Richard Frederick Campbell. What is now Sequoyah County, Oklahoma, has profited by the stable citizenship and faithful industry of the Campbell family for a quarter of a century. Practically all bearing the name have been interested to some extent in agriculture, but their services have been extended also to politics, education, religion and society. A worthy representative of this name is found in Richard Frederick Campbell, who in 1914 was elected county treasurer of Sequoyah County, an honor rarely conferred upon one of his years in a county of the size and importance of this. In spite of his youth, however, or perhaps because of it, he is proving an able, energetic, conscientious official, who has ideals in regard to the responsibilities of public service.
Mr. Campbell was born in Crawford County, Arkansas, June 30, 1884, and is a son of Benjamin F. and Orra (Thompson) Campbell, and the grandson of a Confederate soldier. Benjamin F. Campbell was born in Tennessee, to which state the family had come from its original settlement in Virginia, and was about sixteen years of age when taken by his parents to Arkansas, in 1S70, the journey being made by wagon. There he grew to manhood as a farmer and met and married Orra Thompson, who had been born in Georgia and was a girl when taken to Arkansas, and in that state they resided until 1890, when they removed with their children to the Indian Territory, settling in what is Sequoyah County. Mr. Campbell has since continued to be engaged in farming and stock raising, being one of the substantial men of his community and one who tins worked out his own success through industry and integrity. Mrs. Campbell passed away in 1898, having been the mother of two children: Richard Frederick, of this review; and Viola, who is the wife of Cyrus Grady, of Riverside, California.
Richard Frederick Campbell was reared on his father’s farm and after attending the public schools entered a business college at Fort Smith, Arkansas, where he pursued a commercial course. In 1904 he was married to Miss Ella Wood, and at that time established a home of his own and settled down to farming not far from Sallisaw. While thus successfully engaged, he interested himself to some extent in civic and political affairs, and in 1910 was made deputy county clerk, a capacity in which he acted for one year. This appointment was followed by one to the position of deputy county treasurer, in 1911. and after he had discharged the duties of that office for three years he was elected, in the fall of 1914, to the treasureship and became the incumbent of that office July 6, 1915. He has conscientiously and ably discharged the duties of his post, and has already firmly established himself in the confidence of the people.
Mr. Campbell is a sturdy democrat and has been faithful in his allegiance to the principles of his party and its candidates. He is interested in fraternal affairs, being a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Woodmen of the World and the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and with his family belongs to the Baptist Church. Mr. and Mrs. Campbell are the parents of four children, namely: Perry Benjamin, William Worth, Freda and Richard Frederick, Jr.
Randall Ulysses Livesay. Prior to his removal about fifteen years ago to Anadarko, where he is now one of the leading members of the bar, Mr. Livesay was a teacher and lawyer in the States of Iowa and Kansas, served from the latter state in the Spanish-American war, and gained his first experience as a lawyer in Kansas. As a lawyer he has been identified with much of the important litigation tried in the courts of Caddo County, has given several years of public service to the community, and is well known over the state in the Orders of Masonry and Odd Fellowship.
His family came from England and in colonial times made settlement in what is now Greenbriar County, West Virginia. They were there before the Revolution, and when that locality was still known as Western Virginia. The Livesays were of the fine old Southern stock, and Patrick H. Livesay, who was born in Lee County, Virginia, in 1837, became a Confederate soldier in the war between the states, and was under the command of the great cavalryman, General Forrest. Later he became a farmer and stock raiser in Lee County and married Elizabeth Anderson, who was born in Hawkins County, Tennessee, in 1838. They lived in Lee County, Virginia, for several years after the war, and in that locality Randall Ulysses Livesay was born January 20, 1868. When he was about nine years of age, in 1877, the father moved out to Jefferson County, Iowa, and in 1885 to Barton County, Kansas, where Patrick H. Livesay died in 1911. He was a successful farmer and stock raiser both in Iowa and Kansas. The children were: J. G. Livesay, who is assistant postmaster of Blanchard, Oklahoma; James M., a farmer at Hooker, Oklahoma; Randall U.; Jennie, wife of E. B. Whaley, a farmer and stock man at Great Bend, Kansas; and Maggie, wife of James R. Hall, one of the leading farmers, stock raisers and a banker and prominent citizen of Hoisington, Kansas; and Virginia, wife of Frank Gustin, their homo being on the old farm in Barton County, Kansas.
After the family removed to Jefferson County, Iowa, Randall U. Livesay continued his public schooling, and in 1892 graduated from the Central Normal College at Great Bend, Kansas. Most of his teaching was done in Barton County, Kansas, where he was connected with the local schools until 1898. On May 13, 1898, he enlisted in Company A of the famous 21st Regiment of Kansas Infantry for service in the Spanish-American war. He became quartermaster of the company and was with it in camp at Chattanooga, Tennessee, and at Lexington, Kentucky, and was finally mustered out at Leavenworth, Kansas, December 10, 1898. Returning to Groat Bend he was appointed sergeant at arms in the Kansas State Senate for the session of 1899. Having formed a definite purpose to study law, he pursued his reading in the office of D. A. Banta, who is now judge of the District Court at Great Bend and was admitted to the Kansas bar in 1900. For the first year he practiced at Galena. Kansas, and in August, 1901, came to Anadarko about the time the Kiowa and Comanche reservation was opened to settlement. He has been particularly successful as an advocate in both civil and criminal cases and has had a large amount of experience, having served as deputy county attorney from statehood in 1907 to 1911, and during 1903-04 was city attorney of Anadarko. His offices are in the Barber Building. Mr. Livesay is a democrat and attends the Presbyterian Church. He served one term on the Anadarko School Board. He is now serving the fifth term as district deputy grand master of the Masonic Grand Lodge and has local affiliations with Anadarko Lodge No. 21, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons, of which he was master in 1908. He is also a thirty-second degree Mason, and Knight Commander Court of Honor, and belongs to Consistory No. 1 in the Valley of Guthrie. In the Modern Woodmen of America he is a member of Camp No. 10025 at Anadarko. he is past noble grand of Anadarko Lodge No. 184, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and is now a district deputy grand master of that order. Mr. Livesay is president of the Anadarko Commercial Club. His wife was formerly from Great Bend, Kansas, where they were married. Her maiden name was Ella M. Day, and her father was Judge Samuel J. Day, now deceased, at one time a judge in Great Bend. Their one child is Randall U. born March 28, 1909.