Arthur E. Baldwin. Fifteen
years of residence at Anadarko constitute Arthur E. Baldwin, one of
the pioneer white settlers, and for a number of years he has been
profitably engaged in the real estate business and is also a banker.
As a citizen he has likewise been an important factor in developing
the local interests of this city.
The Baldwin family
to which he belongs came originally from England and was settled in
New York during the colonial era. Arthur E. Baldwin was born at
Wyoming, Iowa, December 31, 1871. His father, L. H. Baldwin, was born
at Canton, Ohio, in 1834, and removed from Ohio to Wyoming, Iowa,
where he was a farmer, and in 1872 when Arthur was one year of age,
went to a farm at St. Edward, Nebraska, and became a pioneer in that
region. In 1903 he went still further west to Salem, Oregon, was
engaged in gardening there until his death in February, 1915. In
politics he was a republican. L. H. Baldwin married Jemima L. Fisher,
who was born in the State of Pennsylvania in 1836 and now lives at
Anadarko, Oklahoma. His only daughter, Myrtie, died at Genoa,
Nebraska, at the age of twenty-two, being then the wife of Andrew J.
Tabor, who was in the Indian service for the government at Seneca,
Kansas, and later at Genoa, Nebraska, and is now deceased.
The only living
child of his parents, Arthur E. Baldwin, acquired his early education
from the common schools at Fremont, Nebraska, and also attended a
business college there. His life up to the age of twelve was spent on
his father’s farm and at that early date in his career he became self
supporting. For many years he was in the railway service and was
employed in that capacity with various promotions and responsibility
in the State of Nebraska for twelve years. From 1895 to 1900 he was
ticket agent at Sioux City, Iowa, and came to Anadarko, Oklahoma, in
1900 as a railroad man, being employed here as agent for one year.
From 1901 for a year and a half he was collecting clerk for the First
National Bank of Anadarko and then opened
his office as a dealer in real estate and farm loans. His offices are
in the First National Bank Building and he is one of the old and
reliable men in the handling of farm lands and loans in Caddo County
and also deals extensively in city property at Anadarko. He is also
vice president of the Stecker State Bank at Stecker, Oklahoma.
In civic affairs he
has the distinction of having been the first treasurer of the public
school board of Anadarko, and for several years was a member of that
board. He is active in the First Methodist Episcopal Church, is
superintendent of its Sunday School, is a member of the Anadarko-
Commercial Club, was formerly affiliated with the Knights of Pythias,
and in politics is a republican.
At Blair, Nebraska,
on June 7, 1897, Mr. Baldwin married Miss May Hancock, daughter of B.
F. Hancock, who is a farmer at Hooper, Nebraska. Into their home have
been born seven children: Myrtie and Bernice, both of whom graduated
from the Anadarko High School in 1915; Kenneth, a junior in the local
high school; Bertram, in the seventh grade; Bettie, in the fifth
grade; and Margaret, in the first grade of the public schools; while
the youngest is Donald, who has not yet attended school.