Indian Pioneer Papers - Index
History Project for Oklahoma
Date: November 5, 1937
David Milton Beaver
Post Office: 228 1/2
E. Third St., Tulsa, Oklahoma
Date of Birth: July 19,
Place of Birth: six miles
north of the site of the present town of Bixby
Father: Milton Beaver
Place of Birth: Alabama
Information on father:
Mother: Lydia Perryman
Place of birth:
Information on mother:
daughter of Lewis Perryman, Chief of the Creeks
Vol. 14, p. 159-163
David BEAVER was
born July 19, 1878, six miles north of the site of the present town of
Bixby. Like all Creeks, his parent had plenty of land. His
father, Milton Beaver was a full-blood Creek born in Alabama. His
mother was Lydia PERRYMAN, daughter of Lewis Perryman and sister of Legus,
later Chief of the Creeks.
When he was seven
months old his parents both died of tuberculosis. They left four
children. His sister is Mrs. Bob ATKINS, (Vera Betty). Bob Atkins
is the brother of Louis CLINTON, mother of Dr. Fred, Paul and Lee Clinton.
When Milton Beaver
and his wife died the four small orphans went to live with "Aunt Rachel"
and George Perryman. In a report on "Aunt Rachel" is found the long
list of orphan children whom she mothered. Dave grew up in the old
Perryman "white house", still standing about half-way between Peoria and
Lewis on 41st, where the first post office was located. He remembers
the "Old Log House", one-half mile north; this was the ranch house, home
of the cowboys who worked for George Perryman on his famous Figure 5 Ranch.
Dave liked to hear the stories the cowboys told and very much regretted
moving into town with Rachel and George in 1887, to the fine new house,
at Main and Sixth. Until this time he had gone to the old Mission
School at Coweta, now he went to the Mission School where the Cosden Building
is today at Boston and Fourth Street. Lilah D. LINDSEY was his teacher
and he has only praise for her work.
His allotment was
seven miles southeast of Tulsa, across from what is commonly called the
“Lou North Corner.” In 1904, he married Buna HEARN, now deceased,
from Georgia. Buna Hearn was a Norwegian, typical of her race, tall,
fair, with reddish gold hair and very beautiful. Dave, a full blood Creek
was a handsome Indian type of fine physique, regular features and due to
his education he was pleasing in his address.
There were two children,
a son, George Milton Beaver, now thirty-two and a daughter Mary Jane, age
twenty. The son, represented a blend of the two races. He seemed
to have inherited physically and mentally the best of each. Mr. Long
describes him as being very tall and commanding, with a clear olive skin
and brown hair and very striking in appearance; racially difficult to classify
if one did not know his parentage.
George Beaver attended
Central High School, Tulsa; and from there to Wentworth Military Academy
at Mexico, Missouri, where he graduated. In 1925; received an appointment
to West Point, where he graduated in 1929 as Second Lieutenant. While
in school camp during his Junior Year his eye was injured while fishing.
Finally sight was restored but due to this mishap his commission hung in
the balance. Only through the influence of another office, who was
of indian descent, he did succeed in getting commission. This officer
was Col. Patrick HURLEY, at that time Secretary of War. After Lieutenant
Beaver'’s graduation from West Point he was stationed at Fort sill and
then transferred to Fort McKinley, Philippine Islands. He is now
stationed at Fort Crook, Nebraska. Lieutenant Beaver is the first
Indian from Oklahoma to receive a commission from West Point.
Dave Beaver, now
almost sixty years old, has the appearance of a man about forty years of
age, well-preserved with fine physique and his white hair gives him a rather
distinguished appearance. He is used as an interpreter in the office
of the United State Indian Field Agent. He has also made a specialty
of Indian titles.
His daughter, Mary
Jane, now twenty has not been as fortunate as her brother. For years
almost a cripple from a tubercular one condition, with scientific aid she
is overcoming this handicap. She is now employed at the Morningside
Hospital, Tulsa, where she has received treatments which may completely
restore her health.
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