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Charles Minter Pratt, M. D. In the field of medicine and surgery in Garvin County, one who is winning well deserved success is Dr. Charles Minter Pratt, of Maysville. Doctor Pratt commenced practice in 1905 at Maxwell, after a long and thorough training in preparation for his chosen work, but in 1908 moved to his present location, where he is known as a thoroughly reliable physician and a public-spirited citizen.
Doctor Pratt was born at Navasota, Grimes County, Texas, January 16, 1878, and is a son of W. T. and Dink (Todd) Pratt. The Pratt family had its origin in Ireland, from whence, in colonial times the American founder came to this country, settling in South Carolina, where W. T. Pratt was born in 1841. He was there reared and married and subsequently went to Navasota, Texas, later, in 1884, going to Eddy, Texas, and in 1899 to Blevins, Texas, his present home. He has been a farmer and stockman all his life, and through industry and good management has accumulated a competence. A democrat in politics, he takes some interest in public a fl airs’ and has served as county commissioner of Falls County, Texas. His fraternal connection is with the Masonic Order. Mr. Pratt married Dink Todd, who was born in 1847, in Florida, and they became the parents of eight children: Robert, who is with the Chester Rubber Tire and Tube Company, at Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; J. T., who met an accidental death at Madill, Oklahoma, when forty years of age; Henry, who died at the age of forty years, at Temple, Texas; Charles Minter; Neale, who died of typhoid fever, at the age of sixteen years; Belle, who married Mr. Henry, a farmer, and resides at Blevins, Falls County, Texas; Walter, also a farmer of Blevins; and William, a merchant of Maysville.
Charles Minter Pratt attended the public school and the high school at Eddy, Texas, and after his parents removed to Blevins, in 1899, he remained with them only a short time, then going to Temple, Texas, where he secured employment as a clerk in a men’s furnishing store, a position which he held one year. From youth he had been ambitious to follow the profession of medicine, but determined to make his own way therein. In 1902 he further prepared himself by attendance at Hill’s Commercial College, at Waco, Texas, and when his course was completed entered Fort Worth University, which he attended for two years. His medical studies were prosecuted at the University of Louisville. Kentucky, and in 1905 he was graduated with his cherished degree of Doctor of Medicine. After three years of practice at Maxwell, Oklahoma, Doctor Pratt came to Maysville, where he has since built up a large and important practice in general medicine and surgery. His offices are located in the Farmers National Bank Building, and his clientèle includes the representative people of the city. A democrat in politics, Doctor Pratt has served as a member of the school board. He belongs to Maysville Lodge No. 232, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Woodmen of the World, the Modern Woodmen of America, the Garvin County Medical Society, the Oklahoma State Medical Society and the American Medical Association. He is a stockholder in the Farmers National Bank and has various other interests.
Doctor Pratt was married at Maxwell, Oklahoma, in 1908, to Mrs. Mattie (Flemming) Garvin, widow of Robert H. Garvin, and daughter of J. T. Flemming, deceased, who was formerly clerk of the court at Indian Territory. Mrs. Pratt has two sons by her former marriage: Robert H., a senior at the Pauls Valley High School; and Vashti, a junior at Kidd Key, Sherman.