Charles L. Williams. The energetic and popular postmaster of Maysville; Charles L. Williams, has held his present office since 1914 and has won the gratitude and confidence of the people of the community by the earnest manner in which he has endeavored to better the service. Prior to 1914 his training had been principally along business lines, but he had also held various offices in which he gained experience that was of value to him in taking the postmastership.
Mr. Williams was born in DeSoto County, Mississippi, September 17, 1875, a son of S. and Mary (Quillen) Williams. The family, originating in England, first settled in Alabama as pioneers on coming to America, and later went to Mississippi, where the name was also known among the first settlers. S. Williams was born in Mississippi, in 1830, and enlisted from that state during the Civil war in the army of the Confederacy, serving through all the four years of warfare. In 1882 he removed to near Fayetteville, Arkansas, where he secured a farm, but in 1889 sold his land and moved to Whitebead, Oklahoma, where he continued his farming operations. His death occurred in 1900, at Antioch, near Whitehead. He was a democrat in politics. Mr. Williams married Miss Mary Quillen, who was born in 1841, in Mississippi, and who still survives her husband, making her home at Maysville. There were seven children in the family, as follows: J. H., who resides nine miles south of Maysville, on his farm; Charles L.; Etta, who married D. E. Branam, a carpenter and builder residing in the eastern part of Oklahoma; Josie, who married J. H. Barnwell, a farmer residing at Maysville; her twin, Jesse, engaged in farming in the western part of Oklahoma; Katy, who married Oscar Dean, living seven miles South of Maysville, near Antioch, on a farm; and Delia, who is the wife of J. W. Keller, a wholesale flour dealer of Wynnewood, Oklahoma.
Charles L. Williams attended the schools of Arkansas and at Whitebead, Oklahoma, receiving the equivalent of a modern high school education. he was reared on the farm of his father and remained with him until the elder man died, at which time he wont to live with his uncle, J. R. Ham, with whom he spent two years, during which he completed his education. In 1902, at the opening of the town, he took up his residence at Maysville and engaged in the mercantile business, but after three years sold his interests and went to Pauls Valley, where he secured a position as a clerk. Two years later he resumed operations in mercantile lines at Maysville, but after a year sold out and went to New Mexico, remaining there for six months. Again he returned to Maysville and engaged in the insurance business until 1914, and during this time for three years held the office of city clerk. In 1914 he received his appointment from President Wilson as postmaster of Maysville, an office which he has faithfully and capably filled to the present time. Mr. Williams is a stalwart democrat, and was formerly clerk of the Garvin County Democratic Club. He is a member of the Baptist Church, in which he has served as deacon, while fraternally he is a thirty-second degree Mason, belonging to Valley of Guthrie Consistory No. 1, and to Maysville Lodge No. 232, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, of which he has been secretary and senior deacon.
Mr. Williams was married at Maysville, in 1907, to Miss Pearl Crouch, daughter of S. B. Crouch, who is a truck farmer and resides at Maysville. Mr. and Mrs. Williams have no children.