Samuel A. Maxwell. The
career of Samuel A. Maxwell is a noble illustration of what
independence, self-faith and persistency can accomplish in America.
He is a self-made man in the most significant sense of the word for
no one helped him in a financial way and he is self-educated. In his
youth he was strong, vigorous and self-reliant. He trusted in his own
ability and did things single-handed and alone. Today he stands
supreme as a successful business man and a loyal and public-spirited
citizen. Much of his attention has been given to the promotion of
agriculture and at the present time he is cashier of the Citizens
State Bank of Coalgate, an institution that has benefited greatly by
his shrewd counsel.
Mr. Maxwell was born in Gainesville, Texas, in the year 1880, and he is a son of Z. T.
and Laura L. (Duncan) Maxwell, the former of whom went to Texas from
Missouri shortly after the outbreak of the Civil war, in which three
of his brothers had enlisted under Quantrell. Subsequently Z. T.
Maxwell moved into West Texas and there assisted in the organization
of several towns, among them Plainview. In 1891 he located on a farm
on Oil Creek, near Ardmore, Indian Territory, and there raised to
maturity a large family of children: B. C. Maxwell is city
manager of Coalgate; F. W. Maxwell is manager of the Coal County
Abstract Company at Coalgate; W. E. Maxwell is a farmer in Coal
County; Sallie is the wife of J. W. Hurst, a farmer in Coal County;
Samuel A. is the subject of this sketch; and Marcus, Curtis, Mrs.
Edna Williams and Miss Violet all live in San Saba County, Texas.
Mrs. Maxwell is a daughter of Doctor Duncan, a pioneer settler and
well known resident of Sulphur Springs, Texas. Mr. and Mrs. Maxwell
are both living and are in the enjoyment of good health; their home
is in San Saba County, Texas.
Under the sturdy
discipline of the home farm near Ardmore, Oklahoma, Samuel A. Maxwell
was reared to maturity. At the age of eighteen years, with his
father’s blessings, he started out to make his own way in the world.
He had lived in a thinly settled country where respectable neighbors
were few and Indians had the habit of putting one another out of the
world through open fights and drunken brawls. Public schools were
open for but a few months each year and only the more fortunate
children were able to attend a subscription school. Outlaws were
numerous and, civilization of the sort enjoyed today was several
years in the future. It was out of an environment of this sort that
young Maxwell walked. He went back to Texas and sought work and
subsequently entered the West Texas Normal
& Business College, at Cherokee,
pursuing a scientific and business course and graduating at the age
of twenty-three. He earned every dollar of the money with which he
defrayed his expenses and missed very little time out of school.
Sweeping floors, making beds and teaching represented his work out of
school hours and yet he was able to keep up with his class in four
subjects. After graduating he returned to Oklahoma and secured a
position as teacher in the Indianola Business College, at Tecumseh,
remaining there for three years, during a part of which time he was
president of the college. In 1909 he entered the employ of the
Citizens State Bank at Coalgate as bookkeeper, later buying stock and
accepting the position of assistant cashier. Since 1912 he has held
the responsible position of cashier of this reliable financial
institution, which is capitalized with a
stock of $25,000 and of which C. Y. Semple is president and Thomas
Pope vice president. Mr. Maxwell is a member of the Coalgate Chamber
of Commerce and is one of the most active men in Coal County in the
promotion of agriculture. In connection with his banking interests he
holds membership in the Coal County, the Oklahoma State and the
American Bankers associations. His religious affiliations are with
the Christian Church, to whose support he is a liberal contributor.
In 1904, in Hood
County, Texas, Mr. Maxwell married Miss Ora Rater, a daughter of a
pioneer settler in Indian Territory. One son has been born to this
union: Leo, whose birth occurred in 1905.