HUDSON: Early Oklahoma History

Teams were used to haul large and small loads. Here Jess Hudson's team is hitched up to move one of the massive boilers used in the oil field and supportive work. Standing by the boiler is Jess's stepson, "Red" Conner, and on the back of one of the horses is Marvin Hudson, Jess's son. Jess, it is believed, is the man standing closest to the boy on the horses. The photography from this time period is marred by its tendency to fade and yellow - just as this image has. The historical and genealogical value of the images makes them too important to not preserve. Often, the men who made the oil fields 'work' and brought wealth to others had a harder 'row to hoe.' These 'forgotten Americans' are what history and genealogy are all about.

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