J. A. RANDOLPH.
As long as memory remains to the American people will the name of the Roosevelt Rough Riders be mentioned with honor. J. A. Randolph was among the number who went to Cuba and made the famous ride up San Juan hill in the face of the enemy's fire. It was one of the most brilliant military exploits ever known to history and Mr. Randolph has every reason to be proud of the fact that he was one of the regiment that took part in that gallant charge. Equally loyal to his country in the days of peace he is now acceptably filling the position of postmaster at Waukomis. He was born in Iowa May 29, 1858. His father, William S. Randolph, was a native of Ohio and when a young man went to Iowa. A few years later he became a resident of Kansas, where he made his home until the opening of the Cherokee strip in 1893, when he came to Oklahoma. He first settled in Woods county but soon afterward became a resident of Garfield county, where he spent his remaining days, his death occurring in Waukomis in 1904. His widow, Mrs. Mary Etta (Ulm) Randolph, is a native of Illinois.J. A. Randolph pursued his education in the common schools of Iowa and after putting aside his text-books learned the carpenter's trade. He went to Kansas with his father but after a brief period returned to his native state and there engaged in general farming and in the real estate business. He also spent several years in New Mexico as a ranchman. Prior to the opening of the Cheyenne and Arapahoe territory he lived for three years in Illinois and thence came to Oklahoma in 1893, making his way to Kingfisher. In the vicinity of that city he settled upon a claim, where he remained until the opening of the Cherokee strip in 1893. In that year he removed to Waukomis and was here engaged in the hotel and real estate business for several years.
In 1898 Mr. Randolph heard his country's call for volunteers and responded, becoming a member of the Roosevelt Rough Riders, who, under the leadership of the gallant "Colonel Teddy" covered themselves with glory in the charge up the hill of San Juan. This was one of the most brilliant feats recorded upon the pages of America's military history and the Rough Riders returned home to receive the plaudits and honor of their fellow countrymen everywhere. When the war was over Mr. Randolph resumed the pursuits of peace againg locating in Waukomis, where he devoted his time and energies to the real estate business. It is a notable fact that the American soldier can make a splendid record upon the field of battle but when he returns he unostentatiously and quietly takes up the pursuits of civil life, demanding no recognition for what he has done, content to serve his country when needed and then again turn his attention to his personal business interests. This Mr. Randolph did, continuing to conduct a real estate office until 1901, when he was appointed postmaster of Waukomis. In 1904 he was reappointed and still fills the position, discharging his duties with the same fidelity which he manifested when defending the stars and stripes.
In 1883 occurred the marriage of Mr. Randolph and Miss Eva M. Barnum, a native of Canada, and they had one daughter, Hazel. In 1904 Mr. Randolph was again married and there was one son of this union, Theodore F., who was born February 6, 1905. Mr. Randolph belongs to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and other societies. It is a well known fact that the closest comradeship and good friendship existed between the Rough Riders and their leader, and Mr. Randoplh [Randolph] is still on good terms with President Roosevelt, from whom he occasionally receives a letter. His appointment as postmaster was signed by his former colonel who, while never partial in his bestowment of official honors yet delights in thus recognizing one who was numbered among his faithful followers as he toiled up San Juan hill to plant the stars and stripes on its crest.
SOURCE: A History of the State of Oklahoma, 1908.
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