BCF to Honor Creel Family

Barbara and Don Creel

The Bartlesville Community Foundation will again recognize the impactful contributions of three local families during its annual Legacy Hall of Fame gala. The event will be held on Saturday, May 14 at the Bartlesville Community Center. During the event, the BCF will present its third annual Heritage Award to the Creel family.

Elbert Creel and his wife, Bird, moved from Independence, Missouri to Ramona, Indian Territory in 1899, eight years before Oklahoma became a state. On December 9, 1900, they welcomed a son, William Hunt “Bill” Creel. He was the first white child born in the Ramona community.

After graduating from high school and the University of Oklahoma, Bill Creel was hired by Phillips Petroleum Company as a mechanical engineer. After a brief stint in Borger, Texas, Bill and his wife, Wilma, settled in Bartlesville where they were both very active in their community and church. Along the way, they became parents of two sons: William Gorton “Bill” Creel and Donald Hunt “Don” Creel.

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