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My Aunt Susan Pierce Dacus Allen We Called her "Aunt Susie" She was a Nurse and a Poet, and Author of Poetry Book "Prairie Profiles"
1. SUSAN (SUSIE)4 PIERCE (L.D.3, ANDREW JACKSON2, REUBEN1) was born June 17, 1904 in Cleburne, Johnson Co., TX, and died December 08, 1978 in Amarillo Potter Co., TX buried Memorial Park Amarillo TX. She married (1) HENRY (MUTT) DACUS February 1924 in Amarillo TX, son of IRA DACUS and SUSIE PARRISH. He was born March 14, 1898 in Mangum, Greer Co., OK, and died June 10, 1963 in Amarillo Potter Co., TX Memorial Park Cemetery. She married (2) CLESTON ALLEN December 1966
Click here for Page One Click here for Page Two Susan Pierce Dacus and Henry Dacus Photo Pages
Aunt Susie and Mutts Daughter Patsy Died in the 1960s her son Patrick Died in the 1970s he has one son living in Amarillo TX I have biography and stuff about Patsy to digitized but have not got that done yet.
I recently became in contact with John Adamchak descended from Patsy Dacus
http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?John Adamchak he was born the year Patrick died in 1977
Aunt Susie's daughter Mary Lee Crew passed away Dec 2001 I talked with her many many times the last few years and she was a great help and encouragement with this genealogy work and I will miss her cheerful voice very much!! Mary Lees husband Bill Crew is alive and well in Mission Veijo CA and is doing good at 85 years old (2012)
Mary Lee Crews daughter Mava Riehle lives in Washington State She and her husband Daniel have 3 sons Peter Jeremy and Nathan. She sent me a couple of Biographies and short histories of her family and I have not got them inserted on this page (not digitized -not turned into text yet) Click Here Mary Lee Dacus Crew Obituary Page Jan 02 2002 Mary Lee and Bill Crew Biography History Added Janury 2 2002 (With a nice Eulogy to Mary Lee by editor LD Pierce)
My Aunt Susan Pierce Dacus wrote two Biographies about our family and also was a poet and a member of the Amarillo and Texas Poetry Society. The two biographies have only turned up in January of 2000. They are reprinted on these web pages see Links Below, also below are two of her prairie poems titled "Prairie Pictures" and "Family History"
Click Here The Story of Aunt Susan By Susan Pierce Dacus Allen First printing-biography of Susan Bowden of Johnson County Tx who married Floyd Wilbanks. They were early Pioneers of Johnson County TX and migrated to Hansford County TX in 1903. During 1903-1906 Many Wilbanks and Pierce families (and other families) migrated to Hansford county from Johnson County TX .
February 21, 2000 First Printing of two New Genealogy and Historical Documents
Click Here The Story of Aunt Rhoda Pierce Wiblanks Susan By Susan Pierce Dacus Allen First printing-biography of Aunt Rhoda Pierce Wilbanks of Johnson County TX who married Manny Wilbanks. They were early Pioneers of Johnson County TX and migrated to Hansford County TX in 1903. Manny Wilbanks and the husband of Susan Bowden (Floyd )were brothers. The Pierces and Wilbanks, (and other families) migrated to Hansford county from Johnson County TX During 1903-1906.
Click Here The History of Spearman Texas and Hansford County Schools By Susan Pierce Dacus Allen Originally written for the Spearman Reporter Newspaper March 31, 1966 and printed in two installments
Prairie Pictures I stood at the close of a winter's day And watched the sun in majesty lower away Saw clouds fleecy and white Turn from rose to pink Then Mauve, and purple night. I saw the moon in it's glory of silver light Cast soft basins across prairie and lake And listened to a mockingbird Sing a love song to it's mate. I gathered prairie flowers in spring Of many kinds and hues From off the grassy prairie bed Where I dwelt with you. Pictures that no artist's hand can paint Linger with me still, Of white faced cattle beside a lake And a wild stallion on a hill. Written for and dedicated to Aunt Susan BowdenWilbanks, who knew and loved The prairie By Susie Dacus February 16, 1958
Family History By Susie Dacus
My mother was born in a covered wagon Enroute from Missouri to Texas land A baby among siblings In an ox-drawn caravan.
The year was 1867 The State was Arkansas A family of young pioneers Bound for the Washita.
A sturdy home in a meadow With springs of water at hand Soon the family prospered As they began to till the land.
They passed many graves on the roadside In the journey to their new home They rejoiced that it had not been their lot To be left on the roadside alone.
Life went well for a few years Till the father fell ill and low The buried him by the riverside In the and they had come to know.
Three months later the wife and mother Was laid to rest beside him there A family of young orphans Was left for friends to care.
A dove came in thru the window And perched on the head of her bed (just before the wife and mother was lain to rest) She called her children around her To tell them about heaven, when dead.
By Susie Pierce Dacus originally printed in the Hansford County History Book Vol 1 1973 pg 315 reprinted with permission of Crew Family
MEMORIAL TO SUSIE PIERCE DACUS ALLEN AND HENRY (Mutt)
(Ira) Frank Dacus and his wife, Susie Parrish Dacus were early residents of Hansford. They came from Alpine. Texas. He had heard of good land here, so traded his farm in Alpine for land near Old Hansford. Here he farmed for awhile. He was often called "Mustang Dacus" because of his ability to capture and tame wild horses. He knew Pat Garrrett and Billy the Kid. He felt he had a shrewd trader. One of the stories concerning Frank was on in which he, loving to trade, traded the stove on which Susie was preparing a meal. She calmly moved her food to an outside location, lit a campfire and continued coking the family's meal. He had traded the stove for a horse.
Frank's father, John, fought on the side of the Confederate Army. John never swore allegiance to the USA after that war. It took him two years to get to Boone County Arkansas because he walked home from the north. He could have ridden on the train in a box car had he sworn the oath of the Yankee.
Suzie Parrish Dacus came to Texas in her early childhood. She loved the outdoors and was a hardy, rugged, individualist. She lived 96 years. Frank and Susie's children are: Lena (McCrory), Winnie Pierce(Allen), Della Dacus, Leo Dacus and Henry (Mutt) Dacus.
They moved to their farm near old Hansford around 1910. When the railroad missed Old Hansford. Frank promptly traded his farm for the first hotel in Spearman. (This hotel has a Texas Historical plaque on it). It was a place of fun as the teenagers of Spearman congregated in the Dacus kitchen. Many yarns are still being told with this hotel as the setting. Some of these teenagers were Chip Martin, Frank Dillow, Eva Cator, Hazel Lowe and Susie Pierce. This was 1920.
Old Hansford Cemetery is a place where one can find the names of the pioneers (dates, births, deaths), along with many of their descendants. L.D. Pierce, Sr. and Ora Pierce are buried there. L.D. was the brother of Rhoda Pierce Wilbanks. They were born in Cherokee County Georgia before the Civil War. After Sherman's "March to the Sea," when the Pierce home in Georgia was decimated, the family decided to move to Texas. At first they settled in Johnson County before moving to Hansford County in 1908. They loved the land for farming and Hansford County was virgin soil.
Before moving to Hansford, L.D. Pierce, Sr., married Aqua Ora Finley. They produced L.S., Jr., Allen, Clem, Geoerge, Sally, Visa, Felix and Susan (Susie)�who were at one time residents of Hansford County.
Rhoda Pierce married Manny Wilbanks and they also produced many residents of Spearman and Hansford County.
My mother, Susie Pierce loved Hansford County, it's history and its people. Her family's first home in Hansford County was a half dug-out. They were one of the first families to put up barbed wire fences to the annoyance of the ranchers. They were nestlers and loved the land to farm. Susie often described the prairie country. She said that for miles you cold see only the grasses of the prairie, no fences. Many of her poems published in "Prairie Profiles," were her memories of childhood and Hansford . A volume of these poems are in Hansford County Library for all residents to share.
Susie Pierce married Henry Dacus in Feb 1924. Henry Dacus died June 10 1963. They had two children. Mary Lee and Patsy Ruth Cacus who grew up in Spearman during the Depression years, both having been born in the 1920's. Susie married Cleston Allen in December of 1966.
I Mary Lee Dacus Crew can remember the fun of the Spearman Schools, the dust storms and being poor.
Henry Dacus was a long time employee of R W Morton, Ford Dealer of Spearman. I remember the Fords of the 1930's very well, and those of the WWII years. I can remember the thrill of being one of the first to see the new Fords each year.
Another thrill I experienced was the Day that Lindbergh landed at Spearman. My father came to school to get my sister and I see to see this historic even. R W Morton's gas pump was used to supply lindbergh with fuel to get airborne again. Just think--Lindbergh had found Hansford County Also.
I Graduated from Spearman High School in 1942 and went on to college, and in my senior year there I met and married a Yankee from New York June 1 1945. He was a handsome Air Corps Pilot stationed at Amarillo Field during WW II.
Patsy Dacus married George Adamachak. Their son was George Patrick. He married Jo Helen Godby of Dumas. They produced a son John Ray Adamchak in 1977.
Mary Lee Dacus Crew and William L Crew produced Mava Johann in 1952. Mava married Daniel C Riehle in Deep Park Washington in 1974. The have 2 children Peter William born May 4 1976, and Jeramiah Daniel Born Nov 18 1978. They will probably never know the prairie of Hansford County, except through their great grandmother's poems. "Prairie Looking Glass" "Prairie Sunset" " Hog Killing Time" all printed in her book "Prairie Profiles" They may visit Old Hansford Cemetery as I have and try to dream up images of their ancestors, Pioneers of Hansford County. they will not find Susie Parrish Dacus nor Ira Frank Dacus for they are buried in another prairie cemetery in the town of Portales NM.
Susie Pierce Dacus Allen and Henry Dacus are buried in Memorial Park Amarillo, Texas, along with their daughter Patsy Ruth Adamchak, and their grandson George Patric Adamchak---the prairie for them.
Hansford County History book Vol 1 1973 pg 315
reprinted with permission of Crew Family