon a medical career, he subsequently enrolled as a student in the Baines Medical College at St. Louis, Missouri, and graduating in 1899, began...

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Northeastern Oklahoma Biographies

The following biographies were written in 1922 and pertain to “important” men who resided in the Muskogee and northeastern areas of Oklahoma. By important, it should be emphasized that each biography was submitted along with a payment for inclusion in the biographical manuscript. Therefore, anyone who chose not to pay for such a service was often left out of the manuscript. The counties covered by this manuscript include Adair, Cherokee, Craig, Delaware, Mayes, McIntosh, Muskogee, Nowata, Ottawa, Rogers, Sequoyah, Wagoner, and Washington.

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Biography of T. D. Cox

For a quarter of a century T. D. Cox has made his home in Vinita and is contributing to the commercial development of his town as a member of the Craig County Motor Company, displaying enterprise, determination and administrative ability in the management of his business interests. He was born in Decatur, Illinois, April 24, 1869, his parents being Aaron and Sarah (Clark) Cox, both of whom were natives of North Carolina. As a young man the father went to Illinois and there engaged in agricultural pursuits. He purchased an old-fashioned “ground hog” separator for threshing his grain, this being the first implement of the kind he had ever seen, and he also engaged in the operation of a sawmill in that state. Subsequently he removed to Kansas, taking up a homestead in Elk county, which he cleared and developed, and he likewise conducted a blacksmith shop at Longton, that state. In 1878 he came to Indian Territory and in association with Jacob Bartles, the founder of Bartlesville, operated a sawmill at Alluwe for a short time, after which he went to Maysville Arkansas, becoming owner of a blacksmith shop and wagon factory. Two years later his property was destroyed by a cyclone and he then established his home in El Dorado, Arkansas, which was just becoming known as a watering place. He opened the first hotel in the...

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Biography of Willis Benedict Priestley

The oil industry has been the chief factor in the attainment of the present prosperity and greatness of Oklahoma and the Priestley family, of which Willis Benedict Priestley is a member, has played a conspicuous part in the development of the rich oil fields of the state, being pioneer operators in this field. Willis Benedict Priestley is an alert, energetic and progressive young man and as president of the Tanner Oil Company he is controlling an enterprise of large proportions, proving fully equal to the heavy responsibilities which devolve upon him in this connection. Mr. Priestley was born in Enterprise, Pennsylvania, March 24, 1888, a son of G. C. and Lulu (Ruland) Priestley, both of whom are natives of Maine. The father was born June 11, 1862, and at the early age of seven years he was obliged to abandon his studies, securing the position of errand boy in a Pleasantville store. Subsequently he handled coal for his father, G. C. Priestley, Sr., who was a teaming contractor. When eighteen years of age G. C. Priestley, Jr., became superintendent for the W. B. Benedict Oil Company of Titusville, Pennsylvania, Mr. Benedict being at one time mayor of that place. After filling the position of superintendent for two years Mr. Priestley went to Goodville, Pennsylvania, where he engaged in merchandising, also becoming a lumber operator. In 1898 he became a...

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Biography of Le Roy Kershaw

Le Roy Kershaw of Muskogee, well known because of his extensive operations in real estate and perhaps even better known as one of the leading breeders of Aberdeen-Angus cattle in the United States, was born in Elmwood, Illinois, December 6, 1880. He was educated in the University of Illinois, from which he was graduated in June, 1904. In the same year he came to Oklahoma and through the intervening period has resided in this state, being prominently identified with financial and stock raising interests in the southwest. It was he who organized the First National Bank at Morris, Oklahoma, of which he became the president. He also began dealing in farm lands, which he bought and sold. He left Morris in 1909 to remove to Muskogee and through the intervening period he has conducted an extensive real estate business and has become prominently known in connection with the breeding of Aberdeen-Angus cattle. He has the largest herd in the United States, with one exception, and his is certainly the best in the southwest. All of his cattle are full thoroughbred and he raises and sells about three hundred per annum. He has four thousand acres of land, largely situated in Muskogee county. In 1920 he held a large sale of Aberdeen-Angus stock. There has never been another herd of cattle that has shown over as wide an area of...

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Biography of W. F. Maberry

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...

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Biography of George Henry Walker

George Henry Walker occupies a prominent position in business, circles of Muskogee as vice president and general manager of the Osage Cotton Oil Company and has also served as mayor of the city since April, 1920. His birth occurred at Union Springs, Alabama, on the 1st of October, 1872, his parents being Merriott W. and Rexie (Goodwin) Walker, the former a prosperous planter and merchant. After mastering the elementary branches of learning George Henry Walker pursued a high school course in his native town and subsequently attended a business college at Poughkeepsie, New York. When his textbooks were put aside he secured a position as bookkeeper in an oil mill at a salary of sixty dollars per month and he has since been identified with cotton seed oil mill interests. It was in September, 1910, that George Henry Walker came to Muskogee, where he has remained throughout the intervening period of eleven years and has become well known in the oil mill business, being now vice president and general manager of the Osage Cotton Oil Company, which is capitalized for two million dollars and has its home office in Muskogee. The company conducts fourteen mills in Oklahoma, two in Arkansas, one in Louisiana and three in Florida and also operates one hundred cotton gins, the enterprise being one of extensive proportions and increasing importance. Mr. Walker possesses untiring energy,...

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