John Frederick McCullough. The successful
salesmanship of fire, life and accident insurance involves the
possession of qualities and attributes not possessed by the ordinary
individual. This is one of the most difficult vocations in which a
young man may engage and also calls for the expenditure of great
energy and tireless persistence, but the rewards are commensurate
with the labor involved, and the successful insurance man has in his
possession a business which places him among the substantial men of
his community. Of the men who have built up prosperous enterprises in
this line at Oklahoma City, John Frederick McCullough is an excellent
example. He came to this city in 1908 and for several years was
connected with an established business, but for the past three years
has been at the head of an agency of his own and has developed it to
John F. McCullough
was born at Urbana, the county seat of Champaign County, Illinois,
March 13. 1882, and is a son of Albert Carl and Fanetta Cecelia
(Shaw) McCullough. natives of Illinois. The eldest brother of Albert
Carl McCullough served three years as a soldier during the Civil war,
and was afterwards clerk and connected with the clerk’s office of
Champaign County, Illinois, continuously for twenty-five
years. He was later state auditor of Illinois for sixteen years,
retiring from that office in 1912, and his death occurred in June.
1914. On Mr. McCullough’s mother’s side, his ancestors, the Blakes,
date their residence in America back to the arrival of the Mayflower,
being of English origin. On his father’s side, his people came from
Scotland and settled in Pennsylvania during the early days of the
John F. McCullough
was educated in the common schools of Champaign County, Illinois, and
in the year 1901
graduated from the high school at Urbana. As a lad he was reared amid
agricultural surroundings, and his boyhood was spent on the home
farm, but subsequently he turned his attention to the baker’s trade
and followed that successfully for one and a half years. Later he
spent five and a half years in the mill supply business, and in 1908
decided to try his fortunes in the West and accordingly came to
Oklahoma City, where, January 1, 1909, he engaged in the insurance
business. The greater part of Mr. McCullough’s experience was
obtained with the firm of A. C. Farmer Company, of which he was in
charge of the insurance department for three and one-half years, at
the end of which period he embarked in business on his own account.
He has at this time a local agency for the Aetna Life Insurance
Company for Oklahoma City, and also looks after the interests here of
several of the leading old line fire insurance companies. Mr.
McCullough is a rare type of the real live wire in a business way,
meeting people on terms that appeal to them, and being a “mixer”
of the highest degree. He has succeeded in gaining the implicit faith
of the public in his business character, while his numerous friends
trust him without stint. His offices are situated at Suite Nos.
914-15-16 Herskowitz Building.
At Brooklyn, New
York, May 7, 1905, Mr. McCullough was married to Miss Caroline Anna
Clist, daughter of Albert and Martha (Taylor) Clist, natives of
England. Two children have been born to this union: John Milton, July
4, 1907; and Ruth Clist, January 9, 1909. Mr. and Mrs. McCullough are
members of the Wesley M. E. Church. He is a Master Mason, belonging
Siloam Lodge No. 276, of Oklahoma City, to Cyrus Chapter, No. 7, K.
A. M., Oklahoma Commandery, No. 3, and India Temple, A. A. O. N. M.
S. The McCullough home is located at No. 1205 West Twenty-ninth