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.