Caddo, Oklahoma...
Sunday, January 26, 2020
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Harry Mayo Dunlap


Harry Mayo Dunlap born in Leavenworth, Kansas, December 12, 1870, being the youngest of four children: two brothers, Frank and William Walter, one sister, Grace Elizabeth, in addition to himself.

His father was Benjamin Hopkins Dunlap, and his mother Nancy Ann Dickens Dunlap.

It was in Leavenworth that he spent his childhood days, moving to Old Mexico at the age of fourteen years, he learned to speak Spanish fluently, and often served as interpreter.

The family then moved from there to Colorado, then to Dexter, Texas. The latter being a small town, he entered the public schools in Whitesboro, Texas, making his home with his sister, Mrs. Bland Bennett,

After finishing school there he attended the University of Texas, taking a Law Course.

Coming back to Whitesboro, he accepted the position of cashier of the City Bank, J. M. Buchanan being president.

At this time he was married to Miss Maude Edwards of that city, and two years later they moved to Sherman, Texas. He was admitted to the Bar in 1894, forming a partnership with Judge Galloway. On August 2nd, 1895 their first child, a daughter, Grace Elizabeth was born.

In 1897, he with his family moved to Durant, Oklahoma, and he accepted a position as cashier of the First National Bank.

On November 30th, 1899, a son Bennett M. was born. December 29th of the same year, his wife died.

In 1901 he moved to Caddo, Oklahoma, and helped to organize the Choctaw National Bank, of which he was made president.

On July 23rd, 1902, he married Miss Annie Josephine Edwards, of Sherman, Texas, a sister of his first wife.

To this union, two children were born: Mayo Genevieve, August 6th, 1903, and Margaret Andra, October 6th, 1905, who died March 10th, 1907.

Soon his health began to fail and he spent a number of years going to different health resorts. Not getting any stronger he resigned his position with the bank and with his family moved to Los Angeles, California, remaining there a few years. Then moved to Phoenix, Arizona, where he was State Manager of the Southern Surety Company, until his death, June 23rd, 1912. His remains were shipped to his old home in Caddo, Oklahoma, for burial, where he was buried.

His illness lasted seven years, but he lost but few days from his office as he had such a determination to regain his health.

He helped with every worthy enterprise in Caddo, and always had its interest at heart. He was a pioneer citizen, locating there before Oklahoma became a State, and saw the small village of Caddo grow into a thriving busy town. He helped to make it possible for the town to secure light and water systems and many other much needed improvements.

He was a member of the City Council and served with other civic organizations.

 from Chronicles of Oklahoma