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OKLAHOMA-STATE AND PEOPLE
WILLIAM N. MITCHELL-A child who is the
product of farm life, though deprived of many of the
advantages afforded the city-bred youngsters, is by
far the more fortunate, when we consider the physical
advantages, and providing the parents are of the true
stamp. William N. Mitchell was such a child. He was
born on a farm in Pennsylvania, September 10, 1874,
the son of worthy parents, William H. and Margaret
J. (Harmone) Mitchell, both natives of Pennsylvania.
These parents found time to rear their children in the
right way, instilling in them the principles of character
which was to mean much to them in future years.
William N. Mitchell is one of a family of twelve
children. His parents moved from Pennsylvania to
Missouri when he was a boy, and it was in that State
that he acquired his education. His scholastic training
ended with the high school, after which he began
working on the farm with his father. After his marriage
he moved to Ellis County, Oklahoma, and homesteaded
three miles west of Arnett. For seven years
he devoted his time to the cultivation and operation of
his farm, and had acquired in all six hundred and
eighty acres of land. In 1909 he accepted a position
as assistant cashier of the Farmers and Merchants
Bank at Arnett. He continued in the banking business
for a period of seven years, during which time he rose
to the highly important office of vice president. Having
previously engaged in an automobile business, he
found it necessary to sever his connection with the
bank in order to devote his whole time to this undertaking,
which had grown steadily under his management.
In 1917, William N. Mitchell bought the Ford
contract at Shattuck, which he operated in connection
with his Ford agency at Arnett. In 1919 he purchased
the Higgins, Texas, Ford contract. This continued
until 1924, when he sold the Higgins business and
established a sub-agent at Gage, Oklahoma. Besides
the managment of his automobile business he directs
the cultivation and operation of his farm.
Mr. Mitchell is a distinguished member of that
splendid organization of American citizens, called
Masons. He joined this association as a young man
and, beginning with the Blue Lodge, has advanced
through the various bodies of the Scottish Rite to the
place where he is recognized as a thirty-second degree
Mason, a signal honor to the man who attains it.
On September 26, 1899, Mr. Mitchell married Nellie
P. Shaffer, a native of Missouri.
ESTELLE CHISHOLM WARD--A resident of
Oklahoma since the pioneer days of the Indian Territoy,
and a member of a family which for six generations
has now been reared in the Territory, Estelle
Chisholm Ward has long been a prominent figure in
Oklahoma affairs. She is a writer and publisher of
wide reputation, whose articles and essays are extensively
circulated, but in addition to her own work, she
has given nmch time and effort to service in the public
interest, and her influence in Republican party affairs
has steadily increased.
Mrs. Ward was bor near Chisr in the Chickasaw
Nation, Indian Territory, on June 18, 1875, a daughter
of William and Julia (McTich) Chisholm. Her father
and her grandfather, Jesse Chisholm, were both born
in the Cherokee Nation, while her mother was born
in the Chickasaw Nation. Both paternally and maternally
her family are Scots, and the paternal lineage is
traced directly to King James I of Scotland. The
American branch of the family is an old and distinguished
one, not only in Oklahoma and the Indian s
Territory, but in other parts of the country as well.
The first of the name in the Colonies was John
Chisholm who landed at Charleston, South Carolina,
and there made his home. John Chisholm, II, settled
in Tennessee, and his son, also John Chisholm, took
up his residence in Texas. John Chisholm, III, was
the father of Narcissa Chisholm; a later son, married
a sister of the wife of General Sam Huston.
Estelle Chisholm Ward, of this record, was educated
at Bloomfield Academy in the Chickasaw Nation,
and was the first graduate of this school, where
she afterward taught for two years. During 1894
and 1895 she attended Kidd College at Sherman,
Texas, and in the several years following she studied
at Potter College, in Bowling, Kentucky, on a scholarship
from Bloomfield Seminary. After the completion
of her educational training she taught school for
some time at Burris Chapel in Tishomingo.
Mrs. Ward possesses marked literary and journalistic
talent and in later years she has entered this
field as writer and publisher with much success. She
has always been deeply interested in civic affairs and
the problems of government, and to their various
phases she has given much time and attention. Indeed,
all worthy movements for advance and progress
have enlisted her hearty support. In politics, Mrs.
Ward is a strong and consistent Republican, and as
the standard bearer of this party she was elected county
treasurer of Johnston County, serving in this important
office with the greatest efficiency. In party
councils in Oklahoma she occupies high place, and
has filled many official and semi-official positions
in a most satisfactory way. In this connection she
was one of the sixteen women who managed Senator
Pine's campaign for election, and in 1928 she was
vice-chairman of the Curtis for President Club. She
was also a member of the Reception Committee of
the Republican National Convention of 1928 at Kansas
City, and for many years has been a newspaper
reporter at all conventions both National and State.
In 1924 Mrs. Ward was honored by her party in being
chosen a Presidential elector, and in the same
year she was a member of the Resolutions Committee
which drafted the Republican State platform. She
is a member of the National Bureau of Women
Speakers, while since 1920 she has been a member
for Johnston County of the State Committee of
Women. In all State and all National affairs affecting
Oklahoma she has been equally active, and
during the period of the World War especially, she
served as chairman of five Liberty Loan drives in
Johnston County. She is a member of the State
Council of Defense, the State Federation of Women's
Clubs, the Hospitality Society, the Oklahoma Educational
Association, the Oklahoma Indians Club,
and for twenty-three years has been a member of
the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. She is
also a member of the Order of the Eastern Star,
and she worships in the faith of the Presbyterian
church. Reading and music are her favorite diversions
and she possesses an authoritative knowledge
of both fields. Mrs. Ward has been a contributor
to many newspapers both in and out of the State, and
she is the author of a published volume, "The Superivilized
Indian." Her residence is maintained in
Oklahoma City, where she is an active and widely
known member of the community.
RICHARD RUSSEL McLISH-President and
general manager of the Oklahoma Live Stock CoW'f
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Thoburn, Joseph B. (Joseph Bradfield), 1866-1941 & Wright, Muriel H. (Muriel Hazel), 1889-1975. Oklahoma, a history of the state and its people, v. 4, book, 1929; New York. (https://texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20196/m1/446/: accessed November 27, 2021), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, https://texashistory.unt.edu; .