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Location: Coweta Oklahoma

Biography of William S. Vernon

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now William S. Vernon is a prominent figure in financial circles of northeastern Oklahoma as president of the First National Bank of Coweta, which he organized in July, 1903, and of which he has been the chief executive officer since 1910. His birth occurred near Fayetteville, Arkansas, in October, 1871, his parents being James A. and Woodson (Alexander) Vernon, the former a native of Arkansas, while the latter was born in Missouri. James A. Vernon has devoted his attention to agricultural pursuits in Arkansas and Texas throughout the greater part of his life, having made his way to Texas in 1874. He operated a cotton gin in connection with his farming interests but at present is living retired at McKinney, Texas, enjoying in well earned rest the fruits of his former toil. William S. Vernon, who was but three years of age when the family home was established in the Lone Star state, obtained his early education in the public schools of Texas and subsequently pursued a course of study in Grayson College, from which he was graduated with the class of 1893. During the succeeding four years he engaged in teaching school and at the same time studied law, being admitted to the bar in 1898. He then took up the practice of law in Texas,...

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Biography of Mark A. Leftwich

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now One of the well known newspaper men of the state is Mark A. Leftwich, proprietor of the Coweta Times-Star. He was born in Bedford county, Virginia, in May, 1852, a son of Thomas and Maria (Warwick) Leftwich, natives of Virginia. The father was an extensive planter and he served as Major in the Confederate army for three years. He was discharged at the termination of that time, because of poor health and he then went to Missouri, locating in Carrollton, Carroll county, where he became a dentist. He practiced there, enjoying substantial success, until his death, at the age of sixty-eight years. Mrs. Leftwich was sixty-four years of age at the time of her death. Mark A. Leftwich was reared and educated in Carrollton, Missouri, and Lebanon, Illinois, and after putting his textbooks aside he went to Texas, where he secured a position driving cattle across the country. He made several trips to Abilene and Baxter Springs, Kansas, and in 1868, between trips, he went to work on the “Examiner,” learning to set his first type. For five years he lived in Lexington, Nebraska, where he published the Dawson County Herald, and he then removed to Steelville, Missouri, where he published the Crawford County Democrat. For some time he published the Madison Times in Madison, Missouri,...

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Biography of Archie Earle Carder, M. D.

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Dr. Archie Earle Carder, a successful physician and surgeon of Coweta, with offices in the First State Bank building, has been a representative of the medical profession here for the past two decades and is the oldest practitioner of Wagoner County. He was born at Marshall, Texas, on the 29th of May, 1864, a son of George W. and Ellen M. (McDaniel) Carder, who were natives of Beverly, Virginia, and of North Carolina respectively. The father made his way to Arkadelphia, Arkansas, in 1849 and became a merchant there. At the outbreak of the Civil war he enlisted for service in the Confederate army and was in the commissary department most of the time but served as a courier on the staff of General Fagen for a short period. When the war was over he returned to Arkadelphia, where he continued to reside throughout the remainder of his life, his death occurring in March, 1904, when he had reached the age of seventy-four years. For sixteen consecutive years he served as mayor of Arkadelphia, giving to the city a most progressive and businesslike administration that resulted in many needed reforms and improvements. For about six years he survived his wife, who departed this life in April, 1898, at the age of fifty-six. Though a native of...

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Biography of Albert H. Burgess

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now One of the representative business men of Coweta, Wagoner County, is Albert H. Burgess, manager of the Minnetonka Lumber Company here. He was born in Pottsboro, Grayson County, Texas, on the 15th of July, 1880, a son of Connor and Sallie (Reeves) Burgess, also natives of that county. For many years the father engaged in agricultural pursuits but he is now living retired in Pottsboro. The mother died in 1918. Albert H. Burgess was reared in Pottsboro and attended the public schools of that community. At the age of twenty-one years he made his initial step into the lumber business and has since been identified with that trade with the exception of the years 1914, 1915 and 1916, when he operated a truck farm at Denison, Texas. On the 1st of January, 1917, he came to Coweta, Oklahoma, as manager of the Minnetonka Lumber Company, in which position he is now active. Mr. Burgess is one of the alert and enterprising citizens of the community and his aid may always be counted upon in promoting any movement for the benefit of the general welfare. He has always been a booster for hard surface roads and he has been so untiring in his efforts in that connection that he has won for himself the nickname of “Hard...

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Biography of Charles W. Holder

Discover your family's story. Enter a grandparent's name to get started. Start Now Charles W. Holder, a well known and successful automobile dealer of Coweta, has the local agency for the Ford cars and tractors, in which connection he has built up a gratifying business. His birth occurred in Parkersburg, West Virginia, on the 24th of November, 1892, his parents being Walter W. and Virginia F. Holder, the former a native of Indiana, while the latter was born in West Virginia. Walter W. Holder came to the Indian Territory in 1888 and secured land three and a half miles from Stroud, where he devoted his attention to farming until 1899. In that year he embarked in the drug business and since 1901 has been proprietor of a drug store at Kellyville, Oklahoma. Charles W. Holder, whose name introduces this review, was born while his mother was on a visit in West Virginia but has spent practically his entire life in Oklahoma, being reared and educated at Kellyville and at Bristow, this state. After putting aside his textbooks he engaged in the hardware business at Braggs, Muskogee County, where he remained until the United States entered the World war, when he disposed of his interests in order to be ready for military duty when called. As his services were not required, however, he went to Boynton as manager for the...

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