Marion M. Webster, M. D. During a period of five years the health and sanitation of Stratford have been safeguarded by the zeal, energy and ability of Dr. Marion M. Webster, who is steadily advancing to deserved recognition as one of the leading members of the Garvin County medical profession. Doctor Webster was born in Lafayette County, Mississippi, October 24, 1875, and is a son of W. S. and Emma (Powell) Webster, and a member of a family that emigrated to America from England during colonial times, settling first in Virginia and subsequently spreading to Georgia and Alabama.
William Webster, the grandfather of Doctor Webster, was born in Alabama, from whence he removed to Lafayette County, Mississippi, his subsequent life being passed as a farmer and planter. There was born his son, W. S. Webster, in 1852, who removed to Collin County, Texas, in 1880, and to Silo, Oklahoma, in 1897. He was a successful practicing physician and surgeon until 1904, in which year he retired from professional activities and embarked in the hotel business at Ravia, Oklahoma. In November, 1913, he disposed of his hotel interests, and in the following January came to Stratford, to live with his son, and there remained until his death, December 5, 1915. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal
Church, a democrat in politics, and fraternizes with the Masons. Dr. W. S. Webster married Emma Powell, who was born in Lafayette County, Mississippi, in 1858, and died at Stratford, Oklahoma, May 20, 1914. Their children were as follows: Dr. Marion M.; Susie, who is the wife of G. C. Helvey, engaged in the wholesale produce business at Abilene, Texas; Willie, who is the wife of Orbie Sharp, engaged in the hotel business at Ravia, Oklahoma; Charley W., a railway telegrapher of Henry ctta, Oklahoma; and Joe W., who, when last heard from, was an employe of the Frisco Railroad at Okmulgee, Oklahoma.
Marion M. Webster was sent to school at Decatur, Texas, and there, in 1895, was graduated from the high school. The next two years he engaged in the life insurance business, and then, in 1897, embarked in mercantile lines at Durant, Indian Territory, an enterprise with which he was identified for two years. Selling out in 1899, he went to Fort Worth, Texas, where for one year he studied in the medical department of the university, and from that time until 1901 assisted his father in his practice at Silo, Oklahoma. In 1901 he entered the Physicians and Surgeons College at St. Louis, Missouri, from which institution he was graduated in 1905 with the degree of doctor of medicine, and took up his practice at Troy, Oklahoma, which was his field of endeavor until January, 1911. Since the latter date he has carried on a general practice in medicine and surgery at Stratford, his clientèle including the representative people of this thriving and progressive community. Doctor Webster has continued as a close and careful student and has twice returned to his alma mater for post-graduate work. He keeps abreast of the advancements made in the profession by membership in the various organizations of his calling, and now belongs to the Garvin County Medical Society, of which he has served as president; the Oklahoma Slate Medical Society, the Medical Society of the Southwest and the Southern Medical Society. In politics a democrat, he has been a member of the school board here on several occasions. With his family he belongs to the Methodist Episcopal Church, and is ;i trustee thereof, while his fraternal connections include membership in Stratford Lodge No. 119, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; the Woodmen of the World; the Modern Woodmen of America, and the’ Brotherhood of American Yeomen.
Doctor Webster was married in January, 1907, at Roff. Oklahoma, to Miss Jewell Braly, daughter of Joseph Braly, a farmer near Ada, Oklahoma. Two children have been born to this union: Lucille, born December 8, 1908. and now attending public school: and Harrell, born July 6, 1910.