Editors note: It is unknown as to when this story was written, or
for which publication it was submitted, but was passed to this researcher
by Grace Awilda (Howard) Rose. It is in reference to David Jackson
Howard, and his wife Helen Warhurst; their children, and families.
Though this story states that Charley (David Charles Howard), and
his wife Etta Mae Turner only had nine children, in fact they had
a total of 12; including Grace Awilda.
To protect the privacy of living individuals, their year of birth
has been removed from this article.
David and Helen
From an Oklahoma
As told by: Hattie (Shenk) Howard
In 1906, David
and Helen Howard came by covered wagon to Beaver county, from Garfield
County. Upon their arrival, David purchased 260 acres of land, two
miles west, and three miles south of Logan, Oklahoma. Two of David's
sons, Jim and Chris, and their wives, lived on this land while David
and Helen went back to Fairmont to sell their land and machinery.
They returned to Beaver County in 1907 and lived here until their
deaths, Helen in 1921 and David in 1923. Four of David and Helen's
children, Jim, Chris, Bell, and Warren, bought land, and Charley and
Ed filed on land in the Logan vicinity.
Charley was married to Etta Turner when he came to Beaver County.
He filed on 160 acres, four miles northwest of Logan. Charley and
Etta reared nine children. (Editors note - see above)
They were, Juanita, Monroe, Chester, Virgil, Herman, Irma, Mabel,
Steve, and Helen. Charley and Etta lived in Beaver County until 1928.
Ed Howard married Ida Maryfield. He filed on a quarter (of land) tree
miles northwest of Logan. To this union were born eight children;
Jack, Velma, Veda, Lila, Stanley, Russel, Burt, and Alva. Ed lived
in Logan until his death in 1932.
Jim married Jessie Cole, before he came to Beaver county. He bought
a relinquishment of 160 acres, three and one half miles northwest
of Logan. Their children were, Beulah, Pearl, Arthur, Bonnie, and
Harley. Jim lived in Logan until he moved away in 1930.
Chris married Hattie Shenk. They purchased a quarter (of land), one
mile west, and one mile south of Logan. Their children were Irvin,
Glen, Freddie, Mary, Margie, Robert, and Orville. Hattie and three
of her children, Glen, Irvin, and Margie, are the only ones of David
Howard's children and grandchildren, who are still living in the Logan
community, except for Alva. Hattie is still living on the original
place which she and Chris purchased in 1907.
Glen lives one mile north and one and a half miles west of Logan.
Irvin lives one mile north and a half mile west of Logan, and Margie
Howard McCune, lives in the Elmwood community. Hattie is the only
one of David's children or children-in-law, still living. Chris passed
away November 7, 1957.
Bell was married to Norm Simpson, before she came to Beaver county.
They purchased a quarter (of land) in the Clear lake vicinity. They
had two children, Carrie and Alfred.
Warren married Ruby Griswell. Their children were Leola, Viola, Robert,
and Leonard. Ruby's mother gave them eighty acres of land, four miles
south and east of Logan.
All of the Howard's were in the farming business. The first crop Chris
and Hattie raised, was seven acres of broomcorn. The first payment
on Chris and Hattie's land, was made from the profit made on Indian
David Howard was the first man in Beaver County, to raise a crop of
wheat. He said that "if this land will grow alfalfa, it will
raise wheat". Always before, people had said the seasons were
too short for growing wheat.
While much of the time was spent building, breaking out more land,
planting and harvesting, there was still time for recreation; which
included square danced held in a big hall in the wintertime, and on
an outdoor platform in the summertime. There were box suppers, ball
games, taffy pulls, ice cream socials, quilting bees, ciphering matches,
and spelling bees at the school, every Friday afternoon. There were
no churches in "this here neck o'the woods" when it was first being
settled, but Sunday school classes were held at the Logan schoolhouse.
Until a church was built here, preachers would come and hold revivals
that would last as long as two, three, or four weeks at a time.
David and Helen took a train to Fairmont to sell their land; he sent
a letter for Chris and Hattie to come to Fairmont by train to drive
a team of mules and wagon back to Beaver County. It took them four
days to make the trip from Fairmont to Logan. On their return trip,
Hattie was nearly burned by a blanket that had been wrapped around
her. The blanket had been hung over a gas stove before being placed
around her shoulders, and enough fumes had settled on the blanket
to cause it to catch fire. Chris started her towards the pond to dunk
her, when David grabbed the blanket from around her. Luckily, her
clothes did not catch fire. Hattie can still remember those flames
rolling around her head!
All of Chris and Hattie's children finished the eighth grade at the
rock schoolhouse at Logan, except Orville. He transferred to Victory
School to finish grade school, because of lack of scholars at Logan.
Hattie Howard also went to school there for one winter, when her family
first moved to Logan.