Abner M. Becton came to the Estacado Community in the fall of 1897 and bought the homestead of Mr. Butler, on section 110, moving from Randall County. A.M. Becton was hunting a place warmer than near Amarillo, where he had lived since 1889. He felt that Estacado was truly "the garden spot of the world." He had worked for wages for eighteen months for Mr. Frank Ames, near Claude, Texas, then he filed on a section in Randall County. When his six years of living on this land was complete, he then sought a warmer climate. He sold his claim and received 640 silver dollars for it and gave it to Mr. Butler for his claim on section 110, in Lubbock County. The north half section of 110 is still in the Becton family.
A.M. Becton and Miss Cornelia Bryant were married May 8, 1898, in the Farmer schoolhouse, which was also used on Sunday for church services. Their bestman and bridesmaid were Mr. Nat Fox and Miss Gussie Ellis. Sometime late they were known as Mr. and Mrs. Fox. Cornelia Bryant Becton was to share A.M. Becton's dugout home on the south half of section 110. They lived on this place in a one-room house with a shed room until the winter of 1907. They had lost their second child Jimmie in 1904 and while the building of the main home on the hill was in progress, they lost nine month old Davie, January 1908. The oldest child, Fred graduated from Estacado High School in 1918 and attended Clarendon College that fall. This was the year the First World War ended and also our country had a siege of the flu. Fred died of the flu and was brought home in his casket December 15, 1918. All three boys are buried in the Estacado Cemetery along with the Bryant grandparents, uncles, cousins, and aunt and friends.
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