Anthony's Department Store
Charles Ross Anthony born in 1885 was an orphan of Tennessee farmers. C.R. Anthony learned the retail trade while working for J. C. Penney. In 1918 Mr. Anthony partnered with J. P. Martin Company in Cleveland, Oklahoma where Anthony became a vice president. Mr. Anthony liquidated his one third interest in the Martin Company and opened his first family clothing store in Cushing, Oklahoma in 1922.
C. R. Anthony stores grew to as many as 300 stores in 20 states and sales for the retail chain grew to $411 million. The firm was listed as the largest privately-owned firm headquartered in Oklahoma.
Bob Anthony, grandson of C.R. Anthony became the third president of Anthony’s and in this interview tells the story of his grand father and the growth of the C. R. Anthony business.
Bob Anthony was elected to four consecutive six-year terms on the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.
Interview with Bob Anthony
Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Date Created: April 27, 2010
Date Published: July 21, 2010
Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.
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