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H. H. Holman. When a childhood ambition is realized in later life, it is a mark of strong character and persistent resolution. Among many other things that make the career of H. H. Holman of Wetumka important it is noteworthy that when he was twelve years of age, and still living in the wilderness and on the frontier in Indian Territory, he resolved that some day he would become a banker. That was nearly forty years ago. In spite of discouragement and with many demands upon his immediate time and energy he never lost sight of that resolution. About fifteen years ago, after having been the founder of the little city of Wetumka, he organized the second bank in what is now Hughes County, and for a number of years has been president of the First National Bank of Wetumka, one of the strongest institutions of the kind in the eastern part of the state.
The First National Bank of Wetumka at the beginning of the year 1916 showed total resources of nearly a quarter of a million dollars. It has capital stock of $30,000, surplus and profits of $6,000, has stock in the Federal Reserve Bank, and an index of its standing in the community is represented by deposits of about two hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars. H. H. Holman is president, H. T. Douglas is first vice president, Rosa S. Galloway is second vice president, and W. A. Geren is cashier.
All his career since early childhood Mr. Holman has spent in Indian Territory and the State of Oklahoma. He was born in Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, November 19, 1866. a son of Wesley and Elizabeth (Parker) Holman. His father was born in Texas in 1844 and his mother in Georgia in 1845. They were married in Louisiana, moved from that state to Texas in 1868, two years after H. H. Holman was born, and after living in Red River County for a number of years they moved to Cooke County, and from there to Indian Territory in 1878. In 1887 the family located in what is now Hughes County, where the mother passed away in 1909 and the father in 1911. Wesley Holman was a farmer and stockman and later in life became very successful and influential. He was one of the organizers in 1901 of the First National Bank of Wetumka, and served as a member of the board of directors until his death. During the war between the states he was with a Texas regiment throughout the period of hostilities. He was an active democrat and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He and his wife had five children: H. H.; Joseph C., of Stuart, Oklahoma; Elmina, who died in 1897; William H.; and Mattie, wife of W. J. Acock.
H. H. Holman was twelve years of age when his family moved to Oklahoma. He had to educate himself, since there was little opportunity to attend school in the frontier district in which he was reared. He has lived at Wetumka since 1893, having located there when it was a wild district without any sign of a town. Mr. Holman acquired his education principally in Texas and at Fort Smith, Arkansas, and for six years he was a teacher within the limits of the present Hughes County. All his teaching was done among the full-blood Indians and he has many interesting recollections of that period of his career. He has grown up with the people in this section of Oklahoma, knows their peculiarities and their tastes, and has been able to serve them in many important capacities.
Mr. Holman lived with his father until he was twenty-two years of age, and then started out for himself. For five years he operated one of the pioneer business establishments, a general merchandise store, at Wetumka, and then, in 1901, organized the second bank in Hughes County, and has been president of the First National since that time. Mr. Holman also has extensive real estate and stock interests.
He enjoys special distinction for his part in founding the little city of Wetumka, and he was chiefly instrumental in getting the town surveyed and laid out. He was the second mayor, served in that office two terms, and has served on the school board during the greater portion of the time since the organization of the town. He has also served on the council, was elected a member of the first State Senate of Oklahoma, and is a very influential leader in the democratic party in his part of the state. For twenty-six years he has been active in the Methodist Episcopal Church. He has witnessed the development and changing conditions of the old Creek Nation for forty years. He lived here when with the exception of the tribal courts the only seat of justice was at Fort Smith, Arkansas. In the early days he necessarily came in contact, almost daily, with the varied classes who inhabited the country, including horse thieves and whiskey peddlers.
In 1900 Mr. Holman married Theresa Galloway, who was also born in Louisiana, but was reared chiefly in Texas. Her father was the late Rev. T. G. Galloway, a Methodist minister. Mr. and Mrs. Holman have three children: Rosa Lee, Catherine Elizabeth, and Theresa Jannette.