Kit Carson County, Colorado

Delancy D. and Olive M. (Folsom) Dean , 7S 42W

Olive was born on 8 November 1875 in New Avon Township, Redwood, Minnesota.
She appeared in the census on 3 June 1880 in Crystal, Phillips, Kansas. Age 5, born Minnesota, parents born Maine, living with parents. Name on census: Olive Folsom.
She appeared on the Kansas State census on 1 March 1885 in Crystal, Phillips, Kansas Age 9, born Minnesota, living with parents.
Olive's father William Folsom 1835-1906 is buried in Dade County Missouri.
Her mother Sylvina W. (Winslow) Folsom 1838-1890 is buried in Phillips County, Kansas, # 71449944.
In 1880 Phillips County, Kansas, Merritt Dean is 36, Labelle 32, with Charles 12, Delancy 10, Harry 5, and Dora four months.
In 1900 Phillips County, "Delacy" born Dec 1869 in New York, married eight years to Olive M. Nov 1875 Minnesota, is a plasterer. They have Cora Sept 1892 Kansas, Charles E. Aug 1895 Missouri, Alma I. Oct 1898 Kansas, and nephew Alfonzo Hopkins Aug 1879 in Nebraska is a day laborer.
Delancy cash-claimed a quarter in 27, 7S 42W in 1907.
In 1910 Cerro Gordo County, Iowa, Delancy is a carpenter, Olive 34, Cora 17, Charlie 14, Oliver 11 Kansas, Ora 9 Kansas, Elsie M. 6 Kansas, Willie 4, Colorado, and James 1 Missouri.
In 1920 they're in Tulsa, Oklahoma, still a carpenter with Olive 44, Olma 21 a carpenter, Ora 18 a laborer, Elsie 15 a saleslady, William 13, James 11, Florence 6 Iowa, and Merrett 2 Missouri.
In 1930 Tulsa they have Florence 16, Merritt 13, and grandson Donald 6.
Delancy 1869-1942 # 39202769 and Olive M. (Folsom) Dean 1875-1944 are buried in Tulsa County.

Willie appeared in the census on 3 April 1930 in Red Fork, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Age 23, born Colorado, parents born Colorado. He was a carpenter in the building industry and he had first married at age 19. His household included his wife Lavenia D., 20, and children Billie C., 5; Wayne E., 3; and Bettie W., 1. Name on census: William E. Dean.
He appeared in the census on 11 April 1940 in Red Fork, Tulsa, Oklahoma. Age 34, born Colorado. He was a laborer with the W. P. A. working on community gardens. His household included his wife Lavenia, 31, and children Betty, 11; Jean, 8; and Perry, 4. Name on census: William C. Dean.
He died on 13 April 1974 at the age of 68 in Alameda County, California.
William C. "Willie" DEAN and Lavenia DUNCAN were married about 1925.
Olive (Dean) Bell 1924-2007 is buried in Tulsa # 105701964.


These are some of Merritt Dean’s memories. “My father, DeLancey Deville Dean, (and mother, Olive Folsom) moved to Tulsa from Mountain Grove, Mo. Because his brother-in-law, Morris Pyle needed some dependable ‘back up’ in his real estate, construction and contracting business.

Uncle Morris was married to dad’s sister, Dora, and besides the collateral of her diamond ring, Morris had lots of guts, know-how and faith in himself. My oldest brother, Ora, went down in 1916 with a wagon, a team of horses, $5 and a collie dog. The collie caught chickens, rabbits and other animals, which they ate. But the $5 was gone by the time they reached the Verdigris River, and Ora drove across the railroad bridge because he didn’t have the quarter to pay for the ferry.

Uncle Morris was busy developing the flood plain on the west side of the Arkansas River. The river comes east from Keystone in an east by north direction but drops almost due south at 11th and Union in Tulsa. Dad and some of the older members of the family drove down in wagons but I was a baby (and the youngest of nine children) and came by train. Uncle Morris was building houses all over town. Ora drove a sand wagon and my brother, Jim, drove a snatch team (horses in harness) that pulled the wagons filled with sand off the riverbank and onto the firm road surface. I was born in 1917, so I was really small when we came to town.
Ora kept working horses; for many years he was engaged for road building, leveling, earth moving and hauling. He also raised game roosters and followed the cockfights.

The Dean boys must have worked together a total of 200 years for the Texaco Refinery. I retired in 1979 with 34 years of service, despite the fact that when I was 28, I fell from a tower at the Texas Co., 40 feet, onto my head. I broke both arms, ruptured my spleen and kidneys, suffered a severe brain concussion. I had to have bone transplanted from my leg to one of my arms. The arm still looks funny and maybe I can’t tell whether I’m throwing or kicking, but still I can hold a golf club firmly and set a good drive. And if anyone asks my why I sound funny, I’ve always got the excuse that I fell on my head. It took me over three years to recover from that accident.
I married Aleene Wheeling who was from Quapaw, but she graduated from Central High School. We have a son, Michael and a daughter, Patricia, and two grandsons, two granddaughters, two great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter. I graduated from Clinton High School in Red Fork in 1935.

August 1999 "DEAN-- Aleene (Wheeling) , 81, long time Tulsan, died Wednesday in Dallas, TX, where she had moved to be near her daughter. Preceded in death by husband, Merritt Dean. Survived by: daughter, Pat Baker and her husband, Leroy of Dallas, TX; son, Mike Dean and his wife, Kathy of Sacramento, CA; 4 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren. Also survived by sister, Mildred Smith of Longmont, CO.
Interment Memorial Park Cemetery."

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