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More Hurt Family Stories...

      "Most of our HURT ancestors left Nebraska prior to 1900 and
      should not be in that census. From what my mother told our family
      was that her father came to America around 1873 when he was 19
      years old. After landing at Staten Island he worked for a couple
      years as a bell boy in a New York hotel.
          When he had saved enough money he brought Anna Wallman
      over from Czechoslovakia. They moved to Nebraska around 1875
      along with his brothers John, Frank and Anton. They remained
      there until 1896 or 1897 when Joseph moved his wife and seven
      children to Oklahoma.
          The eighth child (my mother) was born in 1899. Grandpa Hurts
      right hand was deformed and had only one finger and a thumb.
      This was the result of an accident in the '20s while he and his sons
      were seeding and bailing broomcorn. His arm was broken and the
      boys took him to Fairview where a doctor set and bound the arm in
      splints. The binding was too tight and as swelling set in it cut off
      circulation. I can remember him always wearing a stocking over the
      hand because of its sensitivity to cold.
          We use to visit Grandpa and Hanna in Fairview. They lived on
      the west edge of town and had fruit trees, a large garden and
      several milk goats. Your mother (Vada Paris McGill) was also a
      frequent visitor.
          Just made another dry run to Oklahoma but at least I found the
      Martin's place but didn't get to see the cemetery, there was no one
      home." -- Vernon

                        Joseph Hurt Family Home...
                                      Thanks to Alice Shook and Dolly Barr for the great photo
                                      of the Joseph Hurt Homestead.
                                          This picture came from Alice Marie Kachel Shook (age
                                      90) via Dolly Shook Barr. Alice is still
                                      living in Beaver, Oklahoma. It shows
                                      Alice's Uncle Joe Hurt's home, northeast
                                      of Chester, Oklahoma, west of Orion
                                      Cemetery a couple of miles or so.
                                         The picture to the right is a recent
photo I took a couple of years ago when I was visiting the old cemetery and homestead of
Joseph Hurt, NE of Chester, Oklahoma, located on the Betty Martin farm.
   Joseph (listed as #9 in the photo ) is standing in the middle with the white suspenders.
You can Click the photos above to view the larger versions of the photographs.
    Alice's Uncle Joe was my Grandmother's (Mary Barbara Hurt Paris) father (Joseph P.
Hurt). Which (I think) would make him my Great-Grandpa Joe. Joe's father is listed as #14,
Grandpa John Hurt, sitting on the right side near #18, Grandma Anna Hurt.
    As to the rest of the family... Beginning with #1, my grandmother, Mary Hurt (Paris) and
going from left to right to #18...
    1. Mary Hurt (Paris); 2. Mabel Kachel; 3. Carrie Holub; 4. Tillie Hurt (Hamilton); 5. Tena
Holub; 6. Jim Holub; 7. Clara Hurt; 8. Albert Kachel; 9. Joe Hurt (Alice's uncle & My G-
Grandpa); 10. ?; 11. Anna Holub; 12. Little John Hurt; 13. Dora Hurt (In arms); 14. Grandpa
John Hurt; 15. Grandma Kachel-Hurt; 16. Henry Kachel; 17. Barbara Bukowski; 18.
Grandma Anna Hurt; 19. Anna Bukowski.

Another Hurt Family Story...

       by Kathy - story passed down from my grandfather Louthan to my dad -- "As
       young girl, Emma Hurt carried water to the Dalton and Yeager
       Gangs who were hiding out in Cossell Canyon. According to what
       my dad can remember, this canyon is located 6 miles east and 3-4
       miles north of Chester. Joseph Hurt's place was located right next
       to this land. The outlaws were staying in a cave. That cave was
       collapsed the last time my dad and my grandfather visited that
      location. They were going to show it to my brother, but the land had
      been sold to a game warden who would not let anyone on his land.
      I don't know how many years ago this was. Have you ever heard of
      Cossell Canyon?" -- Kathy

Tailholt (a.k.a. Chester)...

      "I have a very interesting personal piece of trivia for you. The gas
      station that your aunt & uncle used to run was originally built by my
      Grandfather and his brother, Raymond and Ted Woods.
         Grandpa and Ted originally built and ran the station out of the
      station on the SW corner of the intersection in Chester. There was
      a family dispute between my Grandfather, Ted and the Balls. The
      Balls were the family of Grandpa's mother. So, Grandpa and Ted
      went across the street to the SE corner and built the other gas
      station and ran that for several years.
         Grandpa and uncle Ted also are said to the original providers of
      electricity for the town of Chester. They had a large generator that
      they ran lines from and provided electricity to the citizens in
      Chester. After a few years, Grandpa moved his portion of the
      business to Fairview and Uncle Ted to Seiling. Uncle Ted died
      many years ago, Grandpa just died on August 9 (2001) at the age
      of 96. We miss him terribly. But the legacy he left behind is great!
          Additionally, Uncle Ted said that the reason the town of Chester
      was nicknamed Tailholt is that Uncle Ted and Grandpa used to
      have an old pickup truck with a picture and phrase on the tailgate
      that said "Tailholt" That's about all I know of this story.
          You may ask your relatives if they know any of the Woods
      family. Most folks went to school with one or another generation of
      Woods' in either Fairview or Seiling. They may have been schooled
      by one of the MANY teachers we have in the family. All who have
      taught in the Fairview area for years! I was just in Fairview a week
      and half ago. My uncle lives in Cleo Springs we spent a few
      evenings there. It was so nice to be on my family's home turf. I will
      someday live there myself. I just can' t make a living there until my
      kids are grown.
          Also, I can also tell you that the actual town of Chester has been
      located in 3 different locations... Originally, the town was located
      directly North of the Chester Cemetery, that is why the cemetery is
      several miles away. Then, the town relocated west almost three
      miles along the highway. Finally, several years later the the town
      moved south to its current location.
          Unfortunately, my father never asked Grandpa why the town
      moved. However, my father believes that perhaps the town moved
     the first time to profit from the traffic on the highway. The second
     time he doesn't even have a guess. Perhaps some of your older
     family would know the history on these moves." -- Trina

Wanted: Obits for Rosetta & Chester, OK...

     "My grandfather's parents are both buried in the Chester Cemetery,
     he was orphaned at the age of 11. His mother passed away shortly
     after childbirth when he was just a small child. (his baby brother
     died after a few months) His father died in 1916 from TB (The
     White Plague). Grandpa's cousin George Ball cared for him and his
     brother after the death of his parents. Grandpa's sister, Lois, was in
     the care of D.C. Ball who homesteaded in Chester but moved to
     NM then Colorado. D. C. and his wife are also buried in Chester. If
     you ever stumble acrossed in old obits for that area, please let me
     know where they are. I would dearly love to have one for Rosetta,
     my grandfather's mother, I haven't been able to locate one for her."
     -- Trina

Chester, Oklahoma...

                                                          The tree sketched
     From the "Chester Centennial 1895 - 1995", last page...
     on the back cover of the Chester Centennial 1895-1995 book
     symbolizes the many cottonwood trees that dominated the area
     around Chester. These massive trees radiated from the corners to
     the west, east and south.
        Mr. Tom Leonard, owner of the first business, referred to the
     service station he operated at Cottonwood Corners. Upon moving
     the post office to the corners it became officially known as Chester.
     The widening of the right-of-way for Highway 60 spelled doom for
     most of these trees, as the state removed, stacked and burned
        The sketch of the farmer with a Tailholt represents the other
     nickname of Chester. The story is that the Woods Brothers, who
     operated the second business in present day Chester, were asked
     by Mr. George Floyd, a local famer, how business was.
        The reply was, "We are still here."
        To which Mr. Floyd replied, "You boys have just got a tail holt
     and you'll never last."
        A man who was doing some painting on the service station they
     operated overheard the remark and proceeded to write the work
     Tailholt above the door of the station and also on the tailgate of an
     old pickup the brothers owned.
        Today the nicknames "Cottonwood Corners" and "Tailholt" are
     almost as well known as the legal name of a busy little corner
     called "Chester."

Pioneers - Chester (Cottonwood Corners)...

     Teacher 1921-22... Leota Smith. Teacher 1938-1940... Donna
     Louthan. Sold 10 acres for townsite... Johnah Logsdon. Ran a
     grocery store... R. B. Hedrick. Postmaster 1908... C.Z. Logsdon
     also ran a grocery store. Lawrence Louthan built tile block building
     sold 5 acres to my grandpa William Logsdon. Louthan sold out to
     Albert Rothenberger in 1942. 1961 Virgil Louthan leased the station
     until 1972. Among town musicians... Frank & Bill Hedrick. Elden
     Louthan bought property from Mr. Lytle which was originally owned
     by George Ball. 1930 Town baseball players... include Elden,
     Floy, Howard, Leonard and Lister Louthan, Vernie (Vernon) Paris
     (Vada Paris McGill's older brother). Ersen Hedrick bought the
     condreay store. Croquet game particpants... include George
     Hedrick, Frank Hedrick, & Floy Louthan. Postmasters... include
     1906-Riley Hedrick, 1908-Charles Z. Logston, 1918-Emma Hedrick,
     1947-Elden Louthan, 1975-Leola Louthan. Elden Louthan held this
     position the longest in town history.

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