From: "gc-gateway(a)rootsweb.com" <gc-gateway(a)rootsweb.com>
Subject: [OKKIOWA] Mrs: Henry Tucker Obituary
This is a Message Board Post that is gatewayed to this mailing list.
Surnames: Tucker, Ingersoll, Boles
Message Board URL:
Message Board Post:
The Kiowa County Star - Review
Thursday, June 1, 1939
COLORFUL PIONEER FIGURE LOST IN DEATH YESTERDAY
Mrs. Charlotte Tucker Dies At Roosevelt At Age Of 92 Years.
Mrs. Charlotte Ingersoll - Tucker, colorful pioneer figure who, with
other members of her family, has played a prominent role in the
history of the west, died at 4:45 Tuesday morning at her home at
Mrs. Tucker, who was 92 years old on April 11, had lived on many
other frontiers before coming to Kiowa county with her husband, the
late Captain Henry H. Tucker, and their children in 1901. She had
been in failing health for a number of years and was in a coma for
several days before her death.
Funeral services were held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday at Roosevelt with
burial in the Hobart Cemetery beside the graves of her husband and
The Tucker family was one of the very first of the early day settlers
in Kiowa county. The settled on a homestead a half mile north of the
Gladson school house and built the first claim "shanty" in that area.
They helped organize Gladson district, the first school in which was
taught by their daughter, Charlotte, who became ill later that year
and died. Mrs. Tucker also helped organize the first Sunday school
and church in the Gladson district.
Born in McHenry county, Illinois, April 11, 1847, she was the last
member of the family of Mr. and Mrs. Sutherland Ingersoll who with
eight children journeyed westward over the old trails which lead from
the city of Chicago to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in the year of 1859.
At that time, western Missouri and eastern Kansas were engaged in
border warfare over the problem of slavery. The Kansas Red Legs and
the Missouri bushwackers headed by Quantrill and other raiders of
those days were in their prime.
Abraham Lincoln and Douglas the "little giant", staged one of their
famous debates in the country schoolhouse near Crystal Lake,
Illinois, and Mrs. Tucker, then a child begged her father for the
privilege to attend. This rare chance was denied her because "it was
not a fit thing for a little girl to attend public meetings" in those
Later, in days of her childhood at Fort Leavenworth, she attended the
public schools and David Josiah Brewer who later became chief Justice
of the United States supreme court, was her teacher. Among her
classmates were the Cody children, one of whom, William, later became
famous as "Buffalo Bill" the plainsman and Indian scout.
During the Civil War her father entered a Kansas regiment as did two
of her brothers. Her mother died while the men were on the battle
lines and it was two years before the news of death reached the front.
Following the war, the family moved to the Saline and Solomon valleys
of Kansas at a time when Indian raids were a frequent thing along
the western edge of the frontier. An Ohio settlement was made at
Salina and among those in the colony was Captain Henry H. Tucker who
in later years married Charlotte Ingersoll. During one entire winter
in the Solomon valley, the Ingersoll family, along with the 16 other
families composing the settlements, was protected by a log stockade
During all of the days of thrilling events on the old frontier, Mrs.
Tucker was often threatened with danger but always said she was not
afraid. Her brothers, who were scouts censured her for the chances
she took as she rode across the prairies for many miles alone in
pioneer days. She was an expert horsewoman in days of her youth, a
schoolteacher, public orator and writer. In the early days of the
Woman's Suffrage Movement, she was tutored by Susan B. Anthony and
Colonel Anthony, the famous editor of pre-Civil War days.
Among the many interesting incidents in her life, Mrs. Tucker often
told her friends of attending a theatre in Fort Leavenworth where
John Wilkes Booth was the star actor. During the winter of 1860,
Booth was with a repertoire company that played the military city.
Her husband who died in 1908, was an Indian scout and was a first
lieutenant of Co. B, 143rd Illinois, in the Civil War under Colonel
John P. St. John. It was after the Indian war while he was helping
organize schools in Ottawa county, Kansas, that he met Charlotte
Ingersoll, teacher of one of the first schools. They married in
1870. Nine children were born to them, six of them still living.
Two of the Tucker sons, Dudley R. and Howard A. Tucker, were
publishers of early day newspapers in Hobart and Roosevelt. The
latter is now a freelance oil news writer and has been in Kiowa
county for the past two weeks covering the oil developments here. It
was by him that most of the information concerning Mrs. Tucker's
interesting career was furnished.
Surviving sons and daughters include H. H. Tucker Jr., of Dallas;
Howard A. Tucker, William L. Tucker and Mrs. Susan E. Boles of
Oklahoma City; Dudley R. Tucker of Pauls Valley and Miss Marian I.
Tucker of Roosevelt, who lived with her mother.
The author of this message may not be subscribed to this list. If you
would like to reply to them, please click on the Message Board URL
link above and respond on the board.