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West Holland, cashier of the First State Bank of Brinkman, was born in Dexter, Kansas, on March 6, 1884. He has been identified with banks and banking since he began his independent career, one might say, and has held his present position since 1910, when he came to Brinkman and assisted in the organization of the bank of which he has since been cashier.
West Holland is a son of A. C. Holland, a family of Scotch ancestry that first became identified with America in Colonial days, when the first of the name to come to this country located in Virginia. From there a branch of the family migrated into North Carolina, and it was there A. C. Holland was born in 1850. Mr. Holland went to Winfield, Kansas, in young manhood and there married Mrs. Mary (Timmerman) Bott. Dexter, Kansas, was the next location of the Hollands, and in 1889 they came to Oklahoma, settling in Guthrie. They made their home there until the opening of the Cherokee Strip in 1891, when they moved to Perry and there remained until 1901. During these years Mr. Holland had been engaged in farming, with good success. In 1901 he gave up that work and moved to Hobart, where he accumulated considerable property, and is now living there retired from active business. He served two terms as mayor of Hobart, and he is a member of Hobart Lodge, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. He is a democrat, and has taken a prominent part in the political activities of his community. Hobart has found in him a man who has a high regard for his responsibilities in the matter of citizenship, and who has done much to promote the civic welfare of the community during his residence there.
To Mr. and Mrs. Holland were born three children. The first born was West, of this review. Edith married V. H. Eskridge, a cotton ginner of Martha, Oklahoma, where they live. Arthur, an employe of the Mangum National-Bank, lives there.
West Holland attended the public schools in Perry, Oklahoma, graduating from the high school there in 1900, and was a member of the first high school class ever graduated in that town. He was a student in the A. & M. College at Stillwater, Oklahoma, for a year, and in 1901 went to Hobart, Oklahoma, where the family moved at that time. Two years later he entered the Farmers and Merchants Bank in that place as a bookkeeper, continuing until 1905, when he became bookkeeper and assistant cashier in the Mangum National Bank. He held that position until 1910, when he went to Brinkman, and here assisted in organizing the First State Bank, of which he since continued as cashier, as has already been said.
The president of the bank is T. S. DeArman; vice president, J. L. Dorham. The capital is $10,000, with a surplus of $1,000.
Mr. Holland is a democrat and is now serving as town treasurer. He is a member of the State Bankers Association, and his fraternal connections are with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, Mangum Lodge No. 1169, and Willow Lodge No. 433 Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.
In 1910 Mr. Holland married Miss Sallie Van Maddox, daughter of J. M. Maddox, a retired stockman, living in Jacksboro, Texas. They have no children.