Creek County, Oklahoma

F. W. Fischer

Though one of Oklahoma’s younger attorneys, F. W. Fischer has already accomplished much in his profession, and his general ability and standing are well illustrated in the position he now holds as Oklahoma general attorney for the Kansas City, Mexico & Orient Railroad Company. Mr. Fischer has been a member of the Oklahoma bar for six years, and has always practiced in Oklahoma City.

F. W. Fischer was born on a farm near Clarington, Ohio, in 1888, a son of John and Eliza (Davis) Fischer. The Fischer family as the name indicates are of German stock, and one of the most notable characteristics of the family through successive generations has been military service. The great-grandfather of the Oklahoma attorney was Capt. Conrad Fischer, who was commander of a company in one of the Prussian regiments that arrived under General Blucher on the field of Waterloo in time to save the day against Napoleon. Mr. Fischer’s grandfather had participated actively in the revolutionary struggles in Germany during the case of the ‘40s, and it was his activity in behalf of the liberalism and the democracy that caused his removal to America. He died shortly after coming to this country, and his oldest son carried forward the military proclivities of the family by serving in the war between the States.

John Fischer, father of F. W. Fischer, was born in Germany and came to the United States with his parents in 1860. After the death of his father he was the head of the family consisting of his mother and five children. Though quite young, he enlisted in the Union Army and saw active service during the entire period of the war under General Custer and General Sheridan. In the company in which he served were three brothers, natives of Ireland, named Davis. They all became great friends during the war, and all three of the Davises gave up their lives as sacrifices to the Union cause. In response to a promise made to these brothers, after the close of the war, John Fischer visited their family. He thus became acquainted with the sister of his comrades, Eliza Davis, also a native of Ireland, and they were subsequently married and settled on a farm at Clarington, Ohio. John Fischer is still living, but his wife died in July, 1914.

F. W. Fischer grew up on a farm and as a boy received only the advantages of the district schools. At the opening of the Kiowa and Comanche country in Oklahoma, though still a lad, he came into this section of the Southwest, located near Lawton and spent several years working on a farm. In the meantime he took up the study of law, reading his books at night and at any leisure moments he could secure, and under the direction of several lawyers at Lawton studied with such good results that he was admitted to the bar in 1909. As soon as he was admitted to practice Mr. Fischer removed to Oklahoma City, and entered upon a general civil practice. His success in handling litigation is evidenced by his employment in 1914 as general attorney for Oklahoma for the Kansas City, Mexico & Orient Railroad Company, the office to which he gives most of his attention. Mr. Fischer is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and is affiliated with Lodge No. 417 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks at Oklahoma City. He is unmarried and resides at 1411 West Fourteenth Street. (A Standard History of Oklahoma, by Joseph B. Thoburn, Volume 4, 1916, pages 1632 & 1633)

Abner L. Bruce

Since the original opening in Oklahoma more than a quarter of a century ago Abner L. Bruce has been a resident either of Oklahoma or Indian Territory and the present state. In that time his occupations and interests have been of a varied nature, though much of the time since he took up his home in Creek County he has been identified with the official service. He has the distinction of having been Creek County’s first county clerk, and is now, under appointment by the county commissioners, a statistician, keeping track of the tax statistics of the county. The many friends who have followed Mr. Bruce’s career in public service have a great deal of admiration for both the honesty and efficiency of his record. He is thoroughly popular and he has actually conferred honor and dignity upon every public post with which he has been entrusted.

He was born on a farm in Wilson county, Kansas, September 23, 1871, a son of Coleman R and Alpha A. (Moore) Bruce. His parents were born in Moniteau County, Missouri, and now live on a farm twelve miles north of Bristow in Creek County, Oklahoma. His father has spent all his active career as a farmer.

Abner L. Bruce, who was the oldest son and second child in a family of one daughter and five sons, spent the first eighteen years of his life in Missouri on a farm, getting such education as the local schools could bestow. He then came to Indian Territory with his parents and when the original opening of Oklahoma lands was made his father took up a claim six miles east of Oklahoma City. That was their home for six years, but in April 1895, the family came to the Creek Nation and since then Abner L. Bruce has lived in and about Sapulpa. He remained at home with his parents until his marriage, and his education was found in the common schools of Missouri, and in a business college at Oklahoma City. For a year or so he was engaged in the real estate business in and around Shawnee, but for ten years was one of Creek County’s active and progressive farmers.

When the first state elections were held in Oklahoma in September 1907 he was elected county clerk of Creek county and held that office for three consecutive terms, seven years all told. On retiring from the office of county clerk, he was appointed to his present position. Thus Mr. Bruce has been identified with the county government ever since statehood. At the solicitation of his friends he became a candidate for state treasurer in 1914. He made an excellent showing in the primaries and his defeat was in no wise discreditable and was largely due to the fact that he is best known in the county where he has lived for so many years and has made little effort to court recognition over the state at large. It is with special satisfaction that Mr. Bruce can regard the fact that though a democrat, he succeeded in overcoming a strong republican majority each time he was elected to the county clerkship.

He is a member of the Baptist Church and in Masonry has attained the thirty-second degree Scottish Rite, is also a member of the Mystic Shrine, and affiliates with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

On April 18, 1895, he married Miss Ella May Stow, who was born in Osage County, Kansas, June 27, 1876, a daughter of Richard Leonard and Jennie Rebecca (Butler) Stow. Her mother is now deceased and her father lives six miles east of Oklahoma City. Mr. and Mrs. Bruce have one son, Leo Frank, who is attending the Baptist University at Shawnee. (A Standard History of Oklahoma, by Joseph B. Thoburn, Volume 4, 1916)

John E. Bruin

Of the men who have done most to develop Eastern Oklahoma there is none of whose career has been more creditable and who occupies a more honored position in Creek County than John E. Bruin, present county treasurer. Mr. Bruin first became identified with old Indian Territory more than thirty years ago, and has lived here continuously for the past quarter of a century. While his business success has been based largely on his operations as a farmer he has spent many years in the public service, and everyone in Creek County appreciated him as a competent, faithful and energetic worker in whatever position of thrust to which he is called.

In spite of the circumstances of his childhood and early youth, Mr. Bruin has accomplished most of those things for which ambitious men strive. He grew up in the hills of Southern Missouri, and had only three or four months’ schooling altogether and the instruction was not of the highest grade at that. When he was five months old his mother died, and his father was in poor circumstances as a result of the Civil war.

He was born in Camden County, Missouri, August 17, 1865, a son of Alfred and Sarah (Keys) Bruin. His father was born in London, England, in December, 1825, and died in July 1901, in Camden County, Missouri. The mother was born in Camden County and died in 1865 at the age of twenty-seven. When Alfred Bruin came to America he first located in St. Louis and afterwards at Lynn Creek in Camden County. In early life he had supported himself by his work as a bookkeeper, but subsequently took up farming near Lynn Creek. While living there he enlisted in the First Missouri Volunteers in 1861 and went through the entire war until mustered out in July, 1865. For the last two years of his service he was captain of his company. He was always ready to take the lead when there was difficult and dangerous work to do, and these qualities also distinguished him in his civil career, and he was a man of leadership in Camden County. He married for his second wife Martha Anderson. The only children of the first marriage were John E. and Eliza. The latter is the wife of Rev. J. C. Thompson, still living in Missouri. The second wife had one son and two daughters by a former marriage, and by Mr. Bruin she was the mother of one son, James H., who still lives at Lynn Creek, Missouri.

John E. Bruin lived in Camden County, Missouri until he was nineteen years of age. He had worked on a farm and had attended school as opportunity presented, though not regularly and with no one of the incentive and encouragement to study which modern school systems present. In 1884 he came to Indian Territory alone. For four years he worked as a cowboy in the vicinity of Vinita. Then returning to Missouri, he was married May 14, 1889, to Lizzie Berry who was also born in Camden County a daughter of Alexander Berry who was a Kentuckian by birth and had served in the Union army from Missouri.

After his marriage Mr. Bruin lived in Missouri for a year, then returned to Indian Territory. He spent about five years in the Cherokee nation and was present at the opening of the Sac and Fox Reservation, acquiring a homestead. However, he subsequently relinquished his claim and in 1893 came into the Creek Nation, which has been his home now for more than twenty years. Here he diligently pursued his vocation as farmer until about fourteen years ago, at which time he moved to Bristow at the beginning of that town. He first had a blacksmith shop there, but was appointed postmaster the second in the town, under President McKinley and held that position seven years. He resigned to go back to his farm and looked after his interests in that line until his appointment as under-sheriff of Creek County cased his removal to Sapulpa in 1909. Since then he has been one of the best known officials at the county courthouse. He first became a candidate for the office of county treasurer in 1910 but was defeated in the primaries by fifty-six votes. Two years later he was elected treasurer by 121 votes, and in 1914 his re-election was by the safe majority of 600 votes. In politics he is a republican. Mr. Bruin served as special agent for the Frisco Railroad for a year and a half before his election to the office of county treasurer. Altogether he has worked for and served the public fifteen years. He has prospered in a business way, owns his home in Sapulpa and has a good farm in Creek County.

Mr. Bruin is affiliated with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and he and his wife are members of the Christian Church. Their seven children are named Anna, Ethel, Alma, Alfred, Margaret, Lucile and Elizabeth. The daughter Anna is the wife of R. Steinhorst, cashier of the First National bank of Sapulpa and their child is named Richard Bruin. The daughter Alma is the wife of Ray Dingman, of Lynn Creek, Missouri; their child in named Fannie Elizabeth. (A Standard History of Oklahoma, by Joseph B. Thoburn, Volume 4, 1916)

BRUIN, J. E., county treasurer of Creek county, Sapulpa, born in Camden county, Mo., August 17, 1865, son of Alfred and Sarah (Keys) Bruin. He received a common school education in Camden county. Was postmaster at Bristow, Okla., for seven years, and this is his second term as treasurer of Creek county. Republican in politics. He was married May 7, 1889, to Miss Elizabeth Berry. Seven children are the result of this union, Anna, 24; Ethel, 23; Alma, 21; Alfred a., 19; Marguerita, 17; Lueille, 14; Elizabeth, 4. Member of I. O. O. F. and F. O. E. [Source: "Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma", 1916; A Newspaper Reference Work, The World Publishing Company, Tulsa, Oklahoma - Submitted by Vicki Hartman]

Judge Ernest B. Hughes

Now serving as judge of the Twenty-second Judicial District, including Creek and Okmulgee counties, Judge Hughes has been as popular on the bench as he was a practicing lawyer in this district. He is the oldest lawyer by residence and practice in the entire district, and has been identified with the bar of Eastern Indian Territory in Oklahoma for almost twenty years. Possessed of scrupulous honesty and a fine sense of justice, his hosts of friends unite in declaring him one of the most competent men who ever sat on the district bench in the state.

Judge Hughes is a native of West Virginia, born in Summers County, July 23, 1874, a son of Gordon C. and Alice (Hanchins) Hughes. His father was born in Giles County, Virginia, March 24, 1853, and his mother in Summers County, West Virginia, April 17, 1853. They were married in West Virginia in 1872 and lived in that state until May 1, 1893 and removed to Arkansas, afterwards to Missouri and in 1897 located in Indian Territory, first at Tahlequah and since 1898 has had their home in Sapulpa. Gordon C. Hughes has spent his active career as a farmer and as a man of affairs. While he lives in town, he has some extensive interests to require his attention in farming and in other matters. Creek County has had no more influential leader in all the up lift movements for the improvement of agriculture and rural life than Mr. Hughes. He has been identified with all the good roads undertakings in this county and has been a loyal supporter of corn clubs and other organizations. He is a democrat, and while living in West Virginia served as sheriff of his home county. He is also a member of the Masonic Order and both parents are devout in performing their duties as members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South.

Judge Hughes who was the oldest of seven children, six of whom are still living, lived at home with his parents until his marriage in 1898. In the meantime he had gained a liberal education. He attended the college at Pea Ridge, Arkansas, from which he graduated in 1897 and in 1900 took his degree in law from the Southern Normal University at Huntington, Tennessee. At an earlier date he had for two years been a student in the State Normal School of West Virginia. Before statehood Judge Hughes served as city recorder of Sapulpa, and enjoyed a widely extended practice in the courts of this district until his election as district judge in November, 1914.

Judge Hughes is a loyal democrat is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and is affiliated with the Masonic Order, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and the Knights of Pythias. He was the first president of the Creek County Bar Association, and is well known in the State Bar Association.

In 1898 he married Miss Olga Temperance Lindsey a native of Arkansas and a daughter of Dr. F. J. Lindsey of Benton County, Arkansas. To their union have been born six children: Bernard, Nellie Carmen, Birdie, Joseph G., Thomas Wilson (deceased), and Billie Mirth. (A Standard History of Oklahoma, by Joseph B. Thoburn, Volume 4, 1916)

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