The C.W. Barrett family lived in Stephenville in the early 1900´s. A son, Lilburn R. Barrett, went to Montana with a herd of sheep and there met Georgia Z. Brodock. Within six months, on Nov. 3, 1909, the couple was married and on their way to Stephenville.
On Jan. 3, 1910, Lilburn and Georgia arrived in Spur, Dickens Co. by train. Lilburn, a tinsmith by trade, set up a business and specialized in lining caskets.
The L. R. Barrett family was one of the oldest families playing a part in the building of Spur and Dickens County. Lilburn and Georgia had six sons and five grew to adulthood, Horton, C.W. Clinton, Norton and Billy Ray. L. R., Jr. died when he was 18 months old.
Norton Barrett was born Nov. 22, 1919 in Spur. He graduated from Spur High School in May, 1938. After graduation, he took a job as bookkeeper for Musser Lumber company in Spur. Later he was transferred to Abilene.
In 1944 Norton moved back to Spur and went to work for Bryant Link Company. He was attracted to a young school teacher, Margaret May Weaver, who taught in Spur school system. They were married June 14, 1946. They have one son, Robert Norton who married Brenda Suther, Crosbyton. They have two children, Lance Robert and Ashley Lane. They live in Seminole, Texas.
In 1954, Norton, Margaret and Robert moved to Crosbyton where he became manager of Carter Implement Co.
In 1955,when Guy Denton retired as City Secretary of Crosbyton, Norton felt the job opportunity would be an advancement for him so he applied for the position. The City Council felt Norton was qualified for the job and appointed him to fill the position. having n avid interest in municipal business, Norton attended numerous seminars at North Texas State University at Denton. In 1973, he became a certified City Secretary as set out by the Association of City Clerks and Secretaries in the State of Teas. He was in the first group Texans to receive this certification.
Norton is past president of the Crosbyton Lions Club, past president of Methodist Men, chief of the Crosbyton Fire Department for the past six years, ex-officieo member of Crosbyton Chamber of Commerce, ex-officeio member of Crosby County Pioneer Memorial board (museum and community center), member of the board of Crosbyton Industrial Foundation, member of South Plains Association of Tax Assessors and collectors. Norton was chosen as Crosbyton Citizen of the Year in 1962.
In 1959 Norton received the Municipal Advisory Council Achievement Award for Outstanding Financial Administration. In 1962 he served as president of South Plains Association of City Clerks and Secretaries. In 1968 he served as president of Association of City Clerks and Secretaries of the State of Texas. In 1970 he was recognized by International Institute of Municipal Clerks and Secretaries as "International City Secretary of the Year". In 1971 he received International City Secretary Certification. In 1972, Teas Association of City Clerks and Secretaries honored him as "Texas City Secretary of the Year."
Norton presently serves as representative of Association of City Clerks and Secretaries to Texas Municipal League Board and is active in the Municipal Finance Officer´s Association and Tax Assessor-Collectors of Texas.
Norton has spent much time outside office hours in exploring and planning ways and means to improve Crosbyton´s image. His goal has been to make Crosbyton a place in which people will be proud to live and to which industries and visitors will be attracted. Norton believes in Crosbyton and works for the good of the town.
Source: "A History of Crosby County 1876-1977" © Crosby County Historical Commission 1978; Taylor Publishing Company, Dallas, Texas.
CROSBYTON (Special) - Services for former Crosbyton City Secretary Norton Barrett will be at 2 p.m. Sunday in First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Wendell Horn, pastor, officiating.
Burial will be in Crosbyton Cemetery under direction of Adams Funeral Home.
He died Thursday in Lubbock´s Methodist Hospital after a brief illness.
Barrett, 71, played a role in the development of the Crosbyton Solar Power Project. In 1970, he was recognized as City Secretary of the Year by the International Institute of Municipal Clerks (IIMC). He was honored again by the institution in 1981 with an appointment to the IIMC Academy.
He had served as president of the Texas Association of City Clerks and Secretaries and was named City Secretary of the Year in 1972. He was a member of the board of directors for the Texas Municipal League from 1969 to 1974. After serving as Crosbyton City Secretary for 31 years, he retired in 1985.
Barrett served on the first committee to study the feasibility of Crosby County´s White River Lake and was voted as Crosbyton´s Citizen of the Year in 1962. He also served as fire chief for the Crosbyton Volunteer Fire Department.
He was a member of the Crosbyton Lions Club, Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Board, Salvation Army, South Plains Council of Girl Scouts, Crosbyton Chamber of Commerce and First United Methodist Church.
Barrett was born in Spur, where he married Margaret Weaver on June 14, 1946. He moved to Crosbyton in 1954.
Survivors include his wife; a son, Robert of Seminole; three brothers, C.W. of Lubbock, Clinton of Victoria and Bill Ray of Seguin; a sister, Nellie Barrett of Amarillo; and two grandchildren.
©Lubbock Avalanche Journal, December 8, 1990Record provided by Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum
transcribed by Linda Fox Hughes
Transcribed by Linda Fox Hughes
Graveside services for Margaret Weaver Barrett, 85, of Seminole and formerly of Crosbyton was held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 2, 2007 in the Crosbyton Cemetery under the direction of Ratliff Funeral Home of Seminole.
Mrs. Barrett passed away December 30th in Seminole.
Margaret was born Aug. 19, 1921 in Francis, Okla. to Robert and Johnnie Weaver. She married Norton Barrett June 14, 1946 in Spur. They moved from Spur to Crosbyton in 1954. Margaret was an English teacher for 38 years before her retirement. During her career, she obtained her Masters Degree and taught at Spur, Post, and Crosbyton primary and middle schools. She was a member of the Delta Kappa Gamma Fraternity and held several offices in the local chapter. Margaret was a longtime member of the Crosbyton Church of Christ and after moving to Seminole in August of 1999, she attended the Westside Church of Christ. Her husband, Norton Barrett preceded her in death on Dec. 6, 1990.
Margaret is survived by her son, Robert Barrett and wife Brenda of Seminole; two grandchildren, Lance Barrett and Laine Dalton; two great-grandchildren, Brinson Dalton and Carson Barrett; one brother, Robert "Bob" Weaver of Redlands, Calif.; and one sister, Bettye Brannon of Scottsdale, Ariz.
Memorials may be made to the Seminole EMT Volunteer Association, 205 NW 8th, Seminole, Texas 79360.
©Crosby County News, Friday, January 5, 2007, page 14
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