Biography of Charles W. Holder

Charles W. Holder, a well known and successful automobile dealer of Coweta, has the local agency for the Ford cars and tractors, in which connection he has built up a gratifying business. His birth occurred in Parkersburg, West Virginia, on the 24th of November, 1892, his parents being Walter W. and Virginia F. Holder, the former a native of Indiana, while the latter was born in West Virginia. Walter W. Holder came to the Indian Territory in 1888 and secured land three and a half miles from Stroud, where he devoted his attention to farming until 1899. In that year he embarked in the drug business and since 1901 has been proprietor of a drug store at Kellyville, Oklahoma.

Charles W. Holder, whose name introduces this review, was born while his mother was on a visit in West Virginia but has spent practically his entire life in Oklahoma, being reared and educated at Kellyville and at Bristow, this state. After putting aside his textbooks he engaged in the hardware business at Braggs, Muskogee County, where he remained until the United States entered the World war, when he disposed of his interests in order to be ready for military duty when called. As his services were not required, however, he went to Boynton as manager for the firm of Crawford & Wineland, with whom he was associated for eighteen months. On the expiration of that period he came to Coweta and here accepted the agency for the Ford automobiles and tractors, purchasing a fine garage fifty by one hundred and thirty feet. In this connection he has already developed a business of extensive and gratifying proportions, making a large number of sales annually, for he is a young man of enterprise, ability and unfaltering diligence. He is interested in his father’s drug store at Kellyville as a member of the firm of W. W. Holder & Sons, which also has sixty-barrel production there and owns three hundred and forty acres of land which is rented out.

On the 27th of August, 1913, Mr. Holder was united in marriage to Miss Violetta Busset and they have one child, Helen H., whose birth occurred January 17, 1917. Politically Mr. Holder is a Republican while his religious faith is indicated by his membership in the Methodist Episcopal Church. Fraternally he is identified with the Masons and the Knights of Pythias and is a worthy exemplar of the beneficent purposes and high principles of these organizations. His genuine personal worth is widely recognized and the success which he has already achieved in business circles augurs well for a future of continued and growing prosperity.



Benedict, John Downing. Muskogee and Northeastern Oklahoma: including the counties of Muskogee, McIntosh, Wagoner, Cherokee, Sequoyah, Adair, Delaware, Mayes, Rogers, Washington, Nowata, Craig, and Ottawa. Chicago: S.J. Clarke Pub. Co., 1922.

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