Irving L. Hull. In 1909
Irving L. Hull came to Cordell as the cashier of what was then the
Oklahoma State Bank, but which three years later was nationalized,
becoming the State National Bank. Mr. Hull is still in the office of
cashier with the institution, which is the foremost of its kind in
Mr. Hull was born in
Woodbine, Iowa, on January 31, 1882, and is a son of Irving D. and
Annette A. (Rumple) Hull. The father was born in Connecticut in 1850,
and is now living retired in Greeley, Colorado.
In early life Irving
D. Hull moved about a good deal, going from his native state to
Michigan, and thence to
Maringo, Iowa, near where he was married, and they later moved to
Woodbine, Iowa, where the subject was born. Mr. Hull was a farmer and
stockman all through his active business career, and prospered in
that work. He is a veteran of the Civil war, serving in Company E,
Twenty-fourth Iowa Regiment, Volunteer Infantry, passing through the
entire period of the war. He was at Vicksburg, Malvern Hill, passed
through the Red River campaign, and participated in many vital
engagements with his regiment. He is a Methodist of long standing and
is a Mason and an Odd Fellow.
To him and his wife
were born seven children. Edith married Arthur Garrett, a factory
superintendent, and they live in Detroit, Michigan. Oscar, a farmer,
lives at Gilcrest, Colorado. Ethel is a milliner and makes her home
with her parents in Greeley, Colorado. Edna married a Mr. Kindred,
and they live in Windsor, Colorado, where he is a plumber. Irving L.
was the fifth child of his parents. Vera married G. G. Wilson, a
wholesale produce merchant of Greeley, Colorado. Orlo B. lives at
Ocean Beach, California, where he is a professor in the high school.
Irving L. Hull had
his early schooling in Woodbine, Iowa, and when he had finished his
studies in the public schools entered the Woodbine Normal and
finished a course of training there. His first position was with the
First National Bank of Woodbine, Iowa, He entered as a book-keeper
and was promoted to the office of cashier’s assistant, which he held
until 1909. In that year he came to Cordell, Oklahoma, to take the
cashiership of the Oklahoma State Bank, which was nationalized in
1912 and became the State National Bank of Cordell.
The State National
Bank of Cordell is the oldest financial institution in the town. It
was founded in 1900 with a capital stock of $5,000, by G. H. and H.
L. Rowley, under the name of the Cotton Exchange Bank. In 1902 its
growth demanded an increase in capital to $10,000, and it became the
First National Bank, still under the
direction of the Rowleys. In 1909 the bank was again reorganized as
the Oklahoma State Bank with a capital of $30,000, and a new and
modern brick building was erected to house the concern. Under this
organization H. L. Rowley was made president, and I. L. Hull was
retained in the position of cashier. In 1912 the bank was
nationalized and its present title, the State National Bank, came
into use. In 1913 H. L. Rowley disposed of the greater part of his
interest in the concern, and W. L. Taylor was elected president, J.
A. Taylor becoming assistant cashier. In 1914 the bank deposits
Mr. Hull, who has
been connected with banks and banking from his earliest independent
career, has active charge of the business. He is conceded to be a man
of good judgment, well versed in affairs connected with the banking
business, and only success is predicted for him. The directors of the
bank are J. G. Dodson, J. A. Duff, G. F. Ames, W. F. Taylor, I. L.
Hull and J. A. Taylor.
Mr. Hull is
secretary and treasurer of the Cordell Library Board, and it should
be said that he was the originator of the movement that resulted in
the obtaining of a fine Carnegie library which was completed in 1911.
He is a member of the Commercial Club and has served for several
years as a member of its executive committee. With his family he has
membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church, and his fraternal
associations are with the Elks, the Odd Fellows and the Modern
In 1909 Mr. Hull was
married in Woodbine, Iowa, to Miss Bessie M. Haas, daughter of Lewis
Haas, now president of the Woodbine Savings Bank. Mr. and Mrs. Hull have two children,
Allison, born in June, 1910, and Harley, born June 20, 1912.