Amarilla had been married to George Angus Barclay who was murdered in 1898. She remarried to Jefferson G. Dawes in 1902 and that ended in divorce in 1910. In 1919 she decided to marry again for the third time.
This time Amarilla married George W. Urton on 24 June, 1919 in Pine River, Cass Co., Minnesota. The Logsleds Book states that she remarried in 1920 but that is not quite correct.
“She married for the third time to George Urton, an area farmer. The Urton marriage was contracted in her old age because she was lonely. The town banker saw to it that papers to protect her property were executed before the wedding.” Ammarilla stayed married to George Urton until he died in 1939. So that was almost 20 years. Source: M. McDonald Notes.
Source: Marriage Record “E,” Cass County, Minn, pg. 268, June 19, 1919, Cass County Courthouse, Walker, MN. George Urton to Ammarilla Dawes June 24, 1919 in Pine River, Cass Co., Minnesota. Rev. Art, Cartwright. [Witnesses Selma and Mevenar Tollefrud.]
Announcement of their marriage in the local newspaper.
Urton-Dawes: George Urton and Mrs. Amarilla Dawes were united in matrimony last Tuesday evening, Rev. Cartwright officiating. Both of the contracting parties are well-known in this part of the county, the groom having been a resident here for several years past, and the bride, being one of the real pioneers of Pine River. It is expected that they will make their home in Pine River, and the Sentinel-Blaze joins their many friends in wishing them a full measure of happiness in their new relation. June 27, 1919 Pine River Sentinel-Blaze Newspaper.
George Urton was born 5 May, 1862 in Ohio to an Ezra Urton and Mary Ann Wilson. He was a horse trader by occupation. George was first married to Serepta Littleton born 14 November, 1864 in Ohio and died 13 January 1915 in Brainerd, Minnesota. She was the daughter of Jona Littleton and Lucresia Liddle. She is buried in the Evergreen Cemetery but there is no tombstone to mark her grave, I have visited this cemetery several times and can verify that she has no tombstone. Here is the link to the Evergreen Cemetery directory of the dead: http://www.brainerd.net/~evergreencem/dotdnames_u-v.html
George and Serepta had three children that I know of: 1) George Urton born about 1894. 2) Albert Urton who died about 1929 and, 3) an unknown child.
George, the son, married Mary Pederson on 3 August, 1915 in Walker, Minnesota. My search in the census did not find them so I was unable to verify any of this information. I do have their marriage license.
As they say “3’s a charm,” and I think that this was probably my great grandmother’s happiest marriage of the three. She stayed with Urton right up to his death. The fact that she didn’t pursue the pension application of George Barclay of 1916-1919, means to me that she cared for Mr. Urton.
In the 1920 U.S. Federal Census we find Amarilla with George Urton in Pine River.
Source: George Urton Family, 1920 U.S. Federal Census, SD 6, ED 93, T625-R824, Sht 12A, 8, enumerated January 19, 20, 1920.
Street EM, House #110, Dwelling 115, Family 9, Urton, George, Head, own home, free of mortgage, male, white, 56 years old, married, able to read and write, born in Ohio, parents both born in Ohio, farmer. Urton, Ammarilla, wife, female, white, 61 yrs old, married, able to read and write, at home born in Iowa. Parents born in Ohio.
On my visit to Pine River in 2001, I had the opportunity to talk to a Blanche Swift who had lived in Pine River since her birth about 1919. I think Blanche has since pasted away. Miriam is Amarilla’s granddaughter.
Blanche knew Amarilla as a child. She remembered playing on the steps outside of Amarilla’s store and great-grandmother didn’t seem to mind or get after them for doing it. She recalled lots of hats, general merchandise, some groceries, and sewing items. She remembered Miriam who visited a couple of times. They all thought that the Lindberg Store on Barclay Avenue was the general store or maybe it was where the Bank was located. Blanche’s dad trained horses and he and George Urton were friends.
Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo of Amarilla with George Urton. Having it would have been very cool.