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.