Al Dorr Family

Ora Cecilia Million

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1. Ora Cecilia MILLION, daughter of Burrell MILLION and Emma Catherine KELL , was born on 18 Jul 1876 in Shelbina, MO. Williamstown??, died on 27 Mar 1968 in Oklahoma City, OK, at age 91, and was buried in Memorial Park Cemetery, Oklahoma City, OK.

Ora Million attended a Catholic college at a Catholic convent in Quincy, Illinois. She married Dr. Arthur Perry while they still lived in Missouri. Her first child Thelma was born in 1903 in Williamstown, MO, but died at birth. Donald was born in Williamstown in in 1909. Dr. Perry was practicing medicine in Shelbina, MO when her father Burrell Million, Sr. convinced him to move to Apache; there was no doctor in Apache at the time. Sam was born in Apache in 1910. Dr. Perry died in 1911 while helping to fight an epidemic in western Oklahoma.

In 1911 her parents moved to Supply, OK where her father worked at the bank. Soon after joining the bank Burrell bought it. Ora was very active in the daily operation of the bank. During this time she met Percy B. Zerby who was working at the bank before the Millions came.

From letters written by Percy to Ora in 1915 and 1916 it appears that they were concerned about Percy being accepted by her parents. The 1916 letter even mentions that Burrell will probably be relieved when things become known. Percy was thinking about leaving the bank and taking over his brother Ross' business. Ross was planning to leave the business and go to work for the federal government. In 1917 Ora married Percy.

In 1927 she and the children moved to Norman, OK for a year to enable Don to attend college. Maxyne believes this was Ora's best year; she attended all the football games and parties. In a video interview with Maxyne and Sam (January 1988) made by Dana Dorr, Sam said the original agreement was that he and Don would alternate years at the university. Don never agreed to stop going to school, thus Sam never attended college. Don eventually obtained a PhD in counseling. That summer the bank moved to Woodward, thus there may have not been any extra money for college.

Ora actively worked in the bank until 1931 when the bank failed. After the bank failed the family moved to Lone Wolf. Around 1938 Percy obtained a job with the Highway Department in Perry. Maxyne and Ora moved to Stillwater to enable Maxyne to attend Oklahoma A&M. Don also lived with Ora and Maxyne. He had interupted his college to play in the big bands and attended Oklahoma A&M to finish his degree. Uncle Knight lived with them from time to to time as well. He had ridden with Teddy Roosevelt in the Spanish American war, and never had married. He spent most of his time at a hotel in Kansas City.

After Maxyne married Al Dorr Ora moved to Perry. She remained in Perry until her later years when she moved to Oklahoma City to be near her daughter. While in Perry she enjoyed her flower gardens and the visits of her grandchildren.

Ora's grandfather and aunt, Samuel and Alice Kell, took part in the Oklahoma land rush in 1904 and received a homestead of 160 acres near Bison, OK.

Ora's son Donald married Lemmah May Anderson and became a school counselor after receiving his EdD from Oklahoma A&M. They had no children

Sammuel married Ellen Schmidt and had a son Rick Perry.

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Ora married Arthur PERRY . Arthur PERRY died in 1911.

Children from this marriage were:

          i.   Sammuel Million PERRY (born on 20 Jun 1910 Cheyene, OK (Apache) - died on 14 Sep 1988 in Lawton, OK.

         ii.   Thelma C. PERRY (born on 18 Jun 1903 Williamstown, MO - died on 18 Jun 1903 in Williamstown, MO)

        iii.   Donald PERRY (born on 27 Mar 1909 Williamstown, MO - died on 10 Jun 1964)

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Ora next married Percy Brandon ZERBY , son of John Harry ZERBY and Nancy Hannah BRANDOM , on 18 Jun 1917 in Enid, OK. Percy was born on 2 Feb 1885 in Carroliton, MO, died on 2 Apr 1963 in Oklahoma City, OK, at age 78, and was buried in Memorial Park Cemetery, Oklahoma City, OK.

Children from this marriage were:

          i.   Maxyne C. ZERBY