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By ZELDA BETH LANG

Floyd McNeill was born in 1874 in Tupelo, Miss. At age 13, and just finishing the 6th grade, his father was hit by lightening and killed. He quit school and for the next 10 years he was breadwinner for his mother and three younger siblings.
After Oklahoma became a state he applied and got the job of County Clerk in Mangum, Okla. He had an impeccable handwriting.  He met Lucy Richardson and until he got a job to make a living, he would not propose to Lucy. He finally did and they were married in Tupelo.
While in Mangum McNeill was appointed a Circuit Judge by the government to oversee “No Man’s Land” while the government decided if “No Man’s Land” would become a part of Texas, Oklahoma or Colorado. It took three years for “No Man’s Land” to became part of Oklahoma which was resolved in 1915.

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