Foreman, Ben Green

Ben Green Foreman was born on a ranch near Enterprise, Indian Territory, the son of Ben and Leatha Foreman. His sisters were Fannie and Josephine Foreman. Ben was named after his father and Green McCurtain who was the Principal Chief of the Choctaw at the time. As a youngster he attended Jones Academy for a brief time. In 1905 he was allotted land near Chickasha. Later, her built a home there and began farming. Shortly after his marriage to Daisy Landrum, the United States became involved in World War I. he then leased his farm and enlisted in the Army, taking his basic training at Camp Travis, San Antonio, Texas. With the Company I, 357th Infantry, he was sent to France, where he was gassed in the Argonne Forest. After the war, he returned to his home and continued farming. He was active in the American Legion and served on the school board in his community. Ben was appointed Deputy Sheriff of Grady County in 1935 and served in that capacity until 1943 when he retired due to ill health. He suffered a fatal heart attack the same year and is buried at Chickasha. He left behind his wife and four children, Christine, Jane, Dan and Ben G. Foreman. Ben’s daughter, Jane resides in Stockton, California and with her monetary donations to Jones Academy; the Ben G. Foreman Memorial Fund has been established.