Biography of Eugene Sloan Adkins

Eugene Sloan Adkins, organizer and promoter of the Adkins Hay & Feed Company of Muskogee, is also identified with other important business interests of the state, whereby he has won classification with the representative merchants of Oklahoma. His plans have always been carefully defined and promptly executed and his energy has enabled him to overcome all difficulties and obstacles in his path.

Mr. Adkins was born in Choteau, Oklahoma, March 26, 1896, and is a son of Moses E. and Hattie (Sloan) Adkins. The father is deceased.

Eugene S. Adkins obtained a public school education, completing a course in the high school of Muskogee, while later he attended Cumberland University at Lebanon, Tennessee, and was there graduated with the class of 1913. In 1915 he established a hay and grain business at Choteau, his native city, where he remained until 1917, when he organized the Adkins Hay & Feed Company of Muskogee, which is incorporated. In 1921 he built an elevator twenty-six and a half by twenty-seven and a half feet and one hundred and thirty-two feet in height. He also built a concrete warehouse one hundred and ten by thirty feet. The business was capitalized for seventy-five thousand dollars with Mr. Adkins as the president and manager. The volume of his trade is steadily increasing and he is one of the foremost representatives of the hay and grain trade in his section of the state. He has also extended his efforts into other fields, for he is a director of the Ratcliff-Sanders Grocery Company of Tulsa, Oklahoma, and also of the Sallisaw Wholesale Grocery Company of Sallisaw, Oklahoma. He is a man of notable business sagacity, readily discriminating between the essential and the non-essential in all business affairs.

The elevator has a capacity of handling five thousand bushels of grain per hour and the business has been developed to extensive proportions.

Mr. Adkins is a veteran of the World war. He joined the army on the 15th of November, 1917, as a private and was assigned to the Forty-second Division headquarters. For a year he was over seas, serving with the rank of sergeant major and was discharged on the 22d of February, 1919, having done his full share in the efforts to establish world democracy.

On the 26th of June, 1917, just a short time before entering the army, Mr. Adkins was married to Miss Bessie L. Brady of Tulsa, and they have one son, Eugene Brady, who was born January 5, 1920. In addition to their pleasant home in Muskogee, Mr. Adkins has a farm of three thousand acres and takes great pleasure in supervising the further development and improvement of the place.

He is a member of the Town and Country Club and fraternally is connected with the Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He has already made a most creditable place in public regard by reason of what he has accomplished in business and by, reason of his fidelity to all the duties of life. What he has already accomplished in a business way indicates that his future career will be well worth watching.

MLA Source Citation:

Benedict, John Downing. Muskogee and Northeastern Oklahoma: including the counties of Muskogee, McIntosh, Wagoner, Cherokee, Sequoyah, Adair, Delaware, Mayes, Rogers, Washington, Nowata, Craig, and Ottawa. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1922. Web. 1 February 2015. - Last updated on Jan 13th, 2012

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