Dr. Elmer E. Kirkpatrick



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Elmer Ellsworth Kirkpatrick was born April 11, 1867 in Bardolph, Illinois, McDonough County. He was the fourth son to John Elson Kirkpatrick (1829-1916) and Mary Elizabeth Gibbony (1834-1917).

The Kirkpatrick family moved from Illinois around1876 to Holton, Kansas where E. E. Kirkpatrick graduated from high school and attended Campbell University where he studied dentistry. Elmer attended the Chicago College of Dental Surgery at Lake Forest University, Chicago, Illinois and received his degree in 1893.

That same year Dr. Kirkpatrick moved to Oklahoma Territory where he joined the First Presbyterian Church of Oklahoma City. Receiving his license in May 1894, Dr. Kirkpatrick was among the Territory’s earliest registered dentists. His first office was located at 200 West Main in Oklahoma City.

In 1895 Dr. Kirkpatrick was elected president of the Oklahoma Territory Dental Association. He would also serve three terms as the organization’s Secretary-Treasurer and two later terms again as President.

Territorial Governor Cassius McDonald Barnes appointed Dr. Kirkpatrick to the Oklahoma Territorial Board of Dental Examiners where he served from 1897-1900. Dr. Kirkpatrick also helped establish the Oklahoma State Dental Association, combing the Oklahoma and Indian Territorial organizations.

Dr. Kirkpatrick likely organized the first dental supply house in Oklahoma Territory. However long it remained, it did eventually close due to a larger dental supply company. Nevertheless, Dr. Kirkpatrick’s practice continued even as his family grew.

On June 27, 1900 Elmer E. Kirkpatrick and Helene Claudia Spencer, daughter of Lewis Mortimer and Julia (Siceluff) Spencer were married. Their first child, Lewis Spencer, was born May 15, 1901 with a second son, Elmer Ellsworth, Jr. arriving August 17, 1905. John Elson was born February 13, 1908.

Dr. Kirkpatrick was a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks in Oklahoma City. He held the position of Exalted Ruler in 1909. He also a member of the Eighty Niner’s Association and its Executive Committee.

In 1910, the Kirkpatrick’s purchased a family’s cabin in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado. While he rarely spent time there with his family as he continued his dental practice in Oklahoma City, he would return in late summer to drive them back home. On October 26, 1910, the Kirkpatrick’s last son, Claude Siceluff was born.

The Kirkpatrick’s only daughter, Mary Elizabeth was born March 16, 1918. Sometime between 1918 and 1919, Dr. Kirkpatrick broke his arm after the family car backfired while he was cranking the engine to start it. The result was all the members of the family taking up various jobs to supplement the family income. The family which had moved around much was forced to do so again moving to 501 W. Thirteenth, Dr. Kirkpatrick’s final residence.

Over his life, Dr. Kirkpatrick also looked towards real estate investments with a 1927 diary revealing his plans. Also, in 1934 Dr. Kirkpatrick ran an unsuccessful campaign for the Oklahoma House of Representatives.

On March 27, 1936 Dr. Kirkpatrick was a passenger in his 1931Plymouth sedan when the car was struck by a truck pulling a trailer. As a result of the accident, Dr. Kirkpatrick had a heart attack and died that night. His interment was at Fairlawn Cemetery, Oklahoma City.





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