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History of Oak Park Cemetery

Ripley, Payne County, Oklahoma

© Jerri {Shoup} Arthur

A tract of land in the SE/4 of Section 20, Township 18 North, Range 4 East of the I.M., Payne County, Oklahoma, more particularly described as beginning at a point 614 feet West of the Northeast corner of said SE/4; Thence South 330 feet; Thence West 330 feet; Thence North 330 feet; Thence East 330 feet to the Point of Beginning.
To reach the cemetery from Highway 33 and 108 (South of Ripley, Oklahoma) take Highway 108 North for 2 miles to Cook Street. Turn East/Right on Cook Street for 1 mile. Turn North/Left on Parotte Road for miles. Turn West/Left on Oldham Street for mile. Cemetery is on the South/Left side.
Oak Park Cemetery also known as Ripley Oak Park Cemetery or Ripley Cemetery is a rural cemetery, located SE of Ripley, Oklahoma, Payne County.
William H. Bowdlear provided burial services in the Ripley community from 1901 to 1911. He was bought out by E.G. Messecar (Funeral Home) who then operated from March 28, 1911 to August 27, 1926 in the Ripley community.
This approximately 2.5 acre cemetery with 880 legitimate burial spaces dates back to the late 1800's. At this site on September 22, 1891 Frank A. Shoup staked his claim for homestead rights to SE20-18N4E IM in the opening of the SAC and Fox Lands. He donated the cemetery grounds and was buried where he had staked his claim. The cemetery was plotted, dedicated, and recorded with the Payne County Courthouse on September 27th, 1901 by owners W.H. Bowdlear and F. A. Shoup (Book 3 of Misc and page 176).
Frank A. Shoup granted interests (partnership) in this cemetery to William H. Bowdlear on October 16th, 1901 (Book 4, Page 550).
William H. and Lillie M. Bowdlear returned the interests (partnership) to Frank A. Shoup on November 10th, 1926. It continued to be owned and operated by the Shoup family until the cemetery association was organized in April 1959. Shoup descendants have continued to be active members of the association and operation of this cemetery.
Burials dating back to the late 1800's and previous to the September 27th, 1901 dedication are:

Blackwell Robert K. 5/11/1856 6/25/1901 45 years  
Bowdlear Margorie Ellen   5/29/1901 9 months, 13 days Dau of William H. and Lillian M. Bowdlear
Crain Pearl M. 3/2/1885 11/2/1895 10 year, 8 months, 0 days Dau of Charles and Addie Crain
Ferguson Inez A. 1895 2/16/1895 11 months, 4 days Dau of L. L. and A. B. Ferguson
Gripe Claude     7/24/1901 9 months, 4 days Son of G. A. & A. A. Gripe

First burial after September 27th, 1901 dedication:

McKnight Rebecca   9/29/1825 9/13/1901 76 years

There are military men and women buried here, beginning with Civil War Veterans:

Beeman Isaac Newton 3/31/1840 3/31/1910 Civil War Cpl
Co K 1 MO Cav,
Private Col
7 MO Cav,
Corp Co K
Biswell Bill G. 9/7/1926 6/18/1985 SGT US Army WWII
Brake George Walker 6/20/1843 6/1/1918 Military or Veteran List
Cardin Lawrence G. 6/27/1895 8/17/1969 Oklahoma PVT US Army WWI
Chambers Joseph H. 1848 12/30/1910 Civil War Private Co B 11 IN Cav
Colson Henry T.     Civil War Private
Co G 27 VA Bn CSA
Cook Wendel R. 12/15/1842 11/13/1913 Civil War Cpl,
2Lt Co G 5 NH Inf
Craft Harmon D. 8/29/1844 11/25/1933 Civil War
Private E 79 IL Inf
Creed Rufus Lee 1901 1956 Military or Veteran List
Eaton Frank Barclay 12/30/1843 2/18/1925 Civil War
Private Co K
1 KS Inf
Feland Marion Sanford 12/20/1908 9/13/1954 M SGT 522 Eng Combat Co.
Ferris Samuel   1/14/1836 11/28/1902 Civil War
Private Co D
Fitzwater Tomas Andrew 10/13/1844 12/25/1939 Civil War Private
Co B/A 4 MO SM Cav
Gillespie Francis G. 12/20/1888 1/23/1975 Military or Veteran List
Haley James D. 11/19/1837 9/8/1916 Civil War pensioner
Hochner J P     Civil War old soldier
Ingersol Charles F. 1/1/1935 2/3/1978 SR US Navy
Korea 1935-1978
Kelly Frances Marion 11/10/1840 12/24/1929 Civil War
Cpl Co E 97 IL Inf
Kelly John McDonald 8/10/1842 5/23/1935 Civil War Private
Co E 71 IL Inf
Lockard Wesley E. 11/25/1922 11/29/1944 Military or Veteran List
Mandeville Roscoe Mortimer 1/1/1925 4/21/1978 Military or Veteran List
Mandeville Ross Edward 6/18/1948 8/19/1969 Military or Veteran List
McGee Henry   2/9/1838 8/1919 Civil War Co C 10 TN Cav
McKee Archie Thomas 10/12/1924 1/22/1993 US Marine Corps
Moore William A. 9/3/1840 6/19/1919 Civil War 58 IN
Morton Norman Lee 12/11/1925 8/11/1993 PFC US Army WWII
Neeley John Jackson 12/27/1911 3/19/1979 Military or Veteran List
Nichols Thomas D. 1844 1904 Civil War Private CO K 91 NY Inf
Ramsey Homer Lloyd 7/11/1904 4/9/1981 Military or Veteran List
Ramsey William Thomas 10/16/1842 5/31/1913 Civil War Cpl Co G 26 VA Inf CSA
Reed Orange   2/26/1838 6/14/1913 Civil War Private Co A 1 MO SM Cav
Sessions Eugene R. 12/27/1925 8/16/1957 Military or Veteran List
Sessions Omar W. 1/21/1892 3/9/1945 Military or Veteran List
Smith Nathaniel C. 8/28/1841 12/16/1919 Civil War Confederate Army
Stevens Clair   9/27/1890 10/23/1918 Military or Veteran List
Torrence John W. 3/10/1836 4/30/1912 Civil War Bugler/Private Co H 2 CO Cav
Tully Daniel   2/24/1947 9/22/1966 Military or Veteran List
Walker Lee Roy 8/16/1895 8/5/1966 Military or Veteran List
Warren Charles H.   4/2/1919 Civil War Musician Co M 15 KS Cav
Wilkins Christopher B. 8/7/1834 3/5/1921 Civil War Private Co A 96 OH Inf

The Ripley Oak Park Cemetery is operated by volunteer staff. The cemetery association current membership is as follows:

DeLois (Olmstead, Axtell) Carrier President 918-372-4314 6421 N. Ripley Road, Ripley, OK 74062  
Jerri (Shoup) Arthur Secretary/Treasurer 405-377-2376
2015 E. 92nd, Perkins, OK 74059 jshpart@provalue.net
Rudy Mandeville Member 405-547-2994 P.O. Box 364, Perkins, OK 74059  

A Perpetual Care Fund has been established to assist with the care of this cemetery. Your contributions are welcomed.

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