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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 the community.
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 aggregated $113,000.
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 Woodmen.
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.