Earnest and Vada Bartlett
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Earnest and Vada Bartlett

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The Bartlett family moved to Crosby county in 1940. They had lived near Southland, Garza County, and had purchased a farm southeast of Ralls. The original house consisted of four rooms. An addition was built on to the house along with other farm improvements. This was before the Rural Electrification Act and a windcharger was erected to supply the house with a form of electricity. Many large batteries housed in the cellar stored the electricity that used for lighting.

Earnest V. Bartlett was born June 21, 1905 to James I. and Martha Bartlett in Tenn. The James Bartlett family first came to Texas in 1904, returned to Tennessee and moved to Texas permanently in 1906 and settled at Goree in Knox County. There were ten children in the family. They are Evie, Lannie, Hobert, Lucy, Thurman, Earnest, Lee, Cecil, Ella Mae, and Vivian. In 1920 the family moved to Pleasant Valley Community in Garza County.

Vada Mae Harrison Bartlett was born Dec. 14, 1905 in Hunt county. Her parents were Thomas Rasho and Dora (Fowkies) Harrison. Their first home was at Fairlee in Hunt County, then they moved to the Lakeview community in Hall County and in 1916 the moved to Garza county. There were nine children, Earl, Vada, Reva, Ernest "Preacher", Ruth, Mary, Dorothy, Maxine and Guy.

Earnest and Vada were married Mar. 16, 1924. They were sitting in a buggy in front of Earnest´s parents´ house on a Sunday morning when a preacher named Harrison rode by and married them. They have six children, James R. born Jan. 5, 1925; Jimmie Lois, born July 16, 1928; Frances Lee, born Mar. 14, 1930; Patricia Ann "Pat", born Sept.26, 1934; Houston, born Dec. 2, 1936 and Geneva, born Aug. 10, 1939.

While living near Ralls the children attended Ralls school. J.R. served in the Army during World War II and saw action in Europe. In 1947 the family moved to Cone, then to Big Four Community north of Crosbyton in 1949. They purchased the O.J. Edler farm and lived there until 1952 when they moved to a farm at Muleshoe in Bailey County. While in Muleshoe Earnest served on the school board. They lived for a short time in Friona and then again in Muleshoe. All the children had married by this time and Earnest had quit farming. They had moved a house to White River Lake as a second home bur enjoyed the lake so much they decided to sell their home in Muleshoe and move to the lake. They bought the Dunaway house on the west side. In Sept. 1977 they purchased a home in Crosbyton and moved into town.

Earnest enjoys working with wood and has built many lovely things; tables with inlaid tops, den furniture, lamps, and kitchen cabinets. he still farms - though on a smaller scale -- he has a large productive garden and an orchard. Vada enjoys crocheting, sewing and visiting with people. She is a member of Crosbyton Garden Club. There is nothing they enjoy more than a "hot game of 84".

James Rasho "J.R." Bartlett married Louella Fowler from Floydada. They live at Dumas. They have five children.

Jimmie Lois Bartlett married Jack Flowers from Cone, they live in Ralls and have one daughter.

Frances Lee Bartlett married Roy Allen from McAdoo. They live in Plainview and have two daughters.

Patricia Ann "Pat" Bartlett married Edmund Brown from Mt. Blanco Community, they continue to live in that community and have two sons.

Houston Bartlett married Laura M. Northcutt from Earth. They now live north of Bovina and have two sons.

Geneva Bartlett married Leland Gustin from Lazbuddie Community. They live in Friona with their two children.

Source: "A History of Crosby County 1876-1977" © Crosby County Historical Commission 1978; Taylor Publishing Company, Dallas, Texas.

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Earnest Bartlett
Birthplace: Pitman Co, TN
Death: Crosbyton, TX
Occ: Farmer
Father: James Ivan BARTLETT
Mother: Mattie Martha ALLEN



Funeral services for Earnest V. Bartlett, 77, of Crosbyton were held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the First United Methodist Church of Crosbyton with the Rev. Al Jennings, pastor, officiating.

Burial was in Crosbyton Cemetery under the direction of Adams Funeral Home of Crosbyton.

He died at 2:30 p.m. Monday at Crosbyton Hospital after a lengthy illness.

Born in Tennessee, he married Vada Harrison, March 16, 1924. He moved to Crosbyton from Garza County in 1941. He had previously lived in Muleshoe, Friona and White River Lake. He was a member of the Board of Trustees of the Muleshoe Independent School District. He was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Crosbyton.

Survivors include his wife; two sons, J.R. of Lake Charles, La., and Houston of Bovina; four daughters, Jimmie Flowers of Ralls, Frances Allen of Plainview, Pat Brown of Lubbock and Geneva Gustin of Friona; Lee of Brownfield, and Cecil of Lubbock; two sisters, Lucy Owens of Seymour and Ella Mae Gregory of Crane; 14 grandchildren, and 22 great grandchildren.

Published in The Lorenzo Leader, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 1984
Record provided by Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum
transcribed by Linda Fox Hughes

CROSBYTON (Special) — Graveside services for Vada Mae Bartlett, 87, of Bovina will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Crosbyton Cemetery with the Rev. Johnnie Williams, a retired Methodist minister from Lubbock, officiating.

Burial will be under direction of Carter-Adams Funeral Home of Crosbyton.

Mrs. Bartlett died Monday at her residence.

She was born in Hunt County and married Earnest V. Bartlett on March 16, 1924, in Pleasant Valley. He died on Sept. 17, 1984. She was a homemaker and a member of the Garden Club, Hobby Club and First United Methodist Church. A daughter, Jimmie Flowers, died on July 4, 1988.

Survivors include two sons, J.R. of Lake Charles, La., and Houston of Bovina; three daughters, Frances Allen of Plainview, Pat Brown of Lubbock and Geneva Gustin of Austin; a brother, Guy Harris of Gladewater; two sisters, Ruth Knowles of Corpus Christi and Maxine Hampton of Victorville, Calif.; 14 grandchildren; and several great grandchildren.

Published in Lubbock Avalanche Journal, January 5, 1993
Record provided by Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum
transcribed by Linda Fox Hughes

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