Casper W. Herod. A leading member of the Woodward County legal fraternity, Casper W. Herod is another of the men who came to Oklahoma at the time of the opening of the Cherokee Strip, and have since lived here to advance to positions of prominence and responsibility. Since his arrival here he has been an active factor in the life of the community, not alone as a professional man, but as the incumbent of several important positions and as a citizen who has had the time and inclination to devote to the advancement of the city in which his own fortunes have been so materially advanced.
Mr. Herod was born August 5, 1865, in a log house on his father’s plantation in Smith County, Tennessee, and is a son of Benjamin Franklin and Judith (Haynie) Herod. His father was born in 1819, in the same county, a son of Dr. Peter and Rebecca E. (Key) Herod, the grandparents being natives of North Carolina and pioneer settlers of Smith County, Tennessee, where Dr. Peter Herod was an early physician. Benjamin F. Herod was a stock grower and plantation owner on a large scale, and owned many slaves up to the Civil war. His entire life was passed in his native state, where he accumulated a handsome property, and where his death occurred, September 7, 1883, by accidental shooting, at Dixon’s Spring. In 1842 Mr. Herod was united in marriage with Miss Judith Haynie, who was born in 1820, in Smith County, Tennessee, a daughter of John and Mary L. (Beasley) Haynie, natives of North Carolina. She died in 1896, at Hartsville, Trouesdale County, Tennessee. There were five sons and two daughters in the family, as follows: Clarkey Rebecca, born in 1847, who is the widow of the late W. H. Haile; George Washington, born in 1849, who for many years was engaged in the practice of medicine and surgery in Tennessee, and is now living in retirement at Pleasant Shade, that state; Morton P., born in 1852, who is now a prominent planter at Dixon’s Springs, Tennessee; John Franklin, born in 1854, who is the owner of a hotel at Hartsville, Tennessee; William E., born in 1856, who died in 1882; Mary Louise, born in 1859, who died in infancy; and Casper W., of this notice.
The early education of Casper W. Herod was secured in the Masonic State Institute, at Hartsville, Tennessee, from which he was graduated in 1880. For a time he remained on the home farm, but some time after his father’s death he embarked in a mercantile venture at Hartsville, and subsequently accumulated a snug fortune out of handling blooded horses. His means were all swept away, however, in the financial panic of 1893, at Nashville, Tennessee, and in order to recuperate his fortunes he decided to come to the West. In that same year he came to Woodward in order to attend the opening of the Cherokee Strip, coming with the officials of the United States Land Office, to open it and make ready for the run of September 16th. He was subsequently appointed clerk of the Woodward United States Land Office, a position which he retained for four years, and during this time began the study of law in connection with his official duties, being finally admitted to the bar in 1897. Opening an office at Woodward he soon attracted to himself a practice that has continued to grow in size and importance until at this time he is accounted one of the leading legists of the county, familiar in every department of his calling, a valued associate and a feared and respected opponent. In politics an ardent democrat, he has not been an office seeker, but at various times has been urged by his friends to allow his name to be used as a candidate. Unsolicited on two occasions he has been nominated for county judge of Woodward County and once for state senator. In 1914 be was a candidate for Congress from the Eighth District, where there were five candidates for the nomination, but, although he received a majority vote in five of the twelve counties composing the district, he met with defeat by a small margin. In 1911 Mr. Herod was the leading factor in securing for Woodward the Wichita Falls & Northwest Railroad, by raising a subsidy, and was made local attorney for the road, a position which he still retains. In 1916 Judge Herod was a delegate from Oklahoma to the Democratic National Convention at St. Louis, Missouri.
On May 16, 1903, Mr. Herod was married at Woodward to Miss Nettie Vay Allison, who was born April 11, 1884, in Stafford County, Kansas, daughter of Edward R. and Elizabeth Allison, of Mutual, Oklahoma. She died August 4, 1906, leaving one. child: Hollis Hayden, who was born March 22, 1904. Mr. Herod was again married, October 2, 1909, to Miss Pearl M. Maischel, daughter of William and Mary C. Maischel, of Harper County, Kansas. One son has come to Mr. and Mrs. Herod: Galen Woodrow, who was born October 7, 1914.
Mr. Herod is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and is a well known figure in the social life of Woodward. As a citizen he has been constant in his support of measures for the civic, educational and moral welfare of the city of his adoption, and few men have lent such practical and valuable encouragement to enterprises making for progress and advancement. Both he and Mrs. Herod are consistent members of the Presbyterian Church.