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Dutch White Turkey. This well known citizen of Dewey is a full blooded Delaware Indian, has spent most of his life in Indian Territory, and a number of years ago he and his wife came into an important share of the prosperity which followed the discovery of oil in Washington County. For the past ten years he has been engaged in the oil business, and has several wells on his own farm.
Dutch White Turkey was born in 1856 near Lawrence, Kansas, and both parents were of the Delaware Tribe. His father was White Turkey, and died when the son was about thirteen years of age. His father was a farmer in Kansas, and in March, 1867, came to the Cherokee Nation, lived at Fox Caney a time, and in other localities, and then bought a place very close to Bartlesville, comprising four acres, with a little log house and a brush fence. That was the early home of Dutch White Turkey, and his mother died about 1912. He received his education as a youth partly in Kansas and partly in Tahlequah, and for a number of years was engaged in farming and stock raising. He and his wife have a farm of two hundred forty acres, and this was located in the district of the oil development, and there are several wells on the land.
Dutch White Turkey was the oldest in a family of eight children, the others being: Sain; Robert; Albert; George; Katie, who married James Day of Bartlesville; Lilly, wife of Dolph Fugate of Dewey; and Lucinda, deceased.
Dutch White Turkey married for his first wife Nellie Fallleaf, who died about 1885, leaving two children: Dennis, who lives at Dewey and married Pearl Thaxton of Dewey, and their three children are Beulah, Nellie and Hazel; and Charles, who died in infancy. In 1889 he married for his second wife Lizzie Thompson, who was born near Bartlesville, Oklahoma, in 1875, and both her parents were Delawares. Her father was Joe Thompson. She was the youngest of four children, the others being: Lilly, wife of Albert Curlyhead; James H.; and Amanda, who died in 1899, the wife of Henry Fallleaf. By the second marriage Mr. White Turkey has one child, Artie, who was born in 1898 and is attending school at Dewey.