Historic Okmulgee: How the Creek Indian Capital gave birth to a Fledgling City

Okmulgee's history is rich with both triumph and tragedy. From the rebirth of the Creek Indian and the many state changing decisions made in Creek Counsel House, to the tragedies of the Great Depression, this series will outline the key events that brought this small town national prestige.

In this article about historic Okmulgee, significant historic perspectives are outlined, as well as some interesting tales of Okmulgee, a historic timeline, and shop prices in and around Okmulgee.

Before you leave, be sure to check out the other pages in the Okmulgee History series.

*Note: Upon request, the Okmulgee Historic Buildings datasheets, have been added under the "comments" section at the bottom of this article.

Okmulgee History 1900-1909: The Birth of a City

Following the completion of the St. Louis, Oklahoma and Southern Railway in 1900, Okmulgee entered into a new era of expansion. A growing number of new residents encouraged the platting of housing additions, and new water, natural gas, telephone, and electrical systems were installed. At 1907 statehood, Okmulgee had over 2000 residents and was quickly becoming a bustling city full of life.

Okmulgee Street Scene - Early 1900's.
Okmulgee Street Scene - Early 1900's.
First Pres. Church on 7th and Seminole. Postmarked 1909
First Pres. Church on 7th and Seminole. Postmarked 1909

Okmulgee Overview 1906-1907

Okmulgee now had 75 stores, 27 attorneys, three cotton gins, five livery barns, two wagon yards, and two soda pop factories. The Hotel Glenn - only one block from the Frisco depot, advertised rooms for $1.25 a day.

There were no paved streets in Okmulgee at this time, only wooden sidewalks and plenty of hitching rings for horses everywhere.

Daily Life in Okmulgee 1900-1909

Daily life in Okmulgee generally followed the trends set forth in the rest of the country, although at the time Okmulgee was sparsely developed. The entire Okmulgee county population numbered only 4,000, including 179 blacks.

The earliest non-Indian settlement was known as the "White Settlement" and was located about one mile east of the railroad station on what is now East Fourth Street. The twenty acre area included two or three houses, a hotel, a general merchandise store, grocery store, and a school for whites. Around 1900-1905, the businesses moved to the east side of the Frisco Railroad tracks where the first, and at that time the only hotel was located. The hotel was named The Capital and was conducted by Silas Smith, a prominent member of the community. North of the hotel was located the wetmore grocery store and a large rock building, at what is now second and Comanche, which served as a hay barn to store baled hay for shipping via the railroad.

On the corner of fifth and Morton was a lot which had been used by the creeks to slaughter cattle and corral horses. A large gate marked the end of morton street, beyond which was open pasture. Entrepreneurs built the Key Block on the street.

On Main Street, from the post office west, the rest of the block was lined with tents which housed establishments of less savory ilk - gambling houses, brothels, flea-bag boarding houses, and bootleg whiskey Joints. Prohibition was a farce in those days. Barrels of liquor were hauled into the Nation by wagonload. They were dispensed at 50 cents a pint, 25 cents a half pint.

In the early days of the drug business, retail druggists manufactured their own products from primary ingredients. Quinine and calomel were common remedies.

There was only a single telephone line in Okmulgee. It stretched from Muskogee to one of Okmulgee's drug stores.

While many businesses sprang up around the Creek Council House, Agriculture still prominent business in area.

People still traveled mainly in Covered wagons and on horseback. If people wanted to marry, they had to show up in Muskogee and file an application for the license. It sometimes took weeks, even months, for the license to make the return trip. Between 1902 and 1910, a one passenger hack owned by A.B. McGill hauled mail between Okmulgee and Muskogee

From around 1908 until the next decade, many people moved to Okmulgee to scout for oil. With the coming of the railroad and discovery of oil around Okmulgee, this sleepy little town was soon to become home to more millionaires than anywhere else in the country.

Grover Cleveland Franklin working in a barber shop on the square.
Grover Cleveland Franklin working in a barber shop on the square.

Barber Prices:


  • Hair Cut 35 Cents
  • Singeing 35 cents
  • Shampooing 35 cents
  • Massaging 35 cents
  • Mustache Dyed 50 cents
  • Head Shaved (top) 15 cents
  • Hair Tonic 15 cents
  • Razor Honing 50 cents
  • Shaving 15 cents

America in the 1900s and 1910s (Decades of American History)
America in the 1900s and 1910s (Decades of American History)

Each decade in 20th-century America is known for having a unique history and a different personality. In the 1920s there were flappers and the Charleston, in the 1950s bobby-soxers and hula-hoops, in the 1970s hippies and disco, and in the 1990s Lilith Fair and the World Wide Web.

 
1900s (Getty Images)
1900s (Getty Images)

Fascinating photographs put images of the power of an event or the zaniness of new trends right before the viewers' eyes. The force of war and political conflict is just as important a theme as world-shaking innovations in science and technology. These are accompanied by portraits of great personalities in art, politics, and society.

 

Okmulgee Timeline 1900-1909

1900

  • First city election was held in the spring - Candidates were democrat William C. Mitchener and Republican George Washington Evans. Evans was elected first mayor.
  • The railroad, the Frisco, arrived in Okmulgee, bringing with it a flurry of immigrants to the city. The first train arrived from Tulsa on July 5th, 1900. Regular train service was inaugurated July 16th. Hundreds gathered to see the first train come in. For many, it was the first time they had seen anything that moved except by horse or oxen. When the engineer called for everyone to clear the way to leave, he blew his whistle, and dozens of startled people jumped into Okmulgee Creek to get out of the train's way. The first freight train from Okmulgee carried cattle belonging to Severs, Parkinson, and H.B. Spaulding.
  • Okmulgee Democrat founded
  • In 1899, H.C. Beckman bought a 100 ft. square lot for $1,000. It included a store and a five-room house. The store opened in 1900 and carried everything from plows to sewing machines to utilities. The building stood south of the council house, on what is now Seventh Street. Store front sign advertised items for sale: hardware, stoves, tinwork, implements, vehicles, and undertaking.
  • First zinc bathtub brought into Okmulgee.
  • Chamber of commerce organized.

1901

  • Dr. G.W. Bell builds the Bell Block at 6th and Morton. The first floor served as the drug store. They shipped in ice cream from Muskogee by express. Water for the fountain came in 10 gallon tanks which they got from a well in the center of what is now seventh and Morton. The tanks were placed in cradles, carbonic gas was introduced into the containers and they were rocked for 15 to 20 minutes to carbonate the water. On the top floor was the popular Bell's Opera House. When not in use for professional entertainment, it was used for Chamber of Commerce meetings, high-school graduations, dances and other special occasions.
  • First white public school was established by E. E. Riley for a 6 month term.

1902

  • The first hospital was opened in Okmulgee in a brick house on Muskogee Ave. north of greasy creek but moved several times before settling on a location on 8th street.


1903

  • A severe sleet storm tore down most of the telephone lines in Okmulgee. The entire force - two linemen and a horse and wagon- were sent to restore service.
  • Okmulgee Light and Power Company was established. There were 15 street lights and 16 light meters. The street lights were arc lamps, which had to be trimmed each day or two and new carbons placed inside to form the arc poles.

1904

  • The Informer, a newspaper for black readers, published for a short time
  • Okmulgee National Bank opened in its own building. It featured banking on the first floor and barbering in basement.
  • September 14th - after several attempts, the first water works was implemented, complete with a reservoir, four wells, a water tower, fire hydrants downtown, and water meters (35 cents for the first 1000 gallons).

1906

  • Creek tribal government Dissolved
  • On June 6th, two five seated automobiles appeared in Okmulgee, the first of their kind in the town.

1907

  • 6th Street becomes the first street to be bricked at a price of 75 cents a yard.
  • Severs Block remolded and expanded to the east, turning the top floor into office space and refacing the entire building with brick and marble.
  • On May 10th, The first productive oil well to strike oil in the county had come in two miles south and one mile east of Morris.
  • First live motion picture theater opens. The Elks Electric Theater opened on May 11th, located downstairs from the Opera House and shared space with the Elk drug store. The movie featured was "The Hidden Hand".

1908

  • Okmulgee City Hall constructed on 5th and Morton.
  • Okmulgee opens its first refinery, the Okmulgee Refining Company, at 700 N Severs. The following year, the Creek Refining Company was organized. Within one year, there were 19 gushers in the area.

1909

  • Okmulgee opera house opens with it's first showing of "The Merry Milkmaids"

Creek Country: The Creek Indians and Their World
Creek Country: The Creek Indians and Their World

Reconstructing the human and natural environment of the Creek Indians in frontier Georgia, Mississippi, Alabama, and Tennessee, Robbie Ethridge sheds new light on a time of wrenching transition. Creek Country presents a compelling portrait of a culture in crisis, of its resiliency in the face of profound change, and of the forces that pushed it into decisive, destructive conflict.

 
Early Okmulgee next to Severs store. (Severs Block)
Early Okmulgee next to Severs store. (Severs Block)
The Creek Counsel House as it appeared in the early 1900's.
The Creek Counsel House as it appeared in the early 1900's.
The Creek Counsel House as it appears today.
The Creek Counsel House as it appears today.

Stories of Okmulgee 1900-1909 (Including pre-1900)

Shorts

In 1899, Okmulgee’s principal street consisted of a handful of businesses, a dirt road and enough grass and weeds to allow four-footed transportation to graze while the men passed the time of day.

One of Okmulgee’s earliest newspapers, The Democrat, was located in a small frame building on 6th street, a few yards west of Central Avenue. When the second survey of Okmulgee was completed, it was found that the building had been built in the middle of 6th street, so it had to be moved.

The first long distance telephone line into Okmulgee was established in 1900 when the Muskogee National Telephone Company constructed a like from Muskogee, and set up a long distance station in Fred Martin’s Drug Store.

One story John Russell told concerned Bunch’s wife Mamie. As was the custom of those days, the women served the men their meal first, then the women ate after the men had finished. According to John, when Bunch and Mamie were married, Mamie, a city-raised, college educated woman, pulled her chair to the table and said “pass the bread”.



Building a City
Two incidents of early-day Okmulgee


In the year 1900, the Frisco Railroad built through the settlement of Okmulgee, which at that time was 400 residents strong. The laying of the rails, and the beginning of regular freight and passenger service gave the capital of the Creek Nation its most important shot in the arm. Okmulgee’s potential was seen not only by its citizens but by outsiders. One of these early non-residents was named Charles Douglas, the president of a Kansas City town-site firm.

Upon his recommendation, the company purchased a large tract of land to the east of the Frisco tracks. It was their belief that the “Old Okmulgee”, the area around the Council House and Captain Severs’ store, would be eclipsed by the new Okmulgee they were hoping to build.

Sometime in 1900 or 1901 the first town site map of Okmulgee was drawn up. If one examines that map today, he or she will find what seems to be an anomaly in the naming of the east and west streets.

For example, what was (and is) called First Street on the west side of the Frisco tracks is named Kellar Street to the east of the tracks. Second Street is known as Durkee Street on the east side of the Frisco. What was Fourth Street on the west side is called Main Street on the east. For all practical purposes, the streets are exactly the same as to location – only the names are different in the case of every street from First to Eighth.

This seeming contradiction in the street names was a direct result of the townsite company’s plans for a second Okmulgee. For the most part of 1900 and 1901, there were two Okmulgees!

Another factor which contributed to the division of “Old” and “New” Okmulgee was Okmulgee Creek. Pedestrians could cross on the footbridge, but buggies and wagons had to negotiate the steep banks and deep waters of the creek. During periods of heavy rains, the creek flooded, effectively dividing Okmulgee into two halves, just as the townsite company wanted.

It is to Charles Douglas’s credit that in time, he realized that Okmulgee could not live as two towns. In 1902 he built the first wagon bridge over the creek at Eighth Street. One year later he built a second bridge at Sixth street. This bridge is the same one that spans Okmulgee Creek today.

New Okmulgee merged with Old Okmulgee. The name Kellar, Durkee fell into disuse. Charles Douglas remained in Okmulgee and became one of the town’s prominent citizens. A wealthy man by the 1920’s, he would build Douglas Park, one of the best amusement parks in the Southwest. He died in 1934.


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entertianmentplus 6 years ago from United States

Very good hub.


BOBBIE J MORTON 6 years ago

HOW WAS MORTON STREET NAMED? HISTORY ON THE MORTON GENERAL

MECHANDISE STORE FOUNDERS


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Urbane Chaos 6 years ago from Wister, Oklahoma Author

Bobbie, I wish I could answer your question. Unfortunetly, I no longer have all the resources that I used to gather my information. I looked through what I do have, but there wasn't anythiong mentioned about how the street was named or the history about it.

But, all hope is not lost. While I was doing research months ago I did come across a book that had that information in it. Actually, there were a couple books, but the information wasn't relivent to my articles so I didn't really research it all that much.

Call the Okmulgee Public Library. They have one of the largest genealogy centers in the area. (I had loads of fun with the old Sandborne maps) I know they have several .pdf files that they could email you - no promises on if they have the information that you're looking for though.

The Okmulgee Library also has a huge book on Okmulgee history, and half of the book is on Okmulgee's early founders - starting before Captain Severs even. I can't remember the name of the book, but trust me, they'll know what you're talking about. They may be able to email you photocopies of the pages about Morton.

One more bit of information. They also have a smaller book, titled something like "Historical and Architectural survey of Okmulgee County" - I know the information is in there as well. I've searched for a .pdf file on that, but haven't came across any luck. It was a government survey, and most of the time those are digitized.

The only bit of information I have that may help you is a rather large spreadsheet of all of the historical buildings in downtown Okmulgee. It lists over 200 buildings and has notes on half of them. If you have a way to receive large files then I'd be happy to email you what I have.

Good luck in your search!


Janice (Kinser) DeRamus 6 years ago

I was raised on the old 'Barnsdall Refinery' property. I have been trying to find pictures of Barnsdall while it was in production. Do you know of any pictures of this site? I would love to have one. I have checked all over the Internet, as to date have found no pictures of this Refinery.


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Urbane Chaos 6 years ago from Wister, Oklahoma Author

Janice, I don't have any pictures right now, but I'll check into it. I think that you should be able to get them from the Okmulgee geneology center though.. I'll have to check..


Toppie 6 years ago

Could I get a copy of this file? "rather large spreadsheet of all of the historical buildings in downtown Okmulgee. It lists over 200 buildings and has notes on half of them."

I own one of those buildings and have looked and looked for information on it.


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Urbane Chaos 6 years ago from Wister, Oklahoma Author

Toppie, again, sorry for the late reply.

As soon as I can get half decent internet access here again then I'll find a place to house the file. In the mean time, I'll try to print it off and send it to the library and the okmulgee news so that there's a hard copy of it for people to get. Hopefully I'll be able to get back soon.


Nancy 5 years ago

I was in a discussion about Crispus Attucks and the Attucks School in Okmulgee was brought up. Does anyone have information on this school? Was it the black school at one time?


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Urbane Chaos 5 years ago from Wister, Oklahoma Author

Nancy,

I wish I knew the answer to that.. I've heard of the school, but I'm not completely familiar with it. You may contact the Okmulgee Black Hospital Cultural Center - I don't know what's going on with it currently, but the lady that runs it should be able to answer your questions. Here's a link to their website, although it shows that it was last updated in 2005: http://www.obhcc.org/index.htm I wish you luck in your searches! If I come across anything else then I'll be sure to post it here.


Mvskokesenior72@aol.com 5 years ago

George Evans was married to my Grandmother Pink Gorden Evans she wa indian Catawba indian her family the "Gentry's" was enrolled Creek..I am Creek Indian my family was in the house of Kinks and Warriors..


Paula Lupkin 5 years ago

Do you know the architects of any of the buildings listed in your data sheets? I'm particularly interested in the Okmulgee Hotel but also in some commercial buildings. I have a drawing of a commercial block by a St. Louis architectural firm, Barnett, Haynes, Barnett, but don't know if it was every built.

Thanks.


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Urbane Chaos 5 years ago from Wister, Oklahoma Author

Paula,

I couldn't find anything having been built by "Barnett, Haynes, & Barnett" in Okmulgee, however, that really doesn't mean anything without doing an in-depth search. Apparently, the firm was most active in St. Louis, but again, I just took a quick look at it.

While I didn't find any information on the architects for the Okmulgee Hotel, I did find an interesting article in The American City, Vol 24. It states that the Okmulgee Hotel was planned and financed by the Chamber of Commerce. More than likely, you should be able to call the Okmulgee Chamber and ask for the information that you're looking for. The article said that the Okmulgee Hotel should be ready for occupancy in 1921, so the records should be around that same time frame.

Also, many times the architects are listed on the cornerstone of the building. While this isn't always the case, it's quite possible.

If possible, I'd love to see the drawing you have. If possible, if the copyright has expired on it, you may be able to publish it online. If you do, please send me a link to it.

I'll try here to include a link to the article I mentioned.


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Urbane Chaos 5 years ago from Wister, Oklahoma Author

Paula,

I was able to add the link. Sometimes, the links from Google Books don't work right, so I wanted to make sure.

Lately, I've been doing a lot of research by using Google Books. Since there's a great wealth of old documents and reports available, and since they're searchable, it's cut down a lot of time I spend on research. For other buildings, I would suggest searching through Google Books on Okmulgee. There was a lot of results there, so that may help.

Hopefully, this gives you a little more information.

Good luck with everything!


Jon 5 years ago

We purchased a dresser that has a stamp on it on the back that says Okmulgee Furniture Company, Okmulgee I.T.

I have not been able to find anything on that company on the web. Do you have any suggestions as to where I could find some information on them.

Thanks,

Jon


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Urbane Chaos 5 years ago from Wister, Oklahoma Author

Jon,

Sorry for the late reply, I've been out for a couple weeks.

This is what I have on the Okmulgee Furniture Company:

The earliest date that I can find for the Okmulgee Furniture Company was 1913. I'm sure that the company had been around for at least a couple years prior to that date because the information I had mentioned that the company was a thriving business.

That same year, another publication states that, "The Okmulgee Furniture Company is still holding the remains at it's undertaking rooms for identification." This is in relation to an oil drilling accident. This was not unusual during the early 1900's, as many furniture stores also built coffins. In many old pictures you'll find store signs that read, "Furniture and Undertaker". While I haven't seen any specific to Okmulgee, "The Petroleum Gazette" from 1913 makes it clear that this was the case.

By 1919, a lot of the furniture sold at the Okmulgee Furniture Company was shipped in by railroad from places such as Auburn, New York.

The last date that I found for the Okmulgee Furniture Company was in 1929 in a court document: "Okmulgee Furniture Co. v. Fort Smith & W. Ry. Co". Apparently, the furniture company was suing the railroad company for charging too much for shipping. I haven't been able to get a full copy of this, but usually these court documents include a history of the people involved.

With the stock market crash of 1929, and the general slump in the economy, I don't see the Okmulgee Furniture Company lasting far beyond this point. Unfortunately, I simply don't know when the company was founded and when it went out of business, but from the information above you can get a general idea.

One other bit of information. According to a letter sent out in the early 20's, apparently W. A. Collins was the stores owner. The letter is signed by him, and since most furniture stores during the time were ran by one person, it can be assumed that he was the owner. More research would have to be done to prove that for certain.

I hope this helps.


highfashion99 4 years ago

please does any one know a man in the 1940's whose name was Orville Clinton Hamon? he manufactured lamp chimneys there in Okmulgee. And do you know anyone named Nellie Hall or Mary Frances Whitt?

and what was located at 14th and Kern?

I sure thank you...I am trying to find info of my family.


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Urbane Chaos 4 years ago from Wister, Oklahoma Author

Highfashion, If you can find a book titled, "American glass paperweights and their makers", it has a detailed biography of O. C. Hamon from Okmulgee. I'm not sure about Nellie Hall or Mary Whitt. If you let me know more of what you're looking for then I may be able to help.

For information about 14th and Kern in Okmulgee, check with the Okmulgee Library. There's a large book there that has an excellent history of the town, and I'm positive that it will give you clues to what you're looking for. Also, in the library, there was a historical survey done on Okmulgee. It's in the reference section, but it has a few maps and such that should tell you what was located on the street.

One more thing to mention, in the 1980's, there was an intense study of the historic parts of Okmulgee. Several papers were created that lists a lot of information. They're hard to read, but if you can navigate through them then you should be able to find what you're looking for. The Okmulgee Data Sheets below have a lot of information that was found in those surveys, as well as other information that I've found on my own. I had to pay for the copies that I got, but it was worth it. I believe that it was through the Oklahoma Historical Society, but it's been a long time ago so I don't really remember right off.

Good luck with your search!


Debbie Allen 4 years ago

My Grandmother was related to Charles Douglas. In fact, his daughter, Irene Douglas, is the reason my family moved from California to Oklahoma. When Irene died, she left her estate to my Grandmother, much to the dismay of her local family. I have always heard that Irene was a character. Starting her own newspaper to print the news she wanted and such. But...I cannot find any info on her. Do you know of anything? By the way, loved the Bio on Okmulgee.

Thanks so much.

Debbie


Ann (Moroney) Hansen 4 years ago

If anyone can tell me something about J. Moroney I would appreciate it. 29 10's - 1930?

Thank you.


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Urbane Chaos 4 years ago from Wister, Oklahoma Author

James J. Moroney began working in the newspaper industry at an early age. Since Oklahomas Statehood in 1907, he has remained one of the prominent newspapermen of the state. He has been editer in chief of the Okmulgee Democrat, and has promoted the town as an influential location of the oil-producng industry in Oklahoma. Because of his knowledge and promotional abilities, the Okmulgee Democrat far exceeded the limits of the town. In fact, Mr. Moroney helped to circulate the paper in numerous leading centers of the oil business outside of Okmulgee.

J. J. Moroney was born in Oberlin, Ohio on January 22, 1868 to James P. Moroney and Mary (Shields) Moroney. J. P. Moroney was born in London, England in 1838. He was around 13 years old when his parents immigrated to the United States. Mary was born in County Galway, Ireland in 1940. She was 7 years old when her parents immigrated to the United States.

J. P. Moroney grew up with a good education, however, most of what he learned was through his long association with the newspaper busines.

Early On, James P. Moroney served as an apprentice printer . At "Bucyrus" he founded the Crawford County Democrat. When the American Civil War broke out, he used his newspaper to promote the Unions cause. In 1861, he enlisted in Company I, 41st Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was an able soldier and was quickly promoted. In 1863, he was severely wounded at the Battle of Chickamauga, which effectivly brought his service to an end. He was awarded an honerable discharge. However, he would rise again. After recuperating from this injury, he re-enlisted and was placed in his original company until the 41st was mustered out at the end of the war. Throughout his life, J.P. was a vocal supporter of the Union.

He was married to Mary Shields on November 30th, 1865 at Oberlin, Ohio. They lived the rest of their lives in Ohio until they both died in the year 1898. Together, the two had 12 children. These included:

P. H. Moroney, who was engaged in the practice of law at Tulsa

Nora C. Moroney was the editor of the the Okmulgee Democrat

J. D. Moroney lived in Tulsa and was considered an oilman

M. F. Moroney was the mayor of Okmulgee and was also heavily interested in both oil and real estate projects

T. M. Moroney lived in Bartlesville and was connected with the pipe line business there

Ellen Moroney lived in Arizona and was a housewife

William Moroney lived in Kingman, Arizona and practiced law. In addition, he was the county attorney of Mohave County

S. F. Moroney lived in the State of California, occupation unknown

Margaret Moroney was the wife of G. C. Conrad, of Norwalk, Ohio

Alice Moroney was the wife of George C. Wileox, of Toledo, Ohio

Mary Moroney died in Ohio at the age of thirty years, as the wife of P. J. Murray.

Finally, there James J. Moroney, which we will go into more depth on now.

J.J. Attended public school in Ohio. After graduating, he continued scholing in the Ohio Normal School at Lebanon, Warren County. During his youth, he became interested in the oil industry. Once his studies were over, he began working in the eastern fields in salaried positions. He lived in Toledo, Ohio for seven years while still maintaining his home at Marietta, Ohio for five years.

He married Mary Boland of Toledo in 1893. Together, they raised six children: James P., William J., Francis, Vincent, Bernard and Anna. Both he and his wife were zealous communicants of St. Anthony's Church in Okmulgee.

He moved to Oklahoma in 1907 and quickly associated himself with Dr. O. A. Lambert. From Mr. Lambert, he purchased the plant and business of the Okmulgee Democrat. In 1915, J. J. and his business partner, B. C. Hodges purchased Dr. Lambert's remaining interest in the business. By this time, the company published three independent papers: The Okmulgee Daily Democrat, The Mid-Continent Oil and Farm News, and the Weekly Progress. In addition, the company also published the Morris News.

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I also had this information, which explains who he was a little more:

"JAMES J. MORONEY of Okmulgee and H. E. Adams of Tulsa have been made receivers of the various properties of John H. Rebold of Okmulgee, at the instance of the Oil Well Supply Co.. holding claims of $113,000: the Atlas Supply Co., $1,750, and the First National Bank of Okmulgee. $2,000. Rebold is under indictment charged with bribery and unlawful manipulation of funds of two banks of which he was a director both banks having failed.

Rebold properties, consisting of oil holdings, lumber yards, office buildings and residences, an oil refinery and a daily newspaper, were valued at $3,000,000 two years ago and indebtedness about $1,000,000. It is up to Jim Moroney and Adams to preserve the equities. Moroney, formerly a gauger and tank-strapper in Southeastern Ohio for Standard pipe lines, went to Okmulgee some years ago and bought the only paper in the then village of Okmulgee—a weekly—and when the town began to improve because of being an oil center he made the paper a daily.

Having somewhat the temperament of Dooley, the famous Irish dialect writer, Moroney made his paper quite interesting and a dependable reporter of oil development. He also became something of a Democratic politician. Bad health urged him to sell the paper, since which time outdoor work and managing the North Baltimore Oil Co. has restored his health and enabled him to prosper as an oil-producer.

Editing a country weekly and censoring an involved estate have some elements of similarity, and experience ought to enable Jim to perform acceptably."


Jessica 4 years ago

John Rebold was my great great grandfather.


Kirby Moroney 3 years ago

James Joseph Moroney is my great-great grandfather. Thank you for all the information.


SueZeeQ28 3 years ago

John Rebold was my great grandfather.


SueZeeQ28 3 years ago

Is there a way to get messages to other people that comment here?

I see the comment from 'Jessica' that John Rebold is her great great grandfather. He is my great grandfather so she I are 'related. :-D


Tammie 17 months ago

do you know what hotel was located at what is now 501 - 505 E 6th st. all I can read on the front entrance way is _ain Hotel. A big chunk of the origianl entrance way is missing.

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    These datasheets list information on almost 200 of Okmulgee's historic downtown buildings. The files are too large to be viewed online, so in order to view the entire sheet one must download the image files.

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    To view Okmulgee Historic Buildings datasheet, click on the picture to view it full size and then download to your computer.  The image file can then be opened up in Internet Explorer (or other picture viewing software) at full size.To view Okmulgee Historic Buildings datasheet, click on the picture to view it full size and then download to your computer.  The image file can then be opened up in Internet Explorer (or other picture viewing software) at full size.To view Okmulgee Historic Buildings datasheet, click on the picture to view it full size and then download to your computer.  The image file can then be opened up in Internet Explorer (or other picture viewing software) at full size.To view Okmulgee Historic Buildings datasheet, click on the picture to view it full size and then download to your computer.  The image file can then be opened up in Internet Explorer (or other picture viewing software) at full size.
    To view Okmulgee Historic Buildings datasheet, click on the picture to view it full size and then download to your computer.  The image file can then be opened up in Internet Explorer (or other picture viewing software) at full size.
    To view Okmulgee Historic Buildings datasheet, click on the picture to view it full size and then download to your computer. The image file can then be opened up in Internet Explorer (or other picture viewing software) at full size.
    To view Okmulgee Historic Buildings datasheet, click on the picture to view it full size and then download to your computer.  The image file can then be opened up in Internet Explorer (or other picture viewing software) at full size.
    To view Okmulgee Historic Buildings datasheet, click on the picture to view it full size and then download to your computer. The image file can then be opened up in Internet Explorer (or other picture viewing software) at full size.
    To view Okmulgee Historic Buildings datasheet, click on the picture to view it full size and then download to your computer.  The image file can then be opened up in Internet Explorer (or other picture viewing software) at full size.
    To view Okmulgee Historic Buildings datasheet, click on the picture to view it full size and then download to your computer. The image file can then be opened up in Internet Explorer (or other picture viewing software) at full size.
    To view Okmulgee Historic Buildings datasheet, click on the picture to view it full size and then download to your computer.  The image file can then be opened up in Internet Explorer (or other picture viewing software) at full size.
    To view Okmulgee Historic Buildings datasheet, click on the picture to view it full size and then download to your computer. The image file can then be opened up in Internet Explorer (or other picture viewing software) at full size.

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