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Grace Emma Herring Blair
Birth: Aug. 4, 1880
York County
Nebraska, USA
Death: Jan. 25, 1926
Kaw City
Kay County
Oklahoma, USA

Born in Nebraska to pioneers Walkup Ebenezer and Angeline Reeves Herring, both from families that had worked their way west from New England by way of Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, and Iowa, Grace was the third of four children raised in a sod house in the Platte River country. The family joined two other families in a move by wagon train to Oklahoma Territory in the 1890s, settling at Putnam, Dewey County. There Grace married Ival Melville Blair, whom she had known back in Nebraska and who had accompanied the Herrings on the journey to Oklahoma. They had six children: Florence, Esther, Madge, Mildred, Lela, and Clarence. Following the oil boom, they relocated to Washungah, across the river from Kaw City. Mr. Blair worked maintaining the pumping station that supplied Arkansas River water to the Shidler oil field in Osage County. Grace died in 1926, much too young. Her memory is kept fresh by her hundreds of descendants.

Grace's grand-niece Mary Sweet-Darter has shared this story: "My mother, Grace Herring Norris, used to tell me about how her Aunt Grace had a sixth sense about healing people. Mom said her Aunt Grace had a boy who was ill (just a little fellow--I am not sure about whose child he was) and doctors said he would, in all likelihood, not be able to walk. But her Aunt Grace put him in a little wagon and took him out in the sunshine; used to sit outdoors in the sunshine and massage that boys legs for hours on end until he was able to use them again. She also told about someone who had a premature baby and brought the baby to her Aunt Grace and begged for help; and her Aunt Grace made some sort of a contraption, wrapped the baby up in blankets and put him in and opened the oven door and laid the baby, contraption and all, on the warm oven door (sort of a frontier incubator) and stayed by the baby's side; and I don't know where she told me they got the milk, but somehow she nursed that baby to health."
 
 
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 Parents:
  Walkup Ebenezer Herring (1847 - 1916)
  Angeline Reeves Herring (1849 - 1921)
 
 Spouse:
  Ival Melville Blair (1870 - 1927)
 
 Children:
  Florence Veda Blair (1899 - 1944)*
  Esther Marie Blair Wing (1900 - 1987)*
  Leila Madge Blair Endres (1902 - 1981)*
  Anna Mildred Blair Hunt (1904 - 1995)*
  Lela Vern Blair Osborn (1906 - 1975)*
  Clarence Ival Blair (1910 - 1985)*
 
 Siblings:
  Lewis Milton Herring (1870 - 1929)*
  Arthur Ebenezer Herring (1875 - 1943)*
  Grace Emma Herring Blair (1880 - 1926)
  Leila C Herring Linville (1884 - 1965)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Grandview Cemetery
Kaw City
Kay County
Oklahoma, USA
 
Created by: John Ival Blair
Record added: Jul 30, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55623033
Grace Emma <i>Herring</i> Blair
Added by: John Ival Blair
 
Grace Emma <i>Herring</i> Blair
Added by: John Ival Blair
 
Grace Emma <i>Herring</i> Blair
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Added by: David G. Stuart
 
 
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Forget-me-nots for the Grandma Blair I never knew, as I was born 15 years after her death. Love and remembrance.
- John Ival Blair
 Added: Oct. 14, 2014

- Beverley
 Added: Apr. 9, 2011
 
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