Soam J. Castleman. The name of Castleman is well known in England, and Americans bearing the name easily trace their ancestry to that country. Soam J. Castleman’s early American ancestors came to these shores in Colonial days and took a creditable part in the long war for American independence. They pioneered into Kentucky in the early days of its settlement, and there many of the name will be found today. Soam J. Castleman was born in Audrain County, Missouri, on May 13, 1867, and he is the son of Dr. James L. Castleman, who was born in Kentucky in 1830, and who died in Wise County, Texas, in 1893.
Doctor Castleman had his higher education in the St. Louis Medical College, returning to Kentucky to begin medical practice. From there he went to Mississippi, spent a short while there, and moved to Audrain County, Missouri. It was there the subject was born. In later years he moved to the Town of Pella, in Wise County, Texas. That was in 1875, and he continued there in practice until death claimed him. He was a talented man, prominent in his profession in whatever communities he found himself, and he was also an ordained minister in the Church of Christ. He was a veteran of the Civil war, serving the South as a member of a Mississippi regiment throughout the war. He was a democrat and in the later years of his life was a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
In Mississippi Doctor Castleman married Miss Nannie Yokum, born there in 1837, and she died in Wise County, Texas, in 1899, six years after the passing of her husband. They were the parents of eleven children. John L., the eldest, died in Noble, Oklahoma, when he was forty years old. He was a farmer and stock breeder there, prominent and prosperous, and a justice of the peace in his town at the time of his death. Georgia married and was living at Siloam Springs, Arkansas. She died while en route from that place to the old home in Texas. Her husband was Laurence Davis, also deceased. Jennie married John Deering, a farming man of Cook County, Texas. Steve F. is a minister in the Church of Christ, and is now in charge of a pastorate at Calvin, Oklahoma. Jefferson, a dealer in stock, dropped dead in Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1907. He was the twin brother of Mississippi Belle, who married Prof. L. F. Bullock, an instructor in the Eastland (Texas) High School, now deceased. She is living in Gypaw, Texas, at this writing. Sallie M. married A. C. Kidd, a rancher in Cook County, Texas. James E. is engaged in the oil business in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Soam J. of this review was the ninth child. Ira Emmett is a farmer in Colorado. Nannie Catherine, generally called Kate, is the wife of John B. Wilson, a well-to-do farmer and ranchman in Lone Wolf, Oklahoma, where they live. Jesse La Rue died in infancy.
Soam J. Castleman attended the common schools in Pella, Texas, as a boy, and from 1887 to 1892 he was employed in the railroad service. In 1892 he was injured in an accident, a circumstance that brought a sudden termination to his career in that field. He then turned his attention to the matter of furthering his education, and he spent the ensuing year in attendance at the Pella High School, after which he went to Thorndale, Milan County, Texas, and read law in the office of Nat Tracy. In 1898 he was admitted to the bar, and he initiated the practice of his profession in the Town of Cameron, in Texas. He remained there until 1902, when he came to Lawton, Oklahoma, and for fourteen months was engaged in practice. From then to the time when he located in New Wilson in May, 1914, he made a good many changes of location. He moved from Lawton to Snyder, Oklahoma, staying in the latter place two years. From Snyder he went to Comanche, Oklahoma, remaining there two years. Thence to Tucumcari, New Mexico, where he spent something like nine months in practice, and then on to Altus, Oklahoma, in which place he was occupied for five years. In September, 1913, he settled in Cornish, Oklahoma, and in May, 1914, he came to New Wilson. he is now permanently established, and is conducting a civil and criminal practice with excellent success. In the years of Mr. Castleman’s practice he has defended about 300 criminal cases, and of that number only seventeen have received sentences. He has a splendid reputation before the bar as a pleading lawyer, and his standing in the profession is most creditable.
Mr. Castleman is a democrat, and when a resident of Snyder, Oklahoma, he served as city attorney. After a two years’ residence in Altus, Oklahoma, he ran for the office of county attorney, but was beaten by a narrow margin of seventy-five votes. He is a member of the County, State and National Bar associations, and fraternally is connected with the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, Wilson Lodge No. 417. He and his family are members of the Church of Christ.
Mr. Castleman has been twice married. He was first married in 1882 in Milan County, Texas, to Miss Nannie Crow, daughter of James Crow, a prominent farmer of that place, now deceased. She died in 1902, leaving two children–William August, a mechanic now living in Wilson, Oklahoma, and Ira, attending the New Wilson High School. In 1904 Mr. Castleman married Miss Lida Keithley, in Lawton, Oklahoma, the daughter of Judge Marion Keithley of Missouri, now deceased. Four children have been born to them. They are LeRoy Bates, Francis Marion, Jessie Jennings, and Albert Castleman. All of them are attending the local schools. The family enjoys a good deal of social prominence, and they are well known in the city and county, though their residence in New Wilson has been a brief one thus far.