Oliver Warren Aubrey. For the past eight years Oliver W. Aubrey has been actively identified with that fine suburb of South Oklahoma City, known as Capitol Hill, as a real estate man, banker and investment broker. His relations with Oklahoma have some other interesting distinctions. From the fact that he was born in a little log cabin two miles east of Vinita in Indian Territory August 21, 1872, about the time the first railway line was being built across the old territory, he has often been spoken of as the first white child born in Oklahoma. He comes of a family of Western pioneers, and most of his own life has been spent in rapidly developing new communities.
His parents were Stephen O. and Nancy Jane (Travis) Aubrey, His mother was horn in Columbus, Ohio, and her father, who died in that city during the time of the Civil war, was one of the wealthiest land owners in Ohio. That was a time when there were few American millionaires. The Aubrey ancestry begins in America some years before the establishment of independence. The great-grandfather of the Oklahoma citizen was Surgeon Aubrey, who came to this country with the English regulars under the command of General Braddock, at the beginning of the French and Indian war in 175:". Every American schoolboy has Tead many of the incidents in early American history in which Surgeon Aubrey had a part. He was attending surgeon to General Braddock, and was in the great battle in Western Pennsylvania at what has since been known as Braddock’s Field, where in opposition to the advice of Gen. George Washington. Braddock rushed his troops in regular array into contact with the wily French and Indians, and in the fierce hand to hand battle which followed Braddock himself was badly wounded. Just before his death from his wounds he sent Surgeon Aubrey to Washington with apologies for having disregarded his advice and begging his pardon for the rash act which had brought death to many English and Colonial soldiers. When the surgeon handed his report to Washington, the latter at once hastened to the side of his commanding general, and was present when Braddock passed away. After this ignominious defeat of British regulars in the wilds of Pennsylvania, Surgeon Aubrey elected to become a citizen of the colonies, and established the family from which the subsequent generations have descended. O. W. Aubrey’s grandfather was a son of this English surgeon and was born in Pennsylvania. F. X. Aubrey, a second cousin of Oliver W., was a famous scout, and in the early days when American civilization hardly reached beyond the Missouri River, made a perilous ride from Santa Fe, New Mexico, over the old Santa Fe trail, to St. Joseph, Missouri. Stephen O. Aubrey, father of the Oklahoma City banker, was born in Litchfield, Illinois, but spent most of his life as a pioneer in the West. With his wife he entered the Indian Territory several years ahead of the first railroad. He built the first wood house at Vinita before the Missouri, Kansas & Texas Railroad was built across the Kansas line into the territory.
After enduring the hardships of Indian Territory life for a time, Stephen O. Aubrey removed his family to Dodge City, Kansas, where Oliver W. had the benefit of country schools, and later graduated from Garfield University at Wichita with the class of 1892, and also from a commercial college there. In 1892 he located in the old Oklahoma Panhandle in Beaver County, and spent four years on a ranch. This was followed by three years in Texas, but he has never been able to divorce himself for any length of time from the country of his birth. In 1907 Mr. Aubrey located in Capitol Hill in what is now South Oklahoma City. Here he engaged in active real estate and general investment brokerage, and is still active in those lines and one of the most energetic factors in his home city. Soon after locating in Capitol Hill Mr. Aubrey entered into partnership with the late I. N. McKinzie in organizing the Capitol Hill State Bank. He served as a director for one year and was then elected its president. Four months later he sold his interests to the Columbia Bank & Trust Company of Oklahoma City. This Capitol Hill Bank is still the only banking institution of the suburb.
Mr. Aubrey is a hardy, industrious and alert business man, and has in many ways made his own activity contribute to the benefit of his community. His word in Oklahoma City is regarded as good as his bond, and in business transactions those who have known him longest arc his most enthusiastic friends and patrons.
At Great Bend, Kansas, December 24, 1900, Mr. Aubrey married Miss Zona White, daughter of Silas and Lucinda White. To their marriage has been born one son, Francis, August 19, 1904.