H. Treadway


Hon. H. Treadway. The home interests of this member of the Fifth Legislature are as a farmer and progressive citizen of Harmon County with residence at Hollis. Coming to the Legislature with no instruction from his constituency save that he should exercise conservative business judgment in support of measures affecting their interests and the same judgment in opposing unwise measures, Mr. Treadway’s career in the Fifth Assembly was studied and careful, as had been his acts in previous years as a public school official and a thrifty citizen of his community.
Mr. Treadway was born in Southern Illinois in 1871, and is a son of Van and Nancy (Hale) Treadway. His father, a native of North Carolina, was for fifteen years a merchant and for a long time a contractor in Southern Illinois. His paternal ancestry came from France, and a representative of the Treadway name settled in America during the Revolution. Mr. Treadway’s mother was born in Georgia, and was left an orphan when a small child.
The only formal schooling enjoyed by Mr. Treadway was when a small boy in the primary grades of the country schools. However, he has always had an ambition for practical knowledge, and during his life has been a student of current events, public affairs and history. Circumstances forced upon his shoulders heavy responsibilities when still a boy, and in solving the successive problems of existence he has acquired a practical education that has made him a useful and influential citizen. The death of his father left him at the age of sixteen with the care of a younger brother and sister. His sister is now Mrs. E. R. Ensley of Delta, Colorado, and the brother B. O. Treadway, is a farmer and stock man at Hollis. They lived on a farm in Arkansas a few years, and in 1892 located near Dallas, Texas, and later Mr. Treadway bought a farm in Denton County of that state and remained there four years. In 1906 he removed to Greer County, Oklahoma, settling on a farm near Hollis, which after statehood was made the county seat of Harmon County, which was formed from a portion of old Greer County. In that locality Mr. Treadway has been engaged in farming and stock raising. He owns two quarter sections of land, and is a practical exponent of the profitable idea of crop diversification.
Mr. Treadway has always taken an active and many times a leading part in school and church affairs in his community. During the past ten years he has at different times served as clerk and director of his home school district. His name was sixth on the list of names of men who petitioned for the establishment of a postoffice at Hollis. He took a prominent part in the campaign for the creation of Harmon County, and made the first speech opening the division campaign. After the creation of the county he was elected a member of the board of county commissioners, a position he filled with credit and with profit to the county for nearly six years. When efforts were made to dissolve the county after its creation, he led the fight in maintaining the organization intact. Harmon County now has an indebtedness of only $4,000, and far more than that amount in the sinking fund, and is one of the most prosperous in the state. Mr. Treadway took stock in the company that established the first telephone system at Hollis and also stock in the company that built the first railroad there. He is a charter member and a former president of the Farmers Institute of his county.
Elected to the Legislature in 1914, Mr. Treadway was made chairman of the committee on Levees, Drains, Ditches and Irrigation, and was also a member of committees on Revenue and Taxation, Prohibition Enforcement, Purchase of Coal and Asphalt Lands, and Manufacturing and Commerce. He introduced a bill reforming the state highway system and his bill providing for the taxation of real estate every two years passed the house with only two dissenting votes. His interest was also directed to measures relating to education and agriculture. From his work and influence it may be said that he stood for reforms only such as he believed wise and necessary, and on the whole has been a conservative member, exercising careful business judgment in deciding all issues.
Mr. Treadway was married in 1895 to Miss Maggie Davidson of Dallas, Texas. Their six living children are: Mrs. Carl Hanks, wife of a farmer at Hollis; Everett, Cecil, Gladys, Versie and Harry. Mr. Treadway is a member of the Baptist Church and of the Woodmen of the World.