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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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 Personal Letters From A Few "Old Timers" (con't)

young city, and listed a large number of lots which had young skyscrapers and other fine buildings on them, and according to our best recollection made note of what we could have purchased them for about 1900, or 1902. The aggregate was less than $18,000. According to the price of similar properties that had been sold during the two previous years we estimated that the $18,000.00, had it been invested at the time would have represented approximately $4,000,000.00.
        It is my belief that at the present prices on property in Tulsa intelligent investment of $18,000.00 will in the same length of time, say ten years, return an unbelievable profit. Tulsa should more than double its population in the next ten years.

Very truly,

January 3rd, 1933

        I was born January 11, 1865 near Maryville, Tennessee, in Blount County, son of a Methodist preacher. Attended school in the country, and then in the fall of 1880 moved to the town of Maryville, there I went to grade schools then to Maryville college for some years; and in April 1888 met a mountain girl (who was born February 20, 1869), and on the 17th day of September the same year was married to the girl, Miss Lina Amerine. We lived on the farm for some five years and then to the city, and then on November 15, 1894, moved to Tulsa, Indian Territory, with wife and two children, W. Fred Henry, the blind gospel pianist, and Mrs. Hope Whitaker of Tulsa.
        In the fall of 1897 end spring of 1898 they lived in Fort Gibson, Indian Territory, laboring in the first blind school of the Indian Territory, when statehood came it was taken over by the state of Oklahoma. Then back to Tulsa, and helped to start or establish an orphanage or home for homeless boys and girls, supported by gifts and the labors of a few, and had 16 bright boys and girls, when later interviewing Mr. Chas. Page he decided to take over the institution, now known as Sand Springs Home. We have been actively engaged in lodge, Sunday school and church work, and in caring for the less unfortunate ones of Tulsa.
        Mrs. Henry had some injury from a fall and bad heart, died in a hospital here on October 24, 1932, leaving W. Fred Henry at 2023 W. Easton and Mrs. Hope Whitaker, Apt. S. Elgin.
        I have moved back to the old home place at 451 S. College. I am of the Henry Printing Company, 510 S. Elgin, is the oldest printing company or pioneer printer in this part of the country, lived here more than 38 years.


January 19th, 1933

        At the request of J. M. Hall.

        I was the sixth of the family of twelve children, born upon my father's homestead near Stockton, Missouri, June 9, 1865.
        My father was of Scottish lineage and my mother was of Irish. My father was born in Tennessee in 1824. My mother was born in Kentucky. Both were early pioneers of Missouri, settling on the frontier in 1830 and living in a log house while helping to develop Southwest Missouri. Father came from a pioneer family from North Carolina to Kentucky and to Tennessee to Missouri.
        I, in my boyhood, attended the country school three or four months in the year in a log school house with wooden benches, graduating from the Stockton high school in 1883. I attended the Southwest Baptist College at Boliver, Missouri, in 1884. In 1886 I attended the Ozark college at Greenfield, Missouri. I taught school and studied medicine for three years from 1886 to 1889, I attended the Kansas City Medical college at Kansas City, Missouri, in 1889-90-91, graduating in the class of 1898. Practicing physician 1907.
        Imbibed with the pioneer spirit of my father, I pioneered Kansas in 1887 in the boom days of Wichita and Dodge City. I pioneered "No Man's Land" in the same year, 1887, and located at Beaver on the Cimarron, now part of Oklahoma.
        I first came to Tulsa in 1889. I was at the opening of Old Oklahoma in 1889, the Sac and Fox opening in 1891, and the Cherokee Strip opening in 1893. I located in Tulsa, Indian Territory, as a M. D. in 1891, and have lived in the city ever since. I was married to Agnes Lombard in 1896. I have seven children, all living: James A. Kennedy, Forrest Lee Kennedy, Thelma Kennedy, Cordelia Ann Kennedy, Sam G. Kennedy, Jr., Joseph E. Kennedy, and Minnie Olive Kennedy. I have seen Tulsa grow from a village to a city.


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