Biography of Walton Elan Bass
Walton Elan Bass, who came to Muskogee in April, 1916, and is here a prominent figure in connection with loan interests, holding the office of loan examiner in connection with the Farm & Home Savings & Loan Association of Missouri, was born in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, July 10, 1878. His parents were William Ambrose and Usa Dissa (Anderson) Bass, the former a dry goods merchant.
Walton E. Bass pursued his early education in the public schools and afterward attended the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas, from which he was graduated with the class of 1899, having pursued a mechanical and engineering course. He started out in the business world as a messenger in a bank and rose to the position of cashier of the City Bank of Whitesboro, Texas, with which he was identified for a decade. He afterward became state agent and general loan examiner, for the above company occupying that position to the present time. He moved to Muskogee in April, 1916. Through the intervening period of six years he has been closely associated with financial circles here as a prominent representative of loan interests. He is a man of sound judgment and keen discrimination and these qualities have been most important factors in the attainment of his success.
On the 14th of May, 1902, Mr. Bass was united in marriage to Miss Reba McAfee of Whitesboro, Texas, and they have, become parents of a son, Walton Ray, who was born October 3, 1904.
Mr. and Mrs. Bass have membership in the First Presbyterian church and he is a Mason, having attained the thirty-second degree of the Scottish Rite and is connected with the Mystic Shrine as well as with the Consistory. He belongs to the Kiawanis Club and is in thorough sympathy with the purposes of that organization to benefit the city and improve business conditions. His support can always be counted upon to further any plan or measure for the general good and his interests are of a most varied and help fail character.
He turns to fishing for recreation, greatly enjoying a trip to some spot where he can lure the finny tribe from its habitat. His course has been marked by steady advancement and the steps in his orderly progression are easily discernible, indicating a wise utilization of the opportunities that have come to him.