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Accession # 1998-P001
Collection Traywick, Douglas
Object Name print, photographic
Description (11) copy prints, all images of members of the Tingley family.

FAMILY HISTORY:
Levi Nathaniel Tingley, born March 28, 1870. Died June 1, 1948.
married second wife, Onid Day Lindsay, on April 23, 1919.
Two girls were born of this union: Melissa Ann Tingley and Clara Alice Tingley Traywick (who wrote a lot of the family history down)

Levi's two brothers who came with him to O.T.:
Charles (Charlie) David Tingley, born October 28, 1876. Died July 25, 1959
married March 30, 1907 to Susan Snowdan
Jacob (Jake) Chauncey Tingley, born Aug. 15, 1880.

From Clara's family history, "Levi's brothers, Charley and Jake, came with him in a covered wagon before the country opened up. They lived for a while in the tents with the Indians and learned all the different Indian languages. They came to Anadarko, then known only as the Washita Valley, when it was a big corn field...The three brothers were very close and Levi Nathaniel Tingley, being the oldest of the three, was more or less a father to them... Levi's wife couldn't stand it in Oklahoma, and went home to her parents in Illinois. He married again, to Onie Day Lindsay on April 23, 1919. Levi was very ill for about five years and died in 1948. Onie was a nurse and cared for Levi along with "her faithful friend" Mrs. Clara Hinkle.

"Jake got in trouble all the time and it took all they [the family] had - just about to get him out.. Jake and Sherman Billingsley of the Stork Club were pals and they were in a lot of mischief together. Sold guns to the Indians and robbed trains."

"All three brothers had Indian stores and pond [pawn] shops. They would take (soak they called it) the Indians merchandise and give them a loan on it and later they would come and get it. My dad's Indian Store [Levi] burned down in 1929. After I was born, he took care of me and I went everywhere with him."

Clara Alice Tingley Traywick was born March 17, 1929 in Anadarko, Okla. She married Douglas E. Traywick (donor) on April 9, 1945. in Anadarko, Okla. They had four children; one was stillborn.

The Tingley Indian Store sold to the Instistute of the Great Plains comes from Jake's side of the family. His two children, Irma and Vinson, built one of the longest operating Indian stores and most significant collections of American Indian art and artifacts (see 92.011) in existence in Oklahoma and the Plains. The store conducted business in Anadarko until the death of Vinson in 1990. The store and its contents then became part of his estate. As executor of the estate, Vinson's son, Roger Sinclair, sold the collection intact to the Institute of the Great Plains.
Year Range from 1890
Year Range to 1948
People Tingley, Jake
Tingley, Levi Nathaniel
Tingley, Myrtle
Tingley, Levi Thomas
Tingley, Malissa Ann Sweet
Search Terms business, Oklahoma
Anadarko, Okla.
family life
portrait