E.W. Marland had made a fortune in the West Virginia and
Pennsylvania areas and lost it in the panic of 1907. He came to Oklahoma in
1908 and started drilling for oil at the 101 Ranch. An oil strike for
Marland was not made until June, 1911. After that, the Marland empire began. Marland's Grand Home was started in 1914 and completed in 1916. It came with
a central vacuuming system, automatic dish washer, attached three car garage
and the first indoor swimming pool built in Oklahoma.
When E.W. and Virginia moved into the new home, their adopted children,
George and Lydie, who were Virginia's blood niece and nephew, moved in with
At the time the Marlands lived in the Grand Home, E.W.'s net worth, not
including his oil company, was 30 million dollars. In 1925 E.W. started
building what came to be known as the Marland Mansion.
Virginia passed away at the Grand Home in June 1926, never seeing the
In 1928, after the completion of the Mansion, E.W. took Lydie to
her birth parents home in Flourtown,
Pennsylvania, had the adoption annulled, and married her in her parents
E.W. and Lydie
then went on an extensive honeymoon, before moving into the Mansion
in the Fall of 1928.