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Oklahoma Belle "Homa" Cunningham Cheever
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Birth: May 19, 1889
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma County
Oklahoma, USA
Death: Oct. 4, 1979
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma County
Oklahoma, USA

The Oklahoma Land Run of 1889 defined the life of Oklahoma Belle Cunningham Cheever. In April 1889, Jefferson William Cunningham ("J.W."), his wife Mary Susan, and son Foster, left their home near Tyler, Texas, and entered Oklahoma at the time of the first land rush. Upon arriving in Oklahoma City, the family lived in a tent while J.W., a carpenter and contractor, constructed the family home. During this time, on May 19, 1889, Mary Susan gave birth to the couple's first daughter, renowned as the first child born in Oklahoma City. She was given the name "Oklahoma Belle" on the suggestion of Jack Love, a city founder and later chair of the state corporation commission. Oklahoma Belle was an early and life-long member of the Oklahoma 89ers organization, serving as its President for several years. Throughout her life, she was proud of her pioneer heritage and status in Oklahoma history.

On May 16, 1912, Oklahoma Belle married Lawrence Lee Cheever who was employed by the Rock Island Plow Company. In 1927 the couple opened Cheever's Floral Shop in Oklahoma City. The couple had one son, Jack Love ("Buster") Cheever. After the death of her husband in 1943, Oklahoma Belle married Lawrence's brother, Earl Henry Cheever, while continuing to operate the flower shop. Oklahoma Belle died in 1979 at the age of 90.
 
 
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 Parents:
  Jefferson William Cunningham (1847 - 1917)
  Mary Susan Kirkland Cunningham (1860 - 1943)
 
 Spouses:
  Lawrence L Cheever (1887 - 1943)
  Earl Henry Cheever (1890 - 1979)
 
 Siblings:
  Foster Cunningham (1887 - 1958)*
  Oklahoma Belle Cunningham Cheever (1889 - 1979)
  Occa Jefferson Cunningham Freeman Martin (1891 - 1969)*
  Mary Myrtle Cunningham Moore (1895 - 1981)*
 
*Calculated relationship
 
Burial:
Fairlawn Cemetery
Oklahoma City
Oklahoma County
Oklahoma, USA
Plot: near cemetery office
 
Maintained by: Scott Day Freeman
Originally Created by: Tom Denardo
Record added: Sep 18, 2002
Find A Grave Memorial# 6785930
Oklahoma Belle Homa <i>Cunningham</i> Cheever
Added by: Scott Day Freeman
 
Oklahoma Belle Homa <i>Cunningham</i> Cheever
Added by: Scott Day Freeman
 
Oklahoma Belle Homa <i>Cunningham</i> Cheever
Added by: Tom Denardo
 
 
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