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William W. Waterman. At this juncture in a volume devoted to the careers of representative citizens of Oklahoma, it is a pleasure to insert a brief history of William W. Waterman, who has ever been on the alert to forward all measures and enterprises projected for the general welfare and who has served his community in various official positions of trust and responsibility. In the fall of 1912 he was elected treasurer of Caddo County and he was re-elected to that office in the fall of 1914. Most of his active career has been devoted to the banking business, in which connection he has been cashier of a number of prominent banks in Caddo County.
A native of the Badger State, William W. Waterman was born at Waupaca, Wisconsin, January 21, 1869. He is a son of James M. and Emma L. (West) Waterman, the former of whom was born in the State of New York, in 1841, and the latter in Wisconsin, in 1846. The father removed from the Empire State to Wisconsin as a young man and for a time lived in Waupaca, whence he removed, in 1870, to Hamburg, Iowa. Later he located in Kansas and in 1900 he became one of the pioneer settlers in Geary, Oklahoma. lie gave indication of his patriotism to the cause of the Union by serving for three years in the Civil war, enlisting as a private in I he First Wisconsin Cavalry. Subsequently he was transferred to another regiment and he was mustered out of service as adjutant at the close of the war. he was a republican in politics, belonged to the Masons and to the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and until death called him, at Geary, this state, in 1903, he was a valued and appreciative member of the Grand Army of the Republic. Mrs. Waterman survives her honored husband and is now a resident of St. Cloud, Florida. She and her husband had four children, as follows: George M. maintains his home at Sidney, Iowa, where he is a newspaper editor and postmaster; William W. is the subject of this review; Nellie A. married W. C. Shippee, of Colorado Springs; and Arthur B. is a linotype operator at Santa Barbara, California.
William W. Waterman was educated in the public schools of Hamburg, Iowa, to which place his parents removed when he was but one year of age. At the age of eighteen years he began to work in a printing office at Delphos, Kansas, remaining in that place until 1899, when he settled as a pioneer in Geary, Oklahoma. In the latter place he was editor of the Geary Bulletin until 1901. when he left the newspaper field and turned his attention to the banking business. He purchased stock in the Citizens State Bank at Geary and served as assistant cashier of that institution until 1905, when he sold out and went to Bridgeport, there serving as cashier of the Bridgeport State Bank for the ensuing five years. In 1910 he located in Cyril and purchased an interest in the Bank of Cyril, taking over the cashiership. In 1912 he was honored by his fellow citizens with election to the office of treasurer of Caddo County and on assuming the responsibilities connected with that official trust he established his home at Anadarko. the county sent. Here he has since resided and on November 6, 1914, he was re-elected county treasurer for another two years. He is particularly fitted for the office of treasurer by reason of his long connection with the banking business and in discharging the duties connected with that trust he is acquitting himself with honor and fidelity. He has served on two different school boards in Caddo County and in his political affiliations he is a stalwart republican. In the time-honored Masonic order he is a member of Anadarko Lodge, No. 21, Ancient, Free and Accepted Masons; Guthrie Valley Consistory, No. 1; and the Order of the Eastern Star. He is also a valued member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, the Modern Woodmen of American and the Knights and Ladies of Security.
At Delphos, Kansas, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Waterman to Miss Bertha E. Richards, a daughter of the late B. Richards, a retired merchant at Delphos. Mr. and Mrs. Waterman have two charming daughters: Wanda W. and Nellie L., both of whom were graduated in the Anadarko high school in the class of 1915. The Waterman family are popular in the social life of their home community and their attractive residence is the scene of many pleasant gatherings.