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Benjamin Franklin West was born 12 Dec 1874 in Sherman, Grayson County, Texas.  Ida Manda Lee West Nee Rollins was born 23 Apr 1884 in Burleson, Franklin County, Alabama.  They were married in Navarro County, Texas.  They moved to Perkins, Oklahoma in 1906-07 and were the parents of 11 living children.  Ben died 24 Feb 1966 at the age of 91 and Ida died 31 July 1981 at the age of 97.  Both are buried in Perkins Cemetery, Perkins Oklahoma.
                        Submitted by their granddaughter Gwynn Hayden 


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This is a picture of William David Nugent and Thomas A. Nugent.  The picture dates back to around 1892.  William Nugent served in the U.S. Cavalry during the Indian Wars.  William was a scout for Major Reno at the time of the Battle of the Little Big Horn.  
                       Submitted by Charlotte Nugent Webb


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The Thomas A. Nugent family picture shows the following people from left to right.  Thomas A. Nugent, Margret Ellen (Patterson) Nugent, Elmer Eliot Nugent, and Otis Edward Nugent.  The back of the photograph indicates that the picture was taken in 1892.  Thomas originally lived in Ripley, OK and was the first to homestead what now is the City of Ripley, according to an article written by Gene Orchard and family information.   The Nugent family lived in and around Ripley until 1942 or 1943 when my grandfather, Thomas Vern Nugent, moved his family to Washington State.  His father and mother, Elmer Eliot(t) Nugent and Gertrude Ann (Dillman) Nugent moved to Washington State at the same time.
                        Submitted by Charlotte Nugent Webb 


The Dobson family of Cushing, Oklahoma.  Mr. Henry O. Dobson was born Nov 25, 1895 near Cushing, Okla.  He attended the Rosebud School, Indian Twp. that was established about 1902.  Also, Euchee Valey School built in 1909 on a portion of Ben Schlegel's land.  By 1915 it was replaced with a large two-brick structure and was named Schlegel School Dist. #93.  He served in France during WWI and married Elizabeth Barada in Stillwater when he returned from service.
Back Row, left to right is Henry Orville, Forrest, Everett, Arthur, Leon and Ruby.  Front Row, left to right is Bessie, Grandma Mollie, Grandpa Walter, Lucille, Dora and Clara sitting in chair.  All were born in Cushing, Oklahoma except Bessie.  They are all gone except Bessie who just turned 100 years old, Lucille and Ruby.
                         Submitted by Jean Dobson Sellers
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During one of the Oklahoma Land Rushes, George Henry Dyas (the tall man standing second from the left) was on patrol to keep people from entering prior to the start of the land rush and found a holster with two pistols hanging in a tree over a river at the boarder of Oklahoma and Kansas.  It was a 32 caliber Smith and Wesson, with a 3 digit serial number, and a patent date stamp of 1853.  George Dyas was found on the 1900 census in Stillwater, Payne County.  He was a deputy in several towns in Oklahoma.  The other men in the photo is unknown.  The photo was taken about 1895 in Tonkawa.
                            Submitted by David Dyas
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Alexander & Hanna (Kirby) Cockrell, and their children left Williamstown, Jefferson, Co. Kansas and moved to Cushing, Payne Co., Oklahoma in 1891.  Their son, Simon (1864-1936) homestead on Elm Creek near Cushing and lived in a dug out while he built a cabin, that still stands today.  Simon married Mary Ann Dobson (1881-1957) July 22, 1897 in Stillwater.  She was a daughter of Charles J. and Clara (Bixler) Dobson.  There were five children born in this cabin.  Person in the picture are back row, left to right: Bertha, Alfred, Felecia.  Middle Row: Glenn, Clemetine, Delitha.  Front Row: Wes, Mary Ann, and Cliff Cockrill.  The picture was taken about 1925 in Cushing, Oklahoma.
                             Submitted by Pam (Criswell) Potter

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