Redford Bond (1877 – )

“REDFORD BOND.  Probably the oldest firm of lawyers in the State of Oklahoma is the Bond & Melton combination at Chickasha.  The two principal members of the firm of Bond, Melton & Melton have been continuously associated in handling a large and important practice at that city since 1900–fifteen years.  Redford Bond, though long identified with the law and ranking as one of the big lawyers of Oklahoma, is still a young man, and is one of the native sons of the Chichasaw Nation.  His father has been identified with that section of Oklahoma for half a century or more.

Redford Bond was born in the Chickasaw Nation, August 10, 1877, his birthplace being Johnsonville, McLain County.  His parents are James H. and Adelaide (Johnson) Bond, both of whom are still living at advanced years on the old farm near Minco, Grady County…

Redford Bond as a boy had every stimulus activity in the various interests and pursuits of his father’s ranch.  He is one of the best educated lawyers in Oklahoma.  His early training at home was supplemented by the attendance st the Kemper Military Academy in Boonesville, Missouri, followed by collegiate work at the Roanoke College at Salem Virginia, and later study in the Columbian University at Washington, D.C.  Mr. Bond took most of hid law courses in the University of Missouri, where he as graduated L.L. B. in 1897.  Upon examination before Judge Townsend a Ardmore, he was admitted to the bar of Oklahoma and at once located in Chickasha for practice.  He was first associated with the firm of Herbert & Holding under the name Herbert, Holding & Bond, but in 1900 became senior partner of Bond & Melton, a relationship which has been unbroken for fifteen years, the only change being the addition of Mr. Melton’s brother.  The presence of Mr. Bond as one of the counsel in a case always attracts attention, and in the course of his career he has probably handled as much important litigation as any lawyer in Grady County.

Ad a man of the people, a native son, and identified from youth with the Old Chickasaw Nation, Mr. Bond has been a power in public life.   He was one of the leaders in the single statehood movement, for a number of years was a member of the Territorial Executive Democratic Committee and the Single Statehood Convention chose him committeeman at large for both territories.  With the success of the statehood movement, in 1907, he became one of five candidates for the congressional nomination in the Fifth District.  It was one of the most exciting political conventions of that year, and there ensued a deadlock, with Mr. Bond as one of the leaders, and it was only broken when he threw the influence of his personal following to Scott Ferris, who was nominated and subsequently elected.   In 1914 Cato Sells, commissioner of Indian affairs, appointed Mr. Bond attorney for the Chickasaw Nation, and he is now giving much of his professional attention to the duties of that position.

Mr. Bond is a member of the Chickasha Commercial Club, and fraternally belong to the Knights of Pythias, the Masonic fraternity and the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks.  He is a thirtysecond degree Scottish Rite Mason ans also a Knight Templar and has attended the Grand Lodge of Elks as an Oklahoma delegate.

On November 5, 1902, Mr. Bond married Miss Jane Ware.  Her father , J.A. Ware, of Sedalia, Missouri was one of the contractors who built the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad through the Indian Territory.  To their union has been born one son, Redford Bond, Jr.

Mr. Bond and family reside at 128 South Twelfth Street in Chickasha , and the offices of his firm are in the First National Bank Building.”

Source:  A Standard History of Oklahoma, Vol. 4, by Joseph Bradfield Thoburn, The American Historical Society, Chicago and New York, 1916, page 1353

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