Biography of William H. Bell

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Since 1918 William H. Bell has been holding the office of post-master of Pryor and he is carrying out to the best of his ability the duties devolving upon him as the incumbent in that office. He was born in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on the 2d of January, 1894, a son of William B. and Walburga (Muschawick) Bell, both of whom are living. The father is engaged in farming near Salina, Oklahoma, and the mother is residing in Waynoka, that state. Two sons and one daughter have been born to their union, William H. being the second in order of birth.

William H. Bell received his education in the public and high schools of Pryor and in early life started into the business world. For one year he sold newspapers and then went onto his father’s farm, where he remained until 1916, when he was appointed rural mail carrier on Route No. 2. For two years he was thus actively engaged and at the termination of that time was appointed post-master. Mr. Bell is honored and respected wherever he is known and ranks as one of the most popular citizens of Pryor.

At Oswego, Kansas, on the 22d of August, 1921, occurred the marriage of Mr. Bell to Miss Mary Jo Buffington of Pryor, daughter of J. R. Buffington. The Buffingtons are an old Cherokee family of this vicinity. Since attaining his majority Mr. Bell has given his allegiance to the Democratic Party, in the interests of which he takes a prominent and active part. Fraternally he is a Mason, belonging to Pryor Lodge, No. 100, to the Odd Fellows, the Rebekahs and the Order of the Eastern Star. His religious faith is that of the Methodist Church. Mr. Bell is always interested in every movement for the improvement of the general welfare and has been a member of the Commercial Club for some time. He is fond of outdoor sports, particularly of tennis, holding membership in the Pryor Tennis Club.

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. 30 January 2015. - Last updated on Dec 8th, 2011

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