Woodward Pioneer Families Before 1915

Woodward County Pioneer Families Before 1915
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  Daniel Ray (Bob) Bynum  

Ray Bynum died at the age of 29, in 1923, following an accident with a wagon load of wood which was being hauled from the canyon for winter fuel.

In 1926 Mrs. Bynum married Willie Hugh Schramling. Their only child, Betty Lorene, was born in 1928. The Schramlings made their home in Tangier until 1932, at which time they moved to Woodward and later to Sharon. They returned to Woodward where Mr. Schramling passed away in October of 1963. Mrs. Schramling still resides in Woodward.

Submitted by Mary Etta Wellman


William Arthur Byrd was born June 20, 1854. Nora Anderson was born February 21, 1874. They were married in her home in Quanah, Texas, May 10, 1892. They had ten children, two of whom died in infancy. The others were: Clyde Lemoind, Mettie May, Charles Richard, Nora Belle, William Arthur, Lela Henri-Etta, Glen H., and Carl Wesley. All of the children are deceased except Clyde, who makes his home in Sacramento, California.

The Byrd family moved from Enid, Oklahoma in 1911 to a farm about six miles north of Tangier. The children attended the Star country school.

About 1915 they moved to Woodward, where Mr. Byrd continued his trade as a carpenter, and Mrs. Byrd became a professional dressmaker.

Two of the children married local people-Charles R. married Ethel Florence Scott, June 26, 1926, and Lela married Charles L. Russau, March 24, 1928. Mr. Byrd passed away November 27, 1920, and Mrs. Byrd followed September 16, 1924.

Submitted by Ethel Scott Byrd


  The Caldwells: Tom, Flo, Grandpa, Geneva, Bill, Roland (Biz), Irvin, Gaynor, John, Emma and Walt.  

John Franklin Caldwell, born May 12, 1856, of Scotch Irish decent, lived in Humeston, Iowa. He was one of nine children born to Levi and Louisa McCurtis. He met Emma Isabel McKinney, born January 9, 1862, at Lineville, Iowa. Later he married her at Lineville on January 23, 1881. He, commonly called Frank, was engaged in the dray business. He moved to Pratt County, Kansas, in 1883. Then moved into Oklahoma territory in 1896. He homesteaded on the North Canadian River, 3 miles SW of Mooreland, Oklahoma. To John and Emma were born twelve children, 10 boys and two girls. They were: Bill, Walt, Gaynor, Flo, John, Tom, Philip, Harry, Irvin, Roland Ellsworth (Biz), and twins, George and Geneva.

Frank cut and hauled cedars to Kansas. In his later years he was a night watchman for Mooreland. Being a father of twelve children he did not believe in sparing the rod.

  The John F. Caldwell homestead (about 1904).  

He died March 24, 1931, and Emma died January 11, 1943. Most of his boys stayed in the Mooreland vicinity, except Biz, who went to New Mexico, Philip went to Kansas, Flo to Nebraska, and Geneva to Washington.

Irvin Ira his ninth child was born May 16, 1897. He attended the Mooreland school, and was in the armed service during World War I. Upon returning he married Marie Dorothy Ruttman, September 21, 1920. She was born August 21, 1899. To them were born three children the eldest being Betty Marie, born December 13, 1921. She lived five weeks and died on January 16, 1922. On March 16, 1926, James Irvin was born. Then JoAnn was born May 17, 1930. After leaving the service Irvin worked for an oil company as a salesman. Later he went into the farm machinery business with his brother-in-law, Deb Hepner, at Freedom. Then he rented several farms before purchasing one, one mile north and three west of Mooreland. There they ranched and farmed the rest of their lives. Irvin passed away October 18, 1964, and Marie followed May 23, 1969.

James Irvin married Coralie Sigrid Harms (born July 7, 1932 in Libertyville, Illinois) at Grandlake, Colorado, July 29, 1950. To them were born five children, Michael James, January 20, 1953 in Farmington, New Mexico; Vickie Lee, October 27, 1956, Kremmling, Colorado; Marie Lillian, July 12, 1961, Farmington, New Mexico; Christine Lynn, May 30, 1968 in Woodward, Oklahoma.


A. J. Calkins was born at Jacksonville, Illinois May 1, 1852. Ellen Bingham, a native of Canada, was born May 3, 1858. They were married in Wichita, Kansas, September 2, 1875, and moved to Oklahoma in 1896.

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