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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 338

Marvin Caswall Hurt, of Muskogee, manager of the Pioneer Telephone Exchange, was born in Glasgow, Missouri, October 1, 1879. He is a son of Congrave Jackson and Martha (Philphott) Hurt, his father being a substantial Kentucky farmer of an old family which traces its origin to England. On his motherís side he is of pure Scotch ancestry.

Mr. Hurt obtained his early education in the public schools of Missouri and pursued his higher courses at Pritchet College, of Glasgow, Missouri, graduating from that institution with the class of 1897 with the degree of B. S. In the course of his scientific studies he had become deeply interested in electricity and as he naturally was of a mechanical turn when he left college he engaged in the construction of the local telephone plant at Glasgow. In 1898, having completed that work, he engaged as a traveling salesman for the Pittsburg Coal Company, his commercial territory being Kansas and Nebraska. He was thus employed until 1907 when he was sent to Oklahoma by the Pioneer Telephone Company, being first connected with their office at Oklahoma City. In November, 1908, he was promoted to be local manager of the exchanged opened by that company at Muskogee which position he still retains.



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