Many thanks to George Jennings
for his contribution.
Questions on the Bank receipts
- email: George Jennings
Quote from his Email: "I was born and raised in
Big Cabin. I have several receipts from the Bank of Big Cabin dated 1919,1921
that I believe are rare. They belonged to my step grandfather Barney
Johnson, a longtime resident of Big Cabin.
One receipt is signed by Lonzo Comer
a school teacher and resident of Big Cabin for many years. He ran
an insurance agency in Vinita in his later years. If the attached
receipts are of interest you may post them."
Date: Fri, 26 Feb 1999 10:11:28 -0600
Subject: Re: Bank of Big Cabin Tickets
George, thanks for the information. It brings
back a lot of memories. I did notice one thing that we believe is
incorrect. As you know, I married Avanelle (Abbie) Comer Roberts,
42 years ago in Big Cabin. Abbie's grandfather was Lonzo Comer.
Lon taught school for 42 years in the general Craig County area.
He and his late wife Chloe reared my wife from age 4 until we married at
age 18. Abbie's mother passed away when she was 4 years old and her
father Cecil (C. A.) went into WW II. Due to various circumstances involving
a step-mother, Abbie stayed with her grandparents visiting her father in
the summer's in Dewey, OK., where he had an independent insurance agency
for many years.
The inconsistency, Lonzo Comer did sell life insurance
door to door in the area to supplement his teacher salary but according
to Abbie, he worked out of his home. We do not remember his every
having an office in Vinita. One other point, Lonzo worked in the old
Big Cabin bank as noted. During that time her father C.A. also worked
in the bank as a fill-in at times.
Lonzo Comer was one of the most intelligent, unselfish
people I have ever known. He and Chloe having raised 7 children of
their own on a teacher's salary in Oklahoma is to be admired, but when
they should have had life a little easier, they took in a 4 year old and
reared her into a charming young lady that I have been married to for the
past 42 years. As I look back, I think that the reason I enjoy teaching
in higher education is from observing Lonzo Comer's interest and his desire
to make every kid just a little smarter. The memory of Lon to this
day brings tears to my eye's. A good man through and through.
God bless you, Talk to you later. ps share with whomever, by
the way I did check out the Craig county site, fantastic!
BIG CABIN BANK
"The Story of Craig County, Its People and
A charter for the Bank of Big Cabin, a state bank,
was obtained December 11, 1907, less than a month after Oklahoma statehood.
The first officers were J.W. Orr, Vinita, president; L.S. Robinson of Big
Cabin, vice president; and Robert E. Lee of Big Cabin, cashier.
Other original stockholders were F.B. Kimball,
Bird Ballinger, A.0. Harlan, T.H. Lessley, R.L. Madison, C.E. Corn, S.R.
Cecil, J.W. Harris, C.G. McCombs, C.H. Purcell, Minnie A. Lee, J.H. Wheeler,
J.P. Woodall, L.L. Cornatzer, H.R. Warner, A.A. Scott, and Jennie Cecil,
all of Big Cabin. From Vinita were F. Parks and J.L. Gunter.
Records show that "At" Cobb, son of S.S. Cobb,
managed the Bank of Big Cabin for some years until it closed its doors
in the '30s. At the same time he was an officer in a bank at Adair.
When these banks closed, Mr. Cobb became a state bank examiner. Old
timers tell of several men they remember as having worked in the bank,
probably in the '20s and '30s: Larkin Nall, who worked in the bank in the
afternoon after he'd finished his mail route; Alonzo Comer, a teacher in
the Big Cabin schools; and Thad Parks who lived in Chelsea. Dr. Felix
M. Adams was an investor in the bank.
Lee Smith of Vinita told that he owned a barber
shop in Big Cabin. He had shaved a stranger just before that man
robbed the Big Cabin bank. There was a big scar on the left side
of the man's face, so Lee was able to identify him when the robber was
caught. The robber locked Thad Parks, who was working alone in the
bank, and the lone customer, the Katy railroad depot agent, in the vault
and escaped on horseback. Mr. Smith remembers that they had to go
get Mr. Comer at school to open the vault, as he was the only person beside
Mr. Parks who had the combination and could let the men out.
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