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William Henry Krisher

  • Birth 10 Mar 1866 Peoria County, Illinois, USA
  • Death 13 Nov 1957 Walters, Cotton County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Burial Walters, Cotton County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Memorial ID 78344091

William Henry Krisher, born March 10, 1866 near Lancaster and Glasford, Illinois; married to Hannah Cirrilda Irwin on December 24, 1891 in Trivoli, Illinois; Hannah was born June 11, 1873 in Cuba, Fulton County, Illinois; William died on November 13, 1957 in Walters, Cotton County, Oklahoma; Hannah died on April 04, 1936 in Walters, Cotton Co., OK;

Originally they lived in Trivoli, Illinois where their first four children were born:
Irwin born 16 February, 1893
Sherman born 7 December, 1894
Harriet Adeline born 21 July, 1896
John born 17 February, 1899
William H. Krisher's Father; Lewis Krisher, was a Civil War veteran and was issued a land grant in the Indian Territory in 1901 near what was to become Walters, Oklahoma. The land grant was of 160 acres at a cost of $1.25 per acre. Lewis had to live on the property for 5 years. At the end of this term W.H. Krisher purchased the farm from his Father for the sum of $5000.00.(Dec 19, 1906)
In 1901, (six years before Oklahoma became a state) Mr. & Mrs. W.H. Krisher left Illinois and traveled with the four children by train to Enid, Oklahoma. From there they traveled by wagon across country headed for the Indian Territory - en-route their fifth child, Russell was born 15 July, 1901 in Waukomis, Oklahoma.(about 15 miles south of Enid) After reaching the farm; they erected a tent to live in until a house could be built. They plowed a fireguard around the tent and wagons for safety as the prairie grass was very abundant. There were some wild cattle in the area and Mrs. Krisher shot one while standing in the tent because they were beginning to be a danger to the children. When they left Illinois, they brought with them, fruit trees (apples, pears, plums, and peaches) and grapevines and berry vines. These were soon planted and provided much food for many years. There were no roads, fences or neighbors for quite some time. William Krisher dug two wells, about 15 feet deep and lined them with flat rocks; ending up with a 4 foot diameter well which furnished water for all the household uses and water for the livestock until he left the farm in 1937. They built a two-story house as soon as possible. All of the lumber and other building materials had to be hauled across country from Lawton, Oklahoma, about 18 miles away.
Six more children were born on the farm:
Ubert born 29 July, 1903
Daisy Myrtle born 7 February, 1906
Theodore (Ted) born 9 January, 1908
Henry (Hank) born 19 December, 1910
Winnie born 15 November, 1912
Lucille born 29 August, 1915
The area near the farm became the Lincoln Valley Community. The Lincoln Valley School was built one mile south of the farm and also served as a church.

Additional child:
* Lucille Krisher b: August 29, 1915 Walters, OK; d: January 12, 1992, buried at Woodberry-Forest Cemetery in Madill, OK
1st husband Travis Rutledge 30 Sep 1933
2nd husband Otis Dick Awalt Jun 1986



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  • Maintained by: Eric Krisher
  • Originally Created by: David Woody
  • Added: 13 Oct 2011
  • Find A Grave Memorial 78344091
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Henry Krisher (10 Mar 1866–13 Nov 1957), Find A Grave Memorial no. 78344091, citing Walters Cemetery, Walters, Cotton County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Eric Krisher (contributor 48589442) .