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 , 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 , 1888, and is now the wife of Bert B. Waltman, a railway official in Denver, Colorado: Pearl Blanche, who was born , 1891, and is now the wife of Bynum Bouse, a rancher at Des Moines, New Mexico; Ernest Blaine, who was born , 1894, and now lives at Laverne, Oklahoma; and Katie Lorena Thayer, who was born , 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 in . 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 and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Politically he is a republican.
On January 12, 1910, at , he married Miss Sallie May Smith, who was born at , 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]
Delany G. ROGERS
of Buffalo, Oklahoma, has been an early settler in both the States of and Oklahoma. In fact, he has lived nearly all his life close to the frontier and in intimate touch with the people and the activities of a new country. Mr. Rogers only recently retired from the office of postmaster at Buffalo, a position he had held for a number of years. His chief vocation in life has been farming and stock raising, and it is the testimony of his friends and neighbors that whatever he does he does well.
His birth occurred in a log house on a farm in Jefferson County, Indiana, , 1862. His birth occurred while his father was away fighting the battles of the Union in the Civil war. His parents were Gamaliel and Lydia (Lewis) Rogers. His father was born November 17, 1840, in Jefferson County, Indiana, and was still a very young man when the war broke out. He served three years as a private in Company C of the Sixth Indiana Infantry, but with the exception of that service has spent all his active life as a farmer. From Indiana he moved out to Kansas in 1886, locating on government land in . That was his home for six years, after which he spent two years in Mead County, then returned to Clark County for eight years, and finally moved to Texas County, Missouri, where he still has his home. He has now reached the age of three quarters of a century, and has lived so usefully he can enjoy the comforts of retired existence. In 1858 Gamaliel Rogers married Lydia Lewis who was also born in Jefferson County, Indiana, , 1840. To their marriage were born ten children, four sons and six daughters, namely: Florence, born December 5, 1860, was married in 1880 to Merritt M. Cosby and they now reside at ; Delany G., who was the second in order of birth; Willis born in 1864 and died in 1885; Jessie, born in 1868, was married in 1888 to Charles Pauley, and they now live at Oklahoma City; John Belle, born in 1870, is now an osteopathic physician at Hastings, Oklahoma, and in 1905 she became the wife of ; Celia, born in 1872, married in 1910 Mr. L. Dees, and they now live at Rosston, Oklahoma; , born in 1874, is a farmer in Harper County, Oklahoma; Tena, born in 1876, was married in 1908 to Charles Sworkey and they now live at Norman, Oklahoma; Pearl, born in 1878 was married in 1905 to William and they live in Beaver County, Oklahoma.
It was on a farm in Jefferson County, Indiana, that Delany G. Rogers spent his early youth. He had the advantages of the local public schools. The discipline of farm work gave him a rugged constitution, and an experience which he has utilized in his own active career. In 1884 he moved out to Clark County, Kansas, and secured a tract of Government land in a district which at that time had very few agricultural and permanent settlers. Mr. Rogers lived in Kansas until 1899, and in the meantime had improved an excellent farm there. In the latter year he moved to old Woodward County, Oklahoma, and again acquired a homestead, situated two miles from the Town of Buffalo. While Mr. Rogers' activities have kept him in town for a number of years, he still owns considerable land and has most of it under improvement.
On February 23, 1907, he was appointed postmaster of Buffalo, and continued the incumbent of the office through two terms until February 23, 1915. He is an active republican, is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.
On October 16, 1884, at , Mr. Rogers married Miss Isabelle" Phillips, daughter of Madison and Mary (Wallace) Phillips. Mrs. Rogers was born , 1860, in Jefferson County, Indiana, and her parents were natives of the same state. It will be recalled that Mr. Rogers left Indiana and went out into the new country of Kansas in 1884. He made that trip as his wedding journey, being accompanied by his young bride, and they journeyed across the country by wagon and team, like some of their pioneer ancestors who had come from a point still further east to the region of the Ohio Valley. Mr. and Mrs. Rogers are the parents of seven children, four sons and three daughters, namely: Ora Lawrence, born , 1885, now the wife of Irwin Baker of Ashland, Kansas; Madison Gamaliel, born , 1888, and still living at Buffalo; Estella Iris, born , 1890, was married in 1908 to Pirl Baker, and they now live at Protection, Kansas; Alta Rachel, born February 19, 1892; , born , 1894; John, born February 14, 1896; and Edward Taft, born August 20, 1907, died July 20, 1908.
[Source: A Standard History of Oklahoma, Volume V; by Joseph B. Thoburn; copyright 1916; Transcribed by Andaleen Whitney]
That Mr. Jackson received his Christian or personal name in honor of one of the great and revered heroes and officers of the Confederate service in the Civil war and that his family name makes the appellation the more consistent finds further reinforcement through the fact that his father was a gallant soldier of the Confederacy during virtually the entire period of the war between the states of the North and the South, his service of four years having been rendered as a member of a Louisiana regiment and it having been his portion to participate in many spirited engagements, including a number of important battles. He was always found at the post of duty and in one engagement he received a severe wound.
Stonewall Jackson has been a resident of Cheyenne, judicial center of Roger Mills County, since 1902, and through his own executive ability, his circumspection as a financier and his impregnable integrity of purpose he has become an influential figure in connection with banking activities in the western part of the state. In his home town he is now president of the Cheyenne State Bank, of which office he has been the incumbent since 1912, and he is president also of the of Strong City; vice president of the Crawford State Bank, of Crawford, Roger Mills County; and a director of the Guaranty State Bank of Texola, Beckham County. His prominence in financial circles is further indicated by his having served in 1913 as treasurer of the , of which he continues an active and valued member.
Stonewall Jackson was born at Alto, Cherokee County, Texas, on the 2d of December, 1877, and is a son of William D. and Mary (Kendall) Jackson, both natives of Louisiana, the former having died at Mars Hill, Arkansas, in 1879, and the latter being now a resident of Magnum, Greer County, Oklahoma.
William D. Jackson was born in the year 1834, and was reared and educated in Louisiana, from which state he went forth as a valiant soldier of the Confederacy in the Civil war, as previously noted. In his native state his marriage was solemnized, and after the close of the war he removed to Arkansas, whence, about 1877, he went with his family to Texas, but about three years later he returned to Arkansas, where he passed the remainder of his life, his active career having found him successfully engaged as a contractor and also a representative of the live-stock industry. He was a scion of a sterling family that was founded in the state of Georgia in the colonial period of our national history, and it is to be presumed that the first representatives of the name in America settled in Virginia. Of his three children the eldest is Willie, who is the wife of William H. Thomason, a farmer in Beaver County, Oklahoma; Stonewall, of this review, was the next in order of birth: and Ida, whose death occurred at Magnum, Greer County, this state, was the wife of Rev. Charles R. Roberts, who is still a resident of that place and who is a clergyman of the Baptist Church.
To the public schools of Arkansas and Texas Stonewall Jackson is indebted for his early educational discipline, and in 1901 he was graduated in the Normal School of Texas. He thereafter devoted his attention to teaching in the schools of the Lone Star State until June of the following year when he came to and established his home at Cheyenne, where he assumed the position of cashier of the 'Cheyenne State Bank, with which he has since been actively identified and of which he has been president since 1912. The bank was established in 1898, by Thurmond Brothers, and it is one of the oldest and strongest financial institutions in this section of the state. Its operations are now based on a capital stock of $20,000, and its surplus fund is $2,500. The vice president of the institution is J. H. Kendall; G. B. Lovett is cashier, and J. L. Finch holds the position of assistant cashier.
Insistently progressive and public-spirited as a citizen, Mr. Jackson has taken a specially loyal interest in all that touches the civic and material welfare and advancement of his home town and county, and he is found aligned as a staunch supporter of the cause of the democratic party. He and his wife are zealous and influential members of the Baptist Church at Cheyenne, and he is giving effective service as teacher of the Bible class in its Sunday school. Mr. Jackson is affiliated with Cheyenne Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, of which he is past master; with Cheyenne Chapter. Royal Arch Masons; with Elk City , Knights Templars, at the county seat of Beckham County; and with Indian Temple, Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, in Oklahoma City. In addition to these Masonic affiliations he holds membership in Cheyenne Lodge No. 237, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and Cheyenne Camp, Modern Woodmen of America.
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