Transcribed by G McCall from:
A HISTORY OF THE STATE OF OKLAHOMA
By Luther B. Hill, A. B., With the Assistance of Local Authorities, Volume II, Illustrated, The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago / New York, 1909, Page 336
PHILIP MESMER FORD is a prominent insurance, bonds and real estate man of Muskogee. A native of Owensboro, Kentucky, he was born October 29, 1865, and is a son of William P. and Catherine (Mesmer) Ford. The fatherís ancestors were Scotch and Irish while on his motherís side Philip M. Ford comes of German stock and of an old Virginia family.
Mr. Fordís early education was obtained at New Harmony, Indiana, whence the family moved when the boy was only five years of age. After he left school he also entered business there as a messenger boy with the New Harmony Banking Company. When he came to Muskogee in 1891 he had mastered the practical details of banking and was appointed assistant cashier of the First National Bank of that place. For nine years he was identified with the management and growth of that institution and in 1900 became chief deputy clerk of the United States courts for the northern district of Indian Territory, serving in that capacity under Judge John R. Thomas and Joseph A. Gill. The discharge of such responsible duties gave him a thorough training which fitted him to successfully engage in another line of business. He therefore resigned his position with the United States court and became a member of the Bragdon, Ford and Rulison Company, dealers in insurance, bonds and real estate and he still retains his connection with this substantial and progressive firm.
Mr. Ford is an active member of the Masonic fraternity and of the Town and Country Club of Muskogee. Like other progressive business men he turns to golf as a necessary means of recreation and exercise. He is also a hunter of small game and in this connection is a well known fancier of blooded dogs. Mr. Fordís wife was formerly Miss Mary Boren, daughter of Absalom Boren, a business man of New Harmony, Indiana, and their two children are Francis B. and Phyllis Ford.