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Accession # 1996-P001
Collection Graybill, Chas. S., Dr.
Object Name genealogy
Description (8) negatives and contacts from Dr. and Mrs. Charles S. Graybill, Jr 's wedding in 1946.
(1) original added 2/15/2002 of Dr. Frank Dole, one of the first dentists in Lawton.
Collection images:
#1 - wedding part at Post Chapel on Fort Sill. Feb 8, 1946
#2 - Dr. Charles and Elizabeth "Betty" (Bevan) Graybill. Newly married couple.
#3 - Mrs. Elizabeth "Betty" (Bevan) Graybill, wearing wedding dress.
#4 - From left: Wendell L. Bevan, Mrs. Anna Bevan, Elizabeth "Betty" (Bevan) Graybill, Dr. Charles Graybill, and Mrs. Frances Burson (Sleeper) Graybill.
#5 - Dr. Charles and Betty Graybill, cutting the wedding cake.
#6 - Betty Graybell, tossing the bouquet after wedding ceremony.
#7 - Dr. Charles and Betty Graybill getting a carriage (wagon) ride on Fort Sill.
#8 - Dr. Charles Graybill, ca. 1946
#9 - Dr. Frank Dole

FAMILY HISTORY:
Dr. Charles Shelly Graybill, Jr. was born June 10, 1919 in Lawton, Okla. His father, Charles Shelly Graybill, arrived in Lawton about 1908 from Kansas. His mother, Frances Sleeper, was the daughter of David Lawrence Sleeper, a lawyer who was appointed state agent of the general land office by Pres. McKinley. Colonel Sleeper built a home in 1901 on East Cache Creek, and it is currently the oldest house in Lawton which has been continuously occupied since it was built. Charles Sr. established a clothing store in town, which he later lost in the Great Depression. He became president of the Lawton School Board in 1922.

Charles Jr. graduated from Lawton High School and Cameron College, and continued his education at the University of Oklahoma, Oklahoma Medical School. He met Betty Bevan in Sept 1945, and the couple were married at the New Post Chapel, Fort Sill, on Feb 8, 1946. While Charles. served as battalion surgeon with the 36th Division in Europe during WWII, Betty was working as a dietitian at St. Anthony Hospital in Denver, CO.

Charles completed his orthopedic training in OKC. In 1955 he established the Great Plains Orthopedic Clinic, and was joined by three other doctors. He was also orthopedic consultant at Ft. Sill Army Hospital and the Kiowa Indian Hospital, held free crippled children clinics in conjunction with regional Rotary clubs, and offered athletic injury clinics for area coaches. Dr. Graybill was chief of medical staff of Comanche County Memorial and Southwestern hospitals, and held many offices on Oklahoma medical boards. Dr. Graybill was appointed to the McMahon Foundation board in 1971and became chairman in 1980, and has continued as chair for over 25 years.
Date 1946-1955
Place Lawton
Film Size 4" x 5"
People Graybill, Dr. Charles
Graybill, Elizabeth "Betty" (Bevan)
Bevan, Wendell L.
Bevan, Anna
Graybill, Frances Burson (Sleeper)
Dole, Frank, Dr.
Search Terms family life
portrait
Fort Sill