Alcorn, Oklahoma History


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Alcorn was southwest of Tonkawa and consisted of an elevator beside the Rock Island Railroad tracks. The town was named after John Scott Alcorn, a Vice President of Marland Oil Company.[1]

Obituary for John Scott Alcorn

Times-Republican Thursday   

March 15, 1923 Scott Alcorn Joins Silent Ranks Former Bedford Citizen Dies At His Home in Ponca, Ok., On Monday Afternoon After Illness of About A Year

Word was received in this city Monday evening by relatives and friends that [JohnScott Alcorn, aged 67 years, a former well known Bedford citizen, but for the past 12 years a resident of Ponca [City], Okla., had died at his home in that city about 4:30 p. m. Monday after a protracted illness of about a year.  About six months ago, so it is reported, Mr. Alcorn underwent an operation at a Kansas City hospital for stomach troubles, and from this operation he never fully recovered, passing away as above stated, surrounded by his wife and two children, who survive him.  Funeral services were held from the family home in that city on Wednesday, Mar. 14th, and interment made in the cemetery at that place.[2]

But few people who have lived here for 20 years or more can fail to remember jolly, jovial, genial Scott Alcorn.  He was of a sunny disposition and made friends from the start with all with whom he came in contact.  Scott Alcorn first came to Bedford some 45 years ago, being engaged in the real estate and insurance business, and while here was the state manager of the Hawkeye Insurance Co., one of the best known insurance companies operating in the state at that time.  In the year 1902 Mr. Alcorn was brought out for the office of Mayor of Bedford, but on March 31st of that year, a few days before the election, he withdrew from the race, his business at that time taking up all his time.  In 1879 he was married here to Miss Sarah [Alice] Singleton of this place, and a sister of Clay Singleton of this city.  To this union were born two children, John and Bessie, both of whom are now married and live in Oklahoma.[2]

About 12 years ago Mr. Alcorn moved to Oklahoma and striking it lucky in the oil fields amassed a neat fortune, and retired from active business about two years ago.  When the news of his death was spread about the city, it cast a pall of gloom over the town, for all that knew Scott Alcorn thought that he had many years yet to travel, but to be cut down in the very prime of life at 67 years of age was a total surprise to all.[2]

Scott Alcorn will be missed by many about him, for on his frequent pilgrimages to this city, he always had a cheering word for everybody, and was known as one of the most even-tempered men in any locality.  He counted his friends by the score here where he was well known, and in his adopted state of Oklahoma was favorably mentioned as a candidate for congress from his district, but about the time the campaign came on was taken ill and then refused to permit his name to be used.[2]

In the passing of Scott Alcorn, many here in Bedford lose a staunch friend, and at his home, he leaves a loving wife and two children to mourn his untimely   taking off.  The sympathy of kind friends here is extended to the bereaved ones.[2]

 Bedford Times-PressThursday   

December 2, 1943    p. 8 Mrs. Scott Alcorn Dies

Mrs. [John] Scott Alcorn [Sarah Alice Singleton], a former resident of Bedford, died at a hospital in Ponca City, Oklahoma last week, following an operation for appendicitis.  She is survived by one daughter, Mrs. Willis Moore   [Bessie] of Ponca City.[2]



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