Collection: Muskogee And Northeastern Oklahoma

Biography of Alfred Thomas Bailey

Alfred Thomas Bailey, whose life record constituted a fine example of manliness, industry and enterprise, was prominently identified with oil interests of northeastern Oklahoma and his sudden demise in 1918 brought with it a sense of overwhelming loss to his mother, to whom he was ever a most devoted son, and was also the occasion of deep and sincere regret to the many he had made during the period of his residence in this part of the state. A native of Canada, he was born at Ottawa, in the province of Quebec, on the 25th of September, 1873, his parents being Thomas S. and Ida (Walters) Bailey, the former a native of London, England, while the latter was born in Galt, Canada. The father met an accidental death in a factory in Canada in 1887. The maternal grandfather, Thomas Bailey, was a man of marked intellectual attainments and served as district judge at Ottawa, Canada, making a highly commendable record in that connection. He passed away at Osgood, Canada, in 1884. His daughter Ida married Thomas S. Bailey on the 25th of September, 1872, and they became the parents of five children : Alfred, Charles, Enid, Edna and Blanche. The daughter Enid married A. E. Dwelle, formerly a well known resident of Bartlesville but now acting as vice president and assistant cashier of the State Bank of Pasadena, California....

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Biography of Jefferson D. Cox

Jefferson D. Cox is actively connected with a profession that has important bearing upon the progress and stable prosperity of every community, and one in which advancement depends upon individual merit and ability. Ability becomes in a measure prominence, and that Mr. Cox occupies a leading position in the ranks of the legal profession is an indication of his learning and skill in his chosen field. He is also a successful stock man and he owns a large ranch where fancy Duroc hogs and Durham cattle are raised. Jefferson D. Cox was born in Walhalla, South Carolina, on the 1st of October, 1861, a son of Harmon and Adaline (Landreth)Cox, both natives of that state. For many years the father engaged in farming and the conduct of a cooperage business in his native state but in 1868 he removed with his family to Mountain Home, Arkansas. Here he resumed his trade and also farmed, achieving a substantial success and becoming one of the representative and progressive citizens of the community. He died in 1874. His widow survived him until 1909. In the acquirement of an education Jefferson D. Cox attended the public schools of Mountain Home, Arkansas, and was graduated from the high school at Valley Springs. Subsequently he took a business course in the Gaskill Business College at Jersey City, New Jersey, and upon the completion of his studies...

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Biographical Sketch of G. W. Ifer

One of the representative citizens of Delaware is G. W. Ifer, farm manager of the Sanders Oil Company and owner of two of the most modern business blocks in town. He was born in Wells County, Indiana, on the 6th of November, 1868, and came to Oklahoma in the year that this state was admitted to the union. For six months he resided at Keefer and then spent a like period in the oil fields at Jenks. Subsequently he became farm manager of the Sanders Oil Company at Delaware and with the exception of one year he has since been in charge of all their oil property in the vicinity of Delaware. Mr. Ifer owns considerable well improved business property in Delaware, having demonstrated his faith in the growth of this community by building a fine garage and modern drug store, the latter being operated by his son-in-law, George Chambers. One of the main reasons for the erection of the drug store building was to give the second floor over to the Masonic lodge for its meetings, etc. Mr. Ifer is an exemplary member of that craft, belonging to Delaware Lodge, No. 477. He has attained the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite and is likewise a member of the Mystic Shrine. Mr. Ifer married Miss Arlie Dawley and they became parents of a daughter, Minnie F. She married...

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Biography of Kelly Brown

Kelly Brown, whose ripened powers place him among the capable representatives of civil law practice in Muskogee and who is also numbered among the lawmakers of the state, having been a member of the fifth general assembly of Oklahoma, is descended from an old English family, several of the representatives thereof with the nobility. Having incurred the being connected with nobility incurred the displeasure of the reigning monarch, the original progenitors of the family in America were obliged to flee to the new world, this occurring about the time of the Revolutionary war, settlement being made by them in Virginia. One or more of the family made their escape by becoming stowaways on vessels crossing the Atlantic. From Virginia members of the family made their way into Kentucky and it was in that state that Allen K. Brown, father of Kelly Brown, was born and reared. He there married Eliza Lykins, also a native of Kentucky, and in support of their family he followed the occupation of farming and stock raising in Kentucky until about 1897, when he removed to Oklahoma, becoming a resident of Ardmore. Allen K. and Eliza (Lykins) Brown were parents of five sons and two daughters. These in addition to Kelly Brown are: Henry H., who is engaged in law, practice at Ardmore; John F., a farmer and stock raiser of Kentucky, residing in Lexington;...

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Biography of James Albert Pitts

James Albert Pitts, a prominent figure, in real estate and loan circles in Muskogee, having developed a business of very substantial proportions, was born in Hickory county, Missouri, in 1877, and is a son of Robert Virgil and Pauline C. (Robertson) Pitts. The father was a merchant in Missouri and in 1889 removed to Muskogee, where he engaged in the live stock business. He continued a resident of this city until his demise, which occurred in 1900. James A. Pitts, who is usually called “Bert” by his warmest friends, was educated in the public schools, in the Harrell Institute at Muskogee, Oklahoma, and in the Bacone College. Starting out in the business world he was for five years connected with the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad, in the clerical department. He then resigned his position and for two years was connected with the hotel business. Later he was appointed chief clerk in the tax collector’s office and occupied that position for a year, after which he was elected to the office of city assessor and continued to serve in that capacity for two years. Later he was appointed city tax collector and, after retiring from that position served for one year as superintendent of the city water works. He has thus given much time to public service and in every connection has faithfully discharged the duties that have devolved...

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Biography of Otis R. Cureton

Otis R. Cureton, who since February, 1918, has made his home in Muskogee, is engaged in handling farm lands, loans and oil and gas leases. Broad experience in this field of labor has enabled him to win readily a large clientage and his business has steadily developed, for the Oklahoma Land & Loan Company, of which he is now the manager, is conducting an extensive and profitable business. Otis R. Cureton was born in Lancaster, South Carolina, on the 12th of October, 1879, but when quite young was taken to Florida and was educated in the public schools of that state. He early began to provide for his own support and when a lad of but ten years became a clerk in a general store, being thus employed until his sixteenth year. He was next connected with the Southern Express Company and during a period of four years rose from the humble position of helper to that of assistant route agent. On severing his connection with the Express Company he turned to general merchandising, establishing a store in Eden, Florida, where he carried on business until 1905. In that year he came to the Indian Territory, settling at Wagoner, where he has since conducted a land and real estate business. His broadening experience has given him wide knowledge of land conditions and property values in the state and he...

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Biography of Judge Glenn Alcorn

Judge Glenn Alcorn of Muskogee, who formerly occupied the bench of the county court and is now giving his attention to the practice of civil law, was born in Clark county, Kansas, June 10, 1886, a son of Steward Tackett and May (Cummings) Alcorn. The father was a farmer, devoting his life to that occupation. Judge Alcorn was educated in the schools of Perry, Oklahoma, the family removing to this state during his early boyhood. Later he attended the University of Iowa, from which he was graduated with the class of 1908, his broad literary learning serving as an excellent foundation for his later professional training. Entering the law department of the University of Michigan, he there qualified for the bar by a four years’ course, which he completed by graduation with the class of 1912. Immediately afterward he returned to Oklahoma, settling in Muskogee, where during the intervening period of nine years he has successfully engaged in practice, making steady progress in his profession, so that he now stands in the front rank among the able attorneys in his section of the state. In 1915 he filled the office of assistant county attorney and the following year was elected county judge. He made an excellent record on the bench by the fairness and impartiality of his decisions, but after some years retired, and resumed his private practice, which...

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Biography of L. P. Carpenter

L. P. Carpenter, who has been a resident of northeastern Oklahoma for a third of a century, was actively identified with agricultural interests here until he put aside the work of the fields in 1919 and has since lived retired in an attractive home at Bartlesville. His birth occurred in Clay County, Indiana, on the 11th of November, 1867, his parents being Adam and Anna (Reamy) Carpenter, who were natives of Pennsylvania and Ohio, respectively. Both are deceased. He acquired his education in his native state and on attaining his majority left the parental roof to come to Oklahoma, settling in Osage county, ten miles northwest of Bartlesville. There he devoted his attention to farming and stock raising for many years with excellent success, for he was industrious, energetic and progressive in all of his undertakings. In 1919, having acquired a comfortable competence, he took up his abode in Bartlesville, where he has since lived retired in the enjoyment of well earned ease. In early manhood Mr. Carpenter was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary E. Roy, who was born on the Osage Reservation, about ten miles northwest of Bartlesville, on the 27th of October, 1871, and is a representative of one of the most prominent families of the Osage Nation. Her father, a native of Canada, died before her birth. Her mother; who was Mrs. Rosalie (Prudom) Roy,...

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Biography of George Washington Seibold

George Washington Seibold, engaged in the real estate and loan business in Muskogee, was born in Chicago, February 22, 1872, and is a son of William Frederick and Elizabeth Seibold. The father was a lumberman and grain dealer and also owner of farms, conducting important business interests. During the boyhood of George W. Seibold the family removed to Iowa, where the son obtained his education in the public schools. He received his business training under the direction of his father and was engaged in the lumber and grain trade at Danbury, Iowa. On the 3rd of May, 1904, he came to Muskogee, where through the intervening period of eighteen years he has made his home and is engaged in the meal estate and loan business. He has made a careful and thorough study of property values here and is considered an authority upon real estate conditions, opportunities and valuations. He has gained a large clientage, resulting in the negotiation of many important transfers and has placed many advantageous loans. In June, 1897 Mr. Seibold was united in marriage to Miss Bessie Councilman, a native of Ida Grove, Iowa, and they have become the parents of five children: Charles W., George W., Ted E., Jane Elizabeth and Bernice. Mr. Seibold gives his political allegiance to the Republican Party and he served as a member of the city council in 1909...

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Biography of Omer Romanes Young

An extensive clientele attests the ability of Omer Romanes Young in the practice of law, to which he has devoted his attention since 1915, and he now ranks with the leading representatives of the Miami bar. He was born on a farm near Hartville, in Wright county, Missouri, October 16, 1883, his parents being Jackson Davis and Sarah Ann (Smith) Young, the former a native of Tennessee and the latter of Illinois. In young manhood the father went to Missouri, settling in Wright county, where he devoted his attention to farming and stock raising, in which he won a gratifying measure of success. In 1892 he removed to Ardmore, where be resided until 1907, when he established his home in Norman in order that he might give his children better educational advantages, and is still living there, while the mother also survives. He stands high in his community, being recognized as a public-spirited and progressive citizen whose influence is ever on the side of advancement and improvement. In religious faith he is a Baptist, and his political allegiance is given to the Republican Party. Reared upon a farm, Omer R. Young attended the public schools of Missouri and Oklahoma to the age of fifteen, when he entered business-life as a clerk in a store at Velma, Oklahoma, filling that position for five and a half years. Going to Dallas,...

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Biography of Judge Napoleon B. Maxey

Judge N. B. Maxey has the distinction of holding the oldest license to practice law in the Oklahoma courts. Notwithstanding the fact he is still active in the profession, maintaining his once in Muskogee but frequently called to other sections of the state in connection with his specialty of insurance and surety law. He was born in Smith County, Tennessee, July 15, 1853, and the fact that his father, Thomas J. Maxey, was of French extraction probably accounts for the name given to the future Muskogee lawyer, Napoleon Bonaparte Maxey. Whether the name carries with it any qualifications that to of the great, French general and emperor have been manifest in the subject of this review, for he has the same indomitable spirit and courage in the face of difficulties and obstacles as marked the little Corsican. The mother of N. B. Maxey was Mary B. Day, a lady of Scotch descent, whose parents, John Douglas and Margaret (McCauley) Day, came direct from Scotland to the new world. N. B. Maxey spent his youth upon a farm, attending the neighboring schools until the outbreak of the Civil war, when conditions forced all schools to close. When the war was over it was necessary that he assist his father in repairing the family fortunes, for disaster had come to them as the result of the long military conflict and again there...

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Biography of Chester Lee Hill, M.D.

The medical fraternity of Haskell finds a prominent representative in Dr. Chester Lee Hill, who is an exponent of all that is highest, best and most advanced in the, practice of medicine and surgery, and of all that is most worthy and honorable in his relations toward his fellowmen. He was born in Canton, Cherokee county, Georgia, May 1, 1876, and is a son of Andrew H. and Maria (Phillips) Hill, the former a native of Virginia and the latter of South Carolina. The father was one of the early planters of Georgia, becoming the owner of fourteen hundred acres of land, and he also operated saw and flour mills, a cotton gin and a wool carder. He was a veteran of the Civil war, serving throughout the entire period of hostilities as a first lieutenant in the Confederate army. He participated in many heavy engagements, being present at the battles of Lookout Mountain and Missionary Ridge and being wounded in action. His business interests were wisely and successfully managed and he passed away in August, 1912, at the age of seventy-nine, while the mother’s demise had occurred in November, 1907, when she was seventy-four years of age. In the acquirement of an education Dr. Hill attended the grammar and high schools of Ball Ground, Georgia, and Emory College at Oxford, that state, after which he devoted two years...

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Biography of Browning E. Lewis

Browning E. Lewis is identified with one of the representative business interests of Strang, Mayes county, as president and manager of the Cherokee Grain & Mercantile Company. He was born near Clinton, Henry County, Missouri, on the 11th of January, 1884, a son of Joe L. and Elizabeth (Wilson) Lewis. The father was born in Ohio and the mother in Kentucky. They both went to Missouri at an early age, with their respective parents, and their marriage was celebrated in Clinton, that state. In 1886 they came to Fairland, Oklahoma, and the father was active in the conduct of a mercantile establishment until 1916, when he removed to Strang. He achieved substantial success in the mercantile business and is now living retired here, enjoying the fruits of a life spent in diligence and industry. His wife is also living and they are highly esteemed citizens in the community. To their union seven children were born, three sons and four daughters. Browning E. Lewis, whose name initiates this review, was the fifth in order of birth. In the acquirement of an education he attended the public schools of Fairland and was graduated from the high school at Vinita with the class of 1905. He then enrolled as a student in the Epworth University at Oklahoma City, where he completed his course in the required time. His first occupation upon putting...

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Biography of Wiley Hollopeter

Wiley Hollopeter, a progressive agriculturist residing near Dewey, is also devoting considerable attention to teaming and conducts both branches of his business capably and successfully. He was born near Des Moines, Iowa, March 18, 1868, of the marriage of Simon and Maria (Jackson) Hollopeter, the former a native of Pennsylvania and the latter of Indiana. They were pioneers of Iowa and removed from that state to Kansas, where they resided until 1873, when they came to Indian Territory. The father homesteaded a tract of one hundred and sixty acres at the mouth of the Walnut River but at the end of two years returned to the Sunflower state, where he cultivated a farm for about three years and then went to Missouri. For two years he followed farming in that state, afterward retracing his steps to Kansas, where he spent a similar length of time, and his next removal took him to Nebraska. For one year he followed agricultural pursuits in that state and then returned to Indian Territory, but after two years spent in farming here went to Arkansas and shortly afterward to Missouri. From that state he again went to Kansas and thence to Indian Territory, settling on the Big Caney River, in the Osage country. He passed away in 1894. The mother is now living with her daughter, Mrs. Joseph Morris, at Caney. For the past...

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Biography of David Adam Kline

David Adam Kline, member of the Muskogee bar engaged in the general practice of law, was born in Marion county, Iowa, June 4, 1874, a son of Lloyd Thomas and Magdalena (Vicinus) Kline. The father was a contractor and builder, devoting his life to that pursuit in order to provide for his family. He moved with his family from Marion county to Des Moines, Iowa, in 1882, and to Chicago, Illinois, in 1887. David A. Kline after completing his high school education and work in the University Academy, later engaged in the study of law. He pursued his studies at Ann Arbor, Michigan, in the State University, and the Chicago Law School, completing his professional training under some of the best instructors of the country. He served as librarian of the United States circuit court of appeals for the seventh circuit, at Chicago, for three years. On the 2nd day of May, 1907, Mr. Kline came to Muskogee, and was admitted to practice in the United States court for the western district of the Indian Territory and subsequently in the state of Oklahoma. He made a special study of land titles in the eastern part of Oklahoma, devoting most of his time to this branch of-the law. He is regarded as an authority on land titles and has displayed marked ability in his special work. He belongs to the...

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