Edgar A. De Meules was
born at Sauk Rapids, Minnesota, on August 18, 1880. His parents were
both natives of Minnesota. His father, Alphonse James de Meules, was
a member of a French family residing in St. Paul, Minnesota: his
mother was a descendant of a German family on the paternal line and
of a Holland family on the maternal line.
Mr. de Meules’ early
youth was spent in the state of his nativity. After attending both
public and private schools of learning, he left that State to accept
a position with a wholesale hardware firm in the City of Dubuque,
Iowa. In the fall of 1900 he resigned his position to enter the law
department of the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. Immediately
upon the completion of his law course he opened a law office in the
City of Muskogee, then Indian Territory, having been admitted to the
bar on August 5, 1903. In October, 1904, he formed a law partnership
with Mr. C. L. Thomas, now deceased, the firm name being Thomas and
de Meules. In March, 1908, this partnership was dissolved upon the
acceptance by Mr. de Meules of the position of General Attorney for
the Midland Valley Railroad Company with headquarters at Muskogee. He
retained this position until August, 1914, when he resigned to
associate himself in the general practice of the law in Muskogee with
Mr. George S. Ramsey under the firm name of Ramsey and de Meules.
This firm succeeded the firm of Ramsey and Thomas which was dissolved
by the death of Mr. C. L. Thomas, Mr. de Meules’ former partner, in
July, 1914. Subsequently the firm of Ramsey and de Meules was
succeeded by the firm of Ramsey, de Meules and Rosser. Mr. Malcolm E.
Rosser entered the firm of Ramsey and de Meules in July, 1915, having
previously served as district judge for the Fifth Judicial District
for a number of years and also as a member of the Supreme Court
Commission for several terms.
Mr. de Meules at one
time assumed an active interest in the politics of the state. He
acted successively as chairman of the Democratic Central Committee
for the Seventy-sixth Constitutional Delegate District and as
chairman of the first Democratic County Central Committee for
Muskogee County. In addition to the activities of his practice he has
served as president of the Muskogee Bar Association for one term and
as a member of the council of the State Bar Association for one term.
In June, 1911, he
was united in marriage with Miss Hazel E. Hamilton of Dubuque, Iowa.
Two sons, Hamilton and Edgar Alphonse, Jr., have been born of the