Mary Jane "Jennie" (Pring) McCollough was born on June 5, 1853 in Cedar Creek Township, Allen County, IN, the daughter of John and Caroline (Minerd) Pring.
She and her husband were pioneer settlers of Kansas, and later as a widow she went to Oklahoma. They are profiled in a thick book about the history of Kansas.
On Feb. 7, 1878, in Allen County, the 25-year-old Jennie married 27-year-old Remulous McCollough (1851-1913?). He was a native of Holmes County, OH and the son of Ohio pioneers Hudson and Sina (Griffith) McCullough.
Remulous had a twin brother Romulous, hence the unusual spellings.
The McColloughs together produced a brood of six children -- Margaret "Maggie" Winkler, Nora "Edith" Kennedy, Ella Iona Downs, Caroline Ada "Carrie" Kennedy, Amelia Isophene DeLong and Arthur Delbert McCollough.
The offspring were born over an 18-year span between 1878 and 1896.
Within a month of marriage, on March 25, 1878, the McColloughs migrated west to Kansas. They settled near Rossville in Shawnee County, KS. Much of what we know about their rest of their lives is published in William G. Cutler's 1883 book, History of the State of Kansas. The chapter on Shawnee County (Part 45) states that Remulous:
... owns eighty acres, four miles north of Rossville, all under fence; seventy acres under cultivation; thirty acres in corn and twenty acres in wheat; ... Mr. McCullough is a Democrat.
Remulous' older brother Isaac McCullough had come to Kansas earlier, in 1870, and also owned an 80-acre farm four miles north of Rossville.
In March 1892, the McColloughs made another major decision to take advantage of inexpensive land in the Oklahoma Territory. They took part in what's known as the Land Run of 1892, which opened 3.5 million open acres of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Reservation to settlement by whites. The couple traveled from Kansas with their young children and settled in what became the town of Dale, Pottawatomie County.
Sadly, after four years in Oklahoma, their son Arthur died in infancy, a little more than five weeks old, on July 17, 1896. That left the parents with five girls to raise.
Tragedy struck the family again the following year. Remulous passed away on Feb. 26, 1897, at the too-young age of 46. The cause of his untimely death is unknown. He was laid to rest in the Dale Cemetery, where several generations of their descendants would later be buried.
His grave marker was still legible when photographed by descendants in February 2005.
Jennie survived Remulous by more than two decades. The federal census of 1900 shows her heading a household in Bales, Pottawatomie County. That year, 19-year-old daughter Maggie lived under her roof.
She later resided in the town of Shawnee, Pottawatomie County. She lived there at the time of her mother's death in 1911. Her brother John and daughters Nora, Ella and Amelia are known to have lived in Oklahoma over the years, and were her ongoing friends and companions.
Jennie passed away on March 11, 1919. She was laid to rest in the Dale Cemetery. She was age 66.
~ Daughter Edith Nora (McCollough) Ownby Kennedy ~
Daughter Edith Nora McCollough (1878-1971) was born on Nov. 15, 1878 in Rossville, Shawnee County, KS.
At the age of 14, she and her parents and siblings participated as pioneers in the Run of 1892 whereby they relocated to Oklahoma and settled in the future town of Dale, Pottawatomie County.
Shawnee News-Star, 1971
They produced one son, John Richard Owenby/Ownby.
The marriage was troubled. Edith sued for divorce, and it was granted in November 1901, as reported in the County Democrat of Tecumseh, OK. She and her son moved into the home of her widowed mother in Bales, Pottawatomie County.
After a year of single motherhood, on Dec. 11, 1902, in Springville, KS, under the name of "Edith Nora Ownby," she married Charles "Wilson" Kennedy (Feb. 1, 1873-1946), the son of Ransom B. and Sarah Margaret (McKelvey) Kennedy, and stepson of Abraham Lincoln Kennedy. She was age 25, and Wilson 29, at the time.
The McCollough and Kennedy families were close, and Edith's sister Caroline wed Wilson's brother David Ransom Kennedy. Wilson's father was of mixed race, including 50 percent of the Pottawatomie nation of Native Americans. As such, in the term of the day, the father was a "half breed," with his sons thus accorded a 25 percent figure.
Wilson was a native of Silver Lake, KS and had come to Oklahoma as a pioneer during the Run of 1889, initially settling in Dale, Pottawatomie County. He later served as a private with the 32nd United States Volunteer Infantry during the Spanish-American War.
The four children they bore together were Charles Edward Kennedy, Eva Mae Roberts, Doshia Marie Kennedy and Paul Lowell Kennedy.
Wilson is known to have served as postmaster of the town of Dale, following in the footsteps of his father and mother, and receiving his appointment on Dec. 18, 1901. Then circa 1909, the city directory for Shawnee shows him employed as a fireman/plugman at the Central Fire Station and their address as 306 South Oklahoma Avenue.
The family was plunged into grief when daughter Doshia died at age 16 months on Nov. 15, 1909. Death again claimed son Charles (1902-1918) when he succumbed to pneumonia and influenza on Nov. 28, 1918, at the age of 16, following a dozen days of suffering. A newspaper said that Charles "was an energetic and industrious youth," that the "bereaved relatives have the deep sympathy of their many friends, and that "Numerous relatives will attend" the funeral.
The U.S. census of 1910 shows the Kennedys living on East Main Street in Shawnee, Pottawatomie County, OK.
Over the decade, Wilson's responsibilities with the department increased and he by 1919 became fire chief. He resigned in 1919.
When the federal census was taken in 1920, Wilson and Edith and their children lived under his parents' roof on Philadelphia Street in Shawnee. Wilson's occupation was stacking flour at a local mill.
Later, they made their home in Okmulgee, Okmulgee County, OK. Their address was 508 West Sixth Street, and they belonged to the Okmulgee Christian Church. At the age of 67 in 1940, Wilson had no occupation.
Wilson died on Dec. 17, 1946, at the age of 73, in Okmulgee. The Shawnee News-Star eulogized him as the town's former fire chief. Funeral services were held at the First Christian Church of Okmulgee, led by Rev. Allen. His pallbearers included W.W. Wicker, C.C. Hawk, A.I. Brown, Charles McGinnis, C.C. Patton and Mike Seikel. Burial was in the Fairview Cemetery in Shawnee. Among his survivors, as named in the News-Star obituary, were brothers David Kennedy of Cushing OK, Walter Kennedy of Winfield, KS, Marion Kennedy of Arizona, Mrs. W.R. Phillips of McAlester, OK and Mrs. Clara Neal of Wichita.
Edith outlived him by a quarter-century, and passed away in an Okmulgee hospital on Aug. 1, 1971. An obituary in the News-Star noted that she "moved to Oklahoma Territory with her parents Mr. and Mrs. Romulus McCollough, March, 1892." Burial was in Fairview Cemetery.
Genealogical records of this family were compiled circa 1990 by Jane E. (Phillips) Rutherford of Shawnee and deposited in the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center in Shawnee.
Son John Richard Owenby/Ownby (1897-1956) was born on Sept. 17, 1897 in Oklahoma. He was adopted by his step-father and in 1910, at the age of 12, lived under the parents' roof in Shawnee using the name "Kennedy." Circa 1920, he resided with his parents and worked as a manager of a gasoline and oil filling station in Shawnee. John was joined in wedlock with Sarah ( ? - ? ). They became the parents of three -- Lenna Margaret Kennedy, Lynn Pugh and Hamilton Wilson Kennedy. In 1946, their home was in Rolla, MO, where he earned a living with the Missouri Bureau of Mines and also was a farmer. In the mid-1950s, they dwelled in St. James, Phelps County, MO, with John working in maintenance for First Presbyterian Church of Rolla. Stricken with a heart attack at the age of 59, he was admitted to Phelps County Memorial Hospital in Rolla, where he died a day later on March 15, 1956. Burial of the remains was in Lake Spring Cemetery, Lake Spring, MO. The widowed Sarah lived in Tucson, AZ in 1971. She was swept away by the angel of death at Lake Spring on the Fourth of July 1984.
Daughter Eva Mae Kennedy (1905-1965) was born on April 13, 1905 in Dale, OK. She was twice-married. Her first spouse was Byron Lee Roberts ( ? -1949), the son of B.L. Roberts and a native of Lamont, OK who had grown to manhood in Tonkawa, OK. The pair's only daughter was Kathlyn Ann Reynolds. Byron had attended junior college and was considered an accomplished pianist. The family relocated to Atlanta, GA. Sadly, the 44-year-old Byron succumbed to a heart attack in a hospital in Atlanta on Sept. 26, 1949. His remains were shipped to Tonkawa for a funeral led by Rev. Carl Boyd of the First Christian Church. An obituary was published in the Ponca City (OK) News, which said Byron "was well known here." Eva Mae's second husband was Joseph Heatherington "Joe" Grant (Feb. 4, 1892-1973), a native of Findlay, Hancock County, OH who had migrated to Sapulpa, OK in 1914. The bride was a baker's dozen years younger than the groom. He brought two stepchildren into the second union -- Harold G. Grant and Joseph J. Grant. They did not reproduce. Byron was a U.S. Army veteran of World War I. He was employed for 28 years by Pittsburgh Plate Glass Company in Henryetta, OK. Their address in the mid-1960s was 707 North Prairie in Okmulgee. Joseph held memberships in the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Window Glass Cutters League of America and the American Federation of Labor/Congress of Industrial Organizations (AFL-CIO). As her health failed, Eva Mae became a resident of a local nursing home. Sadly, at age 60, she passed into eternity in Okmulgee, OK on Nov. 11, 1965. Interment was in Okmulgee Cemetery following services conducted by her pastor, Rev. William J. Imhoff. Her obituary appeared in the Okmulgee Daily Times. Joseph survived her by almost eight years and married again to Wanda ( ? - ? ). He passed away in Henryetta on April 30, 1973. As he had done eight years earlier, Rev. Imhoff led the funeral service. Pallbearers included Leonard Allen, Raymond Howe Sr., Carl Perkins Sr., Ted Pierson, William Carini and Arnold Castin, as per an obituary in the Daily Times.
Son Paul Lowell Kennedy (1911-1986) was born on July 14, 1911 in Shawnee, OK. He joined the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II and in 1942 was stationed with a coastal artillery unit at Inglewood, CA. On Dec. 19, 1942, at the age of 31, he entered into marriage with Lucille "Arlene" Leigh ( ? - ? ), daughter of Volney N. and Rose Leigh of 3 South Wheeling Street in Tulsa. The wedding was officiated by Rev. Dr. Golder Lawrence at the First Methodist Church and announced on the pages of the Tulsa World, which said that she "wore a light blue crepe ensemble with black accessories. Her corsage was of American Beauty roses. Her only jewelry was a cameo locket, a ghift from the groom." The couple's only son was Lowell Wilson Kennedy. When named in the Shawnee News-Star obituary of his father in 1946, his home was in Tulsa and in 1956 in Mounds, OK. He earned a living over 31 years with Mid-Continent Refinery, becoming part of Sun Oil Company, retiring in 1976. By 1971, with Paul remaining in Tulsa, his wife 's residence was in Tucson, AZ. He retired in 1976. He was a member of the Sapulpa lodge of the Masons and the Mounds Christian Church. He died on April 12, 1986, at age 74, as a patient in Oklahoma Osteopathic Hospital. Rev. Edwin Yarger led the funeral service, with an obituary appearing in the Sapulpa Daily Herald. Burial was in Mounds Cemetery. Circa 1990, Arlene made her home at 1617 South Indianapolis Street in Tulsa.
~ Daughter Margaret "Maggie" (McCollough) Winkler ~
Daughter Margaret E. "Maggie" McCollough (1880-1965) was born on June 25, 1880 in Kansas.
She grew up in Pottawatomie County, OK after her parents relocated there during the Land Run of 1892.
She married Lucius Vinson Winkler (March 11, 1875-1975), a native of Missouri and the son of Tabitha Winkler.
They did not reproduce.
Census records for 1910 list the couple living in Edmond, Oklahoma County, on West Third Street. Lucius worked as a bookkeeper for a retail lumber company. That year, residing under their roof were Lucius' widowed mother and single brothers Felix and Thomas.
At the age of 43, living in Edmond, Lucius was required to register for the military draft. At the time, he was employed by Frank E. Buell Lumber Company.
The pair pulled up stakes and by 1935 relocated to California. Their home in 1935-1940 was in Santa Clara, Santa Clara County. There, he was an overseer of a farm and Margaret a dried fruit laborer.
Margaret died in Santa Clara County on May 17, 1965, at the age of 85.
Lucius survived his wife by a decade. He passed away in Los Gatos, Santa Clara County on Jan. 23, 1975, just a few months before his 100th birthday.
~ Daughter Caroline Ada "Carrie" (McCollough) Kennedy ~
At the age of 19, on July 19, 1903, Carrie was united in wedlock with 19-year-old David Ransom Kennedy (March 21, 1884-1954), a Kansas native and the son of Ransom B. and Sarah Margaret (McKelvey) Kennedy and stepson of Abraham Lincoln Kennedy. Officiating was Rev. J.A. Johnston, of the Baptist Church of Dale, OK, in his residence. On their marriage license application, she was listed as white and he as Indian.
Their union endured for a remarkable 51 years.
The McCollough and Kennedy families were close, and Caroline's sister Edith Nora wed David's brother Charles "Wilson" Kennedy.
David was a native of Silver Lake, KS and had come to Oklahoma at the age of five, settling with his parents in Shawnee. He is known to have attended the Indian School, known as St. Benedict's Contract School at Sacred Heart in 1890.
Their six children, all born in Oklahoma, were Howard Ransom Kennedy, Frank Oren Kennedy, Hazel Elsie Altman Robb, Jesse Burns Kennedy, and twins Jack O'Neal Kennedy and Wanda Beth Kennedy. Sadly, daughter Wanda died on Nov. 23, 1923, at the tender age of about three months. Her remains were placed at rest in the Dale Cemetery.
The United States Census of 1920 finds the family in Chelsea, Rogers County, OK, with David employed as a stationary engineer, meaning he operated industrial machinery or equipment.
Carrie and David again pulled up stakes during the 1920s and migrated to Arkansas. As of 1930-1940, they dwelled on a farm in Lees Creek, Washington County, AR. In 1930, only sons Jessie and Jack were in the household. By 1940, son Howard and his wife Iva had come to reside under their roof.
Census records for 1950 list the Kennedys near Sapulpa and Cushing, Payne County, OK. He worked at the time, at age 66, as a repairman operating his own radiator shop. At their golden wedding anniversary, in 1953, a party was held at their daughter Hazel's residence, with husband wife receiving matching wedding bands.
After a decade in Cushing, they moved to their daughter Hazel Altman's home in Tulsa in February 1954. With him dying, the pair marked their 51st wedding anniversary on July 19, 1954.
Less than a week later, he died at age 70 after a cancer illness of five weeks' duration on July 25, 1954. An obituary in the Tulsa Tribune called him a "pioneer Oklahoman." Burial was in Dale Cemetery
Carrie outlived him by more than two decades, and she passed away on Sept. 16, 1974.
Genealogical records of this family were compiled circa 1990 by Jane E. (Phillips) Rutherford of Shawnee and deposited in the Citizen Potawatomi Nation Cultural Heritage Center in Shawnee.
Son Howard Ransom Kennedy (1904-1982) was born on July 29, 1904 in Dale Township, Ellis County, OK. In a wedding held in Fayetteville, AR, he was united in matrimony with Iva I. (1916- ? ). She was 11 years younger than her spouse. One son born to this union died in infancy. They are known to have lived in Washington County, AR in 1935 and then by 1940 moved in with his parents in nearby Lees Creek, AR. By 1954, they had migrated to Denver, where he earned a living with the Southern Pacific Railway. Their address in Denver was 1551 Shoshone. Howard died in Denver Federal Heights on July 8, 1982. His remains were brought back to his native state for burial in Flynn Memorial Cemetery southwest of Cushing, OK. Iva survived for many years and moved to Cimarron, KS.
Son Frank Oren Kennedy (1906-1996) was born on Jan. 22, 1906 in Dale Township, Ellis County, OK. On Jan. 5, 1936, at the age of 29, he entered into marriage with 24-year-old Ada Alene Kendall (April 14, 1911-1999). Church of the Nazarene pastor Rev. J.E. Burkett officiated. Three known children born to the couple were Janice LaJune Howard, Carol Jean Hull Maxwell and Dale F. Kennedy. Their home in 1945 was at 224 North Wade Street, Cushing, OK. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1950, the couple dwelled in Black Dog, Osage County, OK, where Frank labored in maintenance for an oil pipeline. The couple's residence in 1954 was in Elk City, Beckham County, OK. Frank is known to have retired from Shell Oil. He passed away in Oklahoma City at the age of 90 on Sept. 28, 1996. Burial was in Flynn Cemetery following funeral services held at the Trinity Church of the Nazarene. A brief death notice was published in the Daily Oklahoman. Ada outlived him by three years. Death swept her away a week before Christmas 1999.
Daughter Hazel Elsie Kennedy (1908-1997) was born on Feb. 22, 1908 in Dale Township, Ellis County, OK. She is said to have attended grade school in Dale until sixth grade when the family then relocated to Missouri. She first wed Frank L. Altman ( ? - ? ). Offspring born to this union were George F. Altman and Patricia Louise Komyathy. The couple divorced, with F.L. moving to San Antonio, TX. Hazel's home in 1948-1954 was in Tulsa at the address of 3508/3509 East Third Street. She married once more, when both were age 48, to Willie "Randall" Robb ( ? - ? ). He had been married before and brought two stepdaughters into the union -- Glyndoris Hopper and Mary L. Rands. This couple lived at 1040 East 6th Street in Cushing, OK in the 1950s and later moved to St. Louis. Hazel died in St. Louis on Sept. 30, 1997, with an obituary published in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Her burial occurred in Oklahoma. She was survived by eight grandchildren.
Son Jesse Burns "Jess" Kennedy (1910-1983) was born on April 12, 1910 in Dale Township, Ellis County, OK. At the age of 27, on Aug. 29, 1937, he was united in matrimony with Jo "Ellen" Purser (April 14, 1915-1982). A trio of offspring borne by the couple included Barbara Darline Holliday, Daniel Bruce "Danny" Kennedy and Darrell Wade Kennedy. The family dwelled in Denver, CO, where Jesse earned a living through his work for the Southern Pacific Railroad. Their Denver address was 3225 Zuni Street. In 1949, Jesse wrote to the Western Oklahoma Consolidated Agency of Anadarko, OK, saying he was already enrolled in the Pottawatomie Indian Tribe and would sought similar recognition for his children. A reply from the agency stated that Jesse's name on the rolls was no. 1291 and that he held a 1/8 degree of Pottawatomie blood. Sadly, Ellen passed away in the mile high city in Aug. 1982. Jesse only outlived her by a year. He died in May 1983, also in Denver.
Son Jack O'Neal Kennedy (1923-2010) was born on Aug. 25, 1923 in Belle, MO. He was a twin with his sister Wanda Beth. Sadly, the sister died at age three months. Jack grew up in a farming household in Lees Creek, AR. A damaged eardrum prevented him from military service during World War II. He moved to Denver and was in the mile high city in 1954. He entered into marriage with Helen ( ? -1992). The pair did not reproduce. For 36 years, he was employed by the Denver Wallpaper and Paint Company where he stocked and delivered products. Sadly, Helen died in Denver in February 1992. Jack outlived his bride by 18 years. On Jan. 23, 1993, in Denver, he wed again to Denise Hiebert ( ? - ? ), whom he had met while working in the kitchen of a local assisted living facility. He was named in the 1997 St. Louis Post-Dispatch obituary of his sister, Hazel Robb. His and Denise's final years were spent in Battlement Mesa, CO. Said the Glenwood Springs Post-Independent, "Jack was well known in the area as 'The #1 Dishwasher of Battlement Mesa,' having performed that job in various restaurants with great efficiency until well into his eighties. His reliability, positive attitude and stellar work ethic endeared him to all who were privileged to work with him. Jack’s smile bettered the day of everyone he met in his daily life."Death enveloped hmi in the E. Dene Moore Care Center on Aug. 18, 2010, a week shy of what would have been his 87th birthday. His funeral was held at the Grace Bible Church led by Pastor Lois Smith.
~ Daughter Amelia Isophene (McCollough) DeLong ~
Daughter Amelia Isophene McCollough (1886-1975) was born on Feb. 11, 1886 in Kansas. Her first name has been misspelled as "Emaline."
At the age of 20, Amelia married 31-year-old Jacob Mathis DeLong (1875-1940), a native of Ohio and the son of William and Jane (Barbier) DeLong. The ceremony took place in Tecumseh, OK on June 25, 1906. Their wedding portrait is seen here.
The DeLongs resided in Shawnee, where they raised their nine children -- Clyde Richard DeLong, George William DeLong, Harold Leroy DeLong, Margaret L. Walker, Lou Ella Mae Clemons, James E. DeLong, Marvin "Eugene" DeLong, Virgil Allen DeLong and Dale E. DeLong.
In 1910, the DeLongs lived in a house on South Oklahoma Street. That year, Jacob earned a living as a cook in a local restaurant. Residing next door was Amelia's widowed mother and 20-year-old single sister Ella.
Ten year later, in 1920, they dwelled in Davis, Pottawatomie County, with Jacob's widowed father and Amelia's married sister and brother in law, Ella and Oscar Downs, living under their roof.
Jacob "was a contractor for sheet and metal work," said the Shawnee News-Star. The 1920 federal census labeled him as a "tinner" for a rail road shop.
He died at age 64 on June 20, 1940.
Five of the DeLongs' sons served in the U.S. Armed Forces during World War II, and they were featured in a 1945 article in the News-Star. Said the article, "When the DeLong sons walk into 627 North Bell and hang up their uniforms, it will be a great day for Mrs. Amelia DeLong..." Son George was "one of the first Americans to enter Cherbourg where more than 6,000 Germans were taken prisoner... He landed in France on D-day plus eight." Son Clyde was an amphibious engineer who fought in the battle of Corregidor and was wounded in the invasion of the Philippines, recovering in a general hospital in New Guinea. Son James "spent eight months in New Georgia and the Solomon Islands..." Son Harold was with "the service squadron of the air corps, [and] is now somewhere in Belgium," the article said. Son Eugene served with the US Navy and was stationed at Norman (OK) Naval Airport and at Astoria, OR.
As a widow, Amelia "made her home in this area, living in Shawnee since 1904," said the News-Star. She outlived her husband by a quarter-century and "was a charter Member of St. Mark's United Methodist Church."
She entered eternity on Jan. 31, 1975. They are buried in Fairview Cemetery.
Son Clyde Richard DeLong (1907-1987) was born on Feb. 17, 1907 in Shawnee. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Army. On June 29, 1935, in nuptials held in Shawnee, Clyde was united in holy matrimony with Doris Irene Davies (July 27, 1912-1989), a native of Bartlesville, OK and the daughter of Smith and Nettie (Brendal) Davies. The couple did not reproduce. Doris had moved to Shawnee at the age of 18, where she earned a living as a beauty operator and clerk. Clyde spent his career in the grocery business. Over the years, the couple resided in Chandler, AZ; Woodward, OK; Amarillo, TX; and Denver, where he owned several stores. After retirement in 1965, the DeLongs relocated to Casa Grande, AZ. Sadly, Clyde died on July 30, 1987, at the age of 80. Doris survived him by two years and during that time relocated to Montana with her husband's brother and wife, James and Helen (Shenefelt ) DeLong. Her home in 1988-1989 was in Fortine, MT. She passed away at the age of 76 on Feb. 27, 1989 in a hospital in Whitefish, MT. Her obituary was published in the Missoula (MT) Missoulian and Great Falls (MT) Tribune, which said she was survived by a brother and sister The remains were transported to Arizona for interment in the Valley of the Sun Memorial Parkin Chandler. [Find-a-Grave]
Son George William DeLong (1912-1964) was born on Oct. 4, 1912 in Shawnee. He wed Ava "Marjorie" Day (Feb. 1, 1917-2006), a native of Canneyville, KY and the daughter of Alfonso Taylor and Neoma (Armes) Day. One daughter borne by the pair was Marjorie Louise "Margie" Watson Suder. They established a home in Louisville, KY at the address of 516 West Oak Street (circa 1950) and later at 32 Nichols Drive. George was employed as a salesman for Donaldson Baking Company in Louisville. He held a membership in the Robinson lodge of the Masons. Sadly, George passed away at home at the age of 51 on Aug. 2, 1964. His obituary in the Louisville Courier-Journal said that a coroner ruled that death was due to natural causes. Interment of the remains was in Louisville Memorial Gardens. Marjorie outlived her husband by more than four decades. She passed away in New Albany, IN on Oct. 7, 2006.
Son Harold Leroy DeLong (1915-2002) was born on Sept. 5, 1915 in Shawnee. A lifelong bachelor, he worked for the postal service prior to his World War II service as a private first class in the U.S. Air Force. Upon his return, he rejoined the post office, and worked there until his retirement in January 1974. He loved to golf and belonged to the Elks Club and American Legion in Shawnee. He passed away on Nov. 16, 2002, at the age of 87. Burial was in Fairview Cemetery, with an obituary published in the Shawnee News Star.
Son James E. DeLong (1923-2010) was born on May 16, 1923 in Shawnee. During World War II, he joined the U.S. Navy and in 1943-1944 saw two tours of South Pacific duty. After the war, he returned home and obtained employment helping to construct power lines to fuel the nation's growing need for electricity in more rural areas. One of his assignments as a lineman took him to Montana and to the town of Eureka. While there, he met and fell for Helen Shenefelt (1928-2007), daughter of Francis Miles and Eva (Baillargion) Shenefelt. They were married in 1951 and produced four children -- Virginia Renee Randall, Thomas DeLong, Dennis DeLong and Kevin DeLong. Over the years, James' work caused them to move throughout the West, with an estimated 230 different postal addresses. An avid golfer, he was a member of the Meadow Lake Country Club and worked there as greens-keeper. Later, when in his 80s, he coached the golf team of Eureka High School.
Reported the Daily Inter Lake newspaper, Helen grew up with a mother who cooked for logging camps in Montana, and Helen attended country schools. Said the Inter Lake: "Helen worked all her life, starting as a teenager at the Eureka Drugstore and the Standard Grocery in Eureka. After leaving Eureka she worked as a cook and waitress in many restaurants. She also worked in retail. Helen and her sister, Myrtle, had their own restaurant in Whitefish. She later worked for Costco." Upon retirement, she became a foster grandmother, enjoying knitting, cards and the Red Hat Society.
Daughter Lou Ella M. DeLong (1921-2015) was born on May 29, 1921. On July 16, 1950, in nuptials held in Riverside, CA, the 29-year-old LouElla was joined in wedlock with 31-year-old Willard E. "Bud" Clemons (July 27, 1918-2001). The couple's only daughter was Deborah Jean Clemons. Sadly, Willard surrendered to the angel of death in Riverside on Feb. 11, 2001. His remains were cremated, without a funeral service, and no obituary was published. LouElla outlived her spouse by 14 years and remained in Riverside. She passed away on Feb. 3, 2015, at the age of 93. Similarly, there was no obituary or funeral service for her.
Son Marvin "Eugene" DeLong (1925-1992) was born on March 31, 1925 in Shawnee. On Sept. 6, 1947, in Shawnee, he wed Delora Fay Hembree (Dec. 20, 1928- ? ), a native of Washington, OK. Two children born to this union were Richard Eugene DeLong and Verna Mae Roberts. Eugene married a second time on Feb. 19, 1965, in Shawnee, to Betty Sue Steward ( ? - ? ). The pair did not reproduce.
Son Virgil Allen DeLong (1927-2011) was born on June 9, 1927. During the Korean War, he served in the U.S. Air Force. He entered into marriage with Margarete Ellen Wieland (May 19, 1928-2017), a native of Buffalo, NY. Together, they produced two offspring, Janet DeLong and Allen DeLong. They resided in 2002 in Golden, CO. He died on Feb. 19, 2011, with burial in Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver. Margarete survived for six years as a widow. She passed away in Denver on April 1, 2017.
Son Dale Elmer DeLong (1929-2012) was born on Nov. 24, 1929 in Shawnee. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean War era. Later, he returned home and received his bachelor's degree from Texas A&M University. Said the Houston Chronicle, "Most of his career was spent as an oil and gas executive, and he owned the patents to many inventions used in the field. He had a wicked sense of humor and was the first to laugh at a good joke, particularly an Aggie joke." On Dec. 18, 1955, at the age of 26, he married Mary Lou Snell (Aug. 28, 1928- ? ). Their wedding was held in Lafayette, LA. The couple remained together for 57 years. Their three daughters were Laurie Kane, Janis Horvath and Rebecca Aydelotte. The DeLongs lived in Houston, TX. Dale died at the age of 82 on Sept. 12, 2012, with his wife and daughters at bedside. An obituary was published in the Chronicle, and a private memorial service was held at Texas A&M's Aggie Field of Honor.
~ Daughter Ella Iona (McCollough) Downs ~
Daughter Ella Iona McCollough (1889-1971) was born on July 25, 1889 (or 1890) in Kansas.
Unmarried at the age of 20, in 1910, she lived at home with her widowed mother in Shawnee and earned income as a seamstress.
She eventually married Oscar Downs (1882-1921), a native of Iowa whose parents also were Iowans. He was eight years older than his bride.
They produced five children -- Vola Mae Bourns, Ethel Pauline Bush, Edward Russell Downs, Ralph E. Downs and Rheba Marie Ricciotti.
Circa 1913, Oscar was working away from home in Chickasha, OK. At year-end 1913, Ella traveled from Shawnee to see him, first stopping for a visit with sister Margaret Winkler in Edmond, OK, which rated a mention in the gossip columns of the Shawnee Daily News-Herald. The couple made their home in Chickasha in 1915.
Then in 1920, when the federal census was enumerated, the Downses lived under the roof of Ella's sister and brother in law, Amelia and Jacob DeLong, in Davis, Pottawatomie County. That year, Oscar was employed as a salesman for an oil company.
Oscar passed away circa 1921. The cause behind his untimely passing it not yet known but will be added here when discovered.
Ella survived for another half century. In 1930, nine years after her husband's death, Ella resided with her children along West 4th Avenue in Marietta, Love County, OK.
She died on Aug. 6, 1971, just five days after the passing of her sister Edith. They are buried in the Little Cemetery east of Shawnee.
Daughter Vola Mae Downs (1912-2001) was born on May 12, 1912 in Edmond, OK and grew to womanhood in the community. On Aug. 18, 1941, when she was 27 years of age, Vola Mae entered into marriage with 31-year-old Riley George "Kal" Bourns (May 18, 1910-1998), a native of DeQueen, AR and a resident at the time of Oklahoma County. The wedding ceremony was held in Kingfisher, OK, by the hand of Rev. G.O. Bell. Their one known daughter was Marilyn Kay Collins. When the federal census enumeration was made in 1950, the pair lived in Waynoka, Wood County, OK, where Riley was employed as a junior high school athletics coach. Then in 1958, Riley was principal of a junior high school in Hominy, OK and a principal at Anderson School near Shell Creek, OK in 1960. Vola Mae was a 4-H leader during their time in Shell Creek. They are known to have relocated to Modesto, CA circa 1975 where they spent the rest of their lives. They were members of the First Christian Church, Modesto. Riley was carried away by the angel of death at age 87, on Feb. 26, 1998, as a patient in Hy-Lond Convalescent Hospital. The Modesto Bee printed an obituary. At the age of 88, on Jan. 13, 2001, Vola Mae passed away at Doctors Medical Center. An obituary was printed in the Bee, in which the family asked that any memorial donations be made to the American Heart Association.
Daughter Ethel Pauline Downs (1915-2007) was born on Dec. 5, 1915 in Oklahoma. On March 18, 1939, she married Columbus Purdom "Lum" Bush Sr. (April 22, 1915-1995), son of Thadeous and Mary (Lail) Bush. The two children of this family were Mary Ellen St. Louis and Columbus Purdom "Pete" Bush. The couple was in Mississippi in 1940 at the birth of their daughter. During World War II, he served in the U.S. Navy. Later they put down roots in Mannford, OK and were there in 1993. Sadly, Columbus died on Nov. 6, 1995. The widowed Ethel is known to have lived with her married daughter in Hollister, CA before moving with them to Broken Arrow, OK in 2003. Death enveloped her on Jan. 2, 2007. She and Columbus sleep at each other's side in Little Cemetery in Seminole County, OK. This family is spelled out in the 2006 book Walking in History: Adventures of the George Wrinkle Family, Volume II, authored by Evelyn Wrinkle Caylor Cross.
Son Edward Russell Downs (1916-1986) was born in 1916 in Oklahoma. Evidence suggests that he married Nona ( ? - ? ). The couple relocated to San Jose, Clara County, CA. Sadness blanketed the family when Edward died at the age of 70 on June 6, 1986. His remains sleep for the ages in Oak Hill Memorial Park, San Jose. Nona made her residence in 1993 in Hollister, CA.
Son Ralph Ernest Downs (1918-1993) was born on Sept. 22, 1918 in McAlester, OK. At the age of 10, in 1928, he joined the family in a move to Shawnee, OK, and went on to graduate from Shawnee High School. During World War II, Ralph served in Gen. George Patton's U.S. Army communications division in Europe. Upon his return home he became employed by Southwestern Bell Telephone Company and spent 36 years as a cable splicer and repair service in Duncan, Ardmore and Oklahoma City. Ralph retired in 1981. On Sept. 3, 1962, in Shawnee, he was joined in wedlock with Rosa Belle Salter (Feb. 10, 1920-1983). She brought a stepson to the union, Benjamin "Ben" Salter. The family belonged to the Drexel Boulevard Church of Christ, and Ralph held a membership in the Telephone Pioneers of America. Sadly, Rosa Belle died on July 17, 1983. A brief notice of her death appeared in the Oklahoma City Daily Oklahoman. Ralph outlived her by almost a decade and resided in Oklahoma City. At the age of 74, he died in Baptist Medical Center on March 22, 1993. An obituary was published in the Daily Oklahoman. His pastor, Rev. Russ Dyer, officiated the funeral. He sleeps for all eternity in Resthaven Memorial Park in Rock Creek Township, Pottawatomie County.
Daughter Rheba Marie Downs (1920-1943) was born in 1920. On June 1, 1942, at the age of 22, Rheba was united in matrimony with 27-year-old Salvatore Ricciotti ( ? - ? ). At the time, Salvatore resided in Shawnee at 501 North Bryan Street. Their nuptials were led by Rev. Benedict J. Ryan of the local Catholic Church. Sadly, she died in 1943 at the age of 23. The cause of her passing is unknown. Her remains were lowered into the sacred soil of Calvary Cemetery in Shawnee. Inscribed at the base of her grave marker is this epitaph: "Safe in the arms of Jesus."