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About Aaron Err Howton
1900: United States Federal Census, Blanket, Brown, Texas
1930: United States Federal Census, Precinct 8, Stephens, Texas
Aaron Err Howton, Sr.
Grandpa’s Interview with his granddaughter, Peggy. December 1994.
In November of 1918, after his family moved from Blanket to Brownwood to Tecumseh Texas, he and Ernest (note to me: is this his brother Elzaphen who’s name is E E? or possibly Ernest Lawler who is his sister Alpha’s husband? ) left for Deming to look for work. After hiring on to drive a team and haul hay, Ernest decided that work in California might be better. Earnest left for California and was to report back if he had any luck. Aaron was broke because the guy hadn’t been able to pay him for the hay hauling he had done. So, he stayed in Deming , New Mexico until his sister, Louisa, gave him a Sears & Roebuck check for $2.00 which he cashed for bus fare to Tempe Arizona. (note: Louisa and her husband Dennis Rutland were living in Deming at the time). Unsuccessful in his efforts to find work, he spent the last 50 cents and jumped the bus for Mesa. There he managed to get a job driving a team and pulling a hay wagon. The problem was he was expected to throw the bales of hay as well as load the wagon. He soon realized that the job was more than he was able to manage so he quit. He left on foot, broke, and headed for his uncle’s house in Chandler. There he managed to get a job cleaning out irrigation ditches with a Fresno and a team of horses (first the guy had to teach him how to do the job as he had never done that before) until the end of the day. The boss paid him but couldn’t manage to feed him so he took him to another guy who was able to get him a job jerking ice in an icehouse. The work was at night (all night for about 12 hours) and he didn’t much care for it. As it turned out, it didn’t matter because with a few weeks he received his draft notice. He was 21 and WWI was just about to end but he boarded a train for El Paso to serve his country. Before the troop arrived at El Paso, word was received that the war had ended. Since he didn’t like the job in the icehouse and he was now in El Paso he decided to go to Columbus, New Mexico (note: is this Alpha, Melvina, or Viola? Probably Alpha and her husband Ernest) to visit his sister and brother-in-law. While he was there, his brother contracted a job to pick cotton. After finishing that job, he got word that there were plenty of jobs in Ranger in the oil fields. He took the train to Ranger and walked from there to La Casa.
Minnie (Taylor) Bradford and Albert Bradford (Lillie’s brother) were anxious for Aaron and Lillie to get together so they sent Lillie a letter and signed Aaron’s name to it. Lillie was living in Springtown with her parent for the year so in order to court her, Aaron had to ride the train. Ride the train he did until he finally married her on December 29, 1920. He moved her to La Casa and before the next summer her parents moved back to that area also.