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 Calvin Luther Burt

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Calvin Luther Burt

  • Birth 3 Nov 1864 Appanoose County, Iowa, USA
  • Death 5 Mar 1949 Payette, Payette County, Idaho, USA
  • Burial Payette, Payette County, Idaho, USA
  • Memorial ID 14265731

ID: 150166
Name of Deceased: BURT, CALVIN LUTHER
Year: 1949
Certificate Number: 001053
County of Death: Payette
City: PAYETTE
Date of Death: 03/05/1949
Date of Birth: 11/03/1864


The following was submitted by Amanda Fox
(Published in History of Idaho: The Gem of the Mountains Vol. 2 by James H. Hawley 1920)

C. L. Burt occupies an attractive home, standing in the midst of a beautiful grove of trees of his own planting. His farm is a valuable property supplied with all modern improvements and equipment, but when it came into his possession in 1891 it was a tract of wild land, covered with a native growth of sagebrush. Mr. Burt has made his home in Payette county since 1891. He was born in Iowa, November 3, 1863, a son of Calvin L. and Harriet (Brown) Burt. The father was born in Portsmouth, Ohio, and was of Scotch and Irish descent. He removed to Coles county, Illinois, and afterward to Appanoose county, Iowa, where he followed blacksmithing and farming until his son, C. L. Burt, was six years of age, when he became a resident of Cedar county, Missouri. Six years later, however, he returned to Iowa and in 1884 went to Vancouver, Wastington, where he remained for only a year, after which he again took up his abode in Iowa. His wife was a native of Ohio and both are now deceased.

C. L. Burt accompanied his parents on their various removals and was reared in the usual manner of the farmbred boy, who learns many lessons from the school of experience and from nature as well as in the schools where the common branches of learning are taught. When he returned from Washington to Iowa with his parents he married Miss S. M. Guffey, a daughter of T. H. and Emeline (Roberts) Guffey. He then outfitted a traveling conveyance and with his wife started for Oklahoma but they met parties from there who discouraged them regarding that country and they proceeded instead to Florence, Colorado, where they spent the winter of 1888. The following spring they started for New Mexico, but when they reached Grand Junction, Colorado, they changed their plans and made their destination North Yakima, Washington. They were traveling by way of Idaho and when they reached this state and saw its wonderful possibilities they decided to go no further. Mr. Burt and his father-in-law homesteaded in the section where Mr. Burt now resides. The place at that time was a wild sagebrush waste without water for irrigation purposes and they had to wait four years before water could be turned onto the land. They arrived in the year 1891 and at once resolutely set to work to reclaim the land which they secured and convert it into fertile fields. The beautiful trees which now surround the house were planted in that year and were watered by Mr. Burt, who carried the water for that purpose from a well. Although this was a difficult task he feels well repaid with the fine trees which are now seen upon the place. Mr. Burt gives great credit to his wife for his success, stating that through all the early years with their many hardships, privations and difficulties she kept up the courage of both and never lost her faith in the future. Mr. Burt today has one hundred and twenty acres of land remaining from his original homestead. The homestead claim of Mr. Guffey joined that of Mr. Burt, but he sold his land and now resides with his daughter and son-in-law. Mr. Burt is engaged in the raising of hay, grain, prunes and peaches and in the year 1919 he raised about fifty tons of prunes, producing a net profit of one hundred dollars per ton; fifteen hundred baskets af Elberta peaches, which sold at two dollars per basket, and one hundred and sixty tons of hay, which brought sixteen dollars per ton. All this has been raised on forty acres of land. By trade Mr. Burt is a carpenter and he has worked along that line to a considerable extent since becoming a resident of Idaho.

To Mr. and Mrs. Burt have been born five children. Olive Blanche, the eldest, Is the wife of Eben F. Gove, a landscape artist. Lawrence Ernest, twenty-six years of age, was in the field hospital service in France for fourteen months. Dallas, twenty-four years of age, was also in the field hospital service in France, was promoted to sergeant and is a fine specimen of young manhood. Eunice Maude, living at home, is engaged in teaching school. Clarke Earl, eighteen years of age, is also at home.

Mr. Burt has ever been keenly interested in the cause of education and was & member of the school board of his district for many years. He stands for progress and improvement along all lines that have to do with the substantial development of the community. He has been closely associated with irrigation interests and was a director of the Enterprise-Reed and the Farmers Cooperative Ditch Companies, while for the past four years he has been the president of the Canyon county drainage district, No. 1. There. is no phase of the county's development In which he has not been keenly interested, and to all he has given his aid and cooperation to the extent of his ability.


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  • Created by: Cheryl Hanson
  • Added: 12 May 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 14265731
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Calvin Luther Burt (3 Nov 1864–5 Mar 1949), Find A Grave Memorial no. 14265731, citing Rosedale Memorial Gardens, Payette, Payette County, Idaho, USA ; Maintained by Cheryl Hanson (contributor 46836345) .