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Dr. William O. Dodson. Oklahoma has proved itself a splendid field for the younger professional men of the Southwest, and Dr. William O. Dodson of the Town of Willow has found success in his chosen work in the nine years of his residence- here. Doctor Dodson is a Texan, born in Coryell County in September, 1881, and he is a son of W. T. Dodson, who was born in Kentucky in 1840.
W. T. Dodson came of a family of Kentucky pioneers. He was a young man when he left his native community and went to Arkansas for a brief period, thence to Missouri, and still later to Texas. He married there and settled on a farm, where his children were born. In 1889 he came to Grier County, Texas (now Oklahoma), and settled in the vicinity of the present Town of Mangum. There he took up the merchandise business, and continued successfully for some years. he retired in 1902, took up his residence in Mangum and there lives at this writing. He was a soldier of the Confederacy and served through the greater part of the war. He was taken prisoner in Arkansas, and was held until the close of the war. Mr. Dodson has been a lifelong member of the Baptist Church, in which he has long served as a deacon, and he is republican in politics, he is a member of the Masonic fraternity, with Ancient Free and Accepted Masons and Royal Arch Mason affiliations.
W. T. Dodson married Jane Shelton, born in Alabama in 1841. She died in Mangum in 1900 at the age of fifty-nine years, loved by all who knew her. Seven children were born to them. Nannie married C. V. Northant, who died at the age of thirty-five years. Mollie married T. R. Clay, and lives in Mangum. Her husband is district judge and is a prominent man in the county. Marion H. lives in Mangum and there operates a bus line. Rhoda married Dr. A. D. Lewis, and died at the age of thirty-one years. The husband is also deceased. The fifth child was William O. of this review, and the sixth and seventh were daughters who died in infancy.
Following the death of the wife and mother, Mr. Dodson married Eleanor Nichols, of Illinois. No children have been born to them.
William O. Dodson attended the public schools as a boy and was graduated from the Mangum High School, after which he entered Louisville Medical College (Kentucky) and was graduated with the class of 1904, with the degree M. D. In the same year he began the practice of his profession in Reed, Oklahoma, where he remained one year. In 1905 he took a western trip through Colorado, Utah, Wyoming and Idaho, spending a year in that pastime, and in June, 1906, he returned to Oklahoma and located in Willow, where he has since continued, having seen no spot on his western tour that was more inviting than the region he had left. In the past nine years Doctor Dodson has conducted a general practice and has prospered in a satisfactory manner.
Doctor Dodson is a republican and a man of great public spirit. He served five years as mayor of Willow, and concluded his service in that capacity in the year 1915. He has ably filled a place on the local school boards, and in many ways has demonstrated his citizenship to be of a high order.
Doctor Dodson is a member of the Presbyterian Church and is a Mason with membership in Willow Lodge No. 435, Ancient Free and Accepted Masons. He is also an Odd Fellow, Willow Lodge 488, and is past grand of the lodge. He has membership in the County, State and American Medical societies.
In 1910 Mr. Dodson was married in Quanah, Texas, to Miss Flossie Skidmore, daughter of Mrs. A. F. Skidmore, a resident of Willow at this time. Mrs. Dodson was born in Kansas. They have no children.