They Left Their Mark In Oakford, 1872

BURTON BROS. LEFT THEIR MARK
As Oakford's great duck hunters

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In the early years, many families of Oakford area actually lived off the land. One of these men was William Burton, who lived in a log cabin on the last ridge north of Oakford. The cabin over looked the chain of lakes , filled with muskrat houses, and in the spring and fall, there were ducks. His two sons were raised to spend these two seasons in the blinds, shooting ducks all day long. The ducks were hauled to town and sold to the merchants, who shipped them away in barrels to the large cities.

Throughout their lives, the boys followed this occupation. Jake hired to the big shoots on the Illinois River, as a guide. Jim spent every possible day in the duck blinds on the Sangamon, as long as his legs would carry him.

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