Hocking County Biographies

WARREN L. THAYER. The first appearance of Warren L. Thayer in Oklahoma was as a harvest man. About fifteen years ago he took up a Government claim in Harper County , and his prosperity and influence has been steadily growing ever since. He is now one of the leading citizens and business men of Laverne.

His birth occurred February 27, 1880, at Union City, Michigan , a son of Robert M. and Frances M. (Blosser) Thayer. His father, who was of Scotch parentage, was born June 17, 1855, at Jackson, Michigan , and was a lumberman until he came to Oklahoma in 1901. In that year he took up a claim in Woodword County and became active in the organization of Ellis and Harper County . He now owns and operates a large stock farm seven miles from May. Robert M. Thayer was married in 1877 and his wife was born November 30, 1854, at Logan, Hocking County, Ohio , a daughter of Abraham and Miriam (Graffis) Blosser, who were natives of Pennsylvania and of Dutch stock. Mrs. Thayer had a college education and is an active member of the Methodist Church. Their children are: Warren L.; Goldie, who was born March 23, 1888, and is now the wife of Bert B. Waltman, a railway official in Denver, Colorado : Pearl Blanche, who was born August 3, 1891, and is now the wife of Bynum Bouse, a rancher at Des Moines, New Mexico ; Ernest Blaine, who was born May 7, 1894, and now lives at Laverne, Oklahoma ; and Katie Lorena Thayer, who was born July 16, 1896, and is now the wife of W. T. McNeil of Beaver City, Oklahoma .

At the age of seventeen Warren L. Thayer completed a high school course at Knoxville, Tennessee , and at the age of twenty-one graduated A. B. from the Ewing and Jefferson College in Blount County, Tennessee . It was with this education and preliminary experience that he came to Grant County, Oklahoma , and spent his first season in the harvest fields. He also taught school one term. Then in 1901 he settled on his claim of Government land in Woodward County , and by hard work and good judgment has become one of the extensive farmers of that section, having a large tract under cultivation. For one year he was connected with the Spearmore State Bank of Laverne, but is now engaged in a prosperous life insurance business at Laverne. He is also interested in oil properties in Oklahoma and Texas as a promoter and developer, and having read law in the intervals of his business pursuits was admitted to the Oklahoma bar in 1916 and is now prepared to practice his profession. Mr. Thayer is a member of the Masonic Order, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, the Knights of Pythias and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Politically he is a republican.

On January 12, 1910, at Coleman, Texas, he married Miss Sallie May Smith, who was born at Alvarado, Texas , January 8, 1887, a daughter of Thomas and Emma (Quinn) Smith, natives of Texas. Mrs. Thayer is a granddaughter of Deaf Smith, a pioneer scout and frontiersman in Texas, a historic character in the Texas Revolution, and his name is indelibly impressed upon Texas geography in Deaf Smith County, which is now the largest county in area in the United States. Mrs. Thayer completed her education in a Texas college. They have three daughters: Helen, born January 19, 1911; Dorothy, born August 24, 1918; and Virginia Pauline, born February 16, 1916. Source: A Standard History of Oklahoma, Volume V ; by Joseph B. Thoburn; copyright 1916; [Transcribed by Andaleen Whitney]
Jacob Trout JACOB TROUT, farmer and stock raiser, section 24, was born October 19, 1823, in Perry County, Ohio. His father, Hall Trout, was a native of Virginia, while his mother, Mary (Atkins) Trout, was born in Ohio. When Jacob was twelve years of age he accompanied them to Hocking County, Ohio, where he was reared, passing his youth on the farm and receiving a common school education. During the war he served for 100 days in Company A, One Hundred and Fiftieth National Volunteer Guards, and guarded Washington. These guards were made up after Morgan made his raid through Ohio, for home protection and were called into active service. Mr. T. came west and settled in Atchison County, in the spring of 1866. In 1869, he located where he now resides. He owns 240 acres of improved land, watered and well adapted to stock raising. He has a neat residence, a good barn, etc. He has filled the position of school director and road overseer. He is a member of the Ancient Odd Fellows. Mr. Trout was married February 19, 1850, to Miss Elizabeth Crawford, a native of Coshocton County, Ohio, born October 31, 1831. She was a daughter of James and Ursula Crawford. They have five children living: Mary E., born March 6, 1851 (now Mrs. W.S. Wood, of this county); Ursula, born November 29, 1854, (now Mrs. Maitland Brown, of Kansas); Hannah J., born July 30, 1852 (now Mrs. Philipp Dragoo, of this county); James C., born August 7, 1859; Noah C., born October 14, 1861. Two are deceased. They are members of the M.E. Church of Tarkio, in which he holds the position of trustee.
St. Joseph, Mo.: National Historical Company, 1882. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

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