By Lonnie Yearwood
Lists of Washita County's first appointed and elected officials were provided in a 1914 Cordell Beacon article and in the 1937 History of Custer and Washita Counties (1887-1937).
Both publications admitted their lists were incomplete. The Beacon covered elections up through 1912 and relied largely on on the county clerk's fidelity bond records.
The county history publication relied on the Beacon's work but only went up through the 1900 election. Although the pictures and names of individuals thought to have been elected in 1902 were provided, the group was actually elected in 1900.
The list below covers the elections of county officials up to statehood and comes from original books of entry the county turned over to the Washita County Historical Society. The information is more complete and corrects errors made in the 1914 and 1937 lists.