Collection: Muskogee And Northeastern Oklahoma

Biography of William Johnstone

William Johnstone, who was one of nature’s noblemen and whose life in every respect measured up to the highest standards of human conduct and of service to his fellows, passed away on the 14th of July, 1915. His earthly record was of comparatively short duration, for he had only reached the fifty-sixth milestone on life’s journey. But he had accomplished much more than may be set down to the credit of the vast majority. He had been one of the builders of Bartlesville through the establishment and successful management of various commercial and industrial interests and also by reason of his connection with the banking business. He had not only considered the material development of the community, but had cooperated in many of those plans and projects which looked to the social, political and moral advancement of the state. At the same time a genial manner, a kindly disposition and sterling worth of character won for him an enduring place in the affectionate regard of his fellowmen and his memory is yet cherished in the hearts of all who knew him. Mr. Johnstone was of Canadian birth. Montreal, in the province of Quebec, was his native city and his natal year was 1859. His parents were Samuel and Maria (Higgins) Johnstone, the former a native of Dumfries, Scotland, while the latter was born in Montreal and was of Irish...

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Biography of W. S. Moore

A notably successful career is that of W. S. Moore, a prominent stockman of Dewey, who has devoted practically all of his life to the cattle business, in which he has become recognized as a leading operator, not only in Oklahoma but through the United States. He was born in Putnam county, Illinois, December 6, 1865, being a son of Mr. and, Mrs. J. B. Moore, who were natives of Pennsylvania and Ohio, respectively. He was reared in Burlington, Iowa, and in 1884, when a young man of nineteen years, he accompanied his parents on their removal to Oklahoma. His family settled on a farm on Wolf creek, near Menapah, where for twenty years they continued to make their home, the father passing away on that place. Subsequently the mother removed to the Cherokee strip, taking up a claim near Alva, and for seven years. She lived on that property, disposing of it in order to establish her residence in Coffeyville, Kansas. She later returned to Alva, Oklahoma, and there her demise occurred in 1906, her remains being interred at Coffeyville, beside those of her husband. As a young man W. S. Moore was employed by J. S. Todd, who was one of the largest stockmen in Oklahoma, his ranch being situated in the Creek country, south of Muskogee. He remained with Mr. Todd for fourteen years, during which...

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Biography of William S. Vernon

William S. Vernon is a prominent figure in financial circles of northeastern Oklahoma as president of the First National Bank of Coweta, which he organized in July, 1903, and of which he has been the chief executive officer since 1910. His birth occurred near Fayetteville, Arkansas, in October, 1871, his parents being James A. and Woodson (Alexander) Vernon, the former a native of Arkansas, while the latter was born in Missouri. James A. Vernon has devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits in Arkansas and Texas throughout the greater part of his life, having made his way to Texas in 1874. He operated a cotton gin in connection with his farming interests but at present is living retired at McKinney, Texas, enjoying in well earned rest the fruits of his former toil. William S. Vernon, who was but three years of age when the family home was established in the Lone Star state, obtained his early education in the public schools of Texas and subsequently pursued a course of study in Grayson College, from which he was graduated with the class of 1893. During the succeeding four years he engaged in teaching school and at the same time studied law, being admitted to the bar in 1898. He then took up the practice of law in Texas, but at the end of four years devoted to the legal profession in...

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Biographical Sketch of Mrs. Joel Mayer

Well known at Oilton and in Creek county is Mrs. Joel Mayer, who was born in Ramona, Oklahoma, on the 6th of February, 1900. She is a daughter of Reuben Bartlett and Roxie Ann (Pierson) Tuner. The former was one of the well to do old settlers of Oklahoma, important in the tribal affairs of his people in the early days, and the family has long been represented in this section of the state. The daughter, Mrs. Mayer, pursued her education in St. Francis Convent at Nevada, Missouri, and then returned to her home in Oklahoma, having since been a resident of this city. She was a young woman of but nineteen years when on the 17th of February, 1920, at Sapulpa, Oklahoma, she became the wife of Joel Mayer. She bore the maiden name of Maudine Mae Tyner and by her marriage has become the mother of an interesting little son, Joel B. Mayer, Jr. Mrs. Mayer has always lived in Oklahoma save for the period of her attendance at school in Missouri, having a very wide and popular acquaintance...

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Biography of Art Harris

Art Harris, president of the Art Harris Transfer & Storage Company of Muskogee, was born in McDonald county, Missouri, December 31, 1876, and is a son of M. A. and Rhoda A. (Richardson) Harris, the former a native of New York and the latter of Tennessee. The father went to Texas with his parents when a boy and later became a resident of Missouri, settling in Pineville, where he engaged in contracting and building. Later his work of this character took him into Arkansas and Kansas and he continued his contract work in those states and in Missouri until the spring of 1892, when he came to Chandler, Oklahoma. Here he again engaged in contracting for a period of four years. He then removed to Shawnee, Oklahoma, where he resided until 1905, when he came to Muskogee, where he spent his remaining days. His business, however, called him to all parts of the state and evidences of his skill and handiwork are found in all of the principal cities of Oklahoma. He was sixty-four years of age when in December, 1916, his life’s labors were ended in death. His widow survives and now resides in Haileyville, Oklahoma. Art Harris of this review was reared and educated in Missouri and in Oklahoma, spending his youth largely at Chandler. When fourteen years of age he started out to provide for his...

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Biography of Webb Littlefield

Webb Littlefield, treasurer of the Guaranty Trust. Company of Muskogee, was born March 12; 1884, in Knobnoster, Missouri, a son of Charles B. and Theodosia (Webb) Littlefield, who were at one time residents of Kentucky and afterward established their home in Johnson county, Missouri. The father engaged in banking in Missouri for thirty years and in 1906 came to the Indian Territory, settling at Claremore. Webb Littlefield pursued a public school education in Missouri and afterward attended the Teachers’ College at Warrensburg, that state. He started out in the business world as a clerk in the employ of the National Bank of Commerce of Kansas City, Missouri, and there spent four years. He was afterward connected with the Peoples National Bank at Warrensburg, Missouri, in the capacity of bookkeeper for three years and in 1906 he organized the Littlefield Loan & Investment Company at Claremore. In this undertaking he was in partnership with his father and the business was continued by Webb Littlefield until December, 1919, when he retired from the company. On the 4th of January, 1920, he moved to Muskogee and assisted in the organization of the Guaranty Trust Company, which was incorporated on the 27th of May of the same year. Since that time he has been closely and prominently associated with the financial interests of Muskogee. The business was capitalized for one hundred and fifty...

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Biography of Ad V. Coppedge

Ad V. Coppedge, the pioneer lawyer of Delaware county and the first county attorney, has also been connected with every important constructive measure that has led to the up building, development and progress of this section of the state. He became a resident of Grove in 1963 and throughout all the intervening period has taken active part in shaping the county’s up building. Mr. Coppedge was born on a farm in Missouri near the Arkansas line, January 26, 1870, the old homestead being situated at Thayer. His parents were Houston Harrison and Tennessee Martha (Bledsoe) Coppedge, and the mother, a native of North Carolina, is still living at Grove, Oklahoma. The father, who was born in Virginia, served under John S. Marmaduke as a Confederate soldier for three years during the Civil war. He was wounded and was paroled at Vicksburg. In early manhood he began teaching and following his marriage he turned his attention to general farming. In 1879 he removed to Dade county, Missouri, where he carried on general agricultural pursuits to the time of his death. His political endorsement was always given to the democratic party and he was, one of the active workers in its ranks. He was also a devoted member of the Methodist Episcopal church, South, and he died in that faith on the 9th of January, 1895, when fifty-two years of age....

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Biography of A. W. Ketchum

In the demise of A. W. Ketchum, which occurred on the 8th of February, 1921, when he was seventy-one years of age, Oklahoma lost one of its honored pioneers who was a witness of the growth and development of the state and an active factor in its progress. He was a sagacious business man whose interests were capably managed and at his death he was able to leave his family in comfortable financial circumstances. He was born in Leavenworth, Kansas, December 15, 1850, and came to Indiana Territory with the Delaware Indians under Chief Johnnycake, who was one of the great leaders of his tribe. Mr. Ketchum’s first cousin, Mrs. Nqnnie Bartles, was the widow of Colonel Jacob Bartles, who became the founder of the towns of Bartlesville and Dewey. Mr. Ketchum first located on Lightening creek, the home of Chief Johnnycake, and later moved to Verdigris creek, six miles east of Nowata, where he resided for nineteen years, during which period he operated a ferry boat. From there he moved to Woodward county, Oklahoma, thinking that the climate in that section of the state would prove beneficial to his son, Charles C. Ketchum, who was then in failing health. Subsequently he purchased the farm upon which his widow now resides, acquiring a tract of land one-half mile west of Wayside, in Washington county. Through hard work and persistency...

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Biography of Carl E. Seastrand

Carl E. Seastrand, manager for the John Lumbard Tire & Supply Company of Muskogee, was born in Sweden on the 12th of April, 1877, and is a son of Carl A. and Christina Sjostrand, who were also natives of Sweden. The father was a shoe merchant in that country, devoting his entire life to the business. He also engaged in the manufacture of shoes, employing twelve men in that connection. He died in February, 1918, and is still survived by his widow, who yet makes her home in Sweden. Carl E. Seastrand was reared and educated in his native country, supplementing his public school training by a business course. He was then employed as a bookkeeper in a wholesale grocery house for a period of two years, after which he went upon the road for the same house, traveling through northern Sweden until 1907, when he came to America, attracted by the opportunities of the new world. He first made his way to Detroit, Michigan, where he went to work in the Morgan & Wright factory and there learned the tire business, becoming familiar with every phase of the trade during the year in which he remained with the house. In 1908 Mr. Seastrand arrived in Oklahoma and secured a position as bookkeeper with the Lumbard & Severin Tire Company of Oklahoma City, with which he remained until 1912,...

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Biography of Cecil K. Reiff

Cecil K. Reiff, principal of the Central high school at Muskogee, was born in Wabash county, Indiana, October 23, 1888, and is a son of Jacob and Catherine (Baer) Reiff, the former a native of Wurtemberg, Germany, while the latter was born in Ohio. The father was but thirteen years of age when he was brought to America by his parents, the family home being established in Ohio, where he completed his education and afterward took up the occupation of tilling the soil. During the period of the Civil war he served on guard duty near Washington, D. C., and following the close of hostilities he went to Wabash county, Indiana, where he purchased and improved land that he cultivated to the time of his death, which occurred in March, 1895, when he was fifty-one years of age. His widow survives and is yet occupying the old home place. Cecil K. Reiff was reared in Wabash county, Indiana, where he attended the rural schools and afterward the high school at North Manchester, that state. Later he spent, a year as a student in the North Manchester College and then attended the Indiana University, from which he received the Master of Arts degree. He has also attended the Chicago University and Columbia University of New York city, availing himself of every opportunity to promote his knowledge and thus advance his...

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Biography of G. T. Anderson

G. T. Anderson, an enterprising agriculturist of Washington county and a well known and highly respected resident of this part of the state, was born March 15, 1876, and is of Delaware extraction, his parents being William and Mary Anderson, both of whom have passed away. He acquired his education in the public schools of Bartlesville and on starting out in life independently chose the occupation of farming, with which he has since been identified. He cultivated a ranch on Coon creek, in Washington county, until 1920, when Mrs. Anderson purchased the home farm of eighty acres two and a half miles northeast of Dewey, on which has been erected an attractive bungalow, and Mr. Anderson is devoting his attention to general agricultural pursuits. He is the owner of an eighty-acre tract on the Caney river, five miles northwest of Dewey, on which there are three producing oil wells, and he receives a good income from this property. He utilizes the most practical methods in the cultivation of his land, for broad experience has given him an expert knowledge of the basic principles of agriculture, and he is deeply interested in all modern developments along this line of work. On the 5th of December, 1905, Mr. Anderson was united in marriage to Miss Ollie Beaver, a daughter of John and Lizzie Beaver, both now deceased. Three children have been...

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Biography of James G. Mehlin

James G. Mehlin, a pioneer farmer of Nowata county who is now residing one and one-half miles northeast of Alluwe, was born in Stuttgart, Wurtemburg, Germany, on the 21st of January, 1841. His parents were both born in that country and the father died there. Mrs. Mehlin came to America prior to her son James G. and located in New York, where her death occurred in 1870. James G. Merlin came to America in 1854 and, landing in New York, remained there a short time, but later removed to Maryland. Subsequently he went to Chicago, Illinois, where his brother Charles was living, and he was office boy for the National Democrat for two years. At the termination of that time he removed to St. Louis, Missouri, and became cabin boy on a Missouri river steamer, flying between New Orleans and St. Louis. He was active in that capacity for two years and just before the outbreak of the Civil war went to the Cherokee Nation, locating at Tahlequah near the Male Seminary on the Fort Gibson road. He engaged in farming there for three years. He enlisted for service in the Civil war and drove an ambulance throughout the entire conflict, driving Colonel Phillip’s ambulance at the engagement at Honey Springs. He was captured by the Confederates one day while herding mules but made his escape that same day....

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Biography of Louis C. Pollock

No business enterprise has contributed in larger measure to the up building and development of Bartlesville than has that of the Home Savings and Loan Association, of which Louis C. Pollock is secretary, and his broad experience, keen business sagacity and carefully formulated plans have been valuable assets in the success which has attended the activities of the organization. He was born in Ashton, Lee county, Illinois, June 29, 1877, and acquired his education in Beloit College of Wisconsin, from which he was graduated with the class of 1900, at which time the B. A. s conferred upon him. He then entered the employ of degree the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad Company and afterward went to England in the interests of the firm of Barber & Coleman, manufacturers of textile machinery, their plant being located at Rockford, Illinois. He remained in England for five months, returning to the United States in February, 1904, and soon afterward came to Bartlesville. He became proprietor of the Rightway Hotel, which was largely patronized by the leading oil men of that day, and a very interesting account of his hostelry appeared in Collier’s Weekly, the article being written by Arthur Ruhl, a former guest. Mr. Pollock also was interested in oil production work and he likewise took a prominent part in public affairs of this locality, serving as city clerk in 1909 and...

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Biographical Sketch of Edward E. Hedges

Edward E. Hedges has built up an extensive and profitable business as proprietor of the Bartlesville Decorating Company of Bartlesville, which he established in 1909 and has successfully conducted throughout the intervening period of twelve years. His birth occurred in Weston, Missouri, on the 15th of June, 1890, his parents being William and Jennie (Bammer) Hedges, who now make their home in Leavenworth, Kansas. He obtained his education in the public schools, passing through consecutive grades to his graduation from the high school, and on leaving his native state he made his way to Leavenworth, Kansas, but a year later came to Oklahoma, taking up his abode in Bartlesville, where he has resided to the present time. It was in 1909 that he established the Bartlesville Decorating Company, of which he has remained proprietor, developing the business to large and lucrative proportions. He does both interior and exterior decorating, has a patronage which extends throughout Oklahoma and Kansas and furnishes employment to twenty-five men. His entire attention is devoted to the conduct of the business, which amounts to sixty-five thousand dollars annually, and he has a store which would be a credit to a city of much larger size than Bartlesville, his stock being valued at twenty-five thousand dollars. In 1912 Mr. Hedges was united in marriage to Miss Frances Rowe, a native of St. Louis, Missouri. In fraternal...

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Biography of Edwin Cameron Motter

Edwin Cameron Motter, an attorney of Muskogee who has resided here during the past fifteen years and has been connected with much important litigation, was born near Chillicothe, Ohio, on the 16th of June, 1884, a son of Dr. James R. and Ida (Faust) Motter. His parents and a sister, Mouser M., still reside at the old home in the Buckeye state. He began his education in the public schools near the place of his nativity and when thirteen years of age entered the preparatory college to Ohio University at Athens, which is the oldest university west of the Alleghany mountains. Leaving that institution in 1903, he matriculated in the College of Law of the Ohio State University at Columbus, from which he was graduated with the degree of LL. B. on the 9th of June, 1906, and immediately afterward was admitted to the Ohio bar. It was in the following October that he located in Muskogee, Oklahoma, and on the 1st of January, 1907, he became a law clerk in the Dawes commission, continuing in that connection until August 1, 1908. At the latter date he was appointed as a special assistant to the attorney general of the United States and he is said to have been the youngest man ever appointed to a place of that kind. His first appointment to that position was for the purpose...

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