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Otis R. Cureton, who since February, 1918, has made his home in Muskogee, is engaged in handling farm lands, loans and oil and gas leases.
Broad experience in this field of labor has enabled him to win readily a large clientage and his business has steadily developed, for the Oklahoma Land & Loan Company, of which he is now the manager, is conducting an extensive and profitable business.
Otis R. Cureton was born in Lancaster, South Carolina, on the 12th of October, 1879, but when quite young was taken to Florida and was educated in the public schools of that state. He early began to provide for his own support and when a lad of but ten years became a clerk in a general store, being thus employed until his sixteenth year. He was next connected with the Southern Express Company and during a period of four years rose from the humble position of helper to that of assistant route agent. On severing his connection with the Express Company he turned to general merchandising, establishing a store in Eden, Florida, where he carried on business until 1905. In that year he came to the Indian Territory, settling at Wagoner, where he has since conducted a land and real estate business.
His broadening experience has given him wide knowledge of land conditions and property values in the state and he has achieved gratifying success as the years have passed. In February, 1918, he removed to Muskogee, where he has since handled farm lands, loans, oil and gas leases and as manager of the Oklahoma Land & Loan Company he has gained many clients for his company.
On the 15th of April, 1903, Mr. Cureton was married to Miss Beulah H. Harworth, a native of Illinois, and they have become the parents of a son, Clarence Lee, thirteen years of age.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Cureton are very active and prominent in political circles and Mrs. Cureton has just resigned the office of vice chairman of the republican state central committee to become postmistress of the city of Muskogee. They have labored earnestly and effectively to promote the success of the Republican Party and their efforts have been far-reaching and resultant.
In business affairs, too, Mr. Cureton has made notable progress. Starting out in life to provide for his own support when a lad of ten years he is truly a self-made man and one whose progress represents the fit utilization of his time, talents and opportunities. As the years have gone by he has advanced step by step until he occupies a most creditable position in the business circles of his adopted city.