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BIG Picture of Sally in front of Cafe)
Teresa, Nancy & Santos (I think)
Don, Teresa, Sally, Carmel & Mary
Don with 'The Girls'
Carmel & Mary (and others)
Teresa, Don, Sally (& others)
Don, Sally & Carmel (& others)
Veronica Wilson (& others)






Sally Carroll, owner for the last fifty years, was born in Nebraska, October 22, 1916, and came to Pawhuska with her family in 1919.

Sally is one of five living daughters of Philipe and Lus Elias

They held a family reunion in Pawhuska, Oklahoma, June 12-13, 1999

Daughters attending were: Santos Munoz of Bartlesville, who is 92 years young, (she is the eldest of the five sisters) Teresa Switzer of Kentucky, Nancy Bueno of Emporia, Kansas, Carmel Jenkins of Pawhuska, and Sally Carroll


OCNS-June 13, 1999 - Parts of this story are taken from an updated family history compiled in 1998 by Don Switzer, grandson of Phillip and Luz Elias, who credited Dolores Escareno Ball and Beatrice Escareno Valverde (granddaughters of Phillip and Luz) with writing an original family history booklet.

Felipe (Phillip) Elias (1883-1960) and Luz Cervera (1884-1959) were married in Leon, Gto., Mexico in 1901. In 1908 they came to the United States to join Mrs. Elias' mother in San Marcos, Texas, crossing the border at Nuevo Laredo Border after paying the nickel toll fee.

Phillip, a brick mason by trade, found employment working on the construction of the famous Rice Hotel in Houston.

In 1910, Phillip's brother, Joe, and his family, arrived in Houston and the two Elias brothers joined the Hamilton Brothers Construction Company in Houston, traveling throughout the Midwest with the company.

In 1919, they arrived in Pawhuska, Oklahoma where they settled at 608 East Twelfth Street. By that time, Phillip and Luz had six children: Inocencia (Ginger), Santos, Andrea, Teresa, Sally, Frank and Johnny. Nancy and Carmel were born in Pawhuska.

Joe and Marcelina Elias had seven children at that time: John, Ted, Marshall, Romona, Domingo, Bernardo and Joe. Juanita, Conda and Raymond were born in Pawhuska.

Through the years Phillip Elias worked in construction, including helping to build Woolaroc and Osage Hills State Park for the Works Progress Administration (WPA). He was later employed with the City of Pawhuska where he remained until his retirement.

Luz died September 5, 1959 in San Antonio, Texas, from injuries received in an automobile accident and Phillip, who was critically injured in the accident, died July 4, 1960, in Jane Phillips Memorial Hospital, Bartlesville. Both are buried in Pawhuska Cemetery.

June 12-13, 1999, descendants of this couple met in the Pawhuska IGA Banquet Room for a family reunion, having Saturday dinner cooked by employees of IGA.

Sunday's "all Mexican food" was cooked by family members and brought to the IGA Banquet Room where several generations gathered, including the couple's five surviving daughters:

The baby of the family, Carmel Jenkins of Pawhuska, and her daughters, Anna of Stillwater and Rozell of Pawhuska.

Nancy Bueno of Emporia, Kansas, her children, Linda Adams of Kansas City, Missouri, Veronica Wilson of Pawhuska, Rita Lowry of Bartlesville, Bernard of Emporia, Regina of Emporia, Doris Santillan of Kansas City, their spouses, nine children and two grandchildren.

Sally Carroll of Pawhuska, her children, Andrea Lawrence of Bentonville, Arkansas and David Carroll of Pawhuska, their spouses, their children, Ronnie Preece, Becky Preece, Lavendar and Krystal Carroll, and Andrea's grandchildren, Tandra Preece and Misty and Shea'Ree Radford all of Pawhuska.

Teresa Switzer of Louisville, Kentucky, her son, Don and her daughter, Lucy Ferry, her spouse, five children and three grandchildren.

Santos Munoz of Bartlesville, her daughter, Rosetta Swindell and Rosetta's two children, Maria and Martin of Bartlesville.

Also attending were children of deceased daughter, Inocencia; Pete Escareno of Wichita, Kansas, and Edward Escareno and Beatrice Valverde both of Eureka, Kansas, four of their children and one granddaughter.

Also, Mary, the widow of Frank Elias, and their children, Beverly Jean Hardcastle of Tulsa, Frank Jr., Richard, Michael, Russell, and Catherine all of Broken Arrow and six of their children.

The family of Phillip's brother Joe, who had ten children (four still living) was represented at the reunion by his daughter, Juanita Corle, her daughter Jo Ann Hunt and spouse, Jim and their daughter Alicia all of Pawhuska.

More information and pictures of the family will be on this website in the near future.

Next year's family reunion (for all descendents of the Elias family) will be held in Eureka, Kansas (home of Dolores Escareno Ball who will sponsor the reunion). It will be held the first weekend in June 2000.

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