Collection: Muskogee And Northeastern Oklahoma

Biography of George B. Keeler

There is no man who has taken more active and helpful part in the development of Bartlesville and Washington county than George B. Keeler. He has resided in this section of the state from early pioneer times and was adopted into the Cherokee tribe in 1872. He understands the sign language of all of the Indian tribes and speaks the Osage tongue. He has been in a way a connecting link between the Indian life and customs of an early day and the modern civilization and progress. His business activity has covered a wide scope, leading directly to the improvement, settlement and up building of this section of the country, where he has lived from pioneer times, Nelson F. Carr being the only white man who has resided in this part of the state for a longer period. Mr. Keeler came to the southwest from Illinois, his birth having occurred at Hennepin, Putnam county, February 7, 1850. His father, Alson Keeler, was a native of Kyler, Courtland county, New York, and in an early day removed to Illinois, where he resided until 1856. He had followed merchandising in the quaint old town of Hennepin. on the Illinois river, but when his son, George, was a lad of six years he removed with his family to Vernon county, Wisconsin, where he remained for about a decade, devoting three or four...

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Biographical Sketch of Clarence Alexander Ambrister

Clarence Alexander Ambrister, engaged in the general practice of civil law at Muskogee, was born in Nebraska City, Nebraska, on the 10th of February, 1888, and is a son of Samuel Alexander and Sallie (Gillispie) Ambrister. The father was engaged in the operation of a cottonseed oil mill. The son was accorded liberal educational advantages, which he pursued at Norman, Oklahoma, following the removal of the family to this state. He supplemented his early training with a university course. He became a resident of Norman in 1892 and through the intervening period has resided in this state, where he has made for himself a creditable position in legal circles. In preparation for a professional career he matriculated in the law department of the University of Missouri, from which he was graduated in December, 1909. He then opened an office in Muskogee, where he has remained, giving his attention to general civil practice. His clientage has steadily increased in volume and importance throughout the intervening period and he has been connected with much of the leading litigations heard in the courts of the district as the years have passed. He belongs to the Oklahoma State and to the American Bar Associations. On the 11th of May, 1918, Mr. Ambrister was married to Miss Carrie Walton of Muskogee, and they have become the parents of a daughter, Caroline Walton. Fraternally Mr....

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Biography of Claude A. Niles

One of the prominent attorneys of Checotah is Claude A. Niles, senior member of the firm of Niles & Staley. A native of Missouri, he was born near Rolla, on the 5th of November, 1882, a son of Asa S. and Nettie E. (Burns) Niles, the former a native of New York and the latter of Nebraska. The father went to Rolla, Missouri, about 1865, when sixteen years of age, and subsequently engaged in the real estate business, which he has followed for the past thirty years. He has won gratifying success in that connection and is one of the prominent and representative, citizens of the community in which he resides. Mrs. Niles is also living. In the acquirement of an education, Claude A. Niles attended the schools of Rolla, Missouri, and after graduating from the high school there, he entered the State University. After graduating from that institution he spent several years as an accountant and then took up the study of law. He came to Oklahoma in 1902, locating in Checotah, and in October, 1906, he was admitted to the bar. He has since practiced here and in 1921 formed a partnership with Floyd E. Staley, further mention of whom is made on another page of this work, the firm being known as Niles & Staley. Mr. Niles served as city attorney of Checotah for several terms...

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Biography of J. C. Sheets

One of the events which has had much to do with turning the tide of progress and shaping the course of development in Washington county was the discovery of oil, and prominently known among the oil producers of the state is J. C. Sheets, now living at Copan. Opportunity has ever been to him a call to action-a call to which he has made ready and immediate response. The chances that have come to him he has eagerly utilized, for his sound judgment enables him readily to understand the real value of such chances. His labors have been an element in the progress and growth of Washington county, as well as in the up building of his own fortunes and today he is most widely known and highly esteemed in this part of the state. J. C. Sheets is a native of West Virginia, his birth having occurred at Salmon, on the 19th of November, 1876, his parents being Leander and Alice Starr (Curtis) Sheets. The father was born in New Matamoras, Washington county, Ohio,. March 18, 1838, and in young manhood removed to West Virginia, where he devoted his life to farming interests until he retired from active business. His last years were spent in Oklahoma, his death occurring at Copan in September, 1908. His wife was born in Hockingport, Athens county, Ohio, November 24, 1849, and was...

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Biography of John Young

Coming to Indian Territory fifty-four years ago, there is no phase of the development of this section of the country with which John Young is not familiar and those events which are to others historical chronicles are to him matters of personal knowledge or experience. In the work of up building and improvement he has borne his full share, aiding in laying the broad foundation upon which has been constructed the present prosperity and greatness of the state, and now, at the age of seventy-six years, be is living retired in his beautiful home near Copan, after many years’ connection with agricultural interests. Mr. Young was born at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in 1845, and is a member of the Delaware tribe of Indians. In 1867, when a young man of twenty-two years, he removed from Kansas to Indian Territory, settling at the forks of the Caney river, but as his land was overflowed each year he disposed of his place and sought higher ground. He now resides on a well improved and highly developed farm of one hundred acres, situated four and a half miles southwest of Copan, in the Young’s lake district, which was named in his honor, his home being surrounded by fine shade trees and located between two lakes. He raises the cereals best adapted to soil and climatic conditions here and also engages in stock...

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Biography of Dutch White Turkey

Dutch White Turkey, long identified with the farming interests of Washington county and in more recent years connected with the oil development of this part of the state, was born on the 18th of June, 1857, in Kansas, seven miles east of Lawrence on the Delaware reservation. He was the eldest in a family of eight children, the others being: Sam; Robert; Albert; George; Katie, who became the wife of James Day of Bartlesville; Lilly, the wife of Dolph Fugate of Dewey; and Lucinda, deceased. Both of the parents were full-blooded Delawares and their name was really Simon. White Turkey is the name that was given to the ancestors by the Delaware tribe and it was adopted by them and they are so registered by the United States government. It was in the spring of 1868 that the parents came to the Indian Territory. In their train were about two hundred wagons and they were led by Chief Charley, who was then quite an old man but who knew all of the trails, having been a hunter and trapper in an early day. The party first located on the forks of the Little and Big Caney rivers in the vicinity of what is now the city of Dewey. From there the parents removed to Hogshooter creek and afterward to a place near the present site of Bartlesville. Dutch White...

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Biographical Sketch of Bower Broaddus

Bower Broaddus, attorney and counselor at law, devoting his attention to civil law practice in Muskogee, was born in Chillicothe, Missouri, May 30, 1888, a son of Elbridge Jackson and Emma (Hollingsworth) Broaddus, the former also a member of the bar. Liberal educational opportunities were accorded Bower Broaddus, who obtained his more advanced training in the Missouri State University and in the Kansas City School of Law, from which he was graduated in 1910. Seeking the opportunities of the growing southwest he came to Muskogee in the same year and here opened a law office. Through the intervening period he has devoted his attention to professional duty and has largely concentrated his efforts upon civil law. He displays marked ability in this connection, preparing his cases thoroughly and carefully and presenting his cause with clearness and force. On the 31st of January, 1917, Mr. Broaddus was married to Miss Harriett Ann Noland of Richmond, Kentucky, and they have become the parents of two children: Bower, Jr., and Elbridge Sidney. Mr. Broaddus belongs to the Masonic fraternity and to the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He is well known in professional circles as a member of the Muskogee, Oklahoma State and American Bar Associations. He holds to the highest ethical standards of the profession and is a lawyer of marked ability, while in every relation of life he enjoys the...

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Biographical Sketch of Harry Hollister Bell

Harry Hollister Bell, farmer, stock raiser and oil man, living in Muskogee, is now controlling interests that make him a prominent representative of the agricultural and business life of Oklahoma. He was born in Montague county, Texas, January 20, 1881, and is a son of Elvin Golladay and Margaret (Finch) Bell. The father devoted his life to farming and stock raising, thus providing for his family. The early educational opportunities of Harry Hollister Bell were those afforded by the public schools of his native state. He afterward attended Bacone College of Muskogee and also Henry Kendall College, now at Tulsa, and in early manhood devoted three years to teaching in the Creek Indian schools. As opportunity offered and his financial resources permitted, he purchased land which he began to develop and improve and today he and his associates in business own and control eight thousand acres. Upon his farm he has a herd of two hundred and fifty head of Hereford cattle and is today one of the leading farmers of the state, employing the most progressive and scientific methods in the care of his fields while coiled judgment and marked executive ability are manifest in the marketing of products. He has become interested in oil development in the southwest and his holdings of that character are gratifying. He is likewise well known as a director of the Commercial...

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Biography of Thomas Albert Chandler

Thomas Albert Chandler, representative in congress from the First district of Oklahoma and a resident of Vinita, is a man of liberal education and of broad and important interests who has been a prominent figure not only in political circles but also in connection with extensive business interests of the state. He was born in the Indian Territory on the 26th of July, 1871, and is a representative of the Cherokee Nation. Liberal educational advantages were accorded him and following his graduation from the Worcester Academy of Vinita as a member of the class of 1888 he entered Drury College at Springfield, Missouri. There he completed his studies and through anĀ active career he has won prominence as a lawyer, as an oil producer and as a farmer. In business matters his judgment is sound, his discrimination keen and his enterprise unfaltering, while his indefatigable energy declines no call to service. Mr. Chandler is perhaps even more widely known through his activity in the political field. In 1891 he was appointed Cherokee revenue collector and acceptably filled the office for several years. In 1895 he was made Cherokee town site commissioner and in 1900 he became deputy clerk of the United States court for the northern district of the Indian Territory. He was a member of the first board of public affairs of the state of Oklahoma in 1909 and...

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Biography of Nathan Adams Gibson

Nathan Adams Gibson has been an active representative of the legal fraternity in Muskogee for the past twenty-eight years and has been accorded an extensive and gratifying clientage. He is a native of Stanton, Tennessee, and a son of James K. and Rosa S. Gibson, the former a banker. His preliminary education was supplemented by study in Vanderbilt University of Nashville, Tennessee, which institution conferred upon him the degree of Bachelor of Arts in 1888 and that of LL. B. on the completion of a law course in 1890. In the latter year he was admitted to the bar at Nashville and his initial experience in the profession was obtained at Memphis, where he continued in practice until September, 1893, when he came to Muskogee, Oklahoma. Here he has remained throughout the intervening period of twenty-eight years, his practice being of a general character and including all kinds of cases except those involving criminal law. What he has accomplished in a professional way affords the best evidence of his capabilities in this line. He is a strong advocate with the jury and concise in his appeals before the court. Much of the success which has attended him in his professional career is undoubtedly due to the fact that in no instance will he permit himself to go into court with a case unless be has absolute confidence in the...

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Biography of Nelson F. Carr

It is more than six decades since Nelson F. Carr became a resident of Oklahoma and he is known to the people of Bartlesville and Washington county as the “Pioneer of Big Caney.” A native of New York, he was born in Wilton, Saratoga county, September 2, 1844, a son of William Henry and Sarah M. (Clancy) Carr, the former also a native of the Empire state, while the mother’s birth occurred in Vermont. He has a very faint recollection of his father, who died in September, 1848, at the age of thirty-one years. In 1859 the widowed mother, with her son and two daughters, removed to the western frontier, settling in Fort Scott, Kansas. They traveled by rail as far as Pleasant Hill, Missouri, then the terminus of the Missouri Pacific Railroad, and thence they journeyed by stage as far as the present Kansas City. Nelson F. Carr was but fifteen years of age at this time, his active business life covering the entire period of railroad development in the country west of Missouri, the first railroad being put into operation in the United States sixteen years prior to his birth, or in 1828. Mrs. Carr remained a widow for sixty years, dying in California at the age of eighty-nine years. Her two daughters were : Anna Bridgman, deceased; and Jennie Bent of Colorado, who has two sons...

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Biography of George Warren Barnes

George Warren Barnes, who is at the head of the Barnes Oil Company, oil producers of Muskogee, has been continuously engaged in that line of business since 1901, with the exception of the period of the World war, which he devoted to work as state director of National War Savings on a government salary of one dollar a year. His birth occurred at Honesdale, Pennsylvania, on the 29th of October, 1880, his parents being George W. and Alice (Young) Barnes. John D. Benedict of Muskogee has written the following most interesting history of the life of George W. Barnes, the father “He was born in Syracuse, New York, September 11, 1849, and died at Nice, France, in January, 1911. He was the son of Mr. and Mrs. William Barnes. He obtained his education at Syracuse, New York, and was the boon companion of his uncle, Jeremiah Barnes, and David Noyes Wescott, who was the author of David Harem. When he was about twenty-one years of age, he struck out for the oil country and hit Pennsylvania a full-grown boy during the first excitement. He got a taste of the oil business and followed that pursuit until his death. “In 1872 or 1873 he accompanied a party of men who traveled by covered wagon through the Indian Territory and the early records show the first wells drilled in the Indian...

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Biography of Max Davidson

Prominent among the energetic, farsighted and successful business men of Muskogee is Max Davidson, a clothing merchant who has developed a large business in handling the Hart, Schaffner & Marx clothing, his store being located at Main and Broadway. He is a native of St. Louis, Missouri, born November 17, 1880, his parents being Leopold and Fannie (Schwartz) Davidson, the former a native of Germany, while the latter was born in Bohemia. The father came to America in his boyhood days, settling in St. Joseph, Missouri, where he was engaged in the towel supply business for a number of years. He is now a dealer in cotton batting at Muskogee and is still active in commercial circles, although he has reached the age of seventy-five years. His wife is likewise living. Max Davidson was reared and educated in St. Joseph and in St. Louis, Missouri, and after reaching young manhood he engaged in traveling for a shirt house, which he represented for ten years. In 1912 he came to Muskogee, where he turned his attention to the clothing trade, opening a small store. The town was comparatively new, having but recently been transformed from an Indian village the capital of the Creek Nation. Mr. Davidson, an aggressive and alert traveling salesman, recognized the possibilities of the country, believed in the rapid development of the district in the near future...

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Biography of Patrick Cleburn Woodruff, M. D.

In the passing of Dr. Patrick Cleburn Woodruff the medical profession lost a representative member. For twelve years he resided in Stilwell and during that time endeared himself to every one in the community. A man of great charity, he served rich and poor alike and his sudden demise, on the 29th of December, 1914, came as a severe shock to his many friends. A native of Mississippi, Dr. Woodruff was born on the 31st of January, 1865, a son of T. P. and Elizabeth (Leatherwood) Woodruff, both natives of that state. In 1871 they removed to Paris, Texas, and resided there until 1898, when they located in Rogers, Arkansas. There the father engaged in the fruit growing business on a large scale and achieved gratifying success in that connection. They were among the representative and progressive citizens of Rogers, -where they lived until death. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Woodruff eight children were born, of whom three girls and three boys are living. Patrick Cleburn Woodruff, whose name initiates this review, was the third in order of birth. In the acquirement of an education Patrick Cleburn Woodruff attended the public schools of Paris, Texas, and upon determining to enter the medical profession, he enrolled as a student in the Louisville Medical College, from which institution he was graduated with the M. D. degree in 1888. He...

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Biography of J. H. McMorrow

Coming to Bartlesville in 1965, J. H. McMorrow has since been actively and prominently identified with the commercial development of the town and as secretary and treasurer of the Rood Oil Company he has contributed substantially to the attainment of the success which has attended the activities of that corporation. He was born in Cohoes, Albany county, New York, December 9, 1859, of the marriage of Francis and Mary (McCusker) McMorrow, both of whom were natives of Ireland, the latter being brought to this country in infancy. The father came to the United States in 1833, settling in Cohoes, Albany county, New York, where he engaged in the manufacture of axes, which was at that time a hazardous business, owing to the poisonous fumes which emanated from the steel during the sharpening process, and this was the direct cause of his death, which occurred in 1865. In the parish schools of Cohoes, Albany county, New York, J. H. McMorrow pursued his education and he would have entered the military academy at West Point if his parents had not objected to his taking up a military career, owing to the fact that three of his uncles had enlisted in the Civil war, from which they never returned. At the age of fifteen he laid aside his textbooks and became connected with the dry goods business at Cohoes, New York, where...

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