Frank P. See. With realty operations covering Garvin, McClain and Grady Counties, as well as other parts of the state, Frank P. See, of Lindsay, is justly accounted one of the leading real estate dealers of Central Southern Oklahoma. He is likewise one of the men who have put Lindsay on the map as a city of progress and prestige, and in numerous ways has contributed to its growth and development. F. P. See, like many other prominent business men of Oklahoma, is a Kentuckian by nativity, having been born in Gallatin County, in the Blue Grass State, September 15, 1855, a son of F. M. and Atlanta (Webber) See. The family came from Ireland about the time of the Revolutionary war, the original emigrant, the great-grandfather of F. P. See, settling in Kentucky.
F. M. See was born in Gallatin County, Kentucky, in 1829, was there reared, educated and married, and carried on farming and stockraising operations there until 1890, when he came as a pioneer to Garvin County, Oklahoma, then Indian Territory. Here he continued his active agricultural operations until shortly before his death, which occurred at Lindsay, in 1911. Mr. See was a democrat and took a good citizen’s interest in political affairs. A member of the Christian Church, in his latter years he took an intense interest in its movements, which he supported liberally. Mr. See was married in his native state to Miss Atlanta Webber, who was also born in Gallatin County, and who died near Lindsay, at Erin Springs, Garvin County, in 1895. Ten children were born to Mr. and Mrs. See; namely: Wesley, who is a farmer and trader of Lindsay; Frank P.; John William, who is a machinist of Cincinnati, Ohio; Ann Mary, who is the wife of Emmet McCaughey, a one-sixteenth Choctaw Indian who owns much of the land adjacent to Lindsay; Almeda, who is the wife of Noah Stephenson, a railroad employe of Cincinnati, Ohio; Bettie, who is the wife of Zeno Stephenson, brother of Noah, and also a railroad man of Cincinnati; Richard, a medicine salesman of Fort Cobb, Oklahoma; George, who resides at Lindsay, and is a partner of many of F. P.’s business enterprises; Charles, who is engaged in farming at Lindsay; and Addie, who is the wife of Dr. W. A. Ewing, a practicing physician and surgeon of Fort Cobb, Oklahoma.
The public schools of Gallatin County furnished F. P. See with his education, and until he was twenty-three years of age he remained on his father’s farm. In 1878 he went to Denison, Texas, as a pioneer, and while there kept books for the jail for one year, in 1879 going to Montague County, Texas, and engaging in farming. After two years he gave up agricultural pursuits to become the proprietor of a livery stable, but after five years disposed of his interests and in 1887 came to No Man’s Land, the neutral strip that is now included in Beaver County, Oklahoma. There he handled cattle for one year, and in 1888 came to the Washita Valley, now Garvin County, where he continued to handle cattle. At tho founding of Lindsay, in 1902, he sold his ranch and came to this town, where for four years he was engaged as a buyer and shipper of cattle. Since that time he has carried on an extensive real estate business, with operations in McClain, Grady and Garvin Counties, and in other parts of the state. He is the owner of 300 acres in Garvin and Grady Counties, city business buildings, numerous city lots and his own and other residences.
Mr. See is a democrat, and is serving as district trustee. He is a steward and trustee of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and fraternally is affiliated with Lindsay Lodge No. 196, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, in which he has been frequently called upon to (ill the office of chaplain. Mr. See is a director of the International Oil Company, is ex-president of several other oil companies, and has various other interests of a business and financial character. he has had much experience in opening up new territory. He and his partner, Kirg Williams, a well-known pioneer, staked out one-half block on the north side of Main street, in Oklahoma City, all except one lot, and handled this very successfully. Mr. See helped to build some of the first buildings in Oklahoma City. He made the run at the opening of the Cherokee Strip and obtained lots at Enid, and also staked out a farm, but did not prove up on the latter. He also took part in the Pottawatomie and Comanche runs.
Mr. See was married in 1886 in Montague County, Texas, to Miss Mattie Fry, of West Virginia, daughter of the late Peter Fry, of that state. They have an adopted son, Claud P. (Bradshaw) See, now a senior at Lindsay High School. His father was a minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, as was his paternal grandfather, while his maternal grandfather, Rev. A. C. Pickens is presiding elder in the East Oklahoma Methodist Episcopal Conference. It is the earnest wish of Mr. Sec that the son follow in their footsteps.