Dalton Andrew Barnhart and Imogene McMurtrey Barnhart
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Birth Date:   1904      Birth Date:   Apr 8, 1906
Death Date: 1983       Death Date: Jan 30, 1990


Dalton Andrew Barnhart and Imogene McMurtrey were married Apr. 1, 1927 in Lubbock. At that time, both the McMurtrey and Barnhart families lived in Dawson Co. near O´Donnell. The McMurtrey family had come from Brown County in 1923 and the Barnhart family had moved to the Plains area from Hunt county in 1924.

In the fall of 1934, the D.A. Barnhart family, consisting then of the parents and three small daughters, moved to a farm they had bought three miles east of Cone. The daughter, Helen, Melba and Johnie, attended the elementary grades of school at Cone and their high school years were spent in Ralls.

A son, David Andrew was born and finished his high school education at Floydada. He attended college in Abilene at Hardin-Simmons University and, following those college years, entered Baylor School of Medicine in Houston where he received his Doctor of Medicine degree. He is now a pediatrician in Huntsville. He is married to the former Rosemary Sebastian, a physician´s assistant. He has one daughter.

Helen Barnhart received her college degree from Wayland Baptist college in Plainview and, while in school there, met and married Weldon Harold Reese, also a student. He is now a Doctor of Botany at Wayland Baptist College and Helen teaches school in the Plainview Public School. They have two children.

Melba, after finishing high school, married Morris Haney Wideman, son of Mr. and Mrs. Morris J. Wideman of Cone Community. Haney had just returned from serving his country with the United States Army with a tour of duty in Germany. They moved to Plainview and began college in Wayland. After one year in school, they moved back to Cone Community to the same farm her parents had bought back in 1934. They have been engaged in farming since that time, but now reside in Ralls. The Wideman´s have four children.

Johnie Barnhart attended Hardin-Simmons University and Southwestern Seminary in Fort Worth. She taught school in Lockney and served in WMU work in Oklahoma. She married Nelson Hilliard of Vernon, where they now make their home. They have two children. Nelson works for the post office and Johnie teaches school in Vernon.

Mr. and Mrs. Barnhart bought a farm south of Cone in 1947 and moved to that location. In 1958, they built a new home on the property. They were active in church, school and community affairs while rearing their family.

Source: "Crosby County History Book 1876-1977", Crosby County Historical Commission, ©1977

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RALLS (Special) — Services for Dalton Andrew Barnhart, 78, of Vernon will be at 2 p.m. today in Cone Baptist Church with Elder Joe Jackson of Cone and Rev. E. R. McGregor officiating.

Burial will follow in Ralls Cemetery under direction of Carter-Adams Funeral Home.

He died in Wilbarger General Hospital in Vernon at 7:45 Saturday after a lengthy illness.

A native of Sawyer, Okla., he married Imogene McMurtrey in Lubbock April 1, 1927. He had moved to the South Plains from Greenville in 1925.

He moved from O´Donnell to Cone in 1934, then to Vernon about two years ago. He was a retired farmer.

Survivors include his wife; two daughters, Mrs. Haney (Melba) Wideman of Ralls and Mrs. Nelson (Johnie) Hilliard of Vernon; a son, David Andrew Barnhart M.D. of Huntsville; a sister, Mrs. Lois Spradling of Lubbock; nine grandchildren; and 10 great grandchildren.

Lubbock Avalanche Journal, July 18, 1983
Record provided by Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum

RALLS (Special) — Services for Imogene Barnhart, 83, of Vernon will be at 2 p.m. Thursday in Ralls Baptist Church with the Rev. Carl Neal, pastor of River Road Baptist Church of Amarillo, officiating.

Spike Wideman of Lubbock will assist.

Burial will be in Ralls Cemetery under direction of Carter-Adams Funeral Home.

She died at 10:50 a.m. Tuesday in Nursing Care Unlimited of Vernon after a lengthy illness.

She was born in Winchell and moved to Vernon in 1980 from Cone. She married Dalton A. Barnhart April 1, 1927, in Lubbock. He died in July 1983. She was a homemaker and a member of First Baptist Church in Vernon.

Survivors include two daughters, Haney "Melba" Wideman of Ralls and Nelson "Johnie" Hilliard of Vernon; three brothers, Alton McMurtrey of O´Donnell, Milford McMurtrey of Bethany, Okla., and Curtis McMurtrey of Albuquerque, NM; four sisters, Mynila Billingsly, Dortha Boone and Jane Blair, all of Albuquerque, and Wilma Hughes of Colton, Calif.; nine grandchildren; and 16 great grandchildren.

Published Lubbock Avalanche Journal, January 31, 1990
Record provided by Crosby County Pioneer Memorial Museum
transcribed by Linda Fox Hughes

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