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 The Beginning of Tulsa
By J. M. Hall (1927)

(c) Karolyn Kay Garland (1997)

Nothing here is free for the taking. This book is reproduced here with the permission of the copyright holder - see copyright statement.

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Brief Histories of the Earliest Tulsans (con't)

Photo of H E Woodward
        H. E. Woodward, or "Bert" Woodward, as he is known to the old timers, came to Tulsa in 1894 to take charge of the mail route that had been established between Tulsa and Cleveland. The writer was postmaster at that time. Miss Nellie Riley, a citizen of the Creek Nation, was teaching a little Indian school near the present site of Sand Springs. Miss Riley asked that Mr. Woodward be given her mail so that he could deliver it to her daily. This frequent meeting culminated in marriage. Their allotment south and east of Tulsa and some of the choice residential sections of the city are now on or adjacent to this property. Mr. and Mrs. Woodward reared five children, three daughters who are married, and one son and one daughter unmarried. The family home is at 1712 E. Twenty-first Street.

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        Reuben Partridge, a member of the Creek tribe of Indians, was one of the younger fellows who has been in Tulsa since four or five years after the location of the town. He is entitled to be mentioned in this history because he is the oldest of a number of young fellows who came to Tulsa between 1882 and 1900, the period this story is intended to cover. The story mentions only those who were 21 or older at that time. Partridge clerked in the Hall store several years and also acted as interpreter. For many years he has been in the real estate business, also acting as interpreter for other real estate men and for oil men. He is now living with his family near the University of Tulsa.

Photo of Paul Clinton

        Paul Clinton also chose business for his career, returning to Red Fork to start after completing his schooling. He engaged in numerous activities but for many years has been in the real estate business, in which he has been very successful. He married a Vinita girl and lives, with his family, at 1602 S. Denver ave.

Honorable Legus C. Perryman was a prominent and influential statesman in the Creek nation. He lived on a farm near the river south of Tulsa until 1887 when he built a small house near the corner of Eighth and Main streets in Tulsa and moved into the village.
        During the Civil war the Creeks were divided in their loyalty. Legus Perryman's fidelity was toward the Union and he served as a sergeant major. After the war he was a judge of the Coweta district Court (Indian) for six years and a member of the House of Warriors in the Creek legislature for many years. He was elected chief of the Creek Nation in 1887 and thereafter was known as "Governor"

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