Apr 1 1930
"Pittsburg County People and Places",
copyright 1997. Published by the Pittsburg Co. Historical Society.
On Jan 22, 1897, Wallace Monroe Clark and Rosetta Katherine (Williams) Clark
had a son named Wallace Floyd Clark. He grew up
around Canadian and Crowder, OK. As a young adult, he worked at C.W. Bush's
general store in Crowder. In 1918, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, but
was discharged after a few months when WWI ended. (2) On Dec 25, 1918 Floyd
married Mary Rosetta Langham who was born July 11, 1900 near Indianola,
I.T. She was the daughter of John Dial and Georgia Carolina Bruce Langham.
Floyd and Mary farmed for a few years. On Oct 2, 1923, a highly productive
oil well was drilled near Cromwell, OK. About 10,000 people moved into and
around the little town to work the oil fields. Floyd and Mary moved there in
1924 with their 2 children: Floyd Karlton born Sept 28, 1921 and Elsie Mildred
born Oct 18, 1919. Another child, Ruby Beatrice was born Sept 24, 1928. In 1929
they moved to a community called Slick City in Ofuskee Co., OK. Their next
child, John Wallace was born there on Jan 4, 1932.
Floyd worked in the oil fields at various locations and owned a
wholesale gas company in Wilburton for a short time in the early 1930's. In 1940, they
moved to McAlester where they owned a grocery store at the corner of Main and
Monroe from Sept 1940 until December 1947.
The famly moved to an acreage at Krebs in December 1947. Floyd became
sick about the middle of 1948 and the doctors could not understand the
nature of his illness. In December he was advised that he had been elected to his
lodge's highest office. He declined to accept because of his health. A few
days later, the doctors performed exploratory surgery and discovered he had a
serious kidney disease. He died on Dec 9, 1948.
He was buried in the Masonic section of Oak Hill Cemetery in his Masonic
apron and Shrine fez. Floyd would have appreciated his obituary. It
mentioned his Masonic activies and listed almost 30 of his Masonic brothers as
pall bearers and honorary pall bearers.
AND were 14 Generation ancestors of Wallace Floyd Clark.
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