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George Weaber. The reputation of a town or community rests in large degree upon the character of its financiers and those connected with its monetary institutions, upon their standing as to reliability, push and enterprise, integrity, and fidelity to trusts and engagements, these being in most instances a measure of the prosperity and welfare of the place. The thriving little community of Dacoma is especially fortunate in its men of business and finance, and among them no one is held in higher respect and esteem than the energetic and progressive cashier of the State Bank of Dacoma, George Weaber.
Mr. Weaber was born August 5, 1873, on a farm in Miami County, Indiana, and is a son of Jacob and Anne Weaber, natives of Switzerland. The father, who was engaged in agricultural pursuits throughout a long and successful career, died December 31, 1887, while the mother survived until October 20, 1895, and passed away at Diller, Nebraska. There were three sons and two daughters in the family, as follows Elizabeth, who is deceased: John, who is a resident of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Henry, who is deceased; George, of this notice; and Ida, who is the wife of John Brown, a farmer of Lockhart. Texas.
George Weaber received ordinary educational advantages in his youth, his boyhood being passed much the same as other Indiana farmers’ sons. He was only fourteen years old when his father died, and he early became self-supporting, thus learning the value of self, reliance, which has stood him in good stead in later years. For five years he was connected with a mercantile concern as salesman, but in 1902 became the head of a business of his own when he came to Oklahoma and, locating at Augusta, opened a grocery. This Mr. Weaber conducted with a fair measure of success for two years, but in 1904, recognizing an opportunity, and seeing the chance to enter financial operations, as he had long desired, he came to Dacoma and with others established the State Bank of Dacoma, an institution of which he has continued to be cashier to the present time. The capital of the State Bank is $15,000, while its average deposits amount to $81,000. It is located in the heart of a rich farming country, and its twelve stockholders, with the exception of two, are agriculturists of this locality. Mr. Weaber is the dominant factor in the management of the State Bank, and under his able direction it has grown and developed steadily and has continued to maintain a high reputation in banking circles of Northwest Oklahoma. He has directed its policies and conserved its interests as well as those of its depositors, and personally his standing is high with bankers and business men. A democrat in politics, he has taken no very active part in public affairs, save where they immediately affect the welfare of his adopted place. He is a Knight Templar Mason and a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and in both lodges has a wide circle of friends.
On April 1, 1906, Mr. Weaber was married at Dacoma, to Miss Edith Stoner, who was born in Pennsylvania, September 20, 1884, a daughter of Christian and Mary Stoner, natives of the Keystone State. They are the parents of two daughters and one son: Ivan, born January 5, 1908; Doris, born May 5, 1910; and Gertrude, born August 7, 1912. Mr. Weaber and his family are members of the United Brethren Church.