Zilpha A. McClain. In the new country of Oklahoma opportunities for work in business and the professions have been freely extended to women. There are a number of Oklahoma women whose work outside the domain of the home has attracted wide attention, and one of these is Miss McClain, now county superintendent of schools in Cimarron County. Miss McClain is an educator who has been connected more or less closely with Oklahoma schools for the past ten years. She also has the distinction of having taken up and improved a claim in Western Oklahoma.
Several members of her family are well known in this section of Western Oklahoma. Her father is William McClain, now a retired farmer living at Davenport, Nebraska. William McClain was born March 6, 1846, on a farm in Ohio, a son of John McClain, and at the age of three years the family removed to Indiana. William McClain was reared in Adams County of the latter state, attended the public schools, and has made farming his lifelong career. In 1873 he moved out to Kansas, and the same year went to Nebraska, taking up his homestead in Fillmore County. In 1904 he gave up the major responsibilities of farming and has since lived retired at Davenport. In 1869 he married Miss Deborah Jane Plummer, who was born in Ohio February 26, 1852, a daughter of William and Martha (Jones) Plummer, who were also natives of Ohio. Mrs. McClain died January 20, 1898. Their six children, five daughters and one son, are all living: Lodema Jane, born December 10, 1871, was married in 1888 to Thomas S. Wade, and they live at Nelson, Nebraska, and their nine children are named Earl R., Vernon C., Eva E., George W., Vessie, Lela, Helen, Mercedes and Geraldine. Arthur Plummer, the only son, was born January 9, 1873, and is now a farmer in Cimarron County, Oklahoma. Emily Alice, born November 22, 1875, married in 1903, Theron F. Child, and their three children are Paul, Anna and Cecil. Mabel Josephine, born September 29, 1881, was married August 18, 1909, to David Jurgenson, and they have a child Ruth, horn November 29, 1910. Ada Ellen, born March 21, 1883, was married May 5. 1911, to W. H. Shepherd, and her two children are Mareda, born February 29, 1912, and William McClain, born February 5, 1915.
Zilpha Arrilla McClain was born April 2, 1886, at Oak, Nebraska. She attended the public schools in that state and also York College at York, Nebraska. It was in 1904 that she began teaching and she has made her work count as a strong force for enlightenment in several different communities. In 1905 she came to Oklahoma, taught one year in Garfield County, and in 1906 moved to Cimarron County. In 1907 she took up her homestead claim in this section of the state. She was active in the schoolroom until 1915. On November 4, 1914, Miss McClain was elected county superintendent of Cimarron County and entered upon the duties of her office July 5, 1915. She has already transformed that office by her vigorous personality and her high ideals in educational affairs.