Biography of Vernon B. Ellington

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Since January, 1919, Vernon B. Ellington has served as postmaster of Wagoner and in that capacity has made an excellent record. He has a thorough understanding of the duties that devolve upon him and is prompt and efficient in their execution. Mr. Ellington was born in Russellville, Arkansas, in March, 1892, a son of Rev. L. G. and Mary A. (Dunlap) Ellington, natives of Tennessee. The father entered the Methodist ministry at the age of eighteen years and preached throughout Tennessee and Arkansas until 1893, when he removed to Indian Territory, where he worked among the Indians in districts where there were no churches. He was active in the ministry until his death in August, 1909. The mother is still living.

Vernon B. Ellington was but one year of age when his parents came to Indian Territory and he was reared and received his education in Wagoner. After leaving school he clerked in various stores throughout the community and at the age of eighteen years was employed in the post office. On the 15th of June, 1918, he became acting postmaster and was appointed postmaster in January, 1919, his term expiring in January, 1923. Mr. Ellington is methodical in the discharge of his duties and has carefully systematized the work of the office.

On the 15th of August, 1921, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Ellington and Miss Cherry E. Copple. In his political views Mr. Ellington is an earnest republican, feeling that the platform of that party contains the best principles and elements of good government. Fraternally he is affiliated with the Masons, and his religious faith is that of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Ellington is a thorough going, enterprising citizen and one who merits and commands the respect and confidence of his fellow townsmen.

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. 29 January 2015. - Last updated on Dec 6th, 2011

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