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Indian Pioneer Papers - Index

Indian Pioneer History Project for Oklahoma
Date: March 11, 1938
Name: Dollie Asbill Hill (Mrs. F. A. Hill)
Post Office: Tulsa, Oklahoma
Residence Address: 710 South Elwood
Date of Birth: 1874
Place of Birth: Missouri
Place of Birth:
Information on father:
Place of birth:
Information on mother:
Field Worker: Mary D. Dorward
Interview with Mrs. Dolly Asbill Hill
710 South Elwood, Tulsa, Oklahoma
(Mrs. F.A. Hill)

I was born in Missouri in 1874, came to Indian Territory with my parents when less than a year old and our family settled near Eufaula where I grew to womanhood. My father farmed for Col. MCINTOSH and operated a cotton gin for Wash GRAYSON and he taught many of his neighbors many things about farming for he knew a great deal about machinery, being of a mechanical turn of mind; he also knew how to operate a thrashing machine.

I knew Col. McIntosh quite well. I also knew his second wife. I have a picture of him given me by the second Mrs. McIntosh. In the picture he is shown with long flowing hair slightly curled at the ends.

Eufaula was quite an important town when I lived there, more important than the town of Tulsa was. My step-sister, Emma YARGEE, once visited the Hodge family in Tulsa and they spoke of it as "That little old town over where the Hodges live". Emma Yargee often rode in the horse races at the Muskogee fair and my older sister, Phoebe, was the first telephone operator in McAlester, about the year 1899.

During the Green Peach War my father came home one night much alarmed and said he wanted his family all to get out of town, that the Indians were going to take the town. This happened each night for several nights and we did actually leave town each time, coming back again the next morning but of course nothing happened and the scare soon died down.

My husband had a store and post office at Dow and was the town's first postmaster. He named the town for the Dow mining company which was not far away. Later he had one of the early furniture stores in Tulsa, his first place of business being on West First Street, then he moved his store to Second Street and finally sold to Shannon Brothers. T. E. GANET started in the furniture business in Tulsa in my husband's store, driving our old white horse, Prince, to a delivery truck, later he bought out Mr. Hill's interest.

My husband's first suit of clothes when he was a little boy was made almost entirely by his mother. She sheared the wool from the sheep, prepared the wool, carded and spun it, had it woven into cloth by a friend, then she made it into a suit. He wore dresses until he was a fair-sized boy.

Submitted to OKGenWeb by Submitted to OKGenWeb by Carolyn Mackey Byrum <cbyrum@gte.net> 04-2000.