O. F. Austin made the famed "run" on Oklahoma with his parents in 1889. He went to Greer county in 1901 but left shortly thereafter and was married to Bertha Ethel Sinclair in Paula, Kansas, in 1905. The newlyweds returned to Granite, in Greer county, in 1906. "The blue grass was so tall it reached above your head if you were sitting In a wagon," Mrs. Austin said in an interview years later.

In 1907 they moved to Lone Wolf, where he was a rural mail carrier for 37 years. He retired in 1947 and four years later they moved to Mangum.

The Austins had an exceptional family which included five ordained ministers: their daughter and son-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. D. W. Fielder; a son and daughter-in-law, Dr. and Mrs. Spencer P. Austin, (Dr. Austin was executive secretary of the United Disciples of Christ) and a grandson, Jack.

Their other children are D. C. Austin of Enid and George F. Austin, Midland, Mich. Mr. Austin died in a nursing home in Enid, Okla., in 1966 and was buried in the family plot at the Mangum cemetery.

From: Pioneering in Kiowa County, Vol. 2, Kiowa County Historical Society, Hobart OK 73651


Dale Austin mrwizard@umich.edu
All images and text copyright 1977-2003 Dale Austin

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