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Alton Alexander "Van" Van Kirk
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Birth: Feb. 18, 1913
Madison County
New York, USA
Death: Feb., 1984
Maricopa County
Arizona, USA

Son of Samuel W. Van Kirk & Mary Ellen Davenport
He was in Arizona in 1929 working in a partshouse, he had an Uncle working there at the same time. He moved back to New York and met Gladys and got married, Live around Syracuse for a while and had two daughters there, He bought an 80 acre farm before his oldest son was born and he was the third of four, He had two horses, 34 milk cows, he sold the cows because of working away from home and couldn't milk them, had a few goats and milked them in between them having kids, also raised pigs and butchered as needed for meat on the table and grew pop corn to sell to the theaters, there was more money in it at that time with the depression and war going on, Also grew hay to feed the horses in the winter, He sold the cows and was working for a trucking outfit as a Mechanic and a welder at $25.00 a week and he ended up quitting that job for a white shirt mechanic's job for $27.50 a week, he still did the farming in between work, had to travel some and lived away from home during the week because of the distance to work and cost of gas at that time because it was rationed as were tires because of the war. There was a creek running through our farming property and he dredged a place out with a Fresno and the horses to make a swimming hole for the kids to learn to swim. There was 40 acres for farming and the rest was still in trees and they were on the other side of the creek. Sold the farm 5 years after the eldest son was born and move to Lafayette, New York and bought a home there and started his own business. When his father died he took in his mother and later his sister's husband died and he took her in and her 4 children, his sister died a few years later so he kept the children to raise as his own with his 4 children and family plus his mother, He lived there about 3 years with the family and sold out and move to Old Forge, New York and started another business and gas station, health went bad, found out he had emphysema so he was planning to go to Arizona but one of the loggers wanted him to stay so he built him a shop and paid all expenses just to keep him there, This lasted for a few years but his health got worse so he ended up moving and went to Colorado Springs, got a welding job there and finally a friend there offered him a proposition he couldn't turn down to run a gas station on acreage there and he kept all the proceeds, it was an investment that later turned out very lucrative for the investor, the Air Force Academy bought the property. From there he moved to Arizona where he worked for Euclid Machinery co., when they had a strike he was asked if he would run a business of his own on property that was owned by a friend he knew for years, the friend had it for investments, which he did. Health got worse so he had to medically retire, live on his son's property for about ten years until he got real bad and went into the hospital for the last time, he just didn't want to put up with his style of health anymore so he gave up and passed away in the hospital. 
Family links: 
  Samuel Weimer Van Kirk (1876 - 1935)
  Mary Ellen Davenport Van Kirk (1872 - 1959)
  Gladys Viola Campbell Van Kirk (1915 - 1991)*
  Viola Dee Van Kirk (1934 - 2006)*
  Bruce Manning Van Kirk (1939 - 2010)*
  Samuel Davenport Van Kirk (1906 - 1978)*
  Fanny Jane VanKirk Stone (1910 - 1946)*
  Alton Alexander Van Kirk (1913 - 1984)
*Calculated relationship
Cremated, Ashes scattered.
Specifically: Scattered in the Salt River in Arizona
Maintained by: Wayne Van Kirk
Originally Created by: Denise Crawford
Record added: Oct 23, 2011
Find A Grave Memorial# 79178689
Alton Alexander Van Van Kirk
Added by: Denise Crawford
Alton Alexander Van Van Kirk
Added by: Wayne Van Kirk
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 Added: Oct. 23, 2011

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