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Transcribed by G McCall from:

A HISTORY OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA

By Luther B. Hill, A. B., With the Assistance of Local Authorities, Volume II, Illustrated, The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago / New York, 1909, Page 319-320

Remus B. Ramsey, sheriff of Muskogee county, has had the experience necessary to make him of the utmost value in that position--an experience which has brought him a thorough knowledge of the southwestern character and a thorough and varied business training. Born in Habersham county, Georgia, June 18, 1863, the sheriff is a son of Gustavus Adolphus and Eliza (Oliver) Ramsey. The family is of ancient and honorable Scotch origin, both paternally and maternally, and the father represents a family long connected with the history of Georgia.

Remus B. Ramsey received his education in the public schools of Georgia and Denton county, Texas. The father, who was a farmer and stock man, had moved to the latter section with his family and the boy naturally assisted him in his labors. His energetic and adventurous disposition prevented him from remaining on the home place for many years and when quite a youth he went to San Antonio, Texas, where he became connected with a company of cowboys about to conduct a herd of steers into the Indian Territory. This was in the wild and stirring days of the open range in 1884 and having arrived at Muskogee young Ramsey entered the employ of T. F. Meagher, a well known ranchman of that place. His employer vouches for the statement that Mr. Ramsey was the most expert cowboy, not only in his employ, but in that part of the territory and that his courage, whether in the mastery of steers, bronchos, or “bad men,” was equal to his skill with the lariat.

After a number of years of this exciting and profitable life he obtained a position with the Patterson Mercantile Company and in 1903 became credit man of the Madden Hardware Company. While Mr. Ramsey was enrolled in the ranks of the cowboy fraternity he was detailed by the local authorities to act as peace officer in the capture of noted criminals and in the general suppression of outlaws. This experience, combined with his business training and his activity as a Democrat, marked him as a strong candidate for any municipal or county office. The first public position to which he was elected in 1895 was street commissioner of the city of Muskogee and he was the only successful candidate on the Democratic ticket. In 1907 he was elected to his present position as sheriff of Muskogee county and was inducted into office with the other pioneer officers of the county and state.

Sheriff Ramsey has been twice married, first to Miss Emma Tolleson, deceased, by whom he had the following six children: William, Minnie, Adolphus, deceased; Eva; Edna, deceased, and Leona Ramsey. His second wife was formerly Miss Abbie Ramsey, a native of Springfield, Missouri, and the four children of this marriage are: Barnett; John W.; Arnold; and Eliza Ramsey. Mr. Ramsey’s popularity as a business man and a public official is enhanced by his active connection with such standard fraternities as the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Knights of Pythias and the Modern Woodmen of America.



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