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From an Interview with Marie Rushing Bailey, 24 Jan. 2001.
Burt Rushing came to Edward Franklin Rushing's farm when they lived in Chilicothe, Texas. He had his own house on Edwards farm. He died of Tuberculosis while living there in Texas. The family were Cotten farmers that had a route of three different farms that they traveled sequentially to plough, plant, hoe and later come back to chop [thin the Cotten], then back again to pick and gin [remove the seeds] the crop. The three farms were all in Oklahoma. Ed's farm was a quarter section in Hardeman Co., Texas between Vernon and Chilicothe but on the Chilicothe mail route (Farmers Valley). Thier father,John Rushing died along the trail in Oklahoma and is buried there by the trail and not in a graveyard.
Burt's death date approximation is established by the time Edward lived in Chilicothe/Vernon, Texas. His birth date span established by the time the family lived in Erath Co., Texas after Edward's birthday and the death of John Rushing.
FARMERS VALLEY, TEXAS, 341002N 0992719W. Farmers Valley is at the intersection of Farm roads 925 and 392, nine miles west of Vernon and one mile east of the Hardeman county line in west central Wilbarger County. A small community had been established in the area when a school was built in 1887. By the early 1900s it had grown to include a Methodist congregation established in 1881, a cotton gin, and a combination grocery store and service station. The Methodists built their church building about 1922. The school was renamed Wells Chapel in 1924 and served the area until it was consolidated with the Chillicothe school in 1946. The Farmers Valley population was reported at twenty-five during the 1930s and 1940s and fifty in later records. The Methodist church dissolved in the late 1970s, and the gin closed in 1982. The reported population was fifty in 1990.
[BIBLIOGRAPHY: Wilbarger County Historical Commission, Wilbarger County (Lubbock, 1986)].