Posted By:Suzanne
Subject:Re: W. Elmer Harber
Post Date:September 18, 2000 at 06:32:29
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Forum:Harber Family Genealogy Forum
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First, thanks for all the extra info!! I have some missing links for you! Maude Stroud Spurr was the daughter of J.W Stroud - a man I am also trying to find more info on. JW Stroud was also a self made man, who was the founder of Stroud, OK! There is a book by Joseph Thoburn called A Standard History of Oklahoma that has an excerpt about him. He helped in the building of the Frisco Railroad through Lincoln County and was the president of the Acacia Oil and Gas Company. Maude Stroud married William H. Spurr and had three children with him - Dorothy Nunnelley Spurr (Lampl)(Mayne), Harold Baxter Spurr, and James Wrexell Spurr. When Maude married W. Elmer, I don't know if he adopted all three children, but he stayed close to the family. Maude Stroud was the one that owned ALOT of the mineral rights in Seminole county and Elmer showed her what to do with them. Hence, his ownership of oil fields in OK. Dorothy Spurr married Maurice Bernard Lampl and had three boys with him - Maurice Lampl, H. Harber Lampl (my father), and David Lampl. My mother remembers Mr. Harber, but she only met him a couple of times. Mr. Harber lived in a house in Shawnee, OK on Highland Street. My father grew up in that house. Unfortunately, the house was sold by Dorothy Spurr's last husband, David Mayne after her death. The new owners have made it into a B & B called the Mayne Harber Inn - they have a website linked to the Shawnee website. There is a portrait of Mr Harber in the entrance hall that had hung in the lobby of the American Nat'l Bank for years!! Interesting, huh? Many notable people stayed in that house over the years. Probably because of W. Elmer's connection with the White House during Truman's presidency. Check it out!! Keep in touch and I will give you more later!