Susan and Gary Collins Matt and Joseph, 1988.

Susan and Gary Collins

Gary Lee Collins, the son of Ray Collins and Lorene (Inman) Collins, was born April 1, 1951 in Vinita, Oklahoma. Gary attended White Oak, Okla. high school, graduating in 1969, then attended N.E.O. A&M, Miami, Okla., and Oklahoma State University at Stillwater, Oklahoma, graduating with a BS degree in Business Administration.

Gary married Susan Lynn Bilke August 30, 1975. She was born in Tulsa, Oklahoma, June 8, 1953. She attended O.S.U., Stillwater, and received a degree in accounting. She is a Certified Public Accountant and has her own business.

They live in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Gary works for Oxy Oil Co., and has for 16 years.

They have two boys: Joshua Wade Collins born April 7, 1980 and Matthew Scott Collins born Nov. 5, 1982.

They attend church at the Arrow Heights Baptist Church in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma.
by Lorene Collins



Ray Collins family: Saundra Rae,
Lorene, Gary Lee, and Ray Collins, 1968.

Ray Collins Family

Lorene (Inman) was born May 6,1926 at Vinita, Oklahoma. She went to grade school at Miles and graduated from Centralia High School. She married Ray Collins Sept. 7, 1947.

Ray Collins is a retired Baptist preacher, pastoring rural churches for 40 years in Oklahoma.

Lorene and Ray had two children: Saundra, born March 31, 1949 and Gay, born April 1, 1951.

Saundra went to Southwest Bible College in Bolivar, Mssouri. She married Bob Polson June 8, 1968. They had no children. Saundra passed away Feb. 13, 1976.

Gary Collins married Susan Bilke Aug. 30, 1975. He graduated from White Oak High School, N.E.O. A&M at Miami, and graduated from Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, with a degree in Business Administration. Susan is a Certified Public Accountant, receiving her education at O.S.U. They have two children: Joshua, born April 7, 1980, and Mattbew, born Nov. 5, 1982. They now live in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. Gary works for Occidental Oil Company and has for 16 years. by Lorene Collins


W.D. Collins was born 14 September 1892 at Jericho Springs, Missouri, the son of Simon Peter and Lillie Sears Collins. He married Myrtle Mae Wolf 28 February 1912. She was born in Bronson, Kansas 22 April 1890. They were the parents of seven children.

Glenn Edwin Collins was born 14 February 1913; married Elma Littlepage 03 August 1935. They havefour children: Jamesetta Collins Newman, Nevada, Missouri; Ed of Colorado; Glenda Collins Inman, Nixa, Missouri; and Janet Collins Bass of Texas; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. One grandson, Mitch Collins, was killed in a plane crash 16 August 1978.

Chester Paul Collins was born 18 December 1914; married Ruby Cliffman 17 February 1935. They have three children: Roy of Haskett, Oklahoma; Wayne of Owasso, Oklahoma; Rita Collins Havenar of Vinita, Oklahoma; eight grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren. Chester was killed by a horse 20 November 1962; Ruby now lives in Vinita, Oklahoma.

Mabel Collins was born 06 October 1916; married Herbert Lee September 1935 and they live in Reedley, California. They have two children: Patricia Clothier and Carolyn Whiteside; four grandchildren.

Carl Jesse Collins was born 09 April 1919; married Wilma Cook 25 June 1941 and they live in Phoenix, Arizona. They have four children: Twyla Collins Dixon of Memphis, Tenneessee; Bill, Rex and Bob of Phoenix, Arizona; seven grandchildren.

Lloyd Earl Collins was born 10 March 1921; married Elsie Guinn and now live in Cleveland, Oklahoma. They have one son Larry of California and two grandchildren.

Raymond Leroy Collins was born 16 April 1923; married Lorene Inman 07 September 1941. They had two children; a daughter Saundra Rae Collins Polson died of cancer 13 February 1976; a son Gary lives in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. They have two grandsons.

Frances Marie Collins was born 04 February 1926; married Glen Minson 25 February 1945 and now live in Duncan, Oklahoma. They have two children: Ramona and John, both of Duncan; and three grandsons. Glen died with cancer 14 August 1987.

W.D. Collins was a Baptist preacher and three of his sons, Glenn, Chester and Raymond were also Baptist preachers. They pastored county churches throughout the rural area. The Bunker Hill Baptist Church on Highway 60 was founded by the Collins families; Ray, W.D. and Chester serving as pastors.

W.D. Collins passed away 26 May 1965. Myrtle 24 December 1965. They are both buried at Fairview Cemetery in Vinita, Oklahoma. by Lorene Collins


Joseph Dorsey and Ann Dorsey came to the United States in the year 1860 from Dublin, Ireland. Upon their arrival they had three children, two girls, Margaret and Mary both born in Ireland and Joseph II, born in Canada. They settled in or around Peoria, Illinois. Once settled in the United States, Joseph and Anna had three more children, Thomas Dorsey, (b. Feb. 12, 1861 d. Jan 14, 1933), John Dorsey and Pete Dorsey.

Thomas Dorsey and Lillie Adell Friend (b. Oct. 14, 1868, Harrison County, Mo. d. July 6, 1949) were married May 9, 1895. During the early part of their married life they lived in Perry, Oklahoma where Thomas owned and operated a saloon. This is where their children were born. After moving to Craig County, Thomas worked as a Brick Mason and Construction work on the buildings at Eastern State Hospital. Thomas and Lillie A. Dorsey are both buried at Fairview Cemetery, Vinita, Oklahoma.

Thomas and Lillie's first child was Mark Anthony Dorsey, (b. Mar. 26, 1897 d. Oct. 20 1967). Mark married Viola May Allensworth (b. Mar. 4, 1909 d. Mar. 19, 1976). Both Mark and May were born in the White Oak or Centralia Community. They married Oct. 20, 1929 and Mark worked for G.R.D.A. as a Security Guard before opening their own business in downtown Langley. From 1942 till 1961's Dorsey's Grocery was located on Main Street, approximately where 'Watefront Publications' is today. Mark and May had two daughters, Elizabeth Ann Dorsey (b. Aug. 8, 1930 d. Nov. 20, 1939) and Barbara Jean Dorsey (Duwel) (b. Oct 18, 1939) rural route Ketchum, Oklahoma.

The second child was Loretta Ann Dorsey (b. Aug. 4, 1899 d Jul. 19, 1959). Loretta married Clegg Isaac "Red" Wright (deceased). They had three children: Thomas Jackson "T.J." Wright, Tulsa, Okla., Mark Dorsey Wright (deceased) and Francis Wayne Wright, Oklahoma City, Okla. Lorettais buried at Fairview Cemetery, Vinita, Okla. while Red is buried in Independence, Kansas.

Catherine Mary Dorsey (b. Oct. 22, 1901) was the third child. She married Ray Beets. She lived in California at the time of her death in 1938. They had no children.

Florence LivingstonFlorence (Dorsey) Livingston

Fourth child, Florence Irene Dorsey, (b. Dec. 31. 1903 d. Oct. 12, 1985) married Cecil Boyd Livingston on November 25, 1925. (see related story Cecil Livingston). Florence was born Perry, Oklahoma and later moved to Craig County with her parents. Florence and Cecil lived in the Estella Community, Southwest of Bunker Hill Church, until Cecil passed away July 10, 1966. Florence moved later to 422 North Scraper, Vinita, Oklahoma where she lived until her death October 12, 1985. She and Cecil are buried at Fairview Cemetery, Vinita Oklahoma. Her children are: Cecil Boyd Livingston, Jr. (d. Mar. 6, 1984, Fairview Cemetery, Vinita), Joseph Edward Livingston, Anna, Texas,Wanda Lou Livingston (Leake), Tulsa, Oklahoma, Mary Margaret Livingston (Bryan), Tulsa, Oklahoma, Cora Mae Livingston (Charles), Claremore, Oklahoma, John Dorsey Livingston, (d. July 2, 1985, Fairview Cemetery, Vinita) and James Grant Livingston, Vinita, Okla.

Margaret Ellen Dorsey is the fifth child (b. May 10, 1909 d. Aug. 7, 1980). Ellen married Gus Livingston and they settled in Nowata, Oklahoma. Ellen and Florence married brothers. They had eight children: Alfred Lee Livingston, Nowata, Oklahoma, Florence Mae Livingston (McKay) (d. Feb. 15, 1983, Nowata Cemetery), Patricia Adell Livingston (Luttrel) Brumley, Missouri, Madeline Faye Livingston (Inman) Bartlesville, Oklahoma, Thomas Dean Livingston, Nowata, Oklahoma, David Earl Livingston, Lefors, Texas, Billy Gus Livingston, Owasso, Oklahoma and Ronald Gene Livingston, Bartlesville, Oklahoma.

Thomas William Dorsey (b. June 6, 1913 - d. Mar. 27, 1950) was the sixth child of Thomas and Lillie. He married Blanche Peetom and they lived in Vinita, Oklahoma. Thomas, usually called "Brother Bill", was in World War II. He had health problems after returning from the war. He and Blanche had no children. by Mrs. Jim Livingston




Ellis Inman family, Dec. 1947.
Back: Lorene Collins, "Duke" Ellis Inman, Emma
Jean Saunders. Front: Ethel and Ellis Inman.

Ellis Inman

Ellis Robert Inman was born May 19, 1890 in Wheaton, Missouri. His parents were Thomas J. Inman born in 1881 in Wheaton, Missouri, died Dec. 1954 in Vinita, Oklahoma and Mary McAffee born in Ohio in 1863, died in Vinita, Oklahoma 1925.

Ellis moved with his parents to the Grove area (Delaware District, Cherokee Nation) when he was a baby. He had an older sister Lillie (Imnan) Waller born in Missouri in 1885. A younger brother, Elbert Inman was born May 4, 1892 in Indian Territory.

Ellis married Ethel Julia Cauthon Nov. 1, 1911 in Vinita, Oklahoma. She was the daughter of Charles and Emma (Grimes) Cauthon.

Ellis and Ethel were engaged in farming in Craig County, Oklahoma,from 1914 until 1970 when they retired and moved to Vinita. They raised cattle and hogs. Ethel always had a large flock of hens, geese, and turkeys. They raised most of their food. She made most of their clothing, did lots of canning and made lye soap. Ellis dug coal for heating and cooking. They sold eggs and cream, often trading them at a country store for necessary items like coal oil, coffee, tea, sugar, and yard goods.

They raised five children: Elmer "Dub" (see separate story of this family), Alfred, Ellis Jr. "Duke" (see separate story of this family), Emma Jean (see separate story of Edwin Saunders family), and Lorene (see separate story of the Ray Collins family).

With five children, times were hard for them. During the depression they made it through with hard work and sacrifice.

Ellis died Oct. 2 1977 and Ethel died March 29. 1985. They are buried in Fairview Cemetery, Vinita, Oklahoma.

Their son, Alfred, was born Feb. 15, 1917 and was killed in a tragic hunting accident December 24, 1937. by Lorene Collins


Ellis Inman Jr., nicknamed "Duke" was born December 17, 1919, son of Ellis and Ethel Julia (Cauthon) Inman.

He married Cora Lewman April 26, 1941. Cora was born October 6, 1921 in Liberal, Missouri. Her parents were Logue and Ella Lewman.

Ellis and Cora have lived in the Miles area of Craig County all of their married life, living on their farm north of Miles since 1945.

They had one son, Robert, born June 6, 1943. He attended grade school at Miles, graduated from Centralia High School in 1961. He went to college at NEO A&M, Miami, Oklahoma, and then to Oklahoma State University at Stillwater, Ok. where he received his BS degree and then his masters degree at Columbia, Missouri.

Robert married Sharyle Fedderson of El Reno,Oklahama, March 30, 1967 in Stillwater. They have one daughter, Brit Chelsea, born Sept. 20, 1976 in Alexandria, Virginia.

The family now lives in Dallas, Texas, where Robert is employed by the Department of Defense. by Lorene Collins


Elmer Inman, nicknamed "Dub," was born October 7, 1912 in Vinita, Oklahoma son of Ellis and Ethel Julia (Cauthon) Inman.

He married Loma Saunders, daughter of Ray and Leda Saunders, December 24, 1939. She was born Nov. 11, 1921.

Elmer and Loma farmed and raised cattle. They purchased a farm northeast of CentraIia in 1945, where they lived until his death May 1, 1977.

They had one daughter, Beverly Jean, born July 5, 1947. Beverly attended grade school at Centralial high school at Bluejacket, graduating in 1965. Then she attended N.E.O. A&M at Miami. She married Jim Sharp of Vinita, son of Merlin and Rosemary Sharp, November 8, 1968. They have two children: James born Jan. 1, 1972 in California where Jim was in the Air Force. A daughter, Jeana Sharp was born May 7, 1982 in Vinita.

Beverly is employed at Eastern State Hospital as a secretary. Jim is an accountant at the Grand River Dam Authority offices in Vinita. by Lorene Collins


Alphonso Livingston was born Jan. 17, 1861. He had three other siblings, brothers Will Livingston and Lee Livingston and one sister, Mattie Livingston. Mattie married a man named Smith. Lee became a Land Grant Officer around Lamar, Mo. Nothing is known about their parents or where they came from.

Alphonso lived in Bates County, Missouri. He married Margaret (Maggie) Shives, (b. Mar 17, 1874). Alphonso worked as a coal miner and farmer. It is said they settled at Foster, Misouri in Bates County. Old Walnut School may have been the school their children attended. Around Foster was where their children were born.

Alphonse died of pneumonia Nov. 26, 1911 at the age of 50 years. His wife Maggie died the next year, March 2, 1912 at the age of 38. Both parents died when their children were at a young age. Maggie was in a hospital/institution after the twin boys were born and this was where she died. Alphonso is buried at Foster, Mo. and Maggie is buried at the State Cemetery, Nevada, Mo.

The twins were 3 years old when their mother passed away. The younger children were cared for by the older sister, Beulah. and brother, Lowell, until they were separated and some moved to Oklahoma to live with their mother's sister, Cora (Shives) Williams. This was when Cecil Boyd Livingston, Gus and Willie Livingston moved to Okla.

Lowell Livingston, the oldest son, worked as a Shot Foreman for a Coal Mine and lived in Mulberry, Kansas. He was killed when a dynamite shot didn't go off and after going back into the mine the blast then went off. He had one daughter, Tessie.

Beulah Livingston, the oldest daughter. (b. Oct 25, 1895) married Charles Lee Coureton. At the time of this writing she is 94 years old. She has two daughters, Marjorie Coureton (Tawney) Vinita, Oklahoma and Velma Coureton (Sauer) Moberly, Mo. When their children were young Beulah and Charles lived on a farm in the Big Cabin area. They later moved back to Moberly, Missouri where Charles was originally from. They operated a dairyand farmed.

Maude Livingston (deceased) married Ora Snider. Ora worked for Phillips 66 and they lived in Okmulgee, Oklahoma. Their children are: Bertha (deceased), Tulsa, Okla., Dorthy. Houston, Texas, Bessie. Muskogee, Okla., Jack (deceased) and Claude (deceased).

Anna Mae Livingston (deceased) married Vic Robertson. He was a Mail Carrier. They had no children, but the memories of Aunt Mae and Uncle Vic was their 20# cat. They lived in Baxter Springs, Kansas.

Cecil Boyd Livingston (b. May 11, 1901. Foster, Mo. d. July l0, 1966) married Florence Irene Dorsey (b. Dec. 31, 1903, Perry. Ok. d. Oct. 12, 1985). (see related storyDorsey) Cecil and Florence lived in the Estella Community of Craig County, South West of Bunker Hill Church. They had seven children: Cecil Boyd Livingston, Jr. (d. Mar. 6. 1984. Fairview Cemetery, Vinita), Joseph Edward Livingston, Anna, Texas, Wanda Lou Livingston (Leake) Tulsa, Okla., Mary Margaret Livingston (Bryan) Tulsa, Okla., Cora Mae Livingston (Charles) Claremore, Okla., John Dorsey Livingston (d. July 2, 1985, Fairview Cemetery, Vinita) and James Grant Livingston, Vinita, Okla.

William "Willie" or "Bill" Livingston (b. Aug. 23. 1908, Foster, Mo. d. Nov. 23. 1970) was one of twin boys born to Alphonse and Maggie. Willie married Agnes Mae Hunter on Mar. 16, 1929 at Nowata, Okla. Willie and Agnes had seven children: Gordon Lyle Livingston, Kingfisher, Okla., Charles Thelbert Livingston, Sand Springs, Okla., Dale Gene Livingston, Pryer, Okla., Billy Don Livingston, Vinita, Okla., Gerald Wayne Livingston, Pryor, Okla., Sue Nell Livingston (Hendren) lives near Centralia, Okla., and Larry Michael Livingston, Oologah, Okla. Willie and Agnes raised they family on a farm at Route 4, Vinita, Okla. They are both buried at Timpson Chapel Cemetery in Estella District.

Gus Livingston (b. Aug 23, 1908, Foster, Mo. d. May 1, 1981) was the other twin son born to Alphonso and Maggie. Gus married Margaret Ellen Dorsey (b. May 10, 1909 - d.. Aug. 7, 1980). Ellen was a sister to Florence Livingston who married Cecil B. Livingston. Gus and Ellen had eight children and they lived in the Nowataarea. Their children are: Alfred Lee Livingston, Nowata, Okla., Florence Mae Livingston (McKay) (d. Feb. 15, 1983, Nowata Cemetery), Patricia Adell Livingston (Luttrell) Brumley, Mo. Madeline Faye Livinston (Inman) Bartlesville, Okla.. Thomas Dean Livingston, Nowata, Okla., David Earl Livingston, Lefors, Texas, Billy Gus Livingston, Owasso. Okla., and Ronald Gene Livingston, Bartlesville, Okla. by Mrs. Jim Livingston


Emma Jean Inman, daughter of Ellis and Ethel Julia (Cauthon) Inman was born August 5, 1923. She graduated form Centralia High School. She married Edwin Saunders Feb. 13, 1943 in California, where he was serving with the U. S. Navy.

Returning to Vinita, Edwin was employed bySouthwest Bell Telephone Company.

They had two children: Rhonda, born Aug. 19, 1949. She graduated from Pryor High School, and was employed in Washington D. C. where she met and married Jim Gabel who came from Ohio. They returned to Pryor, Oklahoma, in 1973. They have three children: Stacy, born Dec. 31, 1972 in Silver Springs. Maryland; Nathan, born May 12, 1978 in Pryor, Ok.; and Scott, born Dec. 31, 1981.

Dennis Saunders, son of Ed and Emma Jean, was born November 18, 1951. He graduated from Pryor High School in 1970. He then moved to Richardson, Texas, where he worked for Texas Instruments while fininshing his education, majoring in electronics. by Lorene Collins


Andrew M. Voyles son of Thomas D. and Susan N. (Beck) Voyles, was born in Washington County, Indiana, April 11, 1867. His ancestors sailed from Wales in 1760. On June 12,1883, he married Mary M. (Chastain) born June 11, 1867, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Peter M. Chastain. They were French. To this union were born three daughters and three sons. Oscar, Stella, Bertha, William, and Flora, all born in Indiana, and Jo born north of Vinita, Oklahoma.

They made their home on a farm at Cambellsburg, Indiana, until 1904, when they became dissatisfied with the cold climate and wanted to move to the sunny south. In 1904 they moved their farm machinery, horses, and household items by train along with their family, and Susan N. Beck Voyles, mother of Andrew M. Voyles. They settled 3 miles west of Pyramid corner north of Vinita. They only lived there a short time and moved to a farm 8 miles northwest of Vinita in Eureka and Pheasant Hill, community known as Woodley Indian Territory. WoodIey had a mill, post office and store. Andrew was known as mayor of Woodley. They built a new two story house and started farming and raising cattle, hogs and chickens. In those days corn, oats, wheat and milo crops were raised farming with teams of horses and mules. In the summer, grain was harvested with binders and thrashed with thrashing machine, by all the neighbors getting together. Hay was also bailed, thus giving the neighbors a chance to get acquainted and spin yarns.

The family raised a garden and canned for winter. They made sauerkraut, and chowchow in stone jars as fresh vegetables and fruits were not available in stores. In the fall after the weather began to get cold they butchered hogs, curing the meat, rendering lard, making and canning sausage. They also churned their own butter.

Their children attended school at Eureka. Entertainment at home included music with Andrew playing the banjo, Oscar the violin, William the guitar, Flora the piano and Jo sang and played violin and guitar. Saturday night was spent with neighbors and relatives coming to sing and hear music. They had one of the first radios with neighbors coming to hear Amos and Andy. Sunday morning the family attended Sunday school and church. Sunday afternoon was spent with neighbor children and grandchildren playing games and visiting.

Andrew's mother Susan BeckVoyles born January 14, 1827, died January 3, 1913 at Vinita was buried at West Point Cemetery northwest of Vinita.

Bertha R. Voyles and Leslie "Dess" Inman were married in Vinita November 27, 1910, their children were Jessie, Leslie (Butch), Lois, Opal and Flora Mae. They lived north of Vinita and later Leslie "Dess" lived in California. Bertha R. Voyles was born March 14, 1892 died July 11, 1953 and is buried in Fairview Cemetery Vinita. Leslie "Dess" Inman is buried in California.

Stella Voyles born in Indiana July 24, 1889, married Charley Tucker and they had 11 children, Marie, Naureen, Nellie, Marshell, Lura, Dick, Louise, Leroy, Ruby, Hobert, and Norma Jean.

They lived north Vinita on farm later moving to New Mexico and California. Stella died July 29, 1965, in California. Charley also died, they lived in Fresno, California.

Flora Ida Voyles born October 11, 1898 in Indiana married Homer Abbott born June 6, 1891. They lived in Vinita. They had two children Betty Marie, and Homer Thomas "Tommy". They attended Vinita schools. Homer died July 22, 1961 and Flora died September 27, 1980, both are buried in Fairview Cemetery Vinita, Oklahoma.

Andrew and Mary enjoyed farm life, every one was always welcome to their home family and friends. Andrew enjoyed hunting and fishing. They continued living on this farm until their death. Andrew M. Voyles died December 24, 1947 at the age of 80 and Mary M. Voyles died September 19, 1952 at the age of 85, both are buried in Fairview Cemetery, Vinita, Oklahoma. by Betty Jo Voyles




Rick and Doran, Clarence and Faye Walker.

Clarence Walker

Clarence R. Walker, son of Bill and Fannie Walker, resides at Route One, Vinita, OK on Indian Allotment Grant of his mother Fannie Mae (Colston) Walker.

On March 27, 1939 he married the mother of his children Sarah Jean (Inman) Walker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Arch lnman, who resided in thePheasant Hill district. Sarah Jean passed away October 1950 of polio and lies at rest at Fairview Cemetery, Vinita, OK.

While married to Sarah Jean they had two children, a daughter Jean Doran (Walker) Hendren and Richard Paul Walker, who both reside in the Vinita area.

On January 12, 1957 at the home of Rev. Mrs. W. D. Collins, Clarence R and Faye Marie (Farmer) Walker daughter of James H. (Jim) and Mary Farmer were united in marriage.

Clarence served in the Navy during the war, also worked for the Corps of Engineers (survey crew) for eleven years, before returning to the farm which is located northwest of Vinita. There he was engaged in farming and ranching with his father, Bill Walker.

In 1955, Clarence was employed by Lee Hendricks Engineering Company, Tulsa, OK, which was involved in construction of the Will Rogers Turnpike, which extends from Tulsa, OK to Joplin, MO. He later transferred to Perry, OK for construction on highway I-35. In 1959 Clarence returned to Vinita, OK and became employed by the Will Rogers Turnpike Authority from which he retired with twenty-six years service.

Faye Marie worked in her parents' grocery store located at Four Corners, north of Vinita, OK for four years while attending school Timber Hill and Bluejacket, OK.

In December 1946, her parents moved to 1403 West Canadian, Vinita, OK. She continued her education at Vinita High School. While attending school, she was employed by McLellans. On June 21, 1949 she became employed by Southwestern Bell Telephone Company as an operator, located above the H and LMarket and L. L. Stryker Furniture building on Ilinois Street, later relocating in a new building at 123 South Scraper Street. In 1978 she transferred to Tulsa, OK to further her employment with Southwestern Bell, until retiring Februsary 1981 with 30 years service.

Their daughter, Doran Hendren, has one son and daughterinlaw David Paul and Rhonda Johnson, who reside in Catoosa, OK.

Their son Richard Paul (Rick) Walker and his wife Sharon (Turner) Walker have two daughters Stephanie Marie Walker of Dallas, Texas, and Debra Lynn Walker of the home. by Clarence Walker


Wiley and Pearl Inman, Flora Voyles, Leslie and
Berta Washington, (holding daughter) Jessie (1912).

Inman & Voyles Familes

Come with us, the children of Bertha (Voyles) Inman and Leslie (Dess) Inman and we will share our loving memories of Vinita, Oklahoma with you.

Bertha was the daughter of Mary Matilda (Tillie) Chastain Voyles, born June 11, 1867 and died September 19, 1952 in Vinita and Andrew Milton Voyles born August 11, 1867 in Washington County, Indiana, and died December 24, 1947. They came to Vinita in 1904.

Leslie was the son of Phoebe and George Inman of Salem, Missouri.

Bertha Voyles and Leslie Inman were married in Vinita, Oklahoma on November 27, 1910 and from this marriage came five little ones, Jessie, Leslie (Butch), Lois, Opal and Flora Mae.

Jessie (Innan) Van Amburg:Among my fondest memories of Vinita are the brick streets where the horses and buggies kept a rhythm as a little drummer beats his drum; the stream where my father and mother first met; she was watering her horse and he drove by; the lane that led to the mail box at my grandmother's home, covered with wild roses; and the cemetery where my mother is buried in the family plot. The road leading in with the rows of pine trees and she's resting beneath the eleventh pine tree.

Leslie (Butch) Inman: Butch our cowboy and rodeo rider isn't with us any longer but had many fond memories of Vinita, and always dreamed of one day returning.

Lois (Inman) Luca: My fond memories of Vinita were the visits with my grandparents Matilda and (PaPa) Voyles, the walk down the country road to the little Eureka School House, the wild grapevines that PaPa made swings from and we would swing over Big Cabin Creek. I dearly loved the fireflies and the fishing for crawdads with safety pins with my cousins the Tuckers at Bluejacket. As a child I was always fascinated by the prairie fires.

Opal (InmanHandy) Harper: Each time I hear a jet fly over, I'm reminded of the day in the 1920's, I saw an airplane for the first time while visiting my grandparents in Vinita squealing excitedly, we ran out of the farm house waving dishtowels, hoping to attract the attention of the pilot in the low flying one engine aircraft. My aunt, Mamie Voyles was the sole teacher of the little

Eureka school house, which I attended when I was seven years old. We traveled to and from school by horse drawn buggy. I still rememher the old lunch box on the seat beside us packed with sandwiches, cookies and apples; and collapsible aluminum drinking cups. These memories, like so many I cherish of Vinita and that era will never be forgotten.

Flora Mae (Inman) Zumwalt: I was very young when I left Vinita and my memoris are returning and meeting all of the relatives that I had heard so much about from my family and those who knew me as a child. I loved everyone of them and seeing all of the places that my family had been.

As youngsters we had many heartaches and hardships but our love for one another and family ties held us all together. We enjoyed sharing ourfamily memories with you and thank Vinita for our heritage. by Flora (Inman) Zumwalt

Mary Inman



Mary Inman


Carl Inman

Carl Inman

Carl Oliver Inman was barn April 16, 1901, in Salem, Mo. He was the second child of William Birt and Sally Angeline (Nelson) Inman.

During the early months of 1908, sixyearold Carl came by wagon to Vinita, along with his parents and two sisters, Sylvia, age 10, and Hazel, 3. Two years later another son, Marchel Theodore, was born to Birt and Sally.

The family settled on the Fred Cassel farm, approximately 2 miles south of the Kelso school. With the exception of a short period of time when his family returned to Dent County, Missouri, Carl spent the remainder of his life farming in Craig County.

Carl's father, Birt died on December 21, 1921 when a team of mules ran away with him. He was buried Christmas day in the Fairview Cemetery at Vinita. His mother Sally, made her home with Carl and his family until her death on February 15, 1952, when she also was buried in Fairview Cemetery.

Carl was united in marriage to Mary Ellen Newkirk in Miami, Okla. on Nov. 8, 1930. She was the daughter of Willie and Fannie Myrtle (Herring) Newkirk of Vinita. To this union were born six children:

Patricia Jean (Feb, 6, 1932) married Clyde Rawleigh O'Neal. Their children are Clyde Allen, Sherry Jane, Melvin Dale (who died from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident on May 27, 1978), Bonnie Sue, Mary Carlene and Raymond Lee. Patricia (Patsy) now resides in Tulsa.

Dorothy Allene (Nov. 19, 1933) and her husband, Lloyd Junior Carder, have one son, Lloyd Dean. Their first home was the "old Grandaddy Lightfoot place", former site of the Kelso store. They now have a home on the little Cabin Creek near Wayne's farm.

Robert Joseph (Jan. 13, 1938) married Glenda Ann Collins and their home is in Nixa, Missouri. They have two daughters, Deborah Jo and D'anne Reanae.

Carl Wayne (Sept. 28, 1943) was married to Connie Lynn Wright and they have one son, David Wayne. Several years ago, Wayne purchased the former Chester Barrett farm just east of Little Cabin Creek on the Kelso to Afton farm road. He and son David make their home there with Wayne's wife, Cleve Ellen "Lefty" (Clanton).

Sharon Kay (Jan. 7, 1945) is married to Richard A. Smith and lives at Welch, Ok. They have one daughter, Cindy Key.

Betty Joan (Oct. 13, 1948) and her husband, James Charles McCallie, have two daughters, Tammie Jo and Amy Dawn. Their home is between Vinita and Nowata, adjacent to James' homeplace.

Among the farms on which Carland Mary and their family made their home during Carl's 39 years of farming, were the "Buffington Place" about a mile east and a little south of "Kelso Corner"; the "Mackawee Place", west and south of Hop Hanna's in the Pheasant Hill School District; a farm mile north and 2 miles east of Kelso school, owned by an attorney, Carrie Caldwell; and the "old Martin place" which is straight across the section south of the Caldwell farm. It was owned, at that time, by G. Will Clark.

The large, twostory house on that farm was destroyed by fire on January 9, 1959, and was replaced with a singlestory dwelling. When Carl retired from farming in 1969, the place was purchased by John Harrison who presently resides there.

After retirement, Carl and Mary moved to their son Wayne's farm. It was there that Carl died of cancer on January 1, 1977. He was buried in the family plot in Fairview Cemetery.

Mary continued to make her home there until a few months before her death at which time she moved to Welch to live with the Smiths. After months of declining health, Mary suffered a fatal heart attack on Sept. 17, 1982. She was buried beside Carl. Through the years, Carl and Mary's home was a gathering place for relatives and friends. The younger generation often reminisces about such things as the time some total strangers (friends of friends of friends) were traveling through the area and stopped off to spend the night. And how they once counted 28 straight weeks that they had company for Sunday dinner! Warm hospitality and good homecookin' were two commodities never lacking in many of Craig County's oldtime homes like Carl and Mary Inman's.


William Berry McSpadden born in 1863, was the son of Samuel King McSpadden of Warren County Tennessee. He married Virginia Tennessee Stewart, born in 1869, who was the daughter of David and Katherine Stewart, at Waldron, Arkansas in 1888. Children born toWilliam and Virgina McSpadden were Bertha, 1891; Walter, 1894; Herman, 1897; Lelia, 1900 and Nevin, 1903 while living in Arkansas. The family came to Craig County in 1916 to live one and onehalf miles west of Ketchum. They were farmers and owned the first tractor in the community, a modelA John Deere. Also, the first gas Maytag washing machine. The women in the community came to the McSpadden's in the fall to wash their quilts.

Nevin McSpadden married Eva Pearl Keller a 316 Cherokee Indian, in 1921 at Miami, Oklahoma. They lived in the Ketchum area all their married life. Born to them were two daughters, Billie and Omalea, and one son, Frankie.

Omalea, born in 1923, married Ralph Wright, son of Everett and Minnie Wright of the Prairie Chapel community, January 20 1940 at Oswego, Kansas. They lived in the Ketchum area on a farm all their married life. Ralph died in 1971. To them were born two sons, Nevin B. (Skip) and Rick, and one daughter, Connie.

Neavin B. (Skip) married Donna Long in 1958. Born to them were one daughter, Dana, twin sons, Shawn and Hans, and a son, Mark. Dana married Glenn Christie in 1978 and has one sone, Jason, who is the 6th generation. Hans married Deana Fessler in 1983.

Connie married Wayne Inman in 1964 and has one son, David.

Rick lives in Tyler, Texas. by Omalea (McSpadden) Wright






Mr. and Mrs. John D. Leforce

John LeForce

John D. Leforce and Vida Burnice Stone were married January 6, 1934. They are both natives of Craig County and have resided in Vinita their entire married life.

John D. Leforce was born October 6, 1909, at Centralia, Oklahoma. He is the son of Clarence Willam (Dick) Leforce and Emma Grace Chamberlin Leforce.

Burnice Stone Leforce was born June 17, 1911, in Vinita. She is the daughter of Alvin Charles Stone and Viola Ruth Smelser Stone. Before hermarriage, Burnice attended Vinita High School and was then employed as a bookkeeper by Mr. L. D. Dalquest.

John D. Leforce began working at a service station in Vinita after graduating from Vinita High School in 1927. He later became the owner of a service station and bulk plant business in Vinita. This businees has been located at the corner of North Wilson and Sequoyah Avenue for more than fifty yers. In 1961, Mr. and Mrs. Leforce purchased a farm northwest of Vinita. This farm was formerly owned by his uncles, Sam and Ras Leforce. Mr. Leforce is engaged in general farming and raises hereford cattle on this farm property.

Mr. and Mrs. John D. Leforce have been active in various community affairs for many years. They are both members of the United Methodist Church and have served the Vinita church in a variety of capacities. Mr. Leforce is a member of the Official Board, Board of Trustees, and has also served as . . .

Mrs. Leforce has been a member of the Official Board and has served as President of the United Methodist Women. As special interests and hobbies, Burnice enjoys singing in the church choir, sewing, knitting, and china painting.

John D. Leforce is an active member of Vinita Mouse Lodge #5. He was Master in 1956, and again in 1978. He is a 32nd degree KCCH member of the Tulsa Scottish Rite Consistory. In addition, Mr. Leforce is a member of the Akdar Shrine and the Craig County Shrine Club.

Both Mr. and Mrs. Leforce are members of the Order of the Eastern Star, Vinita Chapter #20. Mr. Leforce is a Past Patron of this chapter.

Mr. and Mrs. John D. Leforce are the parents of four daughters. The girls are all graduates of Vinita High School.

Johnann, born November 5, 1934, married Dewey E. Helt of Tulsa. Children are John E., born 1959 and Janie Sue, born 1962.

Patsy Ruth, born May 1, 1936, married Doyle W. Inman of Vinita. Children: Diana Dee, born 1953. Michael W., born 1955, Kathleen A, born 1956, Nancy Lynn, born 1957.

Sally Jane born June 5, 1943, married Wayne L. Boyd of Vinita. Son: Brian Wayne, born 1968.

Sammie Sue, born July 28, 1944, married Jon Burgess of North Dakota. Son: Jon Paul, born 1910.

In addition to the four daughters and eight grandchildren, Mr. and Mrs. Leforce also have six great-grandchildren. For these children, there is nothing as delightful as the freguent family gatherings in Nana and Grandpa Leforce's home in Vinita.

In January of 1984, Mr. and Mrs. D. Leforce celebrated their fiftieth wedding anniversary with a reception held at the Masonic Temple in Vinita. The reception was hosted by the daughters and grandchildren of the couple. Among the guests were Mrs. Leforce's three sisters, Mrs. Ed (Byerly) Paul, Mrs. Roger (Ilene) Blair, and Mr. and Mrs. J.P. (Maxine) Joplin, all of the Houston, Texas area. Two of Mr. Leforce's sistes in attendance were Marie Kizer of Vinita, and Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd K. (Lorene) Stephens of Wagoner, Oklahoma. In addition, those present at the reception included numerous nieces, nephews. cousins, and friends who had gathered to honor the couple.


Wick Thomas was born in 1882, at Marion, Ohio. He came to Indian Territory in 1903. He located six miles south of Vinita On the C. L. Cox place, onehalf mile north and one-half east of Couch school.

Wick Thomas married Mae Cox in 1918, and two children were born to this union: Carl Thomas, born January6, 1923 and Katherine Thomas, born April 4, 1925.

The Thomas children attended grade school at Couch, high school at Vinita. Carl Thomas related memories February 1984, "I remember my first year of school, we had a terrible ice and snow storm. This was in 1929. The snow was fencetop high, and my father hitched up Barney, our horse, to the sleigh and took me to school. He took me a couple of days until the trail was broken, then I walked.

"When I was about seven years old, we worked at Mount Riga Farm, I helped milk cows and clean up. I made a dollar a week. The farm was owned by the Carnation Milk Company out of Tulsa, Oklahoma.

"I was born on a horse, as they say, and when I was seven, I helped George Mitchell and a bunch of cowboys drive 1100 head of Longhorns, Shorthorns, Whitefaced and Angus cattle to the shipping yards at White Oak. We drove them from the ranch, which was eighteen miles northwest of Welch to Neil's store, camped there overnight and got up early the next morning to get them to White Oak that day.

"We used to go to Longview school for pie suppers, I auctioned off the pies. We had a Model T, and when we would go to Longview for a celebration, our car wouldn't go up Couch hill, so we would turn around, back up the hill, turn around at the top of the hill and go on our way.

"Jess Irvig lived in a big two story house west of Couch school, they had one of the first windmills in Craig County.

"Another outing that many enjoyed was held every 4th of July at Okoee park. Blacks would gather from everywhere and come to Okoee park for a fair, carnival and picnic. This was from about 1900 until 1934. The last time they had it was when the dam was built in the 1933's on Mustang Creek at the bottom of Okoee. This was also about the time many rural areas began to get electricity.

"In 1931, Will Rogers came to Vinita, Oklahoma, he said, 'If you'll have a rodeo next year, I'll be back'. I heard him say it, and he did come back every year until he got killed.

"I have worked on ranches from the time I was big enough to mount a horse, some I have worked were the old Janie Hall Ranch, 6 miles south of Vinita on a county road. She was fromTexas, and she got the Hawkins boys started in their cattle operation. Then the Hawkins family acquired the ranch from Janie Hall. The family consisted of mother, Mattie Hawkins and her three sons: Drake, Tommy and Matt. They sold the ranch to Billy Friend, a longtine rancher in Craig County. . . . Army Store in Vinita for several years, that was when I was rodeoing. I am 62 years old now, and I can still rope steers and have the belt buckles to prove it.

"On Januruy 6, 1943, I went to serve my country, came home March 10, 1946. That year I married Juanita Inman, daughter of Porter Inman. To this union three children were born. They are: Wick Thomas, born February 25, 1960, died March 1953; and Lou Thomas, born in 1955, died at the age of 6 years old; Chandy Ann Thomas born October 13, 1960. They were all cowboys and cowgirls, they could rope and ride.

"Chandy Ann married Alan Cowley on June 13, 1981. She is employed at the Vinita Vet Center and Alan is a mortician at Luginbuels Funeral Home. Alan, in his spare time is a rodeo clownbull fighter, and Chandy works a horse and bull act." by Sue Crouch Buzzard