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Marmaduke "Duke" and Edith (Stovin) Wildman

From Nora Anderson’s genealogical publication, based on LaVerta Thomas’ and Lynn Wildman’s research

Marmaduke, after emigrating to Kansas and finding it to his liking, sent for his sweetheart, Miss Edith M. Stovin, of Canada, and the wedding was held in the home of his Aunt Agnes.

Edith May arrived in Winfield, Kansas on the 18th of July from her Canadian home. She stayed at the home of Marmaduke's aunt, Agnes Wells Holtby, near Arkansas City, Kansas until their marriage on 22 July 1884.

From there, they went by covered wagon to Pratt County, Kansas, to set up housekeeping. Because of the lack of lumber and money, it was necessary for them to build a sod house in which to live. That was the start of hard years.

In 1893, they moved to Oklahoma and homesteaded two and a half miles southeast of Cestos. The first two years, they lived in a dugout before Marmaduke was able to build a two room picket log house with a sod roof. In 1905, a large, two story, nine room house was built, where they lived for 25 years. Eleven children were born between 1885 and 1903. One son, Arthur, born October 23, 1894, was the first white child born in Dewey co., Oklahoma Indian Territory.

In 1917, Marmaduke bought a store at Cestos and operated there for two years before moving the store to Vici. The Wildman Mercantile business was operated by Marmaduke Wildman and his son Earl, until Duke retired, leaving it under the management of Earl.

Anniversary notice from newspaper clipping:
Mr. and Mrs. M. Wildman are to pass the 65th milestone of their marriage Friday, July 22 (1949)
There will be no big fanfare in observing the occasion. Ye Ed takes this occasion to observe this is a record that any couple could be proud of, and is in direct contrast to the newer idea used so much out in Hollywood where the ladies change husbands to better match their new frock.

Duke and Edith resided in Vici until their deaths.

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