Jerome Robert Gamble. Though now well established in
business as a real estate and loan broker at Alva, Mr. Gamble is best
known over Northwestern Oklahoma as a printer and newspaper man, and
though by no means old in point of years is a veteran of the printing
craft, which he began to learn when a boy of about twelve years.
Before taking up his present line of business he was
connected with the Alva Pioneer as one of its editors and
Jerome Robert Gamble
was born November 30, 1874, at Lancaster, Missouri, a son of Jerome
Bonaparte and Mary B. (Frank) Gamble. His father, who was born near
Nashville, Tennessee, in 1847, was the son of a farmer, who came to
Missouri at an early day, and early in life the son left the farm and
began the study of law. From the age of seventeen he had taught
school, and at the age of twenty-four was admitted to the bar at
Lancaster, Missouri. Though his early life was one of considerable
hardship and out of sheer necessity he had educated himself, he
became a prominent lawyer and for twenty years practiced at
Lancaster, Missouri, He also took an active part in democratic
politics, and for a number of years was county attorney of Schuyler
County. In 1888 he removed to Manhattan, Kansas, practiced there two
years, and was then located at Wallace, Kansas, nine years. In 1900
he brought his family to Alva, Oklahoma, and was one of the members
of the Woods County bar until his death in 1905. Jerome B. Gamble was
married at Lancaster, Missouri, in 1868, to Mary B. Frank, a daughter
of Sanford Frank, and she was born in 1853. There were eight children
in the family. Alma Matilda is now the wife of Benjamin Johnson
of Fredonia, Kansas; the next two were twins, a son and daughter, who
died in infancy; Jerome Robert; Myrtle Mary, widow of B. M.
Spaulding, living at El Campo, Texas; Nellie Helen, wife of Elmer
Pugh, of El Reno, Oklahoma; Sarah Jane,
wife of Lewis Gascho, of El Campo, Texas; and Carrie Etta, wife of C.
J. Snoddy, a farmer in Woods County, Oklahoma.
Jerome R. Gamble
finished his education in the public schools of Manhattan and
Wallace, Kansas. Prior to that time, at the age of twelve, and
following an enthusiasm which has led a great many boys into the
printing and newspaper business, he found opportunities to learn the
printing trade in an office at Lancaster, Missouri. He finished his
apprenticeship at Sharon Springs, Kansas, and at the age of twenty
bought the office of the People’s Voice at Sharon Springs, and was
editor and owner of that small journal two years. When he sold out he
returned to the case as a practical printer, and worked at different
points in Kansas and Oklahoma until 1910. He then secured an interest
in the daily and weekly Pioneer of Alva, and was one of its editors
and proprietors four years, since which date he has been out of the
newspaper business altogether and now has a large clientage as a real
estate and loan broker.
In politics Mr.
Gamble is a democrat, and for two years served on the state committee
from Woods County. He is one of the veterans of the Spanish-American
war. Early in that period of hostilities in 1898 he enlisted as a
private in Company L of the Second United States Volunteer Infantry,
a regiment that was of the “Rough Rider” class and was
recruited from the territories of Oklahoma, Arizona, New Mexico and
On January 1, 1902,
at Alva Mr. Gamble married Miss Evangeline Matilda Lloyd, daughter of
the Rev. Dr. Thomas Lloyd, a sketch of whom appears in following
paragraphs. Mrs. Gamble was born February 28, 1875. To their marriage
were born four children: Robert Jerome, who died in infancy; Daisy
Marie; Robert Jerome; and Thomas Frederick, born August 20, 1914. Mr.
Gamble and family are members of the Episcopal Church.