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Life and death of O. C. Kirkpatrick of Oklahoma

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21 Sep 1902 1
San Augustine, San Augustine Co., TX 1
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Opal Cullins Kirkpatrick Family
Opal Cullins Kirkpatrick Family
Lillian, Opal and their son Charlie Kirkpatrick in Wanette, Pottawatomie Co
Opal Kirkpatrick & Lillian M. Adkins
Opal Kirkpatrick & Lillian M. Adkins
Opal Kirkpatrick and Lillian Adkins while dating in Wetumka, Hughes Co., OK
Mr. & Mrs. Opal C. Kirkpatrick
Mr. & Mrs. Opal C. Kirkpatrick
Lillian & Opal Kirkpatrick shortly after their marriage in Wetumka, Hughes
Tombstone of O. C. Kirkpatrick
Tombstone of O. C. Kirkpatrick
O. C. & Lillian May (Adkins) Kirkpatrick Wanette Cemetery, Pottawatomie Co
Tombstone of O. C. Kirkpatrick
Tombstone of O. C. Kirkpatrick
O. C. & Lillian May (Adkins) Kirkpatrick Wanette Cemetery, Pottawatomie Co
Donald Kirkpatrick
Donald Kirkpatrick
Son of Opal Cullins Kirkpatrick
Opal, Lillian and Mary Jane Kirkpatrick
Opal, Lillian and Mary Jane Kirkpatrick
Mary Jane Kirkpatrick
Mary Jane Kirkpatrick
Daughter of Opal Cullins Kirkpatrick and two unknowns in Wanette, Pottawatomie Co., OK.
Melinda Gay Pitts
Melinda Gay Pitts
Melinda Gay Pitts, granddaughter of Opal Cullins Kirkpatrick age 4
Newspaper article of Benjamin Howard Adkins death
Newspaper article of Benjamin Howard Adkins death
Mary Jane Kirkpatrick
Mary Jane Kirkpatrick
Mary Jane Kirkpatrick in front of Mrs. Thompson's house in Wanette, Pottawatomie Co., OK.
Opal Cullins Kirkpatrick 5th Grade Report Card
Opal Cullins Kirkpatrick 5th Grade Report Card
in Wetumka, Hughes Co., OK about 1911-12
Opal Cullins Kirkpatrick Obituary 1
Opal Cullins Kirkpatrick Obituary 1
Shawnee News-Star, Shawnee, Pottawatomie Co., OK
Opal Cullins Kirkpatrick Obituary 2
Opal Cullins Kirkpatrick Obituary 2
Shawnee News-Star, Shawnee, Pottawatomie Co., OK
American Red Cross Card
American Red Cross Card
for Opal Cullins Kirkpatrick 1951
Business Check written by O.C. Kirkpatrick
Business Check written by O.C. Kirkpatrick

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Full Name:
Opal Cullins Kirkpatrick 1
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O. C. Kirkpatrick 1
Birth:
21 Sep 1902 1
San Augustine, San Augustine Co., TX 1
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Burial:
Burial Place: Wanette Cemetery, Pottawatomie Co., OK 1
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Birth:
Mother: IDA MAUD CULLINS 1
Father: ANDREW JACKSON KIRKPATRICK 1
Marriage:
Lillian May Adkins 1
09 Dec 1922 1
Holdenville, Hughes Co., OK 1
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Occupation:
Small Business Owner (Feed Store) 1
Religion:
Baptist 1

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Memories of Opal Cullins Kirkpatrick by his son, Don Kirkpatrick

Oklahoma

Donald Kirkpatrick

Opal was the 4th child of Andrew Jackson Kirkpatrick and Ida Maud Cullins.  His older siblings were named 1) Elmer Lester 2) Roy Pearl and 3) a sister Pearl Kirkpatrick.  His young brother was named 5) Allen Garnett Kirkpatrick.  All of Opal's siblings were named after precious stones.

I have asked my Uncle Don to write down some of his memories of my grandfather, Opal Cullins Kirkpatrick because he died before I was born.  Below are some of his memories.

Things I remember about my father Opal Cullins Kirkpatrick by Don Kirkpatrick born Dec 4, 1927, the second of five children born to him and my mother Lillian May (Adkins) Kirkpatrick:

About one and one half years of age living at Wolf, Oklahoma which is located appromimately 5 miles South of Seminole, Okla. My father worked in the Oil Field for they said $21.00/Mo. The next thing was at Macomb, Okla. where he was in the lumber yard business which was owned by the Wewoka Lumber Yard Co.

I remember Xmas time and playing with a wind up train with daddy and walking up town on the side walk - next thing I remember was living at Wanette, Okla. age 2 or 3 where daddy ran a lumber yard there. It seems like he was at work all the time as most merchants in those days worked six days a week, but on Sunday morning he would read the funny papers to us in bed. I remember him making a high chair for Patricia (Pat) and painting it red, and the whole family was so proud of that.

I remember being circumscised at age 3 or 4 and being in bed for a long time. One Sunday after church I went outside the house (we were renting Mrs. Haines house) and saw an airplane fly over and land in a pasture South ot town approx. 1/4 mile. So you can guess the rest. In about 15 minutes my dad showed up and ask me if I wanted to go up. I was too scared, but he went up. I think it was about 1 or 2 dollars.

The depression was coming on and the lumber yard went broke and so he went into the produce business across the street from the lumber yard. I remember him owning a 1928 or 1929 Chevy and a Model T truck. He was always warning me to not crank the truck as it could back fire and break your arm.

Daddy had many friends one which was an Irish family the Ivey's who run a cafe up the block. In those days there were mostly wagons and buggies on the dirt streets and there was a rail to tie the horses outside the cafe. Daddy would take me to eat there occasionally, and it was fun. Daddy was an easy touch for a nickle or penny for candy at least once a week or so as children notice more than people realize I noticed how daddy did in his relations with his customers. In the produce business you were always weighing whatever you bought, cream, chickens, turkeys, pecans, etc. One example I remember was buying turkeys out at the farmers house. We were using a beam level scale (cotton scales) and the farmer was questioning whether daddy was doing it right or not, so daddy suggested that he do the weighing which he did, and all went well. He was always honest as far as I could see and a good example as a Christian man.

Daddy loved to fish, and every chance he got he would go to the farm ponds around the Wanette area, he would usually take me, some cheese and crackers and a can or two of Pabst blue ribbon beer and that was his outlet or hobby. He had a minnow pond behind his produce building when he moved up the street toward the center of town. He was a great family man and always enjoyed his family and a tease, calling his daughter Mary the youngest "baby doll".

He aways smoked Blue Durban roll your own and it no doubt contributed to his early death right before his fifty birthday. He was always supportive to me in Highschool attending all the home basketball games I played in and we actually played together on the same baseball team (Independent League, Sunday Afternoon). He loved baseball, and managed the team several years. He would take me when I was little if there was room, sometimes the whole team would go in one pickup or car. I remember one time him saying "If a man never played baseball he missed the most fun anyone could have in a team sport". He played first base and had great hands and was a real good hitter.

I left home at twenty and was in the Marine Corps. when he passed away of a heart attack while fishing one morning at Daughteries pond and a tramatic experience for all. I tried to get out on a hardship case, but could not. Mom and Charlie tried to run the business for a year or so and could not so they gave it up and I think Charlie graduated high school and joined the Army.

Memories of Opal Kirkpatrick by his daughter, Mary

Wanette, Pottawatomie Co., OK

Opal, Lillian and Mary Jane Kirkpatrick
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Memories written down by my mother, the youngest.  She was 11 years old at the time of his death:

 

Memories of her parents Opal Cullins Kirkpatrick and Lillian May Adkins and other family members by Mary Jane (Kirkpatrick) Pitts Langston, daughter of O. C. born Sep 18, 1940, written November, 2006

My dad Opal built a little house that he and mom lived in when they married in Wetumka (Hughes Co., OK) later Grama (Minnie May (George) Adkins, his mother-in-law) Lillian's mom would live in until the day she died.

Lillian and Opal married in Holdenville, Hughes Co., OK. I think Opal saw Lillian one day when he was playing baseball. She was going by with girl friends and he said someday I'll marry that girl. I remember she said her mom liked him. When he was playing baseball from the field, he kept seeing this girl (Lillian) and then he saw another girl he thought was she - but when the game was over he asked to walk her home, she said yes. Then he asked his brother to take his horse home, his brother said no. He asked why and his brother said because I'm ridin my mule (whatever that mean't).

Before that time, Lillian's mom would not let her go any where and some woman told her she needed to start letting Lillian do more because she was 18 years old.

Opal's dad died when he was very young, I think, 5 years. He had 5 brothers that were Kirkpatrick's from Opal's dad, Andrew Kirkpatrick. He had pneumonia and was very sick but was getting better. He asked his wife Maud to cook him some fish, she did, and that night he died. Was it her terrible cooking that killed him, we will never know? But they said her hair turned white over night after he died.

He (Andrew J. Kirkpatrick, Opal's father) ran a grocery store with another man named Kirkpatrick also but they were not kin to each other. Maud would not work in the store. She was so shy, instead she worked in the fields.

A man she and her husband knew wrote her and asked her to marry. She said "yes". He came that night and they married.   They traveled over hill and dale and got hitched first - then 9 mos. later had twins....and more children. Opal's step-father was named Marcus Bowden. They lived together the rest of their lives. He was a good man and good to all the children. 

Opal's mother had a stroke and died in her 70's. I was in high school when Maud died she died before Opal (she died 24 Sep 1950) because mom said she and daddy got two quilts she made and a vase that fell off the wall and broke.

Mom said her mom made beautiful dainty quilts and Maud (Opal's mother) made quilts just for cover out of wool old scraps. Maud loved animals. She had birds in cages and kept feed in the living room..and dogs. I don't think she was much of a cook either but she was a very good woman.

Opal loved to play any kind of sports. He managed teams as coach up until his 40's. When they were first married, dad had a job delivering ice. He had to learn to drive the truck the first day of work.

They had Evelyn and she was such a beautiful baby. Opal was so proud, he would bring people home to see her all the time. Mom said every time she got pregnant she would be upset and cry but Opal would be so happy because he loved children and I know he did because he was always the best daddy. He was so funny. He always called me Baby Doll or Sweet Baby. I wanted to be around him all the time after school I'd run down to the feed store and he'd give me a nickle "that was a lot then" and he would always make me hold his little finger when we crossed the street. Wanette was a great town then - not like now. It was full of business, the train running every day, movie theatre, drug stores, 2 or 3 grocery stores, 2 big cotton gins....piles of feed, milk, cream, eggs and hides in front of dad's business.

Marriage certificate transcription

Holdenville, Hughes Co., OK

MARRIAGE LICENSE

State of Oklahoma

Hughes County in County Court

To any person authorized to perform the Marriage Ceremony, Greeting:

You are hereby authorized to to join in marriage Mr. Opal KIRKPATRICK of Wetumka, County of Hughes, State of Oklahoma aged 20 years, and Miss. Lillian ADKINS of Wetumka, County of Hughes, State of Oklahoma aged 18 years.

And of this License you will make due return to my office within thirty days from this date. Witness my hand and official seal this 9th day of December, 1922.

Signed: R. B. Billingsley, Court Clerk

By: ________________ , Deputy

Recorded this 9th day of December, 1922

Signed: R. B. Billingsley, Court Clerk

By: ________________ , Deputy

CERTIFICATE OF MARRIAGE

STATE OF OKLAHOMA

I, John L. Coffman, Judge of the District Court of Holdenville in Hughes County State of Oklahoma do hereby certify that joined in marriage the persons named in and authorized by the License to be married on the 9th day of December, A.D. 1922 at Holdenville in Hughes County, State of Oklahoma in the presence of Anita Holle of Holdenville and B. R. Templerman (surname unclear) of Holdenville.

Signed: John L. Coffman, District Judge

Returned and recorded this 9th day of December 1922.

R. B. Billingsley, Court Clerk

By Lessie Wysor, Deputy

Document 2:

This certifies that Opal KIRKPATRICK of Wetumka, Oklahoma and Lillian ADKINS of Wetumka, OK. Were United in Holy Matrimony at Holdenville According to the Ordinance of God and the Laws of the State of Oklahoma on the 9th day of December in the year of our lord One Thousand Nine Hundred and Twenty Two.

John L. Coffman, District Judge

Witnesses: Vista Billingsley

B. R. Tempherman (surname unclear)

A story told to Melinda by Opal's wife Lillian

Oklahoma

Melinda Gay Pitts
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"The death of Lillian Adkins - Kirkpatrick's brother, Howard Adkins" told to Melinda Pitts - Pennington by Grandma (Lillian).

Howard Adkins and a friend wanted to go pick cotton or share crop in Western Oklahoma. They left Wetumka hitchhiking, when they couldn't get a ride they decided to split up and meet again at their destination. Howard got a ride with a man and while they were driving through Oklahoma City, they were following a semi-truck carrying pipe. Somehow there was an accident and the car ran into the back of the semi and the pipe came through the windshield and decapitated Howard. He was only 16 years old.

When Grandma (Lillian) told me the story about her brother, she said it was the first death he went through and also that her little brother had the most thickest eye lashes she had ever seen.

Aunt Evelyn Kirkpatrick - Coulter told me that the phone call about the death came in the middle of the night and Opal (Lillian's husband - my grandfather) picked up the phone half asleep and thought the person said that it was his brother that had died. He was so upset and started cying. The next day, they drove to his parents house in Wetumka, OK and when asking about his brother, his parents replied "It wasn't your brother that died, it was Lillian's brother" so that is how Grandma found out about her brothers death.

Student Report Card for Opal Kirkpatrick

Wetumka, Hughes Co., OK

Opal Cullins Kirkpatrick 5th Grade Report Card

 

 

I located a Pupil's Report Card for Opal Kirkpatrick when he was in the 5th Grade in Hughes County, Mrs. Florence M. Green, Superintendent at the Wetumka School. Teachers name was Lelia Masterson. I believe the year was 1911 or 1912.

1st 2nd 3rd 4th 5th 6th

Effort 93 95 95

Conduct 92 95 95

Days Absent 1 1 3

Times Tardy 2 - -

Times Trnt(?) -

Rank(?) 14

Arithmetic 71 90 90

Civics

Drawing

Dom. Sci.

Geography 71 90 88

Gram., Lang. 74 86 82

Hist., State 70 78 85

Hist., U.S.

Music

Physicology

Reading 91 90 95

Spelling 93 97 91

Writing 90 90 91

Average 80 89 90

Maud Bowden's signed her name twice to the report card. Also included on the card was:

Allow 3% for Care of Mouth and Teeth; 2% for Personal Cleanliness and Neatness.

Census records

Hughes Co., OK

1920 Bernard Twp., Hughes Co., OK, pg. 16 (314-314)

Berry BOWDEN, head, Own, Mortgage, age 45, b: TX > TN > TN; Farmer

Maud, wife, age 47, b: AR > TN > AR

Jessie, son, age 11, b: OK > TX > AR

Bessie, dau., age 11, b: OK > TX > AR

Glynn, son, age 8, b: OK > TX > AR

Opal KIRKPATRICK, step-son, age 17, b: TX > AR > AR; Laborer Farm

Allan KIRKPATRICK, step-son, age 15, b: TX > AR > AR

1930 either located in Wetumka, Hughes Co., OK or Wanette, Pottawatomie Co., OK (can not locate under either)

Obituary

Shawnee News-Star, Shawnee, Pottawatomie Co., OK

Opal Cullins Kirkpatrick Obituary 1
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Shawnee News-Star, Pottawatomie Co., OK

Opal Cullins KIRKPATRICK on May 25, 1952:

Services for Opal Cullins KIRKPATRICK, 49, Wanette will be held at 2 p.m. today in the Wanette Baptist Church.

Rev. Bill WALL, Pastor, will officiate, and burial will be in Wanette Cemetary.

KIRKPATRICK, a resident of Wanette community for the last 22 years, died Sunday morning after suffering a heart attack.

Survivors are his wife, Lillian May (Adkins) Kirkpatrick, of the home, two sons, Donald, a member of the U.S. Marines Corp. at Jacksonville, Fla., and Charles of the home, three daughters, Mrs. Evelyn COULTER, Oklahoma City, Mrs. Patricia CANNON, Wichita Falls, TX, and Mary Jane KIRKPATRICK, of the home.

Two brothers, Elmer KIRKPATRICK, 1003 East Whittaker, and Allen KIRKPATRICK, Fort Worth, TX, two half brothers, Jack BOWDEN, Norvata, and Glen BOWDEN, Gardenia, Calif., a sister Mrs. Pearl CONLEY, Wetumka, and two half sisters, Mrs. Ed HICKS, Wetumka, OK and Mrs. Bill ADKINS, Seminole. Rolsch Brothers are in charge of arrangements.

Member of the American Red Cross

Wanette, Pottawatomie Co., OK

American Red Cross Card

This American Red Cross card was in Kirk's wallet when he died. 

Kirk was a nickname from his wife.  She called him Kirk and he called her kid.

Farmer's Produce Co., Opal's business

Wanette, Pottawatomie Co., OK

Business Check written by O.C. Kirkpatrick

Opal wrote this check from his business checking account just a few months before he died.

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