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Gorden/Davison/Polk Co.,MO; Kiowa Co, OK
Posted by: J.M. Paden Date: November 09, 2000 at 18:00:37
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The following is the text of a newspaper article that appeared in an Oklahoma newspaper (not yet
identified) in late April 1956. The reverse side of the article contains an advertisement for the First
National Bank of Mt. View, Oklahoma, so I assume that this is from a newspaper in Kiowa , County.
The subject of the article is E.A. Gorden. By way of background, this is Elbert Arden Gorden, born
April 22, 1866, Polk Co., MO, the son of John Henry Gorden and Martha A.(probably
SLAUGHTER)Gorden. He is in the Elijah line of the descendants of Hugh Gorden and Sarah Owens of
King George Co, VA, who later moved to Fauquier Co., VA 1788-1798, and then to Washington Co.,
KY. I am the grandson of E.A. Gorden and the son of his daughter Venus Tempe Gorden Paden. The
one thing that is startling about this article is that it uses the spelling GORDON rather than GORDEN, it
is the first time I have ever seen this spelling in the family, which has for some unknown reason gloried in
the "e" as opposed to the "o" version of the clan name.

Following is text:
E.A. Gordon Celebrates 90th Birthday
E.A. Gordon celebrated his 90th birthday last Sudnay with an open house for his many friends. Some
150 friends called during the afternoon to express their greetings. Mr. Gordon had four of his seven
daughters home to share the occasion with him.
Although he is 90 years old he still does his own cooking, house cleaning, cares for a flock of chickens,
raises a garden every year, and even has his own cotton patch.
Mr. Gordon was born in Polk County, Missouri, April 22 1866, and came to the Indian Nation in
March, 1883 where he followed the cattle trails from Tahlequah to Tascona and from Rush Creek to
Wichita, Kansas until the opening of Oklahoma Territory to settlement.
On October 26, 1889 he married Mary Ann Davison in Polk County, Missouri and the next year
moved to Mountain View.
Mr. Gordon had the first mail contract let after the opening of Kiowa County. He carried the mail from
Mountain View to Wildman, a mining camp on Otter Creek. For a while he owned a grocery store in
old Mountain View, north of its present site of the town. In the new Mountain View he operated a
wagon yard and flour and feed store for 8 years.
At the opening of Statehood in 1907 he served on a grand jury that was called to clear up any dispute
which had arisen during territorial days. He can tell some very interesting stories about this grand jury.
For many years before his marriage and even afterward he rode the prairie as a cowboy. Each year he
would help when the cattle were moved from the ranches of Texas to the railroads in Kansas. During the
winter months he would settle down to thw quite life on a ranch here in this territory. Mr. Gordon knew
personally many of the old time cowboys, desperados, bank robbers and Indian Chiefs that occupied
this territory in early days. Mr. Gordon says his answer to a long life is due to the teachings that he
learned as a cowboy, "to hear all, see all, and say nothing."
When asked to tell the story of his early life for a news story he just smiles and says he is still living by
the old cowboy code.
E.A. Gordon is the only living charter member of the local Masonic Lodge which was organized in
1901. His first office was that of Junior Warden. He served as Master of the Lodge in 1928-29, and
has been treasurer for 45 years. Mr. Gordon says he was present when Gotebo and Carnegie received
their charters
He is also a member of the A.H.T.A. (Anti Horse Thief Association) which was organized in the early
days to make Oklahoma a better place to live.
The Gordons had seven daughters, all of which graduated from Central State College at Edmond. Four
of the daughters married classmates and chose teaching as their profession. He says that he believes his
children have taught a total of more years than any other family in Oklahoma.
Mrs. Gordon died January 27, 1954 and again Gordon tells that it was 64 years of happy marriage. He
stated that he and his wife never spoke a harsh word to each other. During his earlier life he and Mrs.
Gordon took a very active part in community life and the welfare of the local schools.
Mr. Gordon says he is looking forward to many more happy birthdays, and his many friends surely wish
them for him.


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