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Chronicles of Oklahoma
Volume 2, No. 3
September, 1924

Page 328

James Frank Dobie was born on a ranch in Live Oak County, Texas, September 26, 1888. His parents, Richard J. Dobie and Ella Byler Dobie, were both native Texans. His father was a trail driver up the old Chisholm Trail to Kansas and so were uncles on both sides of the house. He early learned to read Robinson Crusoe from his mother and then much to his disgust was confined in a schoolhouse in which the children were often distracted by the whoops of Mexican vaqueros driving cattle near and by immense flocks of wild turkeys that grazed and gobbled on the school “grounds.” In 1906 he entered the Alice, Texas, High School. Two years later he entered Southwestern University at Georgetown, Texas. After graduating (1910) he taught school a year or so, then went to Columbia University, New York, where he took his M. A. degree in 1944. From 1914 to 1923 he was instructor of English in the University of Texas, excepting when he was away. Two years he spent in the army as First Lieutenant of field artillery; his chief engagement during the war was at Paris. Another year he spent as manager of a big ranch in the Rio Grande country. In 1923 he came to the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College as head of the department of English.

His chief interest is folk-lore of the Southwest. He has been for years secretary of the Texas Folk-Lore Society, and is councillor of the American Folk-Lore Society. In 1923 he edited Publications Number II of Texas Folk-Lore Society. In 1924 he brought out a rather large volume called Legends of Texas. He is now making a collection of legends of the Southwest, and is anxious to secure Oklahoma legends, especially buried treasure legends, etc., that are current among the English speaking people of the state. He has contributed to several journals, and recently wrote for the Country Gentleman some articles dealing with the old time cow people.

Anna Lewis, A. B., M. A., (University of California), is professor of history in the Oklahoma College for Women, at Chickasha.

Morris L. Wardell, was born at Lawrenceville, Lawrence County, Illinois, June 19, 1889, being the son of William and Melissa (Shinn) Wardell. His parents are of Scotch-Irish, English and Irish extraction. The family came to Oklahoma in 1903, settling first on a farm near Orlando and, a year later, in Alfalfa County. He had graduated from the grade schools in Illinois. In 1905-6, he attended the Stella Friends Academy. The next fall, he entered the Northwestern State Normal School, at Alva, whence he graduated in 1912, having spent two years in teaching in the mean time. He served as principal of the high school at Geary, in 1912-13, and at Guymon, in 1915-17. While thus employed, he found time to prove up on a Government homestead, in Texas County. During the World War, he was in the aviation service of the National Army from July, 1917, to November, 1918. He received the B. A. degree from the University of Oklahoma, in 1919. During the next two years, he was principal of the high school at Pawhuska. He received the degree of Master of Arts from Harvard University, in 1922, since which time he has been employed as teacher of history in the Tulsa High School.

Muriel H. Wright is a native of Oklahoma and a member of a prominent family in the Choctaw tribe, being a granddaughter of Governor Allen Wright, principal chief of the Choctaw Nation, who first suggested the name of Oklahoma. Miss Wright was educated at Wheaton Seminary (Mass.), the East Central State Normal and Columbia University. She is a successful educator and is the author of a brief history of the state, entitled “The Story of Oklahoma.”

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