Paul E. Burney. There
is probably no better known family in the Chickasaw Nation than that
which bears the name of Burney, a family that has made history for
this part of Oklahoma and the members of which have held important
positions in business and the professions, as well as in public life.
A worthy representative of this old and honored name among the
is found in the person of Paul E. Burney, assistant cashier of the First
National Bank of Woodville, Oklahoma, and a young man who is living
up to the best traditions of the name he bears.
Ben C. Burney, the
father of Paul E. Burney, was born of Chickasaw parentage, in
Mississippi, and his father was killed on a steamboat on the Red
River when the Chickasaws were removing from that state to their new
western homes. Ben C. Burney became one of the most influential men
in the Nation, which he represented at Washington, D. C., and of
which he was the governor for a number
of years after the location of the Nation in Indian Territory, and at
one time had 70,000 acres of land under his control. He married a
member of the prominent Gaines family, of the Chickasaws, and they
became the parents of the following children: Ella, who is deceased;
Ada, also deceased; Ben B., who is county treasurer of Marshall
County, Oklahoma; Paul E., of this notice; and Arvilla, who is the
wife of R. E. McGough, who is engaged in farming and stock raising
operations in the vicinity of Aylesworth.
Paul E. Burney was
born on the old Burney homestead place near Aylesworth, Oklahoma.
June 17, 1886. His education was secured at the Chickasaw Rock
Academy at Wapanucka, Harley Institute at Tishimingo, Hargrove
College at Ardmore and the University Preparatory School at Tonkawa,
and at the last-named institution secured the business training which
has enabled him to fill the important position which he now holds.
After leaving school, Mr. Burney engaged in farming and raising stock
until his election in 1910 to the office of county clerk of Marshall
County, a position in which he established an excellent record for
faithful and capable service. At the end of his term he came to
Woodville and accepted the position as assistant cashier of the First
National Hank, which he has retained to the present time. He bears a
reputation for integrity and probity that has gained him the
confidence of the people of his adopted place, and among his
associates is known as a young man of much business and financial
ability. In 1913 occurred the marriage of Mr. Burney with Miss Myrtle Watterson, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. J. O. Watterson, of Woodville.
Doctor Watterson, who is now deceased, was for twenty years a well
known physician and surgeon of this place. Mrs. Burney was educated
in the public schools of Woodville and at Olympia, Washington, and is
a lady of many accomplishments, being, like her husband, a general
favorite at Woodville. They are the parents of two sons: Paul E.,
Jr., and Ben B., Jr. Mr. Burney is a thirty second degree Mason, a
member of the Shriners at Oklahoma City, the Knights Templar at
Ardmore, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks at Ardmore, the
Knights of Pythias at Madill, the Woodmen of the World at Cumberland,
and the independent Order of Odd Fellows at Woodville.