William H. Douthitt. By
the exercise of an ability which seems to be native in the Douthitt
family and a persistent energy coupled with fair methods, William B.
Douthitt has succeeded in making a reputation and successful position
for himself in the real estate business in Oklahoma, and for the past
five years has had his home and offices in Duncan. In recent years an
important feature of his business has been the handling of oil
William B. Douthitt
was born in Russellville, Arkansas, January 12, 1874, a son of W. A.
and Belle (Bowden) Douthitt. The Douthitts came from Ireland to
America before the Revolutionary war and settled in South Carolina,
from which colony the name has spread to many different sections of
the United States. Mr. Douthitt’s maternal grandfather, J. W. Bowden,
was the pioneer settler in Arkansas, having come from Virginia. He
owned a large tract of land, and though espousing the cause of the
republican party in a strictly democratic state he was elected a
member of the Legislature. He was killed at Russellville by
bushwhackers during the Civil war. W. A. Douthitt was born in
Missouri in 1847, and is now a business man at Muskogee, Oklahoma,
having lived in this state for many years. He moved from Missouri to
Russellville, was a farmer there, and in 1892 located at Shawnee,
Oklahoma, where he continued farming and stockraising, and since
locating at Muskogee in 1913 has been a merchant. He is a republican,
a member and deacon of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and
affiliates with the Masonic Fraternity. His wife, Belle Bowden, was
born in Arkansas at Russellville in 1856, grew up and married there,
and died at Shawnee, Oklahoma, in 1912. Their children were: J. T.,
who is a stock man near Guymon, Oklahoma; Lizzie, who lives at
Duncan, widow of the late J. W. Paul, a real estate man; Lulu, who
lives in Muskogee, married T. J. Stephens, now deceased, who was a
school teacher; G. F. is associated with his father in the
merchandise business at Muskogee; H. B., also in business with his
father and brother at Muskogee; Jennie, wife of Hoyt Davis, a farmer
at Shawnee; and May, wife of Ray Toney, of California.
William B. Douthitt
attended public school in Russellville, Arkansas, and finished his
education at Shawnee. The first twenty-four years of his life was
spent on his father’s farm and this experience as a practical farmer
has been valuable to him in his business of real estate. In 1898 he
engaged in the real estate business at Shawnee, but in 1901 became
one of the pioneers who located at Lawton at the opening of that
section of Oklahoma, and lived there until April, 1902. From 1902 to
1910 he continued in his regular business at Marlow, Oklahoma, and
since 1910 has been at Duncan. He does a general real estate
business, handles farm lands and loans, and his
operations cover Stephens, Jefferson, Carter and Garvin Counties. He
is the individual owner of about a thousand acres of land in these
counties. He has handled a number of oil leases, and is the president
of the Safety First Oil and Gas Company.
Mr. Douthitt is a
republican, a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, and
affiliates with Mistletoe Lodge No. 17 of the Knights of Pythias and
with Duncan Camp No. 515 of the Woodmen of the World.
In 1905 at Sterling,
Oklahoma, Mr. Douthitt married Miss Jessie M. Utter, whose father J.
F. Utter is a passenger conductor living at Sweetwater, Texas. To
their marriage was born a son, William J., on June 4, 1909.