701 NW 14th


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Built in 1919 by by Cornelia and Edward C. Thorne, this red brick home has a red tile roof which was a popular style of the post-war period. Edward was born in 1858 in Illinois but spent his childhood in Connecticut. He married Cornelia A. Cline in Parsons, Kansas, in January 1885. They had two children, Raymond and Jessie. Edward began his business career in Kansas with an investment company in 1888 where he learned the farm loan business. In 1899 he moved to Oklahoma where he and his brother, W. F. formed Thorne Brothers and continued in farm loans. Cornelia was born in 1869 in Virginia. They lived there until 1927 when they sold it to Jasper & Anna Sipes.

Jasper Sipes was born in Iowa in 1860. When he was a little more than a year old his family moved to Montana where Sipes never attended school, but instead worked with his father in mining and ranching. After working for a while in farming in western Kansas, he established a school and church equipment business.

He married Anna E. Johnston of Valley Center, Kansas, on April 7, 1884. They had two children, Glen and Gail. In 1889 they headed to Oklahoma Territory where Jasper expanded his business.

He added a wholesale outlet for distribution of textbooks and other school needs in 1915. With no school boards to purchase the school furniture and no school houses to place the furniture in, Sipes set out to help with the advancement of both. For a time he carried his samples for display over the Territory, aiding in the organization of school boards, and planning to finance school buildings and equip them with everything from desks and wall maps to heating plants. He published copies of the first school laws enacted by the Oklahoma Territorial Legislature and distributed them at his own expense and equipped the first school building, Emerson, erected in Oklahoma City. His equipment was also installed in the laboratories of the University of Oklahoma at its creation. He also published a newspaper called the Oklahoma School Herald.

In his public life, He served as chairman of the territorial Democratic Central Committee, president of the Oklahoma City Carnegie Library Board, and director of the First National Bank. He also was one of the organizers of the Oklahoma Historical Society in 1895, and served as its president for 21 years. Sipes was inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame in 1932. He died in 1941 at age 81. Anna remained in the home until 1950.

Dr. Jim & Cindy Lloyd and their children Terri, Becky & Christopher moved into the home in the 1970s. Jim was a dentist. The Lloyd’s basement was famous for its baseball-themed pinball machine which was popular with all the neighborhood kids. When you put the nickel in the coin slot they had it rigged so it always came back out to the coin return tray – so everyone played the game with the same nickel over and over! The Lloyd’s yard was also one of the four corner yards in the boundaries for the Hide & Seek games played nightly in the summer.

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