Woodward Pioneer Families Before 1915

Woodward County Pioneer Families Before 1915
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The Frosts attended the Methodist Church in Tangier until it was disbanded. A community Sunday school was organized and was held at the Christian Church. They had Sunday school and then a youth meeting on Sunday evening for the young people of the community. Clara was always active in teaching and sponsoring the youth group as well as playing the piano for the Sunday school. In 1930, the present Christian Church was started and Mrs. Frost was active in the church work until her death. She was also quite active in the Better Homes Club. The Frost home was a gathering place for many of the neighborhood on Sunday.

Their son, Russell, made his home with his parents until the death of Clara in 1957. That fall, he married Barbara Gafford and they made their home with Jim until his death in 1960. Russell was killed in an auto accident in 1967.

Their daughter, Metta, attended college in Enid and Alva and was married to Gus Ediger in 1934 and moved to Alva. They moved back to Woodward in 1943 where Gus died in 1957. Metta started to work for Figley and Salz in 1943 where she, at this time, is a member of the firm.

Doris attended college in Alva and then worked in the A. S. C. and Soil Conservation offices until her marriage to Kenneth Phillips in 1946. They have two children, Larry, who is doing graduate work in Stillwater, and Karen, who is now married to Steven Noland.

Submitted by Metta Ediger.


Emma Bessie Monett was born in 1896 at Smith Center, Kansas, to William and Mary Monett. She remembers that her parents would not leave Kansas until after election so that they could vote for Teddy Roosevelt.

Her father filed on a claim seven miles south of Tangier in 1901 on land that is now owned by John Q.Adams. The family of four, the parents, Emma and two-year-old Hettie came in a covered wagon. Their first home was a dugout, which was dug in the side of a hill. After two years, they built a house and barn of sod, the sod having been cut from rain-wet sod in pieces 12 by 12 inches.

The shopping was done in Tangier almost every weekend, with the whole family going in the wagon. William Monett played on the baseball team on Saturday afternoons in season.

Emma Frye and son, Garett, 1915
Emma Frye and son, Garett, 1915

Fargo was a larger town, where the family went occasionally to get their mail. It was an eight-mile trip.

Laura Engle was Emma's first grade teacher and LauraAdams was her second grade teacher. In those days, the school year was only three months long. The pupils would carry their own boxes to the schoolhouse to sit on. It was one mile to school, and the children usually walked unless it was bad weather, then they were taken in the wagon.

Prairie fires were a much-feared hazard in those times. Once Emma's mother dressed the girls in three or four layers of clothes and took them to the top of a hill while the men fought the fire with wet sacks. This assured the girls of having a change of clothes in case their clothes were burned with other things in the house.

Mr. Monett raised chickens, cattle (they had five or six, which was considered a herd), broomcorn, wheat and vegetables. The vegetables were canned for winter use.

The family went to church at a country schoolhouse, eight miles south of Tangier, where a traveling Methodist preacher came on Sundays.

Once a year Mr. Monett and family would make a trip to Woodward to pay taxes, by way of the cattle trail through the Greer Ranch, now part of the Craighead Ranch. The closest doctor was in Fargo.

In 1911, the family moved to Avard, where Emma met and married Robert Frye in 1914. They lived in Waynoka, where their two children were born. Their daughter, Mary Ellen is deceased. The other child was Garnett L. Frye.

Garnett moved to Woodward in 1937 and married Thurlene Trego, daughter of the late George L. Trego and Lovilla Wright Trego, of Woodward. The Fryes have two daughters, Mona Dee (Mrs. Keith Story) and Lovilla Kay (Mrs. Gary Bowser).

Emma now lives in Woodward to be near her four great-grandchildren, Tracy and Stacy Story and Toni and Tyler Bowser.

Mary Margaret Hendersan Monett, 1880.
Mary Margaret Hendersan Monett, 1880.


Born September 14, 1891, in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, Walter Arthur Fuller grew to manhood in Winfield, Kansas, where he played baseball at every opportunity. He went on to play professional ball for the Kansas State League and while in Waynoka for a game he met his future wife, Hannah Rebecca Martinson.

Hannah, daughter of Peter and Tacy Martinson, was born August 10, 1890. She came to Woodward County with her parents and lived on a farm near Mutual. On one occasion her grandfather, Hans Martinson, was horsewhipped by Indians over a fence dispute. When they moved to Woodward they lived behind her father's store. Next to the store was Uncle Jack Garveys Saloon and Hannah remembers the night Ed Jennings was killed in that saloon. As a young girl, she went to Waynoka to work in her father's store there, where she met Arthur.

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