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Biography of H. C. Bigham

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H. C. Bigham is well known in financial circles of Washington County as cashier of the Citizens State Bank of Ramona and he is adding prestige to the institution by his efficiency in the discharge of his duties and his devotion to the interests entrusted to his care. He was born in Greene County, Illinois, October 19, 1873, his parents being Eli Thomas and Ann (Seely) Bigham, who were also natives of that state. Subsequently they removed to Indian Territory, settling on a farm on Rice creek, in Washington County, on the 20th of March, 1885. The father spent three years in developing that place and then removed to Oklahoma Territory, where he remained for two and a half years. On the expiration of that period he returned to Washington County, locating at McFall, which was then situated in the Cherokee Nation, and for four years there engaged in farming. He next went to Texas and upon his return took up his residence in Choctaw County, Oklahoma, where he spent his remaining years, passing away on the 17th of October, 1921. He had long survived his wife, whose demise occurred in 1884. A son, LeRoy P. Bigham, is a well known farmer of Choctaw County.

H. C. Bigham remained with his father until twenty-one years of age, assisting him in his farming and stock raising operations, and in 1913 he turned his attention to financial pursuits. He became assistant cashier of the Citizens State Bank of Ramona and subsequently won promotion to the office of cashier, in which capacity he is now serving. He thoroughly understands the principles of modern finance and through his able and systematic work is promoting the success of the institution which he represents.

In 1898 Mr. Bigham was united in marriage to Miss Eva M. Nicholson, of Oklahoma, and they have become the parents of four children: Marie, who is an accountant in the bank with which her father is connected; and LeRoy H., Ramona and Maxine, all of whom are attending school. Mr. Bigham is a public-spirited and progressive citizen, deeply interested in all that pertains to the welfare and advancement of his community, and while residing in Washington County, this state, he served as the first trustee of Madison Township. He also acted as township treasurer and is now a member of the directorate of the Memorial Hospital at Bartlesville.

His fraternal connections are with the Masons, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Knights of Pythias. Throughout his career he has closely applied himself to the work in hand and his energy and persistency of purpose have carried him steadily forward. He is a man of high purposes and substantial qualities, progressive and reliable in business, loyal in friendship and at all times displaying devotion to the duties that devolve upon him.


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