Biographies


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, 1910, Page 206-207

Dr. David T. Reece, one of the oldest doctors and the second doctor in Braggs, was born in DeKalb county, Alabama, in 1861, and is a son of John and Elsie (Culpepper) Reece, both natives of Tennessee. His maternal and paternal ancestors came from England before the Revolution and settled in the southern colonies.

John Reece and family moved to Alabama. He was a farmer and millwright, and during the Civil war did considerable mill work for the United State government. He died in the state of his adoption in 1906, at the age of seventy-five years, and his wife died in 1895. They reared a family of nine, namely: May, the wife of J. L. mason, of Alabama; Dr. D. T.; Jennie, the wife of L. W. Erp, of Tennessee; J. C., of Wood county, Texas; J. M., deceased, who left children in Alabama; Ella, deceased, the wife of James Costello, of Alabama; Josephine, deceased; and two others.

David T. Reece received his education at Andrews Institute near Lebanon, Alabama, and after finishing the literary course attended the medical department of the Grant Institute at Chattanooga, Tennessee, and in 1901 graduated from the medical department of the Arkansas University at Little Rock. Dr. Reece located at Fort Gibson in 1893, and practiced there until 1895, when he removed to Braggs. After graduating from the course in the Arkansas University in 1901 he settled in New Mexico, an din 1905 located at Hope, where he remained eighteen months and returned then to Braggs, where he has since resided. He has established a large practice, and has also engaged in business in the line of drugs and general merchandise.

When Dr. Reece first settled in Braggs it was in Indian Territory, and was quite a different kind of town from the present one. He had always to carry his medicine chest with him, and it was common occurrence for him to take a horseback ride of twenty miles to reach a patient. During his early stay in Fort Gibson he knew all the so-called “bad men” of the locality, and was frequently called upon to treat some of them, even among the worst and most dangerous, but he never shirked his duty as he understood it, and stood ready to relieve the sick and injured wherever and whenever called upon to do so. Among these men was Mose Miller, a full-blooded Indian, credited with killing a large number of men, and also engaged in highway and train robbery. Another was Verdigris Kid, who was killed in Braggs while robbing a store. He also treated Will Nail, half Indian and half negro, a desperate character in the way of murder and also robbery. Although going among these and many others of a similar occupation and character Dr. Reese never carried a gun, although traveling through the strongholds of robbers and the worst class of humanity, for they never molested him, both whites and Indians understanding perfectly his attitude toward all the people. He is a kindly and charitable man, and belongs to the Fraternal Aid Society. Politically he is a Republican, and his wife is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church.

Dr. Reece married, in Alabama, in 1878, Mattie, daughter of R. P. and A. E. (Stancil) Sims, natives of Georgia and Alabama. They reared a family of seven children, only one of who resides in Alabama; the others have scattered to various sections of the country. Dr. and Mrs. Reece are parents of children as follows: Arra; Edgar, who married Mary Coon; Guy, who married Susa Pierce; Webster; Vena; and Jessie.



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