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Charles B. Campbell. This prominent resident of Minco, an extensive farmer and landholder in that section and president of the First National Bank at
Chickasha, is one of the old timers in the Chickasaw Nation and has Chickasaw Indian blood in his veins. Throughout his career Mr. Campbell has been closely associated with E. B. Johnson & Brothers, and it can be said to the credit of both of them that they always obeyed and respected the laws of the Indian Nation, however inequitable their provisions may have seemed.
Mr. Campbell and the Messrs. Johnson have the unique relationship of double cousins. Charles B. Campbell was born at Fort Arbuckle in Indian Territory in 1861, the only son of Michael and Adelaide (Johnson) Campbell. Adelaide Johnson was a sister of the father of the Johnson brothers, while Michael Campbell was a brother of the mother of Mr. Johnson. Adelaide Johnson’s father was Charles Johnson, a native of England, who came to America and was living in Mississippi when the Indians were transferred from that state to Indian Territory. Charles Johnson married a Chickasaw woman, who was born in Mississippi, and both came with the members of the tribe west of the Mississippi. Charles Johnson occupied a government position among the Indians, was for many years a merchant, but spent his last years in New York City. Michael Campbell was a native of Ireland, and on coming to America first located at Corpus Christi, Texas, and from there moved into the Indian Territory, where he married Miss Johnson. During the war between the states he held the rank of major in the Confederate army, and towards the end of the war in 1865 lost his life by drowning. His widow is still living at the age of seventy-three. Her only daughter married William Renniey of Tishomingo.
Charles B. Campbell was sent to Nebraska to attend school, though his actual home has been the Indian Territory and Oklahoma all his life. At the age of seventeen he was placed in charge of a ranch at Council Grove, Indian Territory, and lived there until his removal to Minco a few years later. From almost the outset he was regarded as a man of tried and trusted capacity in the industry of stock raising and farming, and it has been chiefly through his operations in that field in the old Chickasaw country that lie laid the basis of his success.
For the past quarter of a century Mr. Campbell’s name has been identified with banking affairs. In 1890 he was one of the organizers of the Bank of Minco, which in 1897 became the First National Bank of Minco, and he has served continuously on its board of directors since its inception. In 1900 he became one of the organizers of the First National Bank of Chickasha, and since that date has been president of the institution. This is one of the largest and best managed banks in Western Oklahoma. It was organized with a capital stock of $25,000, and in 1915 a report to the government shows capital and surplus combined of $260,000, with deposits of $875,000.
Mr. Campbell for many years has taken a prominent part and interest in Masonic work. His first degrees were received in Lodge No. 7 at Elm Springs, Indian Territory, and he subsequently became a charter member of Anadarko Lodge No. 21, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and a charter member of Minco Lodge No. 112, and served as master of the latter lodge for seven years. He is also a member of the Royal Arch Chapter and the Knights Templar Commandery, of India Temple of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, and has taken the Scottish Rite degrees up to and including the thirty-second.
In 1884 Mr. Campbell married Miss Margaret Williams, daughter of Mr. W. G. Williams, who was one of the early pioneer settlers of Indian Territory. To their marriage have been born seven children: Anna Belle, who is the wife of A. H. Witherspoon of Oklahoma City, and the mother of a son, A. H. Witherspoon, Jr.; Charles W., Mary Ellen, Milton B., Stella, Bernadine and Effie May Campbell, all of whom reside at Minco, Oklahoma.