Tulsa Times A Pictorial History:
The Early Years

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Photographs From the Beryl D. Ford Collection
Text by Susan Everly-Douze
Edited by Terrell Lester
(c) 1986 by: World Publishing company
318 S. Main Mall
P.O. Box 1770
Tulsa, Ok 74102

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Section 5

Family Portraits

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Description of the photos. My comments are between the [ ] Author's captions are in black.


Christmas: A time for Tulsa families to gather. This photo records 1906 Yuletide celebrations at the home of Lilah Lindsey, pioneer Tulsa's first lady.


Family Portraits [a short narrative]

"In any pioneer town almost every settler is a founder, the first to do this; the first to do that. Tulsa was no exception. Local history awards the Hall brothers, H.C. and J.M., who arrived with the Frisco Railroad in 1882, with titles respectively of Tulsa's founder and father. Dozens of other family names, however, belong with the Halls in the archives. This chapter is a pictorial sampling of four.

The Perrymans truly were Tulsa's first family. Creek Indians, they were forced from their native Alabama home to Indian Territory, but managed to recoup. Family members became prominent and wealthy early Tulsans as ranchers, merchants and civil leaders. The Perryman ranch served as Tulsa's first post office.

T.J. Archer was Tulsa's prototype pioneer merchant. He ran a railroad supply tent and gradually expanded into a general merchandise store that sold most everything early Tulsans needed, including ice cut from the river. He frequently bartered his goods for local farmers' livestock which he fattened and then shipped to St. Louis or Kansas City. Archer's business was his livelihood, but also prompted his death when a customer, a drunken Creek, bent on "shooting up" Main Street, fired into the store's keg of blasting powder.

Lon Stansbery, remembered as the best raconteur of early Tulsa, also was probably the town's first real-estate tycoon. His first "killing" in real estate was purchasing the entire block on which the Sante Fe freight depot was located at First Street and Elgin Ave for $10. He sold the lot six months later for $15. Not long before, he enjoyed recalling, he was plowing land for the Perrymans for 50 cents a day.

Lilah Lindsey was pioneer Tulsa's first lady. In those early days when women played a vital, but generally behind-the-scenes role, she was a career woman, civic leader and philanthropist. A mixed-blood, orphaned Creek who spoke only the Indian language in her youth, Mrs. Lindsey was the second teacher in the Presbyterian Mission, Tulsa's first successful school. She earned the dual reputation of beloved teacher and respected educator.


 The Perryman family, mixed-blood Creek Indians, literally put Tulsa on the map. In 1879, George Perryman's ranch house, known as the "White House", at 38th Street and Trenton Ave, was pressed into service as the area's first post office and officially given the name of Tulsa. Josiah Perryman, George's brother, was the first postmaster.

[Portrait of Josiah Perryman on the left. Picture of his home on the left]


George Perryman's ranch, considered the most extensive in the Creek Nation stretched from about 21st to 71s streets and from the Arkansas River to Lynn Lane in what is now Broken Arrow. Perryman, seated center, poses here in 1891 with some of his ranch hands and friends.


In 1886, George Perryman moved his family to town. The clan was a large one, in part because Perryman kindheartedly reared several orphans.

[Photo of a large two story house with some people standing in front of it.]


.... Here the Archer family poses at home, on the 500 block of North Main Street, in 1902.

[Family group photo. Family is seated (or standing) on the front porch of the house. T J Archer's wife Annie Mowbray Archer is seated next to her father George Mowgray.]


[Two photos: Upper is a picture of T J Archer's small home in 1904. It was said to have Tulsa's first bathtub. The water was piped in from a windmill and heated in a wash boiler over a gasoline stove. The lower photo is the Archer's backyard with lots of pigs.]


[Full photo of the Archer's home - same house as pg 105]


Lon Stansbery: Early Tulsa businessman ... owner of many downtown buildings. He was most fondly remembered, however, as town comic and storyteller. His antics included donning war paint, feathers and ribbons to mimic performers at Creek stomp dances.

[photo on the left is Lon Stansbery posing with his gun on a quail hunt. The photo on the right is Stansbery with 3 other men standing in front of the Tulsa Booster Train - which he supported]


After stints as ranch "salt boy", clerk and construction worker, Lon Stansbery opened the first of his own businesses, a Main Street buggy, wagon and farm implement store later said to be the most complete in eastern Oklahoma. The business is pictured here in 1903 and with a tent featuring expanded wares.

[top photo is a tent with buggys under it. The lower photo is the inside of the store with several buggys on display.]


Here, in 1887, a photograph highlights her hip-length hair. The ornate certificate records her marriage to Col. Lee W. Lindsy.

[Portrait of Lila Lindsey]


[Photo on the left is of the Lindsey home at 1206 S. Guthrie Ave. The photo on the right is a portrait of Lilah Lindsey (said to be the most photographed Tulsa pioneer woman]

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[Two photos of the interior of Lilah Lindsey's home. Pg 112 is the library and 113 is the living room]


[Photo of Lila Lindsey's buggy and negro driver]


[Another portrait of Lilah Lindsey]

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