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William Oscar Barton Family

Stirling - Its Story and People
pages 208 - 209
by Lulu Michelson

William Oscar Barton was born in Mt. Pleasant, Utah, on January 25, 1870. His wife, Letitia Jane Proctor was born in South Cottonwood, Salt Lake City, March 25, 1872. They had seven children, two died in infancy.

The L.D.S. church called them to go to Canada as there was more land in which to make a living, and they could help to build it up. In April, 1903, they left Mt. Pleasant, Utah, boarded a mixed freight and passenger train and landed in Stirling just before the big May snow storm. Here they pitched a tent in which to live. The house they were to buy was still occupied by the Butlers. It was only a small four roomed house, but when the snow storm hit, it soon wrecked the tent so they had to move in with the other family.

Mr. Barton was a farmer, used horses, raised milk cows, pigs, chickens, raised a garden and several kinds of fruit trees. He took out his naturalization papers in 1912. His cow brand was on the right rib, His horse brand was on the right thigh.

There were six more children born to their union; two more died in infancy. There were thirteen children in all. Nine grew up in Stirling and were educated there. Most were married and lived there afterwards. Mr. Barton built a new home in 1917 on the same lot as before; it was the most modern one in town.

Mr. and Mrs. Barton lived to celebrate their Golden Wedding Anniversary. Seven out of their nine children have also celebrated theirs.

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