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Earline Sparks Barger (View posts)
Posted: 919944000000
Classification: Biography
Edited: 993311417000
Vol. 3, p. 989-90

A scion of a sterling family that has long been one of prominence and influence in the South, Mr. Gallaway has been a resident of the City of Tulsa, Oklahoma, since 1906, has been closely identified with important business interests in the city, where he now holds the office of general manager of the Public Service Company of Oklahoma. He is essentially vital in his progressiveness and civic loyalty and is one of the representative citizens of Tulsa who fully merits recognition in this history.

Paul Martin Gallaway was born in the City of Memphis, Tennessee, on the 13th of March, 1873, and is a son of John Bell Gallaway and Margaret Eudosia (MARTIN) Gallaway, the former of whom was born at Moulton, Alabama, and the latter at Houston, Mississippi. Of the seven children all are living except one and the subject of this review was the third in order of birth. John B. Gallaway died in 1884, at the age of forty years, and his widow now maintains her home at Fayetteville, Arkansas.

The active career of John B. Gallaway was virtually one of continuous service as an executive in connection with railway operations. He was for some time stationed in the City of New Orleans, in the service of the Texas & Pacific Railroad Company. At Memphis, Tennessee, he later became the first purchasing agent for the Memphis & Charleston Railroad, of which he was general freight and passenger agent at the time of his death. Mr. Gallaway was a resident of Starkville, Mississippi, at the inception of the Civil war and was there a member of the militia organization known as the Starkville Riflemen. When the war was precipitated he was one of the loyal young men of the South who promptly tendered their aid in defense of the cause of the Confederacy. He enlisted in the Fourteenth Mississippi Regiment, and with the same lived up to the full tension of the great conflict between the states of the North and the South, his service having included participation in a number of important battles. He held inviolable his allegiance to the democratic party and was a man of strong character and vigorous intellectuality, his father, Levi J. Gallaway, having been for many years a prominent newspaper man, in Alabama and Mississippi.

To the public schools of the City of New Orleans Paul M. Gallaway is indebted for his early educational discipline, and in 1884, the year of his father's death, he became an office boy in the general freight office of the Texas & Pacific Railroad, in that city, his age at the time having been but eleven years. He continued in the employ of this railway company for some time after its property had passed into the control of a receiver, and finally he was able to further his education by an effective course of study in the University of Arkansas.

In 1890, at the age of seventeen years, Mr. Gallaway assumed the position of bookkeeper in the office of the Dallas Ice Company, in the City of Dallas, Texas, and of this post he continued the incumbent until 1895, when he became secretary of the Dallas Ice, Light & Power Company. He served in this capacity until 1902, when he became vice president and general manager of the company, a dual office of which he continued the incumbent until his removal to Tulsa, Oklahoma, in 1906. Upon establishing his residence in this city Mr. Gallaway became manager of the People's Gas & Electric Company, of which he was one of the organizers and as general manager of which he continued until 1913, when he assumed his present office, that of general office manager of the Public Service Company, of Oklahoma, which controls electric public utilities of the city.

Mr. Gallaway enjoys unqualified popularity in the business and social circles or his adopted city, is liberal and pubic-spirited in this civic attitude, is a democrat in his political adherency, is identified with the Tulsa Commercial Club and the Rotary Club, of which last named he was president in 1915, as is he also exalted ruler of Tulsa Lodge, No. 946, Benevolent & Protective Order of Elks. Both he and his wife are communicants of the Protestant Episcopal Church.

On the 14th of August, 1900, was solemnized the marriage of Mr. Gallaway to Miss Minnie M. MURPHY, who was born in the City of Springfield, Illinois, and the one child of this union is Paul Martin, Jr.

Transcribed by: Earline Sparks Barger, December 18, 1998

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