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A. A. Humphrey

A. A. Humphrey

Submitted by : Sheryl McClure.


Taken from: Portrait and Biographical Record of Oklahoma, 1901


A. A. HUMPHREY has resided within the borders of Oklahoma since the time of its opening, April 22, 1889, and today he is one of Guthrie's wide-awake and shrewd business men. He is prominently connected with various enterprises in Guthrie. His fellow-citizens have honored him with a seat in the city council for the past six years, and he served as president most of the time. He is a native of Tipton, Cedar county, Iowa, where he was born December 19, 1853, and is a son of P. D. Humphrey.
The Humphrey family is of Scotch extraction, and our subject's grandfather was the family immigrant to Cedar county, Iowa, having moved there from Columbus, Ohio in 1848. Although he carried on agricultural pursuits, he also officiated in the pulpit of the Methodist Church in Tipton. He died at the age of ninety years.
P. D. Humphrey was born in Columbus, Ohio, but came with his father to Cedar county, Iowa, where, in later years, he started the first nursery in the county. In 1871 he started a nursery in Story county, Iowa, but in 1885 disposed of both nurseries. He was united in marriage with Miss Elizabeth Downing, a native of Pennsylvania, and a daughter of Preston Downing, who settled in Cedar county, Iowa, in his early life. She died in 1865, leaving a husband and eight children, all of whom are still living.
His early training, which began in the common schools of his native state, Mr. Humphrey supplemented with a course in Grinnell College, and in 1871 he took charge of his father's nursery in Nevada, Iowa. He continued there until the business was dispossed of in 1885, after which he went to Des Moines, Iowa, and carried on a loan business. Upon the opening ol Oklahoma he settled in Guthrie, where he is now prominently engaged in the real estate, loan and insurance business, in the latter representing the following companies: Springfield, Hartford, Phoenix of Hartford, Pennsylvania Fire, Sun Fire of London, New York Underwriters, Scottish Union of Edinburgh, Phoenix, Brooklyn; Milwaukee Mechanics, and Lloyd's Plate Glass. Of this latter insurance company he is general agent for Oklahoma. A public-spirited citizen, he is actively engaged in furthering and fostering worthy enterprises. He was one of the promoters and is now a director of the Arkansas, California & Gulf Railroad, which he helped to promote and which is to run from Atoka through Guthrie to the northwest.
At Mapleton, Iowa, Mr. Humphrey married Miss Anna Frary, a native of Wisconsin, and a graduate of the Iowa State Agricultural College at Ames, Iowa. In politics Mr. Humphrey is an ardent and unswerving Republican, and one of his party's representative men. He was, a member of the first council and helped to organize East Guthrie and Capitol Hill. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (to which his father also belonged), Knights of Pythias, Ancient Order of United Workmen, and Benevolent Protective Order of Elks. He assisted in the organization of the first board of trade in Guthrie and is a prominent member of the Guthrie Club. Mrs. Humphrey is an active member of the Congregational Church.


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