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 Bailey Everett Bell

Bailey Everett Bell

Osceola, St. Clair County, Missouri, USA
Death 22 Jun 1971 (aged 79)
Seattle, King County, Washington, USA
Burial Tulsa, Tulsa County, Oklahoma, USA
Plot Section 37, Lot 465 Space 5
Memorial ID 36722098 · View Source
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A note of thanks to Donna Rankin for the nice photographs of Bailey's tombstone.

Bailey was the son of William C. & Mary Elizabeth (Peayler) Bell. He was married to Eva H. Johnston. Their children were: Bailey Everett, Jr. & Keewatin.

On June 5, 1917, Bailey, age 25, and his wife and son, were living at 51400 Wheeling, Tulsa, Oklahoma, when he registered for the WWI draft. His was employed as a municipal court prosecutor for the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma. His physical description was medium build and height, blue eyes and dark brown hair. A notation was made that his shoulder blade had been broken on November 30, 1909. The record was signed Bailey Everett Bell.

Bailey was acquainted with Anna (Bell) Nees, who also lived in Tulsa. Both thought they might be Bell cousins. In January 1936, Anna accompanied Bailey & Eva to Neosho, MO, to attend the funeral of her uncle John West who was married to her aunt, Maggie (Bell).

The following month Maggie went to Tulsa with Anna's sister, Edna, and her husband, Dr. Walter Spencer, which included a visit with Bailey. From the following news article in the Neosho Times, it appears that they had decided they were cousins.
February 13, 1936: "Local News - Mrs. John W. West and her niece, Mrs. W.C. Spencer and Dr. Spencer of Baltimore, Md., were in Tulsa last week end for a visit with Mrs. Spencer's cousin, Bailey E. Bell and wife. .."

That July, Bailey went to Neosho and visited Maggie perhaps to learn more about their Bell ancestry. News about his visit was published in The Neosho Times on July 23, 1936: "Local News - Daly (Bailey) Bell of Tulsa, candidate for congress from his district, was here this week for a visit with his aunt, Mrs. Maggie West, 604 S. Jefferson Street."

Both Maggie's grandfather, James H. Bell & Bailey's grandfather, Bailey H. Bell, had lived in Otterville, Cooper Co, MO, in the 1860's and 1870's, and were buried, possibly in the same plot, near each other in the Otterville I.O.O.F. Cemetery. However, it isn't known if they had this information. Based on the possibility that James H. Bell was the brother of Bailey H. Bell, Maggie and Bailey would have been second cousins. Anna and Edna would have been his second cousins once removed.

Bailey asked Anna to write to her aunt, Eva (Bell) Morris (James H. Bell's granddaughter), hoping to find more information about their Bell ancestors for a book he was compiling. She replied to Anna in a letter dated May 22, 1937. However, she couldn't shed any light on their Bell ancestors.

Whether Bailey learned enough to finish the book he was writing, is unknown. In 1960, he published a novel titled "Alaska Snowtrapped." An effort to find his descendants has been unfruitful. (If any should see this please contact me.)

Bailey died in Seattle on June 22, 1971. The cause of death was due to brain stem failure and myocardial infarction. His body was returned to Tulsa, and his funeral was held at St. John's Episcopal Church, after which he was buried in Memorial Park Cemetery.

Much of the above information came from a book I've written titled, "The Family of James and Caroline Bell." Some of it has been paraphrased.

Obituaries provide a brief summary of his life.

"Bailey E. Bell, Former Tulsa Attorney, Dies
Bailey E. Bell, 79, former Tulsa attorney, Tulsa County representative in the state Legislature and speaker protempore of the House, died Wednesday after an apparent stroke in Seattle, Wash., his home the past two months.

Bell, a native of Osceola, Mo., came to Tulsa with his parents and began practicing law with offices in The World building in 1915. In 1920, he was elected a representative in the Legislature from Tulsa County and served a term as speaker protempore of the House. He was re-elected speaker pro tempore for the extraordinary session of the same Legislature. Bell was a Republican candidate for Congress from the 1st Oklahoma District in the Republican primary election in 1932.

In 1945, he moved to Anchorage, Alaska, where he practiced law and was active in politics. He was a supporter of Alaskan statehood, a member of the Alaska Bar Association and served as president of the Alaska Plaintiff's Trail Lawyers Association. He was the author of a novel, "Alaska Snowtrapped," a book about Alaskan back country published in 1960.

Bailey returned to Tulsa in 1966 and resumed his law practice as a member of the Oklahoma, Tulsa and American Bar Associations. He belonged to the Knights of Pythius here and was awarded that group's 50 year pin in 1967. He belonged to the Baptist Church.

Survivors include his widow, Nola, of the home; a daughter, Mrs. Joe Ross of 3135 E. 44th St., and three grandchildren. Services are scheduled at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. John's Episcopal Church here. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery directed by Tulsa Whisenhunt Belford Chapel."

Source: Tulsa World - Thursday, June 24, 1971

Former Alaskan Attorney, Bailey E. Bell, 78, died Tuesday night in a Seattle, Wash., hospital, apparently as the result of a stroke suffered while on a fishing trip.

Bell, born in Oceola, Mo., moved to Oklahoma as a child and practiced law in Tulsa for several years. Bell came to Alaska in 1940, and drove the fourth private automobile over the Alaska Highway, in days when the traveler carried a barrel of gasoline and four spare tires.

Bell practiced law in Fairbanks for many years before he moved to Anchorage, where he practiced until he retired. He was a partner in the law firm of Bell and Rivers in Fairbanks, and later a partner in the firm of Bell, Sanders and Tallmen.

He was a member of the Alaska and Oklahoma Bar Associations. He returned to Tulsa in 1965, and earlier this year moved to Marysville, Wash.

Survivors include the widow, Nola; a daughter, Kewatin Ross, Tulsa and three granddaughters."

Source: Anchorage Daily Times - June 25, 1971

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