A notably successful career is that of A. R. Burton, who is the owner of a valuable farm in the Sand Creek district, near Bartlesville, which in all of its equipment is thoroughly modern, while the methods employed in the cultivation and development of the place are the expression of the latest scientific research along agricultural lines. He also receives a good income from oil wells upon his property and is a most astute and enterprising business man, carrying forward to a successful issue whatever he undertakes.
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A. R. Burton is a native of West Virginia. He was born in Jackson County on the 11th of October, 1867, his parents being Giles R. and Ophelia (Gerald) Burton, also natives of that state. Both are deceased, the father passing away when the subject of this review was an infant. Colonel Gerald, the maternal grandfather of Mr. Burton, was one of the most extensive planters in the south previous to the Civil war, his estate being situated in West Virginia.
In 1886, when a young man of nineteen years, A. R. Burton made his way from Kansas to Indian Territory, locating on Bird creek, in Osage County, where he devoted his attention to farming. Subsequently he removed to his present ranch of six hundred and fifty-five acres, situated five miles southwest of Bartlesville, upon which he has placed many modern improvements, including a fine home and substantial outbuildings. One hundred and twenty acres of his land are devoted to the growing of corn, oats and wheat, of which he gathers abundant crops, and he also raises a high grade of beef cattle and horses, of which he is justly proud. He likewise engages in horticultural pursuits, having an excellent orchard of pears, peaches, plums and apples, and he also raises grapes and other small fruits. He has a comprehensive knowledge of animal husbandry and as agriculture progresses as a science he advances with it. Upon his property there are also seventeen oil wells, from which he receives large royalties, and his business affairs are most capably and successfully managed.
Mr. Burton has been married twice. In 1893, when twenty-six years of age, he wedded Miss Cecilia Bazzeal, of French and Osage extraction, and they became the parents of a son, Roy B., who is married and resides in the state of Kansas. For his second wife A. R. Burton chose Miss Myrtle L. Arnold, a native of Illinois and a daughter of John and Antoinette (Tucker) Arnold. Mrs. Burton was but five years old when her parents came to Indian Territory. Her father is now living at Klamath Falls, Oregon. Her mother has passed away. Mr. Burton’s life has been an active and useful one, crowned with successful achievement. His efforts have contributed in substantial measure to the work of development and improvement here and he occupies a foremost position among the progressive agriculturists and representative citizens of Washington County.