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Randolph Lee Montgomery, M. D. One of the pioneer physicians and surgeons of Oklahoma, who has been practicing at Marlow, now in Stephens County, since 1893, Dr. Randolph Lee Montgomery has attained a distinguished position in the medical profession of the southern part of the state. When he came here he was practically a stranger, but his skill in diagnosis and his successful treatment of complicated and long standing eases soon created a gratifying demand for his services and laid the foundation for what has since grown into a career of exceptional breadth and usefulness.
Doctor Montgomery was born in Chickasaw County, Mississippi, May 25, 1866, and is a son of Jacob Perry and Regina (Taliaferro) Montgomery. The founder of the family in the United States was the great-grandfather of Doctor Montgomery, a native of Ireland, who emigrated to this country shortly before the Revolutionary war and settled in Kershaw District, Kershaw County, South Carolina. Espousing the cause of the patriots, and being fearless in expressing his views, he was in disfavor with the Tory element, and when he came home on a furlough from the army was one night called to the door and shot down by a party of royal sympathizers, his son, the grandfather of Doctor Montgomery, being at this time an infant.
Jacob Perry Montgomery was born in Kershaw District, South Carolina, March 1, 1816, and as a young man moved to Chickasaw County, Mississippi, where he was married. He became the owner of a broad plantation and many slaves and throughout his life was engaged in the pursuits of the soil, although these did not occupy his entire attention, as he was also well known in professional fields. A graduate of Charleston Medical College, he practiced medicine for many years, and was assistant regimental surgeon during the Mexican war and regimental surgeon of a Mississippi regiment in the Confederate army during the war between the North and the South, He was a democrat in politics, an adherent of the faith of the Baptist Church, and a member of tho Masonic fraternity. Doctor Montgomery died in Houston, Mississippi, in 1892, honored and respected by all who knew him. He was married the first time to Miss Louise Brownlee, who was born in Mississippi in 1820 and died at West Point, Mississippi, in 1892, the mother of one child: Louise, who is the wife of Gen. Josiah Henry Brinker, superintendent of the department of documents, at Washington, D. C. Mr. Montgomery’s second marriage was to Miss Regina Taliaferro, a member of the famous southern family of that name, whose great-grandfather was the original emigrant from Rome, Italy, and settled in South Carolina in early colonial times. Mrs. Montgomery was born in South Carolina in 1832, was married to Doctor Montgomery in 1856, and died at Houston, Mississippi, in 1892. They became the parents of seven children, as follows: Hugh Roderick, born in 1857, who was manager of Ned Richardson’s store until his death in Louisiana in 1883; John, who died in infancy; J. T., a prominent practicing attorney of Wichita Falls, Texas; Zelda, who died at the age of sixteen years; Randolph Lee, of this notice; David Milton; and Annie B., who is the wife of M. D. Herbert, county attorney of Ector County, Texas, residing at Odessa. David Milton Montgomery, of the foregoing family, is a graduate of Marion Sims Medical College, Saint Louis, class of 1893, with the degree of Doctor of Medicine, and has been engaged in practice at Marlow since August, 1893, at this time having offices in the Montgomery Building. He is one of the leading physicians of the county, and has taken a lively and helpful interest in civic affairs, being at this time a member of the school board. He is a democrat in politics, and fraternally is connected with Marlow Lodge No. 103, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and Duncan Chapter, Royal Arch Masons, but prefers heavy insurance in old line companies to membership in social or fraternal organizations. He married Miss Lucy Duncan, of Texas, and has three children: James, in the eighth grade of the public schools; David Milton, Jr., in the fifth grade, and Mary, who is a pupil in the first grade.
Randolph Lee Montgomery attended the common schools of Chickasaw County, Mississippi, and further prepared himself at the Agricultural and Mechanical College, Starkville, Mississippi, after leaving which he entered Louisville Medical College, where he was duly graduated with his degree in 1888. His first practice was in his native state, where he remained for five years, then removing to Seymour, Texas. After six months at the latter place, July 15, 1893, he moved to Oklahoma (then Indian Territory), taking up his residence at Marlow, where he has since continued in a successful general practice. Doctor Montgomery has kept himself fully abreast of his profession, has been a close student and an ardent and.zealous investigator, and has taken post-graduate courses at the New York and Chicago Polyclinic Colleges. He belongs to the Stephens County Medical Society, of which he has served as president, and to the Oklahoma State Medical Society, and is now serving in the capacity of health officer of Marlow. Doctor Montgomery maintains a handsomely equipped suite of offices in the Montgomery Building, which structure was built and is owned by him. He has various business interests at Marlow and in the surrounding country, and is president of the Hoxie Oil and Gas Company. In his profession he is known as a careful and dependable practitioner, who recognizes and lives up to the best professional ethics. Doctor Montgomery is a member of Marlow Lodge No. 103, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; Camp No. 93, Woodmen of the World; Lodge No. 57, Ancient Order of United Workmen; the Knights and Ladies of Security; and the Brotherhood of American Yeomen.
On June 29, 1898, Doctor Montgomery was married at Woodland, Mississippi, to Miss Minnie McArthur, daughter of J. A. and Eliza McArthur, a well known planter of West Point, Mississippi. To this union there have been born three children: Zelda, who is in eighth grade of the Marlow Public Schools; Lena, a student in the fifth grade; and Jacob Randolph, in the third grade.