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Summers/McAllister - Farmers on the Plains of Colorado

Updated February 3, 2008

My dad, (called Daddy by everyone even after we had grown) was born the third of seven children on Dec 20, 1891 in Laddonia, Missouri. His siblings were Alva, George, Flora, Carl, Paul and Frankie. Daddy, his father and Uncle Alva bought a section and a half of land five miles southwest of Bennett, Colorado. In the fall of 1919 they built a one-room house and a small barn on my Dadís quarter. They went back to Nebraska and the following spring shipped out his machinery, a team of mules (Pete and Joe) and three horses in railroad boxcars. Daddyís cousin also rode in the boxcar with the animals.

Uncle Alva and Aunt Ada sent their machinery, horses, cattle and household goods to Colorado in a boxcar in 1920. Their children, Buster, Fern, Merle and Lee came out on the train with their dog and bird. At this time, these were the only grandchildren that Grandma and Grandpa Summers had.

Grandpa Summers never built or moved to Colorado because Grandma Summers didnít want to live in Colorado. She said you could look for miles and not see anything.

Daddy met my mother, Amy, born Nov 30, 1900. Her family lived across the road in a dug out house. Mamma had a brother, Lyle. Their father died when Mamma was three years old and her mother remarried Frank Wagner. They had two more children, Helen (Feb 4, 1907) and Clyde F (June 26, 1908). Daddy and Mamma married Oct 19, 1920. He later built a room on the west end of his house. He added an attached garage to the barn for the model T Ford. He also built a granary, a wooden building used to store the grain.

<Taken from a part of the life story of Margaret Summers Shuler>

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