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By Luther B. Hill, A. B., With the Assistance of Local Authorities, Volume II, Illustrated, The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago / New York, 1910, Page 146

Arthur L. Hensley, a hardware merchant of Council Hill, Oklahoma, was born in Corinth, Mississippi, March 20, 1873, and is a son of M. H. and Texana (Woodard) Hensley, natives, respectively, of North Carolina and Mississippi. M. H. Hensley was a planter, and in 1901 came to Oklahoma, locating at Checotah when it was only a village. At that time there was considerable farming done in the neighborhood, and he engaged in the hardware business. He is one of the firm known as the Checotah Hardware Company.

Arthur L. Hensley was educated in Jackson, Tennessee, and on attaining his majority engaged in the furniture business at Corinth, Mississippi, under the name of Hensley Brothers. He came with his father to Oklahoma in 1901, and worked four years at Checotah for him. In 1906 he came to Council Hill and opened the first hardware store in the town, in the fourth building erected. He began business in a very modest way, but has increased his business until now he has a large line of hardware and accessories and a fine line of farm machinery, such as plows, wagons, drills, etc. He does a good business, and is one of the most enterprising and progressive citizens. He is well known and liked, having the respect and esteem of his associates. He is a member of the Masonic Order, being affiliated with Council Hill Lodge, and also belongs to Council Hill Lodge Number 228, Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Politically he is a strong Democrat, such as are generally reared in Mississippi.

Mr. Hensley married October 16, 1907, Edna Asbill. Mr. Asbill, of Checotah, was an early settler in the territory and his wife, Sarah, is about one-sixteenth Creek Indian. They have three children, namely: Edna and Edith, twins and Bryan. Edna is the wife of Mr. Hensley and Edith is the wife of Homer Spaulding, of Council Hill. Mr. Asbill was twice married, and by his first wife had three children, James, John and Phebe. Mrs. Asbill had also been previously married, and by her first husband, a Mr. Yargie, had two children, William and Emma, the latter the wife of Art Asbill, postmaster of Checotah.

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