The Ekalaka Eagle - Your Community Builder

PART II-B

SYKES-BELLTOWER HISTORY CONTINUED (1909-1939)

 

February 16, 2018

FIGURE 1: Check from James Summers to local Ford dealer George H. Farwell for the total purchase price of a new Ford Model T car in 1919.

by Sherry Farwell, Ned Summers & Marguerite Goeders Rozelle

THE HOMESTEADER HISTORY OF THE SYKES-BELLTOWER "SURVIVORS"

The U.S. Census of 1910 contains just a few recognizable family names of "Nesters" in the vicinity of Sykes-Belltower, e.g., Burditt, Sykes, Massingale, Sigler and Farwell. However, homesteading quickly increased the number of their neighbors. As noted earlier, the ranks of these neighbors were then thinned by severe weather events and The Depression. The following narrative will summarize the history for the homestead families that endured and stayed to become membe...



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