Millard “Monkey” Carey

Millard “Monkey” Carey

Death 27 Jan 1998 (aged 65)
Burial Yonkers, Wagoner County, Oklahoma, USA
Memorial ID 7805619 · View Source
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~~~My Grand Uncle~~~

Millard "Monk" Carey was the son of Dick and Nancy (Fisher) Carey, Cherokee Nation citizens who were both listed on the Final Dawes Roll. He was one in a set of twins. When they were babies, their sister pushed them around in a baby buggy and once when someone saw the two little faces, they said, "Oh look, Monkey and Gorrilla." The nicknames stuck and Millard was always referred to as either Monkey or Monk from then on.

While a toddler, Monk's father was killed by a hit and run driver, so Monk really never had the opportunity to know him. After her older two sons left for World War II, Monk's mother was unable to support the remaining boys on her own. They were sent away from home to attend Senecca Indian School at Wyandotte.

While at Senecca, Monk participated in boxing. Below is an excerpt from a newspaper article about the 1948 Miami Golden Gloves Championships.

"The nine Miami champs, who received jackets with a Golden Gloves emblem as a prize, will go to the Northeast tournament in Tulsa Jan. 28, 29 and 30.

In the lightweights, the Seneca Indian school cleaned up with Monkey Carey taking the 105-pound title, March Wind the 112 and Jim Rogers the 118.

Carey started the fireworks early in the first round of the championship fights, when he tore into John James, Miami, with both hands. Carey, who packs dynamite in either glove for a 105-pounder, floored James in the first round with a solid left hook that landed well. James didn't take a count on the knockdown, but he could not get in the fight as Carey continued landing both rights and lefts. In the second round Carey found the range and laced James around the ring as he piled up a long margin.

James came back in the third but Carey again found the range and a savage right sent James down again. James' reach and height helped even the third round up but he couldn't close the gap. Carey took the decision by a wide margin." (Source - Miami Daily News Record; Miami, OK; Friday, January 23, 1948; p. 4.)

Monkey continued on to the Northeast tournament in Tulsa and made it to the finals there, but they stopped the fight when he received a cut on his eye.

Siblings include -
Donald Ray.

Death Notice – Tulsa World (January 29, 1998, A2)-Hulbert OK
Age: 65
Occupation: Roofer
Funeral Services: Hart, Tahlequah OK

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  • Maintained by: PollysGranddaughter
  • Originally Created by: Anna
  • Added: 29 Aug 2003
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  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Millard “Monkey” Carey (4 Dec 1932–27 Jan 1998), Find A Grave Memorial no. 7805619, citing Fisher Cemetery, Yonkers, Wagoner County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by PollysGranddaughter (contributor 46830802) .