Biography of Frank Wilson

A well improved and valuable farm near Dewey bears testimony to the care and labor bestowed upon it by its owner, Frank Wilson, who has spent his life in this section of the state and is a member of one of the pioneer families of Oklahoma, which for over a half century has been identified with its development along agricultural lines. His paternal grandparents were both of the Delaware tribe. Kansas was their native state, and there both passed away. Their son, Ice Wilson, who was born in the Sunflower state, married Lottie Curleyhead, of Delaware extraction and also a native of that state. In 1866 they came to Indian Territory, casting in their lot with its early settlers. They established their home on a farm about seven miles northeast of Dewey and the father devoted his remaining years to its cultivation and improvement, also engaging in stock raising. He was twice married and by his first wife, who died in 1887, had the following children: Reed, who is forty-two years of age and lives in southern Oklahoma; Anna, who married Willie Longbone; Katie, deceased; and Frank, of this review. Ice Wilson’s second union was with Mrs. Mary Powell, who became the mother of three children: Minnie, the wife of O. D. Thaxton; Charles, who is twenty-seven years of age and is residing on a portion of the old homestead; and Lily, who married Allen Longhorn of Shawnee, Oklahoma. Ice Wilson passed away in 1899.

His son, Frank Wilson, attended the public schools and through judicious reading and close observation has greatly increased his knowledge, being a well informed man. He was born on the home farm near Dewey, March 4, 1885, and on starting out in life for himself took up the occupation of farming, which he has since successfully followed. He is now the owner of eighty acres of good land situated five and a half miles east of Dewey, on which he engages in general farming, while he also conducts a modern and thoroughly sanitary dairy, keeping for this purpose a herd of twelve high grade Jersey cows, and he sends each day to the Bartlesville market three and a half gallons of cream. His long residence in this section of the state has made him thoroughly familiar with soil and climatic conditions here and he is a practical farmer who keeps well informed regarding all modern developments in his chosen line of work. He also has two producing oil wells on his farm, which greatly increases his income. Enterprise, determination and intelligently applied effort have been potent factors in the acquirement of his present prosperity and that he is a young man of sterling worth is indicated in the fact that by those among whom his life has been passed he is held in the highest esteem.

On May 17, 1913, Mr. Wilson was united in marriage to Miss Lillian Cooper, who was born near Parum, Oklahoma, of Cherokee extraction. They have become the parents of three children: Jack F., who died at the age of twenty-two months; Willie, who passed away when six months old; and Anna Laura.



Benedict, John Downing. Muskogee and Northeastern Oklahoma: including the counties of Muskogee, McIntosh, Wagoner, Cherokee, Sequoyah, Adair, Delaware, Mayes, Rogers, Washington, Nowata, Craig, and Ottawa. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1922.

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