Business woman, wife and mother. A pioneering Claremore business owner’s wife.
Born December 11, 1914 in Perkins, Oklahoma to Robert and Ethel (Hedrick) Webb, Jessie was reared and educated in Pryor, Oklahoma. She graduated with the class of 1933, and in 1934 Jessie married Ralph Lingenfelter. The couple made their home in Claremore, and together raised their three children.
A wonderful wife and mother, Jessie took great care of her family while Ralph operated the Lingenfelter’s DX Station at 301 W. Will Rogers Blvd. When Ralph passed in 1971, Jessie worked at the Claremore Hospital, then Lowrance Electronics, and finally serving as the greeter at the J.M. Davis Gun Museum.
When Jessie wasn’t working, she could be found at her favorite fishing spot, shopping, or visiting friends. She also loved to cook for her family and enjoyed spending time with them. Jessie was very determined to stay independent throughout her life, and she contributed this to her never smoking or drinking, and making sure she was at church every Sunday. Jessie didn’t like giving her age until she was well into her 90’s. She never left her home not looking her best and never looked her age.
During her 107 years, Jesse has seen many changes come and go in her family’s home town of Claremore and was always eager to share her memories.