Saturday, July 23, 2011

Men of Tulsa ca 1916

Recently I thumbed through an old book titled "Men of Affairs and Representative Institutions of Oklahoma 1916".  It is self-described as "A Newspaper Reference Work" compiled by the World Publishing Company here in Tulsa.  This book is a virtual "Who's Who" of Oklahoma at that time.  I thought I would share some of the photos and findings that I found to be interesting and/or amusing, several are linked to previous blog posts.  Click on photos to enlarge.

First up is a true Tulsan.  He was born near here and returned to help our city grow and prosper.

I blogged about this next man's business HERE:

Here's an interesting young fella:

He was 34 in 1916.  Hurley invested in real estate and built Oklahoma's first apartment-hotel, the Ambassador.  He became secretary of war under President Hoover, becoming the first Oklahoman to serve in a presidential cabinet.  In WWII he became a brigadier general and later an ambassador to China.  

This next gentleman is someone I blogged about before:

The White City neighborhood was built on his land and Braden Park is named after him.

And this man needs no introduction:

At the time of the printing, this next gentleman had only begun his important contributions to our city:

He designed Central High School in 1910 and went on to design the Hunt Department Store (Brown-Dunkin) in 1918 and Trinity Episcopal's Church in 1922 as well as several prominent residences.

The city south of Tulsa bears this man's name:

This is a very modest biography of his work and contribution to our state.  You can read more about him  HERE.

Is this man to blame for our street woes?

I wonder exactly where this "country home" was located....?

This is another place of interest:

Located on Third Street, between Boston and Main was the Daniel Building

Down the street at 123 S. Main was Boswell's Jewelry

A few more businesses

And last, though not a Tulsan, is a man who would become the next Governor of our State:

This was my fraternal grandfather's uncle, making him my Great Great Uncle.  


EHR said...

That country home looks a lot like a house that I've seen on East 49th, between Harvard and Lewis.

Nancy said...

Thanks for that tip, I'll check it out!

Anonymous said...

I used to live in the Manhattan Court apartments in the late eighties. Very unique workmanship inside and out. Its not mentioned in the article but there was a separate cottage (west of the property) that matched the exterior of those apartments. When those apartments got torn down that building was moved to 17th & Baltimore. It's still there and is used for office space.

worker33 said...


Here's a link you might like for a downloadable copy of the book you are referencing.

Best Walt

Anonymous said...

I always admired the Manhattan Court apartments! John Brooks Walton moved the cottage referred to earlier to use as his architectural office. I'm so grateful that he saved it.
I always glance over at Patrick Hurley's house while driving on Riverside Dr.
Thank you for all of the information on these men who helped make Tulsa what it is!