Tulsa County

Biographies

AULT, A. F., oil business and real estate, Tulsa, born in Ray County, Tenn., son of Thomas and Jeston Ault. Is a Democrat, and came to Oklahoma in 1905. Prior to that time he was engaged in the banking business at Southwest City, Mo., and Grove, Okla. For awhile he lived in Kansas City.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


BARTLETT, Dewey Follett, a Senator from Oklahoma; born in Marietta, Washington County, Ohio, March 28, 1919; educated in Marietta, Ohio, public schools and Lawrenceville Preparatory School, Lawrenceville, N.J.; graduated, Princeton University 1942; during the Second World War served in the United States Marine Corps as a dive bomber pilot in the South Pacific Theater 1943-1945; moved to Oklahoma; oilman, farmer, and rancher; member, Oklahoma State senate 1963-1966; Governor of Oklahoma 1967-1971; unsuccessful candidate for reelection as Governor in 1970; elected as a Republican to the United States Senate in 1972 and served from January 3, 1973, to January 3, 1979; was not a candidate for reelection in 1978 due to ill health; died in Tulsa, Okla., March 1, 1979; interment in Calvary Cemetery.
[Contributed by A. Newell.]


BENEDICT, OMER K., newspaper man, Tulsa, born Gilman, Iowa, December 19, 1873, son of Eli M. and Malinda (Pemberton) Benedict. Educated in Public schools of State of Kansas. Admitted to practice of law 1903. With older brother established Higgins (Tex.) Courier, 1885, first paper published in Panhandle; on staff of Mexico City Herald for year and half - spent several years on newspapers throughout United States. Went to Hobart, Okla., 1901, edited News-Republican five years; edited Oklahoma City times three years; now associated with Tulsa World. Was seven years secretary Oklahoma Territory Press Association, and first president Oklahoma Press Association after amalgamation. Republican. Served in 1st Ter. Regt. Vol., Spanish-American war. Knight Templar, Shriner, Elk, K. of P. Married in Chicago, October 10, 1900, to Miss Mae Wheeler, of Kingfisher. In conjunction with J. P. Herr, edited and compiled "Men of Affairs" (this book), 1916.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


BRADFORD, F. J. - Parkersburg Rig and Reel Company. This company was organized in 1893 with a capital stock of $100,000. The main offices and plant are at Parkersburg, W. Va., branch offices and plant at Tulsa; offices in the Drew building. Has yards at all principal points in oil field territory; manufacturers of rig irons, sand reels, calf-wheel outfits, drilling machines, bolted derricks and wooden tanks. The officers are J. M. Crawford, president F. J. Bradford, vice-president; D. B. Crawford, secretary and treasurer. Floyd J. Bradford was born Ritchie county, Va., August 3, 1876, son of Simon and Elizabeth (Collins) Bradford. Mason, Shriner and an Elk. Married September 14, 1901, to Miss Jennie Russell. Two children: Floyd, 9; Morris, 6.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


Walter Clinton Burnham, eldest child of Alvina Westerman and Frank Burnham, was born in Wakeeney and had his early schooling there. He attended Kansas University four years, graduating in Civil Engineering in 1910. After leaving the University he was with the Illinois Steel Bridge Company and later with the Kansas City Bridge Company.
Mr. Burnham was in the first State Highway Department of Oklahoma. As a member of the American Association of State Highway Officials he served for many years on a National Committee of Bridge Engineers. During the eleven years that he was in the Highway Department he served in the capacity of State Engineer, State Bridge Engineer and State Construction Engineer. When the Grand River Dam Authority began operations in 1940 he was appointed Hydraulic Engineer. During the War the plant was operated by the Government. In 1946 Mr. Burnham moved to Tulsa where he continued with the Southwestern Power Administration, an agency of the Interior Department. He was in charge of Design, Planning and Production. In September, 1958, Mr. Burnham received a gold medal - the "Distinguished Service Award" from the United States Department of the Interior. 
Walter C. Burnham Is a Mason, a member of the American Society of Civil Engineers. He is a Registered Professional Engineer, a member of the Military Engineers; The Tulsa Engineers' Club; and S.A.R. No. 78905. He is an Episcopalian and is a member of Trinity Church in Tulsa. For several years he served as vestryman and senior warden of St. John's Episcopal Church in Oklahoma City. The Burnhams maintained their Oklahoma City residence from 1915 to 1942 except for a two year period. They now live at 2405 East 24th St., Tulsa, Oklahoma. Mr. Burnham retired in 1957. Besides his consulting work, Mr. Burnham manages his 500-acre farm and has considerable oil interests.
(Source: Abel and Polly Manning Cooper, Fielding and Sarah Hunt Meek, and their ancestors and descendants" by May Cooper Burnham, 1960.Submitted by K. Torp)


CLINE, LEWIS, farmer and county clerk, Tulsa, was born in Cooper county, Mo., April 28, 1867, son of John an dElizabeth Cline. Was educated in the public schools. Is a Democrat in politics, and served one term as mayor of Blackwater, Mo., was deputy county treasurer of Tulsa county for one term; elected county clerk in 1914. Lodges: K. of P., W. O. W. and Odd Fellow.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


CONDON, HOMER GLENN, news editor The World, Tulsa, was born October 13, 1891, in Greenfield, Iowa, son of George W. and Mary Elizabeth Condon. Attended graded schools of Oklahoma, having come to Oklahoma City at a very early age. Started as newsboy in Oklahoma City seventeen years ago. Sold the first copy of the first extra ever printed of the Daily Oklahoman, announcing the assassination of President McKinley. Worked himself up from cub to news editor on second largest daily in state of Oklahoma. Is a Republican. Park Commissioner Tulsa, 1916-17. Is secretary Tulsa Press Club, director Oklahoma Durbar, Poet Laureate Oklahoma Press Association, 1915-16. Member I. O. O. F. Represented The World at 1915 session of legislature, and at closing days of extra session was invited to address that body. Married June 14, 1913, to Miss Eula Youngblood. One child: Caranna Maryjane, infant.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


CONNEELY, CHARLES WILLIAM, oil drilling contractor, born Mercer county, Pa., August 16, 1877, son of Thomas and Elizabeth (O'Brien) Conneely. Educated in the public schools. Is a Democrat; served as city commissioner of Tulsa, and one term as chief of police. Knight of Columbus and B. P. O. Elk. Was in Spanish-American war, and saw service in Porto Rico. Was in the battle of Coamo. August 9, 1898.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


CONNER, BENJAMIN C., lawyer, Tulsa, was born in Chrisficed, Md., October 12, 1879, son of John W. and Emma Conner. Moved to Chicago when a boy, and there received his early education In the common schools. He put in two years at the Northwestern University in College of Liberal Arts; graduated from the John Marshall Law School of Chicago in 1904. Is a Republican and the only office he ever held was that of United States Commissioner at Tulsa.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


Oil magnate Josh Cosden, born in Maryland on July 8, 1881, earned and squandered two fortunes. Before traveling to Oklahoma to capitalize on the emerging oil industry, he worked as a drugstore clerk in Baltimore, Maryland. Around 1910 he established a refinery in Bigheart, Oklahoma. Partly with the funds from this venture, in 1913 he built a refinery, one of the largest of its time, in West Tulsa and organized Cosden and Company. Soon he incorporated the Cosden Pipe Line Company and the Cosden Oil and Gas Company, controlling the crude oil and its transportation to his refinery. In 1917 he consolidated these into Cosden and Company, incorporated under Delaware law. In 1918 Cosden built Tulsa's first skyscraper, the Cosden Building, later the Mid-Continent Building, which is listed in the National Register of Historic Places (NR-79002029). Many estimated Cosden's wealth at $50 million. Married twice, he divorced his first wife, Ottille Loewensprung, and wed Eleanor Neves, the former Mrs. Charles Roeser, who had lived across the street. He then left Tulsa, living extravagantly and enjoying high society in New York. In addition to his business dealings he played the stock market. The Cosdens maintained luxurious residences in New York, Florida, and Rhode Island. His stable of thoroughbred race horses earned him prominent recognition as one of the elite of Eastern society, and he lavishly bought his own railroad car and yacht. In 1924 Cosden and his wife hosted the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VIII. In 1925 Cosden lost control of his finances, and the Mid-Continent Petroleum Company acquired his refinery and other oil assets. He also had to sell his mansions. By 1928 he established headquarters in Fort Worth, Texas, and invested in the exploration and drilling of the West Texas oil fields, accumulating another fortune estimated at $15 million. The Great Depression again depleted his funds. On November 17, 1940, Josh Cosden died of a heart attack in Arizona aboard a train traveling to El Paso. The Daily Oklahoman's obituary claimed that in the week before his death Cosden's reputed final assets had sold at a public auction in New York.
(Source: Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture)


DAVIDSON, ROBERT LEANDER, lawyer, Tulsa, born Garrard county, Ky., March 19, 1877, son of Leander and Carrie (Yantis) Davidson. Graduated from Garrard College at Lancaster, Ky.; B. L. degrees from university of Kentucky, Lexington; also from University of Virginia. Came to Oklahoma from Lancaster, Ky., about nine years ago. Is state senator from 31st district.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


FINNEY, BENJAMIN F. out-door advertising, Tulsa, was born in Adams county, Iowa, December 26, 1861, son of Nelson and Matilda (Bowersmith) Finney. Mr. Finney is a graduate of Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa; Parafaeqe College, Paris, France; Rourlegyn Academy, Berlin, Germany; Sewaird Library of Science, London, England. Came to Tulsa a few years ago and built and operated the first poster advertising plant in the Southwest which gives the beautiful panel service. President Oklahoma State Poster Advertising Association, three terms of one year each; now a director of the National Poster Advertising Association of United States and Canada. Is an Odd Fellow, Knights of Pythias, Elk, and member the Tulsa Rotary Club.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


Pioneer, wildcatter, and entrepreneur Robert Galbreath participated in five Oklahoma Territory land runs. Born in Pickaway County, Ohio, on December 22, 1863, he visited David Payne's Boomers at Kansas in 1884 and traveled to California in 1888, returning through Indian Territory. These trips encouraged Galbreath to join thousands of others in the 1889 race for the Unassigned Lands and to settle in Oklahoma. Along with his younger brother, Herman, Galbreath staked a claim near Hennessey, but they soon sold, relocating to Edmond. There, Robert Galbreath served as a deputy U.S. marshal, a mail carrier for the Star Route, and Edmond's postmaster. He also started a newspaper. He made subsequent runs in part to report for the paper and for land speculation. In 1893 he raced in the Cherokee Outlet Opening and relocated his family (he had married Mary Ellen Kivlehen in 1892) to Perry. There he initiated the Perry Evening Democrat before accepting a 1895 appointment as a United States Commissioner (these were examining judges who determined whether enough evidence existed to send a case through the federal court system), with his headquarters in Shawnee. In 1899 Galbreath moved to Oklahoma City to concentrate on real estate and partnered with Charles Colcord. With the backing of Colcord and Charles "Gristmill" Jones, Galbreath began wildcatting in the Red Fork Field. Gaining experience and success, he decided to explore farther south. He collaborated with Frank Chesley and drilled a well on the Ida E. Glenn farm, hitting a large oil pool at 1,481 feet on November 22, 1905. As the state's first major oil field, the Glenn Pool ushered in a hectic oil boom period, creating Tulsa as an oil capital, where Galbreath again moved. In 1907 he drilled another successful well in the Bald Hill Field. In 1909 he sold most of his Glenn Pool leases to J. E. Crosbie. In 1912 Galbreath unseated Tate Brady as a Democratic National Committeeman. In 1914 he built the three-story Galbreath Hotel in Bromide, hoping to establish a health spa using the area's mineral water. He also mined for iron and manganese in the region. Robert Galbreath continued his oil activities until he died in Tulsa on December 12, 1953. He attended the Boston Avenue Methodist Church, affiliated with the Elks Lodge, and was a charter member of the 1889er Society, an organization of original participants in the 1889 Land Run.
(Source: Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture)

GALBREATH, ROBERT, oil producer, Tulsa, was born at Derby, Ohio, December 22, 1864, son of Robert and Sarah H. Galbreath. Educated in the public schools. Is a Democrat, and was four years National Committeeman for that party in Oklahoma. He served as postmaster of Edmond, Okla., under President Cleveland. Delegate to National Democrat conventions at Chicago and St. Louis. Is an Elk. Was one of the pioneers in the oil business in Oklahoma, and opened Glenn Pool, which was the world-beater until Cushing broke all records.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


GIBBONS, J. BURR, manufacturer, Tulsa, born New Albany, Ind., May 15, 1886, son of John W. and Laura (Lyons) Gibbons. Educated in common schools. Came to Oklahoma ten years ago as a newspaper man and worked on Tulsa papers. Long connected with Chamber of Commerce, Y. M. C. A.. Durbar, Fair and other civic enterprises in executive and publicity capacity. Was press agent for Senator Robt. L. Owen. As manager of Tulsa's Municipal Convention Hall, he established free use of building for pipe organ concerts, community lyceum, Christmas tree and other public and religious and educational events. Is a director of the Oklahoma Press Association, and president Tulsa Press Club; former secretary Tulsa Rotary Club, and for five years was secretary Scottish Rite Society in Tulsa. High Mason, Shriner. Odd Fellow, Woodman.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


GRAHAM, NEWTON R., special representative Merchants & Planters National Bank, Tulsa, was born thirty-three years ago, son of Allen J. and Mary Graham. Educated in public schools, and around newspaper offices where he worked for a number of years as an advertising man. Is an "Irish'" Democrat, and served several years as park commissioner of Tulsa; had actual charge of half million dollar bond Issue for park purposes. Is secretary of county fair association. Is a Mason and an Elk.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


GREER, FRANK HILTON, real estate and oil investments, Tulsa, was born in Leavenworth, Kansas, July 21, 1862, son of Rev. Samuel Hyler (Wylie) and Clotilda (Hilton) Greer. Educated in the public schools. Moved to Winfield, Cowley county, Kansas, where he was associated with his brothers in the mercantile business (Newspaper Business). Mr. Greer for more than twenty years was editor of the leading Republican paper of the Territory of Oklahoma, the Oklahoma State Capital. He came to Oklahoma Territory, April 22, 1889. Moved to Tulsa in 1911. Is a Republican and was a member of the Territorial legislature in 1893. Was president of the Oklahoma Press Association, and for many years held an office in the national editorial association. Belongs to every branch of Masonry, including the 33d degree; is an Elk, K. of P., A. O. U. W., Odd Fellow.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman) (Corrections in ( ) submitted by Lori Ling)


William Halsell, was born on June 7, 1850, near the town of Decatur, Alabama, and son, Ewing, was born on February 12, 1877, in Jacksboro, Texas. In 1872, when working for his brother-in-law Dan Waggoner, William Halsell drove a herd of cattle from the Triple D Ranch in Texas up the Chisholm Trail to Indian Territory. The herd turned east at the Cimarron River, followed it to the Arkansas River, and then moved up the Verdigris River and east to Vinita. This less-traveled route was called the Halsell Branch of the Chisholm Trail. While attaining permission from the Cherokee government to drive through the nation, Halsell began a lifelong friendship with Dennis W. Bushyhead, later Cherokee principal chief. In 1877 William Halsell and his brother Glenn leased land along the Cimarron River and built a ranch headquarters five miles northeast of present Guthrie. In 1881 the brothers sold all their cattle and grazing rights to the Wyeth Shoe Company for $340,000. Nephews Oscar D. Halsell and Harry H. Halsell remained in this area, working their own herd of 250 cattle. After dissolving his partnership with Glenn, William Halsell, capitalizing on his wife Mary Alice's Cherokee ancestry, moved his operation into the Cherokee Nation. Now an adopted Cherokee citizen, he made Vinita his home and initiated ranching operations eight miles north of Tulsa near Bird Creek. Here, he used his Mashed O brand. Halsell enlarged his fortune by buying southern Texas cattle, shipping them to Bird Creek to fatten during the late spring and summer, and then selling them at a large profit. Using this method he had no herds in the cold months and thereby dodged the harsh winters or droughts that ruined many ranchers. He and then his son gradually began running cattle at Bird Creek year round. A civic leader in Vinita, in 1888 William Halsell funded Willie Halsell College, a school named for his daughter, who had died at the age of eleven. Halsell supported many projects that served the Vinita area. He engaged in real estate, buying town lots throughout the Cherokee Nation and, with partners, organized banks in Vinita, Claremore, and Tulsa. He held the initial presidency in the Claremore and Tulsa banks. In 1900 Halsell bought thirty-six thousand acres that had been Camp Supply, in Oklahoma Territory, of which he sold eleven thousand acres the next year, recouping his initial investment. In 1904 he sold the rest, because, he said, settlers would not allow him to ranch the area. In 1901 he bought nearly two hundred thousand acres of the former XIT Ranch in West Texas. In 1893 Mary Alice Halsell died, and William married Josephine Crutchfield, Mary Alice's niece, in June 1895. In 1899 William sold his Bird Creek Ranch to his son Ewing, who married Lucile Fortner, the daughter of a local doctor, in that year. Father and son enlarged their operations, leasing Osage pastures and acquiring more land in Texas. They also formed Halsell and Son Oil and Gas Company. Ewing bought about seventeen thousand acres of allotments in Nowata and Craig counties to create his own operation, the Big Creek Ranch. Later, he also bought a ranch in Kansas. In 1916 Ewing, his father, and his sisters, Eva McCluskey and Clare Holmes, formed the Halsell Cattle Company, which operated the Texas ranching interests. For his own enterprises Ewing used the Diamond Tail brand. In the early 1930s he installed feedlots at his Bird Creek and Big Creek ranches, and he and the Halsell Cattle Company co-owned one in West Texas. William Halsell died on November 25, 1934, in Santa Monica, California. He was buried in Vinita. Ewing Halsell, a boyhood friend of Will Rogers, was one of the five original donors for the Will Rogers Memorial in Claremore and served on the design and building committee. He remained connected to the memorial throughout his life. In 1945 Ewing acquired the Farias Ranch in South Texas and moved the headquarters of the Halsell operations to San Antonio, Texas. Ewing Halsell died December 17, 1965, and was interred in Vinita. Later, Jim Ratcliff acquired the Big Creek Ranch in northern Oklahoma. In 1970 the Bird Creek Ranch ceased operation when the Lacy Management Company leased the land from the Halsell heirs. In 1957 Ewing and Lucille established the Ewing Halsell Foundation, a Texas-based charitable trust that has funded many social, educational, art, and health-care projects. 
(Source: Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History & Culture)


HERR. J. P., advertising salesman, Tulsa, was born in Toledo, Ohio, May 1, 1878, son of Michael H. and Elizabeth (Casey) Herr. Educated in public schools of Sandusky, Ohio, and Rochester, N. Y. Is a Democrat. Spent several years in Chicago Board of Trade, and for a number of years was train dispatcher. Moved to California from Chicago, and for a number of years was associated with coast papers in advertising department. Came to Oklahoma two years ago. Member B. P. O. Elks. In conjunction with Omer K. Benedict, compiled and edited "Men of Affairs" (this book). 1916.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


KING. W. A., owner King's Market. Tulsa, was born in Crawford county. Kan., February 22, 1867, son of Francis Marian and Martha A. (Toley) King. Attended public schools ot Crawford county. Is a Democrat. Member Elks and is a Modern Woodman. Came to Tulsa in 1907 and established his business on Second street. Each succeeding year has shown an added increase in business and in departments. King's Market now occupies a floor space of 6,400 square feet, and twenty-five employees are on the payroll. Mr. King was married June 20, 1903, to Miss Hattie J. Sutherland. Formerly lived In Cleveland. Okla. Is member Rotary Club.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


KIRKBRIDE, THOMAS E., oil producer, tulsa, born Ogdensburg, N. Y., December 26, 1858, son of Joseph and Sarah J. Kirkbride. Educated in the public schools of Warren county, Pa.; affiliates with the Republican party. Went to Ohio and located near Toledo when a young man and engaged in the oil business, where he met with unlimited success, bringing in some of the largest producers in the Buckeye State - the largest one east of the Mississippi river; came to Oklahoma several years ago, and now engaged in oil production with his son, Joseph E. Kirkbride. Elk and K. of P.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


KIRKBRIDE, JOSEPH E., oil producer, Tulsa, born Bradford, Pa., February 23, 1881, son of Thomas E. and Mary A. (Edwards) Kirkbride. Educated Christian Bros. College, Toledo, Ohio; attended Jesuit College for four years. Member Knights of Columbus. Republican. Born and raised in the oil business and has followed it in Ohio and the east and in Oklahoma all his life. Now partnership with his father. Married Miss Agatha Hanson, daughter of Mrs. Frank H. Greer, June 23, 1915.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


KISKADDON, HARRY W., oil producer, Tulsa, born Armstrong county, Pa., November 16, 1872, son of W. J. and Clara H. (Morrison) Kiskaddon. Early education at public schools and Freeport Academy, Freeport, Pa., and Grove City College, at Grove City, Pa. Is a Democrat. Mason, belongs to practically all branches, including Shrine. Spent his life in producing oil and promotion of oil interests. Came to Oklahoma in 1909, and became interested in Mid-Continent field.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


LEWIS, ALLIE ERNEST, banking and oil producer, Tulsa, born in Douglass county, Kansas, January 27, 1881, son of George W. and Vessa (Moore) Lewis. Business course at A. and M. College, Stillwater, Okla. Married to Agnes Thiele, October 6, 1914. President Liberty National Bank, Tulsa, and owner of considerable oil properties in Mid-Continent field. Came to Oklahoma in 1890. Is a Democrat. Member Tulsa lodge No., 946, B. P. O. Elks.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


LYNCH, WILLIAM, of Tulsa, was born in Benton county, Arkansas, September 3, 1870, son of P. E. and Mary A. Lynch, is a pioneer of Tulsa and is extensive real estate holder. His coal mine is located on the Frisco, near Dawson, and has been opened twenty-six years, and operated for fifteen years under the present management. Produces an extra good grade of hard coal, on an average of one hundred tons a day. The first vein is thirty inches thick and the second vein five feet, thrid vein six feet. At present the surace vein only is being worked; the coal is free from sulphur and burns to fine ash. Principally marketed at home and in Texas.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


McBIRNEY, ROBERT ATKINS, undertaker, Tulsa, born in Donahadee (Downn county), Ireland, August 10, 1873, son of Hugh and Susan McBirney. Educated in the public schools. Independent in politics. Came to American in 1877 and located in Kansas; has been in Oklahoma twelve years; most of his social life is spent in M. E. church. Is a Master Mason, K. of P., W. O. W., M. W. A., Woodmen Circle, Moose, Homesteader.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


McCULLOGH, WILLARD M., farmer, Tulsa, born Brazil, Indiana, November 22, 1866, son of M. a. and Mary McCullough. Educated public schools, Is a Republican and served two terms as sheriff of Tulsa county. Has been in Indian Territory and Oklahoma for twenty-five years. Member I. O. O. F. and W. O. W.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


McKEEVER, JESSE ALEXANDER, oil editor The World, Tulsa, born in Virginia, April 3, 1889, son of Edwin and Lillie McKeever. Educated in public schools of Washington, D. C. Went to George Washington University for two years. Republican. Married May 18, 1913, to Miss Lucille Egan, Sapulpa. One child: John Edwin, 2.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


McNEAL, JOSEPH W., banker, Tulsa, was born in Marion county, Ohio, January 9, 1852, son of Allen and Rachael McNeal. Received only a common school education. Is a staunch Republican and an active worker for the party. Was county attorney, couty treasurer and couty commissioner of Barber county, Kansas. Was for several years treasurer of the Republican Central Committee of the Territory of Oklahoma; and was the nominee of that party for governor in 1910. Mr. McNeal went to western Kansas with his brother, Tom, who is editor of the Topeka Mail an dBreeze, in the early seventies, and hunted buffalo, the sale of the hides of which was very profitable. Prior to going to Kansas, Mr. McNeal resided in Iowa and Missouri. He came to Guthrie, Okla., the day of the original opening, April 22, 1889, and opened the first bank in Oklahoma Territory in a tent. He remained until three years ago, when he moved to Tulsa and established the American National Bank. Is one of the few 33d degree Masons in Oklahoma.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


MOTT, MARSHALL LOCKHART, lawyer, Tulsa, was born in Statesville, N.C., May 28, 1863, son of J. J. and Caroline H. Mott. After leaving public schools he attended the Charlotte Military Institute of charlotte, N. C., and later the University of Virginia, where he learned law. Is a Republican in politics; was assistant U. S. attorney for North Carolina; and was the tribal attorney for the Creek Indians in Oklahoma from 1904 until 1914. Was a delegate to the National Republican convention in 1896, and attended the Chicago convention in 1888 as a delegate.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


NILES, ALVA J., oil operator, Tulsa, was born at Whitehill, Ill., April 5, 1882, son of Albert G. and Sarah Niles. Education, academic and collegiate. Was adjutant-general of Oklahoma Territory, 1906-7. Was formerly a director of the National Rifle Association of America; also a member of the executive committee of National Guard Association of the U. S., 1906-9. Was member of 21st Kansas Volunteer Infantry, war with Spain, 1898-9. Was the first commander of the first camp of United Spanish War Veterans organized in Oklahoma; was also the first and third department commander of the Oklahoma United Spanish War Veterans; was chairman of the Republican state campaign committee of Oklahoma in 1910. thirty-second degree Mason, Commander Court of Honor Scottish Rite Masons. Is an Elk. His wife is the daughter of Joseph W. McNeal. Republican nominee for governor in 1910. Two children: Joe Allen, 10; Mary Louise, 8.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


OBERHOLTZER, EDISON ELLSWORTH, superintendent city schools, Tulsa, born Owen county, Indiana, May 6, 1880, son of Augustus and Mary Ann (Collins) Oberholtzer. Graduated clay City high school, 1894; Indiana State Normal School, Terra Haute, 1906; A. B. and A. M. at University of Chicago, 1910; B. L. at Lincoln-Jefferson, Hammond, Indiana, 1912; admitted to practice law in Indiana; now working on thesis for Ph. D. at University of Chicago and Columbus University, N. Y. Independent in politics. Master Mason and a member I. O. O. F.; member Phi Delta Kappa; member National Educational Association; National Society for the Scientific Study of Education, Experience: 1898-1903 in charge Harrison Township schools; Clay county, Indiana, 1903-1906, Supt. of schools, Carbon, Ill., 1906-1907, dept. Mathematics Ind. State Norma, Terra Haute; 1907-1910, Supervising principal, Hullman schools, Terra Haute; 1910-1911, District Supt. Schools, Evensville, Ind.; 1911-1913, Supt. city schools, Clinton, Ind.; 1913 - present time, Supt. city schools, Tulsa. Married Miss Myrtle May Barr, March 26, 1899. children: Kenneth Edison, 12; Ester Myrtle, 10. Member Rotary Club.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


OILER, FRED D., lawyer, Tulsa, born Pleasantville, Pa., November 11, 1875, son of David S. and Kathrine (Taylor) Oiler. After leaving the public schools he attended Edinboro College at Edinboro, Pa. Received LL. D. at Dickinson College (law dept.) Carlisle, Pa. Is a Democrat. Member Masonic lodge and Odd Fellows. Was admitted to the bar in 1902; and was admitted to bar in New York in 1906; practiced three years in New York City. Came to Oklahoma in 1910. Has done a great deal of social and religious work in past years. Now heavily interested in oil in Oklahoma and has some interests in Pennsylvania. Makes a specialty of oil and gas and corporation law.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


OVERTON, W. T., one of Tulsa's largest grocerymen, was born in Mount Vernon, Mo., June 4, 1872, son of H. B. and Mary S. Overton. Educated in the public schools. Moved to Tulsa from Enid, where he had served as a commissioner under commission form of government. Is a Democrat. Opened a grocery store in tulsa in 1911, February 1st, and volume of business has increased each year 100 per cent since opening. At this time he has three floors, containing 13,000 square feet, and employs forty people. Has 1,000 square feet of refrigerator space, and has seven automobile deliveries worked to full capacity.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


PITT, J. F., oil operator, Tulsa, was born at Nauvoo, Ill., February 9, 1866, son of John and Mary J. Pitt. Was educated in the public schools. Is a Republican but never sought office. He is president of the Plymouth Clothing Co., of Tulsa; is the manger and secretary of the Cherokee-Los Angeles Oil Company, one of the pioneer oil companies of the state of Oklahoma. Mr. Pitt drilled his first wells in Oklahoma near Tulsa. Is a Mason, 32d degree, and an Elk.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


PORTER, JAMES B. - Plant of the Purity Ice Cream, Co. This concern began business in Tulsa in 1906, and has steadily grown in volume of business, started with 720 square feet, now has more than 2,200; started with four employees, now has 15 - has shown 25 percent increase per annum; capacity at first 300 gallons, now more than 1200; ships to every point within 50 miles of Tulsa. Firm composed of H. M. White and James B. Porter. Mr. Porter was born New Castle, Pa., March 24, 1869, son of John a. and Mary (Baird) Porter. He is a Republican. Is a member of the 102d Pennsylvania Volunteer Association. Is a Mason and a Shriner and an Elk. Member rotary Club. Came to Oklahoma in 1909. Married to Miss Mae Eakin, June 12, 1899. Two children: Mary, 16; Harold, 13.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


RAMSEY, JAMES ROLLIN, lawyer, Tulsa, was born December 30, 1879, at Aledo, Ill., son of James H. and Sarah C. Ramsey. Was educated in the public schools at Aledo, Ill., and received an A. B. degree from the Lake Forest University of Lake Forest, Ill. Is a Democrat and was elected city attorney of Tulsa in 1914. Member Masonic fraternity, K. T. and Shriner, and an Elk. Received law education under Guy C. Scott and George A. Cook of the Supreme Court of Illinois. He was appointed county judge of Tulsa county, February 9, 1916.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


REEVES, GEORGE E., lawyer, Tulsa, born Arkadelphia, Ark., September 2, 1887, son of George W. and Margaret J. Reeves. Graduated from high school and took literature course in University of Oklahoma; law graduate from University of Texas. Is a Democrat. Served as district court reporter, superior court reporter; was secretary to Senator Robert L. Owen. Is at present assistant county attorney. Is a Master Mason and an Elk.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


ROGERS, CHARLES B., lawyer, Tulsa, was born Dover Hill, Ind., January 6, 1870, son of James T. and Sarah E. Rogers. Received his early education in the public schools of Indiana. Attended he Southern Indiana Normal at Mitchell, the State Normal at Terra Haute, and the State University at Bloomington. Learned law at University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Is a Republican and served as public prosecutor by appointment in the 49th judicial district of Indiana in 1900. Mr. Rogers was in the United States consular service for two years and was located at Zanzibar, British East Africa, where he had a jurisdiction covering 2500 miles of the East Africa coast. Came to Oklahoma in 1903 and located in Vinita. He was Federal Master in Chancery for the eastern district of Oklahoma, which position he held until 1912; and as such handled the receivership of the Oklahoma Central railroad and other important cases. He is a Royal Arch Mason, an Elk and K. of P. In 1913 he was adopted into the Shawnee tribe of Indians.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


ROSSER, I. G., furniture business, Tulsa, was born in Memphis Tenn., December 6, 1880, son of I. G. and Virginia Rosser. Was educated in the public schools of Memphis. Is a Democrat and member of the B. P. O. Elks. Is manager of the Bass Furniture Co., Tulsa, president of the Retail Merchants' Association, director in the Chamber of Commerce; served nine months in the Spanish-American war in 2d Tennessee Volunteer Infantry. After the war was 2d. lieutenant in the 1st Tennessee militia.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


SMITH, S. MAXWELL, president Tulsa Business College, Tulsa, was born in New York, but spent the early years of his life in Eastern Iowa. He spent six years at the Northern Illinois Normal School and Dixon Business College, was graduated from the Literary, Military, Oratory, Pen Art, Commercial and Post Graduate courses, with the degree of B. S., A. M. and M. Accts. Came to Tulsa, 1906, bought Tulsa Business College and built up one of the best in Southwest. Is pioneer Gregg School of Shorthand and Stem-type of Oklahoma. Students in school are taught not only shorthand, stenotype, bookkeeping and kindred subjects, but are trained in salesmanship, advertising, filing, multigraphing, adding machine work, business and personal efficiency, scientific letter-writing, etc. Mr. Smith was married August 23, 1906, to Miss Nol H. Barry, Litchfield, Ill. Two children: Barry, 6; Lois May, 4.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


William Kelly Warren was born in Nashville, Tennessee, on December 3, 1897. Throughout his childhood and adolescence, he struggled with poverty and constantly searched for ways to earn a buck. Warren worked in various occupations as a newspaper carrier, a Western Union messenger, a peanut vendor in a baseball park, a drug store employee, a door-to-door salesman and even a dance hall instructor. When he was 18 years old, Warren decided to leave his home town. With his job as a railroad filing clerk, he earned a mere 40 dollars a month, and he had heard of the lucrative job opportunities in Oklahoma. Warren arrived in Oklahoma in 1916, and by this time, Tulsa was well on its way to becoming the Oil Capital of the World. He soon became an accountant with Gypsy Oil Company. Later, he worked for Gilliland Oil Company and McMann Oil Company. Warren married Natalie Overall on September 21, 1921, and the couple had seven children. In March of 1922, the Warrens scraped together 300 dollars and organized a firm to purchase the output of gasoline plants handling natural gasoline and liquid petroleum gasses. The company began in two rooms of the Atco Building and had two employees—Warren and his wife. With Warren's ingenuity in the processing and marketing of liquidized petroleum gas, this tiny company emerged as the world's largest independent distributor of the product many years later. Warren generously contributed to many projects within the Tulsa community. The William K. Warren Foundation was chartered in 1948 for the purpose of donating to hospitals, churches, schools and worthwhile charities. Warren established Saint Francis Hospital in 1960. Warren served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Warren Petroleum Company from 1922 until retirement in 1961. He was a strong leader with an abundance of administrative ability.
(Contributed by Linda Craig)


CUNNINGHAM, JOHN W. lawyer, Inventor, manufacturer, Tulsa, born at Broken Bow, Neb., February 4, 1890, son of James D. and Belle Cunningham. Attended public school and Puchett College, Glasgow, Mo. Attended Missouri University, also Cumberland University of Tennessee. Is a Mason and an Elk. Inventor of the Cunningham tank protector, a device that prevents large crude oil tanks from burning after being struck by lightning.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


LOCKWOOD, MARCUS LAFAYETTE (deceased), oil producer, Tulsa, born December 5, 1844, at East Humberg, N. Y., son of Philo B. and Polly (Utley) Lockwood. Was educated in the public schools. Democrat. Member Pennsylvania legislature, 1876-1880; founder and late president of the American Anti-Trust League; always active in politics. Been in oil business for more than quarter of century.
Operated in Pennsylvania as Patterson & Lockwood; was one of the organizers of the Pure Oil Co.; founder and president, 1901, of the Sabine Oil & Marketing Co., operating in Texas, Kansas and Oklahoma. Children: Mesdames H. W. Alling, Jamestown, N. Y.; Harold Helm, Moravia, N. Y.; Ray E. Porter, Guthrie, Okla.; Schuyler C. French, Tulsa, Okla.; Elton Everett, Tulsa, Okla., and Robert R., Lockwood, Tulsa.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


MALLOY, PAT, lawyer, Tulsa, born Salix, Iowa, January 7, 1885, son of John and Kate (Gibbons Malloy. Educated at Joseph's Salix, Iowa, and University of Indiana, at Notre Dame; admitted to bar in Oklahoma, February 20, 1908. Served two terms as county attorney of Tulsa county. Is a Democrat. Won praise from the bench in prosecuting murder trial; and defendant was granted new trial on ground that jury returned verdict under spell of Mr. Malloy's argument rather than on facts based on evidence. Leading lawyers claim speech was greatest ever delivered in the west. Mr. Malloy was left an orphan at the age of 14, a cyclone at Salix, Iowa, having killed his father, mother, two brothers and a sister. Member the Elks, and has been called throughout the central west to deliver addresses at Memorial services. Was two years state deputy Knights of Columbus of Oklahoma and for four years has been national delegate from Oklahoma. Is now delegate to National Bar Association from Oklahoma. Married October 5, 1910, to Miss Lenore Harrington, of Sioux City, Iowa. Two children: John, 2; Pat, Jr., 2 months.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


WEST, PRESTON C, lawyer, Tulsa, born Rodney, Miss., August 19, 1868, son of Preston C. and Winnifred Todd (Wilcox) West. A. B. at Southwestern Presbyterian University. Clarkesvllle, Tenn., in 1888; studied law in private offices and in law department, University of Virginia, 1889-90. Practiced at Port Smith from 1890 to 1897; Muskogee, Oklahoma, from 1897 to 1913; was chairman board of freeholders that prepared charter for Muskogee: is a Democrat, and was Assistant Attorney- General of the United State*, re-appointment August 19. Present time director Commercial National Bank, of Oklahoma City. Married Miss Bessie Douglas Shelby of Fort Smith, Ark., August 20, 1897. Is an Episcopalian: member Sigma Alpha Epsilon; member Town and Country Club, Muskogee. Moved to Tulsa, February 1916, and is associated with Roger Sherman.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


MASON, HERBERT DELEVAN, lawyer; born East Swanzey, N. H., November 2, 1878; son of Herbert W. and Abigail Frances (Alexander) Mason, educated public schools Glens Falls, N. Y., LL. B. Cornell U., 1900; married Maud Louis richardson of Boston, Mass.; June 18, 1910; daughter, Elizabeth Dieudonnee, born February 19, 1913. Practiced law in Ithaca, N. Y., 1900-2; associated with Hornblower, Byrne, Miller & Potter, N. Y. City, 1902-5; member Ivins, Mason, Wolff & Hoguet, 1905-12; removed to Tulsa, Okla., 1912; now member Carroll & Mason; N. Y. State Civil Service Examiner, 1901-2; assisted as counsel of Public Service Commission of N. Y. City, 1907 in general investigation in N. Y. City and Brooklyn Traction conditions; member Board of Education, Tulsa; non-resident lecturer Oklahoma U. Law School; Trustee Cornell U.; member Am. Bar Assn., Assn. Bar City of New York, Oklahoma State Bar Assn., Tulsa County (Okla.) Bar Assn., New Hampshire Soc., Alpha Delta Phi; Mason, Clubs, Cornell Univ. (New York); town and Gown, Craftsmen's (Ithaca, N. Y.). Author (with robert Louis Hoguet) Supplement to Brightley's New York Digest (2 vols.), 1906-7; (with William Mills Ivins); control of Public Utilities, 1908; Mason on Highways, 6 editions, 1902-1910. Home 1401 Baltimore Av. Office 232 Iowa Bldg., Tulsa, Okla. (From "Who's Who in America").
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


CARROLL GRAY, lawyer, native of Warren county, N. C; son of Thomas and Virginia (Daly) Carroll; educated Randolph Macon College, Ashland, Va.; Bachelor of Law, law department, University of Virginia; practiced law at Little Rock, Ark., until March 1, 1906, as member of firm of Dodge. Johnson, Carroll & Pemberton; Prosecuting Attorney, Little Rock, 1886; Secretary of Democratic State Central Committee of Arkansas, 1894-1904; Division Attorney for St. Louis, Iron Mountain & So. Ry. Co.; removed to Tulsa, Okla., March, 1906. Married February 3, 1886, Godwin Parham, daughter of Richard H. and Ora (Trezevant) Parham; daughters. Godwin and Courtney Carroll; married June 22, 1915, Hazel I. Haskin, daughter of George L. and Grace (Brumback) Haskin; member firm of Carroll & Mason, lawyers, Tulsa, Okla.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


GREGG, WILLIAM J., lawyer, Tulsa, was born in Randolph county, Ill., July 28, 1864, son of Thomas and Jane Gregg. Educated in public schools of Kansas where he moved in 1867, and spent most of life in Southern Kansas and Northern Oklahoma. Is a Republican and was United States prosecuting attorney for the Eastern district of Oklahoma from 1907 to 1913, and had the distinction of being the only prosecuting attorney who ever prosecuted a governor of a state while living under the same administration. Is an Elk.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


BIDDISON, A. J., lawyer, Tulsa, was born at McConnellsville, Ohio, June 6, 1864, son of Jeremiah and Drusilla Biddison. Graduate of Johnson County College at Ottawa, Kansas, and holds B. L. degree in Baker University. He was professor of Mathematics and Mental Science at Carlton Institute at Farminsion, Mo.; was president of Whittier College, at Salem, Iowa. Is a Republican and served as
a number of the senate in Oklahoma Territory in 1899. He came to Oklahoma Territory at the opening of the Cherokee Strip, in 1893. Is an Odd Fellow and an Elk.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


REEDER, CHARLES L., physician and surgeon, Tulsa, born Orlean, Appanoose county, Iowa, July 6. 1864, son of Philander and Mary Longacre (Edwards) Reader. Educated in high school, Elsworth Medical College, St. Joseph, Mo. Received M. D. degree from Barnes Medical College, St. Louis, 1890. Came to Oklahoma and located at Tulsa immediately after receiving degree. Was secretary and member staff Tulsa Hospital Association for number of years; president Tulsa Opera House Co., and heavy real estate owner. Is a Democrat and served as mayor of Tulsa, 1904-06; and was nominated March 22d Democrat candidate for mayor of Tulsa. Member A. M. A., Oklahoma State Med. Assn. (president, 1910-11), Tulsa County Med. Assn., member Southwestern Med. Assn. York and Scottish Rite Mason; was Grand Master of Oklahoma Masons, elected, 1914. Married Miss Jessica V. Goodamote, of Springville, N. Y., June 26, 1889.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


VEASY, JAMES A., lawyer, Tulsa, born Louisville. Ky., October 24, 1876. son of Joseph M. and Sarah K. (Rogers) Vensy. Preparatory School, Kentucky University, Louisville; A. B. from University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; LL.B. degree from same university in 1902. Was reared in Jeffersonville, Ind.; came to Oklahoma in 1903 and located at Bartlesville and came to Tulsa in 1913; was associated with Roger Sherman for two years, now chief counsel for the Tarter Oil Company. Is a Republican. Married Miss Mary Bolen, daughter of Rev. H. C. Bolen, of St. Joseph. Mo., November 19, 1904. Three children: Mary, 10: Dorothy, 8; James A., Jr., 4.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


WOOLLEY, JAMES, sheriff Tulsa county, Tulsa, born May 20, 1868, at Weatherford, Texas, son of Elijah and Elizabeth Woolley. Educated common schools of Texas. Is a Democrat and has served as county commissioner and sheriff. Formerly engaged in cattle business and farming. Has been in Oklahoma for 27 years. Married Miss Texana Dawson, and has three children: Irene, 16: Wilburn, 13; Leone, 5.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


DARBY, JOHN F.. oil producer, farm lands, farm loans, Tulsa, born Odell, Ill., August 31, 1872, son of Thos. J. and Mary (Blakesley) Darby. Attended the public schools and was graduated from the Elmwood (Ill.) high school. Attended Grinnell (Iowa) College in 1893; also attended University of Chicago and Chicago College of Law; was a teacher in township high school of Cook county. Ill., for four years; was principal of schools of Rock Island, Ill., for three years. Came to Muskogee, Okla., in 1903. Is an independent Republican. Member of Wauhilla, Tulsa and Muskogee Country Clubs. Member the Elks.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


HOPPING, JOSEPH SHIELDS, was born in Douglas county, Kan., June 11, 1864, son of Joseph W. and Jane (Shields) Hopping. Educated in public schools of Wilson county. Democrat. Married Miss Alice M. Hartman, February 25, 1891. Three children Ema, 20; Velma, 18; Norris, 16. Came to Oklahoma in 1889, located at Stillwater, and came to Tulsa few years ago. Is president of the Producers State Bank, Tulsa. Thirty-second degree Mason, Shriner, Elk.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


EVANS, THADDEUS DANIEL, born Marshalltown, Iowa, August 20, 1868, son of James and Mariam (Hlems) Evans. Graduated Marshalltown High School, 1887. Marshalltown Business College; law dept. U. of Iowa, Iowa City, 1892. Republican. Deputy recorder Marshalltown four years; city attorney Marshalltown, 1897-1901. Married Celete morgan, June 2, 1897. One child: Miriam, age 15. Knight Templar and Shriner, Knight Pythias. Came to Oklahoma in January, 1906. Is a director in the Producers State Bank, Tulsa.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


HARTMAN, THOMAS J., banker, Tulsa, born at Roaring Springs, Pa., November 23, 1874, son of William A. and Mary A. Hartman. Received his early education in the public schools of Missouri and Kansas; was graduated from the Oklahoma A. &. M. College in 1898; was member of Board of Regents, also treasurer of the A. & M. College 1901 to 1906. Principal hobby of Mr. Hartman is big-game hunting and out-of-doors sports; he established three hunting lodges in Central Canada; held state championship of Oklahoma and second amateur championship of the United States for clay pigeon shooting from unknown angles, 1907. Member Consistory Masons, 32d degree, Shriner, Elk, Odd Fellow, K. of P.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


REED, GUY C., oil producer, Tulsa, born Monroe county, Ohio, November 16, 1876, son of J. W. and Maggie Reed. Educated public schools; graduate Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston; Marietta College, Marietta, Ohio. Is a Republican. Member B. P. O. Elks, No. 477. Been in Oklahoma since 1908, and has specialized in leases and oil. Had twenty years' experience in different fields
in United States.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


WERTZBERGER, D. D′ rig contractor and auto dealer, Tulsa, born at Decatur, Ind., July 28, 1880, son of M. J. and Sarah (Zerkel) Wertzberger. Educated in public schools of Decatur. Agent for Cadillac and Mitchell automobiles. Was employed for several years with the Oil Well Supply Co., representing them in Kansas and Oklahoma. Is a member K. C. C. H., Knight Templar. Shriner, E. P. O. Elk ond K. of P.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


MUNROE, THOMAS I., lawyer, Tulsa, born Rushville, Ill., January 15, 1881, son of Hinman and Anna (Irvin) Munroe. Was graduated from the public schools and went to University of Michigan for one year, and received degree LL. D. at Vanderbilt, Nashville, Tenn., in 1902. Practiced law at Rushville and was elected city attorney on his 21st birthday. Is a Democrat; served as assistant city attorney of Tulsa, and is member state committee from Tulsa county. Is a Knight Templar, Shriner, K. of P., M. W. A., and at present exalted ruler of B. P. O. Elks of Tulsa. Is member Country Club. Married Miss Mary Crawford, of Galesburg, Ill., June 28, 1905.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


KISTLER. W. L., oil producer, Tulsa, born Greensboro, N. C., September 13, 1883, son of Samuel and Emma (Prather) Kistler. Was graduated from St. Louis (Mo.) High School and took a business course. Came to Oklahoma in 1905, and engaged in oil business in Claremore and Tulsa; was a pioneer driller in Rogers and Nowata counties. Organized and is secretary of Economy Petroleum Co., of Tulsa: owners of valuable leases throughout Mid-Continent field. Knight Templar, Shriner and M. W. A. Married June 21, 1905, to Miss Emilie Hagmaier. Two children: Alice May, 7; William Arthur, 5.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


PRESTON, HOMER M., oil producer, Tulsa, born Warren county, Pa,, December 1, 1860, son Lorenzo P. and Julia (Northup) Preston. Educated public schools. Is director in Exchange National Bank of Tulsa. Okla., and First National Bank of Jamestown, N. Y. Member of firm Knapp, Hoskins & Preston, Warren, Pa., manufacturers of carbon black, with factories in West Virginia and Oklahoma. Vice-president and director of Warren & Jamestown St. Ry., connected with Union Traction Company, Coffeyville and Independence. Kan.; also with the S. W. Interurban R. R. Winfield, Kan. Is member of Conewango Club of Warren, Pa., Jamestown Club of Jamestown, N. Y., Country Club of Tulsa, Okla., and is also member of Elks and a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner. Democrat. Owns interest in gas engine plants, furniture factories and several large farms in Pennsylvania and New York. Came to Bartlesville in 1906; immediately engaged in oil and gas business, and built the Quapaw gas lines from Bartlesville, okla., to Joplin, Mo. Moved to Tulsa in 1911 and became president, treasurer and general manager of the Oklahoma State Oil Co., Tulsa Oil Co. Monitor Oil & Gas Co., and Reece Oil Co., of Tulsa, Okla.; also Terrain Oil Company, of Casey, Ill. Married Stella A. Knapp, September 10, 1884. Three children: Harold M., 10, Allen and Allene, 8.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


VALERIUS, MICHAEL M., petroleum and mining geologist, Tulsa, was born in Sigourney, Keokuk county, Iowa, January 16, 1872. Took special course in the Missouri State school of Mines, and Drake University., Des Moines, Iowa. Is a member of the firm of Valerius, McNutt & Hughes, with offices in Tulsa, okla., and Billings, Montana. Mr. Valerius is a Mason and an Odd Fellow. Is a member of the American Institute of Mining Engineers, the National Geographic Society of Washington, D. C., and the Rocky Mountain Club of New York City. He was married to Ida M. Brinton. deceased. He has one child, Claud Ml, aged 10 years.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


McNUTT, V. H., petroleum and mining geologist. Tulsa. Okla., and Billings, Montana, was born in Minerva, Ky., August, 1884. Attended University of Missouri School of Mines, and there received the degrees of B. S., M. S. and E. M. He came direct from the School of Mines at Holla, Mo., to Oklahoma and located in Tulsa. In 1914 he went to Billings to open the office of the firm of Valerius, McNutt & Hughes. He is a member of the American Institute of Mining Engineers. Was married to Amy shelton and has one child, aged two years.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


HUGHES, V. H.. petroleum and mining geologist, Tulsa, was born in Fort Scott, Kan., August 16, graduate of the School of Mines of Missouri, and holds the degree of B. S. and E. M. Member of A. F. & A. M., R. A. M., K. T. and Shrine. Of the firm of Valerius, McNutt & Hughes, mining and petroleum geologists, Tulsa, and Billings, Montana.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman)


CURTIN, JAMES PATRICK, architect, Tulsa, born Louisville, Ky., February 19, 1863, son of John Joseph and Cathrine (Barrett) Curtin. Graduated high school, Louisville, Ky. Is a Democrat. Married to Fannie R. Hager, April 7, 1908. Came to Oklahoma in 1907.
(Source: Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916. Submitted by Vicki Hartman) 

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