|Birth: ||Jul. 28, 1872|
|Death: ||Oct. 10, 1960|
On March 3, 1908, Norman Burton and Laura Durant Ames arrived in Mooreland from Riley, Kansas. All of their personal belongings, farm machinery, and livestock had been loaded on a boxcar, and Norman traveled on the freight train to feed and water the livestock. Laura and the four children, Marion, Frank, Weber, and Mary, followed behind in the passenger train. They settled on the John McDaniel farm five miles north of Mooreland.
Although there was a dugout and a cabin with a sod roof on the farm, the Ames family lived in a small frame house until a five room frame house could be built before the first winter. On August 5, 1908, the one-year-old child, Mary, died. In February, 1909, another daughter, Ruth, lived only a day.
Only a few months after Mildred Alice was born, Laura D. died on March 31, 1912. Mildred went to live with her grandmother, Thrasey, and grandfather, A. F. Durant, who were living three miles north of Mooreland.
The three older children went to Chick School and later to high school in Mooreland. Marion attended the University of Oklahoma and remembers traveling by train to Kiowa, Kansas, before heading south to Norman. She later married Willard Peach, and they live on a farm between Mooreland and Woodward.
Frank Burton Ames married Bernice Nelson, and they moved onto the old Durant farm and had six children. Weber married Blanche Lintner and moved to the Alley farm northeast of Mooreland. Mildred married Clair Ogle of Oklahoma City, now a retired Lt. of the USAF. Clair and Mildred now live in Oroville, California.
Norman Burton and his four children lived through good times as well as droughts, dust storms, tornados, hail storms, wars and blizzards. Norman sold 20 acres of his 160 acre farm, in 1927, to the Cities Service Gas Company for the present booster pumping station. Norman ran the company thrashing machine and farmers helped each other. In winters, the wheels were removed from the old lumber wagon and skids put on for a sled. A twenty foot pit silo was hand dug and fitted with a five foot concrete collar in 1917. One machine shed was blown down by a tornado in 1958. Other buildings were torn down in the sixties. Norman died on October 10, 1960, and the old barn and silo remain on the original farm, though the land continues to feed beef cattle.
Provided by Eldon Ames, Enid, as recorded in:
Woodward County Pioneer Families Before 1915
Produced by Plains Indians & Pioneer Historical Foundation
Laura Belle Durant Ames (1875 - 1912)
Marion Ames Peach (1901 - 1991)*
Created by: George Norcross
Record added: Mar 05, 2012
Find A Grave Memorial# 86308002
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