William C. Carrick. One of the successful and reliable practitioners of the Sapulpa bar, Willlam C. Carrick has been the architect of his own personal fortune and professional reputation. He is a man of firm convictions, practical in his aims, whether as attorney or man, and has been effective also in the realization of those projects which are advanced by good citizens of modern tendencies. Mr. Carrick was born at Minaville, Missouri, March 6, 1875, and is a son of Joseph and Sarah (Tevault) Carrick.
Joseph Carrick was born at Marietta, Ohio, December 24, 1839, and in 1874 came to Missouri, where he was married in the same year to Sarah Tevault, who was born in that state, in 1851. They have passed their lives in agricultural pursuits, and are now residing in the vicinity of Braymer, Missouri, on a farm. Ten of their thirteen children still survive, William C. having been the eldest. He was brought up on the home farm and it was the desire of his parents that he enter the ministry of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, with a view toward which end he studied for two years at Fayetteville. His own inclinations, however, did not lie in that direction, and at the age of twenty-three years he left home and enlisted in the United States regular army as a private. His service of three years included two years as a scout, a capacity in which he acted with the rank of a commissioned officer, and following this he was employed for four years as a member of the Insular Civil Service, part of this time as postmaster and telegraph operator and part as telegrapher and postoffice inspector, in the Philippine Islands. After touring the world for the second time, he returned to his Missouri home and entered the Kansas City Law School, in 1908, and when he completed the course in 1911 was valedictorian of his graduating class. Prior to his admission to the bar he secured some experience by practicing in justice courts, and after his admission practiced in Kansas City during 1912, following which he spent less than one year in Arkansas, and then came to Sapulpa, where he has since built up a large and representative business. While his practice is broad and general in character, he has specialized in insurance and contract law, and has gained a wide reputation for the able manner in which he presents his cases to juries. Mr. Carrick has been faithful in following the litigation entrusted him into the higher courts, and remains true to the interests of his clients until the rendition of a final decision. He has formed a professional partnership with W. D. Cope, who maintains an office at Drumwright, and the association has proved a mutually beneficial, congenial and profitable one. As a citizen, Mr. Carrick is particularly interested in the public school system, although he takes a helpful part in forwarding all institutions of the state and is an enthusiast in regard to its climate and opportunities. While he has supported republican candidates in the main he was inclined to be liberal in his political views and is now a socialist and a nominee for county attorney on that ticket. His religious faith is that of the Methodist Episcopal Church, but he has leanings toward Christian Science. A careful and discriminating student of his profession, Mr. Carrick is also an investigator into other lines of advanced thought, and has made a particular study of sociology. Fraternally, he is well known and popular, and belongs to the Masons, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and the Improved Order of Red Men.
Mr. Carrick was married October 3, 1908, to Miss Katherine Miley, a native of Missouri, and a daughter of M. B. and Stella Miley. One son, Charles Miley, has been born to this union.