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President I -i
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InniBii ll.. i hi i.i tin. n i tut t h bom in Wurrenton,
h'aiKiuler Co., Va., December 39, 1 853 II attended a private srhool lu Wash
ington, D. C. for nearly three years, which waa conducted by Mr. (luorgo K.
T. Cook, who, for many years, was Superintendent of tho Colored schools
of thu District of Columbia. In 1808 he became a student at Hownid Uui
vnrstltv. W'anhliiittiin. D. C.. and cnntiniieil them until he finished his I'lesh-
mnn year In the Collegiate department, lu the fall or 1S7B he enteied Drown
University, Providence, II. I., wheie lie studied four years, lie wub gradu-
ntud from this Institution lu 1877.
lu the fall of 1877 he began his work as a teacher at the Matches Som-
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lliai f . ni(;iiCT. nnn. in mi- luiiunum
(Unit of Lincoln Institute, Jefferson t
yours in this position lie was mado
teen yonra. In lSliti ho was elected President of the C. A. ib N. University.
Home yen is uko llromi Uuiverulty cottfeired upon him the degree of
M. A and lu Juno last lm was given the degieo or I, L.I), by Howard Unl
vurslty, Washington, 1). C, and Wllboifurce University, Xenla, Ohio.
Prof. Page married in June, 18.7S, at Providence, 11. I., to Miss Julia Hall.
Three children came to them, two gills and ouo boy. Doth girls aru still
living. One Is the wife of Pi or. Noland Pyitle, principal of the Coloiod
schools nt Chlcknsha, ami the other, Mrs. Ilreaiiv, Is Instructor of music at
thu C. A. mid N. University. She is leader or tho University band and is
guuoially consult red a real musical genius.
Tho C A. nnd M. University was established by an act of tho Teiiltorlal
leglsliituro In 1897 and Prof. Page was elected president. In 1S98 thu school
vrus opuii In a small four-room building with forty pupils, 4u acres and four
tHiiehura. The Institution now has 10
of laud, cultivated by the students
rvury iHgisiniure since ( lias appr opnaieu money to su'ilaln tills llistltu-
lion, and cviiy aiii.iliiMr itli.n up to this time ha i ben fuvoi.ibly disposed
townid It. Dunn, il.i Inn Mat." liKlsliituro whin all Die b' i'e in. t.tuliuis
wuio thieaii'iitu .ti inihiig.uU n, Piof. Page spoke lo the House of Hop-
nvory iHgisiaiuro since jbh7 lias appropriated money to sustain this llistltu-
lOiMitatlves nuu nn.i.i. the inv tiKat.iiR coinmlttie to iUii tiu r a .-ih.i
M. University i ml tuw.tUmte it from the Janitor to the piesidcnt, nnd as-
mod intra l.i ! tun i Id i.tul no Iripgulantios. He wub loudly applauded
hiiu8v"ttluil't ""' l""""' Ul" tbU I"v,"Uga,'"K cl J"' "'t ncept
lat June u biunch Moimal of thlB Institution 'wah opened at Muskogeo
for Iho benefit of those on the nasi side of tho statu who wished to tako
uoi mul and collegiate instruction lo piepnre for county or state school work,
Rlra. Page who hoj never been away fiom the aide or her husband hiu
v "'. " "' ""'"" "' iiwiiiuiion.
expected lo bring his bed clothing.
I'atillltles are provided for students to
do their own washing, or they enn
havu It done for $1 a month. All au
ilnnts are required to pay their lioar.l
inontlily In advance. Those who rail
to do an will be sent borne at the ex
plnitlnu of two weeks.
Ciemunl examinations are held at
tin) rloae of each (enn, t&nd special
itxumliwtlons and written tests may
lis held within the rerltaHnn nnrlml
lit any time, ui the discretion of tho
Instructors, in making out the stand
ing of students, equal weight U given
lu the dully standing during the term
nud to the written examination at the
ulosa of the term. The minimum
liruilu lean I rod U 75 nr cni HimlAntu
falling below this' grade during the
VIMir tira ronnlrail In ....., K M.nMi.
the nu.t year.
Discipline and Qovtrnment
The regulations of the Institution
aro fow and simple, appealing to the
student's sense of honor and personal
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proton t ut all exercises to abstain
troin the use of tobacco and lntoxlcnt-
lug liquor, not to have In his Kisses-
slou Rumbling devices or deadly weap-
ms. lo abstain from the use of pro-
fane or Indecent language, and attend
a church of his choice once overy 8ab-
bain day. No student Is allowed to
leave the unlveislty grounds without
All students are presumed to comu
to the university for the inirpow of
avalllug themselves of the advuutages
offered for education and Improve-
iiisut. 1 hose who opuduct themselves
lu u contrary manner will be suspend-
ud rrom tho privileges of the Instltu.
i. agriculture courses.
i.n yia s l -d of th" C. A. & N
niiuiiiiui no uio firviuu I iuiti tuai
lty, Mo. When he hud Berveil two
Piestdent This position he held ulgh
teachers and over COO punlls: UIIO ncios
nl this Institution and ten buildings.
1. Three-yenor coiirso.
2. One-yeur course.
11. College courses.
Prepunitory courses. '
foundry worli. '
Household art courses.
lX. Nurse training eourso.
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"llwv" mini i bui iiiobo iwo
baltl,,,n,l,s - - u- '
Tlla National Leugue has Insured Its
Pros. We hud suppoiod that uni-
n!r"8 a"1 battleships were not ao-
l'tui by the uuderwilterp.
Contentment that onuses a
regaid the fringe on hta trouor with
liidltterenco is not tho kind thnt
should be cultivated.
Hull's most successful' recruiting
stations seldom havu an unpleasant
Tulsu Is a good placo lu which to
Hvo. In reciting tho history of tho
progress or tho successful Negro men
jil v oinon, one simply rehearses tho
1 i!d story of the great opportun-
offered tho sealer and Investor
Oklahoma, the Creek Nation and
1 . t part of what we call Tulsa and
i .i ounty.
I . cited In this section are the great
!.d continent oil fields, perhaps the
r .1" it lu America. A few Negroes
., lu clings in these fluid, and
.line are receiving large In-
- riom this source, others are
bug tlielr possessions, uwultlng a
i hun iho Negro race generally
u-, - its attention to high class, legltl-
.,i- investment and speculation,
of the holdings owned absolutely
Negroes In this section will easily
11 upon the market as leases for
i") per acre, and their tracts cover
( . ty to one hundred and sixty acres.
v. v 111 yet hoar of a successful Ne
il and gas company, owned and
, a'cd by tho people of our own was eleven. Since that ago, Mr. Pur
! u tee has been fotced to make life
i 'ung the farmers of this section, "'0"-
... . are u large number who own ex- ' remained In Murray cr-unty until
crli.-al farms and ranches, with mod- ll0 wa8 " "ttondlrs the public
i.n a-id up-todato lmprovementH. It "ho1" a;)m,t throe months !lU-
ioi possible to give exact figures. Bll,or- H1b fIr,,t nttem,t t0 ,l0 uub-
, ning tho amount or taxable prop- neB8 rr lllm8olf waB In Christian
t . wncd by our people In this sec- colm, Te""- at lhe aRU of " Horo
-n, jut tho visitor will be most fav 1,u 1,08an b,,'ln': ,0B tllnbur' wltllout
..hi iiniirnMiHl Willi ,i rln llirniiirh
i J sa and Tulsu couiit), where ho will
i. Ik.' comfortable
unim i. surrounded
wlili L'tincl nr.
.hnnU and arranged according to the
mtut modern plans of farmsteads.
Perhaps there Is less farm land for
sale in this section than lu any other
part of tho state. The fertile valleys
yield in such abundance that tho own-
ers prefer to hold their lands and In-
vest the Income from their farms.
This Is not a cotton section, and tho
ncrun;0 0f this stape Is notoriously
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"m',n- MW3 RlocK ' "" fral,ls a
irrnssrs are the wealth-vleldlnc nrod-
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nets of Tulsa anil 'I ulsa county. Uoou
roads are the rule on account or thu
automobllo traffic to and from the oil
J. W. WILLIAMS.
J. W. Williams Is a native of Pitss
burgh, Pa., born July '.', 188B, being
now only 29 yeurs of age. Ills early
education was reculved In the pub-
,lu "hools of Pittsburgh.
At tho ago or 1 1 he drifted to Mem-
phis, Tenn. i
ln Mi,lrt fur hi
phis, Tenn. Starting so early In life
himself, ho worked around
e machinery was used,
and hero learned his first lessons In
tho work which mado him u success
in the race or all the opposition which
tho l)WJ,,,0 r h,8 ruco mcet at all
Umos- Wlll,u llvI"K '" Me,)hl8' ,lu
worked as fireman on the Illinois Cen-
tral railroad, and also as engineer at
thu Memphis Cotton Oil mill.
Leaving Memphis as a man,
cated at Magnolia, Ark ,nnd worked
for four years, superlngtendlng the
Magnolia Cotton Oil company. Leav- In her own three-story brick building,
lug hero, ho canio to Tulsa and work- which Is strictly modern In all Its ap
ed as a helper for tho paving com- polntnieiits, and besides an account
puny which paved tho first streets of ln tho bank, hns a credit rating of
Tulsa, liy enreful saving he accuiu- $10,000.
Kluolrlcnl Kn- nlnted u small bank account and later lu her dealings, sho Is absolutely
bought tho first automobile for thu fair with every transaction and her
accommodation or Negro passengers, word in any matters has nover been
While lu tho automobllo livery bust- questioned. Her disposition Is plcas-
uuss, ho studied carefully tho mccli- ant at nil times, and hrr friends
nnlsni or tho various makes or mn- among all classes or people or either
chines, and gradually applied this race In this section nro numbered only
kuowledgu In establishing a garngo by those who hnvo come In contact
ropnlr trade. with her upon business or social lines.
Today Mr. Williams has an no- Her Judgment In matters or busl
qualnlanco Among automobile own- ness is equal to that or tho most ox
ers which extends fur and near, perleuccd business men, and for this
thioughoiit Oklahoma und other reason sho has mado fow mistakes,
status. Ho owns il garage and auto- As a progressive woman, alio Is ever
mobllo llvory lu Tulsa, employs a pleased to support any worthy cause,
Torco or live mechanics and chaurf- which has for Its purposo tho od
ours, and has a business with a gross vancenicnt or tho race.
Income or nbout $500 per month. Mrs. Williams Is a native or Jack-
Ilosides this business, Mr. Williams son, Mndlson county, Tenn. Sho was
ls erecting a modern $10,000 theatre educated In Lnno College, In her homo
and hotel lu a two-story brick building town. After leaving school, she tuught
built and owned by him. Mr. Wit-
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i.ii- in u umu imu Bii-uuy nuuvui,
aml as " self-nindo man of business,
huvl"B ""u,,0(1 u" n now nvenuo or
UI1lloyment and investment, ho has
''"'"""Boated that raco nnd color aro
llot 8llch '""to11 to business
as many wnuld havo us believe.
Ho was married to Miss Lula Cot-
ton, his present wire, and together
fl.,,.. linvri ulnnu fnlielit llw, linttl.i nf
ru. 0ll0 clllIlli n loy WIl8 bonl t0
tlumii nm, ho ls now tnklnB UUBnes9
training under his Industrious par-
MRS. S. T. PARTEE.
Mrs. S. T. Parteo was born In Flor-
enco, Ala., January 11, 1877,
father died 30 years ago. but Mrs.
l'artee had the good fortune to hnvo
a mother's core nnd presence until
April -5, 1913, at wMch time her
mother died, after a long and useful
life Mrs. l'artee trended the puhllc
schools of her native home until 1890,
after which she attended school at the
Normal, Ala., College, and was In tho
graduating class of 1800. After grnd-
uatlng, sho taught one year at Hunts-
vllle, Alu., and married her present
husband. U I', l'artee. In January.
l'JOO. In the A. M. B. church of Klor-
once. Mrs. Partte Is Interested In tho
affairs of u onion in the home and
church, and has a host of friends
among the best people of tho state.
MR. L. P. PARTEE.
CARPENTER AND CONTRACTOR.
I.. P. l'artee was born May 2G, 18C7.
In Muriny county, Tenn. Ills fnther,
Henry l'artoe, died when he was (lvu
old. Ills mother died when he
l "uro1 iiini. nu ijubiiiuiw K.cv.
until he uccimiii'.uttd $1.:'.00 In tlm-
"er W,11L" waH lnrnfu uuy u iuku
water, leaving him penniless again.
Al UlL' aB lir -b "u "orKB" ,or u,u
Unltl;I s,a,us Rovomiiiont as river
aml llarl,or uporlntendeiit In Tonnes-
seo- Alabama, Kentucky and Ohio. In
ls capacity he worked eleven years,
alld U0,Sl II1"' " farm of 7G acrus '"
W"H0 ctmllt'- Tennessee, for J1.S75.
At -l "ear8 of aBe' '"' "'arried, but
"18 wuo mtu '" l"ruu -"ri "
's-'11 a K'r' ls "lonl'la oll'i wll stl"
lives with her father, and Is at pres-
ent teacher In tho city schools of
b"1 " lelL111-' "' ll1- Lll hlhooib ui
In 1903, he sold his farm for what
ho paid for it ($1,S7G) and came to
Oklahoma, locating nt Guthrie, where
he stnyed eighteen months, beroro
moving to Tulsn. Since living In
Tulsa Mr. l'artee has been successful.
He owns seven houses, ono or which
is brick, nnd in tho near future ho
will build n brick store and office
building. Ills present holdings aro
easily worth $15,000.
MRS. LULU T."COTTON" WILLIAMS
Mrs. Lulu Williams, proprietor of
tho Williams Confectionery, Is tin-
questionably the foremost business
women or tho Btate, among Negro
women. Starling five years ago In a
xory sma11 cornor 8toro '" Tlllsa- wlth
comparatively small capital, saved
from her earnings as a country school
teacher, she has, by closu attention
to bushiest), bullded step lv stop, un-
til today shu has a business running
$1,200 to $1,500 per month, conducted
in tho schools of tho state or Ten
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iiuaoeu uiiiu coming io uitiuuomn.
Aftei teaching In this stnto two
years, sho embarked In business ns
stnted and her success throughout has
been woll and fairly earned. Mrs.
Williams Is yet a young woman, feel-
Ing a great responsibility abend In
educating her young son, Willie, to
succeed her In tho management or her
nfflt-a Clm n.wl I.,.. l...r.l......l ..,.
partllc'r8 , bUH,llC8H.
J. W. JOHNSON, THE BLIND
Most peoplo think that to bo blind
is to be useless nnd helpless nnd In
most cases this ls truo.
Hut the subject of this sketch la a
grand exception to tho rulo
Johnson was born In Eudora, Kan.,
April 4, 1SCC. Ho attended public
school there In his early youth nnd
at the ago or 20 went Into the meaT'
market business. Later he traveled
extensively nnd gained a wide knowl
edge of the world. Ho fullowed con
struction work for awhile ln Missouri
and Kentucky. In '8C, ho went to
Kansas City, Kun., and opened a con
tectlonery nnd Ice cream parlor. He
conducted this very successfully ror
eight years. In 1900 he came to
Oklahoma, locating at McAlestcr,
where he was employed by tho M K.
& T. railroad company as machinist
and "powder mnn," In chargo or the
magazine where all high power explo
sives were kept for use In the work
of cutting through the right of way.
Ho was also foreman of construction
work. He had worked at this sixteen
mouths, when one day a terrible acci
dent occurred which deprived him of
his sight and almost cost him his life.
Ho had (barged a hole and lighted the
fuse and went away to await the ex
plosion, which he expected to lift tons
or heavy rock Troin tho earth. Tho
ruse was longer than ho had cal
culated and when sufficient time had
elapsed, us ho thought, and no ex
plosion came, ho returned to thu
charged hole to Investigate. Just us
he bent oer the hole, however, there
came a great crash, the earth trem.
bled and crumbled under him und
all wa.i darkness. Follow laborers
picked up bloody pieces or his hint
tirty yards from the scene, thinking'
they were pieces of his head. Hfj
was later round a short distance from
the spot, ills face nnd heud a mass of
lacerated flesh, still conscious, and
was taken to u hospital, where It was
found that his eyes wero completely
gone. At first his misfortune worried
him greatly, but when he thought of
his miraculous escape from death, ho
reconciled himself to his new stnto ot
conditions, and determined to make
the best of his life. Just how well ho
has succeeded Is shown by the rollow
The same year or his misfortune, he
opened a grocery store and embarked
In business. Since that time he has
bought nnd paid Tor two residence
lots and built on them, and two busi
ness lots on which he has built store
rooms and stocked them up with gro
ceries. Though blind, ho planned all
or his buildings and fixtures and Is
general manager or all his business.
His lutest effort was the opening of a
cafe, which ls doubtless the pride of
tho colored people of McAlester. Ho
not only planned the fixtures for this
care, but himself fitted up tho gas
stovo and mado nil tho different con
nections, unassisted. So sensltlvo hnj
grown his touch that ho makes nil
chango for the customers of his larg
est store wheru ho stays, and never
ma'.ias a mistake. Ho can oven dis
tinguish tho difference In bills or cur
rency money. Just how It ls possi
ble for a blind man to do all this is
hard for anyone to tell, hut theso nro
well-known facts to McAlester people.
Mr. Johnson has ono daughter, who is
now living with him. Ho employs
several peoplo In his business which
is raetd at almost $110,000. He likes
to convurso und havo tho dally paper
read to him.
Ho ls n great race man and rinds a
great deal or delight In having race
papers read to him. Thcro Is no bet
ter posted man In Oklahoma than
Mr. W. A. Mayes, or llristow, was
born In Nashville. Tenn, October 23,
1S7V moved with his parents to the
Indian Territory, setled rour miles
west or Muskogee, worked on tho rnrm
ns laborer ror $20 a month. Ho saved
money out of each month's wages. Ho
began trading nnd mado good. Ho
then worked on shnres and was very
successful nnd owns In his own right
seven hundred acres of good tablo
land, with six hundred acres In culti
vation, that yields from three to four
thousand bushels or corn nnd fifty
bales of cotton. Ho stopped out into
the wldo nnd busy world with no help,
but a good purposo nnd n clear head,
with nothing lo his credit but a good
name, willing to labor and sncririce,
ho rears nothing but loss or his Inde
pendence, has everything to gain and
nothing to lose, n mind to embrace
ovory opportunity, nothing but posi
tive disability enn keep him back. Ho
is truly a progressive Negro, gives
work to rour wago hands and twelve
ramllles on his plantation, ls worth
worth twenty to twenty-rive thousand
dollnrs, has a beautiful homo, a wifo
and throo children. His word Is ns
good whero ho 8 known us govern
ment bonds. His friends aro lnnum
orablo, nnd ho has tho respect of
both white and colored.