Grady County, Oklahoma

  BIOGRAPHIES

ERSKINE WILLIAM SNODDY. An important figure in the life of the community at Alva, Oklahoma, for many years, Erskine William Snoddy is an attorney in this city, with an extensive practice throughout all the vicinity. He has been a resident of Oklahoma since the pioneer days of the territory, participating in the upbuilding of the State and sharing in its ultimate prosperity.

Mr. Snoddy was born at Sedalia, Missouri, on February 4, 1871, a son of William W. and May M. (Long) Snoddy, both of whom were born in Pennsylvania. The father, who was also an attorney, commanded a regiment during the Civil War, and first came to Oklahoma on September 16, 1893, when he took up a claim. He practiced law at Alva for a period of years, his death occurring on August 12, 1908. The mother died in April, 1916. Of their marriage nine children were born, and of these, the first four died in infancy. The others were as follows: 5) Claude L., who died in 1899. 6) Erskine William, of this record. 7) J. C, who now resides on a farm near Alva. 8) Edna M., who married Elmer Deeds, of Los Angeles, California. 9) Beulah C., wife of Mr. Cobbett, of Oklahoma City.

Erskine William Snoddy attended the university at Sedalia, Missouri, after the completion of his preliminary education, and in 1885 removed to Barber County, Kansas, where he taught some years in the rural schools. He was much impressed with the opportunities which the Oklahoma territories offered to men of initiative and vision, resolving after his arrival in Kansas to go forward into Oklahoma. In 1891 he was able to put his plans into execution, securing an appointment in that year as deputy United States Marshal of Oklahoma, under William Grimes. Discharging all the duties of his position with greatest efficiency, Mr. Snoddy was re-appointed
under United States Marshal E. D. Nix and again under Patrick Nagle, serving in office continuously until 1897. Meanwhile, however, he had decided upon a legal career, and he took up the study of law in his father's office at Alva. Under the elder man's expert guidance he made rapid progress, was licensed to practice in Oklahoma, and soon became a well-known figure in the local courts. Thoroughly trained in his profession, with a wide knowledge of legal principles
together with their application in modern procedure, he was successful from the first, winning the confidence of all those who came to consult him. Mr. Snoddy has always considered service in the public interest no less worthy of his best attention than his own affairs, and for years filled the position of city attorney at Alva to the complete satisfaction of the entire community. He has also been a member for two terms of the Oklahoma State Legislature. In the years of his independent practice he has scored many notable victories in the courts of the State for the
causes which he has espoused, building his practice to flattering proportions as the demands on his services have constantly increased.

Mr. Snoddy has always heartily supported every worthy movement for progress or advance, contributing liberally to various enterprises, both civic and benevolent. Aside from his professional work he has been active in the life of the community at Alva, where he is highly regarded as a public-spirited citizen of progressive type. Mr. Snoddy is affiliated fraternally with the Free and Accepted Masons and with the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.

On December 1, 1892, Erskine William Snoddy married Sarah Nicholson, a native of Illinois, and they are the parents of one child, Frieda.
(Source: Oklahoma, A History of the State and Its People by Joseph B. Thoburn and Muriel H. Wright; Volume IV; Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc. New York, 1929; transcribed by Vicki Bryan)


MELL ACHILLES NASH. Since 1927 Mell Achilles Nash has been serving as president of the Oklahoma College for Women, and has been making his home at Chickasha, Oklahoma. Here, and in the educational world generally, he has long taken an active interest in a number of different associations and groups having to do with the advancement of the best interests of colleges and schools; and for his labours he has won the lasting esteem and affection of his fellowmen.

Mr. Nash was born in Tryon, Hardin County, Texas, on July 20, 1890, a son of Newton Achilles and Nancy Susan (Moody) Nash. He was graduated from the Central State Teachers' College in 1910, and from the University of Oklahoma received, in 1919, the degree of Bachelor of Arts. Later he was also awarded the degree of Master of Arts. He also studied for a time at the University of Michigan, and was subsequently honored by being awarded the degree of Doctor of Laws by Oklahoma Baptist University, having received that tribute to his scholastic attainments in 1923. From time to time he has held different positions of importance in the field of education, having been successively a teacher in the rural schools of Greer, Pottawatomie and Pontotoc counties and in high schools at Granite, Noble, and Madill. He was instructor in Teachers Colleges at Durant, Edmond and in the State University, at Norman. He was high school principal, and later superintendent of schools at Noble, Idabel and Madill until 1919. In that year he was made chief State high school inspector in Oklahoma, and so continued until 1920, when he became editor of "Oklahoma Teacher." In 1922 he was elected State superintendent of public instruction by the largest majority ever received by any official in State election, and in that office was re-elected for his second term in 1926 with no opposition. He held it only a year longer, however; for, in April, 1927, he resigned to accept his present post, that of the presidency of the Oklahoma College for Women, at Chickasha, Oklahoma, a place that he has filled faithfully and well in the years since that time.

There is practically nothing having to do with education in which Mr. Nash is not keenly interested. As a result of his love of his chosen field of work, he has become a member of numerous organizations and social groups engaged in related lines of work. These include the Oklahoma Education Association and the National Education Association; while, from 1920 to 1923, he was editor of the "Oklahoma Teacher," a prominent publication in the educational circles of the Southwest. He has served, too, as president of the State Board of Education, of Oklahoma, and also as a member of the Oklahoma National Guard, which he joined in 1908. His fraternal connections are with the Free and Accepted Masons, in which he holds the Thirty-second degree of Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, and with Phi Beta Kappa, national scholarship fraternity. Phi Delta Kappa, an educational fraternity, and Phi Gamma Delta, social fraternity. His political alignment is with the Democratic party, while his religious faith is that of the Baptist church. His greatest accomplishment will probably stand out, however, years after the work of many of his colleagues is forgotten - that of standardization and State financial aid, to promote equalization in the rural schools of Oklahoma, for which he worked tirelessly until his efforts were crowned with success.

Mell Achilles Nash was married, at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on August 6, 1916, to Mae Clarke, of Henryetta, Oklahoma. By this union there have been the following children: Norman Clarke, Mary Jane and Don Rodman. The family residence is situated at Chickasha.
(Source: Oklahoma, A History of the State and Its People by Joseph B. Thoburn and Muriel H. Wright; Volume IV; Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc. New York, 1929; transcribed by Vicki Bryan)

ADAM L. HUNT.

Enterprising as an educator, substantial as a citizen, patriotic as a soldier and loyal to duty and to friendship, Adam L. Hunt, since 1925 Superintendent of Schools of Walters, is a fine product of the educational and social advantages of Oklahoma, of which State he is a native. Prior to coming to Walters he made a fine record elsewhere, establishing a reputation that commanded the respect of all who knew of his work and widening the scope of his activities as he followed the road to an ultimate commanding position among the educators of the land. Not only as a professional member of the community is Mr. Hunt acceptable. His rare personality is one of his greatest attractions, coupled with a deep interest in all civic affairs that make for progressive strength and a determination to maintain the school system of which he is in charge upon the highest plane and an honor to the district and to the State.

Born near Chickasha, May 24, 1892, he is the eldest of seven children of Walter E. and Eliza (Burch) Hunt, the others being: Elmer M., with the Otis Elevator Company at Galveston, Texas; Roy O., manager of the Air Transport Company’s station at Norman, Oklahoma; Rupert E., deceased; Avah, a teacher in Walters, Oklahoma; Beulah, deceased; and Lawrence G., an oil operator in Texas.

Adam L. Hunt began his educational career in the local schools in Washita and Kiowa counties and was graduated from high school at Lone Wolf. He then took a course of two years at the University of Oklahoma, being graduated with the degree of Bachelor of Science in Education. While pursuing his college studies he taught in rural schools in various places until war came and the United States entered. In June, 1917, he enlisted and was attached to Company F, 111th Engineers, 36th Division, was raised to the rank of sergeant and served with the unit until June, 1919, when he was honorably mustered out at Fort Worth, Texas. He then returned to his teaching and held the office of Superintendent of Schools at Willow, Granite, and Lindsay, Oklahoma, for several years, being called to Walters in 1925, where he still continues his work as head of the system. He is a member of the Rotary Club and of the First Methodist Episcopal Church, and is fraternally affiliated with the Lindsay Lodge, No. 248, Order of Free and Accepted Masons.

Adam L. Hunt married, November 20, 1917, Nella M. Lyons, and they are the parents of three children: James, Adam L., Jr., and Richard.

(Source: Oklahoma, A History of the State and Its People, by Joseph B. Thoburn and Muriel H. Wright, Volume IV; Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc. New York, 1929; transcribed by Susan Geist)

CHESTER ALLEN HOLDING, owner, manager and editor of the Tipton "Tribune," was born in Tina, Missouri, November 6, 1895, a son of Judge B. F. and Mrs. Holding, of Chickasha, Oklahoma.  He acquired his education in the public schools of Oklahoma and upon reaching maturity entered the newspaper field, eventually acquiring the property which he controls.  He is a member of the Tipton Lodge, Order of Free and Accepted Masons, and Mrs. Holding belongs to the Order of the Eastern Star.

Chester Allen Holding married, May 17, 1914, and he and his wife are the parents of one infant daughter.

(Source:  Oklahoma, A History of the State and its People, by Joseph B. Thoburn and Muriel H. Wright, Volume IV:  Lewis Historical Publishing Company, Inc., New York, 1929; transcribed by Mary Saggio.)




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