The Birchfields

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When I was young after WW II, it was a source of great amusement to locals when the influx of new residents from the East and Midwest arrived.
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Border-Native American

Florissant, CO

#1 Jun 16, 2010
Great article.
Sally Dycus

Marble Falls, AR

#2 Jun 16, 2010
Miss Mary Jane Hendra deserves a lot of awards for being able to get pregnant 11 times and surviving in the early 1900s.
I'd love to have a conversation with her about that part of "ranch life".
Deanna Birchfield

Albuquerque, NM

#3 Jun 16, 2010
You need to get your facts straight. The Birchfields have NOT died out in Deming - the newest Birchfield is 2 years old! I own Quail Run RV park, just 3 miles from Deming - across from the St. Clair Winery! My father was W.P. Birchfield Jr and he died in the area in 1988 - still mining in the Florida Mountains. William Perry Birchfield Sr was my Grandfather - so I know all about the man - and your article shortchanged him and insulted him in the last sentence. He DID NOT build "his empire" for his own satisfaction - anyone that knows a Birchfield, knows that FAMILY is the most important thing to us. Also, Mary Jane (MY GRANDMOTHER) did not give birth to 11 children - some were from W.P. Birchfield Sr's FIRST marriage. I could go on - their were other things wrong with the article - but you get the point. The Birchfields are alive and WELL, THANK YOU.
Want 2 Understand

Albuquerque, NM

#4 Jun 16, 2010
What I would like to understand is how there was a drought in the mid 1900's. Was is created by all machinery working the farms?
Venerable

United States

#5 Jun 16, 2010
Eleven kids? That's quite a litter. They must have not had television. Or as they used to say a television box.
Steve Birchfield

Albuquerque, NM

#6 Jun 16, 2010
The drought was in the 50's - it was an extended period of no rain. It was a bad time for agriculture and many farms and ranches went out of business.
Steve Birchfield

Albuquerque, NM

#7 Jun 16, 2010
Venerable wrote:
Eleven kids? That's quite a litter. They must have not had television. Or as they used to say a television box.
Mary Jane did NOT have all 11 kids. The writer got this wrong. Some were from the first marriage of W.P. Birchfield Sr.

AND the Birchfields did NOT die out in the area decades ago.
Venerable

United States

#8 Jun 17, 2010
So are there any Birchfields in Uvalde? Oh I see now she didn't have the eleven kids. She had some kids with W.P. Whom had fathered kids in a previous marriage. Do I have it right? So it's safe to say if there was a television show of these folks it would be called the Birchfield Bunch then right? And who's saying they died out?
Thanks

United States

#9 Jun 17, 2010
Thank you both Deanna and Steve for sharing a big of truth and wisdom about your well rooted family here!
Deanna Birchfield wrote:
You need to get your facts straight. The Birchfields have NOT died out in Deming - the newest Birchfield is 2 years old! I own Quail Run RV park, just 3 miles from Deming - across from the St. Clair Winery! My father was W.P. Birchfield Jr and he died in the area in 1988 - still mining in the Florida Mountains. William Perry Birchfield Sr was my Grandfather - so I know all about the man - and your article shortchanged him and insulted him in the last sentence. He DID NOT build "his empire" for his own satisfaction - anyone that knows a Birchfield, knows that FAMILY is the most important thing to us. Also, Mary Jane (MY GRANDMOTHER) did not give birth to 11 children - some were from W.P. Birchfield Sr's FIRST marriage. I could go on - their were other things wrong with the article - but you get the point. The Birchfields are alive and WELL, THANK YOU.
Dietrich Bannert

Albstadt, Germany

#11 Jan 17, 2013
July 18, 1970 as a young geologist from Germany I met W.P.Birchfield at his Mine and we spent several days together. He told me quite a number of times about the "old days". He missed his wife very much, I remember.His mine and the sgaft were in excellent condition and he was still making a living. My address: bannert.duh@t-online.de
birchfields

Uvalde, TX

#12 Jan 17, 2013
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