Amarilla was alone again in 1940. Her husband George Urton had passed in 1939. She was 82 years old.
The Pine River newspaper’s gossip column had a little piece about Amarilla suffering a stroke in 1936. So I think that her health was failing in the latter part of the 1930’s.
Amarilla is found in the 1940 census for Pine River. At this time she is neighbor to a Leonard Johnson, Adolph Leseman, Grace Boyer, Evelyn Thompson, George Mahood, Katherine M. Silk. My Aunt Miriam mentions Mrs. Silk in her family history notes.
Line 67, 20, 0, 2400, No, Urton, Amarilla, Head, F, W, 81, wd, No., 8, 9, Iowa, R, yes, no no no no U, 0 0 , yes, 2.
Source: Amarilla Urton Family, 1940 U.S. Federal Census, Pine River, Cass Co., Minnesota. SD#10, ED #11-41, Enumerated on April 5, 1940, Gerhard R. Rognlie, Sht#1B.
Again we find some news in the Pine River Journal Newspaper, Local News Items, Mrs. Amarilla Urton, Friday, April 26, 1940. This is a fun piece to read about:
Mrs. Amarilla Urton, Pine River’s oldest lady, had the misfortune of losing almost her entire flock of chickens Monday. She decided to turn her hens out for a bit of sunshine and when she returned an hour later dogs had killed 15 of her 16 prize layers.
It is nice to know that Gordon McDonald, my uncle and her grandson, visited Amarilla and looked out for her a little in April of 1939. Gordon was the son of Grace, Amarilla’s daughter. It also appears that he became her guardian at this time.
The gossip column mentioned another visit in on 25, October, 1940 Gordon McDonald returned to Minneapolis Saturday, after spending a few days with his grandmother, Mrs. Amarilla Urton.