Charles H. Parker (1864-1918)
Near as we can tell Mitchell DeClerck’s roots in Enid, Oklahoma can be traced back to September 16, 1893, when Charles Parker came to Enid on the train for the Land Run of 1893. Also known as the Cherokee Strip Land Run, the Land Run of 1893 marked the opening to settlement of the Cherokee Outlet in what would become the state of Oklahoma. The run began at noon on September 16, 1893, with more than 100,000 participants hoping to claim land.
We don’t know exactly when Mr. Parker opened his law practice in Enid but until someone who was there tells us otherwise, we think that shortly after September 16, 1893, the predecessor of Mitchell DeClerck first opened its doors. Or more likely its tent flap.
The following extract from an article by Enid lawyer and historian Garry Brown entitled “Enid Attorneys Helped Shape Our History” tells of our beginning:
The earliest reported case we can find in Garfield County involving our partner Charles H. Parker began as a dispute over a homestead claim in 1893 that ultimately worked its way the the Supreme Court of Oklahoma Territory in 1901, Cope v. Braden, 1901 OK 59.
Mr. Parker's obituary appeared in the The Enid Events. (Enid, Okla.), Vol. 25, No. 42, Ed. 1 on Thursday, July 25, 1918.
CHARLES H. PARKER