Lawton, Comanche County, Oklahoma
Friday, October 22, 1965
Funeral Services Set in Tulsa for One of Randlett’s Founders
Tulsa: Funeral services are scheduled here for Mrs. LOTTIE ESTELLA MABEE, who along with her husband, the late oilman and philanthropist JOHN MABEE, founded Randlett in 1907. Mrs. MABEE died Thursday at the age of 86 in a Tulsa hospital. Her husband died in 1961.
The Mabees established the J. E. and L. E. MABEE Foundation which made gifts totaling millions of dollars to colleges, hospitals, churches, and other institutions.
A principal beneficiary was the University of Tulsa. The Mabees also donated two million dollars for the Hillcrest Medical Center Children’s Hospital, Tulsa.
The Mabees, who built their vast oil fortune from a homestead 160 acres in Cotton County, established Randlett when Mabee opened a wagon yard there. Randlett is now a town of 400 population located in southern Cotton County near Red River. It is about 25 miles south of Lawton.
The Mabees were married in Golden City, Missouri in 1900 and farmed on rented land before moving to Fort Worth. In Fort Worth, Mabee, who later became one of the world’s richest oilmen, worked for 15 cents an hour in a packing house.
When the “Big Pasture” country was opened, the Mabees homesteaded in Cotton County. Soon after this, Mabee started his wagon yard and also established Randlett. Mabee also obtained a contract to carry mail between Randlett and Temple, 21 miles away. Two years after homesteading the farm, he and Mrs. Mabee received a patent on the land. He later leased it to Carter Oil Co. for drilling and went to work for the firm, buying up leases around Randlett.
In 1919, Mabee made his first venture in the drilling business when he leased 20 acres near Breckenridge, Texas. He drilled two wells and both were gushers, famous in the early day annals of Texas oil booms. From that beginning, he became one of the world’s largest drilling contractors, later drilling more than 200 wells in Oklahoma City alone. The Mabee Foundation was established in 1948.
Private funeral services will be held Saturday for Mrs. Mabee. Entombment will be in the family mausoleum in Memorial Park, Tulsa.
She is survived by a brother, J. W. BOREN (JAMES W. BOREN?) of Colorado Springs, Colorado; three nephews, five nieces, and several great-nephews and great-nieces. Two brothers and two sisters preceded her in death.
The nephews are JOHN W. COX of Tulsa and Krum, Texas; LLOYD COX of Fort Worth and W. J. BOREN of Yellow Grass, Sask., and the nieces are Mrs. NAOMI ROSS of Keller, Texas, Mrs. RUTH MIETH of Glen Rose, Texas, Mrs. RUBY JOHNSON of Fort Worth, Mrs. EULA MEYER of Colorado Springs, and Sister St. SUZANNE of Regina, Sask.
LOTTIE ESTELLA BOREN MABEE was the daughter of WILLIAM R. BOREN and AURORA HENDRICKS.
Amond her siblings were CHARLES HENRY BOREN, ADA BOREN ARMANTROUT, and NELLIE BOREN COX.
Her grandparents were JOHN HENDRICKS and CHARLOTTE GARDNER; and WILEY BOREN and CATHERINE LIERLE or LIVELY.
Her sister Nellie Boren Cox married Gifford V. Cox, son of JOHN M. COX and LAURA NORDMAN COX. Nellie and Gifford were the parents of JOHN W. COX, LLOYD COX, NAOMI COX ROSS, RUTH COX MIETH, and RUBY COX JOHNSON.
Some missing pieces:
Ada Boren Amantrout, wife of Walter Armantrout, was in the 1920 Jackson County, Missouri household with children Ruth M. and William Armantrout, besides her mother Aurora Hendricks Boren and her nephew Lloyd Eric Cox. Was Ada the mother of these Armantrout children?
Charles ‘Henry’ Boren with wife May and daughter Hazel were on the 1900 Barton County, Missouri census. By 1910 Jasper County, Missouri census, Henry Boren with wife Lillie (nee BECK, 1st husband Dobbs, later 3rd husband was SWAFFORD) had Lillie’s son EDDIE DOBBS and his daughter HAZEL BOREN in the household, with Henry and Lillie being married 9 years. Charles Henry Boren died 1911. Questions: May died between the census year 1900 and early 1901--what was her maiden name--was it Nordman? What happened to Hazel?