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The Tulsa star. (Tulsa, Okla.) 1913-1921, August 19, 1914, SPECIAL EDITION, Image 15

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Tulsa, who Is now cnpcgpil In tho hoUl nml lestamant l iness Mr V ,ilso lery
was bom In soutla.n Missouri in IS' I ills parents moved to M iss 1 1
when ho was six years old. At the t iiip of emancipation he was ,iai
ton county, Texas, whole ho worked en the fhnn ami htuUted his books bv
tamp I gt till 18 yea.s old. when he went to Caldwell county and vki;d
as anitor and coachman for seven years. Ho then mauled MteSjhlj
Callahan, his present wife. Seven children have been boin to then . two
boys a five girls Mr. Wilson lived In Austin, Texas, with h s family 27
years during which time ho bought and paid for three homos which ho still
owns o came to Tulsa on tho 8th day of August, 1900. with no money
S ncu bo camo to Oklahoma ho has bought four lots 1 Tulsa on one of
which stands tho homo shown above, fhu lots In Winona, and two lots In
Cushlng Ho rents his homo out hcio and ho and his wife arc con. uetlng a
veVy successful hotel and lestaurant business at 120 ICast Archer. Iloth he
and hi" wife no race loving people, and always willing to Improve tho town
In w ich they live. Those people are well known and respected by all who
know them. Total worth of property .,,uuu.uu.
1C years old, and went to work on a out and went Into tho pool hall bust- this kind of work and gained a wldo
stock ranch' for T D Woods, for ness In 1S9G he sold out and went experlenco of the world In this way.
whom ho worked continuously for Into the grocery business, which ho Ho llnntly gavo up this work to enter
flvo years, at St Mary's Texas In conducted 21 months and moved to the coal mines, which work ho follow
tho meantime, at tho ago of 1C ho Vlulta, where ho conducted n grocery ed for a number of years. Ho has
married his first wife, Miss Iletllo storo 18 nuintliH. In V908 ho camo to been everything In tho coal mines
Piper, to whom ten children wero Tulsa and opened a grocery "store on from n trapper boy to manager. Ho
born fho girls anil flvo boys, nil of Archer street In tho I'artce building, has even superintended tho sinking
whom arc still living After leaving Ho is now conducting tho same bus!- of many mines. Ho was at ono timo
the ranch, lie went back to Victoria ness in his own building, owns two employed by the Oklahoma & Quit
and engaged in tho commission hidu apartment houses, besides other valu- Coal Co., as Immigrant agent, und in
business, at which ho proed n sue- ahlo real ostalo. Hesides his property this- capacity brought moro than four
cess. Later ho worked for a wholesale In Tulsa, he owns n flno homo in thousand people from West Virginia
grocery company three years. He Texas, und Hovernl lota and a 20 aero to Oklahoma. Ho Is tho man who
thi entered politics nml served four farm. Ho was married tho second opened tho Grayson Coal & Mlnoral
years as republican statu committee- time to Miss Myrtle Cloinons, while company, of which company ho was
man, after which ho loft nnd went to o lived In Vlnltu. In 1011. ho was for awhllo genurnl manager. Several
Los Angeles, Cat., to open business, appointed city patrolman of Tulsa, years ago, wlillo at Coalgato, ho was
lie' did not llko the prospects there, which position ho held until July, appointed special deputy U. S. mar
however, and continued Ills Journey 1014- Mr. Williams started business slial under Captain Grady. Ho 'had
to St Louis, whore tho world's fair In Tulsu on a $100.00 slock, which has already boon In tho secret servlco for
was then In progress. Ho stayed increased to 51.800. a number of years and had the ropu-
thero three weeks and then went to Ho Is worth npproMmately JIIO.OOO,, union oi neing a very surowu omcer.
ttl.en of Muskogee und opened a shooting gal- with nn outstanding Indebtedness of absolutely fearless In the performance
After three months ho sold this about $500.
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L 1 Kkj& isl ft v. Src i&i f W& tt k&LLLLLLLLVLLLLLLHm
of his duty. Seven years ago, ho came
to Tulsa and shortly thereafter was
appointed city patrolman and served
In tills capacity four years under four
different ailuilulstratliius. Ho was
later appointed deputy sheriff under
Sheriff MeCullougli, and Is still hold
ing that office under Sheriff MeCul
lougli. In June 1010, ho married Miss
Vurnon Wren, of Florence, Ala., and
bought tiiu lot on which ho built tho
nboo home. Mr. Cleavur nlso owns
olio-half Interest In thu Cleaver-Cherry
building, a two story lnlck, Just across
tho stroot fi oiu Ills homo. Tho above
picture shows Mr. and Mrs. Cleaver,
his niece, Mis. Anile Morrison, and
Mrs. Cleaver'B little niece, Vernon
Colo. Tho Insurance on his home,
and the Clea.-er-t'herry building shows
Ihu property to bo worth about $:!C,-doo.
MRS. E. A. JOHNSON
Drlstow .Okla.
F. R WILLIAMS AP ARTMENT HOUSE.
Tho above homo Is that of Mr IlenJ. Lofton, one of tho pioneer citizens
of Tulsa Having moved hero twenty years ago. when Tulsa was llltlo moro
than a Hac station. Ho was boin war Jackbon. Miss., In 18.il. ami spun
I Is earl est II o us a sllve boy woiklng on the farm. Ho lived with his par
ents til 1 ho as 18 years old when ho man led his first wife who died In
MlaBlsLlim! "1 yeais ago Three boys nml thiuo girls weio born to him by
ii Is "ret w fo Twenty years ago Mr. Lofton landed In Tulsa without a pen
ny.ntty cents wn" given him with which to hnvo his trunk hauled to Ills
room, but Instead of paying it to a baggage men ho put tho trunk w tl Its
heavy luggage on his slioulders nnd cnrrled It three blocks to his room, thus
making his first money in Tulen, and this was abolutely all ho bad at that
time Ho secured work as Janitor at a Drug storo, and while doing this work
looked for other Jobs. Ho succeeded In getting two or threo offices to clean
every morning and at tho same time done cho.os around homes. In tils
way ho soon accumulated a llttlo money which ho invested In 0 ft. lot
on the cornor of Clieycnno nnd Archer, which was at that ti.no nothing i
than an open field with n big hog ranch within a few paces of 1, Is lot which
ho bought at a cost of $375.00 He has bought and pa Id for l.U. lot and
erected this house on It out of tho money ho mndo at Janitor work. His
homo now Is within two blocks of Main sheet, or tho llrady Hotel and ho has
lecently refused $0,000.00 for tho propel ty. A few months ago ho pui chased
a very beautiful homo on the corner of Klgln and Daveiipmt, a two-story
house on a lot 100x140 ft. at a cost of $2,300.00. half of which was paid In
cash and Ills notes given for tho balance. Ho married his second wife, M Us
Umma Hooper, In this city ten years ago, and they hayo lived very happily
together. Mr. Lofton has done remarkably well In life In view of tho fact
that ho has nevor gone to school n day in his life, nnd don't know ono letter
from another. Though horn n slave and denied tho neneiiis oi euiicaiiuii, no
Thu above cut shows tlio picture
of Mrs. Johnson, standing In front of
her hotel at Drlstow.
This Ihi If I) woman was born In
Lnlio l'lovldeiiee. La, December 17,
1804, At the ago of twelve months
her parent h moved to Mtirllu, Tuxus,
whore shu lived thirty years. Thirty
four years ago sho was married to Syn
uoy Johnson, a Texas man who was
at that tlmo u truck gardener. Nino
children wero born to them, bIx boys
and threo girls. Of this numbor flvo
died ami thu others nro living, and
they hnvo always lived with or near
their mother.
Twenty ono years ago her husband
died, leaving her a widow with tho
euro of her llttlo children devolving
upon her. Sho was thon a compara
tively young woman and could easily
have married again, but sho preferrod
to mnko her own way through life,
believing that tho best man In the
world died when her husband breathed
Ms last. Since that tlmu shu has made
a remnrkablu success In life. Sho
has educated her children und accum
ulated considerable property.
She enmu to Tulsa In 1900, and open
ed a rooming house. Sho was nssistod
by two sons nnd her daughter. Out
of her earnings sho has purchased ono
block In Lincoln Heights addition to
Tho abovo is tho homo of Deputy tending public school At tho ago of Hrlsiow, und two business lots on
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TtbTyoln'TMon who"avo Ktlfreom'nnd "ducaUon! '"m, "lZ Sheriff Harney S Cleaver. C08 North 15, ho went to Charleston. W Va.. and Main street. Just two blocks from tho
'4 is highly respected by his neighbors who aro mostly white people, nnd Greenwood. Mr. (.'leaver was Jiorn at secured employment on a steamer Frisco depot, on which sho will build
everyone has Implicit conlldcnco In his word.
Newborn. Va.. January 2, ISCfi, where running from Charleston to Clncln- a two-story brick building this fall.
". ho lived until ho was 14 years old, at- natl For sovoral years, ho followed She Is rated at about $10,000.
Ono of tho most successful cltl- Texas,
zens of Tulsa Is James Cherry who I" August. 1900. ho'camo to Tulsa
lives with his family Just outside tho with $300, nnd Invested $200 In a homo
city limits on North Greenwood. Mr. on tho corner of Irankfort and Cam
Cherry was born in Jefferson county, "on, and returned to Atoka for his
Texas, August 10, 1804. Ills fnthcr family.
owns a Toxas farm on which ho Aftor moving his family to Tulsa,
woiked till ho was 12 years old. Ilia ho had very llttlo money, but ho went
mother beenmo a widow at nn early to work mowing lawns nnd other odd
age.'and ho was compelled to work to Jobs, and In ono year's tlmo made
support his mother, so that ho was enough monoy to pay off a $900 noto
denied tho advantages of school. At on his home, and clear abovo all othor
tho ago of 12 his mother hired him oxpenses $900. Ho then engaged-In
out at a salary of $8 per month. He tho plumbing business, nnd afterward
worked ono year and mndo n treaty opened a bllllnrd parlor in partnership
with his mother whereby ho was to with his brother, William Cherry. In
work nnywhero hu wanted to, pro- eight years tlmo ho has built tun
vlded ho gavo $8 per month. Obtain- housos on ns many different 16ts. two
Ing his mother's consent, ho went to two-story brick buildings, on Green
work as water boy on a railrond, and wood ono a st.u-o room nnd lodgo
each month sent his mother $8 as ho room, and tho other a small brick
had agreed tl followed railrond used for a barber shop down stairs
wor!c contlnunlly for 12 years, during and offices upstnlrs. Mr. Cherry has
vvhlch tlmo ho worked his way up to sold his bllllnrd hall nnd Is now en-.
section foroman. Ho then engaged gaged In
l iitrnrt work, which O followed bUSilieSS.
two years. Ills next work wns hotel uged 21, and Kmnnuol, ago 17, who $200.
cm
iIIHKbhMHh$jj
T.io abovo Is tho resldew.o ot Mr over a considerable part of Kansas happily. Tho Prytlo homo Is probably
. - A .. 1 4.n nllun limnn In Itlflt PnfTl
plumbing and tho grocory and Mrs. N. K. 1'yrtlo on North Frank nnd western Oklahoma, ho camo to mo nrai u i." --
Ho has two boys. Jasper, fort, recently built at a cost of about Tulho in 1900, and weht to work In a munlty It Is modern n every "Deci.
Mr. I'yrtlu was bom In Hod local hotel. Ho followed this kind of et u young iimu, .. no ...- -
work for two years, und hnvlng a do- spienum Biuri m mu um. ... .u.
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nlnvnn W lip 1 llfi. fOllOWOU Ulllll 110 KUOp UJI UIU illlll.iuu.b n , ....... ..- ....... j. . -- -. ----- - -.--. . " . .., i.-l.i
ii mi., nin tnsnor of Sul- nnd his wlfo and daughter look after Wlillo ho was yet a boy, his parents siro to go into business for hiinsoii prospen u.u .-., """"""""
T "S,i ToJo i k 1880 Ho then Z s oro. Ho Is easily worth $20,000. moved to tho Indian Territory, local- formed a partnership and opened tho His tn taring business ho Is Proprietor
phur SprlnBB. Toxas. In 1880. Ho wn H ,ng at Ardmoro, w hero they lived until first colored tailor shop In Tulsa, of Tulsa's only Colored Messenger
bough a arm of 107 acres and went q q Mtw a 8UCC0Safu, , of four SorvIco(Tho Star Messenger Servlco.)
SoyS;e.rrf,:: -. r, a,, -. t. - - -ssssr 7vxxlxz
teams. Ho built
a nice homo ami novumuur , .... .." V n. ''"'"."" ".. . ...... "..".,..:.:.:,,:., .., . wi.w. i, l nlsn maklnc cood. Tho
Mr. t'yrtlo attcmieu scnooi ni ino u. huh wihi mruu hciii. uu u " -- -- -
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lived at ease on his farm nmoui 16 uoy. u.s pun-. ,-,;,"-" "" ' " " "" ,' ' ; . ,,. R(w. , ,, cltv i ino7 to Miss Paraleo value of his establishment is placed
SCrUory1 wtercTo lived 18 un I 't n ars a go. He atnded el ye.s ago ho' left hon to make Martin of M.nden, La., and they have at $1.00000 but It is doubtful If that
months, wluK public school at Victoria until ho wr,S his way In life alono. After traveling lived together e.nco that tlmo very sum would buy It,
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