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Van H. Albertson. The time has come when every important business house deems it a part of wisdom to have in its employ a man trained in the law, in this way avoiding much litigation that ignorance on special points of law might entail. Thus is opened one more avenue of activity in a profession that has claimed as its members such a large majority of ambitious and educated young men when they start upon a life career. Perhaps no other profession opens so many doors to opportunity, proof being found in the fact that the greater number of the men in high stations, in America, have risen from the arena of the law. The Oklahoma bar offers many examples of rising young lawyers, men of ambition, enthusiasm, talent and personality, and one of these is found in Van H. Albertson, assistant county attorney of Creek County and a prominent resident of Sapulpa.
Van H. Albertson was born in Fentress County, Tennessee, July 12, 1880, and is a son of William H. and Clementine (Pile) Albertson, both of whom were natives of Fentress County. In 1886 the family moved to Wayne County, Kentucky, and in February, 1906, to Sullivan County, North Missouri, residing at present at Meadville, Missouri. The father of Mr. Albertson has been a farmer all his life.
The second born in a family of seven children, all of whom are living, Van H. Albertson had the advantages which happy family companionship give, and remained at home until he was eighteen years of age, in the meanwhile attending the public schools and with such close application to his books that he secured a teacher’s certificate and for two years was engaged in teaching school. Having decided upon the law as his future career, after some preliminary study he entered the law department of Vanderbilt University, at Nashville, Tennessee, and was there graduated with his degree in 1905. In October of that year he entered into practice at Knoxville, in December of the following year removing to Beggs, Oklahoma, from there coming to Sapulpa, October 1, 1913. During all those years he had devoted his entire attention to the work of his profession, and, in gaining valuable experience, had also been able to secure a competency.
In 1904 Mr. Albertson was united in marriage with Miss Nora Johnson, who was born in Tennessee, and they have three children: Margaret, Van H., Jr., and Jo Brady. Mr. Albertson and family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South.
More or less active in the ranks of the republican party ever since reaching his majority. Mr. Albertson, on several occasions has been put forward by that organization for office, in 1910 being his party’s candidate for county judge, and at present is serving most efficiently in the office of assistant county attorney. Professionally and personally he has many warm friends, and fraternally is identified with the Masons and the Modern Woodmen of America.