WORLD WAR I DRAFT REGISTRATION
CHURCH FLYER, PHOTO & BUSINESS CARD OF REV. WILKIE C. CLOCK:
Below is a flyer circulated to raise money for a new Methodist Church in W. Tulsa …a picture of my grandfather (perhaps from the 1920’s) …and his business card. I never met him, nor my grandmother.
******************* THE WEST TULSA METHODIST CHURCH ***********************
W. TULSA METHODIST CHURCH FUNDRAISING BROCHURE:
My grandfather, Rev Wilkie Clyde Clock, raised the funds to build the West Tulsa Methodist Church, 1920’s. This flyer (both sides) was used to raise money for construction, to replace the old beat up wooden church building. He served as its minister for the rest of his life. It is a classic stone church, still in use today. An achievement my father (Charles L Clock, WCC’s son) was always very proud of …as are all the Clocks who are aware of its existence. I have never seen it …but someday! My grandfather also founded Goodwill Industries of Tulsa, still located only several blocks from “his” church.
Although I have never been to West Tulsa, I gather it was not/is not exactly the upper income area of Tulsa! If there is such a thing. (ha, now that’s a joke). My parents, especially my mother (Ellen Clock) often kidded around about West Tulsa.
FATHER – SON CHURCH DINNER PROGRAM (1924)
PHOTO: ALL THE CLOCKS OF OKLAHOMA, BY THE CHURCH (1931)
This photo was taken in approximately 1931, in front of the church that my grandfather (WCC) had built in Tulsa, Oklahoma …the West Tulsa Methodist Church. LOWER, L to R: Paul & wife Minnie, Wilkie (my grandfather), Margaret (my grandmother), George and Quentin. UPPER, L to R: Charles (my dad), Ruth, Mary and Virgil. The Clock kids, sequenced by age: George, the eldest, Paul, Mary, Ruth, Charles, Virgil, and Quentin, the “baby” of the family.
GREAT PICTURE — SOME OKLAHOMA CLOCKS
Probably my favorite photo of my grandparents ….full of emotion, tension, vigor and humor. The photo looks so “real”. Margaret on the left and Wilkie on the right.
Guessing, I would say that is Ruth (left center), Mary (right center) and Quentin (in the back). Probably during the late 1920’s or early 1930’s.
FAMILY THROUGH THE YEARS:
WEST TULSA METHODIST CHURCH TODAY (2000)
These church photos were taken around 2000 by Greg Clock, of his grandfather’s church in West Tulsa. Rev. Wilkie Clyde Clock led the construction of the church in the 1920’s. He was the pastor of the church for many years. The old stone church is still open for services today. They don’t make ’em like that anymore.
Charles L. Clock, Wilkie’s son (and my father) headed up the construction of the new Methodist Church in Newberg, Oregon during the 1970’s. How about that, huh?
My grandfather, Wilkie, started up the first Goodwill Industries in Tulsa, Oklahoma …an accomplishment that my dad (Charles L Clock) was always quite proud of. He mentioned it to me a number of times through the years. Goodwill is still located in West Tulsa, not far from where WCC founded it nearly a 100 years ago.
Goodwill Industries – In the Beginning, A Brief History
Goodwill Industries began in Boston’s South End in 1902, when Edgar J. Helms accepted a challenge to serve as a settlement worker among the area’s poor immigrants. Inspired by compassion for people with disabilities and other disadvantages, he sought a way to improve their quality of life. Helms scoured the wealthier areas of Boston, asking for unwanted clothing and goods. Poor men and women were then put to work, restoring the items and learning trades and skills as they worked. These items were then resold and the money was used to pay the worker’s wages. This was the birth of Goodwill Industries as we know it today.
Goodwill Industries of Tulsa – Past, Present and Future
Many of the programs and services have changed over the years to meet the needs of the community, but the basic philosophy upon which Goodwill was founded has remained the same. People working. Lives improved.
The Tulsa Chapter of Goodwill Industries opened in August of 1927 in the basement of the West Tulsa Methodist Church. Wilkie Clock was instrumental in getting the first permanent building for Goodwill in Tusa. A three story structure built with reused bricks. The story below is from a 1997 Tulsa paper.
GRAVESTONE, IN TULSA …NEXT TO MARGARET: