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Roff and Her Neighbors
by Gladys E. Tingle
This manuscript, Roff and Her Neighbors, which includes accounts of the place
and the people of Roff, Laxton, Sunshine, Hickory, Dolberg, Hart, Cresco,
Lightning Ridge, and Fitzhugh is no longer being published. If anyone knows
of a copy for sale, please email
Thanks to Gene Brewington for sending me these abstracts.
Ada Evening News
Dec. 2, 1983
Services for Gladys E. Tingle, 75, will be held Saturday in Oak Avenue Baptist
Church, under the direction of Criswell Funeral Home. Burial will be in East
Hill Cemetery, Roff. Mrs. Tingle died Thursday in a local hospital.
She was born Feb. 4, 1908, in Coalgate, to Edward P. and Ida Hughes Tingle, and grew up in Roff.
She received bachelor's degrees from East Central University and the University of Oklahoma, and a master's from Oklahoma State University.
She taught English in Sulphur for 20 years, and was assistant librarian at East Central from 1951 to 1973.
Miss Tingle and her brother, Evan Thomas (now deceased) wrote the book "The Little Town of Roff," published in 1976 and she just finished writing "Roff and Its Neighbors", now scheduled for release. She also wrote book reviews for the Daily Oklahoman.
Miss Tingle was president of the Ada chapter of the Oklahoma Writer's Club and an active member of the Pontotoc County Historical and Genealogical Society, Pontotoc County Retired Teachers Association and Delta Kappa Gamma sorority.
She was a longtime active member of Oak Avenue Baptist Church.
Survivors include a sister, Hattie and a brother, Edward.
Abstracted from Page 133 - 134
Richard "Dick" and Edna Roff
Richard Donald Roff was born on September 17, 1900, in Roff, Indian Territory,
to Joseph T. Roff and Mary McGallian Roff. It was for "Dick's" father, Joseph
T. Roff, that Roff, Oklahoma, was named.
Dick Roff attended the Roff Schools. He was a member of the then will-known Roff Football teams. Later he attended and finished the Standard Oil of Indiana Welding School in Tulsa.
His first job was city welder in Lubbock, Texas. After two years he was hired by Service Pipeline Company in Ada, Oklahoma. He and his wife, Edna, made their home in Roff. He worked in Ada two years and was then transferred to Independence, Kansas, for six years. From there he moved to Healdton, Oklahoma. He was made company supervisor and moved to Ranger, Texas. Hes next jpromotion was to Chief Inspector for the company. He worked out of his district inspecting pipe lines in almost every state in the union. In late 1961 he was sent to Milan, Italy, for two years as inspector of pipe-line installation. He returned to the United States on February 5, 1964. He retired in Oklahoma City in 1965.
Richard Roff died December 3, 1966. He is buried in East HIll Cemetery at Roff.
Edna Louise Dixon Roff, Dick's wife, was born December 5, 1901, in Ego, Indian Territory, to Thomas Edgar Dixon and Sally Mitcheltree Dixon. She attended the Roff Public Schools and was graduated from Roff HIgh School in May 1920. Edna then attended Oklahoma Baptist University in Shawnee, Oklahoma. Here she and her twin brother, Edgar, excelled as members of the University Debate Team. Her next training was done at East Central State Teachers College, Ada.
Edna did her first two years of teaching at Roff. Then she taught two years at Webbers Falls, two years at Bromide, and two years at Clarita.
Edna Dixon and Richard Roff were married December 21, 1925. After her marriage she retired from teaching and moved with her husband to Lubbock, Texas, and thereafter moved where his work took them.
While living in Roff, they became the parents of Lucretia Jan, born August 1, 1928. Jane attended school in several states and graduated from Roff HIgh School. She earned her Bachelor of Arts Degree from East Crentral Stae Teachers College, Ada. Jane married George C. Wright on July 31, 1949. They have tow sons, Daniel Niel and George Richard.
Jane was a member of the Roff United Methodist Church and the Roff Chapter No 103 Order of the Eastern Star. She died April 10, 1977, and is interred in the East HIll Cemetery, Roff.
Abstracted From Page 239
A.J. Wright and his wife, the former Alice Allen were a farm family who lived
in Hart and worked very hard on their land. There were eleven children: Meda
(Allen), Rosa (Thompson), Lannie (Bass), Eva (Stevens), Ida (Bass), Nellie
(Thompson), Bert, George, Alice (Williams), ORa (Cooper), and Charlie.
Bert or B.E. Wright married Ida Fortner, the youngest daughter of Ewing Fortner and Sally (McGee) Fortner. Ida's mother died when she was an infant. Ida and her two sisters, Mamie and Laura, were reared by theri grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. McGee.
Notes from Sharon
Andrew Jackson Wright, born April 04, 1859 in Huntsville, Madison Co, AR to Bennet (b. 1810 N.C.) and Lucinda (McElyea) Wright (b.1821 AL). Nettie Alice Allen, born March 09, 1868 in Missouri to William Twitchell (b. 1836 IL) and Jerusha Margaret (b. 1842 IA) Allen .
Abstracted From Page 243
The one person that all Hickory people seem to remember is T. J. "Jack" Williams,
who spent a great part of his life as the balcksmith for Hickory farmers
T.J. and his wife, Roxie Malenda, came to the town of Hickory, Indian Territory, in December, 1904, from their home in Georgia.
Hickory, at that time, was located in Old Town, which was a mile from the depot. The Williams family arrived by train in the middle of the night during one of Oklahoma's ice storms.
Mr. Williams had been raised as a blacksmith in the state of Alabama and had come to Hickory to establish his business. He remained many years and reared his family there.
The Williams family included two daughters: Bera, who later married John Underwood; and May, who later married Ben Lewis.
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