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Lewis A. McCollister was born in Leavenworth, Crawford County, Indiana, on June 18, 1870. Concerning his parentage, full details will be found in the biographical sketch of his brother, J. O. McCollister, representative in the Fiftieth Oklahoma Legislature.
In 1874 the McCollister family moved to Ida County, where the subject attended the public schools and was graduated from the Battle Creek High School in the class of 1886. He then entered the printing office of the Battle Creek Times and served four years as an apprentice. In 1890 he went to Collingsworth County, Texas, where he worked on a ranch for six months and then went into a printing office at Gordon, Texas. He spent six months at work on the Gordon Weekly Courier, after which he bought out the paper and ran it for fifteen years. In 1906 Mr. McCollister came to Mangum and engaged in the insurance and loan business, in which he has been successful, and which business he is now conducting at his offices in the First National Bank Building.
Mr. McCollister is a stockholder in the Guarantee State Bank of Mangum and in the Oklahoma Home Lumber Company, also of Mangum. He is a member of the Oklahoma Fire Association of Local Agents and was a member of the Texas Press Association for fifteen years. While resident in Gordon he took the local census for the year 1900, and he still has in his possession the check for 15 cents which the Government sent him as the balance of payment for his services. Mr. McCollister is a democrat and a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is a member of Mangum Lodge No. 38 Knights of Pythias and is past chancellor of the lodge. He has twice served as delegate to the Grand Lodge of the order from Texas, and three times in the same capacity for Oklahoma. He is present district deputy grand chancellor under S. E. Gidney, and has jurisdiction over Mangum, Gotebo, Snyder, Hobart and Davidson, Oklahoma. He is a member of Mangum Camp No. 110, Woodmen of the World, and is clerk of his lodge and a member of Lodge No. 1169, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, of Mangum.
On June 5, 1895, Mr. McCollister was married in Gordon, Texas, to Miss Money Carlock, daughter of I. D. Carlock, now living retired in Mangum. To Mr. and Mrs. McCollister have been born two children: Gladys, a senior in the Mangum High School, and Landon, also attending the public schools.