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By Williams Sinclair
November 9, 1977
Dee and Myrtle Williams came to Floyd County the first time in 1915, and lived in the Ramsey Community east of Lockney.
Dee Williams was born in Wooster, Faulkner County, Arkansas, September 19, 1887. His family left there while he was some six or seven years old, so he grew up in what is now the state of Oklahoma. They lived in various parts of the Indian territory before settling in the Kiowa Community, Roger Mills County, Oklahoma.
Myrtle Field was born in Lake Valley, New Mexico, February 8, 1894. Her family moved to the Kiowa Community while she was in her early teens. It was there she met and married Dee Williams, July 3, 1910 at the home of her parents.
After farming in the home community one year they joined with a group going to New Mexico to file on homestead claims. They filed on land near Tucumcari and lived there some two years before going back to visit their folks in Oklahoma. They did not return to the claim, but started to Texas, stopping for several months in Mobeetie, Texas before coming on to Floyd County.
They farmed two years before making another visit to Oklahoma, which turned into a three-year stay on a farm there. But in 1919 they came back to Lockney to live the rest of their lives.
Dee was a farmer, and the level, fertile land of the South Plains was a strong attraction in those early years, horses and mules, powered all the farming which was not done by man power. The county was dotted with lakes, some of which had water all the year. The roads were routed around the lakes, but even so were often flooded after a rain. This didn’t give much problem to the teams of horses, but when the Model T became the most popular method of transportation, it was a big one.
Dee’s parents, J. S. and Molly Williams lived in and around Lockney from 1915 till their deaths in the 1930’s. His brothers also came to Floyd County about that time and lived out their lives. They were John, Jodie and Willie.
The children of Dee and Myrtle Williams all attended the Lockney schools. They are Irene, Lowell, Vernon, Thelma, Calvin, Glen, David Clifton and Alta. They also reared one of Myrtle’s sisters, Sue Field. So, they sent children to the Lockney schools for nearly forty years.
Dee died in 1974, and Myrtle is an invalid, so this short history is written by their eldest child, Irene.