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The Collins - The sons of Lee Otis and Emma Soehnholz


The sons of Lee Otis and Emma SoehnholzMr. and Mrs. George Soehnholz owned the sections to the east and north of the Jones's. These children are the sons of Lee Otis and Emma Soehnholz, Lee's first wife. This is Emma's mother, who was responsible, to a great degree for their care. Paul Martin Jones, the younger boy, was born May 2, 1930. The older boy, Arnold Heinrich Jones, was born June 4, 1925. The woman is this picture was married first at Hamburg, Germany. Her husband was killed and she remarried George Soehnholz. George took her child, Emma, and gave her his name, Soehnholz. He also took his grandchildren, these boys, into his household and provided for them.

The strong forces of these two cultures co-existing one beside the other was really something of a strange phenomena which, no doubt, has happened in other periods of history, but, nonetheless, is an interesting scene to have been enacted on the wind swept prairies of the central part of America.

These German people stayed strictly to their own affairs. They were severe in their dedication to their own, children, stock and land. The care they gave each of these was like a religion, which was, indeed, an extension of their devout Lutheran faith.

The woman in this picture, exhibits her affection for the younger grandson as she reaches for and holds his hand, a gesture to differ with her otherwise serious looking outward appearances. She cared for them, teaching them her language, her culture and her respect for the land. History cannot be changed. The lines of it are written upon the faces, the images, and the makeup of these old photographs. Even as far back as the pages of the Bible, Christ said, "God, hates a divorcing." If Arnold's second wife, Freda, had not reached out with a love so great so as to ignore these prejudices between German, Irish, English and Native American, there would have been no association at all between these families. There would have been no sharing of knowledge, or any other interchange. Because she did embrace Lee's second family, and because Lee's second wife, Velma, was as willing to build a bridge, there has been a bond of love and understanding, reaching down now to a fourth generation of peoples.

At the corner, across the road from the ranch home of the Joneses, sets a little area of sacred ground which once held the old Lutheran Church where these people worshiped. On these grounds is a remnant of markers. It is here these German people were buried. The area is exactly five miles directly in a central location between the two towns of Foraker and Grainola, Oklahoma.

Arnold Jones and Mildred Dahlke had one son, Glenn Neal Jones, born December 9, 1948. Mildred died and Arnold Jones married Freda Josephine Tanner. Arnold and Freda's children were:

1. Hugh Allen Jones, July 12, 1953
2. Dennis James Jones, July 14, 1954
3. Bruce Leon Jones, July 5, 1956
4. Arnetta Jo Jones, Stierwalt, June 25, 1957
5. Cynthia Lynn Jones, August 8, 1958

Paul Martin Jones, married Billy Jean Johnson, born at Pawhuska, Oklahoma, Osage county. Their children are:

1. Paula Jean born July 20, 1950.
2. Debra Ann, born August 25, 1952
3. David L. Jones, August 18, 1954
4. John Martin Jones, January 29, 1967




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