Daily Oklahoman, The
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Albert L. McRill died unexpectedly Wednesday afternoon from a
heart condition. MrRill, 76, was stricken in his Nichols Hills
home and died a half hour later enroute to Mercy hospital.
During his colorful life, he was an author, editor,
publisher, practicing attorney , state supreme court justice,
lecturer and college professor.
Funeral services for McRill will be at 2 pm Friday in the
Fist Methodist church. Burial will be in
Rose Hill cemetery
under direction of Smith & Kernke funeral home.
Survivors are his wife, Mary S. of the home, a step-son James
E. Horigan, a sister and brother, Leona and Leslie A. McRill.
Albert L. McRill, born October 1, 1880, was reared in
Franklin County, Kansas. Upon graduation from the Williamsburg
High School he became the publisher of his local newspaper, as
the youngest editor in the State of Kansas. His father was
Calvin Whitfield McRill, originally from the State of Ohio, and
his mother Viola Amanda Tapley-McRill, who came to Kannrra with
her parents from Michigan soon after the close of the Civil War.
She was then ten years of age. The McRills were descendants of a
Benjamin Mackrell, who according to the first Pennsylvania
census in 1790, came from Scotland and fought in the
Revolutionary War. Albert published papers before coming to
Oklahoma Territory in 1902. After establishing the newspapers at
Watonga, he edited the Day County Progress at Grand, Oklahoma,
the county seat of Day County (now Ellis County). Later he
entered Epworth University (now Oklahoma City University)
graduating in 1910 with the degrees . He helped compile the
Oklahoma Statutes of 1910, and began the general practice of Law
at Oklahoma City in 1911, and remained in the active practice of
law until his death.
He was a member of the Methodist Church. For five years he
con-ducted a men's Bible Class of 1,000 in downtown Empress
Theater, and for thirty years taught a Sunday School class in
the First Methodist Church of Oklahoma City. He was a member of
the General Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church of
1916. He served on the Board of Trustees of Oklahoma City
University and its predecessors for twenty years and was acting
president of the University in 1924. For fifteen years he was
associated with the Oklahoma City College of Law as professor,
and at the time of his death was law professor at Oklahoma City
University, where a plaque has been placed by his former law
students in his memory.
Survivors are his widow, Mary McRill, of 1220 Shemood Lane,
Oklahoma City, stepson. James Horigan, attorney, a sister, Leona
McRilland a brother, Leslie A. McRill, both of 1817 N.W. 14th
Street, Oklahoma City. Albert was also active for many years in
the Masonic Lodge in Oklahoma City, a 32nd degree Mason and a
Shriner. Funeral rites were conducted from the First Methodist
Church, by Rer. John Abernathy, life long friend and
fellow-worker of Albert, assisted by Dr. C. Q. Smith, President
of Oklahoma City University, and Dr. Earl Dorfi, pastor of First
Methodist Church, Oklahoma City. Albert was laid to rest in the
family plot, Rose Hill Cemetery, Oklahoma City. City.