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C. W. Board Family
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From the Dill Collection, courtesy of the Okfuskee County Historical Society.

C. W. Board, Feb. 20, 1940

I was born in Bates County, Missouri near the little town of Johnstown on a farm. In the early time of life I recall that much of the country was in its virgin state, but of course all that was changed and the fine fertile soil was soon settled by thrifty homebuilders. A fine community in a good county and a good state.

I attended the country schools and later the Academy at Butler, Missouri, also Appleton City Academy. Taught school for fourteen years.

I married Gertrude E. Raybourn in the year of 1893. Our family consists of two boys and two girls, G. R., C.R., Mary E., and Gertrude E. Board, all living.

In February of 1905 I resigned my school, and came to Okemah Indian Territory in an emigrant car, moved to a lease and farmed, in the fall of the same year we moved to Okemah to accept the superintendence of the Okemah Schools. Continuing in this capacity only a few months a business venture presented itself in the way of a country store at Okfuskee. . . .


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