Kiowa County Hall Of Fame

This spot on the prairie, Kiowa County, OK, the former home of the Kiowa, Comanche, and Apache, has produced some notable people among the pioneer families. This page is dedicated to those families and their offspring that are in the Hall of Fame. Some information for this page was exerpted from Vol. I, Pioneering on Kiowa County, Library of Congress (books)and various individuals.

Please let me introduce you to:

Kiowa County Authors and Artists

Louise Dale Nelson

Louise Dale was born October 7, 1905 at Mountain Park, Oklahoma Territory. She grew up in Mountain Park, attending school there, until her Junior year, when she finished school at Snyder. She graduated from High School in 1924, with a first grade elementry certificate to teach. She taught 5th and 6th grades at Con 8, 1924-1925, and moved to Friendship school, Jackson County for 5th and 6th grade at Friendship School. Louise married George Nelson, the Principal in 1926 at Mountain Park. The Nelsons had three children, Patsy Ruth, Vaughn Dale and Naomi Louise.

Louise always had a love of poetry. Through her poems, she became a member of the National League of Pen Women. Her first book was "When the Heart Speaks," which went into a fifth printing, and a copy was requested by the museum at the Oklahoma Historical Society. She became a member of the Southwest Oklahoma Branch of Pen Women, the Great Plains Writers of Oklahoma Writers Federation.

Published Works by Louise Dale Nelson:
When the Heart Speaks
Fall Crop

Mary Neely Capps

Mary Neely Capps was born in Granger, Texas, December 25, 1999 to Walter Lee and Emma Neely. In 1925 she married John Gilmer Capps. Their children are Mary Sue, (Senator) Gilmer N., and John W.

Mary became involved in many activities; Red Cross, WWII, American Legion Auxiliary, 4-H clubs, PTA, United Methodist Church, youth groups, Sunday school teacher, various women's clubs, Oklahoma Retired Teachers, Oklahoma Poetry Society, the list goes on. She conducted poetry workshops at the Oklahoma University Writer's conference, NLAPW Writer's workshop and Abilene Writer's Guild., writing courses for Senior Citizens of the area and lectured with slides and poetry for folk-lore programs.

Published works are: "When God Made Texas", "For Such A Time As This", Songs Of The Sagebrush". Poetry published in the Denver Post, Poetry and Music, Oklahoma's Poet's Scroll, World Outlook, Oklahoma Farmer-Stockman, Progressive Farmer, Abington Press, Oklahoma Club Women, Heathways and Writers Digest Year Book.. Mrs Capps was presented an award as Outstanding citizen of Syder in 1972, listed in "Who's Who in Oklahoma", "Who's Who in American Education", and "Who's Who in American Women".

Published works by Mary Neely Capps:

When God Made Texas; San Antonio, Naylor Co. [c1955]
For Such a Time as This
Songs of the Sage Brush

Clyde Lee

Clyde Lee, son of Ottis and Annie Jewel Lee was born in 1893, at Markley, TX. He came to the Green Valley Community in 1900. He was the only graduate from Mountain View High School in 1912. In 1915 he married Bessie Bell Rushton and had 6 children. He was a rural mail carrier when WWI came along, resigned, and joined the Armed Forces. Clyde was a farmer and rancher in Kiowa County for most of his 75 years.

Clyde became well known for his writings of original poetry. One poem, "The Northern Wichitas" was written as a tribute to area ranchers. Other poems, are: "Ode To A Killing Frost" a humerous poem in memory of hay fever suffers, which won him the title of "Big Sneeze". He wrote many poems about the area he lived in.

N. Scott Momaday

N. Scott Momaday is a member of the Kiowa Tribe, born and raised near Mountain View. He has written several books, including "The Way To Rainey Mountain" and "House Made Of Dawn", a pulitzer Prize winner. He is an associate professor of English at the University of California, Berkley. He is also editor of "The Complete Poems of Frederick Goddard Tuckerman".

His writings are centered on four main themes; His Kiowa heritage, his Kiowa County landscape, a time that is gone forever and the human spirit that endures. He is also a poet and his poems center on his heritage.

Published works by N. Scott Momaday:
Way to Rainy Mountain: Tucson : University of Arizona Press, [1996] ISBN; 0816517053
House Made of Dawn; New York, Harper & Row [1968]
The Gourd Dancer : [poems] / N. Scott Momaday ; drawings by the author. ISBN; 0060129824 : 0060129832. New York : Harper & Row, c1976.

Momaday also has written 38 other books/items, listed in Library of Congress

Jenie Lee Burke, Jr.

Jenie L. Burke, Jr was born at Hobart, November 28, 1902. He attended Hobart High School, Oklahoma University, Ohio State University, West Texas State University, Texas Tech and Burton College. This gave him a Bachelor of Science, a Master's and a Doctor's Degree in Education.

Jenie received many honors in education. He taught at Amarillo College of Music, Educational director, teacher and principal at Hobbs, NM Schools, Superintendent Jal Public Schools, President of College of the Southwest, Poetry Editor Southwest Heritage.

Published works by Jenie Lee Burke, Jr.

War Echoes; Boston, The Christopher publishing house [1945]
Verse of Twenty years

Isabel Crawford

Isabel Crawford was born in Canada in 1865, the daughter of a Baptist minister and grew up near Manitoba Canada. After graduating from the Missionary Training School in 1893, she was appointed by the Women's American Baptist Home Mission Society to field work among the Kiowa Indians at Elk Creek, near Hobart.

In 1896, she began missionary work at Saddle Mountain in the southeast part of Kiowa County. She was called "Little Jesus Women". After 14 years at Saddle Mountain she returned to Canada and the Northern United States to travel and lecture. After her death in 1961, at age 96, her body was returned to be buried near Saddle Mountain Church, as she had promised the Kiowa, that she might be near the Indians she loved. Isabel wrote two books, "Kiowa- A story of a Blanket Indian Mission" and "Joyful Journey".

Published works by Isabel Crawford:

Jolly journal, New York [etc.] Fleming H. Revell company [c1932]
Joyful journey, highlights on the high way; an autobiography., Philadelphia, Judson Press [1951]
Kiowa : a woman missionary in Indian Territory / Isabel Crawford ; introduction to the Bison Books edition by Clyde Ellis.; Lincoln, Neb. : University of Nebraska Press, 1998., ISBN: 0803263872
Kiowa; the history of a blanket Indian mission,, New York, Chicago [etc.] Fleming H. Revell company [c1915]

Florence C. Brillhart

Florence Brillhart lived and worked in Hobart. She was a busy housewife, lecturer, counselor, homaker, and mother. She attended the Baptist Church, active in church work and taught Sunday School class.

Florence held a B.S. and Master's degree from Oklahoma A & M College (now Oklahoma State), and studied at the Universities of Missouri and Oklahoma. She was active in Mental Health Club and the Oklahoma State Federation of Women's Clubs. She also wrote two devotional books, "Worshipping with Women in the Bible" and "Together, We Praise Him". Mrs. Brillhart was in the process of writing a thrid book, when she died.

Published works by Florence C. Brillhart
Worshipping With Women in the Bible: [Westwood, N.J.] Revell [1958]
Together, We Praise Him

Bill Hancock

Riding With the Blue Moth, Sports Publishing (October 15, 2006) ISBN-10: 1596701633 also available thru
This One Day in Hobart, available thru Kiowa County Museum, .

Dr. Neil Kreiger:

The Resurrection of Ojinaga, Brown Books Pub (November 2001); ISBN-10: 0970835507; ISBN-13: 978-0970835505;

Ethel Crisp Taylor:

Dust in the Wind; The Civil War in Indian Territory, ISBN 0788432761; Heritage Books, 2005
Shifting Winds of War: Indian Territory 1861-1865, Heritage Books, Available Soon, 2010

Cole, Burna.

Shortgrass country : the story of Southwest Oklahoma
Altus , Okl. : Altus Printing Co., 2002, Western Trails Historical Society

Florence Knight Wallace

Florence Knight Wallace came to Lone Wolf with her parents, William and Edith Knight in 1902. She spent her adult life, primarily as a librarian and science teacher. She received her BA from OCW in 1922, and a graduate degree from Colorado State Teachers College. She was editor of the Earth Sun, Earth, TX for 3 years and was very active in many organizations in Kiowa County. She wrote for the Mangum Star and SouthWest News and authored a western serial "Rainbows above the Dust" which appeared in three Texas papers.

Published works by Florence Knight Wallace:
Rainbows over the Dust

Deanne Durrett

Deanne Durrett has written many books and is considered a successful author. She currently resides in Duncan, but she grew up attending Mtn. Park schools and graduated from Roosevelt, Oklahoma. She has a web site She writes childrens books and for adults. Her great grandfather was David A. Grantham, who came to the territory and lived with the Comanche. He was adopted into the tribe, and Deanne grew up on her great grandfathers land alltoment he received as a member of the Comanche. Today that land lies under Tom Steed Lake.

UNSUNG HEROES OR WORLD WAR II: THE STORY OF THE NAVAJO CODE TALKERS (Hardback - Facts On File, 1998; Paperback - University of Nebraska Press, 2009)

Some "read aloud" Children's books, Cowboy Dad, The Small and Tall of It


Arthur W. Hill

Arthur W. Hall was born in Bowie, Texas in 1899 and later moved to Hobart where he lived until about 1915. He studied at the Art Institue of Chicago, then went to England and Scotland where he entered the studio of a master of etching, E. S. Lumsden of Edinburgh. Since then, all his serious work was in this media which demands a rigid descipline of point and acid. He spent two years of study and sketching in the mountain villages of Southern France. When he returned to the US, he sketched on trips though various states.

He received many honors for his work. Hall's prints are found in the Library of Congress, Art Institute of Chicago, Bibliotheque National, Paris, Newark Public Library, NJ, Smithsonian Institute, Kansas City Art Institute and numerous public and private collections, in the U.S. and Canada.

Jeff Spotted Bird

Jeff Spotted Bird is an artist that is making his place among the outstanding people of the profession. He is the grandson of Yale Spotted Bird and a descendent of the famous Kiowas, Lone Wolf and Spotted Bird. Jeff started doing Indian paintings in 1972, mainly Indian scenes, in acrylic, water color and tempera. He has a wealth of Kiowa heritage to draw on, having been taught his heritage and traditions since birth.

As he is Kiowa, he uses vivid colors, and as an artist, knows how to instinctivly blend with the rest of his painting. His paintings show the muscle movement and the feeling of freedom from life on the plains.

Mike Willhoite

Mike Willhoite was raised in Hobart and graduate from Hobart Schools. He joined the Navy and eventually became a part of the art school, illustrating for the Medical Corps, with illustrations of body structures. He does free lance work on the side, including a book of Mother Goose Rhymes illustrated by him. He designed a shoulder patch for the Navy that was accepted, that is used on cups, plaques, and gifts for some visitors. He has received an award for his outstanding work as a Navy artist.

Published works by Mike Willhoite
Daddys’ Roommate: Alyson Publications (December 1991) ISBN-10: 1555831184;

Al Momaday

Son of Mommedaty, a respected Kiowa leader through his life, Al Momaday is a distinguished artist. He has illustrated books for his son, Scott Momaday. His illustrations are vivid with color and distinctive. They can never be copied by amateurs because they express Al Momaday's personality.

Kenneth Kelley

Kenneth Kelley grew up on a farm in southwestern Oklahoma, a native son that has won many medals and awards for his sculpture work. He uses a piece of wood as a medium for showing his heritage of western lore, horses, saddles and the men that rode them. His interest in horses led him to research their contribution to civilization and the implements and gear that pertain to them. His carvings also include the wagons, carriages, buggies and coaches.

Kelley's models are authentic. Inspiration and information for his work is derived from horse publications and historical works. He felt he had achieved something when he could turn a piece of wood into an article that would perserve the heritage of the southwest.

Musicians and Actors

James D. Murphy

James D. Murphy came to Hobart with his father and brothers, and set up a brick plant. James was a graduate of the Chicago Conservatory of music and was more interested in music than bricks. In 1904 he joined the Sells-Floto circus as a solo cornet caliope player and stayed though 1908. During that time he composed the "Frisco March" which was played by the band at every preformance.

Upon his return to Hobart, he organized the Hobart Band in 1910 which gained for Hobart the the reputation of being the musical center of southwest Oklahoma. He taught over 2,000 students, composed about 200 musical numbers, 50 of which has been published. His composition of 1907, "Rain Clouds" is still popular with band directors and is often heard on national radio programs.

Lawrence Swanson

The son of Mr. And Mrs. J. L. Swanson, Larry grew up and graduated from Cooperton schools. He toured southwest Oklahoma schools with his entertaining Magic Act. In 1946 he enrolled at the Unversity of Oklahoma to study drama seriously, receiving a master of fine arts and became director of drama at William Woods College in Fulton, MO.

In 1951 he left for New York City to try for an acting career. He became actively engaged in some of New England's best summer stock productions at the Pocono Playhouse, Norwich Conn., Summer Theater, Eastern Slope Theater, Green Mountain Theater and Greenwich Village. He acted in many of the New York plays.

Tamara Long

Tamera Long was born November 7, 1941 to Mr. And Mrs. Gordon Long. Her mother was Morene, daughter of Lone Wolf pioneers Mr. And Mrs. T. S. Warren. Tamera stated studying dance at age 3, attened school in Oklahoma City and the University of Oklahoma receiving a degree in voice and drama. She worked on her master's at Columbia University, appeared at the Lyric Theater in Oklahoma, Brigidoon, Kiss me Kate, Where's Charley, South Pacific, and One Damn Thing After another. She traveled with the national company of Man of LaMancha in the lead role of Aldonza and had lead Dames At Sea.. Her big chance came as second lead with Carol Channing in Lorelei.

Paula Wayne

Paula Wayne was born Paula Watkins, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Ralph Watkins on a farm northwest of Hobart, November 3, 1934. She grew up in Mountain View and Hobart, graduating from Mountain View in 1953. She attended Oklahoma College for Women at Chickasha majoring in voice and for a time at the Julliard School of Music in New York. As Paula Wayne, she made it to Broadway in the '60's.

Her best known part was as Laura opposite Sammy Davis, Jr in "Golden Boy" which ran for over a year. Miss Wayne sang on the 'Tonight Show' and other TV shows, appeared in "Best Foot Forward" with Liza Minnelli, sung with the touring company of 'Pajama Game', appeared with Milton Berle and has been featured singer in many supper clubs, including the Copa Cabana. She married Robert Shelley and has 3 children

Medical and Scientist

Dr. Emma Woodrow Davidson

Dr. Emma Woodrow was born September 26, 1859 in Iowa and came to Hobart in 1901 to start a medical career that lasted many years. At that time, a woman doctor was practically unheard of. She started her training at Drake University and Medical school and studied there until they barred women students. She then entered Kansas City Medical School where she finished and did her internship. Her first maternity case occurred in a packing box that had contained a piano. She immediately named the child "Baby Grand".

During her career in Hobart, Dr. Davidson delivered more than 1,500 babies and never lost a mother. He hobby was writing poetry One of her poems was set to music by James D. Murphy, a music instrutor in Hobart. This was later sung at the Presbyterian Church by Mrs. W. W. Turner upon the 89th birthday of Dr. Davidson.

She retired from active practice at the age of 80 and lived to be 90 years old. Hers was a life of service, strting with the rough and challenging life as a pioneer during the opening of the Kiowa-Comanche-Apache country. She fought typhoid fever, often treating 40 patients a day, as far away as Lone Wolf. Laura Taylor now owns the small secretary desk that Dr. Woodrow owned.

Dr. William McElwain

Dr. William McElwain came to Lone Wolf in 1901 and filed on land south of town. When he was 60 years old, much to everyone's surprise, he joined the Army as a Lieutenant in the Medical Corp. How he was admitted at his age is still a mystry. He served with the 77th Division and the 308th Infantry which rescued the "lost Battalion" in France. He was awarded the Distiguished Service Cross. On his return from the Army he was influential in erecting a memorial bridge on the North Fork of Red River. He was buried with full military honors.

Dr. Joyce Stearns

Joyce Stearns, a Kiowa County farm boy became a key figure in providing the knowledge that led America to victory in WWII, and the knowledge to lead the world out of the energy crisis. Born in Snyder, Dr. Stearns worked for the peaceful use of the atom. He graduated from Kingfisher College in 1917, and went on to direct the laboratory research for the Manhattan Project. It was this crash project that developed the atomic bomb ahead of America's adversaries and brought an abrupt end to WWII.

He was head of the physics department at the University of Denver in 1942 when he was called to the University of Chicago to head up laboratory work on the top secret atomic bomb development program. When he was called to Chicago, he hoped he could find proof that it couldn't be done, that he could find some obstacle in the production of U235 that would avoid blowing up whole cities. Dr. Stearns said the creation of the bomb had 3 objectives: to shorten the war, give America prestige at the peace table, and awaken the people to straight thinking of world affairs.

The research of Dr. Stearns helped make it possible for the solution of peacetime energy crisis. He died in 1948, just short of 55 years of age. If he had lived a few years longer he would have seen the beginnings of many peaceful uses of atomic energy as he had predicted.

Joseph E. Hallinen

Hallinen was born in Chicago in 1859, and graduated from the University of Illinois in 1894, with a graduate degree in biology. In 1893 he was an assistant biologist with the US Game and Fish Commission.

In 1901 he drew a quarter section on Elk Creek, but chose instead a 160 acre tract of open prairie. He retired to this land and never a plow or any other implement disturbed the soil. His story is that of a dedicated scientist whose career rates a place alongside those other pioneers: missionaries, doctors, soldiers, Indian Chiefs, who made the history of Southwest Oklahoma the dramatic colorful story it is today. He was a member of many scientific societies, and had a large library of books, journals, and manuscripts in biology and wildlife conservation.

Joseph died alone in 1932, a recluse and interested in no human being. A pioneer scientist was a rarity but, in the Wichitas there was such a person whose adult life was devoted to a research of nature as it existed in that old mountain world.


Virgil Liles

Virgil Liles, son of Mr. And Mrs. Albert Liles, pioneer residents of Cooperton, broke the county and state records for the mile run in 1935 while attending high school at Cooperton. His state record of 4:32.2 stood for 16 years. He also set the 880 yard record, but it is not definite how long he kept it. Virgil's track coach was Henry White

Hazel Vickers Cone

Hazel Vickers was born to Mr and Mrs. David M. Vickers who moved to Cooperton Valley in 1914. She graduated from cooperton High School in 1931, as one of the outstanding basketball palyers on Cooperton's champion team. After high school, she played with the Durant Cardials who were National and International champions. They played for the world championship in London, but were defeated by France.

She played with the Holdenville Flyers and independent girls team for one year, and with the Eldorado, AR Lion "Oilers" for a year. She played for the original professional girls basketball team "the Red heads" for three years. The team origianted at Crossville, Mo. They played men's teams, using men's rules.. Hazel was "all American player for 5 years, playing guard throughout her career.

Kramer Brothers

Minor Kramer and his two brothers Arch and Jay, grew up in the Otter Creek community southwest of Snyder. Baseball was one of their favorite games. They were all good musicians and with their father played for many events. Their love of baseball and their talent along this line netted them a place in the National League. They were all good batters, good catchers and speedy runners.

Ray "Burr" Schmidt

Ray was 9 years old when he came to Lone Wolf with his parents, Mr. And Mrs. Theodore Schmidt, who homesteaded 3 miles south.He was catcher, a good hitter and thrower. He was signed by the New York Yankees and reached Triple A ball. He was beat out of a big league career by by the great Bill Dickey>

Dale Meinert

Dale is the son of Lone Wolf pioneers Herman and Louise Kosanke Meinert. He married Camerita Talent of Murray, KY and they had 2 children, Elizabeth and Ben.

Dale was the youngest of 3 brothers possessing outstanding Athletic abilities and achievements. He excelled in football, basketball and baseball. He attended Oklahoma A & M lettering 3 years as tackle. In pro football, he played one year for the Edmonton Eskimos in the Canadian League. He played 10 years with the Chicago Bears and St. Louise Cardials teams, first as an offensive guard then as middle linebacker where he gained respect as one of the best. He received numerous honors and awards during his career. He retired after the 1967 season, returned to Lone Wolf and started coaching Lone Wolf high School football.


Colonel Jack Treadwell

Jack L Treadwell, a career military man who retired in 1973, holds 40 medals and battle honors. He received a Congressional Medal of Honor from Presdent Truman at the White House in 1946. He holds 6 of the Army's highest medals for heroism. He served in WWII and Viet Nam.

Colonel Treadwell was born in Alabama and raised at Snyder, where he graduated from High School. When WWII broke out, the Oklahoma farm boy went to war. During WWII he was wounded 4 times, commissioned in the field in Germany and received many decorations. In Viet Nam he made over 100 parachute jumps and earned 13 medals. While recovering from wounds he met his wife Maxine, an Army nurse in France. They have 3 daughters, two of whom are married to Army officers.

He returned to Snyder after retiring.

Major Patrick Dugan

Patrick Dugan, son of Mr. And Mrs. W. P. Dugan, Lone Wolf, was born January 30, 1922, and graduated from high school there in 1940. He attended Kiowa County Junior College in Hobart for two years.

He joined the Marine Corp Reserve Aviation Cadet Program in 1942 and received his wings in 1943. He was a fighter pilot who earned four Distinguished Flying Crosses and eleven air medals in WWII. In Korea he earned a Distinguished Flying Cross, Bronze Star with a "V" and 5 air medals. He had flown with Charles Lindberg in WWII. Major Dugan was killed June 18, 1955 when his plane crashed on a training flight near Leote, KS.

Major General J. C. Styron

Major General James C. Styron took part in the Anzio Beach head as chief of staff with the 45th Division in WWII. He was in the Sicily and the Italian Campaigns. He served as Deputy Chief of Staff of the 19th Army Corp. He received the Distinguished Service Medal, the Silver Star and the Legion of Merit. He was Commander of the 45th Division in Korea. When he retired he made his home in Hobart.

Lieutenant L. F. Mullins

L. F. Mullins is a native of Mountain Park. He served with the Navy Air Force during WWII as a solo pilot. He was awarded ten air medals, two Distinguished Flying Crosses and a Presidential Citation. He was based on the carrier, Fanshaw Bay, off the coast of Japan.

Lieutenant Colonel William P. Madden

Wiliam P. Madden was from Gotebo. He served in WWII in the Western Pacific, New Guinea, Bismarck Archipelago, Southern Phillipines, Luzon, and North Solomans. He received the Air Medal, Asiatic Pacific Theator Ribbon, WWII Victory Medal, Phillipine Liberation Ribbon, Korean Theater Ribbon, and Viet Nam Theater Ribbon.

R. J. Stephens

R. J. Stephens was born at Roosevelt in 1915 and orphaned when his parents were killed by a tornado in 1920. He was raised by his grandmother, Mrs. Nannie Shelton, of Hobart, where he graduated.

He was one of the famous Doolittle flyers and made the historic raid over Tokyo, as a bombadier in the squadron. He died at age 44 and was buried with military honors. At his service, a B25 bomber flew over the grave as a final salute. General Doolittle telegraphed a message of sympathy and and a floral spray came from the "Doolittle Gang". Held the DFC Air Medal, Purple Heart, Decorated by Madame Chiang Kai-shek with the highest decoration of the Chinese Government - the Army, Navy and Air Force Medal.

Colonel Richard Cloyd

Richard (Dick) Cloyd was born in Tennessee and was perhaps one of the most famous teachers of Lone Wolf High School. When WWI came along he enlisted in the Army as a private, and was honorably discharged as a lieutenant. He attended The University of Oklahoma College of Law and received his law degree in 1928. He was ordered to active duty with the Army on Sept. 18, 1940 with the 45th Division. He served with the 45th until transferred to the 8th Corps Area Headquarters at Fort Sam Houston in Texas. He became a LT. Colonel in 1942 and a full Colonel in 1944 and was retired in 1951. He worked in the Veterans Administration as General Attorney. He was a life long member of the Oklahoma Historical Society and served on the board from May 1963 until his death.

Wayne C. Liles

Wayne Liles was born at Cold Springs, June 17, 1914 to Mr. And Mrs. Tom Liles. He graduated from Cooperton High School in 1933 and went to Oklahoma A & M (State) and received a bachelor of science in agriculture. He was county agent for Custer county 1937-1940, Tilman County 1946-1954. He was Farm Director, KWTV, Channel 9( in Oklahoma City from 1954 on.

Liles entered the U. S. Army Aug. 10, 1940 at Fort Benning, GA and was sent overseas in September 1941, training the Phillipine Army. He commanded a Phillipine army battallion in combat in Northern Luzon, Central Luzon and in defence of Bataan. He made the "Bataan Death March " out of Bataan after surrender April 9-23, 1942. He was awarded the American and Phillipine defense medals, Asiatic-Pacific medal with 3 stars and the Presidential Unit Citation with 2 oak leaf clusters

Louis B. Sims

Louis Sims was born and raised in Hobart, the son of Mr. And Mrs. Byran Sims and married Gwen Jones, daughter of Mr. And Mrs John Jones of Hobart. The Sims have 5 children, Carol, Bill, Janice, Joy, and Ann.

Louise graduated from Panhandle State College with a B.S. in science in 1956. He served later with the U.S. Army in military intelligence. In April, 1961, he was appointed special agent with the US Secret Service and assigned to the Chicago office. He went to Washington D.C. field office and on the Presidential Protective Division. In 1965 he was promoted to Assistant Special Agent in charge of the Secret Service Intelligence Division and in 1969 Special Agent in charge of the Liason Division. In 1972 he served as Special Agent in Charge of Techinal Security. During his time in the Secret Service, he received several honors.

He then became Chief of the International Police Organization ( INTERPOL). In this position he administers the office of INTERPOL for the United States. The purpose of INTERPOL is to enable law enforcement agencies in different countries to coordinate their work effectively in the aim of law enforcement and crime prevention.

Earl McCandless

Earl McCandless is the son of Mr. and Mrs. C. R. McCandless of Hobart. He spent 31 years in the military, retiring in August 1974 as director of Office for Civilian Health and Medical Program of the Uniformed Services, (CHAMPUS) . His army career began at Fort Sill in 1943, and served in Medical administration in Guam, Germany, and Korea, then in numerous Military Hospitals. He is a graduate of the University of Omaha and holds a master's in Personnel Administration from George Washington University.

Earl is best known in his hometown, Hobart, as a musician, for the informal evenings of entertainment he provided through the years. He had a promising career in the entertainment field, appearing for a time as organist for the Art Linkletter Show, before his military career took precidence.


C. A. (Pat) Henderson

Pat Henderson, son of Cold Springs pioneers, Mr. And Mrs. A. T. Henderson, went from dimes to Millions in his life pursuits. His business career began as a stock boy for S. H. Kress Company in Muskogee in 1931. He worked hard and moved up to assistant manager. He then went to assistant manager of TG&Y store, when 3 small independent variety stores joined together in 1936, and quickly became manager. Nine years later he became a partner in the stores and in 1964 was elected president of TG&Y Stores, and vice president of City Products, the parent company. In 1970 he resigned as president and became chairman of TG&Y and it's White Auto Stores Division based in Wichita Falls, TX. He developed his own C. A. Henderson Companies located in Oklahoma City, developing and managing shopping centers and industrial subdivisions. Henderson also owned and operated about 1,200 apartments units and joint venturer in 1,150 unit project in South Oklahoma City.

William T. Bailey

William Bailey was born July 3, 1905, and raised at Hobart. He received his B.A. degree from Oklahoma University in History and pollitical science in 1927. He received his master's degree in 1932 in history and education and taught high school for 5 years. He owned and operated a John Deere Company agency until 1938 when he became an employee of the Oklahoma State Employment Service. He worked in this field in one capacity or another, in many states, until his retirement in 1972, when he returned to Hobart. He retired as Manpower Administrator of the Departments Southwest region with the distinction of being the highest ranking US official outside of Washington, D.C . In his capacity as Administrator, he worked in 29 states, Canada and Mexico.


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