S: Peter Allan Edmonson
FC: Oklahoma Land Run Opening of the Cherokee Strip September 16, 1893 | Peter Allan Edmonson
1: Bertha Delight Fillman and Peter Allan Edmonson were married in Prague, Oklahoma on November 16, 1916 in the home of I. N. Pace, Baptist Minister.
2: Edmonson Family | This is the home that "Lum" built for his family near Lela, Oklahoma after the land run. | Peter Allan Edmonson was born on a farm near Lyndon, Kansas. His birth is recorded in the Osage County courthouse. It gives his first name as Immanuel, but he was always called "Pete" by his family and Peter Allan is written in all of the family bibles. The family rented a farm in Kansas and the lure of free land brought them to Oklahoma for the opening of the Cherokee Strip. Pete's father, "Lum", made the land run on a horse called "Old Jim". The family followed, arriving at the claim on November 26, 1893 after an 11 day wagon trek. The first "home" on the claim was a dugout with an overjet in a dirt embankment. To get water they had to haul it on a sled up from Black Bear Creek. As a small boy, Pete was taught how to ride horses by the Pawnee Indians who camped on Black Bear and they also tried to teach him their language. The family moved to Lincoln County in 1902.
3: The family rented a farm when they first arrived in Lincoln County and lived in a log house west of Midlothian. In 1907 they harvested a large cotton crop of 48 bales. With the money they earned they bought a quarter section that remained in the Edmonson family until 1967. Pete started school in Lela and attended Kickapoo Valley School in Lincoln county. There were a number of years he did not attend school because he had to work plowing the fields. Schools were closed for cotton picking but not other farm chores. The family was very active in the Baptist Church and as an adult Pete taught Sunday School classes. Pete was a registered Democrat but was not very active in politics even though his father had been a state senator.
4: Fillman Family | Bertha was born in Mountain View, Missouri, the oldest child of Clarence Edgar Fillman and Celia Belle Stepp. Her mother died when she was only ten years old; afterwards her family moved in with her Fillman grandparents until her dad remarried. In the spring of 1907 the family moved to Dustin, Oklahoma where they stayed for one year before they moved to the Midlothian area in Lincoln County.. The family lived and farmed there for fourteen years. | Bertha age 5 | Bertha 9 months old
5: As a young girl, Bertha worked in the fields along side her brothers doing heavy manual labor. In 1911 she completed the course studies for her teaching certificate and taught school in the Payson, Sparks and Forrest areas of Lincoln County.. | Bertha age 4 | Bertha age 5 1/2 | Fillman Family- Nov 19, 1898 Clarence, Bertha, Emmett, and Celia Belle | October 30, 1899 Bertha, Vern and Emmett
6: There was a large number of young adults in the Midlothian area and both Pete and Bertha ran around with them, attended various socials and church functions and just enjoyed being friends. They maintained these friendships throughout their married life.
7: When the Edmonsons started farming in Lincoln County "Lum" used walking plows with a three horse rig. Pete plowed with a two horse rig. They did not have a baler so they cut the hay with a mower, racked it, and hauled it in a wagon to be stacked near the barn. Other equipment they used included a cultivator, a one row planter and sometimes they could borrow a two row or a check row planter. | Farming
8: Bertha and Pete were neighbors, classmates, and often attended church, and social functions together. When their relationship developed they wanted to be married by a favorite Baptist preacher so they drove a team of horses to Sparks and caught a train to Prague where they were married. | They began married life on the Edmonson farm where Pete built a small house. He was to receive 80 acres of that land, but when that didn't happen they moved to Wellston. A Presbyterian minister they knew rented them his farm for two years.
9: This is the house that Pete built on the Edmonson farm. Photo was taken after they moved to Wellston | Moving to Wellston | Wellston
10: SINGING CONVENTIONS | Both Pete and Bertha were very active in the local singing conventions. Bertha played the organ and Pete was the secretary for many years.
11: Bertha was raised Methodist and Pete was Baptist. Pete was baptized in a pond on Forrest road when he was about thirteen. Bertha later joined the Baptist Church and was baptized by submersion in Kickapoo Creek . | "Yes, we'll gather at the river, the beautiful, the beautiful river; gather with the saints at the river that flows by the throne of God."
12: Pete and Bertha rented this farm 2 1/4 miles southwest of Midlothian and lived there for 17 years. | Sometimes they raised turkeys to make extra money. | There were two wells on the farm but the water was not potable. They hauled water in 10 gallon cans from a well 3/4 mile south of the house using a team of horses. | The Hardin Place
13: Four of their six children were born on this farm and the kids walked the two miles to Kickapoo Valley School. They often pulled off their shoes and hid them on the side of the road and then picked them up on the way home. | The family attended the Baptist Church in Midlothian traveling the 2 1/4 miles by hay wagon and later by car.
14: When the Hardin farm was sold in 1937, the Edmonsons moved to a farm two miles south of Chandler on Old Highway 18 and lived there three years. The children attended Red Oak School. This photo of the house was taken January 2000 and the shape of the house is about the same as when the Edmonsons lived in it. | Pete was most upset when his oldest son, Thurman over turned a tractor only to over turn the same tractor in almost the same location himself three weeks later. Neither was injured. | Hinchey Place | The
15: The picture above was taken at the Acord's on Thanksgiving 1946 | The Nemeyer Place | This house built in 1894 was southeast of Chandler about two miles, and the family lived there from 1940 to 1946. Pete continued to farm, but also started mowing part time for the state highway department using a team of horses. The children that were still in school went to Morning Star school. During WWII Pete worked two years | at Tinker Field as a carpenter making shipping boxes. In 1946 he returned to the state highway department operating a tractor and mower. The next year he started working on the truck crew and retired from the highway department in 1957. Bertha died from a stroke in 1945 in this home while caring for her first granddaughter.
16: Pete and Bertha had six children: Vila Belle Thurman Schwenk Emma Louise Vern Allan LaNita Eileen Clarence Austin | The Edmonsons had a very loving home and were devoted to their children.
18: BROTHERS & SISTERS
19: Edmonson Family 1941 | Vila Belle
20: Pete married Sarah Frances Simpson on April 24, 1947 at her home in Chandler, Oklahoma
23: Pete remained spry his entire life. He was easy going, laid-back, welcomed a steady stream of visitors, and remained active in his church. He had a milk cow even while living in town. He always had big dogs and lots of cats. During retirement he did woodworking and kept a large garden. He died in his home in 1985.
24: Peter Allan Edmonson Born January 20, 1892 near Lyndon, Osage County, Kansas Died December 17, 1985 at home in Chandler, Lincoln County, Oklahoma Buried: Oak Park Cemetery, Chandler, Lincoln County, Oklahoma | Bertha Delight Fillman Born: March 22, 1894 near Mountain View, Howell County, Missouri Died: October 16, 1945 at home southeast of Chandler, Lincoln County, OK Buried: Oak Park Cemetery, Chandler, Lincoln County, Oklahoma | Gone but not Forgotten