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Biography of Jesse H. Moore

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Jesse H. Moore is the cashier of the Oketo State Bank. The Moore family had for many years been identified with banking and other affairs of Marshall County, and Mr. Moore’s father was the founder of the present bank, his mother is now its president, and this excellent Kansas woman had another special distinction as being one of the few women of the state to hold the office of mayor of a town.

The Oketo State Bank’s history begins in 1889, when Z. H. Moore started it as a private bank. In 1900 it was reorganized under state charter. It is an institution of large resources and an effective factor in the financial affairs of the community. It had a capital of $10,000 and surplus of $25,000. The present officers are: Mrs. L. G. Moore, president; P. J. Eychaner, vice president; J. H. Moore, cashier; and Henry C. Waters, Jr., assistant cashier.

Mr. Jesse H. Moore was born at Oketo, Kansas, August 20, 1884. He received his education in the public schools there, graduating from high school in 1900, and in 1907 he received his Bachelor degree from Baker University. While at Baker he was a member of the Kappa Sigma college fraternity. In the meantime he had become associated with his father in the banking business, at first as assistant cashier, and in 1908 was promoted to his present position as cashier. Besides his home on East Street he had acquired other property and is interested in farms in Marshall, Trego and Logan counties. Politically Mr. Moore is a republican. He is a member of the Oketo School Board, had served in the City Council, and in religious affiliations he is a Friend or Quaker. He is past master of Oksto Lodge No. 25, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.

In 1911, at Topeka, he married Miss Margaret Betzer, daughter of I. L. and Mary E. Betzer. Her parents still live in Topeka, where he is in the loan and bond business.


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