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 Josiah Micagah “Cage or J.M.” Pilcher

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Josiah Micagah “Cage or J.M.” Pilcher

  • Birth 7 Nov 1877 Illinois, USA
  • Death 3 Oct 1957 Carter, Beckham County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Burial Carter, Beckham County, Oklahoma, USA
  • Memorial ID 88629787

Josiah Micagaih Pilcher was born in Vandalia, Illinois, to parents Josiah Rogers Pilcher and Rebecca Jane Wright Pilcher. The family later moved to Piedmont, IL, where Josiah attended college and received his teaching certificate. Just before 1900, the Pilcher family moved to Garfield, Oklahoma Territory. They soon moved to Hobart, Kiowa County, Oklahoma Territory. It was in Hobart where Josiah met Lillie May Fleming, who was also a teacher; they married in 1906.

Josiah and Lillie May stayed in Hobart until he retired from teaching in 1919. In 1920, they decided to move to a different place to raise their family, so they moved their four children to North Fork (Carter), Beckham County, OK. Two more children were born there on the farm, making a total of six children born to this marriage:
William Rogers Pilcher, born 26 Apr 1907, died January 1973 in Mississippi;
Curtis Leroy Pilcher, born 3 Sept 1909, died 11 Mar 1970;
Frances Jane Pilcher, born 17 Nov 1912, died 31 Mar 1924;
Lillie Mae Pilcher (Street), born 8 May 1916, died 12 Mar 1998;
Elizabeth "Betty" Pilcher (Newman), born 13 Sept 1921, died 26 Nov 2011;
Dorcas Marie Pilcher, born 21 Dec 1925, died 18 Jul 1950.

Though he had retired from teaching, he still put his teaching talent to use while raising his own children. He instilled a love of reading in his children, and neighbors' children came to him for help with their own lessons. He enjoyed learning, and he enjoyed helping others learn.

Josiah was an intelligent man. It was hard to conserve water and avoid soil erosion on that ground, and Josiah became the first farmer to build terraces to combat the problem. They were so successful that neighbors noticed, and he was happy to show them how to use the technique on their own farms. In the 1930s, Josiah was the first man to buy stock in the Community Cooperative Hospital at Elk City, OK, and one of the first board members of the Farmers Cooperative Gin.

J.M. Pilcher served the Carter community as an educator, a businessman, a cooperative farmer, and dedicated, loving family man and neighbor.


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  • Created by: Kerri Street-Manuel
  • Added: 16 Apr 2012
  • Find A Grave Memorial 88629787
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Josiah Micagah “Cage or J.M.” Pilcher (7 Nov 1877–3 Oct 1957), Find A Grave Memorial no. 88629787, citing Carter Cemetery, Carter, Beckham County, Oklahoma, USA ; Maintained by Kerri Street-Manuel (contributor 47773807) .