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Edgar Miles Campbell

  • Birth 15 Mar 1893 Cedarville, Crawford County, Arkansas, USA
  • Death 24 Mar 1976 Lincoln County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Burial Sparks, Lincoln County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Memorial ID 38169103

Edgar Miles Campbell served in the United States Army in World War I. He took his basic training at Camp Deming, New Mexico. Later he was stationed at Camp Dix, New Jersey. He became ill with influenzia and nearly died. When he was discharged, he returned home to Sparks. As soon as he was sufficiently recovered from his illness, Edgar went to Davenport to purchase a new Model "T" Ford. After receiving a few driving instructions, he drove home, one mile east of Sparks, parked his new car under the pear tree near his parents home, and promptly dismantled the new Model "T". His mother remarked to his father, "There goes $600."

On February 5, 1919, in Chandler, Oklahoma, Edgar married the widowed Clara (Henderson) Campbell. The newlyweds spent their honeymoon in the St. Cloud Hotel in Chandler. In the early 1920's, the family went to Cedar Edge, Colorado, on Grand Mesa, where Edgar worked in a sawmill, and Clara cooked for the camp. They made the trip to Colorado in their Model "T" Ford. Edgar told how he burned out two clutches going up Monarch Pass. The roads were so steep that they had to rev the engine, let out the clutch to lurch forward, and have someone put a log behind the wheels in order to get over the high passes.
Edgar worked in an oil refinery in Ardmore, Oklahoma for Universal Oil Company for a number of years until ITIO Oil Company bought out Universal Oil. He then transferred to Oklahoma City where the family lived until 1948, when they moved back to Sparks. Edgar and Clara bought the farm that had belonged to his parents and built a new home on it.
In 1949, the first oil well was drilled in the East Sparks Field on the Northwest Quarter of Section 9-13-5. Edgar and Grandson, Jerry Gaines, were at the site when the well blew it, blowing oil over a large area. In the followng three years, they drilled twelve wells on Edgar's farm on Southeast Quarter, Section 8-13-5. Edgar quit his job as a machinist in Edmond to pump the wells on his place. He worked as a pumper until his retirement.

Edgar served as a member of the local School Board in Sparks, belonged to Modern Woodman Lodge, and the American Legion.

Edgar Campbell died March 24, 1976. Clara Henderson Campbell died October 9, 1980. Both are buried in White Dove Cemetery, Sparks.

[Excerpts from Edgar Campbell's biography by Jerry Gaines in the Lincoln County Families book]

NOTE: Edgar's birthplace is taken from his WWI Draft Registration.

Family Members


Married February 5 1919
Gone but not forgotten
Peace in the valley
PVT United States Army WW I

Gravesite Details Double with Clara Belle (Henderson) (Campbell) Campbell





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  • Find A Grave Memorial 38169103
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Edgar Miles Campbell (15 Mar 1893–24 Mar 1976), Find A Grave Memorial no. 38169103, citing White Dove Cemetery, Sparks, Lincoln County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by K&LB (contributor 46928355) .