Arthur R. Garrett is
county attorney of Grier County and has been a regular practitioner
here in the courts since 1888. His career has been a varied one, and
he has risen mainly by his own efforts to his present position. Born
in Campbell County. Georgia, on May 27, 1859, he is a son of Lemuel
L. Garrett, of Irish ancestry, the family having originally come from
Ireland to North Carolina, and a branch of it drifting into Georgia.
Lemuel Garrett was born in Campbell County, Georgia, in 1829, and he
died in Savannah in 1854. He was a farmer up till the outbreak of the
Civil war, when he was one of the first company that was formed in
Georgia for service in the Southern army. In 1864, while in the
service, he contracted typhoid and died in Savannah, as previously
noted. He was a member of the Baptist Church and of the Masonic
fraternity. In young manhood he married Martha Cash, born in Campbell
County in 1829, and she died there in 1900. They were the parents of
six children. C. C., the eldest died in Douglas County, Georgia, when
he was a practicing physician and surgeon. Menesia C. married E. C.
Lewis, farmer, and they live in
Comanche County, Oklahoma. M. L. lives in Tishomingo, Oklahoma, and
is a practicing attorney. He is also United States Indian
Commissioner. S. B. resides in Altus, Oklahoma, where he is engaged
in the practice of law. Arthur R. of this review was the fifth born.
A. S. lives in Springtown, Texas, and is a successful physician and
Arthur R. Garrett
was reared on his father’s home farm in Campbell County, Georgia, to
the age of eighteen, and in 1877 he went to Coryell County, Texas,
where he worked on a farm for eight months. He went from there to
Wise County, Texas, farmed for about six months, and then returned to
the family home in Georgia, where he spent a year. He then went back
to Texas, settling in Smith County, and then moved to Palo Pinto
County, Texas, where he taught school for six years. In 1887 Mr.
Garrett came to Grier County, then a part of Texas, and there opened
the first public school ever held in what is now the State of
Oklahoma, conducting a small school in a dug-out with about
twenty-five pupils. It was while thus engaged that he undertook the
study of law, and in 1888 was admitted to the bar before Judge Frank
Willis. In the same year he began practice in
Mangum, and has carried on a general practice here ever since.
In 1912 Mr. Garrett
was elected to the office of county attorney on the democratic
ticket, and in 1914 was reelected to another term of two years. He
has his offices in the courthouse. He is a member of the County and
State Bar Associations, and has been active in county and state
conventions of the democratic party, whose man he has always been.
Mr. Garrett is a
member of the Methodist Church, and he is fraternally associated with
the Elks and the Masons. In the latter he is a member of Mangum Lodge
No. 61, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, of which he served as
master for five years, and of Mangum Chapter No. 35, Royal Arch
In 1878 Mr. Garrett
was married in Wise County, Texas, to Miss Kate Argo, a native of
Campbell County, Georgia. She died on July 4, 1898, in Mangum,
leaving six children. They are Hattie, who married S. L. Lanier, and
lives on a farm north of Granite, Oklahoma; Chester, a farmer in
Missouri; Coke, living on his father’s 500acre ranch near Granite;
Clytie, who married P. W. Lee, and lives on a farm in the vicinity of
Granite; Ross and Paul, both living on their father’s ranch.
Mr. Garrett married
on December 7, 1899, Miss Jessie H. Hart, daughter of James S. Hart,
a farmer of Mangum. Three children have been born to this union. Rada
is a sophomore in the Mangum High School, and Agnes and Foster attend
the grade schools of the city.