March 15, 1921
March 17, 1921
Shocked By Word of Death Of Will Kistler
Word was received
at about 2:30 Tuesday afternoon from Tulsa by relatives here that Will
Kistler had just passed away at that place.
Word came Monday that he had been taken ill while on a hunting trip, and
was considered dangerous,, that a specialist had been sent for from Kansas
City to see if it could be determined just what his ailment was. Mr. and
Mrs. N. D. Kistler expected to leave for Tulsa this morning but did not
get away. They will leave this evening.
Will Kistler had grown to manhood in Blackwell and his life had practically
been spent in this city until he went to Tulsa a few years ago.
He graduated from the Blackwell high school, and the first years of his
business life were spent here. He was connected with the Oklahoma Guaranty
bank for several years, and held the position of assistant cashier when
he severed his connection with that institution.
In both business and social life he made a host of warm friends to whom
the news of his death will come as a sad shock.
Account Of the Death of Wm. F. Kistler
Wm. F. Kistler, sales
manager and vice president of the Producers and Refiners corporation died
Tuesday at the family home at 515 South Carson after a short illness,
and his death came as a surprise and shock to the entire fraternity.
Mr. Kistler was born in Atchison, Kans., 29 years ago, but moved with
his parents when a boy to Blackwell, Okla., where he was reared and where
he attained a prominent position, being cashier of the Oklahoma Guaranty
bank until 1917, when he joined the army and served as a lieutenant in
the quartermaster’s corps at Camp Travis. Leaving the army he came
to Tulsa as sales manager for the Producers and Refiners corporation.
He leaves a wife and a boy about 2 ½ years of age who are receiving
the sympathy of a wide circle of friends. W. L. Kistler, vice president
and general manager, who was in New York, is en route home for the funeral.
Mr. Kistler’s death was due to a hemorrhage caused by a fracture
of the skull at the base of the brain and the manner in which it occurred
is likely to remain a mystery. He had accompanied Jack Bates of the Roxana
Petroleum corporation to a favorite camping spot 20 miles west of Copan
in the wildest part of Osage, where the two were met by a couple of Roxana
employee with a large pack of hounds and this being one of the most enjoyable
trips open to oil men in Tulsa, as Mr. Bates and his men are famous wolf
Arriving at Dripping Spring, the camp ground, they found that the dogs
could not work on account of a recent forest fire, and so it was decided
to wait until the dew fell. Building a camp and a big fire, the entire
party retired only to be awakened at midnight by the cry of the hounds,
who had stirred up a wolf and were in full pursuit.
Mr. Kistler did not go with the party on the trail of the hounds, saying
that be preferred to sleep awhile longer, but appeared to be in the best
of health. It was about four hours later that the party returned and found
him leaning against a tree and very ill with nausea. He was immediately
given treatment and not feeling better was brought home, arriving here
about 11 a.m. Sunday.
He did not show that he was ill except that he had but very little to
say. Said Mr. Bates, and simply repeated after some statements that I
made as for instance, when we were at Bartlesville I asked him if we had
not better have a doctor, or had we better hurry home, and he then said
“hurry home.” How he came by the bruise at the base of the
skull is a mystery and the only solution we have to offer is that he may
have gotten up and fainted and fell on some rocks.
After an illness of but two days, William F. Kistler, vice president and
general sales manager of the Producers and Refiners corporation of Tulsa
and Denver, died at noon Tuesday, at his home, 1515 South Carson avenue.
He was 29 years old, a native of Atchison, Kan., and a resident of Oklahoma
almost all of his life. Besides his wife, a 2 ½ year old son, and
his parents, the latter of Blackwell, survive.
Mr. Kistler was either hurt or fell while on a hunting trip Sunday in
the Osage and was brought home in a semi-conscious condition. Physicians
could not understand what ailed Mr. Kistler, and after his death a post
mortem examination revealed that an injury to his spine and a concussion
of the brain were the contributing causes of his demise.
Mr. Kistler was very popular among the refinery sales managers of the
Mid-Continent fields, having been with the P. & R. since December,
1918 when he left the army. Before the war he was with the Oklahoma Guaranty
Bank at Blackwell. - Tulsa World.
Mr. And Mrs.
W. D. Kistler of Atchison, Kan., a brother of N. D. Kistler, came in Thursday
to attend the funeral of his nephew, Will Kistler.
Mrs. F. M. Leforce
came in Wednesday evening from Amarillo, Texas, and is at the parental
N. D. Kistler home, as is also Mr. And Mrs. L. J. McDonald of Pawhuska.
Mrs. C. N. Swiheart
of Nevada City, Iowa, came in Thursday, called by the death of her brother,
the late Will Kistler.