Biography of Guy W. Bain
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Although but twenty-five years of age, Guy W. Bain has already made his influence felt in financial circles of Muskogee county and as cashier of the First National Bank of Boynton he is adding prestige to the institution, discharging his duties in a most conscientious and efficient manner.
A native of Illinois, he was born in Massac county on the 20th of August, 1896, his parents being William and Minnie B. (Fitch) Bain, who were also born in that county. There the father engaged in farming and merchandising, also devoting his attention to the buying and selling of cattle, and he remained a resident of southern Illinois until 1904, when he came to Muskogee, Oklahoma, where he is now conducting a large real estate business, being very successful in his operations along that line. He laid out the Reeves addition to Muskogee and has figured prominently in the up building and development of the city, while he also founded the town of Taft, being recognized as one of the most public-spirited and progressive men in this part of the state. The mother also survives and in their family are two sons, the brother of the subject of this review being Harry C. Bain, who is assistant cashier ,at the Muskogee National Bank.
He is a veteran of the World war and participated in many major engagements, including the battles of Metz, Sedan and St. Mihiel. He enlisted as a private, being assigned to the Three Hundred and Forty-fourth Machine Gun Company of the Ninth Division, and through merit and ability won promotion to the rank of sergeant major, while owing to his gallantry and bravery in the discharge of his duties he was honored with several decorations.
Guy W. Bain was reared and educated in Massac county, Illinois, and Muskogee, Oklahoma, being ten years of age when his parents came to this state. His initial business experience was obtained in the Muskogee National Bank, and, starting at the bottom of the ladder with a salary of twenty dollars per month, he gradually worked his way up to the position of teller.
In 1918 he enlisted in the United States army and was stationed at Camp Fremont, receiving his discharge from the service at San Francisco soon after the signing of the armistice. He then returned home and resumed his connection with the Muskogee National Bank, being sent by its president, Mr. Trumbo, to Boynton as assistant cashier of the First National Bank, and is now cashier. This is one of the leading banks in the county and is capitalized for twenty-five thousand dollars, has a surplus fund of three thousand dollars, while its deposits total three hundred thousand dollars. Mr. Bain is also a stockholder and director of the institution and is recognized as an able young financier, who is promoting the success of the bank through faithful, systematic and accurate work.
In his political views Mr. Bain is a stanch republican, for he believes that the principles of that party contain the best elements of good government, and his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Methodist Episcopal church. He is a member of the American Legion and his fraternal connections are with the Masons and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is an alert, energetic and progressive young business man, who through his own exertions is working his way steadily to the front in financial circles of Muskogee county, and by reason of his high principles and fine personal qualities he has won and retained the esteem and goodwill of many sincere friends.