William Andrew Richardson. The career of this successful
and progressive young business man has
been chiefly identified with banking at Okeene, where for the past
ten years he has been connected in varying capacities and
responsibilities with the institution which after several changes is
now the State Guaranty Bank, of which Mr. Richardson is vice
As to ancestry this
branch of the Richardson family came from Ireland to Virginia during
colonial times. William Andrew Richardson was born at Henryville in
Clark County, Indiana, July 18, 1883. He is a son of W. A.
Richardson, who was also born in Henryville, in 1843, and lived there
as a farmer and stock raiser up to 1898. In that year he came to
Oklahoma, as one of the early settlers, was a farmer in the vicinity
of Kingfisher for several years, and then moved to Frederick at the
opening of the Southwestern country, taking up a homestead of 160
acres, which he developed and finally sold. He is now living retired
at Frederick. W. A. Richardson married Isabella Gray, who was born at
Henryville, Indiana, in 1843, and died there in 1895. There were five
children: Philo P., who is a farmer at Frederick, Oklahoma; Charles
E., an attorney at Clinton, Oklahoma; Clifford M., a farmer at
Frederick; Walter R., a grain buyer at Kremlin, Oklahoma; and
Richardson gained his education in the public schools of Henryville,
Indiana, and at Kingfisher, Oklahoma. On coming to Okeene in
December, 1901, he found his first position in the local postoffice.
He was connected with the Okeene postoffice five years, and then in
1906 began the work which has since made him one of the successful
young bankers of this section of Oklahoma. He entered what was then
known as the First National Bank as bookkeeper, later was promoted to
assistant cashier, and since July 1, 1913, has been vice president of
the State Guaranty Bank. This bank
was originally established in 1900 as the Bank of Okeene. A national
charter was taken out and after 1903 it was the First National Bank.
In 1908 it became the State Guaranty Bank. The present officers are:
R. C. Menefee, of Kansas City, president; William A. Richardson, vice
president; O. E. Durham, cashier. It has a capital stock of $10,000
and surplus of $3,000.
While his success is
due to close application to the chief business of his career, Mr.
Richardson has many other interests in his home locality. He has
served as city clerk of Okeene, is now clerk of the school board, is
an active member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and secretary of
the Laymen’s Association of the state, is a democrat in polities and
is affiliated with Okeene Lodge No. 357, Ancient Free and Accepted
Masons, and with the Brotherhood of American Yeomen. In 1909 at
Okeene he married Miss Rachel Sherwood, daughter of C. W. Sherwood,
who is a Methodist Episcopal minister, now living at Okarche,
Oklahoma. To their union were born two children: Marjorie Fern, born
January 31, 1911; and Freda May, born May 7, 1914.