from Who’s Who in Tillman County
“The People and Enterprises Who Have Made Tillman County”
Published by The Frederick Leader, Frederick, Okla.
Manitou, nine miles north of Frederick, the county seat, boasts a population of 500, and is one of Oklahoma’s progressive little cities, having a number of enterprises that distinguish it from other towns of equal size.
Manitou was platted about the year 1904, opened in a very humble way, and has grown to its present size, there being at the present time 26 business houses, three of which are cotton gins and one grain elevator.
Manitou has graveled streets, a municipal water system, two fine churches, Baptist, A.F. Whitlock, pastor; and Methodist, pastured by C.C. Wilson. Manitou has an accredited school with a corps of seven teachers.
The fraternal organizations consist of Modern Woodmen, Woodmen of the World and Royal Neighbors.
The city officers are: T.F. Hill, mayor; Charles Hendrick, clerk; Geo. Wyatt, treasurer; councilmen, E.H. Loutherback and C.W. Blakeslee.
Manitou is a prominent shipping center, and is located on State Highway No. 14 and the Frisco Railroad. The articles shipped consist of cotton, wheat and produce of all kinds, in fact, there are upwards of 165 carloads shipped out annually.
While there is a great quantity of wheat raised near Manitou, cotton is easily the chief agricultural product, last year more than 3000 bales of the staple being ginned at this point.
The progressive people of Manitou, realizing that all work and no play toes into the making of a dull citizenship, have built one of the prettiest little parks in this section of Oklahoma. It actually covers more than ten acres and has a swimming pool that would be a credit to any town many times its size.
The altitude of Manitou is practically 1300 feet, which affords the townspeople a cool breeze whenever any breeze whatsoever is stirring.
Taking it all in all, Manitou is a fine, progressive little city, and its citizens are ever aware of constructive propositions that will make it still better.
Who’s Who in the Manitou Community
Arnall, F.L. – Farmer and auctioneer; born Warren county, Missouri, June, 1859; educated Warren county, Missouri, public schools; married Miss Stella Johnson, June 2, 1893, and Mrs. Martha A. Boersman March 26, 1921; deputy sheriff Missour 12 years; Baptist church; M.W.A.; five children, Guy, Alma, Cave, Vannie and Marjorie; conducted first farm sale in Tillman county.
Arnold, Waldo – Farmer; born Scotland county, Missouri, November 23, 1877; common school education; married Miss Ruby Wayman January 25, 1906; Baptist church; M.W.A.; five children, Anna Mae, Sidney, Earl, Irene and Elmo; to Tillman county 1901; face claim 6 miles southeast of Manitou.
Ball, O.C. – Member county commissioners; born Milton county, Georgia, August 5, 1873; educated Alpharetta, Georgia, public schools; married Miss Cinia Jones January 12, 1896, three 2-year terms as county commissioner; serving the fourth term, a 6-year term; Methodist church; chairman of board of stewards; W.O.W.; three children, Jewel, Elsie, and O.C.; in Tillman county since 1905.
Barnes, M.W. – Coal dealer; Barnes Coal Co.; born Mexico, Missouri, July 12, 1864; educated Hepler school and Mexico, Missouri, public schools; married Mrs. Elma Christian March, 1904; justice of peace 15 years in Manitou; chairman of Chamber of Commerce 1917 to 1920; Christian church; M.W.A.; I.O.O.F.; two children, Ruth M. and Guthrie M.; in Tillman county since 1901.
Blakeslee, C.W. – Owner and manager Blakeslee’s poultry; born Sturges, Michigan, December 8, 1867; educated Stafford county public schools; married Miss Grace Kemp November 13, 1890; Chamber of Commerce; Methodist church; Mason; Yeoman; M.W.A.; three children, Opal, Helen and Laurence; to Oklahoma 1889; resident of Tillman county 10 years; formerly agent Frisco railroad.
Biggs, Mrs. F.A. – Housekeeper; born Clark county, Missouri, February 13, 1876; educated Clark county public schools; married F.A. Biggs November 13, 1895; Royals Neighbors; three children, Lena Mae, Anna Beatrice and George Alfred; in Tillman county since February 1902; came to county in covered wagon.
Cardwell, Col. J.A. – Farmer and auctioneer; born Johnson county, Iowa, September 27, 1870; educated Republic county, Kansas; married Miss Laura Grant September 14, 1888; I.O.O.F.; delegate to grand lodge; three children, Pearl Olive, Eula and W.J. Bryan; in Tillman county since 1901; sold first goods ever sold at Frederick at public auction; hauled lumber from Vernon, Texas, to build house in early days; bought first load of lumber ever sold from Frederick.
Comp, Dr. G.A. – Physician and surgeon; born Morgan county, Missouri, August 10, 1875; educated Edmond high school and P.&S. College at St. Louis, Missouri; M.D. degree; married Miss E. Anna Biggs September 2, 1903; member school board 9 years; Methodist church; I.O.O.F.; two children, Laverne A. and Averyl; in Tillman county since 1906.
Cooper, Mrs. Alice – Farmer; born Sumner county, Tennessee, July 10, 1860; educated Tennessee; first husband Henry Bradley (deceased) July 4, 1878; present husband M.W. Cooper, married September 26, 1908; Baptist church,; eight children, Sophie, Ollie, Daniel, Bertha, Tom, Mamie, Jim and Pearl; to Tillman county October 7, 1906.
Daniels, W.C. – Bookkeeper William Cameron & Co., Inc.; born Johnson county, Texas, August 29, 1895; educated Cleburne, Texas; married Miss Irene Powell October 28, 1916; Methodist church; Mason; two children, Cicero and Willard; in Tillman county 10 years; with Cameron Lumber company 6 years.
Dressler, Don – Barber and farmer; City Barber shop; born Brule, Nebraska, February 25, 1903; educated Manitou public schools; married Miss Hallie Bogle December 7, 1925; Church of Christ; in Tillman county all of life.
Dunn, W.B. – Farmer; born Murray county, Tennessee, March 28, 1886; educated Murray county, Tennessee; married Miss Janie McNabb August 30, 1003; Cotton Growers’ association; Baptist church; five children, Rosa, Jim, Oda, Grover and Irene; in Tillman county since 1916.
Durham, S.A. – Owner and manager Durham Shoe Shop; born New Columbus, Kentucky, October 26, 1857; educated New Columbus; married Miss Adeline Hughes, 1893; Baptist church; Odd Fellows; two children, J.D. and L.E.; in Manitou since 1909; deacon Baptist church; superintendent of Sunday school 10 years.
Eddleman, J.J. – Farmer; born Gailesburg, Knox county, Illinois, 1870; educated common schools; married Miss Elizabeth Flemming 1892; Methodist church; two children, Fred R. and J.W.; to Tillman county 1907; helped bring in Hunter township in Tillman county; owns 320 acres of land.
Elliott, W.H. – Farmer; born Greenwood county, Kansas, November 1, 1872; educated Newton county, Missouri; township trustee; assessor in Hunter township 6 years; elected county treasurer in Swanson county; Baptist church; M.W.A.; Odd Fellows; to Tillman county February 6, 1902; to Oklahoma 1889.
Foley, F.B. – Owner F.B. Foley Grocery; born Whitley county, Kentucky, October 21, 1874; educated Crawford county, Arkansas; married Miss Cora Melton March 31, 1897; Nazarene church; seven children, Eula, Lee, Irene, Claud, Grace, Paul and Van Weldon; in Tillman county 22 years.
Godfrey, H.P. – Wheat farmer; born Cherokee county, Alabama, March 28, 1875; common school education; married Miss Mary S. Fleming November 7, 1897; Methodist church; seven children, Oma, Elsie, Anni, Jessie, Hubert, Joe and Fay; to Tillman county August 14, 1905; owns two quarter sections of land.
Golay, O.E. – Owner and manager C.E. Golay Filling Station; born Mattison, Indiana, May 29, 1881; married Miss Florence Gibbs January 1, 1904; Church of Christ; two children, Ruth and Floyd; in Tillman county since 1903; lived on same farm for the past 18 years.
Goodwin, Harrison – Farmer; born Rayville, Missouri, April 4, 1881; educated Rayville, Rockyford, Missouri; married Miss Dora Hoover February 24, 1907; Oklahoma Cotton Growers’ association; Missionary Baptist; seven children, Harley, Stella, Clara, Mabel, Pearl, Cecil and Ethel; to Tillman county 1901.
Grooms, H.C. – Farmer; born Tillman county, Oklahoma, February 22, 1907; educated Hill Top; Cotton Growers’ association; Holiness church; lived on farm all of life.
Guest, Howard – Clerk Guest’s drug store; born Snyder, Oklahoma, March 25, 1909; educated Manitou, Oklahoma City and El Reno; Baptist church; in Manitou since October, 1925.
Guest, R.D. – Owner Guest drug store; born Boswell, Oklahoma, February 9, 1876; educated southern Kansas public schools; University of Oklahoma 1906 to 1907; married Miss Marimba Skinner January 27, 1898, first wife; Miss Jessie Livings, second wife; Christian church; Mason; three children, Ralph D. Jr., Lila Mae Williams and Roward; pioneer of Oklahoma; resident of Tillman county since opening; owned first general store in Davidson.
Hanes, C.C. – Owner seed farm; born Seagoville, Dallas county, Texas, March 6, 1882; educated public schools of Texas; Academy, Forney, Texas; Commercial Business College, Dallas, Texas; married Miss Susie Ayres May 17, 1903; served number of years on school board; Cotton Growers’ association; Church of Christ; W.O.W.; seven children, Dean, Carol, Opal, Reba, Thermon, Evelyn and C.C. Jr.; to Tillman county 1914; lived near Randlett 7 years; organized Farmers Gin company, 1925; owner half section of land.
Harmon, Ray – Meat cutter Brannon meat market; phone 42B; born Montague county, Texas, July 24, 1905; educated Manitou high school; attends Methodist church; in Tillman county 14 years; worked on farm 12 years.
Harper, S.E. – Farmer; born Mercer county, Missouri, March 14, 1873; educated Franklin county, Kansas, public schools; married Miss Jennie Smith March 14, 1894; Baptist church; M.W.A.; two children, Myrtle Jones and Nellie Osborn; in Tillman county since February, 1902; telephone exchange 17 years; threshing machine business 10 years; ginner 10 years.
Heerwald, W.F. – Manager William Cameron & Co., Inc.; born Lafayette county, Missouri, April 19, 1886; common school education and business college; married Miss Elizabeth Neher November 19, 1911; Baptist church; four children, Ibed, William, Almeda and Elmo; to Tillman county 1919 from Altus; with lumber company since 1910.
Herald, L.L. – Agent Frisco railroad; born Saline county, Missouri, April 10, 1874; educated St. Louis, Missouri; Southwestern State Business College; married Miss Mary Hunt December 21, 1899; Presbyterian church; Knights of Pythias; M.W.A.; Scottish Rite Mason; six children, Maurine, Nell, Robert, Patsy, Virginia and Mary Lynn; in Manitou 21 years; agent at Vernon, Texas, 12 years.
Hill, T.F. – Owner City Barber shop; born Grayson county, Texas, May 25, 1892; to 10th grade education; married Miss Annie Melton September 10, 1910; mayor of Manitou since 1916; W.O.W.; five children, Virgie, Gladys, Loy, Jewell and Eldene; to Tillman county 1908.
Hinkle, J.E. – Owner Hinkle meat market; born Spring, Ohio, April 8, 1876; educated Clark county, Ohio, public schools; married Miss Emma Leonard February 14, 1901; member Chamber of Commerce; Methodist church; W.O.W.; one child, Elizabeth; in Tillman county 22 years; meat market business 21 years; one of oldest merchants in the town.
Hoover, B.C. – Farmer; born Grant City, Missouri, January 22, 1875; common school education; married Miss Edna Elliott August 29, 1905; clerk Consolidated school No. 1; Methodist church; three children, Alvin, Avis and Maxine; to Tillman county 1901; owns one of the best farms in county.
Hoover, E.L. – Farmer; born Ringgold county, Iowa, December 25, 1882; common school education; married Miss Mary R. Oxford March 27, 1908; Methodist church; M.W.A.; three children, Clarence L., Dorothy and Earnest Junior; to Tillman county 1902.
Hoover, W.M. – Farmer; born Ohio, September 25, 1850; educated Iowa; married Miss Francs Polly March 16, 1871; Baptist church; eight children, Mary, Bert, Nellie, James, Dora, Earnest, Della and Willie; to Tillman county 1901; owns farm.
Hopper, Richard – Farmer; born Chautauqua, Kansas, March 5, 1875; educated Chautauqua, Kansas; married Miss Clara West September, 1898, postmaster of Siboney 2 years; Methodist church; I.O.O.F.; Mason; M.W.A.; seven children, Mrs. Irma Blakeslee, Mrs. Cleo Russell, Reba, Lucile, Helen, Richard and West; in Tillman county since 1902.
Hogue, R.L. – Owner Twin Lakes of Manitou; recreation park; born Lampasas county, April 28, 1878; educated University of Oklahoma; married Miss Rosa Loving April 19, 1900; deputy sheriff; Church of God; I.O.O.F.; W.O.W.; six children, Winnie Smith, Cordie Perrell, Elzy Adams, Alpha Omega, Olis and Leslie; Oklahoma since 1892; sawed lumber to build own houses in early days.
Jarrell, E. – Owner and manager Jarrell General Mercantile; phone 32; born Ceredo, West Virginia, March 6, 1860; educated Irondon, Oklahoma; married Miss Hester Wallace March 3, 1884; postmaster at Deep Red; Odd Fellows; three children, Wayman, Mary Wilbern and Wallace; Methodist church; one of the first settlers in Tillman county; did first plaster work in Frederick and walked 12 miles to work.
Jones, M.C. – Engineer Chickasha Gin; phone 11; born Wichita, Kansas, August 1, 1903; educated Manhattan high school; graduated 1921; married Miss Myrtle Harper October 24, 1924; Christian church; in Tillman county 5 years.
Jones, Mrs. M.C. – Operator Bell Telephone Co.; phone 11R; born Manitou, Oklahoma, February 25, 1905; educated Manitou high school; married M.C. Jones October 24, 1924; Baptist church; lived in Manitou 21 years.
Kersey, M.D. – Farmer; born Goliad county, Texas, March 28, 1856; educated Coryell county, Texas, public schools; married Miss Leona City Cox July 5, 1881; Cotton Growers’ association; Baptist church; seven children, Joseph M. Maggie V., Andrew W., Thomas, Castoria Rosie, Lee Alvin, Acie and Lornice; in Tillman County since 1901.
Kurz, E. – Farmer; born Sealazy, Germany, March 5, 1856; educated Germany; married Miss Anna Daierdolf April 14, 1890; Lutheran Evangelic church; three children, Freda, Fred and Rughanheart; to U.S.A. 1882; To Tillman 1902.
Kurz, Fred E. – Farmer; born Berlin, Germany, October 24, 1892; educated Pleasant Ridge; Lutheran church; I.O.O.F.; in Tillman county since 1902; to America from Germany at age of 8 months.
Little, R.H. – Farmer; born Marshall county, Tennessee, June 3, 1874, educated Cooke county, Texas; married Miss Mary Autry; township treasurer; Baptist church; four children, Bert, Gertrude, John and Dewey; from Tennessee 1880 to Cooke county, Texas; Tillman county 1906; near Snyder 3 years; bought place 1906.
Lowery, L.A. – Farmer; born Franklin county, Missouri, July 17, 1876; common school education; married Miss Cora M. Ripley April 25, 1905; Methodist church; W.O.W.; seven children, Letha, Mae, Amy, Marie, Samuel, Nettie and Evelyn; to Tillman county 1901; owns three quarter sections of land.
McCord, Lee – Farmer; born Knox county, Illinois, October 10, 1868; educated Knox county, Illinois, public schools; married Miss Mary E. Hogey February 12, 1891; M.W.A.; six children, Cora L., Lottie, Hobart, Glenn, Henry and Francis (deceased); to Tillman county September 8, 1903.
Nance, A.C. – Manager Bell Telephone Exchange; born Magnolia, Arkansas, July 7, 1888; educated Commerce, Texas; East Texas Normal College; married Miss Maud White October 1, 1911; Chamber of Commerce; Mason; I.O.O.F.; M.W.A.; three children, Fred, Clarence and Doyle; in Tillman county 3 years; wholesale oil and gas business; deputy U.S. marshal in early days; to Oklahoma 1899.
Nance, Mrs. Maud – Bell telephone operator; born Hamilton county, Texas; December 8, 1888; educated Hollis, Oklahoma, high school; married A.C. Nance October 1, 1911; Methodist church; three children, Fred, Clarence and Doyle; to Oklahoma 1907.
Ozment, A.E. – Road grade; born Cooke county, Texas, January 9, 1881; educated Cooke county public schools; married Miss Mossie Melson August 25, 1905; Methodist church; A.I.U.; two children, Doshie and Opal; in Tillman county since 1901; deputy county weigher 10 years.
Pierce, N.G. (Bud) – Farmer; born Comanche county, Texas, August 6, 1886; common school education; married Miss Vivian E. Walton December 28, 1914; Baptist church; five children, Charlene, Delma, Imogene, Levada and Earl Delton; to Tillman county 1915; owner 160 acres land; cattle business.
Pinson, J.S. – Farmer; born Roberson county, Tennessee, March 8, 1867; common school education; married Miss Addie Calhoun 1920; Baptist church; W.O.W.; Mason; five children, Eula Lee, Bertha E., Elsie A., Alta A. and Doyle; to Tillman county 1905.
Pipes, J.N. – Farmer; phone 3009; born Marion county, Kentucky, August 11, 1862; educated Washington county, Kentucky; Mason; to Tillman county 1901.
Reeves, George W. – Farmer; phone 35, line 6; born Shelby county, Texas, August 22, 1869; educated Trinity University Waxahachie, Texas; married Miss Mattie George February, 1896; Christian church; three children, Houston, Jennivee and Allen; to Tillman county in 1892; homesteaded here and hauled lumber from Vernon, Texas, to build house.
Roark, F.E. – Farmer; born Ottawa county, Oklahoma, March 17, 1892; educated in Tillman county; married Miss Josie Witt October, 1913; Cotton Growers’ association; Baptist church; to Tillman county 1901.
Roark, G.A. – Farmer; born McDonald county, Missouri, December 30, 1876; educated Missouri; married Miss Maggie S. Davis February 18, 1905; Cotton growers’ association; Baptist church; to Tillman county in December 27, 1905, from Tulsa, Oklahoma; lived on own place 10 years.
Roark, J. – Farmer; born Hollister, Oklahoma, April 15, 1909; educated Farmingdale; married Miss Nola Adams July 11, 1925; Baptist church; one child, Lamoin; lived in Tillman county all of life.
Roark, J.W. – Director Farmers’ Gin; born Clinton, Missouri, April 23, 1868; educated McDonald county public schools; married Miss Nannie Frances February 14, 1899; township board; Baptist church; three children, Nettie Jenkins, Floyd and Vesta Hinds; to Tillman county February, 1902; hauled food from Vernon, Texas, Hobart and Lawton in early days.
Roark, M.J. – Farmer; born Ottawa county, Oklahoma, February 12, 1897; educated in Tillman county; married Miss Ethel Kemp September 22, 1923; Cotton Growers’ association; Baptist church; one child, Louise; Tillman county since 1907.
Roark, S.G. – Farmer; born McDonald county, Missouri, December 27, 1871; educated McDonald county; married Miss Ollie Burgin December 27, 1893; Cotton Growers’ association; Baptist church; four children, Jeff, Earnest, J. and Leo; to Tillman county January 11, 1907.
Roark, T.J. – Retired farmer; born Barren county, Kentucky, August 20, 1839; educated Cole county, Missouri; married Miss Mary Robertson March 4, 1864; Baptist church; six children, J.W., Stevens, Charles, George A., Mary Jane and Della; lived in Cole county 35 years; to Tillman county 1908; served in Civil War.
Simpson, A.C. – Snyder, route 3; farmer; born McLennan county, Texas, October 12, 1887; educated Patent, Texas; married Miss Clara Howard December 22, 1909; Methodist church; eight children, Willard, Rayford, Ravere, Alice, Ruth, Curtis, Jack and J.E.; in Tillman county since 1908.
Stellman, Eddie – Sheep raiser; phone 551 on 2; born Dallas, Texas, November 11, 1897; educated Manitou high school; Baptist church; W.O.W.; in Tillman county 23 years; owns sheep ranch with 700 sheep.
Stow, E.K. – Rural mail carrier; born Case, Oklahoma, September 17, 1893; educated Norman high school; married Miss Jennie Irene Waldrop July 8, 1917; American Legion; Baptist church; one child, Philma; taught school 7 years; served in World War from February 1918, to April 16, 1919; overseas 10 months; on firing line 82 days.
Swartz, G.C. – Farmer; born Wyoming county, Pennsylvania, July 13, 1886; educated in Pennsylvania; married Miss Kate Bynum December 15, 1906; Baptist church; two children, Helen and Faye; to Tillman county 1900.
Tower, L.W. – Clerk C.E. Golay Filling Station; born Cleburne, Texas, February 11, 1904; educated Frederick high school; Methodist church; in Tillman county 20 years; lived with father on farm most of life.
Tuck, H. – Manager and owner Thacker Grocery; phone 3000 and R51; born Grayson county, Texas, April 5, 1883; educated Collinsville, Texas, public schools; married Miss Nellie Roark September 19, 1909; member Frederick Chamber of Commerce; Baptist church; Mason; I.O.O.F.; M.W.A.; two children, Samuel and Odetta; to Tillman county 1901 and lived in dugout at first; hauled lumber from Vernon, Texas, to build house.
Ulrich, J.C. – Owner Rock Service Station; phone 54; Born Neosho, Missouri, December 12, 1870; educated Wise county, Texas, public schools; married Miss Alcine Short December 27, 1891; Baptist church; A.I.U.; six children, William H., Isaac F., Sarah, Lucile, Viola and Pearl; in Tillman county 8 years; in Lincoln county 13 years; ginning business 5 years.
Warrick, R.F. – Farmer; born Wright county, Minnesota, October 19, 1879; educated Wright county, Minnesota; married Miss Dora B. Hill October 24, 1900; Christian church; two children, Effie Lorina and Robert Lee Roy; to Tillman county 1903.
Welborn, D.B. – Farmer; born Grayson county, Virginia, February 9, 1872; common school education; married Miss Dixie Lawson November 27, 1891; Methodist church; four children, Arnold, George, Bonnie and Jess; to Tillman county 1902; settled 11 miles northeast Frederick; two settlers around when moved here.
Williams, J.T. – Farmer; born Madison county, Tennessee, March 26, 1866; educated Madison county, Tennessee; married Miss Lorina Reeves December 27, 1892; Baptist church; four children, Etta, Newman, Joe and Faye; from Tennessee to Oklahoma when young man; to Tillman county 1906.
Wilson, J.J. – Farmer; born Wise county, Texas, December 23, 1860; educated Wise county, Texas; married Miss Etta Cane January 6, 1882; Baptist church; four children, Pearl, Mossie, Jim and Hubert; came here 1901; made run into Oklahoma 1889; cowboy in Texas.
Wells, F.H. – Farmer; phone 52 on 10; born Wadesboro, Kentucky, December 23, 1889; educated Calloway County, Kentucky; married Miss Virginia Flemming March 7, 1915; Methodist church; W.O.W.; four children, Billie Saxon, Lois Jean, Calvin Clyde and Don Lynn; mail carrier 8 years; in Tillman county since 1906.
Williams, Lura – Postmaster; born Temple Hill, Kentucky, November 22, 1874; high school education; married G.B. Williams December 8, 1893; Baptist church; eight children, L.H., Helen, H.G., J.C., Paul B., Hugh, Mary E. and Ferris W.; to Tillman county August 1905; appointed postmaster 1916.