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The Beginning of Tulsa
By J. M. Hall (1927)
(c) Karolyn Kay Garland (1997)
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LOMBARD FAMILY PIONEERS
A. Lombard, father of the doctors' wives, came to Tulsa from California at an early date with his wife and their children. He was a citizen of the Osage Nation and attracted attention wherever he went by his distinguished appearance. During his lifetime here he was engaged with looking after his extensive personal affairs and when he died Tulsa lost one of its best friends.
When Dr. J. L. Kennedy passed on after he had quit the practice of medicine to engage in real estate, cattle raising and farming, he left a large estate and a host of friends who joined his widow and their children, Albert, Edward and Beatrice, in mourning. The family home then as now was on the large Kennedy ranch two miles northwest of Tulsa.
At the time of his death the members of the Pioneers association passed resolutions of condolence to his family, saying: "In die passing away of Dr. James L. Kennedy, we are again reminded that death is certain.
"We are also thinking of his wife and children who have suffered a great loss of a loving husband and father; Brothers and sisters who will miss a devoted brother; the Pioneer society, which will miss one of its oldest and respected members. Tulsa and community, which loses a true friend and progressive citizen who has rendered splendid service in he development of this section of the country."
J. M. Hall, S. R. Lewis, P. L. Price and Ed T. Egan were members of the resolutions committee.
Sam McBirney, brother of J. H. Mc Birney, came to Tulsa in 1898 and began his business activity as bookkeeper in the bank with his brother. When the Bank of Commerce was organized he became cashier and is now serving as vice president in the National Bank of Commerce.
For years he has maintained a lively interest in the bank's affairs and a similarly active one in athletic affairs at the University of Tulsa, particularly with the football and baseball teams.
He married after coming to Tulsa and lives with his family at 1606 S. Denver avenue.
The father of the McBirney boys was Rev. Hugh McBirney, a noted Methodist minister of the early days. Reverend McBirney had charges in eastern states and in Kansas. He died in Tulsa a few years ago and is survived by his widow, their two daughters, Caroline and Anna, and
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