The loss of her husband must have been a shock to Amarilla. Their relationship may not have been one that great love stories are made of but they seemed to have had a bond. They had been married 20 years. During that time they had struggled to build a settlement together. They had a son and lost him in a terrible accident. They raised Grace together, who was probably the best part of them. Would Amarilla have stayed with George to the end if he had not been killed? Hard to say. It is suggested that neither were faithful to each other? Only they really knew what was going on. I think both were independent and determined people and pretty much did what they wanted. So their relationship was probably very interesting.
In any event, Amarilla was now in control. She had probably learned a great deal from her husband in how to handle business matters. Before his death she had been a grantor on several deeds. She would come to deal with taxes, mortgages, deeds and more over the span of her life. As the administrator of her husband’s estate she would see to the best interests of herself and her daughter. She would stay in Pine River and become a very important part of the history of that city.
In 1899 she had to deal with tax issues:
Cass County Courthouse, Pg. 37 Judgement book 1898 to 1902, Mrs. A. Barclay, SE1/4 SE ¼, Sec 6, Twp 137, Range 29, Acres 40, Year 1899, $2.76, $.41, $.27, $3.44, Stamped Bid in for State
In April of 1899, Amarilla and a Curtis Bridgeham entered into a chattel mortgage, Book Misc. E, pg. 373 and 374-5, Cass County Register of Deeds, Walker, MN. He was indebted to her for $395.00 due in one year with interest of 10%. There was mention of the Northern Pacific Railway made and some land was involved.
“…a conveyance proper deed of the following described lands, situate in the County of Cass, State of Minnesota, to wit: – The northwest quarter of the Southwest quarter (NW1/4 SW 1/4) ____ seven (7) of Section No. Seven (7), township one hundred and thirty-seven (137) range twenty-eight (28); said contract being dated June 30th, 1897 and numbered R.15054.
A Chattel Mortgage definition is taken from the Free Dictionary:
A transfer of some legal or equitable right in Personal Property as security for the payment of money or performance of some other act. Chattel mortgages have generally been superseded by other types of Secured Transactions under the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC), a body of law adopted by the states that governs commercial transactions.
The rights of the lender who gives a chattel mortgage are valid only against others who know or should know of the lender’s security interest in the property. Since the borrower possesses the property, others cannot realize that a chattel mortgage exists without notice. Each state, therefore, has developed a system for recording instruments showing the existence of chattel mortgages for particular items of property; these records are usually located in the county clerk’s office.
If a recording system is in existence a buyer is presumed to know about a mortgage. Once, therefore, the mortgage is properly recorded, the buyer obtains the debt in addition to the property.
This not all that Amarilla’s name would be on regarding deeds and court documents. This is only the beginning.