Alice Myra Burr

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Alice Myra Burr (Ford)

Birthplace: Humphries, Sullivan, Missouri, United States
Death: October 21, 1977 (93)
Tribune, Greeley, Kansas, United States
Place of Burial: Wichita, Kansas
Immediate Family:

Daughter of William Hoblit Ford and Lucy Florence Branaman
Wife of Hiram Alpine Burr
Mother of Joseph William Burr; Mabel Bernice Linder and Hiram "Buck" Duane Burr
Sister of Harley Oliver Ford, (Twin); Harvey Ford, Twin and Robert Earl Ford
Half sister of Honara R Davison

Occupation: Teacher
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About Alice Myra Burr

Alice Myra Ford was born on April 8,1884 at Sullivan, Missouri, the oldest of four children born to William Hoblet Ford and Lucy {Branaman} /Riggs, Ford.
The family moved from Missouri to Western Kansas via covered wagon, when Alice was six years old. Grandma told me the family had migrated to Missouri before the Civil War and were always treated with suspicion. 
 Alice was a teacher and taught at schools in both Wichita Co., Kansas and Logan County, Kansas. The schools were one room and  grade 1 to 8  were attended by the children of the western Kansas pioneers, {including her own children.} She taught for 29 years and was much respected by her students, keeping in contact with many of them  until the time of her death.
  She married Hiram Alpine Burr on February 14, 1906 and they made their home in a sod house in the northern part of Wichita, Co., Kansas where Hiram was a farmer. The sod house had dirt floors that would pack down and even  shine over time. Alice hated snakes and swore she could hear rattle snakes in the walls. Times were hard but they survived the dust storms, hordes of jack rabbits, and locust plagues of that era. 
 They had 3 children:
1. Joseph : Born; March 32, 1907  Died; March 1, 1908. Grandma Burr told me little Joseph was born late. They sent for the Dr. in Leoti, Ks., probably about 19 miles from the homestead, as she could not deliver he baby. When the Dr. arrived, he was drunk and passed out on the foot of the bed.{Grandma did not believe in drinking alcohol at all} They finally brought the Dr. around, and they were able to bring Joseph into the world. Grandma's legs had to bound each morning and she was placed in a chair so she could scoot around and do her chores.{due to extensive damage done during the birthing} Grandma always cried when she talked of little Joseph, mourning his loss all the rest her life.
2. Mabel {Linder} Burr: Born; February 12,1915 Died ; February 19, 1998
3. Hiram Duane.{ can't use his nickname due to Grandma always called him Duane and was irritated that his uncle William gave him the nickname after the hero in a  novel in the first place.} Born; May 8,1920  Died; October 9,1976
 Grandma told me so many stories about those difficult times.  My favorite is about her and Grandpa Burr's first meeting. She attended the community picnic at Sunnyside {no longer in existence} and Grandpa came wheeling in in a red wagon with yellow wheels pulled by a matching pair of high stepping bays. {the equivalent of a hot rod today.} All the girls were a twitter, but he asked her if he could take her home. When they reached their destination he asked her "Can I give you a kiss?" and she replied  "Well Hiram, I really wish you wouldn't."  

Thus began their courtship. They were married for 54 years.

  She died October 21, 1977 at 93 years of age and is buried beside her husband  in Beulah Cemetery in the north- eastern part of Wichita, Co., Ks.


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Alice Myra Burr's Timeline

April 8, 1884
Humphries, Sullivan, Missouri, United States
March 23, 1907
February 12, 1915
Wichita Co., Ks, United States
May 8, 1921
Leoti, Wichita, Kansas, United States
October 21, 1977
Age 93
Tribune, Greeley, Kansas, United States
Wichita, Kansas