Woodward Pioneer Families Before 1915
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In 1948 both Charley G. Aaron and Eudora E. Aaron passed away. They were laid to rest in Elmwood Cemetery, Woodward, Oklahoma. Claude died in 1953 and Clyde died in 1963. Both are buried in California.

Submitted by Allen A. Aaron, Woodward, Oklahoma.


I, Mabel Gray Clarke Abdill, was born Dec. 13, 1888, in Cherry Box, a little town near Shelbyville, Shelby County, Mo., where my parents, J. D. and Ella Gray, had a store and ran the Post Office. In the winter of 1900 my sister, Bessie, and I, with our parents, came to Woodward Oklahoma, where my father filed on 160 acres of land three and a half miles from Woodward.

Mable Gray Clarke and son, Spencer

I graduated from Woodward High School at the age of fifteen, May 6, 1904, with two other girls, Ivy Coombes and Florence Chapman. Guy M. Lisk of Alva was superintendent. The class was the first to receive diplomas. I was the first in the first class and am proud of it! At the graduation ceremony I wrote and delivered an oration, The Flight of Time". At the ceremony the Brockhaus Opera House was so crowded that people stood around the walls, in the halls, and the stairway and out onto the sidewalk. That graduation was something new! After graduation I went to Alva to what was called Northwest State Normal School. I played basketball, forward, in both high school and college, and loved it! I was in plays and gave readings. It was fun! I learned my speeches while washing Mother's dishes. I'd rather give readings than do algebra problems! I was never tardy at school-through grade school, high school or college.

I married Edward Fielding Clarke. Our son, Spencer Gary Clarke, attended Woodward High School. He married Eloise Beeler and they had three lovely children and four grandchildren. Spencer and Eloise have both passed away.

I married Leon Abdill and we had a son, Wylmar Leon, and a daughter, Marsinah Suzella. She and Vincent Lanham were killed west of Woodward when a Santa Fe train hit their car. I have seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Leon and Mable Abdill with their children,
Morsinah, Wylmar Abdill and Spencer Clarke.

Submitted by Mabel Grey Clarke Abdill, Clovis, New Mexico.



Their first night in Woodward County brought some anxious moments to the Adams family, since the horses pulling their three wagons broke out of camp when they stopped for the night near Ft. Supply. Finally, after calling and luring one horse back to the camp, they were able to catch the others.

The family consisted of Ansyl Monroe and Jane Amanda (Doering) Adams and their children: Walter Guy, Oliver, Leroy, Andrew, Laura, Oscar, Catherine, Benedict, William and Luther.

They came from Kirwin, Kansas, but had lived previously in Iowa and Missouri. They settled in the southwestern part of the county.

Walter Guy married Katie L. Meier and spent the remainder of his life in this county.

Adams family: Front: Mabel, Ansyl (father), Ben, Oscar,
Jennie (mother) holding William, and Laura.
Back: Guy, Oliver, Roy and Andrew.


Oliver married Della Poage.

Leroy (Roy) married Anna Pulley and was a Woodward merchant.

Andrew and Oscar left Oklahoma as young men and settled in Utah, where Andrew married Nellie Tanner and Oscar married Olive CaIdwell.

Mabel was born in 1886 and died at the age of twelve.

Catherine (Katy) married Harry Drake, a car dealer and grocer in Sharon.

Benedict (Ben) died in camp in Macon, Georgia, during World War I.

William (Bill) married Anona Barbour and spent most of his life here. In his later years he moved to Arkansas, and is now deceased.

Luther married Josephine Bonner and was associated with Roy in the grocery operation, which also included a wholesale house and several stores in Oklahoma and Texas.

A baby, Jennie Amanda, was born April 30, 1902, at which time the mother died. Jennie lived only a few months.

Laura is the only remaining member of the family. She retired in 1954 after teaching thirty-eight years in Woodward County. Twenty-five of those years were in the Woodward Public Schools.

Ansyl Adams was the son of Ansel Adams and Sarah Ann Winterstein, who were married in Jefferson County, Indiana, October 31, 1838. Other children were George, Rachel, David, Taylor, Nancy, Elizabeth and John Quincy. Several of them also came to Woodward County. Ansyl Adams died April 12, 1929.

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