Alva E. Smith. Some
interesting distinctions attach to Alva E. Smith as a banker. He may
properly be described as the oldest banker in Oklahoma for his age.
This statement requires some explanation of course. Mr. Smith is not
yet thirty years of age, and yet has been connected with banking for
over fifteen years and has had the responsible part in bank
management since he was sixteen years of age.
A few years ago he
bought a controlling interest and has since been president of The
Dustin State Bank at Dustin in Hughes County. Associated with him in
this institution are: T. B. King, vice president, and Jesse W. Smith,
cashier. The Dustin State Bank has capital and surplus of $18,000,
and is strongly entrenched in popular favor and confidence in that
part of the
Mr. Smith was born at Valley View, Texas, March 25, 1887, a son of
Henry and Anna (Robinson) Smith. His father was born near Syracuse,
New York, a son of John Smith, who moved from New York to Texas as one of the pioneers
and was killed by Indians near Laredo in that state about 1860.
He served in the Mexican war. Anna Robinson Smith was a native of
Missouri and she was married at Valley View, Texas. The parents now
reside at Clarendon, Texas, and Henry Smith has for a number of years
been an extensive cattle man.
The oldest in a
family of eight children, three sons and five daughters, Alva E.
Smith lived at home until about fourteen, and in that time acquired
nearly all his literary education, which has been reinforced by
extensive and close contact with business affairs in later years. At
the age of fourteen he went to work in a bank at Loco in Stephens
County, Indian Territory, and about two years later was given the
responsibilities of cashier. Later he was promoted to a position in
the American National Bank of Oklahoma City, where he was manager of
foreign exchange and the collection department. With this varied
experience in country and city banks, he came to Dustin in 1910 and
has since been president of the State Bank.
Mr. Smith is also an
extensive operator in the cattle industry of Oklahoma. He has
been a democrat since casting his first vote and is a man of
progressive leadership in his home community. He is a member of the
Masonic Order and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. In
December, 1914, he married Miss Ruth B. Park, who was born in
Wellington, Kansas, a daughter of Thomas Park. Mr. and Mrs. Smith
have one daughter, Jurhee Retta Smith.