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Lee Ann Collins (View posts)
Posted: 970833600000
Classification: Biography
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Vol. 5, p. 1865-1866

Since coming to Oklahoma, in 1906, Millard T. Kirk has taken an active and purposeful participation in the affairs of his adopted community, where his influence has always been exerted in behalf of advancement and progress in business and civic life. For a time he was connected with various mercantile concerns, and also served acceptably in the capacity of postmaster of Bartlesville, but since his retirement from that position has been engaged in general and dairy farming three miles northwest of the city. He is now the owner of a valuable and well-improved property, and is making a decided success of his new venture.

Mr. Kirk is a native son of Kentucky, born at Inez, the county seat of Martin County, July 6, 1876, a son of James D. and Mahala (CANFIELD) Kirk. His father was born at Wayne, West Virginia, July 31, 1845, and his mother in Greenup County, Kentucky. James D. Kirk moved from his West Virginia home to Kentucky in young manhood, and at the outbreak of the Civil war enlisted in the Thirty-ninth Kentucky Regiment, with which he served with valor and bravery for three years. On his return at the close of hostilities, he became one of the foremost men of the community of Inez, and served as county clerk of Martin County for twenty-six years and as county judge for eight years. He is now living in quiet retirement after a long and useful career. Mr. Kirk is a republican. Mrs. Kirk died in 1880, leaving four children, namely: Willa, who is the wife of Capt. A. ALLEN, and a resident of Bartlesville; Laura, who is the wife of J. P. H. TINKAUS, of Knoxville, Tennessee; Millard T., of this review; and Jennie, who is the wife of John F. ALGEO, of Bartlesville, a merchant.

Millard T. Kirk received his early education in the public schools of Inez, following which he became a student in the University of Kentucky, but left that institution during his junior year, because of poor health. He soon secured a position with the Triple State Natural Gas and Oil Company, of Inez, being connected with that firm for five years, and then established himself in a general merchandise business at Inez, in which he had three years of experience. Subsequently he went to West Virginia in charge of a large mercantile establishment and remained there three years, and in 1906 came to Bartlesville, Oklahoma, with John F. Algeo. He remained with Mr. Algeo as bookkeeper for a short period and then accepted the position of assistant postmaster under William HIGGINS, retaining that office for five months and then resigning to take a position with H. M. PRESTON, who is now a resident of Tulsa. Mr. Kirk was appointed postmaster of Bartlesville, January 27, 1911, and served very ably in that office until March 15, 1915, when the change of administration made itself felt by his being succeeded by a democrat.

When he left official life, Kirk established himself on his present farm, located on Butter Creek, three miles north of Bartlesville. Here he has since carried on general farming and dairying, lines in which he has already been so successful that his future prosperity may be safely prophesied. As a business man he has always merited the high esteem in which he has been held by his associates, and his public life has been above reproach. Since attaining his majority Mr. Kirk has been a warm supporter of the principles of the republican party, and he still retains membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church, in the faith of which he was reared. His fraternal connections are with the Blue Lodge, Chapter and Commandery of the Masonic order at Bartlesville, the Shrine at Tulsa, Lodge No. 1060 of the Benevolent and Protective Order of the Elks, at Bartlesville, of which he is past exalted ruler, and the Knights of Pythias, in which he is a charter member of Bartlesville Lodge.

Mr. Kirk was married December 5, 1906, to Miss Sarah CASSADY, who was born at Inez, Kentucky, a daughter of Philip Cassady, a merchant and cattleman of the Bluegrasss State. To this union there have been born five children, namely: Dorothy, Darwin, Elizabeth, Rae and Joseph P.

Transcribed by Lee Ann Collins, October 8, 2000.

SOURCE: Thoburn, Joseph B., A Standard History of Oklahoma, An Authentic Narrative of its Development, 5 v. (Chicago, New York: The American Historical Society, 1916).
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