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Otis Clark Porter Photos

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Porter Family PortraitóMarch 1918

1. Charlie††††††† 2. Minnie†††††††† 3. Lillie Mae

4. Mary †††††††††† 5. Grace†††††††††† 6. Franklin

7. Pauline††††††† 8. Lucille †††††††† 9. Clark

10. John Frank ††††††††† 11. Roy

Center: Wilma Jennings

Right: Bonnie Jennings
Early 1900ís

Otis Clark Porter
circa 1903

Fair Oak School
Charlie Porter (far right)
Clark Porter (4th from right)
circa 1914-16

Clark on ďOld DanĒ, circa 1915
The pony was named after
famous harness horse Dan Patch, and was a retired OKC fire department horse. Dan would be hard to hold and would, if he escaped, run down Robinson with the other horses responding to a fire alarm.

John Dilly, Charlie Porter, Clark, and Clark Jr.

1920ís

Bonnie Jennings, Clark Porter

1920ís

Lowell Walker (guitar), Clark Porter (fiddle)

1920ís

Clark Porter (guitar),

Lowell Walker (fiddle)

1920ís

Clark Porter, Mary Lucille Ventriss

Circa 1918

Clark & Bonnie in Model T with dog

1920ís

Clark & Bonnie on Bert Jenningís Ice Wagon

1920ís

Aunt Polly Porter, Clark Porter, Bonnie Porter, Mary Dilly, Uncle Charlie Porter

1920ís

Mary Porter Weeks, Bonnie Jennings, Clark Porter, others

1920ís

Clark Porter, Bonnie Jennings Porter

1920ís

Clark and Bonnie on Wedding Day

July 4, 1922

Mary Dilly (?), Clark Porter, Mary Porter Weeks

1920ís

Clark at Itenís Bakery

1920ís

Bonnie Jennings, Clark Porter, Mary Porter Weeks

1920ís

Clark Porter, Lowell Walker

1920ís

Lucille Porter, Clark Porter

1920ís

Iten Biscuit Company Wage Statement

1923

Clark & Clarence Weeks Sr. in Uniform

1920ís

Clark Porter

1920ís

Oklahoma City High School Yearbook

1920

Otis Clark Porter, High School Portrait

1920

Bonnie Jennings Porter, Baby, Mary Dilly

Circa 1920

Bonnie Jennings Porter, Child

Circa 1920

Aunt Polly Porter, Mary Dilly, Bonnie Jennings

1920ís

Clark, Mary, Lucille, Elmer, Grace, Clara, Mary Lucille, John F., Pauline, Lillie Mae, Anna Maude.† Inside the store at 1001 S. Robinson, Oklahoma City.

1920

Clark, Lillie Mae, Anna Maud, Mary.† Inside the store at 1001 S. Robinson, Oklahoma City.

1920

Note: Clark would receive a customer at the store, Bonnie Jennings, on her way to work at Itenís Bakery.† He would prepare her a sack lunch, and he would include an extra cookie or piece of fruit as a ďfriendly gestureĒ.† (It must have worked.)

Bert Jennings and wife, parents of Bonnie Jennings
Early 1900ís

Hi Ron,            Been going back to my pictures & other info concerning Fair Oak/Darnell school.  I spoke with Max Porter (my uncle) who said that it was a one room school, 1 thru 8th grades. He could not recall it being called Fair Oak nor do I ever remember my dad or anyone ever refer to it as anything but Darnell. Max said there was once some people by the name of Darnell living somewhere around there. I suspect the school name was changed sometime between 1917 & the early 20's.  In my research on my grandmother Kate Adams Porter, I made contact with a lady who's grandmother also went to school at Fair Oak/Darnell. She e-mailed me a picture which has the date 1916 written on it. It is the same group of children but slightly different. I also have two pictures, one with the girls sitting on a wooden bridge & one with the boys, which I believe you have on your website. I have visited the Darnell school site many times & there is a bridge very near the school. The Porter family lived in the same section as the Darnell school was located. The school building is still there. It was moved perhaps two hundred yards & turned into a house which was lived in until about 10 yrs. ago. I took a picture as it sits today.  In conclusion, not only are the Porter kids there but others I know in the photos are also located within 2 miles of the school we know as Darnell. One small boy in the picture later grows up & lives all of his life in the schoolhouse. Also there are 3 girls in the photos that were my grandmother Kate's first cousins that I know went to school at Darnell.     Hope this info helps.........Happy Holidays,  Jim Porter, December 26, 2005

At Left:† Section 23 of Clear Creek Township, Payne County, OK, circa 1910.

School located at southeast corner is Fair Oak aka Darnell School, attended by the Porter children.

(L to R) John Dilly, Lucille Porter (rear), Bonnie Jennings, unknown man in rear, Clark Porter, Nanny (sitting on hood)
1920s

Fair Oak School
Clark Porter (#6)
circa 1914-16

Lucille, Mary, Minnie, Pauline, CharlieóFair Oak School 1915

1.† Mary Porter† 2. Otis Clark Porter† 3. Samuel Leroy Porter†
4.† Grace Porter† 5. Minnie Porter† 6. Charles Henry Porter

About 1905

About 1925

1.† Otis Clark Porter,† 2. Grace Ventris,† 3. Roy Porter
4.† John Frank Porter,† 5. Charlie Porter,† 6.† Anna Maude Porter
7.† Lillie Mae Porter,† 8.† Minnie Porter,† 9.† Franklin Porter

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Birth announcement for Clark Junior Porter, from Itenís Biscuit Company news letter
April 28, 1923

Bonnie and Clark

1922

Image from Oklahoma City Zoning Map (1930)showing the South Oklahoma City Riverside district south of downtown.

Red dot shows location of Porter family home.


Two great floods swept down the North Canadian River in 1923, cutting a new channel. Wheeler park was literally cut in two when the river, 25ft over flood stage, overtook the Lake Overholser dam.† The park zoo was relocated at this time when most of the animals were killed in the flood.† Everything was flooded up to California Avenue (1 block north of Reno - current location of Bricktown Canal).† 15,000 people were left homeless.

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Below: Tuesday, October 16, 1923, South Robinson Street.† The two story white building may have been the Porter family home.

Right:† Clip from 1922 map showing Porter family home (Boarding House) at 1001 S. Robinson at the intersection of Pine, in the South Park Addition.
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The Oklahoma City High School was built in 1910 between NW 7th and NW 8th on Robinson.† Later it became Central High School.† Southwestern Bell made the building its Oklahoma headquarters in 1984.† Today it is the headquarters of Oklahoma Farmers Mutual Insurance Company.