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 Katie <I>Littleton</I> Blackwell

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Katie Littleton Blackwell

  • Birth 17 Dec 1863
  • Death 20 Jul 1947
  • Burial Ada, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Memorial ID 21682847

Katie and her husband, Richard Yeadon, bought The "Calvin Enterprise" newspaper that was later named "The Hughes County Enterprise."

Rev. Richard Yeadon Blackwell, husband of Katie, had a stroke of paralysis in his mid-fifties while pastor of two churches in Tiptonville, TN. He retired early from the Memphis Conference, Methodist Epis. Church, South.

He read an advertisement in the "Memphis Appeal" of a newspaper for sale in the Indian Territory. Shortly there-after he purchased the "Calvin Enterprise" newspaper that was later named The Hughes County Enterprise and moved there with his family.

Calvin was a growing town and a railroad town and he prospered. He was the first Mayor after the town became incorporated. Later, In 1919, he was the first State Chaplin for the Oklahoma House of Representatives after it moved to Oklahoma City from the former capitol of Gutherie.

He was always active in civic and political affairs until his retirement as publisher and editor of his paper at the age of 84. The Oklahoma Historical Society has quite a number opf copies.

Mrs. R. Y. Blackwell was active in social and civic affairs. She also solicited advertising for the newspaper and personally printed all posters, cards, and other "job work." Later, they bought a building and larger presses as they prospered.

Obituary - Church Publication

Katie Littleton Blackwell was born December 17, 1864, in Obion County, near Troy, Tennessee.

She was married to Rev. Richard Y. Blackwell at that same place April 27, 1882.

She was a devoted wife and mother and fulfilled her station in life in close Christian fellowship with those about her.

She was industrious and happy,enjoyed living, giving and receiving and mingling with others. Her days were full and her good deeds were many.

She died in the home of one of her daughters on July 19, 1947, and is buried in Rosedale Cemetery at Ada, Oklahoma.

She leaves two daughters and one son, five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Douglas B. Phillips

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  • Maintained by: Dena Marshall
  • Originally Created by: Shelley
  • Added: 21 Sep 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21682847
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Katie Littleton Blackwell (17 Dec 1863–20 Jul 1947), Find A Grave Memorial no. 21682847, citing Rosedale Cemetery, Ada, Pontotoc County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Dena Marshall (contributor 46786820) .