Elliot & Virginia Phillips

Son of Waite Phillips

Elliot Waite Phillips was born January 11, 1918 in Okmulgee, Oklahoma to Waite and Genevieve Phillips. His sister Helen Jane was 6 and a half years older.

Chope attended school in Tulsa and remembers living in “the big house,” Philbrook, which his father built and later donated to Tulsa as a museum.

The son of an oilman, Chope grew up with a deep passion for ranching. Chope wanted to be a rancher, a cowboy and a cattleman while his father encouraged him to be a businessman. At Waite’s insistence, Chope worked in the oil field for a few years but the call of ranching remained with him. When Chope announced to his father that he wanted to head back to the land, Waite was very disappointed.

The two manged to reconcile and Chope, along with his wife Virginia, ranched in Northern New Mexico for many years. Chope and Virginia have retired from ranching and live in Amarillo, Texas.

Virginia Philips died Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2011 in Amarillo, Texas.
She was 89.

Interview with Elliot and Virginia Phillips

Program Credits:
Elliot and Virginia Phillips — Interviewee
John Erling — Interviewer
Mel Myers — Announcer

Honest Media
Mel Myers — Audio Editor

Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Douglas Miller — Art Director
Mark DeMoss — Webmaster
Laura Hyde — Upload Coordinator

Date Created: May 5, 2009

Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.

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