Biography of Dale B. Whybark
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Dale B. Whybark who originated from Kansas, was born at Lane, in August, 1887, and is a son of George S. and Mary R. (Walters) Whybark, both natives of that state. The father, who has always followed railroading, is now Superintendent of the Arkansas Central Railroad at Fort Smith, which responsible position he has held for many years.
Dale B. Whybark was reared and educated in Fort Smith and after graduating from the high school there, accepted a position with the Drew Hardwood Lumber Company at De Kalb, Texas, remaining in their employ until 1908, when he came to Eufaula. He became cashier of the First National Bank here, and was active in that capacity until 1918, when he bought a controlling interest in the Oklahoma State Bank from H. B. Ernest and became President of the institution. This bank was established in 1916 by Mr. Ernest, and the modern bank building, owned by the institution, was built in the same year. It has a capital of twenty-five thousand dollars, a surplus also amounting to twenty-five thousand dollars, and the average deposits total four hundred thousand dollars. M. E. Turner is Vice President of the institution and M. S. Fears holds the position of cashier. There is no phase of the banking business with which Mr. Whybark is not familiar and he has won the enviable position he now occupies in financial circles as a result of his own intelligently directed efforts. He owns twenty-two hundred and twenty acres of fine ranch land in McIntosh County and thereon raises high grade steers, shipping over four hundred head to market each year and keeping five hundred head on hand.
In August, 1909, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Whybark and Miss Roberta Burnett, a daughter of George S. and Mary Burnett, both of whom are now deceased. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Whybark three children have been born: Roberta A., whose birth occurred on the 22d of November, 1911; Dale B., Jr., who was born November 19, 1915; and Mary B., whose natal day was the 20th of December, 1918.
Since attaining his majority Mr. Whybark has given his political allegiance to the Democratic Party and, although he takes an active interest in local affairs, he has never sought nor desired public office, preferring to devote his entire time and attention to his business interests. The religious faith of the family is that of the Episcopal Church, and fraternally Mr. Whybark is identified with the Masons, having attained the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite and belonging to the Consistory at McAlester and the Mystic Shrine at Muskogee. He is likewise a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. During the thirteen years of his residence in Eufaula, Mr. Whybark has won many friends who appreciate his true personal worth, and he is readily conceded to be one of the representative citizens of the community.