John and Alice McArdle (January 1, 1908)

Here’s another of the photos that I really wish I had documentation showing source.  I have it labeled with a date and name – so I suspect it’s another from Karin McArdle.   When I search my records I find a John McArdle and Nancy Alice McArdle that are children of Collins Tint McArdle.  I suspect these are the correct people. My file shows Nancy Alice being born in 1904 and John in 1905.  The picture is listed as 1908 so that would make Nancy Alice 4 and John 3.  From the pictures that looks about right.


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Collins T. McArdle – Postal Carrier

Collins was the first rural mail carrier in the Covington, Garfield Co., OK area – selling the route to John Fortnay, his assistant, sometime around 1920-1923 when he & his family moved to Vinita, OK.
Collins T. McArdle was born in Virginia, but lived most of his early life in Vermilion Co, IL. where my part of the family stayed. He moved his family to Leavenworth Co, KS in 1866. Collins took part in the Cherokee Strip Land Rush – taking along several of his sons & daughters. He & a few of his children remained on his claim long enough for his patent to be completed, then sold his land & returned to Leavenworth (Tonganoxie area), Kansas where he died in1909. Collins T. McArdle was my First Cousin 3X Removed.   (His grandfather was my 3rd great-grandfather)

My records list this as a picture of Collins T. McArdle.  It shows him in uniform getting ready to deliver mail.   I think the source of this picture is Karin McArdle.  Her husband is descended from Collins T. McArdle and she has done a lot of research on that branch of the family.


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