A Supplement To A Collection of Memories: A History of Armstrong County, 1876-1965 Page: 4
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for him with furniture which they could spare
from their own homes. They sewed rag strips to-
gether and had a rag carpet made for his room.
In 1889, Mr. Grimes sold the blacksmith
shop and bought a half-section of land north
of Claude where they lived until his death in
1945. Two other daughters, Lucille and Mar-
guerite were born after they moved to Claude.
He was tax-assessor for eight years and
farmed at the same time. He collected taxes by
calling at the homes of each person in the
county. He made these rounds on horse-back.
On August 3, 1905 he donated five acres
of land on this half-section to the county for
a cemetery. Prior to this time there were little
private family plots on a family's own home-
stead. In 1916, he sold eight acres to the ceme-
tery association. This thirteen acres comprise the
Maude married W. M. Miller, son of a pio-
neer family of Claude. They have two children,
Marvin and Marion.
Mattie married Frank Bailey who was a
farmer living west of Claude. They have six
children, Joe, Frank, Jr., Martha, James and
twins, Wayne and Winston.
John Grimes married Claudia Walton, whose
father was a grocery man in Claude. They have
two boys, Clyde and Ralph. John died in 1939.
Sallye married Ben F. Williams II, a native
of Dqlhart. They have six children: Ben F. III, Al-
vin, Shirley, Alton, Madeliene, and Bobbie.
Lucille married Judge Davis who came to
Armstrong County in 1908. Marguerite married
Smith Grimes (no relation) who was farming
north of Washburn. They have two children,
Jackie and Gloria Gene.
Ernest W. Kent
(See Page 24)
Born Aug. 6, 1908
Graduated from Clarendon High School in 1925
Graduated from Oklahoma University, receiving
B. A. Degree in 1929
Married and lives in Clarendon, Texas
Texaco consignee for 22 years
J. W. Kent
Born March 17, 1867
Passed away January 15, 1945
Mrs. J. W. Kent
Born March 16, 1877
Passed away September 5, 1952
Stonewall Jackson "Jack" Bailey came to
Washburn from Carroll Co., Georgia as a child
with his family, first in 1900 going on to New
Mexico to a ranch. They then returned in 1906
moving to the old Smith place 2 miles east and
1 south of Washburn (Gene Cayton's).
Jack's parents, John and Viola Bailey were
Jack was born December 25, 1890, and he
married Allie Bell George who was born October
16, 1888. She later passed away in 1922, and
he married Viola Ruth Pritchard.
From the first marriage there were four
1. Ethel Pearl, married Gene Wills, a
lawyer's son. Gene is with helium plant at Keys,
Oklahoma. They have 4 children living in Ama-
rillo - Billy Jack, G. Lyle, Johnny, and Allie
Jean Barksdale - and a daughter Angela Allen
of Canyon and daughter Evelyn Ann Cuder of
2. Leona Mae, married B. B. Walker (of
Washburn), now living in Amarillo and he is
a pipefitter at Pantex. They have 3 sons - Bob-
by Steve, living at Palisades, Amarillo; work for
S. W. Bell Telephone Co.; Danny B. working for
Levi Straus Co. in Amarillo; and Billy Bob, at-
tending Amarillo school.
3. Neva Inez, married Thurman Havins,
lived on farm SW of Washburn many years, now
living in Amarillo. Their oldest daughter Georgia
Laverne Brunton now lives on the farm, and the
other daughter Peggy Jane, lives in Amarillo
and works for SW Public Service Co.
4. Milton Jasper, married Chesna Falmon,
lives in Houston and is engraver on Houston
Chronicle. They have two children, Carolyn Diane
5. Jack and Viola Ruth's daughter, Evelyn
Estelle, married Jerry Ratcliff of Amarillo, now
living in Albuquerque. She works at AEC, and
he is a salesman for station equipment. They
have two children, Tommy and Peggy Ruth.
Jack moved in 1914 to Encino, N.M. and
ranches there, and moved back in 1926 farming
different farms near Washburn. Jack's brothers
and sisters are: Homer F. of Farmington, N.M.;
Melton "Cooter"; Mark; Ernest; Viola; Jennie;
Virgie; and Jasper "Buncum", all deceased ex-
cept Jack and Homer. Jack and wife live in
Mrs. J. H. Howe
Lavina Elizabeth Howe was born August
26, 1849 in Pettis County, Missouri.
Venia, as her father called her, was left
motherless at the age of eight years and being
the oldest of three girls, she felt the responsi-
bility of her younger sister, and she bravely car-
ried her load.
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