Henry F. McLish. The
owner of a splendid farm and ranch three miles east of Minco, Henry
F. McLish is a sturdy representative of the original stock of Old
Indian Territory. He is a native of the Chickasha Nation, his father
a white man and his mother a full blood Chickasaw woman, and he is
one of the members of the tribe who inherited a share of the great
wealth so long held in common for the tribe, and has particularly
distinguished himself by his ability not only to make secure the
talents given him, but to use them thriftily and increase them by
judicious and energetic use. He is one of the wealthy farmers of
Grady County and has a family of which he may well be proud.
Henry L. McLish was
born in the Chickasaw Nation in 1863, a son of Frazier and Julia
(Tomtubby) McLish. His father was born in Tennessee of Scotch
descent, and came to the Chickasaw Nation at an early date. He
married Julia Tomtubby, whose parents were full blooded Chickasaws
and came with the tribe when they emigrated from the country
east of the Mississippi River. There were three children born to
Frazier and Julia McLish. One daughter is now deceased, another is
Mrs. Charles Stewart of Wynnewood, Oklahoma, and the only son is Mr.
McLish of Minco. Frazier McLish was a farmer and stock raiser and
occupied a position of considerable importance in the old Chickasaw
Nation, being captain of the Indian Militia. Both he and his wife
died when Henry McLish was little more than a child.
Consequently at the
age of thirteen Mr. McLish went to live with his relatives, Mr. and
Mrs. James H. Bond at Minco, and he lived with them and received a
careful training under their direction until his marriage in 1894.
Mr. McLish obtained most of his education at the Hawley Academy in
Tishomingo under the direction of Doctor Hawley. His practical
training came from Mr. and Mrs. James H. Bond. While living at their
home he proved himself useful in all the branches of farming and
stock raising, and each year was given a certain number of calves and
colts, which were branded with his individual brand and constituted
the nucleus with which he established himself in the stock business.
In 1894 Mr. McLish
married Miss Cora Aber, daughter of J. W. Aber, who came from
Illinois. After his marriage he started farming and stock raising on
his own account at his ranch three miles east of the Village of
Minco. There for more than twenty years he has continued to live and
has prospered steadily, and while acquiring a fair share of material
wealth has also reared a good family and has made himself a
progressive factor in the life of the community.
Mr. and Mrs. McLish
have four children. The three daughters are Nina, Lena and Clara, the
last being the wife of Earl Johnston of Minco. The one son is Glenn
McLish. It was an unusual distinction when all three of the daughters
graduated in the same class at El Meta Bond College at Minco in 1913.
The daughters took the full course of the college in the arts and
sciences and also in music. The youngest daughter had made such
progress as to be able to graduate with her older sisters.