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General County Information

County Seat: Wilburton

Located in the mountains of southeastern Oklahoma, Latimer County was created at statehood and named for James S. Latimer, a member of the Constitutional Convention. The Butterfield Overland Mail Route, extending from St. Louis to San Francisco, cut through the county at four stops which are now open to visitors. During the Civil War, outlaws roamed the area, and in 1875, Isaac Parker, a Federal Judge at Fort Smith, Arkansas, became known as the hanging judge because of his efforts to restore order. A coal boom in 1870 brought a great influx of people, and by 1907 many people had settled in Wilburton. A tragic explosion in 1926 forced the mines to close and since that time cattle raising and agriculture have become the principle ways of life. Wilburton, the county seat, is the home of industry as well as Eastern Oklahoma State College, begun in 1908 as the Oklahoma School of Mines. Latimer County has five reservoirs and is rich in minerals as well as forests, ranch land, and recreational opportunities.

State District Court Information

State Court Judges:
Bill D. Welch

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Favorability to Defendant: 4

Ratings Guide: 1=Extremely Favorable 2=Moderately Favorable 3=Neutral 4=Moderately Unfavorable 5=Extremely Unfavorable

State Court Judges:
Bill D. Welch

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Notable Verdicts

Morelaw is a free reporting service that plaintiff and defense lawyers use. So, it is not necessarily a representative cross-section of verdicts. In our opinion, the plaintiff's bar reports favorable outcomes more frequently than the defense bar reports favorable outcomes.

Date: 10/16/08
Case Style: Beatty v Trent
Judge: Bill D. Welch
Outcome: Settled for $300,000
Description: Medical Malpractice

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Unemployment Rate:

Unemployment Rate:
May 2018: 6.5%
December 2017: 7.3%
December 2016: 8.6%
December 2015: 7.5%
December 2014: 6.6%
December 2013: 8.4%
December 2012: 8.1%
December 2011: 9.1%
December 2010: 10.0%

Major Employers:
Coal mining was the basis of the county economy even before statehood, with mines operating by 1895. By 1912, the county's 27 mines and about three thousand miners were producing 3,000 tons per day. However, the industry collapsed during the 1920s due to labor disputes, competition from petroleum-based fuels, and the onset of the Great Depression. Only one mine was still operating in 1933. Agriculture was primarily limited to vegetables sold in the mining towns. Cotton, corn, and cattle were the primary cash crops sold outside the area. After the coal industry collapsed, the main industries were cattle raising, lumbering, and production of oil and gas.

Demographic Information

Housing Units:

State Total: 1,734,066
County Total: 5,012

Poverty Populations:
State: 15.8%
County: 17.4%

Median Household Income:
State: $49,767
County: $40,539

State: 3,943,079
County: 10,411

These materials are intended merely as an aid to better understand the counties in Oklahoma. The opinions of other lawyers in the state may vary from the opinions contained herein. The demographical information and jury verdicts in this report were obtained through public websites. All other information is the express opinion of Holden Litigation. Please contact Steve Holden for further information on the opinions expressed herein.