Class of 1903

Eathel Rebecca (Fleming) Hartenbower

January 9, 1886 – April 22, 1957

Mrs. Eathel Hartenbower, 71, pioneer Noble County resident, was found dead in her home, five miles northwest of Perry, Monday afternoon. Officials said she apparently died Saturday. She had been ill with a heart ailment.

Born January 9, 1886, she was the daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. J. C. Fleming. The family came to Perry in 1893 after the Cherokee Strip opening and operated Perry’s first hardware store and later the Ford auto agency.

Eathel graduated from Perry High School in 1903. She was married to Andrew Cleveland Hartenbower on December 9th, 1907. Hartenbower was connected with the Oklahoma Agricultural and Mechanical College. He and Eathel left immediately after their wedding to assume research work for the college in South America. They made their home in Lima, Peru, for two years. After their return he taught at the college from 1909 to 1913. In 1914 they went to the island of Guam where “Cleve” was director of the experimental station for the government. From 1920 to 1925 he managed the Fleming & Hartenbower ranch in Perry. They were divorced in 1933.

Mrs. Hartenbower was a member of the Episcopal church.

She is survived by a brother, Earl Fleming, Oklahoma City.

A requiem holy communion service in memory of Mrs. Eathel Hartenbower will be conducted at 9 a.m. Wednesday in St. Mark’s Episcopal church, with the public invited. Final services will follow at 10 a.m. in the Newton funeral chapel. Rev. W. Bruce MacHenry, vicar of St. Mark’s, will officiate at both services. Burial will be in Memorial Park cemetery, Oklahoma City.