Delbert was a school teacher, deputy county clerk, farmer, and Methodist preacher, perhaps not all at once though.
Residences & events:
5/10/1910 Reno Twp, Canadian Co, OK. Delbert was listed in the census twice that year. Once as a public school teacher boarding with the family of Lowell and Addie Shaw at age 29, and again with his parents in Calumet Twp, same county.
He homesteaded a plot of land but was there only 2 1/2 yrs before receiving news of his father's stroke about 1914. He packed up and returned home to tend to his father and the family farm and never returned to the homestead.
9/12/1918 Delbert went with brother Charles to register for the draft, verifying his birth date, address as RFD 1, Calumet, Canadian Co, OK. He was a self employed farmer at the same address with wife Carrie C as next of kin. Physically, he was described by the registrar as medium height, medium build, with brown eyes and dark hair.
2/3/1920 Unincorporated Calumet, Canadian Co, OK. That year Delbert, 38, was responsible for a large household consisting of wife Carrie, 36, daughters Marjorie E, 4, and Winifred, 2, and Grace A, 7 months, as well as his newly widowed mother, Mary, 64, and sister Grace E, 36. He was a farmer, the only one who was working, and they rented their home.
Following his father's death, he moved the family to Cashion, Kingfisher Co, OK where he began a preaching career.
4/3/1930 South St, Manchester, Grant Co, OK was where the next census taker found them and listed Delbert B, 48, married the first time at age 32, Anna C, 38, married at 33, making this her first marriage; and children Margery E, 14, Winifred P, 12, Grace A, 10, and Mary I B, 8. They rented their home, valued at $15, and had no radio. Delbert was a pastor at the ME church.