text by Lila Garrett Murphree (niece)
Taken from History of Dickens County, by Fred Arrington, 1971, pp. 249-250

Jim Garrett came from Red River County to Dickens County in the year of 1907 with baby daughter Amy, age five years. He went by train to Seymour, Texas, rode the mail hack to Benjamin, traveled to Guthrie with a man who had gone in for supplies, rode the mail car to Espuela and then to Tap, Texas, where he joined his brother, Clint, in farming the next two years.

He left his three older children in East Texas. Jack Cenona was teaching school near DeLeon. Homer and Maud stayed in Red River County near Bagwell with their mother's parents, the Millers.

They came to Dickens County soon after the railroad came and the town of Spur had just been established.

Mr. Garrett was three times married. His first wife was Maranda Miller, who departed from life as young woman, and was the mother of Jack Cenona, Homer and Maud. Jack married Lessie Parrish, daughter of Roof and Kitty Parrish, early day settlers of Dickens County.

Homer married Maggie McDaniel in Dickens County in 1912.

Maud is the wife of Jim Cross, son of a Dickens County pioneer family, and brother of Mrs. Edna Fuqua and Mrs. Dessie Benson of Spur.

Little Amy's mother passed away when she was four years old. Amy grew up to be near and dear to her father, and remained true and cared for him in his last years, twice married and reared a large family. (I can't recall her husband's name now).

One scorching summer day in about 1910, Uncle Jim, as he was known by all the kids in the neighborhood, hooked up "old nag" to the buggy and drive to Snyder, Texas. In about three days, he returned with an attractive, tall, red-headed young widow, Ann Grubbs, as his bride. Three of her children, Reece, Wylie and Bud grew up in Dickens County.

The family lived many years on one of the John Luce farms west of Spur. Uncle Jim and Aunt Ann are both buried in Dickens County.