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OKLAHOMA-STATE AND PEOPLE
of the River Bottom land, which was, of course, the
natural place for the cultivation of pecans. From then
onward until his death, he was actively engaged in
the growing and selling of these nuts, for which the
State of Oklahoma has become famous. In this work
his wife helped him at all times, and since his death
she has taken charge of it, devoting her time constantly
to the task of keeping the business in every
way up-to-date, adding new varieties as they are
produced and introducing new methods when such
action will improve the service that the company
offers. Luke and Ringer, as the firm is known, has
its offices at No. 214 West Main Street, in Ardmore,
Oklahoma, with E. B. Luke as president and treasurer,
and Mrs. C. E. Ringer as secretary and manager.
It has under cultivation about 2,000 trees, 1,500
of which are bearing.
In addition to his business activities, Mr. Ringer
was active in the social and civic life of his community,
having been a member of the Rotary Club,
of which he was the chief organizer; the Ardmore
Club; the Chamber of Commerce of Ardmore; and
the Presbyterian church. For a number of years he
was a member of the Ardmore School Board.
On September 6, 1893, in Cambridge, Ohio, his
birthplace, Charles E. Ringer married Laura B.
Johnston, daughter of Alexander and Mary Johnston.
Her father was a farmer in that district of Ohio.
Mrs. Ringer has proved herself a thoroughly accomplished
business woman, and she gives constant
attention to the work of Luke and Ringer, supervising
the budding, grafting and transplanting. Mr.
and Mrs. Ringer became the parents of four children:
1. Alphus Alexander (3). 2. William. 3. Mary. 4.
The death of Charles Elmer Ringer occurred at his
home, No. 804 Carter Avenue, Southeast, after a
several years' illness. Great was the sorrow of his
fellow-citizens in Ardmore, where his life had been
of the utmost value, and in Carter County, whose
pecan industry he did perhaps more than any one to
develop. An active civic worker, a public-spirited
man, an individual who loved the better and finer
things of life, and whose influence was ever for good,
Mr. Ringer deserved the praises and honors that were
his, for he was, indeed, a most useful citizen.
ARTHUR WALCOTT-The present-day Oklahoma,
built as it is on the firmest of industrial and
social foundations, is too likely to be considered as
one of the longer established States of the Union,
until one considers the early lives of a number of
its citizens, some of them now living, some just
passed on, pioneers who cleared the wild lands and
laid the way toward the existing area of industries and
cities. One of those sturdy pioneers, now gone from
this life, was Arthur Walcott, who for years lived in
the Vicinity of Ardmore, where he was engaged in
farming and stock-raising. When he came to the Indian
Territory, back in the nineties, things were quite
different from their present state. Much work had
to be done before Mr. Walcott achieved the position
of importance and security that was his in this vicinity
throughout his later life, and of his life this
is a record. Many were his friends and acquaintances,
and great was their sorrow when he passed
from the scene of his earthly endeavors.
For a number of years, Mr. Walcott was engaged
in the cattle business in the Indian Territory. In
1891, he came to Ardmore, where Mrs. Walcott, a
thirty-second Choctaw Indian, had an allotment just
west of the city limits. On this allotment he was
engaged in general farming, stock-raising, buying and
selling of cattle and farm products; while along with
these rather extensive activities, he practiced law until
1904. He also owned one thousand acres of land in
the Arbuckle Mountains. In later years he sold his
ranch, but still remained engaged in farming and
stock-raising, keeping about six hundred head of
cattle. He worked at selling lots from Mrs. Walcott's
allotment, which came to be known as the
Walcott Addition of Ardmore. Also identified with
politics and business, he was numbered among the
outstanding men of Ardmore. He was a member of
the Free and Accepted Masons, in which he held the
thirty-second degree, and was affiliated with the Ancient
Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine;
the Knights of Pythias; and the Benevolent and
Protective Order of Elks. His religious faith was
that of the Protestant Episcopal church. He was a
son of Major James D. and Martha E. Walcott, who
together founded the town of Pilot Point, Texas,
where their son was born, March 14, 1869, and where
he received his education in the public schools before
going to Franklin College and studying law under
the late Alex Eddleman. The father, Major James D.
Walcott, an active citizen in his day, fought in the
Mexican war of 1848; while the mother, Martha E.
Walcott, died in the month of March, preceding her
son's death. Among his other activities, Arthur Walcott
was a prominent Democrat, and was appointed
during the administration of President Cleveland to
the office of United States Commissioner. His death
came as a great shock to his many friends, for everyone
who had been associated with him in any way
knew his excellent qualities of character and citizenship,
the soundness of his opinions and judgments,
his boundless energy and capacity for work, and his
sense of fairness and willingness to help others and
consider their points of view. The loss of him was,
indeed, a misfortune to the community in and near
Ardmore, as well as to the State of Oklahoma.
On December 12, 1894, Arthur Walcott married
Lutie Hailey, daughter of Dr. D. M. and Helen Marr
(McCarthy) Hailey, the ceremony having taken place
at Savauna, Indian Territory. Mrs. Lutie (Hailey)
Walcott was born near Perryville, Choctaw Nation,
Indian Territory, September 8, 1872. She studied at
Osage Mission, now St. Paul, Kansas, and at Baird
College, Clinton, Missouri, from which she was graduated
in 1893 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts.
Since 1900, she has been a charter member of "Ladies
of the Leaf," a Federated Club; the Ryonis Club,
which includes in its scope many important civic
matters; and the United Daughters of the Confederacy,
in which she is affiliated with the Chickasaw
Chapter. All of these organizations are prominent
in the life of Ardmore, and in them Mrs. Walcott is an
outstanding figure. Since 1907 she has been a member
of the Mothers' Club, now known as the Parent-Teachers'
Association; while from that year to
the present time she has been president of the Ardmore
Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.
From 1914 to 1916 she served as State
president of the United Daughters of the Confederacy,
and in this organization she was appointed
sponsor of the Trans-Mississippi Department for the
annual reunion at Richmond, Virginia, in 1915; corresponding
secretary of the national organization, in
which office she served from 1916 to 1918; recording
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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. 3, book, 1929; New York. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth20197/m1/599/?q=baird: accessed January 18, 2019), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; .