Charles Page (June 2, 1860 – December 27, 1926) was an important philanthropist in the early history of Oklahoma and Tulsa. His enduring act was the creation of the Sand Springs Home for orphans and widows and otherwise unwanted and unloved children. Concurrently, he founded the city of Sand Springs, Oklahoma to support the home.
Page was born in Arnott, Wisconsin, outside of Stevens Point, Wisconsin to James William and Mary Gottrey Page. Charles dropped out of school in 1870 and began working on a freight wagon after his father became too ill to work. The father died when Charles was eleven years old. Thereafter, he took care of his mother and four younger siblings.
For many years, Page's life consisted of a series of jobs in an attempt to support his family. In the early 1870s, he helped his mother cook for Wisconsin Central Railway workers. Additionally, he worked as a railway dispatcher and clerked in a general store. In 1876 - 1877, he worked as a lumberjack and logger. In 1879, he became a policeman in Ashland, Wisconsin. In the following two years, he became chief of police for Tower, Minnesota and then went to... Read More