S: The Hitt and Burton Families
BC: This intriguing picture exemplifies the community bonds necessary to survive the struggles of daily life. The identities of these picnickers are unknown, but their pioneering spirit is the source of our strength. - Suzanne Burton Worley
FC: Our Family History | "Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow."
1: Georgia Beulah Hitt | Or Mom B, as her grandchildren called her, was born in Burley, Idaho, on Sept. 1, 1892. She was the great-great-great-granddaughter of Robert Clark who served as a captain with the Continental Army of Virginia under General George Washington.
2: Mary Ellen Guiles, Georgia Beulah Hitt's mother, was born in Bountiful, Utah, on November 26, 1872.
3: Mary Vasta Call was Mom B's great-grandmother. She married Ira Curtis Parks, and their daughter Mary Amelia is pictured left. | Mary Amelia Parks was born on April 16, 1854, in Bountiful, Utah. She married George Guiles, and she lived a long life, dying in Albian, Idaho, on March 23, 1942.
4: Mother and daughter- Mary Vasta Call Parks and Mary Amelia Parks Guiles | Granddaughter- Mary Ellen Guiles | This looks like Mom B's handwriting identifying her grandmother.
5: Above from left to right: Mary Ellen Guiles Hitt Russell Hitt Lourelna Hitt George E. Long Emma Hitt Long Of course, this is a young Mary Ellen Guiles Hitt, mother of Mom B. | Mary Ellen Guiles and Bennett Clark Hitt were married in Albion, Idaho, on Sept. 9, 1891. This picture was taken a few days before their marriage.
6: Georgia Beulah Hitt and Tyre William Burton began their seventy-one year marriage on June 1, 1913. | Their first child Harold Glen Burton was born on June 10, 1915.
7: Baby Tyre with his brother Lee | This log cabin in Higbee, Missouri, is where Daddy Tyre was born on May 9, 1892. He was the great-great-grandson of Ambrose Burton who was sworn into the Continental Army on Oct. 23, 1777, as an ensign in Captain Johnson's Company. | Tyre William Burton
8: Taken in Harrisburg, Missouri, Tyre is standing left of John Wood. The photograph was noted, "First long pants." The picture below shows the Burton family, and Tyre is to the right with an x on his collar.
9: James Hudson's daughter, standing to his right, is Martha Newton Hudson, Daddy Tyre's mother. To the right is a picture of Daddy Tyre (top left) with his father William Merriman Burton and Tyre's brothers. Wood, the youngest brother, was killed in his twenties during a chemistry lab explosion. | Tyre with his brother Lee
10: Daddy Tyre, son Harold Glen, and dog Billy are posing in front of the family car. | Harold is taking Billy for a ride. | Sweet ride, Harold Glen!
11: Beulah and Tyre are pictured with their three children: Harold Glen, Martha Ellen, and Margie Sue.
12: Daddy Tyre was a lawyer, a judge, and Chairman of the Missouri Public Service Commission.
13: As I remember them, Mom B was the organized task master, always busy cooking, cleaning, and sewing, while Daddy Tyre was the witty scholar, reading in his chair with his pipe at hand. | Here I am with Mom B and Daddy Tyre shortly after my father's death in 1957.
14: Daddy Tyre wrote this explanation of the history of the daybed which I now enjoy in my home. As it has been handed down through generations, it will go to my older son Chad. Above is a picture of Daddy Tyre's mother Martha "Mattie" Newton Hudson, age 87.
16: Wanda Mae Brown was born on October 26, 1915, to J. Arthur and Mae Combe Brown. | Harold Glen Burton was born on June 10, 1915, to Tyre and Beulah Hitt Burton.
17: Wanda Mae Brown and Harold Glen Burton were married in January 1940. | Wanda and Harold met at Central Methodist College.
18: William Arthur Burton was born September 25, 1940. | Bill is with Great- Grandma Burton and Aunt Margie.
19: Daddy Brown, Mother, Bill, and Suzanne | Bill became a publicist for Columbia Pictures. He walked with the stars. but he left us too soon.
20: Harold Glen Burton, Jr., known as Rusty, was born May 28, 1944. | Daddy Tyre, and Grandma Burton are with Bill, Rusty, Harold, and Wanda. | Rusty was born in Waco, Texas, where our dad was stationed with the FBI.
21: Rusty and his son Kevin were visiting Mother at her school. | For her first birthday without Daddy Tyre, Rusty and Christy brought Mom B a dozen roses. | Dr. H. G. Burton and Mother in June 1970
22: Mother said 1954 was the hottest summer on record, and no air conditioning! I finally arrived September 26, missing Bill's birthday by 2 hours and 12 minutes. | Bill | Rusty | At last, a girl!
23: Suzanne Marguerite was a hard name to spell! | Here are Bill and I celebrating our birthday together.
25: My father's sudden death on June 2, 1957, forever altered the fabric of our family. I remember standing in the doorway with my mother and Rusty wondering what death and forever meant. Rusty felt his childhood ended at that moment, and his destiny rested solely in his hands. The painful loss of their only son aged Mom B and Daddy Tyre. My mother was left with three children to raise and see through college. To do so, she spent the next twenty-three years teaching school.
26: With the love and support of family, we moved forward.
29: I wonder at the lives of my ancestors who are pictured and named in this book. The paths they chose, the struggles they endured, the love that guided them shaped our family's destiny and determined who we are today. With so many life stories, there are mysteries, and my favorite is the legendary Native American connection of Mary Vasta Call, pictured on page 3. She was married and raised her family in Idaho, Shoshone Territory. Aunt Martha concurred that Mom B had spoken of her Native American ancestry. Imagine my surprise when I found this picture of Sacajawea framed behind the wedding picture on page 5 of Bennett Clark Hitt and Mary Ellen Guiles, granddaughter of Mary Vasta Call. Who placed the picture there and why we will never know, but it is fun to speculate. | The only identification on the original picture was simply "Sakakawea, Bird Woman."