have excerpts taken out of the McHenry County Centennial Book.. Arthur E. and Estella Burchett Family by Bessie A. Johnson
Arthur E. Burchettt in 1872 and Estella in 1876 were both born in Missouri. They were married in 1896. Three children were born Floyd, Nelson and a daughter, who died in childhood following injury from an accident.
They came to the Granville, ND area in 1902, by immigrant car, homesteading on south east quarter of section 30. (The deed is abtainable from the court house in Towner. I wrote and got it. Document # 4726 where they purchased the land from henry and sarah caslin and document #20612 where they sold it to Guy and Alma Frounfellar who are still alive and remember them well. the sale took place on 24 Oct 1958 at that time Arthur was living in Stockton Missouri. Now back to the centenial book..) At the time this was an unorganized township, later named Rose Hill. They built a sod house and shelter for stock. Later they built a two story house with large rooms. they gradually acquired more land, farming, raising stock some sheep pigs and poultry.
The boys attended Rose Hill School, Floyd went to Granville Public School, graduating in 1916. in 1917 Floyd and Nelson joined the Army (WW1). Floyd was a registrant, being of age. Nelson enlisted at Minot, being under age his father signed for him.. they served in France. Nelson contraced Pneumonia, was sent back to the States dying December 26, 1917 at Fort Riley Kansas.
While her boys were in France, Estella, being a lover of music, composed and wrote a song, "Is your heart in France today?" After discharge, Floyd entered the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks, graduating and going on to become a scholar and author. (My friend in the Mouse River Loop Geneological Society remembers them all well. Mary has told me that Floyd has a daughter that lives in Minnesota. Her grandparents raised her and still live there in Granville...)
Nelson was honored by the Granville Legionaires, naming their Post the Burchett-Beck American legion Post No. 155. (Nelson's picture is hanging in the Post. I borrowed it and took photos of it. He is quite nice looking young man..} Estelle was the first Gold Star Mother of the A L Auxillary Unit 155, She was a member of the Hope Congregational Ladies Aid of GRanville.
Arthur was a charter member of Rose Hill School board. Served 3 years, then became the treasurer for 22 years. As an only orginal homesteader, he was Township assessor, road boss, etc. for many years..(You should persue this vein as you may have the criteria to be eligible for Homesteader Certificates issued by our Society and signed by the Governor of North Daktoa..It is only to direct descendants.)
In the 1920's they had a dance Hall in Logan. About 1928, they built a large barn on the ranch, having barn dances to which people from miles around came to enjoy. in 1941 they left the ranch, moving to Granville. They bought the Metropolitan Hotel, the post office building the Gem theater,and added a dance hall. Estella died in 1956. Arther went to Missouri a few winters later then staying there until his death in his 89th year. ( My addition is he died in 1961) Hope this helps.. have contacted a niece in Missouri also Can give you that info if you need.. )
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