George was born & raised in Montgomery Co, KS (in and around Liberty). He migrated from Montgomery…

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George was born & raised in Montgomery Co, KS (in and around Liberty). He migrated from Montgomery Co to the coty of Nowata in Indian Territory in 1899 where he was the first head of public schools in Nowata.. After a year in that position, he entered the retail lumber business in Collinsville, where he worked for two years. He moved then to Wagoner, where his first child was born in Oct 1903 (Melville). He returned to Nowata in 1906, and with his cousin William Emory Roberts, Sr., established his own lumber yard. It was incorporated on April 10 , 1906, in Nowata, IT, as the New Lumber Co. His dau Aldine Bonner recalled some people called him "Mr. New". In 1933 he bought out the other shareholders and the business became G. E. Williams Lumber Company, a sole proprietorship. Following his 1949 death the business became a family partnership among his four surviving children. It became known as Williams Lumber Yard and was managed by his son, Clifford Lyle Williams, until the son's death in 1974. At that time, the business ceased operations in its 68th year. George lived in Nowata from 1906 on, with regular, extended trips to McAllen, TX, in the winter and to a lake near Stillwater, MN in the summer. He loved to fish.

Abt 1914, George built the first large home "up the hill" in Nowata on the SE corner of Delaware & Hickory at 325 West Delaware. This home had no public water or sewer until about 1920. Lawyer & oil man J. Wood Glass built another large home on the NE corner of the same intersection in 1932. Its address was 324 West Delaware, and it became known as the Glass Mansion in the 1990s when it became owned by the Nowata County Historical Society. George's youngest child, Clifford Lyle Williams was the only one of his children born in the Williams home at Delaware & Hickory The home was was sold by the Williams family heirs in the 1950s after the deaths of George and his wife Maggie. Grandson Robert Williams recalls aspagus & wild flowers being grown at this home; he also recalls his gf showing him how to grind the fresh horseradish George grew... this was don outside near the water well & cistern that were in place before the home was tied to the public water system circaz 1920.

Grandson William "Bill" Joseph Bonner recalled going with George in the late 40's (about 1946) to the Verdigris River valley north of old Alluwe, where George had a number of leases to Sinclair Oil Company. Bill's understanding was Harry F. Sinclair cheated George out of a lot of money on the leases, and that George had cheated the Cherokees on leases circa 1906 soon after the shallow Bartlesville sand was first discovered in the part of the Cherokee Nation which became Nowata County when Oklahoma became a state in 1907

George reportedly owned a number of rural properties in Nowata County. One was an acreage about two miles west of Nowata's brick plant (where he reportedly was an investor) and another was a pecan grove in the Verdigis River botton on SR 28 to the north of Alluwe & south of US 60. Grandson Robert Williams recalls picking pecans with the Bonner family at that location.

The 1880 Kansas Census, Liberty Township, Montgomery County, Page No . 17, E.D. 156, Line 43, shows George E., age 11/12 of a year, born in Kansas, child of Nicklass and Lualis Williams. See 1920 OK census, Nowata county, ED 72, Sheet 6A, line 9, 325 Wes t Delaware, Dwg 92, Household 108, where he is listed as age 40, born in Kansas, his mother in Indiana, and his father in Kentucky; manager of a lumberyard. Melville's name is listed as "G. Malvril" and he is a helper in the lumberyard.

On 12 Sep 1918 in Nowata Co, OK, George Edward Williams registered for the WWI draft. He was born 16 Jul 1879 in the USA; resided at 325 West Delaware in Nowata with his wife Maggie; and was emplyed in "retail lumber: at New Lumber Col, 110 South Oak in Nowata. He was desribed as white, meduim height & build, blue eyes, dary grey hair and had no obviousy physical disqualifications.

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George Edward Williams
July 16, 1879
143 Liberty, Montgomery, KS
5 June 3, 1949
73 69 Nowata, Nowata, OK
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