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Kimberlin Home
Whitebead, OK

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The Kimberlin Home

The first orginal house was built by W.G. Kimberlin in the late 1860s. It burned in 1896 and the new house was completed in 1897. It was funded by W.G. Kimberlin, but the architect was from Kentucky...drifting through without a horse. The same man built the first courthouse in Pauls Valley, which was for the Chickasaw Nation prior to statehood. It stood where the Pauls Valley Drive Thru Bank parking lot is now. Mr. K owned that building.

Mr. Kimberlin was active in the Methodist Church, and was able to bring the annual Methodist Conference for Indian Territory to White Bead Hill for two years. After his first house burned, he wanted a house more suitable for entertaining. The house featured Queen Anne windows with stained glass, 5 lightening rods complete with vanes and insulators, painted gable patterns to match the stain glass colors, transoms, 12' ceilings downstairs and 10' ceilings upstairs, wainscoting, running water, and twin cisterns with charcoal filter. Later, in 1907, sidewalks were added around the house, then carbide lighting was added. The carbide tank still stands, and the pillars to the water tower are still intact. There were no fireplaces, due to the burning of the first home, so 11 coal stoves were used to heat the home. The family lived with the hands in the bunk house while the new house was built. The ranch was called the Crutch K Coffeepot ranch.

Submitted by: Grant Kemper Kimberlin, 4th Generation Resident

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