Elmer W. Dilling. Cashier and the responsible executive of the Fletcher State Bank, Elmer W. Dilling has had a progressive career and experience in banking, and for the past thirteen years has been identified with different institutions in the territory and state, having begun as a clerk at Guthrie, and being promoted from time to time until he now has the care of a substantial institution in the southwestern part of the state and is well known among banking men generally.
His paternal grandparents were German people who emigrated about 1847 and settled in Erie, Pennsylvania, going from there to Fremont, Seneca County, Ohio, where his grandfather was a farmer. Mr. Hilling’s father is Martin Dilling, who was born in Erie County, Pennsylvania, in 1848, soon after the family was established there, was reared on his father’s farm in Seneca County, Ohio, and in 1876 removed to what was then a frontier town, Abilene, Kansas, which only a few years before had been the notorious center of the southwestern cattle trade. Near Abilene he bought railroad land, and has since continued as a farmer and stock raiser, and now has his home in Abilene. He is independent in politics, is a steward in the United Brethren Church and is one of the highly esteemed old timers in that section of Kansas. Martin Dilling married Alice Scouten, who was born in Seneca County, Ohio. Elmer W. is their first child, and the second is Orva M., who lives on the old homestead farm at Abilene, Kansas.
Elmer W. Dilling was born at Abilene January 8, 1880, attended the public schools of his native city, graduating from high school in 1900, and followed that with a business course. Coming to Oklahoma, on March 1, 1902, he became bookkeeper in the David Telephone Exchange at Weatherford, Oklahoma, hut after five months went to Guthrie and became clerk in the Guthrie National Bank. He was with that institution one year, and then entered the Logan County Bank at Guthrie and was associated with W. H. Coyle, the well known banker, for about five years. He was connected for a time with the American National Bank at Oklahoma City, but in March, 1908, removed to Fletcher, Oklahoma, to accept his present office as cashier of the Fletcher State Bank.
The Fletcher State Bank was established in 1903 by Miles and John Kennedy. It started with a state charter, and its home on Bateman Avenue was erected in 1905. The present officers of the bank are: W. T. Clark of Apache, Oklahoma, president; D. W. Hogan of Oklahoma City, vice president; Elmer W. Dilling of Fletcher, cashier; and C. H. Hogan of Fletcher, assistant cashier. The capital stock is $10,000, and the substantial character of the business is indicated by surplus and profits of $20,000.
During his residence in Fletcher Mr. Dilling has served as treasurer of the town. He is independent in politics, is a member of the First Baptist Church, is affiliated with Fletcher Lodge No. 363, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, and was formerly identified with the Modern Woodmen of America and the Woodmen of the World.
On December 14, 1904, at Guthrie, he married Miss Emza L. Swisher, daughter of J. B. Swisher, who is now a retired contractor and builder living at Gypsum City, Kansas. Mr. and Mrs. Dilling has one daughter, Alice Jane, born August 16, 1913.