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Accession # 1995-P007
Collection Kennedy, J.C., Jr.
Object Name print, photographic
Description (2) prints:
#1 - JC Kennedy Sr. presenting plaque to chief engineer, Lawton Task Force.
this image is badly stained.

#2 - 33 men from NY Bond Buyers Southwest Turnpike Tour, standing in front of bus.
Hankins Studio.

FAMILY HISTORY:
J.C. Kennedy Jr. (actually the 2rd) has a long history of family who were involved in civic and business activities in Lawton. He has always been involved in Kennedy Realty, which became Kennedy and Ford Company when Joe Ford became partners in the family business.

John C. Kennedy Jr.'s grandfather JOHN SR. (1870-1954) came to El Reno, Oklahoma Territory, in 1901 with his brother, Michael D. Kennedy. They moved to Cement in 1903 and opened the Cement State Bank. In 1904, they opened the Fletcher State Bank. John married Alice Clifford in 1905. When they moved to Lawton in 1906, the brothers launched a business Kennedy and Company, By 1913, the two brothers were operating Kennedy Realty Co. out of their own building on C Ave. John Kennedy served as president of the Security Bank and Trust Co. from 1932 to 1938, and was chairman of the board of directors until his death. He had been an ifficer and director of the Home Savings & Loan Association for more than 25 years. Kennedy was past president and charter member of the Lawton Real Estate Board. He was a past state director of the Okla. Real Estate Assoc., Inc. and a member of the Okla. Assoc. of Insurance Agents, as well as a member of the Lawton Insurors Exchange.

His son, J.C. (John Clifford) Kennedy joined the Army at the end of 1943. In Oct 1945, he was appointed to the Oklahoma Aviation Commission. In Jan 1957, J.C. was named Security Bank board chairman. JC was named to the state highway commission. and became President of the newly created Goodwill Industries. He was elected to the national board of Goodwill Industries in 1981. In the 1960s, JC was a founding member of the Lawton Interracial Relations Group, known simply as "The Group," who suceeded in bringing intergration into the city of Lawton. Gov. Boren picked Kennedy (and he became chairman) for the Oklahoma Highway Commission. in 1974 JC was appointed by Pres. Carter as a UN delegate in 1977, and was appointed to the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1979. He was named to the Leslie Powell (art) Foundation in 1983.


Year Range from 1977
Year Range to 1985
Studio Hankins Studio
People Kennedy, J.C.
Hoback, W.D.
Search Terms transportation