WRIGHT, HARPER, M.D.
Vol. 5, p. 1833, 1834
Many of the new towns in Western Oklahoma are attracting professional men of decidedly superior attainments and training, and the general average of proficiency and ability to be found among the professional men of these new communities is decidedly higher than that which prevailed in the older part of the state in earlier years. An example of these younger leaders in the professional life of Western Oklahoma is Dr. Harper Wright, a physician and surgeon who has recently taken up practice at Grandfield.
Born at Farill, Alabama, November 23, 1887, Harper Wright attended the public schools there, graduated from the Gaylesville High School in Alabama with the class of 1904, in 1907 finished the course of the noted old Webb Preparatory School at Bellbuckle, Tennessee, and in the same year took a business course in Eastman's Business College at Poughkeepsie, New York. In 1913 Doctor Wright was graduated from the Atlanta College of Physicians and Surgeons at Atlanta, Georgia. His thorough training in preparation for the profession also included one year spent as interne (sic) at the Erlanger Hospital in Chattanooga, Tennessee, and for six months he was associated with an eminent surgeon, Dr. Raymond WALLACE, F.A.C.S., of Chattanooga.
The Wright family came from England to Georgia prior to the Revolution, and was related to the family of General Oglethorpe, the founder and leader of the Georgia colony. Doctor Wright's father was A. R. Wright, who was born at Cave Springs, Georgia, in 1859, and for the past thirty years has been prominently identified with the business community at Farill, Alabama, where he has been a merchant, a farmer and stock raiser, sawmill owner, manufacturer of charcoal, and with practically every enterprise of any importance in that town.
He died March 1, 1916. His wife was Effie STEWART, who was born at Atlanta Georgia, in 1867, and died at Farill, Alabama, in July 1911. Doctor Wright was the older of their children, and the others were: Annie, wife of J. F. MCGEE, who is assistant to the secretary and treasurer of the Anchor Duck Mills at Rome, Georgia; Gus, who is a farmer at Farill, Alabama; Margaret, wife of Lewis LILLEY, of Parrot, Georgia; and Mose, attending the preparatory school at Rome, Georgia.
Doctor Wright was married in September 1914, at Indianapolis, Indiana, to Ellen C. GALLAGHER, whose home was formerly in Winona, Minnesota. She is a member of the Catholic Church. Doctor Wright belongs to the Phil Chi Greek letter medical fraternity, is a member of the Baptist Church, and has fraternal affiliations with Lodge No. 91, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, at Chattanooga, Tennessee, with Grandfield Lodge No. 378, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; with Gaylesville Lodge No. 256, Independent Order of Odd Fellows in Alabama; and with Banyan Camp No. 573, Woodmen of the World at Grandfield. He located for practice at Grandfield, Oklahoma, September 23, 1914, and already enjoys a substantial practice and reputation as a physician and surgeon. His offices are in the Tillman County Bank Building.
Transcribed by Jeanne M. Misleh, 20 July, 1999.
SOURCE: Thoburn, Joseph B., A Standard History of Oklahoma, An Authentic Narrative of its Development, 5 v. (Chicago, New York: The American Historical Society, 1916)