A biography of L. VARNER STINSON appears in A Standard History of Oklahoma by Joseph B. Thoburn, 1916, Volume IV.
The Oklahoma Legislature of 1915 passed a law providing a method by which public highways might be constructed in every county in the state. ... In Bryan County, where only 42 per cent of the lands are taxable, road work began in earnest in 1915, when the county commissioners designated County Surveyor L. VARNER STINSON as county engineer. From 10 per cent to 15 per cent of the highway built in a county are designated as state highways and one-half the expense of construction is borne by the state, while the county engineer makes the necessary surveys, drawings, plats, specifications, etc.
L. VARNER STINSON was well qualified for the work of county engineer, being a graduate in civil engineering from the Agricultural and Mechanical College of Texas and having had several years of experience in field work. Another qualification lay in the fact that he had for eight years been surveyor of the county, being the only man to fill that office since statehood. During those eight years he had been the commissioners’ engineer in the construction of all highways, bridges and other work of an engineering nature.
MR. STINSON was born at Campbell, Hunt County, Texas, September 27, 1880, and is a son of A. W. D. and IDA (EILAND) STINSON. His father, a native of Texas, is now sixty-seven years of age, but is still actively engaged in the real estate business at Durant, Oklahoma, where he is a member of the city council and a leading and influential citizen. His grandfather** was a lawyer and jurist of more than local note for many years in East Texas.