John B. Doolin. A
resident of Oklahoma since 1899, Mr. Doolin has been one of the
vigorous, progressive and public-spirited citizens who have brought
to bear dynamic and well directed energy in furthering the civic and
material development of this favored
He has been one of
the influential figures in the councils and activities of the
democratic party contingent in Oklahoma, served as state fish and
game warden from 1911 until the 1st of January, 1915, achieved a
splendid work in bringing efficiency to this department of the state
government, and as a business man he has been specially successful in
his operations. He maintains his home at Alva, the judicial center of
Woods County, where he is one of the interested principals in the
Schaefer-Doolin Mortgage Company, one of the leading concerns of the
kind in the state. Since 1906 he has been prominently identified with
the affairs of the democratic party in Oklahoma, as a loyal and
public-spirited citizen, and his influence in connection with the
industrial progress of the vital young commonwealth has of recent
years been specially directed in the development of oil and gas
producing enterprises, in which line he is classed among the
representative independent operators in the state.
Mr. Doolin was born
in Caldwell County, Missouri, in 1879, and is a son of John and Alice
(Tobin) Doolin, who were early settlers of that section of the state,
where the father was a prosperous farmer and merchant at the time of
his death, which occurred when he was only thirty-two years of age.
His father Was a native of Caldwell County, Missouri. The parents of
Mrs. Alice (Tobin) Doolin came from Ireland to America in 1830 and
first made settlement in the Dominion of Canada, whence they removed
to Missouri in 1874.
John B. Doolin
acquired his early education in the public schools of his native
county and his discipline included a course in the high school at
Cameron, Missouri. Thereafter he was engaged in farming and in the
mercantile business in Missouri until 1899, when, at the age of
twenty years, he numbered himself among the pioneers of Woods County,
Oklahoma. He engaged in the general merchandise business at Alva, and
two years later, at the age of twenty-two, he was elected register of
deeds of the county, a position of which he remained the incumbent
one term. Upon his retirement from- public office he engaged in the
farm loan business, and his enterprise, fairness and well formulated
policies made the business successful from its initiation. In 1906 he
amplified the scope of his operations by entering into a partnership
association with John H. Schaefer, and this effective alliance has
since continued under the title of the Schaefer-Doolin
Mortgage Company. The company has extended its operations over twelve
or more counties in Western Oklahoma and its business in the
extending of loans on approved real estate securities is now more
extensive than that of any other independent firm or company
conducting business in the state west of Oklahoma City.
Well fortified in
his opinions concerning governmental and political matters, Mr.
Doolin has been an active and effective worker in the ranks of the
democratic party during the entire period of statehood in Oklahoma.
In 1906 Judge Jesse Dunn, chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Central
Committee, appointed Mr. Doolin a member of the committee assigned to
the drafting of rules for the primary election of that year in which
were to be nominated delegates to the State Constitutional
Convention, and the rules formulated by this committee were observed
in lieu of a definite primary law. In the first state campaign, that
of 1907, Mr. Doolin was selected manager
of the campaign of Hon. Lee Cruce, the democratic candidate for
governor, and he distinguished himself for his finesse in the
maneuvering of the political forces at his command.
In 1908 Mr. Doolin
was chosen assistant treasurer of the National Democratic Campaign
Committee, and under
Governor Haskell, treasurer of the committee, he served in this
important capacity at the national headquarters of the party, in the
City of Chicago, his work having there been continued after Hon.
Herman Ritter, of New York, had succeeded Governor Haskell as
treasurer of the committee. In 1910 it again became the privilege and
pleasure of Mr. Doolin to render gallant aid to his valued friend,
Hon. Lee Cruce, in the latter’s second and victorious campaign for
Governor of Oklahoma, and as assistant campaign manager he was
associated closely with Hon. John R. Williams, of Hobart, in
effecting the nomination and election of Governor Cruce. In 1911 Mr.
Doolin was appointed state fish and game warden, and of this office
he continued the able and valued incumbent until the close of the
administration of Governor Cruce. He devoted much thought and time to
systematizing and making effective the work of his department and one
of the noteworthy achievements of his administration was the
establishing of the bird day in Oklahoma–a day set apart for
instructing children in the public schools in knowledge and
appreciation of the wild birds, and their proper treatment,
protection and perpetuation. Two official reports issued by Mr.
Doolin are interesting records of outdoor and wild life in Oklahoma,
and the same have received special commendation in the representative
publications devoted to game and sportsmanship in various parts of
the Union, the while similar tributes have been paid by the newspaper
press. Under the regime of Mr. Doolin the department of the fish and
game warden adopted a policy based on the consistent assumption that
fish and game were to be held for the benefit of all citizens of the
state rather than for the select coteries of anglers and sportsmen,
and every interest of the people in this connection was carefully
considered in regulations regarding the propagation, conservation and
killing of fish and wild game. Special provisions were made for the
study of fish, bird and general wild animals by proper instructions
to the pupils of the public schools, and the enthusiastic efforts of
Mr. Doolin brought to his department the earnest co-operation of
teachers, clergymen and loyal devotees of sports afield and afloat.
At the beginning of Warden Doolin’s administration his department was
one of slight influence and importance, and upon his retirement from
office it was one of the most widely known and definitely valued
departments of the auxiliary branches of the state government.
In addition to his
extensive operations in the mortgage loan business Mr. Doolin has
been prominently concerned with the oil industry in Oklahoma since
1912, when he and his associates became actively identified with
development work in the Schulter field of Okmulgee County, where they
now control some of the best producing properties in the district.
Mr. Doolin is a member of the board of directors of the Aetna
Building and Loan Association of Topeka, Kansas, this being
recognized as one of the largest organizations of the kind in tho
United States. He is affiliated with Alva Lodge, No. 1184, Benevolent
and Protective Order of Elks, having been one of the five men who
applied for and obtained the charter for this lodge.
On the 3d of July,
1913, Mr. Doolin wedded Miss Lee Museller, daughter of Judge A. R.
Museller, who is one of the advisory editors of this history and
concerning whom individual mention is made on other pages of the