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GEORGE HENRY BRUCE
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TO OUR DEVOTED AND BELOVED SECRETARY OF THE
ARDMORE SCHOOL BOARD
FOR SEVEN YEARS
Grnrgr Nmrg Brute
WE RESPECTFULLY DEDICATE THIS
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vo1..vu1. NO.'3. Anmvions, OKLA., MAY, 1912 Price zsc
George Henry Bruce
Mr. G. H. Bruce, to whom this volume is dedicated, was born in Orange County, Vt., April
23, 1841. When he was 18 years of age he and his brother, R. Bruce, came south and settled
in Gonzales County, Texas, where they lived until the opening of tl1e Civil War.
True to their adopted home, he and his brother espoused the cause of the Confederacy,
and joined Terry's Texas Rangers, Company E. With this company he saw active service
throughout the entire war, and fought with three of the greatest cavalry leaders this country
has ever seen: John H. Morgan, Nathan Bedford Forrest and Joe lllheeler. Following such
leade1's as these necessarily took him into 1nany of the fiercest battles of this terrible war.
He was wounded twice-once in tl1e left arm, and once in the left leg. Tl1rougl1out the entire
struggle he was brave and loyal, as is evidenced by the fact that on one occasion, when he had
carried l1is brother off tl1e field, who had been wounded by a grape shot, they fell into the
hands of the enemy, who offered to pay their transportation back to any point in the north,
but he sternly refused to accept anything at their hands.
lt is quite a coincidence that he and his brother, S. R. Bruce, we1'e combatants throughout
tl1e entire war on the Confederate side, and had two other brothers who went all the way
through the war in the federal army. -
Just as the war was closing, this brave young Confederate cavalryman met, wooed and
won Miss Mattie Reeves of Oglethorpe, Ga., whom he married on April 14, 1865. Possibly
tl1e1'e has never been a happier union than this one. They have four children today, two
sons and two daughters: C. P. Bruce and Stanley R. Bruce of Oklahoma City, Mrs. S. M. Tor-
bett of Ada, and Mrs. H. E. Foster of this city.
After the close of the war Mr. Bruce came to Hunt County, Texas, where he lived until
Feb. 1-L,1890, when he moved to this city. For a number of years he engaged in the saddle
and harness business. About ten yea1's ago he accepted the city clerkship of this city, at the
earnest solicitation of 111any of the principal city otlicials, and has held the office continuously
from that time to this.
He was a member of the Iirst board of education ever organized i11 this city, and has been
a member continuously from that time to this. He has assisted in building up from a mere
beginning one of tl1e ,greatest systems of schools in the southwest, and has contributed largely
toward its rapid and successful development. Possibly there is no other person in the entire
city who knows all the details in connection with tl1e schools as well as he.
Possibly there is no one in this city who is so gentle, uniformly courteous and kind and
sympathetic with every one as he. In fact, these qualities have won for him the love of the
entire city, and every one feels so kindly toward him that he is affectionately known as "Uncle
Besides his work for the city and the schools, he is secretary of nearly all the lodges and
every other organization with which he is connected, and no man is more careful about the
details of his work than is "Uncle George."
The faculty and student body, with one accord, wish for him many more happy years
filled with pleasure and kindly rninistration.
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