Eli Brogden

Oklahoman Published: April 2, 1991

BROGDEN Eli, loving father and grandfather, passed away Easter morning, March 31, 1991, at Baptist Medical Center. He was born in Manchester, Okla., Indian Territory, on November 18, 1900 and, in 1904, traveled by covered wagon across the Chisholm Trail, over the Caddo Jake Crossing, to homestead a farm on the South Canadian River, east of Hinton. He attended school at the Walnut Center and, in 1920, married Mayme Jewell Hill and began a life of farming and ranching in the Niles Community on the original family homestead.

He and Edrie Majors Lambert were co-superintendents of the Niles Nondenomination Church for over 18 years. Later he became a Deacon and longstanding member of the First Baptist Church of Hinton, Okla. Eli belonged to the Hinton Masonic Lodge 313 and the El Reno O.E.S. Chapter 27. He served as president of the North Caddo County Co-op Board and also was a director for 22 years. He was a lifetime member of the Okla. Farmers Union and worked on the local, county and state level in many capacities of leadership. In 1952, Eli and Charlie McLaughlin were instrumental in getting Senator Bob Kerr to the East Walnut High School gymnasium for the campaign kick-off for the U.S. Senate race, which he won. Since 1918, Eli worked diligently to acquire a bridge at the Caddo Jake Crossing and he was honored at the dedication ceremony held at the opening of the bridge on March 4, 1986. Eli was preceded in death by Mayme, his wife of over 50 years; a son, Radford E. Brogden; a grandson, Joe Johnson; and 5 brothers, Paul, Silas, Edgar, Noah, Lloyd and 2 sisters, Nellie Fowler and Mittie Daggs. Even with a severe hearing impairment, Eli had a positive, exuberant spirit and, in 1974, he married his Texas "Dolly" Waite, leased his wheat and cotton land, sold his farm equipment, and enjoyed a full social life. He re-entered his farming and cattle operation in 1979 and, in 1986, Eli married Coletha Cook, a previous home economics teacher and farm girl from Carnegie. Eli and Coletha were very active and attended country sales, real estate auctions, and many senior citizen events in the area until her untimely death in 1989. Eli is survived by a daughter, Bernice Johnson of Mustang; a son, Jimmie H. Brogden of Hinton, Okla; a son and wife, Eli and Wanda Brogden of Dodge City, Kansas; and a son and wife, William H. and Kaye Brogden of Oklahoma City; a sister, Helen Anderson of Houston, Texas; two special cousins, Florence Penrod and Etta Hagin; and 10 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren. On March 30th, the day before Eli's death, his family gathered at the family farm and dedicated newly planted trees in his honor. Eli will long be remembered as a special Dad, husband, grandfather and friend.

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